By Maulana Muddassir Ahmad Qasmi
It is the specialty of Islam that on the one hand it has glorified the Muslim’s place of worship, i.e. Mosque and gave good tidings to its caretakers, while on the other hand it also has made the clear instructions regarding other religion’s temples so as not to sabotage them.Muslims even have been restrained to defame other’s Gods as well as they have been restricted from disrespecting their devotees and leaders. As a result, the entire Islamic history bears witness that these injunctions completely have been followed by the Islamic adherents.But had someone supposedly ever harmed any sacred place due to any political chaos or a few bigoted historians have made prejudiced statements about the biography of Muslim rulers, then it does not mean that everyone will be free to besmirch whole Islamic history and it’s studies, because it’s totally against morality and historical honesty.It is a matter of deep anguish that there are a large number of extremists in India, who are mostly inspired by those scribes who also are not aware about real history or they are narrow minded. These sorts of scribes and historians constantly impeach the Muslim rulers to harm and damage the temples.Mostly they target the rulers who specifically always had a good and kind relationship with Hindu brothers and showed regard for their places of worship. History shows that it had been led particularly by two monarchs: Aurangzaib Alamgeer and Tipu Sultan (ra). It is known to every observer of current Indian politics that for a couple of years some extremist organizations are strongly opposing to celebrate the martyrdom/birth day of Tipu Sultan on the state level, citing allegations which have no grounds in fact.In the following essay, instead of describing historical facts, I want to elaborate what I have experienced with my own eyes. Fortunately, I got chance to spend some time in the state of a brave patriot, pioneer of religious tolerance, martyr, and ruler ‘Tipu Sultan (ra), wherein the luminous relics of eighteenth century’s great monarch, are still found.Actually, I was scheduled to visit “Mahmoodiya Education and Research Center’ a branch of MMERC, Mumbai”, in Hagal Kote Village in Ram Nagar district, located 60 km away from Bangalore. To be true, my happiness knew no bounds when I came to know that this institute is established on a land which was dedicated by Tipu Sultan Shaheed (ra), for the construction of a mosque and madarsa. Not only this, also the authorities acquainted us with that there is one more plot alongside the mosque which also was donated by the sultan (ra), to build a temple, but this place is unused so far.The current trustee of Mosque, Sayyed Inayatullah informed us that around 1790 CE, Tipu Sultan (ra) had devoted this land to both the Muslims and Hindus of this village at the same time. In the very beginning, there was an ordinary structure to worship, but as the years rolled down, most of Muslims made their way to the cities. Only a little number of Muslims remained in village, and subsequently the mosque became devoid of worshippers.Luckily a sincere figure, ‘Murtaza Khan’, had been calling ‘Azaan’ and managing to organize the Salah in that masjid for the last 50 years alone. Because of his sincerity this mosque was safe from being deserted. Finally in 2014 CE, we turned our faces to it, and with the help of Sayyed Aziz Ahmad Sharif and Sayyed Zaheer Ahmad Sharif, a tremendous and magnificent mosque has been constructed on the same spot.The temple is yet to be constructed, but once again Muslims proved their tolerance and honesty as they constructed mosque and madarsa with making no attempt to encroach on temple’s land. Now, however, after madarsa’s establishment, Hindu brothers also began to secure this place and commenced to make their rituals on the occasion of significant festivals or commemorations.The old Hindu villagers open heartedly praise the generosity of the sultan, admitting that Tipu Sultan was a very kind hearted and all-caring ruler. It was for this reason that he had donated the place for temple too, alongside the mosque. Because of sultan’s grace, all villagers deal with Muslims respectfully and honorably. There are only 30 Muslim houses in the village while approximately 150 Hindu families survive there, but there is no feud between both the groups.Today, it became a matter of great concern that the king who, just after taking charge, had promulgated and determined that he will unite entire undivided India to exile the country’s arch rival, British people from the each and every corner of the country, the name of this propagator of Hindu and Muslim unity is being used to aggravate the communal disputes.It is, therefore, one of the most pressing needs of hour for entire Muslim community that, at first, they themselves ought to know their bright history and to teach its lessons to their children. Then they must spread these praise-worthy facts among the peace-loving non-Muslim brothers too, so that they should distinguish between the reality and myth and condemn the attempts to distort history and the character of Tipu Sultan.As a matter of fact, now it is obligatory for Indian Muslims to be associated with their bright past, to be acquainted with their present and to be well prepared for the future in India in which Muslims and their Hindu brothers can live together amicably.
The article is a translation of a travelogue written in Urdu by Maulana Muddassir Ahmad Qasmi Translated by Mufti Hassan Jami Qasmi