The Indian State has unleashed new levels of oppression against the Muslims of Kashmir. After the martyrdom of Burhan Wani on Friday 8 July 2016, protests erupted in Occupied Kashmir, in which more than eighty Kashmiri Muslims have been martyred and 13,000 injured, many with pellet guns, with the deliberate intention to blind them.
Since the killing of the young political activist Burhan Wani in July 2016, scores of Muslim Kashmiris have been targeted and willfully shot dead or blinded by Indian security forces. Tens of thousands attended Wani’s funeral but the continuing protests were met with police brutality which is unstinting in its attempts to halt any uprising, which will challenge the decades long Indian oppression.
The state sponsored terrorism of India has since led to the illegal occupation of Pakistani Kashmir; making it akin to the aggressive Israeli paradigm, through its rampant use of excessive force and illegal munitions along with its huge military presence. There is one Indian soldier for every ten Kashmiris.
The draconian Indian siege of the last three months has stopped people from reaching hospitals and left scores of young protestors blinded by the use of pellet guns. Operations to remove the tiny steel fragments from the retina are proving unsuccessful. A Kashmiri doctor said, “no country has willfully blinded scores of youth as India has”. Such is the ferocity of the Indian response since July, that 2,000 people have suffered serious or moderate injuries in the duration of just two days.
As usual, we hear no outcry from those who arrogantly champion human rights around the world; nor is there condemnation of the world’s largest democracy that is hailed as India. The silence of the leaders of the Muslims is once again deafening.
Amid the dirty politics, the Ummah is being distanced from the true message of Islam by being called to secular solutions which not only pay lip service to the idea of justice, sovereign states, or human rights; but further ideals like nationalism and allegiance to ones western identity are encouraged; intending to reform Islam, secularise Muslim activists and sever our link to the global ummah.
“O you who believe! Choose not My enemies who are your enemies as friends showing them affection even when they disbelieve in that truth that has come to you” Surah Mumtahina, Verse 1.
The Pakistani government can easily support the sincere Kashmiris with a well-trained and equipped Pakistani army whose desire is to defend their brothers and sisters. Being the 7th largest army in the world, this is not a difficult pursuit. As usual though, upholding the power play of their western allies is more sacred than allowing support for the Muslims and responding to their cries.
He saws said. “And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the Cause of Allah, and for those weak and oppressed among men, women, and children, whose cry is: Our Lord! Rescue us from this town whose people are oppressors” Al-Nisa, verse 75.
Our beloved Rasool Allah saws said “Two groups of my ummah Allah has protected from the Hellfire: a group that will conquer India and a group that will be with ‘Isa ibnu Maryam.” Ahmad, An-Nisa’i.