Muhammad is the seal of the prophets, what is this seal?

Hairy mole of Muhammad

In pre-Islamic time, people were very superstitious including Muhammad that even their physical abnormalities meant bad or lucky signs for them. The statements below are testimonies how Muhammad became the seal of the prophets, and what was his sign that convinced the people to grant him the said title, find out below;

1. [Sahih Muslim 2344c] “Jabir b. Samura reported: I saw the seal on his back as it were a pigeon’s egg.”

2. [Sahih Muslim 2346] “Abdullah b. Sarjis reported: I saw Allah’s apostle and ate with him bread and meat, or he said Tharid (bread soaked in soup). I said to him: Did Allah’s apostle seek forgiveness for you? He said: Yes, and for you, and he then recited this verse: ‘Ask forgiveness for thy sin and for the believing men and believing women’ (xlvii 19). I then went after him and saw the Seal of Prophethood between his shoulders on the left side of his shoulders having spots on it like hairy moles” 

3. [Seal of Prophecy, The Dictionary of Islam by T.P. Hughes] According to a tradition, recorded in the Mishkatu ‘l-Masabih, book iii, ch. 7, it was the size of the knob of a bridal canopy. Others say it was the size of a pigeon’s egg, or even the size of a closed fist.

Shaikh ‘Abdu ‘l-Haqq says “it was a piece of flesh, very brilliant in appearance, and according to some traditions it had secretly inscribed within it, ‘God is one and has no Associate

Khatimu ‘n-Nubuwah. A mole of an unusual size on the Prophets back, which is said to have been the divine seal which, according to the predictions of the Scriptures, marked Muhammad as the “Seal of the Prophets,” Khatimu’n Nabiyin.

4. [Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3643] Narrated As-Sa’ib bin Yazid: “My maternal aunt took me to the Prophet, and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! Indeed my nephew is in pain.’ So he wiped over my head and supplicated for blessings for me. And he performed Wudu and I drank from the water of his Wudu. Then I stood behind his back, and I looked at the seal between his two shoulder blades, and it resembled the egg of a partridge. . . .

5. [Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3620] Then he said: ‘This is the master of the men and jinn, this is the Messenger of the Lord of the worlds. Allah will raise him as a mercy to the men and jinn.’ So some of the older people from the Quraish said: ‘What do you know?’ He said: ‘When you people came along from the road, not a rock nor a tree was left, except that it prostrated, and they do not prostrate except for a Prophet. And I can recognize him by the seal of the Prophethood which is below his shoulder blade, like an apple.‘ . . . 

6. [Ash-Shama’il Al-Muhammadiyah 16] As-Sa’ib ibn Yazid said: ‘My maternal aunt took me to the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), and she said; “O Messenger of Allah, my sister’s son is in pain!” He therefore stroked my head (Allah bless him and give him peace) and supplicated blessing for my sake. He performed the minor ritual ablution. I drank from his ablution water and stood behind his back, whereupon I observed the Seal between his shoulders, and lo and behold, it was like the button of the bridal canopy!”’

7. [Ash-Shama’il Al-Muhammadiyah 17] Jabir ibn Samura said: “I saw the Seal between the shoulders of Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) as a red swelling like the egg of the dove.”

8. [Ash-Shama’il Al-Muhammadiyah 19] Ibrahim ibn Muhammad, one of the offspring of ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, told me: “When ‘Ali described Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace)— then he related the tradition in full—he said: ‘Between his shoulders was the Seal of Prophethood, for he is the Seal of the Prophets’

9. [Ash-Shama’il Al-Muhammadiyah 22] Abu Nadra al-‘Awaqi said: “I asked Sa’id al-Khudri about the Seal of Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace), meaning the Seal of Prophethood, so he said: ‘It was a protrusion of skin on his back.

10. [Ash-Shama’il Al-Muhammadiyah 23] ‘Abdullah ibn Sarjis [al-MuzanI] said: “I came to Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace), while he was among a group of his Companions, so I circled like this behind him. He understood what I wanted, so he threw the cloak off his back. I thus saw the place of the Seal on his shoulders, like a clenched fist surrounded by moles, as if they were warts

11. [Quran 33:40] “Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the Apostle of God, and the seal of the Prophets: and God has full knowledge of all things.” 

From the accounts above, the said ‘seal of the prophets or prophethood’ was referred to the hairy mole on the shoulder of Muhammad. The previous messengers of God confirmed their prophethoods with miracles, but Muhammad confirmed his prophethood with his hairy mole. How can people believe this seal of prophethood which confirmed by a hairy mole? Islamic belief was established on superstition. Muslims boast their prophet as the seal of the prophets as reflected in Quran, only to know that this seal was referred to Muhammad’s hairy mole. It is so sad that devoted Muslims killed Jews and Christians brutally in upholding a Faith founded on a hairy mole.


