Indo-Islamic Heritage Center’s report claims
Indians had propagated Islam in Indonesia
Now the world’s largest Muslim majority country
Jakarta. Many clerics in Indonesia claim that what used to be a Hindu majority population and a Hindu king has now become the world’s largest Muslim majority country. About 231 million people in this country believe in Islam. According to a report by the Indo-Islamic Heritage Center, Islam in Indonesia was spread by Indians. Many historians and Islamic scholars have also confirmed this. Islam is considered in Indonesia in the same way as it is practiced in India. There are many similarities between the two countries. Here people read Namaz, keep Roza and travel for Haj.
According to the report, when Indian businessmen reached Indonesia, they also brought Islam. The mausoleums of Sultan Malik Al Saleh in the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra are similar to those found in Gujarat. At the same time, Snook Hurgronje, a famous Dutch scholar has also confirmed this. He compared the traditions of Gujarati Muslims with the traditions of Indonesian Muslims and told that many things are similar in both. Here, historians believe that Sultan Malik al-Saleh established the first Muslim state of Samudera Pasai in 1267.
Sufi missionaries from Gujarat and Bengal went to Indonesia
It has been told in the report that Sufi missionaries from Gujarat and Bengal of India had gone to Indonesia. Sufis came here as preachers, they also reached as politicians. These people used to propagate Islam by going to the towns. According to the report, traders from the western coasts of India used to do business by going to Java and Sumatra. In this, businessmen, rich and ruling class also came under his influence and started accepting Islam. In the process of many years, the Muslim population increased here.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 23, 2022, 19:55 IST