The religion of Muhammad, “Arab prophet and founder of Islam,” is set to become the world’s largest religious movement. It is currently second only to Christianity and boasts of well over a billion followers. Some of its most vocal followers vow to take over the world.
President George W. Bush referred to Islam as “that great religion of peace.” President Obama said, “Islam never has been the enemy of America and never will be.” Understandably, both presidents wanted to be fair to those followers of Muhammad who are peace-loving. Yet, all nineteen hijackers of those aircraft that brought down the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, were followers of Muhammad. In both the Iraq and the Afghan Wars we have been fighting since shortly after that unspeakable crime, we have faced the same enemy: followers of Muhammad.
The moral outrage of our American government at the cowardly attacks of September 11, 2001 is shared by multitudes of Americans and citizens the world over, as it should be. Counting those killed at the Pentagon where a third aircraft was intentionally crashed and those who died in Pennsylvania, where it is believed the passengers on a fourth hijacked plane fought their captors until the plane crashed in a field, the total loss of life was over 3200. This eclipsed the previous record for cowardly attacks upon U.S. citizens set at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 where 2330 of our gallant servicemen died.
In addition our country has lost, in Iraq and Afghanistan, to injury and death, enough soldiers and marines to fill over two modern infantry divisions, eighteen thousand each, fighting on soil claimed by Islam. The response of some Americans to this is, “It is better to have them threatening us over there than over here.”, The facts are, however, they are threatening the whole world, including “over here.”
Of course, many who follow Muhammad’s Quran (“Holy Book”) are not warlike terrorists trying to bring down our country. In fact, it is perfectly legal for them to exercise their religion in America and that fact is not the problem. Those who wish to peacefully follow the teaching of Muhammad are entitled to do so. Our courts are even used to protect the rights of Islamic prisoners taken in the Iraq and Afghan wars. Hopefully, we can take at face value the peaceful intentions of Muslims who plan no violence.
In the interest of truth and vigilance however, two facts need to be pointed out respecting Muhammad’s followers and the violence of September 11, 2001. First, “Where was the moral outrage by peaceful Muslims, in America and elsewhere around the world,, at the destruction of the World Trade Center by fellow Muslims?”, Its basic absence deserves serious thought.
The second fact is that the hijackers themselves cast their act as one of worship of their god. Mohammad Atta, the leader of the nineteen, wrote the following in a document he and his co-conspirators used in worship just before their dastardly act:
“As the prophet said, “˜A raid on the path of Godis better than this world and what is in it'” [ The Age of Sacred Terror, Benjamin and Simon, Random House, 2002, p. 40]. In commenting about this act, the above authors concluded the following:
“The hijackings were the performance of a sacrament, one intended to restore to the universe a moral order that had been corrupted by the enemies of Islam and their Muslim collaborators” [Ibid.]. And still later, this comment:
“What appears to be senseless violence actually made a great deal of sense to the terrorists and their sympathizers, for whom this mass killing was an act of redemption” [Ibid.).
The religious nature of the unspeakable crimes committed against thousands of innocent people on September 11, 2001 must not be ignored or gainsaid away. In addition, the television coverage of, many acts of treachery, against our troops in the Iraq and Afghan Wars has demonstrated, again and again the environment of acceptance, by Muslim civilians over the carnage caused by fellow Muslim fighters to, our soldiers and marines.
What American has not been repulsed by pictures of those our troops went to help dancing over the corpses of our fallen soldiers and marines It matters little that some Muslims do not share this sick amusement. The fact remains that these are religious zealots carrying out a jihad, a so-called “holy war,” against freedom-loving people and they have plenty of sympathy among many of their Muslim friends. That is an unvarnished fact!
The question before us is this: “Is the religion of Muhammad, in whose name worldwide warfare such as we have described is being conducted, the truth or is it error?” Great deference is being shown regularly, in American newscasts and by our governmental authorities to Islam. In some cases American public schools openly teach of Islam as an acceptable lifestyle. More than one American school district has gotten into trouble at the bare favorable mention of Christianity. It is high time we addressed this discrepancy.
