Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Hadith - The Sunna of Muhammed - Book Review

The Hadith, The Sunna of Mohammed, by Bill Warner, is a book that I highly recommend. It's only 70 pages long and is a summary of the Hadith (the sayings of Muhammad). Bill has done the hard work of reading and studying the Hadith and condensing it down to make it readable.

From Bill Warner's website Description:

The Hadith and the Koran repeatedly commands every Muslim to follow the perfect example of Mohammed’s life. His actions and words are called the Sunna. A Muslim is far more governed by the Hadith than the Koran.

The Sunna is found in the Traditions of Mohammed called the Hadith which gives us fascinating accounts about Mohammed. We know what he looked like, his sense of humor, his superstitions and how he ate. Details about his sex life, family life and leadership are all recorded. If only the Koran existed, there could be no Islam. The Koran does not have enough information to practice Islam, but the Hadith has all that is needed to follow the example of Mohammed as a husband, a father, a leader, a warrior and the perfect husband. The Hadith is an easy place to begin learning about Mohammed and Islamic doctrine.


Some Selections From the Book (Note - B = Sahih Bukhari; M = Sahih Muslim.):

Was Muhammad Suffering From OCD? (Heading My Own)

B1,4,169 "Mohammed would perform all tasks by working from right to left. This included putting on his shoes, combing his hair, or washing himself." (Pg 59)

Farting During Prayer is Not Allowed (Heading My Own)

B1,4,137 "Mohammed: “A person at prayer who either urinates, defecates, or breaks wind must repeat ablution, or his prayer will not be accepted.”"

B1,4,139 Mohammed was asked by my uncle about an acquaintance who suspected that he may have broken wind while praying. Mohammed said, “Unless he either hears or smells something, he should not stop praying.”

B1,8,436 Mohammed: “As long as a person is properly praying and does not break wind,
the angels will continue to ask Allah’s forgiveness for you. The angels say, ‘Allah be merciful. Forgive him.’”
(Pg 53)

Muhammad Forbade Laughing at Farts (Heading My Own)

B8,73,68 "Mohammed outlawed laughing at someone for breaking wind."

Don't laugh...

But Laughing at Exposed Genitals is Fine (Heading My Own)

M031,5932 "Amir B. Sa’d reported, on the authority of his father, that Allah’s Apostle gathered his parents for him on the Day of Uhud when a polytheist had set fire to (i.e. attacked fiercely) the Muslims. Thereupon Allah’s Apostle said to him: “(Sa’d), shoot an arrow, (Sa’d), may my mother and father be taken as ransom for you.” I drew an arrow and I shot a featherless arrow at the Meccan polytheist, aiming his side. He fell down and his private parts were exposed. Allah’s Messenger laughed so that I saw his front teeth." (Pg 61)


Throw Effeminate Men From Your Homes

B7,72,774 "Mohammed cursed effeminate men and masculine women. He said, “Throw such people from your homes.”  Mohammed ordered such a man to be turned out and Umar ordered such a woman turned out." (Pg 44)

This would seem to be where ISIS got the idea from to throw gays from high buildings.
(E.g. ISIS Gathers Crowd to Witness Brutal Punishment for Those Accused of This 'Crime' - IJR)



"Mohammed’s first successor Abu Bakr reportedly had a homosexual burned at the stake. The fourth caliph, Mohammed’s son-in-law Ali, ordered a sodomite thrown from the minaret of a mosque. Others he ordered to be stoned. One of the earliest and most authoritative commentators on the Koran, Ibn ‘Abbas (died 687) blended both approaches into a two-step execution in which “the sodomite should be thrown from the highest building in the town and then stoned."
(Islam and Homosexuality - The Religion of Peace)

Some Rats Are Changed Jews
M042,7135 "Mohammed: “A tribe of Bani Isra’il [Jews] disappeared. I do not know what became of them, but I think they mutated and became rats. Have you noticed that a rat won’t drink camel’s milk, but it will drink goat’s milk?”" (Pg 28)


Nazi Propaganda Portraying a Jew as a Rat
No Punishment Is Too Great For The Apostate (& Camel Urine Is Medicinal)

