Jihad Against Hindus of Malabar

First Jihad Against Hindus Of Malabar-




Let us see what the Quran says,

“Allah revealed His Will to the Angels saying ‘I shall be with you, give courage to the believers.

I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, maim them in every limb. “(Surah 8: Ayat 12).



So you see, such acts of violence, inhuman torture and barbarism, have been considered sacred duties of every Muslim in Islamic theology and practice, inspired by the ‘Holy’ Quran itself.

So what do the original sources tell us about Tippu?

“The first thing that Ali Raja of Cannanore did after his appointment as the Naval Chief of Hyder Ali’s army, was to capture the King of Laccadives and present him to Hyder Ali after gouging out the eyes of the helpless victim (p. 459).

Later the fisherfolk living there were forcibly converted to Islam. According to the report of Gen. Abercromby of Bombay who was in Kerala supervising the English Company’s operations, “Moplahs are fanatic Muslims who are also treacherous by nature. From the repeated treachery and notorious infidelity of the whole Moplahs race, rigid and terrifying measures have become indispensably necessary. Lenity (towards Moplahs) has been found ineffectual” [Tippu Sultan, Villain Or Hero. An Anthology. Voice Of India, New Delhi. Pg 533.]

In the words of Ravi Varma, one of the contributors to the anthology: “It was Tippu Sultan and his fanatic Muslim army who converted thousands of Hindus to Islam all along the invasion route and occupied areas in North Kerala, Coorg, Mangalore, and other parts of Karnataka. Besides over 8,000 Hindu temples were desecrated and/or destroyed by his Muslim army. Even today, one can see large concentrations of Muslims and ruins of hundreds of destroyed temples in North Kerala as standing evidence of the Islamic brutalities committed by Tippu Sultan … He was, all through, waging a cruel Islamic war against the unarmed Hindu population of Kerala, with a large Muslim army and ably assisted by the French with powerful field guns and European troops. …”

The anthology also quotes from ‘A Voyage to the East Indies’ by Fra Barthoelomeo, a renowned Portuguese traveller and historian, who was present in Tippu’s war zone in early 1790: “First a corps of 30,000 barbarians who butchered everybody on the way … followed by the field gun unit under the French commander, M. Lally. Tippu was riding on an elephant behind which another army of 30,000 soldiers followed. Most of the men and women were hanged in Calicut, first mothers were hanged with their children tied to necks of mothers. That barbarian Tippu Sultan tied the naked Christian and Hindus to the legs of elephants and made the elephants to move around till the bodies of the helpless victims were torn to pieces. Temples and churches were ordered to be burned down, desecrated, and destroyed. … Moreover, evidence of Tippu”s atrocities abounds in many contemporary church records in Mangalore, Calicut, and Varapphuza.”   The anthology includes excerpts from Tippu”s letters as researched by the distinguished Kerala historian K. M. Panicker, which he reviewed in the Bhasha Poshini magazine, August 1923:

1. Letter dated March 22, 1788, to Abdul Kadir: “Over 12,000 Hindus were ‘honoured’ with Islam. There were many Namboodiris (Brahmins) among them. This achievement should be widely publicised among the Hindus. There the local Hindus should be brought before you and then converted to Islam. No Namboodiri (Brahmin) should be spared. Also they should be confined there till the dress materials sent for them, reach you.”

2. Letter dated December 14, 1788, to his Army Chief in Calicut: “I am sending two of my followers with Mir Hussain Ali. With their assistance, you should capture and kill all Hindus. Those below 20 may be kept in prison and 5,000 from the rest should be killed by hanging from the tree-tops. These are my orders.”

3. Letter dated December 21, 1788, to Sheik Kutub: “242 Nairs are being sent as prisoners. Categorise them according to their social and family status. After honouring them with Islam, sufficient dress materials may be given to the men and their women.”

4. Letter dated January 18, 1790, to Syed Abdul Dulai: “With the grace of Prophet Muhammed and Allah, almost all Hindus in Calicut are converted to Islam. Only a few are still not converted on the borders of Cochin State. I am determined to convert them also very soon. I consider this as Jehad to achieve that object.”

5. Letter dated January 19, 1790, to Badroos Saman Khan: “Don’t you know that I have achieved a great victory recently in Malabar and over 4 lakh Hindus were converted to Islam. I am now determined to march against that ‘Cursed Raman Nair’ without delay.

(Reference is to Rama Varma Raja of Travancore Kingdom who was popularly known as Dharma Raja for giving shelter in his state to all those who fled Malabar.)

