An Open Letter to Syed Ali Shah Geelani

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Mr. Syed Ali Shah Geelani,

Now that Yasin Mallik has openly accused you of exploiting Islam, I feel vindicated. I along with lakhs of my fellow Kashmiri Pandits have always held that view. All the displaced Kashmiri Pandits hold the exploiters of Islam responsible for the loss of their moorings. I believe no religion including Islam will permit the barbaric persecution of a minority. I also believe in the inherent philosophy of love and brotherhood that was propagated by all messengers of God, whom Hindus call Avtars and Muslims call Prophet. I am not a great student of religion and, therefore, I cannot have an in-depth knowledge of the philosophies behind the great faiths, but I am sure no religion teaches hatred for fellow human beings. It is the hypocrites like you who have not only brought misery to their fellow beings but have also tarnished the name of their religion.

I don’t know you personally and except on one occasion, we have never crossed paths with each other. Whatever impression I have about you has been gathered through your writings, speeches and media interviews. And, of course, my very brief silent confrontation with you nearly a quarter century back has been responsible for my firming an opinion and image about you being a fundamentalist involved in exploiting the delicate religious feelings of the people for the furtherance of your political ideology. Though, you will not be able to recall that incident but I still nurture the vivid memories of that afternoon as it gave me the first hand impressions of dichotomy between your preaching and practice. One day, it would have been either 1980 or 1981, when as a fresh man out of the college and on the threshold of starting my career as a Medical Representative, I found myself stranded in the village of Doabgah on the Baramulla- Sopore road. My companion, that day, was another young man from Sopore who was also in the process of establishing his pharmaceutical business. While in the village, we found you addressing a small congregation in a nearby open space. It was a fiery speech full of political rhetoric and religious fire. As a young Pandit boy, I found your speech mortally scaring and intimidating. I desperately wanted to leave the village, though my companion, a great fan of yours, kept constantly reassuring me about your virtues of not differentiating between the people of different faiths. Nevertheless, a lone non-muslim amongst the sentimentally charged populace was proving to be beyond my comfort levels. Unfortunately, due to some blockade enroute, no buses were coming from the Baramulla side, which could have taken me away to Sopore on way to the security of my home in Srinagar. Meanwhile, we kept waiting for the busses that never came. Some time latter you finished your address and we were given to understand that you would be going back to Sopore in your vehicle. My friend, out of concern for my eagerness to reach home, volunteered to request you for giving me a lift up to Sopore. I was hesitant but on his assurance I allowed him to approach you with the request. Soon I saw him returning with his head down, cheeks red and the expression that told the whole story. As usual, the Almighty was both merciful as well as beneficent that day. Some time later a taxi screeched to stop besides me. It was my neighbour driving home after dropping somebody in another village. Many years latter I learnt at the very beginning of the Holy Quran, the first invocation reads, “In the name of GOD, the most Merciful and Beneficent.” And throughout the holy Quran, GOD’s name is thus invoked no less than 113 times. I also believe the Prophet is quoted as saying “O Ali, the best of qualities in this life and there after are the words of courtesy, generosity, and to forgive those who inflict injustice on you.” I know for sure, that taxi driver is an illiterate person and would not able to interpret the subtle niceties of religious scriptures, but that day he proved to be a true follower and practitioner of his faith. I wish I could speak the same about you the one who claims to lead his life according to divine commands and prophetic sayings.

At times, I also feel you are a confused person who isn’t clear about his objectives. On one hand you claim Iqaamat-e-Deen as your objective as Maulvi Abbas Ansari and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, according to you, are now drawing inspiration from “un-islamic ideologies like secularism, socialism, nationalism and even communism.” Yet, on the other hand you want Kashmir to become a part of Pakistan even though you also believe Pakistan rulers have not been able to live up to the moral standards which Islam demands.

You have been highly critical of some leaders whom you believe have not been acting in the true spirit of Islam and claim you invite people towards Islam and present its philosophy as a complete way of life. I have no objections towards any body living by the tenants of his faith. But, one can’t only practice what is politically convenient for him. How can you explain the exodus of an entire populace of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir? You are against secularism and pluralism, which in itself points towards your practice of exploiting the religion to suit your own agenda. I gather, when Prophet Mohammad took over the administration of Yathrib (Madina), its population consisted mostly of two large Arab (Aws) and three Jewish ( Khazraj) tribes. The Madinan Arabs wanted the Prophet to administer the strife torn city as an outsider with no vested interests in the local disputes. They also wanted this potential messiah to be part of their group and not the rival Jewish tribe. Upon arrival in Madina, the Prophet set about getting all parties together to sign a covenant, which would set standards for pluralism, tolerance and cooperation between various religious and ethnic communities. The covenant gave equality to all its citizens and accepted the coexistence of different religions in the community. The messiah’s inspiration was the Holy Quran, which makes it incumbent upon Muslims to accept and respect all the previous messengers without distinction.

“The Apostle believeth in what had been revealed to him from his Lord, as do men of faith. Each one of them believeth in God. His angels, His books and his Apostles. We make no distinction between any of his Apostles.” (Quran 2:285)

The Holy Quran states on more than one occasion that if people, Jews, Christians and Sabeans lived by their tenets they would have their just reward. ” Verily they who believe and they whom are Jews, Christains, Sabeans whoever believes in God and the Last Day, and does that which is right shall have their reward with their Lord. Fear shall not come upon then neither shall they grieve.” (Quran 2: 62)

Your assertion of only Nizam-e-Mustafa being the ultimate goal for your Tehreek-e- Hurriyat goes against not only the traditions laid down by Bul Bul Shah, Shahmir, Badshah, Nund Reshi etc, whom your co-religionists in Kashmir hold in very high esteem, but it is also against the teachings of the Quran. Nizam-e-Mustafa in a hundred percent Muslim society is understandable but in a society as diverse as Kashmir, it would amount to coercion. My small study has been able to find at least three references in the Holy Quran, which say, ” There is no compulsion in matters of faith.” (Quran 2.256, 10.99 and 18.99)

Many Muslim scholars and writers have described the propagation of Nizam-e- Mustafa as an exploitative tool employed by certain people to serve their purpose. These writers even claim, slogans like Nizam-e-Mustafa have been deliberately kept vague by its propagators to create confusion among the masses. These writers further claim since the concepts of “Aqamat-e-Deen”, (Establishment of Deen), “Hakoomat-e-Illahia”,(Government of Allah) or “Islamic Nizam” failed to cut much ice with the society earlier, a new term “Nizam-e-Mustafa” was invented. Further, concept attached to it varies form sect to sect. Different Islamic sects have even disagreement on the personality of Mustafa, let alone “Nizam-e- Mustafa”. It is pertinent to point out here that in 1951 twenty one Muslim religious scholars from different sects passed a unanimous resolution demanding all Government Laws in Pakistan be based on “The Book(Holy Quran) and Sunna”. Twenty years later, Maulana Madoodi, one of the main supporters of the resolution had to declare, ” It is impossible to make a set of public laws as per The Book and the Sunna which all Muslim sects will unanimously accept as Islamic”. In an article published by Idara Tolu-e-Islam, Lahore in 1977, the writer has made a significant observation, which says, ” The flag bearers of Nizam-e-Mustafa belonging to various Islamic sects have their own Fiqah (Jurisprudence). It is evident as all these sects considere their own Fiqah as unchallengeable Islamic law, no set of laws could be made which will be acceptable to all, their differences are so deep that each one of them have declared the other as Kafir , at one time or other.

You have also strange logic for justifying the militant activities of fidayeen by terms their violence as sacrifice. Nothing can amount to more blatant exploitation of religion then that. “….. and GOD calls to the home of peace.” (10:25). Kashmir press is now openly accusing you of playing your politics as a Pakistani stooge and interpreting the religion to suit your convenience.

