Response To ‘Taqiyya’ Deception – Lying

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Oft-repeated claims by critics spout that Islam allows lying in ‘all circumstances’. They further say that Islam allows their followers to lie to take advantage of non-believers and infiltrate high governmental positions. These claims are false. When I read these comments in some of the websites, I didn’t know whether to laugh or feel sorry for the gullible folks who believe such rubbish.

Related Article:
‘Holy Bible’ Allows Lying – Deception

For those who make these allegations, their method to convince their gullible followers is by quoting a verse here and there from the Qur’an, and then misquote scholarly statements by deliberately leaving out the conditions when lying is permissible in rare circumstances. By doing this, they present this to ignorant folk, saying “here, you see Islam sanctions lying to non-believers in all circumstances”

In actual reality, when we examine all these Quranic verses and Hadiths, in none of them is there any mention that one is allowed to lie to non-Muslims.. Nor is there any mention or indication that a Muslim is allowed to take advantage of disbelievers – these are claims made by crazy deluded Islamophobes who have no support from the Quran or Hadith.

Lying in order to advance one’s faith is not an Islamic doctrine and has never been. I challenge anyone to bring one proof from the Quran or Hadith where it says that ‘one can use deception to advance Islam.’ You won’t find it. However, such doctrine, to advance one’s faith by lying is found and sanctioned in the Bible.

Apostle Paul sanctions lying in order to advance Christianity. Paul admits in Corinthians 9:19-23 that during his ministry, preaching his Paulinism (Christianity of today), that he falsely acted in order to draw people to Christianity. Click on the following article here. I have provided some of the early Church fathers’ commentaries on the verse (Corinthians 9:19-23), in agreement that the verse allows deception in them circumstances, to advance Christianity.

With that said, let’s look at the Islamic view when one is allowed to utter a lie. The following are exceptional circumstances:

1. To make peace between two friends to avoid feud (or bloodshed)
2. To make your spouse happy
3. In war, to get the upper hand against the enemy.
4. When one is persecuted, he can say things which may not be true
5. To make someone escape torture from a tyrant, to avoid handing over an innocent person to an oppressor.

These are the only times when one is allowed to lie. Note: the articles below are a refutation to critics misusing, twisting Islamic scripture.  I have also covered each of the above instances in a lot more detail – please click on the links below:

The Qur’an:

1. Qur’an 16:106 – ‘Except For One Who Is Forced…’

2. Qur’an 3:28 – Not To Take Non-Believers As Friends?

3. Qur’an 9:3 – ‘Dissolution Of Oaths’

4. Qur’an 40:28 – ‘A Believer Lying?’

5. Qur’an 2:225 – ‘Unintentional Oaths’

6. Qur’an 66:2 – The Prophet (p)

7. Qur’an 3:54 – ‘Allah Is A Deceiver’?

8. Qur’an 8:30 – Makr – Makara

9. Qur’an 10:21 – Makr – Makara

From the Hadith:

1. Bukhari 52:269 –  ‘War is deceit.’”

2. Bukhari 49:857 – “He who makes peace between two people…

3. Bukhari 84:64 – Ali (Ra) tricking the enemy in war

4. Muslim 32:6303 – “…he did not hear that exemption was granted in anything what the people speak as lie but in three cases: in battle, for bringing reconciliation amongst persons and the narration of the words of the husband to his wife, and the narration of the words of a wife to her husband.”

5. Bukhari 50:369 – Ka’b bin al-Ashraf

Taqiyya And Its Meaning:

Also check out the following link on ‘Taqiyya’ which is been hurled at by Islamophobes that all Muslims follow this doctrine. However, as I have demonstrated from Muslim and non-Muslim academics, they all agree that this doctrine (Taqiyya, Takiya) is only endorsed by the Shia, which make up 15 to 20% of the World’s  Muslim population. The rest, 80% of the World’s Muslims, who are Sunni, have never had such doctrine or endorsed such: Click here for the article –  ‘Taqiyya’ (Takiya) Meaning.

