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Obeying the Messengers

Islam has evolved into a one prophet religion contrary to the teachings of the Koran. Many Muslims have replaced Jesus with Muhammad and the Bible with the Koran. They quote the hadiths attributed to the Islamic prophet and the Koran, but they hardly ever quote the Bible. Many of the hadiths clearly contradict the teachings of both the Bible and the Koran. The Koran says in many places, “Obey the Messenger.” If one is truly obeying Muhammad, he will reject those false, fabricated hadiths which teach things that clearly contradict the Koran and the Bible. He would have a multi-prophet faith and not a one prophet faith. The Bible would be one of the books he looks to for guidance.

Here are two false hadiths saying that Muhammad ordered some people to burn down the homes of some people who did not attend the prayer services.

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “No doubt, I intended to order somebody to pronounce the Iqama of the (compulsory congregational) prayer and then I would go to the houses of those who do not attend the prayer and burn their houses over them.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 2420)

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet said: “I was about to order my boys to collect bundles of firewood, then order Salat to be held, then burn (the homes) of the people who did not attend the Salat.” (Jami at-Tirmdhi 217)

Muhammad died in 632. The compiler of Sahih al-Bukhari was born in 810 and died in 870. The compiler of Jami at-Tirmidhi was born in 824 and died in 892. These two hadiths were written down over two hundred years after Muhammad died. There is no mention in the Koran about Muhammad ordering his followers to burn down someone’s home. Actually, the Koran paints a very different picture of Muhammad.

Although the Koran teaches that we should pray at set times (Koran 4:103), it does not say that people are to be compelled to do that. Actually, it teaches just the opposite. In the 50th Surah, it says:

We are Best Aware of what they say, and thou (O Muhammad) art in no wise a compeller over them. But warn by the Qur’an him who feareth My threat. (Koran 50:45, Pickthall)

In the 88th Surah, it says:

So remind, [O Muhammad]; you are only a reminder. You are not over them a controller. (Koran 88:21,22, Sahih International)

In the 21st Surah, it says:

And We have not sent you but as a mercy to the worlds. (Koran 21:107, Shakir)

Furthermore, Muhammad says in the Koran:

I but follow what is revealed to me. (Koran 6:50, Yusuf Ali)

I only follow what is revealed to me from my Lord. (Koran 7:203, Shakir)

I only follow what is revealed to me. (Koran 10:15, Sahih International)

I only follow that which is revealed to me, and I am not but a clear warner. (Koran 46:9, Sahih International)

Therefore, it is highly unlikely that Muhammad would have told some of his followers to burn down the homes of those who did not attend a prayer service at a mosque.

However, some people unfortunately believe these false, fabricated scraps of hearsay to be true. They read verses like these in the Koran.

Verily in the messenger of Allah ye have a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the Last Day, and remembereth Allah much. (Koran 33:21, Pickthall)

Say, (O Muhammad, to mankind): If ye love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (Koran 3:31, Pickthall)

They, then, think that they have a moral obligation to imitate the life of the Islamic prophet as it is depicted in those fabricated hadiths. They do things like burning down people’s homes or trying to coerce non-Muslims to embrace their version of Islam. Those hadiths often paint a picture of Muhammad that is foreign to that which is found in the Koran. Instead of being “a mercy to the worlds” he is depicted as a ruthless warlord with absolutely no sense of compassion at all.

One can choose to believe the hearsay hadiths or believe the Koran. If one chooses to believe the Koran, he must follow the example of the Islamic prophet and not be a compeller over others. He must also choose to listen to other prophets in addition to Muhammad. The Koran says:

The messenger believeth in that which hath been revealed unto him from his Lord and (so do) believers. Each one believeth in Allah and His angels and His Scriptures and His messengers – We make no distinction between any of His messengers – and they say: We hear, and we obey. (Grant us) Thy forgiveness, our Lord. Unto Thee is the journeying. (Koran 2:285, Pickthall)

The first generation Muslims believed the Bible as well as the Koran. First century Islam was not a one prophet, Bibleless religion like it has become today. Moreover, the first generation Muslims, according to the Koran, were “the best community that hath been raised up for mankind.”

Ye are the best community that hath been raised up for mankind. Ye enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency; and ye believe in Allah. And if the People of the Scripture had believed it had been better for them. Some of them are believers; but most of them are evil-livers. (Koran 3:110, Pickthall)

Those who reject the Bible and disbelieve the messengers of God which preceded Muhammad have wandered far astray.

O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His messenger and the Scripture which He hath revealed unto His messenger, and the Scripture which He revealed aforetime. Whoso disbelieveth in Allah and His angels and His Scriptures and His messengers and the Last Day, he verily hath wandered far astray. (Koran 4:136, Pickthall)

They have become “disbelievers in truth.”

