As a person of Indian origin, I identify as an Indian Muslim. I live in a very large, and expensive family estate home in Hyderabad, which is nearly 100 years old. We have hosted four Indian Presidents, and can boast of visits by six Prime Ministers. My mother’s family publishes one of the oldest daily print newspapers in India, and the oldest daily newspaper in Hyderabad. My paternal grandfather was a Lt. Colonel in the Indian Army and a War Veteran. I admittedly come from a background of privilege, power, and influence, which predates India’s independence, for which I am grateful. Also, I personally hold support for the government to be a religious obligation, and hence we have as a family donated from private funds, Rs.25 lakhs to Prime Minister Modi’s relief efforts. But despite all that, what I perceive to be Arnab’s narrative of hate and that of his Islamophobic friends, scares me, and makes me feel unsafe and unwelcome in my own country of origin. This is the honest to goodness truth.
Over a decade ago, I decided to move back to India, without my family, because I believed in India and saw it as my true home.
I hail from a family of well known Indian Muslim notables belonging to the Ashraf class, the highest hereditary title of nobility to the highest social/political class in the Muslim World; also known in pre-modern society as Sayyids, or Lords of the House of Hashem – belonging to the Quraysh tribe, which descended from Canaan.
Paternally, my mother descends from Zayd b. ‘Ali b. Hussein (d.740), great great great grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. The maternal grandfather of Zayd b. Ali from his mother Princess Jodah of Sind was Maharaja Dahir (d.712) of the Brahman Empire of Sindh. The Brahman Empire of Sindh was founded by Maharaja Chach of Alor (d.711), and covered the entire Indus Valley and beyond.
Furthermore, I proudly claimed from my Indian Muslim ancestors all my rightful hereditary titles, which include most importantly for Indian Muslims, Imam ul-Mulk, bestowed upon them by none other than the Great Mughal Emperors, and hence I stand in service to my title and its rights upon me, as required by all good men of noble ancestry.
Also, I will say on record here, I stand by my conclusion that Man is a universe within himself and the caliph and imam of his own world. Hence, as a Mohammadan, and a Lord from the Sadat Ashraf, and someone who claimed his ancestral title of Imam ul-Mulk, I will speak to Indian Muslims now on their circumstances, and how to transmute out from them and what the solution and formula for such a transmutation actually is.
I refuse to waste energy on what appears wrong, as it is only a symptom, and I reject protesting against those placed in authority by us, at whose hands these wrong decisions by Indian Muslims are unfolding into facts for them.
I remind Indian Muslims of God’s favor upon them, similar to His favor on the Children of Israel.
Indian Muslims were the wealthiest Muslims in the world, India made you wealthy, and your wealth caused you to attain power in the land, to the envy of the entire Europe.
But, like other great nations and communities before you, you did not thank God with expressing gratitude for His blessings upon you!
As Muslims, you once enjoyed autonomy, dignity and freedom in India.
Disregard the claims of others, it was YOU who played the most important role in founding of your Republic in 1947.
This Republic is the outcome of your sacrifice of your immense wealth, sweat, tears, and blood, more than any other community, and it was you who designed the flag of this Republic of yours, and gave it its military prowess – to push back its enemies. This is your Republic.
I remind you of the very nature of the Universal Law, as espoused by Hermes Thrice-Great, and taught by Abraham, and translated into the Lawh al-Zammarudh (Emerald Tablet) on the order of the venerable Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq by Jabir Ibn Hayyan – that it is increase, not decrease.
The law of nature wills your dignity, freedoms and happiness to only increase, not the other way around.
Since the founding of your Republic, your wealth, social status and power relative to your demographic requirement, should have only increased.
However, if all you see is decrease and now the taking away of even your basic religious freedoms or the threat of that, I will say, this is a clear sign that you are ungrateful and need to openly express gratitude to God for all He bestowed upon India since Islam arrived here to you.
Islam arrived to India not by colonial Umayyad invasions, rather in the form of the construction of the Kilakarai Mosque – Palaiya Jumma Palli – India’s oldest mosque and 5th oldest in the world. This mosque of yours was built in 628–630 AD during the life of the Arabian Prophet Muhammad on the orders of the Indian Companion of the Holy Prophet, Cherman Perumal Maharajah Rama Varma Kulashekhara, of the Chera dynasty.
You must reject the false paradigm of INGRATITUDE, and forget the poem by the Rajput you refer to as ‘Allamah’, who despite being a great thinker, was not qualified to program your subconscious mind with the suggestion of a Shikwa, or the Great Complaint/Ingratitude AGAINST the Divine Hand.
You must cast that aside now, before the moon is sighted for your Eid, and your destiny will change instantly.