Refutation To Taqiyya:

Moreover, Islamic Scholar Shaykh Ashiq Ilahi Madni was so infuriated by Shias who use the doctrine of ‘Taqiyya’ that he wrote a refutation against their false doctrine, and stating that ‘Taqiyya’ which is endorsed by those heretics (Shias), has no place in Islam, nor has Islam ever endorsed it. Here is what the Scholar, Shaykh Ashiq Ilahi Madni wrote:

A REFUTATION OF THE ‘TAQIYYA’ OF THE RAWAFIDH
The sect called the Rawafidh (part of the shia movement) attaches such great importance to the practice of ‘Taqiyya’ (lying in religious matters) that a renowned proverb amongst them is that the person who does not practise Taqiya has no belief (Iman). They quote in their support the above verse, ‘unless you have to safeguard yourselves from enemies.’ At the outset it should be understood why they resorted to this practice. The Jews taught these people a Din (religion) other than that brought by the Holy Prophet and impressed on their minds that Sayyidina Ali… was supposed to be the immediate leader after the Holy Prophet… They were told that the other Caliphs (Kalifas) viz. Sayyidina Abu Bakr… Sayyidina Umar… and Sayyidina Uthman… unsurped the Caliphate (Khilafah) from him. However, true Muslims ask them the reason why Sayyidina Ali remained silent about the matter for 26 years, not once laying claim to his right? Why did he, during this entire period, even participate in their meetings and fight with in Jihad? Why did he join them in all their Jumu’ah, Eid and daily Salah? In reply to all of this they have been taught by their tutors (the Jews) to say that Sayyidina Ali… was practising Taqiya. This practice of ‘taqiya’ is such a weapon that the enemies have placed in their hands that they regard it as being fundamental f Din (religion) and use it in every defence. When they deliberately say many things that contradict their beliefs, they actually feel that they are doing an act of virtue. How vast is the difference between their cowardly practice of ‘Taqiya’ and the outstanding courageousness of Sayyidina Ali whom they claim to follow!

It is not the trait if people of belief (Iman) to falter before falsehood. If indeed it was the right of Sayyidina Ali to ascend to the Caliphate (Khilafah), he would have fought for the truth and not given in to the other three Khulafa. It is not conceivable that the vicegerent of the greatest Holy prophet should yield to the authority of any oppressor. To view the matter from another angle, the incident of Sayyidina Husain, should be examined. When the Rawafidh summoned him to Kufa and then deserted him, he chose to fight to the end for the sake of the truth. He even had to endure the killing of so many of his family members, but he never yielded to the pressure of those whom he considered to be oppressive. He could have practiced ‘Taqiya’ to appease Yazid and Ibn Ziyad, but he did not. This episode clearly displays the fact that there exists no ‘taqiya’ in the Din (religion), for it was not even practised by people like Sayyidina Husain whom these Shias claim to follow. Whatever incidents the Shias narrate regarding ‘Taqiya’ of their ‘scholar’s (Imams)’ are all fabrications and contradict the status of these noble personalities. It is just not possible that they conceal one thing in their hearts and practice another. This practice of ‘Taqiya’ has no basis from the Qur’an whatsoever. ‘…unless you have to safeguard yourselves from enemies.’ This verse applies to the case when a Muslim is in endanger of suffering harm from the disbelievers infidels (Kuffar) e.g. they force him to make any statement of infidelity (kufr) under a threat, which they are able to induce and which shall prove unbearable to the Muslim In question. This is as Allah says Surah Nahl (verse 106), save for him who is forced, but his heart is content with belief (Iman).’ Even in this case, however, it will be best to endure suffering and not concede. [1]

As I have responded to the claims made against Islam on lying, I do not need to go over it again. Rather, I will quote Quranic verses and Hadith where it clearly states that lying is forbidden, should be avoided in all circumstances and is a major sin. The following, God and Prophet Mohammad (p) speak on the importance of being truthful in all circumstances. And a person who lies is hated in the sight of Allah. In short, telling the truth is virtuous and leads one to Paradise.

