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On the claim that Islam comes from Satan

On https://bisqwit.iki.fi/jesus/ I have written that I believe that Islam comes from Satan. This view sometimes stirs debate on my character. How do I dare post such an intolerant and bigoted islamophobic claim?

The claim

I do not like to engage in games of insults. That’s not my purpose. I prefer fact-based reasoning — logic, source criticism, and careful analysis on what the actual sources say.

Let us analyze the claim I made. My claim, Islam comes from Satan, is derived from three particular premises:

Conclusion: Islam comes from Satan.

The question is, are these three premises correct?

Premise one: Satan is the source of lies and deception

The New Testament, and Gospels specifically, teach that Satan is the father of lies and deception. For example, John 8:44:

He [the Devil] was a murderer from the beginning, and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he might speak falsehood, he speaks from the own; for he is a liar, and the father of it.

In Judaism, Satan is understood as a metaphor of the evil inclination within man, rather than as a spirit being. This evil inclination within man’s heart is where lies come from. Therefore, even in Judaism, Satan is the source of lies.

While Islam is much more lenient towards lies and deception — even going as far as calling Allah the best of deceivers — it does label some forms of lies as evil, and it teaches that Shaytan may tempt humans to do evil.

Islam also vouches for the Torah and Gospels, which means that it also imports the Biblical concept of Satan.

Therefore, for all involved parties, the premise is proven, that all lies and deception comes from Satan.

Premise two: Counterfeit is deception

The dictionary definition of counterfeit (source: Merrian-Webster) is:

Counterfeit (adjective): made in exact imitation of something valuable with the intention to deceive or defraud.
Counterfeit (transitive verb): to imitate or feign especially with intent to deceive
Counterfeit (intransitive verb): to try to deceive by pretense or dissembling
Counterfeit (noun): something counterfeit

Therefore, premise two is correct. Counterfeit is deception.

Premise three: Islam is counterfeit

The third premise — that Islam is counterfeit — requires much more study, but it can be done entirely on the basis of logic.

The claim of counterfeit relies on two sub-premises.

  • The first sub-premise is that the subject — Islam — claims to possess the attributes of something that was before it, and seeks to be treated in a similar role compared to the prior thing.
  • The second sub-premise is that the subject is false.

For example, a paper product is counterfeit money, if it is made to have the appearance of true money and it is presented as if viable money, while actually being unauthorized false money.

Both premises have to be true in order for the conclusion to be true. If the teachings of Islam claim to replace or duplicate the role of Bible, and Islam is false, then it follows that Islam is a counterfeit religion.

Sub-premise one: Claim of replacement

The Qur’an claims that Muhammad was God’s last and best prophet (خاتم النبيين‎, “Seal of Prophets”, 33:40), and Muslims claim that all previous revelation (Torah and Gospels, the constituent parts of Bible) is redundant in the face of this new revelation.

Additionally, Muslims claim that the Bible has been corrupted and therefore the only thing that can be trusted is the Qur’an. Furthermore, Islam claims that Qur’an presents the true will and word of God — both attributes of the prior thing, which is Bible.

Therefore sub-premise one is true: Qur’an claims to possess the attributes of something that was before it, and Islam seeks to be treated in a similar if not greater role compared to what was before it.

Sub-premise two: Falsehood

It remains to be proven that the Qur’an, the foundation of Islam, is false.

Firstly, the Qur’an affirms three things about the Bible: The divine inspiration (3:3), the preservation (18:27, 7:157), and the authority (5:43-48, 10:94). Therefore, if the Bible is false, or if the Bible has not been preserved, Qur’an is false because Qur’an claims that Bible was and is and will be true.

3:3 He has sent down upon you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel.

Once printing was invented and Bibles became more accessible than they were in the illiterate Muhammad’s day, Muslims who actually began reading what the Bible says, saw the obvious contradictions between the Bible and the Qur’an, and they invented a teaching that the Bible has been corrupted. Today, almost every Muslim has been taught to believe this popular theory.

18:27 And recite what has been revealed to you of the Book of your Lord, there is none who can alter His words; and you shall not find any refuge besides Him.

Islamic scripture does not support this theory. Muhammad vouched for the Torah that the Jews had in their hands (Sunan Abu Dawud 38:4434). Qur’an tells Jews to judge according to the Torah that they have (5:43, 5:68). Qur’an tells Christians to judge according to the Gospels that they have (5:46—47, 5:68). The exact phrase used by Islamic writings is بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ [baina jadaihi], “in between their hands”, emphasizing their physical present possession of it, as opposed to something metaphorical such as legacy.

5:43 But why do they [Jews] come to you [Muhammad] for judgement when they have the Torah [in between their hands], which enshrines God's own judgement? […]

We also have 5th century manuscripts (and earlier) of most of the books in the Bible, showing that the scriptures that the Jews and Christians had, when Muhammad told them to judge by those very same scriptures, are same as what we have today. The author of Qur’an even tells Muhammad to judge by those same scriptures (5:48, 10:94).

10:94 So if you are in doubt, [O Muhammad], about that which We have revealed to you, then ask those who have been reading the Scripture before you. The truth has certainly come to you from your Lord, so never be among the doubters.

