and Human Rights
Chapter 3: Islam and Intercession
March 8, 2017
is the product of man's instinctive fear which requires alleviation
through mercy, munificence and mellowness of the Supreme Being,
who controls the universal phenomenon. It is believed that He
listens to prayer only, but not to evervone's supplication. Since
He has "beloveds," He readily pays attention to their
orison and grants them wishes, no matter, how heinous, hazardous
and horrendous they may be. These "beloveds" are usually
the men who suffer from theomania i.e. the illusion that they
are God and want to be acknowledged as such; they usually call
themselves Messengers or Vicars of God, who are so dearly loved
by Him that He cannot refuse them any wish. Thus, these messengers
and messiahs claim to possess intercessory powers. Therefore,
intercession means salvation through a divine intermediary.
Life has been
prone to be clanish right from the beginning of civilisation;
the unity or a clan was a stronger remedy against the unforseen
hazards than the strength of an individual. However, clanish solidarity
required a strong element of mutual well-wishing. Respect for
the departed kins was held a symbol of tribal reverence and provided
a bond of mutual affection. While the living members of the clan
could help each other through deeds, welfare of the dead required
praying to ease their lives in the next world. This is what bestowed
priestly powers on the tribal chief whose prayers amounted to
intercession, because he was considered to have influence with
God. The concept of intercession was not confined to the primitive
cultures; its advanced form was symbolised by the ruler-priests
of Babylon and Assyria. They recommended the departed souls to
the mercy of God and, in certain cases, could forgive them themselves
through their own intercessory powers, which tle Almighty had
bestowed upon them out of love. An expression or this fact is
found when Christ cries from the Cross:
forgive them for they know not what they do." (St. Luke 23:
of Christ serve as the fountain of intercession for the Christians,
who invented the lore of intercession to abolish the mosaic Law,
which was binding on them:
the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by JeSus
Christ.'' (St. John 1: 17 )
To make intercession
a credible doctrine the Church dignitaries had to raise the divine
dignity of Jesus Christ sky- high:
God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be saved." (St. John 3:
is depicted as the Saviour of the world whose only purpose of
life was to save the world:
God so loved the World that he gave his only begotten Son that
whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting
life." (St .John 3:16)
With a view
to bestowing further divine honour on Christ, crucifixion, is
equated with salvation: ".... Behold the Lamb of God, which
taketh away the sin of the world." (St. John 1:29)
What a mythology
it is! To secure followers, a man's death is treated as the fountain
of redemption. The mere act of believing in, Christ guarantees
his intercession leading to salvation. In fact, intercession is
the gross contempt of law and morality; it renders practice, piety
and perseverance totally irrelevant for sccuring salvation. See
1. Christians are not under the law but grace. (Romans 6:14)
you confess Jesus to be your Lord, you shall be saved. (Romans
to be grace has got to be irrelevant to works. (Romans 11:6)
4. The life of a just Christian is based on faith. (Gal: 3: 11)
5. Law is a curse, and Christ has liberated us from it. (Gal: 3:
is not for the righteous but the wicked. (1 Timothy 1: 9 -10)
The whole purpose of preferring faith to morality and law is,
that people should salute, supplicate and serve Christ and his
lieutenants such as popes, cardinals, bishops and clergies, who
used their intercessory powers as a tool to fool and snool the
Christendom for centuries. Intercession is the major cause of
sin, crime and destruction in this world.
has lost its magic, and the authority of moral conscience is accelerating
its tempo, Islamic doctrine of intercession is becoming more tenacious
with the growing tyranny, twisting and tantalisation in Islamdom.
The reason for this detailed introduction with reference to Christianity
is, that Islam has incorporated all the fundamental teachings
of the Bible including its concept of intercession. The Christians
believe that on the Day of Resurrection, only they will go to
heaven and the rest will be thrown into hell. (Rev. 20: 15). Islamic
concept is apparently loftier than the Christian notion because
it treats the Day of Resurrection as the Day of Judgement, which
means that people will be actually judged for salvation on their
merits. This is the most beautiful hoax. Why? I shall answer this
question in detail because the principle of the Prophetic Intercession
has become the major cause of moral decline in the Islamic world
leading to what is dreadful, destructive and the least desirable.
