Anecdotes from the Life of the Prophet Muhammad
by Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqui
Appendix B: Prophecies about the Holy Prophet Muhammad: Prophecies in the Bible
Buddha has prophesied the advent of a Maitreya, and the prophecy is so famous that some of the Christian missionaries, Hindu Pundits and Theosophist propagandists have tried to apply it to their own reformers. Almost all Buddhist books contain this prophecy. It is in Chakkavatti Sinh nad Suttanta D. III 76. It goes as follows:
“There will arise in the world a Buddha named Maitreya (the benevolent one) a holy one, a supreme one, an enlightened one, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe; an incomparable charioteer of men who are tamed, a master of angels and mortals, a blessed Buddha even as I have now arisen in the world, a Buddha endowed with these same qualities. What he has realised by his own supernal knowledge, he will publish to this universe with its angels, its friends and its archangels and to the race of philosophers and Brahmins, princes and peoples, even as I now, having all this knowledge, do publish the same unto the same. He will preach his religion, glorious in its origin, glorious at its climax, glorious at the goal, in the spirit and the letter. He will proclaim a religious life, wholly perfect and thoroughly pure, even as I now preach my religion and a like life do proclaim. He will keep up the society of monks numbering thousands, even as I now keep up a society of monks numbering many thousands.” (Edmunds, Buddhist and Christian Gospels, Vol. II, pp. 160–161; Coming World Teacher by Pavri, p. 23)
The term Maitreya is found in all books on Buddhism with slight differences of pronunciation.
Maitreya in Sanskrit means loving, compassionate and merciful, benevolent. (Sanskrit-English Dictionary by Monier Williams, and Buddhism by the same author, p. 181).
“It is also the name of Buddhistiva, the coming blessed one who is the fifth Buddha of this world.” (ibid)
“It originates from Maitai which stands for friendship, goodwill” (ibid., p. 128).
Now the Holy Quran has described the Prophet Muhammad [pbuh] as such:
“And we have not sent thee but as a mercy to the nations.” (The Holy Quran, 21:107)
“Certainly, a messenger has come to you from among yourselves: grievous to him is your falling into distress, most solicitous for you, to the believers (he is) compassionate, merciful.” (The Holy Quran, 9:128)
Besides, Maitreya, the Promised One, has been described as a guide to the whole of mankind. It is mentioned in overt terms that he will be the last of the prophets, that no Buddha will come after him. In the historic literature of the Buddhists, it is mentioned as a fact that the Promised One is earnestly awaited everywhere.
The description above fits in only with the Holy Prophet Muhammad [pbuh].
Note: For a detailed study on the subject, the reader is referred to the book Muhammad in World Scriptures, Vols. I and II, by Maulana Abdul Haque Vidyarthi.