title: Is Self-defence a Crime? By A Hindu Priest,
Translated by Editorial Staff
Respected Mawlana Rabi`a Hasani Nadwi, Respected Mawlana `Abdullah Hasani, Respected Misra Ji, and other respective personalities sitting on the dais, and beloved brothers! Shrimad Bhagvad Geeta says in its third chapter, Shalok no. 21: “Yad yad acarati sresthastat tad evetaro janahsa yat pramanam kurutelokas tad anuvartate” (Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow his footsteps. And whatever standards he sets by his exemplary acts, all the world pursues them.) If a perfect person shows a way, the people should follow the way.
In the Glorious Qur’an, Surah No. 7, verse No. 158 God says:
Say, [O Muhammad], “O mankind, (He did not say O Muslims, rather, He said O people of the world), indeed I am the Messenger of Allah to you all, [from Him] to whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. There is no deity except Him; He gives life and causes death.” So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the unlettered prophet, who believes in Allah and His words, and follow him that you may be guided.”
Indeed, the Prophet (peace be upon him) was such a perfect person who is followed by hundreds of millions all over the world. I studied Islam before and knew that Islam has a divine book;the Glorious Qur’an. The rulings of the Glorious Qur’an came down to the Prophet (peace be upon him). The divine books always important deep meanings. Vedas are also amongst of the divine books. To understand such divine books, one needs the purity of mind and body, only the purity of body is not enough but the purity of mind is also needed.
In addition to that, it requires a special method to understand it. Previously, when I had studied Islam, my body was pure but my mind was impure. I had put in my mind in advance that Islam has terrorism due to many reasons that would be mentioned later. I had studied Islam thinking that Islam has terrorism; my mind had imagined that terrorism existed in Islam. That is why I saw terrorism in Islam, because, my mind was not pure. Another thing also was missing; I did not know the method. I am sure that if you study the Qur’an after reading the biography of the Prophet (peace be upon him), you will find every thing crystal-clear and as clear as you see in the mirror.
In order to understand the verses of the Glorious Qur’an, you have to know first what the circumstances were during the revelation of the verses. Why was the verse revealed? If you do not know the situations surrounded the revelation of the verse, or if you do not remember the circumstances accompanied the revelation, you cannot understand the meaning of the verses of the Glorious Qur’an. For example, if an order from the government is issued “shoot at sight” and you read the order only “shoot at sight” or if people are informed about the order “shoot at sight” out of context, what will people think about this? Surely they will think that the order is based on terrorism. “Shoot at sight”! indeed it is a big terrorism. But have you read why “shoot at sight” was issued? You need to read the context.
If some rioters began creating disturbance and started killing the innocent persons, or some criminals began committing crimes, then if you kill the criminals you would save thousands and thousands of innocents. The command refers to that situation. When people forgot this point they thought that Islam promotes terrorism, even I had thought that Islam has terrorism; also some think that Jihad means to capture any non-Muslim and chop his head and if he cuts off the head he gets the ticket to the Paradise. I also had misunderstood the concept and debated with people, even I had mentioned such opinions in my book ‘The History of Islamic Terrorism’ but after I studied the biography of the Prophet (peace be upon him) I found the meaning entirely opposite. The verses that I thought inciting for terrorism I found them eliminating the terrorism. Yes, total opposite. I learned it from the biography of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
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title: Shankar Acharya speaks about Islam,
Translation of a speech by Devanand Sarswti
“Ooom nomoh:shivae ….. Ooom nomoh:shivae ….. Ooom nomoh:shivae …..
My regards to the organizers and present guests and religion loving friends of this great event.
A person gets the chance to understand the true religion only when he is blessed by God Almighty.
For last several years continuously I am coming into Muslim’s gatherings … In India I have started a new tradition, Jagad Guru Shankar Achary too began to go to Muslims and understanding their love and to know the truth of Islam and take part in making people of the world understand and accept that Islam teaches the greatest lesson of humanity.
Perhaps among all people, it makes me the saddest person in the world when I hear people accusing Islam and Muslims as ruthless and that Islam was established and spread by sword. This accusation can never be the truth and it has never been the truth.
Islam is the religion that declares in its first statement of the Qur’an that (There is none worthy of worship accept Parmatma Almighty (Allah) “La ilaha illallah Muhammdur Rasulullah”.
By worshiping God Almighty, Muhammad (peace be upon him) got the nectar of “The Vedas” and the message of God Almighty in one single statement of “Kalimah”, then tell me what scripture in the world can be greater than the Glorious Qur’an?
By understanding this ‘one’ statement of the Qur’an, if a Hindu wants to follow his religion then perhaps he will be the most pious person.
Though I haven’t experienced the Qur’an in it’s depth but I had seen the depth of the hearts of the followers of the Qur’an (Muslims). And if the whole world accepts Islam then there is no problem in it.
Islam is the principle revealed by God Almighty, Islam is not the Law or Decree by any person or human being.
Some people want to create divisions on the earth and blame Muslims as ruthless and tell bad words against Islam, I say they themselves are the worst ones; they are the children of Satan not the children (servants) of God Almighty.
Because, according to my approach, I have read the Vedas, Purans and the scriptures of Hinduism and after that I started to come to Muslims.
People opposed me when I shook hands with Muslims and they said in surprise: “He shook hands with egg eaters (Muslims)! What kind of Shankar Acharya he is.”
I said: “you are unable to understand.” They (Muslims) worship God Almighty five times a day and you eat vegetable but even don’t worship once! Then no one is more impious than you.
See your own impiousness! To oppose someone’s holy legislation is your first sin.
What you eat! How you live! If you aren’t making me sad then none is better human than you in the world.
If we eat grass but make you sad then none is more impious than us in the world!
One thing I would like to declare which I have experienced. Something that I have seen amongst you, it is the love that I have received from you; people asked me why do you go to Muslims? You are a Shankar Acharya!
I said: “Ask the Muslims, why they love me so much, if they love me so much then I will go to them.”
Then they said: “Do we not love you?” then I answered: “I was born among you, but you do not love Muslims, so I also do not love you.”
Here in your presence, I want to tell you something that since a short period, some organizations in the name of Hinduism did something terrible to create divisions between Hindus and Muslims, because of that an ordinary Hindu has no chance to realize the truth of Islam and what is “Sanatan Dharm”(original Hindu religion). Sanatan Dharm is a true religion, perhaps, it will not be wrong if the Sanskrit word “Sanatan” is called as Islam in other language. Islam and Sanatan Dharm are same, because Gog Almighty is One and He is for all. This message was conveyed by all Hindu spiritual mentors. And the same message was also conveyed by the respected Muhammad (peace be upon him)) from God Almighty. Then why should we divide them? There is no difference between Islam and Sanatan Dharm(original Hindu religion). In fact Hinduism is not any religion in any way.
