Peace be upon Muhammad?

Peace be upon Muhammad?

How often have we heard a Muslim refer to Muhammad in his or her conversation or teaching? If we have, we realize that they may comment on Muhammad—then immediately they say, “Peace be upon Him.” In other words, they may say that the Koran (or Quran) was given to them “by Muhammad, peace be upon him.” Maybe we haven’t given this much thought but if you happen to listen carefully, it becomes very prominent. They refer to their leader, the last “prophet” (as they imagine), then immediately they say, “Peace be upon him.”

I have given myself to a study of Islam for some months or even a couple of years, through books, articles, DVDs, and the Internet. In these presentations, the speaker invariably adds, “Peace be upon him,” to any reference to Muhammad. Have you noticed this yourself?

However, it has become apparent to me that this reference is actually an empty one. Just saying that God’s “peace” would be on this presumed prophet doesn’t really make this so.  Consider this: Since “peace” is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and Muhammad never had the Holy Spirit, it would be impossible for him to experience true peace—the peace that comes from God through Christ! Muslims refuse to believe that one can be born again (regenerated) and this is the means by which God imparts His sweet peace, thus from their own mouth they can’t have a true peace from God!

Further, Jesus our Lord says, “In Me [Jesus] you may have peace” (John 16:33).  One who is in Christ is one who has this spiritual peace. And one who isn’t in Christ Jesus and even refuses to think that one may be in Him to experience peace, will not be able to have such spiritual peace. It is impossible to insist on having spiritual peace unless we acknowledge Jesus Christ for who He is and what He has done and does.

The internet tells us that there are over a billion Muslims in the world.[i] In fact, precisely, there are about 1.8 billion adherents to this world religion. If some 1.5 billion of these people pronounce peace on Muhammad, this would be 1.5 (1,500,000,000 people) times a day! If this is repeated some ten times a day in prayer or conversation by these people, this would be 15 billion pronouncements each day, expressing peace on their leader and prophet! Do you think that if 1.5 billion people say that peace rests on Muhammad some 15 billion times a day, this would make it so? Suppose that 1.5 billion people tell 15 billion lies each day, does this make a lie the truth? We know better! Saying something to be so doesn’t make it so. A lie is still a lie regardless of how many times it is told!

Since genuine Biblical peace comes only through the Holy Spirit, and Muhammad denied that he had the Spirit, and even denied the existence of the Holy Spirit, we can see that this false prophet actually had no peace.  Further, we can have peace only in Christ Jesus, we can see that if one denies Jesus Christ, he just cannot experience peace!

Further, since one who dies in his sins (John 8:21, 24), without a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, did not have the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39), we can see that he (Muhammad) could not have had a Biblical peace in life. And, sad though it be, one who dies without God in Christ will go to a place apart from Him—for all eternity (see Luke 16:22-31). In other words, Muhammad could not have experienced true, Biblical, spiritual peace while he was alive (ca. 570 to 632 AD), and surely could not be experiencing such peace right now, many years after he died. In fact, the very opposite would be the case. It would be absolutely impossible for this to be so.

Regardless of what 1.5 billion adherents do or say, regardless of perhaps 15 or 30 billion prayers that would say the opposite, it just isn’t possible to change reality. Thus, when you hear something like, “Muhammad—peace be upon him—said that we should pray to Allah,” we know that this is a falsehood. This “peace” that is pronounced could not possibly be right. It is important that we keep this in mind when we speak with a Muslim—even a very kind and friendly one. Let’s not allow this atttitude manifested by our friend to cloud our thinking about what God says is true and false. We must always acknowledge the truth of God in Scripture! God must always come first and must be accepted as true regardless of what any religion tells us otherwise.

–Richard Hollerman

[i]. Adherents of Islam constitute the world’s second largest religious group. According to a study in 2015, Islam has 1.8 billion adherents, making up about 24.1% of the world population.[1] Most Muslims are either of two denominations: Sunni (80–90%, roughly 1.5 billion people)[2] or Shia (10–20%, roughly 170–340 million people).[3] Islam is the dominant religion in Central Asia, Indonesia, Middle East, North Africa, the Sahel[4][5][6][7] and some other parts of Asia.[8] The diverse Asia-Pacific region contains the highest number of Muslims in the world, easily surpassing the Middle East and North Africa.[9]





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