Will Islam convert itself?

· Date:November 3, 2006

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François Gautier
, born in Paris in 1950, is a French journalist and writer, who was for eight years the political correspondent in India and South Asia for ” Le Figaro ” and now works for Ouest-France, the largest circulation daily (I million copies) in France and LCI, France’s 24 hour TV news channel. François Gautier has written several books: Un autre Regard sur l’Inde” (Editions du Tricorne, Geneva-Paris),which has been reprinted twice since; “Arise O India” (Har Anand) 1999, “A Western journalist on India” (Har-Anand 2001), “India’s Self Denial (Editions Auroville Press, 2001) and “Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a guru of Joy” (India Today Book Club, 2002).He is married to Namrita, an Indian and has lived in India for the past 33 years. Francois, who presently writes the “French Connection” column in the Pioneer and contributes regularly to Rediff.com, shuttles between Delhi and the international city of Auroville near Pondichery.

The recent bombings of the Western Railway system in Mumbai have once again  thrown up the same question: Is it possible to dialogue with today¹s Islam ?Does it listen to reason ? Does plain logic work ? Will it ever stop killing innocent people in the name of God ?     Take these bombings for instance:  do they really make sense ?

Here you have a Central Government which is heavily pro-Muslim, making sure that a number of Muslims are appointed in top posts, endeavouring to carve a  sizable chunk of reservations for Muslims, as seen in Andra Pradesh and constantly pandering to India¹s Muslim minority. The bombings also happen in Maharashtra, a state governed by the Congress, where many Muslims live and  work, the financial capital of India, whose prosperity benefits all, including Muslims.The same illogical strain seems to have got hold of the Government of India,whether it is BJP or Congress ruled. We keep hearing that those blasts, in Delhi, Vanarasi or Mumbai,are the work of the ISI of Pakistan or Bangladeshi  extremists. But what they don’t say is that it would be impossible for these people to function unless they have a lot of ground sympathy amongst local Indian Muslims.

And the question has to be asked again: why should Indian Muslims go against their own Government, which has done so much for them since Independence ? Why should Indian Muslims target India, a country where they have more freedom than in say Pakistan, or Saudi Arabia ?Every time also, the Government comes out with the same litany: these acts are meant to create  communal violence, be peaceful, don’t react Which basically means,  You Hindus (who are targeted), keep quiet and get   killed. Who cares anyway?

And a few months later, another blast takes the lives of a few more innocent Hindus. But how long Will the Hindus keep quiet? This is the question that the Indian Government has to ask itself. Gujarat has   paved the way: However reprehensible these acts of mass vengeance were, they have  shown that Hindus keep quiet for a long time: they get riled at, they are made fun of, they are despised, their women raped, men  killed, children burnt in trains and one day they blow up – and blow up badly. Riots   don’t erupt in a few days: they are the fruit of decades, of generations  even, of suppressed anger, of frustration, of a silent majority which sees itself more and more marginalized and taken for granted.

Yes, we do occasionally come across wonderful Muslims, open, friendly, who have somehow preserved the knowledge that all religions are the same, that Islam in India owes a lot to the tolerance of Indians, that Hinduism, yoga,meditation and pranayama,are India’s gifts to the world and can be
 practiced by Muslims, Christians and Hindus alike.

I have personally met quite a few of them, within the Art Of Living Family, for example. But   they are such rarities. And even those educated Muslims, whom you can talk to, will not go as far as criticizing the Koran.

Look at Javed Akhtar’s poetic tearjerker on the Bombay blasts (As a human being, I shudder to think how can my fellow humans do something so heinous? Are these terrorists made of flesh and blood? Do they laugh and cry like us?). Not once Akhtar, who  has  made a favourite pastime of deriding Hindu Gurus, said that all these crimes are committed in the name of Islam and the Koran, his religion and his scriptures.

So will Islam ultimately convert itself? Because the problem is not with Muslims, but with the Koran. Will it, instead of feeling totally aranoiac,thinking that it is under attack everywhere, whether it is Palestine,  Chechnya, Kashmir, or France, realize that it is actually Islam which is the aggressor all over the world, that Muslims who have settled in France or India, or the UK, and which these countries have sincerely accepted,   giving them citizenship and the same rights as any French, Indian or German citizens, are actually biting the hand that fed them ?

