There is one crucial question about Islam that all people need to address, whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims. All people must decide for themselves if Mohammad was actually a prophet of the one true Creator God. This is a question that impacts the lives of every human, whether they are people of faith or not. Sadly, it is also a question few of us ever seriously consider.
For people that do not believe in a god, the answer is obviously “No”! If there is no god, there can be no prophet of the god.. For such people there is only one reasonable response to Islam; they must resist it as if their lives depend on it – because they do. Islam demands a profession of belief in a god and authorizes its followers to kill those who do not believe in their god.
For people who do believe in a Creator and an after-life, the answer to this question will determine their eternal destiny. Those who believe there is a god must choose. If you believe Mohammad was a prophet and that he conveyed the words of the Creator, you really must become a Muslim. If you do not believe he was a prophet, you need to confront and resist Islam. One cannot reasonably call Mohammad a prophet of the Creator then claim to follow any other faith. That would be both foolish and irrational because both Mohammad and Allah, in the Koran, claim that there is no other acceptable ideology but Islam and that Islam must dominate all other religions.
What is a Prophet?
The term “Prophet” in the religious context, is mentioned repeatedly, first in the Bible and, much later, in the Koran. There is no clear and comprehensive definition of “prophet” or of “prophesy” that we could find in the Bible. However, in Deuteronomy chapter 12 we see that a prophet will hear from God through dreams and visions and may be able to show “signs” and “wonders” to prove that he/she is from God. In this chapter, we can also see that there may be both true and false prophets. Dictionary.com provides this definition as the first of several meanings of the word: “(a prophet is) a person who speaks for God or a deity, or by divine inspiration”.
So how can we know if Mohammad was a prophet of the Creator, the prophet of another, false god or a deceiver who never heard from any god at all? There are four tests of a true prophet that are mentioned in the Bible. Three are in the old testament which is shared by Christians and Jews. The fourth is in the New Testament and is used by Christians:
Did Mohammad Agree With Previous Prophets?
Mohammad, in his Koranic surahs, repeatedly endorsed the Bible. From the earliest stages of his career right up to months before his death he told Muslims that the Bible was a good source of guidance. There are thousands of extant bible manuscripts that pre-date Mohammad and Islam by centuries. These ancient documents confirm that the Old Testament of today’s Bible is essentially the same as that available in the time of Jesus. Of course, the New Testament was written after Jesus lived but there is a plethora of ancient documents that prove the New Testament of today also agrees with those available to Mohammad who lived over 600 years after Jesus.
To be sure, many minor discrepancies exist between various copies of these ancient documents. These are said to number in the thousands. However, it must also be understood that every variation, no matter how minor (such as a variation in punctuation or a misplaced spot or mark on a page) is considered a variation. These variations are easily explained when we realize that these documents were transcribed from older documents by imperfect people. The degree of care and accuracy achieved by these scribes was very impressive but there have been thousands of minor differences identified between the various ancient manuscripts that still exist. However, there are very few examples of significant variations between manuscripts that changed the essential meaning of any significant portion of the text.
Mohammad endorsed the Bible but he also contradicted it in a huge number of instances. Mohammad named several biblical characters as prophets who were not called prophets in the Bible. Adam, King David, Abraham and Jesus were all called prophets by Mohammad but were not referred to as prophets in the literal translations of the Bible. In his Koran, he misrepresented the words and actions of the Jewish prophets and disagreed with them on many issues. He told stories in the Koran about words and actions of the Jewish prophets that had never been recorded prior to the Koran. In particular, he misrepresented and altered the biblical history of the life and actions of Jesus (Issa in the Koran). Jesus, the Messiah of the Jews became Issa, who, according to Mohammad, will be the nemesis of the Jews at the end of the world. Mohammad established the ideology of Islam but he claimed that the central figures in the Bible from Adam to Jesus were actually Muslims. After initially endorsing the Jewish scriptures, he later went on to vilify and condemn the Jews.
