The world today holds an abundance of religions, varying on who they “worship”, what and who they look up to and idolize… Out of all of them, there are three that hold more attributes in common than the rest, the Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Strictly speaking they all worship the same God, all three were introduced by men chosen by God; Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad peace be upon them all. So, the question comes down to this which one do we follow, which one do we choose. People today believe that these three religions are in conflict, however, the truth is that they all validate each other as both Torah and the Bible mention that Muhammad will come.
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him (pbuh), is mentioned by name in the Song of Solomon chapter 5 verse 16: “Hikko Mamittakim we kullo Muhammadim Zehdoodeh wa Zehraee Bayna Jerusalem.” Translated to “His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.” in King James Bible, English Revised Version and is present in many more (1). In the Hebrew language “im” is added for respect. As shown above “im” is added after the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) name. The Prophet’s (pbuh) name has been translated to “altogether lovely”. In Arabic the name means the thanked one, the praised one or the one pleased with. Regardless, in the Old Testament in Hebrew, the name of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is still present (Rabbi reciting Song of Solomon 5:16). Another verse from the Torah (chapter 18 verse 18: Book of Deuteronomy) states that God said the following to Moses (pbuh) “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. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is like Moses (pbuh):
Both had a father and a mother, while Jesus (pbuh) was born miraculously without any male intervention.
[Mathew 1:18 and Luke 1:35 and also Al-Qur’an 3:42-47]
Both were married and had children. Jesus (pbuh) according to the Bible did not marry nor have children.
Both died naturally, while Jesus (pbuh) was raised up to the heavens alive. Al-Qur’an 4:157-158: “And [for] their saying, “Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah .” And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain”
Muhammad (pbuh) is from among the brethren of Moses (pbuh). Arabs are brethren of the Jews. As Abraham (pbuh) had two sons: Ishmail and Isaac peace be upon them both, the Arabs are the descendants of Ishmail (pbuh) and the Jews are the descendants of Isaac (pbuh).
In the Gospel, according to John (Chapters 14, 15, 16) Jesus spoke of the “Paraclete” or the “Comforter” who will come after Jesus, who will be sent by Father as another Paraclete, who will teach new ideas that the people surrounding Jesus could not sustain. While, the Paraclete is described as the spirit of truth (whose meaning resembles Muhammad’s title as “Al-Amin“, translated to “the trustworthy”), he is identified in one verse as the Holy Ghost (John 14:26). Also, the idea that the prophecy is in reference to the Holy Ghost is seemingly incorrect as the prophecy mentions that the “Comforter” will only come after Jesus (pbuh) is gone. While, the Holy Ghost was around during Jesus’s earthly life. The Dictionary of the Bible (Ed. J. Mackenzie) stated “Those items, it must be admitted do not give an entirely cohesive picture.”
There were Christians that knew that the Paraclete was a man not a spirit, but they were led astray by men that did not meet full description provided by the prophecy. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the Paraclete, the Comforter, the Helper, the Trustworthy sent by God following the time of Jesus. He spoke of Jesus and his mother, Virgin Mary through what he was taught by God and his book the Qur’an. He preached a novel doctrine, he spoke of what he was revealed by means of the Holy Ghost, which the Qur’an identifies as the angel Gabriel, God’s most trusted and magnificent creation. He won over many believers through his well-preserved teachings. Muslims till today still pray, worship, fast and recite the Qur’an the exact way the Prophet (pbuh) did. These teachings will remain preserved as will the Holy book, a promise made by God to his loyal slaves. Muhammad peace be upon him was and is the last messenger of God. He was also the only messenger that was capable of uniting humanity under God and leading them down the straight path of truth. He spoke of many details of the past, future and science, as he was taught them through the Qur’an. Muhammad (pbuh) was an illiterate man that knew nothing of science or poetry, but through his revelations he recited the most intricate of poetry that spoke of details he personally had no knowledge of. The criterion given by Moses to distinguish between true and false prophets (Deuteronomy 18:22), described no one other than Muhammad (pbuh).
As for those that argue that John the Baptist is the Prophet that the Torah and the New Testement speak of, I implore you to consider this: John 1:19-21
19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders[a] in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.
20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”
21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.”
The Holy Qur’an was and is the last of God’s revelations and in His book he mentions that Muhammad (pbuh) was mentioned previously in both the Torah and Bible:
“Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find written [i.e., mentioned] in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden (2) and the shackles which were upon them (3). So they who have believed in him, honoured him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him – it is those who will be the successful.” (7:157)
(1) Find proof of which I speak here – http://biblehub.com/songs/5-16.htm
(2) Difficulties in religious practice.
(3) i.e., extreme measures previously required for repentance and retribution without recourse to compensation.