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And Muhammad is but a messenger -- messengers have already passed away before him. (The Quran)
Mirza Masum Beg.
Will Jesus the Christ Drop From the Clouds?
We have before us a copy of the Ramzan Number of the Muslim Digest of South Africa (February 1963) in which Mr. Justice F.K. of the Calcutta High Court, India, has expressed his views (p. 143) on the Descent of Jesus Christ. The learned writer tells us:
The Christians believe that Jesus died on the Cross, but he re-appeared again in flesh and blood and lives in heaven. The Quran says that Jesus was not crucified and killed, but he was raised up to heaven. The Traditions say that he will reappear again to reclaim the lost humanity from the evil path.
It is simply unthinkable that the Holy Quran, which is the infallible Word of the All-Knowing God, should make a statement inconsistent with such a hard fact of history. It may be that a wrong interpretation has been put upon the Quranic text dealing with and describing this well-known event. Crucifixion was, at the time of which we are speaking, a well-known method of executing malefactors and criminals. It was, of course, highly torturous and tardy. According to the Arabic lexicon, as well as the idiom and phraseology of the People of the Book, only such a man was called crucified who actually yielded up the ghost and expired on the Cross. Jesus died not upon the Cross, so he could not be called Crucified.
1. David Friedrich Strauss, a German theologian of high learning, writes in his book A New Life of Jesus (Vol. 1, p. 410):
Crucifixion, they maintain, even if the feet as well as the hands are supposed to have been nailed, occasions but very little loss of blood. It kills, therefore, only very slowly by convulsions produced by the straining of the limbs or by gradual starvation. So if Jesus, supposed indeed to be dead, had been taken down from the Cross after about six hours, there is every probability of his supposed death having been only a death-like swoon from which after the descent from the Cross, Jesus recovered again in the cool cavern, covered as he was with healing ointments and strongly scented spices. On this head it is usual to appeal to an account in Josephus who says that on one occasion, when he was returning from a Military recognisance on which he had been sent, he found several Jewish prisoners who had been crucified. He saw among them three acquaintances whom he begged Titus to give to him. They were immediately taken down and carefully attended to; one was really saved, but two others could not be recovered.
2. Dean Farrar writes in his book Life of Christ (p. 421):
He (Jesus) might be only in a syncope.
Syncope, according to Websters New International Dictionary of the English Language, signifies:
A partial or complete temporary suspension of respiration and circulation due to cerebral anaemia and characterized by sudden pallor, coldness of the skin and partial or complete unconsciousness.
3. There is yet another book Super natural Religion by Das Heiligthum and Dic Wabrheit, in which it is written:
Thus the apparent death was that Profound faintness which might well fall upon an organisation after some hours of physical and mental agony on the Cross, following the continued strain and fatigue of the previous night.
4. The winding-sheet in which the body of Jesus was wrapped, was found in the sepulchre (John, 10:5). It has been preserved all through the centuries and is still in existence. It bears the impressions of Jesus body and the marks of blood and ointment which was applied to his body. In 1931, a team of German scientists got this winding-sheet from the Italian Government and instituted an intensive research, upon it for eight years. The result of their research, when made available to the press, was published in the Scandinavian paper, Stockholm Tidiningen (April 2, 1957). In the report which the scientists submitted to Pope Pious IX, they stated in clear and unambiguous terms that Jesus heart had not stopped functioning, when he was taken down from the Cross; that is to say, he was alive.
1. And their saying, Surely we have killed the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, the Apostle of Allah, but they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him. but it was made dubious to them (3:157).
The learned writer, obviously, has misunderstood the Quranic statement wa maa salabuhu to mean that they hanged not Jesus on the Cross. It should be understood that the term salb carries exactly the same significance as the English term Crucify which means to put to death and kill by fixing the hands and feet to the Cross. It is a matter of fact that Jesus was nailed to the Cross, but, as shown in the foregoing pages, he expired not on the Cross. The Holy Quran has merely disclosed that fact that the Jews succeeded not in killing him on the Cross; and when he was taken down from the Cross, he was in a state of Profound faintness, a death-like swoon.
