Prophet Muhammad in the Scriptures
Another interesting point I learned about concerns
Biblical prophecies on the advent of Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and
blessings of God be upon him. I discovered that clear prophecies exist in the
Bible, (even though the original text had been distorted), foretelling the
coming of Prophet Muhammad after Jesus. Muslim
scholars have affirmed that the description by Jesus of the one to come after
him (in the verses cited below) cannot apply to any other person but Prophet
Muhammad. Furthermore, there is a verse in the Holy Quran confirming what Jesus
said regarding this point,
“... O Children of Israel, I am the Messenger of God to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad.” (Quran 61:6)
The name Ahmad is another name for Prophet Muhammad and is
derived from the same root word.
Prophet Muhammad in the Quran
I observed that the Quran directs us to believe in God
and Prophet Muhammad as in the following verse:
“Say, [O Muhammad], ‘O mankind, Indeed, I am the Messenger of God to you all. To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. There is no deity except Him; He gives life and causes death. So believe in God and His Messenger, the unlettered prophet, who believes in God and His words, and follow him that you may be guided.’” (Quran 7-158)
I came to know that the Quran also refers to Prophet
Muhammad as the last prophet:
“Muhammad is not the father of [any] of your men, but [he is] the Messenger of God and last of the prophets...” (Quran 33:40)
Even though God states in the Quran that Muhammad is the
last prophet, I discovered that Muslims still believe in and accept all the
previous prophets, along with the revelations they received in their original
The Quran: The Last Revelation
I comprehended that due to innovations attributed to
Divine revelation that the need arose for another prophet after Jesus with
another revelation after the Gospel to be sent by God. This is why God sent
Muhammad with the last Message, (i.e., the Quran), to bring all of mankind back
to the belief in and worship of One God, without partners or intermediaries. According
to Muslims, the Holy Quran is the permanent ultimate source of guidance for
mankind offers a rational and historical elucidation of the magnificent role of
Jesus. The name Jesus is cited twenty-five times in the Quran, and there is
also a chapter called Maryam (Mary), named after the mother of Jesus.
Regarding the Divine authenticity of this revelation, I
found the following Quranic verses very compelling:
“And it was not [possible] for this Quran to be produced by other than God, but [it is] a confirmation of what was before it and a detailed explanation of the [former] Scripture, about which there is no doubt, from the Lord of the worlds.” (Quran 10:37)
“And indeed, it is the truth of certainty.” (Quran 69:51)
Similarly, I was concerned about the adulteration of the
Quran since this was a major problem with the previous revelations. I read
that the Quran will never change or be abrogated:
“Indeed, it is We who sent down the Message and indeed, We
will be its guardian.” (Quran 15:9)
I was also informed about some of the scientific
phenomena mentioned in the Quran, which give credence to the belief that the
Quran is the literal word of God. There are verses describing human embryonic
the origin of the universe, the
deep seas, and internal waves and clouds.
It is beyond explanation that anyone, more than fourteen hundred years ago,
could have known these facts, which were found or confirmed only recently by
advanced mechanisms and sophisticated scientific procedures.
Islam: The Essence and Culmination of Revealed Religions
Muslims believe that the essential purpose for which
mankind was created is the worship of God. As He said in the Quran,
“And I did not create the jinn [i.e., a type of creation, created by God from fire] and mankind except to worship Me” (Quran 51:56)
Related to this, a well known Islamic scholar from the
West says, “The most complete system of worship available to humans today is
the system found in the religion of Islam, The very name ‘Islam’ means
‘submission to the Will of God’. Although it commonly is referred to as ‘the
third of the three monotheistic faiths’, it is not a new religion at all. It
is the religion propagated by all the prophets of God. Islam was the religion
of Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus.”
In addition he states, “Since there is only One God, and
humankind is one species, the religion that God has ordained for humans is
[essentially] one... Human spiritual and social needs are uniform and human
nature has not changed since the first man and woman were created”.
