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REJOINDER

The Prophet in Hindu scriptures

Many thanks to Mr. Alim Husain for giving some correct information about the book Prophet Muhammad in Hindu Scriptures and its author Dr. Ved Prakash Upadhyaya (MG,1-15 March 2005). I put forward some more information concerning the same book for the benefit of readers.

In fact, Dr. Upadhyaya’s book Prophet Muhammad in Hindu Scriptures is one of the best researched books on religion and religious history. The book was first translated into Bengali in 1978. The name of Bengali version of the book is Beda O Purare Hazrat Muhammad translated by Prof. Ashit Kumar Bandyapadhyay (a renowned Sanskrit scholar) and published by Madrasa Publication Centre, 75/1/1, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Ist College Street East, (Tamer Lane) Kolkata-700009. 

The Bengali version of the book consists of there chapters ‘Narashangsha O Antim Rishi’, ‘Kalki Avatar Along Muhammad Saheb’ and ‘Beda O Purarer Dristite Dharmiya Aoikyar Jyoti’.

In its third edition (1988), some more prophecies about the advent of prophet Muhammad were added to the book by the translator itself and by Dr Gauri Bhattacharya, Department of Philosophy, Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta. One of the most important of them deals with the prophecies about the advent of prophet Muhammad made in the Bible (Old Testament and New Testament) and Buddhist scriptures. Besides, in its third edition, the book also contains some prophecies from Mahabharata dealing with the advent of prophet Muhammad.

It is heartening to note that the book was translated into English in Malaysia in 1998. The title of the book is Muhammad in the Vedas and the Puraras translated by Muhammad Alamgeer and published by AS Noordeen, PO Box 10066, 50704, Kualalampur, Malaysia. Tel: 03-4236003, Fax: 03-4213675.
Islam teaches that prophet Muhammad was the last prophet in the long list of prophets sent by Allah. The institution of prophethood ended with the advent of Muhammad, in his last sermon he announced, "O people! No prophet would be raised after me and no new Ummah would be formed after you. I have left among you two things — the book of Allah (Al-Qur’an) and my Sunnah. If you hold them fast, you shall never go astray" (Huzzatul Bida). Besides, the Qur’an says, "Muhammad is not the father of any man among you but he is the prophet of Allah and the seal (Khatam) of the prophets" (33:40). The word khatam in Arabic connotes sealing a thing in such a way that nothing can enter into it from outside and nothing can come out from inside. The long list of prophets of Allah was closed and sealed with the advent of prophet Muhammad in Arabia.

In his book Dr Ved Prakash Upadhyaya says that he has written the book after being divinely inspired but not biased and prejudiced to any religion. His noble effort proves that the advent of Kalki Avatar or Antim Rishi as predicted in Hindu scriptures is none other than Muhammad Saheb, the last prophet of Islam. He earnestly invites the mankind to honour prophet Muhammad for their welfare in both worlds.

In addition to this book, there are some other important books dealing with the prophecies about the advent of prophet Muhammad in the earliest scriptures revealed prior to the Qur’an. One who is interested in the comparative study of religions should read following books:

  1. Muhammad in the Bible by Reverend David Benjamin Keldari BD, the former Bishop of Uramiah and a Roman Catholic priest. Published by Presidency of Shariayah Court and Religious Affairs, Doha, Qatar

  2. Muhammad in World Scriptures by AH Vidhyarthi, Adam Publishers & Distributors Shandar Market, Chitli Qabar, Delhi - 110006.

  3. What the Bible says about Muhammad (PBUH) by Ahmed Deedat, distributed by Islamic Research Foundation, Masalwala Building 2nd Floor 56 Tandel Street (North), Dorgri, Mumbai - 400009.

  4. Islam — The Religion of All Prophets published by Begum Aisha Bawani Wakf, PO Box. 4178, Karachi-2, Pakistan 

  5. The Gospel of Barnabas by Mr and Mrs Ragg published by Kitab Bhawan, 1784 Kalam Mahal Daryaganj, New Delhi - 10002

  6. Muhammad the Prophet of Islam by Prof. KS Ramakrishana Rao, 
    published by Crescent Publishing House, 2034-35 Qasimjan Street, Ballimaran, Delhi-110006. 

Muhammad Abdus Samad, 
Sr. Lecturer, P.B. College, Gauripur, Dhubri, Assam-783331

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