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    by Dr. Zakir Naik[/B]

    1. Common Concept of God in Hinduism:

    Hinduism is commonly perceived as a polytheistic religion. Indeed, most Hindus would attest to this, by professing belief in multiple Gods. While some Hindus believe in the existence of three gods, some believe in thousands of gods, and some others in thirty three crore i.e. 330 million Gods. However, learned Hindus, who are well versed in their scriptures, insist that a Hindu should believe in and worship only one God.

    The major difference between the Hindu and the Muslim perception of God is the common Hindus’ belief in the philosophy of Pantheism. Pantheism considers everything, living and non-living, to be Divine and Sacred. The common Hindu, therefore, considers everything as God. He considers the trees as God, the sun as God, the moon as God, the monkey as God, the snake as God and even human beings as manifestations of God!

    Islam, on the contrary, exhorts man to consider himself and his surroundings as examples of Divine Creation rather than as divinity itself. Muslims therefore believe that everything is God’s i.e. the word ‘God’ with an apostrophe ‘s’. In other words the Muslims believe that everything belongs to God. The trees belong to God, the sun belongs to God, the moon belongs to God, the monkey belongs to God, the snake belongs to God, the human beings belong to God and everything in this universe belongs to God.

    Thus the major difference between the Hindu and the Muslim beliefs is the difference of the apostrophe ‘s’. The Hindu says everything is God. The Muslim says everything is God’s.


    2. Concept of God according to Hindu Scriptures:

    We can gain a better understanding of the concept of God in Hinduism by analysing Hindu scriptures.

    BHAGAVAD GITA

    The most popular amongst all the Hindu scriptures is the Bhagavad Gita.

    Consider the following verse from the Gita:

    "Those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures."[Bhagavad Gita 7:20]

    The Gita states that people who are materialistic worship demigods i.e. ‘gods’ besides the True God.


    UPANISHADS:

    The Upanishads are considered sacred scriptures by the Hindus.

    The following verses from the Upanishads refer to the Concept of God:

    "Ekam evadvitiyam"
    "He is One only without a second."
    [Chandogya Upanishad 6:2:1]1

    "Na casya kascij janita na cadhipah."
    "Of Him there are neither parents nor lord."
    [Svetasvatara Upanishad 6:9]2

    "Na tasya pratima asti"
    "There is no likeness of Him."
    [Svetasvatara Upanishad 4:19]3


    The following verses from the Upanishad allude to the inability of man to imagine God in a particular form:

    "Na samdrse tisthati rupam asya, na caksusa pasyati kas canainam."

    "His form is not to be seen; no one sees Him with the eye."
    [Svetasvatara Upanishad 4:20]4


    1[The Principal Upanishad by S. Radhakrishnan page 447 and 448]
    [Sacred Books of the East, volume 1 ‘The Upanishads part I’ page 93]

    2[The Principal Upanishad by S. Radhakrishnan page 745]
    [Sacred Books of the East, volume 15, ‘The Upanishads part II’ page 263.]

    3[The Principal Upanishad by S. Radhakrishnan page 736 & 737]
    [Sacred Books of the East, volume 15, ‘The Upanishads part II’ page no 253]

    4[The Principal Upanishad by S. Radhakrishnan page 737]
    [Sacred Books of the East, volume 15, ‘The Upanishads part II’ page no 253]





    THE VEDAS

    Vedas are considered the most sacred of all the Hindu scriptures. There are four principal Vedas: Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samveda and Atharvaveda.



    Yajurveda

    The following verses from the Yajurveda echo a similar concept of God:


    "na tasya pratima asti
    "There is no image of Him."
    [Yajurveda 32:3]5

    "shudhama poapvidham"
    "He is bodyless and pure."
    [Yajurveda 40:8]6

    "Andhatama pravishanti ye asambhuti mupaste"
    "They enter darkness, those who worship the natural elements" (Air, Water, Fire, etc.). "They sink deeper in darkness, those who worship sambhuti."
    [Yajurveda 40:9]7

    Sambhuti means created things, for example table, chair, idol, etc.

