Draupadi and Her Five Husbands in Hindu Myths

Draupadi with her five husbands.

The Meaning of Shamshan

The question: Is burning the dead body of a Hindu an old tradition or did it begin in the modern age?

The answer: In fact, it was begun later. For example, take the word Shamshan Ghat, the word Shamshan means the place where someone lies down. Thus, the word Shamshan itself denotes that ancient Hindus used to bury their dead in the beginning and the tradition of cremation was innovated later. Or cremation of dead body is a later development on the traditions.

According to the medical point of view, burial is better and does not have any harm while the tradition of burning has much harm on the atmosphere and air pollution.

One Wife and Five Brothers in Hinduism

The question: You presented the logical proof for the prohibition of sharing one wife between five brothers. But in Hinduism, there is a story that relates that Draupadi was shared by Pandavas?

The answer: Whenever the Hindu religious leaders do not find any logical interpretation for some myths, they try to find some excuses and say: “This story is based on Hari Katha Anantha (eternal divine story) and we are unable to understand it fully.” But sharing one woman between five brothers is not a general rule or common principle for the people. It was only for Draupadi and Panduas not for all. The story was an exception and not an established law.

However, those are false excuses and unsatisfactory interpretation and Hinduism is full of such interpretations.

The speaker has argued that Hindu scriptures have many references that prohibit sharing one wife between more than one people.

Shiv Ling: A Sign of Circumcision in Hinduism

What is the Meaning of Ayodhya?

A statue of Shivling worshipped by Hindus.

In this video, a Muslim Chaturvedi scholar recites some Sanskrit mantras of Bhavishya Purana and proves the truth of Islam. One of the Mantras says that Raja Bhoj traveled from India and came to Makkah and met the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) when he knew that the moon was spilt by the order of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) with the permission of Allah the Almighty as a miracle for him to certify his prophethood.

Is Makkah Ayodhya?

In this context, the scholar explains that Yudh in Sanskrit means war and Ayudhya means the place where the war is prohibited. According to Islamic Jurisprudence, war is prohibited in Makkah and its surroundings. No violence is allowed in that sacred area. Thus, the mantra means that Raja Bhoj came to Makkah where violence is prohibited. He became honored with a meeting with the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), and asked him: “Did you split the moon?” The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) answered: “Yes, I did by pointing to the moon with my finger by the permission of Allah the Almighty.”

Splitting the Moon in Hindu Scripture

The words of the King were recorded in the Bhavishya Puran when he took the honor of talking with the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him):” O Prophet! I came to you, I salute you, please, regard me a slave of you; you are doing many miracles that could not be done by any person on this earth. (You split the moon and no one can do that. And Abu Jahal one of the uncles and bitter enemy of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) picked pebbles from the earth and closed his hand upon them and asked the Prophet (peace be upon him): “Tell me what is in my hand?” The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) asked him saying: “Do you want me to tell you what is in your hand or whatever is in your hand will tell you who am I?” Then the pebbles in the hand of Abu Jahal began reciting the Kalimah “Ashhadu Alla Ilaha Illallah Wa Ashhadu Anna Muhammadan Abduhu Wa Rasuluh, (I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Apostle.)

The story says that Raja Bhoj saluted the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and told: “I came to you and make me amongst your slaves and servants.”

Some Identities of Muslims in Bhavishya Puran

Raja Bhoj made his will as was mentioned in Bhavishya Purana and mentioned some important signs of the Muslims. One of them is that Muslims will grow long beards but they will never tie knots in their beards, and they will shave off their heads but they will never leave the bunch of hair in the middle of the head, like the Hindus do who shave off their whole head but leave tuft of hair in the middle of the head.

Are Ganges and Yamuna from the Hair of Shankar?

Some Hindus leave a bunch of hair in the middle of the head after shaving off the whole head. According to the Hindu mythology, both Indian rivers, the Ganges, and Yamuna sprung out of the hair of Shankar Ji, a famous Hindu deity.

Fountain of Water Under the feet of the Prophet Isma`il (peace be upon him)

It has been mentioned in Islamic tradition that the fountain of Zamzam in Makkah sprung out from the earth when the Prophet Isma`il (peace be upon him) rubbed his feet frequently crying for water. There was no water and his mother Hajar was running between the Safa Mountain and Marwah Mountain in search of water. When she returned to her son, she found the water springing from the earth and tried to stop the flow of water by saying in Arabic Zamzam, or stop, stop.

In addition, Raja Bhoj predicted that Muslims will come to India and advised his people to follow the religion of the Muslims.

The prediction of Raja Bhoj included that Muslims will recite the name of their God loudly standing on high places.

Was Adhan Mentioned in Hindu Scriptures?

