By Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam
A number of Indian Deobandi ulema (religious scholars) are determined to scale new heights of stupidity this week. They are baying for Maulana Mahmood Madani’s blood, prepared to pounce upon him as soon as he comes in their view and lynch him. They are encouraging a protest demonstration by the brainwashed students of Darul Uloom-e-Deoband against Maulana Madani. And all this because the learned scholar committed to fight Islamic terror said at the recent India Today Conclave 2009: “The Dalai Lama made some valuable suggestions in the first session. If we follow them, it will mean a solution to 90 per cent of our current problems.”
This is being interpreted to mean that Maulana Madani has given primacy to the Dalai Lama over our beloved Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), even though the Prophet was not at all in the picture and no comparison was being made. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader was saying essentially the same things that the Prophet would have been saying had he been alive today to provide us guidance in person. His Holiness the Dalai Lama was saying the same thing that our Holy Book the Quran teaches us. In any case our belief is, or should be; at least, that his religion, Budhism, is a previous version of Islam, so there should be no surprise in that either.
It is being said that this leader of the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind has accepted the spiritual leadership of the Tibetan Buddhist leader and forsaken Islam. So the great sons and daughters of Indian Islam are asking him through banner headlines in Urdu newspapers that he should renew his Islamic vows, probably get a shuddhi done in the Islamic way, whatever that is, and become a Muslim again. Apparently he stands expelled from Islamic religion for praising a spiritual leader of another religious community.
If anyone ever needed a proof of the total bankruptcy of ideas among the Indian Muslim Ulema and Urdu media, this is it. These people are not just irrelevant, idiotic, raving lunatics. They are dangerous. They are leading the Muslim community deeper and deeper by the day into a quagmire. They are even quoting verses from the Quran and sayings of the Prophet from Ahadees in their bid to prove that Islam is a religion inimical to and disrespectful of all other religions and does not allow Muslims to even read other religious scriptures.
This in a religion whose Holy Book mentions the word prophet (in singular, denoting Prophet Mohammad) only thrice while mentioning prophets (in plural, denoting spiritual founders of other religions) scores of time throughout the book and makes it an essential article of faith for Muslims to believe in all the 1, 24,000 prophets who were sent before our prophet, all of them with holy revealed books thus making all their followers People of the Book, deserving of special consideration and best of relations including marital relations with Muslims.
You just cannot be a muslim, according to the Holy Quran, if you don’t belive in all previous prophets and give them the same status as prophet mohammad (pbuh).
New Age Islam presents a full transcript (Courtesy: India Today) of Maulana Mahmood Madani as well as Dalai Lama’s speeches, so that the Muslim community, at least the sensible ones among us, can judge for ourselves the real situation.
Has Maulana Madani really gone beyond the pale of Islam by praising His Holiness the Dalai Lama? Did the Dalai Lama speech deserve the encomiums it received from the Maulana?
By Sultan Shahin, editor, New Age Islam