Do Muslims and Christians pray to the same God?
Observing a conscientious Muslim, you will notice that he prays five times a day, each time for about 15 to 20 minutes. Every day, each Muslim bows down before Allah up to 34 times per day, proclaiming his complete surrender to the creator, ruler, and judge of the world. If we as Christians do not learn to pray more intensively and faithfully, Islam will infiltrate our society and swallow us. Islam presents this challenge to Christians.
The Arabic word Islam means, “surrender, devotion, and submission.” A Muslim gives himself to Allah and is bound to him like a slave, therefore, he is no longer a free man. Do we as Christians consciously live our lives devoted to Christ as we once promised or do we live apart from Him looking to other sources for power?
Islam: Righteousness by Works
We do not intend to idealize the ritualistic Muslim prayer, for it is neither a free nor a voluntary prayer, but a duty according to their law. According to Islam, if you pray, Allah will protect you and give you success. If you do not pray, you risk great lose. According to the Islamic doctrine, each prayer is a good deed and deletes a bad one (Sura 11:114).
A man came to Muhammad and said, “I have sinned! What can I do?” Muhammad answered him, “Pray three times!” The sinner replied, “I have really committed adultery,” whereas Muhammad said again, “Pray three times, even if your name is Abu Dhal (contemporary of Muhammad).” Thus, by praying three times you can delete your guilt for adultery on the heavenly account or even collect bonus points. In Islam, righteousness is achieved through works.
Those who recite the Book of Allah and establish prayer and spend out of what We have provided for them, secretly and openly, hope for a trade that will never perish, so that He may pay them in full their wages and give them more out of His bounty. Surely, He is the Forgiving and Most Ready to appreciate (good deeds to recompense). (Sura 35:29-30)
Allah: The Distinct One
In the Qur’an, Allah, the almighty creator, lord, and judge, appears as a lawmaker and merchant, to whom 1.6 billion Muslims pray five times daily. However, if you ask a Muslim, “Who is your Allah?” you may get the answer, “Allah is greater!” (Allahu akbar), which is the abbreviation of the Islamic statement of faith. Allah is not only great, nor the greatest, nor comparable to anybody or anything else. No, he is very distinct, a far-away and unreachable god. He is greater, stronger, more beautiful, richer, and more clever than anything we know. In the end, every thought about Allah remains insufficient and wrong. He cannot be thought, reached, or defined. But he knows us and determines our being in advance. He leads those he wants to lead and misleads those he wants to mislead (Sura 6:39; 13:27; 14:4; 16:93; 35:8; 74:31). He is not a personal god. He stands beyond any emotion or definition.
The common Muslim was not satisfied with an abstract understanding of their god, so of the 500 traits and names of Allah mentioned in the Qur’an, 99 of the most beautiful ones have been singled out. Muslims recite these 99 names as they count through pearl beads strung on a prayer lace. This is another good work that will be accredited on their account. Al-Ghazali, one of the most famous Islamic theologians, has exegised these 99 names and compared them with each other. He found out that several of these key words overlap or nullify each other. Thus, he concluded, “Allah is everything and nothing! We cannot understand with our minds, we can only pray to him in adoration!”
Christians can learn from the Muslims’ fear of god and their deep respect toward the almighty. The latter think that, in all their fear, they pray to the true God, who also hears the prayers of their progenitor Ishmael (Genesis 21:17-21). Abraham and Cornelius’ prayers can be considered in this respect as well (Acts 10:1-48).
Allah: Not Triune
Whoever loves and respects Muslims, will soon realize, that the Qur’an vehemently fights against the Holy Trinity. One reason for this attitude is that a Christian sect that existed in the Middle East in Muhammad’s days proclaimed a trinity consisting of father, mother, and son, i.e. Allah, Mary, and Christ (Sura 5:116)! All churches reject this error. However, many Muslims think Christians believe that Allah laid with Mary and she conceived Jesus. Due to this blasphemy Islam denies the Holy Trinity (Sura 4:171; 5:73).
Allah: Not a Father
In light of the blasphemous image described above, many Muslims consider calling God Father blasphemy. They deliberately or unconsciously separate themselves from one of Jesus Christ’s central revelations— revealed in His teaching us how to pray: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name!” In the four gospels, Jesus used the word God 99 times. In contrast, He spoke of the Father 178 times! He revealed to us a close and personal God, who binds Himself to His children as Father.
This new name of God, Father, as it appears in the New Testament, is Jesus’ theological answer to Islam’s picture of God. Muslims do not have what Christians have—personal contact with God, their Father, who knows them, cares for them, and loves them. Muslims do not have this direct connection to Allah. They remain slaves to the ruler. They can never consider themselves his children.
