Common Questions asked by
Hindus about Islam

1. IDOL USED FOR CONCENTRATION

 

Question:

The Hindu Pundits and Scholars agree that the Vedas and other Hindu

religious scriptures prohibit idol worship, but initially because the mind may

not be mature, an idol is required for concentration while worshipping. After

the mind reaches higher consciousness, the idol is not required for

concentration.

 

Answer :

 

1. Muslims have reached the higher level of consciousness

Muslims have reached the higher level of consciousness. If an idol is

required for concentration only in the initial stages and not later on when

the mind reaches higher consciousness then I would like to say the

Muslims have already reached the state of higher consciousness because

when we worship Allah (swt) we do not require any idol or statue.

 

2. Child asks why does it thunder?

When I was discussing with a Swami in IRF. He said that when our child

asks us, “Why does the sky thunder?”, we reply that “aaee ma chakki

pees rahi hai”, “the grandmother is grinding flour in the heaven”;

because he is too young to understand. Similarly in the initial stages

people require an idol for concentration.

In Islam we don’t believe in telling a lie, even if it’s a white lie. I will

never give such a wrong answer to my child because later on when he

goes to school and learns that the thundering sound after lightning is due

to the expansion of rapidly heated air, he will either think that the

teacher is lying or later on when he understands the fact he will conclude

that the father is a liar. If you feel that the child may not understand

certain difficult things you should simplify the answer rather than give a

wrong fictitious reply. If you, yourself do not know the answer, you

should have the guts to be truthful and say ‘I don’t know’. But many

children nowadays will not be satisfied with this answer. If this answer

was given to my son, he would say “Abba (father), why don’t you know?’

This will compel you to do your homework and thus educate yourself as

well as your child.

 

3. Those in standard one require idol for concentration –

(2 + 2 = 4 will remain same in standard one and ten)

 

Some pundits while trying to convince me regarding idol worship said

that in standard one the student is initially taught to worship God by

concentrating with the help of an idol but later on when he graduates he

no longer requires the idol to concentrate while worshipping the God.

A very important fact to be noted is that only if the fundamentals of any

particular subject is strong, then only will he be able to excel in future.

For example, a teacher of mathematics in standard one teaches the

students that 2 + 2 = 4 irrespective whether the student passes school or

does graduation or does a Ph. D. in mathematics, the basics of 2 + 2 = 4

will yet remain the same, it will not change to 5 or 6. In higher standards

the student, besides addition may learn about Algebra, Trigonometry,

Logarithm, etc. but the fundamental of addition will yet remain the same.

If the teacher in standard one itself teaches the fundamentals wrong,

how can you expect the student to excel in future?

It is the fundamental principle of the Vedas regarding the concept of God

that He has got no image, so how can the Scholars even after knowing

this fact keep silent at the wrong practice being done by people.

Will you tell your son who is in standard one that 2 plus 2 is not equal to

4 but 5 or 6 and only confirm the truth after he passes school? Never.

Infact if he makes a mistake you will correct him and say it is 4 and not

wait till he graduates; and if you don’t correct him initially you will ruin

his future.

 

2. WATER IS CALLED BY DIFFERENT NAMES IN

DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, SIMILARLY GOD IS CALLED

BY DIFFERENT NAMES AS ALLAH, RAMA OR JESUS

 

Question:

Water is called by different names in different languages: in English as ‘water’,

in Hindi as ‘paani’, in Tamil as ‘tanni’. Similarly if God is called either Allah,

Rama or Jesus (pbuh), is it not one and the same?

 

Answer:

 

1. To Allah belong the Most Beautiful Names

The Glorious Qur’an says in Surah Al Israa’ Chapter 17 Verse 110

“Say: ‘Call upon Allah, or call upon Rahman: by whatever name ye call

upon Him, (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names.‘”

[Al-Qur’an 17:110]

You can call Allah by any name, but it should be a beautiful name, should

not conjure up a mental picture, and should be a name given by Allah

Himself.

