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According to traditions dating 1st century AD and several ancient works in Persian, Arabic & Sanskrit, this Yuza Asaf was a Prophet to the Children of Israel who was crucified by his own people. However, he survived the crucifixion and migrated to live in Kashmir.
There are tantalizing architectural, inscriptional, anthropological, archeological & document evidences which strongly indicate that Yuza Asaf was, indeed, Jesus Christ. He had arrived in Kashmir in the 1st century. ‘Jesus Christ’ itself was not the original name of the Great Prophet. He must not have ever imagined that he will be known as ‘Jesus Christ’. It is only a modern English name. His original Hebrew name was perhaps Yashuah. In the East he was known as Isa. (sources: http://www.tombofjesus.com)

Jesus in the Quran

The Quran says:

“That they said (in boast), ‘We killed Jesus Christ the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah,’ but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them.

And those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.”

(Quran, Chapter 4, vs.157-158)

The Quran speaks of a future meeting between Jesus and God in the following words:

“And when Allah will say, ‘O Jesus, son of Mary, didst thou say to men, ‘Take me and my mother for two gods beside Allah?’ he will answer, ‘Holy art THOU, I could never say that which I had no right. If I had said it, Thou wouldst have surely known it. Thou knowest what is in my mind, and I know not what is in Thy mind. It is Thou alone Who art the Knower of all hidden things; ”

(Quran, Chapter 5, vs.117)

Islamic Traditions

Below are some Islamic written traditions regarding the life span of Jesus.

“During his last illness, the Holy Prophet (saw) said to his daughter Hazrat Fatima (ra), “Once in every year, Gabriel recited the Quran to me. This year he recited twice. He also told me that every succeeding prophet has lived to half the age of his predecessor. He told me that Jesus, son of Mary, lived to 120 years. Therefore, I think, I may live to about 60 years.” (Mawahib-ud-Duniya by Qastalani, Vol. I, p. 42); (Kanzul Ummal, Vol. VI, p. 120, 160 from Hazrat Fatima (ra)); (Hujjaj al-Kiramah, p. 428); (Hakam)

“Tabarani says regarding this Hadith, “Its narrations are reliable, and it is reported in a number of different versions.” Moreover, Hazrat Ayesha (ra), Hazrat Fatima (ra), and Hazrat Ibn Umar (ra) all related it.”

“Hazrat Aishah [a wife of Muhammad’s], God be pleased with her, relates from the Holy Prophet Muhammad: ‘Jesus, son of Mary, lived to the age of 120 yars.’” (Hujaj al-Kirama, p 428)

“Hazrat Fatimah [a wife of Muhammad’s], God be pleased with her, relates from the Holy Prophet: ‘Jesus, son of Mary, lived to the age of 120 years.’” (Kanz-ul-Ummal, vol. vi, p. 120)

“In the Mustadrak (a Hadith collection) it is reported from Ibn Umar that Jesus lived to the age of 120 years. It is likewise also in the Asabah.” (Tafsir Kamalain).

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Jesus Tomb – in Kashmir, India

Roza Bal is the name of a shrine located in the Khanyar district of Srinagar, in Kashmir, India, venerated by some Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. Some people identify the sage buried there with one Yuz Asaf, that is Jesus of Nazareth, whom they allege to have arrived in Kashmir after surviving his crucifixion.[1] The tomb has gained increasing popularity as the potential tomb of Jesus.[2] Historically, however, the Holy Sepulchre is considered by Christians as the tomb of Christ.

The tomb itself consists of a low rectangular building on a raised platform, surrounded by railings at the front. It has three arches at the front, where entry can be had, and four arches at the side. Inside is a rock carving that is said to show feet bearing crucifixion wounds. The body is buried according to the Jewish tradition of directions and not according to the Islamic tradition.[3] However, the building also houses the burial tomb of a local Muslim saint, Mir Sayyid Naseeruddin, who has been buried in line with Islamic directions.[3]

The tomb had previously been maintained by local descendants of the buried sage. It is currently maintained by a Board of Directors consisting of Sunni Muslims. Sahibzada Basharat Saleem, a former caretaker (now deceased), claimed to hold genealogical tables that link him as a direct descendant of the buried sage.[4]

In 2003, The BBC first televised a documentary that included a section on the story of Yuz Asaf titled “Did Jesus Die?”[3]

In 2010, the Govt. of India’s Film Division has produced a comprehensive documentary film on the subject, titiled ‘The Rozabal Shrine of Srinagar’. It has been written & directed by Yashendra.

Similar to mainstream Islamic views, the Ahmadiyya Movement consider that Jesus was a mortal man, but go a step further to describe Jesus as a mortal man who died a natural death in India – as opposed to having been raised up alive to Heaven.

Although the view of Jesus having migrated to India had also been researched in the literature of independent historians predating the foundation of the movement,[1] the Ahmadiyya Movement is the only religious organization to adopt these views as a tenet of their faith, although independently of the early historians. The general notion of Jesus in India[2] has also been discussed at length by modern western historians Grönbold[3] and Klatt[4] and publicized in several documentaries.[5][6]

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