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Prophet Muhammad in Hindu scriptures

Wednesday 25/08/2010

By Dr. Zakir Naik

I. Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) prophesized in Bhavishya Purana
 
According to Bhavishya Purana in the Prati Sarag Parv III Khand 3 Adhay 3 Shloka 5 to 8.
“A malecha (belonging to a foreign country and speaking a foreign language) spiritual teacher will appear with his companions. His name will be Mohammad. Raja (Bhoj) after giving this Maha Dev Arab (of angelic disposition) a bath in the Panchgavya and the Ganga water (i.e. purifying him of all sins) offered him the present 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 malecha opponents.’”
 
The prophecy clearly states:
 
The name of the Prophet as Mohammad.
He will belong to Arabia. The Sanskrit word Marusthal means a sandy track of land or a desert.
Special mention is made of the companions of the Prophet, i.e. the Sahaabah. No other Prophet had as many companions as Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ).
He is referred as the pride of mankind (Parbatis nath). The Glorious Quran reconfirms this. Allah Almighty Says what means: "And indeed, you are of a great moral character." [Al-Quran 68:4]         
And, "There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern…" [Quran 33:21]
 
He will kill the devil, i.e. abolish idol worship and all sorts of vices.
The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) will be given protection against his enemy.
 
Some people may argue that ‘Raja’ Bhoj mentioned in the prophecy lived in the 11th century C.E. 500 years after the advent of Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and was the descendant in the 10th generation of Raja Shalivahan. These people fail to realize that there was not only one Raja of the name Bhoj. The Egyptian Monarchs were called as Pharaoh and the Roman Kings were known as Caesar, similarly the Indian Rajas were given the title of Bhoj. There were several Raja Bhoj who came before the one in 11th Century C.E.
 
The Prophet did not physically take a bath in the Panchgavya and the water of Ganges. Since the water of Ganges is considered holy, taking bath in the Ganges is an idiom, which means washing away sins or immunity from all sorts of sins. Here the prophecy implies that Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was sinless, i.e. Ma'soom.
 
According to Bhavishya Purana in the Pratisarag Parv III Khand 3 Adhay 3 Shloka 10 to 27 Maharishi Vyas has prophesized:
 
"The Malecha have spoiled the well-known land of the Arabs. Arya Dharma is not to be found in the country. Before also there appeared a misguided fiend whom I had killed; 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 Muhammad ( sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )) 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 Pishacha said to Raja Bhoj, "O Raja! Your Arya Dharma has been made to prevail over all religions, but according to the commandments of Ishwar Parmatma, I shall enforce the strong creed of the meat eaters. My followers will be men circumcised, without a tail (on his head), keeping beard, creating a revolution announcing the Aathaan (the Muslim 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. On account of their fighting the irreligious nations, they will be known as Musalmaans. I shall be the originator of this religion of the meat-eating nations."
 
The prophecy states that:
 
The evil doers have corrupted the Arab land.
Arya Dharma is not found in that land.
The Indian Raja need not go to the Arab land since his purification will take place in India after the musalmaan will arrive in India.
The coming Prophet will attest the truth of the Aryan faith, i.e. Monotheism and will reform the misguided people.
The Prophet’s followers will be circumcised. They will be without a tail on the head and bear a beard and will create a great revolution.
They will announce the Aathaan, i.e. ‘the Muslim call for prayer’.
He will only eat lawful things and animals but will not eat pork. The Quran confirms this in no less than 4 different places: 
Al-Baqarah chapter 2, verse 173
Al-Maaidah chapter 5, verse 3
Al-An'aam chapter 6, verse 145
An-Nahl chapter 16, verse 115
"Forbidden to you for food are dead meat, blood, flesh of swine, and that on which has been invoked the name of other than Allah".
They will not purify with grass like the Hindus but by means of sword they will fight their irreligious people.
They will be called musalmaan.
They will be a meat-eating nation.
The eating of herbivorous animals is confirmed by the Quran in chapter 5 (Al-Maaidah) verse 1 and in chapter 23 (Almu'minoon), verse 21.
 
