Monday, November 8, 2010

Dr. Yusuf Qaradawi and the Sahaba, the Companions of Muhammad

Dr. Yusuf Qaradawi devoted a recent Sharia and Life program on Al Jazeera to the Sahaba, the Companions of Muhammad. Islam divides the earliest Muslims into several categories including the Muhajireen (the immigrants who migrated from Mecca to Medina with their Prophet), the Ansar (those supporters who accepted Islam in Medina), and the Tabieen (the followers, or Muslims of the generation following Muhammad's death). Those who personally knew Muhammad are accorded the highest category of Sahaba.

The occasion for Dr. Qaradawi's discussion was the fatwa (I wrote about it here) pronounced against  Kuwaiti Shia dissident Yasser Al Habib for suggesting that Muhammad's wives Aisha and Hafsah killed their husband so their fathers (Abu Bakr and Umar bin Khattab) could take charge. Qaradawi praised the fatwa, but regretted that Kuwait had withdrawn Al Habib's citizenship. "Anyone who insults the Umahat Al Mumineen (the Mothers of the Believers, or wives of Muhammad) deserves to be punished," said Qaradawi. "Rather than withdrawing his citizenship, Kuwait should have brought him back for a public trial, so that everyone can see what happens when someone speaks against the wives of the Prophet."

Even this sentence is interesting on a number of levels. Qaradawi seems to think that the United Kingdom, where Al Habib now lives, would be interesting in extraditing one of its residents back to Kuwait to stand trial for what the West has traditionally understood to be an expression of free speech. Secondly, Qaradawi obviously believes that speaking critically of even those associated with Muhammad is worthy of a public trial. Thirdly, Yusuf Qaradawi wants Yasser dead but is very skilled at not publicly saying exactly what he means. Ask any of the estimated 40 million Arabic-speaking people who watched this program what he meant by the comment, "So that everyone can see what happens when someone speaks against the wives of the Prophet," and they will unanimously tell you he is calling for Yasser's death. Ask a Muslim or non-Muslim apologist on CNN, FOX, or any of the other Western channels if Qaradawi was advocating the death sentence and they will deny it.

Some additional background information might be helpful. Some of Muhammad's followers thought the first three Caliphs Abu Bakr, Umar bin Khattab, and Uthman usurped the position that should have gone to the Prophet's cousin and son-in-law Ali. They became known as the Shia, who are even today given the derogatory title of the Rafideen, or Rejectionists, because they rejected the idea that Muhammad's successor should be chosen by a Shura council rather than following his blood line. Some modern Shia clerics have been quite vulgar in talking about the early Caliphs and their families, using the Arabic and Farsi equivalent of English four-letters obscenities to describe them. Recent Shia pilgrims to Medina have gone as far as to desecrate the graves of the Umahat Al Mumineen to show their contempt for the women buried there.

Dr. Qaradawi defined the Sahaba as "any Muslim who saw the Prophet, met with him, or heard him speak even once in their lives". They represent a unique generation that can never be repeated, he said, because they were "the students in the school of Muhammad". No other generation will have a better teacher, and no Muslims will ever again equal the Sahaba. Their relationship to Muhammad was different than the relationship of other followers to their prophets. They were willing to follow him to the death, whereas the Children of Israel continually rebelled against Moses and were unwilling to follow him into the land of Canaan (Qaradawi then quoted the relevant verses from Quran 5:20-26. The fact that the Bible indicates the "two spies" were sent into Canaan under the leadership of Joshua, not Moses as recounted in the Quran, seems irrelevant to Muhammad who never was a stickler for historical Biblical detail).

The Sahaba, explained Qaradawi, were not Maasoum or protected from sin as was Muhammad, but they had a strong sense of Adalah, or justice. They read the Quran with such devotion that they insisted the punishment of Hadd, or death, be imposed upon them if they broke its commands. Qaradawi then recounted the Hadith of the Sahaba woman from Juhaina who became pregnant as a result of Zina (either adultery or sex outside of marriage) and asked Muhammad to put her to death because of her sin. The Prophet replied that only she could be judged, not the child growing in her womb, and asked her to come back after giving birth. She did so, again pleading with Muhammad, "Please purify me now." Islam's Prophet told her to wean her child, and then return to him. She returned a few years carrying the child in her arms, fed him a piece of bread in the presence of Muhammad to prove that it could eat, and said, "Oh Apostle of Allah, the child has been weaned." At that moment Muhammad pronounced judgment upon her and she was stoned to death.

