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Sikhs face forceful conversion in Jammu and Kashmir

Sikhs girls and women, Egyptian Sheikh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni, Sex slaves, Jammu, Kashmir, India

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Sikhs face forceful conversion in Jammu and Kashmir

Sikh girls and women in Indian state Jammu and Kashmir are facing gruesome forceful religious conversions, which are mostly funded by Turkey, Iran and Qatar. Such nefarious acts are also continuing in other parts of the world. For example, in Britain, Muslim rape gangs are using British non-Muslim girls as sex slaves, while Sikh girls also have been abused and groomed for decades.

But unfortunately, global media are seen feeling shy in terming the rapists as Muslims. Instead they term them as ‘Asians’. According to experts, throughout the massive coverup that saw up to a million girls victimized by the Muslim rape gangs over decades, the media has been calling the perpetrators “Asians”, while majority of the journalists had no problem with attributing the rape of “infidels” to “Asians” bending over backwards not to offend Muslims.

Egyptian Sheikh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni declared in May 2011 that “we are in the era of jihad,” and that meant Muslims would take slaves. In a subsequent interview he elaborated:

Jihad is only between Muslims and infidels. Spoils, slaves, and prisoners are only to be taken in war between Muslims and infidels. Muslims in the past conquered, invaded, and took over countries. This is agreed to by all scholars—there is no disagreement on this from any of them, from the smallest to the largest, on the issue of taking spoils and prisoners. The prisoners and spoils are distributed among the fighters, which includes men, women, children, wealth, and so on.

When a slave market is erected, which is a market in which are sold slaves and sex-slaves, which are called in the Qur’an by the name milk al-yamin, “that which your right hands possess” [Koran 4:24]. This is a verse from the Qur’an which is still in force, and has not been abrogated. The milk al-yamin are the sex-slaves. You go to the market, look at the sex-slave, and buy her. She becomes like your wife, (but) she doesn’t need a (marriage) contract or a divorce like a free woman, nor does she need a wali. All scholars agree on this point—there is no disagreement from any of them. […] When I want a sex slave, I just go to the market and choose the woman I like and purchase her.

Around the same time, on May 25, 2011, a female Kuwaiti politician, Salwa al-Mutairi, also spoke out in favor of the Islamic practice of sexual slavery of non-Muslim women, emphasizing that the practice accorded with Islamic law and the parameters of Islamic morality.

A merchant told me that he would like to have a sex slave. He said he would not be negligent with her, and that Islam permitted this sort of thing. He was speaking the truth. I brought up [this man’s] situation to the muftis in Mecca. I told them that I had a question, since they were men who specialized in what was halal, and what was good, and who loved women. I said, “What is the law of sex slaves?”

The mufti said, “With the law of sex slaves, there must be a Muslim nation at war with a Christian nation, or a nation which is not of the religion, not of the religion of Islam. And there must be prisoners of war.”

“Is this forbidden by Islam?” I asked.

“Absolutely not. Sex slaves are not forbidden by Islam. On the contrary, sex slaves are under a different law than the free woman. The free woman must be completely covered except for her face and hands. But the sex slave can be naked from the waist up. She differs a lot from the free woman. While the free woman requires a marriage contract, the sex slave does not—she only needs to be purchased by her husband, and that’s it. Therefore the sex slave is different than the free woman.”

In January 2016, a female al-Azhar professor stated that Allah allowed Muslims to rape non-Muslim women in order to humiliate them.

During the recent times we have seen how Islamic State was using and trading in “non-Muslim” girls and women as sex slaves. In Iran, ever-since the Islamic revolution, the state machinery incorporated a mandatary provision for those political opponents, protestors and non-Muslim girls and women to be raped inside prisons by the prison guards, prior to execution of the death penalties.

And lets now see what is happening in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to information, after persecuting and tormenting the Hindus in the valley for over 3 decades, radical Muslims have now started targeting Sikh community.

