What did Jesus really say?


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    Chapter 6: Muhammad in the Bible

     

    "Those who follow
    the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet whom they find written in
    the Torah and the Gospel with them. He enjoins upon them that
    which is right and forbids for them that which is evil. He makes
    lawful for them all things that are good and prohibits for them
    all that is foul and he relieves them from their burden and the
    fetters that they used to wear. Then those who believe in him,
    honor him, assist him, and follow the light which is sent down
    with him: they are the successful
    "

    The noble Qur'an, Al-A'araf(7):157.

    "And when there came to them a messenger
    from Allah, Confirming what was with them, a party of the people
    of the book threw away the book of Allah behind their backs as
    if (it had been something) they did not know"

    The Qur'an, Al-Bakarah(2): 101

    "And because of their breaking of their covenant,
    We have cursed them and made hard their hearts. They change the
    words from their places and they forget a portion thereof"

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Maida(4): 13.

    Before starting this topic, let me first clear up
    a common misconception. Many Christians require of all Muslims
    to either accept all of the Bible or to reject all of the Bible.
    Therefore, they sometimes find a Muslim's attitude towards the
    Bible bewildering. For this reason, I will explain how a Muslim
    is commanded to deal with the Bible.

    Muslims are told that Allah Almighty sent down an
    "Injeel" upon Jesus (pbuh). The Qur'an then goes on
    to describe how mankind later changed this "Injeel"
    and altered it's original message to them. For this reason, Muhammad
    (pbuh) told all Muslims to deal with the Bible with respect since
    it started out as the true word of God. Muhammad (pbuh) told his
    followers that if they were to reject the whole book, then they
    might be rejecting words that remain the true word of God. He
    told them that the Qur'an had been sent down to "bear witness
    over" that which was changed by mankind in the Bible and
    to return it to the original teachings of God through it's own
    guardianship. We read this in the Qur'an:

    "And unto you (O Muhammad) have We revealed
    the Scripture (Qur'an) with the truth, confirming that which was
    before it of the Scripture, and a watcher/corrector over it. So
    judge between them by that which Allah has revealed, and follow
    not their desires away from the truth which has come unto you.."

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Maidah(5):48.

    The actual word used in this verse was the Arabic
    word "Muhaimin" which means
    "Guardian/warden/overseer/watcher/protector."
    For this reason, Muhammad (pbuh) commanded them to accept only
    that which is verified by the Qur'an and to reject that which
    contradicts the Qur'an.

    Muslims have recorded that the "people of the
    book" at the time of Muhammad (pbuh) had been expecting a
    new prophet to be coming soon. There are many historical reports
    to this effect. We are told that the Jews of Yathrib (Al-Madinah
    Al-Munawarah) were constantly threatening it's Arab citizens with
    his impending arrival and that they would follow him and slaughter
    them in a similar manner as A'ad and Iram where slaughtered, and
    this was one of the major reasons that the Arabs of Yathrib followed
    Muhammad (pbuh) so quickly. To beat the Jews to him. There are
    also other similar stories, such as the story of Salman Al-Farisi,
    the story of the monk Bahira, and the story of Al-Najashi, the
    king of Ethiopia among many others.

    There are many predictions of the coming of Jesus
    (pbuh) in the Old Testament. Many Christians have even told us
    that the Bible has predicted much of what has occurred after the
    time of Jesus (pbuh) including the Pope and Israel. Unlike the
    Jews, Muslims do not contest the claimed prophesies of the coming
    of Jesus (pbuh) since the Qur'an commands them to believe in him.
    We have also seen in the verse which was presented at the very
    beginning of this chapter how the Qur'an tells us that both the
    Torah of Moses as well as the Injeel (Gospel) of Jesus
    both contain prophesies of Muhammad However, if we ask the Christians
    whether they can find any mention of Muhammad (pbuh) in the Bible,
    their immediate response is an emphatic "No!" But if
    the Bible has predicted all of these other things then we must
    ask: why does it have absolutely nothing at all to say about the
    man who single-handedly convinced many billions of people over
    the ages to believe in the miraculous birth of Jesus (pbuh), his
    message, the piety and chastity of his mother Mary (pbuh), the
    miracles of Jesus (pbuh), and the fact that he was one of the
    greatest messengers of God for all time?

    There is not a single prophesy in the Old Testament
    that mentions Jesus (pbuh) by name. Messiah, translated
    "Christ" is not a name. It is a description, a title.
    It means "the anointed one." Even "Jesus"
    is not Jesus' true name. "Jesus" is a Latinized version
    of the Hebrew name "Yeshua," which itself
    is the shortened form of "Yehoshua" -
    God Saves. When the Christians claim that a verse professes the
    coming of Jesus (pbuh) what they have done is to compare the
    description
    found in that verse to Jesus (pbuh) and if it
    fits him then they say that it speaks of him. Using the Christian's
    same system we claim that there is indeed not one, but more than
    TEN verses in the Bible that speak of the coming of Muhammad (pbuh)
    as God's last messenger, but that previous commentators have
    misunderstood
    them (just as the Christians tell us that the Jews have done with
    the Old Testament prophesies of Jesus, pbuh). The reader will
    notice that in what is to follow the verses are explained very
    simply, using the obvious meanings of the words themselves without
    having to resort to forced abstract and metaphysical meanings
    for these verses. These verses speak about major events,
    locations, and milestones in Islamic history as well as the
    characteristics
    of both Islam and Muhammad (pbuh).

    Now the prophesies:

    "Those unto whom We gave the Scripture recognize
    him (Muhammad) as they recognize their sons. But verily, a party
    of them conceal the truth while [well] they know it"

    The noble Qur'an, al-Baqarah(2):146

     

    6.1: Three distinct prophesies

    In the Bible we read of the test that the Jews applied
    to Jesus (pbuh) in order to ascertain his truthfulness. The Jews
    had a prophecy that required Elias to come before Jesus (pbuh):

     

    "Elias verily cometh first"

    Mark 9:12

    (also John 3:28). They had not seen Elias yet so
    they doubted the claim of Jesus (pbuh). Jesus, however, responded
    to them that Elias had already come but that they did not recognize
    him. In Matthew we read:

    "But I say unto you, That Elias is come already,
    and they knew him not.........Then the disciples understood that
    he spake unto them of John the Baptist."

    Matthew 17:12-13

    John, however refutes the claims of Jesus (pbuh).
    This is one of the Christian's "dark sayings of Jesus"
    that their scholars have tried to reconcile for centuries. We
    will leave this matter for them to work out among themselves (This
    matter is resolved in the Gospel of Barnabas.
    Please see chapter 7 for more).

    Now, in John we read

    "And this is the record of John, when the
    Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art
    thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I
    am not the Christ
    . And they asked him, What then? Art
    thou Elias
    ? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet?
    And he answered, No."

    John 1:19-21

    We notice that there are three distinct prophecies
    here: 1) Elias, 2) Jesus, 3) That prophet. The Jews were not waiting
    for two prophecies, but three. This can be further clarified
    by reading John:

    "And they asked him, and said unto him, Why
    baptizest thou then, if thou be:

    a) not that Christ,

    b) nor Elias,

    c) neither that prophet?"

    John 1:25

    If "that prophet" were Jesus (pbuh) wouldn't
    the third question in both verses be redundant? Further, we must
    remember that "That prophet" can not apply to any prophet
    before the time of Jesus (pbuh) because at the time of Jesus (pbuh)
    the Jews were still waiting for all three. Notice how when
    we let the Bible speak for itself, without forcing the holy spirit
    or other supernatural meanings on it in the commentary, or forcing
    three questions to be only two, how clear these verses become.
    For much more evidence in this regard, please read chapter 7 regarding
    the Dead Sea Scroll prophesies of "two
    messiahs"
    and how the Jews who wrote the scrolls and who were waiting for
    the coming of Jesus (pbuh) clearly state in these scrolls that
    they were waiting for not one, but TWO messiahs, the first
    of which would be announced by an eschatological prophet.

     

    6.2: Foretells the story of the chapter of
    "Al-Alak"

    "And the vision of all is become unto you
    as the words of a book that is sealed, which [men] deliver to
    one that is learned, saying, Read this, [I pray thee]: and he
    saith, I cannot; for it [is] sealed: And the book is delivered
    to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, [I pray thee]:
    and he saith, I am not learned. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch
    as this people draw near [me] with their mouth, and with their
    lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and
    their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore,
    behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people,
    [even] a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their
    wise [men] shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent
    men shall be hid. Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel
    from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say,
    Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? Surely your turning of things
    upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall
    the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the
    thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
    [Is] it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned
    into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed
    as a forest? And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of
    the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity,
    and out of darkness."

    Isaiah 29:11-18

    Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was illiterate. His entire
    life he never learned to read nor write. The exact circumstances
    of this first revelation were as follows: It was the habit of
    Muhammad (pbuh) to frequently remove himself from the midst of
    his fellow Arabs and their heathenistic actions and spend many
    days secluded in the cave of "Hiraa" in the mountains
    of Makkah where he would pray to God according to
    the religion of Abraham (pbuh). After many years
    of this, and having reached the age of forty (610AD), the angel
    Gabriel suddenly appeared before him and ordered
    him to "Iqra!" (read, recite, repeat, proclaim).
    Muhammad (pbuh), in his terror thought he was being asked to read,
    so he stammered: "I am unlettered." The angel
    Gabriel again ordered him to "Iqra!" Muhammad
    (pbuh) again replied: "I am unlettered." The
    angel Gabriel now took a firm hold of him and commanded him "Iqraa
    in the name of Allah who created!"
    . Now Muhammad (pbuh)
    began to understand that he was not being asked to read, but to
    recite, to repeat. He began to repeat after him, and Gabriel revealed
    to him the first verses of the Qur'an, those at the beginning
    of the chapter of Al-Alak(96):

    "Read(Iqraa): In the name of your Lord who
    created, Created man from a clot. Read(Iqraa): And your Lord is
    the Most Bounteous, Who teaches by the pen, Teaches man that which
    he knew not."

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Alak(96):1-5

    As mentioned above, the actual word angel Gabriel
    used to address Muhammad (pbuh) was the Arabic word "Iqra."
    It is derived from the Arabic root word "qara". However,
    if we were to go back to the original Hebrew form of the verses
    of Isaiah 29:11, we would find that the actual word which is translated
    into English as "Read this [I pray thee]"
    is the Hebrew word qara', {kaw-raw'}. Is it not an amazing coincidence
    that the Hebrew text used not only a word with the same meaning,
    but the exact same word itself ?

    Verse 11 of Isaiah tells us that the final book (the
    Qur'an) was revealed to previous prophets, however, they could
    not read it. It was "sealed" for them because it was
    meant for the last prophet, and until the last prophet's time
    came, the people would not yet be able to "bear" this
    message (John 16:13). It was also sealed for them because it was
    revealed in Arabic.

    "A Book whereof the verses are explained
    in detail; a Qur'an in Arabic for people who have knowledge"

    The noble Qur'an, Fussilat(41):3

    "Had We made this as a Qur'an (in a language)
    other than Arabic, they would have said: 'Why are not its verses
    explained in detail? What! An Arab and non Arabic?' Say: 'It is
    a Guide and a Healing for those who believe; and for those who
    disbelieve, there is a heaviness (deafness) in their ears, and
    it is a blindness upon them: They are as those who are called
    from a place far distant (so they neither hear nor understand)'"

    The noble Qur'an, Fussilat(41):44

    For more details on why the Arabic language was
    selected
    as the language of the Qur'an, please read chapter 13.

    Indeed, the Qur'an was revealed to a man who could
    neither read nor write so that it might be apparent to mankind
    that he could not have received it from the writings of man, but
    only from God Almighty.

    "Neither did you (O Muhammad) read any book
    before it, nor did you write any book with your right [hand].
    In that case, indeed, the followers of falsehood might have doubted
    Nay, it is but clear signs in the breasts of those endowed with
    knowledge: and none but the unjust reject Our signs."

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Ankaboot(29):48-49.

    As we see in the above verses of Isaiah, by the time
    Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) received this book from God, mankind will
    have been reduced to worshipping God in words alone, while their
    hearts shall be far removed from true belief. They will have forsaken
    the true belief in God in favor of "the precept of men"
    (the laws of men). We have already seen the confirmation of this
    in chapter one where we learned how "St. Paul" managed
    to totally replace the message of Jesus (pbuh) with his own message,
    and how the later followers of Paul believed that they were justified
    in using force to get the first Christians to accept their gospels.
    We also saw how they burned Gospels that were accepted as authentic
    in the first centuries CE, and killed all Christians who did not
    "convert." Finally, we also saw how St. Paul managed
    to reduce the message of Jesus (pbuh) to mere "words"
    of "faith" with no concrete actions or commandments
    required of them (i.e. Romans 3:28).

    Verse 14 now goes on to explain how when mankind
    accepts this situation, then the wisdom of the wise men shall
    perish and all that shall be left is mankind's corruption. Once
    again, we have seen this in chapter one, where we learned the
    historical details of how the followers of Jesus (pbuh) and the
    apostles were murdered and their books destroyed.

    This is indeed the same situation described by
    Muhammad
    (pbuh) in one of his sayings. In Sahih Al-Bukhari we read that
    Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Al-'As said:

    "I heard Allah's Apostle (pbuh) saying, 'Allah
    does not take away the knowledge, by taking it away from (the
    hearts of) the people, but takes it away by the death of the religious
    learned men till when none of them remain, people will take as
    their leaders ignorant persons who when consulted will give their
    verdict without knowledge. So they will go astray and will lead
    the people astray.'"

    In verse 15, we are told that there will remain among
    those corrupt individuals those who shall know the truth but shall
    strive to hide it from becoming known. Once again, we have seen
    this in chapters, one, and two. For more, see chapter 7. Once
    again, when the Qur'an was revealed, it confirmed this situation,
    we read:

    "Those unto whom We gave the Scripture recognize
    (this prophet) as they recognize their sons. But lo! a party of
    them conceal the truth which they themselves know."

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Baqara(2):14

    "And whether you hide your word or publish
    it, He certainly has (full) knowledge, of the secrets of (all)
    hearts."