If Muhammad’s religion is the truth, it can stand on its two feet. If it is essentially error then we owe it to ourselves to recognize this and to repudiate it. After a brief overview of the religion of Islam and the background of the prophet Muhammad himself, we shall use the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to find out.
Background Of Islam
The term “Islam” means, in Arabic, “submission,” supposedly to Allah (god). That fact in itself is of no particular significance. Coupled with threats against non-Muslims, and Islam’s history of conversion of multitudes at the point of a sword however, it renders a very ominous meaning.
There are more Muslims in America than there are Methodists. Their numbers are increasing rapidly. Everyone in America and around the world is, entitled to know what they believe. The only safe way to know if what the followers of Muhammad believe is true is to examine their beliefs against the Bible, God’s holy Word.
Christians do not apologize for their conviction that the Bible is God’s true revelation. Followers of Muhammad claim his Quran is a true revelation from Allah, their god. As a Christian, committed to the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, I wish to place the teachings of the Quran under the searchlight of the Bible. Let the reader decide which faith is true. We shall soon see that it cannot possibly be both. Some, even in Christian circles, try to reconcile basic tenets of Muhammad’s religion with Christianity. Such a course is patently absurd if we allow the facts to speak for themselves.
Introduction To The Quran’s Author And Personal History
“About the year A.D. 570 there was born in the city of Mecca near the west coast of Arabia [now Saudi Arabia] a boy who was named Mohammed, which means “˜praised.’, His father Abdullah (“˜Slave of Allah’) died before his son was born, and the mother Amina died when Mohammed was only six years old. The child was brought up first by his grandfather and then by his uncle, Abu Talib, who were members of the influential tribe of Quraish in Mecca.” [Willim McElwee Miller, Religions in a Changing World, Moody Press, 1959].
“Muhammad,” (the currently popular spelling of the older Mohammed) as a boy took care of flocks in the desert and sometimes went with camel caravans carrying merchandise from Arabia to Syria. In so doing he came into contact with people of a higher civilization and religion that was “better” than the polytheism of the heathen Arabs. The boy grew up in relatively poor circumstances and is believed, to have been a lifelong illiterate.
The people of Arabia worshipped a number of gods but believed in a supreme god they called “Allah.” Mecca had a small temple called “the Kaaba” where numerous idols were set. Built into the temple’s wall was a black stone which was considered very sacred. The stone was a meteorite. The heathen Arabs made pilgrimages to the Kaaba (sometimes spelled “Kaba”) to circle round it and to kiss the stone.
In this context the religious Muhammad became acquainted with a group of men in Mecca who rejected the idolatry there and followed what they called “The Religion of Abraham.”, Being made somewhat acquainted with both Jews and Christians, no doubt Muhammad was influenced against the evils of idolatry and came to favor monotheism over the worship of myriad idols associated with the Kaaba.
The religious young man would retire to a cave a few miles from Mecca from time to time to meditate. It is there that he claimed to have received a visit from the angel Gabriel when he was about forty years old. Other revelations, he claimed, followed.
Muhammad later recited the words of the angel’s visits, as he claimed, and these became the basis for the Quran or Qur’an or the older name, Koran (“the Recitation)” considered now to be the most sacred of all writings by Muhammad’s followers. The writings, compiled later,, were captured on the bark of trees, the skins of animals and any other object obtainable plus the memories of those who heard them from “the Prophet.”
Some, who have studied Muhammad’s so-called encounters with Gabriel, and his subsequent conduct, have advanced the theory that Muhammad was probably epileptic. Of course that possibility may or may not have been the case.
At first, Muhammad’s only followers were members of his family. Gradually he quietly preached against idolatry and gathered followers. Mecca was not favorable to his views and he fled and established himself in the city of Medina where he gathered others.
Muhammad and his followers tested their strength by making raids upon camel caravans. Bloody battles followed which finally led him back to Mecca with a large army. He established a theocratic government in which there is no distinction between politics and religion. The result is that orthodox Muslims came to see the state and their religion as one. That Muhammad’s religion was established at the point of the sword cannot be denied.
Islamic law is the stated goal of Muslims living in many countries today. The concept of “separation of church and state” is a completely foreign notion in Islamic countries. Anyone who has studied the “progess” of the “new Iraqi government” since President Bush sent our troops in years ago can easily see that a truly, democratic government in that Islamic setting may never materialize.