B8,82,797 "Some people came to Medina and soon became ill, so Mohammed sent them to the place where the camels were sheltered and told them to drink camel urine and milk as a remedy. They followed his advice, but when they recovered, they killed the shepherd guarding the camels and stole the herd. In the morning, Mohammed heard what the men had done and ordered their capture. Before noon, the men were captured and brought before Mohammed. He ordered that their hands and feet be cut off and their eyes gouged out with hot pokers. They were then thrown on jagged rocks, their pleas for water ignored and they died of thirst. Abu said, “They were thieves and murderers who abandoned Islam and reverted to paganism, thus attacking Allah and Mohammed.”" (Pg 46)

Kill The Apostate

B9,89,271 "A certain Jew accepted Islam, but then reverted to his original faith. Muadh saw the man with Abu Musa and said, “What has this man done?” Abu Musa answered, “He accepted Islam, but then reverted to Judaism.” Muadh then said, “It is the verdict of Allah and Mohammed that he be put to death and I’m not going to sit down unless you kill him.” [Death is the sentence for apostasy, leaving Islam.]" (Pg 46)


Conclusion

"What is the real Islam? Radical Islam? Fundamentalist Islam? Moderate Islam? Meccan Islam? Medinan Islam? There is only Islam... The Trilogy [Hadith, Sira, and Koran] is perfect, permanent, and universal. It cannot be changed. A Muslim may reform but Islam cannot." (Pg 63, 65)

(Note - The book is available as a PDF download here.)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Islam - Religion of Hate - YouTube Show

S&B: Islam - Religion of hate w/ Brendan Larsen

Surah 4:89 "seize them and slay them wherever you find them." (And for those wondering if that verse has been taken out of context, it hasn't: Quran Chapter 4).

The other day I was the main guest for the Skeptics and Believers YouTube show. I thought it went pretty well, although it was challenging dealing with Michael's absurd objections.

His main objection was that I was taking verses from the Qur'an out of context. But that just isn't the case. Verses like Surah 4:89 are just one of hundreds of violent verses from the Qur'an that are on nearly every page (see my blog post on the Quran at the bottom of this post), and unlike the Bible there aren't any verses in the Qur'an that are telling Muslims to love their non-Muslim neighbours, and certainly they aren't commanded to love their enemies like Jesus commanded us to do.


(This link refutes the idea that Verses of violence are taken out of context. And this link refutes the idea that Muslims Only Kill in Self-Defense.)

Also, Islam is not just the Qur'an - it is the Qur'an and the Sunnah, which is the sayings and actions of Muhammad as recorded in the Hadith. The most authentic hadiths are Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, and these are even more violent than the Qur'an.

(The above chart is from Bill Warner's information on Political Islam. For more info on this topic see my review of the Sira and blog post on the Quran)

Bible Reading vs Quran

Another issue that came up was how many Christians have read all of the Bible vs how many Muslims have read all of the Qur'an. In relation to this I found this survey that says that amongst evangelical Christians in the USA 61% say they have read all of the Bible, and 1 in 5 Americans say they've read all of it). 

The reason that this is important is because apologists for Islam often argue (as Michael did) that if Islam was really so violent why aren't all Muslims violent. That's an absurd argument especially given the fact that most Muslims (perhaps 99%) haven't read all of the Qur'an. And even if they have read it doesn't mean they've understood it, especially if they've just mindlessly recited it in Arabic (which is often what happens). The emphasis in Islam is simply not on studying and understanding the Qur'an or Hadith, and so Muslims often just don't believe that the Qur'an is full of violence and evil but have been brainwashed into believing what other Muslims have told them about Islam being "peace". 

Even if half of Christians or more haven't read all of the Bible - they aren't the ones going around committing acts of terrorism. And when Christians do read the Bible and decide to take it literally and obey it - they become more loving people because the message of love is so clear in the Bible. Of course objectors point out groups like Westboro Baptist, but they are a tiny minority and clearly distorting true Christianity and most people would call them a cult. Westboro aren't even killing people anyway.