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Mulk(67):13

    Verses 16 goes on to tell us how this treachery,
    concealment of the truth, and "overturning" of verses,
    laws, and obligations shall be exposed, and the wicked shall be
    held accountable for their deeds. Yet again, in the Qur'an we
    read:

    "That Day shall We set a seal on their mouths.
    But their hands will speak to us, and their feet bear witness,
    to all that they used to do"

    The noble Qur'an, Ya-seen(36):65

    "And (remember) the day that the enemies
    of Allah shall be gathered to the Fire so that they will (all)
    be collected there. Till, when they reach it, their hearing and
    their eyes and their skins will testify against them as to what
    they used to do. And they will say to their skins 'Why did you
    testify against us?' They will say: 'Allah has caused us to speak,
    [for He is] the One who caused all things [which He willed] to
    speak, and He created you the first time, and unto Him you are
    returned".

    The noble Qur'an, Fussilat(41):19-21.

    "O People of the Scripture! Now has Our messenger
    come unto you, revealing to you much of that which you used to
    hide in the Scripture, and forgiving much. Now has come unto you
    light from Allah and plain Scripture,"

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Maidah(5):15

    "They did not estimate Allah with an estimation
    due to Him when they said: "Nothing did God send down to
    man [by way of revelation]" Say: "Who then sent down
    the Book which moses brought?- a light and guidance to man: But
    you make it into [separate] sheets for show, while you conceal
    much [of its contents]: and [by which] you were taught that which
    you knew not yourselves nor [did] your fathers [know it]?."
    Say: 'Allah [sent it down]': Then leave them to plunge in vain
    discourse and trifling."

    The noble Qur'an, Al-An'am(6):91

    Finally, we read in Isaiah 18 that when this final
    message is revealed to this "unlettered" prophet, those
    who have been lost in darkness and ignorance through the work
    of the corrupt shall be brought out of their ignorance and their
    darkness and shall be returned to the true message of God.

    "Wherewith God guides all those who seek
    His good pleasure unto paths of peace. He brings them out of darkness
    unto light by His decree and guides them unto a straight path."

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Maidah(5):16

    "And that those who have been given knowledge
    may know that it is the truth from thy Lord, so that they may
    believe therein and their hearts may submit humbly unto Him. Lo!
    Allah verily is guiding those who believe unto a right path."

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Hajj (22):54

    As we saw at the very beginning of this chapter,
    this very prophesy was mentioned quite clearly in the Qur'an:

     

    "Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered
    Prophet whom they find written in the Torah and the Gospel with
    them. He enjoins upon them that which is right and forbids for
    them that which is evil. He makes lawful for them all things that
    are good and prohibits for them all that is foul and he relieves
    them from their burden and the fetters that they used to wear.
    Then those who believe in him, honor him, assist him, and follow
    the light which is sent down with him: they are the successful"

    The Qur'an, Al-A'araf(7):157.

    The complete story is narrated by Aisha (pbuh) in
    Sahih Al-Bukhari:

    "The commencement of the Divine Inspiration
    of Allah's Apostle was in the form of good dreams which came true
    like bright daylight, and then the love of seclusion was bestowed
    upon him. He used to go in seclusion in the cave of Hira where
    he used to worship (Allah alone) continually for many days before
    wishing to see his family. He used to take with him provisions
    for the stay and then come back to (his wife) Khadeejah to eat
    his food again as before.

    One day suddenly the Truth descended upon him
    while he was in the cave of Hira. The angel came to him and asked
    him to read. The Prophet (pbuh) replied, "I do not know how
    to read." The Prophet (pbuh) added, "The angel caught
    me (forcefully) and pressed me so hard that I could not bear it
    any more. He then released me and again asked me to read and I
    replied, "I do not know how to read." Thereupon he caught
    me again and pressed me a second time until I could not bear it
    any more. He then released me and again asked me to read but again
    I replied, "I do not know how to read (or what shall I read)?"
    Thereupon he caught me for the third time and pressed me, and
    then released me and said, "Read in the name of your Lord,
    who has created (all that exists), created man from a clot. Read!
    And your Lord is the Most Generous.'"(96):1-3.

    Then Allah's Apostle (pbuh) returned with the
    Inspiration and with his heart trembling. He went to Khadeejah
    the daughter of Khuwaylid (his wife) and said, "Cover me!"
    She covered him until his fear subsided. After that he told her
    everything that had happened and said, "I fear that something
    may happen to me." Khadeejah replied, "Never! By Allah,
    Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good relations with your
    kith and kin, help the poor and the destitute, serve your guests
    generously and assist the deserving people afflicted with calamities."

    Khadeejah then accompanied him to her cousin
    Waraqah
    ibn Nawfal ibn Asad ibn AbdulUzza, who, during the pre-Islamic
    period became a Christian and used to write in the Hebrew alphabet.
    He would write from the Gospel in Hebrew as much as Allah wished
    him to write. He was an old man and had lost his eyesight.

    Khadeejah said to Waraqah, "Listen to the
    story of your nephew, O my cousin!" Waraqah asked, "O
    my nephew! What have you seen?" Allah's Apostle described
    that which he had seen. Waraqah said, "This is the one who
    keeps the secrets (angel Gabriel) whom Allah had sent to Moses.
    I wish I were young and could live until the time when your people
    will turn you out." Allah's Apostle asked, "Will they
    drive me out?" Waraqah replied in the affirmative and said,
    "Anyone (man) who came with something similar to that which
    you have brought was greeted with hostility; and if I remain alive
    until the day when you will be turned out then I should support
    you strongly."

    But after a few days Waraqah died (see section 6.4
    and chapter 10 for the confirmation of this prophesy of Muhammad,
    pbuh, being 'driven out')

     

    6.3 A "Paraclete" like Jesus p1

    In the Bible we can find the following four passages
    wherein Jesus (pbuh) predicts a great event:

    John 14:16 "And I will pray the Father, and
    he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you
    for ever"

    John 15:26 "But when the Comforter is come,
    whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of
    truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me"

    John 14:26 "But the Comforter, [which is]
    the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall
    teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,
    whatsoever I have said unto you."

    John 16:7-14 "Nevertheless 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. And when he is come, he will reprove the
    world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because
    they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father,
    and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this
    world is judged. I have yet many things to
    say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the
    Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for
    he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that]
    shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall
    glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it]
    unto you."

    In these four verses, the word "comforter"
    is translated from the word "Paraclete"
    ("Ho Parakletos" in Greek). Parakletos in Greek
    is interpreted as "an advocate", one who pleads the
    cause of another, one who councils or advises another from deep
    concern for the other's welfare (Beacon Bible commentary volume
    VII, p.168). In these verses we are told that once Jesus (pbuh)
    departs, a Paraclete will come. He will glorify Jesus (pbuh),
    and he will guide mankind into all truth. This "Paraclete"
    is identified in John 14:26 as the Holy Ghost.

    It must be pointed out that the original Greek
    manuscripts
    speak of a "Holy pneuma." The word pneuma
    {pnyoo'-mah} is the Greek root word for "spirit." There
    is no separate word for "Ghost" in the Greek manuscripts,
    of which there are claimed to be over 24,000 today. The translators
    of the King James Version of the Bible translate this word as
    "Ghost" to convey their own personal understanding of
    the text. However, a more accurate translation is "Holy Spirit."
    More faithful and recent translations of the Bible, such as the
    New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), do indeed now translate it
    as "Holy Spirit." This is significant, and will be expounded
    upon shortly.

    All Bibles in existence today are compiled from
    "ancient
    manuscripts," the most ancient of which being those of the
    fourth century C.E. Any scholar of the Bible will tell us that
    no two ancient manuscripts are exactly identical. All Bibles in
    our possession today are the result of extensive cutting and pasting
    from these various manuscripts with no single one being the
    definitive
    reference.

    What the translators of the Bible have done when
    presented with such discrepancies is to do their best to choose
    the correct version. In other words, since they can not know which
    "ancient manuscript" is the correct one, they must do
    a little detective work on the text in order to decide which "version"
    of a given verse to accept. John 14:26 is just such an example
    of such selection techniques.

    John 14:26 is the only verse of the Bible
    which associates the Parakletos with the Holy Spirit. But
    if we were to go back to the "ancient manuscripts" themselves,
    we would find that they are not all in agreement that the "Parakletos"
    is the Holy Spirit. For instance, in the famous the Codex Syriacus,
    written around the fifth century C.E., and discovered in 1812
    on Mount Sinai by Mrs.Agnes S. Lewis (and Mrs. Bensley), the text
    of 14:26 reads; "Paraclete, the Spirit";
    and not "Paraclete, the Holy Spirit.".

    Is this just knit picking? "Spirit" or
    "Holy Spirit," what's the big deal? Obviously they both
    refer to the same thing. Right? Wrong! There is a big difference.
    A "spirit," according to the language of the Bible
    simply means "a prophet" See for instance:

    "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try
    the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets
    are gone out into the world,"

    1 John 4:1-3:

    (also see 1 John 4:6), or an inspired human,
    for example read 1 Corinthians 2:10, 2 Thessalonians 2:2, ...etc.

     

    We have already exhibited in chapters one and two
    many documented cases of deliberate modification of the Biblical
    text by members of the Christian clergy themselves, as well as
    deliberate large scale projects to "correct" the Bible,
    and the writings of "the early fathers," (such as the
    deliberate insertion of the verse of 1 John 5:7 which is now
    universally
    discarded). It is, therefore, possible that either:

    1) The word "Holy" could have been dropped
    by a careless copyist., or

    2) Someone could have inserted the word "Holy"
    to convey his personal understanding of the text.

    Which was it? In order to arrive at the answer we
    must follow the same path of detective work the Biblical scholars
    themselves do. We must study the characteristics of the "Paraclete"
    and compare them to both the "Holy Spirit" and to a
    "Spirit." Muslims believe that Muhammad (pbuh) was the
    one intended and not the Holy Ghost. In the Christian's own "Gospel
    of Barnabas" Muhammad is mentioned
    by name here. The Trinitarian church, however, has done
    it's utmost to obliterate all existing copies of "The Gospel
    of Barnabas," and to hide it from the masses or to label
    it a forgery (see chapter 7). For this reason, it becomes necessary
    to show that even the Gospels adopted by Paul's church also originally
    spoke of Muhammad (pbuh).

     

    1) Christian scholars see evidence of tampering:

    In the famous "Anchor Bible" we find the
    following quote:

    "The word parakletos is peculiar in the NT
    to the Johnannine literature. In John ii Jesus is a parakletos
    (not a title), serving as a heavenly intercessor with the Father
    ... Christian tradition has identified this figure (Paraclete)
    as the Holy Spirit, but scholars like Spitta, Delafosse, Windisch,
    Sasse, Bultmann, and Betz have doubted whether this identification
    is true to the original picture and have suggested that the Paraclete
    was once an independent salvific figure, later confused with the
    Holy Spirit."

    The Anchor Bible, Doubleday & Company, Inc,
    Garden
    City, N.Y. 1970, Volume 29A, p. 1135

    We are about to see some of the evidence that goes
    to prove this position.

     

    2) Does the Holy Spirit "speak" or "inspire":

    The Greek word translated as "hear" in
    the Biblical verses ("whatsoever he shall hear, that shall
    he speak
    ") is the Greek word "akouo" {ak-oo'-o}
    meaning to perceive sounds. It has, for instance, given us the
    word "acoustics," the science of sounds.
    Similarly the verb "to speak" is the Greek verb "laleo"
    {lal-eh'-o} which has the general meaning "to emit sounds"
    and the specific meaning "to speak." This verb occurs
    very frequently in the Greek text of the Gospels. It designates
    a solemn declaration by Jesus (pbuh) during his preachings (For
    example Matthew 9:18). Obviously these verbs require hearing and
    speech organs in order to facilitate them. There is a distinct
    difference between someone "inspiring" something and
    him "speaking" something. So the Paraclete
    will "hear" and "speak," not "inspire."

     

    Muhammad (pbuh), as seen above, did indeed fulfill
    this prophesy. Whatsoever he "HEARD" from Gabriel
    (The Qur'an), the same did he physically "SPEAK" to
    his followers. In the Qur'an we read:

    "(God swears) By the star when it falls!:
    Your comrade (Muhammad) errs not, nor is he deceived; Nor does
    he speak of (his own) desire. It is naught save a revelation that
    is revealed (unto him)."

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Najm(53):1-4

     

    3) The Holy Ghost was already with them:

    In the above verses we read "if I go not
    away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I
    will send him unto you."
    The comforter can not be the
    Holy Ghost because the Holy Ghost (according to the Bible) was
    "with" them already (and even quite active) long before
    the coming of Jesus (pbuh) himself and then throughout his ministry.
    Read for example.

    Genesis 1:2 "And the earth was without form,
    and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the
    Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."

    1 Samuel 10:10 "And when they came thither
    to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit
    of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them."

    "And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when
    he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly."

    1 Samuel 11:6

    "Then he remembered the days of old, moses,
    and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of
    the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his
    holy Spirit within him?"

    Isaiah 63:11

    "For he (John the Baptist) shall be great
    in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong
    drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his
    mother's womb."

    Luke 1:15

    "And the angel answered and said unto her,
    The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee."

    Luke 1:35

    "And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth
    heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and
    Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost"

    Luke 1:41

    "And his father Zacharias was filled with
    the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,"

    Luke 1:67

    "And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem,
    whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting
    for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him."

    Luke 2:25

    "And it was revealed unto him by the Holy
    Ghost (Simeon), that he should not see death, before he had seen
    the Lord's Christ."

    Luke 2:26

    "And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily
    shape like a dove upon him (Jesus), and a voice came from heaven,
    which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased."

    Luke 3:22

    "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be
    unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when
    he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive
    ye the Holy Ghost."

    John 20:21-22

    Did they or did they not already receive the Holy
    Ghost? Was Jesus (pbuh) not still with them when
    they received the Holy Ghost? Was the Holy Ghost not with Simeon,
    Mary, Elisabeth and Zacharias before the birth of Jesus (pbuh)?
    Was the Holy Ghost not with Moses (pbuh) when he parted
    the seas? There are many more similar verses to be found in the
    Bible. In the above verses, we are told that if Jesus (pbuh) does
    not depart then the "parakletos" will not come. Thus,
    the "Holy Ghost" cannot be the one originally intended
    since it was already with them. The contradiction is quite obvious.

