Thursday, November 11, 2010

Is Muhammad a True Prophet?

So far in this series we have determined that Islam is not a religion of peace because of its bloody history in spreading its message. We have determined that Islam is not a religion of love, because love is not the overarching theme of Islam as it is in the both the Old and New Testaments. We have seen that the Allah of Islam is not the same as the God of Old and New Testaments because the Qur’an makes no attempt to introduce Allah to its readers. We have also seen that the historical and archeological evidence demonstrates that Allah is in fact the pagan Arabic moon god Al-Ilah. These are truths that are being deliberately covered up by not only Muslims, but also politically correct liberals that do not wish to offend any group (unless that group is Christian).

It is the job of the Christian to expose the lies of the enemy (2 Cor. 10:3-5). This is one of the two aspects of apologetics. First, we expose the lies of the enemy, and then we use these lies as a springboard to plant the seeds of the gospel. Note that I said “to plant the seeds of the gospel,” by this I mean that we are not looking for another convert in which we notch in our “gospel gun”, so to speak, but that we are placing seeds in an unbeliever’s heart that God will water and cause to grow according to His providence. We will, however, address how to present the gospel to Muslims in a later post.

Muhammad's Holy Mole

In today’s post, we will be examining whether or not Muhammad is a true prophet. What we will look at in this post is how the Qur’an and Hadith (the Islamic equivalent of the Jewish Talmud) Muhammad was marked as a true prophet, some of Muhammad’s prophecies and miracles, and lastly how does the bible define a true or false prophet, and whether or not Muhammad fits into the biblical definition of one or the other.

According to the Qur’an, Muhammad was marked with “the Seal of the Prophets” (Surah 33:40). What was this “Seal”? This “Seal” was later defined by the Hadiths as a hairy mole between Muhammad’s shoulders that was about the size of a partridge egg (Bukhari Vol. 1, No. 189; Bukhari Vol. 4, No. 741; Muslim Vol. 4, No. 5790-5793).

In Bukhari’s Hadith, a story is related about a man that came to Muhammad with three questions in order to test whether or not Muhammad was indeed a true prophet. These questions were, “What is the first sign of the hour (i.e., the end of the world)?” “What will be the first meal taken by the people in Paradise?” “Why does a child resemble its father and why does it resemble its maternal uncle?” Muhammad, once he heard these questions, stated that the angel Gabriel came down and directly gave him the answers which were, “The first sign of the Hour will be a fire that will bring together  the people from the East to the West; the first meal of the people in Paradise will be extralobe of fish liver. As for the resemblance of the child to its parents; if the man has his sexual climax first, the child will resemble him, and if the mother climaxes first, the child will look like her” (Bukhari Vol. 4, No. 546).

Muhammad's Odd Teachings

According to the bible, not only did prophets proclaim messages from Yahweh to the people of Israel, but they also performed miracles. According to Muslim tradition, however, the greatest miracle that Allah gave to Muhammad was the Qur’an (Bukhari, Vol. 6, Book 61, No. 504). Based on this testimony, it is possible to judge the veracity and authenticity of Muhammad’s message based on the Qur’an. When a person looks at the evidences found in the Qur’an , the Qur’an is the best evidence that it did not originate from God. What follows are just a few examples of issues within the Qur’an.

According to Surah 17:1 in the Qur’an, Allah took Muhammad on a journey to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The problem here is that the Al-Aqsa mosque was built in 691 A.D. some twenty years after this surah was given by Muhammad. In attempting to rectify the error, Muslim scholars changed the story and said that Allah took Muhammad to the temple in Jerusalem. This change, however, only makes the problem worse, as the second temple in Jerusalem as destroyed by the Roman legions under Titus Vespasian in 70 A.D.

In the Qur'an, Surah 65:12 claims that there are seven earths. This idea is further elaborated on in various Hadiths and Muslim historical works (Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 54, No. 417, 418 &420; Vol. 3, Book 43, Nos. 632-634; Al-Tirmidhi, No. 1513 CD ROM Ed.; History of Al-Tabari-General Introduction and From the Creation to the Flood, Volume 1, trans. Franz Rosenthal [State University of New York Press, Albany 1989], pp. 207-208; Tafsir Ibn Kathir (Abridged) Volume 10 (Surat At-Tagabun to the end of the Qur’an), abridged by a group of scholars under the supervision of Shaykh Safiur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri [Darussalam Publishers & Distributors, Riyadh, Houston, New York, London, Lahore; first edition, September 2000], pp. 55-56).

