The Revolution of Karbala and its Global Impact


The spirit and revolution of Karbala require from us a pure heart, sincere soul and truth-seeking mind to understand its universal message and global impact. If we take a deep insight into this great revolution, we will see it unique and distinct from all historical revolts of the world. Throughout the history, there has never been a leader who predicted about his own death before even setting a foot in the march. But Imam Husain, quite willingly, goes on treading the path to his sacrifice and takes every necessary step towards achieving it. He says addressing to the people at Mecca:

“O people, even if my body be cut into pieces by spears and wolves between Al-Nawawees and Karbala, there is no question of the day, which was already written. Pleasing God is our aim, we the family of the Prophet (pbuh)”.

In a sermon while proceeding towards Karbala, Husain says to his followers:

“O’ people, The Prophet of Islam has said that if a person sees a tyrannical ruler transgressing against Allah and oppressing people, but does nothing by word or action to change the situation, then it will be just for God to place him where he belongs. Do you not see what low level the affairs have come to? Do you not observe that the truth has not been adhered to and falsehood has no limits? And, as for me, I look upon death but as a means of attaining martyrdom. I consider life among transgressors an agony and affliction.”

The assassination of Imam Husain came as a shock and serious setback to the whole Muslim Ummah. The way he was assassinated and the harsh treatment meted out to his noble family evoked rage and disorder among all Muslims who held the Prophet’s family in the highest esteem. As a result, Muslims the world over disassociated themselves with the tyrannical ruler of Yzeed and his Un-Islamic practices and policies. Everyone who loved the Prophet came out to curse upon the murderers of his family. Hence, the revolution of Imam had fulfilled the most urgent and pressing need of the time by unveiling Yazeed’s un-Islamic character to the general public and left no doubt in any Muslim’s heart about the Umayyad’s autocracy and atrocity. Thus, the revolution of Imam uprooted the Un-Islamic political concepts that Ummayyad regime was trying to indoctrinate into Muslim minds.

Today, Imam Husain’s revolution serves as a lively example of how we should combat the evils of autocracy, dictatorship, oppression, terrorism and injustice in their countries. It provides a stimulant to enliven their spirit and create an inner spark to attain peace, freedom, justice and democracy. Husain has been an epitome of tolerance not only for the Muslims but also for every human being with whom injustice is being perpetrated, no matter to which religion he belongs and in which form is the injustice.

Nearly each and every remarkable revolution of the world got inspiration from the martyrdom of Imam Hussain. Although his sacrifice occurred on Karbala some 1400 years ago, it still remains universal symbol of struggle for peace and justice and elimination of violence and terrorism. It also tells us those Muslim terrorists who make false claims of being Mujahidin (fighters in the path of Allah) and commit the barbaric acts of violence calling themselves Muslims, are just terrorists as these acts go completely against the true essence of Imam Hussain’s Jihad.

One of the most inspiring words ever said is that of Imam Husain which he spoke while addressing the enemies in Karbala: “If you do not have religion, at least be a free man in your life of this world,” because a free man can differentiate between the good and evil more easily than a biased one.

Our father of nation, Gandhiji was highly inspired by Imam Husain. He used to say: “I learned from Husain how to achieve victory while being oppressed.”

According to our great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, Husain’s sacrifice indicates spiritual liberation. He writes: “In order to keep alive justice and truth, instead of an army or weapons, success can be achieved by sacrificing lives, exactly what Imam Hussain did. Such an everlasting victory can only be achieved by the one who totally believes and trust in the Almighty God.”

Edward G. Brown, the professor of Arabic and oriental studies at the University of Cambridge, praises Imam Husain in these words:

“… a reminder of the blood-stained field of Kerbela, where the grandson of the Apostle of God fell at length, tortured by thirst and surrounded by the bodies of his murdered kinsmen, has been at anytime since then sufficient to evoke, even in the most lukewarm and heedless, the deepest emotions, the most frantic grief, and an exaltation of spirit before which pain, danger and death shrink to unconsidered trifles.”

[A Literary History of Persia, London, 1919, p. 227]


Written By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

First Asia-Pacific Countries Muslim Religious Leaders’ Summit in Turkey


By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

October 17, 2015


In the wake of rising Islamophobia, terror attacks and wars in Muslim countries, the Presidency of Religious Affairs of Turkey has come to the fore to exert effective efforts for global Muslim solidarity. During the last few years, it has organized several events bringing together Muslim clerics from around the world including a summit of Eurasian Muslims, the African Countries Religious Leaders Summit, a convention of European Muslims, a meeting of clerics from Balkan countries and a summit of religious leaders in Latin American and Caribbean countries. In a continued effort to uphold its noble cause, it has been bringing together top Islamic scholars promoting unity among Muslims in the face of violence stemming from sectarian strife and other internal struggles in Muslim countries.


In its continued effort to reaffirm the global Muslim unity, the Presidency of Religious Affairs of Turkey (D?B) in association with Directorate General of Foreign Affairs and Department of Muslim Countries & Communities organised First Asia & Pacific Countries Muslim Religious Leaders’ Summit. This 4-day international event brought together Muslim clerics from Asian and Pacific countries in Istanbul. Aimed at establishing global unity among Muslims, this event started on October 12, 2015, and lasted today after Friday prayer (called “Cuma Prayer” in Turkish language) in Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque). Thus, the summit will go down in history as the latest bid by the state-run organisation to enhance universal brotherhood and fraternity of Muslims the world over.


