Demystifying Ghazwa-e-Hind. A #thread.

A recent video of Shoaid Akhter surfaced in social media creating a lot of controversy where the #Pakistani Cricketer can be seen suggesting invasion of India by using the term Ghazwa-e-Hind.
Radicalization of sportsmen seen off late

Some radical Islamic preachers believes that Ghazwa-e-Hind means a “Holy War against India”. As per this irrational & profane concept, there will be a fierce battle to secure victory over #India.
#Pakistan-based terror groups, like JeM have been using Ghazwa-e-Hind as a Hadith to recruit, fund and justify its terror strikes as a religious holy war against #India.
Some machiavellian people claim it is a prophecy that Muslim warriors will wage war against the #India.
Jaish & others falsely propagate that Jihad against India is considered holy in Islam & that those participating in it will be granted an easy entry into paradise.
However prolific scholars says that this is a made-up interpretation of some verse in The Holy Quran to mislead the gullible youth of #Pakistan into picking up arms and fighting its Army's personal battle against #India.
In a widely-circulated note by Jamia Qasmia Shahi of Moradabad, Maulana Mufti Salman Mansoorpuri had debunked the JeM’s assertions & argued that prophecies and sayings of Prophet Mohammad should not be used for political or material gains.
#Pakistan has destroyed the lives of thousands of youth, pushing them into #terrorism by showing them the poisonous dream of Ghazwa-e-Hind, using influential but hare-brained people like Shoaib to sell them “Ghazwa-e-Hind”
Shoaib Akhter is a loose cannon by all means.
But the video also shows a bigger problem with #Pakistan & its Army, that is - using or rather misusing religion as an instrument of state policy, in justification of waging war against #India for decades.
#Pakistani cricketers being every bit un-sportsmen like, have earlier too spewed venom against India. Hasan Ali, Pakistani pacer, openly provoked #Indian soldiers at Wagah border. Shahid Afridi has made controversial statements against Indian Prime Minister & #Kashmir.
If #Pakistan wants to get out of the mess they are in today,being sidelined by the world community with economy in shambles, they need to give-up this poisonous dream of Ghazwa-e-Hind. It has brought them nothing but 4 lost wars & the humiliation losing East Pakistan.

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Imagine if Christians sold all their possessions and gave it to the poor.

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Two things can be true at once:
1. There is an issue with hostility some academics have faced on some issues
2. Another academic who himself uses threats of legal action to bully colleagues into silence is not a good faith champion of the free speech cause

I have kept quiet about Matthew's recent outpourings on here but as my estwhile co-author has now seen fit to portray me as an enabler of oppression I think I have a right to reply. So I will.

I consider Matthew to be a colleague and a friend, and we had a longstanding agreement not to engage in disputes on twitter. I disagree with much in the article @UOzkirimli wrote on his research in @openDemocracy but I strongly support his right to express such critical views

I therefore find it outrageous that Matthew saw fit to bully @openDemocracy with legal threats, seeking it seems to stifle criticism of his own work. Such behaviour is simply wrong, and completely inconsistent with an academic commitment to free speech.

I am not embroiling myself in the various other cases Matt lists because, unlike him, I think attention to the detail matters and I don't have time to research each of these cases in detail.

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