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.
ALLĀH – A PAGAN MOON-GOD
Comment–The Bible or the Qur’an?
Christians claim that if there is a contradiction between the Bible and the Qur’an in a matter, the teaching of Bible is to be taken as correct, on account of the Bible being the older Scripture and thus the correct one.
This would have been a plausible argument had the Bible been in its original Hebrew language and in pristine purity. But the BIBLE is NOT!
To say that the Bible “has been tampered with” is putting it mildly; way mildly –like trying to cover a Moby-Dick size gash with a half-inch band-aid. In fact, the Bible has more human weavings than a Galilean’s fish-net.
Putting aside that “Modern students say there are probably 50,000 errors” in the Bible and that The Old Testament “were written in several languages over a period of more than nine hundred years, based on oral traditions” and that “It was not until circa 170 A.D. that the four Gospels acquired the status of canonic literature,” the Bible itself conveys that it has been falsified; God revealed to the prophet Jeremiah to convey to the people: “How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us’? But behold, the lying pen of the scribes has made it into a lie.”–(Jer. 8:8. New American Standard Bible, 1985 edition).
Contrastingly, upon its revelation to the Prophet Mohammad, the Qur’an was memorized by Muslims and written down. And Maurice Bucaille wrote:
“Whereas monumental errors are to be found in the Bible, I could not find a single error in the Qur’an. I had to stop and ask myself: if a man was the author of the Qur’an, how could he have written facts in the Seventh century A.D. that today are shown to be in keeping with modern scientific knowledge?” “it is unthinkable that a man of Muhammad’s time could have been the author of them. Modern scientific knowledge therefore allows us to understand certain verses of the Qur’an which, until now, it has been impossible to interpret.” “In view of the level of knowledge in Muhammad’s day, it is inconceivable that many of the statements in the Qur’an which are connected with science could have been the work of a man. It is, moreover, perfectly legitimate, not only to regard the Qur’an as the expression of a Revelation, but also to award it a very special place, on account of the guarantee of authenticity it provides and the presence in it of scientific statements which, when studied today, appear as a challenge to explanation in human terms.” (Please see Bible corrupt & obsolete and Qur’an for reference to the above quotes).
Whether there is a contradiction or not between the two, which Scripture will you follow the Bible or the Qur’an?
Notably, there is no Sabbath in Islam. Allāh does not need to take a day off for rest: “Allāh – there is no god but He, the Ever-living, the Self-subsisting by Whom all subsists, Slumber overtakes Him not, nor sleep….His knowledge extends over the heavens and the earth, and the preservation of them both tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Great”–(Qur’an 2:255). Muslims have a congregational, sermonized service on Friday; after which we are to return to our regular undertakings–Qur’an 62:9-10). Jews and Christians have a Sabbath. Jews and Jesus’ Sabbath is on Saturday. Christians Sabbath, contrary to Jesus’, is on Sunday. This change was made in the time of Constantine, who supposedly converted to Christianity.1
Since Christians worship Jesus as God, and as Jesus was born of a woman, it would be correct to say that JESUS IS A CHRISTIAN WOMB-GOD.
The Internet has mountains of materials –including an archaeological discovery of a stone deity with an upside down crescent on its chest– claiming that Allāh was the name of a moon-god worshipped by pagans. (Christians even have a comic strip showing Christians “enlightening” a Muslim to the “truth” that Allāh was a pagan “moon-god”).
1. First. Who is Allāh? Professor ‘Abdul-Ahad Dawud, B.D. –“the former Reverend David Benjamin Keldani, B.D., a Roman Catholic priest of the Uniate-Chaldean sect”– wrote in his book Muhammad In The Bible (p 15): “If the Christian priests and theologians knew their Scriptures in the original Hebrew instead of in translations as the Muslims read their Qur-an in its Arabic text, they would clearly see that Allah is the same ancient Semitic name of the Supreme Being who revealed and spoke to Adam and all the Prophets.”
Thus, if Allāh is a pagan moon-God then the God of Moses and Jews and Jesus is also a pagan moon-God. And as Christian Arabs also refer to God as Allāh, then Allāh is a “moon-God” of Christians also.
That “Allah is the same ancient Semitic name of the Supreme Being who revealed and spoke to Adam and all the Prophets” highlights that even the pagans knew that the name of God is Allāh; and if the pagans worshipped the moon as their Creator/Allāh what does this has to do with Muslims and Allāh? God is not to be cited for the improper acts of His worshippers.
