Shri Ram & Muslims

Ram is as relevant to Muslims as it is to Hindus.

 

Shocked?

 

The events in the overall world during last 20 years or so, have made the entire planet extremely polarised, and India is no exception. There is general suspicion of people from other religion.

 

Granted, that Muslims would not worship Ram as a God. But can they deny the fact that Ram was few thousand years before Prophet Mohammad i.e. much before Islam religion came into existence. So why can't, at least Indian Muslims, revere Ram as a noble king who established an ideal kingdom, Ram Rajya, and feel proud about this king of our land?

 

When, Pakistani Abdus Salam, won the Noble Prize for Physics in 1979, I had felt extremely proud that a scientist from this part of the world had broken the hegemony of Europian scientists in the field of science.

 

Today fanatic religious leaders want Hindus to believe that Muslims have never acknowledged the existence of Ram.

Give me a break!!

 

There is an iconic song in the 1964 film Haqeeqat - कर चले हम फिदा जान-ओ-तन साथीयों which was penned by famous lyricist Kaifi Azmi. One of the verse of the song is as under:

 

खींच दो अपने खून से जमीं पर लकीर,

इस तरफ आने पाये न रावण कोई,

तोड दो हाथ अगर हाथ उठने लगे,

छूने पाये न सीता का दामन कोई,

राम भी तुम तुम्हीं लक्ष्मण साथीयों,

अब तुम्हारे हवाले वतन साथीयों

Incidentally, this song was sung by Mohd Rafi.

 

I also remember a story about Dr. Rahi Masoom Raza who wrote the screenplay & dialogues for the epic serial, Mahabharat. Once a lady reporter asked him how he could manage that being a Muslim. He suddenly became very silent appeared little upset. When probed further, he said "मै disturb इसलिये हुआ.. के तुमने यह कैसे मान लिया.. की रामायण और महाभारत.. मेरी विरासत नहीं है?

 

There would be many more such snippets of our History & Culture.

 

Yeshwant Marathe

yeshwant.marathe@gmail.com

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Satish Dharap

4 years ago

Good. New angle, which I had not thought of. Very apt.

Ajit S Gokhale

4 years ago

छानच...आजकाल सगळेच वेड्या सारखे वागाय लागलेत....

आशा आणि प्रार्थना करतो की सगळेच आपापल्या शहाणपणाप्रती पोचतील लवकरच...

Radhika

4 years ago

So informative.Never even thought of so much of harmony was in the past .Ppl behave in a stupid manner now a days

rajivnaik

4 years ago

A timely reminder for all of us that in this country relevance of Ram is not restricted to one group of people, let alone to one building.

Dr Rafik

4 years ago

My father who used to read a lot of different religious books and also holy Kuran with fool meanings once told me '' whenever there was chaotic situation the Almighty Allah had sent a noble person or MAHATMA on the earth to discipline the common people who have gone berserk ''so such MAHATMA could be anyone from ancient periods upto the last Prophet Muhammad. I say last because after Islam no new religion has come up. so personally I feel no one should have allergy to any religion which I believe Any religion that had come up, was meant to maintain the discipline during the then Chaotic situation

Yeshwant Marathe

4 years ago

Rafik, I completely agree. Every religion has some flaws and effort should be made to eradicate them for a better society tomorrow.

Irfan Chikte

5 months ago

Good article! Sadly the essence and ethos of religion is being misunderstood by many including the elite.It is the political parties which are exploiting it for electoral gains and creating a sense of divisiveness withn the country and we as a nation should be cautious about it.

Ars

5 months ago

this malam patti not required at this stage.

Deepak

5 months ago

Is Nobel Lauret ko bhi porkistan ne bahut sataya

Devendra Bapat

5 months ago

Very well articulated factual information with clear examples.

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