Muhammad Is Not Foretold In Buddhist Scriptures
A Rebuttal to Dr.Zakir Naik
In my last article, I refuted the
claims of Muhammad being predicted in Hindu scriptures to be false. Now it
is the turn of Buddhist scriptures. I really do not understand how
Dr.Zakir Naik is able to fool the readers with such claims that Gautama
Buddha had prophesized Muhammad. First one must know these basics about
Buddha. You can find
Dr.Zakir Naik’s Article On this
In Buddhist Scriptures
Is This “Buddha”?
Gautama, known as
the Buddha, was born in the sixth century B.C. in what is now modern
. His father, Suddhodana, was the ruler of the Sakya people and Siddhartha
grew up living the extravagant life of a young prince. According to
custom, he married at the young age of sixteen to a girl named Yasodhara.
His father had ordered that he live a life of total seclusion, but one day
Siddhartha ventured out into the world and was confronted with the reality
of the inevitable suffering of life. The next day, at the age of
twenty-nine, he left his kingdom and newborn son to lead an ascetic life
and determine a way to relieve universal suffering.
For six years, Siddhartha
submitted himself to rigorous ascetic practices, studying and following
different methods of meditation with various religious teachers. But he
was never fully satisfied. One day, however, he was offered a bowl of rice
from a young girl and he accepted it. In that moment, he realised that
physical austerities were not the means to achieve liberation. From then
on, he encouraged people to follow a path of balance rather than
extremism. He called this The Middle Way.
That night Siddhartha sat
under the Bodhi tree, and meditated until dawn. He purified his mind of
all defilements and attained enlightenment at the age of thirty-five, thus
earning the title Buddha, or "Enlightened One". For the
remainder of his eighty years, the Buddha preached the Dharma in an effort
to help other sentient beings reach enlightenment.
So, Buddha Means “The Awake One/ Enlightened One”
Zakir Quotes The Following
prophesised the advent of a Maitreya:
A) Almost all Buddhist books contain this prophecy. It is in Chakkavatti
Sinhnad Suttanta D. III, 76:
will arise in the world a Buddha named Maitreya (the benevolent
one) a holy one, a supreme one, an enlightened one, endowed with wisdom in
conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe:
he has realized by his own supernatural knowledge he will publish to this
universe. He will preach his religion, glorious in its origin, glorious at
its climax, glorious at the goal, in the spirit and the letter. He will
proclaim a religious life, wholly perfect and thoroughly pure; even as I
now preach my religion and a like life do proclaim. He will keep up the
society of monks numbering many thousands, even as now I keep up a society
of monks numbering many hundreds".
B) According to Sacred Books of the East volume 35 pg. 225:
"It is said that I am not an only Buddha upon whom the leadership and
order is dependent. After me another Buddha maitreya of such and
such virtues will come. I am now the leader of hundreds, he will be the
leader of thousands."
C) According to the Gospel of Buddha by Carus pg. 217 and 218 (From
said to the Blessed One, ‘Who shall teach us when thou art gone?'
the Blessed one replied, 'I am not the first Buddha who came upon the
earth nor shall I be the last. In due time another Buddha will arise in
the world, a holy one, a supremely enlightened one, endowed with wisdom in
conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men,
a master of angels and mortals. He will reveal to you the same eternal
truths, which I have taught you. He will preach his religion, glorious in
its origin, glorious at the climax and glorious at the goal. He will
proclaim a religious life, wholly perfect and pure such as I now proclaim.
His disciples will number many thousands while mine number many hundreds.'
said, 'How shall we know him?'
The Blessed one replied, 'He
will be known as Maitreya'."
Most of the Mahayana
Buddhists do not know what kind of Book Chakkavatti
Sinhnad Suttanta this
is. The Major books of Buddhism are:
of them written after Buddha's death. Amanda wrote down Buddha's thoughts
and sermons, which became the main Buddhist scriptures.
1- Tripitaka: The
"three baskets", includes Buddha's sermons, rules for the monks
and philosophical teachings, with 100 volumes, about the size of 70
First Sermon of Buddha at Benares
of Mindfulness" of Buddha, with the cemetery meditations
2- The Mahayana adds the "Lotus Sutra" and the
"Perfection of Wisdom", which includes the "Diamond
Sutra", the "Heart Sutra"... and many others, like the
"Lankavatara", with a total of more than 200 volumes.
3- The Vajrayana
(Tantrism Buddhism), adds among others, the holy scriptures of the
"Kanjur" (108 volumes), and the "Tanjur" (225
4- The Tibetan
literature translates and adds with a total
of more than 300 volumes.
5- The writings of
the 6 Buddhist Councils are also considered
holy scriptures (another 400 volumes). The last one was in
In these major books, this Chakkavatti
Sinhnad Suttanta is
nowhere to be found. I even confirmed with a Buddhist who said he has
never heard such a kind of Suttana or Sutra anywhere and probably even if
it is there, they are not primary scriptures.
of Buddha says the following :
suppressing his tears, said to the Blessed One: "Who shall teach us
when thou art gone?"
the Blessed One replied: "I am not the first Buddha who came upon
earth, nor shall I be the last. In
due time another Buddha will arise in the world, a Holy One, a supremely
enlightened One, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the
universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals.
He will reveal to you the same eternal truths which I
have taught you. He will preach his religion, glorious in its
origin, glorious at the climax, and glorious at the goal, in the spirit
and in the letter. He will proclaim a religious life, wholly
perfect and pure; such as I now proclaim."
said: "How shall we know him?" The Blessed One said: "He will be known as Metteyya, which means 'he whose name is kindness.'"
can see the highlighted words. Gautama Buddha says a supremely enlightened
one, endowed with wisdom,knowing the universe and a master of angels and
mortals would come.
let us analyse each quality mentioned above:
is enlightment in Buddhism?
is the attainment of wisdom. Some traditions of Buddhism represent
enlightenment as “all at once” ascension into nirvana. Others: a
gradual acquirement of wisdom. Flashes of awareness are characterized by
Surya Das to be "mini-enlightenments"
However you characterize it, enlightenment means, profound inner
transformation and self realization and attainment of
Buddhism's highest goal - wisdom! Also known as SELF_REALISATION and the
FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS:
1. Life is difficult,
it holds for living beings imperfections and suffering
2. This difficulty or
"dukkha" is caused by desire for things to be other than
what they are. This includes attachment, craving, envy, jealousy, grasping
3. Desire can be removed
and thus an end to
the difficulties and suffering of life
The way to do this is to follow the Eightfold
Path a training in wisdom, ethic
Muhammad never realized or
believed in these four noble truths of Buddha. All Muhammad said was GOD
is one and polytheism was wrong. He also spewed hatred on monotheistic
Jews of Arabia and called them pigs and apes. Gautama Buddha never used to
abuse anyone. Muhammad never knew the eightfold path too. He in fact never
abstained from material desires as he said they were all lawful under
Allah’s eyes and only prohibit taking intoxicants during prayers.
Muhammad advocated complete submission to Allah and he never spoke of
self-realization and wiping away misery through detachment. In fact he
desired for all kinds of materialistic pleasures. So, we can easily come
to a conclusion that Muhammad is not the enlightened one in terms of