     

    4) Selective translation: Jesus (pbuh) too is
    a Paraclete:

    The word "Paraclete" is
    applied to Jesus (pbuh) himself in 1 John 2:1

    "My little children, these things write I
    unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate(parakletos)
    with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."

    1 John 2:1

    Notice how the translators have managed to translate
    this exact same word one way (advocate) in reference
    to Jesus (pbuh) and another (comforter) with regard to the coming
    "parakletos." Why would they want to do such a thing?
    The reason is that the translators did not want the Christians,
    after reading

    "we have an advocate(parakletos) with the
    Father, Jesus Christ the righteous"

    to then read

    "And I will pray the Father, and he shall
    give you another advocate(parakletos)."

    Can we see why this would make them nervous?

    Well, what was Jesus (pbuh)? He was a prophet! Read:

     

    "...This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth
    of Galilee."

    Matthew 21:11

    and "..Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet
    mighty in deed and word before God and all the people"

    Luke 24:19:

    ...etc. (see more in
    section
    1.2.3.12).

    Muhammad (pbuh) was also a prophet of God. We have
    already demonstrate in chapter one how the verses of the Bible
    themselves prove quite conclusively that Jesus (pbuh) was neither
    a god nor part of God Almighty, but an elect messenger of God.
    The concept of his divinity was concocted by Paul and his ministry
    during the first three centuries after the departure of Jesus
    (pbuh) and is explicitly refuted by the Bible itself and Jesus'
    apostles (see section 1.2.5).

     

    5) "Another" Paraclete:

    Now go back to John 14:16 and notice the words "another
    Paraclete."
    If the comforter is the Holy
    Ghost then how many Holy Ghost's are there? The word "another"
    is significant. We have already seen how this term is applied
    to Jesus (pbuh) himself. In English, "another" may mean
    "One more of the same kind" or "one more
    of a different kind." If the latter were the one intended
    then the current Christian interpretation might bear some merit.
    However, if "One more of the same kind" was what was
    intended then this is positive proof that the coming Paraclete
    would be just like Jesus (pbuh), a human being and a
    prophet
    , not a ghost. The actual Greek word used was
    the word "allon" which is the masculine accusative form
    of "allos" {al'-los}: "Another of the SAME
    kind." The Greek word for "another of a different kind"
    is "heteros" {het'-er-os}.

    Prof. Abdul-Ahad Dawud (formerly Rev. David Benjamin
    Keldani, Bishop of Uramia)* says:

    "The adjective 'another' preceding a foreign
    noun for the first time announced seems very strange and totally
    superfluous. There is no doubt that the text has been tampered
    with and distorted."

    Muhammad in the Bible, Prof. Abdul-`Ahad Dawud, p.
    211

    "The Paraclete is a parallel figure to Jesus
    himself; and this conclusion is confirmed in the fact that the
    title is suitable for both. It is clear from 14:16 that the source
    thought there were sendings of two Paracletes, Jesus and his successor,
    the one following the other"

    The Gospel of John a Commentary, Rudolf Bultmann,
    p. 567

     

    6) "Parakletos" or "Periklytos"?:

    Some scholars believe that what Jesus (pbuh) said
    in his own Aramaic tongue in these verses represents more closely
    the Greek word "Periklytos" which means
    the admirable or glorified one. This word corresponds exactly
    to the Arabic word "Muhammad" which also means the "admired
    one" or "glorified one." In other words, "Periklytos"
    is "Muhammad" in Greek. There are several similar documented
    cases of similar word substitution in the Bible. It is also quite
    possible that both words were contained in the original text but
    were dropped by a copyist because of the ancient custom of writing
    words closely packed, with no spaces in-between them. In such
    a case the original reading would have been: "and He will
    give you another comforter(Parakletos), the admirable one(Periklytos)"

    (See examples of many similar cases in the Biblical text in "The
    Emphatic Diaglott"
    ).

    In his book "Muhammed in the Bible", Professor
    `Abdul-Ahad Dawud, formerly Rev. David Benjamin Keldani, Roman
    Catholic Bishop of Uramiah, submits a much more eloquent and scholarly
    presentation in defense of these assertions, far beyond the limited
    abilities of this humble author. For those who which to read a
    truly scholarly study of this matter, you may obtain a copy of
    that book. The following is a very brief quotation from that book:

     

    "The 'Paraclete' does not signify either
    'consoler' or 'advocate'; in truth, it is not a classical word
    at all. The Greek orthography of the word is Paraklytos which
    in ecclesiastical literature is made to mean 'one called to aid,
    advocate, intercessor' (Dict. Grec.-Francais, by Alexandre). One
    need not profess to be a Greek scholar to know that the Greek
    word for 'comforter or consoler' is not 'Paraclytos' but 'Paracalon'.
    I have no Greek version of the Septuagint
    with me, but I remember perfectly well that the Hebrew word for
    'comforter' (mnahem) in the Lamentations of Jeremiah (I. 2, 9,
    16, 17, 21, etc.) is translated into Parakaloon, from the verb
    Parakaloo, which means to call to, invite, exhort, console, pray,
    invoke. It should be noticed that there is a long alpha vowel
    after the consonant kappa in the 'Paracalon' which does not exist
    in the 'Paraclytos.' In the phrase (He who consoles us in all
    our afflictions) 'paracalon' and not 'Paraclytos' is used. (I
    exhort, or invite, thee to work). Many other examples can be cited
    here. There is another Greek word for comforter or consoler, i.e.
    "Parygorytys' from 'I console'.....The proper Greek term
    for 'advocate' is Sunegorus and for 'intercessor' or 'mediator'
    Meditea"

    Muhammad in the Bible, Prof. Abdul-`Ahad Dawud, pp.
    208-209

     

    7) "He" not "It":

    Notice the use of "he" when
    referring to the Paraclete and not "it."
    If we read John 16:13, we will find no less than SEVEN occurrences
    of the masculine pronoun "He" and "Himself."
    There is not another verse in the 66 books of the Protestant Bible
    or the seventy three books of the Catholic Bible which contains
    seven masculine pronouns, or seven feminine pronouns, or even
    seven neuter genders. So many masculine pronouns ill befits a
    ghost, holy or otherwise. The word "Spirit" (Greek,
    pneu'ma), is of a neutral gender and is always referred to by
    the pronoun "it."

    Mr. Ahmed Deedat says:

    "When this point of seven masculine pronouns
    was mooted by Muslims in India in their debates with the Christian
    missionaries, the Urdu (Indian) version of the Bible had the pronouns
    presently changed to SHE, SHE, SHE! so that the Muslims could
    not claim that this prophecy referred to Muhammad (pbuh) - a man!
    This Christian deception I have seen in the Bible myself. This
    is a common trickery by the missionaries, more specially in the
    vernacular. The very latest ruse I have stumbled across in the
    Afrikaans Bible, on the very verse under discussion; they have
    changed the word "Trooster" (Comforter), to "Voorspraak"
    (Mediator), and interpolated the phrase - "die Heilige Gees"
    - meaning THE HOLY GHOST, which phrase no Bible scholar has ever
    dared to interpolate into any of the multifarious English Versions.
    No, not even the Jehovah's witnesses. This is how the Christians
    manufacture God's word."

    "Muhammad, the natural successor to Christ,"
    Ahmed Deedat, p. 51

    8) He will guide you into all truth:

    In the above verses Jesus (pbuh) is quoted as saying
    "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot
    bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come,
    he will guide you into all truth."
    What does Jesus (pbuh)
    mean by "ye cannot bear them now"? If we were
    to read the Bible, we would find many verses throughout the Bible
    wherein Jesus (pbuh) bemoans the lack of understanding he was
    constantly greeted with from his disciples throughout his ministry:

     

    "And he(Jesus) saith unto them(the
    disciples).....O
    ye of little faith."

    Matthew 8:26

    "...and (Jesus) said unto him(Peter), O thou
    of little faith."

    Matthew 14:31

    "he (Jesus) said unto them(the disciples),
    O ye of little faith."

    Matthew 16:8

    "And he(Jesus) said unto them(the disciples),
    Where is your faith?"

    Luke 8:25

    Notice that these are not common Jews who he is
    saying
    these words to, but his own elect disciples. The Bible vividly
    illustrates how he is constantly going out of his way to simplify
    matters for them and to speak to them as one speaks to little
    children. However, even at that, they still misunderstand. He
    is finally driven to frustration and made to say:

    "And Jesus said, Are ye even yet without
    understanding?"

    Matthew 15:16

    and "And Jesus answering said, O faithless
    and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer
    you?"

    Luke 9:41

    We are even told that his own people did not accept
    him:

    "He came unto his own, and his own received
    him not."

    John 1:11

    Jesus (pbuh) had "all truth," but
    he could not give it to them because they were not fit to receive
    it. Therefore, he told them that another would come after him
    who shall guide them into "all truth" which they
    could not receive from him. He tells us that the one who will
    come will "teach you all things." This one who
    will guide them into "all truth" is described
    as "The spirit of truth." We have already seen
    how the word "spirit" in the Bible is synonymous with
    the word "Prophet." Muhammad (pbuh), even before he
    became the prophet of Islam was known among his people as "Al-sadik
    Al-amin," which means "The truthful, the trustworthy."
    Thus, it becomes apparent that Muhammad was indeed "the
    spirit of truth."
    Since the departure of Jesus (pbuh)
    and to this day, the "Holy Ghost" has not taught mankind
    a single new truth not revealed by Jesus (pbuh) himself.

     

    It is important to notice the words "ALL
    truth"
    and "MANY things." "Many"
    and "All" means more than one. What new and innovative
    teachings has the Holy Ghost given mankind which were not taught
    by Jesus (pbuh)? The Qur'an says:

    "O mankind! The messenger (Muhammad) hath
    come unto you with the truth from your Lord. Therefore believe;
    (it is) better for you. But if ye disbelieve, still, lo! unto
    Allah belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth. Allah
    is the All-Knower, the All-Wise."

     

    9) He shall glorify me:

    The Paraclete "shall glorify
    me"
    and will "testify of me." Muhammad
    (pbuh) did indeed testify of Jesus (pbuh) and did indeed glorify
    him and raise him and his mother to their well deserved stations
    of honor and piety and even made it an article of faith for every
    Muslim to bear witness to this. Just one of the many examples
    of this is:

    "And the angles said 'O Mary, Allah gives
    you glad tidings of a Word from Him, his name is Messiah, Jesus
    son of Mary, High honored in this world and the next, of those
    near stationed to Allah."

    The noble Qur'an, A'al-Umran(3):40.

    Nobody seems to recognize this fact as being at all
    extraordinary. People generally look upon the Jews as true worshippers
    of God and followers of a legitimate faith, even if they do consider
    them misguided by not following Jesus (pbuh) but killing him.
    Their book is even incorporated into the Bible as the faultless
    word of God. On the other hand, Muslims are looked down upon as
    followers of a false prophet and as savage blood thirsty terrorists
    or barbarians. However, if we were to look at the Jewish opinion
    of Jesus (pbuh) we would find that an early reference in the Babylonian
    "Talmud" says that "Jeshu ha-Nocri"
    was a false prophet who was hanged on the eve of the Passover
    for sorcery and false teaching. They further claim that he was
    a bastard son of a Roman adulterer among many other allegations.

     

    Mr. Josh McDowell is a Biblical scholar who has
    researched
    the topic of the Jewish Talmud's view of Jesus. The
    Talmud, of course, is the ultimate authoritative body of Jewish
    tradition, comprising the Mishnah and Gemara.
    In Mr. McDowell's book, "Evidence that demands a verdict,"
    he quotes extensively from the Jewish Talmud with regard to the
    official Jewish view of Jesus (pbuh). The following is a small
    sampling from this book:

    "Tol'doth Yeshu. Jesus is referred to as
    'Ben Pandera'." Note: 'Ben Pandera' means 'son of Pandera'.
    He was a Roman soldier the Jews allege to have raped Mary to produce
    the illegitimate son Jesus (God forbid).

    Yeb. IV 3;49a: "Rabbi Shimeon Ben Azzai said
    (regarding Jesus): 'I found a genealogical roll in Jerusalem wherein
    was recorded, such-an-one is a bastard of an adulteress."

    Joseph Klausner adds:

    "Current editions of the Mishnah, add: 'To
    support the words of Rabbi Yehoshua' (who in
    the same Mishnah says: What is a bastard? Everyone who's parents
    are liable to death by the Beth Din), that Jesus is here referred
    to seems to be beyond doubt."

    The Jews had adopted in their ancient references
    a system of referring to Jesus with code names when heaping upon
    his person allegations of evil and blasphemy. One good reference
    on this topic is "The Jewish Encyclopaedia," in twelve
    volumes. The following information is obtained from that book.

     

    Under the heading of "Jesus in Jewish legend"
    (Vol. VII, page 170-173), we are told that Jesus is referred to
    in Jewish references by such code names as "that man,"
    "that anonymous one," "Yeshu," "bastard,"
    "son of Pandera," "son of Stada," "Balaam,"
    (destroyer of the people) etc. Most allegations which are associated
    with Jesus (peace be upon him and his mother), concern themselves
    either with belittling the person of Jesus, ascribing to him
    illegitimate
    birth, ascribing to his mother Mary (pbuh) acts of whoredom,
    attributing
    to Jesus acts of black magic through the vain use of the given
    name of God, and attributing to him a shameful death as well as
    severe and denigrating punishment in the afterlife.

    These references to Jesus in Jewish records and law
    claim that Jesus was born to a well known adulteress named "Mary,"
    who conceived him through adultery with a Roman soldier who was
    named either "Pandera" or "Stada." Jesus is
    then claimed to have traveled to Egypt and entered into the service
    of magicians, he lusted after a woman and was excommunicated,
    he set up a brick as his god and led all of Israel into apostasy.
    He is claimed to have cut his magic formulas into his skin, by
    having taken a parchment containing the "declared name of
    God" and cut it into his skin in order to steal it from the
    Temple. All of his miracles were then performed through this stolen
    parchment which was later forcibly retrieved from him. It was
    Judas Iscarlot who volunteered to retrieve it from Jesus. An arial
    battle ensued between Judas and Jesus. Judas found that he could
    in no way touch Jesus so he "defiled" him. Judas emerged
    victorious and Jesus fled. Forty days before the condemnation
    of Jesus, a herald called upon anyone who could say anything in
    Jesus' favor. Not a single person came. The scholars of Israel
    then bound him to a pillar, however, his disciples attacked them
    and freed him. He disguised himself and rode an ass into Jerusalem,
    however, Judas saw through his disguise and exposed
    him.

