Shaming the Shameless Apologists of Islam: Allah in the Vedas
16 Feb, 2009
First of all, I would like to clarify that I am much less
of a scholar of Hindu scripture than I have the understanding of
Islam. However, silence about lies on the part of those, who know
the truth, is a crime. One, guilty of the crime of not telling the
truth, is a bigger criminal than the person, who lies to fool
I was inspired to pen this article by those hundreds of Muslims,
who have been emailing with a volley of abuses and telling me that
Muhammad was even prophesied in the books of my pre-Islamic
ancestors. Although it would certainly leave one dumbfound, till the
time such claims are disproved, they stand as truth. Unfortunately,
we Ex-Muslims don’t have the means or the sponsorship to spread the
truth as have Muslim apologists for spearing their blatant lies. We
have to depend on our only gateway to the world, The World Wide Web.
Now I turn to the question of whether Muhammad, the Prophet of
Islam, was really predicted in the Vedas. The best one can do is to
laugh off such a proposition. However, laughing it off is not a
really good idea, as there are a lot of gullible people out over
there ready to buy just about anything without trying to
authenticate the proposition or trying to know the reality. While I
don’t say that people convert to Islam en masse after hearing
these, we cannot rule out the possibility of a few gullible ones
converting to Islam. These few could later be brainwashed to become
Jihadis or suicide bombers. If we study the pattern of the Jihadis
in the West as well as those Jihadis in India, a significant number
of them are actually converts. Seemingly normal people, who go
around with their daily live, as they convert to the deadly cult of
Islam, everything changes.
As I not fully acquainted with Sanskrit, much of the inputs used
in this articles are from learned Hindus. I wish to thank all of
them for the help they rendered to the completion of this article.
In this article, I will concentrate on the work of the biggest Islamist showmen of our times, Dr. Zakir Naik. This man has, through his showmanship, been able to fool many a people. This list includes even non-Muslims. Islam is a creed, which cannot survive without lies. Any Islamic apologist—whenever he begins a discourse on Islam, especially when facing a non-Muslim audience—will begin with the biggest lie on the earth that “Islam is the religion of Peace.” While we all know very well that Islam is peace only in the meaning of the words that represent it. Islam in its theology, literature, and history etc. is anything but peace. However, these Islamic apologists are mostly narcissists, who are convinced of their own lies to the extent that they don’t wink an eyelid while they lie.
Take, for an example, the Muslim apologists' assertion that Islam respects women. Now it’s a well-known and historically documented fact that, in Islam, a woman is treated as nothing more than a domestic animal for the satiation of men's lust and as a tool of procreation. While the Qur’an clearly states that anyone, who does not believe in the Qur’an and the Sunnah, is a Kafir, these apologists will go about confusing their audiences with various deceptive suggestions that there are various definitions of kafir. If they are addressing, say, a Christian audience, they will make the claim that Christians and Jews are respected as Ahle Al-Kitab or People of the Book and that Dhimmitude is actually a very good proposition for Non-Muslims. If they are facing, say, Hindus, they will say that kafir simply means a non-Muslim with absolutely no negative notion attached to it. What can we say is, those of us, who have either been Muslims, know better. For non-Muslims, it is difficult, because, Allah's command upon Muslims to fight Kufr or disbelief by waging Jihad against the Infidels is not spelt out very clearly and systematically in the Qur'an.
As a matter of fact, Islam considers telling lies to infidels, or
to give false testimony against them in the court of law, for the
benefit of Islam and for the benefit of jihad a religious duty for
every Muslim. This is a practice, called taqiyya or holy deception.
Allah admires such liars and rewards them profusely on the the day
of last judgment (Qiyamah). Recently, a Muslim commentator has
clarified that on three occasions—(i) in
war, (ii) or to win over a women’s heart and (iii) for deceiving the
infidels—lying is not a sin for Muslims.
So it is evident that Dr Zakir Naik will also be profusely rewarded
by Allah for deceiving the infidels for his lies.
Allah in the Rigveda:
It has been mentioned earlier that the lectures of Dr Zakir Naik
are full of naked lies. The reader should also recall that, the most
merciful, all-knowing and all-observing Allah has given clean chit
to people like Zakir Naik to tell any lie, to do any mischief and
play any deception with the kafirs, if it helps to influence them
and bring them under Allah’s path or for the propagation of Islam.
And Dr Zakir Naik makes unrelenting use of that command of Allah in
all his lectures. His claim that, Allah is mentioned in the Rgveda,
is one of his biggest lies. Naik says that the verses 2/1/11,
3/30/10, 9/67/30 and 1/13/9 of the Rgveda contain mentions of Allah.
