Updated: May 18
”The time has come that there be a movement among the Muslims to reform the Quran”
- Aziz Khalid
The Quran and
The Bhagwat Gita
Let’s join the ’debate’ about the two books.
My faith rests on one strong belief. Reading is Knowledge, knowledge is power! A powerless act is a vain trial of building a castle in the air.
A foundation built upon sound knowledge enables us to think, reason, rationalise and decide "what we do" as to "why we do".
Debates are very common, but mindful ones are rare. A mindful debate never produces rivals, it binds us in the string of humanity, a kinship that may transform the world into a paradise of love & understanding, devoid of dogmatic practices and blind faiths.
Through this write-up I urge one and all to read The QURAN and The BHAGWAD GITA for your understanding. At the end of this article, I have attached the authentic link of both the holyscripts for your easy access.
India’s Liberal ideologues often say Gita and Quran are similar as religious books. The people who think like that mainly belong to three groups;
(a) They are being politically correct, i.e., intentionally naïve in the interest of communal harmony or political gains (as Gandhi did)
(b) They have not read even a single page of Gita or Quran and are just mouthing popularly held opinions. (This applies to the vast majority of people in our country)
(c) They are politically or financially motivated, seeking Hindu, Muslim and secular votes. It is the Congress, liberals, Communists in India and NGOs backed by the international media and financiers.
Let us examine this claim with an open mind, only after we have read both the books.
WHAT DO I THINK AFTER
I HAVE READ BOTH THE HOLY BOOKS?
The only similarity is the theme of war in the Quran and Gita.
Islamic faith divides humanity into two parts: Muslims and non-Muslims; believers and infidels.
Islam is one nation (Ummah), religiously and politically. All the infidels are one unified nation whose interests are opposite and rival to those of the Muslim Ummah.
The agenda of Quran is to create and sustain a highly focused organised, militant society where the leader is obeyed.
Like in Communism, Quran orders the believers to surrender their personal self to the benefit of the “collective self” of the society called the Ummah.
The battle in the Gita is between two branches of the same family over the inheritance of the kingdom. Gita’s teachings are for the individual seeker. Its about the inner functioning of human mind.
Any comparative study would quickly reveal that Quran and Gita teachings are diametrically opposite. One is fighting for supremacy and the other is fighting for defence.
All the groups are thinking wishfully without accessing the original sources.
I invite all of you to READ first & then believe what I claim. I tell you one thing that nobody has read the Quran properly, except the terrorists / jihadists.
I found Gita to be benign to be questioned as to anti to communal peace. But any question raised on this is most welcome.
But towards my claim about Islam, 99% Muslims have no idea what is actually in the Quran. Their knowledge is through Mosque and Mullah.
Hindus don’t read their Gita either.
They may recite it in Sanskrit with wonderful diction, great devotion and complete ignorance as Muslims do with Quran in Arabic.
There are verses in Quran which are so violent that they are impediment to the idea of universal brotherhood of man.
Muslims can’t deny that Quran contains verses which order for the Infidels to be slayed, stoning to death to woman on adultery; being gay is a crime punishable by death. Quran speaks highly derogatory of those whom it calls ’kafirs’.
There are very few verses of tolerance and peace to balance out those calling for nonbelievers (kafirs) to be fought and subdued until they either accept humiliation, convert to Islam, or are killed.
The second major Abrahamic religion, Christianity was violent too. But unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, most verses of violence in the Quran are open-ended, means believed to be applicable today too.
According to any random Muslim, Islam is the best religion and Muhammad the best person ever to walk on earth.
Muslim will conquer the whole world by force before the end of times, etc. These cardinal beliefs of the faith leave no hope for lasting inter-communal peace in India.
The Islamic Ummah must have to accept that the hate-verses against the rest of the humanity needs to be made invalid in the 21st century.
If it’s not the immunity as a religion, such write up by current Western legislation would be deemed hate speech.
WHY DO MUSLIMS STAY SILENT ON UNCOMFORTABLE QUESTIONS ABOUT ISLAM?
