When the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) took his wife Haajar (Hagar) and his first born, Ismael (Ishmael), to PARAN, where Mecca is today, the Prophet Ibrahim prayed to Allah:
O’ our Lord! surely I have settled from my offspring in an uncultivated land, near Your Bait Al-Haraam (Sacred House); our Lord! that they be upholders of Salaat; so make the hearts of some people yearn for them, and provide them with benefits; perhaps they will be grateful.
My Lord! Set me (to be) upholder of Salaat (Prayers), and from my offspring (too); O’ our Lord! and do accept (my) prayer.
(Qur'an, Surah Ibrahim, verses 37 & 40)
While the current Torah -the first five books in the Old Testament of the Bible- has been very much distorted (please also see the : “…Jesus…Mohammad (PBUT” in this site), but by the Will of Allah, certain rays from the Light of Truth have always shone in the midst of the darkness of distortions; that is the Promise of Allah that the Light of Allah can never be turned off:
They have wanted to put out the Light of Allah with their mouths and Allah has denied consent, but He shall perfect His Light, even though the unbelievers dislike.
(Qur'an, Surah Tobah, verse 33)
In the book of Genesis of the current Torah, chapter 21, statements 17 to 21, we read:
"And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? Fear not; for God hath
heard the voice of the lad where he is.
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.
And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.
And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
And he dwelt in the wilderness of PARAN: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt."
In spite all distortions, as we see certain indications in regard to the story of Ibrahim and Ismael (PBUT), are mentioned in this distorted Torah; while we do not completely confirm the mentioned points in the distorted Torah, but, one important point is that according to this Torah the place where Ismael resided is called PARAN; all Bible Encyclopedias verify that PARAN is the area where Mecca is today.
Later when the Prophet Ibrahim, together with his first born Ismael, started to build the structure of Ka'bah -the House of Allah- upon its existing foundation, the Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) prayed to Allah:
And when Ibrahim and Ismael raised the foundations of the Bait; our Lord! accept from us; surely You are the Hearing, the Knowing.
Our Lord! and make us both Moslemain (two Muslims), for You, and from our offspring, a Muslim nation, for You… .
Our Lord! and appoint in them, a Rasool (Messenger, Apostle) from among them, who shall recite to them the Aayaat (Communications, verses,… ), and teach them the Book and the Hekmat (Wisdom,… ), and purify them; surely You are the Mighty, the Wise.
(Qur'an, Surah Baqarah, verses 127 to 129)
As we read in these glorious verses of Qur'an, the Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) implored Allah that the great nation of Islam and the ever-Promised Rasool (Messenger, Apostle) to be from his son Ismael (PBUT), and Allah answered his prayer; let us look at a Hadith from the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH&HP) in regard to these verses:
I am, Ibrahim's Prayer (PBUH)… .
(Tafsir Borhaan, vol. 1; …)
Now let us look at the current Torah which confirms Allah's acceptance of Ibrahim's prayer, book of Genesis, chapter 17, statement 20:
"And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation."
By the Will of the Omnipotent Allah, even the Promise of the twelve infallible Imams (PBUT) -being the descendants of the Prophet Ismael- seems to be indicated in the current Torah; in the older Hebrew versions of Torah, the above statement was indicated as the King called "Mo'ed" (or a similar pronunciation) -which is a Hebrew equivalent for Mohammad- and twelve Princes, but in the later versions only the twelve Princes have been left, and through other distortions, they have tried to present the twelve, as others; imagine how beautiful and enlightening the original undistorted Torah is, and when Imam Mahdi (PBUH) will reveal it after his Appearance, the whole world will know and see!
We, the Muslims, based on Qur'an, believe that Prophethood was bestowed upon both Ismael -the Prophet Ibrahim's first son- and also Is_haaq (Isaac) -the Prophet Ibrahim's son who was born years after Ismael-; but obviously the Prophet Ibrahim (PBUT) himself prayed that the Ever-Promised Prophet Mohammad (PBUH&HP) to be born from the Prophet Ismael whom he built Ka'bah with.
