Did Paul See the Devil?

by Sami Zaatari

Christians often like to claim that the prophet Muhammad saw the devil in the cave because of this verse from the Bible:

 

14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)

 

So from this verse Christians claim that this shows what the prophet Muhammad really saw in the cave was Satan who made himself look like an angel. We will address this issue in another article, but for now I want to turn the argument back on the Christian.

 

By turning the argument back on the Christian you will see how weak their argument is and how badly it can actually be used against them!

 

When we read how Paul supposedly met Jesus we see that what Paul sees could very well be Satan himself from the description we get in Corinthians! For instance here is what it reads:

 

1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man (Acts 9:1-7)

 

So notice Paul sees a LIGHT! This light then claims that it is none other than Jesus! Now of course Christians will often point to this story to show that Paul is a true apostle because he met Jesus, however so too bad for them now because their argument against the prophet Muhammad REALLY backfires against them here because if we want to be consistent and if they want to be consistent then we have to conclude that Paul did not meet Jesus, rather he met Satan.

 

Now a Christian might say but Corinthians says that Satan turns himself into an ANGEL of light, yet Jesus isn’t angel.

 

If one were to actually examine 2nd Corinthians it doesn’t have to explicitly mean an angel per se. Rather the context of 2nd Corinthians as well as Christian interpretation is that basically Satan can transform himself to be as someone good and kind and helpful, and the word angel is only used to signify this point, since we often associate goodness with angels. Satan could transform himself to act as an angel no doubt, but the passage in 2nd Corinthians is not limited to transforming into an angel only, but rather anything good.

 

One can safely conclude that indeed Paul did see Satan not Jesus because if one examines Paul’s message one will find it is filled with borrowed paganism, and not only that it contradicts all former prophets, and insults the Torah, as well as making lies about Jesus!

 

In fact it does not end there! The disciple Peter may have also met Satan! When read Acts chapter 12 we read:

 

5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.  6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.  7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.  8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.

 

 

Notice how an angel comes to Peter while he is in prison, and then when this ?angel’ comes a bright light shines in

the prison! So here we explicitly have light and an angel! This definitely fits the description of 2nd Corinthians!


What’s to say this angel was not Satan? In fact we do see something a bit satanic here which is that this angel is essentially breaking a prisoner out of jail! This is basically breaking the law! Even if Herod was an evil tyrant, you still have to obey and follow the rules and law, because if you take it into your own hands more chaos will come. This incident here by this supposed ?angel’ is an act of a rebel, and as we all know Satan is a rebel to God and God’s laws, so we do have enough evidence here to give us probable cause that this angel could be Satan himself!  

 

So in conclusion we have now seen two incidents where major figures of Christianity have most likely seen Satan as a result of 2nd Corinthians. We have also seen how EASILY we can turn the Christian argument against themselves and show how weak their reasoning and desperation is. The Christian should be very worried now, since these incidents are the sort of thing they bring up against Islam!

 

And Allah indeed Knows Best!

Is the Angel God?!

One common argument made by Christians is that Jesus must be God because of the miraculous healings he did, such as curing the leper, and healing the blind. Of course when a Christian makes such an argument they simply showing their own ignorance on such matters, and are ignoring the context of such miracles.

Now let us for the sake of argument agree with our Christian opponent, that yes Jesus must be God because of the miraculous healings he carried out.

Now since we are arguing and agreeing along such lines will we now take the angel of God mentioned in John chapter 5:4 as God? We read that this angel carried out the following action:

 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. (John 5:4)

So notice, this angel use to come down to earth, and into a pool of water and the angel used to do something to this water that everyone who was sick and entered into it would be healed and made whole again. Therefore using the Christian standard and form of evidence this angel must be God as well due to the fact that it healed a lot of sick people.

Now of course Christians will disagree and will make whatever excuse they can, which all in all proves the fact that when it comes to Jesus Christians for some strange reason will use the most weakest forms of argumentation to try and prove their case.

Hopefully some Christians will see the light.

And Allah Knows Best!

Prophet Muhammad And The Satanic Verses!!

By Bassam Zawadi

 

There is no greater lie than the Satanic verses lie. The Prophet never said those verses. To sum up, the story basically says that when the Prophet was leading the prayer one time near the Ka’bah, he was reciting Surah 53:19-20 and then he said a verse ‘those are the high-flying cranes and indeed their intercession is to be hoped for’ so the Quraysh got happy that the Prophet spoke so positively about their Gods and then also prostrated with the Muslims when they prostrated in their prayer. Then Allah sent down a verse rebuking the Prophet Muhammad (Surah 17:73-75) and also sent down a verse abrogating the Satanic revelation’ (Surah 22:52).