    We are told that Jesus was then taken to be hung
    on the tree as the law required, however, he had conjured all
    of the trees with his black magic and none of them would receive
    him. Finally they hung him up on a large cabbage stalk which received
    him. After Jesus' body was placed in the tomb it disappeared and
    his disciples tried to claim that he had risen, however, it was
    later discovered that "Judas the gardener" had taken
    Jesus' body and used it as a dam to hold back the water in his
    garden. Jesus' body was then retrieved and flung before the Queen.
    In this manner the lies of the apostles were silenced and there
    was great rejoicing throughout the land. This same encyclopaedia
    aleges that the Qur'an "alludes to" the insult delivered
    to the body of Jesus in the streets of Jerusalem. A claim that
    is not only preposterous and unfounded, however, the authors are
    hereby publicly challenged to produce the text of the Qur'an that
    "alludes to" such evil claims against Jesus, peace be
    upon him and his mother Mary.

     

    6.4: The emigration (The Hijra)

    "God (his guidance) came from Teman, and
    the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah.
    His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise."

    Habakkuk 3:3

    The wilderness of Paran is where
    Abraham's
    wife Hagar and his eldest son Ishmael,
    the father of the Arabs, settled (Genesis 21:21) in the Arabian
    desert. Specifically, Makkah (Please see Map 1, page 440). Makkah
    is, of course, the capital of Islam in Arabia and the birthplace
    of Muhammad (pbuh). Indeed, it was Hagar and Ishmael themselves
    who transformed a barren patch of desert into what is now the
    capital of Islam, "Makkah." Mount Paran
    is the chain
    of mountains in that same region which the Arabs call the "Sarawat
    mountains."

    According to J. Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible,
    Teman is an Oasis just North of Madinah.
    Muhammad (pbuh) did indeed come from Paran. About
    622 AD, he and his followers were forced to migrate from Makkah
    (Paran) to Madinah (Teman) where he spent the rest of his prophetic
    life teaching it's people the guidance of God (the Qur'an). These
    two cities, Makkah and Madinah, are such critical importance to
    a Muslims faith that every single chapter of the Qur'an is classified
    as either "Makkia" (revealed in Makkah) or "Madaniyyah"
    (revealed in Madinah).

    When someone describes someone as having "come
    from" a certain town, this is usually interpreted as meaning
    that that person was born in that town. In other words, that town
    is this man's "home town." However, when one reads the
    words "God came from…," the meaning is quite different.
    It is quite obvious that the verse is not implying that a given
    location is God's "home town." Jews, Christians, and
    Muslims all affirm that God Almighty is Omnipresent*
    and Eternal. So, if this is the case, then we can not say that
    God Himself "came" or "went" to a given place
    since that would imply that there are times and places where God's
    knowledge and supervision is NOT present, and thus, it is possible
    to hide from God since I could go to a place where God has not
    "come" and is not present in His knowledge.

    So if God is Omnipresent (present in knowledge
    everywhere
    at the same time), then we begin to realize that it is not God
    "Himself" that is "coming" from a given place,
    rather it is God's guidance and mankind's recognition of God that
    is being established in a given location. In other words, in a
    place where the true worship of God and the true knowledge of
    His message were absent, God blesses them with knowledge of Himself
    and His message. In this way, they become "acquainted"
    with God, and "meet" or "learn of" Him. In
    this fashion, although God Almighty was ever present in His knowledge,
    with them and all of His creation, they are only now beginning
    to comprehend His presence.

    Once we understand that the people of Mount Paran
    and Teman are described as becoming aware of the message of God
    and His guidance, and we realize that Paran and Teman are to Islam
    what Jerusalem is to Judaism or Christianity, then we begin to
    see the emergence of a prophesy of the coming of the final message
    of God. This is because Muhammad (pbuh) first received the prophethood
    of Islam in the cave of "Hira'a" located in the highest
    part of the mountains of Paran (see section 6.2). Jesus (pbuh)
    never in his life traveled to Paran nor Teman.
    Muhammad, however, was born in Paran, he became the prophet of
    Islam there, and it was the capital of the Islamic religion in
    that day and this. No man from Paran, throughout history, has
    had his praise sung in so many nations as has Muhammad (pbuh).
    The name "Muhammad" itself literally means in Arabic
    "The praised one." Through the
    teachings of Muhammad, God is now being praised by over one billion
    Muslims around the world.

    However, if we were to look more closely at this
    verse we would find even greater detail of this coming message.
    The word which has been translated here as "Holy One"
    is the Hebrew word "qadowsh" {kaw-doshe'} which has
    the multiple meaning of "sacred, holy, Holy One, saint, set
    apart." In this specific verse the translators judgment drove
    them to translate it as "Holy One" (notice the capitals),
    thus, they understood this verse to simply mean "God came
    from Teman and God came from mount Paran."

    However, if this was the intended reading then why did God choose
    to use the word "God" in one place and "Holy One"
    in the other? There must be a reason for this specific wording.
    Actually, there is.

    If we were to read Exodus 19:6 we would find that
    the same translators of the Bible have translated this same Hebrew
    word as "holy nation." In Exodus 29:31 it is translated
    as "holy place," and in Zec. 14:5 they translated it
    as "saints." Thus, we see that according to the witness
    of these same translators of the Bible, this verse of Habakkuk
    3:3 could (or more correctly, should) be translated as "and
    the saint from mount Paran,"

    or "and the holy one from mount Paran" (no capitals).
    This is important, why?

    If we were to accept everything these Biblical
    translators
    are teaching us and to accept that the word "qadowsh"
    can be translated as "Holy One," or as "holy one,"
    or as "saint," or as "holy," etc. based upon
    the meaning most appropriate for the chosen verse, then we realize
    that although it would be completely appropriate to interpret
    the coming of Islam from the mountains of Makkah
    as "the Holy One" coming from "mount Paran,"
    still, it would be more precise to say that "the holy one"
    (or "the saint") came from "mount Paran."
    This is because Muhammad (pbuh) was born on Paran (Makkah) and
    first received the message of Islam in the mountains of Makkah.

     

    So why does the first part of this verse say "God
    came from Teman" and not "The Holy One came
    from Teman"? Well, the reason for this is that Islam was
    indeed first revealed to Muhammad (pbuh) in Makkah,
    however, he and his followers remained persecuted and in constant
    fear of death from the pagans of Arabia while they resided in
    Makkah (see chapter 10). This continued for a period of thirteen
    years. During this period, the Muslims were beaten, starved, tortured,
    and killed. This situation was hardly conducive of the Muslims
    openly preaching the message of God to all of mankind. For this
    reason, the knowledge of the persecution that one must endure
    upon acceptance of Islam prevented many from openly accepting
    it or preaching it to others.

    However, this
    all changed in the beginning of the
    fourteenth year. That is when God Almighty commanded Muhammad
    (pbuh) to emigrate with his companions to Teman (Madinah).
    Although the pagans escalated their persecution of the Muslims
    into all-out warfare at this point, still, within the boundaries
    of the city of Madinah they had begun to enjoy a measure of freedom
    and autonomy. This freedom manifested itself in their ability
    to not only preach the message of God within the city itself,
    but they also began to send delegations to the surrounding cities
    inviting them to Islam. In other words, the message of Islam did
    not truly begin it's "global" phase until it reached
    "Teman" or Madinah. This is why the verse says "God
    came from Teman, and the holy one from mount Paran"

    In fact, just as the Christian calendar starts with the presumed
    date of the birth of Jesus (pbuh), so does the Islamic "Hijra"
    calendar start with the year in which the Muslims emigrated to
    Madinah.

     

    6.5: Isaiah's vision

    Isaiah saw a vision of two riders.

    "And he saw a chariot [with] a couple of
    horsemen, a chariot of asses, [and] a chariot of camels .."

    Isaiah 21:7

    Who was the rider upon the ass? Every Sunday school
    student will tell us that this was a prophecy of Jesus (pbuh),
    as stated in John:

    "And Jesus, when he had found a young ass,
    sat thereon; as it is written,"

    John 12:14

    but who is the promised prophet who would ride the
    camel? If it is not Muhammad (pbuh) then this prophecy has yet
    to be fulfilled. Let us read on...

    "And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men,
    [with] a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon
    is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he
    hath broken unto the ground."

    Isaiah 21:9

    Babylon did indeed fall before Islam and the Islamic
    nation under the guidance of Muhammad (pbuh) did indeed succeed
    in eradicating the worship of idols from Babylon replacing it
    with the worship of God alone. In fact, the Muslims were the only
    believers in the God of Isaiah to ever succeed in fulfilling this
    prophesy (see chapter 10). Continuing ...

    "The burden upon Arabia ..."

    Isaiah 21:13

    What does the word "burden" mean? Let us
    ask the Scofield Study Bible:

    "…which also means an oracle is a word
    sometimes used in the prophetical writings to indicate a divine
    message of judgment"

    Scofield Study Bible New King James Version, note
    1, p. 792

    So the Muslims of Arabia (and subsequently Muslims
    everywhere) would be assigned the burden of God's message.

    "The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought
    water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread
    him that fled. For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword,
    and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war"

    Isaiah 21:14-15

    Tema, according to John
    McKenzie's dictionary of the Bible is

    "a place name and tribal name of Arabia;
    a son of Ishmael.... The name survives in Teima, an oasis of the
    part of the Arabian desert called the Nefud in N Central Arabia."

     

    This word, Tema, is the name of the ninth son of
    Ishmael (the father of the Arabs), in Genesis 25:13-15 we read:

     

    "And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael,
    by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn
    of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, And Mishma,
    and Dumah, and Massa, Hadar, and Tema, Jetur,
    Naphish, and Kedemah"

    Strong's concordance tells us that this name was
    also applied to the land settled by Tema the son of
    Ishmael. It goes on to explain how this word is
    "probably of foreign derivation". Indeed, this
    word, Teima, is an Arabic word which
    means "Barren desert". It remains the name of a city
    in the Arabian peninsula just north of "Al-Madinah
    Al-Munawarah," or "Madinah" for short (Please see
    Map 1, page 440). Muhammad (pbuh) and his companions were given
    sanction to migrate. They departed Makkah during
    the night and left all of their possessions behind. Upon reaching
    Madinah they were greeted by it's citizens with open arms and
    Muhammad (pbuh) assigned each one of the Muhajireen (citizens
    of Makkah) to one of the Ansar (citizens of Madinah)
    to house and feed them until they could strike out on their own.
    This became the first year of the Arab "Hijra" (Emigration)
    calendar used in Islamic countries to this day.

    "For thus hath the LORD said unto me, Within
    a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory
    of Kedar shall fail. And the residue of the number of archers,
    the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished:
    for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken [it]."

    Isaiah 21:16-17

    Kedar* is the second son
    of Ishmael, the father of the Arabs:

    "And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael,
    by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn
    of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam."

    Genesis 25:13

    Kedar is also synonymous with all of Arabia in
    general,
    as in Ezekiel:

    "Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar."

    Ezekiel 27:21

    The Arabs of Makkah, the capital of
    the paganistic tribes of Arabia of the day, were indeed defeated
    by the Muslims in the second year after their forced immigration
    from Makkah to Madinah (The Hijra).
    This victory signaled the turning point for Islam and a transition
    from a position of weakness to one of power and victory (for more,
    please read chapter 10).

    It should be pointed out here that, as mentioned
    at the beginning of this chapter, the children of Israel, from
    the tribe of Levi, were distinctly aware of this prophesy.
    Indeed this is the very reason why they had begun to immigrate
    from the lush and fertile pastures of their holy land of Israel
    to the barren parched deserts of Arabia, specifically to Madinah
    and the surrounding areas of Khaibar, Tema, and others.
    Because they knew that this is where the final prophet would appear.
    As mentioned above, these children of the Jews were constantly
    threatening the Arab inhabitants of Madinah (the tribes of Al-Aws
    and Al-Kazraj) with his impending arrival and how they would follow
    him and, through his leadership, they would utterly destroy these
    Arabs. They had hoped that this prophet would be from their tribe
    and that their presence in this location might facilitate this
    hope.

    When their awaited prophet finally did come, they
    rejected him. They wanted a Jewish prophet from their own tribe
    and not an Arab from the sons of Ishmael. Thus,
    they allowed their pride to come between them and the truth which
    they recognized. However, their efforts were not totally in vain.
    So continuous were their efforts in threatening the inhabitants
    of Madinah with the final prophet's
    imminent arrival that when Muhammad (pbuh) finally did come, the
    inhabitants of Madinah immediately recognized him and hastened
    to follow him before the Jews. These inhabitants of Madinah would
    later become among those very first followers of Muhammad (pbuh)
    who would one year later go on to fulfill the prophesy of Isaiah
    by defeating the "mighty men of Kedar" in
    the very first battle of the Islamic nation, the battle of Badr.

     

    As the prophesy requires, one year after prophet
    Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers escaped from the torture and
    persecution of the people of Kedar and emigrated to
    Madinah, the men of Makkah
    decided to once and for all put an end to Muhammad (pbuh) and
    his followers. They assembled an army consisting of 750 footmen
    and 200 horsemen, all of their very best fighters, and all very
    well armed. The leaders of this army consisted of the majority
    of the leaders of Kedar (see chapter ten). They were confident
    of victory and bragged that after this massacre they would be
    feared throughout all of Arabia.

    The Muslims heard of this amassing of troops and
    prepared as best they could. They collected 313 footmen with two
    horses and seventy camels. The Muslims fought long and hard with
    the men of Kedar and were finally granted victory.
    This battle ended in the death of these leaders of Kedar and a
    resounding victory for the Muslims.

    In this battle, only fourteen Muslims and seventy
    pagans from Kedar were killed. Twenty four of those
    who died from Kedar were their leaders. In addition, seventy others
    from Kedar were taken as prisoners and later ransomed back to
    their people (for more see chapter ten).

