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Islam: True or False?
Some American leaders are against Islam
q Some American leaders are against Islam. These include prominent q Christian leaders & preachers, q talk show hosts on radio and TV, and many qAmerican politicians. q They say, among other things, that:
Islam is a false, wicked, evil, violent religion
Muhammad is a false, self-proclaimed prophet
The Quran is plagiarized and concocted from the Bible
The Muslims worship an idol, the "Moon God" of ancient Arabia
Who is the God of the Muslims?
A question to resolve first is the matter of who is the God of the Muslims? Some Christian leaders allege that the God of the Muslims is Satan. Others allege that he is the "Moon God" worshipped in ancient Arabia during a period of idolatry. Perhaps these Christian leaders have not read the Bible, or do not comprehend the verses in Genesis that relate to Ishmael, or simply do not want to believe the implication of these verses.
Did Ishmael and Hagar have a different God than Abraham? Ishmael was named directly by the God of Abraham: "Ishma-El", where El means God and "Ishma" means "hears" or "has heard".. Muslims believe in Abraham as a prophet and the ancestor of Muhammad, and believe in the God of Abraham. The God of Abraham is also the God of Moses, and the "Father in Heaven" to whom Jesus prays in the Lord's prayer, and to whose will he submits.
Those who know the Bible and interpret it honestly will understand that the God of Muhammad and the Muslims is the God of Abraham, who is also the God of Adam, Noah, Moses, David, Solomon, and Jesus, the One God as described in the First Commandment.
Some Christians argue that the God of the Christians is "Love" or "Loving", and that can not be the God of the Muslims, which raises some questions. Is the God of the Christians not the God of the Torah, and if so did He change Himself for Christianity, but we know that He is Eternal and His attributes do not change. In the Torah itself, God demonstrates His love for individuals, like Abraham whom He took as friend, and for nations through the guidance and mercy that He shows, balanced with punishment when it is well deserved. One of God's attributes mentioned in the Quran is "The Loving", so the Christian allegation is based on ignorance of Islam, for one of the characteristics of believers in the Quran that they are overflowing in their love for God, which takes precedence over all other loves.
The Christians added the concept of Trinity, formalized as a doctrine in the Nicean Creed in 325 CE, by the Council of Nicea at the direction of the Roman Emperor Constantine. The Council of Bishops decided by voting that Jesus was the "same substance" as God and not a ""similar substance". They declared God to be three "persons" in one "godhead", Father, Son and Spirit, co-equal and co-eternal, and declared Jesus to be the "begotten" son of the Father, hence divine. This concept of a Triune God can not be reconciled with the First Commandment, and is rejected by Jews and Muslims. But the "Father in Heaven" to whom Jesus prayed in the Lord's prayer, whose will he submitted to, whose commands he obeyed, is the God of Moses, Abraham and Muhammad.
Muslims do believe in the miraculous "Virgin Birth" of Jesus, but that does not make Jesus divine, for the creation of Adam was an even greater miracle, having no mother or father, and also the creation of Eve from Adam's rib. God, the Creator of the Universe, had only to command "Be!" and Jesus came into existence in Mary's womb, without a physical father, when the angel sent by God gave Mary the good news of a blessed son.
What happened to the blessings promised by God to Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael?
The next question to ask in trying to determine if Islam is a true religion from God is to ask whether God fulfilled His multiple promises given to Abraham and Hagar for the many blessings for Ishmael? We know that God keeps His promises. If He has not already done so, then should we expect a big surprise in the future, or perhaps a greater surprise, if He has already done so through Islam, for then Jews and Christians need to look at Islam not as some strange religion, but a fulfillment of God's promises in the Bible.
The promises were:
Ishmael will be blessed.
The descendants of Hagar and Ishmael will be so many that they could not be counted.
Ishmael will be a great nation and be the father of twelve princes.
Some of the prophecies and promises in the Bible are:
Genesis 16:9 The angel of Yahweh said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands.” 16:10 The angel of Yahweh said to her, “I will greatly multiply your seed, that they will not be numbered for multitude.” 16:11 The angel of Yahweh said to her, “Behold, you are with child, and will bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because Yahweh has heard your affliction.
Genesis 21:17 God heard the voice of the boy. The angel of God called to Hagar out of the sky, and said to her, “What ails you, Hagar? Don’t be afraid. For God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. 21:18 Get up, lift up the boy, and hold him in your hand. For I will make him a great nation.”