Let’s see if this could make any sense.

Surah 53 was revealed in the 5th year of Prophethood.

Ibn Sad says that before this, in the Rajab of the 5th year of Prophethood, a small group of the Companions had emigrated to Abyssinia. Then, when in the Ramadan of the same year this incident took place the news spread that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had recited Surah An-Najm publicly in the assembly of the Quraish and the whole assembly, including the believers as well as the disbelievers, had fallen down in prostration with him. When the emigrants to Abyssinia heard this news they formed the impression that the disbelievers of Makkah had become Muslims. Thereupon, some of them returned to Makkah in the Shawwal of the 5th year of Prophethood, only to learn that the news was wrong and the conflict between Islam and disbelief was raging as furiously as before. Consequently, the second emigration to Abyssinia took place, in which many more people left Makkah.

Thus, it becomes almost certain that this Surah was revealed in the Ramadan of 5th year of Prophethood. (Maududi Commentary on the Quran, Commentary on Surah 53, Source)

 

The verse that came rebuking the Prophet was sent down years later. The very first verse indicates that this Surah was revealed on the occasion of Mi`raj (Ascension). According to the Traditions and books on the life of the Holy Prophet, this event happened one year before Hijrah. Thus, this Surah is one of those, which were revealed in the last stage of Prophethood at Makkah. (Maududi Commentary on the Quran, Commentary on Surah 17, Source)

And the verse that supposedly abrogated the  the ‘satanic revelation’ came in 1 A.H, which is approximately 8 years after the incident.

The sudden change of the style from v. 25 shows that probably vv. 25-78 were sent down in the month of Zul-Hijjah in the very first year after Hijrah. This is indicated by vv. 25-41 and confirmed by the occasion of the revelation of vv. 39-40. (Maududi Commentary on the Quran, Commentary on Surah 22, Source)

Are you trying to say that Muslims believed the Satanic revelations were true revelations for eight years? That would mean that the Quraysh would have believed that the Muslims were pagan worshippers. So if the Quraysh did, then why did they keep  persecuting the Muslims for their beliefs, which is the reason why the Hijra took place anyway?

Obviously, one should also continue reading the remaining of the Surah.

Surah 53:21-25

What! for you the male sex, and for Him, the female? Behold, such would be indeed a division most unfair! These are nothing but names which ye have devised, – ye and your fathers, – for which God has sent down no authority (whatever). They follow nothing but conjecture and what their own souls desire! – Even though there has already come to them Guidance from their Lord! Nay, shall man have (just) anything he hankers after? But it is to God that the End and the Beginning (of all things) belong. It clearly condemns the deity of these idols, so why need a verse abrogating it?

           

 

            Surah 22:52 is only a general statement.

 

Prophets and messengers (the distinction is explained in n. 2503 to xix. 51) are but human. Their actions are righteous and their motives pure. But in judging things from a human point of view, the suggestion may come to their mind (from Satan) that it would be good to have power or wealth or influence for furthering Allah’s cause, or that it may be good to conciliate some faction which may be irreconcilable. In fact, in Allah’s Plan, it may be the opposite. Allah, in His mercy and inspiration, will cancel any false or vain suggestions of this kind, and confirm and strengthen His own Commands and make known His Will in His Signs or revelations. (Yusuf Ali Commentary on the Quran, Commentary on Surah 22:52)

(Never sent We a messenger or a Prophet before thee) O Muhammad (but when he) the Prophet (recited (the message)) or spoke (Satan proposed (opposition) about that which he recited thereof) such that he does not act upon it. (But Allah abolisheth) but Allah elucidates (that which Satan proposeth) on the tongue of His Prophet such that he does not act upon it. (Then Allah establisheth) then He clarifies (His revelations) for His Prophet in order that he acts upon them. (Allah is Knower) of that which Satan proposes, (Wise) He decrees to abolish it; (Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ?Abbâs, Commentary on Surah 22:52, Source)

 

Secondly, ONLY FOR SAKE OF ARGUMENT. Let’s actually say that this whole incident is true and actually happened. This in no way disproves the Prophethood of Muhammad (peace be upon him), it actually does nothing but convince me even more that he truly was a Prophet from God! A Christian missionary wrote an article trying to prove that Satan inspired the Quran and I refuted it here. However, the funny thing is that if the Quran was truly authored by Satan then why on earth would Satan abrogate the ?satanic revelations’ of Surah 53 and then expose himself? If the Quran is truly inspired by Satan then Satan should have just let people believe in that Satanic revelation. If the Quran is truly authored by Satan then why would Satan only bother to expose himself on that specific verse? The truth of the matter is that this is absolute nonsense. If we want to accept the story we could only accept this: –

Satan deceived the Prophet for those few seconds by whispering those verses into him and tricking him into saying it, however later on God protected his Prophet and rebuked Satan and exposed Satan’s failure in his attempt to bring people into idol worship. This could only show that the author of the Quran truly is God and no one else!

