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When the Christian reads the Bible or hears it publicly read in church it never enters into the smallest recesses of the mind that he may be reading or hearing about Muhammad. The whole idea is preposterous for the scriptures do not speak of Muhammad, yet despite this Muslims insist and argue to the contrary. This is not a new form of Muslim apologetic for it has been in operation since the times of Al Tabari, who converted from Christianity and wrote the Book of Religion and Empire in the 9th century where he quoted many passages from the Bible which he claimed were fulfilled in Muhammad.

 

Why do Muslims insist that we will find references to Muhammad in Bible?

They insist because the Quran states that Muhammad is mentioned in the Bible: “Those who follow the messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (scriptures), in the law and the Gospel” (Al A’raf 7:157). They insist because Jesus allegedly prophesied Muhammad’s coming: “And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: “O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.” But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said, “this is evident sorcery!” (An-Saff 61:6)

Why do Christians insist Muhammad is not spoken about in the Bible?

It is not only a matter of conviction but it is also a matter of handling the Bible correctly. In their enthusiasm to find some reference to Muhammad, Muslims invariably takes verses out of context and forcibly apply them to a new setting to which they do not belong. Where possible, analogies with Muhammad which can be found in the Bible, are seized upon and developed particularly in those areas which relate to a similar lifestyle to Muhammad; some location which sounds as though it were a place familiar to Muhammad; and someone whose name sounds similar to Muhammad.

Do Muslims then deny the prophecies that relate to Christ?

Muslims do not deny that Christ is the Messiah nor do they contest that there were many prophecies regarding Christ in the Old Testament but they do contest that some verses said by Christians to be prophecies about Christ actually are prophecies about Muhammad.

 

Common examples used by Muslim apologists to argue their cause

Analogy by name Analogy NASB_Song_of_Solomon_5-16

“His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.” Song of Solomon 5:16

The Muslim argues that the Hebrew term machmad (altogether lovely) can be translated praise or Ahmed’ and the correct reading should be “His mouth is most sweet: he is Muhammad. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.”

This verse is not a prophesy and is found in a series of verses expressing poetic love between one called the Beloved and her Lover. The immediate context of the person being addressed as machmad is someone in the time of Solomon (3:11) who is loved by a Shulamite (6:13).

While identity cannot be proved beyond all doubt, its setting is Israel, for as we read through the book of Song of Solomon we find ourselves coming to Jerusalem and meeting her daughters. There is no record of Muhammad courting any of these ladies. A search of the twelve occurrences of the Hebrew word machmad shows that the word has nothing to do with praise but rather its meaning is ‘what is desirable.’

Analogy of Muhammad being the unlettered prophet

Muslims suggest that Muhammads experience in the cave of Hira which was later called Jabal-un-Nur (‘The Mountain of Light’) is an exact fulfilment of Isaiah 29:12 where the book is delivered to the unlearned one: “And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.”

They claim that Muhammad was a person without any previous learning and that he was taught directly by Allah and so he was able to confounded the wise. This they say is expressed in the Quran in the following way: “Nor does he say (aught) of (his own) desire. It is no less than inspiration sent down to him: He was taught by one mighty in power” (An-Najm 53:3-5)

When Isaiah 29:12 is read in context a different picture emerges. The passage refers to the judgement of Jerusalem and it is likened to two men, one of which is learned, and the other unlearned. The learned could not read because the book had a seal on it; the unlearned because he was illiterate. The people of Jerusalem at the time, were like those in a deep sleep or drunk (verses 9 & 10) and the vision like an unopened book had no value to them. It has nothing to do with prophecy nor has it anything to do with Muhammad.

Analogy of an awaited prophet who was to come from Arabia

“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 33:1-2)

Muhammad is said to have come from the mountains of Arabia after receiving his revelation. Muslims identify the geographical areas in ways which do not support the Biblical evidence. They place Seir as probably the village of Sair near Jerusalem.’

Geographically the areas Sinai, Seir and Paran were all in the Sinai peninsula, hundreds of miles away from Arabia. It was in these areas that God showed his glory. The Sinai peninsula was a wilderness area and Ishmael settled in the wilderness of Paran (Genesis 21:21).

