• Aslam Abdullah

Insults of Prophet Muhammad lead to violence in India

Islamophobes all over the world, know how to attack Islam and Muslims. They have studied Muslim psychology, and they know how to provoke them. They have developed an industry to hurt Muslims and instigate them. The Islamophobes include White supremacists, Liberal democrats, conservative religious fanatics, Buddhist hate mongers, Christian evangelicals, Jewish vexatious, Hindutva bigots, and Muslim nettlesome.

Anytime they want to insult Islam and Muslims and project them as intolerant, they publish provocative statements and caricature against the world's most revered human being, Prophet Muhammad. With the help of their agents within the Muslim community, they instigate Muslim masses to protest and react violently. It is a pattern that is visible all over the world. Every derogatory word against the Prophet leads to protests by Muslims.

The Prophet Muhammad is Islam's foundational figure. He is the Messenger whose authenticity and character inspire Muslims to follow the Quran, a divine scripture he left for humanity. A majority of Muslims do not understand the Quran, God's book of guidance, but they view the Prophet's character as their ideal.

Four groups have mastered the art of attacking the Prophet. They are the Hindutva group under the leadership of RSS based in India but branches worldwide. The Liberals who view Islam as an intolerant faith, the Christian evangelists who always project Prophet Muhammad as an imposter and Jewish hardliners in whose view the Prophet is the main instigator of violence against them.

They have a two-prong attack on the Prophet. They project him as a womanizer and pedophile who married a six or nine-year-old girl and a warmonger who spread Islam by the sword and a hate-spreader who worked to subjugate all religions.

The four groups have little in common among them. However, they are together in their anti-Prophet rhetorics. A fifth group often joins these four. It comprises of Muslims, either on the payroll of others or self-promoters who view Islam as a regressive force. In India's southern state, Karnataka, the RSS and Hindutva recreated hatred against Prophet through the posting of one Naveen, a relative of a member of state legislative assembly belonging to Congress party. The post was on Facebook. It showed a turbaned man grabbing a young girl on a bed with wine jars on the table. It read that Islam's Prophet had illicit sex with a nine-year-old girl. The posting is in English and uses the most vulgar language. The IT cell of the Hindutva promoted the attack. Some of the RSS operatives provoked some Muslims, asking them to turn their anger on Congress MLA. An unruly mob attacked his home, torched it, and pelted stone on the police that came to rescue him.

It seems that everything was well planned. The police could have quelled the mob anger by arresting Naveen when the matter came to light first. They could have held meetings with Muslim leaders in Karnataka and assured them of a swift action and justice.

The police waited for the violence to break out and then moved into action. It arrested the RSS inspired Naveen after the mob had caused the damage.

The RSS and Hindutva politicians and activists are demanding that the people arrested for participating in protest rallies. And violence would have to pay for damaging the property. The media, in general, has once again targetted Muslims for being intolerant.

Ironically, the Hindutva groups and the media were silent when Hindu mobs lynched Muslims or burned their homes under the suspicion of cow slaughtering. They did not even bother to question those Hindutva leaders who openly called for violence against Muslims opposing India's most controversial law on citizenship.

Covid-19 is spreading fast in India. A cure is still not in sight. But, the supporters of Hindutva are busy playing the hate card to divide religious communities. The anti-Prophet post is a significant strategy of the RSS and Hindutva forces to humiliate Islam and Muslims. It is this strategy that RSS workers in the Gulf and the West are promoting. The organization regularly provides anti-Islam articles and talking points to its members and encourages them to use the social media directly or indirectly to hurt and provoke Muslims.

Muslims do not have an organized group to monitor the activities of Islamophobes who are present in all religious communities and sectors of every country. Violence will not counter Islamophobes; exposure will. They are the real hate-mongers and terror instigators. They will continue to play their evil game unless they are identified and prosecuted for hate crimes.

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