Claims of receiving divine messages from “God” is not a new concept, in 610 prior to Muhammad’s “revelations”, an Arab salesman attracted a small cult of credulous fanatics by claiming to be a prophet. Although his “revelations” were self-referential and contradicting, he was ultimately successful in manipulating his followers with promises of “heavenly reward” for following his messages. The truth about Prophet Muhammad is likely to be no different.
Prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca around the year 570 Ad. His father died shortly after his birth and his mother died six years later after he was born. He was born into the pagan tribe of Quraysh, which was the tribe in control of the city of Mecca.
At the age of 25, Prophet Muhammad began working for a wealthy Meccan merchant trader, a widow named Khadijah. It is through his travelling career that Muhammad encountered Judaism and Christianity from which he undoubtedly borrowed monotheistic concepts. This allowed him to acquire knowledge outside of the local population, which would later work to his advantage when spreading his apparent “revelations”.
Later on, Prophet Muhammad decided to marry his employer when she made the offer. Prophet Muhammad was 25 and she was 40 years old when they married which was not a legal Islamic marriage because when Prophet Muhammad was 40 that he revealed to his wife that he had been visited by the angel Gabriel in his dream and Islam was born.
Concerning the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, Muhammad claimed that Allah was the same god from Christian-Jewish scriptures and that he himself was a prophet from the lineage of Abraham. Prophet Muhammad claimed to receive many revelations throughout his life, which included recitations of Bible and Jewish stories. Muhammad’s versions of these stories, however, had important differences in them differing from the Old Testament’s accounts. All of Muhammad’s stories carried the same theme that since the fall of man, Allah has sent prophets to call people back to true worship and Muhammad is the greatest of these prophets
When Prophet Muhammad began preaching his new revelations in his hometown, the Meccans were tolerant of Muhammad’s message at first until he began to attack their religious beliefs. The leaders of Mecca then began to mock and resent Muhammad. His first converts were some of his own family members. At first, Muhammad had little success and gained only 40 followers in his first 3 years of ministry, but after 13 years of preaching, Muhammad had gained about 100 followers who called themselves. Prophet Muhammad’s followers consisted of both pagans converting to a monotheistic belief as well as Christians and Jews who believed Muhammad was a prophet who proclaimed the same God. Many of Muhammad’s followers were poor people and slaves, to whom he promised freedom and money in return for their loyal conversion. The inheritance from his first wife made these promises possible.
At some point in the heated exchanges with the Meccans, Prophet Muhammad agreed to recognize the local gods of Mecca as a compromise, but this caused his followers to lose faith in him, so he changed his mind afterwards and claimed that Satan had spoken through him. His original words, among other retracted statements, are now known as “the Satanic verses” of the Quran. This event caused his relationship with the Meccans to take a turn for the worse. Prophet Muhammad then made a treaty of war against the people of Mecca and Medina. The Meccans attempted to capture Prophet Muhammad but he escaped the city by fleeing to Medina in 622 AD.
Before his flight to Medina, Muhammad had gained followers in Yathrib and a delegation from Yathrib proposed that Muhammad take the job to become one of the new town leaders of Medina. Prophet Muhammad took the job on condition that they pledge obedience to Allah and Prophet Muhammad. After Prophet Muhammad fled to Medina from his Meccan persecutors, Prophet Muhammad proved himself to be an adept politician and statesman in Medina. He convinced many of the people of Medina that he was a true prophet and gained many loyal followers there.
The chronology of the revelations is of utmost importance for another reason, and that gets us to the contradictions in the Quran. These stem from the history of Islam, which began in Mecca when Prophet Muhammad believed he met the Angel Gabriel who began imparting the Quran to Prophet Muhammad.
Prophet Muhammad preached in Mecca for 12 years with little success. He fled to avoid being assassinated and settled in Medina, where his fortunes changed dramatically. When he died 10 years later, he had conquered Arabia and was absolute ruler of all he surveyed.
It was in Medina that “Allah” first commanded Muslims to wage war. In chapter two, the first chapter of “revelations” received in Medina, verse 2:190 says “fight in the way of Allah those who fight you –” which was the first revelation concerning jihad. (See page 50 of Khan-Hilali for this assertion.) Muhammad was beginning to feel the intoxication of power.
