The Sufi King

‘After reaching Ajmer the Khwaja and his disciples rested under the shade of a large tree. This weary group of Sufi mystics had barely sat down when some camel-keepers arrived and said in a harsh tone: “Move out from here. This is the sitting place for the king’s camels.”

The Khwaja politely replied that the camels could sit somewhere else as there was a lot of free space available. But the camel-keepers were adamant in their claim and started behaving aggressively. Left with no other option the Khwaja said in a calm tone: “Relax! We are moving out. Now your camels would be seated here.”

After saying this the Khwaja with his group of disciples went towards Anasagar Lake and rested on a nearby mountain.

When the Khwaja and his group had departed the camel-keepers made the king’s camels sit there under the shade of the tree. But the next morning when they returned to raise the camels they were unable to do so. They tried their best but in vain. It seemed that the earth had caught hold of the camels and would not let them go. And the camel-keepers became deeply worried. Tired of all their efforts they now decided to approach their king, Raja Prithviraj Chauhan.

When the king heard their story he was left dumbstruck. He was very proud of his bravery but felt helpless before the spiritual powers of the mighty Khwaja. So he commanded his camel-keepers, saying, “Go and apologize to that faqir whose curse had made the camels unable to stand on their feet.”

Hearing their king’s command the camel-keepers approached the Khwaja and humbly apologized to him. The kind-hearted Khwaja forgave them and said: “Go! Your camels have stood up by the grace of Allah.”

When the camel-keepers approached the shadowy tree they were very much surprised to see all the camels standing on their feet.

The Khwaja and his disciples bathed and performed ablution on the ghat of Anasagar. But, since there were temples built near the ghat the Hindu priests were very much annoyed by the presence of the Muslim faqirs.

One day some disciples of the Khwaja went to the ghat to bath. But they were stopped by the Brahmins who behaved aggressively and prevented them from bathing. The helpless disciples approached their Master and narrated to him all that had happened. The Khwaja, disappointed with the behavior of the Brahmins, ordered one of his disciples: “Go and fetch me a bowl of water from the lake.”

The disciple did as commanded, but when he filled the bowl the whole of Anasagar lake became dry. The wonder-struck disciple hurried back to his Master and gave him the bowl of precious water.

Now when the Hindu priests and Brahmins saw that the lake had become dry they were greatly shocked. On the other hand the news of Anasagar becoming dry caused great turbulence in the city of Ajmer. The talk of the town was how the leader of the Muslim faqirs got the water to disappear from the lake after his disciples were stopped from using the ghat.

In a short time the inhabitants became desperate for water as they largely depended on the Anasagar lake for bathing, washing clothes, etc.

With no other option left a large population approached the Khwaja and begged forgiveness on behalf of the aggressive Brahmins. The kind-hearted Khwaja felt pity on them and ordered one of his disciples to pour the bowl of water into the dry lake in the name of Allah. And when the disciple did as commanded the Anasagar lake once again got filled with water by the grace of the Almighty. And witnessing this miracle many Hindus accepted Islam and became Muslims.

SHAADI DEV ACCEPTS ISLAM:

The chief of the temples-association of Ajmer was Shaadi Dev who used to live in the Jaadu Shaadi Temple. He was a very learned person and very popular among the masses.

When the priests of the temples saw that the visitors to the temples were decreasing day by day they approached their chief and instigated him against the Khwaja.

With the intention to harm him Shaadi Dev along with his followers approached the Khwaja. But when they came nearer the holy Khwaja just lifted his head and looked into their eyes. Only a single look and all the evil-doers started shaking with fear. Shaadi Dev immediately fell to the feet of the holy Khwaja and begged for forgiveness. The Khwaja gently lifted him up and invited him to accept Islam to which Shaadi Dev obliged willingfully.

On becoming a Muslim Shaadi Dev was given the name of ‘Saad’. Along with him many of his companions also accepted Islam. This incident also caused tuirbulence in Ajmer and the king was also taken aback.

JOGI JAIPAL ACCEPTS ISLAM:

The propagation of Islam in Ajmer made Raja Prithviraj Chauhan worrisome. To confront the Khwaja he decided to consult his family Guru, Jogi Jaipal, who was considered to be the greatest magician of Hindostan.

Jogi Jaipal used to live in a forest near Ajmer. The king summoned him and narrated to him the miracles of the Khwaja and the subsequent effects on the socio-religious condition of Ajmer. The proud magician thought of the miracles of the Khwaja as just simple tricks and assured the king that he would be successful in driving out the faqir from Ajmer.

Now Jogi Jaipal mounted on the deer’s skin and flew along with his disciples towards Anasagar lake near to which the Khwaja was camping with his disciples.

Holding snakes in their hands and shouting ferociously they landed near Anasagar. Seeing the devil’s gang creating ruckus the Khwaja’s disciples became afraid. The holy Khwaja immediately drew a large circle with his hand and commanded his disciples to stay within it in order to remain safe.

The magician and his disciples threw the snakes towards the Khwaja and his group. The snakes flew rapidly towards their target but on reaching the boundary of the circle they burnt to ashes. This enraged the magician and he started throwing fire-balls towards the Khwaja. But this move also backfired. On touching the boundary of the circle the fire-balls returned and started burning the disciples of the magician.

