We have read about many pure and Islamic heroes in our curriculum books, poetry of our national poets and many other history books written after the partition of Sub-continent. The one and only great logic which our right wing intellectuals and authors teach us is that these were the great pious people who actually converted us to Islam as we were infidels. Have we ever bothered to research about these so called heroes or explored the belief that they served Islam? Have these heroes like Muhammad Bin Qasim, Mehmud Ghaznivi, Muhammad Shahab-Ud- Din Ghori and so many others (unfortunately all are Arabs and Afghanis and non from our mother land) really converted us to Islam and saved us from the deepest part of the hell? But unfortunately this is not true and in fact these are not our heroes but invaders of our mother land.
After the invention of two nation theory and creation of Pakistan, our so called politicians thought that if we have to convince our new generation that the Muslims were a single nation in subcontinent (although majority Muslims of Subcontinent didn’t agree on this) and Pakistan is a home for Muslims to practice its religion freely and independently, we have to surpass the nationality based on ethnics and geography. For that purpose they invented a fabricated Muslim history.These intellectuals tried their level best to teach us that these legendary Islamic Heroes actually spread Islam in Sub-continent which is now a great Muslim nation in the world map. While fabricating the actual and true history with full patriotism and Islamic mood, they unfortunately forgot some basic and universal facts which are as under:
· One of our so called heroes is Sultan Mehmood Ghaznvi who we believe that, served Islam in subcontinent. Mehmood was an Afghan warrior who Invaded Multan and killed thousands of Ismailia Muslims (a branch of Shia Islam). These Shia Muslims were obeying the Fatimid Khilafat of Egypt. The Fatimid Khilafat was spread in North Africa from Red Sea in the east to Atlantic Ocean in the west and ultimately made Egypt the center of their Khilafat. They built Cairo City, Al Azhar University and Al Hakim Mosque in Egypt. They also patronized some great Muslim scientists like Ibni Al Hytham. After killing the Shias, Sultan Mehmood established Ghaznvi rule in some parts of subcontinent and according to our intellectuals this was a great service to Islam.
· Our second so called great hero is Shahāb-ud-Din Muhammad Ghori, (we have named one of our Missile with his name). Our state sponsored historians told us that he was a great servant of Islam in Sub-continent. But the fact is that, In 1186 AD and 1187 AD Muhammad Ghori conquered Lahore with the support of a local Hindu ruler, he ended the Ghaznavid's Islamic rule and established his own. Again Ghori invaded an Islamic sultanate which was created by one of our hero and established his own rule and become our hero. Ghaznvis and Ghories were enemies of each other, but still both were the servant of Islam and are our heroes.
· Muhammad Bin Qasim was a General of Walid Bin Abdul Malik, the Umayyad Caliph of Damascus. According to Mubarak Ali a great historian, the war between Muhammad Bin Qasim and Raja Dhahir of Sind in 712 AD was not a war of faith. Qasim was a general not an Islamic preacher and he has invaded Sindh just to expand the Umayyad rule. Mubrak Ali has also mentioned that the Islam had reached Sindh through some preachers of Shia Islam before Muhammad Bin Qasim .
· We have imported heroes not only from Arab and Afghanistan but from Greece as well. We are proudly declaring Alexander a great warrior and have given him a Muslim name “Sikander” We never mentioned the bravery of Raja Porus who was a Punjabi local ruler from Sub-continent and strongly fought with Alexander to protect his mother land.
I have mentioned a few examples and there are many more which our political historians forgot to consider while inventing our Islamic history of subcontinent. Now the question is why the need of reinventing the history felt? In my opinion there are two reasons; one is to legitimize the two nation theory and second is to convince the new generation that the partition was a necessity to secure Islam in subcontinent.