Isaiah 42:13  Jehovah will go forth as a mighty man; he will stir up his zeal like a man of war: he will cry, yea, he will shout aloud; he will do mightily against his enemies. Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing aloud, Let them shout for joy from the tops of the mountains. Pay attention, it’s all about you now! The verses of Isaiah 42 describe the coming of a Prophet who God refers to as ‘my Messenger’ (Isaiah 42:19). Kedar is the second son of Ishmael (Genesis 25:13), Sela is a mountain in Medina, and it was mentioned in some hadiths. Yet Isaiah 53 is one of the foremost prophecies of the crucifixion of Christ in the entire Old Testament. They used to worship idols. However, Christianity in Arabia was limited in Najran in Yemen, and in the borders with the Roman country which was mostly a political alliance not a real belief. In this post, I’d like to show how Muhammad does not fit this passage. But as for the overwhelming majority of Arabs, they were not Christians, and Christians were very few. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was sent to a pagan environment, while Jesus (Peace be upon him) was sent to the Jews, and he was never concerned with worshiping images as the Old Testament was, because his conversation with the Jews was mainly to prove that he came from God and that he is the Messiah.   Then the prophecy tells that he will fight God’s enemy which is certainly what Muhammad ﷺ did, while Jesus(Peace be upon him) didn’t fight. 11 Let the desert and its cities lift up [their voices], the outposts where Kedar lives; let those who live in Sela sing for joy, from the top of the mountains let them shout. (Genesis 25:13)(www.bibleinfo.com) (Wikipedia) This prophecy was told in the Hadiths, there is a lot of variation between it and what is said in Isaiah, but textual variants are present much in the Bible, and there are many inaccurate quotes of the Old Testament made by writers of the New Testament. At the same time, Jesus said that he just came to fulfill the law, not that he will have a new detailed law as the case of Moses and Muhammad ﷺ. The first thing the prophecy tells about is that the one being foretold is a servant of God. Prophet Muhammad was foretold in Isaiah 42. So if there is more than one Seir, there could be more than one Sela, especially when we see that nothing happened in Petra with Jesus (Peace be upon him), and even if it was Petra, Petra is in Jordan which is mainly a Muslim country. Also, Isaiah 42:1-13 speaks of the servant of God, His “chosen one” and “messenger” who will bring down a law. Out of all the places on earth that Isaiah mentioned, he chose to highlight Kedar and Sela’s location so we should pay special attention. My Conclusion: In the above chapters in the book of Isaiah, we saw GOD Almighty going back and forth between cursing/denouncing the people of Israel, and blessing/praising them. Timeline of Muhammad. He came to preach the gospel himself to the Jews only. Let them shout (call to prayer=Azan) from the mountaintops. GOD Almighty in Isaiah 42:11 is clearly saying that He will send the people of Kedar (i.e., the Arabs) a Prophet and they should “rejoice” and “raise their voices” in happiness. If the prophecy really meant Christianity it would have mentioned a major Christian city not the center of Islam. Actions of Muhammd. In Isaiah 42:17 God say that they false pagan gods will be put to shame. It may be also said that this verse meant that all people will be happy with the coming of Jesus. 3  A bruised reed will he not break, and a dimly burning wick will he not quench: he will bring forth justice in truth. isaiah 42:11 Bible Commentary Let the inhabitants of the rock sing - It is uncertain whether the word 'rock' here (Hebrew, סלע sela‛, Greek Πέτραν Petran, 'Petra' or 'rock') is to be regarded as a proper name, or to denote in a general sense those who dwell in the rocky part of Arabia . So I would have to say - based on the text - that it does not refer to Muhammad. Why the Quran was really revealed. ( Al Bukhari more than one hadith), This post is also available in: French Spanish, The Rejected Stone and the Kingdom of God. ... let them shout from the mountaintops. Afterward it was preached to the Gentiles, but the ministry of Jesus was confined almost entirely to the Jews.” (Source here). Moving to Isaiah 42:11, we see that prophecy gives 2 special places; Kedar and Sela: Isaiah 42:11  Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit; let the inhabitants of Sela sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. He never criticized any food (presented him), but he would eat it if he liked it; otherwise, he would leave it without expressing his dislike. Isaiah 42:4  He will not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set justice in the earth; and the isles shall wait for his law. According to the Book of Genesis, Kedar was the second son of Ishmael (Gen.25:13). The prophecy tells about the morals of that servant of God saying, you can read the morals section to see who Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  was, see for example these hadiths: Isaiah 42:2  He will not cry, nor lift up his voice, nor cause it to be heard in the street. Isaiah 21:17 and the residue of the number of the archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, will be few; for Yahweh, the God of Israel, has spoken it." The Battle of Badr took place in 624 AD. The “lost sheep of the house of Israel” were the Jews. My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! “Let the wilderness of and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar does inhabit, let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains” (Isaiah 42:11). Muhammad , a descendant of Ishmael, is indeed this prophet. His enemies (who were of his own clan!) 42:11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: ... he will lead people of Kedar in to paths they have not known and he will make darkness light before them with Prophet Muhammad. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. My question is: on what basis do you feel Isaiah 42 is uncorrupted which prophecies Muhammad, but Isaiah 53 is corrupted that prophesies the crucifixion of Christ? The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, shout aloud; he shall prevail against his enemies.”(Isaiah;42:11-13) 12. I never heard of an Arab church father. The Servant of the LORD - “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. (Isaiah 42: 11). Isaiah 42:1  Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delighteth: I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. You may say that the Bible’s dictionary tells that Sela is Petra. So at best we can consider that only the verse 42:11 (about Kedar and Sela - if it really means Salaa mountains in Medina, instead of Sela in Edom) could be possibly allluding to Muhammad, but not the rest, since his conduct contradicted other verses in Isaiah 42, … They argue that verse 1 and 11 connects the awaited one with the descendants of Kedar. Isaiah lived (and wrote) around 500 BC. And declare His praise in the coastlands. Let the people of Sela (Siloh=lslam) sing for joy. As we have seen, however, the evidence for Muhammad in Isaiah 42 is clear and unambiguous by comparison. Christians should adopt a methodology that is fair and consistent when it comes to finding prophecies of Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them both) in the Old Testament. [Isaiah 42:11] The two key words used are ‘Kedar’ and ‘Sela’ which together pinpoint an exact location for this special person. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.-Isaiah 42:11 [11] Sela is … (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV) Isaiah 42:11 Let the wilderness and its cities raise their voices, with the villages that Kedar inhabits. RESPONSE: Notice how Zaman has managed to read his own Islamic theology into the text of Isaiah. The Quran has been matched. יִשְׂאוּ מִדְבָּר וְעָרָיו Let the desert and its cities lift up [their voices], יִשְׂאוּ is a qal jussive from נָשָׂא "lift up." The Arabs before Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him were pagans. You may say that the Bible’s dictionary tells that Sela is Petra. 12 Let them give glory to the LORD. I served the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) for ten years, and, by Allah, he never said to me any harsh word, and he never said to me about a thing as to why I had done that and as to why I had not done that. Islam claims Isaiah 42 refers to Muhammad. “He will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. (Strong’s dictionary). Now I went back and read Isaiah 42 and in a way, there actually are several discrepencies how this can be referring to Jesus: Isaiah 42 1 “Behold! Even before Islam comes, I never heard about a main Christian church in Arabia as that in Antioch, Alexandria, Ephesus or Rome. I am actually quite amazed that this is used as an argument compared to some of the classic verses used to justify the claim. The best prophet who came from Ishmael's descendants is Muhammad (bpuh). Muslim's claim that Isaiah 42 is a prophecy of Muhammad. Isaiah 42 is an interesting prophecy telling about Muhammad ﷺ. Muslims claim that the prophecy in Isaiah 42 refers to Muhammad. Who is Kedar? The prophecy in Isaiah says that the things prophesied would happen within 1 year. Like Chapter 28:1 – 11, it is incredible that Muslim scholars could also claim that the Lord’s Servant Isaiah spoke of in Chapter 42:1 – 9 was Prophet Muhammad. While Isaiah 42 has lots of open prophecies about Mohammed - Isaiah 42:11 - Join in the chorus, you desert towns; let the villages where Kedar lives rejoice! This Messenger would be from ‘the villages that Kedar inhabits’ (Isaiah 42:11), which means that the Messenger would emerge from Arabia since that’s where the villages of the descendants of Kedar lived according to Isaiah 21:13-17. Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the coastlands. But when Islam came, all Arabs became Muslims. Isaiah 42:10 Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them. The Quran claims that Muhammad was described in the Torah and Gospel that the Jews and Christians had with them (7:157). A dialogue between the faiths from around the globe. Moving to Isaiah 42:11, we see that prophecy gives 2 special places; Kedar and Sela: Kedar is the second son of Ishmael (Genesis 25:13), Sela is a mountain in Medina, and it was mentioned in some hadiths. Corruption of the Quran. Isaiah 42:11 Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Updated: 14 Jan 2019, Like a warrior, crush the enemies of God who worship idols, An enemy who have yet to receive God's prophet. He came first to them. Let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops. Besides, the verse tells that this servant shall be chosen by God, God doesn’t choose Himself but He chooses a man to be a prophet among human beings. The verses of Isaiah 42 describe the coming of a Prophet who God refers to as ‘my Messenger’ (Isaiah 42:19). To draw attention to Isaiah 42; 11, the evidence continues to pile on. Comparative religion and the role of Islam in various societies. Muhammad in the Bible, (Isaiah 60), Pilgrimage to Mecca..! Some Muslims have proposed that Isaiah 42:1-13 speaks of Muhammad. None of than the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the successor to Christ and the Seal of the Prophets. In his law the islands will put their hope.” (Isaiah 42:4). He came as their expected Messiah. Isaiah 42:17  They shall be turned back, they shall be utterly put to shame, that trust in graven images, that say unto molten images, Ye are our gods. The passage in Isaiah 21:13-17 which supposedly mentions the migration and the battle of Badr is in reality referring to an invasion within the Assiryian era. He used to say “The best amongst you are those who have the best manners and character. Islamic Fasting was predicted by Isaiah in the Bible. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing. Isaiah 42 describes Muhammad (This is an edited & modified version of an article that appears on www.Jews-for-Allah.com) 1- "Behold my servant, whom I uphold; Mine Elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles." Then it tells that those who worship the idols would come into shame. Kedar is the second son of prophet Ishmael (peace be upon him) Author: Guest This can’t be applied on Jesus (Peace be upon him) according to the Christian view since Christians say that Jesus is God. The prophecy approaches and says that the isles shall wait for his law, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ came with the final law, while Jesus (Peace be upon him) didn’t come to abolish the law but to fulfill it, and then Christians claimed that the Mosaic law was for the Jews only but they are not committed to it, that’s why they don’t circumcise, eat pork,…etc. Isaiah 42:11 (KJV) Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Last time I checked a calendar, there was more than one year between 500 BC and 624 AD. Brethren, Not Brothers; Prophecy of Moses:   •   Then the prophecy says that he will bring justice to the gentiles, this also is not Jesus (Peace be upon him) because he said: Matthew 15:24 I was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Isaiah 42:11 doesn’t say that the servant is a "Kedarite Arab who" preaches "to the Arabs in the Arabic Language." 14 hrs ago | However, it happens in the Bible that there is more than a place with the same name as the case of Seir for example: Formed like H8163; rough; Seir, a mountain of Idumaea and its aboriginal occupants, also one in Palestine: – Seir. It may be said that this talks about the human nature of Jesus, but this won’t be a logical solution because if God wants to foretell about his coming, He would have foretold about the divine nature not the human nature as since all of us are already human beings, so there will be nothing new in the prophecy. Islam and other religions. Kedar inhabits’ (Isaiah 42:11), which means that the Messenger would emerge from Arabia since that’s where the villages of the descendants of Kedar lived according to Isaiah 21:13-17. Isaiah 42: 11 Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voices, The settlements where Kedar inhabits. They had 360 idols in the Holy City of Mecca. This Messenger would give ‘judgment’, ‘light’ and ‘law’ to the ‘Gentiles’ which is referring to the non-Jews (Isaiah 42:1-4), and (Al Bukhari), The Prophet ﷺ  never took revenge (over anybody) for his own sake but (he did) only when Allah’s Legal Bindings were outraged in which case he would take revenge for Allah’s Sake. And he never used bad language. This Messenger would be from ‘the villages that Kedar inhabits’ (Isaiah 42:11), which means that the Messenger would emerge from Arabia since that’s where the villages of the descendants of Kedar lived according to Isaiah 21:13-17. KEDAR is a forefather of Prophet Mohammed & grandson of Ishmael. Some might say that he ordered the disciples to preach the gospel to the whole world, but actually these were the disciples not Jesus himself, and this was confirmed by Albert Barnes in his commentary on Mat 15:24: “Mat_15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent … – This answer was made to the woman, not to the disciples. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. Isaiah 42:11:-"Let the deserts and its towns raise their voices. Besides, the Christian faith is mainly concerned with salvation through faith only not through law and works, so when we say that the isles shall wait for his law, this couldn’t be applied on Jesus. 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