Good Terrorism Bad Terrorism

Few days back some cow vigilantes in Rajasthan, India attacked some muslim men who were transporting cattle. The transporters were carrying all the legal documents with them that might be sought by ‘authorities’ and obviously not by terrorists. Despite that they were ruthlessly beaten and one of them was murdered on a busy road in full public view. And just last year Akhlaq too was murdered by RW terrorists on the suspicion of having beef cooked at his home which later on proved to be false.

 

Media and the ruling party calls these individuals as fringe elements – same word that they until few months back used for the present CM of the most populous state. The fringe is the main stream now and the terrorists are the activists now. Media is shying away from calling these terror attacks as terror attacks in first place and the nomenclature that they use for these terror activities mainly perpetrated by the hindu right-wing is just to give them a soft public image. ‘This guy did kill this many people in a bomb blast but look he’s not a terrorist but was an activist’.

This image stabilization by the media is a dangerous trend. These days, every single channel is trying to toe the line of RW. Their terrorists are not even called terrorists, their terror attacks are called isolated incidents! During the time of emergency, media played a pivotal role in informing the masses as well as calling spade as a spade but in present times when called to bend they start to crawl.

This RW terrorism is far more dangerous than ISIS as in the case of former a democratically elected government is giving tacit approval leading to legitimization of the same! Laws are subverted to let the guilty go free, issues are being concocted to appear in favor of the guilty.

PM may come on TV and shed tears like he does every now and then; but in no way does that send any message of assurance to the minority in India. Let alone the vengeance against the minority living in here; they did not even leave the foreigners – Africans, that too in the capital! The delusion of grandeur this Brahmanical Indian society has is astonishing to say the least. These are the very people who take pride in being the original citizens of India and call Mughals as outsiders. Yes, Babur did invade India but his progeny was born and brought up in here just like these deluded people who came in with Aryan invasion and thought themselves to be superior to the original inhabitants. The original inhabitants were taken as slaves and made to work in the fields as slaves hence the caste Shudras. They themselves being the occupiers and invaders thought themselves to be the learned/intellectual class and warriors hence brahmin and Kshatriyas, with the advent the business caste of the Vaisyas also came into being.

My point here is that the top caste that calls everyone who’s a non hindu as outsiders or traitors who adopted to foreign religion are ironically hallucinating on the false moral high ground because of the same invasion. So, drunk on false grandeur they are creating havoc on streets killing minorities and on social media issuing rape threats and death threats to women. And thus, it is becoming difficult to live in India for minority in general and Muslims in particular.

One can draw many parallels between what is happening now in India and what happened in Nazi Germany. Sadly, a similar rise of fascism is seen today in India. Under the misdirection of development fascist propaganda is let loose. The government is as incompetent as it can be, goal posts are shifted every hour, bills are passed in parliament by subverting the democratic process, judiciary has started to look away or give a tacit approval in many cases with patriotic songs and movie scripts finding way into the judgement, media was already wagging tail waiting for biscuits to be thrown at, anyone critical of the government is thought to be critical of the country and shouted down. Ironically, India has always been chiding Pakistan over good terrorism – bad terrorism but prefers to have blind eye to the terrorism at home by calling it a fringe and giving it a tacit approval to unleash itself on minorities.

With each passing day PM is not following the footsteps of any former leader but he’s only exonerating the stance of the founder of Pakistan.

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Power Of Astagfirullah

Once Hazrat Imam Hambal (ra) was travelling to some place. On his way, he arrived at some town, at midnight. He was travelling all alone so he decided to have some rest at that place and continue forward in the morning. To spend the night, he decided to take shelter in a masjid. So, he went inside the masjid and began to rest; soon, some guard came and asked him to vacate the ‘House of God’. The guard didn’t know whom he was addressing though Imam was a greatly revered scholar at that time but since there was no technological outburst as of today, so mostly people knew great men only by their name and not by their face.

Hazrat Imam Hambal (ra), politely replied to him that he was only seeking refuge for the night and that this was a masjid. The guard didn’t budge, so, Hazrat Imam Hambal (ra) went out of the masjid and decided to sleep at the doorway. This irked the guard and he dragged the imam onto the road. Across the street, there was a baker who was getting the dough ready for the next morning, while doing so he was watching all that was happening on the other side. He saw this person being dragged, and because of Imam’s humbleness and his character while dealing with the disrespect and also because Imam appeared to be a man of knowledge, the baker invited this old person into his shop and allowed him to take some rest there.

