Comments in this book numbered by 3 numbers (included 00 or 0) a few places followed by one small letter = clear cases. Comments numbered by 00 or 0 followed by 1, 2 or 3 letters (big or small) = likely cases.
Muslims turn raving mad when someone says something not flattering about Muhammad - remember f. ex. the Danish cartoons about him some time ago (an episode that told the rest of the world a lot more about Islam and about Muslims than Islam and Muslims really wanted us to understand). But Muslims will have to accept that most of the world really does not believe Islam is the true religion - if they did, they had become Muslims long time ago. Consequently they then of course do not believe that Muhammad always said the truth - if they did, they had turned Muslims quickly.
Also: It is not an insult to anyone - f. ex. Muhammad - to tell what is true (f. ex. that a person who let 700 helpless prisoners be murdered, and then took all their families for slaves - and personally raped a newlywed 17 year old woman after having tortured her husband to death the same day - is not an obviously good man). Neither is it an insult to ask honest questions, even if it is questions about f. ex. Muhammad - f. ex. how can the verses where it clearly is Mohammad who speaks, be sent down from Heaven and be copies of a revered “Mother book” there? - and so old a book that may be it was never written, but always existed? (The last is not said in the Quran, but is an accepted “truth” for many Muslims).
There is one other main fact about Muhammad that is never mentioned or debated – yes, most people, not to mention most/all Muslims, do not even think it over that it is incorrect – a conveniently forgotten fact - even though it is very obvious that it is wrong: Muhammad was not a prophet, he just “borrowed” that impressive and imposing “heavy” title.
The definition of a prophet is a person who:
1. Is able to make prophesies. If not he/she of course is no prophet.
2. The prophesies must at least mostly come true. If not he/she obviously is a false prophet.
3. Prophesying must be a not too unsubstantial part of his/her mission/work in life – you do not merit the title carpenter even if you repair your garden shed a little once every blue moon.
Muhammad neither had, nor claimed or pretended to have, the gift of being able to make prophesies. There is nowhere in the Quran where he states he makes prophesies, and nowhere in the Quran where he even claims he is able to make prophesies – on the contrary actually: Whenever there is a request for anything supernatural (prophesying is something supernatural – a miracle) to prove that Allah is real or to prove Muhammad’s connection to a god, the Quran is back-pedalling heavily to “explain” why Allah did not wish to do so. The back-pedalling was sometimes so heavy, that there is no chance that an intelligent man like Muhammad did not know that the main argument – that one or a few real miracles would not make anybody believe him anyhow – was and is a lie.
There is not a little about miracles, clairvoyance, etc. connected to Muhammad in the Hadiths. But the Quran proves 100% that these are made up legends – the book’s repeated and strong back-pedalling whenever the question was raised, proves that. If miracles (and making prophesies is one class of miracles) connected to Muhammad had happened, the Quran proudly had told about it instead of the persistent “explaining” away of the question one finds in the book. Yes, if anyone – friend or foe – had ever seen or reliably heard about one single miracle, the request or challenge respectively for a miracle as a proof for Allah and for Muhammad's connection to Allah had never been raised, not to mention raised so persistently that it found its way into the Quran because it needed to be explained away.
There are a few cases where what Muhammad said – or at least what Islam tells he said – came true. But it is impossible for a person to talk much throughout a long life, included optimistic pep-talk to his followers and warriors, unless at least a little of it comes true – and then is remembered (whereas the rest is forgotten) by strong supporters. But the main fact is that when Muhammad said something, he never even pretended it was meant as proper prophesies. And he never claimed to have that gift. Actually one of the things that strikes one when reading the Quran, is the total absence of intended prophesies and of intended foretelling of the future – except the mentioned few that by accident just happened ro come true. No real prophesying at all. And as said: Not one claim from Muhammad of being able to make real prophesies.
So when f. ex. Moses said there was going to come “a prophet like me”, and the Muslims claim that is a foretelling about Muhammad, that is a joke: How could Muhammad be “a prophet like Moses” when he in reality was no prophet at all?!
Muhammad was no real prophet – he only “borrowed” the title. A “forgotten” fact.
Muhammad's life can be split in three:
1. “Ordinary” life (ca.570-610 AD). He became a salesman when he grew up. Muslim traditions tell he was an honest one. There is no special reason to disbelieve this, but also there are only Muslim sources - and for Muslims/Islam it is very essential to believe he was honest and never lied or cheated or betrayed – all of which he did - because all Islam only rests on his words.