Will the mullahs of Islam accept to sit down and reform the Koran, which is a perfectly  acceptable scripture for the Middle ages,when mentalities were very different, but which today still propagates an aggressive, exclusive, and dangerous zeal in its children?This is what we are all hoping for. This is what most Western leaders secretly crave for, when they go out of their way to praise and favour the  moderate Muslims of their country.
This is what spiritual leaders like His  Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar are attempting,with a certain amount of success, by speaking to Muslim leaders, fostering ties in Muslim countries such as Iraq or Afghanistan, or reforming Kashmiri terrorists through  meditation.

Unfortunately, time is running out. Muslims in India and elsewhere in the world do not understand is that we are slowly losing our innocence. At the moment, Islam still benefits from the sympathy of the media, which constantly negates Islamic fundamentalism, making a hero  for instance   of the Chechen warlord Shamil Bassayev,recently killed, who organized the gruesome massacre of hundreds of children in Beslan and a villain of Vladimir Putin (or a hero of Sadddam Hussain and a monster of Bush) but it is slowly losing that sympathy. Sooner or later nearly the entire world will wage a war against Islam, from Europe to China, from the Ural to Pakistan. There will also come a time, which is not very far, where everybody will become wary of anything Islamic. Anyone looking slightly Muslim, in a plane,in a train, in a shopping mall, will be looked upon suspiciously. Anybody  with a Muslim name will have problems entering any country. Those who have Muslim friends will quietly stop seeing them or find some excuses not to meet them. It is already happening.

Muslims will cry themselves hoarse and speak of persecution. But they will have only themselves to blame: they did not speak up as a community when innocents all over the world were killed in  the name of their religion . And this may be the way Islam will slowly disappear. Muslims with a little common sense,or just maybe with a sense of survival, will start changing their names quietly, they will stop going to the Mosque, they will send their children to Christian or Hindu schools. Governments will clamp down so hard on their own Muslims, there will be so many restrictions on them, that entire families, will move out of the Muslim enclaves you find all over the world, to
resettle elsewhere.

Jehadis facing certain death even if they are not suicide bombers, will melt back in civilian life. Muslims will slowly lose faith in the righteousness and the power of their own religion, become atheists, or even embrace back Hinduism, as 90% of Muslims in India are Hindu converts. It may take a few decades, a hundred years even, But Islam will surely disappear in the alleys of history and what look now like menacing, dangerous, foreboding force will be looked upon as just another religion that came and passed away…..  Unless Islam converts itself.  

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  1. Bharatkumar Reply

    November 7, 2006 at 3:03 am

    Re: Will Islam convert itself?
    Really it’s an eye opener article for Muslims… who needs to think about what has been written in their holy book Koran…
    It’s high time for the same….if they were not able to do it now, things will happen as expressed by the writer…
    finally I wanted to congratulate writer for his wonderfull article.. 5

  2. Kiran Kapoor Reply

    November 19, 2006 at 12:25 am

    Re: Will Islam convert itself?
    The artical should be given national concern. Only one note to the moderator of this site- pls check the SEND button of e-mail option as there is no send button there. 5

  3. vijay Reply

    November 24, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    Re: Will Islam convert itself?
    Every body who is consonered about hindu religion must appreciate the writer for this article.Even though he belongs to different religion the thoughts he expressed are really revolutionary.I request fellow Hindus to make efforts to publish in most of the popular dailies so that everyone can read this article and get inspiration. 5

  4. Nusrat Ali Reply

    March 7, 2007 at 11:35 am

    Re: Will Islam convert itself?
    Hard shell of islam has started cracking from within. A greate website of 100 wellthinking muslims has come up with a motto of liberating muslims from the evile clutches of Islam and Koran and Mohammad printed on the top of home page of thiere site ie faithfreedom.org. There are many more such sites run by ex-muslims which supports the veiws of Mr.Francois Gautier.Some daring and truth loving intellectual muslims are coming out boldly and criticising Koran and Islam.
    Still I am doubtfull because odinary muslim fears from Koran,Hadith Mulla and Moulvi and from the curse of Mohd.and his Umma. India cannot liberate muslims it is only west who can release muslims from evil clutches of Islam and Koran.
    but ihave a greate hope from sh gautier as he is a greate thinker and scholar May God give wisdom to muslims to leave islam as soon as possible and save theire coming generations from darkness & suffocation. 5

  5. sandeep sukumar Reply

    March 13, 2007 at 8:40 am

    Re: Will Islam convert itself?
    The only way India can survive Islamic onslaught is forcible re-conversion of muslims into Hindus. Actually I said re-conversion because all muslims were Hindus in the past and they would be only be coming back to their true religion which is Hinduism. 5

  6. manu Reply

    August 4, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    Re: Will Islam convert itself?
    François Gautier IN FUTURE.


