Monday, July 18, 2016

Muhammad in Bible (Isaiah 28: 10-13)

        
          “Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little. ”For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, To whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest, ”And, “This is the refreshing”; Yet they would not hear. But the word of the Lord was to them, “Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little, ”That they might go and fall backward, and be broken And snared and caught. (New King James Version)

            These verses were sent down concerning the attitude of some Israelites who were less able to accept their prophets' teaching. They felt for what it was taught and why it should be taught to them, as if they had been well versed and cognizant with the teaching of the prophets. In fact, the reality was not like that.
            Because they disdained the prophets' teaching, Allah would send a prophet who was not coming from their group (same race). He would come to teach them as the previous prophets taught them. The difference was this prophet would not speak with their own language but with another tongue or  foreign language.



            ”For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people,

            Allah would send a prophet who would speak with another tongue (another language). He would not speak with Hebrew language but with the language they rarely heard. His second characteristic was the stammering of his way of talking.
            This prophecy could be meant symbolically. Someone who stammered or stuttered was an allegory of illiterate person. He couldn't say the words correctly because as long as he lived, he never read. Therefore, if he was asked to read or taught to read, then he would read it with stammering tongue. It means we can interpret that the prophet was illiterate. Muhammad was an illiterate person. It became proof of the originality and authenticity of Holy Koran. All words and letter inside were purity. All were kept from every thought and teaching that were not coming from its source. And it also became proof that Holy Koran was Allah's words.
            In Holy Koran, Muhammad was called with Umi which means Illiterate,

            "Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, (Al-A’raaf : 157)

Then, it was said that the prophet would speak with foreign language,

            ”For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak  to this people,

            He would not speak to them with Hebrew but, he would speak to them with another tongue or foreign language.
   This prophecy was also appropriate with the characteristic of the Prophet Muhammad. He was an Arab who spoke Arabic. The language of his book was also Arabic. But, he was also sent to all nations with no exception the Israelites. Arabic was a foreign language for the Israelites in that time.

   To whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest, ”And, “This is the refreshing”, Yet they would not hear.

   Then it was said that the teaching of the promised prophet would become a restful place for them. His teaching would discard the load and burdensome things of them. They would be guaranteed with every simplicity and kindness in his teaching. They would get dispensation from the previous teachings which loaded them.
   Allah said in sura Al-A'raaf,

            "Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him–it is those who will be the successful.”(Al-A’raaf:157) 
   
   But, when the prophet brought relief and dispensation to them, they would not hear him. They would be conceited as they did to the prophets who were sent beforehand. They didn't care with him as said in the verse below,

   Yet they would not hear.

   After the prophet coming to them with same teaching (monotheism) and giving some dispensations, they wouldn't hear his call. They wouldn't believe with his prophethood.
   This prophecy was proven with the rejection of Madinah Jews towards Muhammad's mission. They rejected him and didn't accept him. Some of them even tried to hinder his mission with any efforts. Until now, the Jews didn't want to accept Muhammad's mission. They refused his mission and teaching.
   Because they refused teaching and mission of the Prophet Muhammad, they would revert to the previous burdensome teaching. They would be loaded with the old teaching which they complained. In fact, the teaching which Muhammad brought was lighter and easier.

   But the word of the Lord was to them,“ Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little,”

   Another impact was they would suffer hardship and affliction,

   That they might go and fall backward, and be broken And snared and caught.

   The Jews rejection towards the prophethood of Muhammad had effected on their existence in the countries where they lived. History noted the distress which they experienced. This prophecy was proven with the expulsion of three Jewish tribes from Madinah such as Bani Qaynuqa, Bani Nadhir, and Bani Quraydzoh. They were evicted from Madinah because they didn't respect the existence of the Muslims. And also for their attitude who wanted defeat in the Islamic people. As a result, some of them were evicted and some of them were killed because of their treason to the Prophet Muhammad and the Muslims.
   In fact, if they accepted Muhammad's mission (embracing Islam) and submitted to Madinah Charter, they would certainly get the same rights as the Muslims. They would be protected and not to be evicted or killed. But, they refused him and moreover than that, they also perpetrated unkind efforts towards Muhammad and the Muslims.




















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