    The Yajurveda contains the following prayer:
    "Lead us to the good path and remove the sin that makes us stray and wander."
    [Yajurveda 40:16]8


    5[Yajurveda by Devi Chand M.A. page 377]

    6[Yajurveda Samhita by Ralph T. H. Giffith page 538]

    7[Yajurveda Samhita by Ralph T. H. Giffith page 538]

    8[Yajurveda Samhita by Ralph T. H. Griffith page 541]



    Atharvaveda

    The Atharvaveda praises God in Book 20, hymn 58 and verse 3:

    "Dev maha osi"
    "God is verily great"
    [Atharvaveda 20:58:3]9



    Rigveda

    The oldest of all the vedas is Rigveda. It is also the one considered most sacred by the Hindus. The Rigveda states in Book 1, hymn 164 and verse 46:
    "Sages (learned Priests) call one God by many names."
    [Rigveda 1:164:46]


    The Rigveda gives several different attributes to Almighty God. Many of these are mentioned in Rigveda Book 2 hymn 1.

    Among the various attributes of God, one of the beautiful attributes mentioned in the Rigveda Book II hymn 1 verse 3, is Brahma. Brahma means ‘The Creator’. Translated into Arabic it means Khaaliq. Muslims can have no objection if Almighty God is referred to as Khaaliq or ‘Creator’ or Brahma. However if it is said that Brahma is Almighty God who has four heads with each head having a crown, Muslims take strong exception to it.

    Describing Almighty God in anthropomorphic terms also goes against the following verse of Yajurveda:

    "Na tasya Pratima asti"
    "There is no image of Him."
    [Yajurveda 32:3]


    Another beautiful attribute of God mentioned in the Rigveda Book II hymn 1 verse 3 is Vishnu. Vishnu means ‘The Sustainer’. Translated into Arabic it means Rabb. Again, Muslims can have no objection if Almighty God is referred to as Rabb or 'Sustainer' or Vishnu. But the popular image of


    9[Atharveda Samhita vol 2 William Dwight Whitney page 910]





    Vishnu among Hindus, is that of a God who has four arms, with one of the right arms holding the Chakra, i.e. a discus and one of the left arms holding a ‘conch shell’, or riding a bird or reclining on a snake couch. Muslims can never accept any image of God. As mentioned earlier this also goes against Svetasvatara Upanishad Chapter 4 verse 19.

    "Na tasya pratima asti"
    "There is no likeness of Him"


    The following verse from the Rigveda Book 8, hymn 1, verse 1 refer to the Unity and Glory of the Supreme Being:

    "Ma cid anyad vi sansata sakhayo ma rishanyata"
    "O friends, do not worship anybody but Him, the Divine One. Praise Him alone."
    [Rigveda 8:1:1]10

    "Devasya samituk parishtutih"
    "Verily, great is the glory of the Divine Creator."
    [Rigveda 5:1:81]11



    Brahma Sutra of Hinduism:

    The Brahma Sutra of Hinduism is:

    "Ekam Brahm, dvitiya naste neh na naste kinchan"

    "There is only one God, not the second; not at all, not at all, not in the least bit."

    Thus only a dispassionate study of the Hindu scriptures can help one understand the concept of God in Hinduism.


    0[Rigveda Samhita vol. 9, pages 2810 and 2811 by Swami Satya Prakash Sarasvati and Satyakam Vidyalankar]

    11[Rigveda Samhita vol. 6, pages 1802 and 1803 by Swami Satya Prakash Saraswati and Satyakam Vidyalankar]




    as from the sun." The Prophecy confirms:

    The name of the Prophet as Ahmed since Ahmed is an Arabic name. Many translators misunderstood it to be ‘Ahm at hi’ and translated the mantra as "I alone have acquired the real wisdom of my father".

