In hopes to garner sympathy from those in the world, there are many so-called “Christians” carrying signs and shouting “I’m a Muslim too.” I want to start by explaining that if you are a Muslim, then you are not a Christian. If you are a Christian, then you are not a Muslim! There's simply no two ways about it.
Today I want to list 5 reasons why Christians should not partake in this silly and dangerous game, regardless of how kind it appears to be.
Christians should not proclaim to be Islamic because:
1. Islam teaches that Jesus is not God nor the Son of God
O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not "Trinity" : desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.(Quran 4:171, Yusif Ali)
Again, Pickthall translates the same passage:
O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not "Three" - Cease! (it is) better for you! - Allah is only One Allah. Far is it removed from His Transcendent Majesty that He should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender.(Quran 4:171, Pickthall)
The Quran teaches that there are not three persons in the Godhead, and that Jesus is nothing more than a messenger:
Christ the son of Mary was no more than a messenger; many were the messengers that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food. See how Allah doth make His signs clear to them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away from the truth!(Quran 5:575, Yusif Ali)
And behold! Allah will say: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah'?" He will say: "Glory to Thee! never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my heart, Thou I know not what is in Thine. For Thou knowest in full all that is hidden.(Quran 5:116, Yusif Ali)
The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!(Quran 9:30, Yusif Ali)
Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute. 35 It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! when He determines a matter, He only says to it, "Be", and it is.(Quran 19:34-35, Yusif Ali)
“Christian” friend, are you sure that you too are a Muslim? The Bible is absolutely clear that Jesus is indeed God—the Son of God, and the second person in the Godhead.
2. Islam teaches that Jesus did not die on the Cross
And because of their (the Jews) saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah's messenger they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain. But Allah took him up unto Himself. Allah was ever Mighty, Wise.(Quran 4:157-158, Pickthall)
So, Islam tells us that Jesus did not die, but rather Allah took him up before He was slain. To be clear, Muslims do believe that someone died who had the likeness of Jesus, but that it was definitely not Jesus. Notice some explanations to explain the cross and the evidence of Jesus’ death.
- A Jew named Judas (not to be confused with Judas Iscariot) entered a house where Christ was, with the purpose of arresting Him, but did not find Him. God caused the likeness of Christ to be on him, and when he came out of the house people thought he was Jesus, and took him and crucified him.
- The Jews, when they arrested Jesus, set over Him a watchman, but Jesus was taken up to God by a miracle and God caused Jesus' likeness to rest on the watchman, whom they took and crucified, while he cried out "I am not Jesus."
- One of Jesus' friends was promised Paradise, and volunteered to die instead of Him. God caused him to resemble Jesus and he was taken and crucified but Jesus was taken up to heaven.
- One of Jesus' followers betrayed Him, (that is, Judas), and came to the Jews to guide them to Him, and went with them to take Him. God caused him to appear like Jesus and he was taken and crucified. (Adapted from Iskander Jadeed's The Cross in the Gospel and the Koran
[The Good Way, P.O. Box 66 CH-8486- Rikon, Switzerland], pp. 12-13;) (Original article Sam Shamoun Answering-Islam)
So, Islam teaches that Jesus never died! Since He did not die, He could not forgive the world of sin. “Christian” friend, are you sure you want claim “I am Muslim too” and admit that you are still living in sins, without any hope for forgiveness?
3. Islam teaches that faithful Muslims should fight, subdue and/or kill unbelievers.
Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.(Quran 9:29)
“People of the Book” refers to Jews and Christians. Islam teaches that Christians and Jews are to be subdued by the Jizyah tax, allowing them to live as secondary citizens. Convert, or be killed.
Quran 9:123—O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.
Quran 5:51—O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other.
Quran 9:73—O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them.
Quran 48:29—Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves.
Sahih Muslim 30—Muhammad said: “I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah.”
Sahih Muslim 4366—Muhammad said: “I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslims.”
“Christian” friend, is this what you want? Is this what Jesus told his followers to do? His final marching orders were not to physically assault anyone. Rather, he instructed his followers out of love to go and teach, and preach, and baptize. Are you sure that you are ready to proclaim “I’m a Muslim too”?
