Monday, June 30, 2008

Good bye, Dr Khaleel Sahib!

For the past few days, a thought, a disturbing thought has been bombarding my mind again and again. What is the purpose of this blogging business? What I want to achieve here? Whom I want to address? What Iam doing here? Is it worth? Is it good? Does it not come under laqviyath? Am I wasting my precious time here?
These thoughts have grabbed my peace of mind. I feel like as they say in Tamil கண்ணை கட்டி காட்டில் விட்டது போல. I could not see anybody. I could hear any body. I could not feel the presence of anybody. This virtual world of internet is disturbing, annoying and very awkward.
And the most dangerous fear which seized my mind is that whether I have become a addict to this blog? Oh! It is horrible. I am not the person who could become addictive to anything on this earth. I do not smoke. I do not do any kind of addictive things. Even the chai too I could not say that I am addicted to it. I am a இலட்சியவாதி I have some ideals. I have some commitments. I have made some promises. I have dedicated my life for the sake of getting reward from God.
So I feel Iam a misfit here. I think the time has come to close this blog. I feel that this leads me nowhere.
I thank every body who read my posts and commented. I thank the disgruntled souls like dear brothers with fictitious names like mad mullah, mysore peshwa etc too! These dear brothers seem to have a lot of grudges, aversions and ill-will towards Islam and Indian Muslims. I would love to talk with them. I would love to spend time with them and clear their misconceptions regarding Islam and Muslims. But you see, this form of media does not suit me. I need a human face, a real living human face, a emotive face to communicate with. I cannot shout at darkness.
My heartfelt sympathies to those brothers mysore peshwa (who seem to be residing somewhere in America) and mad mullah (who seems to be residing in Bangalore). If Allah desires I would meet these gentleman and explain the real values of Islam, Insha Allah.

I thank Dr Khaleel Sahib for his thought provoking comments on some of my posts. Infact as I type these lines I received a mail from him cautioning me.
His words were:
Dear Luthfi,
You seem to be wandering everywhere in the web. You seem to have postings in more than one blog spot. There are plenty of postings of yours. Do you find time? How is your thafheem translation going on? When are you going to finish it?
Take care Internet is addictive.It may steal off your valued time. Most of your blogs have 0 comments. So think about the effectiveness of this media. In India I remember Reading that only 10% of the population has access to internet. Don't get carried away by number of hits.The same person can hit on you several times a day. Some may be searching for something else and stumble on you and immediately surf to other site.

You are right Doctor Sahib!
You have got it right.
I too have been thinking on those lines. 'Whether I have been addicted to blog?"
I resolved myself and didn't visit my blog for the past 58 hrs..! I saw your mail just now.
I have posted my goodbye post to you!
I will get back to blogging, if interest is there, after August.
Jazakallah for the concern and advice.
It is very touching.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

So goodbye everybody! Alvida!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Creative Minds. Creative Advertisements 1

Nowadays advertisements have become a part of our life. We are bombarded with all kinds of advertisements round the clock. They appeal your mind. They target your purse. They attract your instincts. They mesmerise you. They try to determine your priorities. They attempt to mould your thoughts.
Br Sadiq has sent me these advertisements, which are simply marvellous. They are creative, innovative and stimulating.
Jazakallah Sadiq bhai!

This is the first one. It is good. It stirs the conscience. Do the tell tale picture of the wall of untouchability in the Uthappuram village linger in your mind? Title : Stop Racism.
Headline : Defend human rights against racial discrimination
Quran says : Human beings, we created you all from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another. Verily the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most God-fearing of you. Surely Allah is All-knowing, All-aware.
(The Quran, Al-Hujarat 49 : 13)

Friday, June 27, 2008

Creative minds. Creative Advertisements 2

This evokes variety of thoughts. Title : Stop Domestic Violence
Headline: 78% of domestic abuse incidents resulting in death occur in the victim's home.
The Prophet of Islam said : 'The most perfect in faith among the believers are those who possess the best morals, and the best among you are those who are kindest to their wives.' (Tirmidhi: Abu Hurayrah)
Giving a sermon during the Farewel Pilgrimage, the Messenger of God, bpuh, said: 'Fear God in matters relating to women. And act kindly towards them.' (Bukhari, Muslim: Jabir, Abu Hurayrah)

Creative Advertisements 3

This is the best. Title : Save Girl child
Headline : Do not neglect the girl child
The Messenger of God, bpuh, said:
'If one has a daughter and he does not bury her alive, nor slights her or prefers his other children (that is, the male ones) to her, God will admit him into Paradise.' (Abu Dawud: Ibn 'Abbas)

Creative Advertisements 4

Title : Feed the Children
Headline : Next time you waste food, think.
Quran says : Oh Children of Adam!.... eat, drink without going to the excesses. For Allah does not like those who waste food. (Quran : Al-A'raf 7 : 31)

Creative minds. Creative Advertisements 5

This is the most alarming of all. Title : Save Girl child!
The Messenger of God, bpuh, said :
'Anyone who looks after and brings up three daughters, or sisters, educates them well, treats them with compassion, until God makes them self-sufficient, God guarantees him Paradise.' A man asked, 'Suppose there were only two?' He said, 'Yes, two as well.' People said, 'And if there be only one?' He said, 'Yes, even if there is only one.'
(Sharh al-Sunnah : Ibn 'Abbas)

Creative minds. Creative Advetisements 6

This is the next one. Title : Drive safely
The Messenger of God, bpuh, said:
'Every Muslim must give charity.'
Some people asked: 'What if he has no money?'
He replied: 'He should work with his hands, and meet his needs as well as give charity to others.'
They asked: 'What if he could not, or did not, do that?'
He replied: 'Then he should assist a needy person in distress.'
They asked: 'What if he could not do that as well?'
He replied: 'He should then teach good things.'
They asked: 'And, if he could not do even that?'
He replied; 'Then, he should refrain from harming anyone. That, too, would be charity on his part.'
(Bukhari, Muslim: Abu Musa al-Ash'ari)

So don't drive fast. You may harm others.

Creative minds. Creative advertisements. 7

This one says ''Chewing tobacco causes mouth cancer"
The Prophet of Islam, bpuh, said: 'On the Day of Judgement no child of Adam will move from the presence of God, unless he has answered about five things: (firstly) in what pursuits and work did he spend his time; (secondly) for what ends did he use up his mental and physical energies; (thirdly) by what means did he earn his wealth; (fourthly) and, how did he spend it; and (fifthly) how far did he act according to what he knew was right.'
(Tirmidhi: Ibn Mas'ud)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hardliner Hindu groups under scanner for bomb blasts.