    Prophet was given eternal law, i.e. the Shariah.

    The Rishi was enlightened by the Shariah of Prophet Muhammad. The Qur’an says in Surah Saba Chapter 34 verse 28 (34:28):



    "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."

    Source: http://saif_w.tripod.com/interfaith/...inhinduism.htm

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    Re: The Concept of God in Hinduism

    It is an aboriginal concept that there is a power out there which is the controller of our destiny. First it was believed that the trees, lightning, sun etc were the powers that decided our destinies. As our understanding evolved, the power 'out there' became more and more sophisticated till the power took on anthropomorphic forms with supernatural powers. In the midst of the plethora of external powers being worshiped in the form of idols in Arabia came Islam and proclaimed that there is only one God, but still believed that that God is 'out there'. Meanwhile, the Hindu religion evolved and much before Islam was born, declared that the power that controls our destiny is not ‘out there’ but ‘within us’, nay - is the essence of what we are. Hinduism, though permitting idol worship, became the first religion to transcend the need for idol worship as it discovered the culture of meditation to discover our true nature and declare that all existence is one and divine.

    Islam still worships a God outside the worshipper and hence has not been able to discard idol worship. Hinduism, as it has the concept of God being what the worshipper essentially is, has transcended idol worship. But Hinduism also allows idol worship, as most people find it difficult to reach God without taking the aid of idols and also because idols can be seen as manifold expressions of man’s yearning for the one truth of divinity.
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    Re: The Concept of God in Hinduism

    The Vedas do not proclaim that there is only one God. The Vedas say that there is only God. It means that which we worship is what we are. Zakir Naik does not understand this concept and therefore interprets the Vedas as saying that there is only one God.
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    Refutation to Pantheism - 'All is God and God is All'




    Pantheism is a belief that 'All is God, and God is All'. So basically, God and the creation are 'one'.

    It's also known as 'Wahdat-ul-Wujud' in arabic, and subhanAllah even some subsects of the sufis have attributed themselves to this belief (based on some works of Ibn 'Arabi - not to be confused with Ibn Al-'Arabi who was a Maliki scholar in Spain/Andalus.).

    The proof from the Qur'an to refute this concept are many. For example, Allah says (translation of the meaning.):




    Proofs against it in Qur'an & Sunnah


    Surah Mulk 67:16. Do you feel secure that He, Who is over the heaven (Allâh) [fi*-samaa'], will not cause the earth to sink with you, then behold it shakes (as in an earthquake)?


    17. Or do you feel secure that He, Who is over the heaven [fi-samaa'] (Allâh), will not send against you a violent whirlwind? Then you shall know how (terrible) has been My Warning?
    *Fi in arabic means 'in' and also 'on'. i.e. fil ard (in the earth/on the earth)





    Surah Al Qasas 28: 38.

    Fir'aun (Pharaoh) said: "O chiefs! I know not that you have an ilâh (a god) other than me, so kindle for me (a fire), O Hâmân, to bake (bricks out of) clay, and set up for me a Sarhan (a lofty tower, or palace, etc.) in order that I may look at (or look for) the Ilâh (God) of Mûsa (Moses); and verily, I think that he [Mûsa (Moses)] is one of the liars."

    It becomes clear from this verse that Pharoah was informed by Moses that Allah is above the heavens. Otherwise, why would he argue to look there?


    It's been said that using the argument of Wahdat ul Wujud [unity of existence] - Ibn 'Arabi claimed that Pharoah was true in his statement that he is 'God' because 'God is everywhere' - and therefore even in Pharoah.


    On Jabir (radhiallahu ‘an) in the long hadeeth about the Prophet’s (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) Hajj, from the speech on Arafah he said, “And indeed I left for you something of which you will not be misguided if you held to it, the Book of Allah, and you ask from me, so what will you do?” They said, “We bear witness that you gave us the message and advised us.” So he said while pointing his index finger to the sky, “Oh Allah bear witness, Oh Allah bear witness.” three times.


