The True Qur’anic Foundation
THE QUR’AN LISTS FIVE REASONS WHY ISLAM IS THE TRUE RELIGION OF ALLAH!
IS THERE EVIDENCE SUPPORTING MUHAMMAD’S CLAIMS?
FIVE FOUNDATIONAL PILLARS OF ISLAM AN HONEST SEARCH FOR THE TRUE RELIGION Produced By Pillar of Truth Publications Copyright 2008 Free copies may be printed and distributed but no money is to be made or received for doing so!
If we are to find the one true religion we must be willing to take an intellectually honest look at the alleged foundational evidence of the religion we were raised in and compare our findings with the alleged evidence of other religions. Any religion that cannot stand up to critical examination is not worth following. It makes clear and reasonable sense that the One True Allah [Allah simply means God in Arabic] would back up His One True Religion with clear signs and infallible proofs confirming the Words of its founding Prophet(s) or Apostle(s). If Allah is an Almighty, All-Knowing, and All-Wise God then it is reasonable to expect that His chosen Prophets or Apostles who founded the true religion would speak with infallible utterances and with signs and miracles confirming the true religion of Allah. Hence, there should not be any historical, scientific, doctrinal, or prophetic errors or contradictions inherent within their utterances or inspired writings.
This book entitled, “The Five Pillars of Islam - The True Qur’anic Foundation” deals with the Five Foundational Reasons why the Prophet Muhammad believed Islam to be the One True Religion of Allah rather than the five compulsory duties all Muslims are commanded to keep. The Prophet Muhammad clearly gave five basic foundational pillars in the Qur’an why he thought that Islam was the one true religion of Allah that was to supercede all others.
What do we mean by a foundational religious pillar? A foundational religious pillar consists of a justifiable and factual reason one can submit to others (even one’s critics) giving concrete evidence why ones religion is the true one. And just as a building needs more than one foundational pillar to support its superstructure, so also does the One True Religion of Allah have more than one clear proof [foundational pillar] to give clear testimony to all of mankind that its origin is indeed from Allah.
Moreover, if a devout follower of a particular religion cannot find any substantial evidence to support his or her religious affiliation then it is reasonable to suspect that this religion is false. Many intellectually honest individuals have diligently searched for evidence to support their particular religion but were shocked to find damaging evidence proving that the religion they were raised in was false and that another religion contained a vast array of evidential foundational pillars giving substantial and concrete reasons why it is the One True Faith of Allah. If one’s alleged foundational religious pillars [evidential facts] cannot withstand the critical scrutiny of those who oppose a particular religion, then this religion cannot be a true religion of Allah.
Pagan religious writings are not included in this book because the authors have not found any justifiable evidence to support the veracity of other world religions such as Hinduism or Buddhism. Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are the only world religions covered in this book because Christianity and Islam claim to fulfill the previous revelations given to the Children of Israel.
Since all religions differ from one another on many foundational issues, all cannot be right. Someone must be wrong! Therefore we challenge all people everywhere to examine their particular religious affiliation to make sure it is founded on solid foundational pillars of truth and credibility. If there is no substantial evidence giving justifiable reasons why one is a Catholic, Protestant, Sunni or Shiite believer, then it makes clear sense that this person has been deceived by a false religious system all of his or her life. And if a particular religion is proven to be false, then one must have enough honesty and integrity before Allah to abandon his or her past faith and embrace the true one - even if this means being rejected and persecuted by one’s family, friends, and the religious people associated with one’s culture. For why should anyone spend the rest of his or her entire lifetime diligently pursuing a religion that is not founded by the One true Allah Himself. And why would one knowingly choose to follow a false religion emanating from Satan? Why would anyone knowingly allow himself and his family to end up facing the eternal consequences of a very painful everlasting punishment in hell just to be accepted by the majority of people one knows?
What a tragedy that so many people around the world are wasting their precious lives by dedicating themselves to so many different false religions or diverse sects within these religions? If all religious people everywhere would carefully examine the foundational integrity of their particular religions with an intellectually open and honest heart, then all of humanity would find and acknowledge the One True Religion of Allah.
Unfortunately, most people are not willing to carefully examine their particular religion to make sure it is indeed the right one! Therefore the great majority of people who have lived their short lives here on planet earth will suffer the consequences for choosing to follow one of Satan’s many false religions. The Prophet Jesus said, “If the [spiritually] blind lead the [spiritually blind] both will fall into the ditch (Matthew 5:14).” Both the false religious leaders and their followers shall fall into everlasting punishment. This is why it is necessary for every man and every woman to carefully examine the original foundations of their religious faith. It is very careless and reckless for anyone to take the chance on one’s religion being the right one just because it was the religion he or she was raised in from birth.
Any religion that cannot endure intellectual critique, but has to resort to physical violence to suppress any opposition has very weak foundational pillars. A religion having weak foundational legs cannot be the true religion of Allah. For Allah is Almighty and wise. He could never make the mistake of building His religion without ample foundational pillars to back it up as the one true religion mankind is to follow.
It has been said, “Does it really make sense that the geographical location of ones birth or the particular family tree into which one was born should determine ones religion?” If a person is born in Argentina, he or she will probably be raised a Catholic. If a person is raised in India, he or she will probably be raised a Hindu. And if a person is born in Pakistan he or she will probably be raised a Muslim.
Most religious people on our planet have blindly followed the particular religion into which they were born and raised without carefully examining the intellectual integrity of its foundational pillars. For just as a large building needs strong and true foundational pillars to 3 stand the test of time, so does the one true spiritual religion of Allah have strong and dependable foundational pillars that can withstand all ridicule of men.
If the religion of our family or ancestors is proven false then we must be honest enough to accept the truth about the matter and honestly seek only the truth that comes from Allah. It makes no sense to blindly follow ones particular religion into which one was raised without taking the time to carefully critique the intellectual credibility of its origin.
About two thousand years ago the great ancestors of all later Muslims and Christians did not embrace Islam or Christianity because the vast majority of the world’s population were born and raised as pagans. Just two thousand years ago the religion now known as Islam did not yet exist because the Prophet Muhammad was not born until the seventh century AD. About two thousand years ago Christianity was still in its infancy and Christians were only a very small part of the population of the known world. According to the annals of history, your long distant ancestors were probably pressured to convert into the particular religion you are now embracing today through fear of harsh persecution and even death. The great majority of professing Christians in Europe were coerced and pressured into embracing the various Church State forms of Denominational Christianity. The same can be said of many of the earliest peoples converting to Islam. They were pressured to join the new religion of Islam through fear of forced slavery, heavy taxation, or bodily harm.
It behooves all followers of the various world wide religions to carefully and critically examine the original foundational pillars of their religions and compare the resultant evidence with other world religions to ensure that the particular religion one is following is in fact, the One True Religion of Allah [God] Himself. If the religion you are following does not claim to have any justifiable evidence to supports its claim to be truthful, then it is necessary to question the accuracy of it’s original founder(s). And if there is another religion which does have clear and justifiable foundational religious pillars that cannot be denied, then that religion ought to be cheerfully embraced as the true one.
According to The Qur’an, the true faith of Muslims and Christians is rooted in the unadulterated faith of the Torah of Judaism and the Gospel of Christianity. Yet both Muslims and Christians have tended to ignore much of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures which the prophet Muhammad had declared to be a “guidance” and “light” for true God-fearing worshipers of Allah.
Surah 5: 46-48 “After them we sent Jesus, son of Mary, confirming what he had before him of the Torah, and We gave him the Gospel, wherein is guidance and light, confirming what he had before him of the Torah and a guidance and admonition to the God-fearing. And let the People of the Gospel judge in accordance with what Allah has revealed in it. He who does not judge according to what Allah has revealed - those are the transgressors. And We have revealed to you the Book in truth, confirming the scriptures that preceded it and superceding it.”
Christians who truly worship Allah are commanded by the prophet Jesus to “. . . love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you . . . (Matthew 5:44).” Yet the majority of so called Christians have hated and persecuted Muslims and Jews (and other Christians not subscribing to their particular denominational creeds) through most of recorded history. The supposed followers of Christ thought they were doing Allah service by brutally murdering Muslims, alleged heretical Christians, and Jews. Moreover, the Jews also thought that they did Allah service by murdering many of Allah’s Apostles and Prophets.
The author believes that the spirit and attitude of the prophet Jesus, “Love your enemies,” ought to be practiced whenever we debate with other religions. For the true religion of Allah stands on its own enduring foundational pillars. Allah does not need the power of human might to suppress his detractors. For our Allah is an Almighty and all powerful Allah. If Allah willed, He could easily suppress or kill anyone He chooses at any time. He does not need human might to do so. Surah 2:148 “Surely Allah has power over all things.”
The Prophet Muhammad was truly a very famous and charismatic man of history. He displayed great courage and persistence in the face of rejection, persecution, and great military opposition. But these facts do not make Islam true. The Qur’an teaches that Allah gave the Prophet Muhammad clear proofs inherent in the miraculous nature of the Qur’an. The authors use numerous quotes taken directly from the Qur’an to show the real foundational pillars by which this great world religion was founded upon. Can the following foundational pillars of Islam really hold up to the intellectual scrutiny of all men world wide?
PILLAR #1 THE BIBLE CONFIRMS ISLAM
The “people of the Book” (The Bible) were at first treated very well by the Prophet Muhammad during his early Meccan ministry because Allah had informed him that they would accept him as a true prophet. The Qur’an states that both the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures were in harmony with the Prophet’s new revelations which he claimed to receive from the angel Gabriel. This angel encouraged Muhammad to allay his doubts about the veracity of the Qur’anic Revelations by going to the people of the book (The Bible).
Islamic History reveals that Muhammad first thought it was an evil spirit that was forcing him to start this new religion so he had much doubt about these revelations being truly from Allah. Therefore, the Qur’an declares that Allah comforted Muhammad with the following words:
“If you were in doubt as to what We have revealed unto you, then ask those who have been reading The Book (The Bible) from before you: The truth has indeed come to you from your lord. So be in no wise of those in doubt.” Qur’an 10:94
There is abundant historical Muslim Commentary to prove (along with the original Arabic Text) that Allah Himself was encouraging the Prophet Muhammad to ask those who have knowledge of the previous Bible Revelations if he was “in doubt” or did “not know” for sure that the Qur’an was a true confirmation of the Torah and the Gospel. Hence, the Qur’an clearly declares that the truth of the Islamic Religion is founded on the truth of the previous scriptures in The Bible. When Muhammad eventually did meet with and ask those who have been reading the Book (The Bible) they rejected him as a false prophet.
The following verses from the Qur’an provide sufficient evidence to prove that the People of the Book never allayed Muhammad’s doubts, nor did his encounters with Christians and Jews confirm the veracity of the new Islamic Religion: Surah 2:145 “Were you even to come to the People of the Book with every proof, they will not follow your Qibla, nor will you follow their Qibla.”
Surah 5:51 “O believers, do not take the Jews and the Christians as friends: some of them are friends of each other. Whoever of you takes them as friends is surely one of them. Allah indeed does not guide the wrongdoers.” Surah 2:109 “Many of the People of the Book wish, out of envy, to turn you back into unbelievers after the Truth had become manifest to them.” Surah 9:29 “Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given as believe neither in Allah nor the Last Day, who do not forbid what Allah and His Apostle have forbidden, and do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.
Here we have a clear contradiction in which some Surah’s say that the People of the Book would confirm to Muhammad that his revelations were indeed from Allah. Yet other Surah’s say that the People of the Book rejected the Qur’an and were enemies who were opposed to the New Islamic Faith. There are no verses in the Qur’an to show that the Prophet Muhammad ever had his doubts removed by having the People of the Book endorse his revelations in The Qur’an.
The Qur’an itself provides an enormous array of evidence proving that Muhammad had first thought his revelations were in harmony with the previous revelations of both the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures:
QUR’ANIC BELIEF IN THE BIBLE
Surah 2:87 “We have indeed given Moses the Book and after him We sent one Messenger after another. We also gave Jesus, son of Mary clear signs and strengthened him with the Holy Spirit.” Surah 2:285 “All believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books and His Messengers. We make no distinction between any of His Messengers. . .”
Surah 3:3 “He has revealed the Book [Qur’an] to you in truth, confirming what came before it; and He has revealed the Torah and the Gospel.” Surah 3:84 “We believe in Allah and in what has been revealed to us and has been revealed to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes: and in what Moses, Jesus and the Prophets have received from their Lord. We do not discriminate between any of them, and to Him we submit.” Surah 4:47 “O People of the Book [Jews and Christians], believe in what We have revealed confirming what you already possess [The Bible] . . .” Muhammad declared that the Qur’an of the 7th Century was a confirmation of the divine revelations that the Jews and Christians “already possessed” in their Holy Bible of the 7th Century! If Muhammad believed that the Jewish and Christian Scriptural Revelations had been corrupted in any way, then why did he not warn mankind about it? Surah 4:163 “We have revealed to you, as We revealed to Noah and the Prophets after him. And We revealed to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes; and to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron and Solomon; and We gave David a Book [Psalms].” Surah 5:43,44 “. . . they are in possession of the Torah, which contain Allah’s judgments . . . We have indeed revealed the Torah wherein is guidance and light. By it the Prophets who submitted themselves [to Allah] did judge among the Jews, as did the rabbis and the masters, according to what they were made to guard of Allah’s Book . . . Whoever does not judge according to what Allah has revealed, those are the unbelievers.”
Muhammad did not say that the Torah “was a guidance and light” because it has now been corrupted. Muhammad emphatically declared that the Torah [Hebrew Bible] “is” a “guidance and light.” Any honest reader of the Qur’an would be encouraged to read the Torah during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th Century. Surah 10:37 “This Qur’an could never have been produces except by Allah. It is a confirmation of that [which was revealed] before it and an exposition of the Book. There is no doubt about it. It is from the Lord of the Worlds.” Surah 10:94 “So, if you are in doubt concerning what We have revealed to you then ask those who have been reading the Book before you. [Jews and Christians] Indeed, the truth has come to you from your Lord; so do not be one of the doubters.” Surah 12:111 “It [The Qur’an] is not an invented tale, but a confirmation of what came before it.” Surah 13:43 “The unbelievers say: ‘You are not a Messenger.’ Say: ‘Allah suffices as a witness between me and you, as well as those who have a knowledge of the Book [Jews and Christians having the previous revelations of the Old and New Covenant Scriptures].”
Surah 16:43 “We have sent forth, before you, none but men to whom We have revealed. So ask those [Christians and Jews who have knowledge of the scriptures] who have knowledge if you do not know.”
Muhammad was greatly disappointed to find the Christians and Jews rejecting his Revelations. If the Bible really was in harmony with the Qur’an, then we should expect Muslims everywhere to be reading it along with the Qur’an. Why did the Muslims who invaded Jewish and Christian lands not also seize and utilize their Scriptures? Unfortunately, Muslim invaders burnt the Septuagint [Greek Translation of the Old Testament Scriptures] with the other books in the vast ancient library of Alexandria Egypt. It is recorded that Caliph Omar gave his Muslim army the order to destroy all the books of the conquered Alexandrian Library which disagreed with the Qur’an:
“When Muslim invaders took over the city, a general asked him what should be done with the books contained in the library. His famous reply was, “If they agree with the book of Allah [The Qur’an], they are not required, if they disagree, they are not desired, therefore destroy them.”
One would think that just as Christians everywhere read the Jewish Bible along with their Christian Scriptures (because they claim that their scriptures confirm and harmonize with the previous Jewish Scriptures) so Muslims everywhere would be reading the Jewish and Christian Scriptures to show their support for the Qur’an. Surah 29:46 “Do not dispute with the people of the Book save in the fairest way; except for those of them who are evildoers. And say:’ We believe in what has been sent down to us and what has been sent down to you. Our God and your God are one and to Him we are submissive.”
Muhammad believed in the integrity of the Old and New Covenant Scriptures in the early 7th century AD:
Surah 32:23 “We have, indeed, given Moses the Book; so do not be in doubt concerning his encounter, and We made it a guidance to the Children of Israel.” Surah 40:53,54 “We have indeed given Moses the guidance and bequeathed to the Children of Israel the book, As a guidance and a reminder to people of understanding.”
Notice that Muhammad never warns anyone about the Bible being corrupted in any way! Surah 46:12 “And before it, there came the Book of Moses, as a guidance and a mercy; and this is a corroborating Book in Arabic tongue to warn the wrongdoers and serve as good news to the beneficent.”
Surah 5:68 “Say: O People of the Book [Jews and Christians], you have nothing [that counts] until you observe the Torah and the Gospel and what has been revealed to you from your Lord.”
The Qur’an itself gives abundant testimony to Muhammad’s unquestionable belief in the accuracy of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures of his day. How else could Muhammad expect Christians and Jews to observe what has been revealed in the Torah and the Gospel if he had thought they were corrupted or altered in any way? Wherefore, Muhammad had to believe in the reliability of both the Torah and the Gospel of Jesus that were being used and circulated during Muhammad’s ministry in the early 7th Century.
WHAT ABOUT THE GOSPEL OF BARNABAS?
Many Muslims mistakenly believe that the alleged Gospel of Barnabas is the true gospel of Jesus? Is there any historical evidence to prove the authenticity of this document? Or does the historical evidence prove that this book was forged during the fourteenth century AD?
Even knowledgeable Muslim scholars admit that there is no known existing manuscript called the Gospel of Barnabas until the 15th Century AD. Some have mistakenly confused the well known Epistle of Barnabas with the Gospel of Barnabas but this manuscript bears no resemblance to the 15th Century Gospel of Barnabas which is widely read among Muslims today. The Epistle of Barnabas and the Gospel of Barnabas are two entirely different books. How then could the alleged Gospel of Barnabas be considered a reliable manuscript when there is no record of its use by Christians for over 1400 years of the Christian Era?
The well known Greek manuscripts of the New Testament are vindicated by over 5,686 extent manuscripts surviving from the very beginnings of the Christian Era but the alleged Gospel of Barnabas has no existing manuscripts prior to the 15th century. All trained historians know full well that a book with no surviving manuscripts for 1400 years of history casts serious doubts upon its reliability; especially when we consider that the four gospel narratives of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John survive in manuscripts from every century after the inception of Christianity in the first century AD.
Since there are no surviving quotations or references to prove the Gospel of Barnabas’ existence for over 1400 years of Church History. And since all of the currently used books of New Testament Scripture have been prolifically sited and referenced by early Christian writers from the Second Century onward. And since the Gospel of Barnabas is widely used and quoted from by Muslims of the 15th Century onward but there is no known use of this alleged Gospel for about 900 years of Islamic History from the time of Muhammad; had this Gospel been in existence prior to the 15th Century surely Muslims would have been reading and quoting from it to support the Qur’an for 900 years of Islamic History but they never did so! During these centuries Muslim scholars were having heated debates with Christian scholars. The historical evidence proves that the New Testament Gospel narratives of Jesus which were in use by Christians for almost 2000 years of Christian History comprise the true Gospel of Jesus while the 15th Century AD Gospel of Barnabas is a forged gospel narrative.
There is sufficient historical evidence inherent within the text of the alleged Gospel of Barnabas to prove it is a forgery of the 14th or 15th Century AD. The Gospel of Barnabas speaks of “wooden wine casks” rather than “wine skins.” Wine skins were the only wine containers in use during the first century lifetime of the Biblical Barnabas of New Testament Scripture. Wooden wine casks were used during the Medieval period but were never used during the time of Jesus and his first century apostles. edieval period but were never used during the time of Jesus and his first century apostles. This alleged gospel also details Medieval court procedures, the 100 year Catholic Jubilee instituted by the Catholic Church in 1343 A.D. rather than the Biblical 50 year Jubilee, and an illustration of Medieval feudalism. The Barnabas who lived in the first century A.D. could not have been familiar with the inventions, customs, and practices of the 14th century medieval Europe.
Furthermore, the Gospel of Barnabas alleges that the Prophet Jesus said, “I am not the Messiah.” But the Qur’an clearly teaches that Jesus is the Messiah (See Surah 5:19,75). How then can the alleged Gospel of Barnabas be true for Muslims if it contradicts the Qur’an? Sadly, this spurious fourteenth or fifteenth century document is the only gospel narrative Muslims are reading. The forged gospel of Barnabas is a best seller in Muslim lands because it is the only gospel Muslims can find to bring some harmony with the Qur’an. Amazingly, most Muslims are completely unaware of the historical data that clearly proves that they are not reading the true Gospel of Jesus that Muhammad had declared was “revealed to you from your Lord,” but rather, a latter forgery written at least seven centuries after Muhammad had died!
Surah 5:68 “Say: O People of the Book [Jews and Christians], you have nothing [that counts] until you observe the Torah and the Gospel and what has been revealed to you from your Lord.”
The Gospel of Allah spoken of in this Surah could not have been the same Gospel as the one written hundreds of years after Muhammad had died. The only Gospel of Jesus that has been well known, read, and amply quoted from through every century of Christian History from its earliest beginnings has been the one accepted and received in the New Testament Canon of Scripture currently used by almost all Christians today! There is absolutely no historical data to prove that the book entitled “The Gospel of Barnabas” was written by the first century Apostle of Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is clear and willful self deception for anyone to read and site this forged document as the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
MUHAMMAD DECLARED THE JEWS AS ALLAH’S CHOSEN PEOPLE “ABOVE ALL OTHER PEOPLES”
Surah 44:30-33 “And thus We saved the Children of Israel from the demeaning punishment . . We have indeed chosen them knowingly, above all other peoples; And given them many Signs”
Surah 45:16,17 “In fact, We gave the Children of Israel the Book, the Judgment and the Prophecy. We provided them with the good things, and preferred them to all the other peoples. And We gave them clear proofs of the Decree . . .”
According to these verses in the Qur’an, Muslims ought to love and bless the Jewish People because they are His “Chosen” People which Allah “preferred” “to all other peoples.”.
See Genesis 12:1-3 / Genesis 22:15-18 / Genesis 26:3,4 Allah says in these Torah verses: “I will give for your descendants all these lands (The Lands of Canaan - Now Modern Day Israel).”
ALLAH WARNS ANYONE WHO WOULD FIGHT AGAINST ISRAEL IN THE LAST DAYS
How foolish it is for anyone to think that Non Jewish people should annihilate the Jews and take the land that Allah has promised them! The very fact that the Jewish People have maintained their national identify as a people without a homeland for almost two thousand years and have returned to their homeland as the Nation of Israel is one of the greatest miracles of history. No other nation has survived for two thousand years outside of their national borders and then returned to their original borders without being swallowed up by intermingling with the nations they lived in. This miracle is none other than a wonderful fulfillment of Bible Prophecy that Yahweh God had predicted through the Hebrew Prophets, including the Prophet Jesus. Luke 21:24 “And they [the Jews] will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles [Non Jews] until the time of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
Thus Jesus predicted that non Jews would inhabit Jerusalem until the time non Jewish [Gentile] occupation would be fulfilled. Hence the Jews would return to occupy Jerusalem again. Matthew 24:15 “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”
Jesus clearly predicted that the Jews would return to Judea [Israel] again in the last days and rebuild their temple. The “holy place” was in the Jewish Temple. Therefore, Jesus was predicting another abominable desecration of a third Jewish Temple thousands of years after the first Jewish Temple was desecrated by the Greek King Antiochus Epiphanes of Syria in 167 B.C. The second Jewish Temple was destroyed by the Romans under General Titus in A.D. 70. Therefore Jesus predicted that a third temple would be rebuilt in the last days.
The Biblical Prophet Jeremiah also predicted that the Jews would return to the land of Israel in the last days: Jeremiah 16:14,15 “Therefore behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, that it shall no more be said, Yahweh lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt. But, Yahweh lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them. For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers.”
Since Allah Himself declares, “I will bring them back [The Israelis] into their land which I gave to their fathers,” How can anyone dare to fight the Jews and take their land? Since the Hebrew Prophets have accurately predicted the world wide dispersion and subsequent regathering of the Jews back to the land of Israel which Allah Himself says, “I gave to their fathers,” How can anyone dare fight against the Jews without fighting against Allah?
All nations and peoples who would fight against Israel in these last days need to know that Allah’s Biblical Prophets have given sufficient warning to all nations who would decide to go to war with Israel in the Last Days:
Zechariah 12:2,4,6,8,9 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding people, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will maker Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. In that day, says Yahweh, I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and I will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. . . In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again [by the Jews] in her own place . . . In that day Yahweh [Allah] will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of Yahweh before them. It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”
Zechariah 14:11-15 “. . . Jerusalem shall be inhabited again [by the Jews]. And this shall be the plague with which Yahweh will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths. Such also shall be the plague on the horse and the mule, on the camel and the donkey, and on all the cattle that will be in those camps. So shall this plague be.”
Prior to the advent of nuclear weapons this prophecy seemed to have no natural way of finding fulfillment. After the atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, research teams discovered that eyes and tongues had been instantly burnt out of the victims skulls. The nuclear bomb was so powerful that all flesh was instantly burnt away, even while the people were still standing on their feet. Since horses, mules, donkeys, and camels are very prevalent in the Middle East it makes clear sense that this prophecy will soon be fulfilled in that region. It is no secret that Israel has a stockpile of nuclear weapons! With Iran getting very close to building nuclear weapons it is easy to see how current events in the Middle East might very well fulfill Zechariah’s prophecy before most people get a chance to read this book.
How can Muslims claim that the religion of Islam is in harmony with the Jewish Bible? How can the Qur’an state that the Jews are Allah’s “Chosen People” while the founding Prophet of this religion also advocated hatred and violence against them? The most historically reliable Muslim tradition has the Prophet Muhammad recorded as saying: “The last hour won’t come before the Muslims would fight the Jews and the Muslims will kill them so Jews would hide behind rocks and trees. Then the rocks and trees would call: oh, Muslim, oh, servant of Allah! There is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
In a popular early biography of the life of Muhammad the prophet is recorded as saying, “Kill any Jew that falls into your power.” Again, we can clearly see a blatant contradiction between the previous revelations of the Biblical Hebrew Prophets and the recorded revelations of the Prophet Muhammad. The Biblical Prophets had declared that the enemies of the end time nation of Israel would be severely punished and devoured by Israel because the Israeli soldiers would have Allah’s support but the Prophet Muhammad had predicted many centuries later that Allah will command Muslims to kill and annihilate the end time nation of Israel.
Sadly, Muhammad’s predictions contradict the ancient predictions of the Hebrew Prophets who had predicted that the end time nation of Israel shall never be uprooted: Amos 9:14,15 “I [Allah] will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in THEIR LAND, and no longer shall they be pulled up says Yahweh your Allah.”
The whole world will soon know which source of prophecy contains the true revelation of Allah. Events will soon unfold in the Middle East which will fulfill the ancient prophecies recorded a few thousand years ago. Allah has already protected the nation of Israel against superior hostile forces during the six day war. The ancient Hebrew Prophets declared that the restored nation of Israel is under divine protections from Yahweh God Himself and that any future aggression against Israel will be repelled. According to Ezekiel chapter 38,39, even a massive Russian Army (with many Allies) will be miraculously defeated when they attack Israel. The new nation of Israel will never be defeated until the predicted One World Ruler called The Anti-Christ seizes control of most of Israel just before the Messiah returns to save them.
Allah declared through His Prophet Zechariah that nuclear weapons will one day be used against hostile nations intending to destroy the nation of Israel. It is no accident that Israel has modern state of the art nuclear weapons and is poised for a probable strike on Iran. If Bible Prophecies are true, the Muslim countries intending to destroy Israel [possibly through nuclear weapons] will themselves be devastated by nuclear weapons!
Nineteen years ago, Mordecai Vanunu, a technician at the secret nuclear weapons production facility at Dimona in Israel, revealed to his fellow citizens and to the world truths about these activities that had long been concealed and denied by his government. What he revealed was not merely that Israel was a nuclear weapons state; that had been known for more than a decade on the basis of widely-publicized leaks in the United States about official American intelligence estimates to this effect. Vanunu’s photographs and interviews with the London Sunday Times revealed that Americans and all others had substantially underestimated the pace and scale of the Israel’s secret and un-inspected production of nuclear materials and warheads, especially since the early ‘70’s. New estimates on the basis of his revelations put the Israeli arsenal in 1986 at some 200 warheads (rather than 20), making it the third or possibly fourth largest nuclear power, ahead of Britain and probably ahead of France. After nineteen more years of production, that ranking remains valid, with Israel probably possessing at least 400 Nuclear Bombs.
Mordecai Vanunu went on to reveal Israel’s purpose for such a large arsenal of nuclear weapons. The following quote is taken from statements made by Mordecai Vanunu back in December 2005:
“The Israeli government is preparing to use nuclear weapons in its next war with the Islamic world. Here where I live, people often talk of the Holocaust. But each and every nuclear bomb is a Holocaust in itself. It can kill, devastate cities, destroy entire peoples.”
Let the reader beware: Israel is going to use nuclear weapons against its hostile neighbors in the very near future just as Allah’s Prophets had predicted a few thousand years ago! The whole world will see these prophesies fulfilled before their very eyes and many will admit in their hearts that the Prophet Muhammad’s Anti-Semitism was against the will of Allah! Allah is calling all people to repent and believe in His true Messiah, the Prophet Jesus.
The anti-Semitism of Muhammad carries on to most Muslims of the modern era. How can any true Prophet of Allah hate the very people who gave us the prophets and the lively oracles of Allah in the sacred scriptures? How can any Prophet hate the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and the Prophets? The Prophet Jesus was also a Jew! False Christian Denominations have hated and persecuted the Jews but true worshipers of Allah will respect and bless the descendants of Jacob. It was Allah Himself who renamed Jacob by the name of “Israel (Genesis 32:28).”
Just as Nazi Germany could not win World War II because it tried to annihilate the Jews, so also, any nation who will try to annihilate the Jews in the future will always lose! Why is it impossible to annihilate the Jewish People? If the Jews were wiped out it would go against the prophesies of Allah as recorded in the writings of the ancient Hebrew Prophets thousands of years ago!
MUHAMMAD’S BELIEVED IN THE ACCURACY OF THE BIBLE BUT CHARGED CHRISTIANS AND JEWS WITH CONCEALING ITS CONTENTS
Surah 5:15 “O People of the Book [Christians and Jews], Our Messenger came to you to show you much of what you use to conceal of the Book . . .” Muhammad charges Christians and Jews with concealing much of the contents of their scriptures but Muhammad never claims that their scriptures were inaccurate or corrupted in any way.
Surah 6:91 “Who revealed the Book which was brought by Moses as a light and guidance to mankind? You put it in scrolls which you reveal, while you conceal much. And now you are taught [the Qur’an] what neither you nor your fathers knew. Say: Allah [revealed it]. Then leave them to revel in their nonsense. And this is a Book which We revealed. It is blessed and confirms what preceded it . . .”
According to Jewish and Christian scholars, Muhammad’s firm belief in the Torah of Moses and the Gospel of Jesus presents a grave problem for Muslim adherents. For how can Allah declare that the Qur’an confirms the Jewish and Christian Scriptures? How can the Bible be in harmony with the Islamic Message Muhammad was receiving in the early seventh century when the early seventh century scriptures were not in harmony with the Qur’an. One of the true foundational pillars Islam is the supposed unity of the previous scriptures [revelations] with the Qur’an. All Muslim adherents clearly have a grave problem in reconciling the Qur’an with many chapters and verses of the Bible that clearly contradict the Surah’s and verses of the Qur’an.
THE FOLLOWING BIBLE AND QUR’ANIC VERSES CONTRADICT EACH OTHER
DEAF AND DUMB PEOPLE CURSED IN THE QUR’AN
Surah 8:22,23 “The worst beasts in Allah’s sight are the deaf and dumb who do not understand. If Allah knew of any good in them, He would have made them hear; and had He made them hear, they would still have turned away defiantly.”
Muhammad’s view of Allah’s love and compassion blatantly contradicts the words and works of the Prophet Jesus. Muhammad blames Allah for cursing people with birth defects but Jesus exemplifies Allah’s love and compassion by healing and blessing people with birth defects.
DEAF AND DUMB PEOPLE MIRACULOUSLY HEALED IN THE BIBLE
The Gospel clearly shows Jesus healing the deaf and the dumb: Mark 7:32-37 “Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him. Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.. Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.”
THE QUR’AN FURTHER CURSES BLIND PEOPLE WITH ETERNAL BLINDNESS
Surah 17:72 “And he who is blind in this world will be blind in the Hereafter and will stray even more from the right Way.”
Just as Muhammad condemned the deaf and the dumb so it appears that he also condemns the blind. The same reasoning as the deaf and the dumb can also be applied to the blind. “If Allah knew of any good in them, He would have made them to see.” If the deaf and the dumb are cursed as “beasts” in the Qur’an then it makes sense that Muhammad also believed that physical blindness would also be a curse from Allah.
THE BIBLE SAYS JESUS HEALED BLIND PEOPLE AND BLESSED THEM
When the disciples asked Jesus for the reason why a man was born blind they asked, “Who sinned, this man or his parents.” Jesus retorted, “neither this man sinned, nor his Parents.” John 9:1-7 “Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. . . When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with His saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam . . . So he went and washed, and came back seeing.”
THE QUR’AN SAYS ADAM AND EVE’S FIRSTBORN CHILD WAS RIGHTEOUS
Surah 7:189,190 “. . . Then when he [Adam] approached her [Eve] she bore a light burden and so she carried on easily. When she became heavy, they called upon Allah, their Lord, saying: ‘If You grant us a righteous child, we shall be thankful.’ He then gave them a righteous child [Cain].”
THE BIBLE SAYS ADAM AND EVE’S FIRSTBORN SON WAS CURSED FOR HIS WICKEDNESS
The Torah calls the firstborn child of Adam and Eve, Cain. Genesis 4:1,2;8-11 proves that Cain was not righteous. Cain murdered his brother Abel. Adam and Eve had a third Son named Seth. Seth was the one to carry on the righteous line of descendants - not Cain who was cursed!
THE QUR’AN SAYS THAT MOSES FELL UNCONSCIOUS WHEN MOUNT SINAI WAS LEVELED TO THE GROUND
Surah 7:143 “And when Moses came on Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said: ‘Lord, show me [Yourself] so that I may look at You.’ He [Allah] said: ‘You will not see Me but look at the mountain. If it stays in its place, you shall see Me.’ But when his Lord revealed Himself to the mountain, He leveled it to the ground and Moses fell down unconscious. When he woke up he said: ‘Glory be to You, I repent unto You and I am the first of the believers.”
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT MOUNT SINAI SMOKED AND QUAKED BUT NO MENTION WAS MADE OF MOSES FALLING UNCONSCIOUS NOR WAS MOUNT SINAI EVER LEVELED TO THE GROUND
Exodus 19:18 says that Mount Sinai “smoked” and “quaked” but no mention is made of it being leveled. Nor is there any mention of Moses falling to the ground unconscious. See Exodus 33:18-23 / Exodus 34:5-8, 35
THE AUTHOR OF THE QUR’AN CONFUSES THE ARMY OF SAUL WITH THE ARMY OF GIDEON
Surah 2:249 “And when Saul set out with his troops he said: Allah will test you with a river. He who drinks from it is no part of me, but he who does not drink from it is part of me, except for him who scoops up with his hand a handful from it. They drank from it except for a few of them; but when he, along with those who believed, crossed it, they said: Today we are unable to face Goliath and his troops. But those of them who believed that they would need Allah said: How many a small band has defeated a large one by Allah’s Leave.”
