Christ is superior in every way
What example did Muhammad's followers take from their 'prophet'?
The Bible claims nothing less than a completely sinless life for Christ:
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 7:26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins, and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. 28 For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever.
Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.
2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him
1 Peter 2:21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH;
It was only after Islam discovered that the claims of Christ were superior in every way that they attempted to rewrite Muhammad's history. Whereas the Bible is replete with the accounts of Jesus' miracles, the Koran states in many places that Muhammad did not perform one miracle, e.g.:
Sura 17:90 They say: "We shall not believe in thee, until thou cause a spring to gush forth for us from the earth, 91 "Or (until) thou have a garden of date trees and vines, and cause rivers to gush forth in their midst, carrying abundant water; 92 "Or thou cause the sky to fall in pieces, as thou sayest (will happen), against us; or thou bring Allah and the angels before (us) face to face; 93 "Or thou have a house adorned with gold, or thou mount a ladder right into the skies. No, we shall not even believe in thy mounting until thou send down to us a book that we could read." Say: "Glory to my Lord! Am I aught but a man, - an apostle?" 94 Section 11. What kept men back from Belief when Guidance came to them, was nothing but this: They said, "Has Allah sent a man (like us) to be (His) Apostle?" 95 Say, "If there were settled, on earth, angels walking about in peace and quiet, We should certainly have sent them down from the heavens an angel for an apostle." 96 Say: "Enough is Allah for a witness between me and you: For He is well acquainted with His servants, and He sees (all things).
Alfred Guillaume points out:
Controversy with Christians on the rival merits of Jesus and Muhammad may fairly be regarded as the origin of the pretended miracles, flatly contradicting the plain statement of the great Arabian and those of many of his immediate followers that he was not sent with power to work miracles. Whether the object of the inventors was to elevate their prophet to a position equal to that held by Jesus in the estimation of His servants, or whether it was to furnish themselves and their pupils with a messenger of God who satisfied a natural craving of the human heart for a visible manifestation of divine power it is not our purpose to determine. There are good reasons for believing that deliberate imitation was resorted to for the reasons already given, and because the ashabu-l-hadith did not stop at ascribing the works of Christ to their prophet. His words and those of his apostles are freely drawn on and put into the mouth of Muhammad. (The Traditions of Islam, London; Clarendon press, 1924, p.138)
Muhammad did no miracles. He did not heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, or rule the wind and the waves. He had no more power than any normal man. The Muslim commentator, Dr Ali Dashti (former Foreign Minister of Iran, scholar, and author of 23 years: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Muhammad, a book written about Muhammad and his 23 years of prophetic life, was incarcerated during Khomeini's Iranian rule and died in prison), commented:
Moslems, as well as others, have disregarded the historical facts. They have continually striven to turn this man [Muhammad] into an imaginary superhuman being, a sort of God in human clothes, and have generally ignored the ample evidence of his humanity. They have been ready.., to present these fantasies as miracles . . . Many Iranians have been raised on a diet of myth and are ready to believe that any emamzada, of however ancestry, can at any moment perform a miracle. But if they were to read the Qoran, they would be surprised to find no report of a miracle in it at all. They would learn from twenty or more Qoranic passages that whenever the Prophet Mohammad was asked by doubters to perform a miracle, he either stayed silent or said that he would not do so because he was a human being like any other, with no function except to communicate, to be a "bringer of good news and a warner."
Unfortunately for Islam the West knows that Caliph Uthman, who married Muhammad's wife after his death, tried to hide all the contradictions in the Koran by calling in the major versions and combining the 'best bits' to eradicate the errors. But Uthman did not have the trust of the whole of Islam which resulted in extant versions remaining outside of his attempt at uniformity. This is a recognised fact among the more honest Muslim scholars and many have challenged the idea of an eternal, uncreated Koran, especially since the 'doctrines' Muhammad developed are known to be based on the 'theology' of his tribe at that time - which is why they still worship the pagan 'Moon' god and their flag subsequently has a flag depicting the fact and, of course, they still worship at the black meteorite in Mecca as they always did! Muhammad's Quaraysh tribe had an idol for every religion at their pagan temple (the Kabah) and at least 360 idols were present - and a visitor could add his own god, regardless of its henotheistic 'attributes', if those present were insufficient!
