The above article (LW – 14.1.2012) clearly indicates the advent of another person in the spirit of Jesus Christ as his second advent. There is no mention about the post-crucifixion event of Jesus and it is important to highlight the hidden history of Jesus. There are historical records which support Jesus’ post-crucifixion journey to Kashmir.
While in Palestine Jesus had given sufficient indications, though in parables as was his habit, that in the future he would have to leave Palestine for another country.
As he was moving away from Palestine, the question arose, as to where Jesus should go. This has already been answered by Jesus himself; “I have been sent only to those lost sheep, the people of Israel” (Mathew: 15;24.)
“I have other sheep, that are not of this fold, I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”(John: 10;16.)
Obviously Jesus would now go in search of the lost tribes of Israel. In order to evade arrest he had to move away from the danger. Both the Jews and the Roman authorities were his enemies. He thus followed the same ancient route which was taken by the Jews during their historic dispersion.
Lost Tribes of Israel
If we glance at the history of the Jews, we find that they were divided into twelve tribes. They were: 1. Asher, 2. Benjamin, 3. Dan, 4. Ephraim, 5. Gad, 6. Issachar, 7. Judah, 8. Manasseh, 9. Naphatali, 10. Reuben, 11. Simeon, 12. Zebulun. All of them lived peacefully under Hazrat Dawood (David) and after his death under Hazrat Sulaiman (Solomon) who were both prophets of god as well as their kings. According to the Bible, their kingdom included all the nations from the river Euphrates to as far west as the city of Gaza in Philistia and the Egyptian border. After the death of King Solomon in 931 B.C, his son Rehoboam succeeded him as king. He was very cruel, so the people rebelled against him and his kingdom was reduced to the territory of Judah. Jerusalem was the capital of this southern kingdom. Only two tribes, Judah and Benjamin remained loyal to Rehoboam. The remaining ten tribes formed the northern kingdom of Israel, with its capital at Samaria and made Jeroboam as their king. There was continual warfare between the two kingdoms.
Jeroboam, according to the Bible, was an official in Solomon’s kingdom. He revolted against King Solomon and in order to avoid his wrath escaped to Egypt and stayed there until Solomon’s death. About two hundred years later, Assyrians under King Tiglath Pilser III (745-727 B.C) attacked the northern kingdom of Israel and captured many cities and took their people to Assyria as prisoners.
A few years later emperor Shalmaneser V of Assyria attacked the kingdom of Israel. King Hoshea of Israel surrendered and agreed to pay him tribute every year. But one year, king Hoshea sent messengers to the king of Egypt asking for his help and stopped paying the annual tribute to Assyria. When Shalmaneser learnt this, he reacted very strongly, invaded Israel and besieged Samaria, which lasted for three years. During this time emperor Shalmaneser died. His successor Sargan II continued the attack and in 722 B.C. destroyed the kingdom completely and carried almost all the remainder of the ten tribes to Assyria, Mesopotamia and parts of Media. Henceforth, these ten tribes were known as the Lost Tribes. Further dispersion of the ten tribes took place when the Babylonians destroyed the Assyrians.
Later, the Persians under King Cyrus crushed the Babylonian Empire in 539 BC. The Israelites thus suffered again and were scattered throughout the Persian Empire which at that time extended upto Afghanistan and India. It was these lost tribes of Israel that Jesus went in search of.
Jesus travels to the East.
It appears that Jesus left Galilee and followed the caravan route to Syria, where there was a large Jewish community settled in and around Damascus. There are indications that from Damascus Jesus traveled to Nisibain, a city about 450 miles from Jerusalem, which is on the route from Syria to Persia. A well-known Persian historical work known as Rauzat-us-Safa describes an account of the travels of Jesus to Nisibain.
It says, “Jesus, on whom be peace, was named the Messiah as he was a great traveler. With a woollen scarf on his head and woolen cloak on his body, and a stick in his hand, he wandered on foot from country to country and from city to city. He ate wild fruit and vegetation and at night stayed where he happened to be. In one of his travel, his companions bought a horse for him. He rode the horse one day but as he could not make any provision for the feeding of the horse, he returned it.
When he arrived in Nisibain, which was at a distance of several hundred miles from his home, he sent some of his disciples into the city to preach. There were current wrong and unfounded rumors in the city about Jesus and his mother. The Governor therefore arrested the disciples and summoned Jesus. Jesus preached to the people, healed some sick persons by his prayers and also showed some other miracles to them; as a result the King of Nisibain with all his armies and his people became his followers. (Rauzat-us-Safa was written in 835 A.H. (1417 A.D.) by Sir Muhammad bin Khawand and reprinted in Bombay in 1271 A.H. (1852 A.D.) pages 130 – 135)
Jesus in Persia
It seems that by going to Nisibain, Jesus intended to travel towards the east through Persia to Afghanistan.
