Islam is based on the fallacy of circular reasoning. For instance, Muslims believe Muhammad is a prophet of God because he said Allah said he is a prophet of God according to the Quran. Or they say the Quran is divine because Muhammad said Allah said it is the Word of God and Allah is God according to the Quran. It’s a vicious circle that almost never ends.
However, we can break through this circle. Since no one – except Muhammad – ever saw Allah and no one ever saw his Quran descend from the sky, that leaves us with a central figure – prophet Muhammad himself. All what Muslims believe about God, Jesus Christ, man, death, the afterlife come from Muhammad, with the blind faith that he never lied.
So, once it is shown that Muhammad was not only a liar, but also a deceiver, the entire construct of Islamic beliefs falls to the ground. Muslims claim that Muhammad was a very sincere man – so sincere that even his enemies called him “Al-Amin” (the trustworthy one). Besides, he suffered much persecution; if he was a fraud, why would he endure persecutions?
The claim that Muhammad suffered persecution is quite debatable. Even at that, sincerity and persecution are not indicators of true prophethood, or Muslims would also have to believe Joseph Smith, Baha’ullah, Elijah Mohammed and Mirza Ghulam were prophets of God.
Baha’ullah was imprisoned for 20 years; Mirza Ghulam endured scorn and ridicule; Rashad Khalifa was martyred – because they all dared to claim to be Allah’s prophets. If they were frauds, why did they endure persecution?
Of course, they were false prophets because they gave conflicting teachings about God, salvation and man. In fact, no Muslim can accept them as prophets because they believe Muhammad was the last messenger. A person can be sincere and yet sincerely deceived.
Muslims desperately appeal to the hadith in which Abu Sofyan (Muhammad’s enemy) allegedly met with the Byzantium emperor, Heraclius, saying that Muhammad never told a lie but always kept his word:
“He [Heraclius] said ‘had you blamed him for telling lies before he claimed what he claimed? I replied ‘No’… He said ‘does he break his promises?’ I replied ‘No, but we are now at a truce with him and we are afraid that he may betray us … [Heraclius said:] ‘a person who did not tell a lie about (others) the people would never tell a lie about Allah…” (Bukhari 4:52:191).
The authenticity of this report is suspect. These hadiths were written by Muslims over 150 years after Muhammad’s death, and during these periods, certain statements and stories were fabricated to elevate Muhammad to the status of a demi-god. Since this alleged statement of Heraclius is not corroborated by written records of Muhammad’s contemporaries, they are likely to be fraudulent.
Others cite the part where Muhammad asked his followers if they would believe him if he told them that horsemen emerged out of the foot of the mountain. They all replied: “We have not experience any lie from you” (Muslim 1:406).
What else would brainwashed followers say? This does not in any way prove Muhammad was a beacon of truth. This is as valid as quoting the diary of a disciple of guru Maharaji to prove he is a living deity.
The Quran records the assessments of non-Muslims about Muhammad.
“And they say: ‘O you [Muhammad] to whom the diki (the Quran) has been sent down! Verily, you are a mad man. Why do you not bring angels to us if you are of the truthful ones?” (Sura 15:6)
“But the misbelievers say ‘Naught is this but a lie which he has forged.” (Sura 25:4)
“…They (the disbelievers) say: You (O Muhammad) are but a forger…” (Sura 16:101)
“And if they call you a liar, say: My work is for me and your work is for you.” (Sura 10:41)
Muslims can dismiss these as “false allegations of infidels” all they want, but that won’t solve the problem. The appeal to the words of non-Muslims cuts both ways. If the statement of Heraclius supports Muhammad’s integrity, the statements of other disbelievers equally prove he was a man of subtlety. This is consistency.
A good person brings out what is stored up in him. The teachings of a honest man should reflect the virtues of truth and integrity. But what did Muhammad teach?
“If thou fearest treachery from any group throw back (their covenant) to them (so as to be) on equal terms; for Allah loves not the treacherous” (Sura 8:58)
That is, Muslims are to break whatever covenant or truce they make with non-Muslims. They first imagine treachery from the other party, then, without any proof, go ahead and act treacherous because Allah hates the treacherous! This teaching in itself is deceitful. How can Allah hate what he permits Muslims to do?
Sura 9:3 says “Allah and his messenger are free from liability to the idolaters…” This is, he (and by extension, all Muslims) is not under any obligation to keep to any truce with non-Muslims.
Speaking to his followers who take an oath and then see an alternative “then you should expiate your oath and do what is better” (Bukhari 9:89:260). This is definitely his own ethic because elsewhere said: “By Allah and Allah willing, if I take an oath and later find something else better than that, then I do what is better and expiate my oath” (7:67:427). Such nice teachings from “the trustworthy one.”