At last, it seems the national security apparatus has woken up. A front page news story published in DNA e-paper reports that intelligence agencies suspect the hands of Hindu radical groups in bomb blasts.
The signals were there. First it came from Nanded. Then the samjohta express incident. Then the Tenkasi happened. Let us hope for the best.
The report submitted by Josy Joseph, New Delhi deals with these questions.
Excerpts from the report is given below.
For full report click DNA.
Is a fringe hindu fundamentalist group, or groups, behind at least some of the bomb blasts across the country?
the security establishment is once again seriously probing this angle in the wake of the arrest of several members of the sanatan sanstha and the hindu janajagruti samiti for crude bombs planted in mumbai in recent days.
an official closely involved with anti-terror investigations all over india says, "we are aware that some fringe hindu groups want to carry out blasts, but we still don't know their spread and expertise. as of now we believe they don't have the training to make sophisticated explosives."
the official, and at least two others, told dna that there are at least a few blasts in recent years in which hindu groups cannot be ruled out as suspects.
for the past several years, some dependable intelligence sources have had a nagging suspicion that such outfits were active underground. in april 2006, a blast in nanded gave evidence of their suspicions coming true. two hindu fanatics were killed and four injured in the blast, which happened when they were assembling bombs.
over the past two years, more evidence came in. the bombs that were going off at regular intervals all over india suddenly became locally assembled, no more was rdx - a key ingredient of the bombs - smuggled from pakistan.
"at least two of the blasts gave us further reason to believe that the hindu fringe elements are involved," says a senior intelligence hand, referring to the blasts in malegaon and delhi's jama masjid in 2006.

but with no concrete evidence emerging and nanded remaining an isolated case, the security establishment had been back to focusing its energies on islamist groups such as harkat-ul-jihad-islami and lashkar-e-taiba.
the cbi has yet not been able to make any credible breakthroughs in their probe into the blast in a malegaon mosque in september 2006. similarly, there are no publicly stated culprits behind the blasts in jama masjid. in both the cases, agencies suspected some fringe hindu group.
investigations into the nanded blast had given credible inputs to prove that in april 2006, hindu fanatics planted a bomb in a parbhani mosque in which at least 25 people were injured. the same people were involved in the nanded blasts.
in november 2007, as multiple bombs went off in the court premises of up most pointed fingers at the islamist groups. but a minority in the security establishment was not convinced, given the errors in the email warning sent out to media houses minutes before the blasts. someone well versed in islam had not drafted the mail, and it was more linked to the local politics of india than to the larger jehad goals, some point out.
with the maharashtra ats now establishing the bomb making capabilities of the fringe hindu groups, intelligence analysts are taking a second look at the possibility of their involvement in some blasts of the recent past.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Thank God, they were not Muslims....!

Take this fact. A fact which is so disgusting, annoying and revolting. It is a fact which is slapped at your face when you open those newspapers every morning. The fact is the Indian Media is biased. Blatantly one sided. It looks one side of the picture, willingly, happily and alarmingly. It is biased against Muslims.
Mr. Yoginder Sikand, a renowned research scholar, specialist on terrorism, columnist and sociologist exposes this open secret in his own way.
Read on. It appeared in

The arrest of some activists associated with the
Sanatan Sanstha, a radical Hindu group, for planting
bombs in theatres in two towns in Maharashtra
recently, has barely been given any attention in the
Indian media. Had the men behind these planned attacks
been Muslims, obviously the Indian media would have
reacted very differently-furiously, fervently. This
clearly shows the sharply skewed manner in which the
debate on 'terrorism' is being conducted. That the
routine killings of Muslims, such as in pogroms
orchestrated by Hindu groups, are never attributed by
the media to Hindu 'terrorists' but simply to faceless
and nameless 'emotionally charged mobs' is yet another
illustration of this greatly skewed perspective.

Bomb attacks that have occurred in numerous Indian
cities in recent years are, without proper or full
investigation, somehow automatically assumed to be the
handiwork of Muslims. But, as the attacks that the
Sanatan Sanstha volunteers had planned, as also the
earlier attack planned by members of the Bajrang Dal,
also in Maharashtra, clearly show, the range of those
who might be behind the wave of bomb attacks in the
country has to be expanded some Muslim ultras to
include their Hindu counterparts as well, who have
obviously have a vested interested in promoting
communal clashes and thereby consolidating Hindu
votes. And, in addition, as numerous Urdu papers have
been repeatedly suggesting, the possible role of other
forces, such as the Israeli and American secret
services, behind some of these attacks must also be
investigated, for, clearly, these attacks aim at
further dividing Hindus and Muslims and thereby
promoting inflaming anti-Muslim passions in the
country, something that Israel and the
neo-conservatives in America would probably warmly
welcome as it would force India to enter more tightly
into their deadly embrace.

Yet another clear instance of the completely warped
way in which the Indian media and policy-making
circles discuss terrorism is evident from their
reaction to Shiv Sena supreme Bal Thackeray's recent
pronouncement calling for Hindus to set up killer
suicide squads. The 'mainstream' media is not branding
him a 'terrorist' for this, although he openly
advocates terrorism, and nor will the state take any
action against him under the draconian anti-terrorist
laws that it has framed. Imagine if a Muslim leader
had issued a similar call. That would have hit the
headlines for well over a week and would have led to
numerous arrests, but Thackeray's outpourings merit
just a corner in the middle pages of our 'national'

My point is simple: we need an even-handed approach in
discussing (and dealing with) 'terrorism'. Turning a
blind eye to one form of it, just because it claims to
speak for the majority of Indians, can only make the
situation even more precarious for all of us. And,
although of late most religious leaders have begun to
depress me no end, here I take inspiration from an
essay I recently read by an Indian Muslim cleric whose
passion for the welfare of his country, irrespective
of religion, is something that every Hindu, Muslim or
other sort of Indian could certainly emulate, and
whose approach, if seriously adopted, could go a long
way in countering all forms of terrorism, be it by
radical Hindus or Muslims or others or by the state

A recently reprinted Urdu booklet, titled 'Hamara
Hindustan Aur Uske Fazail' ('Our India and Its
Glories'), contains a brilliant essay o by the late
Maulana Syed Muhammad Miyan, who served for many
years, before and after 1947, as the general secretary
of the Jamiat ul-Ulema-e Hind, a leading body of
Indian maulvis primarily associated with the Deobandi
school of thought (It is the same organization that
vehemently opposed the Partition of India and that, in
recent months, has organized literally dozens of
public rallies against terrorism). The essay was first
published sometime in the early 1940s in order to
oppose the Muslim League's demand for a separate
Muslim state and to counter the claim of many Hindus
leaders that Indian nationalism was necessarily
synonymous with Brahminical Hinduism.