In later years Muhammad’s supposed “divine revelations” were used to justify actions that even some heathen Arabs opposed, suggesting some “revelations” to Muhammad were of convenience, something less than “divine inspiration.”, The “revelations” forming the Quran were recited to Muhammad’s followers over a twenty-year, period. We shall examine some of these as we move to place the Scriptures into contradistinction to Muhammad’s Quran.
The Substance And Organization Of The Quran
The finished Quran, dictated to his followers by Muhammad, forms a book approximately the size of the New Testament. Muslims disdain all translations of it from the original Arabic. There is the question of whether it is an accurate rendition of what Muhammad said. He, apparently, had no ability to read his own dictation plus the fact that many of the writings were produced after Muhammad’s death, through the memories of those who heard them from Muhammad.
There are, however, numerous translations of the Quran available today and it is relatively easy to make one’s way through it. The vocabulary is relatively simple as is its organization, if indeed there is real organization. After Muhammad’s death the Quran was arranged in “Suras” (chapters) with the criterion being to place them in the book by size, the longest to the shortest, without regard to any chronology or overriding theme. There are 114 suras in all.
The copy from which I have worked was translated by N.J. Dawood, an Iraqi scholar and obviously a practicing Muslim. Mr. Dawood sought to depart from the traditional arrangement to something more chronological but retained an index so the reader may work from the original order. Dawood states that his aim was to first present the more “Biblical and poetic revelations” and to end with “the longer and often more topical chapters.”, The difference is hard to perceive. Let us get to their content.
An Overview Of The Quran
The translator’s Introduction of my copy of the Koran [spelling used by Dawood, the translator in this case] begins with these words: “The Koran is the earliest and by far the finest work of Classical Arabic prose. For Muslims it is the infallible word of God, a transcript of a tablet preserved in heaven, revealed to the Prophet Mohammad by the Angel Gabriel.”
Contrast that appraisal with these words of Scottish scholar Thomas Carlyle about the book: “It is a toilsome reading as ever I undertook, a wearisome jumble, crude, incondite [badly put together]. Nothing but a sense of duty could carry any European through the Koran” [Islam Unveiled, Robert Morey, The Scholars Press, 1991, p. 104].
The Introduction also reminds the reader that in most of the Koran, “God speaks in the first person plural which often changes to the first person singular or the third person singular in the course of the same sentence.”, Each “Sura” [chapter] is also given a title.
After a few sentences of praise to Allah entitled, “The Exordium,” the first full chapter, numbered “2” begins. It is entitled “The Cow.” Try as I may, I was not able to find the word “Cow” in this sura, the longest in the Koran. I did find the word “swine” in the context of denying its flesh to Muhammad’s followers.
The subject matter of “The Cow” chapter encompasses in part the following by order of paragraph: Do not doubt the Book [Koran]; Grievous punishment awaits the unbelievers; There is a sickness in the hearts of unbelievers; Do not commit evil in the land; Unbelievers are fools; Allah will mock pretenders; Those who barter away guidance for error will be left deaf, blind and dumb; Allah has the power over thunder and lightning; If you, doubt “what We revealed to Our servant,” try to produce a comparable chapter like this Book; Believers who have faith and works “will dwell in gardens watered by running streamsbe [w]edded to chaste virgins, they will abide there forever.”
The above is a simple summary of barely two pages of this rambling thirty-one page chapter. A skilled English teacher or writer would have an imposing challenge in constructing a sensible outline of this “chapter.”, Before we leave it, however, note this passage, chapter and verse numbered 2:228:
“Women shall with justice have rights similar to those exercised against them, although men have a status above women. Allah is mighty and wise.”
Women are mentioned in “The Cow,” but mostly with respect to instructions to them. I found no word of comfort or assurance of salvation for women in the sura (chapter) at all, rather mostly thinly veiled threats such as the quotation above.
The various names of the suras mostly bear little resemblance to the content, as with this section, Suras, 3-8, for example:
“3. The Imrans; 4. Women; 5. The Table; 6. Cattle; 7.The Heights; 8. The Spoils.”
