Qutb Minar - Is India's First Muslim Monument, a Hin...Phenomenal Travel Videos
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Hey guys, I am at this brilliant monument called Qutb Minar, historians say that this fantastic tower was built by a Muslim ruler called Qutb al-Din Aibak also known as Qutb-ud-din, about 800 years ago. This site is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site because it full of Islamic structures like India's first mosque, the Qutb Minar and tombs of famous Mughal kings. However, were these structures really built by Muslim kings?
Now let's take a good look at these structures, they are definitely Islamic structures. You can see the domes on top, verses of Quran in Arabic carved on the walls, and typical Mughal designs all over the structure. There should be absolutely no doubt in your mind that these were built by Muslim rulers. But let's take a look at this unfinished structure nearby.
Here you can see how a dome has been constructed on top, but is not finished. Below this dome, you can see that the pillars look very similar to the pillars of a Hindu temple. You can see typical temple bells carved on these pillars. But let's go closer and see if we can find more evidence. Here we can see the defaced carving of Lord Ganesha, the Elephant God who belongs to Hinduism. What is he doing in the Qutb Minar complex built by Islamic rulers? On the top, you can even see the war scene from the Hindu epic Ramayana. Remember, carvings of God, saints and human beings are completely prohibited in Islam, so this absolutely not an Islamic structure. In fact, we can see many, many carvings of Indian Gods that have been disfigured in this site. Here you can even see the Hindu religious altar called Balipeetam.
Now, let's go back and look at the big picture. On the left, is the Jama Masjid which is hailed as India's very first mosque built by Islamic rulers. On the right, is a Hindu temple, on top of which an Islamic dome has been built. The only difference between the left and the right photographs is that the structure on the right was not finished by Muslim Kings. Had the dome been finished, pillars been polished to remove the carvings, the walls been covered with new plaster, and Islamic designs and verses written on the walls, you would believe that this was also built completely by Islamic rulers. Both these pictures were taken at the site of Qutb Minar complex, they are only a few 100 feet apart.
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