Miyan's essay, titled 'Sarzamin-i Hindustan Ke Fazail'
('The Blessings of India'), argues that Muslims are
bound to 'love' and 'serve' India primarily because
Islam commands them to do so. Miyan claims that India
has been accorded a special status by God Himself.
Hence, he argues, Muslims are required by their faith
to work for India's unity and welfare.

Miyan's's thesis is based on an Arabic text written by
the eighteenth century north Indian Muslim scholar,
Ghulam Azad Bilgrami, which puts together Hadith
reports attributed to the Prophet Muhammad and Quranic
verses that are said to refer to the 'glories'
(fazail) of India. Quoting Bilgrami, Miyan writes that
while undoubtedly Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem are the
'most holy' places in the world, Islamic tradition has
it that India, too, is a 'blessed land' (mutabarruk
sarzamin). According to such revered Muslim figures as
Imam Ali (cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet),
Hazrat Ayesha (one of the Prophet's wives), and
leading companions of the Prophet such as Hazrat Ibn
Abbas, Hazrat Anas and Hazrat Abdullah ibn Umar, Adam
was sent down to earth to India, to the island of
Serendip or modern-day Sri Lanka, while Eve was sent
to Jeddah.

Adam then travelled to Arabia, where he met Eve at a
place near Mecca. After building the Kaaba at Mecca,
Adam took Eve with him and returned to India, where
they settled down and had children. The famous
incident involving the sons of Adam, Cain (Qabil) and
Abel (Habil), occurred, or so Miyan says, in India.
After Abel was killed by Cain, Adam had another son,
Sheesh, who, according to some accounts, is buried in
the town of Ayodhya, which is sacred to many Hindus
today. Adam is said to have undertaken forty
pilgrimages (haj) from India to Mecca on foot. He is
also said, some ulema claim, so Miyan tells us, to
have died in India and to have been buried here.

This close connection between Adam and India points to
what Miyan claims to be the obvious fact that Islamic
tradition accords to India the status of a 'blessed
land'. This suggests, Miyan writes, that India had a
special place in God's scheme of things for the world,
which Muslims living in the country need to recognise.
The fact that Adam first appeared in the world in
India means that the world's first dar ul-khilafa
('abode of the Caliphate') was India, because this was
where God's first khalifa or deputy was sent down. The
island of Serendip or modern-day Sri Lanka, which can
be said to be, in some sense, part of 'greater India',
was the first place in the world where God sent his
revelation. Adam, the first man and the first prophet,
was made out of 'Indian soil'. Since Adam is the
father of all human beings, including all the other
prophets and the saints, the rest of humanity was also
fashioned out of the 'mud of India', or so Miyan

To reinforce his argument of India being accorded the
status of a 'blessed land' in the Islamic tradition
itself, Miyan notes that some Muslim scholars believe
that the oath (ahd) of 'alast', which the Quran refers
to, also took place in India. On that occasion, God
gathered all the souls of men who would appear in the
world till the Day of Judgment and addressed them,
asking them if He was not their Lord (alasto bi
rabbikum). All the souls answered that He indeed was.
This shows, Miyan writes, that India was the country
where the 'slaves' (bande) of God first acknowledged
Him as Sustainer, from which started the long chain of
spiritual advancement of humanity. Through this
incident the land of India was 'brightened (munawwar)
by the 'light of all the prophets', Miyan contends.

According to the Quran, Miyan adds, at the time of
taking the above-mentioned oath, another oath was
taken from all the prophets, in which each prophet
testified to the prophet who would succeed him. Since
the chain of prophets ended with Muhammad, every other
prophet testified on that occasion to Muhammad being a
prophet, reposing faith in him and promising to help
him. This second oath, too, was taken in India, Miyan
claims. Hence, Miyan writes, 'India is that holy
(muqaddas) land where the chain of religious
instruction (rashd-o hidayat), and knowledge of the
closeness of God (marif-i qurb-i ilahi) and salvation
in the hereafter (nijat-i akhiravi)' had their

The claim of God having chosen India to send Adam to
has other crucial implications, Miyan suggests, which
reinforce the special place that India is said to
occupy in the Islamic tradition. Miyan writes, echoing
a view held by many Sufis, that the first thing that
God created was the nur-i muhammadi or the 'light of
Muhammad'. This light was first put into Adam and was
then transferred through all the prophets till it
reached the Prophet Muhammad when he appeared in
Mecca. Because Adam lived in India, the first time
that the nur-i muhammadi appeared on earth was in
India, and the last time that it appeared was in
Arabia, this establishing a firm spiritual link
between the two lands.

In support of this argument, and to underline his
assertion of India being a particularly 'blessed
land', Miyan quotes a verse by Kaab bin Zaheer, a
famous poet and a companion of the Prophet:
'Undoubtedly, the Prophet is a light (nur) from which
light is obtained. [He] is God's sword which was made
in India'. In this regard, and to further stress his
point, Miyan refers to another story, one related by
Abu Huraira, a companion of the Prophet, according to
which the Prophet is said to have declared that when
God sent Gabriel to comfort Adam, Gabriel mentioned to
Adam the name of Muhammad, telling him that Muhammad
would be the last prophet from among Adam's children.
This shows, Miyan writes, that it was in India that
for the first time the Holy Spirit (ruh-i muqaddas)
appeared on earth, that the glory (azmat) and unity
(tauhid) of God was mentioned, and that Muhammad's
prophethood was announced.

This further stresses the need, Miyan says, for the
Indian Muslims to recognise that 'it is our good
fortune that this India is our beloved country
(watan-i aziz)'. Because India is said to have held a
special place in God's plan for the world, Miyan
argues, God has blessed it with numerous assets. The
source of all good things (nimat) is heaven, and
whatever good things are found on earth are a limited
reflection of their heavenly counterparts. All good
things that are found in the world were first brought
by Adam to India, from where they spread to the rest
of the world, so Miyan claims.

This explains, Miyan argues, why India has the
'largest store of heavenly blessings in the world',
including 'sweet-smelling plants, spices and fruits'.
Adam, Miyan tells us, was also taught various crafts,
which is the reason why India has always excelled in
these fields and hence can rightfully claim to be the
'first teacher' (ustad-e awwal) of the world in many
crafts and industries.