So the statue had a “moon” on its chest (much like Christians have an effigy of “Christ” on a crucifix –a womb-God– around their necks and on a staff) this does not mean that the moon actually represents Allāh (or that the crucifix actually represents Christ).
So the pagans worship Allāh as a moon-god, so what? A person is not responsible for what others ascribe to him. Christians ascribe Divinity to Jesus and to his mother, Mary, and worship them; are Jesus and Mary responsible for this ascription to them? How then is Allāh responsible for man worshipping the moon (or other elements) on his Name?
Allāh says clearly: “And of His signs are the night and the day and the sun and the moon. Adore not the sun nor the moon, but adore Allāh Who created them, if He it is that you serve”–(Qur’an 41:37); much as He tells us: “And those whom they call on besides Allāh (such as Jesus, Mary, and saints) created naught, while they are themselves created” –(Qur’an 16:20); “And your Lord says: Pray to Me, I will answer you”–(Qur’an 40:60).
Clearly, to worship humans or elements is not a Divine injunction; it is human invention.
According to the Bible Adam was the first man created; and according to Biblical calculation mankind is some five thousand years old. Which would mean that, taking the extreme, paganism is five thousand years old. But Allāh revealed in His Qur’an that He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth, and according to scientists the earth is billions of years old. Thus the name Allāh is billions of years old. As Muslims worship Allāh in His “ancient Semitic” name, how does this make Muslims worship-pers or followers of paganism?
Muhammad Ali notes: “Allåh, according to the most correct of the opinions respecting it, is a proper name applied to the Being Who exists necessarily by Himself, comprising all the attributes of perfection (T-LL), the al being inseparable from it, not derived (Msb-LL). Al-ilåh is a different word, and Allåh is not a contraction of al-ilåh. The word Allåh is not applied to any being except the only true God, and comprises all the excellent names, and the Arabs never gave the name Allåh to any of their numerous idols”–(comm. Qur’an chap. 1; b. MA’s translation of the Qur’an can be viewed online: www.muslim.org).
It is sheer ignorance to charge that Islam incorporates paganism when from day one of his advent the Prophet Mohammad fought against paganism; so much so that he would not have us even pray at times when the pagans worshipped the sun –while it is rising and setting on the horizon and at its zenith.
(2) That Muslims use the crescent as a symbol of their religion, and which symbol was on the chest of the pagan deity.
So what? If pagans had worshipped on every spot on the earth does this mean that worshippers of God cannot build their shrines on the earth; and to do so would make them pagans? And if pagans had used the moon for reckoning their months does this mean if others do so they also are pagans?
Allāh tells us in His Qur’an that the sun and moon are for reckoning time–(Qur’an 6:96); and clearly, Allāh Who created the sun and moon certainly made it for a reckoning of time for all people –pagan and all! Muslims also pray at the Ka’bah which once housed over three hundred pagan idols; and the moon and the Ka’bah originated from Allāh, God–(Qur’an 2:125; 14:37).
Thus, Muslims can use any sign of Allāh to symbolize Islam. Muslims use the crescent because it marks the beginning of the month (and Muslims use the lunar cycle to calculate months and years). Muslims also use the Ka’bah as a symbol of Islam; as well as the Prophet’s Masjid in Madinah, Arabia, and the Al-Sakhra Masjid (Dome of the Rock) in Jerusalem, Palestine.
(3) So what that the pagans fasted (and for 30 days)? Allāh informs us that He prescribed fasting for people before us (Muslims)–(Qur’an 2:183). Thus, fasting would date all the way back to Noah. And even beyond Noah as, contrary to Biblical narra-tive, only the people of Noah drowned–(Qur’an 25:37; 29:14; 54:9-12; 71:21-27. Maurice Bucaille has shown in his book The Bible The Qur’an And Science (pp. 32-35) that “there could have been no destruction affecting the whole of humanity, as it appears in the Bible.” Even in our time one area is flooded to roof-tops –New Orleans, Bangladesh, Canada– while next door is bone dry).
As Allāh instituted fasting from the beginning, then fasting dates back to Allāh. The pagans merely imitated it from the de-votees of God; (much like Christians imitate the pagans in their “Son of God” belief).
That Muslims wash before prayers much as pagans washed before prayers. Isn’t cleanliness next to Godliness? God instructed Moses to remove his shoes because he was on sacred ground (in the presence of God)–(Qur’an 20:12. Exodus 3:5).
