The book Rangila Rasul was dedicated to Lekh Ram, who was murdered by Ahmadi’s in 1897, he died in front of an Ahmadi doctor (Dr. Mirza Yacub Baig). Rangila Rasul was written by the Arya Samaj, of which Lekh Ram was a great leader. Thus, Ahmadi’s caused communal strife, just like how Bob Van Der Linden (See “Moral Languages from Colonial Punjab”, page 183) explained in his book. Maulvi Sanaullah responded to this book herein.
What is Rangila Rasul?
Rangila Rasul (meaning Colorful Prophet) was a book published during a period of confrontation between Arya Samaj and Muslims in Punjab during the 1920s. The controversial book concerned the marriages and sexual life of Islamic prophet Muhammad.
It was written by an Arya Samaji named Pandit M. A. Chamupati or Krishan Prashaad Prataab in 1927, whose name however was never revealed by the publisher, Mahashe Rajpal of Lahore. It was a retaliatory action from the Hindu community against a pamphlet published by a Muslim denigrating the Hindu goddess Sita. On the basis of Muslim complaints, Rajpal was arrested but acquitted in April 1929 after a five-year trial because there was no law against insult to religion.
Some Muslim fanatics, however, continued to try to take his life. After several unsuccessful assassination attempts on him, he was stabbed to death by a young carpenter, Ilm-ud-din, on 6 April 1929. Ilm-ud-din was sentenced to death and the sentence was carried out on 31 October 1929. Ilm-ud-din was represented by Muhammad Ali Jinnah as a defense lawyer. Muhammad Iqbal spoke at the funeral of the assassin.
Rangila Rasul had a surface appearance of a lyrical and laudatory work on Muhammad and his teachings; for example it began with a poem which went “The bird serves the flowers in the garden; I’ll serve my Rangila Rasul”, and called Muhammad “a widely experienced” person who was best symbolized by his many wives, in contrast with the lifelong celibacy of Hindu saints.
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