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Appendix 3: The Prophecies of the Arrival of Muhammad (sws)
Dr. Shehzad Saleem

Moses (sws) one of the most distinguished Prophets of the Israelites declared the arrival of Muhammad (sws) among the Ismaelites in the following words:

The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to him... The Lord said to me: What they say is good. I will raise up from them a Prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell everything I will command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the Prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account. (Deuteronomy, 18:15-19)

The Prophet Jesus (sws) declared the arrival of Muhammad (sws) in the clearest of words. In fact, the word Injīl, the Book revealed to him, means ‘glad tidings’ for it gives glad tidings of the establishment of the Kingdom of Allah. According to Muslim scholars, the following passages from the Bible predict in the words of Jesus (sws) the arrival of Muhammad (sws):

Jesus said to them: Have you never read in the scriptures that the stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this and it is marvellous in our eyes. Therefore, I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces but on whom it falls will be crushed. (Matthew, 21:42-44)

And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever -- the Spirit of Truth. (John, 14:16-17)

But the Counsellor, the Holy spirit the Father will send in my name will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John, 14:26)

I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me. (John, 14:30)

But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go away, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world with regard to sin and righteousness and judgement; in regard to sin because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgement because the prince of this world now stands condemned. I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (John, 14:7-13)

The Qur’ān refers to the predictions of Muhammad’s arrival in the following words:

Those who will follow the Rasūl the unlettered Nabī whom they find mentioned in the Torah and the Injīl. (7:157)

The Prophet Jesus (sws), according to the Qur’ān, proclaimed the advent of Muhammad by actually taking his name:

And [remember] when Jesus son of Mary said to the Israelites: ‘I am sent forth to you as the Rasūl of Allah according to the predictions mentioned in the Torah before me and have come to you to give glad tidings of a Rasūl to come after me. His name will be Ahmad’. (61:6)

In this atmosphere of divine pre-announcements, everyone was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the ‘prince of the world’ after the departure of Jesus (sws).

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