4. Islam teaches that Allah created men to be superior to women and may treat them as inferior.
Qur'an 4:34—Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom you fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them.
According to this passage. men are in charge of women. By design, Allah has created men to be in charge of women. Notice what he says also: “scourge them” if they do not obey you.
As for those from whom you fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them.
This passage shows that a man has the right to punish his wife. We will not get into the nature of the punishment, we will simply say that if the husband has the right to punish the wife, then the two are not equal in the sight of Allah.
Sahih al-Bukhari 5825—Narrated Ikrima: Rifaa divorced his wife whereupon Abdur-Rahman married her. Aisha said that the lady came wearing a green veil and complained to her (Aisha) and showed her a green spot on her skin caused by beating. It was the habit of ladies to support each other, so when Allah’s messenger came, Aisha said, “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!”
The wife of Muhammad exclaimed that of all the women, including pagans around her, she had not seen any women suffer as much as the Muslim women suffered.
Quran 4:3 And if ye fear that ye will not deal fairly by the orphans, marry of the women, who seem good to you, two or three or four; and if ye fear that ye cannot do justice (to so many) then one (only) or (the captives) that your right hands possess. Thus it is more likely that ye will not do injustice.
According to this passage, Muslim men may marry up to four women. Equality would demand then, that women be able to marry up to four men. But ask any knowledgeable Muslim, “Can women marry up to four men?” and the answer will inevitably be “No!” Along those same lines, Muslim men can have more sexual partners than just their four wives:
Quran 23:1-6 Successful indeed are the believers Who are humble in their prayers, And who shun vain conversation, And who are payers of the poor-due; And who guard their modesty, Save from their wives or the slaves that their right hands possess, for then they are not blameworthy,
There is no need for Muslim men to guard their modesty from their wives, nor from their slave girls. In other words, Muslim men can have sexual relations with their slave girls. Yes, you read that right: slave girls! Muslim men are allowed by Allah to have sexual relations with their slave girls, regardless of whether they are married or not. In a list where Muhammad is explaining who Muslim men may have sexual relationships with, he states:
Forbidden unto you are your mothers, and your daughters, and your sisters, and your father's sisters, and your mother's sisters, and your brother's daughters and your sister's daughters, and your foster-mothers, and your foster-sisters, and your mothers-in-law, and your step-daughters who are under your protection (born) of your women unto whom ye have gone in - but if ye have not gone in unto them, then it is no sin for you (to marry their daughters) - and the wives of your sons who (spring) from your own loins. And (it is forbidden unto you) that ye should have two sisters together, except what hath already happened (of that nature) in the past. Lo! Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.
And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those captives whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you. Lawful unto you are all beyond those mentioned, so that ye seek them with your wealth in honest wedlock, not debauchery. And those of whom ye seek content (by marrying them), give unto them their portions as a duty. And there is no sin for you in what ye do by mutual agreement after the duty (hath been done). Lo! Allah is ever Knower, Wise.
Without discussing the elephant in the room (slave girls), we simply ask, “Can Muslim women have sexual relations with their slave men?” Again the answer is, “No!”
"Your Wife Is Your Tilth"
The Quran addresses how men are to view their wives, and one such passage tells men to view their partner as a “tilth.” A tilth is a piece of land to be cultivated in order to plant seed.
Your wives are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth when or how you will, and send (good deeds, or ask Allah to bestow upon you pious offspring) before you for your ownselves. And fear Allah, and know that you are to meet Him (in the Hereafter), and give good tidings to the believers (O Muhammad).(Quran 2:223)
According to Webster’s Dictionary, a “tilth” is defined as:
- cultivated land :
- the state of aggregation of a soil especially in relation to its suitability for crop growth
The idea is that men have the right to view their wives as land to “plow” however they wish, even if the wife is not pleased to.
