Islam Under Scrutiny by Ex-Muslims

Demystification of the Islamic Rule in India, Part II

In my previous article I showcased the gross intolerance of the Muslim rulers during the Islamic rule in India. There have been bigots belonging to almost all religions and cultures. However when every ruler belonging to a particular religion is bigot, maybe there is a problem with the religion than with the man himself.

Yes, Islam is intolerant as it is bigoted. There are hundreds of passages in the Quran and innumerable hadith in the Quran that prove this fact. It is these passages of the Quran that motivated these men to become (UN) Holy warriors of Allah. After all there is a reward for every act of injustice committed against the kafirs in the name of Allah. Isn’t this reason enough for a man to become an animal and commit acts which mankind and history can neither pardon nor ever forget. Let us move further in our search of more evidences from the annals of Islamic history

To see the injustices and suffering cast on the native Indians by the Muslims tyrants.

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Name of the Book: Diwan-i-Salman

Name of the Historian: Khawajah Masud bin Sa'd bin Salman

About the Author: Khawajah Masud bin Sa'd bin Salman was a poet. He wrote poems in praise of the Ghaznavid Sultans- Masu'd, Ibrahim and Bahram Shah. He died sometime between AD 1126 and 1131. The Muslim rulers he wrote about:

1. Sultan Abu'l Muzaffar Ibrahim (AD 1059-1099)

"As power and the strength of a lion was bestowed upon Ibrahim by the Almighty, he made over to him the well-populated country of Hindustan and gave him 40,000 valiant horsemen to take the country, in which there were more than 1000 rais.The army of the king destroyed at one time a thousand temples of idols, which had each been built for more than a thousand years. How can I describe the victories of the King..."

Jalandhar (Punjab)

"The narrative of any battles eclipses the stories of Rustam and Isfandiyar. By morning meal, not one soldier, not one Brahmin remained unslaughtered or uncaptured. Their heads were leveled with the ground with flaming fire. Thou have secured the victory to the country and to religion, for amongst the Hindus this achievement will be remembered till the day of resurrection."

Malwa (Madhya Pradesh)

"...On this journey, the army detsroyed a thousand idol-temples and thy elephants trampled over more than a hundred strongholds. Thou didst march thy army to Ujjan; the lip of infidelity became dry through fear of thee, the eye of plural-worship became blind...”

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Name of the Book: Chach-Namah

Name of the Historian: Mohammed Al bin Hamid bin Abu Bakr Kufi

About the Author: The Persian history was translated from Arabic by the above mentioned author in the time of Nasiruddin Qabacha, a slave of Mohammed Ghori.

The Muslim rulers he wrote about:

1. Mohammed bin Qasim (AD 712-715)

Siwistan and Sisam (Sindh) Mohammed bin Qasem wrote to al-Hajjaj, the governor of Iraq:

"The forts of Siwistan and Sism have been already taken. The nephew of Dahir, his warriors and principal officers have been dispatched, and infidels converted to Islam or destroyed. Instead of idol temples, mosques and other places of worship have been built, pulpits have been erected, the Khutba is read, and the call to prayers is raised so that devotions are performed at sacred hours."

Multan (Punjab)

...”Mohammed Qasem arose and with his counsellors, guards and attendants went to the temple. He saw there an idol made of gold. And its two eyes were bright red rubies. "..Muhammed Qasem ordered the idol to be taken up. Two hundred and thirty "mans" of gold were brought to the treasury together with the gems and pearls and treasures which were obtained from the plunder of Multan. "

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Name of the Book: Jamiu'l-Hikayat

Name of the Historian: Maulana Nuruddin Muhammed `Ufi

About the Author: The author was born in or near the city of Bukhara in Transoxiana. He came to India and lived in Delhi for some time in the reign of Shamsu'd-Din Iltutmish (AD 1210-1236).

The Muslim rulers he wrote about:

1. Amru bin Laith (AD 879-900)

Sakawand (Afghanistan)

"It is related that Amru Lais conferred the governorship of Zabulistan on Fardaghan and sent him there at the head of four thousand horses. There was a large Hindu place of worship in that country, which was called Sakawand and people, used to come on pilgrimage from the most remote parts of Hindustan to the idols of that place. When Fardaghan arrived in Zabulistan he led his army against it, took the temple, broke the idols in pieces and overthrew the idolaters..."

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Name of the Book: Taju'l-Ma'sir

Name of the Historian: Sadru'd-Din Muhammed Hasan Nizamii

About the author: The author was born at Nishapur in Khurasan. He had to leave his ancestral place because of the Mongol invasion. He came to India and started writing his history in AD 1205.

The Muslim rulers he wrote about:

1. Sultan Muhammed Ghuri (AD 1175-1206)

Ajmer (Rajasthan)

"He destroyed the pillars and foundations of the idol temples and built in their stead mosques and colleges, and the precepts of Islam, and the customs of the law were divulged and established..."

Kuhram and Samana (Punjab)

"The Government of the fort of Kohram and Samana were made over by the Sultan to Kutuu-din.He purged by his sword the land of Hind from the filth of infidelity and vice, and freed it from the thorn of God-plurality, and the impurity of idol-worship and by his royal vigour and intrepidity, left not one temple standing..."

Meerut (Uttar Pradesh)

"Kutub-d din marched from Kohran and when he arrived at Meerut which is one of the celebrated forts of the country of Hind, for the strength of its foundations and superstructure, and its ditch, which was as broad as the ocean and fathomless- an army joined him, sent by the dependent chiefs of the country. The fort was captured, and a Kotwal was appointed to take up his station in the fort, and all the idol temples were converted into mosques."

