Have you ever had a dream at night and then thought you should follow it? Were you successful?
In the year 627 CE, Muhammad had a dream that he felt must be from God. In this dream, Muhammad saw himself with his companions on a trip from Medina to Mecca (200 mile trip). Upon arriving in Mecca, all the Muslims worshipped Allah using sacrificial animals.
When Muhammad awoke from the dream, he believed that Allah was leading the Muslims to Mecca to worship. At that time, Muslims were not welcome in Mecca. Muhammad overlooked this danger and took 1,400 of his followers on the journey to Mecca. When the Muslims got close to Mecca, they were not permitted to enter the city to worship Allah. Instead, a treaty was signed that permitted the Muslims to return the following year to worship. On the trip back to Medina, Muhammad received a message from Gabriel. Consider Gabriel's message as follows:
"Certainly Allah had shown to His Messenger the vision [emphasis mine: Muhammadís dream] with truth: you shall most certainly enter the Sacred Mosque, if Allah pleases, in security, (some) having their heads shaved and (others) having their hair cut, you shall not fear, but He knows what you do not know, so He brought about a near victory before that. He it is Who sent His Messenger with the guidance and the true religion that He may make it prevail over all the religions; and Allah is enough for a witness" (Surah 48:27-28).
Muslims believe that Gabriel foretold they would enter Mecca to worship at a later date. However, Muhammad had just signed a treaty that would allow him to return to Mecca the next year. What had already been agreed to on paper was now turned around to be prophetic. Is this truly prophetic?
To Muslims of today, the Surah is taken to mean that the Muslims would conquer Mecca by military force.
Does this foretold event meet the seven Einstein Method Guidelines? On the left side of the web page, two (2) items read "YES" and five (5) items read "NO". Place your mouse over the item to view the graphic window in the upper left corner or click to learn more with a quick pop-up file.
Conclusions about Muhammad's Dream
First of all, it is important to note that Muhammad's dream is referred to in the Qur'an: (to His Messenger the vision [Muhammadís dream] with truth). Since Muhammad's dream is referred to in the Qur'an, then all Muslims accept that Muhammad had a spiritual dream.
However, there are five problems with Muhammad's dream. Each of these problems is shown in the left column and discussed in pop-ups. Below are issues related to both the Christian and Islamic faiths about self-fulfilling foretold events.
Did Muhammad have a prophetic dream? Or did Muhammad attempt to make his dream prophetic? It is important to understand two differences about self-fulfilling prophecy:
- Being successful by self-fulfilling a prophetic dream
- An attempt to self-fulfill a prophetic dream that ends in failure
Logic yields the correct answer for each condition:
- The successful self-fulfilling prophecy is not true prophecy. For example, if I have a dream and perceive that I am going to visit my Mother two days from today, I simply arrive at Momís house on the 2nd day. I have the power to self-fulfill the vision. Human will made it happen, not divine will.
- However, attempting to self-fulfill a dream without success is false prophecy (only when the dream is viewed from a spiritual viewpoint). For example, if I have a dream and see that I am going to visit my Mother two days from today, I only need to arrive on the 2nd day. However, on this trip to momís house, I have an auto accident that prevents me from arriving until the 3rd day. The dream was false even though I attempted to self fulfill the dream.
Muhammad attempted to self-fulfill his dream of worshipping in Mecca, but he failed. Muhammad took 1,400 people with him as well as sacrificial animals. They never entered Mecca to do sacrifice as planned by the dream. Since Muhammad attempted to self-fulfill a vision but was not successful, logic concludes that his dream was a false prophecy.
It is most important to ask, "How many dreams did Muhammad have in which he attempted to make the dream come true, but he was not successful?" This question brings to light the reality that a true prophecy happens only after the prophet has died.
Self-fulfilling Events in the New Testament
Let's consider that the New Testament has some self-fulfilling prophecies. In the book of Acts, the Apostle Paul has a dream (or vision). This dream becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Consider the New Testament verses:
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city [Corinth, Greece]." So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God. (Acts 18:9-11).
So Paul stayed in Corinth for 1Ĺ years after his vision. Paul was successful in preaching about Jesus the Messiah and many people came to believe in Jesus as their personal Messiah. A major Christian church was planted. So it was a personal prophecy from the Lord that inspired Paul to remain in Corinth to establish a church. But it is also a self-fulfilling prophecy and it cannot be evaluated using the Einstein Method for three reasons.
- The prophecy was written down after it had become history in the book of Acts.
- Paul was living when the prophecy was fulfilled.
- Paul had it within his power to self-fulfill the vision, which he interpreted as being prophetic.
Both Muhammadís dream that did not come true and the Apostle Paulís vision about staying in Corinth, Greece to preach Jesus is the Messiah (successfully) are examples of self-fulfilling prophecies.
All humans have dreams and some believe they have a spiritual source. This may or may not be true. The only way to truly accept that Muhammad actually received his dream from outside time-space is that 100% of his prophecies must come true, especially long-term prophecies after his death. Otherwise, it becomes apparent that Muhammad was not receiving spiritual messages from outside time-space.
We conclude that Muhammad attempted to self-fulfill his spiritual dream referred to in Surah 48:27. Since the dream was spiritual and the attempt was not successful, logic supports that the dream is false prophecy.
The idea that Gabriel's words foretold of the Muslims conquering Mecca by military force is self-fulfilling prophecy. Logic alone supports that successfully self-fulfilling a prophecy is not true prophecy.
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