It's difficult to find a more vivid contrast between the message of Jesus and that of Muhammad than to simply read Jesus' encounter with the adulterous woman in John 8 and compare it with the above story. Dr. Yusuf Qaradawi would have us believe that the woman from Juhaina wanted to be killed because of her sensitivity to God's law, and that the Prophet of Islam carried out the sentence in obedience to the same law. I find this really hard to believe. It is true that Islam has produced a shame-based society, and I can imagine this woman's sense of shame being so strong she would see no advantage to staying alive. But Islam has also produced a very judgmental society, and I can also see Muhammad killing her simply because she had transgressed a rule he established for that society. In either case I, apparently unlike Dr. Qaradawi, don't see in the story a model for life and behavior to be followed in the 21st century.

27 comments:

Susanne said...

Interesting thoughts here.

"Some modern Shia clerics have been quite vulgar in talking about the early Caliphs and their families, using the Arabic and Farsi equivalent of English four-letters obscenities to describe them."

It's always heartwarming to see how "spiritual" people can act so humanly, isn't it? :)

I often compare Jesus and Muhammad and can't embrace the latter because his message was NOT a continuation of the former's. It's as Paul wrote "another gospel" and to those he said "let them be accursed."

Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

{{Dr. Qaradawi defined the Sahaba as "anyone who saw the Prophet, met with him, or heard him speak even once in their lives".}}

Does that mean Abu Lahab is considered a sahabi by Qaradawi? This is indeed a very odd statement!

Quotable Quotes: said...

Sarah, I think the common definition of the Sahaba is that they are limited to Muslims. Abu-Lahab did not accept Muhmmamad as a Prophet, so he would not be included. In the same way, the Jews of Medina who did not become Muslims would also not be the Sahaba. Thanks for pointing this out; I'll edit my post accordingly.

Sky Blue Bye said...

I wonder about a religion which existed 1400 years before Christianity, how would its blog have read, and how would it read now.

Anonymous said...

As usual you like ever to mix the honey with the poison, so let’s separate them:

1- The Sahaba: are the companions of prophet Muhammad (PBUH), they were the best of their time (even the sinner of them like this woman), and were selected by God to follow his last prophet to humankind, and to protect him with all they can, and to fight with him till he delivers his message to the end.

And they didn’t stop there but carried the message of Islam to all over the world, to China border in the east, some of them were buried near Kaboul, and to Altantic ocean in the west, and some were buried in Morocco, some were buried in Istanboul and Bukhara in north, and some died in Noba in South Sudan..

Just an example: When Prophet Muhammad asked them if they will fight with him before Bader, the first battle in Islam, they answered him: We will not say like what Jews had answered Moses: Go and fight with your God, No, but Go and we will fight all with you, WALLAH (swear in God) if you want us to cross the sea on feet we will cross it with you !!!

Compare those with your Sahaba: Jesus companions:

- Did they defend their prophet? No…
- Did they protect him from Romans and other Jews? No…
- Did they try to save him from his capture? NO..

Wish they stopped here, one had betrayed him for few money, and the other ignored him completely, what a bitty !!!

2- The Shiaa, is only 10% of Muslims, and they are not related to those who fought with Ali, they were Sunnah too, it’s a different religion group and they don’t represent all muslims.

