Shaikh's Interview with Chandigarh
Mr. Anwar Shaikh was interviewed
by Dr. Ranjit Kanwar of Chandigarh Times in their May 24, 1996 issue.
Ranjit Kanwar: We have heard your name
in India, yet we do not know much about you. Will you tell me something
Anwar Shaikh: I was born in 1928 in a village
near the-city of Gujrat (Pakistan). Religion has been a part of my family
tradition. Naturally, I was brought up to be a scholar of Islam: To the
best of my knowledge, it was my great great grandfather, who embraced Islam.
He was a kashmiry pundit. After conversion, he became an Imam Masjid, a
fervent preacher of Islam. My grandfather was conscious of his Brahmin
ancestry, - . . and resented if anyone spoke ill of the Vedas yet he could
not return to his roots owing to the psychological grounding he had received
over the years. In Pakistan, I was a teacher and then became headmaster
of a high school. Though economically,' life was bearable, socially, it
was not. I emigrated to great Britain in 1956. After initial hardships
struck lucky. At the height of business success, I suddenly realized that
I wanted to do some reformative work instead of indulging in money-making
it was in 1973 that I started winding up my commercial activities, and
am glad that I did so because it gave me a chance to reeducate myself,
especially in philosophy and religion.
Ranjit Kanwar: I have read your book: "
Islam, The Arab National Movement " which is becoming world-famous rapidly.
Did you write it to oppose Islam?
Anwar Shaikh: Its purpose is not to oppose,
but expose Islam: it is a serious work based on long research and personal
experience There is not one word of lie, insolence or intentional misinterpretation
in this book. Since it is based on truth and nothing but the truth; it
is an open challenge to those who use Islam as the tool of personal gain,
politically and religiously. So great is the force and authenticity of
this book that no Muslim scholar has come forward so far to refute its
Ranjit Kanwar: Are you another Rushdie?
Anwar Shaikh: I am being labeled as such.
For example, the Urdu daily: "Pakistan" and weekly "Maharat" of Lahore,
have called me "a Satan of much greater stature than Rushdie and Tasleema,"
and The Daily "Jang" of London has described me "a Rushdie whose writings
are infinitely more dangerous to Islam than Rushdie and Tasleema put together."
The Muslim readers of the "Jang" have written to this newspaper repeatedly
begging the mullahs and other scholars of Islam to answer my questions
to "save"-but they have deliberately kept quiet to the utter annoyance
of the believers, who are really worried by the contents of "Islam, The
Arab National Movement". They demonstrated against Rushdie in every country
through public meetings, processions, slogans and murders, but about my
book they have willfully observed a conspiracy of silence because they
do not want the world to know the truth about Islam. This clearly shows
that I am the exact opposite of Rushdie. His work is fiction based on insult
to the Prophet Mohammed and his family, whereas my book is a serious work
founded on scholarship; reason and research. At the most, Rushdie is an
artistic protester whereas I am a challenger to the very concept of Islam.
Ranjit Kanwar: I see. But has your book
any relevance to India?
Anwar Shaikh: My book has a relevance to
entire mankind, but is especially to India because before the coming of
Islam, India was a prosperous, peaceful and proud country, which has not
only been reduced to extreme poverty and ignorance by the Muslim predators
and the Islamic rule, but has also been fragmented into geographical and
This book clearly demonstrates that, as Islam
seeks to impose Arab cultural imperialism on other nations through a doctrine
of divide and murder, India and Islam cannot live together. This book is
a must for India.
Ranjit Kanwar: Do you realize that this
book exposes you to serious danger? Aren't you afraid?
Anwar Shaikh: The truth has its price,
which I am prepared to pay. I have not resorted to swearing or falsification
simply to uphold the dignity of truth. Fear is a part of human nature and
it will be wrong of me to deny it. However, I must add that by making me
a martyr, they will sound the death-knell of Islam.
Ranjit Kanwar: It is a revolutionary book
with profound consequences. What prompted you to write it?
Anwar Shaikh: This is an excellent question
and proves your competence as a journalist. Having lived in the West for
such a long time, one day it crossed my mind why the white people love
their countries but the Muslims of India hate their motherland. There is
no exaggeration in it because they think of Bharat not as their Motherland
but Dar-ul-Harb i.e. battlefield, where people murder, plunder and deceive
out of hatred and greed. Having given this point further thought I soon
realized that Islam is based on the doctrine of hating and murdering non-Muslims
and reducing them to the status of political slaves. It is totally false
to say that Islam is the ambassador of international brotherhood. Again,
it is completely untrue that the Muslims of all countries are one nation.
It is the law of nature that nationality is constituted by blood ties and
geographical boundaries, that is, the homeland. A nation being an expanded
form of family is subject to the familial rules of identity. Of Course,
a person can adopt another nationality quite legitimately but it is an
exception, and there fore, cannot change the basic rule. Calling Muslims
of all countries as one nation is wrong because all these nations have
their separate home lands with their independent interests and different
policies. Pakistan was soon split into two halves i.e. Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The government of Pakistan in 1951 stopped entry of all Indian Muslims
into Pakistan despite the fact that they were the people who had made most
sacrifices for the creation of Pakistan even more shameful is the treatment
of Pakistanis from Bihar, who stood by Pakistan against the Bangladeshis.
Muslim nationality is a myth, which is extremely
injurious to the non-Arab Muslims but highly beneficial to the Arabs. And
this is what leads to the inevitable conclusion that Islam is not a religion
but the Arab National Movement.
Ranjit Kanwar: Good lord! Is it what Islam
is? Do you mind explaining this point a bit further?
