A Quranic inconsistency or a Missionary's lack of knowledge?

 

Did the Pagans NOT acknowledge Allah as the supreme deity?

 

By Sami Zaatari

 

 

 

 

The arrogant missionary Sam Shamoun (whom I crushed in a debate) has claimed that there is a Quranic contradiction regarding the pagan's belief that Allah was indeed the true and supreme God.

 

Now incase some readers are confused about the topic, then let us make it easy for you, you see folks the pre-Islamic pagans in Makkah to whom the prophet Muhammad was sent to (not specifically he was also sent to mankind) believed in Allah. They believed that Allah was indeed the true God, the supreme God, however so the problem with them was that although they had this belief, they still went on to create other gods, these gods were meant to be as intercessors for them, they thought these fake gods whom they invented would bring them closer to Allah. Not only did they do this, they began worshipping these fake invented gods! The Quran condemned them for this, since they had diluted the original form of worship and religion, which is that God is one, having no partners, and that you should worship him alone, and no one else.

 

The Quran informs us of this, that the pagans did indeed acknowledge that Allah was the supreme and true God:

 

Say: "To whom belong the earth and all beings therein? (say) if ye know!" They will say, "To Allah." say: "Yet will ye not receive admonition?" Say: "Who is the Lord of the seven heavens, and the Lord of the Throne (of Glory) Supreme?" They will say, "(They belong) to Allah." Say: "Will ye not then be filled with awe?" Say: "Who is it in whose hands is the governance of all things,- who protects (all), but is not protected (of any)? (say) if ye know." They will say, "(It belongs) to Allah." Say: "Then how are ye deluded?" We have sent them the Truth: but they indeed practise falsehood! No son did Allah beget, nor is there any god along with Him: (if there were many gods), behold, each god would have taken away what he had created, and some would have lorded it over others! Glory to Allah. (He is free) from the (sort of) things they attribute to Him! He knows what is hidden and what is open: too high is He for the partners they attribute to Him! Say: "O my Lord! if Thou wilt show me (in my lifetime) that which they are warned against,- "Then, O my Lord! put me not amongst the people who do wrong!"  (23:84-94)

 

So as you can see, the pagans acknowledged that all things belonged to Allah, that he was the true God, however so you can also see the Quran condemning them for adding corruption to this true belief by adding new false gods as partners and so on.

 

Now this arrogant missionary who has no understanding of Islam, who would be laughed at by the great Islamic sheiks, has made a claim that the Quran contradicts itself, that infact some pagans actually did NOT view Allah as the supreme and true deity, for instance, the arrogant ignorant missionary writes:

 

However, there are other references which indicate that the unbelievers did not view Allah as the supreme god, but believed he was just one of many rival deities. For instance, the Quran claims that Muhammad's antagonists did not worship his god Allah:

 

Say: 'O unbelievers, I serve not what you serve and you are not serving what I serve, nor am I serving what you have served, neither are you serving what I serve. To you your religion, and to me my religion!' S. 109:1-6 Arberry

 

Before crushing Shamoun's weak and silly interpretation, let us simply use our brains, since it seems Shamoun thinks we should not use our brains, which is the only way his argument will make sense. Notice Shamoun claims the Quran also says that unbelievers don't view Allah as the supreme God, let us assume this is true, how is that a contradiction?! Can't there be Arab pagans who viewed Allah as the supreme God, and other Arab pagans who viewed Allah as an equal rival God to their other gods?! I mean common use your brain! This scenario is very possible, and this would be sufficient enough to silence Shamoun's weak claims.

 

Notice the verse which shows that pagans did view Allah as the supreme God does not say that ALL viewed him as such, hence it can easily be said that some pagans viewed Allah as the true God, whom were addressed in surah 23:84-94, and that some Arab pagans viewed Allah as an equal and rival God to their own made up gods as surah 109:1-6.