Besides the alleged Adam connection, Miyan marshals
other 'evidence' to put forward his claim of India's
special status in Islamic terms. Thus, he writes that
some Muslim scholars believe that Noah built his ark
in India, and that India was unaffected by the Great
Flood in Noah's time. In addition, several companions
of the prophet, thousands of Muslim saints (awliya,
abdal), martyrs (shuhada) and pious ulema made India
their home and died and were buried here. All these
facts clearly suggest, Miyan contends, that from the
Islamic point of view the 'greatness' of India is
'undeniable'. Hence, he stresses, it is the religious
duty of the Muslims of India to work for the sake of
the unity and prosperity of the country as a whole.
Hence, too, he suggests, the claim of Hindu
chauvinists that only Hindus can be genuine Indian
patriots must be challenged and countered.

I personally do not necessarily agree with all that
Miyan writes in praise of India and nor do I agree
with all his interpretations of Muslim traditions
about India, some of which I find quite outlandish. In
some senses, privileging just a small slice of the
earth as particularly 'blessed' by God, which Miyan
seems to do with regard to India, strikes me as deeply
troubling-either every bit of the world is equally
blessed or not at all, I would believe. But, that
said, I find Miyan's concern for his country and its
people to be genuine, passionate and deeply moving. It
is something that terrorists, Hindu and Muslim and
other, certainly lack, their radical rhetoric

Explosives seized at Thane theatre blast accused homes

Here is an interesting news which appeared in popular news website It was reported by Tarique Anwar on 21 June 2008 - 8:14pm.

Mumbai: In a big blow to those who see a Muslim hand in every terror bombing, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra has seized huge quantity of explosives from the homes of the Hindu extremists arrested this week in connection with Thane theatre bombings.

ATS had arrested four persons: Mangesh Dinkar Nikam, Ramesh Hanumant Gadkari, Santosh Angre, and Vikram Bhave for planting bombs at the Vishnu Das Bhave Auditorium in Vashi and Gadkari Rangayatan Auditorium in Thane in May. The arrested persons were associated with Hindutva groups Janjagruti Samiti and Sanatan Sanstha.

During raids at the homes and fields of Vikram Bhave and Mangesh Dinkar Nikam in Warsai village in Pen (Raigad district), ATS seized two revolvers, 92 bullets and huge quantity of ammonium nitrate powder, 20 detonators, 19 gelatin sticks, timers, voltage meters, two radio circuits and remote controllers. The police have also arrested one Hari Bhav Devkar for trying to destroy the explosives.

According to the police, during the interrogation Mangesh Dinkar Nikam said a huge stock of explosive materials was kept in a gunny bag in Satara district. A police team went to the district and seized timers, detonators and other materials.

In the bomb explosion at the Gadkari Rangayatan Auditorium in Thane seven people were wounded. In the bombing detonator, gelatin rods and timer were used. A bomb was planted at Vinoba Bhave theatre at Navi Mumbai, which was later diffused.

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Brother Ataullah sent me this article through mail. It deals with three websites and their afadiyat. I thought, it may be useful to you guys. Hence I have shared the details here. This article first appeared in Arab News
I think the piece on Quran resources online is very interesting.
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Monday, June 23, 2008

Torture in Hyderabad

M J Akber has launched a fortnightly. Its name is peculiar one. It is "covert". Only M J Akber could name such a peculiar names.

Anyhow as expected covert is different. When all other magazines are commercialised except one or two, the dawn of covert should be welcomed with open hands. India needs such bold magazines. India needs bold journalists such as MJ.

The following is an article by veteran journalist Seema Mustafa in covert.

I read it with tears flowing down my cheeks. The incidents could happen anywhere. anytime. This gloomy scenario makes covert more relevant.

No other magazine cared to probe the plight of innocent Muslims. Covert has done it. Hats off to Covert, MJ and Seema.

It was 3 September 2007. Abdul Rahim was just finishing dinner with his family when two persons in civilian clothes came and asked him to step out. They led him to an auto, and after a short journey pushed him into a car. Four others were there. He was blindfolded and taken to a police station.

They began interrogating him till the early hours of the morning. They wanted to know whether he had been involved in the twin blasts that had paralysed Hyderabad. They tied his hands, made him lie down and started hitting him on the soles of his feet with a belt. The pain was excruciating. They pulled his beard repeatedly, taking out tufts of hair. They asked him to give names of those who were with him in planning the bomb blasts in Hyderabad. They spoke filth against his religion and his family. The torture that carried on for three days in his case became secondary to the humiliation.

"I thought they were going to kill me, I thought they had killed the others. I was not allowed to sleep for three days and nights. Even now when I think of it I tremble with fear, I cannot sleep," Abdul Rahim says as his old father, a former government employee, cries quietly beside him. His parents cannot forget the week after. "No one told us where he was, whether he was dead or alive, we only got to know when a journalist came and told us that our boy was in jail," his father said. His mother remembers when she saw him, "His face was all swollen. He could not speak. I am a heart patient, I thought I would die."

Abdul was produced before the magistrate after three days. He was in jail for five months and ten days until he was released on bail.

His life is ruined. He was the only bread earner of the family. He drove a rented autorickshaw. No one is willing to hire him now. He was engaged to be married, but the girl's family backed out after the arrest. There is no money to pay the rent for the tiny two-room house. They are in deep debt. There is no furniture. There is a certain desolate look in his eyes, he is still in shock. He has to report before the courts twice a week. "It takes the entire day, I cannot even look for work, no one will allow me two days' off a week," he says quietly.

He has not been booked in the bomb blasts case. There is no evidence.


ohammad Shakeel is not at home. He does not want to meet us. He is too scared, under grave threat. His paralysed father is sitting in the tenement, eyes wide, registering fear as he looks at us quietly. Shakeel's mother, Ashabi speaks reluctantly. Two persons in civilian clothes picked up the boy. The family did not know for days where he was. Someone told them after a long time that he was in jail. He is out on bail now, without a job as no one wants to employ him. There is little food in the house for them to eat. What Ashabi did not tell us, even as tears trickled down her face, was that Shakeel was kept in police detention for 21 days without being produced before a magistrate. His hands were tied and he was hung from the ceiling. Heavy weights were placed on his knees, while hefty men pinned his shoulders down. He was given electric shocks on his temples, penis and chest. He fell unconscious repeatedly, but they would pull him out and after a short break resume the "treatment" again.

