Jesus in India

Older Book Reviews (1899 – 1999)

Jesus among the Lost Sheep – Aziz A Chaudhry, London, UK, 1992

A book summarizing Ahmadiyya Muslim beliefs on the account of Jesus’ journey to Kashmir.

The paper would not be complete without mentioning the scholarly contributions of the late Sheikh Abdul Qadir, a Pakistani who published a series of articles throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. His articles appeared in such magazines as The Review of Religions, The Muslim Herald, Al-Furqan and Al-Fazl.

The titles of some of his articles were, “Last Verse of Mark’s Gospel”, “Discovery of a New Coptic Gospel”, “Mary, Mother of Jesus, in the East”, “Bhavishya Maha Purana”, “Messiah in the East”, “History of the Tomb of Yuz Asaf”, “The Odes of Solomon.” Much of his research was summarized in his speech delivered at the London Conference in 1978.

The article “Mary, Mother of Jesus, in the East” will be described in more detail since it is a topic that is not addressed as often. It appeared in the January 1964 edition of The Review of Religions. The Quran states that both Jesus and his mother Mary were made a sign, and given refuge on an elevated land. Like the situation with Jesus, the whereabouts of Mary after the event of the crucifixion has been a mystery.

Some traditions relate she was taken unto Heaven, since no tomb of Mary has ever been described in the Palestine or neighboring regions. Another early Christian tradition (from St Epiphinius, 315-403 A.D) relates that Mary was entrusted under the care of the disciple John, and traveled with him to Asia (Parthia). The apocryphal Acts of Philip also relates John’s departure eastward to Parthia. 

It appears that due to intense persecution by the Jews in the Roman Empire, Jesus’ disciples migrated eastward to Parthia, where presumably they caught up with Jesus himself. The apocryphal work Pistis Sophia also mentions Mary was with Jesus on earth some eleven years after the crucifixion.

Sheikh Abdul Qadir continues to reconstruct Mary’s travels with references to such works as Rauzat-us-Safa, which states Mary accompanied Jesus during his travels. Another work is Bihar-ul-Anwar, (appears to be based on Christian traditions) which mentions Mary with Jesus and other disciples in what is now modern day Iraq. The first Epistle of Peter in the New Testament also refers to followers of Jesus in Babylon (Iraq).

Finally, Sheikh Abdul Qadir discusses the tomb of Mary that does exist in Murree, Pakistan, though another tomb has been identified in Kashgar as belonging to Mary. Further archaeological research can disclose the truth.

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