Baptism of water or fire

In the name of Allāh,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Peace and Blessings of Allāh on Mohammad.
DEDICATED TO
Allāh–the Glorious and the High,
Lord of the worlds
AND TO
Mohammad–who brought the world
to our feet and eternity to our arms.
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BAPTISM–OF WATER OR FIRE?

John the Baptist prophesied: “I indeed baptize with WATER unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with FIRE”–(Matt. 3:11; Luke 3:16).
   As Jesus also baptized with water and not with fire, this prophecy could not relate to Jesus. 
   Professor ‘Abdul-Ahad Dawud –the former Reverend David Benjamin Keldani– wrote in his revealing book Muhammad in the Bible:

“One of the few religious phenomena I have not been able to explain is this: How is it that the well-known Saba’ites (Sabians), so predominant in the Arabian peninsula and Mesopotamia, did not embrace Christianity if the Prophet John the Baptist had really and openly declared and presented Jesus as the “more powerful” Prophet than himself, and the Messiah whose shoes he was not worthy to unloose?  If, as foretold by John, Jesus was the Apostle of Allāh who came to baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire the myriads whom he “dyed” in the water of the Jordan and elsewhere, why did Jesus not baptize them instantly with the Spirit and with fire and then purge of idolatry all the lands promised by Allāh to the seed of Abraham and establish the Kingdom of God by force and fire? It is absolutely inconceivable that the disciples and the believers in the divine mission of John should not follow Jesus if he had been presented to the public as his Lord or Superior on the spot. The followers of John might have been excused for their refusal to enter into the Christian Church if Jesus Christ had come, say, a century later than the Baptist, but happily such was not the case. They were both contemporaries and born in the same year. They both baptized with water unto repentance, and prepared their penitent converts for the Kingdom of God that was approaching but not established in their time. 
   The Saba’ites, the “Dyers” or Baptists,” were the faithful adherents of John.  They may have fallen into error and superstition; but they knew perfectly well that it was not Jesus who was intended in the prophecy of their Prophet. They embraced Islam when Muhammad came.
  
 …The Christian assertion that the Holy Spirit at the incantations of a priest, fills certain individuals and sanctifies them, but does not guarantee their impeccability and ignorance, is meaningless. We are told that Hananiah (Ananias) and his wife Shapirah were baptized, which is to say filled with the Holy Ghost.  They were thus inspired by the third divine person to sell their field and to place its price in cash at the feet of the Apostle Peter, but at the same time were seduced by the devil to conceal a portion of the money.  The consequence was that the unfortunate communist couple were stricken dead miraculously (Acts 5:1-10).
  
Think of the belief that the Third Person of the Trinity descends upon men, sanctifies them, and then allows them to fall into error, heresy, and atheism, and abandons them to commit murderous wars and massacres. Is this possible? Can the devil seduce a man filled with and guarded by the Holy Ghost and change him into a demon?  The Holy Qur-‘an is very expressive on this point. Allāh says to the devil:

“Verily thou shalt have no power over My servants, but over those only who shall be seduced and who shall follow thee”–(15:42).

We cannot believe, nor even imagine for a moment, that a servant of God, a righteous believer who has received the Spirit of sanctification, can fall into a deadly sin and perish in hell. Nay, a holy person, so long as he is in this material world, is to combat and struggle against sin and evil; he may fall, but he will rise again and shall never be abandoned by the pure Spirit that guards him. True repentance is the work of the good Spirit that lives in us.  If a Christian be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire, in the sense which the book of the “Acts of the Apostles” describes and the Churches accept, then every baptized Latin, Greek, or Abyssinian must not only become a sinless saint but also a linguist and a polyglot prophet!
  
The truth is that the Christians have not a definite or precise conception about the Holy Spirit filling a baptized Christian.  If it be God, then how dare the devil approach, tempt, and seduce the hallowed or rather deified man? And, besides, what is more serious is: How can the devil chase away the Holy Ghost and settle himself in the heart of a baptized heretic or atheist?  On the other hand, if the Holy Spirit means the Archangel Gabriel or some other angel, then the Christian Churches roam in a desert of superstition; for an angel is not omnipresent. If this Spirit that purifies and fills a baptized Christian is God Himself, for such is their belief in the Third Person of the Trinity, then all the baptized Christians ought to claim themselves divine or deified.
  
…The Holy Spirit, with the definite article “the,” means a special angelic personality, Gabriel, or any one of the numerous “pure” spirits created by Allāh, and appointed to perform some particular mission. The descent of the Holy Spirit upon a human person is to reveal to him the will and the oracles of Allāh, and to make him a prophet. Such an one can never be seduced by the satan.
  
The baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire which Muhammad brought is explained to us by the divine revelation only in one verse of Al-Qur-‘an:

“The baptism of God (have we received), and who is better than God to baptize? Him do we worship”–(2:138).
This is the translation of Sale (cf. The Koran).

