Shabir Ally – Is Muhammad Prophesied in the Bible?
Muslims believe Muhammad is prophesied in the Jewish and Christian Scriptures. Their belief goes back to the Quran:
Those who follow the Messenger, the Prophet who can neither read nor write (i.e.Muhammad SAW) whom they find written with them in the Taurat (Torah) (Deut, xviii, 15) and the Injeel (Gospel) (John xiv, 16), – he commands them for Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam has ordained); and forbids them from Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism of all kinds, and all that Islam has forbidden); he allows them as lawful At-Taiyibat [(i.e. all good and lawful) as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons, foods, etc.], and prohibits them as unlawful Al-Khaba’ith (i.e. all evil and unlawful as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons, foods, etc.), he releases them from their heavy burdens (of Allah’s Covenant), and from the fetters (bindings) that were upon them. So those who believe in him (Muhammad SAW), honour him, help him, and follow the light (the Quran) which has been sent down with him, it is they who will be successful. (Muhsin Khan)
English translations of the Qur’an twist the meaning of “the Injeel (Gospel)” to sound like it is related to the Christian gospels. The fact is that what the Qur’an calls “the Injeel (Gospel)” has nothing to do with the Christian gospels because the Injeel (al-injīl) does not exist and did not exist until it was invented by the Qur’an hundreds of years later. The Injeel (al-injīl) is a figment of Qur’anic imagination.
According to the Qur’an, the Injeel (al-injīl) is a holy book sent from heaven to Jesus, which He gave to His disciples (cf. Qur’an 5:46-47; 57:27). No such book was ever given to Jesus or His disciples.
Injeel (al-injīl) is mistranslated to have the sense of “the Gospel,” but the actual word Christians use for “gospel” comes from a Greek word (εὐαγγέλιον) that means “good news.” Injeel does not mean “good news.” The Qur’an uses another word for “good news” (Arabic bushrā) and this word has nothing to do with the “good news” of Christianity centering on the person and work of Jesus Christ.1To learn more see:
What Every Muslim Should Know About the Bible.
What Every Christian Should Know About the Qur’an. In fact, the Qur’an denies the news/history about Jesus as recorded in the generation after Jesus’ death on the cross.
Here are a few comments by the popular Muslim apologist Shabir Ally about Muslim belief that Muhammad is prophesied in the Bible.
Is Muhammad praised in Song of Solomon?
Shabir Ally says that the Hebrew word in Song of Solomon 5:16 sounds like Muhammad.
Does a Hebrew word that sounds like Muhammad but means “desirable” qualify as a prophecy about Muhammad? Perhaps if you’re a Muslim. But neither biblical prophets nor Jesus ever interpreted Old Testament prophecies this way.
Did Moses prophecy about Muhammad in Deuteronomy 18?
What about Deuteronomy 18:15-18?
This text refers to the intimacy of God’s revelation to Moses: “face to face” (Deuteronomy 34:10-12). Gabriel’s alleged speaking to Muhammad does not qualify. On the other hand Jesus taught, “For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say” (John 12:49-50; see also John 7:16; 8:28,38; 14:10,24).
Deuteronomy 18:15-18 also teaches that the Prophet like Moses would do many miracles. Muhammad was a plain warner (Quran 29:50) whereas Jesus did miracles like Moses and surpassing Moses (Jesus gave sight to the blind, He raised the dead, He walked on water, etc.).
The Bible explicitly teaches that Jesus was the prophet like Moses. Jesus said, “If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me” (John 5:46). Elsewhere it is recorded, “Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”” (John 1:45). The Quran does not say Muhammad was the prophet like Moses.
One of the most important days in the Quran is not found in Moses or the prophets. Quran was not like Moses or the prophets.
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