The Prophet Promised in World Scriptures

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This well-researched and comprehensive book by Ali Unal details the numerous prophecies about the advent of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, in various world scriptures.


by Ali Unal and Harun Gultekin

The authors argue that numerous prophecies of the coming of the blessed Prophet are found in the New and Old Testaments, the Zoroastrian, Hindu and Buddhist Scriptures. He then closely examines these prophecies through a comparative and verse-by-verse analysis and explains the rationale for his conclusions.

For readers who are not familiar with the Islamic view of Prophethood, the book first explains the essentials of Prophethood and the characteristics of Prophets, outlines the Divine purpose for sending Prophets, and finally introduces Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.

The author starts his analysis of world scriptures under five broad headings, starting with the Old Testament. Here he first examines the books of major Prophets starting from Adam, Noah, Abraham to Moses, David and Solomon. He then conveys the glad tidings made by other Prophets such as Daniel, Jonah and Zechariah, all proclaiming the arrival of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.

He then examines the New Testament, the Zoroastrian, Buddhist and Hindu Scriptures respectively, emphasizing on the central notion that Prophet Muhammad is clearly and directly mentioned in all the World Scriptures as the final Prophet sent to humankind and the very person declared by all the Prophets from Adam to Jesus, peace be upon them all. This book will appeal to readers from all faiths and backgrounds that have an interest in major world religions and their sacred scriptures.


PROPHETHOOD AND WHY MUHAMMAD WAS UNIVERSALLY PROMISED

God Almighty has created every community of beings with a purpose and a guide or a leader. It is inconceivable that God Almighty, Who has given bees a queen, ants a leader, and birds and fish each a guide, would leave us without Prophets to guide us to spiritual, intellectual, and material perfection.

Although we can find God Almighty by reflecting upon natural phenomena, we need a Prophet to learn why we were created, where we came from, where we are going, and how to worship our Creator properly. The ultimate purpose for the creation of human beings is that they know and worship God Almighty with all the dimensions of their existence. And thus, “belief in God is creation’s highest aim and most sublime result; humanity’s most exalted rank is knowledge of Him that is contained in this belief. The greatest happiness of humanity lies in love of God contained within knowledge of God. The purest joy of the human spirit and heart is the spiritual happiness and pleasure contained within the love of God. All true happiness, pure joy, and unclouded pleasures are contained within knowledge and love of God.” Thus, God sent Prophets to teach people the meaning of creation, leading them to knowledge of and belief in God and worship of Him. He also sent them to teach people the truth of things, to unveil the mysteries behind historical and natural events, and to inform us of our relationship, and that of Divine Scriptures, with the universe.

Without Prophets, we could not have made any scientific progress. While those who adopt evolutionary approaches to explain historical events tend to attribute everything to chance and deterministic evolution, Prophets guided humanity in intellectual—and thus scientific—illumination. Thus, farmers traditionally accept Prophet Adam as their first master, tailors accept Prophet Enoch, shipmakers and sailors accept Prophet Noah, and clock makers accept Prophet Joseph. Also, the Prophets’ miracles marked the final points in scientific and technological advances, and urged people to accomplish them.

Prophets guided people, through personal conduct and the heavenly religions and Scriptures they conveyed, to develop their inborn capacities and directed them toward the purpose of their creation. Had it not been for them, humanity (the fruit of the ‘tree of creation’) would have been left to decay. As humanity needs social justice as much as it needs private inner peace, Prophets taught the laws of life and established the rules for a perfect social life based on justice.

Whenever people fell into darkness after a Prophet, God sent another one to enlighten them again. This continued until the coming of the Last Prophet. The reason for sending the Prophets Moses and Jesus required that Prophet Muhammad should be sent. As his message was for everyone, regardless of time or place, Prophethood ended with him.

Due to certain sociological and historical facts, which require a lengthy explanation, Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, was sent as “a mercy for all the worlds, all the creatures.” For this reason, Muslims believe in all of the Prophets and make no distinction among them:

The Messenger believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and so do the believers; each one believes in God, and His angels, and His Books, and His Messengers: “We make no distinction between any of His Messengers (in believing in them).” And they say: “We have heard (the call to faith in God) and obeyed. Our Lord, grant us Your forgiveness, and to You is the homecoming.” (al-Baqara, 2:285)

That is why Islam, revealed by God and conveyed to humanity by Prophet Muhammad, is universal and eternal.