You may have your reasons for playing the politics the way you do. The justification of that politics is a subject matter of a different debate, however, one needs to understand enough blood has been spilled over the beautiful vale of Kashmir. The madness needs to stop now. Otherwise, the history will not pardon the people who have prostituted Kashmir according to their own peculiar religious and political beliefs.

The author has drawn heavily from the following sources for writing this piece:

Teachings of Islam- Imam Shirazi.
On Islam and Jihad- Dr. Farida Khanum
Questions about Islam, Answers that every muslim should know- Dr. Jamal Badawi.
Islam and Pluralism- Javed Akhtar.
“Sirf Eik Sawal”- English translation by Ubedur Rahman Arain.

The Author of this article is Mr. Kamal Hak

18 Comments

  1. Samir
    Posted September 11, 2010 at 10:41 am | Permalink | Reply

    Sometime back I got an SMS from a Kashmiri muslim girl which read like this:—

    questin:What do you think has been the biggest blunder in Kashmir history?
    Answer :the time when Geelani’s mother got pregnant..

    for him everything is fair in love and war…Geelani claims to be an Islamic scholar but in reality is
    Nothing more than a greedy,unethical shopkeeper who inveigles the Public to buy his brand and meaning of religion and thereby climb the ladder of wealth anf fame.he does not in reality bother about Kashmir..May good sense prevail upon him…

  2. indian
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

    So now Geelani wants public to attack Army camps in Kashmir and cry loud,” Indians are killing us”..

  3. Mahdeen Mochi
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Syed Ali Shah Geelani i think is nothing more than a Pakistani agent.Whatever Pakistan tells him,he do.He is not fighting for the kasmiri but for Pakistan.His objective of UN Resolution clearly identifies him as a Pakistani agent.He plays his politics in the name of islam and religion.As per Geelani’s view ,every country has to divide their areas in the name of religion because there are various religions in every country.Geelani is responsible for thousands of deaths in kashmir. I Parvaiz Ahmad Sofi R/O Handwara would like to give him a good sugession that he should first make Nizam i Mustafa in Pakistan and then in kashmir.

  4. Iqbaljeelani
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Syed Ali Shah Geelani i think is nothing more than a Pakistani agent.Whatever Pakistan tells him,he do so.He is not fighting for the kasmiri but for Pakistan.His objective of UN Resolution clearly identifies him as a Pakistani agent.He plays his politics in the name of islam and religion.As per Geelani’s view ,every country has to divide their areas in the name of religion because there are various religions in every country.Geelani is responsible for thousands of deaths in kashmir. I Parvaiz Ahmad Sofi R/O Handwara would like to give him a good sugession that he should first make Nizam i Mustafa in Pakistan and then in kashmir.

  5. Aashi Sikandar
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Syed Ali Shah Geelani i think is nothing more than a Pakistani agent.Whatever Pakistan tells him,he do.He is not fighting for the kasmiri but for Pakistan.His objective of UN Resolution clearly identifies him as a Pakistani agent.He plays his politics in the name of islam and religion.As per Geelani’s view ,every country has to divide their areas in the name of religion because there are various religions in every country.Geelani is responsible for thousands of deaths in kashmir. I aashi R/O Handwara would like to give him a good sugession that he should first make Nizam i Mustafa in Pakistan and then in kashmir.

  6. Mahdeen Mochi
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Syed Ali Shah Geelani i think is nothing more than a Pakistani agent.Whatever Pakistan tells him,he do.He is not fighting for the kasmiri but for Pakistan.His objective of UN Resolution clearly identifies him as a Pakistani agent.He plays his politics in the name of islam and religion.As per Geelani’s view ,every country has to divide their areas in the name of religion because there are various religions in every country.Geelani is responsible for thousands of deaths in kashmir. I Gh Mahdeen Mochi R/O Handwara would like to give him a good sugession that he should first make Nizam i Mustafa in Pakistan and then in kashmir.

  7. G R Rather
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Mr Geelani is nothimg more than a pakistani agent.He has blood on their hands.He is responsible for the death of over one lac people.May God sense prevail upon him.

