In the name of Allāh,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Peace and Blessings of Allāh on Mohammad.
Allāh–the Glorious and the High,
Lord of the worlds
Mohammad–who brought the world
to our feet and eternity to our arms.
Christians claim Jesus was sinless whereas Mohammad sinned. And they quote Qur’an 40:55 and 48:1-2 to substantiate their claim. (Though no examples of these sins are given; nor could any be given as there is no sin to recount).
First. Contrary to Christians claim that Jesus was the only sinless person (because he was of “virgin” birth) is Christians’ hallucination. Not only is “virgin” BIRTH a forgery in the Bible but Jesus could have inherited sin from his mother who inherited sin from her father.
In fact, Paul, who knows more than Christians, states that Jesus had a human father:
(a) “Therefore (David) being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the FRUIT OF HIS LOINS, ACCORDING TO THE FLESH, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne”–(Acts 2:30);
(b) “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ…which was made of the SEED OF DAVID ACCORDING TO THE FLESH” –(Romans 1:3);
(c) “Remember that Jesus Christ of the SEED OF DAVID”–(2 Timothy 2:8).
And “seed” is sperm, and “according to the flesh” is male-female union: sexual intercourse.
There are others whom the Bible said were sinless:
-“Enoch WALKED WITH GOD; and he was NOT (dead); for GOD TOOK HIM”–(Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:5).
-“Noah was a JUST man…PERFECT…WALKED WITH GOD”–(Gen. 6:9).
-“Zacharias…and his wife…were both RIGHTEOUS…. BLAMELESS”–(Luke 1:5-6).
-“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained WITNESS (from God) that he was RIGHTEOUS, GOD testifying of his gifts”–(Gen. 4:4; Heb. 11:4).
-Mary, mother of Jesus (and even “mother of God” as some Christians say) was “highly favoured” by God, and “blessed” among women–(Luke 1:28).
-John the Baptist was “great in the sight of the Lord”–(Luke 1:15).
-Jesus says:“I am not come to call the righteous, but SINNERS to REPENTANCE” (not to vicarious atonement)–(Matt. 9:13). If Jesus was the only sinless man there would not be any “righteous” one for him to not call to “repentance.”
-Even John the Baptist was greater than Jesus, as Jesus himself declared: “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist”–(Matt. 11:11). Jesus also was born of a woman.
-Jesus says only God is good: “Why callest thou me good? there is NONE good but one, that is, GOD”–(Matt. 19:17). Thus no one, including Jesus, is good; one who is not good cannot be “perfect” or “sinless” (and such a one cannot be God or son of God or vicarious atoner).
-All prophets were “holy”–(Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21).
And these “righteous” and “holy” people were before Jesus. And according to Jesus, man is capable even of being as “perfect” as God; he says: “(be) perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”–(Matt. 5:48. And he was not yet “crucified” for sins, so that it could be said they had to first believe in crucifixion and be baptized in order to be ”perfect”).
(Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary defines sin as “an offense against God;” “transgression of the law of God;” “a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God.” If the Prophet Mohammad committed any sin prior to his call to prophethood there does not seem to be any record of it. And unless the Prophet’s frowning at the blind man and him praying for his dead enemy are sins–Qur’an 80:1-2; 9:84, 113–there does not seem to be any evidence of the Prophet having committed “an offense against God;” or committed a “transgression of the law of God;” or being “estranged from God”).
That Mohammad sinned. In Qur’an 40:55 Allāh says to the Prophet “So be patient; surely the promise of Allah is true; and ask protection for thy sin and celebrate the praise of thy Lord in the evening and the morning.” The word istaghfara does not only mean forgiveness for sin(s) committed but also carries the deeper meaning of protecting one from committing sin(s). Muhammad Ali explains:
“The words istaghr-li-dhanbi-ka occurring here, and repeated in 47:19, do not negative the claim made repeatedly that the Prophet was sinless. Fully five times the Holy Prophet is described in the Holy Qur’an as being one who purified others from sin, in 2:129, 151; 3:164; 9:103, and 62:2. How could a sinful man purify others from sins? In fact, we do not find any prophet or reformer so plainly described as a purifier of others as
the Holy Prophet Muhammad. Again, the Holy Prophet is repeatedly spoken of in the Holy Qur’an as walking in the way of perfect righteousness and entire submission to Allāh. Obedience to the Messenger is obedience to Allāh (4:80); if you love Allāh, then follow me, Allāh will love you (3:31). In the presence of these and a hundred other statements of a similar nature, sin could not be attributed to him. A perusal of the Holy Book further proves that the Qur’an does not allow us to attribute sin to any prophet: “They speak not before He speaks, and according to His command they act” (21:27).
