Thursday, February 5, 2009


pakistan's honor/the first islamic invader on Bharat
  • Port Qasim, Pakistan's second major port is named in honor of Muhammad bin Qasim.[32]
  • Muhammad bin Qasim is sometimes called the "the first Pakistani citizen".[33]
  • Yom-e-Babul Islam is observed in Pakistan, in honor of Muhammad bin Qasim.
> Various polemical perceptions of Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are also reflected in this debate.[26] Elliot perceived Islam as a religion of "terror, devastation, murder and rapine" where the conquering Arabs were characterized as "ruthless bigots" and "furious zealots" motivated by "plunder and proselytism".[12] The period of Qasim's rule has been called by U.T. Thakkur "the darkest period in Sind history", with the records speaking of massive forced conversions, temple destruction, slaughters and genocides; the people of Sindh, described as inherently pacifist due to their Hindu/Buddhist religious inclinations, had to adjust to the conditions of "barbarian inroad".[27] On one extreme, the Arab Muslims are seen as being compelled by religious stricture to conquer and forcibly convert Sindh, but on the other hand, they can be seen as being respectful and tolerant of non-Muslims as part of their religious duty, with conversion being facilitated by the vitality, equality and morals of the Islamic religion.[26] Citations of towns taken either violently or bloodlessly, reading back into Arab Sindh information belonging to a later date and dubious accounts such as those of the forcible circumcision of Brahmins at Deybul...
> No mass conversions were attempted and the destruction of temples such as the Sun Temple at Multan was forbidden.[19] However, Qasim was not entirely deferential to the native religions. Many town temples containing idols were converted into mosques. At Multan, 6000 custodians of the Sun-temple were made captive and their wealth confiscated. The temple housing the great idol (sanam) was a source of great wealth for the town, receiving pilgrims from across the region. Muhammad bin Qasim left the idol where it was;, but he hung a piece of cow flesh on its neck by way of mockery; he then built a mosque in the same bazaar at the center of the town.[

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