And the problem between Sunnah and Shiaa is not your business, and I think that you have enough differences between all your Christians groups that will make busy for long time, so solve your problems first, and I advise you to start agree first who is Jesus first (God, son of God, or part of God, born, created, divided, divine & human, or human/spirit/ divine, or human/spirit, divine/spirit, etc…) keep guessing …

3- Stoning the Muslim Woman: you can’t compare it with the story of the woman who brought her to Jesus, if they did similar with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) he will not stone her either…

They brought her as test to Jesus to see if he will apply the God’s Law, but he knows that they are sinner more than that woman, and when he started writing on the ground, he made a mirror on ground so they can see their sins first, they were worst than her, and if Jesus have to stone her, he must stone them all first:

Read the complete story from Barnabas Gospel:

Chapter 201

Jesus having entered into the Temple, the scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman taken in adultery. They said among themselves: 'If he save her, it is contrary to the Law of Moses, and so we have him as guilty, and if he condemn her it is contrary to his own doctrine, for he preaches mercy.' Wherefore they came to Jesus and said: 'Master, we have found this woman in adultery. Moses commanded that [such] should be stoned: what then say you?'

Thereupon Jesus stooped down and with his finger made a mirror on the ground wherein every one saw his own iniquities. They still pressed for the answer, Jesus lifted up himself As and, pointing to the mirror with his finger, said: 'He that is without sin among you, let him be first to stone her.' And again he stooped down, shaping the mirror. The men, seeing this, went out one by one, beginning from the eldest, for they were ashamed to see their abominations.

Which is completely different with prophet Muhammad (PBUH), because the woman came by herself asking for purification, nobody asked her to do so, and he delayed her more than once and for years, but she insisted to be punished her than in afterlife..

I wish that you completed the story, when she was stoned, one of the muslims talked about her wrongly, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) warned him that she repented to God and had a forgiveness that can cover all people in Madina, and she is swimming now in Paradise rivers..

Hope this will clear your thoughts…

Abdallah.

Anonymous said...

As usual you like ever to mix the honey with the poison, so let’s separate them:

1- The Sahaba: are the companions of prophet Muhammad (PBUH), they were the best of their time (even the sinner of them like this woman), and were selected by God to follow his last prophet to humankind, and to protect him with all they can, and to fight with him till he delivers his message to the end.

And they didn’t stop there but carried the message of Islam to all over the world, to China border in the east, some of them were buried near Kaboul, and to Altantic ocean in the west, and some were buried in Morocco, some were buried in Istanboul and Bukhara in north, and some died in Noba in South Sudan..

Just an example: When Prophet Muhammad asked them if they will fight with him before Bader, the first battle in Islam, they answered him: We will not say like what Jews had answered Moses: Go and fight with your God, No, but Go and we will fight all with you, WALLAH (swear in God) if you want us to cross the sea on feet we will cross it with you !!!

Compare those with your Sahaba: Jesus companions:

- Did they defend their prophet? No…
- Did they protect him from Romans and other Jews? No…
- Did they try to save him from his capture? NO..

Wish they stopped here, one had betrayed him for few money, and the other ignored him completely, what a bitty !!!

2- The Shiaa, is only 10% of Muslims, and they are not related to those who fought with Ali, they were Sunnah too, it’s a different religion group and they don’t represent all muslims.

And the problem between Sunnah and Shiaa is not your business, and I think that you have enough differences between all your Christians groups that will make busy for long time, so solve your problems first, and I advise you to start agree first who is Jesus first (God, son of God, or part of God, born, created, divided, divine & human, or human/spirit/ divine, or human/spirit, divine/spirit, etc…) keep guessing …

3- Stoning the Muslim Woman: you can’t compare it with the story of the woman who brought her to Jesus, if they did similar with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) he will not stone her either…

They brought her as test to Jesus to see if he will apply the God’s Law, but he knows that they are sinner more than that woman, and when he started writing on the ground, he made a mirror on ground so they can see their sins first, they were worst than her, and if Jesus have to stone her, he must stone them all first:

Read the complete story from Barnabas Gospel:

Chapter 201

Jesus having entered into the Temple, the scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman taken in adultery. They said among themselves: 'If he save her, it is contrary to the Law of Moses, and so we have him as guilty, and if he condemn her it is contrary to his own doctrine, for he preaches mercy.' Wherefore they came to Jesus and said: 'Master, we have found this woman in adultery. Moses commanded that [such] should be stoned: what then say you?'

