Yuz Asaf

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Hazrat Youza Asaf, Youza Asaph, Youza Asouph, Yuz Asaf, Yuzu Asaf, Yuzu Asif, or Yuzasaf, (Urdu: یوﺿﺍ ﺂﺼِﻓ ) (Hebrew Yasu Asaf: gatherer) was a saint [1] and preacher, whose shrine, the Roza Bal, is located in Srinagar, Kashmir. Local residents at the shrine believe he was a Muslim Sufi saint[2]

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]

Yuz Asaf is considered by some[3], (most notably the Ahmadiyya movement) to be the name that Jesus of Narareth assumed following his crucifixion and migration from Israel[4]. These views however are considered to be heretical and highly controversial by Sunni Islamic scholars and authorities.[5]

In 1747 CE, 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.[6]

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  1. ^ Vaziri, M. Buddhism in Iran: An Anthropological Approach to Traces and Influences. Springer. ISBN 9781137022943.
  2. ^ "Kashmir shrine bars tourists over Jesus burial row". DAWN.COM. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2017. medieval Muslim saint Yuz Asaf
  3. ^ http://www.arifkhan.co.uk/TOJ/bookreviews/index.html
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/c991/5ad9b54f7e9dcb49a9b1272a8b50a385aa37.pdf
  6. ^ 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.