“O Messenger of Allah! It is a great Mercy of God that you are gentle and kind towards them; for, had you been harsh and hard-hearted, they would all have broken away from you” (Quran 3:159).
“And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” (Qur’an 21:7)
“Certainly you have in the Messenger of Allah an excellent exemplar for him who hopes in Allah and the latter-day and remembers Allah much.”(Qur’an 33:21)
“And give full measure when you measure and weigh with an even balance. That is the best [way] and best in the result.” (Qur’an 17:35)
This article will give an answer to the Christian polemics who try and disparage the character of the Blessed Messenger (saw). These polemicists take the form of missionaries who debate Muslims, as well as those who use pseudonyms and make false claims that they have debate Muslim scholars from Al Azhar.
So this article is not for the polemicist who only seeks to antagonize Islam and Muslims and have no real desire for dialogue and truth-seeking. Rather, this article is for those among the Christian community who have never thought through their arguments.
It is also an article for those among the Muslim community who may be convinced by polemicists and need to think thoroughly what a commitment to the Christian perspective would entail.
Christians often assert that a reason that Christians cannot take seriously the Prophet-hood of the Blessed Messenger (saw) is because of the alleged moral ambiguity in his character.
Assuming for a moment that all of what they allege about the Blessed Messenger (saw) is true, none of it would be grounds to dismiss the Blessed Prophet (saw) as a Messenger of Allah (swt).
In fact, by dismissing the Prophet on Christian grounds, we would then have to dismiss many of the Prophets of the Bible; and thus, we would have to dismiss their testimony regarding Christ Jesus.
All that a Christian would end up doing is showing that a particular aspect of Muslim doctrine concerning the Prophet Muhammed (saw) being faultless or sinless is mistaken. It would no more end Islam, than Muslims disproving other Muslim’s incorrect views they held concerning Islam.
According to the Bible, the Prophet Moses condoned the taking young virgin girls captive as ‘war booty’.
“The Lord your God will raise up for a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren. You must listen to him.” (Deuteronomy 18:5)
“Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.”
“Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the Peor incident so that a plague struck the Lord’s people. Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.” (Numbers 31:13-18)
“The plunder remaining from the spoils that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep, 72,000 cattle, 61,000 donkeys, and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.” (Numbers 31:32-35)
Prophet Aaron is an idol worshiper according to the Bible
Aaron the first high priest of the tribe of Levi was an idol worshiper who according to the Bible partook in and encouraged the worship of false deities.
“So the LORD said to Moses: “See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet.“ (Exodus 7:1)
“When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”
Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons, and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”
When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.”
So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward, they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.” (Exodus 31:1-6)
Prophet David commits adultery according to the Bible.
“Brothers, I can tell you with confidence that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. “ (Acts 2:29-30)
Next, we have the story of Prophet David.
Apparently, if we are to believe the testimony in the Bible concerning David, we find that he was a man who led a woman to commit adultery and committed adultery himself. He lusted after another man’s wife, watched her bath naked. He then had this woman’s husband killed. He tried to hide the fact he made this woman pregnant out of wedlock. This is the same David that according to Christians writes all the prophecies concerning Jesus in the 22 Psalms and throughout the Psalms.
If I was to measure the Prophets of the Bible-based upon how some Christians measure the Blessed Prophet Muhammed (saw) I could never become a Christian. I would have to reject the testimony concerning the “prophecies” concerning Jesus in the Psalms.
“One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof, he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.)Then she went back home. The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”
“So David sent this word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent him to David. When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were, and how the war was going. Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him. But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house.”
“David was told, “Uriah did not go home.” So he asked Uriah, “Haven’t you just come from a military campaign? Why didn’t you go home?”
“Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my commander Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”
“Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home.”
” In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. In it, he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”
“So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.
“Joab sent David a full account of the battle. He instructed the messenger: “When you have finished giving the king this account of the battle, the king’s anger may flare up, and he may ask you, ‘Why did you get so close to the city to fight? Didn’t you know they would shoot arrows from the wall? Who killed Abimelek son of Jerub-Besheth? Didn’t a woman drop an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you get so close to the wall?’ If he asks you this, then say to him, ‘Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.’”
“The messenger set out, and when he arrived he told David everything Joab had sent him to say. The messenger said to David, “The men overpowered us and came out against us in the open, but we drove them back to the entrance of the city gate. Then the archers shot arrows at your servants from the wall, and some of the king’s men died. Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.”
“David told the messenger, “Say this to Joab: ‘Don’t let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another. Press the attack against the city and destroy it.’ Say this to encourage Joab.”
“When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.” (2nd Samuel 11:2-27)
What does the displeased Lord do with David?
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes, I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”
“Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
“Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
“After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.”
“On the seventh day, the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”
“David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked.”
“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”
“Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions, and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request, they served him food, and he ate.”
“His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”
“He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”
“Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him; and because the Lord loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah.” (2 Samuel 12:11-25)
So the Lord (Jesus, The Father, and the Holy Spirit) was displeased with David’s actions. So what do they ultimately do? What do they DO to David? They kill David’s infant son. They make a decree that David will have his wives taken from him and made to commit adultery in broad daylight. Lastly, they reward David with a son through the wife who cheated on her husband and gave her Solomon who in return became a King of Israel and a Prophet.
According to the Bible, Prophet Solomon had uncontrollable lust, sought after other gods, committed shirk, and built places of worship to false deities.
