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Defending Mohammed

          We have to give Mohammed credit: he started with only the wealth of his wife’s family and built an empire based on his teachings, the same as the Romans and the Greeks. The fortunes of Islam were gained, at first, by robbing the Jews.  It seems that the same thinking is rampant today.  The most prosperous country in the Middle East is Israel.  Perhaps that is the essential reason the Islamists want to take possession of it.


          Mohammed was exposed to both the old and new testaments.  He took parts of the Old Testament and the New Testament of the Bible, much of the old Arabian pagan religions, tossed in some Zoroastrianism, and came up with a religion that suited him.  We know that Mohammed was an Arab of the Banu Hashim clan of the Quraysh tribe.   He used, as his heavenly father figure, Allah which was the moon god worshiped by his family.  Jehovah created the heavens and the earth.  In that creation was the moon.  Why would you worship Allah, the moon god, instead of the creator of the moon?

Mohammad was subjected to misinformation by the deceiver, whom even Mohammad referred to as Satan.  Several times in his life he believed he was demon possessed but was talked out of this belief by members of his family.  We do know that Mohammad was exposed to the Gospel of Christ, although probably through the Gnostic slant (which is the view that you can become divine yourself).  Since Mohammad could not read or write, we can believe the stories about his receiving the stories about the old and new Testaments of the Bible through word of mouth by passing caravans.  The Koran states that Allah had no sons.  Jesus, as we know from the Bible, is the Son of God.  The pagan moon god, Allah, supposedly got together with the sun goddess and had three daughters.


          Islam is similar to Mormonism in its founding.   In both cases, an angel figure brought ‘the word’ to a single man.  In Mormonism, the supposed angel Moroni came to Joseph Smith.  In Islam the being ‘appearing to Mohammed’ pretended to be the angel Gabriel. We can see that Satan will use a proven method to establish his deceptions. 


          Supposedly taken up to heaven from the Dome of the Rock, “according to Islamic tradition, the rock is the spot from which Muhammad ascended to Heaven accompanied by the angel Gabriel.  Further, Muhammad was taken here by Gabriel to pray with Abraham, Moses, and Jesus.  After Muhammad's return, he called all who would believe him to join with him and be Muslim”[1].  I hope he got in all the fellowship he wanted with these three, because he won’t be able to communicate with them from Hell.


          Apparently Mohammed was an epileptic, who claimed Allah spoke to him during his seizures.  I have known several people with epilepsy and they don’t remember much if anything that happens during their seizures.  There were some Native American tribes that believed people who had seizures were touched by The Great Spirit. I just can’t believe that God would work through a disease state to issue vital information, but I could be wrong. 


          Islamists today say that the Bible has been corrupted.  This is hard to believe because we can prove that the Bible, except for some of the New Age Versions based on the Alexandrian texts, is the same today as it was in Mohammed’s day.  The Koran, on the other hand, can be proven to have been corrupted as there have been additions, subtractions and “abrogations”               to it.  A Moslem will tell you that only a Moslem, reading the Koran in its original language (600-700AD) can understand the Koran.  God says that unless someone is Born Again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God (30 AD).  Another plagiarized idea?

            I am not against the Moslems.  To be against Moslem’s would be against God (All have sinned and come short of the glory of God).   There will be former Moslems in Heaven just as there will be former gentiles.  Jesus gave Himself, once for all.  The kingdom of Heaven is open to all whom so ever will receive Him.  James 2:1 says:My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons”.  James 2:8 says: “If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well”.

          The real crying shame, and it is worth crying about, is that the deception Mohammed was under and caused him to miss out on a relationship with the True and Living God, has also caused millions to also miss out on this relationship, and be lost.  Christians must have compassion on those who are blinded to the truth.


          There are in reality two Islam’s: Regular Islam (the moderates) and the political Islam of the Jihadist’s.  The problem is that the Koran says there is only one Islam. 


