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How to Preach to Muslims: The Five Pillars of Islam

A simple principle

[Matthew 7:6] Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

[1 Corinthians 9:19-21] For though I be free from all [men], yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; …
To them that are without law, as without law, that I might gain them that are without law…

What does it mean?
I came to understand these two passages only a few monthes ago and I hope that I understood them correctly:
If I meet Atheist, I use one passage from the Bible, or one approach, if I meet Catholic – another, if I meet Muslim – different from previous and I use them in the way that unbelievers will not be mocking the Word of God and tell me that I am stupid or crazy or that my faith lacks common sense. Based on my knowledge of different religions I will use only arguments from the Bible, which will put people in an uncomfortable situation and will give me the opportunity to effectively share the Good News to them without drawing negative remarks toward the Word of God.

It means for example, that I will not tell Muslims John 3:16:

[John 3:16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Even though it is the Holy and precious Truth for us, Muslims will draw four blasphemous conclusions from it:
1. Allah does not love the entire world, he loves only Muslims.
2. Allah does not have a son.
3. Jesus never died on the Cross.
4. People could go to Paradise without Jesus dying for them, because there is no concept of Original Sin in Islam and there is no need of a Blood sacrifice, because the story of Adam and Eve in the Qur’an is very different from the Biblical version.

And Muslims will not listen to you any longer, being absolutely sure that you are in deep, deep error and on the way to Hell and they even will try to save you from your wrong beliefs by preaching Islam to you. This passage will be as a holy grail or gold before the dog or swine. They do not see a value in it at all. Wherefore, I refuse to talk with Muslims about any other doctrine other than the Bible before I prove to him that the Torah (not even the entire Bible) is the Word of God.

This is my win-or-die stand. As soon as I will prove that the Torah is the Word of God and it is my hands now, I will be very effectively sharing the Gospel to any Muslim and eventually will destroy Islam in front of them. Let us look closely at the five pillars.
First of all, I would like to tell you about the five pillars of Islam.

What are they? (Click for the green image below)

The function of a pillar is to support the roof and structure itself. But God need not be supported by man, so these are actually the five duties of a Muslim, not pillars!

As a matter of fact it is required to keep only two in order to call yourself a Muslim, simply that you maybe a too poor to give alms, or too sick to fast or both and therefore unable to travel to Mecca.

So, are they real pillars of Islam? I think not, they are five duties and three of them are easily broken without any consequences to Islam and they are being broken by many Muslims on Earth even as we speak. They are not vital to sustain Islam at all.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xS9493vMG3o/THMKh3BQnjI/AAAAAAAAAGs/bbofag_lh3o/s1600/THE+5+PILLARS.jpgLet me show to you what the real five pillars or support columns of Islam really are; without them Islam will collapse as a religion:

Today’s Bible is corrupted.

2. The Qur’an is from the same God who gave the Torah.

3. Abraham built Ka'ba in Mecca and Muslims are worshipping to God of Abraham correctly by prostrating towards the Ka’ba. Islam is continuation of the faith of Abraham.

4. Muhammad and Meccans Arabs are physical descendants of Ishmael and Abraham and therefore under the blessing of God.

5. Muhammad received the message of Allah from the Angel Gabriel the same way Moses received it.

Entire Islam as a religion is resting upon these 5 pillars. If anyone one of them would fall Islam will be proven wrong. As a matter of fact, as we will see later they all fall in a “domino effect”.

Let us deal with it: the Torah

Today's Torah is Readable
Muslims always say “Your Bible is not reliable, it does contain the Word of God, but people corrupted most part of it.”
This is the most important doctrine of Islam and that is why I am willing to spend as much time as I need debating it before I will move to the next point. This is my win-or-die battleground, the result of it will determine the final outcome of my evangelism.

According to early Qur'anic commentator Muqatil bin Sulaiman:

The leaders of the Jews in Medina erased the descriptions and traits of Muhammad peace be upon him from the Torah, and they wrote other traits and descriptions.