When the magic tricks of Jogi Jaipal rendered unsuccessful he decided to attack from above. So he flew towards the sky in order to carry out his plan.

When the Khwaja got sight of him he ordered his wooden-slippers to go and bring down the arrogant magician. On hearing the Khwaja’s command the wooden-slippers flew miraculously through the air and started banging themselves on the magician’s head. This terrified the magician very much as he was unable to defend himself from the slippers and ultimately he was forced to descend to the ground.

At last the pride of the magician was shattered and he realized that his magical tricks were useless before the spiritual powers of a faqir. He became ashamed of himself and threw himself at the feet of the holy Khwaja begging for forgiveness. The kind-hearted Khwaja forgave him and Jogi Jaipal willingly accepted Islam and joined the Khwaja’s group of disciples. He was given the name of Abdullah. Following their Master the disciples of Jogi Jaipal also accepted Islam. And the people witnessing the whole episode also became Muslims.

After becoming a Muslim Jogi Jaipal requested the Khwaja to show him his spiritual status so that he can be fully satisfied. The Khwaja smiled and told him to close his eyes. As the Jogi closed his eyes the mysteries began to unfold in front of him. He was transferred to a spiritual world where his soul travelled through different worlds and even reached the seventh heaven. But there the soul of the holy Khwaja caught hold of him and took him back as that was the limit set for his spiritual journey.

On opening his eyes Jogi Jaipal fell to the feet of the holy Khwaja in reverence. But the Khwaja gently lifted him up and made him sit among his disciples.

Under the guidance of the holy Khwaja Jogi Jaipal attained great spiritual heights and ultimately became a saint. Then he told the Khwaja of his desire to stay alive till Doomsday. The Khwaja smiled and then prayed to Allah for his long life.

It is said that Abdullah (Jogi Jaipal) is still alive today and he shows the way to the lost travelers. The people of Ajmer and its neighborhood fondly call him by the name of Abdullah Bayabani.

PROPAGATION OF ISLAM GATHERS PACE:

The incident of Jogi Jaipal accepting Islam caused great turbulence in the city of Ajmer. Its inhabitants became fond of the holy Khwaja and respected him greatly.

One day the new muslims Shaadi Dev and Jogi Jaipal approached the Khwaja and requested him to reside among the masses so that the propagation of Islam can gather pace. The Khwaja accepted their request and left Anasagar for the place where his Dargah is situated today. This place was the property of Shaadi Dev which he gifted to the Khwaja.

Jogi Jaipal accepting Islam and the Khwaja moving to the city-centre infuriated the king furthermore and his hatred for the Khwaja knew no bound. But he felt helpless before the spiritual powers of the mighty Khwaja.

On the other hand the Khwaja continued his propagation of Islam. The Almighty had bestowed him with such a personality that whosoever came to meet him couldn’t leave without being impressed with him. His behavior, his patience, his art of speaking, his way of conduct all attracted the people towards him. In a short period of time there was a good number of Muslims in Ajmer who were able to come out from the darkness of idolatry to the light of Islam by the grace of the Almighty.

INVITING PRITHVIRAJ TO ACCEPT ISLAM:

After Shaadi Dev and Jogi Jaipal had become Muslims the Khwaja sent a message to Raja Prithviraj that read: “Accept Islam and you will remain in advantage. You will not lose your kingship in this world and after death also you will remain in peace. On the other hand if you disagree then remember you will have to face great trouble both in this world also in the hereafter. And then you will be helpless.”

Prithviraj Chauhan was very proud and arrogant and this message had no effect on him. But still he thought of testing the Khwaja and so he sent a man to him to become his fake disciple.

When the man approached the Khwaja and requested him to take him as his disciple the Khwaja just refused to entertain him. When he inquired about the cause the holy Khwaja said: “There are three reasons because of which I can’t take you as my disciple. Firstly, your heart is filled with hatred and deceit. Secondly, you are a polytheist to such an extent that you will bow before everyone else except the Almighty. Thirdly, I have seen in the ‘Preserved Scriptrum’ that you will depart from this world in disbelief.”

Hearing this the man was shell-shocked and then he returned to the king and narrated to him the whole thing. Prithviraj was also very much surprised to hear all this but still his ego prevented him to convert.

The mind-games between the king and the Khwaja continued. But the king didn’t have the courage to physically harm the Khwaja especially after the defeat of his family guru and great magician Jogi Jaipal. So instead of the Khwaja the king began to torture the new converts to Islam.

One day an attendant in the king’s court who had recently embraced Islam was brutually tortured. This helpless man approached the Khwaja and narrated his plight pleading with him for help. The Khwaja was moved by his plight and immediately sent a letter to the king requesting him not the torture this new Muslim. But the wicked and arrogant king paid no heed to the Khwaja’s request and instead sent a letter to the Khwaja that read: “Being the lord and king of this land I order you to leave Ajmer along with your disciples within a week’s time. If you don’t comply with my order then be ready to be physically pushed out by my army.”

When the Khwaja got to know of the king’s order he became infuriated and said in a fit of rage: “I have handed Prithviraj alive to the Muslim army.”

On hearing these words from the mouth of the holy Khwaja the disciples were stunned but they kept quiet because they knew that their Master never told lies. And they eagerly waited for his prophecy to come true.’

