No-one wants to talk about Ishmael.

No-one wants to talk about Ishmael.

DCCI team is feeling lonely because no one from the Speaker’s Corner Da’wah team wants to provide any evidence that Muhammad is from the line of Ishmael. Is that because Muhammad didn’t think so either?

“Long before Ibn Ishak, Muslims who lived in Mohammed’s own time also fabricated genealogies in an attempt to connect Mohammed to the descendants of Ishmael. Mohammed himself rejected all of those false genealogies and he put limits regarding the genealogy of his ancestors. Amru bin al-As wrote:’Mohammed genealogized himself regarding his ancestors until he reached al-Nather bin Kinaneh, then he said ‘anyone who claimed otherwise or added further ancestors, has lied.'” (Dr Rafat Amari)

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Dawah team runs away again!

Dawah team runs away again!

Lizzie and Daniel want to talk to the Dawah team about whether Muhammad is from the line of Ishmael, but their shyness gets the better of them – again.

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Muhammad from the line of Ishmael?

Is Muhammad from the line of Ishmael?

Is Muhammad from line of Ishmael? Lizzie and Godwin discuss the genealogical problems, geographical problems, historical problems and theological problems with this claim.

“Ma’n Ibn ‘Isa al-Ashja’i al-Qazzaz (silk-merchant) informed us; he said: Mu’awiyah Ibn Salih informed us on the authority of Yahya Ibn Jabir who had seen some Companions of the Prophet and said: The people of Banu Fuhayrah came to the Prophet and said to him: You belong to us. He replied: Verily, (the archangel) Gabriel has informed me that I belong to Mudar.” (Ibn Sa’d, Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir, Volume I, p. 4)

“I said, “O Allah’s Messenger ! Which mosque was first built on the surface of the earth?” He said, “Al- Masjid-ul-,Haram (in Mecca).” I said, “Which was built next?” He replied “The mosque of Al-Aqsa ( in Jerusalem) .” I said, “What was the period of construction between the two?” He said, “Forty years.” He added, “Wherever (you may be, and) the prayer time becomes due, perform the prayer there, for the best thing is to do so (i.e. to offer the prayers in time). Sahih al-Bukhari 3366

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Muhammad the Prophet in Deuteronomy 18:18?

Is Muhammad the Prophet in Deuteronomy 18:18?

Lizzie and Yahya discuss whether Muhammad is the Prophet in Deuteronomy 18:18 and the fact he is clearly not from the line of Ishmael.

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.” Deuteronomy 18:18-19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you.” Acts 3:20

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Seal of Prophets in the Hadith

Seal of Prophets in the Hadith

Lizzie talks to Muslims about about ‘Seal of prophets’ in the hadith. Apologies for the poor audio in the first half of the video.

Narrated As Saib bin Yazid:My aunt took me to the Prophet and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! This son of my sister has got a disease in his legs.” So he passed his hands on my head and prayed for Allah’s blessings for me; then he performed ablution and I drank from the remaining water. I stood behind him and saw the seal of Prophethood between his shoulders, and it was like the “Zir-al-Hijla” (means the button of a small tent, but some said ‘egg of a partridge.’ etc.)

Bukhari 1:4:189 Narrated As Saib; My aunt took me to Allah’s Apostle and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! My nephew is ill.” The Prophet touched my head with his hand and invoked Allah to bless me. He then performed ablution and I drank of the remaining water of his ablution and then stood behind his back and saw “Khatam An- Nubuwwa” (The Seal of Prophethood) between his shoulders like a button of a tent. Bukhari 7:70:574

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Bizarre signs of prophethood!

Bizarre signs of prophethood!

Some bizarre signs of Muhammad’s prophethood found in Islamic tradition. Signs that are not consistent with the criteria of prophethood in Deuteronomy 13 (which the Qur’an claims to confirm.)

Narrated As Saib bin Yazid:My aunt took me to the Prophet and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! This son of my sister has got a disease in his legs.” So he passed his hands on my head and prayed for Allah’s blessings for me; then he performed ablution and I drank from the remaining water. I stood behind him and saw the seal of Prophethood between his shoulders, and it was like the “Zir-al-Hijla” (means the button of a small tent, but some said ‘egg of a partridge.’ etc.) Bukhari 1:4:189

Narrated Anas: When ‘Abdullah bin Salam heard the arrival of the Prophet at Medina, he came to him and said, “I am going to ask you about three things which nobody knows except a prophet: What is the first portent of the Hour? What will be the first meal taken by the people of Paradise? Why does a child resemble its father, and why does it resemble its maternal uncle” Allah’s Apostle said, “Gabriel has just now told me of their answers.” ‘Abdullah said, “He (i.e. Gabriel), from amongst all the angels, is the enemy of the Jews.” Allah’s Apostle said, “The first portent of the Hour will be a fire that will bring together the people from the east to the west; the first meal of the people of Paradise will be Extra-lobe (caudate lobe) of fish-liver. As for the resemblance of the child to its parents: If a man has sexual intercourse with his wife and gets discharge first, the child will resemble the father, and if the woman gets discharge first, the child will resemble her.” On that ‘Abdullah bin Salam said, “I testify that you are the Apostle of Allah.” Bukhari 4:55:546

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Drink Muhammad’s dirty water?

