MUHAMMAD IN THE BIBLE?

Muslims seem to have an inconsistent atitude towards the Bible.  Some claim that its content has been corrupted whilst others declare that it was made up by the Catholic Church in the 4th century.  Nevertheless Muslims scholars, in recent years, have published books and pamphlets declaring that the Bible predicts the coming of the prophet of Islam.

In one such article the author states:

According to Deuteronomy 18:18 God speaks to the Prophet Moses and tells him that he will raise up a new Prophet who has certain clearly identifiable characteristics: I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him. [Deuteronomy 18:18-19]

In this prophecy God is telling Moses that he will raise a Prophet like him, who will be from ‘among their brethren’. Since these verses are directed to Moses and the Jewish People, the ‘brethren’ mentioned here are the brethren of the Jewish people.[1]

The scriptures quoted state:

I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and
will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall
command him.  And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require [it] of him.
(Deuteronomy 18:18-19)

The argument continues:

Now Abraham, the forefather of the Jewish nation had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac (Genesis 21). The children of Isaac are the cousins of the children of the Ishmael. The children of Isaac are the Jews and the children of Ishmael are the Arabs.

‘Brethren’ in the language of the Old Testament can refer to the Jews themselves (Numbers 32:6), or to the ancestral cousins of the Jews such as the Arabs, Edomites and others (see Deuteronomy 2:4,8 for usage of the word ‘brethren’). So the Arabs are considered the brethren of the Jews.[2]

Here the inference is that this prophet would come out of the descendents of Ishmael and the scripture in Deuternomy 2 is quoted in order to back up this idea.  Deuteronomy 2:2 states:

And command thou the people, saying, Ye [are] to pass through the coast of your
brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of
you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore:

Here the descendents of Esau are referred to as “Brethren.”  Esau was the twin brother of Jacob and both of these boys were the children of Isaac.  In fact Jacob later was given the name “Israel” by God.  This has nothing to do with Ishmael.

And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she [was] barren: and the
LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived……And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, [there were] twins in her womb.  And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.  And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and
his name was called Jacob: and Isaac [was] threescore years old when she bare
them.  (Genesis 25:21-26)

So the children of Esau are rightly called the “Brethren” of the children of Israel.

Another thing to note is that the prophet mentioned in Deuteronomy would not only be of the brethren of the Children of Israel, but he would also come from amongst the people of Israel:

The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
(Deuteronomy 18:15)

God specifically states that the coming prophet would be a descendent of Jacob who later became Israel:

And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince
hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
(Genesis 32:28)

Another argument raised is:

The Old Testament prophesises the coming of a Prophet from Arabia who would be from the descendants of Kedar. The verses of Isaiah 42 describe the coming of a Prophet who God refers to as ‘my Messenger’ (Isaiah 42:19). This Messenger would be from ‘the villages that Kedar inhabits’ (Isaiah 42:11), which means that the Messenger would emerge from Arabia since that’s where the villages of the descendants of Kedar lived according to Isaiah 21:13-17. This Messenger would give ‘judgment’, ‘light’ and ‘Law’ to the ‘Gentiles’ (Isaiah 42:1-4). Gentiles is a term referring to the non-Jews. This Messenger would be a ‘man of war’ who will first be persecuted and then will fight and defeat idol worshippers (Isaiah 42:13-17).

This description fits Muhammad (pbuh) exactly. Muhammad (pbuh) emerged from Arabia and was a direct descendant of Kedar, he was persecuted by and then fought and defeated the idol worshippers. He bought about ‘judgment’ and ‘law’ to a lawless Arab people (Arabs would be classed as ‘Gentiles’) when he became the ruler of the Arabian Peninsula.[3]

Isaiah 42 does give information as to the “prophet” however the article overlooks a couple of important facts:

  1. Vs. 11 states:  Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up [their voice], the villages [that] Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.  It does not state that the prophet would would be from ‘the villages that Kedar inhabits’, it is saying that these should rejoice at the coming of the “Servant of the Lord”!
  2. In  Chapter 42 it also states of this Servant of the Lord:  I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will
    keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the
    Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.  Thus this Servant of the Lord will have the power to restore sight to the blind!

The Apostle Matthew reveals to us who this Servant of the Lord was:

But when Jesus knew [it], he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes
followed him, and he healed them all;  And charged them that they should not make him known: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.  He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.  And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
(Matthew 12:15-21)

These arguments put forth by Muslims to promote their prophet are spurious to say the least.  Muslims say that the Bible had been corrupted yet whoever authored this article has done just that, taken the scriptures and twisted them to suit his/her claims.

[1] Muhammad in the Bible–One Reason.Org
[2] ibid
[3] ibid

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9 Comments

  1. submit

    Prophecy Servant of God
    ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
    word Atmak not necessarily means ‘whom I uphold’ but is infact a name

    the writing of Atmak is אתמך
    the writing of Ahmad is אחמד

    Isaiah 42:1
    God says
    “Behold, ‘My Servant’ (pronounced as Abd-ee), ‘whom I uphold’ (pronounced as Atmak);

    God mentioning about the coming of His servant
    Behold My Servant Ahmad (Isaiah 42:1) – so who is this Ahmad as in God’servant?

    He is none other than
    Abd-Allah Ahmad (Servant of God, Ahmad) – Prophet Muhammad s.a.w

    • The ACTUAL Hebrew text doesn’t simply say “Atmak” as you state, it states אֶתְמָ־מָ which is pronounced
      “et’mäkh’-Bô” which literally means “to obtain” or “To keep fast” translated as “Whom I uphold”. This is not “Ahmad” as you so incorrectly state, in fact this Hebrew word אחמד (Ahmad)that you put is NOT in the text at all! I don´t know who you got this information from but it certainly was not from a reliable source. The whole of Chapter 42 is a prophecy concerning the coming of Messiah whose coming would herald the New Covenant (as was prophesied by Jeremiah) which would bring the Gentiles into the Commonwealth of Israel.

