57 Hindus convert to Islam in 10 days

Published: May 25, 2010

Relative says the families were coerced.

A total of 57 Hindus have converted to Islam since May 14 in Sialkot. As many as 35 Hindus converted on May 14 (Friday), 14 on May 17 and eight on May 19.

The people belong to adjacent Pasroor town and embraced Islam in to ‘survive in the society’, their Hindu relatives told The Express Tribune on Monday. Mangut Ram, a close relative of some of the new converts, who lives in Chobara village of Sialkot said that 35 members of a family embraced Islam because they were under pressure from employers. He said that he was the first cousin of the family.

He said four Hindu brothers along with their families lived in the village of Nikki Pindi. Two of them and their families embraced Islam on May 14 in a local mosque (Haidri Mosque) in the village. Ram said that Hans Raj, Kans Raj, Meena/Kartar and Sardari Lal along with his with nephews and sons worked at an eatery in Karachi.

He said some Muslim people from his village also worked in Karachi. Ram said that his co workers often spoke against Hindus in Karachi where his family worked. “The owner of the shop where I worked said that after a few months of his employing me the sales dropped drastically because people were avoiding purchasing and eating edibles prepared by Hindus,” Ram said. “Many people opposed the large presence of Hindu employees at his shop and my boss felt pressured to change the situation,” he added.

Mangut Ram said that Sardari Lal and his brother Meena/Kartar had worked at the sweets shops for several years and made a decent living,that allowed them to support their families. He said that other Muslims employees of the nearby shops discriminated against them and persecuted them. The shop owner was forced to think about their future at his establishment. “That was when the two brothers and their families decided to embrace Islam in order to keep their jobs and be secure,” he said.

Ram confirmed that 13 family members of Sardari Lal, 12 members of Meena/Kartar, their nephew Kans Raj’s son Boota Ram along with three adults and several children of these families embraced Islam on May 14. “I don’t blame them, Sardari Lal, has succeeded in saving his job and can support his family,” Ram said. He said that Sardari Lal’s older brothers Hans Raj and Kans Raj remained Hindus. Hans Raj too has said that he might consider converting to save his job. He said that life was ‘just easier if one was Muslim’ and he wouldn’t be discriminated against. Ram said that 14 Hindus of the Tapiala village had embraced Islam on May 17 because they were extremely poor and could not get jobs because no one would employ the large Hindu family.

He said that another relative of his, Parkash, who lived in the village of Seowal, along with his eight family members had embraced Islam in order to save their lands. “After embracing Islam Parkash Ram usually came to the village and wept before me, he told me that Muslim neighbours had been mistreating him and had forced him to convert,” Ram said. Approximately 700 families in various villages in Sialkot do not have any temple for worship. The only temple in the area was situated in the Chobara village.In 1965 it was demolished,” Ram said.

Published in the Express Tribune, May 25th, 2010.

Reader Comments (22)

  • Shireen Khan
    May 25, 2010 - 2:07AM

    A truly sad day that one has to change their religion in order to survive in any country, Pakistanis and Muslims from elsewhere would be up in arms if they had to do the same elsewhere- shame on us for these bigoted acts, what a travesty to a very tolerant faith… Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    May 25, 2010 - 3:14AM

    What a sad day for our country! Minorities are forced to become Muslim. Whose teachings are we following? It surely does not seem like we are following the Prophet Muhammad and His Family….So sad!Recommend

  • Mir
    May 25, 2010 - 8:51AM

    This country is becoming a joke around the world. Now we do not even know what our religion is. We are just a bunch of non God fearing people multiplying.Recommend

  • May 25, 2010 - 10:56AM

    Pakistan was made to avoid this exact same situation for the minorities of India. We are nothing but hypocrites! Disgusting!Recommend

  • Mansoor Khalid
    May 25, 2010 - 1:09PM

    How ironic is this that on one side we are banning a website because it played with our so sensitive faith and on the other side we have forced people to change their faith ‘to survive in the society’. Karma does bite back I guess.Recommend

  • Zainab Ali
    May 25, 2010 - 2:44PM

    This shows the plight of minorities in our country; although our government tries to protect the rights of minorities, but our people sometimes force them to either convert to Islam (the majority religion) or face economic sanctions.Recommend

  • Asim Kaleem
    May 25, 2010 - 5:53PM

    What else to say ………. when we will realize that its the 21st century ………. gone are the days converting people and their religion ……. this century is about humanity, human values and respect but still the uneducated and backward class of this society harms our repute and this time again. Just we need to put ourselves in their situation and think. Imagine all those Pakistanis living abroad are forced to do the same than what shall the option left. The government should wake up and help the minorities otherwise this will be another problem for Pakistan. Recommend

