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By Umar

 

In Sam Shamoun's rebuttal he again tries to say the Holy Spirit isn't the Angel Gabriel, despite the ample and clear evidences in the Holy Qur'an. Then again, what can we expect from an anti-Islamist, this is all they are good for, ignoring evidence, and acting arrogantly.

 

He begins saying:

 

It is obvious that Umar hasn't read the Quran or my rebuttals carefully since if he did he would have avoided making these rather basic mistakes in logic and exegesis. The Quran NOWHERE says that Allah used only one entity to inspire Muhammad with the message, or that Gabriel was the sole agent of revelation. It emphatically states that Allah used more than one messenger to bring down the Quran:

By those who bring down the Reminder, S. 77:5 Pickthall

According to the Quran, the Reminder refers to the revelation given to the prophets and to Muhammad:

And they say: O thou unto whom the Reminder is revealed, lo! thou art indeed a madman!. Lo! We, even We, reveal the Reminder, and lo! We verily are its Guardian. S. 15:6, 9 Pickthall

Seeing how Umar likes the view of Islamic scholars so much here is how one commentary attributed to Ibn Abbas explains Q. 77:5:

(By those who bring down the Reminder) and He swore by THOSE who bring down the revelations, (Tanwr al-Miqbs min Tafsr Ibn ?Abbs; source; bold, capital and underline emphasis ours)

It is obvious that this implies that Allah used a group of angels to communicate his message, which is exactly how the following Muslim translators and exegetes explained this reference:

And by the angels that bring the revelations to the Messengers, Hilali-Khan

by the casters of the remembrance, that is, [by] angels that descend with the revelation upon the prophets and messengers, casting the revelation onto the [various] communities [of mankind], (Tafsir al-Jalalayn; source; bold and underline emphasis ours)

Another verse records the supposed response given to Muhammad by what is believed to be a group of angels:

(The angels say:) "WE descend not but by command of thy Lord: to Him belongeth what is before US and what is behind US, and what is between: and thy Lord never doth forget, -" S. 19:64 Y. Ali

And we (angels) descend not except by the Command of your Lord (O Muhammad SAW). To Him belongs what is before US and what is behind US, and what is between those two, and your Lord is never forgetful, Hilali-Khan

 

Response:

 

On the contrary, the Holy Qur'an says:

 

And lo! it is a revelation of the Lord of the Worlds,.

Which the True Spirit hath brought down (Sura 26 Ayats 192-193)

 

 

The Holy Qur'an clearly says the "True Spirit" is the one who brings down the Revelation. More on this later.

 

 

 

He continues on saying:

 

Thus, the foregoing plainly demonstrates that the author of the Quran believed that Allah used more than one agent to communicate the revelation to Muhammad. The Quran never says that Allah used only the Holy Spirit or Gabriel to bring down the message. In light of this, we issue the following challenge to Umar:

Since the Quran expressly states that there were several entities that Allah used to inspire Muhammad, specifically the Holy Spirit, Gabriel and some other unnamed Angels, please prove to us that the Holy Spirit is Gabriel as opposed to one of these other Angels. In fact, prove to us that the Holy Spirit is not the angel Michael whom the Quran also mentions in Q. 2:98.

 

Response:

 

Just note the above in bold, and how this will eventually backfire on Shamoun. Secondly, we thank Sam Shamoun for mentioning Sura 2 Ayat 98. In the Prophet (S) biography, we find an interesting conversation between him and the Jews that occurred. It goes as follows:

 

?Tell us about the Spirit.'

'Do you now know that it is Gabriel, he who comes to me?'

?Agreed, but O Muhammad he is an enemy to us, an angel who comes only with violence and the shedding of blood, and were it not for that we would follow you.'

 

So God sent down concerning them: "Who is an enemy to Gabriel? For it is he who brought it down to they heart by God's permission confirming what was before it and a guidance and good tidings to the believers.."