 

2. Water can be called by different names in different languages

but something else besides water cannot be called water in

another language

 

You can call water by various names in different languages, like ‘water’ in

English, ‘paani’ in Hindi, ‘tanni’ in Tamil, ‘maa’ in Arabic, ‘apah’ in

Sanskrit, ‘jal’ in Shudh Hindi, ‘jal’ or ‘paani’ in Gujrati, ‘pandi’ in Marathi,

‘neer’ in Kannad, ‘neeru’ in Telugu, ‘vellam’ in Malayalam, etc. If a person

tells me that his friend has advised that everyday early in the morning he

should have one glass of ‘paani’, but he is unable to drink it because

when he drinks it, he feels like vomiting. On enquiry he says that the

‘paani’ stinks and it is yellowish in colour. Later I realise that what he is

referring to as ‘paani’ is not water but urine. Thus you can call water by

different names having the same meaning but you cannot call other

things as water or paani.

People may think that the example is not realistic and I agree with them

because even an ignorant person knows the difference between water

and urine. He will have to be a fool to call urine ‘water’. Similarly when

any person who knows the correct concept of God, sees people

worshipping false gods, he naturally wonders how a person cannot

differentiate between a true God and false gods.

 

3. Purity of Gold is not verified by calling it by different names in

different languages but rubbing it against a Touchstone

 

In the same way, gold can be called ‘sona’ in Hindi, ‘gold’ in English,

‘dhahaba’ in Arabic. Inspite of knowing all these different names for gold,

if a person wants to sell you his gold jewellery and says this is 24 carat

pure ‘sona’, you will not blindly believe, without verifying it with a

goldsmith. The goldsmith confirms whether it is gold or not with the help

of a touchstone. The yellow glittering jewellery may not be gold, because

all that glitters is not gold.

4. Surah Al Ikhlaas is the Touchstone of Theology

Similarly, any person or candidate who is called God cannot be accepted

as the true God without verifying him with the touchstone. The

touchstone of theology, that is study of God, is Surah Al Ikhlaas Chapter

112 of the Holy Qur’an which says:

 

“Say, ‘He is Allah, The One and Only; Allah, The Eternal, Absolute; He

begetteth not Nor is He begotten; and there is none like unto Him.’’’

[Al-Qur’an 112:1-4]

 

5. Any candidate who passes the Acid test can be called God

 

Any candidate who claims to be God and fits in this four-line definition,

passes the Acid test, is entitled to be called God and worshipped as God.

Suppose a lunatic says that Muhammad (pbuh) is God, (God forbid). Let’s

put him to the test of Surah Al Ikhlaas.

Say He is Allah, The One and Only;

Is Muhammad (pbuh) one and only? No! he was not the only

messenger. There were many other messengers.

Allah, The Eternal, Absolute;

We know that Muhammad (pbuh) had to undergo many hardships.

Though he was the mightiest messenger of God, he died at the age

of 63 and was buried in Madeenah.

 

He begetteth not Nor is He begotten;

We know that he was born in Makkah and his parents were Abdullah

and Aaminah. He even had several children e.g. Fatimah, Ibraheem

(may Allah be pleased with them), etc.

And there is none like unto Him.

Though all the Muslims love and revere the Prophet (pbuh) and are

supposed to follow each and every of his commandments, yet you

will not find a single Muslim in the whole world, who in his senses

will ever say that Muhammad (pbuh) is God. The Islamic Creed is,

“La ilaaha ill-Allah Muhammadur Rasoolullah”, which means that

there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad (pbuh) is the messenger

of Allah. This is repeated five times a day during the call for prayer,

so that the Muslims are reminded daily that although we respect and

obey him, we are willing to die for him, but we do not worship him

because he is only a Messenger and servant of God, and not God

Himself.

 

6. Verify the Gods you worship

Now that we have explained to you how to use the touchstone of

theology, it is the duty of everyone to verify with this touchstone,

whether the gods that they worship are true or false.

 

3. HINDUISM IS THE OLDEST AND THUS THE BEST

RELIGION

 

Question

Hinduism is the oldest of all the religions and thus the most pure, authentic

and the best of all the religions of the world.

