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  1. I ended the last post with this verse - 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 WNT 7) For lawlessness is already at work in secret; but only until the man who is now exercising a restraining influence is removed, 8) and then the Lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will sweep away with the tempest of His anger, and utterly overwhelm by the awful splendor of His Coming. I keep running these concepts through my mind, and, when possible, talk with my wife or a few close friends about what I think I see. Recently we had finished eating, and once again I brought up 2Thessalonians 2:3 where it says 2 Thessalonians 2:3 NASB “Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,” I find myself breathing a heavy sigh as I read this passage. For me, the heaviness comes out of a sincere desire for the church body to be firmly grounded in an understanding of end times events and how those events will fall into place, but it also comes out of the reality that all these years later we are no more confident in our faith and comprehension that they were all those years ago. During a fifteen year period, I attended three churches, and I can tell that it is rare to find anyone that has a firm grasp on what Paul is saying here in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. When you begin talking to them about Paul words here, some respond with confused or distorted views of “the day,” while others seem to feel that you have challenged their long-held beliefs and therefore attack with a loud and caustic defense that demonstrates no logic, that they do not read for themselves, or that they choose not to think. The other side of Paul's teaching, not spoken of in verse three, is “hope.” Our comprehension that Jesus is coming back for His church is a part of this anchor we call hope. Since hope is integrated into our faith in Jesus' words that He will come back for us, wouldn't it be beneficial to understand why we have this hope, and where we place our assurance? John 14:3 WNT And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me, that where I am you also may be. [In case you did not notice, Jesus did go already] I primarily use the NASB and it refers to this man that is to come, as the man of lawlessness. Since verses three and eight have a common thread, the man of lawlessness, let's ponder this person for a few moments. The man of lawlessness He is also known as the son of perdition; the man who separates himself from Torah; the man of sin; the man of evil; the son of destruction; the wicked one. One last example comes from the Weymouth New Testament, a translation that, in this case, gives much more definition. Thayer's definition of lawless: Greek anomos 1) destitute of (the Mosaic) law; 2) departing from the law, a violator of the law, lawless, wicked 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 WNT 3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for that day cannot come without the coming of the apostasy first, and the appearing of the man of sin, the son of perdition, who sets himself against, 4) and exalts himself above, every so-called 'god' or object of worship, and goes the length of taking his seat in the very temple of God, giving it out that he himself is God. What do I know about this guy? “the appearing of the man of sin, the son of perdition.” This is merely an explanation and a title at this point; however, he will fulfill every aspect and detail of Biblical prophecy about himself in time. “who sets himself against, and exalts himself above, every so-called 'god' or object of worship,” To set oneself against God doesn't seem so bad, and yet we do it all the time. We do it with our money; vehicles; homes, and for some, trophy wives. First off you need to understand that EVERY thing in this world works in opposition to God. And yes, that includes religion. So what we are doing is committing adultery with the world. This guy takes it to the extreme as he exalts himself above God, and, every so-called 'god' or object of worship. Not even the Catholic church does that; there is, however, an ideology that does, and it is called Islam. Every nation in the world where Islam exists, the Muslim's that live there are under a mandate to infiltrate and put that nation under the Islamic laws of Sharia. Islam's 'god,' invented by Mohamed, is called Allah. “goes the length of taking his seat in the very temple of God, giving it out that he himself is God.” This idea of someone taking a seat in the temple, has, since 70 A.D., been difficult to grasp as there is no temple. At the time Paul wrote this letter the destruction of the temple was at least 20 years away. Short of a revelation by the Holy Spirit, Paul would not have known this. In May of 2018, the Israeli Prime Minister spoke openly that the temple would be rebuilt. As you can imagine, at the time of this writing, this borders on impossible, and if it were restored, the rioting would be horrendous. And yet, scripture tells us it will happen. What an absurdity it is to know that this man of sin will exalt himself above God and place himself in the most Holy seat, all the while decreeing himself to be God? Still under the heading of what we know about the man of lawlessness, comes the Islamic prophecies. Here is just a portion of what they expect to happen. The ten major signs known as alamatu's-sa'ah al-kubra (the major signs of the end).[note 56] They are as follows: The false messiah—anti-Christ, Masih ad-Dajjal—shall appear with great powers as a one-eyed man with his right eye blind and deformed like a grape. Although believers will not be deceived, he will claim to be God, to hold the keys to heaven and hell, and will lead many astray.[35] In reality, his heaven is hell, and his hell is heaven. The Dajjal will be followed by seventy thousand Jews of Isfahan wearing Persian shawls.[note 57] The return of Isa (Jesus), from the fourth sky, to kill Dajjal.[36] Ya'joo and Ma'jooj (Gog and Magog), a Japhetic tribe of vicious beings who had been imprisoned by Dhul-Qarnayn, will break out. They will ravage the earth, drink all the water of Lake Tiberias, and kill all believers in their way. Isa, Imam Al-Mahdi, and the believers with them will go to the top of a mountain and pray for the destruction of Gog and Magog. God eventually will send disease and worms to wipe them out.[note 58][37] This information comes from Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_eschatology What do Islam prophecies and what Muslims believe, mean to me? Since we know from scripture that the plan of redemption was written long before Mohamed had this message about Allah delivered to him in a cave, is it possible that this information, much like everything else Satan has done, is a fraudulent and intentional misrepresentation of truth? While we are aware that someone, in the role of the Anti-Christ, will come, but that is not who Paul spoke of when he used the phrase, the man of lawlessness. We should also be aware that one we know as the false prophet, will show up, but not until the mid-point of the seven years of tribulation. According to Islam, both of these are known to them. The man of lawlessness to us, is the return of Isa ibn Mariam, the Islamic Jesus. This is the information I presented above as the first and second points of their major prophecies. I will add that Islam believes this man, will be a Jew; a descendant from Aaron and therefore have a legitimate right to the priesthood; that he will pledge his allegiance to the Mahdi (I believe that this Mahdi person fulfills the role of Anti-Christ); he will perform great signs and wonders (Sadly, this will cause many to follow him. In other words, he causes many to also give their allegiance to Islam.) And, this Isa bin Mariam will be the enforcer of Sharia. What does this last aspect concerning Sharia mean to any of us? As followers of Christ, the Church will be caught up to meet Him in the air. Now many believe, such as the man who leads our Monday morning Bible study group, that everyone in that room will be able to bypass the wrath that will be poured out upon the earth. Sorry, but that is not necessarily true. I know this because of the parable of the ten virgins. This parable was an aspect of Jesus response when the disciples asked, "when will these things happen and what will the sign of your coming?" Matthew 25:1-13 NASB "Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2) "Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. 3) "For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4) but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. 5) "Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. 6) "But at midnight there was a shout, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' 7) "Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8) "The foolish said to the prudent, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps, are going out.' 9) "But the prudent answered, 'No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' 10) "And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11) "Later the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, lord, open up for us.' 12) "But he answered, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.' 13) "Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. Notice, how all the virgins got the same invitation, and, all got ready, but there is an exception, for five of them merely grabbed their lamps off the shelf, while the others took the time to refill their lamps and take extra oil. This oil or the act of taking extra seems to play a critical role in this equation. Sadly, I cannot tell you with precision what that oil represents. It may be in the preparation, as it demonstrates looking intently for Him to come; while for others, it may mean study; and still, others, seem to emphasize desire. My experiences have included a pastor that told me NOT to study eschatology and another brother in Christ who called me a firebrand that momentarily excites people; He went on to say, "besides that, we have been looking for Jesus to return for over two-thousand years." I suppose that pastor who told me not to study, and that brother in Christ feel as though Jesus will not come back for perhaps another forty plus years. May I say that I believe He is riding upon the winds as we speak. I have seen this imagery in my spirit, and I can hear the sound of the trumpets in the distance (not the phony Haarp sounds the governments are playing with.) Know this, this man, whatever you wish to call him, will be NOT be announced as the man of lawlessness. Because he is a Jew and will have access to the Holiest of Holies within the temple, he will probably be a high priest, and he probably a well-respected man right now. We are there! “but only until the man who is now exercising a restraining influence is removed, and then the Lawless one will be revealed,” (WNT) This statement above is an excerpt from 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8. When I read this, there is an intense clarity about the timing in which the church; the restraining force that is removed; and “the man of lawlessness” that will be revealed. Since there is no doubt in my mind that the restraining influence is the Church, then the emphasis, therefore, is on the removal of the church before to God's wrath is poured out. Because of this information, I cannot for the life of me figure out how people can assert that the time of wrath upon the earth is something that the church must go through. How do I rationalize verse 3 and verse 8 as they both indicate that this man will be revealed? As I pointed out, verse three seems to be our introduction to the man, although it will not be as “the man of … .” In a sense, he will be quite normal. Since we understand that he will be a Jew that turns his back on the Law of God, then we can better understand why Jesus would say that “he” will cause the best of them to be deceived, and He meant the Jewish leadership. 2 Thessalonians 2:9 GNB The Wicked One will come with the power of Satan and perform all kinds of false miracles and wonders, In general, I can safely say that the church will not see unleashing of Satan's power, because all this is designed to happen 1240 days into the time of wrath. 2 Thessalonians 2:10 CJB He (the adversary/Satan) will enable him to deceive, in all kinds of wicked ways, those who are headed for destruction because they would not receive the love of the truth that could have saved them. This statement “those who are headed for destruction because they would not receive the love of the truth that could have saved them,” is primarily speaking to the Jews. Could I apply it to the nations? Indeed, for many of them would not receive the love of the truth that could have saved them. 2 Thessalonians 2:11 NASB 11) For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, Imagine a gathering of Pharisees, like Paul so intensely trained in the laws of God, that God must send a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false. Suddenly, it seems like this is all God's fault, is that the case? Hardly, as they turned their backs on when He sent a steady stream of mercies coming to their direction. Israel, since Egypt, has been entrenched in the idolatrous ways of the nations around them, and verse 12 proves that out. 2 Thessalonians 2:12 NASB 12) in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth but took pleasure in wickedness.
  2. KiwiChristian

    Corruption of the Bible

    How muslim friend, OneGodBeliever believes the Bible has been corrupted. He states: "You said bible isn't corrupted. Shall we discuss that? I say its clearly is with verses & whole books removed and also contradictions!" So, lets have a friendly, loving, open discussion on this
  3. 7 Bible Truths Disproving Islam: Discussion between a Christian and a Muslim 1. God is a Trinity of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is God the Son. 1) a) In Matthew 28:19,20 Jesus said “baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”. He stated that there is only one true God (from ‘NAME’ being singular) and that there are THREE parts or persons in the one true God. This proves the Trinity and that Jesus is God the Son. You are a trinity of one human with 3 parts (body, soul, spirit) each being 100% human. God is a trinity. b) v.17 “When they saw him, they worshipped him:” Jesus accepted worship, showing that he is God. c) v.18 “All power is given unto me..” Jesus set aside all power (as God) for 33 years to become a man. 2) Isaiah 9:6 says of Jesus: “Unto us a child is born (Jesus became 100% human when born of Mary), unto us a son is given (Jesus as the eternal Son of God was given from heaven):his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father (Father of eternity), The Prince of Peace.” Only God is the Mighty God. (See Is.10:21; Jer. 32:18; Psalm 50:1; Habakkuk 1:12). So Jesus is God. 3) Isaiah 44:6 “Thus saith the LORD (Yahweh the Father) the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts (Yahweh the Son).” Here 2 members of the trinity (Father and Son) are both called God. 4) In Isaiah 48:12,13,16 God the Son, who created heavens and earth (v.12,13), tells his other work of saving in v.16 “Come ye near unto me (Jesus), hear ye this; the Lord GOD (Yahweh the Father), and his Spirit (God the Holy Spirit), hath sent me (God the Son coming to earth to do His work of salvation).” 5) David in Psalm 110:1 says, “The LORD (God the Father) said to my Lord (God the Son, Jesus Christ), Sit thou at my right hand (33AD to the judgment), until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” 6) Jesus in John 5:23 orders “That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father.” Do you honour Jesus Christ as God, just as you honour the Father as God? You must or you go to hell. 7) Jesus in John 8:24 said “if ye believe not that I am, ye shall die in your sins.” Jesus here said He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who appeared to Moses at the burning bush in Exodus 3:13-15. When Moses asked God’s name, God replied that it was “I AM” and “this is my name forever.”v.14,15. 8) Jesus in John 8:58,59 said “Truly, truly, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM. Then they took up stones to cast at him.” The Jews knew Jesus was claiming to be God. Jesus endorsed this conclusion. 9) After Jesus rose, in John 20:28 “Thomas answered & said unto him (Jesus), My Lord and my God.” 10) Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he (Jesus) come forth unto me (God the Father) that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old (qedmah: eternal, everlasting 6924), from everlasting (olam: eternity 5769, same as in Habakkuk 1:12 of Yahweh). Since Jesus is eternal, this proves Him to be God the Son. 11) In Ezekiel 44:1,2 God the Father calls God the Son, the God of Israel who entered Jerusalem’s east gate in 33AD on his way to the cross. “Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looks toward the east: and it was shut (as it is today). Then said the LORD (Jehovah the Father) unto me; this gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD (Jehovah the Son), the God of Israel, has entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.” 2. Jesus Christ is the eternal, uncreated Son of God (128 times in NT, 5 times in OT) means: 1) Not as Mohammad and the Quran (Q6:101) think: “How can He have children when he has no wife?” “Allah who has not begotten a son, and who has no partner.” (Q17:111). “Never has Allah begotten a son” (Q23:91). Both Christians and Muslims agree that God never had sex to produce Jesus. 2) English has only one word for son which means “a male derived from his parents by sex.” The Greek language of the New Testament has 2 words for son: teknon meaning “derived from by sex” which never refers to Jesus as “Son of God”, and huios meaning “the same nature as”, the correct word. 5 examples of “huios” are: “son of peace” means that you have the nature of peace (Luke 10:36), son of consolation (Acts 4:36), sons of disobedience (Eph 5:6), Christians are called children of light (John 12:36), Judas was called “son of perdition” (John 17:12). All these are the word “huios” (5207, not 5043). 3)Jesus Christ is the “only begotten (mono-genes) Son (huios) of God”(John 1:14,18; 3:16,18; I John 4:9). “Only begotten” is “monogenes” in Greek. This means that Jesus Christ has “one and the same (mono), genetic makeup (genes) as God.” He has always been 100% identical to God in all details of His nature. Since Jesus Christ was born as a man of Mary, He is now 100% man and 100% God. 4) Jesus called Himself the “Son of God” in John 5:25 “The hour is coming, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God”; 9:35 “Dost thou believe on the Son of God? he worshipped him (Jesus)”; 10:36 “I said, I am the Son of God”; 11:4 “the Son of God might be glorified”; 3:18 “He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”. Daniel called Jesus the Son of God: “the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Daniel 3:25). David said God has a Son: “Kiss the Son lest he be angry.” (Psalm 2:12). Solomon said God has a Son: “Who hath established the ends of the earth? (God). What is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?” (Proverbs 30:4,5). Gabriel called Jesus the Son of God: ‘He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest (v.32), that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.’ (Luke 1:26-35). 3. Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins & rose from the dead. How do we know this? 1) Jesus stated 29 times in the gospels that He would die on the cross and rise again. Matthew 16:21 “From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders, and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.” (Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22). 2) Hundreds of eye-witnesses of His death include Mary his mother who would certainly know her son, Mary Magdalene (Mark 15:40), Chief Priests who mocked him on the cross (Mark 15:31,32), a great company of people (Luke 23:27,48), John, Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea, the Centurion, Simon. 3) Old Testament prophets David, Daniel, Isaiah, and Zechariah said Jesus would die by crucifixion. Daniel 9:25,26 “After 62 weeks (483 years of 360 days from 5 March 444BC) shall Messiah be cut off but not for himself: and the people (Romans) of the prince that shall come (antichrist) shall DESTROY the CITY (Jerusalem in 70 AD) and the SANCTUARY (Temple in 70 AD).” Zechariah 12:10 “They (the house of David) shall look upon me (Jehovah) whom they have pierced.” Zechariah 13:6 And one shall say unto him (Messiah at his second coming), what are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. Psalm 22:16 They pierced my hands and my feet. They part my garments among them, (Psalm 22:18). Psalm 16:10 Neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (the rich in his death. Isaiah 53:8 He was cut off out of the land of the living. He made his grave with the wicked, and with John 1:29 John the Baptist introduced Jesus as “the lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world” 4) Blood and water flowed from Christ’s wounded side (John 19:34,35). This water flowed from the pericardium and the blood flowed from the heart. The pericardium is a closed sac encasing the heart. Mallory and Wright’s Pathological Technique states “The normal amount (of pericardial fluid) is about a teaspoonful (5 ml), but may be increased to 100 ml where the death agony is prolonged”. * Jesus’ death was necessary to satisfy the perfect justice of God, the law of God and the love of God. 5) 11 Proofs of Jesus Christ’s resurrection are: The empty tomb and the ordered graveclothes, when the disciples examined the tomb (John 20:5-8). Over 500 people saw Christ over 40 days, after His resurrection. Most were alive in 59AD. I Cor 15:6. The change from Saturday to Sunday as the main day of worship (I Corinthians 16:1,2; Acts 20:6) The New Testament was written with the theme of eternal life through Christ’s death and resurrection. The mental change in Jesus’ disciples from cowards to bold preachers after Christ’s resurrection. The Church’s existence can only be explained by the miracle of Christ’s resurrection. The silence from the Pharisees and Romans who could have ended Christianity by showing His body. People recognised Jesus after His resurrection, identifying Him by the nail prints in His hands. The risen Christ had flesh and bones. He invited the disciples to “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Handle me and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as ye see me have”. (Luke 24:39,40). Jesus Christ ate food after His resurrection. “They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them”. (Luke 24:42,43). Two angels in Christ’s tomb declared that He had risen from the dead as He said (Luke 24:4-8). Conclusion: Mohammed in one unsupported opinion, violates the evidence and asks us to believe that: “They did not kill him (Jesus), nor crucified him, but it appeared so to them (the resemblance of Jesus was put over another man, and they killed that man)....Allah took him up to himself.” (Q4:157,158). a) An opinion needs no evidence to support it. Mohammed’s opinion in Q4:157,158 gave no evidence, since he lived 600 years after Jesus and 600 miles away. He was not an eye witness of Jesus’ life, death or resurrection. He has no authority and no credibility on Jesus since he never knew Him. (So obvious!) The facts of Christ’s death and resurrection are supported by the evidence of many expert witnesses. b) Would God darken the sun for 3 hours as Matthew, Mark, Luke, Amos, Thallus (“On the whole world there pressed a most fearful darkness” 52AD), Phlegon (80AD) record, for an unnamed nobody? c) Would God deceive all the witnesses & all mankind? No! God is not a deceiver but Allah is (Q15:39). d) Would an unnamed nobody on the cross pray “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”? Would an unnamed nobody on the cross promise a dying thief “Today shall you be with me in paradise” Would an unnamed nobody on the cross ask John to take care of Mary, Jesus’ mother? (John 19:26,27). Islam asks us to reject the laws of evidence on Christ’s death, but uphold them on all else. (4 witnesses). e) Quran’s lie gives no details and no witnesses. The Bible gives many details and many witnesses. 4. The Bible is not corrupted. Why do Muslims ignore the prophets’ writings in the Bible? Faced with the vast evidence for Christ’s death, resurrection and deity from the Bible, secular and Christian sources Islam says that the Bible is corrupted. How do they know that? If some Muslims say the Bible is corrupted, then they must prove their claim or leave Islam. “Prove all things.” (I Thess. 5:21). Question 1: Who corrupted the Bible? What was his name? (No Muslim knows this). Name the source? Question 2: Which parts are corrupted? Which parts are true? Why hasn’t Islam made a correct Bible? Question 3: When was it corrupted? What year? Name the source? How do you know the source is true? Conclusion: From Muslim leaders inability to answer these questions and prove their sources, we conclude that their claim is false, a lie, and a cover up to deny the overwhelming evidence for Christ’s death and resurrection, and to keep their people in ignorance and bondage to a deceiving religion. “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ (100% God and 100% man)? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” (1John 2:22). Don’t follow a liar & an antichrist. M sins 47:19;48:2 Question 4: How do we know that the Bible today is the same as originally given, without corruption? Answer: Three first century writers quote from every New Testament book (except III John) on 364 random quotes that are the same as our Authorized Bible today. (Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol.1, p.45- 131). a) Ignatius (30 -107AD) a disciple of John, would have quoted from the original NT manuscripts that John wrote. He quoted from 25 out of 27 NT books on 245 occasions giving the same readings as the KJV Bibles of today. This shows that the NT books were immediately seen as Scripture. “JC our God”68 “Our Lord saying, Go ye and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, & of the Son, & of the Holy Ghost.” V 1,85 b) Clement of Rome (30-100AD) was a companion of Paul and Luke. He was at Philippi with Paul in 57AD (“with Clement also” Philippian 4:3). He quotes from 15 out of 27 NT books 49 times (Vol.1,1-21). c) Polycarp (65-155AD) was a disciple of John. In writing to the Philippian church in 115AD, he quotes 19 out of 27 NT books as Scripture on 70 occasions, showing that the NT canon was accepted. “To him who is able to bring us all into His everlasting kingdom, through his only begotten Son Jesus Christ” V1,43 (Source: The Ante-Nicene Fathers. Translations of the Writings of the Fathers down to AD325, Eerdmans,Michigan) 5. Allah is a false god (moon god of Arabia) with a different nature to the true God of the Bible. “I am the LORD (Yahweh) thy God, …Thou shalt have no other gods (eg: Allah) before me.” (Exodus 20:2,3). Allah is a pagan idol: M’s pagan father (Abdullah, servant of Allah) was named after idol Allah, 1/360 idols in Kaba. 1) Allah commands murder of unbelievers. ‘Muslims should strike off the heads of unbelievers in the battlefield and massacre them’ 47:4. The devil was a murderer from the beginning. John 8:44. Satan deceives world. Rev 12:9 2) Allah is a liar. ‘Allah misleads whom he will’. (Q74:39). ‘The devil is a liar and the father of lies’. (John 8:44). 3) Allah is a deceiver/seducer. 'Allah is the best of plotters.' (3:54; 8:30; 13:42). 'God of truth' (Deuteronomy 32:4 4) Allah does not love unbelievers. (Q30:45; 5:88). ‘Jesus healed all that were oppressed of the devil’ Acts 10:38 God of the Bible loves unbelievers (‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son… John 3:16) 5) Allah hates Jews. ‘Idolaters, Jews are the worst enemies of Muslims’ (5:82; 98:6). God loves Jews (Rom.11:28) 6) Allah hates Christians. ‘True Muslims do not choose to be friends with Christians’. (Q5:57). The God of the Bible loves Christians (I John 4:8-11). 'He loved us.’ ‘Your adversary the devil.’ (I Peter 5:8). 7) Allah hates Jesus Christ being Son of God. ‘Allah can destroy the Messiah’ (5:17). 'Father loveth the Son.' (John 3:35; 5:20). ‘The dragon stood before the woman ... to devour her child as soon as it was born.’ (Rev. 12:4). 8) Allah enslaves/binds people. ‘the slave-girls whom Allah has given you as booty.’ (Q33:50). ‘To proclaim liberty to the captives.' (Luke 4:18).‘snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him.’ (II Timothy 2:26). 9) Some demons serve Allah. ‘Some of us (demons) are Muslims.’ (72:14). 'All the holy angels.' (Matthew 25:31). 10) Allah wants people to go to hell. (Q11:119) 'I will fill hell with jinn and mankind.' (Q7:179; 32:13). ‘God is not willing that any should perish.’ (II Peter 3:9). It’s a sin to worship the wrong God (Allah), as it is to worship idols. 6. The Quran is a false book. It is not from the true God of the Bible. The Quran so blatantly contradicts hundreds of Bible passages on the most essential doctrines that it cannot be from the same God. What statements in the Quran show it to be a false, lying book? 1) 18:86 ‘They ask you about Dhul-Qarnain (Alexander). Truly, he followed a road, until when he reached the setting place of the sun, he found it setting in a pool of black muddy water. He found a people nearby.’ Question: Do you believe the sun sets in a pool of black mud? No! In 600AD where the sun went each afternoon was a great mystery. Mohammed tried to solve this mystery in 18:86, but he guessed wrong. God would not make this mistake. This is proof that the Quran is not from God but of man. Reject it. 2) Historical Characters out of their time. Pharaoh never knew Haman, each living 1000 years apart. 28:38 ‘Pharaoh (1500 BC) said: Make me, Haman (510 BC), bricks of clay and build me a tower (2250 BC) that I may climb to the God of Moses.’ Here the Quran has Pharaoh (1500 BC) telling Haman (510 BC) to build the Tower of Babel (2250 BC) with clay bricks to reach to heaven. (40:36). 3) Did Noah’s son drown (11:42,43) or survive (21:76)? Noah’s 3 sons (Genesis 7:1,7,13; 10:2,6,22) lived. 11:42 ‘Noah cried out to his son, who stood apart “Embark with us, my child. Do not remain with the unbelievers!” He replied: “I shall seek refuge in a mountain, which will protect me from the flood”....the billows rolled between them, and Noah’s son was drowned.’ (Q 11:42,43). Q 21:76 “Noah cried to us. We answered him. We saved him and all his kinsfolk from the great calamity.” 4) The Bible does not teach that Mary is part of the Trinity. ‘Then Allah will say: “Jesus, son of Mary, did you ever say to mankind: ‘Worship me and my mother as two gods beside Allah’?” (Q5:116) 5) Solomon did not die in the 7 years building his temple (I Kings 6:38), but ruled 40 years (I Kings 11:42) 34:14 When we decreed Solomon’s death, they (Jinn building his temple) did not know that he was dead until they saw a worm eating away his staff. When his corpse fell down, the jinn realized… 6) The Quran does not confirm or fully explain previous scriptures. How does it confirm the Bible? 5:48 ‘The Quran confirms the Scriptures which came before it.’ See Q 2:41,91; 3:81; 12:111; 46:12. 10:38 ‘This Quran confirms what was revealed before it and fully explains the scriptures.’ Note: The Quran does not confirm the Bible, but contradicts it on almost every page and on every doctrine, such as Salvation by Christ not by works, Jesus is Son of God, died, rose, Trinity, God, heaven, war. 7) 17:104 “We said to the Israelites: Dwell in the land. When the promise of the hereafter (Day of Resurrection) comes to be fulfilled, We shall assemble you altogether.” This is a false prophecy since Israelites have already been gathered together in Israel before the Day of Resurrection, not after. 8) Quran is badly written: repetitive, no love, hates non Muslims, hell threats, incomplete, no creation or end of the earth, no chronology, no historical narrative, fear, makes war a divine law, no logical train of thought, different literary style to Bible, contradicts Bible prophets, endorsed by Jinn (demons) 72:6,13 7. Islam seeks to take the world by violence, terror, Jihad. 12 violent Quran quotes are: 4:89 If they desert you, seize them and put them to death wherever you find them. 8:12 Allah revealed his will to the angels saying: “I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels, strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers.. for they defied Allah and his apostle.” 47:4 -6 When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their heads, and when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly . . . thus shall you do. Had Allah willed, He could Himself have punished them; but He has ordained it thus that He might test you. Those who are slain in the cause of Allah ...He will admit them to Paradise. 2:216 Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it. 2:244 Fight for the cause of Allah. 8:39 Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and Allah’s religion shall reign supreme. 8:67 A prophet may not take captives until he has fought and triumphed (made slaughter) in the land. 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 & his apostle have forbidden, & do not embrace the true faith, until they pay tribute & are utterly subdued.33:51 You may put off any of your wives you please,& take to your bed any of them you please 98:4-6 The unbelievers among the People of the Book and all the pagans shall burn forever in the fire of hell. They are the vilest of all creatures (worst created beings). 32:13 I will surely fill Hell with jinn and humans all. 4:34 As for those (wives) from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them, and send them to their beds apart, & beat (scourge) them. 9:123 Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal harshly with them. Conclusion: Caliph Yazid (724AD) wrote: “Muhammad the Hashemite manipulated people by his claim that he was a prophet, without true inspiration or an inspired book”. (The Islamic Caliphate, p59). Don’t let him manipulate you. Q: Why does Quran get the prophets names right (Moses, David) but God’s name wrong? Yahweh is not Allah. Ex 20:2 Q: M not a prophet : changing verses (16:101), no fulfilled prophecies(7:203), friend of demons 72:1-6-14; Lev 19:31 M caliphs attacked Iraq, Persia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, N Africa, Turkey, India, Spain, France in 144 battles (632-743)
  4. KiwiChristian

