The Legacy of Iranian and Indian Islam

“…Out of the ruins of the Caliphate a brilliant, inclusive Islamic civilization flowered under the Mongols, centered on Persia, rooted in Sufism, and predominantly Shia. But Ibn Taymiyya and others who followed the Hanbali code of jurisprudence the last, strictest and least popular of the four main schools law in the Sunni tradition… this civilization was anthema and an offense to God“. (Allen, 2006, p.44; Allen, C. (2006). God’s Terrorists: The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad. London, England: Abacus.).

“The son of Shah Wallullah, Shah Abdel-Aziz, gathered around him a network of disciples who visited India in 1809. Radiating from Indian centers where the British Colonial Office ruled, Eastern mysticism engendered a revival of xenophobic, Islamic purity that considered all outside influences as suspect and evil. Some of the Islamic orders demanded that all Muslims safeguard themselves from the penetration of Persian traditions and Indian habits” (Dreyfuss & LeMarc, 1980, p.119; Dreyfuss, R. & LeMarc, T. (1980). Hostage. New York: New Benjamin Franklin House Publishing Company).

CONCLUSION: Imperial England was keen to seek and to promote those “Muslims” (Wahabis) who disliked the legacy of India and Iran in Islam. This coincided with British imperial objectives at the time as such ideology helped prevent unity between India’s Muslims and Hindus against the British rule in India.
The promotion of anti-Iranism also assisted in undermining Iran’s s cultural legacy in India, especially the Persian language which was spoken at one time from Bengaladesh to the shores of the Aegean Sea.  Today's terrorist acts are the handiwork of the same Wahabis that were promoted by the British.  Today Sunnis, Shias and Sufis live in fear of these literalist war dogs of Imperial Britain.


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