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<ul><li><p>8/14/2019 Prophet Muhammad in Buddhist Scriptures</p><p> 1/9</p></li><li><p>8/14/2019 Prophet Muhammad in Buddhist Scriptures</p><p> 2/9</p><p>Prophet Muhammad</p><p>(Peace be upon him) In</p><p>Buddhist Scriptures</p><p> In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful</p><p>All Praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, the [One Who] Sustains the Heavens and Earths,</p><p>Director of all that is created, who sent the Messengers (may the peace and blessings of Allah be</p><p>upon all of them) to rational beings, to guide them and explain the religious laws to them with clear</p><p>proofs and undeniable arguments. I praise Him for all of His bounties. I ask Him to increase His</p><p>Grace and Generosity. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah alone, who</p><p>has no partner, the One, Who Subdues, the Generous, the Forgiving. I bear witness that our leaderMuhammad is His servant and Messenger, His beloved and dear one, the best of all creation. He</p><p>was honoured with the Glorious Quran that has been an enduring miracle throughout the years. </p><p> He was also sent with his guiding Sunnah that shows the way for those who seek guidance. Our</p><p>leader Muhammad has been particularised with the characteristic of eloquent and pithy speech,</p><p>and simplicity and ease in the religion. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, the</p><p>other Prophets and Messengers, all of their families and the rest of the righteous.</p><p>NO Copyrights!!!</p><p>This book can be printed or reproduced or utilized in any form or by any</p><p>electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented,including photocopying and recording, without permission from the pub-</p><p>lisher for the sake of spreading the True teachings of Islam.</p></li><li><p>8/14/2019 Prophet Muhammad in Buddhist Scriptures</p><p> 3/9</p><p>(i) The Sanskrit</p><p>word Maitreyaor its</p><p>equivalent inPaliMetteyyameans loving,compassionate, merciful andbenevolent. Italso meanskindness andfriendliness,</p><p>sympathy, etc.One Arabicword which isequivalent to allthese words isRahmat. InSurah Al-Anbiya:"We sent thee</p><p>not, but as a</p><p>creatures."[Al-Quran21:107]ProphetMuhammad(pbuh) was</p><p>called themerciful, whichis Maitri.The wordsMercy andMerciful arementioned inthe Holy Quran</p><p>no less than409 times.</p><p>mercy for all</p><p>(ii)</p></li><li><p>8/14/2019 Prophet Muhammad in Buddhist Scriptures</p><p> 4/9</p><p>(iii) Every chapter</p><p>of the GloriousQuran, except</p><p>Chapter 9, i.e.Surah Taubahbegins with thebeautiful</p><p>ismillah Hir-Rahman Nir-Rahim', whichmeans 'In the</p><p>Most Gracious,Most Merciful'.The WordMuhammad isalso spelt asMahametorMahometandin various other</p><p>ways indifferentlanguages. The</p><p>ord Mahoor</p><p>2.</p><p>Buddhas doctrine was Esoteric and Exoteric:</p><p>formula,'B</p><p>name of Allah,</p><p>(iv)</p><p>wMahain Paliand Sanskritmean Greatand Illustriousand Metta</p><p>means mercy.ThereforeMahometmeans GreatMercy.</p></li><li><p>8/14/2019 Prophet Muhammad in Buddhist Scriptures</p><p> 5/9</p><p>According to Sacred Books of the East, volume11, pg. 36 Maha-Parinibbana Suttachapter 2verse 32:"I have preached the truth without making anydistinction between exoteric and esotericdoctrine, for in respect of truths, Ananda, theTathagatahas no such thing as the closed fist ofa teacher, who keeps something back".Muhammad (pbuh) on the commandment ofAlmighty God delivered the message anddoctrine without making any distinction between</p><p>esoteric and exoteric. The Qur'an was recited inpublic in the days of the Prophet and is beingdone so till date. The Prophet had strictlyforbidden the Muslims from hiding the doctrine</p><p>.