Hope has the
same significance to humankind what steam has to a locomotive
engine, rain to crops and light to eyes. Life without hope is
tasteless, twisted and torturous. The concept of Resurrection
raises one's hope of everlasting life. Equating Resurrectlon with
the Day of Judgement when people will be rewarded or punished
according to the quality of their deeds, makes morality the foundation
of humanity, thus exalting the human status. Possibly, the greatest
aspect of the day of Judgement is the hope of compensation leading
to the fulfilment of thwarted desires and the completion of rewards
which one could not achieve owing to the usurpative actions of
others. This is the Day when everybody will receive justice denied
him in the world through folly, fickleness and felony.
It is not
Judaism but Zoroasterianism which is the spring of the Day of
Resurrection or Judgement. Zoroaster, who died about 551 B.C.
was nearly a contemporary of Lord Buddha of India. He was a priest;
he claimed to have received a vision from Ahura Mazda, the wise
Lord, who appointed him to convey the Divine message to the people.
In the eastern traditions, he was thus a Messenger of God.
also known as Zarathustra, according to the Gathas, the early
hymns, mostly written by himself, created an eschatology which
emphasises the notion of life-after- death. He asserted that the
earthly existence had a direct hearing on the life-to-come, when
people would be assembled before the Wise Lord (God) who would
judge them according to their deeds including speech and thoughts.
After judgement, the good will go to paradise, the place of eternal
delight, and the bad will be imprisoned in hell, the region of
horrors and darkness. Zoroaster, the Iranian Prophet emphasised
the significance of the Bridge of the Requiter (Cinvat) which
the soul of every man must negotiate. The righteous, being invigorated
by their virtues, would walk into paradise whereas the wicked,
being weakened by their vices, would fall into hell beneath them.
This idea known to Islam as Pul-Saraat, was incorporated by the
Prophet Muhammad in his teachings.
At this juncture,
it is interesting to know the Vedic influence on the doctrine
of Judgement in terms of heaven and hell. Both these notions were
developed in India. The Indian Swarg came to be known as the Middle
Eastern paradise and Narg was named as hell. Of course, the Hindus
do not believe in resurrection but Karman, the action, which is
responsible for man's eventual release or Mukti, though righteousness,
according to its magnitude, may lead to a stay in paradise proportionately,
and wickedness guarantees a sojourn in hell on the same basis.
One should bear in mind that the major vedic gods such as Mitra,
Varuna, Indra and the two Nastyas form an integral part of Avesta,
the Zoroasterian Scripture. However, with a view to establishing
his own distinction, Zoroaster depicted Indra, the chief Indian
god, and Nanhaithya, as demons. The latest scholarly studies have
confirmed the Zoroasterian influence on the development of Judaism
and Christianity including Pythagorianism and Chaldean doctrines
of Babylon. These are well-researched facts whose veracity is
further attested by the close kinship of the Iranian language
with that of Northern India, which shows how the Iranians emigrated
from India along with their Vedic cultural inheritance.
The Jews took
the idea of Resurrection from Zoroaster, and is explained by the
Jewish observance known as Rosh Hashana marked by the sounding
of the ram's horn (Shofar) at the synagogue service. The horn-blast
is held to acclaim God as Ruler of the universe. It is customary
for most Jews to engage in penitential prayers at a river to perform
the Tashlikh ("Thou will cast") ceremony symbolises
the casting of sins into the river. This reminds one of the old
Hindu custom of cleansing one's sins with the holy water of the
the doctrine of Resurrection or the day of Judgement from the
Bible. To start with, it is a righteous and reformative idea because
it depicts Islam as the champion of justice. Thus, it gives people
the hope of Deffered Fulfilment, that is, all those genuine desires
which should have been accomplished in this life but failed to
materialise owing to injustice, poverty, ignorance or incapacity,
would be granted to the good through a fair and honest process
of judgement by the Almighty. All decisions are to be based on
justice, and not intercession; people shall be able to gather
the fruit of what they have cultivated.
