The KORAN and the KAFIR
by A. Ghosh


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The KORAN and the KAFIR

Table of Contents
Preface
Foreword
Chapters:
Of Kafirs and Zimmis
The Koran on the Kafirs
The Koran's Promises
A Moslem's Conduct
The Koran's Warnings
The Koran on Loot or Spoil
The Koran and Moslem Women
The Koran on Food, Alms, etc.
Islam in Action I
Islam in Action II
Islam in Action III
Imperialism in the Garb of Iconoclasm
Slaughter and Slavery
Loot and Raid
Arson
Murder and Mayhem
Some Special Aspects of Islam
The Mullah and the Mosque
Islam at the Cross-Roads
A Word of Caution to the Kafir Hindu
A Short Life Sketch of Muhammed
Appendices:
Temple Destruction by Aurangzib
The Taj Mahal is Tejo Mahalaya
The Dead Hand of Islam 
A Glimpse of Pre-Islamic Arabia
Bibliography
Illustrations:
Emblems of Islam
Taj Mahal, A Shiva Temple
Bhai Mati Dass Being Sawd Alive
A Sikh Disciple Being Burnt Alive
Bhai Dyala Being Boiled Alive
Guru's Sons Being Bricked Up

 

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CHAPTER 1

OF KAFIRS AND ZIMMIS


All non-Moslems are infidels. However, there are gradations. The people of the Book (meaning the Bible, both the old and the new testaments) are the Jews, the Christians and the Moslems. According to Islam, Mohammed was the last prophet and there would be no other future prophet or prophets.

The Jews and Christians are considered as people of little faith by the followers of Islam. On the other hand, the Buddhists, the Hindus, the Jains, the Sikhs, the Zoroastrians, the Taoists, in fact, all other religions are considered as the religions of the kafirs. They are the worst of all and do not have the right to exist in this world unless of course they accept Islam unconditionally.

All the infidels living in an Islamic state are supposed to pay a special tax called the 'jiziya' which signifies their acceptance of the superiority of Islam. Such people are called 'zimmis'.

At one time the kafirs did not have the right of a 'zimmi', the second class citizen. He was to be slaughtered or forcibly converted into Islam. However, the Hanafi school of thought was in support of giving the rights of 'zimmis' to the Hindus, Buddhists and Jains as well as the Sikhs and other people who did not belong to the Book. All other Islamic schools of thought were against giving any right to the kafirs.

Ziyauddin Barani wrote: "If Mahmud had gone to India once more, he would have brought under his sword all the Brahmans [1] of Hind [2] who, in that vast land, are the cause of the continuance of the laws of infidelity and of the strength of the idolaters; he would have cut off the heads of two or three hundred thousand Hindu chiefs. He would not have returned his Hindu-slaughtering sword to its scabbard until the whole of Hind had accepted Islam. For Mahmud was a Shafiite, and according to Imam Shafi the decree for Hindus is Islam or death - that is to say, they should be either put to death or accept Islam. It is not lawful to accept 'jiziya' from Hindus who have neither a prophet nor a revealed book."

However, the great number of Hindus in India made it impossible for the believers to kill them all and eventually even the Hindus had the 'good fortune' to be accepted as 'zimmis'. But to a Moslem such people have been and still are kafirs.

A Moslem jurist called Shaikh-ul-lslam had propound ed the doctrine of 'din-panahi' during the reign of a Moslem king called lltutmish. On the subject of the kafirs being treated as 'zimmis' he was of the opinion: "The kings should protect the religion of Islam with sincere faith... And the kings will not be able to perform the duty of protecting the faith unless, for the sake of Allah and the prophet's creed, they overthrow and uproot 'kufr' and 'kafiri' (infidelity), 'shirk' (setting partners to Allah) and the worship of deities. E5ut if the total uprooting of idolatry is not possible owing to the firm roots of 'kufr' and the large number of kafirs, the kings should at least strive to insult, disgrace, dishonor and defame the Hindus, who are the worst enemies of Allah and the prophet. The symptom of the kings being the protectors of Islam is this: When they see a Hindu, their eyes grow red and they wish to bury him alive; they also desire to completely uproot the Brahmans, who are the leaders of 'kufr' and owing to whom 'koir' is spread and the commandments of 'kufr' are enforced...Owing to the fear and terror of the kings of Islam, not a single enemy of Allah and the prophet can drink water that is sweet or stretch his legs on his bed and go to sleep in peace."

However, the fact is that the Moslem kings were no fools and knew better. The mullahs lived in a fool's paradise amidst leasure and luxury in towns protected by Islamic armies. They could very well issue injunctions from their ivory towers. The Moslem kings, on the other hand, had to live mostly on battlefields and could feel in their guts the power equations of a situation in which they had to wage a constant war against repeated Hindu reassertions of independence. They had discovered very

soon that the Hindus hated Islam as a system of black barbarity and would fight rather than submit to this sinister creed. Moreover, they needed the Hindus for doing work which the mullahs and the swordsmen of Islam were neither equipped nor inclined to do - agriculture, commerce, industry, scavenging and so on. No wonder the Moslem kings fell for the Hanafi school of thought as soon as it was expounded to them, not because they liked this school of thought but simply because they had no other choice. They imposed 'jiziya' and other disabilities on the Hindus, and reduced them, wherever they could, to the status of hewers of wood and drawers of water.

The mullahs howled at this 'sacrilege'. They mourn ed: "Should the king consider the payment of a few coins by way of 'jiziya' as sufficient justification for allowing all possible freedom to the infidels to observe and demon strate all orders and details of infidelity, to read the misleading literature of their faith and to propagate their teachings, how could the true religion get the upper hand over other regligions and how could the emblems of Islam be held high? How will the true faith prevail if rulers allow the infidels to keep their temples, adorn their deities and to make merry during their festivals with beating of drums, singing and dancing?"

Prophet Mohammed permitted the Jews and the Christians living in Islamic countries in those days, the right to survive as 'zimmis', if they refused to accept Islam. On that basis, one can separate the two kinds of infidels as follows:

  'Zimmi': 'Nasranis' or Christians (this includes Catholics and Protestants of all de nominations); and Jews.

  Kafirs: Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Zoroastrians, Shintos, Taoists and Animists.

It is true that the 'Ahmediyyas' or 'Qadianis' of Pakistan and the 'Shias' of Iran are sometimes called 'non Moslems' by the 'Sunni' Moslems but that is a subject beyond the purview of this book.

Footnotes

1. Brahmans: Hindu priestly class: Brahmins.
2. Hind: India.
 
 

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