Thereupon Jesus stooped down and with his finger made a mirror on the ground wherein every one saw his own iniquities. They still pressed for the answer, Jesus lifted up himself As and, pointing to the mirror with his finger, said: 'He that is without sin among you, let him be first to stone her.' And again he stooped down, shaping the mirror. The men, seeing this, went out one by one, beginning from the eldest, for they were ashamed to see their abominations.

Which is completely different with prophet Muhammad (PBUH), because the woman came by herself asking for purification, nobody asked her to do so, and he delayed her more than once and for years, but she insisted to be punished her than in afterlife..

I wish that you completed the story, when she was stoned, one of the muslims talked about her wrongly, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) warned him that she repented to God and had a forgiveness that can cover all people in Madina, and she is swimming now in Paradise rivers..

Hope this will clear your thoughts…

Abdallah.

Anonymous said...

As usual you like ever to mix the honey with the poison, so let’s separate them:

1- The Sahaba: are the companions of prophet Muhammad (PBUH), they were the best of their time (even the sinner of them like this woman), and were selected by God to follow his last prophet to humankind, and to protect him with all they can, and to fight with him till he delivers his message to the end.

And they didn’t stop there but carried the message of Islam to all over the world, to China border in the east, some of them were buried near Kaboul, and to Altantic ocean in the west, and some were buried in Morocco, some were buried in Istanboul and Bukhara in north, and some died in Noba in South Sudan..

Just an example: When Prophet Muhammad asked them if they will fight with him before Bader, the first battle in Islam, they answered him: We will not say like what Jews had answered Moses: Go and fight with your God, No, but Go and we will fight all with you, WALLAH (swear in God) if you want us to cross the sea on feet we will cross it with you !!!

Compare those with your Sahaba: Jesus companions:

- Did they defend their prophet? No…
- Did they protect him from Romans and other Jews? No…
- Did they try to save him from his capture? NO..

Wish they stopped here, one had betrayed him for few money, and the other ignored him completely, what a bitty !!!

2- The Shiaa, is only 10% of Muslims, and they are not related to those who fought with Ali, they were Sunnah too, it’s a different religion group and they don’t represent all muslims.

And the problem between Sunnah and Shiaa is not your business, and I think that you have enough differences between all your Christians groups that will make busy for long time, so solve your problems first, and I advise you to start agree first who is Jesus first (God, son of God, or part of God, born, created, divided, divine & human, or human/spirit/ divine, or human/spirit, divine/spirit, etc…) keep guessing …

3- Stoning the Muslim Woman: you can’t compare it with the story of the woman who brought her to Jesus, if they did similar with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) he will not stone her either…

They brought her as test to Jesus to see if he will apply the God’s Law, but he knows that they are sinner more than that woman, and when he started writing on the ground, he made a mirror on ground so they can see their sins first, they were worst than her, and if Jesus have to stone her, he must stone them all first:

Read the complete story from Barnabas Gospel:

Chapter 201

Jesus having entered into the Temple, the scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman taken in adultery. They said among themselves: 'If he save her, it is contrary to the Law of Moses, and so we have him as guilty, and if he condemn her it is contrary to his own doctrine, for he preaches mercy.' Wherefore they came to Jesus and said: 'Master, we have found this woman in adultery. Moses commanded that [such] should be stoned: what then say you?'

Thereupon Jesus stooped down and with his finger made a mirror on the ground wherein every one saw his own iniquities. They still pressed for the answer, Jesus lifted up himself As and, pointing to the mirror with his finger, said: 'He that is without sin among you, let him be first to stone her.' And again he stooped down, shaping the mirror. The men, seeing this, went out one by one, beginning from the eldest, for they were ashamed to see their abominations.

Which is completely different with prophet Muhammad (PBUH), because the woman came by herself asking for purification, nobody asked her to do so, and he delayed her more than once and for years, but she insisted to be punished her than in afterlife..

I wish that you completed the story, when she was stoned, one of the muslims talked about her wrongly, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) warned him that she repented to God and had a forgiveness that can cover all people in Madina, and she is swimming now in Paradise rivers..

Hope this will clear your thoughts…

Abdallah.

Quotable Quotes: said...

