Islam: The Religion of Mankind (2)

Islam: The Religion of Mankind (2)

EVALUATION OF THE DIVINE MESSAGES

  • Where do the Messages Meet
  • Where do the Messages Differ
  • Why so many Messages
  • Amendments in the Divine Messages.
  • The Originality of the Messages and Later Distortions

1. WHERE DO THE MESSAGES MEET

“…. and it is not in (the power of) an apostle to bring a portent save by Allah’s leave; for everything there is a time prescribed. Allah effaces and establishes what He pleases, and with Him is the source of the Book.”[1]

It is quite clear from the above verses of the Qur’an that Allah has the power and authority to efface, abrogate and change the divine laws according to what He thinks is best suited for a particular period and era as also the stage of human development. However these changes are only legislative in nature, and are firmly based on the unwavering fundamental principles, which are quite remarkably the same in all messages preached by all the prophets.

In other words the messages and laws advocated by the prophets and apostles throughout the course of history were based on the same principles, foundations and aims, though they differed in certain secondary points concerning certain legislations and duties, which were time-bound, depending upon the particular period of human history

In order to clearly distinguish between the points where these messages and laws part and meet along the line of this unified religion (Islam) whose principles and foundations never change and are constant, it is necessary to trace back the aims of the divine messages, and to recognize the core of their call and the content of their structure, as related in the glorious Qur’an, and examplified by the lives and teachings of the prophets.

Principles Common in All Messages

1. All the messages have a common belief which is the major basis on which the entire structure of religion, as well as man’s concepts and general thoughts about the universe and life are built. The concept of the Oneness of Allah (monotheism) and the belief in His messengers, angels, scriptures, and the hereafter, is the meeting point around which the messages preached by the prophets gather, there was no prophet who had not called for believing in Allah, in worshipping Him and accepting His Oneness; and who had not announced reward and forewarned punishment.

The glorious Qur’an confirms this fact and relates several examples of the actual words and calls of the prophets addressed to their peoples, some of which are cited below:

“…. and the Messiah said: 0 Children of Israel! Serve Allah, my Lord and your Lord….”[2]

“And to (the tribe of) Aad (We sent) their brother Hud (the prophet). He said: 0 my people! serve Allah, you have no god other than Him…. ”[3]

“Certainly We sent Noah to his people, so he said: 0 my people! Serve Allah, you have no god other than Him.”[4]

“And to (the tribe of) Thamood (We sent) their brother Salih (the prophet).He said: 0 my people! Serve Allah, you have no god other than Him; clear proof indeed has come to you from your Lord….”[5]

“And to Midian (We sent) their brother Shu’aib (the prophet). He said: 0 my people! serve Allah, you have no god other than Him; clear proof indeed has come to you from your Lord; so give full measure and weight, and do not diminish to people their things, and do not make mischief in the land after its reform; this is better for you, if you are believers. ”[6]

“And (We sent) Abraham when he said to his people: Serve Allah, and be careful of (your duty to) Him; this is best for you, if you did but know. ”[7]

“And certainly We raised in every nation an apostle, (proclaiming): Serve Allah and shun false gods. So there were some of them (nations) whom Allah guided, and there were others upon whom error had just hold. ”[8]

“And We did not send before you any apostle but We revealed to him, that there is no god but Me (Allah), therefore serve Me.”[9]

2. All the messages have a single aim and advocate good conduct and behaviour, and call people to be righteous, to purify their souls, organize life on the basis of truth and justice, and to fight against injustice, transgression and corruption. The Prophets themselves embodied the highest ideals and the noblest manners and were worthy models of emulation as Allah the Exalted says:

“And we made them Imams (leaders) who guided (people) by Our command, and We revealed to them the doing of good and the keeping up of prayer and the giving of the alms, and Us (alone) did they serve. ”[10]

While discussing the elements common in all the divine invitations and messages, we should not forget to refer to an ambiguity which has been talked about a lot within the circles of the Orientalists and their followers whose skepticism is the result of their hostile attitude towards Islam. They allege that the Qur’an was authored by Muhammad (r) himself, and that he was influenced by the Torah and the Gospel, and they point out a number of common concepts present in the Qur’an as a proof (according to their ambiguity) that it has borrowed its ideals from these two Scriptures, due to Muhammad’s (r) contacts with Jews and Christians. The advocates of this absurd theory thought that they had discovered a grave defect which according to them questions the very authenticity of the Qur’an and its being a divine revelation.