The following verses also explain that the places mentioned in Deuteronomy 33:1-2 are associated with the Sinai Peninsula and not Arabia: “And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which is by the wilderness” (Genesis 14:6); “And the children of Israel took their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Paran” (Numbers 10:12); “And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran” (Numbers 13:3 c/f Deuteronomy 1:1).

These verses have nothing to do with Muhammad, nor do they make any promises concerning him. Muslims fail to look in other parts of scripture which identify the mentioned named places.

The analogy of Mecca sounding like the Hebrew word Baca

The King James Version mentions that the pilgrims passed through Baca which the Muslims say is another name for Mecca: “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. (Psalm 84:4-6) The Hebrew of Psalm 84:6 is emeb habbaka means the valley of the balsam tree. The location is not known. If it can be proved that Meccas original meaning was connected with balsam trees then at least the Muslim could begin an argument and then look into the geography.

The analogy of Kedar to substantiate the claim that Muhammad brought the long awaited law

In turning to Isaiah 42:1-13 Muslims claim that this section concerning the servant of the Lord, the beloved of God and the elect messenger who will bring down the long awaited law and he will not fail until he has set judgement on the earth is Muhammad. They do this by the use of analogy for verse 11 which states “the villages that Kedar doth inhabit‘ is connected to the Kedar of Genesis 25:13 who was the second son of Ishmael and therefore the ancestor of Muhammad.

These words, quoted from Isaiah, are also found in Matthew 12:17-20 where they are translated from Hebrew to the Greek. Matthew’s purpose is to show that Jesus withdrew himself when pressure became intense, until his appointed hour came, and rather than being a Messiah who is thought of in military terms his Messianic features characterise tranquillity (v 19) and gentleness (v 20) and this conduct was nothing more than a fulfillment of this scripture.

The Isaiah chapter prophecies about the Servant of the Lord who will be “a light for the Gentiles” (v 6) being responsible for bringing those outside the Jewish covenant into salvation. For this reason the chapter continues – a new song is sung (v10) from the ends of the earth, islands, the wilderness, the cities, even the village of Kedar, where the offspring of Ishmael dwell will rejoice as once they had no opportunity for salvation but now in the Servant of the Lord (Jesus Christ) there is hope.

The analogy of Teman being in the district of Medina

“God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise” (Habakuk 3:3). Muslims, having allegedly claimed that the Bible scholar Hastings in his Dictionary of the Bible’ (published 1898-1904) placed Teman as an oasis north of Medina: “God (God’s help) coming from Teman (Medina) and the holy one coming from Paran (Mecca). That holy one who under persecution migrated from Paran to be received enthusiastically in Medina was none but Prophet Muhammad.” The argument continues that Jesus, never in his life, travelled to the mountainous regions of Paran nor Teman but Muhammad was born in Paran and died there in the capital of Islamic religion (What the Bible says about Muhammad by Ahmed Deedat published by Islamic Mission).

A look at Hastings Dictionary on-line (http://www.studylight.org/dic/hdb/view.cgi?n=5418) shows that the description given in the booklet is incorrect for under the heading of Teman we read “A tribe (and district) of Edom……” The Hastings Dictionary is correct Teman was part of the kingdom of Edom. Kedar was a descendent of Ishmael so Teman was the grandson of Esau (Genesis 36:10,11). Edom denotes the name Esau and is in present day Jordan.

Analogy NASB_Habakkuk_3-3The correct interpretation of Habakuk 3:3 is that this prophet poetically glances back over the historical experiences of Israel from Egypt to Sinai and on into his present experience. As in the past when God came, for the salvation of his people, from Teman, (located in Edom, east of the Arabah and midway between the south end of the Dead Sea and the north end of the Gulf of Aqabah) and (Paran situated west of Edom and north-west of Aqabah), so he will come again to help. The text has nothing to say about Muhammad he is not the subject of the sentence only the Lord (YHWH)

If Muslims want to be consistent about applying Teman to Medina they will be disturbed to learn that Teman was punished by by fire (Amos 1:12) and their mighty men were dismayed (Obadiah verse 9).

