Saturday, 12 December 2009

Destruction of Buddhism in India, Bactria, Parthia, Afghanistan, Gandhara and Chinese Turkestan

Before and after
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'BUDDHA' = 'IDOL'
“..There can be no doubt that the fall of Buddhism in India was due to the invasions of the Musalmans…Islam came out as the enemy of the ‘But’.

The word ‘But,’ as everybody knows, is an Arabic word and means an idol. Not many people, however, know that the derivation of the word ‘But’ is the Arabic corruption of Buddha. Thus the origin of the word indicates that in the Moslem mind idol worship had come to be identified with the Religion of the Buddha.

To the Muslims, they were one and the same thing. The mission to break the idols thus became the mission to destroy Buddhism.

Islam destroyed Buddhism not only in India but wherever it went. Before Islam came into being Buddhism was the religion of Bactria, Parthia, Afghanistan, Gandhar and Chinese Turkestan, as it was of the whole of Asia….”


More here 



Islamic hostility to Buddhist 'idolatry' continues to the present
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When we consider Buddhism's appearance, its scriptures, general beliefs, style of worship in the light of the Qur'an, we begin to see that its basic philosophy is founded on very deviant doctrines. Indeed, its worship contains strange practices leading its devotees to worship idols of stone and clay. As a belief, Buddhism is contrary to logic and intelligence. Countries where it has been adopted have mixed it with their own idolatrous ideas, traditions and local customs, joining it with myths and deviant ideas until it has evolved into a totally godless philosophy." More here and here

Additional Buddhist refutations of Islamic accusations of idolatry



Destruction of University of Nalanda
"After the second battle of Tarain in 1192 when the forces of Islam were victorius there was nothing to keep them from invading the so-called Middle Land where Nalanda was located. In 1193 Mohammad Bakhtyar and his armies swept across the Gangetic Plain destroying all Buddhistic temples and institution he found and killing all Buddhist monks who fell into his hands. Nalanda was almost completely plundered, but a few monks who had managed to survive the onslaught returned and attempted to revive the institution. A second attack by the Moslems followed and this time Nalanda was destroyed for good. The abandoned ruins of the once great monastery slowly crumbled into dust, only to be restored, at least in part, in the twentieth century."

More on the destruction of Nalanda  HERE


Buddhism will be swept away entirely and crushed utterly
"I feel, through my direct experiences of it, that Islam has not changed its ways in the least. In fact it has become more aggressive now than at any time since its period of greatest expansion in the 900s to the 1200s. “Modern” Islam seeks to return humanity to those very same times – a revival of the dark ages of Islamic slaughter, mayhem, and pillage – all in the name of Allah.
We Buddhists must realize that we, and our cherished practices, would be swept away entirely and crushed utterly, should Islam ever gain ascendancy in this world in which we live. Islam is the only belief that propagates itself thus – by the sword.
And it is very patient." - From Islam's War Against Buddhism:


Islam destroys all weaker cultures
No fanfare and little notice marked the 10th anniversary earlier this year of the destruction of the 1,500-year-old Bamiyan Buddhas.  These 6th-century stately statues carved into sandstone cliffs in central Afghanistan included one of the tallest standing Buddhas in the world.  On March 12, 2001, the 180- and 121-foot Buddhas crumpled under dynamite set off by the Taliban -- the Islamist militia group ruling Afghanistan from 1996 through late 2001.  Mullah Omar, the leader of the Al Qaeda-supported movement, deemed the statutes idolatrous graven images insulting to Islam and ordered their destruction.  Other Buddhist images, including statues and relief carvings as well as ancient Sikh gurdwaras and Hindu temples, were also destroyed by the Islamic terrorists belonging to the Taliban Movement.

This kind of cultural destruction has been part and parcel of Islam since its inception.  According to Dr. Bill Warner, founder of the Center for the Study of Political Islam, "Political Islam has annihilated every culture it has invaded or immigrated to by destroying the host culture."    -  Tenth anniversary of the destruction of the Bamiyan


Rape, Pillage,  Destruction and Enslavement

"India has a deep, long cultural history.  Hinduism began there around 1,500 BC and Buddhism around the 6th century BC.   This culture had evolved impressive intellectual, religious and artistic pursuits. Pre and post the early days of Islam, Indian scholars took their works in science, maths (zero, algebra, geometry, the decimal system, so-called ‘Arabic’ numbers are actually Hindu ones!), medicine, philosophy etc to the courts of others (including Muslims eg Baghdad).

