PROPHET MUHAMMAD[PBUH] IN BIBLE
MJ Mohammed Iqbal
Almighty sent Prophets from the beginning to guide the people and make them to live in an orderly and disciplined manners. The important purpose of religion is make the man to realize that he is creation of Almighty and therefore to follow the divine orders as stipulated in the Holy Book to make the life successful in both worlds. This guidance provided to mankind is by His chosen Prophets at different times to mould them properly and unity of mankind is great importance in religion.
Holy Qur'an says: "Mankind was one single nation, And God sent Messengers with glad tidings and warnings; And with them He sent The book in truth, To judge between people In matters wherein They differed; But the people of the book, After the clear signs Came to them, did not differ Among themselves, Except through selfish contumacy. God by His Grace Guided the Believers To the Truth, Concerning that Wherein they differed. For God guides Whom He will To a path That is straight" [2:213]
Holy Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) arrival had been mentioned and foretold in many vedhas and scriptures of major religious.
OLD TESTAMENT (OT) OF BIBLE
"..-he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with Ten Thousand Saints : from his right hand went a fiery law for them. " (Deuteronomy 33:2 King James Version)
(Biblical scholars concur that the desert of Paran/Faran was the home of the Ishmaelites. Muhammad was a direct descendant of Prophet Ishmael through his second son Kedar; Muhammad triumphantly marched into Mecca with 10,000 of his revered companions and established Islamic rule which was to spread to much of Arabia in his lifetime, and soon across northern India up to Spain)
". -he is mahmad / mahmud / mahmudim." (Song of Solomon 5 : 16 )
Here is a direct mention of Muhammad, the Arabic equivalent of mahmad. Jews interpret Song of Solomon to be about a lover and a maiden. Christians interpret to be his love of Jesus. But in this crucial verse the object of praise is directly identified.. -he is mahmad (muhammad). Readers of the English Bibles do not have a clue of this because the translators have translated the meaning of the name instead of retaining the name. Arabic and Hebrew have common roots. The root words for Muhammad are Ahmad (AHMD) or Hebrew Hamad (HAMD); and Mahmud (MHMD), meaning Praiseworthy (or Admirable/Desirable) and Praised-one (or . Admirable-one) respectively. In fact these are also names of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Muhammad means The Praised One and Muhammadin (or Muhammadan, , Muhammadun) are the forms used in sentences according to the grammatical rules.' So the object of praise was infact a male whose name was mahmad (ormuhammad) in Arabic) which also means the Praised one. Unfortunately most Bible versions ' " translate this to “he is Altogether Lovely” - thus no modern-day Christian realises the connection to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). That it refers to Muhammad is further evident since six verses earlier he is called ‘chief often thousand' (Song 5:10. KJV). Incidentally, no man in Semitic history (Jew, Arab, Palestinian etc) was named Muhammad before this Prophet, yet today Muhammad is the commonest name in the world, more common than John or Lee or any other name! His other . oft quoted name is Mustafa meaning The Chosen one. Indeed Muhammad Al- Mustafa (pbuh) was the praised and Chosen one who was sent as a mercy to man- kind. ]
“And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. " (Isaiah 29:12 KJV)
The vision of prophet Isaiah predicted exactly the event in the Cave of Hira. when Muhammad (pbuh) received the first revelation of the Quran through Angel Gabriel. He is known as the illiterate, unlettered or unlearned prophet. When Angel Gabriel said to him ‘Read’ he replied: ‘But I am not learned’ ; this exchange was repeated twice before Angel Gabriel proceeded with ‘Read in the name of your Lord....’'which was the first Quranic verse dictated to Muhammad (pbuh) and marked his appointment as the last Prophet and Messenger of God. Unfortunately Christians and Jews who do not know what happened in the Cave miss the importance of ' this vision; hence the story in later versions of the Bible (after KJV) loses its original meaning in the translators' attempt to relate the vision which they themselves did not understand.
" See my servant whom I uphold; my Chosen One, in whom I delight. I have put my Spirit upon him; he will reveal justice to the nations of the world." ( Isaiah 42 : 1 Living Bible )
v God's Chosen One was Muhammad Al-Mustafa. The Quran states that Muhammad was to bring justice and guidance for mankind and the whole world; whilst the Bible states that Jesus 'was sent only for the lost sheep of the house of Israel' ( Mathew 15:24). This vision of Prophet Isaiah again refers to Muhammad. In fact Isaiah 42:2 - 4 clearly describe Muhammad's character
NEW TESTAMENT ( NT)
"You shall know them by their fruits." ( Mathew - 7.16 & 20)
v Jesus did not deny the coming of prophets after him. The above Bible passage quotes his advice to his disciples on how to differentiate true and false prophets who come after him, ie., by their teachings, deeds and the results of these. Therefore Christians should study the deeds and teachings of Muhammad (pbuh) and decide if he was genuine or fake
v There are other references to Muhammad by Jesus in the NT, but these are dis- puted. These refer to who is the Advocate/Cornforter /Counsellor /lntercessor that Jesus said will come after him. The Christians say it is the Holy Spirit - the third 'person' of their Trinity of Godhood. The original Greek word was paraklytos or periklytos (paraclete or periclete) meaning Intercessor or Admirable respectively. Muslims believe it refers to Muhammad because he is also called Admirable (Ahmad) and the Intercessor (As-Shafaat) for the believers on the Day of Judgement.]
Courtesy: Gulf Today