Fellow Muslims: Do you believe Krishna and Buddha are prophets?

This saying (Hadith) is found in the book 'Firdowsul Akbar' by Hazrat Thylami.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: A Prophet appeared in India. He was dark in complexion. His name was Kahina"

Is this Krishna?

And (remember) Ishmael and Idris (Enoch) and Dhul-Kifl, all were from among those who observe patience. Surah 21: 85-86

Is this Buddha? Some scholars say that Kifl is Kappitavatsu in Nepal where Buddha grew up.

I believe that Krishna and Buddha (pbut) are both prophets of Allah, and that their followers corrupted the religion just like the followers of Prophet Jesus (pbuh). What are your thoughts?

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    35. It is well­known that Muslims believe in the Israelite Prophets, including Jesus. How do they regard the great figures of other religions, such as Krishna, Buddha, and Confucius?

    It is quite obvious from the teachings of the Holy Quran that, as God sent Prophets to every nation, and quite a large number of them appeared all over the world, the ancient founders of these other religions too would have been Prophets and messengers of God. In fact, wherever there are people following a sacred scripture older than the Quran, their religious founders mentioned in those Books should be accepted by Muslims as true prophets of God. It has been suggested that Buddha is mentioned in the Holy Quran by the name Dhul­Kifl, meaning man of Kifl, where Kifl is the Arabic form of the name of his birth-place Kapilvestu. [Introduction to Islam, section: Prophets, Zahid Aziz]

    There's a famous book entitled: Muhammad in World Scriptures (multiple volumes), by Maulana Abdul Haque Vidyarthy which well known Muslims, such as Dr. Zakir Naik have utilized in showing that the previous scriptures (Budddhist, Hindu, Zoraoastrian, etc) speak of mangnificent prophecies of the Promised Prophet - Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

    Muhammad in World Scriptures (Vol 1): The Parsi, Hindu and Buddhist Scriptures by Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi

    Muhammad in World Scriptures (Vol. 2): by Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi: Advent of Holy Prophet Muhammad Foretold in the Books of the Old Testament of Jews and the New Testament of Christians

    Muhammad in World Scripture (Vol. 3) A Comparative Study of the Teachings and Prophecies Foretelling the Advent of the Holy Prophet Muhammad found Extant in Zoroastrian, Hindu and Buddhist Scriptures


    Krishna, Brahm, Confucious, Zoraoster, Buddha - peace be upon them all.

    M. Muhammad Ali writes:

    The Qur’an asserts that the appearance of the Holy Prophet was foretold by each and all of the foregoing prophets, through whom the covenant was also made with their respective peoples that they would accept him when he made his appearance (3:81). The distinguishing feature of the Promised One, they were told, was that he would bear testimony to the truth of all the prophets of the world. It seems that Providence had deemed fit to depute a separate prophet for the reformation of each nation in the days of yore, when the various peoples inhabiting this planet lived in absolute isolation from one another and modern means of communication had not come into existence. To amalgamate the diverse religious systems into one all-comprehensive faith as well as to weld humanity into one universal brotherhood, was sent a prophet with a mission for the whole of mankind. Thus, while one the one hand the happy news of such a world-Prophet was given to each preceding prophet, the Promised One was, on the other, commissioned to testify to the truth of all the foregoing prophets wherever and whenever sent all the world over:

    “And when Allah made a covenant through the prophets: Certainly what I have given you of the Book and Wisdom – then a Messenger comes to you verifying that which is with you, you shall believe in him and you shall aid him…” (Qur’an 3:81)

    There is only one Messenger in the whole world and that is Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) – who answers to this description. His description of the faithful runs thus:

    “And who believe in that which has been revealed to thee and that which was revealed before thee…” (2:4).

    It goes further still and asserts that a prophet was raised in every nation:

    “There is not a people but a Warner has gone among them” (35:24).

    On another occasion it says that it makes mention of some of the prophets while there are others who have not been expressly spoken of. (4:164). So the Holy Prophet Muhammad stand out unique from both these view-points: on the one hand, the predictions of all his predecessors find due fulfillment in his person; while, on the other, he alone out of all the prophets has made it a binding article of faith to believe in all the prophets of the world. Thus, he is the last of that noble band of prophets, as foretold by all of his predecessors.

