“Forces of Hindutva are scorpions”: Aiyar
Mr Digvijay Singh said that Dr Javed Jamil’s book “based on facts and figures from across the world would be a fitting answer to those who try to paint Muslims as uncivilized and lovers of violence.” He said that certain forces in India “are again trying to destabilize the peace of the country”. He appealed to Muslims to remain alert of these forces and said that “they and other deprived sections of society would always find him standing with them”. He said that “Muslims need not fear anybody and must concentrate on their educational and developmental pursuits”. Singh praised the endeavour of Dr Jamil in preparing the Muslim Vision Document for Indian Muslims and hoped that “with the support of people like Mr K Rahaman Khan and Mr Sirajuddin Qureshi”, this vision will soon become a reality.
Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar, Congress MP, said that “though Secularism in general is well and safe in India, certain forces are bent to destroy the secular fabric by inciting hatred against Muslims”. He said that “though Dr Javed Jamil has done a remarkable work by producing massive statistics to prove the case, the truth is that we Indians are aware for centuries that Islam stands for the true civilization, and Muslims are indeed truly civilized.” He said that “No leader, no thinker, no writer or any other expert can deny the influence of Islam and Muslims on the World, particularly Indian Subcontinent.” He said that India is a secular country and Secularism is the cement that binds India into one nation. “If there is no secularism, India will break”, he said. Mr Aiyar lambasted the forces of Hindutva saying “they want to destroy the social fabric of the country”. In the midst of repeated cheers from a very large audience, Aiyar said that “in the name of Development, Communalism is being brought to the country”. Referring to the BJP’s projection of Narendra Modi as the leader of BJP in coming elections, he said that “these forces are the scorpions and snakes that are readying to bite the nation”. Mr Aiyar spoke at length about the historical successes of Muslims in India and said that “the stamp of Muslims can be seen in every corner of Indian civilization.”
Minister of Minority Affairs, Mr K Rahman Khan admired the “unapologetic, comprehensive, dynamic and visionary” approach of Dr Javed Jamil and said that “he is his fan”. He said that “he and Dr Jamil are working closely for about four years and we have a common way of thinking about the national and community issues in the country.” He said that through Internet, Dr Jamil has influenced the thinking of many people across the world. Khan said that there cannot be any other option for Muslims except being the most civilized “because they are the followers of Qur’an, which provides the best foundation for civilization. If Muslims have shortcomings, it is only on account of their own callousness and disobedience of Qur’an and Sunnah”, he said. He said that “Not Yet Enough” part of his book needs special attention and he would like it to be the subject of his next work. “Muslims must not simply be satisfied with what they have achieved but must concentrate on what they have to achieve,” he said. Khan called upon Muslims to work on war-footing to empower themselves in every possible way. He admired the efforts of Dr Javed Jamil in giving a vision to India’s Muslims. He said that “when we plan, we need a vision, then only we can define our objectives and prepare a roadmap.”
Sirajuddin Qureshi, President of the India Islamic Cultural Centre, said that “Dr Javed Jamil has already earned the reputation of a visionary and thinker who has a holistic and unapologetic approach towards the world issues.” He reminded the people about “Muslim Vision” and said that “While we are still contemplating on how to convert that roadmap into action, he has come up with another remarkable and unparalleled piece of research work. He said that we are living in the world of propaganda and in last few decades the propaganda machinery has focused all its attention on Muslims and has left no stone unturned in spreading the myth that Muslims are uncivilized, violent and backward. “Dr Jamil has successfully countered this mischievous propaganda and has accumulated huge statistics to prove that the Muslim World is much more civilized than the so-called champions of civilization.”
He said that “We in India are also facing the propaganda by certain quarters to paint Muslims in the negative and time has come for all communities, particularly Hindus and Muslims, to unite to fight against the dangers facing the country and Indian society.”
Ejaz Aslam, Editor of “Radiance” viewsweekly called upon Muslims to come out of their somnolence. He said that as Dr Jamil has highlighted, “Muslims must shun inferiority complex. At the same time they must also do introspection which is the key to future development and progress”. He expressed dissatisfaction with the disunity in the ranks of the Ummah and hoped that “Muslim Ummah will soon learn its goal of bringing peace to the whole mankind.”
Prof. Akhtarul Wassey described Dr Javed Jamil as a person of extraordinary calibre who has done remarkable work in many fields, including medicine, economics, social affairs and international issues. He said that “Muslims Most Civilised, Yet Not Enough” is a kind of work that every person must read. He suggested that the book must be included in the courses of all madrasas and Islamic institutions so that “Ulama and other Islamic scholars may become well-equipped to spread the teachings of Islam to the world.” He said that books bring revolution, and this book has the potential of bringing another ideological revolution. He proposed that the book must be translated in other languages, particularly Hindi and Urdu.
Dr Javed Jamil, the author of the book, spoke at length about its contents. He said that he felt the need for writing the book when he saw that certain forces in the world are not merely interested in destroying the Muslim World but also want to hurt Muslims in ugliest possible colours. He said that within about 200 years, the “stars” of the horizon of Westernism have all degenerated into black holes — Democracy into Corporatocracy, Secularism into negation of religious conscience and morality, “freedom” into license to commit evils and “human rights” into defence of criminals and perverts. He said that he collected data related to violence of all types and most of the Western countries were in the top 15 in terms of almost all forms of violence. He said that he counted every single death that has been allegedly caused by al-Qaeda and the numbers of these deaths is hardly 5500. In contrast, America and its allies have killed more than two million innocent Muslims. He said that “Western countries have highest murder rates, highest rape rates, highest incarceration rates, highest abortions, highest percentage of teenage pregnancies, children living in single parent families, divorce rates and children born out of wedlock. He added that apart from the total disintegration of the family system, they also have the maximum suicide rates. He produced statistics to show that Muslims can claim to be more civilised than most countries because in most Muslim countries, the crime rates are very low, family system is intact and the problems related to social vices are minimal. He said that the so-called champions of civilisation have promoted prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and have made women the killers of their own children. He argued that life expectancy should be determined not from birth but from conception because the antenatal life is biologically and medically an essential part of human life. When counted from conception, the life expectancy of most Western countries dropped very low. He said that except few Muslim countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Somalia, most Muslim countries have very high life expectancy, both after conception and after birth, have high per capita income with relatively less economic disparity and they are now making substantial progress in educational fields. Dr Jamil said that he has not only concentrated on positives but has also discussed in detail the shortcomings and their solutions. He argued that there is a strong need of strategic relationship between India and Muslim countries which will help both in getting rid of dependence on West. He gave details about violence in India and showed that Muslims were not the culprits but the victims.
Read review of Muslims Most Civilised, Yet not Enough on page 21 in this issue