 

(Source: The Life of Muhammad: A Translation of Ibn Ishaq's Sirat RasulAllah, by A. Guillaume, p. 255 Oxford University Press)

 

Syed Sulaiman Nadvi also writes:

 

" The Jews refused to believe in the Holy Qur'an on the plea that it was revealed through the angel, Gabriel." (Source: Sirat Un Nabi by Syed Sulaiman Nadvi Vol. III, p. 54, Kitab Bhavan New Delhi 2004)

 

Therefore, it is proven beyond a doubt, that the Holy Spirit is indeed Angel Gabriel, and noone else, and this is confirmed by the Holy Prophet (S) himself, as well as common sense.

 

 

He then writes:

 

Umar quotes another scholar, namely Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, to prove his position but failed to see how this gentleman actually refutes him by proving our point:

"The biographies of all the Prophets (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them) bear ample testimony to the appearance of angels who gave glad tidings of success and victory. The Torah, the Bible, the Holy Qur'an and all other Divine Scriptures are full of the excellent achievement of angels. They prostrated before Adam (peace be upon him). They reached the guest house of Ibrahim (peace be upon him). They were assigned the duty of protection of Lut (peace be upon him) and destruction of his people. Hajirah (peace be upon her) saw the angel in the desolate desert. It were they who conveyed glad tidings to Zakariya and Maryam (peace be upon them). They performed various duties for the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). THEY SERVED AS THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH'S COMMANDS TO HIM. They were ordained to protect the sacred person of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and support the weak and poor Muslims. Gabriel, the archangel served as a messenger between Allah and his Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). It was through him that Allah conveyed his messages and commands to His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)."

(Source: Sirat Un Nabi by Syed Sulaiman Nadvi rendered into English by Mohd. Saeed Siddiqui, Vol. IV p.48, Kitab Bhavan New Delhi)

This writer doesn't say that Allah only used Gabriel to convey the message to Muhammad, but emphatically states that Allah used various angels to assist and communicate to Muhammad! Only Umar can believe that this scholar's comments somehow help his case.

 

Response:

 

It is hilarious to note how the Missionary bolds the part which he thinks refuted me, but forgets the part where it says, "It was through him that Allah conveyed his messages and commands to His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)." Now, noone has denied that other angels descended, infact the scholar says," They were ordained to protect the sacred person of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)"

This is of course true, as there are authentic accounts of how the Angels protected the Holy Prophet (S) on the day of Uhud:

Sahih Muslim

Book 30, Number 5713:

Sa'd reported that on the Day of Uhud I saw on the right side of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) and on his left side two persons dressed in white clothes and whom I did not see before nor after that, and they were Gabriel and Michael (Allah be pleased with both of them).

Sheikh Abu Ammar Yasir Qadhi writes:

"It might be asked: Was Jibreel the only angel that the Prophet (S) communicated with? The answer is that the Prophet (S) communicated with a number of different angels, but the only angel whose name is mentioned with regards to the revelation of the Qur'aan is Jibreel. For example, Ibn ?Abbaas reports that once Jibreel was sitting with the Prophet (S), when they heard a sound from above. Jibreel said, "This is (the sound of) a door from the skies, it has never opened until today." An angel came down to them, and Jibreel said, "This angel has come down to the earth, it has never come down before today." The angel gave his salaams to them, and said to the Prophet (S), "I give you glad tidings of two lights that you have been given, which have not been given to any prophet before you: The Opening of the Book (i.e., Soorah a;-Fatihah), and the last verses of Soorah al-Baqarah, you shall not read any word in it except that you will be granted it." Also, there are narrations in which the Prophet (S) informed the Companions that the angels had whispered in his hear certain statements. Therefore, although Jibreel was not the only angel whom the Prophet (S) communicated with, to the best of our knowledge he is the only angel that came with the Qur'aan. This agrees with the description that is given of the Qur'aan:

<< And this (Qur'aan) is a Revelation from the Lord of the world; which the trustworthy Angel (Jibreel) has brought down>> (26:192-193)

In other words, Jibreel brought down all of the Qur'an."

(Source: Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur'aan by Abu Ammar Yasir Qadhi, p.71, Al-Hidaayah Publishing and Distribution 1999)

Thus we ask Sam Shamoun to stop prancing around acting as if you are saying something new (specifically that other Angels also descended), because this is something already well known.