Allah: Has no Son
The Qur’an firmly denies Jesus Christ as God’s Son 17 times. Nevertheless, all Muslims believe in ‘Isa—Mariam’s son, a prophet and messenger of Allah. They accept his birth by the Virgin Mary, created through God’s Word alone. This is the heritage of the christological arguments of Arius against Athanasius (4th century AD). Thus, the Muslim considers Jesus to be created by God, but never conceived by Him.
Through this attitude, Muslims oppose the Nicenic statement of faith of all churches in many respects. Muhammad’s followers deny every aspect that Jesus is God, but they believe that:
¨ Jesus performed miracles of healing,
¨ Jesus raised three people from the dead by His words,
¨ Jesus miraculously fed His followers,
¨ Jesus further developed Moses’ law
¨ Jesus can renew His followers in humility and mercy, and
¨ Jesus ascended to heaven and is currently dwelling close to God.
Yet, they strictly deny that Jesus is God’s Son and that He was crucified.
Muslims separate themselves from salvation, which has been completed for them. They dismiss the forgiveness of all their sins on Judgement Day, hoping to achieve it through their own righteousness without the One who died on the cross. The words “salvation” and “Savior” never appear in the Qur’an; they do not fit into the Muslim’s way of thinking.
Allah: No Holy Spirit
Furthermore, Islam denies the divinity of the Holy Spirit, often referencing Him as the angel Gabriel. A Holy Spirit, in the sense of the New Testament, does not exist in Islam. Allah’s spirit appears in the Qur’an 29 times as a created spirit, similar to angels or demons. As a slave, he is under Allah’s rule.
For this reason, there is no revelation of the Father and the Son in Islam, because it is the Holy Spirit who gives us understanding. Additionally, there is no fruit of the Holy Spirit in Islam, but only fruit of the flesh. Natural piety and righteousness has little or nothing to do with the works of Christ’s Spirit. Also no Muslim has assurance of eternal life. A typical answer to questions concerning eternal life is “maybe,” or “if Allah wills.”
You will soon realize, studying Islam, that Allah, as he appears in the Qur’an can be neither the Father, the Son, nor the Holy Spirit. Allah is not the Holy Trinity. He is a completely different Spirit than our God.
Who is Allah in Islam?
We need to free ourselves from our superficial thinking of the Enlightenment and humanism and get over the fairy-tale of three Abrahamic religions believing in the same God.
Allah: An Anti-Biblical Spirit
Sixty percent of the Qur’an is from the Old Testament, which Muhammad could not read since it had not been translated into Arabic at the time. We find, in the Qur’an, common tales from the Mishna and Talmud composed in the Arab and Islamic forms. About five percent of the Qur’an is from the New Testament, which had not been translated into Arabic either. There are also several apocryphal texts in the Qur’an that have been given an Islamic flavor.
Muhammad was not willing to have his so-called revelations corrected by the well-meaning Jews and Christians. Instead he made his inspirations the measure of truth. Every God-given revelation that does not agree with the Arabic version of the Qur’an is considered to be altered from its original inspiration. This includes the Old and New Testament Bible, which the Qur’an states is the word of God, giving no indication of corruption at the time of Muhammad. Nevertheless, most Muslims are convinced that some Jews falsified the Torah in order to lead Muhammad astray, and that Christians have removed Muhammad’s name from the Gospels. This can be the only logical conclusion since the heart of the Qur’an and the Bible is as opposite as night and day.
The Qur’an can not escape suspicion. The third Caliph, Uthman, gathered all copies of the Qur’an and, except for his own compiled version, burned them. Because of the Arabic language, there are actually seven different readings of the Qur’an. Also, 240 verses from the Qur’an were nullified by later revelations from Allah. However, the old verses and new verses are equally important in the Qur’an.
There is no spirit of truth in Islam. Lying and cheating are absolutely legal when dealing with non-Muslims. Surprisingly, the Qur’an states Allah is the best deceiver, therefore it only makes sense that to be a godly Muslim, or Allah-like, is to be a good liar (Sura 3:45; 8:30). Translations of the Qur’an usually gloss over such verses. Christians who are willing to talk to Muslims should be well prepared, otherwise, they will be cheated. Muhammad said several times, “The holy war is nothing but cheating and tricking!” Martin Luther was right when he sang, “Great power and many tricks are his (Satan’s) awful armor!”
Allah: An Anti-Christian Spirit
In Islam, Allah consistently rejects God’s Son and His crucifixion. 1 John 2:21-23 and 4:1-3 provides the spiritual guideline for distinguishing the spirits.
We should carefully consider these texts and let the Word of God tell us the truth about Islam. Jesus Christ’s Father would not send the true angel Gabriel to Muhammad to dictate to him that He (God) has no son, as He had sent Gabriel to Mary to tell her that she would conceive a child through the Holy Spirit, and that the Child shall be called “Son of the Most High,” since He is God’s Son.
