PROPHECIES IN OTHER SCRIPTURES CONCERNlNG MUHAMMAD'S MISSION
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In this article, verses of the Holy Qur'an are indexed such as (surah: verse).
Islam is a universal religion, which the Wise Creator designed as an ideal set of beliefs for all humankind. It is often referred to as the 'natural religion'. It was not born all of a sudden in the barren wastes of Arabia, nor was it meant for any particular race or era, for in that case its very claim to be universal would be open to question.
It is not for nothing that the holy Qur'an declares Islam to be the final revelation to humanity. In fact, it traces its origin right up to the time of creation, and in the process, it verifies and confirms the missions of several previous prophets. It says that the Almighty created the human race from a single pair of man and woman and then spread them out and divided them into different clans and tribes, in order they know each other. Unlike other religions, Islam says Allah has sent Prophets and revealed scriptures to different peoples across the face of the earth, in their own languages. It does not stop there but goes on to remind people about the coming of a final Prophet and a universal religion, as predicted in their books. Many Scriptures explicitly identified Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) by name.
Here we cite some clear references from former Scriptures confirming the truth of Islam and the Prophet's mission.
The following passages from the Old Testament, are to any discernible and rational mind a pointer to the prophetic mission of Muhammad (s.a.w.). According to the Old Testament, God tells Prophet Abraham:
GEN 12:2-3 "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."
In addition, to Hagar:
GEN 16:10-11 "...I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction."
In addition, regarding Ishmael the elder son of Abraham, in whose direct lineage Prophet Muhammad was born, the Old Testament says:
GEN 17:20 "...as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation."
In addition, about the right of the firstborn:
DEU 21:15-16 "If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:
Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:"
DEU 21:17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his."
Note: Ishmael was 14 years old when Isaac was born.
Elsewhere the Old Testament foretells to Moses the coming of a great Prophet:
Deuteronomy (18: 18, 19) "I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and 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."
Isaiah (42: 1-6, 11-12) "Here is My servant, whom I uphold, My chosen one in whom I delight, I have bestowed My spirit upon him, and he will make justice shine on the nations. He will not call out or lift his voice high, or make himself heard in the open market. He will not break a bruised reed, or snuff out a smoldering wick; he will make justice shine on every race, never faltering, never breaking down, he will plant justice on earth, while coasts and islands wait for his teaching. Thus speaks the Lord Who is God, He Who created the skies and stretched them out, Who fashioned the earth and all that grows in it, Who gave breath to its people, the breath of life to all who walk upon it: I, the Lord, have called you with righteous purpose and taken you by the hand; I have formed you to be a light to all peoples, a beacon for the nations... Let the wilderness and its
towns rejoice, and the villages of the tribe of Kedar (Qaydar)3.
Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands."
Note: Kedar was Ishmael's eldest son and the ancestor of Prophet Muhammad.
DEU 33:2 "...The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them."
Paran = Faran (in Arabic) = Macca16,
GEN 49:1,10 "And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.
The sceptre 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."
Shiloh means peace, or Islam in Arabic. In other words, the prediction may well be about the Almighty's final message to humankind - Islam.
These prophesies could apply to none of the Hebrew prophets. Even Jesus (a.s.) made it plain that his mission was far from being universal, saying:
(Mathew 15: 24) "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
His calling was limited and it was the later non-Jewish converts, not Jesus (a.s.), who gave Christianity its inclusive nature. Nor was Jesus (a.s.) or any of the Hebrew prophets related in any way to Kedar (Qaydar). In promising a great prophet from the Arabs, Isaiah (a.s.) was merely amplifying the prophecy made previously by Moses (a.s.). God revealed to Moses (Deuteronomy 18: 18, 19) that a prophet would arise from the brothers of the Hebrews - the Arabs, who were children of Ishmael (a.s.) the brother of Isaac (a.s.), who would command worldwide attention and obedience.
Ishmael's (a.s.) descendants came to be known as Arabs, a term that in Hebrew meant those who inhabited the 'Arabah' (desert). Further, of all the sons of Ishmael (a.s.) the one mentioned most prominently in the Old Testament is Kedar. In some verses Kedar is synonymous with the Arabs in general4. This is an important indication that the line of Kedar was marked by God for a unique purpose for it was from this line Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) sprang.
About Jesus, who was but a Prophet only:
MAT 21:11 "And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee."
LUK 24:19 "...And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God..."