But surely any one endowed with rational thinking needs no proof to refute this ambiguity about the Qur’an being influenced by the Jewish and Christian thought. It suffices just to remember that all the messages have actually sprung from the same common source (Almighty Allah) the aims of all messages are the same, and therefore the principle elements in the divine proclamations should be common. This amity of principles, concepts and aims is the result of their single origin, i.e. the unbroken chain of Divine Inspiration which strived to guide man to serve Allah alone, and to liberate humanity from diverse superstitious servitudes to demigods and idols. Thus it is clear that these are neither the result of borrowing nor of personal affection, as the skeptics allege, but the proof of the continuation of the Divine Guidance.

Therefore, by recognizing these facts we reach the conclusion that the common similarities between the divine messages are a divine reality that gives unquestionable evidence to the truthfulness of Muhammad’s (r) prophethood, since it proves that the proclamations of Islam advocate the same goals and aims that had been advocated by the preceding prophets.

2. WHERE DO THE MESSAGES DIFFER

In the previous chapters, we explained the basic concepts common in all the divine messages, since they originated from a single source. As to the points of difference among the divine messages proclaimed by the prophets these were necessitated due to the changing times and circumstances and concerned only certain secondary principles such as legislation, ways of worship and methods of organizing life. Each message had its particular legislative form through which the teachings of Islam and its major goals in life were suitably expressed. It similarly had its particular way of organizing the society and style of worship, depending upon the period of revelation, the place, the comprehension of the people and the distortion done by the deviators to the previous message and scripture. The Qur’an explains and asserts this by saying:

“And We have revealed to you the Book (Qur’an) with the truth confirming whatever of the Book(s) was before it and a guardian over it, so judge between them by what Allah has revealed, and follow not their low desires (to turn away) from the truth which has come to you, for everyone of you We have appointed a divine law and a (traced out) way, and if Allah had willed, He would have made you (all) a single nation, but that He might try you in what He gave you, so vie one with another to hasten to virtuous deeds…”[11]

This Qur’anic explanation is enough to make us realize that the differences of the messages merely concern points of legislation, ways of life, and methods of ruling according to a particular time, era or circumstances.

Here, the Qur’an stresses that it is a divine book confirming the previous divine messages, and at the same time guarding’ their goals. The word guardian used by the Qur’an is a clear reference to the havoc wrought on the previous scriptures, especially on the Torah and the Gospel, by Jews and Christians, who deviating from the messages proclaimed by Moses and Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him), changed, altered, added and revised these scriptures so frequently, that practically nothing divine is left in these books, except those points which are common to the Qur’an.

Hence the Qur’an’s emphasis on its laws, regulations and teachings which are to be dominant and observed by all mankind, because these are the ones suitable for humanity in its final march, and these are the most perfect legislative forms ever devised, and are in perfect harmony with human progress and cultural growth.

Therefore, the differences between one message and the other regarding certain secondary principles was the result of the changing circumstances and situations and the stages of human cultural, mental, physical and psychological development, though basically all messages advocated the same common concepts and goals. Thus, the duties, the worshipping precepts, and the laws brought by the previous prophets were in conformity with, and in accordance to, the prevailing situation and conditions.

3. WHY SO MANY MESSAGES

From the illustrative examples presented by the Qur’an of the lives of the prophets, the nature of their messages and their struggles against the disbelievers, it is possible to understand the reasons for the many messages and more exactly the reason for the coming of so many messengers and prophets.

