Identification of Maitreya by Buddha
Posted on February 18th, 2012

By A. Abdul Aziz.

 In my article titled: The Return of the Buddha “”…” A Reality (LW “”…” 8.12.2011), it was mentioned that the Gauthama Buddha had prophesized the advent of a “ƒ”¹…”Maitreya’ after his demise and that refers to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by quoting references from the Buddhist scriptures.  I can give so many references in support of this truth. I want to elaborate further on this subject for the benefit of the seekers after truth.

   As regards the identification of the Promised Maitreya, Buddha has given a detailed discussion in his own write.

He says the promised one will be:-

  1. Compassionate for the whole creation.
  2. A messenger of peace, a peace-maker.
  3. One who sleeps undisturbed.
  4. A deep thinker, a wise man.
  5. One who does not entertain nightmares.
  6. Will be under the guardianship of angels.
  7. The intense lover of mankind.
  8. Poisons do not harm him.
  9. Under Divine protection in war.
  10. Safe from the harm of fire and water.
  11. The most successful in the world and after death near to God.

Maitreya as a teacher of morals, Buddha defines him as:-

  1. Truthful.
  2. Self-respecting.
  3. Lenient in conversation.
  4. Gentle, noble.
  5. Not proud.
  6. Not a deceiver to anyone.
  7. Not at all looking down upon others.
  8. Restraining anger.
  9. Not exultant at others’ loss.
  10. As kind to creatures as a mother.
  11. The embodiment of good planning.
  12. An example to others in deeds and words.

(Metteya Sutta Dhammapad 151).

 Now let us see how far the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) befits this criterion as set by the Buddha:

  1. Compassionate for the whole creation.  It was because of this merit of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), that he was styled “A mercy for the world”(Holy Qur’an: 21:107).  Mercy and affection for other creatures have different significations from the point of view of various religions.

 Generally, it is understood by Hindus and Buddhists that slaughtering of the animals is against compassion, or mercy towards the creatures.  As a matter of fact Muslims, Christians, Jews and even various sects of Hindus and Buddhists differ in opinion from vegetarians. In this respect the very words of the Buddha may be quoted:-

 “Where is love in a man, who believes, that a slaughter of an animal recompenses his sins?  Can a new sin obliterate the preceding one?  Can the blood of a sinless creature purge a man of his sins?”

 These words of Buddha only show that to consider an animal sacrifice as an atonement for sins is a great blunder.

 In this own time Brahmins according to their Vedas used to burn alive hundreds of animals as sacrifices to gods.  They believed this act would atone for their sins and evil deeds.  They used to enjoy the sight of animal fights.  Often they set them at large only to destroy poor people harvest and fruits.  Buddha witnessed all these cruelties on animals and raised his voice against the unreasonable usage.

 What we believe from mercy and affection towards animals is not to harm or afflict them.  And that the best use of them should be made for what they had been created, and that in so doing we must not exceed limits.  The sick unhealthy, weak and emaciated animals sho.uld not be used for any work. Care should be taken in feeding them properly.  This is how we should treat animals and use them for what they are fit.  To let them loose to wander abroad or to worship them, or to increase their number to exceedingly high limits that they create anxiety for mankind is also against the teachings of Islam and rationalism.

 Islam is not the religion of ascetics.  It is rather a scientific one. According to Islam, animals are created for our benefit, as the Holy Qur’an explicitly reveals “And surely there is a lesson for you in the cattle.  We make you to drink of what is in their bellies, and you have in them many advantages and of them you eat’ (23:21).

 There is no doubt about the fact that we gather much knowledge from animals,

They profit us much, as they give us skins, bones wools, guts etc.  For many of our requirements we are dependent upon these things.  And there are some animals, which are of no use except for meat.  In all cases, slaughter is indispensable.

It is no hyperbole to say that the affection and mercy which the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had in his heart for animals has no parallel anywhere.  Even Jesus the Messiah and Buddha show no greater signs.  In our traditional books and in the Holy Prophet’s biographies, much has been written about this.  A synopsis of the same may be found interesting:-

 (a)    Once the Prophet went into a garden; and seeing a hungry camel called its master and said:  Aren’t you afraid of God, that you treat the poor animal like this?

