In fact, there are many prophecies of the coming of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, in the Bible; both in the book of the Old Testament and the book of the New Testament. The Qur’an tells us about this fact in Surat As-Saff. Almighty Allah says: [And when Jesus son of Mary said: O Children of Israel! Lo! I am the messenger of Allah unto you, confirming that which was (revealed) before me in the Torah, and bringing good tidings of a messenger who cometh after me, whose name is the Praised One. Yet when be hath come unto them with clear proofs, they say: This is mere magic.] (As-Saff 61: 6)

Shedding more light on this issue, we would like to cite for you the following:

There are many citations in the Bible prophesying the coming of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. All of Isaiah chapter 42 stands out as an obvious reference to Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, as a Messenger of Allah. This chapter describes him as a “light to the Gentiles.” While Jesus repeatedly says, “I was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (See Matthew 15:24, 5:17-18, and 10:5-6) It is only Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon both of him, that was sent as a Messenger for all of mankind (Jews and Gentiles).

Isaiah 42 makes a reference to this “servant of the Lord” as coming from the land of Kedar. It is important to note that Kedar was the second son of Ishmael, a forefather of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. One of the most striking prophecies of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, stand clear in Isaiah 21: ‘“An oracle concerning Arabia: You caravans of Dedanites, who camp in the thickets of Arabia, bring water to the thirsty; you who live in Tema, bring food for the fugitives. They flee from the sword, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow and from the heat of battle. This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the pomp of Kedar will come to an end. The survivors of the bowmen, the warriors of Kedar will be few.’ The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.” (Isaiah 21:13-17)

This prophecy takes place in Arabia, the land of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. The “fugitives” in this case are the Prophet and his faithful Companions (may Allah be pleased with them). They fled from Makkah, leaving when Muhammad’s house was surrounded by the Quraish, drawn swords in hand. He fled to Madinah, peacefully acquired converts numbering upwards of ten thousand. Muhammad returned to fight the great Battle of Badr, in which the idolatrous Quraish, “the pomp of Kedar”, suffered a crushing defeat. To this day, no Christian or Jewish Biblical scholar can generate an historic event that fits this prophecy.

Yet another prophecy of Muhammad, similar to this one, occurs in Deuteronomy 33:1-2: “And this is the blessing, where Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. And he said, the Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Se’ir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousand saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.”

The Lord coming from Sinai alludes to Moses and “[rising] up from Se’ir” refers to Jesus (peace be upon both of them), as the place of his birth was called Se’ir. The prophet who “shined forth from mount Paran” can be none other than Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Paran is the ancient name of the region of Arabia where the children of Ishmael settled. In Arabic, Paran is “Farran“, which actually refers to Makkah and literally means “two refugees.” It appears as though this took its name from Hagar and Ishmael (peace be upon them both) who went to this region as refugees when Ishmael was still young. And of course, coming with ten thousand saints, or holy men, descending upon Makkah, bearing a fiery law (the Glorious Qur’an) is an unmistakable reference to Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.

Another reference to the Prophet is given by Jesus, where Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, is referred to as the “Counselor” and the “Spirit of Truth”. Jesus says: “But I tell you the truth. It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7)

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of Truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.” (John 16:12-14)

Since Jesus (peace be upon him) indicates that the Counselor will not come unless Jesus himself, leaves, it is virtually impossible for the Counselor to be the Holy Ghost, as some Christian scholars contend. The Holy Ghost occurs in Scripture before, during, and after Jesus’ life, so it cannot be that Jesus must leave for the Holy Ghost to arrive. It is already there. Similar to the “prophet like Moses” in Deuteronomy 18, this Counselor “will speak only what he hears.” Through the Qur’an, the final revelation of Allah, and through the Sunnah, Muhammad is the one to guide us “into all truth.” And both the Qur’an and Hadith tell us “what is yet to come.” As for glorifying Jesus, Allah tells us in 3:56 that the Qur’an clears Jesus of the lies and speculation surrounding his life and his death.

There are a number of remaining references to Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, in the Bible, one where he is even mentioned by name in the original Hebrew (Song of Songs 5:9-16)! “Cheeko mame tah kim, vechulo Mohamadim.” This means “His language is most sweet, and he is Muhammad.” In the English translations of the Bible, Muhammad’s name is translated as “altogether lovely”.