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What Does Bible Say About Mohammad

By Ahmad Deedat
SAY: "DO YOY SEE? WHETHER THIS MESSAGE BE FROM
ALLAH (God Almighty), AND YET YOU REJECT IT, AND A
WITNESS FROM AMONG THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BORE
WITNESS OF ONE LIKE HIM...." (Holy Quran 46:10).

Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen,
The subject of this evening's talk - "What the BIBLE says about
MOHAMMAD" -will no doubt come as a surprise to many of you
because the speaker is a Muslims. How does it come about that a
Muslims happens to be expounding prophecies from the Jewish and
Christian Scriptures?
As a young man, about 30 years ago, I attended a series of religious
lectures by a Christian theologian, a certain Re. Hiten, at the "Theatre
Royal", Durban.

This Reverend gentleman was expounding Biblical prophecies. He went on to prove that the Christian Bible foretold the rise of Soviet Russia, and the Last Days. At one stage he to the extent of proving that his Holy Book did not leave even the Pope out of its predictions. He expatiated vigorously in order to convince his audience that the "Base 666" mentioned in the Book of Revelation- the last book of the New Testament - was the POPE, who was the Vicar of Christ on earth. It is not befitting for us Muslims to enter into this controversy between the Roman Catholics and the Protestants. By the way, the latest Christians scholars are ingenious and indefatigable in their efforts to prove their case.
Rev. Whitten's lectures led me to ask that if the Bible foretold so many things- not even excluding the "Pope" and Israel", - then surely it must have something to say about the greatest benefactor of mankind- the Holy Prophet Mohammad (may the peace of Allah be with him).
Asa youngster I set out to search for an answer. I met priest after priest, attended lectures, and read everything that I could lay my hands relating to the field of Bible prophecies. Tonight I am going to narrate to you one of these interviews with a domineer of the Dutch Reformed Church.

Lucky Thirteen
I was invited to the Transvaal to deliver a talk on the occasion to the Birthday celebration of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. Knowing that in that province of the Republic, the Africans language is widely spoken, even by my own people, I felt that I ought to acquire a smattering of this language so as to feel a little "at home" with the people. I opened the telephone directory and began phoning the Africans-speaking churches. I indicated my purpose to the priests that I was interested in having dialogue with them, but they all refused my request my request with "plausible" excuses. No. 13 was my lucky number. the thirteenth call brought me pleasure and relief. a domineer Van Harden agreed to meet me at his home on the Saturday afternoon that I was to leave for Transvaal.
He received me on the verandah with a friendly welcome. He said if I did not mind, he would like his father-in-law from the Fee State (a 70-year old man) to join us in the discussion. I did not mind. the three of us settled down in the domineers library.

Why Nothing?
I posed the question: "What does the Bible say about Muhammad?" Without hesitation he answered, "Nothing!" I asked: "Why nothing? According to your interpretation the Bible have 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?" He said, "Yes, but there was nothing about Muhammad!" I asked again, "Why nothing? Surely this man Muhammad who had been responsible for the bringing into being a world-wide community of millions who, on his authority, believe in
1) the miraculous birth of Jesus
2) that Jesus is the Messiah,
3) 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 this book ( the Bible) must have something to say about this great Leader of men who spoke so well of Jesus and his mother Mary?"
The man from the Free State replied, "My son, I have been reading the Bible for the past 50 years, and if there was any mention of him I would have known it?"

Not One by Name!
I enquired: "According to you, are there not hundreds of prophecies regarding the coming of Jesus in the Old Testament." The domineer interjected: "Not hundreds, but thousands!" I said, " I am not going to dispute the 'thousand and one' prophecies in the Old Testament regarding the coming of Jesus Christ, because the whole Muslim-world has already accepted him without the testimony of any Biblical prophecy. We Muslims have accepted the Jesus on the authority of Muhammad alone, and there are in the world to-day no less than 900,000,000 followers of Muhammad who love, respect and revere this great Messenger of God -Jesus Christ- without having the Christians to convince them by means of their Biblical dialectics. Out of the 'thousands' of Prophecies referred to, can you please give me just one single prophecy where Jesus in 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, and 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 how can you conclude that those 'thousand' prophecies refer to Jesus?"

What is Prophecy?
The domineer replied: "You see, prophecies are word-prophecies are word-pictures of something that is going to happen in the future. When the thing actually comes to pass, we see vividly in these prophecies, the fulfillment of what had been predicted in the past." I said: "What you actually do is that you deduce, you reason, you put two and two together." He said: "Yes." I said: "If this is what you have to do with a 'thousand' prophecies to justify your claim with regard to the genuineness of Jesus, why should we not adopt the very same system for Muhammad?" The domineer agreed that if was a fair proposition, a reasonable way of dealing with the problem.
I asked him to open up Deuteronomy, chapter 18 verse 18, which he did. I read from memory the verse in Africans, because this was my purpose in having a little practice with the language of the ruling race in South Africa.
'n PROPHET SAL EK VIR HULLE VERK\WEK UIT DIE MIDDE VAN HULLE BROERS, SOOS JY IS, EN EK SAL MY WOORDE IN SY MOND LE, EN HY SY SAL AAN HULLE SE ALLES WAT EK HOM BEVEEL. Deut. 18: 18.
The english translation reads as follows:
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 sahll speak unto them all that I shall command him.

