News Watch, Side Feature, South Asia

The Demolition of Muslim Homes in India is a Wasted Attempt to Demolish Islamic Loyalty

During the second week of Ramadan 2022, the homes of some Muslims living in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh were demolished. There have been clashes with Muslims and Hindu residents since the start of Ramadan with reports of Hindu nationalists initiating acts of intimidation with public marches that messaged hatred against Muslims. Sparring with stone throwing and some violent clashes ensued, matters came to a head when bulldozers arrived in the Muslim populated areas and leveled entire family homes to the ground.

A BBC report dated the 16th of March 2022 stated that this is not the first time the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has used this method as a way of punishing Muslims under his authority.

Political scientist Rahul Verma says, “The state is showing a vengeful attitude” by insinuating that the homes are illegal, but revenge for Muslims protecting mosques that have been damaged in Hindu attacks is the real reason for the new level of escalating human rights violations.

“What we are witnessing is the kind of politics played in Uttar Pradesh – the so called UP model – is now seen in other states. The aim is to appease the BJP’s core Hindutva [a hardline Hindu nationalist movement] and it is vote based in motive.”

One victim, Shahbaz Khan, 28 stated:“My wife and sister wept and begged the police to let us take our things – at least let them take the Koran out of the house – but they didn’t listen,” he said, speaking from the mosque where he’s now taking shelter. We are left with nothing, but no-one seems to care. Every time we go to the police station, they shoo us away.”

It was reported that the women had asked to at least take the Quran out of the home before it was destroyed, but this request was mocked and denied.

The Muslim men, women and children of the region have been left abandoned, homeless, terrified and completely exposed to further attack, with no help coming.

This despicable display of aggression is copied globally, as is the case in Palestine this Ramadan, with the unrelenting killing of Muslims.

This Ummah can only expect more destruction of security and peace of mind at the hands of those that have only deep disgust for the pure values of justice and guardianship. The secular laws of mankind only serve power, greed and the desires of domination. It is only with the return of the Khilafah (Caliphate) that multiple groups of people can live in harmony, as was the case in India under Islamic rule.Our message to the believes is to have patience for the return of the Khilafah and call the rest of the Ummah to aid in this effort. The fake Islamic leaders who watch the evil acts without any effort to rescue the women and children must be accounted for.

Allah (swt) indeed promises those that hold fast to their covenants and oaths to their Aqeedah a great reward and victory in this life and get next, Inshallah.

[لِلْفُقَرَاء الْمُهَاجِرِينَ الَّذِينَ أُخْرِجُوا مِن دِيارِهِمْ وَأَمْوَالِهِمْ يَبْتَغُونَ فَضْلًا مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانًا وَيَنصُرُونَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ أُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الصَّادِقُونَ * وَالَّذِينَ تَبَوَّؤُوا الدَّارَ وَالْإِيمَانَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ يُحِبُّونَ مَنْ هَاجَرَ إِلَيْهِمْ وَلَا يَجِدُونَ فِي صُدُورِهِمْ حَاجَةً مِّمَّا أُوتُوا وَيُؤْثِرُونَ عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ وَلَوْ كَانَ بِهِمْ خَصَاصَةٌ وَمَن يُوقَ شُحَّ نَفْسِهِ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ]

“(Some part is due) to the indigent Muhajirs, those who were expelled from their homes and their property, while seeking Grace from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure, and aiding Allah and His Messenger: such are indeed the sincere ones: But those who before them, had homes (in Medina) and had adopted the Faith,- show their affection to such as came to them for refuge, and entertain no desire in their hearts for things given to the (latter), but give them preference over themselves, even though poverty was their (own lot). And those saved from the covetousness of their own souls,- they are the ones that achieve prosperity.” [Al-Hashr: 8-9].

Imrana Mohammed
Member of the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir