Indians have migrated peaceably to NZ for decades before we opened our borders up, integrating with our culture, education and justice systems nicely, due our shared Commonwealth heritage. And they never tried to force us to accept or participate in their culture or religion, because they understand what it’s like to be on the receiving end of that sort of thing.
For almost a millennia Hindu’s suffered the worst genocides in history with hundreds of millions killed at the hands of the invading Arab jihadi, yet this is not even included in our enlightened education system, let alone commemorated by our media. Not a single mention by our feminists of the rapes of their women and children, or their forced conversions. Nor have Kiwi Hindus ever asked us to make any allowances or remunerations to them for ignoring these atrocities.
We still have Indian families who fled the jihadi movement that created the Pakistan nation decades ago, and more recently families that have fled the attempts of expansion of this Islamic state. The NZ media chooses to ignore these weekly bombings and attacks in the name of the prophet in their home towns.
Yet, in the Newshub story below, the globalist NZ media insist on attempting to get involved in Indian political debates to defend Islamic rights, and at the same time attack some ordinary Kiwi Hindus. These NZ media wilfully misrepresent the Islamic position in the world to take their cheap shots.
Below are some excepts from a speech given by Abu A’la Maududi at the Lahore town hall in 1939, advocating for a separate Islamic State from India for Indian Muslims. If Maududi was wrong, and Islam is solely a peaceful religion to be propagated without physical violence, then the nation of Pakistan should be disbanded, given back to India, and their moslems sent back to the Arabian desert.
If Maududi is correct, then the world is in trouble and needs to consider both Indian history and policy carefully!
Maududi speech from 1939 at the Lahore Town Hall (exerts):
“But from a purely scholastic standpoint when we analyse the causes due to which the red nature of the ‘Holy War for the Cause of God’ has become difficult to understand not only for non-Muslims but Muslims themselves, we discover two major and basic misconceptions. The first misunderstanding is that they consider Islam to be a religion in the conventional sense of the term ‘religion’. The second misconception is that they take Muslims to be a ‘Nation’ in the technical sense of this term. These two misunderstandings have not only mixed up the concept of Jih?d’ but have changed the picture of Islam as a whole and have wholly misrepresented the position of the Muslim people.
“So if Islam be a ‘Religion’ and the Muslims are a ‘Nation’. ‘Jihad’ (on account of which it has been accorded the dignity of ‘The Best of all Prayers’ in Islam) becomes useless term. But the truth is that Islam is not the name of a ‘Religion’, nor is ‘Muslim’ the title of a ‘Nation’. In reality Islam is a revolutionary ideology and programme which seeks to alter the social order of the whole world and rebuild it in conformity with its own tenets and ideals. ‘Muslim’ is the title of that International Revolutionary Party organized by Islam to carry into effect its revolutionary programme. And ‘Jih?d’ refers to that revolutionary struggle and utmost exertion which the Islamic Party brings into play to achieve this objective.
Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a state on the basis of its own ideology and programme, regardless of which nation assumes the role of the standard-bearer of Islam or the rule of which nation is undermined in the process of the establishment of an ideological Islamic State. Islam requires the earth—not just a
portion, but the whole planet…
Islam is not merely a religious creed or compound name for a few forms of worship, but a comprehensive system which envisages to annihilate all tyrannical and evil systems in the world and enforces its own programme of reform which it deems best for the well-being of mankind. Islam addresses its call for effecting this programme of destruction and reconstruction, revolution and reform not just to one nation or a group of people, but to all humanity.
The Holy Qur’an enunciates only one purpose of the genesis of this party and that is:
“You are the best people, raised for mankind, exhorting good and warding off evil and believing in Allah.” (3: 110)
These men who propagate religion are not mere preachers or missionaries, but the functionaries of God, (so that they may be witnesses for the people), and it is their duty to wipe out oppression, mischief, strife, immorality, high handedness and unlawful exploitation from the world by force of arms. It is their objective to shatter the myth of the divinity of demi-gods and false deities and reinstate good in place of evil.
(1) “And fight them until there is no persecution and religion is professed for Allah.” (2: 193).)
(2) “If you do not do (that you are enjoined) there will be mischief in the earth and tremendous disorder”. ( 8: 73)
(3) “He is Who sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth, he may make it dominant over all religions, even if the polytheists resent it”. ( 9: 33)
Hence this party is left with no other choice except to capture State Authority, for an evil system takes root and flourishes under the patronage of an evil government and a pious cultural order can never be established until the authority of Government is wrested from the wicked and transferred into the hands of the reformers. Apart from reforming the world, it becomes impossible for the party itself to act upon its own ideals under an alien state system. No party which believes in the validity and righteousness of its own ideology can live according to its precepts under the rule of a system different from its own. A man who believes in communism cannot order his life on the principles of communism while in England or America, for the capitalistic state system will bear down on him with all its power and it will he quite impossible for him to escape the retribution of the ruling authority. Likewise, it is impossible for a Muslim to succeed in his intention of observing the Islamic pattern of life under the authority of a non-Islamic system of government. All rules which he considers wrong; all taxes that he deems unlawful; all matters which he believes to be evil; the civilization and way of life which, in his view, are wicked; the education system which seems to him as fatal…
(Maududi speech compliments Dr Zain Ali.)