Uncovering the fact that the message of God has always
been the same, I realized it is the duty of all human beings to seek the truth
and not just blindly accept the religion that their society or parents follow.
According to the Quran,
“You worship besides Him mere names you have named, you and your fathers, for which God has sent down no authority.” (Quran 12:40)
Regarding fitrah [i.e., the inherent nature of man to
worship God prior to the corruption of his nature by external influences],
Prophet Muhammad said,
“Every child is born on the Fitrah (pure Human
nature) and his parents convert him to Judaism or Christianity or Magianism. As
an animal delivers its calf in a pristine fashion, do you find it mutilated?” (Saheeh
Furthermore, God says,
“So direct your face [i.e., self] toward the religion, inclining toward truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of God upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of God. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.” (Quran 30:30)
Moreover, I learned there is no other religion
acceptable to God besides Islam, as He clearly states in the Quran:
“And whoever desires other than Islam as a religion, never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.” (Quran 3:85)
I deduced that man might neglect the guidance of God and
establish his own standards of living. Ultimately, however, he will discover
it is only a mirage that alluded him.
As I continued to read the Quran and learn about the
sayings and doings of Prophet Muhammad [the Sunnah], I noticed Islam views man
as a traveler in this life and the ‘Home’ is in the next life for eternity! We
are here for a short period and we cannot take anything with us from this life
except our belief in God and our deeds. Thus, man should be like a traveler
who passes through the land and does not become attached to it. As travelers
on this journey, we must understand that the meaning of being alive is to be
tested. Hence, there is suffering, joy, pain and elation. These tests of good
and evil are intended to evoke our higher spiritual qualities. Yet, we are
incapable of benefiting from these tests unless we do our best, have complete
trust in God and patiently accept what He has destined for us.
The Road to Paradise
It was very meaningful to me to learn about
Paradise since this must certainly be the ultimate goal of every
this eternal home, God says,
“And no soul knows what has been hidden for it of comfort for eyes [i.e., satisfaction] as a reward for what it used to do.” (Quran 32:17)
I also became aware of a pleasure that is beyond all
imagination, which is to look at the Creator Himself. I wondered who were the
souls worthy of such a reward? This reward of Paradise was priceless. I
was told the price is true faith, which is proven by obedience to God and
following the Sunnah (way) of Prophet Muhammad.
I grasped that mankind must worship God to attain
righteousness and the spiritual status necessary to enter Paradise.
This means human beings have to comprehend that worship is as indispensable as
eating and breathing and not a favor they are doing for God. Likewise, I found
out that we need to read the Quran to find out what kind of people God wants us
to be and then try to become as such. This is the road to Paradise.
Overcoming an Obstacle
At this point, I felt about 80% sure I wanted to become
a Muslim, but something was holding me back. I was concerned about the
reaction of my family and friends if they knew that I had become a Muslim. Shortly
thereafter, I expressed this concern to a Muslim who told me that on Judgment
Day, no one will be able to help you, not your father, mother or any of your
if you believe Islam is the true religion, you should embrace it and live your
life to please the One who created you. Thus, it became very lucid to me that
we are all in the same boat; every soul shall taste death and then we’ll be
liable for our particular belief in God and for our deeds.
A Meaningful Videotape
By this stage in my search for the truth, I was on the
verge of embracing Islam. I watched an Islamic lecture on videotape about the
purpose of life. The main theme of this lecture was that the purpose of life
may be summed up in one word, i.e., Islam (submission to the Will of God).
An additional point was that, unlike other religions or
beliefs, the term ‘Islam’ is not associated with any particular person or place.
God has named the religion in the following Quranic verse:
“Indeed, the only religion acceptable to God is Islam...” (Quran 3:19)
Anyone who embraces Islam is called a Muslim regardless
of that person’s race, sex or nationality. This is one of the reasons why
Islam is a universal religion.