Sunan Abu Dawud 2159—Ibn Abbas said: Ibn Umar misunderstood (the Qur’anic verse, “so come to your tilth however you will”)—may Allah forgive him. The fact is that this clan of the Ansar who were idolaters lived in the company of the Jews who were the people of the Book. They (the Ansar) accepted their superiority over themselves in respect of knowledge, and they followed most of their actions. The people of the Book (i.e. the Jews) used to have intercourse with their women on one side alone (i.e. lying on their backs). This was the most concealing for (the vagina of) women. This clan of the Ansar adopted this practice from them. But this tribe of the Quraish used to uncover their women intensely, and seek pleasure with them from in front and behind and laying them on their backs. When the Muhajirun (the Immigrants) came to Medina, a man married a woman of the Ansar. He began to do the same kind of action with her, but she disliked it, and said to him: We were approached on one side (i.e. lying on back); do it so, otherwise keep away from me. This matter of theirs spread widely, and it reached the Apostle of Allah. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse: “Your wives are a tilth to you, so come to your tilth however you will,” i.e. from in front, from behind or lying on the back. By this the verse meant the place of the delivery of the child, i.e. vagina.
Also, the early writings attest to the fact that the faithful Muslim wife must fulfill the husband’s sexual desires at the moment he wishes:
Sunan Ibn Majah 1853—It was narrated that Abdullah bin Abu Awfa said: “When Mu’adh bin Jabal came from Sham, he prostrated to the Prophet, who said: “What is this, O Mu’adh?’ He said: ‘I went to Sham and saw them prostrating to their bishops and patricians (i.e. aristocrats), and I wanted to do that for you.’ The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Do not do that. If I were to command anyone to prostrate to anyone other than Allah, I would have commanded women to prostrate to their husbands. By the One in Whose Hand is the soul of Muhammad! No woman can fulfill her duty towards Allah until she fulfills her duty towards her husband. If he asks her (for intimacy) even if she is on her camel saddle, she should not refuse.’”
Jami at-Tirmidhi 1160—Talq bin Ali narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “When a man calls his wife to fulfill his need, then let her come, even if she is at the oven.”
It is interesting to note that nothing is said in the role reversal. Nothing is stated about men fulfilling the need of the wife upon any whim.
“Christian” ladies, friends, does this seem like equality to you? Can you reconcile this and proudly proclaim “I’m a Muslim too”?
5. Islam teaches that Allah approved of a 52-year-old Muhammad having sexual relations with a 9-year-old girl
Sahih Al-Bukhari 5133
Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (may the blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) married her when she was six years old, and he consummated her in marriage when she was nine years old. Then she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death). (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Dr. Muhammad Matraji, tr. (New Delhi: Islamic Book Service, 2002),
Sahih Al-Bukhari 3896
Khadijah died three years before the Prophet (the blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) departed to Madina. He stayed there for two years or so and then he married Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consummated that marriage when she was nine years old.
Sahih Al-Bukhari 5158
Urwa narrated: The Prophet (may the blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years.
Sahih Muslim, 3310 (Abdul Hamid Siddiqi, tr., )
Aisha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house when I was nine years old.
Sahih Muslim 3310
Aisha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married her when she was seven years old, and she was taken to his house as a bride when she was nine, and her dolls were with her; and when he (the Holy Prophet) died she was eighteen years old.
Listen to the words of the child-bride Aisha of the events:
Sahih Al-Bukhari 3894
Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated: The Prophet (the blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) married me when I was a girl of six (years). We went to Madina and stayed at the home of Bani-al- Harith bin Khazraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Umm Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became all right, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said: "Best wishes and Allah’s Blessing and good luck." Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s Apostle (the blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age.
Sahih Al-Bukhari 5160
Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated: When the Prophet (may the blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) married me, my mother came to me and made me enter the house (of the Prophet) and nothing surprised me but the coming of Allah’s Apostle to me in the forenoon.
Muhammad is said to be the code of conduct and example for every Muslim (Quran 33:21). So I ask you, my “Christian” friends, do you still proclaim loudly “I’m a Muslim too"?
I suggest you find a different way to support your Muslim friend. Leaving Christ to be a Muslim is not the answer. Compromising Truth with error is not the answer. And claiming that you are a Muslim is certainly not the answer!