Joe Butta and Steven Daskal
Christian Messianic Analysis and Apologetics
Recently a friend of mine received an endorsement for Islam from a Muslim woman on the street. The lady was very nice and wanted to present her belief as absolutely compatible with western society. My friend passed the information on to me and asked me if the information contained therein was true. Although I will not include the entire text I will include the most salient points and then present the facts.
“A man who grew up without his parents but refused to be called an orphan.”
Qur’an 89:17-26: “Nay, but you honor not the orphan [Muhammad], nor do you urge one another to feed the poor, and you devour heritage…
Qur’an 93:3-8: “Thy Lord [Ar-Rahman] has not forsaken thee, nor is He displeased. And surely the latter state is better for thee than the former. And soon will thy Lord give thee [much] so that thou wil[l] be well pleased. Did not He find thee [as] an orphan and give thee shelter?
Qur’an 107:1-7: “Hast thou seen him who belies [slanders] religion? That [he] is the one who is rough to [repels] the orphan [Muhammad], and urges not the feeding of the needy.
Ishaq:71: “When Halima [a Bedouin woman] reached Mecca, she set out to look for foster children […] And when we [Halima and those with her] decided to depart, I said, ‘I do not like the idea of returning with my friends without a suckling. I will take that orphan [Muhammad].’ I took him for the sole reason that I could not find anyone else.”
ANALYSIS: In fact Muhammad never knew his father and his mother died when he was six. In Arab society, an orphan is worse off than a slave. So of course no one would want to be called an orphan. His god Allah described him as an orphan as did Halima. He remained an orphan until his grandfather adopted him. Muhammad referred to himself as a slave of Allah. A slave is not considered an orphan – a slave has an owner who is responsible for him.
“He married a woman whom he loved…and was loyal to until his last breath”
Muslim B4N2127; Bukhari V7B77N5825 – Aisha said, “He (Muhammad) struck me on the chest which caused me pain and then said; Did you think that Allah and his Apostle would deal unjustly with you? Aisha then said, “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women.”
Tabari IX:118 He ordered the assassinations of thirty-six men and women Muhammad had fifty-nine slaves and thirty-eight male and female servants.
Tabari IX:126 The Prophet of Allah married fifteen women .
According to Shi’a Islam, Muhammad married twenty-two times including two captured women.
ANALYSIS: The description above must relate to his first wife Khadijah. In reality he was loyal to her until HER last breath. After she died he married numerous times, including a nine year old and had numerous concubines and slave girls.
“Because of his profound message he faced severe trials from others”
Bukhari V9B88N174 – I heard the Prophet say ‘Islam Cannot Change’.
Surah 4:56 – Those who disbelieve in our messages, we shall make them enter fire. As often as their skins are burned, we shall change them for other skins that they may taste the chastisement. Surely Allah is ever mighty, wise.
Surah 2:61 – “…Abasement and humiliation were stamped upon them (Jews) and they incurred Allah’s wrath. That was because they disbelieved in the messages of Allah and would kill the prophets unjustly. That was so they disobeyed and exceeded limits.”
ANALYSIS: a large part of Muhammad’s message was to belittle the gods of his forefathers; belittle the Jews from whom he borrowed so much and establish a rigid ideology that dealt harshly with dissent. These are reasons why he was opposed by others.
“He always showed mercy”
Bukhari V4B52N260, V4B56N3017, V9B88N6922 – Muhammad said, “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.
Bukhari V4B61N3635 – Muhammad ordered the couple to be stoned to death (Rajm). Another Muslim remembered, “I saw the man leaning over the woman to shelter her from the stones.”
Bukhari V5B59N369 – “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Who is willing to kill Ka’b bin Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His Apostle?’ Thereupon Muhammad bin Maslama got up saying, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! Would you like me to kill him?’ The Prophet said, ‘Yes,’ Maslama said, ‘Then allow me to say false things in order to deceive him.’ The Prophet said, ‘You may say such things.”
Tabari VII 133; Ishaq # 387 – “Muhammad said to Hamza, if Allah gives me victory over the Quraysh I shall mutilate 30 of their men. When the other Muslims saw the prophet’s anger, they said we shall mutilate them in a way which no Arab has ever mutilated anybody
ANALYSIS: Merciful is not a word that accurately described Muhammad. He had no compassion for anyone whom he saw as a threat, or who had ever questioned or disagreed with him. He would order them to be killed – but usually didn’t do the deed himself.
“He was intelligent, wise and hardworking”
Tabari VII: 55 – “Allah’s Messenger went out to his men and incited them to fight. He promised, ‘Every man may keep all the booty he takes.’ Then Muhammad said, ‘By Allah, if any man fights today and is killed fighting aggressively, going forward and not retreating, Allah will cause him to enter Paradise.’ Umayr said, ‘Fine, fine. This is excellent! Nothing stands between me and my entering Paradise except to be killed by these people!’ He seized his sword, and fought until he was slain.”