A Prophet inculcates the Creator’s grandeur in the minds and spirits of human beings. The Divinely revealed Religion he communicates requires regular worship, which enables people to continuously and increasingly feel the Creator’s grandeur and omnipresence. Worship directs thoughts and feelings to the Creator, which, in turn, lead to obedience to Him. Obedience to the Creator, Who is also the Supreme Author of the universal, magnificent order, secures the perfect public order in human life. This perfect public order is based on God’s Wisdom. The essence of God’s Wisdom is that nothing in the universe is purposeless and meaningless. The universal order, beauty, and harmony bear witness to this Wisdom. The Universally-promised Prophet

The Qur’an says:

And when God took compact with the Prophets (and people through them): “That I have given you a Book and Wisdom; then there will come to you a Messenger confirming what (of the Divine Revelations) you already possess—you shall certainly believe in him and you shall certainly help him.” So saying, He asked: “Have you affirmed this and agreed to take up My burden (that I lay upon you) in this matter?” They answered: “We have affirmed (it).” He said: “Then bear witness (you and your communities), and I will be with you among the witnesses.” (Al-‘Imran, 3:81)

A covenant was taken from all peoples of the world through their respective Prophets, that when a Messenger (ar-rasul) who would confirm their truth and corroborate what (of the Divine Revelations) they already possessed came to them, they should believe in him and help him. In a general sense, a Prophet (an-nabiyy) is one who receives Revelation from God and has the duty of communicating it to people. In this sense, Messengership (ar-Risala) is included in the meaning of Prophethood (an- Nubuwwa). In a more particular sense, a Prophet is one who receives Divine Revelation, and follows the Book and the Law that the Messenger prior to him brought, or follows a contemporary Messenger, without himself having received a separate Book. What is meant by the Book in the verse must be the Book, or the part of it, to which a Prophet becomes heir. Every Messenger is also a Prophet, but not vice versa.

Prior to Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, in former communities, there used to be several Prophets at the same time, xx The Prophet Promised in World Scriptures Introduction xxi even in the same place. When circumstances required a Messenger to come with a new Book, or Law, or some amendment, God sent one. Since Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, there has been no need for a new Messenger and Book because the Qur’an has been preserved intact and meticulous, pure scholars and great spiritual masters have carried on the mission of the Prophets, without, of course, receiving Revelation, and great “revivers,” who have combined both scholarship and spiritual mastery, have become heirs to the mission of Messengership. The saying, “The scholars of my community are like the Prophets of the Children of Israel,” attributed to Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, expresses this reality. That is, great Muslim scholars and spiritual masters have done what the previous Prophets and Messengers did, with the exception that there is no longer any need for a new Book to be sent and that they do not receive Revelation. No scholar or spiritual master, however great and virtuous he or she may be, can be on the same level as a Prophet in virtue.

The Qur’anic verse whose translation has been given above, also clearly indicates that since Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, is the final Prophet and Messenger and therefore heir to all the previous Prophets (and Messengers) as he was sent to all peoples with a universal Message, one who confirmed all the previous Revelations, Prophets and Messengers as the two of the pillars of belief in his Message, and declared the absolute freedom of all the previous Prophets and Messengers from the blames that their peoples charged on them later, God had taken covenant from all the previous Prophets (and Messengers) and their peoples through their agency that they would give the glad tidings of his advent and confirm him when he appeared. This covenant was in all the previous Divine Scriptures.

The condition in which the previous sacred Scriptures of the world are found today is not pleasing. No Scripture of any religion was found in its original form and pristine purity at the time of the holy Prophet’s advent, nor is one found today. Such Books, therefore, cannot prove the truth of the Religion, nay, their own Prophets stand in need of vindication. So many suspicions and misgivings have sprung up about the figures of Zoroaster, Buddha, Abraham, Krishna and Christ that many look upon them as mere fictitious persons. So many differences are found regarding the name, place, and period of the ancient Prophets that their very existence is being doubted. Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, has, thus, put all the Prophets under obligation by testifying to their truth. Indeed he had done for them what their own present-day Books or followers could not do. In this way, by the collective evidence of them all, he has also established and evinced the truth of the Religion.

Although the previous Divine Scriptures have suffered alterations and interpolations during history, in the present interpolated form of the Old Testament, for example, scores of prophecies about the holy Prophet can be found. The Divine purpose must have preserved these so that the great World Prophet or the universal Prophet, who is the testifier of all foregoing Prophets and Scriptures, may also have corresponding confirmation of his truthfulness from the lips of those Prophets. Just as the Divine Being is a common factor and central point among all the nations of the world on which the unity of the various world religions can be founded, likewise among the world Prophets, the personality of Prophet Muhammad occupies a position in which the diverse religions of the world find a common converging point. Every great Prophet of the world has foretold his advent and exhorted his followers to rally around this “mercy for all the nations.” There may be numerous points of difference among the various religions of the world, but they are all agreed on the advent of this World Teacher, who has been mentioned by various epithets by various Prophets, such as “the Lord with ten thousand saints” by Enoch, Moses and the Rishis of the Vedas, as “the saviour of the barque” in time of the Flood by Noah, as “a Prophet like himself” by Moses, as “a beloved” by David, as “Mahamaddim” by Solomon and as “Paraclete” by Jesus.4

