Jesus in India

Older Book Reviews (1899 – 1999)

Jesus in Heaven on Earth – Khwaja Nazir Ahmad, Lahore, Pakistan, 1952

A lawyer by profession, K.N Ahmad completed his book after extensive travel in Kashmir. His book is probably the most detailed on the subject, spanning over 400 pages. The book has five parts. Part I reviews the sources of information, including Hebrew, pagan and Christian sources and finally Islamic sources. Part II is on the birth of Jesus, and discusses the genesis of the son-god theory, which ultimately lead to the Trinity Dogma. 

Following the discussion of the death and mission of Jesus in Parts III and IV, the author goes into detail on the historical evidence of lost tribes of Israel having domiciled in Afghanistan and Kashmir in Part V and provides quotations from ancient historical works of Kashmir on the tomb of Jesus.

Two important works he has quoted are TarikhiKashmir (c 1400 A.D) by Mulla Nadiri and Bhavishya maha Purana, an old Hindu document from 115 A.D. He has included a photograph of the relevant pages, important especially for TarikhiKashmir, since apparently only one copy exists, and is in very poor condition. Mulla Nadiri relates the arrival of Yuzu Asaf, a Messenger of God, from the Holy Land and further states that Yuzu Asaf has traditionally been identified with Isa (Jesus). 

The Hindu purana mentioned above describes a meeting of Isa-Masih, Messenger of God with a local ruler in Northern India at the time. Indeed, Mulla Nadiri refers to the purana and identifies Yuzu Asaf and Isa as possibly being the same personages.

Another important contribution of Khwaja Nazir Ahmad is the detailed analysis of Afghanistani and Kashmiri customs, habits and traditions and comparison to Israelite peoples. Moreover, an impressive list is provided of communities in these countries, which by name match those found in the Bible, with the relevant Biblical reference.

The author is guilty of some magical thinking, which does distract from the otherwise scholarly work. He writes that Hazrat Solomon literally flew through the air to Kashmir to visit a temple in his name. However, the current editors have removed such references in the revised edition that was released recently.

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