(excerpt from ‘The Sufi King of Hindostan’)

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Hinduism-God-Islam

The Almighty God is only and only One but known by various names in different languages.

While the Muslims consider ‘Qur’an’ to be the ‘Word of God’ whereas the Hindus consider ‘Vedas’ to be the ‘Word of God’.

Vedas consist of four books, namely Rig-ved, Samved, Yajurved and Atharved. Next in importance are the Upanishads of which thirteen are primary. The Vedas and the Upanishads are considered to be ‘smriti’, that which is heard or revealed from God. The later texts are known as ‘shruti’, that which is remembered and written down. The Shruti texts comprises of Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, Manusmriti, etc.

Let’s see the verses from some of the above mentioned texts that point to the existence of One True God.

‘He is One only without a second’. (Chandogya Upanishad, 6:2:1)

‘O friends, do not worship anybody but Him, the Divine One. Praise Him Alone’. (Rig-ved 8:1:1)

‘Verily, great is the glory of the Divine Creator.’ (Rig-ved 5:1:81)

‘Of Him there are neither parents nor Lord.’ (Svetasvatara Upanishad, 6:9)

There is no likeness of Him’. (Yajurved, 32:3)

His form is not to be seen; no one sees Him with the eye’. (Svetasvatara Upanishad, 4:20)

‘Those whose intelligence has been stolen by the material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures’. (Bhagavad Gita, 7:20)

‘They enter darkness, those who worship the natural elements (like air, water, fire, etc.). They sink deeper in darkness, those who worship man-made things (like image, statue, idols, etc.)’. (Yajurved, 40:9)

‘Sages (learned priests) call one God by many names’. (Rig-ved 1:164:46)

And the Brahma Sutra of Hindu Vedanta is : ‘There is only one God, not the second, not at all, not at all, not in the least bit.’

Now, let’s see the similar verses from the Holy Qur’an.

‘Say: He is Allah, the One and Only.’ (112:1)

‘And in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner’. (16:110)

‘Praise to be Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds’. (1:2)

‘He begets not, nor is He born’. (112:3)

‘There is nothing whatever like unto Him’. (42:11)

‘No vision can grasp Him’. (6:103)

‘The Guidance of Allah,- that is the [only] Guidance. “Were you to follow their desires after the knowledge that has reached you, then would you find neither protector nor helper against Allah.”’ (2:120)

‘One who joins other gods with Allah, Has strayed far, far away [from the right]’.(4:116)

‘Say: “Call upon Allah or call upon Rahman (Merciful): by whatever name you call upon Him, [it is well]: for to Him belong the Most Beautiful names.”’ (17:110)

And the Brahma Sutra of Islamic Theology is: ‘There is no God but Allah; He is Alone, and no one shares His autonomy.’

After the above comparison regarding the concept of One God one would be wondering how can there exist such a striking resemblance between the scriptures of two different religions revealed at different times. This question is answered by the Holy Qur’an thus:

‘And verily, it (Message of Qur’an) is in earliest revelations’. (26:196)

Vedas are also called ‘Aadi Granth‘, i.e., earliest revelations. So the above verse indicates that the teachings of the Qur’an are also in the Vedas.

Now, let’s check out some more interesting facts. The Britishers first used the term ‘Hinduism’ as the religion for the natives of India of the Aryan descent. But they got it totally​ wrong. The term ‘Hindus’ was first used by the Persians / Arabs who came from the Middle East for trade. It is a geographical name given to those people residing beyond the river Indus (Sindhu in Sanskrit). The religion of the people of ancient India was ‘Sanatana Dharma‘ and Vedas was their holy book which was revealed over a period of many many years.

Coming to the main point, now, if the sender of the Vedas and the Qur’an is the same One God then the question arises whether Sanatana Dharma and Islam are also same? Let’s check out.

Sanatana Dharma, literally ‘eternal religion’ is mentioned in the Manusmriti thus :

“Speak the truth; speak the truth that is pleasant. Do not speak the truth to manipulate. Do not speak falsely to please or flatter someone. This is the quality of the eternal religion.” (Manusmriti, 4:138)

Sanatana is continuous from beginning to end and Dharma is religion or Deen (in Arabic). In the holy Qur’an Islam is described as DeenulQayyimah’ (98:5) meaning continuous religion from beginning to end. Thus Sanatana Dharma is the same as Islam.

In a religious context ‘Islam’ means ‘peace acquired by submitting oneself to the will of Almighty God’. And that is what the ancient rishis (prophets/saints) did to attain moksha (salvation).

Till date all the scriptures, with the exception of the Holy Qur’an, have been corrupted. The authenticity of the Holy Qur’an can be asserted from the fact that more than fourteen centuries have passed since its revelation but not a single word from it has been altered. This itself speaks of the truth and the divine message that it contains. So, in today’s time, anyone wishing to attain salvation must have ​to believe in Allah as the Almighty God and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as His last Messenger, and follow His commandments as mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.

May Allah guide the true seekers towards salvation! Amen.

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Buddha As Prophet

Born Siddhartha Gautama was known as ‘Shakyamuni’ (i.e. ‘Sage of the Shakya Clan’) to his followers. ‘Buddha’ was the title conferred on him when he had attained enlightenment.

