The Signs for the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the Old Testament

The Torah Informs People about Hz. Muhammad (pbuh)

2- Part 42 of Isaiah of the Old Testament virtually informs about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his coming… Let us first read the related part of the Old Testament and then analyze these expressions, which are present in the Torah:

“Here is my servant whom I support, my chosen one in whom I take pleasure. I have placed my spirit, that is, Gabriel, on him; he will make just decrees for the nations. He will not cry out or shout; he will not publicize himself in the streets. A crushed reed he will not break, a dim wick he will not extinguish; he will faithfully make just decrees. He will not grow dim or be crushed before establishing justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait in anticipation for his decrees.” This is what the true God, the Lord, says – the one who created the sky and stretched it out, the one who fashioned the earth and everything that lives on it, the one who gives breath to the people on it, and life to those who live on it: “I, the Lord, officially commission you; I take hold of your hand. I protect you and make you a covenant mediator for people, and a light to the nations, to open blind eyes, to release prisoners from dungeons, those who live in darkness from prisons. The Lord Intervenes I am the Lord! That is my name! I will not share my glory with anyone else, or the praise due me with idols. Look, my earlier predictive oracles have come to pass; now I announce new events. Before they begin to occur, I reveal them to you.” Sing to the Lord a brand new song! Praise him from the horizon of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and everything that lives in it, you coastlands and those who live there! Let the desert and its cities shout out, the towns where the nomads of Kedar live! Let the residents of Sela shout joyfully; let them shout loudly from the mountaintops.”

There is a great conformity between the expressions that are present in Isaiah of the Old Testament part 42, and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The expression of these future events is also very important. So, this good news was not revealed at the time of Moses (AS) or much before. This will come true in the future… The good news stated here is the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and let us see this by analyzing the expressions one by one:

1- The Old Testament 42:1 : “Here is my servant whom I support, my chosen onein whom I take pleasure. I have placed my spirit (Jibril (Gabriel)) on him; he will make just decrees for the nations.”

This sentence of the Old Testament totally indicates the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). For Allah (God) supported him, had consent for him and selected him among humans. Besides, Allah sent him Gabriel (AS) (the Archangel) and exposed justice among nations with him. So, five qualities of the person about whom the good news is given in the expression exist in him. This sentence of the Torah totally gives the good news of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) with all of its words.

2- The Old Testament 42:2-3 : “He will not cry out or shout; he will not publicize himself in the streets. A crushed reed he will not break, a dim wick he will not extinguish; he will faithfully make just decrees…”

These expressions, which are present in the Torah, inform about the high ethics of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). While the Qur’an expresses this characteristic of the prophet Muhammad with “And thou (standest) on an exalted standard of character”, the Torah informs this as given above. So, the person about whom the good news is given will have high ethics. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has such high ethics with the approval of everyone.

3- The Old Testament 42:4 : “He will not grow dim or be crushed before establishing justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait in anticipation for his decrees…”

This expression of the Torah also informs people about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). For, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ruled the earth while he was still alive and secured the justice. And he never lost his courage. Even when the verse “Allah will defend thee from men (who mean mischief)” was revealed to him, he sent the guards who were waiting in front of his tent away and told them; “Now Allah will defend me, you don’t need to wait here.” The people and nations who were almost tortured with oppression waited for this person. So, this expression informs us about the courage of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), his securing of the justice and the waiting of the people of the coastland; for this reason, it indicated and even defined the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

4- The Old Testament 42:6 : “I, the Lord, officially commission you; I take hold of your hand. I protect you and make you a covenant mediator for people, and a light to the nations…”

The person about whom the good news was given by the Torah was said to be protected by Allah and for this reason, in most difficult situations and even at times when surviving was almost impossible, he was protected and he reached safety as recorded in history. Even during migration, when the possibility of being captured by the polytheists was close at hand at the cave where they sheltered and while his loyal friend, Abu Bakr (RA), was weeping for him, he informed his loyal friend about the existence of this divine protection with solidity by saying “Do not fear, Allah is with us.” In every phase of the Prophet’s (PBUH) life, this divine protection is seen. Those who know the life of the Prophet will understand this better.

Besides, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) made people get on well with one another. Blood feuds came to an end; and enemies became loyal friends thanks to him … and again nations found the true path thanks to him, and virtually became a source of light. So, the person about whom the good news was given has three qualities in the Torah: 1- Allah (God) protects him, 2- He will get on well with people, 3- He will become a guide for nations; they are the Pophet's qualities which are known by everyone.

5- The Old Testament 42:7 : “to open blind eyes, to release prisoners from dungeons, those who live in darkness from prisons…”

This expression of the Torah gives information about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) too. For, blunt hearts and ill minds were healed thanks to him. With the help of him, souls were freed from the captivity of the evil and those who lived in the darkness of polytheism reached the light of tawhid (the oneness of Allah).

6- The Old Testament 42:8 : “I am the Lord! That is my name! I will not share my glory with anyone else, or the praise due me with idols…”

This expression of the Torah is very significant. For, with this verse, Allah states that the person about whom He gave the good news would destroy polytheism. The biggest struggle of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was against the polytheists and when He conquered the city of Mecca, the first thing he did was to destroy idols.

Besides, in this verse, Allah says, “He will not allow praising for idols” The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) performed this task and with the expression “Alhamdulillah”, he informed that all praises are made for Allah. So the person about whom the good news is given is the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) because the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) successfully accomplished the duty of the person about whom the good news was given.

7- The Old Testament 42:11 : “Let the desert and its cities shout out, the towns where the nomads of Kedarlive! Let the residents of Sela shout joyfully; let them shout loudly from the mountaintops.”

This expression of the Torah informs us about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) too. Since, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a member of the community that was coming from the descendants of Kedar, who was the son of Ishmael (PBUH), the son of Abraham. So this expression indicates the ancestors of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

In short, these parts of the Old Testament have a complete conformity with the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Besides, in the continuation of this part of the Old Testament, verse 17, the humiliation of polytheists is significant because this humiliation was performed by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Yes, with a more detailed analysis, one may find many more signs in the Old Testament. So, as many sciences from embryology to astronomy, from geology to archeology approve what the Qur’an says, the signs of the Old Testament also approve his (PBUH) prophethood.

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