You can’t be a good Muslim if you don’t have a flare for myths and fantasies. The core one says “islam is the religion of all the prophets of God.” Muhammad’s claims are so full of holes- historically and logically- that believing them requires a wandering out of the realm of reality. Believing in islam is like having goggles on that helps you to step into a world of virtual reality where you encounter fictitious or mythical characters designed from the imaginations of a computer programmer. This is why islam can only be defended by violence. When you believe in reality and facts, you don’t need to resort to jihad.
Every history book agrees that Muhammad was the founder of islam. Before him, Islam simply didn’t exist. Muhammad himself said he is “the first” to be a Muslim (Q 6:14, 163). But Muslims know this can have a devastating effect on their spurious dynasty of a long line of islamic prophets traced back to Adam, so they twist it to say he was the first among the Arabs to be a Muslim. When his religion expanded, Muhammad himself forgot his earlier lies (liars have poor memory). He later claimed Moses said “I am the first Moslem” (7:143). What a funny book. How can there be two “firsts?”
It even gets bigger. In Sura 2:127-128 Abraham and Ishmael are presented as Arabs who built the Kaaba praying: “Our ‘Lord! Make us Muslims…” Sura 2:132 also says Abraham left a legacy to his sons and Jacob saying: “Allah has chosen faith for you, then die not except in the faith of Islam”.
Historically, the terms “Muslim” or “Islam” didn’t exist at the time these men lived. Whoever wrote the Quran must be a fraudster making up fictional speeches for Bible characters. Our Muslim friends desperately cleave to these myths by throwing about a loose argument: “All the prophets taught us to worship one God, so they are Muslims!” By this definition, anyone who believes in “one God” is automatically a Muslim. Since Jews, Zoroastrians, Sikhs and even some Satanists believe in “one God”, they are Muslims! No, this pig won’t fly. Nice try though.
Muslims apologists love to slander the Bible in their dawah lectures, books, and mosques as “porny”, a collection of fairy tales or evil, but when it comes to tracing their Islam back to solid history, they don’t go to the Vedas or Ramayana, they go to that dangerous Book, yes, the Bible. “There is islam in the Bible!” the Muslim bleats with certainty. And when you ask him where it is, they point to Exodus 40:30-31, and say “Moses did ablution.” Here is the passage:
“And he set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and put water there, to wash withal. And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet thereat.”
Only Moses, Aaron and his priestly sons washed themselves, not all the worshipers. And there is no way a sacrificial altar would be allowed in a mosque so you can’t say he was observing ablution.
Muslims don’t want to let go. They tell us Moses and Aaron were Muslims because “fell on their faces, and the glory of the LORD appeared to them” (Num. 20:6). But they didn’t do ablution before they bowed! Again, does the glory of God appear to Muslims as they bow to their Allah? No. So the God they prayed to is not the deity of Islam.
Others point at Nehemiah 8:6 where Ezra and the people “blessed the LORD…while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads…”
The Muslim claim this is also an “islamic” way of worship. By this definition, anyone who lifts up his hands and bows his head is a Muslim! What about the crippled, the lame who can’t bow or those whose hands were amputated by Sharia law for stealing and have no hands to raise? They can’t worship Allah- right? If Allah wants to be worshiped only by bowing and hand-lifting, why did he even prescribe that law? This argument folds upon itself on scrutiny.
As if these are not bad enough, Muslims claim Jesus too was a Muslim because he practiced ablution.”He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet” (Jh 13:5). I am still waiting to meet a Muslim who will show me where in his books the washing of the feet alone equals ablution. After that he will have take me to a mosque where the imam performs ablution (wud’u) by washing the feet of his congregants one after the other. It will be a sight worth seeing. Until then, no self-respecting Muslim should appeal to this verse again; unless he wants to shoot himself in the leg, theologically and logically.
