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    Asalaam Alaykum,

    Aside from it's polytheistic nature, I do have some concerns about Hinduism.

    Two of its principles suggest followers to pursue wealth and pleasure.

    Wealth and pleasure are fine in moderation. Everyone needs money, and everyone needs enjoyment. However, the excessive pursuit of both cause great corruption of the mind and heart.

    An obsessive focus on wealth attainment causes greed, which is immensely harmful to self and others. Greed leads to unethical business practices, theft, and even war.

    The pursuit of pleasure nearly killed me, as I spent 12 years as an alcoholic. I drove drunk, got in fights, used drugs, and gambled. It brought tremendous misery and suffering.

    This does not mean I wish harm upon Hindus, however I believe they are misguided.

    What are your thoughts?
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    Re: Hinduism, some concerns

    Quote Originally Posted by ACEDIslam View Post
    Asalaam Alaykum,

    Aside from it's polytheistic nature, I do have some concerns about Hinduism.

    Two of its principles suggest followers to pursue wealth and pleasure.

    Wealth and pleasure are fine in moderation. Everyone needs money, and everyone needs enjoyment. However, the excessive pursuit of both cause great corruption of the mind and heart.

    An obsessive focus on wealth attainment causes greed, which is immensely harmful to self and others. Greed leads to unethical business practices, theft, and even war.

    The pursuit of pleasure nearly killed me, as I spent 12 years as an alcoholic. I drove drunk, got in fights, used drugs, and gambled. It brought tremendous misery and suffering.

    This does not mean I wish harm upon Hindus, however I believe they are misguided.

    What are your thoughts?
    Walaikum Asalam

    I don't agree that it encourages its followers to pursue wealth or pleasure.

    My issues with Hinduism are mainly the caste system, its polytheistic nature, and its lack of evidence. I also find it generally strange but that's more of a personal opinion.

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    Re: Hinduism, some concerns

    Most scholars believe Hinduism formally started somewhere between 2300 B.C. and 1500 B.C. in the Indus Valley, near modern-day Pakistan. But many Hindus argue that their faith is timeless and has always existed.

    Unlike other religions, Hinduism has no one founder but is instead a fusion of various beliefs.

    Around 1500 B.C., the Indo-Aryan people migrated to the Indus Valley, and their language and culture blended with that of the indigenous people living in the region. There’s some debate over who influenced who more during this time.

    The period when the Vedas were composed became known as the “Vedic Period” and lasted from about 1500 B.C. to 500 B.C. Rituals, such as sacrifices and chanting, were common in the Vedic Period.
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    Re: Hinduism, some concerns

    Asalamu Alaikum

    Quote Originally Posted by MazharShafiq View Post
    in the Indus Valley, near modern-day Pakistan
    That's not near modern-day Pakistan, that IS modern day Pakistan (along with parts of north-western India).

    Quote Originally Posted by MazharShafiq View Post
    Hinduism has no one founder but is instead a fusion of various beliefs.
    Yes, it's more appropriate to refer to it as a collection of different Indian folk religions.

    Quote Originally Posted by MazharShafiq View Post
    Around 1500 B.C., the Indo-Aryan people migrated to the Indus Valley, and their language and culture blended with that of the indigenous people living in the region. There’s some debate over who influenced who more during this time.
    There is no doubt that the Aryans had far more influence over the natives than vice versa. The natives who refused to assimilate into their culture became what are now part of the lower castes of India. This has been proven via genetic studies that show higher caste Indians have more Central Asian, Iranian and European ancestry than lower caste ones.

    Quote Originally Posted by MazharShafiq View Post
    Rituals, such as sacrifices and chanting, were common in the Vedic Period.
    It's important to note that a lot of the more paganistic practices did not become firmly entrenched within Hinduism until it started to spread across the Indian sub-continent from the Indus Valley. In fact, a lot of Hindus from other parts of the Indian sub-continent at the time looked at the ones from the Indus Valley with disgust for not being Hindu enough in their eyes.

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    Re: Hinduism, some concerns

    Quote Originally Posted by MazharShafiq View Post
    But many Hindus argue that their faith is timeless and has always existed.
    No, the general consensus is that it's 6,000 years old and is universally agreed that all the many streams of Hinduism draw themselves back to the Vedic period - where the four Vedas come back from (back when Hinduism used to be polytheistic)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACEDIslam View Post
    Aside from it's polytheistic nature, I do have some concerns about Hinduism.
    It's not polytheistic in a pagan sense, it's actually all types of theism and atheism combined - with the belief that they all constitute the same reality about the one universal, transcendent God. But over top of that, there are many different beliefs about the nature of the self and God.

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    Re: Hinduism, some concerns

    Quote Originally Posted by HakimPtsid View Post
    No, the general consensus is that it's 6,000 years old and is universally agreed that all the many streams of Hinduism draw themselves back to the Vedic period - where the four Vedas come back from (back when Hinduism used to be polytheistic)

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    It's not polytheistic in a pagan sense, it's actually all types of theism and atheism combined - with the belief that they all constitute the same reality about the one universal, transcendent God. But over top of that, there are many different beliefs about the nature of the self and God.
    Bro, Why you are interested to let us know what Hinduism is...?

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