Before persuing this subject further, we should know that not all the prophets brought messages or laws to the people they were sent to. Actually, a greater number of prophets had no particular message and were in fact sent only to preach and promote the message of the Reformer, Prophet’ who preceded them, because people had deviated from the original concept of the message or falsified it.

So, these prophets were not Law (givers’ but mere Reminders’ calling people to return to the true message and laws of the Reformer) Prophet’

The questions may arise: Why so many messages? Why had Allah the Exalted, sent so many messengers, and why wasn’t He contented with just a single prophet to be followed by mankind generation after generation?

To answer these questions we have to study the reasons which caused so many envoys, with as many messages to be sent. We must scrutinize the history of the nations, analyze the lives of the peoples, as well as the contents of these divine messages. By doing so we come to infer the following points:

1. The foremost cause of so many messages and messengers was human nature itself and particularly of those people to whom the messages were addressed. The intellectual, physical and psychological abilities of people are not equal and may differ due to such factors as the period of history, development of civilization and etc. Therefore, religion had to pace along the stages of mankind’s gradual progress and development, in harmony with its mental comprehension. The more mature man gets in his needs and understanding, the more perfect is the religion he is in need of. This is in fact, an aspect of divine wisdom and equity, because Allah the Exalted is Just and Wise, His Will never contradictory, His Aim never conflicting, and His Judgement never partial.

For this reason the laws and the duties had to be in accordance with man’s abilities and capacities, in fullfilment of his interest and good: “Allah does not impose upon any soul a duty but to the extent of its ability ….”[12]

On this basis, coordination has been made strong between the progress of man’s existence and the rules of religious legislation, away from any sort of conflict or contradiction.

It is clear from the above cited reasons that the many messages are in proportional harmony with the progress of humanity and that each new message on the ladder of divine proclamations is on a higher rung, more progressive and more perfect than the preceding one.

2. The second cause explaining the number of messages was the ignorance and superstitions prevalent among the people, due to their particular living conditions and social and natural environments, plus the existence of imposters and hypocrites, who never missed an opportunity to twist the original meanings and exploit the peoples’ ignorance for their own selfish interests, thus leading them astray. So in these circumstances a new message was necessary to cure and exterminate the prevalent moral disease. It was an act directed to uproot deviation, and to restore the natural balance to the movement of the soul and the society, and to lead life towards its sound and humanistic direction.

The Qur’an tells us about the symptoms of these diseases of ignorance and superstitions which appeared in diverse forms along the course of history and across the space of human life, and presents them as selected examples of warnings and deterrent lessons. It tells us about the greed and corruption of the Nabateans; the decadance of sexual ethics in the people of Prophet Lot (Peace Be Upon Him), Sodom and Gomorrah, and the covetousness of Bani Israel (Jews), etc, hence, the sending of the prophets to uproot and exterminate these moral diseases.

3. Sending numerous prophets also implies a continual reminder and warning, and the unceasing reformative and social interaction with the new message. It also confirms the divine guidance of man and leading him along the right path, so that Allah may complete His blessings and kindness on all peoples, and the evidence of His benevolence may be nurtured among them, so that no one on the Judgement Day may offer an excuse for one’s sins and disobediences, on the pretext of being kept ignorant of the truth and left unguided.

Allah, the Exalted says:

“(We sent) apostles as bearers of good tidings and as warners (of Allah’s punishment), so that people should not have any excuse (on the Day of Judgement) against Allah after the (coming of) apostles; and Allah is ever Mighty, Wise. ”[13]

4. Having reached mental maturity and psychological development, mankind was in need of a perfect and everlasting message, covering all aspects of the growth and progress of civilization, and possessing the ability to guide and direct its developing intellectual faculties and power; a message that would go in parallel direction with time and space and in perfect harmony with human life and nature. Humanity at this stage, needs a message that addresses the mind, and takes into consideration its maturity and development.

In this stage the mind will be the observer and its role an argument against man, because it is the duty of the mind to rationally cope with the divine law and realize the importance of prophethood so as to understand and accept the invitations and in turn call the people to believe in them, to act according to their teachings and to uplift their mission.

