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Muhammad and America, part 3/3

Posted by Parsin on June 4, 2008

Analysis of Some of the Propaganda Attacks Against Islam

3. Victory Over the Grave

In this section the writer states:

Mohammad is dead. Muslims follow a dead man. At the core of Christianity is the resurrection of Christ. The empty tomb validates the claims of Christ and inspires his followers. Over five hundred people witnessed Christ in his resurrected form. The resurrected Mohammad has yet to be seen.

This statement by the writer, like the relationship between one’s salvation and one’s good deeds, from the Islamic point of view is totally correct. Yes, the Qur’an has introduced Mohammad (PBUH) as the only prophet with the responsibility of the safekeeping and delivering the divine word to mankind. In the battle of “Uhod,” a group of Muslims who had lost the will to fight because they thought Mohammad (PBUH) had died and were about to surrender, were admonished by the following verse:

“Muhammad is no more than an Apostle: many were the Apostles that passed away before him. If he died or were slain, will ye then turn back on your heels? If any did turn back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to God;…

The Qur’an strongly insists on the issue of Monotheism, that is worshiping one god and refraining from exaggerating and exceeding the bounds of elevating religious figures. That is why the Qur’an has stated the best quality of Mohammad (PBUH) as servitude in the service of God.

The Qur’an repeatedly stresses to the prophet that you are not the representative, the guardian (of faith,) the imposer (of religion,) and the dictator, that your only role is to profess the divine word and be the bearer of glad tidings for those worthy of receiving such news and the manifester of danger to those who have strayed from the path of the righteousness.

Many times in the Qur’an it is stated that guidance is exclusively in the hands of God and the Prophet, no matter how willing he may be in guiding the servitude, he will not be able to do it.

The Christians celebrate the birth of Christ which is a personal issue and the Muslims celebrate Eid Fetr which is at the end of the month of fasting, and Eid Ghorban which is at the end of the rituals of Hajj.

The origin of the Christian calendar is the birth of Christ and the origin of the Islamic calendar is the historic departure (Hijrah) of the believers from Mecca for Medina, which is an issue that has to do with the Islamic community and not the person of the Prophet. As a matter of fact, Christ as introduced in the Qur’an, is a model of pure servitude and total submission to God and void of the ornaments that have been associated with him by his followers in the later centuries.

Many times this verse from Jesus has been repeated in the Qur’an:

“Worship God, my Lord and your Lord.” (5:72)

The disciples who were the first true followers of Jesus understood and observed the limits of monotheism and polytheism correctly. According to the Qur’an, when Jesus asks for their help and says, “Who will help me in the way of God,” the disciples, instead of saying we will help you, say, “We are the helps of God [!],” and they add, “We have faith in God, be witness to the fact that we are Muslims.”

The point is to consider God to be ever-lasting and the resolver of human problems, the one who hears and sees, the one who is present and is a witness and the care taker, and this is not exclusive to the Muslims. The first followers of Jesus and today’s monotheists and pure Christians have and always have had the same opinion. Now if someone instead of practicing monotheism and purity seeks help from one of God’s creatures and considers him to be present in times of happiness and sorrow, then that is a matter between that person and his/her god. Neither having an empty tomb is a sign of virtue and superiority for a particular sect, nor having a full tomb is a sign of worshiping the dead.

He, who never dies, death and life are in his hands, and night and day, the moon and the sun and the stars are created by him, is worthy of being praised and worshipped and this is the essence of the word of all prophets, especially that of Jesus, the son of Mary (peace be upon them all.)

At the end of the article the writer concludes with the following from his writing:

“Mohammad and Christ are different. Islam and Christianity are different; they are not two different roads that lead to the same place. …Orthodox Islam and historical Christianity cannot both be true. To say that they are the same is like going out to the interstate and saying I-10 West and I-10 East both go to Houston. They don’t, they can’t. It is impossible for both Christianity and Islam to be correct. They go two different directions.”

Yes, polytheism and monotheism, worshiping prophets and worshiping God, the way of the prophets and the way of the administrators of religion are two different ways, but according to the teachings of the Qur’an, prophets are different teachers of the same school and their message is the same. The followers of the prophets, like the students of the same school, follow the same curriculum and are part of the same family.

God recommends to the Prophet of Islam to invite the people of the book (Jews and Christians) to unite around the three axis which are acceptable to both people:

  1. Not to worship anyone but Allah,

  2. Not to associate anyone as equal to him,

  3. Not to accept anyone as master but God.

As you can see what Islam requires of the people of the book is nothing other than respecting the way of their own laws. In the Qur’an, Muslims have been ordered twice not to discriminate among the prophets and not to slip into the race and tribal discrimination that has plagued the Israeli people, but to insist on submission to God of the worlds in spite of their reluctance towards their discrimination, disunion and disputes.