I tell you very clearly that if the Muslims of India slept the whole India will sleep and if you want India to be awake, you must awaken the Muslims of India. If India is awake the world will be awake. Also I know very well that the real Hindu who follow Sanatan Dharma sincerely want love for Muslims and not dispute. If a person is a true Hindu, he must follow Sanatan Dharma. But if there is a different interpretation of the original Sanatan Dharma then I tell you with full confidence that it is not a religion at all. The true Hindu Dharm is to believe in the Qur’an, the Vedas and Sanatan Dharma. Sanatan Dharm is a religion but some person defies it and establishes a new society and attributes it to God. Also I would like to explain for you that God is not like a human being to change his laws every day, to change the law every day is the nature of the human beings.
Regarding our respected Former Prime Minister, sometimes, I am saddened, but people should not think that I am an opponent of him; I am not an opponent of him, although he does not know the interpretation of Sanatan Dharma, though he travels to foreign countries and presents a wrong explanation of the Hindu religion. We feel deep grief; in which school did he got his studies! Without reading about a religion, one should not dare to talk on the religious matters, it is totally wrong. If a person talks on religion after he has full knowledge of it then the love prevails, security spreads and the light of humanitarian feelings widens to the four cardinal points. In addition, I would like to say that if all Hindu spiritual leaders and mentors become agreed on the opinion that Sanatan Dharma is a religion that never opposes Islam and that Islam is a religion that never opposes Sanatan Dharma. This act would be helpful for human being. The dispute always arises in politics and not in religion. The principle of Saam, Daam, Dand and Bhed are devised in politics only not in religion. (Saam is the policy of getting work done through peaceful negotiation and Daam is the policy of getting work done through money or allurement and Dand is the policy of getting work done through punishment or fear and Bhed is the policy of getting work done through creating differences or the policy of divide and rule.)
Religion is based on “Ekam Brahm, dvitiya naste.” “There is only one God, not the second” Or “La ilaha illallah” (There is none worthy of worship except Parmatma Almighty (Allah).” This is the declaration of the religion and this is what the religion says. So we worship God and glorify Him. God is one; God does not change His laws from time to time. He does not change His laws whenever man changes on the earth. You should remember well that the Law of God since the beginning of the world and until it will continue was one and remained one and will remain one. If the followers create disunity then there is no blame on Him. The blame is on those people who create disunity in order to achieve distinction. We must also remember that religion always erase the controversy while politics always promote the conflict. The limits of politics are confined only to organize the affairs of the government but the religion includes the whole universe. Through the politics, governments are administered, but if you want to control the whole universe, then there is always a need to the religion.”
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title: Why Was Somanatha Raided by Mahmud of Ghazni?,
Linguistic Analysis of Somnatha
The word Somanatha is a composite of two independent words: Soma and Natha. Some historians mentioned that the word Soma in Somanatha was originally Shobha, that means beauty in Sanskrit, but the word has been changed into Soma due to frequent use and over time, while the word Natha means owner, lord or possessor, thus, ‘Shobha Natha’ became Somanatha that is the owner of the beauty. Perhaps, the name was given because the temple or the city was a symbol of beauty(1) due to the abundant offerings and money that flooded to it from all parts of Indian subcontinent by its devotees of Indian people including the kings and princes.
However, Al-Beruni mentions another explanation for the word Somanatha, concluding that it was attributed to the moon, he says: “Soma is the moon and Natha means the lord, thus Somanatha means the lord of the moon.”(2)
Was Somnatha of a Miraculous Nature ?
It is said that Somanatha remained a center of myths and false beliefs across its history, people believed that Somanatha had a miraculous nature. Dayananda Saraswati (1824 –1883 A.D.) was asked about the miracles ascribed to Somanatha as was mentioned in his book Satyarth Prakash: “Question: See, Somanatha rested above the ground, which was a great miracle. Is it false also? Answer: Yes, it is false. Listen to me. There were magnets above and below of the idol, as a result of their attraction, the idol was hanging in the air without any visible support. When Mahmud of Ghazni raided it, the false miracle became unmasked when the roof was broken it fell sown on the earth and the priests and devotees faced humiliation. Also the Hindu army was hundreds of thousands of strong men who were defeated by only ten thousands of Muslim fighters.”(3)
In fact, we do not care here if the miracle of Somanatha temple was a false or true, myths or fact. That was not the cause of its raid by Mahmud. The real motive behind it was that the remnants of the defeated coalition army which entered the temple and used it as a shield and fort to attack the armies of Mahmud of Ghazni.
In addition to that, the temple was a hub for the enemies of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni, including Brahmins of Mathura and Thanesar as well as it was a refuge of Qaramitians and Isma`ilis of Sindh, Iran and Gujarat, who conspired day and night against Mahmud of Ghazni. This was the basic motive that led him to attack the temple, as there was no other way to fight those plotters.
Suppose if there are fighters in a temple who use it as shield and inflict losses upon your army, what will you do? Will you wait or will you raid it?
Furthermore, the Brahmins had propagated and spread amongst the people by all ways and means that the idol of Somanatha was angry with the idol of Thanesar and Muthra that is why Smonath consented to the acts of Mahmud of Ghazni and did not prevent him from destroying it. But now, when Mahmud and his soldiers intended to raid Somanatha itself, the idol of Somanatha is going to eliminate them within a moment since it is the king of all idols, the sea itself comes to worship it during some fixed days. Somanatha was located on the coast of the sea, and the water was extended to Somanatha because of the lunar tide that is a common and natural phenomena. But the priests and spiritual leaders made people to believe that the sea comes to worship the idol of Somanatha.(4)
Five hundred volunteer girls were dedicated to serve this idol on the permanent basis that belonged to wealthy families of princes and kings. The temple included two thousand priests of Brahmins to organize the activities of worship, offerings and religious services.
