“Whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely.” And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely (Quran 5:32)
Many extremists and radicals have been struggling to create movements and terms since decades, to distort the true picture of Islam and procure their own egocentric gains. One such term is “Ghazwa-e Hind” that is misinterpreted to misguide the innocent Muslim youngsters of the Indian subcontinent. Ghazwa-e Hind may be roughly translated as a Holy War against India which is used by its proponents deceptively to instigate Muslims for revolution against India. In fact, most of the Indian Muslims do not even know about this movement and those having knowledge about it, do not believe in such movement as it asks them to fight against their own country.
Historically, Ghazwa-e Hind already occurred in the early or medieval Islamic period which had different context and causes – be it the conquest of Sindh by Muhammad bin Qasim or the Islamic rule in India during the medieval periods. Muslims must always remember that Islam never allows Muslims to fight against any country and community until certain events had occurred. Authentic historical texts prove that all Islamic wars had particular background and were contextual. Ghazwa-e Hind is propagated by some extremist people for whom faith is of little importance. They just want to quench their lust for money and territory. How can they say Ghazwa-e Hind is right while India provides equality, liberty and peaceful life to 180 million Muslims in comparison to the Islamic State of Pakistan and Afghanistan?
The term Ghazwa-e Hind has been derived from the Hadees that states- “The Prophet of Allah (PBUH) said – ‘Allah has saved two groups of my Ummah from the hellfire; the group that will invade Al-Hind (the subcontinent) and the group that will be with Eesa (Jesus), the son of Mariam.’ Abu Hurairah said – ‘The Messenger of Allah promised us the conquest of Al-Hind (the subcontinent). If I am able to join it, I will spend on it my wealth and my life. If I am killed, I will be the best of martyrs and if I return, I will be Abu Hurairah, the freed one (i.e. from hellfire).”
However, many renowned scholars have explained that the chain of the Hadees is weak. It means that a Hadees was passed to us by a large number of people and were not in written form at the time of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Chain of narrations is called Isnad. If any narrator of the chain is dishonest, the facts becomes distorted and can be used by the extremist groups to forward their own explanation. Extremists intentionally use such weak Hadees to incite Muslim youngsters to join their organisations and subsequently kill guiltless people that is totally against the Islamic Philosophy.
India is a democratic country where millions of Muslims have been living peacefully and happily for years. Those preaching Ghazwa-e Hind in Kashmir have failed miserably in providing prosperous and peaceful life to the Muslims (the sorry state of Kashmiris can be sited as one of the best examples in this context). On the other hand, no Holy War of Islam was fought for gaining territory and wealth during its golden years. Every war was fought either in defence or for protection of faith. While thousands of Indian Muslims are in the army who are ready to die for India, those proposing Ghazwa-e Hind must introspect themselves. A true Indian Muslim will never stand against the Indian Government as they know that they are free to worship their God, celebrate their festivals and practice their faith.
Thousands of Kashmiri students get the best educations from the Indian Universities. They cannot get the same level of education from those countries who represents the so-called ‘Islamic State’, Pakistan being the best example. Many of those Kashmiris have been doing professional jobs in India and earning handsome salary. They know the farce behind extremist movements like Ghazwa-e Hind and must come forward to shed some light on the matter.
In fact, the extremist proponents of Ghazwa-e Hind should start a movement like Ghazwa-e China because the Chinese Government has deprived Muslims of all human rights. They have no liberty of worshiping their God or freely practicing their faith. Many Uyghur Muslim Women have been raped by officials and were forced to abort the babies. However, not a single voice has been raised against China by these extremist groups.
It is the need of the hour for all Indian Muslims to condemn such wrong prophecies and weak Hadees which are not part of Islam but has been invented by anti-Islam propagators. All they desire is to defame the genuine image of Islam. Spirit of Islam is peace and harmony which is earnestly followed by the Indian Muslims while simultaneously rejecting the notion of Ghazwa-e Hind.
It must be kept in mind that preaching and spreading the ideology of Ghazwa-e Hind is not only against the fundamentals of Islam but also against the teachings of great Sufi saints who blessed the land of India through their philosophy of peace, love and harmony. Islam always emphasizes on moderate path which is the best way to stay happily and peacefully in this world.