UNDERSTANDING ISLAM Part 4 - The Prophet of Islam
The first pillar of Islam is called the Shahada. Translated into English, it goes like this: "There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet." You might call this one of the "fundamentals of the faith" for Islam.
Most muslims refer to Mohammed as “the prophet" in one form or another, and in Islamic countries, a person can be put to death for insulting "the prophet." It is obvious that Mohammed's role as the prophet of Allah is an issue that muslims take very seriously.
It is assumed that the reason Mohammed is referred to as "the prophet of Allah" is because it was he who produced the "holy" Koran; that is, the Koran itself is acknowledged as a prophetic work. Strangely enough, upon examining the life of Mohammed as it is described in the Hadith, and searching the Koran from cover to cover, one comes up a little "short" on prophecy. To be blunt, Mohammed is to a prophet what a duck is to a speed boat. And a DEAD duck, at that.
(Now, right along in here is a good place for nice ecumenical folk to start getting upset and "flipping out." We remind you that this is a FACTUAL treatment of the material on Islam. Don't get upset with us for simply pointing out what is so.)
There are two categories of statements in the Koran which could be classified as Mohammed taking a shot (in the dark) at prophesying. In one category, we find statements made concerning the outcomes of certain battles. Sura 8:36 is commentary on a battle (the battle of Badr) given AFTER the battle took place. This can hardly be called prophecy. Another instance claimed as prophecy by the muslim scholars is Sura 44:9-16, which supposedly forecasts the defeat of the Meccans. It does not. It describes the events of judgment day. That this refers to a Meccan conquest is nothing but a private interpretation by the muslim scholars.
These examples simply don't qualify as original prophesies, and one can argue all day about how that is "just my interpretation," but it doesn't change the facts. One can "interpret" a child's Christmas list as an official immigration document if he so chooses, but that doesn't mean rational people have to pay any attention to it. The Koranic statements above are clear to anyone who can read; but then again, for the sake of argument, let's say these Suras DID forecast the outcome of a battle. Let's face it---ANYONE can take a guess as to what the outcome of a fight might be and get it right half the time...you have a 50/50 chance!
The second category of "prophecies" doesn't even have the credibility of the first. Take for example Suras 13:8, 14:24, 8:36. These are prophesies about hell and the Day of Judgment, which were ALREADY GIVEN BY BIBLICAL PROPHETS MORE THAN 500 YEARS BEFORE MOHAMMED WAS BORN. He simply stole them from the Bible.
And then we have...nothing.
That's it, and that's all.
"All of what?" you ask.
All of the prophetic material Mohammed ever generated. A-L-L, all of it.
The material given above is to be regarded as infallible, unquestionable proof that Mohammed is THE prophet of the only true "God." And if you dare question it, the "headcutters in headscarves" will cut your head off, if and when the opportunity presents itself. The only reason they won't do it
here in North America is because they don't yet have a strong enough grip on the media and the politicians to be able to get away with it.
Now, let's set Mohammed and his Koran alongside the Bible and see how they measure up, shall we?
The Bible contains something like 1500 prophecies, so right out of the gate we are at a loss for space to discuss even one twentieth of them. The reason we round off the number to 1500 is because of the nature of the Bible. In the Holy Scriptures, there is a progressive revelation of new prophecies and information as time goes by, showing that the Author of Scripture is also the Author of history (after all, history is nothing more than "His story"!!). These revelations are still being given “as we speak,” to those who spend time with the word of God---believing time. This Biblical phenomenon alone is enough to segregate the Bible from ALL OTHER so-called "sacred" writings, for none of them even ATTEMPT what the Bible consistently SUCCEEDS in doing---giving detailed accounts of people and events sometimes thousands of years before their fulfillment. These details concern everything from how history and the universe will come to an end (2 Pet. 3:10-14; Rev. 20:11, 12), to what a fisherman would find in the mouth of the first fish he caught (Matt. 17:27).
There are many imitators of Biblical prophets and prophecy, but none can achieve what the Bible produces. For example, some of Nostridamus' "prophecies" have been interpreted as historically accurate after the fact; however, his statements are so vague they could be applied to a number of historical events, and what they deal with would be predictable to anyone possessing a knowledge of human nature. This is NOT how Biblical prophets operated. For example, in 1 Kings 13:1-5, we have an unnamed prophet from Judah who comes to see King Jeroboam at Bethel, where the king had set up an altar to an idol. This prophet declares by the word of The Lord that a) a child from David's seed would be born at a future time b) his name would be "Josiah" c) he would burn the idolatrous priests of Jeroboam on that altar d) he would burn men’s bones on it e) the altar would presently break apart in the sight of Jeroboam f) the ashes would pour out of it. (There's nothing "vague" about THAT, man!) Now, here's where it gets interesting: EVERY SINGLE DETAIL takes place exactly as prophesied. The altar goes to pieces right in front of Jeroboam, the ashes pour out, and 300 YEARS LATER, King JOSIAH fulfills the rest of it (2 Kings 23:15, 16).