We have already mentioned that the remnants of the Indian coalition army fled the fighting and entered the temple. Furthermore, the devotees of Somanatha believed in the superiority of Somanatha over other deities and idols that were worshiped in northern India. Also the worshippers of Somanatha always degraded and demeaned the devotees of other idols, attributing the calamities and defeat of the people of northern India to the weakness of their gods and inabilities of their deities. So the people of northern India incited the king Mahmud to demolish the idol which was a source pride for its devotees in Gujarat and a cause of humiliation for its opponents to expose their false belief and blind-following to Somanatha taking the revenge of their continuous degrading and disgracing.(5)
The king Mahmud heard of the false propaganda and rumors by priests that the defeat of northern India at his hands was due to the anger of Somanatha with the idols and deities of northern India. They believed that if Sultan Mahmud only neared to the Somanatha with his army he will face a humiliating defeat. When he heard such myths and fairy tales, he intended to abolish such assertions.
The Sultan Mahmud began his journey from Ghazni, Afghanistan on the 10th of Sh`aban in 415 A.H., 17th October, 1024 A.D. and arrived Multan on the 15th of Ramadan, 415 A.H., 20th November 1024 A.H., then he traveled from Multan to Gujarat. In fact, this operation was necessary in order to protect his state from the plots and political intrigue of the king of Gujarat which was a center of evil activities against Sultan Mahmud. The king of Gujarat and his supporters themselves violated the sanctity of the temple because they made it a place of intrigues and political plans instead of a place of worship and adoration. The Indian king fled the city when he feared of his defeat on the hand of Mahmud of Ghazni. When they managed to enter the city, some Indian people stood on the wall and shouted: “Your death brought you here, no one of you will escape safe, and the Somanatha will eliminate you all within a second.” They were fully convinced that the deity has supernatural powers and the king Mahmud would be defeated miraculously. The king Mahmud ordered his army to throw arrows on the fighters inside the temple who were more than ten thousands, fearless and courageous fighters. The fighting lasted for two days, they stood bravely in front of Mahmud, who was attacked from behind by two Indian Kings Dabashalim and Paramdev of neighboring cities with forty thousand fighters. It was a very critical condition for the king Mahmud. However, he prayed Allah (Glory be to Him) asking for help. He divided his fighters into two groups, one of them continued fighting with the warriors of Somanatha and other fought Dabashalim and Paramdev and their 40000 brave men, and thus he defeated both fronts of the fighters successfully. Most of the historical accounts agree that Sultan Mahmud broke the idol of Somanatha but did he did not harm any ordinary citizen, rather, he treated them with mercy, kindness and tolerance.(6)
Some historians mentioned that the temple was not destroyed but was raided as deduced from the memoirs of the King Kadamba the ruler of Goa, who visited the temple in 1038 A.D. Romila Thapar mentions on the authority of some historians that the temple of Somanatha was not destroyed, only the idol was broken and the temple was desecrated and was restored and renovated immediately after his mission had finished and it returned to become a place of worship.(7)
Perhaps, the king Mahmud himself ordered to repair and reform the temple after the campaign was completed because it became in his rule. This also confirms that Mahmud of Ghazni did not raid the Somanatha temple for any religious zeal; he raided it only to eliminate the terrorist elements that used it as shield and fort.
There was no animosity between Hindus and Muslims in India during the Islamic rule, the Somanatha temple was not destroyed completely; it was merely raided for the above-mentioned reasons. The whole story of demolition and destruction of the temple by the king Mahmud is fabricated and imaginary. It was fabricated by English colonists to create an atmosphere of enmity and hatred between Muslims and Hindus in order to make them believe that Muslim rulers terrorized Hindus for centuries, forcing them to convert to Islam and destroyed their temples, to instill feelings of hatred and anger towards Muslims to make them believe that the British just came to India to save them from the clutches of the Muslim rulers to consolidate their occupation. Thus, Hindus would render their thanks and appreciation for colonial rule.
Unfortunately, we find some contemporary historians rely on the literature prepared by the occupiers, without questioning its authenticity.
Anyway, we can summarize the motives that led the king Mahmud to raid the temple of Somanatha in following points:
The First: The remnants of the Indian army who entered the temple seeking refuge in the temple and used it as a fort and shield to attack the king Mahmud. It was a key reason for raiding the temple.
The Second: The temple was a centre of political conspiracy of Qarmatians who were bitter enemies of Sultan Mahmud. The priests were the first who desecrated the temple when they allowed them to abuse the place of worship. This is also among the reasons that justified the attack on the temple.
The Third: The Hindus of north India who did not believe in Somanatha and worshipped their own gods and idols and were belittled and disgraced by the devotees of Somanatha asked the Sultan to demolish the idol to expose their true faces.
The Fourth: The king wanted to reveal to the people in a practical way that the idol can not protect himself then how can it protect others? If he could not defend himself, how would it defend others?
The Fifth: The idol was hanging in the air without any visible support due to the magnetic attraction, while people believed it as sort of divine miracle. So, the King wanted to show the people the secret of this idol.
The Sixth: As I have mentioned in the light of historical sources that he did not destroyed the whole temple he only removed the idol as it was enough to abolish the false belief of the people.
The Seventh:It is also said that the peasants residing in the outskirts of Somnath complained to the King Mahmud that the priests of the temple wrong and loot their prosperity on the name of Somnath, they force them to give their daughters to serve the temple, throwing them into prostitution. They requested the King seeking his help. This led the King to chase the priests of the temple. Thus, the King was required to raid the temple. He entered and captured all its money and wealth and distributed them amongst the oppressed farmers of Somnath.(8)
(1) Durgaprashad, Tarikh Gulistan – e- Hind, Queen Press, Sandhela, Hardui, India 1897, p.24.
(2) Al-Beruni, India, publication of Hyderabad, Deccan 1957, p.178.
(3) Dyanand Sarswati, Sithyarth Prkash, an authentic Urdu translation by Pundit Rimaldas, Arya Patr 1899, p.428-429.
(4) Qasim Farishtah, Tarikh –e- Farishtah, Urdu translation by Muhammad Fida `Ali, Othmaniyah University, Hyderabad, Deccan 1926, vol.1, p.101.
(5) Moulana Akbar Shah, A’inah Haqiqat Numa, Hamdard Press, India, p.192.
(7) Romila Thapar, Somanatha: The Many Voices of a History, first published in Viking by Penguin Books, India 2004. P.78, 79.
(8) See:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEjWI-RcAis. (Last accessed on 10-2-2014)
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title: A Hindu Brother Recites the Qur’an,
In this video, a Hindu brother recited the first chapter of the Glorious Qur’an which is known as Surat Al-Fatihah. This Surah is recited in every rak`ah of the prayer one time.