Literal meaning of the word “Buddha” is “One who is awakened to the truth”. This can be better understood from the following definition by H.P.Blavatsky:

Buddha (Sk.) Lit., “The Enlightened”. The highest degree of knowledge. To become a Buddha one has to break through the bondage of sense and personality; to acquire a complete perception of the REAL SELF and learn not to separate it from all other selves; to learn by experience the utter unreality of all phenomena of the visible Kosmos foremost of all; to reach a complete detachment from all that is evanescent and finite, and live while yet on Earth in the immortal and the everlasting alone, in the supreme state of holiness.

Shakyamuni was not the only buddha in this world. There were many buddhas before him and also some after him. As he himself declares:

“I am not the first Buddha who came upon the earth nor shall I be the last.”

(The Gospel of Buddha by Paul Carus, p. 217)

Now, what were the exact roles of these Buddhas?

Shakyamuni himself answers this question while addressing his disciples thus:

“You yourself must make an effort, the Tathagatas (Buddhas) are only preachers. The thoughtful who enter the way are freed from the bondage of Mara (Satan).”

(Dhammapada, Sacred Books of the East, Vol.X, p. 67)

Therefore, a Buddha is one who invites and teaches people the way to salvation. Now, anyone having knowledge of Abrahamic religion will clearly understand that these buddhas were none other than the holy prophets sent by Almighty God for the welfare of the people. But the question arises whether Shakyamuni Buddha really talked about God, Heaven, Hell, etc. just like other prophets did.

There is a famous saying of Shakyamuni:

“There is, O Bhikkhus, an unborn, unoriginated, uncreated, unformed. Were there not, O Bhikkhus, this unborn, unoriginated, uncreated, unformed, there would be no escape from the world of the born, originated, created, formed.

Since, O Bhikkhus, there is an unborn, unoriginated, uncreated, unformed, therefore is there an escape from the born, originated, created, formed.”

(The Udana, translated from the Pali by D.M.Strong, p.112)

Now, anyone with a sound mind will at once declare that only and only God is unborn, unoriginated, uncreated, unformed while the rest are His Creations. Thus the above saying of the Buddha can be summed up as:

“If you came to know God, you have found deliverance.”

In the ‘Tevijja Sutta’ Shakyamuni has claimed to know ‘Brahma’ (God) and the way that leads to union with Him and which can be attained by following the noble eight-fold path. Since the Godhead is greater than man the highest bliss will forever remain a union with the Almighty. To glorify Him God is also referred to as ‘Maha Brahma’ (i.e. ‘Great God’). Shakyamuni has also called God as ‘Amitayus’ and ‘Amitabha’ (i.e. ‘One with eternal life and immeasurable radiance’) Who is in possession of ‘Sukhavati’ (Paradise), the land of ultimate bliss.

According to Shakyamuni, if a person has faith in Amitabha and regularly chants His Name and does righteous deeds and at the time of death doesn’t reverses in faith then such a person would go to Sukhavati in the Hereafter.

And the evil-doers would go to ‘Naraka’ (Hell) in the Hereafter.

As for those who are interested in the concept of rebirth they would be surprised to know that neither the term “rebirth” nor “reincarnation” has a Sanskrit or Pali equivalent. In order to propagate the theory of rebirth, the Sanskrit term borrowed was “punarbhava” which is “punabbhava” in Pali language. The word “punar” means “next time” or “again” and “bhava” means “becoming”. Therefore, “punarbhava” means “next becoming” or “becoming again” (i.e. “rebecoming”).

Thus we can clearly see that the term “punarbhava” strongly indicates the concept of “resurrection”.

Just before enlightenment ‘Mara’ came with his followers to distract Siddhartha but failed and had to flee. There are also some other encounters with ‘Mara’ the Evil One. This ‘Mara’ is none other than ‘Satan’ the Devil (‘Shaytan’ or ‘Iblees’ in Islamic theology) whose main aim is to lead people astray from the true path and he does it by means of greed, hatred, delusion, etc.

In traditional Buddhism four senses of the word “Mara” are given. Firstly, there is ‘klesa-mara’, or Mara as the embodiment of all unskillful emotions. Secondly, ‘mrtyu-mara’, or Mara as death, in the sense of causing death to the spiritual life. Thirdly, ‘skandha-mara’, or Mara as metaphor for the entirety of conditional existence. Lastly, ‘devaputra-mara’, or Mara as the son of Jinni, that is, Mara as an objectively existent being rather than as a metaphor.

The last connotation of Mara is strikingly similar to the Islamic concept of Shaytan the Devil.

There is some misrepresentation when Mara is mentioned at the time of physical death of a human. At the time of death it is actually ‘Yama’ or ‘Yamdoot’ (‘Azrail’ in Islamic theology), the Angel of Death who captures the soul when one’s lifespan comes to an end.

When one talks about soul one gets the conception that Gautama Buddha has denied the existence of soul. But it is not so. Actually, his teachings are presented in such a complicated manner that it is hard to get to the depths. However, the fact is that Gautama Buddha never denied the existence of soul but only preached about the annihilation of the ego-centric self, i.e., “I am”, in order to attain salvation.

