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in response to reader comment: Mansoor: A correction to your madrassa history about Raja Dahir and Mohammed bin Qasim

Submitted by Rahul (India), Feb 9, 2010 at 10:16

firstly i would like to say that i respect islam and its teachings and feel that islam is not a blood thristy religion and i completely respect your perception .however for fact many islamic rulars invaded, killed and forcibly converted hindus by putting sharia law and gizya. ( tax to be paid by non-muslims) this is not a lie as this has been confirmed by many historians of india and islamic nations

.The upper caste and richer hindus did not convert some were killed (they eventuly fled during partation)others fled the invaded areas rather than convert and the lower caste hindus converted as they could not pay the heavy taxes andcould not face the might of the rulers. the ruling muslim ivaders and nobles were called sharif'sor the rulers and the newly converted hindus were called mussallas (not sure of the spelling) the fetchers of water and caretakers of households. now moving on to raja dahir, yes he did marry his sister but for only the throne as it was made a condition for his throne, he did not marry her for pleasure and it is widely believed that the kidnapping was a story made up by the islamic rulers to convince the people of sind that he was a tyrant ,this obviously did not work as even today in sind a very large majority of sindhis consider him to be a fatherly figure who fought for them.

secondly as for the treatment of women the invaders were nothing less tahn tyrants,when sind was finally conquered by qasim he enslaved many women of sind, his noblemans harem was filled with enslaved women and so was his noblemans, They looted and plundered sind. a historian madani confirms that when Dahir's severed head was presented to Hajjaj, a courtier sang: "we have conquered Sindh after enormous trouble.... Betrayed is Dahir by Mohammed Bin Qasim's masterly strategy. Rejoice, the evil doers are disgraced. Their wealth has been brought away . . . They are now solitary and brittle as eggs and their women, fair and fragrant as musk-deer, are now asleep in our harems."

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