Let us, as a token, present a sample of many mistakes existing in the current Torah which prove that in the course of distortions throughout history, they have made mistakes and forgotten to fix some things; as we mentioned Allah never allows His Light to be put out; according to this current Torah, Ismael was Ibrahim's first son, and Is_haaq, his son who was born many years later:
Old Testament, book of Genesis, Chapter 17
"And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house;
and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.
And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin."
As we see the above statements indicate that the circumcising covenant was made with Ibrahim when he was 90 years old, and at that time Ismael was 13. Now let us quote another statement from this current Torah in which it is said that Is_haaq (Isaac) was born when Ibrahim was one hundred years old:
Book of Genesis, Chapter 21
"And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him."
Now let us look at the story of Ibrahim taking Ismael as an offering as commanded by Allah, which is mentioned in Qur'an:
And when he (Ismael) grew, he strived with him (Ibrahim); (Ibrahim) said: O' my son! surely I have seen in the dream that I am sacrificing you, so see what do you see (think)? (Ismael) said: O' my father! Do as you are commanded, you shall, Allah-Willing, find me of the patient ones.
And We ransomed him (Ismael) with a Great Sacrifice.
(Qur'an, Surah Saafaat, verses 102 & 105)
As the story is narrated in Qur'an, Ibrahim was commanded by Allah to present Ismael as an offering, and Ibrahim and Ismael both submitted to the Will of Allah, but Allah sent a sheep for sacrifice, and in this manner the level of love, obedience, trust and submission -the great Divine Status- of Ibrahim and Ismael (PBUT) became known to every one until eternity (we must also mention that the dreams of Chosen ones (PBUT) are the same as reality, unlike most dreams of regular people, i.e. a regular person should not trust his dreams.). In the current Torah, it says that Is_haaq was the offered one:
Book of Genesis, Chapter 22
"And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
And he said, Take now thy son, thine ONLY son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon
one of the mountains which I will tell thee of."
Let us look at statement 2 of chapter 22 carefully; it says that God told Ibrahim to take his ONLY son for the offering! But according to this same so called Torah, Isaac was not Ibrahim's first born; I.e. Isaac could not have been Ibrahim's ONLY son at that time, because Ismael was already born years before Is_haaq! So it is obvious that in the original Torah, Ismael as Ibrahim's first born and his ONLY son at the time, was to be taken for the Offering, as indicated in Qur'an.
One of the things which they have tried to do in this distorted Torah, is to place Is_haaq in many statements where Ismael were originally indicated, so that they may make it look as if the Covenant of the Promised Prophet of the Last Days was made with Is_haaq, and not with Ismael, and therefore the Promised Messenger would be of descendants of Isaac, and not of Ishmael; as an old saying indicates, liars have bad memories, but of course the point is that Allah never lets His Light to be put out! This same issue is what the Prophet Jesus (PBUH) has talked about in the gospel of Barnabas, chapter 43:
"…James answered: 'O master, tell us in whom this promise as made; for the Jews say "in Isaac," and the Ishmaelites say 'in Ishmael." '
Jesus answered: 'David, whose son was he, and of what lineage?'
James answered: 'Of Isaac; for Isaac was father of Jacob, and Jacob was father of Judah, of whose lineage is David.'
Then said Jesus: 'And the messenger of God when he shall come, of what lineage will he be?'
The disciples answered: 'Of David.'
Whereupon Jesus said: 'Ye deceive yourselves; for David in spirit calleth him lord, saying thus: "God said to my lord, sit thou on my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool. God shall send forth thy rod which shall have lordship in the midst of thine enemies." If the messenger of God whom ye call Messiah was son of David, how should David call him lord? Believe me, for verily I say to you, that the promise was made in Ishmael, not in Isaac.'”
