“Islam” is the Arabic word for “submission”
As I have learned, there is quite a bit of mystery surrounding the origins of Islam and the legendary exploits of Muhammad. He is the father of Islam and supposedly the prophet of Allah. He is said to have been born in Mecca in 570 AD and it is said that he received revelations from the angel Gabriel in 610. Muhammad ibn Abdallah Abd al-Muttalib began preaching to to his tribe that they should worship the One God and proclaimed himself the prophet thereof. However, he was not warmly accepted by his fellow Quraysh brethren who refused him. Even his uncle, Abu Lahab rejected him and Muhammad’s anger and frustration are preserved in the Qur’an (111: 1-5) – “May the the hands of Abu Lahab perish! May he himself perish! Nothing shall his wealth and gains avail him. He shall be burnt in a flaming fire, and his wife laden with faggots (logs) shall have a rope of fiber around her neck!”
Muhammad’s bellicose words would soon become violent deeds. In 622, he left Mecca for Medina–where he was accepted by a group of tribal warriors who pledged their loyalty to him as a prophet and began to raid the caravans of the Quraysh. Muhammad would personally lead many of these attacks. Muhammad got word of a large Quraysh caravan coming from Syria, but when he rode out towards Mecca with 300 warriors he found the Quraysh were ready for him with a contingent of almost 1,000 men. Despite being out numbered, he was victorious. This was the Battle of Badr and it would mark a turning point for his Muslim followers.
Keeping a fifth of the treasures confiscated, he split the rest up equally among his followers and claimed that it was reward for their obedience and loyalty to Allah. Muhammad’s claim to be the last prophet of the one true God seemed legitimized in this victory against overwhelming odds and reinforced Muhammad’s teachings. The Muslims would now begin to terrorize their enemies (anyone who did not submit) on a larger scale. The Battle of Badr was the first example of the Islamic doctrine of jihad, which continues to this day.
Sunan An-Nasa’i 3099 – The Prophet said: “Whoever dies without having fought or having thought of fighting, he dies on one of the branches of hypocrisy.”
Over a hundred versus of the Qur’an urge believers to wage jihad against nonbelievers. It is permissible to deceive nonbelievers for the purposes of advancing the cause of Islam with a tactic known as taqiyya–basically, a license to lie. Muslims are committed to the idea that a nonbeliever is doomed to eternal hell and their primary mission is to spread Islam throughout the world; thereby, saving us all from eternal damnation. Resistance to Islam is justification for jihad–regardless of the country’s culture or creed.
“I studied the Koran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad.”
– Alexis de Tocqueville
I have read and researched a great deal concerning Islam–trying to find something in which to prove the platonic, politically-correct contention that “Islam is a religion of peace.” I cannot find anything at all, yet Muhammad is exalted as a morally superior role model for the ages.
Qur’an 33:21 – Ye have indeed in the Apostle of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the praise of Allah.
There simply are no other alternatives for those who do not submit to Islam.
Qur’an 33:36 – It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Apostle, to have any option about their decision: If anyone disobeys Allah and His Apostle, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path.
Many of Muhammad’s revelations seem to do nothing except to fulfill his own desires. Allah told Muhammad it was alright for him to have more than four wives … that it was alright to have sex with his slave girls … that it was alright to marry his daughter-in-law and to kill anyone who does submit to the will of Islam.
Tafsir Ibn Kathir (on Qur’an 9:30) – Fighting the Jews and Christians is legislated because they are idolaters and disbelievers. Allah the Exalted encourages the believers to fight the polytheists, disbelieving Jews and Christians, who uttered this terrible statement and utter lies against Allah, the Exalted. As for the Jews, they claimed that Uzayr was the son of God, Allah is free of what they attribute to Him. As for the misguidance of Christians over Isa, it is obvious.
Now, despite everything you may have heard, I am willing to bet that few of you have heard the details that surround “prophet of Islam’s” death. If Muhammad were truly a prophet of the One and only true God, who spoke through Muhammad, shouldn’t Allah have been able to forewarn his last “true prophet” of danger? Consider the following:
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Dude, Who Killed My Prophet?
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Who Killed Muhammad?
From David Wood’s website:
“We’ve seen that Islam looks like a mixture of Jewish teachings, heretical Christian teachings, and pagan practices, and that some of Muhammad’s revelations apparently had no purpose but to satisfy his desires. We therefore have good evidence that certain Qur’anic teachings had a purely human origin. We’ve also seen that Islam seems as if it was designed to keep people from the Gospel, that Muhammad’s first impression of his revelations was that he was demon-possessed, that he admittedly delivered a revelation from the devil, and that he was a victim of black magic. This gives us good reason to suppose that demonic forces were at work in Muhammad’s ministry. While Muslims claim that they have evidence for Islam, their two most common arguments (along with all other arguments for Islam) fail. Since we have no evidence that Muhammad received any of his revelations from God, we can only conclude that Muhammad was a false prophet, and that anyone who wants to follow the truth will have to look somewhere other than Islam.”
I find David Wood’s assessment entirely plausible. I believe Muhammad is indeed the false prophet that Jesus warned us about. A merciful and compassionate God would not endorse the kind of sick and perverted atrocities that Muhammad and Islam have perpetrated on nonbelievers for 14 centuries. There is no fruit upon the tree of Islam.
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Who Killed Muhammad? (debate)