On June 26, twin cases of abduction, forced marriage and religious conversion of young girls from the Sikh community by Muslim men came to light in India’s Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, one of the victims is an 18-year-old mentally unstable girl from Badgam district of Jammy and Kashmir, who has been married off to a 60-year-old Muslim man. The second victim is from Mehjoor Nagar in Srinagar; she went missing after attending a function at one of her Muslim friend’s home. It is alleged that she has been married off to a Muslim boy who attended the function.

It turns out that this sensitive case has not been handled efficiently by the authorities, and the judiciary has shown no compassion for the victim’s family. The girl was abducted four days ago, and was kept in remand for two days after being recovered by the police from Chandoosa. She has not been allowed to meet with her family.

The Sikh community, feeling rejected by the government, revealed that the Superintendent of Police, Mubashir Hussain, who was handling the case, had assured them that the abducted girl would be returned to the Sikh family. However, the judgement of the local court was against the Sikhs. “The police inspector guaranteed in writing that the girl will be handed over to the family after she is presented at the Court. But the judgement came in favor of the Muslim man, and the girl is being handed over to them,” he complained. SP Mubashir claimed on camera that the victim was very volatile, and thus the administration had given her time. “Allah knows what drama she caused inside the court,” he added. The girl, apparently, informed the judge that she was being tortured and harassed by the police.

Citing the COVID advisory, the authorities didn’t allow anyone from the girl’s family inside the courtroom while the hearing proceeded. They had to wait outside. On the other hand, all the relatives of the Muslim man were permitted to be present inside the courtroom.

Members of the Sikh community have taken to the streets and gathered in front of the district court to protest the abduction of the Sikh girls. Local Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee President Sardar Santpal Singh claimed, “A daughter from Sikh community has been lured into a relationship with false promises of love. Her mental state is not stable. She has been tricked into Love Jihad.” Highlighting that the government’s response to the incident has been irresponsible and unacceptable, Singh added, “the government’s attitude towards us is not positive. The judge didn’t allow us to enter the courtroom during the hearing, but admitted all of their (the Muslim party) relatives. They should have given the girl’s family at least one week with the girl, but they didn’t”.

Ironically, the members of the Sikh community had asserted on multiple occasions that they were living in perfect harmony with the Muslims in the valley. However, this friendship has started showing cracks now, as protesting members have requested the intervention of the central government in this case and demanded that law enforcement officials act against such forced conversion. A Sikh politician who, in a failed attempt to appease the Muslim demography, once vehemently criticized the Love Jihad laws, has taken a 180-degree turn and is acknowledging the existence and threats of Love Jihad.

The incident has attracted massive criticism from all sides, except for the Muslim intelligentsia and the liberal cabal that always extends its unconditional support to that intelligentsia. While one would expect moderate Muslims to join with India’s religious micro-minority, the Sikhs, in their struggle, Muslim Twitter users have been spotted abusing the Sikhs as “scum” who took to the streets for “one isolated incident”.

However, this is not an isolated case of a Sikh girl being abducted by the Muslims for marriage and forced conversion. A government-run Islamic university in Jammu and Kashmir was caught in a controversy after a female electrical engineering student, Mandeep Kaur, was stabbed by two unidentified men during Ramadan 2018. The victim’s father alleged that his daughter was being tortured by her friends — three boys and one girl –- to force her to convert to Islam. “They started threatening her to fast during the month of Ramadan and offer 5-time-prayers. When she refused saying her religion doesn’t permit in doing so, they would taunt her and call her names,” he revealed to The Print.

Experts said, Hindu women have suffered a nightmare in Kashmir. It is only a matter of time until the other minorities face the same fate, if the government doesn’t take immediate strict steps to check such incidents. If one were to believe the Sikhs’ claims of indifference from the court, one would have to admit that the present status of Kashmir doesn’t augur well for the religious minorities, that is, for the non-Muslims in the area.

Meanwhile, some vested interest groups are seen active in spreading anti-Sikh propaganda stating, Sikh “punks” have tried to crash Trump rallies in protest of his “Muslim ban”. It also accused Khalistan supporting Sikhs for joining anti-Israel rallies and voicing in favor of Hamas as well calling for elimination of the Jewish State from the global map.

An internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, research-scholar, counter-terrorism specialist, and editor of Blitz. Follow his on Twitter Salah_Shoaib

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