JOH 3:2 "...we know that thou art a teacher come from God..."
JOH 6:14 "Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world."
Jesus' Prophecy about Muhammad (s.a.w.)
(LXI:6) "And when Jesus son of Mary said: O Children of Israel! Surely I am the apostle of Allah to you, verifying that which was (revealed) before me of the Torah, and giving the good tidings of an Apostle who will come after me, whose name is Ahmad..."
(VII: 157) "Those who follow the Apostle - Prophet the Ummi (unlettered) whom they find ordained for them in the Torah and the Evangel(the book of Jesus), he enjoins them good and forbids them evil..."
The Gospel of Jesus (a.s.) brought into sharper focus the identity of the one who would fulfil the promise to make the line of Ishmael (a.s.) a great nation. In the Gospel of John - a New Testament book which is not the Gospel of Jesus (a.s.) and which may be considered as representing only in general terms portions of his teachings, Christ informs his close companions that his work among them was drawing to conclusion, but God would send someone else after a time to carry forward the prophetic movement. This someone, carry forward the prophetic movement. This someone, however, would be the last of the prophets.
The following passages of the New Testament lend further proof to the Prophetic mission of Muhammad (s.a.w.):
John (1: 19-21, 25) "And this is the record of John (the Baptist) when the Jews sent priests and levites from Jerusalem to ask him, who art thou?
And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed I am not the Christ.
And they asked him, what then? Art thow Elias? And he saith I am not. Art thou That Prophet? And he answered, No.
And They asked him, and said unto him, why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither That Prophet."
John (14: 15, 16, 26, 30) "If ye love me, keep my commandments.
And I wiIl pray the Father and He shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever.
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, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me."
John (15: 26) "But when the Comforter is come whom I shall send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me."
John (16: 7-14) "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.
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement:
of sin, because they believe not on me;
of righteouseness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
of judgement because the prince of this world is judged.
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye connot bear them now.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify me: for he shall recieve of mine, and shalt shew it unto you."
A careful study of these passages brings to light the following facts:
1) The prophet after Jesus would be God's Elect (Mustafa)
2) Inhabitant of the villages of Prince Kedar, son of Ishmael, from Arabia.
3) His religion will be known as Shiloh that is peace or Islam.
4) His light will shine from Mount Faran in Mecca.
5) The sceptre of Judah will pass on to him.
6) God will put His words in his mouth.
7) He shall not fail
8) Jesus Christ (a.s.) prophesies the coming of a Comforter after him.
9) He shall be known as Ahmad, Comforter, or Advocate.
10) The coming of the Comforter depends on Christ's departure.
11) He is sent by Almighty Allah.
12) He will teach everything.
13) He will draw attention towards what the Christ had foretold.
14) He will testify and glorify Christ.
15) He will not speak by himself but what he divinely bears.
16) He will foretell future events16.
17) The world will follow his religion.
18) He will stay forever.
In view of these glaring facts, if we cast a glimpse at the life of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) we will discover the amazing truth that these points perfectly tally with his mission and confirm beyond doubt that he is the Comforter promised by Jesus.
The terms "Comforter" or "Advocate" are the translation of the Greek word "Paracletus". These terms are the titles of Prophet Muhammad:
Comforter = "Rahmat - ul - Lil Alamin" in Arabic, which means the comforter of this world and the next. Another synonym for "Comforter" is "Advocate"
Advocate = "Shafi` - ul - Muznibin" in Arabic, which means advocate of sinners.
The translators made a change when they inserted the words 'which is the Holy Ghost' after the word Comforter. In John (14: 26) 'to pneuma to agion' = 'The spirit the holy' is translated 'which is the Holy Ghost'. Refer to references (6) and (7) to check it. They might have changed the Greek word "Pericletus" to "Paracletus" in the Greek New Testament. The difference between these two Greek words is the letters 'e' = E and 'a' = A which can easily be tampered. If you refer to references (8), (9), (10), (11) you will notice that the true word is "Pericletus".
Pericletus = "Ahmad" in Arabic or Hebrew, from the root H.M.D. which means the most praiseworthy of those who praise Allah. This is the celestial name of the prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). Allah, the Ever-Existing, the All-powerful, 360,000 years before He created the creation, created from His divine light a sacred light. That light upon light praised Allah before and during the creation of heaven and the heavenly and earth and earthly. The inhabitants of the heavens named that light Ahmad. As his praise of Allah is greater than the praise of all that is created, he is called "Ahmad - ul - Hamidin", the greatest of givers of praise. Ahmad is the name which he is mentioned in the Gospel and in the Qur'an (61: 6). Refer to the above section.
