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. Yet the above verse is part of a chapter describing a new bride’s detailed description of her husband. Furthermore, Naik’s translation would replace an adjective with a noun where it doesn’t fit:

“His mouth is sweetness itself;

he is ‘altogether Muhammad’ ( וכלו מחמדים )

It is exceedingly obvious that the correct word is ‘lovely’ here. The context of the word clearly shows that it is neither a prophecy nor a reference to Muhammad, and to claim so is to attempt to deceive. We can likewise invent similar prophecies about other people. Before and after Muhammad, two other non-Islamic prophets named Mani and Mirza Husayn Ali (‘Bahaullah) each claimed to be a prophet with a scripture claiming to be the next in the line of all the other prophets. Using Naik’s dubious methodology, we find Bahaullah (חסין) prophesied by name in Psalm 89:8 and Mani (מנּי) named specifically in eighteen places! Are we to believe that those references are actually prophecies of these two false prophets?


The “Prophet Like Moses” (Torah, Deuteronomy 18)

The “Illiterate Prophet” (Isaiah 29:11-13)

The “Parakletos” (Injīl, John 14:16)

The Comparatively Clear Prophecies of the Messiah

Have the Prophecies of Muhammad Been Removed?

3 responses to “The ‘M-H-M-D’ of Song of Songs 5:16”

  1. Mosa Indai says:

    that is not right
    Zaker is right
    and you can put his name
    these are his characteristics

  2. ANTI says:

    IT is A NAME of A MAN … because IT IS A MASCULINE NOUN .. IN SONG OF SONS 5 : 16

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