Islam & Sankhya-Indian Philosophy”

Few days back in an FM Radio Talk Show, the guest speaker appeared to be influenced by “SANKHYA PHILOSOPHY”, the philosophy by a 6th century BC Indian philosopher ‘Kapil’. The guest speaker focused on the ‘Individual Self’ and emphasized ‘Inner Self Actualization’ [also found in derivative philosophy of Yoga]. Though apparently the talk was interesting, with an effort to make it acceptable to the listeners with a tint of Islam, it may not be as such. It is trendy to label the various philosophies and products with Islam and Islamic symbols, to tone down the resistance and to make them acceptable for the simple innocent Muslims, i.e. Islamic Socialism, Makkah Cola, Medina Cloth House, Iqra School etc. These things may have nothing to do with Islam, but merely a market promotion tactics. It must be remembered that Islam is a complete Din


available to humanity in the form of guidelines provided in Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him]. Muslims do not require support form human philosophies in the matters of faith [Eyman]. Any such effort may lead the simple people astray as Allah says: “…This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favor unto you, and have chosen for you as religion AL-ISLAM….(Self surrender unto Allah)” (Qur’an;5:3);”Surely, the true religion in Allah’s sight is Islam” (Qur’an;3:19) and “Whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted from Him, and in the Hereafter he will be among the losers” (Qur’an;3:85).

An extract on “The Sankhya Philosophy” from the Urdu translation of book ‘The Great Transformation’ by renowned British scholar Kern Armstrong is available at link: https://docs.google.com/present/edit?id=0AUQfx8dX9TCvZGRyM3c0c21fMTAxaGo2NzluY3g&hl=en

. The reader has to make use of his/ her intellect to distinguish the false from truth: “And say: “Truth has (now) arrived, and falsehood perished: for falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish.”(Qur’an;17:81).

For further studies, help is available at:

https://faithforum.wordpress.com ; http://endeavour-peace.page.tl

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2 thoughts on “Islam & Sankhya-Indian Philosophy”

  1. I am happy that you don’t post frauds like zakir naik’s and mushafiq sultan’s posts. But you have made serious errors.

    To start pointing your errors with:-
    1.) Maharishi Kapil, EXPONENT of Samkhya philosophy was born much before 6th century B.C.E. The proof is that Bhagwad Gita also gives an explanation of Samkhya philosophy. Further in the Tipitaka it is given that Shakyamuni Gautam Buddha had two Samkhya teachers who taught him Anapanasati and another type of meditation. These two facts prove your dating Kapil to be born in 6th cent BCE completely incorrect.

    2.) It is astonishing that you who are rejecting philosophies made by “humans” actually are following a religion whose sacred scriptures are all made and written by humans.

    3.) The verse from Quran you have given itself proves how ignorant minded and narrow-minded the book and its writer(who is a human) is. Let me ask you, how do you know the verses are correct and exact?

    4.) The fourth verse you give contradicts many other verses and chapters of the Quran itself. For, Quran has said that “Allah’s word” had been given before as Taurat, Zabur and Injeel. But your verse states “now”. Hence, what did Allah give in his words before? Falsehood? Surely, that verse proves it. Hence, such a God is not worthy of being called “good” by any chance as he cheats people. Plus, if you want to say the “Samkhya” is falsehood and is “ought to perish”, perhaps I should give you a bad news that Samkhya is an ancient philosophy and still survives and flourishes well.

    Posted by Arhan Deshmukh | March 14, 2015, 8:48 pm

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