Rozabal

rozThe mausolaeum of the profet Yuz Asaf and the Islamic saint Syed Nasr-ud-Dinis is today located in the middle of Srinagar’s old town, Anzimar in the Khanyar quarter. The building constructed is called “Razabal” or “Rauza Bal”. “Rauza” is a term used to denote the tomb of a celebrated personality, someone noble, wealthy or saintly.

Anjuna, which is Sanskit for John/Johannes, built the tomb around 89AD. The tomb was first mentioned in documents from 112AD which states, that a protective building had been constructed over the crypt.

The tomb is said to have been tended by an Israelic looking family, in an unbroken line throughout the centuries.

In 1766, the keepers of the tomb were issued with a charter, which were officially confirming the importance of the sacred site. The words in the formal decree issued by the Grand Mufti (“Teacher of Islamic religious Law”) Rahman Mir are as follows:

“Here lies Yuz Asaf, who rebuilt the Temple of Solomon at the time of King Gopadatta, and who came as a profet to Kashmir. He ministered to the people, declared the unity with God, and was lawgiver to the people. Since then his tomb has been honoured by kings, state officials, high dignitaries and the common folk”,%

“Yus Asaf” is the Islamic name for Jesus.Many ancient literary works in Kashmir testify to the fact that Yuz Asaf and Jesus are the same person. One old manuscript desribes the shrine as the grave of Issa Rooh-Allah, “Jesus the Spirit of God”. Thousands of the faithful makes pilgrimages to this tomb – not just Muslims, but Hindus, Buddhists and Christians as well. The true importance of this modest shrine has been preserved in the memory of the descendants of the ancient Israelites to this day. They call the shrine, “The tomb of Hazrat Issa Sahib”, “The Tomb of Lord Jesus”