There is a question to Muslims, who absolutely sure what the Torah was corrupted at some point, which is important to answer.
When was the Torah corrupted? It could only be at one of the following times:

1. Before Jesus
2. Between Jesus and Muhammad
3. After Muhammad

Here is one position of Muslim scholar Bassam Zawadi regarding the Torah:

Thus, it is not a surprise for a Muslim to find that the predictions of Muhammad (peace be upon him) are vague and some how isolated from the context of the entire Bible. The reason for this is because there is also falsehood in the Bible, which would distort the truth.
Thus, the Muslim is not required in any way to prove that Muhammad is clearly predicted in the Bible by taking all the verses in the Bible into consideration. This is simply the Muslim position regardless of one likes it or not.

Islam-Sikhism.info also got into the mix:

In addition, we can also confirm that there exists evidence in the historical tradition of Islam to suggest that the Torah in the hands of the Jewish community in Arabia during the time of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) must have gone through some textual corruption given that it differs to the Torah we have today.

Zawadi observes that "it is also possible that parts of the true Torah and Injeel [Gospel] existed until the 7th century [during Muhammad's time] and are not found in the Bible today".

He supports this claim by citing five authentic Islamic traditions that point to references and injunctions apparently present in what the Jews in that area and epoch referred to as the Torah, but which "we don't find ... today with us in the Bible", and "[t]herefore ... must have been removed, thus indicating textual corruption". 

The Torah is found in Hebrew Scrolls in each and every Synagogue around the Globe, and in translation in every Christian Bible. Is there any proof that the Torah was ever changed?

1. The Qur’an and Muhammad CONFIRM the Divine origin of the Torah

Based on the Qur’an and the Hadith, one can easily see that the Hebrew Scriptures, that is, the Torah during the time of Mohammed, was trustworthy as well.

The Qur’an has thirty-nine references to the Old Testament and the Hadiths (Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Abu Dawud and Malik’s Muwatta) have thirty-five references.

Here are some ayats from the Qur’an:
[Qur’an, Sura 3:3] 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.

[Qur’an, Sura 3:48] And He (Allah) will teach him (Jesus) the Scripture and wisdom, and the Torah and the Gospel,

[Qur’an, Sura 3:50] And (I come) confirming that which was before me of the Torah and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden unto you. I come unto you with a sign from your Lord, so keep your duty to Allah and obey me.

So, according to the Qur’an, Jesus came and taught the original teachings of the Torah.

[Qur’an, Sura 3:93] All food was lawful to the children of Israel except that which Israel had forbidden to himself, before the Taurat was revealed. Say: Bring then the Taurat and read [present tense] it, if you are truthful.

Here is an interesting challenge to Jews in the days of Muhammad – bring the Torah if you are truthful and read it! By why read a corrupted book?

[Qur'an, Sura 10:94] And if thou (Muhammad) art in doubt concerning that which We reveal unto thee, then question those who read [present tense] the Scripture (that was) before thee. Verily the Truth from thy Lord hath come unto thee. So be not thou of the waverers.

[Qur'an, Sura 29:46] And argue not with the People of the Scripture unless it be in (a way) that is better, save with such of them as do wrong; and say: We believe in that which hath been revealed unto us and revealed unto you; our Allah and your Allah is One, and unto Him we surrender.

If the Torah was already lost in the days of Muhammad, it would have been absolutely impossible to say that Muslims believe in what hath been revealed unto Jews and Christians. This means that the Torah's revelation was still uncorrupted and Jews and Christians had them at least in 600 AD.

But Muhammad constantly accused the Jews of misinterpreting the Torah and he used the Torah itself to prove his point!    

The Hadith of Al Bukhari, volume 8, book 82, number 809:
Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:
A Jew and a Jewess were brought to Allah’s Apostle on a charge of committing an illegal sexual intercourse. The Prophet asked them. “What is the legal punishment (for this sin) in your Book (Torah)?” They replied, “Our priests have innovated the punishment of blackening the faces with charcoal and Tajbiya.” ‘Abdullah bin Salam said, “O Allah’s Apostle, tell them to bring the Torah.”
Torah was brought, and then one of the Jews put his hand over the Divine Verse of the Rajam (stoning to death) and started reading what preceded and what followed it. On that, Ibn Salam said to the Jew, “Lift up your hand.”

Behold! The Divine Verse of the Rajam was under his hand. So Allah’s Apostle ordered that the two (sinners) be stoned to death, and so they were stoned. Ibn ‘Umar added: So both of them were stoned at the Balat and I saw the Jew sheltering the Jewess.