Now, let us
have a look al the Islamic view of justice:
Allah loveth the equitable." (Private Apartments: 9)
the Islamic God, loves the just, He himself is the model of justice,
and no matter who may a person be, including Muhammad, Allah shall
not deviate from the course of justice. This is the reason that
the Prophet states categorically as per command or Allah:
lo! none can protect me from Allah, nor can I find reruge beside
Him (Allah)." (The Jinn: 22)
It is quite
evident if Allah is not prepared to spare Muhammad in the field
of justice, he will not listen to intercession in respect of anyone
else. Again, intercession is a form of gross deviation; it is
the major source of injustice, the biggest crime, because it persuades
Allah, the greatest judge, to bend the rules of fairness at the
request of a saint or prophet. It is sheer wickedness and gross
mockery of the concept of justice. Again, how a righteous person
known as prophet can even think of persuading God to do what is
unjust, and hence vicious and sinful. This is the way of crooks,
criminals and conmen. How such a God, who is Himself bent, can
expect people to be straight? Exactly, the same remarks apply
to a prophet or a saint. What will you call a barrister who perverts
the course of justice owing to his personal relationship with
the guilty client, and the judge who approves of it knowingly?
Therefore, intercession is the doctrine, devised to insult both
the Prophet and God. This is especially true when rapists, murderers,
thieves, cheats, robbers, thugs, traitors, etc., shall be rewarded
with paradise just as a result of intercession. These are the
people who deserve hell. If not, then the entire idea of God,
prophets, saints, piety, righteousness, justice, etc., turn out
to be a sheer hoax, and must be condemned, because it mocks human
May be, to
uphold the Divine dignity, the Koran states right in the beginning:
is the) Master of the Day of Judgement." (The Opening: 3)
Day or Resurrection turns out to be the Day of Judgement, whose
only purpose is dispensation of justice by God absolutely independently.
If He listens to intercession, He ceases to be the Master of the
Day of Judgement. The Koran confirms this point of view:
pardon for them, or ask not pardon for them; If you ask pardon
for them seventy times, God will not pardon them." (Repentance:
To the Koranic
God, intercession on the Day of Judgement, seems an irrelevance:
know what is the Day of Judgement? That is the day when no one
shall be able to benefit else; the command shall belong unto God."
(The Splitting: 15)
So far the
Koran conforms to the most desirable standard of justice, which
according to the international juristic doctrine, is neutral.
It means that no verdict is just or lawful unless the judge decides
on the merit of the case without fear or favour. This is the notion
which has caused the separation and independence of judiciary
from the executive and legislature throughout the civilised world.
Hence, the principle that unless justice is neutral, it is not
natural. To qualify as natural justice, it has got to be free
from all elements of corruption such as fear, favour, bias, recommendation,
bribe and unfairness.
to be aware of this standard of justice and thus bases salvation
on evidence and refuses to acknowledge the concept of intercession
(Shafaat) in judgement. Therefore, the Koran declares that everything
a person does, is recorded:
sends recorders over you (people) till,
any one of you is visited
by death, our messengers take him
and they neglect not ... His (Allah)
is the judgement; He is the
fastest of " Censors." (Cattle: 60)
It is on the
strength of these verses, the Muslims believe that everyone of
them is constantly attended by two angels until death, for recording
their deeds. They are, therefore, called "recorders."
a system of evidence, the Koran goes further:
it is We (Allah) who bring the dead to life
and write down what they have forwarded
and what they have left behind, everything
We have numbered in a clear register."
(Ya Sin: 10)
It means that
Allah has a Record Office where a register of deeds is maintained
in respect of each person. This fact is further confirmed:
Us (Allah) is a book recording." (QAF: 1)
repeatedly states that nobody is wronged by Allah, and this principle
shall be strictly observed on the Day of Judgement. So that nobody
can complain of injustice and wrong-doing by Allah, everybody
shall be presented with his/her book of record and told:
thy book. "
(The Night Journey: 10-15 170 also Resurrection: 10)
So far the
Koran seems to be the Champion of Justice by strictly sticking
to the ideal of testimony. It goes so far as to state that on
the Day of Judgement, a person's own limbs such as tongue, hands,
feet, will give evidence about him! (Light: 10 and Distinguished:
doctrine of justice, so far, appears to be perfect for totally
rejecting the concept of intercession, which denotes undue influence
of a prophet or messiah on God to pervert the course of justice.