THE BIBLE SAYS IT WAS GIDEON’S ARMY THAT WAS TESTED WITH DRINKING WATER, NOT SAULS
Muhammad clearly confuses Saul’s Army with Gideon’s Army: Judges 7:4-7 “But Yahweh said to Gideon, The people are still too many: bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. Then it will be, that of whom I say to you, This one shall go with you, the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, this one shall not go with you, the same shall not go. So he brought the people down to the water. And Yahweh said to Gideon, Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on the knees to drink. And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men; but all the rest of the people got down on their knees to drink water. Then Yahweh said to Gideon, By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. . .” THE QUR’AN RECORDS ZACHARIAH’S LOSS OF SPEECH LASTED ONLY 3 DAYS Surah 3:38-41 “Thereupon, Zachariah prayed to his Lord saying: ‘Lord, grant me from Your Bounty fine descendants . . . He said: ‘Lord, how will I have a son, seeing I have been overtaken by old age and my wife is barren?’ . . . He said: ‘Lord, give me a sign’ Allah said: ‘Your sign is that you will not speak to anybody for three days, except by signs . . .”
THE BIBLE RECORDS THAT ZACHARIAH LOST HIS SPEECH FOR 9 MONTHS Luke 1:18-24 and Luke 1:57-66 state that Zechariah was not able to speak for about 9 months. THE QUR’AN SAYS ABRAHAMS FATHERS NAME WAS AZAR Surah 6:74 “And when Abraham said to his father Azar . . .”
THE BIBLE SAYS IT WAS TERAH Genesis 11:27 says Abrahams fathers name is “Terah.”
THE QUR’AN HAS ONE OF NOAH’S SONS DROWNING IN THE FLOOD Surah 11:42,43 “And as it sailed along with them amid waves like mountains, Noah called out to his son, who stood apart: ‘My son, embark with us, and do not remain with the unbelievers.’ He said: ‘I will seek refuge in a mountain that will protect me from water.’ . . . Then the waves came between them and so he was one of those who were drowned.”
THE BIBLE GIVES NO SUCH ACCOUNT OF AN ALLEGED FOURTH SON OF NOAH BEING DROWNED If Noah had a fourth son it is highly improbable that the book of Genesis would have failed to mention this! Genesis 6:10 records the three sons of Noah prior to the ark’s construction. There is no mention of a fourth son of Noah. Genesis 6:10 “And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”
MUHAMMAD HAS JACOB DISBELIEVING HIS SONS REPORT THAT JOSEPH WAS DEVOURED BY A WILD BEAST Surah 12:17,18 “They said [Joseph’s Brothers]: ‘Our father, we went away racing and left Joseph by our baggage; and so the wolf devoured him. You will not believe us, even if we are truthful.’ And they stained his shirt with false blood. He said [Jacob]: ‘Rather, your souls tempted you to do something. So come gentle patience! To Allah I turn for help against what you say.’”
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT JACOB BELIEVED “A WILD BEAST HAS DEVOURED HIM [JOSEPH].” Genesis 37:31-34 Jacob said: “a wild beast has devoured him [Joseph].” Jacob further stated: “without doubt Joseph is torn in pieces.”
MUHAMMAD BELIEVED BOTH PARENTS OF JOSEPH ENTERED EGYPT Surah 12:99,100 “Then, when they went in to Joseph, he lodged his parents with him and said: ‘Enter Egypt, Allah willing, in security.’ And he raised both his parents to the high seat, and they fell prostrate before him.”
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT JOSEPH’S MOTHER RACHEL HAD DIED IN CANAAN Joseph’s biological mother died on the way to Ephrath: “So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).” Genesis 35:19 Jacob’s second wife, Leah (not his biological mother) also died in the land of Israel prior to the Israelite migration to Egypt: “There I buried Leah . . . In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre in the land of Canaan . . .”
MUHAMMAD SAYS LOT’S FAMILY FLED SODOM IN A WATCH OF THE NIGHT Surah 15:62,65,66 “And when the messengers [the angels] came to the family of Lot . . . Set out, then, with your family in a watch of the night . . . And we conveyed to him this decree that these [sinners] will be rooted out in the morning.”
THE BIBLE SAYS LOT’S FAMILY FLED SODOM “WHEN THE MORNING DAWNED”
Genesis 19:15-17 clearly states that it was already morning when the angels took their hands [Lots family] and led them out of the city because they were lingering to long. “When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city. And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, Yahweh being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”
MUHAMMAD STATES THERE WERE ONLY NINE PLAGUES ON EGYPT
Surah 17:101 “And We gave Moses nine clear signs. Ask the Children of Israel, then, how, when he came to them and Pharaoh said to him: ‘I really think you are bewitched, O Moses.’
THE BIBLE SAYS THERE WERE TEN PLAGUES UPON EGYPT
The Qur’an declares only 9 Plagues but the Bible says that there were 10 Plagues.
1. Exodus 7:17 Waters turned to blood.
2. 8:13 Frogs
3. 8:16 Lice
4. 8:21 Flies
5. 9:3 Pestilence on Cattle
6. 9:9 Boils
7. 9:18 Hail
8. 10:4 Locusts
9. 10:21 Darkness
10. 11:5 Death of the firstborn
THE QUR’AN HAS SOLOMON BEING GIVEN POWER TO COMMAND THE WIND WHEREVER HE WISHED
Surah 38:34-36 “And We tried Solomon and sat upon his throne a dead body; then he repented. He said: ‘Lord, forgive me and grant me a kingdom that no one after me will deserve; you are indeed the All-Giver.’ So, Surah 15:28-34 “When I have fashioned him and breathed into him of My Spirit, fall down prostrating yourselves to him [Allah’s command to the angels to prostrate before Adam]. The We subjected the wind unto him, to blow at his command softly, wherever he wished.”
THE BIBLE MAKES NO SUCH CLAIM FOR SOLOMON
It is hard to believe Muhammad’s story! If God had granted Solomon such power, surely it would have been recorded somewhere in the Bible. The scriptures record in great detail all the works Solomon and his great wisdom but there is absolutely no scriptural or historical information to corroborate Muhammad’s claim that Solomon actually controlled the weather.
THE QUR’AN SAYS SATAN FELL FOR NOT PROSTRATING HIMSELF BEFORE ADAM
Surah 7:11-18 “And We created you, then fashioned you, then said to the angels: ‘Prostrate yourselves to Adam’; so they prostrated themselves, except for Satan who was not one of those who prostrated themselves. He [Allah] said: ‘What prevented you from prostrating yourself when I commanded you?’ He [Satan] said: ‘I am better than he; You created me from fire, and You created him from clay.’ He said [Allah]: ‘Get down from it [Heaven], then it is not given you to be arrogant therein. Get out; you are indeed one of the lowly.’ . . . Satan said [to Allah]; ‘Because you have misled me, I will lie in wait for them [mankind] on your Straight Path . . . He [Allah] said: ‘Get out of it despised and vanquished. I will fill Hell with all who follow you?’” Surah 15:28-34 “When I have fashioned him and breathed into him of My Spirit, fall down prostrating yourselves to him [Allah’s command to the angels to prostrate before Adam]. The angels prostrated themselves, all together. Except for Satan who refused to be one of those who prostrate themselves. He said [Allah]: ‘O Satan, what keeps you from being one of those who prostrate themselves?’ He said [Satan]: ‘I refuse to prostrate myself before a mortal You created from potter’s clay out of molded slime.’ He said [Allah]: ‘Get out of here, then, for you are surely accursed.’”
Surah 7:20-25 “Then began Satan to whisper suggestions to them . . . ‘Your Lord only forbade you this tree, lest you should become angels. Or such beings as live forever.’ . . . So by deceit he brought their fall: when they tasted of the tree . . .”
THE QUR’AN FURTHER STATES THAT ADAM AND EVE WERE CREATED AS MORTALS
Surah 15:28-34 “. . .. The angels prostrated themselves, all together. Except for Satan who refused to be one of those who prostrate themselves. He said [Allah]: ‘O Satan, what keeps you from being one of those who prostrate themselves?’ He said [Satan]: ‘I refuse to prostrate myself before a mortal’ . .”
The Qur’an states that Angels were created as immortal beings while Adam and Eve were created as mere mortal beings, even before they ate the forbidden fruit. If Angels were created immortal and Adam and Eve were created as mortals then why would Allah command the Angels to prostrate themselves before their inferiors?
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT ADAM AND EVE WERE CREATED AS IMMORTAL BEINGS
Genesis 2:16,17 “And Yahweh God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Hence, Adam and Eve were not to die as long as they did not eat of the forbidden fruit. Since Adam and Eve did not immediately die on the day they ate the forbidden fruit, it is clear that their disobedience brought on a natural law of death that immediately began to work in their bodies from that day forward. They would immediately begin the aging process toward certain death and were immediately susceptible to sickness, disease, and death.
Thus the Qur’an not only contradicts the Biblical narrative by stating that Adam and Eve were created as immortal beings (before eating the forbidden fruit) but it also contradicts basic logic: If Adam and Eve were created as mere mortal beings and the angels were created as immortal beings, then why would Allah command the angels to prostrate themselves before them?
THE BIBLE SAYS SATAN FELL THROUGH PRIDE AND REBELLION AGAINST ALLAH
Isaiah 14:12-15 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer [Satan’s Name as an Angel before his fall], son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol [Hell], to the lower depths of the Pit.”
Revelation 12:3-5; 7-9 “And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon [Symbolizing Satan] . . . His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven [Angels are repeatedly called Stars throughout the Bible - 1/3 of the Angels followed Satan’s Rebellion] and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman [Symbolizing Israel] who was ready to give birth, to devour her child as soon as it was born [Jesus]. She bore a male child [Jesus] who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her child [Jesus] was caught up to God and His throne. And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought. But they did not prevail, now was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
The Hebrew Scriptures inform us that Satan was an arch-angel called “Lucifer” prior to rebelling against Allah through his lofty ambition to be just like Allah. Satan wanted to exalt his throne above the other angels of God and to become exactly like the Most High. The Greek Scriptures further inform us that Satan also led a revolt in heaven, drawing one third of the angels to make war against Allah and His remaining loyal angels. Other Scriptures reveal that Satan and his fallen angels are still engaged in spiritual warfare against Allah’s holy angels unto this day (See Daniel 10:12,13,20). Wherefore, the Qur’anic account of Satan’s fall and the Biblical account are completely different!
THE QUR’AN SAYS IT IS ALLAH WHO MISLEADS PEOPLE ASTRAY
Surah 6:39 “ Whoever Allah pleases, He will lead astray; and whoever He pleases, He will lead onto a straight path.”
Surah 6:125 “Whomever Allah wants to guide, He opens his heart up to Islam, and whomever He wants to lead astray, He makes his heart extremely constricted . . . Thus Allah inflicts his punishment upon those who do not believe.”
Surah 7:11-18 “Satan said [to Allah]; ‘Because you have misled me, I will lie in wait for them [mankind] on your Straight Path . . .”
Surah 7:178 “Whomever Allah guides is well-guided; and whomever He leads astray - those are the losers.”
Surah 17:46 “And We have placed veils upon their hearts and deafness in their ears lest they understand it.”
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT ALLAH CANNOT MISLEAD PEOPLE ASTRAY - SATAN DOES!
According to the Bible, Allah does not lead people astray, nor does he place veils on hearts and minds. The Bible shows that Satan is the great deceiver who “deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9) and leads people astray from the true religion of Allah. 2 Corinthians 4:3,4 “The god of this age [Satan] has blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest the glorious gospel of Christ who is the image of God should shine unto them.”
Surah 15:39 “[Satan said]: ‘My Lord [Allah], since you misguided me, I will make what is foul on earth seem fair to them, and I shall mislead them all.’”
How is it that The God of the Qur’an leads people astray? How can a just God misguide anyone? The Bible never declares that Allah misleads or misguides anyone. In The Bible Book of 1 Kings 22:20-22 a Demon [Fallen Angel of Satan] said to Allah: “I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his [King Ahab’s] prophets.” Allah allowed a demon to lie to the apostate King Ahab because of his great wickedness in order to get him to fall at Ramothgilead. Therefore, it was a lying and deceiving spirit from Satan that actually misguided Ahab which led to his death. Allah was not the One who lied, deceived, or misguided!.
Misguiding into error involves lies and deceptions. Hebrews 6:8 declares that “. . . it is impossible for God to lie.” See also Titus 1:2 and 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12. In the Bible, God gives men over to the “strong delusion” and lies of the Devil because they receive not the love of the truth that they might be saved but it is never God who actually misguides, deceives, or lies to anyone.
THE QUR’AN ALLOWS DIVORCED WIVES TO REMARRY THEIR FORMER HUSBANDS Surah 2:230,232 “If he divorces her, she shall not be lawful to him again until she has married another husband. If the latter divorces her, then it is no offence if they go back to each other, if they both think that they shall keep within Allah’s Bounds. Those are Allah’s Bounds which He makes clear to men who have knowledge. . . If you divorce your women and they reach the end of their waiting period, do not prevent them from marrying their former husbands if they agree among themselves in a rightful manner.”
THE BIBLE FORBIDS DIVORCED WOMEN FROM REMARRYING FORMER HUSBANDS Deuteronomy 24:1-4 “When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some uncleanness in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house, when she has departed from his house, and goes and becomes another man’s wife. If the latter husband detests her and writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house, or if the latter husband dies who took her as his wife, Then the former husband who divorced her must not take her back to be his wife after she has been defiled; for that is an abomination before Yahweh, and you shall not bring sin on the land which Yahweh your God is giving you as an inheritance.”
THE QUR’AN’S PUNISHMENT FOR ADULTERY IS 100 LASHES Surah 24:2 “The adulteress and the adulterer, whip each one of them a hundred lashes; and let no pity move you in Allah’s religion.”
ADULTERY IN THE BIBLE [HEBREW SCRIPTURES] IS PUNISHABLE BY DEATH Deuteronomy 22:22 also completely opposes both contradictory QUR’ANIC teachings. “If a man is found lying with a woman married to a husband, then both of them shall die - the man that lay with the woman, and the woman; so you shall put away the evil from Israel.” Leviticus 20:10-13 “The adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” See also Deuteronomy 17:5,6
THE QUR’AN SAYS FOUR WITNESSES ARE NECESSARY TO ACCUSE WOMEN OF SEXUAL IMMORALITY
Surah 24:4 “Those who accuse chaste women, then cannot bring four witnesses, whip them eighty lashes and do not even accept their testimony. For those are the wicked sinners.”
What are the chances that four people will witness the act of adultery? What would one, two, or even three people who witness the act of adultery do if they knew they needed to produce four witnesses to publicly accuse a woman of immorality? If they lacked a fourth witness they knew that they themselves would be whipped eighty lashes for accusing a women without having a total number of four witnesses. It is obvious that they would say absolutely nothing! Immorality would easily go unpunished!
THE BIBLE SAYS TWO OR THREE WITNESSES ARE NECESSARY FOR ALL ACCUSATIONS TO BE LEGALLY CONSIDERED
Deuteronomy 19:15 “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.” 2 Corinthians 13:1 “By the mouth of two or three witnesses, every word shall be established.”
MUHAMMAD’S FAVORITE WIFE AISHA ACCUSED OF ADULTERY
Surah 24:11 “Those who spread the slander are a band of you.”
Islamic history reveals that the favorite wife of Muhammad was accused of adultery by witnesses but the witnesses were not sufficient in number to convict Aisha. Muhammad had subsequently declared that four witnesses were necessary to convict anyone of wrong doing. Muhammad then gave commandment to publicly whip anyone who accuses a Muslim women of immorality if they lacked at least four eye witnesses.
It is highly unlikely that four people would catch a woman in the act of adultery at the same time. And even if two or three Muslims witnessed wrongdoing, they would be afraid to tell anyone for fear of being labeled as wicked false witnesses and being publicly humiliated and whipped with 80 lashes (Surah 24:4).
According to the Torah, if a single person witnessed the act of adultery it would be noted and possibly investigated for more evidence but the witness would not be whipped 80 lashes just for making the accusation without three other eyewitnesses. If it could be proved that a witness was making a false accusation (not just because he or she was the only witness) then the false witness would be punished with the same punishment that he or she thought to have done unto the accused.
Deuteronomy 19:18,19 “And the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if this witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you.”
THE VERY SAME SURAH THEN COMMANDS MUSLIMS NOT TO ENTER HOUSES UNANNOUNCED OR WITHOUT PERMISSION
Surah 24:27,28 “O believers, do not enter houses other than your own before you ask leave and greet their occupants . . .If you find no one in them, do not enter until you are given permission: and if it is said to you: ‘Go back,’ then go back.”
It is interesting that this command is located in the selfsame Surah 24 as the alleged slander of a band of Muslims, accusing Aisha (one of Muhammad’s favorite wives) of adultery. If no one witnessed any sexual impropriety, then why did Muhammad give the command (in the same 24th Surah) forbidding Muslims from entering houses without the permission of the occupants? The Qur’an sure makes it sound like a few individuals entered the house of Aisha unannounced which brought on the accusation against Aisha and the subsequent command not to enter houses without permission. This same command is reinforced and repeated in Surah 33:53. Surah 33:53 “O believers, do not enter the houses of the Prophet, unless you are invited to a meal, without awaiting the hour; but if you are invited, then enter . . . If you ask them [the wives of the Prophet] for an object, ask them from behind a curtain. That is purer for your hearts and theirs. You should never hurt the Messenger of Allah . . .” See Surah 24:11,27,28.
Accusing one of Muhammad’s wives with wrongdoing could be interpreted as hurting the Messenger of Allah himself. Thus the accuser could end up being the one punished rather than the accused. If the accuser lacked three other witnesses with him or her when witnessing wrongdoing, it would be foolish to accuse this person because the Qur’an declares their witness to be false (without a total of 4 witnesses each witness becomes a false witness). Hence, the alleged false witness will be punished rather than the wrongdoer. Again, what are the chances that four people will witness the act of adultery? Under Muhammad’s Law most sexual immorality would go unpunished!
THE QUR’AN SANCTIONS ADULTERY IN SOME CASES MUHAMMAD SAYS ALLAH SANCTIONED HIS ADULTERY WITH ZAYNAB HIS ADOPTED SON’S WIFE - ALL MUSLIMS HENCEFORTH ARE ALLOWED TO TAKE THEIR ADOPTED SONS WIVES AS THEIR OWN WITHOUT IT BEING LABELED ADULTERY
Surah 33:37-38 “And [remember] when you said to him whom Allah favored and you favored: ‘Hold on to your wife and fear Allah,’ while you concealed within yourself what Allah would reveal and feared other men, whereas Allah had a better right to be feared by you. Then, when Zayd had satisfied his desire for her [Zaynab the wife of Zayd], We gave her to you in marriage; so the believers should not be at fault, regarding the wives of their adopted sons, once they have satisfied their desire for them. For Allah’s command must be accomplished. The Prophet was not at fault regarding what Allah prescribed for him as was His Way with those who were gone before. And Allah’s Command is a pre-ordained decree.”
THE BIBLE NEVER SANCTIONS ADULTERY
The Bible of both Testaments calls Muhammad’s marriage with Zaynab adultery. There is no record of Allah sanctioning Biblical Prophets or Patriarchs taking other mens wives. Taking the wife of an adopted son is still called adultery in the Bible (unless the husband had died). And why would Zayd suddenly lose his desire for his wife? And why does the Prophet take another wife when he already had over a dozen wives - A practice forbidden to all other Muslims? 2 Samuel 12:10 “Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you [King David] have despised Me, and have taken the wife or Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.” In Matthew 14:3,4 John the Baptist rebukes King Herod for taking Herodious, his brother Philips wife to be his own.
THE QUR’AN SOMETIMES ALLOWS VOWS AND OATHS TO BE BROKEN Surah 5:89 “Allah will not take you to task for what is unintentional in your oaths, but will take you to task for the oaths you intentionally take.”
Anyone can always say that their oath or vow was not intentional. They can say, “I spoke the oath but I really did not mean it from the heart.”
THE BIBLE NEVER ALLOWS VOWS OR OATHS TO BE BROKEN BY ADULT MALES
Numbers 30:2 “If any man makes a vow to Yahweh, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”
THE QUR’AN SAYS FAITHFUL MUSLIM MALES WILL HAVE BEAUTIFUL MATES FOR ALL ETERNITY - BUT MUSLIM WOMEN ARE NOT PROMISED HANSOM MATES
Surah 38:49-54 “This is a Reminder and the God-fearing will surely have a fair resort. Gardens of Eden whereof the gates are wide-open for them. Reclining therein and calling for abundant fruit and beverage. And they have mates of equal age averting their gaze. This is what you are promised for the day of Reckoning. This is Our provision which will not end.” Surah 78:31-33 “The God-fearing will score a victory. Gardens and vineyards, and roundbreasted mates.” Surah 52:20 Proclaims that Muslim men who obey Islam are promised eternal sexual pleasure in paradise: “Reclining on ranged couches, and We shall wed them to wide-eyed hours.”
One wonders where Muslim women fit into this kind of Qur’anic eschatology. Are there no rewards promised to Muslim women? Why are not Muslim women promised the same rewards as Muslim men?
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THE RIGHTEOUS WILL NEITHER MARRY NOR BE GIVEN IN MARRIAGE IN THE AGE TO COME
See Luke 20:34-36 “Jesus answered and said to them, The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; Nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.”
THE QUR’AN ALLOWS MEN TO BEAT THEIR WIVES
Surah 4:34 “Men are in charge of women. . . And those of them [wives] that you fear might rebel, admonish them and abandon them in their beds and beat them. . .”
THE BIBLE NEVER PERMITS MEN TO BEAT THEIR WIVES
Ephesians 5:25,28,29 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her. . . So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.” 1 Peter 3:7 “Husbands, likewise dwell with them [wives] with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life. that your prayers may not be hindered.”
THE QUR’AN ALLEGES THAT ALLAH HAS MORE THAN ONE DIVINE NAME
Surah 7:180 “And to Allah belong the Most Beautiful Names; so call him by them and leave those who pervert His names.” Surah 17:110 “Say: ‘Call on Allah or the Compassionate By whatever Name you call [Him]. His are the most Beautiful Names.’”
THE BIBLE STATES THAT ALLAH HAS ONLY ONE DIVINE NAME
Psalm 148:13 “His Name alone is excellent.” Zechariah 14:9 “And Yahweh shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be - Yahweh is One, and His Name One.”
The Bible only declares One Divine Name for God, Yahweh [English: Jehovah]. The Name of Jesus literally means “Yahweh Saves.” One will search in vain to find the word “Names” for Allah in the Holy Bible from Genesis all the way to the last book, Revelation. In the Bible, there are many titles used for Allah but these titles are never called God’s Names.
THERE IS NO USE OF THE DIVINE NAME OF GOD IN THE QUR’AN
Surah 5:4 “You may eat whatever they catch for you, mentioning Allah’s name over it.”
We have read the Qur’an from cover to cover and not once did we actually find the name of Yahweh or Jehovah actually used in it. Surah 6:121 “And do not eat from that over which the Name of Allah has not been mentioned; it is indeed sinful.”
THE BIBLE USES THE DIVINE NAME OF ALLAH 6,828 TIMES FROM GENESIS TO MALACHI
The title of Allah [God in Arabic] is not the actual name of Allah! Allah has only one name but many titles. The Bible calls Allah by such titles as Father, Creator, Holy Spirit, Elohim [meaning God with plurality of might and majesty], Savior, Redeemer, Healer, and Righteous but these are never called Allah’s Names. Not once can we find verses in the Bible declaring, “The Names of the Lord shall be praised.” It is always “The Name of the Lord” throughout Scripture!
Exodus 3:13-15 “Then Moses said to God, Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His Name? What shall I say to them? . . . Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: Yahweh God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my Name forever, and this is my memorial to all generations.”
Since the Bible acknowledges many false pagan deities by some of the same titles used for God (Examples: El, Elohim, Lord) and since Pagan writers addressed their false gods with many of the same titles used for God in the Bible (Examples: Creator, God, Lord, Deliverer, Healer), it makes legitimate sense that there must be a single Name to distinguish the One True God from all other false gods. There is only One Divine Name used for Allah throughout the Bible and that Name is Yahweh: “This is my Name forever, and this is my memorial to all generations (Exodus 3:15).” Yet for some unknown reason, Muhammad never mentions the divine name of Allah in the Qur’an. This seems very strange indeed for a true prophet to never use the Name of Allah while all other previous prophets on record (in the Hebrew Scriptures) both knew that name and used it often.
THE QUR’AN SPEAKS OF ALLAH GOD AS WE IN CREATION AND WORSHIP Surah 16:40 “Indeed, when We [Allah} want a thing to be, We just say to it: ‘Be’, and it comes to be.”
Surah 21:73 Allah says, “ . . . they have worshiped Us.”
THE BIBLE NEVER USES THE WORD “WE” FOR GOD IN CREATION OR WORSHIP Here is a significant difference between the Bible and the Qur’an. Any avid reader of the Bible who reads the Qur’an immediately notices the multitudinous use of the word “WE” for Allah God in the Qur’an. After reading the Qur’an from cover to cover we are pretty sure that the Word “WE” was used for God in just about every Surah of the Qur’an. In contradistinction, the Bible rarely uses plural words to describe Allah God! Isaiah 44:24 “Thus says Yahweh, your Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb: I am Yahweh, who makes all things, who stretches out the heavens all alone, who spreads abroad the earth by Myself.” Nehemiah 9:6 “You alone are Yahweh . . . The host of heaven worships You.”
Never do the previous scriptures of the Bible mention Allah saying, “We Created” or “Worship Us.” Any avid reader of the Bible knows that Allah usually speaks of Himself as ONE ALLAH throughout Scripture but very rarely does He use Plural Words to describe Himself. Yet the Qur’an usually uses plural words just about every time Allah speaks. This stands in stark contrast to the God of the Hebrew Apostles and Prophets who was known as ONE GOD, who spoke as ONE individual with words such as “I AM,” “ALONE,” “MYSELF.”
THE QUR’AN MANDATES JIHAD TO SPREAD THE FAITH OF ISLAM Surah 8:7,8 “Allah, however, willed the Truth to triumph in accordance with His Words and to cut off the remnants of the unbelievers. So that He may cause the Truth to triumph and nullify falsehood, even though the wicked sinners dislike it.” Surah 8:12,13 “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve; so strike upon the necks and strike every fingertip of theirs. That is because they opposed Allah and His Messenger: and he who opposes Allah and His Messenger [will find] Allah’s Punishment very severe.” Surah 9:33 “It is He Who sent His Messenger with the guidance and the true religion, or order to make it triumph over every religion. . .” Surah 9:29
“Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given as believe neither in Allah nor the Last Day, who do not forbid what Allah and His Apostle have forbidden, and do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.” THE QUR’AN FURTHER CLAIMS THAT THE TORAH AND THE GOSPEL ALSO MANDATES JIHAD Surah 9:111 “Allah has bought from the believers their lives and their wealth in return for Paradise; they fight in the Way of Allah, kill and get killed. That is a true promise from Him in the Torah, the Gospel and the Qur’an . . .”
BOTH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS AND THE LAW OF MOSES DO NOT MANDATE JIHAD TO SPREAD ALLAH’S TRUTH
Jesus never advocated religious wars to spread the faith of Allah. If Jesus had encouraged war to spread Christianity we would have some surviving evidence beside the Qur’an to provide proof. Moses and Joshua had to fight war to gain possession of the promised land of Israel but they never advocated global conquest to force pagans to convert to Monotheism, nor did they put any pressure upon non-Israelites to convert.
There are some instances within the Torah [first 5 books of the Bible] in which some surviving unmarried young women and children of conquered nations were mercifully allowed into the Israelite community but it does not appear that they were forced to stay in Israel. There is nothing in the Torah forbidding Israelites or Non-Israelites who had converted to Monotheism from leaving the Israelite Community to worship other gods by going out to join surrounding pagan nations. They were free to worship other gods elsewhere but they were not permitted to practice idolatry within the Israelite Community.
THE QUR’AN SAYS THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD IS MENTIONED IN BOTH THE TORAH AND THE GOSPEL Surah 7:157 “And to those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet whom they find mentioned in their Torah and Gospel . . .”
THE QUR’AN ALSO SAYS THAT JESUS PREDICTED THE COMING OF MUHAMMAD Surah 61:6 “And when Jesus, son of Mary, said: ‘O Children of Israel, I am Allah’s Messenger to you, confirming what came before me of the Torah, and announcing the news of a Messenger who will come after me, whose name is Ahmad. Then he [Ahmad i.e. Mohammad] brought them the clear proofs, they said: ‘This is manifest sorcery.’”
THE BIBLE NEVER MENTIONS THE COMING OF MUHAMMAD IN EITHER TESTAMENT
There is absolutely no mention of Muhammad in the Torah or in any New Covenant Scriptures! When John the Baptist sent word to Jesus from prison, “Are you the Coming One, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said to them, Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them (Matthew 11:3-5).” John would have known that Jesus was actually quoting the prophecy of the Messiah’s Ministry of Miracles spoken of by Isaiah the Prophet (Isaiah 35:4-6). Jesus never responded, “You shall look for another, Ahmad. [Muhammad].”
THE QUR’AN DENIES JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD Surah 4:171 “Allah is truly One God. How - glory be to Him - could He have a son?” Surah 6:101 “[He is] the Creator of the heavens and the earth; how could He have a child when He has no consort . . .?” Surah 18:4,5 “And to warn those who say: ‘Allah has taken a son. They have no knowledge thereof, nor do their fathers. What a dreadful word that comes out of their mouths! They only utter a lie.”
THE BIBLE CALLS JESUS THE SON OF GOD IN BOTH TESTAMENTS
Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His Name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His Kingdom. . .” Psalms 2:6,7 “Yet I have set my King on My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: Yahweh has said to Me, You are My Son, today I have begotten You.” John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us.” See also Psalms 22:14-18 / Acts 13:29-37.
THE QUR’AN STATES THE MESSIAH WAS NOT KILLED OR CRUCIFIED
Surah 4:157 “And their saying: ‘We have killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary and the Messenger of Allah.’ They neither killed nor crucified him, but it was made to appear so unto them . . and they did not kill him for certain.”
THE BIBLE, EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITERS, AND EARLY JEWISH AND PAGAN WRITERS ALL DECLARED THAT JESUS WAS THE SON OF GOD WHO WAS CRUCIFIED The New Testament Scriptures repeatedly declare Jesus to be the Son of God who was crucified: See Luke 24:1-7/Matt 27:50,51/Mark 15:37-39 The Jewish Talmud provides us with some interesting corroborative historical information about Jesus and the birth of Christianity. The following quote was written by Jews who were opposed to Christianity some time between 70 AD - 200 AD: "They hanged Yeshua [Jesus] on the Sabbath of the Passover. But for forty days before that a herald went in front of him (crying), "Yeshua is to be stoned because he practiced sorcery and seduced Israel and led them away from God. Anyone who can provide evidence on his behalf should come forward to defend him." When, however, nothing favorable about him was found, he was hanged on the Sabbath of the Passover." Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 43a.
Notice that this ancient Jewish Talmudic writing also acknowledges that Jesus was hanged (agrees with New Testament account of being hanged on a cross) on the Passover. The information provided in this ancient Non-Christian Jewish writing amazingly coincides with the New Testament Gospel Narrative which states that Jesus was crucified on the Feast of Passover. Notice also that the Jews who rejected Jesus as their Messiah admitted that he performed some notable miracles. Why else would they call Jesus “a sorcerer?” They could not hide the historical fact that Jesus really performed miracles. All they could do was dispute the source of His power.
There are no Jewish or Pagan writings in the first two centuries that deny Jesus performed miracles. Nor did the Jews or Pagans write anything in the first few centuries to disprove Jesus’ death and resurrection. There is no mention in the first few centuries stating that the body of Jesus was paraded around Jerusalem for all to see. Had the unbelieving Jews had this kind of evidence, surely they would have heralded it everywhere!
The Qur’an contradicts both the early Christian Gospel Narratives and the earliest accounts of Jewish and Pagan writers: The Roman historian Tacitus wrote: “Christ, who was executed under Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius.” This perfectly corresponds with the New Testament Gospel Narrative in the Christian Bible.
Another Roman writer Phlegon wrote about “the eclipse in the time of Tiberius Caesar, in whose reign Jesus appears to have been crucified.” Phlegon goes on to mention, “the great earthquakes which then took place.”
The Pagan Historian Thallus admitted in the year A.D. 52, only about 20 years after the death of Christ, that there was “darkness which accompanied the crucifixion of Christ.” Thallus goes on to write that it was just a coincidence that a natural solar eclipse had occurred during the crucifixion of Jesus, who is called Christ. The non Christian Pagan writings agree with the first century New Testament Gospel Narration: Matthew 27:45,50,51 “Now from the sixth hour [12 Noon] until the ninth hour [3:00 PM] there was darkness over all the land. . . . And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.”
This darkness from 12 Noon to 3:00 pm in the afternoon was so great that the early Pagan writers, Thallus and Phlegon, tried to explain it away as a naturally occurring solar eclipse. But how could this be a naturally occurring solar eclipse when it occurred during the Feast of Passover which was a time when there was a full moon? It is not possible for a solar eclipse to occur during the time of a full moon. Therefore this darkness over the land had to be a supernatural, rather than a naturally occurring event!
Phlegon also mentions “the great earthquakes which then took place.” The Gospel narrative of the Apostle Matthew states that “the earth quaked, and the rocks were split” when the Prophet Jesus died on the cross. Only very great earthquakes will cause rocks to split! This historical evidence from non Christian sources gives us sufficient corroborative proof that the Prophet Jesus was really crucified under the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate and that the early first century Gospel of Jesus is amazingly accurate.
Another Pagan manuscript mentions the execution of Jesus. This manuscript was written by Mara bar Serapion which dates from the first century AD: “What advantage did the Jews gain from executing their King? It was just after that their Kingdom was abolished.”
The first century Jewish Historian Josephus also records the execution of Jesus. This record is noteworthy because Josephus was not a Christian: “. . . there was a wise man who was called Jesus . . . Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die.”
Many believe that the words of Josephus might have been tampered with in the surviving Greek translations. But one is hard pressed to refute an ancient translation of the writings of Josephus in this ancient Arabic Manuscript which states: “Jesus . . . was a wise and virtuous man who had many followers from different nations. He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, but his disciples reported that, three days later, He appeared to them alive. . . Jesus may have been the Messiah whom the prophets had predicted would come.
Any unbiased historian having proper knowledge of the rules of evidence to test the historical accuracy of past events could not deny the fact that Jesus Christ was indeed crucified under Pontius Pilate and that there really were earthquakes and a solar eclipse accompanying his death. There is to much eyewitness testimony to back up the New Testament Gospel Narrative of Jesus’ death to deny the accuracy of the Biblical account. To deny the crucifixion of the Prophet Jesus would be the equivalent of denying that Pontius Pilate was the Roman Governor of Judea during the lifetime of Jesus, or the equivalent of denying that the Romans actually destroyed the Temple at Jerusalem in 70 AD.
How can the Prophet Muhammad deny the historical accuracy of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus with all this array of historical evidence to corroborate the Biblical Text? How can Muhammad deny that Jesus was called the Son of God in the Bible and in the earliest extra-Biblical sources? How can the world accept Islam as the true religion of Allah when the Qur’an repeatedly denies so much proven historical fact? And how can the world accept a Prophet who declares that the previous revelations of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures are also from Allah but then goes on to contradict and deny so much of the contents of these previous revelations?