Sunan Abu Dawud, book 38, number 4435:
Narrated Abu Hurayrah:
A man and a woman of the Jews committed fornication. Some of them said to the others: Let us go to this Prophet, for he has been sent with an easy law. The Prophet said: So I decide in accordance with what the Torah says. He then commanded regarding them and they were stoned to death.

We can see clearly that Mohammed called the Torah to witness against the Jews and their practice. Clearly, the True Torah was present and available in his time. Here is yet another example of the existence of the uncorrupted Torah during Mohammad’s day.

Sunan Abu Dawud, book 38, number 4434:
Narrated Abdullah Ibn Umar:
A group of Jews came and invited the Apostle of Allah to Quff. So he visited them in their school. They said: AbulQasim, one of our men has committed fornication with a woman; so pronounce judgment upon them. They placed a cushion for the Apostle of Allah who sat on it and said: Bring the Torah. It was then brought. He then withdrew the cushion from beneath him and placed the Torah on it saying:    

I believed in thee and I Him Who revealed thee.

These Hadith quotations reveal to us that Mohammed never condemned the written Torah; he condemned only the wrong interpretation of the Torah by the Jews.

2. Archaeological discoveries of the last century confirm that the Torah has never been changed

If Muslims still insist that the Torah was changed before or after the time of Jesus or Muhammad, they must bring proof of some kind to support their claim. They have to bring another Torah to compare with the Torah we have in our Bibles today.

Muslims have not even a single shred of proof that another Torah ever existed!

We do have proof that the Torah has never been changed for last 2260 years!

Let me mention a few very important facts concerning the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Common Era (CE), the Scrolls include some 207 biblical manuscripts representing nearly all of the books in the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament) except the book of Ester. Approximately 900 Scrolls were discovered. The Scrolls are important to Judaism, Christianity and Islam because they contain the earliest accounts of the Biblical eight patriarchs and prophets who are known to all three of the Abrahamic faiths.

Some of the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls are almost 1000 years older than the next-oldest-known copies of the Hebrew Bible.

The copies of Genesis among the Dead Sea Scrolls are extremely similar to the traditional Hebrew text.

Unless someone has any physical evidence that the Torah was changed at any given point in time, Muslims have no authority to state otherwise. And at this point Muslims must agree that the Torah during the days of Mohammad, in the days of Jesus and days before Him is the same as what we have now.

Only after they agree with my arguments, the words of Allah and words of Muhammad that the Torah was never corrupted and we have it in our Bibles today unchanged and reliable, will I move to the second point. I unleash attack on the Qur’an.

Qur'an-Bible Comparison

Let us read a few passages from the Qur’an and the Bible: usually I pick this passage, but there are many like that you can pick and choose for the purpose to uncover the true face of the Qur’an. Pay careful attention to the red words in both passages.

The Qur’an:
[Sura 12 Yusuf 16-18] And they came to their father at nightfall, weeping.
They said: O our father! surely we went off racing and left Yusuf by our goods, so the wolf devoured him, and you will not believe us though we are truthful.
And they brought his shirt with false blood upon it. He said: Nay, your souls have made the matter light for you, but patience is good and Allah is He whose help is sought for against what you describe.

According to the Qur’an, Joseph’s brothers came weeping to their father. They told him that Joseph was killed by a wolf, but their father did not believe their report.

The Brothers told their father that Joseph was dead.
His father accused the brothers of lying.
The brothers were crying about Joseph’s demise, not their father.

The Bible:
[Genesis, Chapter 37:31-34] And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
And they sent the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father; and said this have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.
And he knew it, and said it is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.

According to the Bible, it was their father, Jacob, who was weeping (mourned for his son many days) and he concluded on his own accord that Joseph must have been killed by a beast, but the brothers pretended that they had no idea what happened. They never brought any bad news to Jacob. And they did not weep.

The brothers did not tell their father that Joseph was killed.
Jacob concluded on his own accord that Joseph was dead.
Joseph’s father cried over Josephs death.
The brothers did not cry and were unsuccessfully trying to comfort him.

But the story doesn't end here. Qur’anical and Biblical stories have their own logical conclusion, based on the text above. As different as in the beginning of the story. Pay careful attention to the red words in both passages.

