Prophet Muhammad in Parsis’ Scripture (Zend Avesta)
The parsi religion is one of the oldest religions of the world. It has taken two collections of the scripture Dasatir and Zend Avesta which is called respectively ‘The Old’ and ‘The New’ Testament.The are many prophesies in these scriptures about the oneness of God and (Soeshyant) Last Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. And Baca (Maca).
It is mentioned in Zend Avesta Farvardin Yasht chapter 28 verse 129
(Sacred Books of the East, volume 23, Zend Avesta Part II pg. 220):
“Whose name will be the Victorious, Soeshyant and whose name will be Astvat-ereta. He will be Soeshyant (The Beneficent one) because he will benefit the whole bodily world. He will be Astvat-ereta (he who makes the people, bodily creatures rise up) because as a bodily creature and as a living being he will stand against the destruction of the bodily (being) creatures to withstand the drug of the two footed brood, to withstand the evil done by the faithful (idolaters and the like and the errors of the Mazdaynians)”.
This Prophecy applies to no other person more perfectly than it does to Muhammad (pbuh):
The Prophet was not only victorious at Fatah Makkah but was also merciful when he let go the blood thirsty opponents by saying: “There shall be no reproof against you this day”. ‘Verily, We have given you Muhammad a manifest victory.’ Qur’an 48:1″He it is Who hath sent His messenger with the guidance and the religion of truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all religion.” “even though the Pagans may detest it.” “And Allah sufficeth as a Witness.” Quran 48:28; 9:33.
Soeshyant means the ‘praised one’ (refer Haisting’s Encyclopedia), which translated in Arabic means Muhammad (pbuh).
Astvat-ereta means the one who praised, which is the exact translation of the Arabic word ‘Ahmed’ which is another name for Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The Prophecy clearly mentions both the names of the Prophet i.e. Muhammad (pbuh) and Ahmed (pbuh). And remember Jesus the son of Mary said “O Children of Israel I am the Messenger of God sent to you confirming the law which came before me and given (Torah) and glad tidings of the messenger to come after me. And whos name shall be Ahmed (Muhammad).’ Quran 61:6
Mercy for all creatures
The Prophecy further says that he will benefit the whole bodily world and the Qur’an testifies this in Surah Al-Anbiya chapter 21 verse 107: “We sent thee not, but as a mercy (Rahmah) for all creatures.” [Al-Qur’an 21:107]
Sanctity of Prophet’s Companions
In Zend Avesta Zamyad Yasht chapter 16 verse 95 (Sacred Books of the East, volume 23 Zend Avesta Part II pg. 308): “And there shall his friends come forward, the friends of Astvat-ereta, who are fiend-smitting, well thinking, well-speaking, well-doing, following the good law and whose tongues have never uttered a word of falsehood.”
Companions of Muhammad/Ahmad pbuh
1. Here too Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is mentioned by name as Astvat-ereta.
2. There is also a mention of the Prophet’s friends as companions who will be fighting the evil; pious, holy men having good moral
….values and always speaking the truth. This is a clear reference to the Sahabas – the prophet’s companions. The
….Friends/Companions of Prophet Muhammad pbuh followed him and their book of guidance the noble Qur;’an.
‘Falsehood cannot come to it from before it or behind it (it is). Qur’an 41:42 ‘They are on (true) guidance from their Lord, and they are the successful.’ Qur’an 2:5
Prophet Muhammad in Dasatir (Dastoor 10 Parts, Religious Law)
The sum and substance of the prophecy mentioned in Dasatir is, that when the Zoroastrian people will forsake their religion and will become dissolute, a man will rise in Arabia, whose followers will conquer Persian and subjugate the arrogant Persians. Instead of worshipping fire in their own temples, they will turn their faces in prayer towards Kaaba of Abraham (pbuh) which will be cleared of all idols. They (the followers of the Arabian Prophet), will be a mercy unto the world. They will become masters of Persia, Madain, Tus, Balkh, the sacred places of the Zoroastrians and the neighbouring territories. Their Prophet will be an eloquent man telling miraculous things.
Kaaba of Abraham cleaned of all idols
After the victory of Makkah the Kaaba was cleaned of idols and stopped the pagans from entering it again. ‘The first House (of worship) appointed for men was that at Bakka: full of blessing and of guidance for all kinds of beings: In it are signs manifest; the Station of Abraham; whoever enters it attains security;’ 3:96 ‘O ye who believe! Truly the pagans are unclean; so let them not, after this year of theirs approach the Sacred Mosque (Kaaba at Makkah).’ 9:28
The Qur’an is the miracle of miracles
At the time is was revealed it was the age of poetry and the Qur’an is a miracle and today in the age of science the Qur’an is still a miracle. “Soon will We show them Our Signs in the (furthest) regions (of the earth), and in their own souls until it becomes manifest to them that this is the Truth. Is it not enough that thy Lord doth witness all things?” (41:53) The Qur’an is the miracle of miracles of all time. This Prophecy relates to no other person but to Muhammad (pbuh)
Muhammad pbuh The Last Prophet
It is mentioned in Bundahish chapter 30 verses 6 to 27 that Soeshyant will be the last Prophet implying that Muhammad (pbuh) will be the last Prophet.
The Qur’an testifies this in Surah Ahzab. “Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the Messenger of Allah, and the Seal (End) of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things.” [Al-Qur’an 33:40]
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “My similitude in comparison with the other prophets before me, is that of a man who has built a house nicely and beautifully, except for a place of “ONE” brick in a corner. The people go about it and wonder at its beauty, but say: ‘Would that this brick be put in its place!’ So I am that brick, and I am the last of the Prophets.” Sahih Muslim Hadith # 5675; Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 56, Number 735