This article is a refutation to an article that compares Prophet Muhammad and Jesus Christ in a mischievous manner. The article can be read here
From an Islamic perspective, The chain of prophethood is not competitive because the prophets are different men on the same mission of propagating one message which is Monotheism. The writer of the article cherry-picked verses from the Bible to portray Jesus of the Bible as a pacifist and labelled prophet Muhammad as one who is belligerent.
The first comparison goes thus,
Muhammad said ‘.. Allah hates those who don’t accept
Islam..’ (Qur’an 30:4, 3:32, 22:38
?Jesus said God loves everyone. (John 3:16)
In several verses of the Qur’an, Allah talks about the disbelievers and the transgressors and their recompense. Indeed, Allah does not love the transgressors. The writer used John 3:16 as a reference, Let us read,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
The verse says whosoever believes in Jesus will not perish but have everlasting life. The question is, “How about those who do not believe in Jesus, are they going to perish?. If yes, how then does God in the bible love those who do not believe in Jesus using the writer’s argument as a yardstick to measure LOVE?
So, Let us say,
“For ALLAH so loved the world that he sent his final messenger that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
He wrote again,
Muhammad said “I have been commanded to fight against
people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that
Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” (Muslim 1:33)
?Jesus said “He who lives by the sword will die by the
sword” (Matthew 26:52)
We read in Qur’an chapter 2 verse 256,
“Verily, the right path has become distinct from the wrong path. لاَ إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ (There is no compulsion in religion)”
Fight as used in the hadith does not literally mean kill and fight disbelievers anywhere and anytime you find them. The time and background when the statement was ordered must be considered. In an environment when you are being persecuted over and over gain, if kissing the persecutors is an option, we have the old testament of the bible to question as to why Moses and Israelites fought their enemies.
Let us read from the ‘peaceful’ bible,
“Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed.” Exodus 2:20
We read again,
Deuteronomy 13:12-19 – If you hear it said about one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you to live in that wicked men have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods you have not known), then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly. And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you, you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town. Destroy it completely, both its people and its livestock. Gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God. It is to remain a ruin forever, never to be rebuilt. None of those condemned things shall be found in your hands, so that the LORD will turn from his fierce anger; he will show you mercy, have compassion on you, and increase your numbers, as he promised on oath to your forefathers, because you obey the LORD your God, keeping all his commands that I am giving you today and doing what is right in his eyes.
The writer also wrote that Jesus said “anyone who lives by the sword will die by the sword”. Let us see when Jesus made this statement. We read in Matthew 26:52,
“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”
Jesus said this words to a disciple who cut the ear of one of the soldiers who wanted to arrest Jesus. We should ask, did Jesus not see the disciple with the sword or the disciple had the sword at the request of Jesus?. Let us read the bible.
Jesus said to his disciples in Luke 22:36 when the time to arrest him was near,
“He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”
Here, we have Jesus asking his disciples to get swords for themselves, the same person who said anyone who kills by the sword shall die by it. We read in verse 38 of the same chapter,
“The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.” “That’s enough!” he replied”
This makes the matter worse. Jesus asked the m to sell their clothes to buy a sword if they have none and they had swords at Jesus’ request. What are swords for? To cut apples?
Jesus of the bible must have made this statement because when he saw the roman soldiers, He realized two swords are not enough for the battle.
The writer went on to make many ignorant claims. Reading the bible, we read verses like,
“Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.” 1 Samuel 13:1
If Jesus is God as many Christians claim, then he revealed this verse and if he is a son of God living with God from time immemorial, why didn’t he stop the father, teaching him that love your enemies.
WE CHALLENGE WHOEVER WROTE THIS ARTICLE TO A PUBLIC DEBATE ON THE POINTS HE RAISED. IF HE DOES NOT SHOW UP, HE IS A COWARD AND SHAME ON ANYONE WHO SHARED HIS ARTICLE TO CHAMPION HIM.
Those who have the book “Truth for the truth seekers should check page 239 and chapter 14 for a total refutation of the article.
Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman ( Lucassamson24@gmail.com)
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