THE APOSTOLIC FATHERS CONFIRMED THAT THE EARLIEST CHRISTIANS BELIEVED IN THE DEITY OF JESUS; THAT HE WAS KNOWN AS THE SON OF GOD WHO WAS CRUCIFIED AND ROSE AGAIN; AND THAT THE NEW TESTAMENT GOSPEL NARRATIVES OF MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, AND JOHN COMPRISE THE TRUE GOSPEL
The Apostolic Fathers were the earliest Christian writers who taught extensively about Jesus and Christian Doctrine from the late first century until the mid second century A.D. Most of these Apostolic Fathers had personally known at least one of the original Apostles of Jesus and abundantly quoted from and made reference to the New Testament books used by most Christians today without ever questioning their accuracy!
Later Pseudepigraphal [known forgeries] writings were fabricated by well known false Christian sects and attributed to the apostles (Docetist and Gnostic writings). If the Pseudepigraphal books such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Judas were actually written by the original apostles then why did the Apostolic Fathers who knew the original apostles ever quote from these books? Most Christian and Non Christian scholars agree that these later Pseudepigraphal books were not written by the first century apostles of Jesus.
If the writings of the earliest church leaders, who personally knew the apostles, taught the same doctrines and miraculous claims affirmed in the books of the New Testament, then the claims of New Testament Scripture used by Christians today are given further historical credence. Let us read how the earliest Christian writers affirmed the teachings and contents of the original New Testament books which are still in most Christian Bibles unto this day. The earliest Christian writings taught that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God, and also God; and that He pre-existed prior to the virgin conception:.
An ancient Christian Sermon known as 2 Clement (the author is unknown but it is sometimes attributed to Clement because it dates back to the end of the first century) teaches the deity of Jesus: “Brothers, we ought so to think of Jesus Christ, as of God, as "Judge of the living and the dead" Clement to the Corinthians A.D. 95: “Let us fear the Lord Jesus, whose blood was given for us. The Apostles received the Gospel for us from the Lord Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ was sent from God. He made the Lord Jesus Christ the first fruit, when He raised Him from the dead.”
Notice that Clement declares Jesus to be “the Lord,” and not just “a Lord.” The Greek word for “Lord” is “Kurios” in the Greek text. Kurios is used for Yahweh God Himself throughout the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures known as the Septuagint (the most widely used translation of the Old Testament among the Gentile Christians). Notice also that Clement was a Bishop in Rome within the first century A.D. while the Apostle John was still known to be alive. If Clement had erred by saying that Jesus Christ was “The Lord” and that God “raised Him from the dead,” then surely the Apostle John and his loyal followers would have corrected him.
Clement re-affirmed the first century Christian belief that Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead on the third day just as the New Testament Gospels affirm! This is the same Clement who was mentioned by the Apostle Paul as one of Paul’s “fellow workers” in his letter to the Philippians chapter four, verse three. If the Apostle Paul had been Clements mentor, it is highly improbable that Clement would have colluded with others to invent a false tale of the death and resurrection of Jesus!
Ignatius was appointed the second Bishop of Antioch by the Apostle John. Ignatius wrote his letter to the Trallians, Chapter IX in about 110-117 AD: "Jesus Christ, who was descended from David, and was also of Mary; who was truly born, and did eat and drink. He was truly persecuted under Pontius Pilate; He was truly crucified, and [truly] died, in the sight of beings in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth. He was also truly raised from the dead, His Father quickening Him, even as after the same manner His Father will so raise up us who believe in Him by Christ Jesus, apart from whom we do not possess the true life."
Ignatius wrote seven letters to various churches in Asia Minor [modern day Turkey] in about 110-117 AD. Ignatius repeatedly speaks of Jesus as “Our God,” “God in man,” and that “there is One God who manifested Himself through Jesus Christ His Son.” More quotes from Ignatius of Antioch: “He is truly of the race of David according to the flesh, but Son of God by the Divine will and power, truly born of a virgin.”
“Be ye deaf therefore, when any man speaks to you apart from Jesus Christ, who was born of the race of David, who was the Son of Mary, who was truly born and ate and drank, was truly persecuted under Pontius Pilate, was truly crucified and died in the sight of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the earth; who moreover was truly raised from the dead, His Father having raised Him . . .”
The writings of Ignatius date back to just about fifteen years after the death of the Apostle John. It is highly unlikely that the New Testament Manuscripts could have been corrupted in so short a time. Ignatius affirmed the same teachings of the New Testament which has been widely used by Christians for centuries. Ignatius taught the selfsame teaching of New Testament Scripture, that the “One God” was “manifested through Jesus Christ His Son” and that this “Son of God” was “crucified” and “raised from the dead.”
Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna (A contemporary of Ignatius in about 110-115 AD) wrote the following:: “ . . . Jesus Christ, who took our sins in His own body upon the tree, who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth, but for our sakes he endured all things, that we might live in Him.” “ . . . who shall believe on our Lord and God Jesus Christ and on His Father that raised him from the dead.”
“But may the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ Himself, who is the Son of God, and our everlasting High Priest, build you up in faith and truth, and in all meekness, gentleness, patience, long-suffering, forbearance, and purity; and may He bestow on you a lot and portion among His saints, and on us with you, and on all that are under heaven, who shall believe in our Lord and God Jesus Christ, and in His Father, who "raised Him from the dead.” Polycarp. Letter to the Philippians. “Him who died for us, and for our sakes was raised again by God from the dead.” Polycarps Letter to the Philippians.
“Him who died for us, and for our sakes was raised again by God from the dead.” Polycarps Letter to the Philippians. There is an unbroken chain of evidence in the writings of the Apostolic Fathers that supply irrefutable historical evidence confirming that the earliest Christians believed in the Deity of Jesus and that He was called the Son of God and the promised Messiah. Furthermore, the earliest Christian writers repeatedly spoke of the crucifixion of Jesus and His subsequent resurrection from the dead. Since the writings of the Apostolic Fathers were well known and well circulated throughout the known world, surely other early Christian writers of the same time period would have spoken up to refute these teachings had the original first century Apostles taught otherwise. Papias, the Bishop of Hierapolis, A.D. 100-140 AD.:
Papias stated that Mark received the information for his Gospel narrative directly from the Apostle Peter himself. Papias further stated that "Matthew put together the oracles [of the Lord] in the Hebrew language" but that it was later translated into the Greek language to reach a wider audience. Irenaeus wrote in the mid second century AD:
“. . . the Word of God in all things hath the pre-eminence; for that He is true man and Wonderful Counselor and Mighty God. Jesus the Anointed of God, showing Himself to be the One who was proclaimed beforehand by the prophets.” "So firm is the ground upon which these Gospels rest, that the very heretics themselves bear witness to them, and, starting from these [documents], each one of them endeavors to establish his own peculiar doctrine." Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Volume III, Chapter XI. "Matthew also issued a written Gospel among the Hebrews in their own dialect, while Peter and Paul were preaching at Rome, and laying the foundations of the Church. After their departure, Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, did also hand down to us in writing what had been preached by Peter. Luke also, the companion of Paul, recorded in a book the Gospel preached by him. Afterwards, John, the disciple of the Lord, who also had leaned upon His breast, did himself publish a Gospel during his residence at Ephesus in Asia.”
Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Volume III, Chapter I. Melito of Sardis wrote: For the deeds done by Christ after His baptism, and especially His miracles, gave indication and assurance to the world of the Deity hidden in His flesh. For being at once both God and perfect man likewise...He concealed the signs of His Deity, although He was the true God existing before all ages (Melito. On the Nature of Christ. From Roberts and Donaldson). Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, III, Chapter XXIV.
" For Matthew, who had at first preached to the Hebrews, when he was about to go to other peoples, committed his Gospel to writing in his native tongue, and thus compensated those whom he was obliged to leave for the loss of his presence. And when Mark and Luke had already published their Gospels, they say that John, who had employed all his time in proclaiming the Gospel orally, finally proceeded to write for the following reason. The three Gospels already mentioned having come into the hands of all and into his own too, they say that he accepted them and bore witness to their truthfulness; but that there was lacking in them an account of the deeds done by Christ at the beginning of his ministry." "That Paul preached to the Gentiles and laid the foundations of the churches "from Jerusalem round about even unto Illyricum," is evident both from his own words, and from the account which Luke has given in the Acts. And in how many provinces Peter preached Christ and taught the doctrine of the new covenant to those of the circumcision is clear from his own words in his epistle already mentioned as undisputed, in which he writes to the Hebrews of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia."
Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, III, chapter IV The preponderance of Biblical Scholars agree that the majority of the New Testament Body of Scriptures were completed before the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. According to Archaeologist William F. Albright, “. .. there is no evidential basis for dating any New Testament book after 80 AD (The Gospel of John and the book of Revelation were the last books to be written).”
Was there any question about the validity of the authorship of the New Testament books among the Apostolic Church Fathers? Did not the Apostolic Fathers teach the Pre-Existence and Deity of Jesus? Did they not call Jesus The Son of God? Did they not teach that Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate and that He rose again from the dead? The writings of the Apostolic Fathers provide us with an unbroken chain of evidence to support the validity of the New Testament Scriptures.
THE QUR’AN DENIES JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD BUT ADMITS HIS VIRGIN BIRTH The Qur’an actually affirms the New Testament Gospel narrative of the virgin conception of Jesus in the whom of Marry: Surah 19:10-22 “She said [Mary]: ‘Shall I have a boy, when no man has touched me and I have not been an unchaste woman.’ He [the angel] said: ‘Thus it will be, your Lord has said: This is an easy matter for Me; that We may make him a sign unto mankind and a Mercy from us.’ And thus it was decreed. So, she conceived him and she withdrew with him to a distant place.”
THE BIBLE DECLARES THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF JESUS PROVES HIS DEITY The Qur’an’s acknowledgment of the virgin conception and birth of Christ gives support to the Biblical claim that Jesus is the Son of God. Why else would Allah cause Jesus to be the only man after Adam to have ever been born without a human father? Surely there was a valid reason for this! Luke 1:34,35 “Then Mary sais to the angel, How can this be, since I do not know a man? And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
The New Testament Scriptures affirm that no man impregnated Mary, it was The Holy Spirit entering Mary which miraculously impregnated the egg within her womb. Thus the Messiah was The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” 31 both human [from Mary] and divine [from The Divine Spirit of Allah]. Wherefore, it is the Messiah’s virgin conception that proves His Deity. Isaiah 7:14 [Hebrew Bible] “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign [miracle]: behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel.” Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a Son, and they shall call His Name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us.”
Allah had accurately revealed through Isaiah the Prophet that a very special Son would be conceived in the womb of a young virgin. No other man in all of human history was ever born from a virgin mother without a human father. This miraculous sign would not only show the greatness of this Prophet but also His origin.
Allah further reveals that the Name of this Son will be called Immanual which literally means “Allah With Us.” Why would Allah say that the Name of this Son would mean that God is with us? Obviously Jesus received his true humanity from his virgin mother but what about the genetics from a father? If no human father was involved in producing the child then from where did Jesus get the other half of his genetic make up? If the Holy Spirit of Allah came into Mary to provide the other half of his genetic code then what kind of genes did he have? Daniel Segraves explains why this miraculous conception made Jesus both human and divine: “The miracle of the virgin conception means that deity and humanity were as inseparable in Jesus as the genetic influence of a mother and father is inseparable in their son or daughter. Just as no human being could exist if all that was contributed to his existence by either his father or his mother were removed, so Jesus could not have existed as the Messiah apart from either His deity (contributed by the Holy Spirit - Luke 1:34-35 - or his humanity (contributed by Mary) - Galatians 4:4.”
The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology sums up the miraculous incarnation in the womb of Mary by stating: “In the incarnation . . . a human nature was inseparably united forever with the divine nature in the one person of Jesus Christ, yet with the two natures remaining distinct, whole, and unchanged, without mixture or confusion so that the one person, Jesus Christ, is truly God and truly man.”
This would explain how Jesus sometimes spoke out of his human nature, “Father [Allah], save me from this hour” (John 12:27) and at other times from his divine nature [consciousness], “Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58). Then many Jews who had heard Jesus say “Before Abraham was, I AM,” immediately picked up stones to stone him to death because they correctly understood his claim to be One With Allah Himself, but he miraculously escaped by going “though the midst of them” (John 8:59). Allah Himself had told Moses to tell the Children of Israel, “I AM WHO I AM . . . Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you (Exodus 3:14).” Wherefore, the deity of Jesus and the deity of God the Father are One and the same! Jesus himself stated, “I and My Father are ONE” (John 10:30).
Many Hebrew Prophets predicted that the Messiah would be both human and divine. The context of Zechariah 12:10,11 proves that Allah says “they will look on Me [Allah] whom they pierced:” “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only Son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
This prophecy points to the second coming of Jesus Christ when He returns in clouds of glory to save Israel. Notice that it is God who says “I will pour on the house of David . . . then THEY WILL LOOK ON ME [GOD] whom they pierced.” Since God is invisible, how could the Jews look on God “whom they pierced?” Everyone knows that it was Jesus who was delivered up to the Romans by the Jews two thousand years ago to be crucified (crucifixion involves piercing). Then God goes on to say that they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only Son. Here we can clearly see both the Deity of Jesus, “They will Look On Me whom they pierced,” and the humanity of Jesus, “then they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only Son.”
There are many more Hebrew Scriptures I could site to prove the deity of Jesus the Messiah but to do so would be beyond the scope of this book. For further study see Isaiah 9:6 / Isaiah 40:3 / Isaiah 40:9-12 / Joel 2:32 / Micah 5:2 / Malachi 3:1
PAGAN WRITERS ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE EARLIEST CHRISTIANS BELIEVED IN THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST
Even the unbelieving Pagan writers took note of the early Christian belief in the Deity of Jesus Christ: Pliny was a Roman writer and an administrator in the Roman Province of Bythinia [Asia Minor] in the earliest part of the 2nd Century AD. Pliny describes the early Christian worship and practices in a letter to the Emperor Trajan: "They (the Christians) asserted, however, that the sum and substance of their fault or error had been that they were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god, and to bind themselves by oath, not to some crime, but not to commit fraud, theft, or adultery, not falsify their trust, nor to refuse to return a trust when called upon to do so.
When this was over, it was their custom to depart and to assemble again to partake of food - but ordinary and innocent food." The Letters, 10:96. The earliest Christians were known by unbelievers to meet together on a regular basis and to sing hymns acknowledging Jesus as being a God. Since the early Christians were Monotheists [believing in One God], they would be singing to Jesus as to the One God of the Hebrew Scriptures. This letter from Pliny to the Roman Emperor Trajan is one of the most ancient Non Christian accounts of the earliest Christians on record. Hence, the earliest Christians on record believed in the Deity of Jesus Christ.
Lucian was a Pagan Greek writer in the second century AD who loved to mock Christianity. Although Lucian ridiculed Christianity, he unintentionally confirmed the historical accuracy of New Testament Scripture. There is no better historical evidence to prove the validity of a document than corroborative historical evidence given by an opponent. "The Christians, you know, worship a man to this day-the distinguished personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified on that account.... You see, these misguided creatures start with the general conviction that they are immortal for all time, which explains the contempt of death and voluntary self-devotion which are so common among them; and then it was impressed on them by their original lawgiver that they are all brothers, from the moment that they are converted, and deny the gods of Greece, and worship the crucified sage, and live after his laws. All this they take quite on faith, with the result that they despise all worldly goods alike, regarding them merely as common property."
Ancient Christian and Pagan writers provide an unbroken chain of evidence to prove that the earliest Christians on record believed Jesus to be The Divine Son of God. Even the NonChristian Writers bore witness that the earliest Christians use to “worship the crucified sage.”
The New Testament Scriptures teach that Jesus is both human and divine. The Christians Leaders who immediately succeeded the first century apostles also taught that Jesus is both human and divine. This unbroken chain of historic evidence gives us undeniable proof supporting the first century teachings of the Apostles that still survive within the New Testament Scriptures. The first century Apostles and Evangelists of the early Church who personally knew Jesus and his teachings, knew Him as both human and divine! See John 14:7-10 / 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 / 1 Timothy 3:16 / 1 John 5:20
THE TITLE “SON OF GOD” DOES NOT HAVE TO IMPLY SEXUAL UNION WITH ALLAH Many believe the reason why Muhammad denied Jesus’ title as the “Son of God” was due to his erroneously belief that Allah and Mary would have had to have had sexual relations to produce a Son. Since there are two Arabic words for Son, Muhammad may have misunderstood the Biblical meaning of the word “Son.” The Arabic word “Walad” for “Son” denotes a son being born of sexual union between a man and women (The early Christians never believed that Jesus was born by sexual union). The other Arabic word for Son, “ibn,” has a wider range of use than the word Walad. The word ibn can be used figuratively or metaphorically, but does not have to mean a son born of a sexual union. If Arabic translators used the Word “Walad” for Jesus being called God’s Son, Muhammad could have easily misinterpreted the Biblical meaning of Jesus being called The Son of God.
The Hebrew Scriptures use the words “Sons of God” for Angelic beings of Allah but no sexual union is implied (See Genesis 6:2/Job 1:6/Job 38:7). The Greek Scriptures also call Christians who receive the spiritual new birth (John 3:1-5) as Sons of God (See John 1:12/Romans 8:14/Philippians 2:15/1 John 3:1) but no Christian would declare that he is a Son of God because Allah had a past sexual union with his physical mother. There is no instance in the Hebrew or Greek Scriptures to demonstrate that the Angels, Jesus, or Born Again Christians were produced by sexual union with Allah. Therefore the Biblical teaching that the Messiah would be called The Son of Allah does not imply anything blasphemous or immoral on the part of Allah.
The Bible teaches that Allah is a Spirit Being: John 4:24 “God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
THE QUR’AN HAS MARY GIVING BIRTH TO JESUS IN “A DISTANT PLACE” “UNDER A PALM TREE”
Surah 19:22,23 “So, she [Mary] conceived him [Jesus] and she withdrew with him to a distant place. Then labor pangs drove her towards the trunk of a palm tree.”
THE BIBLE SAYS JESUS WAS BORN IN THE PUBLIC TOWN OF BETHLEHEM Luke 2:1-7 Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Not under a Palm Tree in “a distant place.” Micah 5:2 also predicted that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.
Since the Old Testament book of Micah has survived (along with the writings of other Biblical Prophets) in the Dead Sea Scroll Discovery we can conclude that the Prophet Micah was a true Prophet of Allah and his prediction concerning the birth of the Messiah was indeed accurate. Yet the Prophet Muhammad opposes the words of the Biblical Prophet Micah by saying that the Messiah was born in “a distant place” “under a palm tree.” Surely the town of Bethlehem could not be considered “a distant place” “under a palm tree.” The town of Bethlehem was only a six mile distance from the large city of Jerusalem.
THE QUR’AN RECORDS JESUS SUPERNATURALLY SPEAKING AS AN INFANT Surah 19:29,30 “Whereupon she [Mary] pointed to him [baby Jesus]. They said: ‘How will we talk to one who is still an infant in the cradle?’ He [Jesus] said ‘Indeed, I am the servant of Allah, Who gave me the Book and made me a Prophet.”
THE BIBLE DECLARES THAT JESUS HAD TO INCREASE IN WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE JUST LIKE ALL OTHER MEN
In Surah 19:29,30 the Qur’an sites a spurious document entitled “The Infancy Gospel of Thomas” which contradicts Luke 2:52 “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Why would Jesus need to grow in wisdom and knowledge if he already had that knowledge from infancy?
The Infancy Gospel of Thomas is known by scholars as a forged gospel narrative written by an unknown Gnostic second century AD writer. The Gnostics believed that Jesus was divine but they did not believe that he was a human being with a fleshly body. The Gnostics had taught that Jesus only appeared as an apparition in a human form. Therefore he did not actually suffer and die on the cross but only appeared to suffer and die. If Muhammad had only read Pseudo [false] Gnostic Christian literature he would not have believed that Jesus was actually crucified but that it appeared to the eyewitnesses that he had been crucified.. For how can an apparition be crucified if he did not have a physical body? This is what the Gnostics and early Docetists had taught.
This was why the apostle John who had personally known Jesus and His teaching warned people to beware of the Gnostic (and Docetist) teaching which denied that Jesus had come in a fleshly body 2 John 1:7: “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an anti-Christ.” The apostle John was clearly teachings against the early Docetist and later Gnostic doctrine that viewed Jesus as being so divine that He did not even have a real physical body.
The book of Thomas and the Book of The Infancy Gospel of Thomas are both known as Pseudepigraphal [false] documents because they were written after the first century apostles had already died and they contain imaginary Gnostic fictitious details about the life of Jesus. The book entitled the Infancy Gospel of Thomas records the child Jesus as a tyrant who used his supernatural powers to kill another boy for merely bumping into him. And on another occasion, killing another boy just for taking his water. This hardly sounds like the Jesus we know in the first century Christian Gospel Narratives. For how could Jesus say, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you and do good to those who hate you,” if he himself went about arbitrarily killing all who offended him? Surely if Jesus had been so cruel as a young boy the Pharisees and Sadducees who opposed Jesus would have used this information to discredit him. And if Allah killed all who offended Jesus in his childhood, then why is there no historical information to show that Jesus continued to do so when he grew up?
Since we can prove that the Infancy Gospel of Thomas is a spurious Gospel then why did Muhammad quote from it as fact? Surely if he were a true prophet he would have known that the source of this document was not from Allah!
QUR’ANIC ISLAM WOULD BE ALLAH’S THIRD COVENANT
Since the Qur’an acknowledges Allah’s first covenant under Moses [The Torah] and the second covenant under Jesus [The Gospel] there must be a third covenant under Muhammad [Islam]. The big problem for Islam is the complete lack of any indication of a coming third covenant from Allah. The Bible repeatedly predicts the coming of a second covenant throughout the Hebrew Scriptures but there is no evidence whatsoever of an alleged third covenant of Islam!
THE BIBLE PREDICTED A SECOND COVENANT BUT SAYS NOTHING OF A THIRD
See Deuteronomy 18:18-22 “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you [like Moses] from among their brethren [the Israelites], and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.” See Jeremiah 31:31-34 “Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will make a New Covenant . . . Not according to the Covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt . . .” See Hebrews 8:6-13 “In that He says, A New Covenant, He has made the first obsolete.” Proverb 30:6 “Do not add to His Words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.”
If Allah had set up His second Covenant by the coming of His Messiah then why would He inaugurate a third Covenant just 600 years after the second? And why would another Covenant change and contradict the Words of Allah spoken by the Prophet Jesus? And why would Jesus’ Apostles repeatedly warn all of humanity not to preach any other gospel other then the one they had proclaimed in the first century if we were to expect another Messenger with a different Message just 600 years later? Galatians 1:6,8,9 “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel. . . But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we [the Apostles of Christ] have preached to you (in the first century A.D.), let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”
The apostles of Allah that the prophet Jesus had himself appointed strictly commanded that no other gospel or covenant was to be preached until the prophet Jesus returned from heaven. The previous apostles prohibited any change in the gospel message to be made even if it came from an alleged angel of Allah. It sure sounds like the apostles of Christ had a prophetic insight from Allah to know that at least one evil Angel [or Jin] would come to deceive humanity by posing as a true angel of Allah for the purpose of preaching another gospel message other than that of the original apostles of Jesus Christ. Allah’s previous Apostles had pronounced a curse upon both men and Jin who would preach another gospel message or covenant other than the one established by Allah’s Prophet Jesus and His Apostles in the first century AD.
How can Muhammad be a true Prophet if he “denies Allah’s [previous] Revelations” as recorded in the Bible? Surah 6:21 “And who is more unjust than he who imputes falsehood to Allah or denies His Revelations? Surah 6:34 “None can change the Words of Allah.” Surah 7:37 “For who is more unjust than he who fabricates lies about Allah or denies His Revelations? Those will get their share of the punishment ordained for them.” Surah 61:7 “And who is a greater wrongdoer than he who imputes falsehood to Allah . . .?” Surah 13:25 “And to those who break Allah’s Covenant once it is contracted, sever what Allah commanded to be joined and spread corruption in the land, upon them shall be the curse and theirs is the evil abode.”
Muhammad condemned himself by contradicting his own Qur’an and violating both the Old and New Covenants which he himself declared Allah had previously established: When Muslims subsequently started reading the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures they found many of them diametrically opposed to the message of Islam. Therefore they had no choice but to conclude that both the Old and New Testament Scriptures had been corrupted. Otherwise they would have to abandon the New Religion of Islam altogether.
Yet the surviving historical data that we possess gives the world insurmountable evidence to prove that the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures of both The Old and New Covenants are essentially untainted. The Hebrew and Greek Scriptures contain the same teachings of the original Apostles and Prophets. Therefore the faith of Islam cannot claim that the Previous Revelations given to the Apostles and Prophets in the Bible are in harmony with Muhammad’s Qur’anic Revelations. Muhammad himself admitted that the previous revelations of both the Torah and the Gospel were accurately given by Allah. Why then does the Qur’an contradict both?
THE RELIABILITY OF THE BIBLE
Muslim scholars today commonly reject both the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures of both Covenants as having been corrupted but there is no logical explanation to support this premise. They believe that some of the Scriptures contain the Word of God but other Scriptures have been tampered with. Whenever they find a Scripture that seems to support the Qur’an they readily accept it as the Word of God but whenever it contradicts the Qur’an they say it has been tampered with.
Muslims really have no choice but to believe the Bible has been substantially corrupted or they would have to reject the Qur’an as the Word of God. But how could the Bible have been so substantially corrupted after Muhammad had died without any supporting evidence? And if the previous revelations that Muhammad repeatedly spoke about are found to be reliable, even in modern times, then Muslims are forced to admit the “previous revelations” of Allah’s Prophets would contradict the Prophet Muhammad’s revelations in the Qur’an. For Muhammad had declared the revelations of the previous Prophets of the People of The Book to be reliable.
The following historical facts prove that the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures were not corrupted by either the Christians or the Jews:
1. It is a historical fact that the Prophet Muhammad received his Qur’anic Revelations in the early seventh century AD just about 600 years after the New Covenant Scriptures were completed and about 600 years from the surviving Hebrew Scripture Dead Sea Scroll Discovery. Why would Allah start another New Third Covenant in so short a time after He already just established the promised Messianic New Covenant just 600 years ago?
2. It is a historical fact that most of the books of the Jewish Bible survived in the recent Dead Sea Scroll Discovery and in the early second and third century copies of the Septuagint [The Greek Translation of the Hebrew Bible]. Since the ancient Hebrew Scrolls found near the Dead Sea date back to the first century AD, it is beyond dispute that the Old Testament Bible was not corrupted since that time. We clearly have essentially the same Jewish Bible that Jesus had in the first century AD.
3. It is a historic fact that the entire New Testament Scriptures have survived in their entirety within the first few centuries of the Christian Era. The entire New Testament from Matthew to the book of Revelation survives in the Codex Sinaiticus, Codex Alexandrinus, and Codex Vaticanus (not to mention thousands of other ancient manuscripts and fragments of manuscripts that have survived to this day); all three of these Codex’s date from the third and fourth centuries A.D. All four Gospel Narratives of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are also preserved in the Chester Beatty Papyri dated around 250 A.D. - about 400 years before Muhammad’s ministry. The hundreds of surviving manuscripts and fragments of manuscripts from the first century A.D. until the seventh century A.D. prove that the entire body of New Testament Scriptures were not corrupted prior to Muhammad’s day.
4. It is a historical fact that the huge array of books written by early Christian Bishops of the first few centuries contain such an abundance of quotes from the New Testament Manuscripts that we can restore most of the New Testament Scriptures from these writings alone. Had there been any plot to corrupt the doctrinal contents of the Sacred Scriptures the voluminous writings of these Christian Leaders (which were spread through much of the known world) would have certainly incriminated and exposed such a plot. Moreover, many New Testament Gospel Scriptures were sited by early second and third century Christian writers declaring Jesus to be the “Son of God.”
5. It is a historical fact that there are no quotes in any of the numerous Christian writings of the first six centuries, before Muhammad, proving the existence of the so called Gospel of Barnabas. Since there are no known historical sources to vindicate the existence of this document prior to the rise of Islam, Muslims who read the Gospel of Barnabas are reading a latter forged document, written by an unknown author who probably used fiction to try to justify the Qur’an. Yet Muslims still cannot claim this book to be inspired because it denies that Jesus is the Messiah even though the Qur’an acknowledges Jesus is the Messiah. It is beyond the realm of possibility to believe that no Christians read or quoted from the so called Gospel of Barnabas until the fifteenth century of the Christian era.
6. It is a historical fact that there are also an abundance of quotations of the Old Testament from early Christian and Jewish sources within the second and third centuries to provide ample evidence that the Hebrew Scriptures are reliable. For instance, Justin’s Dialogue with Trypho the Jew (written in the early second century AD) repeatedly quotes numerous passages from the Old Testament Body of Scriptures to prove Jesus is the Messiah. If the Old Testament had been substantially corrupted surely it would be reflected in the writings of the early Christian Writers. I have hundreds of books in my library of almost every Christian writer from the inception of Christianity until the Protestant Reformation. We could put most of the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) back together again just by the preserved quotes of Christian writers of the first seven centuries of the Christian era. Had the Old or New Testament Scriptures been corrupted during this time we would be able to observe and document this allegation within the numerous quotations inherent in the hundreds of volumes of Christian writers.
7. Since Muslims must accept Qur’an 10:94 as the true word of Allah, any corruption of the Bible could not have happened prior to the early seventh century.
8. Seventh Century Muslims never found that the Bible was in harmony with the Qur’an. Therefore many Muslim Apologists have stated that the Bible has been corrupted without providing any proof as to how and when these alleged corruptions took place.
9. There is absolutely no way that the Catholic Church could have colluded together to corrupt the Bible after the early seventh century because some Jews, Muslims, or Christians would have revealed a world wide attempt to change the Bible. When we consider that many Catholic Christians converted to Islam, Judaism, and other persecuted forms of Christianity in subsequent centuries, surely someone would have sounded the alarm that the Catholics were changing the Bible. Other than small textual variants (such as scribal errors in spelling) found in all ancient books, including the Qur’an, there is absolutely no historical evidence to show that the Bible message has been changed.
10. Since there were thousands of Old and New Testament Manuscripts spread out throughout the known world from the inception of Christianity, it would have been impossible for the Catholic Church to have destroyed all surviving manuscripts in order to eliminate evidence of textual corruption. Had the Catholic Church ever attempted to change the Bible to fit false doctrines, some hostile Jewish, Muslim, or anti-Catholic Christian sources would have blown the whistle and documenting that fact. When Caliph Uthman noticed substantial variants within the Qur’an of his day that caused many Muslims to argue as to which text was accurate, the Caliph decided to burn all Qur’an’s that did not fit the particular Qur’anic Text that he chose. Since history could not hide the Muslim attempt to bring unity to the Qur’an by burning variant texts, it would also be impossible for Christians to hide a world wide burning of every codex or text with variants, especially if the Catholic Church was attempting to corrupt the text!
11. The modern Dead Sea Scroll Discovery located most of the Hebrew Scriptures dating just six centuries before Muhammad lived. These Dead Sea Scrolls prove the accuracy of almost all of the Old Testament (except Esther - No book of Esther was found in the Dead Sea Scroll Discovery). Moreover, almost the entire Old Testament survived in the Codex Vaticanus Manuscripts dated between 325 - 350 AD. The New Testament as well has been sufficiently validated as to its accuracy by hundreds of surviving first, second, third, and fourth century New Testament manuscripts containing entire Epistles, Gospel Narratives, and surviving papyrus fragments. Scholars have irrefutably proved that the New Testament Scriptures we have today are accurate by comparing all New Testament surviving manuscripts discovered in modern times with the vast array of other ancient New Testament manuscripts known from centuries ago and have found no evidence to suggest the New Testament Scriptures were corrupted. There is absolutely no proof to accuse the Catholic Church of systematic and global corruption of the New Testament Scriptures. Muslim Apologists have no historical proof when they allege that the Bible was corrupted by latter Christians and Jews..
12. Moreover, when the Muslims invaded Alexandria Egypt in the late seventh century they burned the Septuagint [the Greek Translation of the entire Hebrew Bible] along with all of the books in the largest library in the world. Why did they burn the Septuagint if it contained the previous revelations which should have supported the Qur’an and the message of their Prophet? Surely zealous Muslims would have diligently searched the writings of the previous prophets to try to find confirmation for the new religion of Islam! And once they found that confirmation, they would have heralded it everywhere. Yet even unto this day, no confirmation has been found! Wherefore, Muhammad’s claim that the Bible and the Qur’an are in harmony has been proven false.
If the Qur’an is truly inspired by the all knowing, all powerful Allah, then all sincere Muslims should ask how Allah could have been mistaken about the truthfulness of the seventh century Jewish and Christian Bible? If the Bible has always differed from the Qur’an in foundational teachings then why did Allah tell Muhammad to go to the people of the book to clear up his doubts? Since the words “People of the Book” or those reading “The Book” are used throughout the Qur’an for Christians and Jews, it is beyond all doubt that Allah was actually speaking to the Prophet Muhammad to go the Christians and Jews to confirm the Qur’anic Revelations. Could Allah have been mistaken? If the All Powerful and All Knowing Allah could not have made a mistake, then one wonders from whence the true source of Muhammad’s Revelations were coming from!
Unfortunately, Muhammad did not continue his method of spreading Islam through peaceful preaching like he did at the onset of his ministry in Mecca. The historical record indicates that he made very few converts in Mecca and was forced out of that city due to severe persecution. When Muhammad fled to Medina he was warmly received as both a prophet and a political leader of that small city. It was at this time that the prophet Muhammad changed his method of spreading Islam from peaceful dialogue to military force. He started raising a military force in Medina and began raiding Caravans to and from Mecca. Then Muhammad conquered Mecca and continued conquering other regions until his death. Muhammad’s succeeding Caliph’s continued to employ military jihad until Islam became known as a world wide religion. This is why many now think of Muhammad as “The prophet of the sword.” Many doubt that Islam would have ever been known as a world wide religion if Muhammad had continued to preach “no compulsion in religion.” In the spreading of Islam, forced conversions were far more effective than peaceful preaching!
When the three Jewish tribes of Medina continued to reject Muhammad’s message he had two tribes banished and he subsequently destroyed the third tribe by mercilessly killing all of the men and enslaving all the Jewish women and children (Many Arabs actually have some Jewish ancestors mixed into their genetics via forced slavery). It is clear from the annals of history that the people of the Book [The Bible] rejected Muhammad and his message. How then can Muslims believe the truthfulness of the Qur’anic verse declaring, “If you were in doubt as to what We have revealed unto you, then ask those who have been reading The Book (The Bible) from before you: The truth has indeed come to you from your lord. So be in no wise of those in doubt.” Qur’an 10:94
Both Jewish and Christian Apologists marvel how Muhammad spoke very highly of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures in the early Meccan Surrahs of the Qur’an even though the Qur’an was substantially out of harmony with both the Old and New Testament Scriptures. The following brief quote from the Qur’an clearly proves that Muhammad actually thought his Qur’anic Revelations were in harmony with previous Jewish and Christian Scriptures: Surah 2:136 “Say ye: ‘We believe in Allah, and the revelations given to us, and to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah (in Islam).’”
According to the 7th Century Qur’an, Allah believed not only in the revelations given to Muhammad and the Muslim Arabs, but also in the authenticity of the extent 7th Century Biblical Revelations given to Moses, Jesus, and all the Hebrew Prophets. Allah allegedly declares that He makes “no difference between one and another . . .” In other words, there is no difference between the revelations [Scriptures] given to Muhammad, Moses, Jesus, and all other Biblical Prophets. Unfortunately for Muslims, the historical data proves that Muhammad’s Qur’anic revelations were radically different, and diametrically opposed to many teachings of Moses, Jesus, and the Prophets.