Stop wrongly defining Muslims and Kafirs as religious communities, you must correctly define Muslims as those who accept GRATITUDE as the ideal perpetual state for life, and Kafirs as those persons, IRRESPECTIVE of their faith community, who choose INGRATITUDE as their perpetual state of being.
Islam is gratitude, and linguistically, Kufr is literally ingratitude, nothing more. Hence, ingrates always lose.
The dark cloud which looms over you, it is not a political party, as that party only came to power by your own actions and thoughts in 2014, nor is it the political dynasty before them, as you founded this Republic of yours with their help.
Rather I say to you, that dark cloud which looms over you is your own INGRATITUDE personified, taking form and materializing into a every day facts in your life.
As a case study, let us observe the Children of Israel (Israelites) who made up the majority of the population of the people of Yathrib, and the Children of Ishmael (Ishmaelites) who made up the majority of the population of Mecca.
The Israelites of Yathrib were plagued with illiteracy, poverty, lack of artistic expression, lack of musical expression, severe depression, ignorance, political disorganization and military impotence.
They were weak before the Ishmaelites of Mecca like the accursed Abu Lahab, Abu Sufiyan, etc., despite once being identified by God as peoples He elevated over the entire world. Read in the Holy Quran 45:16 “Indeed, We gave the Children of Israel the Scripture, wisdom, and prophethood; granted them good, lawful provisions; and favoured them ABOVE the others.”
The destiny of both of these communities changed 180° degrees as soon as it became time for each to decide what they were going to collectively choose, regardless of their past.
Both communities decided. The once powerful Ishmaelites of Mecca, led by their then filthy ingrate chief Abi Sufiyan, chose ingratitude and the once meek Israelites of Yathrib, led by no one, chose gratitude.
Subsequently, we read in history, the start of the rise of the meek Israelites of Yathrib and the downfall of the powerful Ishmaelites of Mecca happened simultaneously.
A large fraction of the Children of Ishmael chose ingratitude, and drove out the Messenger of Allah from his own home and his own city, while the majority of the Children of Israel of Yathrib chose gratitude and welcomed him with open arms.
These Israelite tribes, descendants of David, Solomon, Moses, Joseph, etc., and referred to as Israelites in the Constitution of Medina, denounced their poverty, and cast aside their depression and differences to join hands and praise God and thank Him with gratitude and welcome His Messenger salutations and blessings be upon him.
These Israelites united with the minority Ishmaelites who had migrated to join them in anticipation of the arrival of the Seal of Prophets, and composed as an expression of their gratitude to God what has become the most well documented song of Muslim history – ‘Tala’a Al-Badru ‘Alayna’.
In their song, the Children of Israel of Yathrib and the minority of the Children of Ishmael who migrated from the ingrate Ishmaelites of Mecca collectively expressed their deep felt GRATITUDE to the Divine in the composition of the verses of their song, and I remind you here of its lyrics:
Tala al Badru ‘Alayna
Min Thaniyati-al Wada’
Wajaba Shukru ‘Alayna
Ma da’a lillahi da’
O the white moon rose over us
From the valley of Wada’
And we owe it to show our gratitude
Where the call is to Allah.
That one expression of gratitude was the catalyst that changed the destiny of Israelites of Yathrib, the destiny of the minority of migrant Ishmaelites and subsequently the destiny of the entire world.
The only way out for you from under this heavy and terrifying dark orange cloud, is expression of collective gratitude.
Such an expression of gratefulness, not more ingratitude in the form of negative editorials and protests, and poems called the Complaint, will expel the darkness of the cloud of ingratitude, Kufr, which has covered the Republic now.
Instead, you will be restored to a position higher than before, and you will be honored without precedence because of your patience and your teaching the world how to weaponize their thoughts against their apparent enemies by the initial expression of gratitude over ingratitude, or simply Islam over Kufr.
61:14 O you who believe, become Helpers to God (Ansar), as when Jesus, the son of Mary, said to his disciples, “Who are my Ansar to God?” The disciples said, “We are Ansar to God.” And a faction of the Children of Israel believed, and a faction disbelieved. So We supported those who believed against their enemy, and they became dominant.
That is all I have to say to you. Adab.
What according to you is India
The Republic of India is not the name of an ancient civilization, nor a recent kingdom nor an empire.
Rather, India is a secular, democratic republic, founded in 1947, upon sacrifices of its freedom fighters since the period of the Mutiny.
Indians are united by the tricolor flag, not religious narratives, nor stories nor partisan politics and ideologies.
Indians are united in their resolve to fulfill the goal of the freedom fighters who liberated this land from the British – the eradication of poverty.
The Republic of India’s most sacred document is its Constitution, and it was written by a Dalit, in English, not Farsi nor Sanskrit.
