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    Source: http://cyberistan.org/islamic/prophhs.html PROPHET MUHAMMAD IN HINDU SCRIPTURES DR. Z. HAQ (Copyright 1990, 1997, All Rights Reserved) There Never Was
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      PROPHET MUHAMMAD IN HINDU SCRIPTURES
      DR. Z. HAQ
      (Copyright 1990, 1997, All Rights Reserved)

      There Never Was A People Without A Warner
      Allah's Covenant With Prophets
      A Brief Introduction To Hindu Scriptures
      Background To Prophecies
      Prophecy In The Puranas
      Prophecy In Kuntap Sukt (Atharva Veda)
      More Prophecies In Atharva Veda
      Prophecy In Sama Veda
      Prophecy In Rig Veda
      More Prophecies In Hindu Scriptures
      No Compulsion In Religion

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      There Never Was A People Without A Warner


      Qur'an 35:24
      Verily We have sent thee (Muhammad) in truth as a bearer of glad
      tidings and as a warner:
      And there never was a people without a warner having lived among them
      (in the past).

      Qur'an 16:36
      For We assuredly sent amongst every People an apostle (with the
      Command) "Serve Allah and eshew Evil":
      Of the people were some whom Allah guided and some on whom Error
      became inevitably (established).
      So travel through the earth and see what was the end of those who
      denied (the Truth).

      Qur'an 4:164
      And Messengers (Prophets who received revealed books) We have
      mentioned unto thee (Muhammad) before
      And Messengers We have not mentioned unto thee;
      And Allah spake directly unto Moses.
      These verses of the Holy Qur'an testify that Allah (the One True God)
      has sent prophets to every people. Therefore, it is not surprising to
      Muslims to find prophecies about the Last Prophet, Muhammad (s), in
      previously revealed scriptures. Moreover, Allah had taken covenant
      with the Prophets to believe and help future Prophets of Allah, as
      indicated by the verse quoted below.











      Allah's Covenant With Prophets


      Qur'an 3:81-82
      Behold! Allah took the covenant of the Prophets saying:
      "I give you a Book and Wisdom; then comes to you an Apostle
      confirming what is with you; do ye believe him and render him help."
      Allah said: "Do ye agree and take this My Covenant as binding on you?"
      They said: "We agree."
      He said: "Then bear witness and I am with you among the witnesses."
      If any turn back after this they are perverted transgressors.









      A Brief Introduction To Hindu Scriptures

      The Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, and Brahmanas Granth are the four
      sacred books in Hindu religion. The last one is a commentary on the
      Vedas, but it is considered as a revealed book. These books are in
      Sanskrit, the sacred language of the Hindus. The Vedas are divided
      into four books: Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sam Veda and Atharva Veda. Of
      these, the first three books are considered the more ancient books,
      and the Rig Veda is the oldest of them. The Rig Veda was compiled in
      three long and different periods. Opinions greatly differ as to the
      date of compilation or revelation of the four Vedas. Swami Daya Nand,
      founder of the Arya Samaj, holds the opinion that the Vedas were
      revealed 1.3 billion years ago, while others (Hindu scholars and
      orientalists) hold the opinion that they are not more than four
      thousand years old. Analysis of the Vedas reveal differences in the
      accounts of the places where these books were revealed and the Rishis
      (Prophets) to whom these scriptures were given. Nevertheless, the
      Vedas are the most authentic scriptures of the Hindus.

      The Upanishads are considered next to the Vedas in order of
      superiority and authenticity. However, some Pandits consider the
      Upanishads to be superior to the Vedas primarily from the internal
      evidence found in the Upanishads. Next in authenticity to the
      Upanishads are the Puranas. The Puranas are the most widely read of
      all Hindu Scriptures, as these are easily available (the Vedas are
      difficult to find). The compiler of the Puranas is Maha Rishi Vyasa,
      and he arranged the Puranas in eighteen volumes. These books contain
      the history of the creation of the universe, the history of the early
      Aryan people, and life stories of the divines and deities of the
      Hindus. The Puranas were either revealed simultaneously with the
      Vedas or some time before. The sanctity and reverence of the Puranas
      is admitted and recognized in all the authentic books of the Hindus.