And even if orthodox Jews tried to take the Old Testament verses of violence out of context and try and kill Canaanites they aren't going to kill anyone because the Canaanites don't exist today.

Compare this to fundamentalist Islam and there is serious cause for concern especially given that worldwide statistics show that at least 10% of Muslims are fundamentalist. In some countries that figure is much higher. (See here for statistics).

Pedophilia in Islam vs Marriage in Jewish Culture

We don't know how old Mary was when she was betrothed to Joseph. For all we know she could have been 18. And as I tried to explain in the discussion it's absurd to compare Muhammad having sex with a 9 year old and Mary miraculously having a virgin birth at an older age. As Christians we don't follow Joseph or Mary anyway - we follow Jesus, but Muslims follow Muhammad, and Muhammad married Aisha when she was 6 and consummated the marriage when she was 9 and he was 53.


After doing a bit of research I found that the absolute minimum age for marriage under Judaism was 12 for girls and 13 for boys. (See Muhammad, Aisha, Islam, and Child Brides - Appendix 2 - Jewish Culture and Marriage)

There is no minimum age for marriage in Islam and the marriage of prepubescent girls is permitted. (See above article and also here and here).

Qur'an Order

The order of the Qur'an is from longest chapter to shortest. (See Chronological Order of Quran). This is important because it's the latter part of the Qur'an that is more violent and the latter part of the Qur'an "abrogates" (supersedes) the earlier more peaceful parts.


Fireworks at End of Discussion

I'm convinced that the reason that Michael and Joe lost it at the end is because they have no basis for truth in their worldview. That's why they object to presuppositional apologetics and get angry about it.

In the previous discussion with Michael he said that he didn't believe in absolutes. (See here). When I asked him if that was absolutely true he got angry and tried to block the discussion because it exposed the absurdity of his worldview which is not founded in Christ but on humanism. I'm not saying that Michael isn't a Christian (although I do seriously wonder) - I'm just saying that at the very least his beliefs have serious problems at a foundational level. It's telling that when I asked him if he accepted that the Bible is true he wouldn't even answer that.

As for Joe who is a professed atheist, I can definitely understand why he started swearing and getting angry when I challenged him with the issue of truth. You can't get truth without God, and presuppositional apologetics exposes that fact. So rather than honestly deal with difficult questions he got angry.

The accusation that I was preaching was a smokescreen. I just quoted a verse from the Bible and asserted that I know that the Bible is true and Islam is false. At that point there was no point in continuing because they were trying to control the conversation and dictate what could and couldn't be said. So rather than abandon my Christian foundation and continue the discussion as if we could just neutrally examine things I felt it was best for me to hang up.

After I'd Hung Up


After I'd left the discussion Michael, Joe and James continued the show for about another 10 minutes.  Michael quoted this verse from the Qur'an:

Surah 3:134 "Those who spend (benevolently) in ease as well as in straitness,
and those who restrain (their) anger and pardon men; and Allah loves the doers of good (to others)."


This doesn't show whether or not Islam is loving or hateful. In the wider context of the whole Qur'an it can only be logically interpreted as meaning doing good to other Muslims and pardoning Muslims. I say this because there are many many more verses in the Qur'an like this:

"Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers,
and merciful among themselves."
(Surah 48:29)
"O Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites.
Be harsh with them. Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey's end."
(Surah 9:73)

Michael then quoted Matthew 5:44 where Jesus said, "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you", and accused me of not being loving. This is absurd. It's because of a deep love for Muslims that I care enough to speak the truth about Islam in the hope that they'd come to know the truth that is found in Jesus Christ. Furthermore, the Bible commands us to hate. Romans 12:9 says, "Hate what is evil." And Proverbs 8:13 says, "To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech."
Hate for Islam is not hate for Muslims. I think that often people get confused at this and think that anyone who speaks negatively about Islam is automatically speaking negatively about all Muslims. But we need to differentiate between hating that which is evil, and loving those who need to hear the truth. If a person is heading for a cliff, who is more loving, the person who smiles and says to them 'have a nice day' or the person who warns them of the cliff? Clearly true love warns people if they are in danger.

