Bismila-Hir Rahma-Nir Rahim Assalamu’ Alaikum!
May the peace of Allah be upon you and may He guide your life. Much discussion has involved the text found in the Bible Scriptures which is the title of our topic today. It is noted by many scholars that this verse in the Bible is pointing forward to the prophet Mohammed! Taurat Deuteronomy 18:15,18 “The LORD thy God [Allah] will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken. I [Allah] 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.”
Intelligent scholars will freely quote the above verses and confidently say, this is the desert prophet which it is referring to here in the ‘Taurat’ Deuteronomy of the Old Testament Scriptures. From a casual glance it seems certain that this may be true. However we need to further investigate these claims. There are many who state claims because it sounds good, but wait isn’t there some scholars who claim that the Bible Scriptures have been corrupted? They say that they have been falsified so that we cannot trust them. Then why can Muslim scholars quote from a source which they feel have been corrupted? How do they know that the very verses they quote are not themselves among the corrupted? It is all a puzzle or so it seems, unless we search out the facts from fiction.
“To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what Allah hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that hath come to thee. To each among you have we prescribed a law and an open way. If Allah had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but (His plan is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to Allah; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute.” Sura 5:48 Al-Maeda
The Honored Qur’an makes it very clear that Allah who sends the Scriptures is also guarding them. When Allah sends down His word it is the Word of truth. It never becomes obsolete. He had sent the Taurat through Musa, the Zabur (Psalms) through Daud (David) and the Injeel through Isa al-Masih. How can mortal man confirm that which was previously sent is now corrupted or falsified? And who is he which is above Allah, and who would be able to stand in the judgement and make claims that Allah’s truth, the Taurat & Injeel, which were sent are corru8pted? Perhapstherearemanyversesinthe Holy Books which appear to the casual reader to be misleading. But upon earnest prayer (du’a) and even with fasting (saum) these words can be understood. Remember that spiritual things are spiritually discerned.
Injeel Matthew 11:25 “At that time Jesus [Isa al-Masih] answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou [Allah] hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes [humble learners].”
Unless we are among the humble learners and if we are wise in our own eyes we will miss the things heaven is trying to reveal to us. It is therefore necessary that we pray for humility and to receive the spirit of a learner. Who among us can teach Allah? Who can know more than He? Again it tells us in the Injeel the following…
Injeel 1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
It would certainly be a terrible insult to Allah, who has without question sent down previous words for mankind, to even suggest that He, Allah cannot keep His word in tact from evil minds. Is not Allah stronger than the Jinn (fallen spirits) or those affected by them? Then we must be among those who believe and not doubt. For a confirmed doubter will receive nothing from Allah except eternal loss.
Remember Allah never fails in His promise
“Our Lord! Thou art He that will gather mankind Together against a day about which there is no doubt; for Allah never fails in His promise.” Sura 3:9 Aal-E-Imran. Allah has promised that what He sends down He will guard from corruption.
“We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption).” Sura 15:9 Al-Hijr
There are those who doubt as to what Allah has revealed. Then the Honoured Qur’an tells us that
if we are in doubt, then ask those who were given the Book (Bible Scriptures) beforehand. Sura 10:94 Yunus. If thou wert in doubt as to what We have revealed unto thee, then ask those who have been reading the Book from before thee: the Truth hath indeed come to thee from thy Lord: so be in no wise of those in doubt. Sura 10:94 Yunus
Today we wish to ask those who have been reading the Book, the Bible Scriptures the truth regarding who was the person it speaks about in the Taurat Deuteronomy 18:18 “I [Allah] will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee”…
Injeel Acts 3:20-22 “And he [Allah] shall send Jesus Christ [Isa al-Masih], which before was preached unto you: Whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God [Allah] hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.”
It makes it very clear in the Injeel, that Isa al-Masih would be sent who would be like the prophet Musa. It was referring to Isa and not to someone else.
How can we be sure? Just in case we did not get it the first time, in mercy it is being repeated with added statements which tell us who is this person?
Injeel Acts 7:37-38 ‘This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God [Allah] raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me [Musa]; him shall ye hear. This is he [Isa], that was in the church [ummah of believers] in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us’:
Injeel Acts 7:52 Clearly the messenger Stephen told the Jews of old… “Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One [Isa al-Masih]; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers.”
Be Like Prophet Musa
It tells us that this person who would be like the prophet Moses (Musa), would also be the same person who was with those who came out of Egypt and was with those in the wilderness when Allah’s voice was heard from Mount Sinai. It was Isa al-Masih who was there. This is made very clear in this verse. It was not the prophet Mohammed who was there in the wilderness, but Isa al-Masih. So now we understand that Isa al-Masih was the One who was referred to here in this text of Deuteronomy 18:15 & 18 and not the prophet Mohammed. If we are patient and inquiring we will find that Scripture will always interpret or explains itself.
It was Isa who was to lead the believers out from bondage as did the prophet Moses. Moses lead Israel out from slavery of Egypt to freedom. They passed through the wilderness deserts. Moses endured many struggles, at times the ones which had been freed from Egyptian slavery wanted to take Moses’ life because they became impatient and tired. Even so Isa al-Masih, in the same way is leading a people, those who believe out from the wilderness of sin and darkness into the glorious liberty of truth. Isa is leading a people to the promised land, heaven, in much the same manner as did Moses lead the children of Israel out of Egypt into Canaan the promised land.
We now look forward not to an earthly Canaan but a Heavenly. A goodly land where peace forever reigns and where those who desire peace will be found. A peaceful people who love truth will be there. People whose lives have been changed by the One who has been leading them all along.
May you and I be among the Mutaqeen (Righteous) as we allow the Prophet like Moses, Isa al-Masih to lead us. May Allah grant you to be among them is my humble prayer (du’a) this day.