There can be no doubt from the following Qur’anic verses that Muhammad had erroneously first thought his message was in harmony with the messages of both Christians and Jews (Note that Muslim Scholars admit that the Qur’anic Surah’s are not in chronological-date order): “Those who believe (in the Qur’an), And those who follow the Jewish (Scriptures), And the Christians . . . Any who believe in Allah and the last day, And work righteousness, Shall have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” Qur’an 2:62 “And dispute ye not with the people of the Book (Bible) . . . But say, We believe in the Revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you.” Qur’an 29:46
Again, if Muhammad actually believed in the truthfulness of the Bible in the seventh century, then how can Muslims of today reject this same Bible as corrupt? Moreover Muhammad claims that the ancient patriarchs and prophets in the Bible proclaimed the self same message of the Qur’an (See Qur’an 4:163-165/6:84-86). And all these messages from different apostles and prophets emanate from a single heavenly source, “The Mother of the Book” ( See Qur’an 13:39/43:4). The Qur’an further declares that all nations in all parts of the earth were sent prophets (before Muhammad lived) declaring the self same message of Islam: “For We assuredly sent amongst every people an apostle, (with the command), ‘Serve Allah, and eschew Evil.” Qur’an 16:36
Muhammad believed that every nationality had a prophet or apostle sent to it at one time or another in history prior to Muhammad’s Qur’an and that the messengers messages were essentially the same Islamic Teachings found in the Qur’an. Christians, Jews, and other non Muslims reject the idea that every national identity had a prophet or apostle sent to it in antiquity (prior to the 7th Century) proclaiming the same message of the Qur’an because it contradicts both the Bible and the historical evidence outside the Bible. For how could Allah send a Muslim apostle or prophet to every tribe or nation in the entire world without a shred of surviving historical evidence? For example, China has had a very well documented history from very ancient times and there is no record of an Islamic Apostle ever preaching to the Chinese before Muhammad was born. And where is the evidence for Islamic Prophets being sent to the Inca’s, the Mayan’s, and the Aztec’s of Central and South America?
Christian Apologists note that all annals of early Christian History prior to Muhammad prove that the first century apostles and early church leaders of the first few centuries did not preach a similar message found in the Qur’an. There is no record of the early Christians spreading the gospel through military Jihad. Nor is there any evidence to prove that the Christians of the first two centuries ever practiced the basic tenants of Islam. The annals of church history show in great detail that all Christians of the first two centuries believed Jesus to be The Son of God and all believed that he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea. But the Qur’an says that Jesus is not the Son of God, nor was he crucified!
There is absolutely no shred of evidence proving that Islam was ever preached in historically well documented regions of the world (prior to the 7th Century) such as Europe, India, or Persia (modern Iran). How then are we to believe Muhammad’s claim that every nation has had a Prophetic Messenger preaching the unaltered message of Islam? According to the Qur’an, The Words of Allah in all previous revelations are in harmony with the Qur’an.
Some Muslim scholars have attempted to claim that the Bible predicts the coming of Muhammad as the prominent New Covenant Lawgiver and not Jesus the Messiah. Some Muslim Scholars have argued that the prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:15-18 actually predicts the coming of the prophet Muhammad. But a careful examination of the text proves that Muhammad could not have been the predicted New Covenant Lawgiver: Deuteronomy 18:15-18 “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you (like Moses) from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.”
However, a careful examination of this passage of scripture proves that Muhammad could not have been the New Covenant Lawgiver for the following reasons:
1.This coming prophet would be like Moses. He would come with great power and signs and wonders to confirm his prophetic message (like Moses did). Many Israelite Prophets were given signs and wonders but no other Prophet but Jesus could compare with the signs and wonders granted to Moses. Jesus miraculously cured the sick, the lame, the deaf, the mute, and the blind on a very grand scale in front of multitudes of people. Jesus repeatedly raised the dead to life, miraculously fed multitudes, commanded the wind and the waves to be stilled, caused a fig tree to miraculously wither, turned water into wine, and spoke with authority like no man had ever spoken before. Officers sent to arrest Jesus had a change of heart when they observed Jesus teaching the multitudes:
John 7:46,47 “Then the officers came to the chief Priests and Pharisees, who said to them, Why have you not brought him? The officers answered, NO MAN EVER SPOKE LIKE THIS MAN!” This is quite different from Surah 74:24,25 in which Muhammad’s opponents are recorded as saying: “This indeed is nothing but sorcery recounted. This is only the discourse of mortals.”
The Prophet Jesus was the only Prophet who came with great authority and signs and wonders like unto Moses. Deuteronomy 34:10-13 “But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom Yahweh knew face to face, in all the signs and wonders which Yahweh sent him to do in the land of Egypt, before Pharaoh, before all his servants, and in all his land. And by all that mighty power and all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.” Deuteronomy 18:15-18 “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you (like Moses) from among their brethren and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.” Truly Jesus was the only Prophet ever sent to the children of Israel who could qualify as the one to fulfill Deuteronomy 18:15-18. Muhammad’s only claim to a miracle was his eloquent Surah’s.
2. This coming prophet would arise from among “their brethren.” Since this scripture is addressing the Israelite community, the coming great prophet could not have been Muhammad. He would have to be from the Israelite “brethren.”
A. Other detailed prophecies corresponding to the coming of this great prophet (“like unto” Moses) also predict that he would arise from the Israelite Tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10). And this great prophet was to be born in the Israelite town of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2,4).
“But you, Bethlehem Ephratha, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.. . And He shall be great to the ends of the earth..” Micah 5:2,4
Since the prophet Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the tribal land of Judah and not Muhammad, there is no way that Muhammad could claim to be this great prophet predicted in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Micah 5:2 declares that this great prophet would have a pre-existence from ancient times, “from everlasting” ” The prophet Jesus claimed to pre-exist before the prophet Abraham was ever born when he stated, “. . . Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad . . . before Abraham was, I AM (John 8:56-58).” Muhammad never claimed to have a pre-existence “from of old, from (time) everlasting.” Neither did Muhammad claim to have lived before Abraham.
According to the Bible, this Jewish Prophet from Bethlehem is the greatest of all prophets who “shall be great to the ends of the earth. . .(Micah 5:4).” Other corresponding Hebrew Scriptures prove that the Prophet Jesus is this Messiah, the greatest of all the prophets, not Muhammad. See Isaiah 35:5,6,/Isaiah 40:3/Psalm 22:16/Psalm 22:18
Another interesting point to consider is Muhammad’s first call to be a prophet. The angel Gabriel purportedly forced Muhammad to recite the alleged Word of Allah by choking him with a cloth three times until he thought he was going to die. In other words, Muhammad had no choice in this matter. If he did not begin to recite the angels words he was going to die. Non Muslims claim that this hardly sounds like a great introduction for the one who was to be called, “The Seal of the Prophets,” or “The Greatest of All Prophets.” It is hard to find Hebrew Scriptures to correlate with this kind of merciless and threatening treatment of a great prophet.
Moreover, Muhammad was so terrified by this experience that he himself thought that he might be “possessed” [Greek New Testament means “inhabited”rather than “possession”] by a demon. According to one of Muhammad’s wives Aisha, Muhammad often fell down in violent and uncontrollable convulsions with excessive sweating. Many note that people known to have been possessed (or more correctly “inhabited”) by demons have been known to fall down in violent and painful convulsions. The prophet Jesus often cast out demons out of people who fell down convulsing before him. Mark 9:20-26 “They brought him [the man with a demon] to Him [to Jesus]. And when he [the demon inhabited man] saw him [saw Jesus], immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. . . . Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him . . .”
The earliest Muslim tradition outside of the Qur’an indicates that Muhammad often fell down with convulsions as recorded by the Muslim Biographer Haykal: “Muhammad had not moved from his spot when revelation came to him accompanied by the usual convulsions. He stretched out his clothes and a pillow was placed under his head. A’isha (his wife) later reported. “Thinking that something ominous was about to happen, everyone in the room was frightened except me, for I did not fear a thing, knowing I was innocent . . .’ Muhammad recovered, he sat up and began to wipe his forehead where beads of perspiration had gathered.”
In no place in either the Old or the New Covenants do we find any prophet or apostle falling down onto the ground with frightening convulsions. It is well documented that this kind of behavior is known to accompany demonic inhabitation. Moses, Jesus, and Biblical apostles and prophets never went into convulsions with profuse sweating. Many opponents of Muhammad have believed that Muhammad’s first fears were correct. He first feared that he was being possessed by a demon [Jin] and not by a true angel of Allah.
Most Jewish and Christian scholars who have searched the Qur’an are unimpressed with the amount of times the Qur’an completely contradicts the Words of Allah in the Bible and the glaring contradictions between the ways Muhammad had ministered and the ways that true Biblical Apostles and Prophets had ministered in the past. With so many glaring discrepancies between the Bible and the Qur’an, how can logical people turn to Islam as the one true religion of Allah?
PILLAR #2 THE MIRACULOUS WORDS OF THE QUR’AN
Orthodox Islam believes that the Qur’an has to be the true Word of Allah because no other book in the world has ever been able to match the wisdom, beauty, and excellence of speech recorded therein. In fact, when Muhammad was often compelled to give a miraculous sign to prove that he was a true prophet from Allah. Rather than giving miraculous signs as Moses and Jesus did to prove that his authority came from Allah, Muhammad is recorded as saying that his powerful and eloquent speech was his miraculous proof that he was a true prophet revealing the true Words of Allah. Surah 17:88 “Say: ‘Were men and jinn to band together in order to come up with the like of this Qur’an, they will never come up with the like of it, even if they back up one another. . .”
MUHAMMAD’S ONLY CLAIM TO MIRACLES ARE THE SURAH’S OF THE QUR’AN
However, unlike Moses, Jesus, and other previous Prophets, these alleged miraculous surah’s do not contain any detailed predictive prophecies. Surah 23:105 “Were not My Signs [this Qur’an] recited to you, but you used to denounce them as lies?” Surah 2:23 “If you are in doubt as to what We have revealed to Our Servant, then produce a surah similar to it and call upon your witnesses other than Allah, if you are truthful.” Surah 4:82 “Do they not, then, ponder over the Qur’an? Had it been from someone other than Allah, they would have found in it many inconsistencies.” Surah 10:38 “Or do they say: ‘He has forged it.’ Say: ‘Come up, then, with a single Surah like it, and call upon whomever you can, apart from Allah, if you are truthful.”
Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder no Muslim can prove eloquent speech is a proof Muhammad was a true prophet. We have carefully read every Surah of the Qur’an and it is our honest opinion that many chapters of the Bible such as the Sermon on the Mount are more spiritually edifying and intellectually powerful in poetic style and rhetoric than the Qur’an. For example: Jesus in Matthew 5:5-16 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile you and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. . . You are the light of the world,. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” 1 Peter 1:24,25 “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away. But the word of the LORD endures forever. The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:51-55
“. . . We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed - In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
The Pseudo Christian book of Mormon also claims to have been sent by a heavenly messenger with eloquent language just like the Qur’an. Furthermore, Most Mormons believe that the book of Mormon is superior to any other religious book, including the Bible and the Qur’an. Any religious cult can claim that their religious book is more eloquent or superior in nature to other religious books. Consider this eloquent passage from the book of Mormon. Although it reassembles many scriptures from the Bible, it is very well put together and can easily deceive people into thinking it is the true Word of God: 2 Nephi 8:1-11
“Hearken unto me, ye that follow after righteousness. Look unto the rock from whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit from whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham, your father, and unto Sarah, she that bare you; for I called him alone, and blessed him. For the Lord shall comfort Zion, he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Hearken unto me, my people, and give ear unto me. O my nation; for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light for the people. My righteousness is near, my salvation is gone forth, and mine arm shall judge the people. The isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment; and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner. But my salvation shall be forever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart I have written my law, fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool. But my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation from generation to generation. Awake, awake! Put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake as in the ancient days, Art thou not he that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon? Art thou not he who has dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over? Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy and holiness shall be upon their heads; and they shall obtain gladness and joy; sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”
When one reads the above passage from the book of Mormon, a forged word of God, it becomes quite apparent that many eloquent people can put together works which sound like God’s Word in the Bible. The above quote from the book of Mormon contains an amalgamation of many portions of Hebrew Scriptures but the author changes the words around and adds many of his own words so that the reader is easily duped into believing it is the Word of God. Allah gave credence to man’s ability to perform mighty feats at the tower of Babel in Genesis11:6 when Allah said, “ . . . nothing that they purpose to do will be withheld from them.” Surah 11:13,14 “Or will they say: ‘He has forged it.’ Say: ‘Come up then with ten forged Surrahs like it, and call upon whomever you can, apart from Allah, if you are truthful.’ But if they do not answer you, then know that it was revealed with Allah’s knowledge and that there is no God but He.” Surah 52:33,34 “Or do they say: ‘He fabricated it?’ No they believe not. Let them bring, then, a discourse like it, if they are truthful.”
How could anyone living in Muslim lands bring a discourse like it when this would be interpreted by Muslims as “hurting” the Prophet? Muhammad had commanded to “seize and slaughter” all those who promoted dissent against Islam. Surah 28:49 “Say: Bring, then, a Book from Allah giving better guidance than both [the Qur’an and Torah], and I will follow it, if you are truthful. If, however, they do not answer you then know that they only follow their fancies . . .”
The Bible contains Allah’s challenge to false prophets and false religions to try to predict future events with 100% accuracy like the Word of God found in the Bible. The Bible never challenges people to come up with a chapter like it (probably because some people could produce works appearing like the Word of God). Wherefore, fulfilled detailed predictive prophecies found throughout the Bible prove the superiority of the Bible over the Qur’an, the Book of Mormon, and any other religious work. Isaiah 41:22-23 “Present your case, says Yahweh, Set forth your arguments, says Jacob’s King. Bring in your idols, to tell us what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come. tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods “Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off? Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same. By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of His anger they are consumed. . . . Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker? If He puts no trust in His servants, if He charges His angels with error. How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before a moth? They are broken in pieces from morning till evening; they perish forever, with no one regarding. Does not their own excellence .”
Note that Allah does not say, produce a few chapters like the Word of God as proof of its truthfulness. No, Allah challenges false religions to predict future events with 100% infallibility, and to tell us what the former things were in history with 100% accuracy - so that we may know your religion is truly from a divine origin. Most Qur’anic critics do not question the value of the Qur’an as one of the worlds interesting books to read. However, there are many other books written by ancient authors that contain very similar oratory. The following verses from a Surah are very similar in content to the speech of Job’s counsellors.
AN ELOQUENT PASSAGE FROM THE QUR’AN
Surah 22:63-66 “Do you not see that Allah sends down water from the sky, whereupon the earth turns green. Allah is Gracious, Well-Informed. To Him belongs what is in the heavens and the earth and it is Allah Who is the Self Sufficient and the Praiseworthy. Do you not see that Allah has subjected to you what is on earth and the ships which sail in the sea at His command? And He keeps the sky from falling to the ground, save by His leave. Allah is Gracious and Merciful to mankind. And it is He who gives you life, then He causes you to die. Man, however, is truly thankless.”
In the Bible book of Job chapter12:1-3, Job says to the eloquent speech of his detractors: “Indeed, who does not Know such things as these.” The Qur’an claims that it is impossible for men or Jin to write Surahs as good or better than the QUR’ANIC Verses. Yet in my view, the speech of Job’s foolish but eloquent counselors: Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar are just as poetic and intellectually powerful as the above verses of the Qur’an. Although Job’s counselors were very eloquent in their speech, it is clear that they were very wrong regarding the true reason why Job was suffering. The Errant Prophet Eliphaz (extracted from Job chapters 4,5):
“Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off? Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same. By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of His anger they are consumed. . . . Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker? If He puts no trust in His servants, if He charges His angels with error. How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before a moth? They are broken in pieces from morning till evening; they perish forever, with no one regarding. Does not their own excellence go away? They die, even without wisdom . . . Who [Allah] does great things, and unsearchable, marvelous things without number. He gives rain on the earth, and sends waters on the fields. He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety. He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot carry out their plans. He catches the wise in their own craftiness, and the counsel of the cunning comes quicky upon them. They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope at noontime as the night. But He saves the needy form the sword, from the mouth of the mighty, and from their hand. So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts her mouth. Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole. . . . You shall come to the grave at a full age, as a sheaf of grain ripens in its season. Behold, this we have searched out; it is true. Hear it, and know for yourself.” The Errant Prophet Bildad (extracted from Job chapter 8):
“Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the reeds flourish without water? While it is yet green and not cut down, it withers before any other plant. So are the paths of all who forget God; and the hope of the hypocrite shall perish. Whose confidence shall be cut off, and whose trust is a spider’s web. He leans on his house, but it does not stand. he holds it fast, but it does not endure. He grows green in the sun, and his branches spread out in his garden. . . Behold, God will not cast away the blameless, nor will He uphold the evildoers. he will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing. Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, and the dwelling place of the wicked will come to nothing.” The Errant Prophet Zophar (extracted from Job 11): “Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than heaven - what can you do? Deeper than Sheol - what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea. . . If you would prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him; If iniquity were in your hand, and you put it far away, and would not let wickedness dwell in your tents; Then surely you could lift up your face without spot; yes, you could be steadfast, and not fear . . . You would also lie down, and no one would make you afraid; yes, many would court your favor. But the eyes of the wicked will fall, and they shall not escape. and their hope - loss of life!”
Job’s Reply: “Then Job answered and said: No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you! But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Indeed, who does not know such things as these? Job 12:1-3 Yahweh God goes on to say to Job’s errant counselors: “. . . My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.” Job 42:8
Here Job’s three friends were very eloquent and intellectually powerful in speech but they did not speak what was right concerning Allah. They were in fact, errant spiritual guides. Job was the only true Prophet among them who spoke what was right about Allah! Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Anyone can claim that their religious book is superior than all other religious books.
Christian and Jewish Apologists have argued against the alleged miraculous nature of the Qur’an based upon the following evidence:
Most scholarly Muslims know that Muhammad made a grave mistake by allegedly allowing a false revelation from Satan to enter into the Qur’an. Muhammad allegedly received another revelation canceling the previous revelation about praying to idols. Muhammad later explained that Satan had deceived him without his knowing it. Since neither Moses, Jesus, or any of the Biblical Prophets were ever deceived in this manner, how can Muhammad claim the Words of the Qur’an to be miraculous and superior to all other previous prophets?
Surah 6:21 “And who is more unjust than he who imputes falsehood to Allah or denies His Revelations?
Islamic history informs us that one of Muhammad’s scribes Abdollah Abi Sarh was permitted by Muhammad to actually change the Qur’anic Text. With the prophets consent Abdollah changed many verses such as “And Allah is mighty and wise” to “And Allah is knowing and wise. The Muslim author Dashti records the incredible change of the Qur’anic Text that Muhammad permitted by the prompting of an uninspired scribe: “Having observed a succession of changes of this type, ‘Abdollah (the scribe) renounced Islam on the ground that the revelations, if from Allah, could not be changed at the prompting of a scribe such as himself. After his apostasy he went to Mecca and joined the Qorayshites.” How can Muslims believe the Qur’an is inspired when the alleged unalterable Words of Allah were subject to being changed? If I were a Muslim and found out that the original recitations of Muhammad’s Qur’an were later carefully examined and changed by uninspired scribes the very foundation of my faith in the Qur’an would be shaken. There is absolutely no historical data informing us that any Biblical apostle or prophet ever permitted inspired scripture to be changed in this manner. To the contrary, the prophet Jesus declared, “. . . one jot or one title will by no means pass from the Law [The Torah] till all is fulfilled (Matthew 5:18).” If the Words of the Qur’an were truly miraculous then why did they need to be improved upon?
Surah 35:43 “For you will never find any alteration of Allah’s Way, and you will never find any deflecting of Allah’s Way.” Surah 6:34 “None can change the Words of Allah.”
Many Muslims also do not know that there were many serious differences in many Qur’anic Texts during the time of Caliph Uthman (the third Caliph of Islam after Muhammad) which led to many heated arguments among Muslims. Caliph Uthman solved this problem by picking one prominent version of the Qur’an and burning all other divergent texts. , and you will never find any deflecting of Allah’s Way.” Surah 6:34 “None can change the Words of Allah.”
It is clear that the author of the Qur’an and his scribal assistants borrowed heavily from Pseudepigraphal books [Forged Religious Books] and from both the Old and New Testaments.
Surah 25:5 “And they say [unbelievers opposing Muhammad’s Revelations]: ‘Legends of the ancients which he [Muhammad] solicited their writings down. Hence they are dictated to him [Muhammad] morning and evening.” Many Christians who have diligently read the Qur’an believe that much of the Qur’an was formulated by the plagiarizing of many Bible Verses. As indicated above, Muhammad clearly had no problem enlisting scribal improvements to the Qur’anic Text. It is not hard to believe that the Qur’an also borrowed heavily from the previous scriptures and from Pseudepigraphal materials.
HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF PLAGIARISM FROM THE BIBLE: Surah 7:40 “.. . and they shall not enter Paradise until the camel passes through the eye of the needle. Thus we punish the wicked sinners.” Matthew 19:24 “ . . . it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” The words of the Prophet Jesus. Surah 7:179 “They have hearts, but do not understand; and they have eyes, but do not see; and they have ears, but do not hear. Those are like cattle, or rather are even more misguided. Those are the heedless ones.”
Matthew 13:13-15 “Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.” The Prophets Jesus and Isaiah.
Surah 21:96 “Until Gog and Magog are let loose.”Revelation 20:7,8 “Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from prison and will go out to deceive the nations . . . Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle…” The Apostle John.
Many Non Muslim scholars who have read the Qur’an do not see its poetic and literary style as superior to other books. Many scholars believe that Homers Iliad is at least equally powerful in poetic and literary style. Moreover many passages of the Old and New Testament Scriptures are arguably more poetic and beautiful in literary style than the Qur’an. Many who have read both the Bible and the Qur’an believe that the Bible is much more excellent in beauty and literary style. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There really is no valid way to prove a books poetic or literary style proves divine authorship.
The Qur’an lacks the power of predictive prophecy: There are no prophecies recorded in the Qur’an that have been fulfilled to prove its words are from Allah. In contradistinction, the Bible contains hundreds of prophecies that have already been graphically fulfilled hundreds and even thousands of years after the prophecies were recorded in the Bible. Hence, many Bible Scholars believe that the Bible is far superior due to the accuracy of predictive prophecies. The only Qur’anic prophecy spoken by Muhammad is the defeat of the Persians by the Romans (7th Century Catholic Roman Empire) after the Persians took Jerusalem. Yet even this prophecy does not have any convincing value for the following reasons.
It would not take any prophet to predict that the Romans would retaliate and remove the Eastern Persian invaders because the Roman Power was truly a superior military force at that time (early seventh century AD).
Since the Qur’an was actually written down after the prophet Muhammad had died and after this prophecy had already been fulfilled the alleged prediction lacks convincing evidence for its credibility. Anyone can write down predictions after the predictions were already fulfilled. The scribes who wrote the Qur’an could have easily recorded the times when Muhammad uttered a wise prediction and conveniently left out the times when Muhammad uttered wrong predictions. In contrast, The Bible gives many prophetic predictions in writing hundreds and even thousands of years before they were fulfilled. Therefore many believe the Bible is superior to the Qur’an in Prophetic Power.
Predictions made by Muhammad claiming military victory over an opposing army cannot be used to prove Muhammad actually spoke the words of Allah. For what religious military leader would not encourage his soldiers by predicting that Allah would give them the victory. Although Muhammad and his armies won most battles, they also lost some major battles with heavy losses of Muslim men. Why would Muhammad lead his followers into battle if Allah had informed him that they would lose? If Allah was truly with Muhammad and his followers they should have always won! Since alleged predictive military prophecies were written down after the historical facts were already completed there is no intellectual evidence to prove that Islam is the true religion based upon these alleged predictions. Again, Muslims could have wrote down the times when Muhammad was correct at predicting victory but conveniently left out the times when Muhammad said they would win in battle but lost.
How can the Qur’an be the most powerful and miraculous book in the world when its author did not perform miraculous signs and wonders? Muhammad acknowledged the miracles of Moses (Surah 23:45), Jesus (Surah 5:113), and other Biblical Prophets (Surah 4:63-65) but he himself acknowledged no miracles that the previous Prophets of Allah had done! If Allah had always performed miracles through His great Prophets in the past, why did he not do so with the so called greatest of all the previous Prophets? Many great leaders in world history have been found very gifted and eloquent in public speaking but that did not make them prophets. Nor did Muhammad prove the inspiration of the Qur’an by the miracle of prophetic predictions that the previous Biblical Prophets had done! Can any Muslim cleric or scholar present us with detailed Qur’anic predictive prophecies of events which were fulfilled hundreds of years after Muhammad lived? If the Bible gives us these confirmations and the Qur’an does not, then how can Muslims claim that the Qur’an is superior to the Bible and should “supercede” “the previous revelations” of the Bible?
Many Muslims claim that Muhammad was not able to read and write. Therefore they claim that he had to be supernaturally inspired from above to recite the Qur’an. Yet historical data indicates that Muhammad asked for a pen to write down the name of his successor on his death bed. Unfortunately Muhammad lacked the strength to do so and suddenly died at just 63 years old (thus causing war and division among Muslim factions vying for power to this day). Therefore we know that Muhammad did know how to spell out a name so he must have been able to do at least some reading and writing.
Moreover, if Muhammad was actually demon inhabited as he himself earlier had feared, then he may have had an intelligent demon actually giving him the words to recite. Many believe that Adolf Hitler may have received his eloquent speech from an indwelling evil spirit. Since Satan and fallen angels [Jin] are eloquent there is no way to prove the claim that one’s eloquent speech proves divine inspiration.
Finally, it is hard to believe the Muslim claim that the Qur’an’s beautiful literary style proves divine origin. It is historically apparent that the original text was beefed up by scribes. Apparently there were so many trying to improve on the poetic words of the Qur’an that arguments soon broke out as to which Qur’anic Codex was accurate. The historical data proves that there were substantial differences in the Qur’an during the time of the third Caliph of Islam [Uthman]. We can therefore conclude that many scribes were recording Muhammad’s words differently.
Caliph Uthman ended up resolving these serious discrepancies by burning all Qur’an’s that disagreed with the one he chose. Did this Caliph have the divine authority to burn so many Holy Qur’anic Texts? And more importantly, did this Caliph burn the most accurate Qur’an’s? Would the Prophet Muhammad have sanctioned the burning of so many Qur’an’s? Can we be sure that it was the least accurate Qur’an’s that were burnt? There is no way to tell because all divergent Qur’an’s were burnt hundreds of years ago.
MUHAMMAD’S OTHER ALLEGED MIRACLES
Although the Qur’an declares Muhammad’s only real miracle was his eloquent speech, much later Muslim Oral Tradition has Muhammad performing numerous miracles. Yet most knowledgeable Muslim scholars admit that these oral accounts lack the support of the Qur’an and historical reliability. For if Muhammad was actually able to perform miracles why then did the Qur’an not mention any? When one considers how many times the Qur’an records Muhammad being mocked by his detractors for his inability to do miracles, it seems historically accurate that he was not known as a miracle working prophet.
THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD WAS MOCKED FOR NOT DOING MIRACLES.
THERE WERE NO SIGNS OR MIRACLES IN THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S MINISTRY OTHER THAN ALLEGED ELOQUENT SURAH’S
Surah 6:37 “And they also say: ‘Why has no sign come down to him from his Lord?’ Say: ‘Allah is surely Able to send down a sign, but most of them do not know.’” Surah 6:109 “They swear by Allah most solemnly that, were a sign to come to them, they would surely believe in it. Say: ‘Signs are only with Allah’; but how do you know that, if those signs come, they will still not believe? Even if We send the angels to them and the dead speak to them, and if We bring everything before them, they would not believe, unless Allah wills; but most of them are ignorant. . . . So leave them to what they invent.”
MUHAMMAD MOCKED BY UNBELIEVERS FOR NOT PRODUCING SIGNSUNBELIEVERS ALLEGED THAT THEY COULD PRODUCE THE LIKE OF QUR’AN Surah 8:31-33 “And when our Revelations are recited to them, they say: ‘We have heard. Had we wished, we could have uttered the like of this; this is nothing but the fables of the ancients.’ And when they said: ‘O Allah, if this is indeed the truth from you, then rain down upon us brick stones from heaven, or inflict upon us a very painful punishment.” And Allah did not wish to punish them while you [Muhammad] were in their midst . . .” Surah 11:12 “ . . . and your heart [Muhammad] is distressed lest they should say: ‘If only a treasure was sent down upon him or an angel accompanied him.’ You are only a warner, and Allah is in charge of everything.
Surah 13:7 “Those who disbelieve say: ‘Why has no sign been sent down to him from his Lord?’ You are only a warner, and for each people there is a guide.” Surah 13:27 “And the unbelievers say: ‘If only a sign were sent down to him by his Lord! Say: ‘Allah leads astray whomever He pleases and guides to Himself those who repent.” Surah 17:88-93 “Say: ‘Were men and jinn to band together in order to come up with the like of this Qur’an, they will never come up with the like of it, even if they back up one another. . . And they say: ‘We will not believe you until you cause a spring to gush out from the ground for us. Or have a garden of palms and vines; then cause the rivers to gush out abundantly; Or cause heaven to fall upon us in fragments, as you claim; or bring Allah or the angels down, so that we can see them face to face. Or possess a house of gold, or ascent to heaven [in front of us] . . . Say: ‘Glory be to my Lord; am I anything other than a human Messenger?’”
Moses and Jesus were both Messengers bringing in New Covenants. Moses and Jesus came with great signs because they came instituting New Covenants of Allah. If Muhammad was the seal of the prophets or the greatest of the prophets, surely there should have been some great signs. Surah 20:133 “They say [the unbelievers]: ‘If only he would bring us a sign from his Lord.’ Has not a clear proof come to them in the previous scriptures?”
Muhammad says that Allah has already given clear proofs by doing miracles through his Prophets “in the previous scriptures?” This is the only reason Muhammad gives for not producing any signs to back up his prophetic ministry. This is quite an inditing statement for one who alleges himself to be “the seal of the prophets” [the greatest of all the prophets]. Surah 21:5,6 “. . . they say [the unbelievers]: ‘It is just a load of dreams. He has rather forged it; he is rather a poet. Let him bring us a sign, just as the former [Prophets] were sent [with].’ No city We destroyed, before them actually believed. Will they then believe?’”
Notice that Muhammad’s detractors were probably Christians or Jews in the above verse because they said, “Let him bring us a sign, just as the former prophets were sent with (thus they believed in the former Biblical Prophets).” The people of the Book rejected Muhammad. They were in fact stating: “If you are really the seal of all the prophets (or the greatest of all the prophets that have come in past generations) as you claim, then “bring us a sign, just as the former [Prophets] were sent with.” Muhammad’s only answer was that the other cities Allah had destroyed before did not believe their Messengers; so what is the point of doing signs or miracles? Muhammad has Allah saying: “Will they then believe?” In other words, they will not believe even if miracles or signs are performed to back up your [Muhammad’s] ministry so what is the point of doing miracles? If this kind of reasoning were true then why did Allah use Moses and Jesus to do great miracles but the greatest of all the prophets did not do any miracles? How then can Muhammad claim to be the greatest prophet?
CRITICS CLAIMED MUHAMMAD WAS JUST SPEAKING THE DISCOURSE OF MORTALS
Surah 74:24,25 “This indeed is nothing but sorcery recounted. This is only the discourse of mortals “Let not the unbelievers think that they can escape [Us]. They will never be able to escape. And make ready for them whatever you can of fighting men and horses, to terrify thereby the enemies .” Jesus was accused of sorcery but never did anyone say “this is the discourse of a mere mortal. Those commanded to arrest Jesus did not arrest him because they admitted, “No man ever spake like this man.” John 7:45,46
The Qur’an 17:1 states that Muhammad was transported to Jerusalem by supernatural means. However Muhammad’s child wife Aisha later claimed that “the apostle’s body remained where it was but Allah removed his spirit by night.” Unfortunately for Muslims, there is no way to prove that Muhammad’s body was actually transported to Jerusalem because there is no eyewitness testimony to substantiate this claim. Hence, there is no eyewitness testimony to support a miraculous journey of the prophet Muhammad. In contradistinction, the New Testament Scriptures provide eyewitness testimony documenting the miraculous resurrection and ascension of the prophet Jesus into heaven. The Scriptures record that there were more than 500 eyewitnesses who publicly observed the Prophet Jesus ascend into heaven (See 1 Corinthians 15:6).
Acts 1:9-11 “Now when He [Jesus] had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men [Angels] stood by them in white apparel, who also said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Many Muslims have believed that Muhammad’s military success against numerically superior forces proves divine approbation to his prophetic office. The following Qur’anic verses claim that Allah backed the Muslim Military Forces by granting them supernatural victory: MILITARY VICTORY USED TO PROVE ALLAH BACKED ISLAMSurah 8:59-65 / See also Surah 8:42:44 (Battle of Badr) “Let not the unbelievers think that they can escape [Us]. They will never be able to escape. And make ready for them whatever you can of fighting men and horses, to terrify thereby the enemies of Allah and your enemy, as well as others besides them whom you do not know . . . O Prophet, urge the believers to fight. If there are twenty steadfast men among you, they will defeat two hundred; and if there are a hundred, they will defeat a thousand of the unbelievers, because they are a people [the unbelievers] who do not understand.”
Muhammad’s only “clear proofs” for Islam are his eloquent speech and military victories. But what about the major battles he lost? Since he won more battles than he lost it was believed that Allah had to be backing Islam. But what about Pagan Rome, Greece, and Persia? Did Allah really endorse the religions of these Empires because they won most of their military battles? The Pagan Greek and Roman armies were known to win many battles even though they were greatly outnumbered. The Pagan Japanese believed that their gods were on their side when the weather assisted them to beat the Monguls twice. When the Japanese defeated the Russian Navy they thought for sure that they were invincible through their gods. Then when America defeated Imperial Japan in World War Two it shattered the faith of many believing in Shintoism. Moreover, Colonial Europe conquered and occupied most Islamic lands. Did Allah back the Pseudo Christianity of Colonial Europe because they won most of their military battles against the armies of Islamic Lands?
Most Muslims would not say that Nazi Germany had divine approbation because Nazi German troops initially won many surprising battles even when they were greatly outnumbered. No Muslim would state that Allah was backing Nazi views of Racist German Superiority. Furthermore, most Muslims would not state that Allah was siding with the Jews when they were greatly outnumbered but victorious in the six day war against Muslim forces.
Other than eloquent speech, Muhammad never offered miracles or alleged miraculous prophecies to confirm his prophethood. Yet the Prophet Jesus did both physical miracles and accurately predicted future events. Jesus predicted the destruction of the Jewish Temple and the restoration of the Jewish people to Israel after a world wide dispersion.
Alleged miracles recorded in Muslim Hadiths have no evidential value to prove Islam because the Qur’an says the opposite. The Qur’an records Muhammad constantly being challenged to perform miracles to support his prophetic claim, yet the Qur’an gives no record of miracles other than Muhammad’s eloquent speech.