The words of the present Torah, Gospels, and Psalms do not have the Qur’an’s miraculous perfection. Moreover, many alien terms and ideas have entered them because the translations became removed from the original texts. Furthermore, the sayings and mistakes, whether intentional or not, of their many interpreters have been confused with the original verses, and the distortions of ignorant people and various enemies have been incorporated. However even now, after so many alterations, the celebrated nineteenth–century Ottoman scholar Allama Husayn Jisri still could extract from them many pieces of evidence concerning Muhammad’s Prophethood, which he included in his Risala al-Hamidiya.

Many Jewish and Christian scholars acknowledge that Muhammad’s characteristics are recorded in their Scriptures. In his own time, the famous Roman emperor Heraclius and the high priest with him admitted: “I agree that Jesus predicted Muhammad’s advent.” Another Roman ruler named Muqawqis, the governor of Egypt, and such well-known Jewish scholars as Ibn Suriya, Ibn Akhtab and his brother Ka‘b ibn Asad, and Zubayr ibn Batiya, although remaining non-Muslims, admitted: “Our books mention him and his qualities.”

On the other hand, many famous Jewish scholars and Christian monks have converted after seeing that Muhammad had the attributes mentioned in their Scriptures concerning the Last Prophet. They silenced some of their former co-religionist scholars by showing them the references in the Torah and the Gospels. Among them were the famous ‘Abdullah ibn Salam, Wahb ibn Munabbih, Ibn Bunyamin, Mukhayriq, Ka‘b al- Akhbar Abu Yasir, Shamul, and Asid and Tha‘laba (the two sons of Sa‘ya). Shamul lived during the reign of Tubba, ruler of Yemen, and both believed in Muhammad’s Prophethood even though his birth was still some time in the future.

Ibn Hayaban, a Jewish scholar, once visited the Bani Nadir tribe in Madina before the proclamation of Muhammad’s Prophethood. He told them: “The emergence of a Prophet is close, and he will emigrate here.” Ibn Hayaban died there. Later, when that tribe fought God’s Messenger, Asid and Tha‘laba publicly called out to their tribe: “By God, he is the one whose coming was promised by Ibn Hayaban.” But they ignored the call, and so earned what they earned.

Some Nestorians in Abyssinia as well as Negus (the Abyssinian ruler) embraced Islam together after they found the Prophet described in their Scripture.9 The famous Christian scholar Daghatr also found the Prophet described in the Christians’ books and accepted Islam. When he openly declared his conversion to the Byzantines, he was martyred.

A few other examples of such conversions are Harith ibn Abi Shumar al-Ghassani (a Christian leader), Ibn Natur and al-Jarud (prominent religious leaders of Damascus), the ruler of Ilia (in present-day Greece) and Heraclius (Emperor of Byzantium). Heraclius concealed his conversion for the sake of the worldly kingdom. Salman al-Farisi, a Christian, set out to search for the Prophet after hearing his description. He found him in Madina and became a Muslim.

In this book we have tried to introduce Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, with some aspects of his character and Prophethood. However, much of the study has been assigned to his being promised in the previous Scriptures. With a meticulous study Maulana Abdul-Haq Vidyarthi (1888–1977), who was an Indian scholar of Hebrew, Sanskrit, and other ancient languages, and a writer and researcher on Islam and comparative religion, in his book Muhammad in World Scriptures, brought to light prophecies from all major world Scriptures relating to the coming of Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings. In addition, Allama Husayn Jisri (1845–1909), an Ottoman scholar, also found in the Bible numerous pieces of evidence concerning Muhammad’s Prophethood and included them in his Risala al-Hamidiya. In this humble study of us, we have revised this important subject both based on such studies and in light of new researches and discussions.

Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, is the pride of humanity. For the past fourteen centuries, hundreds and thousands of Muslim thinkers, philosophers, scientists, statesmen, and scholars, each a radiant star in the intellectual world of humanity, have stood behind him in respect and admiration and taken pride in belonging to his community, while a further thousand people from among the non-Muslims have studied his unparalleled personality, character and achievement. It is enough to appreciate and understand his greatness that even after so many attacks on him and his Religion, and setbacks of his Community, we still hear the words “I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of God” from minarets five times a day together with the proclamation of the absolute Oneness of God. We hope by the grace of God Almighty that this humble study can be a contribution to the cognizance of him.