The Qur’an:
[Sura 12 Yusuf 93-98]
Take this my shirt and cast it on my father’s face, he will (again) be able to see, and come to me with all your families.
And when the caravan had departed, their father said: Most surely I perceive the greatness of Yusuf, unless you pronounce me to be weak in judgment.
They said: By Allah, you are most surely in your old error.
So when the bearer of good news came he cast it on his face, so forthwith he regained his sight. He said: Did I not say to you that I know from Allah what you do not know?
They said: O our father! ask forgiveness of our faults for us, surely we were sinners.
He said: I will ask for you forgiveness from my Lord; surely He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.

In the Qur’an their father said that Joseph was still alive.
His sons or other from the family accused him of having Alzheimer disease.
After learning that Joseph was alive, his father boasted that he knew it all along.
His sons admitted their sin.

The Bible:
[Genesis, Chapter 45:25-28]
And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father,
And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed them not.
And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:
And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.

In the Bible, Jacob, even after being told by his sons that Joseph was alive, did not believe them right away.
It took him time to accept the fact that Joseph was alive and well.
Again in the Qur’an the father told his sons that Joseph was alive, they did not believe him, but in the Bible it is the other way around, sons told the Father that Joseph is alive but he did not believe them!

As you clearly see, the Qur’anical story is absolutely different from the Biblical account. They are opposite.

At that point I usually have two responses from Muslims:
1. Silence.
2. They say: “Yes, they are different, but the end of the story is the same, correct?”

Here I say “Really? Are they REALLY THE SAME?” and point to every story from my book of comparison between Qur’an and the Bible and say that all the Qur’an is saying about the Bible is as wrong, as this story of Joseph, and yet we touched only very small and insignificant part of it.

And I conclude: The Qur’an has a big problem, as you see. It is very different from the Torah. If the Torah is from God, is it possible that same God changed the original stories flow in the Qur’an? These are simple historical facts, something which happened a long time before Moses and Muhammad. History doesn’t change, and now we see that the Qur’an has many errors.

The question: “Is it from the same God who gave us the Torah?”
At that point they have only one response to me: Silence. And they keep this silence from now on till the end of my talk.

Hajj and the Torah

Now let us examine is one of the duties of Muslim – Hajj. Is it supported by the Bible?

Did Abraham go to Mecca?
The Qu'ran:
[Hadith Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 55, Number 583]
Narrated Ibn Abbas:
Abraham brought her and her son Ishmael while she was suckling him, to a place near the Ka’ba under a tree on the spot of Zam-zam, at the highest place in the mosque. She lived in that way till some people from the tribe of Jurhum or a family from Jurhum passed by her and her child, as they (i.e. the Jurhum people) were coming through the way of Kada’.

The Bible:
[Gen 21:14-16] And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave [it] unto Hagar, putting [it] on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.
And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.
And she went, and sat her down over against [him] a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against [him], and lift up her voice,
and wept.

zamHagar could not have travelled so far having only one bottle of water; the difference between these two distances is 28 days travel. Zam-zam in Mecca had no connection with the well in Beersheba, and to Hagar or Abraham. Here I must be careful and probably hire bodyguards because I am undermining the entire business of selling “holy” water from Zam-zam well in Mecca. But not only did she not travel to Mecca, neither did Abraham!

This is a big doctrine in Islam: the attempt by Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael on the hill of Mina close to Mecca.

[Gen 22:2, 4] And he said, Take now thy son, thine only [son] Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
I am not arguing about the name of Isaac here, I am pointing to very small and appeared insignificant detail here: travel time.travel2

Between Gerar and Mecca - 31 days of journey.
Between Gerar and Jerusalem – 3 days.

Therefore, according to the unchanged Torah, Abraham never traveled to Mecca in order to sacrifice Ishmael, but in the place where Jerusalem would stand one day and it was Isaac who he attempted to sacrifice.

Let us summarize:

Abraham did not travel to Mecca with Hagar and Ishmael.
He did not built any empty room there.
He never attempted to sacrifice Ishmael on the mount of Mina next to Mecca.

Did Abraham go to Mecca?
Did Abraham build Ka'ba?

Ishmael and Meccan Arabs

Now let us examine if Muhammad and Arab Muslims are descendants of Abraham and therefore have connection to the prophesy of the Torah.

