The Bible Testifies for Mohammad(S.A.W.)
Sheikh Muhammad Jawad Chirri
following is another chapter of the book. It is in the format of questions
asked by Dr. Wilson H. Guertin, from the University of Florida, answered by
the late Sheikh Mohammad Jawad Chirri, the Director of the Islamic Center of
Detroit, from 1949 until he died less than 10 yrs. ago. The first printing
of the book was in 1965).
The evidence, which has been discussed is very convincing and offers a great
support to the prophethood of Mohammad(S.A.W.). The superiority of the
Qur'an itself is primary evidence of this truth and so are the many quoted
prophecies. I wonder if the Old and the New Testaments contain any prophecy
foretelling the advent of the Prophet Mohammad(S.A.W.).
There is in the Bible more than one statement that indicates the expectation
of the Prophet Mohammad(S.A.W.). He is not mentioned by name, but the
descriptions seem to fit only Mohammad(S.A.W.).
in the Deuteronomy book the following statement: "I will raise up for them
(the Israelites) a prophet like you from among their brethren; and I will
put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command
him. And whoever will not give heed to My words which he shall speak in My
name, I, Myself, will require it of him." 18:18-19
This statement promises that God will raise up a prophet from among the
brethren of the Israelites; that that prophet will be like Moses himself;
that God will put His own words in the mouth of that prophet; and that that
prophet will speak those words in the name of God Who put them in his mouth.
the expected prophet has three descriptions, none of them is applicable but
to the Prophet Mohammad(S.A.W.):
promised prophet will be from the brethren of the Israelites. The Israelites
are related only to the Arabs. There are no people in the world that may be
called the brethren of the Israelites except the Arabs, because the
Israelites are the descendants of Isaac, and the Arabs are the descendants
of Ishmael, the older brother of Isaac.
prophet will be like Moses. Moses was a prophet of a new dispensation, and
he was a secular as well as a spiritual leader to his people. This
description fits only Mohammad(S.A.W.) among all the prophets who came after
Moses. None of those prophets, including Jesus, was sent with new rules and
dispensations. Jesus followed the dispensations of Moses and did not
introduce new religious laws. Nor was he a secular leader to the Israelites.
In addition to this, all those prophets, except Mohammad(S.A.W.), came from
the Israelites themselves and not from their brethren.
statement described the promised prophet as a prophet who will not speak of
his own. The very words of God will be put in his mouth. No prophet except
Mohammad(S.A.W.) has claimed that his book contains the very words of God.
Moses himself received the revelation, but he conveyed the heavenly message
by his own words. What we read in the five books of Moses is considered to
be the words of Moses, not the very words of God.
books of which the Old Testament is composed were written and worded by
human writers, and so are the four gospels. Jesus spoke the truth, which he
received, but he spoke in his own words. The Bible, at best, is considered a
dialogue between God and man.
the Qur'an contains the words, which Mohammad(S.A.W.) recited as the very
direct words of God. Mohammad(S.A.W.) never claimed any word in the Qur'an.
He recited the Qur'anic words as the words of God who put them in the mouth
of Mohammad(S.A.W.). Thus, the descriptions seem to fit only Mohammad(S.A.W.),
and no one else.
statement, indicating the anticipation of Mohammad(S.A.W.), is found in the
same Deuteronomy book:
is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of
Israel before his death. He said: The Lord came from Sinai, and dawned from
Seir upon us; He shone forth from Mount Paran, He came from the ten
thousands of holy ones with flaming fire at His right hand." 33
Lord's coming means the coming of His revelation. Moses spoke of God's
manifestation to three prophets at three places: The manifestation in Sinai,
which represents the prophethood of Moses himself.
other manifestation is the revelation that was received at Seir. This
represents the revelation, which was received by Jesus because Seir is
located in the land of Jordan. The third manifestation is the light of God
that shone from the Mount of Paran. This represents the prophethood of
Mohammad(S.A.W.). The Mount of Paran is located in the country of Hijaz, the
country in which Mohammad(S.A.W.) was born and lived. The following words
give more indications to this fact:
came from the ten thousands of holy ones, with flaming fire at His right
hand. " Mohammad(S.A.W.) is the Prophet who entered Mecca, the capital of
Hijaz, heading an army of ten thousand Muslims by which he subdued the
idol-worshippers of Mecca. The New Testament, also, contains some clear
anticipation of the advent of Mohammad(S.A.W.):
said unto them (the Israelites), did ye never read in the scriptures, the
stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the
corner: This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. Therefore
say I unto you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you and given to a
nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this
stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to
powder." Matthew 21:42-44
statement is a prophecy informing the Jews that the kingdom of God shall be
taken from them, and that it will be given to another nation. No other
nation after Jesus had claimed a heavenly message except the Arab nation,
which conveyed to the world the message of Islam that was revealed to
Mohammad(S.A.W.). Jesus called the nation that will supersede the Israelites
" the stone which was rejected by the builders." This is a reference to the
covenant, which was made between God and Isaac, at the time of Abraham, of
which Ishmael was excluded. From the Old Testament:
"As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him and make him
fruitful and multiply him exceedingly: he shall be the father of twelve
princes and I will make him a great nation. But I will establish my covenant
with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this season next year."
and his children, according to this statement, have been excluded, at the
time of Abraham, from the covenant, and for this, Jesus called them the
stone that was rejected by the builders. Now Jesus was informing the
Israelites that the same stone that was rejected would become the head of
Mohammad(S.A.W.) and the Arabs are descendants of Ishmael, and this is the
nation, which Jesus expected to supersede the Israelite nation. History,
after Jesus, had witnessed many brave nations, but none of them were
motivated by a heavenly revelation except the nation of Mohammad(S.A.W.).