Why we all love Akbar..

India, a country with great diversity has been ruled by many kings and emperors yet, there is one Mughal emperor whom we are all very proud of irrespective of the religion he belonged to.. That’s Abu’l-Fath Jalal ud-din Muhammad Akbar, for you who advocated SULH-I-KUL (Universal peace) and followed the path of honesty, justice and peace throughout his reign.

If we closely observe why we all adore him, though he was uneducated and was cruel during his initial reign, its because of the fact that he wasn’t a bigot. He held religious discussions with the scholars of all religions in his Ibadat Khana at Fatehpur Sikri. In fact he put his preachings into practice by having good relations with all the Hindu kings, who were ruling in other provinces, by not annexing their kindgoms after defeating them. The same principles were carried forward by his next two generations of Jahangir and Shah Jahan.

Akbar holding discussions with the religious scholars at his Ibadat Khana, Fatehpur Sikri

But Aurangzeb chose to be different and was known to be dogmatic and against all religions except Islam which led to his doom. Sources cite that there was widespread criticism during his reign on his practices like levying Jizyah, a tax on all non-muslims, cruel punishments on non-adherence to or questioning his authoritative statements or declarations.

Aurangzeb orders the execution of a Jewish philosopher who accepted Islam but stood for freedom of conscience.

Its time for the current forces, which resort to terrorism citing religion, to look into the past and learn a thing or two. The war torn countries Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan have had enough bloodshed, the people especially the children have witnessed enough violence, undergone enough trauma that would be imprinted on their innocent minds for a lifetime. No religion or god preaches that you can claim innocent lives to establish its supremacy. Terrorism is terrorism whether it is practiced here or elsewhere, a terrorist cannot be innocent for one nation and culprit for the other. History repeats itself and the day is not far when the advocates of terrorism will fall prey to their own activities like how Aurangzeb did. At last, I would like to quote something which i came across recently to drive home the point : You don’t need religion to have morals. If you can’t determine right from wrong then you lack empathy not religion!

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