The speaker referred to the Bhavishya Puran that says that Muslims will chant the name of God loudly standing on tops. In fact, this sign refers to the adhan or the call for the five daily prayers as Muslims do not ring bell for gathering the people for the prayer instead of that they chant the name of Allah the Almighty saying : “Allahu Akbar (God is great) Allahu Akbar (God is great).

Circumcision in Hindu Scriptures

In addition, the signs of the Muslims included the tradition of circumcision amongst Muslim males. The speaker mentions that the Hindus used to practice the tradition of circumcision in ancient times.

Circumcision in Hinduism

The speaker has argued that the worship of Shiv ling amongst Hindus is based on the practice of circumcision.

The prediction included also, the food habits of the Muslims as the mantra has mentioned that Muslims will eat all types of food; vegetables and meat but they never eat an animal upon which the name of Allah has not been recited when slaughtering. And they will never eat swine and dog.

Was the Word “Muslim” Mentioned in Hindus Scriptures?

It is interesting to mention that the name of Muslim was mentioned in the Sanskrit Mantra as was explained by the Chaturvedi brother.


Why Is Divorce Allowed in Islam?

In this video, a Muslim speaker mentions that he once was asked by a Hindu woman about the permissibility of divorce in the Islamic Shari`ah and what is the logic or philosophy behind its permissibility.

The Hindu woman first praised Islam acknowledging that Islam has a lot of good qualities but why divorce is allowed in Islam? Isn’t it a sort of injustice to the woman? The speaker answered that divorce is a very good thing; it is a blessing and mercy for an agonized woman.

When is Divorce a Good Thing for a Married Woman?

In this regard, the speaker referred to a report of Crime Investigation Department of India 1977 that ten thousand married women were burned with kerosene.

In fact, Islam represents a solution for these heinous crimes, especially, when the marital life becomes hard and separation becomes the only solution and exit from the family frequent quarrel.

In those situations, Islam tells not to burn the innocent and helpless trapped married women rather; make them free from the hell of such unsuccessful marriages by divorce.

Suppose, if there are disagreements between husband and wife or if disputes and arguments became an inseparable part of the daily life and the marital life turned into a hell then Islam suggests not living in an agony and separate between them peacefully with the divorce. If there is no divorce, eventually, the helpless married woman would be burned.

Divorce is Like a Knife

Imagine how useful the divorce is as a solution! Instead of killing a woman mercilessly, a husband can free her to live her own life or select another suitable husband for her. A knife has been made to cut an apple or slice the onion but if you cut with it the throats of the people then who is wrong; the knife or the user?

Divorce is a good option and valuable cure if it is used in its proper place and due need but if it is used in a bad way then it is the user’s fault not the divorce.

Maya Becomes Iram

In addition, the speaker has mentioned that the Hindu woman who asked the question of divorce, declared her conversion to Islam when she was satisfied with the answer. Her previous name was Ms. Maya but after her conversion she was named Iram.

How to Eradicate Terrorism

By Mahesh Bhatt

I would like to say only one thing that is written in your conclusion. Only if the Muslims of India become true Muslim, the destiny of this country will totally change.

O my brothers! Please, awaken some of the severity in your heart. I have realized after whatever study about Islam and Muslims I did that a scared and fearful person cannot be a Muslim. If there is fear, there is no Islam. If there is Islam, there is no fear. If there is light, there is no darkness. If there is darkness, there is no light.

How to Help an Oppressor

One of the Hadiths dictated by our brother Mahmood Madani that is in my computer goes like: Unsur akhaka zhaliman aw mazhluman (Help your brother; in both cases; if he is an oppressor or if he is an oppressed.).

The religion whose Hadith instructs to help an oppressed and even an oppressor; stop the oppressor from oppressing the people, ask the oppressor: Why are oppressing? What is wrong with you? The Hadith called the oppressor “brother” (in order to soften his heart). If such great religion does not have tolerance then who has the tolerance?

A Society Free from the Curse of Terrorism

The community that cannot give justice cannot be free from the terrorism. If you want to be free from terrorism, you have to give justice, but if you turn your police stations into jails of torture, where innocents are brought and beaten, tortured and humiliated then terrorism will increase.

We have only one thing to do, we have to be brave. We have to follow the Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). What is the toughest battle? Yes, the toughest battle is to show a tyrant ruler his original face. Tell an unjust king; how ugly he is? Ask him; why are you committing the injustice and partiality? Why have you brought me to the justice?

Practicing Islam is now Harder than a Blaze on Your Palm

The clash will not end by such conferences. The battle is very long. The age has come, about which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has prophesized saying: “There will come upon the people a time when holding onto the religion will be like holding onto hot coal.”

