Sri Lankan Muslims under threat

Published Mar 18, 2013 12:00am

A CURIOUS story in a local English daily caught my eye the other day. It seemed the Sri Lanka Muslim Council had given in to demands that meat could be sold without halal certification. This is a huge success for radical Buddhist groups who have been orchestrating an anti-Muslim campaign for the last few years.

Mosques have been attacked, prayers disrupted, and Muslims in general accused of being anti-state. The Muslim Tamil National Alliance has written to the Secretary General of the United Nations, asking him for protection, and protesting against this nasty campaign.

Leading the anti-Muslim charge is a group called the Bodu Bela Sena, or Buddhist Force. Headed by ultra-nationalistic monks, the group follows a xenophobic agenda of “Sri Lanka for the Buddhists”. Of late, Buddhist monks have begun playing a growing and retrogressive role in the island’s politics.

The monks first flexed their muscles to shore up the Rajapakse government’s resolve to crush the Tamil insurgency. First, they blocked any possibility of compromise by offering the Tamil Tigers greater autonomy. To build up pressure, they formed a political party and won enough seats to take a place in the coalition government.

Then, when President Mahinda Rajapakse’s brother, defence secretary Gotabaya, was facing difficulties in finding enough recruits for the army, a group of monks fanned out across the Buddhist areas to motivate thousands of young men. These recruits were assured that they would not lose karma by fighting and killing in a war as they would be doing so in the cause of Buddhism.

The brutal civil war ended nearly four years ago in a bloodbath that is now the subject of intense scrutiny and criticism from abroad. The ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Commission at Geneva is about to vote on a resolution initiated by the US, demanding an international investigation into the fate of tens of thousands of Tamils said to be killed in the last days of the fighting in the north of the island.

Against this backdrop, it is odd that the government is doing so little to clamp down on the anti-Muslim campaign. Should it gain support and traction, the results could be very bad news. Muslims are mostly concentrated in three areas: in and around Galle and Colombo, and in the coastal areas of the north-east. The latter are mostly poor fishermen, while urban Muslims are heavily represented in business and the professions.

According to unofficial reports, the 2011 census indicates that Muslims form around 10 per cent of the total population of 21.4 million. This is a substantial increase from the 7.6 pc in the last census. One reason the new census figures have not been officially released is said to be the disquiet the increase in the number of Muslims might cause among the majority.

Already, Muslims in the north have been subjected to ethnic cleansing by the Tamil Tigers in the early nineties. Thousands were driven southward from their homes and farms in the mostly Tamil north. After the war ended, and they tried to reclaim their property, they were subjected to great hostility by Sinhalese farmers who had grabbed much of the land. Most of the displaced Muslims have settled around Colombo, and their children consider the capital their home.

One factor that is probably driving the anti-Muslim campaign is envy. Urban Muslims have fared relatively well over the years, and have cornered the lucrative gemstone market. Others have gone into real estate and construction. Many have made a name for themselves in the legal profession. And while a few have gone into politics, they recognise that they can never hope to rise to the top. By and large, they have kept a low profile.

A number of Muslim families in Galle and Matra pride themselves on their descent from Arab traders who settled in Sri Lanka centuries ago. Others have come from the Indian coast. There is a small and wealthy Bohra community in Colombo. Many northern Muslims descended from Malays who settled along the coast.

Thus, Sri Lankan Muslims represent an ethnic mix who have helped in creating prosperity and diversity. So far, at least, they have got along well with their neighbours. However, despite centuries of living together, integration has been slow. Like most minorities, Muslims tend to stick together, maintaining their dress code and diet. Women usually wear some form of hijab, and many Muslim men wear beards and skull caps.

Even liberal Sinhalese accuse Muslims of not keeping their streets clean, and generally staying aloof from the mainstream.

Inter-marriage between Muslims and Sinhalese are limited to the elites. But everybody acknowledges their hard work and sound business ethics.

The civil war and the way it ended has exploded the myth of the peaceful Buddhists. There is thus a genuine concern over the ongoing anti-Muslim campaign: observers recognise the potential for a vicious pogrom should the government not step in.

