Over 1400 years ago, Muhammad (Mohammed) was born in Arabia. His father Abdullah was of the tribe of Qureyshi, and died before Muhammad was born.
As a lad, Muhammad traveled to Syria with his uncle on merchant caravans. Years later, he made the same journey while working for a wealthy widow named Khadijah. He later married her and, even though he was 15 years younger than she was, they had a good marriage.
Muhammad soon gained rank among the notables of Mecca. The Meccans claimed to be descendants of Abraham (Ibrahim).
As one who abhorred evil, Muhammad detested those who disobeyed the Scriptures. He was familiar with the teachings of the Jewish and Christian holy book the Bible (perhaps in reading it himself, if he was literate, or in learning of it through oral means via storytelling). He was very upset with the hypocrisy among the people: the idol worship, and anything dishonoring to God was very revolting to Him.
He believed that Allah had revealed the Torah and the gospels (the Injil).
“ALLAH is HE besides Whom there is none worthy of worship, the Living, the Self-Subsisting and All-Sustaining. HE has sent down to thee the Book containing the truth and fulfilling that which precedes it; and HE has sent down the Torah (Law of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guidance to the people; and HE has sent down the Discrimination (judgement between right and wrong).”— Qur’an, Surah 3:3-4
One who was greatly respected by Muhammad was Abraham (Ibrahim), whom he called an upright and righteous man.
“Abraham was indeed a paragon of virtue, obedient to ALLAH, ever inclined to HIM, and he was not of those who set up equals with ALLAH; Ever grateful for HIS favors: HE chose him and guided him to a straight path. And WE bestowed on him good in this world, and in the Hereafter he will surely be among the righteous. And now WE have sent revelation to thee, enjoining, ‘Follow the way of Abraham who was ever inclined to ALLAH and was not of those who set up equals to HIM.'”— Qur’an, Surah 16:121-124
Abraham was also looked upon as one who fulfilled God’s commands:
“And remember when his Lord tried Abraham with certain commandments which he fulfilled, HE said, ‘I will make thee a leader of men.’ Abraham asked, ‘And from among my offspring?’ God said, ‘MY covenant does not embrace the transgressors.'”— Qur’an, Surah 2:125
Muhammad also had great understanding of the scriptures and faith in the angels who told Zechariah he would have a son (as in Luke 1:18, 57-60).
“So her Lord accepted her with gracious acceptance and caused her to grow an excellent growth and made Zachariah her guardian. Whenever Zachariah visited her in the chamber, he found with her provisions. He said, ‘O Mary whence hast thou this ?’ She replied, ‘It is from ALLAH.’ Surely ALLAH gives to whomsoever HE pleases without measure. Qur’an, Surah 3:37
Then and there did Zachariah pray to his Lord, saying, ‘My Lord grant me from Thyself pure offspring; surely thou art the Hearer of Prayer.’
And the angels called to him as he stood praying in the chamber, ‘ALLAH gives thee glad tidings of Yahya, who shall testify to the truth of a word from ALLAH – noble and chaste and a Prophet, from among the righteous’. Quran 3:39
He said ‘My Lord, how shall I have a son, when old age has overtaken me already, and my wife is barren?’ He answered, ‘Such is the way of ALLAH; HE does what HE pleases,’ Quran 3:40
He said ‘My Lord, give me a commandment.’ He replied, ‘The commandment for thee is that thou shalt not speak to men for three days except by signs’. Quran 3:41
‘And remember thy Lord much and glorify HIM in the evening and in the early morning.’ And remember when the angels said, “O MARY” ‘ALLAH has chosen thee and purified thee and chosen thee above all women of the time‘. Quran 3:42
‘O Mary, be obedient to thy Lord and prostrate thyself and worship the one God with those who worship HIM.’ Quran 3:43
‘This is of the tidings of things unseen which WE reveal to thee. And thou was not with them when they cast their arrows, as to which of them should be the guardian of Mary, nor was thou with them when they disputed with one another’. Quran 3:44
When the angels said, ‘O Mary, ALLAH gives thee glad tidings of a son through a word from HIM (kalimullah) ; his name shall be the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, honoured in this world and in the next, and of those who are granted nearness to God’; Quran 2:253
‘And he shall speak to the people in the cradle, and when of middle age, and he shall be of the righteous’. Quran 3:46
Jesus started preaching at age 12, he would preach in the temples, and when Mary and Joseph went looking for him one day, they found him in one of the temples. When Mary said that they were looking for him everywhere, he said “Why are you looking for me everywhere, do you not know that I am in my fathers house?” Bible 2:39-49
She said, ‘My Lord, how shall I have a son, when no man has touched me? He said, ‘Such is the way of ALLAH. HE creates what HE pleases. When HE decrees a thing HE says to it ‘Be,’ and it is;”— Qur’an, Surah 3:47
Muhammad also speaks of the resurrection of Jesus:
“Thereupon she pointed to him. They said, ‘How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?’ Jesus said, ‘I am a servant of ALLAH. HE has given me the Book, and has made me a Prophet; ‘And HE has made me blessed where soever I may be, and has enjoined upon me Prayer and almsgiving so long as I live; ‘And HE has made me dutiful towards my mother, and has not made me arrogant and graceless; ‘And peace was on me the day I was born, and peace will be on me the day I shall die, and the day I shall be raised up to life again.’ That was Jesus, son of Mary. This is a statement of the truth concerning which they entertain doubt.”— Qur’an, Surah 19:30-35
In calling Jesus a messenger, Muhammad was also correct. He did not mean that Jesus was not the Messiah. Muhammad knew that one could be a messenger and not be a Messiah… but as The Messiah, one is also a messenger.
