Jobs @ MG
Published in the 16-31 Dec 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition
Image of Indian Muslims
There are certain things I would like to bring to your notice and I would like to see in the voice of Indian Muslims. I am talking about the way we need to represent Indian Muslims to Muslims from other countries. Australia compared to Europe or US is different in a way. Here the number of Muslims from the Subcontinent is less compared to Arabs and European Muslims and my main concern since
I came was regarding the recognition of Indian Muslims and the misconceptions other Muslims have about us. Brother, itís sad that very few Muslims know that there are nearly 200 million Muslims in India and most of them think that we are idol-worshippers (trust me I got such type of comments about Indian Muslims from other Muslims) mainly because of the way Indian Muslims are shown in Bollywood movies, which apparently are watched by many Middle Eastern Muslims.
Recently an Arab brother from Jordan asked me: "brother, is it common in India for a Muslim girl with hijab marrying or going out with a non-Muslim guy?" When I asked him the reason of that statement, he said he sees it in movies all the time. And I donít blame him because six out of 10 recently released Indian movies have this type of a situation. To them we are away from Islam, that we worship idols. My main reason to promote MG is to change that thinking of theirs, and articles about "Muslims building a temple" doesnt help... Do they? Besides its better if we show to the world how beautifully we have preserved Islamic culture and knowledge we have.
Shadab Kadri, Australia
Editor: I accept that there is misconception about Indian Muslims abroad and our Pakistani neighbours have played an active role in propagating this lie. I have seen and felt this personally in Arab countries where I spent over a decade. Indian films rarely portray the real Muslims. Films are not produced to portray the real picture but to earn money for the producers and others involved in the
business. Through your own example you will be able to show the people around you that the Indian Muslim is more concerned about his faith than many others in Muslim countries.
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