As we noted, nearly all the Quran is presented as though God (Allah) were speaking. All the pronouns, therefore with Allah as the antecedent are capitalized, as: We, Us, He, etc. For example Sura 21:27: “We inspired all the apostles whom We sent before you, saying: “˜There is no god but Me. Therefore serve Me.'”
Often, arguments are put forward to oppose “the unbeliever,” and many are prompters with the exact words with which to respond. Take these examples from Sura 13, entitled “Thunder”:
“All who dwell on the earth shall prostate themselves before Allah, their very shadows shall bow to Him morning and evening.”
“Say: “˜Who is the Lord of heaven and earth?’
“Say: “˜Why then have you chosen other gods besides Him”¦’
“Say: “˜Are the blind and seeing alike? Does darkness resemble the light?'”
Scattered all through the book are these “Say” remarks, given at no particular intervals but are nevertheless profuse throughout.
The Quran ends with Sura number 114, entitled “Men.”, It comprises only a single “Say” remark:
“Say, “˜I seek refuge in the Lord of men, the King of men, the God of men, from the mischief of the slinking prompter who whispers in the hearts of men; from jinn [spirits, created by God, some good, some evil’] and men.”
Such is the construction of this Muslim “Holy Book.”, Subject and word flow vary, and change unpredictably. One reading this document quickly learns to expect the unexpected. Constructed, as it is reported to have been, over a twenty-year period, often from the memories of those who listened to Muhammad recite to them, the reader is treated to a wide-ranging and rambling challenge.
Much of the Quran is simply a rehash and embellishment of Bible stories with fanciful additions of words put in the mouths of Bible characters. For example, the story of Joseph’s confrontation with Potiphar’s wife is given many fictitious details featuring generous additions to the dialogue of Joseph and others. The most noted Bible characters in the Quran, seem to be: Noah, Moses, Lot, Abraham, Ishmael,, Isaac, John, David, Saul, and our Savior referred to again and again as “Jesus, son of Mary.”
Bear in mind that the completed Bible would have been available in the seventh century in which Muhammad lived. Many sections of the Quran consist of paraphrases of and commentaries on Scripture. Any idea of an historical setting or a consistent narrative, however, is absolutely missing from the Quran. Often Old Testament characters are mentioned, and mixed together in a given commentary without regard to chronological order, context or even the Testament in which they appear.
There is no attempt to deal with prophecies of Old Testament prophets and no reference to events of the Book of Acts, the Epistles or the Revelation. The term “Gog and Magog” appears a few times but not with any meaningful explanation.
One annoying fact about the Quran is its redundancy. Assembled, as it was, from memory evidently led to the repetition of numerous injunctions. It is difficult not to be impatient working one’s way through these. I, personally found it almost amusing, reminiscent of children play-acting the teachings of school or home.
The Overriding Theme Of The Quran
The pages of the Quran are filled with condemnatory references to “People of the Book (Christians and Jews), unbelievers, infidels, disbelievers [sic], idolaters, aggressors and transgressors.”, A multitude of references to these are accompanied with threats using words like:, “Hell, flames, grievous punishment, shameful scourge, evil fate, woeful punishment, lost, doomed, heirs of hell” and more. The relatively restrained truths of Hell written in the Scriptures are embellished with, gruesome and terrifying details in numerous parts of Muhammad’s Quran.
The conflict between the forces of “Allah” and Christians, Jews and other “unbelievers” is unquestionably the overarching theme of this book. While there are pages devoted to regulations and in some cases protections and the offer of forgiveness, these do not apply to the enemies of “Allah.”, It is not too much to say that the Quran, taken as a whole, must be considered a diatribe against the Christian faith, our Christ and Israel, the nation from which He came.
The Quran Is Not The Holy Scriptures
The Greek word for “Scriptures” is, “graphas,” or “graphan,” depending on how it is used in a sentence. It is the standard Greek word for “writings.”, It is used numerous times in the Bible with the definite article so as to render “the Scriptures” or “the writings.”, It was said of our Savior, after His Resurrection that he appeared to two disciples on their way to Emmaus: “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45). It could have been rendered “the Writings” at that point as well.
