Monday, 14 June 2010
The Man from Kafil; Dhu'l Kifil The Prophet Buddha & lost wali of Islaam
"Certain modern Islamic scholars have asserted that the Prophet Dhu'l Kifl – the “man from Kifl” – mentioned twice in the Quran refers to Buddha, with Kifl being the Arabic rendering of the name of Buddha’s native kingdom, Kapilavastu. The Quranic mention of the fig tree, they continued, refers to the bodhi tree under which Buddha manifested his enlightenment. The Quran states that the followers of Dhu'l Kifl are righteous people. Secondly, al-Biruni and al-Shahrastani, two Islamic scholars who visited India in the eleventh and twelfth centuries CE respectively and wrote about its religions, called Buddha a “Prophet,” in the context of explaining how the Indians regarded Buddha. And thirdly, Kashmiri Muslims who settled in Tibet from the seventeenth century CE married Tibetan Buddhist women within the context of Islamic law.
The professors explained that Islam tolerates all “people of the Book,” which is defined as people who accept a creator God. Islamic law, specifically during the Arab rule of Sindh from the eighth to the tenth centuries CE, however, extended the concept of “people of the Book” to the Buddhists there and granted them the same status and rights as the Christians and Jews under Arab rule had. I pointed out that the Muslim Arabs in their eighth-century expansion into Central Asia first had contact with Buddhism in present-day Uzbekistan and northern Afghanistan. There, the Buddhist texts most widely used were in Old Turk and, later, Sogdian translation. In these languages, “dharma” was translated with the Greek loan word “nom,” which means “law.” The Uighur Turks and Mongols borrowed this term from Sogdian, and used it also to mean “book.” Thus throughout medieval Central Asia, Buddhists as “people of the Dharma” might also have been understood as “ people of the Book.”" - link.
the old Culture Afghanistan The Big Buddhas. Jan 2002
"Can the Bamiyan Buddhas be put back together again? Afghanistan's new government wants to restore the giant pair of carved Buddhas destroyed last year by the Taliban. "They need to be rebuilt," Raheen Makhdoom, Afghanistan's new minister of information and culture, told the press. Makhdoom characterized the ancient Bamiyan statues—one was 1,800 years old; the other dated from the 5th century—as "a sign of our identity and a sign of our tolerance and our history.""
And Isma'il and Idris and Dhul-kifl; all were men of constancy and patience. We admitted them into out mercy because they were of the righteous ones. (21:85. 86)
And remember Isma'il, Elisha and Dhul-kifl. Each of them was of the company of the good. (38:48)
- Here the practitioner of patience, a buddhist virtue, accords well with identification of the mysterious prophet Dhu'l Kifil as Buddha.
As for the OT prophet Ezekiel, he had much to say on the collaboration of YIsrael and Sammaria with the Assyrian and Babylonian invaders (lit. personified as jewish girls playing whores Oholah and Oholibah) in chapter 23; and also upon the Rebuilding of the Jewish Temple as one for all peoples in Jerusalem!! strange ideas he had.