This is based on an article by Ms Sadia Delhvi a journalist and author of books on Sufi Islam. Baba Bakhoran Dass (BBD) is truly an illiterate idiot on issues related to Islam, hence due apologies if it hurts in any way to anybody, as it is without prejudice and ill will towards anybody.
Now a day, BBD finds a good number of youngistaan populations of Aryavarta feel proud in displaying T-Shirt with our own Sallu bhai occupying the full chest, with boldly claiming Humane. Nice to, read. But whether this is just like that, or has got any meaning for anybody.
Ms Sadia Delhvi, writes Islamic scholars have shown responded creatively with verses of Holy Quran in sanctioning armed struggles. Invoking the principle of ‘asbab-e-nuzul’, cause revelation, they rightly limit this relevance to ‘just wars’ against oppression fought by the first Muslims. Instead of similar creative engagement with regard to oppressive canonised laws for women, patriarchy maintains the status-quo. While agreeing to the views of Ms Sadia Delhvi, BBD feels that rights of Indian Women can no longer be defined to political Islam or Arab culture and history (read- his-stories).
She further writes, Sharia laws deny the right of punishment to individuals, leaving this responsibility to the state. It endorses responsible citizenry, making it mandatory for those having faith in Islam to comply with laws of the land they inhabit.
BBD understands that traditionally women pilgrims travelling to Mecca Sharif required to be accompanied by a mahram, husband or other male relatives with whom marriage is forbidden. In tune with strategies to face challenges with present day situations, many Islamic scholars have ruled it permissible for the women to travel alone. They declare the state as mahram, for in ensuring security, the ‘protecting bodies’.
The factual position as experienced by BBD while in active service in predominated population having faith in Islam, of the Wild West Uttam Pradesh and highly sensitive Purbanchal Pradesh area of bordering geography of Bangla Desh, and have personally experienced 1971 as a student, feels that if any progressive individual organisation shares its views in a quest of equality and at par with the majority population the strong lobby of orthodoxy rallies against the voice. Their rhetoric of ‘identity crisis’ resume with vigour. Thanks to phobia created by the great Indian Polity.
Further a good number of people having faith in Islam have moved beyond the politics of identity; choosing to express themselves through contribution to science, engineering, law, medicine, film, theatre, music, literature and other fields.
It is unwise to expect reform from the majority of such people whose religious and political leadership have historically created an atmosphere of fear and isolation.
BBD firmly endorses views of Ms Sadia Dehlvi, that Islamic law is a human endeavour that evolves over centuries with multiple schools holding diverse opinion. The principles of Islamic jurisprudence are weighing the benefit and harm of legal rulings in societies that jurists live in. Barring the foundational five pillars of Islam, nothing in Islamic law is definitive. Salafis and Wahhabibs reject classical Islamic jurisprudence and philosophy.
BBD understands that Sharia has always been flexible in adapting to change times and situations. Umar, the second Caliph of Islam and companion of Prophet, dropped sharia punishments for theft when famine struck Arabia. He realised that people were stealing to survive. The eight century Imam Shafie, founder of Shafie jurisprudence, changed many of his fatwas on migrating from Iraq to Egypt. Had sharia lacked movement, Islam would not thrive in India.
History tells us that the Islam of Prophet disappeared with 40 years of his departure with powerful and oppressive forces regaining power. The poor, women and slaves embraced by the faith were marginalised.
Now, BBD observes evolvement of two words ‘Talibanisation’ and ‘Islamophobia’ post Bamyan episode in Afghanistan.
Incidentally, same type of fear of ‘identity crisis’ is being created among various sections of the society. Already rotten caste system of the majority society, which was well groomed and nurtured by the Indian polity, is adding injuries to the wound. A good number of self styled leaders are successfully injecting the opium in well educated young minds for their survival.
But, the moot question remains unanswered – whether we the people of human/tolerant/intolerant/emotionally stupid as cocktail of such items will allow the Indian polity to make wonderful fodder for our Bhagyavidhaatas who have specialized in hypocracy and dividing the society, and we the people will willingly fall in their trap always – knowingly or unknowingly?