Moreover, the time span from when the Qur’an was written until the time most Hadiths were written detracts from its historical value. Most Hadiths lack the historicity of eyewitness testimony. There was plenty of time for oral story telling to bring much fiction to the Hadiths. Both the Old and New Testaments document miracles but the Qur’an does not document miracles in the life of the prophet Muhammad. Therefore we can accurately conclude that Muhammad probably did not perform miracles.
Christian scholars believe that the many miraculous stories in the Hadiths mimic the miracles of Jesus in the Bible. It seems clear that Muslims who were debating with Christians to accept Islam invented these stories in order to compete against the superiority of The New Testament Scriptures giving eyewitness testimony of the many miraculous signs and wonders performed through the prophet Jesus. Since no miracles were recorded in the Qur’an supporting the prophethood of Muhammad there was an urgent need to find some kind of miraculous evidence to compete with the miraculous evidence of Christianity. Again, The Qur’an proves that Muhammad did not perform miracles like Jesus and Moses. Knowledgeable Muslim scholars know that alleged miracles in the Hadiths lack credibility because they contradict the Qur’an which states that Muhammad performed no miracles but the eloquent speech of the Qur’an.
PILLAR #3 THE QUR’AN IS SCIENTIFICALLY AND HISTORICALLY ACCURATE
MUHAMMAD BELIEVED THE EARTH WAS FLAT
Surah 51:48 “And the earth, We have spread it out; and how excellently we smoothed it down.” Surah 79:27-30 “Are you, then, stronger in constitution than the heaven He has erected? He raised its vault and leveled it off. He dimmed its night and lighted its day. Then, the earth, He flattened.”
There is no mention of the earth being circular or spherical in the Qur’an. Muhammad’s words are emphatic, “the earth, He flattened.” Muhammad clearly believed the earth was created flat. Corroborating Surah’s leave no doubt that Muhammad inaccurately thought the earth was flat. Surah 88:17-20 “Why they, then, not consider the camels how they were created; And heaven, how it was raised up? And the mountains, how they were hoisted? And the earth, how it was leveled.
The word “leveled” also means flat. Surah 5:17 “The lord of the two Easts and the two Wests.” How can the earth have two Easts and two Wests? Since the earth is spherical, there is no literal places called two Easts or two Wests. Yet if one believed that the earth was flat, then there could be two Eastern Ends and two Western Ends of the earth.
MUHAMMAD BELIEVED THE SUN SETS IN A PARTICULAR PLACE ON EARTH WHERE THERE IS A SPRING OF BLACK MUD
Surah 18:83-86 “And they ask you about Dhul-Qarnayn [Alexander the Great], Say: ‘I will give you this account of him. We established him firmly in the land and We gave him access to everything. And so he followed a course. Then, when he reached the setting place of the sun, he found that it sets in a spring of black mud and found, by it, a people. We said: ‘O Dhul-Qarnayn, either you punish them or show them kindness.”
Could Allah, the Almighty and All-Wise, have been mistaken? There is no “setting place of the sun.” There is no place on earth where there is an end where the sun “sets in a spring of black mud.” The only way one could make this kind of statement is if one were to believe the earth was flat. If the earth was flat then there would be a particular place where the sun actually does set and another place on earth where the sun actually does rise. Since the earth is circular or spherical, there is no actual place on earth where anyone could state that the sun actually sets or rises. The sun sets and rises equally around the entire globe.
MUHAMMAD ALSO BELIEVED THE SUN TO RISE IN ONLY ONE PLACE ON PLANET EARTH - THUS HE BELIEVED THE EARTH WAS FLAT!
Surah 18:89,90 “Then he [Alexander] followed another course. But when he reached the rising place of the sun, he found it rising on a people whom We have not provided with any screen against it.” Muhammad believed that there was only one particular place on earth where the sun actually rises. Muhammad believed that this place where the sun rises is so close in proximity to the suns location that its rays actually burn the people living in that location more than anywhere else on the earth.
MUHAMMAD BELIEVED ALEXANDER THE GREAT BUILT A GIANT IRON AND BRASS WALL TO PREVENT NORTHERN RUSSIAN TRIBES FROM INVADING THE SOUTH - BUT THERE HAS NEVER BEEN SUCH A WALL FOUND, NOR HAS SUCH A WALL EVER BEEN RECORDED IN THE ANNALS OF HISTORY
Surah 18:92-98 “Then he [Alexander] followed another course. But when he reached the point separating the two barriers, he found beside them a people who could barely understand what is said. They said, “O Dhul-Quarnayn, surely God and Magog are making mischief in the land. Shall we pay you a tribute so that you may build a barrier between us and them?’ He said [Alexander], ‘What my Lord has empowered me to do is better. So help me forcefully and I will build a barrier between you and them. Bring me large pieces of iron.’ So that when he had leveled up [the gap] between the two sides, he said: ‘Blow.’ And having turned it into fire, he said; ‘Bring me molten brass to pour on it.’ They could neither scale it nor make a hole through it. He said: ‘This is a mercy from my Lord; but when my Lord’s Promise comes to pass [The End of this Age], He will turn it into rubble, and the Promise of my Lord is ever true.’”
The only known giant walls which were built to keep out northern invaders are found in Northern China and in Central Britain. The Great Wall of China was built to prevent northern tribes from invading China such as the Monguls. Emperor Hadrian had a great wall constructed to prevent the Scotts and Picts form invading Roman controlled England. Both of these walls were built from stone and both of these structures remain until this day. Surely a giant iron and brass structure large enough to keep out northern Russian Tribes would have been recorded by someone else in history other than Muhammad. And surely such a large structure would not escape the eyes of modern day archaeologists. Furthermore, according to the above verse, this great iron and brass wall was to remain unbroken until the end of this age.
Since there has never been a record of giant iron and brass wall keeping out the northern tribes of Gog and Magog (ancient tribal names for Russian Peoples) from invading the South, Muhammad’s Prophetic Words are found to be false. Allah had previously commanded His People in Deuteronomy chapter 18 not to fear or listen to such a prophet.
MUHAMMAD BELIEVED THE EARTH IS IN A FIXED STATION AND THAT THE SUN ORBITS AROUND THE EARTH
Surah 40:64 “It is Allah Who made the earth a fixed station for you and the sky a high edifice” Sounds like Muhammad believed that the earth was not moving, or orbiting around the sun. Surah 55:5 “The sun and the moon move according to a plan.” Surah 35:40 “The sun ought not to overtake the moon, nor the night outstrip the day; and each in its orbit is floating.”
Anyone who rationally reads all three of these verses from the Qur’an and puts them together must conclude the following:
Planet Earth is in a fixed station [Not moving].
The Sun and the Moon move around [orbit] the Earth.
The Earth is the center of the Solar System and all of the planets, including the Sun orbit around the Earth.
If Muhammad believed the Earth orbited around the Sun, they why does he state that the Sun and Moon are moving and the Earth is in “a fixed station?” Why does the Prophet not mention the earth moving with the moon? It is obvious to the observant reader that Muhammad believed the earth remains in a fixed position while the sun and moon are moving around it!
MUHAMMAD BELIEVED HUMANS ARE CREATED BY MULTIPLE SPERM CELLS WHICH FORM INTO A CLOT OF BLOOD
Surah 76:2 “We have indeed created man from a mixed sperm . . .” Unfortunately, Muhammad knew nothing of modern scientific discoveries. Muhammad could not have know that only one sperm cell impregnates the egg of a woman - Not “a mixed sperm!” If Muhammad had divine inspiration in reciting Allah’s Words, surely he would not have made these kind of mistakes! For Allah is All-Powerful and Knows All Things! Surah 23:14 “Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; Then of that clot We made a lump; then We made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh.”
Again, there is no mention made of the women’s egg. This hardly sounds like an accurate description of the formation of a baby in its mothers womb! If Muhammad had simply stated that people are made by Allah inside their mothers wombs there would be no inaccuracy. But Muhammad tries to give a scientific description of the conception and formation of a baby inside its mother without the knowledge of medical science. Unfortunately for Muslims, Muhammad gave a completely unscientific and inaccurate description of human creation.
THE QUR’AN QUOTES FORGED CHRISTIAN LITERATURE WHICH CONTRADICTS THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE
Surah 5:110 “ . . . O Jesus, son of Mary . . . I strengthened you with the Holy Spirit. So that you could speak to people in the cradle and as an old man; how I taught you the Book, the Wisdom, the Torah and the Gospel; and how, by My Leave, you created out of clay the likeness of a bird, and breathed into it, and then, by My Leave, it turned into a bird.” The above verse contains information taken from the Spurious Infancy Gospel of Thomas. This alleged gospel attributed to Thomas has been proved a forgery!
THE QUR’AN STATES THAT EVERY NATION HAS HAD A MESSENGER AND EVERY AGE HAS HAD ITS OWN INSPIRED SCRIPTURE
Surah 45:28 “And you will see every nation kneeling; each nation being called unto its Book . . .” Where is the historical evidence to prove Allah has given every single nation in our world its own Inspired Religious Book? Many nations have religious books but these books do not contain the Knowledge of the One True Allah! Surah 13:38 “Every age has its own Book [Revealed Scripture].” Surah 16:36 “We [Allah] have sent forth to every nation a Messenger saying: ‘Worship Allah and avoid the idols.”
THERE IS NO BIBLICAL OR HISTORICAL DATA TO CORROBORATE MUHAMMAD’S CLAIM THAT MESSENGERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO ALL NATIONS (Prior to the 7th Century) AND EACH NATION HAS ITS OWN INSPIRED “BOOK”
Surah 35:24 “There is no nation to whom a warner has not come and gone.” Muhammad declares that every nation on planet earth had already received a Prophetic Messenger prior to Muhammad’s ministry ( in the early 7th Century) and “each nation” has “its [own] Book.”
If Allah had sent Prophetic Messengers to every nation surely there would be some records in the annals of history to tell the story! If these alleged Prophets were from Allah they would have had some miraculous signs and some special Prophetic Gifts to confirm the Words of Allah. If these Messengers were anointed by the Spirit such as the Apostles and Prophets in the Bible surely some scribes and historians would have taken notice and recorded the details about their ministries. There would have to be some surviving shreds of evidence somewhere in ancient historical archives.
Many nations of antiquity have recorded their historic past in great detail. Most of the Emperors of China are recorded in detailed succession along with their major philosophers and religious leaders but nothing is recorded about a Prophet preaching Islam or the Monotheistic Teachings of the Bible. The same can be said of the Inca, Aztec, and Mayan Civilizations of South and Central America. Japan, Korea, India, and Burma also have solid literary pasts but no Prophet is recorded in their histories. Hence, there is no historical or archaeological data to corroborate Muhammad’s belief that every single nation on planet earth has had at least one “warner” who “hast not come and gone” and that every nation has “its [own] Book.”
PILLAR #4 THE QUR’AN HAS NO CONTRADICTIONS
Surah 4:82 “Do they not, then, ponder over the Qur’an? Had it been from someone other than Allah, they would have found in it many inconsistencies.” Surah 2:106 “Whichever verse We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring instead a better or similar one. Do you not know that Allah has the power over all things?”
The doctrine of abrogation is well known to Muslim scholars. The Qur’an has had some verses which were completely taken out of the text and replaced with other verses. But many other abrogated verses remain in the Qur’an for all to see. In this way Muslims can explain inherent contradictions within the Qur’an. All they have to do is say that this verse or that verse has been abrogated by a later verse from the Medina Ministry of the Prophet. In other words, Allah changed His Mind and replaced some verses with better ones.
The practice of abrogation was never practiced by Biblical Apostles or Prophets within such a short period of time (Muhammad ministered only about 23 years). Some Old Covenant verses were fulfilled or abrogated in the New Covenant but no Prophet or Apostle would dare to abrogate a verse within the same Covenant. A New Covenant would have to be inaugurated by Allah in order to change an established law. If one broke an established law of Allah during an established Covenant one would be guilty of breaking that Covenant! The moral law of the Hebrew Scriptures can never be justly violated, only the external and ceremonial laws can be changed with the establishment of a New Covenant. But Muhammad was the only Prophet on record to keep changing the alleged Words of Allah’s Covenant within a 23 year time period. Surah 10:64 “And there will be no alteration of the Words of Allah. That is the great triumph.”
Can the One True Allah repeatedly contradict Himself within a 23 year time period and still be the true Allah? The Bible and The Qur’an both teach that the One True Allah is all powerful and all knowing. If Allah knows all things in advance, it makes no logical sense for Allah to fail to bring harmony to his own holy book! Why would Allah keep changing his holy Covenant if He already knows in advance what He wants to say? Allah may speak some different teachings for different covenants in two different periods of time but How could Allah keep changing His mind over the short duration of Muhammad ministry which lasted just 23 years?
After Muhammad was sternly rejected by both Christians and Jews as being a false prophet, he abruptly began to change his once loving and peaceful discourse towards them. Rather than being accepted as true servants of Allah, they were to be rejected. The following excerpts from the Qur’an prove that Muhammad had a change of heart towards the people of the Book (The Bible of Christians and Jews).
SOME NON MUSLIMS [CHRISTIANS, JEWS, AND SABIANS] TO BE REWARDED ALONG WITH MUSLIMS
Surah 2:62 “The believers [the Muslims), the Jews, the Christians and the Sabians - whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does what is good, shall receive their reward from their Lord. They shall have nothing to fear and they shall not grieve.” Surah 5:69 “Surely, the believers, the Jews, the Sabians and the Christians - whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds shall all have nothing to fear and they shall not grieve.” Muhammad believed many of the above people would escape hell fire. For how could they have “nothing to fear,”or how could they escape grieving if they would be sent to the painful punishment of Hell Fire?
ALL NON MUSLIMS SHALL BURN IN HELL FOREVER
Surah 3:85 “If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him; and in the hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good).” In Surrahs 2:62 and 5:69 Muhammad had said that many Jews, Sabians, and Christians would be accepted and rewarded by Allah for their belief in Allah and the Last Day and their good deeds. Nothing is said that theses people had to believe in Muhammad as Allah’s Prophet. Muhammad has Allah changing his mind and declaring that all people who do not become Muslims cannot be rewarded and will be in the ranks of those who are lost. Some Jews and Sabians may have emigrated to Islam but how could Christians with diverse nationalities still be called “Christians” after embracing the faith of Islam? There is no historical record of Christians who claimed both the Islamic and Christian faith at the same time. Surah 9:29 “Fight those among the People of the Book who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day, do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden, and do not profess the true religion [Islam], till they pay the poll-tax out of hand and submissively.” Surah 8:39 “And fight them, so that sedition ends and the only religion will be that of Allah [Islam].” Surah 5:72 “Those who say [Christians] that Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary, are unbelievers.” Surah 9:29 “Fight those who believe not in Allah . . . Nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth [Islam], (even if they are) of the People of the Book . . .” Surah 3:141 “ . . . purify the believers and annihilate the unbelievers. . .”
The above verses from the Qur’an prove that Muhammad believed that Christians and Jews who reject the teachings of the Messenger [Muhammad] are unbelievers. Muhammad further gives a contradictory command to “fight” and “annihilate the unbelievers.” How can Allah say in the Qur’an that some Christians and Jews will be rewarded with Muslim believers but other Qur’anic verses declare that Muslims should fight, annihilate, or force them into submission? How can Allah so suddenly change His mind in such a short time?
Remember that The Qur’an says that Muhammad should go to the people of the Book in order to clear up his lagging doubts about the source of the Qur’anic Revelations. After being repeatedly rejected and mocked by the People of the Book, Muhammad gives the command to fight, annihilate, or force them into submission by military force. Here is a blatant contradiction in the Qur’an. Unfortunately, the Qur’an is filled with examples of “inconsistencies” and “alterations.” Surah 4:82 “Do they not, then, ponder over the Qur’an? Had it been from someone other than Allah, they would have found in it many inconsistencies.” Surah 10:64 “And there will be no alteration of the Words of Allah. That is the great triumph.”
Surah 4:3 “If you feel you cannot deal justly with the orphans, then marry such of the women as appeal to you, two, three or four; but if you fear that you cannot be equitable, then only one, or what your right hand owns [Slave Girls]. That is more likely to enable you to avoid unfairness.” Surah 4:129 “You will never be able to treat wives equitably, even if you are bent on doing that.”
Muhammad commands Muslims to only take one wife if they fear that they cannot treat the other wives equitably. Then Muhammad later states in the same Surah that it is impossible to be able to treat more than one wife equitably, “even if you are bent on doing that.”Here we have a clear inconsistent contradiction. First Muhammad says that Muslim Males can take “two, three, or four” wives that “appeal” to them but if they feel that they cannot be equitable to more than one wife, then take only one. Then Muhammad goes on in the same Surah to say “You will never be able to treat wives [plural wives] equitably.”
Why does the Qur’an teach that Muslim men can have up to four wives as long as they are fair and equitable to all of them but then say that it is impossible “to be able to treat wives [more than one] equitably?” To make this matter even more inconsistent and confusing, the best historical evidence among Muslim Historians indicate that the Prophet Muhammad had fifteen wives. How is it that the Prophet did not live up to the standards of his own teachings? No Biblical Prophet ever broke the laws of Allah without being confronted and punished!
MUSLIMS NOT PARTICIPATING IN JIHAD ARE STILL PROMISED “THE FAIREST GOOD”
Surah 4:95 “Those of the believers who stay at home while suffering from no injury are not equal to those who fight for the Cause of Allah with their possessions and persons. Allah has raised those who fight with their possessions and persons one degree over those who stay at home; and to each Allah has promised the fairest good. Yet Allah has granted a great reward to those who fight and not to those who stay behind.”
MUSLIMS WHO DO NOT FIGHT IN JIHAD ARE PROMISED HELL FIRE
Surah 8:15,16 “O believers, if you meet the unbelievers on the march, do not turn your backs upon them. Whoever turns his back on that day, unless preparing to resume fighting, or joining another group, incurs Allah’s Wrath and his refuse is Hell; and what an evil fate!” Surah 9:39-45 “If you do not march forth, He will inflict a very painful punishment on you and replace you by another people . . . Charge forth, on foot or mounted, and struggle with your possessions and yourselves in the Way of Allah . . . Had it been a gain near at hand and a short journey, they would surely have followed you. But the distance seemed too long to them. Still they will swear by Allah: ‘Had we been able, we would have marched forth with you.’ They damn themselves, and Allah knows that they are liars . . . Those who believe in Allah and the Last Day do not ask you for [exemption from] fighting in the Way of Allah with their wealth and lives. . . Only those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day will ask you [for exemption from fighting] and their hearts are in doubt. Thus they vacillate in their state of doubt.”
Surah 9:81-93 “Those who stayed behind rejoiced at tarrying behind the Messenger of Allah and hated to struggle with their wealth and their lives in Allah’s Path, saying: ‘Do not march forth in the heat.’ Say: ‘The Fire of Hell is hotter, if only they could understand.” . . . Then, if Allah bring you back to a party of them and they ask your permission to go forth with you, say: ‘You will never go forth with me, and you will never fight with me against any enemy. You were content to sit back the first time; so sit back with those who stay behind. And do not even pray over any of them who dies, or be present at his grave; indeed they disbelieve in Allah and His Messenger, and died while still ungodly. And if a Surah is revealed stating: ‘Believe in Allah and fight along with His Messenger,’ the affluent among them will ask your permission and say: ‘Let us be with those who stay behind.’ . . . But the Messenger and those who believe with him struggle with their wealth and their lives. To those are the good things reserved, and those are the prosperous. Allah has prepared for them Gardens beneath which rivers flow, abiding therein forever. That is the great triumph! Some of the desert Arabs who gave excuses came to seek permission, whereas those who lied to Allah and His Messenger stayed behind. Those of them who disbelieved shall be afflicted with a very painful punishment. The weak, the sick, and those who have nothing to spend are not at fault, if they are true to Allah and His Messenger. There can be no blame on the beneficent; and Allah is All-Forgiving, Merciful. Nor on those who, when they came to you asking you for mounts, you said: ‘I do not find that whereon I can mount you.’ Thereupon they went back, their eyes overflowing with tears, sorrowing for not finding the means to spend. The blame is on those who ask your permission, although they are rich. They are content to join those women who stay behind.”
USE OF VIOLENCE TO COMPEL ADHERENCE TO ISLAM
Surah 47:4 “So, when you meet the unbelievers, strike their necks till you have bloodied them, then fasten the shackles . . . Those who die in the Cause of Allah, He will not render their works perverse.”
Surah 8:7,8 “Allah, however, willed the Truth to triumph in accordance with His Words and to cut off the remnants of the unbelievers. So that He may cause the Truth to triumph and nullify falsehood, even through the wicked sinners dislike it.”
Surah 8:12,13 “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve; so strike upon the necks and strike every fingertip of theirs. That is because they opposed Allah and His Messenger: and he who opposes Allah and His Messenger [will find] Allah’s Punishment very severe.”
Surah 2:190-193 “And fight for the Cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not be aggressive. Surely Allah does not like the aggressors. Kill them whenever you find them and drive them out from wherever they drove you out. . . Fight them until there is no sedition and the religion becomes that of Allah. But if they desist, there will be no aggression except against the evil doers.”
Surah 9:29 “Fight those among the People of the Book who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day, do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden, and do not profess the true religion, till they pay the poll-tax out of hand and submissively.”
Surah 8:39 “And fight them, so that sedition ends and the only religion will be that of Allah.” Since Allah would not kill or subdue the unbelievers - Muhammad ordered his followers to do so. Surah 3:141 “ . . . purify the believers and annihilate the unbelievers. . .”
Surah 5:33-35 “Indeed, the punishment of those who fight Allah and His Messenger and go around corrupting the land is to be killed, crucified, have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides, or to be banished from the land . . . Except for those who repent before you overpower them . . . O believers, fear Allah and seek the means to win His Favor. Fight in His Way so that you may prosper.”
Surah 9:123 “O you who believe, fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them see how harsh you can be.”
Surah 61:2-4 “O believers, why do you profess what you do not practice? It is very hateful in Allah’s Sight that you profess what you do not practice. Allah loves those who fight in His Cause arrayed in battle, as though they were a compact structure.”
PEACEFUL VERSES IN THE QUR’AN CONTRADICTING JIHAD
Surah 2:256 “There is no compulsion in religion . . .”
Surah 5:8 “O believers, be dutiful to Allah and bearers of witness with justice; and do not let the hatred of a certain group drive you to be inequitable. Be equitable; that is nearer to piety, and fear Allah.”
Surah 5:99 “The duty of the Messenger is only to deliver the Message . . .”
Surah 6:48 “And We only send forth the Messengers as bearers of good tidings and warners.”
Surah 6:137 “ . . . their associate gods have insinuated to them the killing of their children, so as to destroy them and confound them in their religion. Had Allah pleased, they would not have done it. So leave them to their fabrications.”
Here Muhammad says to leave those who reject Islam alone. Later he commands his followers to kill these Pagans.
Surah 14:42,43,49,50 “And do not think that Allah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only gives them respite until the Day in which eyes shall stare blankly [Day of Judgment]. . . . And warn mankind of the Day when the punishment shall overtake them. . . And you will see the wicked sinners on the Day bound together in chains. Their garments made of pitch, and their faces coved with fire [The Fire of Hell].”
Surah 14 says that Allah gives the unbelievers respite until the Day of Judgment but numerous other Surah’s command Muslims to Judge and Punish the unbelievers prior to Judgment Day. Surah 16:82 “Then, if they turn away, your duty is only to deliver the clear Message.”
Not to kill those who turn away from Islam. Not to threaten them with the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides. Not with threats of heavy taxation or slavery. Surah 70:42-44 “So leave them to romp and play till they meet their Day, which they have been promised. The Day they will come out of the tombs hastily, as though they are hurrying towards their idols. Their eyes cast down; overwhelmed by humiliation. That is the Day which they were promised.”
Surah 72:23 “He who disobeys Allah and His messenger, for him the Fire of hell is in store. Therein they shall dwell forever.” Surah 9:68 “Allah has promised the hypocrites, males and females, and the unbelievers, the Fire of Hell, abiding in it forever.”
Why does the Qur’an command Muslims to kill, conquer and enslave unbelievers now when it previously stated that they would be terribly punished in the eternal fires of Hell? Why bother killing unbelievers if they are going to be punished by Allah after they die anyway? Why would Allah command no “compulsion in religion” at the beginning of Muhammad’s ministry and then change His moral point of view to go on to force His Religion down peoples throats later?
ALLAH HAS POWER TO INFLICT PUNISHMENT ON HYPOCRITES AND UNBELIEVERS NOW
Surah 6:65 “Say: It is He [Allah] Who has the power to inflict upon you punishment from above you or from under your feet . . .” Surah 35:45 “Were Allah to take men to task for what they have earned, He would not have left upon the face of the earth a single creature that crawls; but He defers them unto an appointed term.”
In the Biblical Book of 2 Kings 19:35 one Angel of Allah killed 185,000 Assyrian Soldiers in a single night. Allah surely could have sent down an angel to kill all of Muhammad’s detractors at any time. Why did Muhammad feel it necessary to command his followers to kill his persecutors when a single angel could have done so? Surely Allah could have sent an angel to kill his persecutors! The Prophet Jesus declared, “Do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels (Matthew 26:53)?” THE QUR’AN HAS JESUS TEACHING HIS FOLLOWERS COMPASSIONATE AND MERCY Surah 57:47 “Then, We sent forth in their wake Our Messengers and followed up with Jesus, son of Mary, and We gave him the Gospel and We instilled in the hearts of those who followed him compassion and mercy. Jesus commanded his disciples to love their enemies. Yet Muhammad commands his followers to be “hard on the unbelievers, merciful towards each other.”
THE QUR’AN PORTRAYS A JIHADIC JESUS
Surah 61:14 “O believers, be supporters of Allah, as Jesus, son of Mary, said to the disciples: ‘Who are my supporters unto Allah?’ The disciples replied: ‘We are Allah’s supporters;’ and so a group of the Children of Israel believed, while another group disbelieved. Then, We supported those who believed against their foe: and so they were triumphant.” There is no historical or archaeological records to support the accuracy of this Surah! In fact, Jesus himself had said, “. . . all who take the sword will perish by the sword (Matthew 26:52).”
If Jesus had commanded his followers to take up arms to fight the disbelieving Jews and were triumphant, surely historians like Josephus or the records of Roman Officials would have corroborated this Qur’anic claim. All of Israel was under Roman rule during the lifetime of Jesus. It was illegal for non Romans to take up arms and kill other subjects of the Roman Empire. It would have been impossible for Jesus to lead a victorious military force without the Romans documenting it and mobilizing troops to suppress a Christian Army within its borders. Since all historical evidence points against the accuracy of this Surah, we are forced to conclude that Muhammad had made up inaccurate utterances about past historical events. Allah’s previous prophets had warned people not to follow such a prophet:
Isaiah 41:22,23 “Present your case says Yahweh. Set forth your arguments, says Jacob’s King. . . . tell us what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were [Past History]. . .” Deuteronomy 18:21,22 “. . . How shall we know the word which Yahweh has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of Yahweh, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which Yahweh has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”
NO FRIENDS AMONG UNBELIEVING NON MUSLIMS
Surah 3:28 “Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends, rather than the believers. Whoever does that has nothing to do with Allah. . .” Surah 5:51 “O believers, do not take the Jews and the Christians as friends: some of them are friends of each other. Whoever of you takes them as friends is surely one of them [one of the unbelievers]. Allah indeed does not guide the wrongdoers.” Surah 5:55 “Your only friends are Allah, His Messenger and those who believe . . .” Surah 6:68 “And when you see those who talk scornfully about Our Revelations, turn away from them, until they engage in another discourse. And should the devil cause you to forget, do not sit down after the reminder with the evil-doing people.”
SOME NON MUSLIMS FRIENDS PERMITTED
Surah 60:8,9 “Allah does not forbid you, regarding those who did not fight you and did not drive you out of your homes, to be generous to them and deal with them justly. Allah surely loves the just. Allah only forbids you, regarding those who fought you in religion and drove you our of your homes and assisted in driving you out, to take them for friends. Those who take them for friends [unbelievers who fought you in religion] are, indeed, the wrongdoers.”
This verse clearly teaches that some non Muslim friends are allowed as long as they did not fight Muslims in religion. Yet the previous verses in the Qur’an make no provision for such friendships! Surah 3:28 “Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends, rather than the believers. Whoever does that has nothing to do with Allah. . .” Surah 5:55 “Your only friends are Allah, His Messenger and those who believe..”
The words of the above Surah’s are very strong and pointed. The only friends Muslims can have are “Allah, His Messenger, and those who believe [fellow Muslims].” It is quite apparent that Allah later changed His mind by allowing friendships with some non Muslims. Yet another Surah goes on to command Muslims to cut off their friendly relations with Non Muslim Idolaters after their treaty with them expires. After the treaty expired Muhammad commanded his Muslim followers to kill the friendly unbelievers:
Surah 89:3-5 “Proclaim to those who disbelieve a grievous punishment. Except for those idolaters with whom you made a compact, then they did not fail you in anything and did not lend support to anybody against you. Honor your compact [treaty] with them until the end of its term. Allah loves the righteous. Then, when the Sacred Months [terms of the treaty] are over, kill the idolaters wherever you find them, take them [as captives], besiege them, and lie in wait for them at every point of observation. If they repent afterwards, perform the prayer and pay the alms, then release them. Allah is truly All-Forgiving, Merciful.”
Here the Prophet commands Muslims to honor a treaty with friendly non Muslim idolaters because they “did not fail you in anything and did not lend support to anybody against you.” In other words, these idolaters were friendly to the Muslims and never sought to harm them in any way. Then Muhammad goes on to state: “Honor your compact [treaty] with them until the end of its term.” Then after the terms of the treaty expire, “Kill the idolaters wherever you find them, take them [as captives], besiege them, and lie in wait for them at every point of observation.” The only way these unbelievers could escape death or slavery was through repentance and conversion to Islam.
How can Allah say that Muslims cannot make friends with unbelievers (otherwise they have “nothing to do with Allah”) and then contradict Himself by saying Muslims can be friends with unbelievers as long as they have not opposed Muslims or fought Muslims in religion? Then in another Surah Muhammad commands Muslims to keep their friendly relations with unbelievers (who have not fought Muslims or opposed Muslims in religion) until their treaty expires with them. Afterwards kill them or take them as captives [slaves] unless they convert to Islam.
It appears that Muhammad only permitted a temporary friendship with these unbelievers because of the terms of a treaty. But no permanent friendships with unbelievers was allowed! Here we have a hypocritical, temporary friendship with unbelievers only for political purposes. Can Allah really command these kind of hypocritical friendships? If Muslims can make friends with unbelievers, should it not be real and genuine? If a friendship is not really true and genuine, then why call it friendship at all? Surely these Qur’anic verses are contradictory, hypocritical, and deceptive!
THE DOCTRINE OF ABROGATION CONTRADICTS THE BIBLE AND OTHER SURAH’S IN THE QUR’AN
Surah 16:101,102 “And if We replace a verse by another [In The Qur’an]- and Allah knows best what He reveals- they say: ‘You are only a forger.’ Surely most of them do not know. Say: ‘The Holy Spirit has brought it down from your Lord in truth, in order to reassure the believers, and as a guidance and good news to those who submit.”
How could Allah have been mistaken? Why did He not get it right the first time? Moses ministered over a 40 year period but never changed or altered the Words of Allah. Muhammad ministered just 23 years but kept abrogating verses in the Qur’an. The Prophet Jesus never altered the Word fo Allah. In fact, No Biblical Prophet on record has ever abrogated verses in the Bible. Muhammad contradicts other Surah’s stating that the Words of Allah are not to be altered. Surah 35:43 “For you will never find any alteration of Allah’s Way Both Jewish and Christian scholars do not see Allah as the source of the Qur’an because both Jews and Christians do not see a consistent Qur’anic harmony within the Qur’an, nor is the , and you will never find any deflecting of Allah’s Way.”
At first Muhammad peacefully preached Islam alleging that Allah told him to give commandments to all Muslims to pray toward Jerusalem and to observe the Jewish fast of Ashura along with the day of Atonement. Muhammad first taught Muslims to respect the Jews and the Jewish People. When the Jews, Christians, and Pagans continued to reject and mock this new religion Muhammad clearly began changing the message of the Qur’an. Allah suddenly changed His Mind and His Commandments. Muslims were now commanded to pray towards Mecca instead of Jerusalem and Muslims were no longer to observe the Jewish fast of Ashura but the Muslim Fast of Ramadan.
Both Jewish and Christian scholars do not see Allah as the source of the Qur’an because both Jews and Christians do not see a consistent Qur’anic harmony within the Qur’an, nor is the Qur’an consistent with the Bible. Moreover, the Bible does not teach that Allah can keep changing His Word and contradicting Himself over and over again as if Allah cannot make up His mind what He really wants to say in the Qur’an. In The Bible Allay says, . “I am Yahweh, I change not. (Malachi 3:6)”
In Surah 4:3 Muhammad gives the alleged Divine Command that Muslims were forbidden to take more than four living wives at one time. Yet Muhammad conveniently alleges that Allah grants him a special exemption from this divine mandate: Surah 33:50 “Prophet, We have made lawful to you the wives to whom you have granted dowries and the slave girls whom Allah has given you as booty; the daughters of your paternal and maternal uncles and of your paternal and maternal aunts who fled with you; and any believing woman who gives herself to the prophet and whom the Prophet wishes to take in marriage. This privilege is yours alone, being granted to no other believer.”
According to the most reliable Muslim historical records, Muhammad had a total of 15 wives, not including slave girls and temporary wives. No other Muslim but Muhammad was permitted to break the very rules he established. Muhammad gives the alleged divine command that Muslims were forbidden to neglect any of their wives but were to give each wife equal conjugal rights by observing a fixed rotation with them. Again the Prophet was the only Muslim allowed to defy this fixed rotation of giving each wife equal conjugal attention: Surah 33:51 “Thou may defer (the turn or rotation of) any of them (his wives) that thou pleasest, and thou may receive any thou pleasest.”
MUHAMMAD BROKE QUR’ANIC LAW COMMANDING EQUAL TREATMENT OF WIVES
In Surah 66 Muhammad’s wife Hafsa found him in bed with another women (An Unbelieving Coptic Christian Girl) on Hafsa’s night of conjugal rotation to lay with her husband. When Muhammad’s wife complained Allah again allegedly intervened to make special exemption from another divine mandate given to all other Muslims in the Qur’an: Surah 66:1-5 “Prophet, why do you prohibit that which Allah has made lawful to you, in seeking to please your wives? Allah has given you absolution from such oaths . . . If you two [Hafsa and Aisha] turn to Allah in repentance (for your hearts have sinned) you shall be pardoned; but if you conspire against him, know that Allah is his protector, and Gabriel, and the righteous among the faithful. The angels too are his helpers. It may well be that, if he divorce you, his Lord will give him in your place better wives than yourselves, submissive to Allah and full of faith, devout, penitent, obedient, and given to fasting; both formerly-wedded and virgins.”
How convenient for Muhammad to be the prophetic mouthpiece of Allah and use that power to abuse and misuse his own office. This Prophet can now indulge his flesh in any way he wishes because Allah conveniently grants him “absolution” (even from the oaths he has made) every time he does not follow his own rules in the Qur’an. Did Moses or Jesus ever break the commands of Allah in the Torah or in the Gospel? Should not a religious leader be a paragon of virtue and an example of moral excellence for all worshipers to follow?
