Selected & Compiled by Waqar Akbar Cheema
Before discussing various prophecies about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the Bible let’s first establish one thing;
The Jews were expecting a Great and Powerful Prophet besides the coming the Christ (PBUH).
The Jews expected a Prophet :
Even a brief but a careful study of the Jewish and the Christian scriptures reveals that almost all the Prophets told their people about the coming of the Most Powerful and the Most Effective of all the Prophets. And even at the time of Prophet Jesus (PBUH) the Jews were waiting that Great Messenger of God. And some of the Jews (Israelites) thought Jesus (PBUH) to be “that Prophet”. But Jesus quite logically and vociferously refuted this assumption. We are told that the Jews posed three questions to John the Baptist (PBUH);
“AND THEY ASKED HIM, AND SAID UNTO HIM, WHY BAPTIZEST THOU THEN,
IF THOU BE NOT CHRIST, NOR ELIAS, NEITHER THAT PROPHET?”
This testimony of the Bible confirms that Jews were expecting, besides Elias (in his second coming) and Christ, another Prophet1.
I MUHAMMAD (PBUH) IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
1-MUHAMMAD (PBUH) IS “SHILOH”(Genesis 49:10):
Prophet Jacob (PBUH) while on his deathbed told his children;
“THE SCPTRE SHALL NOT DEPART FROM JUDAH, NOR A LAWGIVER
FROM BETWEEN HIS FEET UNTIL SHILOH COME; AND UNTO HIM
SHALL THE GATHERING OF THE PEOPLE BE.”
This practically means that the royal scepter and the office of Prophethood will remain in the tribe of Judah only until “Shiloh” comes. Who can Shiloh be?
Certainly not Moses (PBUH) because he was the first organizer of the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
Decidedly not David(PBUH) because he was the first King Prophet from the Tribe of Judah and even after him there were Prophets and Kings from this tribe like his own son Solomon(PBUH).
Surely not Jesus (PBUH) he was also from the same lineage down from Judah. Further he never tasted the (Royal) Scepter.
No doubt the “Shiloh” foretold by Prophet Jacob is Muhammad (PBUH), the Messenger of God because;
He was an Ishmaelite and not a descendent of Judah which in the light of above verse is the first proof of his being “Shiloh”.
He did taste the royal scepter and before his demise he became the de facto King of Arabia.
He came with a new Law i.e. Quran to replace the old worn-out and impractical Jewish Law.
The second interpretation of this word “Shiloh” is equally important. This word may also be interpreted as “peaceful, tranquil and trustworthy”. This interpretation also fits Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as even before Prophethood he was called “Al-Amin” which means exactly the same i.e. “peaceful, tranquil and trustworthy”.2
2-MUHAMMAD (PBUH), “THE PROPHET LIKE MOSES” (Deuteronomy 18:18-19):
The God said to Prophet Moses (PBUH);
“I WILL RAISE THEM UPA PROPHET AMONG THEIR BRETHREN. LIKE
UNTO THEE, AND I WILL PUT MY WORDS IN HIS MOUTH; AND HE
SHALL SPEAK UNTO THEM ALL THAT I SHALL COMMAND HIM”
“AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT WHOSOEVER WILL NOT HEARKEN
UNTO MY WORDS WHICH HE SHALL SPEAK IN MY NAME, I WILL REQUIRE
IT OF HIM” (Deuteronomy 18:18-19)
Christians claim that this Prophecy refers to Jesus (PBUH). They argue that as God said to Moses (PBUH) that the Prophet will be “like unto thee” and Jesus is like Moses so it is Jesus who has been foretold here. They say that as Moses (PBUH) was a Jew (an Israelite) and a Prophet and Jesus (PBUH) was also a Jew and a Prophet so he is like Moses. We venture to ask them if these are the only two similarities between Jesus and Moses then surely all the Jewish Prophets after Moses like David, Solomon, Ezekiel, Hosea, Jonah, Joel, Zechariah and John the Baptist (Peace Be upon Them All) were all Jews and Prophets. If being a Jew and a Prophet is the only standard to qualify for this Prophecy then why do you ignore the earlier Prophets? Why do you make the fish of one and fowl of another?
a- SIMILARITIES BETWEEN PROPHET MUHAMMAD AND MOSES:
Both Muhammad and Moses had a father and a mother but Jesus only had a mother and no father.