The summit was mainly titled, “Unity in Multiplicity: Rethinking Hikmah (Wisdom) and Peace Together”. Nearly 125 religious leaders from 37 countries, from Afghanistan to Australia and to tiny Pacific nations participated and presented their views and papers in this summit. However, there were numerous sub-titles and other broader themes on which the participants expressed their views and presented their papers. Some crucial topics among them were:

• Muslims at Regional Level: Challenges, Solution Suggestions and The Possibility of Cooperation

• The Challenges with the Religious Education and Services in Islamic Institutions, Solution Suggestions and The Possibility of Cooperation

• The New Movements of Thought in Islamic World and Their Adverse Effects on Muslim Nations in Asian-Pacific Countries

• Common Challenges Facing Muslim Minorities and the Future of Islamic World

First Asia-Pacific Countries Muslim Religious Leaders' Summit in Turkey - A Welcome Effort 1Besides, there were subsequent sessions for general presentation of representatives of different Muslim countries. Mehmet Görmez, the head of the D?B and chairman of the Peace and Moderation Permanent Contact Group in Turkey spoke at the very outset. He stated: “the summit was aimed to re-establish religious, historical and cultural ties between Muslim countries and communities in Asian and Pacific countries and Turkey”. He further said, “We are here to exchange knowledge with brothers we haven’t met for decades. The summit does not aim to impose any thoughts on Muslim communities or take problems from other parts of the Islamic world to those regions”. “This is a meeting to discuss cooperation opportunities after a long period of inaction. We are meeting to exchange experiences on providing religious services addressing our age’s needs”, said Mr. Görmez.

Mr. Görmez also highlighted the “struggle within the Islamic world” and called on all Asia Pacific Muslims to help their Muslim brothers in the Middle East and Balkans. “All Muslims are equal. No one is superior to the other regardless of geography, language, ethnicity and wealth,” he said. He also warned that when people lose wisdom, peace disappears along with it as well.

Among participants of this international Muslim religious summit were Muslim clerics, Imams, Sufi scholars and officials from several Asia Pacific countries, including Afghanistan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. A number of eminent Islamic scholars from India and Pakistan also addressed the international Muslim gathering.


Speaking in this event, Delhi-based apex body of Indian Sunni Muslims, All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board’s Founder-President Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichauchawi said: “Asia-Pacific countries, where most of the world’s Muslims live, are today an appropriate place to examine Islamic Movements’ status and direction. Across the region, religious and political dynamics are highlighting the possible future role of Islam.”

He further said that “Islam in Asia-Pacific countries is a legacy of Sufi saints who disseminated their pluralistic messages at a time when the idea of religious tolerance was not even debated in a large part of Western Europe. They laid greater emphasis on the broader Qur’anic notion of wasatiyyah (moderation in life) maintaining a moderate narrative of Islam which exhorts man not to transgress the limits determined by God”, he said.

Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichauchawi

Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichauchawi also said that “at a time when the extremism has penetrate the Asia-pacific countries in different forms, Sufi Ulama, Mashaikh, Imams and muftis from Morocco to India to Bosnia to Chechnya to Pakistan to UAE to war-torn Syria –including Shia community, have come out to tackle the onslaught of religious extremism”. “So far, Sufi Islamic scholars and clerics and their organisations have held back the tide of extremism and radicalism”, he said.

Syed Mohammad Ashraf strongly condemned all groups who are perpetrating terrorist acts in the name of Islam. “Terror is terror, it has no relation to any religion, and it is a grave threat to all humanity,” he said. He also condemned the last terror act in Turkey. “No matter which religion it comes from, we condemn such terror incidents, he said. He hoped that the summit would help rebuild deep cultural and historical relations and values between Muslim countries.

During their speeches, Afghanistan Hajj Minister Feyz Mohammad Osmani and Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin offered their condolences to Ankara victims, who were killed in the twin bombings Saturday, which left at least 97 people dead.

Audience, First Asia-Pacific Countries Muslim Religious Leaders' Summit in Turkey - A Welcome EffortAbout the challenges facing Islamic countries today, Saifuddin highlighted the role that education could play in confronting the challenges, adding that through education “we will be able to find solutions to the crucial problems that the Islamic countries have faced in the last several decades”.

Bangladeshi Minister for Religious Affairs Matior Rahman, head of Islamic Association of China Hilaluddin Chang Guangyang, Malaysia’s Religious Adviser to the Prime Minister Abdullah Bin Muhammad Zin, and Minister of Muslim Religious Affairs of Sri Lanka Mohamed Hashim Abdul Haleem also delivered speeches at the summit. Governor of Istanbul Vasip Sahin and Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas were also present at the summit. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus also spoke at the summit about the paramount significance of justice, freedom, and responsibility in Muslim countries.

According to the Turkish officials and organisers, the event was solely aimed at recognising Muslims in Asian and Pacific countries, exchanging ideas on problems of the Islamic world and discussing solutions, re-establishing historical ties with Muslim countries and communities in the Asia-Pacific region and discussing opportunities for cooperation in religious education and services. The summit also dealt with the effects of new mindsets in the Muslim world on the Asia-Pacific Muslim communities, the future of the Muslim world and Islamophobia.

Sunni Conference,Moradabad,UP, January 3, 2010

All India Ulama Mashaikh Board has constantly been educating both the masses and the rulers about the impending dangers to the social fabric and national security of the country by the hands of an ideology led and fed by Gulf oil money.


Moradabad Sunni Conference was a land mark in this tirade which saw a very big crowd in heartland of Uttar Pradesh coming to register their presence in favor of the demands put forward by All India Ulama Mashaikh Board , an apex body of Sunni Sufi Muslims and has been striving to make the government, political class, administration and bureaucracy realize that after independence the representation has been hijacked  by Wahhabis who are hardly 13 p.c in Indian Muslim Population , hence they are not entitled to man and manage Sufi Muslim affairs.