    This was the great turning point for the Islamic
    nation. This battle could be said to have been the beginning of
    the end for the reign of idolatry and paganism within the land
    of Arabia. This Muslim nation would then go on to expand to many
    other nations until it spread from Spain to China, fulfilling
    many more prophesies in the Bible, including Daniel 2:44, Genesis
    15:18-21, and many others.

    An unfortunate misconception which has managed to
    creep into many Western beliefs is that Islam was only spread
    through force and the sword. Today, however, this notion is beginning
    to be recognized for the absurdity that it was. A Christian missionary,
    Sir Thomas W. Arnold says:

    "...of any organized attempt to force the
    acceptance of Islam on the non-Muslim population, or of any systematic
    persecution intended to stamp out the Christian religion, we hear
    nothing. Had the caliphs chosen to adopt either course of action,
    they might have swept away Christianity as easily as Ferdinand
    and Isabella drove Islam out of Spain, or Louis XIV made Protestantism
    penal in France, or the Jews were kept out of England for 350
    years. The Eastern Churches in Asia were entirely cut off from
    communion with the rest of Christendom throughout which no one
    would have been found to lift a finger on their behalf, as heretical
    communions. So that the very survival of these Churches to the
    present day is a strong proof of the generally tolerant attitude
    of Mohammedan [sic] governments towards them"

    The Preaching of Islam, A History of the Propagation
    of the Muslim Faith, Sir Thomas W. Arnold, Westminster
    A. Constable & Co., London, 1896, p. 80.

    "Against unbelievers he (Muhammad) enjoined
    his followers to undertake a holy warefare, but only when attacked.
    The earlier Moslem[sic] leaders did not try to impose their faith
    upon other nations"

    The History of Christianity in the Light of Modern
    Knowledge, A Collective Work, Harcourt Brace and co., p. 520

    Muslims did indeed wage many wars, just as many Jews
    and Christians did both before and after this. Muslims waged their
    wars in self-defense or in order to abolish idolatry, tyranny,
    slavery, and oppression. Muslims were commanded to not attack
    those who did not attack them, to not cut down a fruit tree, to
    not kill the animals, to not take the people's property, to not
    harm women or children or old people so long as they did not fight
    with them, and to not burn crops.

    When they were victorious, the Muslims were commanded
    not to destroy the churches nor the synagogues, nor to force the
    people to convert to Islam. The people were allowed to continue
    to practice their religion without persecution or being forced
    to convert (Compare for example with Numbers 31, and Deuteronomy
    20. Please also compare with the great Spanish inquisitions).

     

    "There is no compulsion in religion. The
    right path is henceforth distinct from misguidance"

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Bakarah(2):256.

    If Islam was indeed spread by the sword and not by
    it's spiritual appeal, then how do we explain, for example, the
    fact that Islam is the religion of the majority of the people
    of the country of Indonesia even though no Muslim army ever set
    foot on their land and they can by no stretch of the imagination
    be labeled as Arabs? The only contact these people ever had with
    Islam was through Muslim traders who passed through their lands.

     

    If the truth were to be known, in almost every single
    battle the Muslims ever participated in, they were almost always
    vastly outnumbered. For example, when the Muslims finally overthrew
    the pagan Byzantine superpower in the battle of Al-Yarmook of
    the year 636 C.E., the Muslim army consisted of 40,000 fighters
    verses 200,000 solders in the Byzantine army. So although many
    historians may like to attribute the fall of this superpower to
    any number of factors such as claiming that they were taxed and
    weary from previous battles with the Romans, (while not claiming
    that the Muslims were taxed and weary from their previous battles),
    and although they refuse to believe that this victory could have
    come from the Almighty, still, one needs to wonder if this victory
    were not through divine intervention then how do we explain the
    fact that an ill-equipped army of Bedouin sheep herders who were
    outnumbered more than four to one could so resoundingly defeat
    one of the two "superpowers" of their age?

    "The extinction of race consciousness as
    between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam
    and in the contemporary world. There is, as it happens, a crying
    need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue."

    The Genuine Islam, Vol. 1, George Bernard Shaw, No.
    81936.

    "I have always held the religion of Muhammad
    in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the
    only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating
    capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself
    appeal to every age. I have studied him-the wonderful man and
    in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called
    the Savior of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were
    to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed
    in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much
    needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith
    of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow
    as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today."

    Hamilton Gibb, Whither Islam, London, 1932, p. 379.

    6.6: Truthfulness of Muhammad (pbuh)

    "And if thou say in thine heart, How shall
    we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet
    speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor
    come to pass, that [is] the thing which the LORD hath not spoken,
    [but] the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not
    be afraid of him."

    Deuteronomy 18:21-22

    So if the statements made in the Qur'an were not
    true then this would prove that it is not the word of God. However,
    there is not a single claim made in the Qur'an that has been
    scientifically
    and objectively refuted as false. Quite the contrary, there is
    not one, but tens of scientific and historical statements to be
    found in the Qur'an which have just begun to be scrutinized by
    modern scientists and historians and which, according to many
    non-Muslim world renowned, pioneering scientists of the United
    States, Germany, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, India and many other nations,
    could not have been known by an illiterate man of the desert fourteen
    hundred years ago (see chapter 13). They themselves have only
    discovered these facts through the use of microscopes, telescopes,
    satellites, and various other scientific equipment that was not
    available to Muhammad (pbuh). These statements range over the
    fields of Embryology, Oceanography, Geology,
    Astronomy, Anatomy, Physics, and many others. Some of them have
    only been discovered during the last twenty years. These facts
    could not even have been copied from the Bible because many of
    them are either completely missing from the Bible or totally oppose
    similar verses in the Bible. If Muhammad (pbuh) had plagiarized
    the Bible, then did he also selectively correct incorrect scientific
    statements in it? It is also interesting to note that Christian
    scholars readily acknowledge that the Bible was not translated
    into Arabic until at least the eighth century AD, long after the
    death of Muhammad (pbuh) in 632C.E. You may get a side-by-side
    comparison of the Biblical vs. the Quranic versions of many scientific
    facts by referring to Dr. Maurice Bucaille's books: "The
    Bible, the Qur'an, and Science."

    I also highly recommend the following books: "Qur'an
    and modern science Correlation Studies," by Keith L. Moore,
    Abdul-Majeed A. Zindani, Mustafa A. Ahmed, and "The developing
    Human," By Dr. Keith Moore. These books speak about embryology
    in the Qur'an, and other topics.

     

    6.7: Moses foretells of Muhammad's coming

    "I (God) will raise them up a Prophet from
    among their brethren, like unto thee (moses), and will put my
    words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall
    command him."

    Deuteronomy 18:18

    There are many verses in the Old Testament that
    predict
    the coming of Jesus (pbuh). This one, however, is not one of them.
    This can be clearly seen from the following four points:

    a) Like unto moses

    Muslims believe in all of the previous prophets.
    They make no distinction between them, nor do they place one above
    the others in piety. However, they are all human, and as humans
    they differ from one another in their characteristics. Let us
    compare these characteristics:

    1) Both Christians and Muslims agree that both Moses
    and Muhammad (pbut) had fathers and mothers. They both also believe
    that Jesus (pbuh) had only a mother and no father. Therefore,
    Muhammad is like Moses, but Jesus is unlike Moses.

    2) Both Moses and Muhammad (pbut) married
    and begat children. Jesus (pbuh) never married nor had any offspring.
    Therefore, Muhammad is like Moses, but Jesus is unlike Moses.

    3) Moses (pbuh) was accepted by the Jews
    and to this day, as a nation, they accept him as their
    prophet. Muhammad (pbuh) was accepted by his people, and as
    a nation
    , over one billion Muslims around the world accept
    him as the prophet of Allah. Jesus (pbuh), however, was rejected
    by his people (the Jews) as stated in the Christian's own Bible:
    "He (Jesus) came unto his own, but his own received him
    not"
    (John 1:11) Therefore, Muhammad is like Moses, but
    Jesus is unlike Moses.

    4) Both Moses and Muhammad (pbut) were
    kings on Earth in the sense that they had the ultimate power of
    government, the power to inflict capital punishment. When
    the Jews brought before Moses (pbuh) the Israelite who had been
    caught collecting firewood on the Sabbath, Moses
    had him stoned to death (Numbers 15:36). Muhammad (pbuh) had similar
    authority. When a woman came before him confessing (with no witnesses)
    to having committed adultery, he gave her a chance to consider
    the severity of her claim and the punishment she would receive.
    When she insisted, he ordered her stoned to death and ordered
    his companions to respect her for her sincere repentance. Jesus
    (pbuh), however, explicitly refuted the claim that he had
    a kingdom on earth. When he was dragged before the Roman Governor
    Pontious Pilate with a charge of sedition he said:
    (John 18:36) "Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of
    this world
    : if my kingdom were of this
    world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered
    to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence."

    Jesus (pbuh) would not resort to lying to save his skin. Thus,
    he had no earthly kingdom. Further, in John 8:1-7 we read the
    story of the woman who was taken in adultery by the Jews and brought
    before Jesus (pbuh). They were hoping to trap him by either having
    him contradict the laws of Moses (pbuh) by not stoning her, or
    by placing him in a bad position with the Roman empire by taking
    the law into his own hands and ordering her stoned. Jesus cleverly
    extracted himself from this predicament by commanding them: "He
    that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."

    So the woman was set free. Therefore, Muhammad is like
    Moses, but Jesus is unlike Moses.

    5) Both Moses and Muhammad (pbut) came
    with a new and comprehensive set of laws for their people. The
    law brought by prophet Moses was named the Judaic Law, and the
    law brought by prophet Muhammad was named the Shari'ah. Jesus
    (pbuh) however, as witnessed by Matthew, claimed to have not introduced
    any new laws, but to have come to renew the law of Moses (pbuh)
    and to have neither added nor subtracted from it. In Matthew 5:17-18
    we read: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law,
    or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For
    verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot
    or one tittle shall in no wise pass
    from the law, till all
    be fulfilled."

    Therefore, Muhammad is like Moses, but Jesus is unlike Moses.

    6) Moses lead his people in a secret
    mass exodus from their hometown to Median in an attempt to flee
    the persecution of their enemies. Muhammad (pbut) too emigrated
    with his followers from their home town to Madinah
    in secret in order to flee the torture of their enemies. Jesus,
    however, never led his followers in a any sort of mass exodus
    from their hometowns . Therefore, Muhammad is like
    Moses, but Jesus is unlike Moses.

    7) Moses was victorious over his enemies
    both morally as well as physically. Pharaoh was defeated by Moses
    and all of his army were drowned in the sea. Muhammad (pbuh) too
    met his enemies in battle and defeated them all. This too was
    a moral as well as a physical victory. Jesus (pbuh) on the other
    hand is claimed in the Bible to have been crucified by his enemies.
    Thus, his victory was only a moral one. Therefore, Muhammad is
    like Moses, but Jesus is unlike Moses.

    8) Both Moses and Muhammad (pbut) died
    natural deaths. Jesus (pbuh), is claimed by the Christians to
    have died violently on the cross. Therefore, Muhammad
    is like Moses, but Jesus is unlike Moses.

    9) Both Moses and Muhammad (pbut) lie
    buried in the ground. Jesus (pbuh), however, is claimed by the
    Christians to abide in heaven. Therefore, Muhammad is like Moses,
    but Jesus is unlike Moses.

    10) Most Christians claim that Jesus (pbuh) is God.
    No Christian or Muslim, however, claims that Moses
    or Muhammad (pbut) was God. Therefore, Muhammad is like Moses,
    but Jesus is unlike Moses.

    11) Both Moses and Muhammad (pbuh) began
    their prophetic missions at the age of forty. The Bible tells
    us that Jesus (pbuh) began at thirty. Therefore, Muhammad is like
    Moses, but Jesus is unlike Moses.

    12) Christians claim that Jesus (pbuh) was
    resurrected
    after his death. Neither Muslims nor Christians claim that Moses
    or Muhammad was resurrected. Therefore, Muhammad is like Moses,
    but Jesus is unlike Moses.

    There are many additional points that could be
    mentioned
    but we will suffice with these for now.

    b) Cannot be a Jew

    Well, is Muhammad (pbuh) the only prophet who is
    "Like unto Moses"? For example, what about
    Jesus (pbuh)? Well, we should then notice that Jesus (pbuh) was
    a Jew,

    "Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him,
    How is it that thou (Jesus), being a Jew, askest
    drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria?"

    John 4:9

    and the Bible specifically denies that this awaited
    prophet will be a Jew. We are told that in Deuteronomy:

    "And there arose NOT a prophet
    since in Israel LIKE unto Moses."

    Deuteronomy 34:10

    This awaited prophet, however, must be "LIKE
    unto thee (Moses)."
    So he will come from OUTSIDE
    of Israel.

    c) Is from the BRETHREN of the Jews

    If this prophet can not be a Jew, then what is left?
    In this verse, God speaks to Moses (pbuh) about the
    Jews as a racial entity. The awaited prophet is claimed to not
    be "from the Jews" or "from among themselves"
    but rather "from among their (the Jew's) brethren."
    Who are the brethren of the Jewish nation? The Jews are the sons
    Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham.
    Isaac's older brother was Ishmael, the father of
    the Arabs. Thus, the brethren of the Jewish nation is the nation
    of the Arabs. This statement is further reinforced by the following
    definition of "Brethren" in the Hebrew Dictionary
    of the Bible
    :

    "personification of a group of tribes who
    were regarded as near kinsmen of the Israelites."

    Muhammad in the Bible, Jamal Badawi, p. 16

    Please compare this expression with that of the
    Qur'an:

     

    "Indeed Allah has conferred a great favor
    upon the believers (Muslims) when He sent among them a messenger
    from among themselves, reciting unto them His
    verses, purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom;
    although before that they were in manifest error."

    The noble Qur'an, Aal-Umran(3):164

    There has come unto you (O Muslims) a messenger
    from among yourselves (Muhammad, pbuh). It grieves him that you
    should receive any injury or difficulty, full of concern for you,
    for the believers [he is] full of pity, kind and merciful.

