Hazrat Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him"

As Muslims, we know that we have the fundamental beliefs better known as the articles of faith. They are as follows:

(1) Belief in Allah as the one and only God

(2) Belief in his Angels

(3) Belief in the holy books

(4) Belief in the prophets of God

(5) Belief in the day of judgement

(6) Belief in predestination

Now if for a second, we look into the fourth article of faith – belief in the prophets of Allah – we see that God has not only told us to believe in the Prophet of Prophets in The Holy Prophet saabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" but he has also instructed mankind to believe in all prophets that had come before him saabbreviation for "Peace be upon him". But to do so man must first enact the third article of faith as belief in the Holy Books of Allah will in turn necessitate man to then be – lief in all Prophets of Allah as it is stated in the Holy Qur’an:

وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِي كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَسُولًا أَنِ اعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَاجْتَنِبُوا الطَّاغُوتَ فَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ هَدَى اللَّهُ وَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ حَقَّتْ عَلَيْهِ الضَّلَالَةُ فَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَانْظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ

“And We did raise among every people a Messenger with the teaching, ‘Worship Allah and shun the Evil One.’ Then among them were some whom Allah guided and among them were some who became deserving of ruin. So, travel through the earth and see what was the end of those who treated the Prophets as liars!”

The Holy Quran [16:37]

So, after reading this clear message from the Holy Qur’an it should be evident that we should then go and research and try and find out if there were any prophets that had come before one prophet and the one that is the topic of this article that is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an is Hazrat Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" but not as we all think. The name referred to in the Holy Qur’an is Dhul-Qifl.

What is the Origin of Dhul-Qifl?

وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِدْرِيسَ وَذَا الْكِفْلِ كُلٌّ مِنَ الصَّابِرِينَ

“And call to mind Ishmael and Idris and Dhul-Kifl. All were men of patience.”

The Holy Quran [21:86]

Well, if we read into it, we see that Dhul-Qifl means “the one of Qifl” this is evident that it should be the Prophet Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" as he was from Kapilvistu and also from the area of Kapeel. In the Arabic language there is no ‘P’ so the substitute is ‘F’ which is in turn written as ‘Qifl’ so ‘the one from Qifl’ or ‘Dhul-Qifl’ then has to be Prophet Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him". Gautama Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him", the founder of Buddhism, is also venerated as a manifestation of God in Hinduism and the Baháʼí Faith. Some Hindu texts regard Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" as an avatar of the god Vishnu, who came to Earth to delude beings away from the Vedic religion. So, as we can see that Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" is mentioned in the Qur’an.

Similarities between Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" & Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him"

Firstly, the titles given to the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" are similar to the titles given to Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him". Likewise, the events of the life of Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" resemble those of the life of Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him". The reference here, however, is to the Buddhism of the areas within the boundaries of Tibet, like Leh, Lhasa, Gilgit and Hams, about which it is proved that they were visited by Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him". With reference to the similarity of titles, it is enough to point out, that if, for example, Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" calls himself the ‘Light’ in his teachings, so has Gautama been called the ‘Buddha’ in the Buddhistic literature which in Sanskrit means ‘Light’. If Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" has been called the Master in the Gospels, so has the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" been called ‘Saasta’ or the Master. If Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" has been called ‘Blessed’ in the Gospels, so has the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" been named ‘Sugt’—the blessed. If Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" has been called ‘Prince’, so has the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" been called ‘Prince’. Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" has also been described in the Gospels as one who fulfils the object of his coming, so has the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" been called in Buddhistic Scriptures ‘Siddhartha’—one who fulfils the object of his coming. Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" has also been called by the Gospels the refuge of the tired and the weary, so has the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" in Buddhistic Scriptures been called ‘Asarn Sarn’—the refuge of the refuge-less. Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" has also been called by the Gospels ‘King,’ though he said that his was the kingdom of Heaven, so also has the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" been called the ‘King.’

Anyone who is acquainted with the teachings of Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" and Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" will also marvel at the close resemblance and similarity between the moral teachings of the two. For example, the Gospels say, do not resist evil, love your enemy, live in poverty, shun pride, falsehood and greed and the same is the teaching of the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him". In fact, the Buddhistic teaching lays greater stress on it, so much so that the killing even of ants and insects has been considered a sin. The outstanding principle of Buddhism is sympathy for the whole world, seeking the welfare of the whole of humanity and of all the animals, and promotion of a spirit of unity and mutual love.

