Who is Abdullah ibn Sa’d ibn Abi Sarh?

According to Islam’s earliest sources, Abdullah ibn Sa’d ibn Abi Sarh was a convert to Islam and served as one of Muhammad’s scribes. However Abi Sahr soon discovered that Muhammad would let him change the Quran and add his own words. Abi Sahr rightfully came to the conclusion that Muhammad was not a prophet and was making the Quran up as he went along. After all, would a true prophet allow anyone to change the words of Allah himself?

Does Islam Teach Love and Humility Towards Others Who Don’t Believe?

Does Islam teach humility? Was Muhammad, who is supposed to be the ultimate example for Muslims, humble? Is it humble to claim you don’t know whether or not you are in right standing with Allah? Let’s take a look at what Islam has to say about these issues.

Does Islam teach humility for the believer?

Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book (Christians and Jews) had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors.” Sura 3:110

Indeed, the worst of living creatures in the sight of Allah are those who have disbelieved, and they will not [ever] believe” Surah 8:55

Indeed, they who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding eternally therein. Those are the worst of creatures. Indeed, they who have believed and done righteous deeds – those are the best of creatures.” Sura 98:6

These suras make it clear that the Muslim is to believe he is better than and superior to unbelievers. Additionally, sura 8:55 claims those who don’t believe in Allah are the worst of living creatures, simply for their unbelief!

Should the Muslim befriend unbelievers?

The bible commands Christians to love their enemy and to pray for those who persecute them (Matthew 5:43-48), and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Mark 12:31), but how does Islam command Muslims to treat unbelievers?

For the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies” Sura 4:101

O ye who believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather than believers: Do ye wish to offer Allah an open proof against yourselves?” Sura 4:144

O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.” Sura 5:51

Thou wilt not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, loving those who resist Allah and His Messenger, even though they were their fathers or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred.”  Sura 58:22

So if you are a Muslim, according to the teaching of the Quran you are commanded to treat unbelievers as your enemy, told not to love them even if they are your own family, or befriend someone simply because they don’t believe the same thing you do. Furthermore, you can actually be accused of unbelief yourself for merely having someone of another faith as your friend.

Is Allah loving and humble?

That He may reward those who believe and work righteous deeds, out of his Bounty. For He loves not those who reject Faith.” Sura 30:45

Say: “Obey Allah and His Messenger”: But if they turn back, Allah loveth not those who reject Faith.” Sura 3:32

 “And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers.” Sura 3:54

Are they then secure from Allah’s scheme? None deemeth himself secure from Allah’s scheme save folk that perish.” Sura 7:99

We know that the God of the bible promises eternal life to his children because he is not a liar or deceiver (John 10:28), but how did Muhammad feel about his standing with a God who doesn’t love those who don’t believe, and claims to be the best of schemers?

I am no bringer of new fangled doctrine among the messengers, nor do I know what will be done with me or with you.” Sura 46:9

When Muhammad told Abu Bakr, his closest friend and successor, that he was guaranteed paradise, this is what he had to say in light of Muhammad’s declaration that Allah was “the best of schemers”:

By Allah! I would not feel safe from the deception of Allah, even if I had one foot in paradise.” (Khalid Muhammad Khalid, Successors of the Messenger, Muhammad Mahdi al-Sharif)

If Muhammad himself and his successor Abu Bakr were unsure of the schemes and deception of Allah, then how much more so for the everyday Muslim?

How are Muslims commanded to treat those who don’t believe the same thing they do?

So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them” Sura 47:4

And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.” Sura 2:191

And as for those who disbelieved, I will punish them with a severe punishment in this world and the Hereafter, and they will have no helpers.” Sura 3:56

And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way.” Sura 9:5

O Prophet, fight against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination.” Sura 9:73

O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty (unto Him).” Sura 9:123

O Prophet, strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination.” Sura 66:9

So Muslims are commanded to behead, slaughter, subdue, and kill others simply because they do not believe in Allah. This doesn’t sound very humble or loving.

