Mir : The Shamed Witness To Subhuman Muslim Hordes

Khwaja Mir Dard

In 18th Century, Post Aurangzeb India

” After being rescued by Nadir Shah in 1738, Ahmad Khan (later known as Ahmad Shah Abdali) consequently fell into his services.

” Nadir Shah was known to be a child molester and it was no surprise that he took 12-year old Ahmad Khan under his wing and the two had a very close physical relationship. He gave Ahmad Khan command over a group of Abdali tribesmen. Nadir Shah had many servants but Ahmad Khan was favored above the rest because of his young, handsome features.

” All the servants of Nadir Shah wore pearl earrings, a feminine touch that he was very fond of. He gave Ahmad Khan the title “Dur e Durrani” (Pearl of Pearls) and which would later on lead Ahmad Khan into changing the Abdali tribe name to the Durrani tribe.”

On 11th of March 1739, citizens of Delhi were plundered and slaughtered, some historians say that nearly 200,000 people were killed.

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Nadir Shah on his return after plundering and slaughtering Delhites for 57 days, took with him the famous ‘Peacock throne’ built by Shahjahan and the legendary ‘Koh-i-noor’ along with 600 million rupees worth of jewellery, gold worth 10 million rupees and coins worth 6 million rupees. His total collection of booty was worth 700 million rupees and also took care to include in his train 100 elephants, 7000 craftsmen, 100 stone-cutters and 200 carpenters.

Nadir Shah’s invasion did irreparable damage to the Mughal empire. Mughal provinces across the Indus seceded to the Persians. Later on, inspired by the antics of Nadir Shah, his successor Ahmad Shah Abdali too invaded India several times between 1748 and 1767 and plundered Delhi.

Ahmad Shah forced himself upon those areas, moving in like a parasite to deplete the regions. His invasions brought forth waves of chaos and havoc. The people of Ghazni and Kabul— later on Herat as well as other regions—desperately fought back as they did during the invasions of Changez Khan. For those people, there was no difference between the atrocities committed by Changez Khan and those committed by Ahmad Shah about six centuries later.

Ahmad Shah murdered innocent women and children, destroyed families and homes, and stole everything in sight because he had no honor. Human life meant nothing to him as he left piles of dead bodies in his wake. In a civilized society, a criminal like Ahmad Shah would have been punished for his crimes. Instead, the Pashtuns bestow a twisted tribute to him, celebrating his inhumanness and taking pride in his barbaric, animal behavior. People became destitutes, were killed, and unnecessarily suffered greatly because of his greed and cruel behavior. And these actions are respected and admired by many Pashtuns today.

His raids would last for days with unending turmoil; nobody was left with clothes to wear or food to eat; many died from inflicted wounds or even by committing suicide, while others suffered in the harsh climates because they had lost their homes. Their livelihood, their grains, their possessions were taken by the looters and sold back to them at exorbitant prices.

Aside from monetary possession, he was also fond of possessing women. In 1756 – 57 Ahmad Shah sacked Delhi during his fourth invasion of India and burgled every corner of the city. He arranged marriages for himself and his son, Timor, into the Imperial Mughal family. Ahmad Shah had many wives to begin with but he just couldn’t resist adding the princess from the Imperial family into his collection.

He had no respect for anybody and the only way he received respect was through leading looting sprees for his tribesmen, encouraging them to steal as much as they could from India and taking any woman they desired. His gang of barbarians would dig up people’s houses to find hidden treasures, leaving the residents homeless and in despair. Torture and beating were common practices to extort booty which consisted of jewels, diamonds, ornaments, etc.

Leaving Timor behind as in–charge, Abdali left India and returned to Kandahar. On his way back, he couldn’t resist attacking the Golden Temple in Amristar and filled its sarovar (sacred pool) with the blood of slaughtered cows and people. The Golden Temple is to the Sikhs what Mecca is to the Muslims; so his transgressions were of great in proportion. He knew that cows were considered sacred by the Sikhs but he disregarded their beliefs and their values.

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On January 6, 1761, the Marathas lost to Ahmad Shah in the great battle of Panipat. It was a tortuous time for the inhabitants of the region. The plunder and the savage slaughtering began once more. Ahmad Shah’s tribes went home to home, breaking down doors, capturing those inside and burning them alive or cutting off their heads. There was bloodshed and destruction everywhere and nothing and no one was spared. Men of esteem disintegrated into being nothing overnight, noblemen were left destitute, wives and children made captive or killed.

In a later raid, Ahmad Shah inflicted a severe defeat upon the Sikhs but had to immediately head westward back to Kandahar to quell a rising insurrection. Meanwhile, the Sikhs rose again in power and Ahmad Shah was forced to abandon his hopes of retaining his command over Punjab.

During those 25 years, Ahmad Shah weakened India, the prevailing Mughal regime and local governments. He ventured into India numerous times and each time, he returned with gold, camels, women, etc. He left a great number of people dead, destroyed cities and lives and families. All of this seemed like fun to him and adventure to his people.

Upon his death in 1773, his descendants began fighting over the throne. The British took this moment of weakness to step in and create more division. Abdali’s sons were busy fighting against and killing each other, and the British aided the brothers in slaying their enemies, which gradually weakened the state, before taking over.

It is because of Ahmad Shah and his gang of marauders, who crushed the indigenous people of the regions—the Marathas and the Mughuls—that the entire subcontinent of India including today’s Afghanistan was colonized by the British during 19th Century and well into the 20th.

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Mir, the sensitive soul, writes upon witnessing the happenings during the period :

O Thou, who serve !

Have you ever quenched a thirsty heart ?

Come, put the flask to my lips

Till it fills and flows over.

* * *

There’s not a moment’s relief

To this soul rushed of life

In haste are we fated

To try our tasks assigned.

Who so ever I approched

Had his own woes to tell

Before I could give voice

To the wrenching pain

In my own heart.

* * *

O Dard

You’ve not yet seen the ways

And the razing might

Of this world about us.

It fells the blood

Of every parched soul

On these particles of dust.

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We hear echoes of the same human reaction that led to the rise of Sufism, as a response to increasing material power of Islamic leaders while the religion spread during the 8th Century, through corresponding shift in focus to political and self-serving concerns and all the violent, life demeaning and debauch trappings it brought in its wake.

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Men without count

Have gazed in wonder

At this world before us.

But none who passed on

Ever came to look back on it.

The breeze carries my dust

From one door to another.

O Tear Laden Eye

What’s happened ?

Why linger…

And hold yourself thus ?

They, oblivious of their self

Really know the ways of world.

He indeed is awake

Who sleeps with eyes bunged.

Noah’s flood submerged the earth.

I too, shame of a man

Have wrecked the heavens.

O the little bird

In love with the rose

May you be safe…

For I fear the cruel

Sharp-tongued beauty

Who is in the grove today !

O Preacher, frighten me not

With your story of Judgement Day ?

I have washed clean with tears

The scroll of my deeds.

In these words will blossom too

Many smiles, much laughter…

For I sow the seed of verse

On this very soil today.

The world’s temper

Does not moderate

Though I did absorb in me

The heat and the cold

Of the times I have seen.

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One thought on “Mir : The Shamed Witness To Subhuman Muslim Hordes

  1. After the third battle of Panipat, Abdali’s loss at the hands of Marathas was so great that he never recovered and even though technically he won, he never invaded India again. He installed an emperor and went back to Gandhar(Afganhistan). Please respect Historical facts.

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