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Introduction to Zoroastrianism / Parsi -Ism

Zoroastrianism is an old Aryan religion that originated in Persia more than 2500 years ago.
There are about 2.6 million followers of Zoroastrianism in the world. Manorama Year Book: 2010 C.E.: Pg.: 480

Zoroaster was the founder of Zoroastrianism, additionally commonly known as Parsi-ism. It is otherwise called the religion of fire worshipers and Magianism.

Parsi Scriptures

Consist of 'Dasatir' and Vesta' or 'Zend-Avesta'. Dasatir is further divided into two parts: 'Khurda Dasatir' and 'Kaland Dasatir'.

Avesta is further divided into 'Khurda Avesta' and 'Kaland Avesta' also known as 'Zend' or 'Maha-Zend'. The religious sacred writings of the Parsi are found in two languages. They are

  1. Pahlavi (Pahlavi script resembles the present Persian script)
  2. Zendi

Other than these two contents, some religious writing is found in cuneiform composition. Some Parsi consider the 'Zend Avesta' to be more authentic than the Dasatir while the others consider Dasatir to be more authentic. Zend Avesta is divided into three parts:

  1. first part contains Vendid. 
  2. the second part contains Sirozahs, Yashts, and Nyays. 
  3. third part contains Gathas, Yasha, Visparad, Afrinagan Gahs and miscellaneous. 

DASATIR: means a book of ten parts: 'Das' meaning 'ten' and 'tir' meaning 'apart'. Dasatir is also the plural of Dastur, which means law or religious code.

God In Zoroastrianism

God in Zoroastrianism is known as 'Ahura means The Lord Mazda means The Wise'. 'THE WISE LORD'. Ahura Mazda represents God, in an entirely monotheistic sense. The foundational eight qualities of God according to the Dasatir are:
  1. He is One
  2. He is without an origin or end
  3. Nothing resembles Him
  4. He has no father or mother, wife or son
  5. He is without a body or form
  6. Neither the eyes can behold Him, nor the power of thinking can conceive Him
  7. He is over all that you can imagine
  8. He is closer to you than your very own self.

The foundational eight qualities of God according to the Avesta: The Gathas: Yasna are:
  1. Creator : Referred in the Book of Yasna: [31:7 & 31: 11; 44:7; 50:11] and [51:7] 
  2. Most Mighty/The Greatest : Referred in the Book of Yasna: [33:11; 45:6 ]
  3. HUDAA-EE/The Beneficent : Referred in the Book of Yasna: [33:11; 48:3] 
  4. SPENTA/Bountiful : Referred in the Book of Yasna: [43:4,5,7,9,11,13,15; 44:2; 45:5; 46:9; 48:3]

Thus, in Zoroastrianism too, we find a concept of monotheism.

Muhammad [S] In Zoroaster/PARSI SCRIPTURES

"Whose name will be the Victorious, 'Soeshyant' and whose name will be 'Astvat-ereta'. He will be Soeshyant (The Beneficient one) because he will benefit the whole bodily world. He will be Astvat-ereta (He who makes the people).

Bodily creatures ascend in light of the fact that as a bodily creature and as a living being, he will stand against the destruction of the bodily (being) creatures to withstand the drug of the two-footed brood, to withstand the evil done by the faithful (idolaters and the like and like and the errors of the Mazdaynians)". [Zend Avesta: Farvardin Yasht: 28:129] and also in [Sacred Books of the East: Vol: 23] [Zend Avesta: Part 2 pg.: 220]

This Prophecy Applies to Muhammad (s) 

The Prophet was not only victorious at Fatah Makka but was also merciful when he let go the bloodthirsty opponents by saying: "There shall be no reproof against you this day"

'Soeshyant' means the 'praised one' (refer to Heisting's Encyclopaedia), which translated in Arabic means Muhammad (s).

Astvat-ereta is derived from the root word 'Astu' which in Sanskrit as well as in Zend means 'to praise', The infinitive 'Sitaudan' in present-day Persian means praising.

It can also be derived from the Persian root word 'istadan' that would mean 'one who makes a thing rise up'.

Therefore Astrat-ereta means the one who praised, which is the exact translation of the Arabic word 'Ahmed' which is another name for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The Prophecy clearly mentions both the names of the Prophet, for example, Muhammad (s) and Ahmed (s).

The Prophecy further says that he will benefit the whole bodily world and the Qur'an testifies, "We sent you not, but as a mercy for all creatures". in [Surah Al-Ambiya : 21:107].

The sacredness of Prophet's Companions: "And there will his companions' approach, the companions of Astrat-ereta, who are companions: well thinking, well speaking, well done, following the good law and whose tongues have never uttered a word of falsehood". [Zend Avesta: Zamyad Yasht : 15: 95], and also in [Sacred Books of East:vol: 23: Part 2 pg: 306].

  1. Here too Prophet Muhammad (s) is mentioned by name as 'Astrat-ereta'. 
  2. There is also a mention of the Prophet's friends as companions will's identity fighting the evil; pious, holy men having great good values and always speaking the truth. This is a clear reference to the Sahabas.

Prophet Muhammad (s) in Dasatir:

It is mentioned in the Dasatir that, "The sum and substance of the prophecy are, that when the Zoroastrian people will forsake their religion and will become dissolute, a man will rise in Arabia.

He will be a mercy unto the world. They will move toward becoming masters of Persia, Madain, Tus, Balkh, the sacred places of the Zoroastrians and the neighboring territories.

Their Prophet will be an articulate man telling miraculous things. 'Soesyant' will be the last Prophet implying that Muhammad (PBUH) will be the last Prophet. [Bundahish: ch: 30 v: 6 to 27]

The Quranic testifies this in Sura Ahzab. "Muhammad (S) is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the Messenger of Allah, and the Seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things." [Al-Qur'an: Sura Ahzaab: 33:40]

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1 comment:

Aaron Verivesaid...

I have some Persian ancestry, and found ties with Zoroastrianism and embraced the faith of my people. But now I see that to follow my scriptures means to now follow the prophet Muhammad. I want to become a Muslim now after doing research. I am meeting with the local Muslim community where I live next week.

I don't feel like I am betraying my faith, rather I am fulfilling it by becoming Muslim.

Thank you.