God has put a hunger for Himself in every human heart to cause us to seek Him. Many Muslims think, however, that this hunger for God somehow is proof that people are basically good and pure. Instead, like a man starving for physical bread, all it shows is that we’re destitute and needy and spiritually empty.
No, it wasn’t. And God used a Muslim shepherd boy, Muhammed edh-Dhib, to prove beyond all doubt that He had preserved His word accurately. It so happened that in the winter of 1946-47 Muhammed and his cousin, Jum’a, were herding goats near the Dead Sea in Palestine, when, by the will of God, Muhammed discovered a cave full of ancient scrolls.
Muslims should trust what the Bible says because the Qur’an commands them to say to Jews and Christians, “We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you...” (Sura 29:46). And what are the revelations that came down to the People of the Book? Sura 3:3 states that God Himself sent down the Law to Moses and the Gospel to Jesus.
God spoke to Hagar and gave her prophecies on two occasions. She was a very spiritual, remarkable woman. When our father Abraham visited Egypt, Pharaoh gave him many gifts and slaves. One of the Egyptian slave girls had such special qualities that she was chosen to serve as handmaid to Abraham’s wife, Sarah.
Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, was a direct descendant of Ishmael through his second son, Kedar. Muhammad received revelations from an angel whom he believed to be Gabriel. These revelations later became the book of the Muslims, known as the Qur'an.