 

Answer

 

1. Islam is the oldest religion

Hinduism is not the oldest of all the religions. Infact, it is Islam which is

the first and the oldest of all religions. People have a misconception that

Islam is 1400 years old and that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the

founder of this religion. Islam existed since time immemorial, ever since

man first set foot on this earth. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not the

founder of Islam. He was the last and final Messenger of Almighty God.

 

2. The oldest religion need not be the purest and the most

authentic religion

 

A religion cannot be claimed to be most pure and authentic, only on the

criterion that it is the oldest. It is similar to a person saying that the

water he has kept in an open glass, in his house, outside the refrigerator,

for three months is purer than the water which has just been collected in

a clean glass, immediately after it has been purified.

 

3. The latest religion need not be the purest and the most

authentic religion

 

On the other hand, a religion cannot be claimed to be the purest or

authentic, only on the criterion that the religion is new or the latest. A

bottle of distilled water which is sealed, packed and kept in the

refrigerator for three months is much purer than a bottle of water freshly

collected from the sea.

 

4. For religion to be pure and authentic, it should not have

interpolations, contradictions and mistakes in its scriptures

For any religion to be pure and authentic, its scriptures should not

contain any interpolations, contradictions and mistakes. Moreover the

religion’s source of inspiration and direction should be Almighty God. The

Qur’an is the only religious scripture on the face of the earth, which has

been maintained in its original form. All the other religious scriptures, of

all the other religions have interpolations, additions, deletions,

contradictions and mistakes. The Qur’an has been in the memory of a

multitude of people, intact in its original form ever since its revelation,

and now there are hundreds of thousands of people who have preserved

it in their memory. Moreover, if you compare the copies made by Caliph

Uthmaan (ra) from the original Qur’an which is yet present in the

museum in Tashkent and in Topkapi museum in Turkey, they are the

same as the ones we possess today.

Allah (swt) promises in the Qur’an, in Surah Al Hijr, Chapter 15 Verse 9

“We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly

guard it (from corruption).”

[AL-Qur’an 15:9]

 

5. The oldest religion need not be the best religion

A religion cannot be claimed to be the best religion only on the criterion

that it is the oldest. It is similar to a person saying, that my 19th century

car is better than a Toyota car manufactured in 2016, because it is older.

He would be considered to be a fool to say that his 19th century car which

required a rod to be turned in circles to start it, is better than a self-start

2016 Toyota car, just because it is older.

 

6. The latest religion need not be the best religion

On the other hand a religion cannot be called as the best religion only on

the criterion that the religion is new or that it came later. It is similar to a

person who says that my 800 cc Suzuki car manufactured in 2016 is

better than a 5000 cc Mercedes 500 SEL manufactured in 2014. To judge

which car is better, a person should compare the specifications of the car

e.g. the power of the car, safety measures, the capacity of the cylinders,

the pickup, the speed, the comfort, etc. 5000 cc Mercedes, 500 SEL car

manufactured in 2014, is far superior and better than a 800 cc Suzuki

(Maruti Suzuki 800) manufactured in 2016.

 

7. A religion is best, if it has the solutions to the problems of

mankind

 

For a religion to be considered the best, it should have the solution to all

the problems of mankind. It should be the religion of truth, and should

be applicable to all ages. Islam is the only religion which has the solution

to all the problems of mankind. e.g. the problem of alcoholism, surplus

women, rape and molestation, robbery, racism, casteism, etc.

Islam is the religion of truth, and its laws and solutions are applicable to

all the ages. The Qur’an is the only religious book on the face of the

earth, which has maintained its purity and authenticity proving itself to be

the word of God in all the ages. i.e. previously, when it was the age of

miracles, literature and poetry and in present times when it is the age of

science and technology. Moreover, Islam is not a man-made religion, but

a religion revealed and inspired by Almighty God. It is the only religion

acceptable in His Sight. It is mentioned in Surah Aali Imraan, Chapter 3,

Verse 19:

“The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His Will):”

[Al-Qur’an 3:19]

 

4. IS ALLAH MENTIONED IN OTHER SCRIPTURES

 

Question:

“Allah” is the most appropriate name for God in the Qur’an. Is this name

“Allah” mentioned in other religious scriptures besides the Qur’an?