I could easily leave my rebuttal at that and case closed, but no thank you, I want to completely crush Shamoun's distortion and weak interpretation of Surah 109:1-6 which exposes Shamoun's lack of knowledge on Islam, and Islamic aqeedah.

Let us quote this verse again and quote Ibn Kathirs tafsir which will make things easier, and we will be able to move from there:

 

Say: 'O unbelievers, I serve not what you serve and you are not serving what I serve, nor am I serving what you have served, neither are you serving what I serve. To you your religion, and to me my religion!' S. 109:1-6 Arberry

 

Shamoun claimed this proves Pagans didn't acknowledge Allah as the true supreme God. Let us quote Ibn Kathirs tafsir:

 

This Surah is the Surah of disavowal from the deeds of the idolators. It commands a complete disavowal of that. Allah's statement,

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(Say: "O disbelievers!'') includes every disbeliever on the face of the earth, however, this statement is particularly directed towards the disbelievers of the Quraysh. It has been said that in their ignorance they invited the Messenger of Allah to worship their idols for a year and they would (in turn) worship his God for a year. Therefore, Allah revealed this Surah and in it

 

He commanded His Messenger to disavow himself from their religion completely

 

. Allah said,

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(I worship not that which you worship.) meaning, statues and rival gods.

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(Nor will you worship whom I worship.) and He is Allah Alone, Who has no partner. So the word Ma (what) here means Man (who). Then Allah says,

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(And I shall not worship that which you are worshipping. Nor will you worship whom I worship.) meaning, `I do not worship according to your worship, which means that I do not go along with it or follow it. I only worship Allah in the manner in which He loves and is pleased with.' Thus, Allah says,

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(Nor will you worship whom I worship.) meaning, `you do not follow the commands of Allah and His Legislation in His worship. Rather, you have invented something out of the promptings of your own souls.' This is as Allah says,

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(They follow but a guess and that which they themselves desire, whereas there has surely come to them the guidance from their Lord!) (53:23) Therefore, the disavowal is from all of what they are involved. For certainly the worshipper must have a god whom he worships and set acts of worship that he follows to get to him. So the Messenger and his followers worship Allah according to what He has legislated. This is why the statement of Islam is "There is no God worthy of being worshipped except Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.'' This means that there is no (true) object of worship except Allah and there is no path to Him (i.e., way of worshipping Him) other than that which the Messenger came with. The idolators worship other than Allah, with acts of worship that Allah has not allowed. This is why the Messenger said to them,

 

So as you can see, the pagans told the prophet Muhammad to accept their idols, and that they would accept his religion, the Quran commands him to reject this offer, because for starters it would be a contradiction for the prophet to accept their false idol worship when Islam says God is one and having no partners!

 

So therefore as you can see, the Quran commands the prophet Muhammad to say he will not worship that which they worship, nor will they worship what he worships. However so does this then mean the pagans did not view Allah as the supreme God, just because the verse says that the pagans will not worship Allah does that mean they don't acknowledge Allah as the true God?

 

Nope, not even close, and this is where Shamoun's ignorance in Islamic aqeedah lies. You see folks, there is something called correct worship, and INCORRECT WORSHIP, in Islam correct worship is to bear witness in belief and action that God is one, having no partners, if you add anything to this which contradicts it, then your worship is wrong and is not even counted. I mean Shamoun shows his deception, because in surah 23:84-94 the Quran itself testifies to this, I shall quote it again:

 

Say: "To whom belong the earth and all beings therein? (say) if ye know!" They will say, "To Allah." say: "Yet will ye not receive admonition?" Say: "Who is the Lord of the seven heavens, and the Lord of the Throne (of Glory) Supreme?" They will say, "(They belong) to Allah." Say: "Will ye not then be filled with awe?" Say: "Who is it in whose hands is the governance of all things,- who protects (all), but is not protected (of any)? (say) if ye know." They will say, "(It belongs) to Allah." Say: "Then how are ye deluded?" We have sent them the Truth: but they indeed practise falsehood! No son did Allah beget, nor is there any god along with Him: (if there were many gods), behold, each god would have taken away what he had created, and some would have lorded it over others! Glory to Allah. (He is free) from the (sort of) things they attribute to Him! He knows what is hidden and what is open: too high is He for the partners they attribute to Him! Say: "O my Lord! if Thou wilt show me (in my lifetime) that which they are warned against,- "Then, O my Lord! put me not amongst the people who do wrong!"  (23:84-94)

