There are numerous differences between Jesus and Muhammad. However, in this article we will just concentrate on the distinction between the character of Jesus and the character of Muhammad. We will consider one example to help sincere Muslims see the vast difference between the character of Jesus and the character of Muhammad.
The following tragic account which is recorded in the Hadith testifies that Muhammad approved the killing of a pregnant mother when he was informed that she had criticized him.
Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 38, Hadith Number 4348:
Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas: A blind man had a slave-mother who used to abuse the Prophet and disparage him. He forbade her but she did not stop. He rebuked her but she did not give up her habit. One night she began to slander the Prophet and abuse him. So he took a dagger, placed it on her belly, pressed it, and killed her. A child who came between her legs was smeared with the blood that was there. When the morning came, the Prophet was informed about it. He assembled the people and said: I adjure by Allah the man who has done this action and I adjure him by my right to him that he should stand up.
Jumping over the necks of the people and trembling the man stood up. He sat before the Prophet and said: Apostle of Allah! I am her master; she used to abuse you and disparage you. I forbade her, but she did not stop, and I rebuked her, but she did not abandon her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was my companion. Last night she began to abuse and disparage you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her. Thereupon the Prophet said: Oh be witness, no retaliation is payable for her blood.
What cruelty! What injustice! Muhammad unjustly approved the killing of a pregnant mother and her unborn child just because the murderer said that she had insulted him. Will a true prophet of God condone the cold-blooded murder of a mother and her child? Does not the murder of an innocent child matter to him? A double murder has been committed and Muhammad did not even investigate to ascertain whether this murderer was lying to escape punishment. Muhammad’s verdict was based solely on the murderer’s word. Muhammad set an evil precedent. Muslims will now find it justifiable to kill anyone who insulted their Prophet. And Muslims are doing just that. Islamic records also show that another murder was committed against another woman who supposedly insulted Muhammad and he gave the same verdict:
Sunan Abu-Dawud Book 38, Hadith Number 4349:
Narrated Ali ibn AbuTalib: A Jewess used to abuse the Prophet (pbuh) and disparage him. A man strangled her till she died. The Apostle of Allah (pbuh) declared that no recompense was payable for her blood.
Muhammad left a legacy of evil for Muslims to follow. The abusive “Blasphemy Law” which is prevalent in many Islamic countries is a direct result of Muhammad’s evil verdict. Today, this law is exploited to silence all those who criticize the Prophet of Islam. The authorization for all Muslims to act as divinely appointed executioners is clearly defined in the Qur’an:
Surah 4:89: They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them.” (Sahih International)
Let us now see the contrast in the character of Jesus. Let us evaluate how Jesus responded under an even more serious crime committed against him. See how he responded towards those who came to arrest him which finally led to his death by execution. Compare the malicious hatred of Muhammad with the outstanding quality of love displayed by Jesus Christ. When a great crowd with swords and clubs from the chief priests came to arrest Jesus, one of his disciples tried to defend him. Follow now the account of this incident in the Bible:
Matthew 26:51: With that, one of the companions of Jesus drew out his sword and struck the slave of the high priest and took off his ear.
How did Jesus react?
Matthew 26:52-53: Then Jesus said to him: “Return your sword to its place, for all those who take up the sword will die by the sword.
Jesus did not condone the violent action of his disciple just because it was carried out to protect him. In fact, he rebuked the disciple for his rash action. More than that, he lovingly healed the injured ear of the very man who came along with those who wanted to arrest him. Such is the love of Jesus Christ. Imagine how strongly Jesus would have reacted if his disciple had instead killed that man. If Jesus did not even approve the injuring of that man, would he condone the murdering of him? Never!
Luke 22:51: “And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.”
These are the hallmarks of a true Prophet of God. Christians are truly blessed for having Jesus as their Prophet. By his very example, he taught them the surpassing way of love. From the historical records of Islam itself, we can clearly see that Muhammad was an extremely cruel man. Great prophets of the true God such as Moses and Jesus displayed a completely different spirit than those manifested by Muhammad. Clearly, Muhammad does not qualify to be a prophet of the true God. Muslims should seriously consider whom they want to follow. Jesus or Muhammad? Interestingly, Jesus taught a simple way to test a prophet. He told that we can know a prophet by his fruits. Whether a prophet is true or false will be known by his works.
Matthew 7:15-20: “Watch out for false prophets that come to you disguised in sheep’s clothing, but inside they are vicious wolves. You shall know them by their fruits. Do people gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit; a good tree cannot bear worthless fruit, neither can a rotten tree produce fine fruit. Every tree not producing fine fruit gets cut down and thrown into the fire. Really, then, by their fruits you will recognize those men.”
What kind of fruits did the Prophet of Islam produce? Muhammad assassinated those who criticized him and executed those who escaped when he came to power. He was an extremely evil man. He justified murder in the name of Allah. His fruits were death and destruction. And we are not the ones saying this but Muhammad himself:
“The Prophet said, ‘Hear me. By Him who holds Muhammad’s life in his hand, I will bring you slaughter.’” (Ishaq: p.130; Tabari: VI:101)
We believe the evidences presented here is sufficient to touch the hearts of sincere Muslims and move them to leave Islam for Christianity.
Max Shimba Ministries