Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Truth About Islam

In my previous article, I explained How to Reach a Muslim for Christ. That was intended for Christians to help them in their evangelistic efforts. Here I would like to present facts about Islam that clearly prove it false to anyone who is willing to consider objectively what I am saying.

1. Allah is not God Almighty

This can easily be proven and Muslims cannot prove that Allah and the God of Israel are the same. In fact, Allah is actually a personal name for the moon god that was used by the pagans in pre-Islamic Arabia. The word Allah comes from two words, Al-ilah, which were later contracted into Allah. Muslims will say that Allah simply means "the God," but it actually refers to the moon god. In pre-Islamic Arabia, Allah worship and Baal worship involved the worship of the sun, moon, and stars (see The Cult of the Moon God). This is evidenced by the fact that the symbol of Islam is a crescent moon, which appears on every mosque and minaret, as well as the flags of Islamic nations. Muslims break their fasting after observing Ramadan by observing the new moon. 

Yet Muslims still try to deny the clear historical link to their worship of the moon god. They will say that the crescent moon symbol was introduced by the Turks. But actually archaeologists have discovered that the crescent moon, which was often found on the heads of goddess idols, was a pre-Islamic symbol of moon worship.

Prior to Muhammad, Arabs believed that the male moon god married the female sun god and they had three daughters named  Allat, Al Uzza, and Manat, who were considered to be goddesses or "high gods". Muhammad rejected the part about the three daughters, but retained the belief in the moon god. In Surah an-Najm(53) aya 19-20, you have a reference to the three daughters of Allah. Although Muhammad rejected the three daughters, it is interesting to note that he sent Khalin bin Al-Walid to kill one of the three daughters (Al Uzza) and that jihadist killed her with the sword (Tafsir Ibn Kathir Part 27 of 30: Az Zariyat 31 to Al Hadid 029). While Muslims may try to cover up the occult roots of their religion, it is obvious that they worship the moon God. 

In fact, Islam and the Quran can be explained through pre-Islamic culture and religious beliefs. As I have already stated, the word Allah was not invented by Muhammad, nor was it revealed originally in the Quran. The name Allah was well-known in pre-Islamic Arabia. Muhammad's father's name was Abd-Allah or servant of Al-Lah, and his uncle's name was Obied-Allah. This is evidence that Muhammad's family was very devoted to the worship of Allah, the moon god.

The Quran itself can be used to prove that Allah is not God. 

Quran 37 verse 130 says: “Peace be upon Elijah.” 

The word that disproves Islam here is the Hebrew name Elijah, which means "My God is YHWH." This tetragrammaton YHWH is the Hebrew name for God that is transliterated using four letters, which when pointed with the correct vowels is Yahweh ("The Self-Existent One"). The "-Jah" or "-Yah" in Elijah is a contraction of  Yahweh. Thus Elijah (from El, God + Yah, Yahweh) means "My God is Yahweh." Yahweh is the Hebrew name of God in the Bible. This means the Quran is not pure Arabic as they claim, but contains Hebrew.  

In Islam, Muslims believe that the Quran is verbatim the word of Allah spoken directly from his mouth. If the Quran is verbatim the word of Allah, then why would Allah say Elijah? Why not "Allah-Jah". If Allah said Elijah in the Quran then it means Allah verbatim said his own God is Yahweh. If the Hebrew God Yahweh is the God of Allah, then who is Allah? 

Therefore, it is simply false to say that the God whom Muslims worship named Allah is the same God that Jews and Christians worship -- the Lord God Almighty.

2. The Quran is not the Word of God

This is also very easy to prove, because of the many errors found in the Quran. For example, the Quran says that Miriam the sister of Moses and Aaron is the same as Mary the mother of Jesus Christ, despite the fact that they both lived about 1,600 years apart from each other! 

In Surah 18 of the Quran, Allah said that the sun set inside a pool of murky water, which is complete nonsense. The sun is over 100 times bigger than the earth, and it would be impossible for the sun to set into a pool of murky water on earth. The Quran has many such nonsense verses, as well as many fanciful fables taken from Arabian folklore that are repeated as if they were true. It even contains fictitious tales found in Greek and Christian legends as well. 

Furthermore, it uses other sources including the Jewish Talmud, the Midrash, and many apocryphal works, as well as heretical "Christian" sources like the Gnostic gospels and their fables, not to mention Sabean sources and Eastern Religious sources, such as Zoroastrianism and Hinduism (see The Cult of the Moon God). All of these prove that it is not the Word of God.

Still Muslims claim that the Quran is perfect. In response to that, John Burton states in his book, The Collection of the Quran: "The Muslin accounts of the history of the Quran texts are a mass of confusion, contradiction and inconsistencies" (Burton, Collection, p. 231). Many verses of the Quran were lost, went missing, or were changed. Meanwhile other verses were added, and verses considered to be satanic, which contradict Muslim belief and practice, have been removed (see The Satanic Verses in Quran here). For example, one such abrogated verse was the one in which Muhammad approved the worship of the three goddesses, who were daughters of Allah. Muhammad himself confessed that Satan had inspired him with demonic verses, which he had mistakenly believed were actually revealed by God (Sura Hajj "Pilgrimage" 22:52-53). 

3. Muhammad is not a prophet of God 

This can also be easily proven, because Mohammed was a liar. There are also other moral and ethical issues with the life of Muhammad. For example, he had multiple wives at one time, and even married a little girl named Aisha, who was between six and nine years old; thus he had an unnatural desire for little girls. According to 65:4, Muslims were allowed to marry prepubescent girls. He also owned slaves, and had sexual relations with them. The verse in the Quran that allows for this is 4:24, along with others (23:1-6; 33:50; 70:22-30). While being a polygamist may not in itself disqualify him from being a prophet, the fact is that he had more than four wives and concubines, which exceeded the limit he placed on his followers in Quran Sura 4:3.

One Muslim scholar and statesman Ali Dashti listed twenty-two women in Muhammad's life. Sixteen of them were wives, two were slaves or concubines, and four of them simply "gave" themselves to satisfy his sexual desires through fornication. One of his wives was actually the wife of his adopted son Zaid, which violated the Quran's restriction against doing so in Sura 33:36-38. Certainly the historical record of his harem is well documented, and has been presented many times by able scholars.

Moreover, Muhammad was a greedy thief who began robbing caravans after leaving Mecca, and used that vast wealth to lure people to Islam (Ali Dashti, 23 Years, p. 86-87; Encyclopedia Britannica, 15:648). He would not tolerate criticism from anyone, and even had a man named Abu Afak—who was more than a hundred years old—killed for writing a poem criticizing people for converting to Islam. Then he called for the death of a woman named Asma who wrote a poem in response to that killing, calling for people to resist Islam. Umayr bin Adiy al-Khatmi went to her house that night and killed her. When Muhammad heard what he did, he said, “You have helped God and His apostle, O Umayr!” 

Muhammad’s violence was directed towards groups as well, such as Jews and Christians. In fact he vowed to rid the Arabian peninsula of them and leave only Muslims. There is an account of one incident in Medina where he even beheaded hundreds of Jews who had surrendered to him. 

When Muhammad would receive his so-called revelations that he wrote down in the Quran, which he said were given by the angel Jibrīl (known as Gabriel in English), he would go into seizures, begin foaming at the mouth, grunt like a camel, and then act like he was in a trance. Many have considered him to be demon possessed.

The Muslim belief that Muhammad was sinless is completely false and baseless. There is not a single verse in the Quran that teaches or even remotely suggests that he was sinless. In fact, Sura 18:110 states that he is a mere man like anyone else, and in Sura 40:55 Allah told Muhammad to repent of his sins, or one translation says Allah commanded him to ask forgiveness for his sins.

For more on this, see The Historical Muhammad: The Good, Bad, Downright Ugly.

4. Islam is not a monotheistic religion

Actually, Islam is not a monotheistic religion. Muslims pray not only to Allah, but also to Muhammad. While Muslims would not consider that practice to be worship of Muhammad, they do speak to him in prayer, since he is considered to be a mediator for them with Allah on the day of judgment, who can pray for their forgiveness (Q 4:64). In fact, approaching Muhammad is actually synonymous with invoking Allah. According to a renowned Sunni exegete Ibn Kathir: "...coming before Muhammad is going to or standing before Allah, since Allah decided to make his forgiveness dependent on Islam's prophet." {also see section on Muhammadanism here).

They also venerate the Black Stone at Kaaba in Mecca called "Hajre Aswad" from the Sanskrit word Sanghey Ashweta or non-white stone. This is essentially a type of Vedic ritual using a lord Shiva Lingam like the Hindus have in their temples, representing the energies of the world and beyond (The Shiva worshipers in India also use the same symbol of the half moon). Muslims walk around the Kaaba seven times (ṭawāf, circumambulation), as part of their pilgrimage to Mecca, a practice not done at any other mosque but this one; and many Muslims even try to kiss the Black Stone.

