Was Muhammad a true prophet of God?

by Matt Slick

No, Muhammad was not a true prophet of God. A true prophet of God would bear witness of the true God and not the false one that is found in Islam. Furthermore, Muhammad taught things that were in contradiction to the Bible. He denied the doctrine of the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the crucifixion, Christ's resurrection, and salvation by grace alone.  Instead, Muhammad fit the requirements of the false prophet.

  • Matthew 24:24, "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect."
  • 1 John 2:22-23, "Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also."
    1 John 4:1-3, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world."
  • 1 John 5:9-13, "If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son. 10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. 11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

Muslims, of course, will deny that Muhammad was a false prophet. They claim that the Quran is the final revelation and Muhammad is the last of the prophets.  But, the claims contradict the Bible.

Jesus said that the Law and the Prophets were until John the Baptist.

Luke 16:16, "The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it."

The Law and the Prophets is a phrase describing the two main divisions of the Old Testament. The Law consists of the first five books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. The rest of the Old Testament is contained under the phrase "the prophets." Jesus was stating that the Old Testament covenant was proclaimed and promoted up to the time of John the Baptist. There were no more prophets in the Old Testament sense because John the Baptist was the last one.

Matt. 11:13, “For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John."

But, in Islam, Muhammad is a prophet in the Old Testament style since he claimed to be a prophet of God.  However, in the New Testament, there aren't any prophets of that type. Instead, there are apostles of Jesus who wrote Scripture and, of course, performed miracles. Muhammad performed no miracles at all except, as Muslims claim, that he produced the Quran. But, the Quran is anything but a miracle from God. It is full of problems.

Muhammad contradicted previous prophets

The Old Testament prophets, through the power of the Holy Spirit, proclaimed many truths about the coming Messiah. These included the deity of Christ and the crucifixion, both of which Muhammad denied. Please consider the following

  • Denied the deity of Christ
    • Zech. 12:10, "I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn."
  • Denied the crucifixion prophesied in Psalm 22:11-18
    • Psalm 22:11-18, " 11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help. 12 Many bulls have surrounded me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me. 13 They open wide their mouth at me, as a ravening and a roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax; It is melted within me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and You lay me in the dust of death. 16 For dogs have surrounded me. A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me; 18 They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots."

As you can see, the deity of Christ and the crucifixion are clearly proclaimed in the Old Testament in regard to Jesus. If the same Holy Spirit that moved through Muhammad, moved through the Old Testament prophets, there would be no contradiction. But since the Quran denies what the Old Testament prophets taught, Muhammad cannot be a true Prophet of God.

Does Magic work on prophets of God?

Magic was worked on the Prophet so that he began to fancy that he was doing a thing which he was not actually doing. One day he invoked (Allah) for a long period and then said, "I feel that Allah has inspired me as how to cure myself. Two persons came to me (in my dream) and sat, one by my head and the other by my feet. One of them asked the other, "What is the ailment of this man?" The other replied, 'He has been bewitched." The first asked, 'Who has bewitched him?' The other replied, 'Lubaid bin Al-A'sam.' The first one asked, 'What material has he used?' The other replied, 'A comb, the hair gathered on it, and the outer skin of the pollen of the male date-palm.' The first asked, 'Where is that?' The other replied, 'It is in the well of Dharwan.' So, the Prophet went out towards the well and then returned and said to me on his return, "Its date-palms (the date-palms near the well) are like the heads of the devils." I asked, "Did you take out those things with which the magic was worked?" He said, "No, for I have been cured by Allah and I am afraid that this action may spread evil amongst the people." Later on the well was filled up with earth," (Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 54, Number 490)

Is Muhammad's susceptibility to magic a disqualifier for prophethood? The obvious effective "magic" has upon someone who is supposed to be a prophet of God casts strong doubt upon his ability to resist evil, be unaffected by the occult, and be able to teach the truth.  If Muhammad fancied that he was doing a thing that he was not actually doing, how can he be trusted with anything else, especially proclaiming the words of God?


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.