It is intriguing the claims of Islam about Muhammad. The following article will address the possibility of the Bible predicting Prophet Muhammad’s life. This commentary is not intended to prove Judaism, Christianity nor Islam as perfect viable true faiths, just to see if the Bible refers to Muhammad in sort of way.
Muslims proclaim that prophesies of the coming and ministry of Muhammad can be found in the uncorrupt portions of the Bible. The Qur’an said so in:
YUSUFALI: "Those who follow the messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (scriptures),- in the law and the Gospel;- for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him,- it is they who will prosper."
Pickthal makes even clearer in his translation:
PICKTHAL: Those who follow the messenger, the Prophet who can neither read nor write, whom they will find described in the Torah and the Gospel (which are) with them. He will enjoin on them that which is right and forbid them that which is wrong. He will make lawful for them all good things and prohibit for them only the foul; and he will relieve them of their burden and the fetters 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.
I wonder to myself could it be some truth in the Qur’an after all. Pondering on the question I diligently investigated and researched the Bible for anything relating or describing the life and ministry of Muhammad. Surprised and astonish was I to find many scriptures in the Bible alluding Muhammad, so rich in details that in can make believers out of my Atheist and Agnostic friends.
Muslim scholars pointed out a few verses of the Old Testament or Torah. Deuteronomy 18:18 is a favorite of Islamic Apologist. It states:
“I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.” (NIV)
But there is one problem, as the cliché goes the Devil is in the details. Moses addresses this prophecy to the children of Israel and specifically tells them “God will lift prophets will be among their brothers”. In other words an Israelite, no gentiles need to apply.
Since Muhammad was not an Israelite, he is automatically excluded. One might say that Muhammad is a descendant of Ishmael who in turn is brother of Isaac and Isaac engendered Israel all by trace their ancestry to Abraham. That is true but it only makes the Ishmaelite at best cousins; not brothers. Trying to expand the meaning of “brothers” in Deuteronomy 18:18 to include all of men kind or at least with Abraham’s descendants will take the verse out of context. “Brothers” is also used in the beginning if the chapter in the same context.
1 The priests, who are Levites—indeed the whole tribe of Levi—are to have no allotment or inheritance with Israel. They shall live on the offerings made to the LORD by fire, for that is their inheritance.
2 They shall have no inheritance among their brothers; the LORD is their inheritance, as he promised them. (NIV)
As we can see brother is used to indicate the other 11 Israelite tribes related to Levi. It’s letting the tribe of Levi know they won’t have allotment like the rest of the Israelites. Therefore in the context of Deuteronomy 18 the word “brother” is limited to “the rest of Israel” and excludes any other genealogical linage.
Another popular biblical verse which Muslims like to brag about foretelling the ministry of Muhammad is:
1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him
and he will bring justice to the nations.
6 “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
8 “I am the LORD; that is my name!
I will not give my glory to another
or my praise to idols.
9 See, the former things have taken place,
and new things I declare;
before they spring into being
I announce them to you.”
11 Let the desert and its towns raise their voices;
let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice.
Let the people of Sela sing for joy;
let them shout from the mountaintops.
13 The LORD will march out like a mighty man,
like a warrior he will stir up his zeal;
with a shout he will raise the battle cry
and will triumph over his enemies.
17 But those who trust in idols,
who say to images, ‘You are our gods,’
will be turned back in utter shame.(NIV)
Muslim scholars claim here that this prophecy cannot be referring to Issa (Jesus). The prophecy calls for a servant among the gentiles, for the gentiles. Issa was a Jew. It also describes the perfectly events in Muhammad’s life. It foretells when Muhammad cleans Mecca of false idols, after all Kedar and Sela are Arab settlements.
The above interpretation is forced. For starters in Isaiah 42:1-2 no where in the text it says that the servant he is sending is a gentile. It said that the “Servant” would bring justice to all Nations (that includes gentiles and Jews), but not that the servant himself is a gentile. So it does not exclude the Jesus or any other Jew. Nor the message is exclusive for the gentiles. It includes all the nations including Jews, who are spread due to the Diasporas in all the nations.
Another overlooked detail is the settlements of Kedar and Sela were in northern Arabia . Mecca where Muhammad cleared all the Idols, except for Allah, the moon god, is in southern Arabia . Sure Muhammad eventually raided Kedar, force the Bedouins to convert by the sword to Islam and toss their Idols. Muhammad did the same all over the Arabian Peninsula . So if the prophecy was specific to Muhammad why just mention Kedar and Sela and not the whole Arabian Peninsula ? Why leave out the most Muhammad most important idol smashing feat and point out very insignificant run of the mill event? Israel new about Sheba the region encompassing Mecca . The queen of Sheba visits Salomon (according to the book of 1 Kings, chapter 10) centuries before Isaiah was around.
