Muhammed, The Natural Successor To Christ --- By Ahmed Deedat
IN THE WORDS OF THE MASTER
JUST ONE FULL
1 This site only expounds a
single prophecy from the New Testament. See "What the
says about Muhammmed (pbuh)"for prophecies from the Old
A COMMON TRAIT
Just a cursory glance, a
rapid reading, a hurried look at the previous verse will satisfy the
Muslim that Jesus Christ (pbuh) did indeed prophesy the advent of
Muhummed (pbuh), the Messenger of God. The Muslim is puzzled at the
stubbornness, vanity and tunnel vision of the Christian which prevents
him from seeing his own inner light and listening to his conscience so
as not to recognise the obvious.
The Christian in turn is
puzzled at the hard-hearted obstinacy of the Jews, a nation endowed
with such creative genius, which, despite a thousand and one prophecies
in their own Bible (the Old Testament) regarding the coming of the
"Messiah," are totally incapable of recognising their lord and
"saviour." Are they both somewhat blind?
No! Neither the Jews nor the
Christians are necessarily impervious to truth. The trouble is that we
all pick up our prejudices from childhood. The American call it
Simply reading the verses or
listening to lectures and getting that smug satisfaction of being in
the know will not help spreading the truth. This is the age of the
"EVERYMAN." 1 The age of the
professionals is over. It is the duty of every Muslim — man, woman or
child to get involved. Each according to his or her capacity. Memorize
the above verse with its meaning as well as the quotations preceding
and those that follow so that you may feel equipped to share our Deen
with non-Muslims. There are no short-cuts to Da'wah
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Perhaps this is not the
first time you are reading or might have heard about the prophecies in
the Jewish and Christian Scriptures regarding the advent of the last
and final Messenger of God — Muhummed (pbuh) the Mercy unto all
mankind. And perhaps you have at times made some half-hearted and
skimpy efforts at suggesting that our Nabi-e-Kareem was
prophesised in the Holy Bible. But when proof was demanded, you simply
not able to, because you had not done any home work Remember, there is
no substitute for hard work. I believe what I say and I practise what I
I have personally memorized
various selections from the Bible in a dozen different languages,
including Arabic and Hebrew. Not for show but because of the openings
these snippets of religion create for me in propagating our faith to
various language groups. Languages are the keys to people's hearts.
IN THE LAND OF THE PHARAOHS
Notwithstanding many assurances, I got stranded in Cairo for lack of
an entry visa. A kind gentleman from the AI-Azhar, who was trying to
help us obtain the relevant documents, got frustrated with the delay
and in order to attend to his Friday prayers, handed me and my son
Yousuf to a young Egyptian lady, well-groomed in Western attire.
After much effort and time she returned to us with the good news.
"Forty dollars," she said. I asked, "For what?" "The visas," she
answered. Twenty dollars for me and twenty for my son. "But I am a
guest of the Government," I insisted. She said that she knew nothing
about it, so I smiled and paid.
From the lady's speech and deportment, I had sensed that she was
well-educated and a lady of culture, so undauntedly I asked her again
what her name was in my broken Arabic. However, her name was too novel
for me to remember. I asked her further: "Are you a Muslim?" She said,
"No, I am an Egyptian Christian." This was the opening I was waiting
for. I began, "Do you know that before Jesus Christ departed from this
world, he told his disciples," and I started to quote, now in
meticulous Arabic, a verse from the Arabic Bible, (see next page),
which I had memorized for opportunities just like this particular one.
I had no
need to translate the above Arabic to her, because as an Arab she
understood the verse perfectly. But for the benefit of those who do not
know Arabic I give you its exact equivalent from the English Bible,
which I had also taken the trouble to memorize in my spare time. You
can create that spare time also if you have true love for Allah's Deen
and wish to share it with others.
I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I
go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I
will send him unto you.
(HOLY BIBLE) John 16:7
"AL-MOOUZZI" THE COMFORTER
I implore my brethren who can read the Arabic quotation to memorize
it together with the English translation above and create opportunities
for using it. Learn the verses in conjunction
with other languages that you know. There will be a definite
all-round improvement in your fluency, and proficiency in preaching
Islam to other people.