Solomon is listed as one of the Jewish prophets here: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/list-of-jewish-prophets
So what about Prophet Solomon who was given a special name given to him by the Lord (Jedidiah) means ‘beloved of God‘? What did he get up to?
“King Solomon loved many foreign women in addition to Pharaoh’s daughter. He loved Hittite women and women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, and Sidon. They came from the nations about which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “Never intermarry with them. They will surely tempt you to follow their gods.” But Solomon was obsessed with their love. He had 700 wives who were princesses and 300 wives who were concubines. In his old age, his wives tempted him to follow other gods. He was no longer committed to the Lord his God as his father David had been. Solomon followed Astarte (the goddess of the Sidonians) and Milcom (the disgusting idol of the Ammonites). So Solomon did what the Lord considered evil. He did not wholeheartedly follow the Lord as his father David had done. Then Solomon built an illegal worship site on the hill east of Jerusalem for Chemosh (the disgusting idol of Moab) and for Molech (the disgusting idol of the Ammonites). He did these things for each of his foreign wives who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.” (1 Kings 11:1-8)
My comments: So even though the Lord (Jesus, The Father, and the Holy Spirit) can see into the future, Solomon was was Loved by them and because they Loved Solomon they gave him a special name, even though they could see in the future that Solomon would do what is considered evil to the Lord he was still beloved. This beloved Prophet of God is said to have had such a passion and a thirst for women. This beloved Prophet of God is said to have followed other gods and even built places of worship honoring these other deities.
Bible tells us that Prophet Saul earns God’s wrath because he spared people’s lives that God told him to kill. The Bible also tells us that Prophet Saul earned God’s wrath for sparing the lives of animals.
The Bible tells us that some times the Lord (Jesus, The Father, and the Holy Spirit) actually gets upset when his appointed Kings do not commit wholesale genocide killing men, women, children, infants, babies, and even animals.
“And he also stripped off his clothes, and he also prophesied before Samuel, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say: “Is Saul also among the prophets?” (1 Samuel 19:25)
“Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord. This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”
So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim—two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand from Judah. Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine. Then he said to the Kenites, “Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.
Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt. He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.
Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made Saul king because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.
Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”
When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.”
But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?”
Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.”
“Enough!” Samuel said to Saul. “Let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.”
“Tell me,” Saul replied.
Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel. And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’ Why did you not obey the Lord? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the Lord?”
“But I did obey the Lord,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”
But Samuel replied:
“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has rejected you as King.”
Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them. Now I beg you, forgive my sin, and come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord.” ( I Samuel 15:1-25)
“Now the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul, and an evil spirit sent from the Lord began to torment him.” (1 Samuel 16:16)
So in the case of King David, a Prophet of God who committed adultery and enticed a woman to commit adultery and had her husband killed, he is punished by having his first son killed and then awarded with another son.
Whereas in the case of Saul, he saved the king of the opposition, he sparred a human life, and he and his soldiers didn’t totally slaughter all the animals and even though he did as God commanded and killed babies and infants, his reward for not killing all the animals and saving one human life was that the ‘Spirit of the Lord’ left him and and ‘An Evil Spirit of the Lord’ was sent to torment him. “
Joshua is listed as a prophet here:
According to the Bible, the Prophet Joshua is blessed by God for sending spies into other nations’ lands to assess their defenses before an invasion. In the Bible, the Prophet Joshua is praised for giving false overtures of peace, a willingness to inhabitants of cities to slavery. In Some cases, the Prophet Joshua is commanded to kill men, women, children, and all animals.
Prophet Joshua’s conquest of lands.
“When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. When the Lord your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the Lord your God gives you from your enemies. This is how you are to treat all the cities that are at a distance from you and do not belong to the nations nearby.
However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. Completely destroy them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites—as the Lord your God has commanded you. Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 20: 10-18)
“They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.” (Joshua 6:21)
” Twelve thousand men and women fell that day—all the people of Ai. “ (Joshua 8:25)
Conclusion: All of the so-called moral high ground that the Orientalist, Colonialist, Christian Missionaries and Evangelicals claim that they have against the Blessed Prophet Muhammed (saw) completely fades away when we take a look at the type of behavior that was approved by the Lord (Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit).
We can see that Prophets Moses and Joshua ordered and participated in the killing of Boys and Women. Prophets like Joshua were ordered to annihilate entire villages, cities, and peoples. We can see that God blesses his adulterous prophets with Sons who in turn become Prophets and have insatiable sexual appetites, worship false deities, and even create places of worship for them to be praised!
So for the sake of argument let’s imagine that all these awful things that the Orientalist, Colonialist, Christian evangelist, and Christian missionaries say about our Blessed Prophet (saw) were true- so what?
It wouldn’t prove anything. It would only prove that a theological position held by Muslim theologians about the Blessed Prophet (saw) was false. If the Biblical Prophets can do all the things mentioned above, receive tacit approval God, and we can still trust their testimony and their words than on what consistent basis could any Christian reject the Blessed Prophet (saw)?
“And give full measure when you measure and weigh with an even balance. That is the best [way] and best in the result.” (Qur’an 17:35)
“That Allah may forgive you of your errors/infractions that which is past and that which is to come, and may perfect His favour unto you, and may guide you on a right path,” (Qur’an 48:2)
“And when they hear what has been revealed to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of what they have recognized of the truth. They say, “Our Lord, we have believed, so register us among the witnesses.” (Qur’an 5:83)