Q. Hindus believe that the final Avtar will visit this world in Kali-Yug and they are stillawaiting Kalki Avtar or the Final Avtar. But the Muslims believe that our ProphetMuhammad (Pbuh) is the final and last messenger of Allah and no more Prophets are goingto come. Could you shed some light on this so that we could remove the misconceptionamong our friends?Khalid, Bangalore.
Srimad Bhagvat Maha Puran
Hindus believe that there are a total of 10 Avtars (In some of their traditions, this number is 24)for the eradication of evils. All but one of them have had their visits, in the past ages i.e. Satyug,Treta-Yug and Dvapar-Yug. The present Yug is Kali-Yug in which the last and the final Avtar isto visit this world as Kalki Avtar. The starting of the present age Kali-Yug for which Kalki Avtar was destined, dates back to a time ranging from many thousand years to a few lakh years fromnow, according to different Hindu scholars. Hindus are still waiting for Kalki Avtar or the FinalAvtar. Now let us examine the signs of the Kalki Avtar in Srimad Bhagvat Puran. "After theexpiry of a great part of Kali-Yug, the nature of the people will resemble that of donkeys. Theywill engulf themselves in carrying the burden of the material life.At such a time, for the protection of the truth, Bhagvan will take Avtar." (12:216).There is a general misconception among Hindus that God Himself visits the earth as Avtar. It can be conclusively proved by the Hindu scriptures that the visit of a Prophet (Pbuh) of God wasallegorically described as God’s own visit. This, again is a lengthy topic. Anyway, see the nextrelevant shlokas.
Shambhalgramm ukhyasya Brahmanasya Mahatmanah; Bhavane Vishnu Yashsah Kalki Pradurbhavishyati
"In those days there will be a great man of good character (in the family of) the chief priest in‘Shambhal’ village, by the name of Vishnu Yash. Kalki would take birth in his home." (12:2:18)
Now let us analyses the above shloka
1. Kalki will be born in ‘Shambhal’ village. There are three meanings of the word ‘Shambhal’, as per Sanskrit grammar [Refer. pp.29-30; Dr.Ved Prakash Upadhyay; Kalki Avtar Aur MohammadSahab](a) the place of peace. (Makkah is known as Darussalam which means ‘the home of peace’).(b) Which attracts people. (There is no other place in the world except Makkah where such alarge gathering, at a time, of about 25 lakh people is made, from all over the world. In fact if there were not restrictions from the respective governments, the gathering would have been incrores despite the financial hazards. In fact the word ‘Makkah’ has become the proverb for thecentre of attraction in other languages also e.g.., ‘Lords is the Mecca of cricket’).(c) A place near water (Makkah was in fact inhabited in the land of desert because of bursting outof a spring ‘Zam-zam’ there. Moreover Makkah is only a hundred kilometres away from the sea-shore).