“…if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8
Muslims claim the angel Gabriel revealed the Quran to Muhammad via angelic visitations. However if you read Islam’s own material, some questions understandably arise: 1. In these acts of supposed “angelic revelation”, why did Muhammad think he was demon possessed? Even to the point of trying to commit suicide on multiple occasions to find relief for himself; and 2. why did Muhammad exhibit the classic signs of demonic possession as opposed to “normal” angelic visitation as described in the Gospels, which Allah supposedly revealed (Sura 5:47)? These same demonic signs and characteristics are commonly noted in the bible as well as in various occult and new age texts. The Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 1:8, “if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” Anyone claiming to have received divine or angelic revelation which contradicts the Gospel of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, according to the biblical scriptures, is false and accursed. Furthermore, the biblical texts have this to say about the origin of false teaching and false revelation, “…devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons…” (1Tim. 4:1). “He (Satan) was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44).
Characteristics of demonic possession in the bible compared to Muhammad’s behavior.
In the bible, whenever there is an angelic revelation given to man, there isn’t one single instance where the angel indwells or possesses the individual placing him under the total influence and control of the angel. There are several occasions where man receives a visitation from an angel (Luke 2:9-20, Matthew 28:1-7, Acts 10:1-7, Daniel 10:4-21), or a vision from God (Isaiah 6, Acts 9:3-9, Acts 9:10-16, Acts 10:9-16), but the individual is not taken over and rendered incapacitated by an entity. Certainly no instances where an angel from God possesses the person causing them to: fall into a trance or coma, unable to communicate, is physically harmed, foams at the mouth, makes uncontrollable grunts and noises, causing them to become suicidal. There are however several descriptions of demonic activity, whereby the unclean spirit enters into the individual causing him to display certain characteristics strikingly similar to the ones Muhammad displayed when under the influence of Gabriel.
Indwelling or possession. “‘And indeed I saw him while the revelation descended upon him on an intensely cold day; then it left him while his brow steamed with sweat.’” (Mishkat IV, page 360)
“Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.” Acts 16:18
Foaming at the Mouth. “After an accession of shivering and shutting his eyes, there used to come over him what resembled a swoon, his face would foam and he would roar like a young camel.” (mizanul MizanuŸl Haqq, page 345)
“So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.” Mark 9:20
Screaming or moaning. “…there used to come over him…and he would roar like a young camel.” (mizanul MizanuŸl Haqq, page 345)
“And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out…” Luke 9:39
Causing physical harm. “The angel caught me (forcefully) and pressed me so hard that I could not bear it any more. He then released me and again asked me to read and I replied, ‘I do not know how to read.’ Thereupon he caught me again and pressed me a second time till I could not bear it any more. He then released me and again asked me to read but again I replied, ‘I do not know how to read (or what shall I read)?’ Thereupon he caught me for the third time and pressed me, and then released me…” Sahih Bukhari 1,1,3
“And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit…And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. For He (Jesus) said to him, ”Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” Mark 5:5-9
“Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion.” Luke 9:42
The bible also contains no situation where a man is visited by an angel of God where the individual mistakes the angel for a demon. From his very first encounter with Gabriel, Muhammad feels as though he has been possessed by a demon. He also understood and recognized his symptoms as being demonic in origin, because he was concerned that someone would see his behavior and come to the same conclusion. He feared accusations of possession and following demons.