Meaning of Bismillah
He began his recitation with “A`udhu Billahi Mina-sh-Shaitanir- Rajeem” (I seek shelter in Allah from the rejected Satan) and “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” (In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful”.
It is noteworthy that these two prayers are recited by every Muslim frequently before the beginning of any permissible and good thing or work.
A Protection from the Devil
Additionally, reciting them protects from bad eyes, Satan, devil, ghost, Sorcerer, temptation and nightmares.
His voice in the recitation is good and impressive, though he needs some corrections in the pronunciation of Arabic letters.
We hope that you will enjoy this video and will try to memorize them to protect yourself from devil and ghost.
May Allah the Almighty guide the Hindu brother to the right path and bless him with Iman (true faith).
If any non-Muslim brother or sister is interested or eager to learn the recitation of the Glorious Qur’an they can seek help of the teachers on the following link.
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title: From Hinduism to the Monotheism of Islam,
In this video, an educated Hindu brother speaks about his long spiritual and religious journey. He searched
for the true religion for a long time to adopt it as his way of life. He started his serious study from Hinduism, going through Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism and even atheism. He read, searched, analyzed but he did not find what he was looking for in any of these religions and those intellectual tendencies until he reached Islam.
A Fair Comparison between Religions
After the brother failed to find what can satisfy his spiritual thirst and religious hunger, he began reading about Islam comparing between the above-mentioned religions. His study made him satisfied with Islam and became convinced of the truth of Islam. After a hard and deep study, he embraced Islam wholeheartedly and adopted it as his only way of life.
At the Door of Buddhism and Atheism
When he studied Buddhism, he discovered that Buddhist philosophy was uncertain, rather silent about the existence of God. Therefore, he concluded that Buddhism does not have the final truth.
When he became doubtful about Christianity and Judaism, still he was satisfied that God existed. His mind never accepted the possibility of creation by itself without the will of a Creator. If your mind cannot imagine the creation of a simple thing like computer by itself, how can you accept the creation of the whole universe with all of its complicated and accurate system including: living things and non-living things?
A Logical Debate on Islam
After he refused atheism based on logical conclusions, he believed in the existence of a Supreme Being but he was totally ignorant of how to worship Him, or how to approach him and how to discover his orders and will.
Once he was in a hospital for the treatment of his mother, one of his Muslim friends asked him saying: “Do you believe in God?”
He answered: “Yes, I do, I come from a Hindu family and I believe in God.”
His friend asked him: “What is your belief in God?”
He answered: “I do not believe in Hinduism, I do not believe in polytheism or idol worship, but I believe that there is only One God who is worthy of our worship. However, I am not sure of the way of worship. However, I pray in myself on my own way.”
His friend asked: “What do you think about Islam?”
He answered: “I do not have much information about Islam? But, perhaps, Islam is not different from Judaism and Christianity.”
His friend started to explain to him the five pillars of Islam;
- Declaration of Faith (Shahadah).
- Prayer (Salah).
- Charity (Zakah).
- Fasting (Sawm).
- Pilgrimage (Hajj).
It is noteworthy that the brother was impressed by the concept of tawheed in Islam or the belief in the Oneness of God. In fact, he found his final goal in the philosophy of worship for only One God. This was an important factor that influenced his mind and heart and caught his attention from the begging of his journey to Islam.
Who is wrong; the Car or the Driver?
Then, the brother questioned his Muslim friend about women’s rights, terrorism and other bad practices amongst some Muslims. Then, his friend explained to him all the misunderstood issues with an example.
He presents an example of car and driver asking him will you judge Islam through the practices of some so-called Muslims or through the principles and teachings of Islam? Will you judge a car by its driver or by the quality of car itself? Suppose, if a good car is driven by a drunken driver and some accidents are caused, who has to be blamed, the car or the driver? Surely, the driver must be blamed and not the car. And the same is applicable to the teachings of Islam and the practices of some ignorant Muslims.
I hope that you will be enlightened with this video that presents a unique spiritual experience by an educated Hindu brother who studied the major religions of the world before embracing Islam.
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title: Hinduism: One God or Multiple Gods?,
This is a short video that contains an important question on Hinduism with its answer. This question occupies a lot of minds interested in the Indian culture and philosophy. Is Hinduism based on idol-worship or on worshipping One God?
Is Hinduism Polytheist or Monotheist?
The speaker was asked about the philosophy of one God and many gods or the concept of monotheism and polytheism in Hinduism. Whoever studies Hinduism finds a clear reference to the concept of monotheism especially in its theoretical and philosophical aspects. But the question is: What about polytheism in Hinduism? Are there proofs that support the philosophy of many gods or idol-worship in Hinduism?
One God in Puranas and Upanishads
In fact, the Vedas or the earliest Sanskrit texts represented in four Vedas have the concept of monotheism or the concept of one god, but the Upanishads or the Puranas that are later scriptures have the concept of polytheism or many gods. According to the opinions of the well-known thinkers, the later scriptures have been added and subtracted over the ages and polytheism is one of the innovations of some afterward Hindu philosophers and thinkers.
Nehru’s Opinion on Hinduism
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in his book “The Discovery of India” has concluded that Hinduism is not a religion. Furthermore, the idol-worship has been created by some Hindus and was added into the Hindu system of worship due to their own worldly interests and benefits. However, the Vedas had the basic teachings of only one God.
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title: Will a Hindu Enter the Paradise?,
By Editorial Staff
The question: Good evening. My name is Satish. I am a non-Muslim. However, I believe in the philosophy of Islam. Will I get a place in paradise?
The answer: If you believe in Islam, there is no reason for not to convert to Islam, because belief in Islam necessarily leads to the action.
In Islam, faith leads to the action. I will give you an example. If your boss tells you that you must complete such and such project within the next week and whoever will not do would be fired.
If you truly believe in your boss and you need that job, you are not going to be lazy in that job and you are going to work hard so that you will make sure that when the weeks finish, you have finished the work.
If the weather forecast says that it is going to rain severely, you will take precautions or you will take an umbrella, because you believe in this fact, and you will act upon it.
In Islam, faith necessitates the action; when you have true faith, you must proclaim that faith, you must announce it by the testimony “Ash-hadu Al-la Ilaha Illa-llahu Wahdahu La Shareeka Lahu Wa-Ash-hadu Anna Muhammadan ‘Abduhu Wa Rasuluh.” (I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, the One alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.)
And once you have announced testimony of faith you must act upon it by praying to God, by giving charity to the poor, by fasting the month of Ramadan. You must show your devotion and dedication in action and in word and in belief and this is a fundamental point in Islam.