Let become a Muslim only the one who has the strength, and let him live with dignity. Do not cry (for help) in front of anyone, do not lick the feet of any person, because, you are connected to that (divine) power, to that High Power.

India is the Country of All

This country is yours; this land has been protected with the blood of your forefathers. Whoever tries to humiliate you, tell him: get out from here. This is your country. This country belongs to you and me. And we only will care for it. Islamophobia does not suit India. India is a country where I feel more secure with our bearded brothers than anywhere else. I never become scared of them; whenever I am with a Muslim brother I feel that he will surely protect me. Let us swear together that we will stimulate the same emotion in the hearts of the Muslims of India. Islam is your right and Islam is our right. If there is fear, there is no Islam, and if there is Islam, there is no fear. Khuda Hafiz, (May Allah protect.)

Bhagavata Purana Talks about Islam

According to Sanskrit scriptures, the Kalki Avtar will fight with sword.

In this video, a Chaturvedi Muslim speaker talks about some important prophesies included in some Indian Sanskrit scriptures.

The speaker referred to Bhagavata Puran, Askand 12, Adhyay 2, Ashlok 19 that mentions the advent and the signs of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in a clear and accurate way.

The Eight Qualities of the Prophet Muhammad in Hindu Scripture

According to the scripture, the Antim Sandeshta or the final Messenger will be adorned with eight characteristics and specialties.

Those qualities include the following:

1- Kalki Avtar or the Antim Sandeshta will have a power to inform about the present, past and future.

2- The second quality is to be from a noble and lofty family.

3- The Antim Sandeshta will have full control of his desires.

4- The Antim Sandeshta has to be inspired by Ishvar or must receive divine revelation.

5- The Antim Sandeshta will be adorned with little talk.

6- Generosity.

7- Extraordinary strength.

8- Aknowlogding other’s favor.

Those qualities were observable and evident in the personality of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The speaker has mentioned some of them and we are going to add the rest by the Grace of Allah the Almighty.

Byzantine Empire’s Defeat and the Victory of the Persians

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was granted by Allah the Almighty great and accurate knowledge of some unseen subjects including; past, present and future. One of them was the prediction of the victory of Romans after they were defeated by the Persians.

The Glorious Qur’an has mentioned that prophesies and said:

The Romans have been defeated in the lowest land, but after their defeat they will soon be victorious. Within three to nine years. The decision of the matter, before and after, is with God. And that day the believers will rejoice. (Ar-Rum: 30:2-4)

These verses were revealed around 620 C.E, almost 7 years after the severe defeat of the Christian Byzantines at the hands of the idolater Persians in 613 – 614 C.E. The Glorious Qur’an had predicted that the Byzantines would shortly be victorious after they had been so heavily defeated that it seemed impossible for the Empire to even maintain its very existence, let alone be victorious again. However, the prediction came true as a sign of a genuine Prophet.

Beside this, there are many examples of this in the books of the biography of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon). Whoever wants more detail on this issue can refer to Dala’il An-Nubuwwah by Al-Bayhaqi (994-1066 A.D.)

Wrestling of the Prophet Muhammad with Rukanah

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the strongest physically and spiritually. He was so strong spiritually that the angel Gabriel asked him to go forward above the seven heavens as he was unable to move forward otherwise his wings would be burnt.

Additionally, his physical power and strength was well-known. It has been narrated that Rukanah Ibn Abd Yazid was the strongest among the Quraish tribe and one day he met the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in one of the side streets of Makkah alone.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) asked: “O Rukanah! Why won’t you fear Allah and accept my preaching?”

Rukanah replied: “If I knew what you say is true, I would follow you.”

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) asked Rukanah if he would declare the truth if the Prophet could throw him on the earth.

When Rukanah said yes, they began to wrestle. And when the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) got a firm grip of him, throwing him to the ground, making him powerless and unable to do anything.

Rukanah said: “Do it again O Muhammad!” And the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did the same again.

Rukanah said: “This is extraordinary, you can really throw me!”

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) replied saying: “I can show you something more wonderful than this if you wish.”

The Tree Walks to the Prophet Muhammad

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “I will call that tree, and it will come to me.”

Rukanah said: “Call it.”

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) called the tree and immediately it began moving until it stood in front of him. Then the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said to the tree: “Return to your place.” And the tree moved back to where it was. [`Abdul-Malik, Ibn Ishaq, As-Sirah An-Nabawiyyah, edited by Mustafa As-Saqa and others, Mustafa Al-Babi Al-Halabi, Egypt 1955, Vol. 1st, p.391.]