    Corruption of the Quran

    Like as We sent down on the dividers, Those who made the Quran INTO SHREDS. So, by your Lord, We would most certainly question them all, As to what they did. S. 15:90-93 Shakir Here are some of the various ways that Q. 15:91 has been translated: (So also on such) as have made Qur'an into shreds (as they please). Y. Ali Those who break the Qur'an into parts. Pickthall who dismember the Qur'an. Palmer who have broken the Koran into fragments. Arberry Who splintered the Quran into diverse parts. Tarif Khalidi Those who divided the Qur’an into parts. Maulana Muhammad Ali Those who break the Quran into separate parts. Hamid S. Aziz Those who have broken the Qur’an into fragments (as they please). Ali Unal and also divided the Quran believing in some parts and rejecting others. Muhammad Sarwar and who have broken the Scripture into fragments—Wahiduddin Khan And severed their Scripture into fragments. Muhammad Ahmed-Samira It is thus clear from this verse that the words of the Quran were being changed. As the late Islamic Scholar Alphonse Mingana explained: “Finally, if we understand correctly the following verse of Suratul-Hijr (xv. 90-91): 'As we sent down upon (punished) the dividers (of the Scripture?) who broke up the Koran into parts,' we are tempted to state that even when the Prophet was alive, some changes were noticed in the recital of certain verses of his sacred book. There is nothing very surprising in this fact, since Muhammad could not read or write, and was at the mercy of friends for the writing of his revelations, or, more frequently, of some mercenary amanuenses.” (Mingana, "Three Ancient Korans", The Origins of the Koran – Classic Essays on Islam's Holy Book, edited by Ibn Warraq [Prometheus Books, Amherst NY, 1998], p. 84; bold emphasis ours) The evidence also shows that such corruptions to the text continued long after Muhammad’s death. For instance, Mingana records the Muslim reaction to Uthman b. Affan’s burning and wholesale destruction of primary, competing Quranic codices: “The book, drawn up by this method, continued to be authoritative and the standard text till 29-30 A.H. under the caliphate of 'Uthman. At this time the wonderful faithfulness of Arab memory was defective, and according to a general weakness of human nature, the Believers have been heard reciting the verses of the Koran in a different way. This fact was due specially, it is said, to the hundreds of dialects used in Arabia. Zaid was again asked to put an end to these variations which had begun to scandalize the votaries of the Prophet. That indefatigable compiler, assisted by three men from the tribe of Quraish, started to do what he had already done more than fifteen years before. The previous copies made from the first one written under Abu Bakr were all destroyed by special order of the caliph: the revelation sent down from heaven was one, and the book containing this revelation must be one. The critic remarks that the only guarantee of the authenticity of the Koran is the testimony of Zaid; and for this reason, a scholar who doubts whether a given word has been really used by Muhammad, or whether it has been only employed by Zaid on his own authority, or on the meagre testimony of some Arab reciters, does not transgress the strict laws of high criticism. If the memory of the followers of the Prophet has been found defective from the year 15 to 30 A.H. when Islam was proclaimed over all Arabia, why may it not have been defective from 612 to 632 C.E. when the Prophet was often obliged to defend his own life against terrible aggressors? And if the first recension of Zaid contained always the actual words of Muhammad, why was this compiler not content with re-establishing it in its entirety, and why was the want of a new recension felt by 'Uthman? How can it be that in the short space of fifteen years such wonderful variants could have crept into the few copies preceding the reign of the third caliph that he found himself bound to destroy all those he could find? If 'Uthman was certainly inspired only by religious purposes, why did his enemies call him ‘THE TEARER OF THE BOOKS’ and why did they fasten on him the following stigma: ‘He found the Korans many and left one; HE TORE UP THE BOOK’? …” (Ibid., p. 84-85; bold and capital emphasis ours) In another article, Mingana cites Muslim historian al-Tabari who wrote that: “… ‘Ali b. Abi Talib, and ‘Uthman b. Affan wrote the Revelation to the Prophet; but in their absence it was Ubai b. Ka'b and Zaid b. Thabit who wrote it.’ He informs us, too, that the people said to ‘Uthman: ‘The Koran was in MANY BOOKS, and thou discreditedst them all but one’; and after the Prophet's death, ‘People gave him as successor Abu Bakr, who in turn was succeeded by ‘Umar; and both of them acted according to the Book and the Sunnah of the Apostle of God - and praise be to God the Lord of the worlds; then people elected ‘Uthman b. ‘Affan WHO … TORE UP THE BOOK.’” (Ibid., The Transmission of the Koran, p. 102; bold and capital emphasis ours) In this same article Mingana references another ancient writer regarding the compilation of the Quran. The author whom he quotes was a Christian apologist named Abd al-Masih al-Kindi. Al-Kindi wrote an apology titled The Apology of Al-Kindi at the Court of al-Mamun circa A.D. 830, approximately forty years before al-Bukhari compiled his hadith collection. Al-Kindi mentions the Muslim reaction to the conflicting readings that existed amongst the different Quranic codices that circulated shortly after Muhammad’s death: … Then the people fell to variance in their reading; some read according to the version of 'Ali, which they follow to the present day; some read according to the collection of which we have made mention; one party read according to the text of ibn Mas'ud, and another according to that of Ubai ibn Ka'b. When 'Uthman came to power, and people everywhere differed in their reading, 'Ali sought grounds of accusation against him. One man would read verse one way, and another man another way; and there was change and interpolation, some copies having more and some less. When this was represented to 'Uthman, and the danger urged of division, strife, and apostasy, he thereupon caused to be collected together all the leaves and scraps that he could, together with the copy that was written out at the first. But they did not interfere with that which was in the hands of 'Ali, or of those who followed his reading. Ubai was dead by this time, as for Ibn Mas'ud, they demanded his exemplar, but he refused to give it up. Then they commanded Zaid ibn Thabit, and with him 'Abdallah ibn 'Abbas, to revise and correct the text, eliminating all that was corrupt; they were instructed, when they differed on any reading, word, or name, or to follow the dialect of the Quraish. When the recension was completed, four exemplars were written out in large text; one was sent to Mecca, and another to Medina; the third was dispatched to Syria, and is to this day at Malatya; the fourth was deposited in Kufa. People say that this last copy is still extant at Kufa, but this is not case, for it was lost in the insurrection of Mukhtar (A.H. 67). The copy of Mecca remained there till the city was stormed by Abu Sarayah (A.H. 200); he did not carry it away; but it is supposed to have been burned in the conflagration. The Medina exemplar was lost in the reign of terror, that is, in the days of Yazid b. Mu'awiah (A.H. 60-64). After what we have related above, 'Uthman called in all the former leaves and copies, and destroyed them, threatening those held any portion back; and so only some scattered remains, concealed here and there, survived. Ibn Mas'ud, however, retained his exemplar in his own hands, and it was inherited by his posterity, as it is this day; and likewise the collection of 'Ali has descended in his family. Then followed the business of Hajjaj b. Yusuf, who gathered together every single copy he could lay hold of, and caused to be omitted from the text a great many passages. Among these, they say, were verses revealed concerning the House of the Umayyah with names of certain persons, and concerning the House of 'Abbas also with names. Six copies of the text thus revised were distributed to Egypt, Syria, Medina, Mecca, Kufa, and Basra. After that he called in and destroyed all the preceding copies, even as 'Uthman had done before him. The enmity subsisting between 'Ali and Abu Bakr, 'Umar and 'Uthman is well known; how each of these entered in the text whatever favored his own claims, and left out what was otherwise. How, then, can we distinguish between the genuine and the counterfeit? And what about the losses caused by Hajjaj? The kind of faith that this tyrant held in other matters is well-known; how can we make an arbiter as to the Book of God a man who never ceased play into the hands of the Umayyads whenever he found opportunity? (Ibid., pp. 108-109; bold emphasis ours) Mingana proceeds to quote what al-Kindi had to say to the Muslim whom was debating: Then al-Kindi, addressing his Muslim friend, says: ‘All that I have said is drawn from your own authorities, and no single argument has been advanced but what is based on evidence accepted by yourselves; in proof thereof, we have the Kur'an itself, which is a confused heap, with neither system nor order.’ (Ibn Warraq, pp. 109-110; bold emphasis ours) Lest the Muslims try to brush aside such statements as the ravings of biased anti-Islamic polemicists, they need to keep in mind what al-Kindi wrote. These men weren’t basing their claims on their own opinions or speculations, but were actually deriving them from what the so-called authentic Islamic traditions taught concerning the text of the Quran. Even now one can find evidence from the Islamic sources themselves to prove that the Muslims did in fact tamper with the text of the Quran. For instance, al-Bukhari confirms that Muhammad failed to compile the Quran in one manuscript and that Muslims were accusing each other of corrupting their scripture: III: The Collection of the Qur'an 4702. It is related that Zayd ibn Thabit said, "After the slaughter of people in the Battle of Yamama, Abu Bakr sent for me. 'Umar was with him. Abu Bakr said, ''Umar came to me and said, "Many Qur'an reciters were killed in the Battle of Yamama, and I fear that heavy casualties will be inflicted on the Qur'an reciters in other places and therefore much of the Qur'an will be lost. I think that you should collect the Qur'an together."' Abu Bakr said, 'I said to 'Umar, "How can I do something which the Messenger of Allah did not do?" 'Umar said, "By Allah, it is better." 'Umar kept at me about it until Allah opened my breast to that. I think what 'Umar thinks about that.'" Zayd continued, "Abu Bakr said, 'You are an intelligent young man and we have no suspicion about you. You used to write down the revelation for the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. Therefore you are to search out the Qur'an and collect it.' By Allah, if he had obliged me to move one of the mountains, that would not have been weightier for me than what he commanded to do of collecting the Qur'an. I said, 'How can you do something which the Messenger of Allah did not do?' Abu Bakr said, 'By Allah, it is better.' Abu Bakr continued to keep at me until Allah opened my breast to what Allah had opened the breasts of Abu Bakr and 'Umar. So I began to search out the Qur'an and collect it from the palm stalks, thin white stones, and the breasts of men until I found end of Surat at-Tawba with Khuzayma al-Ansari which I did not find with anyone else: 'A Messenger has come to you from among yourselves. Your suffering is distressful to him...' (9:128)" The copy of the Qur'an in which the Qur'an was collected remained in the possession of Abu Bakr until Allah took him, and then it was with 'Umar until Allah took him, and then it was with Hafsa bint 'Umar." 4703. Anas ibn Malik reported that Hudhayfa ibn al-Yaman came to 'Uthman while the people of Syria were conquering Armenia and Azerbaijan with the people of Iraq. Hudhayfa was ALARMED by the difference in their recitation. Hudhayfa said to 'Uthman, "Amir al-Mu'minin! Deliver this Community before they disagree about the Book as the Jews and Christians differed!" So 'Uthman sent a message to Hafsa, saying, "Send us the pages in your possession and we will copy them and then return them to you." So Hafsa sent them to 'Uthman. He ordered Zayd ibn Thabit, 'Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr, Sa'id ibn al-'As, and 'Abdu'r-Rahman ibn al-Harith ibn Hisham to transcribe copies. 'Uthman said to the group of the three Qurashis, "When you and Zayd ibn Thabit disagree about any of the Qur'an, write it in the dialect of Quraysh. It was revealed in their language." They did that. When they had copied it out, 'Uthman returned the pages to Hafsa and he sent a copy of what they had copied out to every region and commanded that every sheet or copy which had any other form of the Qur'an should be burned. (Aisha Bewley, The Sahih Collection of al-Bukhari, Chapter 69. Book of the Virtues of the Qur'an; capital and italic emphasis ours) Another Islamic source writes: "If it is asked what was the point of ‘Uthman unifying people under a single copy of the Qur’an when Abu Bakr had already achieved that, then the response is that the aim of ‘Uthman was not to gather people in order to compile the Qur’an. Do you not see that he sent to Hafsa to ask her to give him the copy of the Qur’an so that it could be copied out and then returned to her? ‘Uthman did that BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE DISAGREEING ABOUT THE VARIOUS RECITATIONS owing to the fact that the Companions had spread to different areas AND HAD BEGUN TO STRONGLY DISAGREE, such as the conflict that took place between the people of Iraq and the people of Syria according to Hudhayfa. "They joined an expedition to Armenia and each group recited what had been transmitted to them. They disagreed and quarrelled AND SOME OF THEM CALLED THE OTHERS UNBELIEVERS, RENOUNCING THEM COMPLETELY, CURSING ONE ANOTHER. Hudhayfa WAS ALARMED at what he saw. As soon as he arrived back to Medina, according al-Bukhari and at-Tirmidhi, before returning to his house he went to ‘Uthman and said, ‘This Community has reached the stage where it will be destroyed!’ ‘Why?’ asked ‘Uthman. He said, ‘It is about the Book of Allah. I was on this expedition and some of the people of Iraq, Syria and the Hijaz came together.’ Then he described what had happened and said, ‘I fear that they will differ about their Book as the Jews and Christians differed.’ "This is the evidence of the falseness of those who say that the seven ahruf are the seven present readings, because there is no disagreement about them. Suwayd ibn Ghafala reported from ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib that ‘Uthman said, ‘What do you think about the copies of the Qur’an? The people have disagreed about the reciters until a man says, "My reading is better than your reading. My reading is better is more excellent than your reading." This is equivalent to disbelief.’ He replied, ‘What is your view, Amr al-Mu’minin?’ He said, ‘I think that we people should agree on one reading. If you differ today, those after you will disagree more strongly.’ ‘Ali said, ‘The correct opinion is yours, Amr al-Mu’minin.’… ‘Uthman returned the pages to Hafsa and he sent a copy of what they had copied out to every region and commanded of what sheet or copy which had any form of the Qur’an should be burned. ‘Uthman did this after gathering the Muhajirin and Ansar and a group of Muslims and consulting them about it… "Ibn Shihab said that he was told by ‘Ubaydullah ibn ‘Abdullah that ‘Abdullah ibn Mas‘ud disliked Zayd ibn Thabit copying out the Qur’an and said, ‘Company of Muslims, withdraw from making copies and entrusting it to one man. By Allah, I became Muslim while he was in the loins of an unbelieving father!’ meaning Zayd ibn Thabit. That is why ‘Abdullah ibn Mas‘ud said, ‘People of Iraq, CONCEAL THE COPIES OF THE QUR’AN YOU HAVE AND CONCEAL THEM. Allah says, "Those who misappropriate will arrive on the Day of Rising with what they have misappropriated."’ (Tafsir al-Qurtubi: Classical Commentary of the Holy Qur’an, translated by Aisha Bewley [Dar Al-Taqwa Ltd. 2003], Volume I, Introduction: ‘Uthmani Codex, pp. 52-53; capital and underline emphasis ours) There are several interesting points to glean from the above citation. First, the variations of the Quran were so great that Muslims started attacking each other and accusing one another of disbelief. This refutes the notion that the differences were minor, or merely dialectal in nature. Second, Hudhayfa’s statement regarding the disagreement among Muslims concerning the Quran being similar to the disagreements that Jews and Christians had in respect to their Scriptures is rather interesting since one of the main differences between them centered on the exact number of Books that God had inspired. For instance, the Jews who reject(ed) Christ did/do not accept the Christian Scriptures, and certain Christians regarded some of the OT apocryphal writings which the Jews had rejected as sacred Scripture. Hence, Hudhayfa’s comparison suggests that the various competing and conflicting Qurans which different Muslim groups were using did not contain the same number of chapters and verses, e.g. some of the Qurans had more chapters and verses than others. No wonder Uthman decided to burn copies of the Quran which were written by Muhammad’s companions! He had to get rid of the evidence which conclusively proved that the memory of the Muslims miserably failed to fully preserve the original wording of the Quran. Finally, notice that ‘Uthman decided to get rid of six of the seven ahruf or modes of the Quran, even though the hadith claims that Allah revealed all of them to Muhammad! Narrated 'Umar bin Al-Khattab: I heard Hisham bin Hakim reciting Surat-al-Furqan during the lifetime of Allah's Apostle, I listened to his recitation and noticed that he was reciting in a way that Allah's Apostle had not taught me. I was about to jump over him while he was still in prayer, but I waited patiently and when he finished his prayer, I put my sheet round his neck (and pulled him) and said, "Who has taught you this Sura which I have heard you reciting?" Hisham said, "Allah's Apostle taught it to me." I said, "You are telling a lie, for he taught it to me in a way different from the way you have recited it!" Then I started leading (dragged) him to Allah's Apostle and said (to the Prophet), "I have heard this man reciting Surat-al-Furqan in a way that you have not taught me." The Prophet said: "(O 'Umar) release him! Recite, O Hisham." Hisham recited in the way I heard him reciting. Allah's Apostle said, "It was REVEALEDlike this." Then Allah's Apostle said, "Recite, O 'Umar!" I recited in the way he had taught me, whereupon he said, "It was REVEALED like this," and added, "The Quran has been REVEALED to be recited in seven different ways, so recite of it whichever is easy for you." (See Hadith No. 514, Vol. 6) (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 640) The obvious question to ask is, who gave ‘Uthman and the other Muslims who agreed with him the right to destroy these various modes which Allah (supposedly) revealed to his (alleged) prophet, seeing that none of them were inspired messengers whom Allah spoke with? In light of such textual tampering, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to find Ibn 'Umar making the following candid admission: `Abdullah b. `Umar reportedly said, 'Let none of you say, “I have got the whole of the Qur'an.” How does he know what all of it is? MUCH OF THE QUR'AN HAS GONE. Let him say instead, “I have got what has survived.”' (Jalal al Din `Abdul Rahman b. Abi Bakr al Suyuti, al-Itqan fi `ulum al-Qur'an, Halabi, Cairo, 1935/1354, Volume 2, p. 25) Now we have a contradiction! The evidence which we presented from both the Quran and the early Islamic literature demonstrated that there were specific individuals who were corrupting the text of the Muslim scripture. However, this contradicts the following verses which say that no one is able to corrupt the words of Allah: Say: "Shall I seek for judge other than God? - when He it is Who hath sent unto you the Book, explained in detail." They know full well, to whom We have given the Book, that it hath been sent down from thy Lord in truth. Never be then of those who doubt. The word of thy Lord doth find its fulfilment in truth and in justice: None can change His words: for He is the one who heareth and knoweth all. S. 6:114-115 And recite (and teach) what has been revealed to thee of the Book of thy Lord: none can change His Words, and none wilt thou find as a refuge other than Him. S. 18:27 If the words of Allah cannot be changed and yet, as the Quran itself admits, there were people that corrupted its text then this leaves us with the following options. Allah is a deceiver since he had no intention of ever protecting his words or of making sure that no one would corrupt the Quran’s text. Allah is impotent and incompetent since he wanted to preserve his words but couldn’t. Finite creatures were able to thwart Allah’s purpose in preserving the Quran since they managed to change the text. The Quran is not the word of Allah which is why he never bothered to preserve it exactly as Muhammad recited it, and didn’t waste his time preventing individuals from changing it. Now this is already bad enough, but if we add to this the Muslim claim that the Qur’an is eternal and did not merely come into being during Muhammad’s lifetime, then we have an additional problem. So far, the evidence for changes of the Quran contradicts the promise that nobody can change the words of Allah. Thus Allah was either unwilling or unable to uphold this promise. However, if the text of the Quran is eternal and existed (with Allah) before it was revealed to Muhammad, then not only was the promise that “no one can change His Words” (Q. 6:115; 18:27) contained in the eternal Quran and falsified by history, but also the passage Q. 15:90-93 speaking about “… the dividers, those who made the Quran into shreds…” was likewise already contained in it before Muhammad was born. Thus, Allah from eternity contradicted himself by claiming both – the corruption and the unchangeability of the Quran. So much for the Quran being a perfectly preserved and consistent revelation.
  5. A personal note: Hi guys. My purpose in posting is NOT to offend any Christian here to to do anything other than attempt to open up a dialog with those who disagree. Sometimes my words are very blunt, but they are NOT meant to offend anyone, so if the impression is that i am just wanting to offend someone, then please accept my apologies. I am not american nor do i live in the US, but I see a lot happening in america where freedom of speech, freedom of expression and the Bible is quickly becoming labelled as "hate speech". People are too scared to say anything in case someone may get offended. No matter WHO you are and no matter WHAT you say, you ARE going to offend SOMEONE. Think how Jesus spoke to the religious leaders of the day and think what would happen to HIM if He did that today. To anyone i HAVE offended or upset, please accept my heartfelt apologies. So, my friends, please do not be offended by my words. I am posting on this particular issue as it is VERY important. The "islam" we see in the west and are told about by other muslims in the west is a watered-down, incorrect impression of islam. To see the REAL islam, look to islamic countries where islam is the law of the land. Take a visit to Deera Square ( known more popularly as "chop-chop square." ) where beheadings are carried out for such crimes as apostasy, rape, adultery, homosexuality, atheism ( McKernan, Bethan. "Man 'sentenced to death for atheism' in Saudi Arabia". Independent.co.uk. ), sexual misconduct, etc. Professional executioners behead as many as ten people in a single day. It even has a drain in the centre so clean-up is easier. We MUST pray for muslims. Now, on with the post... Those who turn their back on Islam are to be executed. This is confirmed by the words and deeds of Muhammad. The only freedom of belief in Islam is the freedom to become Muslim. Thirteen countries, all of a Muslim majority, punish apostasy (the renunciation of a particular religion), or blasphemy with death. The annual Freedom of Thought report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union, found that 13 countries impose capital punishment upon people simply for their beliefs, or lack of them. Most Muslims believe sharia is the revealed word of God rather than a body of law developed by men based on the word of God. Many Muslims around the world say sharia should be the law of the land in their country. A majority of Muslims in three Central Asian countries – Tajikistan (70%), Azerbaijan (65%) and Kyrgyzstan (55%) – say there is only one way to understand sharia. Islamic law addresses a range of domestic and personal matters, including marriage, divorce and inheritance. And most Muslims who say sharia should be the law of the land in their country are very supportive of the application of Islamic law in this sphere. In 10 of 20 countries where there are adequate samples for analysis, at least half of Muslims who favor making sharia the law of the land also favor stoning unfaithful spouses. Taking the life of those who abandon Islam is most widely supported in Egypt (86%) and Jordan (82%). Roughly two-thirds who want sharia to be the law of the land also back this penalty in the Palestinian territories (66%). In the South Asian countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan, strong majorities of those who favor making Islamic law the official law of the land also approve of executing apostates (79% and 76%, respectively). quran and hadith support Quran (4:89) - "They wish that you reject Faith, as they have rejected (Faith), and thus that you all become equal (like one another). So take not Auliya' (protectors or friends) from them, till they emigrate in the Way of Allah (to Muhammad). But if they turn back (from Islam), take (hold) of them and kill them wherever you find them, and take neither Auliya' (protectors or friends) nor helpers from them." Verse 4:65 says that those who have faith are in "full submission" to Muhammad's teachings. This verse explains what should happen to Muslims who do not "have faith" and (along with verses 90-91) do not agree to banishment and subjugation. (See the "Why They are Wrong" section of this response to apologists for a deeper analysis). Quran (9:11-12) - "But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then are they your brethren in religion. We detail Our revelations for a people who have knowledge. And if they break their pledges after their treaty (hath been made with you) and assail your religion, then fight the heads of disbelief - Lo! they have no binding oaths - in order that they may desist." Other verses that seem to support the many Hadith that establish the death sentence for apostates are Quran verses 2:217, 9:73-74, 88:21, 5:54, 9:66. Sahih Bukhari (52:260) - "...The Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.' " Sahih Bukhari (83:37) - "Allah's Apostle never killed anyone except in one of the following three situations: (1) A person who killed somebody unjustly, was killed (in Qisas,) (2) a married person who committed illegal sexual intercourse and (3) a man who fought against Allah and His Apostle and deserted Islam and became an apostate." Sahih Bukhari (84:57) - [In the words of] "Allah's Apostle, 'Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'" Sahih Bukhari (89:271) - A man who embraces Islam, then reverts to Judaism is to be killed according to "the verdict of Allah and his apostle." Sahih Bukhari (84:58) - "There was a fettered man beside Abu Muisa. Mu'adh asked, 'Who is this (man)?' Abu Muisa said, 'He was a Jew and became a Muslim and then reverted back to Judaism.' Then Abu Muisa requested Mu'adh to sit down but Mu'adh said, 'I will not sit down till he has been killed. This is the judgment of Allah and His Apostle (for such cases) and repeated it thrice.' Then Abu Musa ordered that the man be killed, and he was killed. Abu Musa added, 'Then we discussed the night prayers'" Sahih Bukhari (84:64-65) - "Allah's Apostle: 'During the last days there will appear some young foolish people who will say the best words but their faith will not go beyond their throats (i.e. they will have no faith) and will go out from (leave) their religion as an arrow goes out of the game. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for whoever kills them shall have reward on the Day of Resurrection.'" This verse from the Hadith is worse than it appears because it isn't speaking solely of apostates, but those who say they believe but don't put their religion into practice. Sahih Bukhari (11:626) - "The Prophet said, 'No prayer is harder for the hypocrites than the Fajr and the 'Isha' prayers and if they knew the reward for these prayers at their respective times, they would certainly present themselves (in the mosques) even if they had to crawl.' The Prophet added, 'Certainly I decided to order the Mu'adh-dhin (call-maker) to pronounce Iqama and order a man to lead the prayer and then take a fire flame to burn all those who had not left their houses so far for the prayer along with their houses'." Abu Dawud (4346) - "Was not there a wise man among you who would stand up to him when he saw that I had withheld my hand from accepting his allegiance, and kill him?" Muhammad is chastising his companions for allowing an apostate to "repent" under duress. (The person in question was Muhammad's former scribe, who left him after doubting the authenticity of divine "revelations" - upon finding out that grammatical changes could be made. He was brought back to Muhammad after having been captured in Medina). al-Muwatta of Imam Malik (36.18.15) - "The Messenger of Allah said, "If someone changes his religion - then strike off his head." Reliance of the Traveller (Islamic Law) o8.1 - "When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed." (o8.4 affirms that there is no penalty for killing an apostate). Writer Salman Rushdie was accused of blasphemy and became the subject of a fatwā issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, in February 1989. "Saudi Arabia court gives death penalty to man who renounced his Muslim faith" - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/11431509/Saudi-Arabia-court-gives-death-penalty-to-man-who-renounced-his-Muslim-faith.html A non-muslim asks a question about the punishment for apostasy. The answer was: "If a Muslim apostatizes and meets the conditions of apostasy – i.e., he is of sound mind, an adult and does that of his own free will – then his blood may be shed with impunity. He is to be executed by the Muslim ruler or by his deputy – such as the qaadi or judge, and he is not to not be washed (after death, in preparation for burial), the funeral prayer is not to be offered for him and he is not to be buried with the Muslims. " - https://islamqa.info/en/20327
  6. KiwiChristian

    A religion of peace?