So to recap, Allah doesn’t love those who are non believers, commands Muslims not to love or take unbelievers as friends (even if they are family), says Muslims are superior to those who don’t believe the same things they do, calls unbelievers the worst of creatures, Allah describes himself as a schemer so much so that even Muhammad himself was scared of his deception, and commands Muslims to fight and kill those who don’t believe the same thing they do. The answer is clear. Islam is neither loving, nor humble according to it’s own texts.

This is not to say we don’t know Muslim men and women who aren’t loving and humble. We all have friends and family who are Muslim, and they are really nice people. However, as a Muslim, you can only be loving and humble towards those who aren’t believers insofar as you are genuinely ignorant of what Islam actually teaches, or you chose to blatantly disobey the commands of the Quran.

The Prosperity Gospel: A Documentary TRAILER

Here’s the trailer for my upcoming documentary on the prosperity gospel/word faith movement.

The documentary will look at the following heretical doctrines and methods of the prosperity gospel:

1. the occult roots of the movement
2. the little gods doctrine
3. law of attraction
4. allegorizing the biblical text (scripture twisting)
5. how false teaching obscures the truth and ultimately separates people from Christ
6. how prosperity/word faith teaching is virtually indistinguishable from new age/occult teaching

Persecution and the Absolute Carnival of Narcissism in the Church

Pure, gospel driven church in America is a beautiful thing. Faithful churches rightly dividing the word of God, serving their community in love, pouring out blessings from the abundance God has graciously given, and pushing the good news of Jesus Christ into the utter darkness of their cities. However much of the church, particularly in the west, seems to be stuck in a fantasy land of narcissism, where the greatest danger looming is if your unsaved neighbor catches you wearing a scarf that doesn’t match your loafers.

I recently stumbled across pastorfashion.com, a web site of “fashion for pastors” by Ed Young Jr. As ridiculous as “from the runway to the pulpit” sounds, it actually highlights a significant problem within the American church. We’ve forgotten what it’s like to actually have to suffer for the gospel. In our abundance and prosperity we have caved inward to self and have forgotten how to push outward with real truth, blessing, and a genuine love for others. This atrophied mindset has given birth to some of the most ridiculous, outlandish, and shameful  displays that the church has painfully tried to offer up as “the gospel”. The worst part about this “carnival of self” is that our impoverished and persecuted brothers and sisters around the world look at us and come away (God forbid) envying us and wondering why God hasn’t blessed them, or worse yet, thinking both we as a church and God have forgotten and abandoned them altogether. We need to start realizing that we live in a fantasy land of heresy and entertainment. Church in America isn’t the norm, but rather the exception when compared to the rest of the world. True ministry success is defined by fidelity to the gospel, a true affection for Christ and a love for others, not by how many people grace your seats, or by your circle of influence, or if you are sporting the latest and greatest by Dolce & Gabbana.

Click on the links below, watch the videos and take them both to heart. It’s not even 5 minutes of your time. Let the dichotomy burn into your consciousness. Let the visual of sacrificing your life in the service of the risen King Jesus rattle you back into reality. Use it as a catalyst to a deeper love for Christ, a deeper appreciation for the bible in your hands, and to remind you to not hold your blessings so tightly that you forget to share them. Let this be a jumping off point where you intercede for your brothers and sisters around the world who don’t have a shirt on their back, don’t own a single page of the bible, and will lose their life and their family for the cause of Jesus Christ.

The first video discusses the importance and fashion of skinny jeans, while the other is a graphic video of one of our brothers being beheaded because he professes Jesus as his Lord. (*warning* if you aren’t ready to see this level of violence, then click here for an edited version of the video). See just how far removed from reality we have become and may it drive us to repentance and to action.

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39

Pastor Fashion: Skinny Jeans

Persecution: Christian Beheaded in Afghanistan

Was Muhammad Demon Possessed? A Comparison with the Occult.

