JUST AS we do not break one another’s
heads in respect of civil matters, so may be not do even in respect
of religious matters.
The world is watching some with glee
and some with sorrow the dogfight that is proceeding in our midst.
We have listened to Satan Religion call it by what name you like is
made of sterner stuff?
It is unnecessary to discriminate and
apportion the blame between the rival practices. Where both are to
blame, who can arbitrate with golden scales and fix the exact ratio
of blame? It is no part of self-defence to tell lies or exaggerate.
It matters little to me whether the
perpetrators of shameful deeds are Hindus or Musalmans. It is enough
to know that some of us are blaspheming a patient God and doing
inhuman deeds in the sacred name of religion. I know too that
neither assassination nor fratricidal acts can possibly save by
religion. Religion worth the name can only be saved by purity,
humility and fearlessness of the uttermost type among its
professors. It is the only Suddhi and only propaganda.
No Sanction for Strife
Poet Iqbal has written the immortal line:
“Religion does not inculcate mutual
strife”. Could there be a greater proof of our cowardice than
fighting amongst ourselves?
Islam means peace. Hindus claim to
follow the path of Ahimsa. They both swear by god, but in practice
they follow Satan. The Muslims stabs the innocent Hindu and the
Hindu stabs the innocent Muslim.
We are passing through trying times.
There is news of stabbing in Calcutta, Dacca, Allahabad, Bombay and
so on. What is more, all this is done in the name of religion. How
stabbing and murder of the innocents whether aggressive of
retaliatory, can help the cause of religion, I fail to understand.
the spirit of religion requires us to make him witness of our
littlest of little acts. In Mira’s song that has just been sung at
the prayer the devotee prays to god to come to his aid and deliver
him from distress. For he alone can do so, none else. Let us pray to
god then to deliver us from our distress. If our prayer is sincere,
we will rely on him entirely and put away the sword. And if even one
party does so, violence would cease.
I ask you to consider for yourselves
why innocent women and children have been killed. Is it to any
religion? No religion teaches anyone to kill his neighbours. What
was done is nothing but wanton destruction. I do not stop think
whether it is done from motives of self interest or any other.
The Hindus and the Sikhs by killing
and loot and arson are destroying their own religions. I claim to be
a student of religions and I know that no religion teaches madness.
Islam is no exception.