1. A false prophet or dreamer of dreams shall be put to death (Deut. 13:5).
The Jews, therefore, planned to kill Jesus by hanging him on the Cross that it might be proved to the world that he was a false prophet and an accursed of God. And an accursed of God is he whose heart is deprived of the mercy and grace, and love and knowledge of God; he is at war with God, and God is at war with him. And it is for this reason that the Accursed One is a name of Satan.
On one occasion, the present writer asked respectfully a Christian preacher with reference to this verse:
Was this Prayer of Jesus answered by God?
The astute padre spoke words and words and words, but gave not a straight and honest reply; for he knew where he stood. If he said that the prayer was not granted, it meant that the Jews were on the right in condemning him as a false prophet who had no relation with the Most High God; and if he said that the prayer was answered, it would mean that Jesus was saved from the damned death on the Cross, giving a direct lie to the fundamental Christian doctrine of atonement whereon the whole super-structure of Church Christianity has been erected.
Who (Jesus) in the days of his flesh when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death and was heard in that he feared.
Jesus' prayer was for being saved from the cursed death on the Cross; and his prayer was heard, and he died not upon the Cross, but was in a state of profound faintness when taken down from the Cross.
And the Jews planned and Allah also planned. And Allah is the best of planners.
You say Twaff-hu-llahu when you mean Allah took his soul or caused him to die.
And according to Arabic-English Lexicon by Edward William Lane, it means:
God took his soul (either at death or in sleep) or caused him to die.
Picthalls translation is: O Jesus I am gathering thee. And this is the Biblical idiom for causing to die. For example:
-- Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people (Genesis, 25:8).
Yusaf Ali, in his first edition, translated these words to mean. I will cause thee to die, but later on he changed it to I will take thee.
George Sale: O Jesus, Verily I will cause thee to die.
Rodwell: O Jesus, Verily I will cause thee to die.
Palmer: O Jesus, I will make thee die.
1. That Jesus would be saved from the damned death on the Cross, and would die a natural death afterwards.
In the verse (4:157), it has been stated that the Divine promise held out to Jesus had been fulfilled, and the Jews could not kill him on the Cross.
Prof. Rev. J.R. Dummelow, in his Commentary on the Holy Bible, writes on p. 908.
The myrrh and aloe were reduced to powder, and inserted between the bandages which were wound fold upon fold . The neck and face of the body were doubtless left bare.
This statement is further corroborated by Dean Farrar in his book Life of Christ (p. 429) wherein he writes:
They rolled the fine linen round the wounded limbs.
It is thus but obviously clear that some trusted friends of Jesus knew full well that he was not dead but only in a state of profound faintness; otherwise there could be no sense in rendering medical aid to a dead man and dressing his wounds.
Pilate marvelled if he were already dead; and calling unto him the centurian, he asked him whether he (Jesus) had been any while dead (Mark. 15:44).
And this is what the Holy Quran has said: and certainly those who differ therein doubt about it.
If a person should prove from the Holy Quran, or the Holy Prophets Traditions, or from the prose or poetry of ancient or even modern Arabia that the term tawaffa, when used in reference to Gods action taken on a living being, has ever been used in any other sense than the taking away of soul and causing to die, i.e., in the sense of taking away the body, to such a person, I declare upon the most solemn oath. I shall pay Rs. 1000/- even though I may have to sell a portion of my property for this purpose, and shall also accept and acknowledge the profoundness of his knowledge of hadith and the Holy Quran (Izalah-i-Auham).
This challenge has stood unanswered for the last half century. Will Mr. Justice F.K. or any other person of his way of thinking, pick up the gauntlet?
Allahu-mmaghfir-li wa-rham-ni wa-hdi-ni wa 'afi-ni wa-rzuq-ni wa-rfa-ni wa-jbur-ni.
