I’ll open with this simple statement. I am not, nor have I ever been a racist, a bigot or prejudiced. I say this, because what I’m about to write will cause some folks to throw those types of accusations at me.
Why? Well, to paraphrase Raheel Raza, a Sunni Muslim reformer, our country has hit the point where we can rationally debate any topic, except for what she referred to as the most important one; “violent, radical Islam”.
I think it’s stupid that I have to open with such a disclaimer, but such is life, I guess. So, why am I speaking up and writing this? I’m morally and scripturally obligated to do so.
According to Ezekiel 33 “… 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.” In other words, I am doing my duty as a believer and as a human being.
Will this endear me to many? I have no illusions. I know some are going to argue with me, toss out historical examples of crimes committed in the name of Christ, and use Old Testament Scripture to create a moral equivalence, in an effort to silence me. Trust and believe, I’d rather be right before God, and wrong before you, than the other way around.
In other words, I won’t be silent. I invite comments, arguments, questions and anything else one can think of. Hit me with your best shot. I’m man enough to take it. Just know that I’ll give as good as I get, so snowflakes need not apply.
The Problem with Islam
During the course of this post, there are things you won’t see me do. I won’t make an assertion I can’t back up with credible Islamic sources; and I won’t make direct reference to specific Muslims, as my quarrel is mostly with Islam itself. There are exceptions, mostly historical examples, as they relate to the history of Islam.
As with anything, the best place to start is at the beginning. In the case of Islam, the beginning is Allah/Muhammad and Jesus. My goal here is to show that:
1) Islam isn’t in fact a religion, but rather a totalitarian political system cleverly disguised with the trappings of religion.
2) Allah is most certainly not the God of the Bible. Rather, he is most likely Satan.
3) Muhammad was a false prophet, driven by greed, lust, violent psychopathy and demonic possession.
I’ll begin with Allah and Jesus. Many of you might be surprised to learn that Jesus can be found in the Qur’an , though as a bit player, rather than as the resurrected Lord and Savior. In fact, according to the Qur’an, Isa, or Jesus, was supposed to have prophesied the coming of Muhammad, as if He were some kind of advanced guard or something.
What makes the whole thing more confusing is what’s said in Qur’an 4:157, “And [for] their saying, “Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah.” And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain.”
There are a few reasons why this verse causes confusion. First, the Jews wouldn’t have referred to Jesus as “Messiah” or as the “Messenger of God”. They believed neither about Him. To them, He was a blasphemer. If they believed He was Messiah, they would have followed Him, rather than execute Him.
Ask any Jew today what they think of Jesus, whether He was the Messiah, and they’ll tell you He wasn’t. Unless they happen to be a Messianic Jew, then they’ll agree that He was. Of all the Jewish sects, Messianic Jews are the only ones to acknowledge Him as the Messiah.
Second, the Qur’an, Muhammad and Allah all affirm that the Torah and Gospel are the true, inspired Word of God. All of the affirmations came from Allah, which creates many more problems for the supposed veracity of Islam.
Given that, how can Allah confirm as true a doctrine he created out of an act of deceit? This verse shows that the Gospel was the result of trickery on the part of Allah. This actually undermines the assertion that Muslims, Chritians and Jews worship the same deity.
Taking it further, Scripture shows God to be perfect. He isn’t just incapable of committing Sin, He is unable to abide it in His presence. It’s clear that God and Allah aren’t one in the same.
Now, the Qur’an refers to Allah as the greatest of deceivers, which is interesting when you consider that the Bible grants that title to Satan. Already, we can see that there is a distinction between Jehova and Allah, but it doesn’t stop there. When you study Scriptural accounts of interactions between humans, God and the angels, there’s a common theme.
First, there’s the initial encounter, in which the human falls to their face and begins to worship fearfully. Then, there comes the reassurance. It comes in the form of God or an angel telling the human to “Be not afraid”, or some variation on this.
Generally speaking, the encounters aren’t violent or painful. Yet, when one studies Islamic text, you see an entirely different set of circumstances, as Muhammad’s encounters with “Gabriel” are often crushingly violent. It would seem that Muhammad’s encounters left him tormented, and even suicidal.
