Other World Religions

The Truth Message – Part – 2.9:

Other Prophets from different world religions / faiths


Salaam / Hello / Shalom / Namashkar / Hi / Bonjour!

Now we’re in the last part of the chapter Allah & His Prophets. Did you read all the previous parts?

If not, then read them here now:

The Truth Message – Part 2: Allah & His Prophets

  1. Who/What/Where is God?
  2. Relation between God, His Messengers & Man
  3. Stories of past prophets from Bible & Qur’an – Adam (as) & Noah (as)
  4. Stories of past prophets from Bible & Qur’an – Ibrahim / Abraham (pbuh)
  5. Stories of past prophets from Bible & Qur’an – Lot (as)
  6. Stories of past prophets from Bible & Qur’an – Moses (pbuh) / Musa (as)
  7. Stories of past prophets – Shree Krishna (as)
  8. Story of a Saint – Guru Baba Nanak (pbuh)
  9. Other Prophets from different world religions / faiths

Similarities in all religious people: Vs. Others

  1. The religious people believe in something while the others do not.
  2. The religious people perform certain acts of worship while the others do not.
  3. The religious people seem to follow a certain code for their social & moral behaviour while the others do not.
  4. The religious people find a purpose of life and have a definite philosophy towards it, while the others do not.

Now, we can make an attempt at phrasing a definition of religion:

Religion is a system of beliefs and worships which includes a code of ethics and a philosophy of life.


As we read earlier, there are many religions in the world today. Some of these religions are of recent origin but most of them are very old. In fact we know from history that man has always had a religion. Even the primitive men living in caves or jungles had some sort of religion.

The concepts and rituals in man’s religion have continually evolved and become more rational and sophisticated as time went on. The primitive religions of the Cave Man and the Bush Man gave rise to the modern religions of the past three thousand years. Today, the major religions of the world include:

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Religion: Zoroastrianism
Founder: Prophet Zoroaster (pbuh)
Place of Origin: Steppe lands to the east of the Caspian Sea, Iran
Age: Roughly around 1500 B.C.
Sacred Scriptures: Zend Avesta (The Law and Commentaries)
Sacred Places Yazd and Kerman, in Iran;
Udwada, in India

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Religion: Jainism
Founder: Prophet Mahavira (pbuh)
Place: India
Age: 6 century B.C.
Sacred Scriptures of Jainism: Siddhanta, Angas

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Religion: Confucianism
Founder: Prophet Confucius (pbuh)
Place: China
Age: 5 century B.C.
Sacred books of Confucianism: KINGS, LUN YU

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Religion: Tao religion (Taoism) — Pronounced Dowism
Founder: Prophet Lao Tze (pbuh)
Place of Origin: China
Age: 6 century (604 524 BC) B.C.
Sacred Scripture of Taoism: TAO TE K’ING
Taoism derives its name from the Chinese word “Tao” meaning “The Way”.

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Religion: Shinto
Founder: No specific founder & largely based on Japanese traditions and mythology
Place of Origin: Japan
Sacred scriptures of Shinto:
Kojiki (Records of Ancient Writings) assembled in 712 AD,
Nihongi assembled in 720 AD
Shinto is the Chinese rendering of the Japanese word Kami no Michi which means “the Way of the gods”.
Sacred Places Ise, east of Osaka, main island of Honshu. Izumo, north of Hiroshima, island of Honshu
Festivals Gion festival in Kyoto
Takayama festival in the Hida region
Chichibu festival in the mountains north west of Tokyo

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Religion: Buddhism
Founder: Prophet Siddhartha ‘Gautama Buddha’ (pbuh)
Place: India
Age: 6 Century B.C.
Sacred Scriptures of Buddhism: Pali, Tripitaka

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These are the great religions of the world which are not only responsible for all our accumulated wealth of wisdom, philosophy, ethics, and social and moral codes, but have influenced the culture, the language and the moral attitudes of almost every person living today.

The Holy Quran speaks of the many prophets who mostly belong to the Middle Eastern line of prophethood, beginning with Adam upto the time of Muhammad, peace be upon him. Although the names and short histories of some prophets were revealed to the Holy Founder of Islam, the list is in no way exhaustive. They are just specimen names, and there are a large number of prophets do not find mention in the Quran.

Right in the list of specifically mentioned prophets, there are certain names which do not seem to belong to the prophets of Israel. Many commentators therefore are inclined to believe that they are non-Arab and again do not belong to the line of middle-eastern prophets but are included in the list just for the sake of representation of the other world.