 

Answer:

Almost all the major religions of the world in their scriptures contain the word

“Allah” as one of the names of God.

 

1a. Elohim, El, Elah, Alah

In the Bible, God is very often referred to as ‘Elohim’ in the Hebrew

language. The ‘im’ in the ending is a plural of honour and respect and

God is referred to as ‘El’ or ‘Elah’ in the English Bible with commentary,

edited by Reverend C. I. Scofield. ‘Elah’ is alternatively spelled as

‘Alah’. The difference in spelling is only of a single ‘L’. Muslims spell

Allah as ‘Allah’ while the Reverend has spelled it as ‘Alah’ and they

pronounce it as ‘Elah’. Muslims pronounce it as Allah. Hebrew and

Arabic are not western but eastern sister languages therefore we say it

should be pronounced as ‘Allah’ and not as ‘Elah’.

When I was in school, I was taught ‘D - O’ is do, ‘T - O’ is to. What is

‘G - O’? It is ‘go’ and not ‘gu’. ‘N - U - T’ is nut, ‘C - U - T’ cut; ‘B - U -

T’ is but, what is ‘P - U - T’? Not ‘pat’ but it is ‘put’. If you ask “Why?”

The answer is “It is their language.” If I have to pass I have to say ‘P -

U - T’ is ‘put’ and not ‘pat’. Similarly the right pronunciation for A - L -

L - A - H is Allah.

 

b. Jesus (pbuh) cried out ‘Allah’, ‘Allah’ when he was put on the

cross

It is mentioned in the New Testament in the Gospel of Matthew,

Chapter 27 Verse 46 as well as Gospel of Mark, Chapter 15 Verse 34

when Jesus (pbuh) was put on the cross.

 

“Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘ELi ELi lama sabachthani?’ that

is to say, ‘My God, My God why hast Thou Forsaken Me?’”

Does this sound like Jehovah! Jehovah! Why has thou forsaken me?

Does it sound like Abba Abba? The answer is ‘No’.

Hebrew and Arabic are sister languages and if you translate ‘ELi ELi

lama sabachthani’ into Arabic it is ‘Allah Allah Lama Taraktani’, does it

sound similar?

This statement of Jesus (pbuh), ‘ELi ELi lama sabachthani’ is preserved

in its original Hebrew in each and every of its translation which is

available in more than 2000 different languages of the world and in

each and every of them, “Allah” is present.

2. “Allah” in Sikhism

 

One of the names by which Guru Nanak Sahib referred to God is

“Allah”.

 

3a. “Allah” in Rigveda Book 2 Hymn 1 verse 2

Even in the Rigveda which is the most sacred scripture of the Hindus,

one of the attributes given to God Almighty in Book 2 Hymn 1 verse 2,

is ‘Ila’ which if pronounced properly is the same as Allah.

 

b. ‘Allo’ Upanishad

Amongst the various Upanishads one of the Upanishads is named as

‘Allo’ Upanishad in which God is referred to as “Allah” several times.

 

5. WHY DO MUSLIMS BURY THE DEAD BODIES INSTEAD

OF CREMATING IT

 

Question:

Why do Muslims bury dead bodies instead of cremating i.e. burning them?

 

Answer:

 

1. Burying the dead is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

It is mentioned in Sunan Al Tirmidhi, Vol. 2, The Book of Funerals,

Chapter 54, Hadith No. 1046,

Ibn Umar (ra) narrated: “When the Prophet (pbuh) put the deceased in

the grave, he said: ‘In the Name of Allah, by His command and upon the

Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh)’.”

Burying the dead is the Sunnah – the way of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

 

2. Components of human body present in the soil

Elements that are present in the human body are present in lesser or

greater quantity in the soil. Hence it is more scientific to bury a dead

body, as it easily gets decomposed and mixed in the soil.

 

3. No Pollution

Cremating (burning) the dead body leads to pollution of the atmosphere

which is detrimental to health and harmful for the environment. There is

no such pollution caused by burying a dead body.

