Dear Brothers, Assalam-u-Alaikum,
I received your letter and read it with a deep sight. I found it contradictory, because the sender of this letter, Abdul Saleeb, to you, has mentioned in the beginning of his statement that he took birth in a Muslim family. I think that he can not be Muslim by birth because of his name, Abdul Saleeb, which means "Servant of Cross". A Muslim family can never give their children such type of names. A Muslim can neither be a Servant of Cross nor the Servant of Anybody except Allah Almighty. Actually he wanted to get the attention of Muslims in order to impress them for the propagation of Christianity.
However, I try to solve his problems in such a manner that no more cloud of doubt will remain about the Holy Quran, the prophet Muhammad ( Allah's Blessing and Peace be upon him ) and shining teachings of Islam and on the other hand it will, clearly, appear that modern Christianity is nothing but a tell of false-hood. Now I directly address Mr. Abdul Saleeb.
Mr. Abdul Saleeb,
You wrote that when you reached in a Christian missionary school you asked your teacher that how come Christians can drink wine but Muslims can not? How come your word of God says one thing and our word of God says something different. After listening this your teacher attacked you, saying that how do you know the Holy Quran is the word of God. This was the first incident of your life, which stressed you to investigate about Christianity. Before going to make comparison between Islam and Christianity I inform you that the Christianity itself does not allow its followers to drink wine see letter of Paul to Galatians, chapter 05, verse 21-22. "Envying, Murder, Reveling 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." (The epistle of Paul to the Galatians). And you can find this prohibition of wine in ten commandments of Moses ( Peace be upon him ).
You wrote that "their was a sincerity in their relationship with God and with other people that I had not encountered among my own Muslim people". Let us analyze this statement in the light of facts.
SINCERITY OF CHRISTIANS WITH GOD AND OTHERS:
1.Christian's God prohibits Christians to touch wine but we see that, all over the world, the Christian dominated areas are the centers of wine, especially a simple Christian as well as their religious people drink freely, when celebrate Easter and other religious days. Is it a sincere relationship with God and with other people?
2.Christian's God or Jesus taught them to love mankind and stopped them again and again to take revenge. But when we peep into the window of history we find that Christians are beasts for other nations. Read the history of Spain, Read the history of Christians overwhelming upon Philistine. Now in our ages what has done Christian world in 2nd world war with Muslims. Even now a days you can see the dual character of Christian world in case of Philistine, Baghdad, Bosnia and Kashmir etc., I think that the bombardment of atom bomb on two cities, Nagasaki & Heroshema of Japan was a taken of love, which has been taught in Bible, from Christian world to the whole mankind. Is it a sincere relationship with God and with other people?
3.I ask you does your Lord not forbid you to commit adultery. But we we see that the Christian society is a sex free society all over the world. Is it a sincere relationship with God and with other people?
4.What do you say about the world famous sexual scandals of Christian priests and Nuns? In short I can present you a long series of such type of dishonest relationships of Christians with their God and with other people who belong from various religions especially Islam.
UNVEILING THE TEACHINGS OF LOVE IN BIBLE :
Your wrote that the violent tone of many of Quranic passages (against the unbelievers but also against the Jewish and Christian people) began to bother you, when you compared with the emphasis on love in new Testament. My dear innocent friend, in this respect, I inform you that the facts are not like this as you are taking it. Bible itself contains such type of passages against those who do not believe in, according to Christians, begotten son of God. See chapter 3, verse no. 36 of the Gospel of St. John. It mentions, "He that believeth on the son hath everlasting life: and he that beliveth not the son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."
This statements of Bible clearly shows that no one can attain salvation, get success, inter into heaven except Christians. Is it not a harassment and violent tone for unbeliever as well as Jewish and Muslim people? What would you argue about it? Please read the coming passage too with a deep sight. You will find it a nearer translation of Sura 5:51 which troubled you too much to remain a believer in oneness of Allah Almighty.
"For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefor partakers with them." (The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Ephasians ch. 5, verses : 5,6,7)
I asked you does this passage not threat unbelievers as well as Jewish and Muslims, does this passage not forbid Christians to establish a relation of love with others? If you have an eye of justice you would have to accept that it is a same commandment which Holy Quran commands its followers. If there remains still some doubt in your mind I quote for you an other passage of Bible which will clearly tell you the reality of love in Christianity. Read it with open eyes.
"But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you, for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another." (The first epistle of Paul the Apostle to Thessalonians, chapter 4 - verse 9)
Is this passage not showing that the love of Christian is only for Christian brethren? A wise and justice person, without any doubt, will say that the teaching of love in Bible is limited for the fold of Christianity. Now I am bringing before you a passage from Bible which will narrate this limitation of love, in such a manner that no one can deny the hatred of Christians with others.
Read it please,
"And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked man, for all men have not faith ……………… Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and nor after the tradition which he received of us." (The second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians. Chapter 3 : 1 and 6)
These two passages show that a Christian should not make friendship with others. But do you see the prejudices and jealousy of Holy Bible with non-believer which includes Muslims and Jews. Does this Holy Bible not call names others by saying unreasonable and wicked man? On the other hand it uses a word "brother" for a Christian who believes in, but do not practice the teaching of Bible. Now I ask you where is that love, which is taught by Bible, in part of others? Yes I obviously, say that the slogan of love in Bible is merely in fate of a Christian while other people, who do not have faith in Christianity, are deserveable of the wrath of God and they will go to the Hell. Read it please:
"When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angles. In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not god and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his poseur." (The second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians. Chapter 1, verse. 7-9)
my dear innocent friend you have been deceived by Christian missionary and by your Christian friends because they always shout that Christianity is love, its teachings are the teachings of love while the God of Muslims is very dreadful. He will not forgive the sins of people. He does not accept repentance. He is very angry upon his creature. But it is black propaganda against Allah Almighty. It is nothing but a false proclamation. I prove it through verses of Holy Quran that Allah Almighty is All kind and All pity. In this regard you can see the Holy Qur'an. You will find, that [from the first chapter (opening Surah Al-Fatiha) to the last chapter (Surah Wan-Nas)] each Surah of Holy Qur'an starts with Bismillah, which is translated in English in these words, "In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful."
The Holy Prophet says "He loves his creature more than the love which seventy mothers have with their children".
I accept that Allah Almighty warns the non-believer as well as Jews and Christians, and call them to the path of guidance i.e. Islam, but not like the style of Bible which is just compels the people to have to believe in its unreasonable doctrine of begotten son of God. See the Colossians : chapter 2 ; 6,7,8
"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him. Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, as ye have been taught abounding therein with thanks giving. Beware least any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit after the tradition of man after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelth all the fullness of God head bodily."
While on the other hand the Quranic style is a reasonable. It invites mankind for thinking. You can find this reasonable style scattered at various places in the Holy Qur'an. Sometimes it calls people by saying, "don't you ponder", Sometimes by saying, "don't you see", and sometimes invites by saying, "don't you reason".
Please see what does Qur'an say about Christians in its particular style :
"And they say : (God) Most Gracious has begotten a son. Indeed you have put forth a thing most monstrous. At it the skies are ready to burst and the earth to split asunder and the mountains to fall down in utter run. That they should envoke a son for (God) most Gracious. For it is not consonant with the Majesty of (God) most Gracious - that he should beget a son." (The Holy Qur'an 19:88:42)
Read it also and see that how does Qur'an reveal the facts and challenge the denier. But you will not find such beautiful and strong style in man made Bible.
Allah almighty says:
"In the sight of Allah the case of birth of Jesus is like that of Adam, whom he created out of dust and said "Be" and he was. This is the fact of the matter, your Lord is importing and you should not be of those who doubted it." (Surah 3 verse. 59:60)
Dear, compare this strong evidence of the Holy Qur'an with the epistle of Paul to collisions. You will find it quite different. Because Paul just orders the Christians to believe in and does not explain that how can have a person two natures in one time? How can be a man of flesh and blood a God? While on the other hand the Holy Qur'an denies the deity of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) giving the example of Adam ( Peace be upon him ). This narration of the Holy Qur'an urges its reader to consider about the belief in Adam ( Peace be upon him ). As a result a reader of the Holy Qur'an will reach to a conclusion that a person i.e. Adam ( Peace be upon him ) had been created without mother and father and yet he is neither a God nor a son of God, then what is problem with belief in Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) being a man. He will utter that Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is a man like Adam ( Peace be upon him ) was a man. He would have to accept that Adam ( Peace be upon him ), who had been created without any human resources, is not a God so how can be Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) a God or son of God.
