PROPHET MUHAMMAD IN THE HINDU SCRIPTURES
MJ Mohammed Iqbal
THE MAN KIND IS GUIDED BY THE ALMIGHTY AND ALL THE RELIGIONS TEACH LOVE,TOLERANCE,PEACE AND UNITY AMONG MANKIND.NO RELIGION FAIL TO MENTION ABOUT THE ARRIVAL OF GREAT HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMAD [PBUH] WHO IS THE SEAL OF THE PROPHETS AND TAUGHT AND LIVED AS AN EXAMPLE TO EXHIBIT MANNERS AND DISCIPLINE IN ALL ASPECTS.LET US SEE HOW THE ONE OF THE MAJOR RELIGIONS HINDU SCRIPTURES FORETOLD ABOUT HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S [PBUH] ARRIVAL.
“A foreign spiritual teacher will appear with his companions. His name will be Mohammad.”
( Maharishi vyasa / bhavishya puran / prati sarg parv 111: 3,3, 5-8)
“…will be a man circumcised, keeping beard, creating a revolution, announcing the prayer call, eating all kinds of animal except swine... they will be known as Musalman (Muslims). I (God) shall be the originator of tyhis religion of the meat-eating nation. " ( Bhavishya puran / shalokas 10 - 27)
That these refer to Muhammad and the Muslims are too obvious to require explanation.
The Kuntap Sukt of Atharva Veda
prophesised, among other things, the Prophets name as Praiseworthy; his ten
best companions; his 100 companions who migrated to Abyssinia; the 313
companions who fought The Battle of Badr that saved Islam; and the 10,000
companions who conquered Mecca with him. But one must know Muhammad's life
storv to understand the Prophecies.
“ the truthful, wise, powerful and generous Mamah (Muhammad) has favoured me with his words....possessing all good attributes, the mercy for the worlds has become famous with ten thousand (companions)." (Atharva veda)
"I am not the first Buddha who came upon the earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time another Buddha will arise in the world, a holy one, a supremely enlightened one, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals. He will reveal to you the same eternal truths which I have taught you. He will preach his religion, glorious in its origin, glorious at its climax, and glorious at the goal. He will proclaim a religious life, wholly perfect and pure, such as I now proclaim. His disciples will number many thousand, while mine number many hundred. He will be known as Maitreya...".( The gospel of Buddha by Carus )
[There are many claimants to this 'maitreya : among them Shankaracharya, Jesus, and Muhammad - each proposed by his followers or admirers. Shankaracharya is hardly known outside the Hindu world. Jesus did not have that many disciples, certainly not many thousands. Muhammad was an incomparable leader of man and had many thousands of companions/ disciples. Among the meanings given to Maitreya are loving, kindness, benevolence, friendliness, compassionate merciful, forgiveness, goodness, providence etc. - precisely the same meanings for Rahmat (Arabic) which, for simplicity, is translated as mercy in the Prophet s title of Rahmatul-lil Alamln' : mercy for all the Worlds. So Gautama Buddha was indeed talking about Muhammad].
While mankind requires true guidance and these will be provided by Almighty through His Prophet. And Muhammad was seal of Prophets whose arrival had been continuously foretold by the major vedhas.
Holy Qur'an says: "O men! I am sent Unto you all, as the Apostle of God, to Whom belongeth The dominion of the heavens And the earth: there is no god But He: it is He that giveth Both life and death. So believe In God and His Apostle, The unlettered Prophet, Who believeth in God And His Words: follow him That (so) ye may be guided." [7:158]
Further says: "We have not sent thee But as a universal (Messanger) To men, giving them Glad tidings, and warning them (Against sin), but most men Understand not." [34:28]
Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said "I have been sent to perfect the generosities of morals" that is to define and demonstrate the highest form of morality. Truth, honesty, trustworthy, loyalty, Justice, sympathy, service, good fellowship / neighborhood, tolerance, Harmony, co-operation in goodness & piety etc are the morals of generosities and those who attain such characters as taught by Holy Prophet (PBUH) can please man and serve in the path of Almighty.
Prophet messages also destroyed all the differences and distinctions of race, colour and nationality as Almighty declared "O mankind ! we created you from a single (pair) Of a male and a female, And made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other (Not that you may despise (Each other). Verily The most honoured of you In the sight of God is (he who is) the most Righteous of you. And God has full knowledge And is well acquainted (with all things)" [49:13]
Islam insists to promote human brotherhood, peace and harmony in the whole world. During his Haj farewell speech Holy Prophet (PBUH) declared no arab had and superiority over a non-arab and no non-arab had any superiority over an arab for all men are created from dust thus making great step in building great society that it dedicated the equals of man by abolishing all material distinctions of race, colour, nationalities, wealth, etc..
Also Islam provided a wonderful model implemented by Prophet (PBUH) and proved of its practicality for total social harmony which includes religious harmony that the world needs. Compulsion in religious is rejected in Islam. Holy Qur'an says: "Let there be no compulsion In religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: Whoever Rejects Evil and believers in God hath grasped The most trustworthy Hand-hold, that never breaks. An God heareth And knoweth all things." [2:256]
Also Allah tells believers "Don't insult what they call gods that are other than Allah" for communal Harmony from the life of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) we can take immense example and in the edict he issued in 5 A.H, Holy Prophet (PBUH) provided full protection to Christians of conquered terrorists in all religious, spiritual, social, economical, legal maters etc and further any one who go against these promise was an accursed offender on Islam. Holy Prophet (PBUH) taught to treat non-muslim also an equal of muslims in their life and always intended for peace among society, human brotherhood which would pave way for peace.
Prophet in his prayer told "O God, Thou art peace and from thee is peace" and Prophet (PBUH) said "Indeed religion is well wishing" The fundamental as well as ultimate end of religion is to soothe the heart and bring peace and this is the bliss.
Peace is very essential one for the individual, society and world and it is missing somewhere now a days.
Napoelen Bonaparte states "I hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to write all the wise and educated men of all the countries based on the principals of Qur'an which alone are true and which alone can lead men to happiness" (Bonaparteet, Islam by Cherfils, Paris, France Pg.125)
And George Bernad Shaw once said "I believe that if a personality like Prophet Muhammad were to assume dictatorship of the modern world he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bringing it much needed peace and happiness. I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable for the Europe of tomorrow as it is being to be acceptable to the Europe of Today" (George Bernand Shaw, The Genuine of Islam, Vol 1 No. 8 1936).
Courtesy: Gulf Today