DESIRE FOR A CHANGE AMONG THE MUSLIMS

Research & Review: “History of Khaksar Movement in India” Thoroughly research and written by Prof. Amalendu De.

True, the Muslims are now divided between different groups, each under a leader. Nevertheless groupism is not sanctioned by Islam and its prolongation would cause a reaction against it. Lacking a concrete programme the Muslims followed willy-nilly the same old path of groupism. Inayatullah stated that those who have addressed letters to him during the last seven years (1924-1931) were not of any Political party though they spoke of politics in their letters. In his opinion among the eight crores of Muslims there would be some hundreds or thousands who would not leave their old group. But this is a very insignificant number and therefore, there is no necessity to bother about it. He was confident that when this movement of self-reform will start people will join it in overwhelming numbers and it will be an interesting and an imposing affair.’
Inayatullah asserted that the Muslims, whether poor or rich, were ready to do something. What was lacking was a good leader. He had received news from Lahore that modern young men were in search of a leader and they were ready to sacrifice everything for the sake of God. The prevailing general consciousness of their own downfall among the Muslims is a positive testimony to their longing for their rise and for their kingdom. Even the pardanashin Muslim women were asking questions on the rise and fall of the Muslim nation. In this connection Inayatullah gave a detailed account of the reaction of his wife, who was a pardanashin lady. She wore Saris and did attend modern parties. She was so much attached to the system of Parda that even in cars she used it. Sometimes Inayatullah cut jokes with her saying that it was out of fashion. But this left her unmoved. Though always busy with her children and household works, she found time to read books and newspapers. During her early evening respite from household works specially when the babies went to bed she used to take part in political discussion with her husband. She wanted to know the causes of the downfall of the Muslims. She was very much pained to see that the Muslims were going downwards. They did not feel any shame for the quarrels in which they are immersed and for the activities of their newspapers. She also asked him to throw light on the British attack upon Egypt and the surrender of Tripoli. Inayatullah’ short replies could not satisfy her and she continued her questions. Inayatullah told. her that in 1928 Amir Amanullah of Afghanistan was dethroned by a Tajik freebooter named Habibullah known as Bacha-i-Saqao. Amanullah had taken shelter in India and from there he had sailed for Europe. Having received this news she became restless, lay down on the bedstead and began to weep. She remained in that position for a long time. Though much frightened Inayatullah tried to console her: ‘Keep courage, God will help’. She flared up saying that it was useless to talk with an idle man like him. Then taking off her ornaments she discarded them for ever. She also began to wear ordinary cotton garments. In those days the nationalist movement was arousing great interest in the Punjab. The leaders called upon Pardanashin women to come out and join the picketing. Inayatullah’s wife became a staunch supporter of picketing and expressed her intense desire to join it. But he told her that she has three grown up and three very small children, and asked her: ‘How would it be possible for her to join the movement with the babies in arms? Moreover, she would have to say something there’. She replied that she would pick up all children in her arms and she was confident that people would help her.
Drawing a lesson from this incident Inayatullah wrote that in spite of comfortable life in his house his wife was prepared to face troubles and that he confidently expected that this feeling was shared in every Muslim household and by every individual Muslim. Thus all Muslims seemed to have risen from their age-long slumber. In such circumstances, it would be quite incorrect to say that the Muslims could not be united or would not join in any movement. That all Muslims were, in fact, equal Sepahis possessing some qualities like real spirit of fighting, sacrifice and desire for victory. in short, the nucleus of an army was present. What was lacking was a supreme commander. There was no plan and none to lead them towards the right goal. It was quite natural that every Sephai would move under the guidance of a petty leader of the group to which he belonged. As they were moving in their own way it actually became an aimless journey. On the other hand the Hindu nation worked quietly and became successful. Inayatullah felt that if there was the same spirit of work and silence among the Muslims as among the Hindus then every individual Muslim would be a better leader than the leaders of other nations.
True, many Muslims had taken much trouble, courted imprisonment and sacrificed their lives and properties for the cause of the nation. And yet matters did not improve. Inayatullah was suprised that on the basis of only one or two instances, it was generally believed that every leader was after personal gain and serving his self interest. This was not correct For there were still many honest, hardworking and true Muslims. Even though they had no experiences they were ready to work. They were Sepahis and if they could select a Sardar and follow him, they might have been successful without losing anything. So that nation should not be condemned as unfortunate and bad which had so many Sincere workers and pious people. They were lacking only in se1f Inayatullah called upon the Muslim leaders to come down from their Olympian heights and advised them : Be polite, unite and, leaving the status of a Sardar, be a common Sepahi and Mujahid. For this was a very critical time for Islam. You will survive, if only you can realize the danger. You are so strong that you can do everything Remember, Islam was not helpless any time. But you could not bear the responsibility during these thirteen hundred years. So, join the self-reform movement. No such self-reform, however, would emanate from the lottery or from groupism or even from a general election. You would become leader if only you can work. At present, no group or party was on the right way.
Attempts were being made to create nationalism by divesting it of religious aspects. But this was not a good proposal. Inayatullah said:
We cannot be successful by opposing the Hindus and we cannot get every thing by joining the Hindus. The Muslims shall have to stand on their own legs. A weak man is no match for the strong. Similarly, it is shameful to beg from the strong. Lacking strength you cannot expect to get any thing and everything from the English people and the Hindus. So, unite, reform yourself and be strong.
The result would be that everything would be alright. Unfortunately, at present, none of you could claim that “I am the leader of the Muslim nation” The Maulavis have already divided the Muslim nation into a thousand groups on the basis of religion. However, we must not divide and dismember the Muslim nation on the basis of politics. We must unite the Muslims on the issue that religion, politics and power meant the same thing. Unity of the nation would show the programme of strength. Mere Sardari is nothing. The Sardari is only to make the nation strong. So gather strength. Strength gives rise to’ independence and independence brings the rule of the nation.