BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION
BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION
I am writing this in response to an attempt by "Abu Hussein"
I challenge all recipients to answer the questions about the gospel to which Muhammad referred much in his Qur’an. If you cannot answer them from the teachings of Muhammad, then please refer this essay to others who are more expert than you, and ask them to forward their answers to me.
MY RESPONSE TO THE "WHAT IS ISLAM" COMMENTARY
I am a student of Islam and understand its precepts quite well. While Islam provides a powerful and good encouragement toward monotheism and a charitable attitude toward one's fellow Muslims, it is still a primitive 7th century religion with roots in paganism that continue to this day. Its chief holy text, the Qur'an, is laced with comments that encourage Muslims to commit acts of murder, terrorism, torture, and social oppression. That, of course, is the main reason so many terrorists work so assiduously today to murder and maim innocent people around the world while disrupting existing governments in an effort to displace them with theocracies that impose primitive and brutal Islamic law (Shar’ia) on the populace.
A crystal clear example of what Islamic law does to a country can be seen in the sorry condition of Afghanistan when the USA invaded the place to oust the Taliban whose principals the USA had funded in an effort to oust Russia. (note: I personally believe the US Army should jail all the warlords and burn all the poppy fields too, but that is not the point of this essay.)
MUSLIMS AND MUSLIM CLERICS
Although you did not address this in your screed, the entire document is an expression of YOUR views, not necessarily those of the clerics who run Islam’s various sects and local precincts, nor of the governing powers that implement their idea of Shar’ia. One of the main problems with Islam is the general view that the ordinary Muslim is too ignorant or incompetent to understand the meanings of or rightly apply the holy texts without having spent many years in concentrated study. Even the cleric experts differ widely in their interpretation, and they often issue religious edicts or fatwahs to clarify meanings, often conflicting with other fatwahs. Thus, it is impossible for any Muslim to know what Islam really is, or to feel competent to read and understand the Qur’an without having to refer to the Hadiths and Sunnahs.
And note that this is in spite of the fact that there is only one version of the Qur’an in existence, all others having been purged within a hundred years after Muhammad’s death. Muhammad’s more astute and literate students became the early clerics, and they failed to excise the most egregiously offensive and un-Godly elements of his recitals from the Qur’an. We have no way of knowing to what extent they might have edited or amended those recitals to reflect their own prejudices. There is no question, however, that they tossed out disparate and dissenting versions before settling on one version to which they could all agree.
Christianity and Judaism suffer from similar problems. To begin with, there are numerous different holy texts one could consider to be the bible, and some groups embrace scripture that others reject. Then, in regard to scripture they all accept, clerics of different sects, cults, and denominations take diverse and extreme positions with regard to the meaning of scripture, or with regard to the emphasis placed on one scripture versus another. As a result, their followers often struggle with confusion over what is the truth. The most popular confusion is that promulgated by members of the Christian cult of Paulism who teach the pagan notion that Jesus’s death on the cross was a blood sacrifice that somehow magically atones for their sins, and that if their followers don’t accept that illogical and God-insulting premise, they will burn in hell forever.
Even so, at least Christian and Jew clerics do not issue fatwahs demanding the death of some person who has offended them, as do Muslim clerics. No religion in which such fatwahs are issued and accepted as authoritative can be rightly called a benign religion, nor an accurate reflection of what a benign God wants from his believers.
ARE MUSLIMS ARABS?
While you claim that Muslims are not Arabs, Islam is very much a tool of Arab nationalist expansion, for it has been spread throughout the world by military conquest over the past 14 centuries. Muslims are required to face in the direction of
And that is an important issue. I am not an Arab and do not want to pay any kind of homage to
ABOUT MUHAMAD, AND A COMPARISON TO JESUS
Muhammad did found the religion of Islam, and many tenets of Islam are truly noble and good. Those are the things that attract people to it. The encouragement to live in harmony with others is a great one.
Muslims think he is the greatest of and to be heeded above all prophets. They even elevate him above Jesus.
However, Muhammad is anything but the ideal personal example to follow, and there is no one to corroborate his claim to having been delivered divine messages from God by Gabriel. He was illiterate and ignorant. He did not live in harmony, and he was a reprobate according to modern rules of morality. He encouraged his followers to be good to others, and at the same time, he encouraged them to maim, torture, rob, oppress, enslave, beat, and murder others. He personally led raids to murder and loot communities of Jews and others. He was the father of the militant expansion of Islam, and the standard bearer for the modern terrorists of today who kill and destroy others in phony "holy jihad", justified by Muhammad's promise of heavenly rewards of earthly treasures, fresh water, lush gardens, servants, and virgins for their pleasure. And, Muhammad's numerous wives included a 9-year-old child. That is considered scurrilously immoral in most societies today.
I'm sure you don't want me to present you with all the scriptures from the Qur'an, Hadiths, and Islamic history that prove this, for they are an embarrassment.
Fortunately, however, Muhammad did exhort his followers to embrace the gospel of Jesus, and with good reason. He claimed Jesus was a vastly superior person to himself. Here are just some of the things he claimed about Jesus, that he was/is:
- A spiritual offspring of God
- A miracle-worker and healer
- Born of a virgin
- A prophet
- A creator
- Resurrected from the dead
- Ascended into heaven
- A heavenly judge
- The Messiah (savior of mankind)
- The bearer of the "Gospel"
All the things Muhammad said about Jesus point to the fact that Jesus was not merely a prophet, but a divine being, a spiritual son of God. Certainly, when you compare the two people, Muhammad and Jesus, you see an enormous gulf in morality and spiritual quality. Most importantly, since Jesus was born in order to teach the Gospel to others and to inspire others by personal example to live a perfect human life, and since Muhammad reiterated that the gospel should be heeded by all Muslims, it is reasonable to expect all Muslims to embrace and promote that gospel, exactly the way Jesus taught it.
WHAT ABOUT THE GOSPEL - WHAT IS IT?
Let us therefore turn our attention to the main point of Muhammad's comments about Jesus: the Gospel. While Muhammad promised dire punishment to those who fail to heed the gospel, he never said what the gospel was. I believe that is because he did not really know what it was. My question is: do you?
Where will you learn the Gospel Jesus taught? From the Qur'an? Where is it in the Qur'an? Have you seen its points enumerated there? I haven't.
I have asked many Muslims to enumerate the points of the gospel Jesus taught, for in order to be good Muslims, they must know, heed, and embrace that gospel. However, they never enumerate them. I believe that is because they do not know. Usually they tell me that’s what the rest of the Qur’an does, but still, they do not know. Surely, they should be able to tell simply what the points of the gospel are, don’t you agree.
Can you do that? If so, please do. Please share your views about the gospel with me, and show me the Qur’an scriptures in which they are enumerated.
Without waiting for your reply, I shall address the issue with further question and discourse.
What was that "good news" Jesus brought to the world? Since it was so important that he actually took time out from his job in Heaven to come to earth on God's orders to deliver the gospel by personal example and by teachings, why didn't Muhammad say in his recitals specifically what the gospel is? Why would God's spiritual son Jesus teach that gospel at the risk of being crucified by the Temple rulers, and then God's alleged prophet fail to tell people what the gospel is?
Maybe it is because Muhammad did not know what the gospel is. He was, you have to admit, quite verbose in his recitals. Arguably, the gospel is the most important of all religious teachings. Surely, Muhammad would have recounted it had he known it.
The Qur’an does not recite the gospel in an enumerated form, nor does it recount Jesus’ teachings. There are only two reasonably credible sources of Jesus' teachings on this world: the bible and the Urantia Book.
The four gospel books in the bible were written from the faulty memories of old men many years after Jesus died, and they were edited considerably by people who had been influenced by the faulty teachings of Paul. Nevertheless, those four gospels do spell out the principles of the gospel.
The Urantia Book is a far more credible source than is the bible. The Urantia Book is a recent revelation written from the perfect records of beings who were present observers of the life and teachings of Jesus. If you have not read it, I highly recommend it. You can see it on line at http://www.urantia.org.
Even if you haven't read the gospel records in the bible, it would serve you to come to grips with the question as to why Muhammad did not reveal the gospel of Jesus in his recitals. Then you might not be so quick to extol Muhammad as the great prophet you think he is. In reality, all Muhammad did was to reiterate many things Jesus and the Old Testament taught, and add rules, history, and commentary that warped Islam from a enlightened religion into a political force with primitive social regulations that are unacceptable to the modern world.
