Muhammad the Prophet of God

 

Sami Zaatari

 

 

We now resume the last and final part of this rebuttal series, I advise all readers to go read the previous 5 rebuttals which can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 4.

 We now proceed to Shamoun's 6th and final proposition. Shamoun's comments will be in green, Shamoun writes:

 Muhammad was uncertain of his own salvation:

Say: "I am no bringer of new-fangled doctrine among the messengers, NOR DO I KNOW WHAT WILL BE DONE WITH ME OR WITH YOU. I follow but that which is revealed to me by inspiration; I am but a Warner open and clear." S. 46:9

RESPONSE

 It is always important to look at context, something Shamoun has failed to do.

Throughout the Quran God time and time again assures his true believers that they will be saved if they hold fast to the true doctrine and acts of righteousness:

Verily Man is in loss, Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.  (103:2-3)


Those who believe and work righteous deeds,- from them shall We blot out all evil (that may be) in them, and We shall reward them according to the best of their deeds. (29:7)


But he who works deeds of righteousness, and has faith, will have no fear of harm nor of any curtailment (of what is his due). (20:112)


Behold! verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve; Those who believe and (constantly) guard against evil;- For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present and in the Hereafter; no change can there be in the words of Allah. This is indeed the supreme felicity. (10:62-64)

So notice the Quran makes it crystal clear that the true believers in God shall indeed be saved, and that they will be granted paradise. We therefore put our trust in God concerning this as he says we should, and he further tells us that he does not break his promise:

"Our Lord! Thou art He that will gather mankind Together against a day about which there is no doubt; for Allah never fails in His promise." (3:9)

So the Muslim does have the assurance of paradise if they remain steadfast to the doctrine of truth.

Right before the prophet Muhammad died he was completely assured about his salvation:

Allah gave one of His servants a choice between this world and what He has with Him, and that servant chose what Allah has with Him." Abu Bakr wept profusely and we wondered why he wept, since the Prophet had told of a servant that was given a choice. The Prophet himself was that servant, as Abu Bakr later told us. The Prophet continued: "Among those most dedicated to me in his companionship and property is Abu Bakr. If I were to take an intimate friend other than my Lord, I would take Abu Bakr. But what binds us is the brotherhood of Islam and its love. Let no door [of the Prophet's mosque] remain open except Abu Bakr's."

So notice how the prophet Muhammad was given the choice to remain in this world, or to go join God and have paradise. If this is not assurance then what is?


The prophet even assured Abu Bakr of paradise:


Jibril came to me, took me by the hand, and showed me the gate through which my Community shall enter Paradise." Abu Bakr said: "Would that I were with you to see it!" The Prophet said: "Did you not know? You will be the first of all my Community to enter it."

And then separately from this you have the 10 companions who were promised paradise in the authentic hadiths by the prophet, they included:

Abu Bakr, `Umar, `Uthman, Ali, al-Zubayr ibn al-`Awwam, Talha, `Abd al-Rahman ibn 'Awf, Abu -Ubayda ibn al-Jarrah, Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas, and Sa`id ibn Zayd ibn `Amr.

 

Here are some other narrations which assure the believer of paradise:

Muslim Book 001, Number 0011:

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Ayyub Ansari that once during the journey of the Holy Prophet (may peace of Allah be upon him) a bedouin appeared before him and caught hold of the nosestring of his she-camel and then said, Messenger of Allah (or Muhammad), inform me about that which takes me near to Paradise and draws me away from the Fire (of Hell). He (the narrator) said: The Prophet (may peace be upon him) stopped for a while and cast a glance upon his companions and then said: He was afforded a good opportunity (or he had been guided well). He (the Holy Prophet) addressing the bedouin said: (Repeat) whatever you have uttered. He (the bedouin) repeated that. Upon this the Apostle (may peace be upon him) remarked: The deed which can draw you near to Paradise and take you away from Hell is, that you worship Allah and associate none with Him, and you establish prayer and pay Zakat, and do good to your kin. After having uttered these words, the Holy Prophet asked the bedouin to release the nosestring of his she-camel.

