January 31st, 2002
I have often made enough attempts to praise all local cultures of any
part of the world. I skipped the religion, now I am adding that
agenda. Regarding Bangladesh, all our heritages are part of us; and
all deserve equal respect authenticated by mutual appreciation and
understanding. There should not have been any scorns that divide us.
Our recent inter-religious scorns are explained best at the roots.
The religions themselves condemn hatred. There are enough mis-
presentations of religious text to breed more hatred. The dogma that
has egressed, has eradicated the harmony necessary for rational
discussions. Allow me to go outside the Bangladeshi boundaries, then
I will return to our dear homeland to tie up the threads.
Atheism, is not banned by any religion. There are plenty of pre-
existing religious mis-interpretations that make these complexities
more untouchable. The only possible escape to see a clear
understanding, is by eradicating "hatred". Not as easily done as to
be said, but that should not be our excuse to give up impartiality
and take sides to breed more hatred. We need a lot more impartial,
neutral participants in the front line. I have said this over and
over again, we need a good neutral front, .. <<Personal Note: my
personal interest is really irrelevant, as days pass, my chances of
returning to Bangladesh are getting thinner and thinner. My life will
have no materialistic impact, if Bangladesh did not exist, morally I
will be shattered, of course.>>.
Islamists have dogmatized themselves, in this huffy environment,
their lack of rationality has over-shadowed most Islamic rectitude. I
personally, have always debated with them. I have disagreed with
their interpretations and conceptualizaiton of Islam. But I only do
it with them, on their face. Most often after half an hour, they
asked me, "Are you a Hindu?" My reply always has been, "does that
change the value of my opinion?" Then I have discussed further before
I explained, IMHO, I am a Muslim, but they should not believe they
are more Muslim than I, same as I do not judge if I am more than
them. There are plenty of hadeeth bashing on this forum. I have
openly discussed with moulanas in Australia about Rashad Khalifa`s
opinion, which should have had my head chopped. But my head is still
here writing this message, filled with regret, why most people cannot
criticize Islamic mis-applications, without the hatred.
I have been few times in mosques in all of my life abroad, more often
I have been to Christianic prayer gatherings. In most prayers on
both, I have often argued about the term "pagan" being thrown at many
religions who are not clearly monotheists. Once, during his lecture
at Friday gathering in a mosque, one moulana gave his criticism of
all pagan faiths, I quietly walked out. I did not jump and scream, I
could take him to court and make money or get a medal, I did not. I
caught him later, and tried to explain how wrong he is. He did not
agree with me, and my head is still here. But I doubt he will go
If you look at all the accusations, Islam cannot be blamed. It is the
hate-breeding that naturally provokes all religions, now has over-
shadowed most religious rectitudes. Islam is the first victim,
perhaps they are more easily stirred, perhaps .. a larger community
wants it eradicated. And the roots of all these hatred, are not
For those jumping up and down, throwing mud over this issue, taking
sides,.. I perosnally feel THESE HATE BREEDERS are the roots of our
current problems, heaving dogma instead of impartiality. From
Bangladeshi perspective, I will probably support Indian initiatives
more; because, they have shown more compassion towards us. Pakis,
however much impartial I like to be, they need to get their "dogma"
controlled. I am well aware of Pakistani brutality towards us, in the
last moment they beheaded many of our scholars to blinded us, they
took our enterpreneurs and crippled our economy. My father at that
time, put his neck online, copied the blue-prints of bridges and
other constructions and handed them to muktijodhyas; the <<genuine>>
muktijodhyas know him. He wrote in pseudonym for many years. Not for
the public, but mostly at the university circulations; there is a
hint for those who think. Stir not the public too much, eradicate all
pseudo, with caution to stop all stirring, and bring forth harmony
Kashmere is a both sided fault. Both India and Pakistan are foolishly
dancing to the tunes they think they can capitalize on. If India has
had problems with only Muslims, .. ask the Srilankans, why they are
wary of India. (need I be more explicit?). These complexities are
given more vitality by our so high spirited cognized mud-throwers of
Islamists need rationalizing, but in this relentless "grotesque
slandering", they are so dogmatized, it is beyond any rational
approach to be presented to them. Heads will be chopped now, thanks
to our mud-throwers with titles.