21:19 God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went, filled the bottle with water, and gave the boy drink. 21:20 God was with the boy, and he grew. He lived in the wilderness, and became, as he grew up, an archer. 21:21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran. His mother took a wife for him out of the land of Egypt.
Genesis 17:20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He will become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. 17:21 But my covenant I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this set time next year.”
(World English Bible translation: Book of Genesis)
There was much excitement amongst some Christians at the coming of the year 2000, for they thought that it was tied to the Second Coming of Jesus. There will be no Second Coming of Jesus until after these great prophecies relating to Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael are fulfilled. So these prophecies should be of great importance to Christians.
The Bible effectively ends with Jesus, so there is no mention in it of how these prophecies and promises of God were fulfilled. To determine if God fulfilled His promises, one then has to look at the history of the world after Jesus. Muhammad is a descendant of Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael. He was sent by the God of Abraham to fulfill the promise and blessings given to Abraham and Hagar regarding Ishmael. He was born in CE 571, long after the Jewish and Christian Scriptures had closed, so the only reference to him, if any, in those Scriptures would be in prophecies.
God sent the angel Gabriel with the revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, making him a prophet, and commanding him to preach the religion of Islam. Some Jews and Christians do not want to believe that an angel could come to Muhammad, but if God sent angels to his ancestress Hagar, and ancestor Abraham, why could not God send an angel to Muhammad?
Did the Ishmaelites become a "great nation"? Were there "twelve princes" from his descendents? These prophecies imply a great civilization, and great military power.
Within a relatively short period of historical time after Prophet Muhammad, Islam spread over a large area of the world, by conquests in fulfillment of Biblical prophecies, and by preaching, And the Muslims developed into not just a great military power, but also into a great civilization. This Ishmaelite/Muslim civilization made contributions to learning, education, philosophy, mathematics, physics, chemistry, jurisprudence, military, government, art, architecture, commerce, in short, all the things that contribute to civilization. The Muslim influence may still be found in the modern Western civilization, though there seems to be denial of it in the West.
This civilization was greater than any before it or after it, greater than the Greek and Roman or the British Empire. It was a civilization that changed the world, changed history. But what is unique about this civilization is that it springs from one of the sons of Abraham. Unlike any other great civilization ever, it is the only one that relates back to the prophecies and promises of God in the Bible.
Why are Jewish and Christian scholars unable to relate the prophecies in the Bible to Islam and the Muslims? One reason is lack of knowledge, for example, even the most learned Christian scholars can not name or identify the place where Hagar and Ishmael settled in the desert, a place that has been there for thousands of years, visited every year by millions of Muslims, who drink from the well that the angel opened up for Hagar and Ishmael. Another reason is deep denial because of the implications, for even if they acknowledge the fulfillment of the promises, they try to twist the nature of the blessings as being "material" only, which is a ridiculous statement to make. It could be said of the Greek or Romans that God blessed them with material things for they received no spiritual guidance and remained polytheists. Indeed God has also blessed the Muslims in the material sense compared to the Jews. When God sends a Scripture, the Quran, with His message, a Prophet, Muhammad, to expound the Scripture and imbues His love in the hearts of those who believe in Him, it is not just material but great spiritual blessings also, which is reflected in spirituality in the lives of Muslims. And by Muhammad, the Quran and Islam, many nations of the world over the centuries, millions of people, have been greatly blessed by the being believers and worshippers of the God of Abraham.
What are the implications of the descendants of Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael becoming one of the greatest military powers and greatest civilization ever through the coming of the Prophet Muhammad and the revelation from God of the Quran, and the religion of Islam, and with millions of people of many nations being blessed through them?
The significant implications are that:
God fulfilled His promises and blessings to Hagar, Ishmael and Abraham
q Muhammad was a true prophet of God
q The Quran is the word of God
q Islam is religion from God
q Islam is a biblical religion with its origins in the Bible
q Corroborating evidence?
Is there any additional, corroborating evidence in support of these implications? There are several other prophecies in the Bible, in Torah and Gospels that have either never been fulfilled or have been fulfilled with Muhammad, Quran and Islam. Jewish and Christian scholars lack knowledge to interpret them, or are deep denial about what they mean, and in some cases, they have other illogical interpretation tied to doctrines that keep them from a true interpretation. These prophecies were not fulfilled in Jesus, and their fulfillment corroborates that Muhammad is a true prophet of God, and the Quran is the Word of God, and Islam is a religion from God.
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