Was Muhammad and Arabs of Quarish tribe descendants of Ishmael?

[Genesis 16:10-12] And the angel of the LORD said unto her (Hagar), I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
And he will be a wild man; his hand [will be] against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

[Genesis 17:20] And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

[Genesis 21:12-13, 18] And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he [is] thy seed.

Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

What does 'crislam' say about this issue?

Anne Cooper, Ishmael My Brother by (Monarch Publications) – A Christian introduction to Islam written in a gentle and constructive tone
The children of Ishmael have certainly been fruitful and their numbers have greatly increased. There are now some billion Muslims and they continue to increase rapidly in many parts of the world.

As we see, the author of this book is connecting not only Arabs, but all Muslims to the Abraham through Ishmael and Muhammad logic. Here are a few more:

F.E. Peters, The Children of Abraham
Page 8
A later generation of Jews, and then the Christians after them, thought that the Arabs were the descendants of Ishmael-they noted the similarities of Arab culture and practice to that of the “Hebrews”- and “Arab”, ”Ishmaelite”, as well as “Saracen”, with fanciful etymology that connected it with Sarah, were interchangeable terms for long stretches of Middle Eastern and European history…

This author attach the title Children of Ishmael to Arabs only.

Don McCurry, Healing the broken family of Abraham: New life for Muslims
Page 34
Note that both monotheism and the use of force were characteristics of Ishmael. By spending the early years at Abraham’s side, Ishmael learned monotheism. But after his expulsion from the family, the hostile and warlike tendencies began to develop.
In the light of these characteristics, Muhammad was a true descendant of Ishmael.

This author directly connected Ishmael to Muhammad. Let us find out who was first to say that Ishmael and Muhammad together with Meccans and Arabs are connected by blood.

[Hadith Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 55, Number 592]
The Prophet passed by some persons of the tribe of Aslam practicing archery Allah's Apostle said, "O offspring of Ishmael! Practice archery as your father was a great archer.

[Hadith Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 55, Number 607]
Allah's Apostle said, "On the night of my Ascension to Heaven, I saw (the prophet) Moses who was a thin person with lank hair, looking like one of the men of the tribe of Shanua; and I saw Jesus who was of average height with red face as if he had just come out of a bathroom. And I resemble prophet Abraham more than any of his offspring does.

walkingLet’s read the Hadith describing how this theory starts:
Ishmael's mother went on suckling Ishmael and drinking from the water (she had). When the water in the water-skin had all been used up, she became thirsty and her child also became thirsty. She started looking at him (i.e. Ishmael) tossing in agony; She left him, for she could not endure looking at him, and found that the mountain of Safa was the nearest mountain to her on that land. She stood on it and started looking at the valley keenly so that she might see somebody, but she could not see anybody. Then she descended from Safa and when she reached the valley, she tucked up her robe and ran in the valley like a person in distress and trouble, till she crossed the valley and reached the Marwa mountain where she stood and started looking, expecting to see somebody, but she could not see anybody. She saferepeated that (running between Safa and Marwa) seven times." The Prophet said, "This is the source of the tradition of the walking of people between them (i.e. Safa and Marwa)”.

Millions of Muslims faithfully walking or running 7 times between this two hills. Photo: KELANTAN JOTTINGS / Flickr

[Hadith Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 55, Number 583]
When she reached the Marwa (for the last time) she heard a voice and she asked herself to be quiet and listened attentively. She heard the voice again and said, 'O, (whoever you may be)! You have made me hear your voice; have you got something to help me?" And behold! She saw an angel at the place of Zam-zam, digging the earth with his heel (or his wing), till water flowed from that place. She started to make something like a basin around it, using her hand in this way, and started filling her water-skin with water with her hands, and the water was flowing out after she had scooped some of it."

It's a big business going on here based on false presumption!

[Hadith Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 55, Number 583]
Narrated Ibn Abbas:
Abraham brought her and her son Ishmael while she was suckling him, to a place near the Ka’ba under a tree on the spot of Zam-zam, at the highest place in the mosque.
She lived in that way till some people from the tribe of Jurhum or a family from Jurhum passed by her and her child, as they (i.e. the Jurhum people) were coming through the way of Kada’. The child (i.e. Ishmael) grew up and learnt Arabic from them and (his virtues) caused them to love and admire him as he grew up, and when he reached the age of puberty they made him marry a woman from amongst them.