If a person does not believe in this Quranic teachings then Qur'an challenges him in these words as given below :
" After the coming of this knowledge to you if anyone argues with you about this matter, say Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) come let us both gather together and also bring our children and your children, our women and your women and then pray to Allah and invoke him to lay the liar under his curse, these narration absolutely true and the fact is that there is no deity except Allah. Indeed Allah is Almighty and all wise than if they turn away (from accepting the challenge) it will be a clear proof of their mischief and Allah has full knowledge of the mischief-makers." (Surah 3, verses 61 to 63)
This event has been happened in the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) when a group of Christian priests came to Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ). But they turned away from accepting the challenge. You can testify this event from the books written about the life history of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ). From the time period of the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) up till now Christian world does not accept the challenge of the Holy Qur'an.
My dear, do you know why does Christianity face such problems? It is only because of that their believes are unreasonable. Human mind rejects it harshly due to its mystery. That is why Paul the Apostle said :
" and established in faith as ye have been taught abounding therein with thanks giving. Because least any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit."
I think after this discussion, you would have come to know that the Quranic teachings about the unbelievers and Jews as well as Christians is the same as has been ordered in Bible. So there remains no point of objection against the Holy Qur'an in regarding this matter.
Let us come to your next objection and see does it base upon facts or it is too prohibited and presupposed prejudices of a Christian which usually has been taught to every Christian?
You wrote that God sanctioned MUHAMMAD'S ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) desire to marry the divorced wife of his own stepson. I ask you how did you know Muhammad's ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) desire? Who told you? In which book have you read and what is your source of knowledge that Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) desired to marry that divorced woman of his stepson? If you have any proof from the Holy Qur'an or tradition of the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) then bring it before us, otherwise you are liar and there would not remain any difference between you and Jews, because they also falsified the Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) and accused the pious and Holy virgin Mary ( May Allah happy with her ). But, indeed, you can never present a single proof in laying blame upon the Holy, the beloved Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) of Allah till the day of judgment. It was not a self-serving to Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) at all. He was ordered to marry her, by his example, to disown the superstitious custom of the pagan Arabs, in such matter, of treating their adopted sons as their real sons, which was against the law of God. (i.e. the laws of nature ); whereas in arranging a marriage the woman indention ought to be considered. Unhappy marriage was no part of Allah's ordinance. You wrote that you felt sorrow and shame after reading this passage. But I say to you that this is not a place of feeling sorrow and shame. It is place of proud. When an honest and fair man will read this passage, he, indeed, shout that how great MUHAMMAD ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is! Who saved whole mankind from such superstitious and wrong customs. He will have to say that Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is a great reformer for mankind who taught the people by his own deeds. Whatever you think about the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) but facts will remain same, this phenomenon can neither be hidden nor be changed that Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is the most perfect and ideal moral example for mankind. Read the coming lines and see that the famous scholars of various religion, including Christianity and Judaism, singing the praising songs of MUHAMMAD ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ).
Mr. Ahmad Deedat wrote in "What the Bible says about MUHAMMAD ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him )" He writes "The weekly news magazine "Time" dated July 15, 1974 carried a selection of opinions by various historians, writers, military man, business man and other on the subject, "Who were History's Great Leaders", some said that it was Hitler, other said Gandhi, Buddha, Lincoln and the like. But Jules Masserman, a United States psychoanalyst put the standards straight by giving the correct criteria where with to judge. He said, "Leaders must fulfill three functions :-
1.Provide for well-being of the led. 2.Provide a social organization in which people feel relatively secure, and 3.Provide them with one set of belief. With the Above three criteria, he searches history and analysis - Hitler, Pasteur, Caesar, Moses, Confucius and the lot and ultimately concludes :-
"People like Pasture and Salk are leaders in the first sense. People like Gandhi and Confucius, on one hand , and Alexander, Caesar and Hitler on the other hand, are leaders in the second and perhaps the third sense. Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) and Buddha belong in the third category alone. Perhaps the greatest leader of all times was MUHAMMAD ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) who combined all three functions. To a lesser degree Moses did the same."
Read it also how a famous historian Gibbon a Christian, praises Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) in his "Decline and fall of Roman Empire" He says, The human brute, almost without sense, is poorly distinguished from the rest of the animal creation. There was no hardly anything to distinguish between the man and the animal in human form. From this object barbarism, Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) elevated them."
In this respect I can give you a long list of sayings of the non-Muslims scholars who have bow their heads down before the undisputable and the Holy Personality of MUHAMMAD ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) and they praised the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) in such a manner that a reader feels as if they were Muslims. But, with a grief, I have to say that Christians are unfortunate in understanding the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) and his teachings. They have fallen in the dark pit of prejudices and ignorance as it happened with Jews in case of Jesus Christ ( Peace be upon him ). You too falsify the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) as Jews did about Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) and did not believe in him having seen miracles, but suggested him a liar. Same case is with Christians who do not believe in Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) yet having a sufficient knowledge about his miracles and his teachings. They just endeavor to falsify the Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) by laying different wrong blames. The blames which you have laid upon the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is one amongst those false blame that he married the divorced wife of his adopted son. I think that you charged the Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) only because of your lack of knowledge about the life history of the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) . if you know about him you would have not said these ugly words. Now come and see the life history of Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) you will not find even a single wrong there. I reveal you some facts about his marriages so that you may not be driven by the enemies of Allah and by their leader satan. O dear! The Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) never married due to his own desire but due to the order of Allah and for the cause of Islam, so that he could make near other tribes to preach them Islam. From the age of twenty-five till the age of fifty he had only one wife, Khadijah ( May Allah happy with her ), fifteen years his senior, to whom he was devotedly attached and whose memory, he cherished till his dying day even though she was a widow. With the exception of Ayeshah ( May Allah happy with her ), the daughter of his closest friend, Abu Bakar siddiq ( May Allah happy with him ), whom he married at her father's request when she was still a minor, all his later marriages were with widows, whose state was pitiable for one reason or another. Some of them were widows of men killed in war. One was a captive, when he made the marriage excuse for emancipating all the conquered tribe and restoring their property. Two were daughters of his enemies, and his alliance with them was cause of peace. It is noteworthy that the period of these marriages was also the period of his great activity, when he had little rest from campaigning and was always busy with the problems of growing empire. He used to pass his nights worshipping Allah Almighty and did not sleep but a little bid, He got his feet injured due to the long standing pasture in prayer so Ayeshah ( May Allah happy with her ) had to say that, "O, Messenger of Allah ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) why do you worship so much even though Allah had given you already the good news of forgiveness. He, immediately, replied, " should I not be a thankful to my Lord." An eye of justice will undoubtedly appreciate him instead of arising objections. It is Christians only who criticize without knowing the matter of fact and speak against the holiness of Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) without any proof but, in doing so, they forget what the man made Bible utters, really shameful, against the holiest personalities of their mankind -
Read this passage from man made Bible :
" Because Lot was afraid to stay in Zoar, he and his two daughters move up into the hills and lived in a cave. The elder daughter said to her sister, "our father is getting old, and there are no men in the whole world to marry us, so that we can have children. Come on, let make our father drunk, so that we can sleep with him and have children by him. That night they gave him wine to drink, and elder daughter had intercourse with him. But he was so drunk that he did not know it … so that night they made him drunk, and the younger daughter had intercourse with him …….. In this way both of Lot's daughter ( Peace be upon him ) became pregnant by their own father." [ Genesis chapter 19]
What to say about a religion whose prophets had such shameless character. A lot of thanks to Allah Almighty who has blessed us by Islam and prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) who told us the holiness of all the Prophets ( Peace be upon them ) of Allah. Lot ( Peace be upon him ) is also pious and Holy man according to Islam. Read the coming passage from man made Bible too and clap upon the Bible which reveals such dirty words about Prophet David ( Peace be upon him ) which should never be said for a Holy man.
"David got up from his rope and went to the palace roof. As he walked about up there, he saw a woman having a bath. She was very beautiful ………………. David ( Peace be upon him ) sent messengers to fetch her. They brought her to him and he made love to her. ( She had just finished her monthly ritual of purification ) ………" [ 2 - Samuel chapter - 11 ]
Now I bring before you marriage custom from Bible. If you have an eye of bashfulness you will sink down in the earth. Read what the man made Bible charges upon innocent Prophet of Allah ( Peace be upon him )
" Now Kind David ( Peace be upon him ) was old and sick ……….. and let her stand before the Kind, and let her cherish him and let her lie in thy bosom ………" ( I Kings chapter - 1)
Mr. You have laid a blame on Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) and the authenticity of the Holy Qur'an because of a single marriage only, but what is your opinion about Bible which narrates about Solomon ( Peace be upon him ) as given into inverted commas :
" And he had seven hundred wives, princesses and three hundred concubines ;" ( I - King chapter 11:3 )
I think you have received answers of your questions which you encountered in the Holy Qur'an. Now, you should return to the, only religion near Allah, Islam, witnessing that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is his servant and messenger ( Peace be upon him ) and asking Allah for forgiveness to your sins. Indeed, He is the only acceptor of repentance, the most merciful.
