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The Prophets and their bodies:

More proof that Muhammad was a false prophet

Sam Shamoun

This will be short and to the point. According to the ahadith, Muhammad claimed that Allah would never allow his body to decay but will make sure it remains incorruptible, something that Allah has sworn to do for the bodies of all the prophets:

It was narrated from Abu Darda’ that the Messenger of Allah said:

“Send a great deal of blessing upon me on Fridays, for it is witnessed by the angels. No one sends blessing upon me but his blessing will be presented to me, until he finishes them.” A man said: “Even after death?” He said: “Even after death, for Allah has forbidden the earth to consume the bodies of the Prophets, so the Prophet of Allah is alive and receives provision.’” 

Grade: Da’if (Darussalam) 

English reference: Vol. 1, Book 6, Hadith 1637 

Arabic reference: Book 6, Hadith 1706 (


Narrated Aws ibn Aws:

The Prophet said: Among the most excellent of your days is Friday; on it Adam was created, on it he died, on it the last trumpet will be blown, and on it the shout will be made, so invoke more blessings on me that day, for your blessings will be submitted to me. The people asked: Messenger of Allah, how can it be that our blessings will be submitted to you while your body is decayed? He replied: Allah, the Exalted, has prohibited the earth from consuming the bodies of Prophets.

Grade: SAHIH (Al-Albani)            

Reference: Sunan Abi Dawud 1047

In-book reference: Book 2, Hadith 658 

English translation: Book 3, Hadith 1042 (; capital emphasis ours) 

Suffice it to say, this serves as further proof that Muhammad was a false prophet, since the Holy Bible attests that the bodies of the true prophets of God do in fact decay, such as we find in the case of Joseph,

“Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am about to die. God will surely come to you and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.’ Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, ‘God will surely visit you, and you shall CARRY UP MY BONES from here.’ So Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years old, and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.” 50:24-26 

“Moses TOOK THE BONES OF JOSEPH with him, for he had made the children of Israel solemnly swear, saying, ‘God will surely attend to you, and you shall CARRY MY BONES AWAY from here with you.’ They took their journey from Sukkoth and camped in Etham, on the edge of the wilderness.” Exodus 13:19-20 

And Elisha:

“So Elisha died, and they buried him. Now Moabite raiders would enter the land in the spring. As they were burying a man, they saw raiders. So they threw the man into the tomb of Elisha. When the man touched THE BONES OF ELISHA, he came to life and stood on his feet.” 2 Kings 13:20-21

Keep in mind that these are the very same Scriptures that Muhammad came to confirm:

Children of Israel, remember My blessing wherewith I blessed you, and fulfil My covenant and I shall fulfil your covenant; and have awe of Me. And believe in that I have sent down, confirming that which is with you, and be not the first to disbelieve in it. And sell not My signs for a little price; and fear you Me. And do not confound the truth with vanity, and do not conceal the truth wittingly. And perform the prayer, and pay the alms, and bow with those that bow. Will you bid others to piety, and forget yourselves while you recite the Book? Do you not understand? S. 2:40-44 Arberry

And when there came to them (the Jews), a Book (this Qur'an) from Allah confirming what is with them [the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)], although aforetime they had invoked Allah (for coming of Muhammad) in order to gain victory over those who disbelieved, then when there came to them that which they had recognised, they disbelieved in it. So let the Curse of Allah be on the disbelievers. S. 2:89 Hilali-Khan

And when it is said to them (the Jews), "Believe in what Allah has sent down," they say, "We believe in what was sent down to us." And they disbelieve in that which came after it, while it is the truth confirming what is with them. Say (O Muhammad to them): "Why then have you killed the Prophets of Allah aforetime, if you indeed have been believers?" S. 2:91 Hilali-Khan 

Say (O Muhammad): "Whoever is an enemy to Jibrael (Gabriel) (let him die in his fury), for indeed he has brought it (this Qur'an) down to your heart by Allah's Permission, confirming what came before it [i.e. the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] and guidance and glad tidings for the believers. S. 2:97 Hilali-Khan

And when there came to them a Messenger from Allah (i.e. Muhammad) confirming what was with them, a party of those who were given the Scripture threw away the Book of Allah behind their backs as if they did not know! S. 2:101 Hilali-Khan

O you who have been given the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Believe in what We have revealed (to Muhammad) confirming what is (already) with you, before We efface faces (by making them like the back of necks; without nose, mouth, eyes, etc.) and turn them hindwards, or curse them as We cursed the Sabbathbreakers. And the Commandment of Allah is always executed. S. 4:47 Hilali-Khan

And before this, was the Book of Moses as a guide and a mercy: And this Book confirms (it) in the Arabic tongue; to admonish the unjust, and as Glad Tidings to those who do right. S. 46:12 A. Yusuf Ali 

They said, 'Our people, we have heard a Book that was sent down after Moses, confirming what is between his hands (musaddiqan lima bayna yadayhi), guiding to the truth and to a straight path. S. 46:30

To therefore claim that the Holy Bible is a corrupted source that cannot be relied upon won’t solve the problem for Muslims. This would only add to their woes since it would prove that Muhammad didn’t know what he was talking about when he said he came to affirm the textual authority and preservation of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures.