Can we believe that the religious leaders of the Hindus, such as Krishanji and Ram Chandarji, were Allâh’s prophets?
We cannot believe that. Prophethood is a special rank given by Allâh to His chosen and devoted creatures. As long as it is not proven by the Shari’ah that this privilege or rank was given to a certain person by Allâh, one cannot definitely call a person a prophet. If we call any person a prophet without proof and in reality he is not a prophet, we will be answerable to Allâh for this wrong belief.
For example: If you accept a person as a Viceroy or Governor of a King, while in reality he is not that at all, then you will be guilty in the eyes of the government since you would be attributing a wrong thing by accepting him as Governor although the King has not made him so. Therefore, we can only call those pious people of the past as prophets whose prophethood is proven by the Shari’ah or they have been referred to as prophets in the Holy Qur’aan or Hadeeth.
About the religious leaders and guides of the Hindus, or of any other nation, we can only say this much: that if their beliefs and actions were righteous and their directions were not against heavenly directions and they did lead humanity to the path of virtue and righteousness as described by Allâh, they might have been Nabis, or prophets. But to say it definitely that they were prophets is not right.
The Holy Qur’aan says:
وَاِنۡ مِّنۡ اُمَّةٍ اِلَّا خَلَا فِيۡهَا نَذِيۡرٌ
and there is not a nation but a warner has passed among them.
At another place it is said:
وَّلِکُلِّ قَوْمٍ ہَادٍ
and for every folk a guide.
These lines show that Allâh sent prophets to every country and every people. Did any prophets come to places like India and China and this land as well?
It is certainly proven by these verses that to every nation was sent a guide and warner from Allâh. It is thus quite in accordance with the plan of Allâh that the prophets must have been raised in all parts of the world including India and China and other places.