And the utterance of these two witnesses itself remove all the sins, which had been committed, before Islam. The Holy Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) said that the one who uttered that there is no God except Allah, he will inter into the heaven (Jannat).
You wrote that " even as a Muslim I came to believe that the crucifixion of Christ" was an undisputable historical fact that no honest person that deals with evidence of history could deny." -----
But I tell you that this was your beginning to be a Christian. Because whole Christianity depends upon it as said Paul : " If Christ be not risen from dead, then our preaching is vain and your faith is also vain." ( I - Corinthians 15:14 )
So according to Paul, there is nothing that Christianity can offer mankind, other than the blood and gore of Jesus. If Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) did not die, and he was not resurrected from dead, then there can be no salivation in Christianity! "For all your good deeds," Says the Christian dogmatist, "are like filthy rags." ( Isaiah 64:6 )
Professor Jurgen Moltmann in his ___ "The Crucified God", says: "The death of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) on the cross is the centre of all Christian theology …………… All Christian statements about God, about creation, about sin and death have their focal point in the crucified Christ. All Christian statements about history, about the church, about faith and sanctification, about the future and about hot stem from the crucified Christ"
This is why they highly speak of crucifixion, there is another cause of making propaganda of crucifixion, that they have nothing to present before a Muslim except it. Because Islam is a complete code of life so they can not try to teach us hospitality; for we are the most hospitable of people. Not about ethics or morality; for we are the most moral people ___ i.e. we don't drink, we don't gamble, we don't date, court or dance, we pray five times a day, we fast for one whole month, during the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadaan and we take pleasure in being a charitable people. Despite any of our shortcomings, we venture to suggest that there is no another group of people that can, "show a candle" to us in brotherhood, in piety or in sobriety. So there remains only one thing that a Christian can endeavor to teach us which is crucifixion, because, according to Christian, there is no salvation without belief in crucifixion. But a Muslim can not believe in crucifixion because it is against the teachings of Allah Almighty which he had taught in the Holy Qur'an. As mentioned below:
" And they said (in boast), we killed Christ Jesus ( Peace be upon him ), the son of Mary ( May Allah happy with her ), the apostle of God. But they killed him not, nor crucified him. But it was made to appear to them so, and those who differ therein are full of doubts; with no (certain) knowledge, But they follow conjecture. For a surety they killed him not." (Holy Qur'an 4:15 )
We Muslims believe this categorical Quranic statement to be from God. Hence we need not any proof. Had the Christians accepted the Holy Qur'an as the word of God, the problem of crucifixion would never have arisen.
They vehemently oppose the Quranic teachings and attack everything Islamic. In the words of Thomas Carlyle --- "They (Christians) have been trained to hate the man Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) and his religion." Whatsoever we can not believe in crucifixion without proof, while Christians have nothing to present as a proof but Bible. But the Bible can't be a proof because it is not an authentic book, the amazing thing about Christian sworn affidavits (Writings attributed to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) is that not a single one of them is duly attested, a single one bears the signature, mark or thumbprint of its author in the so called originals. They now boast of being in possession of over 5000 ( five thousands ) "originals" of which no two "originals" are identical. Amazing! Little wonder the Christians them selves label their Gospels as ___ "The Gospel according to St. Matthew", The Gospel according to St. Mark," "the Gospel according to St. Luke," and "The Gospel according to St. John."
When Christian scholars are asked why the words, "according to", are repeated at the beginning of every Gospel, the obvious implication is that they are not autographed it is only assumed that they are authored by the names of the Gospels carry today. The translators of the "New international Version" have unceremoniously expunged the "According to's" from the four Gospels in their latest translation of the alleged Gospel writers, Viz., Matthew, Mark, Luke and John it can be categorically stated that 50% were not even the elected twelve Disciples of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ). I dare humbly claim that such unattested documents would be thrown out of hand, in any court of law, in any civilized country, in just two minutes. Further more, one of the alleged witnesses, St. Mark tells us that at the most critical juncture in the life of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) ___ "All his disciples forsook him and fled." (Mark 14:50) So the so-called eye-witness were not really eye-witnesses to the happenings, unless St. Mark is not telling us the whole truth, the "Gospel truth". Yet he is supposed to be speaking under oath. You will agree that a case based on such hearsay evidence would be thrown out of court, twice in two minutes, in any court of law, in any civilized country, that is twice in just 120 seconds flat! Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) himself assured his disciple that he was not crucified by proving his material life.
"Look at my hands and my feet, and see that. It is I myself, feel me and you will know for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have. He said this and showed them his hands and his feet. They still could not believe, they were so full of joy and wonder, so he asked them, " have you anything here to eat". They gave him a piece of cooked fish which he took and ate in their presence." (Luke 24:39,40)
The above statement narrates the fact that Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) was neither crucified nor resurrected. But his disciples were taking him a spirit, a ghost, so he made them assured, that he is not a ghost, by showing his hands and eating fish and telling that a ghost does not have flesh and bones because a resurrected body becomes spiritualised so that does not eat and can't be touched.
There is another point which proves that the whole story of crucifixion of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is a blasphemy. According to Bible, Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) had to appear after three days, "The messiah must suffer and must rise from death, three days later". (Luke 24:45) . But according to the so-called eye witnesses he appeared before three days because, according to the Bible, He ( Peace be upon him ) was hanged in night before Sabbath (Saturday) and buried in the same night. Suppose he remained in his grave a complete day and night of Saturday. But on Sunday morning he was not found in his grave. If you calculate the time it can't be more then two nights (night before Saturday and night after the day a Saturday) and one day (the day time of Saturday). It can never, never, never be the three days and three nights as Jesus had himself fore told, "according to the scriptures". Even Einstein the master mathematician can't help Christian world for this.
From above discussion you would have to admit that the crucifixion of Christ ( Peace be upon him ) is nothing but the doctrine of false propaganda that no honest person who deals with evidence of history could accept it.
If you are still in a doubt then I tell you another point which will assure you that Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) was neither crucified nor was resurrected.
According to Bible, "You ask me for a miracle? No! The only miracle you will be given is the miracle of the prophet Jonah ( Peace be upon him ). In the same way that Jonah ( Peace be upon him ) spent three days and nights in the big fish. So will be the son of man, spent three days and nights in the depths of the earth." (Matthew 12:39,40)
It proves that Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) did not die as like as Jonah ( Peace be upon him ) did not die because he had given same miracle as was given to Jonah ( Peace be upon him ). This whole discussion , my dear, proves that the doctrine of crucifixion is nothing but a false story. But Christian world will not accept it because the base of their religion depends upon crucifixion.
You wrote that "the character of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) as manifested in his beautiful sermon on the mount, impressed you:.
I inform you that the character of a man can be known by his practical life only and you can't get a complete knowledge about the practical life of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) except a few events which have bee mentioned in Bible. So it is not right to say that the character of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) impressed you, but you would be correct, if you say that his teachings impressed you. I advise you to compare it with teachings of Islam, when you will compare the teachings of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ), which have been mentioned in the sermon on mount with the teachings of the last Prophet of Allah Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) will come to know that the teachings of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is a little part of the teachings of the last Prophet of Allah ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) and it is noteworthy that Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) taught his followers by sayings only while the Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) taught his followers not by tongue only but within a practical manner too.
Here I am writing a few sayings of Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) from various sermons so that you could compare it with the teachings of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ).
He says "O ye people Allah says; O people we created you from one male and one female and made you into tribes and nations so that you are known to one another. Verily in the sight of Allah, the most honoured amongst you is the one who is the most God fearing." There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab and for a non-Arab over an Arab, nor for the white over the black, nor for the black over the white except in piety. All mankind is the progeny of Adam ( Peace be upon him ) and Adam ( Peace be upon him ) was fashioned out of clay.
Behold! Every claim of privilege whether that of blood or property, is under my feet except that of custody of Allah's house (Kabah) and supplying of waters to the pilgrimage.