Man, in this final stage of mental and scientific progress is qualified for comprehending this religion and its value, and strengthening his belief, by means of reason and conscience.

It is in this respect, the Prophet’s traditions uphold the role of the intellect, its power of reasoning and hence its responsibility.

A Hadith (the Prophet’s saying) says:

“Allah has two arguments against man; visible and hidden. The visible argument are the Messengers, the Prophets and the Imams (the Prophet’s infallible successors). The hidden argument is reason.”[14]

Thus, a sound and rational mind acts as an inner messenger of religion, perceiving and manifesting its greatness and value. It is the greatest justification for the continuation of the message, and during the absence of messengers it is an argument against man. Another proof justifying the argument of Islam are those~ people who propagate and spread the message of the Prophet, enjoining right and forbidding wrong, and enlightening people and delivering them from darkness towards the right path ordained by Allah the Exalted.

Consequently, Islam imposes “enjoining right and forbidding wrong on its followers, especially on the learned men and women who enjoy intellectual superiority which enables them to assume the missionary role of guides in society and convey the call of Islam; to lead and reform.

Allah the Exalted says:

“And from among you (0 Believers) there should be a party who invite to good, and enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong, and these it is that shall be successful. ”[15]

Therefore it is clear from the reasons cited above, as to why the messages were many, and how they finally culminated in the message of Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him); the message which brought religion (Islam) to its highest degree of perfection and in complete uniformity with human progress and scientific development.

4. AMENDMENTS IN DIVINE MESSAGES

“Say (0 Muslims): We believe in Allah and (in) that which has been revealed to us, and in that which was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and (in) that which was given to Moses and Jesus, and (in) that which was given to the prophets from their Lord, we make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we submit (become Muslims).”[16]

All the divine messages meet along the same line and march towards the same goal; to deliver man from the darkness of unbelief and guide him towards belief in Allah, the Exalted Creator, by means of the same supreme principles of faith. As we have already explained, the laws, legislations, ethics and ritual worship preached by the prophets, throughout the course of history, and across the expanse of human life were in stages and forms parallel with mankind’s religious and cultural development, and its intellectual perfection.

Every prophet paved the way for the next, and endeavored to guide the human mind, spirit and conduct towards maturity so that it may be prepared to receive the next divine message, and be on guard against deviation.

The successive divine messages adhered to the same course, destroying the corrupt beliefs, the deviated ideas, the distorted laws and the bad morals, which frequently cropped up in every time and place. They undertook the task of building a civilized community, by enlightening the mind and spirit of the individual and the society as a whole, on the basis of the sublime religious principles which guarantee goodness for mankind both in this world and in the hereafter.

They actualized the process of development and perfection by means of wise amendments concerning laws, legislations, rituals, etc.

Divine amendment means the cancellation of a certain law and its replacement by a more suitable one, according to the stage of human development, because the

Creator best knows what better suits His creatures.

“…. and it is not in (the power of) an apostle to bring a portent save by Allah’s leave; for everything there is a time prescribed. Allah effaces and establishes what He pleases and with Him is the source of the Book. ”[17]

The divine messages passed through the gradual process of change and amendments, not by any mortal priest or rabbi who distorted scriptures for their own selfish ends, but by divine revelation, through Reformer – Prophets’ (Moses for example), according to the needs of the times (for everything there is a time)- and in harmony with the developments, taking place.

The Qur’an refers to this by saying:

“Whatever of the verses We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring (in place) one better than it or like it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?”[18]

This was in order to devise better rules and legislations and lay a perfect legal foundation, precisely covering all aspects of human activities and defining individual and social ethics and relations.
As we already explained earlier, each new message addressed to mankind surpassed the previous one in all its aspects, was of a wider horizon, and more exact in handling the growing human faculties.

