Jesus Christ Supplanted by Muhammad

Whatever favourable Muslim critics may say about the honourable place Christ has among the prophets, his portrait is a sad caricature; Muslims know extremely little about Him and think about Him still less. He has no place in their hearts or in their lives .He has been eclipsed by Muhammad. All the prophets have not only been succeeded but supplanted by Muhammad; he is at once the sealer and concealer of all former revelations. Muhammad is always in the foreground, and Jesus Christ, in spite of His lofty titles and the honour given to Him in the Quran, is in the background. Christ is grouped with the other prophets: with Lot, Alexander the Great, Ishmael, Moses, Abraham and Adam. We cannot forget this fact when we try to form a conception of the Muslim Christ. It is because of this perception of Christ that Islam presents difficulties offered by no other religion in the work of missions. The sin and guilt of the Muslim world is that they give Christ’s glory to another, that is Muhammad.

No Muslim prays to Muhammad, but every Muslim prays for him in endless repetition daily. In spite of statements in the Quran to the contrary, most Muslims believe that he will be the only intercessor on the day of judgement. The books of devotion used everywhere are proof of this statement. God favoured him above creatures; he dwells in the highest heaven, and is several degrees above Jesus in honour and station. Muhammad holds the keys of heaven and hell; no Muslim, however bad his character, will perish finally; no unbeliever, however good his life, can be saved except through Muhammad. Islam denies the need of Christ as mediator, only to substitute Muhammad as a mediator, without an incarnation, without atonement and without demand for a change of character. One has only to question the Muslim masses, or to read tradition in proof of these statements.

1. Pre-existence is ascribed to Muhammad and his genealogy is traced through Abraham to Adam, as is the case of Jesus Christ. An angel announced Muhammad’s conception and birth and the name which he was going to receive. Muhammad like Jesus, was lost in his childhood and found again, and at the age of twelve he took a special journey.

2. After the commencement of his public ministry Muhammad like Jesus, passed through a remarkable ordeal of satanic temptation. He, like Jesus Christ, had enemies of his own household, and he was recognised by spirits from the unseen world more readily than by those to whom he was sent. The demons knew Jesus; the jinn accepted Islam at the hands of Muhammad.

3. The Transfiguration of Jesus is surpassed by the story of Muhammad’s ascent into heaven, where he had personal communion with all the previous prophets, and leaving Jesus far below in the second heaven, himself mounted to the seventh, where, according to Muslim tradition, he ate and drank with God.

4. As a parody of the Lord’s Supper, one tradition is said to have sanctioned the drinking of his own blood. When Malik bin Sinan sucked his wounds, swallowing the blood, the prophet exclaimed, “Any one whose blood touches mine, the fire of hell shall not destroy.”

5. The miracles of Jesus Christ, even the fantastic miracles given by Muslim Tradition, shrink into insignificance compared with the miracles ascribed to Muhammad by tradition. Feeding a hungry multitude with a handful of dates, opening the eyes of the blind, healing the sick, turning barren lands into fruitful fields, and raising the dead, all these and many other things are attributed to Muhammad.

6. In his death as well as his life Muhammad is made to resemble Jesus Christ. His death was foretold; it was not avoidable, but freely accepted by him; he died a martyr’s death, and his sufferings were meritorious, taking away sin and helping those who believe in him to enter paradise. It is recorded on the testimony of Ali that three days after his Excellency’s funeral there came an Arab, who threw himself down upon the prince’s grave, and took a handful of earth from it, casting it on his own head, and then called out, ‘O Apostle of God, thou hast spoken it from God, and we have received it from thee, and it is derived from those who came down to thee, that noble verse, “And if they have darkened their souls, let them come unto thee!” I have brought darkness on my soul: but I am come to thee as a confounded, bewildered sinner, that thou mayest ask pardon for me of the Most High. ‘Then there came forth a voice from that Excellency’s tomb, saying three times, ‘Thou hast been pardoned, thou hast been pardoned.” (Koelle – Muhammad and Mohammedanism page 373). There are numerous traditions of his character in all the later biographies of Muhammad – see for example Insan ul-Ayan, Dakaik ul-Akbar or Kasus ul-Anbiya).

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Islam is indeed the only anti-Christian religion. This world faith joins issue with everything that is vital in the Christian religion, because it joins issue in its attitude toward the Christ. In this respect, all schools of Muslim thought are practically the same. They differ in ritual and tradition; in interpretations, broad and  narrow; whether Shia or Sunni, Wahabis or others, their position as regards the Christ is practically the same.