    (Sahih Muslim Book 7 [kitab al hajj] no. 2803)



    This hadeeth proves that Allah is above the heavens with the pointing of the Prophet towards the sky. (And when we make dua', we face our palms upwards, showing that it is in our fitrah to call upon Allah while believing He is above His creation.)




    There are also many other aayaat and ahadith to prove that Allah is above the heavens. However, Allah is everywhere in His knowledge.






    The logical arguments against Pantheism




    Anyway, here's a few points which may explain why Pantheism can't be correct:
    - This topic was of huge debate in the past about whether the world & universe was existant forever, but now it has been discovered scientifically that the earth, and the universe had a starting point (i.e. Big Bang.)


    Since Allah is eternal, He did not have a beginning - and since the universe had a beginning, it cannot be the Perfect God.



    - God is not everywhere, otherwise the person is saying that even the most evil and disgusting of things [of existence] are 'God'.

    In Islam, evil is not attributed to Allah since
    He is free from any imperfection.




    - The claim that everything is God implies that there is no morality, since all evil that has been done is a 'part of god' anyway - hence it is 'pure', so it can be justified.



    - The people who believe in this concept will worship existence, whether that is 'holy' stone idols, humans, trees etc. (usually provided or sold by the high class for money/services) and this will usually lead to the oppression of those underneath them.

    There are a great deal of examples of this in history, a clear example which is a common pattern is a hierarchical system in society - in which a certain group will claim to be the highest of status [who will usually oppress others], and then others will be placed in order until there is a lowest level who is oppressed the most. Read about any polytheistic society and you will see this recurring pattern

    [2 clear examples are of the historical Quraysh polytheists*, or the hindu caste system [i.e. from the highest caste of Brahmins (priests), to the untouchables (lowest caste) - who can't even eat from the same plate as other castes.].)


    *they would say that people can only buy idols from the 'holy' stones of Makkah, and that people can only do tawaaf (circumambulate) around Al Ka'bah naked, or by buying/wearing the clothes of the people of Quraysh [since they were 'holy' people]






    The Ka'bah - an idol?


    There is a claim by pantheist groups that they don't worship stones and idols, but that they only turn towards certain stones or idols for direction in worship - the same way we do for Al Ka'bah.

    If we claim they are worshipping the idol, then they will claim that we worship the Ka'bah.


    The response to this is that Bilal ibn Ribah (the Ethiopian companion of Allah's Messenger) stood on the Ka'bah to do the call for prayer [adhan] (at the opening/fath of Makkah.) So if we are really worshipping an idol, is it really valid in ones faith to stand on the 'god'/deity that you worship? Ofcourse not.

    So the Ka'bah is not an idol which we worship and nor do we believe that there is blessing of the stones of the Ka'bah since they are continuously replaced/changed (but we believe the whole surrounding of Masjid Al Haram is blessed.) And i'm sure that pantheist religious followers would not stand on their stone gods for any reason whatsoever.




    And 'Umar ibn Al Khataab said:Sahih Al Bukhari Volume 2, Book 26, Number 675:


    Narrated Zaid bin Aslam from his father who said: "Umar bin Al-Khattab addressed the Corner (Black Stone) saying, 'BY ALLAH! I KNOW THAT YOU ARE A STONE AND CAN NEITHER BENEFIT NOR HARM. Had I not seen the Prophet touching (and kissing) you, I would never have touched (and kissed) you.' Then he kissed it and said, 'There is no reason for us to do Ramal (in Tawaf) except that we wanted to show off before the pagans, and now Allah has destroyed them.' 'Umar added, '(Nevertheless), the Prophet did that and we do not want to leave it (i.e. Ramal).'"