The way Michael makes it sound we should be baking cakes for ISIS to show our love for our enemy. Loving your enemy doesn't mean helping them to kill you or wage war against you. That's not what Jesus meant, and if Michael professes to believe that I highly doubt that he lives that way. I'd go further than this and say that Michael is not showing love to Muslims who are in bondage to Islam by not challenging them on their false beliefs. He is not showing love to those who are forced into marriage as young children under Islam. He is not showing love to those who suffer FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). He is not showing love to the women in Islam who are being beaten by their husbands because the Qur'an condones it. He is not showing love to our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East and Africa who are being put to death by Muslims just because of their faith. He really is ignorant of what Islam is - and this was shown clearly when he said that Muslims believe that Jesus is the son of God. It's Islam 101 that Muslims don't accept that Jesus is the son of God. Again and again in the Qur'an it says that Allah does not have a son.

Michael then went on to say that the verses in the Qur'an that say that the Bible is true are only referring to the Old Testament and not the New. That's just not true. I go through the verses relating to this on my website www.godorabsurdity.com/islam.html. It's called the Islamic dilemma and it's a powerful argument. The verses in the Qur'an referring to Bible being true relate to the Old Testament AND the New Testament. The idea that the New Testament has been changed is not in the Qur'an but is a popular Muslim belief.

After that Michael made the statement that there were plenty of Christians prior to the council of Nicea that didn't believe that Jesus died on the cross. This is absolutely absurd nonsense. A person isn't a Christian if they don't believe that. It's a central tenet of Christianity.

Then Michael seemed to be saying that he isn't sure if Jesus is God or not. (@1:47:30).
He said, "I'm not going to sit there and try and make the philosophical argument as to whether Christ is literally God, or some kind of strange other being. I happen to believe in Christ's teachings and that's enough for me."

This is so ignorant and bordering on heresy I'm flabbergasted. The doctrine of the deity of Christ is central to Christianity and those that deny this are cult groups that aren't Christian such as JWs or Mormons. Jesus said, "I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.
“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds."
(John 8:24, 58,59)
The reason the Jews tried to stone him was for blasphemy. Because they realised that Jesus was claiming to be God. Jesus was echoing Exodus 3:14 where YHWH revealed himself to Moses as "I am".

It's as if every time Michael opens his mouth in these kinds of discussions nearly everything he says is wrong. Almost every sentence he spoke had some kind of wrong information in it. That's why at one point I said, "Where do I start?". It wasn't because I was confused - it was because in just a few minutes of talking Michael had said so many things that were incorrect. I could say so much more to address what was said, but I think I've got all of the main issues so I'll leave it there.

P.S. This about sums up the situation:


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Monday, May 11, 2015

Abortion - The Modern Holocaust

I regularly post about abortion on my facebook page because it's one of the big evils in society today and I'm convinced that it's something that God abhors. In Jeremiah 19 God says to Israel that he is about to bring judgment on them and allow their enemies to invade them because they were not only worshiping other gods but they were murdering their own children. The Lord said that he would bring disaster on them because they have "filled this place with the blood of the innocent. They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as offerings to Baal".

Today the people of God are doing a similar thing - practicing and turning a blind eye to the sin of murdering children through abortion. This sin sees pre-born babies murdered at the altar of personal convenience - a form of self-worship. And then we wonder why God's hedge of protection has been lifted and we are seeing our enemies from Islamic nations attacking the West.

Abortion can be seen as a modern Holocaust that is far worse than what the Nazis did in terms of the number of deaths.




Nazi death toll - 6 million Jews.
Abortion death toll in USA alone - 57.5 million.


Of course many liberals argue that abortion isn't murder, and that it's their body and so it's their choice, but this makes no sense.

 It's also absurd that liberals say they are for equality and choice...


Liberals think they are so moral by speaking up for animal rights, but don't seem to care about human rights for the unborn. (Especially ironic given that they argue that humans are evolved animals).


But it's not just liberals that have serious internal contradictions in their beliefs and actions. Something is seriously wrong when the abortion statistics aren't much different between professing Christians and non-Christians...
http://www.guttmacher.org/in-the-know/characteristics.html
To those who would argue that abortion is legal and so there's nothing wrong with it - never forget that everything that Hitler did in Germany was legal.