Answer for yourself these questions:
- what was the "good news" of the Gospel that the Jews did not already believe?
- Do Muslims believe that gospel today, and if not, why is it good news for them now?
I'm going to help you with the answer a bit.
THIS IS THE REAL GOSPEL JESUS TAUGHT
The gospel consisted of three main points:
- God is our heavenly Father and he loves us.
- We are all brothers and sisters under his Fatherhood, and we should love, and lovingly and unselfishly serve our fellow humans so as to show his nature to them.
- We should have faith in the effectiveness of the supreme human desire to be like God, to do his will.
MUSLIMS AND THE GOSPEL
Do Muslims believe that gospel today? Most of them do not, and it is still good news to them, just as it was to the Jews and Gentiles of 2000 years ago. Here's why:
- Muslims do not believe God is their father.
They, like the Jews of old, believe God is the most powerful being in the universe and that he will squash them, punish them, chastize them, and be hateful to them if they do wrong, even though he supposedly loves them. This of course is confusing and contradictory, for God cannot be both mean and loving at the same time.
And that is the main reason there are so many Muslim terrorists. They simply do not grasp the fact that God is their Father and the Father of all other humans as well.
Only by seeing God as a loving heavenly Father, as Jesus repeatedly referred to him, and as Jesus taught others, will Muslims begin to feel that they live in a friendly universe, not one in which God stands ready to punish them for the least infraction of his stern rules. And when they feel that the universe is friendly, they will be more inclined to become and be harbingers of that friendliness the way Jesus intended.
- Muslims do not believe all other humans are their brothers and sisters, nor that they must love them and deliver unselfish, loving service to all humans.
Like the Jews, who believed only fellow Jews were their "neighbors" (and many still believe that) who should be treated neighborly, Muslims believe that only fellow Muslims are their "brothers". This of course creates a mental separation between Muslims and "infidels", and that encourages Muslims to oppress, take unfair advantage of, shun, reject, and behave unbrotherly toward infidels.
That is the main reason Muslims for the past 14 centuries of militant conquest have felt entitled to force their religion on others (who embrace it so they won't be oppressed, robbed, tortured, or murdered). Muslims are still forcibly conquering other lands. Right now they are hard at work to dominate Kashmir and
Only by embracing wholeheartdly Jesus' teaching about universal brotherhood with all humas will Muslims stop trying to conquer people of other religions, but rather start showing them by benign example the glory of their brand of monotheism.
- Muslims are so confused about what the Will of God is that they actually believe it is God's will for some people to reject him and do evil things.
Muhammad taught that utter nonsense in his recitals, and Muslims just can't shake it off, even though they know it is illogical and inconsistent with God's nature. God's will is and always has been, according to Jesus, that we be perfect on earth just as he is perfect in heaven. Human perfection (to the extent allowed by antecedent conditions and our individual capacities) is possible, right here on earth, during our lifetimes. It all depends on our exercise of FREE WILL. God does not force us to do his will, with very good reason. We are in training to become LIKE God, and we can’t be like him if coerced to do so. We must have the opportunity to make mistakes so we learn from them the pain of erroneous choices, and thereby embrace correct choices.
Muhammad spent an enormous amount of energy cautioning people about what bad things would happen to them, and how God (or his agents) would smite, torture, chastise, humiliate, and punish them for their wrong doings. And then he'd say that God is merciful and loving.
But at least, in the midst of this confusion, he did indicate earthly rewards would be given in heaven to the faithful who tried to live according to God's will. So, in this respect, Muslims believe the third point of the gospel.
What Muslims are still missing, however, is an understanding that we can actually become and be LIKE God simply by doing his will. And Muhammad was apparently completely ignorant of Jesus' teaching that a spirit fragment of the Heavenly Father actually indwells our minds, constantly urging us in the direction of his will. Jesus said "the
This is indeed good news to all Muslims, for it means that if God's spirit indwells us, then we have a divine destiny. We will not merely be hanging out in heaven living in earthly luxury with virgins to attend us, but we will actually be endowed with more of God's power so as to show his nature to others. Perhaps we will even be gods of some kind ourselves, in the far distant future when our training in heaven is complete. Maybe we will be sent to other worlds to minister to and teach them the way Jesus was sent to this world. This, based on the gospel, is a reasonable hope, and it is not just good, but GREAT news!
