Muhammad is one of the 25 prophets Muslim are required to believe in. Muhammad also has the most special place in their hearts because they believe he is the final prophet, and he carried the teaching of Islam.
Christian Perspective on the Prophet Muhammad
There are several reasons why Christians can’t accept Muhammad as a prophet from Allah:
The first reason: Some of Muhammad’s teachings conflict with Isa Al-Masih’s teachings. An example is the teaching of the Qibla when praying. Facing one direction at certain times of the day shows that Allah is not Allah Almighty – that he can be everywhere at the same time.
The second reason: Another reason is the Shalawat (the prayers upon the Prophet) that has to be recited for him. Saying “Assalamu Alaika Ayyuhan Nabi” means: May salvation be upon you, our Prophet (Muhammad). How can Christians follow a leader whose salvation still needs to be prayed for by his followers?
The third reason: There is no prophecy in the Bible about the coming of Muhammad.
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“Prophecies” of Muhammad in the Bible
Various efforts have been done by Muslims to claim that there are prophecies about Muhammad in the Bible. One of them is in the Torah, in Deuteronomy 18:18: “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites . . .”
It’s clear that this particular verse is pointing to Isa Al-Masih, not Muhammad, because Isa Al-Masih was their fellow Israelite. Muhammad came from the Ishmaelites.
Another verse is from the Injil, in John 14:16: “. . . he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever . . .”
Muslims say that the Helper points to Muhammad. That is impossible because the Helper will be with us forever. Please email us if you have proof of prophecy of Muhammad in the Bible.
Isa Al-Masih, the Only One Who Can Save Mankind
The Bible is the source of teaching and faith for Christians. If Muhammad is in the Bible, Christians would be able to acknowledge him as a prophet. But there is not a single verse in the Bible where he is mentioned.
Christians don’t need another prophet. Through Isa Al-Masih, everyone can receive salvation, forgiveness of sins, and eternal life. In Isa, people receive salvation and eternal life because He is The Way and The Truth and The Life.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’“ (Injil, John 14:6).
QUESTIONS FOR CONTEMPLATION
- After reading this article, do you understand why Christians cannot accept Muhammad as a prophet? Why or why not?
- Why do you think Muslims need to offer prayers for Muhammad? Why do Christians not have to offer prayers for Isa Al-Masih?
- If Isa can provide eternal life and forgiveness of sins, why would Christians need another prophet?
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