      For a long time, the Hindu Scriptures were primarily in the hands of
      Pandits and a small group of men who had learned Sanskrit (The
      majority of the Hindu population knew Hindi and could comprehend only
      a smattering of Sanskrit words). Sir William Jones, who was a Judge
      and founded the Asiatic Society of Bengal, learned Sanskrit in the
      last decade of the Eighteenth century. He was instrumental in
      generating interest in Sanskrit and Hindu Scriptures in Europe, and
      it was due to his efforts that the Hindu scriptures were translated
      into English.

      In 1935, Dr. Pran Nath published an article in the Times of India
      that showed that the Rig Veda contains events of the Babylonian and
      Egyptian kings and their wars. Further, he showed that one-fifth of
      the Rig Veda is derived from the Babylonian Scriptures. From a Muslim
      perspective, it is likely that the Hindus were given a revealed book
      or books that contained description and struggles of Allah's Prophets
      sent previously to other peoples. It is also possible that
      commentaries written about them were incorporated later and became a
      part of the revealed books.

      There are a number of examples of these in Hindu scriptures. The
      Atharva Veda is also known as `Brahma Veda' or in its meaning as the
      Devine Knowledge. An Analysis of the Vedas reveal that `Brahma' is
      actually Abraham, where the initial letter A in Abraham is moved to
      the end making it Brahma. This analysis is accurate when one writes
      the two words in Arabic script, a language close to that spoken by
      Prophet Abraham. Similarly, Abraham's first wife Sarah is mentioned
      in the Vedas as Saraswati, and Prophet Nuh (Noah of The Flood) is
      mentioned as Manuh or Manu. Some Pundits consider Atharva Veda as the
      Book of Abraham. Prophets Ismail (Ishmael) and Ishaq (Isaac) are
      named Atharva and Angira, respectively, in the Vedas.


      Table 1



      Brahma Abraham
      Saraswati Sarah
      Manu, Manuh Nuh












      Background To Prophecies

      It is well known that the Hindus love hero worship, and it is
      reasonable to assume that over a long period of time the high regard
      and reverence for some Prophets led to some of them considered as god
      or God. Further, it is likely that the Book of Abraham and those of
      other Prophets contained prophecies about the Last Prophet, Muhammad
      (s). Muslim historians of India hold the opinion that the graves of
      Prophets Sheesh and Ayyub (Job) are in Ayodhya, in the province of
      Uttar Pradesh, India. In ancient times, Ayodhya was known as Khosla
      according to Shatpath Brahmanas.

      Some Pundits have now begun to reject the Puranas simply because they
      find in them many prophecies and vivid signs of the truth of Prophet
      Muhammad. A case has been made that the present Puranas are not the
      same collection that Vedas refer to and the real books were lost.
      Nevertheless, this contention is not correct. It is impossible that
      all the Puranas which were so widely read and keenly studied, could
      have fallen in oblivion and totally wiped out, whereas the Vedas,
      which only a few could read and understand, remained intact until
      now.

      Another argument against the prophecies is that these were added to
      the Puranas at a later date. Nevertheless, this argument is also
      without a basis. Such a well-known book, in vast circulation and read
      at appointed times in prayers, cannot be easily tampered with.
      Moreover, all the Pandits and the learned divines of the Hindus could
      not have conspired and secretly added these prophecies to the
      Puranas. The most strange thing is that the corruption is made in
      favor of the Prophet and against their own religion.

      All major books of the Hindus prophesy about Prophet Mohammad. In
      addition to many of his qualities, his life events, Abraham, Ka'bah,
      Bakkah (Makkah) and Arabia, the prophecies mention his name as
      Mahamad, Mamah, and Ahmad. The name Mahamad appears in the Puranas,
      Mamah in Kuntap Sukt (in Atharva Veda) and Ahmad in Sama Veda. Many
      different classifications as to the degree of importance of the Vedas
      have been made. For example, in Shatpath it is stated that Sama Veda
      is the essence of all the Vedas. At another place in Taitttriya
      Brahmana, it is stated that "This world was created from Brahma, the
      Vaishas were created from the mantras of the Rig Veda, the Kashtriyas
      were created from Yajur Veda and Brahmans were created from Sama
      Veda."