Prior to my search for the truth, I had never seriously
considered Islam as an option because of the constant negative portrayal of
Muslims in the media. Similarly, it was disclosed in this videotape that
although Islam, is characterized by high moral standards, not all Muslims
uphold these standards. I learned the same can be said about adherents of
other religions. I finally understood that we cannot judge a religion by the
actions of its followers alone, as I had done, because all humans are fallible.
On that account, we should not judge Islam by the actions of its followers, but
by its revelation (the Holy Quran) and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, may the
mercy and blessings of God be upon him.
The last point I picked up from this lecture concerned
the importance of gratitude. God mentions in the Quran that we should be
grateful for the fact that He created us:
“And God has brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers not knowing a thing, and He made for you hearing and vision and hearts [i.e., intellect] that perhaps you would be grateful.” (16:78)
God has also cited gratitude along with belief, and has
made it clear that He gains nothing from punishing His people nor will He gain
anything when they give thanks to Him and believe in Him. He says in the Quran,
“What would God gain from your punishment if you are grateful and believe?” (Quran 4:147)
The Truth Unveils Itself
As soon as the videotape had finished, I experienced the
truth being unveiled. I felt a huge burden of sins flying off my back. Moreover,
it felt like my soul was rising above the earth, refusing the makeshift
delights of this world in favor of the eternal joys of the Hereafter. This
experience, coupled with the long process of reasoning, solved the ‘purpose of life
puzzle’. It revealed Islam as the truth, thereby replenishing my ‘spiritual
landscape’ with belief, purpose, direction and action. I therefore entered the
gate of Islam by saying the declaration of faith required to become a Muslim: Ashhadu
an La ilaha illa Allah wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan Rasoolu llah. (I
bear witness that there is no deity but God and Muhammad is His Messenger). I
was informed that this formal testimony confirms one’s belief in all the
prophets and messengers of God, along with all of His Divine revelations in
their original form, thereby updating and completing one’s religion to the last
of the prophets [Muhammad] and to the final revelation of God [the Quran]. The
following point became overwhelmingly clear to me: Had Jesus been the last
prophet of God and had the Gospel been the final revelation, I would have
attested to that. As a result, I have naturally chosen to follow the final
revelation from the Creator as exemplified by the seal of the prophets.
Impressions of a New Muslim
During my search to find the truth, the lesson
transcended all lessons was that all objects of worship other than God
delusions. To anyone who sees this clearly, the only possible course is
bring one’s own will and actions into complete unison with that of God.
to the Will of God has enabled me to experience inner-peace with the
with others and finally, with myself. Consequently, I feel very
by the Mercy of God, I have been rescued from the depths of ignorance
stepped into the light of truth. Islam, the true religion of all times,
and peoples, is a complete code of life which guides man to fulfill the
of his existence on earth, and prepares him for the Day when he will
his Creator. Following this path in a devout manner enables one to gain
pleasure of God and to be closer to Him amid the endless delights of
Paradise while escaping from the punishment of Hellfire. Another bonus
is that our
present life will be much happier when we make such a choice.
A Deceptive Enjoyment
Embracing Islam has given me more of an insight into the
illusive nature of this life. For instance, one basic object of Islam is the
liberation of man. This is why a Muslim calls himself ‘Abdullah’, the slave or
servant of Allah (i.e., God) because enslavement to God signifies liberation
from all other forms of servitude, and although modern man may think that he is
liberated, he is in fact a slave to his desires. He is generally deceived by
this worldly life. He is ‘addicted’ to hoarding wealth, sex, violence,
intoxicants, etc. But above all, he is often seduced by the capitalist system
that tends to work through the invention of false needs, which he feels must be
satisfied instantly. God says in the Quran,
“Have you seen the one who takes as his god his own desire? Then would you be responsible for him? Or do you think that most of them hear or reason? They are not except as livestock. Rather, they are [even] more astray in [their] way. )” (Quran 25:43-44)
Correspondingly, we should not let our zeal to enjoy the
pleasures of this fleeting life jeopardize our opportunity to enjoy the bliss
of Paradise. As God says in the Quran:
“Beautified for people is the love of that which they desire - of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land. That is the enjoyment of the worldly life, but God has with Him the best return [i.e. Paradise]. Say, “Shall I inform you of something better than that? For those who fear God will be gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and purified spouses and (they will attain the) pleasure of God...” (Quran 3:14-15)
Therefore, the real competition in this life is not the
accumulation of wealth or the desire for fame; it is racing with one another to
perform good deeds to please God, while having our lawful portion of enjoyment
in this life.
