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Title: The Complete Hindu's Guide to Islam
Published: May, 2017/ Rev Ed: March, 2024 

ISBN: 978-93-340-2948-2
Pages: 520

Keywords: Hinduism, Islam, Religious Studies 

About the Book

Islam and Hinduism are different belief systems. It is not about one God, many deities, or so-called idol worship but beyond such superficial differences. Their core ideas and values are entirely different, and they operate out of different frames of reference. While the Muslim willingly agrees to this point of view, the Hindu obstinately denies differences and looks for commonalities where none exist. This confusion among modern Hindus regarding the nature and practice of Islam is the root cause of misunderstanding and the inability to engage with the Muslim community in a meaningful way.

This book pierces this veil of confusion and sheds light on Islam by bringing out the differences in a way Hindus can understand. It demonstrates that these systems do not preach the same message. Hinduism and Islam are not similar by any meaningful metric of similarity.

Divided into five parts, the book starts by defining the analysis framework: dharma-adharma, religion, history, and mythology. The second part provides an overview of Islam in terms of sects, monotheism, key personalities, prophets, angels, cosmology, and eschatology. The five pillars and six beliefs are discussed from a Sunni point of view. The third part provides an overview of concepts relevant to Hindus including jihad (holy war) and kufr (disbelief). Part four is a survey of Islamic societies in terms of economy, gender rights, sexuality, education, terrorism, and other contemporary viewpoints. The issue of love jihad is discussed in detail, and an entire chapter is devoted to it. Part five puts everything together and presents Pakistan and Bangladesh as case studies of Islamic states.

Elaborate explanations of Hindu ideas like dharma and adharma are provided to offer the necessary framework for comprehending and analyzing Islam. False equivalences like Ishvara and Allah are explored from an Advaita Vedanta point of view. Other misconceptions, such as Prophet-Avatar and Dharma Yuddha-Jihad, are also addressed. Numerous real life examples have been provided from across the globe. Throughout the research, a wide range of sources were consulted, totaling over a thousand, including books, journals, essays, corporate reports, agency reports, videos, social media posts, and news sources.

For Hindus seeking to learn about Islam, The Complete Hindu's Guide to Islam is an invaluable resource offering detailed insights into the theory and practice of Islam, drawing on scriptural examples, historical accounts, and contemporary practices.

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Why should Hindus read this book?

Why do Muslims offer namaz on the road while mosques remain empty?
Why has the Hindu population declined in Islamic states like Pakistan and Bangladesh while Muslim population in India continues to grow?

Why did every Muslim ruler in India without exception persecute Jains, Buddhists and Hindus?
What is love jihad? Is it fiction as some claim? Or deadly reality?

How is it that terrorists and moderates quote the exact same Quranic verses to justify violence and non-violence respectively?

Does Islam mean peace?
Why do Sunnis consider Shias kafirs and persecute them? 
Why are Hindus considered the worst unbelievers (mushriks) who will suffer in hell (jahannum) for eternity?
What do terms like deobandi, barelvi, salafi, wahhabi and taliban mean?
What is a fatwa? What do the terms halal and haram mean?

Is halal finance a big scam and should India impose a ban on it?

Does camel urine have magical powers as claimed by many scholars of Islam? 


To answer, all such questions and much more, I present a fully revised and updated 520-page new edition of my book "The Complete Hindu's Guide to Islam" (2024).

I have an immense respect for the Muslim community: they are clear about who they are, what they represent and what they want. There is nothing wishy-washy about their intent, unlike many Hindus and secularists, who are always confused about their identity and look for commonalities in religions where none exists.

I have explained Islam specifically for Hindus using what I call the 3D model: dharma, data and difference. Wherever I have alluded to Hindu concepts I have used an Advaita Vedanta approach. The book is extensively researched with over 1000 bibliographic references: books, journals, reports, news sources, videos and social media posts. I have taken care to provide citations for all my claims.

I am positive that Hindus will find this book an invaluable resource to understand and engage with Islam. The book cuts through all the confusion surrounding religions, peace, God vs gods, Ishvara vs Allah, Ganga-jamuni tehzeeb, national integration, good-Muslim vs bad-Muslim and presents a clear no-nonsense picture of Islam for followers of dharma.


