“Ghar Wapsi” of Bohra Muslims and the silence of Syedna !

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The then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi with newly appointed religious head of Dawoodi Bohra community Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin in Mumbai,Photo courtsey : narendramodi.in

By Asghar Vasanwala, MMN,

In 1495 CE, after conquest of Granada, in Muslim Spain, King Fernandez kicked out ruling Muslims and Jews; many Muslims and Jews said they turned to Christianiny for saving their lives. Fernandez army asked them to drink alcohol and eat pork without any hesitation for proving their Christianity.

In the current wave of conversion or Ghar Wapsi the  RSS/BJP is also targeting Bohras because they know Bohras do not think; they follow what Syedna says. If RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena and its alike target Syedna and his family by luring them to greater power and big money or threaten them confiscating their black money, those in greedy family will fall for it. Syedna claims to be from Rajput and Brahman family; it may be their Ghar Wapsi. Then the whole Bohra structure will collapse. Syedna will not defend Bohras from outside attacks. PM Modi has already separated Bohras from other Muslims by praising Syedna. It is a part of political strategy, Modi and Hindu zealots saying different things. While Mr. Mohan Bhagwat and other pro Hindutva groups control PM Modi.

In Dahod, some Hindus told several slum dwelling Muslim families, ‘if they would perform Havan, a Hindu ceremony, their luck will change’  and also promised them of other help. Those Muslims joined the Havan. We from Roshan Safar (NGO)approached those alienated Muslims and asked them why they were leaving beautiful religion of Islam. We have been helping them over years. Several women cried and said they don’t want to leave Islam and all families recited Kalema-e-shahadt ”La Illaha Ill`Allah, Muhammadan Rusull`Allah”. We will continue to help them.

To counter the nefarious design of Hindutva , Muslims and other fair-minded people should form helping-groups and visit those Muslims and Christians living in slums. Make them feel they are not neglected. This is the best way fighting those abominable communal forces.

Why Bohra Syedna is quiet? With immediate effect, he should ask Bohras not to wear Bohra attire of Topi, kurta, Izar, Rida etc. It makes Bohras lurid/obvious and creates envy and malicious propagandas. Even Bohras by themselves, without waiting for Farman from Kothar, should shed their Topi, Kurta, saya, Izar and Rida and start wearing common clothing. Bohras and Muslims need not be conspicuous like Sardarjis. Other Muslims also should keep low profile especially Muslim women.

The Hindutva brigades are turning no stone to the ‘Ghar Wapsi’ of Bohras. .A report which was published in  The Economic Times should be an eye opener for the community . According to the report” “Bohras were originally Brahmins and follow Hindu rituals and, in their homes, keep Lord Ganesha’s idol,” said one of the RSS functionaries who did not wish to be named. “Bohra Muslims are keen (to reconvert), it is their own attempt at ghar wapsi.” According to VHP, thousands of Muslims in Gujarat embrace Hinduism every year without any coercion or allurement. “Every year 25,000-30,000 Muslims are returning home to Hinduism in Gujarat,” said Ranchod Bharwad, VHP’s general secretary in Gujarat.

“Patel, Desai, Bhat are all Hindu surnames, but some Muslims suffix it since their ancestors were Hindus. It is only in Gujarat that we have NoorMohammed Desai, Ahmed Patel,MaqboolBhat. It is Christianity and Islam that forces or offer allurements to convert; for us, it is gharwapsi.”

However, RSS pracharak in Gujarat, CB Upadhyaya, refused to comment on the matter. Mahipal Thakur of Dharam Jagran Manch said there was no immediate programme for the state, even as he added, “We will offer moral support to ghar wapsi. Bohra Muslimsare enthusiastic about embracing Hinduism.” Gujarat has 45-50 lakh Muslims out of a total population of around 6 crore, of which Dawoodi Bohra Muslims number about 10-12 lakh, and around 2-3 lakh live in Gujarat.

And Sunni Bohras, another sect of Bohras, number around 12-15 lakh. There are, however, serious differences between Bohras and other Islamic sects.

A senior RSS paracharak said “our programme is on and we are focussing on Bohras”. Professor Zainab Bano, a Bohra Muslim, questioned the claims of RSS and its offshoots, even as she conceded that Bohra Muslims were originally Nagar Brahmins. “Why would they convert?” she asks. “The community is rich, well-to-do. Dawoodi Bohras are out of the Muslim mainstream, but part of the national mainstream. There is gender equality and women’s empowerment.”

Bano said the Bohras converted way back in the 7th or 8th century, too long back for many in the present-day community to wish to be aware of the issue. Like other Muslims, the Bohras were also persecuted in the state during the 2002 riots in Gujarat, she said. “Lungi (Muslim) ko kaato, topi (Bohra) ko looto (hack Muslims, rob Bohras), was the war cry during the 2002 Gujarat riots,” she said.

Islamic scholar Sheeba Aslam Fehmi lashed out at the conversion programme, asking, “Why is that Hindutva forces become active when they have a comfortable majority in Parliament? In Modi’s regime, it has suddenly dawned upon them that Bohras were Brahmins.” {The Economic Times 23 Dec, 2014, 0515 hrs IST, Ajmer Singh, ET Bureau)

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Asghar Vasanwala is an activist .