The Qur’an:

O YOU who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in upholding equity, bearing witness to the truth for the sake of God, even though it be against your own selves or your parents and kinsfolk. Whether the person concerned be rich or poor, God’s claim takes precedence over [the claims of] either of them. Do not, then, follow your own desires, lest you swerve from justice: for if you distort [the truth], behold, God is indeed aware of all that you do! – Quran 4:135

O ye who believe! Be careful of your duty to Allah, and be with the truthful. – Quran 9:119

Allah will say: “This is a Day on which the truthful will profit from their truth: theirs are Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise) – they shall abide therein forever. Allah is pleased with them and they with Him. That is the great success (Paradise). – Quran 5:119

That Allah may reward the true men for their truth, and punish the hypocrites if He will, or relent toward them (if He will). Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. – Quran 33:24

O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth. – Quran 33:70

And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know [it]. – Quran 2:42

From The Hadith:

‘Abdullah reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: It is obligatory for you to tell the truth, for truth leads to virtue and virtue leads to Paradise, and the man who continues to speak the truth and endeavours to tell the truth is eventually recorded as truthful with Allah, and beware of telling of a lie for telling of a lie leads to obscenity and obscenity leads to Hell-Fire, and the person who keeps telling lies and endeavours to tell a lie is recorded as a liar with Allah. (Sahih Muslim Book 32, Hadith 6309)

‘Abdullah b. Mas’ud reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: Telling of truth is a virtue and virtue leads to Paradise and the servant who endeavours to tell the truth is recorded as truthful, and lie is obscenity and obscenity leads to Hell-Fire, and the servant who endeavours to tell a lie is recorded as a liar. Ibn Abu Shaiba reported this from Allah’s Apostle. (Sahih Muslim Book 32, Hadith 6308)

Aishah narrated: “There was no behaviour more hated to the Messenger of Allah than lying. A man would lie in narrating something in the presence of the Prophet, and he would not be content until he knew that he had repented.” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi Volume 4, Book 1, Hadith 1973)

Abdullah reported that the Prophet (p) said, “You must be truthful. Truthfulness leads to dutifulness and dutifulness leads to the Garden. A man continues to tell the truth until he is written as a siddiq with Allah. Beware of lying. Lying leads to deviance and deviance leads to the Fire. A man continues to lie until he is written as a liar with Allah.” (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad: Book 21, Hadith 386)

The Prophet (p) guaranteed paradise to anyone if they can avoid lying even when joking.
The Prophet said: I guarantee a house in the surroundings of Paradise for a man who avoids quarrelling even if he were in the right, a house in the middle of Paradise for a man who avoids lying even if he were joking, and a house in the upper part of Paradise for a man who made his character good. (Sunan Abi Dawud Book 42, Hadith 4782)

Written by: Kaleef K. Karim

Reference:

[1] Illuminating Discourses on the Noble Quran – Tafseer Anwarul Bayan – By Shaykh Ashiq Ilahi Madni, volume 1, page 369 – 371

The Story of Khubaib (ra) – Proof Muslims are NOT allowed to Kill Women and Children

Bismillah_FullWith all the horrible scenes we see today of Secular Arab Tyrants and Islamic Extremists throughout the Middle East killing innocent people in the thousands, it isn’t surprising that Non-Muslims in the west would believe that the people’s religion might have a role in these atrocities.  Especially when you see how many Terrorist organizations in the region are taking advantage of ignorance people and using their faith to further their cause and to garner support for their unquenchable thirst for power.

Yet in this ever changing world, with so many cultures and religions interconnecting and mingling on a day to day bases, it isn’t acceptable that we still find people today that are so quick to form an opinion or reach a conclusion about another faith without having done the proper research.  Especially in this day in age where we have quick access to so much knowledge and have a sea of credible information at our fingertips.

So with that said I would like today to cover the ever popular topic of Muslims being permitted to kill women and children.  This sadly has become a very common talking point with many Right Wingers and Islamaphobes alike who – for the most part – have essentially reached their conclusions based upon the recent actions of a handful of Muslims, and not the Islamic Texts or the Historic application thereof.  Now even though you might get some Senator or Pastor that could quote you a Quranic verse here and there which talkis about “Fighting the Infidels,” rarely will you ever find them presenting a historic example where the Muslims applied their particular interpretation of those verses.  That is simply because – for the most part – they do not exist.

Take for instance the oft-parroted phrase that Muslims believe you “Either Gotta Covert to Islam or be Killed!” (usually said with the Southern accent.)  Now to the ignorant scared Christian American these people might seem like they know what they are talking about, but for the well informed Muslim, we know very well that these people don’t have any clue what they’re talking about.  And just because someone can site a Quranic verse or Hadeeth here and there that doesn’t make them an Islamic Expert, nor makes them qualified to come and make accusations against a faith of 1.7 Billion people. There are 5 year old Muslim children today mind you that can recitethe whole Quran front and back in Arabic.  Are we now going to allow them to host conferences about Islam and speak to thousands of police officers and military personnel about the threat of Terrorism?