  • Aimee
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    haha 'De' how can you hold hatred for a man who practically EMBODIED peace?! now im not trying to be disrespectful to the prophet at all, but to be honest he wasn't the most peaceful of men - his usual answer to oppression was reformation and a 'freedom fight' - resorting to more violence the buddha did nothing of the sort. he lived his own life his own way, didn't encourage people to follow him, didn't tell people to worship him but instead advocated peace and understanding. there is nothing idolatrous about pure buddhism at all - it is simply a state of mind, a way of being and looking at things. in my opinion you're just trying to rubbish him because he was a man who had no faults other than the fact that he didn't believe in any god whatsoever, and you can't take it. morality and religion are NOT inseparable - one CAN exist without the other no, i don't think he was a prophet of Allah. there's historical and logical evidence pointing to the fact that the whole basis of buddhism is denying the existence of god and fate why not just accept him as the revolutionary, peaceful human being he was rather than recruit him into Islam? kindling a respect for different ways of life and different beliefs would go a long way to improving the image of islam, and it doesn't take much, its just a decent courtesy.

  • 1 decade ago


    Peace be upon you.

    In the Name of Allah, Thhe Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

    There are One Hundred and Twenty Four Thousand Prophets as said by Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu'alaihi Wassalam (124,000). To my knowledge, Most Prophhets are Arabs. But The Prophet before Prophet Noah Alaihis Sallalm are Not Arabs. They are Prophet Adam and Prophet Idris. After the World Flood, Noah's son Saam. Give Arabs, Persian (Iranian) and Roman. From these The First Prophet to Israel was Prophet Ishaq second son of Prophet Ibrahim Khalillulllah till the last Prophet Jesus Christ and Prophet Ibrahim Khalillillullah first Son Prophet Ismail exist The Arab and the birth of Prophet Muhammad Sallahhu'alaihi Wassalam. Maybe or maybe not 'Krishna' and 'Buddha' are among the One Hundred and Twenty four thousand (124,000) Prophets. They are teaching good Deeds toward Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala. There's no strong proof that both Krishna and Buddha are Prophets.


    In Hindu scriptures, too, there are a good many prophecies about Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahhu'alaihi Wassalam. A few of these are in "The Pur'an'as. The ONE in the "Bhavishya Pur'an'a" is the clearest of all. The fifth word from left to right is the name our Holy Prophet. It gives even the name of the country of the Prophet "Marusthalnivasinan" i.e the inhabitan of the desert (Arabia).

    Here are the translation of the Original Sanscript Text.

    "Just then an illiterate man with his epithet of Teacher, Muhammad by name, came along with his companion. Raja (Bhoja in a vision) to that Great Deva the denizen of Arabia, purifying with the Gangess water and with the five things of cow offered sandal wood and pay worship to him. O denizen of Arabia and Lord of the Holies to thee is my adoration. O thou who has found many ways and means to destroy all the devils of the world!. O pure one from among the illiterates, O sinless one, the spirit of truth and absolute master, to thee is my adoration! Accept me at thy feet.

    (Bhavishya Pur'an'a Parv 3, Khand 3, Adhya 3, Shalok 5-8)


    Prophecies in The Buddhist Scriptures.

    THe Buddhist Scriptures have been written in more than one language. The following translation extracts from the Ceylon sourse.

    Anqanda said to thhe Blessed One, "Who shall teach us wwhen thou are gone?".

    And the Blessed One replied: l am not the first Budhha who come upon earth, nor shall l be the last. In due time another Budhha will arise in the world, a Holy one, a supremely enlighhtened one, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals. He will preach his religion, glorious in its origin, glorious at the climax, and, glorious at the goal. He will proclaim aq religious life, wholly perfect and pure, such as l now proclaim. His disiples will number thousands, while mine number many hundreds.

    Ananda said, "How shall we know him?"

    The Blessed One replied, "He will be known as MAITREYA..."

    Maitreya meaning A Mercy and The Blessed One.

    Anyone making an unbiased STUDY of the question must come to the conclusion that no one other than the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahhu'alaihi Wassalam fills this position of the MAITREYA.

    l hope l had answered your question.

    Wabillahhitaufiq Walhidayah Wassalamu'alaikum Warahmatullahhi Wabarakatuh.

    Source(s): The book "Israel and The Prophecies of Al-Qur'an" by Ali Akhbar
  • It is not permissible to relay such hadeeths without mentioning their classification (if authentic or weak).

    I have never heard of such narrations.

    We do not have any proof to confirm that Buddha and Krishna were Prophets.

    Regardless, there is no benefit to such knowledge, as we believe in all the Prophets of Allaah whether we know them or not.

    Furthermore, the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, abrogates the religions that came before it.

    Furthermore, Dhul-Kifl is mentioned in Ibn Katheer's book, "Stories of the Prophets" and there is no mention that the scholars of tafseer held Dhul-Kifl to be Buddha.

    It is very important to interpret the Qur'aan as it was understood by the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, and his Companions, and to stay away from the conjectures of people who try to explain the Qur'aan with doubts and suspicions.

    May Allaah bless you.


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  • 1 decade ago

    Allah swt knows the best.

    Koran says : *for every nation there is a guide*

    Meaning that Allah swt have sent messnegers to every nations in the past.