It was in Medina that revelations began to equate Prophet Muhammad with Allah. The phrase “Allah and His Messenger” is common in the Medina verses, while I could only find one such in the Mecca verses. It was in Medina where Prophet Muhammad told his followers that he spoke for Allah, as in verse 4:80: “He who obeys the Messenger (Muhammad) has indeed obeyed Allah –.” Think about that statement!
The contradictions in the Quran, which were becoming apparent even in Mecca, came to a head when rabbis from nearby Jewish settlements attended Prophet Muhammad’s Medina sermons and noted inconsistencies in what Prophet Muhammad claimed was the word of God now versus the word of God in the past. “Allah” came to Prophet Muhammad’s rescue with a revelation that is the most important in the entire Quran, and, in my opinion, reveals the entire religion of Islam to be utter nonsense.
Here is that “revelation,” chapter 2, verse 106, one of the first revelations Prophet Muhammad received in Medina: “Whatever a Verse (revelation) do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring a better one or similar to it. Know you not that Allah is able to do all things?”
To abrogate means to cancel or annul, which in this context means that the God of Islam, Allah, can change his mind because He “is able to do all things” and don’t you know that? ABROGATION SAVES ISLAM!
Consequently, every time Prophet Muhammad was caught changing his mind, he would say it was ALLAH changing HIS mind. How convenient! Defer to the ultimate authority, shut down debate, put brains in the toilet, flush. It’s amazing that people believed this, even more, amazing that they believe it today.
As a practical matter, this means the 86 chapters of “revelations” Prophet Muhammad received in Mecca can be ignored. Scholars have noted there are no Meccan revelations that order Muslims to spread Islam by force, while there are many such in the 28 Medina chapters, and, because of abrogation, those are the chapters that count.
I wonder if Prophet Muhammad was surprised that his abrogation “revelation” met with such acceptance. He used it over and over to abrogate not only Meccan verses but early Medina verses, something very apparent in chapter nine, which is virtually the last chapter of revelations, coming ten years after the first Medina revelations in chapter two, and not long before Prophet Muhammad’s death.
Chapter nine contains a number of warlike verses that contradict peaceful verses in Chapter Two, which are therefore abrogated. The best-known example is verse 2:106 which says there is no compulsion in religion and is abrogated by verse 9:5, which says slay the pagans wherever they are found unless they become Muslims. There is also verse 2:109, which commands Muslims to “forgive and overlook” Christians and Jews who reject Islam, while verse 9:29 commands that Christians and Jews be fought until they feel “utterly subdued.”
What we have here is a God that in the ten years between the revelations of chapter two and the revelations of chapter nine, goes from commanding no compulsion and live-and-let-live to commanding kill and utterly subdue. Those ten years saw Muhammad’s power become absolute. One has to assume Allah’s powers were absolute, to begin with, so maybe it is not Allah changing His mind.
As an aside, abrogation ALWAYS goes from benign to malign, always from nice to not nice, NEVER the other. way. Prophet Muhammad did not become more compassionate as he became more powerful, and he died at the age of 62 before he had a chance to mellow with age if he ever would have.
Knowing about abrogation is the key to understanding the Quran: Allah would change his mind, which explains the contradictions in the Quran and is why the chronology of revelations is so important. Since the Quran is not in chronological order, don‘t waste your time reading it until you know the accepted chronological order, easily available on the web. Then, to avoid wasting time on abrogated verses, simply read the Quran in reverse chronological order.
The last chronological chapter of the 114 chapters is chapter 110. You can read it in ten seconds. It contains nothing of value. The next to last is chapter nine, by far the most important chapter in the Quran, containing Allah’s final revelations, revelations that were never, with one exception, abrogated and therefore must be obeyed until the end of time.
Chapter nine is replete with commands to kill and subjugate non-Muslims until the world is ruled by Islam. Nothing peaceful, nothing tolerant. That was the message of Islam then, that is the message of Islam today.