 

4. Surrounding land becomes fertile

To cremate a dead body several trees have to be chopped, which reduces

 

the greenery and harms the environment and the ecology. When dead

bodies are buried, besides the trees being saved, the surrounding land

becomes fertile and it improves the environment.

 

5. Economical

It is expensive to cremate a dead body when tons of wood have to be

burned. Annually there is a loss of crores of rupees, only because dead

bodies are cremated in India. Burying dead bodies is very cheap. It

hardly costs any money.

 

6. Same land can be utilised for burying another body

The wood used for cremating a dead body cannot be reutilised for

cremating another dead body since it gets converted to ashes. The land

used for burying a dead body can be reutilised for burying another body

after a few years since the human body gets decomposed and mixed in

the soil.

 

6. ARE RAMA AND KRISHNA PROPHETS OF GOD?

 

Question:

If according to Islam, Messengers and Prophets were sent to each and every

nation of the world, then which Prophet was sent to India? Can we consider

Rama and Krishna to be the Messengers of God?

 

Answer:

 

1. Prophets (pbut) sent to every nation

 

a) The Glorious Qur’an mentions in Surah Faatir, Chapter 35 Verse 24

“… And there never was a people, without a warner having lived

among them (in the past).”

[Al-Qur’an 35:24]

 

b) A similar message is repeated in Surah Al Ra’d, Chapter 13 Verse 7

“… and to every people a guide.”

[Al-Qur’an 13:7]

 

2. Stories only of some Prophets (pbut) narrated in the Qur’an

 

a) Allah (swt) says in Surah Al Nisaa’, Chapter 4 Verse 164

“Of some messengers We have already told thee the story; of others we

have not.”

[Al-Qur’an 4:164]

 

b) A similar message is repeated in Surah Ghaafir Chapter 40 Verse 78

“We did aforetime send messengers before thee: of them there are some

whose story We have related to thee, and some whose story We have

not related to thee. . .”

[Al-Qur’an 40:78]

 

3. 25 Prophets (pbut) of God are mentioned by name in the Qur’an

By name, only 25 Prophets of God are mentioned in the Qur’an e.g.,

Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad (pbut)

 

4. More than 1,24,000 Prophets (pbut) of God

It is mentioned in the Hadith of Mishikaatul - Masaabih Vol. 3, Hadith No.

5737 and Musnad Ahmad, Vol. 5, Pg 265 and 266.

According to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), there were more than 1,24,000

prophets sent to this world.

 

 

5. All previous Prophets (pbut) sent only for their people

 

All the Prophets (pbut) that came before Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

were only sent for their own people and were to be followed only for a

particular period of time.

Surah Aali Imraan, Chapter 3 Verse 49

“And (appoint him) a messenger to the Children of Israel, . . .”

[Al-Qur’an 3:49]

 

6. Muhammad (pbuh) - The Last Messenger of God

 

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the last and final messenger of Almighty

God. It is mentioned in Surah Al Ahzaab, Chapter 33 Verse 40

“Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the

Messenger of Allah, and the seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full

knowledge of all things.”

[Al-Qur’an 33:40]

 

7. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) sent for whole Humankind

 

Since Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the last and final messenger, he was

not sent only for the Muslims or the Arabs, but he was sent for the whole

of humankind.

 

a. It is mentioned in Surah Al Ambiyaa’, Chapter 21 Verse 107:

“We sent thee not, but as a mercy for all creatures.”

[Al-Qur’an 21:107]

 

b. A similar message is repeated in Surah Sabaa, Chapter 34 Verse 28

“We have not sent thee but as a universal (Messenger) to men, giving

them glad tidings, and warning them (against sin), but most men

understand not.”

[Al-Qur’an 34:28]

 

c. It is mentioned in Sahih Al Bukhari Vol. 1, Book of Salaah, Chapter 56

Hadith 438

Narrated Jaabir bin Abdullah (ra): Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “Every

Prophet used to be sent to his nation only but I have been sent to all

mankind.”

