Hadîth From Sunan al-Dârimî Concerning Prophet Moses(P) Following Prophet Muhammad(P) If The Former Were Alive Today

Muhammad Ghoniem

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The following is the hadîth from Sunan al-Dârimî.

Muhammad Ibn al-cAlâ' told us that Ibn Numayr reported from Mujâlid from Ibn cAamir from Jâbir that cUmar Ibn al-Khattâb brought a copy of the Torah to the Prophet(P) and said: "O Apostle of God, this is a copy of the Torah."  But [the Prophet] kept silent. Then cUmar started reading and the face of the Prophet kept changing. So, Abu Bakr interrupted him violently: "Don't you see the face of the Prophet(P)?" cUmar looked at the Prophet's face and said "May God preserve me from His anger and from the anger of his Apostle(P), we accepted God as Lord and Islâm as religion and Muhammad as prophet." Then the Prophet(P) said: "By the One Who owns Muhammad's soul, if Moses(P) appeared to you and you followed him and left me, you would go astray from the right path and if he were alive and reached [the time of] my prophethood he would have followed me. "


This states clearly the the religion as well as the scripture give to Moses(P) is abrogated after the advent of Qur'ân. The clearly shows Muslim's position vis-a-vis of the previous scripures, i.e., the Torah, Zabur or Injîl, and that the Muslims do not have to follow it. It would be worthwhile to add that this refutes some of the Christian missionary claims that the Qur'ân points to the "superiority" of the Bible. If that was the case then why would Prophet Moses(P) need to abandon the revelation given to him by God for the Qur'ân?

It is clear that Islam is the final religion and whoever does not accept Islam would be a loser on the last Day.

Refutation Of The Christian Missionary Writing

The aim of Christian missionaries at Answering-Islam website is to provide an answer, no matter how ridiculuous it may sound. So, they decided why not 'refute' the above mentioned hadîth from Sunan ad-Dârimî.

In gist, the hadîth states that if Moses(P) lived during the time of Muhammad(P), the former would end up following the latter. In other words, Moses(P) would abandon his scriptures and the law given to him and would embrace the scripture and law given to Muhammad(P).

What we expect from a Christian missionary who is refuting the above statement is that he would show us precisely the opposite, i.e., if Moses(P) lived during the time of Muhammad(P), the former would not end up following the latter. But as one can clearly see the Christian missionary instead of 'refuting' the above hadîth has busied himself in showing that the text of Torah is not corrupt.

What is more ridiculuous is that the ahadîth from Sunan Abu Dâwud and Ibn Ishâq's Sîrat are quoted to 'refute' the above hadîth. The above two ahadîth simply affirm what a Muslim believes, i.e., the Torah is the revelation from God. As far as the quote from the Qur'ân is concerned (as mentioned in Ibn Ishâq's Sîrat)

Say O Scripture folk, you have no standing until you observe the Torah and the Gospel and what has been sent down to you from your Lord...

we would simply ask the Christian missionary to show us which 'Torah' and the 'Gospel' is a true revelation from the below mentioned Bibles of:

Protestant Church

Roman Catholic Church

Anglican Church

Greek Orthodox Church

Coptic Church

Ethiopic Church

Syriac Church

They contain different number of books. It is not at all surprising to see the state of the Bible in the beginning years of Islam when Hudhayfa Ibn al-Yamân urged cUthmân:

Quick! Help the Muslims before they differ about the text of the Qur'ân as the Christians and Jews differed about their scriptures.

So, even during the early years of Islam, it was a well known view that the Jews and the Christians different about their scriptures. And what is the state now? That is anybody's guess!

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