“What!” says a Muslim scholar, “Is it possible for me to believe in one God and you too believe in one God and yet far from believing the same God?” A Christian author answered, “We can each have faith in a ‘one God’ and yet not be referring to the same being. There is the one God that created man and his mind and there is the other ‘one God’ that is created by the mind of man”.
Christians accept that our God is Exalted “…the LORD he is God: it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves” (Ps. 100:3). He is not subject to the fancies of men. The Quran seems to agree when it says of Allah: “For thou art the Exalted in Might the Wise” (2:129). One of Allah’s names is The Exalted (Al-Muta’aly). This is why some Muslims chant “subhanahu wa ta’ala” (exalted is he) after his name is mentioned.
But religious cliches can be deceiving. We must look beyond bland slogans to see the truth. When one studies the Tafsirs and Hadiths which explains the circumstances behind the many verses “revealed” in the Quran, one fact is clear: Muhammad was the one in charge, Allah was like his servant. The Quranic verses were “revealed” such that every time Muhammad needed more wars, more goods, more women, more followers or loyalty, it seems Allah was always ready, standing by with verses for him to recite to have his way.
Muhammad once went to Zaid, his adopted son’s house “but the wind had lifted the covering so that the doorway was uncovered. Zaynab [his wife] was in her chamber, undressed, and admiration for her entered the heart of the Prophet” (The History of Al-Tabari Vol 8 p 4). Muhammad was no longer the same after that day. He had seen his daughter-in-law’s beautiful body and he couldn’t get it out of his head. First, he recited a Quranic verse cancelling all adoptions (“neither has he made your adopted sons your sons in fact” Q 33:4). Next, he recited another verse that Allah has now given Zaynab to him as his new wife “…We [Allah] gave her unto thee in marriage, so that (henceforth) there be no sin for believers in respect of wives of their adopted sons…”(v 37) Zaid had to divorce his wife and gave her to the prophet. The “exalted” deity succumbed to the prophet’s lust.
A rumour nearly shattered the prophet’s home one day. A Muslim named Safwan was alleged to have committed adultery with Aisha (one of Muhammad’s favourite wives). Most of his wives were young and beautiful, but being an insecured old man, he couldn’t compete with his young, handsome disciples. What shall the prophet do? Yes, you got it. Verses quickly came to the men:
“O Men who believe, do not enter the house of the Prophet without permission. Do not wait until mealtime, but eat if food is served. Enter therein if you are invited; but once fed disperse and do not tarry. Such gossiping in his presence harms the Prophet who is shy to ask you to leave. But Allah is not shy of saying the truth. And if you ask the wives of the Prophet something, then talk to them from behind the curtain. That is purer and more seemly for you and for them. It behooves you not to hurt the Prophet of Allah nor to marry his wives after him. If you do, your deed will be a great crime in Allah’s eye”(33:58-62).
Notice that everything Muhammad wanted his followers and guests (particularly the men) to do was given by “Allah”. He wanted his privacy, he wanted them to keep a distance from his women and didn’t want them discussing that recent rumour in his house. This was also where the business of covering women up with black blankets came from. How can Allah be exalted when he was subject to Muhammad’s personal ambitions?
When Muhammad was in Mecca, he wanted the pagans to join his religion, so he recited a verse to his followers to face the direction of their pagan stone with them: “Take as your place of worship where Abraham stood to pray.” (Q 2:125) His followers began to face the East like the pagans. But when he fled Mecca and arrived in Yathrib (later called Medina) where most of its inhabitants were Jews who faced Jerusalem in prayer, he decided to adapt to theirs, so he recited a verse saying: “Unto Allah belong the East and West; and whithsoever ye turn, there is Allah’s countenance (2:115).”
But when he conquered Mecca and exterminated the Jews, he changed his position again that Muslims were now to face the East in prayer as he previously recited (vs 142-145). Why all these blowing hot and cold? Is God a fickle?
On another occasion, one of Muhammad’s wives, Hafsa, had a beautiful slave named Mariyah. She made the prophet speechless. He began visiting her tent to defile her. Hafsa couldn’t stomach this, so the prophet swore an oath never to touch the maid again. But the prophet couldn’t hold himself and it happened again. Hafsa in anger exposed this to Aisha and Muhammad’s home was on fire again. A verse quickly descended: “Allah has allowed your release from your oaths” (66:1-2). Muhammad could now have Mariyah as he wanted. The next verses warned those two erring wives: “…you two (Hafsa and Aisha) turn in repentance to Allah, your hearts are so inclined (to oppose what the Prophet likes)” (6: 4-5). Case dismissed.
Aisha became suspicious of this “exalted deity.” She told Muhammad: “It seems to me that your Lord hastens to satisfy your desires” (Muslim 2:8:3453). She saw that whatever Muhammad desired was what he always got. Allah hastens to satisfy Muhammad in every way. He would recite a verse today and “abrogate” them the next day. He would recite a law from Allah and make an exception for himself. For example, Sura 4:3 says Muslims are to marry a maximum of 4 wives (“Marry such women as seem becoming to you, two, three, or four…). Yet he made an exception for himself to have as many wives and concubines as he desired (Sura 33:50). How can these changing revelations be the perfect, eternal word of God?
Muhammad would murder his critics and recite verses to justify it. What makes his god exalted? This man used “Allah” as a cart blanch to kill anyone he wanted, get beautiful women, make his followers fight their own allies and bring 20% of the booty to him and even have his way with a 9 year old girl! That is a god created by the mind of man. Allah was like Muhammad’s alter-ego. It’s like a person creating another Facebook account to “like” and make approving comments on his own posts. The hadiths even quotes Allah saying to Muhammad “If it were not for you, I would not have created the universe” (Al-Mawdowat of Sagheenee, p 7).
The God of the Bible who created man and his mind is the One who leads his people by the way that they should go (Isaiah 48:17). He is not a “genie of the lamp” or a Designer Deity who panders to man’s baser instincts. He is truly the Exalted God. In contrast with Allah who loved Muhammad above the rest of mankind, “For there is no respect of persons with God” (Rom 2:11). The Allah of Islam is not God, but the handwork of a manipulative old man.