Ignorant vessels naïvely claim that Christianity and Islam are 'merely two sides of a coin', whereas the truth in this respect is that Christianity represents the one true God and Islam represents the 'god of this world' (1 John 5:19) - Satan! The best the Muslim can hope for is the acceptance that Muhammad was a hypocrite for preaching love and mercy at the same time he was killing people to propagate his religion, but the facts are clear - his true history bears no resemblance to the image Islam tries to project today.
So much for the brotherhood of Islam!
After the death of Muhammad came the two year caliphate of Abu Bakr, followed by Umar (ten year rule before he was assassinated), followed by Uthman. Uthman was the descendant of Abu Sufyan, the implacable enemy of Muhammad. 630 AD marked the first battle outside of Arabia - against the Byzantines - in Jordan. Muhammad had set the example of aggression and ordered two campaigns just before his death in which Usama led troops to the north while Khalid captured Baghdad and, later, proved to be a very effective general of the Umayyads. Jerusalem, Damascus (635 AD) and Antioch (636 AD) fell in turn as this satanic army began to march against the world to conquer for their Moon god, Allah.
Muawiyya was active in the campaign against Syria and was declared the governor of Syria by Umar in 640 AD. By 641 AD much of Egypt and Persia had also fallen. There followed campaigns to capture the islands of Cyprus, Rhodes, and Crete (649-668 AD) under the leadership of Muawiyya who launched a sea invasion during Uthman's rule, attacking Cyprus in 649, first from Saida (Lebanon) and then from Alexandria. The first major Arab naval enterprise brought great booty and the Muslims only left when the island promised to pay tribute.
Somehow 'Allah' let the march of Islam fail . . .
Crete was raided in 653 AD and Rhodes in 653. The 'Saracens' remained there for 5 years, stripping the island bare, and melting down the giant bronze colossus (one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world). You may have thought the Taliban's desecration of the giant Buddhist monuments in Afghanistan was a novel event! Sicily was likewise raided in 668 AD by Muawiyya, who had now progressed from general to caliph. These campaigns were interrupted by internal intrigues, reminiscent of the despotic reigns of the Roman emperors, and civil war between Muawiyya and Ali, before the establishment of the Umayyad caliphate. Ali, the fourth caliph, had his capital in Basra and Muawiyya accused him of complicity in the murder of the third caliph, Uthman. At the battle at Siffin (657 AD), Ali's troops stopped fighting when Muawiyya appealed to the Koran for a verdict and the Kharajite force left Ali who was promptly murdered! So much for the brotherhood of Islam. Muawiyya was caliph between 661-680, with his capital in Damascus. The Umayyads ruled until 749, when the Abbasids took over and ruled until 1258 AD. The following Abbasid rule was anti-Umayyad, no doubt because of their contempt of the treatment of the Koran, and they subsequently destroyed many of the references to them so that their history is patchy.
. . . some Jews helped the Muslims thinking they were liberators . . . They soon learned the folly of this belief!
The dream of conquering Constantinople, the greatest city of the east, began in 668 with an amphibious assault. An expedition sailed from Syria, establishing headquarters on the island of Cyticus (a few miles south in the straits) and laying siege for 7 years. The Byzantines defended ferociously, using fearsome methods such as a flaming mixture of 'naphtha', sulphur and pitch poured down on the attackers. Eventually, Muawiyya realized he couldn't take the city - somehow 'Allah' let the march of Islam fail - and the former all-conquering general had to beat a hasty retreat. However, many of his ships were destroyed, so those soldiers who could not board (~30,000) had to march back through Anatolia but were destroyed by the Byzantines en route. This forced Muawiyya to make a peace settlement under which he had to pay a tribute to Constantinople.
