Prophet Muhammad in Buddhists’ Scripture
The earliest recorded Buddhist literature which was written in the 1st Century B.C.
Buddha prophesised the advent of a Maitreya
Almost all Buddhist books contain this prophecy. It is in Chakkavatti Sinhnad Suttanta D. III, 76:
“There 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:”What he has realized by his own supernatural knowledge he will publish to this universe. “What 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”.
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.”
According to the Gospel of Buddha by Paul Carus, pg. 217 and 218 From Ceylon sources or (Metteyya XCVI (96) 12 to 15 pg.207.)
:”And 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.’
Ananda said, ‘How shall we know him?’
The Blessed one replied, ‘He will be known as Maitreya’.”
The Sanskrit word ‘Maitreya’ or its equivalent in Pali ‘Metteyya’ means loving, compassionate, merciful and benevolent. It also means kindness and friendliness, sympathy, etc. One Arabic word which is equivalent to all these words is ‘Rahmat’.
Incomparable leader of men
The world famous orators have said, From Adam to present There is no one comparable to Muhammad pbuh. According to Michael Hart in ‘The 100, A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History,’ New York, 1978. He as a Christian himself ranked Muhammad pbuh as number one in Whole of history. (see Orators, page –)
“And verily, you O Muhammad pbuh are on an exalted standard of character.” Qur’an 68:4 “You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the praise of Allah.” Qur’an 33:21
Supernatural Knowledge of the Universe
The Qur’an is the source of supernatural knowledge with a telegraphic message to mankind. It has guidance for the lay man and the intellectual man. And the Qur’an gives you the knowledge of the universe and about yourself that which you did not know. Allah has a promise; “We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Qur’ân) is the truth.” Qur’an 41:53
Mercy to Mankind
In Surah Al-Anbiya: “We sent thee not, but as a mercy (Rahmah) for all creatures.” [Al-Qur’an 21:107] Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was called the merciful, which is ‘Maitri’. The words Mercy and Merciful are mentioned in the Holy Qur’an no less than 409 times. Every chapter of the Glorious Qur’an, except Chapter 9, i.e. Surah Taubah begins with the beautiful formula, ‘Bismillah Hir-Rahman Nir-Rahim’, which means ‘In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful’.
The Word Muhammad is also spelt as ‘Mahamet’ or ‘Mahomet’ and in various other ways in different languages. The word ‘Maho’ or ‘Maha’ in Pali and Sanskrit mean Great and Illustrious and ‘Metta’ means mercy. Therefore ‘Mahomet’ means ‘Great Mercy’.
The Buddhas Farewell address.
Gospel of Buddha by Paul Carus XCIII (93) pg. 199. or According to Sacred Books of the East, volume 11, pg. 36 Maha-Parinibbana Sutta chapter 2 verse 32:
“I have preached the truth without making any distinction between exoteric and esoteric doctrine, for in respect of truths, Ananda, the Tathagata has no such thing as the closed fist of a teacher, who keeps something back”.
Nothing Hidden in Islam
Muhammad (pbuh) on the commandment of Almighty God delivered the message and doctrine without making any distinction between esoteric and exoteric. The Qur’an was recited in public in the days of the Prophet and is being done so till date. There is no hidden doctrine in Islam.
Six Criteria for Identifying Buddha.
XCV (95) Chunda, The Smith. Pg. 206. or According to the Gospel of Buddha by Carus pg. 214:
“The Blessed one said, ‘There are two occasions on which a Tathagata’s appearance becomes clear and exceedingly bright. In the night Ananda, in which a Tathagata attains to the supreme and perfect insight, and in the night in which he passes finally away in that ultra passing which leaves nothing whatever of his earthly existence to remain.’ ”
According to Gautam Buddha, following are the six criteria for identifying a Buddha.
1. A Buddha attains supreme and perfect insight at night-time.
2. On the occasion of his complete enlightenment he looks exceedingly bright
3. A Buddha dies a natural death.
4. He dies at night-time.
5. He looks exceedingly bright before his death.
6. After his death a Buddha ceases to exist on earth.
1. Muhammad (pbuh) attained supreme insight and Prophethood at night-time. According to Surah Dukhan: “By the books that
….makes thing clear – We sent it down during a blessed night.” [Al-Qur’an 44:2-3] According to Surah Al-Qadar: “We have indeed
….revealed this (message) in the night of power.” [Al-Qur’an 97:1]
2. Muhammad (pbuh) instantly felt his understanding illumined with celestial light.
3. Muhammad (pbuh) died a natural death.
4. According to Ayesha (r.a.), Muhammad (pbuh) expired at night-time. When he was dying there was no oil in the lamp and his wife
….Ayesha (r.a.) had to borrow oil for the lamp.
5. According to Anas (r.a.), Muhammad (pbuh) looked exceedingly bright in the night of his death.
6. After the burial of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) he was never seen again in his bodily form on this earth.
Buddhas are only Preachers
According to Dhammapada, Sacred Books of East vol 10 pg. 67: “The Jathagatas (Buddhas) are only Preachers.”The Qur’an says in Surah Ghashiya:”So [Prophet] warn them: your only task is to give warning, you are not there to control them. As for those who turn away and disbelieve, God will inflict the greatest torment upon them. It is to Us they will return, and then it is for Us to call them to account.” Quran 88:21-24
Identification of Maitreya by Buddha
According to Dhammapada, Mattaya Sutta, 151: “The promised one” will be:
1. Compassionate for the whole creation. We sent thee not, but as a mercy (Rahmah) for all creatures.” Quran 21:107
2. A messenger of peace, a peace-maker “The wonderful man-and in my opinion–He must be called the Savior of humanity.” –…George Bernard Shaw, The Genuine Islam.”And among His Signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that
….you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He put love and mercy between your hearts. Verily in that are Signs for those who
….reflect.” Qur’an 30:21]
3. The most successful in the world ‘Truly We have opened up a path to clear triumph for you [Prophet]’ “He it is Who has sent His Messenger Muhammad with guidance and the religion of truth Islam, that He may make it Islam supercede over all religions. And All-Sufficient is Allâh as a Witness.” Quran 48:1;28
The Maitreya as a Preacher of morals will be:
Truthful, Self-respecting, Gentle and noble, Not proud, As a king to creatures and An example to others in deeds and in words. There is no doubt, that is only Muhammad pbuh.