Ishaq # 519 – “Hajjaj said to the Apostle, ‘I have money scattered among the Meccan merchants, so give me permission to go and get it.’ Having got Muhammad’s permission, he said, ‘I must tell lies.’ The Apostle said, ‘Tell them.’”
Surah 7:3 – “Little do you remember My warning. How many towns have We destroyed as a raid by night? Our punishment took them suddenly while they slept for their afternoon rest. Our TERROR came to them; Our punishment overtook them.”
Muslim B19N4321 –The Prophet of Allah, when asked about the women and children of the polytheists being killed during the night raid, said: They are from them.
Tabari VII 19; Ishaq 287-288 – Muslims raid caravans and kill other Arabs during Ramadan when fighting and killing were forbidden.
Bukhari V5B59N702 – “Allah’s Prophet went out on a search of the Quraysh caravan so that he could rob it, but Allah arranged for the Muslims and their enemies to meet by surprise. The Badr battle is most popular among the people. I was never stronger or wealthier than I was when I followed The Prophet on a raid.
ANALYSIS: He did convince his followers that their martyrdom would result in their salvation. One could argue that is intelligent. Wise perhaps in devising a system where his followers would sustain themselves with the wealth of others. Hardworking? If one means planning and participating in raids to acquire the wealth of others and to seize slaves then he worked hard at this. According to Bukhari V5B59N369, Tabari VII 94 & Ishaq # 519 Muhammad encouraged lying to assassinate political opponents and for personal gain, not just to protect Muslim lives or property.
“He built a long lasting nation out of virtually nothing”
Ishaq # 510-515; Tab VIII 116-123 – Muhammad laid siege to Khaybar. After breaking through the Muslims killed 93 Jews. Some were permitted exile some women were given to the Muslims and the children were sold into slavery.
Muslim B8N3329 – After the Muslim conquest of Khaybar, the Jewish treasurer Kinana al-Rabi refused to tell Muhammad the location of the town’s treasure. Muhammad told Zubayr Al-Awwam “Torture him till you extract what he has” Near death by having fire set on his chest Kinana still wouldn’t talk so he was decapitated by Maslama. Muhammad then married Kinana’s wife Safiyah. He consummated their “marriage” that evening.
Ishaq# 461 – “Muhammad besieged them for twenty-five nights. When the siege became too severe for them, Allah TERRORIZED them. Then they were told to submit.”
Ishaq# 461 – “Muhammad besieged them for twenty-five nights. When the siege became too severe for them, Allah TERRORIZED them. Then they were told to submit.”
ANALYSIS: The Arab empire established by Muhammad was an absolute monarchial theocracy that he ruled through a quasi-feudal network of personal fealty to himself. It never had a clear line of succession. The Arab peoples were never a nation with a clear and unique national identity, political system, unified leadership, laws, etc. It is true Muhammad had nothing until he started raiding others. It was this transfer of wealth that allowed him to create his own state. Ultimately he took from those who opposed him and then Islamized their population.
Within a century, the Islamic empire soon included more non-Arabs than Arabs. Factionalism, tribal strife, clan rivalries, assassinations, coups and counter-coups plagued the “Arab nation” and the Islamic Empire. The “Arab nation” never existed – the Arabs are a people whom to this day remain bitterly divided along tribal, regional, sectarian, and political lines. The high points of the Islamic Kaliphate came when it was ruled by Persian and later Turkish caliphs and sultans.
“His nation built on the fundamental principle of social justice’’
Ishaq # 288-289 – Muhammad takes 1/5 of all captured booty and disperses the other 4/5’s to the Muslim victors after opposition submits to Islamic law when territory is secured and all bow to the name of Allah.
Ishaq # 383 – “One of the young men’s fathers confronted Muhammad and said, You have robbed my son of his life by your deception and brought great sorrow to me.”
Ishaq# 442 – “By Muhammad’s order we beguiled them.”
Tabari VII 94- “Maslama said, Prophet we shall have to tell lies. Muhammad stated “You are absolved free to say whatever you must.”
Tabari IX 42 – “There is no escape for us. You have seen what Muhammad has done. Arabs have submitted to him and we do not have the strength to fight. No herd is safe from him. No one goes outside from fear of being TERRORIZED.”
ANALYSIS: He convinced those who received the wealth of others that this was Islam’s justice. For those who were exploited, deceived, beguiled, lied to and terrorized there is little doubt they did not experience social justice.