Thus, the legislating process continued till it reached full perfection in the message of Muhammad (r). The Qur’an profoundly expresses the unity of relations among the elementary principles of all divine messages as follows:

“And We have revealed to you the Book (Qur’an) with the truth confirming whatever of the Book(s) was before It, and a guardian over it, so, judge between them by what Allah has revealed, and follow not their low desires (to turn away) from the truth which has come to you, for everyone of you We have appointed a divine law and a (traced out) way, and if Allah had willed He would have made you (all) a single nation, but that He might try you in what He gave you, so vie one with another to hasten to virtuous deeds; to Allah is your return of all (of you), so He will let you know that in which you differed/”[19]

In this way the evolutionary process of the divine messages continued, reaching its perfection in the last divine message revealed to the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Humanity had come of age, both spiritually and mentally and the message preached by the last great Prophet of Islam was the most perfect scientific version of Divine Laws and Legislations that would flawlessly cater to the needs of all the future generations, till Doomsday.

“…. This day have I perfected for you your religion and completed My favour on you, and chosen for you Islam as a religion;… ”[20]

“Surely the religion with Allah is Islam …”[21]

“And whoever follows a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah) it will not be accepted from him, and he will be one of the losers in the hereafter.”[22]

THE ORIGINALITY OF THE MESSAGES AND LATER DISTORTIONS

The course of the divine messages from the very beginning had to encounter arrogant attempts by ignorant elements, bent upon effacing them or at least distorting their true message and principles. No efforts were spared by the infidels in creating obstacles to hinder the progress of religion, stop its spread and empty it of its reformative contents. The prophets were persecuted by these tyrants and even martyred. The tyrants vainly thought that they would be able to blot the call of delivery and redemption and keep humanity in bonds.

But the most serious danger faced by the divine calls, was from the hypocrites and counterfeits. These pretended to accept the divine messages, but no sooner had a prophet died, they distorted and fabricated his teachings and scripture, in order to exploit the masses for their own selfish interests.

An outstanding example of this forgery are the Jewish rabbis and Christian priests, who so frequently changed, altered, added and deleted to the divine messages revealed through the Prophets Moses (Peace Be Upon Him) and Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him), that these were turned into semi-pagan religions having obscure rituals, with virtually nothing divine remaining therein. The pure monotheistic religion (Islam) preached by Moses (Peace Be Upon Him) and Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him) was polluted in the course of time by the sediments of the rabbis’ and priests’ devious thoughts, and assumed deformed and legendary mythical shapes, far removed from intellect and reason and mocked at by correct learning. Falsification and deviation of messages gradually made the one single faith, into different distorted religions. The religion so defined by the imaginations of the priests, had nothing but legends and fables, stagnancy and petrification, and made mankind prostrate before tyrants and despots – a state which caused people to dislike belief, and encouraged the waging of a war of hostility against the very idea of religion. Mankind was absolutely justified in taking such a hostile attitude towards these forged and distorted illusions, and in recoiling from such fossil understandings which were neo-paganism in disguise. In stark contrast to the monotheistic creed, prophets were worshipped as sons of God – a clear influence of pagan Roman beliefs on Christianity.

The Qur’an highlights these forgeries and falsifications in several verses concerning the Jews and the Christians:

“Certainly they have disbelieved who say: The Messiah, son of Mary is Allah; and the Messiah (himself) said: 0 Children of Israel, serve Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Surely whoever associates (partners) with Allah, then Allah has forbidden to him the Paradise and his abode is the Fire; and there shall be no helpers for the unjust. Certainly they have disbelieved who say: Allah is the third (person) of three (trinity); when there is no god but the One God and if they (the Christians) desist not from what they say, a painful doom shall befall those among them who disbelieve.”[1]

“And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how perverse are they! They have taken their rabbis and priests as Lords besides Allah and (also) the Messiah son of Mary and they were enjoined that they should serve one God only, there is no god but He; Exalted is He above all what they ascribe as partners (to Him)?”[2]

“Woe to those who write the book with their hands and then say: This is from Allah, so that they may make a small gain; therefore woe to them for what their hands have written (fabricated) and woe to them for what they earn thereby.”[3]

