Response to Sam Shamoun on the topic "Is Allah the only Judge of Not?"
Exposing Sam Shamouns ignorance
By Ahmed Eldin (Former Greek Christian)
His article: http://www.answering-islam.org/Quran/Contra/only_judge.html
Here I continue to expose the ignorant missionary.
The Quran says that there is no other judge besides Allah and that he doesn't allow anyone to share in his decision-making or rule:
Shall I seek other than Allah for judge, when He it is Who hath revealed unto you (this) Scripture, fully explained? Those unto whom We gave the Scripture (aforetime) know that it is revealed from thy Lord in truth. So be not thou (O Muhammad) of the waverers. S. 6:114
Say: "Allah knows best how long they stayed. With Him is (the knowledge of) the unseen of the heavens and the earth. How clearly He sees, and hears (everything)! They have no Wali (Helper, Disposer of affairs, Protector, etc.) other than Him, and He makes NONE to share in His Decision and His Rule." S. 18:26 Hilali-Khan
But elsewhere in the Quran Muhammad is said to share in Allah's decisions and judgments:
O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the messenger and those of you who are in authority; and if ye have a dispute concerning any matter, refer it to Allah and the messenger if ye are (in truth) believers in Allah and the Last Day. That is better and more seemly in the end. S. 4:59
We sent no messenger save that he should be obeyed by Allah's leave. And if, when they had wronged themselves, they had but come unto thee and asked forgiveness of Allah, and asked forgiveness of the messenger, they would have found Allah Forgiving, Merciful. But nay, by thy Lord, they will not believe (in truth) until they make thee judge of what is in dispute between them and find within themselves no dislike of that which thou decidest, and submit with full submission. S. 4:64-65 Pickthall
And it becometh not a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah and His messenger have decided an affair (for them), that they should (after that) claim any say in their affair; and whoso is rebellious to Allah and His messenger, he verily goeth astray in error manifest. S. 33:36
Amazingly, the above citation says that Muhammad also shares Allah's ability to forgive sinners!
In light of the above what exactly is a person to believe? Is Allah the only judge and does he refuse to share his decision and rule with anyone? Or does Muhammad also judge and make decisions for his community?
Shamoun is not able to realize that the source of Judgment is Allah alone. Prophet Muhammad judges from the legislations of Allah. Therefore, Allah is the only judge. Let us expose Shamoun from his own quotations from the noble Quran.
[004:059] O ye who believe! Obey God, and obey the Apostle, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to God and His Apostle, if ye do believe in God and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination.
To refer to God means to refer to his Holy Book the Quran and to refer to the Apostole means to the Sunnah of the prophet Muhammad. The source of Islam is the Quran and the Sunnah. Both of them come from Allah. Therefore again the source of Judgment is Allah alone.
The other verses that Shamoun posts:
[004:064] We sent not an apostle, but to be obeyed, in accordance with the will of God. If they had only, when they were unjust to themselves, come unto thee and asked God's forgiveness, and the Apostle had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found God indeed Oft-returning, Most Merciful.
[004:065] But no, by the Lord, they can have no (real) Faith, until they make thee judge in all disputes between them, and find in their souls no resistance against Thy decisions, but accept them with the fullest conviction.
It is clear that Allah send an apostle to be obeyed, because simply if you obey the messenger it is like you obey God. The messenger teaches only what God tells him. Also the verse speaks about the Gods forgiveness and the apostle ASK forgiveness from God.
Shamoun also post the verse:
It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by God and His Apostle to have any option about their decision: if any one disobeys God and His Apostle, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path[033:036]
God is again the ultimate source of decision. The messenger obeys God, and the believers if they obey the messenger are as if they obey God. Let us read some verses that clearly states that the Prophet Muhammad believes and obeys God.
[048:029] Muhammad is the apostle of God; and those who are with him are strong against Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other. Thou wilt see them bow and prostrate themselves (in prayer), seeking Grace from God and (His) Good Pleasure. On their faces are their marks, (being) the traces of their prostration. This is their similitude in the Taurat; and their similitude in the Gospel is: like a seed which sends forth its blade, then makes it strong; it then becomes thick, and it stands on its own stem, (filling) the sowers with wonder and delight. As a result, it fills the Unbelievers with rage at them. God has promised those among them who believe and do righteous deeds forgiveness, and a great Reward.
This verse totally silences Shamoun
[007:158] day: "O men! I am sent unto you all, as the Apostle of God, to Whom belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth: there is no god but He: it is He That giveth both life and death. So believe in God and His Apostle, the Unlettered Prophet, who believeth in God and His words: follow him that (so) ye may be guided."
The Apostle believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in God, His angels, His books, and His apostles. "We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His apostles." And they say: "We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys." 002:285
The Glorious Quran speaks from itself. God is the Judgment alone. Prophet Muhammad obeys God and he is His Prophet and messenger. Therefore, we must obey the Prophet Thus if you believe the Prophet is as you believe God.