(4) As stated, Christians have a comic strip showing Christians “enlightening” an Arab/Muslim to the “truth” that Allāh was a pagan “moon-god.” And quoting Isaiah 53:3-5 and John 3:16 that Jesus is God who suffered and died for Muslims, and has a place for him in heaven; whereupon the “enlightened” (unschooled/unthinking) Arab/Muslim converts to Christianity and hurries off, even at the prospect of being killed for apostasy, to tell his people about the virtues (correctly crockery) of inherited sin, vicarious atonement, and Jesus’ alleged second coming, and that Arabs/Muslims have been “deceived”: that Allah is a “false” God, Mohammad is not the Prophet of God, and the Qur’an is not the Holy Word of God.
John 3:16 is probably the most over-abused verse of the Bible. Christians are notorious for quoting one verse here, one in the middle, and one at the end in the Bible and tell you that mankind inherited sin from Adam and that God sent Jesus to die for your sins. Not only is John 3:16 used out of context, as already shown, inherited sin and vicarious atonement were invented by Christians three hundred years after Christ. (See Jesus-inherited sin to ascension; Allah and Jesus or Paul).
If Allāh and Mohammad are “false” it must be the miracle of creation that they have given us the Qur’an that defies human ability to equal; that surpasses not only the Bible in all facets of life but also towers majestically above all other scriptures (as already shown).
The Christian “comic” strip also tries to con Arabs/Muslims to believe in the trinity (which even some of their best men reject) and Jesus as the “BEGOTTEN” Son of God. Both or which, as already shown, are Christian crockery.
Regarding the prophecy of Isaiah 53:3-5 see Jesus-foretold.
(5) Regarding the Christian comic strip “enlightening” the Arab/Muslim that Jesus is the one foretold by all the prophets since the world began–(Acts 3:21-23). This prophet prophesied by all the prophets since the world began could only be fulfilled by the Prophet Mohammad. (See ch. 13. Jesus-light of the world; Mohammad-no man cometh to God but by).
(6) As the Allāh moon-God story goes. The pagan Sabaeans worshipped Allāh as the moon-god; the moon-god married the sun-goddess and they had three goddesses, al-Lat, al-Uzzat, and Manat, and that the worship of these three goddesses is sanctioned in the Qur’an 53:19-21; and these verses are known as the Satanic verses.
It would be a subjugation of reason to cerebrate that Islam which from a majority of one fought tooth and nail against pag-anism would at its triumph with tens of thousands of followers incorporate paganism into its practice. Here are the verses of the Qur’an dealing with these three pagan “goddessses,”: “Have you then considered Lat and ‘Uzza, And another, the third, Manat? Are the males for you and for Him the females?”
The pagan Arabs considered daughters to be inferior; they are here called to reason as to how they can attribute daughters to God Who is the Highest when they consider daughters inferior for themselves?
It is absurd to claim that these verses sanction worship of idols considering that verse 23 condemns idols as the invention of the pagans and their fathers, and Allāh calls them to follow the Qur’an; verse 26 denies even the intercession of angels much less that of idols; and verses 27-28 condemn as disbelievers those who give female names to angels and that “They follow but conjecture;” Muhammad Ali points out: “The Arabs called the angels daughters of Allāh.”2 (Christians cull verses from the Qur’an out of context to support their charges against Islam just as they take verses of their Bible out of context to support their false claim about Jesus).
That Muslims took the name Allāh from the pagans. This goes to show how much Christians know about Islam; but they are to be excused: they do not even know their own religion.
As noted in the beginning, “Allah is the same ancient Semitic name of the Supreme Being who revealed and spoke to Adam and all the Prophets.” And Islam, submission to the will of Allāh, dates back to the beginning of creation: “Then He directed Himself to the heaven and it was a vapour, so He said to it and the earth: Come both, willingly or unwillingly. They both said: We come willingly (submitting to Allāh, Islam)–(Qur’an 41:11).
(7) That the Sabaeans worshipped Allāh as a moon-God.
Allāh, the Creator of all the worlds, is not only God of the moon, Allāh is the God of all things created! Allāh revealed in His Qur’an that He raised up prophets/ messengers among all people and gave them one common message for their people: “There is no God but Me: So serve Me”–(Qur’an 21:25).
That before the advent of their prophets the people worshipped elements is not uncommon. While those ancient and uninformed people can be excused for worshipping the moon as God, we have people in the enlightened twentieth century worshipping Jesus Christ as God and worshipping his mother, Mary, a woman created by God, as mother of God –making God son of Mary.
