Islam Under Scrutiny by Ex-Muslims

The Early Face of  Islam in Punjab and India

After leaving  Islam, the very first thing that I thought over was:

Why did my ancestor accept the cruel narcissist cult of pedophilic prophet?

Were they so gullible?

Were they so cruel?

I read many articles written by Hindus on  Islamic jaziya and forced conversions in India. But I was not satisfied. There seemed something missing in these articles. Muslims of the sub-continent, especially of Punjab, accepted  Islam not only due to jaziya, but also due to preachings by the early Sufi saints of Islam. They have a lot of contribution in these conversions. In every city of Punjab and India there you will find tombs on the graves of saints.

These saints mislead the people to some extent. They didn’t have the real knowledge about  Islam. They accepted  Islam due to a monotheistic attraction. They did not have read any single hadith. They had not any knowledge about the filthy Quran. They knew about the Quran from the hearsay of contemporary mullahs.

These saints were some kind of "monotheistic Hindus". They accepted "Allah" just as the God of the universe. They never practice  Islam, never said prayers, never  fast. This is the reason that common villagers in Pakistan hate mosques; they don’t bother to fast in Ramadan. They like to distribute some food among poor every Thursday and give some money as zakat. They actually believe in the philosophy of those saints, the early monotheists of India.

My ancestors were neither cruel, nor fool, to accept a pedophilic prophet; they simply accepted monotheism from these monotheistic saints, who preached love and harmony among fellow Indians.

As the time passed, the translations of the Quran started reaching the India. The movement of "Wahabism" arose; there arrived the real face of  Islam in India. Because of this, the contemporary intellectuals, who loved to live in peace with Indian Hindus, started a strong campaign against Wahabismthe real face of Islam. This is the reason that people of hate the Wahabis more than dogs and infidels. Many reformist like Sir Syed Ahmad Khan arose to stop the hate-mongering Islamic values. But the reformists of Islam always failed; they were not able to mold  Islam and left their mission after receiving fatwas from the Mullahs. Later on, that  Islamic hate-virus caused the formation of Pakistan and massacre of millions of Indians.

In sum, the early face of Islam in India, and especially in Punjab, was not as it is seen now in Pakistan. Punjabi people used to believe more in saints than prophets. And there were a lot of saints, e.g. Baba Farid, Waris Shah, Sachal Sarmst, Bullah Shah, Al-Hijwairi etc. They preached monotheism and love, although real Islam slowly took over in India. Among these Sufi saints, Bulleh Shah was marked as bridge of peace between Muslims and Sikhs. But in him time, Baba Bulleh Shah was a beacon of hope and peace for the citizens of Punjab. While Bulleh Shah was in Pandoke, Muslims killed a young Sikh man, who was riding through their village, in retaliation for the murder of some Muslims by Sikhs. Baba Bulleh Shah denounced the murder of an innocent Sikh, for which he was censured by the Mullahs and muftis of Pandoke. Bulleh Shah maintained that violence was not the answer to violence. Bulleh Shah also hailed Guru Tegh Bahadur, murdered by Aurangzeb, as a Ghazi ( Islamic term for a religious warrior).

Bulleh Shah was simply a monotheist: he doubt almost everything, particularly of Islam, as reflected in his poetry, which I have translated (see below). He was a doubter, skeptica Richard Dawkins of his age.

There is some stanzas from his poetry. Just compare it with hateful verses of the Quran.

Punjabi transliteration
Na maen momin vich maseet aan  
Na maen vich kufar diyan reet aan  
Na maen paakaan vich paleet aan  
Na maen moosa na pharaun.  
Bulleh! ki jaana maen kaun  
Na maen andar ved kitaab aan,  
Na vich bhangaan na sharaab aan  
Na vich rindaan masat kharaab aan  
Na vich jaagan na vich saun.  
Bulleh , ki jaana maen kaun
Na maen bheth mazhab da paaya  
Ne maen aadam havva jaaya  
Na maen apna naam dharaaya  
Na vich baitthan na vich bhaun  
Bulleh , ki jaana maen kaun  
Avval aakhir aap nu jaana  
Na koi dooja hor pehchaana  
Maethon hor na koi siyaana  
Bulla! ooh khadda hai kaun  
Bulla, ki jaana maen kaun

Not a believer inside the mosque, am I  
Nor a pagan disciple of false rites  
Not the pure amongst the impure  
Neither Moses, nor the Pharaoh  
Bulleh! to me, I am not known  
Not in the holy Vedas, am I  
Nor in opium, neither in wine  
Not in the drunkard's intoxicated craze  
Neither awake, nor in a sleeping daze  

Bulleh! To me, I am not known 

I cant understand the secrets of religions 
From Adam and Eve, I am not born  
I am not the name I assume  
Not in stillness, nor on the move  
Bulleh! to me, I am not known  
I am the first, I am the last  
None other, have I ever known  
I am the wisest of them all  
Bulleh! do I stand alone?
Bulleh! to me, I am not known

vaid Qurana perh perh thaky
Sajdy kerdian gissay mathhy

Na rub tairath na rub makkay

Jis nay paya noor anwar

Ishk di nawo nawi bahar 

Phook masala bhun sat lota

Na pher tasbeh asa sota

Ashik kehnday dy dy hoka

Tark halalon kha murder

Ishk di nawi nawi bahar 
Mulla tay mashaalchi dohaan ikko chit  
Loukan karday chananan, aap anhairae vich

Masjid dha de, mandir dha de, dha de jo kucch dainda  
Par kisi da dil na dhain, Rab dilan vich rehnda..

(people) are tired reading Ved and Quran
Their faces are rubbed due to prostration

Neither God is in Tirath nor in Mecca

He who get the light

Newly spring to love. 

Burn the prayer mat, burnt out the lota (a pot used for  Islamic ablution).

Don’t use tasbeeh (prayer-beads).

Lovers are calling loudly. prevent halal and eat haram meat.

Newly spring to love. 

Mullah and the torch-bearer, both from the same flock  
Guiding others; themselves in the dark

Tear down the mosque and the temple; break everything in sight  
But do not break a person's heart, it is there that God resides


Similarly Sultan Bahoo, was of that category. Here is his stanzas.

Punjabi transliteration 

Akal fikr na jana kai, jithhay wahdat ser w subhani hoo

Nal authy mullah pundit jushi na outhay ilm Qurani hoo

Jud e amjad ahad wakha ditta, taan kal hoay fani hoo

Ilm tmam kitto nay hasal bahoo, kitaba thhap asmani hoo 

Mazhaban dy derwazay uchay, rah rabanaa mori hoo

Punditaan tay malvania  kolon chhup chhup langiay choree hoo

Murshid da didar ay bahoo

Menoo lakh keroran hajaan hoo


The science cannot reach the place where God is. Neither pundit is there nor the mullah. And even knowledge of Quran cannot reach that place. 

Great grand father told  me the "one God"

Every knowledge I have gained. Now I closed all divinely books.

The doors of religions are very high. Path of the saints is the hole inside them.

We are passing secretly from the pundits and mullahs. 

A scene of my saint is better then millions of hajjs and omras.


Those monotheist Sufi saints, as these poetry suggest, were not aware of the real face of Islam; they simply accepted Islam as a philosophy of monotheism. They criticized the mullahs and the spread of hatred due to  Islam. They spread the message of love, which my Hindu ancestors accepted and became a part of Islam. Later on, when the Quran reached India with translations in native language, then the Islamic hate-virus evolved into its real face: the Talibans being an example.

Amar Khan is a Pakistan-born ex-Muslim.

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