Speaking at a function in Kolkota to mark 200 years of the Bengali translation of the Quran, the Minister for External Affairs of India, Mr. Pranab Kumar Mukherjee assailed the use of the adjective Islamic to describe terrorism around the globe:
Not only is this expression Islamic terrorism unacceptable, there should be protest against it. Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.[emphasis mine]
Spoken as a truly street-smart Kolkota politician, I guess! Let's leave aside for a moment, the reasonableness of Mr. Mukherjee's objection to the use of the term "Islamic terrorism". There should be protest? What kind of protest? The kind that Kolkata witnessed 13 months ago, when a band of mainly Muslim thugs took to the streets, demanding the expulsion of Taslima Nasreen, and the army had to be called to control the situation?
Or, perhaps, the senior minister of the world's largest
secular democracy wishes to stoke the fire a bit more, à la the violence that followed the Danish cartoon controversy?
Now, let's return to Mr. Mukherjee's main objection:
Challenging those who described Islam as a religion of fundamentalists, Mukherjee asked them to show which part of the Holy Book encouraged fundamentalism.
Considering that the learned minister was invited to speak at a function relating to the Quran, I don't suppose he needs a refresher course on the commandments of what he calls "the religion of peace and compassion". Nevertheless, here are a few Quranic verses that may enlighten him on the etymology of the phrase "Islamic Terrorism":
2:191- “And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.”
5:82- "Certainly you will find the most violent of people in enmity for those who believe (to be) the Jews and those who are polytheists,"
8:12- “When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”
8:17— "So you did not slay them, but it was Allah Who slew them, and you did not smite when you smote (the enemy), but it was Allah Who smote, and that He might confer upon the believers a good gift from Himself; surely Allah is Hearing, Knowing."
9:5- So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
9:29- "Fight those who do not believe in God and the last day... and fight People of the Book, (Christian and Jews) who do not accept the religion of truth (Islam) until they pay tribute (Zizziya tax) by hand, being inferior.”
9:123- “O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness; and know that Allah is with those who guard (against evil).”
47:4- "So when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make (them) prisoners, and afterwards either set them free as a favor or let them ransom (themselves) until the war terminates. That (shall be so); and if Allah had pleased He would certainly have exacted what is due from them, but that He may try some of you by means of others; and (as for) those who are slain in the way of Allah, He will by no means allow their deeds to perish.”
48:6: "And (that) He may punish the hypocritical men and the hypocritical women, and the polytheistic men and the polytheistic women, the entertainers of evil thoughts about Allah. On them is the evil turn, and Allah is wroth with them and has cursed them and prepared hell for them, and evil is the resort."
98:6: "Surely those who disbelieve from among the followers of the Book and the polytheists shall be in the fire of hell, abiding therein; they are the worst of men."
Lest Mr. Mukherjee should dismiss these as quotes from a self-serving translation of the Quran by M. H. Shakir of Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, Inc., or a mischievous interpretation of what actually are chants of peace and joy for all, for an added measure I'll quote what Syed Kamran Mirza, a columnist from Bangladesh, has to say about "the religion of peace and compassion":
Big question: is the beheading Islamic?
Yes, beheading is, of course, an Islamic justice to the infidels, criminals, and sinners. This cruel way of killing infidels is sanctioned by Islamic Sharia laws...
Islamists are not ready to take the burden of ugly reality of the fact that human beheading is 100% consistent with the sacred Islamic Jihadi practices. Hatreds towards other religion such as Jews, Christians, Hindus and other polytheists are the ardent teachings of Islamic holy book Quran. Beheading was practiced by the Prophet Muhammad himself during the 7th century period of Islam and by the most Islamic rulers thereafter.
I wish Mr. Mukherjee the best in his efforts to secure the borders of India against the Army of the Pure [Lashkar-e-Taiba] and its state sponsor, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, who have been commanded by none other than their prophet, Muhammad, to restore the glory of Islam over the land of the infidels!