Complaining will not work. We must develop capabilities to counter negative propaganda. To that end, Muslims are realizing the importance of education. A section of the Muslim leadership is working hard towards this. There is a demand that government provide schools, instead of more police stations.It is time for Muslims to be wise and not reactionary. We need to understand the new, emerging India. This is not being visionary. The point is that even a madrassa education can be of help. One only has to look at successful madrassa graduates, especially those from Falah, Islah, Nadwa and Deoband, to see how they moved on to modern universities and secured jobs.
The government is no longer the sole creator and provider of jobs. The private sector has thrown up opportunities like never before. Here the scope for discrimination and biases is minimal. When an India of opportunities seems to be round the corner, it is futile for educated Muslim youth to indulge in mindless violence and miss the bus of progress and development.
This article seemed to be a balanced one..I believe its high time that muslims come out of their shells and stop mourning over Islamic history and complain over administrative flaws ,and instead try to move ahead on thier own..When a muslim say “I face discrimination”, I find it lame..Who on earth doesn’t face discrimination? The black face discrimination over the white,the poor over the rich,the educated over the illiterate,the lower caste over the higher caste..Its all there around the world.Rather than complaining about it,we need to look into solutions and work it out ourselves.
I am not being communal ,i am just trying to see things from my part.Muslims as a whole ,have lot of resources ,in all forms, and if they wish and try hard, in no time, they can make it to the top..Having said that almost all the elite educated and financially-sound muslims left for Pakistan during 1947,and all that was left were poor ones, its great that we still enjoy the current position as of today..I have lived in a few Muslim countries and I can say it loud and clear that life is best in India, where we can practice our faith with all freedom,we learn to respect and accommodate others and learn to move along each other ,learn to celebrate and mourn and feel compassionate for people around us irrespective of caste, color and creed, atleast to a major extent..
I come from a place where we have a temple ,a church and a mosque in the vicinity of my house..The masjid shares its wall with a hindu family,and for that sole reason alone,the Azan(call for prayer) is not said loud,as usually done through a loudspeaker as not to cause disturbance to them..In the temple, almost all of us (even during our late teens) used to visit temple, just for the sake to grabbing some sandal paste..The priest knew us,as we are from the very same locality,and he’ld smile and give us some sandal paste as soon as we enter..I remember the first time I went there..Me and my cousin had no idea of what to do and we were so afraid of being recognized as non-hindu..We observed people walking around temple and tried to do the same way..And finally when we stood near the deity with folded hands ,waiting for ‘prasad’ in banana leaf,the priest said,’Oh,you want sandal paste’ 🙂 It was a few years ago. Still it remains as fresh as it happened yesterday. Same way,our masjid used to have non muslims listening to speeches on fridays..and everybody were free to visit the church anytime.. I am afraid, such level of tolerance from both sides cannot be seen today.I don’t see any of my cousins today interested in going to temple..I don’t see any non muslim interested in listening to sermons in masjids..When and why did the whole spirit fade away..?
Educated muslims can do lot of wonders..I still hold the strong belief that ‘terrorists’ are made out of circumstances.. If a person if rightly educated and spiritually informed-the right way, no person will bother to go and blast bombs every now and then..I wonder when will people wake up and see things for themselves and understand that the whole Islamic terrorism and Hindu terrorism have nothing to do with religion ,but that people with vested interests are making use of people and religion and the whole world is dancing to their tunes..Unless we wake up and fight for ourselves and our kids, nothing good is going to happen..
If Muslims bother to pay Zakat properly, I guess a major portion of the community will benefit from it..But I doubt how many of them pay Zakat correctly.. The rule is to pay 2.5% on annual savings,on gold above 85 grams and like..If zakat was being distributed to deserved people, I believe things can take a change in the right direction. Lot of financially sound muslims can afford to educate children from the other side,lot of muslim entrepreneurs can manage to accommodate jobless muslims guys/gals..Overall,I believe self introspection within the community and working out solution will make lot of difference, in the right direction..
Its high time muslims stop looking at politicians to do something for them..Aren’t we capable of doing it ourselves.I am not ranting about making a society aloof from the rest..But if the is a sincere try,from all sides ,we need no reservation,no appeasement(if there had been any literal and practical muslim appeasement,i believe muslims would have become Tata’s and Birla’s long time back.What we see and hear is paper appeasement). As far I see it,it is a propaganda to blame muslims of being conspiracy makers and against administration. .Me as a muslim appreciate what the government and administration is doing for me.. By believeing in the said propaganda, people are trying to sideline themselves.. By doing so, we are doing more harm to ourselves.. Just for instance, alongside with protesting for rights of accused students ,who are jailed labeled terrorists, why not empathize PUBLICLY for the policeman who died then..When protesting against Danish cartoons,why not talk against M F Hussain who hurts people’s sentiments..I believe that such small acts of goodness will do wonders in building mutual confidence.. Afterall, we all care for each other right?
Crooked people are trying and winning over their divide ‘n’ rule plan..They want to divide our nation in the name of infinite factors..I strongly believe that both jihadists and Dal guys are just pawns dancing to the tunes of these people behind the scene. No real follower of religion can rape a nun or blast kids into pieces. I wish all of us, and especially Muslims doesn’t fall their prey. Rather than pointing fingers, look into yourself and ask if you, yourself, is right and work on it. When somebody questions you, rather than finding fault with it and getting offended ,reply them the way your religion asks you to..
- For, [true] servants of the Most Gracious are [only] they who walk gently on earth, and who, whenever the foolish address them, [Sc., “with the aim to ridicule them or to argue against their beliefs”.] reply with [words of] peace;[25:63]
That was a long rant..Sorry..
Good day to all..
I forgot to mention that even to this day,the assistant in temple,an old lady,comes to our home everyday to pick flowers for the rituals..And deep inside,for no reason,I feel so happy about it..