    The command to kill non-believers appears over 33,000 times in the koran. Quran (2:191-193) - "And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing... but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun(the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)" (Translation is from the Noble Quran) The verse prior to this (190) refers to "fighting for the cause of Allah those who fight you" leading some to claim that the entire passage refers to a defensive war in which Muslims are defending their homes and families. The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, however, since Muhammad and his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccans out of their own city (which they later did). Verse 190 thus means to fight those who offer resistance to Allah's rule (ie. Muslim conquest). The use of the word "persecution" by some Muslim translators is disingenuous - the actual Arabic words for persecution (idtihad) - and oppression are not used instead of fitna. Fitna can mean disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. A strict translation is 'sedition,' meaning rebellion against authority (the authority being Allah). This is certainly what is meant in this context since the violence is explicitly commissioned "until religion is for Allah" - ie. unbelievers desist in their unbelief. [Editor's note: these notes have been modified slightly after a critic misinterpreted our language. Verse 193 plainly says that 'fighting' is sanctioned even if the fitna 'ceases'. This is about religious order, not real persecution.] Quran (2:244) - "Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things." Quran (2:216) - "Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not." Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot. Quran (3:56) - "As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help." Quran (3:151) - "Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority". This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be 'joining companions to Allah'). Quran (4:74) - "Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward." The martyrs of Islam are unlike the early Christians, who were led meekly to the slaughter. These Muslims are killed in battle as they attempt to inflict death and destruction for the cause of Allah. This is the theological basis for today's suicide bombers. Quran (4:76) - "Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…" Quran (4:89) - "They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks." Quran (4:95) - "Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home).Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward " This passage criticizes "peaceful" Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allah's eyes. It also demolishes the modern myth that "Jihad" doesn't mean holy war in the Quran, but rather a spiritual struggle. Not only is this Arabic word (mujahiduna) used in this passage, but it is clearly not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption. (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind man's protest that he is unable to engage in Jihad, which would not make sense if it meant an internal struggle). Quran (4:104) - "And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain..." Is pursuing an injured and retreating enemy really an act of self-defense? Quran (5:33) - "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement" Quran (8:12) - "(Remember) when your Lord inspired the angels... "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them" No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle, given that it both followed and preceded confrontations in which non-Muslims were killed by Muslims. The targets of violence are "those who disbelieve" - further defined in the next verse (13) as those who "defy and disobey Allah." Nothing is said about self-defense. In fact, the verses in sura 8 were narrated shortly after a battle provoked by Muhammad, who had been trying to attack a lightly-armed caravan to steal goods belonging to other people. Quran (8:15) - "O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey's end." Quran (8:39) - "And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion is all for Allah" Some translations interpret "fitna" as "persecution", but the traditional understanding of this word is not supported by the historical context (See notes for 2:193). The Meccans were simply refusing Muhammad access to their city during the pilgrimage. Other Muslims were allowed to travel there - but not as an armed group, since Muhammad had declared war on Mecca prior to his eviction. The Meccans were also acting in defense of their religion, as it was Muhammad's intention to destroy their idols and establish Islam by force (which he later did). Hence the critical part of this verse is to fight until "religion is only for Allah", meaning that the true justification of violence was the unbelief of the opposition. According to the Sira (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 324) Muhammad further explains that "Allah must have no rivals." Quran (8:57) - "If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember." Quran (8:67) - "It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter in the land..." Quran (8:59-60) - "And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they can outstrip (Allah's Purpose). Lo! they cannot escape. Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy." As Ibn Kathir puts it in his tafsir on this passage, "Allah commands Muslims to prepare for war against disbelievers, as much as possible, according to affordability and availability." Quran (8:65) - "O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight..." Quran (9:5) - "So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them." According to this verse, the best way of staying safe from Muslim violence at the time of Muhammad was to convert to Islam: prayer (salat) and the poor tax (zakat) are among the religion's Five Pillars. The popular claim that the Quran only inspires violence within the context of self-defense is seriously challenged by this passage as well, since the Muslims to whom it was written were obviously not under attack. Had they been, then there would have been no waiting period (earlier verses make it a duty for Muslims to fight in self-defense, even during the sacred months). The historical context is Mecca after the idolaters were subjugated by Muhammad and posed no threat. Once the Muslims had power, they violently evicted those unbelievers who would not convert. [Note: The verse says to fight unbelievers "wherever you find them". Even if the context is a time of battle (which it was not) the reading appears to sanction attacks against those "unbelievers" who are not on the battlefield. In 2016, the Islamic State referred to this verse in urging the faithful to commit terror attacks: Allah did not only command the 'fighting' of disbelievers, as if to say He only wants us to conduct frontline operations against them. Rather, He has also ordered that they be slain wherever they may be – on or off the battlefield. (source)] Quran (9:14) - "Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people." Humiliating and hurting non-believers not only has the blessing of Allah, but it is ordered as a means of carrying out his punishment and even "heals" the hearts of Muslims. Quran (9:20) - "Those who believe, and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah's way are of much greater worth in Allah's sight. These are they who are triumphant." The Arabic word interpreted as "striving" in this verse is the same root as "Jihad". The context is obviously holy war. Quran (9:29) - "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." "People of the Book" refers to Christians and Jews. According to this verse, they are to be violently subjugated, with the sole justification being their religious status. Verse 9:33 tells Muslims that Allah has charted them to make Islam "superior over all religions." This chapter was one of the final "revelations" from Allah and it set in motion the tenacious military expansion, in which Muhammad's companions managed to conquer two-thirds of the Christian world in the next 100 years. Islam is intended to dominate all other people and faiths. Quran (9:30) - "And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!" Quran (9:38-39) - "O ye who believe! what is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place." This is a warning to those who refuse to fight, that they will be punished with Hell. The verse also links physical fighting to the "cause of Allah" (or "way of Allah"). Quran (9:41) - "Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah! That is best for you if ye but knew." See also the verse that follows (9:42) - "If there had been immediate gain (in sight), and the journey easy, they would (all) without doubt have followed thee, but the distance was long, (and weighed) on them" This contradicts the myth that Muslims are to fight only in self-defense, since the wording implies that battle will be waged a long distance from home (in another country and - in this case - on Christian soil, according to the historians). Quran (9:73) - "O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination." Dehumanizing those who reject Islam, by reminding Muslims that unbelievers are merely firewood for Hell, makes it easier to justify slaughter. It explains why today's devout Muslims generally have little regard for those outside the faith. The inclusion of "hypocrites" (non-practicing) within the verse also contradicts the apologist's defense that the targets of hate and hostility are wartime foes, since there was never an opposing army made up of non-religious Muslims in Muhammad's time. (See also Games Muslims Play: Terrorists Can't Be Muslim Because They Kill Muslims for the role this verse plays in Islam's perpetual internal conflicts). Quran (9:88) - "But the Messenger, and those who believe with him, strive and fight with their wealth and their persons: for them are (all) good things: and it is they who will prosper." Quran (9:111) - "Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme." How does the Quran define a true believer? Quran (9:123) - "O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness." Quran (17:16) - "And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction." Note that the crime is moral transgression, and the punishment is "utter destruction." (Before ordering the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden first issued Americans an invitation to Islam). Quran (18:65-81) - This parable lays the theological groundwork for honor killings, in which a family member is murdered because they brought shame to the family, either through apostasy or perceived moral indiscretion. The story (which is not found in any Jewish or Christian source) tells of Moses encountering a man with "special knowledge" who does things which don't seem to make sense on the surface, but are then justified according to later explanation. One such action is to murder a youth for no apparent reason (v.74). However, the wise man later explains that it was feared that the boy would "grieve" his parents by "disobedience and ingratitude." He was killed so that Allah could provide them a 'better' son. [Note: This parable along with verse 58:22 is a major reason that honor killing is sanctioned by Sharia. Reliance of the Traveler (Umdat al-Saliq) says that punishment for murder is not applicable when a parent or grandparent kills their offspring (o.1.12).] Quran (21:44) - "...See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders? Is it then they who will win?" Quran (25:52) - "Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost strenuousness with it." - The root for Jihad is used twice in this verse - although it may not have been referring to Holy War when narrated, since it was prior to the hijra at Mecca. The "it" at the end is thought to mean the Quran. Thus the verse may have originally meant a non-violent resistance to the 'unbelievers.' Obviously, this changed with the hijra. 'Jihad' after this is almost exclusively within a violent context. The enemy is always defined as people, rather than ideas. Quran (33:60-62) - "If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease (evil desire for adultery, etc.), and those who spread false news among the people in Al-Madinah, cease not, We shall certainly let you overpower them, then they will not be able to stay in it as your neighbors but a little while Accursed, wherever found, they shall be seized and killed with a (terrible) slaughter." This passage sanctions slaughter (rendered as "merciless" and "horrible murder" in other translations) against three groups: hypocrites (Muslims who refuse to "fight in the way of Allah" (3:167) and hence don't act as Muslims should), those with "diseased hearts" (which include Jews and Christians 5:51-52), and "alarmists" or "agitators - those who speak out against Islam. It is worth noting that the victims are to be sought out, which is what today's terrorists do. Quran (47:3-4) - "Those who disbelieve follow falsehood, while those who believe follow the truth from their Lord... So, when you meet (fighting Jihad in Allah's Cause), those who disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives)... If it had been Allah's Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost." Holy war is to be pursued against those who reject Allah. The unbelievers are to be killed and wounded. Survivors are to be held captive for ransom. The only reason Allah doesn't do the dirty work himself is to to test the faithfulness of Muslims. Those who kill pass the test. (See also: 47:4 for more context) Quran (47:35) - "Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost (Shakir: "have the upper hand") for Allah is with you," Quran (48:17) - "There is no blame for the blind, nor is there blame for the lame, nor is there blame for the sick (that they go not forth to war). And whoso obeyeth Allah and His messenger, He will make him enter Gardens underneath which rivers flow; and whoso turneth back, him will He punish with a painful doom." Contemporary apologists sometimes claim that Jihad means 'spiritual struggle.' If so, then why are the blind, lame and sick exempted? This verse also says that those who do not fight will suffer torment in hell. Quran (48:29) - "Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves" Islam is not about treating everyone equally. This verse tells Muslims that two very distinct standards are applied based on religious status. Also the word used for 'hard' or 'ruthless' in this verse shares the same root as the word translated as 'painful' or severe' to describe Hell in over 25 other verses including 65:10, 40:46 and 50:26.. Quran (2:191-193) - "And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing... but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun(the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)" (Translation is from the Noble Quran) The verse prior to this (190) refers to "fighting for the cause of Allah those who fight you" leading some to claim that the entire passage refers to a defensive war in which Muslims are defending their homes and families. The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, however, since Muhammad and his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccans out of their own city (which they later did). Verse 190 thus means to fight those who offer resistance to Allah's rule (ie. Muslim conquest). The use of the word "persecution" by some Muslim translators is disingenuous - the actual Arabic words for persecution (idtihad) - and oppression are not used instead of fitna. Fitna can mean disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. A strict translation is 'sedition,' meaning rebellion against authority (the authority being Allah). This is certainly what is meant in this context since the violence is explicitly commissioned "until religion is for Allah" - ie. unbelievers desist in their unbelief. [Editor's note: these notes have been modified slightly after a critic misinterpreted our language. Verse 193 plainly says that 'fighting' is sanctioned even if the fitna 'ceases'. This is about religious order, not real persecution.] Quran (2:244) - "Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things." Quran (2:216) - "Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not." Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot. Quran (3:56) - "As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help." Quran (3:151) - "Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority". This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be 'joining companions to Allah'). Quran (4:74) - "Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward." The martyrs of Islam are unlike the early Christians, who were led meekly to the slaughter. These Muslims are killed in battle as they attempt to inflict death and destruction for the cause of Allah. This is the theological basis for today's suicide bombers. Quran (4:76) - "Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…" Quran (4:89) - "They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks." Quran (4:95) - "Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home).Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward " This passage criticizes "peaceful" Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allah's eyes. It also demolishes the modern myth that "Jihad" doesn't mean holy war in the Quran, but rather a spiritual struggle. Not only is this Arabic word (mujahiduna) used in this passage, but it is clearly not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption. (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind man's protest that he is unable to engage in Jihad, which would not make sense if it meant an internal struggle). Quran (4:104) - "And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain..." Is pursuing an injured and retreating enemy really an act of self-defense? Quran (5:33) - "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement" Quran (8:12) - "(Remember) when your Lord inspired the angels... "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them" No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle, given that it both followed and preceded confrontations in which non-Muslims were killed by Muslims. The targets of violence are "those who disbelieve" - further defined in the next verse (13) as those who "defy and disobey Allah." Nothing is said about self-defense. In fact, the verses in sura 8 were narrated shortly after a battle provoked by Muhammad, who had been trying to attack a lightly-armed caravan to steal goods belonging to other people. Quran (8:15) - "O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey's end." Quran (8:39) - "And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion is all for Allah" Some translations interpret "fitna" as "persecution", but the traditional understanding of this word is not supported by the historical context (See notes for 2:193). The Meccans were simply refusing Muhammad access to their city during the pilgrimage. Other Muslims were allowed to travel there - but not as an armed group, since Muhammad had declared war on Mecca prior to his eviction. The Meccans were also acting in defense of their religion, as it was Muhammad's intention to destroy their idols and establish Islam by force (which he later did). Hence the critical part of this verse is to fight until "religion is only for Allah", meaning that the true justification of violence was the unbelief of the opposition. According to the Sira (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 324) Muhammad further explains that "Allah must have no rivals." Quran (8:57) - "If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember." Quran (8:67) - "It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter in the land..." Quran (8:59-60) - "And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they can outstrip (Allah's Purpose). Lo! they cannot escape. Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy." As Ibn Kathir puts it in his tafsir on this passage, "Allah commands Muslims to prepare for war against disbelievers, as much as possible, according to affordability and availability." Quran (8:65) - "O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight..." Quran (9:5) - "So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them." According to this verse, the best way of staying safe from Muslim violence at the time of Muhammad was to convert to Islam: prayer (salat) and the poor tax (zakat) are among the religion's Five Pillars. The popular claim that the Quran only inspires violence within the context of self-defense is seriously challenged by this passage as well, since the Muslims to whom it was written were obviously not under attack. Had they been, then there would have been no waiting period (earlier verses make it a duty for Muslims to fight in self-defense, even during the sacred months). The historical context is Mecca after the idolaters were subjugated by Muhammad and posed no threat. Once the Muslims had power, they violently evicted those unbelievers who would not convert. [Note: The verse says to fight unbelievers "wherever you find them". Even if the context is a time of battle (which it was not) the reading appears to sanction attacks against those "unbelievers" who are not on the battlefield. In 2016, the Islamic State referred to this verse in urging the faithful to commit terror attacks: Allah did not only command the 'fighting' of disbelievers, as if to say He only wants us to conduct frontline operations against them. Rather, He has also ordered that they be slain wherever they may be – on or off the battlefield. (source)] Quran (9:14) - "Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people." Humiliating and hurting non-believers not only has the blessing of Allah, but it is ordered as a means of carrying out his punishment and even "heals" the hearts of Muslims. Quran (9:20) - "Those who believe, and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah's way are of much greater worth in Allah's sight. These are they who are triumphant." The Arabic word interpreted as "striving" in this verse is the same root as "Jihad". The context is obviously holy war. Quran (9:29) - "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." "People of the Book" refers to Christians and Jews. According to this verse, they are to be violently subjugated, with the sole justification being their religious status. Verse 9:33 tells Muslims that Allah has charted them to make Islam "superior over all religions." This chapter was one of the final "revelations" from Allah and it set in motion the tenacious military expansion, in which Muhammad's companions managed to conquer two-thirds of the Christian world in the next 100 years. Islam is intended to dominate all other people and faiths. Quran (9:30) - "And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!" Quran (9:38-39) - "O ye who believe! what is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place." This is a warning to those who refuse to fight, that they will be punished with Hell. The verse also links physical fighting to the "cause of Allah" (or "way of Allah"). Quran (9:41) - "Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah! That is best for you if ye but knew." See also the verse that follows (9:42) - "If there had been immediate gain (in sight), and the journey easy, they would (all) without doubt have followed thee, but the distance was long, (and weighed) on them" This contradicts the myth that Muslims are to fight only in self-defense, since the wording implies that battle will be waged a long distance from home (in another country and - in this case - on Christian soil, according to the historians). Quran (9:73) - "O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination." Dehumanizing those who reject Islam, by reminding Muslims that unbelievers are merely firewood for Hell, makes it easier to justify slaughter. It explains why today's devout Muslims generally have little regard for those outside the faith. The inclusion of "hypocrites" (non-practicing) within the verse also contradicts the apologist's defense that the targets of hate and hostility are wartime foes, since there was never an opposing army made up of non-religious Muslims in Muhammad's time. (See also Games Muslims Play: Terrorists Can't Be Muslim Because They Kill Muslims for the role this verse plays in Islam's perpetual internal conflicts). Quran (9:88) - "But the Messenger, and those who believe with him, strive and fight with their wealth and their persons: for them are (all) good things: and it is they who will prosper." Quran (9:111) - "Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme." How does the Quran define a true believer? Quran (9:123) - "O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness." Quran (17:16) - "And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction." Note that the crime is moral transgression, and the punishment is "utter destruction." (Before ordering the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden first issued Americans an invitation to Islam). Quran (18:65-81) - This parable lays the theological groundwork for honor killings, in which a family member is murdered because they brought shame to the family, either through apostasy or perceived moral indiscretion. The story (which is not found in any Jewish or Christian source) tells of Moses encountering a man with "special knowledge" who does things which don't seem to make sense on the surface, but are then justified according to later explanation. One such action is to murder a youth for no apparent reason (v.74). However, the wise man later explains that it was feared that the boy would "grieve" his parents by "disobedience and ingratitude." He was killed so that Allah could provide them a 'better' son. [Note: This parable along with verse 58:22 is a major reason that honor killing is sanctioned by Sharia. Reliance of the Traveler (Umdat al-Saliq) says that punishment for murder is not applicable when a parent or grandparent kills their offspring (o.1.12).] Quran (21:44) - "...See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders? Is it then they who will win?" Quran (25:52) - "Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost strenuousness with it." - The root for Jihad is used twice in this verse - although it may not have been referring to Holy War when narrated, since it was prior to the hijra at Mecca. The "it" at the end is thought to mean the Quran. Thus the verse may have originally meant a non-violent resistance to the 'unbelievers.' Obviously, this changed with the hijra. 'Jihad' after this is almost exclusively within a violent context. The enemy is always defined as people, rather than ideas. Quran (33:60-62) - "If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease (evil desire for adultery, etc.), and those who spread false news among the people in Al-Madinah, cease not, We shall certainly let you overpower them, then they will not be able to stay in it as your neighbors but a little while Accursed, wherever found, they shall be seized and killed with a (terrible) slaughter." This passage sanctions slaughter (rendered as "merciless" and "horrible murder" in other translations) against three groups: hypocrites (Muslims who refuse to "fight in the way of Allah" (3:167) and hence don't act as Muslims should), those with "diseased hearts" (which include Jews and Christians 5:51-52), and "alarmists" or "agitators - those who speak out against Islam. It is worth noting that the victims are to be sought out, which is what today's terrorists do. Quran (47:3-4) - "Those who disbelieve follow falsehood, while those who believe follow the truth from their Lord... So, when you meet (fighting Jihad in Allah's Cause), those who disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives)... If it had been Allah's Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost." Holy war is to be pursued against those who reject Allah. The unbelievers are to be killed and wounded. Survivors are to be held captive for ransom. The only reason Allah doesn't do the dirty work himself is to to test the faithfulness of Muslims. Those who kill pass the test. (See also: 47:4 for more context) Quran (47:35) - "Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost (Shakir: "have the upper hand") for Allah is with you," Quran (48:17) - "There is no blame for the blind, nor is there blame for the lame, nor is there blame for the sick (that they go not forth to war). And whoso obeyeth Allah and His messenger, He will make him enter Gardens underneath which rivers flow; and whoso turneth back, him will He punish with a painful doom." Contemporary apologists sometimes claim that Jihad means 'spiritual struggle.' If so, then why are the blind, lame and sick exempted? This verse also says that those who do not fight will suffer torment in hell. Quran (48:29) - "Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves" Islam is not about treating everyone equally. This verse tells Muslims that two very distinct standards are applied based on religious status. Also the word used for 'hard' or 'ruthless' in this verse shares the same root as the word translated as 'painful' or severe' to describe Hell in over 25 other verses including 65:10, 40:46 and 50:26..
  7. mven222

    Trump and WAR

    Guys, let's consider when Trump will destroy the North Korea. And let's analyze his policy in the Middle East.
  8. KiwiChristian

    Allah the Moon god of Arabia.

    Allah the Moon god of Arabia. Why is the moon the symbol of Islam? Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 4:15-19. www.youtube.com Allah - The Pagan Moon God (rednck13) Where did the Moon god Allah come from? Islam the false religion (franz karl) ISLAM IS BAAL WORSHIP * Islam is Antichrist * They reject Jesus is the son of God (MrTrott2hot) Introduction: The Quran (29:46) commands Muslims to tell Christians “say (to them): We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you; our ilah (God) and your Ilah (God) is One (ie. Allah), and to Him we have submitted.” This is an attempt to convert Christians to Islam. Question: Is Allah, the god of Islam, the same as Jehovah, the God of Abraham and the Bible prophets? Question: Why is Allah never defined in the Quran? Why did Mohammad assume that the pagan Arabs already knew who Allah was? If Allah was a pre-Islamic idol in the Kaba, then we reject Islam as pagan. Question: Why did the pagan Arabs never accuse Mohammad of preaching a different Allah than the one they already worshipped? This was Allah the moon god according to archaeological evidence. 1. Nabonidus (555-539BC), the last king of Babylon, built Tayma in Arabia as a centre of moon worship. 2. The moon-god’s name “Sin” is part of the Arabic word ‘Sinai’ & the ‘wilderness of Sin’ (Ex.16:1;17:1) 3. G. Caton Thompson (1944) uncovered a moon-god temple in Hureidha, South Arabia, with the moon god idol itself, 21 inscriptions of “Sin” & crescent moon symbols. ‘Tombs & Moon Temple of Hureidha’. 4. According to many inscriptions, while the name of the moon-god was “Sin”, his title was “Al-Ilah” (the god or the chief god among the gods). As Carlton S. Coon points out “The god Il or Ilah was originally a phase of the moon-god.” (C.S.Coon, Southern Arabia, Smithsonian, 1944, p.398,399). The moon-god was called “al-ilah” (the god), which was shortened to Allah in pre-Islamic times. 5. Pagan Arabs named their children after the idol “Allah”. Moh father & cousin were called ‘Abd-Allah’. His uncle was called Obied-Allah. Mohammad was raised in the moon-god religion of Allah. Pagan Arabs believed Allah was the greatest of all gods. Mohammad added that Allah was the only god. He did not take away the Allah that they already worshipped. He only took away Allah’s 3 daughters and the other idols in the Kabah. Mohammad told the pagan Arabs that he still believed in their moon-god Allah. He told Jews & Christians that Allah was their god also. Jews and Christians rejected his false god Allah. 6. Al-Kindi, an early Christian debater of Muslims, stated that Islam and Allah did not come from the Bible, but from the pagan Sabeans. They did not worship Jehovah, the God of the Bible, but the moon-god Allah and his daughters al-Uzza, al-Lat and Manat. (The Early Christian-Muslim debates, N.A.Newman, p.357,413,426). Newman concludes, “Islam …sprung up from idolatry.” (p 719). 7. Caesar Farah, Islamic scholar, concludes, “There is no reason to accept the idea that Allah passed to the Muslims from the Christians and the Jews.” (C Farah, Islam: Beliefs and Observations, 1987, p.28). Question: Where is Allah in the Bible? Nowhere! Where is Allah in pre-Islamic Arabia? Everywhere. What authority do pagan pre-Islamic Arabs have to tell us about the God of the Bible? None! 8. Why is the crescent moon the symbol of Islam? Why is a crescent moon on top of Sunni mosques, minarets and on Islamic flags? Why does Ramadan begin and end with the appearance of the crescent moon? Because Islam originates from pre-Islamic worship of Allah the moon-god. 9. Why do Muslims see no problem with borrowing their god from pagan idol worshippers? Bias! 10. Why did the Quran discuss Allah’s three daughters, each being idols in the Kaba? Allah is pagan. “Have you then considered Al-Lat, and Al-Uzza (2 idols of the pagan Arabs) and Manat (another idol of the pagan Arabs)?” (Q 53:19,20). Allah the moon god married the sun goddess, who had 3 daughters. Al-Uzza was one of the three chief goddesses of Arabian religion in pre-Islamic times and was worshiped as one of the daughters of Allah by the pre-Islamic Arabs along with Al-lat and Manat. The temple dedicated to al-Uzza and the statue itself was destroyed by Khalid ibn al Walid in Nakhla. 11. The Quraysh would walk around the Ka‘bah and say, “By al-Lat and al-Uzza, And al-Manat, the third idol besides. Verily they are al-gharaniq (most exalted females) Whose intercession is to be sought.” Their shrines were found near Mecca: Al-Lat at Taif, al-Uzza at Nakhlah and al-Manat near Qudayd. 12. Many rituals performed by Muslims today existed in pagan worship in Arabia before Islam. The yearly pagan pilgrimage to the Kabah included the Ramadan fast, running around the Kabah seven times, kissing the black stone, shaving the head, animal sacrifices, running up and down two hills, throwing stones at the devil, praying five times a day toward Mecca, giving alms, Friday prayers (10). 13. All over the ancient world, the crescent moon is found on seals, steles, pottery, clay tablets, amulets, cylinders, weights,earrings, necklaces,wall murals. In Ur, the Stela of Nammu has a moon as the top god.
  9. KiwiChristian

    Are Jehovah and Allah the Same God?