(b)   Once the Prophet was on a journey.  A person brought an egg.  Soon a sparrow came and showed distress over it.  The Prophet said:  “Who has afflicted the poor bird by taking away its egg?  The person said:  “O Prophet, I have done this.  The Prophet then ordered him to put the egg where it was.

(c)    The Prophet strictly prohibited the cutting of flesh from alive animals, as was generally done.

(d)   He forbade of afflicting any creature with fire.

(e)   He prohibited instigating animals to fight with one another.

(f)     A harlot saw a dog so thirsty that it was licking the wet earth.  She took pity on the poor creature, and gave it water to quench its terrible thirst.  The Prophet, on hearing the anecdote, said that the door of the heaven was open for her.

(g)    A woman kept a cat thirsty and hungry and thus killed it.  On hearing this, the Prophet said that the evil woman would find her way to hell.

(h)   Anas-bin Malik, a companion of the Prophet, says: that the companions of the Prophet would take off the saddles form their camels as soon as they stopped while journeying, then they would offer prayers so that the animals were left to get fodder freely and to relax.

  1. Muhammad as a peace-maker.  The very name of his religion “Islam” means “peace”.  The Prophet has been called the first peace-maker.  “And I am the first of peace-maker”(Holy Qur’an: 6:164). This quality of him is not confirmed to its dictionary meaning only.  The religion of Islam is all in all, as message, a code and a guide for peace and tranquility.  There is not a single edict, which does not take cognizance of peace.

 

  1. One who sleeps undisturbed.  The Quran speaks of the Prophet as saying:-

“Say my prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death are surely for God, the Lord of the worlds (6:163).  What a solace, contentment, peace must there be rampant in the Prophet’s breast, whose life and death is but for God!  The tradition records that the Prophet used to offer his nightfall prayers before going to bed.  He used to praise God, and give thanksgivings to Him at that hour.  He would never sleep without reciting some chapter of the Holy Quran.  And on his bed, he used to pray: “O God!  I die and live with thy name”, and on getting up from his slumber, he used to pray, “ƒ”¹…”God be thanked, He, who has given life after death”.  This shows how undisturbed and peaceful a slumber the Prophet would enjoy, with all resignation towards God.  About other prophets the Holy Prophet has said that their eyes slept but their hearts were awake.  And about himself he has said, that his eyes slept, but his heart was busy in communion with God.

 

  1. Wisdom of the Holy Prophet.  The life of the Prophet gives an anecdote when he showed unparalleled wisdom.  It was at the time when the Quraish took in hand the reconstruction of the ka’ba.  The various tribes and each vied with one another and each was desirous of lifting the Block Stone of the Ka’ba.  This rivalry seemed likely to lead to bloodshed.  Then came the Prophet and laid down his sheet of cloth, asking the tribal leaders to hold its borders, lift it up and thus participate in undertaking the much esteemed and sacred task.

En war councils and in advising his delegations when discussing important matters, he worked miraculously in giving his opinion as the best judge and the best counsel.  It was due to these qualities of the Prophet that the shifting particles of the sands of Arabia were cemented into one solid and tenacious bulwark. 

  1. Immune from nightmares.  Here we understand are meant the dreams due to over eating and excited emotions.  In the Holy Quran, it is said about Prophet Muhammad:-

“God indeed fulfilled the vision for His Messenger with truth”.(48:27)  He saw many visions in his youth and they came true like the daylight.  Nightmares due to gluttony or exited passions and emotions have nothing to do with prophets.  According to a tradition of our prophet “A vision comes from God, whereas a night-mare comes form Satan.  ( Bukhari)   And in another tradition it is said:-

“Revelation started coming down upon him with sacred visions.  He saw visions and they came cent per cent true “(Bukhari)”.

  1. Angels will guard him.  In all sacred books and scriptures it is mentioned the prophets are guarded by angels.

In this respect it is interesting to mention that “Devdutta,” seeing the remarkable excellences of Buddha, conceived in his hart a jealous hatred, thus losing all power of thoughtful abstraction.

