The story of Moses

The story of Moses is worldwide known. It is found in the Book of Exodus (Old Testament). It starts on how Moses came to be to the time he died before the promised land. Unfortunately I can’t past the whole book of Exodus here, as usual far too many details have been written.
Too many details and different books is what makes the Bible too long.

The Bible is roughly 800,000 words, the Quran is about one tenth of that (around 80,000 words). Plus Arabic is a more concise language, you can express a lot more in Arabic in fewer words than English for example. The Quran is roughly the length of the 4 gospels of the New Testament combined.

Yet we can find almost the same stories in the Quran, but with considerably less details.
Here is the story :

Ta-Ha 20:9-99

9. Has the story of Moses reached you?

10. When he saw a fire, he said to his family, “Stay; I have noticed a fire; Perhaps I can bring you a torch therefrom, or find some guidance by the fire.”

11. Then, when he reached it, he was called, “O Moses.

12. Verily I am your Lord. Take off your shoes. You are in the sacred valley of Tuwa.

13. I have chosen you, so listen to what is revealed.

14. Verily I am God. There is no God but I. So serve Me, and practice the prayer for My remembrance.

15. The Hour is coming—but I keep it almost hidden—so that each soul will be paid for what it endeavors.

16. And do not let him who denies it and follows his desire turn you away from it, lest you fall.

17. And what is that in your right-hand, O Moses?”

18. He said, “This is my staff. I lean on it, and herd my sheep with it, and I have other uses for it.”

19. He said, “Throw it, O Moses.”

20. So he threw it—thereupon it became a moving serpent.

21. He said, “Take hold of it, and do not fear. We will restore it to its original condition.

22. And press your hand to your side; it will come out white, without a blemish—another sign.

23. That We may show you some of Our greatest signs.

24. Go to Pharaoh; He has transgressed.”

25. He said, “My Lord, put my heart at peace for me.

26. And ease my task for me.

27. And untie the knot from my tongue.

28. So they can understand my speech.

29. And appoint an assistant for me, from my family.

30. Aaron, my brother.

31. Strengthen me with him.

32. And have him share in my mission.

33. That we may glorify You much.

34. And remember You much.

35. You are always watching over us.”

36. He said, “You are granted your request, O Moses.

37. We had favored you another time.

38. When We inspired your mother with the inspiration.

39. `Put him in the chest; then cast him into the river. The river will wash him to shore, where an enemy of Mine and an enemy of his will pick him up. And I have bestowed upon you love from Me, so that you may be reared before My eye.

40. When your sister walked along, and said, ‘Shall I tell you about someone who will take care of him?’ So We returned you to your mother, that she may be comforted, and not sorrow. And you killed a person, but We saved you from stress; and We tested you thoroughly. And you stayed years among the people of Median. Then you came back, as ordained, O Moses.

41. And I made you for Myself.

42. Go, you and your brother, with My signs, and do not neglect My remembrance.

43. Go to Pharaoh. He has tyrannized.

44. But speak to him nicely. Perhaps he will remember, or have some fear.”

45. They said, “Lord, we fear he may persecute us, or become violent.”

46. He said, “Do not fear, I am with you, I hear and I see.

47. Approach him and say, `We are the messengers of your Lord; so let the Children of Israel go with us, and do not torment them. We bring you a sign from your Lord, and peace be upon him who follows guidance.

48. It was revealed to us that the punishment falls upon him who disbelieves and turns away.’“

49. He said, “Who is your Lord, O Moses.”

50. He said, “Our Lord is He who gave everything its existence, then guided it.”

51. He said, “What about the first generations?”

52. He said, “Knowledge thereof is with my Lord, in a Book. My Lord never errs, nor does He forget.”

53. He who made the earth a habitat for you; and traced in it routes for you; and sent down water from the sky, with which We produce pairs of diverse plants.

54. Eat and pasture your livestock. In that are signs for those with understanding.

55. From it We created you, and into it We will return you, and from it We will bring you out another time.

56. We showed him Our signs, all of them, but he denied and refused.

57. He said, “Did you come to us to drive us out of our land with your magic, O Moses?

58. We will produce for you magic like it; so make an appointment between us and you, which we will not miss—neither us, nor you—in a central place.”

59. He said, “Your appointment is the day of the festival, so let the people be gathered together at mid-morning.”

60. Pharaoh turned away, put together his plan, and then came back.

61. Moses said to them, “Woe to you. Do not fabricate lies against God, or He will destroy you with a punishment. He who invents lies will fail.”

62. They disagreed among themselves over their affair, and conferred secretly.

63. They said, “These two are magicians who want to drive you out of your land with their magic, and to abolish your exemplary way of life.