So, I ask you: if you are ready to embrace Islam, if you believe in Islam, then why don’t you embrace it, why do not you accept Islam? We do not know when death will come to us, we do not know when the angel of death will arrive and take our souls away.
What is preventing you from taking this important step? A step that is more important than any other decision that you have made. I ask you right here and now that if you believe in Islam that you should embrace it or you are willing to do so. If you are willing to do so just raise your hand.
Al-Hamdulillah (all praise is for Allah)! Allahu Akbar (God is great). Al-Hamdulillah (all praise is for Allah)! Al-Hamdulillah (all praise is for Allah)! Please stay at the mike. You can have your microphone turned on again. If your microphone does not turn on, please, come to the stage.
(Now Satish is embracing Islam):
Actually I want to come to the stage. Allahu Akbar (God is great!). We have brother Satish Babu in front of us today, who has studied Islam and has come to the realization and conclusion that this is indeed the ultimate and the only and the legitimate religion from Allah (Glory be to him).
Today is the day that Al-Hamdulillah (all praise is for Allah)! Allah (`Azza wa Jall) has placed in his heart the intention and will to revert to Islam and it is a great honor and pleasure to all of us here that we are witnessing this event.
Satish! I will say the testimony in Arabic and I want you to repeat after me, Okay?
Can you come here?
The speaker: Ash hadu
Satish: Ash hadu.
The speaker: An laa
Satish: An la
The speaker: Ilaha
The speaker: Illallah
The speaker: Wa
The speaker: Ash hadu
Satish: Ash hadu
The speaker: Anna
The speaker: Muhammadan
The speaker: Rasulullah
The speaker: I bear witness and testify
Satish: I bear witness and testify
The speaker: that there is no god that is worthy of worship.
Satish: that there is no god that is worthy of worship.
The speaker: except for Allah
Satish: except for Allah
The speaker: And I bear witness and testify
Satish: And I bear witness and testify
The speaker: that Muhammad is His messenger
Satish: that Muhammad is His messenger.
Takbeer. Takbir. Takbir.This is a great honor and pleasure for us, brothers, and this is not a joke. I want you take his phone number and take his address and invite him over to your house. He has now joined your family. It is our family.
We must welcome him with open arms. I want you to invite him over and congratulate him and treat him like he was your blood brother. He is more important to us than our blood brother. He is our new brother in Islam. You have a large family in front of you.
This family will take care of your needs. We are all sitting here for you. Brothers! I want you to make sure that you teach this brother how to pray, how to fast, how to read the Qur’an. You invite him over for `Eid.
Brothers and sisters! If you do not do this, then who is going to do it? On `Eid day who is going to invite him over and show him the spirit of `Eid. He does not have any family members who are Muslim, so you are his family. You need to take him, so when he goes down the stage, I want to make sure he does not get to his car until at least one hundred of you have taken down his name and phone number and you are going to invite him over for the best food or the best dishes. Treat him like your brother; real brother and teach him about Islam, show him the true spirit of Islam and Insha’Allah (by the Grace of Allah) may Allah make him a means of guidance for the rest family and relatives.
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title: A Hindu Sister: I Am So Impressed by Qur’an,
In this video, sister Maryam talks about her spiritual journey to Islam. She belonged to a Hindu family but she did not practice Hinduism strictly. However, she was always eager to learn about Islam. She searched for Islam on the Internet and studied the teachings of Islam on her own. Before she studied Islam, she was scared of the name Islam and Muslims because she heard a lot about terrorism and terrorists thinking that Muslims were terrorists but when she studied Islam, those allegations became baseless and false. She was very emotional and cried when she touched the Glorious Qur’an for the first time. May Allah strengthen her faith and accept her true pure love of Islam.
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title: A Hindu Girl Explains Islamic Teachings,
A Hindu Girl Explains Islamic Teachings
By एकता जोशी (Aikta Joshi)
The Religion Islam
* Islam teaches that we have to worship only One God who is everyone’s Creator and who has neither color nor shape. No one created Him but everything was created by Him.
* – Islam teaches that you have to give 2.5% to the poor from your earning by your hard work.
* – Islam teaches that if you help people, God will help you. And whatever you want for yourself you should like the same for others. Only by this, you can become a true Muslim.
* – Islam teaches that you should go hungry and thirsty from morning till the evening for one month so that you can realize what is hunger and thirst.
* – Islam teaches that if a daughter is born in your home, then do not be sad, because daughters represent a mercy from God. The father who raises the daughters and spends from his earning on them and he gets them married to a good family, deserves paradise.
* – Islam teaches that a best man is the one who deals with women with fair and good dealing.
* – Islam teaches that widows are not ill-fated and they should not be humiliated, instead, they have right to live a better life. So care for the widows and their children.
* – Islam teaches that when Muslims perform prayers, they should stand together, shoulder to shoulder, because humans are equal to each other. There is no concept of higher and lower.
* – Islam teaches that Muslims should behave well their neighbors, regardless, you know them or not. And feed your neighbors before you eat.
* – Islam teaches that alcohol and gambling are the roots of all evils. So, keep yourself away from them.
* – Islam teaches that a laborer must be paid his wages instantly before his sweat dries. It is too bad take curses from a poor or orphan, as it ruins the person.
* – Islam teaches that a person must free from jealousy (envy) because, this spiritual disease spoils the good deeds (virtues) as the termite spoils the wood.
* – Islam teaches that the greatest jihad is to kill the self desires and to fight the ego.
* – Islam teaches that if you want to be happy, do not look at rich but look at the poor, and you will be happy. In addition, treating people well is the highest virtue in Islam.
* – Islam teaches to follow always the path of ethics and truth. A Muslim has to speak the truth; to keep the promises, and not to hurt anyone’s heart.
* – Islam teaches that the worst feast is the one in which the rich are invited, but the poor are avoided.
* –Islam teaches that water must be used only as needed as wasting water without any reason is a sin.
* – Islam teaches that throwing away any harmful thing from the way a great good deed.
* – Islam teaches that if your eyes fell at any strange woman, lower your eyes, because it is a sin to see foreign woman with a bad eye.
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title: Hindus Embraced Islam Without Sword,
In this video, the brother states that he was a Hindu but later he was guided to Islam. Before his conversion he was called Di Bhala Ganga Dhar. After embracing Islam, he got the beautiful name “`Abdul-Ghani”.He tells that one of his family members was sick and was treated by a Muslim family. The patient was a child of seven years. After treatment he memorized the whole glorious Qur’an and studied Islamic teachings and expressed his intention to convert to Islam and became a Muslim.