— Writers


Table of Content

Introduction: Prophethood and Why Muhammad Was Universally Promised xvii
The Universally-Promised Prophet xix

Chapter 1: Introducing Prophet Muhammad 1

The Dark Period of Ignorance 3
Prophet Muhammad’s Life before His Prophethood 5
What Was His Message? 7
Prophet Muhammad’s Life during His Prophethood 9

Chapter 2: Divine Purposes for Sending the Prophets 17

To Illuminate Humanity’s Way 19
To Guide People to the Service of God 19
To Teach People God’s Laws 20
To Be Examples 21
To Establish Balance 21
To Be God’s Witnesses 22
Three Cardinal Aspects of the Prophetic Mission 23

Chapter 3: Characteristics of the Prophets and Essentials of Prophethood 27

Prophethood Is Distinguished by Divine Revelation 29
Total Dependence on Revelation and Submission to God 30
Prophets Were Specially Brought up by God 32
Utmost Truthfulness 32
Trustworthiness 34
Complete Sincerity 38
Calling People Wisely and with Kindness and Asking for No Wages 39
Highest Caliber of Intellect 42
Infallibility or Sinlessness 45
No Bodily or Mental Defects 46

Chapter 4: Prophet Muhammad’s Unparalleled Character and Achievement 47

Chapter 5: The Prophet Promised in World Scriptures 63

Prophecies in the Old Testament 67
Prophecies in the Book of Adam 67
The Prophet Who Will Crush Satan’s Head 67
The Prophecy of Prophet Idris or Enoch 70
The Lord’s Coming with Ten Thousands of His Holy Ones 70
Prophet Noah’s Prophecy 72
God’s Bow in the Cloud or God’s Appearing in the Cloud upon the Mercy-Seat 72
Prophet Abraham’s Prophecy 76
The Prophet and the Ever-Multiplying Great Nation Having the Best Claim to Relationship with Abraham 76
Prophets Joseph and Jacob’s Prophecy 83
The Scepter of Joseph and Shiloh 83
Prophet Moses’ Prophecies 88
A Prophet Like Moses From Among the Brethren of the Israelites 88
“That Prophet” Expected by the Israelites 89
The Lord’s Shining forth from Mount Paran 90
The Prayer of Prophets Abraham and Ishmael 92
…He Came with the Ten Thousands of Holy Ones 92
…At His Right Hand Was a Fiery Law for Them 93
The Prophecy of Prophet Job 94
Behemoth and Leviathan or the Anti-Christ and Sufyan 95
The Holy Prophet in the Psalms of David 99
The Prophet Nearest to the Lord 100
The Prophet Who Comes in the Name of the Lord 100
God’s Pure Words Preserved Intact 100
The Headstone of the Building of Prophethood 101
David’s Detailed Description of the Holy Prophet 102
Another Description of the Prophet and Islamic Morality 103
The Righteous to Be Upheld by the Lord and Who Shall Inherit the Land 105
The Generation to Come to Praise the Lord 108
Blessed Are Those in the Lord’s House in Makka 108
Prophet Solomon’s Prophecies 110
Mahamaddim: the Praised One Who Combines All Virtues in Himself 111
…His Mouth Is Most Sweet: A Reference to the Holy Qur’an 113
The Prophet to Be from among Solomon’s Cousins— the Ishmaelites—and from a Neighboring Country—Arabia 115
“O Daughters of the House of Peace and Safety!” 116
The Yerushalim Which Is a House of Peace and Safety 117
The Beloved One Who Is White and Ruddy, the Chiefest among Ten Thousand 118
Prophecies of Isaiah 119
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty Master, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace 119
Consultation or an Advisory System of Government 123
The Prophet Whose Rule on David’s Throne Will Continue Forever 124
Isaiah’s Second Prophecy: Immanuel 125
Mighty ‘God’ and ‘Eternal Father’ 125
With Whom Is God Eternally? 126
Isaiah’s Third Prophecy: a Rod out of the Stem of Jesse 127
Jesse Is the Contracted Form of Ishmael 129
The Signs in the Prophecy Are Concerned with the Holy Prophet 130
Isaiah’s Fourth Prophecy: An Ensign of the Peoples, Including the Israelites, Which the Nations Shall Seek 131
Isaiah’s Fifth Prophecy: the Eradication of the Worship of Idols from Babylon (Iraq) 134
Isaiah’s Sixth Prophecy: the Oracle Concerning Arabia 135
The Oracle Concerning Arabia 135
Banu Aws and Banu Khadraj, Inhabitants of Madina 135
The Emigration of the Holy Prophet and His Makkan Companions to Madina 137
The Conditions of the Emigrants 138
Within a Year, According to the Years of a Hireling, All the Glory of Kedar Shall Fail 138
Another Prophecy of Isaiah Containing Many Clear Signs for the Holy Prophet 140