    Are Jehovah and Allah the Same God? NO Question 1: What was Mohammad’s father’s name? (Abdullah) Question 2: What does it mean? (slave of Allah) Question 3: What was Mohammad’s grandfather’s name? (Abdul Mutaleb). Question 4: Why did the grandfather name his son “Abdullah”? (After his favourite idol “Allah”. Abdul Mutaleb (grandfather) was an idol worshipper of 360 idols in the KABA in Mecca. ↓ Abdullah (father) means “slave of Allah”. ↓ Mohammad Conclusion: The grandfather named his son “Abdullah”, meaning “slave of idol Allah”, after his favourite idol “Allah”. This proves that Allah was an idol worshipped by the pre-Islamic Arabs. Question 5: Why was Mohammad’s god named after a pagan idol in the Kaba? Question 6: Is it right to borrow your god from pagans? Question 7: What is on top of a Sunni mosque? (moon). Why? Because Allah was the moon god worshipped by pre-Islamic pagan Arabs as the greatest god in the Kaba. Mohammad went one step further than pagan Arabs by teaching that Allah was the only god. The true God of the Bible is “Jehovah”, whose name is mentioned 6844 times in the Bible. LORD = YHWH (Hebrew) = Yahweh, Jehovah, Yahova, Yahood a) “I am the LORD thy God,.Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:2,3 b) “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.” Psalms 83:18. c) “All the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.” Psalm 96:5 d) “Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god:” Psalm 16:4 Allah is never mentioned in the Bible as God’s Name. There is a word “Alah” in Hebrew (423), which means “curse” (“Nefrin” in Farsi, “lanat” in Arabic). “Therefore hath the curse (Alah) devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.” Isaiah 24:6. Every country that worships “Allah” is cursed, such as Afganistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mali.
  10. ISLAM -- a Case of Mistaken Identity. Allah is not the God of the Bible. Mohammed is not a prophet of God. Quran is not the Word of God. Islam is worship of Allah the Moon God of Arabia. “I am the LORD (YHWH) thy God,…Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:2,3. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD (YHWH).” Psalm 33:12. INTRODUCTION Islam (1.1 billion) is the second largest religion in the world to nominal Christianity (1.9 billion). Due to liberal immigration policies, millions of Muslims have migrated to the West to seek a better life. In England, there are more Muslims than Methodists or evangelical Christians. They are buying abandoned Anglican churches and converting them to mosques, hoping to convert England to Islam. There are 2.6 million Muslims in the USA and 200,000 in Australia in 1990. Under Islamic law, no criticism of Islam is allowed. In Muslim countries, any criticism of Muhammad or the Koran is punishable by death. Muslim countries have no freedom of religion. If Muslims are happy to criticise Christianity, then why do they get upset if Christians criticise Islam? To refute Islam, we must check the Koran, the Hadith, history and the Bible. Islam is cultural imperialism, where 7th Century Arabian religion and culture have been raised to the status of divine law. In the West, Church and State are separated, in order to avoid a repeat of religious persecution by the Roman Catholic inquisition of the dark ages. This is exactly what happens in Muslim countries, where Muslim law and religion control the State and persecute other religions. Whenever Islam dominates a country, it transforms the culture to that of 7th Century Arabia. Arab racism claims that Arabs descend from Abraham through his son Ishmael. The Quran transfers the historical setting of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob from Palestine to Mecca. The Quran even has Abraham rebuilding the Kabah, yet archaeological evidence clearly proves that Abraham never lived in Mecca, but that he left Ur (in Iraq) and moved to Haran, then Palestine. Question: Why is it that of the 21 Arab nations, not one of them is a democracy Answer: Muhammad took the political laws governing 7th Century Arabian tribes, where the sheikh or chief had absolute authority, and made them the laws of Allah. They had no idea of civil rights. This is why modern Islamic countries are always ruled by ‘strong men’ as dictators. Islamic law does not recognise freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, or freedom of the press. i The Muslim is required to pray five times a day toward Mecca. This reminds him five times daily, that he must bow in obedience to Arabia. ii Muhammad adopted the pagan pilgrimage to Mecca to worship the Kabah, to appease the Meccan merchants who made a lot of money from these pilgrimages. Thus, for financial gain and cultural control, Islam adopted the pagan pilgrimage to Mecca. iii What Muhammad ate and did not eat is made to be a divine law for all people. iv What an illiterate, nomadic tribeswoman wore in the desert of 7th Century Arabia to protect her from the hot sun, is compulsory dress code for all Muslim women today. Imprisonment without a fair trial, torture, cutting off a person’s hands, feet, ears, tongue, gouging eyes out, and murdering your opponents, are all part of Islamic law today, just as they were in 7th Century Arabia. 1. THE MEANING OF ISLAM ‘Islam’ is an Arabic word which originally referred to manliness or heroism or bravery in battle. It meant ‘defiance of death, heroism, to die in battle.’ M. Bravmann. ‘The Spiritual Background of Early Islam.’ (Leiden 1972). The word ‘Islam’ only slowly developed to mean ‘submission to Allah’s will’. (Dr Jane Smith, University of Montana Press 1970). ‘Islam’ today is the name for the religion of Muhammad . A‘Muslim’ is a follower of the Islam religion. Muslims follow the teachings of the book called the Koran or Quran. The English translation of the Quran by A J Arberry comes closest to conveying the impression made on Muslims by the Arabic Quran. Aim: To show that the Quran is not the word of God, by highlighting its mistakes. To show that Mohammad is not a true prophet of the true God. To show that Allah is not the God of the Bible, or of Bible prophets. To lead Muslims to receive Jesus Christ as their Saviour and God. To inform Westerners of facts showing Islam to be a false, violent and dangerous religion. 2. PRE-ISLAMIC ARABIAN ORIGIN OF THE Quran Muslims are taught that the Quran and Muhammad’s revelations were given from heaven, and that they do not have earthly human origin. This belief can be shown to be false if we can find Quranic stories that come from pre-Islamic Arabian culture, custom and religion. Muslims have done very little research into pre-Islamic Arabian customs, because they are told it is blasphemous to suggest that the Quran and Muhammad’s teachings came from pre-Islamic Arabia rather than from heaven. Archaeology and linguistics since 1890 have shown overwhelming evidence that Muhammad produced his religion and the Quran from pre-existing Arabian material, and that, with all its mistakes, could not have come from heaven. Examples of pre-Islamic Arabian culture brought into the Quran and into Islam are: i) Raiding other tribes to obtain wealth, wives and slaves was common practice before Muhammad. ii) Pre 600 AD Arabian tribes often punished stealing or crimes by cutting off people’s hands, feet, ears, tongues, heads and gouging out eyes. iii) Forcing people into slavery or kidnapping women from other tribes to rape them in your harem as your wives, concubines or slave girls, was considered acceptable behaviour. This happens today in Muslim atrocities against non-Muslims in Sudan. iv) To sneak up behind someone and cut his throat was sometimes seen as the right thing to do. This taking the law into their own hands can be seen today in Ayatollah Khomeini’s call for the death of Salman Rushdie. The Koran commands violence against non-Muslims: ‘Fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them.’ (Sura 9:5). What must Muslims do to people who resist Islam? ‘Their punishment is ... execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from the opposite sides, or exile from the land.’ (Sura 5:33). In the West, cutting off someone’s hands or feet because he would not accept your religion, is criminal madness. i Since Mecca was controlled by Muhammad’s Quraysh tribe, and because Mecca was on a major East-West trade route, we are not surprised to find stories in the Quran that came from Egypt, Persia, India, Greece and Babylon. ii Magic, genies, superstition, curses, magic stones, fatalism, evil eye and jinn being part of pre-Islamic Arabia, all found their way into the Quran. (55,72). iii Pre-Islamic Arabs believed in Animism, that spirits or jinn existed in trees, stones, rivers and mountains. Sacred magic stones were believed to protect the tribes. The Quraysh tribe adopted the black stone at Kabah as their magic stone. iv Pre-Islamic pagan Arabs taught that everyone should bow and pray toward Mecca at certain times of the day. This was brought into Islam as divine law. v They taught that everyone should make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their life to worship at the Kabah. On arrival, they ran around the Kabah seven times, kissed the black stone, and then ran a mile to the Wadi Mina to throw stones at the devil. This has been carried over to Islam. vi They condemned usury or charging interest. (Q 2:275,276). vii They fasted during a certain month of the year, which was carried over to Ramadan in Islam. viii The main religion just before Muhammad’s time was that of the Sabeans. They worshipped the moon as a male deity and the sun as a female deity. The Quran warns not to worship the sun or moon (41:37), yet Islam adopted the crescent moon as it symbol. The Sabeans began a month-long fast at the appearance of a crescent moon. This was later adopted as one of the five pillars of Islam. ix Many wealthy Jews in Arabia had spread stories from the Old Testament, the Talmud and Jewish apocryphal works such as the Testament of Abraham, which found their way into the Quran. Christianity was well-established in Arabia in Muhammad’s time, even though the New Testament had not yet been translated into Arabic. This was done by 850AD. This explains how oral tradition brought corrupted stories of Jesus into the Quran. These facts show that the Quran did not come from heaven, but from Arabian culture of the day. Hence Muhammad of 7th Century Arabia wrote the Quran, not Allah from heaven. Guillaume wrote: ‘The customs of heathenism have left an indelible mark on Islam, notably in the rites of the pilgrimage’. (Islam, Penguin books 1954, p.6). Nazar-Ali, the Arab scholar wrote: ‘Islam retained many aspects of pagan religion.’ (Islam a Christian Perspective, Westminster Press, 1983, p21). Professor A H Strong stated: ‘Islam is heathenism in monotheistic form.’ Systematic Theology, p.186. Key: If Muslims give up the belief in the Quran’s heavenly origin, then Islam will fall. Western scholars asked the question: ‘Why does the Quran never explain its ideas or rites as the Bible does? Why does it never define words such as Allah, Islam, Mecca, jinn, pilgrimage, Kabah, etc?’ Answer : Because Muhammad assumed that whoever read the Quran would already be familiar with these terms, stories and people from pre-Islamic sources, culture and religious life. 3. WHY IS THE CRESCENT MOON ISLAM’S SYMBOL? The use of the crescent moon as Islam’s symbol, which is placed on the Islamic nation’s flags and on top of mosques and minarets, comes from pre-Islamic Arabia where Allah was worshipped as the moon god in Mecca. The reason that Muhammad never had to explain who Allah was in the Quran is because his listeners had already heard about Allah from paganism. The word ‘Allah’ comes from abbreviating the Arabic word ‘AL-ILAH’ meaning “the god”. ‘Allah was known to the pre-Islamic Arabs as one of the Meccan deities’. (Encyclopaedia of Islam, ed Gibb I:406). ‘Allah is a pre-Islamic name...corresponding to the Babylonian Bel’. (Encyclopaedia of Religion, I:117). Allah was the personal name of the moon god, a male deity worshipped in pre-Islamic Arabia, who was married to the female sun goddess. Together they produced three goddesses called ‘the daughters of Allah’. These were known as AL-LAT, AL-UZZA and MANAT. The Quraysh tribe of Muhammad was strongly devoted to Allah the moon god, and to Allah’s three daughters, as intercessors between the people and Allah. Mohammad’s father’s name was ABD-ALLAH. His uncle’s name was OBIED-ALLAH, thus showing Muhammad’s family’s devotion to Allah the moon god. Archaeologists have dug up many statues and inscriptions where a crescent moon was placed on a deity’s head to symbolise worship of the moon god. The entire fertile crescent was involved in worship of the moon. Hence Islam adopting the crescent moon as its symbol, helped to convert people throughout the Middle East. 4. IS ALLAH THE ONE TRUE GOD OF THE BIBLE? ‘All the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD (YHWH) made the heavens.’ Psalm 96:5. Islam claims that Allah is the same God as revealed in the Bible. This means that their attributes should be identical. If they are different, then Allah is a false god because the Quran endorses the Bible and its prophets. Mohammad’s god is radically different from Jehovah or the Godhead of the New Testament. It is just as pagan to worship the wrong god as it is to worship no god or to worship a multitude of gods. The key issue is the nature of God and how He relates to man. Let us compare the attributes of the Biblical God (The Triune Jehovah) with Allah: 1. Knowable versus Unknowable. Jesus Christ came that we might know God as a personal friend. (John 17:3; I John 1:3). Allah of the Quran is so distant, so abstract, so unpredictable, so angry that no-one can know him. 2. Personal versus Non Personal. The Biblical God created man in His own image, having personality of mind, emotions and will. Allah is not to be understood as personal, as it would lower him to the level of man. (Gen. 1:26,27). 3. Spiritual versus Non-spiritual. The Biblical ‘God is a Spirit’ (John 4:24), but Islam thinks that it is demeaning to Allah to be a spirit or person. (See Q19:17 “We sent unto her Our spirit…”) 4. Trinitarian versus Unitarian. The Biblical God is one God in three persons (Matthew 28:19,20):the Father , the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Quran denies the Trinity and confuses it as the Father, Jesus Christ and Mary. (Q5:116). 5. Limited versus Unlimited. The Biblical God limits Himself to be bound by His own righteous moral attributes: ‘God cannot lie.’ (Titus 1:2). Allah is not limited by anything, not even his own nature. Allah has no morality; he can lie, cheat, deceive, do anything, any time, anywhere with no limitations. 6. Trustworthy versus Capricious. The Biblical God limits Himself by His own righteous nature to be completely trustworthy, consistent, honest and always keeping His word. Allah is totally capricious, untrustworthy, dishonest and unreliable. He is not bound by his nature or his word. (Q2:106 “If we abrogate a verse…”). 7. A Loving God versus an Unloving God. The Biblical God loves mankind: ‘God so loved the world.’ (John 3:16). Allah shows little love for mankind, but is detached. Islam believes that for God to have feelings of love for man would reduce him to being a mere man. All Muslims go to hell (Q19:71). 8. Active in History versus Passive in History. Allah never personally enters human history, but deals with the world through his word, prophets and angels. The Biblical God enters human history through the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ becoming a man as well as God & paying for our sins as our Saviour to bring us back to God. 9. Grace or Works The Biblical God graciously provides free salvation for man through the Saviour Jesus Christ, who is also man’s intercessor to God. Allah has no sure method of salvation, no Saviour, no intercessor, no certain forgiveness of sins, and no certainty of heaven. Just because Christians and Muslims worship one god, it doesn’t mean that the one god worshipped is the true God. The Canaanites could have taught that Baal was the one true god, but Baal is not Jehovah, just as Hitler is not the same identity as Elvis Presley. ‘There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.’ (Acts 4:12). This is the name of Jesus Christ, not Allah. Allah did not die for our sins and rise again. • Allah’s name is nowhere mentioned in the Bible, because up to 610 AD Allah was the name of a pagan moon deity in Arabia. Biblical writers would never have confused Allah with Jehovah. If some Bible translators translate the Biblical God as Allah, it would be due to either: i) Their ignorance of the differences between Allah and Jehovah; ii) Propaganda of Muslim evangelists who say that Allah is just another name for Jehovah, as an opportunity to convert Westerners to Islam. iii) Political and religious pressure to put Allah in the Bible. 5. IMPORTANCE OF ISLAM Militant Islamic fundamentalism is growing in power today. Islam is important because: 1. Islam’s doctrine and leaders have vowed to destroy Israel. Islam believes that God gave the promised land to the Arabs rather than to the Jews. (Gen. 17:19-21). 2. Islam wishes to take over the world by conquering one nation at a time, then imposing Sharia Islamic law. History shows that they then persecute, torture and murder Christians, Jews and all who resist Islam. All people under Muslim law lose all personal freedoms. 3. Terrorism is their method to gain control, as seen by their 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, their hijacking of the Achille Lauro ship, their bombing of US marine barracks in Lebanon, their constant suicide bombings of civilians travelling in Israeli buses, & the September 11 WTC attacks. 4. Ayatollah Khomeini has ordered Muslim women to have 16 children each, so they can conquer the world by becoming the majority in all countries. They already have 1.1 billion Muslims worldwide. 5. Their influence will increase due to their control of most of the world’s oil reserves. 6. THE GOAL OF ISLAM The ultimate goal of Islam is to conquer the world and rule it by Islamic law. They allow conversion to Islam by persuasion, by force, or by murdering opponents. In the Hadith, Muhammad said, ‘Hear O Muslims the meaning of life ... The pillar is Rakatin prayer. The topmost part is Jihad - holy war’. Jihad is being fought by Iran, Saddam Hussein of Iraq, President Assad of Syria, Colonel Quadafi of Libya, Al Quaeda and by Sudanese massacre of Christians. The Quran in Sura 4:93 commands Muslims to kill non-Muslims as follows: ‘Slay them wherever you find them’. Islam is now the second largest religion in Europe, and the third largest in the US. France now has 1,600 mosques. England has 1,500 mosques. 7. THE LIFE OF MOHAMMED The name Muhammed means ‘praised one’. Muhammed’s life can be known from the Quran, the Hadith and early Muslim traditions. These facts are not disputed. Muhammed was born on 8 June 570 AD in Mecca to Abdullah (Abd-Allah) and Aminah of the Quraysh tribe. Both his parents died when he was young, so he was sent at the age of six to live with his grandparents, then to a rich uncle, then to a poor uncle. In his childhood he began to experience spirit visitations. His mother, Aminah, often claimed that she was visited by spirits or jinn. This occult association was inherited by her son. Early Muslim tradition records that, when Muhammed was about to receive a revelation from Allah, he would often fall on the ground, his body would jerk uncontrollably, his eyes would roll backward, and he would perspire profusely. After the trance, he would rise and tell the message given to him. What caused this? These effects are very similar to an epileptic fit or to demon possession. Never did a Bible prophet of God give a revelation in such a trancelike violent manner. Most of Muhammed’s early pagan religious upbringing was transferred into Islam and did not come from new revelations from Allah as Islam claims. Muhammed is regarded as the perfect example for all Muslims to follow, so all Muslims should treat other humans following Mohammed’s example, such as the way he treated his enemies, his wives, his manner of eating, drinking, prayer, etc. ‘He who obeys the apostle, obeys Allah.’ (4:80). If Muhammed murdered his enemies, so can Muslims. If Muhammed stole whatever he wanted, so can Muslims. If Muhammed took as many wives/slave-girls as he wanted, so can Muslims. Fundamental to Muslim belief is the idea that Islamic writings are historically accurate. Most Muslims are not given any opposing evidence. Islamic thinking is very different from Western, such as lying is not a major sin; murdering non-Muslims in Jihad is heroic. The traditional view is that Muhammed was a sinless prophet, yet he often asked Allah to forgive his sins. (Q 40:55 and 48:1,2). Well-known prophets among Muslims in the Quran are: Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Lot, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Jethro, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elijah, Elisha, Ezekiel, Jonah, Zechariah of Luke 1, John the Baptist, Jesus and Muhammed. Muslims believe that all the prophets were without sin, because the Quran says that they were on a straight path. Muslims ignore that the Quran says that: ‘Adam sinned (2:36; 7:22,23); Abraham sinned (26:82); Moses sinned (28:15,16); Jonah sinned (37:142); David sinned (38:15,16); Muhammad sinned (47:19; 48:1,2; 33:36-38). The only sinless prophet mentioned in the Quran is Jesus Christ (19:19 and 31). ‘He has purged me of vanity and wickedness’. Main events in Mohammed’s early life are: • He obtained employment with a wealthy woman, Khadijah, ran her business for three years (591-594 AD), and in 595 AD he married her when he was age 25 and she was age 40. She was his only wife for 26 years until she died in 621 AD, after which he took many wives. • At age 40 in 612 AD, when Muhammed was meditating in the cave of Hira, he received his first revelation. He then claimed that Allah had called him to be a prophet and an apostle. There was no tradition of prophets or apostles in Arabian religion. The term ‘prophet’ was used in the hope that Jews would accept Muhammed as the next prophet, while the term ‘apostle’ was used in the hope that Christians would accept him as the next apostle. He hence sought to attract Jews, Christians and pagans. • The Quran gives us four conflicting accounts of Allah calling Muhammed to be a prophet: i) In Sura 53:2-18 and 81:19-24 we are told that Allah personally appeared to Muhammed as a man, and that Muhammed saw and heard him. ii) This is later abandoned and Sura 16:102 and 26:192-194 tell us that Muhammed’s call was given by the Holy Spirit. iii) This is also abandoned and Sura 15:8 tells us that angels came down and announced to Muhammed that Allah had called him to be a prophet. iv) This account is amended in Sura 2:97 so that it is only the angel Gabriel who calls Muhammed and gives him the Quran. This account is well known by Muslims. Islamic revelation is not the same as Biblical revelation, but means that there are no human authors of the Quran. It means ‘handed down’ directly from Allah to Muhammed. The Quran denies any human or earthly sources for itself. • After this revelation, Muhammed thought that he may be mad or demon possessed. This made him so depressed that he went to commit suicide, but on the way, he fell into another seizure, where he was told in a vision not to kill himself because he was called of God. Yet, he was still depressed and doubtful. When other people saw him in a trance, they also concluded that he was demon possessed. (Q 81:25). He then experienced three years of doubt and darkness. The Quran says that many jinn (demons) became Muslims and promised to spread Islam (Q72:14). • Muhammed practically demands more respect than Allah. This is why, according to Islamic law, people are put to death whenever they say anything unfavourable about Muhammed. When he became ruler of Mecca, many were killed who criticised his brutality, including two young girls who sang a song critical of Muhammed. Before the people of Mecca were forced to surrender to Islam, they accused Muhammed of being: i) ‘A madman taught by others’ (44:13); ‘A mad poet’ (37:35; 68:2; 81:22; 52:29); ii) ‘A skilled enchanter’ (10:2) influencing people to follow him with lies; iii) Bewitched and controlled by evil spirits and demons, as a medium (17:50; 81:25); iv) Soothsayers divination (69:42) revealing secrets from jinn. When he received a revelation, he heard a bell ring, he got off his horse or camel, covered his head, and ‘the angel presses so hard on me that I think I am going to die’. 1. The Meccans concluded that Muhammed was an impostor because he kept on changing his statements in the Quran. To defend Muhammed, Allah said that it is not Muhammed but Allah himself who keeps on changing his words because he knows best. ‘When we change one verse for another (Allah knows best what he reveals), they say: ‘You are an impostor’. (Q 16:101). 2. As far as the Jews were concerned, Muhammed had no credentials. A true prophet of God could prove his identity by forthtelling events that lay beyond his ability to know. When these prophecies were fulfilled, believers knew the speaker was a true prophet of God. (Deuteronomy 18:22; Isaiah 41:21-24). In the Quran, Muhammed repeatedly mentioned that he brought no signs and performed no miracles; neither did he prophesy future events: ‘The unbelievers ask: “Why has no sign been given him by his Lord?” (7:203; 2:118). “But you are only to give warning”’. (Q13:7,31; 6:37,109). Q 7:203 gives the Quran as the only proof available, yet the Quran contains no fulfilled prophecies to prove it is from God. ‘Say, “This book is a veritable proof from your Lord”.’ 3. Muhammed’s friendship with demons was a big stumblingblock for the Jews.(72:1-15; 46:29-31) The law of Moses commanded Jews to keep away from all who contacted spirits or demons (jinn). ‘Regard not them that have familiar spirits ... to be defiled by them.’ (Leviticus 19:31). Such people were to be put to death: ‘A man or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death.’ (Leviticus 20:27; Deuteronomy 18:10-12). Allah ordered Muhammed that when anything is not clear to him, then he should go to the people of the Book (Jews and Christians) for clarification (Q 10:93,94): ‘If you doubt what we have revealed to you, ask those who have read the Scriptures before you’. The Quran refers to the Bible as: ‘God’s Book’ (3:23). When Muhammed could provide no signs of being a true prophet, the Jews rejected him, so Muhammed bound them by a treaty and changed his attitude toward them by: i) Declaring the Kaba stone at Mecca as the direction of prayer (Qibla) instead of praying toward Jerusalem. This was idolatry by Muhammed because the Kaba at Mecca had 360 idols in it. Eight years later, these idols were removed ‘The foolish will ask, “What has made them turn away from their qiblah (direction of prayer)?”’ (21:142). ii) He changed the fast of Ashura to the fast of Ramadan. iii) He charged the Jews with distorting, concealing and misrepresenting their Scriptures (4:46). iv) He received a revelation from Allah, accusing the Jews of worshipping Ezra as the Son of God (Q 9:30), which they never did. It was an excuse to kill them two years later. Muhammed’s first converts were his family. When his message first became public, the people of Mecca angrily laid siege to his part of Mecca. To appease these pagans, he said it was right to pray to and worship Allah’s three daughters, Al-Lat, Al-Uzza and Manat. This polytheism led to the Satanic Verses being included, whereby Muhammed, supposedly inspired by Satan, succumbed to the temptation to add this passage to appease the pagan mobs in Mecca. (53:19). When his disciples at Medina heard of his lapse into polytheism, they rebuked him strongly. Muhammed then reverted to monotheism and stated that Allah can abrogate (or cancel) a past revelation. He later claimed Gabriel came and rebuked him for this polytheism. After Muhammed’s death, the Satanic Verses were not included in the text of the Quran and were cancelled. This led the pagan Meccans to ridicule Muhammed’s Allah as being unable to make up his mind. Hence, initially, Muhammed claimed that Allah said they could not worship Allah’s three daughters. Then Allah said they could be worshipped. Finally, Allah said they could not be worshipped. Can’t Allah make up his mind? Due to growing hostility and ridicule, Muhammed fled to Taif. Here he made no converts, so he returned to Mecca. On his way back to Mecca, Muhammed claimed to preach to and convert the jinn (genies) in Sura 46:29-35 and 72:1-28. The Quran then claims that the jinn agreed to preach Islam to the people (Shamanism). He soon realised that his family and tribe would not give up idolatry unless they were forced to by violence. The First Battle: He sent six followers to attack and loot a caravan during the truce month. This was known as the Nakhla raid. The Second Battle: Muhammed led the second battle, winning the battle of Badr. This great success led to more followers who wanted to take part in the looting and fighting. The Third Battle being against the Jews: Muhammed first tried to get the Jews to accept him as a prophet by preaching monotheism, keeping the Sabbath, praying toward Jerusalem, appealing to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and praising their Scriptures. When it became clear that the Jews would not follow him, he began killing individual Jews, then attacking Jewish settlements. This gained him much wealth quickly. The Fourth Battle: The Meccans approached Muhammed with a large army. He lost this battle, was struck in the mouth by a sword and almost died, even though he predicted victory. The Fifth Battle: He then attacked Jewish settlements which were easier targets than the Meccans. After one Jewish town surrendered, 800-1000 Jewish men were beheaded in one day, their women and children were enslaved, and their possessions looted. The Sixth Battle: Having a larger army, he made a 10-year peace treaty with the Meccan authorities. Yet within one year, he broke the treaty and, with a large army, forced Mecca to surrender and accept him as political and religious leader. He stopped idol worship by violence. He murdered a woman who ridiculed him for including some of her father’s poems in the Quran. As leader of Mecca, Arab tribesmen began to flock to him from all sides. 8. MOHAMMED’S WIVES. Muhammed’s greatest weakness was women. Several problems here are: i) Because the Quran in Sura 4:3 forbids taking more than four wives, for Muhammed to have taken more wives would have been a sin against Allah’s word. Being Allah’s prophet, he considered himself above all such laws. The Muslim scholar, Ali Dashti, states that Muhammed had 16 wives and 6 concubines. ii) In his 50’s Muhammed wanted to marry his friend Abu-Bakar’s six-year-old daughter, Aesha. When Abu-Baker resisted the idea, Muhammed claimed it was the will of Allah, so Muhammed got his way and married her while she was still playing with dolls, aged 6 years. Mohammed consummated the marriage when she was aged 9 years. (Mohammed’s will and Allah’s will were almost identical). In the West this behaviour is paedophilia and child abuse, one of the most despised crimes. “Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Al-Madina. He stayed there for two years or so and then he wrote the marriage contract with Aishah when she was a girl of 6 years of age, and consummated that marriage when she was nine years old.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol.5, 3896). iii) When Muhammed wanted to marry his adopted son’s wife, Zainab, his son, being happily married, protested. Muhammed claimed it was Allah’s will (Q33:35-37), so they had to divorce and allow Zainab to marry Muhammed. If Allah had been the true God of the Bible, he would have disciplined Muhammed like God did to David for stealing Uriah’s wife. iv) Muhammed taught that a Muslim man can have up to four wives, but only if he can treat them justly. According to his desires, he got revelation to have more wives. He tried to treat his wives justly by allocating them certain time slots. When it was Hafsa’s turn, Muhammed broke his oath and went off with a beautiful slave girl, Maria the Coptic. As a result, his wives protested against Muhammed’s continually breaking his oaths and promises with them. Muhammed consulted Allah who, not surprisingly, supported the prophet, rebuking the wives, calling on them to repent, threatening them with divorce, and allowing Muhammed to marry other women instead. (Q 66:1-5). ‘Allah has allowed you to break your oaths.’ (Q 66:2). Pickthall thinks that this privilege of breaking oaths is for all Muslims. Hence Muslims can lie as much as they want. The God of the Bible says: ‘Let your yes be yes and your no be no, all else cometh of evil.’ (Matthew 5:37; James 5:12). v) Allah gave Mohammed full licence to marry or have sex with any woman (33:50- 55). ‘Prophet, we have made lawful to you the wives to whom you have granted dowries and the slavegirls whom Allah has given you as booty; 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. You may put off (divorce) any of your wives.’ (33:50,51). vi) Temporary Marriage or Mutah. Today known as a one-night-stand. Mohammed allowing Muslims to have a temporary wife was another attraction to follow him. Temporary marriage was practised alongside permanent marriage by Muslims from the beginning of Mohammed’s migration to Medina (622 AD) until the second Caliph banned it in 640 AD. Muslims do not like non-Muslims knowing about them being allowed to make a temporary marriage. Why? A Muslim man may marry temporarily a Western woman in the West. This will enable him to bring his own wife or wives and children from overseas. Since Mohammed and Allah allow Muslims to lie to their wives, or in the case of Holy War, they can easily tell any woman that they are not married at all, even though they may have several wives overseas. The Western woman marries the Muslim man, unaware of his wives overseas. The Muslim man then arranges with the Immigration Department to bring his wives and children into the Western country. When they are here, he may divorce his Western wife or, better still for him, make her live separately so he can collect large weekly payments from social security for his Western wife, as well as family allowance for her children and his newly migrated children. If each of his four wives plus his temporary wife have four children (sometimes up to 12 children each), this is about $2,000 per week family allowance for a total of 20 children. The Muslim man can live comfortably on government handout without having to go to work. Also, he can assure himself of a place in paradise for contributing to Jihad (holy war) against the West and in spreading Islam. Since Mohammed allowed and did not forbid temporary marriage, Muslims today consider it as legitimate marriage and not adultery. Their reasoning is: ‘Whatever is allowed by Muhammed is all right for Muslims’. Even the Quran allows it by calling spouses of temporary marriage as ‘wives’ or ‘slave girls’: ‘Who restrain their carnal desire (save with their wives and slave girls, for these are lawful to them’. (Q 23:5-7 and 70:25-31). It may seem attractive to men to have four or more wives, but the downside is that often the wives have terrible fights with each other, and family life becomes a nightmare. 9. ALLAH, MOHAMMED and the QURAN GIVE MUSLIMS PERMISSION TO LIE WITHOUT GUILT Samuel Zwemmer, one of the greatest experts on Islam, says: ‘According to orthodox Islamic tradition, a lie is justifiable in three cases: 1. To reconcile two parties; 2. To satisfy one’s wife; 3. In case of war (El Itidayah, Vol 4, p 81; The Moslem Doctrine of God, p 41). Professor Abdul Natiq explains that ‘it is quite lawful to tell something which is not true at all, that may reconcile people’. He adds a tradition from Umal Kalsum (daughter of Mohammed) that ‘Mohammed only allowed people to lie, firstly, in the case of war to deceive the enemy; secondly, to reconcile two parties, and thirdly, when husband and wife talk together.’ He says that Allah and Muhammed are well pleased by this as it is for the betterment of Islam. (Islam Studies for Degree Class, p. 77-79). Examples of Allah and Muhammed in the Quran permitting Muslims to tell lies: 1. If non-Muslim masters persecute Muslim slaves, the Muslim slaves may lie that they have renounced Islam to avoid trouble: ‘Whoso, after he has believed in Allah denies him, if he were forced to do it, and if his heart remains steadfast in the faith, shall be guiltless’. (Q16:106-110). This applies to Muslims today who are in a difficult situation because of their faith, to lie saying that they are not Muslims, to save their skins. 2. When Mohammed wanted to kill the Jews for rejecting Islam, he had Allah saying that the Jews must be killed because they worshipped Ezra as the Son of God. This is a complete lie, but remember Allah can lie any time to get his own way. And so can Muslims. ‘Allah has given you absolution from such oaths’. (Q 66:2). Allah in Quran 9:29 commanded Mohammad to fight against Jews and Christians. ‘Fight’ (Qatlova) in Arabic means to ‘kill’. ‘Fight (Qatlova = kill) those to whom the Scriptures (Bible) were given ... who do not believe in Allah, ... and do not embrace the true faith (Islam), until they pay tribute and are utterly subdued. The Jews say Ezra is the Son of God, while Christians say the Messiah is the Son of God. Allah confound them! How perverse they are.’ (Q9:29,30). Thus, Allah, Mohammed and Muslims can lie for the betterment of Islam. Muslims may take an oath, but in reality it means nothing, because Allah has stated that Muslims are free from their oaths. (Q 66:2). 3. When Muhammed had promised to spend the night with one of his wives named Hafsa, he met beautiful Maria the Coptic and spent the night with her instead of Hafsa. This broke his promise to his wives. Allah jumped to his defence with a threat to divorce all his wives if they kept protesting. (Q66:1-5). 4. When Allah put love (lust) in Mohammed’s heart for his adopted son’s wife Zainab, Mohammed wanted to marry her. He realised that there would be a public outcry for him stealing his son’s wife. So Mohammed made up a revelation from Allah rebuking him for hiding his love for Zainab. This gave Allah’s sanction to Mohammed stealing his son’s wife. (33:36-38). Because Allah was always there to help Mohammed get any woman he wanted, he could always make rules to justify his deeds. Question: Was Mohammed a true prophet of the true God? Answer: It seems that Muhammed made up his own god who gave him a licence to sin. The Quran tells us that all Mohammed’s past and future sins were forgiven (48:1,2). 10. TWO SERMONS BY DEMONS in the Quran and THEIR PROMISE TO SPREAD MOHAMMED’S RELIGION ISLAM. (72:1-15 and 46:29-31). When Mohammed could not stop idol worshippers and, with division in his ranks, his wife Khadijah and his uncle/protector died in 620 AD. He felt totally rejected and very depressed, so he went to Al Taif for help. Nobody helped him there except a Christian slave who gave him some food to eat. Here Mohammed cried to Allah for help and jinn (demons) came to help him. These demons accepted his religion and went out as missionaries for Islam. If evil demons agree to spread Islam, then Islam must be evil and of the devil. How can we believe a speech of demons whose very nature is to lie and to spread error? Notice that the demons support the Muslim false understanding about Jesus Christ as follows: ‘Our lord hath taken no spouse, neither hath he any offspring.’ (72:1-15). Jinn (demons) said, ‘O our people, listen to the one who invites you to Allah, and believe in him: he will forgive you your sins and deliver you from a woeful scourge.’ (Q 46:29-31). These demons readily agreed with Muhammed in his denial of Jesus Christ being the Son of God. They point people away from Christ to Muhammed for forgiveness of sins. This should convince any thinking person that, if evil demons recommend us to Mohammed, then we should reject Mohammed and Islam, and turn to Jesus Christ whom demons hate. 11. DEATH TO THOSE WHO LEAVE ISLAM The Quran teaches that there is no compulsion in religion. (Mohammad made this statement early in his mission to get the cooperation of Jews and Christians in Medina). Yet this is proven to be another lie of Allah’s, as seen from statements to the contrary in the Quran such as: 1. Allah says: ‘If they desert you, seize them and put them to death wherever you find them.’ Q 4:89 2. Allah says: ‘If, after coming to terms with you, they break their oaths, and revile your faith, make war on the leaders of unbelief - for no oaths are binding on them. Make war on them: Allah will chastise them at your hands and humble them.’ (Q 9:12-14). S Zwemmer in The Law of Apostasy in Islam says. ‘If anyone turns away from Islam he becomes “Kaffir”, and whosoever is a Kaffir deserves death at the hands of the Muslims.’ Hence, Mohammad’s followers today fight those who leave Islam. 12. THE HIJRA On 20 June 622 AD, Mohammed accompanied by Abu-Bakar, arrived at Medina (from Mecca) where he lived till his death. This is called the Hijra (or flight) marking the beginning of the Muslim calendar. The Jews at Medina mocked him when he posed as a prophet. Medina was 60% Jewish, and was 450 km north-west of Mecca. The Quran often mentions the Hypocrites who did not accept Mohammed in their hearts, but put up with him because they were not powerful enough to fight him. 13. RAIDING (Mohammed’s profession) - THE MEANS TO SPREAD ISLAM When Muhammed moved to Medina, he had been preaching for 13 years and had gained only about 100 followers, most of whom were poor. Farming was difficult in the desert. The only short-cut to wealth was looting caravans and raiding weaker tribes. They stole women and children, selling them back to their husbands and fathers. The Quran says: ‘True believers are those who fight for Allah.’ (49:15 and 4:76). In Mohammed’s 10 years at Medina, he planned 150 battles. Mohammed organised raiding parties because he loved women, wealth, fame and to spread his religion. The aim of raiding parties was to steal animals, women and children and to loot the caravans. He sold those he didn’t like into slavery and kept the pretty women for himself. 20% of the loot had to go to Mohammed. When Muslims grew stronger, they looted stronger tribes, Arabia, other countries and finally hope to conquer the world. There was no change in people’s spiritual or moral state after they became Muslims. The only attraction was to be protected from Islamic raids and to loot non-protected people. Although Muslims were commanded to brutally kill and loot non-Muslims, they were forbidden to deceive Mohammed and Allah. They were to honestly give them 20% of the loot captured. Mohammed ordered his men to ‘kill those who disbelieve in Allah’. (LOM, p 672). After the battle of Badr, Muhammed became so powerful that nobody could criticise him. A woman named Asma criticised Mohammed for killing so many of her tribe. Mohammed had her killed and their fear of death was so strong that the whole tribe became Muslim. The poet Kab ibn Al Ashraf wrote against Mohammed. So Mohammed sent some men to kill Kab. They threw his head at Mohammed’s feet, shouting ‘Allah is great.’ The Quran is full of verses where Mohammed incites people to war and bloodshed: 1. ‘Fight valiantly for Allah’s cause, so that you may prosper.’ (5:35). 2. ‘Whoever fights for the cause of Allah ... we (Allah) shall richly reward him.’ (4:74). 3. ‘Fight for the cause of Allah.’ (2:244; 4:84). 4. ‘Lay hold of them and kill them wherever you find them.’ (4:91). 5. ‘Prophet, rouse the faithful to arms (Al-katal means killing). If there are 20 steadfast men among you, they shall vanquish 200.’ (8:65). 6. ‘Fight against those to whom the Scriptures were given (Christians and Jews).’ (9:29). 7. ‘If you do not go to war, Allah will punish you sternly.’ (9:39). 8. ‘Whether unarmed or well equipped, march on and fight for the cause of Allah, with your wealth and persons.’ (9:41). 9. ‘Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and hypocrites.’ (9:73). 10. ‘When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.’ (9:5). 11. ‘Make war on them: Allah will chastise them at your hands and humble them.’ (9:14). 12. ‘Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them. Allah is with you.’ (9:123). 13. ‘Allah loves those who fight for his cause.’ (61:4). 14. ‘Allah has given those that fight ... a higher rank than those that stay at home.’ (4:95). 15. ‘The offenders are those that seek exemption (from war). They are content to be with those who stay behind ...Hell shall be their home, the punishment for their misdeeds.’ (9:93-95). These Quran quotes show that if a Muslim did not join the looting and killing of non-Muslims, he was disobedient to Allah and would surely go to hell. What a motivation to murder! An example of Mohammed’s butchery was in the seventh year of his stay at Medina where he attacked Khaibur, a Jewish settlement fort on the way to Syria. The Jews surrendered the fort on condition that they be free to leave the country, giving up all their wealth to the Muslims. The chief’s 15-year-old wife was taken as Mohammed’s wife and the chief was tortured to death. Mohammed then decreed that the men should be killed, the women and children be sold into slavery, and the spoils divided among the Islamic army. During the night, trenches were dug, and in the morning male captives were beheaded in groups of five and their bodies cast into the trench. This butchery lasted all day and into late at night. What a genocidal man of Allah was Mohammed. What a lie is ‘Allah the compassionate, the merciful.’ Jesus said, ‘Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning ... he is a liar, and the father of it.’ (John 8:44). Mohammed was inspired by Satan. 14. PREDESTINATION Orthodox Muslims believe that ‘by the force of Allah’s eternal decree, man is not free to do what he wants to do’. One well-known Hadith on predestination says: ‘Allah said to Adam, I have created this family for paradise ... and I have created another family for hell.’ A man said to Mohammed, ‘Of what use will good or bad deeds be?’ Allah said, ‘When Allah creates one person for the fire, his actions will be like those of the people of hell till he dies.’ It seems that Mohammed adopted predestination to cover all his evil deeds. Predestination gave Mohammed the right to do anything he liked because it was the predestined will of Allah, such as marry a six-year-old, marry his son’s wife, and butcher people. The Quran teaches that people should obey Allah and Mohammed. 15. MOHAMMED’S DEATH Mohammed loved three things: women, scents and food. It was delicious mutton cooked by a beautiful woman that caused his death. Mohammed went to dine with a beautiful Jewess belonging to a tributary Jewish tribe. She cooked for him a shoulder of lamb that she had poisoned. Mohammed tasted a mouthful, detected the poison and spat it out, but his companion died on the spot. Mohammed asked her why she had done this, and she replied because he had enslaved the Jews. She reckoned that if he died, the Jews would be restored to their former prosperity; but if Mohammed was really a prophet, he would recognize the poison beforehand, no harm would be done, and she herself would believe.’ (Islam and the West p 103). When Muhammed died, he was supposed to ascend to heaven after three days, but this didn’t happen. So, after waiting 12 days, they had to bury the body because of the smell. Only Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Jesus Christ, being the true prophet, clearly predicted his death in Matthew 16:21. 16. MOHAMMED COMPARED WITH JESUS CHRIST Since Islam claims that both Jesus and Mohammad were Muslim prophets sent by Allah, then both must agree in all points and never contradict each other. If they contradict, then: 1. Allah is contradicting himself and, thus, could not be the true God; 2. Mohammed is a false prophet, because true prophets never contradict. Some Muslims try to avoid any comparison between Jesus and Mohammed by claiming that the Bible is corrupt. This is wrong for two reasons: 1. If the Bible is corrupt, when was it corrupted and who corrupted it? We have documents of the New Testament every decade as far back as 90 AD and the vast majority of these are identical to today’s KJV New Testament. The Dead Sea Scrolls, dated 200-100 BC, contain every Old Testament book except Esther, and are identical to today’s KJV Old Testament. 2. If the New Testament is corrupt, so is the Quran, because the Quran uses the New Testament gospels for its information on Jesus, such as His virgin birth, etc. Which parts of the New Testament are supposed to be corrupt? Let us compare the life of Jesus Christ from the Bible with the life of Muhammed from the Quran to see who had the credentials of being the true prophet of God. 1) Prophecy: Jesus Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection were clearly predicted in the Old Testament, eg Micah 5:2 predicts Bethlehem as Jesus’ birthplace. Neither the Bible nor pagan soothsayers predicted anything about the coming of Mohammed. Examples of such prophesies include: PROPHECY OLD TESTAMENT NEW TESTAMENT PREDICTION FULFILMENT Born of a virgin Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:18,24,25 Tribe of Judah Genesis 49:10 Luke 3:23,33 House of David Jeremiah 23:5 Luke 3:23 Born at Bethlehem Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1 Preceded by messenger: John the Baptist Isaiah 40:3 Matthew 3:1,2 Ministry to begin in Galilee Isaiah 9:1 Matthew 4:12,13,17 Perform Miracles Isaiah 35:5,6 Matthew 9:35 Teacher of Parables Psalm 78:2 Matthew 13:34 To enter Jerusalem on a donkey Zechariah 9:9 Matthew 21:6-11 Gentile Nations to believe on Him Isaiah 60:3 Acts 13:47,48 To rise from the dead Psalm 16:10 Acts 2:31 To ascend to Heaven Psalm 68:18 Acts 1:9 Betrayed by a friend Psalm 41:9 Matthew 10:4 Sold for 30 pieces of silver Zechariah 11:12 Mathew 26:15 Money to be thrown in the Temple Zechariah 11:13 Matthew 27:5 Money to buy a potter’s field Zechariah 11:13 Matthew 27:7 Forsaken by His disciples Zechariah 13:7 Matthew 14:20 False witnesses accuse Him Psalm 35:11 Matthew 26:59,60 Silent before His accusers Isaiah 53:7 Matthew 27:12 Beaten, wounded, spat on Isaiah 50:6 Matthew 26:67 Hands and feet pierced Psalm 22:16 Luke 23:33 Crucified with thieves Isaiah 53:12 Matthew 27:38 Garments parted and lots cast Psalm 22:18 John 19:23,24 Gall and vinegar offered Him Psalm 69:21 Matthew 27:34 His forsaken cry Psalm 22:1 Matthew 27:46 No bones broken Psalm 34:20 John 19:23 His side pierced Zechariah 12:10 John 19:34 Darkness over land from midday Amos 8:9 Matthew 27:45 Buried in rich man’s tomb Isaiah 53:9 Matthew 27:57-60 Messiah to offer Himself as Prince to Israel Daniel 9:26,27 Luke 19:41-44 173,880 days after 5 March 444BC Messiah comes, Messiah cut off (dies), Daniel 9:26 by Titus in 70 AD Jerusalem and Temple destroyed Jews lose power to pass death sentence Genesis 49:10 11AD (Josephus, 23 years before the trial of Christ Antiquities(17:13:1-5) Some Muslims claim that Jesus’ promise of the coming of the Comforter in John 14:16-16:15 was fulfilled in Mohammed. This is wrong because: a) The Comforter is said to be the Holy Spirit in John 14:26; b) The Comforter will stay with Christians forever (John 14:16) and shall be in you (John 14:17), yet Mohammed did not stay with Christians forever, as he died in 632 AD, nor could he be in Christians; c) The Holy Spirit Comforter came at Pentecost in Acts 2:1-4, not 500 years later. 2) Birth: Jesus Christ was conceived miraculously in the womb of the virgin Mary. The Quran and orthodox Islam fully accept Jesus Christ’s virgin birth. On the other hand, Mohammed was conceived naturally of human parents. This means Mohammed was born with a sin nature, but Jesus inherited no sin nature. 3) Sinlessness: The New Testament states that Jesus Christ lived a sinless, perfect life. It says He ‘knew no sin.’ (II Corinthians 5:21). His enemies could find ‘no fault’ in Him. (Luke 23:4). Jesus was ‘in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin’. (Hebrews 4:15). But Mohammed was a sinner just like all humans. He lied, he cheated, he lusted after women, he broke his promises, he murdered people, etc. Mohammed was not sinless. Ask: ‘Where in the Quran does it state that Mohammed was sinless?’ Nowhere, but in the following places the Quran states that Mohammed was a sinner: i Allah commands Mohammed in Sura 40:55 ‘Ask forgiveness for your sins.’ ii ‘We have given you (Mohammed) a glorious victory (taking of Mecca in 630 AD), so that Allah may forgive you your past and future sins ..’ (Sura 48:1,2). Mohammed was just another sinner needing forgiveness and Jesus Christ’s salvation. 4) Miracles: In Jesus’ three-year ministry, He did many miracles such as healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons, multiplying loaves and fishes, stilling the wind and the waves, etc. Mohammed never performed any miracles, as stated in Sura 17:91-95. In the Quran, when doubters asked Mohammed to perform a miracle, he either stayed quiet or referred to his Quran, which contain no prophecies. Every Biblical prophet either did miracles or correctly foretold future events, but Mohammed could do neither, thus making him inferior to every Biblical prophet. The Quran mentions Jesus’ miracles: ‘I shall heal the blind man and leper, and raise the dead to life.’ (3:49). 5) The Love of God: Jesus lived and preached the love of God. The New Testament shows that God loves sinners: i ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’ (John 3:16). ii ‘He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love.’ (I John 4:8). iii ‘We love him, because he (God) first loved us.’ (I John 4:19). iv ‘Then Jesus beholding him loved him (the rich young ruler).’ (Mark 10:21). v Jesus was called ‘a friend of publicans and sinners.’ (Matthew 11:19). vi ‘Love one another, as I have loved you.’ (John 15:12). vii ‘God commends his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5:8). viii ‘As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.’ (John 15:9). ix Jesus prayed for those who crucified him: ‘Father forgive them for they know not what they do.’ (Luke 23:34). x Jesus said: ‘Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you…’ (Matthew 5:44). xi ‘Nothing…shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Rom. 8:38,39). xii ‘Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us.’ (Ephesians 5:2). xiii ‘Husbands love your wives as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it.’ (Ephesians 5:22). Don’t beat them. (Q4:34). In contrast, Mohammed never preached the love of God. The Quran never mentions Allah loving man, or man loving Allah. Instead, Allah delights in sending everyone to hell (Q 19:71). Allah lies, hates his enemies, demands that multitudes be killed and sent to hell, etc. 6) Jesus is both God and Man: Mohammad was only a man. The Bible calls Jesus God in these places: i ‘Unto us a child is born ... his name shall be called The Mighty God’. (Isaiah 9:6). ii Jesus allowed Thomas to call Him ‘My Lord and my God’. (John 20:28). iii ‘Feed the church of God which He hath purchased with His own blood’. (Acts 20:28). iv ‘God was manifest in the flesh’. (I Timothy 3:16). v ‘Looking for that blessed hope and glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ’. (Titus 2:13). God and Jesus are one. (II Peter 1:1). vi ‘Unto the Son he saith: “Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever”’. (Hebrews 1:8). vii ‘In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God’. (John 1:1). viii ‘There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one’. (I John 5:7). 