How convenient for Muhammad to violate the Torah and the Gospel to legally sanction pidifilia. Muhammad went on to consummate another marriage with a 9 year old girl, prior to reaching puberty! Muslim historical sources indicate that Muhammad was in his early 50's when he consummated a marriage with the 9 year old girl Aisha. Many Muslims world wide imitate the prophet by taking and having sexual relations with child brides even before reaching puberty. Nowhere in the Bible do we find instances of child brides. In the Bible, young women could marry in their teens but never before reaching puberty.
Muhammad further sanctioned intercourse with women slaves who were not legal wives - so all male Muslims could have as many sexual female partners as they desires via slavery - (Surah 4:23,24) and temporary marriages with the payment of a dowry (Surah 4:24) which appears to many to be a convenient way to engage in fornication and legal prostitution. There is no such thing as a temporary wife in the Holy Bible. Muhammad was the only prophet on record to legalize the formerly forbidden and sinful practices of pidifilia [via child wives], fornication, and prostitution [via temporary wives and slaves].
It is easy to see how Muhammad easily attracted many male followers into his ranks. All of his male followers could also indulge their flesh by exploiting women. Unlike Moses and Jesus, Muhammad actually sanctioned Muslim husbands to scourge [beat] their wives (Surah 4:34). And unlike Moses and Jesus, Muhammad promised all male Muslims that they would be granted many beautiful virgin women as wives in the age to come if they died in battle to spread the faith of Islam. In contrast, Jesus declared, “But to those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; Nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection (Luke 20:35,36).” Muhammad’s Qur’an states that the Holy Bible is suppose to agree with the Qur’an but it does not! The previous scriptures of the Patriarchs, Prophets, and New Testament Apostles are diametrically opposed to the Qur’an.
How can the Qur’an be the true word of Allah when it states that Allah is both the one who guides and also the one who “leads astray?” “He whom Allah guides is he who is rightly guided, but He leads astray, those are the losers . . . (Qur’an 7:178).” How can the Qur’an be the true word of Allah if Allah creates evil actions? “Allah creates all things, good and evil, Allah creates people as well as their actions, He created you as well as what you do.” Qur’an 37:94.
How can a just Allah be the source of wicked actions like adultery, homosexuality, pidifilia, and murder? How can Allah judge the world righteously if He also creates the evil actions of the people He is to judge? The Bible declares that Allah cannot do evil (or be the source of evil) nor can He lead astray. The Bible declares that Satan and his fallen angels or demons are the major source of evil. After Satan and his demons, fallen humanity is the source of evil, not Allah. When one considers all of the blatant contradictions within the Qur’an and all of the contradictions and disharmony with the previous scriptures found in the Bible, one must entertain the grim reality that Muhammad may have been wrong! What if Muhammad was wrong? What if the previous Scriptures of the holy apostles and prophets which have come down to us hundreds of years before Muhammad (as recorded in the Holy Bible) are true and Muhammad was the errant prophet?
How can Muhammad be a true Prophet if he “denies Allah’s [previous] Revelations” as recorded in the Bible? Surah 6:21 “And who is more unjust than he who imputes falsehood to Allah or denies His Revelations? Surah 6:34 “None can change the Words of Allah.” Surah 7:37 “For who is more unjust than he who fabricates lies about Allah or denies His Revelations? Those will get their share of the punishment ordained for them.” Surah 61:7 “And who is a greater wrongdoer than he who imputes falsehood to Allah . . .?” Surah 13:25 “And to those who break Allah’s Covenant once it is contracted, sever what Allah commanded to be joined and spread corruption in the land, upon them shall be the curse and theirs is the evil abode.”
Muhammad condemned himself by contradicting his own Qur’an and then violated both the Old and New Covenants which he himself declared Allah had previously established: See Deuteronomy 18:18-22 “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you [like Moses] from among their brethren [the Israelites], and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.” See Jeremiah 31:31-34 “Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will make a New Covenant . . . Not according to the Covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt . . .” See Hebrews 8:6-13 “In that He says, A New Covenant, He has made the first obsolete.” Proverb 30:6 “Do not add to His Words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.”
The Prophet Jesus had already established Allah’s Second Covenant about 600 years before Muhammad was born. There is no mention in any revealed scripture of a coming Third Covenant just six hundred years after the Second Covenant was established. Wherefore, Muhammad himself broke the previous Covenant of Allah, thus brings a curse upon himself and those who follow him: “ . . . those who break Allah’s Covenant, once it is contracted, sever what Allah commanded to be joined . . . upon them shall be the curse and theirs is the evil abode [Hell Fire].”
PILLAR #5 ALLAH COMMANDS JIHAD TO SPREAD ISLAM
O Arab, Iranian, Turkish, Egyptian, African, Asian, European and all Muslim believers. We are all the children of Adam. We are all related to each other in our distant past. Let us open ourselves to peaceful correspondence and dialogue. We all must heed the challenge to examine the origins of our particular religious faith.
If you were a non-Muslim living in the seventh century AD and Muslim armies conquered your tribal or native homeland, would you have embraced Islam through the proclamation of intellectual or supernatural evidence supporting Islam or would you have done so through fear of physical harm. I ask the selfsame question to many Catholic and Protestant believers. For large alleged Christian Denominations also used the power of the government and military arms to force the masses living in Europe to become Catholics or Protestants. Moreover, it was the Catholic Church that sent Crusaders to invade the Middle East and cruelly slaughter all Muslim men, women, and children they encountered. This evil and barbaric army even roasted and ate infants and small children.
It is hard to blame Muslims for rejecting Christianity if that is all they know about the Christian Religion. In The Qur’an, the Prophet Muhammad was not speaking of false Christianity when he wrote about the Gospel of the Prophet Jesus and the early Apostolic Christian Church. Most Muslims do not know that the prophet Jesus never advocated the use of physical force to spread the gospel of the Kingdom of Allah. Nor did he ever advocate the slaughter of women and children. It is a historical fact that the atrocities committed by the so called Christian Denomination that sent Crusading Armies into the Middle East was not the true and original Christian Faith that the Prophet Jesus and the original first century apostles of Christianity actually proclaimed.
It is the belief of the authors that the use of violence, torture, and atrocities committed against men, women, and children in order to bring fear and submission to obey any particular religion is against the will of Allah. The use of violence and cruelty as a tool for religious expansionism and evangelism cannot be used to proclaim the truthfulness or accuracy of ones religion.
The Historic Roman State Church tortured and massacred million of Christians, Jews and Muslims in Europe and in the Middle East who had rejected many Non-Biblical Teachings of the Romish Church. We cannot allege that the Catholic or Protestant Churches of Europe are the true religions of Allah because they used brute force to successfully coerce the masses into submission. Nor can we say that Islam is the true religion of Allah because Islamic armies forced unbelievers either to submit to this new religion or die.
Most major world religions were forcibly imposed upon nations, tribes, and kingdoms until all subsequent generations were reared into that particular kind of religious mold. After just one or two generations had past, all subsequent generations eventually forgot their past religious cultures and gladly received the particular religious cultures they were raised in as their own. Many professing religious people who call themselves Christians, Muslims, Hindu’s, or Buddhist’s have continued on in their religions which were handed down from generation to generation without ever questioning how their earliest ancestors entered into these religions. How can the geographical location of a persons birth or the nationality or family tree into which he or she was born determine the truthfulness of his or her religion? What if you knew that your ancient ancestors were forced into this religion hundreds or thousands of years ago through fear of torture, slavery, or death? Is your religion the right one simply because your very ancient 68 ancestors were forced into this religion? Do you continue on in this religion just because it was the one you were raised in?
Both the Qur’an and the Bible teach that Allah [God] will one day rule over planet earth and judge unbelievers. When Jesus the Messiah returns with the Holy Angels of Allah then The Kingdom of Allah’s rulership will be established throughout the earth. Yet for now, Allah has decreed in the glorious Gospel of Jesus that all people of every nation must willfully accept and submit themselves to His Commands by their own free will. Not by torture or the coercion of the sword. For Allah desires those who will cheerfully follow Him rather than those who through fear or cowardice are forced into submission. For it is written by the holy apostle of Allah that Allah loves a cheerful worshiper: “For God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).” Allah loves when we give Him our time, talents, and financial treasure with a willing and cheerful spirit. Not because we have to give Him service but because we want to give Him our service.
True love for Allah can never be forced. I love my wife and she loves me because we both freely chose to love each other. But how could I say I really love my wife if I chose not to love her cheerfully from my own free will? If I had refused to choose to marry my wife but later changed my mind because someone threatened me with violence or death, how could that be called love? And how can my wife say she loves me if she does not freely choose to do so? If I had to threaten my wife with physical violence for her to marry me I would not be truly happy. So likewise this author believes that the One True Allah desires that we choose to love Him by our own free choice and not by coercion.
If Allah desired He could send forth His Angels right now and force everyone into submission. He has no need of an earthly army of men to do so. Are there not legions of heavenly angels who will one day take control of this planet? The Holy Bible says that just one of these angels killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in a single night while they slept (2 Kings 19:35). Why then should the servants of Allah feel it necessary to spread religious faith by conquest? Why then should a religious leader order assassinations or religious wars to advance true religion? Is not Allah well able to kill who He wills when He wills? Allah says, “ . . . There is no God beside Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.(Deuteronomy 32:39).” The New Testament book of Acts says that Allah killed King Herod because he glorified himself rather than Allah (Acts 12:23).
The prophet Jesus said that “My Kingdom is not of this world. If my Kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight so that I should not be delivered to the Jews . . . (John 18:36).” Jesus further stated, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of Allah(Matthew 5:9).”
Every nation does have the right to defend itself against foreign invaders. Most Muslims, Jews, and Christians believe that governments have the right to defend themselves and to implement capital punishment for criminal acts against their citizens. Likewise, it is just for a Police Force or the Military of a nation to use force to enforce civil laws. But the true Christian who follows the New Testament Scriptures of the Prophet Jesus and the twelve Apostles do not believe one should wage war to spread the truth of Christianity. It is okay to defend against military invasion but it is wrong to use military invasion to spread the truth of Allah.
Most good hearted inhabitants of our planet should side with the freedom to choose ones own religion based upon facts and intellectual assent. No one should have a particular religion forced upon them by ramming it down their throats. All people should be free to either choose to accept or to reject any particular religion. Yet most major religions of our planet have used tyranny, torture, and murder to force many of our ancient ancestors into the particular religion many of us have been raised in today.
Although we are addressing Islam’s violent past, we are by no means declaring that many so called Christian Denominations were not also guilty of the same kind of atrocities. Historians tell us that Catholic and Protestant forms of Christianity used physical force to mandate compliance to their particular religious belief systems by murdering over 70 million inhabitants of Europe. Many millions more Europeans chose to submit to a Christian Denomination they did not believe in rather than being sent to the torture chambers. The Europeans who still refused to submit to the State Church Religion after being tortured were publicly executed as heretics. These so called Christian Denominations chose to disobey the clear commandments of the prophet Jesus even though Jesus had clearly taught against the use of violence to bring about compulsion in religion (See Matthew 26:52).
How would modern Muslims living in Europe today feel if these same Christian Denominations again used secular governments to bring about religious conformity to their Church-State Religions? All Muslims would be forced to become professing Catholic or Protestant Christians or suffer excruciating physical torture. Then if they still refused to recant and accept the State form or Religion they would be publicly executed. Would any Muslim living under such circumstances be willing to state that Allah approves the use of physical torture and death to bring about compulsion in religion? So likewise, Islam should never use violence to force their religion down other peoples throats!
Had the Catholic or Protestant Churches colluded together to corrupt the Holy Bible, surely they would have extracted the words of the Prophet Jesus when he commanded the true Church to “love your enemies.” Not even once did Jesus ever declare that the gospel should be spread through violence, threats, or persecutions of other faiths. If the Catholic Church had corrupted the Bible, surely they would have taken out many Bible verses that contradict their false teachings; and surely they would have added many false verses to justify their use of cruelty and torture to bring about religious conformity.
It is a historical fact that many great ancestors of modern day Catholics, Protestants, and Muslims were compelled to become Catholic, Protestant, or Muslim though fear of physical harm and severe persecution. It is easy to see how many people accepted false Christian Denominations and Islam when we realize that both religions used violence to spread their faiths. Many people chose Islam rather than death, physical harm, the cutting off of hands and feet, slavery, banishment, or heavy taxation (making the lives of poor people even more difficult)
Conquering Muslim armies made it impossible for people to freely choose what kind of religion they thought was the right one. Many clearly did not choose Islam because of the vast array of intellectual or supernatural evidence proving the new religion of Islam was the true one. All well versed Muslims know that Muhammad did not make much progress by peaceful proclamation of the Islamic Message in Mecca. It was clearly the use of violence that rapidly and effectively spread the Islamic faith throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Military Jihad and tyranny was used to spread the faith of Islam much more than peaceful proclamation.
WHAT IS JIHAD?
The word “Jihad” occurs in the Qur’an about 35 times. In addition, there are other similar words found in the Qur’an promoting various forms of violence. A brief definition for the word “Jihad” is found in the “Concordance of the Qur’an,” by Hanna Kassis, published by University of California Press, Los Angeles, CA, 1983, : jihad = jahada (verb). To struggle, strive, fight for the faith. A more detailed definition of jihad is found in the Shorter Encyclopedia of Islam, page 89: “JIHAD, holy war. The spread of Islam by arms is a religious duty upon Muslims in general.
It narrowly escaped being a sixth “rukn”, or fundamental duty (for all healthy male Muslims with the financial ability to fight), and is indeed still so regarded by the descendants of the Kharidjis . . . It is now a “fard ‘ala ‘l-kifaya, a duty in general on all male, free, adult Muslims, sane in mind and body and having means enough to reach the Muslim army [financial means], yet not a duty necessarily incumbent on every individual but sufficiently performed when done by a certain number. So it must continue to be done until the whole world is under the rule of Islam.”
The “Reliance of the Traveler, (the Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law)”, page 599, , is one of the more respected, classical works in Islamic theology due to its reliance on the Qur’an and the most ancient hadiths (the most historically accurate statements of Muhammad outside the Qur’an). This definition of JIHAD was not written for a Non-Muslim audience: “Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and its etymologically derived from the word “mujahada”, signifying warfare to establish the religion [of Islam] . . .”
One Hadith as related by Bukhari states that the Prophet Muhammad said: “I have been commanded to fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform the prayer, and pay zakat. If they say it, they have saved their blood and possessions from me, except for the rights of Islam over them. And their final reckoning is with Allah.”
Muslims who have read the Hadiths and the early biographies of Muhammad written by Muslim Historians know that the alleged “seal of the prophets” even ordered the assassinations of those who spoke out against the new religion. For it is much easier to silence an opponent through violence than to courageously stand up to him in open intellectual debate. Many early Muslim Missionaries, including Muhammad, lacked the intellectual and persuasive ability to successfully debate with their opponents. Therefore they ended up resorting to violence.
Historically speaking, we can be sure that it was bodily safety, security, and worldly prosperity that caused the majority to submit to Islam and not the enormity of intellectual truth’s that persuaded the masses. Again, the same can be said of Catholicism and many Protestant Denominations.
After Muhammad’s peaceful preaching failed to make much headway, the prophet Muhammad gave the following mandates to spread Islam to all unbelieving non-Muslims: “I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. Smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger tips off them. This because they contend against Allah and his apostle. If any contend against Allah and his apostle, Allah is strict in punishment.” Qur’an 8:13-16
The prophet Muhammad himself commanded his followers to instill terror into the hearts of unbelievers. Is it any wonder why so many Muslims today are joining terrorist organizations? “Fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war). . . “ Qur’an 9:5 “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or the cutting off of the hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land. . .” Qur’an 5:36 An early Muslim Biographer of Muhammad records Muhammad as saying, “Kill any Jew that falls into your power.”
These and many other commandments of Muhammad make it crystal clear that Islam was spread more rapidly through physical violence than by peaceful proclamation. Again, if you were a non-Muslim unbeliever living during the time of this kind of Islamic violence, and your ancestral homeland was being overtaken by Muslim Armies, would you have accepted Islam through joyful and intellectual persuasion, or by the imminent threat of violence against you and your family?
If a man knows he will soon be killed and his wife and children enslaved, he may just choose the new religion just to save himself and his family. The historical data proves that most people chose to save their lives and their families by accepting Islam through fear and not by the powerful and eloquent persuasion of Muslim Evangelists. This same kind of forcible coercion was also utilized against Europeans living under Catholic or Protestant rule. Just a few hundred years ago, if you did not conform to the State Religions of European nations you would have been tortured and eventually executed as a heretic. Those who would not recant and accept the State Religion would be put to death by burning, or some other horrible form of public execution. For this reason, many Europeans left their homelands for religious freedom in North America just a few hundred years ago.
Most Muslims fail to recognize that one of the true pillars of Islam is to take up arms to spread the faith. The use of violence and war to spread Islam is a foundational leg or pillar upon which the faith of Islam was built. Healthy male Muslims who have sufficient financial funding to fight in Jihad but give lame excuses for not doing so, are not obeying the Qur’anic command to spread their religion to all unbelieving parts of the earth through warfare. For this was the mission of Muhammad, the founding Prophet of Islam and this was the mission of his succeeding Caliph’s.
Most Muslims either misinterpret or are unaware of the fact that Muhammad ordered all able bodied men with financial means to engage in jihad. If a Muslim male did not go to physical battle with unbelievers to spread Islam by force he would one day be punished with “Hell-fire!” Muhammad advocated that Islam must be spread to the entire world by warfare until all unbelievers were subdued under Islam. Obviously, Muhammad’s words were never completely fulfilled.
What is the point in remaining a peace loving male Muslim who never engages himself in warfare to spread Islam if the Quran declares that all able bodied male Muslims with financial means who do not fight in warfare are all going to be punished with “Hell-fire?” The Quran clearly states that all healthy Muslim males who have the financial resources to fight but refuse to fight in spreading Islam through Jihad (by making excuses) are condemned to everlasting punishment in hell fire:
“Those that stayed at home were glad that they were left behind by Allah’s apostle, for they had no wish to fight for the cause of Allah . . . . They said to each other, ‘Do not go to war, the heat is fierce.’ Say to them: ‘More fierce is the heat of Hell-fire!’” Surah 9:81 “Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given as believe neither in Allah nor the Last Day, who do not forbid what Allah and His Apostle have forbidden, and do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.” Surah 9:29 Muhammad’s Jihadic teaching is quite clear. Muhammad commanded his followers to keep on fighting until all non believers would be subdued under world wide Islamic Rule. Even Christians and Jews were on his hit list. All surviving Christians and Jews who refused to accept Islam were to pay tribute tax to Islamic Rulers.
THE PROPHET REQUIRES MILITARY JIHAD IN THE QUR’AN
Surah 47:4 “So, when you meet the unbelievers, strike their necks till you have bloodied them, then fasten the shackles . . . Those who die in the Cause of Allah, He will not render their works perverse.” Muhammad promised that all Muslims who die fighting to spread the religion of Islam are guaranteed eternal life in paradise with beautiful wide eyed women as mates.
Surah 9:33 “It is He Who sent His Messenger with the guidance and the true religion, in order to make it triumph over every religion. . .” Surah 48:29 “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah and those who are with him are hard on the unbelievers, merciful towards each other.” Surah 8:7,8 “Allah, however, willed the Truth to triumph in accordance with His Words and to cut off the remnants of the unbelievers. So that He may cause the Truth to triumph and nullify falsehood, even through the wicked sinners dislike it.” Surah 8:12,13 “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve; so strike upon the necks and strike every fingertip of theirs. That is because they opposed Allah and His Messenger: and he who opposes Allah and His Messenger [will find] Allah’s Punishment very severe.” Surah 2:190-193 “And fight for the Cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not be aggressive. Surely Allah does not like the aggressors. Kill them whenever you find them and drive them out from wherever they drove you out. . . Fight them until there is no sedition and the religion becomes that of Allah. But if they desist, there will be no aggression except against the evil doers.”
Surah 9:29 “Fight those among the People of the Book who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day, do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden, and do not profess the true religion, till they pay the poll-tax out of hand and submissively.” Surah 8:39 “And fight them, so that sedition ends and the only religion will be that of Allah.” Since Allah would not kill or subdue the unbelievers - Muhammad ordered his followers to do so. Surah 3:141 “ . . . purify the believers and annihilate the unbelievers. . .” Surah 5:33-35 “Indeed, the punishment of those who fight [militarily violence] Allah and His Messenger and go around corrupting the land [non violent opposition of Islam] is to be killed, crucified, have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides, or to be banished from the land . . . Except for those who repent before you overpower them . . . O believers, fear Allah and seek the means to win His Favor. Fight in His Way so that you may prosper.”
For Muhammad and his followers, fighting Allah and His Messenger [Muhammad] and corrupting the land also meant verbal attacks on Muhammad and the new Islamic Religion. Most Pagans, Christians and Jews living in or near Muslim controlled lands who did not believe in Muhammad as Allah’s Messenger would have been faced with the necessity of verbally confronted this new religion. Merely opposing this new religion in Muslim controlled lands would have subjected even Christians and Jews to the above punishment. For many, the only hope of escaping with one’s life would be to convert to Islam before being overpowered.
The Prophet Jesus never ordered the use of physical threats of violence against his detractors. Jesus commanded Christians to love their enemies and to bless those who persecute you and mistreat you. Jesus had declared in Matthew chapter 5 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Surah 89:3-5 “Proclaim to those who disbelieve a grievous punishment. Except for those idolaters with whom you made a compact, then they did not fail you in anything and did not lend support to anybody against you. Honor your compact [treaty] with them until the end of its term. Allah loves the righteous. Then, when the Sacred Months [terms of the treaty] are over, kill the idolaters wherever you find them, take them [as captives], besiege them, and lie in wait for them at every point of observation. If they repent afterwards, perform the prayer and pay the alms, then release them. Allah is truly All-Forgiving, Merciful.” Surah 9:73 “O Prophet, fight the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be stern with them. Their abode is Hell, and what a terrible fate!”
Surah 9:123 “O you who believe, fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them see how harsh you can be.” Surah 61:2-4 “O believers, why do you profess what you do not practice? It is very hateful in Allah’s Sight that you profess what you do not practice. Allah loves those who fight in His Cause arrayed in battle, as though they were a compact structure.” Fighting for the cause of Islam in the Qur’an means literal, physical warfare! Muhammad commanded his Muslims to fight until all people (including Christians and Jews) are subdued under Islamic Rule. Therefore just Jihad is to “Fight against those who believe not.” Those who believe not in “Allah and His Messenger and those who acknowledge not the Religion of Truth (i.e. Islam).” During the life of Muhammad many professed Islam but did not want to practice it. They did not want to follow the Messenger in going to war. So likewise, most Muslims today prefer not to engage in military jihad to spread Islam even though their Qur’an commands them to do so!
ALLAH NEVER PUNISHES THE OPPONENTS OF ISLAM SUPERNATURALLY MUHAMMAD’S OWN FOLLOWERS WERE ALWAYS THE ONES TO SEIZE AND SLAUGHTER ALL OPPONENTS
Surah 33:60-62 “If the hypocrites, those in whose hearts is a sickness and those who spread lies in the city, do not desist. We will certainly urge you against them and then they will not dwell with you therein as neighbors but for a short time. Accursed, wherever they are encountered they will be seized and slaughtered. That is Allah’s Way of dealing with those who have gone before, and you will never find any alteration of Allah’s Way.”
Muhammad condemns himself with these words. Muhammad labels all those who spoke out against him as hypocrites. He then warns them that if they do not desist “they will be seized and slaughtered.” Jesus called his detractors “hypocrites,” but he never commanded that they be seized and slaughtered in this life. Thus Muhammad’s method of spreading religion contradicts the peaceful prophets living centuries before him. See Matthew 5:44 / Matthew 15:12-14 Jesus says, “Let them alone.”
JIHAD COMMANDED AGAINST CHRISTIANS AND JEWS
Surah 9:29 “Fight those among the People of the Book who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day, do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden, and do not profess the true religion, till they pay the poll-tax out of hand and submissively.”
JIHAD MANDATORY FOR MUSLIMS MUSLIMS WHO STAYED BEHIND OR GAVE EXCUSES WERE CONDEMNED BY THE PROPHET
Surah 48:11-13 “The Bedouins who stayed behind [during the siege of Mecca] will say to you: ‘Our possessions and our families preoccupied us; so ask forgiveness for us.’ They say with their tongues what is not in their hearts. . . Rather, you thought that the Messenger and the believers will never return to their families; and that was embellished in your hearts and you entertained evil thoughts and were a useless people. He who does not believe in Allah and His messenger, We have indeed prepared for the unbelievers a blazing Fire.”
Those Muslims not believing in Muhammad’s Message to spread their religion through war are called unbelievers by the Prophet. Perhaps these Bedouins became Muslims through fear of violence inflicted upon them for being Pagans (Much like many European Jews confessed Catholicism by day but were practicing Jews by night to escape horrific torture and death). Perhaps there was much economic value in becoming Muslims. Muslim Bedouins would be free from Muslim raiding parties on Bedouin Caravans! Muhammad promises that all those professing Muslims not believing in Muhammad’s Jihad against the Pagans were also unbelievers that were destined for hell fire.
Surah 48:16,17 “Say to those who stayed behind: ‘You shall be called up against a people of great might; you shall fight them or they shall submit. If, then, you obey, He will grant you a fair wage; but if you turn away as you turned away before [From Religious War to Spread Islam] , He will inflict a painful punishment upon you. The blind are not to blame, nor the cripple is to blame, nor the sick are to blame. Whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger will admit him into Gardens beneath which rivers flow; but he who turn away [From Jihad], He will inflict upon him a painful punishment.”
Thus turning away from Jihad means separation from Eternal Blessings in Paradise and the painful punishment of Hell Fire. Surah 49:14 “The Bedouins say: ‘We believe.’ Say: ‘You do not believe, but say: We submit;’ for belief has not yet entered your hearts.”
This sounds like many Bedouins did not actually believe the new religion of Islam. They might have verbally confessed a belief in Islam to avoid imminent threat of physical harm but their hearts did not actually believe in it. This was why Muhammad called them hypocrites. These professing Muslims did not truly “submit.” Here is a very good reason why there should not be any “compulsion in religion.” True believers must have the freedom to choose their own religion, otherwise they become hypocrites rather than true believers.
COERCION INTO ISLAM LED TO UNBELIEVING MUSLIMS
Surah 63:1-3 “When the hypocrites come to you, they say: ‘We bear witness that you are indeed Allah’s Messenger.’ Allah knows that you are indeed His messenger and Allah bears witness that the hypocrites are liars. They take their oaths as a shield and so they bar other people from the Path of Allah. Evil is what they used to do. That is because they believed, then disbelieved . . .” The Qur’an itself provides proof that many professed Islam with an oath of allegiance because they feared the wrath of Muslim forces who conquered their lands. But after the imminent danger had passed they subsequently turned from that oath. Thus they “believed, then disbelieved.” Similarly, historians tell us that many Jews were forced to confess Catholicism by day but by night they were practicing Monotheistic Jews.
MUHAMMAD COMMANDED THE MURDER OF NEW MUSLIM CONVERTS WHO TURNED AWAY FROM ISLAM
Surah 4:89 “Do not, then take any companions from them, until they emigrate in the Way of Allah. Then should they turn back, seize them and kill them wherever you find them; and do not take from them any companion or supporter.” Many new Muslim converts who took the oath in professing Islam through fear of imminent physical violence or forced slavery were not true believing Muslims. New unbelieving Muslims who were compelled to enter this new religion through tyranny found themselves inescapably trapped. If they turned back from Islam the Prophet commanded them to be seized and killed. The only way to escape Islam was through death. This did not leave the new Muslim converts with much of a choice: either they continued to accept Islam or they were put to death! This hardly sounds like a religion I would want to accept as a valid religion from Allah!
Why would the Prophet Muhammad declare, “There shall be no compulsion in religion” when he himself later used compulsion to spread Islam? Surah 48:11-13 “The Bedouins who stayed behind [during the siege of Mecca] will say to you: ‘Our possessions and our families preoccupied us; so ask forgiveness for us.’ They say with their tongues what is not in their hearts. . . Rather, you thought that the Messenger and the believers will never return to their families; and that was embellished in your hearts and you entertained evil thoughts and were a useless people. He who does not believe in Allah and His messenger, We have indeed prepared for the unbelievers a blazing Fire.”
Those Muslims not believing in Muhammad’s Message to spread their religion through war are called unbelievers by the Prophet. Perhaps these Bedouins became Muslims through fear of violence inflicted upon them for being Pagans. Perhaps there was much economic value to becoming Muslims since the Bedouins would be free from Muslim raiding parties on Bedouin Caravans! Muhammad promises that all those professing Muslims not believing in Muhammad’s Jihad against the Pagans were also unbelievers who were destined for hell fire. Surah 48:16,17 “Say to those who stayed behind: ‘You shall be called up against a people of great might; you shall fight them or they shall submit. If, then, you obey, He will grant you a fair wage; but if you turn away as you turned away before [From Religious War to Spread Islam] , He will inflict a painful punishment upon you. The blind are not to blame, nor the cripple is to blame, nor the sick are to blame. Whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger will admit him into Gardens beneath which rivers flow; but he who turn away [From Jihad], He will inflict upon him a painful punishment.”
Thus turning away from Jihad means separation from Eternal Blessing and the painful punishment of Hell Fire.
MUHAMMAD BELIEVED IN A JIHADIC JESUS
Surah 61:14 “O believers, be supporters of Allah, as Jesus, son of Mary, said to the disciples: ‘Who are my supporters unto Allah?’ The disciples replied: ‘We are Allah’s supporters;’ and so a group of the Children of Israel believed, while another group disbelieved. Then, We supported those who believed against their foe: and so they were triumphant.” There is no historical or archaeological records to support the historical accuracy of this Surah! In fact, Jesus said to one of his followers who sought to protect him from being seized by the servants of the High Priest, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword (Matthew 26:52).”
If Jesus had commanded his followers to take up arms to fight the disbelieving Jews and were triumphant, surely historians like Josephus would have had something to say about it! Since Jesus lived during the time of the Roman occupation of Israel the records of Roman Officials should have corroborated this Qur’anic claim. Since all historical evidence points to the contrary, we are forced to conclude that Muhammad’s utterances were not the infallible utterances of Allah..
Allah Himself had previously warned us against false Prophets who would not be able to accurately tell us what is going to happen in the future, nor would they be able to tell us “what the former things were” in [Past History]: Isaiah 41:22,23 “Present your case says Yahweh [Name of Allah]. Set forth your arguments, says Jacob’s King. . . . tell us what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome.
PEACEFUL AND COMPASSIONATE JESUS
Surah 57:47 “Then, We sent forth in their wake Our Messengers and followed up with Jesus, son of Mary, and We gave him the Gospel and We instilled in the hearts of those who followed him compassion and mercy.
MUHAMMAD TAUGHT THE HATRED OF ENEMIES
Jesus commanded his disciples to love their enemies. Yet Muhammad commands his followers: “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah and those who are with him are hard on the unbelievers, merciful towards each other.” Surah 60:1 “O believers, do not take My enemy and your enemy for supporters, showing them friendship, when they have disbelieved what has come to you of the Truth..”
BUT JESUS TAUGHT US TO LOVE OUR ENEMIES
Matthew 5:44,45 “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. That you may be the sons of your Father in heaven.”
JIHAD MANDATORY UPON ALL MALE MUSLIMS
Surah 61:2-4 “O believers, why do you profess what you do not practice? It is very hateful in Allah’s Sight that you profess what you do not practice. Allah loves those who fight in His Cause arrayed in battle, as though they were a compact structure.” Fighting for the cause of Islam in the Qur’an is literal, physical warfare! Many professed Islam but did not want to practice it. They did not want to follow the Messenger in going to war.
COMPULSION IN THE RELIGION OF ISLAM
Surah 9:11-14 “Yet, if they repent, perform the prayer and pay the alms, they will be your brethren in religion. . . But if they break their oaths after their pledge [is made] and abuse your religion, then fight the leaders of unbelief; for they have no regard for oaths . . . Fight them, Allah will punish them at your hands, will disgrace them, give you victory over them . . .” Many Muslims recognize that Muhammad preached a very peaceful message in his early Meccan ministry. This peaceful message of Islam is reflected in many Surha’s throughout the Qur’an. Yet Muhammad dramatically changed his evangelistic method from peaceful proclamation to warring Jihad when he built up a strong and powerful army in Medina. This is why many clearly see two contradictory messages in the Qur’an. One of peace, and one of war!
COMPULSION IN RELIGION LED TO FALSE MUSLIM BELIEVERS
Surah 5:41 “O Messenger, do not grieve on account of those who hasten to unbelief, from among those who say with their mouths: ‘We believe’, while their hearts do not believe Surah 9:56 “ . . .” Why would people profess to believe in Islam verbally but not actually believe Islam in their hearts? The only logical reason was that they were compelled to embrace Islam through fear of violent death, dismemberment, slavery, or heavy taxation. They swear by Allah that they [are believers] like you, but they are not; they are a people who fear [you]. If they could find a shelter or dens or any place to crawl into, they would make for it in great haste.” Surah 49:14 “The Bedouins say: ‘We believe.’ Say: ‘You do not believe, but say: We submit;’ for belief has not yet entered your hearts.”
This sounds like many Bedouins did not actually believe the new religion of Islam. They might have verbally confessed a belief in Islam and an outward show of submission to Qur’anic Law in order to avoid the threat of physical harm but their hearts did not actually believe in Muhammad’s Message. This was why Muhammad had said, “belief has not yet entered your hearts.” Why? Because these Bedouins were a people who feared the Prophet Muhammad and his military forces! Surah 63:1-3 “When the hypocrites come to you, they say: ‘We bear witness that you are indeed Allah’s Messenger.’ Allah knows that you are indeed His messenger and Allah bears witness that the hypocrites are liars. They take their oaths as a shield and so they bar other people from the Path of Allah. Evil is what they used to do. That is because they believed, then disbelieved . . .”
Here is positive proof that many were compelled to profess Islam with an oath of allegiance because they feared the wrath of the conquering Muslim forces. Afterwards, when the pressure of imminent harm was over, they turned from their oath because they only took it to shield them from death or slavery. Thus they “believed, then disbelieved.” Similarly, historians tell us that many European Jews were forced to confess Catholicism by day but by night they were practicing Monotheistic Jews.
How can Allah be happy with compulsion in religion? All people everywhere should have the freedom to choose their own religion without fearing bodily harm, slavery, or heavy taxation. Any use of force to compel people to join any particular religion amounts to plain tyranny! Many Muslim Terrorists have found ample vindication in the Qur’an to terrorize both Muslims and Non Muslims into conforming with their views on Islamic Law. The Spanish also used violence and terror tactics to compel indigenous peoples of South and Central America and in the Philippine Islands to conform to their view of Christianity. However, the Prophet Jesus condemned the use of violence and terror tactics in Christian Evangelism. Jesus and the Apostles always gave people the freedom of choice.