64. So settle your plan, and come as one front. Today, whoever gains the upper hand will succeed.”

65. They said, “O Moses, either you throw, or we will be the first to throw.”

66. He said, “You throw.” And suddenly, their ropes and sticks appeared to him, because of their magic, to be crawling swiftly.

67. So Moses felt apprehensive within himself.

68. We said, “Do not be afraid, you are the uppermost.

69. Now throw down what is in your right hand—it will swallow what they have crafted. What they have crafted is only a magician’s trickery. But the magician will not succeed, no matter what he does.”

70. And the magicians fell down prostrate. They said, “We have believed in the Lord of Aaron and Moses.”

71. He said, “Did you believe in him before I have given you permission? He must be your chief, who has taught you magic. I will cut off your hands and your feet on alternate sides, and I will crucify you on the trunks of the palm-trees. Then you will know which of us is more severe in punishment, and more lasting.”

72. They said, “We will not prefer you to the proofs that have come to us, and Him who created us. So issue whatever judgment you wish to issue. You can only rule in this lowly life.

73. We have believed in our Lord, so that He may forgive us our sins, and the magic you have compelled us to practice. God is Better, and more Lasting.”

74. Whoever comes to his Lord guilty, for him is Hell, where he neither dies nor lives.

75. But whoever comes to Him a believer, having worked righteousness—these will have the highest ranks.

76. The Gardens of Perpetuity, beneath which rivers flow, dwelling therein forever. That is the reward for him who purifies himself.

77. And We inspired Moses: “Travel by night with My servants, and strike for them a dry path across the sea, not fearing being overtaken, nor worrying.”

78. Pharaoh pursued them with his troops, but the sea overwhelmed them, and completely engulfed them.

79. Pharaoh misled his people, and did not guide them.

80. O Children of Israel! We have delivered you from your enemy, and promised you by the right side of the Mount, and sent down to you manna and quails.

81. Eat of the good things We have provided for you, but do not be excessive therein, lest My wrath descends upon you. He upon whom My wrath descends has fallen.

82. And I am Forgiving towards him who repents, believes, acts righteously, and then remains guided.

83. “And what made you rush ahead of your people, O Moses?”

84. He said, “They are following in my footsteps; and I hurried on to You, my Lord, that you may be pleased.”

85. He said, “We have tested your people in your absence, and the Samarian misled them.”

86. So Moses returned to his people, angry and disappointed. He said, “O my people, did your Lord not promise you a good promise? Was the time too long for you? Or did you want wrath from your Lord to descend upon you, so you broke your promise to me?”

87. They said, “We did not break our promise to you by our choice, but we were made to carry loads of the people’s ornaments, and we cast them in. That was what the Samarian suggested.”

88. So he produced for them a calf—a mere body which lowed. And they said, “This is your god, and the god of Moses, but he has forgotten.”

89. Did they not see that it cannot return a word to them, and has no power to harm them or benefit them?

90. Aaron had said to them before, “O my people, you are being tested by this. And your Lord is the Merciful, so follow me, and obey my command.”

91. They said, “We will not give up our devotion to it, until Moses returns to us.”

92. He said, “O Aaron, what prevented you, when you saw them going astray.

93. From following me? Did you disobey my command?”

94. He said, “Son of my mother, do not seize me by my beard or my head. I feared you would say, `You have caused division among the Children of Israel, and did not regard my word.’“

95. He said, “What do you have to say, O Samarian?”

96. He said, “I saw what they did not see, so I grasped a handful from the Messenger’s traces, and I flung it away. Thus my soul prompted me.”

97. He said, “Begone! Your lot in this life is to say, ‘No contact.’ And you have an appointment that you will not miss. Now look at your god that you remained devoted to—we will burn it up, and then blow it away into the sea, as powder.”

98. Surely your god is God, the One besides whom there is no other god. He comprehends everything in knowledge.

People of the book – part 14

In New Testament times, we find that the Jews were still expecting the fulfilment of the prophecy of ‘ONE LIKE MOSES’, refer John 1:19-25. When Jesus claimed to be the Messiah of the Jews, the Jews began to enquire as to where was Elias? The Jews had a parallel prophecy that before the coming of the Messiah, Elias must come first in his second coming. Jesus confirms this Jewish belief:
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, that Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist” (Matthew 17:11-13).
According to the New Testament the Jews were not the ones to swallow the words of any would-be Messiah. In their investigations they underwent intense difficulties in order to find their true Messiah. And this the Gospel of John confirms: “and this is the record of John, when the jews sent priests and levites from Jerusalem to ask him, who art thou ? Amd he confessed and denied not, but confessed, I’m not the christ.” (This was only natural because there can’t be two Messiahs at the same time. If Jesus was the Christ then John couldn’t be the Christ!) “and they asked him, what then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I’m not.” (Here John the Baptist contradicts Jesus! Jesus says that John is “Elias” and John denies that he is what Jesus ascribes him to be. One of the TWO (Jesus or John), God forbid!, is definitely not speaking the TRUTH! On the testimony of Jesus himself, John the Baptist was the greatest of the Israelite prophets: ” Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. “(Matthew 11:11).