The Generosity of the Prophet Muhammad

The Sanskrit scripture has mentioned amongst the qualities of the Kalki Avtar that he will be a generous person. It is interesting to refer here to the narration narrated about the generosity of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

The Prophet (peace be upon him) was the most generous of all the people, and he used to become more generous in the month of Ramadan (the ninth month of Islamic Calendar when the Muslims fast) when Gabriel met him. Gabriel used to meet him every night during Ramadan to revise the Qur’an with him. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) then used to be more generous than the fast wind. (Al-Bukhari)

There are many narrations in Islamic sources on every quality of the above-mentioned eight qualities elucidated in the Sanskrit scripture.

What is the Meaning of Kalki Avtar?    

It is noteworthy that Kalki has two meanings, one of them denotes; the one who wipes away the Kalank or the dirt of the sins. And when we refer to the Glorious Qur’an we find the similar description for the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

The Glorious Qur’an says in this regard:

Indeed Allah conferred a great favor on the believers when He sent among them a Messenger (Muhammad) from among themselves, reciting unto them His Verses (the Qur’an), and purifying them (from sins), and instructing them (in) the Book (the Qur’an) and Al-Hikmah [the wisdom and the Sunnah of the Prophet], while before that they had been in manifest error. (Aal `Imran 3:164)

Perhaps, you note the phrase “purifying them (from sins)” in the translation of Qur’anic Verses.

The Four Friends of the Prophet

The speaker also, referred to some Sanskrit Mantras that mention the four bosom friends and supporters who all together will crush the devil. It is interesting to mention that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had four friends; Abu Bakr, `Umar, `Uthman, and`Ali (May Allah be pleased with them).

Sanatan Dharma and One God

True divine religion always is one and based on the faith of One God.

In this video, you will watch a Chaturvedi Muslim scholar who recites Sanskrit Mantras with their translation in an impressive style.

The speaker has mentioned in his speech that all human beings come from one single origin: Adam and Hawwa. Thus, he infers that every Indian rather, every human being is brother and sister to each other.

In this regard, he has emphasized that if the human being was created by One God, then how can He make different faiths for the people? The real divine faith is one over the ages and the real religion always remained one but some selfish leaders diverted the people from the true divine message and made them follow their own manmade faiths and religions to achieve their own worldly gains.

Divine Message is always the Same

In addition, the speaker has highlighted that the first man and the earliest Prophet on this earth Adam (peace be upon him) had received from his Lord a system of faith that was renovated and restored by every Prophet and Messenger on this earth whenever there was any sort of alteration or change.

It is noteworthy that the same message was received by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Last and Final Messenger.

In this context, the speaker has referred to a quote from the Hindu Holy Scripture Geeta that says: “Whenever there was any distortion or twist in the true divine message, a Prophet or Messenger was appointed by Allah the Almighty for the guidance of the people.”

What is Brahma Sutra in Hinduism?

Moreover, the speaker has explained the meaning of Sanatan (the eternal) and the Brahmasutra comparing them with Surah Al-Fatihah, the first Surah in the Glorious Qur’an. The Brahmasutra of the Veda; the base and foundation of Hindu Dharma says: “God is one; there is no other God, nothing, nothing, nothing at all. When this meaning of Brahmasutra is compared with the most famous Kalimah of Islam or the blessed words recited frequently by most of the Muslims every day; la ilaha illa Allah (there is no god but Allah), it would be realized clearly that both traditional phrases give almost the similar message, or one of them is literal translation of other.

Islam is Like Rain or Rays of the Sun

The speaker also clarified the meaning of Arabic word Islam saying that Islam means submission; submission of one’s will to the orders and commands of Allah the Almighty.

Islam is a divine message that is for all and everyone. Therefore, a son of a Prophet can become an infidel and a son of an infidel can become a Muslim.

Islam is not specific to any person, caste, tribe, country, nation, place or time. Islam is like the rain or rays of the sun or the light of the moon that are common for everyone and universal.

Islam is a way of life and method of better living that satisfies; the soul and the matter, the heart and the mind, the physical and the spiritual, the divinely and the worldly. Islam is not a movement, party, organization or group, rather, Islam is a comprehensive way of life for every human being on this globe.

According to Vedas Worshipping the Creation is Darkness

In this context, the speaker has referred to some Mantras of Yajur Veda with an authentic translation by a staunch Hindu writer that says:

“They are enveloped in darkness, in other words, are steeped in ignorance and sunk in the greatest depths of misery who worship the uncreated, eternal prakrti—the material cause of the world—in place of the All-pervading God. But those who worship visible things born of the prakrti, such as the earth, trees, bodies (human and the like) in place of God are enveloped in still greater darkness, in other words, they are extremely foolish, fall into an awful hell of pain and sorrow, and suffer terribly for a long time.” (Yajur Veda 40:9)

Is Idol-Worship Permissible in Hinduism?