  7. Kabiran Reply

    September 26, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Re: Will Islam convert itself?

    Hindu brothers, see this site on why the Muslims are desperate and dare to be violent: http://www.news.faithfreedom.org/index.php?name=Sections&req=viewarticle&artid=3&page=1
    The write is surely seeing the future and is reflected well by Ali Sinna.
    Our Sanathan Dharma propagates AHIMSA and this is entrenched in our genetic material.

    We need to unite but Satyameva Jayate Truth will Prevail.

    Kabiran 5

  8. Sania Reply

    September 10, 2008 at 4:15 am

    Please visit http://www.irf.net 5

  9. nisar Reply

    June 12, 2009 at 8:47 am

    islam the altimate truth
    sir i read the article but all who have said against islam is ignorent about islam and there wone religion quran never tell to kill any one teriresam has no religion even hindus chirshition have killed inocent people ISLAM is growing faster every religion preches about one god and coming of the last prophet first study khorn and the hadith and coment it is the coment from allaha that islam will prevel all over the world and on all religion islam means submision your self to god almighity it is the altimate truth and as u mentioned muslim will lose faith in islam then why so many people in america uk india and oter part of the world embracing islam why are the living hinuisam cristhanity they are not un educated even ur sri sri ravi shankar admited that islam is true religion and u mentioned yoga is best namaz is the best meditation than yoga because we do namaz 5 times aday 5

  10. TN Ramachandran Nair Reply

    June 13, 2009 at 5:23 am

    The Hindus and Muslims lived in perfect harmony though Muslims came as invaders. The cunning politicians desired to keep them apart for sharing power and creating eternal enemity. It is for the sensible guys to see the game and never allow them to proliferate. Calling Hindus communal and doling out favours to non-hindus are the order of the day. 5

  11. Gopal Reply

    August 20, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Mohd. prophet didn’t preach jihad. Even he was against animal killing and meat eating. But, once holy Quran went into the hands of demoniac people, it changed it’s message. Now they teach only hatred. Cut the throats of innocent animals only half and enjoy it’s painful death. Do you expect God to teach violence. No chance, God preaches only mercy and love. Jesus told “Though shall not kill”. But his followers are very cruel. Even so called hindus also eat meat. First stop animal killing, become human beings first. In this world language of hatred is easy to preach, not love and service. Everybody has to suffer for his sins. Everywhere draught, tsunami, earthquake etc. Still people think they are making God happy by doing nonsense. In PAkistan lakhs of people killed in earth quake. Why God punishes his own children, if he is good. Simple logic. But, if they become demons and exploit all creatures, natural calamities will come. Only God can save us. Kerala is the most degraded state in terms of animal slaughter. 5

  12. Janma Reply

    August 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    AVOID spreading mis conception.
    Whos is behind this? and what is their aim?

    “Anyone looking slightly Muslim, in a plane,in a train, in a shopping mall, will be looked upon suspiciously….” And this may be the way Islam will slowly disappear

    AVOID spreading mis conception. Keep harmony amoung human beings….

    http://janmabhoomivayana.blogspot.com/ 5

  13. Gopal Reply

    August 23, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    To Nisar
    Nisar is telling that so many people are embrassing Islam. That is true. And also so many hindus are becoming athiests and going away from vedas. The reason is simple. “Kalau soodra sambhavaha”. Whoever takes birth in kaliyuga is a soodra. He must be having all the wonderful qualities like lust, anger, greed, pride and envy invariably. Purpose of human life is to purify our existance which is not available in animal form. But people normally in kaliyuga addicted to sinful life. People will be happy if somebody tells that their sinful life is approved by God. That is what happening in case of all the so called religions. Every so called hindu addicted to meat eating an he will take shelter of so called babas and swamijis. There are so many false shelters available for so called hindus. And also misguided by foolish cow killing scietists, most of the hindus became athiests. Take christianity. “Though shall not kill” was the commandment given by Jesus. But once went into the hands of sinful rascals, it changed it’s shape. Now millions of sinful hindus accepted christianity. In the name of Islam, people are committing all kinds of sins. They cut the throats of innocent creatures to half and enjoy it’s suffering. They can rape inside masjid also. They can kill kids and men cruelly. Mohd. Prophet’s pure preachings were distorted. So all the cruel souls will embrass Islam. For muslims there is no need to convert to christianity to lead sinful life. All ready they feel that they got the approval from Allah to lead sinful life. But, poor hindus are not having the approval from God to lead sinful life. So they are embrassing christianity to eat meat and do all the nonsense. If these so called hindus wants to commit futher sins like raping innocent women, killing kids and men, then they may embrass Islam. It is not that i am against Prophet and Jesus. “Don’t hate the sinner, hate the sin”. The sins committed by present so called hindus, muslims and christians are horrible. 5