On attaining ‘Buddhahood’ (Prophethood) when Siddhartha Gautama was in doubt whether to preach or not to preach he was visited by ‘Brahma-Sahampati’ who encouraged him to preach so that at least some people would be able to comprehend the truth. This ‘Brahma-Sahampati’ is none other than ‘Archangel Gabriel’ (‘Jibrail’ in Islamic theology) who has visited all the prophets to convey the message of God.

Also some angels visited Gautama Buddha at the Jetavana Monastery to make him aware of the emancipated condition of his half-brother named Nanda. These angels are described as certain celestial beings of dazzling beauty, illuminating the whole of Jetavana with their radiance though it was late night.

Besides creating angels, human beings, animals, etc. the Almighty God has also created a species called ‘Genii’ or ‘Jinn’. The jinn have physical forms but are generally invisible to humans. And though they are known to inhabit the subterranean planes but can also be found in the remote and desolate places of earth. They occupy a parallel world to that of mankind and have powers to influence humans and can appear in various forms including the form of humans and animals. Silas (fairies), ifrits, marids and ghouls are different classes of jinn.

In Buddhist texts the term ‘devas’ are used for different types of non-human beings who are more powerful and longer lived than humans. The devas are generally invisible to the human eye but their presence can be detected by the ‘buddhas’ (prophets) and ‘arahants’ (saints) who have developed such spiritual powers by which one can see and hear beings from other planes. Most devas are capable of constructing illusory forms by which they can manifest themselves into human beings or animals. Devas are also capable of moving great distances speedily and flying through the air.

Devas can be broadly classified into two main groups: the ‘higher devas’ who reside in the heavens and the ‘lower devas’ who reside on Mount Sumeru as well as on earth. As devas are invisible to the human eye so is their main dwelling place, ‘Mount Sumeru’ (‘Mount Qaf’ in Islamic theology).

The higher devas, also called devatas, have physical forms but are sexless and passionless. They don’t require any food or drink but shine with their own intrinsic luminosity. Thus it will be correct to call these higher devas as angels.

The lower devas have physical forms similar to, but larger than, those of humans. They eat, drink and lead the same sort of lives that humans do, though they are longer lived. The lower devas can also cause disturbance and physical harm to humans and thus it will be correct to call them as jinn.

The lower devas or jinn are of various types: ‘gandharvas’ who are fairies; ‘nagas’ who can take the form of snakes; ‘kumbhandas’ who are portly, stout and dwarf-like; ‘yakshas’ who are ifrits; ‘asuras’ who are marids; and ‘rakshasas’ who devour humans and can be called demons, ghouls or ogres.

Just as human beings need a king or ruler to manage the law and order system, so do the jinn. The king of the jinn is known as ‘Sakra’. His full title is ‘Sakrodevanam indrah’, i.e., ‘Sakra, Lord of the Jinn’. When one Sakra dies his place is taken by another jinni who becomes the new Sakra. The palace of Sakra is on the top of Mount Sumeru. There exists a constant state of war among the different classes of jinn which Sakra manages to resolve with minimal violence.

In Buddhist texts Sakra is depicted as a follower of the Buddha-Dharma and is often shown consulting Shakyamuni on questions of morality.

Although the jinn are superior in power to humans but the prophets and saints can easily tame them with the help of their spiritual powers. There are many instances of Shakyamuni’s encounters with the jinn and many of them did accepted his ‘Dharma’ (religion). Thus the Pali phrase ‘sattha deva-manusanam’ ascribed to Gautama Buddha can be correctly interpreted as ‘Teacher of jinn and humans’.

Certainly, Mara (Satan) and his followers are of the jinn but can be distinguished from the rest as their main objective is to lead people astray from the true path. Mara is also known as ‘devaputra-mara’, i.e., ‘Mara, son of Jinni’.

Just like other prophets Siddhartha Gautama has also predicted the end of the world in his ‘Sermon of Seven Suns’.

And it is a well-known fact that the holy prophets were given miracles to prove their genuineness to the laity. Every prophet had at least one unique miracle to his name. And the unique miracle of Gautama Buddha was the “twin miracle” of levitating into the air and shooting forth jets of fire and water from his body. And he performed this twice, once in Kapilavastu and then in Sravasti, just to prove his genuineness to the laity.

Thus we can clearly see that in the life and sayings of Gautama Buddha there was the concept of Uncreated God, Archangel Gabriel and other angels, Satan and other jinn, Doomsday, Life Hereafter, Heaven and Hell. Now, after examining all these facts it can be safely concluded that Gautama Buddha was indeed a holy prophet sent by Almighty God for the welfare of humans and jinn.

(excerpt from ‘Buddha As Prophet: A True Biography’)

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The Promised Messiah

No question of expecting the Promised Messiah as he had already come and gone.

A mind-boggling discovery was made in the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ (3rd century BCE – 1st century CE). It was about the promised two Messiahsand not one as taught by the early Christian Church which was mostly busy monopolizing Christianity and destroying earlier recordings of Jesus Christ and his true disciples [such as banning the authentic books and blacklisting them at the Nicene Council held in 325 CE].

The prediction of two messiah is something that many scholars in Judaism very well know.

These scrolls also refer to the two messiahs as 1) priestly messiah, and 2) lay messiah.

In ‘The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered’ by Robert Eisenman and Michael Wise, we read that although the early scrolls spoke of two messiahs, but later on the communities of Jews began to combine them into one messiah.