Regarding the word "Comforter" the following facts should be considered. This makes it clear that
"Comforter" cannot be "the Holy Ghost":
1) We do not know the actual word spoken by Jesus, but in the early period of Christian history, there were a number of Christians who had both the Hebrew and the Greek Bibles before them. In this period, we find a few saints who claimed to be the promised Comforter. Some believed in them and some did not. But no one ever said that the promised comforter could not be a man: for he is the Holy Ghost.
2) If we accept the Holy Ghost to be the promised comforter then we will have to conclude that the Holy Ghost, which is claimed to be one of the Trinity, did not then exist.
3) "Another Comforter" would mean that there were a number of Holy Ghosts and another Holy Ghost was promised who will be sent to this world by Jesus.
4) Any serious textual criticism begins with a search for variations. Here it would seem that in all the known
manuscripts of John's Gospel, the only variation likely to change the meaning of the sentence is in passage John (14: 26) of the famous Palimpsest version written in Syriac12. Here it is not the Holy Spirit that is mentioned, but quite simply the Spirit. Did the scribe merely miss out a word or, knowing full well that the text he was to copy claimed to make the Holy Spirit hear and speak, did he perhaps lack the audacity to write something that seemed absurd to him? Apart from this observation there is little need to labor the other variations, they are grammatical and do not change the general meaning. The important thing is that what has been demonstrated here with regard to the exact meaning of the verbs 'to hear' and 'to speak' should apply to all the other manuscripts of John's Gospel, as is indeed the case.
The verb 'to hear' in the translation is the Greek verb 'akouo' meaning 'to perceive sounds'. It has, for example, given us the word 'acoustics', the science of sounds.
The verb 'to speak' in the translation is the Greek verb 'laleo' which has the general meaning of 'to emit sounds' and the specific meaning of 'to speak'. This verb occurs very frequently in the Greek text of the Gospels. It designates a solemn declaration made by Jesus during His preaching’s. It therefore becomes clear that the communication to man, which He here proclaims, does not in any way consist of a statement inspired by the agency of the Holy Spirit. It has a very obvious material character moreover, which comes from the idea of the emission of sounds conveyed by the Greek word that defines it.
The two Greek verbs 'akouo' and 'laleo' therefore define concrete actions, which can only be applied to a being with hearing and speech organs. It is consequently impossible to apply them to the Holy Spirit.
For this reason, the text of this passage from John's Gospel, as handed down to us in Greek manuscripts, is quite incomprehensible if one takes it as a whole, including the words 'Holy Spirit' in passage John (14: 26) "But the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name" etc. It is the only passage in John's Gospel that identifies the Paraclete with the Holy Spirit.
If the words 'Holy Spirit' (to pneuma to agion) are omitted from the passage, the complete text of John then conveys a meaning, which is perfectly clear. It is confirmed moreover, by another text from the same evangelist, the First Letter, where John uses the same word 'Paraclete' simply to mean Jesus, the intercessor at God's side13 . According to John, when Jesus says (John 14: 16): "And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete", what He is saying is that 'another' intercessor will be sent to man, as He Himself was at God's side on man's behalf during his earthly life.
According to the rules of logic therefore, one is brought to see in John's Paraclete a human being like Jesus, possessing the faculties of hearing and speech formally implied in John's Greek text. Jesus therefore predicts that God will later send a human being to Earth to take up the role defined by John, i.e. to be a prophet who hears God's word and repeats his message to man. This is the logical interpretation of John's texts arrived at if one attributes to the words their proper meaning.
The presence of the term 'Holy Spirit' in today's text could easily have come from a later addition made quite deliberately. It may have been intended to change the original meaning, which predicted the advent of a prophet subsequent to Jesus and was therefore in contradiction with the teachings of the Christian churches at the time of their formation; these teachings maintained that Jesus was the last of the prophets14.
Prophecies in Hindu Scriptures
Likewise, in Hindu Scriptures too there are a good many prophecies about the holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). A few of these are in the Puranas. The one in the Bhavishya Purana is the clearest of all. The fifth word from left to right is the name of our holy Prophet. It gives even the name of the country of the Prophet "Marusthalnivasinan" denizen of the desert (Arabia). For this reason, the Arya Samaj has tried to cast doubt on the authenticity of this Purana. Their argument is that it contains a reference to the Prophet. According to Sanatanist Pandits and the vast bulk of Hindus, nevertheless, it is considered very authentic.