In the First Century, infanticide (the killing of children) was accepted by most people as being normal, but the early Church helped bring an end to this evil practice because they knew that the gospel was not merely about getting into heaven. The gospel is the gospel of the Kingdom - and part of that means that God wants us to make a difference in this world to bring about justice for the oppressed.


Who is more helpless than a child in the womb? We need to speak up for our pre-born neighbors if we are truly going to fulfill God's command to us to "love thy neighbour".

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Did Pam Geller NEEDLESSLY Offend Muslims? An Open Letter to Dr Michael Brown

I'm reblogging this excellent article from Project315.net. I couldn't have said it better myself.



Dear Dr. Brown,

I come to you as a brother in Christ, and one of your biggest defenders.  I have defended you in the comments below your Charisma articles from believers who continually slander you for being bold in your quest for sharing the truth about the dangers of homosexuality.  So please understand I come as a friend (trying to sharpen iron), not as a foe.

In one Facebook post you wrote, “I am committed to boldly proclaiming Jesus even if it means death.  I'm not committed to NEEDLESSLY offending those I want to reach."  Your comment reiterates the sentiments from your recent article on the Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas:  “And so, while I defend Geller’s right to hold the contest and, to repeat, while I commend her courage and boldness, I personally believe it is an UNNECESSARY provocation of Muslims…”  I emphasized NEEDLESSLY and UNNECESSARY because that is the crux of my disagreement with your comments.   You seem to believe the offense was needless while Pamela Geller, I, and many others believe that it was needed.  I will get to why I believe it is needed and not needless later, but first, have you considered your posts and pictures that shed light on the brutality committed in the name of Islam?  You have also provided Quranic verses that show how Islam’s holy book justifies these acts.  Don’t think I am condemning these posts.  I cheer them on because they reflect the truth—a truth many are ignorant of and therefore NEED to be informed on.  But you do realize these posts probably offend Muslims; therefore, some Islamapologists or even some Christians could just as easily point to your posts and say, “while I defend Dr. Brown’s right to post on Facebook, while I commend his courage and boldness, I personally believe it is an UNNECESSARY provocation of Muslims.”  In fact you know from experience that your posts offend Muslims because they have complained to Facebook and have had your page shut down.

But I am guessing that you post these not with the INTENTION of antagonizing Muslims, but with the INTENT of informing/raising awareness to a spiritual and even physical danger that cloaks itself in a religion called “Islam.”   And maybe that is where you are drawing a distinction between you and Pam Gellar—INTENT.  Your intent is to inform/raise awareness and you believe Pam’s intent is to antagonize. But if that is the case, the assumption that Geller’s intent is to antagonize is nothing more than that—an assumption.  It is based on nothing that she has said explicitly or implicitly.  When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper, “What was the purpose of holding an event that specifically focused on drawing Muhammad?”  Geller responded, “Well that’s where the war on free speech is coming from…” (2:45 mark below)

For the video and full article click the link below:
www.project315.net/blog/did-pam-geller-needlessly-offend-muslims-an-open-letter-to-dr-michael-brown .

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Robert Spencer and Megan Kelly Interview Re Garland Shooting


Robert Spencer from Jihad Watch was interviewed today by Megan Kelly in relation to the recent Garland Texas Shooting at the Muhammad Cartoon event. What they said was so true and so insightful that I'm sharing it here on my blog.

From the interview:
Megyn Kelly: Are we not on very dangerous ground here where two assassins try to kill innocent people exercising their First Amendment rights and the question the society is now asking is, 'well what were they saying?'

Robert Spencer: That's exactly the problem. We're on VERY dangerous ground, because what we're saying is if you kill enough people then we will give you what you want, and we will turn on the people who wont give you want, and we will make them the problem.


"The shooting last night was not caused by the free-speech event... [It was] caused by Islamic supremacist ideology and its law that incites Muslims to kill those they judge to have disparaged Islam." (Andrew McCarthy)

For the Full interview see here.


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