According to Bhavishya Purana, Parv - III Khand 1 Adhay 3 Shloka 21-23:
 
"Corruption and persecution are found in seven sacred cities of Kashi, etc. India is inhabited by Rakshas, Shabor, Bhil and other foolish people. In the land of Malechhas, the followers of the Malechha dharma (Islam) are wise and brave people. All good qualities are found in Musalmaans and all sorts of vices have accumulated in the land of the Aryas. Islam will rule in India and its islands. Having known these facts, O Muni, glorify the name of thy Lord".
 
The Quran confirms this in chapter 9 (At-Tawbah), verse 33 and in chapter 61 (As-Saff), verse 9:
“It is He who sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to manifest it over all religion, although those who associate others with Allah dislike it.”
 
A similar message is given in chapter 48 (al-Fat'h) 48, verse 28 ending with, “and enough is Allah as a witness”.
 
II. Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) prophesized in Atharvaveda
 
In the 20th book of Atharvaveda Hymn 127 Some Suktas (chapters) are known as Kuntap Sukta. Kuntap means the consumer of misery and troubles. Thus meaning the message of peace and safety and if translated in Arabic means Islam.
 
Kuntap also means hidden glands in the abdomen. These mantras are called so probably because their true meaning was hidden and was to be revealed in future. Its hidden meaning is also connected with the navel or the middle point of this earth. Makkah is called the Ummul Quraa’ the mother of the towns or the naval of the earth. In many revealed books it was the first house of Divine worship where Almighty gave spiritual nourishment to the world. Allah Says in chapter 3 (Al-'Imraan), verse 96 what means:
 
"Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Makkah – blessed and a guidance for the worlds. " Thus Kuntap stands for Makkah or Bakkah.
 
Several people have translated these Kuntap Suktas like M. Bloomfield, Prof. Ralph Griffith, Pandit Rajaram, Pandit Khem Karan, etc.
 
The main points mentioned in the Kuntap Suktas i.e. in Atharvaveda book 20 Hymn 127 verses 1-13 are:
 
Mantra 1
He is Narashansah or the praised one (Muhammad). He is Kaurama: the prince of peace or the emigrant, who is safe, even amongst a host of 60,090 enemies.
 
Mantra 2
He is a camel-riding Rishi, whose chariot touches the heaven.
 
Mantra 3
He is Mamah Rishi who is given a hundred gold coins, ten chaplets (necklaces), three hundred good steeds and ten thousand cows.
 
Mantra 4
Vachyesv rebh. ‘Oh! ye who glorifies’.
 
The Sanskrit word Narashansah means ‘the praised one’, which is the literal translation of the Arabic word Muhammad.
 
The Sanskrit word Kaurama means ‘one who spreads and promotes peace’. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was the ‘Prince of Peace’ and he preached equality of human kind and universal brotherhood. Kaurama also means an emigrant. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) migrated from Makkah to Madeenah and was thus also an Emigrant.
 
He will be protected from 60,090 enemies, which was the population of Makkah. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) would ride a camel. This clearly indicates that it cannot be an Indian Rishi, since it is forbidden for a Brahman to ride a camel according to the Sacred Books of the East, volume 25, Laws of Manu pg. 472. According to Manu Smirti chapter 11 verse 202, "A Brahman is prohibited from riding a camel or an ass and to bathe naked. He should purify himself by suppressing his breath".
 
This mantra gave the Rishi's name as Mamah. No rishi in India or another Prophet had this name Mamah which is derived from Mah which means to esteem highly, or to revere, to exalt, etc. Some Sanskrit books give the Prophet’s name as ‘Mohammad’, but this word according to Sanskrit grammar can also be used in the bad sense. It is incorrect to apply grammar to an Arabic word. Actually shas the same meaning and somewhat similar pronunciation as the word Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ).
 
He is given 100 gold coins, which refers to the believers and the earlier companions of the Prophet, may Allah be pleased with them, during his turbulent Makkan life. Later on due to persecution they migrated from Makkah to Abyssinia. Later when Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) migrated to Madeenah all of them joined him in Madeenah.
 
