Prophecies about the Advent of the Prophet Mohammad (SAS) in the Old and the New Testament
By Bashir Ahmad, MD
Wildwood, MO

From Ms. Manjie’s book “The Trouble with Islam”, the fact emerges that she is faithfully following in the footsteps of the arch enemies of Islam whose attempts at defaming the Qur’an and its Holy Prophet are glaring evidence that they either do not understand their scriptures or fail to follow them.
In these scriptures - in the Old and the New Testaments - there are numerous, very clear and firm prophecies, which I shall be quoting in this article, wherein the advent of a great law-giving prophet is mentioned. Even his name Ahmad has been given in some verses.

Prophecies in the Old Testament

“The Lord thy God will raise into thee a prophet from the midst of thee of thy brethren like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken.”
Deuteronomy 18/15
NOTE: “Like unto me” in this verse signifies that the promised prophet would be a lawgiver as the Prophet Moses was. “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 18/8
NOTE: “Speak unto them all” underlines the universality of his mission: “Put my words in his mouth” denotes God’s revelations to him. The Qur’an is the revealed book.
The wordings in these verses “raise a prophet from the midst of thee of thy brethren” and “raise unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee of thy brethren . . . “ are prophecies pointed towards Prophet Mohammad (S.A.S.).
Prophet Abraham was the Progenitor of both Jews and Arabs through his sons, the Prophet Isaac and the Prophet Ishmael; therefore Prophet Mohammad has a brotherly relationship with the Jews.
Christian scholars and Evangelists claim that “thy brethren” does not refer to Prophet Mohammad (S.A.S.) but to Jesus Christ.
A prominent Hindu scholar Dr Ved Parakash Upaddhayya of Sanskrit Frayag University (India) writing his book “Muhammad in the Vedas and the Puranas” while commenting on the biblical verses mentioned above, points out that only Muhammad (SAS) was like Moses and not the Jesus Christ. He gives the following reasons.
1. Muhammad did fight to subdue the forces who were opposed to his mission.
2. Before their birth, the people of both Moses and Muhammad had fallen into worshiping idol.
3. Like Moses, Muhammad also defeated his enemies and became victorious over them.
4. Like Moses, no disciple of Muhammad was successful in betraying him.
5. Like Moses, Muhammad was born of a father and a mother and had wives and children.
6. Moses delivered his people from the tyranny of Pharaoh and Egyptians. Muhammad also emancipated his followers from the persecution of the Qurash.
7. With the instructions of Moses, his successors sent forces to capture Palestine and Syria. Muhammad also left instruction to his successors, and during the rule of Umar, forces were sent to capture Palestine and Syria.
8. Both Moses and Muhammad received a new set of laws from God.
9. Both Moses and Muhammad were accepted as leaders by their respective people.
10. Both Moses and Muhammad had a family life and completed their earthly life with a natural death.
11. Moses along with his followers had to leave his place of birth and migrate to another land. Muhammad too had to leave his birthplace Mecca and migrate to Medina with his disciples.
12. Both Moses and Muhammad commanded their disciples to flight their enemies and joined the fight themselves.
These arguments prove beyond any doubt that Muhammad was like Moses. (Pages 20 & 21 Muhammad in the VEDAS and PURANAS)
In the Qur’an there are very clear and direct references in various verses to the biblical verses regarding the advent of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.S.) 1. “Verily, we have sent unto you a messenger who is a witness over you, even as we sent a messenger unto Pharaoh” Al-Muzzammil 73/16
2.”And for those who follow the messenger, the Prophet, the immaculate one, whom they find mentioned in the Torah and the Gospels, which are with them. He enjoins on them good and forbids them evil, declares lawful for them things wholesome and forbids them things harmful and removes from them their burdens and shackles that bound them. So those who shall believe in him and support him, and help him and follow the light that is sent down with him, they shall prosper” Al-A’RAF 7/158
NOTE: “Their burdens and shackles that bound them” probably refers to the evil customs and traditions that their culture has imposed upon them.
3. “Ask them if my revelation is from ALLAH and you rejected it, would it not be strange that a witness from among the children of Israel should have foretold the advent of one like himself and should have believed in him, while you deny him in your arrogance? Surely ALLAH guides not the wrong doing people.” AL-AH QAF 46/11