When Muhammad first encountered “Gabriel” he was convinced he was demonically possessed. It only went downhill from there. He repeatedly resolved to commit suicide, only to be talked down by “Gabriel”.
Later descriptions described Muhammad’s reaction to the revelations as violent. He would have seizures, his face, neck and chest would turn bright red, he would often choke and his voice would change. Scripture describes such a supernatural encounter as demonic possession . I don’t think I have to go into why this is bad.
Later, Muhammad would have things go sodeways for him. In one incident, known as qissat al-gharaniq (Story of the Cranes), he admitted to being tricked into receiving revelation from Satan, rather than Allah. That revelation is currently known as the Satanic verses, and often refuted by Muslim scholars, in spite of the evidence to the contrary.
One such source is al-Tabari’s history, the Tarikh, in which he says:
“The prophet was eager for the welfare of his people, desiring to win them to him by any means he could. It has been reported that he longed for a way to win them, and part of what he did to that end is what Ibn Humayd told me, from Salama, from Muhammad ibn Ishaq, from Yazīd ibn Ziyād al-Madanī, from Muhammad ibn Ka’b al-Qurazī:
When the prophet saw his people turning away from him, and was tormented by their distancing themselves from what he had brought to them from God, he longed in himself for something to come to him from God which would draw him close to them. With his love for his people and his eagerness for them, it would gladden him if some of the hard things he had found in dealing with them could be alleviated. He pondered this in himself, longed for it, and desired it.
Then God sent down the revelation. ‘By the star when it sets! Your companion has not erred or gone astray, and does not speak from mere fancy…’ [Q.53:1] When he reached God’s words, “Have you seen al-Lāt and al-‘Uzzā and Manāt, the third, the other?’ [Q.53:19-20] Satan cast upon his tongue, because of what he had pondered in himself and longed to bring to his people, ‘These are the high-flying cranes and their intercession is to be hoped for.’
When Quraysh heard that, they rejoiced. What he had said about their gods pleased and delighted them, and they gave ear to him. The Believers trusted in their prophet with respect to what he brought them from their Lord: they did not suspect any slip, delusion or error. When he came to the prostration and finished the chapter, he prostrated and the Muslims followed their prophet in it, having faith in what he brought them and obeying his command. Those mushrikūn of Quraysh and others who were in the mosque also prostrated on account of what they had heard him say about their gods. In the whole mosque there was no believer or kāfir who did not prostrate. Only al-Walīd bin al-Mughīra, who was an aged shaykh and could not make prostration, scooped up in his hand some of the soil from the valley of Mecca [and pressed it to his forehead]. Then everybody dispersed from the mosque.
Quraysh went out and were delighted by what they had heard of the way in which he spoke of their gods. They were saying, ‘Muhammad has referred to our gods most favourably. In what he has recited he said that they are “high-flying cranes whose intercession is to be hoped for”.’
Those followers of the Prophet who had emigrated to the land of Abyssinia heard about the affair of the prostration, and it was reported to them that Quraysh had accepted Islam. Some men among them decided to return while others remained behind.
Gabriel came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Muhammad, what have you done! You have recited to the people something which I have not brought you from God, and you have spoken what He did not say to you.’
At that the Prophet was mightily saddened and greatly feared God. But God, of His mercy, sent him a revelation, comforting him and diminishing the magnitude of what had happened. God told him that there had never been a previous prophet or apostlewho had longed just as Muhammad had longed, and desired just as Muhammad had desired, but that Satan had cast into his longing just as he had cast onto the tongue of Muhammad. But God abrogates what Satan has cast, and puts His verses in proper order. That is, ‘you are just like other prophets and apostles.”
Adding to that, Muhammad was also prone to magical attacks from rivals and opponents. On more than one occassion, he would behave oddly out of character for months, saying strange incomprehensible things, before snapping out of it and claiming he had been the victim of a magic spell.
There are numerous things about this story that seems more than a little off. If he really was a prophet of God, he would be the first in history to be beset by evil magic, that I’m aware of.
(This ends the second in a series of posts. Stay tuned for more.)