of the mainstream Newspapers of Bangladesh have published in their
issues of September 23, 2005, a news item with the headline "Political double standards must stop to end global terrorism." The demand to shun political double standards to end global terrorism was raised
in a seminar held in Dhaka .
The seminar was titled "Islam: Religion of Peace, Progress and Harmony;
Bangladesh : Model of a Moderate
Muslim Nation" Many local and regional intellectuals and Muslim scholars took part in this seminar.
the participants of the seminar declared that "Islam is a treasure of peace and doctrine of disciplines; everybody should understand
Islam as a religion promoting peace and progress." This was, in my judgment, the catch phrase that has induced most of the newspapers
to print it on their front pages.
is Islam really a treasure of peace and doctrine of disciplines?
Does it promote progress?
find out answers to the above questions, we need to investigate
how and why Islam was founded and also, if its doctrines, as outlined
in the Quran, promote peace and progress among Muslims and the
practitioners of other faiths. Since delving in all the details
would become voluminous, I am restricting myself to some of the
salient features of Islam with the hope that those readers who
are desirous of learning more about this faith and its doctrines
would satisfy their inquisitiveness by carrying out their own
research on them.
to the general belief, the religion of Islam was not intended
for the people of the entire world. The fact that the Prophet
Muhammad had launched his movement to dislodge the Quraish priests
from the highly profitable posts of the Ka'aba, and to have
them reallocated to himself and to his followers is inferable
from the Quran itself. His aforesaid attempt was akin to the attempt
that Jesus Christ had made for removing the Jewish rabbis from
the top priestly positions they held in the temples of Jerusalem.
the territorial limitation of the Prophet's movement, the Quran
"Thus have We sent by inspiration to thee an Arabic Quran: that thou mayest warn
the Mother of Cities [i.e. Mecca] and around her, - and warn
(them) of the Day of Assembly, of which there is no doubt: (when)
some will be in the Garden, and some in the Blazing Fire (42:7).
above stipulation of the Quran is reinforced by another verse
in which it is stated:
"For me, I have been commanded to serve the Lord of this City [i.e. Mecca], Him
Who has sanctified it and to Whom (belong) all things: and I
am commanded to be of those who bow in Islam to Allah's Will,
is clear from the above two verses of the Quran that the scope
and the purpose of Islam were limited to the City of Mecca and
that it was an unnamed Deity who had commanded the Prophet Muhammad
to serve the Lord [i.e. Allah] of Mecca, who had sanctified it
and to whom belonged all the things that this City contained at
Abul Ala Mududi's comment on verse 27:91 is succinct. He says:
"Finally, the sura addresses itself to the excuse often put forward by the Meccan
unbelievers. They argued that if they accepted the new, monotheistic
Faith and abandon their old polytheistic religion, they would
lose their religious, political and social ascendancy among
the Arabs. The result of embracing the new Faith would be that,
far from remaining the most powerful tribe in Arabia, they would
be reduced to a tribe devoid of power and standing and be deprived
of security and protection. This was the real reason behind
the Quraysh nobility's non-acceptance of Islam. .. (Towards
Understanding the Quran; Vol. 7, p. 194).
original purpose, scope, intention and design changed after the
Prophet's migration to Medina. Here, he saw a different prospect
for his creed. Here, he found a group of people he could make
pay him with their life and wealth for refusing to accept his
Islamic doctrines. And these people were the rich Jews of Medina
whose other offence was that they exercised great influence on
the Pagans of this City.
order to subdue the Meccan Pagans and the Jews of Medina and its
neighborhood, the Prophet of Islam launched over one hundred raids
and expeditions. He personally took part in twenty-seven of them.
