Merciful Angry God
When I started writing this, one Muslim brother told me ,” u will understand it that Islam is The Only true religion worth following for human salvation, so drop your hatred accept Islam for your own good & earn Allah’s mercy both in this life & after life.”. This very sentence he made, exposes the degree of poison he has been injected. A moderate Muslim, do not give the minimum respect to Hindu culture even the extremist among a Hindu gives to him. I have heard speeches of many leaders who are projected as Hindu extremists, but from none of them I have heard a single hate word against the Islamic ideology or Koran, May be it can be their ignorance, or their large heartedness to even accept the deadliest poison and still remain immortal like the neelakandha, The Siva.
The Koran starts with these verses, whose meaning is as follows.
“In the name of Allah , the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. [All] praise is [due] to Allah , Lord of the worlds – The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful, Sovereign of the Day of Recompense. It is You we worship and You we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path -The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray.”
Two contradictory sentences put together, the Entirely and Especially merciful and The path, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger, How can a entirely and especially merciful God, be angry to the people for the path they have chosen to reach him ? The very first chapter of Koran, Al-Fātiĥah (The Opener), clearly states what it wants to say, the same which my Muslim brother told me which I have put in the beginning. No other paths are acceptable, except what is written in the book, or similar to what is written. Anything other than what is similar to what this holy book says, will evoke Allah’s anger. The book, starts by exposing itself about the potential of hateness.
Compare this narrow minded thought to ,what normal Hindus sing during their daily prayers, Akashat patitam toyam, yatha gachchati sagram,Sarva deva namaskaraha, keshavam pratigachchati. All the water fallen from the sky goes to the sea, salutations to all the gods reaches to the one Lord Vishnu. Hindus are taught to respect every path as true, because all reach to the supreme God. Compare this to what Koran says by first chapter, where allah, is angered because some people choose some other methods than what is prescribed by the book, which is said to have revealed to the prophet.
Hindus who have read the Ganapathee Atharvasheersha, would know, that in that set of hymns dedicated to Ganapathi, it is said that, Tvameva Prathyaksham Brahmasi, you alone are the Brahma,the source of energy of this unverse.But when the same person, reads Narayana atharvasheersha, it also attributes this uniqueness to Lord Narayana. So for every name of God, we the hindus have called him perfect. It is natural to believe, that in Koran too, this may be the case. That is muslims are calling their God as Allah, and attributing uniqueness to him. But when you further read the book, this defense of I slam being one of the offshoots of many hindu faiths does not appear very strong.
The beauty of the hymns, which I quoted above is that, Ganapathi atharvasheersha does not say there is no narayana. That means a Hindu has the freedom to choose the form, name of the Paramatma. But this is not the case of Islam, As I said in the introduction, Islam is not only about the strict Monotheism, but also about the hatredness towards other faith which existed in the place where the Koran was written. As we read on through the succeeding chapters it becomes clear to us.