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Interfaith Dialogue (26 Mar 2019 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Ayodhya: Common Hindu-Muslim Religious Heritage

By S. Arshad, New Age Islam

26 March 2019

In India, Ayodhya is known as a religious place.  According to the belief of the Hindus, their deity Ram was born in this town. This town is known with some other names as Awadh, Aprajita, Pasoya, Sitabrahmanpuri, Shusla, Nadini etc. In modern India, this town is situated at the banks of Saryu River. This town is also known for other sacred places of Hindus like Hanuman Garhi, Ram ki Pidhi, Nageshwar Nath Mandir etc. Similarly, this place is a sacred place for Muslims too. According to the belief of Muslims, prophet Sheeth pbuh (son of Prophet Adam pbuh) and his son Nuh (pbuh) or Noah also lived here and there graves or mausoleums are located in Ayodhya. These graves are about nine yards long. Islamic historians believe that prophet Sheeth pbuh founded this town and his great grandson Hadhrat Hind bin Ham further developed it. During the life of Noah (Manu according to Hindus) the Great Deluge (Jal parlayawan, according to Hindu mythology) happened and he was transported to Turkey in his great ark with his followers and family members. However, historical evidences and the Quranic accounts testify to the fact that prophet Noah (Manu) lived and propagated his Deen (religion) in the Indian region before the great Deluge. Therefore, the possibility of the stay of Hadhrat Sheeth pbuh and his family members in Indian region cannot be rejected easily. There are some graves in Ayodhya which are believed to belong to the family members of Hadhrat Sheeth pbuh.

Hindus believed that Shri Ram was born in Ayodhya. But some intellectuals and Historians – both Hindu and Muslim --- believe that Ram is a fictitious character. But during the fifth decade of the 20th century Sufi Abdur Rasheed Huma of Delhi believed that Shri Ram was a member of Hadhrat Sheeth’s family. He was in the possession of a book in which the genealogy of Hadhrat Sheeth was given. In that genealogy, Shri Ram was shown as a descendant of Hadhrat Sheeth pbuh. That the grave of Hadhrat Sheeth pbuh is believed to be situated in Ayodhya strengthens this belief.

The descendants of Hadhrat Sheeth lived and propagated the Deen in the different parts of Indian subcontinent. In Punjab the graves of nine prophets are situated.  According to the scholars of Vedas, Rig Veda was revealed in Punjab region during sixth century BC. Atharva Veda was revealed to a prophet called Atharva and later transmitted to other prophets named Angiras, Satyavah and Angira. A village called Nuh still exists in present day Haryana which is geographically adjacent to present day Punjab. Tannur the place mentioned in the Quran from where water started gushing forth from earth is situated in Kerala on the seashore. All these facts strengthen the theory that Hadhrat Sheeth pbuh had settled in Ayodhya and his descendants had spread in the entire region called Indian subcontinent for the propagation of religion.

Mughal intellectuals Abul Fazl and Faizi did not subscribe to the belief that the graves of Hadhrat Nuh pbuh and Hadhrat Sheeth pbuh are situated in Ayodhya and so they are not mentioned in Ain-e-Akbari but the community of Sufis like Hadhrat Muhaddith Dehlvi believed that Hadhrat Sheeth pbuh lived in Ayodhya. That’s why Sufis call Ayodhya Khurd Makkah (small Makkah) and Madinatul Awliya (city of Walis or Sufis). Sufis considered Ayodhya the land of prophets and so came and settled here. In Ayodhya, there are many graves and mausoleums of Sufis. Some of them are: Syed Alauddin Khorasani, Kamaluddin Shaheed, Shah Akbar Chishti Maududi, Kaley Pahlwan, Nau Gazi Peer, Hadhrat Makhdum Bandagi Nizam, Abdul Karim Shaheed, Shamsuddin Faryadras, Gulab Shah, Raheem Shah, Teen Darwaish, Shah Musafir Shaheed, Hadhrat Bari Bi Sahiba (elder sister of Shah Naseeruddin Chirag Dehlvi and Qazi Abdul Lateef.

Ayodhya was the birth place of Shah Nasiruddin Chiragh Dehlvi, the Khalifa of Hadhrat Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya. He learned the Quran from Shaikh Shamsuddin Yahya Awadhi. Many disciples of Hadhrat Nasiruddin Chiragh Dehlavi like Shaikh Zainuddin Awadhi, Shaikh Fathullah Awadhi and Kamaluddin Awadhi are also resting here. The stay of all these sufis in Ayodhya also corroborates the belief that Sufis considered this place the land of prophets.

