When compared to Hinduism, Christianity & Islam are of recent origin. It is known that Mughals plundered many Indian Kingdoms & ended up destroying many temples & idols, terming the Hindus as ‘kafirs.’ According to archaeological surveys & historical evidences, Arabia was under the rule of Vikramaditya. Vikramaditya was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. He built a Shiva Lingam at Makkeshwara (which is now called Mecca).
The name Arab is derived from a Sanskrit word ‘Arav’ meaning horse. Hence, Arabia refers to the land of horses. Even before Islam originated, Sanatana Dharma existed in Arabia. Prophet Muhammad’s uncle, Umar-Bin-E-Hassham was a well-known poet whose famous Arabic poem in praise of lord Shiva is included in Sair-Ul-Okul and cited on a column in the fire worship pavilion in the rear garden of the Lakshmi Narayan temple in New Delhi.
A poem written by Labi-Bin-E-Akthab-Bin-E-Turfa, who lived in Arabia around 1850 B.C mentions all four Vedas. This verse can also be found in the Sair-Ul-Okul which is a published collection of ancient Arabic poetry. It was compiled in 1742 AD under the order of Turkish Sultan Salim.
THE POEM AND ITS INTERPRETATION ARE AS FOLLOWS-
We Tajakhayrobaudan Kalalwade-e liboawa
Walukayanayjatally, hay Yauma Tab asayru – 2
Wa Abalolhaa jabuarmeeman MAHADEVA
Manojailila muddin minhumwasayattaru – 3
Wa Sahabi Kay-yam feema-Kamil MINDAY Yauman
Wa Yakulum no latabahanfoeennakTawjjaru – 4
Najumumaja- at Summa gabul HINDU – 5
The meaning of the poem is-
The man who may spend his life in sin and irreligion or waste it in lechery and wrath – 1
If at least he relent and return to righteousness can he be saved? – 2
If but once he worship Mahadeva with a pure heart, he will attain the ultimate in spirituality – 3
Oh Lord (Shiva) exchange my entire life for but a day’s sojourn in India where one attains salvation – 4
But one pilgrimage there secures for one all merit and company of the truly great – 5
Source: Sair-ul-Okul, P. 235
The language of Arabia was Sanskrit & it later gave way to Sanskrit. Many Arabic words have been derived from Sanskrit. All the four Vedas find mention in Arabic literature. Thousands of words which have been derived from Sanskrit still exist in Arabic. Some poems mention about the Hindu rule in the area and also mention about famous kings like Vikramaditya.
To establish the supremacy of Islam as a religion, Prophet Muhammad broke down 360 idols of saints, gurus, kings & avatars. This was done by Muhammad to establish the supremacy of Islam at the Kaaba. Archaeological findings prove this. The Kaaba was a Hindu shrine captured by the Muslims.
Muslims were followers of Lord Shiva & hence worshipped the moon. Even the word Allah is derived from the Arabic roots ‘Al’ meaning moon and ‘Illaha’ meaning god. This is the reason for Muslims worshipping the Moon god Allah or Chandrashekhara. The word ‘Namaz’ is also derived from Sanskrit roots ‘Namah’ meaning to bow and ‘Yaja’ meaning worship. Recital of the Namaz five times a day owes its origin to the Vedic order of Panchamahayajna, which is part of the daily Vedic ritual prescribed for all Hindus. The original Vedic custom was to pray facing the east. In its aversion for everything Hindu, Islam directed its followers to pray facing the west.
Even today Muslims follow the old age customs of Brahmins. They wear white doti & chadarand shave their heads before havan. The same practice holds good in Mecca even today. Take a look.
So we can conclude that the whole West Asia & Arabia had strong links to Hinduism, which were later snubbed by the Arabic rulers.