In India, Islam came with preachers and Sufis and not with invaders.
Prof. Saeed Khan
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, while addressing a gathering in Pune recently, made a blatant mistake, saying that Islam came to India with the invaders and should be described as such. While the factual history is something else. Thus Mohan Bhagwat should leave narrow-mindedness and bigoted mentality and once again read the real Indian History based on facts. The History says that Islam came to our beloved homeland in the sixth century itself. When somewhere between 626 to 628 AD the Brahmin Raja of Kerala Cheraman Perumal embraced Islam at the invitation of Hazrat Malik bin Dinar ( May Allah be pleased with him ) a Companion of Holy Prophet Mohammed Mustafa (peace be upon him) & an Islamic Scholar and Preacher.
The Brahmin King of Kerala, Cheraman Perumal not only reverted to Islam but also went to Mecca & Madeenah to perform Hajj with Hazrat Malik bin Dinar. On their way back from Mecca Raja Perumal died in Oman and was buried in the City of Salalah, Oman. It was Raja Perumal who built India’s first mosque in Thrissur district of Kerala in 629 AD under the patronage of Malik bin Dinar. Known as the Cheraman Juma Mosque this mosque is visited by people of all faiths due to its beauty and historical significance. Hazrat Malik bin Dinar died in 748 AD in Kasaragod district of Kerala and was burried there only. After the death of these two gentlemen, the Indians who reverted to Islam continued to preach Islamic Teachings. Then began the arrival of merchant ships from Arab countries on the coasts of Kerala and Lakshadweep. Many of these Arab merchants married local women and settled here. Among them was Hazrat Sheikh Obaidullah (May Allah be pleased with him), a Companion of Holy Prophet pbuh. These Arab Merchants too started preaching Islamic teachings which was never objected to by the peace loving Hindus of Kerala and Lakshadweep.
Then with the arrival of Khwaja Ghareeb Nawaz viz. Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti Ajmeri (May Allah rest his soul in peace ) in 1192 AD came the great change as millions of non-Muslims embraced Islam before his death in 1236 AD. At the same time known sufis like Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, Hazrat Amir Khusru, Hazrat Bakhtiar Kaki, Baba Farid Shakar Ganj and countless other sufis and saints invited people to Islam and millions of non-Muslims converted to Islam.
Then in the year 1526 AD near about 350 years later, the Mughal emperor Muhammad Zahiruddin Babar came to Delhi to establish his rule in India and defeated the Muslim ruler Ibrahim Lodhi in the Battle of Panipat and captured the capital Delhi, which proves that even before Babar’s arrival Delhi was ruled by Muslim rulers whose rule stretched from Pakhtunistan ( now in Pakistan) to northern India and also proves that Islam came to India about 800 years before the arrival of Babar and there were millions of Muslim Indians even before his arrival, who had voluntarily converted to Islam without any coercion. Therefore, to say that Islam came to India because of foreign invaders is completely wrong and a heinous attempt to distort history.
Muslims ruled India for more than 600 years and left a deep impression on Indian culture and society. Their contributions to literature, art, culture and architecture are part of India’s glorious history. During the Muslim rule, the economy was so rich that India was known as the Golden Sparrow ( Sone ki Chidiya). And history has shown that these Muslim rulers never forced their subjects to convert to Islam or damaged their places of worship. On the contrary, non-Muslims held important positions in the Courts and in the armies of these kings.
That is why Mohan Bhagwat and his followers should study the true history of India. Yes, we agree with one of his point that the majority of our ancestors might have been Hindus before the arrival of Islam in India and that they embraced this true Religion inspired by the teachings of Islam. But one thing is for sure, Islam did not spread by the power of sword but on the basis of its righteous, pacifist, just and egalitarian teachings.