Prophet Like Moses
Having recited the verse in Africans, I a apologised for my uncertain pronunciation. The domineer assured me that I was doing fine. I enquired: "To whom does this prophecy refer?" Without the slightest hesitation he answered: "Jesus!" I asked: "Why Jesus- his name is not mentioned here?" The domineer replied: "Since prophecies are word-pictures of some thing that is going to happen in the future, we find that the wordings of this verse adequately describe him. You see the most important words of this prophecy are 'SOOS JYIS' (like unto thee), - LIKE YOU- like Moses, and Jesus in like Moses. I questioned: " In which way is Jesus like Moses?" The answer was: "in the first place Moses was 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 had foretold Moses- "SOOS JYIS." "Can you think of any other similarities between Moses and Jesus?" I asked. The dominee said that he could not think of any. I replied: "If these are the only two criteria for discovering a candidate for this prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:18, then in that case the criteria could fit anyone of the following Biblical personages after Moses: - Solomon, Isaiah, Esehiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Malachi, John the Baptist etc., because they were also ALL Jews as well as Prophet. Why should we not apply this prophecy to any one of these prophets, and why only to Jesus? Why should we make fish of one and fowl of another?" The domineer had reply. I continued: "You see, my conclusions are that Jesus is most unlike Moses, and if I am wrong I would like to correct me."

Three Unlike
So saying, I reasoned with him: In the FIRST place Jesus is not like Moses, because, according to you- 'JESUS IS A GOD', but Moses is not God, Is this true?" He said: "Yes, I said: "Therefore Jesus is not like Moses!" Secondly according to you- 'JESUS DIED FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD' but Moses did not have to die for the sins of the world. Is this true?" He again said: "Yes." I said: "Therefore Jesus is not like Moses!" "THIRDLY, according to you- JESUS WENT TO HELL FOR THREE DAYS'. but Moses did not have to go there. Is this true? He answered meekly: "Y-e-s." I concluded: "Therefore Jesus is not like Moses!"

"But domineer," I 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 into hear the discussion, would have no difficulty in following it, shall we?" The domineer was quite happy at the suggestion.

Father and Mother
(1) "Moses had a father and mother, Muhammad also had a father and a mother. But Jesus had only a mother, and no human father. Is this true?" He said: "Yes." I said: "EAAROM IS JESUS NIE SOOS MOSES NIE, MAAR MUHUMMED IS SOOS MOSES!" Meaning: "Therefore Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhammed is like Moses! (By now the reader will realize that I was using the Africans language only for practice purposes. I shall discontinue its use in this narration).

Miracuous Birth
(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. You will recall that we are told in the Joseph of St. Matthew 1:18" '...BEFORE THEY CAME TOGETHER, (Joseph the and Mary) SHE WAS FOUND WITH CHILD BY THE HOLY GHOST.' And St. Luke tells us that when the good news of the birth of a holy son was announced to her, Mary reasoned: '...HOW SHALL THIS BE, SEEING I KNOW NOT MAN? AND THE ANGEL ANSWERED AND SADI UNTO HER, THE HOLY GHOST SHALL COME UPON THE, AND THE POWER OF THE HIGHEST SHALL OVERSHADOW THEE...' (Luke 1:35). The holy Quran confirms the miraculous birth of Jesus, in nobler and sublime terms. In answer to her logical question: 'O my Lord How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?' the angel says in reply: 'Even so: Allah created what He willet: when He hath decreed a plan, He but said to it" Be," and it is!' (Holy Quran 3: 47) It is not necessary for God to plant a seed in man or animal. He merely wills it and it comes into being. This is the Muslim conception of the birth of Jesus." (When I compared the Quranic and the Biblical versions of the birth of Jesus to the head of the Bible Society in our largest city, and when I enquired "Which version would you prefer to give your daughter, the QURANIC version or the BIBLICAL version?" The man bowed his head and answered: "The Quranic.) In short, I said to the domineer: "Is it true that Jesus was born miraculously as against the natural birth of Moses and Muhammad?" He replied proudly: "YES" I said: "Therefore Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhammad is like Moses. And God says to Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy 18:18 "LIKE UNTO THEE" (like You, Like Moses) and Muhammad is like Moses."