The answer is simple. The reason Kedar is mention and Sheba is left out is because is not about Muhammad. Isaiah 42 is a song written in Hebraic rhyme and using figurative language with a prophetic motif. Kedar and Sela are not to be taken as the name of encampments in the literal geographical sense. These words do have a ring to them but they were chosen for their figurative meaning.
Kedar (Strong’s dictionary numbers 06938 and 06937) is defining as:
1. a son of Ishmael n pr people
2. the descendants of Kedar
3. to mourn, be dark
a. (Qal) to be dark
1. to darken
2. to cause to mourn
c. (Hithpael) to grow dark
Elsewhere in the Tanach or Old Testaments we se Kedar used in the same context with the same meaning:
1 I call on the LORD in my distress,
and he answers me.
2 Save me, O LORD, from lying lips
and from deceitful tongues.
3 What will he do to you,
and what more besides, O deceitful tongue?
4 He will punish you with a warrior's sharp arrows,
with burning coals of the broom tree.
5 Woe to me that I dwell in Meshech,
that I live among the tents of Kedar!
6 Too long have I lived
among those who hate peace.
7 I am a man of peace;
but when I speak, they are for war.
David uses Kedar as a metaphor for his distress in the dark days he is going threw. It is also used in the Songs of Salomon to denote suffering.
Song of Salomon 1:
5 Dark am I, yet lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
dark like the tents of Kedar,
like the tent curtains of Solomon.
6 Do not stare at me because I am dark,
because I am darkened by the sun.
My mother's sons were angry with me
and made me take care of the vineyards;
my own vineyard I have neglected.
Sela is identified with as the ancient name of a city of Edom, better known today as Petra (Latin for rock). But the word had other meanings in Hebrew. Sela is its masculine noun form and Selah verb form (English transliteration is “Cela” or “Celah”).
1. “The Rock” (Strong’s dictionary number 05553) crag, cliff, rock
a. crag, cliff
b. as stronghold of Jehovah, of security (figurative)
c. place in Edom; perhaps an early name for 'Petra'
Sela meaning rock, stone, stony, crag, cliff or “ Petra ” depending on the context is found in:
Numbers 20:8, 20:10, 20:11, 24:21
Judges 6:20, 15:8, 15:11, 15:13, 20:45, 20:47, 21:13
1 Samuel 13:6, 14:4, 23:25, 23:28
2 Samuel 22:2
1 Kings 19:11
1 Chronicles 25:12
Job 39:1, 39:28
Psalms 18:2, 31:3, 40:2, 42:9, 71:3, 78:16, 104:18, 137:9, 141:6
Song of Salomon 2:14
Isaiah 2:21, 7:19, 22:16, 31:9, 32:2, 33:16, 42:11, 57:5
Jeremiah 5:3, 13:4, 16:16, 23:29, 48:28, 49:16, 51:25
Ezekiel 24:7, 24:8, 26:4, 26:14
Now with the full meaning of Kedar and Sela we can better understand Isaiah. Jews and Christians may not agree in much, but they both agree that Muhammad is not predicted within the verses of Isaiah 42. Christian and Jews interpretations are similar but differ. While Jews (according to Rashi commentary) view the servant as Jacob, in other words the nation of Israel ; Christians believe is just one Jew in particular, Jesus.
Isaiah 42: 13 “The LORD will march out like a mighty man,…” is taken literally as acts physical violence comparable to military conquest. The word “like” indicates it’s a simile, a figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like or as (Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition). What Isaiah is saying is that the Lord’s justice will be unstoppable.
But what is the Lord’s justice? The Judeo-Christian tradition teaches:
a) Sin separates us from God.
b) Sin is the cause of spiritual death.
c) Blood of an innocent victim atones or cleanses our sins.
The sins committed is passed to innocent the victim For the Jews as written in the Torah it is the sacrificial blood of a clean young healthy domesticated male animal (lamb, dove, ox, etc), for Christians it is through the blood of Jesus. Sin is the transgression; death is the penalty; repentance through sacrifice is the way to redemption and the way God manifest his clemency.
