Foretelling the Advent of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) (Part 1)
The prophets of ancient times, especially Hazrat Musa and Hazrat 'Isa (A.S), had given their followers news of the advent of Islam, even to the extent that indications of the special attributes of the Prophet of Islam appeared in their revealed books. For this reason, the Jews and the Christians and the followers of other religions were watching out for the advent of Islam, like people who see their ship with torn sails and broken anchor in danger of sinking in the sea and therefore direct their gaze at the shore of future safety's some of the Jews had even found, through much searching, a place between the hills 'Ayr and Uhud which were named in their own books as the 'center of Islamic rule', and migrated there, waiting for the advent of Islam.
The Qur'an is a testimony to the truth of these facts, that the Torah and the Evangel (see lessons 17 & 18) had given news of the advent of the prophet of Islam: Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find written down with them in the Torah and the Evangel, bidding them to good and forbidding them evil, making lawful for them the good things and making unlawful for them the corrupt things, and relieving them of their loads and the fetters that were on them, those who believe in him and succour him and follow the light that has been sent down with him - they are the prosperers.(VII 157)
Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are hard against the unbelievers, merciful to one another. Thou sent them bowing and prostrating, seeking bounty from Allah and good pleasure. Their mark is on their faces, the trace of prostration. That is their likeness in the Torah and their likeness in the Evangel: as a seed that puts forth its shoot, and strengthens ii~, and it grows stout and rises straight, upon its stem, pleasing the sewers, that through them He may enrage the unbelievers. Allah has promised those of them who believe and do deeds of righteousness forgiveness and a mighty wage. (XLVITh29)
This example indicates that the prophet and his devoted companions started from nothing, and reached to the summit by self-sacrifice, dedication and faith, so that they surprised the world.
And when 'Isa, son of Maryam said: "Children of Isra'il, 1 am indeed the Messenger of Allah to you, confirming the Torah that is before me, and giving good tidings of a Messenger who shall come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad. "And when he brought them clear signs, they said: ''this is a manifest sorcery." (LXI,O)
Those unto whom we have given the Book recognize him as they recognize their sons, even though there is a party of them who conceal the truth and that wittingly. (11; 146)
Those to whom we have given the Book recognize him as they recognize their own sons. Those who have lost their own souls, they do not Believe. (V120)
It comes out clearly from these ayahs that the previous prophets informed the people of the coming of Muhammad (PBUH) and of his appeared together with Islam, no room remained for any kind of doubt.
Because, if there had been no such news in the Christian and Jewish scriptures at the time of Muhammad (PBUH), it would not have been expected from the radiant thought of someone like Muhammad (PBUH) that be would stand up and say, so as to prove his messenger ship before all the people of the Book: "My name and my characteristics have appeared in the Torah and the Evangel which are in your possession it at this very moment." Because in that case the enemies of Muhammad (PBUH) would not give up, and, in order to annihilate his message, they would collect together the copies of the Torah and Evangel so that they could prove that such characteristics were not in these books.
That there was in their opposition to Muhammad (PBUH), and even rose up to fight him, but they never managed with this facile and simple ruse to prove that these characteristics did not exist. So it is clear that abundant information concerning the Prophet of Islam existed in their sacred books.
Author: Dar Rahe Haq Institute
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