Marriage Ties
(3) "Moses and Muhammad married and begat children, but Jesus remained a bachelor all his life. Is this true?" The domineer said: "Yes." I said: "Therefore Jesus is not like Mosses, but Muhammad is like Moses."
Jesus Rejected by his People

(4) "Moses and Muhammad were accepted as prophets by their people in their very lifetime. No doubt the Jews gave endless trouble to Moses and they murmured in the wilderness, but as a nation, they acknowledged the Moses was a Messenger of God sent to them. The Arabs too made Muhammad's life impossible. He suffered very badly at their hands. After 13 years of preaching in Medina, he had to emigrate from the city of his
birth. But before his demise, the Arab nation as a whole accepted him as the Messenger from Allah. but according to the Bible - 'He (Jesus) CAME UNTO HIS OWN, BUT HIS WON RECEIVED NOT.' (John 1:11) And even today, after two thousand years, his people - the Jews, as a whole, have rejected him. Is this true?" The domineer said: "Yes." I said: "THEREFORE JESUS IS NOT LIKE MOSES, BUT MUHAMMAD IS LIKE MOSES."

"Other-worldly" Kingdom
(5) "Moses and Muhammad were prophets as well as kings. By prophet I mean a man who receives Divine Revelation for the Guidance of Man and this Guidance he conveys to God's creatures as received without any addition or deletion. A king is a person who has the power of life and death over his people. It is immaterial whether the person wears a crown or not, or whether he was ever addressed as king or monarch: if the man has the prerogative of inflicting capital punishment - HE IS A KING. Moses possessed such a power. do you remember the Israelite who was found picking up firewood on Sabbath Day, and Moses had him stoned to stead? (Numbers 15:36) there are other crimes also mentioned in the Bible for which capital punishment inflicted on the Jews at the behest of Moses. Muhammad too, had the power of life and death over his people. there are instances in the Bible of persons who were given gift of prophecy only, but they were not in a position to implement their directive. Some of these holly men of God who were helpless in the face of stubborn rejection of their message, were the prophets Lot, Jonah, Daniel, Ezra, and John the Baptist. They could only deliver the message, but could not enforce the Law. The Holy Prophet Jesus unfortunately also belonged to this category. The Christian Gospel clearly confirms this: when jesus was dragged before the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, charged for sedition, Jesus made a convincing point in his defense to refute the false charge: JESUS ANSWERED, 'MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD': IF MY KINGDOM WERE OF THIS WORLD, HEN WOULD MY R\SERVATES FIGHT, THAT I SHOULD NOT BE DELIVERED TO THE JEWS; BUT NOW IS MY KINGDOM NOT FROM HENCE," (John 18:36) This convinced Pilate (A Pagan) that though Jesus might not be in full possession of his mental faculty, he did not strike him as being a danger to his rule. Jesus claimed a spiritual kingdom only; in other words he only claimed to be a prophet. Is this true?" The domineer answered: "Yes." I said: "Therefore Jesus in not like Moses but Muhammad is like Moses."

No New Laws
(6) "Moses and Muhammed brought new laws and new regulations for their people. Moses not only gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites, but a very comprehensive ceremonial law for the guidance of his people. Muhammad comes to a people steeped in barbarism and ignorance. They married their step-mothers; they buried their daughters alive; drunkenness, adultery, idolatry, and gambling were the order of the day. Gibbon describes the Arabs before Islam in his "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", 'THE HUMAN BRUE, ALMOST WITHOUT SENSE, IS POORLY DISTINGUISHED FROM THEREST OF THE ANIMAL CREATION.' There was hardly anything to distinguish between the "man" and the "animal" of the time; they were animals in human form.
"From this abject barbarism Muhammad elevated them, in the word os Thomas Carlysle, 'into torch-bearers of light and learning.' 'TO THE ARAB NATION IT WAS AS A BIRTH FROM DARKNESS INTO LIGHT. ARABIA FIRST BECAME ALIVE BY MEANS OF IT. A POOR SHEPHERD PEOPLE, ROAMING UNNOTICED IN ITS DESERTS SINCE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD. SEE, THE UNNOTICED BECOMES WORLD NOTABLE, THE SMALL HAS GROWN WORLD-GREAT. WITHIN ONE CENTURY AFTERWARDS ARABIA WAS AT GRANDDAD ON ONE HAND AND ATDELHI ON THE OTHER. GLANCING IN VALOUR , AND SPLENDOR AND THE LIGHT OF GENIUS, ARABIA SHINES OVER A GREAT SECTION OF THE WORLD...' The fact is that Muhammad gave his people a Law and Order they never had before.
"As regards Jesus, when the Jews felt suspicious of him that he might be an imposter with designs to pervert their teachings, Jesus took pains to assure them that he had not come with a new religion - - no new laws and no new regulations. I quote his own words: 'THINK NOT THAT I AM COME TO DESTROY THE LAW , OR THE PROPHETS: I AM NOT COME TO DESTROY, BUT TO FULFILL. FOR VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, TILL HEAVEN AND EARTH PASS, ONE JOT OR ONE TITLE SHALL IN NOWISE PASS FROM THE LAW, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED.' (Matthew 5:17-18). In other words he had not come with any new laws or regulations; he came only to fulfill the old law. This is what he gave the Jews to understand -unless he was speaking with the tongue in his cheek trying to bluff the Jews into accepting him as a man of God and by subterfuge trying to ram a new religion down their throats. No! This Messenger of God would never resort to such foul means to subvert the Religion of God. he himself fulfilled the laws. He observed the commandments of Moses, and he respected the Sabbath. At no time did a single Jew point a finger at him to say 'why don't you fast' or why don't you wash your hands before you break bread', which charges they always levied against his disciples, but never against Jesus. This is because as a good Jew he honored the laws of the prophets who preceded him . In short, he had created no new religion and had brought no new law like Moses and Muhammad is this true?" I asked the domineer, and he answered: "Yes." I said: "Therefore, Jesus is not like Moses but Muhammad is like Moses."