Opinion: India’s ugly Hindu Islamophobia arrives in New Zealand
By Shahid S for The Spinoff
OPINION: As a rising Hindu nationalism exerts itself in India, online Indian communities in New Zealand are also seeing a growth in Islamophobic sentiment.
It was the scariest night of his life.
Mohammad still remembers hiding in a shallow ditch with his family. He remembers covering his one-year-old brother’s mouth each time the toddler cried out of fear. Just metres away his home was in flames. A furious mob with burning torches was looking for them – or any Muslim they could set alight.
The year was 2002 and the city was Gujarat, India. Mohammad and his family survived the bloody riots that claimed the lives of nearly 5,000 civilians. India was never the same again, Mohammad says.
An engineer by profession, he couldn’t get a job because no one wanted to hire a Muslim. So, he decided to move, first to Europe and then eventually to New Zealand.
But he could never escape Islamophobia.
On March 15 last year, he lost his cousin in the Christchurch mosque attacks; he was a young man who had just become a dad.
Mohammad was still reeling from the shock when, just months after the Christchurch shootings, he started experiencing a form of prejudice he didn’t think existed in Aotearoa. Indian immigrants, fuelled by recent political developments in their home country, started targeting Muslims with anti-Islamic posts in New Zealand based Facebook groups.
Memes poking fun at women in hijab, posts suggesting Muslims migrate to western countries only to take them over, comments calling Islam a “cancer”, asking Kiwi Muslims to return to where they came from, praising China for its treatment of Uighurs and even support for Hannah Tamaki’s call to ban mosques.
I’ve seen these posts. They’re not just offensive, but also disturbingly close to home, because these Islamophobes live in New Zealand. And in a small society like ours, it’s only too easy to find and harass those who speak out – which is why this piece is written by a migrant Muslim under a pen name, and Mohammad’s name has been changed.
The surge in anti-Islam sentiment started thousands of kilometres away from New Zealand, with the introduction in India of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and a proposed National Register for Citizens (NRC).
The act grants Indian citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries – except Muslims
The proposed national register aims to document all legal citizens of India so those in the country unlawfully can be deported. For most of those whose homes were destroyed in incidents like the Gujarat riots, producing these documents is impossible: one of them is Mohammad’s sister, a woman who was born in India and has spent her entire life there.
There have been protests around the world, including New Zealand, against the CAA and NRC for their discrimination against Muslims. In New Zealand this seems to have incensed Kiwi Indian supporters of the hard right BJP-led government that introduced the law.
The uproar over the new laws has fomented a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment among some factions of the Indian community in New Zealand. At present it appears confined to social media, but it may be only a matter of time before it spills beyond the internet, says Radhika Reddy, a queer trans woman of Muslim heritage who actively campaigns against India’s anti-democratic laws.
Currently, Indian anti-Islam groups in New Zealand are in their formative stages, she says, but once they become more organised, there’s a danger they will do palpable damage to the local Muslim community and other minorities.
Reddy says the New Zealand public hasn’t yet grasped just how brutal the Indian government’s treatment of its Muslim minority is becoming. If the public was better informed, the Indian cricket team currently touring the country would be received not with cheers, she argues, but with protests.
Kiwi Indian writer and filmmaker Dr Sapna Samant says she is not surprised Indian Muslims are being targeted by Hindu immigrants. A self-professed “proud and liberal” Hindu, she says members of the Indian community feel there is substantial risk standing up against the anti-Muslim stance of the Indian government.
Samant says the emergence of Islamophobia among some Kiwi Hindu immigrants is fuelled by the views of the BJP government in India. Many of them are followers of the ideology known as Hindutva, which preaches purity and homogeneity, strict hierarchies and ethnic nationalism. Hindutava’s violent espousal of the cultural and religious superiority of Hindus has been described by some experts and academics as fascist – a characterisation they deny.
Samant says it is easy to ignore Hindutva in New Zealand because it’s hidden under a “cultural garb”. But once you know it’s there, it’s hard to miss, she says.
“You will see it in how Indians treat each other, you will see how [Kiwi] Indian organisations are exclusively upper-caste Hindu male-dominated so they can shape the discourse of the community.”
It is this institutional power that gives free rein to the Islamophobia that is so common in online Indian communities, and which so shocked Mohammad.
“It is useless trying to logic with these people,” he says. “They hate us. Nowhere is safe.”
In the course of writing this article, I contacted one of the people writing anti-Islam posts on Facebook to ask for comment. In response I received messages full of hatred for Muslims, expressing ideas about the elimination of Muslims that were strikingly similar to those contained in the alleged Christchurch terrorist’s manifesto.
Islamophobia in New Zealand was not born with Christchurch terror, but it seems to be growing stronger in its wake.
Hatred like that takes decades to breed. It starts with keyboard warriors who test the waters with provocative posts, and it becomes stronger when authorities ignore red flags.
We already know Muslim leaders had been warning authorities about rising intolerance and discrimination for years before March 15. The first anniversary of the Christchurch attacks is just weeks away and we’ll hear phrases like “you are us” once again.
But it’s also important to know the government is working to make New Zealand a safe place. And for the Indian Muslim community at least, that will require more than just messages of solidarity.