In addition, the Prophet Jesus (PBUH) has mentioned the same mistake of the distorted Torah, regarding Isaac not being Ibrahim's first born:
"Thereupon said the disciples: 'O master, it is thus written in the book of Moses, that in Isaac was the promise made.' Jesus answered, with a groan: 'It is so written, but Moses wrote it not, nor Joshua, but rather our rabbis, who fear not God. Verily I say unto you, that if ye consider the words of the angel Gabriel, ye shall discover the malice of our scribes and doctors. For the angel said: "Abraham, all the world shall know how God loveth thee; but how shall the world know the love that thou bearest to God? Assuredly it is necessary that thou do something for love of God." Abraham answered: "Behold the servant of God, ready to do all that which God shall will." 'Then spoke God, saying to Abraham: "Take thy son, thy firstborn Ishmael, and come up the mountain to sacrifice him." How is Isaac firstborn, if when Isaac was born Ishmael was seven years old?' Then said the disciples: 'Clear is the deception of our doctors: Therefore tell us thou the truth, because we know that thou art sent from God.' Then answered Jesus: 'Verily I say unto you, that Satan ever seeketh to annul the laws of God; and therefore he with his followers, hypocrites and evil-doers, the former with false doctrine, the latter with lewd living, to-day have contaminated almost all things, so that scarcely is the truth found. Woe to the hypocrites! for the praises of this world shall turn for them into insults and torments in hell. 'I therefore say unto you that the messenger of God is a splendour that shall give gladness to nearly all that God hath made, for he is adorned with the spirit of understanding and of counsel, the spirit of wisdom and might, the spirit of fear and love, the spirit of prudence and temperance, he is adorned with the spirit of charity and mercy, the spirit of justice and piety, the spirit of gentleness and patience, which he hath received from God three times more than he hath given to all his creatures. O blessed time, when he shall come to the world! Believe me that I have seen him and have done him reverence, even as every prophet hath seen him: seeing that of his spirit God giveth to them prophecy. And when I saw him my soul was filled with consolation, saying: "O Mohammed, God be with thee, and may he make me worthy to untie thy shoe latchet, for obtaining this I shall be a great prophet and holy one of God."' And having said this, Jesus rendered his thanks to God."
Messiah is a word mentioned in the English translation of the Bible; Messiah, according to English encyclopedias basically means Deliverer and Savior; those who call themselves Christians have mostly translated it to Christ; those who call themselves Jews, are still anticipating the Messiah; and there are many solid proofs that in addition to the prophecies in regard to the Prophet Jesus (PBUH) which seem to exist in the current Old Testament, the Messiah -meaning the Deliverer and the Savior- mentioned in the current Old Testament, in many cases refer to the Prophet Mohammad and his final Successor -Imam Mahdi- (PBUT).
Khirbet Qumran is an archaeological site in W Jordan, near the NW coast of the Dead Sea, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947; these scrolls are a collection of old scriptures and gospels, which are believed by many to be less distorted gospels perhaps written by the original disciples or their first level students, these scriptures along with other old scriptures which are not included -for many reasons such as political and …- in the current Bible, are known as Apocrypha; some of the so called Apocrypha documents used to be included in the Old and New Testaments, specially in the Catholic versions, but they were omitted later! Those who call themselves Jews and Christians have tried very hard to conceal any facts which may reveal the TRUTH so that their worldly positions may not be damaged, but at the end the TRUTH shall Appear; let us look at two comments from the western scholars who have studied the aforementioned Scrolls (we are not confirming the absolute authenticity of the Scrolls, but it is interesting to read what they have found):
In The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, by Robert Eisenman and Michael Wise, we read that the early scrolls spoke of two messiahs, but that later on, the communities of the Jews began to combine them into one messiah As we have suggested, contrary to the well-known 'two-Messiah' theory of early Qumran scholarship, these references to the 'Messiah of Aaron and Israel' in the Damascus Document are singular not plural... and one possible explanation for it is that it is evoking a Messiah with both 'priestly' and 'kingly' implications, like the somewhat similar recitations of Hebrews (The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, Robert Eisenman and Michael Wise, p. 162).
