Who is Nupur Sharma? And why suddenly this name is in the headlines?

Nupur Sharma is a politician associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party and was it’s spokesperson. When a Muslim man ridiculed about Hinduism during a debate on TV, in response she raised the issue of the age of Muhammad’s wife Ayesha at the time of her marriage with him. Later Nupur had also apologized for her statement, keeping in mind the sentiments of the Muslims. To avoid controversy, BJP expelled Nupur from the party.

A quick response was seen across the country regarding this incident, where most of the Hindus were seen standing in favor of Nupur, while the Muslims of the country showed deep resentment towards Nupur. Soon the Muslim protests turned into violence and there were several incidents of stone-pelting across the country. Soon, some Muslim countries also gave rhetorical reactions to this trying to show as if they were the messiahs for the followers of Islam.

Is Nupur responsible for Muslim violence?

Blindly jumping to the conclusion that Nupur Sharma is responsible for the violent protests by Muslims across the country is a diversion from the truth. In recent times, stone pelting has been used by Muslims as a weapon against non-Islamic people. There were also incidents of firing on security forces by Muslim mobs at many places. So, Islamic fundamentalism is responsible for the violent protests of Muslims, not Nupur Sharma.

Few months before the incident

Many temples were attacked by Muslims on Ram Navami, the holy festival of Hindus.
Tableaux taken out by Hindus in Muslim-majority areas were attacked and it was argued that passing of Hindu tableaux in Muslim-majority areas disrespects Islamic belief (Idol-worship is haram in Islam). If you want to read more about this topic please visit this blog post of mine :-

Your Lord inspired the angels with the message: ‘I am with you. Give firmness to the Believers. I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes.” (Koran 8:12)

Terror of Namazi Army

Looting, desecrating the shrines of other religions has become a symbol of Islamic power, solidarity. After offering prayers on Friday, the worshipers are on the road armed with stones, non-Islamic people, their houses, their commercial property, their religious places, their democratic symbols (national flag, buildings of national importance) everything is on their target. Non believers especially Hindus, Christians can’t even think of passing through Muslim areas on Fridays, this fear is what they regard as their victory.

Who is Ayesha and what is her importance in Islam

AYESHA WAS THE THIRD WIFE OF MUHAMMAD (the founder of Islam). She also had a major role in writing the Islamic historiography. Forty-four years after the death of Muhammad, she had done all the work of propagating Islam. Her most important contribution is considered to be in the writing and compilation of hadith. Ayesha herself has narrated many incidents related to the life of Muhammad in the hadith.

What is Hadith?

The Quran is the holiest religious text of Muslims. Muslims believe that the Quran is the book of Allah. Every word of the Qur’an is a statement of Allah. Whereas hadith is a collection of the events that Muhammad experienced in his life. According to Islamic teachings,
The Hadith describes the habits, actions, and sayings of Muhammad. Thus the book hadith is considered as the second holiest book after Qur’an by the Muslims. There are six different collections of hadith.


(The example of this statement by Nupur during the TV debate became the subject of controversy).

The Prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six years. We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Bani-al-Harith bin Khazraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became All right, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, “Best wishes and Allah’s Blessing and a good luck.” Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age. (Sahih Bukhari volume 5, book 58, number 234)

Why was there a controversy when Nupur did not present any wrong or made up facts?

These statements were said by Ayesha and are stored in the hadith, so why is there controversy over it?

Till now not a single Islamic religious leader could muster the courage to come forward and say that Nupur’s statement is wrong.

According to Ayesha, she was married to Muhammad at the age of six. And when she was nine, she went to live with Muhammad.

How can Nupur’s quote of Ayesha be an insult to Islam?

The real problem is the superiority concept of Islam.

So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief non Muslims) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world).” (Koran 8:39)

For Muslims who believe in fundamentalist ideology, to be a true Muslim, it is not only enough to believe in Islam, but it is also necessary to have hatred towards other religions. If you want to read more about this topic please visit this blog post of mine:-

Under Islamic rule-:

  1. Every Muslim should have a feeling of hatred towards other religion, while people of other religion should respect this feeling of Muslims.
  2. Every Muslim should get the freedom of openly discussing the shortcomings, superstitions of other religions and he should get the right of making fun of non-Islamic religion because considering other religions as inferior is one of the basic elements of Islam.
  3. Islamic customs, culture, holy books can not be questioned by any non-Islamic in any way, if he does so, his head would be cut off according to Islamic law.

See, not just in India but the Muslims all around the globe should understand one thing clearly that medieval thinking is of no use in modern times. If you make spreading hatred towards other religions a necessary part of your own religion, then the followers of other religions will also become bound to make their attitudes also the same towards you. Today, when the world is becoming so much global, such thoughts can be very dangerous.

So, will these modern Muslims be able to ask this question from the Mullahs and the Maulanas?

Islam is such a religion in which there has never been any change with time, nor has there been any reform, as a result, the believers of Islam face problems in reconciling with other religions. When these people started targeting Nupur Sharma, the Islamic fundamentalists forgot that now everyone has access to every single bit of information which they have.
Muslim religious leaders are facing great difficulty in answering the questions of the so called ‘non-believers’ for them. Generally a common Indian Muslim looks to the Maulavi of the madarassas, the Maulana of the mosques, for the interpretation of Islamic scriptures, these mullahs administer the madrasas, mosques like they are the one and only true speakers and are sitting as a contractor of truth. Nupur Sharma has also presented a direct challenge to the leadership of modern Muslims by raising the question, now it has to be seen whether Muslim organizations answer the questions by calling themselves modern Muslims or keep silence as usual from the fear of Mullahs, Maulanas.

Author: nitinsingh

Postgraduate in International relations. Experience in writing in various journals, from BBC WORLD NEWS SERVICE to India's one of the oldest hindi daily. I like to write on international relations, religion, religious conflict. Social media has bridged the distance between writing and reading. Now writing is not just the expression of one's own thought, but also knowing the expression of people on various subject.


  1. Generally, civilized people in the modern world don’t have much respect for pedophiles.

    Another reason why Islamic religious leaders probably kept silent in the face of Nupur’s statment.

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