“As we have suggested, contrary to the well-known ‘two-Messiah’ theory of early Qumran scholarship, these references to the ‘Messiah of Aaron and Israel’ in the Damascus Document are singular not plural… and one possible explanation for it is that it is evoking a Messiah with both priestly and kingly implications, like the somewhat similar recitations of Hebrews.”

(The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, Robert Eisenman and Michael Wise, p. 162)

“According to the dominant view in the sectarian texts from Qumran, two messiahs were to lead the congregation in the End of Days, one priestly, and the other lay.”

(Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Lawrence H. Schiffman, pp. 321-322)

So the Jews had prophecies of “two messiahs”. The first was best known to them for his “religious” or “priestly” works which he would perform. The second was best known to them for his “kingly” works; his bringing of an epoch of peace.

These prophecies of two messiahs refer to none other than Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them).
 
Jesus (peace be upon him) was best known for his “priestly” works. However, he never lead an army and never established a kingdom or a government. Quite the opposite, he called to peace and submissiveness, and to leave the rule of the land to others (Matthew 22:21). He told his followers that he yet had many things to teach them but they could not bear them at that time and that another would be coming after him who would teach them the complete truth (John 16:7-14).

Muhammad (peace be upon him) too began his ministry preaching submissiveness and passiveness. However, his ministry was nurtured by God almighty to a point where it was able to defend itself and establish righteousness on the face of earth and abolish evil. His followers fought several wars in self-defence and against injustice. The Islamic empire finally stretched from China to Spain and even those who did not follow Muhammad knew him well. But what did they know him for? They knew him for his “kingly” actions and not for the “priestly” side of him that his followers knew.

Prophet Muhammad was a prophet who could neither read nor write, and so he was a Lay Messiah in that respect.

Interestingly, after learning of the prophecies in the early Jewish scriptures [such as the promised Messiah would be from the Ishmailites], historical evidence shows, many Jewish sects migrated to Arabia and started living there in anticipation of the arising of their Saviour. And from amongst them were the devoted Jews who willingly converted to Islam when Muhammad (peace be upon him) proclaimed his prophethood as they at once recognized him by the signs they knew of the Promised Messiah.

But there were other Jews who chose to ignore him despite knowing him to be the Ultimate Messiah. Their state was described by the Almighty thus:

“Those unto whom We gave the Scripture recognize him (Muhammad) as they recognize their sons. But verily, a party of them conceal the truth while they know [it].”

(Al- Qur’an 2:146)

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Muhammad in the Bible

Some of the important prophecies from the Bible are as follows:

Old Testament:

The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of theeof   thy brethrenlike unto meunto him ye shall hearken.”

And the Lord said unto me, ‘They have well spoken that which they have spokenI will raise them up a   Prophet from among their brethrenlike unto theeand will put MyWords in his  mouthand he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.’”

(Deuteronomy 18 : 15, 17, 18)

The above prophecy clearly indicates that the promised prophet will be from among the Ishmaelists as the Israelites as a whole are being addressed here and they are told that the promised prophet would be raised from amongst their brethren (i.e. the Ishmaelists).

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was in many ways similar to Prophet Moses (peace be upon him). Both were born of parents, both were married, both were accepted as Prophets by their people in their lifetime, both received scriptures, both brought new rules and regulations for their people, and both died a natural death.

And the book is delivered to him that is not learnedsayingRead thisI pray  theeand  he saithI am not learned.”

(Book of Isaiah 29 : 12)

When Archangel Gabriel commanded Prophet Muhammad by saying “Iqra”- “Read”, he replied, “I am not learned.”

New Testament:

Nevertheless I tell you the truthIt is expedient for you that I go awayfor if I go not awaythe Comforter will not come unto youbut if I departI will send  him unto you.”

(Gospel of John 16 : 7)

Some Christians say that the Comforter mentioned here refers to the Holy Spirit. They fail to realise that the prophecy clearly says that only if Jesus departs will the Comforter come. The Bible states that the Holy Spirit was already present on earth before and during the time of Jesus, in the womb of Elizabeth, and again when Jesus was baptised, etc. Hence the prophecy refers to none other than Prophet Muhammad.

I have yet many things to say unto youbut ye cannot bear them nowHowbeit  when hethe Spirit of Truth is comehe will guide you unto all truthfor he  shall  not speak of himselfbut whatsoever he shall hearthat shall he speak:   and he will  shew you things to comeHe shall glorify me.”

(Gospel of John 16 : 12–14)

The Spirit of Truth, spoken about in this prophecy refers to none other than Prophet Muhammad. And the Holy Qur’an bears a testimony to the glorification of Jesus as he actually was in his lifetime,- a God-fearing humble prophet.

So all the true followers of Moses (pbuh) and Jesus (pbuh) should pay heed to the above mentioned prophecies if they have any respect for these Holy Prophets. And for their own salvation they should accept Allah as the One and Only Almighty God, Muhammad (pbuh) as His final Messenger, and the Holy Qur’an as His final Revelation.

May Allah guide the true seekers towards salvation! Amen.

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Mystery of Kalki

Kalki is considered the tenth avatar of Vishnu. He is foretold to appear at the end of ‘Kali Yuga’, the current epoch.