The Qur’an orders the Muslims to instead of aggravating the differences between the Muslims, the Jews and the Christians, to emphasize the shared values and unity of all the prophets according to the following:

Say: “We believe in God, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus, and the Prophets, from their Lord: we make no distinction between one and another among them, and to God do we bow our will (in Islam).” (3:84)

Also:

And dispute ye not with the People of the Book, except with means better (than mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong (and injury): but say, “We believe in the Revelation which has come to us and in that which came down to you; our God and your God is One; and it is to Him we bow (in Islam).” (29:26)

The Qur’an teaches the Muslims that the ways of all Canon Laws are branches of the same monotheistic religion, that is the religion of submission to God, and that the will of God is not in making all sects the same but in creating variety in order to compete for perfection:

To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what God hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the truth that hath come to thee. To each among you have We prescribed a Law and Open way. If God had so willed, He would have made you a single People, but (His plan is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to God; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute; (5:48)

The praise that the Qur’an places on the good members of the people of the book is more than what it places on Muslims. Compare this generosity, magnanimity and fairness with the narrow mindedness and patriarchal and tribal prejudice of a group who have limited this worldwide compassion to their own people and religion.

There are many points attesting the above and we shall sample some of them:

… We sent after them Jesus the son of Mary, and bestowed on him the Gospel; and We ordained in the hearts of those who followed him Compassion and Mercy… (57:27)

Strongest among men in enmity to the Believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those who say, “We are Christians”: because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant. (5:82)

If only they had stood fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that was sent to them from their Lord, they would have enjoined happiness from every side. There is from among them a party on the right course: but many of them follow a course that is evil. (5:66)

O Apostle! Proclaim the (message) which hath been sent to thee from thy Lord. If thou didst not, thou wouldst not have fulfilled and proclaimed His Mission. And God will defend thee from men (who mean mischief). For God guideth not those who reject faith. (5:67)

Say: “O people of the book! Ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye stand fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that has come to you from your Lord.” It is the revelation that cometh to thee from the Lord, that increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. But sorrow thou not over (these) people without Faith. (5:68

Those who believe (in the Qur’an), those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Sabians and the Christians, — any who believe in God and the Last Day, and work righteousness, –on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve. (5:69)

And all of them are alike: of the People of the Book are a portion that stand (for the right); they rehearse the Signs of God all night long, and they prostrate themselves in adoration. (3:113)

Of the good that they do, nothing will be rejected of them; for God knoweth well those that do right. (3:115)

If according to the writer, orthodox Islam and historic Christianity are on two totally separate paths, instead Jesus and Mohammad (peace be upon them), (Torah and Bible) and the Qur’an, honest Muslims and the honest people of the Book are totally on the same path and going toward the same target, the God of the two worlds, even though this may not be to the liking of some people.


1 Even though the writer is a Christian himself and the Christians were being tortured and slaughtered for centuries by rulers under the influence of the Jews, and the most opposition against Jesus was from the Jewish writers and the Pharisees, he always supports their claims against the Muslims and gives them the right to do so.

2 The statement is written in such a way as to give the impression that the members of this tribe were killed for not accepting Islam! There is neither mention of war nor of protracted treachery and cooperation to plot with those attacking Medina (in the Ahzar war) which pushed the Muslims to the brink of total slaughter and irradication during the several months of the siege of the city!, nor of their back-stabbing in spite of the existence of a peace treaty, nor of their condemnation in a court whose judge, a Muslim born as a Jew who was respected by both sides and who had been elected by them.
In our times, when the United Nations, the Security Council, the Red Cross and the guardians of Human Rights have been established, of course, there are easier legal tools at our disposal. But the analogy of our time with a historical phenomenon related to the tribal relations at a time when today’s legal systems were non-existent and the problems were solved in easier ways, is unscientific and anachronistic. Aside from that, didn’t the Jews trace and punish the war criminals and the main factors responsible for the ovens designed for burning humans? In today’s world which national crime would be met with connivance? How then is this expected of a society living in Saudi Arabia fourteen centuries ago? Not to mention that the Statistics and numbers presented, with respect to the light population at the time, are in doubt.