Behold! All practices of the days of ignorance are now under my feet. The blood revenges of the days of ignorance are remitted. All interest and usurious dues occurring from the age of ignorance stand wiped out.
O, people! Verily you have got certain rights over your women and your women have certain rights over you. It is your right upon them that they must not allow anybody save to you to come to your bed and admit non to enter your homes whom you don't like but with your permission. And it for them not to commit acts of impropriety, which if they do, you are authorised by Allah to separate them from your beds and chastise them , but not severely, and if they refrain, then clothe and feed them properly.
ehold! It is not permissible for a woman to give anything from the wealth of her husband to anyone but with his consent.
Treat the women kindly, since they are your helper and are not in a position to manage their affairs themselves. Fear Allah concerning them, for verily you have taken them on the security of Allah, and have made their persons lawful unto you by words of Allah.
All debts must be repaid, all borrowed property must be returned, gift should be reciprocated.
Beware! No one committing a crime is responsible for it but himself. Neither the child is responsible for the crime of his father, nor the father is responsible for the crime of his child.
O, people! Every Muslim is the brother of other Muslim and all the Muslims form are brotherhood. Blessed is he, too, who busied himself in finding his own faults rather than finding faults with others. And blessed is he, too, who spent from what he earned by lawful means, who set in the company of the people endowed with wisdom and religious insight, and who associated with the poor and down-trodden.
Fortune is he, who kept his word decorum pure and good; adorned his heart with piety and kept the people protected of his mischief.
Glad tidings are for him who protected his tongue from loose talk; who always acted according to the sunnah and was never actuated by an innovation.
Beware! All the food and wholesomeness with all of its species lie in paradise; and verily all wickedness along with its various branches rest in Hell.
O,' people, I get you inclined to what Allah, the Honored and Glorified, hath got inclined and forbad you from what Allah hath forbidden. Verily the Honored and Glorified, whose Dignity is great enjoins truth and loves truthfulness. He bestows position near to him upon those who do right and so are they being mentioned and keep on gaining attainments."
I have brought before you a drop from huge ocean of the teachings of the last Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ). You will not find any difference between the teachings of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ), sermon on mount, and the teachings of the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ). A noble man who have an eye of just, will immediately accept the teachings of Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) instead of rejection. Because he guided mankind in every walk of life, whether you are a father or a son, a mother or a daughter, a husband or a wife, whatever you are, the teachings of the Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) guide you according to the requirements of your field, as a minaret of light, in such a beautiful manner that an observer will, surely, appreciate you.
Now I want to draw your attention to the sermon of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ), that is the sermon on mount: "Be on your guard against false prophets, they come to you looking like sheep on the outside but on the inside ………………………… . A healthy tree bears good fruit but a poor tree bears bad fruit …………………….. . So then you will know the false Prophets by what they do." (Matthew, 7:15 to 20)
Please consider in this passage with a deep sight being away from narrow-mindedness, you will come to know that Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) himself prophecies about a prophet that will come after him as well as he is giving a criterion to make differentiate between a false prophet and a true one, by telling that hence healthy tree bears good fruit, so a true prophet must have good character and good teachings.
If you examine the teachings and character of Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) in this criterion, given by Jesus ( Peace be upon him ), you will know that the Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is the only person who fulfills this prophecy. Don't bother about the trouble of examining the character and the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ), we have a lot of witnesses who testify that the personality of Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is the greatest of all and his teachings are the best of all other religious leaders.
First of all, I give you the testimony of Allah, the creator of the universe, the All knowing, the All seeing and the All hearing. He says in his last scripture :
Now read the coming lines. "And surely you are exalted to a high and noble character."
Encyclopedia Britanica testifies the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) in these words, "Most Successful of all religious personalities."
PROFOUNDLY PRACTICAL & RATIONAL :-
" In all things Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) was profoundly practical. When his beloved son Ibrahim died, an eclipse occurred, and rumors of God's personal condolence quickly arose. Whereupon Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is said to have announced, "An eclipse is phenomenon of nature. It is foolish to attribute such things to the death or birth of a human being." (James A. Michemer, op. Cit )
BROAD, LIBERAL AND UNIVERSAL CREED FOR THE WHOLE WORLD :-
" His creed ……….. necessarily connotes the existence of a universal empire." (Joseph J. Nunan : Islam and European Civilization, Demerara 1412.P.37)
"The nobility and broad tolerance of this creed, which accepts as God-inspired all the real religions of the world, will always be a glorious heritage for mankind. On it could indeed be built a perfect world religion." (Duncan Greenless : The Gospel of Islam. Adyar 1948, P.27)
"More pure than the system of zoroaster, more liberal than the law of Moses ( Peace be upon him ), the religion of Mahomet might seem less inconsistent with reason than the creed of mystery and superstition which, in the seventh century, disgraced the simplicity of the gospels." (Edward Gibbon : The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire vol. V,P.487)
"Islam had the power of peacefully conquering souls by the simplicity of its theology, the clearness of its dogma and principles, and the definite number of the practices which it demands. In contrast to Christianity which has been undergoing continual transformation since its origin, Islam has remained identical with itself." (Jean L'heureux : Etude sur L'Islamisme, P.35)
"As a religion the Mohamedan religion, it must be confessed, is more suited to Africa than is the Christian religion: indeed, I would even say that it is more suited to the world as a whole …………….. (Italics are the present writer's) ………The achievement of the moslam faith enjoys, I maintain, a definite superiority, in proof of which may be cited moslem abstinence, sense of fraternity, condemnation of usury, and recognition of prophets other than its own. Its quality may be summed up by saying that it takes a man as he is, and white it does not pretend to make a good out of him, it seeks to regulate his conduct so that at least he shall become a good neighbor." (Lancelot Lawton : The sphere, London, 12th may, 1928)
WISEST, MOST LEARNED AND MOST ENLIGHTENED JURISPRUDENCE :
"The Muhammadan law which is binding on all from the crowned head to the meanest subject is a law interwoven with a system of the wisest, the most learned and the most enlightened jurisprudence that ever existed in the world." (Edmund Burke : in his (Impeachment of Warren Hastings")
Since I have proved by the testimonies of the various well known personalities, belonging to different religions, that the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is the only personality who can be called a "healthy tree which bears good fruit". So you should believe in him otherwise Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) himself will reject you and you would not be given any part from heavenly kingdom, as Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) warns clearly, "Not everyone who called me Lord, Lord! Will enter the kingdom of heaven, ……… ………………, when judgment day comes, may will say to me, Lord, Lord! In your name we spoke God's massage, by your name we drove out many demons and performed many miracles! Then I will say to them. I never know you. Get away from me, you wicked people. (Matthew 7 : 21 to 23)
It would happen only because of you don't practice his teachings, and reject the last Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) about whom he foretold you. According to the new testament Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) says :
"The helper will come the spirit who reveals the truth about God and who comes from the father. I will send him to you from the father. And will speak about me." (John , 15:26)
This passage, clearly, emphasises on coming of a Prophet after Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) who will help Jesus in his mission to convey the message of Allah Almighty to his creature as Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) has done. This prophet, the helper, will reveal the true attributes of God, as Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) has done by teaching mankind i.e. he is the one and only. Allah is independent of all and all are dependent upon Him. Neither has He an offspring nor is he the offspring of anyone and non is like unto Him." (Al-Qur'an 12)
The last Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) will speak about Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) too, introducing him, that Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is nothing but a man and messenger of Allah like other prophets ( Peace be upon them ) were.
Because Jesus Christ ( Peace be upon him ) further says:
"It is better for you that I go away, because if I don't go, the Helper will not come to you, …………………. . And when he comes, he will prove to the people of the world that they are wrong about sin and what is right and God's judgment. They are wrong about sin because they don't believe in me, they are wrong about what is right, because I am going to father and you will not see me anymore because they are wrong about judgment, the ruler of this world has already been judged." (John 16 : 7 to 11)
I can say with confidence that nobody deserves the title of "Helper", except, the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ), because he is the one after Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) who told the people real meaning of "What is sin and what is right" and what is judgment of Allah. According to the teachings of Christianity, the sin of Adam ( Peace be upon him ) and Eve was not forgiven. Hence every child is born in sin while according to teachings of Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) the sin of Adam ( Peace be upon him ) and Eve was forgiven. Every child is born in sinless. Sin is an acquisition and not a heritage as Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) says :
"You can be sure that on judgment day everyone will have to give account of useless word, he has ever spoken. Your word will be used to judge you - to declare that you either innocent or guilty." (Matthew 12 : 36,37)
Hence in this way, the Helper of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ), Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) tells you the real meanings of sin. According to the teachings of Christianity Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) was crucified, in order to remove the sin of mankind and he arisen after three days and met his disciples and the others.
