THE ULAMA AND BRITISH BARBARISM

After the 1857 war, Maulana Ja’far Thaneseri was sentenced to death by hanging. He was transferred from the jail at Ambala to Lahore. Maulana wrote in his book, Kala Paami: “Our hands were manacled and our feet were shackled. Our clothes were in tatters. Iron bars were tied around our waists. In this state were we escorted on foot from Ambala to Kotlapit jail in Lahore. When we entered the jail, the superintendent remarked: “These Mullahs will not renounce their activities in this manner. This is not sufficient for them. Confine each one to a cage.” A special iron cage was made for each one of us. Blood was flowing from our hands and feet. They pushed us into these cages made of sharp-edged iron bars. Neither could we lie down nor sit in these cages. Then we were dumped into the dungeon of the prison. After sometime we were loaded on to a goods train and told that we would be hanged at the district jail in Multan. We were dispatched to Multan in the same coach all the way. From Lahore to Mukltan it took three months. Along the way we would stop for ten days to a month. It was in the midst of summer with hot winds blasting against us. When we reached Multan station, we were blind-folded and escorted to the district jail. In the evening we were informed that we would be executed in the morning. That night we rejoiced and were unable to contain our happiness. The next morning an English officer approached us and asked: “Molvis! What is all this rejoicing about when soon you will be executed?” Hadhrat Thaneseri replied: “We are rejoicing because we are sinners. We always thought that we would die on our beds without knowing whether our sins have been forgiven or not. Now we shall die the death of a martyr. As you execute us, we shall find ourselves at Haudh-eKauthar by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The white man replied: “Molvis! The death you are so passionate about will not come to you so easily. You will be sentenced to fourteen years each to the black waters.” This is a reference to the Andaman Islands off the coast of India where prisoners were interred during the British rule. The British practically eliminated all the Ulama of India. By 1867, not a single Madrasah remained. In 1601 when the British first arrived in India there were a thousand Madrasahs in Delhi alone. But the British did not leave a single Madrasah in the entire India. Madrasah Rahimiyyah, the Madrasah of Shah Waliyullah was bulldozed to the ground by the English.”

TAKEN FROM AL-HAQ BUL. 40

MARCH 2012

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