He ever plotted wicked schemes to put a stop to the spread of the true law.  Ascending the mount he rolled down a stone to hit Buddha; the stone divided into two part, each part passing on either side of him only one of his feet was injured.  Thereupon Buddha said to Devdutta:-

“Great, O foolish one, is the demerit you have brought forth for yourself, in that with evil and murderous intent you have caused the blood of the Tathagata to flow”.  Bhikkus (disciples of Buddha) gathered to guard the Buddha, but Buddha said to them:- “This, O Bhikkus, is an impossible thing, and one that cannot occur, that one should deprive a Tathagata of life by violence.

The Tathagata, O Bhikkus, are extinguished (in death) in due and natural course.  There are, O Bhikkus, these five kinds of teachers now living in the world.  And this, O Bhikkus, is an impossible thing, and one that cannot occur, that a Tathagata should be slain by any act set on foot by anyone besides himself.  The Tathagatas, O Bhikkus are extinguished (in death) in due course (of nature).

Go, therefore, O Bhikkus, each one to his Vihara, for the Tathagatas require no protection”.

 Now, coming to the Holy Prophet (or the Maitreya Buddha_:-

In Makkah the Prophet’s only enemies were the Quraish.

In Madinah the Jews were a powerful nation, and a little plain speaking had made them the most dreadful enemies.  Similar was the case of the Christians.  The other tribes of Arabia had also by this time been successfully incited by the Quraish to side with them. No kindness or generosity, however, on the part of the Prophet would satisfy the Jews; nothing could conciliate the bitter feelings with which they were animated; they soon broke off and ranged themselves of the side of the enemies of Islam. The Christians also declared they preferred idolatry with all its attendant evils to the creed of Muhammad.

 In these dreadful circumstances it was revealed to the Holy Prophet.””‚”God will protect thee from men”(Holy Qur’an: 5;67) that he would remain under Divine protection amidst the innumerable dangers that threatened him from all quarters and the numerous plots against his life.

 When this verse was revealed he called the guard of his house and told him to go away because God had promised to protect him.  As we read the Buddhist books we find there were only two or three enemies of the Buddha and when the Bhikkus gathered to guard and protect him he said:

 “And this, O Bhikkus, is an impossible thing and one that cannot occur that a Tathagata should be slain”¦”¦”¦. Go, therefore, O Bhikkus each to his Vhiara for a Tathagata requires no protection”.

 Similarly, though the enemies of the Holy Prophet came upon him in thousands it was impossible for them to deprive him of life by violence.  Whenever any attempt was made upon him, he was saved by the angels. 

  1. The lover of mankind.  Primarily, the Holy Prophet cried out against the injustice of man and invited people with love to do justice to every human soul.  When persecuted and threatened by huge forces he, like Abraham, Krishna, Moses and David was compelled to physical resistance, although it was an unequal warfare.

The is no parallel for it in the history of war that a man fought with so small number of companions against double, triple, nay sometimes ten times greater foes yet nearly every time he was victorious.

In ten years he conquered 1,000,000 sq. miles.  However, in all these battles only 150 men of enemy were killed and 125 men of the faith gave their lives for him.  This is an unparalleled example of sparing human bloodshed.  Never in the history of war has anyone with so little bloodshed conquered a million sq. miles in ten years.  It is a great miracle of the love for humanity which the Holy Prophet- Maitreya had.

The gracious result of this very small loss of human life was that the warring tribes of Arabia gave up their hostility.

  1. Unharmed by poison. Out of all those poisons which are very fatal for man, Satan excels all others in efficacy.  He not only attacks our body, but goes deep into our spiritual self and is a cause of the utmost deprivation and devastation.  Why the Holy Prophet was not afraid of the poisonous adder of Satan or evil has been answered by himself.  The Prophet once said that every man has a Satan in him, but that his Satan had converted into a Muslim and was no more something to be afraid of.  Therefore Satan never tempted him to commit anything evil.  As for the ordinary poisons, it is said that many people adulterated his food with poison, but they didn’t harm his health.  Often it happened that the Prophet came to know that the food was adulterated, and he would at once abstain from it.  An anecdote of a Jewish woman of a similar nature is recorded in the tradition.