Legend has it that King Rodrigo of Spain seduced the daughter of Count Julian of Morocco and, in retaliation, Julian sided with the Emir Musa, Muslim ruler of North Africa, who was based in Tunisia. Musa's dream was to invade further through Spain and France and meet Muslims invading from the east, so that Islam would surround the Mediterranean. The Caliph al-Walid authorized the invasion of Spain (710-711 AD), so Musa and his commander, Tarik, with the Count Julian as advisor, crossed from Tangier to Gibralter (then called Jabil Tarik). Spain was an oppressed land in which the peasants were heavily oppressed by the aristocracy. Internal dissension was rife with many pogroms against the Jews. Under the rule of the Visigoths, who were complacent and corrupt, the lack of moral fibre showed. The first battle, on the banks of the Guadelete river, was a decisive victory for Islam. King Rodrigo was killed and his head sent back to Damascus. The Muslims renamed Iberia 'al-Andalus' and immediately began the campaign to take it all and head on for France.
Why . . . Muslim rulers were not anxious to convert Dhimmis (Jews and Christians living under Islamic rule)
Musa had commanded Tarik to wait for reinforcements, but the general ignored him, dividing the army into two parties, one heading for Cordova and the other for Toledo. The inhabitants fled and the cities and booty were taken without a fight. Musa arrived with reinforcements in 712 AD, en route to Toledo. He captured several other cities: Carmona, Medina, Sidonia, and Seville. Not surprisingly, some Jews helped the Muslims thinking they were liberators. They soon learned the folly of this belief. By 715 AD nearly all of Spain was under Muslim occupation. Leaving his son in charge, Musa returned to Damascus to report, but the new Caliph Suleiman either feared his victories or considered that his work was not Allah's will, and had him banished to live as a beggar in a remote town in Arabia.
Leo the Isaurian, Anatolian and Byzantine emperor, repelled the second Muslim invasion initiated by Suleiman, on Constantinople in 717AD. The Muslim forces totalled 120,000 Arabs and Persians by land, and 100,000 by sea. Leo filled the granaries of the city and the citizens remained well fed while the besiegers starved throughout the winter so that, within a year, the siege was broken. The Arab supply ships were also destroyed by Greek fire and the final nail in the Islamic coffin arrived in the shape of Bulgarians who joined the Greeks to fight against the invader and the retreat was ordered again, 30,000 fleeing by land, the rest by sea. Suleiman's decision to exile Musa lacked 'Allah's' approval after all!
It is interesting that, like the Mormons, who were reluctant to proselytize coloured people because their false prophet Brigham Young, in particular, shared the Muslim preference for negro slaves, Muslim rulers were not anxious to convert Dhimmis (Jews and Christians living under Islamic rule) as they paid tribute and were the slave labour. They were also easy to conquer as they could not carry weapons, ride horses, wear shoes, ring church bells, wear anything green, or fight back against a Muslim assault! The word dhimmi (Arabic for 'protected person') became historically significant in 628 A.D., when Muhammad's forces defeated a Jewish tribe that lived at the oasis of Khaybar and made with them a treaty known as the dhimma. The treaty allowed Jews to continue cultivating their oasis, as long as they gave Muhammad half of their produce. Crucially, Muhammad reserved the right to break the deal and expel the Jews whenever he wished, a ploy that Islam has worked ever since! Does any reader wonder why we assert that, for Israel to make any kind of deal with Yasser Arafat, or any other Muslim, is like inviting a viper into your bosom. Islamic treachery is a historical and spiritual FACT.