7) Killing and Robbing People: Jesus never killed or robbed anyone. If he had, it would have been brought up at His trial. On the other hand, Mohammed killed, robbed and enslaved tens of thousands of people. Indeed, robbing and looting caravans, tribes and cities was his chief source of income. (20%M). 8) Telling Disciples to Kill: Jesus never commanded or set an example for His disciples to kill, rob or fight enemies in His name. But Mohammad taught his disciples by command and example to kill, rob, lie and terrorise people to submit to Islam. 9) Physical Violence and Terrorism: Jesus forbad His disciples from using physical violence to force people to believe His message. When a Samaritan village rejected Jesus, His disciples asked: ‘Shall we command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?’ Jesus rebuked them and said, ‘For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them’. (Luke 9:51-56). In Matthew 26:51-54 Jesus forbad Peter from using a sword. But Mohammed’s main method of gaining converts was by physical violence of the sword, terrorism and fear of death unless they accept Islam. 10) Taking Other Men’s Wives: Jesus never took another man’s wife to be his wife. But Mohammed often did. This is one of the most disgusting aspects of his life. Mohammed saw his adopted son’s wife without her veil, he lusted after her, asked Zaid to divorce his wife Zainab and, to quieten the public outcry, manufactured a convenient revelation from Allah allowing it, so they were married. ‘Allah’s commandment (to marry Zainab) must be performed. There is no fault in the prophet, touching what Allah had ordained for him.’ (Sura 33:36-38). This Quranic passage has led many thinking Muslims to renounce Islam. When Mohammed conquered a town, he often killed all the men and married the prettiest women. For example, when he conquered Khaibar, a Jewish settlement, he tortured to death the chief Kinana, and married Safiyye his 15-year-old wife. 11) Child Brides: Jesus was never a child molester, nor a paedophile, nor was He sexually involved with young children. But when Mohammad was in his 50’s he married six-year-old Aesha when she was playing with dolls, consummating the marriage when she was age 9-14, according to the Hadith. 12) Dying for the Sins of the World: Islam has no concept of a Saviour paying the penalty for our sins. When Jesus died, He died for the sins of all people to save us from hell: ‘That he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.’ (Hebrews 2:9). But when Muhammad died, he was poisoned for murdering a tribe of people. He did not die for anyone else’s sins. There is no Saviour or Sin Bearer in Islam. 13) Jesus Rose from the Dead After Three Days: When Mohammed died, he stayed dead, as any man does. Muslims therefore have no victory over the grave and death. 14) Jesus Ascended Bodily to Heaven as witnessed by the disciples in Acts 1:8-11. But Mohammed stayed dead and buried. 15) Jesus is now in Heaven as our Intercessor, Mediator and Saviour. But neither Mohammed nor the Quran ever regard Mohammed as a saviour or intercessor. The Quran states that man has no intercessor or saviour. You have to save yourself: ‘They have no guardian or intercessor besides Allah’. (6:51,70). ‘None has power to intercede for you.’ (10:3). 16) Jesus was Often Worshipped as God. ‘Let all the angels of God worship Him’. (Hebrews 1:6). But the Quran never speaks of worshipping Mohammed. That would be blasphemy. The Quran contradicts itself here by saying that Allah commanded the angels to worship Adam (Q 2:34). This is blasphemy. Yet the Quran doesn’t ask us to worship Mohammed. Is Adam greater than Muhammed? Is Adam God? Jesus accepted worship in Matthew 2:11; 14:33; 28:9,17; Luke 24:52; John 9:38; etc.. 17) Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ. When anybody receives Jesus Christ as their Saviour, they become sons of God, with God becoming their loving Heavenly Father. We love Jesus for saving us and giving us eternal life. Which Muslim ever has a personal, loving friendship with Mohammed? Nobody can have a friendship with Mohammed because he is dead. 18) Jesus Gives us a High Moral Example to Follow by living for others, dying for sinners, and living a sinless life always pleasing God the Father. Mohammed did not give us a high moral example. His many sinful, murderous actions explain why so many Muslims are keen to kill their enemies. 19) Jesus Christ’s Beauty of Speech. When you study Jesus Christ’s speeches such as the Sermon on the Mount, (Matthew 5,6,7); the Parables (Matthew 13,20,22,25); rebuking the Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 15,16,23); the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24); the New Birth (John 3); the woman at the well (John 4), Jesus’ credentials (John 5); Jesus the Bread of Life (John 6); Jesus the Light of the World (John 8); Jesus the Good Shepherd (John 10); Jesus raises Lazarus (John 11); the Comforter (John 14-16); Jesus the True Vine (John 15); Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer (John 17), etc, these show Him to be the greatest speaker that ever lived. Compare Jesus’ speeches with Mohammed’s repetitive speeches with no logical train of thought, filled with hatred of non-Muslims, threats of hell torture and many commands to go to Jihad war, etc. with little style or substance, and you will realise that Jesus is infinitely superior to Mohammed. 20) Jesus will Return to Earth to Resurrect and Judge all Men. Orthodox Muslims admit this. The Quran never mentions Mohammed returning to earth, raising the dead or judging all men. Jesus is the coming King and Judge. Mohammed can’t do this because he is dead. Years later in debates with Christians, embarrassed Muslims being faced with the obvious fact that Mohammed was inferior to Jesus Christ, invented myths about Mohammed being sinless, doing miracles, ascending to heaven, etc. These claims are not found in the Quran or in early Muslim traditions. Later Muslim theologians borrowed events from the life of Jesus and attributed them to Mohammed. The Muslim myths of Mohammed’s miracles all date after heated debates between Christians and Muslims, and were invented in response to the challenge that Jesus Christ was obviously superior to Mohammed. On all the essential issues, Jesus is vastly superior to Mohammed. 17. IS THE QURAN THE PERFECT WORD OF GOD? The Bible has much historical narrative - the Quran has very little. The Bible explains unfamiliar terms - the Quran does not. The Bible is ordered according to time and subject - the Quran has no logical order of thought. a) Although Muhammed claimed to be a prophet of God, he did not foresee his own death by poisoning, so he made no preparations to gather his revelations into one document. If he were a true prophet of God, he would have known the meal was poisoned and would not have eaten it. It was left to his followers to try to write down what he said. The Concise Encyclopedia of Islam p 230 states: ‘The Quran was collected from the chance surfaces on which it was written: from papyrus, flat stones, palm leaves, shoulder blades and ribs of animals, pieces of leather, wooden boards,and the hearts of men’. b) Sometimes animals ate the palm leaves or mats on which the only original Suras were written (Ali Dashti, 23 years, p28). Some men who were the only ones who remembered certain Suras, died in battle before they could write them down. c) The Quran is arranged beginning with the longest Sura to the shortest Sura. This results in the confusion of no logical chronology. d) Commands early in the Quran are contradicted by later commands. e) The Quran repeats statements and stories many times f) The Quran is incomplete. It has no beginning of the universe, nor does it conclude with the end of earth’s history as does the Bible. g) The Quran could not be a continuation of the Bible as it claims, because it does not fit the Bible’s literary style or structure. To go from the Bible to the Quran is to go from the superior to the inferior, from the greater to the lesser, from the real to the counterfeit. 1. Missing Verses. Professor Guillaume in his book Islam p 191 states that one of the Suras (Sura 33) originally had 200 verses in the days of Aesha, Mohammed’s favourite wife, but by the time the third Caliph Uthman standardised the text of the Quran, it only had 73 verses. A total of 127 verses had been lost forever from that Sura. ‘The Shiite Muslims claim that Uthman left out 25% of the original verses of the Quran for political reasons.’ (McClintock and Strong, Vol 5, p 152). 2. Verses Changed. One of Mohammed’s scribes, Abdollah Sarh, would make suggestions to Mohammed about rephrasing, adding or leaving out parts of the Quran’s Suras. Mohammad often did as he suggested. Ali Dashti, 23 Years, p 98 explains: ‘Abdollah renounced Islam because the revelations, if from God, could not be changed at the prompting of a scribe as he. After he left Islam, he went to Mecca and joined the Qorayshites.’ When Mohammed conquered Mecca, one of the first people he killed was Abdollah, because he knew too much and opened his mouth too often. 3. Verses Abrogated (removed from the text). Verses which are contradictory to Islam have been removed from the text. Examples include the Satanic Verses where Mohammed approved the worship of Allah’s three daughters as goddesses. 4. Verses Added. For example, Ubai had several Suras in his Quran which Uthman omitted from his standard text used today. Uthman did not approve of these so he omitted them. 5. No Original. When Mohammed died, there was no collected text of the Quran. Any original writings on palm leaves, tree bark, stones, leather, etc. have long been lost. If a Muslim claims that they have the original Quran, ask where this original manuscript is stored. 6. The Third Caliph, Uthman (650 AD) established the official text of the Quran and destroyed earlier conflicting texts. Ask: a) Why did Uthman destroy other manuscripts if there were no other conflicting manuscripts? b)Why did he use death threats to force people to accept his text, if everyone had the same text? c) Why did many people reject his text in favour of their own texts? d)Why did he have to standardise a common text if a perfect text already existed? Some of these older Quran texts have survived and clearly show that Uthman’s text did not contain all the Quran. Encyclopedia Brittanica under “Caliphate”states: “Encouraged by the Caliph’s weakness, and by preachers who denounced his errors and innovations, notably his issue of an official text of the Quran and his order to destroy all others, the troops in Kufia and Al Fustat rebelled. A party from Egypt, headed by the son of Abu-Bakr, marched to Medina, beseiged Uthman in his house and killed him on June 17, 656 AD. 7. Mohammed’s Fingerprints. Muslims claim that the Quran was handed down from heaven and Mohammed was not its human author. Then why does its dialect, vocabulary, style and content happen to be the same Arabic used by a member of the Quraysh tribe living in Mecca around 600 AD? Does heaven speak 7th Century Quraysh Arabic? No, Muslim claims of the Quran having a heavenly origin are fictitious. It is of human origin. 18. MISTAKES IN THE Quran Many modern Muslims love to criticise the Bible as being corrupt and contradictory, but when anyone dares to criticise the Quran, they label this as rude, offensive and racist. Muslims claim the Quran to be true, but they cannot prove it. If Muslims are free to criticise the Bible, then others should be free to criticise the Quran. Muslims must agree that in the West everybody is free to criticise the Bible, the Quran, the Hadith, the Book of Mormon or any ‘holy’ book. Any religion which doesn’t allow people to examine its sacred book, using normal rules of research and logic, obviously has something to hide. Since the Quran claims to have no errors as proof of its inspiration in Sura 85:21,22, the presence of just one error in the Quran shows it to be false and not from God. ‘Surely this is a glorious Koran, inscribed on an imperishable tablet.’ (Sura 85:21,22). Throughout his early ministry, Mohammed constantly endorsed the truth of the Bible as the basis of his Quran. ‘Children of Israel, ... have faith in my revelations, which confirm your Scriptures.’ (2:40). ‘We gave Moses the Scriptures and knowledge of right and wrong, so that you might be rightly guided’ (2:53). ‘the Koran ... confirming previous scriptures.’ (2:97,101). Question: Why is the New Testament God’s Word? Answer: Because it fulfils prophecies given in the Old Testament. Question: Why is the Quran NOT God’s Word? Answer: Because it confirms NO prophecies in the New or Old Testament. The Quran is not a continuation of the New Testament, because the Quran contradicts the New Testament: 1) The Quran claims itself to be a continuation of the Bible and that it will not contradict it. Say: ‘We believe in God and that which is revealed to us (Quran) in what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and the tribes; to Moses and Jesus and the other prophets by their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them.’ (2:136). 2) Hence Muslims believe that the same God (Allah) revealed the Bible and the Quran. 3) Hence the Quran should never contradict the Bible, otherwise Allah would be contradicting himself. 4) If Allah contradicted himself, he is not perfect. 5) If Allah is not perfect, then he is not God. 6) Since the Bible was before the Quran, and the Quran appeals to the Bible for verification, then whenever there is a conflict between the two, the newer (Quran) must give way to the older (Bible). Muslim statement: : Muslims say that the Quran is always right because the Bible has been corrupted and is untrustworthy. Christian reply: ‘Prove it has been corrupted. Who corrupted it, and when did they corrupt it?’ There is no manuscript evidence supporting the Quran’s claim that Jesus was not crucified. The Bible always taught that Jesus died on the cross. Two choices face the Muslim, both of which disprove the Quran. Either, 1. If the Muslim rejects the Bible, he must also reject the Quran because it claims the Bible to be God’s Word, or, 2. If he accepts the Bible, he still must reject the Quran because it contradicts the Bible. Instead of giving up the Quran, some Muslims say that the Bible was corrupted after the Quran was written. This is false because we have Bible portions going back as far as 200 BC in the Dead Sea Scrolls of the Old Testament, and as far back as 90 AD with the New Testament. These are identical to the KJV Bible we have today. Hence the majority of Bible manuscripts have not been corrupted. Logically, then, the Bible must be preferred above the Quran because: 1. The Bible was before the Quran, and 2. The Quran appeals to the Bible as the already established higher authority. 19. MAJOR MISTAKES IN THE QURAN 1. Six or Eight Days of Creation? How many days did it take God to create heaven and earth? a) The Quran in Sura 41:9,10,12 says God took 2 + 4 + 2 = 8 days to create the earth and heavens: ‘Him who created the earth in 2 days ... in 4 days provided it with sustenance for all alike. In 2 days he formed the sky into seven heavens.’ (41:9-12). b) The Bible in Genesis 1:31 and Exodus 20:11 says: ‘In 6 days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day.” Question: Is the Bible corrupt by saying 6 days? If it is, then so is the Quran in 7:51 and 10:3 where it also says 6 days: ‘Your Lord is God, who created the heavens and the earth in 6 days.’ (Q7:51). Hence, if 6 days is right, the Quran is wrong in 41:9,10,12. If 8 days is right, the Quran is wrong in 7:51 and 10:3. 2. Scientific Mistakes. The Quran in 18:85,86 states that Alexander the Great (Dhul-Qarnayn) ‘journeyed on a certain road until he reached the West and saw the sun setting in a pool of black mud.’ This error is that the sun does not set in a pool of black mud, but earth orbits the sun in space. 3. The Trinity. Mohammed never understood the doctrine of the Trinity. He wrongly thought that Christians worshipped three gods: ‘The Father, Mary and Jesus’. ‘Unbelievers say: “God is the Messiah, the son of Mary”. Unbelievers say: “God is one of the three”. There is but one God.’ (5:73). ‘Then Allah will say: “Jesus, son of Mary, did you ever say to mankind: ‘Worship me and my mother as gods beside Allah’?”’(5:116). Christians believe in one God who is in three persons:The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Christians do not believe that Mary is part of the Trinity. The Quran is so clearly wrong here. 4. Usury (Charging Interest) Mohammed condemned usury in the Quran: ‘Allah has permitted trading and made usury unlawful.’ (2:275). ‘Allah has laid his curse on usury.’ (2:276). ‘Believers, ... waive what is still due to you from usury.’ (2:278) ‘We forbad the Jews good things ... because they practise usury.’ (4:161). In 7th Century Arabia, charging interest on money loaned to people was condemned as usury. Modern Muslims openly disobey the Quran here. Today Muslim banks, Muslim governments and Muslims all charge interest and pay interest on money loaned and borrowed. If Muslims strictly obeyed the Quran’s teachings here, there would be no Muslim banks at all. Muslims defend their practice of charging interest (usury) by saying that this was a 7th Century Arabian cultural practice and could be disregarded today. If this principle applied to all other cultural practices in Islam such as dress code, the five pillars, civil and dietary laws, then Islam would collapse immediately. Either the Quran is cultural and can be disobeyed, or it is the word of Allah and must be obeyed. 5. With Allah, is a Day Equal to 1 000 Years or 50 000 Years? (32:5. ‘All will ascend to Him in a single day, a day whose space is a thousand years by your reckoning’. ‘angels and the spirit will ascend to Him in one day: a day whose space is fifty thousand years.’ (70:4). Which is right? - 1 000 years or 50 000 years? Let us be consistent. 6. Did Jesus Die and Rise (19:33) or Did He Not Die (4:157)? ‘He spoke and said: He has ... ordained me a prophet. He has purged me of vanity and wickedness. Blessed was I on the day I was born,and blessed I shall be on the day of my death and on the day I shall be raised to life. Such was Jesus, the son of Mary. That is the whole truth, which they still doubt.’ (19:33). ‘They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but they thought they did. ... they did not slay him for certain. God lifted him up to Him.’ (4:157). Question: How can something stated in 19:33 be denied in 4:157? Which is correct? Think: If Muslims and the Quran state that Jesus never died, but was taken up to heaven alive, then they must admit that: i) Jesus is still alive today in heaven, because people can’t die in heaven; ii) If Jesus has not died (and never will), then Mohammed cannot claim to be the successor of Jesus. iii)If Jesus never died and Mohammed did die, then Jesus is superior to Mohammed. 7. Did All of Noah’s Sons Survive (21:76) or Did One Son Drown (11:42,43)? a) The Quran in 11:42 says that one of Noah’s sons refused to enter the Ark and was drowned in the flood. ‘Noah cried out to his son, who stood apart “Embark with us, my child. Do not remain with the unbelievers!” He replied: “I shall seek refuge in a mountain, which will protect me from the flood”. ... the billows rolled between them, and Noah’s son was drowned’. (11:42,43). b) The Quran contradicts itself in 21:76 by saying that all Noah’s kinsfolk were saved: ‘Noah invoked us, and we answered his prayer. We saved him and all his kinsfolk from the great calamity’. (21:76). The Bible in Genesis 7:1,7,13 and 10:2,6,22 states that Noah’s three sons Shem, Ham and Japheth, all entered the Ark and survived the flood. Hence, the Bible and the Quran state that the Quran is wrong here in 11:42. 8. Historical Characters Out of Their Time Mohammed and 7th Century Arabs did not think in terms of a historical time line as we do today. They viewed time as never ending cycles, with people of different periods living at the same time. This is why the Quran has Nimrod (2300 BC), Abraham (2000 BC), Moses (1500 BC), Haman (510 BC) and Mary (4 BC) all living and working together.The Quran has the Flood (2418 BC), Tower of Babel (2250 BC) and Pharaoh (1500BC) all living at the same time.This is a very serious and obvious blunder that proves the Quran to be man-made and NOT the Word of God, because it violates Bible chronology and secular history. Examples include: i) ‘Pharaoh (1500 BC) said: Make me, Haman (510 BC), bricks of clay and build me a tower (2250 BC) that I may climb to the God of Moses.’ (28:38). Here the Quran has Pharaoh (1500 BC) telling Haman (510 BC) to build the Tower of Babel (2250 BC) with clay bricks to reach up to heaven. ii) ‘When Saul marched out with his army, he said, God will put you to the proof at a certain river. He that drinks from it shall cease to be my soldier, but he that does not drink from it, or contents himself with a taste of it in the hollow of his hand, shall fight by my side.’ (Quran 2:249). Here the Quran confuses King Saul (1000 BC) with Gideon (1249 BC) eliminating his soldiers by the water drinking test. iii) ‘Pharaoh said, “... I will crucify you all”.’ (7:124). Here the Quran has Pharaoh (1500 BC) threatening to crucify people, when crucifixion was not invented until over 1000 years later. iv) ‘We plagued them with floods and locusts, with lice and frogs and blood.’ (7:136). Noah’s flood did not occur in Moses’ day. Nor was a flood one of the 10 plagues on Egypt. The Quran is wrong in 17:100, ‘To Moses we gave nine clear signs.’ God sent 10 plagues on Egypt, not 9. (Exodus 7-12). v) Mohammed confused Mary the mother of Jesus with Miriam (the daughter of Amran 3:34; 66:12) who was the sister of Moses and Aaron. ‘Carrying the child, she came to her people who said to her, Mary, this is indeed a strange thing! Sister of Aaron ...’ (19:28). ‘In Mary, Imran’s (Amram’s) daughter, who preserved her chastity and into whose womb we breathed of our spirit’. (66:12). Quran 66:12 proves the Quran wrong here because Mary, Jesus’ mother, is stated as being the daughter of Imran (or Amram of Exodus 6:20) who was also the father of Moses and Aaron. This mistake was made because Mary and Miriam are spelt the same in Arabic. Mohammed, not having a Bible, would have been unable to distinguish between the two. Mary did not give birth to Jesus under a palm tree (Quran 19:22) but in a manger (eating-trough in a stable in Luke 2:1-20). Mohammed made up fraudulent speeches and miracles for Mary in 19:23-26. 9. ‘The Jews say Ezra is the Son of God.’ (Quran 9:30). The Quran is very wrong here because the Jews have never believed this. Why did Mohammed make up this false statement? Because he wanted an excuse to justify murdering the Jews. 10. ‘Unbelievers are Those That say: “Allah is the Messiah, the Son of Mary”.’ (5:72). Christians never said that Allah is the name of the Messiah Jesus Christ as 5:72 claims. The Messiah is Yahweh, Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man - not Allah. Mistaken identity! 11. A Carnal, Sinful Heaven. The Quran offers a heaven full of wine and free sex. (2:25; 4:57; 11:23; 47:15). If drunkenness and gross immorality are sinful on earth, how are they right in heaven? The Quran’s picture of paradise is exactly what a carnal, pagan 7th Century Arab male would have loved. What benefits do women have in heaven? Women don’t count! 12. Mohammed Misunderstood What ‘Son of God’ Meant. In Mohammed’s mind, to say that God had a Son was to blaspheme God because he thought it meant that God had a male body that had sexual intercourse with Mary. ‘God forbid that he himself should beget a son!’ (Quran 19:35). ‘How should He have a son when he had no consort?’ (Quran 65:101). Jesus Christ was the ‘Son of God’ before He was born of Mary (Proverbs 30:4; Psalm 2:12; Daniel 3:25; 7:13). Neither was Jesus created sexually.‘Son of God’ is a title of Jesus Christ. ‘Son of God’ does not mean that He was produced by sex between God and Mary. Adam was called a ‘son of God’ (Luke 3:38), but Adam was not created by God having sex with a woman. Angels are called ‘sons of God’ (Job 1:6; 2:1), but God did not create them by sexual means. The Quran is 100% wrong on this issue. 13. Noah was age 600 years when the Flood came, not 950 years. (Q29:14). See Genesis 7:11. 20. ARABIAN, JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN SOURCES OF THE Quran Remember that in Mohammed’s lifetime the Old Testament and New Testament had not been translated into Arabic. Mohammed had the Jewish “Targum” and “Apocryphal Gospels” which contained many fictitious stories which he made small changes to and put them into the Quran. This proves that Mohammed wrote the Quran from earthly sources available to him. Therefore the Quran is not of heavenly origin, nor should we believe it as God’s Word. 1. Arabian Sources The Quran repeats Arabian fables as if they were true. Examples include: i) The story of an entire village of people who were turned into apes for fishing on the Sabbath day, was a popular legend in Mohammed’s day. ‘Each Sabbath the fish appeared before them floating on the water, but on the week days they never came near them. Thus did we tempt them because they had done wrong.’ (7:163). ‘We said to them, ‘Turn into detested apes’. (7:166; 2:65). ii) The story of seven men and their animals who slept for 309 years in a cave and then woke up (Q 18:9-26): ‘We made them sleep in the cave for many years, and then awakened them (Q 18:12) after 309 years. (18:26).’ iii) The fable of four dead cut-up birds getting up and flying was well known in Mohammed’s time: ‘Take four birds, cut their bodies to pieces, Scatter them over the mountain tops, then call them back. They will come swiftly to you’. (Quran 2:260). 2. Jewish Sources. The Quran takes stories from the Jewish Talmud, the Midrash and Apocrypha. Abraham Geiger in 1833 and Abraham Katsh in 1954 (New York University) documented this. i) The birth of Mary and the story of Allah giving her food comes from the Protoevangelium of James the Lesser. ‘Whenever Zacharias visited her in the Shrine he found that she had food with her. ‘Mary”, he said, “where is this food from?” “It is from Allah” she answered’. (Q 3:35-37). ii) The Quran claims that Mary gave birth to Jesus under a palm tree which gave her fresh ripe dates. This came from the Protoevangelium of James the Lesser. iii) Sura 27:17-44 comes from the Second Targum of Esther. Solomon’s forces of jinn (demons), men and birds were called to Solomon. The lapwing was absent, so Solomon threatened to kill it. The lapwing on arrival told Solomon about the Queen of Sheba ruling a nation of idolators. One of Solomon’s jinn offered to bring her throne 600 miles in an instant. When the Queen came to Solomon, she submitted to Allah. iv) In 2:259 we read the unrealistic tale about Allah causing a man and his ass to die for 100 years, then raising them up to see that his food and drink had not rotted. This was a Jewish fable that Mohammad put in the Quran. v) In the Targum of Jerusalem, the Targum of Jonathan ben Uzziah, and in pirke Rabbi Eleazer, we find the legend of how when Cain killed his brother Abel, a raven taught him how to bury the dead body. This story was included in the Quran in 5:30,31: ‘Then Allah sent down a raven which dug the earth to show him how to bury the naked corpse of his brother.’ vi) The story of two angels, Harut and Marut, who teach mankind magic and cause division between man and wife, was taken from the Midrash Yalkut Chapter 44 and included in the Quran 2:102. vii) The story in the Quran 7:171 of Allah lifting up Mount Sinai and holding it over the Jews’ heads as a threat to squash them if they rejected the law came from the Jewish book Abodah Sarah. ‘We suspended the mountain over them (they feared it was falling down on them) ...’ 7:171. viii) Mohammed taught that a scale will be used on judgment day to weigh a person’s good deeds and bad deeds, to determine whether one goes to heaven or hell. He learned this from the Testament of Abraham and put it in the Quran 101:6-9. ‘Then he whose scales are heavy shall dwell in bliss; but he whose scales are light, the Abyss shall be his home.’ (101:65). The problem with this is that, compared with God, we are all big sinners, none of us is righteous. Mohammed is comparing sinners with sinners, but if the true Holy God was writing it, sinners would be compared to God. ix) The idea of seven hells and seven heavens comes from the Jewish books Zohar and the Hagigah. ‘God created the seven heavens one above the other’ (71:15; 67:3; 65:12). (II Corinthians 12:2. The Bible says there are only three heavens: the atmosphere, space and where God’s throne is located. x) The false story of Jesus as a baby speaking in the cradle, came from Egypt (150 AD). Mohammed wrote this in the Quran 19:29,30, copying it from the false First Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ. xi) The false story of Jesus as a child making clay birds and breathing life into them, was copied from Thomas’ Gospel of the Infancy of Christ and placed in the Quran (3:49). The Bible tells us in John 2:11 that Jesus’ first miracle was at Cana of Galilee, not as a child. xii) The Jewish idea, ‘whosoever kills a man, it shall be as if he had killed the whole of mankind’, was written in Mishna Sanhadrin (4:5) and found its way into the Quran (5:32). xiii) The tale of Abraham being delivered from Nimrod’s fire (Q 37:97,98) came from the Midrash Rabbah, because the city of ‘Ur’ sounded like fire ‘Or’ in Aramaic. 3. Pagan Sources. Mohammad got some of his ideas from Hinduism and Zoroastrianism. The following were previously known stories which were later attributed to Mohammad: i) The flying trip through the seven heavens. ii) The Houries of paradise. iii) Paradise with rivers of wine and women (Persian origin). iv) The Peacock story. v) Praying five times a day toward Mecca, came from the Serbians. vi) Imraul Qaais’ daughter, on hearing Q 54:1,29,31,46, recognised them as her father’s poem and demanded to know how her father’s verses had become part of divine revelation, supposedly preserved on stone in heaven. (Dr A Shorroh p 193). vii) Worshipping at the Kabah stone. viii) Fasting for part of a day for one month. ix) Temporary marriage (Muta) was a well-known pagan Arabian custom. x) Cutting off a thief’s hand (Q 5:38) came from the Code of Hammurabi, Law 253. Conclusion: Although devout Muslims sincerely believe that Islam’s doctrines came from heaven and not from earthly sources, historians have clearly proven them to come from pre-Islamic Arabian culture. Thus, Mohammad did not preach anything new. Even the idea of the one true God was borrowed from Jews and Christians. These facts prove Islam to be false, Allah is not God, Mohammed was not His prophet, and the Quran is not the Word of God. 21. NONSENSE IN THE HADITH Muslims believe that the Hadith is just as divinely inspired and as authoritative as the Quran. The Hadith is a collection of early Muslim traditions which record Mohammed’s words and deeds according to his wives, family, friends and Muslim leaders. The Muslim scholar, Dr Muhammed Hamidullah , in Introduction to Islam states that, ‘The original teachings of Islam are found above all in the Quran and the Hadith’ (p 250), and that these are ‘the basis of all Islamic law’ (p 163), and ‘both the Quran and Hadith are based on divine inspiration’. (p 23). The Muslim writer, Abdalatati, in his book Islam in Focus says, ‘All the articles of faith are based upon and derived from the Quran and the Traditions (Hadith) of Muhammed.’ (p 21). Hence, orthodox Muslims consider the Hadith to be divinely inspired and authoritative. We use the nine-volume translation of Al-Bukhari’s Hadith by Dr Muhammad Muhsin Khan entitled The Translation of the Meaning of Sahih Al-Bukhari. (Kazi Publications, Lahore, Pakistan, 1979). It is recommended and approved by all Muslim authorities. The Introduction states: ‘Al-Bukhari only chose 7275 Hadiths, of which there is no doubt about their authenticity. Allah revealed to Muhammad the Glorious Quran and the Second Inspiration ie: his traditions’. ‘Al-Bukhari’s work is the most authentic book after the Quran’. (p 14). Every Muslim must believe and obey the Hadith. Key: Many Muslims, when confronted with some of Mohammed’s absurd teachings in the Hadith, will deny the Hadith’s authority and inspiration. Mohammed’s absurd statements in the Hadith prove clearly that it could not be God inspired. Muslims, when faced with Mohammed’s absurd statements in the Hadith, are forced to: i) defend the ridiculous and to bury their rational mind in an attempt to defend the indefensible; or ii) admit that Muhammed is not a true prophet of God, that Muhammed is wrong, and that they must hence leave Islam as error. Any thinking, honest Westerner, when faced with Muhammed’s foolish statements in the Hadith, would never consider Islam as a serious religion again. The Hadith sets forth the rules and rituals Muslims must follow to earn their salvation and obtain Allah’s forgiveness. One mistake can cancel all good works you have done so far. Consider these ‘gems of wisdom’ from Muhammed in the Hadith: 1. He did not like people asking him questions about his claims to prophethood or revelation. He said: ‘Allah has hated you ... for asking too many questions’. (Vol 2, No 555 and Vol 3, No 591). 2. When a Muslim man converted to Christianity, died and was buried, the earth would not accept his body but kept throwing it out of the grave. (Vol 4, No 814, 3617). 3. Shouting Food. As Muhammed ate food, the food would shout out loud and glorify Allah (Vol 4, No 779, 3579). 4. Muhammed taught that the majority of people in hell were women. ‘ The Prophet said, “I was shown the Hell-fire and the majority of its dwellers were women”.’ 5. Women are deficient in intelligence. (Vol 1, No 28,301 and Vol 2, No 161). Vol 2, No 541 tells us that most people in hell are women because, ‘O women! I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you.’ This is why women are not given equal rights under Islamic law. 6. A woman’s court testimony is worth only half that of a man. ‘The Prophet said: “Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half that of a man?” The woman said, “Yes”. He said, “This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind”.’ (Vol 3, No 826). 7. Muhammad taught that people are tortured in hellfire because they soil themselves with urine. (Vol 2, No 443, 1378). ‘One of the major sins is not to protect oneself (one’s clothes and body) from one’s urine. Once the Prophet, while passing a graveyard, heard the voices of two persons being tortured in their graves. The Prophet then said: “Yes! (they are being tortured for a major sin). Indeed, one of them never saved himself from being soiled with his urine”.’ (Vol 1, Chap 57, No 215). What about when some people become old and incontinent? Do they become outcasts? 8. Muhammed ordered people to drink camel urine mixed with milk as medicine. ‘So the Prophet ordered them to go to the herd of camels and to drink their milk and urine (as a medicine)’. (Vol 1, No 234, 233). 9. Rules for urinating and defecating are: i) You must not face Mecca when urinating or defecating. (Vol 1, No 144, 145, 148, 149). ii) You must not use your right hand to hold or wipe yourself. (Vol 1, No 153, 154). iii) Whoever cleans his private parts with stones should do it with an odd number of stones. (Vol 1, No 162). This was because he was superstitious about odd numbers. iv) He feared that evil spirits might enter his body whenever he urinated or defecated. Thus he prayed for special protection. (Vol 1, No 144). 10. He was afraid of a strong wind: ‘Narrated Anas: Whenever a strong wind blew, anxiety appeared on the Prophet’s face (fearing that the wind might be a sign of Allah’s wrath).’ (Vol 2, No 1034). 11. The Fly in the Cup: If a fly falls into your cup, do not worry about it because Muhammed said that while one wing has the disease, the other wing has the antidote. So drink up. (Vol 4, No 537). 12. 600 Wings: Muhammed tells us that the angel Gabriel has 600 wings. (Vol 6, No 380). 13. ‘Satan stays in the upper part of the nose all night’ (Vol 4, No 156) so said Muhammad. This is why he would suck in water up his nose and then blow it out. 14. Satan urinates in your ears if you fall asleep during prayers. (Vol 2, No 1144). 15. Passing wind: Muhammed tells us that if you commit the sin of ‘hadath’ (passing wind out the bowel) while you are praying, then Allah will not hear your prayers. (Vol 1, No 445; Vol 9, No 86) 16. Bad breath means that Allah will not hear your prayers. You may not eat garlic before prayers. 17. Yawning is from Satan according to Muhammed in Vol 4, No 509. It was really Muhammed, not God, that was offended by yawning, bad breath and passing wind, so he banned them in Allah’s name. Illiterate people believed him or they’d be killed. 18. What do spirits eat? The jinn or spirits eat dung and bones, according to Muhammed. Vol 5, No 200 19. Muhammed spat into the hands of his followers so they could smear his saliva on their faces. ‘Whenever Allah’s Apostle spitted, the spittle would fall in the hand of one of them who would rub it on his face and skin’. (Vol 3, No 891; Vol.1, Chap.70, 241). 20. Adam was 90 feet tall states Muhammed in Vol 4, No 543. ‘The Prophet said, “Allah created Adam, making him 60 cubits tall (90 feet)”.’ How tall was Eve, and their children? Why are we not that tall? Which Muslim will defend this idea of a 90 ft tall Adam? 21. Stars as missiles. The stars were created by Allah as missiles to throw at devils, to keep them away from listening to God’s conversations, according to Muhammed in Vol 4, Chapter 3, p 282. 22. Muhammed had no assurance of salvation. ‘The Prophet said, “By Allah, though I am the Apostle of Allah, yet I do not know what Allah will do to me”.’ (Vol 5, No 266). 23. Death to those leaving Islam. The Hadith makes the repeated claim that no-one ever leaves Islam: ‘Does anybody who embraces Islam become displeased and renounce Islam afterwards? I replied “No”.’ (Vol 1, No 6 and 48). Then it contradicts itself by saying that death is the punishment for those who leave: ‘The Prophet said: “ If a Muslim discards his religion, kill him”.’ (Vol 4, No 260). It even records the execution of those who left Islam for another religion (Vol 5, No 630). Hadith (Vol 9) warns those leaving Islam that they will be murdered. (p 10,11,26,45-50, 341,342). Vol 9, No 64 says, ‘So wherever you find them kill them, for whoever kills them shall have reward on the Day of Resurrection’. 23. Gabriel opened Mohammed’s chest and washed his insides with Zam-Zam water. He poured wisdom and faith into his chest and then closed it up. (Vol 1, No 345; Vol.2, 1636). 24. Muhammed cuts the moon in half. When the Meccans asked Muhammed to do a miracle to prove he was Allah’s prophet, he supposedly reached up with his sword and cut the moon in half. This is stated as fact in Vol 4, No 3636, 3637, 3638; Vol 5, No 208; Vol 6, No 387, 388, 389, 390. How the two sides of the moon were put together and by whom, we are not told. That would have been an even greater miracle. Maybe Muhammed had a sword that was 250,000 miles long. The Arabs of 600 AD believed that the sun and moon were the actual size they appeared to the naked eye. Why did he have to conquer the Meccans by force? Would not such a miracle convert them? 25. A palm tree cried like a baby because Muhammed preached from a pulpit instead of standing beneath the tree to preach. So Muhammed left his pulpit and caressed its trunk until it stopped crying. (Vol 2, No 41; Vol 4, No 3583, 3584, 3585). 26. Muhammed referred to black people as raisin heads (Vol 1, No 662 and Vol 9, No 256). 27. Muhammed owned black slaves. When Al-Khattab came to Muhammed’s house, he found ‘a black slave of Allah’s apostle sitting on the first step’. (Vol 6, No 435). Jesus Christ did not own slaves, but came to set men free. 28. Muhammed was a white man, not black as some claim. A man entered a mosque and asked ‘Who among you is Mohammed?’ We replied, ‘This white man reclining on his arm’. (Vol 1, No 63). Also Vol 2, No 122 refers to Muhammed as a white person. 29. Bad tempered. Since he claimed to be a prophet, a man asked Muhammed where to find his lost camel. ‘The Prophet got angry and his cheeks and face became red.’ (Vol 1, No 91). 30. Sins of Muhammed included torturing people by: i) cutting off their hands and feet; ii) burning their eyes out with hot irons (Vol 1, No 234); iii) leaving them to bleed to death after cutting off their limbs (Vol 8, No 794, 795); iv) making people die of thirst. Jesus Christ was the only one not touched (corrupted) by Satan at birth (Vol 4, No 506). This means Muhammed was touched by sin. Jesus being sinless, is superior to Muhammed being a sinner. Therefore Jesus can save us, but Muhammed cannot. 31. People could turn into rats, monkeys, apes and pigs according to Muhammed who claimed that Jews were transformed into rats. (Vol 4, No 524, 569). Conclusion: There are no recorded miracles of Muhammed in the Quran, as he readily admitted. But after his death, his disciples began to invent miracels for him in order to escape the embarassment that he was inferior to the miracles of Moses, Jesus and pagan soothsayers. Many of his pretended miracles were originally performed by Jesus, Moses and pagan magicians, but now transferred to Muhammed. 22. JIHAD or HOLY WAR The Hadith is filled with commands to make violent war on non-Muslims in order to force them to become Muslims. Muhammed wanted Islam to be spread mainly by the sword. Jihad was so important to Muhammed that he made it the second most important deed in Islam. Allah’s apostle was asked, ‘What is the best deed?’ He replied, “To believe in Allah and his Apostle’. The questioner asked, ‘What is the next (in goodness)?’ He replied, ‘To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s cause.’ (Vol 1, No 25). Muslims must force Jews, Christians and pagans to embrace Islam or pay the Jizya tax for non-Muslims. Jihad uses several methods: 1. Jihad of the Sword. People must either convert or by military violence be killed and enslaved. Muhammed warned the Byzantine king, ‘If you become a Muslim you will be safe’. (Vol 1, No 6). If the king did not convert, he and his kingdom would be destroyed and enslaved. In Vol 3, No 495 we read, ‘Allah made the Prophet wealthy through conquests’. Key: When a Muslim murdered someone during a Jihad, he got to take the man’s property. The Prophet said, ‘Whoever has killed an enemy and has proof of that, will possess his spoils’. Vol 4, 379 This is the driving force behind Muslim violence in Africa today. In Nigeria and Sudan, over 1 million Christians and pagans have been brutally slaughtered and enslaved by Jihad because they would not become Muslims. ‘Our Prophet has ordered us to fight you, till you worship Allah alone or give Jizya’. (Vol 4, No 386) 2. Jihad of Taxation. Those who refuse to become Muslims must pay a special tax called Al-Jizya (Vol 4 , Chapter 21, p 251-2). This financial burden suppresses non-Muslims, making their life as hard as possible. 3. Jihad of Financial Reward. In Iraq a free university education has been offered to any Jew or Christian who will embrace Islam. $1000 is offered to any South African black who will renounce Christianity and embrace Islam. They will be paid $500 for any other blacks they convert to Islam. In Tanzania, a Muslim receives 25 000 shillings for winning a Christian to Islam, and 100,000 shillings ($150) for winning a priest or pastor to Islam. No church is allowed to be built on Saudi soil, in order to suppress Christianity. 4. Jihad of Fear. The death penalty is applied to anyone who renounces Islam to follow another religion such as Christianity. In Egypt, many Christians are being tortured in prison, whose only ‘crime’ was to convert to Christianity. 5. Jihad of Kidnapping and Slavery. The only place in the world today where black slavery occurs is in Muslim countries. Sudanese Muslims capture and sell black women and children of the Dinka Christian tribe for $15 each (London Economist, Jan 90). Non-Muslim women who go to Saudi Arabia to work as maids are often enslaved, beaten and raped by their Muslim employers. When they try to escape, the Saudi government will not let them leave the country, but returns them to their masters. 6. Jihad of the Courts. Non-Muslims are denied equal access to and equal protection before the law, because their testimony in court is not valid against a Muslim. (Vol 3, Chap 31, p 525, 526). This applies even to murder:‘No Muslim should be killed for killing an infidel’. (Vol 4, 283; Vol 9, 50). 7. Jihad of Paradise. Any Muslim who is killed while fighting in a Jihad is told that he will go straight to the sexual pleasures of paradise. (Vol 1, No 35 and Vol 4, No 386). 8. Jihad of Breeding. Muslims are told to marry several wives and breed more Muslim children in order to overpopulate the world, migrate to the West, become a majority and take over politically. 23. ISLAM AND VIOLENCE Why do Muslims commit such horrific acts of violence? They are simply being true to what their religion dictates. Allah in Q 9:19-22 states that Jihad attracts more rewards than other religious duties in Islam. ‘If victory is won in Jihad, Muslims receive the enormous booty of a country, which cannot be equalled to any other source of income. If there is defeat or death, there is everlasting paradise’. (Q 61:10-12). Hence Jihad is NOT extremism, but normal in Islam. A Christian once asked a Muslim man, ‘What would you do if your son becomes a Christian?’ He replied, ‘I’d cut his throat’. The greatest hindrance to a Muslim following Christ is FEAR of what other Muslims would do to him. Where immediate invasion of a country is not possible, the policy has always been as follows: ‘Migrate to Christian areas because they are tolerant. Pretend to be peaceful, friendly and hospitable; begin to clamour for religious, political and social rights and privileges that you will not allow Christians in an Islamic country; breed fast there and settle down; as you increase in a particular area, insist that there should be no Christian activities in your community. You may speak or write to discredit their religion, but they must not talk about Islam. Begin to expand your community. Christian activities should be restricted in all the places you expand to; the moment you have enough military might against the ‘disbelievers’, these trinitarian kaferis, go ahead and eliminate them or suppress them as much as you can, and be in control.’ (Who is This Allah, G J O Moshay, p 18). A typical Muslim, following the Quran, must be violent, especially if he wants to get any reward in heaven. ‘Whoso fights in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him we (Allah) shall bestow a vast reward’. (Q 4:74). In the Hadith, Mishkat (p 721, 810) Muhammad said, ‘The last hour will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them’. Read Ezekiel 37-39 to see what God will do to Iran, Libya, Sudan, Turkey and Russia when they invade Israel. Many Westerners who are bothered by Islamic terrorism, are so engrossed with technology that they forget history. Islam originally meant ‘bravery, heroism, defiance of death, to die in battle.’ Ayatollah Khomeini said, ‘The purest joy in Islam is to kill and be killed for Allah’. (The Arabs, D Lamb p 287). In 1984 he said, ‘In order to achieve the victory of Islam in the world, we need to provoke repeated crises, restore value to the idea of death and martyrdom. The important thing is to engulf the world in crises’. (Le Point Magazine No 599, 12 March 1984, p 89,91). Serious Muslims are morbidly worried about the way Christianity is growing today. ‘Kuwait (a Muslim country) had just one Arab Christian family 50 years ago. Now they have over 35 evangelical churches in Kuwait’. In 2000, 5.3% of Kuwait claims to be Christian. Indonesia has over 6000 full-time Christian missionaries and 10% of its 200 million people claim to be Protestants. Question: How can Islam spread without using violence? What message of salvation have they to offer to a sinning, dying world, except to repeat ‘Allah is great’ one million times? Muslims see Christianity as its greatest threat in any land. What Muslims need is a complete overhaul of the heart, a spiritual heart transplant, an operation done by the Spirit of God on their hearts, and to be born again. Until a Muslim is born again, he cannot be peaceful. To imagine a real, peaceful, gentle Muslim is like imagining a round square or a holy devil. Who is this Allah that is so offended by the Gospel of Christ? Can he be the God of the Bible who said, ‘This is my beloved Son, hear him’. (Luke 9:35). Jesus said to Christians, ‘Whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. These things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me’. (John 16:2,3). The Allah that Muslims claim is God, is not the true God. Muslim Violence in Nigeria includes these examples: 1. In 1980 the Islamic uproar in Kano saw 4,177 people slaughtered. 2. On 30 October 1983, eight big church buildings were burnt in Kano. 3. In 1984, Muslims in Yola and Jimeta went berserk killing 700 people and rendering 6000 people homeless. 4. In March 1987, Muslim students went on a rampage in Kafanchan, spreading to Kaduna and Zaria. All 150 churches but one in Zaria were burnt down in three days of Jihad. Many Christians were killed. The cause of the riot was a female Muslim student who accused a preacher of misinterpreting the Quran. The Muslim atrocities against Christians in Nigeria and Sudan are so unspeakable that decency forbids a discussion of them. For Islam, peace is not achieved until Islam has swallowed the nations. To Muslims, peace means total eradication of their enemies. Nobody should even think of giving peace a chance in a nation with a large number of Muslims. Peace to Islam does not mean happy co-existence, it means destruction of their enemies. For Muslims, it does not take two to fight; all they need to do is to take the Quran seriously. When the International Islamic Conference was held in Britain in 1976, Muslims determined & vowed “If we can win London for Islam, it won’t be hard to win the whole Western world”. (Battle Cry, Chick, Sept 1990). Challenge: If Muslims want their god, Allah, to rule us in the free world, they should allow us to study their god thoroughly first: 1. Do we want to lose our freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and lose our basic human rights? 2. Do women want to lose their right to vote? Do we want the god of Saudi Arabia where women cannot drive a car? Should a wife need an exit permit from her husband to leave the house? Muslims do not want to be offended, but they can go to any length to offend and assault Christianity. If we take the attitude of ‘live and let live’ towards Islam, it will surely live; but it will live to destroy us and our freedoms. Question: Why are you a Muslim? Answer: Not because you sat down and compared different religions to see which one had the Divine supernatural credentials. You are a Muslim because centuries ago Muslims invaded your country, killed your ancestors and threatened everybody else with death unless they became Muslim. Why be loyal to Islam when Muslims murdered your ancestors and would do the same to you today? Ask: We must study who this Allah (the god of the Quran) really is, who has been inspiring Muslims to hate Christ and to murder Christians. Could Allah be the devil disguising himself as God? Is Islam a case of mistaken identity ? If Muslims are convinced that a person is blaspheming Allah or Mohammed, why don’t they let Allah or Muhammed punish the blasphemer? Is Allah so weak that he needs weak human beings to defend him? If Allah is so powerful, let Allah punish his Christian enemies. The first war the Israelites fought was because of a direct assault from the Amalakites. Israel never started an unprovoked war. When King David wanted to build a temple for God, God told him, ‘Thou shalt not build an house for my Name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood’. (I Chronicles 28:2,3). This is the God of the Bible - a peacelover. We are sure He is completely different from the Allah god of the war-making Mohammed. Allah promises great rewards in paradise to Muslims who shed blood. The God of the Bible disapproves of murder and says that murderers shall not inherit the Kingdom of God: ‘The works of the flesh are these ... murders ... they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, ...’ (Galatians 5:21,22). ‘Ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him’. (I John 3:15). ‘But ...murderers ...all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death’. (Revelation 21:8). Muslims who are murderers and Allah who is a liar, ‘deceiving who he will’ (Q 74:31) will be thrown into the lake of fire. The true religion will have Satan as an enemy who must be fought against with the strongest weapons available. With what weapons does Allah recommend to fight Satan? Stones and pebbles, because every Muslim pilgrim to Mecca must throw seven pebbles at a pillar regarded as the great Satan. Throwing pebbles cannot hurt a spirit. Satan must be laughing at such foolishness. Muslims saw that Mohammed by using peaceful means could only convert 100 people in 13 years, but through raiding, looting and holy war, he could force or entice hundreds of thousands of people to embrace Islam in no time at all. ‘War is ordained for you.’ (Q 2:216). According to Islam, Muhammed is the perfect man, so all Muslims should treat their enemies, their wives and other people as Muhammed set the example. New Muslim converts were gained by them seeing Allah fixing their economic problems by allowing them to raid and loot surrounding tribes all year round. Muslim hunger was satisfied by the silly story that ‘when any dweller of paradise desires bird meat, the bird will automtically fly to him, well roasted and sliced into pieces. After eating their fill, the remaining birds will fly away.’ (Hadith). 24. COMMON AND REPEATED STATEMENTS IN THE QURAN 1. Allah takes oaths by the sun, moon, day, night, heavens, earth (Q 91), by war horses (Q 100), by the fig, the olive, Mecca ... 2. Those who did not believe in Allah, neither helped the needy, will be chained with a chain 70 cubits long and will burn in hell fire. They will be given pus to drink (Q 69; 14:15). They will be made to drink boiling water, (Q 78, 53) and eat bitter thorns (Q 88:2). 3. Muhammad is not a madman (Q 81:22; 34:43,50), nor demon possessed (7:184). 4. Allah misleads whom he will and guides whom he pleases (14:1,4; 74:11-31 and 39). All plotting is Allah’s (13:42). Allah is the best of all plotters (8:30). 5. Unbelievers who said the Quran is fables will burn in hell (Q 83). People in paradise will be given pure wine to drink (Q 83:23). Muslims should take an active part in Jihad with their wealth and their persons, then their sins will be forgiven (Q 49 and 61). 6. Allah takes an oath by the star to ensure that he is not in error, nor is he deceived (Q 53). 7. Those who avoid big sins and commit only small ones, Allah will be merciful to them (Q 53). This is human viewpoint. 8. No laden soul will bear another’s load of sin. (Q 39, 53; 6:165). 9. The moon was cleft in two pieces, but instead of believing the prophet, they said it is pure sorcery (Q 54:1). 10. Muhammad is the first Muslim (Q 39). The Quran is in Arabic without any flaw or crookedness (39:7,11,23,28). 11. The Quraish of Mecca have heard the Quran and replied that Muhammad is demon-possessed (23:66-70; 68:2). 12. Never has Allah begotten a son (Q 23:91). 13. Jews and Christians need to believe in the Bible and the Quran (2:106). 14. Fighting is the way of Allah until all become Muslims or desist (2). Hypocrites (unrepentent) should be seized and slaughtered (mercilessly) (33:10). Muslims should fight in the cause of Allah (22:52-78). 15. Wine, gambling and marrying idolaters are forbidden (5:89,90) (2:217-221). 16. The testimony of two women is equal to one man (2:254). 