Sunday, September 4, 2011

Who Might Have Been a Muslim Prophet?

Excerpt from a post on the "Indian Muslims" blog.
Could it be that Sri Ram, Sri Krishna, Gautama Buddha, Zoroaster and Confucius were Prophets of God? This is not a new question and has been asked many times before. As I argue further that while we cannot proclaim strictly based on the Quran and Hadees (as they have not been mentioned by name) yet based on these very sources we tend to move towards possibly accepting them as such. 
The important concept here is that mainstream traditional Muslims have a core Quranic responsibility to respect world religions, perhaps especially those religions with well-behaved charismatic leaders coming from before ~630 CE (A.D.).  See the link above for scriptural citations.

However, while some Muslim bloggers make inclusive-leaning posts like the above, such inter-faith openness leaves one vulnerable to attack.  On this page, the somewhat-verbose commentator "Shuayb Ahmed" finds his personal faith under attack, based on his word usage "sounding weird"!  But, on the third page of the same thread, "nurmuhammad12" comes to Shuayb's eloquent defense with comprehensive citations and a more traditional-seeming style of discourse.

Some writers advocate strict agnoticism in dealing with potential Muslim prophets found in other historical traditions.  However, on the same website, another writer links to the website of pre-eminent scholar Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah.

Saving the best for last, I found Dr. Abd-Allah's paper One God, Many Names, absolutely amazing in its virtuosity.  He cherishes and properly underlines the particular canonical institutions founded by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), but still fully lives up to the difficult Quranic injunction to "treat all prophets equally."  Dr. Abd-Allah does this by carefully finding the extensive common ground between Islam and scriptures from various ancient inspired sages and teachers.

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