This important sunni conference was attended by several lack Sufi Sunni muslims and was addressed by renowned sufi clerics and Mashaikh such as Mufti Attub, Maulana Mohammad Ahmad Naimee, Hazrat Hashim Ashrafi Kanpuri,Syed Mahmood Ashraf [ the then president of AIUMB]Hazrat Syed Zafar Mahmood, Hazrat Allama Tauqeer Raza sb Bareli, Ashrafe Millat Syed Mohammad Ashraf.

Hazrat Maulana Sted Mohammad Ashraf [then General Secretary] said that it is true that Sufi Muslims ie, followers of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaet are 80 percent in Muslim population of India and Wahhabis have managed to grow up17 to 13p.c. Being in such a micro minority they have succeeded in grabbing Muslim representation everywhere. This conference wants to make it clear before the centre and the state that they have been misguided in believing that Indian Muslims are diversified in two ideologies Sunni and Sunni, the truth must be recorded that there is another third ideology Wahhabism. Wahhabis approach the state and central governments as Sunnis and we have nothing to do with them. They do not represent us. Even this denial is not new. We go back in the past to see Maulana Fazl al Haque Khairabadi to declare that Wahhabis donot represent Sunnis. When the government of the day failed to give credence to yhis demand Bareilly took lead in making the announcement that Wahhabis are not representatives of Sunnis. And the whole lot of Sunnis came to lend their support to Imam Ahmad Raza Khan of Bareilly. Imam Ahmad Raza Khan said that we  do not accept Wahhabis in leading our prayers. Here comes the point to be noted by state and central regimes that if Sunni muslin refuses to attend prayers led by a Wahhabi, how can he support a Wahhabi in any other affair.

Hazrat Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf was supported by several lack Muslims in this conference. And there he coined the most powerful slogan of the Board “Wahhabion ki Na Imamat Qabool hai Na Qayadat qabool hai”.


The other speakers including Mashaikh and clerics also spoke on the same theme.

Mufti Ayyub of Moradabad Quoted from Quran and Hadith to bring his point home that Islam is a religion of peace and it insists on mercy to all.

Maulana Mohammad Ahmad Naimee said that holy book Quran forbids needless bloodshed. Saying a life is equaled with saving humanity. He insisted on practicing humanity, mercy and love.

Maulana Hashim Ashrafi Kanpuri referred to the severe cold of the day and said that the intensity of the weather also could not stop these lackhs of people to reach here on the call of AIUMB. He said that it has been established that Sunni Sufi Muslims are 80 pc in Indian Muslims population and through this it gets established that mosques, Eid Gahs , Tombs, monuments and historical sites all are at least 80 pc our assets. This conference is attended by Sunnis of   Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Kashmir, Uttra Khand, Chattis Gadh, Delhi and Maharashtra besides UP.  They have all come with local complaints to say that their mosques and even Mazarat have been grabbed by Wahhabis though they do not believe in reverence and veneration. This mosque and monuments grabbing exercise is being denounced here. He named Hajj Committees and Waqf Boards where Sunni representation has been hijacked by Wahhabis. He also discussed unemployment, lack of education facilities growth of terror. He said no terrorist can be adherent of Islam. He said to stop terror from taking route in Indian Muslim society it is essential to attach them with Khanqahs, Aastanas and Dargahs.

This conference also placed a demand to declare 6th Rajab al Morajjab  a holiday to pay respect to Khawaja Gharib Nawaz.

Next came Syed Mahmood Ashraf, [the then president of AIUMB] thanked the gathering for this great show. He 2said we are not against anyone. We just want to secure our just rights .He dwelt upon the services of Sufi clerics in freedom movement and said that all those clerics, Mashaikh, teachers, intellectuals went back to their area of service to serve humanity after independence and the Wahhabis came into action to grab muslin bodies and other institution by faking our representation. They are only 13 pc in Indian Muslim population but are in a position to decide on our behalf. The Wahhabis took control of all Muslim affairs and thus led the community in this bad shape which has been described in Sachchar report as worse than Dalits. Everywhere in Hajj Committee or Minority Commission, Urdu Academy or Maulana Azad Education Foundation our representation is nil. He demanded the management of Sunni Waqf Boards be handed over to Sunni Sufi Muslims the true successors of the elders. He also insisted on peace and Mercy.

Another speaker Syed Zafar Masood said that the management of Aastanas and Khanqahs and Sunni mosques shall not be allowed to remain in the hands of those who basically do not belong to the basics of veneration and reverence. They simply don’t deserve to remain there. He gave a brief introduction of AIOUMB and also elaborated its program. Syed Zafar Masood supported the government proposal of creating central Madrasa Board and pleaded with every one present there to gather more and more support for this legislation in the community

Protest on Jantar Mantar. New delhi 14 Jan 2013

New Delhi 14 January 2013

In a clear message to the Government of Saudi Arabia, a big section of Indian Muslims today demanded here that the Saudi regime must sign a treaty with all the governments of the world and assure in clear terms that no damage will be done to the cultural heritage of Muslims and sacred signs of Islam in the Saudi kingdom.

This was communicated in a memorandum to the Embassy of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after a peace march at Jantar Mantar which was addressed by Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhouchhwi General Secretary of the All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board and others.


The participants of the rally had come from various parts of the country with banners and placards saying among other things ‘’Indian Muslim will not allow Talibanization of India.”

Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhouchhwi in his speech dealt at length with the activities of Saudi authorities. The behavior with the Indian pilgrims was specially mentioned by Maulana Kichochvi who said that Saudi authorities force Indian hajis to practice Wahabism and stop the p pilgrims from performing rituals according to their practices. In cases even when offering ‘’Salaam’’ to the Prophet is carried out silently with a view to avoid offending the rulers, the authorities come down heavily.


He said in some cases Indian pilgrims are arrested and humiliated and the Indian officers sent to take care of the pilgrims lend no support to their fellow citizens and willfully allow the Saudis to play their game fearlessly.

He said while in case of other nationalities their hajj officers and staff of embassy or consulate put up resistance and ensures their safety and dignity but this is not the case with Indian officers.

Maulana Mohammad Ashraf Kichhouchhwi also demanded that all the bulldozed cultural monuments and signs of Islam including Jannatul Baqee and Jannatul Moalla must be restored and developed and decorated accordingly.


The gathering was also of the view that Indian officers sent to Saudi Arabia during Hajj are selected on the basis of their ideology and Wahabis are given charge of the Hajj affairs who have till now demonstrated that they are better suited to serve Saudi/Wahabi interests not the interests of Indian pilgrims.

Maulan Kichhouchhwi also said that Saudi/Wahabi influences can be easily seen in the government bodies of India requiring Muslim representation. Almost all such selections are done on the basis of ideology and Wahabis are chosen to represent Indian Muslim ignoring the very vast majority [almost 80 %].The Waqf boards and waqf council and Hajj committees are by now transformed as the centers of propagation of Wahabism through government machinery.


He said demolition of Ghausia Masjid in Delhi is not an isolated incident it is well connected with the developments taking place in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India and of course in Saudi Arabia which is leading them ruining the cultural heritage of Islam every where.

In all the above mentioned countries tombs of Sunni Sufi saints and Godly Muslims are being targeted because they happen to be centers of propagation of peace and amity and tolerance in the human race much above individual faiths while Saudi Wahabi ideology refuses to concede tolerance and peace its real virtue.

Ulama & Mashaikh who have expressed their anguish over this sorry state of affairs include:

Hazrat Maulana Syed Mehdi Miya Chishti, Gaddi Nashin Ajmer Sharif (Raj.)

Hazrat Maulana Syed Alamgir Ashraf, Nagpur (Maharashtra)

Hazrat Syed Jawed Naqshbandi, Delhi

Hazrat Farid Nizam, Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, Delhi)

Hazrat Maulana Nooruddin Asdaq, Nalanda, Bihar Sharif

Hazrat Mujiburrahman Urf Bablu Mia, Mainpuri (U.P.)

Maulana Mohammad Noorani, Sri Nagar (Jammu & Kashmir)

Haji Yunus Solanki, Vadodra (Gujrat)

Maulana Farooq Razvi, Ludhiyana (Punjab)

Syed Hammad Ashraf, Lucknow (U.P.)

Hayatunnabi Khan, Sajjada Nashin Dargah Hafiz Sb. Moradabad

Syed Ali Naim Chishti, Sajjada Nashin, Dargah Sultan Mia Sb. Moradabad

Hafiz Iftikhar Husain Sabir, Sajjada Nashin, Dargah Pahalwan Sb. Lajpat Nagar, Moradbad

Syed Shibli Mia, Sajjada Nashin, Dargah Shah Mukammal Sb., Eidgah, Moradabad

Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia, and Their Gift to Yale

Writer, activist, J.D. candidate at Yale Law School.india

The first thing you need to know about Saudi Arabia is that it is not a country but a financial and religious empire with a million poisonous tentacles stretching across both the West and the Muslim world. Its wealth is built upon the dirty oil under its sands, its legitimacy crafted upon an even dirtier political deal with a totalitarian religious cult known as Wahhabism.

The Saudi Royal Family treats the country as its private property. When the House of Saud conquered the territory known as Arabia, they named the country after themselves, hence the Saudi before the Arabia. It is more of a corporation than anything else, except The Family controls Islam’s holiest cities and profits handsomely off them.

Saudi Arabia should have made more news last week than it did. For starters, it was the anniversary of 9/11, and Saudi Arabia played at least an indirect role in Al Qaeda’s attacks on Washington and New York. More on that in a minute. But a Saudi billionaire also donated $10 million to Yale University and Yale Law School to establish a Center of Islamic Law and Civilization. The official announcement marked this as a great triumph. The establishment of such a center would have indeed been a victory worth celebrating had the money not originated from such a dubious source.

The Saudi billionaire-donor is named Abdullah Kamel. He is the CEO of the Dallah Albaraka Group, a Saudi conglomerate. Dallah Albaraka Group was a named defendant in a lawsuit brought by the families of 9/11 victims. Many of these suits were eventually dismissed on jurisdictional grounds, but a suit against Dallah Avco, a subsidiary of Dallah Albaraka Group, is currently in the discovery stage. Dallah Avco is an aviation company with ties to the Saudi Air Force — the same air force dropping bombs on Yemenis this very second, mutilating and killing thousands of them. Dallah Avco employed a man named Omar al-Bayoumi, a Saudi citizen who held a do-nothing job with the company while he was befriending and helping two of the 9/11 hijackers.

The Dallah AlBaraka Group and Abdullah Kamel undoubtedly operate with the blessings of the Saudi Royal Family, whose role in the 9/11 attacks is finally starting to be exposed. Earlier this year, the “20th hijacker,” Zacarious Moussaoui, directly accused the Saudi Royal Family of knowing about the 9/11 attacks in advance and funding al Qaeda’s plot. The Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 redacted 28 crucial pages dealing with alleged Saudi involvement in the planning and execution of the attacks. Bob Graham, former senator and ex-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has said in sworn statements that the Saudi government assisted the 9/11 terrorists.