But none of the Muslims, even Mr Justice F.K, we are inclined to believe, ever thinks and wishes that he may, without yielding up the ghost, be lifted up to heaven in his body of clay. It should be remembered that the Jewish plan was to kill Jesus by crucifixion to show to the world that he was an impostor and accursed of God. Hence the exaltation of Jesus is mentioned as a reply to the Jews.
The great Imam Bukhari has also given his final and decisive ruling on the point that
does not mean the rising up and ascending to heaven in this earthly body. He said:
i.e., raf towards heaven is the inverse action, the opposite of downfall and disgrace; hence this prayer that:
It is thus but obviously clear that raf or ascension towards heaven means nothing else but the conferment of honour and dignity.
Acceptance of Islam:
One story said that Jesus was sitting in the company of his disciples when the Jews reached there to apprehend him. Jesus spoke to his disciples, asking: Who of you would like to be with me in Paradise so that my shape and likeness be stamped on him? Forthwith a young disciple offered himself for the noble purpose. Jesus, then, flew up to heaven, and the young disciple was crucified in his place. Incredible and absurd story. If Jesus knew that he would immediately ascend to heaven, beyond the reach of his enemies, why should he have allured a young disciple to lay down his life on the Cross which made him an accursed of God and consigned him into eternal fire and damnation? What useful purpose, one is naturally tempted to ask, did his ignominious death serve? Was it to throw the Jews off the scent that they might not pursue and apprehend Jesus on the fourth heaven? But if Jesus, without the employment of this trick, had gone up to heaven in the sight of the Jews, it would indeed have been a great sign, and might have induced them to believe in him.
Another story said that it was Judas Iscariot, the traitor himself, who had agreed with the rulers of the Jews to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, on whom the shape and resemblance of Jesus was stamped. It is rightly said that wrong never comes right. If he was, in fact, Judas Iscariot, a disciple, who was leading the Jews for the arrest of Jesus, why did he not raise any hue and cry that he was not Jesus who had ascended up to heaven? Why did not the Jews look for and search Judas Iscariot who had been leading them for the apprehension of Jesus? Strange enough, this man, when produced before Pilate, stated that he was the Christ. He was sentenced to be crucified which was the most torturous death. A crown of thorns was put upon his head. He was laughed at and ridiculed, and was at last hung upon the Cross. But how was it that he spoke not a word of protest that he was not Jesus? After crucifixion, wherefrom he escaped death with the skin of his teeth, this man met disciples and Mary, the mother of Jesus; but again he disclosed not unto them that he was Judas Iscariot, and not Jesus who had gone up to heaven. This strange story puts us in mind of Shakespeares well-known line:
If this were played upon a stage now, 1 could condemn it as improbable fiction.
1. Natural death.
But people who cling to the wrong belief that Jesus has been alive in heaven in this earthly body for all these two thousand years without any decline or decay, would have this Quranic order changed, for which of course they have no authority. If the first event of death did not occur in the first place, then, when shall it come to pass, is the question which naturally arises in the mind of an impartial enquirer. Besides the above-mentioned Quranic order, there can be only three more possible combinations:
1. Exaltation into Divine presence.
It means that until his death takes place, Jesus will not be cleared of the dirty charges which the Jews had levelled against him. In other words, he has not as yet been exonerated of those charges. And this is absolutely wrong. The Quranic revelation has cleared him perfectly of all those charges.
1. Exaltation into Divine presence.
It means that until Jesus death comes off, his followers will not wield authority and dominate; that is to say, the Christians have not yet got into the seat of power and authority which is obviously against the undeniable facts of history.
1. Exaltation into Divine presence.
In this case, the verse will then read as:
O Jesus, I will exalt thee in My presence, and clear thee of those who disbelieve, and make those who follow thee above those who disbelieve to the day of Resurrection, and I will cause thee to die.
This means that Jesus death will take place after the day of Resurrection, which is evidently absurd on the face of it. The conclusion, therefore, is inevitable and absolute that the order of events as given in the Holy Quran is unalterable and fast, viz.,
1. Natural death.
And it is a plain matter of truth that Jesus the Messiah, son of Mary (peace be on him) is dead, and to believe in his deathless existence in heaven in his body of clay, for all these two thousand years, is repugnant to the infallible teaching of the Holy Quran.
