When I was looking at responses of critics or self-styled custodians of secularism or intellectuals to this theater of absurd I came across this: ‘Does Vishwaroopam really insult Islam?‘ It wasn’t bad considering that atleast the author of this piece questioned integrity of those Muslims threatening with violence. But he does a strange thing: He literally tells what Islam should be rather than what it is and how Muslims understand Koran, and all this by making infelicitous assumptions.
To start with, the problem is how does any one so definitively defines what is ‘insult’ ! It is highly subjective. If one brings this indeterminate and obscure concept and condition the right to freedom of expression on it then it is not difficult to see that the person who defines and legalizes ‘insult’ and takes the responsibility for enforcing it holds the sway over entire discourse of communication. That person is literally God.
The author starts with what media feeds everyone i.e Talibanism is obscurantist but not Islam, or even implying Talibanism is not Islam at all. The key words used by him are ‘…Wahabi influenced Islam’. The person behind this revivalist movement was Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (18 nth century) .
Wahabi influenced Islam can only mean literal interpretation of Koran by that man – this interpretation is no largely different from Hanbali school (Jurisprudence) of Sunni Islam, predominant in Saudi Arabia before this movement. But then, for 1400 years, that was only the way Islam was defined i.e. through literal interpretation of Koran. Other 3 major schools of Sunni Islam are no different either and logically, all 4 major schools of Sunni Islam are 80% identical over many issues. When it comes to dealing with Non-Muslims and Jihad, all these 4 major schools of Sunni Islam are 100% identical.
[Note: Lines from that article are in Block-quotes and my references to Islamic material is in red color, bold letters and Block-quotes.]
What Kamal Hassan has shown in Viswaroopam is the way of life of the Taliban. It’s the extreme form of Wahabi influenced Islam.
Any one who reads above lines thinks real Islam is different from so called Wahabism and Talibanism, or that these two are perversions of that true Islam. Nothing can be further from true.
There is only one Islam that is based on Koran. Wahabism or Talibanism follow Koran to the last word and they do it like Koran tells to follow i.e. Koran itself tells how it should be viewed and understood. Uncomfortable with this fact, with Muslims following Koran to the last word and the fact that Muslim terrorists quote verses from Koran, Non-Muslims, politicians, media and intellectuals invented these phrases or words like Militant Islam, Moderate Islam, Wahabism and Talibanism to comfort themselves.
I have not seen this movie nor have any intention to see.
For those of you who haven’t understood, let me explain. Islam as a religion is based on The Holy Koran and some associated works like Hadith, believed by Muslims to be revealed to Prophet Mohammed by God. Well, every religion on this planet has it’s share of Holy people contacted by the Almighty. Nothing wrong in that.There will always remain a logical possibility that such works might not actually be revealed by God or may be partially influenced by the thinking of the person who wrote them or can be a complete guess work. But as an ardent follower no person will question his own religion’s credentials.
So, the Hindu will not question if it was really Lord Krishna who really mouthed the Bhagavadgita or if Krishna is really an incarnation of God not a conspirator who created a war between brothers. A Christian will never question if Jesus was really crucified, or if at all crucified, was it really for the sins of mankind, not for some robbery or murder he committed. Similarly a Muslim will never question the authenticity of the Koran and Mohammed’s genuineness.
But as there are two sides of a coin, there are always two shades for every religious work. Some verses of it may be written keeping in mind the situations faced by the author at that point of time when he wrote it, which is some thousands of years ago and which might not be applicable to our situations.
Koranic verse : 18.89 > …..And We have sent down to you the Book (the Quran) as an exposition of everything, a guidance, a mercy, and glad tidings for those who have submitted themselves (to Allah as Muslims).Koranic verse: 6.34 > Verily, (many) Messengers were denied before you (O Muhammad SAW), but with patience they bore the denial, and they were hurt, till Our Help reached them, and none can alter the Words of Allah.Koranic verse: 5:15 > ……Indeed, there has come to you from Allah a light (Prophet Muhammad SAW ) and a plain Book i.e QuranKoranic verse: 54:22 > And We have indeed made the Quran easy to understand and remember, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?
The same God who created the prophets of all religions has created us and has given us our brains so that we can think logically and take the good out of the teachings of our beloved prophets and leave the unapplicable. We all do that. The Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and all religions in India or for the matter any Secular and Democratic country do that. We take the good and leave the bad. This is where Wahabism comes into picture.
[@A1.4] The basic premise of this school of thought is that the good of the acts of those morally responsible is what the Lawgiver (syn. Allah or His messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) ) has indicated is good by permitting it or asking it be done. And the bad is what the Lawgiver has indicated is bad by asking it not be done.
The good is not what reason considers good, nor the bad what reason considers bad. The measure of good and bad, according to Islam, is the Koran not reason .
Volume 1, Book 2, Number 10 (Sahih Bukhari):
The Prophet said, “A Muslim is the one who avoids harming Muslims with his tongue and hands. And a Muhajir (emigrant) is the one who gives up (abandons) all what Allah has forbidden.”
Volume 1, Book 2, Number 11 (Sahih Bukhari):
Some people asked Allah’s Apostle, “Whose Islam is the best? i.e. (Who is a very good Muslim)?” He replied, “One who avoids harming the Muslims with his tongue and hands.”
Koranic Verse: 47.29 > Muhammad (SAW) is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves…..
This is a radical brand of Islam born in Saudi Arabia where some bigots just sit down and enjoy life without shedding a drop of sweat as they have oil to sell. They are bored. So they decide to excavate some antique portions of the Koran which are not applicable to this world. Then they spread the foolishness to the world through their petrodollar funding and Al-Qaeda terror. Afghanistan became their first laboratory.
They ban music, decree that women must be covered from head to toe, that a woman cannot come out without a male accomplice, destroy the greatest cultural accomplishments of other religions, categorize modern countries like India as Dar-ul-Harb which literally means a house of war and people of other religions as KAFIRs. Which means they want to convert this whole nation into their madness version of Islam and if they couldn’t, they should kill all of us.
This is the thinking of the Taliban, the Wahabi Arabs and our great neighbouring Pakistanis which has been documented in all forms of media from times immemorial…..
…….Kamal Hassan showed it on the Silver Screen. Yes his film showed those bastards in bad light because they really are not just in bad light but are rotting in the darkness of their self-imposed ignorance. Why should someone in India be concerned about it? If at all someone is hurt, it means he/she/they are approving of that brand of madness to be followed in India…..