Friday, March 25, 2016

Rebuttal to a "Muhammad In the Old Testament" argument

This post is a Muslim's attempt to prove Muhammad Is mentioned in the Bible and my rebuttal to his claims.

Muhammad in the Old Testament copy/paste argument rebuttal:
PROPHET MUHAMMAD (pbuh) IN THE BIBLE
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the Old Testament:
The Qur’an mentions in Surah Al-Araf chapter 7 verse 157:
"Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (scriptures) in the law and the Gospel".
1. MUHAMMAD (PBUH) PROPHESISED IN THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY:
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.
>>Correct so far...
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.
>>But were not like Moses in the sense that Moses was a messiah to the people Israel (like Jesus was.) Deuteronomy 18:15-18World English Bible (WEB)
15 Yahweh your God will raise up to you a prophet from among you, of your brothers, like me. You shall listen to him. 16 This is according to all that you desired of Yahweh your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, “Let me not hear again Yahweh my God’s voice, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I not die.”
17 Yahweh said to me, “They have well said that which they have spoken. 18 I will raise them up a prophet from among their brothers, like you. I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I shall command him. 
Now this is verses 15-18. God said that He would RAISE UP A PROPHET from among YOUR(v15)/THEIR(v17) BROTHERS...
It is clear from this that the prophet was to be a Hebrew, not an Arabic. A Jew, not a Muslim...
Another interesting fact: all of the prophets of the Bible, to include Jesus, were Hebrew.
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.
>>Muhammad had convulsions, and only had revelations when wearing his favorite, and youngest, wife's garments. Does this disqualify Muhammad yet? Because Moses didn't do that.
[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.
>>Why would this disqualify Jesus. I suppose you'd say that another requirement would be that Jesus had to kill someone (like Moses) or multitudes (like Muhammad.)
iii) Both died natural deaths. Jesus (pbuh) has been raised up alive. (4:157-158)
>>Jesus died by crucifixion (but of course your Qu'ran says that He ascended and that someone in His likeness was crucified)
Isaiah 53World English Bible (WEB)
53 Who has believed our message?
    To whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him as a tender plant,
    and as a root out of dry ground.
He has no good looks or majesty.
    When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised,
    and rejected by men;
a man of suffering,
    and acquainted with disease.
He was despised as one from whom men hide their face;
    and we didn’t respect him.
4 Surely he has borne our sickness,
    and carried our suffering;
yet we considered him plagued,
    struck by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions.
    He was crushed for our iniquities.
The punishment that brought our peace was on him;
    and by his wounds we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray.
    Everyone has turned to his own way;
    and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed,
    yet when he was afflicted he didn’t open his mouth.
As a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he didn’t open his mouth.
8 He was taken away by oppression and judgment;
    and as for his generation,
    who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living
    and stricken for the disobedience of my people?
9 They made his grave with the wicked,
    and with a rich man in his death;
although he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him.
    He has caused him to suffer.
When you make his soul an offering for sin,
    he will see his offspring.[a]
He will prolong his days,
    and Yahweh’s pleasure will prosper in his hand.
11 After the suffering of his soul,
    he will see the light[b] and be satisfied.
My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself;
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I give him a portion with the great,
    and he will divide the plunder with the strong;
because he poured out his soul to death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.
Jesus, the prophesied Messiah, was suppose to be ...pierced for our transgressions...
Him not dying a “natural death” did not disqualify him from being the Chosen One of God.
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 will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him."
[Deuteronomy 18:18]
>>1. It also says:
Deuteronomy 18:20World English Bible (WEB)
20 But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.”
Allah of the Qu'ran has a general name (Allah, which literally means “The God”) and the God of the Bible's name is Yahweh (or YHWH.) Is this different from Allah? Completely. This disqualifies Muhammad from being a true prophet of God.
"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."
3. Muhammad (pbuh) is prophesised in the book of Isaiah:
It is mentioned in the book of Isaiah chapter 29 verse 12:
"And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned."
When Archangel Gabrail commanded Muhammad (pbuh) by saying Iqra - "Read", he replied, "I am not learned".
>>Common misconception.  Lets look at CONTEXT:
The verse says,
*[[Isa 29:12]] WEB* and the book is delivered to one who is not educated, saying, “Read this, please;” and he says, “I can’t read.”
But the verse right before it says this,
*[[Isa 29:11]] WEB* All vision has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is educated, saying, “Read this, please;” and he says, “I can’t, for it is sealed;”
So this prophecy has nothing to do with Muhammad at all.
4. prophet Muhammad (pbuh) mentioned by name in the old testament:
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is mentioned by name in the So
ng of Solomon chapter 5 verse 16:
"Hikko Mamittakim we kullo Muhammadim Zehdoodeh wa Zehraee Bayna Jerusalem."
"His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters
of Jerusalem."
In the Hebrew language im is added for respect. Similarely im is added after the name of Prophet Muhammad
(pbuh) to make it Muhammadim. In English translation they have even translated the name of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as "altogether lovely", but in the Old Testament in Hebrew, the name of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is yet present.
KIng james version
>>The word "Muhammadim" means lovely.  It doesn't mean that Muhammad Is lovely. 
Suppose your name is Eli.  With the logic used by Muslims to justify that Muhammad is mentioned in Song of Solomon 16:5 is about like saying 1 Kings 18:8 is mentioning you:
*[[1Ki 18:8]] WEB* He answered him, “It is I. Go, tell your lord, ‘Behold, Elijah is here!’”
Aha! You see?! ...Eli... I am totally mentioned in this verse!
It sounds ridiculous but this is what Muslim apologists have resorted to.