Muhammad versus Jesus

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The Holy Prophet (Muhammad) is a historical personage.


The personality of Jesus is shrouded in mystery.


The life of Muhammad is well-documented (571-632 A.D.), although much of our knowledge depends on traditional accounts and biographies (Ibn Ishaq).

Our Savior lived on planet earth from 5 B.C. to 30 A.D. The Koran (Quran) does accept he existed (through not as God's son), "The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah . . . "

More than eleven thousand persons have testified to his life and work.


There is no current evidence as to his life and work.


Muhammad entered Mecca with 10,000 followers on January 11, 630 A.D., after his exile. This is documented by contemporary sources.

According to the book of Acts, a contemporary source, 120 disciples of Jesus assembled immediately after his death. The Apostle Paul claims to have seen him, as well as several New Testament authors.

He can inspire confidence in us by his achievements.


Nothing of that sort, as we are apt to attribute all his achievements to his divinity and this element is lacking in us.


The early failure and later conspicuous success of Muhammad are evident.

On the physical plane, the Messiah was a failure. On the spiritual plane a conspicuous success. He came to enable us to receive that spark of the divine that is lacking in us.

He gave a complete book to his followers which he declared was revealed to him by Allah and embodied in itself a perfect code of life.


Jesus did NOT give a book of any description to his followers, and left the matter of religion entirely to their discretion.


The Koran depends on one man. For the Lord, a book on how to was already in existence. It is now known as the Old Testament and is composed of the work of many inspired authors.

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He gave an entirely new dispensation to the world.


He laid NO claim to any such exalted position for himself; but told his followers to follow the same old Mosaic dispensation.


The teachings of Muhammad was new to , but he does not claim his dispensation is "entirely new," for it goes back to Abraham (2:Al-Baqarah:136).

What Jesus proclaimed was how to see beyond the letter of the Mosaic Law into its full spiritual intent. Christ made many claims, such as: "I am the way, the truth, and the life.  NO ONE comes to the Father except through ME." (John 14:6)

He taught the fundamental principles of his religion in unambiguous language and in unequivocal terms: hence no dispute over them or no controversy about them in the Muslim world . . .


He knew nothing about the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Logos, the Atonement or the worship of Mary . . .


There are different Muslim "denominations", e.g., Sufism, but generally there is intolerance for divergent viewpoints. But there are aspects of popular Islam today which "the prophet" would probably disagree with, e.g., the celebration of his birthday, Mawlid, and his veneration in branches of Sufism.

Our Savior would no doubt disagree with many of the common beliefs held by modern Christianity (Christmas, Easter, the Trinity, etc.).

The Holy Prophet is a human being just like ourselves and as such he can command our allegiance and our love.


He is perfect man plus perfect god and as such his personality has become quite an enigma. We cannot feel drawn towards him as he is not one of us; he belongs to quite a different species and as such he cannot serve as model for us.


The question is what KIND of role model is a person. "The prophet" lived a life of aggressive evangelism while the Lord lived a life of quiet service. He was ". . . in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). We are told "He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk JUST AS HE WALKED" (1John 2:6)

The Koran gives this exalted position to the Prophet. Allah says, "Verily, in the life of the Messenger of Allah there is a noble uswa (model) for you."


He makes no such claim.


The skeptic would note that, since he transmitted the Koran, his remarks about himself might be a bit self-serving.

The New Testament makes many claims about the exalted position of Jesus. He himself, however, is careful to give all glory to God the Father.

The Holy Prophet "is the most successful of all the religious personalities of the world"


He left his work unfinished owing to his sudden arrest and crucifixion.


Muhammad launched a highly successful international religion.

The church is called "a little flock" (Luke 12:32). He continues his work today through those who believe in him (Matthew 28:20)

The Holy Prophet wrought a mighty revolution and made the Arabs master of the then civilized world.


He could not free his people from the yoke of the Romans.


The Arab empire was vast, but where is it now?

Our Savior proclaimed 'My kingdom is not of this world . . .' (John 18:36).

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* Source for this article:
What is Christianity: Being a Critical Examination
of Fundamental Doctrines of the Christian Faith

by Yousuf Saleem Chishti,
World Federation of Islamic Missions

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