While, according the teachings of the helper, Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ), Jesus was neither crucified nor resurrected. But he was uplifted to the sky and he will return as a man before dooms day, as Holy Qur'an proclaims:
"But they killed him not. Nor crucified him. But it was made to appear to them."
In the same way Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) denies his resurrection. He says :
"I am going to father and you will not see me any more." (John 16:10)
Hence according to the teachings of helper, Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him), Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) had finished his work, as Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) says :
"I have finished the work, you gave me to do". (John 17:4) and he was uplifted to the skies before his natural death so he will return to the earth to pass his natural life as a man not as prophet, as Jesus (Peace be upon him ) himself says:
"In a little while you would not see me any more, and then a little while later you will see me." (John 16:16)
In this above extract form John 16:16, the words "a little while" need explanation, because it is controversial between Muslims and Christians. According to Christians, these words mean three days, in order to prove the dogma of resurrection, but resurrection is too a false story as I have mentioned it earlier, while. according to the Muslims, these words (a little while) cover the time period of centuries. Let us examine that who is right in understanding the correct meaning of "a little while later" in the light of facts. If these words are taken as three days, according to the Christians, then it, ultimately, falsifies the prophecy of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) about the coming of a helper after him, because there came no prophet, who had to come to after Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) in three days after the so-called crucifixion of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ). So in this way, Christians themselves falsify the words of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ). Because neither Bible nor Christians proclaim about a prophet who came in these three days. On the other hand, if it is taken according to the Islamic point of view, it will prove the prophecy of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) as well as no one can dare to blame Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) of telling a lie.
I have explicitly explained the words "a little while later" and mentioned its real meaning in the light of strong and undeniable arguments.
Now there are two points of view before you, and you have to choose either one, Islamic point of view or Christian's dogma. If you choose later, you will blame Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) for telling a lie. And however, if you love Jesus ( Peace be upon him ), you will choose the former one because it is against the mannerism of love to put a charge on his own beloved one.
In short, the above discussion results that Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) completed his work and he conveyed the message of Allah to mankind. He taught the people unity of God and that he was a prophet of God, in these words:
"And this is life eternal, that they might know that the only true God and Jesus Christ ( Peace be upon him ), whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3, 1978 Edition)
Qur'an also testifies him. He (i.e. Jesus Peace be upon him ) spoke "Lo," I am the slave of God. He hath given me the scripture appointed me a prophet." He informed the people about the coming of a helper, the prophet in these words"
"When, however, the spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, he will lead you into all the truth about God." (John 16:13)
The Holy Qur'an also testifies the words of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) in these words:
"and bringing good tidings of a messenger who cometh after me whose name is "Praised one." (Qur'an 61:6)
"The praised" is very meaning of name Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ).
Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) did not tell only the coming of a prophet after him but also mentioned his Characteristics that:
"He will not speak on his own authority, but he will speak of what hears, and will tell you of things to come." (John 16:13)
The Holy Qur'an also testifies the Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) about mentioning the properties of the Prophet i.e. Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) in these words:
"He does not speak of his own desire. It is but a revelation which is sent down to him. One mighty in power has taught him." (Qur'an 53:3)
"And he is not stingy in the matter of conveying the knowledge of the unseen." (Qur'an 81:24)
That whole discussion clearly proves that the foretold prophet, by the Jesus ( Peace be upon him ), is Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ). If you don't believe in Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) having read these all references from the Holy Qur'an and Bible, then I write for you, what Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) told about the people like you, because there is no real remedy for such people.
"Seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand." (Matthew 13:13)
The Holy Qur'an also testifies this statement about such people in these words:
"Deaf, dumb, and blind, they will not return to the path." (Qur'an 2: )
Before going to discuss about the prophesies, which you have quoted from old testament, I want to clear that, we Muslims, believe in the Holy Qur'an, and according to the teachings of Qur'an, every country of the world had its divine messengers, who were one and all, human beings, and who were sent to mankind, at different periods of history, ever since the first beginnings of human life on earth.
Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) was also one among them. Belief in all of them is an article of Islamic faith. The religion preached by all those messengers or prophets ( Peace be upon them ) was the same, namely, Islam (Little submission to the will of God), though it received its perfection of form in the Quranic Revelation. Therefore all the divinely inspired teachers of mankind are the prophets of a Muslim. The Holy Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) being the last and final one. As Muslim believes in all the revealed scripture, though he follows only the Qur'an, firstly, it claims to attain the authentic teachings given in all the former scriptures, and secondly, because none of the former scriptures exists in its original and pure form. Such a case concerns to the Bible also. It has also lost its authenticity and integrity. But Christians affirm that their religion is based upon the New-Testament i.e. Christianity is revealed religion. But I say, it is merely a proclamation without proof. A revealed religion, in order to establish its claim, must produce a book revealed by God to the founder of that religion. But Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) gave no book to his followers. The New testament is only a collection of four incomplete narrations of his earthly sojourn by four individuals, two of them St. Mark and St. Luke were not his dispels, the acts of apostles, some Epistle - majority of them by St. Paul, who had not seen him, and revelation of St. John.
The question remains, where is book complied by the founder of religion? Alas! Christianity is a religion without a revealed book. To the lump excuse, that the four Gospels were revealed to the synoptists and St. John by God. I would resort that :
St. Luke accept that it is not a revelation by God, but a compiled biography of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) from hearsay. He Says:
"Many people have done their best to write a report of things that have taken place among us ……………… it would be good to write an orderly account for you. I do this……………….. . (Luke 1:1 to 4)
This preface by St. Luke proves that Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) left no book behind him, so his followers took upon themselves that task of setting forth a declaration of things most surely believed among them.
Why did God recall His words to these four writers and why did he not reveal to the founder Himself?
But the difficulty does not end here. Even the books written by Jesus followers lost to us for good. Hence no reliance can be placed upon these beautifully bound copies of the "Authorised Version" and the "Revised Version" in English and their multilingual translations in other languages. Their reversed version is an improvement upon the "authorised version" and this is the translation of certain Greek MSS. Viz., Codex Vaticanus, Codex Alexandrines, Codex Ephraem and Codex Benzac, supposed to have been scribed during fifth and sixth century after Christ.
Taking for granted that the original MS, was in Greek, the question arises how to account for the wide gap of five centuries between the original text and its existing copies mentioned above? How can it be proved that Codex Vaticanus is the faithful copy of the original text?
Where is the original text written during the life time of original writers or compilers of the New testaments?
Is there any evidence available that these Greek MSS. Are genuine or authentic production of the original?
These books could not be in Greek because Jesus ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) was a Jew, he born in a Jewish family, he preached Jews and his earliest converts were Jews, he spoke Aramaic - as it is evident from his last words on the cross, "Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani.. Under these circumstances, it is impossible that Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) and his disciples spoke and wrote in Greek - a language quite foreign to the Jews.
All commentators have agreed upon the fact that Matthew wrote his Gospel in Hebrew, but the text has been lost to us, for good. Now arises the pertinent question, who can prove that these existing Greek MSS, are faithful translation of the original Hebrew Gospel which is now no more to be seen in the world?
Thus I say with confidence that Christianity is a religion without any revealed book.
One more question, and I will bring this tragic story to close. According to all church historians of repute, says Mr. Mosheim in his "Ecclesiastical History", there were current in Christendom no less than 133 Gospels during the first three centuries after Christ.
In this connection, one would venture to ask the following questions:
1.Who selected these four out of 133 Gospels, which were current in the Christian world?
2.What authority had he? What section lay behind the selection?
3.Was it one individual or a body who did it?
4.What criterion did he keep before him in making this selection made?
The authenticity of the Qur'an:
We, Muslim, do not believe in translations or versions or editions. We are justly proud of possessing the entire word of God, revealed to the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) by Allah Himself in its original purity and pristine glory, in the very language which the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) and his blessed companions ( May Allah happy with them ) spoke. From China to Morocco, one and the same Qur'an is recited by the faithful in mosques and at home. No doubt, we have translated it into so many languages and dialects, but we always recite in Arabic - the original tongue in our daily prayers.