 

While preparing the dough, this baker was continuously reciting Astagfirullah. Imam noticed this, and asked this baker if he has experienced some barakah out of this continuous Istagfaar. The baker replied that all of his duas have been granted to him because of the barakah of Istagfaar except one! Imam curiously asked which one? Baker replied that he had made a dua to meet the scholar of the time Hazrat Imam Hambal (ra) and so far that dua hasn’t been granted to him.

Hearing this, Imam understood the Allah’s plan of making him leave for an impromptu visit without anyone to accompany him, arriving in the town past midnight, being dragged out of the ‘House of God’ and being invited into the ‘House of baker’ just to answer that Baker’s dua of meeting the Imam!

Silence

One of the best stories and the most inspiring one, in various aspects, has to be the story of Hazrat Musa’s (as) meeting with Hazrat Khazir (as), I’ve written the prelude to the meeting mentioned in quran Here. Today  I wish to talk about the meeting and what transpired in it. To be exact I want to highlight the events after the 2nd incident of their meeting. This story finds mention in Surah Kahf. Firstly, Hazrat Khazir (as) damaged a boat then he killed a child and lastly he repaired a wall without any remuneration.

At the very beginning of the story, Hazrat Khazir (as) warns Hazrat Musa (as) that he (Musa) cannot be patient with him but Hazrat Musa (as) assured him that he (Musa) will not disappoint him as far as patience was considered. Hazrat Khazir (as) very well knew about the nature of Hazrat Musa (as), which was of the impulsive, inquisitor type hence he put the warning upfront. The very reason this meeting was taking place was because of that nature. So after Hazrat Musa (as) saw the boat being damaged, he questioned the act of Hazrat Khazir (as) who reminded him of his promise of being patient in the entire journey; to this Hazrat Musa (as) replied that he’ll be careful the next time. Please note that Hazrat Khazir (as) did not want any assurance from Hazrat Musa (as) but the latter provided it anyhow.

Now after Hazrat Musa (as) saw a child being killed he was greatly surprised and questioned the veracity of this act whereupon Hazrat Khazir (as) again reminded him of his promise to which Hazrat Musa (as) again replied, without being asked or expected to reply, that if he says anything after this point the meeting should be considered over. This reply of Hazrat Musa (as) is considered by many scholars to be uncalled for, even our beloved Prophet (saww) wished that Musa (as) had remained quite so that the meeting could have been extended further but as we know, the meeting ended immediately after the third incident and excuse on the behalf of Hazrat Khazir (as) to part ways was Hazrat Musa’s (as) reply after the second incident. Though it is never mentioned explicitly, scholars suggest it to be the implicit reason and the fact that Hazrat Musa(as) complied to partition after going through all the struggle for this meeting alone is a clear indication of it being the implicit reason.

 

Silence at that time could have benefited a Prophet who had the Lord’s machinery, by the grace of the Lord himself, at his command; imagine what fruits that silence will bear for us! As Rumi said; Silence is the language of God, rest is just poor translation. Silence is golden, we have history full of wise men and women emphasizing on the importance of silence. Hazrat Umar (ra) used to say; my silence has never hurt me, it’s always my speech. God created us with just one tongue but two ears, that must be His way of saying talk less and listen more.

 

In today’s modern world where information is being bombarded at us from all sorts of nooks and corners of the digital alley, we are surrounded by cacophony instead of meaningful dialogue. Our work, our relationships, our life would have been much better if we had not spoken at ‘that’ moment. Silence was all that was needed of us but we failed to control our tongue. Hazrat Luqmaan (as) when asked to prepare the delicacy out of the best part of lamb brought forward the dish prepared from the tongue of the lamb and next time when asked to prepare a delicacy out of the worst part of the lamb, he again prepared dish from the tongue; when he was asked about it he said that the tongue if used properly is sweeter than honey and if used unwisely it is bitter than  poison! If only we can understand the importance of silence the world will become a better place. Nature is best experienced when we stop talking.

I’m dissuading speech except when it is better than silence. It’s an irony of our times that when we need to speak up we remain silent and when we need to remain silent, there’s not a word in the dictionary that didn’t find mention in our speech. Speak in favor of oppressed, downtrodden, weak, marginalized; speak up your ideas; speak up against tyrants, fascists but remain quite when your spouse is throwing a tantrum at you, wait for temperatures to cool down and then put forward your point; be silent when your parents yell at you, they never wanted to yell at their beloved in the first place; be silent when a fool wants to argue with you; be silent when your speech will only hurt someone.

Be silent if you want to listen to yourself!

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