Chapter-III

 

The first clause of the excerpt of the ‘Song of Solomon’ is:

דודי  צח  ואדום[1]

My beloved is white and ruddy

The first phrase of the clause is‘דודי’ (dodee),i.e. ‘My beloved’, which is very important. This‘דודי’ (dodee),i.e. ‘My beloved’ refers to the Prophet Muhammad (pbAh):

It is noteworthy that the very first word of the prophecy ‘My beloved’ settles the intention of the predictor. The actual Hebrew word used by the King and Prophet Solomon (pbAh) is ‘דוד’ (dod). Its meanings are given below from Strong’s Dic:

Lover, friend, beloved, esp. an uncle, father’s brother.[2]

This first word rules out the arbitrary interpretation of some commentators of the Bible that this prediction relates to Jesus Christ. The Hebrew word for this ‘beloved’ is ‘דוד’ (dod) and it signifies, as indicated above, a person who is loved by someone, and who is an uncle of someone, and this uncle is from paternal side (father’s brother) and not from the maternal side. It is only one’s father’s brother that can be called one’s ‘דוד’ (dod), who, in the present case, refers to Solomon’s uncle, i.e. a brother of Solomon’s ancestor or forefather. It can by no means be applied to Jesus Christ. Jesus was of the virgin birth from ‘Mary’, which means that he had no relationship with any human being from the paternal side. If someone traces Jesus’ genealogy from maternal side, even then he cannot be assigned to the lineage of some brother of King David (King Solomon’s uncle’s lineage), because Jesus’ mother Mary was from David’s direct lineage (who was King Solomon’s father), and not from the lineage of some brother of King David’s. Even if any so-called genealogy of Jesus Christ mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible be taken into account, he has no progenitorial relationship with any brother of King David.[3]

The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the OT’ also explains the word ‘דוד’ (dod) in a similar way. It describes the meanings of the word as follows:

MHb. [Middle Heb.] uncle; MdD [Drower-M-Dictionary] 98a dada father’s brother; OSArb.[4] [Old South Arabian including Minaean etc] dd father’s brother, Arb. dad foster-father, (Jerome dodach), beloved, lover (son of father’s brother as customary husband, Jaussen Naplouse 1927:62) father’s brother in contrast with mother’s brother Arb. hal [Khal], (...); (בן־דוד) [the pronunciation of this Hebrew word is bindod, i.e. the son of uncle] cousin. [All the meanings have been underlined here to distinguish them from other details.][5]

This explanation further illustrates the same theme in more explicit way. It can be presented as follows:

The Heb. word ‘דוד’ (dod) originally means ‘uncle from father’s side, i.e. father’s brother’.

If ‘bin’ (son) be prefixed to it, it would mean ‘the son of uncle, i.e. a cousin’.

The word is used exclusively for father’s brother as compared to the Arabic word hal, (Khal) which means ‘mother’s brother’. As such ‘דוד’ (dod) can, by no stretch of sense, be applied to a ‘mother’s brother’.

Obviously, Jesus can by no means be considered to be the ‘dod’ of this verse.

Isaac is King Solomon’s forefather in his right lineage. Ishma‘el is the brother of his forefather Isaac. As such Ishma‘el is the ‘uncle’ of the King and Prophet Solomon.

 Muh,ammad (pbAh) is from the offspring of Ishma‘el.

As such Muh,ammad (pbAh) is the ‘דוד’ (dod), of the King and the Prophet Solomon in true sense of the word.

As to the reason of Solomon’s calling Muh,ammad (pbAh), who was from the lineage of his paternal uncle (Ishma‘el), his ‘beloved’: it was due to the fact that Muh,ammad (PbAh) was a prophet like him and was to exonerate him from the accusations of polytheism and magic etc, levelled against him by the Jews, as is to be explained later in this work.

It thus becomes clear that the Hebrew word ‘דוד’ (dod) can rightly and fitly be applied to Prophet Muh,ammad (pbAh), by all means. He was from the progeny of Ishmā’el, who was the real brother of Solomon’s ancestor Isaac, and, as such, was in true sense of the word, the ‘דוד’ (dod) of Prophet Solomon; whereas Jesus Christ can, by no stretch of meaning, be called the ‘brother of Solomon’s father’. Even the mother of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, was from the progeny of Solomon’s father, David, and not from the progeny of any brother of David.

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