Muslim Book 001, Number 0015:

It is narrated on the authority of Jabir that Nu'man b. Qaufal came to the Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) and said: Would I enter Paradise if I say the obligatory prayers and deny myself that which is forbidden and treat that as lawful what has been made permissible (by the Shari'ah)? The Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) replied in the affirmative.

Muslim Book 001, Number 0039:

It is narrated on the authority of 'Uthman that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said. He who died knowing (fully well) that there is no god but Allah entered Paradise.

 Muslim Book 001, Number 0046:

It is narrated on the authority of Mu'adh b. Jabal: I was riding behind the Prophet (may peace be upon him) and there was nothing between him and me but the rear part of the saddle, when he said: Mu'adh b. Jabal: To which I replied: At your beck and call, and at your pleasure, Messenger of Allah! He moved along for a few minutes, when again he said: Mu'adh b. Jabal: To which I replied: At your beck and call, and at your pleasure, Messenger of Allah! He then again moved along for a few minutes and said: Mu'adh b. Jabal: To which I replied. At your beck and call, and at your pleasure. Messenger of Allah He, (the Holy Prophet) said: Do you know what right has Allah upon His servants? I said: Allah and His Messenger know best. He (the Holy Prophet) said: Verily the right of Allah over His servants is that they should worship Him, not associating anything with Him. He (the Holy Prophet) with Mu'adh behind him, moved along for a few minutes and said: Mu'adh b. Jabal: To which I replied: At your beck and call, and at your pleasure, Messenger of Allah! He (the Holy Prophet) said: Do you know what rights have servants upon Allah in case they do it (i. e. they worship Allah without associating anything with Him)? I (Mu'adh b. Jabal) replied: Allah and His Messenger know best. (Upon this) he (the Holy Prophet) remarked: That He would not torment them (with the fire of Hell).

Many more such narrations could be given, but the point is established, Muslims are not in the dark concerning our salvation.

So now what about this verse:

Say: "I am no bringer of new-fangled doctrine among the messengers, NOR DO I KNOW WHAT WILL BE DONE WITH ME OR WITH YOU. I follow but that which is revealed to me by inspiration; I am but a Warner open and clear." S. 46:9

This verse here is to emphasize God's divine power and to emphasize the fact that the prophet Muhammad was a man, and that he had no control over the affairs of God. The Quran always emphasizes this point, the reason being is because the Quraysh were always expecting angels or some super natural being to come down to them instead of a mere man, yet the Quran is always making sure to refute such a notion. Number two the Quran wants to leave no room for people to deify the prophet Muhammad as they did with Jesus and other men, hence such verses were revealed to show that the complete humanity of the prophet Muhammad, that he was a man who did not control our destinies, rather it was God who was in control of such things.

Number two this verse was meant to install humility and humbleness amongst the Muslims, as brother Bassam Zawadi explains:

Muslims find it too arrogant to come and say, "we are saved, we are going to heaven". Us Muslims are humble people. We say "inshallah (by Allah's will) we are going to heaven" in order to remind ourselves that everything is under God's control and that we must continue to put our hope in His Mercy.

This attitude of "we are saved in Christ, no doubt about it" can possibly influence the person to lay back and relax and not to be seriously consistent in serving God since the person believes that he has already received what he wants. (http://www.call-to-monotheism.com/rebuttal_to_dallas_m__roark_s_article__the_real_difference_between_islam_and_christian_faith_)

This is another side of the angle, God wants to make sure we Muslims do not get ahead of ourselves, because once we do that that is when it all falls apart. In the prophet we have the best example, if he himself was this humble and commanded to be so humble by the Quran on his salvation then what about the normal Muslim?