[Genesis 21:20-21] And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

0% Arabs!

But let us continue further and look into the location of Ishmael’s dwelling.
[Genesis 25:17-18] And these [are] the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people. And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that [is] before Egypt, as thou goes toward Assyria: [and] he died in the presence of all his brethren.

[1 Samuel 15:7] And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah [until] thou comest to Shur, that [is] over against Egypt.

Let us go to the story of Joseph
[Genesis 37:14] And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

[Genesis 37:17] And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

[Genesis 37:24-28] And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit [was] empty, [there was] no water in it.
And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes an looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry [it] down to Egypt.
And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit [is it] if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he [is] our brother [and] our flesh. And his brethren were content.
Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty [pieces] of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

[Genesis 37:36] And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, [and] captain of the guard.

Muslims claim that Muhammad was descendant of Ishmael through son Kedar.
The Qedarites (Kingdom of Qedar) were a largely nomadic, ancient Arab tribal confederation. Described as "the most organized of the Northern Arabian tribes" (Stearns and Langer, 2001, p. 41.), at the peak of its power in the 6th century BC it controlled a large region between the Persian Gulf and the Sinai Peninsula.

Midian is a geographical place and a people mentioned in the Bible and in the Qur'an. It is believed to be in northwest Arabia on the east shore of the Gulf of Aqaba and the northern Red Sea.

Gideon and Midianites
[Judges 8:22-24] Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian.
And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.
And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they [were] Ishmaelites.)
[Genesis 37:14] So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

[Genesis 37:17] And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

[Genesis 37:25] behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry [it] down to Egypt.

The grandsons of Ishmael lived East of Canaan, between Egypt and Assyria.
[Genesis 21:21] And he (Ishmael) dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

[Genesis 25:18] And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that [is] before Egypt, as thou goes toward Assyria: [and] he (Ishmael) died in the presence of all his brethren.

According to Muhammad, Ishmael was raised by Arabs and married Arab woman. He died in Mecca and his grandsons were Arabs, living in the Mecca area.

[Hadith Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 55, Number 583]
Narrated Ibn Abbas:
The child (i.e. Ishmael) grew up and learnt Arabic from them (tribe of Jurhum) and (his virtues) caused them to love and admire him as he grew up, and when he reached the age of puberty they made him marry a woman from amongst them.
Let us look at the map showing the distance between Mecca and Dothan approximately 1550 km.

If the Ishmaelites were living in Mecca, it was non logical for them to go up north from nearest border with Egypt, which is a Gulf of Aqaba, up north all way to Dothan, purchased Joseph and then turn 180 degrees and come back down to Egypt.

As we see, The Torah in complete disagreement with the story, which was told by Muhammad a few thousands years later.

But the Torah was never changed and stories on its pages are intact, therefore, Muhammad lied about his genealogy in connection with Ishmael and eventually with Abraham in order to establish his false prophethood.

And let his people to believe that Islam is Divine plan of God of the Bible.

Let us read from another book:
Journeys in Holy Lands: The Evolution of the Abraham-Ishmael Legends in Islamic Exegesis; By Reuven Firestone, Rabbi, Ph.D
Page 37
…The evidence for this (Abu Hurayra’s attribution of “People of the Water of Heaven” to Hagar dates that motif as Islamic ) can be found in Arabic genealogies, which appear to connect the Northern Arabs and the tribe of Muhammad to Hagar and Ishmael only in late – that is, Islamic- texts. Pre-Islamic pagan Arab genealogies appear to have no awareness or concern for the connection, which probably evolved only after the Qur’an made such a strong case for Abraham being the first Muslim….

Page 79
“The Islamic rendition, however, have no direct association with the Genesis verse (Gen. 21:21). On the contrary, their purpose appears to be the establishment of Ishmael and his progeny among the Arab people-a very different goal. If Ishmael had taken a wife from Egypt in the Islamic version of the legend as in the biblical story and its Biblicist exegesis, Ishmael’s arabization would not being accomplished. Moreover, the story would hardly have held any relevance in an Arabian context. … It appears that there was little alternative to establishing Ishmael’s Arab identity. Its importance was greatly enhanced by the fact that he married into one of the legendary pre-Islamic Arab tribes associated with the holy city of Mecca.”

