"As we Muslims all know Prophet Mohammed was described as the walking Qur’an."
She was discussing how Muhammad exemplified the message of the Quran so well that they could essentially follow his example and "keep" the Quran so to speak. Fair enough. But the terminology just stuck with me and later I replied to her in the comments section about it. Tonight while I was walking around the neighborhood I decided that I wouldn't be able to finish my thoughts on Quran 7 and really wanted to reflect more on this topic first anyway. This is what I wrote in the comments of my post in reply to S's words about Muhammad.
I mused over this a bit and got to thinking how this was so similar to how we think of Jesus. Get this....
You believe Muhammad was "walking Quran" and the Quran to you is the Word of God, right? So in a sense Muhammad is the Word of God in the flesh.
Christians often say Jesus is the Word of God...the Word of God made flesh. See this from John 1:
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.
14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
It's quite amazing how similarly we think of our respective "prophets of most distinction," isn't it? This came to me more after I'd already replied to you and I thought later maybe it was worth sharing. I do realize Christians think of Jesus as God, and Muslims don't think of Muhammad that way so there is that HUGE difference, however, this "Word of God made flesh" similarity between the two was quite interesting. :)
The words of someone expresses that person. Our thoughts, ideas and comments are really not worth much if we cannot express them so that others can hear or read or experience them. Therefore I see how important the Word of God is and even how "it" is part of Him. How "it" can be Him. Maybe this is why Jesus said if you've seen me, you've seen the Father. He was an expression of God, the Word of the Almighty. You read the Gospels and see how entwined God's message and Jesus are. Jesus, the expression (Word) of God? Perhaps.
The only thing I want to add is that also I believe many Muslims believe the Quran is uncreated and eternal which is also how we see Jesus. (Of course if we truly believe him to be God!)
Jesus himself shocked the Jews of his day when he said that Abraham who'd lived hundreds of years prior to Jesus' birth and life on earth had rejoiced to see his day. Here's the passage from John 8.
48The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?"
49"I am not possessed by a demon," said Jesus, "but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death."
52At this the Jews exclaimed, "Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death. 53Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?"
54Jesus replied, "If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word. 56Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."
57"You are not yet fifty years old," the Jews said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"58"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
Soon I will post by thoughts on Quran 7, Lord willing.