Both Muhammad and Moses were born in a normal, natural course but Jesus was born miraculously without any male intervention.
Both Muhammad and Moses married and had children while Jesus remained bachelor all his life.
Although Muhammad and Moses also faced many difficulties during their propagation but before their demise both of them were accepted by their people as Messengers of God. But Jesus was rejected by his own people.(John 1:11)
Both Muhammad and Moses were Prophets as well as Kings. (They were Kings in a sense that they had the power of life and death over their people.) But Jesus never tasted such power. He claimed only a spiritual kingdom for himself. (John 18:36)
Both Muhammad and Moses died natural deaths but according to Christianity Jesus was violently killed on the Cross.
Both Muhammad and Moses brought new Laws for their people but Jesus did not come with a new Law. He came only to fulfill the previous Judaic Law. (Matthew 5:17-18)
Both Muhammad and Moses lie buried on earth, but according to Christians (and even Muslims) Jesus rests in the heaven.
These arguments prove that surely Muhammad was like Moses and Jesus was most unlike Moses. Therefore this prophecy refers only to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
b- “AMONG THEIR BRETHREN”:
As Moses was a Prophet to the Israelites so in this verse they have been referred to as a single entity. And as the Prophet was to be raised among their brethren so he must be raised among the Ishmaelites. Abraham had two sons, Isaac and Ishmael; therefore the children of one are the brethren of the children of the other. Muhammad surely was an Ishmaelite while Jesus was himself an Israelite. Had this prophecy been about Jesus then God should have told the Moses and the Israelites that the Prophet will be raised among their descendents or Sons, not their brethren.
c- “HE SHALL SPEAK IN MY NAME”:
The God says that “the Prophet” will speak in His name. Muhammad surely spoke in the name of God. Every chapter (except #9) of the Book i.e. the Quran which Muhammad brought, starts with a same Arabic phrase : بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
which means: “IN THE NAME OF GOD, THE MOST MERCIFUL, THE MOST BENEFICIENT”
And Muhammad used to begin his every act with the same phrase, and so do the Muslims in his imitation.
In the light of all the above stated facts we are left with no choice but to accept that the Prophet foretold in this Prophecy is no other than Muhammad (On him be peace and blessings of God).
d- WARNING FROM GOD:
After giving the good news of the coming of the Great Prophet, God gives a grave warning as well i.e. the one who will not pay attention to the words of the Prophet, God will question him. It is a warning to the Christians and Jews who reject the message and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).3
3-MUHAMMAD FORETOLD IN DEUTERONOMY 33:2:
The verse 2 of the chapter 33 of the Book of Deuteronomy goes as;
“AND HE (Moses) SAID, THE LORD CAME FROM SINAI, AND ROSE
FROM SEIR UNTO THEM; HE SHINETH FORTH FROM MOUNT PARAN,
AND HE CAME WITH TEN THOUSAND SAINTS: FROM HIS RIGHT
HAND WENT A FIERY LAW FOR THEM”
Here it is told in a bit metaphorical manner that the Glory of God came and rose from Sinai and Seir but it shined the most from Mount Paran (Arabic Faran i.e. Mecca), which is in Arabia. None of the Israelites including Jesus (PBUH) had anything to do with Paran (Mecca). Prophet Abraham (PBUH) left his wife Hagar and his son Ishmael in this wilderness. Ishmael later married an Egyptian woman and through them descended the Arabs. Muhammad (PBUH) surely was an Arab. He was born in Mecca and received the first revelation in the cave of Mount Paran (Mountain of Mecca). Thus the Glory of God did shine in the person of Muhammad (PBUH). It is a historical fact that he came with Ten Thousand Companions ___ veritable saints ___ at the eve of the conquest of Mecca. And he gave the world a Fiery Law i.e. the Quran.4
4-PROPHET DAVID CALLS MUHAMMAD “MY LORD”(Psalms 110:1):
The words of Prophet David are quoted in his Psalm #110, verse 1;
“THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD,
SIT AT MY RIGHT UNTIL I PLACE
THINE ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL UNDER THY FEET”
This translation provides a room for the Christians to prove that Jesus Christ (PBUH) has been mentioned in this verse. “If the first Lord is God, the second Lord is also God”, argue the Christians. Let’s refer to the original Hebrew words of the first phrase of this quotation to find the truth. The original Hebrew words are;
“YaH WaH SAID TO MY ADON”
The word “YaH WaH” is used for God in the Old Testament while the word “ADON” signifies a “Commander, Lord and Master”.
