Islam is a strict monotheist faith like Judaism and Sikhism, and we also find support of monotheism in the Vedas to the extent that there are some sects which prohibit idol worship among the Hindus.
The fundamental core Islamic beliefs like:

  1. Only one God (i.e. Allah)
  2. Prophet as messenger of God
  3. Afterlife system with heaven/hell
  4. Angels & virgins
  5. Revealed books (i.e. Quran)
  6. Divine predestination

Can Islam be accommodated in Hinduism such that Islam can be seen as a non conflicting sect within Hinduism?

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    Can Islam concepts be accepted by Hindus? Why not. While not everyone subscribes to this belief, many great saints in the recent 'multi-religious-strife-struck-world' have emphasized that 'All religions are true, all are but different paths to the One God'. Examples of such saints are Sri Ramakrishna , Saint Kabir Das, Paramahansa Yogananda, Sri Sai Baba (Shirdi, Sathya Sai) who also emphasize on unity of religions. All religions speak the same truth, while their interpretations vary according to different faith! Not all subscribe to this belief, it must be clarificated :)!
    – Sai
    Sep 29 '14 at 17:18
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    Although I can't remember where, I am quite sure that in the Bagavat Gita it specifically says that all other religions are equal paths to the same God. While there may be some differences in theology (they wouldn't be two separate religions if there weren't) there is no reason to think that the two religions are mutually exclusive. As far as more specific beliefs go, you may have to consult Hindu scriptures to clarify.
    – Akshay
    Sep 30 '14 at 15:20
  • I think rather than believing in anything taught to you as god and becoming religious become Spiritual and experience god himself by following path of yoga and attain atmagyan.
    – Yogi
    Aug 6 '15 at 17:04
  • I think Islamic doctrine teaches ethical conduct that directly opposes those taught by Dharmic religions (eg. Hinduism). Nov 1 '17 at 10:37
  • I can answer this question with references from teachings of Swami Rama and biographies of great Swamis. But answer says how Islam is misinterpreted and answer may become controversial. All Religions are true and they lead to one God.
    – The Destroyer
    Nov 2 '17 at 7:57

The keynote to Hinduism is 'Ekam Sat Vipra Bahudha Vadanti - That which exists is One, men call it by various names'. All religions are true. Ramakrishna Parmahamsa said All clocks tell time, but all show a different time and none are exactly right. So are all religions.

Who are we to argue as to what is true or not true in a particular religion? Have you seen God? Has He told you directly? Religions are maps only, they are not God. See God then you can ask Him directly what is true and not true.

It says in the Atharva Veda 'Ekarh Jyotir Bahudha Bibhati - The One Light appears in diverse forms'

And in the Mahimnah Stotra -'As the different streams having their sources in different places all minngle their waters in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.'

All religions belong to God, God does not belong to any religions.

Swami Vivekananda has said that he accepts all religious beliefs, the only belief he does not accept is when a person says my religion alone is true, all other religions are false.

  • Islam in itself literally means submission to God alone.
    – hind
    Oct 2 '14 at 13:58
  • @Swami Vishwananda, what do you think about katha upanishad 2.2.13 nityo nityānāṁ cetanaś cetanānām eko bahūnāṁ yo vidadhāti kāmān tam ātma-sthaṁ ye ’nupaśyanti dhīrās teṣāṁ śāntiḥ śāśvatī netareṣām ? It says There are many eternals and one eternal provides for all the eternals. Nov 7 '14 at 5:50
  • Katha U 2.2.13 - "There is One who is the eternal Reality among non-eternal objects, the one conscious Entity among conscious objects, and who, though non-dual fulfills the desire of many. Eternal peace belongs to the wise, who perceive Him within themselves--not to others." What is your question? Nov 7 '14 at 7:26
  • Another translation - "Eternal peace is for those--and not for others--who are discriminating and who realize in their hearts Him who--being the eternal among the ephemeral, the consciousness among the conscious--alone dispenses the desired objects to many." Nov 8 '14 at 4:26

Why should they?

Sanatana Dharma does not need to adopt any other religion's doctrines. It is complete in itself. What makes you think Sanatana Dharma does not have concepts you list?

  1. Belief in one God - What do you think our Vedas propound? It is just one Brahma Padartham.

  2. Belief in Prophets - We don't need prophets. However, Sanatana Dharma's foundation is upheld and strengthened by Rishis and sages who have, through tapas, envisioned the ultimate truth (this is called darshana) and have passed on the ultimate truth and keep doing so even now.

  3. Belief in Hereafter - Err.. why do you think this is missing in Sanatana Dharma? We are continuously extolled to practise dharma in the pursuit of punya and eventually moksha.

  4. Belief in angels - We have 33 types of devtas - all superior to angels.

  5. Belief in revealed books - Vedas and mantras are always revealed to a tapasa.

  6. Belief in divine predestination - Read Bhagavad Gita.

We don't need any new reformers for Sanatana Dharma . It is enough if we can even partially understand rishi hrudayam and practise dharma as outlined by the rishis.

Islam is not and need not be adopted as a sub-religion of Hinduism.

  • I think the tone of the original Qn is different. In my understanding it's like: "SanAtana Dharma is very vast and contains lots of sects, doctorines & philosophies. Islam is a simple and singular philosophy. Which sect of SanAtana Dharma can be comparable to the philosophies of Islam. For example, Parasi's Zoroastrianism can be related to certain philosophy of Hinduism, who pray to the Agni devatA." Another analogy can be -- Apple (Islam) fits into the Samsung's (Hinduism) PC & phone making business among vast array of other businesses.
    – iammilind
    Nov 2 '17 at 7:29
  • @iammilind Doesn't matter. It is not a question worth exploring either from a philosophical pov or SE pov. It is especially not worthy because it perpetrates the notion that hinduism is a dumping bag of all beliefs and does not have its own identity. It is also a tool that conversionists are using to convert hindus into their religions. Therefore It is not worthy for sociopolitical reasons also.
    – user1195
    Nov 2 '17 at 14:19

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