We Muslims know John the Baptist as Yahya. We revere him as a true prophet of God. The Prophet Jesus is also esteemed as one of the mightiest messenger of the Almighty. How can we Muslims impute lies to either of them? We leave this problem between Jesus and John for the Christians to solve, for their “sacred scriptures” abound in discrepancies which they have been glossing over as the “dark sayings of Jesus”. We Muslims are really interested in the last questions posed to John the Baptist by the Jewish elite- “ART THOU THAT PROPHET? And he answered, NO.” (John 1:21)

People of the book – part 13

The weirdest of all! in the verse 19 of Deuteronomy chapter 18:
” And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”

We have a further fulfillment of the prophecy in Muhummed! Note the words-‘…..MY WORDS WHICH HE SHALL SPEAK IN MY NAME,” and in whose name does Muhummed speak? We all know the answer even if we’re not Muslims: “in the name of God, most gracious, most merciful”

The Prophecy was fulfilled in to the letter. Every chapter of the Holy Qur’ân except the 9th begin with the formula: in the name of God, most gracious, most merciful.

The Muslim begins his every lawful act with this. But the Christian begins: “In the name of the Father, son and Holy Ghost.”
Concerning Deuteronomy chapter eighteen, I have given you more than 14 reasons as to how this prophecy refers to Muhummed and NOT to Jesus.

The Christian theologians are ignorant of even the name of God. Because “God” is not a name, and “Father” is also not a name.

Peolle of the Book – part 12

History tells us that the Archangel Gabriel commanded Muhummed in his mother tongue: “READ!” or “RECITE!” Muhummed was terrified and replied “I’m not learned!” The angel commands him a second time with the same result. For the third time the angel continues.
“Read: In the Name of your Lord who created. Created man from a clot.
Read: And your Lord is the Most Generous. He who taught by the pen.
Taught man what he never knew.”

Now Muhummed, grasps, that what was required of him was to repeat! to rehearse! And he repeats the words as they were put into his mouth.

The words (revelation) were actually put into his mouth, exactly as foretold in the prophecy under discussion: ‘and I will put my words in bis mouth.’ (Deut. 18:18).

That first Revelation is the exact fulfillment of another Biblical Prophecy. In the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 29, verse 12, we read: “and the book is delivered to him that is not learned” (Isaiah 29:12). “I am not learned.” is the exact translation of the words which Muhummed uttered twice to the Holy Ghost – the Archangel Gabriel, when he was commanded : “READ!”
Let me quote the verse in full without a break as found in the “King James Version,” or the “Authorised version” as it is more popularly known “And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned”
(Isaiah 29:12).

It may be noted that there were no Arabic Bibles in existence in the 6th Century of the Christian Era when Muhummed lived and preached! Besides, he was absolutely unlettered and unlearned. No human had ever taught him a word. His teacher was his Creator:

Without any human learning, ‘he put to shame the wisdom of the learned’.”
See, how the prophecies fit Muhummed like a glove. We do not have to stretch prophecies to justify their fulfillment in Muhummed.

You may say that all your expositions sound very well, but they are of no real consequence, because we Christians have Jesus Christ the “incarnate” God, who has redeemed us from the Bondage of Sin.

Is that so? God didn’t think so! He went to a great deal of trouble to have His warnings recorded. God knew that there would be people like you who will flippantly, light-heartedly discount his words, so he followed up Deuteronomy 18:18 with a dire warning: “AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT WHOSOEVER WILL NOT HEARKEN UNTO MY WORDS WHICH HE SHALL SPEAK IN MY NAME, I WILL REQUIRE IT OF HIM” . (in the Catholic Bible the ending words are – “I will be the revenger”, I will take revenge!)
Does not this terrify you? God Almighty is threatening revenge! We shake in our pants if some hoodlum threatens us, yet you have no fear of God’s warning?”

People of the book – part 10

As regards Jesus, when the Jews felt suspicious of him that he might be an impostor with designs to pervert their teachings, Jesus took pains to assure them that he had not come with a new religion – no new laws and no new regulations. I quote his own words: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled…'(Mathew 5:17-18). In other words he had not come with any new laws or regulation he came only to fulfil the old law. This what he gave the Jews to understand- unless he was speaking with the tongue in his cheek trying to bluff the Jews into accepting him as a man of God and by subterfuge trying to ram a new religion down their throats. No! This Messenger of God would never resort to such fool means to subvert the Religion of God. He himself fulfilled the laws. He observed the commandments of Moses, and he respected the Sabbath. At no time did a single Jew point a finger at him to say, ‘why don’t you fast’ or ‘why don’t you wash your hands before you break bread’,which charges they always levied against his disciples, but never against Jesus. This is because as a good Jew he honoured the laws of the prophets who preceded him. In short, he had created no new religion and had brought no new law like Moses and Muhummed.
Therefore, Jesus is not like Moses but Muhummed is like Moses.