The correct translation in light of the above explanation must be;
“THE GOD SAID TO MY LORD”
This translation has now been adopted by the Christians as well.
This verse surely does not refer to Jesus (PBUH) for he was a son (a descendent) of David (Matthew 1:1) and he himself repudiated the idea that the Messiah (the Deliverer, the Prophet) whom Israel was expecting was a son of David (PBUH). (Matthew 22:44-45, Mark 12:35-37, Luke 20:41-44). Had this verse been about Jesus, David should have called him “My Son” for it makes no sense to call a son “My Lord”.
This verse evidently refers to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Consider the following points;
In the eyes of God and man, the “Adon”, the greatest Prophet is the one who rendered more service to mankind by bringing them into the light of the One True God. Compare the praiseworthy religious revolution that the Noble son of Ishmael brought about in the world, with what all the thousands of prophets put together have achieved, and you will definitely come to the conclusion that it is alone Muhammad(PBUH) who could deserve the title of the Adon, the Lord, the Leader and the Commander.
As Christ said “David in spirit wrote this”, this mystery of “Sit thou at my right” is hidden from us yet we may safely conjecture that the honour of sitting at the right of the Throne of God was given to Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) during the famous Night of Ascension (Mi’raj) to the Heavens.5
5-MUHAMMAD MENTIONED BY NAME (Song of Solomon 5:16):
The original Hebrew words of the Song of Solomon chapter 5 verse 16 are;
“HIKKO MAMITTAKIM WE KULLO MUHAMMADIM ZEHDOODEH
WA ZEHRAEE BAYNA JERUSALEM”
The suffix “IM” is used for respect in Hebrew, so the word MUHAMMAD is changed to MUHAMMADIM.
In English this verse has been translated as;
“HIS MOUTH IS MOST SWEET: YEA, HE IS ALTOGETHER LOVELY.
THIS IS MY BELOVED, AND THIS IS MY FRIEND, O DAUGHTERS
(Song of Solomon 5:16)
If the intention is not to conceal the truth then why a proper name should be translated to any other language? Although the Christians and the Jews have translated the name of Muhammad as “altogether lovely”, which he surely was, but in the Old Testament in Hebrew the name of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is still present.6
6-A DETAILED PROPHECY ABOUT PROPHET MUHAMMAD (Isaiah 21:13-17):
The Book of Isaiah contains a very explicit and detailed prophecy about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH);
“THE BURDEN UPON ARABIA. IN THE FOREST IN ARABIA SHALL
YE LODGE, O YE TRAVELLING COMPANIES OF DEDANIM. THE
INHABITANTS OF THE LAND OF TEMA BROUGHT WATER TO HIM
THAT WAS THIRSTY THEY PREVENTED WITH THEIR BREAD HIM
THAT FLED. FOR THEY FLED FROM THE SWORDS….AND FROM
THE BENT BOW, AND FROM THE GRIEVOUSNESS OF WAR. FOR
FOR THUS HATH THE LORD SAID UNTO ME. WITHIN A YEAR
ACCORDING TO THE YEARS OF AN HIRELING, AND ALL THE
GLORY OF KEDAR SHALL FAIL: AND THE RESIDUE OF THE NUMBERS
OF ARCHERS, THE MIGHTY MEN OF THE CHILDREN OF KEDAR
SHALL BE DIMINISHED”
It is clear without even an iota of doubt that this Prophecy refers to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for it indicates some very important events of his life;
‘inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty’; It refers to the fact that when Prophet Muhammad was facing all lot of troubles at Mecca, so much so that once he and his tribe were restricted to Sheb-e- Abi Talib (the Valley of Abi Talib), where they lived in destitute and suffered severe thirst and hunger and when Prophet Muhammad’s mission apparently seemed to have failed the people of Medina came to their rescue. They not only offered them to come to Medina but they also provided them with all the necessities of life and a breeding place for the new faith.