This pathetic attempt to co-opt Jesus into a Muslim is based on Muhammad claim in the Quran that Jesus began to talk shortly after he was born saying:
“I am a servant of Allah; he has given me the book and he has appointed me a prophet…to offer salat and give zakat so long as I shall live” (Q 19:29-31)
This was an old fairy tale stolen from an apocrypha work called The Arabic gospel of Infancy. There it was alleged that “Jesus spake in his cradle and said to Mary his mother ‘verily I am Jesus, the Son of God, the Word which thou hast borne…” (Ch 1) Muhammad altered this story and changed the words of the fictional Jesus to fabricate his own mythical version of a Muslim baby Jesus (using islamic terms like “salat” and “zakat”). Such a myth maker as this man would have done a better job than Alice in Wonderland.
According to the hadith, a Muslim is one who observes all the 5 pillars of Islam- recites the shahada, prays (salat), give alms (zakat), performs hajj and fasts (ramadan) (Bukhari 1:7). Since Jesus did not say the creed, perform the salat, give zakat, perform the pagan hajj or observe the ramadan, by the islamic definition, He was not a Muslim. Muslims argue,”but he did rakat, he bowed his head the way we Muslims do.” They cite Matthew 26:39
“And he went a little further, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
Does this sound like an islamic prayer? Jesus addressed God as “My Father” in His prayer, Is Allah the Father of Jesus Christ? So how can Jesus be said to practice islam?
The Quran is full of legendary stories and recycled fairy tales, some of which were weaved into Bible characters. Take for example, the case of king Solomon. In the Quran, he is portrayed as one who is able to listen to the discussion of birds and ants:
“At length, when they came to the valley of ants, one of the ants said ‘get into your habitation lest Solomon and his hosts crush (under foot) without knowing it.” (27:18)
One wonders how Solomon was able to maintain his sanity hearing thousands of insects all around him “talking” day and night? Or how does an ant have the brains to recognise people or know they want to get crushed? Islamic scholar, Muhammad Assad has even dismissed this tale as a borrowed legend:
“This is the Quranic moral of the legendary story of the ant. The Quran alludes to many poetic legends which were associated with his (Solomon’s) name since early antiquity and had become part and parcel of Judeo-Christian and Arabian lore long before the advent of Islam.” (The Message of the Quran, Dar Al-Andalus, 1993, 578).
If all the prophets of old as recorded in the Quran were Muslims, then one wonders why Muhammad was grossly inferior to them in acts and signs. Did Allah loose his power over time? Ibrahim’s son was spared from death, but why did all of Muhammad’s sons die? Saleh pronounced Allah’s doom on the people of Thamoud and they all died, but Muhammad cursed and invoked doom and nothing happened until he had to take up his sword. Musa showed signs to the Egyptians and turned a stick to a snake and back to a stick, why couldn’t Muhammad do that to convince the pagans? Suleiman had jinns which helped to bring him wealth from the bottom of the sea, why did Muhammad had to instead resort to robbing merchant caravans to get rich? Jesus Christ raised the dead, opened the eyes of the blind and cleansed the leprous, but Muhammad could do none of these. What makes him “the greatest prophet”? It doesn’t just add up.
If all the prophets of old were Muslims, where are their books and mosques? How did they know the Qibla, salat, toilet rules and the rituals of hajj? How did they recite their shahada? Since they all came before Muhammad, it means they didn’t follow “the perfect example for mankind” (33:21), “the seal of the prophets” (33:40) and the man with “an exalted standard of character” (68:4), then their “islam” was non-existent!
The Quran says: “We sent not a Messenger except (to teach) in the language of his (own) people, in order to make things clear to them. So Allah leads astray whom He pleases and guides whom He pleases and He is Exalted in power, full of wisdom.” (Q 14:4)
If this verse is true, that every people had a messenger to teach them (islam?) in their language, which prophets were sent to the Indians? They have a wide variety of languages and their religions (Hinduism, Buddhism etc) date back to many centuries ago. Where are the books and teachings of these ancient prophets? In Nigeria, there are also different languages, when were these messengers sent to them? Where are their revelations in all these languages? What about the Aztecs and Incas, was Islam their past religion? Islam has no proofs, but blind belief in myths! Leave the myths, stick to the facts.