Only in Islam all the believers are equal, no priest, no sacrament; no Muslim high as a hill, or low like a valley.
3. “The Coming Wrath.” Have you ever met with a sensible, judicious, and convincing interpretation of this phrase in any of the commentaries numerous on the Gospels? What does John mean, or wish his audience to understand, by his expression: “Behold the axe is already set at the root of the tree”? Or his remark: “He holds the van in his hand to purge out his threshing-floor”? Or when he reduced the title “Children of Abraham” to nothing?
I will not detain you on the vagaries of the commentators, for they are reveries which neither John nor his hearers had ever dreamed of. Could John ever teach those haughty Pharisees, and those rationalistic Saduqees1 who denied the corporeal resurrection, that on the day of the last judgment Jesus of Nazareth would pour down upon them his wrath and burn them like the fruitless trees and like the chaff in the fire of hell? There is not a single word in all the literature of the Scriptures about the resurrection of bodies or about hell-fire. These Talmudistic writings are full of eschatological material very similar to those of the Zardushtees, but have no distinct origin in the canonical books.
The Prophet of repentance and of good tidings does not speak about the remote and indefinite wrath which certainly awaits the unbelievers and the impious, but of the near and proximate catastrophe of the Jewish nation. He threatened the wrath of Allah awaiting that people if they persisted in their sins and the rejection of his mission and that of his colleague, Jesus Christ. The coming calamity was the destruction of Jerusalem and the final dispersion of Israel which took place some thirty years afterwards during the lifetime of many among his hearers. Both he and Jesus announced the coming of the Great Apostle of Allah whom the Patriarch Jacob had announced under the title of Shiloha, and that at his advent all prophetic and royal privileges and authority would be taken away from the Jews; and, indeed, such was the case some six centuries later, when their last strongholds in the Hijaz were razed to the ground and their principalities destroyed by Muhammad. The increasingly dominating power of Rome in Syria and Palestine was threatening the quasiautonomy of the Jews, and the emigration current among the Jews had already begun. And it was on this account that the preacher inquires, “Who has informed you to flee from the coming wrath?”
They were warned and exhorted to bear good fruits and good harvest by repentance and belief in the true Messengers of God, especially in the Rasul Allah, who was the true and the last powerful Commander.
4. The Jews and the Christians have always charged Muhammad of having established the religion of Islam by force, coercion, and the sword. The Muslim modernists have always tried to refute this charge.But this does not mean to say that Muhammad never wielded the sword. He had to use it to preserve the name of God. Every patience has limits, every favor has an end. It is not that Allah’s patience or favor is finite; with Him all is settled, defined and fixed. The chance and the time graciously granted by Allah to the Jews, to the Arabs, and to the Gentiles lasted for more than four thousand years. It was only after the expiry of this period that Allah sends His beloved Muhammad with power and sword, with fire and spirit, to deal with the wicked unbelievers, with the ungrateful children of Abraham – both the Ishmaelites and the Israelites- and deal with the power of the Devil, once for all.
The whole of the Old Testament is a tale of theocracy and of idolatry. Now and then a little sparkle of Islam that is, the religion of Allah, glittered in Jerusalem and in Mecca; but it was always persecuted by the power of the Devil. The four diabolical Beasts had to come and trample under their feet the handful of believers in Allah.
Then,comes Muhammad to crush and kill the Venemous Serpent and to give him the opprobrious title of “Iblis”the “Bruised” Satan.Certainly, Muhammad was a fighting Prophet, but the object of that fighting was victory not vengeance, defeat of the enemy and not his extermination, and, in a word, to establish the religion of Islam as the Kingdom of God upon the earth. In fact, when the Crier in the desert shouted, aloud, “Prepare the way of the Lord, and make straight His paths,” he was alluding to the religion of the Lord in the form of a kingdom which was drawing nigh. Seven centuries before, the Prophet Isaiah had cried out and pronounced the same words (Isa. xl. 1-4); and a couple of centuries later Allah Himself paved the way for Cyrus by raising and filling up every valley, and by lowering every hill and mountain, in order to make the conquest easy and the march rapid.
History repeats itself, they say; the language and its meaning is the same in both cases, the former being a prototype of the latter. Allah had smoothed the path for Cyrus, subdued his enemies to the Persian conqueror because of His House in Jerusalem and His chosen people in the captivity. Now again He was repeating the same providence, but on a larger and wider scale. Before the preaching of Muhammad, idols and falsehood disappeared; before his sword empires tumbled down; and the children of the kingdom of Allah became equals and formed a “people of the Saints of the Most High.”
For it is only in Islam that all the believers are equal, no priest, no sacrament; no Muslim high as a hill, or low like a valley; and no caste or distinction of race and rank. All believers are one, except in virtue and piety, in which they can excel each other. It is only the religion of Islam that does not recognize any being,great and holy, as an absolute mediator between Allah and man.
1- This Hebrew name is wrongly written “Saducees.” (the author).
Source: This article is taken from the author’s Muhammad in World Scriptures (Volume II).
The Jews of two thousand years ago were definitely looking for the Messiah, who was foretold in their books.