Additionally, the speaker refutes the tradition of idol-worship in Hindu society on the pretext that they worship only One God and those idols are only helpful to concentrate their minds and hearts on worship.

The speaker refutes this justification for idol-worship through a logical and convincing example; suppose, if a person was standing and focusing his eyes on a dog and when he was asked; what are you doing? Then he answered: I am concentrating on my father’s face. In this case, the person would be argued that you cannot imagine your father’s image through the dog because there is no relation between them.

The same argument applies to justifying the idol-worship as there is no relation between the idol and the God. According to Hinduism and Islam, God is formless who does not have any shape or form.

God does not beget nor is He begotten according to Upanishad

It is also noteworthy that some Hindu scriptures prove that Ishvar is Eternal, who does not beget nor is He begotten and none is equal to Him and the similar meaning was mentioned in the Glorious Qur’an in Surat Al-Ikhlas, verse 112.

The speaker has referred to numerous quotes from ancient Hindu scriptures to prove monotheism in the earliest Vedic period concluding that the idol-worship is a later development in Vedic faith.

Bhagavad Geeta and Qur’an
Bhagavad Gita contains texts denote clearly the Oneness of God.

Bhagavad Gita contains texts denote clearly the Oneness of God.

In this video, you are going to watch a Muslim scholar’s speech on Bhagavad Geeta and Qur’an. He affirmed in his lecture that the Hindu Holy Scripture; Bhagavad Geeta bears in its folds two important messages; the first is the Oneness of God and the Last is the oneness of human origin.

What Is the Origin of Human Beings in Qur’an?

It is noteworthy that the similar message has been brought by the Glorious Qur’an. We read what means:

O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife [Hawwa (Eve)], and from them both He created many men and women. (An-Nisaa’ 4:1)

This verse from the Qur’an highlights the same two messages of Bhagavad Geeta; the Oneness of Allah the Almighty and the oneness of human origin.

Who is the Owner of the Sky?

In addition, the Muslim scholar has referred to an Indian and Hindi phrase used frequently in daily life by both; Hindus and Muslims. As a Muslim, when his Hindu brother asks during his morning walk; how are you? And the Hindu brother says in Hindi: Upar Wale ki Daya hai (by the Grace of the Creator of the sky).

In the same way, when a Muslim is asked by his fellow; how are you? He says; Upar Wale ki Miharbani hai (by the Grace of the Creator of the sky).

This Indian tradition denotes clearly that there is no problem about the Creator of the sky, however, the whole problem lies in the inhabitants of the earth or humans.

Big Hearts and Big Minds

In this context, the speker refers to some teachings of the Hindu Holy scriptures that say:

Those who have big hearts and minds, never discriminate between the people due to their religion, contrary to those who have narrow hearts and minds, they are those always talk about the enemies and friends. Those whose hearts are spacious enough, live always amongst their people like they belong to a single family.

Extinguishing the Fires of Hatred

Meaning of the poems:

Remove the room of hatred from your hearts and pray for the goodness of those who insult you. If you see smoke of hatred rising from anywhere, extinguish those fires and candles. Whoever is criticizing others, give everyone of them a mirror (to show their own shortcomings).

The speaker advises the followers of both religions to divert the current of the air (or the direction of the windstorm) instead of changing your own direction.

Death of a Hindu Girl Banished for Menstruating

A Hindu Nepali teenager suffocated to death after she was banished to a poorly ventilated hut for being

Many Hindu deities are females; such as Sarasvati.

Many Hindu deities are females; such as Sarasvati.

on her period.

The young girl of 15th died as a result of “Chhaupadi” an outlawed practice in which Hindus send girls and women to live outside of the family home while they menstruate.

The girl considered impure for four to seven days a month, lit a fire to keep warm in her hut, made of mud and stone. She is thought to have suffocated as a result of poor ventilation and was found lifeless in the Gajra village, Achham district, by her father Sunday morning.

Another Hindu Girl in Agony for Menstruation

Sarswati Biswo-Karma 13-year-old Nepali girl was deemed impure for being on her period, and sits inside a Chhaupadi house in the village of Achham, 800km west of Kathmandu, November 23, 2011.

Her death is not the first of its kind, despite the practice being made illegal in 2005. There is no official count of how many women die as a result of Chhaupadi—translated as “untouchable being”—but there are reports of deaths linked to this Hindu tradition every year.

Is a Menstruating Woman an Untouchable Being in Hindu Culture?

In December 2010, a woman in Bhairabsthan, Achham District, died of exposure while staying in a Chhaupadi shed. In January 2010, an 11-year-old girl from the same area died after a bout of diarrhea and dehydration that began while she was confined to a hut. Her family and neighbors refused to take the young girl to hospital, believing they would become impure if they touched her.