 

8. Which prophet was sent to India?

Regarding the question of which prophet of God was sent to India, and

can we consider Rama or Krishna to be prophets of God, there is no text

in the Qur’an or Sahih Hadith mentioning the name of the prophet that

was sent to India. Since the names of Rama and Krishna are nowhere to

be found in the Qur’an and Sahih Hadith, one cannot say for sure

whether they were prophets of God or not. Some Muslims, especially

certain Muslim politicians who try to appease the Hindus, say “Ram

 

Alaihis salaam,” i.e. ‘Ram, may peace be on him’. This is totally wrong,

since there is no authentic proof from the Qur’an and Sahih Hadith that

he was a prophet of God. However, a person may say that perhaps they

may have been the prophets of God or they may not have been the

prophets of God.

 

9. Even if Rama and Krishna were prophets, today we have to

follow the last Prophet of God i.e. Muhammad (pbuh)

 

But even if Rama and Krishna were prophets of God, they were only

meant for people of that time and were to be followed only for that

particular period of time. Today, all the human beings throughout the

world, including India should only follow the last and final Prophet and

Messenger of God – Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

 

7. ARE THE VEDAS A REVELATION OF GOD?

 

Question:

 

If Allah has sent Books and Revelations in every period, then which Revelation

was sent to India? Can we consider Vedas and other Hindu scriptures to be

the word of God?

 

Answer:

 

1. Revelation sent in every period

The Glorious Qur’an mentions in Surah Al Ra’d, Chapter 13 Verse 38:

“For each period is a book (revealed).”

[Al-Qur’an 13:38]

 

2. Four revelations of God mentioned by name in the Qur’an

By name, only four revelations of God are mentioned in the Qur’an i.e.

Tawrah, Zaboor, Injeel and the Qur’an

Tawrah is the revelation which was given to Moses (pbuh)

Zaboor is the revelation which was given to David (pbuh)

Injeel is the revelation which was given to Jesus (pbuh)

and Qur’an is the last and final revelation which was given to the last and

final Messenger Muhammad (pbuh).

3. All the previous revelations sent only for their people

All the revelations that came before the Qur’an were only sent for their

own people and were to be followed only for a particular time period.

 

4. The Qur’an sent for whole humankind

Since the Qur’an is the last and final revelation, it was not sent only for

the Muslims or the Arabs but it was sent for the whole of humankind. It is

mentioned in:

 

a. Surah Ibraaheem, Chapter 14 Verse 1

“Alif Laam Raa. A book which We have revealed unto thee, in order that

thou mightest lead mankind out of the depths of darkness into light . . .”

[Al-Qur’an 14:1]

 

b. A similar message is repeated in Surah Ibraaheem Chapter 14

Verse 52

“Here is a Message for mankind: let them take warning therefrom, and

let them know that He is (no other than) One God: let men of

understanding take heed.”

[Al-Qur’an 14:52]

 

c. Qur’an mentions in Surah Al Baqarah Chapter 2 Verse 185

“Ramadhaan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a

guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgement

(between right and wrong).”

[Al-Qur’an 2:185]

 

d. A similar message is repeated in Surah Al Zumar Chapter 39

Verse 41

“Verily We have revealed the Book to thee in Truth, for (instructing)

mankind.”

[Al-Qur’an 39:41]

 

5. Which revelation sent to India?

The question that arises is “which revelation of God was sent to India and

whether we can consider the Vedas and the other Hindu Scriptures to be

the revelations of God?” There is no text in the Qur’an or Sahih Hadith

mentioning the name of the revelation that was sent to India. Since the

names of the Vedas or other Hindu scriptures are nowhere to be found in

the Qur’an and Sahih Hadith, one cannot say for sure that they were the

revelations of God. They may be the revelation of God or may not be the

revelation of God.

 

6. Even if the Vedas were the word of God, today you have to

follow the Qur’an

Even if the Vedas and the other scriptures were the revelations from God,

they were only meant for people of that time and were to be followed

only for that particular period of time. Today all human beings through

out the world including India should only follow the last and final

Revelation of God, i.e. the Qur’an. Moreover, since all the previous

revelations were not meant to be followed for eternity, there was no

need for God to preserve them in their original form. There is not a single

religious scripture of any of the major religions which claims to be the

word of God and has maintained its pure original text and is free from

alteration, adulteration and interpolation. Since the Glorious Qur’an is to

be followed for eternity, Allah (swt) has taken upon Himself to maintain

its original purity and guard it from corruption. Allah says in Glorious

Qur’an in Surah Al Hijr Chapter 15 Verse 9:

“We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly

guard it (from corruption).”