So now that I have made my point the ridiculousness of the whole Western Islamaphobia fiasco, let me get to the crux of this article.  I wanted to present to you a very nice story which happened during the time of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh).  A story which will help shed light or help refute a very common claim made by Islamaphobes and Extremists Zionists that falsely claim that Muslims are allowed to kill women and children in Islam.

To refute this I wish to share with you the story of the Famous companion Khubaib (ra).

Our story begins in the second year after the prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) migration (which is about 624 CE).  At that time a delegation had come to Medina and requested from the prophet (pbuh) to send with them a number of knowledgeable Muslims to teach them about Islam.  The prophet Muhammad (pbuh) gladly obliged, and sent with the delegation 70 of the Most knowledgeable Muslims in Medina.  Little did they know though, but the delegation were intending on killing every single one of the sent with them. And so when the Muslims reached an area called “The well of Rajee’,” these criminals decided to carry out their horrible plan.  Everyone of the 70 Muslims were killed except for two individuals.  One was known as Zaid and there other was the hero of our story Khubaib.

The two prisoners were then taken back to Meccah where they were sold to families o that wished to extract revenge against the Muslims.  Khubaib was  sold to the Al-Harith tribe, whose leader was killed by Khubaib during the battle of Badr.  After purchasing Khubaib, he was then taken and held in one of the houses of the Al-Harith tribe to was as the men make preparations for his execution.  Having realized that his death was close at hand,  Khubaib asked his captors if they would lend him a razor and allow him to clean himself up before he was to die.  One of the daughters of Al-Harith then brought him her razor and left him alone so Khubaib could prepare himself.

razor

After some time had passed the women who had brought Khubaib the razor suddenly noticed her child was missing and began to frantically search him.  Then, remembering that the prisoner in the other room had a razor she panicked and went racing up to see if her son was there.  As she raced into the room  she was stopped in her tracks as she looked in horror at her child that was now sitting happily on the lap of Khubaib while he proceeded to shave.  Apparently the child had managed to crawl up the stairs all by himself and entered the room where the prisoner was being held.

As  she stood there frozen in terror, Khubaib looked and noticed the woman standing some a distance away.  It didn’t take him long to see that the woman was completely distraught and in a panic.  And so after realizing what she was thinking, Khubaib quickly reassured her saying:

“Are you afraid that I would actually kill him?  By God I would never do such a thing.”

He then let the child return back to his now relieved and grateful mother.  Khubaib was to be crucified a short time later, but even after his death that women always spoke highly of him to others saying how he was the most upright prisoner she had every met.

This my friends is the founders of Islam.  These were the type of righteous men who stood side by side with the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and through the sheer magnificence of their character lead thousands of people to Islam.  They were not petty thieves or people who murdered innocent people out of revenge.  They were servants of God and men at service to the people.  They fought wars only when it was necessary, and always extended an arm of mercy and peace to those who were willing reciprocate.

Now take that example and compare it to the character of Terrorists we know of today.  Imagine if one of those characters you saw on News were in the same situation of Khubaib and ask yourselves,  “would they do the same thing?”  If not, then you know that those men and the Muslims who lived during the time of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) are not one and the same.  They are following something completely different than what was being taught to those Muslims at the time of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

It’s time we stop blaming Islam and Muslims for the crimes of a handful of individuals who just so happen to be of the same faith.  Every religion, race and people have their criminals and nutcases.  Muslims are no different.  But know, our History and the forefathers of our religion are the people Muslims exemplify, not these criminals today that have hijacked our faith and stained our reputation.

The source of the story can be found on Page 1128: Volume 2 of “The Noble life of the Prophet” (peace be upon him) by Dr. ‘Ali Muhammad As-Sallaabee.
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So-called “Satanic Verses” Refuted

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Question:

In setanic verses by salman rushdi, he talks about some ayat of Quran those were revealed in order to accept three of the most popular gods of the that time in mecca as to be superior or heavenly beings like angels or the god. Later on, those ayat were cancelled and it was said that those were not revealed through gibrail rather it was iblis(satan) who made up those ayat and the prophet(peace be upon him) at that time was not aware of it. How true is this? If there is some truth in this then please specify how much and I would appreciate a real story as to what really happened.