‘They fled from the swords…and the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war’; This refers to the fact that when Prophet Muhammad migrated to Medina, the heathen Meccans had planned to (God forbid) kill Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
‘within a year…all the glory of Kedar shall fail…’; this statement refers to the Battle of Badr (which took place about one year after Muhammad’s emigration to Medina) when just 313 poorly armed Muslims, the followers of Muhammad(PBUH) defeated heavily armed 1000 Meccans, who were considered the most respected people among all the Arabs, the descendents of Kedar.7
7-MUHAMMAD, THE UNLEARNED PROPHET (Isaiah 29:12):
In the Book of Isaiah, chapter 29, verse 12 we read;
“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)
(The words “I PRAY THEE” are not in the Hebrew manuscripts; compare with Roman Catholics’ “Douay Version” and the “Revised Standard Version”.)
The Prophet who is not learned
At the age of forty, one day Muhammad (PBUH) was meditating in the cave of Hira on the Mount Paran (Faran i.e. Mecca), suddenly he saw the Archangel Gabriel. The angel had come with the first revelation of the Last Heavenly BOOK i.e. the Quran, and he said to Muhammad اقرإ meaning “READ” and Muhammad replied ما انا بقارٍ which when translated means “I AM NOT LEARNED”. This is the exact fulfillment of this Prophecy.
Prophet Muhammad was surely an unlearned and unlettered Prophet for he had no formal schooling and he was never a student of anyone. But Miracle of Miracles without any human learning, “he put to shame the wisdom of the learned”.8
8-MUHAMMAD IN THE VISION OF PROPHET DANIEL (Daniel 7:2-14):
In the Book of Daniel we read of a vision that Prophet Daniel saw;
“DANIEL SPAKE AND SAID, I SAW IN MY VISION BY NIGHT, AND
BEHOLD, THE FOUR WINDS OF THE HEAVEN STROVE UPON THE
“AND FOUR BEASTS CAME UP FROM THE SEA, DIVERSE FROM ONE
“THE FIRST WAS LIKE A LION, AND HAD EAGLE WINGS: I
BEHELD TILL THE WINGS THEREOF WERE PLUCKED, AND IT WAS
LIFTED UP FROM THE EARTH, AND MADE STAND UPON THE FEET
AS A MAN AND A MAN’S HEART WAS GIVEN TO IT”
“AND BEHOLD ANOTHER BEAST, A SECOND, LIKE TO A BEAR, AND IT
RAISED UP ITSELF ON ONE SIDE AND IT HAD THREE RIBS IN THE
MOUTH OF IT BETWEEN THE TEETH OF IT, AND THEY SAID THUS
UNTO IT, ARISE, DEVOUR MUCH FLESH”
“AFTER THIS I BEHELD, AND LO ANOTHER, LIKE A LEOPARD, WHICH
HAD ON THE BACK OF IT FOUR WINGS OF A FOWL; THE BEAST ALSO
HAD FOUR HEADS; AND DOMINION WAS GIVEN TO IT”
“AFTER THIS I SAW IN THE NIGHT VISIONS, AND BEHOLD A FOURTH
BEAST, DREADFUL AND TERRIBLE AND STRONG EXCEEDINGLY; AND
IT HAD GREAT IRON TEETH: IT DEVOURED AND: BRAKE IN PIECES, AND
STAMPED THE RESIDUE WITH THE FEET OF IT: AND IT DIVERSE FROM
ALL THE BEASTS THAT WERE BEFORE IT; AND IT HAD TEN HORNS”
“I CONSIDERED THE HORNS, AND, BEHOLD, THERE CAME UP AMONG