Our Savior, in instructing the Sadducees that there is no marriage nor marrying, in heaven, rebuked their ignorance saying: “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures” (Matthew 22:29). Our Lord used the words “tas graphas,” or “the writings,” as, the consistent New Testament term for “the Scriptures.”, In its many uses, it is clear that this is the Greek term for “the Bible”,, as we would say today.
The word “Bible” never appears in the Scriptures, as any thoughtful Christian knows, the word meaning simply “Book.”, The Quran refers many times to “people of the Book” or merely “Book.” Often it is in criticism or derision of the Christian faith and sometimes of the Jewish faith. As a Christian, I have no problem being referred to as a “person of the Book” or a “believer in the Book.”, That simply means I exalt the Bible.
The important point, imperative point really, that I am making, is simply this: The Bible assumes its own place of preeminence. When we say “the Scriptures” or “the Writings” it is as though we are saying the Scriptures or the Writings. The Bible does not apologize for its own superiority over the writings of men for it is the Book of God, virtually unlike and unmatched by any other set of writings this world has ever seen or ever will see.
The claim of Muhammad’s followers that the Quran supercedes the Bible is something on the order of the elementary school child who sets about to correct his teacher on the basic facts of addition. No, 2 plus 2 are still 4 notwithstanding the little boy’s insistence to the contrary. The claims of Muhammad, that his Quran, diminishes the mighty truths of Scripture is as a child with a flashlight blinding out the sun!
Christ said: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away (Matthew 24:35, NIV). Further He said: “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day (John 12:48, KJV). According to the Bible, the words of our Savior hold absolute preeminence over any words that will ever be written or spoken subsequent to His. Christians need to get over apologizing for or negotiating with Muhammad’s followers about what is truth. Jesus said, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life” (John 6:63). He, personally said, “I am the truth” (John 14:6).
If it seems arbitrary to the reader that I simply state the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are truth over the supposed “holy Quran,” the fact is that the Bible itself warns against elevating any other writings above itself. Isaiah wrote, more than fifteen hundred years before Muhammad’s birth:
“To the law and to the testimony!, If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn” (Isaiah 8:20, NIV).
This consistent exclusiveness of the preeminence of Scripture carries through in the Revelation as well:
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18, KJV).
While this verse, and the one following, warning of detracting from the book, are understood to apply primarily to the Revelation itself, historically, Christians through the ages, have understood the words to apply to the entire New Testament as well. It is this universal recognition that stands as a bulwark of condemnation to tampering with God’s Word.
Muhammad and his followers claim to accept much of the Bible as from God. In fact, however they teach that the Scriptures “have been tampered with” and thus are not reliable. In their haste to claim the Quran supercedes the Bible they unwittingly bear testimony that they are elevating Muhammad’s bizarre claims above God’s holy Word, effectively making “the commandment of God of none effect” (Matthew 15:6), as our Lord said.
Informed Bible students are well aware of the truth that the Bible is the Word of God, that “the Writings” are the very words God gave mankind. The meticulous care of the manuscripts from which our English translations of the Scriptures have been formed is a science in its own right. No council of scholars or clergy ever “made” certain books into the Bible. The supernatural character of the Scriptures themselves emerged after the books were written to demonstrate this truth. To put it another way, the Scriptures themselves have inherent authority, to exalt themselves above the writings that do not have God as their Author. Believers in the earliest history of the Bible books saw this truth for themselves. The scope of this paper does not allow us to delve into this beautiful tribute to the Scriptures. We will see glimpses of it, however, as we place them beside the words of Muhammad’s Quran.
Basic Scriptures That Contradict Muhammad’s Quran
Christ, the Son of God
The Quran: “They say, “˜Allah has begotten a son.’ God forbid! Self-sufficient is He” (Sura 10:68).
The Quran: “Those who say: “˜The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son’ preach a monstrous falsehood at which the very heavens may crack” (Sura 19:88).
The Quran: “Such was Jesus, the son of Mary. That is the whole truth which they are unwilling to accept. Allah forbid that He Himself should beget a son!, When He decrees a thing He need only say “˜Be,’ and it is” (Sura 19:36).