Of course, I reject the story. However, if people want to be stubborn and keep shoving it down my throat then fine! It does nothing more than prove to me that the Quran is indeed a revelation of God.

 

And God knows the best ..

The Satanic Verses !!

By Sami Zaatari

One of the most common arguments that are thrown against the prophet Muhammad is what they like to call the Satanic Verses. Yet if one were to actually read the incident very carefully, one would notice the incident proves that Muhammad is a true prophet, and that the Muslim can be very assured as to the Quranic reliability.

 

Here is the incident from Tabari:

 

The messenger of God was eager for the welfare of his people and wished to effect a reconciliation with them in whatever ways he could. It is said that he wanted to find a way to do this, and what happened was a follows.

Ibn Humayd – Salamah-Muhammad b. Ishaq – Yazid b. Ziyad al-Madani – Muhammad b. Ka’b al-Qurazi: When the messenger of God saw how his tribe turned their backs on him and was grieved to see them shunning the message he had brought to them from God, he longed in his soul that something would come to him from God which would reconcile him with his tribe. With his love for his tribe and his eagerness for their welfare it would have delighted him if some of the difficulties which they made for him could have been smoothed out, and he debated with himself and fervently desired such an outcome. Then God revealed:

 

“By the Star when it sets, your comrade does not err, nor is he deceived; nor does he speak out of (his own) desire…”

 

and when he came to the words:

 

Have you thought upon al-Lat and al-Uzza and Manat, the third, the other?

 

Satan cast on his tongue, because of his inner debates and what he desired to bring to his people, the words:

 

“These are the high flying cranes; verily their intercession is accepted with approval.

 

When Quraysh heard this, they rejoiced and were happy and delighted at the way in which he spoke of their gods, and they listened to him, while the Muslims, having complete trust in their prophet in respect of the messages which he brought from God, did not suspect him of error, illusion, or mistake. When he came to the prostration, having completed the surah, he prostrated himself and the Muslims did likewise, following their prophet, trusting in the message which he had brought and following his example. Those polytheists of the Quraysh and others who were in the mosque likewise prostrated themselves because of the reference to their gods which they had heard, so that there was no one in the mosque, believer orunbeliever, who did not prostrate himself. The one exception was al-Walid b. Al-Mughirah, who was a very old man and could not prostrate himself; but he took a handful of soil from the valley in his hand and bowed over that. Then they all dispersed from the mosque. The Quraysh left delighted by the mention of their gods which they had hared, saying,”Muhammad has mentioned our goes in the most favorable way possible, stating in his recitation that they are the high flying cranes and that their intercession is received with approval.”

The news of the prostration reached those of the messenger of God’s companions who were in Abyssinia and people said, “The Quraysh have accepted Islam.” Some rose up to return, while others remained behind. Then Gabriel came to the Messenger of God and said, “Muhammad, what have you done? You have recited to the people that which I did not bring to you from God, and you have said that which was not said to you.” Then the messenger of God was much grieved and feared God greatly, but God sent down a revelation to him, for He was merciful to him, consoling him and making the matter light for him, informing him that there had never been a prophet or a messenger before him who desired as he desired and wished as he wished but that Satan had cast words into his recitation, as he had cast words on Muhammad’s tongue. Then God cancelled what Satan had thus cast, and established his verses by telling him that he was like other prophets and messengers, and revealed:

 

“Never did we send a messenger or a prophet before you but that when he recited (the Message) Satan cast words into his recitation (umniyyah). God abrogates what Satan casts. The God established his verses. God is knower, wise.

 

Thus God removed the sorrow from his messenger, reassured him about that which he had feared and cancelled the words which Satan had cast on his tongue, that their gods were the high flying cranes whose intercession was accepted with approval. He now revealed, following the mention of “al-Lat, al-Uzza and Manat, the third, the other,” the words:

 

“Are yours the males and his the females? That indeed were an unfair division! They are but names which you have named, you and your fathers.”

to the words:

to whom he wills and accept

 

This means, how can the intercession of their gods avail with God?