All the above clearly show that the text cannot refer to Muhammad.

 

 

9 Responses to “Muhammad in the Bible?”

  • Faraz:

    Well I’ll totally agree with you in Isaiah and song of Solomon, it doesn t refer to Mohammed however, their are still verses which tells us that a prophet was bound to come and how he’ll be Mohammed. John, chapter 1 verse 19 to 21 clearly tells us that a prophet was bound to come, John wasn’t that prophet and the term Messiah and prophets are different, the Jews soldiers ask him three questions, are thou Christ, John said no, he clearly wasn’t as Jesus was, they asked him, are thou Elijah, he said no, we leave it to Christians to solve it ………….. Christ wasn’t that prophet, so who’s that prophet, this tells us that a prophet was bound to come, Christ came, Jesus wasn’t that prophet, neither do John, so whose s left?
    Deutoromy chapter no 18 verse no 18, tells us who that prophet is……….. he’ll be like Moses, he’ll be from brotherin of Israel and God will put his words in his mouth………….. he’ll be like Moses, many people say that this prophecy refers to Jesus but it can’t, Jesus wasn’t like Moses, their were only two similarities between Jesus and Moses, both were Jews and both were prophets but that prophecy then fulfills every prophet from Moses, like John and many others, instead he’ ll be like Moses, coming to the similarities of Moses and Mohammed both became orphan at young age, both were having beared, both have natural birth, Jesus didn t even have natural birth so how can he be the one …………………..
    Now it comes to John chapter 16, verse 12 to 14, it says, I’ve many things to say unto you, but ye can’t bare them now for when he the spirit of truth shall come, he ll guide you unto all truth, he shall not speak of his own, all he hears shall he speak,he’ll show you signs to come, he shall glorify me, so Christians say that this refers to the Holy spirit, but it can’t ………………

    Regarding the concept of Earth, there are various Scientists who have described… ‘How will the world end.’ Hypothesis – Some may be right, some may be wrong. But either the world will perish or the world will live forever. Both cannot take place simultaneously

    – It is unscientific. But this is exactly what the Bible says. It is mentioned in the Bible, in the book of Hebrews, Ch. No.1 Verses No.10 and 11, and the book of Psalms, Ch. No.102, Verse No.25 and 26, that…‘Almighty God created the Heavens and the Earth, and they will perish.’ Exactly opposite is mentioned in the book of Ecclesiastics …………..

    • admin:

      1) It is great to hear a Muslim like yourself conceeding that the relevant verses of Isaiah and Song of Solomon have nothing to do with Muhammad.

      2) What Christians say about John the Baptist is that he prepares the way for the Messiah. In taking authority by baptising in water and announcing the coming of the kingdom the Jewish authorities asked about his credentials. All they got from him was that he was preparing the way of one who would come after him the thongs of whose sandals he was not worthy to untie. On a meeting with Jesus he announced that he was the one to whom he referred and that he was the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world and that he was the son of God (John 1:19-34). This is entirely consistent with the other gospels. The Gospel of Mark bases his initial argument on the preaching of John the Baptist that Jesus Christ is the Son of God of whom Isaiah spoke (Mark 1:1-8). Matthew does similarily, pointing out that the coming one is Jesus Christ the son of God (Matthew 3:1-17). The speculations you propose are removed by a full reading of the gospels.

      3) Concerning Dueteronomy 18:18. Rather than repeating ourselves we refer you to the section next to this article ‘A prophet like unto me’. Here you will find that the analogical method you have proposed collapses and that the New Testament writers are careful to demonstrate that Jesus is the Messiah. They do so by using this widely accepted Mosaic Messianic proof text of the time emphasising the need to listen to Jesus (Acts 3:17-26) for all the prophets foretold the days of the Messiah. They are asserting that true belief in Moses will lead to a belief in Jesus and that Jesus is one in continuity with Moses.

