The Early Face of Islam in Punjab and India
23 Jan, 2009
- 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 Wahabism—the
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, skeptic—a Richard Dawkins of his age.
There is some stanzas from his poetry. Just compare it with hateful verses of the Quran.
Not a believer inside the mosque, am I
I cant understand the secrets of religions
vaid Qurana perh perh thaky
Na rub tairath na rub makkay
Jis nay paya noor anwar
Ishk di nawo nawi
Phook masala bhun sat lota
Na pher tasbeh asa sota
Ashik kehnday dy dy hoka
Tark halalon kha murder
Ishk di nawi nawi
de, mandir dha de, dha de jo kucch dainda
(people) are tired reading Ved and Quran
Neither God is in Tirath nor in Mecca
He who get the light
Newly spring to
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
Similarly Sultan Bahoo, was of that category. Here is his stanzas.
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.
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.