17. Anyone who offends Allah and his prophet is cursed; to annoy a Muslim is a gross sin (33:56-59). 18. A day (Judgment day) when Allah will call you, if he will have mercy on you, or if he wills he will punish you. (17:52-54). 19. When devils try to hear the Quran, Allah hits them with shooting stars (72:8,9 and 37). 20. Believers will be well provided for in the gardens of delight. They will be given white delicious drinks. With them will be the large and dark eyed virgins. The believer will see his unbeliever friend in hell and will dialogue with him. In hell grows the zaq qum tree; its fruits are as the heads of Satan. The unbelievers will fill their bellies with it and will be given a drink of boiling water (37:40-67). This will melt their bellies and skins. They will be lashed with rods of iron. (22:22). 21. We did send Noah to his people, and he tarried among them 950 years: but the Flood overwhelmed them while they (persisted in sin). (29:14). False, he was age 600 years when the Flood came (Genesis 7:11). Abraham was thrown into a fire, but Allah saved him (29:14). False, the Bible never says this. The city ‘Ur’ sounds like ‘fire’ (‘Or’). 22. Satan said that he will seduce mankind as Allah seduced him (15:39). Note: This makes God the cause of Satan’s fall, and allows Satan to seduce man, and man to seduce man. 23. Allah decreed that Lot’s wife be left behind. (15:60). This makes Allah unjust. 24. There is not one of you who shall not pass through hell. (19:71,72). Allah will rescue those who had the fear of Allah, but the wicked will be left. 25. The Quran is not an invention of man (12:101). 26. Allah does not love the unbelievers (30:45). 27. Muslims should continue fighting until all become Muslims (8:38-40). During the Jihad, deal so severely that it may cause terror to others (8:55-60). Allah forbids taking captives before making a slaughter in the land (8:67). Allah will reward the holy warriors (8:72) (19). 28. Unbelievers question why Muhammad does not have any miracles (6:33-37). 29. Allah cannot have a son because he has no wife (6:102-104). 30. ‘Fire is your home forever’, except him whom Allah wants to deliver. (6:126-129). 31. Muslims who do not fight for Allah, he will afflict them with physical doom (9:38). The true Muslim never begs for exemption from Jihad (9:43). 32. ‘Muslims should make war on the infidels who dwell around them and treat them harshly’. (9:123). 33. Failing to deal justly, marry only one wife or captive women kidnapped during Holy War (4:1-3). Later the condition of dealing justly was removed in 4:129. 34. Those wives you fear disobedience, admonish them, send them to their beds apart and beat (scourge) them. (4:34). “Beat” (edribu) in Arabic permits any kind of beating. It does not restrict it to a small beating. 35. Allah will keep renewing the skin of unbelievers in hell to punish them. (4:56). 36. Allah promises a great reward for those who fight for him. Allah urges Muslims to fight for him. Death is not to be feared. Allah has predestined for hell many jinn (demons) and men (7:178). 37. Muslims can eat the food of Jews and Christians and marry their women. 38. Allah can destroy the Messiah, his mother, and everyone on earth (5:17). Note: This is what the devil wanted to do at Christ’s birth (Matthew 2:13-20). 39. Muslims should be mindful of their duty to take part in Jihad for their success. (5:35). 40. A thief’s hand should be cut off (5:38). 41. True Muslims do not choose to be friends with Christians, for they make fun of Allah’s religion (5:57-60). 42. Idolaters and Jews are the worst enemies of Muslims (58:82). 43. Those who ridicule the Quran shall be sternly punished (45:9,11). 44. The wife of Imran (Amram, father of Miriam, Moses and Aaron) gave birth to Mary the mother of Jesus (3:26). False. Muhammad confused Miriam (1500 BC) with Mary. (4 BC). 45. Allah will not accept any religion except Islam. (3:85). 46. Allah will punish those who rejected the prophet and said that Muhammad is a madman (44:14,15). 47. The sinners will go to hell and eat the tree of Zaqqum, which will be like molten brass in their bellies. Boiling water will be poured on their heads (44:43-58). 48. Muslims should strike off the heads of unbelievers in the battlefield and massacre them, deal severely with them, bind fast their captives, take ransom from them when they surrender. Those who are slain in the way of Allah will go to paradise where rivers of delicious wine and rivers of clearest honey will be flowing (47:1-15). 49. When Muslims are better off, they should not sue for peace. Muslims who turn away from their faith are seduced and inspired by Satan (Q 47). 25. SIX BASIC MUSLIM BELIEFS 1. Belief in Allah who claims to be the only God. He is described in the Quran as being unknowable, impersonal, distant, unloving, not holy, unpredictable, the author of both good and evil, not a moral being, but of absolute power. 2. Angels. 3. The Quran is God’s message, and the Hadith are authoritative 4. Main prophets are: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. 5. Predestination - Everything that happens, both good and evil is predestined by Allah’s will. They see Allah as the author of evil. 6. Day of Judgment - Good deeds are weighed against bad deeds to determine entry into heaven. All first go to hell. Nobody, not even Muhammad, is sure of going to heaven. 26. SIX RELIGIOUS DUTIES OF ISLAM 1. Reciting the creed of Islam: ‘There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet’. 2. Prescribed prayers five times a day. 3. Observing the month of fasting each day, called Ramadan. 4. Giving money to the poor. This has created a class of professional beggars and has discouraged the provision of care for the needy. 5. Pilgrimage to Mecca, Muhammad’s birthplace. 6. Involvement in Holy War (Jihad) against other religions. The Crusades came as a response to Muslims attempting to conquer Christian lands. Islam conquered all of North Africa, then crossed the Straight of Gibraltar and took Spain. During Islam’s first 100 years, they destroyed about 3200 churches, and much of the population became Muslim by force. These nations fell from being civilized to poor and backward. Islam is one of the greatest enemies of Christianity. Muslims view Christians as blasphemers for proclaiming Jesus Christ as the Son of God. 27. WHY YOU SHOULD NOT BECOME A MUSLIM 1. If you later on choose to leave Islam, Muslims will kill you. 2. If you are accused of stealing, you may have your hand cut off. 3. You will lose freedom of speech. 4. You will enslave your future generations to a religion of violence against other religions, from which they cannot escape. 5. You will end up in hell, because they insist you reject Jesus Christ as Saviour. (John 8:24). 6. You will be expected to join in a Jihad of killing non-Muslims when your Islamic dictator ruler tells you. 7. As a woman, you will be a second-class citizen with half the rights of a man. 28. WHAT IS ALLAH LIKE ? IS HE THE GOD OF THE BIBLE? NO! Allah is totally different to Jehovah the triune God of the Bible. What differences exist between them? 1. Allah is a distant god. No-one can have a close personal relationship with him, as we can with the Biblical God. 2. Allah lacks attributes of holiness, love for sinners, and grace (undeserved favour in offering free salvation to all sinners). 3. Allah has a different nature and character. Allah only loves those who do good, but he is not merciful to those who do bad. He does not love the sinner, as the Biblical God does (John 3:16). 4. Allah is the author of evil, just as the Biblical devil is. The Biblical God is infinitely holy and righteous, and is not the author of evil. 5. Allah is not a Trinity of one God, existing as three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 6. Allah was a pagan god before Muhammad was born. (Psalm 96:5). 29. ALLAH’S SIMILARITIES TO THE BIBLICAL DEVIL/SATAN are as follows: ALLAH SATAN 1. Allah is a murderer. ‘Muslims should strike ‘The devil was a murderer off the heads of unbelievers in the from the beginning’. (John battlefield and massacre them.’ (47:4). 8:44). 2. Allah is a liar. ‘Allah misleads whom he ‘The devil is a liar and the will’. (74:39). father of lies’. (John 8:44). 3. Allah is a deceiver/seducer. Satan said, ‘Satan which deceives the ‘Allah, since you have seduced me’. whole world’. (Revelation (15:39). 12:9). Satan said, ‘I will seduce/tempt/deceive men on earth’. (Q 15:39). 4. Allah does not love unbelievers. (30:45). ‘Jesus healed all that were oppressed of the devil’ Acts 10:38 5. Allah hates Jews. ‘Idolaters and Jews are ‘Your adversary the devil’. the worst enemies of Muslims’. (5:82; (I Peter 5:8). 98:6). 6. Allah hates Christians. ‘True Muslims do ‘Your adversary the devil’. not choose to be friends with Christians’. (I Peter 5:8). (5:57). 7. Allah hates Jesus Christ being Son of ‘The dragon stood before the God. ‘Allah can destroy the Messiah’ woman ... to devour her child (5:17). as soon as it was born.’ ‘Never has Allah begotten a Son’ (23:91). (Rev. 12:4). 8. Allah enslaves/binds people. ‘the slave- ‘whom Satan hath bound, lo, girls whom Allah has given you as booty.’ these 18 years, be loosed on (33:50). the Sabbath day.’ (Luke 13:16). ‘ ... the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.’ (II Timothy 2:26). 9. Some demons serve Allah. ‘The dragon fought and his ‘Some of us (demons) are Muslims’. angels, and prevailed not.’ (72:14). (Revelation 12:7,8). 30. THE SONSHIP OF JESUS Jesus Christ, being the Son of God and the second person of the Trinity Godhead, has been a major offence to Muslims. Question: Is Jesus the Son of God? Can God have a Son? The Bible says Yes. Allah says No. Because Christians insist that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God, the Quran says, ‘Allah’s curse be upon them’. (9:30). If a Muslim believes the Quran, he cannot believe that Jesus is the Son of God. What evidence proves that Jesus Christ is both the Son of God and God the Son? 1. Jesus is mentioned 97 times in the Quran, but Muhammad is only mentioned a bare 25 times. The Quran hence makes Jesus four times more important than Muhammad. The writer thinks of Jesus four times more than Muhammad. 2. The Quran misunderstands the Trinity by saying, ‘Unbelievers say: “Allah is one of three”.’ (5:72). Christians never believed this. Christians believe that God is One God, in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). (Matthew 28:19; I John 5:7; II Cor. 13:14; Isaiah 48:16). 3. The Quran misunderstands when Jesus became the Son, thinking that He became God’s Son when born of Mary: ‘How should He have a Son when he had no consort”. (Q 6:101). The Bible prophets (Daniel, David, Solomon, Isaiah) teach that Jesus, the Son of God, existed eternally in the past, well before He was born of Mary. a) ‘Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his SON’S name’ (Proverbs 30:4 in 1000 BC). b) ‘Kiss the SON, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way’. (Psalm 2:12). c) ‘The form of the fourth is like the SON of God’. (Daniel 3:25 in 550 BC). d) ‘Unto us a SON is given ... his name shall be called the Mighty God’. (Isaiah 9:6 in 700 BC). 4. If Allah is indeed ‘All-wise, and All-knowing’ as the Quran tells us, we would expect Allah to correctly understand the Bible’s doctrine of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and not to think of the Trinity as Father, Son and Mary, as in 5:116. ‘Allah will say: “Jesus, Son of Mary, did you ever say to mankind: ‘Worship me, and my mother as gods, besides Allah’?’’ (5:116). 5. The Allah of Muhammad hates the Sonship of Jesus, as seen here: a) ‘They said God has a Son? NEVER! Say “He is Allah alone; God the eternal! He begetteth not, and he is not begotten. There is none like Him”.’ (Q 112). This is the key Sura for all Muslims. b) ‘God forbid that He Himself should beget a Son.’ (Q 19:35). c) ‘God is but one God. God forbid that He should have a Son!’ (Q 4:171). d) Because God having a Son cannot be imagined by men, does not make it impossible with God. ‘How should He have a Son when He had no consort?’ (Q 6:101). Notice that this is NOT Allah speaking (because it is written in the third person ‘He’). This disproves the Muslim claim that all the words spoken in the Quran are spoken by Allah. 6. If Allah has three daughters ‘Al-Lat and Al-Uzza and Manat’ (Q 53:20), why can’t God have a Son? God said at Jesus’ baptism, ‘Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’. Mark 1:11 7. In Hadith Kudsi Allah is quoted as saying, ‘The poor are members of my family (my sons).’ Here Allah talks of ‘my family.’ If Muslims have this statement in their Hadith, why do they object to the Christian God having a Son? Why do they presume that Jesus’ Sonship had a sexual origin? It is pride and arrogance for man to insist he must understand everything about something before accepting its reality. We believe it because God said it, whether or not we understand it. The Trinity doctrine is the belief that God is made up of three parts, and Jesus Christ is one of them. 8. The belief by Muslims that Jesus was supernaturally born of a virgin, opens the door to other supernatural possibilities. Two are: a) The divinity of Jesus Christ; b) Jesus being the Son of God. ‘I (Holy Spirit) have come to give you a holy son’. ‘How shall I (Mary) bear a child when I have neither been touched by any man nor ever been unchaste?’ said Mary. ‘That is easy enough for Me ... Thereupon she conceived.’ (Q 19:20-22). So, the Quran’s question in 6:101 ‘How should he have a son when he had no consort (wife)?’, let Allah answer: ‘That is easy enough for me.’ (19:22). 9. If the nature of man is a mystery, how much greater a mystery is the nature of God? If man is a triune being (body, soul, spirit) (I Thessalonians 5:23), each part of which is 100% human, then why can’t God be a Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) (Matthew 28:19) each part of which is 100% God, especially since God created man in His own image and likeness? (Genesis 1:26,27). We would expect God and man to have a Triune similarity. 10. (a) The New Testament says that God sent the angel Gabriel to announce Jesus’ birth to the virgin Mary: ‘That holy thing that shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.’ (Luke 1:35). (b) 640 years later, Muhammed claimed that the same angel Gabriel came to him with a different message from Allah that Jesus was not the Son of God that the Bible and Gabriel earlier said he was, but that He was just a good prophet. Do Gabriel and God change their minds? Was Gabriel confused? Never! Question: Which Gabriel came to Muhammed? Paul warns us of Satan’s deceptive disguises in II Corinthians 11:14: ‘Such are false apostles (Muhammed), deceitful workers (Muhammed), transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light’. It is an angel of the devil that will contradict what God has already said. 11. The only reason Muslims say the Bible is corrupted is because it states that Jesus is the Divine Son of God. They say they cannot bow down to the man of Galilee. They claim that Jesus was a created being just as Adam was. ‘Jesus is like Adam in the sight of God. He created him of dust’. (Q 3:59). Let us accept this for the moment. The Quran says in eight places that, when Adam was created, Allah commanded all the angels to bow down and worship the man He had made. ‘And we said to the angels, “Bow down yourselves to Adam”, and all bowed themselves, except Satan, who in his pride refused and became an unbeliever’. (Sura 2:34; 7:11; 15:29-335; 17:61-62; 18:50; 20:115-; 38:71). So the Quran tells us that what made Satan an unbeliever was his refusal to bow down to Adam, a created being. In Suras 15 and 38, Allah put curses on Satan for this arrogance. Question: If Muslims would have bowed down to Adam (the lesser), but refuse to bow down to Jesus Christ (the greater than Adam), then you have joined the forces of rebellion and arrogance with Satan, and you are under the same curse released on Satan. 12. Some illustrations of Jesus (the Son of God) revealing God to man are: (a) As the fruit of a tree will reveal the kind of tree, so Jesus reveals the nature of God. This is what is meant by Jesus being the Son of God, revealing the hidden nature of God to man. (b) ‘Who (Jesus Christ) being the brightness of God’s glory’. (Hebrews 1:3). As the sun and its rays are distinct, in another sense they are one. So God the Father and God the Son are distinct yet one. As the sun has fire, heat and light, as well as α,β,γ-rays, so God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (c) How would a tree that cannot see a man, yet convinced of his existence, describe man to other trees? A tree would describe man as a kind of super tree, because that is all it can understand. Similarly, man being of a lower order and nature than God, can only understand God in human terms. Even the Quran explains Allah in human terms as having a face, hands, fingers, feet and eyes. ‘Yet still abides the Face of thy Lord, majestic, splendid’. (55:27). ‘Why do you not bow to him whom my own hands have made’. (38:74). 13. Jesus as “Son of God” does not mean “offspring of God” as seen from different Greek words. a) “paidion” (3813) meaning “a young child” is not used to describe Jesus’ preexistence. b) “teknon” (5043) meaning “a child” is not used to describe Jesus as “teknon Theou” a “child of God”. The word teknon (child) comes from the verb “tiktoo” meaning “to give birth” which never applies to Jesus Christ in His eternity. God the Father never gave birth to God the Son. “Teknon” (child) denotes “derivation from”, while “huios” (son) denotes “relation to” and “fellowship with”. c) “huios” (5207) meaning “Son” is used to describe Jesus as “the Son of God” because he proceeded from God, has the nature of God, and derived his human nature directly from God and not by ordinary generation (Luke 1:35). Adam was a son of God not by sexual generation (Luke 3:38). In Greek, “the Son of God” (ho huios tou Theou) means the fellowship of two co-equal and co-eternal personalities. Jesus claimed to have equality with God (John 5:18) & the prerogatives of God. 14. Son + genitive = quality, character. Sons of the prophets (Acts 3:25), Son of consolation (Acts 4:36), sons of thunder (Mark 3:17), Son of Peace (Luke 10:6), sons of disobedience (Eph. 5:6), son of perdition (John 17:12). 31. Mohammed’s Battles and Wars (Is Mohammed a man of Peace or a Butcher?) 1. Raiding Meccan Caravans After 6 months in Medina, Mohammed sent out raiding parties to attack and capture Meccan caravans on their way to Syria. Unsuccessful at first, Mohammed’s men finally captured a Meccan caravan by attacking it in the pagan sacred month. Mohammed took 20% of the booty for himself. 2. Battle of Badr (624) Mohammed learned that a rich caravan was to pass nearby and decided to attack it at Badr. The Meccans learned of Mohammed’s plans and so gathered a superior army (1000 men) to teach the Muslims (313 men) a lesson. The Muslims, inspired by Mohammed and Allah won a resounding battle. 70 Meccans were killed and Mohammed ordered the execution of 2 prisoners. 3. Battle of Uhud (625) 3000 Meccans marched to Medina to avenge their defeat at Badr. They faced 700 Muslims. Meccans attacked the Muslims from the front and rear. Many Muslims were killed, Mohammed was seriously wounded, but the Meccans were not able to completely destroy the Muslims. 4. Seige of Bani Nazir (a Jewish tribe). Mohammed went here to collect some blood money. They seated Mohammed under the shadow of a wall while they collected the money. Mohammed suspected the Jews might kill him, so Mohammed returned to Medina, and sent an order for the Jews to vacate the settlement. The Muslims besieged Bani Nazir for 21 days. The Jews then surrendered and migrated to Syria. 5. Battle of the Trench (627) A 10,000 man Meccan army set out to conquer the Muslims in Medinah. The Muslims could not face such a large force in the open, so they dug a trench around the city. The siege lasted 30 days, with the Meccans being unable to cross the trench. When a storm came, the Meccans retreated. 6. Massacre of the Bani Qurayza (a Jewish tribe). (627, p. ) Because Mohammed disliked the Bani Qurayza, he beseiged them in Medina for 2 weeks, then decapitated their 800 men in groups of 5 or 6, threw their bodies into a large trench dug in the market place, confiscated all their possessions, and sold their women and children as slaves. Mohammed sat watching the butchery from morning, all day, and into the night. Are Muslims proud of their leader for this? Do Muslims recommend this for today? 7. Conquest of Khyber. After being expelled from Medina, the Jews of Bani Qainuqa and Bani Nazir had settled at Khyber. Mohammed thought they were planning revenge for his massacring the 800 Jewish males of Bani Quraiza. So Mohammed led a Muslim force who conquered the Jewish fortress after a 21 day siege. The Jews surrendered. To mark the end of hostilities, some Jews gave a feast in honour of Mohammed, but they poisoned the food, killing Mohammed’s friend. After taking a few morsels, Mohammed fell sick of the poison and died later. 8. Conquest of Mecca (630). Mohammed led a force of 10,000 to conquer Mecca. The Quraish of Mecca lost the will to defend, so surrendered and agreed to become Muslims. 9. Battles of Hunain and Taif. Tribes surrounding Mecca rejected Islam, so Mohammed invaded the valley of Hunain with 13,000 soldiers. These tribes were routed and retreated to the impregnable fort of Taif. The Muslims besieged the fort for 2 months, without success, then returned to Mecca. 10. Battle at Tabuk (halfway between Mecca and Damascus). The Christian Arab prince of Aylah did not agree to forsake Christianity, but agreed to pay the annual jizya tax. Ukaidar, the chief of Daumatul Jandal refused to accept Islam or pay tax to the Muslims. The Muslim Khalid led an expedition who took Ukaidar prisoner, brought him to Mohammed, where he was released on agreeing to pay the annual jizya tax. 32. Mohammed’s Murders, Assassinations, Tortures, Cruelty and Slavery. Mohammed spoke “messages from heaven” to justify fighting battles, executing opponents, annexing territories, taking another man’s wife Zainab, taking as many wives as he pleased, taking people into slavery, and restoring order to his harem. Muslim’s sources are full of references to Mohammed’s strange fits when he received revelations: “The process was attended by a fit of unconsciousness accompanied by the sound of bells in the ears or the belief that someone was present; by a sense of fright causing perspiration, by foaming at the mouth, by a sense of headache.” (Why I am not a Muslim, Ibn Warraq, p.89). These are Biblical symptoms of demon possession (“he foaming, and gnashing his teeth.” Mark 9:17-29). Mohammed hated the Jews for rejecting his claims of being a prophet. 1. The Battle of Badr. Mohammed’s army killed 49 Meccans. When the severed head of his enemy was cast at Mohammed’s feet he said: “It is more acceptable to me than the choicest camel in all Arabia.” Then began a series of assassinations as Mohammed moved against his enemies, settled old scores, and ruthlessly established his power. 2. Mohammed ordered the execution of al-Nadar who scoffed at him at Mecca. 3. Muir describes the execution of Ocba: “Ocba was ordered out for execution. He asked: “Who shall take care of my little girl?” “Hell-fire!” said Mohammed. Ocba was then killed.” Mohammed said “I give thanks unto the Lord that hath slain thee, and comforted mine eyes thereby.” Assassinations are sanctioned in Q8:67,68. “It is not for any Prophet to have captives until he hath made slaughter in the land.” 4. When the poetess Asma bint Marwan wrote against Mohammed, Mohammed said “Will no one rid me of this daughter of Marwan?” One zealous Muslim, Umayr ibn Adi, decided to execute Mohammed’s wishes and that night crept into her house, removed the suckling baby from her breast and plunged his sword into the poetess. Next morning Mohammed praised Umayr in front of the Muslims at the Mosque. 5. Soon, Abu Afak (over 100 years old), who criticised Mohammed was murdered while he slept. 6. In 627 the Meccans attacked Medina in the Battle of the Trench. The last Jewish tribe in Medina, the Bani Qurayza, helped defend Medina, but remained neutral. Mohammed questioned their loyalty and after the 2 week siege, moved against them. Realising they had no chance of surviving, the Bani Qurayza agreed to surrender on condition that their fate be decided by their allies, the Bani Aws, who were inclined to show mercy. Mohammed nominated one of the Bani Aws (Sa’d ibn Muadh) to be the judge. He pronounced, “My judgment is that the men shall be put to death, the women and children sold into slavery, and the spoil divided among the army.” Mohammed adopted the verdict as his own: “Truly the judgment of Sa’d is the judgment of Allah pronounced on high from beyond the seventh heaven.” Muir ((1), p.307,308) writes: “During the night trenches sufficient to contain the dead bodies of the men were dug across the market place of the city. In the morning, Mohammed himself a spectator of the tragedy, commanded the male captives to be brought forth in companies of 5 or 6 at a time. Each company as it came up was made to sit down in a row on the brink of the trench destined for its grave, there beheaded, and the bodies cast therein. The butchery, begun in the morning, lasted all day, and drenched the market place with the blood of about 800 victims. Having given command for the earth to be smoothed over their remains, Mohammed returned from the horrid spectacle to solace himself with the charms of Rihana, whose husband and all her male relatives had just perished in the massacre.” The booty was divided, slave girls given as presents, women sold and property auctioned. Q 33:25-27 (“people of the Scriptures…Some ye slew…captive some”) was given as a revelation justifying this cruelty, barbarity and inhumanity meted out to the Jews. It is difficult to accept Mohammed’s innocence. Mohammed taught that true nobility lay in forgiveness and that in Islam those who restrain their anger and pardon men shall receive Paradise (Q 3:128; 24:22 “those who possess dignity..Let them forgive”). Yet Mohammed failed to do this in treating the Bani Qurayza. 7. Mohammed ordered the murder of the chief of the Jews (Abi l Huqayq) of the banished Banu’l-Nadir. Mohammed’s henchmen assassinated Huqayq in his bed. 8. Mohammed, realising this assassination had not solved his problems, sent a delegation to Khaybar to persuade their new leader Usayr b. Zarim to come to Medina to discuss him being made ruler of Khaybar. Mohammed solemnly guaranteed his safety. Usayr set out unarmed with 30 of his men. On the way the Muslims killed all but one of their invited, unarmed guests. Mohammed gave thanks on learning of their fate saying, “Verily, the Lord hath delivered you from an unrighteous people”. Later, Mohammed gave his philosophy of war saying, “War is deception.” 9. Mohammed and his men attacked and destroyed the forts in the vale of Khaybar one by one, saying, “O you who have been given victory, kill! kill!” 10. All the forts fell, until the Muslims arrived at the fort of Khamus, where the chief of the Jews, Kinana b. al-Rabi was accused by Mohammed of concealing the treasure of Banu’l-Nadir. The Jews protested that they had nothing left. Ibn Hisham quotes “Mohammed gave Kinana over to al-Zubayr”, saying “Torture him until you extract it from him.” He burned his chest, then cut off his head. Conclusion: Thus Mohammed organised assassinations and massacres, secured and divided plunder as a robber chief, encouraged the same passion in his followers, authorizing and justifying his crimes by fabricating revelations from his deity Allah. (See “Why I am Not a Muslim”, Ibn Warraq, p.93-99). 33. BATTLES STARTED BY MUSLIMS (See “History of Islam”, Masudul Hasan, Vol.1, 1998). Abu Bakr (632-634AD) 1. Battle of Dhu Qissa and Abraq 2. Battle of Buzakha 3. Battle of Zafar 4. Battle of Naqra 5. Battle of Bani Tamim 6. 4 Battles against Bani Hanifa (Musailma) Battle of the Garden of Death. 7. Battle of Bahrain 8. Battle of Daba in Uman (10,000 killed) 9. Battle of Mahrah 10. Battle of Yemen 11. Battle of Hadramaut 12. Battle of Kazima (633AD) opened Iraq. 13. Battle of Mazar on the Tigris (30,000 killed) 14. Battle of Walaja against Persians 15. Battle of Ulleis (70,000 Persians killed) 16. Conquest of Hirah (surrendered) 17. Battle of Anbar (633AD) 18. Battle of Ain-at-Tamr (Christian Arabs) 19. Battle of Daumatul Jandal (S.Iraq, Aug. 633) 20. Battle of Firaz (Iraq, Dec. 633) 21. Battle of Busra (July 634). Syria. 22. Battle of Ajnadein (50,000 Byzantines killed) 23. 3 Battles of Damascus (Aug 634. Abu Bakr died). Umar Farooq (634-644AD) conquered Iraq, Persia, Syria, Egypt. Enforced Sharia in all matters. 24. Battle of Namaraq (against Persians). 25. Battle of Saqatiah (between Tigris and Euphrates) 26. Battle of the Bridge (635. Muslims defeated) 27. Battle of Buwaib 28. Battle of Qadisiyah (636) 29. Battles of al-Madain, Babel, Kutha, Bahra Sher. 30. Battle of Jalula (637 completed conquest of Iraq) 31. Battle of Fahl (in Jordan) 32. Battle of Yermuk (70,000 Byzantines killed). 33. Battle of Antioch (Syria) 34. Battle of Jerusalem (637, Umar occupied it). 35. Battle of Jazirah 36. Battle of Caesarea (649) 37. Battle of Ahwaz (in Persia) 38. Battle of Manadhar 39. Battle of Sus 40. Battle of Ramharz (Capital) 41. Battle of Shustar 42. Battle of Jandi Sabur 43. Battle of Nihawand (641; 30,000 Persians killed) 44. Battle of Ray 45. Battle of Azarbaijan (643) 46. Battle of Tabaristan (643) 47. Battle of Armenia. 48. Battle of Farama (640, East Egypt) 49. Battle of Bilbais 50. Battle of Babalyun 51. Battle of Naqyus 52. Battle of Alexandria (641) Uthman (644-656AD) 53. Battle of Istakhar (Persia) 54. Seige and surrender of Nishapur 55. Battle of Herat 56. Battle of Tus 57. Battle of Meru 58. Battle of Roz 59. Battle of Kerman 60. Battle of Seistan 61. Conquest of Cyprus 62. Recapture of Alexandria 63. Battle of Tripoli (646)(Uthman standardized Quran to remove different readings. History of Islam, p.122). In 652, Islamic expansion stopped. Ali (656-661AD) 64. Battle of the Camel (Civil war in 656. 10,000 died). 65. Battle of Siffin (657) 66. Battle of Nahrawan (658) Mu’awiyah (660-680AD) 67. Reconquered North Africa 68. Conquered Sicily (666) 69. Conquered Rhodes (672) 70. Conquered Crete (674) 71. Seiged Constantinople unsuccessfully (668). 72. Conquered Kabul (670) 73. Conquered Khurasan (663-671) 74. Conquered Turks (674). Yazid I (680-683AD). 75. Tragedy of Kerbala. Husain beheaded & abused. 76. Battle of the Lava (683 at Medina). Marwan I (684-685) 77. Campaign against North Syria. 78. Conquest of Egypt. Abdul Malik (685-705). Built Dome of the Rock. 79. Battle of Ain-ul Wada (Syria). 80. Battle of Kufa (687, 3 competing caliphs). 81. Battle of Deir al Jaliq (691, 2 competing caliphs). 82. Battle of Mecca (692, Civil War) 83. Battle of Deir al Jumajim (702) 84. Battle and razing of Carthage (695) 85. Battle of Tabarka (702), won North Africa. Al-Waleed (705-715) eldest son of Adul Malik. 86. Conquered Balkh and Takharistan (706) 87. Conquered Bukhara (bloody battle). 88. Conquered Khawarzam (711) 89. Conquered Samarkand (712). Learnt paper making. 90. Conquered Khojand and Shash (714) 91. Conquered Kashgar (in Chinese Turkestan, 714). 92. Conquered Kabul to Khyber pass (North). 93. Conquered Makran and Daibal (711 in India) 94. Conquered Al Nirun (Hyderabad) 95. Conquered Multan (713) and all Pakistan. 96. Conquered Byzantine forts (711). 97. Conquered Antioch in Pisidia (712). 98. Conquered Medina, Sidonia, Carmona, Granada, Cordova & Toledo in Spain with 7000 men (711). 99. Conquered Seville, Saragossa, Terragossa, Barcelona. Sulaiman (715-717) son of Abdul Malik. 100.Imprisoned, tortured and executed the Muslim conquerors of Spain (Tariq and Musol) and India. Ruthlessly slaughtered the Turks (716) 101.Attacked Constantinople (716) Umar (717-720) 102.Conquered Southern France to Tolouse. Yazid ll (720-724) 103.Conquered Kish and Nasf 104.Conquered Khazars of Azarbaijan and Armenia. 105. Conquered Qonia city & Dalsa fort (Byzantine, 722) 106. Suppressed revolts in Yemen. Hisham (724-743) brother of Yazid ll. 107. Captured Nimes. Moved up Rhone Valley, France (725) 108.Captured Bourdeaux. Ravaged the countryside (732). 109. Lost Battle of Tours to Charles Martell. (Oct. 732) 110.Captured Avignon, then lost it and left France (737). 111.Captured Georgia (730) 112. Captured several Byzantine forts. 113. Battle of the Nobles (740) 114. Battle of Bagdoura (741). N.Africa lost to Berbers. 115. Re-conquered North Africa. 116. Conquered islands of Majorca, Minorca, Ivica, Corsica, Sardinia, Crete, and Rhodes making the Mediterranean Sea a Muslim Lake. (742). 34. Islamic Conquests Atrocities, Massacres and Genocide. “Why I am not a Muslim”, Ibn Warraq, 1995 1. Patriarch Sophronius of Jerusalem (634-638) saw the Muslim invaders as “godless barbarians” who burnt churches, destroyed monasteries, profaned crosses, & horribly blasphemed Christ and His church. 2. Abu Bakr invaded Syria (634), the entire region from Gaza to Caesarea was devasted. 4000 peasants were massacred. In the campaigns of Mesopotamia (635-642) monasteries were sacked, and monks killed. In Elam the population was put to the sword. 3. The “Chronicle of John”, Bishop of Nikiu (693-700) describes the Muslim conquest of Egypt. Amr exterminated the inhabitants of Behnessa, Fayum and Aboit: “Whoever gave himself up to the Muslims was massacred. They spared neither the old, nor the women or children.” At Nikiu, the entire population was put to the sword. 4. In Armenia, the entire population of Euchaita was wiped out. Muslims decimated the populations of Assyria, forcing some inhabitants to accept Islam. (7th Century Armenian Chronicles). 5. Michael the Syrian tells how Mu’awiya sacked Cypus, dominating it by a “great massacre”. 6. Tripoli was pillaged in 643. Carthage was razed and most of its inhabitants were killed. 7. The same happened in Anatolia, Mesopotamea, Syria, Iraq and Iran. 8. North India was conquered by Hajjaj, governor of Iraq (712). He ordered his commander Qasim to “bring destruction on the unbelievers…whoever does not submit to Islam, treat him harshly and cause injury to him till he submits.” (Chachnamah, p.155). At Port Debal, the Muslim army took 3 days to slaughter the inhabitants, then allowed some to practice their religion. Hajjaj disapproved of Qasim’s weakness and wrote to him: “The great God says in the Koran (47:4): “O true believers, when you encounter the unbelievers, strike off their heads.” This command of the great God must be respected and followed. You should not be so fond of showing mercy. Henceforth grant pardon to no one of the enemy and spare none of them.” Qasim went to Brahminabad and ordered all men of military classes to be beheaded with swords. Between 6000 and 16000 men were massacred. 9. Mahmud of Ghazni, head of a Turco-Afgan dynasty (1000AD) passed through India, destroying, massacring and plundering. He justified his actions by the Koran’s commands to kill idolaters. He invaded India 17 times, seeing it as a duty and pleasure to slay idolaters. He forcibly converted the inhabitants of Ghur to Islam. At the Battle of Somnath, he killed 50,000 Hindus. 10. Firuz Shah (1351AD) ruled North India. He made “the laws of the prophet his guide”. He indulged in wholesale slave-raiding, having 180,000 slaves in his city, all of whom became Muslims. 11. Aurangzeb (1618-1707) destroyed 123 Hindu temples at Udaipur, 63 at Chitor, and 66 at Jaipur. 12. Throughout Persia, forced conversions from the 16th to 20th Centuries decimated the Christian and Jewish communities. (Bat Ye’Or (1), p.61). 13. Muslims massacred over 6000 Jews in Morocco in 1033. Muslim rioters massacred the entire Jewish community of 4000 people in Granada, Spain in 1066. 14. Walid I (704-705) gathered the nobles of Armenia in the church of St. Gregory in Naxcawan and burned them to death. The rest were crucified or decapitated. Their women & children were enslaved. 15. The Sultan Baibars, had all the Christians of Damascus decapitated. 16. Timur the Lame (Tamerlane) constantly referred to the Koran and tried to turn every battle to a holy war. In 1403 he destroyed 700 large villages & minor towns in Georgia, massacring the inhabitants, and destroying all the Christian churches of Tifflis. He killed out of Koranic piety. Tamerlane ordered the execution of 100,000 Hindu prisoners at Delhi in cold blood, on the pretext that they presented a grave risk to his army. Tamerlane buried 4000 alive at Sivas, 70,000 at Isfahan, 100,000 at Saray, and 90,000 at Baghdad. 17. At the conquest of Istakr, Muslims slaughtered more than 40,000 Iranians. 18. From 1894-1896 Muslims massacred over 250,000 Armenians in Sasun, Trapezunt, Edessa, Wan Biredjik, Kharput and Niksar. Many villages were burned down & hundreds of churches were plundered. 19. A Muslim historian reports their destruction of 30,000 Greek churches in Egypt & Syria.(Tritton,p54) Conclusion: All these massacres resulted from a divinely sanctioned Koran policy toward non-Muslims. These were perpetrated to keep the conquered territories under Islamic control. 35. Modern Muslim Atrocities 1. Sudan had Sharia law imposed in 1983 with the Muslim north waging a pitiless war against Christians and Animists in the South. Since 1983 Muslims have killed about 2 million people, displacing many others and selling many into slavery. This was financed by Iran (Economist, 9 April 1994). 2. Indonesian Muslim youth and army massacred about 600,000 Chinese peasants in 1965. “They cut off women’s breast …. In the morning young muslims would come in swaggering with necklaces of human ears.” (Guardian Weekly, 23 Sep. 1990). 3. East Timor was invaded by Indonesia in 1975, resulting in over 200,000 civilians being killed. 4. Irani, Pakistani, Saudi Arabian Christians are often arrested, imprisoned, flogged and tortured for “crimes” of blasphemy, owning Bibles, crosses and pictures of Jesus. (Amnesty International 62, July 1993) 5. Slavery is accepted by the Koran and recognises the superiority of master over slave (Q 16:77; 30:28). According to the French magazine L Vie (no. 2562, 6 Oct 1994) 45,000 black Africans are kidnapped and sold into slavery a year in the Gulf States and Middle East. Slaves have no legal rights under Islam. Conclusions: 1. Mohammed consciously fabricated revelations to conveniently sort out his domestic problems. Battles were fought, executions ordered, territories annexed, the affair with Maria the Coptic sanctioned, and passions for his adopted son’s wife were sanctioned by convenient revelations from his deity Allah. Mohammed’s revelations fitted in with his desires and pandered to his selfish pleasures. 2. Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael never went to Mecca, nor did they build the Kabbah because: a) The Bible is silent about it. b) No pre-Muslim sources mention it. c) Early Muslims prayed toward Jerusalem, not Mecca, as seen by the alignment of early Mosques & Christian sources. This shows that Muslims fabricated Abraham, Isaac & Ishmael’s visit to Mecca. d) Mecca was only chosen as the Muslim sanctuary later in order to completely break from Judaism after the Jews rejected Mohammed’s claim of being a prophet like Moses for the Jews. 3. Islam assimilated many foreign influences of people they conquered, such as rabbinic Judaism, Christianity (Nestorian and Jacobite), Hellenism, Persian ideas, Byzantine art and architecture. 4. There was a tendency for the information to grow the further away one went from the events described. For example, if one storyteller mentioned a raid, the next one would tell the exact date of the raid, and the third would tell us even more details. An example is, Waqidi (died 823) who wrote 30-50 years after Ibn Ishaq (died 768), will always give precise dates, locations, names and details where Ibn Ishaq has none. No wonder that Muslim scholars love Waqidi. Where else do they find such wonderfully precise information about everything they want to know? Waqidis information is extremely doubtful, because all this was unknown to Ibn Ishaq. 4. Muhammed would never have succeeded had he preached humility and submission. He converted people by force of the sword. 6. Female circumcision in Islam results from the Muslim males’ fears of female sexuality. 7. Muslim association of sex with pollution is absurd and obsessive. 8. Concubinage is permitted by the Koran (Q 4:3; 23:6; 33:50-52; 70:30). 9. Military defeat at the hands of Christian Europe brought into doubt the truth of the Muslim revelation itself. (Kedourie, p.322 The World of Islam, 1976). Every failure and ill in the Muslim world is still blamed on the West, Israel, or some Zionist Conspiracy. 10. Regarding Mohammed’s concession to idolatry in the Satanic verses, Sura 53, we are told that Satan put words of reconciliation and compromise into Mohammed’s mouth: “These (Alat, Uzza, Manat) are exalted Females, whose intercession is verily to be sought after.” The Meccans were delighted with Mohammed’s recognition of their deities, but Mohammed claimed that Gabriel visited and reprimanded him for making such a concession to idolatry. Question: Even if Satan really put these words into Mohammed’s mouth, what faith can we put in a man so easily led astray by Satan? Why did Allah let it happen? Question: How do we know there are no other passages where Mohammed has not been led astray? Here Mohammed abandoned the unity of God to please the Meccans. or Mohammed 36. QUESTIONS TO ASK MUSLIMS Q1: What archaeological proof is there that Abraham rebuilt the Kabah in Mecca? (2:127) (p.994). Q2: Can you prove that the Quran is of heavenly origin? How, in light of its many earthly sources? Q3: How do you justify the Koran’s commands to commit violence (fight and slay the pagans. 9:5). Q4: How do you explain the presence of stories in the Quran from Christianity, Judaism, Arabia?1014. Q5: Why does Quran never explain its rites or define words like Allah, jinn, pilgrimage, Kabah? (996) Q6. The fertile crescent worshipped the pagan moon god. Doesn’t this show pagan influence in Islam? Q7. Why do you worship a god Allah when you should worship the God of Abram, YHWH? (Ps. 96:5) Q8. Doesn’t the different nature of the Biblical God from Allah, show that Muslims worship the wrong god? (997). Q9. How do you explain Mohammed’s fits when giving a revelation? No Bible prophet did this? 998. Q10. Doesn’t Mohammed asking forgiveness of sins prove He is a sinner? (40:55; 48:1,2). Q11. How can you believe prophets are sinless when the Bible and Quran say they sinned (Adam (2:36), Moses (28:16), Jonah (37:142), David (38:15), Mohammed (47:19)? Q12. How do you explain Mohammed’s 3 disqualifications of prophethood? (changing verses (16:101), no fulfilled prophecies (7:203), friendship with demons (Q 72:1-15; 46:29-31. Lev. 19:31; 20:27). (p.1000) Q13. Why don’t you obey the Quran by obeying the Bible? (10:93,94 Ask those who read scriptures before). Q14. Why did M command prayer to the Kabah which had 360 idols in it, not destroyed till 6 years later? Q15. How do you explain the Satanic Verses being abrogated (cancelled) from the Quran? (p.1000). Q16. At what age was Aesha when Mohammed married her and consummated the marriage? Isn’t this the sin of paedophilia? Q17. Why did Allah permit Mohammed to take Zaenab, his son’s wife, when Jehovah never permitted this of other prophets, such as David? Q18. Do you believe a temporary marriage (Mutah) is right? Q19. Do you believe slavery is right? Slave girls (70:22-31; 23:1-7). Q20. Where did Jews say Ezra was the Son of God? (9:30). Q21. Do you believe it is right for Muslims to fight and kill Jews and Christians? (9:29,30). Q22. Do you think that Mohammed made up his own god who gave him a license to sin? (p.1003). Q23. How can you believe a speech by evil, lying demons in the Koran? (72:1-15; 46:29-31). Q24. Do you believe it is right to kill those who leave Islam? (4:89). (p.1018). (p.1006. Q25. Doesn’t the 32 Old Testament prophecies about Jesus show him to be greater than Mohammed? Q26. Doesn’t Jesus’ virgin birth and no sin nature, show Him to be greater than Mohammed’s normal birth? (p.1007). Q27. Doesn’t Jesus’ sinlessness make Him greater than Mohammed? (40:55; 48:1,2). Q28. Doesn’t Jesus’ many miracles (3:49) make Him greater than Mohammed? (17:91-95). Q29. Do you look forward to going to hell as the Quran says all will go there? (19:71). Q30. If prophets say Jesus is God, why don’t you believe them? (p.1008). (The Mighty God, Isaiah 9:6). Q31. Doesn’t Jesus give a higher moral example for us to follow than Mohammed? Jesus never killed, lied, took men’s wives. (Every murderer gives excuses why he killed someone). Q32. Don’t you think that Jesus’ beauty of speech is greater than Mohammed speeches of hell torture, hatred and killing non Muslims? Q33. How could the Quran come from the true God, when it is an entirely different literary style? Q34. Why did Uthman have to standardize a common text of the Quran if a perfect text already existed? How did Uthman know which readings were correct? (in 650AD). Q35. What manuscript evidence exists to support Quran’s claim that Jesus was not crucified? Who knows best that Jesus died & rose, hundreds of eyewitnesses in 33AD or Mohammed 600 yr later? Who knows best that Jesus died, prophets David, Isaiah, Daniel, Zechariah, 1600 yr later? Mistakes in Quran Q36. How did the Quran misunderstand the Trinity was Allah, Jesus and Mary? (5:116; 5:73). Q37. Will you reject the Quran because it mistakenly says that Pharaoh of Moses time (1500 BC), the Tower of Babel (2250 BC) and Haman (510BC) all existed at the same time? (28:38; p.1013) Q38. Quran mistakenly says that these were 9 signs (17:100) but the Bible says 10 signs (p.1013, Ex 7-12) Q39. How can the sun set in a pool of black mud? (18:85,86) (p.1012). Q40. Did all of Noah’s sons survive (21:76) or Did one son drown (11:42,43)? p.1013. Q41. Noah was aged 600 when the flood came, not 950 years (Q29:14; Genesis 7:11). (p.1023). Q42. How can the Quran be from God when it copied 26 stories from Arabian, Jewish, Christian and Pagan sources? (p.1014-1016). Hadith Q43. Do you believe people are tortured in hellfire because they soil themselves with their urine? (1017) Q44. How can Allah be just if he predestines some men to hell ? (7:179). Jehovah doesn’t (2 Peter 3:9). Q45. Do you believe Mohammed cut the moon in half? How did he put it back together? (p.1018). Q46. How can you hold Mohammed as your role model when he burnt peoples eyes out? (p.1019) Q47. Isn’t Jihad morally wrong and against Moses’ and Jesus’ law for Muslims to force conversion to Islam or die? (p.1021). Q48. Why do Muslims commit such horrific acts of violence? Are they all naturally violent, or are they doing what Islam dictates? (61:10-12, 4:74). Q49. Why be loyal to Islam when Muslims murdered your ancestors and would do the same to you today? (p.1022). Q50. Who is this Allah who has been inspiring Muslims to hate Christ and to murder Christians? Could Allah be the devil disguising himself as God? (p.1022). Q51. If Allah is so powerful, why not let Allah punish his Christian enemies? (p.1022). Q52. How can throwing 7 pebbles at a pillar at Mecca hurt Satan? (p.1022). Q53. How can you believe in a religion that permits husbands to beat (edribu) their wives? (4:34). Q54. How can you remain a Muslim when the Quran says Allah predestines many men to hell? (7:178). Q55. How can you remain a Muslim when Allah commands Muslims to strike off the heads of unbelievers and massacre them? (47:15). (p.1024). Q56. Have you compared the differences and attributes of Allah and Jehovah? (p.1025,1026). (Allah is not holy, not a Trinity, distant, author of evil, different nature, hates Jews, Christians, Jesus Christ and unbelievers). Q57. Who is right about Jesus being the Son of God, Mohammed denying it or 12 prophets teaching it? Q58. Is all the Quran spoken by Allah? What about 6:101 “How should He have a son when He had no consort” written in the third person by some man? Q59. If the nature of man is a mystery, how much greater a mystery is the nature of God? (p.1027). Q60. Why does the Quran have Gabriel saying Jesus is not the Son of God, which contradicts Gabriel’s message in Luke 1:35 that Jesus is the Son of God? (p.1028). Do Gabriel and God change their minds? Q61. How can Mohammed be a man of peace when he started so many wars and inspired others to start wars? (p.1029). (Massacre of 800 Bani Qurayza Jews, Khyber, Mecca, Hunain, Tabuk). Q62. Could Mohammed’s revelations and visions have come from Satan? Could Mohammed have been demon possessed as evidenced by the symptoms of Mark 9:17,18? Q63. Is it right to kill those who speak against you as Mohammed did in the case of al-Nadar, Ocba, Asma, Abu Afak, Huqayq, Usayr, and Kinara? (p.1030). Q64. Do you agree with Mohammed’s massacre of 800 innocent Jewish men and taking their wives and children into slavery from the Bani Qurayza tribe? (p.1030). Q65. Do you approve of over 130 battles that Mohammed inspired his successive Caliphs to start from 632-742AD against innocent civilians? (p.1031). Q66. Do you approve of Muslim invaders massacring the entire populations of Elam (634), Behessa, Fayum, Aboit, Nikiu, Euchaita, Cyprus, Carthage, Anatolia? (p.1033). Q67. Do you approve of the Koran’s command to enslave people? (16:77; 30:28). Q68. Do you approve of Mohammed and Islam converting people by the sword? Q69. Do you approve of and practice female circumcision? Why? Q70. If Satan put the Satanic verses into Mohammed’s mouth, could there have been other places in the Koran where this happened? Q71. Do you approve of the Quran commanding fighting to spread Islam? (61 references, p.973) Q72. Do you approve of terror to spread Islam as Quran commands in 3:151; 8:12; 8:59; 34:51; 59:2? p.973 Q73. Do you approve of the Quran’s 20 occasions of mistreating women? (slave girls (4:3); enemies (64:14), beating wives (4:34), your fields (2:223), inherit twice (4:11), replace a wife (4:20). (p.976-977). Q74. Why does the Quran permit a divorced couple to remarry after being divorced from the 2nd spouse, when the Bible forbids this? (Jeremiah 3:1). Q75. Don’t you suspect that the many threats of hell in the Quran were Mohammad’s way of scaring people into submission ? (p.978). This shows Allah is a different god to Jehovah the God of the Bible who loves all and wants all to be saved. (32:13 “I will surely fill hell with Jinn and humans all”). Q76. Why does the Quran vilify Jews and Christians as the “vilest of all creatures” or “worst of created beings” (98:4-6) when the Bible says God loves Jews and Christians? (John 13:34; Romans 11:28). Q77. Do you notice the difference between the Bible saying God loves all mankind and wants all to be saved (John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9) with the Quran saying Allah does not love unbelievers and delights in massacring them (8:12) and torturing them in hell? (70 references. p.978). Q78. Do you obey Jesus’ command in the Quran to “Follow me”? (43:63). Why could Mohammed not do miracles? (2:118). Q79. How do you reconcile the contradiction where the Quran says Jesus did not die (4:157), with the Bible prophets saying Jesus did die, eg: David (Psalm 22:16), Isaiah (53:8,9,12), Daniel (9:26), Zechariah (13:6), (‘day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive’ Q19:33), and all 7 NT writers? Q80. Why does Quran command Muslims to fight against those to whom the Scriptures were given (9:29)? Don’t you think the devil would want Muslims to kill those who believe in the prophets’ message ? Wouldn’t this make the devil the author of the Quran? (John 16:2,3; Luke 9:51-56). Q81. Do you ask the people of the Book if you don’t know some spiritual truth? (10:95; 6:43). Q82. How does the Quran confirm existing Scriptures when it denies Jesus’ death, resurrection, sonship? (2:41; 5:48; 12:111). (p.983). Q83. Why did the Quran confuse Saul with Gideon? (2:249). Q84. Why did the Quran contradict the Bible on whether giving money atones for some sins. Acts 8:20; (To give alms will atone for some of your sins, 2:271. Take alms from them, so they may be cleansed, 9:103). Q85. Why does the Quran contradict the Bible on works for salvation. (Good deeds annul ill deeds 11:114; 53:32), (“not of works, lest any man should boast” Ephesians 2:8,9,10). Mohammed broke the following of the 10 comandments: 10 Commandments - Exodus 20:1-17 Q86. Holy Spirit is the Comforter, not Mohammed because He shall : a) Be with you forever. (John 14:16). b) The disciples knew Him “ye know him.” (John 14:17). c) Be in you. (John 14:17). d) The world could not receive Him because they could not see Him.v.17 e) Be called the Holy Ghost. (John 14:26). f) Be called the Spirit of Truth. (John 16:13); Mohammed abrogated some verses. g) Glorify Jesus. (John16:14); Mohammed did not glorify Jesus as the Son of God. (p.985,6). Q87. Quran is wrong in thinking it rained before Noah’s flood. Pre Flood people never saw rain till the Flood came. (Genesis 2:5,6; Hebrew 11:7). (p.986). Q88. How can the sky have a crack in it? Doesn’t this show Mohammed’s ignorance of the gaseous atmosphere? (50:6; 67:3). Q89. How does the sun move in an orbit? (21:33). It only appeared to orbit earth to Mohammed. Q90. Quran is man made because the best that men could think heaven to be was sex. (p.988). 18 refs. Q91. If Allah can change his mind about a verse in the Quran, this proves he is not the all knowing God of the Bible. (2:106). Q92. Doesn’t Q 2:256 “no compulsion in religion” contradict Q8:39 “make war on them till idolatory shall cease…” (p.990). Q93. Do you believe in all the Scriptures that God has revealed (42:15), such as the Bible? Q94. How can every soul taste death (21:35) when I Corinthians 15:51-53 says “we shall not all sleep” due to the rapture (catching away) of living believers who will not experience death at Christ’s return? Q95. Doesn’t Allah being a Plotter and Schemer (3:54; 8:30; 13:42) equate him with the devil who deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9)? Q96. Doesn’t Allah not loving the sinful (4:107), evil doers (3:57), transgressors (5:88) and unbelievers (30:45) prove that Allah is a different god to Jehovah of the Bible Who loves all mankind? (John 3:16). Q97. How can Mohammed be a true prophet when he broke 9 of the 10 commandments ? 1. No other gods than Jehovah 2. No graven images 3. Don’t take the name of Jehovah thy God in vain 4. Keep Sabbath day holy 5. Honour thy Father and Mother 6. Thou shalt not kill 7. Thou shalt not commit adultery 8. Thou shalt not steal 9. Thou shalt not bear false witness 10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, wife, manservant, maidservant, ox, ass nor anything that is his. 1. Allah is a different god to Jehovah.‘all the gods of the nations are idols, but Jehovah made the heavens.’ (Psalm 96.5). 2. Mohammed prayed to the Kabah with 360 idols before he removed them (21:142; 53:19). 3. 4. Mohammed taught people to worship on Friday not Saturday 5. Mohammed massacred many Fathers and enslaved many Mothers, such as the Bani Qurayza tribe. 6. Mohammed killed many people and commanded others to kill people (8:12 strike off their heads) (9:29 fight/kill those to whom the Scriptures were given). 7. Mohammed committed adultery by having sex with Maria the Coptic whom he was not married to (66:1-5). 8. Mohammed stole from caravans, from those he massacred (Bani Qurayza) and by the jizya tax on people he conquered. 9. Mohammed lied by saying “war is deception” and “Allah has given you absolutions from your oaths”. “Allah has allowed you to break your oaths.” (66:2). 10. Mohammed coveted and took his neighbours houses in lands he conquered, his neighbour’s wife, his son’s wife Zainab (33:36-38), as well as slaves and 20% of the booty had to go to Mohammed. reprinted with permission from Pastor Keith Piper. https://www.libertybaptistchurch.org.au/
  11. PrincessLiana