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How Muhammad met Jibril and became a prophet?

Muhammad holding a sword

Since Muhammad claimed prophethood, we need to check his proofs. He claimed that an angel gave him the first revelation, so let us turn to the history of Islam and flip the pages of their authentic writings. Let us find out what had happened during his encounter with the said angel in the cave of Hira;

Version of Sira:

[Sira no. 152] ‘He came to me,’ said the apostle of God, ‘while I was asleep, with a coverlet of brocade whereon was some writing, and said, “Read!” I said, “What shall I read?” he pressed me with it so tightly that I thought it was death; then he let me go and said, “Read!” I said, “What shall I read?” He pressed me with it again so that I thought it was death; then he let me go and said “Read!” I said, What shall I read?” He pressed me with it the third time so that I thought I was death and said “Read!” I said, “What then shall I read?” And this I said only to deliver myself from him, lest he should do the same to me again. He said: “Read in the name of thy Lord who created, Who created man of the blood coagulated. Read! Thy Lord is the most beneficent, who taught by the pen, Taught that which they knew not unto men.” So I read it, and he departed from me. And I awoke from my sleep, and it was as though these words were written on my heart.”

Version of Bukhari:

[Sahih Bukhari Volume 9, Book 87, Number 111] . . . “The angel came to him in it and said, ‘Read!’ “The Prophet said, ‘I said, “I do not read.” He seized me and squeezed me until all the strength went out of me and then released me and said, “Read!” I said, “I do not read.” Then he seized me and squeezed me a second time until all the strength when out of me and then released me and said, “Read!” I said, “I do not read.” Then he seized me and squeezed me a third time. . . .

“He returned with that and his heart was quaking. He went to Khadija and said, ‘Wrap me up! Wrap me up!’ They wrapped him up until the STATE OF TERROR had left him and then he said to Khadija, ‘What is wrong with me?’……the Prophet became so sad that we heard that his sorrow several times made him want to throw himself off the tops of the mountains.” . . .

COMMENT: From the accounts above, the said spirit did not introduce himself to Muhammad as Angel Gabriel. And also that spirit applied force on him to follow his order. This act terrified Muhammad extremely that he almost took suicide by jumping off the top of the mountain a couple of times. This alleged angel Gabriel is different from the Angel Gabriel described in the Bible who approached to humans with refined behavior, let us quote the incident when Angel Gabriel went to Mary; 

[Luke 1:28-31] When the angel entered her home, he greeted her and said, “You are favored by the Lord! The Lord is with you.” She was startled by what the angel said and tried to figure out what this greeting meant. The angel told her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. You have found favor with God. You will become pregnant, give birth to a son, and name him Jesus.

Because Muhammad did not know the spirit who terrified and squeezed him, Khadija employed a superstitious test to determine whether that spirit was Satan or an Angel. Here is the account or result of Khadija’s test when the said spirit visited Muhammad again;

[Sira No. 154, Ishaq] ‘Get up, O son of my uncle,’ she said, ‘ and sit by my left thigh’. The apostle did so, and she said, ‘Can you see him?’ ‘Yes,’ he said. She said, ‘Then turn round and sit on my right thigh.’ He did so, and she said, ‘Can you see him? ‘When he said that he could she asked him to move and sit in her lap. When he had done this she again asked if he could see him, and when he said yes. She disclosed her form and cast aside her veil while the apostle was sitting in her lap. Then she said, ‘Can you see him?’ And he replied, ‘No.’She said ‘O son of my uncle, rejoice and be of good heart, by God he is an angel and not a Satan.’ I told ‘Abdullah b Hasan this story and he said ‘I heard my mother Fatima, daughter of Husayn, talking about this tradition from Khadija, but as I heard it she made the apostle of God come inside her shift (sexual intercourse), and thereupon Gabriel departed, and she said to the apostle of God, “This verily is an angel and not a Satan” 

COMMENT: From the account above, Khadija and Muhammad performed a lewd scene thinking that if that spirit was of God it should leave from the lewd sight. Good or bad spirits alike could watch what the people are doing everyday including their sexual activity, thus this is a normal view to them. What Khadija did to determine whether that spirit who visited Muhammad was angel Gabriel or Satan is superstitious. It was Khadija who concluded that the spirit who attacked Muhammad was Jibril (supposed angel Gabriel). Personally, Muhammad did not know who was that spirit that squeezed him.  


The Old Testament or Tanakh gives us a tip on how will we identify the false prophet. And it accurately predicted the coming of Muhammad, to quote;

[Deuteronomy 18:20-22] “But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.” “You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. 

COMMENT: Who is the false prophet? It is He who speaks the name of other gods. Muhammad clearly spoke the name of other gods in [Quran 53:19-20]. And also what he prophesied did not come true. 



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