3 For a reference on this, refer to the book, “Treachery in Reporting History,” by Mustafa Hosini Tabatabai

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A. Bazargan

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Also Suggested:

Muhammad and America, part 1/3
Muhammad and America, part 2/3

12 Responses to “Muhammad and America, part 3/3”

  1. Glenn said

    Parsin:

    First, I want to applaud you for taking what seems like a great deal of time to put this post together.

    Second, It is important to remember 300 years passed before the Bible was written. I honestly don’t believe Jesus was resurrected and more than I believe in virgin births.

    I believe all the great sages — Jesus, Moses, Mohammad, Buddha, and Confucius — were on the same spiritual plane and delivered identical messages to different populations at different periods in time.

    You mentioned to me how difficult it is to translate Arabic into English; well, the same holds true for other language translations. There are even level-headed Christians here who believe the Bible’s stories were all metaphors. It is a known fact Jesus spoke in parables.

    When Jesus was alive as a Jew, he had no intentions of starting another religion. He didn’t build any churches and didn’t appoint any priests. In fact, if memory serves, he wasn’t to thrilled with the priests that already existed.

    It’s just that man has a way of turning gold into shit, one generation at a time. I’m sure it wasn’t Mohammad’s wish that some Muslims would twist his words and become terrorists either. And I know it wasn’t Moses’ plan for the Jews to isolate amoung themselves or get so focussed on making money.

    Only man can mess up a proverbial wet dream!

  2. Parsin said

    Glenn,

    Thanks, I couldn’t agree more than this for what you said. And what you say is just what we find in Quran:

    “I believe all the great sages — Jesus, Moses, Mohammad, Buddha, and Confucius — were on the same spiritual plane and delivered identical messages to different populations at different periods in time.”

    Quran says Moses, Jesus, . . . were all Muslims. And actually the religion of Islam was not there at the time of those great prophets so what it means is that they had the identical message. Also Buddha is one of the great spiritual leaders of the world and I was reading somewhere that the religion of Buddha is probably the oldest existing religion in the world. Actually Maurice Maeterlinck discusses about this issue in his book too.

    They truly had the same message and only man manipulated the message in his own interest.

  3. Marissa said

    There has been such hatred between Judaism and Christianity and Islam throughout history. When Christianity was new, the Jews persecuted the new Christians. However, most of the religious persecution in this world has come from the Christians. The Spanish Inquisition against the Jews, The countless crusades that were to “convert” Muslims to Christianity, but really turned into the worst mass genocide in world history. About three times as many Muslims were killed in the crusades than all the Jews that died in the holocaust. And yes, there are Muslim extremists why hate America and commit acts of terrorism, but they are few and far between.

    I just hate how Christians feel that they have a “duty” to evangelize to every non-Christian. And they are actually the most hateful group of all (I’m not saying all of them, but as a general population). There are some scary Christian movements going on in America right now that are training “warriors for Christ” to convert pagans at all costs. It’s really frightening. I just wish Christians would accept that not everyone wants to worship a man as God and leave all us non-Christians alone.

    Okay, I’m done ranting, it’s just been bothering me lately because my ex-stepmom (who I am still quite close with) keeps trying to get me to go to church with her and accept Jesus and I just don’t want to and she won’t lay off me about it.
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    Marissa,

    You have good information about history. I really didn’t know about these statistics.
    True Christianity is different than what is practiced by different groups of Christians today. However, we should respect them as a faith as we do on other faiths.

    In Quran there is a verse saying that there is no obligation on accepting religion (Islam), the truth will show itself and wise ones will distinguish it from non-truth. (not exact translation though!).
    When a religion is accepted by force, there is no benefit of that faith to the person who accepts it. And this is in contradiction of the goal of Islam (or religions). Those from any religion, who use force and obligations in converting others are really far from the message.

    All humans including all prophets (Jesus, Moses, Mohammad, . . .) are created by the God.

    Your ex-stepmom thinks she is doing something good! I guess you should explain her about your views and let her know that you are not a child anymore!

  4. Glenn said

    Parsin,

    If I personally don’t completely understand a concept, I go out and do as much research as possible so I can. This avoids rash judgments — which I unfortunately believe are made continually.

    In my country: every new ethnic group that ever came here were subject to real asinine generalizations:

    “All Jews are cheap.”
    “All Irish are drunks.”
    “All Italians are mobsters.”
    “All Russians are criminals.”
    “All Koreans are selfish and cold-hearted.”
    “All Greeks are elitists and think they’re above everyone else.

    And the latest, as of Sept. 11, 2001:
    “All Muslims are terrorists.”

