Delhi gang-rape Case – a temporary outburst of collective outrage or an opportunity for empathetic social reform and effective deterrents: A Call for the Muslim Ummah to Respond

A recent gruesome incident of rape and torture of a 23 year old girl in the nation’s capital – New Delhi has agitated the minds of people all over the Indian Sub-continent. Such a ghastly inhuman act has naturally generated a sense of utmost disbelief & dismay throughout the country. My heart trembles with anguish at the very thought of the extreme physical suffering & emotional trauma that she would have suffered. I extend my heartfelt solidarity & empathy towards her family members in this time of overwhelming grief.

The cold-hearted justification of the crime, peddled in some sections of the society can never be a plausible excuse to perpetuate such cruelty. Although pervasive immorality & unrestrained intermingling of the genders certainly does contribute towards the degeneration of the society, yet debased acts of leering or assaulting are unequivocally beyond the pale of justification. Moreover, this horrific episode has once again brought to light the widespread moral depravity in the contemporary world.

Heinous crimes of this nature invariably trigger public protests – and rightly so – demanding tangible solutions from the powers that be. It is an obvious response from the youth towards the inefficiency of authorities in eliminating the horrific crime and brining the culprits to justice. I support and agree with their expression of dismay, and support their demand of “Death penalty” to the criminals of this incident and who so ever does it again.

There is a palpable sense of resentment towards the prevailing system of criminal justice & an ardent desire in the civil society to bring about constructive social reform and implement effective deterrents. I would try to bring an attention to a point that, this demand of death to this crime was prescribed by the Prophet of Mercy 1500 years ago to safe guard the chastity of women folk. The demand of youth is the command of ISLAM.  And ISLAM prescribes beyond that, to establish a peaceful atmosphere.

However, I am apprehensive that the temporary outbursts of collective outrage will soon peter out with the passage of time. The clichéd press statements from celebrities, politicians and law enforcement agencies will run their usual course. The animated television debates & heated discussions by common people amongst themselves will soon fade from public memory. The candle light marches & the heightened sense of social responsibility will soon dissipate. Until, yet another tragedy of this nature strikes an unsuspecting daughter of ours. How many more of our daughters & sisters need to sacrifice their lives before the Muslim Ummah stands up and responds, on behalf of the beleaguered humanity which is plagued with such problems? If such shocking cases of brutality will not stir from their passive stupor, the followers of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.), who was sent as a mercy to mankind – then what will?

It is a matter of shame if the flag bearers of his noble message of universal peace do not attempt to disseminate & demonstrate the divinely ordained regulations to eradicate the social evils of rampant promiscuity & intoxication which invariably are the root causes of such wretched perversions. This tragic case is no exception.

Every human on this face of earth has a right to live with peace and tranquillity. And the creator has provided with all the possible means & ways to preserve the well being of societies. When the societies face threats, brutality and such incidents are common, it is a sign of a presence of dangerous evils, and effects of which lead to this incident. People of serious concerns should concentrate on the various grounds that lead to this shameful situation. The Book of ALLAH prescribes every detail of these aspects.

The compulsion of ISLAM is not commanded by ALLAH, but ALLAH addresses the humanity with utmost love. HE says, “Oh you Human Beings, what has deceived you from your LORD, the most Beneficent”.  ALLAH is the creator and the Lord of not only Muslims but also the entire humanity. The Prophet of Love and Mercy was not only sent to Muslims of Arab. But He was a mercy for all the worlds.

A few thousand companions of the Prophet (s.a.w.) brought about unprecedented social revolutions, implemented effective deterrents & established equitable societies in distant lands. It is ironic that more than 200 hundred million Muslims cannot, in our own country, appropriately highlight Islam’s humane & effective measures as a credible alternative to safeguard the honour of half of mankind. It is a travesty of gigantic proportions that we are supposedly the upholders of the legacy of our remarkable ancestors who went to the extent of immediately sending an army because one woman was molested thousands of miles away. 