Such revelations cannot come from God, for “God is in Christ and reconciles the world to Himself”. So how can Muhammad say that the angel Gabriel taught him that Jesus was never crucified? Furthermore, Sura 9:29-30 in the Qur’an proves that dialogue with Muslims as members of an Abrahamic religion with equal rights is a farce!
Allah withstands the Holy Spirit
Islam is a religion that stands against the Holy Spirit, for Muhammad suppressed, persecuted, and expelled Jesus’ church from the very beginning. As Westerners, we can hardly imagine the extension of the hatred, degradation, and persecution, which for 52 generations orthodox Christians have suffered and are still suffering as minorities in countries with Islamic majorities. Only ten percent of all Christians from the early Christian churches have resisted the permanent pressure and have not converted to Islam!
Since 1973, we have been living in the renaissance of Islam, due in large to the fact that 20 percent of oil production gains in Islamic states are used for religious purposes. Ever since, the mission prohibition is handled much more strictly. Converts from Islam are in mortal danger and native churches experience harassment and almost never get permits to build or upgrade current buildings. Islamic reformation demands the institution of the Islamic Sharia law in place of other state laws. This limits the freedom and equality of the local Christians enormously. Though mission work among Muslims in Islamic countries is prohibited by Islamic governments, worldwide mission work by Muslims is running in full swing on all continents. Mosques are springing up like mushrooms in all Christian countries.
More Biblical Sobriety
Most Christians in the western countries haven’t understood that they live in the middle of an attack of the Muslims’ holy war. Wherever a mosque is being built in Africa, Asia, Europe, and America, a new pier of the bridge of a totalitarian religion gains ground. In this building, people are no longer under the law of the host country, but under Sharia law. The goal of Islam will always be theocracy, as fundamentalist Muslims propagate it (Sura 2:193; 8:39; 61:9-11).
Whoever says that Allah in Islam is the God of Abraham or the Father of Jesus Christ, is a dreamer and has not realized the apocalyptic attack of Islam. Never before have so many Muslims lived in Christian countries. Due to the excess of births, the number of Muslims double every 27 years or even faster, whereas the Christians worldwide need 54 years to double their number. Christians need to learn to face Islam with the gospel and to convert Muslims in Jesus’ name. Otherwise, one day there will be a rude awakening in the West, just as it was in the Middle East.
BLACKS ARE NOT LOVED BY MUSLIMS
Dr. Alaya Mukti Akhtar (Ex-Muslim scholar).
WHY FARRAKAN (black Muslim of U.S.A) DON’T PREACH ALL THIS? IS IT LACK OF HIS KNOWLEDGE?
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah’s Apostle said, “You should listen to and obey, your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian (black) slave whose head looks like a raisin.” (Sahih Bukhari Volume 9, Book 89, Number 256)
Hadith; vol.9:162,163: Mham-mad warned that dreams of black women meant disease was forthcoming. Black Muslims today are so uninformed that they don’t even understand that Moham-mad had many black slaves and called them raisin heads (Hadith vol.1:662, vol.9:256)
Muslims are told that Africans have hearts “grosser than a donkey” (Surah 9:61) . Ishaq: 243 “I heard the Apostle say: ‘Whoever wants to see Satan should look at Nabtal!’ He was a black man with long flowing hair, inflamed eyes, and dark ruddy cheeks…. Allah sent down concerning him: ‘To those who annoy the Prophet there is a painful punishment.” [Koran. 9:61] “Gabriel came to Moham-mad and said, ‘If a black man comes to you his heart is more gross than a donkey’s.'”Yet and still Louis Farrakan/Zakir Naik and his followers will tell us the lie that Christianity is the white man’s religion. Moham-mad himself said, “If any one calls him black, kill him.” So Moham-mad was white then! Does Black Muslim know all these!!?? Black Muslim should and must ask this question some Arabic spoken Imam.
Who really is Allah? The Koran says that Allah desires to lead people astray (Koran. 6:39, 126). He does not help those who are led astray by him (Koran. 30:29), and Allah desires to use them to populate hell (Koran.32:13).
Therefore Allah is true Satan and a true deceiver….no doubt of that
Islam versus Unbelievers http://www.vexen.co.uk/religion/islam_unbelievers.html
MUHAMMAD THE FIRST MUSLIM TERRORIST
ALL MUSLIMS ARE BAD BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IN ISLAM BEING A GOOD RELIGION WHEN IT’S A CULT AND POLITICAL SYSTEM FROM HELL FOUNDED BY MOHAMMAD THE FIRST MUSLIM TERRORIST – DENY THAT HE WASN’T A TERRORIST AND A MURDERER AND A MONSTER?
MUHAMMAD THE FIRST MUSLIM TERRORIST
Bukhari 4:52:220: Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been made victorious with terror.’
