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Q. Hindus believe that the final Avtar will visit this world in Kali-Yug and they are still awaiting Kalki Avtar or the Final Avtar. But the Muslims believe that our Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) is the final and last messenger of Allah and no more Prophets are going to come. Could you shed some light on this so that we could remove the misconception among 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 is to 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 from now, according to different Hindu scholars. Hindus are still waiting for Kalki Avtar or the Final Avtar. Now let us examine the signs of the Kalki Avtar in Srimad Bhagvat Puran. "After the expiry of a great part of Kali-Yug, the nature of the people will resemble that of donkeys. They will 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 was allegorically described as God’s own visit. This, again is a lengthy topic. Anyway, see the next relevant 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 Mohammad Sahab] (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 a large 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 in crores despite the financial hazards. In fact the word ‘Makkah’ has become the proverb for the centre 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 out of a spring ‘Zam-zam’ there. Moreover Makkah is only a hundred kilometres away from the seashore).
2. The name of the father of Kalki Avtar would be Vishnu Yash. Vishnu is not the name of a god in a trinity. It is the name of one of the attributes of One God (Rigveda 2:1:3; also R.V. 1:164:46). Yash means slave. Vishnu Yash means the slave of God. (The name of the father of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) was Abdullah which means the slave of God. He was a man of a very sound character, is a part of history. Vishnu Yash would be a man of character, was prophesied in the above shloka). 3. Kalki Avtar would be born in the family of the Head-Priest of Shambhal village. (The grand father Abdul Muttalib of the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) was the Head Priest of Ka’aba in Makkah city). Ashva mashugamaruhya Devadattam Jagatpati; Asin assadhudaman amashtaishvaryaguna nvitah. "He is the lone hope of all good qualities, the man of Ashtsiddhi (eight divine characteristics). He, the Jagatpati (leader of the world), riding the horse named Devadat will destroy the wicked by his sword'. (12:2:19) Analysis 1. The man of eight divine characteristics. [Mahabharata has described the eight characteristics as : Pragya (divine knowledge). Kuleenta (belonging to noble family), Indriyadaman (to keep all senses in one control), shrut (divine revelation), Parakram (Physically strong), Abhubhashita (the temperament of speaking less), Dan (giving alms to poor), Kritagyata (acknowledging favour of any benefactor). I don’t think I need giving you the detailed proof of each one of the above qualities abundantly found in Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh). I advise you to collect at least one specific example of each one of the above from the like history of the Prophet (Pbuh) before talking to your friends. Ask any Maulvi or religious scholar if you are unable to quote specific events yourself in support of above. 2. He will be Jagatpati. The equivalent Urdu word for Jagatpati is Sarwar-e-Alam which is very popularly used for the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh). 3. He would be a horse rider. Horses are no more used in the battles in the present day world, so the hope of the arrival of a horse rider to lead in the battle field to destroy the wicked in the present age of tanks and planes, is ridiculous. We shall have to search for the Kalki Avtar in the horse’s age. 4. Sword would be his weapon. Again, hoping in future, when even the nuclear arsenal and missiles may become obsolete, for a personage who is wielding a sword is ridiculous. You will certainly have to go back to a few centuries in search of Kalki Avtar. 5. He would ride a Devadat (divine) horse. The Prophet (Pbuh) had ridden a divine horse, Burraq to visit Jerusalem and the heavens. The relevant event can be seen in the books of Hadiths.