          Mohammad used a method of teaching similar to what Jesus used: referring back to knowledge well known in the area because the stories referred to have been part of all the people’s lives.  Many of the stories mentioned in the Islamic scriptures do not explain what is behind them because the people knew the pagan stories they referred to.  Jesus, on the other hand, when He did His hinting (referring back), was referring back to things in the Old Testament.  What Jesus referred back to had a foundation in the Old Testament books of the Bible; whereas, Mohammad’s referrings were based on the pagan stories of the religions of his ancestors.


          Allah supposedly said that Mohammed was the same as any other man (Sura 18:110).   If that is true, Mohammed could not have been a prophet or apostle any more than any other man.  “It is no surprise to find that most of the elements of his religious upbringing were transferred into the religion of Islam and did not come from a ‘new’ revelation from Allah as Islam claims.”[2]   If Mohammed was a prophet, he should have been judged as any other prophet.  Everything a prophet said must come true or they would be judged a false prophet and be stoned to death.  Maybe we should require Mosques in the US to register as non-prophets.


          Since the Jehovah of the Bible and Allah are not the same, we must not confuse the issue by saying they are just different names for the same God.  Allah is the name of the ancient pagan moon god whereas the God of the Bible is the “Lord God Almighty”. 


          Although Islam tries to place Mohammed on the same level as Jesus, he was clearly inferior.  Even if he truly was a prophet and apostle of God, he would have been inferior to Jesus, who is God.  In the same way, the prophets of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament were inferior to Jesus because they were not God.  Some religions, such as Krishna and Islam, have invented stories in later years to elevate their deity to the status of Jesus; however, none of them died for your sins or rose from the dead (Jesus, having risen from the dead, was witnessed by over 500 people and was seen ascending up to Heaven).  The greatest form of flattery is imitation; therefore their actions simply recognize the true status of Jesus.


          Since he couldn’t write, how do we know what he said was written down?  How did he know what he said was written down properly?  Since the consensus is that Mohammed could not read, how could he have known what was written on the table of stone he received from Allah which is said to have been the Koran?  Supposedly, Allah wrote the Koran on a stone table and gave it to Mohammed.  This is, however, only one story about how Mohammed got the Koran.  Also, why, if the Koran was given in perfect Arabic as claimed, are there so many grammatical errors, words from other languages and why was it written in the dialect of Mohammed’s tribe? 


          The Muslim scriptures say that when Jesus returns, He will recant what He said about His divinity and His relationship with the One True and Living God as well as execute all those who will not convert to Islam.  Today, there are many stories circulating in which Moslems are being visited by Jesus in dreams and visions explaining to them that He is the way to a true relationship with God.  We must look into the motives and methods of the inventor of Islam.  In essence, Mohammed invented Islam in the following ways:

          1. The Pagan god Allah figure was around a long time before Mohammed and was the moon god worshiped by his family.  The moon god Allah was part of Ba-al worship. 

          2.  Mohammed incorporated quite a bit of the Old Testament and the New Testament regulations in the formulation of this new religion; although he distorted them.  Today we call this plagiarism.  Whatever suited his wants and needs was used, rejecting the truth of the Bible.

          3.  Many of the medieval traditions that were present in his day were included such as the traditional dress and treatment of women. 

          4.  The cult of the moon god, which worshiped Allah, was then transformed into a monotheistic faith by Mohammad. 

          5. The symbol of the crescent moon was adopted to help convert people in the Middle East. 

          6. Mohammad couldn’t seem to make up his mind as to which direction to face when praying; sometimes Mecca, sometimes Jerusalem, etc.

          7. Islam enriched itself by attacking other cultures; especially the Jews. 

          8. Mohammad adopted many pagan rituals and beliefs such as the evil eye, placing curses, fatalism and genies.

          9. Mohammed said that Jesus was a prophet of God and would come back to say how wrong He was, and that Allah is the true god.