How they Departed
(7) "Both Moses and Muhammad died natural deaths, but according to Christianity, Jesus was violently killed on the cross. Is this true? The domineer said: "Yes." I averred: "Therefore Jesus is not like Moses but Muhammad is like Moses."

Heavenly Abode
(8) "Moses and Muhammad both lie buried in earth, but according to you, Jesus rests in heaven. Is this true?" The domineer agreed. I said : "Therefore Jesus is not like Moses But Muhammad is like Moses."

Ishmael The First Born
Since the domineer was helplessly agreeing with every point, I said "Domineer, so far what I have done is to prove only one point out of the whole prophecy- that is proving the phrase 'LIKE UNTO THEE- 'like you'-'like Moses'. The prophecy is much more than this single phrase which reads as follows: "I WILL RAISE THEM UP A PROPHET FROM AMONG THEIR BRETHREN LIKE UNTO THEE..." The emphasize is on the words-- "From among their brethren." Moses and his people, the Jews are here addressed as a racial entity , and as such their 'brethren' would undoubtedly be the Arabs. You see, the Holy Bible speaks of Abraham as the "Friend of God". Abraham had two wives - Sarah and Hagar. Hagar bore Abraham a son- HIS FIRST-BORN- ".....And Abrahm called HIS SON'S name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.' (Genesis 16: 15). And Abraham took Ishmael HIS SON..." (Genesis 17:23). 'And Ishmael HIS SON was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.' (Genesis 17:25) Up to the ago THIRTEEN Ishmael was the ONLY son and see of Abraham, when the covenant was ratified between God and Abraham. God grants Abraham another son through Sarah, named Isaac, who was very much the junior to his brother Ishmael.

Arabs and Jews
If Ishmael and Isaac are the sons of the same father Abraham, then they are brothers. And so the children of the one are the BRETHREN of the children of the other. The children to one another. The Bible affirms, 'AND HE (ISHMAEL) SHALL DWELL IN THE PRESENCE OF ALL HIS BRETHREN.' (Gensis 25: 18). The children of Isaac are the brethren of the Ishmaelities. In like manner Muhammad is from among the brethren of the Israelities because he was a descendant of Ishmael, the of Abraham. This is exactly as the prophecy has it- "FROM AMONG THEIR BRETHREN'. (Deut. 18:18). There 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. MUHAMMAD THEREFORE WAS FROM AMONG THEIR BRETHREN!

Words in the Mouth
The prophecy proceeds further: ' ...... AND I WILL PUT MY WORDS INTO HIS MOUTH...' What does it means when it is said 'I will put my words in your mouth'? You see, when I asked you (the domineer) to open Deuteronomy, chapter 18, verse 18, at the beginning, and if I had asked you to read, and if you had read, would I be putting my words into your mouth? The domineer answered: "No." But I continued: "If I were to teach you a language like Arabic about which you have no knowledge, and if I asked you to read or repeat after me what I utter i.e.
SAY: HE IS ALLAH THE ONE AND ONLY;
ALLAH, THE INTERNAL ABSOLUTE;
HE BEGETTETH NOT , NOR IS HE BEGOTTEN;
AND THERE IS NONE LIKE UNTO HIM.

Would I not be putting these unheard words of a foreign tongue which you utter, into your mouth?" The domineer agreed that it was indeed so. In an identical manner, I said, the words of the Holy Quran, the Revelation vouchsafed by the Almighty God to Muhammad, were revealed.
History tell us that Muhammad was forty years of age. He was in a cave some three miles north of the City of Mecca. It was the 27th night of the Muslim moth of Ramadan. In the cave the Archangel Gabriel commands him in his mother tongue: اقراً which means READ! or PROCLAIM! or RECITE! Muhammad is terrified and in his bewilderment replies: ما انا بقارً which means : I AM NOT LEARNED! The angel commands him a second time with the same result. For the third time the angel continues:
Now, Muhammed grsps, that what was required of him was to repeat ! or rehearse! And he repeats the words the words as they were put into his mouth:
"READ! IN THE NAME OF THE LORD AND CHERISHER, WHO CREATED-
CREATED MAN, FROM A (MERE) CLOT OF CONGEALED BLOOD:
read! AND THEY LORD IS MOST BOUNTIFUL,-
HE WHO TAUGHT (THE USE OF ) THE PEN,-
TAUGHT MAN THAT WHICH HE KNEW NOT." (Holy Quran 96:1-5)

These are the first five verses which were revealed to Muhammad which now occupy the beginning of the 96th chapter of the Holy Quran.