 

He then tries to say the Holy Qur'an agrees with the Bible, by quoting some verses from the Holy Qur'an:

 

 

"How can the Holy Qur'an stand witness to the truthfulness of these books, the followers of which themselves do not call them original and free from interpolation? And how, in spite of the interpolation and additions to such an extent some moral values are still found in these books, the Holy Qur'an affirms these values but not the books in their totality. The fact is that the meanings of Mussadaq (the affirmer) here are not the one that testifies the truthfulness," its meanings are the one that proves the truth contained in them"

(Source: Why Is Islam the Only True Deen? By Allama Chaudhri Ghulam Ahmed Parwez rendered into English by Dr. Manzoor Ul-Haque, p. 43-44)

 

To expose just how desperate this argument is note how the word musaddaq is used in the following reference:

Then the angels called him, while he was standing in prayer in Al-Mihrab (a praying place or a private room), (saying): "Allah gives you glad tidings of Yahya (John), confirming (musaddiqan) (believing in) the Word from Allah [i.e. the creation of 'Iesa (Jesus), the Word from Allah ("Be!" - and he was!)], noble, keeping away from sexual relations with women, a Prophet, from among the righteous." S. 3:39 Hilali-Khan

If the reasoning of this author were valid then this means that John didn't confirm Jesus' mission in its totality or testify to his complete truthfulness, but merely proved only those parts of his ministry which happened to be true!

Moreover, the Quran uses variations of this word to convey the same idea of belief and confirmation:

And Mary, Imran's daughter, who guarded her virginity, so We breathed into her of Our Spirit, and she confirmed (saddaqat) the Words of her Lord and His Books, and became one of the obedient. S. 66:12

Again, if this Muslim author's logic were correct then Mary only believed a part of Allah's words!

thou hast confirmed (saddaqta) the vision; even so We recompense the good-doers. S. 37:105 Arberry

Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son is his way of proving his absolute faith that the vision he received was from God. In other words, his actions demonstrated that he truly believed that God had spoken to him in a dream. This is the point that the author of the Quran was making, namely that he had complete trust in the Holy Bible since he believed it to be God's Word, and not just some parts of it but all of it.

And say: "What! shall we give up our gods for the sake of a Poet possessed?" Nay! he has come with the (very) Truth, and he confirms (saddaqa) (the Message of) the apostles (before him). S. 37:36-37 Y. Ali

It would be purely nonsense to say that this reference means that Muhammad merely confirmed only parts of the message of the prophets, but not all of it since not all that they said was true.

And he who has come with the very truth and confirms (saddaqa) it, those they are the godfearing. S. 39:33 Arberry

No Muslim would say that this means that they are called to believe or confirm only a portion of the truth brought by Muhammad, or that their belief in it somehow proves that it is true.

who confirm (yusaddiqoona) the Day of Doom S. 70:26 Arberry

This obviously cannot mean that Muslims are to believe only certain aspects of the Quran's teachings regarding the Day of Judgment, but that they are to have full faith in all that it says regarding this subject.

The word is also used for the person who fails to confirm Allah's message:

For he confirmed (saddaqa) it not, and did not pray, S. 75:31 Arberry

What the foregoing usages of the word show is that just as John had absolute belief in Jesus' person and mission, just as Mary believed all of God's words, just as Abraham confirmed the vision he received, just as Muhammad believed in all of God's prophets, and just as Muslims are called to fully affirm their faith in the last day, the Quran likewise confirms the absolute veracity and textual integrity of the Holy Bible. Hence, the word saddaq does not mean what Umar and his source wishes it to mean.

 

 

Response:

 

 

On the contrary, what is written in the pamphlet concerning what the Holy Qur'an says about the Bible is true. The Holy Qur'an confirms what is authentic, and rejects that which is against what the Holy Qur'an preaches. We know this because Caliph Umar is reported to have said when a copy of the Torah was presented to him:

 

"If you know what it is that God revealed to Moses, read it all hours of the day and night," implying that in the present text of the Torah truth is so intertwined with falsehood that it is impossible to distinguish one from the other."