I hope and pray that the social churning displayed by the demonstrations all across the country translates into tangible reform instead of mere lip service. Besides, I also earnestly implore Allah to give the parents of this daughter of ours, the strength to bear the devastating sorrow. And I also pray that my voice can reach the authoritative people as a call to study and adopt the humanitarian principles prescribed in the Book of humanity & Guidance i.e the Noble Quran.

Sajjad Nomani

14 thoughts on “Delhi gang-rape Case – a temporary outburst of collective outrage or an opportunity for empathetic social reform and effective deterrents: A Call for the Muslim Ummah to Respond

  1. Amir January 1, 2013 at 11:21 am Reply

    Timely delivered mesage not to console only, but to provide a tangible solution and realize our responsibilities. I salute such elite of our societies.

  2. Raziuddin January 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm Reply

    It is very good to see that a very learned scholar of sub-continent is writing on this issue. May ALLAH preserve the chastity of all our mothers and sisters.

    My question to Maulana Sajjad is that, is there any clear cut concept available to apply for the protection of women folk in the Indian Context. The islamic ideology is perfect, no doubt about that, but it is India, a secular nation.

    So, it would be better that Maulana would take a step forward and suggest to the respective authorities, some practical solutions that can be implemented in the Indian Context for a better and safe society.

  3. Nazia January 2, 2013 at 3:13 pm Reply

    These are the thoughts of the mind who feels and thinks.

    A very perfect way to deal with the issues of today’s world indeed ,
    But,
    India is already a religiously diverse nation along with the societies of independent individuals , any suggestion for the application of these humanitarian laws from the noble book would foremostly sound ‘islamical’ !

    • Abdullah January 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm Reply

      It is a very difficult situation not even in India but through out the international world. People tend to run away from any thing that is being Islamic.

      The main challenge for the scholars of today’s time is to highlight the humanitarian aspects of the Islamic Teachings, rahtar than just islamisizing the issue.

      • Mohammad Akil January 10, 2013 at 1:41 am

        What is your view on how to face and reacts on this challenge?

  4. Maripat January 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm Reply

    Is it Dr Razi?

  5. abdulmuneem January 3, 2013 at 3:25 am Reply

    Aww may allah swt guide all mankind . ameen

  6. Rizwan January 3, 2013 at 11:26 am Reply

    A timely message. I want to share this on facebook.

  7. asjad January 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm Reply

    assalam-u-Alaikum Wr. Wb
    really the teaching of islam is the best way for the benifit of mankind in all eras. and the most applicable and hence message of QURAN is solution of such social evil act in the most significant way which may result in peaceful, safe and women dignity of among all human beings.

  8. Talha Bin Arif (Bhopali) January 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm Reply

    I am wondering that after compromising with the life of So many Females of India now Government has just started Thinking of coming up with Plans of Death penalty or Chemical Castration.
    Just imagine how equilateral Shraiat E Islam (Islamic Jurisprudence) already have punishments like Death Penalty etc for such Horrendous Crimes. No doubt the Teaching of Islam & Prophet P.B.U.H had guided humanity in all aspects of life.

    I would even like to Urge Pope Benedict to look into guidance of Prophet Mohd PBUH when he is requesting world to think for More Peace as a resolution of 2013.

    At the same time, well Said by Imam Bukhari that whether the Gov response have been same if this girl would have been a Muslimah…? if Yes than we should put the same punishment for Best Bakery & Godhra Riots victim.

  9. Murshid January 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm Reply

    MashAllah this article from Hazrat shows that how much concerned are the true muslims for the humankind irrespective of religion!
    May ALLAH help all of us to accept his religion as the true guidance and way to get rid of crimes.

  10. Salman Ibrahim January 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm Reply

    Rightly said Maulana Saheb, hope to see you post regularly on the blog inshaAllah.

  11. sameer January 6, 2013 at 10:09 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing this article with us. Allah S.T bless on Hazrat for sharing his ilm and the guidnce with the peopples.

  12. Maria al-Qibtiyya January 9, 2013 at 7:15 am Reply

    Jazakallahu Khair for sharing the article. Sharia laws are the best solution to counter to such inhuman acts. May Allah subhana wa Ta’ala keep save all sisters from evils of this world. Amen ya Rabbul alameen!

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