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Tawba(9):128

     

    d) Put my words in his mouth

    If we were to read the Qur'an we would find that
    it contains many verses stating "I am your Lord, so worship
    Me"
    (Al-Anbia: 92, Al-Muminoon: 52), "Verily,
    I am Allah"
    (Taha: 14, Al-Namil: 9, Al-Qasas: 30), "I
    am thy Lord"
    (Taha: 19). These verses are not preceded
    by "I heard God say.....," or "And God said....,"
    or similar statements which would be the words of a man transmitting
    the words of God, rather, their form is that of the first person
    who speaks of himself. Neither Muhammad (pbuh) nor any Muslim
    ever claimed that Muhammad (pbuh) was God, therefore, Muhammad
    (pbuh) was speaking with his mouth the words of God. Similarly,
    we can find in the Qur'an more than four hundred verses
    of the form "Say (O Muhammad) : ........" In
    other words God Almighty is putting His words into Muhammad's
    (pbuh) mouth and commanding him to speak them.

    We also find in the Qur'an verses which command
    Muhammad
    (pbuh) to perform a certain action, such as the opening verses
    of Al-Muzzamil(73), or which even go so far as to reproach Muhammad
    (pbuh), such as the chapter of Al-Tahreem(66) or the chapter of
    Abasa(80).

    Christians claim that the Bible has many "authors,"
    and that while the "inspiration" is from God, still,
    the words are those of mortal men.

    Dr. W Graham Scroggie of the Moody Bible institute,
    Chicago, says on page 17 of his book "It is human, yet divine":

     

    "...Yes, the Bible is human, although some
    out of zeal which is not according to knowledge, have denied this.
    Those books have passed through the minds of men, are written
    in the language of men, were penned by the hands of men and bear
    in their style the characteristics of men...."

    Kenneth Cragg, the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem,
    says on page 277 of his book, "The call of the minaret":

     

    ".....Not so the New testament....... There
    is condensation and editing; there is choice reproduction and
    witness. The Gospels have come through the mind of the church
    behind the authors. They represent experience and history....."

     

    (Both quotes have been obtained from the books of
    Ahmed Deedat)

    The Qur'an, however, is the book of God in both word
    and meaning. An example of this is a teacher who sends two students
    to teach what they have learned from him. The first is told to
    "teach them what I taught you." While the second is
    given a textbook written by this teacher and told to read verbatim
    from this book and say nothing of his own accord. The first will
    convey the thoughts of the teacher. The second will convey both
    his thoughts and his words.

    Sir William Muir says:

    "There is probably in the world no other
    book which has remained twelve centuries (at the time of this
    quote) with so pure a text"

    Life of Muhammad from
    original
    sources, Sir William Muir, Edinburough, J. Grant, p. xxii-xxiii

     

    This matter becomes clearer when studying for example
    the personal greetings and salutations of Paul and his friends
    at the ends of Titus (3:15), 2 Timothy (4:19), 1 Thessalonians
    (5:26) ..... etc. These words are not the word of God but the
    personal greetings of Paul and his friends. There are many such
    examples to be found in the Bible. The Qur'an contains no such
    verses from Muhammad (pbuh). The words of Muhammad (pbuh) are
    collected in a completely separate reference from the Qur'an called
    "The Sunnah" (or the "Hadeeth"). We notice
    from all this that even the Church itself does not claim that
    the Bible is the actual word of God, but His "inspiration"
    (his teachings) through the words of men. The Qur'an, however,
    is the actual word of God
    .

    "And (remember) when Abraham and Ishmael
    were raising the foundations of the House (the Ka'aba in Makkah),
    [praying]: Our Lord! Accept from us [this service]. Verily! You,
    [only You,] are the Hearer, the Knower. Our Lord! And make us
    submissive unto You and of our offspring a nation submissive unto
    You, and show us our ways of worship, and relent toward us. Verily!
    You, [only You,] are the Relenting, the Merciful. Our Lord! And
    send among them a messenger from among them who shall recite unto
    them Your verses, and shall instruct them in the Book and in wisdom
    and shall purify them. Verily! You, [only You,] are the Mighty,
    the Wise. And who desires other than the path of Abraham except
    he who befools himself? Truly, We chose him in this world, and
    Verily! In the Hereafter he shall be among the righteous. When
    his Lord said unto him: Surrender! (literally: 'Be a Muslim!')
    he said: I have surrendered (Literally: 'I have become a Muslim')
    to the Lord of creation."

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Baqarah(2):127-131

     

    e) Grave Warnings for all who do not follow him:

    So what shall we say to those who say: "Jesus
    has redeemed us. We have no need to follow any future prophets."?
    After the above verse of Deuteronomy, God himself threatens severe
    retribution against all those who do not follow this awaited prophet.
    In Deuteronomy we read:

    "And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever
    will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name,
    I will require [it] of him." (in some translations: "I
    will be the Revenger")

    Deuteronomy 18:19

     

    Well, do Muslims read the word of God (The Qur'an)
    in His name? The answer is: Yes. Muhammad (pbuh) never in his
    lifetime claimed that the Qur'an was his words, but the words
    of God it is only the West which claims that it is his words.
    Further, when a Muslim reads a verse or chapter of the Qur'an,
    you will find that they have been taught to always start their
    recitation with the words: "In the name of God, Most Gracious,
    Most Merciful."
    The Qur'an contains 114 Chapters. If
    we were to follow them on down we would find that the first chapter,
    second chapter, third chapter, and so on all begin with the words
    "In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful."
    (there is one exception). So not only Muhammad (pbuh), but all
    Muslims in general recite the words of God in His name. Indeed,
    the Qur'an does even confirm this same warning of Deuteronomy:

     

    "And whosoever seeks other than Islam as
    their religion it will not be accepted from him, and he shall
    be in the hereafter among those who have lost"

    The noble Qur'an, A'al Umran(3):85

     

    6.8: Legitimacy of Hagar and Ishmael p1

    Many Christians and Jews mistakenly believe that
    Abraham's descendants through Ishmael (Muhammad and his ancestors,
    as seen in Fig. 3) were excluded from God's covenant with Abraham
    (pbuh) because Ishmael's mother, Hagar, was not a
    legitimate wife of Abraham, thus, her son Ishmael (the father
    of the Arabs) was not a legitimate son of Abraham.
    Therefore, they conclude that Ishmael(pbuh) and
    his descendants were not included in God's covenant
    with the sons of Abraham (pbuh) and that this covenant was exclusive
    to Abraham's second son, Isaac, the father of the
    Jews.

    In what follows we will disprove each of these
    claims,
    in addition to showing evidence of human tampering with the text
    of the Biblical verses.

    The story of Ishmael according to the
    Bible is as follows: Abraham married Sarah (pbut).
    Sarah was a barren woman and bore him no children (Genesis 16:1).
    God then made a great promise to Abraham even before any children
    were born to him.

    "And I will make of thee a great nation,
    and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt
    be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse
    him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth
    be blessed."

    Genesis 12:2-3

    Not long after, Sarah gave Abraham
    her handmaid, Hagar, to be his wife according to the
    legal Jewish custom of polygamous marriages (customary in the
    Bible among Israelites and many of their prophets).

    "And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid
    the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan,
    and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.."

    Genesis 16:3

    Fig. 3 Arabs and Jews. Semitic "brethren."

    In Genesis 16 we are told that after Hagar
    (pbuh) became pregnant with Ishmael, Sarah (pbuh)
    felt that Hagar despised her, so she dealt with her harshly until
    she was forced to escape from this harsh treatment

    "And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she
    fled from her face"

    Genesis 16:6.

    The angel of God then appeared before Hagar and told
    her to return to Sarah and submit herself to her will and that
    "the Lord has heard thy affliction" and would
    reward her with a son called "Ishmael" (God hears) and
    would multiply her seed exceedingly. Hagar willingly bowed to
    the command of her Lord and returned and submitted herself to
    Sarah. In A Dictionary of Biblical tradition in English literature,
    we read:

    "The Jewish Haggadah identifies Ishmael as
    one of the six men who were given a name by God before their birth
    (Ginzberg, LJ 1.239)."

     

    6.9: A rod out of the stem of Jesse

    "And there shall come forth a rod out of
    the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And
    the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom
    and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit
    of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;"

    Isaiah 11:1-2

    Once again, we have here a verse which has been
    popularly
    interpreted to apply to Jesus, and once again it must be stated
    that although all Muslims believe in Jesus and in the prophesies
    of him in the OT, still, this specific prophesy does not apply
    to him, why?

    To understand this prophesy we need to study the
    verses carefully. These verses tell us that the rod (branch) which
    shall grow out of the stem (trunk) of "Jesse" shall
    be filled by God with wisdom, understanding, council, might, knowledge,
    and the fear of God. In other words, he shall be a statesman,
    a prophet and a judge. The obvious question that springs to mind
    is: Who was "Jesse"? In the Encyclopedia Biblica we
    read that Jesse is a contraction of Ishmael, or:

     

    "Jesse, for Ishmael… The changes which
    proper names undergo in the mouths of small children account for
    a large number of these particular abbreviations - who could guess,
    to take modern examples, that Bob and Dick arose out of Robert
    and Richard? … such forms as in ai were particularly common
    in later times … and many more in the Talmud,
    which also exhibits various other kinds of abbreviation"

    Encyclopaedia Biblica, Rev. T. K. Cheyne D.Litt D.D.,
    J. Sutherland Black M.A. LL.D., Vol. 3, under "Names,"
    p. 3292, item 52

    Now, the reason why these biblical scholars have
    said this may not be readily apparent to us simply by reading
    the English rendition of these two words, however, when these
    Christian scholars went back and looked at the original Hebrew
    words, that is when they realized it's true meaning. Although
    a complete understanding of why this is true would require a knowledge
    of the Hebrew language, still, it is possible at least phonetically
    to see this even in the English language. Let us have a look.

     

    In Hebrew, the word Ishmael is written
    as Yishma`e'l. It is pronounced {yish-maw-ale'}.

    Similarly, in Hebrew, the word Jesse is written as
    Yishay. It is pronounced {yee-shah'-ee}, or in Aramaic it is 'Iyshay
    and pronounced {ee-shah'-ee}.

    Thus, we begin to see, even in our phonetic Hebrew
    rendition, how these Christian Biblical scholars came to recognize
    that just as "Dick" is a contraction of "Richard,"
    and "Bob" is a contraction of "Robert," similarly,
    by studying the Hebrew words themselves, they found that {yee-shah'-ee}
    is indeed a contraction of {yish-maw-ale'}.

    Isn't it amazing that we have been told this not
    by Muslims, but by Christian scholars? Which Muslim "Moor"
    stood over these Christian scholars with a drawn sword and forced
    them to come to this realization? Out of the thousands upon thousands
    of Hebrew names in the Bible, what drove these Christians to recognize
    that Jesse is derived from Ishmael and not, for
    example, from Judah, or Isaac, or Shem, or any of
    these other thousands upon thousands of Hebrew names? The odds
    against it are astronomical if what the Qur'an said was false.
    Yet here we have it in black and white. Isn't it amazing how with
    every passing day the most learned among Christians scholars are
    drawing closer and closer to Islam?

    It is further interesting to note the following words
    of the authors of this same "Encyclopaedia Biblica":
    They say: "In many cases the contraction is such as to
    render the discovery of the original form impossible."

    … hmm.

    The only "branch" from the stem of Ishmael
    who was a statesman, a prophet and a judge was prophet Muhammad
    (pbuh). The reason many people interpret this verse to apply to
    Jesus (pbuh) is because he is claimed to be of the lineage of
    king David, and Jesse was the name of the father of king David.
    However, why would this prophesy tie the coming prophet to the
    father of David who was for all practical purposes a completely
    unknown figure in the Bible? It would be much more logical to
    follow the much more popular trend found elsewhere in the Bible
    of associating Jesus with king David himself who was both
    a king and a prophet and a much more popular figure in the Bible
    and much better known to anyone who reads it. In other words,
    what is so direly special about king David's father that this
    prophesy had to completely bypass the legendary prophet king David
    himself in order to apply itself to his unknown father? The answer
    is that it was not meant to apply to the father of king David
    but to a descendant of Ishmael the son of prophet Abraham.

     

    It is further important to remember that insisting
    on tying prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) to a human lineage
    descendant from king David shall ultimately result in a complete
    nullification of the religion known today as "Christianity."
    This is because if Jesus is the descendant of king David then
    he has a human father and his father is not God.

    Some attempts have been made to insist that Jesus
    was the physical Son of God and at the same time apply spiritual
    contradictory human lineages to him such as Matthew 1 and Luke
    3 so that he can be the physical son of both David and
    God. This, even though the Bible is quite explicit that the lineage
    must be a "physical" and not a "spiritual"
    lineage. We find this stipulation spelled out quite clearly in
    the Bible in:

    1. Acts 2:30 "Therefore being a prophet,
      and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the
      fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up
      Christ to sit on his throne;"
      and
    2. Romans 1:3 "Concerning his Son Jesus
      Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according
      to the flesh;"

    Therefore, the only way that Jesus (pbuh) could be
    the physical Son of God and also be the physical
    son of king David "according to the flesh" is if his
    lineage from kind David passes through his (human) mother Mary
    (pbuh). However, if we were to read the two contradictory lineages
    found in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 we would find that both attempt
    to make his lineage pass through a human father. In one
    it is "Joseph the son of Jacob" and in the
    other is "Joseph the son of Heli." Such practices can
    only hurt the message of Jesus (pbuh) rather than helping it.

     

    6.10: Reference to moses, Jesus, and
    Muhammad (pbut) in that order

    "And this [is] the blessing, wherewith moses
    the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.
    And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir
    unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran,
    and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand
    [went] a fiery law for them."

    Deuteronomy 33:1

    Fig. 8 The succession of the prophets
    of God, like the rising sun.

    This is a chronological succession of prophets which
    is narrated through reference to location (see Fig. 8). This prophesy
    is reported at the end of Deuteronomy in association with the
    story of the death of prophet Moses (pbuh). It was
    a blessing and glad tidings bestowed by prophet Moses upon his
    followers just prior to his death. It was designed to give his
    followers hope upon the occasion of the passing of their prophet
    that God is not abandoning them, rather, the best is yet to come,
    and He shall continue to bless mankind with His guidance and His
    light.