ABOUT MUSLIMS' ATTITUDES TOWARD NON-MUSLIMS
Regardless of religions, people tend to want to behave humanely toward others, particularly when there is no pressure to do otherwise.
However, Muslims have never peacefully co-existed with non-Muslims unless one of two conditions existed:
- An Islamic government was in power and non-Muslims bent to its will, paid oppressive taxes, and adopted the status of second-class citizens.
- A benign republic governed the land and prevented Muslims from oppressing non-Muslims.
The main reason Muslims in
It has been said that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the
- First of all, there are millions of Muslim immigrants, many of whom have been temporary residents for the purpose of going to college or taking professional positions.
- Second, Islam is growing fastest through proselytizing in
's PRISONS. America
The criminals of
If you focus on the news, you will notice a mountain of black rhetoric against white oppressors, much of it coming from black Mulims, many of whom have done jail time. This is a direct result of the work of black Muslim extremists like Malcom X and Louis Farrakahn who literally hate, and advocated killing, white people. This rightly makes it seem that Islam appeals readily to people who are stupid and/or harbor a grudge against society or other groups.
I’M NOT PICKING ON YOU – CONSIDER CHRISTIANITY
You could think that my comments are a demonstration of my intention to pick on you by finding fault with your religion. That is not the case. My comments are intended to encourage you to correct the failings of Islam so it can be a truly superior religion. And I have the same advice for Christians. Here’s why.
Christianity is nothing more than the cult of Paul. It is not based on the teachings or example of Jesus, even though its 2 billion adherents think it is. In reality, it is a religion ABOUT Jesus, rather than the religion OF Jesus. I am certain that Muhammad’s teachers on the subject of Jesus were not followers of the cult of Paul, for that is why Muhammad demeaned Christians for not following their own religion properly.
Christianity is based on the atonement doctrine – that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins, and that we have a sin nature that can make us acceptable to God only if it is washed away by sacrificial blood of a perfect creature. That, of course, has its roots in the paganism of Abraham and the residents of Palestine 4000 years ago when human sacrifice was encouraged (as is documented in Abraham’s intention to murder his firstborn son Isaac) so as to appease their wrathful and vengeful tribal deities. Since sacrifices were common among the Jews, Paul simply had to include the concept in his version of the gospel. And in so doing, he became a false prophet of the kind Jesus warned against.
The concept of atoning sacrifice is not only pagan, but also illogical and insulting to God. God, being whole and perfect, has no need for sacrifices of any kind, so a sacrifice only has the effect of depriving the sacrificer of the object sacrificed. That is illogical, to say the least (more correctly, it is stupid). It also insults God because it implies that a human can bribe him with something precious to the human (but useless to God), as though he were a petty, corrupt Mafia chief. And, in the case of Jesus, whom Christians consider to be the same as God, albeit somewhat junior to the Heavenly Father, it is absurd, for it presumes that the Father would be unjustly complicit in the murder (prohibited by the Father’s own ten commandments) of an innocent being who is nearly the Father’s equal. It’s like God demanding that he be sacrificed to appease himself.
The atonement doctrine is therefore absurd, and it would be amusing, were it not for the fact that nearly 2 billion Christians are serious as a heart attack about it. They will actually look you straight in the face and tell you that you are going to burn in hell forever unless you accept the Lord Jesus as your personal savior (through his atoning blood sacrifice on the cross) this very minute.
That’s just about as stupid as the notion that a person who dies in a holy struggle against injustice (jihad) will be guaranteed entry into heaven, and there they will be given earthly treasures, water, and houris with whom to have sex at their whim, presumably for all the rest of eternity. If you believe that, you believe there’ll be a Richard Simmons, Jr.
For all of Christianity’s faults, however, it is the one organized religion on earth that is closest to following Jesus’ teachings, closer in my opinion than Islam. Christians don’t murder in the name of God as they once stupidly did and as Muslims still stupidly do. And they do give lip service (some are devoutly close) to Jesus’ teachings about the Fatherhood of God and Brotherhood of Man.