“Be kindly to one another, we are all children of Abraham”
Revealed 632 Surah 5:17 “They indeed disbelieve who say surely He is the Messiah Son of Mary
Revealed 631 Surah 9:29 – “Fight against (the Christians and Jews) those given the scripture, who believe not in Allah or the last day and forbid what Allah has not forbidden through his Prophet, who do not follow (Islam) until they pay the penalty and are subdued.”
Revealed 623 Surah 98:6 – “The People of the Book (Jews, Christians) and all idolaters who disbelieve our revelation will abide in hell fire. They are the worst of created beings.”
Ishaq #315 – “Any people that disobey Muhammad will pay for it. If you do not surrender to Islam you will live to regret it. You will be shamed in Hell forced to wear molten pitch forever
Ishaq# 369 – “The next morning, the Jews were in a state of fear on account of our attack upon the enemy of Allah. After the assassination, the Prophet declared, ‘Kill every Jew.’ Thereupon Mas’ud leapt upon Sunayna, one of the Jewish merchants with whom his family had social and commercial relations and killed him. The Muslim’s brother complained, saying, ‘Why did you kill him? You have much fat in your belly from his charity.’ Mas’ud answered, ‘By Allah, had Muhammad ordered me to murder you, my brother, I would have cut off your head.’ Wherein the brother said, ‘Any religion that can bring you to this is indeed wonderful!’ He accepted Islam.”
Ishaq# 461 – Before ordering the death of every Jewish male of the Banu Qurayza, Muhammad referred to them as “you brothers of monkeys”.
Bukhari V4B52N176-77; Bukhari V4B56N2925; Muslim B41N6985 – The Prophet said, “Muslims will fight Jews and some will hide behind stones. The stones will betray them saying slave of Allah the Jew is hiding behind me come and kill him.”
Bukhari V5B59N727 – Muhammad said, “Allah’s curse on Jews & Christians.”
ANALYSIS: This sounds nice but obviously Muhammad could only be considering Ishmaelites or converts who agreed that he was “the last and greatest of the prophets.” Given the words above that apply to those who reject Muhammad, physical descendents of Abraham [Jews] and children of Abraham through faith [Christians] i.e., dhimmified people kindness did not extend to them.
“This man was a mercy upon all mankind”
Muslim B19N4395 – “The Prophet said: You see the ruffians and lowly followers of the Quraysh? He indicated by striking one hand over the other that they should be killed. So we went off on his orders and if anyone wanted a person killed he was killed. Abu Sufyan said: Prophet, the blood of the Quraysh has become very cheap. Muhammad said: Kill all who stand in your way.
Tabari VI: 138 – “Those present at the oath of Aqabah swore allegiance to Muhammad. It was a pledge of war against mankind. Allah permitted fighting.”
Tabari VIII 6-40; Ishaq 47-48, 450-480, Muslim B19N4370– Battle of the Ditch, The Meccans came to Medina to defeat the Muslims but were unable to breach a trench built by the Muslims so they withdrew. Allah, through the Angel Gabriel, then commanded Muhammad to march against the Qurayza Jews. After a 25 day siege Muhammad commanded the Jews to submit to Sa’d Mu’adhs judgment. They agreed in order to end the siege. After death was decreed, Muhammad ordered all males over puberty beheaded. According to Sahih Muslim 800, but according to Abu-Dawud 900 Jewish male captives were decapitated in the presence of Muhammad and the Jewish victim’s mothers, sisters, wives, aunts, and children. The Prophet then took Rayhana, who just witnessed the death of her Father & Brothers, for Himself. She became his concubine.
Ishaq# 304/Tabari VII: 62 – “I cut off Abu Jahl’s head and brought it to the Messenger. ‘O Allah’s Prophet, this is the head of the enemy of Allah.’ Muhammad said, ‘Praise be to Allah.”
Tabari VIII 178 – Muhammad ordered that certain men be assassinated among them Abdullah bin Sa’d. He was to be slain because he became a Muslim and used to write the Qur’anic revelation. He then apostatized.”
ANALYSIS: Mercy does not describe the words found in the Sunnah of Muhammad concerning those who were to be killed, attacked, slaughtered, executed and assassinated. Muhammad was no more merciful than any other tribal empire builder of his time – comparable to the Mongols, Tatars, Turks, etc. Siege warfare in antiquity was a costly, brutal total war. If a walled city immediately submitted when surrounded, it was expected to be allowed to surrender, but it would still be subject to some degree of controlled looting by the victors [that was how armies were paid], and the men of fighting age would be killed or enslaved, and the most desirable of the women and children enslaved. If the walled city did NOT immediately submit, and the besieger had to survive weeks, months, or years encamped around it, it became an endurance test. If the besieger ultimately took the city, it would usually be completely looted, all the men killed, and all the women and children killed or enslaved. The city would be either colonized by the conqueror or demolished.
