However, there are basically only two forces in the Universe. The forcefor good led by God and the force for evil led by Satan. After much readingand studying the writings of Muhammad, although I wasn't prepared to writeMuhammad off as siding with Satan and a force for evil, I wasn't preparedto elevate him to the position of honor, at least in my mind, to that ofa prophet. A wise sage; a teacher; a good shepherd; a savior, a redeemer,even a messiah to his people, yes! But a prophet? No!
So, I set out on a personal quest to understand a little better, theage old question, "What is a prophet?"
The American Heritage Dictionary defines a prophet as:
proph·et n. 1. A person who speaks by divine inspirationor as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed. 2. Aperson gifted with profound moral insight and exceptional powers of expression.3. A predictor; a soothsayer. 4. The chief spokesperson of a movement orcause. 5. Prophets used with a sing. or pl. verb Bible The second of thethree divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures, comprising the books of Joshua,Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve. See noteat Bible.
[ Middle English prophete from Old French from Latin propheta from Greekprophetes pro- before; See pro- 2 -phetes speaker (from phanai to speak);See bha- 2 in Indo-European Roots.]
bha- 2. Important derivatives are: fable fate infant preface prophetabandon banish bandit fame phono- symphony confess blame
To speak. I. Contracted from *bhaú-. 1. FABLE, FATE; AFFABLE,(FANTOCCINI), INEFFABLE, INFANT, (INFANTRY), PREFACE, from Latin fari,to speak. 2. -PHASIA; APOPHASIS, PROPHET, from Greek phanai, to speak.3. a. BAN 1, from Old English bannan, to summon, proclaim, and Old Norsebanna, to prohibit, curse; b. BANAL, BANNS; ABANDON, from Old French ban,feudal jurisdiction, summons to military service, proclamation, Old Frenchbandon, power, and Old English gebann, proclamation; c. BANISH, from OldFrench banir, to banish; d. CONTRABAND, from Late Latin bannus, bannum,proclamation; e. BANDIT, from Italian bandire, to muster, band together(< "to have been summoned"). a, b, c, d, and e all from Germanic suffixedform *ban-wan, *bannan, to speak publicly (used of particular kinds ofproclamation in feudal or prefeudal custom; "to proclaim under penalty,summon to the levy, declare outlaw"). 4. Suffixed form *bha-ni-. a. BOON1, from Old Norse bon, prayer, request; b. BEE 1, perhaps from Old Englishben, prayer, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse bon, prayer.Both a and b from Germanic *boni-. 5. Suffixed form *bha-ma. a. FAME, FAMOUS;DEFAME, INFAMOUS, from Latin fama, talk, reputation, fame; b. EUPHEMISM,from Greek pheme, saying, speech. 6. Suffixed o-grade form *bho-na. PHONE2, -PHONE, PHONEME, PHONETIC, PHONO-, -PHONY; ANTHEM, (ANTIPHON), APHONIA,CACOPHONOUS, EUPHONY, SYMPHONY, from Greek phone, voice, sound, and (denominative)phonein, to speak. 7. Suffixed zero-grade form *bhé-to-. CONFESS,PROFESS, from Latin fateri, to acknowledge, admit. 8. (BLAME), BLASPHEME,from Greek blasphemous, evil-speaking, blasphemous (first element obscure).[ Pokorny 2. bha- 105.]
That pretty much confirmed my original interpretation. I reasonedthat Muhammad was a spiritual teacher but he prophesied nothing.
The Webster Unabridged defines a prophet as:
One who speaks for God or a deity : a divinely inspired revealer,interpret or spokesman: as a: a person believed in ancient Israel to bepossessed of clairvoyance <is there no ~ of the Lord here, through whomwe can inquire of the Lord? -2 Kings 3:11 (RSV) b: a member of a band ofreligious ecstatic believed in ancient Israel to be wonder workers andsoothsayers <a band of ~s coming down from the high place with harp,tambourine, flute, and lyre before them prophesying - 1 Sam10:5 (RSV) c:often cap : the writer of one of the prophetic books of the old testamentd: an officer in a Christian Church; specif : one in the earlier churchinterpreting God's will under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit e usucap : a person regarded by a group of followers as the final authoritativerevealer of God's will <Muhammad the prophet of Allah to Muslims><tohis followers Zoroaster is the prophet> 1 usu cap : the accredited leaderof a religious group (as the Mormons) 2 one gifted with more than ordinaryspiritual and moral insight : SEER <mighty ~... on whom those truthsdo rest which we are toiling all out lives to find - William Wordsworth>;esp : an inspired poet, 3: one who foretells future events : PREDICTOR<in defiance of all the ~s of doom> <weather ~> 4: an effective orleading spokesman for a cause, doctrine, or group <the ~ of higher educationfor the many - J.S. Reeves> <one of the ~s of socialism> <~ of literaryrealism> 5: Christian Science a: spiritual seer b: disappearance of materialsense before conscious facts of spiritual Truth
Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, even before it did an about faceand defined Muhammad as a prophet, emphasized that a prophet is a predictorof the future. Very distressing to me was my inability to duplicate themajority of my initial research which stressed in plain language that aprophet was merely a teacher. I remember thinking, 'Therefore, accordingto the definition, my grade school teacher must have also been a prophet!'Because my initial research did not stress that a prophet had to be a predictorof the future, I had subsequently concluded that Muhammad was in fact aprophet.
Then God reminded me that John the Baptist, the harbinger of the ministryof Jesus Christ, both had been written about with reverence by Muhammadin the Koran, it was John the Baptist's role to prepare the way for Christto preach the Gospel. Christ called John the Baptist a prophet when Heasked the Jews what they went out in the wilderness expecting to see, aprophet or a reed blowing in the wind?
And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerningJohn, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with thewind?
But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold,they that wear soft [clothing] are in kings' houses.
But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, andmore than a prophet.
Therefore, a prophet need not predict the future!
Since the Law of Moses was to prepare the Israelites to accept the Gospelof Jesus, the principles of which Moses had when he first came down thefirst time from Mount Sinai, it was John the Baptist's mission to preparethe Jews to make the transition from the very basic Law of Moses to thehigher law and more freedom or the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In like fashion, the descendants of Ishmael were a nomadic, pagan people.It was Muhammad's task, like Moses, the prepare the Arabs to accept thehigher law of Jesus Christ. Muhammad speaks with reverence of the ancientprophets of John the Baptist, of Jesus Christ and the His Gospel. The propheciesand teachings of Muhammad were subsequently altered by xenophobic Arabswho sought to use this new religion, as a political base with which tosolidify their power and hegemony over the people.
No time to rest on your laurels. While the Gospel of Jesus Christ asspoken of by Muhammad, is a higher law than either the Law of Moses orIslam, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is only two-thirds of the way home. TheGospel of Jesus Christ is to prepare the people to accept the highest law,the Principles of Eloheim or the Principles of God the Father or as theMuslims would say, The Principles of Allah!
David R.W. Wadsworth
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