There is preserved in Baroda State Library, a MS of Holy Qur'an compiled in 143 A.H., Two others and more ancient are preserved in Constantinople, and one in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbikistan, written during the caliphate of Hazrat Usman ( May Allah happy with him ), only eighteen or twenty years after the death of the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) and these M.S. of Qur'an are exactly the same as the one lying on my table at this moment. The copies of the Qur'an current during the caliphate of Usman ( Peace be upon him ) were made out of the text preserved by Hazrat Abu-Bakar Siddiq ( May Allah happy with her ), and his text was collected by him during the life time of the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) and was approved by him in explicit terms. Its authenticity, integrity and genuineness were infect guaranteed by the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ). He actually supervised the task of compilation and during the last Ramadaan of his life, he recited the whole of the Qur'an from beginning to the end in the presence of the faithful, he recited the Qur'an twice before Gabriel ( Peace be upon him ).
Moreover, there were more than five score companions of the Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ), who could recite the Holy Qur'an by heart. In the short, the Qur'an which we read is not even an iota different from the one recited by the companions of the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ).
Finally, the Qur'an has always been free from variations in the text as well as interpolations of all sort which have crept into the text of the New testament. Even the so-called original Greek MSS differ from one another in many places and in the absence of the genuine text, it is quite impossible now to determine the genuineness of the verses in question. But in the words of Sir S. Muir, except the Qur'an, "there is no other book under the sun, which for the last twelve centuries has remained with so pure a text". (Vide Life of Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) - Introduction - by Sir W. Muir published 1858)
Now, let us come to analyse the first prophecy which you have quoted from Isa, 7:14 :
"Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign, the virgin will be with child …………………… …………. Will call him Immanuel."
In this extract, the word "virgin" is translation of the Hebrew word of a'lmah. The word a'lmah does not mean "virgin" as generally interpreted by the Christian theologians and therefore applied to the virgin Mary, but it signifies "a marriageable woman, maiden, demsel". Now Christians also have accepted this, you can see this in the revised version of Bible, and you will find there "a young woman, who is pregnant." But it is still wrong because the Hebrew word for virgin, is "bthula". So you can't use the word "a'lmah" which means a marriageable woman, for Mary ( May Allah happy with her ), the mother of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ). Then the child's name is to be Emanuel, which means "God is with us". There are hundreds of Hebrew names, which are composed of "el" and another noun, which terms either the first or the last syllable of such compound nouns. Neither Isaih nor King Ahaz, nor any Jew, ever thought that the newly born infant would be himself "God-with-us". They never thought anything else but that his name only would be as such. But the text expressly says that it was Ahaz (who seems to have known the maiden with child), that would give the boy that name. Ahaz was in danger his enemies were pressing hard against Jerusalem, and this promise was made to him by showing him a sign, namely, a pregnant maiden, and not a virgin Mary ( May Allah happy with her ), that would come into the world more than seven hundred years later. This simple prediction of child, that would be born during the reign of Ahaz was equally misunderstood by the writer of the gospel of Matthew. (Matthew 1:23)
"The name "Jesus" was given by the Angel Gabriel" (Matthew 1:21) and he was never called "Emanuel". Is it not scandalous to take this name as an argument and proof of the Christian doctrine of the "Incarnation".
The second extract from Isa : chapter 9 indicates towards a person who would be sent to an earth, full of ignorance. This sign tells that Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) can't fulfill this prophecy because he was not sent to the earth of ignorance and death. But he came to an earth which was already illuminated by different prophets like John Baptist, Zacharia and Eliah ( Peace be upon them ). Secondly, we come to know, in the light of Bible, that only 12 persons accepted him but they also left him in difficulty, when he was taken to cross. So he does not deserve the title of wonderful counselor. Thirdly he can't be Mighty God. Because he taught, according to Bible, his followers, the unity of God.
The scripture says, "worship the Lord, your God, and serve Him only." (Matthew 4:10)
Fourthly he had no any kingdom. So he can't be a prince. Fifthly he had no any government to rule. So how could he run it? Your Bible is also quite about his government and ruling authority. So he does not deserve this prophecy. On the contrary, if we see the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ), he really deserves this prophecy. Anybody who knows the life history of Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ), he will testify that he was a wonderful counselor , and an everlasting spiritual father of the mankind, because he changed the life of uncounted people by his teaching. He was not only a prince of peace but a symbol of peace, who forgave his bitter enemies when he conquered the Holy Mecca, when he established the government of Islam in Madinah even a single drop of blood did not shed. There is no end to his government, you can see that there are so many countries in the world are called Islamic republican. He also fulfills the former part for this prophecy. Hence, he is the one, who was sent to the Arabs, who were the people of darkness. No prophet came there after Ismail ( Peace be upon him ), then Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) was sent to them and he was given birth by a married woman of Abdullah ( May Allah happy with them ), and he illuminated them by the light of revelation.
In the last lines, you wrote that you accepted Christianity and became a Christian. After reading your story, I think you came to trust in Christianity only, because these prophesies which are found in the old testament, though, you admitted that Bible was not reliable for you. Then how did you know its integrity and how did you come to know that Bible including both old testament and New testament are not corrupted, unchanged and interpolated book. I, on your behalf, to write briefly some points which will prove the old testament is also an unreliable book and it can never be, in this current state, words of God. There are a lot of discrepancies and contradictions in Bible, so it is not trustworthy and reliable. I write a few discrepancies and contradictions, you will find that the authors of the books of "Chronicles" and of "Samuel" are telling us the same story about David ( Peace be upon him ) a census of Jews. Where did David ( Peace be upon him ) get his inspiration to do this novel deed? The author of two "Samuel" (24:1) says that it was the "Lord", God who moved (RSV. Incited) David, but the author of "Chronicles" (21:1) says that it was Satan, who provoked (RSV. Incited) David to such a dastardly thing! How could the Almighty God have been the source of these contradictory "inspiration"? is it a God or Satan? In which religion God is synonymous with Devil.
Read it :
II Samuel 24
"And again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel and he moved David to say, go, number Israel and Judah."
I Chronicles 21
" And Satan stood up against Israel and provoked David to number Israel."
Read coming extracts and see the discrepancy in both :
The writer of the II Samuel, anonymous,, writes, "So God came to David, and told him and said unto him, shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy Lord; or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they peruse thee? (II Samuel 24:13)
(I Chronicles 21:11)
" 11 - So Gad came to David, and said to him, thus saith the Lord, Choose thee 12 - Either three years famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee
How Old Was JEHOIACHIN? 8 or 18
"Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem : and he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord." (II Chronicles 36:9)
"Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother's name was Elnathan of Jerusalem." (II Kings 24:8)
700 or 7000 ?
" 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew the men of Seven hundred horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain of their host, who died there." (II Samuel 10)
" 18 Nut the Syrians fled before Israel : and David Slew of Syrians Seven thousands footmen and killed Shopach the captain of the host." (I Chronicles 19)
THE DIFFERENCE 2000 and 3000 IS ONLY 50% EXAGGERATION !
" 26 And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies : it contained two thousands flowers." (I Kings 7)
" 5 And the thickness of it was an handbreadth, and the brim of it like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies : and it received and held three thousand baths." (II Chronicles 4)
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 4 THOUSAND AND 40 THOUSAND :
" And Solomon had four thousand stalls of horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem." (II Chronicles, chapter 9:25)
IS ONLY 36000!
"And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen." (I Kings, Chapter 4:26)
SEXY STORIES OF THE PROPHETS AND THEIR PARENTAGE :
Bible is such an immodest, immoral and sexual book that it can't be called the word of God. It can't be given to the children and noble men for study.
See following chapters :
"Genesis chapter 19 from 30 to the end."
"Genesis chapter 38"
"II Samuel chapter 11."
AN AMAZING THING :
I want to draw your attention to the most amazing thing, that according to the genealogy of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) , given by St. Matthew and St. Luke, six adulterers and offspring of incest have been imposed upon this Holy Man Prophet of Allah. So according to the teachings of old testament, he can't be a prophet as Moses ( Peace be upon him ) says:
"No one born out of wedlock or any descendent of such a person, even in the tenth generation may included among the Lord's people." (Due 23:2)
Note :- According to the Islamic belief Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is a prophet of God.
If, you still don't reject Bible, having read all of these proofs then I prove the prophethood of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) from your believed and trustful book, old testament.