  8. G R Rather
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Mr Geelani is nothimg more than a pakistani agent.He has blood on their hands.He is responsible for the death of over one lac people.May God sense prevail upon him.I Gh Rasool Rather R/O Langate Handwara leave a sugession for Geelani that he should first fight for Niyam e Mustafa in pakistan and then in kashmir.

  9. Parvaiz Sofi
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Mr Geelani is nothimg more than a pakistani agent.He has blood on their hands.He is responsible for the death of over one lac people.May God sense prevail upon him.I Parvaiz Sofi R/O Langate Handwara leave a sugession for Geelani that he should first fight for Niyam e Mustafa in pakistan and then in kashmir.

  10. G.M.LONE
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Mr Geelani is nothimg more than a pakistani stooge.He has blood on their hands.He is personally responsible for the death of over one lac people.May God sense prevail upon him.I Gh Mohd Lone R/O Langate Handwara leave a sugession for Geelani that he should first fight for Niyam e Mustafa in pakistan and then in kashmir.

  11. Posted October 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Brilliant site, I hadn’t noticed kashmirblogs.wordpress.com earlier in my searches!
    Carry on the fantastic work!

  12. jk
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Well i recently read an article in India today wherein Geelani saying that the Indians dont know the History & the Facts.

    He has said that Kashmir is Majority muslim so it has to be given to pakistan, what nonsense he is talking he doesnt knows the facts starting from the 12th century ,Muslim invaders forced people to convert hindus or killed them if they didnt.so starting from Afghanistan upto indonesia it was ruled by Hindus, so does that mean it should be given to India, stupid idiot person that is all past now what is the reality, kashmiris are Indians & i would in first place scrap the article 370 which is big blunder done in our constitution.
    Insha allah God will kill these kind of idiotic people a give him(them)very bad death….who live for their benefit & not bothered about the other peoples sufferings.

    because of these kinds of people including Arundhanti roy ,bitch who simply stirred the bees nest sitting some where, if she is really willing to solve the issue let here come here & come out with a solution.

  13. Posted December 1, 2010 at 4:11 am | Permalink | Reply

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  14. Lalit S. Jamwal
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Geelani is living in a great secular, democracy of 1.2 billion people, that is India, thus he has a right to his views. Imagine if he were in Communist China he would surely have been liquidated by nowe. Geelani has some good qualities but is insecure. Islam is a great religion (if followed properly) and a religion of peace, but he is going overboard. He has to realize that most Kashmiri Muslims are coverts from Hindus that racially and linguistically are pure Aryan. With the advent of Islam in the Valley Kashmiri may have picked up some Semitic (Jewish-Arab) words but it remains an Aryan language linked to Rigvedic Sanskrit. Yes a few Irania

    ns (most Iranians are Aryan as well) did come into Kashmir and vice-versa (Ayatollah Khomeini had his origins from Kashmir) but majority of Kashmiris Muslims today are descendents of Kashmiri Hindus. They still retain the Sanskrit origin names such as Butt, Tantrey, Pandit, Wani, Magrey , Rishi, etc. Geelani wants to deny this out of insecurity and goes overboard and wants to be labeled an Arab. The Arabs a Semitic people are largely honest and will never accept him as an Arab (which Geelani is surely not), however he (Geelani) might try his luck with other Semitic people (the Jews), they are insecure like him, thus might oblige him. Also these days it is a fashion tp place the title before one’s name, however, the only genuine Sayids are people such as the Royal Family of Jordon.

    • Posted August 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

      AN OPEN LETTER TO MR SYED GEELANI

      Dear Mr.Geelani
      Hello! I am Kashmiri Pandit, well you must be thinking of cursing me and my tribe because we are a thorn in you ambitions, ambitions to make Kashmir totally Islamic.

      Moving on, I am not going to burden you with rhetoric, Because like everybody else I am too bored with it.

