In what other religions except the Gospel (Christianity) and the Torah (Judaism) is the glad tiding that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) would come given?

The Details of the Question

- It is stated that it even exists in Hinduism. Is it true?

The Answer

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“Without doubt it (the Quran) is (announced) in the mystic Books of former peoples.” (ash-Shuara, 26/196),

“And this is in the Books of the earliest (Revelation),- The Books of Abraham and Moses.” (al-Ala, 87/18-19)

It is clearly expressed in the verses above and similar ones that there are signs about the Prophet (pbuh) and the Quran in the old books and booklets.

- As Badiuzzaman Said Nursi puts it, “…the tidings of Muhammad’s (UWBP) prophethood given by the Torah, the Bible, the Psalms of David, and the scriptures revealed to other prophets, as stated by the Quran...” (Mektubat, p. 162)

- The glad tiding that the Prophet (pbuh) will come exists in the Psalms along with the Torah and the Gospel:  

a) For instance, the following is stated the Psalms:

“Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. May the high praises of God be in their mouths…”

As it is seen, the verses of the Psalms above explain some characteristics of the Islamic ummah like victory and high praises of God being in their mouths.

Only the ummah of Islam calls adhan aloud five times a day and utters takbir aloud. In addition, it is stated in sound hadiths that they utter takbir when they go up high places and glorify Allah when they walk in low places. (see Ibn Taymiya, al-Jawabus-Sahih Li Man Baddala Dinal-Masih, Darul-Asima, 1419/1999, 5/226-233)

b) The following verse exists in the Psalms: “O God, send to us after the period between prophets one who will establish an exemplary model.” The phrase “exemplary model” is a name of the Prophet (pbuh). (see Nursi, Mektubat, p.165)

c) The following verse exists in chapter 72 of the Psalms:

"May he rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. May the desert tribes bow before him and his enemies lick the dust. May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring tribute to him. May the kings of Sheba and Seba present him gifts. May all kings bow down to him and all nations serve him…May people ever pray for him and bless him all day long…May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun..."

The verse above clearly describes the Messenger of Allah (pbuh).” (Mektubat, p. 168-169)

- The Prophet Isaiah clearly mentioned the name “Muhammad” and gave glad tidings that he would come. (see Ibn Taymiya, ibid, 5/257)

- The Prophets Hezekiah and Daniel also gave glad tidings about the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) (see Ibn Taymiya, ibid,5/272-278)

- There are many more glad tidings in the previous books and booklets. [see Ibn Taymiya, ibid, Husayn Jisri, Risala al-Hamidiyya (Translated by: Manastırlı İsmail Hakkı); Badiuzzaman Said Nursi, Mektubat, On Dokuzuncu Mektup]

-The Signs in Hindu Holy Texts:

In Hindu holy texts like Paru 8, Khand 8, Adhya 8 ve Shalok 5-8, our Prophet (pbuh) is mentioned as follows:

“A spiritual educator who is a mellacha (someone who speaks a foreign language or a member of a foreign country) will come with his friends; his name will be Muhammad. After his advent, the rajah will bathe in the rivers of Punjab and Ganges… He tells him: O you! The source of pride of human beings, the inhabitant of the Arab land. You brought together a great force to kill the devil...'” (see Prof. Dr. Muhammed Hamidullah, Kur'an-ı Kerim Tefsiri)

It is very remarkable that the name of our Prophet (pbuh) is mentioned exactly in the statement above. The phrase “the source of pride of human beings” means the same as the name of our Prophet, “the source of pride of the world”.

Buddha (Gautama Buddha) mentions a person who will honor the world after his death. That affectionate and kind-hearted person whose name is “matteya” in the Pali language, “maitreya” in Sanskrit and “armidia” in Burmese will call people to the right path.  In that news that Buddha gave a long time ago, those names mean “mercy”. As it is known, the following is stated in verse 107 of the chapter of al-Anbiya: “We sent thee not, but as a Mercy for all creatures.”

In one of those texts, the following is stated:

“Buddha said, ‘I am not the first Buddha (guide) that came to the world and I will not be the last.’ Another person will come to the world some time later. He is a holy and enlightened person with an extraordinary administrative ability. He will teach you the same eternal truths that I have taught you.”

Ananda asked: “How will he be known?”

Buddha answered: “He will be known as maitreya (mercy).

In Pali and Sanskrit texts, the name of the exalted person that will come in the future is given as Maho, Maha and Metta. The first two names mean “exalted enlightener” and the last one means “kind, helpful”. Both of them are the attributes of our Prophet. Besides, it will be seen clearly that the names of Mohamet and Mahamet that are mentioned in some other holy texts are formed from the words maha and Moha. [For information, see Doğu Kutsal Metinlerinde Hz. Muhammed (Zerdüşt, Hindu, Budist), A. H. Vidyarthi; Translated by: Kemal Karataş, İnsan Yayınları; İstanbul, 1997]

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