Drink Muhammad’s dirty water?

Hatun and Godwin discuss whether Muhammad really is the ‘seal of prophets’ – and discover some disturbing details along the way.

Narrated As Saib bin Yazid:My aunt took me to the Prophet and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! This son of my sister has got a disease in his legs.” So he passed his hands on my head and prayed for Allah’s blessings for me; then he performed ablution AND I DRANK FROM THE REMAINING WATER. I stood behind him and saw the seal of Prophethood between his shoulders, and it was like the “Zir-al-Hijla” (means the button of a small tent, but some said ‘egg of a partridge.’ etc.) Bukhari 1:4:189 Narrated As Saib; My aunt took me to Allah’s Apostle and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! My nephew is ill.” The Prophet touched my head with his hand and invoked Allah to bless me. He then performed ablution and I DRANK OF THE REMAINING WATER OF HIS ABLUTION and then stood behind his back and saw “Khatam An- Nubuwwa” (The Seal of Prophethood) between his shoulders like a button of a tent. Bukhari 7:70:574 Sunan Ibn Majah 520–It was narrated that Jabir bin Abdullah said: “We came to a pond in which there was the carcass of a donkey, so we refrained from using the water until the Messenger of Allah came to us and said: ‘Water is not made impure by anything.’ Then we drank from it and gave it to our animals to drink, and we carried some with us.”

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Muhammad is not a prophet – 10 Reasons (3)

Jesus Crucifixion stained glassReason 3: Muhammad denies the unique Sonship of the Lord Jesus Christ

There are many verses in the Qur’an which affirm the reliability of the Old and New Testaments, the Taurat and the Injil. Allah confirms the Scripture that came before it:

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. (Sura 3:3 Sahih International)

Allah even warns Muslims against disbelieving his books (pl):

O you who have believed, believe in Allah and His Messenger and the Book that He sent down upon His Messenger and the Scripture which He sent down before. And whoever disbelieves in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day has certainly gone far astray. (Sura 4:136 Sahih International)

The Gospel is “guidance and light;” the Torah is “guidance and instruction for the righteous:”

And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous. (Sura 5:46, Sahih International)

And the Gospel – which the Qur’an confirms, in which Muslims are commanded to believe, which contains “guidance and light,” explicitly DECLARES the unique divine Sonship of the Lord Jesus Christ:

“The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God (Mark 1:1)

“He will be great and be called Son of the Most High (Luke 1:32)

“This is my Son whom I love, with him I am well-pleased” (Matthew 3:17)

“No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” (John 1:18)

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things and through whom He made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1)

Nothing could be clearer from the New Testament. And yet the Qur’an – which confirms the previous Scripture, in which Muslims are commanded to believe, which calls the Gospel “guidance and light – explicitly DENIES the unique divine Sonship of the Lord Jesus Christ:

They say: ‘God hath begotten a son.’  Glory be to Him.  Nay, to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: everything renders worship to him.”  (S. 2:116 Yusuf Ali)

“Wonderful originator of the heavens and the earth; How can He have a son when He has no consort?  He created all things, and He hath full knowledge of all things.”  (S. 6:101, Yusuf Ali)

The Jews say, “Ezra is the son of Allah “; and the Christians say, “The Messiah is the son of Allah .” That is their statement from their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved [before them]. May Allah destroy them; how are they deluded? (S. 9:30 Sahih International)

There are many Biblical misunderstandings just in these three verses. First of all, do Christians claim God ‘begat’ a son in time and space, like we beget children? No, Jesus has always existed and continues to exist as the unique Son of God:

“And now Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” (John 17:5)

Secondly, why on earth is Allah wondering how someone can have a son without a consort, when in another Sura he grants Maryam a consort-less conception – with ease?

[Maryam] said “how can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?” Ruh [Allah’s spirit] said: “So your Lord said “that is easy for me.” (S.19:20-21, Hilali Khan)

“Ezra is the son of Allah” said no Jew ever. It is not in the Hebrew Bible, nor in the Jewish commentaries. There is no evidence that is has ever been a Jewish belief. It is an error of the Qur’an.

How can Muhammad be a true prophet when he fails to understand Christian doctrine, when his revelations are contradictory (S.6:101 and 19:20) and when they contain factual errors?

The saddest thing about Allah’s inability/aversion to begetting children, is that Muslims can never relate to him as children. The most they can hope for in their relationship with him is that of slave:

“It is not suitable for the Most Gracious that He should beget a Son. There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the Most Gracious as a slave.” (Sura 19:92-3, Hilali Khan)

That makes Muslims slaves twice: once to sin, as we all are without Christ, and again to Allah. Compare this to how the Bible describes those who belong to Jesus Christ through repentance and faith in Him as Lord:

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs of Christ, if indeed we share in his suffering that we may also share in his glory.” (Romans 8:15-17)

How amazing that God loves us enough to die in our place, give us His righteousness in exchange for our sin, and  adopts us as  sons and daughters as well as co-heirs with Christ! So again we pray and exhort our Muslim friends to come to Christ to set them free.

Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee. (Charles Wesley 1707-1788)