      Not far back you issued a statement that some Govt. agencies are portraying Nund Reshi as secular . In your opinion he was totally Islamist. I am not going to put cart infront of wheel of your opinion. As it is, that will be wheel infront of freedom of expression. But by the same logic, I too have opinions. But since you are Sayid, I want to know where you rightful place is, Kashmir or Geelan in Central Asia where you come from? You have ordered migrant labourers to leave Kashmir. Have you forgotten how Kashmiri in 16th Century were so tired of your tribe that they ordered Sayyids to leave Kashmir?
      But I am moving too fast. So, Mr. Geelani, Nund Reshi was not Secular. Of course as a Sayyid you have patent right who is secular and who is communal? In case you have forgotten. I will sum up Nund Reshi briefly.
      Nund Reshi emerged as Savior of new converts who did not understand alien practices of Islam . Kashmir thronged to him because like them he was also a fresh convert. Kashmir being ruled by Muslim they had no choice but to embrace Islam.
      In that scenario, Kashmiris searched for a man who like themselves was kashmiri at heart . Like Rishi he ate no meat. Tell me, Mr. Geelani, is it’s practice of Sayyids or of locals. He fasted and worshipped in caves. Is it a Central Asian or local practice? Do you want him to be communal like you? Or you are pleased that at long last…… Sayyids like you are back in business., no doubt after being thrown in dustbin of history far too long.
      All you countenance smacks of distant past, your beard, your cap, you attire but rules of the game demand no personal attacks. So, I will tell you that you are full of atavistic passion. That is better, because you are given a half a chance it will be converted by you in a full catch and exclaim, Kashmiri Pandits are vilifying my name.
      But Mr. Geelani you are Sayyid from central Asia what are you doing in Kashmir. I mean aren’t you foreinger on Kashmiri soil. Of course, you would twitch your eyebrows and likely to say what to dyou mean. “ Me and my tribe are residing in Kashmir for more thaan 5000 years”.
      Therefore I am going to ask you a simple question? If you do not want much to be thrown at you by digging your past. Then on what logic is date of dispute 1947 or to put it differently if you say that the date if dispute for Kashmir is 1947,. I am likely going to say that dispute is 1st June 1340 when Sayyids came from central Asia to Kashmir. Not an exact date, i assure you. But how come in this history of Kashmir 1947 is date of dispute. But if you insist I will also insist on my date ( 1340). I shall again insist that date of dispute in Kashmir is traced to that date when Sayyid like you started settling in the Valley.
      If you insist labour force working in kashmir is illegal then I have to move application that Sayyids are foreigners and illegal setters in Kashmir. They too should go.
      Have you any problem with the logic Mr. Geelani? I hope not because if you listen to reason mine is a perfectly reasonable position particularly, when separatists like you want to put your struggle on coherent terms. When you do not want to give impression that so called secessionist struggle is a terrorist struggle? When you want your voice to be heard? Don’t you think Mr. Geelani, I should too have rights ,or you are basking in the belief that numbers are with you.
      You cry that security forces are killing ordinary Kashmiris. But you do nothing when it is put to you that militants too are out to kill innocent people.

      Now, Mr. Geelani, why don’t you talk rationally? Is it because Islamist like you has always understood the game of Warfare? It is because that you understand Kashmir can be annexed in the Islamic fold by simply defeating India. As was the case in medvieal times when you gained foothold in Kashmir by simply defeating Kashmiris.

  15. AWAKE!MY DEAR LAND!
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    O Kashmiris,awaken for the sake of Allah!The brutal Indians r polluting ur souls.And Gilani Sahab is not tryin to merge with Pakistan but it is the decision of UN that EITHER WE HAVE TO MERGE WITH INDIA OR PAKISTAN.WE CANT HAVE AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY AS WE ALL WISH.So Geelani sahab chose to merge with Pak than the anti_muslim india.jurt think over the cruelties that india has done to us.

  16. tahir bhta
    Posted April 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    sayed ali shah geelani is our leader

  17. tahir bhat
    Posted April 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

    sayed ali shah geelani is our favourite leader and is fighting for our freedom (AAZADI} as per my opinion geelani sahab is really a brave freedom fighter of kashmir.gandhi ji was not a brave freedom fighter.

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