The Violent Truth Behind The Sufi Mask

Following is a presentation of excerpts taken from Sita Ram Goel’s works.

Many Hindus have been misled, mostly by their own soft-headed scholars, to
cherish the fond belief that the Sufis were spiritual seekers, and that
unlike the Mullahs, they loved Hindu religious lore and liked their Hindu
neighbours. The Chistiyya Sufis in particluar have neem chosen for such
fulsome praise. The orthodox among the Muslims protest that the Sufis are
being slandered. But the Hindus remains convinced that they themselves know
better. Professor Aziz Ahmad is a renowned scholar of Islam in India. He
clinches the matter in the following words: “In Indian sufism anti-Hindu
polemics started with Muinal-din Chisti. Early sufis in Punjab and early
Chistis devoted themselves to the task of conversion on a large scale.
Missionary activity slowed down under Nizam al-din Auliya, not because of
any new concept of eclecticism, but because he held that the Hindus were
generally excluded from grace and could not be easily converted to Islam
unless they had the opportunity to be in the company of the Muslim saints
for considerable time.”

Of course, the Auliya who lived in a sprawling khanqah and received rich
gifts out of plunder was convinced that he himself was such a Muslim saint.
His temper and teachings can be known easily from die, writings of Amir
Khusru, the poet, and Ziauddin Barani, the historian. Both of them were
leading disciples of the Auliya. Both of them express a great hatred for
Hindus, and regret that the Hanafl school of Islamic Law had come in the
way of wiping out completely the “curse of infidelism” from the face

A similar Sufi saint who died a mere 79 years before Waliullah’s birth, was
Ahmad Sirhindi (1564-1624). He was always foaming at the mouth against
Akbar’s policy of peace with the Hindus. He proclaimed himself the
Mujaddid-i-alf-i-sdni, ‘renovator of the second millennium of Islam’.
Besides writing several books, he addressed many letters to several
powerful courtiers in the reign of Akbar and Jahangir. His MaktiibCtt-i-
Imdm RabbanT have been collected and published in three volumes. According
to Professor S.A.A. Rizvi, “Shariat can be fostered through the sword’ was
the slogan he raised for his contemporaries.

A few specimens should suffice to show the quality of this man’s mind. In
letter No. 163 he wrote: “The honour of Islam lies in insulting kufr and
kafirs. One who respects the kafirs dishonours the Muslims… The real
purpose of levying jiziya on them is to humiliate them to such an extent
that they may not be able to dress well and to live in grandeur. They
should constantly remain terrified and trembling. It is intended to hold
them under contempt and to uphold the honour and might of Islam.” In Letter
No. 81 he said: “Cow-sacrifice in India is the noblest of Islamic
practices. The kafirs may probably agree to pay jiziya but they shall never
concede to cow-sacrifice.” After Guru Mun Deva had been tortured and done
to death by Jahangir, he wrote in letter No. 193 that “the execution of the
accursed kafir of Gobindwal is an important achievement and is the cause of
the great defeat of the Hindus.”

Sirhindi ranks with Shah Waliullah as one of the topmost sufis and
theologians of Islam. Referring to his role, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad has
written in his Tazkirah that “but for these letters Muslim nobles would not
have stood by Islam and but for the efforts of Shaikh Ahmad, Akbar’s
heterodoxy would have superseded Islam in India.”‘ Later on, when K.A.
Nizami published a collection of Shah Walilullah’s letters addresed to
various Muslim notables including Ahmad Shah Abdaii, he dedicated it to
Maulana Azad. The Maulana wrote back, “I am extremely happy that you have
earned the merit of publishing these letters. I pray from the core of my
heart that Allah may bless you with the felicity of publishing many books
of a similar kind.” That should give us a measure not only of ‘Muslim
Revivalism’ but also of many Maulanas who masqueraded as ardent
nationalists in order to fight the battle for Islam from within the Indian
National Congress.

