The Quran Taught Me The Wrong Things
by Abdur Rahman
For the past three weeks I conducted an online research on Ansar Al Islam. Let us not discuss what I found in that brief excursion. In one word it is indescribable. The book which enable such feelings in me is called “Unmukto Torbari”. I have now grown apathetic towards religion after reading all this, the very same religion which I have followed till today and the one which my parents have followed, where my respected grandfather was a religious speaker himself.
My belief that I had built up within me is now crashing down like a house of cards. Who do I explain this grief to? As if faith is challenging me to either maintain belief or be humane. And I really do not have an answer to the documents I have come across in Ansar Al Islam’s book with references from the Quran and Hadith no less. I write this with stabbing regret and emptiness within me.
In their book they have clearly stated that they will not submit to man-made (Taguti) laws or democracy and that they will destroy them. They will destroy them and establish Khilafat (caliphate). They will form the laws from relevant and compatible ideals found in the Quran and Hadith and they will do that in Bangladeshi soil.
Quoting Hadith number 4039 of the Bukhari Sharif as an example on their book “Unmukto Torobari”, they have discussed how the Prophet himself formed a sleeper cell placing Abdullah Ibne Atiq in the lead, and dispatched it to kill Abu Rafey the Jew. Apart from that Ansar Al Islam can be found describing atleast 5/6 murders including how the likes of Ibne Khatal, Kahb Ibne Ashraf, Abu Afaq were killed under orders from the Prophet, or a blind Sahabi killed his slave under orders from the prophet. They have also talked about how anyone who would criticise the Prophet or say anything unsavoury about him would be murdered.
But it is worth mentioning that I have found severe inconsistencies in the description of the Hadith in question here. If we consider the murder of Rafey or the events leading up to the event from a logical standpoint, we would realize that they come across as blandly fake to a certain extent. Now if that is indeed the case we would have to re-label a Sahi Hadith (correct Hadith) as a false one. But should we be doing that?
Furthermore on “Unmukto Torobari”, Hadith number 4363 of the Abu Daud Hadith book describes how a blind Sahaba killed his own slave under orders from the Prophet. And the only crime the slave committed was that she made fun of the Prophet. And that is the only reason the Sahaba murdered that woman. That murder quite pleased the Prophet and he announced that the victim of the murder, the woman’s blood is of no value. Apart from that on Bukhari Hadith number 1846 we will find that Ibne Khatal was killed because he sang a song derogating the Prophet. Despite Ibne Khatal’s desperate attempt to save himself my holding on to the Kaba’s gilaf (huge piece of cloth covering the entire Kaba Sharif), the Prophet ordered him to be killed in that state anyway.
By referring to several verses inside the Surah’s of the Holy Quran such as Surah Touba, Surah Ahzab and Surah Bakarah, Ansar Al Islam have clearly demonstrated that those who’ve raised doubts or criticised the Prophet, the Rasuls or Allah in general, there is only one “Jla” that awaits them and that is “Zievex”.
Ansar Al Islam has further informed that the Muslims/alems who claim that the biggest jihad one has to partake in is against himself, his tendencies to commit sins, and his bad habits, they are the biggest “Iblish” (disciples of Satan) of all. According to Ansar these are all worthless things. Islam will have to be established with the sharp edge of a sword. And direct exchange of blows is what Jihad truly is. And Ansar have made it absolutely clear that those who seek peaceful jihad, shall be chopped down without question.
I have cross checked the excerpts from the Hadiths and verses of the Quran used in this book. I have found undeniable truth to the fact that the Great Prophet’s critics would often be murdered via sleeper cells and at times one of his disciples would go do the job. And the Hadith mentioned in Bukhari, Muslim and other sources are also 100% the same.
The only difference I could find was in a waz (mass Muslim gathering and consequent Islamic discussions) conducted by one of Ansar Al Islam’s leaders, Joshimuddin Rahmani. In said waz whilst discussing verse no. 36 of Surah Nahal and verse no. 256 of Surah Bakarah, Joshimuddin can be found completely ignoring the meanings or indications expressed in those aforementioned verses, and declaring to his disciples that those verses explicitly mean that you have to commit Jihad, you have to destroy the man made human laws and establish Islamic law.
Alongside that, in this waz Rahmani also clearly mentioned that Bangladesh Parliament has to be burned down, the 330 seat rule has to be crushed completely and Islamic caliphate has to be established otherwise no one here is a Muslim.
