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Indian Muslims, Get Rid Of The Blood-Sucking Leeches On Your Body

It’s time for the community to shake off retrograde influences.

20/03/2017 10:55 AM IST | Updated 21/03/2017 9:20 AM IST
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In view of the recent political developments in India, bad days seem to be ahead for Indian Muslims.

A large part of the blame for this must rest on most Muslim political leaders and most maulanas/muftis in India, who for their own vested interests have been, like leeches, sucking the blood of the innocent but gullible Muslim masses for a long time.

Most Muslim political leaders and most maulanas/muftis... for their own vested interests have been, like leeches, sucking the blood of the innocent but gullible Muslim masses for a long time.

Consider just one example. In 1985 the Indian Supreme Court gave the Shah Bano judgment that a Muslim man must give maintenance to his divorced wife. One would have expected every reasonable person to have supported this progressive, humanitarian judgment. In almost every country in the world a husband has to give maintenance to his divorced wife if she is unable to maintain herself. But no, almost all maulanas and Muslim political leaders (except perhaps Arif Mohd. Khan) raised a hue and cry, and vehemently denounced the judgment as being in conflict with Sharia law, and ultimately the Rajiv Gandhi Congress government got the judgment legislatively nullified, as he was told that otherwise the Congress would lose the Muslim vote bank.

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Take another example, the practice of triple talaq is clearly inhuman and retrograde—a Sunni Muslim husband can simply throw out his wife (with her children, if any) for no rhyme or reason, and without going to court. Yet the All India Muslim Personal Board, which includes many arch reactionary maulanas and other likeminded members, has in its affidavit before the Supreme Court strongly opposed its abolition.

In fact the entire Sharia law is outdated, and needs to be abolished. A law is usually a reflection of existing customs in a society at a particular stage of its historical development. So, when society changes, the law too must change. How can a law made in the 7th or 8th century in Arabia be relevant or applicable in India in the 21st century? It is like applying Manusmriti to Hindus today. And to say that if Sharia is abolished, Islam will be abolished is nonsense. Almost the entire old (uncodified) Hindu law was abolished in 1955 and 1956 by the Hindu Marriage Act, Hindu Succession Act, etc but Hinduism has not thereby been abolished.

Failure to [demand abolition of Sharia] will only give a handle to the reactionaries among the majority Hindu community, and be disastrous for Indian Muslims.

In fact a uniform civil code would benefit Muslims by putting an end to the feudal, outdated Sharia law, but the reactionary leeches—viz. most of the Indian Muslim political leaders and maulanas—will not permit this.

The practice of wearing burqa too must be banned, as it is a feudal, barbaric custom that's degrading to women (and it was banned in Turkey by the great Turkish leader Kemal Mustafa Ataturk in the 1920s).

It is now high time for Muslim society, particularly the Muslim youth, to get rid of these leeches, who for their own vested interests, have kept the Muslims backward and have been sucking their blood. Muslims should now demand abolition of Sharia and burqa. Failure to do so now will only give a handle to the reactionaries among the majority Hindu community, and be disastrous for Indian Muslims.

Indian Muslims, wake up before it is too late.

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