In this way it is understood, God fulfills both his justice and his mercy. No violence towards other human beings is necessary. It’s the same reason why sacrificing to idols will bring shame, they cannot forgive sin. Sacrificing without repentance; for appeasement rather than atonement; or to gain a deity’s favor is not good enough nor what “Jehovah” intended. Eid Al Azha (Bakri Eid) does not follow the guidelines for acceptable sacrifice according to Mosaic Law and therefore not valid to Yahweh a.k.a. Jehovah. In Christianity the only sacrifice needed was the death of Jesus in the cross. Muslims by denying Jesus crucifixion deny God’s forgiveness. Islam complies by neither the Mosaic Law nor by Christ grace.
The non-denominational Judeo-Christian Biblical concept of idolatry is to worship, revere and love anybody or anything equally or more than Jehovah (Leviticus 19:4-8, Luke 18:19-25 , Colossians 3:5 , etc.). This can include objects, money, animals, people, places and even non-represented intangible abstract concepts as a “god”. Since Yahweh is not Allah (formerly worshipped as the Arabian moon god) it would be idolatry to worship the latter. Ironically Isaiah 42:17 “But those who trust in idols” includes Muslims too.
Prophesies foretelling Muhammad in the Tanach (Old Testament)
The Muhammad ministry is foretold not in Deuteronomy 10:18 nor in the 42nd chapter of Isaiah never the less it is prophesied elsewhere in the Judeo-Christian scriptures.
Here are a few biblical verses that really refer to the prophet Muhammad:
31 Yes,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, ‘The LORD declares.’
32 Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares the LORD. “They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the LORD.
Muhammad lied about receiving prophetic dreams or being a prophet in the Judeo-Christian tradition for that matter. Let’s take for instance:
YUSUFALI: Truly did Allah fulfill the vision for His Messenger: ye shall enter the Sacred Mosque, if Allah wills, with minds secure, heads shaved, hair cut short, and without fear. For He knew what ye knew not, and He granted, besides this, a speedy victory.
It is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion: and enough is Allah for a Witness.
Muhammad had a dream in which he believed Allah would lead the Muslims back into Mecca to worship that season. At the time Muhammad and his Muslims followers were not welcome into Mecca . Never the less, Muhammad took 1,400 of his followers to Mecca . When the Muslims got close to the sacred city they were stopped and not allowed to worship Allah. Muhammad was able to salvage the trip by signing an agreement that permitted all Muslims worship Allah the following year.
Muslims believe Muhammad received a “prophesy” through Jibril (Gabriel) to enter Mecca to worship in a later date. However Muhammad already had signed a deal that would let them enter Mecca the next year. What was already agreed upon was spin around to be prophetic!!! But is this prophetic?
Today Muslims in their delusion interprets Surah 48:27-28 to mean military conquest of Mecca . It’s their way of saving face on prophesy that did not materialize. Even if it would have materialized it would have been a self-fulfilling prophecy. Self-fulfilling prophesy by definition doesn’t need the intervention of a higher being “God” to become reality; the will of men is enough. Anyone can have a “dream” come true by their own effort; but some don’t have such luck.
Let’s say I have a dream of traveling to New York in two weeks. I ask for time off at work, buy an airline ticket, make a reservation and in two weeks I am in New York . The other possible scenario is that I could not make it to New York in two weeks, because I did not get the time off at work, got to sick to fly or for any other reason the dream did not come true. Both cases the successful and unsuccessful are false prophesy, because to be true prophecy it has to be something beyond human control and not easily predictable by a deductive mind. True prophesy has to be undoubtedly out of human scope.
Muhammad failed in his attempt to self-fulfill his “prophetic dream”. Muhammad and those with him did not enter Mecca . They did not worship and presented their offerings to Allah according to the “prophesy” prescribe time. It is safe to say that this was “prophetic dream” was one of many lies and false prophesies uttered by Muhammad. It fits very much with the profile given by Jeremiah 23:31-32.
The prophet Jeremiah ministry extended from 518 to 477 B.C. (approximately). There no way he would know about Muhammad dreams over a millennium later. This is no modern day forgery either. All the other biblical quotes used in this exegesis go back hundreds some even thousands years before Muhammad came along. Ancient copies going back from the 2nd century B.C. to the 1st century A.C. like the Dead Sea scrolls are available.
Micah was another prophet that warns about Muhammad. Micah is a minor and rather obscure prophet yet his words ring accurate over a millennium after they were written..
