As a Muslim, Faiz Khan should not be part of Bhoomi Pujan in Ayodhya

In recent years the number of ex-Muslims has been rising all over the world. On Twitter, hashtags like “Awesome without Allah” or “Ex-Muslim because…” were trending. In USA, according to a PEW Research Centre report, 23 per cent of those born in the Muslim religion don’t identify with it any longer. Most of them keep it secret. Yet, several ex-Muslims speak up on You Tube, including women.

A Turk, who grew up in Germany, went back to Turkey at the age of 16 and now lives in USA, has become popular as Apostate Prophet on You Tube, so popular that his channel has been, typically for social media giants, demonetized.  Most of those ex-Muslims were at one point devout believers who never expected that they could lose faith. Apostate Prophet disclosed that he had sincerely asked Allah to never let him lose faith. Yet now he ends his videos with “Stay away from Islam”.

In Turkey, which turns politically more fundamentalist, many youngsters turn their back on Islam. The government is worried that their indoctrination policy in education doesn’t work as expected. In Saudi Arabia, too, Islam does not have the strong grip on its people which outsiders would expect from the cradle of Islam. In a Gallup poll in 2012, out of 502 Arabs surveyed, 19 percent considered themselves not as religious and 5 percent even were convinced atheists. This rate may be much higher now, since Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman officially loosened the grip of the clergy.

Naturally, there are no vocal ex-Muslims in countries which punish blasphemy with death, like Pakistan. But why are there hardly any ex-Muslims in India which is a vibrant democracy and nobody can be forced to believe anything against his or her will? Sofiya Rangwala, is one of very few who declared on Twitter and Facebook, “I was born in a Muslim family, married to a Muslim, but I have embraced the absolute Truth, beautiful philosophy of Sanatan Dharma.”

India may be a special case, as the indoctrination into Islam is stronger than in Muslim majority countries. The clergy needs to make sure that Indian Muslims are not tempted to go back to the faith of their ancestors. So the vilification of Hindu Dharma is massive, which makes it difficult even for those who lost faith in Islam, to appreciate the wisdom of their ancestors and rather adopt the label “atheist”.

Yet there are surely several Indian Muslims who lost faith and also can see the value of Hindu Dharma. But why do these Muslims continue to identify as Muslim? The reason may be: it has advantages to belong to the ‘minority community’, for example special scholarships, etc. Further, one generally gets special treatment by media and in certain areas probably even by the police. If a Muslim returns a wallet, which he found, it may make the news. If a Hindu returns a wallet, it won’t make the news. If a Muslim commits a crime, it may be ignored by the media, or his name won’t be mentioned. If a Hindus commits the same crime, it is likely to be all over the news with his name, even if he is only a suspect.

But why do even eminent personalities, like former president Dr. Abdul Kalam, who took inspiration from the Bhagavad Gita, and thereby became in the eyes of pious Muslims as bad as a Kafir, not officially come back to the tradition of their ancestors, even though they seem to have a liking for it?

The reason may be that Hindus push these ‘Muslims-in-name-only’ back into their old identity and it is difficult for them to break free without disappointing their Hindu admirers. If a Muslim makes sensible statements or appreciates Hindu Dharma, Hindus will not only praise him but will stress that he is an ideal Muslim, which of course is based on ignorance. He is a good human being but not a good Muslim, because a good Muslim needs to look down on Kafirs and needs to do Jihad, so that only Allah is finally worshipped on earth.

It would be helpful if Hindus learnt not to push those, who want to get out, back into their identity. If someone lost faith in his religion, it’s not acceptable that others label her or him as belonging to that religion, and I speak here of myself. For example, if I am introduced as a Christian who loves Hindu Dharma, I correct that I lost faith in Christianity and consider myself a Hindu. If I allowed myself to be addressed as ‘Christian’, or if I said “I am Christian by religion”, I would not be sincere.

Or are there indeed very few “Muslims-in–name-only” in India and most still identify with Islam? I started wondering yesterday when many TV channels reported about Faiz Khan, a gau rakshak, who has a You Tube channel where he presents usually reasonable views.

He is on his way to reach Ayodhya for the Bhumi Pujan of the Ram Mandir with earth from his native village where Kausaliya, the mother of Shri Ram, is said to have been born, and he wants to be admitted at the function as it would be a statement of communal harmony. He said he is a Muslim by religion, but also a Ram bhakt, because Ram is his ancestor and Muslims see him as Imam-e-Hind.

At first I didn’t believe it was the same Faiz Khan whose videos I liked, but it was indeed him. I felt greatly disappointed that he doesn’t realize that he should never go for Bhoomi Puja. Hindus are very good natured and some support his move, or maybe even encourage it. But this historic moment, when finally Sri Ram is getting back his palace, which was destroyed by barbarians of the same religion which the forefathers of Faiz Khan have adopted and which he has not rejected, even though he could have done so, is not the time to flaunt communal harmony which anyway always rests completely on Hindu shoulders.

By saying that he is a Muslim by religion, Faiz Khan voluntarily closed the option to declare himself an ex-Muslim, or at least declare that he doesn’t believe certain tenets of Islam, for example that Hindus are the worst of creatures (Quran 98.6) and much more terrible things. Wanting to join the Puja shows that he takes the amity and ignorance of Hindus for granted. Just because of his name, he expects being welcomed in the small gathering whereas Hindus, who fought and suffered for the Ram Mandir, have been asked to watch the Puja on TV. Or did he never get over the Islamic teaching which he would have heard as a kid: that Muslims are superior?