 

(Source: Exegesis as Polemical Discourse: Ibn Hazm on Jewish and Christian Scriptures by Theodore Pulcini p.175, The American Academy of Religion 1998)

 

So we ask Sam Shamoun and his missionary buddies to wake up from lala land and stop arguing that the Holy Qur'an views the Bible as 100% accurate, as you are just making yourself look foolish.

 

 

Then hilariously enough, he says about the Holy Spirit:

 

 

 

Sam Shamoun when citing this verse says "The Spirit gives and creates life". Yet, he forgets that it was Allah SWT who actually gives the life:

She said, 'Lord! how can I have a son, when man has not yet touched me?' He said, 'Thus God creates what He pleaseth. When He decrees a matter He only says BE and it is; (Sura 3 Ayat 47)

Therefore, it is Allah SWT who gives and creates life, not the Spirit. The Holy Spirit only acts upon the orders of Allah SWT.

And:

Again, this verse is not saying that the Holy Spirit gives life, infact it is very clear above in the bold, that it is Allah SWT who gives life, as it is made clear in this Quranic Ayat:

 (Oh Muhammad, SAW), say, "Oh mankind! I am certainly the messenger of Allah towards you all _ (the entire world). To Him belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. There is no god but He. It is He Who gives life. And He gives death! So believe in Allah and His messenger, the prophet who can neither read nor write, and who believes in Allah and His words (the commandments). Follow him, so that you may receive guidance." (Sura 7 Ayat 158)

It is truly amazing that Umar imagines that he has refuted my argument when all he has done is proven that the Quran contradicts itself. Note carefully what Q. 19:19 says:

He said: I am only a messenger of thy Lord, that I MAY BESTOW ON THEE a faultless son. Pickthall

He said: I am only an apostle of your Lord: That I WILL GIVE YOU a pure boy. Shakir

The Spirit allegedly tells Mary that he himself will give her a son. Q. 66:12 then says that Allah breathed the Spirit into Mary:

And Mary the daughter of 'Imran, who guarded her chastity; and We breathed into (her body) of Our spirit; and she testified to the truth of the words of her Lord and of His Revelations, and was one of the devout (servants). Y. Ali

Now the question that Umar needs to answer is why did Allah breathe his Spirit into her? Well the answer is obvious when we interpret this text in light of Q. 19:19, namely that the Spirit granted Mary a baby by Allah breathing him into her body in order to cause her to conceive.

In fact, that is precisely how the commentators whom Umar loves to quote ad infinitum understood these two texts. They believe(d) that the Spirit, who they erroneously assert(ed) was Gabriel, was sent to breathe into Mary in order to cause her to get pregnant. In other words, they clearly saw that Allah sent the Spirit to create Jesus in Mary's womb:

(And Mary, daughter of Imran, whose body was chaste, therefor We breathed therein something of Our Spirit) and so Gabriel BREATHED INSIDE HER GARMENT and she became pregnant with Jesus. (And she put faith in the words of her Lord) she believed in what Gabriel told her that he was the Messenger of Allah entrusted with giving her a holy son (and His Scriptures) and she also believed in His Scriptures: the Torah, the Gospel and all other Scriptures; it is also said this means: she believed in the words of her Lord that Jesus the son of Mary will come into being by Allah saying "Be!" and he became a human being, and she also believed in His Scripture: the Gospel, (and was of the obedient) in times of hardship and comfort; and it is also said that this means: and she was obedient to He Who is far transcendent and majestic'. (Tanwr al-Miqbs min Tafsr Ibn 'Abbs; source; bold, capital and underline emphasis ours)

Thus, all that Umar's quotes prove is that the author of the Quran was confused since he claimed in several texts that Allah gives life and that he caused Jesus' birth, but in a few other passages he says that it was actually Allah's Spirit who gave Mary a baby!

