The books of the Bible as they exist today have been altered and changed. This fact has been stated by non-Muslim historians.
In the following lines, we will discuss the exact biblical verses that speak about the advent of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
Firstly, In the Torah, in the Book of Deuteronomy 18:18-19 it says: “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.”(New International Version)
This text is still extant among them. With regard to the phrase “from among their brothers” – if that Prophet were to be from among the Children of Israel, it would have said, “I will raise up for them a Prophet from among them.” But it says “from among their brothers” – i.e., from among the sons of Isma`il (Ishmael).
Secondly, it says in the Gospel of John 16:6-8, 12-13: “It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor [Paraclete] will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin…I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”(New International Version)
This cannot apply to anyone except the Prophet (peace be upon him).
Thirdly, IbnAl-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said: It says in the Torah, in the fifth book [Deuteronomy 33:2]:“The Lord came from Sinai and dawned over them from Seir; he shone forth from Mount Paran. He came with myriads of holy ones from the south, from his mountain slopes [or: from his right hand went a fiery law for them].” (New International Version; alternative version of last phrase – the meaning of which is unclear in the original Hebrew texts – is from the King James Version)
This refers to the three Prophethoods: the Prophethood of Musa (Moses), the Prophethood of `Isa (Jesus) and the Prophethood of Muhammad (peace be upon them). “Coming from Sinai” refers to the mountain where Allah spoke to Prophet Musa and called him and told him he was a Prophet. “Dawning over them from Seir” refers to the appearance of the Messiah from BaytAl-Maqdis (Jerusalem). Seir is a village that is still known there to this day. So this was a foretelling of the Prophethood of the Messiah.
“Paran” refers to Makkah. Allah likens the Prophethood of Musa to the coming of the dawn, and the Prophethood of the Messiah after him to the rising of the sun, and the Prophethood of the Seal of the Prophets to the sun rising high in the sky and its light reaching all over the earth. And it came to pass exactly as foretold, for Allah dispelled the night of disbelief with the Prophethood of Musa, and the light increased with the Prophethood of the Messiah, and was completed and reached everywhere on earth with the Prophethood of Muhammad (peace be upon him). These three Prophets who were mentioned in this foretelling were also mentioned in the beginning of Surah At-Teen:
“By the fig, and the olive.By Mount Sinai.By this city of security (Makkah)” [At-Teen 95:1-3]
Fourthly: Sheikh `AbdAl-Majid Al-Zandani said in his book (Al-Bisharat bi Muhammad (peace be upon him) fi Al-Kutub As-Samawiyyah As-Sabiqah) that in the 22nd chapter of the Gospel of Barnabas it says: “And this will continue until there comes Muhammad the Messenger of God who, when he comes, will expose this deceit to those who believe in the laws of God.” And it says in the Book of Isaiah: “I have made your name Muhammad, O Muhammad, O beloved of the Lord, your name will abide forever.” And it says in the Book of Isaiah: “What I have given to him I will not give to anyone else: Ahmad, because he praises God and this praise comes from the best part of the earth, and this will bring joy to mankind and they will recite the word of divine unity on every hill and glorify God in every high place.”
Many scholars have mentioned the places in the Bible where the name of the Prophet (peace be upon him) is mentioned. Sometimes his name is mentioned clearly, and sometimes he is described in ways that can only apply to him (peace be upon him).
You should note that the books of the Bible as they exist today have been altered and changed. This fact has been stated by non-Muslim historians, but despite all that we still find in the Bible the foretelling of the coming of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). ShaykhRahmat-Allah Al-Hindi stated that every time the Christians were able to change something they did so, hence you will find that some of the ancient scholars quote passages from the Bible that no longer exist. But there are still other passages that foretell the Prophethood of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his coming.
It should be noted that we have to arm ourselves with adequate sound knowledge in order to debate with the Christians, because even if they have no proof, they will still try to sow the seeds of doubt in people’s hearts so that they will give in to these wrong ideas and so that the truth will be concealed.
“But Allah will bring His Light to perfection even though the disbelievers hate (it).” [As-Saff 61:8].
Some of the most useful books on this topic are: Izhar Al-Haqq by Sheikh Rahmat-Allah Al-Hindi; Hidayatal-Hayara by Ibn Al-Qayyim; and Al-Jawab Al-Sahih by IbnTaymiyyah.
What is the evidence that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was mentioned in the Bible?
Abraham is widely regarded as the Patriarch of monotheism and the common father of the Jews, Christians and Muslims. Through his second son, Isaac, came all Israelite Prophets including such towering figures as Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon and Jesus (may peace and blessing be upon them all). The advent of these great Prophets was in partial fulfillment of God’s promises to bless the nations of earth through the descendants of Abraham (Genesis 12:2-3). Such fulfillments are wholeheartedly accepted by Muslims whose faith considers the belief in and respect of all Prophets an article of faith.
The Blessing of Ishmael and Isaac
Were the first born son of Abraham (Ishmael) and his descendants included in God’s covenant and promise? A few verses from the Bible may help shed some light on this question:
- Genesis 12:2-3 speaks of God’s promise to Abraham and his descendants before any child was born to him.
- Genesis 17:4 reiterates God’s promise after the birth of Ishmael and before the birth of Isaac.
- In Genesis, ch.21. Isaac is specifically blessed but Ishmael was also specifically blessed and promised by God to become “a great nation” especially in Genesis 21:13, 18.
- According to Deuteronomy 21:15-17 the traditional rights and privileges of the first born son are not to be affected by the social status of his mother (being a ‘free’ woman such as Sarah, Isaac’s mother, or a “Bondwoman” such as Hajar, Ishmael’s mother). This is only consistent with the moral and humanitarian principles of all revealed faiths.
