[b]The Truth About Islam[/b]
[i]by Eli Brayley[/i]
Islam originated in c. 610 AD by Muhammad the Qurayshis, a well-to-do merchant living in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, who began to receive revelations from 'Allah' which would continue for the next 23 years until his death in 632. These revelations were later recorded into a book which is known as the Qu'ran, and today more than 1.4 billion people follow the teachings of the Qu'ran and are known as Muslims. What many people do not know is that 'Allah' does not exist and Muhammad is a false prophet, and those who adhere to his teachings are actually giving heed to "seducing spirits and doctrines of devils." (1 Timothy 4:1)
THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD
When Muhammad first received these revelations he would be gripped by epileptic seizures and fits of convulsions. Muhammad himself doubted whether his revelations were from God or not, even fearing that he was demon possessed:
"Naturally he was scared, and intimated to his wife, Khadija, the fear that he might even be possessed by an evil spirit . . . Stricken with panic, Muhammad arose and asked himself, "What did I see? Did possession of the devil which I feared all along come to pass?" . . . When he calmed down, he cast toward his wife the glance of a man in need of rescue and said, "O Khadijah, what has happened to me?" He told her of his experience and intimated to her his fear that his mind had finally betrayed him, and that he was becoming a seer or a man possessed." [Haykal, The Life of Muhammad, p.73-75]
"That he was possessed by a Jinni - for him, with his beliefs, an evil spirit - was his first thought, and only gradually did he come to the conviction that this was divine inspiration, and not diabolical obsession." [MacDonald, The Religious Attitude and Life in Islam, p. 33]
According to Muhammad, it was the archangel Gabriel who appeared to him and delivered these Qu'ranic revelations. The Bible says, "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:8) Eventually, not without hesitation, did he declare that his visions were from God. Muhammad was wrong.
In 622, Muhammad and his followers were expelled from Mecca and moved to Medina where they created the very first Muslim community, and then proceeded to wage war against the Meccans. After eight years of bloodshed, the Muslims conquered the city with a force of ten thousand men and established Mecca as the Islamic capital of the world. After the capture of Mecca, many of the Arabian tribes joined Muhammad and coverted to Islam. Muhammad sent out his commanders to spread Islam with this command:
"When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to [accept] Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. ... If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allahs help and fight them." [Sahih Muslim, Book 19, Number 4294]
Many Muslims today will tell you that Islam is a religion of peace, however history proves them wrong. Their founder and leader was man of war who shed blood and conquered by the sword. Compare Muhammad with Jesus: Our Lord never used a sword. Our Lord restrained Peter from using a sword. Our Lord commanded us to love our enemies. Our Lord said to Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight." (John 18:36) Muhammad's kingdom was of this world.
Muhammad was Biblically disqualified from being a spiritual leader or prophet according to Titus 1:6-9: "If any be blameless, the husband of one wife..." Muhammad was a polygamist, who even married a girl nine years of age, "...no striker..." which disqualifies him on account of his violence, and "...holding fast the faithful word..." Muhammad changed and manipulated the Bible to suit his own religion, forsaking sound doctrine for "cunningly devised fables", as we shall see in the next section.
THE TEACHINGS OF MUHAMMAD
"He has revealed to you the Book of truth, verifying that which is before it, and He revealed the Torah and the Gospel aforetime, a guidance for the people, and He sent the Qu'ran." (Surah 3:3)
Muhammad firmly taught that the Bible, Old and New Testament, were given by 'Allah' and were to be obeyed as the Word of God. The Qu'ran refers to Christians and Jews as "People of the Book"; those to whom the Bible was given. Both Moses and Jesus are considered prophets in Islam. However, Muhammad runs into a major problem here because the Qu'ran seriously and fundamentally contradicts the Bible on nearly every important issue. For example:
-the Qu'ran says Allah made His covenant with Ishmael. The Bible says God made His covenant with Isaac
-the Qu'ran says that blood does not atone for sins. The Bible says that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins
-the Qu'ran says Allah has no begotten Son. The Bible says that God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son
-the Qu'ran says that Jesus was just another prophet. The Bible says that Jesus is the Christ
-the Qu'ran says that Jesus was just a man. The Bible says that Jesus is Lord
-the Qu'ran says that Jesus did not die on the cross. The Bible says that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins
In light of such monumental discrepancies, how could Muhammad have made the claim that the Bible and the Qu'ran were both the Word of God? There's only one thing he could do... Muhammad declared that the Bible had been corrupted and altered, and that the Qu'ran was Allah's answer to the problem, verifying the truth that had been lost by the People of the Book. To the Jews, this is an insult. To the Christians, this is a joke.
The Jewish people love the Law; they value and esteem it above all else that is in the world, so much so that they even missed their own Messiah because of their inordinate love for the written Word of God (John 5:39-40). To say that they corrupted the Bible would insult their very Jewishness. Hebrew scholars were the 'computers' of their day. If a new scroll erred at all, even in punctuation, it was discarded and burned. Hebrew letters are also numbers, and if the sum of a new text was not equal to the sum of the original text the scroll was destroyed. With other such precautions scribes diligently supervised the Holy Scriptures' preservation. Perfection was demanded. There is no way the Jews corrupted their most beloved possession. Certainly Jesus did not think it was corrupted: "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew 5:18)
To the Christians, Muhammad's claim is ridiculous and without reasonable basis. Muhammad was suggesting that in less than 600 years the New Testament was perverted; it's authentic Gospel unable to decipher. Athiests often make this assumption as well, but fact affirms the opposite. The Ante-Nicean fathers (those elders immediately following the twelve Apostles, appointed by the Apostles themselves) wrote extensive commentaries on the New Testament Scriptures, quoting every verse that we have in our present day Bible (with the exception of thirteen, found mainly in 2nd and 3rd John). These writings prove that the Bible was not in the least corrupted, but that the Scriptures we have today are as authentic as the Scriptures used in the days of the Apostles. And if perfect today, how much more only 600 years after? Muhammad's claim is absurd, and he argues against God who said, "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." (1 Peter 1:24-25) God will not suffer His Word to be moved.
It is on this point that Islam ultimately falls through. If the Bible was corrupted, then the Qu'ran might of had a chance, but because the Word of God stands sure forever, the Qu'ran has absolutely no authority and Islam crumbles to pieces. It is the word of ancient history or the word of modern manipulation. It is the word of eyewitnesses or the word of an uninformed epileptic. It is the Word of God or the word of a man possessed by devils. Let the facts decide for you.
Emperor Manuel II Paleologus of Byzantine said in 1391: "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." This was said during a time of great Islamic expansion, and I fear we are on the breaking point of another such episode. Islam is not a religion of peace: they will blow us up just for questioning their peaceful intentions and thus prove the point. The Bible prophesied of the enmity which would be between the world and the Muslims. "And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren." (Genesis 16:11-12) The Bible is swollen with fulfilled prophecy, yet the Qu'ran does not utter a single one.
I write this for those dear Muslims who are deceived by the lies of the devil through this man Muhammad. Jesus said, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink." (John 7:37) You may find yourself dying of thirst in the desert like Hagar and Ishmael because of your sins, and you know that if you don't find drink you will die. The Bible says that the Father loved you so much He gave Jesus Christ His own Son to died on the cross for your sins and bear your iniquities so that you can be delivered. Isa is your Well of ZamZam. If you repent today and call upon God to save you, you shall be saved, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon