Sunday, 20 February 2011

Biblical phrophecy


“Those unto whom We gave the Scripture recognize him (Muhammad) as they recognize their sons. But verily, a party of them conceal the truth while they know it” The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 2 , Verse 146

Foretells the story of “Al-Alak” (The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 96) :

Isaiah 29:11-18 “And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which [men] deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, [I pray thee]: and he saith, I cannot; for it [is] sealed: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, [I pray thee]: and he saith, I am not learned. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near [me] with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, [even] a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise [men] shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? Surely your turning of things upside down shall beesteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding? [Is] it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall beturned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest? And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness”.
Muhammad (pbuh) was illiterate. He could neither read nor write when the Qur’an was delivered to him, or after. The exact circumstances of this first revelation were as follows: It was the habit of Muhammad (pbuh) to frequently remove himself from the midst of his fellow Arabs and their heathenistic actions and spend many days secluded in the cave of “Hiraa” in the mountains of Makkah where he would pray to God according to the religion of Abraham (pbuh). After many years of this, and having reached the age of forty (610 AD), the angel Gabriel suddenly appeared before him and ordered him to “Iqraa!”(read, recite, repeat, proclaim). Muhammad (pbuh), in his terror thought he was being asked to read, so he stammered: “I am unlettered”. The angel Gabriel again ordered him to “Iqraa!”. Muhammad (pbuh) again replied: “I am unlettered”. The angel Gabriel now took a firm hold of him and commanded him “Iqraa in the name of Allah who created!”. Now Muhammad (pbuh) began to understand that he was not being asked to read, but to recite, to repeat. He began to repeat after him, and Gabriel revealed to him the first verses of the Qur'an, those at the beginning of the chapter of Al-Alak(96):
“Read (Iqraa): In the name of your Lord who created, Created man from a clot. Read(Iqraa): And your Lord is the Most Bounteous, Who teaches by the pen, Teaches man that which he knew not”.
As mentioned above, the actual word Angel Gabriel used to address Muhammad (pbuh) was the Arabic word “Iqra”. It is derived from the Arabic root word “qara”. However, if we were to go back to the original Hebrew form of the verses of Isaiah 29:11, we would find that the actual word which is translated into English as “Read this [I pray thee]” is the Hebrew word qara’, {kaw-raw’}. Is it not an amazing coincidence that the Hebrew text used not only a word with the same meaning, but the exact same word itself ?
Verse 11 of Isaiah tells us that the final book (the Qur’an) was revealed to previous prophets, however, they could not read it. It was “sealed” for them because it was meant for the last prophet, and until the last prophet’s time came, the people would not yet be able to “bear” this message (John 16:13). It was also sealed for them because it was revealed in Arabic.
“A Book whereof the verses are explained in detail; a Qur’an in Arabic for people who have knowledge” The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 41 , Verse 3
“Had We made this as a Qur'an (in a language) other than Arabic, they would have said: ‘Why are not its verses explained in detail? What! not Arabic and Arabic?’ Say: ‘It is a Guide and a Healing for those who believe; and for those who disbelieve, there is a heaviness (deafness) in their ears, and it is blindness in their (eyes): They are as those who are called from a place far distant (so they neither hear nor understand)’” The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 41 , Verse 44
Indeed, the Qur’an was revealed to a man who could neither read nor write so that it might be apparent to mankind that he could not have received it from the writings of man, but only from God almighty.
“Neither did you (O Muhammad) read any book before it, nor did you write any book with your right (hand). In that case, indeed, the followers of falsehood might have doubted Nay, it is but clear signs in the breasts of those endowed with knowledge: and none but the unjust reject Our signs.” The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 29 , Verses 48-49.
As we see in the above verses of Isaiah, by the time Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) received this book from God, mankind will have been reduced to worshipping God in words alone, while their hearts shall be far removed from true belief. They will have forsaken the true belief in God in favor of “the precept of men” (the laws of men). A confirmation of this where “St. Paul” totally corrupted the message of Jesus (pbuh), and how the followers of Paul forced their new books upon the first Christians.
St. Paul also managed to reduce the message of Jesus (pbuh) to mere “words” of “faith” with no concrete actions or commandments required of them.
Verse 14 now goes on to explain how when mankind accepts this situation, then the wisdom of the wise men shall perish and all that shall be left is mankind’s corruption. Refers to how the followers of Jesus (pbuh) and the apostles were murdered and their books destroyed.
This is indeed the same situation described by Muhammad (pbuh) in one of his sayings. In Sahih Al-Bukhari (1.100) we read that Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As said:“I heard Allah's Apostle (pbuh) saying, ‘Allah does not take away theknowledge, by taking it away from (the hearts of) the people, but takes it away by the death of the religious learned men till when none of themremain, people will take as their leaders ignorant persons who whenconsulted will give their verdict without knowledge. So they will go astray and will lead the people astray.’”
In verse 15, we are told that there will remain among those corrupt individuals those who shall know the truth but shall strive to hide it from becoming known. Once again, when the Qur’an was revealed, it confirmed this situation, we read:
“Those unto whom We gave the Scripture recognize (this revelation) as they recognize their sons. But lo! a party of them conceal the truth which they themselves know.” The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 2 , Verse 14
And whether you hide your word or publish it, He certainly has (full) knowledge, of the secrets of (all) hearts.”The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 67 , Verse 13
Verses 16 goes on to tell us how this treachery, concealment of the truth, and “overturning” of verses, laws, and obligations shall be exposed, and the wicked shall be held accountable for their deeds. Yet again, in the Qur’an we read:
“That Day shall We set a seal on their mouths. But their hands will speak to us, and their feet bear witness, to all that they used to do” The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 36 , Verse 65
“O People of the Scripture! Now has Our messenger come unto you,revealing to you much of that which you used to hide in the Scripture, and forgiving much. Now has come unto you light from Allah and plain Scripture,” The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 5 , Verse 15
Finally, we read in Isaiah 18 that when this final message is revealed to this “unlettered” prophet, those who have been lost in darkness and ignorance through the work of the corrupt shall be brought out of their ignorance and their darkness and shall be returned to the true message of God.
“Wherewith God guides all those who seek His good pleasure unto paths of peace. He brings them out of darkness unto light by His decree and guides them unto a straight path.” The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 5 , Verse 16
“And that those who have been given knowledge may know that it is the truth from thy Lord, so that they may believe therein and their hearts may submit humbly unto Him. Lo! Allah verily is guiding those who believe unto a right path.” The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 22 , Verse 54