In the name of Allāh,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Peace and Blessings of Allāh on Mohammad.
Allāh–the Glorious and the High,
Lord of the worlds
Mohammad–who brought the world
to our feet and eternity to our arms.
JESUS & THE THREE WISE MEN
In his book Muhammad in World Scriptures, Vol.1, Abdul Haque has shown that the Zoroastrian Scriptures, Dasatir and Zend Avesta, contain several prophecies about the Prophet Mohammad. The one most notable in Dasatir is that in the epistle of Sasan I. Its translation has been summarized thus:
“when the Zoroastrian people will forsake their religion and will become dissolute a man will rise in Arabia whose followers will conquer Persia and subjugate the arrogant Persians. Instead of worshipping fire in their own temples, they will turn their faces in prayer towards Ka’bah of Abraham which will be cleared of all idols. They (the followers of the Arabian prophet), will be a mercy unto the world –(Mohammad is a mercy to the world–Qur’an 7:158; 21:107). They will become masters of Persia, Madain, Tus, Balkh, the sacred places of the Zoroastrians and the neighbouring territories. Their prophet will be an eloquent man telling miraculous things.”
The scripture clearly declares that a man will be raised in Arabia, and that he will conquer Persia and the people will pray facing the Ka’ba in Makkah, Arabia. Abdul Haque explains:
“Before the advent of the Holy Prophet (Mohammad), the Zoroastrians had lost most of their scriptures. They had deteriorated both in morality and religion, and all these facts are clearly recorded in the epistle of Sasan. This was the first sign of the appearance of the reformer. The prophecy of his advent was so well-known to the Parsis and Magians and they were so anxious about the appearance of their redeemer, that they flocked with their presents to any place where they heard a reformer had appeared. The author of St. Matthew’s Gospel also heard of this news and in order to apply this famous prophecy on Jesus Christ he coined an imaginary tale and recorded it in the Gospel. The author of this Gospel is well-known for this peculiar trait. Whatever good news he heard of, he at once applied it on Jesus, and he never cared what interpretation he was given to the text of an ancient scripture, but he did his best to prove somehow or other that the text referred to Jesus Christ. A prophecy of the appearance of ‘the praised one’ was current in Persia, and the Gospel writer having come to know of it at once coined a story, without contemplating that he was recording many unbelievable things and events contrary to actual facts. And the very fact that no other Gospel-writer has confirmed this story is enough to reject it. The author of St. Matthew’s Gospel writes that when Jesus was born, some Magians and wise men of the East were directed to him by a star; the star went before them till it came and stood over where Christ was, and thus they came to worship him and offer him their presents (Matt. 2:1-11). St. Luke, on the other hand, claims to ‘have perfect understanding of all things from the very first’ (Luke 1:3), but he makes no mention at all of the Magians having come to Christ or of the star that directed them to him, although he makes mention of a petty fact of the shepherds having come to see Christ. No star directed the shepherds, the only sign given to them by the angel was:
“Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger”–(Luke 2:12).
Nowhere else save in the Gospel of St. Matthew is there a mention of the Magians having come all the way from Persia to present their gifts to Christ or of the star going before them.
Dr. Ferrar, in his ‘Life of Jesus Christ’, writes of these contradictions in the following terms:
“There is nothing but a mass of confused and contradictory traditions to throw any light either on their rank, their country, their number or their names.” (Dr. Ferrar’s ‘Life of Jesus Christ,’ page 30).
This tradition in the Christian scriptures, however, proves that a prophecy of the advent of the Holy Prophet was current among the Magians and they were so anxiously waiting for the Promised Prophet that even their anxiety was known far and near. The author of St. Matthew’s Gospel exploited the widespread publicity of this prophecy and at once applied it to Jesus Christ.” (pp. 139-145).
As noted, the prophecy states that the Promised Prophet will be from Arabia, will conquer Persia, destroy idols and the people will pray facing the Ka’ba in Makkah, Arabia.
Jesus was NOT raised in Arabia, nor destroyed idols, nor did his followers conquer Persia, nor does his people pray facing the Ka’ba. The only prophet born in Arabia who destroyed idols and whose followers conquered Persia and prayed facing the Ka’ba was the Prophet Mohammad.
(Intriguingly. Whereas Luke wrote of angels in the sky and sent shepherds to Jesus, we have Matthew, the only writer, bringing three wise men from Iran –Persians back then– following a star and bringing the babe Jesus gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The purpose of these “wise men” coming is not revealed; only to bring Jesus “gifts” and “worship him;” (intriguing how these Magians knew about Jesus’ birth; there was no “star” or “virgin-birth” mentioned in the Parsi Scripture).
Perhaps Mark and John could not fathom this star moving some five hundreds miles –from Persia to Bethlehem– “and came and stood over where the young child was.”
Or perhaps (unless Mary and Joseph were holed up in the stable for days) it seemed incredible that these wise men would be able to travel on camels five hundred “desert” miles in one night to “worship” Jesus. (They would need V8-camels. And if they were in the stable for days, the star would have to keep appearing on a nightly basis until these wise men reached the house).
Or perhaps they found it equally incredible that shepherds would be “keeping watch over their flock by night” (or Magians traveling) on December 25th –in winter, and even with snow on the ground.
Or perhaps they saw the narration of this episode as comical and would have no part in it).
Even if the prophecy applied to Jesus and he was visited by the three wise men yet this would not make Jesus Divine or vicarious atoner.
Whereas Jesus was only a messenger of God sent to the Israelites to call them to “repentance” and “forgiveness”, Christians consigned Jesus to the bed of celibacy, crowned him with Divinity and made him scapegoat for non-existent inherited sin; and whereas David was material king Christians make Jesus spiritual king of future-world. (See Jesus-like David; Jesus-foretold; Jesus-1000-year rule).
Jesus says you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free (from lies, falsehood, and blasphemy). And the Divine truth is, Jesus was a prophet of God and “THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLĀH; MOHAMMAD IS THE MESSENGER OF ALLĀH!”