The concept of Jehad has been presented by
Islam as "a holy war in the way of Allah," as well as, "a
defensive struggle against unbelievers".
There is no truth, whatever, in either of these
assertions. History clearly demonstrates that it is an absolutely aggressive war
against non-Muslims, who refuse to accept the Islamic faith and want to worship
God the way they like, but this is not acceptable to Allah, who does not
acknowledge the veracity of any other faith and ardently desires to eliminate
all other beliefs along with their followers.
A close examination of the doctrine of Jehad reveals
that it is also a gross insult to the concept of God because it depicts Him as a
blood-thirsty Autocrat, who decrees murder, rape and pillage of infidels on a
permanent basis for the sheer 'crime' of not believing in Him. Even more
baffling is Allah's claim to be "the Creator and Almighty" despite the
fact that people are born as non-Muslims, whom He hates, and finds it necessary
to annihilate or convert them through the process of Jehad, which is the most
heinous, horrendous and high-handed behavior in human lexicon. If Allah were
really a competent Creator, He would have created all humans as Muslims to
obviate the need for such atrocities that His followers are required to commit
Again, as Allah depends on His followers, the Muslims,
to do His bidding, He cannot be Almighty. He seems to be part of the design of
the Prophet Muhammad, who wanted to create an Arab Empire where his word must
rank as the law, and his person as the Holiest.
The Arabs are indebted to the Prophet for his plan of
personal glory, which seeks to make him Divine, Dignified and a Deliverer
through the elevation of his nation, the Arabs. Such a marvelous scheme of
nationalism Islam is, that to begin with, it created a huge secular Arab Empire
but when it fell, it converted itself into a spiritual Arab Empire like the
larva that is destined to change into a butterfly!
The contents of this book may not appeal to the taste
of the faithful at first sight. However, if they show due consideration, they
may find in these pages what their sense of national honor has been seeking for
a long time, but the personal interests and bigotry of their priests, poets and
politicians have stood in the way of adopting the right approach. Yet these
people claim that the Koran wants the truth to be supported by arguments (2:III)
and not coercion (2:255).
I hope that the Muslim divines shall demonstrate the
courage of their convictions according to these quotations. There is a desperate
need for an open debate on the subject. Any further delay, shall accelerate the
degradation that such anti-human beliefs have thrust on the people of the Indian
subcontinent, who deserve a lot better than the cruel effects of Jehad, which
cleverly promote Arab-worship, correspondingly demoting respect for the local
traditions. Jehad, in fact is a declaration of war against the Indian
subcontinent by her own people. Allah is obviously the greatest of all
Since time for pussy-footing has gone, this essay has
necessitated the diction which is direct and even displeasing. Then, no medicine
is ever tasty enough to rank as pretty, pleasing and praiseworthy; it is always
held as distasteful, disgusting and deplorable, even when in effect, it proves
to be a panacea for curing the deep-rooted ills.
This short discourse does not intend to insult the
faithful but seeks to serve the cause of humanity, including the Muslims. It
traces the purpose and nature of Jehad in the first chapter, describes its
significance as the Guiding Principle for founding the Arab Empire in the second
chapter, and in "The Battle of Tours," it narrates what would have
happened to human civilization if the Arabs had not been stopped in the West.
It is an act of absolute madness to use the device of
Jehad in the age of Atom bomb for converting people to Islam or solving
international problems. Time has come when reason must replace violence.