Comments I hear, from some of the groups, are unjustified enough to
give their titles a second glance. "May no hordes of barbarians not
invade India again", what does that have got to do with Islam? Nadeer
Shah, I will scorn with more justificaiton than them, I do not see
what that has to do with Islam. If Islam was properly propagated in
Indian sub-continent, many Islamists will be upset, but I will admit,
it was not. I have said so, on this before the mud-throwers here.
But Nadeer Shah has nothing to do with it. You cannot say all
historical Islamic figures in the sub-continent were hordes(?).
Mughols, there are mixed pictures, Mughols have to do with Islam as
much as Henry VIII had with Christianity. But, where the Hindu
monarchs much better? Be truthful my friends, monarchs are always of
the same sort, with few exceptions and there also the ratio will be
obvious pertaining to religious backgrounds. Might as well let these
<cognized hooligans> twist the history of Hathem Thai and Khaja
If they mix up Nadeer Shah and Islam, let us allow these "Dr"`s to do
more mud throwing, we should watch them and mix up all Khan titles.
Might as well, turn Ghenghis Khan an Islamic prophet, or his grandson
Halaku Khan, THOSE "HORDES", did brutalize Arab territories just as
much, in case these "Dr"`s do not see how flawed their ideas are.
Atheism, is not scorned by Islam, these twisted slanderings, however
much decieving, have nothing to do with religion or any form of
rectitude. Lalon Fakir was what? A genuine humanist. I doubt any
religious figure would have ordered his head to be chopped. >>Atheism
is a large community<<, with variety of pseudo-humanists (impostors)
These issues need rational discussions, but currently, IMHO, our
first objective should be to eradicate those "impostors", before we
can bring any rationality. Be impartial, I am with you if you wish to
chase the fake-priests (bhondo-peer); but first look at your
associates, are they truly humane athiests?
Now coming to our homeland again. Our dogma is also being escalated
by external political complexity. To have them more connected, more
convolution shall occur. Yes it is about time, we start speaking to
moulanas with more strong words,.. NOT HATRED. The more arrogant one
gets, it will be reflected back with equal irrationality.
It is about time, we tell our local moulanas, to utilize their energy
into our local problems. We have poverty, we have hunger, they can
contribute a lot. We need to bring their attentions to solutions that
are achievable. It should be pointed to these moulanas, the problems
in Palestine are partially due to the "psuedo-Islamic"
infrastructures in the Arab world. Those leaders do not have enough
faith to stand against the powers, they want our moulanas to stand
against. Those leaders with more resources sitting on Arab soil, fold
their own hands, and push our local politics to be dogmatized. If
someone speaks those words, with imparitality, not only me, many
Muslims will respond. But any slandering and hate-breeding.. I do not
care, if you are a Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, feminist, KKK,
whatever,.. go somewhere else and throw mud, leave our homeland alone.
And these mud-throwers find a new "chicanery" utilization of their
titles. Picking on moulanas with most irritating slanderings, with
some hope of poltical gain, monetary too perhaps. You cannot support
either side here, neither should we have them both scorned. My
personal view suggests, all slanderings should be eradicated. BUT
first must be the more cognized ones, hence these external resourced
ones. The problems are complex as they are, any external exploitation
should be given all the fence we can gather, .
IF A*L* was so good, with their external visions, Jamaath could not
come on the surface. It takes two to tango. Our crime, corruption,
outlawry is has nothing to do with religious movements.
It is about time, we threw all external "stirring" out of our
boundaries. It is not to hate India or Pakistan, the rationality has
to be brought back within this whole region. We must keep on trying
to be impartial. None of those are so perfect to be trusted
blindedly. None of those should be hated, HATE HAS TO GO, NO BUTs.
First eradication, IMHO, must be these mud-throwers. I know Mrs Majid
praised some of the concepts of Salman Rushdie. With all due respect,
I would state, (if she reads this message), a simple truth, Salman
Rushdie is a great writer, and scholarly. But religion has nothing to
do with it. He could not give a *freakin hoot* about any rectitude of
any form, atheistic ethics or humanity. He knew the cretins would
jump up and down being stirred, and would make him more famous and
richer. Simple tricks of trade.
Similarly all such "opportunists" should be given the proper
treatment; not scorn, not hatred, but <<simple truth>>. Our cognized
ones should make public less stirred. There is no other choice.
Love for All
Great and Small
Equally and Impartial.
That is the gist of any faith; monotheist, polytheist, atheist. All
others are wrong. And those all others, all religions condemn;
regardless of nationality, age, race, sex, appearance, religion.
©2002 by Shampan-e-Shindh
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