“Kalki” literally means “destroyer of the filth”. That is to say, the Kalki avatar would destroy all the evil and corrupt practices and will restore the Dharma (true religion) in its original form. The Purana scriptures foretell that Kalki will be atop a white horse with a drawn blazing sword.

Till date, only one person has matched all the characteristics of Kalki and he is none other than Prophet Muhammad. The only problem was the timing of his appearance. He did appeared in the Kali Yuga but not at its end. Now, we all very well know that horses and swords are things of the past. In today’s time, there are guns, tanks, fighter planes, bombs, missiles, etc. And the rate at which technology is developing we are only going to witness nuclear and arsenic attacks. No one would revert to the old-fashioned swords and horses. Thus it can be safely concluded that the timing of the appearance of Kalki had been distorted with and misrepresented.

Now, let’s check out how the personality of Prophet Muhammad matches with the characteristics of Kalki Avatar as mentioned in the Hindu scriptures.

(I) “In those days there will be a great man of good character [in the family of] the chief priest in ‘Shambhal’ village, by the name of Vishnuyash. Kalki would take birth in his home.”

(Srimad Bhagavata Maha Purana 12:2:18)

Analysis:

1) Kalki will be born in ‘Shambhal’ village. There are three meanings of the word “Shambhal”, as per Sanskrit grammar.

(a) “the place of peace”. Mecca is known as ‘Darussalam’ which means ‘the land of peace’.

(b) “which attracts people”. Muslims from all over the world visit Mecca throughout the year, but during the time of ‘hajj’ (annual pilgrimage) there is an assembly of nearly 25 lakh people. In fact, if there were no restrictions from the respective governments, the annual gathering would have been many millions, such is the attraction of the holy city.

(c) “a place near water”. Mecca was, in fact, inhabited in the land of desert because of bursting out of a spring, ‘zam-zam’, there.

2) The name of the father of the Kalki Avatar would be Vishnuyash. ‘Vishnu’ is the name of the Almighty God and ‘yash’ means slave. So “Vishnuyash” means “the slave of God”.

The name of the father of Prophet Muhammad was “Abdullah” which means “the slave of Allah – the Almighty God”. Furthermore, Abdullah was a man of very good character.

3) Kalki Avatar would be born in the family of the chief priest of the Shambhal village.

Abdul Muttalib, the grandfather of Prophet Muhammad was the chief priest of Ka’aba, the house of God in Mecca.

(II) “He is the lone hope of all good qualities, the man of ‘Ashtsiddhi’ (eight great perfections).

He, the ‘Jagatpati’ (leader of the world), riding the horse named ‘Devadat’ will destroy the wicked by his sword.”

(Srimad Bhagavata Maha Purana 12:2:19)

Analysis:

1) The man of eight great perfections. ‘Mahabharata’ mentions the eight great perfections as: Pragya (wisdom), Kuleenta (respectable lineage), Indriyadaman (self-control), Shrut (divine revelation), Parakaram (valour), Abhubhasita (measured speech), Daan (utmost charity), Kritagyata (gratefulness).

And all the above perfections were found in Prophet Muhammad.

2) He will be Jagatpati.

The equivalent Urdu word for ‘Jagatpati’ is ‘Sarwar-e-Alam’ which is popularly used for Prophet Muhammad, and he indeed was the leader of the righteous people on the face of earth.

3) He would be a horse-rider.

In the battlefields Prophet Muhammad used to be mounted on a horse.

4) Sword would be his weapon.

Sword was the weapon of Prophet Muhammad whenever he took part in battles.

5) He would ride a Devadat (divine) horse.

Prophet Muhammad did rode a divine horse, ‘Burraq’ to visit Jerusalem and the heavens.

6) He would destroy the wicked.

Prophet Muhammad did destroy the wicked people with evil desires.

(III) “He (Kalki) will be born in the home of Vishnuyash (Abdullah) [in the family of] the head priest of Shambhal (Mecca).”

(Kalki Purana 2:4)

(IV) “He (Kalki) along with the four companions would destroy the evil forces of Kali (devil). The devas (angels) would assist him in his mission.”

(Kalki Purana 2:5)

Analysis:

1) Prophet Muhammad’s four major companions were Abu Bakr, Umar, Usman and Ali. They took part in battles alongside Prophet Muhammad, and after his demise each of them became the Caliph of Islamic Empire in turn.

2) There are many instances of Prophet Muhammad being helped by the angels in battlefields. The following verse from the holy Qur’an would suffice.

“When you sought aid from your Lord, so He answered you: I will assist you with a thousand of the angels one after another.”

(Al-Qur’an 8:9)

(V) “He will be born in the home of Vishnuyash (Abdullah) in the womb of Sumati.”

(Kalki Purana 2:11)

Analysis:

The name of his mother would be Sumati. The meaning of the word “Sumati” is “the bearer of peace”.

The name of the mother of Prophet Muhammad was “Aamina” which means exactly the same – “the bearer of peace”.

(VI) “He will be born on the 12th day of Shukla Pakch of the month of Madhava (Vaisakha).”

(Kalki Purana 2:15)

Analysis:

12th day of Shukla Pakch means the 12th day of the moon. In the Hindu lunar calendar, the month Vaisakha begins with the new moon in April.