The Faithful Witness
Immediately the angel had departed, Muhammad rushed to his home. Terrified and sweating all over he asked his beloved wife Kahdija to cover him up! He lay down and she watched by him. When he had gained his composure, he explained to her what he had seen and heard. She assured him of her faith in him and that Allah would not allow such a terrible thing to happen to him. Are these the confessions of an imposter? Would imposters confess that when an angel of the Lord confronts them with a Message from on High, they get fear-stricken, terrified, and sweating all over, run home to their wives? Any critic can see that his reactions and confessions are that of an honest, sincere man, the man of Truth- 'AL AMIN'- The Honest, the Upright, the Truthful.
During the next twenty-three years of his prophetic life, words were 'put into his mouth', and he uttered the. They made an indelible impression on his heart and mind: and as the volume of the Sacred Scripture (Holy Quran) grew, they were recorded on palm-leaf fibre, on skins and on the shoulder-blades of animals; and in order in which we find them today in the Holy Quran.
The words (revelation) were actually put into his mouth, exactly as foretold in the prophecy under disc cessions; 'And I will put my words in his mouth.' (Deut. 18:18)

Un-lettered Prophet
Mohammed experience in the cave of Hira, later to be known as Jabal-un-Noor- of another Biblical prophecy. In the Book of Isaiah, chapter, 29, verse 12, we read; "AND THE BOOK" (al-Kitaab, al-Quran- the 'Reading', the 'Recitation') "IS DELIVERED TO HIM THAT IS NOT LEARNED," النبي الامي the unlearned Prophet, (Holy Quran 7: 158) "SAYING, READ THIS, I PRAY THEE:' (the words "I pray thee", are not in the Hebrew manuscripts; compare with the Roman Catholics' Due Version" and also with the "Revised Standard versions") AND HE Said, I AM LEARNED." ( "I am not leaned, " is the exact translation of the wordsماانا بقارئ which words Muhammad uttered twice to the Holy Ghost - the Archangel Gabriel, when he was commanded "READ!").

Let me quote the verse in full without a break as found in the "Kind James version, " or the "Authorized Version" as it is more popularly known "AND THE BOOK IS DELIVERED TO HIM THAT IS NOT LEARNED, SAYING READ THIS , I PRAY THEE: AND HE said, I AM NOT LEARNED." (iSAIAH 29:12)

It may be noted that there were no Arabic Bibles in existence in the 6th Century of the Christian Era when Muhammad lived and preached ! Besides, he was absolutely unlettered and unlearned. No human had ever taught him a word. His teacher was his
creator-وماينطق عن الهواي
HE DOES NOT SPEAK (AUGHT), OF ( HIS OWN) DESIRE
IT IS NO LESS THAN INSPIRATION SENT DOWN TO HIM:
HE WAS TAUGHT BY ONE MIGHTY IN POWER,"
Without any human learning, ' he put to shame the wisdom of the learned'.

Grave Warning
"See! I told the domineer, 'how the prophecies fit Muhammad like a glove. We do not have to search prophecies to justify their fulfillment in Muhammad.'
The Domiee replied: "All your exposition sound very well, but they are of no real consequence, because we Christians have Jesus Christ the incarnate" God, who has redeemed us from the Bondage of sin.

I asked: "No important?" God did not think so! He went to a great deal to trouble to have His warnings recorded. God knew that there would be people like you who will flippantly, light-heartedly disconnect his words, so he followed up Deuteronomy 18:18 with a dire warning: "AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS," (it is going to happen) "THAT WHOSOEVER WILL NOT HEARKEN UNTO MY WORDS WHICH HE SHALL SPEAK IN MY NAME, I WILL REQUIRE IT OF HIM." (In the Catholic Bible the ending words are- "I will be the revenge", - I will take vengeance from him- I will take revenge!) "Does not this terrify you? God Almighty is threatening revenge! We shake in our plants if some hoodlum threatens us, yet you have no fear of God's warning?"
"Miracle of miracles! in the verse 19 of Deuteronomy Chapter 18, we have a further fulfillments of the prophecy in Muhammad! Note the words -' MY WORDS WHO HE SHALL SPEAK IN MY NAME". In whose name is Muhammad speaking?' I opened the Holy Quran- Allama Ysusf Ali's translation, at chapter 114- Sura Nas, or Mankind- the last chapter , and showed him the formula at the head of the chapter: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم and the meaning: IN THE NAME OF GOD, MOST GRACIOUS, MOST MERCIFUL. "And the heading of chapter 113: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم and the meaning: 'IN THE NAME OF GOD, MOST GRACIOUS, MOST MERCIFUL" And every chapter downwards 112 111, 110... was the same formula and the same page each.
"And what did the prophecy demand?'... WHICH HE SHALL SPEAK IN MY NAME ,' and in whose name does Muhammad speak? "IN THE NAME OF GOD, MOST GRACIOUS, MOST MERCIFUL.' The Prophecy is being fulfilled in Muhammad to the letter!
"Every chapter of the Holy Quran except the 9th, begin with the formula: : بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 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 holy ghost.'"

