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Chapter 6 -

Have there been any prophesies about Muhammad?





When it is a question of the prophet Muhammad, many Muslims sincerely believe that the Bible contains prophesies about him. They think, for example, based on Koran 61:6 - even though it was written several centuries after Jesus and the Apostles - that Jesus originally spoke and prophesied about Muhammad. They also think that the words of Jesus about another Comforter (John 14:16,16:7) meant Muhammad, whose coming Jesus prophesied - they believe that the word "parakletos"/Comforter in the Gospel of John originally meant the word "periklytos"/praised, which is one of the names of Muhammad but that it was later, during the time of Muhammad, changed to the other word.

   But is the view true? Are there any prophesies about Muhammad in the Bible? We will look at this in the light of a few examples:


Old manuscripts. If we first think about the possibility that there was originally the word periklytos in the Gospel of John and that later, during the time of Muhammad, it was changed into parakletos, it is very difficult to prove this. It is because all the old manuscripts that have been found - from times before Muhammad and after him - have always been in their current form which does not mention Muhammad or any prophesies about Muhammad. These are not found in the Bible at all, even though people would want to them to be found.


Jesus spoke about the Holy Spirit, not about a man. The second feature worth noting is that Jesus spoke about the Holy Spirit (John 14:16,17,26, 15:26, 16:13) - not about any man - and whom He promised to send from Heaven and from the Father (John 15:26: “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me.). This could by no means mean Muhammad, who did not even exist in those days. This meant the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the day of Pentecost, ten days after the ascension of Jesus. The Acts says:


- (Acts 2:1-4) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3  And there appeared to them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat on each of them.

4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.


Brings glory to Jesus. The third feature worth noting is that the Holy Spirit is with the disciples forever and that He also brings glory to Jesus Christ. It is certainly impossible to say this about Muhammad, who was not born until 500 years after Jesus and who lived for 62 years - not even close to forever - and who also belittled the position of Jesus:


- (John 14:16-17,26) And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.

26. 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, whatever I have said to you.


- (John 15:26) But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me:


- (John 16:13-14) However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

14  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it to you.


The research of a former Muslim. The next example clarifies whether there has been any prophesies about Muhammad. There a former Muslim, who belonged to an Islamic extremist group, received a task from the emir to clarify, what the Bible said about Muhammad. However, this person could not find any references or prophesies about Muhammad from the Bible:


The emir looked at me and said, - This is a command! You have no other alternative than to carry out the task if you really believe in Allah and in the last doomsday. The situation was again confirmed by words from the Koran, "It is not for the true believers - men or women - to decide their affairs which God and His apostles have decided otherwise." (Sura 33:36).

   I tried to get the emir to choose someone else but he refused. He said, - I feel that you are the best man for this task. If you do it well, you will kill two birds with one stone. Firstly, you will teach all Muslims and open their eyes to things that they themselves cannot see. Secondly, you will earn plenty of "good" money because the results of your research will be translated into many languages and published everywhere in the world.

   His words troubled me, and I wanted to know the nature and details of the research. The emir said, - Your work will include two parts: you will prove the genuineness of Muhammad's calling from the Bible, just like the Koran says, "…to those that shall follow the Apostle - the Unlettered Prophet - whom they shall find described in the Torah and the Gospel…" (Sura 7:157) Based on the contradictions you have found, you will then prove that the present-day Bible is not a book written by the inspiration of God but that people have spoilt and falsified it.

   (…) I was worried because I did not know where to start. I did not have a means to start the research. For example, to prove that Muhammad was the prophet, I expected to find his name in the Bible. Or the names of Ahmed or Mahmud, which in Arabic refer to Muhammad. I did not know where to start.

   (...) I wanted to write a book that nobody could rebut, at least not the whole book. Unfortunately, there was not such progress as I had wanted. All my intellectual and linguistic conclusions collapsed one after the other. I could not find even one verse to support my theory. (Later I wrote my second book called The Suppressed Truth, in which I present all of the verses I had studied and prove that they did not refer to the Prophet Muhammad.)

   I studied all the verses in detail but I did not find what I was looking for. My feelings were a mix of sorrow, despair, distress, and confusion. It did not even occur to me that Muhammad would not be a prophet. I tried to calm myself by explaining that I simply just could not prove that the verses spoke about Muhammad. (10)


THE Fruit of Muhammad's life


Even though it is very difficult for us to find prophesies that are connected with Muhammad, there is, however, one criterion by which we can distinguish the wrong prophet from the right, and it is that "You shall know them by their fruits". For example, Jesus referred to this and also the Apostle Paul spoke almost about the same:


- (Matt 7:15-20) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16  You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17  Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.