According to the dominant view in the sectarian texts from Qumran, two messiahs were to lead the congregation in the End of Days, one 'priestly', and the other 'lay' (Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Lawrence H. Schiffman, pp. 321-322).
Jesus was best known for his 'priestly' works. He never led an army, and he never established a kingdom or a government. Quite the opposite, he called to peace and submissiveness and to leave the rule of the land to others (gospel of Matthew 22:21, the current New Testament). He told his followers that he yet had many things to teach them but they could not bear them yet and that another would be coming after him who would teach them the complete TRUTH (gospel of John 16:7-14). And when Mohammad came, he had a 'kingly' manifestation, i.e. he ruled over people, and at the end Allah's Kingdom will be established all over the world at the hand of the last Successor of Mohammad (PBUT). Even this current New Testament's gospels -in spite all their hard works for concealment of the TRUTH- have indications of two Promised Prophets; and this is only one such indication.
Any how, interestingly after such prophesies in the scriptures, historical evidence shows, some sects of the Bani-Israel migrated to Arabia and started living there, for the promised messiah. Many of such devoted Believers converted to Islam when Muhammad (PBUH&HP) came; Qur'an clarifies repeatedly in three verses in Surahs Tobah:33, Saf:9 and Fath:28 that: He (Allah) is who has sent His Rasool (Messenger/Apostle) with Guidance and the TRUE RELIGION, so that He shall cause it (THE TRUE RELIGION) to prevail over all religions,… . The final result of the coming of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH&HP), as Promised by Qur'an shall be the Appearance of the TRUE RELIGION, the Ever-Anticipated TRUE ISLAM all over the world, at the hand of Mohammad's final Divinely chosen Successor who has the same name as the Prophet, known with his title Mahdi, the Promised Savior (PBUT), and this will happen with the help of the Prophet Jesus (PBUH); Jesus shall descend after Mahdi's (PBUT) Appearance… . (We also invite you to read the article: "Second coming of Jesus (PBUH)" in this site.)
Many distortions have always occurred through translating, editing and explaining; this has been happening over and over and we will try to present samples in this site; but this makes all of us even more serious in firstly getting our beliefs only through the Allah-chosen Successors of the Prophet (PBUT), and secondly learning Arabic so that we will be able to study Qur'an and Hadith in Arabic an not in translated forms. Another point which we wish to clarify is that the reason why we say those who call themselves Jews and Christians, rather than Jews and Christians, is because these titles and names were chosen after the departure of their Prophets (PBUT) and they started to call themselves Jews and Christians, while the Religion of all Divine Prophets were the same and it was Islam; there has always been one God and one Religion, with different procedural rules and Shari'at; the distortions have created different religions; this is why Qur'an repeatedly declares that the only accepted Religion is Islam.
It is also necessary to mention that we do not believe that the gospel of Barnabas is the undistorted words of Jesus (PBUH) at all; but the fact of matter is that as we have mentioned many gospels have been written throughout history, and the Romans chose the four gospels which are in the current New Testament -that actually were written under the influence of Paul and ancient myths and …, and not based on the teachings of Jesus (PBUH)-, in the fourth century A.D. and apparently burned all other gospels; but now those who call themselves Jews and Christians, claim that many of the Apocryphal gospels were later re-found, and they also confirm that many other books used to be in the Old and New Testaments, and they were taken out later, as we mentioned earlier; when it comes to the gospel of Barnabas they try to deny it completely because some things in this gospel verify Muslims' beliefs, while it must be said that many things in the gospel of Barnabas do not agree with the beliefs of Muslims; and they have even suggested that this gospel was written by Muslims, while they have not presented any other gospel of Barnabas as part of the many Apocryphal gospels, in spite of the fact that their own documents prove that the gospel of Barnabas was in wide use in the first centuries after Jesus! Any how, we can consider the gospel of Barnabas as a less distorted document, and just because they do not like it and deny it without proof and reason, we do not disregard it, while we have many reasons which prove that the Old and New Testaments are distorted and they continue to insist otherwise! Let us be intelligent and steadfast; we also invite you to read the article: "How did the gospel of Barnabas survive?" in this site.
