by Dale Brown
While Muslims are quick to point to the “illogical view of Christianity, that God became a man in the form of Jesus,” there is little in the form of logic to support Islam and it’s prophet. The 114 suras (chapters) of the Qur’an are arranged in a historically disorderly fashion from the longest to shortest. The earlier suras are generally shorter thus giving us a mixed bag of history in reverse. The later Medina material appears first, then that accumulated earlier at Mecca, last.
The Quran gives lipservice to the Bible and the “People of the Book” yet rejects nearly everything in the Bible as being unsubstantiated. It is claimed that God has preserved the complete Qur’an to this day, however He was unable to do the same for the Bible. There is one story of Jesus making a bird out of clay and breathing life into it appearing in Sura 5:110, which was plagiarized from the dubious Gnostic Gospel of Thomas. This presents a problem for Islam, which rejects the deity of Christ, for who can create life but God?
In a chapter of the Qur’an entitled “Mary” one can read about Jesus her son. We can also read a curious verse that calls Mary the sister of Aaron (Sura 19:28). Apparently the prophet or writer of the Qur’an got a bit confused regarding which Mary Allah was talking about—Mary, or Miriam, the sister of Aaron, who was an Old Testament character, and not the mother of Christ.
Another wonder is, if Allah is all powerful, why it is so common among Muslims to believe in the superstitious belief that the glare of an “evil eye” can cast a curse. Even sophisticated Muslims of Saudi Arabia who have overcome the fears of radio and television are yet known to pin blue beads to their children for protection from the evil eye.
Though circumcision is not taught in the Quran, the majority of Muslim men, following earlier Jewish tradition, are circumcised. In a most cruel and barbaric fashion women are circumcised as well, in some countries.
A tract about polygamy in Islam distributed in many American mosques states that “Early Christians invented ideas that women were ‘full of sin’ and man was better off to ‘never marry’. Since this would be the end of mankind these same people compromised and said ‘marry only one.'" (1) Yet, the Bible teaches no such thing. Many followers and supporters of Christ were godly women. The Muslim tract claims that "artificially created monogamy has become a factor in ruining the family structure, and the social, economic and political systems of the country.” Mormonism is cited as an example of a “Christian” group that has supported polygamy, though they fail to point out that Mormonism is actually a heretical cult.
His Not So Divine Nature
The fatalistic nature of Islam is apparent in it’s view of victors in war. In the section entitled The Call to Jihad in the Qur’an published by Darussalam one reads, “Similarly the Qur’an points out the well-known fact that the battle is by turns, (one) day (victory) is for you — (the other) day (victory) is for others — as Allah said: “If a wound (and killing) has touched you, be sure a similar wound (and killing) has touched the others. And so are the days (good and not so good), that We give to men by turns...” (Sura 3:140). So apparently Allah is for both sides. These would not be very encouraging words for most western soldiers. It’s one thing to say “you win some, you lose some” in a game of checkers, but if that is God’s attitude on your life, what would be the point of serving him? One would do well to consider the claims made for a different God.
Then, strangely enough, the Quran teaches some are predestined for hell, “And surely, We have created many of the jinn(2) and mankind for hell”(Sura 7:179).
Muslim Paradise With Wine and Babes!
It is discouraged in Islam to drink wine; in heaven, however, there are rivers of wine for the faithful (Sura 47:15, 83:25). It is a wonder why it is called wine, however, because the Qur’an claims that this heavenly wine will cause no intoxication or hangovers (Sura 56:17-19). So what is the point in drinking it? In Islam it is not only a man’s world where he may have up to four wives, it is also a man’s heaven, where there will be many virgins and young boys to serve wine to the faithful. What kind of a God is it, and how holy can he be, when things he forbids in this life are held out as rewards for the faithful in the life hereafter?
Can Allah Not Defend Himself?
The Quran clearly teaches, “And when the sacred months are passed, kill those who join other gods with God wherever ye shall find them; and seize them, besiege them, and lay wait for them with every kind of ambush: but if they shall convert, and observe prayer, and pay the obligatory alms, then let them go their way, for God is Gracious, Merciful” “Christians say, ‘The Messiah is a son of God.’ Such the sayings in their mouths! They resemble the saying of the Infidels of old! Go do battle with them! How are they misguided. (Sura 9:5, 29-31 “IMMUNITY”). Apparently it is not enough that the infidels are going to hell, some Muslims feel they should hurry up the process of getting them there.
