Was Muhammad A Genuine Prophet?

Why Should Anyone Believe Muhammad’s Claims?

The mere making of a claim does not make it true. There has to be some reason to believe the claims that are recorded by him and about him.

Yet, Muhammad offered no evidence apart from his own claims that God spoke to him through the angel Jibreel. This is not enough to cause us to believe.

Furthermore, Muhammad claimed to be the last and greatest of the prophets. This being the case, the standard of proof we should expect to see should be very high.

It should not be lower than any of the prophets of Holy Scripture which went before him. This includes Jesus. Muhammad should demonstrate that he was greater than Jesus. Yet the proof is just not there.

However, there are many reasons why we should not believe his claims. They can be summarized as follows.

There Are No Miraculous Elements in Islam

Islam contains no miraculous elements as we find in the Bible. There is nothing in the Quran that would have us believe any supernatural hand was behind Muhammad. Indeed, there are no genuine miracles attributed to him.

This is in contrast to the Bible that contains numerous accounts of the miraculous. These accounts were written by people who were eyewitnesses to the events, such as the apostles of Jesus. They were not merely telling us stories.

Peter wrote,

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.

2 Peter 1:16-18

Peter makes it clear that those who lived with Jesus during His public ministry saw His miracles firsthand. They were actual witnesses to the events. They are not passing down to us something that someone else told them. Indeed, they saw it with their own eyes.

In addition, Peter also clearly states that they knew the difference between mythology and fact. The miracle stories about Jesus were factual, they were not myths.

John wrote about the eyewitness testimony the disciples provided.

The Word of life existed from the beginning. We have heard it. We have seen it. We observed and touched it. This life was revealed to us. We have seen it, and we testify about it. We are reporting to you about this eternal life that was in the presence of the Father and was revealed to us. This is the life we have seen and heard. We are reporting about it to you also so that you, too, can have a relationship with us. Our relationship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:1-3

According to John, the disciples saw what Jesus did, heard what He had said, and have actually touched Him with their hands. In other words, Jesus was a real person who lived at a definite time in history who performed genuine miracles. No mythology here.

Thus, in the life of Christ we have objective miracles which could be authenticated by those living at the time. In Islam, we have nothing.

There Is No Fulfilled Prophecy in Islam

While the Bible, in both testaments, records prophecies that have been fulfilled, such is not the case in Islam. This is strange since Islam says that the Quran is allegedly the final revelation from God or Allah. They admit that the previous revelations, Torah, Psalms and Gospel, were divinely given.

However, in each of these books we have specific prophecies that have been given and have been miraculously fulfilled. Why, then, do we not find this occurring in the Quran?

On the other hand, we can document numerous prophecies that Jesus Himself made and that have been literally fulfilled. If Muhammad was a greater prophet than Jesus, then we should expect to find him making at least as many predictions about the future as Jesus that have been fulfilled.

Yet we find none. This is another indication of the status of Muhammad. He is not the prophet which Islam makes him out to be.

Muhammad’s Teachings Contradict Scripture

There is something else. The teachings of Muhammad contradict the Scripture in numerous places. This is hardly consistent with the claim that he is the last and greatest of the prophets. The Bible has strong things to say about those who prophesy falsely in the name of the Lord. Jesus Himself gave the following warning.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?”

Matthew 7:15-16

The warnings in Scripture make it clear. God’s prophets always tell the truth while false prophets are liars and should not be trusted. Muhammad is a false prophet.

His Coming Is Not Foretold in Scripture

The passages used by Muslims to foretell the coming of Muhammad have nothing to do with him.  Deuteronomy 18:18 was speaking of Jesus, not Muhammad. He was the Prophet that Moses spoke about.

Furthermore, the prophet who is to come is going to be one of their own, someone from the chosen nation of Israel. Jesus had the correct ancestry but Muhammad did not, he was not a Jew.

There is something else we must consider. The passage in Deuteronomy warns against people like Muhammad. Indeed, strong words are said against those who prophesy falsely in the name of the Lord. We are told that we are not to be afraid of them.

The Lord has said,

“‘I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf. But any prophet who claims to give a message from another god or who falsely claims to speak for me must die.’”

Deuteronomy 18:19-20

Muhammad fits into this category. He was a false prophet.

Furthermore, the passages in John’s gospel with reference to the “Paraclete” or “Counselor” refer to the Holy Spirit.

This was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost. Jesus referred to His coming as “the promise of the Father.” Shortly before He ascended into heaven, Jesus told His disciples,

And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Acts 1:4-5

The fulfillment of this promise is recorded in the second chapter of the Book of Acts. It states that the following occurred.

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

Acts 2:1-4

It is clear from the Scripture that Jesus was speaking of the coming of the Holy Spirit. It has absolutely nothing to do with the coming of Muhammad.

Jesus Is Greater than All the Prophets: He Is God the Son

Finally, there is no real comparison between Jesus Christ and any other prophet. According to Scripture, Jesus is God the Son, Second Person of the Holy Trinity. As Almighty God who became a human being. Consequently, it is blasphemous to compare Him to any human being. This is especially true of Muhammad who clearly shows himself to be a false prophet.

The Influence of Jesus Has Been Greater than That of Muhammad

There is one more thing which we should mention. Jesus Christ has had a greater influence in the world than has Muhammad. Indeed, almost every major religion has felt the need to include Jesus as some sort of prophet, as does Islam. Jesus is seen as an “enlightened one” or some type of prophet. In other words, they give Him some status.

Yet apart from Islam, there is no other major religion which gives Muhammad any similar status. Indeed, apart from Islam, no major religion feels the need to give him any standing whatsoever.

While this, by itself, does not prove that Jesus is superior to Muhammad, it does make it plain that Muhammad is certainly not the “last and greatest of the prophets” with more influence than Jesus.

In fact, on a worldwide basis, Muhammad does not have near the respect as does Jesus. Indeed, the Person of Jesus Christ transcends all boundaries. It seems that everyone recognizes Him as someone special. The same cannot be said for Muhammad.

Therefore, when the evidence is examined we find no basis to believe the claims that Muhammad was “the last and greatest” of the prophets, or for that matter, a prophet of God.

No matter what his motives may have been, he is in the long line of false prophets Scripture warns us about.

adapted from Is Muhammad A Genuine Prophet Of God by Don Stewart