The Prophet from the Descendants of Ishmael (Bible Prophecy)
Imâm Ibn Qayyim-il-Jawziyyah (1292-1350CE / 691 AH- 751 AH) writes:
He said in the Torah:
7 Now the Angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. 8 And He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?”
She said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.”
9 The Angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand.” 10 Then the Angel of the LORD said to her, “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude.” 11 And the Angel of the LORD said to her:
“ Behold, you are with child,
And you shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,
Because the LORD has heard your affliction.
12 He shall be a wild man;
His hand shall be against every man,
And every man’s hand against him.
And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
(Genesis 16, New King James version)
These glad tidings explain how her son’s hand will be over all other hands of the creation and that his word will become the highest. Who is described with this attribute if not (prophet) Muhammad bin ‘Abdillâh (sallâ Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam – upon whom be the Peace and Blessings of Allâh)?
Moreover, it says in Genesis:
12 But God said to Abraham, “Don’t be troubled about the boy and the slave woman. Do whatever Sarah tells you. The descendants I promised you will be from Isaac.13 I will also make the descendants of Ishmael into a great nation because he is your son, too.”
(Genesis 21, NCV)
These glad tidings are concerning a person from among his offspring who would receive a great nation. This is no one other than Muhammad bin ‘Abdillâh (sallâ Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) who is a real descendant of Ismâ´îl (Ishmael) and received a great nation.
The one who ponders over these glad tidings will become convinced that the one referred to is the messenger of Allâh (sallâ Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam). The hand of Ismâ´îl (Ishmael) has never been over Ishâq’s (Isaac’s). The fact of the matter is that he was subdued by Ishâq. How could it not be like that since the Prophethood and kingdom was in the hands of the two sons of Ishâq, Isrâ’îl (Israel) and ´Îsuwa (Joshua).
The messenger of Allâh (sallâ Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was thereafter sent and the Prophethood was now transmitted to the offspring of Ismâ´îl. The nations came near him and the kings submitted to him. The Caliphate was to remain in his offspring and will do so until The day of judgement. All nations were now subdued.
It is likewise said in Genesis:
15 God said to Abraham, “I will change the name of Sarai, your wife, to Sarah.16 I will bless her and give her a son, and you will be the father. She will be the mother of many nations. Kings of nations will come from her.”
17 Abraham bowed facedown on the ground and laughed. He said to himself, “Can a man have a child when he is a hundred years old? Can Sarah give birth to a child when she is ninety?”18 Then Abraham said to God, “Please let Ishmael be the son you promised.”
19 God said, “No, Sarah your wife will have a son, and you will name him Isaac. I will make my agreement with him to be an agreement that continues forever with all his descendants.
20 “As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will bless him and give him many descendants. And I will cause their numbers to grow greatly. He will be the father of twelve great leaders, and I will make him into a great nation.
(Genesis 17, NCV)
His descendants are aimed at here. His descendants are those whom Allâh multiplied a lot and made into chiefs and a great nation. No one other than the messenger of Allâh (sallâ Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) possessed these signs from the descendants of Ismâ´îl (Ishmael). His nation filled the corners of the world and overwhelmed the offspring of Ishâq by lengths.
Author: Imâm Ibn Qayyim-il-Djawziyyah
Source: Hadiyyat-ul-Hayârâ, pp. 95-97
Reference: Darulhadith, Sweden