The prophecy runs as follows:
"A malechha (belonging to a foreign country and speaking foreign language) spiritual
teacher will appear with his companions. His name will be Muhammad. Raja (Bhoj) after giving this Maha Dev Arab (of angelic disposition) a bath in the Panchgavya' and the Ganges water, offered him the presents of his sincere devotion and showing him all reverence said 'I make obeisance to thee.' 'O Ye! The pride of humankind, the dweller in Arabia, Ye have been protected from the malechha opponents. 'O Ye! The image of the Most Pious God the biggest Lord, I am a slave to thee, take me as one lying on thy feet."
(Bhavishya Purana Parv 3, Khand 3, Adhya 3, Shalok 5-8)
In this eulogy of the holy Prophet, Maharishi Vyasa has enumerated the following points:
1) The name of the Prophet is clearly stated as Muhammad.
2) He is said to be belonging to Arabia. The Sanskrit word marusthal used in the prophecy means a sandy tract of land or a desert.
3) Special mention is made of the companions of the Prophet. There has hardly been any other Prophet in the world who had such a host of companions.
4) He will be immune from sins, having an angelic disposition.
5) The Raja of India will show him his heart - felt reverence.
6) The Prophet will be given protection against his enemies.
7) He will kill the Devil, root out idol - worship and will do away with all sorts of vices.
8) He will be an image of the All Powerful God.
9) The Maharishi claims to be lying at his feet.
10) He is regarded as the pride of humankind (Parbatis Nath).
Prophecy in the Zoroastrian Scripture
The Zoroastrian religion is one of the oldest in the world, perhaps as old as if not older than the Hindu religion. It has two collections of Scriptures - the Dasatir and the Zand Avesta, which may be called respectively the Old and the New Testaments of the Zoroastrians. In Dasatir No.14, which is associated with the name of Sasanil, there is not only a corroboration of the Doctrines and the Teachings of Islam, but a clear prophecy as to the advent of the Prophet Muhammad. The Prophecy is made in the clearest terms, and is preceded by a vision of a state of extreme disorder and demoralization in Persia. It runs thus:
"When the Persians should sink so low in morality, a man will be born in Arabia whose followers will upset their throne, religion and everything. The mighty stiff-necked ones of Persia
will be overpowered. The house which was built (referring to Abraham building the Ka'ba) and in which many Idols have been placed will be purged of idols, and people will say their prayers facing towards it. His followers will capture the towns of the Persis and Tous and Balkh and other big places round about. People will mix up with one another. The wise men of Persia and others will join his followers."
(Dasatir No. 14 - Sasanil)
This prophecy is contained in a book, which has ever been in the hands of the Zoroastrians, and its words do not admit of two interpretations. The coming man is to be an Arab. The Persians would join his faith. Fire temples would be destroyed. Idols would be removed. People would say their prayers facing towards the Ka'ba. Can this prophecy fit in with any person other than Prophet Muhammad?
Thus if, on the one hand, the holy Prophet Muhammad testified to the truth of all the other Prophets, belonging to all the different nations of the world, on the other hand, the Scriptures of these previous Prophets are found to contain clear prophecies about the advent of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). This mutual corroboration, by furnishing a great evidence of the spiritual providence of the Almighty for humanity, strengthens people's faith in religion in general, and in the religion of Islam in particular. Therefore, Islam as the final undistorted message of Allah to be followed by humankind replaces all old scriptures, which suffered tragic fate at the hands of those whom the holy Qur'an describes as:
(II: 79) "Woe to those who write the book with their hands and then say: This is from Allah, so that they may make a small gain; therefore woe to them for what their hands have written (fabricated) and woe to them for what they earn thereby."
(XIV:4) "And we did not send any apostle but with the language of the people, so that he might explain to them..."
(X:47) "And every people had a Prophet:.."
(XVI:36) "And certainly we raised in every people a Prophet..."
(XXXV: 24) "...And there is not a people but a warner has gone among them."
No scripture prior to Qur'an and no religious leader prior to the Holy Prophet of Islam, had ever declared this so impressively and so repeatedly. In addition, every prophet that was sent to a people was sent to preach in the language of that particular people and this fact was for the first time declared to the world by the Qur'an:
Thus, through his infinite Mercy, the AII-Merciful Lord did not cease His guidance to man, although man was not tired of his torturing and murdering of Allah's messengers.