Take for instance the Muslims who believe that the Prophet Muhammad's
intercession shall guarantee them entry into paradise because:
is the mercy (blessing) for all beings, and b. being God's beloved,
the Almighty himself cannot turn down his intercession.
very naive assumptions because they slander both Allah and the
Prophet. How? It is because Resurrection is the Day of Judgement,
when justice shall be dispensed according to one's deeds. It is
not the day of showing mercy. Again, wilful mercy to the cheats,
thugs, murderers, robbers, rapists, molesters, tyrants, thieves,
etc., is a sign of further cruelty to their countless victims,
who desperately need the justice that they failed to secure in
former life. Not only such an unjust Allah becomes the target
of human condemnation, the Prophet himself loses the appellation
of "Mercy for all beings." Why? Because through his
intercession wrong-doers are to be set free, their casualties
are going to feel even more torne, tortured and tantalised. If
the Prophet is really the Divine Ambassaor of Mercy, then he cannot
and must not intercede; his intercession becomes the source of
pleasure to the few and fountain of persecution for the countless
who have been waiting for justice so long, and believe in the
Day of Judgement for this reason only.
This is why
the Koran repeatedly rejects the theory of intercession. In fairness,
I should further quote from the Koran:
the principle of no-intercession in The Cow: 48, 123 and 254,
it is stated in 281:
every soul will be paid in full that which it earned, and they
will not be wronged."
However, in the Cow: 284, it is asserted:
forgive whom He will and He will punish whom He will. Allah is
able to do all things."
It is obvious
that both punishing and rewarding are the prerogatives of Allah,
and intercession has nothing to do with it. However, Allah cannot
exercise this prerogative unjustly because He is committed not
to wrong anyone. If His act of pardoning or punishing is proved
to be perverse, then He eases to be Allah for being puerile, petty-minded
and a persecutor.
also remember the Divine rule:
loveth not wrongdoers." (The Family of Imran: 57)
It is obvious
that if Allah rewards the wrongdoers with the greatest blessing
known as paradise just on the Prophetic intercession, then what
more can He offer to the good? Intercession is certainly an insult
to piety and God-fearing. In fact, Allah blurtly rejects the idea
"It is no concern at all of thee (Muhammad) whether
He pardon them or punish them; for they are evil-doers."
(The Family of Imran: 128)
Order claims to be based on justice:
My Lord enjoineth justice." (The Heights: 29)
and it is
in addition to asserting that Allah is the greatest of all judges
in "The Fig" 8.
Intercession is another name for manipulation and wire- pulling.
The judge who succumbs to temptation through fear or favour is
exactly the opposite of the dispenser of justice.
There is still
a lot more evidence available in the Koran to this effect but
I think, I have sufficiently argued my case. In fact, I may have
overdone it owing to the delicacy and significance of this issue.
It is delicate because the Muslims are likely to find it offensive
that the doctrine of intercession is injurious to the dignity
of judicial doctrine as well as to the holiness of Allah who claims
to be the greatest of all judges, including the righteousness
of the Prophet who asserts to be the ambassador of virtue. Of
much greater importance than delicacy, is the significance of
this issue to the Muslims all over the world. Why?
nations are (psychologically) conditioned to the name of the Prophet
Muhammad through a persistent preaching of centuries. He has been
projected as the Saviour, whose intercessory powers are too great
to be ignored by Allah. Therefore, once the Prophet has told Allah
tnat an evil-doer must be pardoned, He has no choice in the matter.
Further, his followers believe that the Prophet is the greatest
object of love.
If a person
has ment oned the name of Muhammad affectionately even once in
his/her life-time, he will intercede for him/her to secure him/her
a place in the paradise.
to the name of Muhammad; has reached fantastic proportions in
the world of Islam for the following reasons:
there is an exception to every rule, generally speaking, all Muslim
countries are members of the Third World which is infested with
poverty, disease, injustice and ignorance. People's honour and
legitimate aims seldom reach the point of realisation; their individual
desires bleed with frustration; justice is something to be talked
about and not to be practiced; simply to get-by, people have to
forge and lie; the bigger the liar, the cleverer he is thaught
of; thieving and backbiting are considered as hobbies; the meaning
of sincerity and honesty are becoming harder to understand. Nothing
can be achieved without resorting to bribing and sycophancy. People
still live under feudal conditions which are the characteristic
of the Islamic System, though against all evidence, they are told
that the Koran is an ardent advocate of democracy and human rights.