In the previous articles on this topic we compared Muhammad’s behavior in receiving the Quranic revelations from Gabriel to both the biblical criteria and Islamic criteria for demon possession. Muhammad did indeed fit both sets of criteria. Now let’s compare Muhammad’s behavior to occult sources which describe demonic or spirit possession.

Mediumship (Trance)

If you have a cursory overview of the occult and read the various accounts of Muhammad’s life you will probably recognize the similarities between how Muhammad received the Qur’an and what is known in the occult as mediumship. Mediumship is defined as mediating various types of communication between the spirit and the physical worlds. There are many types of mediumship, however the two phenomenon we will focus on specifically is trance mediumship and spirit obsession. These are the two most frequent ways Muhammad received the Qur’an.

There are various states of trace mediumship ranging from the medium being fully cognizant of the information coming through and of his or her surroundings to full on trance like states where the medium is rendered incapacitated and unable to speak or acknowledge his whereabouts. During these states information is channeled through the medium audibly, through dreams, or verbal communication. Let’s take a look at Muhammad’s behavior to see if he fits the occult criteria for trance mediumship.

Trance State (partial) – “Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) was at that time in my house having his evening meal and there was a bone in his hand. She (Sauda) cline and said: Allah’s Messenger. I went out and ‘Umar said to me so and so. She (‘A’isha) reported: There came the revelation to him and then it was over; the bone was then in his hand and he had not thrown it and he said:” Permission has been granted to you that you may go out for your needs.” Sahih Muslim 26,5395

Trance State (full) – “When the Ka’ba was rebuilt, the Prophet and ‘Abbas went to carry stones. ‘Abbas said to the Prophet “(Take off and) put your waist sheet over your neck so that the stones may not hurt you.” (But as soon as he took off his waist sheet) he fell unconscious on the ground with both his eyes towards the sky. When he came to his senses, he said, “My waist sheet! My waist sheet!” Then he tied his waist sheet (round his waist).” Sahih Al-Bukhari 5,58,170

Dream State – “The commencement of the Divine Inspiration to Allah’s Apostle was in the form of good dreams which came true like bright day light, and then the love of seclusion was bestowed upon him. He used to go in seclusion in the cave of Hira where he used to worship…” Sahih Al-Bukhari 1,1,3

Verbal – “Sometimes the Angel comes in the form of a man and talks to me and I grasp whatever he says.” ‘Aisha added: Verily I saw the Prophet being inspired Divinely on a very cold day and noticed the sweat dropping from his forehead (as the Inspiration was over). Sahih Al-Bukhari 1,1,2

Allah’s Apostle used to bear the revelation with great trouble and used to move his lips (quickly) with the Inspiration.” Sahih Al-Bukhari 1,1,4

Spirit Obsession

What also becomes apparent from reading accounts of Muhammad’s Quranic revelation is that he suffered from what is known in the occult as spirit obsession. Obsession occurs when a spirit entity subjugates a weaker being or medium. The medium has no control over when or how the spirit appears or behaves. The signs of obsession can vary depending on the degree of bondage to the spirit entity. The medium is often subjected to physical harm, uncontrollable movements such as seizures. Foaming at the mouth and uncontrollable noises and fits. The medium appears to be under duress and terrified until the spirit departs and afterwards. The medium often experiences suicidal thoughts as a result. Muhammad exhibited many of the symptoms of spirit obsession.

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)

Screaming or moaning – “…there used to come over him…and he would roar like a young camel.” (mizanul MizanuŸl Haqq, page 345)

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

Terror or duress – “The Divine Inspiration was delayed for a short period but suddenly, as I was walking. I heard a voice in the sky, and when I looked up towards the sky, to my surprise, I saw the angel who had come to me in the Hira Cave, and he was sitting on a chair in between the sky and the earth. I was so frightened by him that I fell on the ground and came to my family and said (to them), ‘Cover me! (with a blanket), cover me!’ Then Allah sent the Revelation: “O, You wrapped up (In a blanket)! (Arise and warn! And your Lord magnify And keep pure your garments, And desert the idols.” Sahih Al-Bukhari 4,54,461

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

Suicide – “I thought, Woe is me poet or possessed – Never shall Quraysh say this of me! I will go to the top of the mountain and throw myself down that I may kill myself and gain rest. So I went forth to do so…”  Guillaume, The Life of Muhammad

For more on spirit obsession and mediumship see Allan Kardec‘s work “The Medium’s Book“. Allan Kardec is the pen name of of spiritist Hippolyte Leon Denizard Rivail. His work has been considered the standard on mediumship for over a century.