Others came to study in India’s established universities.  Indian children (boys and girls) were educated in the relatively widespread education system in a wide variety of subjects eg science, medicine and philosophy.  India’s  art and architecture was magnificent.  They were a prosperous people.  Then came Islam – slaughter, slavery, rape, violence, pillage; destruction of religious sites, art and architecture; poverty, exploitation, humiliation, famine, forced conversion, decline in intellectual pursuits, social destruction and a worsening of social ills.  To Islam, anything that is not Islamic is from a time of ignorance –Jahiliyya- and must be destroyed (or appropriated and called Islam’s!).  The onslaught created the Roma (gypsies), destroyed ‘Hindu’ Afghanistan and formed Pakistan (Kashmir) and Bangladesh .

The cost of the Muslim invasions is massive in lives, wealth and culture.   Estimates suggest that  60-80 MILLION died at the hands of Muslim invaders and rulers between 1000 and 1525 alone (ie over 500 years-the population FELL).  (Lal cited in Khan p 216)  Impossible you think?   In the war of Independence of Bangladesh, 1971, the Muslim Pakistani army killed 1.5-3 million people (mainly Muslims …) in just 9 MONTHS. (Khan p 216).  The world looked the other way—but don’t we always when it’s Muslims committing the violence!" http://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/islam-and-slavery-india



UPDATE what we have forgotten

Refutation of taqiyya about the destruction of Buddhism in India


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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

thats sad

Anonymous said...

Sad... but true.

People who are stuck in illogical, intolerant, and dogmatic religions are usually extremely insecure and defensive. As this post clearly shows, they will resort to anti-intellectualism, mass murder, and even genocide.

Funny how Buddhism has almost never been involved in anything like this...


With Regards,

B.R.

Anonymous said...

The Buddha prohibited any images of himself during his lifetime, and spoke frequently against the idol ritualism and animal sacrifices of Hinduism. It was only 400 years after his death that his followers - going against his teaching - began to build statues of him. The Buddha himself understood perfectly the danger of idols leading people to begin to worship him as a deity (as has indeed happened in many parts of Asia where worship of Buddha statues has been mixed into local traditions and become the de facto 'Buddhism' in popular consciousness), whereas he always emphasized that he was only a teacher.

"Why do you crave to see this body of impure matter? One who perceives Dharma perceives me. One who perceives me perceives Dharma." - Buddha

Therefore the destruction of the Buddha cliff statues can in no way be considered destruction of Buddhism. If anything, it is a restoration of the Buddha's original position regarding images of himself. If you want to consider it the loss of a work of art, that is a separate issue.

Anonymous said...

Islamic Clerics (Ustazs) in Indonesia and Malaysia slanders buddhist and Hindu students in schools as idol worshippers.
The street where the main Buddhist Temple are located near Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) called Bricksfield by the British was renamed "Jalan Berhala " in malay means Idolatry Street.

Paul said...

To Anonymous

"...it is a restoration of the Buddha's original position regarding images of himself...."

What a brave stance you have, you know Lord Buddhas "original position...", please, enlighten us, because even though Theravadins "claim" to hold the oldest tradition, this is a very contentious point.

Yeah, yeah, we all know about the Greek influence....but "..original position.." !!!!

SJT said...

Islamic clerics in Malaysia slander all who are not Muslim. The first time I visited Malaysia I was sickened by all of the 'anti-Semitic Muslim' brochures being passed out on the streets. It was absolutely shocking to see how much open hatred there is for Jewish people in Malaysia. I visited several times after that and was treated to Muslim taxi drivers telling me how evil the indigenous Malayu people were, how dirty Jews were, etc. Malaysian people pride themselves as being educated, even superior to other Muslim countries - Indonesia especially - but in reality, Malaysia is a nation full of bigots and racists.

Klotho said...

The islamists, who always complain about the criticism about their violent behaviour and name it islamophobia, are extremely hypocritical and ignorant as well, because they suffer from another phobias, first truthphobia, second criticismphobia.

So now turn the arguments back and diagnose who are real phobics and secondly suffer from aggressively-paranoid psychopathy.

And the founder of islam was not enlightened, I studied their scriptures, he must have suffered a kind of aggressively-paranoid psychopathy. That is why noone can compare Sri Gautama Buddha with this sick guy and that is why islam destroys all religions, it is the enemy of all religions and spiritual minds and in fact ist is a blasphemy.
And they will get the punishment because of the karma they deserve. The real and true divine cannot be fooled and it is universal.