      Prophecy In The Puranas

      The compiler of the Puranas, Mahrishi Vyasa, is highly honored among
      the Hindus as a great rishi and learned person. He was a pious and
      God fearing man. He also wrote the Gita and the Maha Bharat. Among
      the eighteen volumes of the Puranas is one by the title `Bhavishya
      Puran,' literally meaning future events. The Hindus regard it as the
      Word of God. The prophecy containing Prophet Muhammad by name is
      found in Prati Sarg Parv III: 3, 3, Verse 5.

      Before the English translation is presented, a note on the word
      Malechha that appears in the first part of verse 5 is in order. The
      word Malechha means a man belonging to a foreign country and speaking
      foreign language. This word is now used to degrade people meaning
      unclean or even worse. Its usage varies and depends on who is using
      it and for whom. Sir William Jones had great difficulty in recruiting
      a Pundit to teach him Sanskrit because he was considered unclean
      (Malechha). It was only after the direct intervention of Maharaja
      (King) Shiv Chandra that Pundit Ram Lochna agreed to teach him
      Sanskrit.

      It is not known when this word began to be used in the derogatory
      sense, whether before the advent of Prophet Muhammad (s), after the
      conversion of Hindu King Chakrawati Farmas (of Malabar, located on
      the southwest coast of India) to Islam during the lifetime of the
      Prophet, soon after the arrival of Muslims in India (711 CE) or
      sometime later. Mahrishi Vyasa, the compiler of the Puranas, has
      defined a wise Malechha as "a man of good actions, sharp intellect,
      spiritual eminence, and showing reverence to the deity (God).

      Many Sanskrit words have borrowed from Arabic and Hebrew with a
      slight change as was shown in the examples of Brahma, Saraswati and
      Manu, and as indicated in Table 2 below. It appears that this word is
      derived from the Hebrew word Ma-Hekha (), which means thy brethren
      (e.g., And he (Ishmael) shall dwell in the presence of all his
      brethren. Genesis 16:12; i.e., Ismaelites are the brethren of the
      Israelites). In the context of Biblical scriptures this word meant a
      descendant of Prophet Ismail (Ishmael), and it is well known that
      Muhammad (s) is a descendant of Prophet Ismail through his second son
      Kedar. Those who can read Arabic Script can easily see that a mistake
      in separating Ma from Hekha will produce a single word `Malhekha,'
      and when adapted in another tongue like Sanskrit might sound like
      Malechha.

      Table 2













      The Sanskrit text and translation of Verse 5 of Bhavishya Puran,
      Prati Sarg Parv III: 3, 3 are given below. (The boxed area in the
      Sanskrit text identifies the word Mahamad or Mohammad).











      A malechha (belonging to a foreign country and speaking foreign
      language) spiritual teacher will appear with his companions. His name
      will be Mahamad...


      The translation of Verses 5-27 (Sanskrit text of the Puranas, Prati
      Sarg Parv III: 3, 3) is presented below from the work of Dr.
      Vidyarthi.