Some may argue that this pagan was higher in his worship of God –on account of him worshipping a celestial body that was from the beginning of time and will go on being a “light of the world” to the end of time– than the man-worshippers worshipping an earthly being like himself who needed food and other human amenities and lived a mere thirty-three years and died.
Perhaps this is why Constantine while outwardly professing Christianity (for political gains) died bowing “To the Invincible Sun, my Companion,”3 because it was not conducive to his reasoning that three personages –God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost– could yet be one person (1+1+1=1?) and not 3; and that this one person divided into three is still one and not one–third (1 divided by 3 = 1?); and that to institute the premise that 1+1+1=1 and 1 divided by 3=1 would be to commit mathematicide.
Or perhaps Constantine found the notion of God Incarnating Himself as man –subjugating Himself as son of Mary and exalting her/woman as “Mother of God”– to be a nauseating abomination –that this Creator of the Universe, this Ultimate in Purity and Perfection, would enter as a sperm (and how or whose?) into the belly of a woman He created, spend nine months inside the unclean abode (leaving the universe without a God) nourish on her liquid, pass through the various stages of development (from a sperm into a clot, a lump of flesh, taking on bones, and into a babe), emerge from her vagina, suck her breasts and be circumcised; have Himself wrap in diaper, eat, drink, sleep, and answer the calls of nature; beg “Himself” pitifully to great drops of sweat (in the Garden of Gethsemane) to be spared from the “glory” of death, and arrogantly charge “Himself” (from the cross) as having “forsaken” “Himself.”
Perhaps these revolting scenes –senseless doctrines and that a person of human and ignoble traits could ever be worthy of adoration– must have driven Constantine closer to the “Sun.”
Whatever anyone worships besides Allāh he/she can name it Allāh, but it is NOT Allāh.
(8) Regarding the Sabians, Muhammad Ali notes in his commentary to Qur’an 2:62:
“The Sabians are mentioned in the Holy Qur’ån on three occasions only, here and in 5:69 along with the Jews and the Christians, and in 22:17 with these and the Magians. According to En. Br., the Sabians were a semi-Christian sect of Babylonia, closely resembling the so-called “Christians of St. John the Baptist”. The probable derivation of the name is traced to an Aramaic root, and the root mean-ing is said to be those who wash themselves, and this is said to be corroborated by Arab writers applying to them the name of al-Mughtasilah. The idea that the Sabians were star-worshippers is rejected; the error, it is said, being due to the pseudo-Sabians of Harrian, who chose to be known by that name in the reign of Al-Mamun, in 830 A.D., in order to be classed as the “People of the Book”. The commentators hold different opinions regarding them, most of them agreeing that they are representatives of a religion between Judaism and Christianity, based on the doctrine of unity, but also maintaining worship of angels. The majority do not include them in the Ahl al-Kitab (AH).”
For six hundred years after the Christian’s God and Son of God, Jesus, came the “semi-Christian” Sabians were unimpressed (perhaps because they knew Jesus was redundant and offered nothing new). But when the Prophet Mohammad came and enlightened them they embraced Islam. Prof. ‘Abdul-Ahad Dawud, B.D. –“the former Reverend David Benjamin Keldani, B.D., a Roman Catholic priest of the Uniate-Chaldean sect”– wrote in his book Muhammad In The Bible (emphasis added):
“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.”
If Allāh was a pagan “moon-God” the Sabians that embraced Islam surely must have known it. It must be “One of the few religious phenomena” in creation then that these Sabians would reject the “true” God of the Bible, from Adam to Jesus, and reject the Christians’ God and Son of God, Jesus –even in the face of him being prophesied hundreds of years before his birth, and after all his stupendous miracles and being ‘ransom” for their sins– and accept the pagan “moon-God” of the “false” prophet, Mohammad, and the “false” Qur’an.
“Surely, those who disbelieve spend their wealth to hinder (people) from the way of Allāh. So they will go one spending it, then it will be to them a regret, then they will be overcome. And those who disbelieve will be gathered together to hell”–(Qur’an 8:36).
Even if the charges against Allāh, Islam, the Qur’an, and the Prophet Mohammad were proved yet this would not make Jesus God or Son of God or vicarious atoner or that mankind inherited sin. These cardinal doctrines of Christianity have no Divine foundation, no prophetic foundation, no logical foundation, and are repugnant to reason.4
Rather than squander priceless and limited time trying to find non-existent flaws in Islam, Christians should be “wailing and gnashing” their teeth (or gums) over the rank paganism in which they are mired.