And when Allah will say (on the day of Judgement): O Jesus, son of Mary, did thou say to men, Take me and my mother for two gods besides Allah? He will say: Glory be to Thee! It was not for me to say what I had no right to say ... I said to them naught save as Thou didst command me: Serve Allah, my Lord and your Lord: and 1 was a witness of them so long as 1 was among them, but when Thou didst cause me to die Thou was the Watcher over them.
One is naturally tempted to ask: If Jesus be not dead, but is alive in heaven, and will pay another visit to this earth before his death, and see with his own eyes that the Christians, for taking the doctrine of Divine Unity which he had preached unto them, have adopted the Pauline creed, raising him to the dignity of Divine Being, will he be speaking the truth in making this statement before the Judgement Seat of God: I was a witness of them so long as I was among them that they followed the right religion taught by me; but when Thou didst cause me to die I knew not what they did after me? It is a matter of fact that after the death or disappearance of Jesus the Christ, his followers fell into error and went astray. It is therefore, a simple syllogism that if the Christians, as we have them, are following in the wrong course, then Jesus is surely dead. But if he is not dead and is still alive, then it will have to be admitted that the Christians have not gone astray and follow the true religion which Jesus had preached unto them. It is for the advocates of deathless existence of Jesus in heaven to decide and declare which of the two positions is correct and true.
We invite the attention of our readers to another verse of the Holy Quran (61:6) which reads:
And when Jesus, son of Mary, said: O Children of Israel, surely I am the Messenger of Allah to you, verifying that which is before me of the Torah, and giving the good news of a Messenger who will come after me, his name being Ahmad.
In this verse, Jesus the Christ is said to have given his people the glad tidings of the advent of a Prophet whose name was Ahmad Coming after him, i.e., after Jesus death. The Holy Prophet of Arabia was known by two names Muhammad and Ahmad.
Five hundred years passed over this prophecy, and a man named Ahmad appeared on the stage, claiming that he was the Prophet whose advent had been foretold by Jesus the Messiah. The logical conclusion was that Jesus was dead and not staying alive in heaven in his earthly body, for the Promised Prophet was to come after him. But the upholders of the theory of deathless existence of Jesus in heaven would have the world believe that he will drop from the clouds in latter days, and live on this earth for forty years more, preaching to the people, and then die. It means that the Promised Prophet Ahmad will then come into the world. We put it to the upholders of this fantastic theory to state in all seriousness whether this Ahmad of Arabia, the recipient of the Quranic revelation (peace and the blessings of God be upon him), was or was not truthful in his claim, for he said that he had come in fulfilment of the prophecy uttered by Jesus the Messiah? If he was the true Prophet and most surely he was -- then, Jesus the Christ, son of Mary, is dead beyond all question.
This is very clear from the next verse which leaves no room for doubt that Jesus Christ has not died. The verse runs thus: And there will be no followers of the book but will certainly believe in him (Jesus) before his (Jesus) death (4:159).
This interpretation comes into conflict with and contradicts what has been said in the verse (3:54):
And Allah said: O Jesus ... I will make those who follow thee (the Christians) above those who disbelieve (the Jews) to the day of Resurrection.
Obviously, the Jews will continue to be in existence up to the day of Resurrection. In the verse (4:157), the Holy Quran has made a mention of the historical truth that Jesus died not upon the Cross, but was made to appear to them as such, and that the Jews themselves were in doubt about it. But in spite of these hard facts, the Holy Quran says, both the Jews and the Christians still cling to the wrong belief that Jesus was killed by the damned death on the Cross. Every Jew even up to this day believes it as the basic principle of his faith, and repeats it before his death that Jesus, son of Mary, who was killed on the Cross, was accursed of God and an impostor. Likewise, every Christian believes it as a fundamental principle of his faith, and repeats it before his death that Jesus died on the Cross, and became doomed and accursed. Writes Paul in his Epistle to the Galatians (3:13):
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hanged on a tree.