Praise be to Allaah.

This is based on a false report. Ibn Katheer and others said:

There is no saheeh isnaad from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) concerning this report, which says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) “recited Soorat al-Najmto the mushrikeen until he reached the verses (interpretation of the meaning) ‘Have you then considered Al-Laat, and Al-‘Uzzaa (two idols of the pagan Arabs), And Manaat (another idol of the pagan Arabs), the other third?’ [al-Najm 53:19-20 – interpretation of the meaning]. Then the Shaytaan put words into the mouth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and he said: ‘they are the exalted gharaneeq, whose intercession is to be hoped  for.’ The kuffaar were pleased with this praise of their three idols, so they prostrated.”

This report is undoubtedly false on a number of counts.

1.     Its isnaad is very weak and is not saheeh.

2.     The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was infallible with regard to the conveying of his Message.

3.     Even if this report was saheeh, for argument’s sake, the scholars have stated that it is to be understood as meaning that the Shaytaan caused the kuffaar to hear these words, not that he put them in the mouth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), so they heard them from him.

See Ibn Katheer’s refutation of this in his tafseer of Soorat al-Hajj 22:52. And Allaah knows best.

Written by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

Source Article can be found at Islamqa.com

Forgiveness vs. Retaliation in Islam

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Islam is a religion that takes into account the nature of humankind; after all, the One who created us knows us best.  We were not created perfect, we make mistakes, we forget, we sin, we fall prey to our emotions and hormones, and our sense of justice may not be as finely tuned as we might desire or think.  Thus the doctrines of Islam, the two main sources of jurisprudence, the Quran and the Sunnah (sometimes called the authentic traditions of Prophet Muhammad), set out for us the guidelines under which the law is applied.  Unlike modern secular societies there is no separation between religion and state.  For the Islamic society to function, the laws of God must be applied.

Islam repeats the Torah or Old Testament’s eye for an eye principle and uses both capital and corporal punishment for many crimes.  However what is often overlooked is that the Quran and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad call for forgiveness instead of retaliation. Islam and its legal principles support forgiveness and peaceful arrangements between all parties.  The second of three categories of crime in Islamic law is Qisas.  Islamically qisas means the law of retaliation, however it is derived from the root qess meaning to track down the effect or trace of something, it may also be defined as tracking the footsteps of an enemy.

“…punish with an equivalent of that with which you were harmed. But if you are patient – it is better for those who are patient.” (Quran 16:126)

“And We ordained for them therein a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds is legal retribution.  But if anyone remits the retaliation by way of charity, it shall be for him an expiation. And whosoever does not judge by that which God has revealed, such are the wrongdoers.” (Quran 5:45)

Qisas is specifically for murder or serious assault.  Whenever a person causes physical harm or death to another, the injured or a representative of the deceased has the right to retaliation.  In crimes covered under the laws of Qisas the victim or his representative have three options, to insist upon the punishment, accept monetary recompense, or forgive the offender. Forgiveness is even able to avert the death penalty.[1]  Quran urges forgiveness and mercy even in the direst of circumstances.

“And there is (a saving of) life for you in Al-Qisas, O men of understanding, that you may become pious.” (Quran 2:179)

As mentioned above the law of retaliation or qisas refers to a particular set of crimes that may be lawfully punished in the same way and to the same degree. In the case of serious assault for example, the victim has the right to choose an eye for an eye, an ear for an ear or a leg for a leg. Qisas also allows for the victim or his representative to choose a different outcome. He may accept compensation also known as blood money or in Arabic, diya. Payment of the diya is calculated on a scale proportionate to the degree of incapacity or injury caused. On the other hand the victim or his representative may also choose to forgive, and despite the legality of all three choices, Quran makes it clear that the better option is to choose to forgive.  In Islam reconciliation is always preferable to retaliation.

“…but whosoever forgives and makes amends, his reward is upon God.” (Quran 42: 40)

A renowned psychologist once said that without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.  No matter which of the three outcomes the victim chooses the aim is to put an end to the cycle of retribution and retaliation, and not let the repercussions of the crime persist and damage the Islamic community. In other words, qisas limits the consequences.  The victim’s need for justice is satisfied while preventing unnecessary harm to the perpetrator.