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    Re: The Concept of God in Hinduism

    I dont know why Dr Zakir Naik tries to find similarities between Islam and Hinduism they're totally opposite religions
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    Re: The Concept of God in Hinduism

    Quote Originally Posted by aadil77 View Post
    I dont know why Dr Zakir Naik tries to find similarities between Islam and Hinduism they're totally opposite religions
    Dr. Zakir Naik either refutes Hinduism or misinterprets it. He only wants to prove that Islam alone is a true and valid religion. In the process he is willing to whitewash matters and stretch the meaning of words as convenient.

    When you say Islam and Hinduism are totally opposite religions, you must bear in mind that the element that makes both religions relevant - its adherents - have one thing in common - they are all human beings.
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    Re: The Concept of God in Hinduism

    Greetings and peace be with you K.Venugopal;
    When you say Islam and Hinduism are totally opposite religions, you must bear in mind that the element that makes both religions relevant - its adherents - have one thing in common - they are all human beings
    I would say we have something greater in common, we are all created by the same God, and the same God hears all our prayers.

    In the spirit of praying for a greater interfaith friendship and understanding.

    Eric

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    Re: The Concept of God in Hinduism

    Quote Originally Posted by aadil77 View Post
    I dont know why Dr Zakir Naik tries to find similarities between Islam and Hinduism they're totally opposite religions
    Assalamu Alaikum

    There are many similarities between Islam and Hinduism. If you don't have the knowledge then please do not try and put down the person with knowledge.

    To read up more about those similarities, please click here.

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    Re: The Concept of God in Hinduism

    As brother Qatada said abovem Hindus believe in Pantheism. Dr. Zakir Naik has said that;
    Hindus believe the snake is god, the sun is god, the monkey is god; Muslims believe the snake is God's, the sun is God's, the Monkey is God's, etc. If we erase these differences, then Muslims and Hindus will become one. Dr. Zakir Naik has also said that it says in the scriptures of the Hindus that idol worship is wrong. He has also said the the Prophet Muhammad PBUH is prophecised in the Bhagavad Gita.

    There are many more similarities, please click the link I posted in the above post.

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    Re: The Concept of God in Hinduism

    Quote Originally Posted by Saimah Ali View Post
    If we erase these differences, then Muslims and Hindus will become one.
    How could you 'erase' them? The difference is absolutely fundamental (almost as much so as the theist/atheist divide), and you cannot 'erase' it without erasing Islam, Hunduism or most likely both.

    There are many more similarities, please click the link I posted in the above post.
    There are a great many similarities between any two religions not least because they all fulfill much he same function and address the same basic human needs.
    Last edited by Trumble; 11-17-2008 at 10:45 AM.

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    Re: The Concept of God in Hinduism

    Sorry, I meant;

    The Glorious Qur’an says



    “Come to common terms as between us and you”,

    Which is the first term?

    “that we worship none but Allah”

    So let’s come to common terms by analyzing the scriptures of the Hindus and of the Muslims.

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    Re: The Concept of God in Hinduism

    By analysing the Hindu scriptures;

    Click: http://www.islamawareness.net/Hindui...aik/part2.html

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    Re: The Concept of God in Hinduism

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    by Dr. Zakir Naik[/B]

    1. Common Concept of God in Hinduism:

    Hinduism is commonly perceived as a polytheistic religion. Indeed, most Hindus would attest to this, by professing belief in multiple Gods. While some Hindus believe in the existence of three gods, some believe in thousands of gods, and some others in thirty three crore i.e. 330 million Gods. However, learned Hindus, who are well versed in their scriptures, insist that a Hindu should believe in and worship only one God.

    The major difference between the Hindu and the Muslim perception of God is the common Hindus’ belief in the philosophy of Pantheism. Pantheism considers everything, living and non-living, to be Divine and Sacred. The common Hindu, therefore, considers everything as God. He considers the trees as God, the sun as God, the moon as God, the monkey as God, the snake as God and even human beings as manifestations of God!