“Peace be upon his family and faithful companions”
Bukhari V1N387 – They defeated them and took them captive (battle of Hunayn) Some of the companions (of Muhammad) were reluctant to have relations with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. Therefore Allah sent down the Qur’anic verse “married women are forbidden except those who are captives.”
Bukhari V1B3N111 – I asked Ali, What is written in this sheet of paper? Ali replied, It deals with blood money paid by the killer…and the law that no Muslim should be killed for killing a disbeliever.
Ishaq # 496 – “Ask the slave girl; she will tell you the truth.’ So the Apostle called Burayra to ask her. Ali got up and gave her a violent beating first, saying, ‘Tell the Apostle the truth.”
Malik 362:1221 – “Ibn Fahd asked Al-Hajjaj I have some slave girls who are better than my wives, but I do not desire that they all become pregnant. Shall I practice withdrawal? Al-Hajjaj said, “They are your fields of cultivation.” If you wish to irrigate them do so, if not keep them dry.”
Tabari VIII 62 – “Ali [Muhammad’s adopted son, son-in-law, and future Caliph] said, ‘Prophet, women are plentiful. You can get a replacement, easily changing one for another.”
ANALYSIS: Ever wonder why Muslims are told to bestow peace to these companions who engaged in sexual slavery, duplicity in the application of Islamic law to non-Muslims, acceptability to beat women, rape and disregard for the preferences of captured women? Muslims are required to bless Muhammad et al because they are the leaders given to them by Allah, the same way Christians are required by the New Testament to bless and pray for the government – even if that government is repressive, brutal, and dishonest.
“Qur’an 31:13-15 “ When Luqman said to his son, as he advised him, “O my son, do not associate anything with God, for idolatry is a terrible wrong. We have entrusted the human being with the care of his parents…But if they strive to have you associate with Me something of which you have no knowledge, do not obey them…”
Bukhari V2B23N441: “Every child is born [into the] true faith of Islam (i.e., to worship none but Allah alone) but [it is] his parents who convert him to Judaism or Christianity […]”
Qur’an 17:22-26, 31-39: “Associate not any other god with Allah, lest thou sit down despised, forsaken. And they Lord has decreed that you serve none but Him, and do good to parents.
ANALYSIS: This surah and supporting verses condemn non-Muslim parents. Their children are encouraged to disobey them for denying Islam.
CONCLUSION: In this instance the young Muslim woman’s claims were false, but we cannot be sure of her intent. She may have been:
— Well intentioned and honestly stating her beliefs, but misinformed by Muslim authorities who have often repeated these phrases;
— Uninformed concerning what the Sunnah of Islam really describes concerning Muhammad’s behavior;
— Knowingly dissimulating [Taqqiyah] in order to deceive for the purpose of advancing Islam;
— Stating what she believes to be facts but knowingly not disclosing the entire truth for the purpose of misleading the uniformed [Kitman];
— Engaging in seemingly honest and innocent discussion with a non-believer to create the illusion of an intimate friendship then asking Allah for forgiveness for behaving in an un-Islamic manner [Murunah].
Jesus had a close personal and intimate relationship with His Heavenly Father. He asserted that He was doing all that the Father showed Him. He declared to those He encountered that those who beheld Him also saw the Father. In doing His Father’s will He loved, healed and forgave those He came to save—even at His last breath. He endured a severe beating, rejection by His own people, and a torturous death on a Roman cross for our sake — for our salvation. Through His resurrection from the dead, He guaranteed eternal life for those who acknowledge Him as their Lord and Savior. Unlike other religious figures, He never faltered from the compassion and mercy He displayed to all those who were in need of a Shepherd. His inner circle — His Apostles — healed and spread the Good News [Gospel]. With one exception by Peter, for which Jesus rebuked him, never during Jesus’ life, death, and in the years immediately following His resurrection and ascension to Heaven did the apostles and disciples whom He personally chose or called ever commit any violence to anyone while spreading the Gospel. Jesus taught from the Torah [the Law, the Five Books of Moses] and the Psalms and the wisdom books of the Prophets, telling all to honor their parents and governing authorities, and to not murder, steal, commit adultery, or even covet that which belonged to others.
When Muslim adherents seek to adulate Muhammad they do so believing he is the ultimate human being. Our prayer for every Muslim is that they would come to know there is another who lived, who is more than a man, more than a prophet, who conquered through love not by the sword, who loves them and sacrificed His earthly life for them, who desires a relationship with them in love and Lordship over their lives that they might prosper spiritually. His Name is above all names — Jesus the Christ [Messiah], the Son of God. In His Name be all the glory. Amen!