The 10 chaplets or necklaces were the 10 best companions of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) known as Ashra-Mubbashshira (10 bestowed with good news). These were foretold in this world of their salvation in the hereafter i.e. they were given the good news of entering Paradise by the Prophet’s  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) own lips and after naming each one he said "in Paradise". They were Abu Bakr, 'Umar, 'Uthmaan, 'Ali, Talha, Zubayr, Abdur Rahmaan Ibn 'Auf, Sa'd bin Abi Waqqaas, Sa'd bin Zayd and Abu 'Ubaydah, may Allah be pleased with them.
 
The Sanskrit word Go is derived from Gaw which means ‘to go to war’. A cow is also called Go and is a symbol of war as well as peace. The 10,000 cows refer to the 10,000 companions who accompanied the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) when he entered Makkah during the conquest of Makkah which was a unique victory in the history of mankind in which there was no blood shed. The 10,000 companions were pious and compassionate like cows and were at the same time strong and fierce and are described in the Holy Quran in chapter Al-Fat'h:
" Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; and those with him are forceful against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves..." [Quran 48:29[
 
This mantra calls the Prophet as Rebh which means one who praises, which when translated into Arabic is Ahmad, which is another name for the Noble Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ).
 
Battle of the Allies described in the Vedas.
 
It is mentioned in Atharvaveda Book XX Hymn 21 verse 6, "Lord of the truthful! These liberators drink these feats of bravery and the inspiring songs gladdened thee in the field of battle. When thou renders vanquished without fight the ten thousand opponents of the praying one, the adoring one."
 
This prophecy of the Veda describes the well-known battle of Ahzaab or the battle of the Allies during the time of Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ). The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was victorious without an actual conflict which is mentioned in the Quran in the Chapter of Al-Ahzaab:
 
" And when the believers saw the companies, they said, "This is what Allah and His Messenger had promised us, and Allah and His Messenger spoke the truth." And it increased them only in faith and acceptance." [Quran 33:22]
 
The Sanskrit word karo in the Mantra means the ‘praying one’ which when translated into Arabic means ‘Ahmad’, the second name of Prophet Muhammed  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ).
 
The 10,000 opponents mentioned in the Mantra were the enemies of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and the Muslims were only 3000 in number.
 
The last words of the Mantra aprati ni bashayah means the defeat was given to the enemies without an actual fight.
 
The enemies’ defeat in the conquest of Makkah is mentioned in Atharvaveda book 20 Hymn 21 verse no 9:
 
"You have O Indra, overthrown 20 kings and 60,099 men with an outstripping Chariot wheel who came to fight the praised one or far famed (Muhammad) orphan."
 
The population of Makkah at the time of Prophet’s  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) advent was nearly 60,000
 
There were several clans in Makkah each having its own chief. Totally there were about 20 chiefs to rule the population of Makkah.
 
An Abandhu meaning a helpless man who was far-famed and ‘praised one’. Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) overcame his enemies with the help of Allah.
 
III. Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) prophesized in the Rigveda
 
A similar prophecy is also found in Rigveda Book I, Hymn 53 verse 9:
 
The Sanskrit word used is Sushrama, which means praiseworthy or well praised which in Arabic means Muhammad.
 
IV. Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is also prophesized in the Samveda
 
Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is also prophesized in the Samveda Book II Hymn 6 verse 8:
"Ahmed acquired from his Lord the knowledge of eternal law. I received light from him just as from the sun." The prophecy confirms:
The name of the Prophet as Ahmed since Ahmed is an Arabic name. Many translators misunderstood it to be Ahm at hi and translated the mantra as "I alone have acquired the real wisdom of my father".
The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was given eternal law, i.e. the Sharee'ah.
The Rishi was enlightened by the Sharee'ah of Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ). Allah Says in the Quran what means: "And We have not sent you except comprehensively to mankind as a bringer of good tidings and a warner. But most of the people do not know." [Quran 34:28]

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