 

Notice that Allah still condemns the pagans even after He acknowledges that they do in fact believe in Him! Because in Islam simply believing in Allah is not enough, by that I mean if you believe in Allah, and set up partners to him then there is no use in that! These verses prove that, because if the pagans belief in Allah was something enough, then Allah would not condemn them for setting up partners with him, hence their form of worship and religion was completely false and wrong and has NOTHING to do with Allah.

 

So when the prophet says they will not worship what he worships this statement is true, because they REFUSED to give up their false deities, and worship for Allah is for him alone, hence they refused this aspect of God's oneness, they refused it all together.

 

Shamoun even admits this fact in his own article! I mean talk about idiocy; the missionary even refuted himself when he wrote:

 

The Quran says that the problem of the pagans was to associate other deities with Allah:

 

They assign unto Allah, of the crops and cattle which He created, a portion, and they say: "This is Allah's" - in their make-believe - "and this is for (His) partners in regard to us." Thus that which (they assign) unto His partners in them reacheth not Allah and that which (they assign) unto Allah goeth to their (so-called) partners. Evil is their ordinance. S. 6:136

 

Allah hath not chosen any son, nor is there any god along with Him; else would each god have assuredly championed that which he created, and some of them would assuredly have overcome others. Glorified be Allah above all that they allege. S. 23:91

 

And verily, if thou shouldst ask them: Who created the heavens and the earth? they will say: Allah. Say: Bethink you then of those ye worship beside Allah, if Allah willed some hurt for me, could they remove from me His hurt; or if He willed some mercy for me, could they restrain His mercy? Say: Allah is my all. In Him do (all) the trusting put their trust. S. 39:38

 

This is too funny! So as you can see, Shamoun refutes himself! I have never seen such idiocy or blatant lying ever before, Shamoun acknowledges this point and still goes on to make such stupid points with surah 109:1-6, talk about being a liar!

So therefore when the prophet said you will not worship what I worship, this did not mean the pagans didn't recognize Allah as the true and most powerful God, it meant that they even though they did recognize this fact, they still were too stubborn and arrogant to worship Allah correctly, to worship him alone, and even this missionary quoted verses for us to show this point.

 

I repeat, worshiping Allah is worshipping him ALONE, if you worship Allah alongside the pagan goddess of lat, manat, and uzza, then you would not be worshiping Allah at all since you disobey his command of worshiping him alone with no partners. This is basic Islamic knowledge and aqeedah! Too bad Shamoun doesn't even know the basics.

The ignorant missionary continues on to write:

 

Muhammad is even warned from insulting their gods lest they insult his deity:

 

Revile not those unto whom they pray beside Allah lest they wrongfully revile Allah through ignorance. Thus unto every nation have We made their deed seem fair. Then unto their Lord is their return, and He will tell them what they used to do. S. 6:108

 

The above texts make no sense if the Quran is correct that the pagans worshiped Allah as the supreme deity. After all, why would they insult the high god of their pantheon and how could they be accused of not serving Allah if in fact they believed he was the creator of all and that they only worshiped other gods in order to get closer to him?

 

Why? The Quran answers you in the verse you quoted! :

 

Revile not those unto whom they pray beside Allah lest they wrongfully revile Allah through ignorance. Thus unto every nation have We made their deed seem fair. Then unto their Lord is their return, and He will tell them what they used to do. S. 6:108

 

That's why! They will do it THROUGH IGNORANCE, during heated moments, and moments of anger people do tend to say stupid and ignorant things. Even present day Muslims are guilty of this, for instance some Muslims have wrongfully resorted to insulting Jesus at times when Christians have insulted Allah, and this is done through ignorance, because that Muslim still acknowledges Jesus as a prophet, and is commanded to do so. So perhaps Shamoun can start reading properly, I mean he even quotes the verse and asks his silly question!

