I: Chapter 11
ISLAM' THESIS DEBUNKED
true face of 'Sufi Islam' got revealed and fairly exposed when Mir Mohammad
Hamadani, the son of Mir Ali accompanied by 300 proselytizers entered the
purlieux of Kashmir in the times of Sultan Sikandar. His advent in Kashmir
proved a water-shed in the history of Kashmir. What he had acquired through
the Zakhirat-ul-Muluk as the prized legacy of his father, he dutifully
and without qualms put it into actual praxis and instigated his mentor,
Sultan Sikandar, whose soul he had captured, to launch a genocidal war
against the Hindu infidels, who, despite tremendous pulls and pressures,
had stuck to and continued with their faith and precepts. Following the
footprints of Muslim proselytizers, he converted a Hindu to Islam, re-christened
him as Malik Saif-ud-Din and married his daughter. He as supported by evidences
from Muslim sources had no pretensions and claims to learning and spirituality.
Highly motivated and biased, he is said to have signed the death warrant
for the Hindus, which was already issued by his father in the form of a
fiat cloaked as advice.
"The king (Sultan Sikandar) waited on him (Mir Mohammad) daily, humble
as a servant and like a student he daily took lessons from him. He placed
Mir Mohammad before him and was attentive like a slave."
"Both Hindu and Muslim sources are unanimous that Sultan Sikandar introduced
Islamic orthodoxy on the advice of Mir Mohammad."
writes, "The medieval Muslim sources inform us emphatically that infidelity
was extirpated from Kashmir through Mir Mohammad's influence."
was categoric and relentless in organising and waging a punitive war on
the Hindus as they were condemned as Kafirs and could not be accorded even
a semblance of protection as Dhimmis, a status reserved and meant for Christians
and Jews only.
In a striking
comment, Rafiqi puts, "Mir Mohammed was not ready to give the status of
Zhimmis to the Hindus of Kashmir and treated them as Kafirs, who were not
obedient to Islam, but were at war with it."
Hamadani was perhaps not held in high esteem and respect even by men of
his own tribe and was squarely blamed and held responsible by Saiyid Hissari
for the genocide and exodus of the Hindu population. To be lair to Saiyid
Hissari, he, despite being ignored by the Sultan, castigated him for his
enormous blunder of getting trapped by Mir Mohammad and was unhesitatingly
critical of and vociferous against the Sultan for not having paid heed
and attention to his advice and suggestions relating religious matters
especially the treatment to be meted out to the Hindus in a Muslim state.
In a low key
comment, Rafiqi has exposed the personal feud and acrimony between Mir
Mohammad Hamadani and Saiyid Hissari. "Mir Mohammad was no match for Saiyid
Hissari, in fact, the Mir recognised him as superior to himself when sought
a Khilafat-nama from him.... it is not unlikely that Saiyid Hissari did
not like the way in which Mir Mohammad and his patron were preaching Islam
and his complaint to the Sultan was against the unhealthy influence of
the Mir", writes he.