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Was Muhammad rejected like other prophets?

If there is one thing both the Koran and the Bible understand—it’s rejection. People have rejected the claims of both books since their inception.

The Koran claims that every prophet from the past has been rejected and persecuted. Moses, Elijah, John the Baptist, Jesus, and the apostles all faced opposition. This is true and the Bible supports that claim. People all throughout history have opposed any sort of thinking that challenges their belief. Nobody likes to hear something opposite to what they believed before.

There are two types of rejection:
  • Rejecting what is true
  • Rejecting what is false
One should always reject what is false and accept what is true. However, just because someone rejects what you are proposing does not make them wrong.

There were four types of people that rejected the Koran:
  • Pagans – who worshipped idols
  • Christians – who worshipped Jesus
  • Jews – who worshipped the God of the Torah
  • The stubborn – who worshipped nothing but themselves
And if We had sent to you a writing on a paper, then they had touched it with their hands, certainly those who disbelieve would have said: This is nothing but clear enchantment. And they say: Why has not an angel been sent down to him? And had We sent down an angel, the matter would have certainly been decided and then they would not have been respited. And if We had made him angel, We would certainly have made him a man, and We would certainly have made confused to them what they make confused. And certainly apostles before you were mocked at, but that which they mocked at encompassed the scoffers among them. Surah 6:7-10

Surah 6 talks about those that rejected the message that Muhammad presented to them. Muhammad said that even if an angel appeared to them, or a book descended from heaven, or a miracle occurred before them, they would want no part of it. The Koran says they denied the revelations and, thus, they will meet a cruel fate. Throughout the chapter, they are called evildoers.

That’s not true. Jews and Christians came from a religion where God came to them in a miraculous way, sometimes through angels, with writings handed down from generations. That’s the standard they know and believe. Muhammad expected less from his belief. He expected his followers to trust in less revelation.

Those that reject the Koran’s message are called scoffers, stubborn, evil doers. That’s unfair and a biased assessment. Many in the Bible were scoffers and evil doers, but that doesn’t mean Christian believers fall into that category just because they reject Muhammad.

Let’s look at who rejected the previous message from former prophets:
  • Moses - Egyptians, stubborn Israelites
  • Elijah - King Ahab, Queen Jezebel and false prophets
  • John the Baptist - Pharisees, King Herod and religious leaders
  • Jesus Christ - Pharisees, religious leaders and political leaders
  • Apostles - Pharisees, religious leaders and poltical leaders
  • Muhammad - Jews & Christians and anyone who his military threatened
Bible prophets were rejected for completely different reasons and by different people than Muhammad. Many of those who rejected Biblical prophets were in power and threatened by forces that could usurp their power.

Many rejected Muhammad’s message because they perceived it as false and, instead, followed what they believed to be true. Many of them were poor, simple people, threatened by Muhammad’s army.