  • 1 decade ago

    they can be or can not be

    what hadiths u show r weak hadiths

    so Allah knows the best

    so we can't say that they r prophets

  • Sorry to post again..... NO, neither Hinduism nor Buddhism have a concept of "prophets". We reject the idea that God needs to send "prophets" or "messengers" to help mankind. Such an idea is primitive. We believe that wisdom, knowledge, truth and enlightnment is universal and omnipotent and anyone can tune into it via meditation, yoga, penance, austerity and worship/prayer.

  • 1 decade ago

    Were Zoroaster and the Buddha Prophets?

    Answered by Shaykh Hamza Karamali, SunniPath Academy Teacher


    I've heard many (muslim) people saying that (most or few) non-muslim gods are actually the prophets (or wali-allah) sent by Allah and eventually the followers have distorted their preaching and teaching alike Judaism, Christianity and thus the respective religion is formed of non-believers. The names mentioned in subject may or may not be applicable to this belief. I know that its nowhere useful to ask this except clarifying what is firmly believed (or said). Please clarify the doubt in the light of Quran and Hadith. Correct me if I'm wrong.


    In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

    Classical manuals of orthodox Muslim belief--such as the famous Jawharat al-Tawhid and its many scholarly commentaries--explain that as Muslims, we are obligated to believe in the prophethood and messengerhood of every single prophet and messenger that Allah Most High sent. This is based on the many verses that command us not to pick and choose between messengers by believing in some and disbelieving in others. Examples of such verses are:

    Say (O, Muslims): “We believe in Allah, and in what has been revealed to us, and in what has been revealed to Ibrāhīm, Ismā‘īl (Ishmael), IsHāq (Isaac), Ya‘qūb and his children, and in what has been given to Mūsā and ‘Īsā (Jesus) and what has been given to the prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between any of them, and to Him we submit ourselves. (2:136)


    Surely those who disbelieve in Allah and His Messengers, and wish to make division between Allah and His Messengers, and say, “We believe in some (messengers) and disbelieve in others” and wish to take a way in between that - those are the disbelievers in reality, and We have prepared a humiliating punishment for the disbelievers. (4:150,151)

    These manuals of belief then go on to explain that--in light of these verses--we are obligated to specifically believe in those prophets and messengers that are specifically mentioned in the Quran. In total, these come to 25 messengers whose messengerhood is agreed upon among scholars, plus some others whose messengerhood or prophethood is a matter of scholarly disagreement.

    At the same time, we acknowledge that there were many more prophets and messengers whose specific identities we do not know because they are not mentioned in the Quran or sunna. Shaykh Ibn `Ashur--a recent master of the discipline of tafsir--writes in his commentary on the verse, "Surely We have sent you with truth as a bearer of good news and as a warner, and there was no nation without a warner having passed among them." (35:24)

    The word nation in this verse refers to a large group of people comprising many tribes who have a common ancestor and who live close together, such as the Persians, the Byzantines, the Chinese, the Indians, the Greeks, the Jews, the Arabs, and the Berbers: every single one of these nations was sent a warner (i.e., a messenger or prophet) who warned them about things that would harm them and about the punishment of the next life. Some of these warners are known to us, and others of them warned and passed away and nothing of them is now known. Allah Most High said, "Verily We sent messengers before you, among them those We have told you of, and some of whom We have not told you." (40:78)


    The reason why the Quran only mentioned the prophets and messengers of the prominent nations who lived in or close to the Arab lands is because at the time of revelation, the Quran was speaking first and foremost to the Arabs who knew about these nations and their ruins. Mentioning these nations was thus a stronger cause of reflection for the Arabs. Were messengers to be mentioned to them who they did not know about, this would constitute mere storytelling and would not be a cause for reflection.

    We can say for sure, then, that Allah sent prophets to India, to Persia, to China, to every nation. Who were they? What were their names? Since the Quran and sunna don't tell us, there is no longer any definite way of finding out.

    Our approach towards people such as Zoroaster, the Buddha, Confucius, and other personalities venerated by various religions should be one of caution: it is possible that they were actual prophets whose message was corrupted over the generations, and it is also possible that they were not. Since the possibility exists that they were prophets, we don't deny them the status of prophethood; since the possibility exists that there were not prophets, we don't affirm with certainty that they were prophets. In other words, we refrain from issuing judgment either way: we don't categorically deny, and we don't categorically affirm; we simply say that "we don't know."

    When we examine the remnants of their teachings, we weight them in the light of the Quran and sunna, the only revelation that hasn't been tampered with. Thes

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    would you please! be the first person in history to show the christians where the bible has been changed? we all know about abrogation in the quran where allah cancel [ canged] large parts of the quran but none seem to know about where the bible was changed.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i dunno bt kalki avatar is

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