  14. Mohammed Salih Reply

    April 27, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Islam – Misinterpreted Religion
    I’m very sorry to read this article.All the sinful things done by so called Muslims (Really they are not)are going towards a great and latest reliogion. All the bad things happening in the world in the name of Terrorism is not for Islam. It’s only for their own goals and monetary benefits. Nowadays terrorism is totally money matters. Unfortunately, so called muslim youths are behind this horrible activity for their own needs.George Bernard Shaw has said ‘Islam is the best religion but the Muslims are the worst followers’. So blaming such a great religion by seeing the activities of so called muslims is not acceptable. Islam is the one and only religion which brought compolsary “Zakat” system (The man who has money is liable to give a portion from his belongings to who doesnt have it). It’s compulsory for all Muslims. It’s the right of who doesnt have the money. Quran says, the man who is having food lavishly while his neihbour having poverty, is not belongs to Islam. So how Islam can urge to take the life of somebody. Islam is the only religion it shows it’s socialism by it’s five times prayer. During prayer, the king and the beggar will share one line with shoulder to shoulder. If king is late for the prayer while beggar is performing it, the king has to follow the beggar. Islam is misinterpreted religion by it’s worst followers as Mr. Bernad Shaw stated. But the values which Islam brought in front of the world is unforgettable. Even in India, the ‘Mohgul’ contribution in the fields of cultural and architectural is quite outstanding. ‘Taj Mahal’, Qut Ub Minar, Red Fort (Where our President receive slaute during republic day celebrations). The conribution in cultural activities are also outstanding. The legends in Indian Cinema and one and only oscar winners of India (A.R Rahman & Rasul pookuty) are the some of its examples. So India is a democratic country where all the religion has it’s own rites & contributions. So the writer please dont neglect these realities. 5

  15. Common man Reply

    April 30, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Common man’s Voice, Still there…..
    My dear friends, if Hindus and Muslims start cticising against each other, they both have their own points to state, even though there are no derivatives of words like Jihad for Hindus actions. It is not even stated as terrorism. In Bombay when the Hindu – Muslim riot originated , they fought with each other, tit for tat. But when Muslims fought, it was termed as terrorism and when Hindus fought its termed as fight against terrorism. After that nobody was interested in investigating against the reason for this, everybody counted just the action by muslims. But reality is that, in India the common man’s fight is against poverty, bribery, terrorism of any religion. They are already over laoded with price rise, inflation like matters. Who ever is the author of this, dont try to demolish the unity of Indian people which ofcourse had problems but healing very fast. And the web site owners, stop publishing these kind of articles. You are doing harm for the peace of the nation. Both the author and web site owners, please note, there are lot of peace oriented, educated people in India. Dont do these things for your publicity or existence. Do not entertain people like this author. As the name suggest publish some good things about Hinduism and Kerala which you will get plenty in God Own Country. 5