The Scriptures: “No man hath seen God, at any time, the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:18).
The Scriptures: “But about the Son he says, “˜Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom (Hebrews 1:8, NIV).
The Scriptures: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mt. 3:17).
The message of the entire New Testament is predicated upon the premise that Jesus Christ is God’s Son. That is the point of the visit of the angel Gabriel to Mary, His mother, and his, announcement, that the Lord Jesus’, conception would be a miracle provided by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35).
It was the angel Gabriel who was sent to Mary to announce the coming birth of Christ, God’s Son. This, miracle of God is, an inescapable fact reported in Luke chapter one. The angel, appearing to Joseph as recorded in Matthew was probably Gabriel. There is no way to reconcile how this same angel, who had, appeared to Mary and Joseph would appear to Muhammad six hundred years later with a flat contradiction to, the Sonship of our Savior.
The denial that the Lord Jesus is God’s Son, expressed in the citations from the Quran, as quoted above, is repeated over and over again in Muhammad’s Quran, a blasphemous statement in hopeless opposition to God’s Word.
Salvation by Faith Without Works
The Quran: “On that day no soul shall suffer the least injustice. You shall be rewarded according only to your deeds” (Sura 36:14).
The Quran: “Those that give alms by day and by night, in private and in public, shall be rewarded by their Lord. They have nothing to fear or to regret” (Sura 21:274).
The Quran: “As for those that have faith and do good works, Allah will admit them to gardens watered by running streams. They shall be decked with pearls and bracelets of gold, and arrayed in garments of silk” (Sura 22:23,24).
The Scriptures: ” But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident; for, The just shall live by faith” (Galatians 3:11).
The Scriptures: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God — not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesisans 2:8-9).
The Scriptures: “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5).
Any alert Sunday school child knows from his Bible that faith in Christ for salvation is the recurring theme of the New Testament. He has been taught the Scriptures’ most basic fact: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).
The Truth About the Hereafter
The Quran: “He that chooses a religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him and in the world to come, he will be one of the lost” (Sura: 3:81).
The Quran: “blessed shall be those on the right they shall recline on jeweled couches there shall wait on them immortal youths with bowls and ewers and a cup of purest wine with fruits of their choice and fresh fowls that they relish. And theirs shall be the dark-eyed houris [voluptuously beautiful young women- Webster], chaste as hidden pearls: a guerdon [earned reward] for their deeds .We created the houris and made them virgins, loving companions for those on the right” (Sura 56:3ff).
The Quran: “As for those who deny the life to come, We make their foul deeds seem fair to them, so that they blunder about in their folly. They shall be sternly punished and in the hereafter have much to lose” (Sura: 27:3).
The Scriptures: “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (Spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ, John 11:25-26).
The Scriptures: ¦Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:3-4).
The Scriptures: ¦Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (I Corinthians 2:9).
Muhammad’s Quran in reference to the joys of the hereafter for its devotees speaks consistently from the man’s point of view. Almost never is there any assurance to women respecting the hereafter. Here and there are a few mild references to the hereafter for Muslim women such as this reference: “Be they men or women those who embrace the faith and do what is right We will surely grant a happy life; we shall reward them according to their noblest actions” (Sura: 16:96). But note how vague is its promise!
The Place of Women
On the whole, the Quran is a book written for men and it appeals again and again to men’s prurient interests. For example this blunt injunction: “Women are your fields: go, then, into your fields as you please” (Sura: 2:223). It is obvious what Muhammad taught as the “delights” of the hereafter for his followers.
The Quran: “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the others, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. Allah is high, supreme” (Sura: 4:34ff).
The Quran: “A male shall inherit twice as much as a female” (Sura: 4:11).
The Quran: “Believers, you have an enemy in your wives and children: beware of them” (Sura: 64:14).
The Quran: “If you fear you cannot treat orphans [“Orphan girls”- footnote] with fairness, then you may marry other women who seem good to you; two, three, or four of them” (Sura: 4:3). This sura goes on to permit the marrying of “any slave girls you may own.”
The Scriptures: “ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life” (I Peter 3:7).