 

Response:

 

Hilariously enough, Sam Shamoun fails to realize that it is Allah SWT who enables the Angel to do this task. The Ayat says so clearly:

 

 (Oh Muhammad, SAW), say, "Oh mankind! I am certainly the messenger of Allah towards you all _ (the entire world). To Him belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. There is no god but He. It is He Who gives life. And He gives death! So believe in Allah and His messenger, the prophet who can neither read nor write, and who believes in Allah and His words (the commandments). Follow him, so that you may receive guidance." (Sura 7 Ayat 158)

Sam thinks by quoting Sura 19 Ayat 19 he has refuted the argument, but we beg to differ. Sura 19 Ayat 19 says, as Shamoun quotes:

 

He said: I am only a messenger of thy Lord, that I MAY BESTOW ON THEE a faultless son

 

Does this shameless individual forget however that whatever Allah SWT enables someone to do he can do. For example it is Gabriel who breathes the life into Maryam, but who gave the life? It was obviously God Almighty! Like when Prophet Isa (A) did the miracles, who enabled him to do so?? Is Jesus God because he raised the dead?? Obviously not, since Jesus himself says:

 

By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. (John 5:30)

 

Therefore, it is Allah SWT who is the real cause for this life, all the Angel is doing is carrying out his commands.

 

We honestly do not know what to say to Sam Shamoun, since his arrogance and ignorance has made him stubborn. Let him just remember La Hawla Wala Quwatta Illa Billah (There is No Change or Power Except through Allah)!

 

 

Shamoun then writes:

 

 

Umar simply brushes aside my appeal to Q. 58:22 with:

This verse shows that the Spirit has God's attributes, only when you look at it through a Missionary's eyes! The reason why is because Allah SWT is making clear that HE has written faith in their hearts, and HE has strengthened them with a Spirit.

These verses in no way show that the spirit is Allah SWT, as the missionary claims!

It is rather unfortunate that we need to constantly spell things out for Umar. The only way that Allah's Spirit can be with all believers at the same time in order to strengthen them is if the Spirit is omnipresent and omnipotent, characteristics which God alone has. Since Umar loves Yusuf Ali note what he wrote at this point:

"Cf. ii 87 and 253, where it is said that God strengthened the Prophet Jesus with the holy spirit. Here we learn that all good and righteous men are strengthened by God with the holy spirit. If anything, the phrase used here is stronger, ?a spirit from Himself'. Whenever any one offers his heart in faith and purity to God, God accepts it, engraves that faith on the seeker's heart, and further fortifies him with the Divine Spirit, which we can no more define adequately than we can define in human language the nature of God." (Ali, The Meaning of the Holy Quran, p. 1518, f. 5365; bold emphasis ours)

Ali didn't fail to see that the Spirit must be divine in order for him to be able to do what this text says he does.

 

Response:

 

Correcting that commentary, Mufti Shafi Usmani writes:

 

"The word Ruh according to some authorities on Tafsir, stands for ?light', which radiates and emanates from Allah and enters the heart of a believer which urges him to perform righteous deeds, and is the source of peace and contentment of the heart. This tranquility and satisfaction is the source of great strength and power. Other authorities say that this word stands for the Holy Qur'an and the arguments of the Holy Qur'an. This is the real strength and power of the believers (Qurtubi). Allah, the Pure, and Exalted knows best!

 

(Source: Maariful Qu'ran by Mufti Shafi Usmani, Volume 8, pp. 364-365)

 

 

What is evident from the above that Sura 58:22 doesn't speak of Ruh Al Qudus but just the Ruh (?Ruh' as explained by the Mufti above). Further proof is what Tafsir Jalalyn says:

 

You will not find a people who believe in God and the Last Day loving, befriending, those who oppose God and His Messenger, even though they, the opposers, were their fathers, that is to say, the believers' [fathers], or their sons or their brothers or their clan, rather [you will find that] they intend to do them harm and they fight them over [the question of] faith, as occurred on one occasion with some Companions, may God be pleased with them. [For] those, the ones who are not loving of them, He has inscribed, He has established, faith upon their hearts and reinforced them with a spirit, a light, from Him, exalted be He, and He will admit them into gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide, God being pleased with them, for their obedience of Him, and they being pleased with Him, because of His reward. Those [they] are God's confederates, following His command and refraining from what He has forbidden. Assuredly it is God's confederates who are the successful, the winners.