He has not been booked in the bomb blasts case. There is no evidence.


rshad Ali Khan's face has no expression. It is as if he is speaking about someone else, not about himself. But as he continues, his hands start trembling, and the horror of the days in detention is reflected in his eyes.

It was 2 September 2007. Two men banged on the door, came in and took him away. No one could protest. His father is paralysed and a heart patient. "Bahut ghabrahat ho rahi thi," was the only sentence he spoke to us. Arshad's mother Mehrunisa said they had no word of their son for two weeks or more. They heard he was in jail from another family, not from the police.

Arshad says they took him to a city office blindfolded, then to what is referred to by most of the boys as a "farmhouse" on the outskirts of Hyderabad. "In the day they would question me; at night they would drink and start beating me on the soles of my feet. They tied my hands and hung me for two to three minutes, I almost fainted with the pain. They would give electric shocks every day on different parts of my body. I became unconscious many times, and even later there were burn marks on my chest, thighs, near the ears. I could smell burning flesh. I heard screams from other boys in the building, they kept asking me to name others, to admit that I was involved," he says in a voice devoid of emotion, face deadpan except for the eyes. He was taken for narco tests, twice. He does not know the results, but guesses they could get no evidence from these.

He has not been booked in the bomb blasts case. There is no evidence.


aulana Abdul Aleem Islahi is a walking tragedy. Originally from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, he made Hyderabad his home decades ago. A learned man — his room is full of books — he is restrained in his dignity. There is an air of resignation around him, as he narrates the story but without a word of protest or acrimony.

It was 2004. His eldest son Mujahid had accompanied a well-known cleric of the locality — Maulana Nasiruddin who was on the watch-list of the Andhra and Gujarat police — to the police station. The Maulana was described as a bad element by the police — although the local people insist his only crime was his courage to protest against the atrocities committed by the police — and had been called to the police station. The Gujarat police was lying in wait and nabbed Nasiruddin. The young Islahi protested, and as the story in the streets of Hyderabad goes, one of the policemen took out his gun and shot the young man dead at point blank range. The police does not deny the death, but claims that Islahi tried to take the Maulana, along with others, out of the van. This is vehemently denied by all those aware of the incident, including another eyewitness who has been targeted by the police.

On 5 March 2008, Maulana Islahi was sitting in his little room from where he could see outside. His younger and only surviving son, an engineering student, Mohtasim was sitting with some friends outside. "They came in a car, they just picked him up, pushed him into the car and left. I ran out but they had disappeared. In the evening we went to the police station but they gave us no information," the Maulana said. It was several days later that they were told he was in jail by an acquaintance, but while his sisters have been to meet him, his father cannot bear it and has decided not to go. Huma, Mohtasim's sister, said she found him to be mentally distressed. He was tortured in police custody, as they repeatedly wanted him to confess to participating in the blasts. But what has become worse for a family that believed in educating their children and living a quiet and decent life, is that the police has been visiting the locality where they live and as Huma said, "They go to the families and say that Mohtasim has named you, and now everyone is very upset with us."

This was not so in the beginning, as the family was very popular. In fact, after news of Mohtasim's arrest broke, 30 women of the locality went to the police station to protest. They were lathicharged, arrested and detained for an entire night before they were produced before a magistrate the next morning and released. Two babies were also kept in detention with their mothers.

To protest is a crime. Ibrahim Ali Junaid had held a press conference along with others after the Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad where dozens had died in the attack, and at least six to seven persons had been killed by police firing. Hundreds of Muslim youth were detained. This placed him on the police watch list, although Junaid is a student of Unani medicine with a clean record.

On 3 September 2007, he had just returned from Delhi where he had gone to attend a university seminar. He went straight to the hostel to put his luggage. Two men, again in civilian clothes, emerged, tied his hands and pushed him into a car. "If you speak we will kill you," they said as they blindfolded him. After a two-hour drive they reached a "farmhouse" and started questioning him. He could hear the voices and screams of others. Late at night they stripped him and the torture began. "They started hitting me with a belt … and kept asking why I had held a press conference… They made me recite the Quran as they knew I was a Hafiz, and then hit me whenever I spoke. They beat me mercilessly at regular intervals and after a day started giving me electric shocks on my ears, temples, lips, private parts. I would become unconscious…" As Junaid spoke in a monotone, his mother, sitting beside him, shuddered. His father could barely contain his anger, but admitted his complete helplessness.

The police kept telling him to accept responsibility for the bomb blasts. "They pulled my legs wide open, placed weights on them, pressed down on my shoulders. I don't know how I survived those days," Junaid says. In six days there was blood in his urine, he was running temperature and "I knew if I died, they would put it down to an encounter". He was then taken before the magistrate, and put in jail from where he has just been released on bail after just over five months. "One night they took us somewhere, blindfolded, and took us out and said say your prayers, we were sure we were going to be killed that night…"

He has not been booked in the bomb blasts case. There is no evidence.


aeesuddin Khan's crime was that he was witness to the murder of Mujahid Islahi, Maulana Islahi's unfortunate son. On 31 August 2007 a large car with six persons came to his house. He was picked up, blindfolded and after about an hour's drive they reached a building. His was the same story — five days of continuous beating, electric shocks. "I gave them names of maybe 100 persons, all I could think of to get away from the pain, but they carried on. I thought all the other boys were dead, they made me believe that. One night they took me out blindfolded, they asked me to say my prayers, I could hear shots being fired, I thought I was next…"

His mother, a widow, Zaheera Begum said she was beside herself with worry. She had no idea where her son was. Friends informed her that he was in jail many days after he had been taken away. The hair from his beard had all been pulled out, he was passing blood in his urine, she says. He was taken for narco tests, and that has now left him with a permanent headache and allergies that are being treated. He is suffering from memory loss. He was also taken to Delhi by the CBI. "They were very nice, very polite, they took me there and dropped me back," he says. He looks haunted, his eyes are full of tears, more when another person tells us that his mother keeps very unwell now, has high blood sugar. "I am so scared," her voice trembles, "for both my sons. They can pick them up any day."

He has not been booked in the bomb blasts case. There is no evidence.