By no stretch of the imagination can Mohammad be considered to have agreed with the prophets of the Old Testament or the New. Thus, he fails the first test of a prophet.
Were Mohammad’s Actions Appropriate for a Prophet of the Creator?
Deuteronomy chapter 18 indicates that a prophet can be known by his/her lifestyle. Legitimate prophets of the Creator should be expected to act in compliance with the Creator’s will. They should obey both the spirit and the letter of God’s law.
All of the prophets of Islam that were also considered prophets by Jews and Christians lived their lives in compliance with the laws of God. Admittedly, some of the Jewish prophets initially disobeyed God’s instructions (Jonah, for example). But these “sinning” prophets repented, paid the penalty and moved on. All of the Jewish prophets lived generally peaceful and moral lives. None of them committed theft, murderous raids or economic warfare. None of them committed or contracted political or vengeful murders. None of them took child brides, multiple wives or concubines. Islamic scriptures tell us that Mohammad did all these things. On the other hand, Islamic scripture reports that Mohammad lived a reasonably austere personal life aside from the fact that he was very active sexually, having had many wives and concubines. This was not extremely unusual for a political leader at that time though his manner of acquiring these women was suspect. These facts are recorded in the Islamic scriptures and can easily be verified by any serious student of the subject.
Considering all of the above, we believe that Mohammad fails this Biblical test of a Prophet too.
Mohammad’s Prophesies and Miracles:
There is no record of any significant prophesy of future earthly events made by Mohammad. Mohammad, himself, stated that he was not sent to do miracles and that people were expected to believe his words because they came from Allah. Obviously, this means that Mohammad cannot be proven a prophet by the accuracy of his prophesies and that he fails the third Biblical test of a prophet.
There was at least one story in the Sunnah that he prophesied that the Muslims would win a battle, but this cannot be seriously considered a prophesy. No rational war leader will prophesy defeat of his troops to his troops before a battle. And there are only two possible options for the outcome of a battle; winning or losing. Flipping a coin to predict a battle’s outcome would be accurate about 50% of the time!
Years after Mohammad’s death, stories began to be circulated about miracles and prophesies attributed to Mohammad, but few of these were considered factual, even by Islamic scholars.
How Did Mohammad View Jesus?
Unlike the holy books of any other religion, the Koran devotes a great deal of content to arguing against other religions ( especially Judaism and Christianity ) rather than describing its own doctrines. In particular, a lot of time is spent discussing and re-defining Jesus as someone other than the Christians’ Savior who is depicted in the Bible. Jesus is called Issa in the Koran. Mohammad acknowledged Jesus as having been sent by God, born of a virgin, and as the Messiah of Israel but he then contradicted himself by denying the divinity, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. In fact, Islamic scripture declares that Issa will become the bane of Jews and Christians during the end times.
Obviously, then, Mohammad fails the fourth test of a Prophet.
How Did Mohammad View the Jews?
In ancient times the people we call the Jews were initially referred to as Hebrews, then Israelites and, finally Jews. Both Jews and Arabs traditionally trace their ancestry back to Abraham who had two sons named Ishmael and Isaac. Arabs look to Ishmael as their ancestor; Jews claim Isaac as theirs. While the Old Testament talks a bit about Ishmael, it concentrates on the story of Isaac and his descendants. After Abraham, all the prophets mentioned in the Old Testament were in the line of descendants of Isaac – what we would call Israelites or Jews.
As Mohammad grew up in Mecca, he apparently had little exposure to either Jews or Christians. These people existed in the area but in very low numbers. As he was developing the narrative of his new ideology, he initially claimed the be the last and the greatest of the biblical prophets who were all Jewish. (Mohammad did claim that these prophets were actually Muslims but since we have shown elsewhere that Islam did not exist before Mohammad, this was obviously not the case). Mohammad’s Koranic messages while in Mecca were relatively accepting of both Jews and Christians. However, the situation changed dramatically when he relocated to Medina. There were three tribes of Jews and two tribes of Arabs settled in the area around Medina when the Muslims arrived on the scene. Mohammad encountered a lot of difficulty as he tried to convert the Jews to his new ideology. As time passed and the Jews refused to accept his ideology and some even had the courage to dispute some of his pronouncements, his relationship with them deteriorated quite quickly. Within a few years he had exiled or massacred all the Jews in the Medina area. We also see a much less accepting attitude toward the Jews in the Koranic verses he recited in Medina. Ultimately his anger and resentment of the Jews for rejecting his message evolved into outright condemnation of them and calls for their elimination. Obviously, this is the root of the animosity between Jews and Islamists which endures to the present day.