To be able to earn a loaf of bread, is a sign of good luck, and
finding medicine for the ailing loved ones is a miracle.
most painful social conditions, one must think of human desire
for pleasure. It is natural for a person living in hell (which
the present social conditions imply) dream of heaven. Since the
Prophet being the saviour, is the guarantor of paradise, the place
of the highest pleasures, his followers find him the most praiseworthy,
adorable and holy. As he is the sole medium of realising their
frustrated desires in the world-to-come, they will do anything
in his name without any reference to morality. Why worry about
the demands of ethics when the conveniences of immomlily can guarantee
salvation through the sheer force of faith?
b. Secondly, the Muslim priest and politician, find the Muhammadan
conditioning of greatest financial and political advantage. They
know that the force of faith has paralysed people's faculties
of reasoning, and thus it is easy and convenient to exploit them
in the name of Muhammad. This method of exploitation has become
so effective that the Islamic doctrines are habitually misinterpreted.
This is the reason for political and social unrest and revolutions
in most Islamic countries.
the name of Muhammad in different ways has become the business
doctrine. Take journalists, for instance; they are usually aethists
or unbelievers, yet they fill up their journals and newspapers
with quotations from the Koran and hadith, and highly exaggerated
narratives extolling the virtues of Muhammad; they know full well
that their papers would end up in the lavatories, yet they do
it for their gain, which is usually against the national and religious
interests. What a hypocrisy it is!
attitude towards judgement has been adorable so far, but now I
regret to add that like all Scriptures, the Koran is an aggregate
of contradictory principles. Having advocated the doctrine of
no-intercession emphatically, it suddenly preaches the precept
is no intercessor except with His (Allah's) permission ... "
is again repeated:
Day no intercession availeth except (that of) him unto whom the
Beneficient hath given leave and whose He accepteth." (TA
Now the Prophet
declares: "I will be the first intercessor and the first
person whose intercession will be accepted (by Allah)" (Sahih
Muslim: Vol. 4: 5655)
the enormity involved in the collapse of No-Intercession doctrine,
I may point out certain facts:
An authoritative hadith says: "I (Muhammad) sought permission
(of Allah) to beg forgiveness for my mother, but He did not grant
it to me ... " (Sahih Muslim Vol:11: 2129)
When the Prophet
was asked if his prayer for his uncle Abu Talib, who defended
him valiantly, had benefited him (the uncle) in any way, the Prophet
said: "Yes; he would be in the most shallow part of the Fire
(Hell): and if it were not for me, he would have been in the lowest
(deepest) part of Hell." (Sahih Muslim Vol. 1: 408)
If the Prophet
cannot save his own mother and the fatherly- uncle, especially
when they both were of good character, how will he guarantee paradise
to the countless murderers, rapists, robbers, cheats and liars?
is that the previous utterances of the Prophet show that he was
conscious of the concept of justice, and thought of intercession
as a device of deviation leading to vice, virulence and venality.
Here is a hadith to demonstrate it:
lady committed theft which involved the Koranic punishment of
cutting hands. When Usama pleaded with the Prophet, he said: "Do
you intercede (with me) to violate one of the legal punishments
of Allah?" Then he got up and addressed the people, saying,
"O People! the nations before you went astray because if
a noble person committed theft, they used to leave him but if
a weak person among them committed theft, they used to inflict
the legal punishment on him. By Allah, if Fatima, the daughter
of Muhammad committed theft, Muhammad will cut off her hand."
(Bukhari Vol. 8: 7&2(1))
human. If he had sufficient courage to rebuff the interceder,
God, who is considered the creator of this infinite universe,
must be bold enough to show contempt for intercession to maintain
the dignity of justice. Again, no human can command God to be
unfair; this is exactly what intercession is. Mortals are afraid
for their own salvation, and beg God to forgive them. How dare
they intercede for others? Being a mortal, Muhammad is no exception:
this fact is confirmed by the Prophet's death.