Lo! those who disbelieve in Allah and His messengers, and seek to make distinction between Allah and His messengers, and say: We believe in some and disbelieve in others, and seek to choose a way in between; such are disbelievers in truth; and for disbelievers We prepare a shameful doom. (Koran 4:150,151, Pickthall)

The Bible contains the revelations of Allah. Those who reject the Bible, therefore, reject God’s revelations. The Koran says:

Lo! those who disbelieve the revelations of Allah, Allah guideth them not and theirs will be a painful doom. (Koran 16:104, Pickthall)

This is very serious! It is important that one believe the Bible and obey those messengers in the Bible. The Koran actually teaches this!

One needs to be aware, however, that many of the commandments in the Old Testament have been abrogated by better ones or similar ones in the New Testament. The Koran says:

None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things? (Koran 2:106, Yusuf Ali)

The Koran also says:

And follow the best of what was revealed to you from your Lord before the punishment comes upon you suddenly while you do not perceive. (Koran 39:55, Sahih International)

So, one should obey the abrogating commandments and not the abrogated ones.

The Koran also says:

Nothing is said to thee that was not said to the messengers before thee: that thy Lord has at His Command (all) forgiveness as well as a most Grievous Penalty. (Koran 41:43, Yusuf Ali)

Say: I am no new thing among the messengers (of Allah), nor know I what will be done with me or with you. I do but follow that which is inspired in me, and I am but a plain warner. (Koran 46:9, Pickthall)

Muhammad did not receive any new revelations from God. He was not an innovation among the messengers. He taught the same things that the Bible taught. He received confirming revelations, not different ones.

He hath revealed unto thee (Muhammad) the Scripture with truth, confirming that which was (revealed) before it, even as He revealed the Torah and the Gospel aforetime, for a guidance to mankind; and hath revealed the Criterion (of right and wrong). Lo! those who disbelieve the revelations of Allah, theirs will be a heavy doom. Allah is Mighty, Able to Requite (the wrong). (Koran 3:3,4, Pickthall)

And unto thee have We revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it. (Koran 5:48, Pickthall)

And this is a Book which We have sent down, blessed and confirming what was before it, that you may warn the Mother of Cities and those around it. Those who believe in the Hereafter believe in it, and they are maintaining their prayers. (Koran 6:92, Sahih International)

And this Quran is not such as could be forged by those besides Allah, but it is a verification of that which is before it and a clear explanation of the book, there is no doubt in it, from the Lord of the worlds. (Koran 10:37, Shakir)

This [Qur’an] is the message for those with me and the message of those before me. (Koran 21:24, Sahih International)

As for that which We inspire in thee of the Scripture, it is the Truth confirming that which was (revealed) before it. Lo! Allah is indeed Observer, Seer of His slaves. (Koran 35:31, Pickthall)

And before this, was the Book of Moses as a guide and a mercy: and this Book confirms (it) in the Arabic tongue; to admonish the unjust, and as Glad Tidings to those who do right. (Koran 46:12, Yusuf Ali)

Therefore, any interpretation of the Koran which contradicts the Bible is a false interpretation.

So, whenever we see words like these in the Koran, we should know that it is the Bible and the Koran which formed the basis for determining how to judge matters between Muslims.

O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the messenger and those of you who are in authority; and if ye have a dispute concerning any matter, refer it to Allah and the messenger if ye are (in truth) believers in Allah and the Last Day. That is better and more seemly in the end. (Koran 4:59, Pickthall)

But nay, by thy Lord, they will not believe (in truth) until they make thee judge of what is in dispute between them and find within themselves no dislike of that which thou decidest, and submit with full submission. (Koran 4:65, Pickthall)

The Koran itself says:

Lo! We reveal unto thee the Scripture with the truth, that thou mayst judge between mankind by that which Allah showeth thee. (Koran 4:105, Pickthall)

It also says:

And We did not send any messenger except to be obeyed by permission of Allah. (Koran 4:64, Sahih International)

Those hearsay hadiths which came over two hundred years after the Islamic prophet’s death and which should not be trusted do not form the basis of judgment in settling disputes among believers.

The Koran warns about using scriptures which do not give light.

And among mankind is he who disputeth concerning Allah without knowledge or guidance or a scripture giving light, turning away in pride to beguile (men) from the way of Allah. For him in this world is ignominy, and on the Day of Resurrection We make him taste the doom of burning. (Koran 22:8,9, Pickthall)

The Bible contains light.

Who sent down the Book that Moses brought as a light and a guidance to men? (Koran 6:91, Arberry)

And We bestowed on Him the Gospel wherein is guidance and a light. (Koran 5:46, Pickthall)

The false hadiths contain no light. They frequently contradict the teachings of both the Bible and the Koran. The Koran says:

That is because those who disbelieve follow falsehood and because those who believe follow the truth from their Lord. (Koran 47:3, Pickthall)

Those who follow those false hadiths are following falsehood. According to the Koran, they are unbelievers.

Much of Sharia law is based on those hearsay hadiths and false interpretations of the Koran derived from reading those scraps of hearsay. If the hearsay hadiths are scrapped, those barbaric practices found in many Sharia criminal codes would have to be scrapped, too.

So, let us scrap those false hadiths and stick with the Bible and the Koran.

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