The significance of dhanb has already been fully explained in 3:11a. The other word occurring here is istighfar. It is of the measure of istif‘al, and signifies the asking of ghafr or maghrah. According to R, ghafr means the covering of a thing with that which will protect it from dirt. Hence the words ghufran and maghrah on the part of Allāh signify, according to the same authority, His granting protection to His servants against chastisement. And istaghfara is explained as meaning he sought of God covering or forgiveness or pardon (T, LL). It will thus be seen that the idea of protection is the dominant idea in the word ghafr and its derivatives, and the word not only signifies the forgiveness of sin, but also the covering of sin, which is really the granting of protection against sin. That ghafr means protection against the punishment of sin as well as protection against the commission of sin, is made clear by Qastalani in his commentary of Bukhari: Al-ghafru al-sitru wa huwa imma baina-l-‘abdi wa-l-dhanbi wa imma baina-l-dhanbi wa ‘uqubatihi, i.e., ghafr means protection, and it is either a protection of the servant from sins or a protection from the punishment of sin. It is therefore protection in the first sense that is meant here, protection from sins, a protection from the imperfections of human nature, which make a man liable to sin unless he is protected by Allah. In fact, wherever the word ghafr or istighfar is used in connection with the righteous, as in 3:17, 7:151, 17:25, 40:7, etc., it is the protection from sin that is meant. See also 2:286a and 48:2a.”
Qur’an 48:1-2 states: “Surely We have granted thee a clear victory, That Allāh may cover for thee thy (alleged) shortcomings in the past and those to come, and complete His favour to thee and guide thee on a right path.” (Notably, the Hadith to this verse refers to Allāh forgiving the Prophet his “faults” NOT sin. A “fault” is not necessarily a sin–Bokhari Vol. 6, #360-361).
The highlighted words in the verse, clearly, do not refer to sin but to a “shortcoming” suffered in dealing with the disbelievers. As Muhammad Ali explains the background of these verses:
“The victory referred to is that gained by the truce at Hudaibiyah in 6 A.H. (B.64:37). The fact that there was no actual fighting at Hudaibiyah has led many to think that the words contain a prophecy about the conquest of Makkah, which, however, is referred to later on in the third section of this chapter. The truce at Hudaibiyah was surely a real victory for the Muslims, because it opened the way for the propagation of Islam among the disbelievers, and by putting a stop to hostilities gave the opponents an occasion to ponder over the merits of the religion against which they had hitherto struggled in vain on the field of battle. As a result of this truce large numbers came over to Islam, and the words are thus prophetical, and their truth was demonstrated long after their revelation. It may be added here that ‘Umar had some misgivings as to the good of the truce concluded at Hudaibiyah; he thought that the truce was not honourable for the Muslims, for the conditions to which they yielded were disadvantageous to them. One of the conditions of the truce was that, if anyone from among the Makkans came over to the Holy Prophet, he would return him to the Quraish, though he were a Muslim, while the Quraish were not bound to return anyone who deserted the Prophet and joined the Quraish. The Muslims felt it very hard that one of their brethren should be returned to suffer persecution at the hands of the disbelievers; but, as the Quraish refused to make a truce unless this condition was included, the Holy Prophet accepted it. Immediately afterwards Divine revelation dispelled all those misgivings, and declared the truce to be a great victory leading to glorious results, as it actually proved to be.
For ghafr meaning covering or protecting, see 2:286a. The word dhanbi-ka occurring here has been misunderstood as meaning thy sin. In the first place dhanb means any shortcoming, not necessarily a sin; see 3:11a. Secondly, the Prophet never committed a sin and his istighfar meant the asking of Divine protection against the commission of sins; see 40:55a. Even before he was raised to the dignity of prophethood, he was known in Arabia as al-Amin or the faithful one. Dhanbi-ka therefore here means not the sin committed by thee but the sin committed against thee, or the shortcomings attributed to thee, as ithmi in 5:29 means not the sin committed by me but the sin committed against me, for which see 5:29a. Other examples of a similar use of idafah are met with in the Holy Qur’an. For instance, see 6:22, where shuraka’u-kum does not mean your partners but the partners set up by you, and in 16:27 shuraka’i does not mean My partners but the partners which you set up with Me. The idafah in dhanbi-ka carries a similar significance, and the word means thy alleged short-comings. It is only in this sense that we can speak of sins in the past and those to come. These were the short-comings attributed to the Prophet by his enemies, by those who were contemporaneous with him and those who were yet to come after him. Notwithstanding the fact that the Prophet was respected throughout Arabia for his righteousness and truthfulness before he laid claim to prophethood, the twenty years of opposition to the Truth which he brought had poisoned the minds of the Arabs to such an extent that they now drew a very dark picture of him, heaping all kinds of abuses on him. Their poets now indulged in vituperating him, thus poisoning the minds of the masses. The battles that were now being fought had, further, made it impossible for the Muslims to present a true picture of Islam to the Arabs. After several years of conflict, the Hudaibiyah truce brought about a change in the relations of the two parties and the truth about the Prophet now began to dawn on their minds. They now saw that the Prophet was not the man of terror as their leaders had pictured to them. They saw the great transformation which he had wrought and the life which he had infused into a dead nation. It was in this sense that God covered the shortcomings and failures which his opponents attributed to him. Their effect on the public mind was removed by the Hudaibiyah truce, which gave his enemies an occasion to ponder over the beauties of Islam. In the words those to come, there is a reference to the latter-day carpings of the enemies of Islam. As already stated, this chapter deals not only with the immediate triumph of Islam, but prophesies also its ultimate triumph in the whole world (v. 28). Hence there is a promise here that not only would those misunderstandings which already existed be corrected, but even those that remained behind and would be spread at a later date by the ene-mies of Islam would also be dispelled, and Islam would thus shine in its full lustre not only in Arabia but in the whole world.” (Muhammad Ali’s translation of the Qur’-an can be viewed online: www.muslim.org).