"Allah's Messenger at the time of breathing his last was
reclining against her chest and she was leaning over him and listening
to him as he was saying: O Allah, grant me pardon, show mercy
to me, enjoin me to companions." (Sahih Muslim Vol. 4: 5986)
It is obvious that a person who himself needs mercy and begs for
it, is in no position to intercede for others.
Yet the truth is, that the Prophet eventually claimed to have
intercessory powers. Why did he do so? The answer to this puzzle
can be painful, punitive and petrifying. Yet someone has to take
this risk in the interest of human dignity and its spiritual survival.
I believe in a philosophy which briefly stated means: Man is God
and God is man; spiritual evolution from humanity to divinity
is attainable through moral conscience and philanthropy only.
Since the corcept of intercession is opposed to it, I am inclined
to explain it briefly:
suffer from dominance-urge which prompts them to rule their fellowmen
by hook or by crook. In some, this urge is so great that they
want to be adored as God long after they are dead and buried.
To achieve this end, the Semitic device: Revelation, known as
prophethood, is very fruitful indeed, because it enables a person
to attain Godly prestige without claiming himself to be God. This
contrivance is effective because the prophet claims that he has
no personal axe to grind in the matter. In fact, he expresses
his humility by declaring himself to be the servant of God and
stresses that he is acting as God's vicar under God's command,
and has no personal wish to do so. Whereas the truth is that he
quietly attains all God's traits, and then a stage is reached
when he begins to dominate God Himself. Look at the following
facts and decide for yourself:
has ninety-nine holy names, and so has Muhammad.
2. Just belief in Allah does not make a person Muslim; he must believe
in Muhammad as well.
3. Allah and Muhammad command together, and a Muslim must obey them
4. God's law is what Muhammad says it is. The doctrine of intercession
is an example in point.
5. Allah is nearer to man than his jugular vein and the Prophet is
nearer to the faithful than their selves.
does what suits Muhammad and acts as his factotum. For example,
a Muslim can have four wives at a time but Allah broke this law
and authorised Muhammad to have nine wives simultaneously. There
are many other instances which I have narrated in my book, "Islam,
the Arab National Movement."
7. According to the Koran, Prophet is a mortal and hence subject
to all human conditions:
a. "You art mortal; and they are mortal; then on the Day of
Resurrection before your Lord you shall dispute." (The Companies:
It means that
the Prophet is a human like all other people and shdll be resurrectecd
accordingly. This is true because the Prophet is also buried in
b. Not only that, he is subject to God's punishment like all other
"Set not up with God
another God, or you (Muhammad)
will be cast into Gehenna (Hell), reproached
(The Night Journey: 40)
long years the Prophet preached to secure followers and after
a good deal of trouble, he was able to convert some seventy people.
This was not enough. A prophet is the person who wants the maximum
possible number of followers to be adored as if he were God:
"I hope that I will have the greatest following on the Day
of Resurrection." (Muslim Vol. 1: 283)
It is for this reason that the Prophet abolished all other religions
including Judaism and Christianity. Thus "People of the Book"
have no substance, and serve just as a convenience. See for yourself:
he who amongst the community of Jews or
Christians hears about me, but does not affirm his
belief in that with which I have been sent (i.e.
Koran) and dies in this state (i.e. as non-Muslim),
he shall be but one of the denizens of Hell-Fire."
(Muslim, Vol. 1: 284)
Now, one can
see the significance of believing in Muhammad the mortal; this
is the only way that he can be treated as God. In fact, a prophet
is in competition with God, and wants to be acknowledged as His
superior in practice, but keeps glorifying Him apparently. Observe
who believe, they love Allah more than anything else." (Baqara,
are invited to treat Allah as the sole object of love, but why?