Citing Bukhari 3017, 6922, Abu Daud 4353, Tirmizi 1458, Nasayi 4070 on their book “Unmukto Totorbari” (contributed upon by Joshimuddin Rahmani), Ansar Al Islam have mentioned that if anyone thinks of quitting their religion (referring to Islam of course) then they should be murdered. I have searched Hadith no. 3017 of Bukhari in English on the internet, and have found it to be true.
In the same book it has been mentioned that according to Hadith no. 6632 of the Bukhari Sharif, Shaba Ali (Ra:) once told the Prophet that he loves him more than everything else apart from his life. In answer to that the Prophet told him that if he wants to be a true believer then he has to love the prophet more than himself. To which Ali relied the he loves the Prophet more than himself. And the Prophet in turn told him now you are a true believer. After going through this section I found out that I will never be a true believer unless I love the Prophet more than myself.
After reading this book I understood why these groups are dividing themselves into small groups in order to kill all those bloggers, writers, teachers, magazine editors. They have been following the way Abu Rafey was killed during the Prophet’s reign. When it comes to the method in question, it starts with a group of 4 to 5 people. For days that group would survey the target’s location, keep abreast of anything concerning him and the suddenly one day, given the circumstances are favourable, they kill him with knives or swords. And that was the method the disciples of the Prophet used to silence his critics and doubters and that is the same way they have adopted to commit murder as well.
They have clearly declared on their website that they will conduct further killings like that in the future. And their victims may be a writer, poet, a literary artist, blogger or social worker. Anybody. And they’ve provided reason to justify the need to commit these murders or such violence in order to establish Islamic ‘khilafah’ (caliphate). They are as follows – how will they show their faces to Allah or indeed the Rasul after they die, both of whom will ask them why weren’t they been able to establish the rule of Islam in this world? And they do not want to suffer in the afterlife and get condemned to jahannam (hell). That is why they are doing all this now, in this life.
The sources that I have written about up until now, are not of my own making. The militant group Ansar Al Islam has uploaded countless documents, threats, their publications and videos online. A bit of searching will give you access to everything. I have cited just one of their publications, the “Unmukto Torobari”, out of the plethora of writings and videos they have published.
My whole life I have followed the religion which I found my parents to be following since the day I was born. I was born in a Muslim family so by birth I am a Muslim and I the religion I have followed is Islam. According to ‘mahzab’ I am a Sunni Muslim. When I was 13/14 years old an Islamic priest was employed in our house via which I was able to learn Kaida, Ampara and consequently completed reading the Quran. In Bangladesh if one completes reading the Quran, it is referred to as “khotom deya” (finishing something).I achieved that when I was 15 or maybe 16 years old. I understood nothing about it and yet I did finish reading the whole thing. And then at one point for the purpose of research and writing I read the Bengali version of the Quran multiple times. And even then I did not read the whole thing but read it randomly, searching out certain Surahs in it.
I became deeply apprehensive after reading the verses of the Quran and Hadith mentioned by the Ansar Al Islam in their book “Unmukto Torobari”. The religion that I had followed for so long suddenly became a completely unknown entity to me. In the Hadith quoted inside the book, it has been clearly described how the great Prophet sent a sleeper cell led by Sahaba Atiq in order to exterminate Abu Rafey, and how a pregnant woman was murdered just because she wrote a poetry which was critical towards the Prophet.
As a child I grew up learning how patient and merciful the great Prophet was. Even when his enemies would hurt him he would smile at them and say, “give them knowledge my Lord, forgive them.” I have painted such a picture of the great Prophet in my mind and thought that he is humble towards detractors and critics. Us normal human beings perhaps will get incited at even the slightest of criticisms, but I never envisaged the Prophet to be like that. I read once in my childhood that when an old woman, who used to plant thorns in the Prophet’s path fell ill, the Prophet himself went to her house in order to check up on her.
But today this book from Ansar Al Islam has put forth such a grisly vision in front of me, that the tranquil and organized pictures I had painted in my mind are close to being shattered into pieces. So for all this time was everything I learned in the Quran and Hadith wrong and untrue? And with that a plethora of questions have overloaded my mind, and I really do not know who to go to in order to seek some answers. It is impossible for me to describe how painful the past few days have been for me.