….Sibghatu ‘I-Lah” is the baptism of the religion of Allāh, not with water, but with the Holy Spirit and fire! The religion professed by any of the companions of the Apostle of Allāh in the first years of the Hijrat is today professed in its entirety by every Muslim. This cannot be said of the baptismal religion. More than sixteen Ecumenical Councils have been summoned to define the religion of Christianity, only to be discovered by the Synod of the Vatican in the nineteenth century that the mysteries of the “Infallibility” and the “Immaculate Conception” were two of the principal dogmas, both unknown to the Apostle Peter and the Blessed Virgin Mary! Any faith or religion dependent upon the deliberations and decisions of General Synods –holy or heretical– is artificial and human. The religion of Islam is the belief in one Allāh and absolute resignation to His will, and this faith is professed by the angels in heaven and by the Muslims on earth. It is the religion of sanctification and of enlightenment, and an impregnable bulwark against idolatry.
  
…In short, every Muslim, whether at his birth or at his conversion, is baptized spiritually, and becomes a citizen of the Kingdom of God, a free man, and possesses equal rights and obligations, according to his ability, virtue, knowledge, wealth, rank.
  
St. John the Baptist ascribes this spiritual and igneous baptism to the Great Apostle of Allāh, not as a divine being, God, or son of God, but as a holy agent, and as an instrument through which this divine baptismal sacrament was to be operated. Muhammad delivered the Message of Allāh which was His Word; he led the prayers, administered the divine service, and fought the holy wars against the unbelievers and the idolators to defend his cause. But the success and the victory achieved was God’s. In the same way John preached and baptized, but the contrition, penance, and the remission of sins could only be done by God. The Prophet John’s prediction that “he who comes after me is more powerful than I; he will baptize you with the Spirit and with fire” is quite intelligible, because only through Muhammad this spiritual baptism was given and performed.
  
…The “Sibghatu ‘I-Lah” is that divine baptism with fire which arms and equips the Muslim to become a bulwark against error and superstition, chiefly against idolatry of every kind. It is this baptismal fire that melts the soul and spirit of a Muslim, thus separating its golden substance from the rubbish and ordure. It is the power of God which strengthens and consolidates the union between Him and the believing servant, and arms him to fight for the religion of God.  The fervour and the zeal of the Muslim for Allāh and His religion is unique and holy. The savages also fight for their fetishes, the heathen for their idols, and the Christians for their cross; but what a contrast between these unworthy object of worship and the God of Islam!
  
In conclusion, I must draw the attention of my Muslim brethren to think who they are; to remember the favours of Allāh; and to live accordingly.” (Excerpted from pp. 187-197. Highlight added).

Muslim’s article of Faith consists of the Shahadah –I testify there is no God but Allāh, I testify Mohammad is the Messenger of Allāh– which initiates one into Islam, and is also recited into the ears of the new-born. One who takes this Shahadah is professing the belief that Allāh, God, is:

   –One and Only; the Eternal, Absolute; on Whom all depend;

   – having no consort He begets not and thus has no son or daughter;

   –being First and Creator of all and thus has no mother and father He is not begotten;

   –being the only One with Divine attributes there is none like Him;

   –being Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent He incarnates not;

   –being Just He has no “chosen people” to the exclusion of others; and does not put the sin of one person onto another or have the innocent punish or killed for the sinner;

   –being Merciful and Forgiving He does not give to every action an equal and opposite reaction: He forgives sins and whereas He requites evil with its like He rewards a good deed up to seven hundred-fold; and He needs no blood, whether human or animal, as “satisfaction” in order to forgive sin(s);

   belief in Allāh also incorporates a belief in all His Angels, Revealed Books, and Prophets; the Resurrection, Judgment; and Heaven and Hell.

    Contrast this Muslims’ initiation rite –declaring the Majesty, Magnificence, and unparalleled Glory of Allāh, which the new born hears, that the only being greater than himself/herself is Allāh– to the Christians’ initiating rite of sprinkling water on the new-born (or dunking the grown) accompanied by the farcical phrase –there is no documentation of any praise uttered by John the Baptist or Jesus– ‘In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit;’ which statement, is a ‘forgery’ in the Bible.

   That Jesus ordered that the Gospels be preached to the world and to baptize people ‘in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost’, Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din reveals in book Open Letters To The Bishops of Salisbury & London, (pp. 31-32): 

