Doug Hardt, pastor of the Iron Range district in Minnesota, has recently published a book titled Who Was Muhammad? An Analysis of the Prophet of Islam in Light of the Bible and the Quran.
Hardt has been serving as a pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for 20 years, eight of which were in a predominantly Muslim region of the world where Hardt learned much about Muhammad and the Quran. His newfound knowledge prompted him to write this book in an effort to help Adventists understand their Muslim relatives, who are part of the second-largest religion in the world.
“I personally learned so much as I lived in a predominantly Muslim region of the world, worked with Muslims, and studied the Quran that I wanted to share the knowledge I received as I studied this issue more,” Hardt said. “I want readers, whether or not they believe Muhammad was of God, to at least be able to evaluate him more in the context of his day and based on what the Quran actually teaches versus on the myths and stories that are circulating about him in the West.”
Hardt, a graduate of Union College, continued, “Like it or not, he is one of the most influential people who has ever lived, so it behooves our church to study his life and teaching. There was a dearth of material on him and on the Quran from an Adventist prophetic perspective, so I wanted at least one book that examines his life and teachings from our perspective.”
Who Was Muhammad? presents a study of the life and times of Muhammad from a historical standpoint. Hardt then takes readers through an in-depth study of the Quran and Muhammad’s teachings in comparison to the teachings of the Bible.
Who Was Muhammad? is published by TEACH Services, and is available through the publisher’s Web site (, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or local bookstores by request.

Alison Lopez-Ramirez works with TEACH Services, an Adventist publisher based in Georgia.
You can hear our interview with Doug on our podcast, The Advance.