The Right Path to God
There are many religious alternatives available to man
and it is up to him to choose the one he wishes to follow. He is like a
merchant with many goods in front of him, and it is his choice which one to
trade in. He will obviously select the one he thinks will be the most
lucrative. However, the merchant is unsure and has no guarantee of prosperity;
his product may have a market and he may make handsome returns, but he could
just as easily lose all of his money. In contrast, the believer in the Oneness
of God who submits to His Will (a Muslim), is completely sure that if he
follows the path of guidance [the Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad]
there will undoubtedly be success and reward waiting for him at the end of this
path. Fortunately, this success also starts at the beginning of the path.
Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri, may God be pleased with him,
narrated that God’s Messenger said, “If a person embraces Islam sincerely, then
God shall forgive all his past sins, and after that starts the settlement of
accounts: the reward of his good deeds will be greater in value by ten to seven
hundred times, and an evil deed will be recorded as it is unless God forgives
Based on my search for the truth, I concluded that the
precise way we believe in God and the deeds we perform determine our future
condition for eternity. Our Creator is giving us all an equal chance,
regardless of our circumstances, to earn His pleasure in preparation for Judgment
Day, as in the following Quranic verses:
“And obey God and His messenger that you may obtain mercy. And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden [i.e., Paradise] as wide as the Heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous.” (Quran 3:132-133)
If we sincerely seek the truth of this life, which is
Islam (submission to the Will of God), God will guide us there, God Willing. He
directs us to examine the life and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad as he is the
best role model for mankind to follow. Furthermore, God directs us to
investigate and ponder what He says in the Quran. One will see that the Quran
is indeed like a persistent and strong knocking on a door, or loud shouts
seeking to awaken those who are fast asleep because they are just completely
absorbed by this life on earth. The knocks and shouts appear one after the
other: Wake up! Look around you! Think! Reflect! God is there! There is
planning, trial, accountability, reckoning, reward, severe punishment and
Clearly and unequivocally, the best way to live and die
in this world is as a righteous Muslim! When one comes to the conclusion that
Islam is the truth, he should not delay in becoming a Muslim because he may die
first, and then it will be too late.
A few months after embracing Islam, I found two verses
in the Quran that mirror what the American Muslim told me regarding how we
should live and die:
“And Abraham instructed his sons and [so did] Jacob, [saying], “O my sons! Indeed God has chosen for you this religion, so do not die except while you are Muslims.” (Quran 2:132)
“O you who believe, fear God as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him].” (Quran 3:102)
- See Deut. 18:18-19; Isaiah 29:12; John 14:12-17, 16:5-16; Acts 3:22.
- See 2:136.
- Also see Quran 4:82.
- See Quran 23:12-14.
- See Quran 16:15; 78:6-7.
- See Quran 21:30; 41:11.
- See Quran 96:15-16.
- See Quran 25:53; 55:19-20.
- See Quran 24:40.
- See Quran 24:43.
- The Purpose of Creation, Dr. A. A. B. philips, p. 49, Dar Al Fatah, Sharjah, UAE, 1995. See Quran 3:67; 3:84.
- Ibid . p. 50.
- Also see 2:170; 10:19; 31:21; 43:23; 49:6; 53:23.
- See Quran 2:111-112; 10:63-64.