Occam’s Razor directs the proponents of any theory to eliminate unnecessary assumptions. In the case of 9/11, 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis. They came from a country run by absolute monarchs, where information is tightly controlled, where a company known as the Saudi Bin Laden Group is the largest construction conglomerate. Trace the money back to its roots, and you quickly find that this “gift” tarnishes Yale beyond measure.

But the Saudi-Yale deal is about more than Yale or 9/11, much more. It is about elite institutions constantly prostrating at the feet of the Saudi Royal Family. The Family has given Harvard and Georgetown $40 million. They have funded research at leading scientific institutions to maximize Saudi oil output. They have donated to leading foundations, including the Clinton Foundation. They have paid for fundamentalist imams in American prisons. From California to India, they have erected a mammoth infrastructure of Wahhabist madrassas which indoctrinate impressionable young men to the virtues of their cause.

In this last charge alone, the Saudi Royal Family’s dollars are drenched in blood. The House of Saud came to power in the 1700s by making a deal with a fanatical preacher named Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, who taught that Islam had to be stripped down to its puritan essence. All later adaptations were eliminated because they were seen as sinful. A Muslim had to adhere to the Wahhabists’ literal interpretation of scripture or risk being deemed an apostate, and thus, liable to be murdered. Visits to the shrines of saints were criminalized as idolatrous. The Shia, the Sufis, the Ahmadis–all Muslim minorities–were thought to have deviated from the One True Path and so they, too, could be killed. Because Wahhab and his gang claimed to be defending Islam, their violence was legitimated as jihad. Homosexuals and blasphemers were to be put to death. Adulterers were to be stoned. Thieves were to have their hands amputated.

In the Saudi-Wahhab deal, Wahhab pledged to “support the ruler, supplying him with glory and power” if Ibn Saud made Wahhabist doctrine his official dogma. In the early 1800s, the Saudis took over Makkah and destroyed the monuments built to the Prophet Muhammad’s family. The Prophet’s tomb itself was just barely saved. They destroyed the cemetery where members of the Prophet’s family were buried. They ransacked the holy Shia city of Karbala in Iraq, mass-murdered women and children, and pillaged the tomb of Husain, the Prophet’s nephew and the spiritual leader of the world’s Shia.

In more modern times, the Saudis have spent upwards of $100 billion building madrassas around the world. In Pakistan, once a relatively liberal country, the number of Saudi-funded fundamentalist madrassas went from 900 to 32,000 in over a decade. These madrassas did not produce engineers and doctors but religious fanatics. Some of the students in these madrassas became leaders of the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Simply put: You do not get today’s Sunni-Shia war without the Saudi Royal Family exporting Wahhabism, an ideology with conflict and plunder inherent in its core.

The legacy of Saud and Wahhab continues, though now with a Las Vegas bent. Makkah–Islam’s holiest city and the destination of the Hajj pilgrimage which attracts over 3 million Muslims annually–is surrounded by cranes and construction facilities building hotels and luxury shopping centers that loom over Islam’s holiest sites. In recent years, the house of Khadijah, the Prophet’s wife, was destroyed to build toilets. The house of Abu Bakr, the Prophet’s companion, was razed to build a Hilton hotel.Over 98% of Arabia’s religious heritage sites, and thus Islamic history, have been destroyed. If all of this sounds eerily like ISIS it is because ISIS and Saudi Arabiashare the exact same ideology. The Saudis just happen to be our friends.

The man who gave Yale that $10 million check hails from the most totalitarian country on earth, second perhaps only to North Korea. Enforced as official dogma in the Kingdom are the two most fundamental and ancient forms of totalitarianism: Man’s control over the bodies of women and his control over the thoughts of all citizens. Women live under a segregationist, sexist, apartheid state. The thought-murdering ideology of Wahhabism criminalizes dissent before it can even germinate in individual consciences. The law is not supreme; the House of Saud is. The purpose of the law is not to serve and protect but to preserve the Family and destroy the minds and bodies of its enemies, beginning with the Shia.

The study of Islamic civilization is desperately needed in the West. The writings of ancient Greek philosophers were translated and preserved by Muslim philosophers and scientists in the great libraries of Baghdad. Our numerical system is owed to Persian and Arab mathematicians. Much of our current understanding in physics, calculus, philosophy, political economy, medicine, indeed, the scientific method itself, is owed at least in part to Islam’s golden age. Try and get to the Renaissance and Enlightenment without Islam’s discoveries and you will find yourself stuck in the Dark Ages. Islamic civilization was open, tolerant, diverse. Wahhabism and the Saudi Royal Family inverted all of that, built a sectarian empire, and with their oil money, bought off those who could be bought, and imposed themselves on everyone else.

The Yale gift makes a mockery of this rich history. Saudi money should not be funding any more programs in the United States or elsewhere because the money is stained with both blood and oil. It was extracted from the ground, but the extractors got to where they are by stomping upon the bones of their fellow Muslims. Let justice be done, though the heavens fall, goes the ancient quote, but justice will never be done if this organized crime family continued to buy our loyalty. Mr. Kamel’s check should be returned to him and his Saudi patrons with clear instructions that they spend the money making amends for The Family’s many crimes against humanity, their genocide of Islamic civilization.


Wahabi versus Sufi: social media debates

Syed Mohammed | Jul 19, 2015, 12.02 AM IST


Cyberspace is fast becoming a popular battleground for Indian Muslims aligned on both sides of the Sufi vs Wahabi debate. And the online verbal jousting is becoming more acrimonious by the day.