So to summarize, verses which mention the prophet Muhammad not knowing about his salvation are meant for 2 things:

To show his humanity, to make sure nobody can deify him, and to show that in the end all salvation and powers of such affairs are in God's hand/

To teach the Muslims to have humility in the Prophet Muhammad's example, so we do not get ahead of ourselves and become too arrogant, in point of fact there are some heretic Muslims who feel they are so righteous that they say they don't have to pray anymore, nor do they have to fast etc. Hence this shows the extreme danger that can arise if one becomes too arrogant concerning his salvation, which is precisely why the Quran revealed such verses.

Shamoun ends with two final arguments:

Muhammad was also rebuked and threatened quite often by his deity, And was repeatedly commanded to repent of his sins

RESPONSE

Again how does this disprove Muhammad (PBUH) as a prophet? Again notice the inconsistencies from Shamoun, throughout his un- holy Bible prophets are recorded to have committed some of the most heinous sins, yet does Shamoun disregard them as prophets? Off course not, yet when the prophet Muhammad is told to repent of 'sins' which are minor ones, and nothing close to the prophets of the Bible Shamoun then claims that this is proof that Muhammad (PBUH) isn't a prophet! Where in the world is the consistency?

One example from the Bible is the story of King Prophet David:


2 Samuel 11: 1-27 :

And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. 2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 3 And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. 5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered. 8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king. 9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house. 10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house? 11 And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing. 12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow. 13 And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. 16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were. 17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also. 18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war; 19 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king, 20 And if so be that the king's wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall? 21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. 22 So the messenger went, and came and showed David all that Joab had sent him for. 23 And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate. 24 And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king's servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. 25 Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him. 26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. 27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.


2 Samual 12 : 1-18

 

1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. 2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: 3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. 4 And there came a traveler unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. 5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: 6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. 7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. 9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. 11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbor, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. 13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. 14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. 17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. 18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died.

So as you can see, David sleeps with another mans wife, David then gets rid of the husband by putting him in the front of the battle, and commanding the other fellow soldiers to abandon him so he gets killed, which is what happened. After the husband gets killed, David marries the widow.

This sin according to the Bible is one of the most heinous sins for which the punishment is death. Now will Shamoun renounce King David the great ancestral grandfather of Jesus as a prophet? Don't even count on it!

Also notice that God punished King David for this, God caused David's baby to become sick, very sick as it says, and the Baby eventually died. On top of that God caused David's wives to commit adultery before his own eyes! So Shamoun has a problem with the Quran giving light ?rebukes' to the prophet Muhammad, but when his own God punishes his prophet by killing his child and taking his wives away well that's not a problem and that's perfectly normal! Again, where in the world is the consistency?

What makes this story more interesting is that God punished David's evil with more evil, why did God cause the innocent baby to suffer? Why did God cause open outdoor adultery? Why did not God simply follow his own ruling by putting David to death, why did God punish innocent bystanders?

Off course Shamoun will make all the excuses and will not mind this, yet when Allah ?deceives' the evil doers and satan then Shamoun has a problem with it, but when his God kills an innocent baby and causes open adultery there is no problems whatsoever! Again, where in the world is the consistency?

Now either way Shamoun has put himself into a hole, according to him Muhammad (PBUH) is a false prophet for having sins and being rebuked, yet we find the same thing with the prophet David, so Shamoun must now openly state David is also a false prophet. If Shamoun doesn't do this then all he shows is how dishonest he is, and that he uses the worst kind of double standards in his arguments

So this ends the entire rebuttal, we have all seen Shamoun's 6 propositions, and none of them have disproven the prophet Muhammad. Rather several of Shamoun's propositions have disproven his own men of God found in the Bible!

We have also clearly seen throughout this entire rebuttal that Shamoun keeps employing double standards, inconsistencies, and dishonest methods against the prophet.
 
Last but not least several of Shamoun's arguments were circular, as well as simply being based on his subjective biased beliefs. So in reality Shamoun has brought nothing that should shake the faith and beliefs of a true Muslim, I have carefully analyzed his 6 propositions as he has asked, and I conclude that Muhammad (AS) is still a prophet of God.

 

Oh Allah send your prayers and blessings upon the prophet Muhammad as you sent your prayers and blessings upon the prophet Abraham. Ameen.

 

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