[Al-Qur’an 15:9]

 

8. WHY DON’T MUSLIMS IN INDIA FOLLOW THE ISLAMIC

CRIMINAL LAW?

 

Question

When Muslims in India insist on having a separate Muslim Personal Law for

them, why don’t they also insist to implement the Islamic Criminal Law for the

Muslims i.e. the hands should be chopped off when they rob?

 

Answer

 

1. Muslim Personal Law

Personal Law is a law concerning an individual person and the persons

closely related to him, e.g. laws relating to marriage, divorce, inheritance,

etc. It includes laws which are mutually agreed upon by a group of

people. This law does not include any crime or an act that will harm the

society directly.

 

2. India is Secular and Democratic

In any country, the Personal Law may differ for different groups of

people and for different communities. Since India is a secular and

democratic country, it allows different groups of people to follow their

own personal law if they wish.

 

3. Islamic Personal Law is the Best

Muslims believe that compared to all the different types of personal laws

available in the world, the best and the most result oriented is the Islamic

Personal Law. Thus, Muslims of India prefer following the Muslim

personal law.

 

4. Criminal Law

Criminal law is that law which is associated with a crime or an act which

directly affects the society e.g. robbing, raping, murdering, etc.

 

5. The Criminal Law should be the same for all people

In any country, the criminal law unlike the Personal Law cannot be

different for different groups of people. It has to be same for all people

since a crime committed may involve people of different groups and

different religions. For example, in Islam if a person robs, his hands are

chopped off. This punishment is not prescribed in Hinduism. If a Hindu

robs a Muslim, what would be the robber’s punishment? The Muslim

would want the hands of the robber to be chopped, while the Hindu Law

would not agree.

 

6. The Muslims in India alone cannot separately follow the Islamic

Criminal Law without involving the Non-Muslims

 

Even if a Muslim agrees, that as far as he commits a crime he should be

given the punishment according to Islamic Criminal Law, it would not be

practical. In case an allegation is made against a Muslim for robbery and

if the witnesses are Non-Muslims, and if each one follows his own

Criminal Law, the punishment in Islam for bearing false witness is 80

lashes, whereas in the Indian Criminal Law, a person giving false witness

can easily escape. Thus, for a non-Muslim to falsely accuse a Muslim of

any crime is very easy, if both follow their own criminal law. However, if

both follow the Indian Law where the punishment is lenient for false

witnesses and robbers, it will encourage both, the robber to rob as well

as encourage the witnesses to give false witness for their own benefit.

7. The Muslims in India would prefer the Islamic Criminal Law to

be implemented on all Indians

We Muslims would prefer that in India the Islamic Criminal Law be

implemented on all the Indians, since, chopping the hands of a thief will

 

surely reduce the rate of robbery in India. Similarly, 80 lashes for giving

false testimony will prevent a person from giving false witness.

 

8. Islamic Criminal Law is Most Practical

Islam besides pointing out a crime, it also gives you a solution showing

how to prevent the crime e.g., Every rich Muslim who has a saving of

more than the nisaab level i.e. 85 grams of Gold should give 2.5% of his

excess wealth every lunar year in charity as Zakaat. Later if a person robs

his hands are chopped. The punishment is so severe that it is a deterrent

for the criminal to commit the crime. He will think a hundred times before

committing a crime. Thus if crime has to be reduced or stopped in India

the best solution is to implement ‘The Common Islamic Criminal Law’.

 

9. BINDI AND MANGALSUTRA

 

Question:

Why do not the Muslim married women put ‘Bindi’ or ‘Tika’ on the forehead

and wear ‘Mangalsutra’, like Hindu married women?

