Revelation in Hinduism: A Muslim Reading

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Journal Al-Basirah
Title Revelation in Hinduism: A Muslim Reading
Author(s) Ali, Muhammad Modassir
Volume 4
Issue 2
Year 2015
Pages 31-48
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Keywords Revelation, Qur’an, Vedas, Upanishads, Rishi, AlBTruni, Sruti,Smrti, preservation and transmission of Vedas
Chicago 16th Ali, Muhammad Modassir. "Revelation in Hinduism: A Muslim Reading." Al-Basirah 4, no. 2 (2015).
APA 6th Ali, M. M. (2015). Revelation in Hinduism: A Muslim Reading. Al-Basirah, 4(2).
MHRA Ali, Muhammad Modassir. 2015. 'Revelation in Hinduism: A Muslim Reading', Al-Basirah, 4.
MLA Ali, Muhammad Modassir. "Revelation in Hinduism: A Muslim Reading." Al-Basirah 4.2 (2015). Print.
Harvard ALI, M. M. 2015. Revelation in Hinduism: A Muslim Reading. Al-Basirah, 4.


Hinduism has been viewed by Semitic religions as a religion devoid of revelation. Early, Medieval and modem Muslim and Christian writings have often portrayed Hinduism as pagan even satanic while Hindus for millennia have claimed to be divinely revealed. Is Hinduism really a revealed religion and if so, what kind of a revelation does it have? In what manner does the divine reveal himself and who are the recipients of this revelation? To what extent is this concept different from ours? Does the process of revelation continue or has it been discontinued? These are some of the more significant questions that this article shall engage with. It clarifies that Hindus have books which they consider revealed and look upon much as Muslims look upon their Qur’an. The most significant of these among a majority of the Hindus are called the Vedas, literally, knowledge. It goes on to introduce the Vedas with respect to their various parts and content, what Hindus largely believe about it and how they ensured its preservation and safe transmission to later generations through various intricate and elaborate memorization techniques. The article highlights the importance of rishl, the recipients of these revelations, their kinds, characteristics and role in the process of revelation. The article contends that there is much in common between Rishland Semitic prophets with respect to their characteristics but that the similarities do not end here. Rather there is much more common ground to be explored with respect to revelation and its contents and its conveyors than meets the eye.

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