Abdallah,

I have often noticed that Muslims think "Islamically", by which I mean there are always shared characteristics in the way Muslims think. As a Muslim, you are not allowed to criticize Muhammad. The result is that everything you say is in defense of Muhammad. As a Muslim, you must defend your Prophet no matter what.

For that reason, you must look at the story of the stoning of the Muslim woman just as you did - defending Muhammad. You are thinking Islamically.

Anonymous said...

Quotable,

Yes, it’s true no muslim will be a muslim if he criticizes the prophet, because to be a muslim you have to believe in Shahada: which is:

“There is no God except Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger.”

So, if you believe that Muhammad (PBUH) a messenger from God and he don’t speak from himself but from God, so therefore if you don’t accept what he says or commands then you are refusing God’s commands then you will not be a muslim.

As in Quran:
“By the star when it goes down, (or vanishes). (1) Your companion (Muhammad SAW) has neither gone astray nor has erred. (2) Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. (3) It is only a Revelation revealed. (4)” [Najem]

And as prophet Muhammad (PBUH) explained:

“Believer will not his faith be completed till his be liked is following to what I brought to you”

As also described in other hadith:
“Prophet Muhammad drew on the sand a straight line and said this the Way of God, and draw many ways on its left and on its right, saying that on each of these ways there is a devil, and he recited the following:

"And verily, this (i.e. Allâh's Commandments) is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path. This He has ordained for you that you may become Al-Muttaqûn (the pious)." (153) [Ana’am]

Prophet Muhammad who was prophesized by Jesus (PBUH) in bible and in old testament, such as:

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His appearance in Arabia
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13 The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim. [Isaiah 21/13]
2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. [Deuteronomy 33/2]
3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. [Habakkuk 33/2]


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Named as “Spirit of Truth” by Jesus (PBUH) and from Ishmael children, and “Desire of all nations, and Shiloh by Jacob
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15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [John 14/ 15-16]
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. [John 14/ 26-27]

26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. [John 15/ 26/27]

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. [John 16/ 7-14]

20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. [Genesis 17/20]

Anonymous said...

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As prophesized by Moses (PBUH)
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15 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;
16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.
18 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.
19 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.
20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. [Deuteronomy 18/15-22]

*********** As in Isaish prophecy too *************

1 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.
2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
[Isaiah 42/1-4]

******** And here is his description when he was fighting and the Angles descend from Heavens on white horses to protect him in Bader, and Hunayn when he was left alone in front of 40,000 infidels attacking him, his name was unique and firs t in Arabia to be known as Muhammad means “The praised one” *************

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
[Revelation 19/ 11-15]

Anonymous said...

After all that, you are asking why we follow him without question, yes because he is our guide to heaven

Is he who walks (without seeing) on his face, more rightly guided, or he who (sees and) walks upright on a Straight Way ? (22) [Mulk]

But unfortunately there are too many people who went astray and will be thrown to Hell and will not wake up, till it’s too late:

And for those who disbelieve in their Lord (Allâh) is the torment of Hell, and worst indeed is that destination (6)
When they are cast therein, they will hear the (terrible) drawing in of its breath as it blazes forth (7)
It almost bursts up with fury. Every time a group is cast therein, its keeper will ask: "Did no warner come to you?" (8)
They will say: "Yes indeed a warner did come to us, but we belied him and said: 'Allâh never sent down anything (of revelation), you are only in great error.'" (9)
And they will say: "Had we but listened or used our intelligence, we would not have been among the dwellers of the blazing Fire!" (10)
Then they will confess their sin. So, away with the dwellers of the blazing Fire (11) [Mulk]

Abdallah

observant observer said...

I wonder if Abdallah care to know what those verses he quoted from the Bible are all about according to Christians, he doesn't even know or care to quote the full version of the verses and their contexts? and by the way, why did he have to quote the Bible, don't all muslims have said that the Bible is corrupt?
What's the logic behind this way of Islam apologetics?
Btw, Abdallah: the prophet whom like Moses was fulfilled in Jesus. At the time Moses was born, there was instuctions by the king of Egypt to kill baby boys of the Israelites, amazingly, the apparent strikingly similar situation happened during the birthday of Jesus, baby boys were instructed to be killed because of the fear of the then king. Don't you see, it cannot be fulfilled by Muhammad. I'd like to address many of your quotes but have no time. You can always learn again from Christian resources, you might see who the Messiah is and where the real peace is. Don't be afraid!

