Yuz Asaf

Youza Asaf, Youza Asaph, Youza Asouph, Yuz Asaf, Yuzu Asaf, Yuzu Asif, or Yuzasaf, (Urdu: یوضا آصف‎) are Arabic and Urdu variations of the name Josaphat, and are primarily connected with Christianized and Islamized versions of the life of Buddha found in Barlaam and Josaphat.

In Islamic traditionEdit

According to Tarikh-i-Kashmir, a history of Kashmir written between 1579–1620, Yuzu Asaf was a Prophet of God who travelled to Kashmir from a foreign land.[citation needed][1]

In 1747, a local Srinagar Sufi writer, Khwaja Muhammad Azam Didamari, stated that the Roza Bal is a shrine to a foreign prophet and prince, Youza Asouph.[2]

Ghulam Ahmad and Ahmaddiya beliefEdit

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the Ahmadiyya movement, identified the name as that which Jesus of Nazareth assumed following his crucifixion and migration from Israel.[3] Ahmad further identified that the Roza Bal shrine located in Srinagar, Kashmir is the tomb of Jesus.

These views are considered to be heretical and highly controversial by Sunni Islamic scholars and authorities.[4] Local residents at the shrine believe Yuz Asaf was a Muslim Sufi saint.[5] Indologist Günter Grönbold in his Jesus in Indien assesses that the shrine was previously Hindu, before the Islamization of Kashmir and is possibly the grave of a Buddhist or Hindu saint rather than a Sufi, but either way has no connection with Jesus or with Christianity.[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vaziri, M. Buddhism in Iran: An Anthropological Approach to Traces and Influences. Springer. ISBN 9781137022943.
  2. ^ Khwaja Muhammad Azam Didamari (1998). Waqi'at-i-Kashmir (Story of Kashmir), being an translation by Khwaja Hamid Yazdani from the Persian MSS Tarikh-i-Kashmir 'Azmi (in Urdu). Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Research Centre. p. 117.
  3. ^ Miller, Sam. "Tourists flock to 'Jesus's tomb' in Kashmir". news.bbc.co.uk. BBC News. Retrieved 12 April 2017. Officially, the tomb is the burial site of Youza Asaph, a medieval Muslim preacher
  4. ^ https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/c991/5ad9b54f7e9dcb49a9b1272a8b50a385aa37.pdf
  5. ^ "Kashmir shrine bars tourists over Jesus burial row". DAWN.COM. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2017. medieval Muslim saint Yuz Asaf
  6. ^ Grönbold Jesus in Indien 1985 p.57