PROPHET MUHAMMAD AS SEEN BY PROMINENT THINKERS
It is unfortunate that the Christian West instead of sincerely trying to understand the phenomenal success of Islam has considered it a rival religion. During the centuries of the crusades, this trend gained much force and impetus and a huge amount of literature was produced to tarnish the image of Islam.
Truth needs no advocates to plead on its behalf. However, the prolonged malicious propaganda against Islam has created great confusion even in the minds of some free and objective thinkers. However, Islam has begun to unfold its genuineness to the modern scholars whose bold and objective observations on Islam belie all the charges levelled against it by the so-called unbiased orientalists.
The following are some observations on the Prophet of Islam, by well-acknowledged non-Muslim Western scholars and thinkers of modern times, which we hope, would contribute to initiating an objective evaluation of the Islamic faith.
"If greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to compare any great man in modern history with Muhammad? The most famous men created arms, laws and empires only, they founded, if anything at all, no more than material powers, which often crumbled away before their eyes.
This man moved not only armies, legislations, empires, peoples and dynasties, but millions of men in one-third of the then inhabited world; and more than that, he moved the altars, the gods, the religions, the ideas, the beliefs and souls ... his forbearance in victory, his ambition, which was entirely devoted to one idea and in no manner striving for an empire; his endless prayers his mystic conversations with God, his death and his triumph after death; all these attest not to an imposture but to a firm conviction which gave him the power to restore a dogma. This dogma was twofold, the unity of God and the immateriality of God; the former telling what God is, the latter what God is not. Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images; the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, which is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may ask, is there any man greater than he?"
Lamartine - "Histoire de la Turquie", Paris 1854, Vol. II, pp 276-7
"He was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without Pope's pretentions, Caesar without the legions of Caesar: without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue; if ever any man had the right to say that he ruled by the divine right, it was Mohammad, for he had all the power without its instruments and without its supports."
Bosworth Smith, "Mohammad and Mohammadanism", London 1874, pp 92
"My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level."
Michael H. Hart
"The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Person in History",
New York: Hare Publishing Company, Inc. 1987, pp 33.
"Mohammad was distinguished by the beauty of his person, an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused. Before he spoke, the orator engaged on his side the affections whether of a public or a private audience. They applauded his commanding presence, his majestic aspect, his piercing eye, his gracious smile, his flowing beard, his countenance that painted every sensation of his soul, and the gestures that enforced each expression of the tongue. In the familiar offices of life, he scrupulously adhered to the grave and ceremonious politeness of his country; his respectful attention to the rich and powerful was dignified by his condescension and affability to the poorest citizen of Mecca; his memory was capacious and retentive, his wit easy and social, his imagination sublime, his judgment clear, rapid and decisive. He possessed the courage both of thought and action; bears the stamp of an original and superior genius."
Edward Gibbon, "Decline and fall of the Roman Empire”.
"His simple eloquence, rendered impressive by the expression of a countenance wherein awfulness
of majesty was tempered by an amiable sweetness, excited emotions of veneration and love; and he was gifted with that authoritative air of genius which alike influences the learned and commands the illiterate. As a friend and a parent, he exhibited the softest feelings of our nature.... With all that simplicity which is so natural to a great mind, he performed the humbler offices whose homeliness it would be idle to conceal with pompous diction; even while Lord of Arabia, he mended his own shoes and coarse woolen garments, milked the ewes, swept the hearth, and kindled the fire. Dates and water were his usual fare, and milk and honey his luxuries. When he travelled he divided his morsel with his servant."
"An Apology for Mohammed and the Koran.” London 1869
That is the Prophet of Islam Muhammad, who set the finest example of moral and ethical standard for the whole humankind.
The Jews stopped obeying the Creator more than two millenniums back. Instead of propagating the truth, they disobeyed the Creator, falling headlong into the narrow depths of nationalism and turning chauvinists. It was a great crime indeed, for they breached the covenant and sowed discord among the human race.