The Bible and other pre Islamic pagan genealogies are in agreement concerning the fact that Muhammad fabricated a connection between Abraham and himself through Ishmael, whom Muhammad placed living in Mecca, contrary what Torah and other Arabic sources are telling us.

Wherefore, let us correctly answer to the question:

Was Muhammad and Arabs of Quraish tribe descendants of Ishmael?

Now let us move to the final point – the beginning of Islam

Muhammad and a Spirit

Now let us examine if Muhammad was called by biblical God to be a prophet.

Muhammad Got It Right! The Origin of Qur'anical "revelation": Muhammad and an “angel.”

Hadith of Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 1, Number 3:
Narrated 'Aisha:
The commencement of the Divine Inspiration to Allah's Apostle was in the form of good dreams which came true like bright day light, and then the love of seclusion was bestowed upon him. He used to go in seclusion in the cave of Hira where he used to worship (Allah alone) continuously for many days before his desire to see his family.

He used to go in seclusion in the cave of Hira where he used to worship (Allah alone) continuously for many days before his desire to see his family. He used to take with him the journey food for the stay and then come back to (his wife) Khadija to take his food like-wise again till suddenly the Truth descended upon him while he was in the cave of Hira. The angel came to him and asked him to read. The Prophet replied, "I do not know how to read."

The Prophet added, "The angel caught me (forcefully) and pressed me so hard that I could not bear it any more. He then released me and again asked me to read and I replied, 'I do not know how to read.' Thereupon he caught me again and pressed me a second time till I could not bear it any more. He then released me and again asked me to read but again I replied, 'I do not know how to read (or what shall I read)?' Thereupon he caught me for the third time and pressed me, and then released me and said, 'Read in the name of your Lord, who has created (all that exists) has created man from a clot. Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous."

Then Allah's Apostle returned with the Inspiration and with his heart beating severely. Then he went to Khadija bint Khuwailid and said, "Cover me! Cover me!" They covered him till his fear was over and after that he told her everything that had happened and said, "I fear that something may happen to me."[*]

[*This expression is translated: I was visited by a demon.]

Then Allah's Apostle returned with the Inspiration and with his heart beating severely. Then he went to Khadija bint Khuwailid and said, "Cover me! Cover me!" They covered him till his fear was over and after that he told her everything that had happened and said, "I fear that something may happen to me." Khadija replied, "Never! By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good relations with your Kith and kin, help the poor and the destitute, serve your guests generously and assist the deserving calamity-afflicted ones."

Khadija then accompanied him to her cousin Waraqa bin Naufal bin Asad bin 'Abdul 'Uzza, who, during the PreIslamic Period became a Christian and used to write the writing with Hebrew letters. He would write from the Gospel in Hebrew as much as Allah wished him to write. He was an old man and had lost his eyesight. Khadija said to Waraqa, "Listen to the story of your nephew, O my cousin!" Waraqa asked, "O my nephew! What have you seen?" Allah's Apostle described whatever he had seen. Waraqa said, "This is the same one who keeps the secrets (angel Gabriel) whom Allah had sent to Moses.

I wish I were young and could live up to the time when your people would turn you out." Allah's Apostle asked, "Will they drive me out?" Waraqa replied in the affirmative and said, "Anyone (man) who came with something similar to what you have brought was treated with hostility; and if I should remain alive till the day when you will be turned out then I would support you strongly." But after a few days Waraqa died and the Divine Inspiration was also paused for a while.

Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah Al-Ansari while talking about the period of pause in revelation reporting the speech of the Prophet "While I was walking, all of a sudden I heard a voice from the sky. I looked up and saw the same angel who had visited me at the cave of Hira' sitting on a chair between the sky and the earth. I got afraid of him and came back home and said, 'Wrap me (in blankets).' And then Allah revealed the following Holy Verses (of Quran):

'O you (i.e. Muhammad)! wrapped up in garments!' Arise and warn (the people against Allah's Punishment),... up to 'and desert the idols.' (74.1-5) After this the revelation started coming strongly, frequently and regularly.”

I would like to point what Waraqa said to Muhammad. In my opinion it is the most important passage in the entire story. Waraqa said, "This is the same one who keeps the secrets (angel Gabriel) whom Allah had sent to Moses."

