Chapter I

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Muhammad the Prophet of the Prophets (peace be on him) –or- NABI-AL-ANBIA

We have seen in the preceding chapter of part I that the Hashmite Prophet Muhammad peace be on him was sent as the very last of the prophets to the mankind, it was, therefore, that he came with a universal message for every one irrespective of cast, creed, and colour. I have already discussed that at the very inception of Islam all the colour feelings were made to vanish. Pointing out that all the White, Brown, Black, and Yellow have come out from one root. God said in his Holy Book:

"0 mankind! Be careful of your duty to your Lord who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate and from them twain hath scattered countless men and women." (SIV-1)

Referring to the creation of Adam, the Holy Scripture also told us that ALLAH appointed man His 'vicegerent' on earth, and all men are born out of Adam and Eve, they have only one line of descent which did not leave for them any place to take pride in their progenies. Thus all the believers in Islam, black or white, stand on equal footings. The whites do not have any privilege over the blacks, nor the blacks can claim any superiority over the whites. We are all the slaves of God and God the Almighty sent Muhammad Mustafa (peace on him) for the entire mankind. The Holy Scripture belies Elijah Muhammad who said that Muhammad Mustafa was sent only for Arab, as God said in His Holy Scripture i.e. the Quran;

Say (0 Muhammad) : 0 mankind! Lo! I am sent unto you all, as the Apostle of Allah, to whom belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth: there is no God save Him. It is He that giveth both life and death. So believe in God and His Apostle, the unlettered Prophet who believeth in Allah and in His Words and follow him that haply ye may be led aright. (7/158)

This is the message of Allah, sent through the Universal Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (peace be on him) to mankind and Jinn. The Holy Verse embodies the proclamation of the Holy Prophets' universal mission.

In another revelation our attention is directed to various apostles who were sent with their missions to several peoples, and in each of whose carriers there was some pre-figuring of the life of the. last and greatest of them i.e. Muhammad Mustafa peace be on him, and the Holy Quran narrates it in the following words:

"Those who follow the Apostle, The unlettered Prophet, Whom they find mentioned In their own (Scriptures), In the law and the Gospel. For he commands them What is just and forbids them What is evil; (7/157).

Prophecies of the advent of the Arabian Apostle the last and the greatest of the Apostles are found in the Torah and the Bible. In the reflex of Torah as now accepted by the Jews, Moses said," The Lord your God will raise up a prophet from among you like myself" (Deuternomy 18:15 to 18)

The prophecy for the rise of the Arab Nation is foretold in Isaiah 42:11, "Let the wilderness and its town rejoice and the villages of the tribe Kedar."

The wilderness is the barren land and its town is Mecca, and Kedar was a son of Ismail and the name is used for the Arab Nation. The only Prophet who brought Law like that of Moses was Muhammad Mustafa, and he came of the house of Ismail, the Brother of Isaac. In the New testament as it now exists, Muhammad Mustafa is foretold in the Gospel of St: John 14: 15-16, "If you love me. Keep my commandments. And I will pray to the Father (Lord) and he shall give you another comforter that he may abide with you for ever."

Another comforter as mentioned above is Muhammad Mustafa the Apostle of God, and him to abide for ever" ', means the perpetuity of the law and order i.e. Shariat brought by him and the Book which was revealed to him. John 15:26-27:

"But when the comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth which proceeded from the father, he shall testify of me: and he also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning."

Here again the glad tidings for the arrival of 'comforter' is given. He is none else except Muhammad and he did testify that Jesus was son of Mary and slave of God and His Prophet. And he also "shall bear witness", this is also a fact as narrated above because Muhammad will bear witness over all the prophets and their peoples as said in the Holy Quran:

"How then if We brought From each people a witness, And We brought thee As a witness against These people (4/41)

On the Day of Judgment when the people will deny the teachings of their prophets, those prophets will request Muhammad Mustafa to testify on their behalf. Muhammad will bear witness producing the Book of God the Holy Quran, they will again refute, Allah will seal their mouth and their hands, feet and skins will testify the teachings of their prophets and of Muhammad Mustafa peace on him. - St: John 16:5-8.

"But now I go my way to him that sent me, and none of you asketh me whither goest thou. But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow had filled your heart. Neverthless I tell you the truth; for I go not away, the comforter will not come unto you ; but I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness and of judgment." - STJohn 16: 12-14

"Howbeit when the spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all the truth.

The Christians think that the comforter is the Spirit of truth or the Holy Spirit, but it cannot be so, as the Holy Spirit was already present helping and guiding Jesus, so it is out of question that Holy Spirit can be the future comforter. The Greek word translated comforter is 'Paracletos' which is an easy corruption from' Periclytos,' which is almost a literal translation of 'Muhammad or Ahmad' (see Quran 61/6). Even if we read PARACLETE, it would apply to the Holy Prophet, who is "a Mercy for all creatures" (21/107) and" most kind and merciful to the believers " (9/ 128).

Further, there were other Gospels that have perished, but of which traces still remain, which were even more specific in their reference to Muhammad, Among those Gospels one has survived, the Gospel of ST: Barnabas of which an Italian translation is extant in the state liberary at Vienna, it was edited in 1907 with an English translation by Mr. Lonsdale and Laurra Ragg, the Gospel embodies glad tidings about the advent of Muhammad (peace be on him), on many places.

These are the glad tidings about the Holy Prophet which are in the present Gospels. I have already discussed and proved that these Gospels are one who do not have any authority and had continuously been changed and the earliest extant manuscripts of the Gospels Codex Sinaiticus, Codex Vatican, and Codex Alexandri, belong to the fourth and fifth century and between them there are considerable differences at many places and, therefore, no one knows how much the Gospels had been changed during the centuries of which no manuscript was available.

Referring to the glad tidings given in the old Holy Scriptures about the advent of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (peace be on him), the Holy Quran lays down:

'And remember, Jesus, The son of Mary, said: "0 Children of Israel! I am the apostle of God (Sent) to you confirmingThe Law (which came) Before me, and giving Glad tidings of an Apostle To come after me, Whose name shall be Ahmad.

But when he came to them With clear signs, They said, "This is Evident sorcery!" (61/ 6)

Ibn Kathir in his Commentary expounding the above revelation states, "Jesus told the Children of Israel, "My arrival is foretold in Torah (Old testament), I am the announcer of good news of the arrival of one who is coming after me' and he is Ahmad." So Jesus is the last of the Israeli prophets and the Holy Prophet whose name is also Ahmad is the very last of all the prophets and he is the one after whom there is no apostle or prophet Ibn Kathir referring to Bukhari (a collection of the Holy Prophet’s traditions) writes the quotation of the Holy Prophet narrated by Jabir bin Mutam who heard the Holy Prophet said;

"I have many names, I'm Muhammad, I'm Ahmad, I'm the Eraser with whom God will erase the unbelief, I'm the Re-surrector, the people will be resurrected on my feet and I'm the very last after whom there is no prophet." (An agreed tradition)

Referring to another tradition Ibn Kathir quotes from ABU DAWOOD that Abu Musa narrated, "The Holy Prophet told us his many names which we remembered, He said, I'm Muhammad and I'm Ahmad, and Resurrector and Assonant and Prophet of Mercy and repentance.'

  1. See part 3 of this book
  2. The word advocate is written in the New English Bible 1970.
  3. John 14:16,15:26, and 16:7.
  4. See part III for further details ch: Nabi-AI-Anbia and Faith.