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Invitation to our Brethren

My Dear Friend,

I once again invite you to the true path of life with the beautiful verse of Holy Quran:

And the man who believed said: "O my people! Follow me; I will guide you to the way of Right conduct. O my people! The Life of this World is but a (quick passing) enjoyment, and verily, the Hereafter, which is the Home that will remain forever. Whosoever does an evil deed, will not be requited except the like thereof, and whosoever does a righteous deed, whether male or female, and whosoever is a true believer, such will enter Paradise, where they will be provided without limit.

And O my people! How is it that I call you to salvation while you call me to the Fire. You invite me to disbelieve in Allah, and to join partners in worship with Him, of which I have no knowledge, And I call you to the All Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving. No doubt, you call me to (worship) one who cannot grant (me) my request in this world or in the Hereafter. And our return will be to Allah. And the transgressors, they shall be the dwellers of the Fire! And you will remember what I am telling you, and my affair I leave it to Allah. Verily, Allah is the All-Seer of (His) slaves.

(QURAN 40 : 37 - 43)

The Hindu scriptures also preached 'ONE GOD'

Hinduism, as most Hindus would say, is not a religion but a "Dharma" and a Culture. The Vedas, the Upanishads, the Puranas, the Brahmanas Granth are considered to be the Holy Scriptures, most sacred being the Vedas. Also there is the Bhagavad Gita, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.

The degeneration and downfall of any society starts with becoming heedless to the guidance of God and falling prey to our own whims and desires. This eventually may lead to the degeneration of the concept of God itself. The worship of innumerable Gods in Hindu society is a degeneration of the message of God and in stark contrast to the oneness of God preached in the Hindu Holy Scriptures Vedas and Upanishads. The Verses from these scriptures reveal that they also preach Oneness of God, which is exactly the same truth, which was conveyed by God through His final messenger Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him).

• "There is only one God, worship Him" (Rig Veda, Vol. 6, Hymn 45 Vs 16)
• "Do not worship any one beside Him" (Rig Veda Bk. 8, Hymn 1, Vs 1)
• "God is only one, - not a second"- (Chandogya Upanishad Ch. 6, Section 2, verse 1).
• "Na tasya pratima asti" There is no image of Him."

[Yajurveda 32:3]

I thus invite our brethren to return to the worship of the One true God as reminded to us by God through His last and final messenger Muhammad (PBUH16).

The worst wrongdoing which we humans can commit is to say that the Almighty God has other gods as partners. Proclaiming that there is no god besides the One God of all is what God wants to hear from us in words and deeds. One must be honest and just to oneself and those around us and walk on the right path.

The religion of the 'surrender to the one true God' - Islam, is the only path which God has chosen for mankind and is thus the only way to achieve brotherhood and unification and for our salvation in the everlasting life after death. Worshipping others besides God does not please God; rather it is an act of disobedience to God and a sign of arrogance. By accepting this call of Islam, our Hindu brethren will only be returning to God's original religion for humanity, as we understand was also the original call of the Hindu dharma.

A study of the Vedas clearly reveals the message of Unity of God. But Hindus of today worship a number of Gods or incarnations, which is contrary to the Vedic teachings that teaches Oneness of God. Infact, it is very easy to observe that the varied forms in which Hindus worship God are nothing but the different "attributes" of The God mentioned in the Qur’an.

Come! Let us reason together
Mahatma Gandhi, in his inimitable style, says "Some one has said that Europeans in South Africa dread the advent of Islam- Islam that civilized Spain, Islam that took the torch light to Morocco and preached to the world the Gospel of brotherhood. The Europeans of South Africa dread the Advent of Islam. They may claim equality with the white races. They may well dread it, if brotherhood is a sin. If it is equality of colored races then their dread is well founded."

• Hinduism has the world's third largest following after Christianity and Islam. It is more important for me because I belong to the country to which the religion belongs a majority of its followers. Hinduism today is more about Indian-ness than anything else. It is considered as the oldest religion/culture in the world with majority of its followers in India. Muslims are the biggest minority community in India comprising 12-15%

• Islam, on the other hand, never confined itself or claimed monopoly over a particular region or people, but from the start it had a universal message and appealed to all humanity as one single community. Today, there are over 1.2 billion Muslims around the World and contrary to popular understanding the majority of the Muslims are of non-Arab origin. Islam is an open invitation to all humanity from God not just towards personal spirituality but also to the practical mission of upholding truth and justice, the purest truth of which is that 'THERE IS NO GOD BESIDES THE ONE TRUE GOD'. This core idea is the fountainhead of our success in this life and in the everlasting life after death and it has remained the message of God to humanity throughout our existence.