I am not aware of any record of what Hazrat Youza Asouph of Srinagar, Kashmir, may have said. He must have said what is compatible with Islam otherwise his tomb would not have been there. But if Hazrt Youza was Jesus, he came 700 years before Mohammad and some 1,000 years before Islam came to India.
Please note that many sleeping Buddha idols were designated in India as 'Nau Gaza Peer' (i.e., 9 yards, 27 feet long). But from the images what I see is not a 27 feet long grave for Hazrat Youza. It does not seem to be a sleeping Buddha idol.
, Youza Asaph
, Youza Asouph
, Yuz Asaf
, Yuzu Asaf
, Yuzu Asif
, or Yuzasaf
: یوضا آصف) are Arabic and Urdu variations of the name Josaphat, and are primarily connected with Christianized and Islamized versions of the life of the Buddha
found in the legend of Barlaam and Josaphat
According to Ahmadiyya thought, the name Yuz Asaf is of Buddhist derivation, and possibly from Yusu
(Jesus) and Asaf
Local Kashmiri traditions state that the Yuz Asaf was a prophet of the ahl-i kitab
(People of the Book) whose real name was Isa
– the Quranic name for Jesus
. The prophet Yuz Asaf came to Kashmir from the West (Holy Land) during the reign of Raja Gopdatta (c 1st century A.D) according to the ancient documents held by the current custodian of the tomb.
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.
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.
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, in any case, has no connection with Jesus or Christianity.
Having stumbled upon research by Russian explorer Nicolas Notovitch
, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
, the founder of the Ahmadiyya
movement, identified Yuz Asaf as a name that Jesus
of Nazareth may have assumed following his crucifixion and migration from Palestine. Ahmad further identified the Roza Bal
shrine located in Srinagar
as the tomb of Jesus. Drawing on Kashmiri oral traditions, as well as the Qur'an
and accounts by explorers
, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad postulated that Jesus travelled to Srinagar
, where he settled and married a woman called Maryam (Mary), and that Maryam bore Yuza Asif children, before he died aged 120 years. He discusses this belief in the book Jesus in India
. More recent Ahmadiyya writers assert that the tomb of Mary
, the mother of Jesus is in Murree
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad's use of various Hindu and Islamic sources have been deemed to be misunderstandings or distortions by various scholars of Buddhism including the Swedish scholar Per Beskow
in Jesus in Kashmir: Historien om en legend
(1981), the German indologist Günter Grönbold
, in Jesus in Indien - Das Ende einer Legende
(1985) and Norbert Klatt
, in Lebte Jesus in Indien?: Eine religionsgeschichtliche Klärung
(1988). His views are considered heretical by the majority Sunni Islamic scholars, who assert that Jesus is alive in heaven.
Muslims living near the shrine believe Yuz Asaf was a Sufi saint