Iqbal Begum runs into the room breathless. "Where is he, have you found him?" she asks. Her eyes dull when she is told that she had been contacted for an interview, not because the contact person had found her son. She dissolves into tears, and takes out faded newspaper clippings as she tells her story. Her son Farhan had once been involved in some localised dispute over a mosque. The police had picked him up and kept him in custody for three days. He could not walk after the beatings, was put in jail for 15 days and then released on bail. A few days later, at 2 a.m. men came in civilian clothes when everyone was sleeping, and took Farhan away. He sold vegetables for a living. His father died a month after he was taken away. They have not seen the boy since.


here is terror in the localities targeted by the police. Sullen youth look at you and turn away. Families are reluctant to talk. After the twin blasts on 25 August 2007 the police rounded up over a hundred young men from the poor and predominantly Muslim localities of Hyderabad. A top police official admitted to "70". Many were interrogated and beaten in police custody, and released without ever being brought before a magistrate. There is no record of this number. About 30 were formally arrested by the police after illegal custody and torture, six or seven are still in jail and the others have been released on bail. They all spent over five months in prison. They remain fearful of being picked up again. "What will we do, they might kill my boy now," the families say as if in a chorus.

Civil rights activists in the city say that the accounts of torture under Rajashekhar Reddy's government in Andhra Pradesh rival those emerging from the prisons in Iraq. The governments at the Centre and the state, despite numerous petitions and fact-finding reports, have not responded. In fact the story itself would not have penetrated the walls of the old city had it not been for an Urdu newspaper, Daily Siasat. The managing editor of the newspaper, Zaheeruddin Ali Khan said that they were convinced that the accounts were completely true, and without intending it to be so, the story became a campaign that angered the administration but did not elicit any action. The Police Commissioner at the time, Balwinder Singh, now cooling his heels in Delhi as he was transferred to get out of the heat, even called the editors to convince them that the police had a case, but did not succeed as the evidence otherwise was overwhelming. The English media ignored the story.

Civil rights activists took up the issue. Nirmala Gopalakrishnan, K. Anuradha, Mohammad Afzal formed a fact finding committee on the arrests after the twin bomb blasts in Hyderabad on 25 August 2007. They found, and the other civil rights activists in Hyderabad confirmed, that any number of petitions had been sent to the President of India, to the Governor of Andhra Pradesh, to the Chief Minister and the state Home Minister, to the National Human Rights Commission, to the state and Central minority commissions and to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The young men arrested had also sent a letter to the authorities — including the Prime Minister and Mrs Sonia Gandhi — recounting their tales of horror and seeking redressal. Every Constitutional door has been knocked at, but the state government has managed to kill the story and protect its back.

The state minority commission on its own decided to send a team to inquire into the reports. Chairperson Yusuf Qureshi appointed leading advocate L. Ravichander and forensic expert Dr M. Reddy who visited the jail and met the young people. Mrs Gopalakrishnan and Mr Chander both told Covert that they were absolutely horrified at what they heard and saw. The advocate said that he found that the boys were speaking the truth as he spoke to them individually and then met their families. "The accounts were the same, and there was a ring of truth to all that they told us, they had been tortured," he said. He saw marks on their bodies and was surprised to find that many of them had been sent for narco tests to Bangalore which he said "were illegal as the law does not permit you to give evidence against yourself". A top police officer of the state who was directly involved in the arrests, but did not want to be quoted, admitted that the issue was in the Supreme Court and the evidence of narco analysis was not admissible in court. He said that the tests were carried out to ascertain whether any of those arrested knew more than they had revealed.

The state minorities commission submitted a report confirming the torture. After that Mr Qureshi has been completely marginalised by the state government. His staff has been taken away, many have not received their salaries, and he is just sitting back until his term expires in March next year. The National Minorities Commission also sent a team and interviewed the boys. The report notes the violations, but plays down the role of the Congress government. The activists' fact finding committee found that every law had been violated by the state government and the police. Those arrested were not permitted to inform their family of their arrest, nor did the police inform their relatives within the stipulated 24 hours. They were not produced before the court or within the mandatory 24 hours of being picked up, with most reporting a delay of six to ten days. Many of those detained did not have charges booked against them, were kept in police custody and released after several days without being taken to court. Some of the detainees and suspects who have been released were reported as absconding by the police, with their families and friends pointing out to this correspondent that this was usually the precursor to an encounter death. Mohtasim Bilal, for instance, was reported absconding although he was with his family. The civil rights groups then arranged for him to be present at a press conference addressed by the well-known Ram Jethmalani in the city. It was only after this that the police arrested him, with his family pointing out that this was better than finding him dead one day.

Abdul Majid and Mohammad Shakeel were picked up on 31 August and 8 September 2007 respectively. The police announced their arrest only on 29 September at Kachiguda when they were produced in court. Abdul Majid continues to be in jail, and others who met him told the fact finding committee that he was subjected to terrible physical torture. His legs and hands were so swollen that the handcuffs could not be removed. He was vomiting blood. He was given electric shocks repeatedly, and one of the relatives of another family told Covert that the soles of his feet were literally hanging. He was punished for being the brother of a wanted youth, Shahid Bilal, who is reportedly absconding. Shakeel who was also tortured extensively is a friend of Majid. "I just can't believe how well the government has covered this up and has taken no action," Nirmala Gopalakrishnan said.

The police official insisted that they had identified "sleeper cells" and as a routine kept watch over the members. The boys who were arrested, he insisted, were members. Why did you not book them for the blasts? "We are looking for the RDX. Three kilograms were used in the blasts, we have to find the remaining. Once we find this we can get them all," he said. Why were they tortured? That is their story, he said with not a trace of remorse. Presently most of them have been booked under charges such as conspiring in a graveyard and distributing anti-state CDs. A civil rights activist, Latif Mohammad Khan, who has been very active in petitioning the authorities and getting the boys released on bail, has come on the police watch list. Latif knows this, and the police officer confirmed it. "You must have met this Latif, he is HUJI," he said. How do you know that? We have the evidence, was the expected reply. Civil rights activists recognise Latif as a conscientious man, pointing out that he has encouraged the boys to seek justice within the law — through the courts and petitions — and not outside it.

The activists point out that "there is urgent need to allay the sense of insecurity and fear that is growing in the Muslims, particularly the youth". Mr Chander said that the police action and the government's indifference were pushing the youth towards alienation. Meetings are being held by the different groups and concerned individuals to prevent this, but the Congress government remains indifferent and in a state of total denial.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The fine art of doing nothing.

M. J. Akber writes in Khaleej Times:
SENSIBLE politicians are wary of big words: they never know when one will rebound and bite them, with painful consequences. The philosophy of power is one word too many in a phrase about politics.

Politicians keep their nose to the ground, philosophy out of their thoughts, and their conscience in a safe deposit vault, so that, while it remains out of sight, it can always be taken out, brushed up and put on display when expedient.