The Prophet’s Exceptional Servanthood to God 140
He Will Bring Justice to the Gentiles 141
He Will Act by the Most Sublime Pattern of Conduct 141
The Promised One Shall Not Break a Bruised Reed, Nor Quench a Dimly Burning Wick 142
He Would Bring Justice to the Earth and Almost All the World Would Look forward to His Law 144
Eighth Prophecy of Isaiah: a New Song and Praise of God from the Ends of the Earth 145
The Inhabitants of Sela‘ Singing for Joy 146
Isaiah’s Ninth Prophecy: the Mountain of the Lord’s House Shall Be Established in the Top of Mountains 149
Established in the Top of the Mountains, and Shall Be Exalted above the Hills; and All Nations Shall Flow to It 150
And Many People Shall Go and Say, Come You, and Let Us Go up to the Mountain of the Lord, to the House of the God of Jacob 151
…And He Will Teach Us of His Ways, and We Will Walk in His Paths 152
into Pruning Hooks: Nation Shall Not Lift up Sword against Nation, Neither Shall They Learn War Any More 152
O House of Jacob, Come You, and Let Us Walk in the Light of the Lord!…. 152 152
O House of Jacob, Come You, and Let Us Walk in the Light of the Lord!…. 152 The House of the God of Jacob 153
Will Walk in His Paths: For out of Zion Shall Go forth the Law, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem 154
Isaiah’s Tenth Prophecy: A Precious Cornerstone, a Sure Foundation by Which God Will Make Justice the Line 155
God Will Lay a Foundation in Zion 155
the Edifice Which He Wills to Be Built. This Edifice Will Be Higher than All the Others Similar to It 156
The Foundation Will Have a Stone, Which Will Be the Headstone, Precious Cornerstone of the Edifice to Be Built 156
The Stone Will Not Be a Novel, Completely New One; It Will Be a Tested Stone 156
Justice and Righteousness Will Be the Most Distinguishing Marks of This Stone 157
Will Be Overflowed and Swept away by the Showers of Truth and Blows Coming from Heaven 158
Eleventh Prophecy of Isaiah: the Promised Zion and a Complete Renewal or Revival 160
Isaiah’s Twelfth Prophecy Clear about the Holy Prophet and the Qur’an…. 161 161
Isaiah’s Twelfth Prophecy Clear about the Holy Prophet and the Qur’an…. 161 The Qur’an Will Be Revealed in Parts within a Certain Length of Time 163
The Language of the Qur’an Will Be Arabic 163
That Book Will Redeem and Refresh the People 164
Thirteenth Prophecy of Isaiah: a New Book Which Will Contain All the Truths in the Revelations Prior to It 164
Fourteenth Prophecy of Isaiah: the Straight Highway of the Lord in Arabia 167
Arabia in Bible Dictionaries 167
The Straight Highway 168
He Will Make Powerful the Weak, Oppressed and Humble, and Make Low the Haughty, Oppressive and Proud 169
The Promised Prophet Will Be Mightier than John the Baptist 171
Isaiah’s Fifteenth Prophecy: the Promised One Will Come with Might, Subdue His Foes, and Lead His Followers Gently 172
Sixteenth Prophecy of Isaiah: a Way in the Wilderness, and Rivers in the Desert 174
Something Unprecedented in the World History, Some Unheard of and Wonderful Event, That Shall Far Surpass All That God Formerly Did…. 175 175
Isaiah’s Seventeenth Prophecy: a New Law to Remain Forever and Eternal Salvation and Righteousness 177
Isaiah’s Eighteenth Prophecy: God’s Eternal Mercy and the Songs of the Success of Islam 179
Isaiah’s Nineteenth Prophecy: Everlasting Covenant; a Witness to the Peoples, and a Leader and Commander 182
Twentieth Prophecy of Isaiah: God’s House Shall Be a House of Prayer for All Peoples 185
Isaiah’s Twenty-First Prophecy, Which Is Full of Signs Concerned with Arabia and Prophet Muhammad 186
A Foundational Change in the Entire Arabia 187
The Dark Period of Jahiliyya 188
Nations Have Come to Islam’s Light, and Kings to the Brightness of Its Rising 189
With the Light of Islam, Minds, Souls, and Hearts Have Been Enlightened and Purified 189
Sons and Daughters from All over the World Running to Islam and the Ka‘ba Carried in Its Affectionate Arms 191
All of the Arabs, Including the Ishmaelites, Will Become Muslims and Hasten to the Ka‘ba 191
The Ka‘ba Shall Remain Open at All Times 193
Islam Has Opened a Door of Salvation and Excellency for the Jews 193
Everlasting Deliverance from the Darkness of Polytheism 195
Isaiah’s Twenty-Second Prophecy: a New Name and Eternal Protection 196
Other Prophecies of Isaiah 199