Moses ( Peace be upon him ) prophases about the promised prophet in these words:
"The Lord came from Sinai, and rase up from seir unto them, he shined forth form mount Paran and he came with ten thousands of saints from his right hand, went a fiery law yea, he loved the people, all his saints are in thy hand and they sent down at thy feet, everyone shall receive of thy words." (Due 33:2,3)
(It is very shameful for Christians that they have tried to change this prophecy in the edition 1979 and they have changed the word "saints" into angels.) and in Urdu version it has been replaced by "a million of angels-"
In these words, the Lord has been compared with the sun. he comes from Sinai, he rises from sier, but he shines in his full glory from Paran, the Mecca mountain, where he had to appear with ten thousands of saints with a fiery law in his right hand. None of Israelites, including Jesus ( Peace be upon him ), had anything to do with Paran, the Macca mountain Hager ( May Allah happy with her ) with her son Ismael ( Peace be upon him ) wondered in the wilderness of Beirsheba, who afterwards dwell in the wilderness of Paran, and he was Ismael ( Peace be upon him ) who was promised by God, that he will make him a great nation. See Genesis; chapter 21
"for I will make him a great nation." (Genesis 21:18)
Read this quotation about his dwelling in the wilderness of Paran.
"And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt." (Genesis 21:21)
He married an Egyptian woman, and through his first born, Kedar, gave descend to the Arabs who from that time till now are dwellers of the wilderness of Paran. And if Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) admittedly on all hands traces his descent to Ismael ( Peace be upon him ) through Kedar and he appeared as prophet in the wilderness of Paran and re-entered Mecca with ten thousands saints and gave a fiery law to his people, is not the prophecy above mentioned fulfilled to its very letter? The words of prophecy in Habakkuk are especially noteworthy. His (the Holy one from Paran) glory covered the heavens and the earth was full of his praise. The word "praise" is very significant, as very name Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) literally means, "the praised one".
In connection with it, there are two other prophecies worthy of note where references has been made to Kedar, the father of Arab.
The one runs thus in chapter 60 of Isaiah:
"Arise, shine; for the light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people. But the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to they light, and kings to the brightness of they rising ………… …… …………………. . All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine alter, and I will glorify the house of my glory." (Isaiah 60: 1 to 8)
the other prophecy is again in Isaiah :
"For thus hath the Lord said unto me, within year, according to the years of a hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail.
Ant the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the Lord God Israel hath spoken it." (Isaiah 21:16,17)
Read this prophecy in Isaiah in the light of one in Deuteronomy which speaks of the shining forth of God from Paran. If Ismael inhabited the wilderness of Paran, where he gave birth to Kedar, who is the ancestor of Arab, and if the son of Kedar had to receive revelation from God. If the flocks of Kedar had to come up with acceptance to a divine alter to glorify the house of my glory, where the darkness had to cover the earth for some centuries and that very land had to receive light from God, and if all the glory of Kedar had to fail and number of archers, the mighty men of children of Kedar, had to diminish within a year after the one fled from the swords and from the bent bows the Holy one from Paran." (Hab: 3:20) Is no one else than Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ). Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is the holy offspring of Ismael ( Peace be upon him ) through Kedar, who settled in the wilderness of Paran. Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is the only Prophet through whom the Arabs received revelation at the time when the darkness had cover the earth. Through him God shone form Paran, and Mecca is the only place where the house of God is glorified and the flocks of Kedar came up with acceptance on its alter. Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) was persecuted by his people and had to leave Mecca. He was thirsty and fled from drawn sword and the bent bow, and within a year after his light the descendants of Kedar meet him at Badar, the place of the first battle between the Meccans and the Prophet, the children of Kedar and their number of archers diminish and all the glory of Kedar fails. If the Holy Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is not to be accepted as the fulfillment of all these prophecies, they will still remain unfulfilled. "The House of my Glory" referred to in Isaiah chapter 60 is the house of God at Mecca and not the Church of Christ as thought by Christian commentators. The flocks of Kedar, as mentioned in verse 7, had never come to the Church of Christ, and it is a fact that the village of Kedar and their in habitants are the only people in the whole world who have remained unpenetrable to any influence of the Church of Christ. Again, the mention of 10,000 saints in Deuteronomy chapter 33 is very significant.
"He (God) shined forth from Paran, and he came with 10,000 saints"
Read the whole history of the wilderness of Paran and you find no other event but when Mecca was conquered by the Prophet ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ). He came with 10,000 followers from Madina and re-enters "The house of my Glory". He gives the fiery law to the world, which reduced to ashes all other laws. The comforter – the spirit of Truth - spoken of by Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) was no other than Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) himself. It can't be taken as the Holy Ghost, as the Church theology says, "It is the expedient for you that I go away, " says Jesus ( Peace be upon him ), "for if I go not away the comforter will not come unto you, but if I depart, I will send unto you" The words clearly show that the comforter had to come after the departure of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ), and was not with him, when he uttered these words. Are we to presume that Jesus was deviod ( Peace be upon him ), besides, the way in which Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) describes him makes him a human being not a ghost. "He shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear that he shall speak". Should we presume that the Holy Ghost and God are two distinct entities and that the Holy Ghost speaks of himself and also what he hear from God? The words of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) clearly refer to some messenger from God. He calls him the spirit of truth, and so the Qur'an speaks of Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ), "Nay, he has come with the truth and verified the apostles".
There are too many prophecies which are found in Bible about Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ). But I write only one on your behalf that you may achieve the light of guidance.
There is a prophecy in Deuteronomy in these words:
" I will raise them up a prophet from 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." (Deu 18:18)
The Christian commentators proclaim that this prophecy refers Jesus and they try to prove resemblance between Jesus and Moses ( Peace be upon him ) on the base of two points, firstly Moses ( Peace be upon him ) was Jew, and Jesus was also a Jew secondly Moses ( Peace be upon him ) was a prophet and Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) was also a prophet, so Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) was like Moses ( Peace be upon him ). But I say that, on the basis of these two points, this resemblance can be proved, very easily, for other persons also like David, Solomon and Zachariah ( Peace be upon them ); because all of them were Jews as well as prophets. Thus it is not a real criterion to prove the resemblance between Moses and Jesus ( Peace be upon them ). On the contrary, I tell you that Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) was not like Moses ( Peace be upon him ), firstly, according to you - Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is a God, but Moses ( Peace be upon him ) is not a God, therefore Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is not like Moses ( Peace be upon him ). Secondly, according to you - Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) died for the sins of the world, but Moses ( Peace be upon him ) did not have to die for the sins of the world, therefore Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is not like Moses ( Peace be upon him ). Thirdly, according to you - Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) went to Hell for three days, but Moses ( Peace be upon him ) did not have to go there; therefore Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is not like Moses ( Peace be upon him ).
Now I show you that Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is a only person who fulfills the requirements of this prophecy, because:
1. Moses ( Peace be upon him ) had a father and mother. Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) also had father and mother. But Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) had only a mother, and no human father, therefore Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is not like Moses ( Peace be upon him ), but Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is like Moses ( Peace be upon him ).
2. Moses ( Peace be upon him ) and Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) were born in the normal, natural course, i.e. the physical association of man and woman, but Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) was created by a special miracle, you can see it in the Gospel of St. Matthew, it mentions:
"…………….. before they came together, she was found with child by the Holy Ghost." (1:18)
Therefore Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is not like Moses ( Peace be upon him ), but Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is like Moses ( Peace be upon him ).
3. Moses and Muhammad ( Peace be upon them ) married and begot children, but Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) remained a bachelor all of his life. Therefore Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is not like Moses ( Peace be upon him ), but Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is like Moses ( Peace be upon him ).
4. Moses and Muhammad ( Peace be upon them ) were accepted as prophets by their people in their very life time. No doubt the Jews gave endless troubles to Moses ( Peace be upon him ), but as a nation they acknowledged that Moses ( Peace be upon him ) was a messenger of God sent to them. In the same way, Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) also suffered very badly by the Arabs. But before his demise, the Arab nation as a whole accepted him as a messenger of Allah.
But, according to the Bible: "He came unto his own, but his own received him not." (John 1:11)
Therefore Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is not like Moses (Peace be upon him), but Muhammad (May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is like Moses (Peace be upon him).
5. Moses and Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon them ) were prophets as well as kings. By king, I mean a person who has the power of life and death over his people. It is immaterial whether he was ever addressed as king or monarch. If the man has the prerogative of inflicting capital punishment, he is a king.
Moses ( Peace be upon him ) possessed such a power. As the Bible testifies that "a Israelite who was found picking up fire wood on Sabbath day, and Moses ( Peace be upon him ) had him stoned to death. (Numbers 15:36)
There are many other crimes also mentioned in Bible for which capital punishment was inflicted on the Jews at the behest of Moses ( Peace be upon him ). Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ), too, had the power of life and death over his people. But the Holy Prophet Jesus (Peace be upon him ) could only deliver message, but could not enforce the law, like lot, Jonah, Daniel and John the Baptist ( Peace be upon them ). The Christian Gospel confirms this, when Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) was dragged the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, charged for sedition, Jesus (Peace be upon him ) made a convenient point in his defense to refute the false charge. Jesus (Peace be upon him ) answered :
"My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, that would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews, But now is my kingdom not from hence." (John 18:36)
This extract clearly proves that Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) had a spiritual kingdom only. In other words he was a prophet only. Therefore Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is not like Moses ( Peace be upon him ), but Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is like Moses ( Peace be upon him ).