Anonymous said...

Double observor

Please Read carefully and think:

Almighty God speaks to Moses in Book of Deuteronomy chapter 18 verse 18:

"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."

The Christians say that this prophecy refers to Jesus (pbuh) because Jesus (pbuh) was like Moses (pbuh). Moses (pbuh) was a Jew, as well as Jesus (pbuh) was a Jew. Moses (pbuh) was a Prophet and Jesus (pbuh) was also a Prophet.

If these two are the only criteria for this prophecy to be fulfilled, then all the Prophets of the Bible who came after Moses (pbuh) such as Solomon, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Malachi, John the Baptist, etc. (pbut) will fulfill this prophecy since all were Jews as well as prophets.

However, it is Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who is like Moses (pbuh) :

i) Both had a father and a mother, while Jesus (pbuh) was born miraculously without any male intervention.
[Mathew 1:18 and Luke 1:35 and also Al-Qur'an 3:42-47]

ii) Both were married and had children. Jesus (pbuh) according to the Bible did not marry nor had children.

iii) Both died natural deaths. Jesus (pbuh) has been raised up alive. (4:157-158)

Muhammad (pbuh) is from among the brethren of Moses (pbuh). Arabs are brethren of Jews. Abraham (pbuh) had two sons: Ishmail and Isaac (pbut). The Arabs are the descendants of Ishmail (pbuh) and the Jews are the descendants of Isaac (pbuh).

Words in the mouth:

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was unlettered and whatever revelations he received from Almighty God he repeated them verbatim.

"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."[Deuteronomy 18:18]

iv) Both besides being Prophets were also kings i.e. they could inflict capital punishment. Jesus (pbuh) said, "My kingdom is not of this world." (John 18:36).

v) Both were accepted as Prophets by their people in their lifetime but Jesus (pbuh) was rejected by his people. John chapter 1 verse 11 states, "He came unto his own, but his own received him not."


vi) Both brought new laws and new regulations for their people. Jesus (pbuh) according to the Bible did not bring any new laws. (Mathew 5:17-18).

Abdallah

Anonymous said...

Observer 2

I didn't notice that you said too:
"Btw, Abdallah: the prophet whom like Moses was fulfilled in Jesus".

Means that you believe now that Jesus was a prophet and not son of God !!!

Good progress brother, and welcome to Islam, "theoretically" you are now as a Muslim...

observant observer said...

Abdallah, u're obviously a very funny guy if not rather naïve. Why do u think that because Muhammad was born with parents, died and married, he fulfilled the criteria of what Moses had prophecied. There are billion of people who were born, married n died if not almost all people??? Hahahahaaaa...and who can say that he was a prophet because he had said the words of God, even the prophet of the Bahai or the Ahmadis, or many so called self proclaimed prophet did so.Who said Jesus was not accepted as prophet? Thousands of people saw His miracle and His mighty power in what He said. If there's no one who accepted Him as propeht, why were there records of people who followed Him while he lived?
Btw, if the Israelites of The time of Moses really followed what Moses had said, they wouldn't have wandered the desert for 40 years...Moses did perform miracles just like what Jesus did, did Muhammad perform it? None! So..please don't be so naïve, I'm laughing off my seat by now....
One more thing if u really care the study of Isaiah u'll learned that the Messiah will be tortured but with His sacrifice He redeems the faithful. Look for the verses ursef, u will be surprised to see that Jesus fulfillef all the prophecies, He will be called: the King of peace, The Mighty God. Peace....!

Susanne said...

Abdallah, about this verse:

"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."[Deuteronomy 18:18]

If you read the preceding chapter you'll see instructions for a king and guess what? The phrase "from among your brothers" is used again:

15Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother. (Deut. 17)


And I don't think even Muslims are crazy enough to think any of Israel's kings were not from the children of Israel! Trust me, with 12 tribes there were PLENTY of brothers. The Ishmaelites were elsewhere at this point. God was speaking to Jews about Jews. NOT prophesying about some Ishmaelite prophet.