    Can you see the insanity in this, especially the word “All?
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    Glenn,
    Most of educated people are open minded. However most of ordinary people follow things blindly.

    And People are similar everywhere. We have similar problems in Iran, although limited!

    I believe there are social acceptance and political intentions to spread out these types of ill-believes.

  5. Glenn said

    Parsin:

    Not to sound condescending, but why do you think the vast majority of human beings are idiots?

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    Glenn,
    I don’t think “majority are idiots”! “Following blindly” doesn’t mean they are “idiots”. It is how they trust things without as you call “doing research”. Most people follow others and this is true in everyplace of the world.

    In Quran, God asks people not to blindly follow others “including their own parents” keeping their respects. God encourages people to think and decide themselves. But after all, I believe Muslims don’t follow these enlightening messages.

    In Shia, we are not allowed to accept “the Main Principles” of religion just because someone else, including our own prophet, believed that. We must reach that point ourselves. This is the theory and one of the most excellent one taught for last 14 centuries, but still most people don’t go by this! They are Muslims because they were born Muslim!

  6. Glenn said

    Yes, you do have a good point. Most people are followers, and I believe they want to be. A follower allows someone else to make their decisions for them and take all the criticism.

    They are generally very shallow and don’t have many, if any, original thoughts. You can sell them a broken-down bridge in Korea and convince them it was the greatest investment they ever made.

    This is why my country has landed up with two agonizing terms of George W. Bush.

    I can’t feel sorry for these people. They are ignorant and choose to be.

    I hope when I die, I go to a place where there are only people with intelligence and depth. I believe I have earned my place in a better and smarter world.

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    Glenn,

    in some of your comments you are using your old “freespirit1980” URL witch doesn’t exist!

  7. Glenn said

    It’s not me. It’s WordPress. I am working on the problem.

  8. glenn said

    Okay buddy,

    I believe I have solved the problem.

    ———–

    Yes, it seems it’s working now. It shows your new URL!

  9. NightHawk said

    To hopefully correct a bit of misinformation above. Christian creeds were written almost immediately on Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into heaven. So, the notion that the scriptures about His sayings and life taking 300 years is absolutely false. Gospel of Mark was written within 20 years of the resurrection. And that gospel is based on an eyewitness and follower and disciple of Jesus, Peter. No, the accounts of His sayings and life are accurate. More manuscripts of the Greek than any other set of books in the world. The evidence knocked me down when I first realized how much there really is of the historic Jesus and the reliability of the writers about His life and saysings. We are confident that we know Him and we are confident that we have His actual words in the Greek. If you doubt that you can go here to see the greek lined up with the Latin and the English: http://www.greeknewtestament.com/B43C001.htm

    All, have a wonderful day.

  10. Sam said

    i am a Proud Muslim, and what i am about to tell you is the fact about a creed of Muslims who dont follow Islam – The Religion of Peace but they follow the Person called Abd Ibn Wahab, and they are called Wahabis, these people only believe in agression and Hate towards other Muslims who believe in Saints, and towards people of other religion.
    A study by Freedom House found that Wahhabi publications in a number of mosques in the United States preaching that Muslims should not only “always oppose” infidels “in every way”, but “hate them for their religion … for Allah’s sake”, that democracy “is responsible for all the horrible wars of the 20th century”, and that Shia and other non-Wahhabi Muslims were infidels.

    This message is to all the People around the world, Who think that most of the Muslims are Terrorist, but in fact ALL THE PEOPLE WHO CALL THEM SELF FOLLOWERES OF ISLAM, BUT INSTEAD FOLLOW WAHABISM ARE THE REAL TERRORIST !

  11. Anonymous said

    Im a shia girl, and live in a region (isfahan)whrer there are (the majority of)christians and jews liviving with us. we have peaceful co-existance. The Quran tell us:” when you revive just one person it equals to reviving all the people, and when you kill one person it equals to killing all the people”.AND: “Do not commit suicide because its a major sin/fault” .do these messages agree with terrorism? not, at all

  12. Anonymous said

    Eli/Isfahan
    The Quran also tells us:” everybody whether man or woman who does good performance, we will provided him or her with a clean live.” the group of extremist people in the middle east who act violently against the other people in fact ignor the recommendation of the Quran( when you revive just one person……).Imam Ali recommended his ambassador in egypt (Malik ben Ashtar)to being kind with the egyptians because they are 2 groups:1st those who are same as you in creation( you are all human) 2nd they are same as you in believing in Allah. Is it contrary to democracy? not ,at all

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