It is shameful that certain groups in Kerala has decided to celebrate Khilafat Movement Centenary!
A reception committee under the aegis of the Ahmediyya Muslim Jamat is constituted was on Sunday to observe the centenary of the Khilafat movement. Jamat’s Chief Missionary Mouvali Mohammed Ayub is the coordinator and Kozhikode region Amir M.A. Mohammed, the chairman.
In Kerala, the Khilafat Movement culminated as Moopalah riots which claimed the lives of thousands of innocent Hindus at the hands of Muslim mobs. This is how Annie Beasent described riots in her book The Future Of Indian Politics: A Contribution To The Understanding Of Present-Day Problems P252. Annie Besant stated: "They Moplahs murdered and plundered abundantly, and killed or drove away all Hindus who would not apostatise. Somewhere about a lakh (100,000) of people were driven from their homes with nothing but their clothes they had on, stripped of everything...Malabar has taught us what Islamic rule still means, and we do not want to see another specimen of the Khilafat Raj in India."
One of lesser told story of Khilafat Movement was that in 1920, some 18,000 Muslims from Sindh and the Northwest Frontier Province emigrated to Afghanistan on the urging of Muslim religious leaders. They saw India as a Dar al-Harb, a non-Islamic land inhabited mainly by Hindus and controlled by the British; they sought to temporarily live in a Dar al-Islam, which signified a Muslim-majority and rule of Islam. However, the Afghan government forcibly deported the refugees back to British India, leaving them weak and vulnerable.
Also, some of prominent historians believe that Khilafat Movement was first step towards formation of Pakistan!
Do we really need to celebrate such a shameful episode in our History? do we have to reopen our wounds?