In this segment we will find that the Qur'an denies that Muhammad was an intercessor, then the Hadith states that he actually was an intercessor and finally, the New Testament makes it clear that Jesus is the intercessor.
Surah 6:51, "And preach with this (Qur'an) to those who reverence the summoning before their Lord - they have none beside Him as a Lord and Master, nor an intercessor - that they may attain salvation."
Jesus' and Muhammad's Revelation and Mission
Here we will consider the vast differences between the manner in which Muhammad and Jesus understood their place in God's plan and their missions.
When Muhammad received his initial revelation he was alone in a cave. Subsequent revelations were received by Muhammad experiencing epileptic-like seizure-like fits with no one able to hear or see anything.
Islam considers both Muhammad and Jesus to have been prophets of Allah. This is an introduction to a ten part series which will consider their similarities and differences.
This essay is parsed thusly:
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Heavenly Bliss
Part 3: Virgin Birth Affirmed
Part 4: Regarding Wives
Part 5: Muhammad's Sins?
Part 6: Divinely Approved War and Curses
Part 7: Regarding Miracles
Part 8: Jesus' and Muhammad's Revelation and Mission
Part 9: Jesus' and Muhammad's Heavenly Journey
Part 10: Intercession
Be aware that the various spellings used in this article: Qoran, Qurān, Qur'an, Kur'an and Koran are mere variants in referring to the holy book of Islam.
Is the fact that Muhammad wrote of Jesus proof that he was divinely inspired? After all, so the reasoning goes Muhammad lived circa 600 years after Christ and he could not have read the New Testament because it had not yet been translated into Arabic.
At the Islamic Center, we quietly waited in the place of worship for the chanting prayers to conclude. We were then ushered into a small office, as soon as we sat to converse with two men, a third man opened the door for a moment and handed over a thermos filled with a most delicious tea for us to share.1
1. This meeting took place at the Islamic Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, early in 2001
Roman Catholicism claims that all of its traditions, those teachings not found in the Bible, were the original teachings of the Apostles and were passed down through apostolic succession. However, anyone that has read Roman Catholic doctrine regarding these teachings will notice that there is no line of witnesses to be found.