The glorious Qur’an draws a clear picture of the perversion done by the Jewish rabbis and the Christian priests to the original creed, laws and concepts of the divinely revealed scriptures; the Torah and the Gospel. By enacting laws and propagating teachings violating the Divine Message of the original scriptures the Jews and the Christians not only served their own vested interests but in the process gave birth to superficial religions, bearing the clear stamps of their superstitious conscience and poor imagination. Distorting the very contents of these two divine messages, they led astray the greater part of several generations, until that deviation gradually took the form of a special creed and replaced whatever belief was there in the hearts of the few remaining followers of the true path preached by Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him); most of whom due to persecution by Roman Christianity took to the deserts and remote mountains to finally await the coming of the promised Reformer. The majority, either dictated by personal desires or fear of Imperial Rome – which had cleverly put on the mask of Christianity, preserving intact most of its pagan beliefs, drove the last nail into the coffin of the divine message, preached by the un-crucified prophet; Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him), by blindly and without reasoning accepting the creed which we know as Christianity today.

By analyzing the so-called Torah and the Gospel now in the hands of their followers, we discover a disfigured and legendry picture, without the least resemblance to the spirit of both the divine scriptures revealed to Moses (Peace Be Upon Him), and Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him). Following are some evidences proving the point, that these books are in fact mere fabrications:

1. Several Gospels are now in circulation among the Christians, each one different from the other to a great extent, and even obviously self-contradicting.

When Allah had revealed only a single Book to Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him), not many; from where did the so many Gospels come from, and how do the learned priests explain the phenomena of these conflicting versions?

The only answer, that not even the highest ranking Christian authorities can refute is, these divine scriptures were subjected to so frequent revisions that eventually they lost the greater part of their originality and true contents, and led to so many conflicting versions of the Gospel.

2. True the source of all divine messages is Allah the Almighty and they all stress on the concept of monotheism and consider Him to be above all human attributes; whereas a glance at the present Torah of the Jews reveals that it is far removed from the very principles of monotheism. Actually it so disfigures this fundamental principle of the divine message, that the Prophet Ezra is presented as the son of God, in close resemblance to the forged Gospel’s view of the Messiah. An interesting point indeed, leaving so many questions unanswered; as to whether the Jews tried to outdo the Christians or was it vice versa? Moreover the Gospel itself betrays its pagan Roman influences when it says that Jesus (u) was an incarnation of God and had a dual nature, both human and divine.

It is quite obvious to a sound rational mind that these are all deviated thoughts and heathen beliefs, which proves without doubt that the hypocrites coined absurd ideas in contrast to the basic principles of the religion brought by Moses (Peace Be Upon Him) and Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him).

3. Another glaring example of the distortion, which even a layman can detect, is the self-contradictions in these so-called holy books of the Jews and Christians. On one hand they sanctify the prophets and present them as lofty models of excellent character, but on the other hand these same books degrade them to the ranks of lecherous criminals, capable of committing every known sin.

Chapter XIX of the Book of Genesis, attributes a horrible crime to Prophet Lot (Peace Be Upon Him) and his two daughters, whom all good believers regard as a spotless person. The shameless story is reproduced below from the Old Testament for our readers, to judge themselves:

“And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: Come let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father, and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yester night with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also, and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him, and he perceived ?????? when she lay down, nor when she arose. Thus w.. e .., the daughters of Lot with child by their father. And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of Moabites unto this day. And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben-ammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day. ”[4]

This passage props up a number of questions, which the learned rabbis and priests, try to evade and insist on their followers to ignore the facts and accept blind obedience.

This same chapter of the Book of Genesis, starts with the destruction of the licentious cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to which the Prophet Lot (Peace Be Upon Him) had been sent by God as a Reformer. And it says that while escaping to Zoar, Lot’s wife disregarding God’s command turned back to see the destruction of these cities and was instantly turned into a pillar of salt. In other words it means that Lot (Peace Be Upon Him) was a pious, God-fearing man and the cities were destroyed for the sole reason that they did not heed his guidance and continued their lecherous deeds. And moreover even his wife could not escape God’s wrath due to her disobedience.

