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MUMBAI: Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan have named their new-born son Taimur. And social media has erupted over the choice of this name because Taimur is considered a barbarian in Indian history.
Also known as Tamur Lang or Taimur the Lame or Tamerlane, this 14th century Turko-Mangol militaryman conquered parts of India after conquering the whole Muslim world and central Asia, reportedly killing 17 million people – which was 5 percent of the world population at that time.
On Dec 17, 1398, when he attacked India at the age of 62, Timur and his qizilbash (red hats) reportedly killed one lakh captive people in the name of a holy war against the infidels.
In his diary, the Malfuzat-i-Timuri, he wrote this, “The Hindus set fire to their houses with their own hands, burned their wives and children in them, and rushed into the fight and were killed. The Hindus and gabrs (Parsis) of the city showed much alacrity and boldness in fighting…Excepting the quarter of the saiyids, the ’ulamá, and the other Musulmáns, the whole city was sacked.
“It was brought to my knowledge that a great number of infidel Hindus had assembled in the Masjid-i jámi’of Old Delhí, carrying with them arms and provisions, and were preparing to defend themselves. Some of my people who had gone that way on business were wounded by them. I immediately ordered Amír Sháh Malik and ’Alí Sultán Tawáchí to take a party of men and proceed to clear the house of God from infidels and idolaters. They accordingly attacked these infidels and put them to death. Old Delhí then was plundered.
“…When I was tired of examining the city I went into the Masjid-i jámi’, where a congregation was assembled of saiyids, lawyers, shaikhs, and other of the principal Musulmáns, with the inhabitants of their parts of the city, to whom they had been a protection and defence. I called them to my presence, consoled them, treated them with every respect, and bestowed upon them many presents and honours. I appointed an officer to protect their quarter of the city, and guard them against annoyance. Then I re-mounted and returned to my quarters.”
However, Kareena and Saif might not know these facts about the name Taimur. But it is their choice and should be nobody’s business.
Interestingly, Kareena is not the first in the famous Kapoor clan of Bollywood to marry a Muslim. One of Raj Kapoor’s maternal uncle known as Mr Mehra stayed back in Pakistan after the partition. He had converted to Islam, married a Muslim woman and stayed in Lahore.