The ‘M-H-M-D’ of Song of Songs 5:16

Naik claims a prophecy of Muhammad in the Bible’s Song of Solomon 5:16:

“His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely;

This is my lover, this my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.” (Songs 5:16)

Carefully omitting the context given above, he argues that since the Hebrew for “lovely” is מחמד (MHMD, Arabic محمد), this is a prophecy of Muhammad.…

Have the Prophecies of Muhammad been Removed?

Since the alleged ‘prophecies’ of Muhammad seem so far-fetched, some critics go so far as to claim that Christians or Jews have maliciously removed prophecies of Muhammad. There are three reasons that this is impossible:

  1. Judaism does not accept Jesus as a prophet or as the Messiah, which has caused centuries of conflict between Jews and Christians.

The ‘Parakletos’ of John 14:16

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“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.

An “Illiterate Prophet” in Isaiah 29:11-13?

Zakir Naik likes to quote, in his words, “the book of Isaiah, chapter number 12, verse number 29”1 (actually, it is chapter 29, verse 12! ) as a prophecy of Muhammad in the Bible. As Dr Naik quotes it, it seems an impressive prophecy:

“the book is given to a prophet who is not learned”2

However if we actually open any Bible and look at this verse ourselves, we see first of all that Naik has deceptively inserted the word “prophet” which doesn’t appear in the original Hebrew text:

“…give the book to one who cannot read, saying, “Read this,” he says, ‘I cannot read'” (Isaiah 29:12)

Now if we look at the wider context, this verse is speaking of how the Israelites make lame excuses for ignoring Isaiah’s revelation.…

Dt 18 – A Prophet like Moses

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Polemicists such as Naik and Deedat have argued that Deuteronomy 18 refers not to Jesus but Muhammad:

15The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.