Now taking another look at verses 31-38, quoted above, we find that Lot, God forbid, was a weak character and his daughters wicked persons. The question arises if the prophets were fools, lechers or simpletons, what missionary roles were they capable of performing? And did the Creator who easily created the whole universe erred in selecting prophets? And lastly, if His messengers themselves were lecherous why did He destroy the promiscuous cities which were only emulating their Prophet?

The only answer is that this very passage like so many other ones in these books betrays its origin. It is a clear case of distortion and later addition by some prejudiced racist Jew, whose only intention was to slander other races, because of some deep personal bias. His distorted mind found the Torah to be the best medium to express his hatred, regardless of the sacrilege he was committing towards God, a Prophet and his family.

Another example of a distortion is Chapter XI of book II of Samuel, which blasphemes the Prophet David (Peace Be Upon Him) and accuses him of committing adultery with the wife of Uriah the Hittite, his faithful companion and a true believer. It alleges that having made Uriah’s wife Bathsheba pregnant; David to achieve his sinister designs sent Uriah to the war fronts where he was killed and thus got rid of him.

Now coming to the New Testament, we find in Chapter XI of the Gospel, according to St. John, that Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him) attended a wedding, where they were short of wine and he performed a miracle by converting six stoups of water into the forbidden drink. The Gospel also says that Jesus Christ used to drink wine, and he was a heavy drinker.

Thus it is quite clear to every believer in God that such allegations are but crafty inventions and cleverly disguised lies against the prophets by those hypocrites, who wanted to distort religion from within, in order to disrepute these pure personalities and at the same time promote a Christ-worshipping cult, appealing to the minds of the pagan Greeks and Romans. Even a casual look at these books reveals their forgery and the real aim of their authors, who by mischieviously innovating prophet-worship belittled the doctrine of monotheism and the spotless characters of such great prophets as Moses (Peace Be Upon Him) and Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him).

4. Another evidence proving the forgery of these Books is that they are diffused with polytheism and pagan thoughts, such as the idea of incarnation; the concept of trinity and the belief that the Messiah is god in the shape of man.

The authors of the Gospels had long been under the influence of pagan thoughts and beliefs, then prevailing in Roman society. In order to conform to the pagan Roman mind they disfigured the pure monotheistic spirit of the original Gospel, revealed to Prophet Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him). It is an irrefutable fact of history, confessed even by the Christian priests, that the versions of Gospel now common among the Christians were composed by different authors over a two hundred year period after Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him).

In other words they were forged by the priests according to their own thinking and greedy desires, conforming on one hand with the pagan Roman culture, and on the other, the already polluted Jewish thought, which alienated from the creed of Moses (Peace Be Upon Him) and other prophets had not only rejected Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him), but was also involved in the far-reaching conspiracy of distorting the divinely revealed word of Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him).

The Christian Church, in line with the era of moral and spiritual decadence and ignorance continued to falsify, deface and deform the true spirit of Jesus’ ((Peace Be Upon Him) message, so that in course of time such weird and absurd beliefs were added; as the forgiving of sins by the priests; promise of Paradise to the wrong-doer despite evil deeds, and the sale of Indulgence Papers’ from the Church, in which the Pope guarantees forgiveness, for the money the customer pays.

On studying the Church’s way of life, and scrutinizing the Christian clerical hierarchy, one is apt to uncover the major motives behind these disastrous interferences with the divine values preached by the Messiah (Peace Be Upon Him). The major motive of the Christian Church was to fill its coffers and accumulate wealth. By pretending to posses the authority to forgive sins, it not only blasphemed God; but also deliberately misled simple people by sanctioning the enjoyment of the forbidden things, in the very name of religion and under the pretext of a deferred purification’. It even issued those so-called Indulgence Papers’ in which it is written; “May our Lord Jesus bless you, and deliver you by the rewards of his all-sacred pains…. I, according to my Apostolic power bestowed upon me, relieve you from all your punishments, sentences and clerical consequences that you had deserved; and from all extravagances, evils and sins which you committed however grave and horrible and whatever their causes might have been, though they an kept for our father, His Holiness the Pope and the Apostolic Seat. I shall erase all the filths of sin and all th4 signs of blame, which you might have brought upon yourself in this life, and I shall lift the punishments from which you should have suffered in the purgatory. I shall turn you anew to participate in the secrets of the Church and in the company of the saints. I shall turn you again to chastity and goodness which you got when baptized, so that will be closed before you, at death time, the door through which the wrongdoers enter to the place of torture and punishment, while will be opened to you the door leading t the paradise of joy, even If you lived for long years.”[5]

