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This Article is divided into several parts and it is published in the same way in recent Mishkaat ul Haadi issues in Lisaan ud Da'wat Gujarati.

It covers the below mentioned Questions:

1. Why India-Hindustaan is the centre of Da'wat e Haqq?
2. What is the Haqeeqat of the word "Hindustaan"?
3. What was the concept of God for ancient Indian communities?
4. When did Islam started in India and who did it?
5. Why western Indian coast became favourite for our religious activities?
6. Why the centre of Da'wat e Haqq could not be shifted from Hindustaan?
7. Why it is improper to say that Muslim emperors or dynasties brought Islam to India?
8. What is our Origin? Are Bohras from Brahmins?
9. Who are real Hindustaanis? Could it be decided by Religious inclination or National ethos?
10. Why we love our motherland Hindustaan?

   
 

Part 1:

   
 

Allaah Ta’aala says in the Qur’an – “Innad-Deena ‘indallaahil Islaamo wama-khtalafal lazeena ootul Kitaaba illa min ba’de ma jaa’ahumul ‘ilmo baghyam baynahum wa man-yakfur be-aayatillaahe fa-inallaaha saree’ul Hisaab” (3:19). This particular verse emphasizes about the basic concept of a religion near Allaah Ta’aala. Islam itself means Submission to Allaah Ta’aala. Submission in every sense – physically, financially, mentally and spiritually; and it is Islam that teaches Submission to Allaah in its totality. Let us not be mistaken in taking pride about the name of Islam in the above verse. We need to grasp the essence of the Word Islam – which is Submission to the Supreme authority; and it is the beginning and culmination of Islam.

Islam inculcates Honesty, Conviction, Justice, Forbearance, Gratitude and Trust among its followers. And these attributes are the branches of a single foundation of Submission. It is wrong or a sheer mistake to say that Rasoolullaah SAWS founded Islam. Islam was there in the pure lofty horizons of Angels.  Islam was founded in this material world by Maulaana Aadam SA and it continued evolving on the hands of many Prophets who followed him. It attained perfection on the hands of Rasoolullaah SAWS and it won’t undergo any change till the Day of Qeyaamah-The Day of Judgement. Salvation and redemption of Mankind was only possible after acceptance of the message of Allaah sent to it through Prophets of respective times.

Maulaana Aadam SA was born on the island of present day Sri Lanka – better known as Sarandeep in the ancient times. He spent his early life on this auspicious land. He continued to receive spiritual blessings of the Deen of Allaah and His Oneness-Tawheed. The birthplace of Maulaana Aadam SA – Hindustaan was attributed to the name of Hunayd AS, who appointed Maulaana Aadam SA to the rank of Nabi by the Spiritual Decree of Allaah. The birthplace of Maulaana Aadam SA was a vast land divided into three main parts at that time – large mainland as Hunaydistaan (Hind), then two small parts namely Sindh and Yaman – which were interconnected divinely, commercially, culturally, geographically and politically, linguistically in the respective times.

Under the administration of Da’wat e Haadiyah, these three regions are known as separate Jazeerah (islets or islands). The mission of Maulaana Aadam SA – Islam – Deen of Allaah began from this great land of wisdom and piety. Propagating his message, Maulaana Aadam SA along with his selected companions travelled through the mainland Hunaydistaan; and eventually reached Arabia – present day Makkah. 7000 yrs back the message of Islam began from this land by Maulaana Aadam SA and spread throughout the world starting from the peripheral regions of Hunaydistaan. Hunaydistaan became the birthplace of Maulaana Aadam SA and Islam. His mission was to invite people towards Submission to Allaah and Oneness of Allaah. There was no place of idolatory or polytheism.

   
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Even the people of that ancient land did not indulge in idolatry. They were on the path of belief in One God; and One Supreme Soul. There was no one among them who would guide them towards the true religion of Allaah. Even in such challenging time they remained steadfast in the primitive religious beliefs – which were indeed foundation stones for Maulaana Aadam SA to promulgate the Message of Allaah in the future.

Hunaydistaan is the pious mother land of true Islam – Submission to Allaah. This was a heavenly blessing to the Land from the Allaah and it is only because of this that Hunaydistaan prospered and flourished and stood strong against all odds of testing times and challenges. The missionaries (Arabic – Du’aat pl of Da’i) were sent to this land. They reinforced the Deen of Allah and spread it across the length and breadth of Hunaydistaan. From the time immemorial it is a bitter fact that there is an Enemy to every Guide; Evil against Good; Darkness against Light; Ignorance against Knowledge.

The spirituality, victory, virtuosity, goodness turned to be an eyesore for the hypocrites and disbelievers. They started hatching conspiracies against the Prophet of Allaah and his believers. They tortured and persecuted them in every possible way. The ones who were steadfast in their beliefs did not buckle up or surrender to them. On the contrary, this negative energy became a source of strength. As it is destined from the time immemorial, very few remained on the path of Truth and Belief.

The negativity against the Religion of Allaah and its followers had two faces. One was overt and public – known to all. Other was hidden and covert – adopted by those who pretended to be believers but reality was different. This faction was far more dangerous than the former. They claimed to be believers in public but enmity and disbelief brewed in their hearts. They accepted what they liked and rejected what they disliked in the Religion. The things that earned them fame; were easy to accept and follow; gave them a distinct identity; were changed by them according to their whims and fancies. These were laws of Halaal and Haraam; Customs and Practices; Social Norms; Business matters; facts of this World and the Hereafter etc. They introduced innovations in these things and spread misconceptions among the believers. No one has right to change the tenets of Deen of Allaah except Waliyullaah – Nabi, Wasi, Imaam or Da’i. Even they do it by the Command of Allaah.

   
 

References:

   
 

1. Tareekh e Farishta by Mohammad Qasim Farishtah
2. The Shi'a of India by J N Hollister
3. The Muslim Communities of Gujarat by S C Misra
4. The Isma'ilis by F Daftary
5. The Bohras by Asgharali Engineer
6. Uyoon ul Akhbaar by Saiyedna Idrees Imaaduddin saheb
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14. Muntaze' ul Akhbaar by Sulaimanji Burhanpuri
15. Haqq na Du'aat ni Tareekh by Progressive Publication
16. Mausam e Bahaar by Alibhai Sharafali

   
   
   
 
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