“There are Facebook pages which belittle leaders of both groups. ‘Follow the Sahabi, Ignore the Wahabi’ is one such. Further, hundreds of comments on videos of (Salafi televangelist) Zakir Naik or (Sufi scholar) Tahir ul Qadri are downright offensive,” says social media expert Nabeel Adeni.

Naik and Qadri are star names from the two schools and they both command huge following in the online – and real – world. Quite often their followers declare those who oppose them as ‘kaafir’, a virtual attempt at excommunication.

In the real world as well, the gulf between Muslims affiliated to the two principal schools of thought appears to be widening. This conflict is not new but it is now more pronounced than ever. The revelations in the recent WikiLeaks documents about Saudi petro dollars being reportedly spent on promoting Wahabi and Salafi streams of Islam in India has driven the wedge even deeper.

Nowhere is the divide more pronounced than Hyderabad where over 35% of the population is Muslim. The city’s prominent Muslims are worried by this growing acrimony. Says former member of the AP State Wakf Board, Syed Akbar Nizamuddin Hussaini: “India has always been home to the Sufis whose teachings were love and tolerance. This is how Islam spread here. The hardline views propagated by the Saudis and their funding poses a threat to the very fabric of Muslim society.”

The Wahabi stream exhorts Muslims to adopt the more “puritanical” form of Islam while Sufis – also known as Barelwis – maintain that teachings of saints cannot be ignored. The tussle between the two has also manifested in many mosques across the region where both schools have tried to wrest control of administration. “The Masjid-e-Shah Lagan in Purani Haveli and the Masjid-e-Amera in Abids are examples of this struggle,” Hussaini says.

There is a reason why administrative control of a mosque is so important for both schools – it gives them the power to influence the nature of the sermons. Hussaini says that it is easier to wield influence in existing mosques than to construct new ones for lakhs of rupees and begin the process of ‘proselytising’. “No Barelwi mosque has taken over Wahabi or Salafi mosques,” he claims.

This sectarian tussle is also apparent in cultural and social changes among the city’s Muslims. The Arabic ‘Ramadan’ and ‘Allahafiz’ are increasingly replacing the more Urdu/Persian ‘Ramzan’ and ‘Khudahafiz’. This is being resisted by those who believe that the Indian Muslim’s cultural roots are more Persian than Arabic.

Defenders of Wahabism in India say that it does not teach violence or intolerance and is largely misinterpreted. It is also a victim of the Western narrative of Islam, they add. Those in the know say that it is hard to calculate how much money has been pumped into India by the Saudi government to push Wahabism. WikiLeaks has reportedly revealed that Saudi Arabia’s costliest sectarian projects are in India (an Islamic association here, it is said, has reportedly got $1 million).

But community leaders argue that the most prevalent form of Wahabism in India has been brought by Indian expatriates working in Saudi. This is a benign form of the ideology, they say. “The funding of mosques and madrassas seems to have drastically fallen. The focus is on education and healthcare. However, the Indian diaspora is influenced by the Wahabi school of thought. Their understanding of it is a simple rejection of intercession of human beings between man and God. It has little to do with rigidity,” says Syed Abdul Qadeer, an Indian expat who has been living in Jeddah for the last 28 years.

There are, of course, those who are unhappy with these public arguments. Highly placed sources said that the Sufis have approached representatives of Western governments with the Wahabi problem. But this hasn’t gone down well with many. Says a source from the Jamat-e-Islami Hind: “The Indian Muslim is capable of dealing with his own problems, there is no need to take them to others.”