    Islam, on the contrary, exhorts man to consider himself and his surroundings as examples of Divine Creation rather than as divinity itself. Muslims therefore believe that everything is God’s i.e. the word ‘God’ with an apostrophe ‘s’. In other words the Muslims believe that everything belongs to God. The trees belong to God, the sun belongs to God, the moon belongs to God, the monkey belongs to God, the snake belongs to God, the human beings belong to God and everything in this universe belongs to God.

    Thus the major difference between the Hindu and the Muslim beliefs is the difference of the apostrophe ‘s’. The Hindu says everything is God. The Muslim says everything is God’s.


    2. Concept of God according to Hindu Scriptures:

    We can gain a better understanding of the concept of God in Hinduism by analysing Hindu scriptures.

    BHAGAVAD GITA

    The most popular amongst all the Hindu scriptures is the Bhagavad Gita.

    Consider the following verse from the Gita:

    "Those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures."[Bhagavad Gita 7:20]

    The Gita states that people who are materialistic worship demigods i.e. ‘gods’ besides the True God.


    UPANISHADS:

    The Upanishads are considered sacred scriptures by the Hindus.

    The following verses from the Upanishads refer to the Concept of God:

    "Ekam evadvitiyam"
    "He is One only without a second."
    [Chandogya Upanishad 6:2:1]1


    "Na casya kascij janita na cadhipah."
    "Of Him there are neither parents nor lord."
    [Svetasvatara Upanishad 6:9]2

    "Na tasya pratima asti"
    "There is no likeness of Him."
    [Svetasvatara Upanishad 4:19]3


    The following verses from the Upanishad allude to the inability of man to imagine God in a particular form:

    "Na samdrse tisthati rupam asya, na caksusa pasyati kas canainam."

    "His form is not to be seen; no one sees Him with the eye."
    [Svetasvatara Upanishad 4:20]4


    1[The Principal Upanishad by S. Radhakrishnan page 447 and 448]
    [Sacred Books of the East, volume 1 ‘The Upanishads part I’ page 93]

    2[The Principal Upanishad by S. Radhakrishnan page 745]
    [Sacred Books of the East, volume 15, ‘The Upanishads part II’ page 263.]

    3[The Principal Upanishad by S. Radhakrishnan page 736 & 737]
    [Sacred Books of the East, volume 15, ‘The Upanishads part II’ page no 253]

    4[The Principal Upanishad by S. Radhakrishnan page 737]
    [Sacred Books of the East, volume 15, ‘The Upanishads part II’ page no 253]





    THE VEDAS

    Vedas are considered the most sacred of all the Hindu scriptures. There are four principal Vedas: Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samveda and Atharvaveda.



    Yajurveda

    The following verses from the Yajurveda echo a similar concept of God:


    "na tasya pratima asti
    "There is no image of Him."
    [Yajurveda 32:3]5

    "shudhama poapvidham"
    "He is bodyless and pure."
    [Yajurveda 40:8]6

    "Andhatama pravishanti ye asambhuti mupaste"
    "They enter darkness, those who worship the natural elements" (Air, Water, Fire, etc.). "They sink deeper in darkness, those who worship
    sambhuti."
    [Yajurveda 40:9]7

    Sambhuti means created things, for example table, chair, idol, etc.

    The Yajurveda contains the following prayer:
    "Lead us to the good path and remove the sin that makes us stray and wander."
    [Yajurveda 40:16]8


    5[Yajurveda by Devi Chand M.A. page 377]

    6[Yajurveda Samhita by Ralph T. H. Giffith page 538]

    7[Yajurveda Samhita by Ralph T. H. Giffith page 538]

    8[Yajurveda Samhita by Ralph T. H. Griffith page 541]



    Atharvaveda

    The Atharvaveda praises God in Book 20, hymn 58 and verse 3:

    "Dev maha osi"
    "God is verily great"
    [Atharvaveda 20:58:3]9



    Rigveda

    The oldest of all the vedas is Rigveda. It is also the one considered most sacred by the Hindus. The Rigveda states in Book 1, hymn 164 and verse 46:
    "Sages (learned Priests) call one God by many names."
    [Rigveda 1:164:46]


    The Rigveda gives several different attributes to Almighty God. Many of these are mentioned in Rigveda Book 2 hymn 1.