However, the ugly reality is that the Buddhist majority are a far larger vote bank than the Muslims.

Many are puzzled by how and why anti-Muslim feelings have spread so quickly. After all, after the end of the civil war in 2009, it had been widely assumed that the restoration of peace would heal the ethnic wounds opened during decades of conflict. Sadly, the government has made little effort to reach out to a defeated and demoralised Tamil community.

One theory is that the triumphant Sinhalese fringe elements on the extreme right need a fresh target for their xenophobia. Some in the business community are eyeing the assets of their successful Muslim competitors. Politicians are seeking to tap into the strong sense of Buddhist identity that was pumped up during the last stages of the war. The recent execution of a young Sri Lankan maid in Saudi Arabia on flimsy charges provided more ammunition to the extremists.

None of this is good news for the peaceful and prosperous Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Hopefully, the government will check the vicious propaganda doing the rounds and prevent an explosion.

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ashvinn
Mar 18, 2013 03:28am
Is this your idea of a joke sirji muslims are more in danger in your country then anywhere else
Iyaz khan
Mar 18, 2013 03:29am
We are a growing population in Sri Lanka. Hope we make it islamic republic of Sri Lanka some day.
SP Bansal
Mar 18, 2013 03:34am
Good work
vjaiswal35
Mar 18, 2013 03:47am
I have been holding very high regards for Mr Irfan for his writings but, this article disappoints me. I wonder as to why he thinks he is the defender of all the Muslims of the world. He should first take care of the Muslims of Pakistan who are killing each other. Secondly in first half of his article he hauls the Sri Lanka government for mercilessly killing the LTTE forces and then in the same breadth says "Already, Muslims in the north have been subjected to ethnic cleansing by the Tamil Tigers in the early nineties. Thousands were driven southward from their homes and farms in the mostly Tamil north." Why some writers in Pakistan think that they are the thekedars of all the Muslims of the world
shalin
Mar 18, 2013 04:31am
here we go again... muslims now fighting with buddhists.. is there any religion anywhere in this world with whom muslims can peacefully co-exist? no. they cant live peacefully even among their ownselves what to say about other religions.. the blunt truth is that all other religions relatively peacefully co-exist among themselves.. and muslims cannot live in peace with any religion..
waren
Mar 18, 2013 05:00am
What is the situation of minorities especially people from other religion in pakistan. Minorities are being killed by radical muslims in Pakistan. But in Sri Lanka situation of minorities are far better than Pakistan. In Muslim countries they don't give any freedom for minorities. If a Muslim is in a non muslim country they started to talk about human rights and all other issues. It is wonderful.
G.Boar
Mar 18, 2013 05:17am
It's because of lack of education among these community . They breed like bacteria where ever they stay leading to their own poverty and then some news papers like Dawn cry about their poverty ,underestimating the real cause . Muslims are growing where every they stay , need to ask why ? Again they are religious-blind and extremists and ofter anti-nationals . It's the reason why nobody likes them . It's the fact .
Green007
Mar 18, 2013 06:11am
My sincerely gratitude to Dawn.Com for bringing this issue to light about the on going crisis in Sri Lanka. The Halal issue is only the tip of the iceberg. Out of all their agendas, the next burining topic is prevent wearing Hijab/Abaya/Niqab which the SL media is not covering thus far. There was a protest organised 17th of March in Kandy by the same racist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) calling for a ban on Hijab in Kandy. All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama request to keep Nafl fast on the 17th March and also advise the Muslim men and women folks to stay indoors especially Muslim girls who are attend private classes on the said day. This is in good intention to prevent any sort of triggers that could lead to riots. Muslims have been patient while this group attacked the Masjids, Muslim owned business, even prevented qualified muslims student to enter the Law college. Ultimately, they have come to one thing that Muslims wont comprise i.e Hijab. This is BBS's sinister plan to drag the Muslim community to fight. No Muslim will never watch or tolerate if a Muslim female is abused, be it verbally or physically.N If they touch a Muslim sister, that would be the full stop of patience of Muslims. India is voicing up for Tamils, I wonder would who would voice for the Muslims of Sri Lanka. May Allah Ta'la all help the Muslims of world.