A matter of faith

September 10, 2009india today

A day after the Taliban blew up the shrine of 17th century Sufi poet Rehman Baba at Peshawar in Pakistan
on March 5, the muted outcry at a Khanqah (spiritual retreat) in the walled city of Bhopal could barely be
heard in the narrow alleyways. But the message sent out by the gathering of devout Sufis in Tila Jamalpura
locality of the Madhya Pradesh capital was loud and clear: they were reclaiming their space amid the tide of
militant Islamism, willing Allah to reform hardliners, or destroy them.
The next Jumerat (Thursday), it was business as usual in the Khanqah. An assorted gathering of Muslim
Chishtiyas and their Hindu neighbours was back singing a quaint hymn that blends, as they claim, the best of
the Vedas with the Quran. Harilal Sahu, a practicing Hindu neighbour aware of the practice says, “I wish
more Muslims would follow the lead of the Chishtiyas.” He need not fret over the perceived trend of rising
Wahabism or Talibanisation of Indian Muslims. The Sufi sect, or the Chishtiya Silsila as they like to call
themselves, is making a strong comeback in these parts, with more than a little help from ordinary Hindus.
In Bhopal, the sharply declining water level of the Upper Lake came a godsend for the Chishtiyas. The
dwindling water opened up a land route to the shrine of Hazrat Shah Ali Shah Data Chishti on an island.
Walking to the shrine with the Chishtiya Muslims during the Urs were cashrich Hindus Sarafa businessmen
who lingered at the shrine till dawn.
Last year, some Muslim hardliners tried to disrupt a chadar ceremony at the Dargah of Hazrat Roshan Ali
Shah at Chandan Nagar in Indore. Local Hindus gathered in force and made them beat a hasty retreat. During
the annual Urs at the same shrine about seven months back, another attempt was similarly thwarted by the
administration. A spate of such incidents is slowly turning Indore into a communal tinderbox.
From small towns in Malwa like Burhanpur and Dhar to Gwalior and places like Sagar in Bundelkhand and
Rewa in Baghelkhand, the Chishtiya sect is becoming more visible. The Urs at the dargahs of prominent Sufi
saints are becoming louder and more colourful and the qawwali is returning with a vengeance despite the
pronouncements of orthodox outfits. The district administration of Raisen estimates that the six-day Urs at the
shrine of Peer Fatehullah Shah in April attracted four lakh devotees.
Most of the Chishtiyas draw their following from the Sunni Muslim sect and thus bear the brunt of rising
hardline Islam the most. “There was a trend of rising extremism among youths till about four years back. That
is now on the wane,” says Rashid Khanooni, the Sajjadanashin of the prominent Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja
Khanoon Saheb in Gwalior. His efforts and stature stymied an effort by some Wahabi hardliners to hold an
Ijtimalike religious congregation at Gwalior in 2007 as the locals refused to be a part of the event, says
Khanooni’s aide Rambabu Katare, a Brahmin.
A London-trained lawyer who gave up his Supreme Court practice to take up the seat, Khanooni is the
vicepresident of the National Sufi Board, an organisation of prominent heads of Sufi shrines across the
country. The Board itself is a platform for Chishtiyas to run an outreach programme through seminars andsymposia. During the Urs at the Dargah in Gwalior last year, the seminar attracted wide attention with
speakers like Sufi Asgar Ali from Indore.
There are others as well. Delhibased Jamiyat-us-Sufiya, Hardoibased Sufi Sant Samaj and Hyderabad-based
Jamiyat-ul-Madaar are working on similar lines to preserve their brand of Islam. While other prominent
Muslim sects like Shias and even Sunni sub-sects like Deobandis, Barelvis or Nadvis work through
well-defined and organised institutions, Sufis have traditionally been allied to their dargahs. Nationwide
organisations are helping them overcome the lack of a framework to propagate their message.
In Madhya Pradesh, the Muslim Tehwar Committee has never buckled under the pressure of hardliners,
organising rambunctious, night-long functions for festivals like Shab-e-Baraat, something that the puritans
abhor. Its event in May-end at the Dargah of Baba Fareed in Bhopal saw prominent Sikhs from the local
Gurudwara Prabandhak Samiti lending a helping hand. Says the committee’s president Ausaaf Shahmeeri
Khurram, “We simply cannot allow our traditions to be transformed.” But transforming they are. Whereas
thirty years ago a prominent Sufi figure might have laughed off questions on religious identity, even the likes
of Khanooni and Khurram are having to painstakingly explain that their devotion at a Sufi shrine is Ehteraam,
not Ibadat, as the latter is reserved solely for the Almighty. Likewise, under the pressure of assault on their
very identity as Muslims, they have set out lucid dos and don’ts on issues like idol-worship, one reason why
even many Chishtiyas among Muslims don’t visit the shrine of Sai Baba in Shirdi any more.
That bolsters the critique that even Sufism is a one-way street, sufficiently diluted to suit the palate of other
communities but unwilling to assimilate their strands. While the Chishtiya ideology is slowly reclaiming its
space in its community, even a section of Hindus cast a suspicious eye on them. Prominent western
Indologists as well as Indian scholars have attributed conversions in India to Islam over the centuries in large
part to the drawing power of the Sufis. Says Kusumlata Kedia, a prominent voice on interfaith relations in the
extended saffron brotherhood, “It is not quite the melting pot it is made out to be.” Clearly, Sufism still has a
long way to go before it becomes the great equaliser.

Ram Jethmalani angers Saudi envoy

Saturday November 21, 2009, New Delhindtv

Senior lawyer and former Union minister Ram Jethmalani’s charge that Wahabi sect was responsible for terrorism provoked a walkout by Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to India Faisal-al-Trad from an international conference of jurists on global terror here.
Jethmalani alleged that “Wahabi terrorism” indoctrinated “rubbish” in the minds of young people to carry out terrorist attacks. The senior lawyer lamented that India had friendly relations with a country that supported Wahabi terrorism.
Following Jethmalani’s speech, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador Faisal-al-Trad was seen walking out of the conference, apparently taking offence at the remarks.
Organiser of the event Adesh Aggarwala said the Ambassador had walked out but returned after Law Minister M Veerappa Moily’s statement that the views expressed by Jethmalani were not that of the government.
Moily, in his address, said that terrorism cannot be attributed to any particular religion. It was unfortunate that the entire Islam as a religion was being blamed for terrorism, Jethmalani said, adding that “there are also Hindu terrorists and Buddhist terrorists.”
Terming Non-Aligned Movement and Panchsheel as evil, the former Union Minister said
India should align with forces of good to combat the forces of evil. “India and its foreign
ministers must learn to reassess the doctrines of past.”
He said India’s foreign policy establishment should be courageous to shun country’s relationships with its “enemies”. Referring to Jethmalani’s comments, Justice Awn S Al-Khasawneh, a judge of the
International Court of Justice, asked him not “to make sweeping statements.”

Why Muslims protested against Zakir Naik at the IICC in Delhi

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The office bearers and supporters of Ulama and Mashaikh Board, an organisation of Sufi Muslims protested at IICC against inviting Zakir Naik, who reportedly supported terrorists like Osama bin Laden
Over 250 Muslims on Saturday protested against Zakir Naik at Delhi’s India Islamic
Cultural Centre (IICC) demanding arrest of the controversial televangelist.
“The IICC office bearers need to explain why they have invited Naik who has even expressed his support for terrorists like Osama Bin Laden. He has also been against any kind of concessions to minority religious groups in Islamic countries,” Anjum Zaidi, one of the organisers of the protest said. Naik was invited by IICC to deliver a talk on Quran and Science on Saturday. The office bearers and supporters of Ulama and Mashaikh Board, an organisation of Sufi Muslims also gathered at the IICC to lodge a protest. “Naik is an enemy of Islam. He is an
enemy of Prophet Mohammad and his teachings,” they said. Accusing Naik as an agent of Saudi Arabia, the said, “We will not allow divisive Wahabism to prosper in this land of Hazrat Nizamuddin and Moinuddin Chishti”.

