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Dhul-Kifl (PBUH) = Buddha or Ezekiel or Both?
« on: February 06, 2013, 04:46:51 PM »
As-Salamu 'Alaykum brothers, I was searching online to see which prophet Ezekiel was in Islam, and if Buddha was a prophet. And I came across a lot of articles, Here are some of them:

MY WORDS ARE IN GREEN :)

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070713004817AA1ydrD

http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/study/islam/general/buddhist_islamic_view.html

This is what this article: (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070713004817AA1ydrD)
says that I found interesting:

"In the list of prophets who are specifically mentioned, 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 prophets who are included in the list just for the sake of representation of the outer world. For instance, Dhul-Kifl is one name in the list of prophets which is unheard of in the Arab or Semitic references. Some scholars seem to 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 not only belonged to Kapeel, but was many a time referred to as being '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."

While I was reading other sights about Buddha and Ezekiel, I heard some comments about this "Hadith" not being authentic or not existing:

There is a tradition reported from the Holy Prophet (sa) which speaks of an Indian prophet by name. In his words:

There was a prophet of God in India who was dark in colour and his name was Kahan


Continuing with the article:

"Now anyone acquainted with the history of Indian religions would immediately connect this description to Lord Krishna, who is invariably described in the Hindu literature as being dark of complexion. Also, the title Kanhaya is added to his name Krishna. Kanhaya contains the same consonants K,N,H as does the name Kahan -- in no way an insignificant similarity. But whether any non-Arab prophet was mentioned by name or not is only an academic discussion. There is no denying the fact that the Holy Quran makes it incumbent on every Muslim not only to believe in all the prophets, but it also clearly informs us that in every region of the world and in every age, God did raise messengers and prophets."

Here is the second article:

http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/study/islam/general/buddhist_islamic_view.html

References to Buddha in the Quran
"The mid-twentieth century scholar, Hamid Abdul Qadir, in his Buddha the Great: His Life and Philosophy (Arabic: Budha al-Akbar Hayatoh wa Falsaftoh), postulates that the Prophet Dhu’l-Kifl, meaning “the one from Kifl,” mentioned twice in the Quran (Al-Anbiya 85 and Sad 48) as patient and good, refers to Shakyamuni Buddha. Although most scholars identify Dhu'l-Kifl with the Prophet Ezekiel, Qadir explains that “Kifl” is the Arabicized form of Kapila, short for Kapilavastu. He also proposes that the Qur’anic mention of the fig tree (At-Tin 1-5) refers to Buddha as well, since he attained to enlightenment at the foot of one. Some scholars accept this theory and, as support for this position, point out that the eleventh-century Muslim historian of India, al-Biruni, referred to Buddha as a Prophet. Others dismiss this last piece of evidence and explain that al-Biruni was merely describing that people in India regarded Buddha as a prophet. "

"Some scholars associate the prophesied future Buddha Maitreya, the Loving or Merciful One, with the Prophet Muhammad as the servant of the Merciful One. Although the truths that Buddha realized under the fig tree are not described as revelation, later great Buddhist masters have received revelations of sacred texts, such as Asanga in fourth century India directly from Maitreya in Tubada, the Heaven Filled with Joy."

I just wanted you brothers to look at this article, I just read some of it right now, literally:

http://www.islamawareness.net/Buddhism/buddhist.html

I didn't read all of it, I rather "skimmed" through it if you will. And while I was typing this sentence, I was thinking to myself: "Subhan'Allah Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)'s
Name is mentioned in almost every religious book," I mean is this a coincidence? (Suppose I was asking a non-believer) No, Allahu Akbar!

I also want you brothers to look at this:


http://www.ensignmessage.com/buddha.html

"It was from the region of Media that the "wise men" came to Bethlehem at the time of the birth of our Lord (Budh, in some oriental languages meaning "wise ") probably descendants of some of these Israelites who had been taught by "Buzi the Wise."

"Buzi, the Aaronite, with the prophetic eye, saw disaster rapidly approaching for the unfaithful House of Judah, and a like punishment to that which had overtaken the House of Israel,100 years earlier, when the King of Assyria had carried them captive in the reign of Hoshea and placed them in " the cities of the Medes" (II Kings XVII). During a revolt in Assyria the Israelite captives made their escape and, for the most part, turned south-east to the shores of the Caspian Sea. These tidings having reached Buzi his missionary spirit was aroused to go forth to these escaped captives, his kinsfolk. Taking with him five disciples, probably trained in the schools of the prophets, Buzi came to these outcast Israelites with a message of hope and forgiveness; he would make a supreme effort to turn them from idolatry to the worship of the one true God. As he journeyed towards their camping places his name Buzi became Buddha; this change is easily understood when we realise that in the Semitic languages the "Z" and "D" sounds are related, e.g., in Hebrew Zahab and Dahab both mean "gold" and so Buddha would be a natural alternative for Buzi. It is then as Buddha that we first hear of Buzi, the father of Ezekiel, between Media and the Caspian Sea and his followers as Budii."

So I just wanted to know your thoughts brother on this information.
Personally, I would like to believe that Buddha was a Prophet of Allah Almighty, but I feel the same about Ezekiel.

But I think Dhul-Kifl (PBUH) could be both. His name in English: Ezekiel and in Hindi: Buddah. I think it's Hindi :P

Jazakum'Allah Khair brothers.
« Last Edit: February 06, 2013, 05:21:37 PM by Tariq Judeh »

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Re: Dhul-Kifl (PBUH) = Buddha or Ezekiel or Both?
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2013, 09:15:36 PM »
No.  Buddha was not a prophet or a messenger and anyone who believes that he is, has committed kufr.  He is not mentioned in the quran or in and of the prophets sayings.  He is an atheist.  As for the philosophers, they r philosophers.  They dont judge according to quran but rather they judge according to their own opinion.

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Re: Dhul-Kifl (PBUH) = Buddha or Ezekiel or Both?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2013, 03:12:41 AM »
It is a theory.
And remember, there are MANY prophet's not mentioned in the Quran.
Buddha did teach the Golden Rule, peace, among many other things.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2013, 12:27:12 PM by zulfiqarchucknorris »

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Re: Dhul-Kifl (PBUH) = Buddha or Ezekiel or Both?
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2013, 01:58:57 PM »
Krishna comes from "Krestus" which means the anointed one, Christians use the title for Jesus (PBUH). There are many parallels between Krishna and Jesus.

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Re: Dhul-Kifl (PBUH) = Buddha or Ezekiel or Both?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2013, 10:35:02 AM »
Thank you brothers.

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Re: Dhul-Kifl (PBUH) = Buddha or Ezekiel or Both?
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2013, 07:27:32 PM »
There are many Buddhas too. A Buddha is only a man; a preacher. One could consider any prophet a Buddha, or any Buddha a prophet. The only real issue is the absence of God in the teachings of the various Buddhas.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2013, 07:30:31 PM by Mujahid Saifullah »

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Re: Dhul-Kifl (PBUH) = Buddha or Ezekiel or Both?
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2013, 12:28:36 AM »
Jazakum'Allah Khair brothers