The Honorable Lord Krishna: A Prophet Of Allah

Oct 2011
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Hindus worldwide will soon observe Krishna Janmashtami, a celebration of Lord Krishna's birth. While many recognize the differences between Islam and Hinduism, few may appreciate that according to Islamic principles and Prophet Muhammad, Lord Krishna was a true Prophet of God.

The obvious question that emerges is that if the same God sent Lord Krishna and Prophet Muhammad, why do Islam and Hinduism have notable theological differences? Simply put, Islam only argues that the original core teachings of Hinduism and Islam are the same -- the unity of God and the obligation to serve mankind. Furthermore, nothing in the Quran, Sunnah or Hadith declares that Lord Krishna was not a prophet. Thus, this short article offers nine points to consider -- together -- that Lord Krishna is a true prophet of God, a prophet whom Muslims also revere along with their fellow Hindu neighbors.

1. First, the Quran is the only ancient scripture that specifically mentions and praises other faiths. While the Quran mentions Jews and Christians specifically, in numerous places, likewise, it mentions Hindus in a group known as the Sabians. Sabians refer to non-Abrahamic traditions -- Hindus, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Taoists, etc. Thus, recognition of Hinduism exists in the Quran.

2. Islam teaches six Articles of Faith. The Fourth Article of Faith is the belief in all of God's prophets. This simple Article of Faith provides further credence to recognizing Lord Krishna as a prophet sent to the Indian subcontinent.

3. The Quran is clear that God's Divine guidance is not exclusive to any one people. Rather the Quran says that God sent "messengers to every people" (10:48) and "We raised among every people a messenger" (16:37). Prophet Muhammad further declared that God has sent no less than 124,000 prophets to mankind throughout history (Ibn Hanbal, Musnad, 5, 169) of which only 28 are mentioned in the Quran. None of those 28 prophets are mentioned as being sent to the Indian subcontinent. Thus, it is perfectly reasonable that Lord Krishna is one of the many prophets God sent with His Divine message.

4. Segueing from the previous point, the Quran clearly declares, "And We sent some Messengers whom We have already mentioned to thee and some Messengers whom We have not mentioned to thee..." (4:165). Thus, to declare that Lord Krishna is not a prophet simply because the Quran does not mention him is a meritless argument.

5. Remarkably, Prophet Muhammad declared, "There was a prophet of God in India who is dark in color and his name was Kahan [Krishna]" (History of Hamadan Dailmi Chapter Al-Kaaf). Some critics allege this is not a Sahih (authentic) hadith, and while their assessment could be valid, their conclusion that the hadith should be discarded is invalid. Basic Islamic jurisprudence holds that if a hadith does not contradict the Quran, then it may be accepted as valid. As mentioned earlier, nothing in the Quran, Sunnah or Hadith declare that Lord Krishna was not a prophet of God. Thus, Prophet Muhammad's testimony provides clear guidance of Lord Krishna's status in Islam -- that of a prophet. In fact, a renowned early 19th century Muslim scholar, Muhammad Qasim Nanotwi also was of the opinion that considering the evidence and this hadith, Lord Krishna was a true Prophet of God (Dharam Parchar Pg 8 & Debate Shah Jahan Pur Pg 31).

6. Islam's Third Article of Faith is the Belief in God's Books. This is why Muslims revere the Injeel (Gospels) and Torah (Old Testament). Thus, it is only logical that Muslims also revere the Gita and Vedas, Hinduism's holy scriptures from which Lord Krishna taught.

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Qasim Rashid: The Honorable Lord Krishna: A Prophet Of Allah
 
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It is also helpful to keep in mind that there is a WIDE theological spectrum within "Hinduism" which is really a Western term for Sanatana Dharma and a multitude of religious beliefs and practices originating from India.

If we look at Krishna through the lens of Vaishnava traditions such as Gaudiya Vaishnavism we find a tradition that is essentially monotheistic (thus one can then easily find more parallels to the Baha'i Faith). Gaudiya Vaishnavism includes ISKCON (aka the "Hare Krishnas") along with other smaller, but more traditional movements. Their primary scriptural texts include the Bhagavad Gita and the Bhagavata Purana (aka Srimad Bhagavatam).