    Doubting?

    Hi I need a place to vent and for feedback. I converted to Islam 4 years ago from Christianity. I was very wishy washy at best when I was Christian and had a drug and alcohol problem. I got sober and was told that in order to stay sober I had to find a power greater than myself. I tried church again and found nothing so I went looking and eventually found Islam and converted. It helped me stay sober but my family hated it so I tried to live as a Christian again but honestly it didn't work so I left my home to better live a Muslim life. I got married 2 years ago to a Muslim man. We have a good life and I'm active in our community help out at our Sunday school program and with our scout program. I'm even starting collage in less then a month. Thing is for the past 6 months I have been having doubts about Islam but I can't voice them to anyone. My husband talked to me about me not praying and it was a huge mess. I tried to voice my doubts to him but I was so to speak shot down and made to feel like an absolutely horrible person. I keep having dreams about Christianity. I don't know what to do. I can't voice anything going on with me to anyone else .
  12. This is a jaw dropping reality sisters and brothers! I was particularly interested in the 5 phases of their plan. This website is very thorough in case you are interested in what has infiltrated our country . Islam is a wicked, sinister plan of the serpent! 1 Peter 5:8 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Sharia Law in America Sharia law in the United States of America ("America") has reached penetration phase 3 (see Spread of Islam). As the number of court cases in which civil law and Sharia law clash rose across America, many American states introduced bills banning their state courts from accommodating Sharia law. Many of those bills have been stalled by the Muslim Brotherhood, which accuses the bills' sponsors and supporters of Islamophobia, campaigns against their re-election, and sues in court. States that have managed to pass Sharia law-blocking legislation, known as "ALAC" (American Laws for American Courts), are listed on Islamization of America. While fighting to a draw in many state legislatures, Sharia law has been advancing faster, in many cases unopposed, in other American institutions, as follows: ● An increasing number of America's public schools are commemorating Muslim holidays, serving Halal food, and holding Islamic prayers towards Mecca. In 2014, Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado became the first American high school to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic, replacing "One nation under God," with "One nation under Allah" (see Allah Moon God). ● Bill Clinton was the first US president to hold a White House Eid al-Fitr dinner at the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month-long, dawn-to-dusk fast. Eid al-Fitr includes six Takbirs, the raising of hands and shouting, "Allahu Akbar!" to declare that Allah is "greater" (than the God of Christianity and the idols of other religions - see Jesus vs. Muhammad and Halal). Every US president since Clinton, including George W. Bush, held this blasphemous dinner for a total of 20 years (1996 to 2016) until Donald Trump scrapped it in 2017. ● In 2000, the Republican National Convention became the first US presidential convention to open with a Muslim prayer to Allah. ● In 2007, Quran for the first time was used to swear into office a new US Congressman, Keith Ellison (right). In 2017, this former spokesman for Nation of Islam became the second highest leader of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). ● In 2009, a Christian US soldier at Baghram Air Force Base in Afghanistan received Bibles in two local languages from his American church as planned. The US army confiscated those Bibles and instead of at least returning them to his church, burned those Bibles. When Terry Jones, a pastor in Florida, announced his plan to burn a copy of the Quran in 2010, General David Petraeus, the commander of the US military in Afghanistan, publicly objected to his plan, while US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced his plan as "disgraceful" (see Bible vs. Quran and War against Islam). ● In the landmark 2010 pro-Sharia ruling on S.D. v. M.J.R., Judge Joseph Charles Jr. of New Jersey concluded that the Muslim ex-husband repeatedly had raped (see Taharrush) his Muslim ex-wife. After testimony from the Muslim man's imam, the judge denied the ex-wife's request for a permanent restraining order against her ex-husband, citing the Muslim man's "belief." ● To attract and manage Muslim wealth, an increasing number of American financial institutions quietly began taking steps to become Sharia-compliant. This includes donating a percentage of their annual profits to Islamic groups that are designated by their Sharia-compliance advisors, many of whom belong to the Muslim Brotherhood and funnel funds to Jihadi groups (the donations must go to one or more of eight recipient categories, one of which is Jihad), including Hamas and Hezbollah (see Hitler's Islam, how to Stop Islam). http://www.billionbibles.org/sharia/america-sharia-law.html Blessings
  13. I have made an amazing discovery, which I would wish to share. In the pre-Islamic times the pagans, in Hindu worship would circle a "holy stone" which was situated near to either a "holy well" or "holy river," seven times, in worship of and in representation of the seven heavenly bodies which move across the night sky and which these pagans claimed circled (circumbulated) the earth. Muhammad when he came to power in Mecca, kept this pagan Hindu practice of the circumbulation of the Ka'ba seven times during the holy month of pilgrimage, which is called the Hajj, which represented the worship of the seven visible heavenly bodies, (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon and Sun), which these pagans regarded as circling the earth, and so the pagans worshiped these heavenly bodies by circumbulating the Ka'ba. Muhammad did this in the hope of incorporating these Meccan pagans into the emerging religion of Islam, he reasoned that if he incorporated aspects of their pagan faith into Islam, then that would help facilitate the conversion of such pagans to Islam. The only change was the direction of circumbulation which Muhammad changed from clockwise (as in Hinduism) to anti-clockwise. So today, Muslims will vociferously proclaim that Islam is a monotheistic faith, when in reality it developed and grew out of paganism, retaining several aspects of its previous pagan roots.
  14. The refugees are successfully driving the Germans out of Germany and they feel justified... Read it and weep, because Hillary wants the same thing in America... (and, no, I cannot bring myself to vote for Trump either. I have to answer to God for these decisions...) https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9154/germans-leaving-germany
  15. Do you think that a christian woman marrying an unbeliever (muslim in this case) is a sin or not? And what if they love each others? Do you think this kind of love is wrong? Also, if they are to have children and the children become muslims, is it wrong that the christian lets them become muslims (even if she tells them about her own christian beliefs) ? This kind of marriage is not a good idea anyway in my opinion because of the religion issues, but if these things just happen?
  16. I found these statistics to be very alarming. How many of the people represented in this data are migrating to free countries? Does their believe in and desire for Sharia magically disappear when they cross a border? Of course not. I'll just leave it at that and let the chart speak for itself. These statistics came from http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/07/muslims-and-islam-key-findings-in-the-u-s-and-around-the-world/ I didn't take the time to read the entire article and don't necessarily endorse everything written. This set of data is just one of many that indicate how strong Islam has become in the West.
  17. Mellerd