A Hindu girl has to live with animals during her periods.

A Hindu girl has to live with animals during her periods.

Police inspector Badri Prasad Dhakal told: “While we are waiting for the post-mortem report for the cause of her death, we believe she died due to suffocation.”

“She had lit a fire to keep herself warm before going to bed in the shed, which had no ventilation.” He added.

Why a Hindu Girl in her Period is Impure?

The social and religious tradition is responsible for those innocent and helpless girls’ death, as this tradition forbids menstruating women from consuming nutritious foods, such as milk and meat, or taking a bath. Everything a woman on her period touches—be it a person, a tree or a type of food—is thought to be spoiled.

Everything Touched by a Hindu Menstruating Female is Impure

During their stay in the family’s makeshift hut or cattle shed, the menstruating woman must survive on a diet of dry foods, salt and rice. They do not attend school and are forbidden to interact physically with others.

An authentic report says that as many as 95 percent of girls and women in Nepal’s western regions practice Chhaupadi.(1)

Hindu Scriptures and Menstruating Girl

In Hinduism, a menstruating woman is traditionally considered impure. During menstruation, a woman is not allowed to enter the kitchen and temples, sleep in the day-time, bathe, wear flowers, have sex, touch other males or females, or talk loudly. She may not mount a horse, ox, or elephant, nor may she drive a vehicle. Women themselves are seen as impure and polluted, and are often isolated as untouchables, unable to return to their family, for the length of their period.

Vāsiṣṭha Dharmasūtra says in this context:

(5) A woman in her courses is impure during three days and nights.

(6) During her period, she shall not apply collyrium (lotion or liquid) to her eyes, nor anoint (oil) her body, nor bathe in water; she shall sleep on the ground; she shall not sleep in the day-time, nor touch the fire, nor make a rope, nor clean her teeth, nor eat meat, nor look at the planets, nor drink out of a large vessel, or out of joined hands, or out of a copper vessel.

(9) Those Brahmanas in whose houses menstruating women sit, those who keep no sacred fire, and those in whose family there is no Srotiya (A learned and observant Brahmin)– all these are equal to Shudras.(2)

Islamic Ruling on Menstruation

After the rulings on Hindu menstruating female have been elucidated, and the saddening situation of a girl in Hindu society has been explained, now we would like to summarize the Islamic rulings on menstruating girls.

In Islam, a menstruating female can cook, drive, read, write, and meet the people. There are only few particular worships and ritual activities that are not allowed for her during the period, due to her weakness and hormonal changes during that time. In addition, according to Islamic Jurisprudence, even a husband is allowed to sleep with his menstruating wife, kiss her and hug her, and the husband can exercise all types of natural and permissible sexual activities with her if she agrees except vaginal and anal sex.

In addition, in Islam a menstruating woman is allowed to exercise all works including remembrance of Allah, recitation of supplications.


(1) http://www.newsweek.com/nepali-girl-banished-menstruating-dies-makeshift-chhaupadi-shed-534725 (Last accessed, December 21, 2016).

(2) See: Vāsiṣṭha Dharmasūtra Chapter VChapter V.

(3) http://www.islam-hinduism.com/en/purification-in-islam-and-hinduism-14/ (Last accessed, December 21, 2016).

A Hindu Felt Tranquility in Prayer

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuh

The Hindu brother who embraced Islam after he felt peace in the prayer

The Hindu brother embraced Islam after he felt peace in prayer.

“I was born in a Hindu family.

When I was 7, my mother used to take me to the Hindu temples in India for idol worship. I asked my relatives why all these decorations for the idols.

They told me that these are gods. I asked them: what is the meaning of God? They told me: God is the Creator of all.

Then I asked them if God created everything, why do you worship the creation instead of the Creator?.”

These are the words of the Hindu brother who accepted Islam and hated idol-worship.

 Who has created the world?

The question is: If the moon, the sun, water and human, etc. were created by God, then why we need to worship these idols which were made by human hands? From that day he started thinking in order to prove if God created everything in this world and beyond then God cannot be an idol and he became sure that God is beyond these manmade and worldly things and he hated worshipping idols.

 The Hindu brother was expelled from the family house

“My mother ordered immediately to leave the home and to go away from them when I was 13 or if I wanted to stay with them in the family house, then I have to forget the name Islam forever and must follow Hinduism.

I said I cannot give up the Islamic way of life and left the home after I got my bachelor’s degree.

Since my childhood I used to hear a loud sound from a mosque. When I was studying in my college, I came to know that the sound was from the mosque of Muslims that is called Adhan call for daily five prayers.”