    Among the various attributes of God, one of the beautiful attributes mentioned in the Rigveda Book II hymn 1 verse 3, is Brahma. Brahma means ‘The Creator’. Translated into Arabic it means Khaaliq. Muslims can have no objection if Almighty God is referred to as Khaaliq or ‘Creator’ or Brahma. However if it is said that Brahma is Almighty God who has four heads with each head having a crown, Muslims take strong exception to it.

    Describing Almighty God in anthropomorphic terms also goes against the following verse of Yajurveda:

    "Na tasya Pratima asti"
    "There is no image of Him."
    [Yajurveda 32:3]


    Another beautiful attribute of God mentioned in the Rigveda Book II hymn 1 verse 3 is Vishnu. Vishnu means ‘The Sustainer’. Translated into Arabic it means Rabb. Again, Muslims can have no objection if Almighty God is referred to as Rabb or 'Sustainer' or Vishnu. But the popular image of


    9[Atharveda Samhita vol 2 William Dwight Whitney page 910]





    Vishnu among Hindus, is that of a God who has four arms, with one of the right arms holding the Chakra, i.e. a discus and one of the left arms holding a ‘conch shell’, or riding a bird or reclining on a snake couch. Muslims can never accept any image of God. As mentioned earlier this also goes against Svetasvatara Upanishad Chapter 4 verse 19.

    "Na tasya pratima asti"
    "There is no likeness of Him"


    The following verse from the Rigveda Book 8, hymn 1, verse 1 refer to the Unity and Glory of the Supreme Being:

    "Ma cid anyad vi sansata sakhayo ma rishanyata"
    "O friends, do not worship anybody but Him, the Divine One. Praise Him alone."
    [Rigveda 8:1:1]10

    "Devasya samituk parishtutih"
    "Verily, great is the glory of the Divine Creator."
    [Rigveda 5:1:81]11



    Brahma Sutra of Hinduism:

    The Brahma Sutra of Hinduism is:

    "Ekam Brahm, dvitiya naste neh na naste kinchan"

    "There is only one God, not the second; not at all, not at all, not in the least bit."

    Thus only a dispassionate study of the Hindu scriptures can help one understand the concept of God in Hinduism.


    0[Rigveda Samhita vol. 9, pages 2810 and 2811 by Swami Satya Prakash Sarasvati and Satyakam Vidyalankar]

    11[Rigveda Samhita vol. 6, pages 1802 and 1803 by Swami Satya Prakash Saraswati and Satyakam Vidyalankar]




    as from the sun." The Prophecy confirms:

    The name of the Prophet as Ahmed since Ahmed is an Arabic name. Many translators misunderstood it to be ‘Ahm at hi’ and translated the mantra as "I alone have acquired the real wisdom of my father".

    Prophet was given eternal law, i.e. the Shariah.

    The Rishi was enlightened by the Shariah of Prophet Muhammad. The Qur’an says in Surah Saba Chapter 34 verse 28 (34:28):



    "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."

    Source: http://saif_w.tripod.com/interfaith/...inhinduism.htm

    An account from a hindu girl who converted to islam

    http://www.muslimconverts.com/newmus...Nur_Fatima.htm

    A newspaper article of 40 hindu families converting to islam!

