ORDINARY MUSLIMS FORMED THE BACKBONE OF THE MUSLIM NATION

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

During the course of the discussion the Hamdard wanted to know the views of Inayatullah about those Muslims who were completely swayed by Western civilization, who were even shy of keeping the Quran in their houses and of calling Allah, who, in fact, could even sell Makka4 for the sake of high posts from the British Government. These people, he commented, had become the leaders of national movement and parties, .d were virtually tools and stooges in the hands of Government.
They earned money for their own benefit. If at any time the Government was on the verge of collapse they would come forward to its rescue and advise their fellow-brethren to maintain peace with the Government and yet kindle mutual quarrel among themselves. If it was necessary to serve their own in:. rests r they would not hesitate to
openly declare that they had learned self-respect from Englishmen and that they were uncivilized before. The Hamdard believed:
The movement of self-reform is a purely religious movement. It is the only remedy of our evils. It is our first and last politics. It is an instrument of our strength.
They had no doubt that Inayatullah aimed at creating a political atmosphere through religion, at equating religion with politics and thereby taking the people nearer to God. They held it to be a right ways essential for this period. However, ,an essential pre-requisite of the diffusion of the movement of self-reform was to work among the common people and to develop interest about them.
By way of reply to the observations of the Hamdard, Inayatullah stated that a section of Muslims who were annoyed with religious or who were admirers of the English probably lived in towns and big places. But they were in a microscopic minority—as he said, ‘one anna in a rupee’ —and the vast majority (the remaining fifteen annas) were those ordinary Muslims who formed the backbone of the nation, and constituted the basis of all movements. In fact, he held that they possessed that capacity These are the people who were hard labourers and earned their livelihood by legal means. Referring to the attitude of the ordinary Muslims Inayatullah observed:
They would loudly broadcast any expression of sympathy you may show for them, while words of appreciation would evoke from them prompt obedience. If any honourable man show equality to them they become happy to see this Islamic spirit.
In this connection Inayatullah strongly condemned the British rule in India which he considered to be the root cause of the poverty of Indian people: He observed thus:
The English people have squeezed the last drop of blood of the Indian people and taken it away to their country. We do not get sufficient food. We have not a single ring of silver in our houses.
In spite of so many difficulties, it was the illiterate poorer sections of Muslims, not the educated richer ones who were upholding the banner of Islam. He wrote:
In short, these poor and working people are the pillars who hold the roof of Islam. If it depended on the educated people it would have been collapsed long ago. I have seen this type of Muslims in large numbers among the Afridis, Muhammaudis, Waziris, and even in the Egyptians, Arabs and Palestinians.
Nevertheless, Inayatullah could not agree with those who held that Prophet Muhammad had desired his followers to remain poor. In fact, he never said that he loved poverty. This is known to all that the Prophet passed away after making his followers masters of the world and they remained in that position for hundreds of years. Inayatullah believed that the common Muslims have a lot of capacity. Generally they are labourers. They do hard work and the work of bravery All the artisans who are engaged in production of various kinds of goods ranging from hand-woven cloth to manufacture of engines are Muslims. In short, there are many professions created by civilization, which are in the hands of Muslims—men and women. The people of other nations who are taking part in these are less in number.