The word "Comforter" above is "al-Moouzzi" in Arabic.
I asked the lady, "Who is the "al-Moouzzi" of this prophecy?"
She said, " do not know," She was honest She did not beat around the
bush. So I said that we are told in the Holy Qur'an that Jesus Christ
(pbuh) had told his disciples —
I continued that, *This
Ahmed is another name for Muhummed, and Muhummed is Moouzzi!"
"Very funny," she exclaimed, "these Egyptians" (meaning the Muslim
Egyptians) "take us to the cinema, they take us" (meaning Christian
women) "to the dance, but no one ever tells us anything about this
Moouzzi!" Through her Allah soobha'nahoo-wa-ta'aalaa,
armed me with a fourteen-pound SledgeHammer before leaving Cairo
Airport. Alhumdo'lillah! And, did I use that
An integrated explanation of
Comforter/Moouzzi of John 16: 7 and Ahmed/Muhummed of The Holy Qur’an
61: 6 will be slotted in place when explaining the Ayat
(the verse) heading this chapter.
Remember, that in the sixth
century of the Christian Era, when Muhummed (pbuh) was chanting God's
words which was systematically "put into his mouth," ' the
Arabic Bible had not yet been translated. He could never have known
that he was fulfilling and confirming the utterances of his predecessor
Jesus (pbuh) to the letter.
ONLY FOR THE ISRAELITES
JESUS FOR JEWS ONLY
Jesus sent forth, and commanded them saying,
Go ye not into the way of the Gentiles, 1 and into any
city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go ye rather unto The Lost
Sheep Of The House Of Israel.
BIBLE) Matthew 10:5-6
1 Gentiles: non-Jews
NOT FOR DOGS
And behold a
woman of Canaan 1 came ... and
cried unto him saying, have mercy on me ... my daughter is seriously
possessed with a devil.
answered her not a word.
disciples came and begged him, saying. Send her away: for she crieth
answered and said, I am Not Sent But Unto The Lost Sheep Of The
House Of Israel.
But she came
and knelt before him, saying. Lord, help me.
answered her and said, It is Not Fair To Take The Children's Bread
And Cast It To The Dogs. 2
BIBLE) Matthew 15:22-26
Mark 7.26 says that the woman was a Greek.
2. Meaning non-Jews.
It goes to the credit of
this Jewish prophet, that he practised what he preached. In his
lifetime he never converted a single Gentile (non-Jew). And of his
hand-picked elect (his twelve disciples), he made sure that they
belonged to his tribe so that his other prophecy might Find fulfilment:
"when the son of man (Jesus pbuh
referring to himself) shall sit on the throne of his glory, ye (the
disciples) also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve
tribes of Israel" (Matthew 19: 28).
NO NEW RELIGION
2 "LAW": The word in the Arabic text
here is "Taurat." (Heb. "Torah.")
The Messiah was no mealy-mouthed Messenger among the Jews. Like his
predecessors Amos and Ezekiel or Isaiah and Jeremiah, he was trenchant
in his condemnation of Jewish formalism and hypocrisies. His novel
approach and militant preaching had created certain misgivings amongst
the religious hierarchy. The Scribes and the Pharisees came to him
again and again to test him as to his bona fides (His Genuineness).
To allay their suspicions that he had brought no new fangled
religion, and that his was the confirmation of all the teachings that
had gone before him. He says —
that I am come to destroy the law (Hebrew -
Torah), or the prophets: I am come not to destroy, but to fulfil.
For verily I
say unto you. Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall
in no wise pass from the law (Torah),
till all be fulfilled.
therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach
men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but
whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in
the kingdom of heaven.
BIBLE Matthew 5: 17-19
Compare this phrase "CONFIRMING THE LAW (WHICH
CAME) BEFORE ME" - these seven words at the beginning of this section
with the three verses of Matthew above, and you will not fail to note
that there is no wordiness in the Qur'anic diction. It conveys God's
Message concisely, with clarity and precision.
