Islamic Terrorism in India

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The near-total denial of religious freedom for non-Muslims in most Muslim countries

Posted by jagoindia on February 17, 2010


The article written by Sudheendra Kulkarni can accessed at Intolerance is a two-way street

Excerpts :

“Saudi Arabia prohibits the
construction of any non-Muslim place of worship on its soil. A
non-Muslim cannot even enter Mecca and Medina. Most Gulf countries
disallow building of churches and synagogues. Hindu temples, of course,
are a no-no. A friend who worked in Saudi Arabia once told me that he
was not allowed to carry even pictures of Hindu deities to be used for
worship at home.

“The immigration staff at the airport found the
pictures in my bag and simply threw them aside.” Non-Muslim employees
cannot celebrate their festivals in public. This, in spite of the fact
that millions of non-Muslim immigrants have been working in these
countries for many years, contributing immensely to their economic
prosperity and social wellbeing.

In the debate on the Swiss ban, here is a European blogger’s comment on
the Net: “Muslims are allowed to do dawa, build/repair mosques, and
openly practice their faith in the West. Yet, in the Islamic world,
these activities for Christians are severely restricted if not outright
prohibited. Muslims can convert us, but the other way around is viewed
as a provocation. Only one demographic group in Europe has created
literally hundreds of no-go areas. You don’t hear about Hindus,
Buddhists, or any other faith group creating these kinds of areas. I
want to see the gap bridged between the two civilisations, but it takes
two to dance.”

There are also other asymmetries. The US, Canada and almost all European
countries accept Muslim immigrants from around the world and even grant
them citizenship. This accounts for the rapid rise in the Muslim
population in the West. On the contrary, very few Muslim countries grant
citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants if they refuse to embrace Islam.
Indeed, even the population of native religious minorities in the
Islamic world is shrinking each year, largely due to official and
unofficial persecution.

In Sadanand Dhume’s extremely readable debut
book My Friend The Fanatic, which describes the steady Arabisation of
Indonesia, he says this about neighbouring Malaysia, another Muslim
majority country: “A Yemeni or a Pakistani might show up today and his
children would be considered sons of the soil and given preferences in
everything from college admissions to business contracts. The children
of a Buddhist or Christian Chinese or of a Hindu Tamil who had lived
there a hundred years remained foreign.”

Yes, the Swiss move on minarets is unjustified. Yet, many liberals who
oppose the ban are alarmed by the illiberal voices that have emanated
from the Muslim world. They especially refer to the words of Recep
Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey who heads an Islamist party
in a country that is still secular: “The minarets are our bayonets, the
domes our helmets, the mosques our barracks and the faithful our army.”

Clearly, Muslims around the world need to do some self-reflection on
inter-religious relations in our globalised world. If secularism,
pluralism and tolerance are necessary in Muslim-minority countries, they
are equally necessary in Muslim-majority countries. Double standards won’t
do.

2 Responses to “The near-total denial of religious freedom for non-Muslims in most Muslim countries”

  1. Dr. O. P. Sudrania said

    Islamic world has not yet caught with the modernity. Their staple dictum is “Kill, Kill, and Kill”. I have tried to convince myself but all in vain. A religion can not even afford to think of violence. This is beyond the basic tenets of any religion which should teach and guide towards realisation of truth. Truth is only one like air is only one breathed by Muslims, Hindus, Christians &c. alike. Nobody is born with a tag on their body or forhead of a particular
    name of a ‘Religion’ and nor is it a copyright of any body to hold a ‘Religion’ as their
    ‘Hostage’.

    The more I see the fanaticism shown by the adherents of ‘Islam’, the more I feel happy. Because it spells their destiny and the doom. We all are bound by our own words and deeds. Nature is all very powerful. Death is something that do not leave even the mightiest. I will exhort my Muslim brothers to speed up their job. You will all one day get those “72 Hurries and all other perks” that Allah has kept ready for them in Heaven. Allah bless you my friends.

    Dr. O. P. Sudrania

  2. Orlando said

    Islam is a political religion. It was designed, and still is, a warlike, conquering, avaricious religion which was originally created for the gratification and enrichment of Mohammed. He made it up and acted like a Mafia boss. You will be killed if you do not believe is a powerful motivator to join the Islamic club!

    The west should ban any Mosque building until Churches and Hindu, and other shrines and temples, can be built in Saudi Arabia. Simple and balanced response.

    I, as a westerner, am tired of my politicians appeasing Islam – they are ‘submitting’ in my name and I do not approve or agree. If they continue on this course they will be the cause of civil strife and sectarian violence within Europe amongst the ‘tribes’ (Muslims, Christians and non-religious peoples) within the European countries. Mark these words.

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