One day when I was with my Muslim friend and I heard the same sound I told him it is the call for your worship so go and worship your idols. He explained for me and told that Muslims do not worship idols, they worship only One God.

I was eager to discover more about the Islamic faith and reality of worship so I sat with my Muslim friend and started arguing with him about worship.

 An argument on the devotion and God

Muslim friend: Do you believe in idols?

The Hindu convert: No, I don’t believe in idols.

The Hindu convert: What is god in your faith?

Muslim friend: According to Islam, God is not like idols as you people worship and he guided him to Islam.

 Conversion to Islam

The brother accepted Islam in the month of fasting; Ramadan, 2014.

When he took his Shahadah, he was in an amazing feeling he never had before.

According to him, when he performed wudhu’ for the first time he felt as he was really purified of his sins and he felt that there was some light coming on him to protect him. When he took his Shahadah, he heard the same Adhan again and realized immediately that it is a call to the worship of Allah the Almighty.

And he felt that he was more secure, fortified and protected than before by the grace of Allah the Almighty.


This is his spiritual journey to Islam in brief.

From Buddhism to Islam in Cambodia


`Abdul Hameed serves as the religious leader for a village in which almost all of the families are converts to Islam.

20 Feb, 2016 Audrey Wilson and Vandy Muong

Muslims make up only 2.3 per cent of Cambodia’s population, but voices within the Islamic community insist that it is growing. And while most converts have been brought to Islam through marriage, there is at least one village where the religion has taken hold on its own merits.

In Kwan village in Kampong Speu province, 65 year old `Abdul Hameed leads a group of men and women down a dusty road to noon prayers.

Inside the mosque, there are four white walls, hand-woven prayer carpets, and a makeshift curtain to separate the women from the men. The small group of villagers performs their prayers, then return to the noise on the outside.

The small building with its gold dome is quite new, founded by money from a Saudi Arabian donor in 2014.

The Muslim donors saw our village on social media then different countries have come to us with donations: Indonesia, France and the United States.

Khmer Buddhist converted to Islam

The video attracted this kind of attention because the mosque was small and modest and the 52 families living in the community are Khmer Buddhist who converted to Islam.

People here go to the mosque with their wives to perform the prayer. There are 884 mosques and 314 Islamic schools across the country. This is according to the figures released from the Ministry of Cults and Religion. The ministry registers show numbers of buildings and people of 361,483. There are, however, no records on conversion and no one can say exactly how many people convert to Islam yearly or monthly.

Still, conversion is much more common than people imagine, and much more common than people say. This is according to Emiko Stock, an anthropologist who has worked with Cambodia’s Cham community since 2000.

Khmer Muslim women pray in Kwan village.

Khmer Muslim women pray in Kwan village.

Marriage: An important factor for the conversion

The most frequent reason for conversion is marriage as was explained by Farina So, a researcher at DC-Cam who manages the Cham oral history project. In order to marry a Muslim, a non-Muslim has first to become a Muslim. However, Buddhism has no such restrictions.

Chams are even more matrilocal than Cambodians, according to a custom in marriage whereby the husband goes to live with the wife’s community. When you marry, you go with the wife. Therefore, the most new converts who enter the mosques in Cambodia are men.

The number of new Muslims is growing

Sos Mossin, secretary of state at the Ministry of Cults and Religion and the head of the Cambodian Muslim Association, said that the number of Muslims in the country is growing village by village and the marriage of Buddhist man with a Muslim woman is a factor. Mosques are built wherever interested Muslims go since the Khmer Rouge regime, 500 mosques have been built. He said: “Whenever we have Muslim people, we build for them because we want them to pray in a good place.”

Some of these mosques are funded with money from abroad: Kuwait or Saudi Arabia, for example. But mosques funded by Cambodian Muslims who migrate abroad and send money back from Thailand, South Korea or Malaysia are much more common.

The new Muslim in town

When `Abdul-Hameed, who was born a Cham, moved to Kwan village in 2001 and took up farming, his family was the only Muslim family. He became friendly with other villagers, who first joined in celebrations following the fast of Ramadan. His family built a small wooden mosque there.

The Islamic community does not proselytize directly. “We don’t force them to believe.” `Abdul-Hameed said.

The Kwan villagers came to Islam slowly and of their own will, often they bring their entire families with them. But for most of them, it had nothing to do with marriage.

One family met `Abdul-Hameed while tending the fields, and spoke with him about Islam. Favidas, 30 and her husband decided to become Muslims a few years later.

A new mosque was constructed in Kwan village in 2014.

A new mosque was constructed in Kwan village in 2014.

Her older sister, Subiyas and mother, Zariyas, converted soon afterward. Their children now study both Khmer and Arabic in the mosque.