And yet, everyone who exercises power does so on the basis of some logic, even if we cannot in justice extend its meaning to the expanse of a philosophy. You have to be not merely very brave, but also intellectually robust to be a disciple of Kautilya, or even of Machiavelli. Their treatises on governance are more comprehensive and demanding than their one-liner reputations might lead you to believe.

The only Indian Prime Minister who saw himself as a potential Kautilya, as early as in the 1930s, and had the intellectual bravado to pull it off in the 1950s, was Jawaharlal Nehru. Mrs Indira Gandhi and Atal Behari Vajpayee had read enough to appreciate the nuances of a Kautilya, but they chose to stress different elements of the Arthashastra prescription, creating vastly different medicines for the national health. No Government of India has been as minimalist as the UPA regime. For over four years now it has survived on a simple basis: Do nothing, and nothing unfortunate will happen. There are some good reasons for this.

The central motivation of the UPA coalition has been fear of failure. It wanted to survive in office above all else. It knew that the alliance was brittle, and so compromised on two basic elements of power. No action was ever taken on the corruption or misrule of ministers, for fear that it would break the alliance. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could not possibly have had two standards on corruption, a wink for allies like the DMK, and a taskmaster's discipline for Congress ministers.

So when DMK ministers began raking in the loot like there was no tomorrow (and maybe for some of them there isn't) Congress ministers welcomed the signal. They got a free ride on a highway without tolls, and, being seasoned Congressmen, devised artful and even brilliant forms of bribery. I believe the fashionable thing to do now is to ignore silly old cash, and settle for benaami equity in private sector companies.

Ministers with less imagination used power to get benefits for companies owned by relatives. Ritu Sarin of the Indian Express has done some superb investigation of how rules were bent and laws broken to favour a distillery owned by Home Minister Shivraj Patil's son Shailesh. You only associated the Home Minister with starched clothes, white shoes, pomade and cluelessness, did you? Well, he had a distillery up his armpit.

What will happen? Nothing. Any action might cost Dr Singh his job and his boss, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, her reputation. The Hindustan Times story on uranium might not have the drama of the Express investigation but it is, in a sense, even more damaging. It undermines the very basis of Dr Singh's arguments in defence of the Indo-US nuclear deal, that India needs foreign uranium for its civil nuclear programme.

As Neelesh Misra reports, "India has been sitting on massive, untapped reserves of uranium, hundreds of tonnes of which have been discovered over the past couple of years — adding to the over 1 lakh tonnes already identified in Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu." That is enough for our requirements for at least 40 years. Why did the Prime Minister keep this a closely guarded secret for four years?

What will happen? Why, nothing of course. To do anything would mean that the Prime Minister would have to appear on national television and cough discreetly before declaring himself guilty of misleading the country.

Dr Singh learnt what little he knows of politics from P V Narasimha Rao, a Prime Minister who perfected the art of doing nothing, and flaunted indecision as a decision. The epitome of this model was reached on 6 December 1992 when, in an unparalleled display of comatose indifference Rao did nothing while the Babri mosque was being destroyed through the day.

Singh was Finance Minister then, and arguably the most important minister after Rao. What did Dr Singh do? So much of nothing that you could write a book on silence out of it. But here is the surprise. The government got away with it. Rao manipulated the still dominant government audiovisual media from the evening of 6 December, sold a lie, and the Congress won a handsome victory in the Assembly elections held a year later.

Moral of the story? If you do nothing successfully enough, you can always drift back to power. The danger of doing nothing is that it can become a habit. Witness how government has tackled rising prices. Measures against inflation should have been put in place in December last year. The government did nothing. By March this horse, inflation, had bolted. However hard the government slams the door now, the damage is done.

Narasimha Rao could legitimately claim some redemption in his record. He did do something in one area, the economy. He might not have done what he did were it not for the financial emergency he inherited; and he certainly could have done more, as Dr Singh would attest. But economic reforms will stand against his name.

The record of the last four years, in contrast, is marked by only one significant departure from the norm: the Indo-US nuclear deal. That deal seems to have been sacrificed to survival. The Dr Singh years add up to a fragile zero. Perhaps the Prime Minister is beginning to understand this. Those who saw him on television asking ministers to stop going abroad in order to save Indians from the whiplash of rising prices were not overly impressed.

His mien was never very colourful, although he could be brisk. If he began as a grey man, he has deepened towards an ashy pallor. The price of power was visible in his eyes. You might imagine that if you do nothing, nothing will happen to you. Your eyes betray you.

M J Akbar is Chairman and Director of Publications, Covert

Friday, June 20, 2008

Moulana Syed Ahmed Urooj Qadiri

Moulana Syed Ahmed Urooj Qadiri was a renowned Islamic scholar from India. His favourite topic was Tasawufff. He wrote a book by the name Islami Tasawoof. He was one of the torch-bearer of the Islamic Movement. He had served the cause of Islam in a number of ways. He had been the Editor of Zindagi Rampur and also Zindagi-e-nau when it was shifted to Delhi. He was a writer par excellence. He was a gifted poet. He wrote poems both in Urdu and Hindi. He had been the president of Idara-e-Adab-e-Islami Hind for many years. He never missed a weekly Ijtima in his life. He used to give either Dars-e-Quran or Dars-e-Hadhis inevitably in all major and minor Ijtemas of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.
He passed away during the month of Ramzan in 1986. Today I read some obituaries written on him. They were very moving and inspiring. I thanked Allah that He bestowed me a chance to strive for the cause of Islam by being part of the Jamaat which produced such lumineries in the past.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sevaks planted bomb outside mosque last Diwali

Mateen Hafeez I TNN

Mumbai: The sevaks of Hindu revivalist group Sanatan Sanstha, who were arrested for allegedly being involved in some recent blasts , told the police that they had planted a bomb outside a mosque/dargah on the Pen highway last Diwali. They apparently wanted to check the intensity of the bomb, but it did not explode.

The confession came on Tuesday after the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) arrested two more sevaks, Santosh Angre (26) and Vikram Bhave (26), who reportedly planted the bombs at the Bhave auditorium in Vashi and Thane’s Gadkari Rangayatan. Seven persons were injured in the Thane blast on June 4.

The police made a breakthrough by arresting Ramesh Hanumant Gadkari (50) and Mangesh Nikam (34). The four accused have been sent to police custody till June 24. While Gadkari stayed at Sanatan Ashram in Devat near Panvel, Nikam belongs to Satara.

