chapter  19
Muhammad’s prophethood
Pages 16

A number of key authors and representatives of Christianity are reconsidering Muhammad’s prophethood, though popular Christian discourse is still generally unwelcoming of the possibility.1 Tisdall pits the Islamic charge of tah.rf against the claim of Muhammad’s prophethood: if the Bible is not corrupt, and Jesus did not predict Muhammad, then it follows that Muhammad was not a prophet.2 Similarly, one cannot use a corrupt Bible to prove that Muhammad was prophesied by it.3 Thus the Biblical prophecies concerning Muhammad stand at odds with the charge of tah.rf. Tah.rf then aside, Tisdall addresses the proposed prophecies from Q3:81 and 61:6. In one example, Deuteronomy 18:18 prophecies one “like unto Moses”, which is thought to be Muhammad,4

For (1) both of them were brought up in their enemies’ houses; (2) appeared among idolaters; (3) were at first rejected by their own people and afterwards accepted by them; (4) were married and had children; (5) each gave a Law (which Christ did not: John 1:17); (6) fled from their enemies, one to Midian and the other to Medina – which words are of similar meaning; (7) marched into battle against the unbelievers; (8) wrought similar miracles; and (9) enabled their followers after their own death to enter on the possession of Palestine.5