I often hear from my friends, that, Muslims support terrorism and that is the core reason they never stand in solidarity against the same.
I will share the fact here.
Most of the Muslims are not extremists because Islam is a religion of peace but because of three reasons;
1. They either exercise their personal choice to interpret their Holy Book's call to arms
2. They are indifferent to religion
3. They simply shut their minds to this difficult question.
The religion being a fear mongering one, you can visualise Islam as a one-way street; fear of social castration, death, fatwa ( religious leader`s intervention to term the very Muslim as kafir for questioning Quran or Shariat Law).
The punishment of Apostasy in Islam is DEATH. The religion supports no free-thinking, hence is a burden to the ones who wants to question, yet remains under a constant fear.
Hence, the conflict remains in their inner-self which they carry all their lives as a psychological burden.
The Muslims must rise now in solidarity to challenge the source, giving up their personal restraint.
The time has come that there be a movement among the Muslims to reform the Quran; put its violent verses to rest as historical anecdotes; Christianity did it long ago.
This should be agreed upon by any Muslim who claims to be moderate. This will bring back the honour to the community who is otherwise looked down as a supporter of terrorism.
Nothing is impossible. Before playing victim card to secure life long secularism in India, they must learn to rise in protest to the fascist religion you belong to.
This will bring honour and shine to Islam, which is not dreaded and hated for its nature.
WHAT DO I THINK OF LEFTISTS/ LIBERALS ON THE OPINION?
The situation of India is critical. The liberals, Maoists, leftists, Christians and other political opponents of the BJP which tend to side with the Muslims and it is a formidable opposition.
Again, the reason being, none has read the verses of Quran or Gita in totalitarian!
Liberals and the left would say, ”Oh! extremism is not only a Muslim problem. Extremists are found in Muslims as well as Hindus.
To some extent they are right. Yes, but the problem is that extremist Hindus are the ones who have not read or understood Gita, and fortunately do not signify the trait & trend of the society.
The percentage is much lower. When I opine about the extremist Muslims, they are the ones who have read Quran and believe in it in its entirety.
Muslim extremism is a practice that is globally dreaded now.
Hindu extremism, in its little form has stayed in the remote boundaries and has not even been able to spread across its own nation, thanks to the core spirit of hinduism that does not allow so.
Hinduism needs to fight Islam, in the Spirit of Arjuna in the Bhagwad Gita; or else, Qurranic Jihad will not leave the left wingers / right wingers and liberals belonging to Hinduism, in their faith to convert the world into Islam.
WHAT DO I SUGGEST?
Hinduism needs more of Gita and Muslims need less of the Quran.
India has the worlds second largest Muslim population. Polarisation is a drag on the progress of the society.
India has to find a way out of this quagmire. Quran can’t be eliminated but it’s reinterpretation is possible.
In its 23 years of prophethood, 13 years of preaching were largely peaceful.
A Movement across the Muslim diaspora is required supporting that peaceful version of Quran.
Islam and Quranic interpretation needs a new narrative which must be on the side of the humanity, rationality and love of mankind.
I suggest that this Renaissance of Islam as a progressive ‘Tablighi Jamaat’ can only spring from India (as did the retrogressive Tablighi Jamaat in 1919); India, the land which (except Abrahamic religions) is the birthplace or abode of all the major religions of the world.
MY APPEAL TO MY FRIENDS HERE:
Please read the books. Read the verses in between the lines.
Take your time. Frame your observations. Form your questions.
Let’s join in a quest. You may share your thoughts with me here on my wall.
Put your suggestions forward. Correct me where you find me wrong, and allow me to do the same. Let us help each-other in forging a healthier relationship.
Here are both the links for you to access and read for your perusal.
A link to Bhagwad Gita, the holy book of Hinduism
A link to Quran, the holy book of Islam
I will wait for you to revert.
Remember, healthy debate, filled with the right information & knowledge is the only way to befriend peace.
Citizens of the country, staying with immature animosity and assumptions about each other will never make a great nation.
The power to a great future lies within YOU. Realise this NOW, or NEVER.