MUHAMMAD’S SUCCESSORS KNEW WHAT MUHAMMAD MEANT BY JIHAD
The Caliphs who immediately succeeded Muhammad clearly understood the full implications of Muhammad’s teaching: Muslim armies were to make war upon all Non-Muslims (including Christians, Jews, and Pagans) provided they have first invited the unbelievers [Non Muslims] to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then they were invited to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax Jizya. Anyone who failed to become a Muslim or failed to submit to Islamic rule by paying the poll tax would be helpless to save “their blood [their lives] and possessions.” Bukhari 4.386 Narrated Jubair bin Haiya:
“Umar [A Muslim Caliph who knew Muhammad] sent the Muslims to the great countries to fight the pagans. When Al-Hurmuzan embraced Islam, 'Umar said to him. "I would like to consult you regarding these countries which I intend to invade." Al-Hurmuzan said, "Yes, the example of these countries and their inhabitants who are the enemies of the Muslims, is like a bird with a head, two wings and two legs; If one of its wings got broken, it would get up over its two legs, with one wing and the head; and if the other wing got broken, it would get up with two legs and a head, but if its head got destroyed, then the two legs, two wings and the head would become useless. The head stands for Khosrau, and one wing stands for Caesar and the other wing stands for Faris. So, order the Muslims to go towards Khosrau." So, 'Umar sent us (to Khosrau) appointing An-Numan bin Muqrin as our commander. When we reached the land of the enemy, the representative of Khosrau came out with forty-thousand warriors, and an interpreter got up saying, "Let one of you talk to me!" Al-Mughira replied, "Ask whatever you wish." The other asked, "Who are you?" Al-Mughira replied, "We are some people from the Arabs; we led a hard, miserable, disastrous life: we used to suck the hides and the date stones from hunger; we used to wear clothes made up of fur of camels and hair of goats, and to worship trees and stones. While we were in this state, the Lord of the Heavens and the Earths, Elevated is His Remembrance and Majestic is His Highness, sent to us from among ourselves a Prophet whose father and mother are known to us. Our Prophet, the Messenger of our Lord, has ordered us to fight you till you worship Allah Alone or give Jizya (i.e. tribute); and our Prophet has informed us that our Lord says:-- "Whoever amongst us is killed (i.e. martyred), shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, and whoever amongst us remain alive, shall become your master.”
Here this loyal Caliph is simply carrying out the orders of his founding Prophet. Just like the loyal Apostles who personally knew the teachings of the Prophet Jesus continued to faithfully carry out his commandments, so also did the loyal Caliphs’s who personally knew Muhammad’s teachings continue to faithfully follow his commandments. If Muslims living today were really following all the commandments of Muhammad they would be obeying the Prophets order for world wide Muslim Rule through military Jihad!
“Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day and who forbid not what Allah and His messenger have forbidden – who do not practice the religion of truth [Islam], being of those who have been given the Book [Christians and Jews] – until they pay the poll tax out of hand and are humbled.” 9:29
This Caliph was continuing Muhammad’s struggle to fight all other peoples until they either became Muslims or submitted to Muslim Rule. The above quote regarding the rules of jihad were extracted from the historically reliable and well respected Muslim book entitled, “Reliance of the Traveler.”
Based upon Islamic scholars' writings, violent jihad is permitted in Islam for both offensive and defensive purposes. It was commanded by, and praised by Muhammad as being one of the greatest forms of true Islamic spirituality. It is to continue until all people are subjected to Islamic rule.
According to Muhammad and his subsequent Caliphs, aggression toward non-Muslims is allowed but prior to attacking, the Muslims are to offer them a choice: 1) Become Muslim 2) Do not become Muslim but submit to Islamic Rule by paying the (jizya) tax. 3) Death or Slavery.
MUSLIM SCHOLARS ADMIT CONTRADICTIONS AND ABROGATIONS IN THE QUR’AN
The Qur’an is not in proper chronological date order. Muslim historian Tabari in his “Sirat Rasulallah,” page 612  states that the jihad section of Surah 9 was revealed in 631 AD but Muhammad died in 632 AD. Wherefore, Surah 9 was revealed during Muhammad’s last two years of life. Since the Muslim belief in abrogation sets aside Muhammad’s earlier revelations and replacing them with latter ones, Surah 9 replaces the earlier peaceful Surah’s of the Meccan period. This would mean that military Jihad has replaced peaceful preaching to spread Islam!
The following is a quote from the Encyclopedia of Islam, op cit, with respect to the problems of Qur’anic chronology. At the end of the quote are its chronological lists taken from several different scholars of Islam. “The Koran responds constantly and often explicitly to Muhammad's historical situation, giving encouragement in times of persecution, answering questions from his followers and opponents, commenting on current events, etc. Major doctrines and regulations for the Muslim community, which are never stated systematically in the Koran, are introduced gradually and in stages that are not always clear. There are apparent contradictions and inconsistencies in the presentation of both the beliefs and the regulations, and the latter are sometimes altered to fit new situations. Thus it is essential to know the approximate dates or historical settings of some passages, and at least the chronological order of others, if they are to be understood fully. This problem was recognized by early Muslim scholars who devoted much attention to it in the first few centuries, until a fairly rigid system of dating was established and given the imprimatur of orthodoxy. In modern times the study of the chronology of the Koran has been almost exclusively a domain of Western scholars, who have not however been able to reach a consensus on a dating system, or even on the possibility of establishing one.”
Since Surah 9 commands all healthy male Muslims to fight in Jihad until there is no other religion but Islam, many Muslims believe that Muhammad had abrogated all previous Surah’s promoting peace and tolerance with other religions. Muslims were now commanded to take up arms until there was no other religion but that of Allah.
MUHAMMAD ABROGATED PEACEFUL SURAH’S IN THE QUR’AN WITH JIHADIC ONES
Wherefore, the very last words of Muhammad as recorded in the Qur’an commanded Muslims to fight until complete global conquest was achieved and all peoples were submitted to world wide Islamic Rule. Surah 4:94 “O you who believe! When you go (to fight) in the Cause of Allah, verify (the truth), and say not to anyone who greets you (by embracing Islam): "You are not a believer"; seeking the perishable goods of the worldly life. There are much more profits and booties with Allah. Even as he is now, so were you yourselves before till Allah conferred on you His Favors (i.e. guided you to Islam), therefore, be cautious in discrimination. Allah is Ever Well Aware of what you do.”
From our chronological tables we see that this chapter was also revealed during the Medinan period. In Rodwell’s Koran, , the notes for chapter 4 state: “Most of the events alluded to in this Sura fall between the end of the third and the close of the fifth year after the flight to Medina.”
MUHAMMAD AUTHORIZED THE MURDER OF NON MUSLIMS
A Muslim commentary, the Tafsir of Ibn Kathir, op cit, pages 145 – 150 states that Muhammad authorized murder and robbery of non Muslims: “Some Muslims chased a man for his booty, who said to them: “Assalamu Alaykum.” They killed him and seized his booty. Consequently, the above verse was revealed. It is mentioned in a biography that his brother Fazzar emigrated to the Prophet in compliance with his father’s command to call on Fazzar people to embrace Islam. On his way, one of the Prophet’s brigades found him at night. He had already informed them that he was a Muslim, but they rejected his admission, and killed him. His father said: “I went to the Prophet and he gave me one thousand dinars and other compensation, and sent me back.”
Iman Ahmed quoted Ibn Abbas as saying: “A man from Banu Saalim who was herding his sheep, passed by a group of the Prophet’s companions, and greeted them. They said: He only greeted us in order to seek our protection. They went to him and killed him. Afterwards, they brought his sheep to the Prophet and the above verse was revealed.”
The above Muslim historical data proves that Muhammad had authorized his followers to slaughter non-Muslims and take their possessions as booty. This group of Muslims were said to be close companions who traveled with Muhammad. If Muhammad did not authorize the widespread murder of Non-Muslims then why did Muhammad not rebuke his followers for killing this Shepherd? Muhammad only confronted his followers for killing a fellow Muslim but he never said anything about not killing non-Muslims. Hence, during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad Muslims were permitted to attack and kill non-Muslims and plunder their worldly goods. Even though the shepherd peacefully greeted the male Muslim followers of Muhammad and informed them that he was a fellow Muslim, they did not believe him. Thus they killed him and brought back his sheep to the Prophet.
Muhammad later gave orders not to kill those who confess they are Muslims. Had the shepherd not greeted Muhammad’s followers as a fellow Muslim, Muhammad would have justified his murder. Therefore we can conclude that Muhammad authorized the murder and plunder of all non-Muslims during his lifetime even though the non-Muslims were not posing a physical threat to Muslims! Notice that this shepherd peacefully greeted the Muslims. The shepherd was outnumbered and all alone, yet they murdered him simply because they thought he was not a Muslim!
DOES ISLAM PROMOTE MURDER, VIOLENCE, AND TERROR?
The earliest reliable historical records reveal Muhammad asking his followers to assassinate a 120 year old elderly Jewish man named Abu Afak: Muslim scholar Ali Dashti's "23 Years: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Mohammad," , page 100: "Abu Afak, a man of great age (reputedly 120 years) was killed because he had lampooned Mohammad. The deed was done by Salem b. Omayr at the behest of the Prophet, who had asked, "Who will deal with this rascal for me?" The killing of such an old man moved a poetess, Asthma b. Marwan, to compose disrespectful verses about the Prophet, and she too was assassinated."
Prior to listing all of the assassinations Muhammad had ordered, Ali Dashti writes on page 97: "Thus Islam was gradually transformed from a purely spiritual mission into a militant and punitive organization whose progress depended on booty from raids and revenue from the zakat tax." This elderly Jewish man did not incite the population of Medina to attack Muhammad, nor did he try to force his view upon the Medinians. His only crime was his intellectual speech urging people not to follow Muhammad and his message of Islam. Abu Afak had peacefully admonished the people of Medina to intellectually consider the legitimacy of Muhammad’s ministry. He argued against the authenticity of Muhammad as a true prophet of Allah.
What was the response of Muhammad to this 120 year old critic? Did Muhammad confront Abu Afak with intellectual debate? Did Muhammad try to convince Abu Afak to submit to Islam through his inspired miraculous speech? Why was Muhammad so afraid to verbally confront Abu Afak in public debate? Perhaps Muhammad was afraid to publicly confront Abu Afak because of his past humiliating debates with non-Muslims who questioned Muhammad’s Prophethood in Mecca! Rather than trying to win the population of Medina through peaceful preaching like he had attempted to do in Mecca, he resorted to violence, fear, and terror tactics, to gain the submission of the masses. In contradistinction, no Biblical Prophet had ever shed innocent blood to exonerate his prophethood!
This historical narrative gives us the candid truth that all Muslims should know about. When Muhammad heard about the critical speech of this elderly man, he said to his followers: "Who will deal with this rascal for me?" Then one of Muhammad’s followers secretly went out to murder this aged man during the night. Hence, just as Cain shed the blood of innocent Abel so Muhammad sent his followers to shed the blood of Abu Afak!
Immediately following the murder of Abu Afak, a women with five children spoke out against Muhammad’s and his followers for committing this crime. Here is the historical account from the most reliable Muslim sources: Ibn Sa'd's, "Kitab Al-Tabaqat Al-Kabir" [op cit] volume 2, page 31: "SARIYYAH OF UMAYR IBN ADI:" “Then (occurred) the sariyyah of Umayr ibn adi Ibn Kharashah al-Khatmi against Asthma Bint Marwan, of Banu Umayyah Ibn Zayd . . . She used to revile Islam [Muhammad], offend the prophet and instigate the (people) against him. She composed verses. Umayr Ibn Adi came to her in the night and entered her house. Her children were sleeping around her. There was one whom she was suckling. He . . . separated the child from her. He thrust his sword in her chest till it pierced up to her back. Then he offered the morning prayers with the prophet at al-Medina. The apostle of Allah said to him: "Have you slain the daughter of Marwan?" He said: "Yes. Is there something more for me to do?" He [Muhammad] said: "No two goats will butt together about her. This was the word that was first heard from the apostle of Allah. . . .”
What kind of people murder mothers in their sleep? Did the ancient Prophets of old ever employ such tactics? There are many criminal organizations such as the mafia and various drug cartels who regularly employ these kind of tactics to silence opponents. Why did Muhammad abandon peaceful dialogue and debate? Could it be that he was tired of being publicly embarrassed by his lack of intellectual credibility to support Islam? Muhammad’s actions prove that he was no longer allowing anyone the freedom of choice. Thus violence and terror tactics were utilized to bring religious conformity to the masses. How could this be the will of Allah?
Muhammad had repeatedly attempted to peacefully persuade the Jewish tribes living in and around Medina to accept the legitimacy of his prophethood. But from the time Muhammad arrived in Medina until the very end of his life he had perpetual conflict with the Jews. Muhammad desperately desired the Jews to follow him for two reasons. 1. Allah had allegedly revealed that the Torah and the Prophets were truly from Allah. 2. Allah had supposedly revealed to Muhammad that the People of the Book [the Jewish People] were going to confirm the accuracy of the Qur’anic Revelations. When Muhammad’s repeated attempts to convert the Jews had failed, it threatened the legitimacy of his entire ministry! The following quote is taken from Bukhari, op cit, vol 5 #369. Note that this is a very long Hadith. Also note the actual killer in this Hadith is another man named Muhammad bin Maslama referred to below as Maslama. Narrated Jabir bin Abdullah: "Allah's messenger said "Who is willing to kill Ka'b al-Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His apostle?" Thereupon Maslama got up saying, "O Allah's messenger! Would you like that I kill him?" The prophet said, "Yes". Maslama said, "Then allow me to say a (false) thing (i.e. to deceive Ka'b). The prophet said, "You may say it."
After killing Kab al-Ashraf Muhammad’s followers went on record as stating: “Our attack upon God's enemy cast terror among the Jews, and there was no Jew in Medina who did not fear for his life.” Ibn Sa'd's Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir adds another interesting feature to this story. From the Tabaqat, vol 2, page 37: "Then they cut his head and took it with them. ..... they cast his head before him [Muhammad]. He (the prophet) praised Allah on his being slain." Kab verbally encouraged people to reject Muhammad's Prophethood, and made up some poems about Muslim women. Muhammad didn't like it, and had him murdered. In order to secretly carry out Kab’s murder, Muhammad allowed his followers to lie to Kab in order to get him to lower his defenses and trust them. After they killed Ka'b, they beheaded him and brought his head to Muhammad. When Muhammad sees his head, Muhammad praises God for Ka'b being slain!
The following quote is taken from Guillaume, op cit, page 369: "The apostle said, "Kill any Jew that falls into your power." Thereupon Muhayyisa b. Masud leapt upon Ibn Sunayna, a Jewish merchant with whom they had social and business relations, and killed him. Huwayyisa was not a Muslim at the time though he was the elder brother. When Muhayyisa killed him Huwayyisa began to beat him, saying, 'You enemy of God, did you kill him when much of the fat on your belly comes from his wealth?' Muhayyisa answered, 'Had the one who ordered me to kill him ordered me to kill you I would have cut your head off.'"
This story is also supported in the Sunan of Abu Dawud, , Book 19, Number 2996: Narrated Muhayyisah: “The Apostle of Allah said: If you gain a victory over the men of Jews, kill them. So Muhayyisah jumped over Shubaybah, a man of the Jewish merchants. He had close relations with them. He then killed him. At that time Huwayyisah (brother of Muhayyisah) had not embraced Islam. He was older than Muhayyisah. When he killed him, Huwayyisah beat him and said: O enemy of Allah, I swear by Allah, you have a good deal of fat in your belly from his property.”
Islamic scholar – Wensinck, op cit, writes in, "Muhammad and the Jews of Medina", pg. 113: "It is remarkable that tradition attributes Muhammad's most cruel acts to divine order, namely the siege of Qaynuqa, the murder of Kab, and the attack upon Qurayzah. Allah's conscience seems to be more elastic than that of his creatures."..... Ibn Ishaq and al-Waqidi reported that the prophet said the morning after the murder (of Kab Ashraf), "Kill any Jew you can lay your hands on."
From the Tafsir of Ibn Kathir, op cite, pages 37, 38: “Allah says: “There is no compulsion in religion”, meaning: do not force anyone to embrace Islam because it is clear, and its proofs and evidences are manifest. Whoever Allah guides and opens his heart to Islam has indeed embraced it with clear evidence. Whoever Allah misguides, blinds his heart and has set a seal on his hearing and a covering on his eyes cannot embrace Islam by force. The reason for the revelation of this verse was that the women of Ansar used to make a vow to convert their sons to Judaism if the latter lived. And when the tribe of Bani anNadhir was expelled from Madinah, some children of Ansar were among them, so their parents could not abandon them; hence Allah revealed: “There is no compulsion in religion…” narrated by Ibn Jarir, on the authority of Ibn Abbas, Abu Dawud and an-Nasa’i, on the authority of Bandar, Abu Hatim, and Ibn Hiban from the Hadith of Shu’bah, Mujahid and others. However Muhammad Ibn Ishaq narrated that Ibn Abbas said: it was revealed with regard to a man from the tribe of Bani Salim Ibn Awf called al-Husayni whose two sons converted to Christianity but he was himself a Muslim. He told the Prophet: “Shall I force them to embrace Islam, they insist on Christianity”, hence Allah revealed this verse. But, this verse is abrogated by the verse of “Fighting”: “You shall be called to fight against a people given to great warfare, then you shall fight them, or they shall surrender” (Surah 48:16). Allah also says: “O Prophet! Strive hard against the disbelieves and the hypocrites, and be harsh against them” (9:73), and He says, “O you who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who are the Pious, (9:123).” “Therefore, all people of the world should be called to Islam. If anyone of them refuses to do so, or refuses to pay the Jizya [Tax] they should be fought till they are killed. This is the meaning of compulsion. In the Sahih (al-Bukhari), the Prophet said: “Allah wonders at those people who will enter Paradise in chains,” meaning prisoners brought in chains to the Islamic state, then they embrace Islam sincerely and become righteous, and are entered among the people of Paradise.”
Here are some historical references behind forced conversion to Islam. Note that they are taken from Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasulallah, op cit.
On pages 668 and 669 Abu Bakr instructs a fellow Muslim in Islam. He states: “You asked me for the best advice that I could give you, and I will tell you. God sent Muhammad with this religion and he strove for it until men accepted it voluntary or by force.”
On page 547, Muhammad’s arch enemy, Abu Sufyan was given safe passage by Ibn Abbas to meet with Muhammad. During the meeting, the following conversation occurs:“Woe to you, Abu Sufyan, isn’t it time that you recognize that I [Muhammad] am God’s apostle?” He answered, “As to that I still have some doubt.” I [Ibn Abbas] said to him, “Submit and testify that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is the apostle of God before you lose your head,” “So he did so.” Sufyan did not intend to recognize Muhammad until he was threatened with his life. This is a clear case of compulsion in accepting Islam: convert or die.
On pages 614, 615, Muhammad’s attack upon the people of Thaqif who were hostile to Muhammad is detailed. Their reasoning was this: “We are in an impasse. You have seen how the affair of this man has progressed. All the Arabs have accepted Islam and you lack the power to fight them, so look to your case.” Thereupon Thaqif took counsel and said one to another, “Don’t you see that your herds are not safe; none of you can go out without being cut off.” “So after conferring together they decided to send a man to the apostle as they had sent Urwa [to accept Islam so that they and their possessions would be safe from being plundered and killed by the Muslims].” These people did not become Muslims because they wanted to. They had been invited to submit to Islam and refused. But because they were helplessly outnumbered by the force of arms, they decided to become Muslims. Hence, their conversions were forced down their throats and made under compulsion. Then after these frightened people became Muslims they were unable to turn from Islam because Muhammad had declared the death penalty for any new Muslim who would dare turn away from it. Many ancestors of Muslims living today were forced to become Muslims many centuries ago and their descendants are still not free to turn away from this religion even to this day. Many Muslims who do turn to another religion must flee to nonMuslim lands in order to escape certain death. How can anyone desire a religion that takes away all freedom of choice?
On page 645 the story of Muhammad’s emissary Khalid to the tribe of the Banu al-Harith bin Ka’b in the region of Najran is described. Muhammad “…. ordered him [Khalid] to invite them to Islam three days before he attacked them. If they accepted then he was to accept it from them; and if they declined he was to fight them. So Khalid sent out and came to them, and sent out riders in all directions inviting the people to Islam, saying, ‘If you accept Islam you will be safe,’ so the men accepted Islam as they were invited.”
People were converting to Islam simply because they were threatened. Notice Khalid’s words “If you accept Islam you will be safe.” Is this the type of religion that people truly desire? One that threatens them with death unless they convert! Notice that it was not the first four foundational pillars of Islam mentioned in this book that persuaded non Muslims to be converted. It was not that the Bible allegedly supported Islam that produced conversions. It was not the alleged miraculous words of the Qur’an that produced conversions into Islam. It was not the alleged scientific and historical evidence that mightily convinced multitudes to convert to Islam. Nor was it the alleged harmony of the Qur’an that persuaded people to convert. It was clearly the fifth pillar mentioned in this book [known by many Muslims as the 6th compulsory duty or the 6th Pillar of Islam] that mightily persuaded the masses to convert to Islam. It was clearly Muhammad’s compulsory duty of global Jihad that forced mass conversions into Islam, causing the religion to grow into a major world religion.
After exiling two Jewish tribes from Medina and spoiling their goods, Muhammad massacred the remaining 800 Jewish males of Medina (from teenagers reaching puberty to old men), not for making war against Islam, not for aiding Islam’s enemies, but for rejecting Muhammad as a Prophet of Allah. The Jews of Medina had the option to become Muslim but they refused! The Jews knew Muhammad was a false prophet so they chose martyrdom rather than following a false prophet. Muhammad never found the anticipated confirmation he was expecting (that his Qur’anic Revelations were from Allah) from the People of The Book. Since the Jews of Medina threatened the validity of Islam, Muhammad chose to murder the men and enslave the women and children.
On page 515 of Ibn Ishaq's "Sirat Rasulallah", (The Life of the Prophet of God), the events of the conquest of Khaibar are detailed. This event occurred about 3 years before Muhammad's death by poisoning. "Kinana al-Rabi, who had the custody of the treasure of Banu Nadir, was brought to the apostle who asked him about it. He denied that he knew where it was. A Jew came (Tabari says "was brought"), to the apostle and said that he had seen Kinana going round a certain ruin every morning early. When the apostle said to Kinana, "Do you know that if we find you have it I shall kill you?" He said "Yes". The apostle gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found. When he asked him about the rest he refused to produce it, so the apostle gave orders to al-Zubayr Al-Awwam, "Torture him until you extract what he has." So he kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead. Then the apostle delivered him to Muhammad b. Maslama and he struck off his head . . . "
There is so much reliable historical information documenting the violence and atrocities committed by Muhammad and his followers that we could fill up this entire book with many more examples of Islamic cruelty. This is why so many Muslims have become cruel terrorists. This is why so many Muslims continue to shed innocent blood!
History is replete with examples of mankind’s cruelty to other men. Muhammad used religion for a cloak to justify torture and murder for worldly gain. He killed many people to make slaves of their women (sex slaves were permitted) and children (pidifilia was also permitted), and to seize all of their worldly possessions. How can any honest person put their eternal future in the hands of a man like this? Is this the kind of man you want to risk your eternity on? How can all of the surviving writings of the previous Prophets be wrong and Muhammad’s be the only one that is right? Muhammad’s Qur’an has absolutely no previous prophetic revelations to support the Qur’an as a true religion coming from Allah!
Many Muslims allege that Islam is a good and merciful religion because conquered Christians and Jews were allowed to pay a tax and continue on in their religion. Yet this tax often included the systematic seizing of their wives and children as slaves until there were no more people living in Islamic Lands who professed any other religion but Islam. The remnant Christians and Jews were so poverty stricken by this tax that they were not able to survive. This is why one is hard pressed to find Non Muslim peoples who have lived in Muslim lands for hundreds of years!
Christians living under Islamic rule were forbidden to spread their faith, build church buildings, repair church buildings, or hold any place of authority in society. Historical archives also prove that the surviving remnants of non Muslims living in Islamic Lands who continued to reject Islam were eventually murdered or forced into slavery. Most conquered Christian and Pagan lands were eventually purged of all other religions but Islam. They taxed and oppressed all non-Muslims until they were eventually destroyed, driven out, or became Muslims.
When Islam’s Jihadic armies conquered other lands they systematically destroyed all other religions by taking slaves of women and children. Muhammad and his immediate successors attempted to spread Islam to the entire world by military conquest and slavery. If anyone truly knew Muhammad’s teachings, surely it would have been his close followers who succeeded him. History proves that Muhammad’s successors continued conquering other lands to expand Islam and for financial gain by the spoils of war. The following quotes are taken from The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam: From Jihad to Dhimmitude (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996), page 108.
“When Amr conquered Tripoli (Lybia) in 643, he forced the Jewish and Christian Berbers to give their wives and children as slaves to the Arab army as part of their Jizya [tax on nonMuslims]. From 652 until its conquest in 1276, Nubia was forced to send an annual contingent of slaves to Cairo. Treaties concluded with the towns of Transoxiana, Sijistan, Armenia, Fezzan (Maghreb) under the Umayyads and Abbasids stipulated an annual dispatch of slaves from both sexes. However, the main sources of the supply of slaves remained the regular raids on villages within the dar-al-harb [non-Islamic regions] and the military expeditions which swept more deeply into the infidel lands, emptying towns and provinces of their inhabitants.”
It is recorded that the Ottoman Turks regularly seized Christian children who were taken from their parents and forcibly raised Islamic. “Christian fathers were forced to appear in the town squares with their sons, the strongest and brightest of whom would be seized from their parents, converted to Islam (by force) and trained up to be part of the empire’s crack fighting force.”
The annals of history prove that most remaining Christians in the Ottoman Empire were eventually wiped out: “Then one night, my husband came home and told me that the padisha had sent word that we were to kill all the Christians in our village, and that we would have to kill our neighbors. I was very angry, and told him that I did not care who gave such orders, they were wrong. These neighbors had always been kind to us, and if he dared to kill them Allah would pay us out. I tried all I could to stop him (my husband), but he killed them-killed them with his own hand.”
Most modern Muslims tend to forget that their early ancestors were once Christian, Pagan, or Jewish. When their lands were conquered by Muslim invaders they were systematically and forcibly converted into Islam. If the men chose not to obey Islam they were either killed or forced to endure the systematic seizure of their families so that their wives and their children were forcibly taught and raised Islamic. Eventually the remaining Non Muslims who did not embrace Islam were wiped out completely.
How can anyone honestly think that this is a good and peaceful religion? Hundreds of years ago most ancestors of Muslims did not have the freedom to choose their own religion. According to Muhammad, Allah sanctioned the use of military conquest until there is no other religion but that of Allah [Islam]. Surah 8:39 “And fight them, so that sedition ends and the only religion will be that of Allah.” Surah 2:193 Fight them until there is no sedition and the religion becomes that of Allah.
The above Surah’s in the Qur’an are not talking about a spiritual fight. They are commanding Muslims to fight in warfare until “sedition ends and the only religion becomes that of Allah.” No one is allowed to question the validity of this religion and no one is permitted to be intellectually open and honest to question the foundational pillars of this faith. Those who dared to question the prophet Muhammad or his successors were threatened with severe physical harm or death.
Moreover, the Qur’an further pronounced the death penalty for all Muslims who wished to turn back to any other religion but Islam: Surah 4:89 “Do not, then take any companions from them, until they emigrate in the Way of Allah. Then should they turn back [turn away from Islam], seize them and kill them wherever you find them and do not take from them any companion or supporter.”
Therefore in most Muslim controlled lands, no one has a choice but to obey Islam! This is why even in modern times many former Muslims are murdered for converting to another faith. The use of violence was utilized to both spread Islam and to force all Muslims to stay Islamic. This is one of the true Pillars on which Islam was really founded which cannot be denied. Once a ; and do not take from them any companion or supporter.” 86 person emigrates to Islam or is raised a Muslim he or she does not have the freedom to turn back (to some other religion). Is there any other religion any more dangerous than this?
If Allah willed He could have very easily seized control of this world and all its inhabitants many centuries ago. If Allah had chosen He could have sent His angels and forced Islam on all nations thousands of years ago. Since we know that Allah has not chosen to force His truth upon all of mankind in the past, it makes perfect sense that Allah has patiently allowed all humans the freedom of choice.
If Allah willed that all of humanity would be forced to obey him now, then how would Allah judge the world in righteousness in the future? Who could be punished if all people were violently forced into obedience before judgment day? For now, the command to repent involves the freedom of choice. Acts 17:30,31 “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” Revelation 22:17 “ . . . And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” Matthew 11:20-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle an lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
The Gospel of Jesus calls all of humanity to come and receive a restful, peaceful, and unburdened personal relationship with Allah that is not motivated by fear, terror, or compulsion but by love and the freedom of choice. Yes Allah will later judge those who have not repented and accepted the glorious Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Messiah. Yet for now, He has given all of mankind the opportunity to either freely accept or reject His plan of Salvation within this life.
CHAPTER 6 THE TEST OF A TRUE PROPHET
Allah clearly informed us how to know the true prophets from the false: Deuteronomy 18:21,22 “And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which Yahweh [God] has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of Yahweh [Hebrew Divine Name For God], if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which Yahweh has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”
The One True God of the Bible challenges all false prophets of all false religions of every generation to declare to us the things to come, to tell us what the future holds: Isaiah 41:22,23 “Present your case says Yahweh. Set forth your arguments, says Jacob’s King. Bring in your idols to tell us what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come, tell us what the future holds. so we man know that you are gods.”
Allah says that we will know the genuine Prophets of Allah by the miracle of perfect utterances about the “former things”[the Historical and Scientific Past] and about “what the future holds [Predictive Prophecies].” In other words, the true Prophets of Allah would not make mistakes about former and future events. Their utterances would be 100% infallible. All of the past Biblical Prophets spoke accurately about the “former things” [Past History & Science] and the latter things [“What the future holds”in accurate Prophecy]. Furthermore, all of the greatest Biblical Prophets performed at least some demonstrative miracles to confirm the power of Allah working in the lives of these Prophets.
MOSES PASSED THE TEST OF A TRUE PROPHET
The Prophet Moses received clear proofs and signs including detailed predictive prophecy proving he was sent from Allah to the Children of Israel with the Law of Allah. Exodus 4:1-9 “Then Moses answered and said, ‘But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘Yahweh has not appeared to you.’ So Yahweh said to him, ‘What is that in your hand?’ He said, ‘ A rod.’ And He said, ‘Cast it on the ground.’ So he cast it on the ground and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. Then Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Reach out your hand and take it by the tail’ (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), ‘That they may believe that Yahweh God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.’ Furthermore Yahweh said to him, ‘Now put your hand in your bosom,’ And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, like snow. And He said, ‘Put your hand in your bosom again,’ So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and behold, it was restored like his other flesh. ‘Then it will be, if they do not believe you, nor heed the message of the first sign, that they may believe the message of the latter sign. And it shall be, if they do not believe even these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you shall take water from the river and pour it on the dry land. The water which you take from the river will become blood on the dry land.’” Exodus 7:8-10 “Then Yahweh [Name for Allah] spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, ‘When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘Show a miracle for yourselves,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your rod and cast it before Pharaoh, and let it become a serpent.’ So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and then did so, just as Yahweh commanded. And Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent.”
Allah continued to confirm the message of Moses as the true Word of Allah by performing many other diverse miracles throughout his ministry: The Ten Plagues in Egypt (Exodus Chapters 7-11 ), Pillar of Cloud by day and Pillar of Fire by night which supernaturally led and protected the Children of Israel (Exodus 13:21,22); Opening of the Red Sea and the destruction of Pharaoh’s army when the sea closed upon the pursuing Egyptians (Exodus 14:22- 30); Purification of Poisonous Waters of Marah (Exodus 15:25); Miraculous Food called “Manna” which supernaturally fed the Israelites in the Desert (Exodus 16:4-31); Miraculous provision of Quail (Exodus 16:13); Miraculous radiance of Moses’ face (Exodus 34:5-7); Waters miraculously burst from a rock (Exodus 17:5-7); And the punishment of rebellious Israelite believers who rebelled against Moses: The supernatural fire which devoured Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10:1,2) / The earth supernaturally opening to swallow up Korah, Dathan, Abiram and all who followed their dissension against Moses (Numbers 16:31-35) / The punishment of supernatural fire sent against those who complained against Moses (Numbers 11:1-3). / And the judgment of leprosy upon Miriam for opposing Moses (Numbers 12:10-15). Notice that it was Allah who punished Moses’ detractors and not Moses’ followers.
Could you imagine Allah performing these kinds of signs and wonders to confirm the validity of Muhammad’s Message? Yet the Qur’an not only does not mention miracles in the life of Muhammad, it actually denies that Muhammad ever performed any miracles. Unlike Moses, Muhammad had his followers punish and kill his opponents. But the God of Moses was the One Who killed and punished all those who rebelled against Moses. How then can the Prophet Muhammad be superior to the Prophet Moses?
The Qur’an says that Muhammad did not perform miracles other than reciting the Qur’an. To most non Muslims, the Qur’an is not vastly superior to other religious writings of antiquity. Nor is there any internal evidence pointing to the supernatural origin of its words.
The preponderance of scholars agree that the Torah was written by Moses during his lifetime and was in the possession of his successor Joshua when they took the land of Canaan (Now Called Israel). It is quite difficult to believe that Moses and Joshua made up false tales of miracles and then wrote down these fictitious events in the Torah in front of the whole nation of Israel who were eyewitnesses of the events during the exodus from Egypt. It is also quite unimaginable to think that all twelve tribes of Israel accepted bogus stories without someone blowing the whistle. Since there were many surrounding nations which had knowledge of the Torah during the lifetime of Moses and Joshua, and since there were also many non Israelites among the mixed multitude of nations that joined Monotheism because of these miracles, the Torah passes the test of historic credibility.
Had the Qur’an contained false tales of miracles and fictitious events surely someone would have repudiated it as false. If Muhammad and his immediate successor had invented miraculous tales and tried to include them in the Qur’an both Muslims and Non Muslims would have strongly objected and would have documented these false additions to the Qur’an. To think that anyone could write down bogus tales before multitudes of eyewitnesses who could speak up to disprove them passes all degrees of logic. In like manner, it passes all logical boundaries to think that Moses and Joshua invented false miraculous accounts of their Exodus from Egypt and the other miraculous events recorded in the Torah.
Furthermore, the Prophet Moses past the test of Deuteronomy 18:21,22 by accurate predictions which have been fulfilled in the nation of Israel. Moses accurately predicted that the Israelite people of the Book would repeatedly break the Covenant given to Moses (Deuteronomy 31:20) and this moral failure of the Jews would continue even “in the latter days (Deuteronomy 89 31:29)” in which the Jews would be provoked to jealously by the infusion of non Jewish Christians Monotheists (Deuteronomy 32:21).
Moreover, Moses predicted that the Israelis would resort to cannibalism while being besieged by a foreign nation and taken captive into “a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known.” This prophecy was fulfilled by the Assyrian and Babylonian invasions (Prediction: Deuteronomy 28:36,37/Fulfillment: 2 Kings 17:6; 24:11-16).
Then in the last days Moses declared: “Then Yahweh will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other . . . And among those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there Yahweh will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul. Your life shall hang in doubt before you; you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of your life.”
Moses accurately depicted the sufferings of the Jews during the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities and from AD 70 [the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem] until the end of World War Two. The Jews have been severely persecuted and repeatedly murdered in most of the nations wherever they were scattered up until the fall of Nazi Germany. Prior to the twentieth century False Christian Denomination in Europe and Islamic Rulers in the Middle East and North Africa repeatedly tortured and murdered Jews forcing them to flee from one nation to another.
Moses further declared that the Jews would eventually be restored to the land of Israel by being gathered from a world wide dispersion: Deuteronomy 30:3-5 “. The Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where Yahweh has scattered you. If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there Yahweh your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. Then Yahweh your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.