6. He would destroy the wicked. No man on the face of earth, in his own life time, in a short span of two decades has such a record of conquering vast empires of evils as is accredited to the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh). Vichrannashuna Chhonyam Hayenapratimadhyuti; Nripalingachhde Dasyun Kotisho Nihanishyati "His whole body would emit incomparable splendour. He on his speedy horse shall ride along the earth and shall destroy the robbers disguising as kings." (12:2:20) Analysis 1. Emission of splendour from his body. The following two Hadiths would suffice for the explanation; "Narrated Mohammad, s/o Ammar s/o Yasir that Rabi d/o Muawwiz told her; son, I had you seen him (the Prophet), you would have thought you had seen the bright sun." (Darami) "Narrated Jabir s/o Samra thus: I was gazing at the face of the Prophet (Pbuh) of God on a moonlit night. I kept comparing the face of the Prophet with moon and I found his splendour was greater than of the moon". (Tirmizi, Darmi) Qur’an has called the Prophet (Pbuh) by the name Sirajam Munira (the brilliant sun) (Q. 33:46) 2. Destroyed the robbers in disguise of kings. (All the tribal heads of Makkah were robbers in disguise of kings. They had accumulated fortunes by making a whole community of people untouchable. The worst sufferers of untouchability in India are in a far better condition than the untouchable slaves of that society. The Prophet’s (Pbuh) revolution in two decades brought about a change unparalleled in history so much so that Bilal, who was dragged bare-bodied on the burning sand with a chain around his neck, was elevated to such heights that he was revered and called Sayidna (our master) by the highest of the high castes. Ath Tesham Bhavishyanti Manansi Vishdani Vai; Vasudevangaragati punyagandhan ilasprisham; Paurjanapadanam vai Hatesvakhildasyushu "When all the robbers will be destroyed, the hearts of the city and the whole country would be filled by righteousness and piousness because the atmosphere will be surcharged by the fragrance of his body and they will be able to receive that fragrance". (12:2:21) Analysis 1. The whole country will be turned into a picture of piety. (This is a page of history now and you can quote to your friends as many examples as you wish).
2. The fragrance of his body will surcharge the atmosphere. (There can be two meanings of the above stated characteristic, (a) His body actually emitted fragrance. Following two Hadiths testify to this fact. "Reported Anas thus: I have never smelt a musk or amber whose fragrance was more pleasant than the fragrance of the body of the Prophet (Pbuh)." (Bukhari, Muslim) "Narrated Jabir thus; When the Prophet (Pbuh) passed through a street, then anyone passing through that street afterwards recognised from the fragrance spread them from his body, that the Prophet (Pbuh) had been there." (Darami) (b) His spiritual fragrance surcharged the atmosphere and affected those present. There are a number of events recorded in history when only a glimpse of the Prophet’s (Pbuh) person changed the heart of the visitor. These were the prophecies about the holy Prophet (Pbuh) in Srimad Bhagvat Maha Puran whose author is said to be Maharishi Ved Vyas. You may refer to the following books for the original texts and more detailed descriptions. 1. Srimad Bhagvat Maha Purana (Hindi translation with text); Khand (Volume) II, Gita press, Gorkhpur (price Rs.55/-) (The publications of Gita press are available almost everywhere). 2. Kalki Avtar aur Mohammad Sahab (Hindi). The book is not easily available. You may write and enquire directly of the author, Dr. Ved Prakash Upadhyay, Head of the Deptt. of Sanskrit, University of Chandigarh. This 60 page booklet was priced at Rs.1/- in 1970.
II. Kalki Puran
Shambhale Vishnuuyashso Grahe Prdurbhavamyaham. "He (Kalki) will be born in the home of Vishnuyash (Abdullah) (in the family of) the Head Priest of Shambhal (Land of peace or Darassalam or Makkah). (Kalki Purana - 2:4) Chaturbhir Bhratribhirdev Karishyami Kalikehayam ‘O’ Deva (God) 1 along with the four companions he will destroy the devil" (2:5) Analysis Prophet Mohammad’s four main companions are popularly known as ‘Chaar Yaar’. They are Abu Bakr, Umar, Usman and Ali. They became the Caliphs of Islamic empire, one by one after the Prophet. Yat Yuyam Bhuvam Devah Swanshavatrane Ratah "He will be helped in the battle field by the Devatas (angels)" (2:7) There are many stances of this in the life of the Prophet. One such example is being quoted here from the book of Hadith.
"Narrated Sa’ad s/o Abi Waqas thus : I saw two person in white clothes on the right and left of the Prophet of God Pbuh in the battle of Ohud. Both of them were fighting fiercely. I never saw them before or after that. They were the angels Gabriel and Mechael." (Bukhari, Muslim) Sumatyam Vishnuyashsa Garbhma dhatt Vaishnavam He will be born in the home of Vishnuyash (Abdullah) in the womb of Sumati” (2:11) Analysis The name of his mother would be ‘Sumati’. The meaning of the word ‘Sumati’ or Somvati is ‘the bearer of peace’. The name of the mother of Prophet Mohammad Pbuh was Aamina which means exactly the same- “the bearer of peace’. Dvadashyam Shiklapakchasya Madhava Masi Madhavam "He will be born on the 12th day of Shukla Pakch of the month of Madhav (Vaisakh)" (2:15) Analysis 12th day of the Shukla Pakch means the 12th day of the moon. Prophet Muhammad’s (Pbuh) birth day is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi Ul Awwal by a lunar calendar. Reference books for the above:1. Kalki Purana, with original text and translation You can write to ‘Shir Venkateshwar Press, Khemraj Shrikrishna Das Marg, Mumbai-4" for the above Purana. 2. Kalki Avtar Aur Muhammad Sahab, by Dr.Ved Prakash Upadhyay.