From these earliest times proclaiming Jesus' divinity and attempting conversion from Islam were made capital offences. Do you wonder how Christians can sit back quietly in Britain and listen to Muslim hypocrites whining about 'Islamophobia,' and their rights to religious freedom in this country, when they have denied the same for other religions in every strictly Islamic country throughout their history? The persecution, torture and murder of peoples of other faiths is a constant reminder of the satanic nature of Islam. Every reader is encouraged to investigate the writings of Bat Ye'Or (www.dhimmi.org) who points out that, for orthodox Muslims, the world is divided into the dar al-Harb, land controlled by non-Muslims that forms the 'territory of war,' and the dar al-Islam, the land where Islamic law prevails. Historically, a peace is not a peace and a time of peace longer than a decade is occasion not for relaxation but for feeling inadequate and fidgety. Infidels should never be allowed to rest on their laurels, famed 14th century Muslim jurist Ibn Taymiyya asserted, for any land they possess is held illegitimately. Jews and Christians living in Muslim-ruled lands were not always killed or imprisoned and regularly received dhimmi status, which afforded them temporary protection from some abuses, but no permanent status. Dhimmis in Muslim countries over the centuries typically had to pay discriminatory taxes and acknowledge publicly their status as second-class citizens. They were on the hook for additional sums and had to supply forced labour on demand. They were ineligible for any public office and without right even to testify in court. Dhimmis were not allowed to possess weapons, marry Muslim women, meet with others on the streets, or ride horses or camels (the two 'noble animals'). Dhimmis had to wear special clothes, walk with eyes lowered and accept being pushed aside by Muslims. Dhimmis had to have low doors on their houses, with no lights on the doors. Some particular aspects varied from age to age and region to region. Did you ever wonder where the Nazi's got their ideas for the denigration and humiliation of Jews? In the 9th century, Jews in some Muslim areas had to wear on their shoulders a patch of white cloth that bore the image of an ape; Christians, since they ate pork, wore a pig image. Baghdad's Caliph al-Mutawakkil designated a yellow badge for Jews, setting a precedent that would be followed centuries later in Nazi Germany. In 11th century Seville, Jews were not to be met with the greeting, 'Peace be unto you,' because they were not supposed to have any peace! Other edicts affected not just finances but self-respect. A Cairo rule in 1761 was that 'no Jew or Christian may appear on horseback. They ride only asses ... ' In Persia in 1890, Jewish women had to 'expose their faces in public (like prostitutes). ... Every Jew is obliged to wear a piece of red cloth on his chest. A Jew must never overtake a Muslim on a public street. ... If a Muslim insults a Jew, the latter must drop his head and remain silent. ... The Jew cannot put on his coat; he must be satisfied to carry it rolled under his arm. ... It is forbidden for Jews to leave the town or enjoy the fresh air of the countryside. ... Jews must not consume good fruit.' Is this merely historical? No - the Wall Street Journal reported (April, 2002) that non-Muslims cannot be buried in Saudi Arabia, so their corpses are stacked up for months until flights to their countries of origin can be paid for. In death, as in life, dhimmis are dhimmis, to the the Muslim aggressor and terrorist.
Although, at various times, Jews in Muslim lands were able to live in relative peace and thrive culturally and economically, the position of the Jews was never secure and changes in the political or social climate would often lead to persecution, violence and death. Jews were generally viewed with contempt by their Muslim neighbours and peaceful coexistence between the two groups involved the subordination and degradation of the Jews. When Jews were perceived as having achieved too comfortable a position in Islamic society, anti-Semitism would surface, often with devastating results: On December 30, 1066, Joseph HaNagid, the Jewish vizier of Granada, Spain, was crucified by an Arab mob that proceeded to raze the Jewish quarter of the city and slaughter its 5,000 inhabitants. The riot was incited by Muslim preachers who had angrily objected to what they saw as inordinate Jewish political power.
Faced with the knowledge of the fate that awaits those who fall under Islamic rule, Spain began the attempt to reclaim their land (the 'Reconquista') in 718 AD, but it took until 1492 AD to finally overthrow the invader! As with most resistance the fight began in a small way with Pelayo, who ruled a tiny territory and ran guerrilla raids against the Muslims. But the Islamic invasion also had other irons in the fire and began moving north towards France (718-732 AD). Al-Semak led the first invasion across the Pyrenees in 721, establishing a base at Norbonne. He was succeeded by Abderaman, who moved up the Rhône as far as Lyon and Dijon, following Muhammad's creed of especially targeting churches and monasteries, before moving on to Bordeaux. Between Poitiers and Tours, there was a clash between Abduraman and the army of Charles Martel.
In the battle of Poitiers (or Tours) Martel turned back Abderaman's advance, but heavy fighting continued in the south of France, to the west in Langredoc under ibd-al-Malik, and up the Rhône river again, then east to Piedmont in Italy. The Muslims, helped by some apostate 'Christian' allies, began quarrelling with each other and, in 737 AD, Martel recaptured Avignon and continued to recapture Muslim strongholds until he reached Marseilles (739 AD). Martel died in 741 A.D., after succeeding in driving Islam from France, and was succeeded by Pepin the Short.