I mentioned there was one verse in this final chapter of revelations that was abrogated and it’s verse 9:41, in which Allah orders all Muslims, regardless of health or wealth, to wage war in the name of Allah. Prophet Muhammad saw this was causing a lot of difficulties, so in verse 9:91 he said that if you were too ill or too poor to wage jihad, that was OK as long as you were “sincere and true (in duty) to Allah and His Messenger.” Goodbye, 9:41. (Abrogation source: Tafsir Ibn Kathir.)
So, here we have an example of “Allah” changing his mind very quickly to correct a mistake. Seems the God of Islam is not very “all knowing” after all. Kind of short-sighted. Kind of HUMAN. Do you think, ladies and gentlemen, that this proves the “revelations” aren’t from God after all? But, this is Islam: NO THINKING ALLOWED!
I wrote earlier that abrogation saved Islam by explaining away the Quran’s contradictions. If you THINK about it, abrogation means it is Prophet Muhammad speaking, not Allah. Verse 9:91, abrogating a very recent command of Allah, shows Prophet Muhammad was not at all concerned with this manifest fact. After all, who would dare to question The Man Who Speaks For Allah? In my opinion, abrogation doesn’t save Islam, it destroys it.
Chapter nine has another verse that screams “Muhammad, not Allah,” verse 9:30: “And the Jews say: ‘Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths, resembling the saying of those who disbelieved aforetime. Allah’s Curse be on them, how they have deluded away from the truth!”
The problem for Islam’s “all knowing” Allah is that Judaism has never worshipped Ezra, or anyone else, as the son of God. From Wikipedia: “Modern historians have described the reference (to Ezra) as ‘enigmatic’ since such views have not been found in Jewish sources.”
Some Muslim scholars claim that the Quran does not say all Jews thought Ezra to be the son of God, just some. Reread 9:30 and tell me where it says “some” Jews. Furthermore, the footnote to verse 9:30 in the Khan translation leads to a long passage from the most respected “gospel” of Islam, Sahih Al-Bukhari, page 6/4581 (O.P.105), in which Muhammad is quoted as saying that on the Day of Resurrection Allah will first simultaneously save the Muslims and cast the pagans into Hell. Allah will then call upon the people of the scripture, Jews, and Christians:
“Then the Jews will be called upon and it will be said to them, ‘Who did you use to worship?’ They will say, ’We used to worship ’Uzair (Ezra), the son of Allah.’ It will be said to them, ‘You are liars, for Allah has never taken anyone as a wife or son.”
Into Hell the Jews go. Ditto for the Christians, who are asked the same question, get the same answer from Allah concerning Jesus. What we have here is Muhammad, in both the Quran and in Sahih Al-Bukhari, declaring that the Jews worshipped Ezra as the son of God. The two most sacred texts of Islam both proclaim that utter falsehood. Why?
My interpretation is that someone told Prophet Muhammad that some Jews, somewhere, worshipped Ezra as the son of God. Maybe this was true, maybe this was a rumour or maybe this was a complete fabrication. No matter. Prophet Muhammad wanted to believe it because he wanted to cast ALL Jews as polytheists, which would doom the Jews to Hell. The Christian Trinity made Christians an easy target, but the steadfastly monotheistic Jews were a problem. Voila! Ezra became the Jews’ Jesus. Problem solved.
This is further proof that Islam is a total lie. I am puzzled that this verse hasn’t been used to ridicule the ridiculous religion of Islam.
Chapter Nine is about 95% of what you need to know about the Quran, and it is sufficient to prove Islam is an abomination and Prophet Muhammad a fraud. There are some other verses in the Quran buttressing Prophet Muhammad’s divine authority that cement the conclusion that the Quran was Muhammad’s creation, not Allah‘s…
As is evident in the Quran and Hadith’s, Prophet Muhammad was a depraved sadistic sex addict and paedophile who was married to thirteen women, alongside the multitude of slave girls and concubines with whom he had sex with at his disposal. Some of these, on the very days in which they had watched their husbands and fathers die at the hands of his army. His youngest wife Aisha was only 6 years old when Prophet Muhammad (50 years of age) married, and the relationship was consummated when she was just 9 years old.
Islam is dreadfully unique in the fact that it is not just a religion, but a political system and complete way of life to those that follow it. The truth can be hard to accept but the sooner we accept it, the sooner we can reform the religion and actually tackle the problem than simply being ignorant about it, just because the truth is uncomfortable to hear.