Jacob Shehzhad
Mar 18, 2013 06:16am
"Many are puzzled by how and why anti-Muslim feelings have spread so quickly." Maybe because if muslims were the majority they would be doing the same thing that the buddhists are doing except the violence and injustice would be on a much larger scale? Everyone loves to play the abused majority, how come christians in Pak aren't getting articles in Dawn written about how they're suffering due to the prejudices of muslims here?
Ram
Mar 18, 2013 06:50am
I think Pakistani's should worry more about Muslims who are getting killed in their own country before rushing to protect Muslims in Srilanka, Kashmir or Burma. As a homeland for South Asian Muslims, Pakistan can encourage Muslims from other South Asian Countries to move to Pakistan.
Rajesh
Mar 18, 2013 06:54am
Pakistan helped in the ethnic cleansing of Tamils from Sri Lanka. The same may be repeated on Muslims in Sri Lanka and some other country would help.
Qureshi
Mar 18, 2013 07:19am
Worry about Pakistani Muslims who are killing eachother
Dan
Mar 18, 2013 07:31am
And the story is the same in Pakistan, except that Muslims are on the dispensing end
K G Surendran
Mar 18, 2013 07:39am
This is a problem that a lot of Muslims face across continents and part of it as the author has indicated stems from the exclusive behavior concept that they indulge in, however, hatred and discrimination cannot be a solution and it is imperative upon the state to rein in fringe elements, irrespective of religious dispensation, otherwise societies are faced with anarchy. Inclusive behavior and social integration is very often wrongly construed as a compromise of one's religious beliefs but that as trends teach us is far from the truth.
MKB
Mar 18, 2013 08:17am
Radicalism in Buddhist philosophy was unheard. Buddhism does not believe in any form of killing. This is the reason, once the dominant religion of India virtually extinct from the main land, and spread all over. But what Mr. Hussain had written is alarming, but we need to think. When scores of very old (some are as old as 500 years) Buddhist Temples have been put on fire by the Muslim mob on 29th September on very flimsy ground, there were no riot or burning of nay mosque in any Buddhist majority country. When millennium old Bamiyan Buddha were bulldozed by the Taliban, also there were no riot or destruction of any mosque in any Buddhist majority country. Now why there is such anti Muslim sentiment in Sri Lanka? There must be some element from out side who are radicalizing Sri Lanka's Muslims and that may in repercussion affecting the social order.
asanga
Mar 18, 2013 08:22am
This is news contains lots of fake information.
mahindahattaka@gmail.com
Mar 18, 2013 08:50am
The maid executed in Saudi Arabia was a Muslim underage girl from a poverty stricken family. Her execution condemned all the people without distinction of religion or ethnicity
Raoul Ciao
Mar 18, 2013 08:53am
In a more or less secular South Asia, with the exception of Pakistan, the Muslim is still seen as a foreigner, an interloper. Unable to assimilate (or unwilling to, due to religious belief/dogma), the Muslim remains the quintessential outsider, the jew in Medieval Europe with his funny cap and black gown and insistence on a specific type of beard to meet his religious requirements, and inability to settle in and assimilate with neighbours or neighbourhoods unless predominantly Jewish. Not my statements, but of jewish assimilation as seen by Europeans. The Muslims show indirect contempt for their "local" neighbours by inability to strive for assimilation, in nations where buddhists, and other non Muslims live together and adhere to local language and names of people(whereas the Muslims stick to a bunch of Arabic names irrespective of where