III. Bhavishya Puran
The name of the Prophet Muhammed (Pbuh) mentioned in this Puran is “Mahamad “. The prophecies are very clearcut. All the following shlokas are being quoted from “Prati Sarg Parva3; Khand (part) 3; Adhyaya (ch.) 3” of the Bhavishya Purana and hence, only the shloka numbers are being mentioned against each shloka instead of its full reference. Etasminnantire mlechha Achar Yen samanvitah; Mahamad iti Khyatah Shishyashakhsamanvitah. "In the mean time a malechha (non-Aryan) Acharya (Spiritual teacher) will appear with the bunch of his disciples. His name will be Mahamad" (5) Nripashchair Mahadevem Marusthalnivasinam;
Gangajalaishcha Sansnapya Panchgavyasamanvitali; Chandanadibhirabhyarchya Tushtav Mansa Haram. Bhaojraj Uvach -Namaste Girijanath Marusthalnivasine; Tripurasurnashaya Bahumaya Pravartine. Mlechhairguptaya Shuddhaya Sachchidanandrupine; Tvam Mam Hi Kinkarma Viddhi Sharnarthamupagatam. "Raja Bhoja after giving this ‘desert dweller’ Mahadeva (great divine), a bath of Ganges water and Panchgavya, worshipped him by offerings of Sandal etc. and with Shiva’s name in heart, (he said); Namaste (I make obeisance to thee) O’ desert dweller! O’ ye ! The killer of devil, the bearer of great miracles, protected from the (enemy) malechhas, pious, the manifestation of Sachchidanand (truth, consciousness and bliss) Shankar. Consider me a slave in your protection.” (6 to 8). Uvach Bhupatim Premna Mayamadvisharadah; Tav Devo Maharaja Mam Dasatvamagatah. Mamochhishtam Sambhujiyadyatha Tatpashya Bhonrip; Iti Shrutva Tatha Drishtva ParamVismayamagatah. Mlechhadharme Matishchasittasya Bhupasya Darune; "Seeing the stone idol carried by Raja Bhoj, he (Mahamad) will say (about the idol); ‘It, whom you are worshipping, can eat my leftover’. By so saying he will actually show the same to Raja. Hearing and seeing this, Raja will be very much perplexed and he will adopt the faith of malechha dharma." (15 to 17) Ratrau Sa Devarupashcha Bahumayavisharadah; Paishacham Dehmasthaya Bhojrajam Hi Soabravit. Aryadharmo Hi Te Rajansaivadharmottamah Smritah; Ishagya Karishyami Paishacham Dharmadarunam. Lingachchedi Shikhahina Shmashru dhari Sa dushakah; Uchchalapi Sarvabhakchhi Bhavishyati Jano Mam. Vina Kaulam cha Pashvastesham Bhakchhaya Mata Mam; Muslenaiva Sanskarah Kushairiv Bhavishyati. Tasmanmusalvanto Hi Jatayo Dharmadushakah; Iti Paishachdharmashcha Bhavishyati Maya Kritah. "In the night, a messenger of God, in the guise of a ghost will say to Raja Bhoj. O’ King! Although your Arya religion is said to be the best of all religions, even then I, with the order of Isahvar shall enforce the religion of meat eaters. The circumcised, without a Choti ( a tail on the head), beard, loud proclaimer, revolutionary, and repealer of all religions, shall be my special follower. He will eat all animals except pig. As (today) the purification is sought by Kusha (the
holy shrub), he will purify through warfare. Thus the Muslims shall denounce the corrupt religions. Such religion of the meat-eaters will be originated by me." (23 to 27)
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