    LOVING MUSLIMS

    I would say that at least half of the refugees whom we (lovingallpeoples) work with are Muslim. They come from all over Africa, Burma, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Muslims have become a huge part of our life. We love Muslims. They are some of the most hospitable and generous people that I have ever met. I know many Americans simply just do not understand them because most Americans are not in relationship with Muslims. And after 9/11, I am sure Americans are a little weary of them. I understand this, but we should still try to make more of an effort to befriend Muslims. In the media, you are only seeing a fraction of the Muslim population in this world. You are only hearing the bad stories about Muslims. But most are like you and me; just people trying to take care of their families and make it through life. And just like in our culture, there are some people who do really bad things. Turning on our local news could make you fear walking out the door in Dallas. Am I right? Don’t get sucked in by the media. Create your own perception of the world by engaging in it and with people. Do we have the right to judge a world or people we do not truly know? Our experience is very different from what you see in the media. They treat us with great respect. Again, they are so generous and hospitable. If you go to their home, you will be treated as an honored guest. Muslims love to talk about spiritual things. They don’t separate the spiritual and the practical like many of us do; I know I do sometimes. So, they are very open to spiritual conversations. I know most people think it is difficult to talk with Muslims about God, but that’s just not the case. They love to talk about God. God is the most important thing to most of them. When we talk about Jesus, they do not kick us out. When we offer prayer, they never reject it. In fact, some Muslim families heard about how our team prayed over a family who had been in an accident. Next thing you know, all those Muslim families are calling our team and asking us to pray for them. When someone got sick and went to the hospital, who did they call? Us! Followers of Jesus. So let’s not be afraid of Muslims. They are open. They want our friendship and our love just like anyone else. These are beautiful people and God loves them so much. I think that is the most important thing. We should love who God loves! One of the best parts of being friends with Muslims is the food! I added some pics of the food. Also, I should explain the pics below because some people might start to get a little worried about me:) Muslims love to teach you about their culture. They may even dress you up like a Muslim. They may even dress your baby up as a Muslim too!
  18. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32169080 Some day people might become annoyed with this group and go seriously after them!
  19. http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/6661/obama-christian-martyrdom How Obama Ushered in the New Age of Christian Martyrdom by Raymond Ibrahim October 10, 2015 at 5:00 am http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/6661/obama-christian-martyrdom Comment "Do you realize what you have done?" — Vladimir Putin, President of Russia Everywhere that U.S. leadership helped Islamic Jihadis topple secular autocrats in the name of "democracy and freedom," indigenous Christian minorities are forced either to convert to Islam or die. Many are accepting death. Most recently, on August 28 near Aleppo, the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) tortured, mutilated, publicly raped, beheaded and crucified 12 Christians for saying they "would never renounce Christ" for Muhammad. The jihadis took one group in front of a large crowd. They cut off the fingertips of a 12-year-old boy, who steadfastly refused to submit to Islam. They "severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam." He refused, so they "also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion." According to a Christian leader associated with the martyrs, "They were left on their crosses for two days. No one was allowed to remove them." A sign saying "INFIDELS" was placed next to their crosses. The other eight Christians, including two women, aged 29 and 33, were also ordered to renounce Christ and embrace Islam before a large crowd. When they refused, "The Islamic extremists then publicly raped the women, who continued to pray during the ordeal, leading the ISIS militants to beat them all the more furiously. "As the two women and the six men knelt before they were beheaded, they were all praying. "'Villagers said some were praying in the name of Jesus, others said some were praying the Lord's prayer, and others said some of them lifted their heads to commend their spirits to Jesus,' the ministry director said. "One of the women looked up and seemed to be almost smiling as she said, 'Jesus!'" "After they were beheaded, their bodies were hung on crosses, the ministry director said. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "On August 11 in Dallas, Raymond Ibrahim (Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and author of : Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians) delivered an hour-long talk as part of the North American Lutheran Church’s “Braaten/Benne Lectures in Theology.” The title of his presentation was “Muslim Persecution of Christian Martyrs: Past and Present.” Topics discussed include Islamic doctrine concerning Christianity; Islamic history as a manifestation of said Islamic doctrine; and, continuity—showing how the same things written in Islam's core texts, and that have manifested throughout history, are still happening today all throughout the Islamic world. http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/260391/video-raymond-ibrahim-talks-islam-and-christianity-frontpagemagcom
  20. Islam (Muslim) community is becoming as very danger group in World Example.... 1. Troubles in Pakistan (threat to India always), 2. Troubles in Iraq, 3. Iran growth, 4. The growth of ISIS, 5. unseen Muslim growth in USA. They are rapidly growing.. They are rapidly doing high damage to world countries in unseen way., In future there is big threat from Muslim to world community,... not only for one country,, but for whole nations Day by day, year by year they are growing.. because there is no birth control for them, Islam is not only Threat to USA only.. it is threat to whole world.. In our country India there are near 200 millions Muslims who are rapidly growing Every other religion of Christians going to have birth control.. but these Muslims are not have the birth control Statistics are saying.. 2010.... Christians are 2.17 billions... by 2050 .......... 2.92 billions. that is 32.4% to 31.4% only 2010.... Muslims are 1.6 billion ... by 2050.......... 2.76 billions... that is 23.2% to 29.7% ... wow There is very loose and faithless walk in some christians But in Muslims .. they are very strong in religion and practice and some sad believes like , Zehad or some So there is great threat in future for world.. SAINTS NEED TO UNITE TO PRAY AND BRING ALL CHRISTIANS TO STAY STRONG.. SAINTS NEED TO UNITE to awake the all other people in world.. Christians are divided as divisions with denominational boundaries.. Need some change in Christian community in all matters to face the danger from some false matters
  21. rjp34652

    Theology of the withering church

    Only those who justify their requests for evangelistic donations seem to believe the institutional church is in a constant and continued state of expansionism. The reality, however, is far from it. Europe, once the citadel of Christendom, is now a secular state. Islam is making powerful inroads there. Many believe England may be an Islamic state within the next ten years. The church in China is secret, meaning that any statement about robust growth there is a patent lie. Japan is embracing its ancient culture and missions there are in a state of spiritual anorexia. India, S.A. and Central America are mirror images of the Asian cultural direction. Africa, once a continent of Christian growth, is once again being subjected to constant wars - sponsored by warlords within, prosecuted by western powers from outside (the US has invaded four central African nations in the past two years), and ravaged by a twenty first century version of financial colonialism from China. Christendom is experiencing a near-fatal case of apathy and apostacy. Those that deny Christianity is in trouble need only have sincere and private discussions with those who've visited those lands and countries I've mentioned (beginning with yours truly) to hear and see for themselves what is and is not happening there. After two thousand years of unlimited opportunity and expansion, the church has begun to wither on the vine. On the other hand, Islam is experiencing a tsunami of unprecedented growth. Even Muslim leaders cannot explain it. After centuries of having to apologize to themselves and to their adherents that Allah had not granted them the growth they'd hoped for, they are now seeing something they could not have imagined possible. Islam is the future. The fortunes of Islam are the reverse of the fortunes of the institutional church. Where the gospel of Christ grows, Islam withers. When Islam is in the forefront of global spiritualism, the gospel withers. Understanding the present nature and future of the church is imperative to moving forward and redefining or rediscovering the foundations of the gospel has never been more important. The questions submitted today are - 1. How may the gospel be defined in the present atmosphere of Islamic growth? 2. How may the gospel be present in a culture of hedonism and sin? (Or do we turn our backs on it and leave the country as Lot did?) 3. Does anybody care and if so where are they? (They aren't in Central Florida, that's for sure.)
  22. Read this today... It resonated with me... Thoughts?
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