Sunday, June 4, 2017

'Muslim' and Quran-loving Rana Ayyub alleges being discriminated against in India

Journalist Rana Ayyub finds problematic actor Naseeruddin Shah's view "that Muslims must stop feeling victimized" in her article published on 04 June 2017 on NDTV website.

That's hardly possible, she says, "when every day you have videos emerging asking Muslims to chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' before they are thrashed and cattle traders are lynched in public." 

Ayyub thinks Muslims like her have been left feeling like "second class citizen" in India.

Here is what I feel about Rana Ayyub's article.

Rana Ayyub starts her article by marking herself off by the label 'Muslim', implying that she is fundamentally different from those who don't get the label 'Muslim', and then goes on to complain about all kinds of discrimination that she and her supposedly fellow 'Muslims' have had to face! 

Her line of reasoning: 'I define myself by a label that is exclusive of the majority of Indians and yet I am going to complain that I am being discriminated against by those whom my label discriminates against'! 

('Indians' should never discriminate against 'Muslims' even though 'Muslims' by identifying themselves as 'Muslims' discriminate against 'Indians'.) 

Ayyub glorifies Quran by asserting, quite incredibly, that this book "has given the world some of the best physicists and mathematicians like Ibn Sina who would probably mock at the theory that the world was flat". 

Even some of the self-labelled 'Muslims' would be embarrassed by the ridiculous and false nature of that statement. 

She doesn't say a word on the publicly available knowledge that adherence to Islam is inseparable from the frightful distinctions that Quran draws between 'Muslims' and non-'Muslims', including ideas of war against infidels, Islamic state, and the treatment of non-'Muslims'. 

It's as if the Quran has no Surah like 2:191-193 (besides others) that says "kill them (disbelievers) wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers."

Since this Quran-loving woman is pointing out "fallacies" in a man's (Naseerudding Shah's) argument, it may also be instructive to talk about another irrevocable distinction that the 'book of Allah' makes. 

Surah 2:228 says, 'men are a degree above women', and Surah al-Baqarah (2:282-283) says, 'in testimony, two women are equivalent to one man'.

So much for a book producing "some of the best physicists and mathematicians"! 

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