The Scriptures: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”¦so ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself” (Ephesians 5:25,28).
The Scriptures: “Let the husband render unto the wife her due; and likewise also, the wife unto the husband” (I Corinthians 7:3). It is important to note that in every context in the New Testament where husbands and wives are mentioned, monogamy is the standard.
God tolerated the sin of polygamy among Old Testament believers despite its heartbreaking consequences which those Scriptures dutifully record, sometimes in painful detail. It is worth noting that though Muhammad had access to both the Old and New Testaments, he patterned his own lifestyle against the monogamy of the New Testament marrying at least twenty-two women, one “woman” at the age of nine years!
The Lord Jesus clearly taught that the biblical ideal and proper life for men and women on this earth is one man and one woman for life. The easy divorce trumpeted throughout the Quran is also, sharply contradicted by our Lord’s teaching, for example in Mark chapter 10:1-12. The sins of both multiple wives and divorce of the wife are there, as well as elsewhere, condemned.
The preoccupation of Muhammad’s Quran with acquiring multiple wives, ruling and divorcing them and focusing upon sexual appetites, creates a carnal atmosphere quite in contrast to the basic biblical purpose of sexual union and monogamy so clearly expressed in the Scriptures. The critical nature of the family unit, as a building block of society as taught by the Apostle Paul and elsewhere in Scripture, is a glaring and foreign concept to the Quran.
It is entirely possible to place the Quran side by side with the Scriptures and to find it wanting with respect to the Trinity, the regeneration of sinners, miracles, fulfilled prophecy and the host of other doctrines essential to the purpose of man upon earth and God’s plan of redemption.
Primarily, however, the fatal flaw of Muhammad’s Quran is that it is the product originating from the hand of a mere sinner who created a pagan religion attractive to the fallen appetites and warring propensities of lost human beings. That religion was foisted upon the world in the seventh century and its phenomenal growth stands as a testament not to truth but to a mixture of truth (borrowed and corrupted from the Scriptures) and Satanic error. Its devotees are driven not by a love for fallen humanity so singularly exemplified by our Savior, but by the hatred of the Jews, the Christians, “the people of the Book,” as Muhammad referred to us.
And what about this core question: “What is the Quran’s plan of salvation?” The answer is a startling one: “The Quran does not portray any “˜plan of salvation'” As shocking as this may seem, it is true. As we have shown above, there is a constant appeal for good works. There is the condemnation of “unbelievers,” a buzz word for all those outside the realm of Islam. But the Quran is simply devoid of either a path to salvation or the assurance that one is on it. This is a grievous and eternally fatal shortcoming in the religion of Muhammad.
It is high time the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ faced squarely the fact that we must stand without apology for the eternal truths of Scripture and renew our best effort to present them to a lost and dying world. If we do not, I am afraid the answer to the question of our Savior, recorded in Luke 18:8, may be recorded in the negative: “When the Son of man comes, will he find the faith upon the earth?”
To every Christian I appeal. Let us redouble our efforts to stand for the mighty Christ who yet holds out His offer of salvation to all the lost of this world so helplessly trapped in the quagmire of their own sins as you and I once were in ours. Dear Lord Jesus, make it so, I pray. Amen.
A Final Word To Muslims, The Followers of Muhammad
Nothing in this small paper should be interpreted by anyone as hatred or even dislike for the followers of Muhammad. Every Christian, including the one writing these words, is commanded to love others. Love for others, regardless of who they are or what they have done, is the Bible norm for every Christian.
Should someone, a Muslim, or someone sympathetic to Muhammad, read these words, please, allow me to reach out to you. Jesus Christ,, God’s Son, the One who died for the sins of the whole word, loves you.
The Quran knows nothing of the debt of sin for which Christ paid on the Cross when He died there for you and me. The Bible speaks clearly and often of this fact:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18).
To anyone reading these lines from this simple attempt to describe and fairly analyze Muhammad’s Quran, please let me burden you with your need to open your life to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Receive Him as your own personal Savior from sin, as I did many years ago to my everlasting satisfaction. Call out to Him in prayer to make Him your Lord and Master.
by Rev. Kenneth F. Pierpont, M.Div. M.Ed. D.Min.