What if Rumi would have been a politician and a Law-maker? – Siddharth Acharya

Maulana_Jalaluddin_Rumi_The article has been written as a tribute to sufi saint  Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī and analyzing  the idea of presence of someone like Rumi in heated sphere of conflict between two warring nations India and Pakistan.

“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.” – Rumi

Rath-yatra by Lal-Krishna Advani in 1990, Exodus of Kashmiri Hindu pundits, demolition of Babri Masjid, Godhra riots, Malegaon Bomb blasts, controversial 26/11 attacks and surreptious killing of Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamte on the night of 26/11 somewhere has involvement of element of religion into politics, Assam riots and the latest one being AkbaruddinOwaisi’sferocious and hard hitting speeches in Nizamabads brought series of religious outrages back in our country. Evidently, elections are not far and every political party be it Congress or BJP and new stalwarts like Maharashtra NavnirmanSena and Majilis-i-Itihaad will not loose even a single opportunity to champion the cause of there regions and religions. Few of them will gain power out of this and others like always keep mum about everything in order to save there traditional vote banks. Communal politics laid its foundation long back during British regimeand still persists in Great Indian Political Theatre. The eminent jurist and reknowned lawyer in sub-continent like Mohammed Ali Jinnah and great laureate Mohammed Iqbal in search of own political identity diverged from Hindu-Muslim unity and still after sixty five years of Independence religion still remains an inevitable ingredient of political campaigns. Rumi had always spoken about the introspection of soul and by seeing all this he would have been shedding tears and regretting of even giving it a thought. Rumi said “People of the world don’t look at themselves, and so they blame one another.”

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In the subcontinent, the Sufis made untiring, selfless and incessant struggle for the spread of Islam. They devoted their lives and gave up their homes to champion the cause of Islam in a miraculous way. Neither did they resort to arms nor to swords for this. It was their affection, sympathy, fraternity and unlimited philanthropist actions that won the hearts of people. The people were converted on threat of life but real embracement by people happened to the logic, reasoning and preaching of these Sufis to converts. Nevertheless, state is notrun only with the force of the ruler but citizens should be driven by sense of divinity and spirituality to make a country an accomplished state. Rumi advocated punishment which is necessary to control the crime rate in a state and advocated reformative approach to control the punishment. India has recently witnessed the capital punishment and execution of two terrorists but question arises how much this will be effective in controlling the terror and how much these kinds of punishments can eradicate terrorism from the roots.That’s where philosophical and spiritual notion of Rumi comes into picture, which should be made as core essential belief for deciding the punishment for someone who commits draconian crimes of tearing apart the secular fabric of this nation.

The Sufis were well-read, extensively travelled and spiritual leaders of the masses.They succeeded in their mission to propogate peace and love because they had both the strength of character and the courage of conviction, and were selfless and devoted to their cause. Their movement made inroads in the Subcontinent and it grew powerful and successful for a number of reasons.

Firstly, before they started preaching, they set noble and brilliant example through their behaviour and conduct. Secondly, Islam was preached by them in a simple, pragmatic and flexible manner, contrary to the ulemas who laid much emphasis on the rigidity of rules. Thirdly, they highlighted Allah’s positive and merciful attributes to ignite a love of God in people’s hearts. The Sufis disliked formalities and ceremonial acts, preferring to lead simple lives, and their lofty and admirable principles became guidelines for the people. They were against suppressions and social evils, condemning the use of force to gain power. Then their khanqahs (khanqahs arebuildings designed specifically for gatherings of a Sufi brotherhood, or tariqa, which are were always open for everyone, and those with money would donate generously to the needy) proved to be a relief for the helpless and poor. The generosity and large hearted attitude influenced people, hence people flocked to them for comfort and solace. But somewhere their need to take-over the political reigns was really important in order to save the split of the sub-continent. The sufi movement would have been real success because and if its principles adopted in the basic document and inculcated by the common citizens of the country the geography of this subcontinent would have been different from what it is today. The lack of such beliefs forced us to witness the largest massacre of human history. V.S. Naipaul in his book “Half a life” has claimed that   Islam has both enslaved and attempted to wipe out other cultures.”It has had a calamitous effect on converted peoples. To be converted you have to destroy your past, destroy your history. You have to stamp on it, you have to say ‘my ancestral culture does not exist, it doesn’t matter’.

Sir Naipaul claimed what he called “this abolition of the self demanded by Muslims was worse than the similar colonial abolition of identity. It is much, much worse in fact… You cannot just say you came out of nothing.” Sadly Sir VS Naipaul’s opinion about Muslims arose due to his avoidance and ignorance of rich Indian Urdu and Sufi culture which ordinary Indians and Pakistanis have absorbed in form of sufi music based on poems written by poets like Bulle Shah and Rumi. I have witnessed and realized how much this helps people across the borders to connect and engulf hostile political environment created by politicians and fundamentalists. It is even more helpful than “diplomatic” cricket relations between the countries. I remember Paksitan’s Deputy Attorney General Mohammed Khurshid Khan cleaning shoes and working off in Gurudwaras of Delhi in order to do service for almighty. We need such kind of service and tribute to the God in order to maintain things peaceful around us. In India also, after Jinnah’s call for direct action day the riots broke out in Noakhali (West Bengal), thousands of hindus and muslims were butchered on the helm of sacrificesfor rise separate state.But the intervention of morally and spiritually sound Gandhi in that region stopped the massacre and thousands of lives were saved in that particular region. Gandhi too faced stiff opposition by contemporary politicians from Congress on his thought of disbanding the Indian National Congress and making it doing constructive work in rural areas, but this incident again made Congress realized the importance of someone like him when things are totally out of control. It was a resurgence of Gandhi on national picture after two years of exile which he was facing after introduction of Wavell Plan.

Rise and sensation of a spiritual guide Tahr-ul-Qadri

 MrQadri has caused a political sensation with his demands that Pakistan’s democratic system be reformed. He wants to throw the “criminals” out of Pakistani politics, the implication being that doing so would leave very few of today’s politicians still in business. Since he has arrived in the picture everybody wants to know who is he and what does he want to change? Is it really feasible and politically practical to cure this deep rooted chronic yester-year disease of corruption and can he wash the tag of Pakistan being a failed nation in the eyes of world community. Can he bring the Tahrir Square in Islamabad and end the electoral dictatorship? Can he start a jasmine revolution and an Arab Spring here in South Asia?  It makes me feel optimistic when someone who is a Sufi Scholar, spiritually sound comes and talks about the revolution and talks about the real concept of “Modern” and “Welfare” state. He is someone who can negate the theory of “Corruption is Compulsion”. Yes, it is possible when you have someone like Rumi handling the power and talks about purification of soul at first place. The pyramid of corruption is apex and  starts from the greed within us and then take a larger form and poisons the society. If we are honest with ourselves and start thinking in the same way these people think surroundings would really be different. Exactly, the same model of self consciousness has been followed by Anna Hazare in India.

Why guns and ammunitions are required when we have goose-quills to run the nation?

Both the countries need someone like Rumi in the power who can actually build and lay the foundation of a nation on humanity and brotherhood. If people like Qadri become the supreme leader of a nation then I think there will never be any anti-incumbency. The democratic principles and Declaration of human rights mentioned in our Constitutions would be justified in real sense. Though it seems a distant dream but still hopes are alive that if it happens there is an expectation for change in demographics of sub-continent and this time for something good and desirable.

One comment

  1. very very good siddhart acharya g sir


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