March 28th, 2016.
An owner of a Dairy Queen (DQ) in Kemah, Texas has a conspicuously installed a signboard which proclaims, “Obey Preserve Implement Constitution of the USA “NOT” Monkeyism of Dark Ages”. The owner of this DQ is a Muslim citizen of US named Mr. Mohammed Dar. This is reportedly one of the few other Anti-Hindu signs the owner of this DQ has put up. The Hindu Mahasabha of America strongly condemns this act by the owner of the DQ and asks him to remove the derogatory sign posts and offer an unconditional apology to the Hindu society. This act by Mr. Dar who claims that this sign is more about educating, rather than offending the general populace is offensive, hurtful and a poor method to educate the public.
The attribution of Monkeyism to Hinduism which is totally incomprehensible to any practicing Hindu, Mr. Dar has shed some light on this aspect in some of the interviews given by him. He mentions that, “Hindus don’t follow any limit or law, they follow desires like an animal – that is the foundation of Hinduism, Monkeys don’t plan anything, they just do what they desire, but humans follow the limit and law.” Mr. Dar would like to know that the ancient religion called Hinduism is referred to as “Sanatana Dharma” which when loosely translated means an eternal set of rules by which a human being can lead a virtuous life and contribute positively to the society in his or her own way. This is a very basic tenet of Hinduism which, Mr. Dar going by the facts chose to ignore so as to concoct his inchoate narrative about Hinduism.
In addition, he also mentions “I’m pointing out what’s wrong with Hinduism, which is a force of racism”. One has to wonder in bewilderment that a religion which has a prayer thousands of years old called “Sarvesham Mantra” which prays for the health, peace, fulfillment and prosperity of all human beings is deemed racist. A religion which believes in the concept of “Vasudaiva Kutumbakam” meaning the whole of human beings, being a single family is charged with being exclusivist.
Apparently Mr. Dar’s research of 14 years hasn’t taken him far into the highly philosophical schools of thought in Hinduism. Mr. Dar in his avatar as an interloper desperately needs to get his facts about Hinduism. In light of all the despicable statements made by him, maybe he would do well to check the veracity of his research material.
Hindus can educate public about the ills and wells of Hinduism far better than self-appointed pedagogues. People curious to learn more about Hinduism have many spiritual leaders to turn to for furtherance of their knowledge. Mr. Dar if so choses to get his facts right, can definitely go ahead and join the many places to debate and discuss Hinduism online or in real world where he would be more than welcome.
Hinduism is not a monolithic belief system, but rather a highly pluralistic faith in which argumentation, discussion and debate are encouraged and where every human being is allowed to choose his or her own path to the divine.