- The full legitimacy of Ishmael as Abraham’s son and “seed” and the full legitimacy of his mother, Hajar, as Abraham’s wife are clearly stated in Genesis 21:13 and 16:3.
After Jesus, the last Israelite Messenger and Prophet, it was time that God’s promise to bless Ishmael and his descendants be fulfilled. Less than 600 years after Jesus, came the last messenger of God, Muhammad (peace be upon him), from the progeny of Abraham through Ishmael. God’s blessing of both of the main branches of Abraham’s family tree was now fulfilled. But are there additional corroborating evidence that the Bible did in fact foretell the advent of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)?
Muhammad, the Prophet Like unto Moses
Long time after Abraham, God’s promise to send the long-awaited Messenger was repeated this time in Prophet Moses’ word.
In Deuteronomy 18:18, Prophet Moses spoke of the Prophet to be sent by God who is:
- From among the Israelite’s “brethren” a reference to their Ishmaelite cousins as Ishmael was the other son of Abraham who was explicitly promised to become a “great nation”.
- A Prophet like unto Moses. There were hardly any two Prophets who were so much alike as Moses and Muhammad. Both were given comprehensive law code of life, both encountered their enemies and were victors in miraculous ways, both were accepted as Prophets/statesmen and both migrated following conspiracies to assassinate them. Analogies between Moses and Jesus overlook not only the above similarities but other crucial ones as well (e.g. the natural birth, family life and death of Moses and Muhammad but not of Jesus, who was regarded by His followers as the Son of God and not exclusively a messenger of God, as Moses and Muhammad were and as Muslim belief Jesus was).
The Awaited Prophet Was to Come from Arabia
Deuteronomy 33:1-2 combines references to Prophets Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them). It speaks of God (i.e. God’s revelation) coming from Sinai, rising from Seir (probably the village of Sa’ir near Jerusalem) and shining forth from Paran.
According to Genesis 21:21, the wilderness of Paran was the place where Ishmael settled (i.e. Arabia, specifically Mecca).
Indeed, the King James Version of the Bible mentions the pilgrims passing through the valley of Ba’ca (another name of Mecca) in Psalms 84:4-6.
Isaiah 42:1-13 speaks of the beloved of God. His elect and Messenger who will bring down a law to be awaited in the isles and who “shall not fail nor be discouraged till he have set judgment on earth.” Verse 11, connects that awaited one with the descendants of Ke’dar. Who is Ke’dar? According to Genesis 25:13, Ke’dar was the second son of Ishmael, the ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Muhammad’s Migration from Mecca to Medina: Prophesied in the Bible?
Habakkuk 3:3 speaks of God (God’s help) coming from Te’man, (an Oasis North of Medina according to J. Hasting’s Dictionary of the Bible), and the holy one (coming) from Paran. That holy one who under persecution migrated from Paran (Mecca) to be received enthusiastically in Medina was none but Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Indeed, the incident of the migration of the Prophet and his persecuted followers is vividly described in Isaiah 21:13-17. That section foretold as well about the battle of Badr in which the few ill-armed faithful miraculously defeated the “mighty” men of Ke’dar, who sought to destroy Islam and intimidate their own folks who turned to Islam.
The Bible says: “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” [Deuteronomy 18:18]
According to this prophecy, there is a prophet to come from among the brethren of Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) and he shall be like Prophet Moses. But who is more similar to Prophet Moses, Prophet Jesus or Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them)?
Watch Dr. Zakir Naik speaking about the prophecies of Prophet Muhammad in the Bible.
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In this video, Sheikh Ahmad Deedat answers a question regarding the Prophet Muhammad in the Bible and why he was unlearned that this is a fulfillment of a prophecy in the Bible. It is explicitly stated in the Book of Isaiah 29: 12 (And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.)
Actually, if we look at the religious history of man in the Bible, we will never find an occasion in which a prophet of God said this except Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as it is proved in his biography.
Source: Ahmed Deedat Youtube channel
Muslims believe that prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) spoke the Gospel in his native language which is Aramaic. The earliest translations were in Greek. It is very interesting that the Greek word which was eventually translated into English as “Comforter” (Helper) is “Parqaleeta” and the meaning of this word is “one whom people praise exceedingly”. It does not mean “the Holy Ghost” which is told the so called “Comforter” means. What is even more fascinating is the fact that the name Muhammad has exactly the same meaning as Parqaleeta “one whom people praise exceedingly”! We will quote from the Noble Qur’an about the connection of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) with the Bible as follows:
And [mention, O Muhammad], when Moses said to his people, “O my people, why do you harm me while you certainly know that I am the messenger of Allah to you?” And when they deviated, Allah caused their hearts to deviate. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people. And [mention] when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, “O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad.” But when he came to them with clear evidences, they said, “This is obvious magic.” (As-Saff 61: 5-6)
Enjoy watching this video to know more about the prediction of Prophet Muhammad in the Bible.
Source: MAJEDAYOUB Youtube Channel
If we ask any Christian, what does your Bible say about Muhammad? He will tell you that it says “Nothing”. You may ask why nothing? Does not the Holy Bible speak about the rise of Israel, the rise of communism, and even the beast in the book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible?
It spoke about the beast and even about Gog and Magog. Are these things are mentioned in the Bible? They will say: ‘yes’. Then, surely it must have something to say about this mighty messenger of God, Muhammad (peace be upon him), who has more than one billion followers who believe in Jesus because a Muslim is not a Muslim if he does not believe in Jesus.
Accordingly, there must be something about him in the Bible. In this video, Sheikh Ahmed Deedat proved by quoting from the original Bible in Hebrew the verse that speaks in clear words about Prophet Muhammad.
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