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Those who follow ‘the unlettered Prophet’

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Quran 7:157:

Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written 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 and the shackles which were upon them. So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him – it is those who will be the successful.

The following excerpt is taken from “A Call to Jews” by the Australian Islamic Library pg. 26-31:

Let us know look at some passages from Torah to explore the
prophecies about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Muhammad (pbuh) prophesised in the book of Deuteronomy:

God Almighty speaks to Moses in Book of Deuteronomy chapter 18
verse 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.”
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is like Moses (pbuh):
i) Both had a father and a mother (unlike Jesus).
ii) Both were married and had children (unlike Jesus)
iii) Both were accepted as Prophets by most of their people in their
lifetime (unlike Jesus)
iv) Both besides being Prophets were also rulers of states (unlike Jesus)
v) Both brought new laws and new regulations for their people (unlike
Jesus who came to guide the Israelites”)
vi) Both died a natural death (Unlike Jesus who according to Christian
belief was killed on Cross and according to Muslim belief was taken to
skies alive by God)

The Arabs are the descendants of Ishmail (PBUH) and the Jews are
the descendants of Isaac (PBUH). Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s
lineage is from Ishmail (PBUH)

Words in the mouth:

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was unlettered and whatever revelations
he received from God Almighty he repeated it verbatim.

The beginning of the revelation to the Messenger of Allah,
Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was in the form of
good dreams which came true like bright daylight; then, the love of
seclusion was bestowed upon him. He used to go in seclusion in the
cave of Hira where he used to worship Allah continuously for many
days until he desired to see his family. He would take with him food
for the stay and then come back to his wife Khadija to take his food
again, until suddenly the truth descended upon him while he was in the
cave of Hira. The angel came to him and asked him to read. He
replied, “I can’t read”. The angel repeated this again and said:

Read in the name of your Lord, who has created everything, who
has created man from a clot. Read! And your Lord is the Most
Generous.” (Quran 96:1-3)

Then Allah’s Apostle returned with the Inspiration and with his heart
beating severely. Then he went to Khadija bint Khuwailid, his wife,
and said, “Cover me! Cover me!”. She covered him until his fear
subsided and then he told her everything that happened. He said, “I
fear that something may happen to me.” Khadija replied, “Never! By
Allah, Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good relations with your
family, you help the poor and the destitute, you serve your guests
generously, and you assist those afflicted by calamities.”

Khadija then accompanied him to her cousin Waraqa bin Nawfal, a
learned Christian who had a command over Hebrew. He would write
from the Gospel in Hebrew as much as Allah wished him to write. He
was an old man and had lost his eyesight. Khadija told Waraqa about
what had happened to the Prophet. The Prophet described whatever
he had seen. Upon listening to this, Waraqa said, “This is the same one
who keeps the secrets whom Allah had sent to Moses. I wish I were
young and could live up to the time when your people would turn you
out (of your homeland).” The Prophet asked, “Will they drive me
out?” Waraqa replied, “Yes, anyone who came with something similar
to what you have brought was treated with hostility; and if I should
remain until till the day when you will be turned out then I would
strongly support you.” But after a few days Waraqa died.

This very story of first revelation was prophesised in the book of
Isaiah. chapter 29 verse 12:

“And the book is delivered to him that is not learned saying, ‘Read
this, I pray thee’; and he saith, ‘I am not learned’.

Let us pause for a while and reflect upon this wisdom from God who
made prophet Muhammad (PBUH) un-lettered. Had he been able to
read the scripture, people would have claimed that he told things to
people after reading from scriptures. Those who wanted to do that are
no left with their mouth tightly shut. The other avenue they are left
with to depend on is to say that he was taught by some learned man,
some claim Waraqa, due to which he know all these details which no
other people knew. This false claim falls badly too as Waraqa died a few days after prophet met him. Do they claim that Prophet
Muhammad had an extra-ordinary memory that lasted for 23 years in
which he gave countless prophecies and communicated divine
guidance. Those who want to hide this glaring truth also need to
provide an answer to how and why same stories told in Quran are
different to how they were told in old and New Testament. Why
would prophet choose to disagree with other religions if he was
seeking them to accept his message as divine guidance?

Original message of all religions is the same. It is their followers who
made changes to their scriptures and claim it to be from God,
following their worldly desires and arrogance. That is the reason that
we are still able to find some prophecies about prophet Muhammad in
these books.

Following are a few verses from Quran for those who are open to
truth and willing to ponder:

Or, has he not been informed of what is in the scriptures of Musa
(Moses)? -And (of) Ibraheem (Abraham) who fulfilled (the
commandments): That no bearer of burden shall bear the burden
of another;- And that man shall have nothing but what he
strives for;- And that his striving shall soon be seen; Then
shall be rewarded for it with the fullest reward; and that to
your Lord is the goal!” (Quran 53:36-42)

And in their footsteps, We sent ‘Eesaa, son of Maryam (Mary),
confirming the Torah that had come before him. And We gave him the Injeel, in which was guidance and light and confirmation of the Tauraat (Torah) that had come before it, a guidance and an
admonition for the Allah-fearing.” (Quran 5:46)

Those who follow the unlettered Prophet, whom they find
written down with them in the Torah and the Injeel (who) enjoins
them good and forbids them evil, and makes lawful to them the
good things and makes unlawful to them impure things, and
removes from the their burden and the shackles which were upon
them; so (as for) those who believe in him and honor him and
help him, and follow the light which has been sent down with
him, these it is that are the successful.” (Quran 7:156)

“[It is] He Who has sent down the Book (the Qur’an) to you
(Muhammad «peace be upon him») with truth, confirming what
came before it. And he sent down the Torah and the Injeel.
Aforetime, as a guidance to mankind, And He sent down the
Furqaan (The Criterion) [of judgment between right and wrong
(this Qur’an)].” (Quran 3:3-4)

“This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My
Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as a religion.”
(Quran 5:3)

“And We have not sent you [O Muhammad «peace be upon
him»] except to all of humanity, as a giver of glad tidings and a
warner, but most people know not.” (Quran 34:28)
“Indeed it is We ourselves Who have sent down the
Remembrance (the Qur’an) and surely, it is We Who shall guard it
[from distortion].” (Quran 15:9)

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