THEM ANOTHER LITTLE HORN, BEFORE WHOM THERE WERE THREE
OF THE FIRST HORNS PLUCKED UP BY THE ROOTS: AND, BEHOLD, IN
THIS HORN WERE THE EYES LIKE THE EYES OF A MAN, AND A MOUTH
SPEAKING GREAT THINGS”
“I BEHELD TILL THE THRONES WERE CAST DOWN, AND THE ANCIENT
OF DAYS DID SIT WHOSE GARMENT WAS WHITE AS SNOW, AND THE
HAIR OF HIS HEAD LIKE PURE WOOL: HIS THRONE WAS LIKE THE FIERY
FLAME AND HIS WHEELS AS BURNING FIRE”
“A FIERY STREAM ISSUED AND CAME FORTH FROM BFORE HIM: THOUSAND
THOUANDS MINISTERED UNTO HIM; AND TEN THOUSAND TIMES TEN
THOUSAND STOOD BEFORE HIM; THE JUDGEMENT WAS SET, AND THE
BOOKS WERE OPENED”
“I BEHELD THEN BECAUSE OF THE VOICE OF THE GREAT WORDS WHICH
THE HORN SPAKE; I BEHELD EVEN TILL THE BEAST WAS SLAIN AND
HIS BODY DESTROYED AND GIVEN TO THE BURNING FLAME”
“AS CONCERNING THE REST OF THE BEASTS, THEY HAD THEIR DOMINIONS
TAKE AWAY: YET THEIR LIVES WERE PROLONGED FOR A SEASON AND
“I SAW IN THE NIGHT VISIONS, AND, BEHOLD ONE LIKE THE SON OF
A MAN WITH CLOUDS OF HEAVEN AND CAME TO THE ANCIENT OF DAYS,
AND THEY BROUGHT HIM NEAR BEFORE HIM”
“AND THERE WAS GIVEN HIM DOMINION AND GLORY, AND A KINGDOM
THAT ALL PEOPLE, NATIONS AND LANGUAGES, SHOULD SERVE HIM: HIS
DOMINION IS AN EVERLASTING DOMINION, WHICH SHALL NOT PASS AWAY,
AND HIS KINGDOM THAT WHICH SHALL NOT BE DESTROYED”
(The Bible, Daniel 7:2-14)
According to the interpretation of the Angel each of the four beasts represents an Empire.
a-The first beast; the first beast that looks like an eagle-winged lion signifies the Chaldean empire, which was mighty and rapid like a lion to pounce upon the enemy.
b-The second beast; the second beast that looks like a bear represents the Medeo-Persian Empire, which extended its conquests as far as the Adriatic Sea and Ethiopia, thus holding with its teeth a rib from the body of each of the three continents of Eastern Hemisphere.
c-The third beast; the third beast refers to the triumphant marches of Alexander the Great which was swift and fierce like a tiger. After the death of Alexander, his vast Empire was divided into four kingdoms.
d-The fourth beast; the fourth beast that looked like a monster and a demon was the Formidable Roman Empire.
e-The Ten Horns; the Ten Horns are the ten Emperors of Rome who persecuted the early Christians. These are the famous “Ten Persecutors” of the Church history.
f-The little horn….before which three horns break down; the Little Horn represents Constantine the Great, who fought with Maximian and two other (1+2=3) rivals and eventually captured the throne. All the earlier beasts were irrational brutes but the Little Horn had human mouth and eyes i.e. it represented a hideous monster endowed with reason and speech. The enmity of the beasts to the believers in God was brutal and savage, but that of the rational Horn was diabolic and malignant.