It is strange that most of the present-day Muslim scholars refuse to cite
the actual statements made about Hindus and Hinduism by their heroes such
as Ahmad Sirhindi and Shah Waliullah while praising them to the skies as
saviours of Islam in India. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Allama lqbal are
shining examples of this intriguing silence. The late Professor Ishtiaq
Husain Qureshi published two significant books on the history of Islam in
India – Ulema in Politics (1972), and The Muslim Community of the Indo-
Pakistan Subcontinent (1977). He has devoted many pages to Ahmad Sirhindi
and Shah Waliullah in both the books. But he has not cited a single
sentence written or spoken by the ‘great sufis’ on how they looked at
Hindus and Hinduism. I have no doubt that Nizami has also suppressed those
letters of Shah Waliullah in which the latter has poured out his heart
about kufr and the kafirs. It is only Professor S.A.A Rizvi who has taken
us into the secret chambers so to say. Professor Rizvi is a Shia. And the
venom which characters like Ahmad Sirhindi have poured on Hindus and
Hinduism is quite comparable to that which they poured out on Shias and

Professor Rizvi has cited select passages from the original Persian of
Ahmad Sirhindi’s letters. It is only recently that the letters have become
available in Urdu translation. Ahmad Sirhindi wrote to many Muslim notables
in the reign of Akbar and Jahangir. Some of these letters were in strong
protest against Akbar’s policies vis-a-vis Hindus. One of Sirhindi’s
patrons was Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khanan whom many Hindus cherish as a Hindi
poet and a devotee of Sri Krishna. It is unfortunate that quite a few
recipients of these letters cannot be identified straight away because they
are addressed by their titles and not by their names. As the letters are
not dated, it is difficult to say whether the bearer of a particular title
belonged to the reign of Akbar or Jahangir. The same title was given to
several persons in succession. I reproduce below some passages from these
significant letters in order to show how the mind of this great sufi
functioned. He was the leading light of the Naqshbandi sufi silsild, and
the foremost disciple of Khwaja Baqi Billah who brought this silsild to
India in the reign of Akbar. I may add that the Prophet appeared quite
frequently to both Baqi Billah and Ahmad Sirhindi in their dreams or states
of trance, and gave guidance to them. Some of his statements are reproduced

1. It is said that the Shariat prospers under the shadow of the sword (al-
Shara’ tahat al-sait). And the glory of the holy Shariat depends on the
kings of Islam ….

2. Islam and infidelity (kufr) contradict one another. To establish the one
means eradicating the other, the coming together of these contradictories
being impossible. Therefore, Allah has commanded his Prophet to wage war
(jihad) against the infidels, and be harsh with them. The glory is Islam
consists in the humiliation and degradation of infidels and infidelity. He
who honours the infidels, insults Islam. Honouring (the infidels) does not
mean that they are accorded dignity, and made to sit in high places. It
means allowing them to be in our company, to sit with them, and talk to
them. They should be kept away like dogs. If there is some worldly purpose
or work which depends upon them, and cannot be served without their help,
they may be contacted while keeping in mind all the time that they are not
worthy of respect. The best course according to Islam is that they should
not be contacted even for worldly purposes. Allah has proclaimed in his
Holy Word (Quran) that they are his and his Prophet’s enemies. And mixing
with these enemies of Allah and his Prophet or showing affection for them,
is one of the greatest crimes…

… The abolition of jizyah in Hindustan is a result of friendship
which (Hindus) have acquired with the rulers of this land… What right
have the rulers to stop exacting jizyah? Allah himself has commended
imposition of jizyah for their (infidels’) humiliation and degradation.
What is required is their disgrace, and the prestige and power of Muslims.
The slaughter of non-Muslims means gain for Islam… To consult them (the
kafirs) and then act according to their advice means honouring the enemies
(of Islam), which is strictly forbidden…

The prayer (goodwill) of these enemies of Islam is false and
fruitless. It should never be called for because it can only add to their
numbers. If the infidels pray, they will surely seek the intercession of
their idols, which is taking things too far… A wise man has said that
unless you become a maniac (di-wanah) you cannot attain Islam. The state of
this mania means going beyond considerations of profit and loss. Whatever
one gains in the service of Islam should suffice…”

3. Ram and Kirshan whom Hindus worship are insignificant creatures, and
have been begotten by their parents… Ram could not protect his wife whom
Ravan took away by force. How can he help others?… It is thousands of
times shameful that some people should think of Ram and Kirshan as rulers
of all the worlds… To think that Ram and Rahman are the same, is
extremely foolish. The creator and the creature can never be one… The
controller of the Cosmos was never called Ram and Kirshan before, the
latter were born. What has happened after their birth that they have come
to be equated with Allah, and the worship of Ram and Kirshan is described
as the worship of Allah? May Allah save us!