It is true that the author of Qur’an chastises those Jews who do not follow their scriptures but instead distort them, but never does it say that the scriptures themselves are distorted, nor that the Jews as whole have abandoned the Torah. Why would Allah tell Jews to continue judging by the Torah that they have, if they didn’t have it?

5:68 Say, ‘People of the Book [Jews and Christians], you have no true basis [for your religion] unless you uphold the Torah, the Gospel, and that which has been sent down to you from your Lord’ […].

So it is clear that the scriptures have are still authoritative.

The Qur’an affirms the divine inspiration, the preservation and the authority of the Bible, as Allah’s eternal word, consistently and repeatedly. If the Bible is false, Qur’an is lying because it vouches for Bible. The only way that remains for Qur’an to be true, is that the Bible is also true.

However, the Qur’an contradicts the Bible in many parts.

  • The Qur’an explicitly says God is not father to anyone (5:18; 19:88-93; 21:26). In the Bible, Jesus refers to God as the father of both himself and the whole humanity (Matt. 6:9). Jesus even urges his followers to pray to “our Father in Heaven” (Matt. 6:9). Qur’an affirms Jesus (Isa) as a true prophet of God.
  • The Qur’an claims that Jesus did not actually die, it just appeared that way (4:157). In the Bible, Jesus says that one who claims, that Jesus would not die on cross, is none other than Satan himself (Matt. 16:21-23, Mark. 8:31-33).
  • Muhammad proclaimed that he was foretold in the Bible, but the only prophecies that even remotely match his characteristics are Jesus’s warnings about false prophets and antichrists. (If John 14:16-17 spoke about Muhammad, then Muhammad was invisible, among many other things.)

Furthermore, according to the Bible, if anyone speaks in God’s name something that God has not commanded them to speak, that man is a false prophet and shall be put to death (Deut. 18:20-22). Muhammad did speak things in Allah’s name that came from Shaitan, but later came and said that Devil tricked him.

Therefore, if the Bible is true, Qur’an is false because Qur’an contradicts the Bible, and the man who delivered Islam’s teachings was a false prophet according to the Bible.

In summary, if Bible is false, Qur’an is false. If Bible is true, Qur’an is false.

We could also study the many claims that the Islamic scripture makes about the world.

  • The Qur’an claims the sun sets in a muddy pool of water, and that an explorer went there and found people living in that very physical location. (18:86,90)
    • Whereupon it prostrates upon Allah’s throne and asks for a permission to rise again; one day, it will not be permitted, and it will rise in the opposite direction instead. (Sahih al-Bukhari 4:54:421)
  • The Qur’an claims the sun and moon are in a shared orbit around the Earth, one chasing the other but never one passing the other. (21:33, 36:40)
  • The Qur’an claims the semen is created between the backbone and the ribs (somewhere around the kidneys or chest depending on interpretation). (86:5—7)
And so on. All of these are completely false according to modern understanding of biology, astronomy etc.

Therefore it is proven that Qur’an is false. Regardless of whether Bible is true or not, Qur’an is still false. If the Qur’an falls, Islam falls.

Summary

This fulfills the premises that lead into the conclusion that Islam is a counterfeit religion.

The conclusion

And therefore, the conclusion of the original three premises — Islam comes from Satan — has been proven.

Even if you don’t take Bible as truth (for example you are an atheist), it remains proven that Islam is a counterfeit religion, and it is specifically counterfeit with respect to the teachings of Bible — whether or not Bible is truth.

If you argue that Islam does not claim to replace prior religions (for example, on the basis of 5:68), hence it would not be counterfeit, it still remains that Islam is falsehood and deception, which come from Satan.

Afterthoughts

In an interesting detail, the Qur’an also says that Allah, the God of Islam, is a master of schemers and the master of lies and deception (http://www.answering-islam.org/Shamoun/allah_best_deceiver.htm). According to Qur’an, Allah tricked Christians into believing Jesus was killed and rose from death. These are traits of Satan in the Bible. While my proof does not depend on this detail, this further reaffirms the already-proven point that Islam comes from Satan.

There is also the detail that Muhammad himself thought that he was possessed by a demon, when he began receiving revelations (Ibn Ishaq p. 72, Life of Muhammad, p. 106, Sahih al-Bukhari 2:21:225); as did several people later on, as evidenced by the author of the Qur’an’s insistent denial of those claims in Surah 81:22—25 and 69:41—42. Later on, he also could not tell the difference between an authentic revelation and a revelation that comes from Satan (al-Tabāri' v.1, Ibn Sa’d v.1 p.237).

TL/DR:

You believe Bible is truth You believe Qur’an is truth Therefore, you Therefore, Qur’an Therefore, Islam
no no should not care is false is counterfeit
no yes disagree with Qur’an is false is counterfeit
yes no know where lies come from is false is a counterfeit that comes from Satan
yes yes believe contradictory things is false is a counterfeit that comes from Satan


email hTbiIYAsq_SwiWt@NWCikW0Ji.Tjfi, http://iki.fi/bisqwit/
See also: The Islamic view of Jesus makes no sense

P.S. Anyone who tries to refute my points by referring to something Zakir Naik said, will be subject to ridicule. Zakir Naik is a joke.


Last edited at: 2020-01-27T11:36:27+02:00