While they are alive Christians have the grand opportunity to repent and turn to Allāh; when they’re dead there is no second chance. The scapegoat (Jesus dying for sins) on which they expect to cruise on into heaven does not exist; their only passport into Paradise is “Lā elāha il-lAllāh Mohammadur-Rasu-lAllāh!” “There is no God but Allāh, Mohammad is the Messenger of Allāh!”
THE QUR’AN: MIRACLE OF ALL MIRACLES: by Dr. Zakir Naik: Though the two videos are similar there is additional info in one; and also in the question and answer section).
For Christians trying to trap Muslims to convert to Christianity and Muslims response: See Christians try to trap Muslims to convert
1. Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din explained in his revealing book The Sources Of Christianity:
…..The Sabbath of Jesus was the Sabbath of the Jews. He was a Jewish Rabbi and Teacher among them, as admitted by Dean Inge in the paper read to the Modernist Conference at Cambridge in 1917. Jesus would refer his disciple to the scribes for the religious lore. He was averse to any schism or innovation in the faith. He would have heaven and earth pass away but not allow a jot or title of change in the faith and its observances. Saturday was the day of Sabbath, and not Sunday, which was the day of the worship of Apollo the Sun-God. How and why the sacred day of the God of the Israelites, to be observed as one of the Ten Commandments, gave way to the day of the Pagan God –perhaps through St. Paul’s or Constantine’s instrumentality– is a mystery, but open enough to admit of easy explanation in the light of the multitude of facts, some of which have already been dealt with.
The Romans respected almost every faith under their rule, and contributed to the building of temples of all creeds, a wise policy to hold the mind of the subject race….The Emperor Hadrian intended to build a temple to the Christ and to rank him in the number of the gods(Lampridius I. 43). This intention was carried out by his successor, Constantine, whose patron God was Apollo. He retained Apollo’s figure upon his seal, even after establishing Christianity as the State religion –a representative of the sun, with the inscription “To the Invincible Sun, my Companion.” The conversion of Constantine to Christianity was more a political adventure than a search for truth. His murder of his nephew, and despotic disposition as a ruler, could not find favour with his equals, the senators. He had to go to the plebeians, most of whom were Christians. But he could not go against the popular faith to which he himself was so tenaciously attached. He, however, solved the problem in a most diplomatic way. He took the name of Jesus as a figure-head, and recognized the title “Christ” as but another name for the Sun-God; in all other respects he kept the Pagan Church intact in all its traditions, ritual and mode of worship. Sunday was the day of the worship of the Sun –the Roman Dies Soli. To respect the religious susceptibilities of the Roman Sun-worshipper, Constantine could not do better than to keep the same day as the day of the Christian Sabbath. An average Roman Catholic Cathedral, with its altar facing towards the east, the monks and nuns with the tonsure, the acolytes, the choir and the rest of the paraphernalia, carries us at once to the temples of the Pagan world.” (pp. 54-55). (See The Sources of Christianity, obtainable from www.muslim.org).
2. Ali, Muhammad, comm. Qur’an 53:27
3. Kamal-ud-Din, Khwaja, The Sources of Christianity, p. 55.
4. –Christianity has no Divine foundation–these cardinal doctrines of Christianity –inherited sin, vicarious atonement, Divine sonship, and Trinity– were not revealed by God.
–Christianity has no prophetic foundation–these cardinal doctrines were not taught by Jesus. These doctrines are assumed and propagated as Divine truths.
–Christianity has no logical foundation–God being the First and Creator of all could not have a mother or be born; God having no consort could not have a son; God being Omnipotent and Omniscient and Omnipresent does not need to take form(s) to accomplish any matter; God being Just would not suffer the innocent for the guilty (even human governments strive not to punish the innocent for the guilty); God being merciful and forgiving does not need any “satisfaction,” least of all human blood, in order to forgive sins.
-Christianity is repugnant to reason –God, the ultimate in Purity and Perfection, would not confine Himself in the womb of a woman He created, spend nine months inside the unclean abode (leaving the universe without a God) nourish on her liquid, pass through the various stages –from a sperm into a clot, a lump of flesh, taking on bones, and into a babe– emerge from her vagina, suckle her breast, have Himself pin in diapers, be circumcise, eat, drink, sleep, and answer the calls of nature, and nail to a “pole” (which is blasphemy of the highest order). Since a son is one that succeeds his father, God being the Creator and the First and Last and the Eternal could not have and does not need a son (or daughter) to succeed Him.