Indians are those who accepted the Constitution after Independence and stayed, became the first citizens of the newly founded Republic, regardless of whether they were Brahmin, Dalit, Christian, Jew, Khan, or Sayyid.
The Republic of India was named as such to ensure it remained distinct, yet not disconnected, from its rich ancient and recent past, so it could successfully enter the modern Industrial Age and beyond.
The brave freedom fighters who laid down their lives to liberate this land from the British Empire did so in order to liberate its people from the poverty and famine the British Raj inflicted upon it.
This desire to eradicate poverty should be the primary motivation behind every policy pushed by every political party in this great Republic.
“The British Raj stole an estimated $43 trillion USD from India”. That is one way to look at the British period, and our subsequent independence from it, but such a paradigm keeps Indians in a state of mental frustration.
Rather, we should look at all the scientific, military, and technological advancements which took place in Europe during the British Era and instead take credit for funding all of the developments the United Kingdom and Europe brought about in our modern world, thanks to Indian money.
The future is yours India, as long as you remain a secular, democratic, republic focused on eradicating poverty from your country, and from the world, as you did for England.
Position must be clear in order to stay clean on the choice of millions of Indians to embrace Islam as the original faith of Ram and Krishna.
At a time when Islamophobic extremists are hell bent on orchestrating what could technically be defined as cultural genocide against Indian Muslims and symbols of the presence of Islam in India, it is fascinating to remember six of India’s Mughal Emperors were born to Hindu women including Shah Jahan.
Emperor Shah Jahan’s mother Manavati Bai was born on 13 May 1573 to Mota Raja Udai Singh of Jodhpur (Marwar) and Rani Manrang Devi.
Manavati Bai’s royal family were called Suryavanshi’s and they traced direct decendancy to Lord Rama and through him to Lord Surya.
Her only issue from emperor Jehangir was Prince Khurram (Shah Jahan).
Manavati Bai was the third wife of Prince Salim and his Chief Consort from 1605 till 1615. She was the tenth daughter of Raja Udai Singh of the House of Rathore.
During Shah Jahan’s reign, she became known as Malika E Hindustan, or Empress of Hindustan.
Emperor Shah Jahan claimed direct decendancy to Lord Rama and ultimately Lord Surya through his mother.
A question which arises is, when we can recognize children and grandchildren of Indian’s as citizens of India, would it not be fair to say the builder of the Taj Mahal Emperor Shah Jahan was in fact as Indian as it got, through his royal mother?
As author Shravan Raghavan said, “If the Taj Mahal is not Indian, then neither are Hindi and Hinduism, as they are descendants of Sanskrit and the Vedic religion, which were introduced by Indo-European steppe pastoralists from Eurasia…By this measure, the only true indigenous populations to India are likely the Andamanese and Sentinelese populations.”
This core ideological foundation validated and permitted pronouncements of takfir upon hundreds of thousands of innocents all over the world by takfiri terrorists, and justified to them their violence.
Surprisingly, both takfiri terrorists and white supremacists have roots in a similar methodology to drive their actions, just a different interpretation, and a different application.
In the case of the takfiri terrorist groups, their ideological driver went beyond the naive Bush era narrative of, “they hate our freedoms”.
The common ideological driver behind every single takfiri terrorist group worldwide is a God narrative of dualism.
These groups rejected earlier classical Monist narratives of tawhid, wahdat ul-wajud more accurately known as Arab-Neoplatonism, as espoused by the intellectuals of the Arab and non-Arab Muslim world throughout history, who interpreted Islam’s central tenant of tawhid as non-dualism, oneness.
By identifying Monism as the counter narrative to the takfiri God narrative of dualism, and subsequently popularizing Monist sages like Ibn Arabi and Al Hallaj both of whom advocated Arab Neoplatonism, the UAE has done a service to this generation only a few good men will ever understand.
Supporters of the Ibn Arabi and Al Hallaj style Arab Neoplatonism-Monism in the Arabic Muslim world included some of it’s most renown scientists. Jabir Ibn Hayyan (Geber), translator of the Emerald Tablet, the Ikhwan al-Safa (Brethren of Purity), Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Shahab al-Din Suhrawardi, initiated by Imam Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Hasani al-Husayni al-Jafari al-Jilani, subsequent founder of the first Sufi Order, Muhiuddin Ibn Arabi himself, renowned among Sufis as Shaykh Al-Akbar “the greatest master”, Mullah Sadra, Sadruddin al-Qunawi, the student of Ibn Arabi; and friend of Rumi, and even Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, the creator of trigonometry.
According to American Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, in the 11th century, a Persian Muslim scholar known by the name Al Ghazzali basically collapsed the golden era of the Arab Islamic civilization.