Part 1:Why in the Bible, Muhammad is like Moses, not Jesus

27 09 2010

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

This article by no means intended to insult Christians but to reason with logic so that the truth can be understand by investigating it, rather than by blind faith.

I shall try to make this post as short as possible, but at the same time making the points that I want to make comprehensible.

Definition of the word ‘Prophecy’: A statement that says what is going to happen in the future, especially one which is based on what you believe about a particular matter rather than existing facts. (Cambridge Online Dictionary)

The definition tells all. It says that prophecies should be based on existing facts, rather than what we want to believe in. Another way to present this idea is by saying that if we are proposed with prophecies, we should analyze whatever we have in hand, rather than making assumptions on what we believed (because it might be biased I guess). In this posting I shall present to you a well known verse in the Bible:

Deuteronomy 18:18

“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.” (King James Version).

This verse in the Bible narrates about what God said to Moses, on top of Mt Sinai. Most Christians were preached that the word ‘Prophet’ and the term ‘like unto thee’ here are referring to Jesus.

The first question I would like to pose to my Christian brethrens: In what way Jesus is like Moses?

Most will say that Jesus is a Jew, so does Moses. And Jesus was a prophet, so did Moses (though I might want to ask that why some are calling Jesus as the son of God and God himself incarnated in human flesh. But let’s save that for later postings).

If those are the only reasons to justify the verse, then it cannot be enough. Jonah, Jacob, Solomon, Ezekiel etc were all ‘Jews’ and ‘Prophets’. We can say that those are make belief reasons: reasons made to justify one’s belief rather than using facts. I would like to suggest here that, we compare Moses to Jesus and Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon them).

Why Jesus is not like Moses

1. Moses is not God

Most Christian’s sects except the Jehovah’s Witnesses regard Jesus as God but regard Moses as a prophet. So in what sense Jesus is like Moses? Therefore, Jesus is not like Moses.

2. Moses did not die for the sins of the world

Christianity stated that Jesus died for the sins of the world, that he is the savior, God incarnated in human flesh to redeem the sins of mankind. What about Moses? He was a great prophet, but he did not have to die for the sins of the world. Hence, Jesus is not like Moses.

But these are only beliefs that one can choose to believe or not to believe. Let’s examine hard facts and then I shall leave the readers to conclude who is like Moses, Jesus or Muhammad.

1. Father and mother

Moses had a father and a mother and so do Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon them). But Jesus only had a mother and no human father. Hence, Muhammad is like Moses and Jesus is not like Moses.

2. Miraculous birth

Muslims and Christians both believe in the miraculous birth of Jesus. But Christians go a little further by saying that Jesus was begotten, not made like Adam. We Muslims on the other hand believe that Jesus’ birth was on the will of Allah. Planting a seed in a man is a human act (and also animal’s), not godly. In Al Quran, Surah Al Baqarah, ayat 47, Mary questioned how can she gave birth when no man had touched her:

She said:”O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?” He (angel Gabriel or Jibrail) said:”Even so: Allah createth what He willeth; when He hath decreed a plan, He but saith to it ‘Be’, and it is!

The point that I want to make here is that Jesus is not like Moses, since Moses was born in a natural way, and so does Muhammad. So it is apparent that, Muhammad is like Moses but Jesus is not like Moses.

3. Marriage

Jesus was never married, but Muhammad and Moses were married and they both had children. Again, Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhammad is like Moses.

4. Jesus was rejected by his people

Moses and Muhammad were accepted by their people and they both faced rejection in the early days of their prophethood. But Jesus’ teachings were rejected by his people and were only accepted by his few disciples. Hence, Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhammad is like Moses.

5. New laws

Moses and Muhammad brought new laws and new regulations for their people. Moses not only gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments but also a very comprehensive set of laws. Muhammad was responsible for bringing out the barbaric life of the Arab Jahiliyyah to the most respected in human civilization. Muhammad gave his people the law and order of every single aspect in life which is used until this day.

Jesus on the other hand didn’t come to establish new laws. As believed by the Christians in the Bible, Jesus himself said that he came to fulfill the old laws (Matthew 5:17-18).

6. How they departed

According to Christianity, Jesus was killed on the cross (hence we ask whether he was killed as a human or God, because God cannot die). But Muhammad and Moses died naturally like any other human. So who is more like Moses here? Jesus or Muhammad?

7. Heavenly abode

Both Moses and Muhammad were buried in earth after their death, but according to Christianity, Jesus rests in heaven. In what way this is ‘like Moses’?

Since this post is getting longer than I thought it will, I shall continue this in Part 2 of the discussion where we will analyze other parts of Deutronomy 18:18

Source: What the Bible says about Muhammad(pbuh) by Ahmed Deedat