According to the accused, they had manufactured at least five bombs. While three of them were planted in Panvel, Vashi and Thane, one was planted in a dustbin at Pen but it did not go off. “Gadkari and Bhave said they had planted a bomb outside a mosque or dargah on the Pen highway. Our teams are verifying the claim,’’ said investigating officer B B Rathor.

With this revelation, the ATS is now going through the records of those arrested for the Jalana, Porna and Parbhani mosque blasts to find if there is any connection between the two groups.

While an officer said the bombs were made at Bhave’s house, an ATS team had been camping at Sanatan Ashram, trying to get evidence.

Angre, who stayed at Sanatan’s Ashram, was picked up from there and Bhave, a resident of Pen near Ratnagiri, was arrested from Wadala where he was hiding at his in-law’s house.

“The accused had bought around eight timers, which were to be used in the bombs. While five timers were used, the other three were thrown away near a nullah in Panvel,’’ said the officer.

Angre, a school dropout, was in the business of preparing and selling ayurvedic medicines. He left home and stayed at the ashram. Two motorcycles used by the accused and Ashram’s logbook have been seized.

According to police, the accused did not regret their act. “We are proud of what we did to deter those who were trying to show our gods and goddesses in poor light,’’ the accused told the invesigators.

On Tuesday, Gadkari, an engineering diploma-holder, told the court, “The police are putting pressure on my family and not considering my statement. They want a statement according to their will.’’ However, he did not complain about any physical torture.

“This is an allegation,’’ said ATS chief Hemant Karkare.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Oops... what a contrast..!

First I want to clarify one thing. Iam not against ladies (No. No. Iam not saying this with the fear of my wife lurking in the corner of my mind. Believe me.) Iam not against ladies getting involved in the struggle to establish Deen. I have always welcomed their participation. I always envisaged their equal engagement in this struggle. Iam not the one who opposes the growing brigades of Mujahidas - purdah clad women demonstrating for noble cause. Iam not averse to the thought of ladies giving lectures, Quranic discourses, Hadith classes etc. I have always dreamed of young muminas tackling the burning issues of purdah, polygamy, feminism etc in the media on their own. Even the two short stories which I wrote in Samarasam were heroine oriented. I have grown up reading the works of Zeenat Kauser, Safia Iqbal etc. My favourite memoirs written by jail bird is the book written by Zainab alghazzali. I wrote a moving obituary of Zainab alghazzali with words and tears. And the list goes on..
Still I want to share a nagging thought... a thought which is drowning me nowadays. What will happen if Lady islamists outnumber gent islamists?
Oh! Don't laugh!
Recently I had been to a historic city to attend a tarbiyah meet. The total number of the participants was seventy. Of them more than fifty were ladies! When I finished my lecture and when the house was thrown open to questions, ladies raised more questions than men..! They asked me about some additional details of a hadith. It showed their passion to learn. They asked me about an historic incident which I mentioned. It showed their eagerness to be informed. One sister asked me to teach her a dua so that she could overcome the reluctance, she faces whenever she is affected by ill-health. As I stuttered, I could not recollect a dua which could help you overcome your fever or cold or head-ache, another sister from the gathering stood up and recited a beautiful dua. "Haneefaji taught us this dua" she beamed with happiness. It showed their willingness and commitment. Whereas the gents remained mute spectators. They were numb. There is no passion. There is no..... Oh leave it.
In the afternoon session a symposium was held. Three sisters and a brother participated. The sisters were very bold, eloquent, and forthright. Their choice of words, their way of presentation, their narration was very good. They structured their speech well. They were energetic in delivering the speech. They simply captured the audience. They had style and substance. Where as the lone male speaker failed miserably. It was pathetic to watch him. He mumbled and fumbled. He had no eye contact with the audience.
And next day I attended another tarbiyah meet in another metropolitan city. Here the audience were different. It was not a routine cadre meet. But it was a meet of circle incharges. ie men and women who matter a lot in our tahreek. In the morning session we had routine lectures by responsible persons. The afternoon session started with a bang. yes really with a bang. What will you say to an excellent, splendid Dars-e-hadith sprinkled with inspiring anectodes and moving exclamations. It was given by a lady. The most striking part of her dars-e-hadith was that she related to our day to day happenings and iced with soul searching questions. That made her dars more effective than the speeches made by established speakers. When the house was thrown open for questions it was the ladies who were the first to raise questions. They asked remedy for a crisis they faced in their area. They asked clarifications. They asked guidances. All their questions were practical, relevant and innocent. It showed that they are field workers and all their questions were work related. But the questions raised by the brothers were not upto the mark. They centered around interpersonal relationship, petty squabbles, grievances, remarks, pulambals etc etc. Only one brother put forward a noteworthy question. It so happened that he was just a week old Nazim..!
The difference in the nature of the questions put forward by the ladies and those by the gentlemen was starking, alarming and terrifying.
Hmmmm......These two incidents were the reason for my fear What will happen if Lady islamists outnumber gent islamists?
Now what do you say?
No problem. leave it yaar.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Could you wipe out Muslims from the land?


You cannot wipe out Muslims from this land.

The Muslims are cornered. They are being maligned. They are branded as terrorists. Their religion is ridiculed.

Systematic attack from all the sides is carried over them. Still you cannot simply wipe them off.

Take the case of Gujarat. In 1968 Ahmedabad witnessed the most ferocious, gruesome and barbaric riots. 2000 Muslims were butchered. Properties worth crores and crores of Rupees were looted. Millioneres became penniless.

Come 2002. Similar pogram was carried out in largescale. The govt machinery too was mercilessly utilised for the task. Thousands and thousands of Men and women were uprooted. Muslim villages were burned.

The total loss suffered by Muslims exceeded Rs 2000crores. It was 15 percent of the total income of the Gujarati Muslims. Think over it. In 1968 they were rendered penniless. And after a gap of forty years when they were subjected to bigger atrocity, their loss is Rs 2000 crores. And it is just 15 percent of the total income.

Gujarat genocide 2002 was notorious for child killings. 400 children - tiny tots - below age 5 - were roasted alive.

Again consider another fact. At the end of 2002 mass marriages of riot victims was carried out in Relief camps. More than 2000 couples tied the knot. Now they have three children each. The total number of children goes to 6000!

The Sangh brigade burnt 400 tiny tots. But with in a span of three four years the riot victims alone produced 6000 children..!

So, Take it from me. You just cannot wipe out Muslims. They will never perish.

All praise to Allah!


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