Concerning Deuteronomy chapter eighteen, I have given you more than 15 reasons as to how this prophecy refers to Muhammad and NOT to Jesus.

Baptist Contradiction Jesus
In New Testament times, we find tat the Jews were still expecting the fulfillment of the prophecy of 'ONE LIKE MOSES,' refer John 1: 19-25. When Jesus claimed to be the Messiah of the Jews, the began to enquires as to where was Elias? The Jews had a parallel prophecy that before the coming of the Messiah, Elias must come first in his second coming. Jesus confirms this Jewish belief:


ELIAS TRULY SHALL FIRST COME, AND RESTORE ALL THINGS. BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT ELIAS IS COME ALREADY, AND THEY KNEW HIM NOT, THEN THE DISCIPLES UNDERSTOOD THAT HE SPEAKER UNTO THEM OF JOHN THE BAPESIT ." (Matthew 17:11-13)
According to the New Testament the Jews were not the ones to swallow the words of any would-be messiah. In their investigations they underwent intense difficulties in order to find their true Messiah. And this the Gospel of Hohn confirms: "AND THIS IS THE RECORD OF JOHN," (the Baptist) "WHEN THE JEWS SENT PRIESTS AND LEVITES FROM JERUSALEM TO ASK HIM, WHO ART THOU? ART THOU ELIAS? AND HE SAITH, I AM NOT." (Here John the Baptist contradicts Jesus'! Jesus says that John is "Elias' and John denies that he is what Jesus ascribes him to be. One of the TWO (Jesus or John), God forbid1 is definitely not speaking the TRUTH! On the testimony of Jesus himself, John the Baptist was the greatest of the Israelite prophets: "VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, AMONG THEM THAT ARE BORN OF WOMEN THERE HAS NOT RISDEN A GREATER THAN JOHN THE BAPTIST..." (Matthew 11:11)
We Muslims know John the Baptist as Hazrat YAHYA Alai-his-salaam (peace be upon him). We revere him as a true prophet of Allah. The Holy Prophet Jesus known to us as Huzrut IAA Alia-his-salaam (peace be upon him), is also esteemed as one of the mightiest messengers of the Almighty. how can we Muslims impute lies to either of their sacred scriptures abound in discrepancies which they have been glossing over as the "dark sayings of Jesus". * We Muslims are really interested in the last question posed to Hohn the Baptist by the Jewish elite- "ART THOUGH THAT PROPHET? AND HE ANSWERED, NO." (John 1:21)

Three Questions
Please note that three different and distinct questions was posed to John the Baptist and to which he gave three emphatic "NO's" as answers. To recapitulate:-
1) Art though the Christ?
2) Art though Elias?
3) Art thou that prophet?
But the learned men of Christendom somehow only see two questions implied here . To make doubly clear that the Jews definitely had T-H-R-E-E separate prophecies in their minds when the were interrogating John the Baptist, let us, read the remonstrance of the Jews in the versus following:-
"AND THEY ASKED HIM, AND SAID UNTO HIM WHEY BAPTISTS THOUGH THEN, IF THOUGH BE
(a) NOT THAT CHRIST,
(b) NOT ELIAS,
(c) NEITHER THAT PROPHET?" (John 1:12)
The Jews were waiting for the fulfillment of THREE distinct prophecies: One, the coming of CHRIST. Two, the coming of ELIAS, and three, the coming of THAT PROPHET.


"That Prophet"
If we look up any Bible which has a concordance or cuss-references, then we will find in the marginal net where the words "the prophet", of "that prophet" occur in John 1:25, that these words refer to the prophecy of Deuteronomy 18 : 15 and 18. and that ' that prophet'- 'the prophet like Moses' - "LIKE UNTO THEE", we have e proved through overwhelming evidence that he was MUHAMMAD and not Jesus!
We Muslims are not denying that Jesus was the "Messiah", which word is translated as "Christ".* We are not contesting the "thousand and one prophecies" which the Christians claim abound in the Old Testament foretelling the coming of the Messiah. What we say is that Deuteronomy 18:18 does NOT refer to Jesus Christ but is an explicit prophecy about the Holy Prophet Muhammad!"
The domineer, very politely parted with me by saving that it was very interesting discussion and he would like me very much to come one day and address him congregation on the subject. A decade and half has passed since then but I am still awaiting that privilege.
I believe the domineer was sincere when he made the offer, but prejudices die hard and who would like to loose his sheep?