In another place, he makes his Allah say: “Allah will not call you to account for the thoughtlessness in your oaths but for the intentions in your heart” (2:225). While Allah doesn’t hold Muslims accountable to their thoughtless actions or breaking of vows, the God of the Bible holds His people seriously to their promises and vows (Num. 30:2, Eccl. 5:2-6).
He said again: “Lying is wrong except in three things: the lie of a man to his wife to make her content with him; a lie to an enemy for war, for war is deception or to settle trouble between people” (Ahmad Musnad, 6:65).
Kab ibn Malik narrated that: “When the Prophet intended to go on an expedition, he always pretended to be going somewhere else and he would say: ‘War is deception‘” (Abu Dawud 14:26:29).
One of his followers, Ammar ibn Yasar, pretended to despise Muhammad and Islam in order to gain the approval of the pagans of Mecca. It worked and Muhammad endorsed his deception (Kitab al-Waqidi, 227). Why would a honest and trustworthy man endorse lying, deception and treachery? With such credentials, Muhammad is disqualified from being a true prophet.
Muslim jurist, Ahmad ibn Naqib wrote that “When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying, by not telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is possible” (Reliance of the Traveller, 8:2:745).
Now, think about the influence of these teachings on Muslims immersed deeply in Islam. If they sign a contract with you, they will break it without blinking an eye. They can swear about a thing today and go against that oath the next day. They can’t be trusted with promises, pledges or whatever they say. This explains why Muslims lie about loyalty to their host countries, about Islam, about Muhammad and what they really believe.
Outright Lies in the Quran
The Quran narrates the story of the army of Abraha who were defeated by Allah. How did Allah pull this off? He made birds drop clay stones from their beaks on the armies until they were all mowed down. Subhanallah, isn’t Allah great? (Sura 105:1-6)
Historically, this refers to the armies of Abraha al-Ashram (d. 553) who invaded Mecca around the time Muhammad was born. His army withdrew from Mecca when smallpox broke out among his troops. Muhammad being an illiterate, thought the scabs on their skins were clay stones, so he weaved in the birds-with-claystones scenario.
Sura 17:1 says Allah took Muhammad on an astral travel from Mecca to the farthest mosque (Masjid al-Aqsa) in Jerusalem. But this mosque was not built until 59 years after Muhammad died (i.e in 691 AD). And the Jewish temple that originally stood at that site had been destroyed in 70 AD – five centuries before Muhammad. So which “mosque” did Muhammad visit?
In Sura 25:35, Allah/Muhammad bragged: “And certainly We gave Musa [Moses] the Book and We appointed with his brother Haroun [Aaron] an aider. Then We said: Go you both to the people who rejected Our communications: so we destroyed them with utter destruction.”
Moses and Aaron were sent to Egypt and Israel but neither the Egyptians nor the Israelites were completely destroyed. These nations have continued to exist till today. Muhammad was so carried away with his scare mongering tactics that he lost wind of facts. So, a little lie here and a little lie there, and a big book is made.
Sura 3:54 says: “And (the unbelievers) schemed and planned and Allah schemed also and the best of schemers is Allah.”
The Arabic word “makr” slyly translated “scheme” means “deceive.” Correctly rendered, the last part says “and the best of deceivers is Allah.” How can God be a “best of deceivers?” Is deception not an attribute of Satan? This was where the mask fell off Allah’s face.
In Sura 19:26, Allah tells Mary to lie to people that she was fasting when she was actually eating dates and drinking water.
In Sura 8:43, Allah says he deceived Muhammad’s men to see their opponents as few when they weren’t.
Allah even claims he deceived Jews and Christians to think Jesus was crucified (Sura 4:157).
Islam revolves around a lying prophet, a lying book and a lying god. And the lies even overlapped. Muhammad is quoted as saying: “I have fabricated things against God and I have imputed to him words which he has not spoken” (The Biography of Tabari, 4:111).
So as Allah was lying, his prophet too was lying. If a man can lie against his own deity and put words in his mouth, what stops him from putting fictional speeches into the mouths of Bible characters like Adam, Abraham, Noah, Moses Mary or Jesus Christ to support his own bogus religion? How can his teachings on God, heaven, or the afterlife be taken as the truth and nothing but the truth?
Once you submit to a lie, you become its slave and you become a putty in the hands of a con man. Lies are powerful and they all come from Satan, “the Father of lies” (Jn. 8:44). But you can be freed from the lies of a charlatan and his lying deity – no matter how long they have enslaved you. Come to Jesus Christ who is “full of grace and truth” (Jn. 1:14).