    Sinai is a reference to
    Moses (pbuh). It is an obvious reference to mount
    Sinai where Moses (pbuh) received his revelation (Exodus 19:20).

     

    Seir is a reference to
    Jesus (pbuh). It is usually associated with the chain of mountains
    West and South of the Dead Sea extending through Jerusalem, and
    Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus (pbuh). It
    was later extended to include the mountains on the East side as
    well (Dictionary of the Bible, John L. McKenzie, S.J., p. 783).
    However, Seir is also identified with the Northern border
    of the tribal territory of Judah and usually with Saris near Kesla
    (Chesalon), barely nine miles West of these two cities (The Eerdmans
    Bible Dictionary, by Allen C. Myers, pp. 921-922, and The Interpreter's
    Dictionary of the Bible, V4, p. 262) Prophet Moses
    (pbuh) never in his lifetime entered Palestine, and thus, this
    could not be a reference to him.

    As we have already seen in section 6.4, Paran
    is a reference to the city of Makkah in the Arabian
    Peninsula. The wilderness of Paran is where Abraham's
    wife Hagar and his eldest son Ishmael
    settled (Genesis 21:21) in the Arabian desert, specifically, Makkah.
    Makkah is, of course, the capital of Islam in Arabia and the birthplace
    of Mohammed (pbuh). Mount Paran is the chain of mountains in that
    same region which the Arabs call the "Sarawat mountains".
    Muhammad (pbuh) received his first revelation in the cave of "Hira'a"
    located in these mountains (see Fig. 9). Jesus never in his life
    traveled to Paran. Mohammed, however, was born there. He became
    the prophet of Islam there. And it was the capital of the Islamic
    religion in that day and this. No prophet of the Bible ever came
    from the Arabian city of Paran (Makkah). Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
    is the only prophet of God who has ever fulfilled this prophesy.

     

    We also read in verse 33:2 that a fiery law shall
    issue forth from the right hand of the prophet from Paran.
    Muhammad (pbuh) did indeed come with a new law called the Shari'ah.
    The reference to "right" hand is a reference to strength,
    justice, and guidance. In Islam, all clean and desirable actions
    are performed with the "right" hand (eating, shaking
    hands, etc.), while all other actions are done with the left hand
    (washing one's private parts, picking up garbage, etc.). In the
    Qur'an, the good are described on the Day of Judgment as receiving
    their book of deeds in their "right" hands, while the
    wicked receive theirs in their "left" hand. This can
    be seen for example in Al-Haqah(69):13-37. This general attitude
    is also conveyed in the Bible. We read:

    "Biblical phrases referring to the right
    hand reflect a widespread human cultural attitude, namely the
    recognition that for most people the right hand is both stronger
    and more adept than the left, and is the hand with which many
    tasks are instinctively undertaken ... Eccl. 10:2 links 'a wise
    man's heart' with his right hand, and 'a fool's heart' with his
    left. When the Son of Man separates the sheep from the goats at
    the Last Judgment, it is to the damned 'on the left hand' that
    he says, 'Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire' (Matt.
    25:41) ...The right hand is often mentioned as a symbol of strength,
    both for human beings and anthropomophically for God (e.g. Job
    40:14; Isa. 48:13)"

    A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition In English
    Literature,
    David Lyle Jeffrey, p. 442.

    This fiery law that shall issue from the right hand
    of the prophet from Paran will be a new law
    for the children of Israel and not the same one they had been
    practicing in the time of Moses (pbuh) and later.
    This is held out by simple logic; if I already own something,
    then I can not say that my neighbor shall bring "for me"
    this same "something" which I already own. In such a
    case, he would have "brought" nothing and it would have
    been more logical to say he would "confirm" the preexistent
    law. No prophet of the Bible ever in his lifetime either came
    from Paran or preached the replacement of the law of Moses (pbuh).
    Even Jesus (pbuh) came to confirm and reinforce the law of Moses
    (Matthew 5:17-19), as explained in detail in chapter one. Muhammad
    (pbuh) is the only prophet of God who fulfilled both of these
    requirements.

    However, if we look closely, we will find that the
    prophesy contains one more requirement. It tells us that this
    prophet from Paran who will bring a fiery new law
    shall come with 10,000 saints. Once again,
    two years before the death of prophet Muhammad (pbuh), in the
    year 630 AD, he lead 10,000 of his followers to their final and
    decisive victory against the pagans of Makkah (see chapter 10).
    This was one of the most bloodless victories of all history. The
    Muslims took control of Makkah, the capital of paganistic Arabia,
    virtually without a single casualty. Upon entering Makkah victorious,
    Muhammad did not take it's inhabitants as prisoners. Even though
    these people had been torturing himself and his companions, and
    killing many of them over many years, still, Muhammad commanded
    that they not be tortured, nor should retribution be sought against
    them. Rather, he pardoned them all and set them free. Most of
    them entered into Islam.

    Once again, we find that prophet Moses
    (pbuh) was appointed seventy very close and devout followers (Exodus
    24:1-9, Numbers 11:16-25). Jesus (pbuh) was appointed eleven very
    close and devout followers (if we were to exclude Judas), as seen
    in Matthew 10:1-5, Mark 3:14-19, etc. Prophet Muhammad, once again,
    was the only one to fulfill this requirement. Mr. Kais Al-Kalbi
    asks the question:

    "When this verse Deut 33:2 was translated
    from Hebrew to English, the phrase '10,000 saints
    10,000
    saints' was kept the same. But when this verse was translated
    from Hebrew to Arabic, the phrase '10,000 saints' was intentionally
    changed to 'holy valley', why?"

    Prophet Muhammad the last messenger in the Bible,
    third edition, Kais Al-Kalbi, pp. 231-232.

    The wording also bears out this chronological
    succession
    of prophets. Came: daybreak and the arrival of the sun
    in the morning. Rose up: like the light of dawn. Shined
    forth
    : Mid-day sun which lights up the Earth from East to
    West. Islam has indeed come to shine all over the earth as the
    mid-day sun. It is estimated to have 1.2 billion adherents throughout
    the globe, and according to Western sources, it is said to be
    the fastest growing religion in the world today.

     

    "This day have I (God) perfected your religion
    for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you
    Islam as your religion."

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Maidah(5):3

     

    6.11: God did not kill Muhammad (pbuh) for
    speaking in His name

    In Deuteronomy 18:20 we read

    "But the prophet, which shall presume to
    speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak,
    or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet
    shall die."

    Muhammad (pbuh) spoke not just a single word, but
    dictated a whole book in God's name. For twenty three years he
    spoke exclusively in the name of God Almighty. He was given one
    hundred and fourteen chapters, all of which were, and are to this
    day, recited day after day in God's name. Chapters in the Qur'an
    begin with the words "In the name of God, the Gracious,
    the Merciful."
    Yet he did not die, but lived to
    fulfill his message completely. He himself even narrated in the
    name of God a similar verse in the Qur'an:

    "And if he (Muhammad) had invented false
    sayings in Our (God's) name, We would have taken him by the right,
    then We would have severed from him his aorta, and there is none
    among you who could have held Us off from him"

    The noble Qur'an, al-Haaqah(69):46

    (Remember that the
    plural form of this verse is the
    Arabic plural of respect, not the Christian
    plural of "Trinity," as seen in chapter
    14). If the claims of some are true: That Muhammad (pbuh) was
    an impostor, then did God go to sleep for twenty three years?
    Of course not! He knew full well what Muhammad (pbuh) was claiming.
    If he was not telling the truth, why did God not kill him?
    Why did he allow him to perpetrate a lie that would span fourteen
    centuries, and eventually come to cover the globe?

     

    6.12: Glorifies Jesus(pbuh)

    "Beloved, believe not every spirit (prophet),
    but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false
    prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit
    of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come
    in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that
    Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that
    [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come;
    and even now already is it in the world."

    1 John 4:1-3

    This one is very easy to understand: Every prophet
    who does not confess that Jesus (pbuh) came in the flesh was not
    sent by God. He is a false prophet. But any prophet that confesses
    that Jesus (pbuh) came in the flesh was sent by God. What
    does the Qur'an and Muhammad (pbuh) say about Jesus (pbuh)? They
    say that a Muslim is not a Muslim if he does not believe
    in Jesus (pbuh), in his miraculous birth, in his giving life to
    the dead by God's permission, in his healing of the lepers and
    the blind by God's permission, in his piety and chastity, in his
    truthfulness, and in the fact that he was the Messiah (the Christ).
    The Qur'an contains many verses to this effect. For example, in
    A'al-Umran(3):40 we read:

    "And the angles said 'O Mary, Allah gives
    you glad tidings of a Word from Him, his name is Messiah, Jesus
    son of Mary, High honored in this world and the next, of those
    near stationed to Allah."

    So now we must ask: Has Muhammad (pbuh) fulfilled
    this criteria or not? This is all the more remarkable when it
    is contrasted with the popular opinion of the time such as the
    claims of the Jews regarding Jesus (pbuh) and his mother Mary
    (pbuh) as seen in part nine of section 6.3. As a matter of fact,
    Jesus is referred to by name in the Qur'an fully sixteen times,
    as compared to only four places in the whole Qur'an where Muhammad
    (pbuh) is mentioned by name.

    No other religion in the whole world outside
    Christianity
    makes it an article of faith for its adherents to believe
    in, love and honor Jesus except Islam. Reading the Qur'an bears
    testimony to that (see for example (19):16-36, A'al-Umran(3):33-68,
    Al-Nissa(5): 72-77). Here we have the testimony of Jesus himself
    in the Bible
    that Muhammad was a prophet of God. If Jesus'
    words carry any weight at all with us then we must concede that
    Muhammad was a prophet of God and therefore spoke in the name
    of God.

    Further, Jesus gives a second criteria to judge the
    truthfulness of a prophet. He says:

    "Beware of false prophets, which come to
    you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
    Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns,
    or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good
    fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree
    cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring
    forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit
    is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits
    ye shall know them."

    Matthew 7:15-20

    So, according to the testimony of Jesus, if we wish
    to know whether prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was a true prophet or
    not we need to see what sort of "fruit" his message
    produced. A moderately detailed description of these fruits can
    be found in chapters 9 and 10, however, let us listen to the words
    of the Hindu Professor K. S. Ramakrishna Rao. He says:

    "Historical records show that all contemporaries
    of Muhammad, both friend and foes, acknowledged the sterling qualities,
    the spotless honesty, the noble virtues, the absolute sincerity,
    and the absolute trustworthiness of the apostle of Islam in all
    walks of life and in every sphere of human activity. Even the
    Jews and those who did not believe in his message accepted him
    as arbitrator in their personal disputes on account of his scrupulous
    impartiality"

    Muhammad the Prophet of Islam, K. S. Ramakrishna
    Rao, p. 13

    (Please read chapter nine for more on the fruit of
    the message of Muhammad, pbuh)

     

    6.13: The rejected stone

    From the promise in Genesis 21:13-18, Jesus (pbuh)
    spoke of the kingdom of God being taken away from the Jews and
    given to the rejected stone of

    "Hear another parable: There was a certain
    householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about,
    and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out
    to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time
    of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen,
    that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took
    his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
    Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did
    unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son,
    saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw
    the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let
    us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught
    him, and cast [him] out of the vineyard, and slew [him]. When
    the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto
    those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy
    those wicked men, and will let out [his] vineyard unto other
    husbandmen,
    which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith
    unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which
    the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner:
    this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore
    say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and
    given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever
    shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it
    shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And when the chief priests
    and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake
    of them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared
    the multitude, because they took him for a prophet."

    Matthew 21:33-46

    Indeed, prophethood was transferred from the nation
    of the Jews to the Jews' rejected stone,
    the nation of the Arabs (Ishmael's nation, the nation
    of Muhammad pbuh). Some have misunderstood this verse to refer
    to Jesus (pbuh) as the rejected stone. This can be seen to be
    a misinterpretation by simply reading the above verse carefully.
    Jesus (pbuh), in this parable is obviously drawing a parallel
    between the actions of the Jews and their killing and stoning
    of previous prophets, or "servants" in this verse.

    "Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves,
    that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill
    ye up then the measure of your fathers"

    Matthew 23:31-32

    In other words, Jesus (pbuh) is speaking to the Jews
    as a racial entity. The men standing before him did not kill,
    beat, and stone the previous prophets, rather their forefathers
    did. But as a nation, they are all responsible. They are following
    in their forefathers footsteps. What is Jesus (pbuh) telling the
    Jews? He is telling them that they, as a nation, have abused their
    position, and therefore, God Almighty will take His kingdom from
    the Jews and give it to a different "NATION."

    How will we know which nation God's prophethood will
    be transferred to? The verse states that it will be given to the
    nation of the "rejected stone."
    Jesus (pbuh) was indeed rejected by the Jews, but he is not the
    one intended. Why? Because Jesus was a Jew. His disciples were
    also Jews. Jesus (pbuh) himself even said quite clearly:

    "But he answered and said, I am not sent
    but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel"

    Matthew 15:24

    We also read

    "Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him,
    How is it that thou (Jesus), being a Jew, askest
    drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria?"

    John 4:9

    He even told his own twelve apostles:

    "Go not into the way of the Gentiles (non-Jews),
    and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather
    to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach,
    saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand"

    Matthew 10:5-7

    To further emphasize this Jesus (pbuh) is quoted
    as saying:

    "But he (Jesus) answered and said, It is
    not meet to take the children's (Jews) bread, and to cast [it]
    to dogs (Gentiles)."

    Matthew 15:26

    Is the kingdom of God going to be taken from
    the Jews and given to the Jews?

    It is important to notice that the verses wherein
    Jesus (pbuh) is alleged to have commanded his followers to preach
    to the whole world (such as Mark 16:15) are either now considered
    later "insertions" because they are nowhere to be found
    in the most ancient manuscripts available today (those of the
    fourth century) such as the Sinaitic Manuscript, the Vatican #1209,
    and the Armenian version, or refer only to preaching to "all
    nations" (such as Luke 24:47) which, in order to not conflict
    with the above verses must be understood to refer to the twelve
    nations of Israel. This is exactly what the Qur'an says. An example
    of a reference to the tribes of Isaac as "nations"
    can be seen in Genesis 17:16. There are other examples, such as
    the referral to the twelve tribes of Ishmael as
    twelve "nations" in Genesis 25:16, the referral to the
    tribes of Ham in Genesis 10:20, the tribes of Shem in Genesis
    10:31, the tribes of Noah in Genesis 10:32, and the tribes of
    Abraham in Genesis 17:5 ......etc.

