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 HUMILIATES, LEADS ASTRAY
Regarding Allāh’s ninety-nine names, Nonie Darwish wrote in her book Cruel And Usual Punishment: “Some of the names are “the deceiver,” and Al Muthil, meaning “the one who humiliates, oppresses, or puts down.” (p. 217).
Response: Allāh’s names are the most beautiful–(Qur’an 59:24). Allāh Who created man because He loved to be known, Whose mercy precedes His anger, Who guides and makes every-thing clear in His Qur’an and is ever solicitous for the betterment of man could not be a “deceiver” or “the one who humiliates, oppresses, or puts down.”
Deceiving and humiliating are works of the Devil. Allāh exhorts us to fight “oppression.” Allāh does not deceive, He gives us clear guidance.
It is the Christian’s son of God and God, Jesus, that humiliates and deceives: labeling non-Jews as “dogs” and “swine” and preaching in parables so the “dogs” and “swine” would not understand and be saved; and urged his followers to engage in lies/deception telling them to agree with their adversary, which “agreeing” would include lying and deception, so they won’t be thrown in jail:
-Jesus labeling non-Jews “dogs” and ‘swine,” he commands: “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine”–(Matt. 7:6; 15:26).
-Jesus allowing his people to lie and deceive, he counsels: “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 accommodateevery 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.
(Sure the Bible says not to bear false witness, but clearly this is superseded by Jesus –who is said to be son of God and even “God”– for “Christians” to have no borders when it comes to saving their hide. In fact, when it comes to saving the Christian’s hide from being tossed into jail the Christian’s son of God and “God” gives him and her full license to lie through his gums to even send his/her mother down the creek, and without any paddle. And Jesus came some five hundred years after Moses. And even Jesus and the Biblical God engaged in “lying.” See Islam-and lying).
-Jesus deceives. After relating the parable of the sower to the people Jesus said to them: “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear;” and, afterwards, when he (Jesus) was alone with the Israelites they asked him about the meaning of the parable: “And he said unto them, Unto you (who have God) it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them (non-Jews) that are without (God), all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them”–(Mark 4:9-12) –the Good News Bible put it even more clearly: “You have been given the secret of the Kingdom of God,” Jesus answered. “But the others, who are on the outside, hear all things by means of parables, so that, ‘They may look and look, yet not see; they may listen and listen, yet not understand. For if they did, they would turn to God, and he would forgive them.’”
In other words though the non-Jews (who may be sincere seekers of God) have the faculties of sight and hearing and can see and hear, he (Jesus) spoke in parables so that they would not understand his words because he did not want them to accept God and have their sins forgiven.What a ghastly horribly sickening thing to do. (As prophet, Jesus could not turn away anyone; this is why he indulged non-Jews; but he could avoid them, which he did, as is evident from his admonition to his disciples not to preach to non-Jews, and from his speaking in parables so that they would not understand. This statement by Jesus also proves that Jesus did NOT come to save sinners).
Contrast this Christians’ “God” and son of God, Jesus, to Mohammad who gave the Word of Allāh clearly and to all inviting them to forgiveness, and agonizing over the rejecters, and even praying for the forgiveness of the rejecters of Allāh:
–“Say, O My servants who have sinned against their souls, despair not of the mercy of Allāh; surely Allāh forgives all sins. Verily, He is Most Forgiving, Ever Merciful”–(Qur’an 39:53).
-Then may be thou (Mohammad) wilt kill thyself with grief, sorrowing after them, if they believe not in this announcement (the Qur’an)1–(Qur’an 18:6).
-Mohammad prayed for his dead enemy, saying: “if I knew that if I asked forgiveness for him more than seventy times, he would be forgiven, I would ask it for more times than that”–(Qur’an 9:84, 113. Bokhari Vol. 6, #193, 194).
And upon his triumph at Makkah he forgave his rabid enemies of twenty-three grueling years: “It is related that the Prophet took hold of the two sides of the gate of the Ka’ba on the day of the conquest of Makkah and said to the Quraish: How do you think I should treat you? They said: We hope for good, a noble brother and the son of a noble brother. Then he said: I say as my brother Joseph said: “No reproof be against you this day”(Rz).”2
No inquisition. No incrimination. No confession. No rancor. Only lofty words of benevolence and nobility–“No reproof be against you this day.” Such was the expanse of the mercy and benevolence of this wonderful man, Mohammad.
Mohammad even forgave the horrid Hind. The woman who is said to have cut open the body of his uncle, Hamza, as he lay dying on the battlefield and ripped out his liver and chewed it.3
Regarding “Al Muthil” (al-Mudzill) Muhammad Ali notes:
“A great misconception regarding the teachings of the Qur’an is that it ascribes to God the attribute of leading astray. Nothing could be farther from the truth. While al-Hadi or the One Who guides, is one of the ninety-nine names of Allah, as accepted by all Muslims, al-Mudzill, or the One Who leads astray, has never been recognized as such. If leading astray were an attribute of God, as guiding certainly is, the name al-Mudzill should have been included in the list of His names, as al-Hadi is. But the Qur’an, which repeatedly says that God’s are all the excellent names, could not ascribe to Him what it has plainly ascribed to the Devil, viz., the leading astray of men.…It is impossible that God, Who is so solicitous for the guidance of man, should Himself lead him astray. Guiding and leading astray are two contradictions which could not be gathered together in one being.” “The mistaken idea that God leads people astray arises out of a misconception of the meaning of the word idzlal when it is ascribed to God.” (The Religion of Islam, pp. 323, 324, 325)(See also Islam-predestination).
(Muhammad Ali has refuted charges against Islam. No Muslim home should be without a copy of his translation of the Qur’an, and no Muslim student’s computer should be without an electronic copy. His translation of the Qur’an with text, notes, and commentaries can be viewed online: www.muslim.org).
1. Muhammad Ali comments on this verse of Qur’an 18:6 about the Prophet grieving over the disbelievers rejecting the Divine Message: “This verse gives us an insight into the anxiety which the Holy Prophet had on account of a fallen humanity, an anxiety so great that he is spoken of here as almost killing himself with grief. His was a life of absolute devotion to the cause of humanity, his only concern being that man should rise to the true dignity for which God had made him. This anxiety was not only for those who were directly addressed by him, but, as the context shows, it was as deep for another people, who attributed a son to the Divine Being, and whom outward finery was to mislead to such an extent as to make them strangers to spiritual truth. Reading the next verse along with this, no doubt is left that the Prophet was shown the earthly embellishments which are so great a trial for Christendom today.
The word hadith means new or recent, and hence is applied to a narration or announcement which is new or which gives some new information. It here refers to the Qur’an.”
2. Muhammad Ali, comm. Qur’an 12:92.
3. Muhammad Husayn Haykal, The Life of Muhammad, p. 267.