  16. Muneer Reply

    May 1, 2010 at 4:49 am

    what is jihad?
    What is Jihad?
    Islamic Holy War? Muslims Killing Jews & Christians and Hindus?
    That is what we are told – by the western media. But what is the real truth behind this word JIHAD?
    Jihad Explained
    by Dr. Amir Ali, Ph.D. (May Allah have Mercy on him)
    In the linguistic sense, the Arabic word “jihad” means struggling or striving and applies to any effort exerted by anyone. In this sense, a student struggles and strives to get an education and pass course work; an employee strives to fulfill his/her job and maintain good relations with his/her employer; a politician strives to maintain or increase his [1] popularity with his constituents and so on. The term strive or struggle may be used for/by Muslims as well as non-Muslims; for example, Allah, the One and Only True God says in the Quran:
    “We have enjoined on people kindness to parents; but if they STRIVE (Jahadaka) to make you ascribe partners with Me that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not…” [Noble Quran 29:8; also see 31:15]
    In the above two verses of the Quran, it is non-Muslim parents who strive (Jahadaka) to convert their Muslim child back to their religion.
    In the West, “jihad” is generally translated as “holy war,” a usage the media has popularized. According to Islamic teachings, it is UNHOLY to instigate or start war; however, some wars are inevitable and justifiable. If we translate the words “holy war” back into Arabic, we find “Harbun Muqaddasatu,” or for “the holy war,” “Al-Harbu Al-Muqaddasatu.” WE CHALLENGE any researcher or scholar to find the meaning of “jihad” as holy war in the Quran or authentic Hadith collections or in early Islamic literature. Unfortunately, some Muslim writers and translators of the Quran, the Hadith and other Islamic literature translate the term “jihad” as “holy war,” due to the influence of centuries-old Western propaganda. This could be a reflection of the Christian use of the term “Holy War” to refer to the Crusades of a thousand years ago. 5

  17. Sahih Muslim Reply

    September 5, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Islam’s Dilemma today
    Muslims have suffered from an unnatural and consistent indoctrination into islamic supremacy and no-muslim hatred for over 1400 years. Muslim culture has deprived them for many centuries from loving all of humanity as equals, through intense religious indoctrination resulting in self-imposed isolation and non-integration with other cultures. This isolation and jihad against non-Muslims has become increasingly difficult to maintain the message of love among human beings. Muslims everywhere are trying desperately to save face, reform Islam’s image and deny the undeniable. While they are telling the world Islam is a religion of peace, they still want to continue with the jihad against non-Muslims. To play his sick game, Muslim culture must live a dysfunctional double life where everyone is deceived, including themselves. Thus to do the kind of jihad that Bin Laden, Ahmadinejad, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Assad, Nasser, Saudi jihadists etc, do and which is dictated by Sharia, muslims find it hard to be honest. Thus, muslims must claim victimhood in order to justify jihad.
    Under Islamic law, non-Muslim countries are never equal to Muslim countries and actually their sovereignty as a non-Muslim nation must always be challenged by Islamic jihad. Islamic law codified jihad as a permanent tool of war with non-Muslims to establish Mohammed’s religion. Muslims thus have to use Taquiyya, lies, to legitimize their aggression on non-muslims. This is not something new. it started in the 7th century, when the prophet Mohammed accused the Jews of treason to justify killing and expelling them and taking over their wealth. To explain this away, he stated that Jews are worthy of this treatment since they are the descendants of apes, pigs and enemies of Allah.
    The Muslim mind was trained to never venture outside of the box of Islamic superiority, and that prevented them from treating the rest of humanity as equals. 5

  18. Sahih Muslim Reply

    September 5, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Islam’s Dilemma today_Continued
    It is alien to Muslim preachers today to preach love to all of humanity and wishing non-Muslims the same human rights as Muslims. Thinking of them as equals, is an act of treason to Islam itself and even worse. It is as though the whole religion of Islam is dedicated to hating and killing.
    After centuries of this kind of education, the Muslim world produced a dysfunctional society, unable to relate to the rest of the world. While wanting to convince the world they are a religion of peace, do not be afraid of Islam, they are still hell-bent on conquering the world for Islam. That is Islam’s dilemma today.
    What kind of God will tell his followers to kill more than half of humanity if they don’t submit to Islam? The Muslim world today is a disaster waiting to happen.
    To Muslims the life on earth will not get them happiness and the only escape from such misery is the everlasting happiness in the pleasures of Allah’s paradise after dying in jihad. Muslim rejection of life on earth is not a coincidence: since jihad does not value life, then it must value death. The rejection of peace has detrimental consequences to the healthy functioning of the muslim personality, family, society and the whole religion. Muslims never respected other religions holy cites and always claimed them to Islam; even Spain and India are being claimed as Muslim land. It was the tradition of Muslim conquerors to convert churches(Arabia and East Europe) and temples(in Inida) to mosques and that is exactly what happened to the Jewish Temple Mount when 100 years after the prophet Mohammed died, Muslim conquerors built the mosque right on top of it. Just imagine if Jews or Christians had built a temple on top of the Kaaba in Mecca.


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