2. Self proclaimed prophet in Mecca for a rather peaceful religion with a few followers (610-622 AD).
3. A self proclaimed prophet in Yathrib/Medina (622-632 AD) who changed his religion sharply towards hate and blood and suppression in and shortly after 622 AD, when he and his followers started to make a living from stealing/robbing, enslaving and extorting. This is very easy to see if you read the surahs in chronological order. Non-Muslim experts on Islam’s history agree on that his morality and his religion detoriated very much and became much more inhuman after he came to Medina - perhaps this was a cause of his growing success, as the war and suppressing/enslaving and robbing religion attracted the Arab warrior tribes much more than his former peaceful version. It is very clear from the Quran if you read the surahs in chronological order and from the Hadith, that Muhammad liked power and liked to be the undisputed ruler - the representative of Allah, and in some ways even trying to be synonymous with Allah's power on Earth - and that he aspired for more and more power - - - and remember that “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Just look at how he glued himself to the god – his platform of power. Stealing/robbing, extortion, hate, rape, dishonesty, betrayal, suppression, enslavement, slave trading, torture, assassination, murder, mass murder and war - everything was “lawful and good” and liked by Allah, in order to forward his religion and consequently his power. Regarding Islam the dishonesty (f. ex. the 30 men from Khaybar he guaranteed safe conduct for peace talks, but instead murdered), betrayal (remember f. ex. his “war is betrayal” combined with the fact that everything outside Islam was and is “land of war”) and lust for power may be most serious - how reliable is such a man when he talks about his platform for power, his religion? See also the chapter about “al-Taqiyya” – the lawful lie.
He also personally practised rape of young women and he became a grand scale womaniser, just like so many other self proclaimed prophets - - - and needed Allah’s help to keep his harem peaceful and obedient some times. Either his personal moral and ethic detoriated - or hidden sides of his personality surface.
More about Muhammad in separate chapter.
NB: If you find any mistakes anywhere, please inform us. If it is a real mistake, it will be corrected.
NB, NB, NB:
1. Read first the 2 small chapters "Some Essentials for how the Quran is to be read and understood" (VII-10-1) and "The Quran is to be understood literally if nothing else is indicated" (VII-10-2).
2. http://www.1000mistakes.com is blocked by many Muslim authorities. To debate with persons in such areas, cut and paste what you want from the pages and send it under titles different from http://www.1000mistakes.com.
3. http://www.1000mistakes.com is one of 9 pages which Muslim organisetions warned especially against in 2008 and 2009 - it could make especially procelytes lose their belief in Islam; correct and "down-to-the-earth" information works. In this connection it is worth noting that in the "warning" http://www.1000mistakes.com was one of 3 which neither was accused of bringing wrong facts, nor of being a hate page.
4. Comment 141 (to verse 6/149) in “The Message of the Quran” (see point 5) explains (translated from Swedish) about Allah's claimed omniscience vs. man's claimed free will:
“With other words: The real connection between Allah’s knowledge about the future (and consequently about the unavoidable in what is to happen in the future*) on one side and man’s relatively (!!*) free will on the other – two statements that seems to contradict each other – lies outside what is possible for humans to understand, but as both statement are made from Allah (in the Quran*) both must be true”. Unbelievable. Blind belief is the only correct and intelligent way of life, even in the face of the utterly impossible!!
5. And an afterthought: In the book “The Message of the Quran”, certified by Al-Azhar Al-Sharif Islamic Research Academy in Cairo (one of the 2-3 top universities in the Muslim world on such subjects) in a letter dated 27. Dec. 1998, it is admitted rather reluctantly that there are no proofs for Allah, and that it is not possible to prove him. An additonal point here is that if there is no proof for Allah and impossible to prove him, automatically there also is no proof for, and impossible to prove Muhammad's claimed connection to a god. And if there is no Allah and/or no connection between Muhammad and a god, what then is Islam?
6. Further: All the mistakes, contradictions, etc. in that book prove 100% that the Quran is not made by an omniscient god - no god makes such and so many mistakes, etc. If then Islam is a made up religion, what then about all the Muslims who have been prohibitted from looking for a real religion (if such one exists)? And where will they in case wake up after living and practising such an inhuman war religion like Islam is according to the Quran (and to Hadiths), if there is a second life somewhere? - Hell or Paradise?
7. NB and PS: No matter how sure you are about something, if it is not proved, it is not knowledge, only belief or strong belief, and can be wrong. Only what is proved or possible to prove is knowledge.
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