18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19  Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20  Why by their fruits you shall know them.


- (Gal 5:19-23) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21  Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.


On the other hand, when it is a question of Muhammad, we may assume that the fruit of his life were beyond that of the others because he is seen to be the seal of the prophets and much greater and holier than Jesus, for example. This should be self-evident if his task on Earth was more important than anyone else's.

   However, this is where the conflict lies. If we look at the life of Muhammad, we cannot say that it was in any way exemplary.

   Muhammad killed several people who mocked him (Ibn Hisham, The Biography of the Prophet Muhammad, p. 390,416, [in Finnish]), he was involved in raids (Ibn Hisham, The Biography of the Prophet Muhammad, p. 358), married 9-year-old Aisha, took privileges concerning the number of wives (the Koran 33:50), and got visions to justify his actions. (According to tradition, Muhammad' young wife Aisha is told to have once said bitterly and scornfully, "God must be very busy trying to fill your will!" This statement is believed to be connected to Muhammad getting a revelation and the permission to take more wives; 33:50.) Muhammad also married the wife of his adopted son Zaid. According to the customs of the Arabs, this would have been illegal even if Zaid had already divorced his wife. However, Muhammad got a revelation about this and Zaid had to divorce his wife and give her to Muhammad. The next verses of the Koran also talk about this:


You said to the man whom God and yourself have favoured: 'Keep your wife and have fear of God.' You sought to hide in your heart what God was to reveal. You were afraid of a man, although it would have been more proper to fear God. And when Zayd divorced his wife, We gave her to you in marriage, so that it should become legitimate for true believers to wed the wives of their adopted sons if they divorced them. God's will has been done. No blame shall be attached to the Prophet for doing what is sanctioned for him by God. Such was the way of God with the prophets who passed away before him (God's decrees are pre-ordained); who fulfilled the mission with which God had charged them, fearing God and fearing none besides Him. Sufficient is God's reckoning. Muhammad is the father of no man among you. He is the Apostle of God and the Seal of the Prophets. God has knowledge of all things. (33:37-40)


As far as the rest of Muhammad's life is concerned, it is referred to in the following example by a former extremist Muslim; he refers to the imperfection of Muhammad' life and how Muhammad was far from perfect.

   In addition to this, we will also look at the life of the Apostle Paul who was the apostle of the Gentiles. If we study the fruit of Paul's life and compare it to the fruit of Muhammad's life, we must honestly say that Paul was ahead of Muhammad, at least in love:


I then started to study the infallibility of Muhammad. There are such biographies as Al-Seera AI-Halabija, AI-Tabakaat AI-Kubra, and Seraat Ibn Hisham that talk about this, and also commentaries from where you can read the comments on Sura 16:67, "You have been a sign in the fruits of the date palm and vine, from which you can derive intoxicating drinks and good food." Many reliable traditions clearly say that Muhammad drank wine and advised his friends to dilute wine with water if it was very strong. He used to eat meat that the Kuraish tribe had sacrificed to heathen gods on the stone of Caba. He accepted things forbidden by God and forbade things allowed by God. He made eyes at his friends' wives, and took them as his wives without hesitating if someone pleased him. On the day of Kheibar (a bloody fight near Mecca), Safiya, Yehia Ibn Akhtabin's daughter, was given Abdallah Ibn Umar to be his wife but Muhammad took her to be his own wife. Muhammad also took as his wife Gahsh's daughter Zainab, who was the wife of Muhammad' foster-child, Zaid.

   All of these events disgraced that holy picture which was given of Muhammad and destroyed his holy position which I had in my mind connected with prophet Muhammad. Honestly said, all of these findings were very painful to me.

   Even though I found out a lot about Muhammad, I still hoped that I could find such virtues from Islam to which I could cling on and continue to be a Muslim. It was very difficult for me to give up the religion of my childhood. Odd feelings of fear, confusion, and embarrassment filled my mind when I played with the thought of abandoning Islam. (11)


References to the life of Apostle Paul


- (2 Cor 12:14-15) Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not your's but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.

15  And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.


- (2 Cor 2:3-4) And I wrote this same to you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.

4  For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have more abundantly to you.


- (Rom 9:1-3) I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

2  That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

3  For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh


- (2 Tim 3:10-11) But you have fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, charity, patience,

11  Persecutions, afflictions, which came to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.


- (Phil 3:17) Brothers, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as you have us for an ensample.







Author: Jari Vesa Juhani Iivanainen Lahti Finland

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