Other oddities that Muhammad taught were that Satan lived in the nose (Bukhari Vol. 4, No. 516; Muslim Vol. 1, No. 462). If a fly fell into your food, don’t worry and eat the food, because although poison was contained in one of the fly’s wings the antidote was in the other (Bukhari Vol. 4, Nos. 537 & 673). In Surah 18:86 Muhammad taught that the when the sun set, it actually descended into a pool of murky water. Muhammad ordered the drinking of camel urine (Bukhari Vol. 1, No. 234). Muhammad taught that if a Muslim fell asleep during prayers Satan was urinating in his ears (Bukhari Vol. 2, No. 245). He taught that if you eat garlic or onions prior to prayers Allah will not hear your prayers (Bukhari Vol. 1, No. 812; Vol. 3, No. 362).

Muhammad, Islam and Slavery

Aside from some of the above teachings, there was the personal life of Muhammad. One finds within the pages of the Qur’an not one bit of intolerance towards slavery. Now, one can make the same claim about the Bible, except that the Bible makes various laws regarding the sexual exploitation of slaves. The Qur’an on the other hand gives slave owners full freedom to exploit their slaves sexually. It has been a dirty little secret that Islam, since the days of Muhammad, has been involved in the trade of black slaves. While many African-American Muslims rightly decry the evils of the white man in the slave trade, they are blind to the part in which Islam has had a great hand in selling slaves to the west.

Further, Islam was had no abolitionist movement associated with it. Christians, however, led the fight for the freedom of black slaves in both England and the United States. There are documented cases of abuse by Muslims of their slaves, however there is absolutely no contrition for these abuses as one finds in the west. The Turks took over 3 million Hungarians into slavery between the 1500s and 1600s, as well as massacred millions of Armenian Christians in the early part of the 20th century. Between 1619 and 1620, 200,000 Indian Hindus were captured and sold in Iranian slave markets. African slaves were often castrated by their Muslim masters. This is why there are very few people of African descent living in the Islamic countries. The Muslims sold 400,000 slaves to America.

The absence of any guilt for slavery among Muslims might actually be indicative of an explicit tolerance for slavery in Islam. In fact, the view of many Muslims is that they were doing their slaves a favor by rescuing them from their homes and relegating them to a life of demeaning servitude or sexual exploitation. Caliphs, the Islamic equivalent of popes, maintained harems of hundreds and sometimes thousands of young girls and women captured from lands as far away as Europe and consigned them to sexual slavery.

Muhammad's Child Bride

As if all this was not enough, there is one more piece of information that Muslims have tried to keep from the prying eyes of those interested in the life of Muhammad. This is the fact that Muhammad was a child molester. When Muhammad was 54 he married a six year old girl named Aisha (Muslim Book 8, No. 3310). Three years later Muhammad consummated the marriage with her (Bukhari Vol. 7, Book 62, No. 64 & 88). This is not just an incident that is recorded in two Hadiths, but is recorded over and over again, and sometimes the testimony comes from Aisha herself.

There are Muslim apologists who are claiming that Aisha was 16 or 18 when Muhammad married her and eventually had relations with her. However, the Hadiths do not bear this out. Aisha said that she never remembered her parents believing in any religion other than Islam (Bukhari Vol. 5, Book 58, No. 245). Further, Sahih Muslim says that Aisha took her dolls with her when she went to the home of Muhammad (Book 8, No. 3311). It is even noted that Muhammad would join Aisha in playing with her dolls (Bukhari Vol. 8, Book 73, No. 151). As if this is not enough, it said in another Hadith that Aisha was playing on a swing when they took her to be with Muhammad (Sunan Abu-Dawud Book 41, Nos. 4915-4917). This does not sound like the actions of a 16, 17 or 18 year old, does it?

Muhammad was a man of questionable teachings and even worse, the dastardly actions of slavery and child molestation. Compare the life and teachings of Muhammad with the life and teachings of Jesus, and one finds a striking difference. These differences need to be brought out to our Muslim friends, and the truth of the gospel needs to be shared with them.

Next post: Is the Qur’an a true revelation from God?

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