When I opened the Rgveda, I was really dumbfounded that a man like
Naik, the president of a well-recognized institute, namely Islamic
Research Foundation (IRF) in Mumbai, could propagate such blatant
lies and that too in open gatherings.
The reader should recall that the word Âllâh has been derived from two Arabic words âl (the) and ilâh (an object of worship). In Rgveda, there is a word ilâ, with a completely different meaning. But as his sacred duty of holy deception (taqyya), Naik, whenever finds the Sanskrit word ilâ in the Rgveda, points to it as the mention of Allah without a second thought.
For example, the verse (2/1/11) of Ṛgveda says,
Tvamagne aditirdeva dâúuṣe tvaṃ hotrâ bhâratî
Tvamiḷâ úatahimasi dakṣase tvaṃ bṛtrahâ vasupate
“Thou, God (Agni), art Aditi to him who offers gifts: thou Hotrâ,
Bhâratî, art strengthed by the song. Thou art the hundred-wintered
Ilâ to give strength, O Lord of wealth! Vṛtra-slayer and sarasvatî”
[tr: ibid]. According to Sâyana, the most celebrated commentator on
the Vedas, ilâ is the other name of Agni (the deity of fire).
Furthermore, the entire Hymn (2/1) has been dedicated to God Agni
and hence there is no doubt that the word ilâ in the verse stands
The word ilâ also occurs in the verse (1/13/9) of the Rgveda,
Ilâ, sarasvatî mahî tisro devîrmayobhuvaḥ z
Varhiḥ sîdantasridhaḥ zz
“Ilâ, Sarasvatî and Mahî, three goddesses who bring delight, be
seated, peaceful, on the grass”. In this verse, Ilâ is a goddess
and, according to Sâyana, Ilâ in this verse may stand for earth, or
cow, or vâc (speech).
In a similar manner, there is another word Alâ in the Rgveda that
refers to various deities. The verse (3/30/10) contains the word and
Alâtṛṇo vala Indra vrajo goḥ pura hantorbhayamano byâra z
Sugatpatho akṛṇonniraje gaḥ prâvanvâṇîḥ purahûtaṃ
“He who withheld the kine, in silence yielded in fear before thy
blow, O Indra. He made paths easy to drive forth the cattle.
Loud-breathing praises helped the much-invoked One” [tr: ibid].
Here, Alâ is the other name of Indra. The entire Hymn (3/30) has
been dedicated to Indra and this confirms that the word Alâ in the
verse refers to Indra. But, as the word Alâ sounds like Allah, Dr
Zakir Naik, like a fool, has taken it to be a mentioning of Allah.
The word Alâ also occurs in the verse (9/67/30) of the Rgveda
Alâyasya paraúurṇâúa tamâ pavasva deva soma z
Âkhuṃ cideva deva soma zz
“O, deva Soma, we pray to you so that the battle-axe of our enemy
gets broken- Alâ, you descend and kill our irretating enemy”. Though
the Hymn (9/67) has been dedicated to both Soma and Agni, scholars
believe that the word Alâ in this verse refers to Soma or the Moon
(or Soma) .
According to Dr Zakir Naik, every Sanskrit dictionary contains
the word Allah and says that Allah is the God. In the most authentic
Sanskrit-English Dictionary by Monier Williams (A Sanskrit-English
Dictionary, Motilal Benarasidass, Delhi,1981), this author could not
find the word Âllah. The words, this author could find that sound
like Allah are; Al (to be competent or able), Ala (the sting in the
tail of a scorpion), Alât (a firebrand or coal) and Âla (spawn, any
discharge of poisonous matter from a venomous animal). Another
authentic Sanskrit-English Dictionary (The Student’s
Sanskrit-English Dictionary by Vaman Shivaram Apte, Motilal
Benarasidass, Delhi, 2005), there is a word Allâ and says that it
stands for mother.
From this discussion, it becomes evident that, all the utterances of Dr Zakir Naik regarding the mention of Allah in the Rgveda and in Sanskrit dictionaries are pure lies. But the question remains: Why Dr Naik is hell bent on to discover the mentions of Allah in Sanskrit literature? It has been mentioned earlier that Allah is most merciful and kind (Rahmanir Rahim) only to the Muslims. But for the non-Muslim kafirs, Allah is cruel beast and a barbaric killer. And most importantly, Allah is not at all the God or Lord of this creation and Dr Naik is striving hard to dignify Allah and to establish him as the God by discovering his name in the Vedas. His efforts are nothing but finding a pedigree for Allah.
Ibrahim Lone is Kashmir-born ex-Muslim.