This is what the LORD says:
“As for the prophets
who lead my people astray,
if one feeds them,
they proclaim ‘peace’;
if he does not,
they prepare to wage war against him. (NIV)
Micah’s revelation dispels Muhammad’s teachings and actions. It echoes The Qur’an and the Hadith testifying against Muhammad:
YUSUFALI: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
Buhkari Volume 4, Book 53, Number 386:
Narrated Jubair bin Haiya: …Our Prophet, the Messenger of our Lord, has ordered us to fight you till you worship Allah Alone or give Jizya (i.e. tribute); and our Prophet has informed us that our Lord says:-- "Whoever amongst us is killed (i.e. martyred), shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, and whoever amongst us remain alive, shall become your master." (Al-Mughira, then blamed An-Numan for delaying the attack and) An-Nu' man said to Al-Mughira, "If you had participated in a similar battle, in the company of Allah's Apostle he would not have blamed you for waiting, nor would he have disgraced you. But I accompanied Allah's Apostle in many battles and it was his custom that if he did not fight early by daytime, he would wait till the wind had started blowing and the time for the prayer was due (i.e. after midday )."
Muhammad did exactly what Micah foretold false prophets will do: lay people astray and wage war if one does not feed them, or as the Qur’an puts it “pay Jizya”. We know by account of the Hadith what happened to people who did not accepted Muhammad as a prophet and did not pay Jizya:
Buhkari Volume 5, Book 59, Number 362:
Narrated Ibn Umar: Bani An-Nadir and Bani Quraiza fought (against the Prophet violating their peace treaty), so the Prophet exiled Bani An-Nadir and allowed Bani Quraiza to remain at their places (in Medina ) taking nothing from them till they fought against the Prophet again). He then killed their men and distributed their women, children and property among the Muslims, but some of them came to the Prophet and he granted them safety, and they embraced Islam. He exiled all the Jews from Medina . They were the Jews of Bani Qainuqa', the tribe of 'Abdullah bin Salam and the Jews of Bani Haritha and all the other Jews of Medina .
Fighting the “Prophet” and violating the “peace” treaty is the Hadith’s way of letting us know that the Bani Quraiza did not pay Jizya nor converted to Islam. They resisted Muhammad’s racket. The Qur’an and Hadith testified that Micah’s prophesy about false prophets was fulfilled by Muhammad
Prophesies foretelling Muhammad in the New Testament
The New Testament also contains prophesy warning us about Muhammad and false prophets in general. Jesus teaches his disciples how to spot a false prophet in:
15 Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (NIV)
The Hadith gives a portrait of Muhammad’s fruits and they were not good. Muhammad activities included assassination, thievery, plagiarism, deception, rape, slave trade, pedophilia, adultery, kidnapping, narcissism, blasphemy, misogyny, pillage, torture, terrorism, hate and intolerance to name a few. Here are some examples:
Sahih Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 236.
Narrated Hisham's father: Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina . He stayed there for two years or so and then he married 'Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consumed (sic – consummated) that marriage when she was nine years old.
Muslim Book 015, Number 4058:
Adi reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: When anyone amongst you takes an oath, but he finds (something) better than that he should expiate (the breaking of the oath), and do that which is better.
Buhkari Volume 3, Book 48, Number 826:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: The Prophet said, "Isn't the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?" The women said, "Yes." He said, "This is because of the deficiency of a woman's mind."
Buhkari Volume 9, Book 89, Number 296:
Narrated Jabir: The Prophet came to know that one of his companions had given the promise of freeing his slave after his death, but as he had no other property than that slave, the Prophet sold that slave for 800 dirhams and sent the price to him.
Bukhari Volume 5, book 59, Number 369:
“Who is willing to kill Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His Apostle?" Thereupon Muhammad bin Maslama got up saying, "O Allah’s Apostle! Would you like that I kill him?" The Prophet said, "Yes." Muhammad bin Maslama said, "Then allow me to say a (false) thing (i.e. to deceive Ka’b).” The Prophet said, "You may say it." Then Muhammad bin Maslama went to Ka’b and said, "That man (i.e. Muhammad) demands Sadaqa (i.e. Zakat [alms]) from us, and he has troubled us, and I have come to borrow something from you."…
Kidnapping and Rape
Muslim Book 008, Number 3371:
“Abu Sirma said ... We went out with Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) on the expedition to the Bi'l-Mustaliq and took captive some excellent Arab women; and we desired them, for we were suffering from the absence of our wives,(but at the same time) we also desired ransom for them. So we decided to have sexual intercourse with them but by observing 'azl (Withdrawing the male sexual organ before emission of semen to avoid-conception). But we said: We are doing an act whereas Allah's Messenger is amongst us; why not ask him? So we asked Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he said: It does not matter if you do not do it, for every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born.”
