The Bible is a collection of so many books (39 of the OT (Old Testament) and 27 of the NT (New Testament), i.e. 66, in the Protestant Bible; and some 9 books of Apocrypha more in the Catholic Bible) claimed to be divinely revealed to some prophets. Although it is believed that these books were not committed to writing during the lifetime of the prophets to whom they were ascribed, yet it is claimed that they were written by some inspired persons. Its first part is called OT which relates to the prophets before the advent of Jesus Christ (pbAh)and the second part is called NT which is attributed to Jesus Christ (pbAh)and his disciples. It is to be noted that at a number of places some future events or the advent of some future prophets have been foretold in it. The Qur’ān asserts that the advent of Prophet Muhammad (pbAh)has been foretold by the prophets of the Bible in so unequivocal terms that the people of book can recognize it as they can recognize their own children.

In the present work a study has been undertaken to thrash out one of such prophecies in which the King and Prophet Solomon (pbAh)has foretold the advent of Prophet Muhammad (pbAh)by name.

There is a gap of almost one and a half millennia between the utterance of this prophecy by Prophet Solomon (pbAh) and its fulfillment through the advent of Prophet Muhammad (pbAh). This prophecy had been committed to writing, and existed in tact, about a millennium before the coming of Prophet Muhammad (pbAh).Obviously Prophet Muhammad (pbAh)himself or any of his followers could not have inserted it in the Bible. If it be established that Prophet Muhammad (pbAh)has really been foretold in it, on the one hand it is a proof of the veracity of the Bible itself, and on the other hand it is the proof of the Prophethood of Muhammad (pbAh). A detailed study of this prophecy has been undertaken in the coming pages.

Ours is the age of enlightenment and objective thinking. An objective study of the book might help the readers to reach a proper conclusion provided that they read it without any presuppositions and prejudices.

It has been tried not to make any assertion or set forth an explanation to some word or theme without affording a referential authority. It has also been tried to provide sufficient evidence to establish the themes so that it may not be blamed to be based on scanty or one-sided evidence. It has further been tried to present the evidence faithfully and without any manipulations. It is hoped that its objective study would be useful.

In the footnotes (and elsewhere in the book) the names of the books have been italicized and the publisher’s addresses and the years of publication have been placed in parentheses. Page number has been recorded at the end, but, in most of the cases, ‘p’ for ‘page No.’ has not been written before it. When a few words or some small amount of text has been deleted from some quotation or elsewhere, three dots have been inserted there in parentheses (circular brackets). In case the deleted amount of text is considerably large, four dots have been inserted therein. It is more suitable to preserve the actual punctuation of the original text. Generally speaking, although the Chicago Manual for Writers has been followed; yet sometimes it was considered useful to devise some style friendly to the user.

A brief account of the History of Jerusalem’ (related to Ch XIV), written by my son, Dr. Ihsānur Rahmān Ghauri, has been appended to the book. He has also compiled the ‘Index to the Footnote Entries’ which has increased the usefulness of the book. The author is thankful to him for his cooperation.

‘(pbAh)’ has been inserted after the names of the Prophets, which means: ‘peace and blessings of Allah upon him’

 

Abdus Sattar Ghauri

June 2009

Al-Mawrid, Institute of Islāmic Sciences, 51-K, Model Town, Lahore.

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