By: Dr.Z.Haq

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 spoke 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

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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

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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 wellknown

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

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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

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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.’

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“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.

No Compulsion in Religion

Qur’an 2:256

There is no compulsion in religion.

The right direction is henceforth distinct from error.

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And he who rejects the 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.

Abbreviations derived from Arabic words are (s) and (as).

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

References:

  1. 1.   Abdul Haq Vidyarthi, “Muhammad in World Scriptures,” Adam Publishers, 1990.

(Includes chapters on Zoroastrian and Hindu Scriptures)

  1. 1.       2. A.H.Vidyarthi and U. Ali, “Muhammad in Parsi, Hindu & Buddhist Scriptures,” IB.

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