Every Jew and Christian, notwithstanding the fact that he has no sure knowledge at all, must believe before his death (not Jesus death) that Jesus died on the Cross. And this is what has been stated in the verse under reference:
And there is none of the People of the Book but will believe in this (of which he has a doubt historically) before his death; and on the day of Resurrection, he (Jesus) will be a witness against them (that they adopted a doctrine which was against their own historical knowledge and truth).
And Muhammad is but a messenger -- messengers have already passed away before him.
All the Companions were convinced that the Prophet had passed away, as all the prophets had passed away before him. This verse furnishes a conclusive proof that Jesus the Christ was no exception, and that he was also dead; otherwise Hazrat Abu Bakrs argument could not have silenced the doubters of the Prophets death. And when Jesus was dead like all other prophets, the question of his return to this earth does not arise.
(i) Allama Muhammad Abdhu who was a great teacher and mufti of Egypt and had been honoured with titles of Hujjat al-Islam and Sheikh al-Islam, wrote in the well-known Magazine Al-Manar, commenting on the verse (3:54):
The meaning of tawaffa here is death, and this significance is obviously clear from the context, and is also acceptable to human reason and intellect.
(ii) Sheikh Mahmood Shaltut, Rector of Al-Azhar -- which is the most eminent seat of Islamic learning of the present day, has also elucidated this point beyond all shadow of doubt [Read the complete text of his religious ruling/fatwa in English/Arabic]. In answer to the following question:
Is Jesus dead or alive according to the Quran and the Holy Traditions of the Holy Prophet? What do you think of a Muslim who does not believe that he is still alive and about one who disbelieves in him in case he comes to the world for the second time?
the great scholar whose word of course carried power and authority with it, entered upon a detailed discussion of the Quranic verses and the Holy Prophets Traditions, and concluded his impartial and independent finding in the following words:
To sum up:
(1) There is nothing in the Holy Quran nor in the sacred Traditions of the Prophet which authorises the correctness of the belief to the contentment of the heart that Jesus was taken up to the heavens with his body and is alive there even now, and would descend therefrom in the latter days.
And as to the other part of the question that supposing Jesus returns to the world, then how should a disbeliever in him be regarded; after the above statement of ours, this question does not arise at all. God is the best Knower. Mahmud Shaltut.
All these eminent religious scholars, it may be pointed out in passing for the information of Mr. Justice F.K. and others of his way of thinking, are not the followers of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, nor connected with the Ahmadiyya Movement in any way.
(iii) Allama Mustfa Al-Maraghi who was also the Rector of Al-Azhar University (Egypt), has written in his Commentary on the Holy Quran:
In this verse (3:54), a glad tiding had been given to Jesus, saying, that the Most High God would deliver him from the dark plot of the Jews, and complete the span of his life in the natural course. The Jews who wanted, most maliciously, to inflict harm on Jesus, could not succeed in their plan. The meaning of the term tawaffa is death as usual; and the significance of raf is his spiritual exaltation after death. The verse, therefore, means: I will cause you to die; and after your death, I will exalt you in My presence; just as the Most High God has said of Idris (called Enoch in the Bible):
(iv) Dr Ahmad Zaki Abu Shadi, another well-known scholar of Egypt, wrote in the Arabic magazine AlMuwahab of Argentine (March 1955):
Islam knows it full well that God is present everywhere, and is the light of the heavens and the earth. The Quranic statement