So we see that Mohammad cannot reasonably claim to be the last and greatest in the amazing line of Jewish prophets!
Decide for Yourself
There are no people anywhere on earth today that can be confident that they will be unaffected by Islam. Therefore, it is wise and appropriate for all of us to determine our position in the question of whether or not Mohammad was a legitimate prophet of the one true God. If we decide he was such a prophet, we have no reasonable option but to convert to Islam. Because no reasonable person can proclaim Mohammad as truly a prophet of the Creator God and then continue life as anything other than a Muslim! Simply doing so is a declaration that Mohammad was a false prophet.
If Mohammad was not God’s prophet, we have several options open to us.
First, we can do nothing. However, if we do nothing, we are convinced that Islam will dominate every country on earth within the next several decades.
Second, we, can attempt to maintain our faith but surrender and submit to domination and humiliation by Islam. People who have done this in past are called dhimmis by some Muslims. People throughout the Middle East have decided to follow this course in order to be allowed to remain alive in their native lands. There are two significant problems with this option. First, such existence is very precarious. People groups that have survived for centuries as dhimmis have always been subject to intermittent pogroms. In recent months, news stories out of the Middle East provide modern-day confirmation of this. Religious minorities in many Islamic countries and especially in ISIS-controlled areas have been persecuted and massacred by professing Islamists. The ancient areas of Egypt and Iraq were among the first nations conquered by Islam. Yet we often see in the news reports of current-day massacres of groups of these dhimmis.
The second problem with surrender and acceptance of dhimmitude is that, even if we are not killed, we will never be allowed to fully exercise our faith and become equal participants in a Islamic-dominated culture. Over the centuries the hardships imposed on dhimmis by the dominant Islamic culture have increased or been softened depending on the whim of the ruling Islamic authority but they have never fully disappeared because Islamic scripture demands submission and humiliation of dhimmis.
Third, we can try to retain our own faith (or lack of faith), attempt to retain our independence from Islam and try to obtain assurances from Islam that it will reform itself. By the time you have finished exploring this website, we hope you will agree with us that this is an impossible task. No matter how willing it may be to compromise, in order for one party to reach a peaceful accommodation with another party, the other party must also be ready to compromise. We believe we will show that it is impossible for Islam to compromise with unbelievers who will not submit to Islam. Nor is it possible for Islam to reform itself as long as it believes that Mohammad is the Prophet of the Creator and that his instruction and example is the will of God. How can Muslims believe that and then change their ideology? If Mohammad and God say that violent jihad is necessary, what devout Muslim can disagree? And how would it be possible to get all Muslims to agree to reform? It would not.
Finally, we can openly resist and oppose Islam. This is neither an attractive nor an easy option. Opposition to Islam is being condemned by Islamists everywhere as well as by a huge number of useful idiots – those misguided non-Muslims who are either ignorant of the true nature or Islam or are so antagonistic to the Judeo-Christian worldview that they will embrace any ideology that is also against that world-view. Someone among this group has labeled opposition to Islam as Islamophobia and this epithet has been enthusiastically adopted world-wide. There is a worldwide movement to enact laws that prohibit this ill-defined and illusory transgression.
So, you, personally, must decide if Mohammad was the prophet of the Creator of the Universe. Questions you should consider include:
Our personal answers to all the above questions are “None” or “No”. Therefore, we are convinced that Mohammad was not a prophet of God. We are, however, convinced that he was either directed by satanic visions or that he was a complete fraud.
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