    Well, what do Christian scholars have to say about
    the word "all" in "all nations"?
    If we go back to one of their foremost references, Strong's
    concordance,
    and look up this word and it's meaning we will find that the original
    Greek word is "pas" {pas}. The following description
    is given for this word:

    ".....'The whole world has gone after him'
    Did the whole world go after Christ? 'Then went all Judea, and
    were baptized of him in the Jordan'. Was all Judea or all Jerusalem
    baptized in the Jordan? 'ye are of God little children', 'and
    the whole world lieth in the wicked one', Does the whole world
    there mean everybody? The words 'world' and 'all' are used in
    some seven or eight senses in the Scripture, and it is very rarely
    the 'all' means all persons, taken individually...."

    Strong's Concordance, C.H. Spurgeon from a sermon
    on Particular Redemption.

    Mr. Tom Harpur, says:

    "Most of Jesus' ministry took place in the
    Northern district of Israel, the Galilee, and it is clear he thought
    of his mission as directed to the Jews, not to the world at large"

    For Christ's Sake, Tom Harpur, p. 35.

    In the tenth year1 of Muhammad's (pbuh)
    prophethood, Allah Almighty sent Gabriel with a beast called Al-Buraq
    in order to take prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from the "Inviolable
    Mosque" in Makkah to the "Furthest Mosque" in Palestine
    (currently known as Israel). He was then taken up into the heavens
    where he saw many of the signs of the Almighty and then he returned
    to Makkah. All of this happened in one night which was later named
    the night of "Israa and Miraj" (Travel by night and
    ascension)*. After this deed was accomplished, Allah
    revealed to Muhammad (pbuh) the first verses of the chapter of
    Al-Israa(17). Scholars of the Qur'an from long ago noticed that
    while the first verse speaks about this occurrence explicitly,
    the following verses suddenly begin to speak about the children
    of Israel, the scripture that was sent to them by Allah, and how
    they shall bring corruption into the earth. These scholars concluded
    that the verses were revealed in order to confirm the transfer
    of Allah's covenant from the children of Israel to the Islamic
    nation and to reveal the reason for this decree.

    Please read in this regard the parting words of
    prophet
    Moses in the Old Testament when he spoke to the children of Israel
    on his deathbed:

    "And it came to pass, when moses had made
    an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they
    were finished, That Moses commanded the Levites(Jews), which bare
    the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,
    Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of
    the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a
    witness against thee. For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff
    neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have
    been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?
    Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers,
    that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and
    earth to record against them. For I know that after my death ye
    will utterly corrupt [yourselves], and turn aside from the way
    which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter
    days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke
    him to anger through the work of your hands."

    Deuteronomy 31:25-29

     

    On pages 24-25 of "The five Gospels," written
    over six years by 24 Christian scholars from a number of Western
    universities, we read

    "Christian conviction eventually overwhelms
    Jesus: He is made to confess what Christians had come to believe...The
    charge to announce the good news to the whole world (Mark 13:10
    and Matthew 28:18-20) was developed by Paul, Mark and others in
    the early days of the new movement."

     

    This book has already demonstrated in chapter one
    how "Saint Paul" was the one primarily responsible for
    the corruption of the message of Jesus (pbuh).

    Logic too verifies the Christian recognition that
    "the great commission" of the above verses was a later
    insertion of the church and not the words of Jesus (pbuh). This
    claim can be demonstrated to be supported by logic by observing
    that had Jesus (pbuh) indeed commissioned his apostles to preach
    to the whole world, as claimed in the above verses, then obviously
    they would not differ on this matter later on. However,
    the Bible tells us that long after this alleged commission, "St.
    Paul" decided to preach to the Gentiles (non-Jews). We are
    told in Galatians 2:13-15 that this resulted in a fierce debate
    and a great difference of opinion between the apostles and Paul
    (the apostles Peter the Rock, James the son of thunder, and Barnabas
    on one side, and Paul on the other). This would not have been
    the case if Jesus (pbuh) had explicitly commanded his apostles
    to preach to the gentiles and this verse was not a later insertion.

     

    We also notice that Paul only refers to his own
    philosophy
    and opinion in his charge of "hypocrisy"
    against the apostles, never does he quote the alleged command
    of Jesus (pbuh) wherein he is claimed to have publicly commanded
    the twelve disciples to preach to the Gentiles. If this verse
    was not a later insertion, then St. Paul could have very simply
    defended his point of view by simply quoting Jesus (pbuh). There
    would be no need for him to say anything more. Thus, these verses
    are recognized by Christian theologians as later insertions of
    the Church and not the words of Jesus (pbuh). Since this topic
    would take up too much time and space to get into here I will
    suffice with this sampling for now (see section 1.2.2.1 for more
    on this topic).

    However, there is another problem which prevents
    Jesus (pbuh) from being the one intended. If Jesus (pbuh) was
    indeed the one intended by this verse then we must apply the rest
    of it to him also. We read....

    "Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read
    in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the
    same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes?.. And whosoever shall fall on
    this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it
    will grind him to powder"

    Matthew 21:42

    This rejected stone of the Jews,
    the nation of Ishmael, would indeed come to be victorious
    against all comers. The Islamic nation, through the guidance of
    Allah, and which fought in His name, grew till it stretched from
    China to Spain and was victorious against all pagan superpowers
    (including the Persians and the Romans) of it's time. It then
    went on to raise science to new heights. There was not a single
    nation that was able to stand in the way of the Muslims who fought
    in the name of God and died in His cause. Both the Jews and the
    Christians were either subjugated by the Roman pagans or took
    them as allies. Jesus (pbuh), could not be this "rejected
    stone" because he did not fall on the Jews or the Romans
    and "grind them to powder," nor did they fall on him
    and become "broken." Quite the contrary, the Bible alleges
    that Jesus (pbuh) was arrested, beaten, spat on, whipped, kicked,
    mocked, cut, laughed at, crucified, and then sent to hell for
    three days. In the mean time, the Romans and Jews went back to
    business as usual.

    There is a distinct difference between saying that
    Jesus (pbuh) died for someone's sin and between saying he fell
    on nations and ground them to powder, and nations fell on him
    and were broken. This is the profile of a military leader and
    not a meek sacrificial lamb of God who tells his followers:

    "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An
    eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That
    ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right
    cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee
    at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [thy] cloak also.
    And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain"

    Matthew 5:38-41

    and also "Then saith he (Jesus) unto them,
    Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and
    unto God the things that are God's."

    Matthew 22:21

    Whilem on the other hand, the Qur'an taught Muhammad
    (pbuh) and his followers:

    "And fight against them until persecution
    is no more and religion is for God alone. But if they desist then
    let there be no hostility except against wrongdoers"

    Al-Bakarah(2):194.

    Many Christians will object "No, Jesus (pbuh)
    was the one intended." They will explain that the verse is
    not meant to be taken literally but in an abstract sense.
    Jesus was prophesying himself. Thus, Jesus did indeed fall on
    the sinners and grind them to powder and they did fall on him
    and become broken. In other words, matters of FAITH and
    not WAR are intended. This is a valid theory, so let us test it:

     

    Those who make these claims will themselves readily
    acknowledge that the "son of the householder"
    is Jesus (pbuh) but then they go on to tell you that "the
    rejected stone" is also Jesus
    (pbuh). So:

    1. If Jesus (pbuh) is both the "son of the
      householder" and also "the
      rejected stone," then one would expect
      there to be some sort of hint in the text associating one with
      the other. For example, the text could have combined the two terms
      into "the rejected son." We notice that this is not
      the case.
    2. If the "rejected stone"
      is an alias for a character previously mentioned in the text,
      and not a completely new character, then what arguments from
      the Biblical text
      can we present that can not just as
      easily be applied to the other servants (prophets) who were chased
      away or killed, or even the "householder" (God) himself?
      In other words, any arguments which are presented from the
      text
      will be equally valid for any of the many other prophets
      who were beaten, stoned, and killed by this nation.
    3. In this parable, the first servant (prophet)
      was beaten and was taken out of the picture. The second was killed
      and was also taken out of the picture. The third was then stoned
      and taken out of the picture. Then the son was killed and taken
      out of the picture. Where does the text indicate that the "son
      of the householder" has come
      back to life while the other "servants" remain dead
      or chased away? Where does the text state the "son"
      shall come back to life but the other dead servants shall not?
    4. The goal of a parable is always to describe a
      matter in "real-life" terms which can be seen in our
      every day lives so that we can better understand the point being
      made. IN REAL LIFE, would we expect a dead son of a householder
      to come back to life and "miserably destroy"
      all the husbandmen who killed him, or would we expect the householder
      to send an army to wipe out the husbandmen who killed his son
      and servants?
    5. The "Householder" in this parable refers
      to a non-abstract God. The "servants" refer to physical
      prophets. The "Son of the Householder" refers to a physical
      Jesus (pbuh), the beating, killing, and stoning of the servants
      refer to a physical beating, killing, and stoning of the prophets,
      even the vineyard refers to a physical kingdom of God. But now,
      in order to make this rejected stone refer
      to Jesus (pbuh) we must claim that the "grinding and breaking"
      refer to an ABSTRACT grinding and breaking, thus Jesus
      (pbuh) is the one intended. Notice how the verse is made to conform
      to our preconceived concepts and not the other way around?
    6. If the "grinding and breaking" referred
      only to an other-worldly reward for all who do not believe and
      not an earthly defeat (followed by one in the hereafter), then
      why did Jesus (pbuh) use the words: "whosoever shall FALL
      on this stone" and not "whosoever shall REJECT this
      stone." This would more accurately describe acts of BELIEF
      and not WAR. Also, if acts of BELIEF were meant and not acts of
      WAR then there would be no need for "on whomever it shall
      FALL" otherwise it would be implied that Jesus was forcing
      people to disbelieve.

    For example, if a Jew did not believe in Moses
    (pbuh), would it be more accurate to say: "He REJECTED Moses"
    or to say "He FELL upon Moses"? If Pharaoh sent an army
    to kill Moses (pbuh) and the Jews, would it be more accurate to
    say "Pharaoh FELL upon Moses" or "Pharaoh REJECTED
    Moses"? These verbs were carefully chosen for a reason. Indeed,
    if we were to go back to the Bible itself, we would find that
    the term "fall on" is in fact used to convey the general
    meaning of "fight", or "to wage war". For
    example, in Judges we read:

    "And they said unto him, We are come down
    to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the
    Philistines.
    And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall
    upon me
    yourselves."

    Judges 15:12

    And "And the men were afraid, because they
    were brought into Joseph's house; and they said, Because of the
    money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we
    brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall
    upon us
    , and take us for bondmen, and our asses."

    Genesis 43:18

    And "And they said, The God of the Hebrews
    hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three
    days'
    journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God;
    lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword."

    Exodus 5:3

    And "Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou,
    and fall upon us: for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon
    arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments
    that were on their camels' necks."

    Judges 8:21

    There are countless other examples, however, these
    should suffice. Thus, we see that the prophesy is for one who
    will wage war against those who killed and persecuted the prophets
    of God. This war against the "killers of the prophets"
    by this messenger of God would result in "miserably destroying"
    these transgressors. This prophesy was fulfilled by Muhammad (pbuh)
    who began by signing pacts and treaties with the Jews. However,
    after they reneged on their pacts and broke their promises, he
    fought against them, utterly destroyed them, and finally expelled
    them from Arabia for all time (see chapter 10).

     

    6.14: Other Prophesies

    There are many other points which could be brought
    up in this comparison, however. Such prophesies include Daniel
    2 which history has shown us to have been fulfilled only by the
    Islamic nation. For those readers who would like to read more
    on these matters, I recommend the books:

    1. "Prophet Muhammad the Last Messenger in
      the Bible" by Kais Al-Kalbi.
    2. "Mohammed A Prophecy Fulfilled," by
      H. Abdul Al-Dahir
    3. "Muhammad in the Bible", by Professor
      `Abdul-Ahad Dawud.
    4. "Muhammad's Prophethood: An Analytical View,"
      By Dr. Jamal Badawi
    5. "Muhammad in the Bible," Dr. Jamal
      Badawi
    6. "The Sources of the Qur'an: A Critical Review
      of the Authorship Theories," by Hamza Mustafa Njozi.

    I shall leave it up to the interested reader to study
    Islam, Muhammad, and the Qur'an, and arrive at their own conclusion
    with regard to Muhammad (pbuh) having fulfilled all of the requirements
    of the coming "Second Messiah"/"Paraclete"/Prophet.

     

    It is not at all uncommon in the West for people
    to be known by two names. For examples, a man called William would
    be called "Bill" by his friends, Robert would be called
    "Bob"...etc. In a similar manner, Muhammad (pbuh) was
    known by two names: "Muhammad" and "Ahmed."
    I mention this to clarify the following verse:

    "And when Jesus son of Mary said: O Children
    of Israel! verily! I am the messenger of Allah unto you, confirming
    that which was (revealed) before me in the Torah, and bringing
    good tidings of a messenger who cometh after me, whose name is
    Ahmed(the praised one). But when he came to them with clear proofs,
    they said: This is clearly magic"

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Saf(61):6

    It is one thing for someone to make a clever play
    on words and twist their meaning to suite his fancied desire so
    that they would refer to Muhammad (pbuh). It would be much harder
    to do so with more than ten. These verses lend themselves so easily
    to Muhammad (pbuh) without having to resort to abstraction and
    applying them to the Holy Ghost or other supernatural meanings,
    or to combining three prophesies into only two.

    "Then We sent our messengers in succession.
    Whenever there came to a nation their messenger they called him
    a liar; so We caused them to follow one another (in destruction)
    and We made them tales (told to others). So away with a people
    who will not believe!"

    The noble Qur'an, Al-Muminoon(23):44.

    "Alas for (My) servants! There comes not
    a messenger unto them but they ridicule him."

    The noble Qur'an, Ya-seen(36):30.

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