they are from originally, or who they were prior to conversions, forced or otrherwise), and by normally not keeping their religion a private matter, but a means to set up a divided house for special courts, laws and special favours, they feed the rightists. Enough said, it will inflame some readers. But then, reality is known, but difficult to address. The writer has raised another bogey of Islam khatrey mein hai in Sri Lanka indirectly , and this, not the Buddhists' actions in Sri lanka, will lead to further disenchantment with an unassimilated minority.........sad that the writer has not understood that the Sri lankan Muslims had aligned themselves with the majority Sinhalese against the hapless SriLankan Tamils till 2009, and that speaking of Tamils AND Muslims as persecuted in Sri lanka is a travesty of the truth.
Prashant
Mar 18, 2013 09:19am
First Pakistan should provide security to Minorities living in its borders before advising others. Last week's attack on Joseph town should still fresh in everyone's mind.
Khalid
Mar 18, 2013 09:27am
Mr. Irfan Husain, although your feeling the pain of muslims in Sri Lanka is commendable, I would suggest you focus on the pains of Shia, Sunni, Hindu, Christian and Sikh communities in Pakistan. They are all suffering like no other community anywhere else in the world. Please, let us stop worrying about Indian muslims and sri lankan muslims, there are 54 Mulims nations in the world, let them take care of the muslims in SL and India.
Rac43
Mar 18, 2013 09:37am
"However, the ugly reality is that the Buddhist majority are a far larger vote bank than the Muslims." Mr. Husain, the majority never has the luxury of being a vote bank in any country. The minority vote is always more united & hence courted by political parties. Don't you worry, democracy empowers every group.
cscraja
Mar 18, 2013 10:12am
I was only slightly amused to read this in a sports report about 15 years or more back. During a Srilanka- Pakistan cricket match in a city in Srilanka whose name i forget, a good chunk of the audience (primarily muslim) were apparently supporting Pakistan. I am sure the majority community would not have been pleased.
deep
Mar 18, 2013 10:33am
Good - that was the only muslim community not agitating about something and you gave them cause to...
Huma
Mar 18, 2013 10:35am
sad and scary :(
Mohd.
Mar 18, 2013 11:27am
I would worry about the welfare and lives of the muslims in pakistan first before you worry about Sri Lanka.
Mark
Mar 18, 2013 11:58am
Muslims are threat to the whole world!! Everyone hates Muslims there is turmoil in each country of their presence!! Sad to say that but you people try to dominate in anything and everything.
krishnan
Mar 18, 2013 12:03pm
There are some derogatory comments about the author.We have to sympathise with the plight of all minorities including muslims.Tit for tat is not moral .
G.A.
Mar 18, 2013 12:20pm
What was the Indian army doing in Sri Lanka some decades ago? Sightseeing?
khatun
Mar 18, 2013 12:23pm
It was expected. Muslims can burn the hindu temples, and when hindus burn one mosque, muslims are up in arms. Respect and tolerance is a two way street. Muslims must learn to respect others if they hope to be respected by others. Truth is bitter, difficult to digest, but modern society demands truth.
G.A.
Mar 18, 2013 12:25pm
I have a totally different view of Buddhist monks now. In the end they are no different than clergy in other major religions.
khatun
Mar 18, 2013 12:26pm
Too much in breeding will not make you win the world. rather it will bring your downfall due to poverty, illiteracy and unemployment.
K G Surendran
Mar 18, 2013 12:36pm
Dawn has been pretty fair in its coverage of issues. It is for the state to protect the rights of all citizens irrespective of their religious background.
sdas
Mar 18, 2013 01:16pm
Amazingly enough when this happens to non-Muslims in a Muslim country, there is no outcry but celebrated Muslim journalists and intelligentsia will take up a Muslim cause - fair or unfair.
moiez
Mar 18, 2013 01:24pm
With all this hate around the world yet it is the fastest growing way of life. Have you ever wondered why?
Darshan
Mar 18, 2013 01:28pm
I can see two obvious reasons for hatred towards muslims - their threatening to swamp any region by rapidly producing children and their unwillingness to assimilate.