          10. “Isa never was the Arabic name for Jesus before Muhammad came along. Isa is not the Arabic name for Jesus; it is the Quranic name for Jesus. 

The Christians never used Isa but Yasu' which is the proper equivalent of the Hebrew Yeshua.  That is not only a minor technical quibble.  There were Arab Christians before Muhammad.  Why does Muhammad not use the established Arabic name for Jesus but changes it to something else? --- disconnecting his quranic Jesus from the Jesus of the historical Arabic speaking church? Moreover, "Isa" is not a proper Arabic word at all.
It has no meaning in Arabic.”[3]


          We can see from the information available, that Mohammed, having been deceived himself, was at best a very disturbed soul.  I titled this Defending Mohammed because we must realize that he was not in control of himself, but rather under the influence of Satan.  During his lifetime he believed this at different times but was talked out of it by family members.  Perhaps, if it wasn’t for his outside influences, he could have come to Jesus and been saved. 


          If you don’t know Jehovah you know no God.  There is only one God, and His name is Jehovah.  The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all in Jehovah and they are one.  A god by any other name is no God at all.  “By thy words thou shall be justified, and by thy words thou shall be condemned.”[4]  By the Bible you can be justified, but by the Koran you will be condemned. 


          Islam is truly a religion, however, because something is a religion, doesn’t mean it represents the creator of the universe.  In Islam there is no:

1. Personal relationship with God

2. Salvation through Grace

3. Fulfilled prophesy

4. No personage interceding for you with God

5. No coherent scriptures, equivalent to the Bible

6. Holy Spirit to guide you

7. No Bible to show the Word of God

          The Arabs are not all descended from Ishmael, any more than all Moslems are descended from Abraham.  “Most standard reference works on Islam reject the Arab claim to Abrahamic descent.  The prestigious Encyclopedia of Islam traces the Arabs to non-Abrahamic origins. Even the Dictionary of Islam questions the whole idea that the Arabs are descendants of Ishmael.”[5]

          Concerning the control of women, Sura 4:34 says: Men are guardians over women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all).—

          Islam’s Role in American History: In a recent speech, President Obama declared that “Islam – like so many faiths – is part of our national story.” While his claim is “technically” true, it isn’t entirely accurate, at least not in the way he, or most Muslims would like you to interpret it. In his prepared remarks at this year’s Iftar dinner, Obama incorrectly pontificated:

As I’ve noted before, Thomas Jefferson once held a sunset dinner here with an envoy from Tunisia – perhaps the first Iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago. And some of you, as you arrived tonight, may have seen our special display, courtesy of our friends at the Library of Congress – the Qur’an that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. And that’s a reminder, along with the generations of patriotic Muslims in America, that Islam – like so many faiths – is part of our national story.

It is true that Thomas Jefferson owned a Qur’an, so based on that, is it possible one could reasonably infer that Muslims were a vital part of America’s founding? Only if one was grossly uneducated about American history. You see, there were no Muslims waiting here in America when the first Pilgrims landed at Plymouth on December 21, 1620. There were none among the arriving Pilgrims. Even the first Thanksgiving celebration was entirely devoid of Muslims. In fact, their first appearance was shortly after we penned the Declaration of Independence.

How did they get involved at that pivotal point in our early history? It was a little event called the First Barbary War.

Until the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, British treaties with the North African states protected American ships from the Barbary corsairs (i.e. pirates). Morocco became the first Barbary power to seize an American vessel after our independence, which led directly to the creation of the United States Navy in March of 1794. While the United States managed to secure peace treaties, these treaties obliged us to pay tribute for protection from attack. Payments in ransom and tribute to the Barbary states amounted to roughly 20% of the United States government’s annual expenditures in 1800.

So why exactly did Jefferson own a copy of the Qur’an? That’s a bit of a trick question, as he did not own “a” copy of the Qur’an; he owned hundreds; perhaps even thousands of copies. After facing ongoing hostilities from Muslims and being forced to pay tribute to them equaling 20% of our total government expenditures for several years, Jefferson decided it would be wise to find out what we were truly up against, so he obtained a copy of the Qur’an. He was shocked and horrified by what he learned.