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
Islam is not the wonderful religion you crack it up to be. Sure, it does have its good points, but essentially, it has a 1400-year history of extreme violence and oppression against non-Muslims (whom Muslims self-righteously label as “infidels”, in spite of their devotion to deity of some kind).
The main reason for this is the failure of Islam’s prophet Muhammad and his followers to understand, embrace, and adhere to the gospel Jesus taught. I am not referring here to the idea of accepting Jesus as personal savior that Christians so vehemently and insistently promote, but rather to accepting and living according to Jesus’ simple 3-point gospel that I enumerated above.
Overall, Islam is not a benign religion, even though many of its adherents do follow and promote the most benign of Muhammad's teachings. There are evil and vicious tenets of Islam that oppose those benign teachings, and those bad tenets lead any followers who will to commit acts of oppression, robbery, torture, and murder in the name of God or holy jihad, all the while shouting "Allah akbar" as though our great God condones their horrible acts.
Islam must be reformed, and it can only be reformed by its adherents. Islam needs radical brain surgery to excise the evil in Muhammad's recitals that rots its frontal lobe and robs it of reason and goodness. Unfortunately, the brain surgeons seem to be on a 14-century lunch break, and the operating room seems staffed by incompetent witch doctors who cannot perform the operation.
I am of the opinion that the reformation will come in the next two hundred years, that Muslims will ignore or excise the most offensive of Muhammad’s utterances, those that encourage terrorism, oppression of infidels, mistreatment of women, and ridiculous practices like physical displays of obeisance to
Date: Mon May 9, 2005 5:44pm
Subject: What is Islam?
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ISLAM AND MUSLIM
The name of this religion is Islam, the root of which is Silm and Salam which means peace. Salam may also mean greeting one another with peace. One of the beautiful names of God is that He is the Peace. It means more than that: submission to the One God, and to live in peace with the Creator, within one's self, with other people and with the environment. Thus, Islam is a total system of living. A Muslim is supposed to live in peace and harmony with all these segments; hence, a Muslim is any person anywhere in the world whose obedience, allegiance, and loyalty are to God, the Lord of the Universe.
MUSLIMS AND ARAB
The followers of Islam are called Muslims. Muslims are not to be confused with Arabs. Muslims may be Arabs, Turks, Persians, Indians, Pakistanis, Malaysians, Indonesians, Europeans, Africans, Americans, Chinese, or other nationalities.
An Arab could be a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew or an atheist. Any person who adopts the Arabic language is called an Arab. However, the language of the Qur'an (the Holy Book of Islam) is Arabic. Muslims all over the world try to learn Arabic so that they may be able to read the Qur'an and understand its meaning. They pray in the language of the Qur'an, namely Arabic. Supplications to God could be in any language.
While there are one billion Muslims in the world there are about 200 million Arabs. Among them, approximately ten percent are not Muslims. Thus Arab Muslims constitute only about twenty percent of the Muslim population of the world.
ALLAH THE ONE AND THE ONLY GOD
Muslims believe that Allah is the name of the One and Only God. He is the Creator of all human beings. He is the God for the Christians, the Jews, the Muslims, the Buddhists, the Hindus, the atheists, and others. Muslims worship God whose name is Allah. They put their trust in Him and they seek His help and His guidance.
Muhammad was chosen by God to deliver His Message of Peace, namely Islam. He was born in 570 C.E. (Common Era) in Makkah,
Muhammad is the very last Prophet of God to mankind. He is the final Messenger of God. His message was and is still to the Christians, the Jews and the rest of mankind. He was sent to those religious people to inform them about the true mission of Jesus, Moses, Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham.
Muhammad is considered to be the summation and the culmination of all the prophets and messengers that came before him. He purified the previous messages from adulteration and completed the Message of God for all humanity. He was entrusted with the power of explaining, interpreting and living the teaching of the Qur'an.
Muslims are required to respect all those who are faithful and God conscious people, namely those who received messages. Christians and Jews are called People of the Book. Muslims are asked to call upon the People of the Book for common terms, namely, to worship One God, and to work together for the solutions of the many problems in the society.
Christians and Jews lived peacefully with Muslims throughout centuries in the
Jews fled from
Throughout the Muslim world, churches, synagogues and missionary schools were built within the Muslim neighborhoods. These places were protected by Muslims even during the contemporary crises in the
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