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Question: Din-e-Ilahi of Akbar was not a success because -
1)After Akbar, it was not patronized
2)The Muslims did not accept other religious practice
3)It was not suitably projected to the masses
4)All the above


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Exam Exam: MUGHAL PERIOD QUESTIONS





The Din-i Ilahi was a syncretic religion propounded by the Mughal emperor Akbar the Great in 1582 AD, intending to merge the best elements of the religions of his empire, and thereby reconcile the differences that divided his subjects. The elements were primarily drawn from Islam and Hinduism, but some others were also taken from Christianity, Jainism and Zoroastrianism.

Akbar promoted tolerance of other faiths. In fact, not only did he tolerate them, he encouraged debate on philosophical and religious issues. This led to the creation of the Ibadat Khana ("House of Worship") at Fatehpur Sikri in 1575. He had already repealed the Jizya (tax on non-Muslims) in 1568. A religious experience while hunting in 1578 further increased his interest in the religious traditions of his empire.

From the discussions he led at the Ibadat Khana, Akbar concluded that no single religion could claim the monopoly of truth. This inspired him to create the Din-i Ilahi in 1582. Various pious Muslims, among them the Qadi of Bengal and the seminal Sufi personality Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi, responded by declaring this to be blasphemy to Islam.

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