Thinking that he and his subjects would be soon converted to Islam, I am overjoyed and hence abandoned the idea of returning to Srirangapatanam.”   Historian Hayavadana C. Rao asserted that Tippu’s “religious fanaticism and the excesses committed in the name of religion, both in Mysore and in the provinces, stand condemned for all time. His bigotry, indeed, was so great that it precluded all ideas of toleration”. He further asserts that the acts of Tippu that were constructive towards Hindus were largely political and ostentatious rather than an indication of genuine tolerance.

[Hayavadana C. Rao, History of Mysore 1399-1799: Incorporating the latest Epigraphical, Literary and Historical Researches Vol. 3 pgs 1047-53, Bangalore Government Press.]

The nightmarish results of Tippu’s invasion of Kerala have been aptly described by the former editor of Gazetteer of Kerala and the renowned historian A. Sreedhara Menon.   “But in reality, he was only a religious fanatic who believed in converting as many Hindus to Islam, and killing those who didn’t fall in line. Living in Kerala, one does not have to read historical books to know about Tippu”s oppression. It was just a few generations back and Tippu”s cruelty is a part of the folk-lore. Temples relocated, idols (some of them even made of gold) buried (some of them recently recovered) and people resettled, in the wake of Tippu’s military campaign (“padayottam” as it is locally known).”

[Meanderthalis, “Tippu Sultan – the Glorified Butcher?” August 28, 2006.]

One of the leading Congressman of pre-independence days, K. Madhava Nair, observes on page 14 of his famous book, Malabar Kalapam (Mappila outrage): “The communal Mappila (Moplah) outrage of 1921 in Malabar could be easily traced to the forcible mass conversion and related Islamic atrocities of Tippu Sultan during his cruel military regime from 1783 to 1792.”

Dr. P.C.C. Raja, a direct descendent of the Zamorin of Calicut, writes in the anthology:


According to Lewis B. Boury, the atrocities committed by Tippu Sultan against Hindus in Malabar were worse and more barbarous than those committed against the Hindus in Hindustan by the notorious MAHMUD OF GHAZNI, ALAUDDIN KHALJI, AND NADIR SHAH.

“Unfortunately, there are no memorials erected anywhere in Kodungallur, or Trichur, or Alwaye to honour Dharma Raja who gave shelter in his state to thousands of Hindus escaping from the Islamic brutalities of the fanatic Tippu Sultan; or to Ayyappan Marthanda Pillai who was the architect of the historic Nedumkotta; or to Raja Keshavadas under whose direct command a comparatively small army humbled and defeated the vast hordes of the invading army of Tippu Sultan; or to the scores of valiant Hindu soldiers who laid down their lives to protect their country, their culture and their ancient faith.”

[Anthology. Appendix 2]

It’s high time that the new generation Hindus are told the true Story of this Jihadi Tippu Sultan that he is not a Hero but a Villain in our History.   Unfortunately, we, the Hindus, have had to suffer a continuous history of conquests and foreign rule for over seven centuries.   CITIZENS WHO REFUSED TO BE IMMOBILIZED BY FEAR CAN DO WONDERS WHEN WORKING AGAINST A COMMON ENEMY.


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  1. S.L Bairappa who is a renowned writer in Kannada and a recipient of “Saraswathi Samman” instituted by Birlas wrote a book called ” Avarana” meaning enclosure. The book became highly popular and went through many editions in a very short time. . The book laid bare the cruel and communal attitude of Tipu sultan [based on historical references] who did everything to decimate Kannada and its culture. Naturally this infuriated the congressmen, pseudo secular writers who poured venom on this work. protests were held and Bairappa was attacked in meanest terms, all because he spoke the truth about Tipusultan who in the eyes of Congressmen and secularists is a great patriot who fought war against British little knowing that his fight against British was to protect his own power. Mercifully British defeated him and he died fighting. The Mysore kingdom was rightfully restored to the Wodeyars who were the legal heirs to the regime and thanks to this intervention of the English mindless and oppressive of conversion Hindu subjects to Islam stopped. Had Tipu continued in power for some more time the Mysore region of Karnataka would have become another Kerala with fanatic Muslims wielding lot of power.
    Whatever these congressmen, pseudo seculars say on Tippu sultan, the wodeyar Kings of Mysore and the people here have utter contempt for Tipu..It should be noted the wodeyar kings in Mysore have been held in highest esteem by common men and even Gandhiji appreciated their concern for their subjects
    I may not like English Rule but the Hindus owe a deep sense of gratitude to them as they alone could vanquish a tyrant like Tipu sultan. The attempts made earlier by Maratas to defeat him did not succeed.
    A few years ago Congressmen wanted the photo of Tipu sultan to be put up in all Govt offices. But then Sri Yadiyurappa, the former C.M thundered that they would smash these photos if ever any attempt was made in this behalf, Fortunately, the idea was shelved.
    In karnataka, all the Dalit leaders, Congressmen, pseudo Secular writers [They are in plenty] have all praise to Tipu ignoring the historic factors. They have contempt for Hinduism and to support their praise to Tipu they normally cite the incidence of Tipu making some grants to temples in Karnataka. Foolish Hindus call this act[which was designed with ulterior interests] as an example of Tipu’s secularist credentials.