Di Bhala Ganga Dhar became `Abdul-Ghani
After that Di Bhala Ganga Dhar was invited to Islam by his cousin `Abdur-Rahman the first convert in his family who had accepted Islam after memorizing the Qur’an. He reverted to Islam along with his family and he began working as a preacher of Islam.
A Hindu Convert becomes A Preacher of Islam
In this video, he shows documentary proof of people who converted to Islam with authentic conversion certificates. In this video, he states that during the period of 16 years about 500 people reverted to Islam by the grace of Allah the Almighty. May Allah bless his efforts and strengthen his noble intentions.
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title: Why Do Dalits Hate Hinduism?,
Why Do Dalits Hate Hinduism?
The racial bias and Hindu caste discrimination have been the most important factors that often led Hindus to abandon the Hindu faith; especially the untouchables were the first to abandon their religion and to embrace Islam. The incidents of this kind took place in India always throughout the centuries. The sword of Hindu caste system remained the biggest factor to convert the people of lower caste to Islam, and still this phenomenon is continuing this day.
Recently, the Indian media has highlighted the news that more than 50 members of the Hindu Dalit community converted to Islam near Parliament House. They recited Kalimah of Islam and offered the daily obligatory prayer on the roadside at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. They had been holding sit-in at Jantar Mantar for over two years seeking justice for the atrocities allegedly unleashed on them by members of Hindu Jat community in Bhagana village of Hisar district in Haryana.
“We have been facing untouchability, atrocity, boycott and gang-rape – at the root of all these problems is the Hinduwadi system. While living in this system, no friend from outside helps us saying it is our internal issue. We have thought that if we have to save our future, if not present, then we will have to go out of this system,” said Satish Kajla wearing a white Muslim skullcap. He is one of the victims who converted to Islam today.
If you get justice tomorrow, will you remove this Muslim cap and go out of Islam?
“Never. Never. Even if we get justice we will not return to Hindu religion.” Kajla said.
Facing alleged persecution and boycott by upper caste Hindus in Hisar for over four years, they had hinted at converting to Islam. In a written statement, the victim families had said some of the victims have already converted to Islam in protest against the atrocities of upper caste Hindus.
Tyranny by Hindus against the Dalits
“Continuously facing untouchability, atrocities and injustice, 500 families of Bhagana (village) will convert in front of the Parliament House in New Delhi and will demand arrest of culprits and guilty officers and restoration to their homes,” Bhagana Sangharsh Samiti, a committee formed by the victim families to fight for justice, had said.
“Bhagana victims have been running from pillar to post for justice for the last four years. Despite dozens of protests, court arrests and continuous sit-in from Hisar to Jantar Mantar, the Dalits have not got justice, security and respect. Saddened with the atrocities of upper caste Hindus, some victims have converted to Islam as a mark of protest.” said the Samiti.
According to the Samiti, Khap Panchayats had boycotted 250 Dalit families and forced them to flee the village. The upper Hindu caste illegally occupied 280 acres of land and stopped Dalits from using them. “When we went to lodge a complaint with the administration against the atrocities, the local police, under pressure from the upper-caste Jats, registered a case of sedition against the victims themselves and sent them to jail.” The Dalits were attacked and their minors were gang-raped, it said.
Bias by upper caste Hindus in Indian schools
“We had to leave our village as our life had become miserable; barbers were not cutting our hair, facing problems while travelling. Our kids were removed from schools, we were pushed out of temples, denied using pond, general stores. Khap panchayat warned that whoever maintains relations with us he will be slapped with a fine of Rs 1100,” said Virendra Singh Bagoria of Bhagana Sangharsh Samiti. Bagoria also converted to Islam today.
“We put our case before authorities; none heard us, met politicians, local political leaders but none cared for us. New government came both in Haryana and Centre and hoped they will hear us. Rather than resolving our issues, this government imposed cases on us while were protesting peacefully in Hisar.” said Bagoria.
“After we left village, the government said there is peace in the village. But in between, they have kidnapped and four minors raped by them. A person from backward community was gunned down in full public view. Two girls were also kidnapped and raped and they became pregnant. Even five days ago, a girl from backward class was forcibly lifted and married. Notwithstanding, the government says there is peace and communal harmony in the village,” he said.
“Hindu leaders do not consider us human; they do not want to give us justice. They don’t want to give us share in the resources and system of the country. Life was getting miserable and this has forced our heart to change faith; we cannot live in this Hindu system and we have embraced Islam,” said Bagoria.
Sanjay Bura, a youth from the Jat community, also changed his religion.
“I belong to the caste which unleashed atrocities on these Dalits. I stood in solidarity with them in their grief. I consider myself as a Dalit. I have seen their pain not only in Bhagana but other places also. I have also converted to Islam along with them,” said Bura.
Discrimination and Hindu caste system
“The Varna system in Hindu religion allows untouchability and discrimination with men. I am against this system. The new government is working on special agenda and capturing constitutional institutions. They work according to the Manuwadi agenda to suppress dalits and minorities,” he said.
“I support ideas of unity and equality. Islam is seen as a great example of quality in the world. I have faith in it,” Bura said.
Many sounded very grieved with the situation as no political parties are listening to them.
“Constitution is nothing but law only in book. There is only rule of strength. If your stick is powerful then you have all things. Otherwise you have nothing. I was definitely born as Hindu but I will not die as Hindu,” said a protester.
Source: Taken from IndiaTomorrow.net with modifications.
title: A Hindu Policeman: Islam Is a Mercy for All,
An accurate English translation by the Editorial Staff
(People on this earth have been divided into many tribes, lineages and different names.
The sons of Adam have split into many ethnic groups.
Since the conflict of religious leadership emerged, our prostrations have been divided into many features.
The masses have been labeled with straying from the right path while the leaders themselves have been divided into many groups.)
If the leaders became divided into sects and groups and could not understand the essence of the religion, how can we blame the great religion (Islam) that brought peace to this earth and spread it on the entire globe? This point must be understood properly.
Jihad and Mercy
Even I was unaware of many realities of Islam. I also did not realize many things about Islam. I also had a lot of misunderstanding in my mind. But when I studied Islam and discussed it with the scholars and knowledgeable personalities of Islam, the old and previous misunderstandings that were stick to my mind have gone forever.
