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Knowledge as Proof

We turn the Torah and the Gospels: Have the prophetic messengers used as proof, their knowledge and the fact that they speak wisdom or not?

 

The Prophetic messengers using knowledge as proof in the Torah

There are numerous texts in which the Prophets (pbut) use knowledge and wisdom: Moses (pbuh) and his wisdom, Joshua (pbuh), David (pbuh) and Solomon (pbuh), etc. … and in the following two examples of Joseph (pbuh) and Daniel (pbuh).

 

Joseph the Prophet (pbuh) uses as proof his knowledge and wisdom in regards to managing the lands and the people

The caliph of Allah Joseph (pbuh) interprets visions with what Allah taught him and uses as proof his wisdom in managing the Economy of Egypt and its politics.

Gospel of Genesis – chapter 41:

(1 And it came to pass at the end of two full years that Pharaoh dreamed: ….. 8 And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh……) until he called for Joseph (pbuh) by the advice of one of the prisoners who were with Joseph.

And Allah Almighty has made this visions as a reason by which the rightfulness of Joseph (pbuh) was revealed and his supremacy over all the sages and scholars, as he interpreted it and proved that he is a messenger of Allah. And that his knowledge is a proof of his connection with Allah:

Gospel of Genesis – chapter 41:

(15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. 16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace) 

Joseph (pbuh) continues his proof and shows that the knowledge which was given to him by Allah is not only limited to interpreting visions, rather it included his great management and political abilities:

Gospel of Genesis – chapter 41:

(33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt)

And he reveals part of that knowledge by presenting the plan to manage the economy and policy of the country so pharaoh may know as well as all those who were present that they are facing a knowledgeable wise man sent by Allah:

Gospel of Genesis – chapter 41:

(37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants. 38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? 39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, For as much as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: 40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled….)

Daniel the prophet (pbuh) uses as proof his knowledge and him baffling the scholars and elders of his time

Allah Almighty and Exalted shows the king of Iraq a vision so that he may find out about the knowledge of Prophet Daniel (pbuh) and about him being connected to Allah.

The Gospel of Daniel – chapter 2:

(1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him 2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers , and the sorcerer’s, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams….)

And none of the scholars of the wise men were able to interpret his dream for him and explain it:

(…12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. 13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain…)

Until Daniel (pbuh) came and used his knowledge as proof and showed that the vision is from Allah and its knowledge is from Allah and having that knowledge is proof that Daniel (pbuh) is connected to Him Almighty and sent from Him, and the king of Iraq testified to him with such:

(27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days…………. 45 …..the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure 46 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshiped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him. 47 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.)

Jesus (pbuh) shows his knowledge and wisdom as proof.

Jesus (pbuh) uses as proof his knowledge and wisdom that was displayed while he was debating the objectors, answering their questions and their attempts to try him, and here are some texts from the Bible:

The Gospel of Mathew – chapter 13:

(53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. 54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?)

The Gospel of Mark – chapter 1:

(21 And they went into Caper’na-um; and immediately on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.)

The Gospel of Mark – chapter 10:

(1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judæa by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again. 2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. And he answered and said unto them…)

Jesus (pbuh) clarified also that knowledge is an independent proof of the rightfulness of the Prophets (pbut) and that the miracles may differ and they are not according to peoples’ desires.

The Gospel of Luke – chapter 4:

(14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all….22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son? 23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. 24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. 25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed , saving Naaman the Syrian28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way, 31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. 32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.)

And the texts are so many from the Bible. But we shall suffice with that much.

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