Christianity gladly admits the strength of theism as a basis of unity between Islam and Christianity. We assert as strongly as do all Muslims that there is only one God, but because there is only one God there can only be one Gospel and one Christ. Dr. James Denney wrote:

“It pleased the Father that in Jesus Christ all fullness should dwell”; not in Muhammad.

“In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”; not in Muhammad.

“In Him are hid all treasures of wisdom and knowledge”; not in Muhammad.

“He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life”; not Muhammad.

The main question for Islam today is not how much nearer have you come to Christian ethics and civilisation in attempting to reform the old system, but rather “What do you think of Christ?”

7 Responses to “Christology”

  • Zaki:

    As a Muslim i must say your website has made such a beautiful compilation of the teachings of islam. Cant thank you enough! Your missionary work has actually helped me increase my faith in Islam.

    • admin:

      Well, part of the idea is to explore Islam. We find that many Muslims do not understand a great deal of their faith and it really interesting to see what your Quran and Traditions really say. Perhaps, you can tell us what particular things you found helpful? Of course, any deep reflection on Islam will show its inadequacies and misunderstandings of the ‘earlier books’ and we hope you will see that the person of Jesus Christ as found in Islamic records is a poor reflection of his true glory: “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” (John 20:31)


    Please have a clear picture of Jesus, He is the Lord God, God in human disguise, He was crucified and resurrected on the third day. He will come back. Please don’t think that Jesus as Islam teaches is true, it is just a distraction, even taking the followers of Christ to the devils fold, by saying Jesus did not die..

  • Bitter-truth:

    @Admin, what else do you want us to say? If someone or group could fail to see the true gospel and messages of his/her/their acclaim ‘Savior’ but blindfolded by a self acclaimed apostle who change the true teachings of Jesus monotheism message into paganism of trinity, blood and death of Jesus and gospel of love.
    To you are ears, eyes and hearts nay, you neither hear, see nor think. One question you fail to ask yourself; why Islam is still waxing stronger day by day, year by year, decade by decade and century by century, despite all conspiracies against it? If you can find the true answer to this, then, may be then, you see the true light and follow it.
    All your writes up and articles are nothing but conjectures, misinterpretation, misconception and cladding of truth with false to drive home your satanic and heretic ideology. Nay, your messages could only influence those decree to be unfortunates. Elah-Eli-Allah or Yaweh remains the one and only Supreme God whether you like it or not and Muhammad(saw) remains His last messenger sent to the whole world to redeem them.
    Nothing like trinity, blood of Jesus or Jesus as your personal saviour. All these are satanic scheme indoctrinated by one his advocates; Paul, who manipulate the true gospel of Jesus (as) as assisted by group and people like you to this day and beyond, to mislead the human race from the truth and expand his congregation and dominion on earth. May the Almighty God guides me and you to the real truth.

    • admin:

      The question of the growth of Islam is completely irrelevant to this subject but as it seems to be a serious objection we should address it. Presently statistics state that 31.5% of the the world are Christian while 23.2% are Muslim. The majority of the world’s Muslims live in Asia and the Pacific, only about 24% in that region are Muslims. The Middle East and North Africa region has an overwhelmingly Muslim population about 93%, but they represent only about 20% of the world’s Muslims. Muslims also make up about three-in-ten people in sub-Saharan Africa, 6% of those who live in Europe, 1% of North Americans, and less than 1% of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean.
      If we take the US as an example for the growth of Islam we find that recent growth is natural increase as American Muslims tend to have more children than Americans of other religious faiths. Muslims also tend to be younger than the general public, so a larger share of Muslims will soon be at the point in their lives when people begin having children. There has been little net change in the size of the American Muslim population in recent years due to conversion. About one-in five who were raised Muslim no longer identify with the faith. About as many Americans become Muslim as leave Islam.
      As far ‘cladding of truth with false’ teaching is concerned, we look forward to hearing your arguments against the scriptures which “are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). May I encourage you to look at our article ‘The Renegade Paul’ you will find it on our web-site under Apologetics and then follow to ‘Untangling Muslim Arguments’ where it can be seen. Following your reading of this article we look forward to your response.

  • Abdul Kareem:

    I am a Muslim,Just chanced upon you site
    I was just wondering!
    Actually nothing need to be said
    Though we cannot read each others minds, God perfectly knows the intentions of everyone.
    In the end it is He who judges.

    • admin:

      Thank you for visiting our site. Actually, there is a great deal that could be said, but I hope you go on to find out more and more about the character of Jesus Christ and the wonderful salvation he has achieved for mankind.

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