 

APPENDIX

 

What the Scholars say concerning the true form of worshiping and believing in Allah and Tawhid (Allah's oneness)

 

We shall now quote a selected few scholars concerning the true form of worship and belief in Allah:

 

Shaikh Salih al-Fawzaan An Explanation of the Truth of Monotheism:

 

But acknowledgement of Allah as the sole Sustainer of the world is not enough to become a Muslim. It is essential that this belief be substantiated with practice, i.e. to worship Allah, Alone, without invoking others for help. Pagans, particularly Arab infidels, acknowledge Allah as the sole Creator and Sustainer, but they can not be regarded as Muslims unless they substantiate this belief with practice, i.e., to worship Allah alone. If we look into the verses of the Holy Quran, we see that they call for the Oneness of Allah in worship. The various verses of the Quran tell us that unbelievers acknowledge Allah as the Only Sustainer of the universe, but their deeds do not conform to their belief. Therefore, they are admonished to confirm the oneness of Allah in their worship and in their deeds. Allah Almighty said, "O you people ! Adore your Guardian Lord Who Created you and those who came before you that you may have the chance to learn righteousness; Who has made the earth your couch, and the heavens your canopy : and sent down rain from the heavens; and brought forth there-with fruits for your sustenance; then set not up rivals unto Allah when you know (the truth)" (28) which was the first command to people in the Holy Quran by Allah, the Almighty.

 

We often find in the Holy Quran a call to the Oneness of Allah in worship. Simultaneously, the Holy Quran clarifies all doubts cast around this Oneness. In every chapter, virtually in every verse, this call for the Oneness of Allah is repeated. This is because the Holy Quran continuously informs its reader about Allah, His Names, His Attnbutes and His Characteristics, all reflecting his Oneness as the Creator and Sustainer, or when the Holy Quran calls people to worship Him alone and refrain from worshipping anything or anyone besides Him. This is the Oneness in worship. Then the Holy Quran informs people about Allah's grace in this life and His subsequent reward in the Hereafter for those who adhere to this Oneness totally. It also warns people about the punishment for idolaters in this world and the Hereafter. The Holy Quran also outlines the laws and commands of Allah, since Allah, alone, is the sole legislative power. This is the true manifestation of the Oneness of Allah.

 

This Oneness, with all its implications, is contained in the saying, "There is no god but Allah." It negates divine power from all and confirms it with Allah, the One and Only God. This, also, implies a "pledge of allegiance" to Allah and rejection of any partner to Him in any form. The Holy Qur an mentions the statement of Abraham (peace be upon him), "I do indeed clear myself of what you worship. I worship only Him who made me and He will certainly guide me." (29) Such has been the course of all the prophets who were sent by Allah. Allah the Almighty said "We assuredly sent amongst every people an apostle with the command, Serve Allah and eschew evil." (30) He, the Almighty also said "Whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold that never breaks". (31) Therefore, whoever has said "There is no god but Allah" has disavowed himself from worshipping anything other than Allah, and he has committed himself to worshipping Allah solely. In saying these words, he undertakes a pledge. "Then anyone who violates his oath, does so to the harm of his own soul. And anyone who fulfils what has been covenanted to Allah, Allah will soon grant his a great reward." (32)

 

It is clear now that "There is no god but Allah" is a declaration to worship the one and only God, e.g. Allah because (Allah) means deity, and therefore no one deserves to be worshipped except Allah. And whoever has uttered these words knowing their meaning and acting upon that meaning (negating idolatry and confirming the Oneness of Allah as the sole Creator as well as the only one to be worshipped), in addition to having adopted them in letter and spirit, can be regarded as a true Muslim. One who has uttered these words and practised their meanings in public, but without accepting them in his heart, is a hypocrite. One who uttered these words with his tongue, but acted against their meaning through committing idolatry, is an unbeliever, even if he uttered these words more than once as in the case of those who adorn tombs, for although they utter these words they do so without understanding their meaning.