The same is the teaching of the Gospels. Again, just as Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" sent his disciples to different countries, whilst journeying to one himself, so was the case with the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him". Buddhism by Sir Monier Williams maintains that the part which is merely the teaching of the Gospels—the parables and other reproductions from the Bible -was undoubtedly added to the Buddhistic books at the time Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" was in this country.

The Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" sent out his disciples to preach, addressing them thus: ‘Go forth and wander everywhere out of compassion for the world and for the service of gods and men. Go forth in different directions, go and preach total abstinence, piety and celibacy.’ He said that he too would go and preach the same doctrine. Accordingly, the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" went to Benares and worked a number of miracles in that area. He delivered an impressive sermon on a hill just as Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" had delivered his sermon on the mount. Again, the same book states that the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" preached mostly in parables; he used to explain spiritual phenomena in material terms.

Let it be remembered that this moral teaching and this mode of preaching— talking in parables—was the method of Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him". This mode of preaching and this moral teaching, combined with other circumstantial evidence, at once suggest that all this was in imitation of Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him". Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" was here in India where he preached extensively. The followers of the Buddhist faith met him, and found him to be a holy and blessed man. They recorded these things in their books and even called him the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him", for it is part of human nature to try to acquire a good thing wherever one can find it. People try to record and remember any clever remark made by anyone they meet. It is, therefore, quite likely that the followers of the Buddhist Faith may have reproduced the entire picture of the Gospels in their books, as, for example, fasting for forty days both by Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" and the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him"; the Satanic temptation faced by both; the birth of both being without father; the moral teaching of both; each calling himself the Light; each calling himself Master and his companions’ disciples. Just as Matthew, chapter 10 verses 8 and 9, states:

‘Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,’

So did the Buddha command his disciple, Just as the Gospels encourage celibacy, so does the teaching of the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him".

Just as there was an earthquake after Jesus was put on the cross, so it is recorded, there was an earthquake at the death of the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him". All these points of resemblance arise from the basic fact of Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him"’ visit to India. It was indeed a blessing for the followers of the Buddhist faith that he stayed among them for quite some time and they came to have a good knowledge of the facts of his life and of his noble teaching. It was, therefore, inevitable that a great part of his teaching and ceremonial rites should find way into Buddhist records because Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" was held in great esteem by the Buddhists who had even pronounced him to be the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him". That is why they recorded his sayings in their books and ascribed them to Gautama Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him". Strangely enough, the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him", quite like Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him", taught his disciples in parables, especially the ones contained in the Gospels. In one of these parables the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" says, “As the peasant sows the seed but cannot say the grain shall swell today or germinate tomorrow, so also is it with the disciple. He can’t tell if he will germinate well or will be like the grain which is sown in rocky soil and dries up.”

This, it will be noted, is the same parable which is still there in the Gospels. The Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him", again, employed the parable: When a herd of deer prospers in a forest a man comes who opens for them a false path which leads to their death. Buddhists also have a tradition similar to the Lord’s Supper of the Christians.

That is to say he tries to lead them to a path which ultimately ensnares them and brings them to death. Whilst another comes who opens a safe path, that is to say he sows a field from which they can eat and he brings to them a canal so that they may drink and thrive; such is the case with men who live in prosperity, the devil comes and opens the eightfold path of evil, so that they may perish. Then comes the Perfect Man and opens the eightfold path of truth, certainty, and peace, so that they will be saved.

The Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" also taught that righteousness is a safe treasure which no one can steal. It is a treasure which accompanies man even after death; it is a treasure which is the source of all knowledge and all perfection.

It should also be noted that this exactly is the teaching of the Gospels. It is also found in the ancient Buddhist books which belong to the period which is not much different from the time of Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him"; in fact, it is the same period. Again, on page 135 of the same book, Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" is reported to have said that he is so irreproachable that no one can point out a single blot on his character. This too has a close resemblance to a saying of Jesus asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him". Buddhism, on page 45, states:

“The moral teaching of the Buddha asabbreviation for "Peace be upon him" has a striking resemblance with the Christian moral teaching.”

Disclaimer

This article was originally published in the Annual Printed Edition of Majallatul Jamia

Hamza Sikandar

Hamza Sikandar

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