    http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/...=scrollingnews

    [COLOR="Red"]Here are some very interesting video clips:

    link of a hindu convert to islam

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...57247245417380

    Link of Muhammed(saw) in hindu scriptures:

    http://www.youtubeislam.com/video/33...-Dr-Zakir-Naik

    Similarities between hinduism and islam

    http://www.islamictube.net/watch/200...Dr.-Zakir-Naik

    From hinduism to islam

    http://www.biharanjuman.org/Deedat/F...m-to-Islam.htm

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...79132042612732

    Christian, Buddhist, Hindu convert to Islam in Malaysia

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=y9qRSs...eature=related

    How a Hindu Brahmin Turns to Islam

    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...deoID=37353612

    Hindu women converts to islam

    http://www.turntoislam.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25759

    Hindu turned Athiest Turns to islam

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=WE8Jqv_v0DI

    Ahmed deedat videos on comparitive religion(Very good)


    http://qaazi.wordpress.com/category/.../ahmed-deedat/

    Watch videos of Converts around the world turning to Islam

    http://www.usislam.org/video/converts_to_islam.htm

    Bumped for somebody new here who does not know his own Vedhas.

    Islam is the fastest growing Religion with more proofs of Islam that Allah has shown as in this verse of the glorious Quran

    41:53 '' We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their ownselves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Quran) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things? ''


    Islam really does not need any other Religions aid to boost itself since its glorious Quran and its teachings with its Noble Prophet with his noble traits are already mentioned in almost all the holy books of other religions but are suppressed , twisted to hide that fact though facts have sprouted decades ago from great people with their spirits of truths like Dr vedaprakash upadhyay in his book here

    https://makashfa.wordpress.com/2012/...yay-must-read/


    and other hindu scholars like Ahmed Pundit who had all embraced Islam here
    https://islamhashtag.com/ahmed-pandi...ople-to-islam/

    This is not told with the intention to convert the hindus or others but to prove that Islamic Books have already Prophesied that Allah has sent his Messengers to every Nation in their own language. Which is also a duty of Muslims to inform their fellow human kind to whichever relgion do they belong. Then its upto them to choose their own path to their Creator as reasonable as they think and are responsible for their own actions on the Day of Judgement. Those who mislead others will take the sins of those who mislead.. Since Quran also says that

    2:134 '' That was a nation which has passed on. It will have [the consequence of] what it earned, and you will have what you have earned. And you will not be asked about what they used to do.''
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    My Sect : No Sect

    My Aqeedha : Aqeedha of Sahabas as in http://legacy.quran.com/112

    Just a Muslim with Glorious Quran and (hadith) sunnah as my guide as in verse 41:33 '' And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, "Indeed, I am of the Muslims."

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    Dont try to squeeze out prophet is present in Vedas . Read my last post I made on that sticky prophet prophesized in Other scriputres . I have already debunked it . And by the way you do realize hindus worship not to Survive God to book a ticket for heaven .

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    Does it mean that the Hindu scriptures was written long before the prophet walked on earth ? I’m confused now

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    Re: The Concept of God in Hinduism

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    Does it mean that the Hindu scriptures was written long before the prophet walked on earth ? I’m confused now
    Before the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam walked the earth, yes.

    This should beg the question: so which prophet and messengers were sent to the Indians?

    And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, [saying], "Worship Allah and avoid Taghut." And among them were those whom Allah guided, and among them were those upon whom error was [deservedly] decreed. So proceed through the earth and observe how was the end of the deniers. [Qur'an 16:36]

    It seems certain to me that the Hindu's were once upon a time, monotheist. However, they fell into error and became polytheistic, idol worshiper's. Their holy books of Hinduism have been added to and the message of monotheism has been polluted by most likely, well meaning scribes. It doesn't matter which prophets and messengers were sent to them, to us. The message is now polluted. And has been for a very long time.

    Notice, Allah has mentioned stories of only a selection of Prophets and Messengers in the Qur'an, and there is good reason for this - namely, that their stories are still very much relevant for us to learn from in our lives. This is why you will not learn of who was the prophet/messenger sent to the Indians in an ancient past undocumented.

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    . And by the way you do realize hindus worship not to Survive God to book a ticket for heaven .
    What does this mean?

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