There are also a number of mosques and monasteries in Ayodhya which point to its Muslim legace.103 mosques and 83 graves of sufis point to the fact that this area once had a large Muslim population. If the belief of Sufi Abdur Rashid Huma that Shri Ram belonged to the family of prophet Hadhrat Sheeth pbuh, then Indians should accept Ayodhya as common Hindu-Muslim religious heritage.

S. Arshad is a regular columnist for NewAgeIslam.com

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  • Ayina! you are talking hijacking of places. You might know that Buddha was born in Nepal and he got his prophethood in Gaya in Eastern India (Gaya), He delivered his first sermon in Sarnath and came to Magadya (now Magadh) which is Bihar. Buddhims originated in Eastern India and flourished here but Hinduism was plagued by Buddhophobia and massacred Buddhists and wiped out marks of Buddhism from Eastern India. So you people hijacked Bihar and Bengal to wipe out Buddhism from here. 
    By kamar - 4/8/2019 11:51:12 PM

  • To Kamar, Sultan Shahin
    Just stop spreading Islamic  myth of your community later says it is history and use violence.
    Are you not aware what you are doing in Jersulsim with Jews and Christians.
    Your community is shameless it has became location worshippers and their eyes are always to hijack the land either by violence or by tricks.
    By Aayina - 4/4/2019 8:31:44 PM

  • dear mr. kamar, kindly re-read my comment. also please notice the 'why not' in the beginning of the last sentence of my comment.
    what i am/was saying is that co-opting is a fallacious argument (whether the vedic believers believe in vimanas or the muslims believe in the progeny of nuh living in ayodhya).
    dalit writers complain about co-option of tribal deities as unilaterally propogated by the 'vedic' religion and its votaries. as a matter of fact the very word 'allah' is older than the prophet and it originally referred to the moon as a god like entity.
    devout muslims claim that ayodhya is a "common" hindu-muslim (or muslim-hindu depending upon your position vector) heritage. most hindus do not. the very figure of jesus is often claimed to be that of an ideal of greek philosophy. a sort of al insan al kamil.
    see where this is going? there have been many claims to this 'ideal human'. like the 'yugapurusha' or such like. nothing seems to have worked out.
    do a google search on vaccination. you will see how many "nations" claim provenance.
    i frankly do not worry/care about which temple/mosque/monument is what.
    i am merely pointing out the parity of the exegesis. one party claims a common heritage and the other denies it. so who decides who is right?
    so please note that i did NOT say that the kaba was a shiv temple. but i am/was merely pointing out that these baseless arguments exist on both sides of the line. namely, just as some muslims believe that ayodhya is the land of biblical tribes, many hindu citizens might (many of them actually do) claim that the kaba is a shiv temple.
    once more, i did NOT assert this as a fact. but just as an opinion that exists among some/many hindus.
    please chill out. peace. that is what. and regards.

    By hats off! - 3/27/2019 6:25:29 AM

  • hats off! Really you are always ready to find fault in the articles here. You say Kaaba was a shiv mandir. If you give proof of that NAI will hopefully publish your finding. If Kaaba was a shiv temple than prophet Abraham must be a shiv bhakt which according to Hindu beliefs is only a name of God (Shiv only denotes the destroyer attribute of God, one of the trinity Brahma Vishnu Mahesh (Sh\iv).
    Abrahm constructed Kaaba as a place of worship for the believers in the unity of God. In later years, the polytheists put numerous gods in Kaaba. It's not the other way round.
    If it were a temple originally and Muslims had turned it into a mosque then I would have been on your side. But idols were put in this mosque centuries after its costruction and after Islam's advent, the mosque reinstated. Read history first mr Hats off.

    By kamar - 3/27/2019 2:00:44 AM

  • Hats Off's hate megaphone is at full blast!

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 3/27/2019 12:17:35 AM

  • co-opting, commandeering and appropriating are the main characteristic of soft jihadis.

    they are in turn helped by the moderate muslims who write mindless articles, speak in split tongue and generally provide the smoke screen for the sword of islam to strike.

    a shamelessly co-opting, appropriating and commandeering article. nasty.

    why not also lend credence to hindutva nutcases that claim that the kaba was a shiv mandir? why not? seriously!

    By hats off! - 3/26/2019 5:56:50 PM

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