If any other person in any period of history commits all the acts Muhammad is reported doing; this person would be considered a criminal, bad influence and a shame to the society. Yet Muhammad got away with it because, of the ignorance the people of his time, his ruthlessness of the thugs that supported him. The pity his that 1400 years later Muslims are still blinded by fanaticism which doesn’t allow them to see Muhammad for the thug he truly was. Muhammad cloaked his schemes under the false pretenses of religion; ironically, this evil man is considered holy to his followers.
Paul in his epistle to the Galatians condemns Muhammad 600 years before Islam is conceived. The apostle Paul foretold how false prophets would try to fool people by proclaiming heavenly revelations through angels which goes against the teachings of Jesus. Muhammad was the most successful of these false prophets; he has the greatest number of followers.
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! (NIV)
Muhammad claims he received revelations from the angel Gabriel (a.k.a. Jibril) and his revelation contradicts the teachings of Jesus just as Paul warns us in Galatians.
Buhkari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 47:
Narrated Abu Huraira: “One day while the Prophet was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel came and asked, "What is faith?" Allah's Apostle replied, 'Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection." Then he further asked, "What is Islam?" Allah's Apostle replied, "To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan." Then he further asked, "What is Ihsan (perfection)?" Allah's Apostle replied, "To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you." Then he further asked, "When will the Hour be established?" Allah's Apostle replied, "The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents.
1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.
2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah.
The Prophet then recited: "Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour--." (31. 34) Then that man (Gabriel) left and the Prophet asked his companions to call him back, but they could not see him. Then the Prophet said, "That was Gabriel who came to teach the people their religion." Abu 'Abdullah said: He (the Prophet) considered all that as a part of faith.”
Buhkari records from Huraira an event in Muhammad’s life when Gabriel gives the “Prophet” a surprise quiz. That’s what the narrator wants us to believe, but the event is as bizarre as Muhammad’s responses. All the “Prophets” answers were supposedly taught by Gabriel yet they depart substantially from the Gospel. For those not acquainted with the Gospel the word comes from the English translation of EVANGELIO (Ευαγγέλιο) meaning good news in Greek. The Good News is that we are saved from our sins through Jesus Christ sacrifice in the cross. All we have to do is repent (meaning being sorry for past sins and not commit new ones) and believe that Jesus is the Christ. The Gospel in a nutshell as express by Jesus himself in:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”(NIV)
As is evident Muhammad’s responses to the Angel Gabriel’s inquiry contradicts the Gospel as the apostle Paul advice us false prophets will do. While Islam speaks of submission, faith in fasting in a prescribe month and compulsory charity (Zakat which is an oxymoron, forced charity ceases to be charity to become taxation); the Gospel talks of love and faith in Jesus Christ.
Both Islamic and concepts Christian of salvation could not be further apart. Islam by requiring Zakat and “compulsory fastening” during Ramadan Muslims do not have to be a good person because they can buy their salvation with money and/or deeds. Christianity on the other hand salvation is free; good deeds are encouraged as a testimony of faith and as proof of believing in Jesus Christ. In Christianity good works is a byproduct of being saved rather a requirement for salvation. The apostle Paul explains in his epistle:
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–9 not by works, so that no one can boast.10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.(NIV)
Going back to Buhkari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 47 it seems that Muhammad was teaching Gabriel rather than the other way around. When Gabriel allegedly asked: "When will the Hour be established?” it feels like the angel Gabriel wanted to be in the know more about the end of times. But even odder is Muhammad’s nonsensical response:
1. a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.
This is disturbing in two ways:
a) It requires slavery to persist to be fulfilled. Muhammad short sigh did not look forward far enough to see the abolishment of the hideous institution of slavery or the “Prophet” never desired slavery to end. After all this was a signal to the end of times. We know Muhammad, a slave trader, did not use the word slave metaphorically as the context eliminates this possibility. Muhammad by declaring a female slave child will be her master is pointing to a concrete person not an intangible abstract concept.
b) Another troubling aspect is how son-mother relationship dynamic is fostered. Apparently women should not rule over men even if they are their mother. As we know women in Islam depend on men in all stages of their lives. When a girl she depends totally on her father. Her father can determine if she lives or dies as many honor killings testifies to the fact. When married, a woman becomes property of her husband which can beat her at will (read Qur’an 4:34). If a woman becomes a widow, she is still not independent; her son takes over. In this way in Islam women are bound to the will of men from birth to death.