The Acid Test
To the lambs of Christ I say why not apply that acid test which the Master himself wanted you to apply to any would be claimant to prophet hood? He had said: "BE THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM. DO MEN GATHER GRAPES FROM THE THORNS, OR FIGS FROM THE THISTLES? EVERY GOOD TREE WILL BEAR GOOD FRUIT AND EVERY EVIL TREE WILL BEAR EVIL FRUIT... BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM. (Matthew 7:16-20)

Why are you afraid to apply this test to the teachings of Muhammad? You will find in the Last Testament of God - the Holy Quran- the true fulfillment of the teachings of Moses and Jesus which will bring to the world the much-needed peace and happiness. "IF A MAN LIKE MOHAMMED WERE TO ASSUME THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE MODERN WORLD, HE WOULD SUCCEED IN SOLVING ITS PROBLEMS THAT WOULD BRING IT THE MUCH NEEDED PEACE AND HAPPINESS."

The Greatness!
The Weekly Newsmagazine "TIME" date July 15, 1974, carried a selection of opinions by various historians, writers, military men, men , businessmen and others on the subject: "Who Were History's Great Leaders?" Some said it was Hitler; others said _Gandhi, Buddha, Lincolm and the like. But Jules Masserman, a United States psychoanalyst put the standards straight by giving the correct criteria wherewith to judge: "LEADERS MUST FULFILL THREE FUNCTIONS:-
1) Provide for the well--being of the led,
2) Provide a social organization in which people feel relatively secure, and
3) Provide them with one set of beliefs."

With the above three criteria he searches history and analyses - Hitler, Pasteur, Caesar, Moses, Confucius and the lot , and ultimately concludes:-

"PEOPLE LILE PASTEUR AND SALK ARE LEADERS IN THE FIRST SENSE. PEOPLE LIKE GANDHI AND CONFUCIUS, ON ONE HAND , AND ALEXANDER, CAESAR AND HITLER ON THE OTHER , ARE LEADERS IN THE SECOND AND PERHAPS THE THIRD SENSE. JESUS AND BUDDHA BELONG TO THE THIRD CATEGORY ALONE. PERHAPS THE GREATEST LEADER OF ALL TIMES WAS MOHAMMED, WHO COMBINED ALL THREE FUNCTIONS. To a lesser-degree, MOSES DID THE SAME."
According tot he objective standards set by the Professor of the Chicogo University, who I believe to be Jewish, - JESUS and BUDDHA are nowhere in the picture of the "great leaders of mankind", but by a queer coincidence groups Moses and Muhammad together thus adding further weight to the argument that JESUS is not like MOSES, but MUHAMMAD is like MOSES: Deut. 18:18 "LIKE UNTO THEE"- LIKE MOSES!
In conclusion, I end with a quotation of a Christian Reverend the commentator of the Bible , followed by that of his Master:
"THE ULTIMATE CRITERION OF A TRUE PROPHET IS THE MORAL CHARACTER OF HIS TEACHINGS. "Prof. Dummelow)."
"BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM." (Jesus Christ)

Come let us reason together
SAY: "O PEOPLE OF THE BOOK!
COME TO COMMON TERMS AS BETWEEN US AND YOU:
THAT WE WORSHIP NONE BUT GOD;
THAT WE ASSOCIATE NO PARTNERS WITH HIM; THAT WE ERECT NOT, FROM AMONG OURSELVES, LORDS AND PATRONS OTHER THAT GOD".
IF THEN THEY TURN BACK,
SAY: 'BEAR WITNESS THAT WE (AT LEAST)
ARE MUSLIMS (BOWING TO GOD'S WILL). Holy Quran 3: 64

"PEOPLE OF THE BOOK" is the respectful title given to the Jews and the Christians in the Holy Quran. The Muslim is commanded to invite _"O PEOPLE OF THE BOOK!" - O Learned People! who claim to be the recipients of Divine Revelation, of a Holy Scripture; let us gather together onto a common platform - "that we worship none but God," because none but God is worthy of of worship, not because " THE LORD THEY GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD VISTING THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHERS UPON THE CHILDREN UNTO THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION OF THEM THAT HATE ME." ( Exodus 20:5) ,but because He is our Lord and Cherisher, our Sustainer and Evolver, worthy of all praise, prayer and devotion.
In the abstract the Jews and the Christians would agree to all the three prepositions contained in this Quranic verse. In practice they fail. Apart from doctrinal lapese from the unith of the One True God, (Allah subhanahu wata-ala) there is the question of a consecrated Priesthood (among the Jews it was hereitary also), as if mere human being - Cohen, or Pope, or Priest, or Brahman, - could claim superiority apart from his learning and the purity of his life or could stand between man and God in some special sense. ISLAM DOES NOT RECOGNIZE PRIESTHOOD!
The Creed of Islam is given to us here in a nutshell:
SAY YE: "WE BELIEVE IN ALLAH
AN D THE REVELATION GIVEN TO US,
AND TO ABRAHAM , ISMAIL, ISAAC,
JACOB, AND THE TRIBES,
AND THAT GIVEN TO MOSES AND JESUS
AND THAT GIVEN TO (ALL)
PROPHETS FROM THEIR LORD:
WE MAKE NO DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN ONE AND ANOTHER OF THEM:
AND WE HOW TO ALLAH (IN ISLAM)."
Holy Quran 2: 136.