Prophet Muhammad was born on the 12th moon-day of the month Rabi-ul-Awwal according to Islamic lunar calendar, which corresponds to Monday, April the 20th, 570 CE.

From the above observations it can be safely concluded that Prophet Muhammad was indeed the much awaited Kalki. So the Kalki Avatar had come and gone, but the Hindus are still waiting for him to appear, riding a horse with a sword in his hand.

(excerpt from ‘Truth About Avatars’)

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Mystery of Maitreya

After the creation of the Order of Nuns, Gautama Buddha had told Ananda thus:

“Ananda, if women had not obtained the going forth from the house life into homelessness in the Dharma and Discipline declared by the Perfect One, the holy life would have lasted long, the holy life would have lasted a thousand years. But now, since women have obtained it, the holy life will not last long, the holy life will last only five hundred years.”

(The Life of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Nanamoli, p.106)

There are two important prophecies indicated by the above statement of Gautama Buddha. Firstly, the purity of his teachings lasted only for five hundred years from his time. This means that since the beginning of the first century CE the purity of his teachings has been lost and the so called Buddhists no longer lead a holy life. Secondly, it indicates the arising of Maitreya Buddha in the sixth century CE as the holy life was supposed to last for thousand years if the order of nuns was not created.

Regarding Maitreya Buddha, Gautama Buddha had prophesied thus:

“There will arise in the world, a Buddha named Maitreya, a holy one, a supreme one, an enlightened one, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe.

What he has realized by his own supernatural knowledge he will publish to this universe. He will preach his own religion, glorious in its origin, glorious at its climax, glorious at the goal, in the spirit and the letter. He will proclaim a religious life wholly perfect and thoroughly pure; even as I now preach my religion and a like life do proclaim. He will keep up the society of monks numbering many thousands, even as I now keep up a society of monks numbering many hundreds.”

(Chakkavatti Sinhnad Suttanta D.III, p.76)

The Sanskrit word “Maitreya” or its equivalent in Pali, “Metteya” means “loving, compassionate, merciful and benevolent”. It also means kindness, friendliness, sympathy, etc. One Arabic word which is equivalent to all these words is “Rahmat”. The Arabic-English lexicon by Lane gives the definition of “Rahmat” as “mercy, pity, compassion, tenderness of heart, inclination requiring the exercise of favour and beneficence; pardon and forgiveness.”

The last of all the prophets was Muhammad (peace be upon him) who came near about thousand years after the passing of Gautama Buddha. The word “Muhammad” is also spelt as “Mahamet” or “Mahomet” and in various other ways in different languages. “Mahamet” or “Mahomet” is comprised of “Maha” and “Metta”. The word “Maha” in Sanskrit and Pali means “Great and Illustrious” while “Metta” means “Mercy”. Therefore “Mahamet” or “Mahomet” means “Great Mercy”.

Regarding Prophet Muhammad, Allah – the Almighty God says in the Holy Qur’an:

‘And We have sent you not [O Muhammad], but as a Mercy for all creatures.’ (21:107)

In his prophethood days, Muhammad (peace be upon him), in fact, was called the “Merciful” which is “Maitreya” in Sanskrit.

According to Gautama Buddha, all the Buddhas of past and future had or will have two foremost disciples and one servitor. It is a well-known fact that Prophet Muhammad had two foremost disciples and one servitor. The comparison is as follows:

Prophet (Buddha) -/- Two foremost disciples -/- Servitor

1) Siddhartha (Gautama) -/- Upatissa and Kolita -/- Ananda

2) Muhammad (Maitreya) -/- Abu Bakr and Umar -/- Anas

And Muhammad (pbuh) did keep a society of monks numbering many thousands. At the time of his death there were over one lakh of his companions/disciples.

According to Gautama Buddha, the following are the six criteria for identifying a Buddha:

(1) A Buddha attains supreme and perfect insight at night-time.

(2) On the occasion of his complete enlightenment he looks exceedingly bright.

(3) A Buddha dies a natural death.

(4) He dies at night-time.

(5) He looks exceedingly bright before his death.

(6) After his death a Buddha ceases to exist on earth.

Now, let us see how these criteria fit in the life of Prophet Muhammad.

(1) Muhammad (pbuh) attained supreme insight and prophethood at night-time. And this can be understood by the following verse of the Holy Qur’an:

‘We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power.’ (97:1)

(2) Muhammad (pbuh) instantly felt his understanding illumined with celestial light.

(3) Muhammad (pbuh) died a natural death.

(4) He expired at late night just before dawn.

(5) According to Anas (r.a.), Prophet Muhammad looked exceedingly bright on the night of his death.

(6) After the burial of Prophet Muhammad he was never seen again in his bodily form on this earth.

Thus, one can clearly see that all the six criteria mentioned by Gautama Buddha for identifying a Buddha had been completely fulfilled by the personality of Prophet Muhammad.

Now, after examining all the above mentioned facts it can be safely concluded that Prophet Muhammad was indeed the much awaited Maitreya Buddha.

In Buddhist texts there are also mentioned some other things like during the time of Maitreya Buddha human beings will live for 80,000 years, women will marry at the age of 500 years, etc. These things just lack common sense and were mere interpolations which can be termed as nonsensical just to confuse a reader.

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