Jesus was both a messenger and The Messiah that Allah had promised! What is a Messiah? A Messiah is always known as “a Savior… a liberator and a deliverer.” God had promised to send one (Messiah) to pay the debt of sin for all mankind.
The Messiah!… God’s gift to sinful man… The Savior… The Liberator… Our Redeemer. The prophets of the Torah foretold of His coming. Muhammad and his Disciples revered Him… the Qur’an and the Bible reveal Him! The Messiah… The Savior of the world! Neither the Qur’an nor the Bible speak of any other as being the Messiah!!!
“So peace be upon me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I get resurrected.” Quran 19:33
“Jesus the sign of Hour :Jesus shall be a Sign for the coming of the Hour of Judgement : Therefore have no doubt about the Hour, but follow Me: this is the Straight Way”. (Quran 43:61)
“Jesus raised to God in the Heavens & Coming of Jesus :Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise”. (Quran 4:158)
“And there is none from the People of the Scripture but that he will surely believe in Jesus before his death. And on the Day of Resurrection he will be against them a witness”. (Quran 4:159)
Dear friend, that is the most profound truth! And it is truth that cannot be denied. Jesus is the one and only Messiah. He is the Saviour. He is the Messiah of the Muslims, the Jews, and the Gentiles. Millions throughout the world of every nation and creed accept Him as Saviour.
Many have followed false Messiahs and had their lives ended in death. They were sincere, but they were sincerely wrong. Had they only accepted the indisputable claim that Jesus is the Messiah, they would have found the peace that they were looking for, and the eternal life that God has promised to all who will accept Jesus as Messiah… the Savior of the world.
Yes, Jesus – Messiah loves you! The Messiah that Muhammad wrote about… to forgive you and to be your Savior… your Liberator… your Deliverer from sin.
History tells us that He was crucified and died on a cross.
Ninety percent of the time, my Muslim friends will immediately quote, “They killed him not, they crucified him not, but it was likened unto them [or it appeared into them]. They killed him not knowingly, but God raised him and God is the most merciful of merciful.” (Qur’an, Surah 4:157-158)
In their minds, this verse says that Allah would never have allowed a great prophet like Jesus to be crucified by His enemies.
Is that how most Muslim scholars themselves interpret it?
The fact of the matter is that there are different contradicting interpretations of this verse amongst Muslim scholars. Muslims claim it is from Allah and that it denies the death of Jesus. There are various ways of interpreting Surah 4:157-158.
One of them would be to remember the Jews’ attitude toward Christ. When Jesus was taken to the Roman governor, they did not believe He was the Messiah. They wanted to get rid of Him. By saying,
“They killed him not knowingly,” the Qur’an simply states that they killed Jesus without knowing He was the Messiah.
History tells us that three days later there was an empty tomb. History, and hundreds of eye witnesses, tell us that He rose from the dead. But sadly many also reject the love and forgiveness God has offered in Jesus.
It is obvious that no one but Jesus could have fulfilled these prophecies. The prophecies absolutely preclude any still future Messiah, except that even that hope also will find its fulfillment in the second coming of Christ.
And then, of course, there are still hundreds of other prophecies, all of which were fulfilled by Jesus Christ:
His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14);
His birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2);
His sacrificial death (Isaiah 53:5);
His crucifixion (Psalm 22:14-18);
His bodily resurrection (Psalm 16:10); and many others.
Allah has given you a free will. YOU must make a choice. You cannot be neutral.
Don’t take this writer’s Ash Salman word for it. Investigate for yourself the claims of Muhammad, the prophecies in the Torah, and the life of Jesus written in the Bible. The prophecies that were fulfilled by His birth, life, death and resurrection.
Check out the reasons why Paul, the greatest persecutor of Jesus‘ followers, became such a strong believer in Jesus as the Messiah… and why he became the world’s greatest missionary.
If you are not already a follower of Isah (Jesus), you must make a choice :
(1) to believe that Jesus is the Messiah
(2) to reject Him as Saviour.
You can choose to believe the Messiah, Jesus, who said He would, and did, rise from the dead. Allah gave Jesus, born miraculously through Mary (Maryam, Sura 3:45) as Muhammed agreed, to the world… for you.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”— John 3:16
All of these unite in their witness that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31).
(“Son of God” does not mean that God had physical relations with Mary, but rather that God willed it supernaturally that Mary would become the earthly mother of Jesus even as a virgin. See Surah 3:47-48)
Jesus loves you. How could anyone want to reject such a wonderful love… reject God’s forgiveness… His promises of eternal life?
The Bible teaches how we can know where we will spend eternity.