Vivekananda admired the sense of brotherhood found within the Islamic community, he also
questioned the validity of Mohammed's revelation. He spoke out against the violence
perpetuated in the name of Islam, particularly the record of Islam in India and its
campaigns of cruelty and mass destruction aimed at destroying Hinduism.
He also criticized the materialism of modern European thought and
its inability to provide answers to the fundamental questions of human life, death and
immortality. The universal religion that Vivekananda taught was a modernized form of
Vedanta and Hinduism with its broad approach to Truth. He did not seek to replace Hinduism
with another religion, nor did he make all religions the same.