He tried to loot a peaceful and unarmed caravan of the Meccans
(cf. Quran; 3:13; and also see Abdullah Yusuf Ali's comment
352, The Holy Quran, Vol. 1. p. 125). He fought three major battles
against the Meccan Pagans and these were the battles of Badr,
Ditch and of Uhud.
had launched all the raids and expeditions and fought all the
battles not only to spread Islam but also to kill and plunder
his enemies as well as to enslave their women for his and his
followers' sexual pleasure. On deriving sexual pleasure from
the slaves (who are referred to in the Quran as "the possession of the Muslims' right hands"), the Muslims' Holy Book says:
"O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their
dowers; and those whom thy right hand possess out of the prisoners
of war whom Allah has assigned to thee; and daughters of thy
paternal uncles and aunts, and the daughters of thy maternal
uncles and aunts, who migrated (from Mecca) with thee; and any
believing women who dedicates her soul to the Prophet if the
Prophet wishes to wed her; - this only for thee and not for
the believers (at large); We know what We have appointed for
them as to their wives and the captives whom their right hands
possess; - in order that there should be no difficulty for thee.
And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful" (Quran; 33:50).
fact that Islam had become a dominant force in the Arabian Peninsula
through murder, loot and enslavement negates all the claims we
now hear from Muslims and their scholars. A doctrine that took
birth in such a violent manner can neither be a peaceful one,
nor its application at any time and at any place can be defended
by anyone who has some elements of intelligence and common sense.
towards non-Muslims was one of the important characteristics of
the Prophet of Islam. On the authority of Ubaydullah b. Abdullah
b. Utba b. Masud tells us the following: "The only dispositions that the Apostle made at his death were three: He bequeathed
to the Rahawis land which produced a hundred loads in Khaybar,
to the Dariyis, the Sabais, and the Asharis the same. He also
gave instructions that the mission of Usama bin Zayd b. Haritha
should be carried through and that two religions should not be
allowed to remain in the Peninsula of the Arabs" (Sirat Rasulallah, p. 523).
is in keeping with the Prophet's instruction from his deathbed
that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not permit any religion
other than Islam to exist on its soil. The fact, being what I
have briefly stated above, does not support the claim made by
all Muslims and their scholars. Their claims are simply untrue
in a nutshell: Islam is not tolerant of other religions. Therefore,
to claim that it is a religion of peace and harmony is simply
of all hues and backgrounds claim that Bangladesh is a moderate
Islamic country. It is not true, as was the claim of the Bangladesh
government on the existence of Islamic terrorists on its soil.
Despite the fact that a large number of observers, both local
and international, had always drawn the government's attention
to the looming threats it faced from the Islamic terrorists, almost
all political leaders of the country, including its Prime Minister,
brushed them aside with the proclamation that due to the very
nature of Islam, no Muslim could ever take up terrorism as a tool
to achieve their political and economic goals. The events of August
17, 2005 proved that most, if not all, of the Bangladeshi leaders
were liars. They are now trying to apprehend those criminals whose
existence they never acknowledged until the Islamic terrorists
knocked at their doors with their Islamic bombs.
the Bangladeshi political leaders, Muslim scholars have also been
disseminating lies in order to prove that Bangladesh is a moderate
nation. I would have taken their claim as being a credible one,
if they had also declared that Muslims do not need to rely on
the Quran and that what are stated in it were meant for the time
it was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. A Muslim leader cannot be
a moderate leader or turn his or her country into a moderate nation,
if that leader is a good Muslim. Here is the reason based on which
I have made the above statement:
"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden
which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Apostle, nor acknowledge
the religion of Truth [i.e. Islam] (even if they are) of the
People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission,
and feel themselves subdued" (9:29).
the above revelation, Allah has made it compulsory for the Muslim
leaders to fight the non-Muslims until they acknowledge Islam
and to agree to pay higher taxes with willing submission (to Islam)
and feel themselves subdued (dhimmitude is the other name of "subduedness").
the light of the above stipulation of the Quran, one must wonder:
how can people, having even a little bit of common sense, ever
claim that Islam promotes equality, moderation, tolerance and