Involvement in the occult from childhood

C. Fred Dickason has published several books dealing with generational spirits contracted from ancestral involvement in the occult. Dickason states, “By ancestral involvement we refer to occult or demonic practices of the client’s ancestors. This has been found to be one of the most common reasons for demonic affliction or demonization.” “I have found this avenue of ancestral involvement to be the chief cause of demonization. Well over 95 percent of more than 400 persons I have contacted in my counseling ministry have been demonized because of their ancestors’ involvement in occult and demonic activities.” (Demon Possession and the Christian pgs 161221) In one of his counseling sessions Dickason recalls, “We soon found that defiant and devious spirits were present inside her body. Some had come in at birth and some thereafter. Her ancestors had long been involved in the occult and demonic activity. That is the reason they felt they could enter her, and they were stubborn in their claims.” (Demon Possession and the Christian, p. 197)

So was there occultism in Muhammad’s family? Were his ancestors familiar with and did they practice magic and occultism? It appears so. Book 1 of Halabieh (pgs 73-75, 98) give insight into the occult practices of Amneh, the mother of Muhammad. Dr. Rafat Amari of the Religion Research Institute states the following,

Amneh was the niece of Soda Bent Zahreh, the priest of Jinn at Mecca. We saw that the reason Abdel Mutalb took Amneh as a wife for Abdullah was due to her aunt Soda Bint Zehra. (Halabieh, I, pages 73, 74)

Mohammed was known to have suffered from trances since his childhood because Amneh, his mother, brought on him a rukhieh, or bewitching. (Halabieh, 1, page 75)  In the rukhieh a Kahan priest of Jinn brings the spirit of Jinn to a person to whom the Kahen is connected as a medium. Since Amneh was the niece of Soda Bent Zahreh, the priest of Jinn at Mecca. This may explain why she was able to  perform occultic ceremonies  upon Mohammed, called “rukhieh, when he was very young.   Only the Kuhhan of Arabia could perform the right of “rukhieh,” a practice of witchcraft indicating that Mohammed’s mother had joined the ranks of the Kuhhan of Arabia after her aunt had passed away.

Children on whom a “rukhieh” was practiced suffered from many signs such as: falling into trances and having convulsions. Since his childhood, Mohammed suffered from many of these identical symptoms. Halabieh, a biographer of Mohammed, mentioned that Mohammed suffered from convulsions since he was one year old. (Halabieh, 1, page 98)  Sahih Al Buchari, reports one occasion on which Mohammed fell into a trance while he was a young man before he claimed to have received the Qur’an. (Sahih al-Bukhari, 1, page 96)  Other Islamic literature, such as Halabieh, states that Mohammed used to go into a coma before he wrote down the Qur’an, which clearly reveals his direct involvement with Kahaneh. When he started receiving the Qu’ran he fell into a coma. (Halabieh, 1, pages 406-407)

Additionally Muhammad’s extended family was involved in the occult as well as the family of his first wife Khadijah. For more on this subject click here.

Concluding thoughts

As we have seen in our previous articles, Muhammad fits both the Islamic and biblical criteria for one who is suffering from demonization or demon possession. From an occult point of view, Muhammad fits the criteria for one who is experiencing spirit obsession. Take into consideration Muhammad received the Qur’an primarily through what is described in the occult as trance mediumship and his family’s involvement in the occult and the probability that Muhammad was demonized can be seen as highly probable if not certain. One could make the case that Muhammad suffered from epilepsy or some sort of common physical ailment. However this position fails to account for the trance like states he would enter into and out of free from the common signs of epilepsy, the dreams and visions Muhammad experienced, as well as the Quranic revelation he was given. If Muhammad suffered from epilepsy from a young child, then his condition would have been common to him, which presents the problem of “why would Muhammad suddenly experience terror and blame being bewitched or possessed to the point of suicide?”. He wouldn’t have. He blamed being possessed because he genuinely knew he was possessed and he rightfully knew that people would see his behavior and think he was possessed.

