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The Intersection of Islam and Sanatana Dharma: A Thought-Provoking Dialog with Subuhi Khan

July 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

The Intersection of Islam and Sanatana Dharma: A Thought-Provoking Dialog with Subuhi Khan

“I describe myself as a Sanatani Muslim, meaning my dharma is Sanatan, which is to stand for truth and righteousness. My religion is Islam, and my culture is Indian”

Subuhi Khan, an advocate at the Supreme Court of India and the founder of the National Awakening Campaign, shares her transformative journey and her unique perspective on the intersection of Islam and Sanatana Dharma. Subuhi’s upbringing was rooted in values of service and integrity, influenced by her mother, a lawyer and social worker, and her paternal grandfather, a dedicated police officer known for combating illegal activities. These early influences instilled in her a deep sense of loyalty, truth, and resilience. Her father, an army officer, further shaped her philosophy with his belief in karma, always helping others without expecting anything in return.

Subuhi’s spiritual transformation began after meeting her mentor. In 2012, she visited the Swami Sivananda Ashram in Rajasthan, became a vegetarian, and started reading Vedanta and the Bhagavad Gita, which deepened her spiritual journey. Her marriage to Neel Ratan Jha, a Brahmin, further influenced her intellectually and spiritually. Subuhi’s life took a transformative turn under the guidance of her Guru, Shri K.N. Govindacharya Ji, who broadened her perspective and directed her scattered energy towards a greater purpose.

In this thought-provoking interview, Subuhi critiques fundamental Islam, explaining her stance on the misuse of religion for manipulation and control. She emphasizes the need to revisit Islamic theology to address and correct past wrongdoings. Highlighting historical events, she points out the internal conflicts and power struggles among the Prophet’s followers after his death, which led to the arbitrary creation of Sharia laws to suit their needs. For example, the practice of triple talaq, which was adopted to facilitate quick remarriages in newly conquered lands, reflects the manipulation of religious laws for personal gain.

Subuhi advocates for Sanatana Dharma’s universality and inclusivity, emphasizing its principles of duty, righteousness, and the interconnectedness of life. She believes these resonate more with her than traditional interpretations of Islam. She highlights the logical concept of reincarnation in Sanatana Dharma, which offers multiple chances to correct one’s mistakes, contrasting it with the eternal punishment depicted in Islam.

Despite facing criticism and opposition from within the Muslim community, Subuhi observes an emergence of rational voices, particularly among the youth, who are beginning to challenge outdated practices and embrace progressive values. She receives support from Muslim children, youth, and women who see the logic in her arguments and question the restrictive rules imposed by clerics.

Subuhi has been labeled a ‘zinakar’ by some traditional clerics for marrying under the Special Marriage Act instead of traditional ‘niqah’. She argues against the extreme idea that religion supersedes the law of the land, advocating for the legal rights provided by the Special Marriage Act in India. She emphasizes the importance of rational thinking and independent decision-making, which are often suppressed by Muslim religious authorities.

Subuhi explains that the Rashtriya Jagran Abhiyan is a national awakening movement where individuals and organizations collaborate. She also founded the Kabir Foundation, an NGO. Through these initiatives, she educates young people about the definitions of dharma, religion, and culture, promoting the idea of standing for truth and righteousness while respecting all religious traditions.

Describing herself as a Sanatani Muslim, Subuhi explains that her dharma is Sanatan, which inspires her to stand for truth and righteousness, while her religion is Islam, which she respects as part of her ancestral heritage. She embraces Hindu culture, participates in Indian traditions and practices, and believes that understanding the differences between dharma, religion, and culture can foster unity and respect.

Subuhi rejects the minority label for Muslims in India, arguing that with a population of over 200 million, they are no longer a minority. She emphasizes that Muslims in India enjoy safety, facilities, security, and respect, often more than in Islamic countries. She calls for educated and sensible Muslim scholars to speak out against the misuse of religion for political gain and to acknowledge the tolerance and rationality inherent in Indian culture.

Subuhi sees a significant transformation within the Muslim community, with rational voices growing louder and challenging outdated practices. She celebrates the Hindu cultural revival, viewing it as a necessary positive change that benefits all of humanity. She believes that a true Hindu-Muslim cultural renaissance will happen when both communities respect each other’s traditions and values.

Subuhi supports the idea of declaring India a Hindu Rashtra, provided there is a clear constitutional distinction between religion and culture. She envisions a Hindu nation where all communities can thrive, embracing Indian culture and values.

Subuhi also addresses the phenomenon of ex-Muslims, encouraging them to seek answers in Sanatan Dharma rather than focusing on hating Islam. She emphasizes the need for truly awakened souls who can move from confusion to clarity and contribute positively to society.

Overall, Subuhi Khan’s journey and perspectives highlight the potential for unity and transformation through the intersection of Islam and Sanatana Dharma, advocating for a broader understanding of dharma, religion, and culture to promote national unity and social change.


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July 14
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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