 

  1. Safe in battles.  See No. 6.

 

  1. Secure from the danger of fire and water.  There are many stories about many prophets that their enemies cast them into fire or tried to drown them in water but fire and water did not harm them. In reality this is not a marvelous miracle.  There are many fire-walkers and they are not even godly men. However, this sign was fulfilled as well as in the person of the Holy Prophet in this way:-

In the very life-time of some prophets when nations turned a deaf ear to the divine message, storms of fire and  water came upon them. The blessings of the Holy Prophet not only saved him from any mishap from fire or water, but his whole nation was kept safe from any such chastisement.  The Qur’an refers as follows:- “And when they said: O God, if this is Indeed the truth from Thee, then rain down on us stones from heaven or inflect on us a painful chastisement. And God would not chastise them while Thou wast among, nor would God chastise them while they seek forgiveness” (8:32-33).  How magnificent was the verdict of God.  In the battle of Badar a strong shower of rain caused heavy damage to the enemy, whereas the same rain proved a great blessing to the Prophet and his companions.

 

  1. Successful in this world and the hereafter.  There can be no better success for a man to fulfil his mission in the teeth of all opposition.  When the Prophet came to the pulpit with the sacred message there was nofriend nor anybody to sympathise with him.  If the grandeur of the design, the scantiness of the means, and the immensity of the results are three measures of the genius of a man, who will dare compare humanly any great man of modern history with Muhammad?  It was no less than a miracle that the man who had not a single friend or sympathiser, at the time of his passing away find not a single opponent of his in the continent.  He found the nation sheer idolaters.  He moulded them into Muslims, with the hatred of false gods and a passion for one, immaterial God.  He metamorphosed a people full of evil into a praiseworthy righteous one.  One can judge the spiritual greatness of the Holy Prophet in the world to come by the success which he gained in this life.  The words of Buddha that:-

“The most successful in the world and after death near to God” (or he who goes to Brahma Loka).  Compare these words with these verses of the Qur’an:-

“O soul that art at rest, return to thy Lord, well-pleased, well-pleasing so enter among my servants and enter My Garden”, (89:27-30).

His last words were “Blessed Companionship on High “Blessed Companionship on High” and the spirit of the great Prophet of Islam took flight to the Companionship on High.

 

9 Responses to “Identification of Maitreya by Buddha”

  1. radha Says:

    Just a couple of questions….

    1. Why is the learned Muslim writer leaning on classical Buddhist literature to justify Prophet Mohammed, whatever his qualities were? Could n’t the prophet stand up on his own merit?
    2. How does he justify the warlike characteristics of the Prophet, as we understand there was infighting over the leadership of the faith institute during the Prophet’s lifetime that led to warfare, which is far from spreading maitreya?
    3. Today we see the polarisation of Islam into two main camps: Sunnis and Shiites, where the contenders kill each other. Is there a relevant reference in Buddhist literature to this phenomenon, where the contenders resorted to arms?
    4. What is the motive behind this writing? To blend Buddhism with Islam, or to forestall Buddhist resistance to Muslim encroachment into Buddhist religious sites?
    5. If “The Prophet strictly prohibited the cutting of flesh from alive animals, as was generally done”, then why do followers of prophet slice the throat of animals, and even non-believing humans, while they are still alive? Is n’t the separation of flesh from their naturally formed physiological structures considered a cardinal sin?
    6. Buddhist teaching does not recognize or acknowledge a universally supreme God nor creator, and as we have been led to believe by scriptures, Buddha Maitreya would not be a messenger of God. Then where is the fundamental similarity? whereas the Prophet

  2. geoff Says:

    This is why we should support US moves to destroy the spread of a hate filled religion that ridicules others faiths.

    Both extreme groups (US and Arabic) are bad but when they are fighting each other we should support it.

  3. geoff Says:

    This was in Lankaweb.

    JEWS AND BUDDHISM

    Posted on October 10th, 2011

    JEWS AND BUDDHISM

    JEWS AND BUDDHISM is an Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Sharon Stone that compiles interviews and archival footage of prominent Jewish, Buddhist, and Jewish-Buddhist personalities—including the Dalai Lama, David Ben Gurion, Allen Ginsberg, Rabbi Allen Lew, Sylvia Boorstein, and many others—to explore the new phenomenon of American Jews who have expanded their faith by drawing from Buddhist traditions.