Anwar Shaikh: The philosophy that lies
behind Islam is stunning and proves the consummate political skill of the
Prophet Mohammed: by declaring all Muslims as one nation and the non-Muslims
as another, he created the Two Nation Theory, perpetually setting Muslims
against non-Muslims. Again, he stressed that in this struggle the Muslims
would be victorious. This is exactly the theory that Karl Marx adopted
after many centuries. Presenting his dialectical view of history; he emphasized
that all material progress owed itself to eternal social strife between
the capitalists and the proletariats in which the latter would win the
However, Karl Marx did not show the mastery that
the prophet Mohammed did. By creating the Two Nation Theory, he subjected
all non-Muslim Arabs to the cultural imperialism of Arabia. He achieved
this purpose with a mind boggling subtlety: he made Arab- worship the cornerstone
of Islam. Thus. those who embrace Islam naturally feel inferior to Arabia
as a devotee believes in relation to his goddess.
Ranjit Kanwar: This is an unusual explanation
of Islam. Can you tell me how the Prophet Mohammed raised reverence of
Arabia sky-high and made it an artist of faith for his non-Arab followers?
Anwar Shaikh: Here is a small summary of
the steps that the Prophet took to realize his dream.
1. He declared that when Adam was evicted from
paradise, he came to Mecca where he built the first House of God. Thus,
he identified Godliness with Kaaba, a Sanctuary of Mecca where God lives!
Not only that, Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, also came to Mecca to rebuild
the House of God!
2. For the purpose of imposing Arab psychological
superiority on non-Arab Muslims, he decreed that they must prostrate five-times-
a-day facing Mecca. This is not only an act of submission to Mecca, the
capital city of Arabia, but also proves beyond a shadow of doubt that God
lives in Mecca, otherwise why should people prostrate in that direction?
3. A Muslim must not defecate himself or answer
the call of nature facing Mecca. It is a blasphemous act in view of the
sanctity of Mecca.
4. When Muslims die, they must be buried facing
Mecca, which is the guarantee of their salvation.
5. To make sure that the Arabs enjoy economic
opulence, the Prophet made Hajj as obligatory ritual for his followers.
It is a pilgrimage to Mecca. There are countless Indian Muslims who sell
their homes and personal belongings to undertake this journeys can give
many more examples to this effect but this should be enough to explain
the real purpose of Islam.
Ranjit Kanwar: It does show the Arab national
tendency of Islam, but the non- Arab followers of Islam do not have to
adopt a slavish attitude to the Arab national Institutions to prove their
Islamic faith. Do they?
Anwar Shaikh: I regret to say, Sir, like
countless non-Muslims, you do not know the master stroke of the Prophet.
Ranjit Kanwar: I have never heard of this
master stroke before. Can you enlighten me in the interest of humanity?
Anwar Shaikh: I am referring to the prophet's
declaration that Allah has made him the Model of Practice for his followers
it has come to mean that the Muslims must copy him in everything, they
must eat, drink, walk and talk like him, even must look like him, that
is, they grow beard like his, have a similar hair-cut and dress like him.
This is what is called followings the Sunnah .i.e., the Prophetic: Model
which is the guarantee of salvation. One can easily say that Islam has
been designed to induce respect and love for Arabia. There are express
commands of the Prophet, which state that a person is not Muslim until
he loves him more than his own father and mother. The idea is that people
must be weaned from their own nationalities and motherlands, and attached
firmly to Mecca. This is the reason that the Muslims of India call their
own homeland as the battlefield and Arabia the fountain of peace and celestial
glory., Now, it is perhaps, easy for you to understand why the Muslims
of India partitioned their own motherland for practicing the Arab cultural
values in Pakistan (and Bangladesh).
Ranjit Kanwar: What is likely to happen
if the non-Arab Muslims do not follow the Prophet in loving Arabia even
if it involves unpatriotic practices against their own homelands?
Anwar Shaikh: The Muslims must love Arabia
because the Prophet did so. They must follow him as the Divine Model of
Practice. This is what Islam expects if don't, they are sure to enter hell
because the Prophet will not intercede on their behalf.
Ranjit Kanwar: What is intercession?
Anwar Shaikh: This is the special power
of the Prophet Mohammed. He will recommend paradise for his followers on
the Day of Judgment. His recommendation is final and Allah cannot deny
it. It is available to all murderers, rapists, arsonists, cheats, thugs,
pickpockets and pimps provided they are followers of the Prophet. On the
contrary, all Hindus, Sikhs, Jews, Christians will be cast into a flaming
hell, no matter, how pious and God-fearing they may have been. Piety has
no meaning and value without believing in Mohammed and the greatness of
his homeland. Intercession is the climax of the Prophet's National wisdom--It
is this Muslim belief which gives them the hope of free sex and economic
abundance, and they feel obliged to kill in the name of Islam. This is
why they are ever ready to stab their motherland. After all, caring about
one's country entails sacrifices whereas the comforts of paradise are sweet
and splendid. And it is especially so when they involve no moral responsibility.
Ranjit Kanwar: Poor India! "Islam, The
Arab National Movement" seems to be the book, not only for every Indian,
irrespective of his religion, but also for every Pakistani and Bangladeshi
as well. After all, they all belong to the Indian subcontinent. What have
you done to propagate its contents?
Anwar Shaikh: By writing this book, I have
discharged my duty. Its propagation, I believe, is a duty of every one.
Ranjit Kanwar: Will you be prepared to
allow translations of this book into various languages without expecting
any financial reward?
Anwar Shaikh: I shall be delighted to do
so provided such a task is undertaken for public good, and not as a trade.
Ranjit Kanwar: What is the price of the
book and can people get in touch with you.
Anwar Shaikh: The book cost £5 only
and the address is :
CARDIFF CF5 2NL.