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‘Islamic traditions hold that the first Prophet of Islam and the progenitor of humanity, Hazrat Adam, descended on Sarandeep Island (now in Sri Lanka) after he was sent down from Heaven (after he ate the forbidden fruit at Eve’s urging). Since India is one of the oldest civilisations, many prophets may have been sent to guide humanity, Mufti Sadiq Mohiuddin of the department of fatwas of 135-year-old Jamia Nizamia Islamic University, told this correspondent.
The Mufti told this correspondent that early Islamic personalities including Ibn Asakir and Allama Ibn Saad had mentioned in their sayings (Riwayat) that Adam had landed on Indian soil. Even the famous Arab traveller Ibn Batuta had mentioned in his travelogues of visiting Sarandeep island where the first prophet of Islam had descended from the Garden of Eden. Muslims believe that God had sent about 1.24 lakh prophets to all parts of the world.
However, the names of only 25 prophets are mentioned in the Quran.
Mufti Sadiq Mohiuddin pointed out that while Islamic scholars are of the view that India was the land of prophets, they were divided on whether Rama and Krishna were prophets of Islam.
They may or may not have been prophets. We want to remain silent on the issue. But it is the duty of every Muslim to respect the religious personalities of other religions, he said. According to All-India Muslim Personal Law Board general secretary Abdur Raheem Qureshi, some Indian Islamic scholars believe Dhul-Kifl, one of the holy personalities mentioned in the Quran, refers to Gautam Buddha.
There is no �p� sound in Arabic. Dhul Kifl means resident of Kifl or Kapil (Kapilavastu, where Buddha was born) Some scholars also hold that the Jain guru lord Mahavir was also a prophet.Islamic scholar Hafiz Shujat Hussain refers to the writings of the eminent thinker Moulana Tayyab Qasmi of Darul-Uloom Deoband, who had held that Rama and Krishna could also be prophets.
We should give utmost respect to Hindu prophets as we give respect to prophets from Hazrat Adam to Hazrat Muhammad, including Hazrat Musa (Moses) and Hazrat Isa (Jesus).City Muslim scholars also quote from Subhatul Marjan Fi Tarikhe Hindustan, written by the Islamic scholar Allama Ghulam Ali Azad Bilgrami in Arabic, which describes India as the first domicile of Adam.In Ayodhya, the birth place of Rama, there is a long grave. This is said to be the burial place Adam’s son Prophet Hazrat Shish, Hafiz Shujat told this correspondent.’
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Then the Shaytaan (Satan) made them slip therefrom (the Paradise), and got them out from that in which they were. We said: ‘Get you down, all, with enmity between yourselves. On earth will be a dwelling place for you and an enjoyment for a time’”
Despite that, the scholarly opinions concerning this matter differ.
Some of them said: Adam came down in India and Hawwa’ came down in Jeddah.
Al-Haafiz Ibn Katheer (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
Al-Saddi said: Allah said (interpretation of the meaning): “Get you down, all” [al-Baqarah 2:36]. So they came down; Adam came down in India and the Black Stone and a handful of leaves from Paradise came down with him, and he scattered them in India, and a perfume tree grew, which is the origin of what comes from India of perfume from the handful of leaves that Adam brought down. Adam only took them because of his sorrow at leaving Paradise when he was expelled from it.
‘Imraan ibn ‘Uyaynah said, (narrating) from ‘Ata’ ibn al-Saa’ib, from Sa‘eed ibn Jubayr, from Ibn ‘Abbaas, who said: Adam came down from Paradise in Dahna, in the land of India.
It was narrated that al-Hasan al-Basri said: Adam came down in India and Hawwa’ in Jeddah, and Iblees in Dastumeesaan a few miles from Basrah, and the serpent came down in Asbahaan. This was narrated by Ibn Abi Haatim.
And Allah knows best.
Jutting sharply skyward from the lush jungles of southwestern Sri Lanka is the 7362 foot (2243 meter) peak of Sri Pada, the ‘Holy Footprint’. Also called Adam’s Peak, the mountain has the unique distinction of being sacred to the followers of four of the world’s major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. Long before the development of these religions, however, the mountain was worshipped by the aboriginal inhabitants of Sri Lanka, the Veddas. Their name for the peak was Samanala Kanda; Saman being one of the four guardian deities of the island. For Hindus, the name of the mountain is Sivan Adi Padham, because it was the world-creative dance of the god Shiva that left the giant footprint (5 feet 7 inches by 2 feet 6 inches). According to Buddhist traditions from as early as 300 BC, the real print is actually beneath this larger marking. Imprinted on a huge sapphire, it was left by the Buddha during the third and final of his legendary visits to Sri Lanka. When Portuguese Christians came to the island in the 16th century they claimed the impression to be the footprint of St. Thomas who, according to legend, first brought Christianity to Sri Lanka.
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