g-The Horn that speaks ‘big thing’ against the God; the Little Horn, Constantine the Great, said ‘big things’ and ‘great words’ against the Most High, the Almighty God. Constantine pretended to profess Christianity but in actual he perverted the true religion of Christ. He blasphemed against God by associating with Him other creatures and ascribing to Him foolish names and attributes such as “begetter” and “begotten”, “unity in trinity” and “incarnation”. He thus denied the Absolute Unity of God.
h-The Son of Man, taken up…; the Son of Man cannot be Jesus Christ (PBUH) because he lived before Constantine and the Ten Prosecutors. Muhammad (PBUH) surely came after them. The son of Man was taken up and given the power. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ascended to the Heavens during his miraculous night journey and he was given the Power to subdue the Evil. So the Muslims, the followers of Muhammad (PBUH) within due course of time conquered all the Kingdoms which were represented as beasts. Therefore it is clear that the Barnasha, the Son of Man is definitely Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
i-He was given kingdom and glory…and his kingdom shall not be destroyed: Yes, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was given the power and glory so much so that just within few brief years Muslims, his followers destroyed the Roman Empire in the East and the other beasts were also destroyed. And today people from every nation and language group believe in him and thus serve and pay homage to him.9
INFACT THIS PROPHECY IS ONE OF THE MOST EXPLICIT PROPHECIES ABOUT PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH) IN THE BIBLE.
9-MUHAMMAD IS “THE DESIRE OF ALL THE NATIONS” (Haggai 2:7-9):
Prophet Haggai (PBUH) gives the glad tidings of the coming of the Great Messenger, the desire of all the nations;
“AND I WILL SHAKE ALL NATIONS, AND THE DESIRE OF ALL THE
NATIONS WILL COME, AND I FILL THIS HOUSE WITH GLORY, SAYS
THE LORD OF HOSTS. MINE IS THE SILVER, MINE IS THE GOLD, SAYS
THE LORD OF HOSTS, THE GLORY OF MY LAST HOUSE SHALL BE
GREATER THAN THAT OF THE FIRST ONE, SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS,
IN THIS PLACE I WILL GIVE PEACE, SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS”
Prophet Haggai (PBUH) gave these glad tidings when the people of Israel were rebuilding the House of God at Jerusalem after it was destroyed by the Chaldeans, the whole population of Ten Tribes was deported into Assyria and the unmassacred remnants of Judah and Benjamin were transported to Babylon. When the foundations of the new house of God were being laid Prophet Haggai (PBUH) gave this good news. Let’s find out as to who was this Great Prophet, the Desire of all the Nations.
The original Hebrew word that has been translated as ‘the Desire of All the Nations’ is HIMDA which has got the same root as AHMED or MUHAMMAD. ‘HIMDA’, ‘AHMED’ and ‘MUHAMMAD’ all mean the same i.e. ‘the coveted, loved, desired and praised’.
The phrases “I FILL THIS HOUSE WITH GLORY” and “THE GLORY OF MY LAST HOUSE SHALL BE GREATER THAN THAT OF THE FIRST ONE” refer to the miraculous visit of Prophet Muhammad to the Temple of Jerusalem. It was at this eve that the temple was filled with the glory of God as all the Prophets gathered in the temple and offered their prayers in the leadership of Prophet Muhammad.
The original Hebrew word that has been translated as peace is SHALOM. Every scholar of the Semitic languages knows that SHALOM and ISLAM are derived from the one and the same root and that both mean ‘peace, submission, and resignation (to the will of God)’.10
10-MUHAMMAD IS “THE LORD WHOM YOU DESIRE” (Malachi 3:1):
In the last Book of the Old Testament, Malachi, we find yet another prophecy fulfilled in the person of Prophet Muhammad. The God is reported to have said;
“BEHOLD I WILL SEND MY MESSENGER, AND HE SHALL PREPARE
THE WAY BEFORE ME; AND THE LORD WHOM YE SEEK, SHALL
SUDDENLY COME TO HIS TEMPLE; EVEN THE MESSENGER OF THE
COVENANT, WHOM YE DELIGHT IN: BEHOLD, HE SHALL COME,
SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS.”