(About the misunderstandings “that remained behind and would be spread at a later date by the enemies of Islam.” A century ago magnificent and dedicated scho-lars such as Muhammad Ali and Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din –two indomitable sentinels of faith who vigil at the frontiers– vanquished the assaults by the Christian mis-sionaries and Hindu bigots against Islam.
In our time we have the likes of NONIE DARWISH; WAFA SULTAN; GEERT WILDERS; SON OF HAMAS; IBN WARRAQ; and AYAAN HIRSI ALI among others (and unschooled Muslims like IRSHAD MANJI), who are paraded and plumed as “in-tellectuals,” who are actually ignoramuses –they know nothing about Islam and they know even less about Christianity– and/or are perhaps opportunists –the fastest way for one to establish himself/herself into the eyes of the community is to fire-breathe on Islam– who try to bad mouth Islam).
Again, Allāh tells us that Mohammad is the best exemplar,1 that if we want Allāh to love us and forgive us our sins we must follow the Prophet;2 that the Prophet is the light-giving sun;3 that Prophets do only as Allāh instructs;4 that Mohammad will be given the right to intercession on the Day of Judgment;5 that He guides Mohammad in the Right Way;6 that Mohammad purifies;7 that Mohammad attained perfection;8 that Mohammad is to be honored/revered9 and is blessed by Allāh and His angels10 –Surely such a person could not be a sinner.
Allāh tells us in His Qur’an 21:26-27 that all prophets were sinless, because prophets only act according to Divine decrees: “And they say: The Beneficent has taken to Himself a son. Glory be to Him! Nay, they are honoured servants—They speak not before He speaks, and according to His command they act;” and this statement by Allāh is echoed by Jesus who declared that he only does according to what God tells him to do (thus, Jesus was a Muslim –one who submits to the “will” of God):
-“I came …not to do mine own will, BUT THE WILL OF HIM THAT SENT ME”–(John 6:38).
-“My doctrine is not mine, BUT HIS THAT SENT ME”–(John 7:16).
-“HE (GOD) gave me a commandment, WHAT I SHOULD SAY, AND WHAT I SHOULD SPEAK”–(John 12:49).
-“I speak not of myself: BUT THE FATHER THAT DWELLETH IN ME–(John 14:10. It is to be known that God “dwelleth” in every person: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLETH IN YOU?”–1 Cor. 3:16. Compare with Qur’an: “Then He (Allāh) made him (man) complete and breathed into him of His Spirit”–15:29; 32:9; 38:72).
-“My meat is to do the will of HIM that sent me and to finish HIS work”–(John 4:34).
-“I seek NOT MY OWN WILL, but the WILL OF THE FATHER….If I bear witness of myself, my witness is NOT TRUE”–(John 5:30-31). (Even in the face of these clear, unambiguous statements of Jesus that he is not God yet Christians claim that Jesus is God).
While Jesus as prophet of God was sinless, according to the Bible Jesus committed the sin of hypocrisy. And according to Jesus hypocrisy is a grave sin which will net “hypocrites” the greater damnation of hell: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES!…ye shall receive the greater damnation”–(Matt. 23:13-14, 27-33).