      "A malechha (belonging to a foreign country and speaking foreign
      language) spiritual teacher will appear with his companions. His name
      will be Mahamad. Raja (Bhoj) after giving this Mahadev Arab (of
      angelic disposition) a bath in the 'Panchgavya' and the Ganges water,
      (i.e. purging him of all sins) offered him the presents of his
      sincere devotion and showing him all reverence said, 'I make
      obeisance to thee.' 'O Ye! the pride of mankind, the dweller in
      Arabia, Ye have collected a great force to kill the Devil and you
      yourself have been protected from the malechha opponents (idol
      worshipers, pagans).' `O Ye! the image of the Most Pious God the
      biggest Lord, I am a slave to thee, take me as one lying on thy
      feet.'
      "The Malechhas have spoiled the well-known land of the Arabs. Arya
      Dharma is not to be found in that country. Before also there appeared
      a misguided fiend whom I had killed [note: e.g., Abraha Al-Ashram,
      the Abyssinian viceroy of Yemen, who attacked Mecca]; he has now
      again appeared being sent by a powerful enemy. To show these enemies
      the right path and to give them guidance the well-known Mahamad
      (Mohammad), who has been given by me the epithet of Brahma is busy in
      bringing the Pishachas to the right path. O Raja! You need not go to
      the land of the foolish Pishachas, you will be purified through my
      kindness even where you are. At night, he of the angelic disposition,
      the shrewd man, in the guise of a Pishacha said to Raja Bhoj, "O
      Raja! Your Arya Dharma has been made to prevail over all religions,
      but according to the commandments of `Ashwar Parmatma (God, Supreme
      Spirit), I shall enforce the strong creed of the meat-eaters. My
      follower will be a man circumcised, without a tail (on his head),
      keeping beard, creating a revolution, announcing call for prayer and
      will be eating all lawful things. He will eat all sorts of animals
      except swine. They will not seek purification from the holy shrubs,
      but will be purified through warfare. Because of their fighting the
      irreligious nations, they will be known as Musalmans (Muslims). I
      shall be the originator of this religion of the meat-eating nation."




      More Prophecies In Hindu Scriptures

      The Vedas contain many prophecies about Prophet Muhammad. Some
      European and Hindu translators of the Vedas have removed the name
      referring to the Prophet, while others have tried to explain away the
      mantras (verses) on his life events, Ka'bah, Makkah, Medinah, Arabia,
      and other events using the terminology of the Hindus, such as
      purification rituals, and lands and rivers in India. Some mantras
      containing prophecies are inter-mixed with explanatory phrases, and
      it may be that these were commentaries and explanatory notes on the
      prophecies, which later became a part of the prophecy.

      Several prophecies are found in Atharva Veda: (1) XX: 21, Mantras 6,
      7, and 9, (2) XX: 137, Mantras 7 through 9, and (3) X: 2, Mantras 26,
      27, 29, 30, and 32. Similarly, in Rig Veda, additional prophecies are
      found in: (1) VII: 96, Mantras 13 through 16, and (2) I: 53, Mantras
      6 and 9. Finally, a prophecy is found in Sama Veda III: 10, Mantra 1.
      These are a sample of many prophecies. The serious reader may want to
      refer to scholarly work of Dr. A.H. Vidyarthi, entitled "Mohammad in
      World Scriptures," 1990. This book explains the Hindu terminology
      used in the Mantras and the meaning and usage of certain words and
      phrases from within the Vedas and other Hindu Scriptures.







      More in the E-book











      No Compulsion In Religion


      Qur'an 2:256
      There is no compulsion in religion.
      The right direction is henceforth distinct from error.
      And he who rejecteth false deities and believeth in Allah hath
      grasped a firm handhold which will never break.
      Allah is Hearer, Knower.







      Allah: Allah is the proper name of the One True God, creator and
      sustainer of the universe, who does not have a partner or associate,
      and He did not beget nor was He begotten. The word Allah is used by
      the Arab Christians and Jews for The God (Eloh-im in Hebrew; 'Allaha'
      in Aramaic, the mother tongue of Jesus). The word Allah does not have
      a plural or gender.

      pbuh: Peace Be Upon Him. This expression is used for all Prophets of
      Allah. Abreviations derived from Arabic words are (s) and (as).

      ra: Radiallahu Anhu (May Allah be pleased with him).


      References:
      1. Abdul Haq Vidyarthi, "Muhammad in World Scriptures," Adam
      Publishers, 1990. (includes chapters on Zoroastrian and Hindu
      Scriptures)
      2. A.H.Vidyarthi and U. Ali, "Muhammad in Parsi, Hindu & Buddhist
      Scriptures," IB.

      Copyright © 1990, 1997-99 Dr. Z. Haq
      All Rights Reserved


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