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Table of Contents



CHAPTER 1: Setting the Stage

Religion of Peace

Ultimate Essence and Bomb-Blasts

America or Ghazni?

Terrorism versus Tabla

Does Islam etymologically mean Peace?

CHAPTER 2: Dogma of Self-Evidence

Defining Religion

Is Religion even Necessary?

Religion as an Abstraction of Christianity

Deen is not Religion

CHAPTER 3: Are all religions the same?

Religion and Sameness

Christianity vs Islam

Chalk and Cheese

CHAPTER 4: History, Mythology and Monotheism



India and Hinduism

CHAPTER 5: Monotheism


CHAPTER 6: Bird’s-eye View


Sects, Schools, and Movements






Five Pillars

Six Beliefs

CHAPTER 7: Prophets and Angels

Prophet Mohammed

Other Prophets

Avatar and Rishis


CHAPTER 8: Islamic Cosmology




End of Times

CHAPTER 9: Shariah: Way of Life

Beyond Nationhood

Polygamy, Divorce, and Nikah Halala

Crime and Punishment


CHAPTER 10: Ishvara is not equal to Allah

The Islamic idea of Oneness

Who is Ishvara?

CHAPTER 11: Non-Believers

Kufr and Kafirs



CHAPTER 12: Jihad: Theory and Practice

Cricket, Culture, and Jihadistan

Theory: What it is not

Jihad As It Is

CHAPTER 13: How Bharat Became Hindustan

Pre-Islamic Bharat

A Violent Encounter

Mahmud Ghazni (971-1030 CE)

Bakhtiyar Khilji (1150-1206 CE)

Alauddin Khilji (1266-1316 CE)

Akbar the Great (1542-1605 CE)

Nadir Shah (1688-1747 CE)

Thousand Year Jihad

CHAPTER 14: Jihad and Dharma





Dharma Yuddha is not the Same as Jihad

CHAPTER 15: Halal and Haram

Understanding the Framework


Halal Economy


CHAPTER 16: Economy

General Survey


India: Largesse, Appeasement and “Suffering”

CHAPTER 17: Islamic Science and Madrassas

Science and Magic

The Role of Madrassas

CHAPTER 18: Education and Terrorism

Literature Review

Mini Case Studies

Dr Zakir Naik (India)

Anjem Choudary (United Kingdom)

CHAPTER 19: Gender

Worth Half a Man

Polygamy and Breeding

Sex Slaves

Sexual Abuse

Fatwas and their Impact

Fatwas on Rape Victims

Fatwa on Women’s Employment

Breastfeeding Fatwa

Football Fatwa

Other Fatwas

CHAPTER 20: General Survey of Women


Bangladesh and Pakistan

Middle-east and North Africa

CHAPTER 21: Sexuality

Exploring the Gap

When Deviant Becomes the Norm


CHAPTER 22: Love Jihad

Sikh and Christians Confront Love Jihad

Media and Academia Coverups

Sexual Grooming: An International Issue


CHAPTER 23: Pakistan

Brief History of a Failed State

Wahhabism and Increasing Radicalization

Kidnapping, and Forced Conversion and Sexual Abuse of Hindu Girls

Targeting Hindu-majority Areas

Attacks on Hindu Temples


Other parts of Sindh



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


CHAPTER 24: Bangladesh

Attacks on Hindus

Early Islamization and the Role of Sufis

Bangladesh Liberation War

Consolidation of Wahhabism

Genocide of Hindus: An Ongoing Saga

1991 to 2000

2001 to 2010

2011 to 2020

CHAPTER 25: Terror Attacks and Mob Violence

Islamist Terror Attacks

Muslim Mob Violence and Riots



How Hindus Need to Engage with Islam

How the Indian State Needs to Engage with Islam

Implement Guidelines for Naming Children

Discouraging Archaic and Oppressive Practices

Discouraging Specific Foreign Languages

Encouraging Shuddhikaran and Ghar-Wapasi





Religious Texts

Videos and Social Media Posts

Media Sources

About the Author

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