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:
- Judaism does not accept Jesus as a prophet or as the Messiah, which has caused centuries of conflict between Jews and Christians. Yet, as we have seen above, there are many very clear prophecies of Jesus in the Jewish scriptures. If Jews are in the habit of removing prophecies, why did they not remove all the prophecies about Jesus? Yet today if you compare the Jewish scriptures (Torah, Psalms and other Prophetic books) with the Christian Old Testament, it is exactly the same and contains all the same prophecies. If they didn’t remove the Messiah’s prophecies (who they oppose), why would they have removed Muhammad’s prophecies?
- References to Muhammad would only have been removed after Muhammad’s lifetime. And yet there are thousands of Greek and Hebrew manuscripts from centuries before Muhammad’s time with no significant differences from our current Tawrat, Zabur and Injīl, nor any prophecies of Muhammad. This clearly shows that no such prophecies ever existed.
- The Qur’ān teaches that “there is no changing of God’s Word” (Al-An’am 6:34) and that “Ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye stand fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that has come to you from your Lord” (Maidah 5:68). How can God’s Word be changed?
The seventh-largest religion in the world is the Bahai faith, which teaches that the prophet Bahaullah is next in the line of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. If Bahais were to allege that the Qur’ān used to contain prophecies of Bahaullah which have been erased, how would we respond? We would say this is ridiculous, there is no proof, and that pious people would never deliberately change their own scriptures. It is the same with the Torah, Zabur and Injīl regarding ‘erased’ prophecies of Muhammad.