There is a verse in the Glorious Qur’an that says there is no place on the earth where I did not send my messenger. One Lac and twenty four thousand Prophets were sent to this earth but only 25 of them were mentioned in the Glorious Qur’an by their names. There is no place on this globe where the prophets of Allah were not sent.
In addition, the entire universe was created by Allah the Almighty, therefore, we find a word used for Allah the Almighty that is “Rabbul-`Aalamin” (the Lord of the Worlds) and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was described by Allah as “Rahmatul-lil-`Alameen” (A Mercy for the worlds). Allah is for all, not specific with anyone and the message of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is for all, not only for an individual or country; rather, it is for the entire humanity and whole world. He was appointed by Allah for the welfare of the whole mankind.
The Essence of Islamic Message
If we think about Islam, we realize that the essence of Islam or in Marathi Gabha, or in Hindi Sar is the wellbeing of human being. The message of Islam tells how a person can lead a sound and good life and how can he achieve nearness to Allah the Almighty. This is what Islam has explained.
Through such gatherings, the message of Islam will reach the people and a person can become a good individual in the society and every person will arouse the emotion of love and respect in his heart and mind.
The word Jihad was mentioned in the Glorious Qur’an 41 times but the Rahmah (compassion) was mentioned 325 times. In addition, the Qur’an begins with Rahman (The Most Gracious) and Rahim (the Most Merciful). I repeat, the word Jihad was mentioned in the Qur’an only 41 times, while the word of Rahmah (mercy) was mentioned 325 times. Additionally, the word jihad in Qur’an comes in the meaning of making efforts and not in the meaning of fighting or war.
Jihad Akbar and Jihad Asghar
Furthermore, in Islam, there is Jihad Akbar (major war) and Jihad Asghar (minor war). It is noteworthy that the war through sword is just minor war (Jihad Asghar) while the war with yourself or fighting your ego is Jihad Akbar (the major war). The major jihad is to fight yourself and fight the defects and mistakes in our personality is the major fight, however, war with sword is a minor war (jihad Asghar) also war is not desirable in Islam.
There are many features that show clearly what Islam has given the world. However, many people or preachers understood it and then spread its message amongst the people and sometimes some people did not understand it properly and tried to spread it in a distorted way. I have a big hope from the Islamic Center that tried to publish books on Islam in a scientific manner that gives people a true picture of Islam away from any sort of hatred or enmity. I pray Allah the Almighty to make its effort successful in spreading the peace in our India and the entire world in order to create an atmosphere of national harmony and mutual love. I am concluding my speech with these words.
If you begin with love, the foreign will come together and will be attracted. In fact, love is a spiritual position where even angels put their head in respect.
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title: How Umar Rao, an Ex-Hindu, Converted to Islam,
By Muhammad Umar Rao
It is Allah’s grace that I’m blessed with the religion of Allah, Islam. I’m Muhammad Umar Rao, an Ex-Hindu from India. I embraced Islam 6 years back, at the age of 18. I would like to share my story with you all. Perhaps, this would make a difference for non-Muslims to really think about the truth. I have narrated my story to two brothers, Alhamdulillah, they were convinced that my decision and choice is an excellent option. They started reading the Glorious Qur’an and also embraced Islam few days later.
My Background: I come from a middle class orthodox Brahmin family. My mother is a teacher and my father works as a textile engineer. My religious education was at my maternal uncle’s place. That’s why I became an orthodox Hindu. Also, my whole family’s education was always against Muslims, which was nailed in me deeply.
I was associated with RSS for few years; I hated Muslims to the extent that, in all public functions, I wanted to give high volume for music sound boxes to ensure that the Adhan should not be heard at all. I used to go round the town visiting all temples to complete my everyday worship. I was liked, appreciated in my family for being orthodox and encouraged to do more.
My Meeting with Islam
In the summer, my mother asked me to work for a Muslim business firm, which I refused because from my childhood background about Muslims. My mother did not force me on this. I worked few summers with a non-Muslim, so I was able to satisfy my parents. Later, I quit that part time job because I did not like it and started concentrating more on studies aiming at a better job. Meantime, my mother and sisters worked for two months in part time for this Muslim. They were highly impressed with him.
I hated this person because I did not like the fact that they were praising a Muslim whom I always detested. I was pushed and insulted for not being useful to the family, so I started working for the same Muslim person though I hated him before going to him. After getting in his shop, I started hating him more because the non-Muslim employees of that shop embraced Islam. I took this challenge to teach him a lesson claiming that my religion is true, and from there, I started doing comparative.
By now, I was always eager to know more about Islam. I started reading English translation of the Glorious Qur’an (by `Abdullah Yusuf `Ali). This changed my entire student life. I was stuck with fear and doubts. I realized the fact that everything that I’m doing is wrong. My religion is all about imaginations, myths and false stories. I had many questions like where am I heading to, what should I do, what is my duty, why has the message of truth not reached all of us? Many questions came to my mind and my entire student life went in this hunt of truth.
I started questioning my parents and people around me; who has seen God, the Almighty, to paint or make images of God? All answered me that none has seen God, which is as true as mentioned in many places in the Glorious Qur’an. Finally, some mythological stories broke my faith down. The stories of Ganesha, Chamundeswari, Ram, Sita etc., did not make sense to me. I could no longer imagine them as gods.
When I questioned my parents that Vedas are against idol worship, and why do we still practice it? My mother scolded me saying, “We are supposed to do it as our forefathers have been doing it.” The next day I read a verse in the Glorious Qur’an in Surah Al Baqarah which reads:
When it is said to them: “Follow what Allah has sent down.” They say: “Nay! We shall follow what we found our fathers following.” (Would they do that!) even though their fathers did not understand anything nor were they guided? (Al-Baqarah 2:170)
And Allah Almighty says:
That was a nation who has passed away. They shall receive the reward of what they earned and you of what you earn. And you will not be asked of what they used to do. (Al-Baqarah 2:134)
When I read this I was shocked to see something which I just questioned my mother last night. This ayah (verse) hit me right deep inside. I slowly stopped worshipping idols, and stopped doing Pooja, since shirk (Polytheism) is the only sin which will never be forgiven. I started practicing the teachings of Islam in secret. There were few quotes from the Glorious Qur’an in which Allah says:
This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. (Al-Ma’idah 5:3)
I realized that the answers of all the questions that I have in my mind are in the Qur’an.