 

Answer:

 

1. Bindi or Tika

‘Bindi’ is derived from the sanskrit word ‘Bindu’, which means a ‘dot’. It is

usually a red dot made with vermilion powder and is worn by the Hindu

women between their eyebrows on their forehead.

‘Bindi’ is considered a symbol of ‘Parvati’ and signifies female energy

which is believed by Hindus to protect women and their husbands. It is

traditionally a symbol of marriage and is worn by the Hindu married

women. It is also called as ‘Tika’.

 

2. Bindi has become a fashion

Nowadays, wearing ‘Bindi’ has become a fashion and is even worn by

unmarried girls and women. The shape of the ‘Bindi’ is no longer

restricted to a dot and is available in various shapes, including oval, star,

heart shaped, etc. It is even available in different bright colours like blue,

green, yellow, orange, etc. The material of the ‘Bindi’ is no longer

restricted to vermilion powder, but is made of coloured felt and other

material. It is also available in a variety of designs in combination with

coloured glass, glitter, etc.

 

3. Mangalsutra

‘Mangalsutra’ means a thread of goodwill. It is a necklace worn specially

by Hindu married women as a symbol of their marriage. It consists of two

strings of black beads with a pendant usually of gold. The black beads

are believed to act as a protection against evil. It is believed to protect

 

the women’s marriage and the life of her husband. In southern India,

‘mangalsutra’ is called ‘tali’, which is a small gold ornament string on a

cotton cord or a gold chain.

Hindu Married women are never supposed to remove their mangalsutra.

It is only cut off when a Hindu lady becomes a widow.

 

4. Allah Is the Protector

Allah (swt), our Creator, is the best to protect human beings. We do not

require any red dot or black thread to protect us from evil. It is

mentioned in the Glorius Qur’an in Surah Al An’aam Chapter 6 Verse 14:

“Say: Shall I take for my protector any other than Allah, the Maker of the

heavens and the earth?”

[Al-Qur’an 6:14]

It is mentioned in several places in the Glorious Qur’an including

Surah Aali Imraan Chapter 3 Verse 150 and Surah Al Hajj Chapter 22

Verse 78:

“Allah is your Protector, and He is the best of helpers.”

[Al-Qur’an 3:150]

Wearing a ‘bindi’ or ‘mangalsutra’ signifies a lack of faith in Almighty God,

our Creator, who is the best to protect.

 

5. Against the Islamic Dress Code

Wearing a bindi or mangalsutra is a sign of Hindu women. The Islamic

dress code does not permit a Muslim to wear any sign, symbol or mark

which is specially significant of a non-Muslim.

 

6. In Islam, Both Married and Unmarried women should not be

Teased

Once, a Hindu friend of mine, while mentioning the benefits of

mangalsutra said that it easily identifies married women, and thus

prevents them from being teased and molested. According to Islam, each

and every woman, whether married or unmarried, Muslim or Non-Muslim,

should neither be teased nor molested.

 

10. TAKING NAME OF EMPEROR AKBAR IN ADHAAN

Question:

Why do Muslims take the name of Emperor Akbar while giving the Adhaan i.e.

the call for prayer?

Answer:

 

1. Non-Muslims misunderstand that Emperor Akbar’s name is taken

in Adhaan

Once, when I attended a conference in Kerala, a non-Muslim minister

spoke just before my speech. He was highlighting the achievements of

the Indian Muslims and their role in the progress of India. He said that

amongst the Indian kings, the greatest was Emperor Akbar. No wonder

the Muslims take his name five times a day, while calling people to pray.

During my speech however, I clarified this misconception.

 

2. The word ‘Akbar’ in the ‘Adhaan’ has nothing to do with Emperor

Akbar

The word ‘Akbar’ mentioned in the Adhaan which is given to call people

to pray has nothing to do with Emperor Akbar of India. The words in the

Adhaan were used centuries before the birth of Emperor Akbar.

 

3. ‘Akbar’ means ‘Great’

The Arabic word ‘Akbar’ means ‘great’. When we say ‘Allahu Akbar’ in the

Adhaan we proclaim that ‘Allah is Great’ or ‘Allah is the Greatest’ and we

call people to worship the one and only Allah who is the Greatest.