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2 Billion Muslims must send a Stern warning to India’s Nazi-like government to stop its anti-Islam discourse

The extreme right-wing government of India, headed by Narendra Modi of the openly fascist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is carrying out a vicious campaign of persecution, vilification and terror against the country’s large Muslim minority.

The real but undeclared goal of this manifestly criminal racist policy is to bully the estimated 200-250 million Muslims of India to choose between converting to the non-monotheistic Hindu religion or putting up with mounting persecution and humiliation.

Latest insults of the Prophet were not bolts from the blue

The disgusting abuse of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) were by no means lightning and thunder in a clear sky. In recent months, BJP’s ignorant followers attacked Muslim neighbourhoods, carried out acts of vandalism and desecrated mosques.  In the northern state of Madhya Pradesh, authorities sent bulldozers to demolish Muslim homes as a collective punishment for allegedly disrupting a Hindu march marking the birthday of a Hindu god.  The draconian measure wouldn’t occur anywhere in the world, perhaps except in Israel.  Earlier, another Indian state barred female Muslim students from attending college classes while donning their headscarves.

And now, we have this blasphemous abuse of the greatest man to have ever walked on Earth.

True, Modi has suspended the two-party spokespersons who made the  derogatory remarks towards the  Prophet Muhammad

It is too premature to say if the sacking of the two spokespersons was a genuine gesture of goodwill toward Muslims inside and outside India, or just a disingenuous measure meant to absorb Muslim anger.

Unfortunately, in light of his erstwhile behaviours toward Indian Muslims, Modi cannot be given the benefit of the doubt.

Initial Muslim reactions

On Sunday, the Sheikh of Azhar Muslim academy in Cairo, representing Sunni Muslims around the world, condemned  in the strongest terms, “insinuations against the Prophet of Islam” which he called “acts of terror, agitation and instigation.” Moreover, strongly-worded statements came from several Muslim capitals, including  Riyadh, Manama, Kuwait, Doha, Tehran and Islamabad.

More reactions are expected, especially

following calls by some religious and community leaders to boycott Indian products.

In most Muslim countries, citizens are not particularly eager to initiate a showdown with India. However, it is very difficult to imagine another issue that would provoke Muslim sensibilities as abusing the Prophet Muhammed does.   

Venomous hatred

The anti-Islam and anti-Muslim wave of hatred is reshaping nearly all aspects of Hindu culture these days. Hatred of Muslims is becoming  the new religion of India’s Hindus. In fact,  the overall situation throughout the second most populous country in the world is very much similar to the anti-Jewish trend in Nazi Germany in the mid of 1920s.

We all know the ghoulish end-game of such toxic indoctrination. So, one would really wonder how this nefarious campaign of Islamophobia, now inundating India, will end up and what ramifications and repercussions it will eventually generate.

We don’t want to harm India, but…..

India is important to Muslims and vice versa. The last thing Muslims would do in reaction to these provocations is to harm Indians, regardless of their religion.

But the Prophet Muhammed is our ultimate redline which Muslims would sacrifice their lives to defend. This is the message that our Hindu brothers and sisters must understand very very well.

Extensive relations India has with the Muslim world

India and the Muslim world have extensive economic, cultural and political relations. The sheer size of trade exchange between India and the  Arabian Gulf region alone exceeds the $100 billion- figure. Moreover, tens of thousands of Indian workers and expatriates live and work in the Gulf countries.

In light, the Modi regime must think twice before allowing his ignoramuses to abuse Islamic religious symbols. He and his colleague should just figure out how much India would lose if the world’s two-billion Muslims decided to boycott Indian products.

Eternal oxymoron

India is undoubtedly a great country which we once considered the mother of the Third World.  But a great country should also behave in a great manner, which the BJP India doesn’t. 

The great pre-Islamic Arabian poet Zuheir Ibn Abi Sulma said:  “Those who don’t honor themselves shall not be honored by others.”

Sadly, Modi and his BJP zealots are making it extremely hard for the two billion Muslims around the world to respect India. Respect and racism don’t go hand in hand. They are and will always be an eternal oxymoron.

Khaled Amayreh
Khalid Amayreh (Arabic: خالد عمايرة‎‎, b. 1957 Hebron) is a Palestinian journalist based in Dura, near Hebron, West Bank. He is an award-winning reporter who has contributed hundreds of articles to the Al-Jazeera English website from the Occupied West Bank. His field includes, inter alia, strategic studies with emphasis on the Arab world, Iran after the Shah, the Arab-Israeli conflict, contemporary Islamic movements, religious Zionism, comparative religion. Shiite Islam and failure of democratization in the Arab world. He received most of his formal education in the US where he obtained two degrees in journalism, a BA from the University of Oklahoma and a Master's degree in the same field from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has published numerous studies and articles on a variety of subjects in both English and Arabic. He has also written five books. The title of his MA thesis in the US was “the religious Press in America and the Palestinian question from 1967-1983. Amayreh has worked for the following media: Middle East International, London, al-Jazeera English, Ahram Weekly (Cairo), UAE TV, and several other Arabic publications. Amayreh's sole agenda is to spread and disseminate the truth about the enduring Palestinian/Israeli conflict which seems to defy all peace efforts. Honesty are rectitude are paramount for him. Per him, unfortunately, this conflict is unlikely to be resolved in the foreseeable future or even during our lifetime.

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