 

When Muhammad brought a revelation from God canceling what Satan had cast on the tongue of His prophet, the Quraysh said,”Muhammad has repented of what he said concerning the position of your gods with God, and has altered it and brought something else.” Those two phrases which Satan had cast on the tongue of the Messenger of God were in the mouth of every polytheists, and they became even more ill-disposed and more violent in their persecution of those of them who had accepted Islam and followed the messenger of God.

 

So this is the famous incident which Christians have titled as the Satanic verses.

 

When reading the story you will notice that the angel Gabriel came to the prophet Muhammad and corrected the prophet of this mistake, on top of this God himself consoled the prophet and let him know that this has happened to other prophets as well. So therefore this is not something that is unique to the prophet Muhammad, but this happened to other prophets as well. I quote this part of the story again:

 

 Then Gabriel came to the Messenger of God and said, “Muhammad, what have you done? You have recited to the people that which I did not bring to you from God, and you have said that which was not said to you.” Then the messenger of God was much grieved and feared God greatly, but God sent down a revelation to him, for He was merciful to him, consoling him and making the matter light for him, informing him that there had never been a prophet or a messenger before him who desired as he desired and wished as he wished but that Satan had cast words into his recitation, as he had cast words on Muhammad’s tongue. Then God cancelled what Satan had thus cast,

 

So if Muhammad was a false prophet then why would the mightiest angel of God come and correct him of the mistake!? This in itself is proof that he is a prophet of God, or else the angel Gabriel would have never come to him and corrected the error that was made.

 

Now the hostile Christian cannot have his cake and eat it, he can’t say “oh the rest of the story is a fake and Gabriel never visited the prophet” sorry, that won’t work, either you accept the story, or you throw it out, you can’t accept part of it and throw the other part out. Because notice how inconsistent this is, if someone was able to make the rest of the story up, such as Gabriel coming and visiting the prophet, then this casts doubt on the entire story as well, because if one can tamper with one part of the story, what’s to say the entire story hasn’t been tampered with and is an entire fabrication?! So Christians can’t have it whatever way they want, either they accept it, or leave it.

 

Secondly, since this is an Islamic text, it is based for Muslims, and for Muslim knowledge. As we can see, the text and the Quran make it clear that other prophets were also tricked by Satan, now Christians won’t have to believe this, but their belief at this point is irrelevant as the text is for Muslims, not for Christians. Hence a Muslim should have no problem with the prophet Muhammad being tricked by Satan, because according to these Islamic texts other prophets suffered the same fate as well, hence we shouldn’t be worried about the prophet Muhammad. Hence a Christian cannot come up to a Muslim and say this should worry you Muslims! I say this shouldn’t worry any of us Muslims since according to Islamic texts the same happened to other prophets, a Christian may not believe that, but what they believe is irrelevant as the text isn’t meant for them but for us and our beliefs.

 

Thirdly, this incident PROVES THE COMPLETE RELIABILITY OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD AND THE QURAN.

 

Christians often like to say this incident proves the opposite, that the prophet Muhammad cannot be trusted, and is unreliable as a result of this, because if Satan could trick the prophet here, could he not trick him with many other verses?

 

The answer is NO. Let us read the story again:

 

Then Gabriel came to the Messenger of God and said, “Muhammad, what have you done? You have recited to the people that which I did not bring to you from God, and you have said that which was not said to you.” Then the messenger of God was much grieved and feared God greatly, but God sent down a revelation to him, for He was merciful to him, consoling him and making the matter light for him, informing him that there had never been a prophet or a messenger before him who desired as he desired and wished as he wished but that Satan had cast words into his recitation, as he had cast words on Muhammad’s tongue. Then God cancelled what Satan had thus cast,

 

So notice that the angel Gabriel immediately came and rectified the problem, and the verse was cancelled at once, this shows how reliable the prophet Muhammad is, as well as the Quran. Let’s say that Satan did try to trick the prophet again, or tried it before and succeeded, this would cause no problems as the angel Gabriel would immediately come and correct the trickery and crush it with the truth!

 

Hence no Christian can say this incident throws doubt on the prophet Muhammad, this incident throws no doubt on the prophet Muhammad, but complete reliability as we know that God is watching over him, and that the angel Gabriel will always be sent to rectify any problems and trickery from Satan.

 

So in conclusion the satanic verses as the Christians like to call it, proves that Muhammad is a true prophet, and proves how reliable the Quran is. 

 

And Allah Knows Best!