Moses could not have been any more accurate than this! Israel is being repopulated by Jews from around the globe unto this day. Yet this prophecy is not yet complete. Something is going to happen in the United States that will cause Bible Prophecy to be fulfilled. Something will drive the six and one half million Jews living in the United States to move to the land of Israel. After a major war in the Middle East (predicted by the Hebrew Prophets), Israel is going to feel safe and secure while its economy and agriculture will flourish. During Israel’s great prosperity the economy of the United States is probably going collapse and it’s feeling of safety and security will be stripped away! This would certainly drive millions of more Jews from “the farthest parts under heaven” back to the land of Israel, fulfilling the prophecy of Moses.
Since there are just under five million Jews living in Israel and over six and a half million Jews living in the United States (in 2008), Allah is going to pull the American Jews back to the land of Israel. The two things keeping the Jews in the United States are 1) Financial Prosperity and 2) Safety from Violence. This author believes that both of these factors will collapse in America while Israel’s economy and security will flourish. Verse seven of this same passage goes on to predict Allah’s punishment of Israel’s enemies after some of the Jewish people have been gathered back into their homeland during the last days: Deuteronomy 30:7 “Also Yahweh your God will put all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.”
The ancient Hebrew Prophets of Allah have foretold soon coming future events in the Middle East. Allah is going to punish all those who hate and persecute Israel in these last days. Israel is going to be a flourishing, populated, and prosperous power in the Middle East which will annihilate all of its enemies all around it and no nations will be powerful enough to “heave it away.”
JESUS PASSED THE TEST OF A TRUE PROPHET
The Prophet Jesus also performed many great miracles among the Jewish People, uttered clear and accurate predictive prophecies, and fulfilled numerous detailed predictive prophecies written in the Hebrew Scriptures hundreds of years before his birth. Many of these Messianic Prophecies were totally out of Jesus’ human power to control.
The Prophet Isaiah who lived contemporaneously with King David prophesied that the Messiah would have a ministry of miracles: Isaiah 35:4-6 “Say to those who are fearful hearted, Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing.”
Allah confirmed the ministry of Jesus by miraculously healing the paralytic (Matthew 9:2-7), the leprous (Mark 1:40-42), the blind (Matthew 9:27-31), the deaf (Mark 7:31-37), the mute (Matthew 12:22), the crippled (Luke 13:11-13), and raising people from the dead (Luke 7:11-15/ John 11:1-44). Jesus further miraculously multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 men at one time (Mark 6:35-44) and on another occasion he fed 4,000 men, not including the thousands of women and children who were present (Mark 8:1-9)
Since the New Covenant Scriptures were written and circulated during the lifetime of the first century apostles it passes all boundaries of logic to think that the apostles invented miraculous events and wrote them down in the New Testament. How could the apostles who were eyewitnesses to the events of Jesus’ ministry have circulated and recorded fables about his life during the lifetime of those who had accurate eyewitness knowledge of these events?
For a first century inhabitant of Jerusalem to disbelieve in the accuracy of the Gospel Narratives would be like someone living in New York City in the twenty first century claiming that the terrorist strike on the twin towers never happened. Anyone making such a false claim would be considered to be out of his mind. No one would believe lies about truthful events which occurred during their lifetimes. Nor would logical people living during the Exodus from Egypt believe fabrications like the plagues on Egypt if they never really occurred!
Can you imagine someone living in New York City telling other New Yorkers that God sent the ten plagues of Exodus upon the city when no such events ever really happened? Could you imagine an entire nation of people living during the time such claims were made actually believing detailed miraculous events if they were all false? Can you imagine an entire nation of eyewitnesses going along with imaginary events which never happened and then recording them in their religious book? That would be the equivalent of all New Yorkers believing that God has sent ten plagues like the plagues recorded in Exodus upon New York when everyone knows that no Biblical plagues have ever struck New York..
Since the Torah of Moses, the Gospel of Jesus, and the Qur’an of Muhammad were written during the lifetime of multitudes of eyewitnesses, all three books must be considered historically trustworthy. Yet later Jewish, Christian, or Muslim books (like many Hadiths) claiming to add miraculous events to the historic past which were not already recorded in the lifetimes of the eyewitnesses of that generation cannot be considered reliable or trustworthy. An author must live contemporaneously with the people he is writing about to be considered a reliable source of historical data.
Most Pagan myths such as Greco-Roman literature about gods were not written by eyewitness accounts. They are mere traditions invented by centuries of tale bearers. There is no reliability to the alleged historic data because the data lacks eyewitness testimony. Moreover, Pagan literature does not contain detailed predictive prophecy like the Bible does!
The Prophet Jesus further passed the test of a true prophet by accurately predicting the conditions of these last days: The rampant spread of Homosexuality and violence (Luke 17:26- 30/See Genesis 6:5,11), the increase in the amount of world wide earthquakes, famines, and pestilences (Luke 21:11) [The Greek word “loimos” for pestilence also means sickness or disease which causes “trouble” or “a public menace”- So diseases such as AIDS and SARS can also be included as signs of the end time]. The drastic increase in hurricanes, tsunamis, and tornadoes causing “the sea and the waves” to “roar.”(Luke 21:25). And the world wide fear caused by weapons of mass destruction - or possible meteorite impacts (Luke 21:26): “Men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
Jesus accurately predicted the destruction of the second temple (Matthew 24:1,2 ) and the subsequent dispersion of the Jewish People (Luke 21:24). Luke 21:24 “And they [the Jews] will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles [Non Jews] until the time of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
Jesus further predicted the rebuilding of a third temple which would be desecrated by a future world leader [the Anti-Christ]: Matthew 24:15 “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place . . . Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”
The second rebuilt temple was desecrated in 167 BC by Antiochus Epiphanes, the Greek ruler of Syria who set up an altar to Zeus in the sacred Jewish Temple. This desecration of the temple led to the Maccabean revolt. Here Jesus goes on to predict a second desecration of a third rebuilt temple. When this happens the world will have another major predictive prophecy spoken by Jesus to prove he is the true Messiah foretold by the ancient Hebrew Prophets.
The rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem has already been planned by eager Israeli Zionists but the Dome of the Rock has been built on the site of the ancient ruins of the Temple. Only Allah knows how this prophecy is going to be fulfilled. Since other prophecies of Jesus have been fulfilled it makes sense that the Dome of the Rock will one day be destroyed and the Jewish Temple will be built again in its place. When Jesus’ prophecy of the third temples desecration by the Anti-Christ comes to pass then many more Jews will know that they missed their true Messiah about two thousand years ago.
Bible Scholars have counted as many as 332 Messianic Prophecies which were fulfilled in the life and ministry of the Prophet Jesus. Many of these prophecies are very graphic and detailed such as his birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), ministry of miracles (Isaiah 35:5,6), betrayal for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12), hands and feet pierced (Psalm 22:16), crucified with thieves (Isaiah 53:12), side pierced (Zechariah 12:10), and darkness over the land at his death (Amos 8:9).
Many of these prophecies were totally out of Jesus’ ability to control. No man has the ability to control or orchestrate the place of his birth: Micah 5:2 predicted he would be born in Bethlehem. No man has the ability to predict or plan with certainty the exact cause of his own death: Psalm 22:16 foretold that the Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced and Zechariah 12:10 had foretold that his side would be pierced. The chances of any man fulfilling all of these detailed predictive prophecies in a single life are truly miraculous. How could Jesus not be the 92 Messiah when he accurately fulfilled so many detailed Hebrew prophecies written between 400 to 1500 years before his birth? No other man but Jesus in all of human history has ever fulfilled all of these prophecies to qualify as the true Messiah and Savior of the World! May the reader carefully search all of the detailed Messianic prophecies listed in the Hebrew Scriptures in the chart below.
The testimony of history and scripture prove that Jesus was crucified under the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate and that a Roman Soldier thrust a spear in his side to make sure he was dead (John 19:34). If Jesus had failed to escape death by stoning on several occasions, his untimely death would have disqualified him from fulfilling predictive prophecies to qualify him as the true Messiah (John 8:59; 10:31). On several occasions some Jews who rejected Jesus attempted to stone him to death but he miraculously escaped. Had Jesus died by the common method of capital punishment employed by the Israelites [stoning] he could not have been the true anticipated Messiah. Yet even in death Jesus did fulfill all of the Hebrew prophecies in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets.
OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECY NEW TESTAMENT FULFILLMENT
Genesis 3:15 Seed of Woman Matthew 1:20
Isaiah 7:14 Virgin Birth Matthew 1:18
Genesis 49:10 From the Tribe of Judah Luke 3:23,33
Micah 5:2 Born at Bethlehem Matthew 2:1
Psalm 72:10 Presented with Gifts Matthew 2:1,11
Jeremiah 31:15 King Herod kills Children Matthew 2:16
Isaiah 7:14 Called Immanuel [God with us] Matthew 1:23
Isaiah 40:3 Preceded by a Prophet Matthew 3:1,2
Isaiah 35:5,6 Ministry of Great Miracles Matthew 9:25
Zechariah 9:9 To enter Jerusalem on a Donkey Luke 19:35-37
Psalm 16:10 Resurrected after Death Acts 2:31
Psalm 68:18 Bodily Ascension to Heaven Acts 1:9
Psalm 41:9 Betrayed by a Friend John 13:21
Zechariah 11:12 Sold for 30 Pieces of Silver Matthew 26:15
Zechariah 11:13 30 Pieces of Silver Thrown into Temple Matthew 27:5
Zechariah 13:7 Forsaken by His Disciples Matthew 26:56
Psalm 35:11 Accused by False Witnesses Matthew 26:59,60
Isaiah 53:7 Silent Before Accusers Matthew 27:12
Isaiah 53:5 Wounded and Bruised Matthew 27:26
Isaiah 50:6 Smitten and Spit Upon Matthew 27:30
Psalm 22:7,8 Mocked Matthew 27:31
Psalm 22:16 Hands and Feet Pierced John 20:25
Isaiah 53:12 Crucified with Thieves Matthew 27:38
Psalm 22:18 Garments Parted and Lots Cast for Vesture John 19:23,24
Psalm 22:1 His Forsaken Cry Matthew 27:46
Numbers 9:12 Bones Not Broken John 19:33-36
Zechariah 12:10 Side Pierced John 19:34
Amos 8:9 Darkness Over the Land Matthew 27:45
Isaiah 53:9 Buried in Rich Man’s Tomb Matthew 27:57-60
MUHAMMAD FAILED THE TEST OF A TRUE PROPHET
Jesus and Moses fulfilled the test of true Prophets of Allah according to revelations in Allah’s Word but how does Muhammad stand up to the test of a true Prophet by these same standards? Since Muhammad claimed that the previous revelations were from Allah, we must test the truthfulness of Muhammad’s Words by comparing them with the previous Scriptures revealed in the Bible. Muhammad himself declares that all true Prophets must judge and speak in harmony with “what Allah has (already) revealed.” If not, then Muhammad calls them “unbelievers.”
Surah 4:163 “We have revealed to you, as We revealed to Noah and the Prophets after him. And We revealed to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes; and to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron and Solomon; and We gave David a Book [Psalms].” Surah 5:43,44 “. . . they are in possession of the Torah, which contain Allah’s judgments . . . We have indeed revealed the Torah wherein is guidance and light. By it the Prophets who submitted themselves [to Allah] did judge among the Jews, as did the rabbis and the masters, according to what they were made to guard of Allah’s Book . . . Whoever does not judge according to what Allah has revealed, those are the unbelievers.”
We have already proved that the Qur’an repeatedly contradicted the previous revelations of the Hebrew Prophets and the Gospel of Jesus. If the writings of the Hebrew Prophets, and the Gospel of Jesus are true revelations produced by Allah’s Prophets and Apostles and the Qur’an is not in harmony with either, then how can Muslims be following what Allah has revealed? Muhammad himself declared, “Whosoever does not judge according to what Allah has revealed [past revelations of Scripture], those are the unbelievers.”
Muhammad failed the main test for true Prophets of Allah by failing to produce accurate prophetic utterances. Muhammad spoke inaccurate information when he declared that the earth is flat and that the sun sets in a muddy spring. Muhammad also spoke inaccurately about past historical data such as a giant wall made of iron and brass to keep out northern invaders. Muhammad repeatedly spoke inaccurately about the Torah, other Hebrew Prophets, and the Gospel of Jesus.
Muhammad wrote, “. . . and We gave David a Book.” King David wrote the Prophetic Book of Psalms. This God inspired book of Psalms declares the Messiah to be Allah’s Son (Psalm 1:7) and that this Messiah would be publicly crucified (Psalms 22:14-18). Yet both of these prophecies contradict Muhammad’s Qur’an which states that Allah does not have a Son and that Jesus the Messiah was not crucified. Muhammad’s Qur’an also contradicts the fulfillment of many Hebrew Prophecies which were fulfilled in the Gospel of Jesus. How then can Muhammad claim that the previous scriptures are in harmony with Islam? How then can Muhammad claim to “judge according to what Allah has (already) revealed?”
True Christians carry and read the Torah of Moses and the writings of the Hebrew Prophets along with the writings of the New Covenant Scriptures because they can clearly see that Moses and the other Hebrew Prophets predicted the coming of Jesus the Messiah and the establishment of a New Covenant for all of mankind to follow. This is why the apostle Paul (An Israelite from the tribe of Benjamin) declared: “ . . . according to the way called heresy, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law [of Moses] and the Prophets.”
In contradistinction, Muslims do not carry and read the writings of Moses and the Prophets along with the Qur’an because the previous revelations are not in harmony with the Qur’an. Muslims cannot believe all things written in the law of Moses and the other Hebrew Prophets because they contradict and oppose many teachings of the Qur’an. Yet most Muslims erroneously believe that the Qur’an harmonizes with and confirms the previous revelations of Moses, the Prophets, and Jesus.
This so called seal of the prophets [the last and greatest of all prophets] performed no miraculous signs, nor did he speak any miraculous prophecies like the former prophets had done. How can Muhammad be the greatest of all prophets when there was no demonstrative supernatural element to his ministry? How can Muhammad be a great prophet when his Qur’an blatantly contradicts the writings of the former prophets? How can Muhammad be the greatest of the Prophets when he spoke inaccurately about past historical events and repeatedly declared the earth to be flat? How can Muhammad be the greatest of the Prophets while repeatedly breaking and contradicting his own Qur’anic Law as well as the commandments of Allah in the previous scriptures of the Torah and the Gospel?
If the Qur’an is truly the Word of Allah then how can the All-Knowing, Almighty, AllWise Allah have been mistaken or misinformed about the historic past? No Biblical Prophet ever made inaccurate utterances like Muhammad had done but he remains the founder of a religion with a modern day constituency of well over one billion people.
The Prophet Jesus literally fulfilled hundreds of prophecies recorded in the Law of Moses and the Hebrew Prophets during his lifetime. Muhammad could not claim to have fulfilled detailed predictive prophecies recorded hundreds of years before his life. Muhammad could not claim to have performed any irrefutable miracles, nor the miracle of detailed predictive prophecies. How then can Muhammad be the seal of all the previous prophets? How then can Islam stand as the true religion of Allah?
CHAPTER 7 MANY MUSLIMS ARE TURNING TO CHRISTIANITY
Daniel Shayesteh was once a good Shiite Iranian Muslim who was faithfully committed to his Prophets command to exterminate Jews, Christians and other “infidels.” When Daniel started examining the foundation of Christianity in comparison to Islam he knew deep down in his conscience that the religion of Islam had to be wrong. Daniel is now a professing born-again Christian who is committed to helping others understand and properly respond to the Islamic faith.
Daniel reveals the inconsistencies and alarming commandments of the Qur’an and its’ associated world view. Although Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, the vast majority of “westerners” have a limited idea of what it really teaches. True followers of Allah must be actively involved in the spreading of Islam through Jihad which involves the merciless extermination of Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims who refuse to submit to Islam. Yet most non-Muslims (and even Muslims) are naive about what Islam really teaches!
According to Daniel Shayesteh, Muslims are widely recognized as good and sincere people, but the Islamic holy book (the Qur’an) is read by only a fraction of those who live in Islamic societies. Just as America is called a Christian nation (yet few consistently read and follow the Bible) in most nations identified as Islamic, few consistently read and follow the Qur’an.
Portions of Daniel Shayesteh’s Interview with Ken Ham: How did you become a Christian?
In Iran I studied and taught philosophy because I had always been interested in other philosophies and religions. Once in Turkey, I had the opportunity to read the Bible and God revealed Himself to me in an amazing way. Through an evangelical church in Turkey, God began a great revolution in my mind and my heart. The people in that church were so good to me and showed me that the God in the Bible is a personal God and you can have a relationship with Him here in this life on earth. All other religions and philosophies have left that for the afterlife. It was amazing, and I gave my heart to Jesus. It was a radical decision and it required a radical change. What about your wife?
You must understand that in Islam, it is a death sentence for you and very hard for your family if you convert to Christianity. At first my wife was very amazed and really angry that I had become a Christian. But, I prayed and prayed and begged the Lord and my wife to give her heart to Jesus. Soon, she did, after an amazing revelation of Christ to her. We both were radical Muslims who did many bad things and we would have in an instant been involved, directly or indirectly, in Jihad because that is the doctrine of Islam (Q.9:5, 29-30). Any true Muslim who does not support Jihad, is a sinner. But when we both gave our hearts to Jesus, we left Islam (the religion) and entered Christianity (the relationship with Jesus Christ). In time our three daughters chose to follow Jesus as well. How has life changed for your wife and your children?
Once we lived in darkness. In darkness, there is no true happiness. But now we live in the light, and in the light is true freedom and true joy and true happiness. My wife and daughters now understand that they were created equal to men, which is contrary to the Qur’an. They know that they are precious to God and because my heart has changed, they are so much more precious to me than they could have been if I had been true to the Qur’an and to the Islamic faith. Do you get threats on your life?
The biggest death threat is the one written in the Qur’an that says that all Christians, Jews and other infidels must be killed. But in addition to that, we do from time to time receive threats. Because I am speaking out and revealing the truth about Islam and Mohammed, I am a target. But the God of the Bible is sovereign, and if His eye is on the sparrow, we know that He is watching us, too. Our purpose is not to live safe, comfortable lives, but to live for Jesus and glorify God, whether in life or in death. It is the same for all Christians. Why do so few Muslims publicly discuss questions and concerns about the teachings of the Qur’an?
Simple. If you criticize the Qur’an, that’s the death penalty (Q.8:10-12 33:36). You can study it but you cannot question it. To point out mistakes or inconsistencies is seen as acting adversely to Allah and his Apostle (Mohammed). In the Qur’an, chapter 8 verse 12, it says that your fingers and your head should be chopped off. If even the scholars are asked about such things, they quickly change the discussion and go to another topic because, in Islam, you cannot question the authority of the Qur’an and Mohammed. There is tremendous pressure and fear— both within Islamic culture and especially within the religion of Islam—to never point out inconsistencies or criticize anything about the Qur’an.
IS JESUS GREATER THAN MUHAMMAD?
According to Daniel Shayesteh, (a former Iranian Muslim) Jesus is greater than Muhammad: “The Qur’an itself says that the great prophet Mohammed (approx. AD 570–632) was a sinner. It does not claim that he was divine. Mohammed did not know whether he would go to Heaven or to Hell (Q.46:9). But even the Qur’an says that Jesus was perfect and holy, that He is the Word and the Spirit of God, and that Jesus is living in Heaven (Q.4:171; 19:17-19). Many Muslims have come to the Lord Jesus and this is one of the reasons. That is the area where we have to challenge Muslims. Why should they follow a dead sinner when they can have a relationship with the living Son of God who was perfect and now lives in Heaven!”
TWO FORMER MUSLIM TERRORISTS RENOUNCE ISLAM
Anani belonged to several Islamic terrorist groups in Lebanon. By 14, he had already committed his first murder, and he was just getting started. “Within four years, I had 223 points, which means 223 kills,” Anani recalled. “And two-thirds of them by daggers. I was trained in what we call body combat.”
Growing up in the Middle East, Shoebat and Anani were taught to wage jihad against all non-Muslims, especially Jews. For years, they did that. Anani said he became a killing machine. At times he even targeted fellow Muslims.And that makes their transformation into Christian witnesses for Israel all the more amazing. The two men have devoted their lives to speaking out against radical Islam and standing up for the Jewish state.
“I began to understand that I was really on quicksand. I was really sinking deep. The truth was not in the Koran. The Koran does not have any prophecies, does not have any predictive prophecies telling us the future in such detail. The Bible does,” Shoebat explained. Shoebat also hailed from a prominent family. His grandfather was close to the grand mufti of Jerusalem –who worked closely with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. In Palestinian schools, young Shoebat learned that Jesus and Moses were Palestinian revolutionaries and that the Jews’ day of judgment was coming. “The assurance for salvation in Islam is via martyrdom,” he said. “That’s the whole message. The Koran clearly stated it: ‘Do not think that the ones who die in the cause of Allah and martyrdom are dead, but are with Allah receiving their blessings.’ This is why my cousin went to his suicide mission and died. And my aunt Fatima, in the streets of Bethlehem, was passing out candy … because her son was now a martyr.”
After spending time in prison for attacking Israelis, Shoebat was ready to carry out missions for the PLO. On one run, he planted a bomb at a bank in Bethlehem right next to the Church of the Nativity. “As I was walking away from the bank, the Christian Nativity church – where Jesus was born – I heard this big explosion behind me,” Shoebat said. “And I ran away. And I was never caught, and they never found out. And I never confessed these things until I became a Christian in 1993.”
The same Christian faith that Anani and Shoebat had once wanted to crush would eventually change their lives. After a chance encounter with a Christian preacher on a street in Lebanon, Anani left Islam and terrorism at the age of 17. His family reacted by disowning him. “My father took the small Bible from my hand and shredded it, and slapped me two or three times and stepped backward — thinking I was [going to] jump him,” Anani recalled. “I said, ‘Nope. You hit me or you beat me, and I won’t change a thing. I’ll be a Christian.’” Outside his home, things were even worse. He was dragged to the local mosque, beaten and excommunicated. There were also several attempts on his life. “I was shot. I was knifed. I was poisoned. I was hit with a car. I was hit with sticks,” Anani said. But Anani refused to be intimidated or be swayed from his new faith.
ISLAM IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT AND BURDENSOME RELIGION
Many Muslims find it extremely difficult to fully follow basic Islamic Laws. Many people claim to be Muslims but are not fully adhering to the Prophet Muhammad’s five basic mandatory duties all Muslims must observe to escape a very painful punishment in hell Why should anyone claim to be a Muslim or a Christian and not practice the basic tenets of his or her faith. If your religion is truly from Allah then why would Allah give commandments that are extremely burdensome for you to follow?
The Hebrew Scriptures command Allah’s people to afflict themselves (many choose to afflict themselves by fasting) just one day per year on the day of Atonement but the Torah does not explicitly command strict fasting on this day. The Prophet Jesus never gave specific dates and times for Allah’s People to pray and fast but he expected that true worshipers of Allah would pray and fast whenever they desired to draw closer to Allah. Jesus said, “When you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and . . . shut your door . . .(Matthew 6:5-8)” “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance . . . that they may appear to men to be fasting . . . (Matthew 6:16-18).”
In contradistinction, the Prophet Muhammad commanded all male and female Muslims to fast every year for an entire month from Sunrise to Sunset; except for women menstruating, nursing or pregnant mothers, sickness, disease, or serious injury. Since Ramadan [fasting an entire month every year] and Salat [praying five times per day at specific times every day of one’s life] are compulsory duties for all Muslims to observe, it makes little sense to continue on in one’s religion unless one is fully observing all compulsory obligations of that religion. Yet many Muslims living in modern times are not fully submitting to Ramadan, nor Salat, which are two mandatory basic tenets of Islam.
The Egyptian Daily News records the rampant rebellion against the Islamic Religion in Egypt. Many young Muslims are not observing the basic tenets of Islam because they say it is to difficult for them to follow. “With Ramadan coming in early September this year, the hot weather was also cited as a reason for not fasting.” A young 27 year old male Muslim is quoted as giving the following reason for not fasting during Ramadan: “Can’t you see the weather? . . . It’s unbelievable, I’ll die if I didn’t drink anything when I’m out in the sun all day, but I fast during the weekends when I’m in the comfort of my home.”
A young Muslim Female is recorded as saying: “I know from now that I won’t fast [during Ramadan], it will be really difficult for me.” The Egyptian article concludes that Muslim people might not be fasting during Ramadan “out of secularism and oppression, people are rebelling against Religion [Islam].” Even the Bible allows Allah’s People to drink water whenever they desire to fast. Yet Muhammad’s Religion won’t even allow people to drink water during the day light hours for the entire month of Ramadan even in the middle of hot sunny days that endanger peoples lives. Many Muslims have suffered from dehydration, heat stroke, and have even died from this burdensome month long fast.
The Bible allows freedom for Allah’s Worshipers to pray and fast out of their own free will and desire to draw closer to Allah but the Qur’an takes away this freedom to choose when and how long one is to fast and pray by mandating prayer and fasting for specific times. Here is another major contradiction between the previous Apostles and Prophets of Israel and the Prophet Muhammad.
Why should Allah’s people needlessly suffer from no food or water during the day light hours of an entire month every year? Why should Allah’s people be forced to pray five specific times per day without any freedom to choose when and for how long? Moses, Jesus, and all previous Biblical Prophets never commanded such a harsh and lengthy annual fast. Although the Prophet Jesus expected Allah’s people to pray and fast, he never commanded them to pray and fast for any specific duration of time. Here is another major difference between the Bible and Islam. Christianity gives worshipers great freedom but Islam gives worshipers no choice!
WHY HOLD ONTO ISLAM IF YOU ARE NOT OBEYING THE QUR’AN?
It is truly amazing that the great majority of Muslims who claim to believe in the Qur’an are not following the main foundational commandments of their founding Prophet. Just as many people claim to be Christians but do not follow the teachings of Jesus in the Bible are called hypocrites, so also, are professing Muslims “hypocrites” for claiming this title without following it’s foundational teachings. It may be acceptable for a devout Muslim to forego Jihad if most of the world was ruled by Islamic Law. But Muslims do not have any excuse to turn from Jihad when the majority of the worlds populations and lands are not Islamic.
Any professing able bodied male Muslim who has diligently read the Qur’an but still refuses to believe that the Prophet Muhammad made military Jihad mandatory upon all Muslim believers is not a true follower of the Prophet Muhammad. If you are a Muslim and you do not believe in military Jihad against non Muslims then you do not really believe in your Prophet’s teachings. And if you do not really believe in your Prophet’s teachings then why continue to claim that you are a Muslim?
There are many good reasons why people should not engage in Jihad to spread Islam: How can any good hearted man desire to terrorize and murder other human beings in order to force them into a religion they don’t even believe in? How can anyone justly engage in Jihad when no previous prophets from Allah ever announced such a practice before Muhammad? And how could Allah judge the world if He had already forced His religion on the entire world through military Jihad? What proofs do we really have to show that Muhammad was a true prophet from Allah? If Muhammad’s religion of Islam was so intellectually persuasive then why did he resort to terror and murder to bring about forced conversions?
Why should anyone hypocritically claim to be a Muslim and not consistently observe praying five times per day at the specified times [Salat]? Why should anyone claim to be a Muslim and not follow Muhammad’s compulsory monthly fast of Ramadan? Why should so many people hypocritically claim to be Muslims and not follow Muhammad’s command to participate in Jihad against all non Muslims? And how can anyone claim to be a Muslim if he never plans on visiting Mecca?
Why should anyone continue on in a religion without observing the six main foundational teachings of their founding Prophet (Jihad is the sixth)? The religion of Islam is perhaps the most burdensome and difficult of all religions to follow. That is why many Muslims are turning from Islam. Many more want to turn but are to afraid of being rejected and persecuted by their family, friends, and neighbors. But why should anyone remain in a religion just because he or she fears the persecution of men?
Many Christian martyrs were gladly willing to die for the true religion of Allah rather than cowardly accepting a false religion just to avoid suffering and death. Millions of Christian martyrs have been tortured and murdered by Pagan Rome, False Christianity, Secular Rulers, and by Muslims. But Christian martyrs who have been willing to die for what they believe in did not die by waging war, or strapping on explosives to blow themselves up. They courageously died because they loved Allah, the truth of Allah’s Word, and the people who might be converted to Christianity by standing up to tyranny. Loyalty and allegiance to Allah always comes before loyalty and allegiance to men.
The apostle Peter said in Acts 4:19,20: “Whether it is right in the sight of Allah to obey men rather than Allah, you be the judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” The Prophet Jesus said in Mark 8:36,37: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when he comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
Does it really make sense that anyone should deny Allah and His way of truth because one is afraid that he will be persecuted and his worldly goods taken away? Does it make sense that one should deny the truth of Allah just to please his family, friends, or neighbors? Why should anyone deceive himself into thinking Islam is true just because one fears being rejected and persecuted by other Muslims? If Islam has no good foundational reasons why it should be believed upon then why continue on in this religion? Why should you raise your children as Muslims if this religion is proven to be false? What shall we really gain if we lose our own souls by rebelling against Allah by continuing in a false religion? What shall our families really gain if no one is willing to stand up for the True Religion? If we fail to obey the true Covenant of Allah 100 that Jesus the Messiah had already founded then we and our loved ones will perish with the unbelievers. The apostle Peter said in 2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord [Allah] is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” The Prophet Jesus said in Luke 12:4,5: “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: fear Him [Allah] who, after He has Killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him [Allah].”
HOW TO ENTER INTO ALLAH’S NEW COVENANT PROMISES
The Bible declares that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of Allah (Romans 3:23).” Therefore all of humanity has a sinful nature that must be dealt with and forgiven by Allah before anyone can be called a Christian (Romans 5:12, 17-18). Jesus declared that it is mandatory for all true worshipers of Allah to receive a spiritual new birth in order to be placed into a Covenant relationship with Allah and receive everlasting life: John 3:1-8
“There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from Allah; for no one can do these signs [miracles] that You do unless Allah is with him. Jesus answered and said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is BORN AGAIN, he cannot see the kingdom of Allah. Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born? Jesus answered, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is BORN OF WATER and the SPIRIT, HE CANNOT ENTER THE KINGDOM OF ALLAH. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again. The SPIRIT [Pneuma] breathes where He wills and you hear the sound thereof, but cannot tell where it comes form and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the SPIRIT [Pneuma].”
The earliest Jewish Christians entered this New Covenant by believing in Jesus as the true promised Messiah who had come to save them. When the earliest Christians believed in Jesus as the only way to enter into God’s Spiritual Kingdom they were commanded to repent and be baptized: Mark 16:16 “And He [Jesus] said to them [His disciples], Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature [every human being]. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” Luke 24:44-53 “Then He [Jesus] said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me. And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He [Jesus] said to them [His disciples], Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are enabled with power from on high. And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, And were continually in the temple praising and blessing Allah. Amen.”
Acts 2:38 “ . . . Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Repentance simply means to turn away from one’s past selfish and sinful lifestyle in order to turn to Allah. After repentance, the new Christian must abandon many of his old habits that had displeased Allah by replacing them with new ones that will promote righteousness and spiritual growth.
Most of the New Testament books were written to Christians who had already received the New Covenant Born Again experience. The best way to understand how the first Christians entered into Allah’s New Covenant and received the new birth is to carefully examine how these ancient Christians first received salvation. The books of Acts gives us graphic details showing how the earliest first century Christians received the original untainted Gospel of Jesus their Messiah. The book of Acts was written to a Gentile by the name of Theophilus; probably a government official who was inquiring about the validity of the Christian Religion.
THE FOLLOWING BIBLICAL ACCOUNTS SHOW HOW THE FIRST CENTURY CHRISTIANS RECEIVED THE NEW COVENANT BORN AGAIN EXPERIENCE
Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 2:1-4 “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Acts 2:36-42 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that Allah has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ [Messiah]. Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. And with many other words he testified and exhorted them , saying, Be saved from this perverse generation. Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added unto them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
Acts 8:12-17 “But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of Allah and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done. Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of Allah, then went Peter and John to them, Who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 8:26-40 “Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. this is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, Was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, Go near and overtake this chariot. So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, Do you understand what you are reading? And he said, How can I unless someone guides me? And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. The place in the Scripture which he read was this: He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and as a lamb is silent before it’s shearer, so He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation His justice was taken away. And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth. So the eunuch answered Philip and said, I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized? Then Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of Allah. So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water [eunuch baptized by immersion], the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.” See 1 Peter 3:20 / Romans 6:1-7 / Colossians 2:8-12
Acts 9:1-18 “Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord . . . As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he [Saul] fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? And he said, Who are you, Lord? Then the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting . . . So he, trembling and astonished, said, Lord, what do You want me to do? Then the Lord said to him, Arise and go into the city, and you will be told WHAT YOU MUST DO. And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.”
Acts 10:1-6 “There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, a devout man and one who feared Allah with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to Allah always. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of Allah coming in and saying to him, Cornelius! And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord. So he said to him, Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before Allah. Now send men . . . for Simon whose surname is Peter. He is lodging with Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you WHAT YOU MUST DO.”
Acts 10:34-48 “Then [Simon] Peter opened his mouth and said; In truth I perceive that Allah shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. . . . Allah anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for Allah was with Him. And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him Allah raised on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by Allah, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by Allah to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that through His Name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins. While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also, For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify Allah. Then Peter answered, Can anyone forbid WATER, that these should not be BAPTIZED who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have? And he commanded them to be baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus.”
Acts 16:14,15 “Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us . . . The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household were baptized . . .” Acts 16:30-33 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? So they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household. Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house . . . And immediately he and all his family were baptized.” Acts 19:1-7 “ . . . Paul . . . came to Ephesus, And finding some disciples he said to them, Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? So they said to him, We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit. And he said to them, Into what then were you baptized? So they said, Into John’s baptism. Then Paul said, John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. Now the men were about twelve in all.” Acts 22:16 “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the Name of the Lord.” Acts 17:30,31 “Truly, these times of ignorance Allah overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Hebrews 2:1-4 “ . . . if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord [Jesus], and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him [the apostles], Allah also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?”
How can anyone think that they shall escape Allah’s judgment by obeying a religion of man rather than the one true religion of Allah? If the religion that you were raised in does not have Allah’s miraculous confirmations to support it as the true religion of Allah, then why are you still claiming it as your own? If you are convinced deep down in your conscience that Muhammad was wrong and you feel that the religion of Islam is a heavy burden for you that you cannot bare, why not accept Allah’s true way of salvation which Jesus the Messiah has already prepared for all of mankind? You can be free from a religion of hate, violence, cruelty, and murder by believing in the true gospel of love and peace. You can choose to be free from the yoke of man’s religion by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. You can decide today!
For those who diligently took the time to read this book, we earnestly hope to see you with all the saints in the New Jerusalem as we sit down together in the Kingdom of Allah with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and all the Apostles and Prophets of the Bible (See Matthew 8:11,12). In that age to come people of every nation, tribe, and language of the earth will worship the One True Allah together in harmony and love. It’s all written in the Holy Bible of the Christians and Jews.
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Malachi 1:11 “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My Name [The Name of Allah] shall be great among the Gentiles [Non Jews]; in every place incense shall be offered to My Name, and a pure offering; for My Name shall be great among the nations, says Yahweh of hosts.” Daniel 7:14 “Then to Him [Jesus the Messiah] was given dominion and glory and a Kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away . . .” Zechariah 2:10,11 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst, says Yahweh. Many nations shall be joined to Yahweh in that day, and they shall become My people, And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that Yahweh of hosts has sent Me to you.” Revelation 5:9
“. . . You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain [Jesus], and have redeemed us to Allah by your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation . . .”
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