Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Is Muhammad the Prophet Like Moses of Deuteronomy 18:18? A Reply to Zakir Naik

According to Zakir Naik (and many other Muslim apologists), the Bible prophesied the coming of Muhammad in Deuteronomy 18:18, where God said to Moses:

"I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him."

Naik claims that Muhammad was "like Moses" in important ways (e.g. both were prophets and political leaders), and that Muhammad is therefore the best fulfillment of this prophecy.

Nevertheless, a careful reading of the passage shows not only that Muhammad can't be the prophet "like Moses," but also that Muhammad can't be a prophet at all!

For more on Zakir Naik's so-called Biblical prophecies about Muhammad, see our entire show here and Answering Islam's page here.

For a more detailed argument showing from Deuteronomy 18 that Muhammad was a false prophet, see my article "The Deuteronomy Deductions."


Joe Daniels said...

The Arab Bedouins may indeed not have known what Mohammed was on about when he talked about Moses. On the other hand, Robert Spencer, in Did Mohammed Exist?, postulates that the 7th century Arabian communities were actually followers of Arius who have been airbrushed out of history. And I imagine they wouldn't have been so easily led.

Personally, I think that the Meccan verses and the Medinan verses of the Koran are so different that they cannot have been delivered by the same person. Was Mohammed perhaps killed in Mecca (or went off to live as a hermit etc etc), with a somewhat more disordered person in Medina being grafted onto his cult?

Craig said...

Jesus said that moses spoke of him so since Muslims say duty. 18:18 spoke of Muhammad then what passage do Muslims think Jesus was talking about. Have y'all heard any answers for this?

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