 

And what he says concerning the Holy Spirit:

 

And We gave Moses the Scripture, the Torah, and after him We sent successive messengers, that is, We sent them one after another, and We gave Jesus son of Mary the clear proofs, that is, the miracles of bringing the dead back to life and healing the blind and the leper, and We confirmed him, We strengthened him, with the Holy Spirit (the expression rūh al-qudus is an example of annexing [in a genitive construction] the noun described to the adjective [qualifying it], in other words, al-rūh al-muqaddasa), that is, Gabriel, [so described] on account of his [Jesus's] sanctity; he would accompany him [Jesus] wherever he went; still you refuse to be upright, and whenever there came to you a messenger, with what your souls did not desire, [did not] like, in the way of truth, you became arrogant, you disdained to follow him (istakbartum, 'you became arrogant', is the response to the particle kullamā, 'whenever', and constitutes the interrogative, and is meant as a rebuke); and some, of them, you called liars, such as Jesus, and some you slay?, such as Zachariah and John (the present tenses [of these verbs] are used to narrate the past events [as though they were events in the present], in other words, '[and some] you slew').

 

 Most importantly, again the verse reads:

 

Thou wilt not find any people who believe in God and the Last Day, loving those who resist God and His Apostle, even though they were their fathers or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred. For such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with a spirit from Himself. And He will admit them to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow, to dwell therein (for ever). God will be well pleased with them, and they with Him. They are the Party of God. Truly it is the Party of God that will achieve Felicity. (Sura 58 Ayat 22)

 

 

Isn't it evident from this Ayat that all the power is with Allah SWT only??

 

 

Then Shamoun writes:

 

Umar contradicts himself since he challenges me to prove from the Holy Bible that the Holy Spirit is not Gabriel:

In conclusion, we must say that Mr. Shamoun's "response" is a failed attempt to show that the Holy Spirit ISN'T Gabriel in Islam. With this, we would like to play the Missionary Game and challenge Mr. Shamoun:

Show us where in the Bible where the Holy Spirit is NOT called Gabriel.

But earlier he claimed that:

What we can conclude is that the Holy Qur'an is correcting the Bible, clearly showing through the Ayats that the Holy Spirit is the Angel Gabriel.

If the Quran is correcting the Biblical teaching that the Holy Spirit is not Gabriel, as Umar claims, then there is no need for me to meet his challenge. Umar has already answered the challenge for me by admitting that the Holy Bible does distinguish the Holy Spirit from Gabriel! Despite the fact that he has basically refuted himself and answered his own challenge, let me post the Biblical text once again that clearly shows that the Holy Spirit IS NOT Gabriel:

"In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ?Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.' Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ?Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.' ?How will this be,' Mary asked the angel, ?since I am a virgin?' The angel answered, ?The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.'" Luke 1:26-35

Gabriel stated to Mary that she would conceive Christ by the Holy Spirit, not that he would cause her to get pregnant since he is the Holy Spirit. But this is precisely what we would expect him to say if he were indeed the Holy Spirit.

Here is another example:

"Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: ?Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous?to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.' Zechariah asked the angel, ?How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.' The angel answered, ?I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.'" Luke 1:11-20

Gabriel tells Zechariah that his son John would be filled with the Holy Spirit, which again shows that they are not one and the same person. In fact, if Gabriel were the Holy Spirit then he should have said that he would fill John with himself or his presence while the latter was still in his mother's womb!

 

Response:

 

Shamoun should quote what prompted me to write that, specifically when he said:

Here, Gabriel tells Mary that she will conceive Christ by the Holy Spirit, showing a clear distinction and differentiation between them. Hence, by confirming the previous inspired books the Quran is basically agreeing with these revealed sources that the Holy Spirit is not the angel Gabriel. Otherwise, if it disagrees with them regarding this point then this means that the Quran is wrong since it does not confirm the previous revelations given through the prophets and messengers.

 

On the contrary, the Holy Qur'an agrees with the notion that Angel Gabriel is infact the Holy Spirit, something the Holy Prophet (S) himself has said, and something agreed upon by the Muslim scholars. Shamoun's horrible argument that the Holy Qur'an agrees with the Bible 100% is therefore flushed down the toilet.

 

And with that we conclude our analysis of one Christian Missionary's deluded attempt, to show the Holy Spirit isn't the Angel Gabriel according to Islam.

 

 

And Truly, Allah SWT Knows Best!