"THE FATHER1 OF TRUTH CHOOSES HIS
OWN PROPHETS, AND HE SPEAKS TO THEM IN A VOICE STRONGER THAN THE VOICE
Sayed Amir Ali in "The Spirit of Islam. "
use of the word "Father" in relation to God was cut out from
Islam owing to the perversion of the idea among Christians.
The Qur'an had come to Confirm, Correct and Complete Divine
Revelation, or whatever was left of it in unworthy hands.
THE GOOD NEWS
I will not apologise, nor am
I called upon to apologise for reproducing here verbatim (a word
for word) commentary on the word "AHMED," from ABDULLAH YUSUF
ALI'S English translation. But before I do that permit me to pay a
fitting tribute to the KING FAHD HOLY QUR'AN PRINTING COMPLEX in Al-Madinah
AI-Munawarah which is turning out millions of Holy Qur'ans in many different languages.
Their reason for using YUSUF ALI as a base for their reproduction is
summed up in these words:
"A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS
HAVE IN THE PAST VENTURED TO TRANSLATE THE QUR'AN, BUT THEIR WORKS HAVE
GENERALLY BEEN PRIVATE ATTEMPTS, GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THEIR OWN
PREJUDICES. IN ORDER TO PRODUCE A RELIABLE TRANSLATION FREE FROM
PERSONAL BIAS, A ROYAL DECREE (No, 19888, DATED 16/8/1400 AH) WAS
ISSUED BY THE CUSTODIAN OF THE TWO HOLY MOSQUES, KING FAHD IBN ABDUL
AZIZ, AT THAT TIME THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER - THE TRANSLATION OF THE
LATE USTADH ABDULLAH YUSUF ALI WAS CONSEQUENTLY CHOSEN FOR ITS
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS, SUCH AS A HIGHLY ELEGANT STYLE, A
CHOICE OF WORDS CLOSE TO THE MEANING OF THE ORIGINAL TEXT, ACCOMPANIED
BY SCHOLARLY NOTES AND COMMENTARIES."
The Presidency of Islamic
Researches, lfta, Call and Guidance
Out of over six thousand
profound explanatory notes in Yusuf Ali's translation, the following is
just one of three explaining the prophecy in the words of Jesus (pbuh)
regarding the advent of Muhummed (pbuh) the Messenger of God.
Note No: 5438:
|"Ahmed", or "Muhummed",
the Praised one, is almost a translation of the Greek word Periclytos.
In the present Gospel of John 14:16, 15:26, and 16:7, the word
"Comforter" in the English version for the Greek word "Paracletos",
which means "Advocate", "one called to the help of another, a kind
friend", rather than "Comforter". Our doctors contend that Paracletos
is a corrupt reading for Periclytos and that in the original saying of
Jesus there was a prophecy of our holy Prophet Ahmed by
name. Even if we read Paraclete, it would imply to the Holy Prophet,
who is "a Mercy for all creatures" (H.Q. 21:107) and "most kind and
merciful to the Believers" (H.Q. 9:128) See also note 416 to H.Q. 3:81.
Thus concludes (Ayat)
verse 6 of (Sura) chapter 61 under discussion. "The Prophet of
Islam was foretold in many ways; and when he came he showed forth many
Clear Signs, for his whole life from beginning to end was one vast
miracle. He fought and won against odds. Without learning from men he
taught the highest wisdom. He melted hearts that were hard, and he
strengthened hearts that were tender and required support. In all his
sayings and doings men of discernment could see the working of God's
hand;" yet the sceptics called it SORCERY — jugglery — magic!
FORGER AND JUGGLER! NO,
NO! THIS GREAT FIERY HEART, SEETHING, SIMMERING LIKE A GREAT FURNACE OF
THOUGHTS, WAS NOT A JUGGLER'S.
Thomas Carlyle, page 88 in his book -"Heroes and Hero-worship"
And they called his miraculous fulfilment of prophecy magic,
Jugglery, enchantment — that which became the most solid fact of human
history — Islam!