  2. Now, Kumraswamy former C.M has promised that he would name the Bangalore -Devanahalli [The place where Tipu was born] Airport Road as Tipu Sultan Road if he were to come to power. Congressmen have all praise to Tipu sultan and now Rehman Khan, the recently inducted minister for Minority affairs at the Centre has stated that a Central varsity bearing the name of Tipu sultan with intake of Muslims at minimum 50% of the strength would be opened near Srirangpatna, which is very close to Mysore and the place where Tipu died fighting the English. Of late Muslims have started celebrating the Tipu sultan Jayanthi in a big way which has sparked off protests at places. No wonder if Congress would be declaring State Govt holiday in memory of Tipu if they are voted to power in the coming elections. It is only BJP which is not in favour of Tipu but all political parties other than BJP have soft corner for Tipu ignoring the History all because of politics of Muslim appeasement, a dirty legacy of Gandhiji .Stupid Hindus[ They are in sizeable number] have also started supporting movements which are designed to perpetuate the ghastly memory of Tipu sultan. God only knows what they do next to favour the memory of Tipu sultan.

  3. Malik :: Book 21 : Hadith 21.3.10
    Do not kill women or children or an aged, weak person,Do not cut down fruit-bearing trees.Do not destroy an inhabited place. Do not slaughter sheep or camels except for food. Do not burn bees and do not scatter them. Do not steal from the booty,
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 89 :: Hadith 320
    Not to join anything in worship along with Allah, (2) Not to steal, (3) Not to commit illegal sexual intercourse, (4) Not to kill your children, (5) Not to accuse an innocent person (to spread such an accusation among people), (6) Not to be disobedient (when ordered) to do good deeds.
    jihad for allha sake
    Malik :: Book 21 : Hadith 21.14.31
    Malik :: Book 21 : Hadith 21.15.34
    Malik :: Book 21 : Hadith 21.18.40
    People who take weapons for fight prohibited:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 88 :: Hadith 190 ,91,92
    jusctice is best jihad:
    Dawud :: Book 37 : Hadith 4330

    Prohibit killing with unjust:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 92 :: Hadith 423
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 37
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 17
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 2,3,6,9
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 82 :: Hadith 840
    Bloodshed completely prohibited:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 4,7 ,8

    Apostate ordered killing when they are fighting against Islam: committed murder and theft
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 37
    Run back to jihad prohibited:
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 82 :: Hadith 840
    Killing innocent people prohibited:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 93 :: Hadith 611,23
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 12
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 10 , 21s
    jihad for allha,not for booty
    Malik :: Book 21 : Hadith 21.15.35
    jihad only in the way of Allah :
    Malik :: Book 21 : Hadith 21.1.1,2

    People blood & properties, were honors and protected/sacred like Mecca:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 88 :: Hadith 199
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 81 :: Hadith 776

    protecting property deed of martyr:

    Bukhari :: Book 3 :: Volume 43 :: Hadith 660
    Forbid burning human:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 84 :: Hadith 57

    quarrel/fight prohibited:
    Bukhari :: Book 3 :: Volume 43 :: Hadith 637
    Fithna : broken the agreement
    Dawud :: Book 37 : Hadith 4329
    Fithna belongs to theft, hypocrisy
    Dawud :: Book 35 : Hadith 4230
    Killing believer go to hell
    Dawud :: Book 35 : Hadith 4257 , 59
    does not shed unlawful blood:
    Dawud :: Book 35 : Hadith 4257 , 59
    Fithna is killing people:
    Dawud :: Book 35 : Hadith 4264
    Best jihad is talking for justice:
    Dawud :: Book 37 : Hadith 4330
    Keep forgiveness:
    Dawud :: Book 35 : Hadith 4250
    Symbols of hypocrites /layers/looser/break the bond/quarrels/cheat
    Bukhari 1.2.33,
    Bukhari :: Book 3 :: Volume 43 :: Hadith 639
    Help oppressed people & stop oppression
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 85 :: Hadith 84
    jihad for stand with peace
    Bukhari 4.52.45

    jihad not for money,show couragious,someone seen,only sake of allha.
    (Bukhari 4.52.65)
    justice even broken teeth
    Bukhari 4.52.61