Again the first point that needs our attention is ‘THE LORD WHOM YOU DESIRE’. Here again the original Hebrew word is ‘Himda’ which is identical to the Arabic ‘Ahmed”, another name of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Quite often we find this word ‘Himda’ in the Hebrew Scriptures which as proved earlier is identical to the ‘Ahmed’. And it is for this reason that Professor Abdul Ahad Dawood (former Bishop of Urmia) writes in one of his articles;
“That Emina, the widow of Abdullah, should name her orphan son ‘Ahmed’,
the first proper noun in the history of mankind, is, according to my humble
belief, the greatest miracle in favour of Islam”.
The second important point in this prophecy is that “SUDDENLY HE WILL COME TO HIS TEMPLE”. Certainly Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did visit the temple at Jerusalem suddenly during his miraculous night journey, first from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to the Heavens.11
II MUHAMMAD IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
1-JOHN THE BAPTIST FORETOLD A “POWERFUL PROPHET” (Matthew 3:11-12):
Prophet John the Baptist, whom we the Muslims know as Hazrat Yahya (PBUH), used to cry loud and say;
“I BAPTIZE YOU WITH WATER UNTO REPENTANCE AND THE FORGIVENESS
OF SINS. BUT THERE IS ONE THAT COMES AFTER ME WHO IS STRONGER
THAN I, THE LACES OF WHOSE SHOES I AM NOT WORTHY TO UNTIE, HE
WILL BAPTIZE YOU WITH THE SPIRIT AND WITH FIRE”
a-‘that comes after me’; the clear preposition ‘after’ excludes Jesus from being the foretold Prophet. John the Baptist and Jesus were both contemporaries and were born in the same year. Muhammad (PBUH) surely came well after John the Baptist.
b-‘…who is stronger than I’; this statement also excludes Jesus (PBUH) from being the foretold Prophet because just like John the Baptist (PBUH) he was also at the mercy of the unbelieving Jews and according to the Christian belief he was also violently killed. But Muhammad (PBUH) surely was stronger than both of them as all his enemies were at last forced to subdue to him. And he completed his Prophetic mission successfully.
c-‘he will baptize you with spirit and fire’; Baptism is the process of spiritual purification. So the foretold Prophet was to not to use water for this purpose. Muhammad (PBUH) certainly purified his people with the Holy Quran, the word of God brought by the Spirit i.e. Archangel Gabriel.
d-‘his fan’; the ‘fan’ is the Holy Quran. The fan is used to separate the grains and the chaff and Quran, being Al-Furqan (the separator), separated the good and the evil. To the good Quran brought the news of ‘peace and tranquility’ while it warned ‘evil’ of the ever burning Hell Fire.12
2-MUHAMMAD IS “THE LEAST IN THE HEAVEN”(Matthew 11:11):
Prophet Jesus (PBUH) is reported to have said;
“VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, NO MAN BORN OF WOMAN WAS EVER
GREATER THAN JOHN THE BAPTIST. BUT THE LEAST IN THE KINGDOM
OF THE HEAVEN IS GREATER THAN JOHN”
(The Bible, Matthew 11:11)
a-Jesus not the ‘least in the Heaven’; According to the testimony of Jesus (PBUH) no man born of woman was ever greater than John the Baptist. As Jesus was also born of a woman, Mary, so he was also not greater than John and thus he can’t be the ‘least in the heaven’.