I agree with Observant Observer, you should start reading in Isaiah about prophecies we believe Jesus fulfilled. You might start with this one

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2053&version=NIV

Anonymous said...

I already entered 2 comments, but seems they scared a lot the site owner so he deleted them, so read them quickly before he deleted them again…

Anonymous said...

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Laugh my friend observer laugh…..

Laugh as much as you can……..

It’s a tradition that you inherited from your fathers, nothing strange…..
All infields used to laugh on the believers so it’s not strange….

But I reply to you as Noah used to reply to his people when they saw him building the ship and laughed on him:

And it was revealed to Noah: "None of your people will believe except those who have believed already. So be not sad because of what they used to do. (36)
And construct the ship under Our Eyes and with Our Revelation, and call not upon Me on behalf of those who did wrong; they are surely to be drowned." (37)
And as he was constructing the ship, whenever the chiefs of his people passed by him, they made a mocked at him. He said: "If you mock at us, so do we mock at you likewise for your mocking (38)
"And you will know who it is on whom will come a torment that will cover him with disgrace and on whom will fall a lasting torment." (39)[Houd]

But the most important, who laughs at end, who laughs on the Day of Judgment, this is the most important, where is no computer and desk there, it will be a hell fire and heaven…

Verily, (during the worldly life) those who committed crimes used to laugh at those who believed. (29) And whenever they passed by them, used to wink one to another (in mockery); (30)
And when they returned to their own people, they would return jesting; (31)
And when they saw them, they said: "Verily, these have indeed gone astray!" (32)
But they (disbelievers, sinners) had not been sent as watchers over them (the believers). (33)
But this Day (the Day of Resurrection) those who believe will laugh at the disbelievers(34)
On (high) thrones, looking (at all things). (35)
Are not the disbelievers paid (fully) for what they used to do? (36) [Mutafifien]

Abdallah

observant observer said...

Abdallah,
I'm sorry if I sound irritating. But, as most Christians here would advice: go learn something completely from some Christian point of view, it won't do you no harm at all, and if you have a strong faith in your religion, it might still give you another perspective if not enriched perspective. God at least to my thought would like you to have a free mind exploring anything, to know something beyond what you already knew with Him as the guidance of course.

Anonymous said...

Dear Observer,

Why you don’t start by yourself, and show some of your democracy and freedom of speech and ask your friend “Qoutable Qoute” to keep the 2 posts that I replied on you yesterday and entered them 4 times and he 4 times deleted them…….

Abdallah,

Anonymous said...

Also who told you that prophet Muhammad (PBUH) didn’t do any miracle, there are plenty and you can search on internet about his miracles and enjoy reading them..

But, let me tell you about one of them, that when infidels of Makkah asked him about a sign, he asked God about a miracle and then pointed his finger to the moon and it split into 2 halves, please see it by your own eyes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrJ9DH2_jhk

Note, this also shows that like Mosses split the sea, Muhammad (PBUT) split the moon…

observant observer said...

Abdallah,
It was recently reported that to have the sea splitted is possible due to a very strong wind tunnel, but to have the moon splitted into halves (did Muhammad stick them back together????) Was just ridiculous and against all logic and completely hilarious. If u can accept that kind of "miracle", I don't think u can ever have a responsible n critical mind. Good day...

Debate with A Christian said...

Dear my friend Observer,

Sorry for being late to reply, but really it was tough week at work, too much pressure…

My friend, you’ve inspired me to write an article that’s I didn’t finish it yet, although it’s 5 pages long now but hope to conclude it this weekend.

The Article is of title: YES, WE BELIEVE……………..

About the split of sea and split of moon, of course we believe of them with no doubt, but I am really astonished about something else.

I am really astonished about how much Almighty God “ALLAH” loves the prophet Muhammad (PBUH), how much he loved him that he gave him a miracle not on Earth but on the moon !!!

