Source: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/bible-interpretation/the-virgin-mary-and-the-prophet-muhammad/?mqsc=E3784904&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHD+Daily%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=E4BD18 ( I have also printed the article below my comment)
I read this article this morning on a site called “Bible History Daily” and well as you can see by its content that there are some references which are disturbing to say the least; especially when it’s supposed to be about the history of the bible… Muhammad was not in the bible and the idea of comparing Mary to Muhammad is absurd. Not to mention the woman writing the article is a teacher of the qur’an. I commented on the article however they removed my comment. I am not usually one for commenting, however I was led by the Spirit on this one… So here is my comment for this article:
Well just to clear things up a little….Mary is the “Mother of Jesus”, who is the Son of God and honoured as such. She is not a mediator! She was chosen for this divine purpose because of her “lineage and purity”. (Luke 1:26-29) She comes from the line of Abraham and David, which is the promised lineage of the Son of God. Yes, Jesus is the word made flesh and He came to reveal the Kingdom of God; as Only a Son can do! He is the way, the truth and the life and no one can obtain salvation or eternity expect by Jesus (Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6) Muhammad who claims to be a prophet of God and supposedly received the qur’an through divine revelation is in fact a false prophet that the bible warns us about (Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. -Matthew 7:15) Muhammad who was said to receive the qur’an around 609 AD. which was long after the written word of God was already made known, and Muhammad would have been exposed to it; took the Word of God (The Holy Bible) and changed it to suit his vision and purpose to create the qur’an….. Even the adversary knows the word of God and uses it for his purpose (Luke Chapter 4) I don’t doubt that Muhammad had an encounter; I do doubt that he interpreted that encounter correctly. (No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14) Muhammad was deceived and used by Satan because He was unable to discern the spirit behind the vision. (1 Corinthians 2:14 & 11:29) and today many are still deceived because of the veil of these false teachings.
Knowledge and theology will never expand beyond revelation and truth; to receive that truth you must receive Jesus into your heart and have a relationship with Him. He is not a religion, philosophy or theology …He is the Son of the living God!!… Giving over for the sacrifice of our sins, so that we will not experience death but have everlasting life!! For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
That is Biblical History…..
With respect, Rev. C.A. Livingstone
The Virgin Mary and the Prophet Muhammad
Mediating the Word of God in Christian and Islamic tradition
Mary Joan Winn Leith • 12/16/2014
With another Christmas season upon us and Christmas carols in the air, I am struck anew at how much, within their respective traditions, the Virgin Mary and the prophet Muhammad have in common. I hasten to note that I am not suggesting that Mary and Muhammad are of equal importance in their traditions—just that there are some interesting commonalities; and, of course, both Islam and Christianity honor Mary as the virgin who miraculously conceived and gave birth to Jesus, but I want to pursue a different angle here. The similarities I have in mind first occurred to me when I was teaching the Qur’an’s Sura 97 (al-Qadr, “Destiny”). This is the Sura that extolls the holiest night of the Muslim calendar, the Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) when Muhammad received the first revelation of the Qur’an. The connection I see between Mary and Muhammad centers on the significance of the Word of God in Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Basic to all three religious traditions is the understanding that God, impelled by compassion, reveals to humans the way to salvation. The traditions use different theological terminology (redemption, salvation, eternal life, etc.), but in essence, God’s revelation gives humans the knowledge and means to overcome the sorrow, pain and death that constitute the human condition. All three traditions describe this revelation as the Word of God.From the Jewish and Muslim perspective, this is quite straightforward. Both the Torah, given by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai, and the Qur’an, disclosed by God in visions to Muhammad, are literally words from God. The Christian revelation is also the Word of God, but in Christianity the Word of God happens not to be a text but a person—Jesus. For example, the Gospel of John famously opens with the explanation, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1, 14). For Christians, Jesus is the “Word” that became flesh, or, to use another Christian term, Jesus is the “incarnation” (the “enfleshment”) of God. In a very real sense, then, both Mary and Muhammad are the mediators, the “middle person” (“middleman” doesn’t work here) between God and humanity. Both are the bearers of a message from God that cannot be delivered to humans on earth without the agency of a human body. Mary literally bears the Word of God in her womb and—to use the archaic sense of the word—Mary is “delivered” of the Word of God when she gives birth to Jesus. Similarly, the earthly human capacity for hearing and speech allows Muhammad to bear and deliver the Word of God to the people of Mecca and Medina. It is significant, I think, that neither “deliverer” is considered to be divine, yet, from the earliest centuries of their respective religions, each was accorded a unique status hovering in the liminal area between human and divine.
Because Mary and Muhammad in their roles as mediators by definition experienced a direct encounter with the divine, both faiths came to believe that they must have enjoyed an exceptional degree of purity. Mary’s purity of course, is her virginity, a physical state which Christians, under the influence of Greco-Roman thought, associated with spiritual perfection and sinlessness. As for Muhammad, his purity had nothing to do with sexuality; after all, he married a number of wives, including even some widows. Muhammad’s exceptional purity has to do with knowledge, which initially may seem to be a peculiar form of purity. However, it is an article of faith in Islam that the words of the Qur’an are God’s, not Muhammad’s, and the proof of this among Muslims is the conviction that Muhammad could not read or write; he was, so to speak, a virgin from the point of view of education. No human father contributed to the incarnation of Jesus, and no human artistry had any role in the creation of the Qur’an. Beyond the complexities of theology and belief, surprisingly similar legends—neither story is in the Bible or the Qur’an—arose around Mary and Muhammad stemming from the fact that both had to flee for their lives. According to medieval tradition, as Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus fled from King Herod barely ahead of his soldiers, they came upon a farmer sowing his field. “Please don’t tell the soldiers you saw anyone come by,” they begged. The farmer, however, was too frightened to help them. When the soldiers arrived and asked whether the farmer had seen the fugitives, the farmer told the truth; “I saw them as I was sowing this field.” The soldiers, seeing the field, turned back. The wheat field was ready for harvest so they concluded that no one could have passed by anytime recently (see image above). Muhammad had to elude Meccan authorities who wanted to prevent him from making the Hijra (emigration) to Medina where he would found the first fully Muslim community (and whose date serves as the zero point on the Muslim calendar). Muslims love to tell the story of Muhammad and his companion Abu Bakr who had scarcely entered a cave to hide when the Meccans rode up. Having inspected the cave entrance, the pursuers rode on; the huge spider web across the mouth of the cave told them that no one had entered it in years.