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    Indian Muslims protest Mumbai attacks

    by Sunny on 8th December, 2008 at 9:24 am    

    Pictures from various Indian Muslim protests against Pakistan (on the right, it’s a burnt effigy of the Pakistani intelligence org ISI)

    As I said earlier, such actions by Indian Muslims always go a great way in resolving communal tensions. Indian Muslims across the country have been mourning the people who died in Mumbai. I have mixed feelings about all this because on the one hand it obviously lumps all Muslims together: something that Islamists and Islamophobes both do regularly. On the other hand, I’m keenly aware that such symbolic gestures have done a lot in recent years to reduce tension among Hindus and Muslims in Mumbai.

    “It’s a pity we have to prove ourselves as Indians,” said Mohammed Siddique, a young accountant who was marching in the protest here on Sunday afternoon with his wife and mother. “But the fact is, we need to speak louder than others, to make clear that those people do not speak for our religion — and that we are not Pakistanis.”

    The cluster of banners all around him, held aloft by marchers, seemed to bear out his point. Some read “Our Country’s Enemies are Our Enemies,” others, “Killers of Innocents are Enemies of Islam.” A few declared, in uncertain grammar, “Pakistan Be Declared Terrorist State.”

    If the terrorists were hoping to drive a wedge, they seem to have failed.

    After the bomb blast the other day, the Pakistani Daily Times rightly says:

    Pakistani public opinion, as moulded by the religio-nationalist media, supports the view that Pakistan should prosecute the accused elements only after “concrete” proof (which will never be forthcoming or if it is forthcoming never be accepted as concrete proof) is provided about their culpability. But the blast in Peshawar confirms for the nth time that Pakistan has a virtual emirate of terrorists in the Tribal Areas and is fast losing control in the capital of the NWFP.

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    6 Comments below   |   Add your own

    1. Letters From A Tory — on 8th December, 2008 at 9:45 am  

      The Pakistani government have nowhere to turn - they either harbour the terrorists or support America. Trying to sit on the fence and do both is leaving them in a horrible quandry.

    2. realist — on 8th December, 2008 at 12:52 pm  

      Actually such actions rarely work on Islamophobes - they simply claim it is “taqiyya” - that if Muslims say something agreeable to them they are lying and when they say something disagreeable it is proof of Muslims’ evil and that they must be wiped out/expelled etc

    3. Mezba — on 8th December, 2008 at 3:11 pm  

      While such actions may not hamper Islamophobes, it does make their job of stirring hatred much harder.

      The Pakistan government needs to get its act together and come out forcefully against the lawless areas of the country.

    4. Imran Khan — on 8th December, 2008 at 5:32 pm  

      This type of thing is needed and given the fact the Muslim in India may have to live with reprisals either way it shows courage in doing what is right - namely speaking out against terror.

      It is for Muslims to try and guide fanatics and extremists away from the ideology which is causing mayhem. This is a start. Pakistan needs somethign similar.

      The Messenger of Allah said: “Aid your (Muslim) brother when he is unjust, or when suffering from injustice.” He was asked, “What about when he is unjust, how can I aid him?” He said, “You prevent or forbid him from committing injustice, for this constitutes giving aid to him.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee]

      So the religious obligation is clear that Muslims need to stop people being unjust and this is a clear sign that Muslims in India do not support the cowardly acts in Mumbai.

    5. Bhargavi — on 10th December, 2008 at 12:22 pm  


      which includes a piece by MF Hussein in response to the Mumbai attacks …

    6. Chris E — on 11th December, 2008 at 12:29 am  

      it’s a burnt effigy of the Pakistani intelligence org

      The speed at which effigies of this sort can be manufactured both amazes and amuses me.

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