From the biblical, Islamic, and occult standpoints, Muhammad fits the criteria for having been demon possessed.

Zeitgeist Part One Exposed by Keith Thompson

Yet another excellent rebuttal of the erroneous claims made in part one of the movie Zeitgeist. Keith Thompson of Reformed Apologetics Ministries refutes the following claims:

Christianity borrowed from pagan myths;
The Bible was plagiarized;
Jesus wasn’t a historical figure;
Christianity was created for social control; and
The Bible is based on astrology.

This is part 1 of 8.

Was Muhammad Demon Possessed? An Islamic Source Comparison.

In my previous article, we looked at biblical sources to confirm whether or not Muhammad fit the biblical criteria for demonic possession. He indeed does. Today, we will look at Islamic criteria to see if Muhammad fits the description of one who is possessed. This article by apologist Sam Shamoun discusses this issue in depth.

Waraqa was dumbfounded at this, and said, ‘If Gabriel has actually placed his feet upon the earth, he has done so for the best of people thereupon. And he never came down for anyone except a prophet. For he is the companion of all the prophets and messengers, the one whom God sends down to them. I believe what you tell me of him. Send for ‘Abd Allah’s son, so that I may question him, hear what he says and talk to him. I am afraid it may be someone other than Gabriel, for certain devils imitate him and by so doing can mislead and corrupt some men. This can result in a man becoming confused and even crazy whereas before he had been of sound mind.’” (Ibn Kathir, The Life of the Prophet Muhammad)

Evidence for Muhammad Being Deceived
by Sam Shamoun

“…Muhammad’s religious experiences and practices mirror all of the criteria establishing possession and sorcery. Let us carefully note the following:

Did Muhammad experience some form of choking, gasping, spasmodic movements, delirium and whisperings when the so-called revelations came to him? Yes.

Did Muhammad use spitting and blowing? Yes.

Did Muhammad claim eloquence, boasting to be the master of eloquent speech? Yes.

Were Muhammad’s dreams frightening and terrifying? Yes.

Did these dreams cause Muhammad to fear that he was possessed whereby he even contemplated suicide? Yes.

Did the revelation sound as the ringing bells? Yes.

Did Muhammad and others associate bells with Satan? Yes.

What makes this all the more amazing is that the Quran cites the unbelievers as accusing Muhammad of being a man possessed and bewitched:

Or (Why) has not a treasure been bestowed on him, or why has he (not) a garden for enjoyment?” The wicked say: “Ye follow none other than A MAN BEWITCHED.” S. 25:8 Y. Ali

They said: “Thou art only one of those bewitched!” S. 26:153 Y. Ali

And yet they turned away from him and said, ‘He is tutored, a man possessed!’ S. 44:14 Sher Ali

The hadith literature ends up confirming the suspicions of the unbelievers since it plainly states that Muhammad was indeed bewitched and even believed that he was possessed!

Hence, the evidence leads us to the inescapable conclusion that Muhammad was not a prophet like the true prophets of the Holy Bible. He, instead, manifested all the signs of a possessed sorcerer. It must be pointed out that these are the criteria from the MUSLIM sources. These are not merely criteria culled from the Holy Bible. Muhammad meets many, if not all, of the criteria of being under demonic influence that are found in the Islamic source texts.

Click here to continue reading the full article.

Zeitgeist: History Rewritten by Chris White

If you’re looking for more resources to successfully deal with people who bring up the ridiculous claims of Zeitgeist, check out this video from Chris White titled, “Zeitgeist: History Rewritten”.

H/T Keith Thompson