God Will Not Destroy All of the Israelites for His Servant’s Sake 200
While Israel Turns to a ‘Desert’, Arabia Will Flourish with Rains of Blessing….. 202 202
While Israel Turns to a ‘Desert’, Arabia Will Flourish with Rains of Blessing….. 202 A Great Transformation in Arabia and Certain Other Gentile Lands 203
Jeremiah’s Prophecies 204
“The Lying Pen of the Scribes Handling the Law Falsely” 204
First Prophecy of Jeremiah: Arabian’s Changing Their False Gods with the True, One God 205
Jeremiah’s Second Prophecy: New Jerusalem, Which Will Be Called ‘the Throne of the Lord’ 207
The House of Judah Walking with the House of Israel 208
Third Prophecy of Jeremiah: the Same Words in Jeremiah and the Qur’an for the Fate of the Israelites 209
Fourth Prophecy of Jeremiah: the Expulsion of Banu Nadir from Madina….. 210 210
Jeremiah’s Fifth Prophecy: the Israelites’ Ignorance of the Divine Law and the False Pen of Scribes 214
Jeremiah’s Sixth Prophecy: a Righteous Branch to David, Which Shall Reign Wisely, Justly, and Rightly 217
How Muslims Have Dealt with the Followers of Other Religions under Their Government 219
The Happiest Years of the Jews After David and Solomon 220
Prophecies of Ezekiel 220
The Second David, with Whom God Will Make a Covenant of Peace 221
Ezekiel’s Second, Important Prophecy: Lost Tribes of Israel 224
The Revival of the Jews and Jerusalem 226
Ten Lost Tribes of Israel 227
Partial Fulfillment of the Prophecy 228
The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel in the Bible and the Basic Mission of Jesus 229
Afghans, Kashmiris and the Tajiks of Badakhshan 231
The Kush Tribe 237
Influences of the Jewish Immigration 238
Conclusion 239
Daniel’s Prophecies 240
Daniel’s First Prophecy: the Dream of Nebuchadnezzar II 241
The Four Kingdoms to Be Established and Destroyed One after the Other….. 242 242
The Heavenly Stone Which Will Utterly Destroy the Great Image of Gold, Silver, Brass, Iron and Clay, Which Represents Idolatry 243
Daniel’s Second Prophecy: Daniel’s Strange Vision 244
Four Beasts: Four Successive Ancient Kingdoms 246
The Everlasting Kingdom of the Saints of the Most High 247
Hosea’s Prophecy 248
The Return to God of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel after Centuries of Idolatry and Engagement in Vices 248
Joel’s Prophecy 249
Israel’s Repentance and Reformation after a Locust Plague and Severe Drought 250
The Valley of Jehoshaphat 252
Obadiah’s Prophecy 253
Saviors Will Come and the Kingdom Shall Be the Lord’s 253
Prophet Jonah’s Significant Message 254
Jonah’s Sign Fulfilled in the Person of the Holy Prophet 255
Micah’s Prophecy 257
Nations Will Go to God’s Mountain and House 257
Bethlehem Ephrathah and the Prophet Therein to Appear 258
Conclusions Drawn from the Prophecy of Micah 262
Nahum’s Prophecy 264
The Tragic End of Abu Lahab and Those Like Him 264
How God Punishes the Rebellious 265
The Battle of Badr 267
Habakkuk’s Prophecy 269
A New Revelation in Arabia through Which the Earth and Heavens Will Be Filled with Praise of God 269
“The Righteous Shall Live by His Faith” 270
The Great Work of God: Salvation of Humanity 272
The Holy One to Come from Paran 272
A New Law of Life to the World from Madina 274
More Information about the Prophet and the Spread of Islam 274
Zephaniah’s True Vision 275
The Punishment to Be Followed by God’s Kingdom 276
God’s Turning to Nations with a Book with a Pure Tongue 277
Other Signs in Zephaniah’s Prophecy for the Holy Prophet 277
Haggai’s Prophecy 278
The Greatest Desire of All Nations to Be Realized after Great Social, Political and Religious Revolutions 278
The House to Be Greater in Glory than the (First) Temple 280
The ‘Himda’ (Ahmad) of All Nations 280
Zechariah’s Significant Prophecies 281
Christians’ Commentary upon the Prophecies 282
Zechariah’s Prophesies Have Generally Been Fulfilled 283
The Branch Who Shall Be a Priest upon His Throne 284
The Humblest Servant in His Kingdom Riding Camels or Colts, and Whose Kingdom, Spreading from Sea to Sea, Brought Peace to the Nations, Including the Jews 285
Eradication of Idolatry and Utter Rejection of False Prophets 286
The Poor, the Despised, Even the Feeblest Will Resemble David 286
Malachi’s Prophecy 287
The Messenger to Prepare the Way of the Lord, and to Refine and Purify, and to Burn as a Furnace 287
The Messenger of Covenant 289
The Messenger Who Will Suddenly Come to His Temple 290
Prophet Muhammad in the New Testament 291
Prophet Muhammad as Peacemaker and the Praised and Sought One 292
and the Laces of Whose Shoes John the Baptist and Jesus Did Not See Themselves Worthy to Untie and Loose 294
The Relationship between John and Jesus in the Gospels 294
John the Baptist’s Prediction of the Last Prophet 295
“That Prophet” Whom the Jews Were Expecting Besides Elijah and the Messiah 297
Bible Commentators Contradict Themselves and the Bible in Identifying “That Prophet” 298
“That Prophet” or the Prophet Like Moses 299
Muhammad, the Son of David to Inherit His Throne 300
The Name Jesus 300
Jesus and the Messiah Expected by the Jews 301
The Meaning of the Expression of “Son of God” 303
Is Jesus “Son of David”? 304
The Prophecy Was Fulfilled in Prophet Muhammad 306
The Kingdom of God or Heaven 308
“Mulk” and “Malakut” in the Qur’an 308
“The Kingdom of God” as Understood by Amillenarians and Premillenarianst 309
Jewish Understanding of the Concept of the “Kingdom of God” 310
“The Kingdom of God” or “Heaven” in the New Testament 311
In Whom Have the Signs of the Kingdom of God Been Fulfilled? 312
The Messianic “Son of Man” 316
The Use of the Term in the Bible 317
“Son of Man” in the Qur’an 319
Daniel’s “Son of Man” 320
The Signs of the “Messianic” Son of Man and Prophet Muhammad 321
Islam, with Its Law, Is a ‘Judgment of Peace’ 323
The “Son of Man” Establishes the Kingdom of Peace 323
The “Son of Man” Saves That Which Was Lost 324
The “Son of Man” Is Lord of the Sabbath 324
The Prophet Consumed with Divine Unity and God’s House 326
The Prophet Consumed with Establishing the Basic Belief of Divine Unity and Pure Worship of God 328
How the Holy Prophet Was Concerned with People’s Guidance 329
The Acceptable Year of God: the Conquest of Makka 332
The Elements of the Prophecy Jesus Quotes from Isaiah, and Prophet Muhammad 333
The Tenants Who Will Give the Lord the Fruits of His Vine 335
The Last Stone of the Edifice of Prophethood 338
The Nation Producing the Fruits of God’s Kingdom 340
The Mustard Seed to Grow into an Elaborate Tree 341
The Good Samaritan Who Bounds up Wounds 343
The True Savior of the Jews 345
The One Who Will Come at Midnight after Jesus 347
Jesus Is a Clear Sign of Both the Last Time and the Prophet of the Last Time 348
The Foolish Landowner and Practical Atheism 349
The Foolish Scientist and Scientism 351
The Lord of the House to Come back Suddenly 352
Prophethood Given to the Sons of Ishmael after Jesus 354
Good and Bad Figs, and the Fig Tree Never to Be Rooted Up 354
Returning to the Religion of Abraham through the Holy Prophet 355
The Promised and Awaited Paraclete 358
The Meaning of ‘Spirit’ or What Spirit Is 359
Paraclete Is a Masculine Human, Not a Spiritual Being, for Whom the Masculine Pronoun Is Used 361
Paraclete Is a Prophet Like Jesus 362
Paraclete Hears and Speaks, Not Inspires 363
The Promised Paraclete Will Come after Jesus, and Does Not Exist before Him 364
Paraclete Is an Independent Salvific Figure 365
Paraclete Is One Who Will Guide into All Truth 366
God’s Eternal Covenant with Abraham and Paraclete 368
The Promised Paraclete Will Glorify Jesus and Bear Witness of Both Him and His Disciples 370
The Coming Paraclete Will Convict the World in Respect of Sin, Righteousness and Judgment 371
The Paraclete Will Be a Ruler to Judge Satan and His Followers 372
The Coming Paraclete Will Remain with Them Forever 373
The Coming Paraclete Will Declare the Things That Are to Come 373
A Significant Consideration about the Word “Paraclete” 374
Addendum 1: Prophet Jesus and Virgin Mary in the Qur’an 377
Addendum 2: The Messianic Mission Attributed to Jesus Christ toward the End of Time 384
The Universal and Inclusive Character of Islam 385
The Return of Jesus in Prophet Muhammad’s Sayings 386
The Main Aspects of Jesus’ Messengership 386
Prophet Muhammad in the Zoroastrian Scriptures 390
Introduction 390
A Muslim Is a True Follower of All the Prophets 391
Zoroastrianism and the Zoroastrian Scriptures 391
The Cult of Fire in Zoroastrianism 394
The Scriptures of Zoroastrianism 396
Prophet Muhammad in the Zoroastrian Scriptures 397