“Are you that Prophet?” [John 1:20]”
The Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you.” [John 14:26] Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an:
Jesus, the son of Mary, said, “A messenger will come after me, named Ahmad.” [As-Saff 61:6]
The chief priests and Levites asked John the Baptist, “If you are not the Christ (Messiah), and not Elijah – are you that Prophet?” [JohnY 1:20]
When the chief priests and Levites asked John the Baptist who he was, they asked him in a very strange way. First, they questioned him as to whether or not he was the anticipated “Messiah” [Christ in Koine Greek]. He was not the “Messiah” that had hoped for. Next they asked if he was the prophet Elijah and again he tells them, “No.” Now comes the really strange part. Finally, they asked him if he is “That Prophet?”
Are you Christ? – [No]
Are you Elijah? – [No]
Are you thatProphet? -[No]
What did they mean by “That Prophet?” We of course, know who the “Christ” is. After all, Christians should know that “Christ” is merely a shortened form of the Koine Greek word “christos,” intended to mean the Hebrew word “Messiah.”
The Jews of two thousand years ago were definitely looking for the Messiah, who it was foretold in their books, would come and lead them to victory over their oppressors and thus gain for them mastery over this world. They were very oppressed under Roman domination and even their own Jewish kings were seen as nothing more than puppets or agents for the disbelievers. Certainly, they would have been most happy to see someone come on the scene who would defeat their Roman masters and slave drivers.
Then, the priests and Levites asked John the Baptist if he might be the prophet Elijah, returning back after hundreds of years being away. There was the notion amongst them that Elijah would come back. But again, John the Baptist is denying he is Elijah.
Then, who is he? They wonder at this man living out in the desert and forsaking wealth and luxury and fasting, avoiding the material attractions of life.
Again, they ask John the Baptist who he is. “Are you that Prophet?” And one more time he denies being “that Prophet,” but then he does tell them about someone who will come after him soon, whom he claims he is not worthy to even unlace his shoes.
However, this does not answer the question, “Who were they expecting besides the Messiah?” Could it be they were looking for someone like Muhammad? Could be?
Who is that Prophet?
Keep reading and learn who “that Prophet” is and what other proofs can be discovered within the Holy texts to support this idea.
For centuries Muslims have believed Jesus (peace be upon him) was “thatProphet” mentioned in these words of the Gospel of John. The Qur’an states one of the important features of Jesus’ mission; that was to give the “bashir” or ‘glad tidings’ of the coming of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). During his short missionary career that lasted not more than three years, and which was overshadowed by the hostile attitude of his own people, Jesus gave them the good news of Ahmad, (one of the forms of “Muhammad”) the last messenger of God, who would perfect the divine teaching both in theory and in practice. The Qur’an mentions that Jesus says:
“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.” (As-Saff 61:6)
The Qur’an gives the name as Ahmad, one of several ways to say Muhammad’s name. Just as we have in English the name Joseph, and often use a shorter form such as “Joe” or the familiar form, “Joey,” and other names like “Jonathan” which becomes “John”; “Jack” or “Johnny”, so in the same way we find Arabic has similar forms for a name. Muhammad, Ahmad and Hamad are a few of the names originating from the root word, “hamd” (meaning ‘praise) in Arabic, and can be understood as “The one who praises (God)”; “the praised one”; “praising”; etc.
Abdullah Yusuf Ali in his translation of the meanings of the Qur’an to English, he states, “Ahmad or Muhammad, “the Praised One” is a translation of the Koine Greek word Periclytos. In the present Gospel of John 14:16, 15:26 and 16:7, the Greek word Paracletos is translated in the NIV as Comforter. Paracletos can mean an Advocate, or “one called to the help of another”, “a kind friend.” Muhammad (peace be upon him) was known from birth as one who brought comfort and reconciliation to family, friends and strangers alike, especially in bringing together the ties of kinship and brotherly love.
Another nick name of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) mentioned in the Bible (or at least what is left of it in the English language) is “The Spirit of Truth.” As-Saddiq means exactly that and it was another name given to Muhammad (peace be upon him) by those who knew his proclivity for honesty and integrity.
The New Testament Gospel according to John, Jesus (peace be upon him) promises them the Paracletos will come four times (John 14:16; 14:26; 15:26; 16:7). Naturally, Jesus (peace be upon him) did not return in their lifetime nor did any other Prophet for that matter, so later thinkers came up with the notion that it was not Jesus “in person” but rather, Jesus coming back in “spirit form.” This led some Christians to assert, this was to be the Holy Spirit, who would descend upon the disciples on the Day of the Pentecost (Acts 2), to witness Christ and lead them into the whole truth and to be with the believers forever, and they would not die (John 3:16), but have everlasting life. Also, some added verses later (see footnotes to Revised Standard Version of the Bible) to the very last chapter of Mark (16), wherein, they have the Spirit coming upon them in such a way they imagined themselves going to be able to speak with new languages; pick up snakes, lay hands on the sick to cure them and even drink poison and nothing would hurt them. [Luke 23:17-18]
Another point is, the Paracletos, comforter or the Spirit of truth, was going to dwell with us from now on. Certainly, anyone could see Muhammad’s influence and his message of worshipping only One God without any partners has prevailed long after his earthly life.
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.
Source: Allah is the greatest Youtube channel
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