“‘I fear lest I should become a magician, lest one should proclaim me a follower of the Jinn (spirit)’, and again: ‘I fear lest there should be madness’ (or demonic possession) ‘in me.’” (mizanul MizanuŸl Haqq, page 345)
“Naturally he was scared, and intimated to his wife, Khadija, the fear that he might even be possessed by an evil spirit . . . Stricken with panic, Muhammad arose and asked himself, “What did I see? Did possession of the devil which I feared all along come to pass?” . . . When he calmed down, he cast toward his wife the glance of a man in need of rescue and said, “O Khadijah, what has happened to me?” He told her of his experience and intimated to her his fear that his mind had finally betrayed him, and that he was becoming a seer or a man possessed.” (Haykal, The Life of Muhammad, p.73-75)
“Cover me! Cover me!” They covered him till his fear was over and after that he told her everything that had happened and said, “I fear that something may happen to me.” Sahih Bukhari 1,1,3
Muhammad was so terrified, he had to be convinced by others that this wasn’t a demon. It’s interesting to note the difference between angelic visitations in the bible and the ones Muhammad had. Muhammad immediately noted that he was or was becoming possessed, whereas biblically speaking, the recipient of the angelic visitation feels an overwhelming sense of holiness, awe, and terror at his sinful nature in light of such a being (Luke 2:9-20, Matthew 28:1-7, Revelation 19:10, Revelation 22:8-9). Muhammad was forcibly assaulted, terrified for his life, suicidal, and thought he was possessed when he encountered “Gabriel”.
The substance of Gabriel’s revelations to Muhammad.
There are several instances where the Quran claims the Gospels were previously revealed and given from Allah. Additionally instructing Christians to judge from what Allah has “revealed therein”.
“O you who believe, you shall believe in GOD and His messenger, and the scripture He has revealed through His messenger, and the scripture He has revealed before that.” Sura 4:136
“We sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the previous scripture the Torah. We gave him the Gospel, containing guidance and light, and confirming the previous scriptures.” Sura 5:46
“Let the people of the Gospel (Christians) judge by what Allah hath revealed therein. If any do fail to judge by the light of what Allah hath revealed, they are no better than those who rebel.” Sura 5:47
“O people of the scripture, you have no ground to stand on until you uphold the Torah, and the Gospel, and the Quran.” Sura 5:68
The Gospels and New Testament scriptures contain the revelation of God’s true nature and character, the good news of Jesus Christ as God, robing himself in flesh, living the life we should have, giving his life as a sacrifice for the sins of his people, rising from the dead triumphant over death, and then ascending to the right hand of the Father where he mercifully makes intercession for us. If Muhammad was going to receive angelic revelation claiming the Gospels were previously revealed from Allah, and then instructing Christians to uphold the Gospels and to judge by them, you would think the Quranic revelation Muhammad received from Gabriel would uphold the truths that the Gospels contain. But they don’t. As a matter of fact they contradict and undermine the Gospels in almost every conceivable way. The supposed revelation Muhammad received from Gabriel:
1. Denies the triune nature of God (Sura 4:171); whereas God’s tri-nature can be clearly seen throughout the Gospels (Matt. 3:16-17).
2. Denies the fatherhood of Allah (Sura 4:171) ; whereas God being a Father can be clearly seen in the Gospels (Matt. 3:17, John 2:22-23).
3. Denies Jesus was crucified (Sura 4:157-158), whereas Yahweh makes it clear he sent Jesus to be crucified as part of his plan for atonement (Mark 15:21-41).
Why would Gabriel give a contradictory revelation to Muhammad if supposedly Allah had revealed such immutable truth previously? None of the previous three points can be reconciled, because they contain contradictory claims to the actual nature and plan of God. Furthermore, Jesus Christ himself declared the way to salvation in John 14:6, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” Can God have contradictory nature? Can he be tri-une in nature, yet deny this later? Can he claim to be a Father, yet deny this later? Can God claim to be pleased to offer his Son up to be crucified as a guilt offering for the sins of his people, yet deny this later? Only if he is a liar and a deceiver. This is not possible for the one true God, however it is the exact nature of Satan to deceive in this way:
“God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Numb. 23:19
“He (Satan) was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)
In light of the above points, it is almost certain that Muhammad was indeed possessed by a demon on several occasions and received a false gospel and false teaching. He exhibited many of the classic signs of possession and the revelation he was given contradicts and contains irreconcilable truth claims to the nature of God. In the next article we will examine the similarities of Muhammad’s demonic behavior in light of various occult texts dealing with spirit possession. We will also look at Muhammad’s history of involvement in the occult even from infancy.
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” 1 John 4:1-3