Wijesinghe
Mar 18, 2013 01:42pm
These buggers have started problem everywhere...now in Srilanka
Wijesinghe
Mar 18, 2013 01:44pm
These buggers have created problems everywhere.. In Srilanka too
SP
Mar 18, 2013 01:47pm
What do you think it was doing?
Md Imran
Mar 18, 2013 01:53pm
Yet again Md Ali Jinnah and Iqbal's vision has been proved right. They were 100% right when they said the " muslims of the subcontinent are from a different lineage and derive inspiration from their arab ancestors". Simply put, the muslims of the subcontinent need their own land, and hence it is important that Pakistan remains as a beacon for the oppressed in the subcontinent. Unfortunately since Pakistan cannot provide sanctuary to all muslims in the region, the least we can do is throw our weight as the leader of the ummah. We should either help those in need, or atleast push for conditions that helps muslims gain autonomy in India, Burma and SL.
Hamings
Mar 18, 2013 02:21pm
Acknowledge your insight into Sri Lanka. This is quite unfortunate. We should raise our voices against opression of Sri Lankan muslims and minorties elsewhere. But what a hypocrite of a writer are you? and whole of Dawn. Hundreds of Shias are being killed daily including a very famous Professor just last night and I still do not see it anywhere on Dawn.com whilst all other including Jang, The News have made it a headline. Handle your own country before critising others.
chakraborty
Mar 18, 2013 02:32pm
Crows are in Huge no., Should it be national bird of Pakistan or say world. Dont be obsessed by numbers.
abc
Mar 18, 2013 02:32pm
its the fastest growing disease
Shahid
Mar 18, 2013 02:36pm
Sorry Sir,But Your dream of seeing 20 crore Muslims from India moving to Pakistan will remain just that......a dream :) keep dreaming . Muslims will decide how things go about in India in the future much to your dismay. Have a great time!! A Muslim from India.
New Man
Mar 18, 2013 02:46pm
Mr Arif Hussain: Think globally but act locally. Have some courtesy for your fellow muslims who are suffering in your own country. Not only they are Muslims, they are your neighbours, co-workers and most of all HUMANS. Stop diverting public attention to international problems which we (general public) has no control of.
Harshit Mahindroo
Mar 18, 2013 02:52pm
Why we are so concerned about Muslims so much, when they are in minority they cry about human rights but when they are in majority human rights becomes an inappropriate term like plight of Hindus, Sikhs and Christians in Pakistan, at the time of independence of Pakistan Hindus's population was 17% of total population but now less than 2%. In Egypt why many Christians are forcibly converted into Islam and why many Christian girls are rapped and then married to the Muslims by force. Kindly first ask yourself how fair are you in your dealings. God is ONE and you are ready to divide people.
Ghalib
Mar 18, 2013 03:19pm
Mark just read your words and see where the real hate lies
sdas
Mar 18, 2013 03:45pm
I applaud you for your blog.
KKRoberts
Mar 18, 2013 03:57pm
Good wit....
Yas
Mar 18, 2013 04:36pm
Being specific to Sri Lanka; WHO started the hate campaign here? Last I checked, it wasn't Muslims. It's sad that people representing Buddhism what seems to be a peaceful religion suddenly decide to create problems for everyone else.
P N Eswaran
Mar 18, 2013 04:42pm
The Muslims are an un-integrated community in all non-Muslim countries and are bound to have problems. In Muslims majority countries the momentum of hate with which the non-Muslims are eliminated or subjugated finally come into the Muslim community itself. What goes out comes back. Mr Irfan Husain is highly balanced and erudite person. He should be able to throw light into the above mentioned issue which could lead to some reformation in Muslim countries but I am surprised at his 'Islam in danger' kind of article. Taliban has begun to pervade unexpected quarters!
Hamza
Mar 18, 2013 04:44pm
Low quality. Is this the 2500 YEARS old culture?
P,Mishra
Mar 18, 2013 04:52pm
I agree with you Mr Surendran.
Hyderabadi
Mar 18, 2013 04:54pm
It is a myth, there is nothing to substantiate. It might be growing not because of mass conversion rather mass production. Islam is more like a cult and no member of the cult can come out of it for fear of his or her life. Given a chance many secular muslims would choose to leave islam for anyother religion.