      4) In respect of John chapters 14-16 it is sufficient at this stage to refer you to the text: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:16,17) — this comforter abides forever, the world cannot receive him because it cannot see him and he shall dwell in the disciples – clearly not Muhammad but the Spirit of promise: “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 14:26) The Spirit did not teach new things but confirmed what Jesus had taught tragically Muhammad on the whole, contradicted the things Jesus taught.

      5) After mentioning these things the subject changes to the truthfulness of the Bible and causes your response to be exceptionally long. We have therefore deleted these details and request that you paste them up again placing them on a more appropriate page. however, please would you limit the alleged errors to two or three at a time as thought needs to be given to each one and it would result in a very long reply. Thank you.

      • Faraz:

        I know about John the baptist and everything you told me about him, my question is that in john chapter 1 verse 19 to 21,they ask him three questions, the first two seems pretty straightforward and they refer to a person, the first questions refers to Jesus, second to John but to whom does the third question refers to. This is my question, are thou that prophet? It was the third question, that prophet can’t really be Jesus because first question was about Christ, Jesus was christ, so Christ and that Prophet must really be different persons. Elijah and that prophet are also different as if they were same, he wouldn’t have ask him third question when he already have ask him that was he Elijah, it clearly tells us that they were expecting a prophet and that prophet will not be Christ.

        • admin:

          There was an expectation of the Jews that the Messiah would be intrinsically linked with an Old Testament person hence the reference to Elijah and the prophet. In the first century many Jews thought the promised Messiah and Prophet as being two separate individuals – Christians identify the Davidic Messiah with the prophet like Moses because they recognised in Jesus one who perfectly fulfilled both prophecies. At that time it was taken for granted that Christ, Elijah and ‘that prophet’ would baptise when they came to purify a polluted world. John baptised but he denied he was any of these persons. To construct a theory from these negative replies of denial as to who John the Baptist is into a full scale assertion that Jesus cannot be ‘that prophet’ is as we have said before pure conjecture. This is why once again, we insist that we look at the positive statements found in the Gospels. John witnessed to the Light who was coming into the world (John 1:1-8). Peter and John in their initial preaching to the Jews explained (Acts 3:22) that the prophet spoken of in Deuteronomy 18:18 had come in the person of Jesus (Acts 3:26).

  • Dave:

    So now Muhammad is the Holy Spirit! Please, did he die isn’t he buried in Saudi …… The gospel of Barnabas (which was found in the Dead Sea Scrolls that never made it to the Bible due to the fact of The Council of Nicea 325 AD) In fact I be willing to bet that Muhammad got his ideas from Barnabas you know Copy and Paste. Some one read him the gospel because I’m sure there were stories told about Barnabas and said that is me that is who they are talking about! Muhammad was a fraud, paedophile, murderer, thief …. Before Muhammad I’m sure Islam was an OK religion (No not really!) before he came and …. it all up

    • admin:

      In Islam Gabriel is wrongly identified with the Holy Spirit. We are not here to defend Islam but share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. We agree with some of your views about Islam but with others we disagree.

    • admin:

      In Islam Gabriel is wrongly identified with the Holy Spirit. We are not here to defend Islam but share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. We agree with some of your views about Islam but with others we disagree.

      The Gospel of Barnabas was not found amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls. The scrolls found in Qumran all related to the sectarian Jewish community dwelling at Qumran. The Gospel of Barnabas did not exist at this time. The discussions at the Council of Nicea 325 A.D, centred around the claims of a certain Arius (256-336) concerning Jesus Christ. After formulating the Nicea Creed the assembled bishops agreed on a number of canon rules which were designed to regulate church discipline. The canon of scripture was not an issue at the council. Please see our article on the Gospel of Barnabas under Apologetics/ Authenticity of Bible.

  • mike samuel:

    Hey!! Can you “dig it” (take it as a matter of fact…) that the HOLY SPIRIT spoken of by YESHUA is “Muhammad” according to the Koran and all of Islam??? That’s a joke really!

    • admin:

      Unfortunately, its not a joke, for clearly the verses Jesus spoke about said that the coming one would abide with Christ’s disciples ‘forever’ and that he would be “in them” (John 14 16 & 18). The coming of the Holy Spirit satisfies these promises while any claims for it being Muhammad are just empty sentiment.

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