The combination of diya and forgiveness produces a powerful material and spiritual inducement to forgo retribution.  When the victim has the right to choose, in many cases he chooses to forgive because God’s reward is more desirable then any earthly benefit, or the fleeting pleasure of seeing earthly punishment inflicted.

Prophet Muhammad consistently chose forgiveness over retaliation. His behaviour is the best example of forgiveness and compassion.  The crimes against him were often vile and demeaning yet he took God’s words literally and chose kindness over anger.  He had the power and means to retaliate yet the harsher the crime against him the more lenient he became.

“Keep to forgiveness (O Muhammad), and enjoin kindness, and turn away from the ignorant.” (Quran 7:199)

In this article we have examined the law of qisas and discovered that forgiveness is the best course of action.  Nevertheless God knows the human need for justice in this world and thus He has provided us with a method of retaliation that is fair and just.  However, throughout the Quran and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad we are told that forgiveness is better and in the next article we will discover why.  Do you not wish to be forgiven by God?

“Let them forgive and overlook: do you not wish that God should forgive you? For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Quran 24:22)

“But if someone is steadfast and forgives, that is the most resolute course to follow.” (Quran 42:43)

[Taken from: IslamReligion.com]

Jesus As A Biblical Prophet

Christians have always searched for the answer to their enigma (Jesus’ nature). However, the answer is right in front of them! While there are no verses in the entire Bible where Jesus explicitly states his deity, there are verses that state his prophethood. Some Christians agree that Jesus is a prophet amongst other characteristics; yet this article examines some of the verses proving that Jesus could have only been a prophet and not God. Let’s start by examining this verse:

John 12:49 – 

“For I have not spoken on my own authority; but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.”

We see the clear distinction between God and Jesus by the acknowledgment that Jesus has no authority to speak on his own. Interesting to see that Jesus (supposedly God) has no authority, wonder who has it then? On the contrary, Jesus is commanded by God which dictates to him what to say. Now why would “God” need God to tell him what to do?! Christians would hold on to the claim that it is the “human” nature of Jesus that is commanded and commissioned. But to say that Jesus was imperfect (needing the Father to tell him what to say) in his human nature while he was perfect in his God nature implies two different persons,two minds, two wills, and two characters occupying one body. This is not acceptable because according to the Nicene Creed Jesus was only one person and not two. Furthermore, what’s a prophet according to the bible? We find the following verse contains the definition:

Deuteronomy 18:18 – 

I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

A prophet is someone with no words of his own but with words of a higher authority, and is someone who is commanded. These criteria fit Jesus in light of the John 12:49. The latter only makes sense if Jesus is a prophet that’s conveying God’s message not his own. Again, why would God need himself to convey his own message? This brings us to the following verses. Jesus, in fact, wasn’t sent with words of his own:

John 14:24 

Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.


John 7:16

“Jesus answered them and said, ‘My doctrine is not mine, but His who sent me.’”

Again, it is obvious that Jesus wasn’t sent to inform his believers of “his law and message” (if he was God). He was sent as a messenger from God to guide us to the right path. In these two verses prior mentioned, it is clear that neither the “words” nor the “doctrine” is Jesus’; it is God’s. This means that Jesus is not the source of Christianity per se because it is God that states the pillars of “true” Christian faith. If Jesus was God, his words and doctrines would be his as well since “he and the father are one”. There wouldn’t be any need to differentiate between what is for Jesus and what is for God… If you apply prophethood to Jesus, the verses make sense. After all, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary, a prophet is: “one who utters divinely inspired revelations”. This can be applied to Jesus because he is uttering God’s words and His doctrines.

Not only did Jesus not have any words of his own (John 14:24John 7:16), in fact he couldn’t do anything on his own. He needed God…

John 5:30 – 

By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. 

Jesus even acknowledged the fact that God gave him power:

John 13:3 – 

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God.

The key word in this verse is “given”. Jesus is not the source of power or authority, God is. So, again there’s a disparity between “giver” (source) and the receiver (dependent). Jesus is not a dependent being on his own, he needs God. This further disproves his deity and gets us closer to establishing the fact that Jesus is simply a prophet.