The Powerful Restoration of the World and Extinguishment of the Fire in the Temples of the Zoroastrians 397
The Final Saoshyant or Astvat-Ereta and His Pious Companions 398
The Victory in the Battle of Badr 402
The Prophet’s Victory against All Kinds of Evil or Evil-Doers from amongst Humankind and Jinn 403
The Sacred Well of Zamzam 404
A Description of the Holy Prophet as a Prophet and a Ruler 406
The Miraculous Protection of the Holy Prophet 408
Good News of the Advent of Prophet Muhammad in Dasatir 410
Prophet Muhammad in the Buddhist Scriptures 413
Buddha, Buddhism and the Buddhist Scriptures 413
Siddhartha Gautama Buddha 413
Buddhist Scriptures 415
Basic Teachings of Buddhism 416
Prophet Muhammad in the Buddhist Scriptures 419
Maitreya: the Last and Greatest Promised “Buddha” 419
Prophecies about Maitreya 422
Maitreya Is Most Clearly Prophet Muhammad 425
Prophet Muhammad in the Hindu Scriptures 437
Hinduism and the Hindu Scriptures 437
Sacred Texts of Hinduism 439
Prophet Muhammad in the Hindu Scriptures 442
Mahamad (Muhammad): the Pride of Humankind 442
Mahamad Busy in Bringing the Misguided to the Right Path, and the Musalmans Purified through Holy Struggle in God’s Cause 444
Allah and Muhammad in Allopanishad 446
Narashangsa: the Praised Man 450
Qualities of Narashangsa in the Rig Veda 450
Narashangsa in the Atharva Veda 453
Mantra One: the Praiseworthy, Emigrant, and One Who Promotes Peace 454
Sushravah and His Closest Companions: Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman and ‘Ali 455
Mantra Two: the Camel-Riding Prophet, Who Made an Ascension 457
The Third Mantra: the Companions of the Promised Prophet 460
Mamah(a) with Ten Thousand Followers 462
Mantra Four: the Prophet’s Adoration of God and Communication of the Truth 464
Mantra Five: Warriors Who Go to War with Prayers 466
Mantra Six: the Prophet Asked to Preach the Teachings of the Qur’an 467
Mantras Seven to Ten: Parikshit and the Peace, Prosperity, and Security Coming with Him 468
Mantra Eleven: the Rishi Ordered to Praise God and Preach His Commands 473
Mantra Twelve: the Prosperity Coming with the Prophet and His Unparalleled Munificence 474
Mantras Thirteen and Fourteen: Prayer for the Holy Prophet and His Companions 475
The Description of the Ka‘ba in the Atharva Veda 476
The Ka‘ba and Makka as the Protected Seat of Angels and Holy Spirits 478
The Building Whose Sides Are Not of the Same Length and around Which God Is Visible and Saturated with Spiritual Bliss 479
The Ka‘ba, Which Has Nine Gates 480
Ten Thousand Enemy Soldiers: the Battle of the Trench or Allies 480
The Prophet Fights Another Battle: Marching upon Banu Qurayza after the Battle of Allies 484
The Conquest of Makka and the Battle of Hunayn 486
Ahmad, the Sun from Which Other Prophets Received Light 488
The Holy Prophet Muhammad’s Advent Foretold in the Gayatri Mantra, the Mother of the Vedas 491
The Messenger Who Did Not Drink from His Mother’s Milk 493
The Final Avatar: Kalki Avatar 494
Who Is an Avatar? 494
The Time and Conditions in Which the Final Avatar Will Appear 498
The Place and Date of Kalki Avatar’s Birth and His Family 502
The Special Qualities of Kalki Avatar 504
Actions of Kalki Avatar 505
Some Other Attributes of Kalki Avatar 517
Description of His Companions 519

Chapter 6: The Prophet of the Most Sublime Character 523

The Prophet of Universal Mercy 525
The Mildness and Forbearance of the Holy Prophet 530
The Holy Prophet’s Generosity 536
The Modesty of the Holy Prophet 539
Index 543

Ali Unal

Ali Unal is a renowned scholar and a prolific translator of works with an Islamic theme into English. He has written for many periodicals and is a columnist for Zaman daily newspaper. His published books include Living in the Shade of Islam, Islamic Perspectives on Science, Islam Addresses Contemporary Issues, The Resurrection and the Afterlife, and The Qur’an with Annotated Interpretation in Modern English.   Email : bkubbe@yahoo.com Twitter : Facebook :

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9781597842716

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9781597848237

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558

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2013-08-16

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