Many Muslims are not aware that the understanding of prophethood in Islam is not shared by modern-day Jews and Christians. In fact, the shameful understanding of prophets in Judaism is alluded to in the Quran:
And We did certainly give Moses the Scripture [i.e., the Torah] and followed up after him with messengers. And We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, clear proofs and supported him with the Pure Spirit [i.e., the angel Gabriel]. But is it [not] that every time a messenger came to you, [O Children of Israel], with what your souls did not desire, you were arrogant? And a party [of messengers] you denied and another party you killed.
This verse of the Noble Qur’an tells us about Bani Israel, or the Children of Israel, and specifically how they denied the messengers sent by Allah Ta’ālā. To make things worse, historically Bani Israel had killed these special and noble messengers. They not only killed many messengers of Allah Ta’ālā (and attempted to kill others, but failed), but they went further in slandering them after their departure from this temporary abode.
A look into the Torah reveals some astonishing information in this regard.
In the Book of Genesis, it is related that one day, Noah, i.e., Nuh alayhi as-salām, became very drunk with wine and while he was lying uncovered inside his tent, one of his sons, Hām, entered and covered him. Because Hām accidentally saw his father’s nakedness, God turned his skin black and cursed all his descendants with slavery!
The messenger Lot, i.e., Lūt alayhi as-salām is alleged to have committed rape on his two daughters while staying at Segor after the destruction of Sodom and most shamelessly these girls are to have given birth to the illegitimate children of their own father!
The Book of Kings in the Old Testament tells us that one day at dusk, while King David was gazing down from the palace roof, he saw a beautiful woman named Bethseba bathing and immediately he was stricken with unquenchable lust for her. David forcibly raped her and then treacherously slew her husband, Uriah, so he could her to himself. From this illicit union, Solomon was born!
The Bible tells us that King Solomon ‘The Wise’ favoured pagan women for his wives and eventually turned to idol-worshipping.
Let us look into the Noble Qur’ān and study the true picture of the same two great messengers of Allah Ta’ālā.
And We had certainly given to David and Solomon knowledge, and they said, “Praise [is due] to Allah, who has favored us over many of His believing servants.” And Solomon inherited David. He said, “O people, we have been taught the language of birds, and we have been given from all things. Indeed, this is evident bounty.” And gathered for Solomon were his soldiers of the jinn and men and birds, and they were [marching] in rows Until, when they came upon the valley of the ants, an ant said, “O ants, enter your dwellings that you not be crushed by Solomon and his soldiers while they perceive not.” So [Solomon] smiled, amused at her speech, and said, “My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do righteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercy into [the ranks of] Your righteous servants.”
All praise is for Allah Ta’ālā for the bounty of Islām and the Noble Qur’ān. The light and guidance it contains possesses the magnetic attraction to those who seek the truth. The shiny brilliant light it holds within itself is evident from the above comparison. May Allah Ta’ālā keep us firm upon the beautiful teachings of Islam. Ameen