In other words by issuing such absurd papers, the Church has given its followers the free rein to commit whatever crimes they like however capital they may be. Thus the present moral and spiritual decadence of the Christian world like atheism, usurping others’ properties, violence, transgression, fraud, adultery, sodomy and other sorts of crimes, including the oppression on Third World countries and political and moral bankruptcy, directly rest on these Papal Papers. It actually inspires them to commit every known sin, crime and aggression, because after all the Pope is there to forgive these offences and throw open the doors of paradise to his flock’. No wonder Christian missionaries are spreading across oppressed Africa and other Third World countries, to seek new converts; which in reality means lulling the unsuspecting people to loose their rationality by accepting this dangerous slow poison called Christianity, and ultimately paving the way for the Imperialist countries to plunder the rich natural resources of Africa and the Third World.

This proves that the Pope substitutes himself for God, Who is the only One to forgive sins and the only One to admit into paradise. The Pope very well knows that he has neither the right nor the power to forgive, since he is but a mere mortal like other human beings, and himself cannot avail any benefit nor ward oft any harm. In fact all he and his group of atheists want is to accumulate wealth to satisfy their secret desires and pleasures, and run the fabulous theatrical show under his control called the Church, by making fools of millions around the world.

The Qur’an attacks this greed and avarice of the priests and the pontiffs who exploit religious responsibility by taking advantage of peoples’ simplicity and suck their blood and lead them astray. It exposes the true nature of this so-called religious establishment, and uncovers its selfish aims which contradict reason and the very essence of religion and its universal reformative call to enlighten mankind and deliver them from darkness.

The Qur’an says:

“0 believers! Indeed many of the (Jewish) rabbis and the (Christian) priests falsely consume the wealth of the people (their followers) and prevent (them) from the way of Allah; and (as for) those who hoard up gold and silver and do not spend it in the way of Allah, announce to them (0 Muhammad) a painful doom.”[6]


[1] Holy Qur’an (5:72, 73)

[2] Holy Qur’an (9:30, 31)

[3] Holy Qur’an (2:79)

[4] Genesis (19: 31-88)

[5] *Even Christian authorities have questioned the ye conception of the Church. Says the Encyclopedia Brittsnica “Some of the futurist sayings, if taken by themselves, raise the question whether Jesus intended to found a Church. (Vol.4, p.535).

[6] Holy Qur’an (9:34)


[1] Holy Qur’an (13:38 & 39)

[2] Holy Qur’an (5:72)

[3] Holy Qur’an (7:65)

[4] Holy Qur’an (7:59)

[5] Holy Qur’an (7:73)

[6] Holy Qur’an (7:85)

[7] Holy Qur’an (29:16)

[8] Holy Qur’an (16:36)

[9] Holy Qur’an (21:25)

[10] Holy Qur’an (21:73)

[11] Holy Qur’an (5:48)

[12] Holy Qur’an (2:286)

[13] Holy Qur’an (4:165)

[14] AI-Harrani Abu Muhammad AI-Hassan bin Ali, “Tuhatul Uqool an Aalar Rasool P. 285.

[15] Holy Qur’an (3:104)

[16] Holy Qur’an (2:136)

[17] Holy Qur’an (13:38,39)

[18] Holy Qur’an (2: 106)

[19] Holy Qur’an (5: 48)

[20] Holy Qur’an (5:3)

[21] Holy Qur’an (3:19)

[22] Holy Qur’an (3:85)

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