Dhul-Kifl is one such name which is unheard of in the Arab or Semitic references. Some scholars have traced this name to Buddha, who was of Kapeel, which was the capital of a small state situated on the border of India and Nepal. Buddha belonged to Kapeel, and was usually referred to as ‘Buddha Of Kapeel’. This is exactly what is meant by the word ‘Dhul-Kifl’. It should be remembered that the consonant ‘p’ is not present in Arabic, and the nearest one to it is ‘fa’. Hence, Kapeel transliterated into Arabic becomes Kifl [An Elementary Study of Islam by Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad]

Reference: A BOOK OF RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE (For Ahmadi Muslims)
Second Edition Compiled by Waheed Ahmad @ alislam.org


A Mighty Quest

The Holy Qur’an says:

 And We did raise among every people a Messenger preaching: ‘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! (Ch.16: V.37)

The evidence we have so far would not cover every people, isn’t it?

Most of our information relates to the line of Prophets who were from the Middle Eastern countries like Arabia, Israel, Iran, and Egypt or from farther areas such as India, China, etc, so clearly more research is needed to know if ever divine prophets were sent to Europe, America, Africa, Australia, and rest of the world…

As far as the current religions are concerned: Concepts of almost all religions are found to be corrupted today. It is, I guess, actually natural for things to change with time and this theory applies to religion as well. New concepts keep coming-in and are added and accepted and practiced. The misconceptions, the misunderstandings and the confusion in religions today are, by all probability a result of this. Man always interpolates, misconstrues or misappropriates divine teachings after the prophets have gone. No wonder their messages are also distorted by the generations followed. It is a fact that every religion keeps including few new concepts with time and these are often the wrong ones; sometimes a wrong understanding of the old original books also leads to erroneous conclusions. With a slight twist in the kaleidoscope, the perception changes dramatically – This is what found in all the religions today.

Our challenge is to search the books, traditions and temples of the ancients, analyze the information to uncover the truth, and uncover this lost treasure of real religious values, beliefs… and find out the actual original religion. If we do this with an open mind, we will be guided to the truth, and will be able to distinguish between the designs of mankind, and the Designs of God. This will, most importantly, help us to distinguish between mythology and divinely inspired religion.

…anybody in for the quest?

Every religion, however idolatrous it may appear to us today, was fundamentally a monotheistic religion because God is just one.

 

Jesus Christ (as) said, that I am the Alpha, I am the Omega. Jesus (as) also said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the light’. In Holy Qur’an there is mention that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) is the source and means of people reaching God and when you say Khatemun Nabiyyeen (i.e. the `seal of all the Prophets’) then it can be understood as Omega. But in another `Hadith’ (tradition of the Holy Prophet (saw)) he claims himself to be the very first, the Alpha. In Hindu scriptures Shree Krishna also claimed to be a similar one. Read the fundamental books of all major religions and we find reference to exactly the same thing in so many statements of either the prophets or the divine scriptures. So, it is a time related claim. Misunderstandings appear in every religion because of the specific religious terminology…. while the claim remains the same.

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Wow! It was an interesting read, wasn’t it? …about God, the Exalted, and so many of his prophets.

My Conclusion: It is my belief that the Unity of God was taught by all prophets and revealed scriptures and that the main aim and desire has always been to spread this truth.

What God wants from you and which concerns your salvation is that you should believe in the absolute Unity of God and try to be righteous, that’s all.

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 But there’s so much more for you to know… and you must know it now. Please don’t ignore. It’s so better for you, if only you knew.

Just one reason: I could assure you that this message has the potential to bring about a complete change in your life and in your hereafter as well. This message is sent to bring peace to you… to lead you from a dark & sinful life to a bright and beautiful way of life.

We’re still in the basics.

| May God help you dear reader with His special help in understanding these divine concepts |

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For respecting the high-status of prophets & few of their blessed followers I have used Arabic abbreviations:

Here, see what they mean…

‘(as)’ or ‘as’ after the name of prophets is an abbreviation of the Arabic term ‘Alay SalatoWassalam’ meaning ‘Peace be upon him’ or for short ‘Pbuh’

The name of Muhammad is been followed by the abbreviation salutation (saw) or (sa) which reads Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The names of other Prophets and Messengers are followed by the salutation (as), read as ‘Alaihissalam (on whom be peace)’.

‘Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! you also should invoke blessings on him and salute him with the salutation of peace. (Ch. 33:Vs. 57)

The symbol (ra) is used with the name of the companions of the Holy Prophet (sa) and those of the Promised Messiah (as), and it stands for Radi Allahu ‘anhu/‘anha/‘anhum (May Allah be pleased with him/with her/with them).

The symbol (rh) or (ru) stands for Rahimahullahu Ta‘ala (the Mercy of Allah the Exalted be upon him),

The (at) or (aba) stands for Ayyadahullahu Ta‘ala (May Allah, the Mighty help him).


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