      Verse 1 speaks of Him bringing “judgement to the Gentiles.” This word for “Judgement” is משפט (Mishpawt) which speaks of His justifying the Gentiles, who at the time were outside of the covenants made between God and the Children of Jacob (Jacob also being called Israel viz Genesis 32:28 “And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”) Thus through Messiah the Gentiles may also be considered as joint-heirs to the promises sworn unto Jacob/Israel, which he (Jacob/Israel) inherited through his father, and Grandfather before him. As the great Rabbi Sha’ul of Tarsus would later write,
      When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Messiah,which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Messiah Jesus through the gospel. (Ephesians 3:4-6)

      No, Isaiah does not speak of your prophet, but he does speak of the one who would come who would also be called, “Immanuel” (God amongst us) and the child who would be born for us “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
      (Isaiah 9:6) and who would later give His life for the sins of the world,
      But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned–every one–to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53: 5-12)

      This same Messiah that the prophet Daniel spoke of when he wrote:
      And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
      (Daniel 9:26)

      • Submit

        please check oldest form of writing without vowel, this word ‘Atmk’ is only used once throughout bible. and compared it to the writing of Ahmd.

        Read the prophecy regarding the events in wilderness of arabia, molten idol worshipping, and lastly reminder to Children of Israel in the last portion of verses upon the coming of God’s servant

  2. Submit

    The prophecy tells Ahmad; ‘Servant of God’ will war in bringing judgement, to correct the wrongs. He will also liberate Arabia from worshiping molten images. Wilderness (desert), villages and cities will glorify God. This is what happen today. Whole of Arabia worshiping God daily.

    And we continue reading Isaiah 42:18 – 25; Children of Israel will still be deaf and blind as they neglect the message brought by the ‘Servant of God’.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    In Isaiah 42:1, this cannot be a coincidence. If we look at the writing of אתמך (Atmc) אחמד (Ahmad). Not to mentioned אתמך (Atmc) is a term used only once throughout. [Scribes copying error or indeed an intended error?] And the word before אתמך (Atmc), is עבדי (Abedi~My Servant). It is indeed indicating Ahmad; Abedallah (Ahmad; Servant of God).

    Children of Israel had been foretold by the coming of Ahmad but only a few accepts.

    • Yet again you are wrong. This work Atmak is also used in other parts of the Tanakh:

      In Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

      The Hebrew translated “I will uphold thee” is אף־תמכתיך (af-T’makh’Tiykhä) It is the same in Psalm 119:116 & Isaiah 63:5. It simply means UPHOLD! Nothing to do with Muhammad!

      If you know anything about the scribes who copied out the scriptures you will know that every copy of the scriptures had to be copied out exactly and 100% correct. Any deviation from the original meant that the particular page the error was made on would have to be removed and buried, and the entire page would have to be copied out again from scratch.

      As I said your source is unreliable. Perhaps you should quit labouring the point because you are obviously NOT versed in Hebrew!

      • submitter

        Please check there is an aleph in front of the word אתמך (Atmc), thus then compare it with אחמד (Ahmd). It is only used once throughout the Book. What you post as comparison is a verb, not a noun (to be specific ; a NAME of Servant of God) as shown in Isaiah 42:1.

        The same proclamation of Servants of God with their name mentioned has been done by God before (e.g My Servant Isaiah, My Servant David, Yacob My Servant, Israel My Servant; and so in Isaiah 42 it is My Servant Ahmad)

      • The word אחמד (Ahmd) does NOT appear at all. Why do you keep insisting it does?

        The word in the HEBREW is אתמך (Atmc)!

        You are trying to make the text say something that it does NOT say. You are doing exactly what you accuse the scribes who copied the text out so faithfully of–altering the text!

        This is typical of the enemies of the Bible and the enemies of the Son of God do, accuse others of the very things they themselves do!

        The High Priest, Caiaphas accused Messiah of Blasphemy because He stated that He was the Son of God…

        Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses? Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.
        (Mark 14:61-64)

        The Lord Jesus did NOT blaspheme by admitting to be the Son of the Blessed (the God of Israel), however the High Priest DID by tearing his clothes:

        “And [he that is] the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes;” (Leviticus 21:10)

        This was a sin worthy of death:

        As Moses spoke to Aaron the first High Priest of Israel:
        “And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled.”(Leviticus 10:6)

        It is a serious thing to tamper with the Word of God!

        “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19)

        I would counsel you to tread carefully on this matter unless you fall prey to the judgement of God!

  3. Submitter

    Romans were not mentioned in Isaiah 42 thus they cannot be relate to preaching to gentiles.

    The meaning of the verse Isaiah 42:10-12 clearly say it will be the inhabitants of Arabia that will travel to far end of earth to proclaim His praise. Not Romans that spread Pauline-Christianity as can be seen today. And indeed inhabitants of Arabia have been travelling to spread New Song since 7th century till today spreading the message that is Islam. Muslims proclaim His praise everyday.

    • If we look at the prophecy we can read that the prophecy is concerning the Lord’s servant:
      “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.”(Isaiah 42:1) In conjunction with all similar prophecies we know that this servant is the same one that Isaiah prophesies about in other places:

      “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

      “And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:5-6)

      Who, of the annointed messengers of God, was called “Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace?” A descendant of King David? I know of only one.

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