Dr. D. Prithipaul
Mar 18, 2013 04:56pm
As a French historian rightly concludes, as majorities Muslims have always been intolerant, and as minorities they have always been turbulent. Just look at Thailand, Burma, Vietnam for contemporary examples of Muslims playing the role of the dog in the manger as they still do in India, in the form of holding out as vote banks.. The peaceful Buddhists of India suffered genocidal obiteration by Muslim iconoclastic intolerance. What the traditionally peaceful Buddhists are now doing in Sri Lanka is just an imitation of Pakistan's treatment of its minorities. Irfan Husain ought to be proud of another country aping the good example set by his own people. The Buddhists are merely confirming the righteousness of Pakistani ethnic cleansing. He ought to praise them.
AAhmed
Mar 18, 2013 04:57pm
Because they reproduce like rabbits!
Tahmin
Mar 18, 2013 04:59pm
Yes, because virus and muslims always multiplies
viti99
Mar 18, 2013 05:29pm
But why you expected the author to be factfull in his exposition.
Cyrus Howell
Mar 18, 2013 05:40pm
Pakistan in reverse.
rohan
Mar 18, 2013 05:41pm
radical Buddhist......... unheard off ..... outrageous
Shrikant N Shenoy
Mar 18, 2013 05:52pm
Can you prove this?
Ravi
Mar 18, 2013 06:53pm
@Mr. Irfan Hussain learn something from Mr. Khalid.... Instead of being worry about particular religion ...show some worry about human being, if you could include all living on the planate.
realist
Mar 18, 2013 06:55pm
I salute the Srilankan Buddhists. Do not give an inch to muslims, they will cross a yard. Respect! -An Indian
To Moiez
Mar 18, 2013 07:03pm
Because they do nothing except breeding in numbers! Islam's all about quantity over quality, and the world knows it really well! Honestly, there's nothing to feel so proud about!
Gerry D'Cunha
Mar 18, 2013 07:05pm
Mark: I fully agree with your comments - where there are muslims, there is trouble
Dr Saleem
Mar 18, 2013 07:05pm
Having gone through the comments I find it extremely difficult to comprehend the Anti Islamic feeling. I am Muslim, Pakistani and have many Sri Lankan friends who are kind, humble and very good human beings. As for this anti Muslim agenda, I feel this is a worldwide problem, anything that goes wrong in the world blame the Muslims, its the in fashion thing. There is clearly a lack of understanding of Islam, our religion states that if you take one innocent life it is equivalent to killing the whole of mankind. Our religion teaches us tolerance, love, respect. If someone does not abide by the guiding principles of our beautiful religion then please don't associate them with us. Just as I would not associate some of the fringe groups in Sri Lanka that have been involved in the civil war or not every man in India is a rapist, it is just the evil few that are giving the Indian nation a bad name. As for my Muslims brothers and sister anywhere in the world, they are our heart and soul. Nations, tribes, caste may distinguish us but we are all a family and when any of our family are suffering we all feel and share the pain. As for Pakistan not looking after its minorities I completely agree but then there is an argument that the corrupt rulers of this nation are not looking after the majority, everyone is suffering at these power hungry rulers!!! Finally, we as Muslims bring peace, it is then not our fault when these brutal regimes choose to challenge us with war as they see Islam as the biggest threat to their power. As true believing Muslims we will never be beaten as we have no fear of death, but peace is our ultimate goal
AK
Mar 18, 2013 07:24pm
Wow! Some comments by our Indian friends here are extremely prejudiced! They have not spared even an ultra-liberal and unbiased writer like Irfan Hussain who has over the years scathingly criticized excesses by Muslim conservatives more than any other group...
pathanoo
Mar 18, 2013 09:08pm
Irfan Husain does that. Asa journalist he has a duty to call any injustice he sees. It is irrelevent whether that injustice is against Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Shias, Ahmadis. Any injustice against humans is worth fighting for. Irfan is a journalist of integrity, courage and clarity. he has written about the plights of minorities in Pakistan in stronger terms. I do NOT doubt his sincerity, his integrity or humanity one bit. This is from an American Christian who was born a Hindu Indian and proud of both identities.