This Hindu practice of idol worship that still clings to Islam, as well as the prayers that Muslims offer to Muhammad, violate Islamic law itself, which forbids idolatry or polytheism. According to Wikipedia: "In Islam, shirk (Arabic: شرك‎ širk) is the sin of idolatry or polytheism (i.e., the deification or worship of anyone or anything besides Allah). ... Within Islamic law, shirk is an unforgivable crime since it is the worst sin: Allah may forgive any sin except for committing shirk." Therefore, these idolatrous practices clearly prove that Islam is not a truly monotheistic religion. 

5. The Quran affirms the Bible

Islam acknowledges that Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus are true messengers of God, who received revelation and were given scriptures that are authentic. In chapter 3, verse 3, the Quran states, “...And he (God) sent down the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel).” Since the Quran affirms the Bible, then we can easily go to the Bible and learn that Islam is a false religion. There are many such verses in Scripture, but here are a few sorted by relevance:

Joh 14:6 -  Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Deu 13:1-3 - If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder,  (2)  and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, "Let us follow other gods" (gods you have not known) "and let us worship them,"  (3)  you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul.

2Pe 2:1-3  But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them;bringing swift destruction on themselves.  (2)  Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.  (3)  In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

2Pe 2:14-19  With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed;an accursed brood!  (15)  They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness.  (16)  But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey;an animal without speech;who spoke with a man's voice and restrained the prophet's madness.  (17)  These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them.  (18)  For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.  (19)  They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity;for "a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him."

Gal 1:6-8  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel;  (7)  which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  (8)  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!

Mat 5:44  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you...

Joh 8:58  "Very truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"

1Ti 2:5  For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus,

Gal 2:19-21  "For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.  (20)  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  (21)  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!"

Jas 2:10  For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

Eph 2:8-9  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith;and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God;  (9)  not by works, so that no one can boast.

Act 4:12  Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to man by which we must be saved."

Rev 22:18-19  I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this scroll.  (19)  And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from him any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

Joh 8:24  I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am He, you will indeed die in your sins."

Closing Words
In summary, I have just explained that Allah is not God Almighty, the Quran is not the Word of God, Muhammad is not a prophet of God, Islam is not a monotheistic religion, the Quran affirms the Bible, which proves Islam to be a false religion. 

The message to Muslims is the same as it is to everyone else, "Repent and believe the gospel for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. He came from heaven, lived a sinless life, was crucified on the cross and shed His blood as a sacrifice to pay the price for your sins, died, and was buried. Then He rose from the dead three days later and sits at the right hand of God. He is full of mercy and compassion. He loves you with an everlasting love, and will set you free from all your chains. Unlike the tomb of Muhammad, which still contains his bones, the tomb of Jesus Christ is empty, because He has risen from the dead, and is alive forevermore. 

There is no hate here or malice, but only love and the hope that precious souls whom the Lord Jesus died for will be saved through what I have presented. Salaam (See Author's Note below).

Attribution notice: Scripture quotations taken from the the Holy Bible NIV, copyright Zondervan, used by permission.  

Author's note In this blog, I have not only written this article exposing the truth about Islam, but I have also exposed false "Christian" religions, cults, and heretical movements like Roman Catholicism, the Russian Orthodox Church, the evangelical prosperity movement, the evangelical eternal security doctrine, agnosticism, antinomianism, relativism, atheism, humanism, ecumenism, the New Age movement, the Jehovah's Witness, the Mormons, also known as the Latter Day Saints (LDS), as well as the oneness doctrine of Unitarians. I have even exposed the popular, international Hillsong church, as well as certain novels that are popular among Christians. Therefore, this is not an Islamophobic article, and I am not an Islamophobe, but a lover or people and a lover of Truth who seeks to shine the light of God's Word into all areas of darkness, regardless of where they may be. 

I also recommend reading You Must Be Born Again, How to Reach a Muslim for Jesus ChristScripture AloneAccurately Handling the Word of TruthExposing HeresyThe Rise of AntichristsThe Origin of Sin, Satan, and Secular MusicBy Grace Alone, and Righteousness by Faith not Law. You can access the Home page of this blog for more articles on Truth and heresy, as well as my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe. 

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"

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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

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