This supremacist sentiment is undeniably ugly, but it should not be a surprise to anyone. It is based on a hadith in which Muhammad is depicted as saying: “No babe is born but upon Fitra (as a Muslim). It is his parents who make him a Jew or a Christian or a Polytheist.” (Sahih Muslim 6426)
“Ghar wapsi row: Now Owaisi says Islam is the real home of all religions,” PTI, January 5, 2015:
Hyderabad: AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi has stirred a controversy with remarks that every child is born a Muslim as he locked horns with right-wing Hindu outfits over their ‘ghar wapsi’ programme.
“Every child is born a Muslim. His parents and society convert him to other religions,” Owaisi said, apparently in a tit-for-tat to hardline Hindu organisations which have been claiming that ancestors of all Indians were Hindus.
“Islam is the real home of all religions. There is no forced conversion in Islam. It is you who need to come home, but we can’t give you money for that,” the Hyderabad MP said on Saturday night on the eve of Eid Milad Un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed. Video footages were carried by TV news channels today.
Owaisi’s statement drew strong reactions from political parties with senior NCP leader and Rajya Sabha member Majeed Memon calling it a “stunt” to get votes.
“It is a stunt by Owaisi for vote-catching. Everybody has the right to follow his religion and convert to other religion if he wants to. What Owaisi has said is not right,” he said.
“Such activities harm the nation,” he said.
As his comments triggered a row, Owaisi said it is a part of his “belief system” that Islam is the real home of all religions.
“It was a public speech. It was a celebration of Prophet Mohammad. I said these things in a 90-minute speech. It is our belief system.
“In a democracy, I have the permission to put forth my views. You are free to disagree. I am not pushing it down somebody’s throat,” he said.
Not yet, anyway.