Let us take one glorious moment and thank Allah for Qur'an which has always been only one; we also cordially invite you to read the article: "Ghadir, heart of Qur'an", in this site.
What we have mentioned so far in the first two parts of this writing, are only samples of many such cases of discrepancies in the current Bible; many western documents also verify the mistakes in the Bible which furthermore prove the fact that unfortunately the Bible has been distorted; for instance Bart Ehrman says, "There are more known errors in the Bible than there are words, while the original versions are universally lost."; also see “The Destruction of the Bible”; and also see "50,000 Errors in the Bible?" a reproduction from the Christian Magazine "AWAKE!" September 8, 1957, and … .
It is quite necessary to mention that we are absolutely neither confirming the contents of the aforementioned writings, comments, and alike, nor their associated authors, publishers, sites, …; our point is that, such discrepancies which the adherents to the Bible themselves confess to their existence, simply prove that unfortunately the Bible has been distorted, and the original scriptures are not readily available and accessible to the public; we do believe -based on Qur’an and authentic Islamic Narrations- that the original Torah and Gospel are the true words of the Prophets Moses and Jesus (PBUT) -as revealed to them by Allah-, and Imam Mahdi (PBUH) will disclose them at time of his Appearance. It is a very logical argument that if a certain document contains discrepancies, then the credibility and authenticity of that document is definitely under question:
…And if it were from any other than Allah, they would have surely found in it, many discrepancies.
(Qur’an, Surah Nesa’, verse 82)
Again we do not disregard the whole issue of Torah and Gospel, we are just saying what has been presented as Bible is not original; as a matter of fact Qur’an confirms the original Torah and Enjil (Gospel:
Surely We have sent Torah, in it, Guidance and Light…
…And We bestowed upon him Enjil, in it Guidance and Light, and verifier of that which was in front of it from Torah…
(Qur’an, Surah Maa’edah, verses 44 and 46)
Qur’an also clearly verifies that the adherents to the books of Prophets, knew the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH&HP) as they knew their own sons, i.e. the issue was that clear to them when the Prophet Mohammad came; knowing some one as good as one’s child, indicates absolute certainty:
Those whom We have given the book, recognize him (Mohammad) as they recognize their sons; those who have caused loss upon themselves, they have not believed.
And who is more unjust than he who forges a lie against Allah or gives the lie to His Aayaat (communications, …); surely He (Allah) does not Deliver the Unjust.
Qur’an, Surah An’aam, verses 20 and 21)
The very delightful and heart-assuring fact -by Allah’s Omnipotence and Will- is that in spite of all their hard works to conceal the Truth in the Torah, still the Light of Allah shines in the midst of the darkness of distortions, in other statements; in the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 33, statement 2, it indicates that the Promised Final Prophet will be from the Mount PARAN area -as we mentioned earlier, PARAN is where Mecca is today, and as the Bible verifies, it was where Ismael (PBUH) resided-; let us look at the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 33, statements 1 to 3, in the current Torah, the Old Testament, together:
"And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.
And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Sair unto them; he shined forth from Mount PARAN, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.
Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words."
As we see, according to this Torah, the Prophet Moses (PBUH), at time of his death, blessed people and talked about three Divine manifestations; the first one is mentioned as a Coming in the Mount Sinai which is related to Moses (PBUH) himself; the second is a Rising up in Sair which seems to be about Jesus (PBUH); and the third and last one -that is mentioned as a Shining- is in the Mount PARAN which is obviously about the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH&HP), because as even this distorted Torah indicates, Ismael and his descendants were in PARAN area, and Mohammad and his progeny (PBUT) are the descendants of Ismael (PBUH); and this third one is said to be a glorious Shining, being accompanied by thousands of holy ones. It is noteworthy to mention that, just like Arabic in which the definite events in the future are presented in past tense (for instance see certain verses of Surah Waaqe'ah of Qur'an which is about the future events in Qiyaamat and are all mentioned in past tense), Hebrew is also the same; Hebrew is an old language written from right to left, and according to Islamic Narrations, it has the same roots as Arabic; even many words in Hebrew are very similar to Arabic.
