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During islamic rule in India, many Hindu Indians were slaughtered by the soldiers of Aurangzeb as they did not convert to Islam.

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I have read that during islamic rule in India, many Hindu Indians were slaughtered by the soldiers of Aurangzeb as they did not convert to Islam. I feel it is wrong to occupy somone`s land and then force people to accept islam. We should not forget that Hinduism has contributed to religion in the form of Yoga, Ayurveda (herbal medicine), meditation, vastu shashtra, astrology, palmistry, astronomy. Why can`t we take good things from other religion? Can anyone comment on this? 


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Aurangzeb slaughtered Hindus in India

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


At the outset, we wish to declare that neither is the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb an example to the muslims, nor whatever he did or did not do a guide to being a good muslim, nor do we have any knowledge of his intentions, nor do we know any more than what is recorded in history by those who came after him! Without an iota of a doubt, the Emperor Aurangzeb like all human beings will on One Inevitable Day be raised to life again and gathered in the Just and Supreme Court of Allah Subhanah to give a full accounting of his deeds and acts.


If Emperor Aurangzeb ordered the slaughter of many disbelievers only because they would not accept Islam, he alone will be responsible and will have to answer for his deeds in the Presence of the All-Knowing, All-Just Lord. As is the Principle of Justice laid by Allah Subhanah in His Glorious Quran, every person will be responsible for his deeds and no one else!


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 141: That was a people who have passed away. They will be responsible for the deeds they did, and you for what you do. You will not be asked for the deeds done by them!


If the Emperor Aurangzeb did indeed order the slaughter or genocide of disbelievers only because they refused to accept Islam as their way of life, then indeed he would be guilty of his sin in the Court of Allah, for the guidance of Islam does not allow the believers to kill others simply because they chose not to believe!


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 256: Let there be no compulsion in religion.


History records that muslim rulers ruled the major part of the Indian sub-continent for almost a thousand years, and the reign of the last recognized Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb lasted almost 49 years until his death in 1707. If indeed Aurangzeb (or other muslim rulers) as is claimed by historians slaughtered disbelievers only because they did not believe, it is indeed surprising that the population of modern day India is 85% non-muslim! The historians might claim one thing, but the fact that 85% of modern India are non-muslim proves otherwise! Had the muslim rulers or even Aurangzeb as the historians claim slaughtered disbelievers only for their disbelief were partly successful, it is highly unlikely that 85 out of every 100 people escaped their clutches!


As was the norm in those medieval times, it is very possible that revolts from various parts of India took place against the central rule; and the central government might have sent their armies to quash those rebellions. But to give these battles a ‘religious’ flavor and state that the central muslim armies fought and killed with the intention to convert people to Islam is highly unlikely and incoherent with ground reality.


Some modern day historians have gone out of their way to spread the misconception that ‘Islam was spread by the sword’! The best reply to this misconception is given by the noted (non-muslim) historian De Lacy O'Leary in the acclaimed book "Islam at the Cross-Road" (Page 8):

"History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated!"


Whatever might have been the case, if Emperor Aurangzeb (or anyone else for that matter) did indeed slaughter disbelievers only because they exercised their God-given right to choose their way of life, he would be guilty of breaking a clear Command of the Quran, and thus held guilty for genocide in the Just Court of Allah Subhanah on the Day of Judgment.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,





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