terrorists who assaulted Mumbai had done extensive planning.
This made me think why these people were so capable of
negative planning, and completely lacked any inclination
towards positive planning. This sort of mentality has
become endemic among many Muslims. Nobody is doing planning
for the positive task of spreading God’s message,
and love and peace.
On November 26, 2008,
Mumbai witnessed the worst kind of terror attack. Ten
terrorists entered several buildings and indiscriminately
fired at people, leaving behind several dead and wounded.
The reason for this madness
is hatred. Hate can make a man do anything. Hate began
from Satan. When God created Adam, He asked the angels
and Satan to bow before him. Satan however, did not bow
and consequently, God said to him: “You and your
followers will go to hell.” Satan had developed
such hate for man that despite knowing that he will be
cast into hell, he did not obey God’s command. Hate
is so blinding that it can take one to hell.
I have studied in the
Muslim seminaries and have participated in numerous Muslim
gatherings, and in many of these places hatred and pride
is instilled in the minds of Muslims. They are taught:
We are the caliphs and vicegerents of God on earth.”
I once met an Arab whose
first question to me was, “Who are we?”. He
then said: “We are the Caliphs of God on earth.”
I told him that this is not written any where in our books.
The Sahih Al-Bukhari says that Muslims are witnesses of
God. That is, they have to spread the message of God on
earth. The same is alluded to in the Quran, that is, the
task of Muslims is to spread God’s message and lead
a life according to His instructions. However, Muslims
have made themselves the self appointed Caliphs, and have
launched all sorts of movements that propagate the ideology
of capturing political power. This thinking emerged when
the Ottoman and Mughal empires declined, and Muslims started
considering the rest of the world as usurpers and oppressors
who snatched their rights and power from them.
Political power is like
an examination paper. A test paper can never be the monopoly
of one; it would change hands from people to people as
God wants to test every community. Hence if political
power has been taken away from you then you need to have
patience. When political power was with you then it was
your test paper and now, when it has been given to someone
else, it is their test paper. No Muslim leader could tell
this to the Muslims and pacify the political shock which
they received after the breaking up of the Muslim empires
in the face of Western colonialism. No one told them that
their test paper of political power was over and now they
should concentrate their effort on some other constructive
activities like education, reform, Dawah work etc. In
Palestine, for example, it was God’s decision to
give the political power to somebody else. Hence, Muslims
should have accepted it, but they started fighting and
now 60 years of fighting has given them nothing. Muslims
should have realized that God had now wanted to test some
other community. Therefore, he gave them political power.
But Muslims rose up to fight, and it was equivalent to
fighting God’s decision and hence they attained
nothing. As a result, all the Muslim got conditioned in
Before the Second World
War, the thinking of the Japanese was same as that of
the Muslim. Hirohito was the Emperor of Japan at that
time. The Japanese had the concept of Imperial Divinity,
that is their king-the so-called ‘god –king’
should rule the world. Consequently, they fought with
many countries. It was the Japanese who started the concept
of suicide bombing known as “hara-kiri”. But
in 1945, America dropped two atomic bombs on Japan and
the Japanese army was completely destroyed. Japan suffered
a humiliating defeat. Then the Japanese developed second
thoughts, that is, if the king was god then he would have
saved them, but because they were severely crippled due
to those bombs they realised that the king was not god.
Hirohito then renounced the concept of Imperial Divinity
and the Japanese have never looked back since then.
This makes me ponder as
to why this hate does not get finished among Muslims?
This is because Muslims’ hate is a reflection of
a certain mind-set. The so-called ‘god-king’
of the Japanese was proved wrong and therefore the concept
of ‘god-king’ died. However, a mind-set cannot
be done away on its own. The mind-set which inspires hate
for others in many Muslims cannot be killed like an individual.
This mind-set can be replaced by de-conditioning alone.
Hirohito said “I’m
not god” and this led the Japanese to discard their
unfounded notions and pave the path to progress. But the
case of Muslims is very different in their case, their
mind set has to be transformed to change their thinking.
The thinking of Muslims has to be changed. There has to
be long process of de-conditioning.
There are two kinds of
de-conditioning: one is the Prophetic be-conditioning;
that is the de-conditioning which the Prophet did of his
companions. Then the companions did the de-conditioning
of some of their companions. But now self- de-conditioning
has to be done. This is a very difficult task. Ideological
de-conditioning has to be done among the Muslims to help
them come out of hate.
It is essential to understand
the distinction between the negative engineering of the
mind and the positive engineering of the mind. Today,
minds are being negatively engineered with hatred and
pride. Many Muslims live in this fallacy that they are
a special race, and when they are not treated specially
then they are frustrated and hold others responsible for
their not receiving the special treatment that they expect.
The terrorists who assaulted
Mumbai had done extensive planning. This made me think
why these people were so capable of negative planning
and completely lacked any inclination towards positive
planning. This sort of mentality, unfortunately, has become
endemic among many Muslims. Nobody is doing planning for
the positive task of spreading God’s message, and
love and peace. This is because as years passed by, this
work became dead in Muslims. But it alone can promote
positive planning as it requires well-wishing for the
whole of humankind. We must therefore focus our energies
on spreading God’s love and restrain from any negative
and destructive activities.
From: The monthly ‘Islamic
World’, Bangalore, January 2009 issue