Bible About Muhammad

“Say: ‘Do you see whether this message be from Allah (God Almighty), and
yet you reject it, and a witness from among the Children of Israel bore witness
of one like him.’ ” (the Holy Quran 46:10) Mr. Chairman, Ladies and
Gentlemen, The subject of this evening’s talk – “What the Bible says about
Muhammad” will no doubt come as a surprise to many of you because the
speaker is a Muslim. How does it come about that a Muslim happens to be
expounding prophecies from the Jewish and Christian Scriptures? As a young man,
about 30 years ago, I attended a series of religious lectures by a Christian
theologian, a certain Rev. Hiten, at the “Theater Royal”, Durban in
South Africa. Pope or Kissinger?: This Reverend gentleman was expounding
Biblical prophecies. He went on to prove that the Christian Bible foretold the
rise of Soviet Russia, and the Last Days. At one stage he went to the extent of
proving that his Holy Book did not leave even the Pope out of its predictions.

He expatiated vigorously in order to convince his audience that the Beast 666
mentioned in The Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament, was the
Pope, who was the Vicar of Christ on earth. Christian scholars are ingenious and
indefatigable in their efforts to prove their case. Rev. Hiten’s lectures led me
to ask that if the Bible foretold so many things – not even excluding the
“Pope” and “Israel”, – then surely it must have something to
say about the greatest benefactor of mankind, prophet Muhammad, may the peace of
Allah be upon him. As a youngster I set out to search for an answer. I met
priest after priest, attended lectures, and read everything that I could lay my
hands relating to the fields of Bible prophecies. Tonight I’m going to narrate
to you one of these interviews with a Dominee of the Dutch Reformed Church.

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Lucky Thirteen : I was invited to the Transvaal (South Africa) to deliver a talk
on the occasion of the birthday of the prophet Muhammad. Knowing that in that
province of the Republic, the Afrikaans language is widely spoken, even by my
own people, I felt that I ought to acquire a smattering of this language so as
to feel a little “at home” with the people. I opened the telephone
directory and began phoning the Afrikaans-speaking Churches. I indicated my
purpose to the priests that I was interested in having a dialogue with them, but
they all refused my request with “plausible” excuses. No. 13 was my
lucky number. The thirteenth call brought me pleasure and relief. A Dominee Van
Heerden (“Dominee” is the Afrikaans equivalent of “priest”)
agreed to meet me at his home on the Saturday afternoon that I was to leave for
Transvaal. He received me on his verandah with a friendly welcome. He said if I
did not mind, he would like his father-in- law from the Free State, a 70 year
old man, to join us in the discussion. I did not mind. The three of us settled
down in the Dominee’s library. Why Nothing? I posed the question: “What
does the Bible say about Muhammad?” Without hesitation he answered:
“Nothing!” I asked: “Why nothing? According to your
interpretation the Bible has so many things to say about the rise of Soviet
Russia and about the Last Days and even about the Pope of the Roman
Catholics?” He said: “Yes, but there was nothing about Muhammad!”
I asked again: “Why nothing? Surely this man Muhammad who had been
responsible for the bringing into being a world-wide community of millions of
believers who, on his authority, believe in: the miraculous birth of Jesus, that
Jesus is the Messiah, that he gave life to the dead by God’s permission, and
that he healed those born blind and the lepers by God’s permission. Surely this
book (the Bible) must have something to say about this great leader of men who
spoke so well of Jesus and his mother Mary?” The old man from the Free
State replied: “My son, I have been reading the Bible for the past 50
years, and if there was any mention of him, I would have known it.” Not One
by Name! I inquired: “According to you, are there not hundreds of
prophecies regarding the coming of Jesus in the Old Testament.” The Dominee
interjected: “Not hundreds, but thousands!” I said: “I am not
going to dispute the thousand and one


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