One way of doing battle with the “infidels,” or tolerated minorities under Islam within it’s borders has been to levy poll-taxes (jizyah) “obligatory alms” against them.(3) These taxes are then used to finance jihad and Islamic expansion. It is beneficial to protect some “covenant” dhimma people if they are offering to society something that Islam has use for.
If Allah is Akbar (Great) why do non-Muslim infidel soldiers from the west have to defend the Kuwaitis and Saudis from their own Muslim neighbors? One must wonder, is Allah dead? Or, was he ever even really there in the first place?
Our Saudi Friends
A version of the Qur’an(4) endorsed by Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Humaid,(5) Chief Justice of Saudi Arabia, was being distributed around the U.S. in the months before and after 9/11. It is translated by a former Professor at the Islamic University in Medinah, and former director at the University Hospital in Medina. It is most militant in it’s style and commentary. In a section entitled “The Call to Jihad” we read, “As it is now obvious, at first ‘the fighting’ was forbidden, then it was permitted and after that it was made obligatory – (1) against them who start ‘the fighting’ against you (Muslims)... (2) and against all those who worship others along with Allah... as mentioned in Sura 2, 3, 9... and other Sura (Chapters of the Quran). Allah made the fighting (Jihad) obligatory for the Muslims and gave importance to the subject-matter of Jihad in all the Sura which were revealed (at Al-Madinah) as in Allah’s Statement: ‘March forth whether you are light (being healthy, young and wealthy) or heavy (being ill, old and poor), and strive hard with your wealth and your lives in the Cause of Allah. This is better for you if you knew.’ (Sura 9:41) And He (Allah) said: ‘Jihad (holy fighting in Allah’s Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.”(Sura 2:216)
Traditionally in Islamic thinking the world is divided into two categories, Dar al-Islam (the “House of Islam”) and Dar al-Harb (the House of War). The white sword on a field of Islamic green on the Saudi Arabian flag speaks loudly of the religions militant history. The national logo is two crossed swords and a date palm tree in that land where the Qur’an is the constitution.
Jesus said, “. . . an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think he is offering service to God.” (Jn. 16:2)
Black is not Always Beautiful
The Interpretation of the Noble Qur’an endorsed by the Saudi Chief Justice might be a difficult pill for American blacks to swallow if they read it objectively. It’s describes judgment day in ethnic terms. “So on that Day no question will be asked of man or jinni as to his sin [because they have already been known from their faces either white (dwellers of Paradise — true believers of Islamic Monotheism) or black (dwellers of Hell — polytheists, disbelievers, criminals)]. The Mujrimun (polytheists, criminals, sinners) will be known by their marks (black faces), and they will be seized by their forelocks and their feet.”(6)
Thinking that Christianity is a white man’s religion some Black Muslims have a twisted understanding of slavery in the Muslim world. Muslims in many countries have taken part in the slave trade. As a matter of fact Saudi Arabia, the home of the Grand Mosque and Qa’ba of Mecca, continued slavery as a common practice until it was abolished in 1962. Though the African country of Mauritania, because of global political pressure, outlawed slavery in 1980, many Arab masters, still hold black slaves. It is not merely a sin of white Christian culture. Temptation to capitalize on the benefits of cheap labor is as broad as humanity itself. Even certain American Indian tribes were known to capture members of other clans. Human nature is not necessarily dictated by the color of our skin.
Mohammed’s Qur’an tells Muslims not to take Jews or Christians for friends (Surah 5:51) for Allah has turned Jews into apes and swine (Surah 5:60). This is surely not the attitude of the God of the Bible.
Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.”
(1) The Institute of Islamic Information and Education, Chicago, Illinois
(2) Jinns, created by fire, are similar to devils but of a different class. They are believed to be a carry over from pre-Islamic Arabian animistic gods.
(3) Sura 9:29
(4) INTERPRETATION OF THE MEANING OF THE NOBLE QURAN IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, by Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali & Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan, Darussalam Pub. & Dist. Riyadh, Houston, Lahore
(5) pg. 842
(6) Surah 55:39, 41