The next sign:
2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah.
This omen is gibberish. Since when shepherds erect buildings or have construction contests? Shepherds tend herds; constructing an edifice is counterproductive to them. Herds need space to roam and feed; buildings will be in the way; that’s why we do not see herds pasturing in cities. The omen doesn’t make sense if taken literally; but could this be the reason why Dubai is building record breaking skyscrapers? Dubai is not known for its camel trade or herding. It’s famous for pearl trade, petroleum, and more recently as a modern business hub, but not for black camels herding. Despite Dubai ’s efforts Muhammad’s “sign” doesn’t fit its profile.
A metaphoric interpretation is also troublesome. If shepherds are to mean leaders and black camels perhaps people of black skin or/and motives. So when these “leaders” boast of constructing higher buildings the end of the world is at hand. It is just too silly; it’s the biblical tower of Babel story (Genesis 11:1-9) with a twist. Instead of the whole of mankind building a tower in defiance of God; this time is just “the black camel shepherds”. Of course Muhammad would not give a time. Muhammad knew if he gave any specific hour and his prophesy was not fulfill in the time frame, his con would be expose.
Muhammad in a strike of Orwellian genius throws in Ihsan, the meaning of perfection. In a subtle way Muhammad reminds Muslims “Big Brother” Allah is watching you every move. Allah observes Muslims, not because he loves or cares about them. Allah watches to make sure Muslims are devoted and comply with everything Muhammad tells them to do. We could translate Ihsan as brainwashed; the context can support such a paraphrase. Since Ihsan is perfection or excellence in Arabic, but Muhammad has made it to mean complete and utter devotion which inevitability leads to brainwashing. Muhammad as many cult leaders would not wanted any other way.
After carefully reviewing Muhammad’s “portents” we can safely conclude it was made up gibberish design to bewilder people who asked too many questions. Muhammad was no prophet and he knew it, but the con must go on. Muhammad had to come up with something to quiet his followers. The people smart enough knew that Muhammad was a phony and were assassinated. People like Al-Nadr bin al-Harith, Uqbah bin Abu Muayt, Asma bint Marwan, Kab bin al-Ashraf, and many others were all killed because they knew Muhammad was a charlatan and mocked him as such (for details about these murders link here).
Apostle Paul’s addressing Timothy in an epistle warning him of the commonalities among false teachers and false prophets. All the qualities Paul mentions to Timothy are personified in Muhammad.
I Timothy 1:3-11
3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God's work–which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.6 Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk.7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.
8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly.9 We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,10 for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers–and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
Muhammad’s life seems to be recounted in verses 6 through 10. Muhammad wandered away from love, because he did not have neither a pure heart nor a good conscience and lack a sincere faith. Muhammad want to be a teacher of the law (Torah), but he did not know what he was talking about. Muhammad was a criminal rebel, ungodly, sinful and unholy who broke every commandment he claimed to be restoring. Though Muhammad’s was an orphan he riled against his clan (Quraish) and his uncle (Abu Lahab), read Surah 111) who raise him coursing and later fighting them killing some subduing others. We know of Muhammad’s many murders; in a single occasion he murdered 600 to 900 men of Banu Qurayza tribe, raped their women and traded their captives as slaves. Muhammad did not limited his sexual perversions self to rape and adultery (he had anywhere between 11 and 23 wives when by his own standers should only have 4). We already addressed his pedophilia and discussed some of Muhammad’s infamous lies (remember Surah 48:27-28?) and how they counter Judeo-Christian doctrine.
The Judeo-Christian scripture prophesies about Muhammad after all. In the Bible the only “prophesies” that could possibly refer to Muhammad describe him as a false prophet. Muslims blinded by their fanaticism fail to see the obvious; Muhammad was not a “prophet”, not even a good person. Despite all the Islamic literature documenting Muhammad’s criminal behavior Muslims still refuse to see the light.
Muhammad in his effort to legitimize is local faith tried to tie it to two well establish faiths of the region, Judaism and Christianity creating Islam. Without a scholarly aptitude or an inclination for study Muhammad was unaware of Judeo-Christian built in doctrinal self defense mechanism against imposters.
Truth to be told; Biblical warnings about false prophets would apply to anyone who would try to twist its teachings for personal profit. Of all the swindlers throughout history who proclaim receiving “divine” revelations, Muhammad happens to fulfill most faithfully the profile of false prophets according to the warnings laid out in the Bible. It may be the reason why Muslims are banned from reading the Bible.