Reference to the advent of a great prophet in the New Testament
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter that may abide with you forever.” John 14 :16
NOTE: Abide with you forever” denotes that the great prophet, shall bring God’s everlasting message - the Holy Qur’an.
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart I will send him unto you.” John 16:7
“I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot hear them now. How beit when he, the spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come”. John 16/12-13
NOTE: Prophet Muhammad (S.A.S.) was called Sadiq and Ameen, meaning truthful and honest by everyone who knew him. “Whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak -----------” refers to God’s revelation to him.
Holy Qur’an also refers to the prophecies of Jesus Christ about the advent of Prophet Mohammad (S.A.S). “Call to mind also when Jesus, son of Mary said, O children of Israel, surely I am Allah’s messenger unto you, fulfilling the prophecies contained in the Torah, which was revealed before me, and giving glad tidings of a messenger who will come after me who’s name will be Ahmad. But when he came to them with clear proofs, they said: This is clear deception.” AL-SAFF 61/7
Name of Prophet Muhammad (SAS) is mentioned as Ahmad in the Book of Prophet Haggi.
“And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nation shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of Host. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine saith the Lord of Hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former, saith the Lord of Host: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of Hosts.”
Haggi 2/7,8,9
Professor Abdul-Ahad Dawud, a former Bishop of Uramiah, commenting on Prophet Haggi’s verses writes the following in his book “Muhammad in the Bible”:
“…..But let us consult the English version of the Bible which we find have rendered the original Hebrew word “Himda” and “Shalom” into “desire” and “peace” respectively. ...Christians have given it utmost importance to the double promise contained in the above prophecy. They both understand a messianic prediction in the word “Himda”. Indeed there is wonderful prophecy confirmed by the usual biblical formula of the Divine Oath, says “the Lord Sabaoth” four times repeated. If this prophecy be taken in the abstract sense of the word “Himda” and “Shalom” as “desire” and “peace” then the prophecy becomes nothing more than an unintelligible aspiration. But if we understand by the terms “Himda” a concrete idea, a person and reality, and in the word “Shalom”, not a condition, but a living and active force and a definitely established religion, then this prophecy must be admitted true and fulfilled in the person of Ahmad and the establishment of Islam”-----.
Professor Abdul-Ahad Dawud also writes: “.---The Gospel of St John, being written in Greek, uses the name “Paracletos” a barbarous form unknown to classical Greek literature. But “Periclytos” which corresponds exactly with Ahmad in its signification of “illustrious”, “glorious” and “praised” in its superlative degree must have been the translation into Greek of “Himda” or probably “Hemida” of the Aramic form as uttered by Jesus Christ” “Muhammad in the Bible Pages 23-24”

Prophet Mohammad Glorified in the Qur’an
Prophet Muhammad (SAS) is praised and glorified as the most exalted prophet who was revealed the most complete book - The Qur’an -- for the guidance of the whole mankind.
1. “Proclaim, O prophet: O mankind verily I am Allah’s messenger to you all.” AL-A’RAF 7/159
2. Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the messenger of Allah and the seal of prophets. Allah has the full knowledge of all things.” AL-AHZAB 33/47
Khatam is derived from Khatama which means, he sealed, stamped or imprinted the thing. Khatam means a signet ring; a seal or stamp. It also means the best and most perfect. (Lane, Mufradat,Qurqani).
“As a Summoner unto Allah by his command and a Light Giving Sun.” AL-AHZAB 33/47
“Allah sends down blessings on the prophet, and his angels invoke blessing on him. O ye who believe, do you also invoke blessings on him and salute him with the Salvation of Peace.” AL-AHZAB 33/57

Prophet Mohammad held in Highest Esteem by Scholars

Numerous glowing tributes and accolades have been paid in honor of Prophet Mohammad s.a.s., even by the ardent enemy of Islam like Sir William Muir. This is what he writes:
“The condition of the world at the time of the advent of Mohammad has been summed up in the Holy Qur’an as: Corruption has appeared on land and sea in consequence of people’s misdeeds” (30/42). This is amply borne out by the testimony that we have cited above. Thus, it is clear that the state of the world, at the time of the advent of the Holy Prophet, called loudly for universal and comprehensive divine guidance, to be set forth in God’s words, and to be illustrated by a messenger who’s life would be multifaceted and who would serve as an exemplar for mankind. Such was Mohammad. Another striking factor in his support is that no one else even remotely approaching his stature and his qualities appeared to guide mankind at the time of its greatest need. The conclusion is irresistible that he was beyond doubt the pre-determined instrument of God for the revival of mankind”/ (Sir William Muir - Life of Muhammad).
Michael Hart in his book, The One Hundred. A Ranking of most influential person in history writes:”My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both religious and secular levels.”
“ Muhammad is the most successful of all prophets and religious personalities”. Encyclopedia Britannica (11th edition, article Koran).

 


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