“Sometimes we memorized only some Arabic words to pray.” explained Subiyas. “But we learned the rules of daily five prayers, purification and ablution step by step. It is not hard to understand the principles of Islamic faith.”

A brief history of conversion in Cambodia

Conversion to Islam in Cambodia has been occurring for centuries probable beginning with the upriver migration of the Chams from Champa in search of trade and security.

The most high-profile Khmer convert to Islam was a king, Reameathipadei I, who ruled Cambodia during the 17th century, when the court was at Oudong. While his motivations vary in historical sources the king either converted for political alliances with local Muslim expatriates or for a marriage to a Muslim girl. Reameathpadei became Ibrahim after his conversion, and the court was influenced by the spirit of Islamic culture.

According to Khmer and Dutch sources, the king demanded his ministers, officials and royal servants also to convert to Islam. There has been no Muslim king in Cambodia before that.

Anthropologist Emiko Stock has noted another interesting pattern in her research: conversion by those who were displaced under the Khmer Rouge regime and ended up residing in or near a Cham village.

“I met a very old woman once in Siem Reap. She would have been an adult during the war. She didn’t have anybody of her age alive so she just stayed in the village.” Stock told Post Weekend. “There was no difference between her and the other Chams.”

`Abdul-Hameed said that conversion to Islam is a simple and easy matter. After that the convert has to learn how to pray five times a day. As well as you have to acknowledge that God is one and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is a messenger of Allah and the last messenger and the final Prophet of Allah, there is Prophet after him. If you believe that and follow the teachings of Islam then you are a true Muslim. Converts also acquire a Muslim name when they convert to Islam, because, Muslims were ordered by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to select good names and avoid the names that have bad meanings or denotations.

But replacing one set of beliefs with another is significant, and requires a change in practice at the very least: the prayer schedule; ritual purification. Islam prohibits strictly the worship of idols which is a common religious practice in Buddhism.

One of the members of the Khmer-Muslim village is Ummi Kulthum, an 83-year-old woman former Buddhist nun who was introduced to Islam three years ago by her niece and grandchildren in the village.

“My whole family now believes in Allah the Almighty and we try to perform the daily five prayers.” she said. “We get better blessings from Him.”

The recently converted Nazy Saleh, the president of CAMM, attributed the growth of the Cambodian Muslim community not to villages like the one in Kampong Speu, but rather to the younger generation. CAMM, which is headquartered in Phnom Penh, offers a training program for new Muslims and provides Islamic materials in Khmer-language for those who want to learn more about Islam.

Saryfine is a convert to Islam who married a Muslim woman when he was 19 years old, and he converted from Buddhism to Islam.

He also changed his name after the conversion though he can’t read Arabic, but tries to memories the short Surah of the Glorious Qur’an and a mosque there provides him with the translations.

The village around Darusalam Mosque is predominantly Cham.

The village around Darusalam Mosque is predominantly Cham.

Saryfine said: “I cannot be half-Buddhist and half-Muslim; rather, I want to be a complete and true Muslim.” But Rohany, a 21-year-old student and a volunteer at CAMM, knew about Islam through his friends after growing up in a Buddhist family. She now lives in a female Muslim dormitory and will finish her bachelor’s degree in near future.

She moved when she converted and changed her name, now she lives in a Muslim community and participates in the religious activities.

Across the Japanese Bridge, at Darusalam Mosque on the Chroy Changvar peninsula, a community of Cham Muslims has lived there since the early 20th century and the surrounding village was influenced with the Muslim traditions.

About 10 converts live in the village and most of them are men who converted to Islam in order to marry a Muslim woman. They often travel for business there was no person there in afternoon last week.

But sometimes a guy comes to the mosque and didn’t know how to pray then another man who studied Islam intensely explains for his Muslim brother. Some Buddhists converted to Islam last year, and Loep Saleh served as their teacher.

If a person wants to convert he has to bring a letter of agreement from his family that clarifies that he wants to convert of his own accord.

Some people are easy to teach and some people are hard to teach, sometimes it takes a day and sometimes it may take a month.

But the most prominent misconception in Cambodia, he said, is a conflation of the Cham ethnicity with Islam. “There is a strong misunderstanding about race and religion here.” he said.buddhism-5

Loep Saleh, at Darusalam Mosque, teaches some of those who convert.

It’s a misconception that is rooted linguistically in the centuries: in the late 15th century, Khmers used the generic term “Cam Jvra” (a reference to Java) to refer to both Chams and Malays collectively, or anyone practicing Islam in the Kingdom, according to Kersten, the historian.


Source: Taken from m.phnompenhpost.com with modifications.


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