In a place that nobody can change it or alter it with time, but in contrary it will be seen very clear by all human being….

It’s not like split of sea or raising people from death, its greater, NOOOO, it’s the greatest ever miracle….

As if GOD wants to show all people the miracle that he gave to his last prophet Muhammad (PBUH) not during his time but forever !!!!

I don’t want to miss the surprise from NASA as they are currently working on it, they paid millions of dollars to photograph all the moon surface on mission called LRO, and they discovered that the moon is smaller than before and it’s shrink for few 100’s of meters, they thought that this change was billions or millions of years ago but it’s not !! They discovered it is so recent, now Dr. Walter from NASA is working to know exactly the time..

As I told you I don’t want to miss the surprise from NASA, but I know the answer it’s between 610-620 AD during the 10 years of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) life in Makkah, delivering his message and they asked him for a miracle and he showed them the split of moon.

We will wait till the mission of NASA satellite to the moon finishes and they discover that this is not shirking but a complete split, they will have an exact image of moon surface till 1 feet height.

So, my friend you have to wait a little bit more to see, and maybe you will believe then and maybe not, which I don’t hope, because God says that some people will not believe till they see the painful torment (hell fire), and hope you are not among them..

Some references from NASA for you to enjoy reading them this weekend:

1- The structure of moon surface on:

http://ser.sese.asu.edu/GHM/index.html , read chapter 6 and see how the split like “carter” is all around the surface of the moon.

2- “The incredible Shrinking of the Moon !!!” , NASA new discovery on:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/news/shrinking-moon.html

Thank you ALLAH for making us Muslims and being following your last and greatest Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) even without asking you only because of your mercy

O ALLAH you are the most generous and the most merciful, forgive us our sins and include us among your righteous slaves. AMEN

Abdallah,

observant observer said...

Abdallah,
I'm only replying because I'm concerned about your "sincerety" or "responsibility" or "intellectual honesty", that's why I did all the effort of reading the article you presented and found this line (taken exactly word by word):

1.The moon cooled off as it aged, and scientists have long thought the moon shrank over time as it cooled, especially in its early history. The new research reveals relatively recent tectonic activity connected to the long-lived cooling and associated contraction of the lunar interior.

2."We estimate these cliffs,
called lobate scarps, formed less than a billion years ago, and they could be as young as a hundred million years," said Dr. Thomas Watters of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Washington. While ancient in human terms, it is less than 25 percent of the moon's current age of more than four billion years

So the cracks and all those shrinking happens due to tectonic activities (I hope you understand the term "tectonic") and it happened as recently as hundred million years not in the 6th century...!!And btw, the Nasa is working on finding scientific knowledge of the moon not to proof a claim that a prophet of certain religion performed a miracle on it.

And btw, I love the miracle of Jesus more (not that I believed the version of Muhammad's miracle) because it touches human needs, the blind can see, the dead can rise, the deaf can hear and the paralyzed can walk! Praise the Lord .....hurrayy!!! And have you learned the Isaiah book which I suggested? It was written 700 years before Christ and it said when the annointed one comes to the world, people will testify that the blind would be able to see, the deaf can listen, the paralyzeded can walk, the dead can rise, exactly as what Jesus did!

So by your way of thinking I understand that your view of Allah is a cruel guy who chose only Muslims to be saved while He let people to be kept being born to different religions without any option .For the reason of what? Well to be burned in hell....what a guy!

Syed said...

The grave of prophets sahabi has been desecrated by extremist nasbis in syria the same way the sauds did when they captured the city of madina and makkah from the ottoman empire

Syed said...

The grave of prophets sahabi has been desecrated by extremist nasbis in syria the same way the sauds did when they captured the city of madina and makkah from the ottoman empire

Anonymous said...

Abdallah, I have often noticed that Muslims think "Islamically", by which I mean there are always shared characteristics in the way Muslims think. As a Muslim, you are not allowed to criticize Muhammad. The result is that everything you say is in defense of Muhammad. As a Muslim, you must defend your Prophet no matter what. For that reason, you must look at the story of the stoning of the Muslim woman just as you did - defending Muhammad. You are thinking Islamically.