    Taking self action prohibited:
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 82 :: Hadith 829
    Revenge is prohibited:booty only for prsent in the battle:
    leave enemy with tax:
    Malik :: Book 21 : Hadith 21.7.16
    Provacation people to sin is prohibited:
    Dawud :: Book 12 : Hadith 2170
    collecting money for charity equal to jihad:
    Dawud :: Book 19 : Hadith 2930
    spoil divided with just:
    Dawud :: Book 19 : Hadith 2955,56
    spoil divided to muslim & poors:
    Dawud :: Book 19 : Hadith 2961 ,66
    prophet just about spoil:
    Dawud :: Book 19 : Hadith 2963,66
    prophet reject to give spoil to fathima:
    Dawud :: Book 19 : Hadith 2966
    prophet family has no right to sadhaka & zakath:
    Dawud :: Book 19 : Hadith 2969 ,66,76,79
    prophet borrowing jew:
    Dawud :: Book 23 : Hadith 3555,56
    prophet never consume other person property
    Dawud :: Book 22 : Hadith 3326
    Killer Muslim going to hell , killed person to haven:
    Dawud :: Book 35 : Hadith 4247
    Martyrdom will go to paradise:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 93 :: Hadith 621
    Mass killing symptoms of end of day:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 88 :: Hadith 183, 84, 85,87
    Punished Jew with reason:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 15,16,18,23,24,
    Killing, abusing Muslim prohibited:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 88 :: Hadith 197
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 88 :: Hadith 204,205
    Punishment for killer either kill, or blood money to relative:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 19,20
    Jaziya prohibited some poor’s:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 88 :: Hadith 208
    ‘And fight them until there is no more fithna ‘” (2.193)
    Fight declares for the people who keep grudge to Muslim:
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 76 :: Hadith 509
    Fithna: Pagans try to kill Muslim
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 88 :: Hadith 215
    Fithna: protection of his family, his property, his children and his neighbors
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 88 :: Hadith 216
    Fighting for physical earning prohibited:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 88 :: Hadith 228
    Hypocrites secrete sinners:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 88 :: Hadith 229 , 30
    People make difficulty to people going to hell
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 89 :: Hadith 266
    Eate halal/moral earning food:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 89 :: Hadith 266
    Being patience:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 89 :: Hadith 268
    Morality for jew:
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 76 :: Hadith 524

    Do not judge you are angry:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 89 :: Hadith 272
    Consider the old,weak:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 89 :: Hadith 273
    Public people have no right to punish the people:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 89 :: Hadith 279
    Do not long for meeting your enemy
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 90 :: Hadith 343
    mischief through the land prohibited:
    Dawud :: Book 38 : Hadith 4357
    Dawud :: Book 38 : Hadith 4359
    Jew never killed without evidence:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 89 :: Hadith 302
    Making quarrel/fight between people prohibited:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 89 :: Hadith 298
    Fighting each other prohibited: money punishment
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 30
    children captive killing prohibited:
    Dawud :: Book 38 : Hadith 4390
    Killing children Prohibited
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 92 :: Hadith 395
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 1
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 82 :: Hadith 802
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 76 :: Hadith 480
    Judgment being moral:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 92 :: Hadith 450
    Prophet did justice it brings from Jew:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 92 :: Hadith 432
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 82 :: Hadith 794
    Physical earning, worldly benefit not expected:
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 76 :: Hadith 438 ,39
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 76 :: Hadith 455
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 76 :: Hadith 500
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 76 :: Hadith 444,45,46,47,49

    Jew liar proved:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 37
    Death punishment for killers: Qisas (i.e. equality in punishment)
    Bukhari :: Book 6 :: Volume 60 :: Hadith 25
    Relative forgive: no death punishment: (i.e. equality in punishment)
    Bukhari :: Book 6 :: Volume 60 :: Hadith 25,27
    Muslim :: Book 16 : Hadith 4151
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 41,44,45
    Without proof no punishment, even against Jew: prophet give blood money
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 36
    Muslim :: Book 16 : Hadith 4119
    Not money punishment for accident/unknown/animal/suicide:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 48, 47
    No reward for suicide:
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 77 :: Hadith 603 , 604
    Calmn & firm strong during fights:
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 77 :: Hadith 617
    Pagan declare war with Muslim:
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 77 :: Hadith 617

    Prophet never take injustice even it against Jew
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 37
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 36
    He paid money himself for jew:
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 37
    Do not steal from the booty, and do not act treacherously. Do not mutilate and do not kill children.
    Malik :: Book 21 : Hadith 21.3.11

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