A prophet like Moses: Jesus or Muhammad – Part 2

Muslims also claim that Muhammad is the prophet that Moses prophesied about, but we find no prophetic parallels between Moses and Muhammad, but rather we have natural parallels which are normal amongst humans. Typical parallels that Muslims bring up are that: 1) Both had normal births. 2) Both had normal deaths. 3) Both led armies. 4) Both were political leaders. 5) Both were rejected by their people but later became their accepted leaders. 6) Both brought new laws to their people. 7) Both emigrated before ultimately obtaining power. 8) Both had successors that conquered Palestine. But we know that many people had these parallels with Moses, except for number 8, and these parallels are in no way suggesting that a person is a prophet. Examples of people who had similar parallels are Pol Pot, Mao Tse-tung, Fidel Castro, and even biblical Jeroboam (see 1 Kings 11-15).

Even though the claimed parallels that Muslims claim exist between Moses and Muhammad don’t prove that Muhammad was that prophet, they also don’t exactly dismiss him either. But there are very good reasons to conclude that Muhammad couldn’t have been that prophet Moses referred to; or a prophet altogether. For instance, Moses performed miraculous signs, Muhammad didn’t: “Why are not (signs) sent to him, like those which were sent to Moses?” (Surah 28:48). Moses spoke directly with God, Muhammad didn’t: “And to Moses Allah spoke directly” (Surah 4:164). “It is not fitting for a man that Allah should speak to him except by inspiration, or from behind a veil, or by the sending of a messenger” (Surah 42:51). Moses never thought he was demon-possessed, Muhammad did (see Ibn Ishaq’s “Sirat Rasul Allah,” The Life of Muhammad translated by A. Guillaume, p. 106). Moses never tried to commit suicide, Muhammad did (See History of Tabari [1155], vol. 6, p. 76). Moses was clear-minded to the end, but Muhammad became delirious and mentally confused: (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 23, Number 471). Moses never uttered verses from Satan but Muhammad had the Satanic Verses. (History of Tabari [1192-1193], vol. 6, p. 111). Muhammad admitted speaking presumptuously in the name of Allah, Al-at, Al-Uzza, and Manat, failing to meet the criteria given in Deut. 18:20. Moses was never bewitched, but Muhammad was (see Al-Bukhari, vol. VII, no. 658). Moses didn’t abrogate his own revelations, Muhammad did. Surah 2:106 (Pickthall) “Nothing of our revelation (even a single verse) do we abrogate or cause be forgotten, but we bring (in place) one better or the like thereof. Knowest thou not that Allah is Able to do all things?” And most importantly, Muhammad married his son’s wife, while Moses warned against doing such a thing (see Leviticus 20:12). (124).  

It is these dissimilarities between Muhammad and Moses that make us know for certain that Muhammad couldn’t have the prophet that Moses referred to, or a prophet from God altogether. Muhammad contradicted Moses in teachings and also in deeds, as such we know that he was not similar to Moses, however this gives us reasons to question if he was a prophet or not, and the answer is that he couldn’t have been a prophet. Muhammad admitted to lying in his prophecies, which makes him a false prophet and disqualifies him from being a true prophet of God, never mind being the prophet that Moses referred to. Jesus on the hand had many prophetic similarities with Moses, and He didn’t contradict Moses in both His lifestyle and teachings.   

 

Note: This article has been adapted from Cornelius’ article found here (http://answering-islam.org/authors/cornelius/like_moses.html)

 

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