  • hanan
    May 25, 2010 - 7:36PM

    i think no one can change his religion in this way. hundrads of hundus live in karachi why they do not change their religion. islam is most growing religion and all over the world non muslim give this type remarks.Recommend

  • faraz
    May 25, 2010 - 10:46PM

    Similar incidents have taken place in Sindh. Women were abducted by jihadi organizations and forcefully converted. A famous madrassa in karachi is also involved in this shameful practice. Recommend

  • Sandeep Singh
    May 25, 2010 - 11:01PM

    Well we know that allready .Indian History has it and every one knows what aurengeb tried to do in india. Convert india to islam.So nothing new.
    Just same Philosophy but in new cup.
    The world Knows the truth and are reading Quran and i also know what is what.
    Recommend

  • shaik mustafa
    May 27, 2010 - 10:37AM

    its does not allow in islamRecommend

  • Adeel
    May 27, 2010 - 3:52PM

    Awful! What a shame! poor people, I feel for them. I hope our society changes so this kind of thing doesnt happen. We should be protecting our minorities not converting them.Recommend

  • Wajid Ali
    May 31, 2010 - 11:21PM

    Islam is the perfect closed loop system.
    Because it is perfect and supposedly revealed , it cannot be questioned
    Because it cannot be questioned, it cannot be tested and it remains perfect
    If you question it or leave it, you must die (blasphemy and apostasy laws)
    You can convert to it from anything, you can’t convert from it to anything
    If you get some free time read up on Karl Popper and the concept of an open societyRecommend

  • Divyakant Kantilal Jivan Samji
    Jun 25, 2010 - 1:48AM

    It´s the misery of life that makes the shameful events.
    We have this type of cases in Portugal, where some portuguese indians changed their names and religions.Recommend

  • Azad Poptani
    Jun 25, 2010 - 3:51PM

    Really shameful, this is not the preaching of our beloved Prophet SAW and the Holy Quran. I have known that our Shia Muslim brothers have been persecuted for centuries in the same manner and this is nothing new with these so called ‘Muslims’ who think they know better than our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW. Get real and stop this nonsense in the name of Islam.Recommend

  • Umma Aliyu
    Jun 25, 2010 - 8:37PM

    There is no compulsion in Islam! It is not just the utterances that makes one a believer, it is the belief and the strength of faith that makes one a muslim. It is sad that there are forced when Islam is just an innocent by-stander while people perpertrate in its name. It is indeed sad.Recommend

  • Mookhi Amir Ali
    Jun 25, 2010 - 11:14PM

    This news comes soon after an item in India’s Muslim weekly Milli Gazette which tells us of how, on this side of the Indo-Pak border a mosque demolished in 1947 post partition communal violence was rebuilt after so many tears by non-Muslims.Recommend

  • abram khan
    Jun 25, 2010 - 11:57PM

    im so heart broken by our pakistani ppl. shame on us. pakistan have no respect for other countries. im am living in abroad i feel shame to tell myself that i am pakistani coz people don’t like pakistani coz of some on hypocrist islami teachers doing brain washing of our young childrens. this is not islam. word “force” is not allowed in our beautiful religion Islam.
    our pakistani community ppl creating problems for overseas ppl who working day and night for their poor families. ppl stop non sense. i want to say alot of things but i can’t say because our ppl don’t understand. Hindu is also creature of god. ppl did u forget the time of Makkah ? when our beloved Prophet (pbuh) entered in makkah.
    shame on u hypocrists. be trained and go to school to learn. good formal education means good islamic education. don’t be parrots and memorise books.
    my anger can’t solve our problems only u can solove problms by educating yourself. please stop it. they are also Allah’s ppl. humanity is 1st. just wana ask you one question that what thing make u better than hindus ? your answer is my answer so be a muslim not hyporist.

    wslam.Recommend

  • Rajan Shah
    Jun 26, 2010 - 12:36AM

    It is very sad that some Hindus had to convert themselves to Islam to continue in their employment. I wonder why Hindus are so weak in faith that they sell religion for the sake of employment. I am ashamed of those Muslims who force them to convert to Islam.

    There should be some banking system, I think it is called micro-banking thru which enterprising poor including Hindus could be helped through low-interest loans to set up their own businesses.
    Syed Rajan ShahRecommend

  • Sher Ali
    Jun 26, 2010 - 9:58AM

    This is very sad news, the ethic of Islam never teach to hate any community.Recommend

  • Samir
    Jul 16, 2010 - 6:33PM

    I am sure a day will come when the civil society and peace loving citizens of Pakistan will rise to oppose radicalism which is bringing bad name to islam.Recommend

  • Aug 28, 2010 - 1:02PM

    This is definitly not the ISLAM Hazrat Muhammad PBUH preached … ! Sad !Recommend

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