1. And Jesus led them (disciples) as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven (Luke, 24:51).
The present writer, on one occasion, asked a Christian preacher who called himself an Evangelist, when he adduced these two verses in support of Jesus ascension to heaven in his physical body: How is it that of the four Gospel writers, only two, Mark and Luke, speak of this ascension, whereas the other two, Matthew and John, make no mention of such a great event, viz., Jesus going up to heaven in this earthly body, breaking all the Laws of Nature? The astute Evangelist could not solve the riddle, but afforded us some amusement, being an apt exemplification of what the Irish poet, Oliver Goldsmith, sang two hundred years ago:
In arguing too the parson owned his skill,
Internal evidence points definitely to the conclusion that the last twelve verses (i.e., from 9 to 20 verses) are not by St. Mark ... When at the close of the Apostolic age an attempt was made (probably in Rome) to collect the authentic memorials of the Apostles and their companions, a copy of the neglected second Gospel (i.e., Mark) was not easily found. The one that was actually discovered, and was used to multiply copies, had lost its last leaf, and so a fitting termination (the present appendix) was added by another hand. A recently discovered Armenian MS (1891) definitely ascribes the appendix to Ariston.
It is thus but obviously clear that the verse 19 of chapter 16 of Mark (the last leaf) is an interpolation, and the statement was received up into heaven, a pious forgery committed by Ariston. Marks account, therefore, cannot, be taken as basis for this doctrine.
The same is the case of the other verse (Luke, 24:51) also. With reference to this verse, it is written in the above mentioned Commentary:
A few ancient authorities omit these words (and carried up into heaven).
2. Peake is another Christian scholar of repute. He has also compiled a Commentary of the Bible, in which he writes:
The words, and was carried up into heaven, are omitted in some of the best MSS, and have probably crept in from Acts 1: 2, 9.
3. The Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible, published in 1957, has also omitted these words, and the verse reads:
Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them. And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple blessing God.
If Jesus did not ascend up into heaven, the question of his descent or dropping from the clouds does not arise.
Yes, during the brand new year, cherish the memories of the blessings of God and be constantly aware that 1958 may be the year of Christs return.
Ten years have, since then, gone by, but Lord Jesus the Christ has not descended from his supposed seat on the right hand of God: Oft expectation fails, and most oft there where most it promises. Jesus had said:
I will come again and receive you unto myself (John, 14:3). Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom (Matt. 16:28).
Lord Krishna of the Hindus of India is also reported to have made a similar claim of re-appearances in the world. Turn over Bhagavada Gita, chapter 4 and read verses 7 and 8:
Whenever there is decay of dharma (true religion) and predominance of unrighteousness, I myself come forth, for the protection of the good and the destruction of the evil-doers, and for the sake of firmly-established righteousness and truth I am born from age to age.
All these things spoke Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke he not unto them. (The reason being)
-- Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come and restore all things. But I say unto you, that Elias is come already and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spoke unto them of John the Baptist (Matt. 17:11-13).
I am the Messiah which was for to come
If Jesus died not on the Cross, but was alive and in a state of unconsciousness when taken down from the Cross, where did he go to after recovery; for, since then, he was not to be seen, not even once, any where in Palestine or its suburbs?
-- I am not sent but unto the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel.
The present writer once enquired of a Christian friend during a discussion that according to the Gospel record, Jesus had been preaching for a year only in Jerusalem and its suburbs when the Jews killed him on the Cross; he could neither seek the Lost Tribes of Israel nor make them hear his voice; did Jesus fail in his mission? His tongue clove to the roof of his mouth.
These Lost sheep were the Ten Tribes of the House of Israel which had dispersed in the Eastern countries of Persia, Afghanistan and parts of Northern India, particularly Kashmir. For forty days, Jesus appeared unto his disciples intermittently. But his staying within the limits of the Roman Empire was fraught with fatal danger; for whenever it came to be known that he had escaped the gallows alive, he would be caught again, and hanged to death on the Cross under a more strict guard. Jesus, therefore, left Jerusalem in disguise, leaving a word for his disciples to meet him on the mountain in Galilee which was at a distance of 95 miles from Jerusalem.
Then the eleven disciples went away into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them (Matt 28:16).