I greatly appreciate his activism to save cows and that he often understands the side of Hindus in his videos. Most of the time he comes across as a reasonable human being. But as long as he doesn’t reject certain important tenets of his religion which require him to look down and even hate Hindus, he should not be present at this special moment in history where Hindus have finally reclaimed their very holy place 500 years after it was destroyed by brutal Muslim invaders.

Sad, if he lacks sensitivity and doesn’t realize it himself. If he is denied entry, mainstream media worldwide will come down heavily on Hindus though they never come down heavily on restrictions in Saudi Arabia or China. In any case media is likely to find some reason, to come down heavily on Hindus…

Faiz Khan

By Maria Wirth

18 comments

  1. N R Deshpande · · Reply

    Madam, as usual a wonderful article. A are a more Hindu than the most Hindus. Wish Faiz Khan read this article and stay away from Bhoomi Pujan.

  2. Akhilesh Sahu · · Reply

    Excellent analysis

  3. It’s a long battle Hindus of every generation has to fight. Madam, but your explanations and justification are able to convince me with decisions. But I am not sure if I would have been Home Minister or Prime Minister, what could I have done?

    Life is brutal and it goes on. It has taken 500 years and millions of death. When 30 years back, 1000s have given their life, I can imagine millions would have sacrificed.

    Hindus are very vulnerable community. As I always write, we are generally poor, marginalized and divided, life is tough for Hindus. But slowly Hindus should build and consolidate like RSS who did for 100 years.

    Thanks for your concern and hope Modi Government consider this.

  4. gopal turup · · Reply

    wonderfull article . hindus need to be educated about islam and christianity

  5. One priest went to stop him to go ayodhya but the police of UP arrested the priest and put him in jail.

  6. Narendra Kaul · · Reply

    Couldn’t be more clear and direct. Bringing in ex muslim as a word it does open a new window for muslims of india, to discard islam and adopt the religion of there origins. Time appears to be right for ex muslim movement in india.
    And aptly and firmly stated that only Hindus should form part of the bhumi pooja of Shri Ram temple.
    Let the organisers take a note.
    And rightly what about those whose families gave blood for this amazing thing to fruition. They can watch only on TV but Faiz gets a seat. No way

  7. Realistic Analysis. For a Hindu, a muslim can be a good human being but not be a good muslim. A so called good muslim, will be anti-Islamic because Islam does not allow a muslim to be good with humans of other religion.

  8. Madam, very well reasoned. I do listen to Apostate Prophet, and am part of a few Ex Muslim groups on Facebook (to just listen to the banter). I do listen to Faiz Khan and Subuhi Khan once in a while (the latter calls herself “Sanatani Mussalmaan””, and as you very rightly say, they do not – dare not? – leave Islam altogether. Persecution, ostracization, and outright killing wait for those who do – and probably is the underlying re@son. But these people would probably do more service to their cause – communal amity, if they did, and forced their co-religionists to accept this fact of life – the way other Ex – Muslims do. With time, this aspect of Islam may undergo reformation, however unthinkable it may seem today.

  9. I am clear Maria Ji…… Let the Govt. take the correct decision.

  10. Amit Dubey · · Reply

    🙏🙏 you have very rightly said that this man should not be allowed to the visit, he should have returned back to is own roots…and should have stated it…the righteousness.🙏🙏

  11. यस्य देवे परा भक्तिः यथा देवे तथा गुरौ ।
    तस्यैते कथिता ह्यर्थाः प्रकाशन्ते महात्मनः ॥ २३ ॥
    He who has highest Bhakti (love, devotion)of Deva (God),
    just like his Deva, so for his Guru (teacher),
    To him who is high-minded,
    these teachings will be illuminating.
    — Shvetashvatara Upanishad 6.23
    Relationship between a true sanatani and his god can be in many forms – parent-child, lover, spouse, guru-shishya, friend. This man thinks of Lord Ram as imam-e-hind, like a guru. I may not agree with him and see Lord Ram the same way but how can I disregard his bhakti? Every person has the right to his own bhakti. Regarding his attending the Bhumi Pujan? Why should we sanatani be wary of what ideology his community/religion represents? Isn’t it enough for us that he has bhakti in his heart? If we turn him away today, will Lord Ram be happy?

    1. Then why doesn’t he leave Islam because it’s a great sin for a Muslim to be devoted to any other God than Allah. He knows it. His holy book is full of it. So is he deceiving us maybe even with support of his community because strangely no fatwa is issued against him.

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  13. Sorry to say Ma’am but you have a too narrow view of Hinduism. The common man or a default follower of any religion by birth doesn’t think so much. They go by the gut feelings. Human beings are not rational always & moreover rationality is a small part of wisdom. Besides, human life is full of contradictions which is also the beauty of it. Why can’t there be a place for a Muslim bhakta in Hinduism which preaches Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam? Why should it be mandatory to hate those who hate you? Let’s not make Hinduism bookish like the Abrahmic religions.

    1. Because there is no place for a Ram bhakt in Islam. He knows it. He does shirk which is worst sin for a Muslim. So why doesn’t he leave? Why no fatwa against him? Is he deceiving us? I don’t know but it’s possible. The duty of a devout Muslim is to bring down the new Mandir too. Already it was said on Twitter… Hindus are naive about Abrah. Mindset

    2. You seem to be a kind person Aditya, but you are missing Maria’s point. It is not sincere, it is a show, and it takes advantage of the Hindu ethos such as yours to respect devotion. Assuming he is genuinely afraid of the consequence of openly declaring he has left islam – it is death after all; he should not go and quietly celebrate the event. Sadly it is this lack of standing up for your belief is what took advantage of Hinduism since time immemorial from violent religions such as islam and christianity.

      1. sorry to approve your comment so late… had not seen it

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