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The Dasātīr-i-Asmani is a work of the Zoroastrian school of Ešrāqī (Illuminationists), founded by Āzar Kayvān (b. between 1529 and 1533; d. between 1609 and 1618).[1]

It contains fifteen sections which are said to have been revealed to fifteen successive prophets, and at the end of each section, with the exception of the last one, there is a prophecy about the next prophet.[2]

Islamists such as Dr. Zakir Naik have stated that Prophet Muhammad is among those individuals who have been prophesied about, saying "The sum and substance of the prophecy mentioned in Dasatir is, that when the Zoroastrian people will forsake their religion and will become dissolute, a man will rise in Arabia, whose followers will conquer Persian and subjugate the arrogant Persians ... This Prophecy relates to no other person but to Muhammad (pbuh)."[3]

The Dasātīr is written in a fabricated language with some words taken from Persian, Hindi, Avestan, Sanskrit, and Arabic and used in corrupt and distorted forms, sometimes with Persian prefixes or suffixes.[4]

The accompanying Persian “translation” of the Dasātīr with commentary, is ascribed to the sixteenth prophet, Sāsān V who lived at the time of Khosrau II (590-628 AD).

Most scholars consider both (published in two volumes in Bombay in 1818-19 under the title The Desātir, or the Sacred Writings of the Ancient Persian Prophets, Together with the Commentary of the Fifth Sāsān) to be almost certainly the work of its founder, Āzar Kayvān,[4][5] and a "proven fabrication".[6]

The linguistic characteristics of the Persian used also indicates that it was written in the 16th-17th centuries, about a thousand years after Muhammad.[4]

See Also

External Links

  • Dasātīr - Encyclopædia Iranica, Online Edition, December 15, 1994


  1. H. Corbin - Āzar Kayvān - Encyclopædia Iranica, Online Edition, December 15, 1987
  2. Dasatir-i-Asmani - Wikipedia, accessed September 3, 2011
  3. Dr. Zakir Naik - Muhammad (pbuh) in the Parsi Scriptures - Islamic Research Foundation, accessed September 3, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Fatḥ-Allāh Mojtabaʾī - Dasātīr - Encyclopædia Iranica, Online Edition, December 15, 1994
  5. Dr. M. N. Dhalla - History of Zoroastrianism - p. 463, 1938
  6. Joseph H. Peterson - The Dabestan-e Madaheb, or 'School of religious doctrines' - Avesta, accessed September 3, 2011