They were not content to simply live their lives and practice their faith. According to their religion, they were required to make war with anyone who didn’t live by the laws of Islam, and to demand that all non-believers pay jizya, the additional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslims; something that hasn’t changed, even today. In other words, they sought to kill all non-believers or demand that they pay a tribute for the permission to exist.

As few people had encountered such barbaric practices in the modern world, this was a foreign concept to most, even the worldly Jefferson. So he set out to educate the American citizens about the magnitude of the threat we were facing. His answer was to print and distribute copies of the Qur’an so that everyone could understand the culture and religion of the Muslim people. This wasn’t just some group of thugs who wanted to steal a few trinkets. This was a murderous cult, bent on our outright destruction and enslavement. There was no negotiating; no common ground. Logic, compromise and decency was lost on the Muslims.

Their own scripture shows they are a hateful and violent cult, not the “religion of peace” that the PC police constantly claim. Here are just a few gems from the Qur’an:

“Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate.” -Qur’an 9:73

“Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them. Know that God is with the righteous.” -Qur’an 9:123

“Muhammad is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another.” -Qur’an 48:29

“When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly.” -Qur’an 47:4

“Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their number. God does not guide the wrong-doers.” -Qur’an 5:51

In response to a declaration of war on the United States of America by the Barbary Coast caliphates, Thomas Jefferson sent the USS Constitution to the Mediterranean in 1803. Then, in 1805, the Constitution supported the landing of Marines “on the shores of Tripoli” in an action that was subsequently immortalized in the Marine Corps Hymn. The Americans and their allies destroyed the harbor citadel at Derna, which served as the headquarters for the pirates.

The dinner to which President Obama referred took place on December 9, 1805, and Jefferson’s guest was Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, an envoy from the bey (chieftain) of Tunis who spent six months in Washington. The context of Mellimelli’s visit to the United States was a tense dispute over piracy on American merchant vessels by the Barbary states, and the capture of Tunisian vessels trying to run an American blockade of Tripoli.

The First Barbary War in 1801 and the Second Barbary War in 1815 led to more favorable peace terms ending the payment of tribute. After a resounding military victory, we were largely free from the terror of Islam for hundreds of years, but that was far from the end of its role in America.

Islam was responsible for bringing millions of men, women and children captured throughout Africa, to America to be sold into slavery. It showed up again during World War II; its followers supporting Adolf Hitler’s efforts to exterminate the Jews and conquer Europe. And of course, who can forget its pivotal role in atrocities like the Iran hostage crisis, 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, 1993 World Trade Center bombing, 1998 United States embassy bombings, USS Cole bombing, September 11 attacks, or the Fort Hood shooting, to name just a few?

So yes, Mr. President, Islam – like so many faiths – is part of our national story. But it is not a positive part.[6]

          I think that most people would agree that Mohammed was a very sad personage.   He spent his life worshiping a god who never existed, much less offering a personal relationship, and he died without accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  It’s not that he wasn’t exposed to the message of Jesus.  We know that he at least heard stories about the old and new testaments, and even declared them to be the Word of God.  Because he couldn’t read or write he was unable to check out the Bible for himself.  He would have known that Deuteronomy 6 says: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” and “Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; For the Lord thy God is a jealous God ( implying vigilance and reverence) among you lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth”.  The “Hear of Israel” mentioned here also implies the Christians, which are branches grafted into the vine of the Hebrew God: the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon and of Jesus who is the “Son of God”.  The “Lord our God is one Lord” refers to the Trinity.

[1] Wikipedia
[2] The Islamic Invasion by Robert Morey
[3] Eric Barger
[4] Matthew 12: 36-37
[5] The Islamic Invasion by Robert Morey
[6]   August 21st, 2012 by Jeremy Knauff  


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