Here is how Allah inspired and encouraged Muhammad to perpetrate his terrorist activities
Verse 8:60: “Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of God and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom God doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of God, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly”
MUHAMMAD’S SUICIDE TERRORISM
Bukhari (52:54) – The apostle said: “I would love to be martyred in Al1ah’s Cause and then get resurrected and then get martyred, and then get resurrected again and then get martyred and then get resurrected again and then get martyred.”
Muslim (20:4678) – During the battle of Uhud, Muhammad was desperate to push men into battle. He promised paradise for those who would martyr themselves, prompting a young man who was eating dates to throw them away and rush to his death.
Muslim (20:4655) – A man asks Muhammad “which of men is the best?” Muhammad replies that it is the man who is always ready for battle and flies into it “seeking death at places where it can be expected.
Muslim (20:4681) – “Surely, the gates of Paradise are under the shadows of the swords.”
And there came Allah to inspire Muhammad and his Jihadis to engage in suicidal terrorism
Verse 4:74: “Let those fight in the cause of God Who sell the life of this world for the hereafter. To him who fighteth in the cause of God, – whether he is slain or gets victory – Soon shall We give him a reward of great (value).”
MUHAMMAD THE BEHEADER
Muhammad personally beheaded 2 Jewish chieftains of Banu Qurayza.
Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, p. 464:
“Then they surrendered, and the apostle confined them in Medina in the quarter of d. al-Harith, a woman of B. al-Najjar. Then the apostle went out to the market of Medina (which is still its market today) and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for them and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches.
And came Allah to inspire Muhammad to carry heheadings:
Verse 8:12: “Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): “I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.”
At Khaybar, Muhammad takes Safiya as booty to be his sex-slave
Safiya bint Huyayy was a captive Muhammad married after slaughtering her father, brother, husband and the men of her community at Khaybar, according to Bukhari 2:14:5:68, p. 35; 4:52:74:143, p. 92; 4:52:168:280, p. 175; and Tabari 39:185.
Muhammad and his Jihadis not only raped the women captured in his raids, but also allowed his Jihadis to practise coitus interruptus while raping them for preserving their selling value.
Abu Dawud 11:2166:
Narrated AbuSa’id al-Khudri:
“A man said: Apostle of Allah, I have a slave-girl and I withdraw the penis from her (while having intercourse), and I dislike that she becomes pregnant. I intend (by intercourse) what the men intend by it. The Jews say that withdrawing the penis (azl) is burying the living girls on a small scale. He (the Prophet) said: The Jews told a lie. If Allah intends to create it, you cannot turn it away.” (also see Bukhari 34:432)
And Allah came with the following Quranic verse, allowing him to own slaves and also rape them as a divine right:
Quran 4:3: “If you fear that you will not act justly towards the orphans, marry such women as seem good to you, two, three, four; but if you fear you will not be equitable, then only one, or what your right hands own; so it is likelier you will not be partial.”
Muhammad’s Jihadis’ moral prickings to rape captive women in front of their husbands, but Allah comes down to make it halal
Abu Dawud 5:711:2150:
Abu Sa’id al-Khudri said: The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers.
So Allah send down the Qur’anic verse: “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hand possess.” [Surah 4:24]
Cutting off hands for theft
Narrated ‘Aisha: The Prophet said, “The hand should be cut off for stealing something that is worth a quarter of a Dinar or more.”
And Allah is there to offer divine sanction to such horrible cruelty.
Quran 5:38: “Cut off the hands of thieves, whether they are male or female, as punishment for what they have done – a deterrent from God”
GRUSOME TORTURES BY MUHAMMAD
Muhammad ordered the feet and hands of robbers cut off and eyes burnt out, and left to suffer a horrendous death
Narrated Abu Qilaba: Anas said, “Some people of ‘Ukl or ‘Uraina tribe came to Medina and its climate did not suit them. So the Prophet ordered them to go to the herd of (Milch) camels and to drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). So they went as directed and after they became healthy, they killed the shepherd of the Prophet and drove away all the camels. The news reached the Prophet early in the morning and he sent (men) in their pursuit and they were captured and brought at noon. He then ordered to cut their hands and feet (and it was done), and their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron. They were put in ‘Al-Harra’ and when they asked for water, no water was given to them.” Abu Qilaba said, “Those people committed theft and murder, became infidels after embracing Islam and fought against Allah and His Apostle.”
And Allah gives divine blessings to Muhammad’s horribly torturous punishments
Quran 5.33: “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned”
Listed above are only a small sample of Muhammad’s horrible actions and heinous punishments. And every time Allah, the God of Muhammad’s imagination, sent down verses, offering divine blessings to those horrendous actions and punishments.
Anyone, having minimal gray matter within his/her head will not have any difficulty to discern that Muhammad was a criminal mafia leader in the Arab Peninsula, and he created an Allah in his imagination, who would come to give sanction to every evil deeds of his.