The basic Hare Krishna beliefs can be summarized as follows:

1. By sincerely cultivating true spiritual science, we can be free from anxiety and come to a state of pure, unending, blissful consciousness in this lifetime.

2. We are not our bodies but eternal, spirit souls, parts and parcels of God (Krishna). As such, we are all brothers, and Krishna is ultimately our common father. We accept the process of transmigration of the soul (reincarnation).

3. Krishna is eternal, all-knowing, omnipresent, all-powerful, and all-attractive. He is the seed-giving father of all living beings, and He is the sustaining energy of the entire cosmic creation. He is the same God as The Father Allah, Buddha and Jehovah.

4. The Absolute Truth is contained in the Vedas, the oldest scriptures in the world. The essence of the Vedas is found in the Bhagavad-gita, a literal record of Krishna's words.

5. One can learn the Vedic knowledge from a genuine spiritual master -- one who has no selfish motives and whose mind is firmly fixed on Krishna.

6. Before one eats, one offers to the Lord (Krishna) the food that sustains all humans; then Krishna becomes the offering and purifies the offered.

7. One performs all actions as offerings to Krishna and does nothing for one's own sense gratification.

8. The recommended means for achieving the mature stage of love of God in this age of Kali, or quarrel, is to chant the holy names of the Lord. The easiest method for most people is to chant the Hare Krishna mantra: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

http://iskcon.org/philosophy


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Sabians were actually a different, albeit very ill defined monotheistic group that existed in the Middle East and came under Islamic rule in 639 CE- not a catch-all term for non-Abrahamic faiths.
 
Oct 2011
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Sabians were actually a different, albeit very ill defined monotheistic group that existed in the Middle East and came under Islamic rule in 639 CE- not a catch-all term for non-Abrahamic faiths.
There is speculation that Abraham was of the Sabian faith' or the faith of His parents were.
But yes it was an early faith, and I believe you are correct to say not a term for no Abrahamic faiths.
 
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Abraham Brahma

There is speculation that Abraham was of the Sabian faith' or the faith of His parents were.
But yes it was an early faith, and I believe you are correct to say not a term for no Abrahamic faiths.
. In Francis Worthington's book:

. "Abraham, One God, Three Wives, Five Religions"

. She quotes other researchers drawing conclusions of the relationship between Abraham and Brahma. The Indus river (or Sindhu) is where the term "Hindu" originates.

. Sarai (Sarah, 1st wife) is where the Hindu goddess "Saraswati" comes from, and is Isvar (Shiva) is the "son of Brahma" (Abraham).

. Rebecca, the wife of Isaac, is Ambica, the wife of Shiva.

. Ishamael (the son of Hagar, 3rd wife) is Ishalay (Temple of Shiva)

. Keturah (Abraham's 2nd wife) is the Hindu goddess Gayatri, and her six sons are the Vedic gods of India: Zimran = Devendra Zoksham = Daksha Medan = Marut Midian = Mithra Ishbak = Aswins Shuah = Rudra

. Mount Moriah (the place of sacrifice) is Mount Meru of the Hindus.


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I believe the Mandeans are considered Sabians by many. Whether the Mandeans consider themselves Sabians or just allow it to keep from being massacred is another matter.
 
Oct 2011
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I believe the Mandeans are considered Sabians by many. Whether the Mandeans consider themselves Sabians or just allow it to keep from being massacred is another matter.
"keep from being massacred"

Is sad is it not, religion we are told in all the Holy books is for the unification of all people, that they are to love each other etc. But look what most followers have done through the centuries, claiming that their own religion is the best the last etc. These lessons have been shown in all the Holy writings when will we take note and learn?
 
Oct 2011
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Dear Dale yes interesting, but of course without proof, most will not accept.

But who knows what science will unravel.