Delhi

"He then marched and encamped under the fort of Delhi...The city and its vicinity was freed from idols and idol-worships, and in the sanctuaries of the images of the Gods, mosques were raised by the worshippers of one God. Kutub-d din built the Jami Masjid at Delhi and adorned it with stones and gold obtained from the temples which had been demolished by the elephants, and covered it with inscriptions in Toghra, containing the divine commands."

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)

"From that place (Asni) the royal army proceeded towards Benares which is the center of the country of Hind and here they destroyed nearly 1000 temples, and raised mosques on their foundations and the knowledge of the law became promulgated, and the foundations of religion were established.."

Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh)

"There was a certain tribe in the neighbourhood of Kol which had occasioned much trouble. Three bastions were raised as high as heaven with their heads, and their carcasses became the food of beasts of prey. That tract was freed from idols and idol-worship and the foundation of infidelity were destroyed".

Bayana (Rajasthan)

"When Kutub-d din heard of Sultan's march from Ghazna, he was much rejoiced and advanced as far as Hansi (a place in Rajasthan) to meet him. In the year AH 592 (AD 1196), they marched towards Thangar, and the center of idolatry and perdition became the abode of glory and splendour...”

Kalinjar (Uttar Pradesh)

"In the year AH 599 (Ad 1202), Kutub-d din proceeded to the investment Kalinjar, on which expedition he was accompanied by the Sahib-Kiran, Shamsu-d din Altmash... The temples were converted into mosques and abodes of goodness, and the ejaculations of bead counters and voices of summoners to prayer ascended to high heaven, and the very name of idolatry was annihilated.”

2. Sultan Shamsu'd-Din Iltutmish (AD 1210-1236)

Delhi

"The Sultan then returned from Jalor to Delhi. And after his arrival 'not a vestige or name remained of idol temples which had raised their heads on high; and the light of faith shone out from the darkness of infidelity. And the moon of religion and the state became resplendent from the heaven of prosperity and glory."

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Name of the Book: Kamilu't-Tawarikh

Name of the Historian: Ibn Asir

About the author: The author was born in AD 1160 in the Jazirat ibn Umar, an island on the Tigris above Mosul.

The Muslim rulers he wrote about:

1. Khalifa Al-Mahdi (AD 775-785)

Barada (Gujrat)

"In the year 159 (AD 776) Al Mahdi sent an army by sea under Abdul Malik bin Shahabu'l Musamma'i to India. They proceeded on their way and at length disembarked at Barada (Baroda/Vadodra). When they reached the place they laid siege on it. The town was reduced to extremities and God prevailed over it in the same year. The people were forbidden to worship the Budd (idol), which the Muhammadans burned."

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Name of the Book: Tarikh-i-Jahan-Kusha

Name Of The Historian: Alaud-Din Malik ibn Bahaud-Din Muhammed Juwaini

About the author: The author was born a native of Juwain in Khurasan near Nishapur. He was the Halaku during the Mongol campaign against the Ismai'lians and was later appointed the governor of Baghdad. He fell from grace and was imprisoned at Hamadan.

The Muslim rulers he wrote about:

1. Sultan Jalalud-Din Mankbarni (AD 1222-1231)

Debal (Sindh)

"The Sultan then went towards Dewal and darbela and Jaisi. The Sultan raised Masjid at Dewal, on the spot where an idol temple stood."

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Name of the Book: Mifathu'l-Futuh

Name of the Historian: Amir Khusru

About the author: The author, Amir Khusru, was born in Delhi in 1253. His father occupied high positions in the reigns of Sultan Shamsu'd Din Iltutmish (AD 1210-1236) and his successors. Reputed to be the dearest disciple of Sheikh Nizamuddin Auliya, he became the lick-spittle of whoever came out victorious in the contest for the throne at Delhi. He became the court poet of Balban's successor, Sultan Kaiqbad. He is regarded as a secular Sufi Saint by the general population in India. The curriculum history books in India describe him as a man of love and peace.

Muslim rulers he wrote about:

1. Sultan Jajalu'd-Din Khalji (AD 1290-1296)

Jhain (Rajasthan)

"The Sultan reached Jhain in the afternoon of the third day and stayed in the palace of the Raya he greatly enjoyed his stay for some time. Coming out, ho took a round of gardens and temples. The idols he saw amazed him... Next day he got those idols of gold smashed with stones. The pillars of wood were burnt down by his order... A cry rose from the temples as if a second Mahmud has taken birth. Two idols were made of brass, one of which weighed nearly thousand "mans" (a measure of weight).He got both of them broken, and the pieces were distributed among his people so that they may throw them at the door of Masjid on their return to Delhi."

1. Sultan Alaud-Din Khilji (AD 1296-1316)

Vidisha (Madhya Pradesh)

"When he advanced from the capital of Karra, the Hindus, in alarm, descended into the earth like ants. He departed towards the garden of Behar to dye that soil with blood as red as tulip. He cleared the road to Ujjain of vile wretches, and created consternation in Bhilsan. When he affected his conquests in that country, hew drew out of the river the idols which had been concealed in it.

Devagiri (Maharshtra)

"But see the mercy with which he regarded the broken-hearted, for, after seizing the rai (kingdom), he set him free again. He destroyed the temples of the idolaters, and erected pulpits and arches for mosques. "


 

What you have read above are not merely quotations from books written by people in the distant past. They are in fact real life events which must have devastated millions of native Indians. That was the time when Muslims were a powerful force, so in their arrogance they left their misdeeds recorded by their own writers. However we must not forget that life comes around full circle. With Islam spreading its tentacles around the world, who knows history might just be repeated on a much larger scale. Who knows, just maybe!


Ibrahim Lone is Kashmir-born ex-Muslim.

 
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