In a prayer called "Samaat" which is narrated from Imam Ali (PBUH) and is recommended to be recited in the last hour of Fridays before sunset, the Imam mentions similar statements, let us look at these statements of the Samaat prayer:
…And through Thy Glory which Appeared on Mount Sinai, and through which Thou addressed Thy servant and Thy Messenger Moosa (Moses) son of Emraan, and through Thy Rising up in Sair, and through Thy Appearance on Mount Phaaraan (PARAN), in the exalted positions of the holy ones, and the troops of Arrayed Angels, and the humbleness of Praising Angels…
Now let's look at another statement from the current Old Testament, book of the Prophet Habakkuk (PBUH) -who was a Bani-Israel Prophet years after Moses-, chapter 3, statements 3 to 6:
"God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount PARAN. SELAH. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.
Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.
He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: HIS WAYS ARE EVERLASTING"
Since the Prophet Habakkuk was after Moses (PBUT), he has only mentioned the two coming Prophets; the first one being the Prophet Jesus (PBUH) and the second one being the Prophet from Mount PARAN, i.e. the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH&HP). Notice the word SELAH which is a Hebrew word that interestingly has been left as Hebrew, in all translations of the Bible! And more interestingly, it has then been translated usually at the end of statement No. six, as seen in the above English translation: HIS WAYS ARE EVERLASTING; of course even if the word SELAH is not considered, still, HIS WAYS ARE EVERLASTING, is there. Therefore, according to the Torah, the Final Prophet from Mount PARAN is he whose glory shall cover the heavens, and the earth will be full of his praise, and his brightness will be as the light, and HIS WAYS ARE EVERLASTING (also see Qur'an, 33:21, 33:56, 33:40, 9:33, 48:28, 61:9, 24:35, …), and he loves the people (see Qur'an, 9:128, 21: 107, …), and he has brought a fiery law (Shari'at with Jehaad (Jihad), …), …; i.e. the final Law and ways -Shari'at of Mohammad (PBUH&HP)-, of Allah's ever-propagated Religion by all Divine Prophets (PBUT) -Islam-, is everlasting and shall remain until the End; as the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH&HP) has said over and over that his Halaal (Lawful) and Haraam (Unlawful) are Halaal and Haraam forever (Sermon of Ghadir,… ); and with the glorious Appearance of his final Successor -Imam Mahdi (PBUH)-, his EVERLASTING WAYS will expand all over the world… .
Mohammad (PBUH&HP) was the Ever-Anticipated and Promised by all Divine Prophets (PBUT); he was clearly mentioned in all Divine Books such as the Torah and Gospel:
…He (Mohammad) whom they have found, written with them, in the Torah and Enjil (Gospel); enjoins them "Ma'roof", and forbids them "Monkar"… .
(Qur'an, Surah A’raaf, verse 157)
And when Eesa (Jesus) son of Maryam, said : O’ children of Israel! Surely I am the Apostle of Allah to you, the verifier of that which is before me from Torah, and the giver of the Glad Tidings Of an Apostle who will come after me, his name being Ahmad… .
(Qur'an, Surah Saf, verse 6)
To enlighten our hearts and souls, let us read together, few heart-warming Hadithes in this regard.
