Muslims claim that the servant Isaiah 42:1 mentioned is “Ahmad” which is Muhammad, “the false prophet”.
Let’s set the record straight.
First of all, Isaiah is a prophet whom the Qur’an NEVER mentioned by name, so how do Muslims actually know that he was one of the prophets since they also cling to the claim that the Bible is corrupt? According to Qur’an 2:79; they are subjected to eternal damnation for assuming things that Allah did not reveal, if Isaiah was not a prophet, by suggesting that Isaiah 42 is from Allah.
Secondly, Isaiah was a prophet that explicitly prophesied the most about the coming Messiah. He talked about His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14); His Deity – Immanuel, which means God with us (Isaiah 7:14), that He is Might God (Isaiah 9:6-7); and His sacrificial death (Isaiah 53); which Islam completely denies.
So, how could this prophet (Isaiah) prophecy about a ‘supposed’ coming prophet (Muhammad), who would deny most of his prophecies; is beyond me!
Of course, Muslims have the answer which is, “Oh, all of his other prophecies are corrupted but this chapter 42 is definitely talking about Muhammad”. It amazes me how Muslims can’t even realize how inconsistent, ridiculous and asinine they sound sometimes.
Jesus said that He came to fulfil the law and the prophets (Matthew 5:17); thus we expect Him to fulfil Isaiah 42 if, indeed, He was telling the truth. So let’s see if Isaiah 42 if fulfilled in Him (Jesus):
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. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
After Jesus healed a man on a Sabbath Day, the Pharisees conspired to kill Him but knowing what they planned to do to Him; Jesus didn’t confront them but rather simply left. When that happened, Matthew, quoting Isaiah 42:1-4, records:
14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. 15 Jesus, perceiving that, withdrew from there. Great multitudes followed him; and he healed them all, 16 and commanded them that they should not make him known: 17 that it might BE FULFILLED which was spoken through ISAIAH THE PROPHET, saying, 18 “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit on him. He will proclaim justice to the nations. 19 He will not strive, nor shout; neither will anyone hear his voice in the streets. 20 He won’t break a bruised reed. He won’t quench smoking flax, until he leads justice to victory. 21 In his name, the nations will hope.” – Matthew 12:14-21
22 Who (Jesus) did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously – 1Peter 2:22-23
A similar verse as Isaiah 42 is Isaiah 61 which was also fulfilled by Jesus in Luke 4:16-21,
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, this day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. – Luke 4:16-21
Did Muhammad keep quite when people stood against him? I don’t think so; he killed anyone standing on his way.
In the same Isaiah 42, God said His name is Yahweh (Isaiah 42:8), which Muhammad NEVER mentioned, why is that?
As we see, Isaiah 42 was fulfilled by Jesus already, so it is impossible that Muhammad came to fulfil it. Muhammad denied some of Isaiah’s prophecies, namely the Deity of Christ and His sacrificial death as mentioned above. Therefore, he was a false prophet and Muslims are condemned by their god for believing something that didn’t come from him.
Jesus called Himself, the Seal of prophets – the Last to come:
Do not work for the food that disappears, but for the food that remains to eternal life – the food which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put HIS SEAL OF APPROVAL on him.” – John 6:27
A parable about Him being the last to come,
1 He began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a pit for the wine press, built a tower, rented it out to a farmer, and went into another country. 2 When it was time, he sent a servant to the farmer to get from the farmer his share of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 They took him, beat him, and sent him away empty. 4 Again, he sent another servant to them; and they threw stones at him, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated. 5 Again he sent another; and they killed him; and many others, beating some, and killing some. 6 Therefore STILL HAVING ONE, HIS BELOVED SON, HE SENT HIM LAST to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 But those farmers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 They took him, killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.– Mark 12:1-8
The servants that were sent before the Son (Jesus) were the prophets. Jesus is the Son of God whom He sent last. No wonder the book of revelation records:
18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book, IF ANYONE ADDS to them, may God add to him the plagues which are written in this book. 19 IF ANYONE TAKES AWAY from the words of the book of this prophecy, may God take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book. – Revelation 22:18-19
Muhammad is a false prophet; he can never be the servant of God mentioned by Isaiah. He denied Jesus as the Son of God and God as Father. The Bible calls that type of person an antichrist and liar:
Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the Antichrist, HE WHO DENIES the Father and the Son. – 1 John 2:22
Come to Christ O Muslims, you can’t win against the truth.