6. Moses & Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon them ) brought new laws and new regulations for their people. As regards Jesus ( Peace be upon him ), when the Jews felt suspicious of him that he might be an impostor with designs to pervert their teachings, Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) took pains to assure them that he had not come with a new religion. I quote his own words"
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily, I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or title shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew 5:17,18)
in other words he had not come with any new laws and regulations, he came only to fulfill old law. Therefore Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is not like Moses ( Peace be upon him ), but Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is like Moses ( Peace be upon him ).
7. Both Moses and Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon them ) was died natural deaths, but according to Christianity, Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) violently killed on the cross. Therefore Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is not like Moses ( Peace be upon him ), but Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is like Moses ( Peace be upon him ).
Note :- According to the Holy Qur'an Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) was not crucified, but he was uplifted to the skies and he is still alive.
8. Moses and Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) both lie buried in earth, but Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) rests in heaven. Therefore Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) is not like Moses ( Peace be upon him ), but Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is like Moses ( Peace be upon him ).
What I have written up to now, from one to eight, is to prove only one point out of the whole prophecy --- that is proving the phrase "Like unto thee"----- like you -----like Moses ( Peace be upon him ). This prophecy is much more than this single phrase which reads as follows :
"I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren like unto thee ………………"
The emphasis is on the words --- "From among their brethren". Moses ( Peace be upon him ) and his people, the Jews, are here addressed as a reeial entity and as such their brethren would undoubtedly be the Arabia. You see, the Holy Bible speaks of Abraham ( Peace be upon him ) as the "Friend of God". Abraham ( Peace be upon him ) had two wives, Sarah and Hagar ( May Allah happy with them ), Hagar ( May Allah happy with her ) bore Abrham ( Peace be upon him ) a son, his first born. "……………….. And Abraham ( Peace be upon him ) called his son's name which Hagar ( May Allah happy with her ) bore, Ismael ( Peace be upon him )." (Genesis, 16:15)
"And Ismael, his son was thirteen years after the birth of Ismael ( Peace be upon him ) God granted Abraham ( Peace be upon him ) another son through Sarah ( May Allah happy with her ), named Isaac ( Peace be upon him ). Hence children of one father are the brethren of each other, so the children of the one are the brethren of the children of the other. The children of Isaac ( Peace be upon him ) are the Jews and the children of Ismael ( Peace be upon him ) are the Arabs. So they are brethren to one another Bible affirms:
" And he Ismael ( Peace be upon him ) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren." (genesis 16:12)
"And he died in the presence of all his brethren." (Genesis 25:18)
The children of Isaac ( Peace be upon him ) are the brethren of the Ismaelites in the same manner Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) is from among the brethren of the Israelites, because he was a descendent of Ismael ( Peace be upon him ), the son of Abraham ( Peace be upon him ). This is exactly as the prophecy has it:
From among there brethren" (Due 18:18)
There the prophecy distinctly mentions that the coming prophet who would be like Moses ( Peace be upon him ), must arise not from the "children of Israel" or "from among themselves" but from among their brethren Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ), therefore was among their brethren.
The prophecy precedes further, "……………. And I will put my words into his mouth". It, clearly, means that the coming prophet will not utter his own words but he will imitate and repeat the words of God. You can see this thing in case of Prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) when he received first revelation, the Archangel Gabriel ( Peace be upon him ) asked him to read but he refused him saying that I am not learned. The angel commanded him a second time with the same result. For the third time the angel continued.
"Read in the name of thy Lord and cherisher, who created." (Holy Qur'an 96:1)
Then Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) grasped that what was required of him was to repeat to rehearse. And he repeated the words as they were put into his mouth. You can see such a particular style at so many places in the Holy Qur'an. I am writing for you a few examples, in chapter 112, Allah Almighty reveals his last prophet:
"Say; He is Allah the one." In chapter 113, Allah Almighty orders his prophet Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ),
"Say; I seek refuge in the Lord of day break." In chapter 114, Allah Almighty addresses his prophet in the same manner of "putting words into his mouth":
"Say; I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind." During the twenty three years of revelation, words were put into his mouth and he uttered them, this was exactly as foretold in the prophecy under discussion:
"And I will put my words in his mouth." (Deu 18:18) Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) experience in the cave of Hira, later to be known as Jabal-un-Noor "The Mount of Light" and his response to that revelation is the exact fulfillment of another Biblical prophecy. In the book of Isaiah; chapter 24, verse 12, we read:
"And the book (Al-Kitab, Al-Qur'an, - The reading; the recitation) is delivered to him that is not learned."
[(An-nabi-Al-Ummi) The unlettered prophet, Holy Qur'an 7:158] "saying read this I pray thee" (the words "I pray thee" are not in the Hebrew manuscripts; compare with Roman Catholics "Douay version and also with the revised standard version")
"And he saith I am not learned" (I am not learned is the exact translation of the words " Ma Ana bi qari in " which words Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) uttered twice to the Holy Ghost-Archangel Gabriel ( Peace be upon him ) when he was commanded " Iqra " "Read". Let me quote the verse in full without a break as found in the king James version or the Authorised version as it is more popularly known"
"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)
( Note :- This prophecy also has been changed in the re-revised version of 1979 like other prophecies).
It may be noted that there were no Arabic Bibles in existence in the 6th century of the Christian Era when Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) lived and preached, besides, he was absolutely unlettered and unlearned. No human had ever taught him a word. His teacher was his creator.
"He does not speak (ought) of his own desire. It is no less than inspiration sent down to him." (Holy Qur'an 53:3,4)
What I have written up to now, it is enough for a searcher of guidance. I have proved the prophethood of Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) from the New Testament as well as from the Old Testament. Now it is your duty to accept the shinning truth, otherwise read the coming passage what does Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) warn you:
"When judgment day comes, many will say to me, Lord, Lord! In your name we spoke God's message, by your name we drove out many demons and performed many miracles. Then I will say to them, I never knew you, Get away from me, you wicked people." (Matthew 7:22)
Do you consider that why will he reject his lovers and believers in him? I tell you that it would happen only because of disobeying his teachings about God and the coming prophet who had been foretold you. My dear! If you want to save yourself from the wrath of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) and his God, then accept the true message of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) about the foretold prophet, the helper, the good tree who bears good fruit i.e. Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ). The Holy Qur'an also invites to the right path of God in this beautiful style :
"Those who follow the messengers, the prophet who can neither read, nor write, when they will find described in Torah and the Gospel (which are) with them he will enjoin on them that which is the right and forbid them which is wrong. He will make lawful for them all good things and prohibit for them only the foul and he ill relieve them of their burden and the fatters that they used to wear. Then those who believe in him and honour him and help him and follow the light which is sent down with him, they are the successful." (Al-Qur'an 7:157)
In the last lines of your letter you wrote:
"I decided to dedicate my entire life to promote the Good News of Christ among Muslims and especially the people of my own country." You further wrote that you received your graduate degree in Bible and Theological Studies.
My dear! I became quite surprised after reading these lines, because according to your Bible, Christianity is not for the whole mankind but it is limited for the scattered sheep of son's of Israel ( Peace be upon him ).
I write it for you from Bible:
"Go not into the way of the Gentiles and into any city of Samaritans an enter ye not but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel ( Peace be upon him )." (Matthew 10:5,6)
You can't show even a single sentence of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ) in which he claimed that he is a prophet for whole mankind, then why do you preach others. This message was only for Israelites, not for the whole mankind. If you preach it to other nations, you will oppose the orders of Jesus ( Peace be upon him ). On the contrary, a Muslim can preach others because Islam is the only religion which has been endowed by Allah |Almighty for the whole mankind, as the Holy Qur'an mentions:
"Say! O, Muhammad ( May Blessing and Peace be upon him ) ! O' mankind! Lo I am the messenger of Allah to you all (the messenger Him) unto whom belongeth, the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, there is no God save Him. He quickenth and the giveth death. So believe in Allah and his messenger, the prophet, who can neither read nor write, who believeth in Allah and in His words and follow him that haply ye may be led aright." (Qur'an 7:158)
So, my dear! I call you from the core of my heart to the true guidance of Allah Almighty i.e. ISLAM.