A review of: Clinton Bennett, In Search of Muhammad and In Search of Jesus

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(May, 2002)

Christian books on Islam and its Prophet often have a negative view of both. At least for me this by itself is no problem, and I suspect also for many other Muslims. We can all expect that some non-Muslims would have some negative views of Islam out of ignorance, prejudice or some other better reason. What is problematic is that books by Christian writers often apply different criteria for their own traditions than they do to the Muslim traditions to arrive at their views. For example, Muir rejected Muslim traditions about the miracles of the Prophet of Islam as fabrications but accepts without question the biblical stories of miracles as literally true records of what actually happened (Life of Mahomet, p. 117). Had he applied his logic consistently to both traditions he would have either rejected miracles in both traditions or admitted the possibility of their historicity in both traditions. Muir wrote his book in 1894, but double standards of critical scrutiny continued for a long time.

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How Jesus Christ Described the Glory of the Prophet Muhammad

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1983)

We present here some traditions attributed to prophet Jesus (may peace be upon him), in which that great prophet talks about the Chief of all Prophets, Hazarat Muhammad (may God bless him ever more). The traditions are naturally in the form of prophecies, since the Prophet Jesus lived before the time of our Lord Muhammad. But they have value not merely as prophecies: they also provide one of the most beautiful tributes to the glory of the Prophet of Islam ever written. The traditions are from a version of the Gospel of Barnabas compiled by a thirteenth century Italian on the basis of early Christian sources.

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Love for the Prophet

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1986)


LOVE FOR THE PROPHET IS A CONDITION OF FAITH

Love for the Prophet Muhammad is a measure of one's iman (faith and inner conviction) and our iman is completed and perfected only when our love for the Prophet exceeds our love for everything else in this world, including our own lives. The Holy Qur`an says:

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Muhammad – The Last of the Prophets

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(2000)

Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad was the last prophet and messenger of God. By way of clarification it should be stated immediately that in Islam the role of a prophet or a messenger is far more important than in Christianity. Both the Old and the New Testament speak of prophets who have a very minor role in the community (2 Kings 2:15, 1 Cor 12:10, Acts 13:1 etc.). In Islam, however, a prophet or a messenger expresses the will of God for a nation or all humankind. The message delivered by him is binding on those to whom it is sent and a rejection of him is a rejection of God. The work of a messenger, furthermore, change earlier religious laws and create a new religious community.

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The Prophet Muhammad and Earlier Religions, Especially Judaism and Christianity

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(January 2003)

It is often said that Islam is an off-shoot of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Sometimes it is even said that Islam is a Judeo-Christian heresy. Another form of this type of view attacks the very person of the Prophet of Islam. It is alleged that the Prophet Muhammad took most of his teachings from the Bible or from other Jewish/Christian sources. In particular, he borrowed from the Jews the central belief of his teaching – a strict monotheism and rejection of idol worship. The implication is that if most of what the Prophet taught, including the central proclamation of Islam, was found in earlier Judeo-Christian tradition, his teachings could not be from direct divine revelation. The fact that Qur`anic versions of older Jewish or Christian traditions can often have radically different elements is attributed to ignorance or misunderstanding or distortion of earlier sources on the part of the Prophet Muhammad or his “informers”.

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The Prophet Muhammad