Herein lies the answer:
if you do love Allah, follow me, (Muhammad) Allah will love you
and forgive you your sins.." (Al-Imran, 3: 31)
can contact Allah, the Prophet becomes a substitute for Him, and
people begin to show him the same reverence as if the Prophet
possesses some supernatural prerogatives. This is the reason that
the Prophet declared that he had the intercessory powers. Though
it was against what he had preached for seventeen years, by now
he had established himself the ruler of Arabia. It was certainly
a at achievement and resulted from his magnetic personality ebullient
with greatness. It was sufficient to convince the Arabs, who had
touched the political and social nadar, that the Prophet did possess
intercessary powers, and nobody was fussy enough to criticise
his previous claims. One should remember that success came to
the Prophet during the last ten years of his life when he was
settled at Medina; Islam gripped Arabia even later, that is, diuring
the last five years.
Now, we can
see why love for Muhammad becomes even more important than love
attains faith, till I am dearer to him than the persons of his
household, his wealth and the whole of mankind." (Muslim,
the Prophet exalts himself over Allah Himself:
and His angels pray peace to the Prophet, O believers, do you
also bless him, and pray him peace." (The Confederates: 55)
and praying peace are the ritualistic forms of worshipping. This
fact can be seen in the prayers of the Muslims all over the world.
They actually worship Muhammad but apparently bow before Allah.
Prophet has established himself as the object of devotion of Allah,
the angels and the Muslims, it is quite easy for him to declare:
this is the word of a noble Messenger having power, with the Lord
of the Throne secure, obeyed, moreover trusty." ( he Darkening:
15 - 20)
constitute the foundation of the Islamic belief that the Prophet
will share the Throne of Justice with Allah on the Day of Judgement.
He will sit on the right-hand side and his intercession will be
binding on Allah. As a result, all Muslim rapists, thugs, murderers
and thieves will go into paradise and all non-Muslims, no matter
how pious, will be thrown into hell for not believing in Muhammad.
Has ever anybody
reflected that the Prophet is buried in his grave like everybody
else? How will he intercede for others?
(on the Day of Judgement) the Trumpet is blown and lo! from the
graves they hurry unto their Lord." (Ya Sin, 51)
Even if one
believes in the myth of the Day of Resurrection, it is logical
to think that the Prophet being human, will be subject to the
same physical conditions as other people because in this world
he was born and brought up like all other humans; he felt thirsty
and hungry; he became ill and needed medication; he had wives
and required sex; he died and was buried as other mortals. Being
rational, we cannot assess him by faith only; humanity demands
that his status is judged by reason.
gave himself intercecsory powers to look even superior to Allah:
first, he claims that both Allah and angels worship him and demands
of his followers to do the same, and then he claims to share the
Throne of Justice with Allah who wants him to intercede with Him
and whose intercession He will accept readily. What God is so
bent that He will punish the righteous if they are non-Muslims,
but He will pardon the miscreants if they are Muslim. Obviously,
it is Muhammad who decides and Allah is just his puppet. What
a low dignity Allah commands in relation to Muhammad!
which is certainly the core of the Islamic faith; raises a very
serious point; it proves my contention that Revelation (Wahi,
Nabbuwat, Risaalat) is a Semitic device which enables a person
to be treated as God but indirectly. Having discussed it in my
books "Eternity" and "Islam, the Arab National
Movement," I shall not go into details here. Speaking frankly,
Islam is not the antagonist of Shirk but its protagonist, though
it claims to be founded on monotheism, that is, Oneness of God
is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His servant and Messenger."
This is called
Shahada, and is said to be the fundamental doctrine of Islam.
It may be a good theory but the practice, as I have stated, is
exactly the opposite. Muhammad is not the servant but the Master.
This is the real purpose of Revelation. Christ was a prophet but
he ended up as God. The same is true about Muhammad. In the Koranic
language, equating someone with Allah or showing him the reverence
which is due to Allah, is considered as shirk, which is unforgivable,
though every other sin may be remitted:
"Verily! Allah forgives not that a partner should be ascribed
unto Him. He forgives all other sins to whom He wishes, and whoever
ascribes partners to Allah has indeed invented a tremendous sin."
(Women, 4: 48)
ascribe partners to Allah, all your deeds will be fruitless, and
definitely you will be one of the losers." (Az-Zumar, 39:
is that a person is his own saviour through piety of action and
service to fellowmen. I have discussed this doctrine in my book,
should ask the faithful to show respect for the Koran by arguing
their case in the Koranic way:
your proof if you are truthful." (The Cow: 111) Next
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