Jesus Christ came, preaching the divine message and giving glad tidings of the final messenger to come, but he met a stormy reception at the hands of the Jews, who mocked at and ridiculed him. His message also met a tragic end as analyzed earlier. No sooner, had he departed, Paul, the hellenized Jew distorted the whole contents, transforming the divine truth into the creed called Christianity today. The few true followers of the great messenger were persecuted and for centuries, havoc was wrought with his teachings, resulting in the numerous Gospels, which are in circulation today. None could be considered as the Almighty's own word, and are more or less books of tradition of a very brief period of the last days of Jesus. But even despite these distortions, some fragments remain in them, which direct any discernible reader towards the ultimate truth. The same is true of other religions, which contain, truth peeping out from underneath the centuries old pile of interpolation.
The Holy Qur'an is the Last Testament and Islam is the religion of the people of today and tomorrow. The following verses of the Qur'an declares the truth of the above section:
(III: 19) The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His Will): Nor did the People of the Book dissent therefrom except through envy of each other, after knowledge had come to them. But if any deny the Signs of Allah, Allah is swift in calling to account.
(III: 85) If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good).
(II: 208) O ye who believe! Enter into Islam wholeheartedly; and follow not the footsteps of the Evil One; for he is to you an avowed enemy.
(XVI: 125) Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: For thy Lord knowest best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.
(IV: 59) O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Apostle, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Apostle, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination.
(III: 159) It is part of the Mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently with them. Wert thou severe or harsh hearted, they would have broken away from about thee: So pass over (their faults), and ask for (Allah's) forgiveness for them; and consult them in affairs (of moment). Then, when thou hast taken a decision, put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).
(V: 43-48) Knowest thou not that to Allah (alone) belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth? He punisheth whom He pleaseth, and He forgiveth whom He pleaseth: And Allah hath power over all things.
O Apostle! Let not those grieve thee, who race each other into Unbelief: (Whether it be) among those who say "We believe" with their lips but whose hearts have no faith; or it be among the Jews, --men who will listen to any lie, --will listen even to others who have never so much as come to thee. They change the words from their (right) times and places: They say, "If ye are given this, take it, but if not, beware!" If any one's trial is intended by Allah, thou hast no authority in the least for him against Allah. For such--it is not Allah's will to purify their hearts. For them there is disgrace in this world, and in the Hereafter a heavy punishment.
(They are fond of) listening to falsehood, of devouring anything forbidden. If they do come to thee, either
judge between them, or decline to interfere. If thou decline, they cannot hurt thee in the least. If thou judge, judge in equity between them. For Allah loveth those who judge in equity.
But why do they come to thee for decision, when they have (their own) law before them? --Therein is the (plain) command of Allah; yet even after that, they would turn away. For they are not (really) People of Faith.
It was We who revealed the Law (to Moses): Therein was guidance and light. By its standard have been judged the Jews, by the Prophets who bowed (as in Islam) to Allah's Will, by the Rabbis and the Doctors of Law: For to them was entrusted the protection of Allah's Book, and they were witnesses thereto: Therefore fear not men, but fear Me, and sell not My signs for a miserable price. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) Unbelievers.
We ordained therein for them: "Life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal." But if any one remits the retaliation by way of charity, it is an act of atonement for himself. And if any fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) wrongdoers.
(II: 75) Can ye (O men of Faith) entertain the hope that they will believe in you? --Seeing that a party of them heard the Word of Allah, and perverted it knowingly after they understood it.
About the New Tetament:
(II: 79) Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then say: "This is from Allah," to traffic with it for a miserable price! --Woe to them for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby.
About the Old Testament:
(III: 78) There is among them a section who distort the Book with their tongues: (As they read) you would think it is a part of the Book, but it is no part of the Book; and they say, "That is from Allah," but it is not from Allah: It is they who tell a lie against Allah, and (well) they know it!
(V: 13) Allah did aforetime take a Covenant from the Children of Israel, and We appointed twelve captains among them. And Allah said: "I am with you: If ye (but) establish regular Prayers, practice regular Charity, believe in My apostles, honor and assist them, and loan to Allah a beautiful loan, verily I will wipe out from you your evils, and admit you to Gardens with rivers flowing beneath; but if any of you, after this, resisteth faith, he hath truly wandered from the path of rectitude."
About the Christians:
(V: 15) From those, too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a Covenant, but they forgot a good part of the Message that was sent them: So We estranged them, with enmity and hatred between one and the other, to the Day of Judgement. And soon will Allah show them what it is they have done.
