As-salaamuAllaahi ‘alaykumwarahmatullaahiwabarakaatuhu, my brothers and sisters in Islaam. It is no more news that many a non-Muslim writer or speaker does portray Islaam and Muslims in bad light. They do this by telling concocted lies and fallacies, as well as creating bogus bogey (false fear) in the minds of unsuspecting young and old Muslims. In shaa Allaah, this column—ISLAMOPHOBIA (hatred or fear of Muslims or of their politics or culture) shall be exposing the lies of these enemies of Islaam by digging majorly into their scripture with a view to enlightening the Ummah.
We are still on Dr Robert Morey, a non-Muslim apologetic writer we exposed last week. He writes further on page 11 of Journal of Biblical Apologetics, Number 3, Spring 2012, Volume 5:
“Dear Friend, Islam leaves you high and dry with no way to deal with the corruptions of your heart here on earth or the record of your sins in heaven. It does not build a bridge between you and God. It does not have a mediator who is both God and man. With no Savior and no atonement, it can never give you any sure hope of heaven.”
Reading the above statement critically, one will notice that Dr Morey accuses Islaam of:
i) having no human Saviour.
ii) having no mediator who is a God and man.
ii) having no atonement of sins.
iii) having no assurance of heaven for its adherents.
According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus, a Saviour refers to “one that saves from danger or destruction.” In Islaam, Muslims believe that there is none that can save his fellow man from destruction except the Almighty Allaah. But metaphorically, all prophets of Allaah, from Aadam to Muhammad were sent to their people with a view to saving them from destructions through messages. However, Jesus alone cannot be the Saviour of man in its metaphorical sense because; he said he was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel. Denotatively, there are evidences that there is no other Saviour beside the Lord (Allaah). Let’s consider these verses:
a) Isaiah 43:11
“I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no saviour.”(ASV version)
b) Hosea 13:4
“Yet I am Jehovah thy God from the land of Egypt; and thou shalt know no god but me, and besides me there is no saviour.” (ASV version)
Considering the above verses, Dr. Morey shot himself in the leg to have purportedly believed that Prophet Jesus was and is the Saviour of mankind, subhaana Allaah! Many logical questions do come to one’s mind whenever non-muslims confront muslims with the question of whom their Saviour is. Our Saviour, in its real sense is one- Allaah. Willy-nilly, their Saviour is not Jesus, but the Almighty Allaah. Why?
i) A Saviour cannot cry to another Saviour for help. Jesus was recorded in Mark 15:34 to have sought help from another Saviour while on the ‘cross.’
“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
ii) A Saviour cannot be arrested, let alone crucified.
iii) A Saviour should have the knowledge of the last hour. Mark 13:32 confirms that Jesus doesn’t possess this.
“But of that day or that hour knoweth no one, not even the angels in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”
iv) A Saviour should be self-sufficient. It’s recorded in Matthew 26:39 that Jesus begged God to save him from death.
“And he went forward a little, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
v) A Saviour should possess a mighty power. John 12:49 and John 5:30-31 confirm that Jesus is subjected to the powers of Allaah.
“For I spake not from myself; but the Father that sent me, he hath given me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.”
“I can of myself do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is righteous; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.”
2. A MAN AND GOD
It is no more new to hear non-Muslims say Prophet ‘Iisaa possesses some qualities of the Mighty God, thereby, qualifying him as a God and man. To Jesus, he never for once regarded himself as God, in spite of the miracles he performed. Elisha, Elijah, Moses, Noah, Abraham, Solomon, Muhammad etc, also did miracles, yet, no one calls them Gods. There are many places in the Bible(s) where Jesus is referred to as God’s servant, messenger and man. This is our belief as Muslims. Consider these:
i) ACTS 4:27--“ …for of a truth in this city against thy holy Servant Jesus….”
ii) ACTS 2:22—“ Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God unto you….”
iii) Jesus spoke from the cradle that, “ I am the servant of Allaah” in Qur’aan 19:30.
iv) In Q61:6, Jesus also said: “And (remember) when Jesus, son of Mary, said: ‘O children of Israel, I am the messenger of Allaah sent to you…. ”
v) In Matthew 19:17, Jesus rejects being called a good master because he were not God—“ And he said unto him, "Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God:...” (KJV)
3. ATONEMENT OF SINS.
In the Christendom, atonement refers to forgiveness of sins through the ‘sacrificial death and blood’ of Jesus. Atonement is paganistic. Long before Jesus, the god Adonis of Syria was regarded by his followers to have attained redemption for all mankind through his death. Dr. Robert is correct because in Islaam, there is no need for someone to die for me before the Almighty Allaah forgives my sins. All what a Muslim needs do is to seek repentance of the sins he commits and in shaa Allaah, He is ready to forgive the fellow. It should be noted however that atonement of sins is against the teachings of Nabiyyuna ‘Iisaa and the Bible. Even, if their sins had been forgiven, why do they still seek God’s forgiveness daily during worships? Illogical you say? Consider these proofs:
i) Deuteronomy 24:16---“ The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.”
ii) Ezekiel 18:20---“ The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”
iii) Jeremiah 31:29-30--- “In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children' teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.”
iv) Allaah says in Q22:37---“ It is not their meat nor blood that reaches Allaah: it is your piety that reaches Him….” Also, check Q 99:7-8.
4. NO ASSURANCE OF HEAVEN
Contrary to the claim of Dr. Robert that Islaam doesn’t guarantee heaven, the Almighty Allaah guarantees heaven(paradise) for whoever does His will, several places in the Qur’an. Also, He assures those who do evil, blazing fire. However, Jesus doesn’t guarantee heaven to anybody, he only enjoins his people to do well and shun evil. He also prophesies those who will enter paradise (pious Muslims). Below are some references:
i) Matthew 20:23---“ And he saith unto them, "Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. "”
ii) Matthew 8:11-12---“ "And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west(those that believes him and the last prophet, Muhammad), and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."”
iii) Matthew 21:43---“ "Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. "”
iv) Jesus will even be subjected to God in heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:27-28--- “…And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”
v) Allaah says in the following:
a. Q32:19—“As for those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, for them are Gardens (paradise) as an entertainment for what they used to do.”
b. Q32:20—“And for those who are Faasikuun (disbelievers), their abode will be the hellfire….”
c. Q98:6-7—“Verily, those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah and His Messenger, Muhammad, including all obligations ordered by Islaam), and do righteous good deeds, they are the best of creatures. Their reward with their Lord is ‘Adn Paradise (Gardens of Eternity), underneath which rivers flow…” et cetera.
At this juncture, it is now crystal clear that Islaam assures believers of heaven and accepts only a Universal Saviour who is Allaah. Also, Islaam neither profess atonement of sins nor ‘Godship’ of Jesus, the same way Jesus himself didn’t.