The critic says, "Well, obviously 1 and 2 Kings were written after these things took place, and the prophecies were written in to LOOK like they were accurate." 2500 years of destructive criticism by the most educated skeptics and scholars have failed to produce ONE SHRED OF PROOF that would show the events didn't take place just like the Bible says they did. The only reason not to believe it would be because the reader doesn't WANT to believe it, and nothing more.
There are many, many other examples. Joshua gives precise details of how Jericho would be rebuilt, after he destroyed it some 500 years earlier (Josh. 6:26; 1 Kings 16:34)---and Joshua isn't even considered to be one of the prophets! Isaiah foretells a Persian king named Cyrus would cause the Jews to return to Israel after their captivity and rebuild Jerusalem and the temple (Isa. 44, 45). These events were prophesied before Israel ever went into captivity, more than a HUNDRED YEARS before Cyrus was born, and about 180 years before their complete fulfillment (see Ezra and Nehemiah).
What we are showing here is simple: as a prophetic work, the Bible and Its prophets will belong in the same list with Mohammed and the Koran when The Cat in the Hat is included in a list of books on astrophysics or quantum mechanics.
In the Bible, "the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (Rev. 19:10). If a person has been born again, he has Jesus Christ dwelling INSIDE HIS BODY (Col. 1:21-27) in the Person of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9, 10; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20). This gives every Christian the ability to "prophesy," for he not only has access to the WORDS of God, but he has God the Holy Spirit IN him to give him light on the prophecies contained in the Book, and to bear witness to the truth of those prophecies (John 16:13; 1 John 5:10). If that weren't enough, the believer who reads and believes the Book will have that same Holy Spirit give him absolute assurance of where he is going to spend eternity. This explains how Paul could "prophesy" where he would end up (2 Tim. 4:6-8); and how Simon Peter knew where his soul would be after his physical death (1 Pet. 1:3-5); and how John had assurance of his eternal security (1 John 3:1-3; 5:13); along with James (Ja. 1:12, 18); and there isn’t the slightest hint that Matthew, Mark, or Luke had any doubts whatsoever about their eternal destinies.
And Mohammed is THE true "prophet" of the true "god?" The poor fool couldn't even tell you for sure that he was going to paradise when he kicked the bucket!
That isn't all.
Jesus Christ, THE Prophet of Christianity, foretold of HOW he would die (Matt. 17:22-23), HOW LONG He would stay dead (Mk. 8:31), and WHERE He would be in the interim (Matt. 12:40). Even the apostle Paul knew when "his time was up" (2 Tim. 4:6).
The "prophet" Mohammed, it turns out, had NO PREMONITION of his own death at all (Morey, The Islamic Invasion, 1992, pg. 87 [hereafter referred to as “Morey”]). In fact, he had so little forethought of his own death, that he didn't even make any preparation for the "holy" Koran to be copied down properly (from his own memory, no less!) before he died. Those who produced the Koran after his death supposedly compiled it from bits and pieces scrabbled on rocks, palm leaves, and pieces of bone (Ibid, pg. 110).
But before we get carried away with things, let us give credit where credit is due. Lest we appear unfair to poor Mohammed, and lest we offend his hyper-sensitive followers to the point that they “lose it” and go on a killing spree, let us look at all of the proofs that the Hadith gives us for Mohammed’s prophet-hood (or should it be “prophet-scarf”…?)
