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Islamic ideas. He has substantiated his view with citations from the Rig Veda, Bhavishya Purana,
Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita. We will soon realize that Mr. Anderson has drawn his conclusions from
translations taken mostly from the works of Mr. Aravindaksha Menon and Dr. Z. Haq[2,3], who have
mistranslated and interpolated many verses to extract what they wanted.
Mr. Anderson's view isprobably true in the case of the Puranas but not in the case of Bhagavad Gita, Rig Veda and the Principal Upanishads. In this article, I produce original translations of the verses and compared them with those cited by Mr. Menon and Dr. Haq to prove my point.
1Muhammad and Jesus in Hindu scriptures
2Biblical verses in the Rig Veda?
3The concept of `hell' in Hinduism
4Machine, Electricity and Oxygen in Hindu
Being a tolerant faith, Hinduism offers a great degree of freedom to interpret its scriptures. Ironically, this freedom has been abused by Muslim and Christian scholars to read their ideas into these texts. We will soon see that their claims of prophecies from the Vedas are a result of mistranslations and misinterpretations.
As regards to Muhammad in Hindu scriptures, I have the following comments to make about Bhavishya
Purana. Hindu scriptures have been categorized into two:Sr uti andSm r iti. TheSr utis (="Heard" or Revealed
texts) are the primary ones, while theSm r itis (="Remembered") are the secondary ones. WhileSr utis contain
mostly information of transcendental nature meant for saints and rishis,Sm r itis contain mostly teachings of
worldly nature for the general public. The secondary scripturesSm r itis were composed by great sages based
on Vedic truths.
Of all the 18 Puranas, only Srimad Bhagavatam (or Bhagavata Purana) is the most popular one and widely quoted. Citing anything from the Puranas to prove a point has no weightage. In fact there are more Puranas that the traditional number of 18. Swami Mukhyananda says: "Though the traditional number 18 is kept up, actually the number of Maha-Puranas and Upa-Puranas exceeds 18 as new ones have been added".
status as Revealed literatures or Words of God. The onlySm r iti literature to be considered as the Word of
God is the Bhagavad Gita and certainly not the Puranas. Vidyarthi and Ali even state that the Bhavishya
Purana is the chief among the 18 Puranas. How ridiculous!
The copy of Sama Veda I have, follows a different numbering system and I am therefore unable to
comment anything on the authenticity of this translation. However, I have a comment to make on the verse
from Rig Veda (V.27.1) which Dr. Haq quotes to prove the prophecy of Muhammad.
The wagon-possessor, the truthful and truth-loving, extremely wise, powerful and generous, Mamah
[Mohammad] has favored me with his words. The son of the All-powerful, possessing all good
attributes, the mercy for the worlds has become famous with ten thousand [companions].
The difference is there for all of us to see (corresponding words have been highlighted in both translations). Vidyarthi's 'translation' is nothing but a wrong interpretation or a wrong translation. Is Muhammad in anyway the son of the All-powerful? How did Dr. Haq miss these words while presenting the `translation'? Don't these words suit Jesus better than Muhammad?
Dr. Haq also talks about more Prophecies in Atharva Veda! He quotes three verses from Chapter 10 as a
proof for the prophecy about Ka'ba, the holy house of Muslims. Here I have compared the translations he has
produced with that of the translations by Devi Chand.
, its walls are in a straight line
or not, but God is seen in every corner of it. He who
knows the House of God, knows it because God is
knows the creation of God, can best answer the
question. The soul is called Purusha as it lives in the
world created by God.
This abode of the angels has eight circuits and nine gates. It is unconquerable, there is eternal life in it and it is resplendent with Divine light.
This citadel of the body, unconquerable by the
ignorant, equipped with circles eight and portals nine,
contains the soul of full of myriad power, ever
marching on the joyful God, surrounded by the
Refulgent Supreme Being.
Brahma (Abraham) stayed in this abode which is
illumined by heavenly light and covered with Divine
blessings. It is the place that gives (spiritual) life to
the people and is unconquerable.
God resides in the soul, bright with exceeding
brilliancy, beautiful, compassed with glory round
about, multipowered never subdued.
Devi Chand's translation clearly indicate that the series of verses in Chapter 10 of Atharva Veda refer to
man and his soul and not the Ka'ba as Dr. Haq (to be precise Dr. Vidyarthi and Ali) interpret. The words for
"creation of God" has been translated as "House of God", and the words for "created in Heaven" as "built
high". In the next verse, we see the soul ("the citadel of the body", as Devi Chand translates) being translated
as "abode of the angels"!!
Translator Devi Chand remarks that the eight circles or circuits are the eight parts of the Yoga: Yama,
Niyama, Asana, Pranayamam Pratyahara, Dharna, Dhyana and Smadhi. By `interpreting' the eight circles as
hills surrounding Ka'ba, Mr. Vidyarthi has let his imaginations run wild!
Baab-e-Ali, Baab-e-Abbas, Baab-un-Nabi, Baab-as-Salaam, Baab-az-Ziyarat, and Baab-e-Haram.
Further, the eight circuits are the natural lines enclosing the areas between the surrounding hills, the
names of which are: Jabal-e-Khaleej, Jabal-e-Qaiqaon, Jabal-e-Hindi, Jabal-e-Laalaa, Jabal-e-Keda,
Jabal-e-Abu Hadidah, Jabal-e-Abi Qabees, and Jabal-e-Umar".
The reference to 9 gates occur quite commonly in many Hindu scriptures and one would expect Mr.
Vidyarthi to have cited these verses also to `substantiate' his claim. There are only two possibilities: Either he
was not aware of its occurrence in other texts or he ignored them as they clearly refer to the body.
He fashioned this body,
Into that body He breathed life;
And set gates nine;(470)
It is He who resides in the body,
The city of 9 gates. He is the soul
That sports in the outside world..."(3:18)
The verse from Svetasvatara Upanishad clearly proves that the 'city' is the Body, 9 `gates' are the apertures
and 'He' refers to the soul which resides in the body! All texts of Vedanta, the Upanishads in particular,
predominate with the thesis that the "Atman" (or the individual "soul") is one with Brahman, the Absolute
I do not say that all the other translations which Dr. Haq has produced to prove the prophecy of Muhammad
are mistranslated ones. I don't have the translations of Bhavishya Purana with me. Soon I will find out the
truth. If the above `translations' of Rig and Atharva Veda are an indication, I have every reason to doubt the
validity of their other `translations' also!
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