Religious Policy of Akbar – 5
E. Din-i-Lahi [1581-82]:
Towards the close of 1581, Akbar took another step in the field of religious tolerance. He thought of establishing a synthesis of various creeds by putting together the fundamental principles of various religions. In the beginning of 1582, he actually translated his ideas into practice by establishing a new religion on brotherhood known as Din-i-Lahi. Its basis was love, truth and religious tolerance.
Its members were to greet each other differently; they were to celebrate their birthdays; they were to give a dinner to their co-religionists; they were to abstain from meat eating as much as possible. They were to regard fire as sacred and they were also expected and supposed to respect all the religions. But unfortunately Din-i-Lahi could not become very popular.
The divine faith was a monument of Akbar’s folly not of his wisdom. His actions throughout his reign illustrated many exhibitions of both qualities. Both the Hindus and the Muslims failed to appreciate it and only a few people became its members.