“The concluding eleven verses of St. Mark-(16:9-20) and the well-known verse of St. Matthew-(28:19), speaking of the Son and the Father and the Holy Ghost, are forgeries, an admitted addition to the ancient MSS (manuscripts). The fact was discovered by the first translator of the Bible into English and they made a marginal note in their version of the Bible which continued for some time. But we do not find the said note in any of the copies now published by the said society (Foreign Mission Society). Is it fair and honest to keep others in darkness as to the true value of the contents of the Bible? The reader must know thatconcluding portion of St. Mark and the verse in St. Matthew are spurious and a subsequent addition. But I am afraid the Foreign Mission would not allow the correction. It would tell against their very Mission, if they eliminate the verse from St. Matthew; they lose the only pillar that supports the structure of the Trinity. No other verse in the whole Scripture speaks of it. The said eleven verses of St. Mark are the only justification for the existence of the Foreign Mission. You, as well as I, know, my Lord, that the call to Jesus came solely and wholly from Judaism. He came only to gather the scattered sheep and would not give the children’s bread to the dogs, the world beyond the Israelites. The Foreign Mission is a mere trespass on lands forbidden by the Master. It transcends the limit marked by Jesus.Throughout his life the Gentiles and others did not concern him: they were the swine. Then came the make-believe Resurrection, and they say the Master changed his mind as to his mission and ordered it to be carried to the four corners of the world (indicating that he was unsure of his mission), but this all depends upon the questionable verses of St. Mark, and hence their retention  in the Bible. St. Matthew is no authority on this point. The word “nations” there is a mistranslation and a wrong substitute for “the tribes”–the rest of the Jewish tribes scattered all over the world. This being the case, the Mission cannot afford to eliminate the verses from their version, nor will they put marginal notes, as did the old versions, to show the true nature of the verses.1 It would weaken the cause and show the futility of their status, since in carrying on evangelical work in the non-Christian world (in the non-Jewish world, the Bible/Christ is only for Jews) 2 they are acting against the express admonition of the Master. It may that reasons other than religion are at the back of it all, and goading their activities, but decency, if not religion, assuredly demands the publishing of things as they are.”(pp. 31-32. Highlight added).

The Gospel of Mark 16:16-18 reports Jesus as saying: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved…and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.” Have Christians drunk any “deadly thing”? Christians must put their dignity where their mouths are and drink this “deadly thing.”

   Christians claim that the Bible is “all” “Word of God” and that Jesus is the Son of God. If Christians believe in their “Word of God” and Son of God they will have no reluctance or hesitancy to drink this “deadly thing.” Surely to demonstrate their “Word of God” and trust in their “Son of God” is the highest of “moral standards.”   Don’t Christians trust their God and son of God?

   It is scandalous that Christians are not clamoring to honor this “truth” of Jesus. After all, if this “deadly thing” does not hurt them they can boast that Jesus spoke the truth. And if they die, well, they will get to sit with Jesus sooner “on the right hand of God”–(Mark 16:19).                                                                                                            

NOTES

1. Encyclopaedia Biblica, p. 1880, Section G., Westcott and Hort, The New Testament in the Original Greek, Appendix).

2. The Bible/Christ is for Jews only until the coming of the Comforter at which time Jews are to follow this Comforter who will guide them into “all truth”–(John 14:16; 16:13).
  
Previous to this teaching of Jesus, God had decreed that kingship and prophethood would depart from the Jewish people at the advent of Shiloh–(Gen. 49:10); Moses foretold that God will raise up a prophet like him (Moses) whom the Israelites are to follow–(Deut. 18:15, 18); and Jesus further said that the kingdom of God shall be taken from the Israelites and given to another people–(Matt. 21:43).
   And this Shiloh, prophet like Moses and the Comforter have been shown to be the Prophet Mohammad. (See Prof. Abdul Ahad Dawud –the former Reverend David Benjamin Keldani– Muhammad in the Bible; and Abdul Haque Vidyarthi, Muhammad in World Scriptures, Vol. 1). 
   In Deut. 18:18 of the Bible Moses made it clear that God says all those who do not follow this prophet like him that, “whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him” (i.e. they will have to answer to God for not following this prophet–Mohammad). And in what seems to be a reflection of this decree of God, the Prophet Mohammad is reported as having said: “he who amongst the community of Jews or Christians hears about me, but does not affirm his belief in that which I have been sent and dies in this state (of disbelief), he shall be but one of the denizens of Hell”–(Muslim Vol. 1, #284).
   While all prophets taught Islam, Islam was perfected only through the Prophet Mohammad:This day have I perfected for you your religion and completed My favour to you and chosen for you Islam as a religion” –(Qur’an 5:3). Thus, as Islam (as taught by the Prophet Mohammad) is superior to all religions, whoever needs another religion it will not be accepted: Surely the (true) religion with Allāh is Islam;” “Seek they then other than Allāh’s religion? And to Him submits whoever is in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly, and to Him they will be returned;” “And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers”–(Qur’an 3:19, 83, 85).
   The Qur’an comprises of the best teachings given to other prophets as well as teachings not given to other prophets: “We narrate to thee the best of narratives, in that We have revealed to thee this Qur’an, though before this thou wast of those unaware;” “And certainly We have set forth for men in this Qur’an similitudes of every sort that they may mind;” “We have not neglected anything in the Book;” “A Messenger from Allāh, reciting pure pages, Wherein are (all) right books”–(Qur’an (12:3; 39:27; 6:38; 98:2-3).
Thus the Qur’an comprises of, exceeds, and supersedes all other Scriptures. Islam is superior to all other religions