Our prophets who number one lakh and twenty-four thousand have
encouraged the created ones to worship the Creator… The gods of the
Hindus (on the other hand) have encouraged the people to worship them (the
gods) instead… They are themselves misguided, and are leading others
astray… See, how the (two) ways are different!

4. Before that kafir [Guru Arjun Deva] was executed this recluse [meaning
himself] had seen in a dream that the reigning king had smashed the skull
of idolatry. Indeed, he was a great idolater, and the leader of the
idolaters, and the chief of unbelievers. May Allah blast him! The Holy
Prophet who is the ruler of religion as well as the world, has cursed the
idolaters as follows in some of his prayers – “O Allah, demean their
society, create divisions in their ranks, destroy their homes, and get at
them like the mighty one.”

It is required by religion [Islam] that jihad should be waged against
the unbelievers, and that they should be dealt with harshly… it is
obligatory on Muislims to acquaint the king of Islam with the evil customs
of false religions… Maybe the king has no knowledge of these evil
customs… Some Ulama of Islam should come forward, and proclaim the evils
present in their (unbelievers’) ways… It will be no excuse or, the Day of
Judgment that they did not proclaim the tenets of the Shariat because they
were not called upon (to do SO) …

5. The Shariat prevails under the shadow of the sword (al Shara’ tahat al-
saij) – according to this (saying), the Shariat can triumph only with the
help of mighty kings and their good administration. But for some time past
this saying has been languishing, which means inevitably that Islam has
become weak. The unbelievers (Hindus) of Hindustan are demolishing mosques,
and erecting their own places of worship on the same sites. There was a
mosque in the tank of Kurukhet (Kurukshetra) at Thanesar, as also the tomb
of some (Muslim) saint, These have been demolished, and a huge gurudwara
has been constructed on the same sites. Besides, the kafirs are holding
many celebrations of kuft….

It is a thousand pities that the reigning king is a Mussalman, and we
recluses find ourselves helpless. There was a time when Islam stood
glorified due to the might and prestige of its kings, and the Ulama and the
Sufis were honoured and held in high regard. It was with their help that
the kings made the Shariat preva. I have heard that one day Amir Taimur was
passing through the bazar at Bukhara when, by chance, the inmates of Khwaja
Naqshbandi’s khdnqah were beating the dust out of the mats used in that
place. Because Islam was intact in Amir Taimur, he stopped at that spot and
regarded the dust of the khdnqah as musk and sandal. He met a good end.”

6. Therefore, it is necessary that infidelity should be cursed in order to
serve the faith (Islam). Cursing unbelief in the heart is the lesser way.
The greater way is to curse it in the heart as well as with the body. In
short, cursing means to nourish enmity towards enemies of the true faith,
whether that enmity is harboured in the heart when there is fear of injury
from them (infidels), or it is harboured in the heart as well as served
with the body when there is no fear of injury from them. In the opinion of
this recluse, there is no greater way to obtain the blessings of Allah than
to curse the enemies of the faith (be impatient with them). For Allah
himself harbours enmity towards the infidels and infidelity…

Once I went to visit a sick man who was close to death. When I
meditated on him, I saw that his heart was layered with darknesses. I
intended to remove those darknesses. But he was not yet ready for it…
When I meditated more deeply, I discovered that those darknesses had
gathered due to his friendship with the infidels. They could not be
dispersed easily. He had to suffer torments of hell before he could get
purged of them …

7. Every person cherishes some longing in his heart. The only longing which
this recluse (meaning himself) cherishes is that the enemies of Allah and
his Prophet should be roughed up. The accursed ones should be humiliated,
and their false gods disgraced and defiled. I know that Allah likes and
loves no other act more than this. That is why I have been encouraging you
again and again to act in this way. Now that you have yourself arrived at
that place, and have been appointed to defile and insult that dirty spot
and its inhabitants, I feel grateful for this grace (from Allah). There are
many who go to this place for pilgrimage. Allah in his kindness has not
inflicted this punishment on us. After giving thanks to Allah, you should
do your best to ruin that place and their false gods … whether the idols
are carved or uncarved. Let us hope that you will not act slow. Physical
weakness and severity of the cold weather, comes in my way. Otherwise, I
would have presented myself, and helped you in doing the job. I would have
liked to participate in the ceremony and mutilate the stones…

End of forwarded post.

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi

[Published from a mailgroup]

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