By the grace of Allah, I started conveying message of Allah at my home with the little knowledge I had. I wanted to complete my B.E. and I thought that conveying the truth would make it easy in the long run for me and my family. Yet, after my final year of diploma, I was pushed to the wall. Then, the time came where I had no choice but to quit my family. My sister also embraced Islam and joined me. We had to live out of our house for more than a year without a job or regular source of income. Alhamdulillah, Allah made our ways easy to be firm on the truth.
As Allah says in the Glorious Qur’an:
Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: ‘We believe,’ and will not be tested. (Al-`Ankabut 29:2)
After a while, praise be to Allah, Allah opened doors of opportunities for us. I had quit my previous job as I was unable to perform my five times prayer. By the Grace of Allah, now I’m blessed with a better Job. By the Grace of Allah, Almighty He has chosen us, there’s nothing more required.
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title: Conversions to Religions in India,
Conversions to Religions in India
India has been a country open to diverse cultures and religions since time immemorial, and conversion from one religion to another remained common phenomenon since thousands of years. Hindus converted to Buddhism during the time of Ashoka (304 BC- 232 BC.), as well as to the Islamic and Christian culture after they came to know them. However, the conversion was an easy matter in the old but now it is on the contrary, it is really complicated and difficult, yet the phenomenon of conversion exists in India though it is rare, as we will discuss in these lines.
As many as 44 per cent people (749 out of 1,687) chose to embrace Islam in the last 43 months. This report came as a reply to an RTI (Right to Information Act) query and revealed the conversion statistics.
From 1,166 Hindus, 664 converted to Islam, followed by Buddhism (258), Christianity (138), Jainism (88), Sikhism (11) and other religions (7).
According to RTI report, around 44% (749 out of the total 1,687) embraced Islam, while only 21% people converted to Hinduism.
The information was provided by the Directorate of Government Printing and Stationery (DGPS), Mumbai in response to a query filed by an activist.
“As per the information recorded between June 10, 2014 and January 16, 2018, around 44 per cent (749 out of the total 1,687) embraced Islam, while only 21 per cent people converted to Hinduism,” it said.
It was also said in the report that total 263 Muslims changed their religion, of which 228 people (87 per cent) chose to become Hindu, while 12 embraced Buddhism, 21 Christianity and two converted to Jainism.
In addition, from the 16 Sikhs who changed their religion, 12 embraced Islam, and two each adopted Christianity and Jainism.
“These are the numbers recorded by the DGPS. It only maintains the record of the people who report to it. Otherwise, the actual number of people, who change their religion, is quite high.” as the activist has said.
When contacted, a senior official from the directorate said, “We have launched an online facility so that people can inform about change in religion. For those who are not much tech-savvy, we have 4,000 centers across the state, where they can inform us about their conversions.”
It is clear that Islam has the greatest share of these conversions, and that is because Islam is plain and clear in its doctrine, law, transactions and moral values. Moreover, most of those who convert to Islam embrace it after careful study, full understanding and serious reading. Also, in the converts to Islam we find that they are educated, learned and highly qualified, and they embrace Islam faithfully away from physical or financial greed.
As for those who left Islam and converted to another religion, as stated in the report, are simple people, uneducated and in extreme poverty, so they change the religion motivated and driven by material or financial greed. It is rare for an educated, learned, wealthy, wise Muslim to leave his religion, and embrace another religion.
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title: Vijay Kumar Jain’s Journey to Islam,
An introduction by Editorial Staff
In this video, you will watch an interview by a new Muslim brother. The interview begins with: ”Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” (In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.) and with the greeting of Islam Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh (May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you).
The interview was conducted in the Holy City of Makkah Al-Mukarramah. The interviewer traveled about seventy or eighty kilometers away from Jeddah to conduct this unique and interesting interview.
The new brother converted to Islam three decades ago and left behind a religion whose religious leaders and mentors walk totally naked on the public roads and streets in India. When the interviewer knew that one of the followers of Jain Dharm has left that religion and accepted Islam, he became excited to meet with him and ask about his religious and spiritual journey.
The place of interview is the area of Al-Haram Al-Makki (The Makkan Sanctuary) and the interviewed is the one who converted to Islam from Jainism.
Who are Svetambar and Digambara?
His previous name was Vijay Kumar Jain but after conversion he became `Abdul-Wahid. He mentions in his interview the two famous Jain sects: Digambara and Svetambar. In this regard, he explains that the Monks of Digambara (or sky-clad) do not wear any cloth while the female priests of the Digambara sect wear unstitched plain white dress. On the other hand, the followers of Svetambar (or white-clad) sect wear white seamless clothes.
Both sects refer to the state of Mahavira when he left his house in search of divine knowledge and wore two pieces of cloths covering the upper and down parts of his body, therefore, the Svetambar sect prefers to wear a dress while the Digambara sect argues that Mahavira’s clothes were taken away from him afterwards, therefore, their males prefer to remain totally naked. It is worth mentioning that our brother Vijay Kumar Jain (`Abdul-Wahid) belonged to the Svetambar sect.
Is Jainism Monotheistic or Polytheistic?
It is noteworthy that both Jain sects worship Mahavira, thus, they are polytheist and not monotheist.
Their temples are like the temples of Hindus that have naked idols of Mahavira in both cases whether the temple belonged to Svetambar and Digambara.
Jain Dharma has 24 Tirthankara or the reformers. However, the last of them is Mahavira, like; the Muslims believe that there are 124000 Messengers and Prophets but the last and final of them is the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). But the followers of Jainism worship Mahavira whilst Muslims never worship any person except Allah the Almighty.
Is Jainism a Branch of Hinduism?
When brother `Abdul Wahid was asked if the Jainism is a branch of Hinduism or is it an independent Indian religion, he mentioned that Jainism is not a branch of Hinduism, rather, it is an independent religion, like; Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism and Zoroastrian.
The Scriptures of Jainism
Brother `Abul-Wahid has mentioned that Jainism has some scriptures and those scriptures were comprised of four chapters but afterwards, they were summarized and made in three main chapters.
Why Did Vijay Kumar Jain Convert to Islam?
Brother Vijay Kumar Jain has mentioned in this video that in his early age, he had a philosophical question in his mind. He was taught in his childhood by the Jain priests that the 24th and last Tirthankara Mahavira Jain deserted the life of comfort and lavish living of a prince and left for the jungle to devote himself for the worship after he had seen an old person and after that a dead body. Brother `Abdul-Wahid asked his father if Mahavira was worshiping in the jungle then he was not a God and the question is: who is the God whom Mahavira was worshiping? If he was taught by God, then he cannot be a god. This was the question that brought him to Islam until he was guided by some Muslim brothers to Islam and its faith.
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