Aurangzeb and Islamic Rule in India
When historians look back at Muslim rule in India, their perspective greatly shapes the way they present historical characters. Some people are seen as great and enlightened leaders, while others are ruthless tyrants. No one is more controversial than the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir, who ruled from 1658 to 1707.
By Hindus and Sikhs, he is seen as a cruel and ruthless emperor that restricted freedoms and imposed a religiously intolerant regime on the people. By Muslims he is seen as a devoted and religious-minded just sultan. This article will look past the rhetoric about Aurangzeb to understand him as a Muslim ruler in a Hindu-dominated country.
The Niujie Mosque (IMAGES)
The Niujie Mosque was originally built in 996 in Beijing during the Liao Dynasty of China. It was destroyed in the Mongol invasion in the 1200s, then rebuilt and expanded in 1443 and 1696. The mosque exhibits traditional Chinese architecture and design, with elements of Arabic calligraphy. It is the largest and oldest mosque in Beijing.
Muslims express their love for the House of Allah (God) even in written word constructions!
” Look at this beautiful expression of the Divine in the Arabic Calligraphy of Yusuf Najm Udin: “Allahu Akbar Mosque) (Allah is the Greatest mosque). May Almighty Allah bless and protect all of the sacred masjids of the world, especially on the blessed day of Jumu’ah (Friday).”
Written by Abdullah Hakim Quick