Imam Baaqer (PBUH) has said:
…There were Prophets between Yoosof (Josef son of Jacob) and Moosa (Moses); then when the Torah was sent to Moses, it gave the Glad Tidings about Mohammad; and the Successor of Moses was Yoosha' son of Noon (Joshua) whom Allah has mentioned in Qur'an,… ; there were no Prophets unless being the givers of the Glad Tidings about Mohammad; until Allah appointed Maseeh, Eesa (Jesus) son of Maryam, then he gave the Good News about Mohammad; and that is Allah’s -the Exalted and the Glorified- Saying, "Yajedoonahoo" "he whom they have found", i.e. Al-Yahood (Jews) and Al-Nasaara (Christians), "Maktooban" "written", i.e. the attributes of Mohammad, "endahom" "with them", i.e. in the Torah and Enjil, "enjoins them Ma'roof, and forbids them Monkar" [Qur'an, 7:157]; and that is Allah’s -the Exalted and the Glorified- saying, which has reported (the testimony) from Jesus, “… and the giver of the Glad Tidings of an Apostle coming after me, his name being Ahmad” [Qur'an, 61:6]. And Moses and Jesus gave the Good News about Mohammad in the same manner that other Prophets gave the News about other Prophets, until Mohammad came; and when Mohammad’s Prophethood passed and his time was completed, Allah -the Exalted and the Glorified- revealed unto him: O’ Mohammad! surely you have finished your Prophethood and completed your time, so bestow the Knowledge which is with you, and the faith, and the "Esm of akbar", and the heritage of Knowledge, and the impressions of Knowledge of Prophethood in your Ahl-Ol-Bait, with Ali son of Abi-Taaleb; and surely I do not ever discontinue Knowledge, faith, Esm of Akbar, heritage of Knowledge, and impressions of Knowledge of Prophethood from the back of your progeny, in the same manner that I have not discontinued it from the “Bait”s of Prophets who have been between you and your father Adam, and that is Allah’s saying, surely Allah chose Adam and Noah and the progeny of Ibrahim and the progeny of Emraan, above the worlds, Offspring -some of them from others-, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing. [Qur'an, 3:33] … .
(The Rod(z)ah of Al-Kaafi,… )
Imam Saadeq has said:
…Moosa asked Allah: Are Ibrahim (Abraham), Is_haaq (Isaac) and Ya’qoob (Jacob) not Your Awliyaa’ (plural of "wali")? Allah said: yes, but what I meant from My Awliyaa’ (which Allah had mentioned earlier to Moosa) are those whom I have created Adam and Hawwa (Eve) and Heaven and Hell for; Moosa said: My Lord! Who are they? Allah answered: Mohammad, Ahmad whom I have derived his names from Mine, because one of My Names is Mahmood and Mohammad is from it, and Ahad is also one of My Names which Ahmad is from it. Moosa requested Allah to include him in the Ommah (nation) of Mohammad, Allah said: I answered your request, and you must recognize his and his Ahl-Ol-Bait’s value and status, the parable of him and his Ahl-Ol-Bait and that which I have created in their “Tinat”, is the parable of “Ferdos” in Heaven which neither its leaves fall nor its taste changes. Any one recognizing their value and status, I will bestow patience upon him in the darkness of ignorance, and I will place a Light in front of him, at times of darkness, and I will respond his prayers and requests before he calls Me … .
(Tafsir Qommi, vol. 1, pp 242 to 244)
Ali son of Ibrahim Qommi inn regard to verse 157 of Surah A’raaf has narrated:
Allah told previous Prophets to inform their nations in regard to the appointment of the final Prophet; (in this manner) they (the Prophets) have helped the final Prophet with their tongues, and commanded their nations to help him. And when the final Prophet shall return (in the Last Days, after the Appearance of Imam Mahdi and the establishment of Divine Government around the world), the previous Prophets will return too, to help him in this world.
(Tafsir Qommi, vol. 1, p. 242)
That which we have mentioned in this series of articles, are not the whole story, Allah-Willing we will present more facts in other writings.
O' our beloved Mahdi! We implore Allah to hasten your Ever-Promised and glorious Appearance, when you shall reveal the original and undistorted Torah of Moosa, and the true Enjil (Gospel) of Eesa; then every one will see that many details about your forefather Mohammad and all of the Ahl-Ol-Bait (PBUT) were stated in those Divine Books, and that the Religion of all Prophets (PBUT) was Islam before human distortions made them look otherwise -that is why Qur'an has stated that the only accepted Religion is Islam (3:85,… )-, and that every Believer has always Anticipated your progeny and your Appearance, and… .