 

The Belief in Allaa Allaah.What Does it Mean Mean By Sh. Muhammad bin Saalih Al-'Uthaimeen:

 

Third: Belief in Allaah's Worship (Uloohiyyah):

 

It is the belief that Allaah alone is the true Ilaah who has no partner or associate.

The Ilaah means al-Ma'looh i.e. al-Ma'bood, the only true God who deserves to

be worshipped out of love and magnification. Allaah ___ said:

 

And your Ilaah is one Ilaah, Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (There is no true God worthy of worship but He), ar-Rahmaan (Whose Mercy encompasses

everything), the Most Merciful. (Qur'aan 2:163).

 

He ___ also said:

 

Allaah Bears witness that Laa Ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be

worshipped but He), and the angels, and those having knowledge (also give

this witness); (He is always) maintaining His creation in Justice. Laa ilaaha

illa Huwa, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. (Qur'aan 3:18).

 

All that is being taken as an ilaah (god) worshipped as god besides Allaah, its

wotship is false. Allaah ___ says:

 

That is because Allaah-He is the Truth (the only True God of all that exists,

Who has no partners or rivals with Him), and those besides Him whom they

(the polytheists) invoke-they are but Baatil (vain Falsehood). And verily,

Allaah,-He is the Most High, the Most Great. (Qur'aan 22:62)

 

Calling them aaliha (gods) does not entitle them to the right of Uloohiyyah.

Allaah ___ said describing the pagan deities of al-laat, al-'Uz-zaa, and Minaat

that:

 

They are but names which you have named,-you and your fathers,-for which

Allaah sent down no authority. (Qur'aan 53:23).16

 

He (Allaah) told us that Yusuf _ said to his two companions of the jail:

 

O two companions of the prison! Are many different arbaab (lords) better or

Allaah, the One, Al-Qahhaar17? You don't worship besides Him but only

names which you have named (forged), you and your fathers, for which

Allaah has sent down no authority. (Qur'aan 12:39-40).

 

For this reason, the Messengers, may the Salaah and Salaam of Allaah be upon

them, used to say to their respective nations:

 

Worship Allaah! You have no other Ilaah (God) but Him. (Qur'aan

7:59,65,73,85; 11:50,61,84; 23:23,32).

 

The Mushrikeen, however, refused and set up gods as rivals to Allaah,

worshipping them besides Allaah, and seeking their support and help. Allaah ___

invalidated their acts.

 

 

Imam Abu Hanifah in his great work Fiqh Al- Akbar writes:

 

Belief means assent and affirmation. There is no increase of decrease with respect to the content of belief, whether for angels or men, but only with respect to degrees of certainty and affirmation. The believers are equal in what they believe and in their assertion of the divine unity, but enjoy differing degrees of excellence with respect to their deeds.

Islam is surrender and submission to the commands of God Most High. There is a lexical distinction between belief (iman) and Islam, but there is no belief without Islam, and Islam cannot be conceived of without belief. They are like the outer and inner aspect of a thing (that is inseparable). Religion (din) is a name applied to both belief and Islam, and indeed to all

divine codes.

 

We know God as it is fitting for us to know Him through His description of himself in His Book, with all His attributes; but none is able to worship God Most High as He deserves to be worshipped and as is fitting for Him. Rather man worships God Most High in accordance with His Command, as promulgated in His Book and the Sunna of His Messenger. Although believers are equal insofar as they believe, they differ with respect to knowledge, certainty, reliance, love satisfaction, fear, hope.

 

I could quote countless many more great Islamic scholars, but this is sufficient enough.

 

 

 

And Allah Knows Best!

 

 

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