</p><p>Devoted Servitors of the Buddhas:</p><p>3</p><p>According to Sacred Books of the East volume11 pg. 97 Maha-Parinibbana SuttaChapter 5</p><p>verse 36:"Then the Blessed one addressed the brethren,and said, Whosoever, brethren have beenArahat-Buddhasthrough the long ages of thepast, they were servitors just as devoted to thoseBlessed ones as Ananda has been to me. Andwhosoever brethren shall be the Arahat-Buddhasof the future, there shall be servitors as devoted</p><p>to those Blessed ones as Ananda has been tome."The Servitor of Buddha was Ananda.Muhammad (pbuh) also had a servitor by thename Anas (r.a.) who was the son of Malik. Anas(r.a...) was presented to the Prophet by hisparents. Anas (r.a...) relates: "My mother said tohim, 'Oh Messenger of God, here is your littleservant'." Further Anas relates, "I served himfrom the time I was 8 years old and the Prophet</p></li><li><p>8/14/2019 Prophet Muhammad in Buddhist Scriptures</p><p> 6/9</p><p>car.a...)</p><p>lled me his son and his little beloved". Anas( stayed by the Prophet in peace and inwar, in safety as well as in danger till the end ofhis life.</p><p>i) Anas (r.a.), even though he was only 11 yearsold stayed beside the Prophet during the battle</p><p>of Uhud where the Prophets life was in greatdanger.ii)Even during the battle of Honain when the</p><p>Prophet was surrounded by the enemies whowere archers, Anas (r.a...) who was only 16years old stood by the Prophet.Anas (R) can surely be compared with Anandawho stood by Gautam Buddha when the madelephant approached him.</p><p>4.</p><p>Six Criteria for Identifying Buddha:</p><p> According to the Gospel of Buddha by Carus pg.</p><p>e</p><p>ltra passinghich leaves nothin</p><p>214:"The Blessed one said, There are two occasionson which a Tathagatasappearance becomesclear and exceedingly bright. In the nightAnanda, in which a Tathagataattains to thupreme and perfect insight, and in the night ins</p><p>which he passes finally away in that uw g whatever of his earthly</p></li><li><p>8/14/2019 Prophet Muhammad in Buddhist Scriptures</p><p> 7/9</p><p>e</p><p>According to Gautam Buddha, following are thsix criteria</p><p>xistence to remain. "e</p><p>for identifying a Buddha.</p><p>death.</p><p>ding to Surah Dukhan:</p><p>ccording to Surah Al-Qadar:</p><p>ii)</p><p>iii) death.</p><p>i) A Buddha attains supreme and perfect insightat night-time.</p><p>ii)On the occasion of his completeenlightenment he looks exceedingly bright</p><p>iii)A Buddha dies a naturaliv)</p><p>He dies at night-time.</p><p>v) He looks exceedingly bright before his</p><p>After his death a Buddha ceases to exist onearth.</p><p>i) Muhammad (pbuh) attained supreme insightand Prophethood at night-time.</p><p>ccorA</p><p>"By the books that makes thing clear Wesent it down during a blessed night."[Al-Qur'an 44:2-3]A</p><p>"We have indeed revealed this (message) inthe night of power."[Al-Qur'an 97:1]Muhammad (pbuh) instantly felt hisunderstanding illumined with celestial light.Muhammad (pbuh) died a natural</p></li><li><p>8/14/2019 Prophet Muhammad in Buddhist Scriptures</p><p> 8/9</p><p>iv)According to Ayesha (r.a.), Muhammad (pbuh)</p><p>xpired at night-time. When he was dyingthere was no oil in the lamp and his wife</p><p>Ayesha (r.a.) had to borrow oil for the lamp.According to Anas (r.a.), Muhammad (pbuh)looked exceedingly bright in the night of his</p><p>5.</p><p>e</p><p>v)</p><p> the burial of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)</p><p>he was never seen again in his bodily form onthis earth.</p><p>Buddhas are only Preachers:Ac</p><p>Ea</p><p>cording to Dhammapada, Sacred Books of</p><p>st volume 10 pg., 67:"TTh</p><p>he Jathagatas(Buddhas) are only Preachers."e Quran says in Surah Ghashiya:herefore do thou give admonition, for thou a"T rt</p><p>n to admonish. Thou art not one to manage</p><p>.</p><p>aby Buddha:</p><p>o(m</p><p>een's) affairs."</p><p>[Al-Qur'an 88:21-22]ntification of Maitrey</p><p>6</p><p>Ide</p><p>According to Dhammapada, Mattaya Sutta, 151:"The promised one will be:i) Compassionate for the whole creationii) A messenger of peace, a peace-makeriii) The most successful in the world.</p></li><li><p>8/14/2019 Prophet Muhammad in Buddhist Scriptures</p><p> 9/9</p><p>The Maitreya as a Preacher of morals will be:i)</p><p>ii)</p><p>iii)</p><p>iv)</p><p>v)</p><p>vi) An example to others in deeds and in words".</p><p>TruthfulSelf-respectingGentle and nobleNot proudAs a king to creatures</p></li></ul>