During the course of his journey, Jesus seems to have passed through Herat, a town near the border of Afghanistan with Iran. This is evident from a brief account of a community called Dervishes who claim to be the followers of Jesus and are found even today, in and around Herat. In a book called ‘Among the Dervishes’, it is stated:
“The followers of Isa, son of Maryam – Jesus, son of Mary, generally call themselves Moslems and inhabit a number of villages scattered throughout the western area of Afghanistan whose centre is Herat…………..They believe in the doctrine that Jesus was the ‘son of God’ because he had attained that rank through his goodness and sacrifice. According to these people, Jesus escaped from the cross, was hidden by friends, was helped to flee to India…….. and settled in Kashmir where he is revered as an ancient teacher, Yuz Asaf. It is from this period of the supposed life of Jesus that these people claim to have got their message.” (‘Among the Dervishes’ by O.M. Burke published by Octagon Press Ltd, London, pages 107 – 109)
It appears that after leaving Nisibain, Jesus assumed the name of Yuz Asaf as he was sometimes known by this name in the countries he subsequently visited. Yuz is derived from Yusu meaning Jesus and Asaf means the gatherer or collector. Thus Yuz Asaf means Jesus, the gatherer of the lost sheep of Israel.
Jesus in Afghanistan
From here Jesus seems to have entered Afghanistan and then through Punjab to Kashmir where the lost tribes of Israel were believed to have settled. There are also indications that Jesus might have visited Tibet.
When we study the customs and habits of the inhabitants of those countries, especially Afghanistan and Kashmir we are surprised to find that the Afghans and the Kashmiris resemble the Israelites greatly and are very dissimilar to the people of the Indian sub-continent in their habits, and complexion. The Afghans, themselves claim that they are the descendants of Israelites and their features certainly support their claim and so do several of the names of their tribes. For example, MUSA KHEL means the tribe of Moses; DAUD KHEL, the tribe of David; YUSUF ZAI the tribe of Joseph and SULEMAN ZAI, the tribe of Solomon. Similarly the names of several of their places appear to have Jewish origin.
There is therefore every possibility that some of the lost tribes of Israel had settled in different parts of Afghanistan for a long time before the event of crucifixion and that Jesus visited them and preached to them and was accepted by them.
Jesus in India
From Afghanistan Jesus might have travelled through the Punjab in India and finally settled in Kashmir. In Kashmir, most of the Israelites had adopted Buddhism. Some even had become idol worshippers. Slowly and gradually Jesus brought them back to the true faith and they accepted him as a Prophet of God.
As time passed Jesus had a great following even in Kashmir. He was held in great honour. Thus he was accepted in all the lands where the lost tribes of Israel had settled.
Jesus Meets a Hindu King
In a very old Sanskrit book called Bhavishya Maha Puranas, a meeting between King Shalewahin and Jesus is described. It is reported that once King Shalewahin went to a peak of the Himalayas. There, in the middle of the Hun country the mighty king saw a dignified person of fair complexion wearing white clothes, sitting in the mountain. Shalewahin asked him who he was? He replied with a smile, ‘I am the Messiah, born of a virgin,’
He also told the king that he had come from a far off land where he suffered at the hands of his people. When the king asked him to explain his religion, Jesus replied. ‘It is love, truth and purity of heart’. King Shalewahin was deeply impressed by his holiness, so he left after paying homage to him. (Bhavishya Maha Puranas written in 3191 Laukika era (115 A.D.)
Jesus Died in Kashmir
Jesus, may peace be upon him, is believed to have died at the age of 120 and was buried in Kashmir. Guided by divine revelation and subsequent research, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, located his tomb in the Khanyar sector of the city of Sri Nagar, where it has now become well-known and continues to attract many visitors from all parts of the world. The tomb is known as the Tomb of Yuz Asaf. The grave, according to Jewish custom, is east-west in direction, while it is a well-known fact that Muslims, in that part of the world, bury their dead in the North-South direction. The Hindus and the Buddhists, on the other hand, cremate their dead.
This discovery is a further evidence to the fact that Jesus did not die on the cross and that he had travelled to India to accomplish the divine mission, for which he was sent into this world. May his soul rest in peace.
The Qur’an mentions the place of his final refuge in the following words:
“And we made the son of Mary and his mother a Sign, and gave them shelter on a pleasant plateau with springs of running water”.(23:5)
This is an accurate description of the beautiful valley of Kashmir, where Jesus and his mother finally settled and lived in peace and tranquility after his escape from Palestine. Kashmir is famous throughout the world for its natural beauty. It is called the ‘valley of eternal bliss’ and sometimes ‘heaven on earth’. Thus this ‘heaven on earth’ became the place of eternal rest for Jesus and his mother.
It is also believed that Mary died and was buried at a place called Mari or Murree, named in her honour. Her grave which is known as ‘The resting place of mother Mary’ can be visited even today. Murree is situated in Northern Pakistan not far from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, and is part of the mountainous range which extends to Kashmir.
The Qur’an tells us in clear terms that Jesus had died. It says: “The Messiah, son of Mary, was only a Messenger. All Messengers have indeed passed away before him. And his mother was a truthful woman. They both used to eat food.” (5:76)
At another place it says: “Muhammad is only a Messenger. All Messengers have indeed passed away before him.” (Qur’an: 3;145)
The Government of India’s Film Division’s Documentary “The Rozabal Shrine of Srinagar (Dec 2010)” also was screened at an International Film Festival in Tiruananthpuram Kerala, India, last year. Government of India Documentary on Jesus in Kashmir – the complete film can be watched at this link: