One trait that Hindus can learn from Muslims is that they don’t take any fight lightly or half-hearted way. Even if they lie low for a while when things go against them, they are confident of the ultimate victory. A Popular Front ideologue once said in a TV panel discussion: “Whatever be the number of Hindus, Muslims will have the final victory because they have the truth with them.” You ask any Muslim – literate or illiterate, rich or poor – they will reiterate the same statement.
Since they have no confusion, they are always prepared for a fight and they will fight to the finish. Recollecting his experience during a communal riot, a Delhi Police constable once said: “In a few minutes, frenzied Muslim youths sporting skull caps, armed to teeth, flooded the streets. Where were they hiding all these weapons all these years? Even children were carrying swords.”
A political commentator in a private conversation told me how he was flabbergasted when his close Muslim friend, during his school days, told him that if there was a clash, he would kill him. And from an Islamic standpoint, to kill a kafir is a religious duty. So there is no room for any qualms or confusion.
Bhagwan Krishan tells in Bhagawat Gita:
Samsayatma vinashyati (a confused soul perishes).
History of losses
Let’s face it: Seldom have Hindus won in a battle where the two communities have locked in a straight fight – even in a legal battle. I am not talking about our fights in the past. Even if we had one in some battles, what was the final outcome? There may be many people who would dispute my claim.
Let’s take a look at some of the recent cases:
Ram Janmabhumi Case: After 500 years of fight – military and legal – we won: but the victory has come on crutches. Imagine if Karsevaks have not demolished the disputed structure, we could have fought for another thousand years without any conclusion. Former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao had once told a BJP politician: “By demolishing the structure, you have killed a hot political issue for the next 15 years.”
Akhila-Hadia case: The seriousness with which the Muslims fought the case in Supreme Court is noteworthy. There were prayer meetings in mosques, crores of rupees were collected, engaged the best of lawyers to fight the case. There was no dearth of funds: Popular Front created a mass hysteria over the issue.
Hindu side was struggling for rake in sufficient money to fight the case. Some of those who were very critical of love jihad/conversion used to dismissively say: “let her go.” Some Hindus blamed her father’s past karma (he was an atheist) to the situation.
Siddique Kappan case: Many Hindus may dispute that the case has nothing to do with the religion. But for Muslims, the bail to Siddique Kappan is a slap on the face of Chief Minister Yogi. At least this is what was heard in Malayalam TV channel discussions. In this case also, eminent advocates appeared for Kappan.
Hijab case: In the hijab case also, the outcome won’t be different.
Muslims take their fight seriously and passionately. As an Egyptian Islamic scholar said: “Don’t think only physical fight is jihad. Any form of fight for the cause of Islam is jihad.” When a Pakistani cricketer said about namaz in the cricket field, he meant exactly this: Namaz is also a weapon. They know how to sugar coat it when the situation is not conducive. Remember what Arfa Khannum Sherwani said: “Make your agitation inclusive without compromising on your ideology till the time the time is conducive.” This is Al Taqiyya and it is permissible in Islam.