Jesus gave them his final instructions regarding the carrying on his mission, and then departed for the Eastern countries. He went to Damascus where Judas Thomas, his most trusted disciple, also joined him. Judas was the twin-brother of Jesus; and it was for this reason that he was called Thomas or Didymous (John, 20:24) which means twin. Both he and Jesus had sucked from the two breasts of their mother Mary. They had other brothers and sisters also. In the Arabic literature, the term babad which also means twin, is generally used for Thomas. Jesus and Thomas had been staying in Damascus for some time, when the news reached Jerusalem that Jesus was "perverting" the people there; and Paul (then Saul and a bitter opponent of the Christian faith) proceeded to Damascus with letters of authority "to arrest men and women of this way, and bring them bound unto Jerusalem" (Acts, 9:2).
Thomas after the ceremonies left the palace. The bridegroom lifted the curtain which separated him from his bride. He saw Thomas, as he supposed, conversing with her. Then he asked in surprise: How canst thou be found here. Did I not see thee go out before all?
The twin-brothers were so much like each other that the prince mistook Jesus for Thomas.
Then Yuz Asaf, after roaming about in many cities, reached that country which is called Kashmir. He travelled in it far and wide, and stayed there and spent his remaining life there until death overtook him, and he left the earthly body and was elevated towards Light. But before his death he sent for a disciple of his, Babad (Thomas) by name who used to serve him and was well-versed in all matters. He (Yuz Asaf) expressed his last will to him and said: My time for departing from this world has come. Carry on your duties properly, and turn not back from Truth, and say your prayers regularly. He, then, directed Babad to prepare a tomb over him at the very place he died. He then stretched his legs towards the West and head towards the East, and died. May God bless him.
After him his son Akh came to the throne. He ruled for sixty years. It is said that he founded the village of Achabaal in Kothar district. After him his son Gopananda took the reigns of Government and ruled the country under the name of Gopadatta. During his reign many temples were built, and on top of Mount Solomon the dome of the temple became cracked. He deputed one of his ministers named Sulaiman who had come from Persia, to repair it. The Hindus objected that he was an infidel of another religion. During this time, Hazrat Yuz Asaf having come from (Bait-ul-Muqaddas) the Holy Land to the valley (wadi-i-Aqdas) proclaimed his prophethood. He devoted himself day and night to prayers to God, and having attained the heights of piety and virtue, he declared himself to be a Messenger of God for the people of Kashmir. He invited people to his religion. Because the people of the valley had faith in this Prophet, Raja Gopadatta referred the objection of the Hindus to him. It was because of this Prophets order that Sulaiman, whom Hindus called Sandeman, completed the repairs of the dome. Year fifty and four, On one of the stones of the stairs he (Sulaiman) inscribed:
This Hindu book is Bhavishya Maha Purana. On p. 282, Parva III, Adhyaya II, Shalok 9-31, it is written:
One day Raja Shalewahin went to a country in the Himalayas. There he saw (what appeared to be) a Raja of Sakas at Wien who was fair in colour and wore white clothes. Shalewahin asked him who he was. His reply was that he was Yusashaphat (Yuz Asaf), and had been born of a woman, and he said that he spoke the truth and he had to purify the religion. The Raja asked him what his religion was. He replied; O Raja! When truth had disappeared, and there was no limit to the evil practices in the maleech country, I appeared there, and through my work the guilty and the wicked suffered, and I also suffered at their hands. The Raja asked him again what his religion was. He replied: It is love, truth and purity of heart and for this I am called Isa Masih. The Raja returned after making obeisance to him.
Wien is a place of sulphur spring about 10 miles North-East of Srinagar.
Judge Docker writes in his book If Jesus did not die upon the Cross? ( p. 7 ), London 1910:
I must here notice the old legend which I have before referred to. A modern version of it was given in the periodical The East and West, some years ago. Briefly, it is to the effect that Jesus did not die on the Cross, but recovered under treatment with a miraculous ointment being applied to his wounds, which healed in the space of forty days; that he journeyed to India to preach to the lost tribes of Israel, and eventually died at Srinagar, where a tomb is pointed out to this day as his.
-- Again on p. 77 he says:
I must repeat that we do know. It may be that after preaching to the lost ten tribes of the House of Israel, in those remote regions, Jesus died at Srinagar and was buried at the tomb that now bears his name.