Account of the Hadith:
Muhammad had a supernatural experience.
He was afraid that unholy spirit visited him.
His wife rejects this simply arguing that Muhammad is too good to be influenced by a demon.
Waraqa told Muhammad with certainty that it is was the Angel Gabriel.
Muhammad believed his wife and Waraqa. And Islam was born!

OK, let us read the story of Moses and the Burning Bush.

God and Moses
[Exd 3:4-6] And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush [was] not consumed.
And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here [am] I.
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest [is] holy ground.
Moreover he said, I [am] the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

[Exd 3:10] Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

[Exd 3:14-16] And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this [is] my name for ever, and this [is] my memorial unto all generations.
Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and [seen] that which is done to you in Egypt:

[Exd 4:28-31] And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.
And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:
And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.
And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.

Account of the Moses’ experience with God:
An angel appear as the fire in the bush.
Moses turns to see the strange fire.
Then God introduced Himself to Moses and several times mentioned His Name; it was not the angel speaking to him.
Moses came home being certain that he had met God of his fathers.
Moses convinced Aaron.
Aaron convinced the people of Israel.
The people believed Aaron and Moses. And God delivered His people form slavery and gave them 10 Commandments.

Muhammad meeting a spirit:
Spirit visited Muhammad Muhammad was sure it was a demon Khadija was trying to convince Muhammad it was Allah Waraqa finally convinced Muhammad Muhammad had 'revelations' from then on

Moses meeting God:
An angel appeared as fire in a bush God called Moses and explained his mission Moses believed God Moses met with Aaron and convinced him Aaron convinced leaders of Israel

Waraqa listened to Muhammad’s story and somehow connected it with story of Moses. But as we see from the Scripture, it cannot be the same God, nor could it have been Gabriel. We can confidently say that Waraqa was wrong in his conclusion, he probably did not know the story of Moses well enough to see difference!

→ → → → → It is Waraqa who should be correctly named the founder of Islam ← ← ← ← ←

Did Mohammad meet the same angel of the Lord who appeared to Moses?

goliath Islam seems to us now as a Goliath, who is huge and mighty and well protected by his armor, and as the army of Israel was afraid to confront him, so we now afraid to confront Islam, we try to be politically correct towards Muslims.

We invented many non-aggressive methods of evangelism, we silently agree when Muslims are claiming that we all worship the same God, we call them children of Ishmael, we never expose the true face of Muhammad, the true origin of the Qur’an and the true name and origin of Allah. We are afraid.

And Islam-Goliath knows it, openly mocking biblical God and challenging us daily in the numerous debates, accusing us in idolatry, apostasy, politheism and other sins. And huge Muslims army stand well protected behind this giant, this religion and increasing daily in numbers and in boldness, thinking that they have the Truth.

If we want to save them from hell, we MUST defeat this Goliath before their eyes, let them flee in panic and horror after seeing their Islam collapses and let us save many of them by preaching the Gospel and gain the victory over Muslims as Israel of old against Philistines after David slew Goliath.

Let us use the perfect weapon God gave us against this diabolical religion what is keeping 1.5 billion people captives. Let us use the Word of God in full strength.

David refused to wear all Saul's armor and refused to fight Goliath, but simply picked a seemingly less effective weapon – 5 stones we should called them pebbles. More than enough to defeat an enemy of God! David did not fight Goliath, he simply killed him in a split of a second, without wasting time.
He used only one pebble out of 5.

What number 5 do you think of in relation to the Bible?lion

How many pillars must we knock down?

Isn't it interesting that the fate of the entire Islamic Religion rests not so much upon the reliability of the Qur’an but upon the reliability of the Torah, and not even upon entire Torah, but upon only 1/5 of the book of Genesis.

And we simply can use only one book of the Bible, Genesis, in order to defeat Islam, by hitting it in an only unprotected spot and save many Muslims who are now hiding behind this violent and ungodly giant. Do not forget, we are not fighting at all, it is not our battle.

The Battle belongs to the Lord! All we need is to just let the Word of God – The mighty Lion, Jesus Christ, come out from the cage where we keep Him in and allow him to devour His enemies.

Thank you for your patience.

In the Name and the Word Jesus Christ, Amen.

Other resources: Qur'an Bible Comparisons

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