pathanoo
Mar 18, 2013 09:17pm
I am glad Irfan Husain spoke up. Injustice against any humans any where must be pointed out by a journalist if he is worth his salt in integrity, clarity and courage. Irfan Husain has shown that over a period of time. His credentials in this regard are impeccable. He has spoken up against the attrocities on the minorities in Pakistan in much stronger terms.
Shruti
Mar 18, 2013 11:09pm
Tolerance brother! That has to be the way forward. Not religious competition!!!
Ram Krishan Sharma
Mar 18, 2013 11:20pm
Name the countries where muslims are very happy . Pakistan , Afganistan , saudi Arabia, Iraq , Syria , Egypt , India or Sri Lanka .
Pakistani
Mar 18, 2013 11:52pm
Did u forget the indian population?
Pakistani
Mar 18, 2013 11:58pm
It's not the mater of dominance , but other religion gets scared of how fast people embrace Islam .
Kamal
Mar 19, 2013 12:34am
These people are too busy hating. why should they wonder? Why should they be positive? Thank you DAWN for allowing muslim haters to vent their hatred on a Pakistani site. You are wonderful.
Kajamohideen
Mar 19, 2013 02:15am
Because Muslims tend to breed faster than almost all communities. If you think Islam is attracting more converts you are sadly mistaken. Regards
bnath
Mar 19, 2013 02:22am
Why should that surprize you? Muslims tend to have large families. So the community is fastest growing. But along with that it is also the fastest impoverished. Having said all that, I happen to like Mr. Irfan Hussain. He is an honest journalist.
Ahmed Sultan (India)
Mar 19, 2013 05:06am
Dear Author Muslims are safe in all the countries except Pakistan.
PS
Mar 19, 2013 05:12am
So true.
ranganath
Mar 19, 2013 05:17am
Allah will help to those who are on the right path. In fact people on the right path do not have such problems. How do you know that Allah himself is not striking out at (those) Muslims because they are not on the right path.
Faraz
Mar 19, 2013 07:49am
What have we done with our autonomous state, by the way?
infidel
Mar 19, 2013 09:39am
don't worry Shahid. Let Narendra Mody come to power.The dream will come true. How many more years would the world keep quiet in the face of your atrocities? Already Europe has woken up and the rest of the world is waking up.
ahmed.jumma@yahoo.com
Mar 19, 2013 10:21am
Yes, you are right but you do not know what is a Muslim. Muslim has submitted his Will like all the prophets before Allah (God) now he doest not have to sit idle. He should always worship Allah with His good names like Subhan Allah, Masha Allah, Ar-Rehman, Al-Raheem etc. God has created human beings for worshipping Him not for night clubs, enjoyment of parties and luxurious life. If any so-called Muslim is doing the same as you do, we consider him to be in your fold. Why you people come to Muslim countries? Neither you come in our country nor you allow us to enter in your countries, there will always peace. Remember non-Muslims have come to our oil-rich countries, we never initiated.
ahmed.jumma@yahoo.com
Mar 19, 2013 10:50am
Islam is not forcing anyone to accept it nor any Muslim has authority to force anyone. If anyone will force anybody to accept Islam, the forcing person will be out of Islam, this is God's law in Islam. So be happy, nobody can insist upon you to become Muslim. Non-muslims always have double standards without any evidence of history where Muslims had conquered many countries but never forced anybody to become Muslim, because every Muslim knows that Islam belongs to Heart and Soul only.
ahmed.jumma@yahoo.com
Mar 19, 2013 10:59am
Yes, it is the right thing to see who has initiated hate campaign. True Muslim is always frightened because God never allows Muslims to abuse or create hate against any non-Muslim so whoever will not follow His orders, he will go to hell fire irrespective of his religion. Muslim has to follow 100% Islam, it is not over rules for being a Muslim.
Kaly
Mar 19, 2013 12:12pm
In India too Muslim population increasing like anything.......thats a fact.....
Kaly
Mar 19, 2013 12:17pm
In India too you will find these type of people....for them community first, country is after that...however all are not like that.....