Yet the Bible shows that Jesus was guilty of the sin of hypocrisy:
-Jesus says leave the dead to bury the dead, but he resurrected Lazarus and the widow’s son (which is hypo-crisy)–(Matt. 8:22; John 11:43-44; Luke 7:12-15);
-Jesus says bless them that curse you, but he cursed a helpless fig tree;it is a sin to curse a thing that has no control over itself– (which is hypocrisy)–(Matt. 5:44; Mark 11:12-21);
-Jesus tells people to bless cursers, reward haters, pray for despisers and persecutors, and forgive seventy times seven, but he charged that those who are not with him are against him; regard people as “dogs” and “swine” and preached in parables so they would not understand and be saved; castigated the people of Chorazin, Beth-saida, and Capernaum; ridiculed Jews as “generation of vipers;” “evil and adulterous generation;” as “fools” and “blind guides;” (which is hypocrisy)–(Matt. 5:44; 18:21-22; 12:30; 7:6; 15:26; Mark. 4:9-12; Matt. 11:20-24; 12:34, 39; 23:16-17, 24)
-Jesus says love your enemies and forgive seventy times seven, but he ordered his enemies be slain (which is hypocrisy)–(Matt. 5:44; 18:22; Luke 19:27);
-Jesus says honor parents, but he disowns his mother, which is not only hypocrisy but sin–(Matt. 19:19; 12:46-50.Mary could not have been guilty of neglecting God so that Jesus should dishonor her; Mary was chosen over all women because she was “highly favoured” by God, and “blessed”–Luke 1:28);
-Jesus says give the other cheek but commanded his followers to sell their garments and buy swords (which is hypocrisy)–(Matt. 5:39; Luke 22:36);
-Jesus says go another mile with your compeller, but he boots his compellers, the bird-sellers and money-changers, out of the temple (which is hypocrisy)–(Matt. 5:41; 21:12).
According to the Bible Jesus also sinned against others:
-loading swine with devils causing them to drown and owners to suffer loss of property–(Matt. 8:28-33. Mark 5:13);
-(and as Christians say Jesus is God) Jesus committed the sin of ordering the slaughter of even the “ox” and “ass” of the Hittites etc; so that Jews could occupy their lands and take their little “virgin” girls as sex slaves–(Deut; 7:1-2. Josh 10:40; 12:6; Deut.20:12-14; Num. 31:17-18); and inspiring Samson to incinerate “three hundred foxes”–(Judge. 15:4).
-teaches people to hate parents and family (which is evil)–(Matt. 10:35-36; Luke 12:51-53; 14:26)
-sends sword, fire, and division to earth –war, devas-tation, and suffering (which is evil)–(Matt.10:34; Luke 12:49-51).
Again, according to the Bible Jesus committed the sin of lying/ deceiving: telling his followers: “Go ye up unto this feast, for my time is not yet full come,” “But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret”–(John 7:8-10. Jesus could not have changed his mind. As “God” or son of God he would be Omniscient and would know when he would be going).
Jesus also encouraged others to lie, he instructed his followers: “Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison”–(Matt.5:25).
This injunction of Jesus gives Christians a hole so big to accommodate every conceivable lie and deception and for any situation that the battleships Iowa Jima and Lincoln can sail side by side through it. And with mega space to spare. With this permission Christians can even frame an innocent person all the way to the executioner’s needle just so they would not be thrown in jail. (See ISLAM & LYING).
Moreover, (as Christian’s say Jesus is God) Jesus had his prophets “lie.”
In 1 Kings chapter 22, King Ahab wanted to know if he would be successful in the battle of Ramoth-gilead. Confused, because he is getting conflicting answers from his “prophets,” King Ahab summoned Micaiah, even though he disliked Micaiah because the latter does not give him favorable answers.
Micaiah prophesied that king Ahab would be killed and the Israelites defeated–(22:17). This upset King Ahab. He wanted to know how it is that he gets conflicting answers from his prophets and Micaiah.
Micaiah replied that he had a vision of the Court of God about God asking which one of his spirits will tell King Ahab that he must go to battle and be killed. The spirits all came up with one story or the other to convince King Ahab. Then one clever spirit elected to do the job by being a “lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets. And he (God) said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth and do so. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a LYING spirit in the mouth of all these prophets, and the LORD hath spoken EVIL concerning thee”–(22:17-22).
Incidentally, Micaiah was sent to prison for his prophecy. King Ahab was killed in accordance with the decree of God as pro-phesied by Micaiah.
Whereas Allāh declared that all prophets were sinless and the Prophet Mohammad was sinless, according to the Gospels Jesus was a sinner.
Rather than squander invaluable time trying to find non-existent flaws in Mohammad Christians are to wail and gnash their teeth over the falsehood they follow. Or bend their knees to Allāh.
1. Qur’an 33:21; 68:4; 69:40;
2. Qur’an 3:31; (7:157-158).
3. Qur’an 33:45-46;
4. Qur’an 11:12-14; 21:27, 45; 46:9; 53:3-4. As Prophets act only according to Divine instructions they are thus sinless.
5. Qur’an 43:86; 19:87 (Bokhari Vol. 1, # 98; Vol. 4, # 556; Vol. 9, #’s 600-601); (See M. Ali comm; 2264);
6. Qur’an 42:52-53; 43:61, 64.
7. Qur’an 62:2.
8. Qur’an 53:6.
9. Qur’an 48:9.
10. Qur’an 33:56.