By: Prabhat Varun
February 19, 2006
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Truth Behind the Veil B Shantanu
Hindus under Muslim Rule in West Bengal
Jinnah - A genuine Muslim communalist
Gandhi, Moulana of Muslim appeasement
Why do Muslims protest violently?
Sati-Pratha and its origins
Fragile Islam, Touchy Muslims
Forefathers of Indian Muslims Were Hindus
We are still under siege in our own country
Disenchantment of Indian Muslims
The solution has to come from within Muslim society
Open Letter Indian Muslim Council
The Mirage of Hindu-Muslim Unity
Islamic world is in uproar over the alleged insult of Prophet Muhammad by
his depiction in the Danish daily Jylland Posten and then in several other
European newspapers. In India also Muslims are demonstrating continuously.
Leftists, Secularists and all other ilk of Indian Secular militia are as
usual united in their support to the ‘persecuted Muslims’ by the ‘bully’
West. However, the nationalist faction, which is believed to be rightist
and castigated by the Leftist parties as untouchables, is also against the
‘insult of the Prophet’. Overall, ‘West’ is blamed for inflaming the
sentiments of the oppressed ‘Asians’.
However, we cannot blame the West entirely for the uproar in Islamic
world. After 9/11, 3/11 Madrid, 7/7, Beslan genocide, Moscow
theatre-siege, French civil war, Van Gogh Assassination, Australian riots
and innumerable beheadings of Western journalists, soldiers and civilians
by Islam and Muslims, the West is not entirely unjustified in taking out
its rage over its perceived enemy by just etching out the portrait of
Prophet Muhammad. And that was not quite a provocative act. After all, the
portraits did nowhere insult Prophet Muhammad. It was just humorous
artistic expression of what those cartoonists thought of Prophet Muhammad.
Prophet Muhammad was nowhere ridiculed, what was ridiculed was the idea
that he cannot be depicted.
Now the uproar is over the matter that any depiction of Prophet Muhammad
in whatever artistic mode is forbidden in Islam. Not only this, but
Islamic Law rules out the depiction of any human or animal form, and
prohibits every kind of music also. So on an overall basis, Islam
prohibits and stifles any form of art as art or creation in human mind.
This is the belief of Islam and I wonder why West should respect this
If the beliefs of Islam are to be respected only because they are beliefs,
then it should be done in entirety. Islam also believes that all other
religions are false and Islam is the only true religion and Prophet
Muhammad is the only true Prophet. Shall we believe in that also? Islam
also believes that all idolaters shall be massacred. (Quran 9:5) Shall we
believe in that also?
Beliefs are not to be respected only because they are believed by a
particular sect. Hamas believes in the total destruction of Israel. Now,
disagreeing with this belief will hurt the sentiments of millions of the
supporters of Hamas (recent polls have shown that its supporters’ list is
not short). So, does the US, EU and Israel refrain from disbelieving in
this belief of Hamas? Or shall we believe in what Hamas believes, all for
the sake of not hurting the sentiments of Palestinian Muslims? Beliefs
should not always be respected, only because they are beliefs. Beliefs are
not infallible. They can be wrong as has often been proved in the
Christian West. What should be respected instead is truth and general
Moreover, equating the anger of Christians and Hindus with that of Muslims
is entirely unjustified. Umpteen times the sentiments of Hindus have been
grossly hurt. Such as the depiction of Hanuman idols as monsters in the
movie Lara Croft: The Tomb Raider, the depiction of Kali as an evil
goddess and the protector of wizards and witches in another movie, Indiana
Jones and the Temple of Doom, the bulldozing of ISCKON temple and the
depiction of Hindu gods on shoes, panties, bras etc. But nowhere did
Hindus react violently. The campaign in England against the depiction of
Shri Rama on bras and on shoes was led by Mr. Amitabh Soni, and the aims
were achieved peacefully and democratically. Even the outrageous
M.F.Hussein does not invite violent protests. So, where can we equate the
response of Hindus and Muslims on their religious sentiments being hurt?
Moreover, while Prophet Muhammad was no insulted but just depicted in
Jylland Posten and various other European newspapers, Hindu deities were
clearly insulted by being depicted on shoes. So we cannot draw a parallel
here between the two incidents.
Regarding Christianity, one of its most basic tenets and beliefs have been
spurned and eroded by the rise of Objective Scientific Research in West.
The coffin of Jesus Christ has been turned completely upside down, with
some scholars claiming that he never existed in reality as such, some
saying that he was a brigand, a homosexual and what not? Arguing
statistically, the amount of calumny (if it is!) heaped over Jesus in West
is at least one thousand times that of heaped over Prophet Muhammad. If we
are talking about equality then West is being extremely partial in
depicting Prophet Muhammad only humorously. It should have done much more
insult to him for achieving equality with Jesus.
So what we conclude is that Islam is nowhere as degraded as Hinduism and
Islam are and Hindus and Christians are nowhere as confrontationist and
violent in their protests as Muslims are. This projects the image of
Muslims to be extremely touchy and the condition of Islam to be very
The current uproar has its roots in the ideology and theology of Islam. As
Islam has nothing spiritual to offer to its followers, inwardly it is very
fragile. The one way in which it can keep them inside its fold is to offer
them sexual and other material pleasures in both this and the other world.
The other way is using brute force to keep them in submission to Allah.
The prohibition of art is thus a facet of this forceful way of Islam of
keeping Muslims in fold. Art is known to bring out the innermost feelings
of man, overriding the immediate social or political veneer. However,
Islam riding its Islamizing chariot over the wheels of newly converted,
was always in mortal danger of art and artists. It always feared art as
overriding the Islamic super-imposition art could bring the pagan culture
to the fore and hence could be a reason for the erosion of Islam. So it
placed a ban on arts and stifled the artist inside a Muslim. By taking the
prohibition of any artistic depiction of Prophet Muhammad as an infallible
belief, and justifying the Muslim enrage over the breaking of taboo, we
are only hardening the already rigid walls of Islam and thus leaving our
Muslim brethren in perpetual submission.
Instead we should encourage the breaking of taboos and must introduce to
Muslims the idea of Islam being negotiable and Muhammad to be depict able.
This way we can help bring glasnost in the closed world of Islam, and can
help humanity to recover from medieval barbarism.
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