Hadith From Sunan al-Darimi Concerning Prophet Moses Following Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Them, If The Former Were Alive Today
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The following is the hadith from Sunan of al-Darimi.
Muhammad Ibn al-`Ala' told us that Ibn Numayr reported from Mujalid from Ibn `Aamir from Jabir that `Umar Ibn al-Khattab brought a copy of the Torah to the Prophet, peace be upon him, and said: "O Apostle of God, this is a copy of the Torah." But [the Prophet] kept silent. Then `Umar 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?" `Umar looked at the Prophet's face and said "May God preserve me from His anger and from the anger of his Apostle, peace be upon him, we accepted God as Lord and Islam as religion and Muhammad as prophet." Then the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: "By the One Who owns Muhammad's soul, if Moses, peace be upon him, 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'an. The clearly shows Muslim's position vis-a-vis of the previous scripures, i.e., the Torah, Zabur or Injil, 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'an 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'an?
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 hadith from Sunan ad-Darimi.
In gist, the hadith 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 hadith has busied himself in showing that the text of Torah is not corrupt.
What is more ridiculuous is that the ahadith from Sunan Abu Dawud and Ibn Ishaq's Sirat are quoted to 'refute' the above hadith. The above two ahadith simply affirm what a Muslim believes, i.e., the Torah is the revelation from God. As far as the quote from the Qur'an is concerned (as mentioned in Ibn Ishaq's Sirat)
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:
Roman Catholic Church
Greek Orthodox 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-Yaman urged `Uthman:
Quick! Help the Muslims before they differ about the text of the Qur'an 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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