It is not possible for me to follow this bloody version of Islam or the violence described in it, which the Ansar Al Islam has spoken about. Neither will I be able to love the Prophet more than my lie, or my parents. If that is the case then I cannot be a true believer. For it is not possible for me to have belief in such a manner.
One after the other my blogger friends were killed and left dead on the streets spread eagled in a pool of their own congealed blood, furthermore they claim to establish Islam by killing writers and teachers, they wish establish a caliphate, as such I will never be able to accept the religion I have so diligently followed for so long. There is no way I possibly can. It’s just that I can’t seem to make sense of it all when I see things like the following statements made clearly in the Quran, such as “I have blown a little bit of my soul into Adim” (Surah Hizor, verse 29/Surah Soad, verse 72), or in Surah Al Waqiyah it has been stated that, “At that point I am the one who is even closer to that person (deceased person) than you. But of course you cannot see it” (verse 85).
And it is not that my head has been swimming with these things only today. Just as Allah has stated in one of the Quran’s verses that he is the one who remains closest to a deceased person, He can be found stating in verse no. 5 of Surah Touba that- “And thus after a month long ends kill all the Mushriks wherever you may find them, imprison them and deter them. And lay hidden everywhere in anticipation of finding them.”
How is it that this divine entity which blew a part of His soul into humans, who claims He remains the closest to a deceased human, manages to blatantly deliver orders to murder those very same humans?
Everything has turned upside down for me today. He created these human, gave them knowledge and wisdom, and is then instructing them to kill those amongst them who are disobedient to him? Why? Is it that humans are divisive beings for this Almighty entity?
Perhaps I would not be able to comprehend all this with the meagre and negligible knowledge I have. If any of my readers are hurt by what I have written here, please do accept my sincerest of apologies. I have not uttered a word here with the intention of hurting anybody, instead it is just that the questions that have piled up on my head, have shattered the image of religion I had built up in my mind, slowly but surely. For years the writings of non-believers could not sway me from following my religion, but having read what the Ansar Al Islam wrote, about their mission to establish Islam by going on a killing spree, I have been forced to rediscover myself. What an irony…
If someone swears at the Prophet, at worst I will try and understand why the person did it and issue the issue a polite reply to that person given I have enough logic to do so, but would I take his life? That is not possible for me. And if I don’t do that and end up getting branded as a ‘fake Muslim’, so be it. I will not risk my life for the Prophet neither will I take anyone else’s. If because of that hell becomes my final destination, I’m prepared to accept that. And due to the kind of murder, killings, exterminations I read about in Hadith and Quran, I have now become or am becoming indifferent towards religion. Today I am extremely depressed and feel heavy hearted. The religion that I’d held so close to me for so long, has now expressed itself to me.
Yesterday Rezaul Karim sir of Rajshahi University was lying dead in a narrow street, and there was just blood everywhere you could look. There was a brown coloured bag lying beside him. Clearly it belonged to him. He was carrying it on one hand. Before I could close my eyes in pain for some reason the memory of that that bag got stuck with me. Yesterday I woke up from a nightmare and the only thing I could remember from that nightmare was that bag.
After booting up my computer I came to know that a pair of individuals named Julhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy have been murdered in Kolabagan. Later I came to know that Julhaz Mannan was the assistant editor of an LGBT themed magazine called “Rupban”. Was that his only crime?
After I visited his Facebook page I found out that brother Julhaz wrote his last post on the 16th of April. In a photo where he can be seen holding a flower with both hands, the caption reads,
(this is a poem and it roughly translates to)
“As if Shiraz, on the month February of the New Year
Is beside the tombstone of his beloved
The young Iranian poet sheds tears in desolation
Because of the sounds from the wild forest rose that withers away”
I was able to maintain my resolve after seeing Rezaul Karim sir’s lifeless body. After witnessing all this on a daily basis, it is as if the inside part of me has learned to accept it as well. And yet how strange it is!! The blood soaked body of an individual could not break me, and yet my insides were ripped inside out from the image of an empty brown bag lying beside him. Today, after hearing about the news of brother Julhaz’s fate, I quietly went about watching it as it unfolded. I have quietly went about perusing the comments of the readers, their words. It is just that those four lines of poetry on his Facebook page turned everything upside down for me.
The young Iranian poet sheds tears in desolation…because of the sounds from the wild forest rose that withers away…