The Muslim position is clear. The Muslim does not claim to have a religion peculiar to himself. Islam is not a sect or an ethnic religion. In its view all Religion is one, for the Truth is one. IT WAS THE SAME RELIGION PREACHED BY ALL THE EARLIER PROPHETS. (Holy Quran 42:13) It was the truth taught by all the inspired Books. In essence it amounts to a consciousness of the Will and Plan of God and a joyful submission to that Will and Plan. IF ANYONE WANTS A RELIGION OTHER THAN THAT, HE IS FALSE TO HIS OWN NATURE, AS HE IS FALSE TO GOD'S WILL AND PLAN. Such a one can not expect guidance, for he has deliberately renounced guidance.

The "God" that never was
Islam is the only religion which teaches the existence of a PERFECT God. A perfect God means that there is not sharer in His Nature and His Attributes: "Say: He is God, the One and Only : God, the Eternal, Absolute, He begetteth not, nor is He begotten, and there is none like unto Him, " (Quran, 112: 1-4)
There has appeared a man in Benoni. he is not qualified in theology, but is fondly cherishing the self-delusion that he is an apostle of Christ, appointed by God to convert Muslims to Christianity. Because he is a lawyer by profession, he is adepte at juggling with words and quoting the Holy Quran totally out of context without knowing a word of Arabic. He wants Muslims to believe that Jesus was also a God, a belief that is abhorrent to us, because it is an antithesis of the Absolute perfection of Allah Subhaanahoo Wa Ta 'Aala!
Thus intent upon reversing the process of Truth, which is : "And Say: The Truth has come and falsehood vanished. Surely false hood is ever bound to vanish." Qurban, 17:81). In this he will never succeed because the process of Truth is irreversible.

Two Reasons
He has given to reasons to prove that Jesus is God, vis: (I) "When we say Jesus is deity (or even God for that matter), we do not make him the Father! He is one with the Father and therefore HE SHARES HIS NATURE" nad (ii) "HE IS IN EVERY WAY LIKE THE FATHER but he is not the Father".
In short, according to him, Jesus is God because HE SHARES THE NATURE OF GOD, and HE IS IN EVERY WAY LIKE GOD. These tow reasons given by him to prove the divinity of Jesus are so puerile that they speak volumes of his legal training.
Numerous quotations from the Bible are given below to prove that Jesus neither SHARED THE NATURE GOD, NOR IS HE IN EVERY WAY LIKE GOD. He can , therefore, NEVER be God. We have given the quotations from the Bible without comment, because the Bible speaks for itself! TO SAY THAT JESUS IS GOD IS NOT ONLY A MOCKERY OF GODHOOD, BUT BLASPHEMY OF THE LOWEST ORDER AND AN INSULT TO THE INTELLIGENCE OF MEN! (Note: Unless otherwise stated, all quotations from the Bible are given from the Authorized Version. In our headings and subheadings we have referred to Jesus as "God" in inverted commas in order to show the ABSURDITY of the claim of this man that Jesus is God!)

THE BIRTH OF "GOD"
"God Was Created From The Seed of David: "Concerning of the Seed of David according to the flesh. " (Romans. 1:3)
"God" was The Fruit of the Loins of David: "Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of fruit of his loins, according to the flesh , he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne." (Acts. 2: 30)
The Ancestors of "God: " The generations of Jesus Christ , the son of David, the son of Abraham," (Matthew, 1:1)
The Sex of "God": "And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising f the child, his name was called Jesus." (Luke 2:21)
How Mary Conceived and Delivered "God" Mary conceived Jesus like any other woman: "The days were accomplished that she went through all the normal stages of pregnancy. Nor was her delivery any different from other expectant mothers: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered." (Revelation, 12:2)
"God Sucked The Paps of Woman: And came to pass, as he speak these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the pops which though hat sucked." (Luke, 11,27)
The Country of Origin of "God" Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the kind. (Mathew, 2:1)
The Occupation of "God" Jesus was a carpenter by trade (mark, 6:3), and the son of a carpenter. (Matthew. 13:55)
The Transport of "God" Behold , thy king cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass." (Matthew, 21:5). "And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon." (John, 12:14)
The Winning and Dining "God" The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners, (Matthew, 11:19 Luke, 7, 34)
The poverty of "God" And Jesus said unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests: but the Son of man hath not where to ally his head." (Mathew, 8:20)
The Meager Possessions of "God": "Shoes" of Jesus. (Luke, 3, 16). "Garments" and "coat of Jesus. (19:23)
"God" Was a Loyal Subject: Jesus was a good citizen; he was loyal to Caesar. he said; "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's :and unto God the things that are God's. "Matthew, 22,21). He paid his tax regularly. (Matthew. 17:24-27)

 

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