We now move to the area where we ask who is the more righteous, Jesus or Muhammad?
This is an easy comparison, because the two contrast each other so dynamically in this area.
It is obvious that Jesus in the Bible is righteous and without sin (see Isaiah 53:9; Luke 1:35; John 19:4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 1:18-19, 2:22; and 1 John 3:5)
What’s surprising is that in the Qur’an he is referred to as the ‘Righteous one” by the angel Gabriel to Mary (Surah 19:19), proving that the writer of the Qur’an considered him sinless.
This idea of sinless-ness, however, cannot be applied to Muhammad.
To begin with Muhammad is not even referred to at all in the Bible, while in the Qur’an it is obvious that he sinned, despite what Muslims constantly claim.
You need only look at Surah 48:1-2 where Muhammad is told to ask for forgiveness for the sins he committed before he was a prophet, as well as those sins which he would yet commit after he became a prophet. Thus, his whole life was full of sins.
This is also supported by his biography, where he repeatedly killed people, married more women than what was prescribed in the Qur’an (i.e. a limit of 4 in Surah 4:3, whereas he had 12 wives), and elevated himself above everyone else around him (see especially Surah 33).
Hatun and Jay then referred to the problem of salvation and noted that the Qur’an stipulates that in order to have an assurance of salvation, Muslims must participate in Jihad, and if they were to die or have others killed during jihad, their reward will be in paradise, and all of this supported and practiced by a man who Muslims believe is the model for all of mankind.
© Pfander Centre for Apologetics – US, 2022
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