Matthew 21:10-11 – 

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”11The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Luke 24:19 – 

“What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people”

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible (Luke 24:19

A prophet – A teacher sent from God. They did not now call him the “Messiah,” for his “death” had led them to doubt that, but they had no doubt that he was a distinguished “prophet.” The evidence of that was so clear that they “could” not call it in question.

Mighty in deed – Powerful in working miracles, in raising the dead, healing the sick, etc.

In word – In teaching.

Before God and all the people – Manifestly; publicly. So that “God” owned him, and the people regarded him as a distinguished teacher.

So, did people whom Jesus performed miracles to consider him as God? No!A prophet is also provided with miracles; it is consistent with being a prophet and is nothing new… Speaking about miracles, some Christians tend to use Jesus’ miracles as a proof for his deity. However, who gave Jesus his power and his miracles? It is God.

Acts 2:22 – 

“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.”

Most importantly, what did Jesus say about himself?

Matthew 13:57 – And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”

Luke 13:33 – 

In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day–for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

Now, did Jesus say I am God and I came down to this earth to spread my word?! No! He said I am a prophet! How clearer can it get? So, until someone can show me where Jesus explicitly says I am God, I’m still going to believe what Islam said about him; Jesus is a prophet.  I’d like to end with this monotheistic verse

Mark 12:29 – Jesus answered, “The most important is “Here, O Israel:  The Lord our God is one Lord.”

Notice how Jesus includes himself with the people by saying our God. Jesus does have a God after all… I guess the question is: could God have a God? Furthermore, if you combine Mark 12:29 (and many other verses like it which can be found in the bible …) with all the verses proving Jesus’ prophethood and all the verses challenging Jesus’ deity ( John 14:28, 8:28, 5:19; Mark 13:32, 10:18; Matthew 27:46, 26:39, Luke 2:52, 22:43, 6:12… )  you do get a coherent concept. A concept of Jesus the prophet which is far more logical than that of the trinity…

Finally, who is Jesus (PBUH) in Islam? Jesus (PBUH) is a revered prophet of Allah (SWT):

In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary. Say: “Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every – one that is on the earth? For to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between. He createth what He pleaseth. For Allah hath power over all things. – (The Noble Qur’an – Al Mâ’idah 5:17)

Certainly they disbelieve who say: “Surely Allah, He is the Messiah, son of Maryam”. And the Messiah said: “O Children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord, surely whoever associates (others) with Allah, then Allah has forbidden to him the garden, and his abode is the fire; and there shall be no helpers for the unjust. – (The Noble Qur’an – Al Mâ’idah 5:72)
“The Messiah (Jesus), son of Mary, was no more than a Messenger before whom many Messengers have passed away; and his mother adhered wholly to truthfulness, and they both ate food (as other mortals do). See how We make Our signs clear to them; and see where they are turning away!” – (The Noble Qur’an – Al Mâ’idah  5:75).
Say: “Praise be to Allah, who begets no son, and has no partner in (His) dominion: Nor (needs) He any to protect Him from humiliation: yea, magnify Him for His greatness and glory! – (Al Isrâ’ 17:111)

Conclusion :

O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not “Trinity”: desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs. – (The Noble Qur’an – An Nisâ’ 4:171)

And Allah Knows Best.

Why Did Paul Preach to the Gentiles?

Bismillah_FullAt Paul’s time there were two primary groups of which he could have targeted to preach his new self developed brand of soteriology to; the Jews and the Gentiles. However, as history dictates, Paul chose the gentiles and quickly won favor among their peoples. So much so, that he eventually entitled himself with the position of the ‘Apostle of the Gentiles‘: Continue reading Why Did Paul Preach to the Gentiles?

29 Sexually Explicit verses in the Bible

Bismillah_FullWhile it is no hidden secret that the Bible contains some of the most perverted, gross and indecent stories of sexual decadence in history, most people are unaware as to the severity of its contents. This post is not intended for audiences under the age of 18, or if you’re older than 18 we still don’t suggest you pervert your mind with these abhorrent tales of sexual escapades as done by the Bible’s “holiest” men. In fact, one of the most anti-Islamic propagandists, the uneducated and disillusioned “sam shamoun”, who is known for his incoherent ramblings and insulting tirades against Muslims, was embarrassed by Br. Shabbir Ally when confronted with a Children’s Bible and its sexual contents:

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