The following is from the nine-volume translation of the Hadith (Islam’s other holy book) made by Dr. Mohammed Muhsin Khan entitled The Translation of the Meaning of Sahih Al-Bukhari (Kazi Publications, Lahore, Pakistan, 1979). It is recommended, and approved by all Muslim authorities in Mecca and Medina. According to this holy book the Muslims claim is ranked with the Koran in inspiration, there are many things that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mohammed was an infallible prophet. We will list them for the reader’s edification here:
1. Mohammed experienced ringing in his ears, as though he were hearing bells. (vol. 1, no.1; vol. 4, no. 438)
2. His heart would beat rapidly. (vol. 1, no. 3)
3. His face would turn red, and he would breathe heavily. (vol. 2, chap. 16, pg. 354; vol. 5, no. 618; vol. 6, no. 508)
4. He would sometimes suddenly fall down or lie down. (vol. 2, chap. 16, pg. 354; vol. 4, no. 461; vol. 5, no. 170; vol. 6, no. 448)
5. He would ask to be covered with a sheet or blanket. (vol. 1, no. 3; vol. 2, chap. 16, pg. 354; vol. 3, no. 17; vol. 4, no. 461; vol. 5, no. 170; vol. 6, nos. 447, 448, 468, 481)
6. His lips would tremble as he lay on the ground. (vol. 1, no. 4)
7. He heard and saw things no one else did. (vol. 1, nos. 2, 3; vol. 4, nos. 458, 461; vol. 6, no. 447)
8. He would sweat profusely. (vol. 1, no. 2; vol. 2, no. 544; vol. 3, no. 829; vol. 4, no. 95; vol. 5, no. 462)
9. He would sometimes snore like a camel. (vol. 2, chap. 16, pg. 354; vol. 3, no. 17)
10. He had dreams. (vol. 1, no. 3; vol. 5, no. 659; vol. 6; no. 478)
And finally, we have the number one proof that supersedes all others in Volume 1, number 189, where the “seal of prophethood” was said to be a fatty tumor on Mohammed’s back, between his shoulder blades!
Narrator As-Sa’ib bin Yazid: I stood behind him and saw the seal of Prophethood between his shoulders, and it was like the “Zir-al-Hijla” [meaning the button of a small tent, but some say the “egg of a partridge”].
And the crowd goes wild! Case dismissed! Mohammed is obviously the one truly infallible prophet of “God”. I mean, how could Moses, Daniel, or Jeremiah compete with that? All the other prophets may as well just “hang it up” and go home. Sure, Daniel foretells of all the world-kingdoms in the order they appear in history, including Greece (which he NAMES, even though there was no country by that name for another 200 years after he wrote!---Dan. 11:2); but, too bad he didn’t have a big knot on his back to prove he was a prophet!
You say, “I’ve never heard a Muslim say he believed that!”
Do you have to wonder why? The reason is, it would be ridiculous to believe that, and the Muslims know it, so they keep their mouths shut about it.
Now, go back and review the material from the previous articles on this subject and take a mental inventory of the facts. What you are dealing with in Islam is a pagan, heathen, 7th century, polytheistic, desert cult that was begun by a man who could not read or write (I didn’t say it, the Koran did---Sura 7:157), and by all evidences (see 1-10 above) was suffering either from epilepsy or some other neurological disorder, or was simply demon-possessed.
Before you get mad at me for saying such a thing, let me correct you: I didn’t say it. Mohammed’s biographers, along with many Middle-Eastern scholars agree with those conclusions (see Morey, pg. 71, 72; the Shorter Encyclopedia of Islam, Cornell U., pg. 274; McClintock and Strong, Cyclopedia, 6:406; et al).
Mohammed himself doubted his own sanity. He feared he was demon-possessed, attempted suicide, and suffered from depression and self-doubt. Mohammed even “prophesied” under the inspiration of Satan! Sura 53:1-23 contains what are known as “the Satanic verses” of the Koran, where Mohammed apparently “succumbed to the temptation to appease the pagan mobs in Mecca,” by admitting that it was “perfectly proper to pray to and worship the three daughters of Allah: Al-Lat, Al-Uzza, and Manat.” It seems the pagan Meccans missed their polytheism and threatened to revolt if Mohammed didn’t give them what they wanted. This is agreed upon and discussed by nearly every reference work, general and Islamic, and each of Mohammed’s biographers (Morey, pg. 77-80). According to Mohammed, he was even paid a visit from heaven by Gabriel, who rebuked him for letting Satan inspire him to concede to idol worship. Mohammed later changed his mind AGAIN, and recanted his concession to the worship of Allah’s three daughters.
Of course, the questions arise, “If those verses were inspired by Satan, what’s to say that others weren’t? What’s to say the whole Koran wasn’t inspired by the devil?!”
Good questions. To which there are no good answers.
The Bible gives clear and simple criteria for determining whether a prophet was sent by God, or not. It is found in Deut. 13:1-5, and 18:20. Simply put, the way you know God sent a prophet and that his message was inspired was IF HIS PROPHECY CAME TO PASS. One hundred percent accuracy, with no misses, no mistakes, no room for error. Mohammed FAILS God’s test for prophet-hood; he doesn’t PLACE among God’s prophets; he doesn’t even SHOW UP for the match. ---GLC