 

13 COMMENTS

  1. I could not resist quoting, “ziyada laalach, booree bala”. Don’t worry. It is going to backfire. BJP/RSS/PMNM are going to regret this foolishness. I had called it “fishy” set up when I saw so many of them sitting together in the “jazz”, all set up, @ Madison Square, and, thank God, I was courageous enough to comment, “does he or his “millionaire chamche” that the rest of us who came to the States on a former Indian passport, are “oxymorons?” not to understand our Desi “shatranji” mohre. Lo and behold, his own “gajju bhai” are exposing these “cheap moves” of him. He is now standing “naked”, like the historical emperor. Some other people maybe poor, but they know how to task themselves to be TASKED, where T=think, A=analyze, S=synthesize, K=know, E=educate, and lastly, but not leastly, D=develop. I don’t know if they have “development” sense or not. But they don’t have basic “common sense” which is hard to come by among “commoners”, including Desis, especially from those who by receiving 31% of the votes are controlling the fates of the rest of us, including those who consider themselves one of the 1.2 billion homo sapiens. May God make them wiser. Let them learn from the present only “superpower” (USA), whom could not intimidate Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, where Britian and Russia also had failed earlier, and the list continues. Winning just by “muscle power” is “passe”. This is the age of “intelligence”. ENOUGH is ENOUGH. I stop.

  2. @”“Why is that Hindutva forces become active when they have a comfortable majority in Parliament?”

    Why not? THey have power and resources. If not now, what would be the best time for them?

    @”Bohras and Muslims need not be conspicuous like Sardarjis. Other Muslims also should keep low profile especially Muslim women.”

    bad suggestions !!! What is the point of being Muslim when you do not act and look like a Muslim?

  3. Dear readers, I deeply regret some typos in my comment above. Please forgive me. Plus, end the comment with the following:I stop, and feel sorry for 56-inch chest being oxygenated by only 0.00056 millimeter per minute of pragmatism or common sense, not to talk of global diplomacy, internal control and balance. If a man can’t lead his sub-ordinate(s) or discipline them, not to talk of reprimanding his direct reports, and taking ownership of what happens under him, good governance will remain a distant dream or slogan in the campaign mode. The nation and the world may soon start considering us “gutless” wonders of the world, and start doubting our capability of building Taj?

  4. There is no point of “Ghar wapasi” for Bohris, they were never out of “Ghar”

    The Dharm Jagaran Manch is wasting their time and money.

    If they have ganesha idols and other means of infidelity, what is the point of replacing the idols and photographs.

  5. My dear brothers and sisters please careful in reacting to any news because most of the news coming out from RSS and its RSS minded people only to disturbed Muslims in particular and to create fear and insecurity. Please confirm the news and should not blame or start objecting other sects in particular. RSS want to rule the nation on Hindu mission by creating division on Muslims in sects.

  6. Faith is embeded in heart and mind. Flowers, fire, words are oral and physical presumtions. In Hinduism no one can be converted to high caste BRAHMIN, they are converted as low cast SHUDRAS AS per MANUSMRITI:

    No collection of wealth to be made by a Shudra even though he may be able to do it. Brahmin can take Shudra’s property by force. (Manusmriti X,129).

    The tongue of Shudra who spoke evil about Brahmin should be cut off (Apastamba Dharma Sutra II/10-26.
    Those who are with stinking conduct they will enter a stinking womb, either the womb of a dog or the womb of a swine or womb of Shudra (Chandogya Upanishad 5-10-7)
    Shudras must be prohibited from hearing, studying Vedas (Brahma Sutras 1.3.9.38)
    More on google Why Dr.Ambedkar burnt Manusmriti.

    Due to Brahmins discrimination of Shudra Hindus converted from, 850Bc to Jainism, from 500Bc to Budhism. Budhism was born in India but stamped out of India by Brahmins. Due to this discrimination Hinduism did not flourish in India as much as Bhudism spread in entire East Asia.

  7. Faith is embedded in heart and mind, flowers, fire, words are to fool others. In Hinduism no one can be converted to high caste BRAHMAN, they are converted as low cast SHUDRA.

    MANUSMRITI says: No collection of wealth to be made by Shudra even though he may be able to do it. Brahmin can take Shudra’s property by force. (Manusmriti X,129).

    Brahman can have 4 wives, Kshatriya can have 3 wives , Vaishnava can have 2 wives, Shudra cant have more than 1. (Aitreya Veda, Brahma VIII, 29 page 201).

    The tongue of Shudra who spoke evil about Brahman should be cut off (Apastamba Dharma Sutra II/10-26.

    Those who are with stinking conduct they will enter a stinking womb, either the womb of a dog or the womb of a swine or womb of Shudra (Chandogya Upanishad 5-10-7)

    Shudras must be prohibited from hearing, studying Vedas (Brahma Sutras 1.3.9.38)

    More on google Why Dr.Ambedkar burnt Manusmriti.

    Due to Brahmins discrimination of Shudra Hindus converted in 550Bc to Jainism, in 500Bc to Budhism, 712Ad to 1700 to Islam and after British rule to Christianity.? Budhism was born in India but Brahmans stamped it out of India. From Sri Lanka to Japan Budhism spread but Hinduism was confined to India and its borders.

    • You mean Brahmins are born reservationists ? and holds all the rights to rule over poors, whereas other have to die and born in Brahmin family to stay alive in this world, great mythology to rule over this world, by the way who invented this ? and still the so-called civilized world is accepted ?

  8. “Hinduism” did not exist before the British.
    Perhaps that is why the latest avatar is the rather laughable “Sanathan dharma” (~ “Eternal” religion)?

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