What the Bible Says About Muhammad

Monday, November 1st, 2010, 08:00 WIB
What the Bible Says About Muhammad

Title of Book :  What the Bible Says About Muhammad

Author :  Ahmed Deedat

 

It was in the library of the dominee (priest) Van Heerden when Deedat posed the question: "What does the Bible say about Muhammad?". Without hesitation the Dominee answered, "Nothing!" then Deedat asked: "Why nothing? According to your interpretation the bible has so many things to say about the rise of Soviet Russia and about the Last Days and even about the Pope of the Roman Catholics?" the Dominee said, "Yes, but there was nothing about Muhammad!". Deedat asked again, 'Why nothing/ Surely this man Muhammad who had been responsible for the bringing into being being a world-wide community of millions of believers who, on his authority, believe in the miraculous birth of Jesus, that Jesus is the Messiah, that he gave life to the dead by God's permission, and that he healed those born blind and the lepers by God's permission. Surely the Bible must have something to say about this great leader of men who spoke so well of Jesus and his mother Mary?"

In identifying what is prophecies Deedat asked, "Can you please give me just one single prophecy where Jesus is mentioned by name? The term 'Messiah', translated as 'Christ', is not a name but a title. Is there a single prophecy where it says that the name of the Messiah will be JESUS, and that his mother's name will be MARY, that his supposed father will be JOSEPH THE CARPENTER; that he will be born in the reign of HEROD THE KING, etc. etc.? No! There are no such details! Then questioned how can you conclude that those 'thousand' prophecies refer to Jesus?". The dominee replied: "You see, prophecies are word-pictures of something that is going to happen in the future. When that thing actually comes to pass, we see vividly in these prophecies the fulfillment of what had been predicted in the past.". Then Deedat questioned, "Why should we not adopt the very same system for Muhammad?". The dominee agreed that it was a fair proposition, a reasonable way of dealing with the problem.

Deedat then asked him to open up Deuteronomy, chapter 18, verse 18, "I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and I will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him." and inquired: "To whom does this prophecy refer?" Without the slightest hesitation the dominee answered: "JESUS!" Deedat followed up questioning: "In which way is Jesus like Moses?" The answer was: "In the first place Moseswas a JEW and Jesus was also a JEW; secondly Moses was a PROPHET and Jesus was also a PROPHET - therefore Jesus is like Moses and that is exactly what God has foretold Moses." Deedat asked, "Can you think of any other similarities between Moses and Jesus?" The dominee said that he could not think of any. Deedat replied if these are the only two criteria then the criteria could fit any one of the following Biblical personages after Moses: Solomon, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Malachi, John the Baptist etc., because they were also ALL Jews as well as Prophets. the dominee had no reply. Deedat continued: "Jesus is most unlike Moses". Then he stated THREE UNLIKES according to the dominee's belief:

 

  1. Jesus is not like Moses because 'JESUS IS A GOD', but Moses is not God.
  2. 'JESUS DIED FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD', but Moses did not have to die for the sins of the world.
  3. 'JESUS WENT TO HELL FOR THREE DAYS', but Moses did not have to go there.
Deedat continued: "These are not hard facts, solid facts, tangible facts; they are mere matters of belief over which the little ones can stumble and fall. Let us discuss something very simple, very easy that if your little ones are called in to hear the discussion, would have no difficulty in following it". Deedat then stated and discussed eight UNLIKES which can be summarized as following:
  1. Moses had a father and a mother. Muhammad also had a father and a mother. But Jesus had only a mother, and no human father.
  2. Moses and Muhammad were born in the normal, natural course, i.e. the physical association of man and woman; but Jesus was created by a special miracle.
  3. Moses and Muhammad married and begat children, but Jesus remained a bachelor all his life.
  4. Moses and Muhammad were accepted as prophets by their people in their lifetime but according to the Bible - 'He (Jesus) CAME UNTO HIS OWN, BUT HIS OWN RECEIVED HIM NOT.' (John 1:11). And even today, after two thousand years, his people the Jews, as a whole, have rejected him.
  5. Moses and Muhammad were prophets as well as kings but Jesus stated 'MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD'... (John 18:36).
  6. Moses and Muhammad brought new laws and new regulations for their people but Jesus took pains to assure that he had not come with a new religion, no new laws and no new regulations. (Matthew 5:17-18).
  7. Both Moses and Muhammad died natural deaths, but according to Christianity, Jesus was violently killed on the cross.
  8. Moses and Muhammad both lie buried on earth, but Jesus rests in heaven.
Deedat then said that all what he had done is to prove one point of the whole prophecy i.e. the phrase "LIKE UNTO THEE" then he follows up with the phrase "AMONG THEIR BRETHREN" to say after some analysis that the prophecy distinctly mentions that the coming prophet who would be like Moses, must arise NOT from the 'children of Israel' or from 'among themselves', but from among their brethren. And stated that MOHAMMED THEREFORE WAS FROM AMONG THEIR BRETHREN!
 
Deedat follows up with the sentence "... AND I WILL PUT MY WORDS INTO HIS MOUTH..." to state after quoting (Holy Qur'an 112:1-4), (Holy Qur'an 53:3-5) that the words (revelation) were actually put into Muhammad's mouth, exactly as foretold in the prophecy under discussion. Deedat then said to the dominee, "See! How the prophecies fit Muhammad like a glove. We do not have to stretch prophecies to justify their fulfillment in Muhammad" and follows up mentioning the "Miracle of miracles! In the verse 19 of Deuteronomy chapter 19: "...MY WORDS WHICH HE SHALL SPEAK IN MY NAME." to ask the dominee "In whose name is Muhammad speaking?" Deedat then opened the Holy Qur'an to let him see that "Every chapter of the Holy Qur'an except the 9th begins with the formula: 'IN THE NAME OF GOD, MOST GRACIOUS, MOST MERCIFUL.' The Muslim begins his every lawful act with the Holy formula. But the Christian begins: "In the name of the Father, son and the holy ghost."
 
The book is full of interesting issues related to the prophecies of the Bible which may open the door to fruitful researches in the way of COME LET US REASON TOGETHER. (Saber)