Elijah is greater than Mohammed or How can the supposedly last prophet be less than those who preceded him?

Elijah Denounces Ahaziah

(1 Samuel 1:1-8; 1 Kings 22:51-53; Psalm 113:1-9)

2 Kings v 1 Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab. 2 And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease. 3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? 4 Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed.

5 And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto them, Why are ye now turned back? 6 And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. 7 And he said unto them, What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you these words? 8 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.

9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down. 10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

11 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly. 12 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

13 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight. 14 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight. 15 And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king. 16 And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

Mohammed could not predict the death of anyone, except perhaps those whom he had assassinated, and he did not go to heaven in a chariot. In the Koran we have no record of any healing miracle performed by him. Can a man who is such an anti-climax be the last prophet sent by Allah?

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One Response to Elijah is greater than Mohammed or How can the supposedly last prophet be less than those who preceded him?

  1. θ says:

    Prophet Muhammad doesn’t need to rely on a theme of miracles to establish the God’s kingdom. His Prophethood is a symbol of empathy to the struggles of all ordinary individuals who work from zero to the top level.

    From the realist perspectives, our Prophet Muhammad is a success-lesson for all, whereas neither Elijah nor Jesus would be a role model for the ordinary humans because our world is not designed by God as a place for unnatural works.

    From the result, Prophet Muhammad actually succeeds more than Elijah who – despite performing so many miracles – failed to liberate the Jews or bring the kingdom, even his mission was aborted.
    In terms of protection, originality and authenticity, Hadith happens to be in the same level with the Bible. Prophet Muhammad brings what Elijah never brought or left to the world: a protected Scripture.
    In Hadith actually the readers could read so many untold miracles of Prophet Muhammad. The Hadith mentions many unnatural events related to Prophet Muhammad, such as the resurrection of some old Prophets (Moses, Abraham, Joseph, Adam), healing and curing, control of the nature, multiplication of the foods, casting out the demons, et cetera.
    Concerning ascension, he rode a winged cherub, even more than Elijah the same cherub brought back Prophet Muhammad to the earth alive. Concerning prediction, Prophet Muhammad predicts the immediate death of one lousy Persian monarch who tore up his letter, even the coups and assassinations following his death caused the end of his heirs. Concerning the fire, the presence of Prophet Muhammad makes the fire come down into the earth, even it eventually hits the demons selectively.

    Bukhari Vol. 1, Book 12, Hadith 740
    Narrated Ibn `Abbas: The Prophet set out with the intention of going to Suq `Ukaz (market of `Ukaz) along with some of his companions. At the same time, a barrier was put between the devils and the news of heaven. Fire commenced to be thrown at them. The Devils went to their people, who asked them, What is wrong with you? They said, A barrier has been placed between us and the news of heaven. And fire has been thrown at us.

    Bukhari, Book 59, Hadith 708
    Narrated Ibn Abbas: Allah’s Apostle sent a letter to khosrau with Abdullah bin Hudhafa As-Sahmi and told him to hand it over to the governor of Al-Bahrain. The governor of Al-Bahrain handed it over to khosrau, and when he read the latter, he tore it into pieces. The sub-narrator added, “I think that Ibn Al-Musaiyab said, Allah’s Apostle invoked (Allah) to tear them all totally khosrau and his companions into pieces.

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