    More than 30% of non-Asian Buddhists are Jews – and many have become leaders in the spiritual movement.

    The influence of Buddhism is profoundly changing what it means to worship at synagogue. Rabbi Allen Lew explains that in his synagogue he leads his followers in meditation before prayer services four times a week. He believes that Buddhist practices can open spiritual doors to enhance Jewish tradition.

    Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, who considered himself a non-theistic Jew, found solace in Eastern religion. A leader in the counterculture movement, Ginsberg explored Buddhist meditation and belief and expressed his spiritual discontent in his poetry. “Jerusalem’s hated walls, I couldn’t get over the holy side and weep where I was supposed to by history,” he wrote cynically about his trip to Israel in the poem “Angkor Wat,” continuing, “Returning home at last, years later as prophesied, is this the way I’m supposed to feel?”

    In truth, Judaism and Buddhism are not complementary ideologies that always fit snugly inside one another. The film points to the fact that the ancient traditions have profound, unavoidable differences. For one thing, most Jews believe in one God, and Buddhists believe in no God.

    The film shows an archival television interview of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion and his old friend, the Buddhist former Prime Minister of Burma as they discuss religion. Before they begin, the Prime Minister from Burma blurts out, “How is your wife? How is Mrs. Ben Gurion?” His question is full of genuine interest and sets the tone of their debate, what seems to be the understanding that their religious differences are trumped by something more important—their human connection.

    Some well-known Jewish Buddhists:

    (1) Leonard Cohen
    (2) Allen Ginsberg
    (3) Doran Amos
    (4) Kate Hudson
    (5) Jeremy Piven
    (6) Lama Surya Das
    (7) Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys
    (8) Robert Downey, Jr.

    http://blip.tv/rubin-museum-of-art/jews-and-buddhism-belief-amended-faith-revealed-3559011

  4. Ratanapala Says:

    He waged war and in his God’s name millions of animals are slaughtered in the most cruel manner every year on Id-ul-adha. I am sure he cannot be at peace even in his after life. He must be plagued by all his victims. May Peace be upon him and those who follow him.

  5. Wickrama Says:

    This is an ABSURD attempt either to portray a non-Buddhist false prophet as Maitree Buddha, or to stealthily equate Islam to Buddhism.

    “Gauthama Buddha had prophesized the advent of a ‘Maitreya’ after his demise and that refers to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by quoting references from the Buddhist scriptures”

    HILARIOUS !!

    If Lord Buddha wanted to say that the next Buddha was going to be Prophet Mohammed, why give him a different name such as Maitree? Besides nowhere he says that the next Buddha will be born within 1000-1500 odd years later.

    HOWEVER IT IS CRYSTAL CLEAR THAT WHAT MOHAMMED HAS PREACHED IS DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSITE TO BUDDHISM!!

    “What we believe from mercy and affection towards animals is not to harm or afflict them. And that the best use of them should be made for what they had been created, and that in so doing we must not exceed limits.”

    According to Buddhism, animals are NOT CREATED (by anybody) so that humans can get “THE BEST USE” of them.

    “Islam is not the religion of ascetics. It is rather a scientific one. According to Islam, animals are created for our benefit, ”

    RUBBISH!

    WHICH “SCIENCE” say that animals are “CREATED FOR OUR BENEFIT”?? WHAT ABOUT THOUSANDS OR MILLIONS OF SPECIES of animals that have ABSOLUTELY NO USE for humans?? Some of them are even dangerous and detrimental to humans. Was “god” so foolish to create them??

    LEAVE BUDDHISM ALONE !!!

  6. herman Says:

    Please do not get upset let us vote – A. Abdul Aziz to be the joker for 2012.

  7. desh Says:

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  8. Vis8 Says:

    Absolutely needless article: you believe what you believe: that’s OK, but it is better to keep such controversial issues to oneself.

  9. desh Says:

    Its quite nice to have a comment deleted and have +11 out of 11 votes!
    What I can’t understand is why such BS is published in a good Web site as Lankaweb?

    This Aziz is trying hard to tell us that his prophet lived a Buddhist life?! The, why did this prophet, who had hallucinations, became a child rapist?

    Can a Buddhist be a child rapist?

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