by Ahmed Khan, Founder, The Rahnuma Daily
HYDERABAD (RAHNUMA) People opposing Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan over his grant for building a Vedic Temple dedicated to Shri Krishna in Islamabad in the name of religion are wrong in my opinion.
Virtually every major Muslim scholar during the Mughal period accepted and revered Shri Krishna and Shri Rama as Prophets of Allah who came before the era of the Seal of Prophets.
People must be tolerant, and mind their own religion, leaving people to follow the religion of their own free will and choice.
Throughout their illuminated lives, the Holy Prophet peace and blessing be upon him, and Imam ‘Ali worshiped at the Ka’aba. The Qibla was changed in 622 AH, meaning until the conquest of Mecca in 630 AH, an 8 year period, all of the Companions prostrated towards the Holy Ka’aba in Mecca despite the fact it was housing 360 Nabatean Arab idols.
It is debates like what we are seeing now which demonstrate why the CAA had to be passed in India, sorry if that offends you.
Who can deny the persecution of religious minorities exists in those countries when there is opposition to even the most basic human right – the right to freedom of religion and the right to peacefully congregate for worship?
My personal opinion is, Pakistan must say yes to religious freedom of Hindus, and give more protection and rights to their Hindu population.
How a country treats its minorities, is how it will be treated by the international community.
Buddhism and Vedism are the regions own lost heritage, and Muslims of this region can be truly grateful for Islam only after they acknowledge and know their own history.
According to most Arab and Muslim historians, Shri Rama was Noah’s grandson. Rama and his descendants settled in Hind and Sindh. Some historians say Kush the son of Noah was the founder of the city of Kasur. It is also believed that Lava, the son of Rama founded Lahore.
Even the Arabs are not shy of their past nor the Israelites of admitting they worshiped a golden calf until they reverted to Monism at the hands of Moses, so why should people be shy of their heritage and oppose religious freedom? They should not.
Ahmed Khan is the Founder of The Rahnuma Daily (theRahnuma.com), the online global English daily edition of The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily (ReDD), India’s oldest Urdu daily print newspaper established in 1921. More than 81.1 million Indians identify Urdu as their language, and as per the annual INA (Indian Newspapers Association) report, ReDD ranks among the top 5 most widely circulated and read Urdu daily print newspapers throughout India. Ahmed resides in Hyderabad at his maternal ancestral home and can be contacted at, email@example.com