Former union minister Arif Mohammad Khan also wrote a letter to IICC president Sirajuddin Qureshi asking why Naik was invited at the Centre. “…in the present times when the community is under siege on account of the misdeed of handful of terror outfitsand the whole religion is being projected as religion of terror, it is important to keep inmind the image and impact of persons who are invited by the centre to interact with its members. A casual glimpse of the writings and speeches of Mr Zakir Naik in the past gives enough idea of his stand on terrorism that is plaguing the whole world particularly India since last few decades,” the letter reads.
Meanwhile, Zaidi also lodged a complaint at the Tughlaq Road Police Station demanding arrest of Naik under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). “We demand that Zakir Naik, since it is established that he has supported terror and terrorists should be booked under UAPA and his role be properly investigated,” the complaint reads.
Earlier, in December 2012, Darul Uloom, the globally influential Islamic seminary has slammed the religious views of controversial televangelist Dr Zakir Naik in a fatwa as doubtful, urging Muslims to avoid following him, says a report from Hindustan Times. “Although Naik, a doctor turned preacher, has gained prominence as a speaker on Islam, he has been a controversial figure because of his disparaging remarks on other religions
and radical views. The fatwa said Naik was a ghiar muqallidin, a term used to describe those whose teachings are not directly based on any one of the four accepted

All India Ulama Mashaikh Board protests against non representation of Muslims in Muslim affairs

Jagdishpur /Amethi 23-Sep 2013(RINA)

In a meeting at jagdishpur in the Amethi, the parliamentary constituency
of Vice president of AICC, Shri Rahul Gandhi a big group of Sunni Sufi Muslims decided to hold a grand rally on 24th November in Jagdishpur to record their protest against non representation of Muslims in Muslim affairs.
The meeting at Jamia Nooria Madinatul Uloom, Bahua, Jagdishpur Presided over by Syed Kaseem Ashraf was of
the opinion that the Muslims all over India have been misguided by all the political groupings since independence. Though there are instances of demonstration of some degree of sincerity from the government side but the implementation part of the story is destroyed by the elements who are faking Muslim representation in political
circles and corridors of power.
AIUMB meet with consensus issued a statement that central Government and state government has handed over the Muslim affairs who do not represent Indian Muslims i.e. Sunni Sufi Muslims. Imposed leadership of Saudi guided Wahabis Muslims on the patriot Indian Muslims is already rejected by Indian Muslims and AIUMB had submitted memorandums to the governments. It is also been finalized that Muslim Mahapanchayat will held on 24th November 2013 in which lacs of Sunni Sufi Muslims are suppose to gather from adjacent areas along with hundred of Ulema and mashaikh from across the country.
The participants including Syed Hasan Miya, Jais, Shah Ammar Ahmad Ahmadi Nayyar Mia, Rudauli Sharif, observed that keeping the Sunni Sufi Muslims deprived of the benefits of social, political, religious and other schemes meant for Muslims of India, allowing interference of Saudi funded/ guided elements in Muslim affairs and
ignoring the true voice of the community are some of the burning issues that have occupied the attention of Ulama and Mashaikh for several decades and now the state of affairs have become so terrible that All India Ulama &Mashaikh Board has taken to the streets and protesting against the anti Muslim attitude of both the union and state governments in several parts of the country.
They were of the opinion that whenever state or union government comes with a welfare scheme or program for the community, they choose representatives from the community to seek support in representation, but in the case of Indian Muslims i.e. Sunni Sufi Muslims the representatives are thrust upon them from a group of persons owing loyalty to an alien extreme ideology guided and funded by them.
The Muslims gathered at Jagdishpur were of the view that this continuous unwise step of the government is providing strength to extreme forces. This is ruining peace, destroying tolerance and creating rift in the society. These elements working under the influence of a foreign extreme ideology are dragging the society towards
discord and even after being warned several times the government is not lending its ear to the saner voice of Indian Muslims.
National secretary of All India Ulama Mashaikh Board Syed Babar Ashraf also addressed.
He said that Indian Muslims are deprived of their rights. This is a big loss. It is weakening the country. Muslims are on slide on all levels. The composite culture ofIndia is stained .It is essential to take a two pronged strategy to save the culture of the nation and give the community its rightful share in national resources uninterrupted by petrodollars funded elements .
He protested against thrusting leadership of the undeserved upon the community. He suggested that these aforesaid foreign guided/dictated/funded elements must be systematically removed from all the places of power gabbed by them by faking Muslim representation in religious, political, cultural and educational space.
They must be stopped from grabbing endowed Muslim properties which are essentially Sufi assets and a mechanism should be devised to ensure that will of the endower is honored in all circumstances. Syed Babar Ashraf said that wahabis are in habit of panned control of Endowed Muslim properties, Hajj affairs, Judiciary (Fatwas) and media. The Saudi government under a plan is pumping lot of petro money into India to control Muslim affairs as
India is a proud secular country blessed to be home of second largest Muslim population in the world. Prominent person like Syed Qaseem Ashraf “Hasan Miya”, Abdul Moeed Azhari, Maulana Ishteyaq Ashrafi, Mufti Syed Wasim Ashraf, Farzan Warsi, Maulana Ishteyaq Qadri, Maulana Zubari Ahmad Khan, Qari Abdul Hayee
participated in this AIUMB meet.