b-what is the meaning of the ‘least in the Heaven’? The word Z’IRA’ in Aramaic, like Arabic ‘Saghir’ signifies ‘young’. So in the chronological order the Last of the Prophets would be the ‘least’ of them. All the Christians will agree that Jesus was not the Last Prophet as according to the Bible not only “Apostles of Christ” but many other holy men were favoured with prophethood. (Acts 11:27-28 / 13:1 / 15:32 / 21:9-10). Muhammad (PBUH) surely was the Last of all the Prophets and so he is the one whom Jesus called greater then John.” 13
3-WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT PROPHET MUHAMMAD (John chapter 14,15&16):
Prophet Jesus said the following words about Prophet Muhammad;
a- John chapter 14 verse 16:
“AND I WILL PRAY THE FATHER, AND HE SHALL GIVE YOU ANOTHER
COMFORTER THAT HE MAY ABIDE WITH YOU FOREVER”
The ‘Comforter’ will abide with you forever in a way that he will be alive in his teachings forever. It is an irrefutable fact that the teachings of Muhammad (PBUH) have been preserved till today without even an iota of corruption.
b- John chapter 15 verse 26:
“BUT WHEN THE COMFORTER IS COME, WHOM I WILL SEND UNTO YOU
FROM THE FATHER, EVEN THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, WHICH PROCEEDETH
FROM THE FATHER, HE SHALL TESTIFY OF ME”
Surely Muhammad (PBUH) was the Spirit of Truth who was called “Sadiq” even before he announced his prophethhod. Muhammad (PBUH) testified Jesus (PBUH) and refuted all the accusations that Jews made against him.
c- John chapter 16 verse 7:
“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”
The Greek word found in the manuscripts is Paracletos which is the warped reading for Perilytos which actually means ‘advocate’ or a ‘kind friend’ rather than a ‘comforter’. But even then this prophecy refers to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who is a mercy for all creatures.
Some Christians say that this Prophecy refers to the Holy Ghost. They are wrong because the prophecy clearly says that the Comforter will come to you only if Jesus departs but the Holy Ghost was already present on earth before and during the time of Jesus, in the womb of Elizabeth, and again when Jesus being baptized, etc. hence this prophecy refers to none but Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
d- John chapter 16 verse 24:
“I HAVE YET MANY THINGS TO SAY UNTO YOU, BUT YE CANNOT BEAR
THEM NOW. HOWBEIT WHEN HE, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH IS COME, HE WILL
GUIDE YOU UNTO ALL TRUTH: FOR HE SHALL NOT SPEAK OF HIMSELF;
BUT WHATSOEVER HE SHALL HEAR, THAT SHALL HE SPEAK: AND HE
WILL SHOW YOU ALL THINGS TO COME. HE SHALL GLORIFY ME”
‘he will guide you into all truth’; Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who was sent as the Last of all the Messengers was given a very comprehensive and practical Law. There is no problem to which Islam provide a solution.
‘he shall not speak of himself…’; Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did not say anything from his own side. The holy Quran says;
“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”
(Holy Quran 53:3-5)
‘he will show you things to come’; There are many Prophecies that Muhammad (PBUH) brought in the Quran and even more which he spoke (i.e.Hadith, his sayings). Even volumes can be written in this context.
‘he shall glorify me’; It is an irrefutable fact that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) glorified Jesus (PBUH) more than what all the missionaries have been able to do. All the Muslims love and revere Jesus and his mother only on his authority and remember there are about 1.5 billion Muslims around the world.
Some Christian Missionaries say that the accounts of the Pentecost festival given in the Book of Acts 2:1-12 were the fulfillment of what all Jesus said in John chapters 14,15 & 16. But its not true because St.Peter, whom the Master had appointed to “FEED MY LAMBS…FEED MY SHEEP”(John 21:15-16) made it crystal clear that;
“BUT THIS (Acts 2:1-12) IS THAT WHICH WAS SPOKEN BY THE PROPHET JOEL”
(The Bible, Acts 2:16) 14
Note: ALL THE QUOTATIONS OF BIBLE ARE FROM THE KING JAMES VERSION (www.davince.com/bible).