The Qur’an claims that Allah is the God of Muslims as well as Jews and Christians. “And do not dispute with the followers of the Book except by what is best, except those of them who act unjustly, and say: We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you, and our God and your God is One, and to Him do we submit (surah 29:46).” Despite this assertion that the God of the Jews, Christians and Muslims is one and the same, much of the Qur’an shows hatred toward Jews and Christians (“people of the Book”), referring to them continually as infidels (unbelievers), worthy only of the sword of Allah’s wrath.
There is some difficulty in piecing together the message of the Qur’an.
· The Qur’an is not written with any sequential theme, nor is it arranged in a chronological manner. The chapters (called surahs) are arranged by the longest (that appear first) to the shortest (which appear last).
· It was originally composed on any organic material handy, including bones, leaves, bark, reed mats, stones, or just recorded in the minds of men.
· Since Muslims claim that the only true Qur’an is in Arabic, any other translations are suspect even if translated by Muslim scholars. This makes it convenient for Muslims to dispute whatever non-believers find objectionable in non-Arabic translations. Muslims can just claim that whatever the translation, it does not hold true in Arabic.
· The Qur’an’s reliability as Allah’s word rests on the character and trust of one person, Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.
· Much of the Qur’an appears to be verses of revelation that Muhammad received that fit his self-serving ambitions at the moment, rather than holy guidance for lost souls.
· Some of the teachings of the Qur’an violate the Ten Commandments that Jews and Christians hold sacred.
· While the Qur’an acknowledges that Jews and Muslims (and Christians through Christ) are descendants of Abraham, much of the Qur’an denigrates and demeans Jews and Christians specifically and calls for violence against them.
The Bible, by comparison, is somewhat easier to follow due to its many chronological sequences. It is also written by numerous prophets, sages and apostles who were first hand witnesses to God’s intervention in the lives of His people. In some cases, different authors write about the same events, with agreement on most details. In the Qur’an, Muhammad is the only participant with Allah and the only reporter. There are no collaborating witnesses or recorders of the events to which Muhammad speaks.
So, what is the true face of Islam? On November 20, 2003 – a scant two years after the terrifying events of September 11, 2001 – the President of theUnited States, George W. Bush, in a joint press conference inEnglandwith Prime Minister Tony Blair, declared that Christians, Jews and Muslims worship the same God and that Islam is a religion of peace. Is Islam a peaceful religion, as Islamic leaders desire for Westerners to believe, and as the President of theUnited Statesand leaders of other countries try to assure their countrymen? Are Jews, Christians and Muslims all “brothers” just trying to follow the same God? Do we all have a joint destiny that will end at the same place?
If the Qur’an is God’s last word to mankind and Muhammad was the last and greatest of His prophets, as Muslims claim, then it would appear that God has reversed His plan of salvation and freedom for mankind. Instead, He has decided that enslavement would be better; that man could no longer be justified by shedding of His own blood through Jesus Christ; and that it must be man’s blood shed through the violence of Jihad that would bring unbelieving sinners to repentance.
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