(VI: 91) No just estimate of Allah do they make when they say: "Nothing doth Allah send down to man (by way of revelation)": Say: "Who then sent down the Book which Moses brought? --A light and guidance to man: But ye make it into (separate) sheets for show, while ye conceal much (of its contents): Therein were ye taught that which ye knew not--neither ye nor your fathers." Say: "Allah (sent it down)": Then leave them to plunge in vain discourse and trifling.
THE TWOFOLD TESTIMONY TO BECOME A MUSLIM15
Imam Ali (a.s), the Commander of the faithful converted a Christian hermit to Islam with the following testimony. The hermit said:
I testify that there is no god but God alone without any partner.
I testify that Muhammad is His servant and His Apostle. I testify that Imam Ali (a.s.) is the testamentary trustee of the Apostle of God, the one with most right among the people to authority after him."
Imam Ali (a.s.) made him understand the conditions of being a Muslim....
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds.
1) Prophet Muhammad A Brief Biography, Publisher: Al-Balagh Foundation, P.O.Box 1977/19395, Tehran, I.R.Iran. Distributed free of charge.
2) Towards peace, publisher: Al-Balagh Foundation, P.O.Box 1977/19395 I.R.Iran
3) New English Bible
4) See Jeremiah 2:10: Fzekiel 27:21: lsaiah 60:7: Song of Solomon 1:5.
5) "Islam, Christianity or Western civilization" by Engineer Masuma Sediq, Article: The Qur'an Intellectual and everlasting miracles - Occult news.
6) The New Testament in Greek, Elz Avir, published in 1624, Can be found in Greece central libraries and the Greece church library.
*Check (John 14:16, 26; 15:26;16:7) for the true word 'pericletus'
7) Triglot Dictionary of scriptural representative words, by Henry Browne, M.D. Lond.; Publisher: London Samuel Bagster and sons limited. Available in LISWA library in Australia
8) The interlinear Greek-English New Testament, Alfred Marshall, Zondervan publishing house,Grand rapids, Michigan 49506, USA, Sixth printing 1982. Available in LISWA library in Australia.
*Check John (14: 26) 'The spirit the holy' is translated 'which is the Holy Ghost'.
'The spirit the holy' is the spirit of Prophet Muhammad which was created sacred and clean of wickedness. 'The Holy Ghost' in Greek is another word, not this one. Refer to Reference (8) to check it.
9) The New Testament in Hebrew and English, Translated out of the original Greek: and with the former translations diligently compared and revised, by his majesty's special command, Publisher: The society for distributing the holy scriptures to the Jews, 1 Rectory lane Edgware, Middlesex HA87LF, England, 1977. Available in LISWA library in Australia.
*Check (John 14:16, 26; 15:26;16:7) for the true word 'pericletus' which written in in Hebrew letters. Notice the vowel ( : ) under the letter 'p' which makes it 'pe'. Refer the reference (10) to check the vowel.
10) Papyrus Bodmer II, whose discovery was announced by the Bodmer Library of Geneva in 1956; it was written about AD200, and contains the first fourteen chapters of the Gospel of John with but one lacuna (of twenty - two verses), and considerable portions of the last seven chapters. *Check (John 14:16, 26; 15:26;16:7) for the true word 'pericletus'
11) Exhaustive concordance of the Bible; by James strong, S.T.D., LL.D.; Riverside book and Bible house, Iowa falls, Iowa 50126. *Check the section of 'Hebrew Articulation' for
the vowel ( : )
12) Palimpsest version written in Syriac,This manuscript was written in the Fourth or Fifth century A.D. It was discovered in 1812 on Mount Sinai by Agnes S.-Lewis and is so named because the first text had been covered by a later one which, when obliterated, revealed the original.
13) Many translations and commentaries of the Gospel, especially older ones use the word 'Consoler' to translate this, but it is totally inaccurate.
14) The Bible the Qur'an and Science, The Holy Scriptures examined in the Light of Modern Knowledge, by Maurice Bucaille a french surgeon, Order free of charge from the publisher: Begum Aisha Bawany Wakf, 3rd Floor, Insurance House No.2, Habib Square, M.A. Jinnah Road, Karachi, Pakistan.
15) Kitab Al-Irshad the book of guidance, by Shaykh al-Mufid, Publisher: Ansaryan publication, POB 37185/187 Qum, I.R.Iran.
16) "Islam, Christianity or Western civilization" by Engineer Masuma Sediq, section of 'Muhammad in the Bible by Dr. Jamal Badawi - 4. Location (Paran = Macca)'.