Both Moses and Muhummed died natural deaths, but according to Christianity, Jesus was violently killed on the cross.
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses but Muhummed is like Moses.

Moses and Muhummed both lie buried in earth, but according to you, Jesus in heaven.
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses but Muhummed is like Moses.

People of the book – part 9

There are instances in the Bible of persons who were given gift of prophecy only, but they were not in a position to implement their directives. Some of these holy men of God who were helpless in the face of stubborn rejection of their message, were the prophets lot, Jonah, Daniel, Ezra, and John the Baptist. They could only deliver the message, but could not enforce the Law. The Prophet Jesus also belonged to this category. The Christian Gospel clearly confirms this: when Jesus was dragged before the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, Charged for sedition, Jesus made a convincing point in his defence to refute the false charge: He answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the jews, but now is my kingdom not from hence” (John 18:36) This convinced Pilate (A Pagan) that though Jesus might not be in full possession of his mental faculty, he did not strike him as being a danger to his rule. Jesus claimed a spiritual Kingdom only; in other words he only claimed to be a Prophet. Is this true?
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses but Muhummed is like Moses.

Moses and Muhummed brought new laws and new regulations for their people. Moses not only gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites, but a very comprehensive ceremonial law for the guidance of his people. Muhummed came to a people steeped in barbarism and ignorance. They married their step-mothers; they buried their daughters alive; drunkenness, adultery, idolatry, and gambling were the order of the day. the Arabs before Islam brutes. There was hardly anything to distinguish between the “man” and the “animal” of the time; they were animals in human form.
The fact is that Muhummed gave his people a Law and a way to live with each other with compassion and respect.

People of the book – part 8

So who is like Moses you might ask?

Moses had a father and a mother. Muhummed also had a father and a mother. But Jesus had only a mother, and no human father.
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhummed is like Moses!

Moses and Muhummed were born in the normal, natural course, i.e. the physical association of man and woman; but Jesus was created by a special miracle. You will recall that we are told in the Gospel of St. Matthew 1:18 “…..before they came together (Joseph the Carpenter and Mary) she was found with child by the Holy Ghost.” And St. Luke tells us that when the good news of the birth of a holy son was announced to her, Mary reasoned: “…How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the highest shall overshadow thee …” (Luke 1:35).
The Qur’ân confirms the miraculous birth of Jesus too. In answer to her logical question:
” She said, “My Lord, how can I have a child, when no man has touched me?” He said (the angel) , “It will be so. God creates whatever He wills. To have anything done, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.” (Quran, 3:47).

Isn’t it true that Jesus was born miraculously as against the natural birth of Moses and Muhummed?” I’m sure you’ll say “Yes”
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhummed is like Moses. And God says to Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy 18:18 “LIKE UNTO THEE” (Like You, Like Moses) and up to now Muhummed is like Moses.

Moses and Muhummed married and begat children, but Jesus remained a bachelor all his life.
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhummed is like Moses.

Moses and Muhummed were accepted as prophets by their people in their very lifetime. No doubt the Jews gave endless trouble to Moses and they murmured in the wilderness, but as a nation, they acknowledged that Moses was a Messenger of God sent to them. The Arabs too made Muhummed’s life impossible. He suffered very badly at their hands. After 13 years of preaching in Mecca, he had to emigrate from the city of his birth. But before his demise, the Arab nation as a whole accepted him as the Messenger of God. But according to the Bible: ‘He (Jesus) came unto his own, but his own recieved him not.’ (John 1:11). And even today, after two thousand years, his people- the Jews, as a whole, have rejected him. Am I right?”
Still Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhummed is like Moses.

Moses and Muhummed were prophets as well as kings. A prophet means a man who receives Divine Revelation for the Guidance of Man and this Guidance he conveys to God’s creatures as received without any addition or deletion. A king is a person who has the power of life and death over his people. It is immaterial whether the person wears a crown or not, or whether he was ever addressed as king or monarch: if the man has the prerogative of inflicting capital punishment – HE IS A KING. Moses possessed such a power. Do you remember the Israelite who was found picking up firewood on Sabbath Day, and Moses had him stoned to death? (Numbers- 15:35). There are other crimes also mentioned in the Bible for which capital punishment was inflicted on the Jews at the behest of Moses. Muhummed too, had the power of life and death over his people.