Islam - 101
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JESUS is alive with god (Koran 3,55;4,158,159)
Muhammad is dead and buried in Medina AWAITING JUDGMENT
'The Prophet said, '''By Allah, though I am the Apostle of Allah, yet I do not know what Allah will do to me''' (Hadith vol. 5, no. 266).
The Koran tells how Allah anointed Jesus, through a virgin birth to be the Messiah - Savior of the world, nearly five hundred and fifty years before Muhammad was born.
Muslims believe the Koran was written by God and is God's message to all people. If Jesus is what the Koran teaches he is/was, it is impossible for Muhammad to have replaced Jesus. There can be only one Messiah.
Jesus did the Messiah's work (opening heaven) 550 years before Islam's Prophet was born.
As God's messenger, Jesus explained, simplified, and demonstrated God's will and message, although the Jews did not believe in him. Jesus' "Good News" - the Gospel - is about God's love and forgiveness for all mankind. Muhammad's revelations, recorded in the Koran/Qur'an teach that:
1. Jesus was sent by Allah, who supported him with the Holy Spirit to tell the world Allah's will (2: 87; 5: 110-117*).
11. Allah strengthened the group of Jews who believed Jesus and his message, so they overcame those who disbelieved (61: 14*).
*(All citations listed are from THE MEANING OF THE GLORIOUS KORAN, translated by Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall: A mentor Religious Classic, The New American Library, New York, New York, fifth printing, 1956.)
[Click on http://www.hti.umich.edu/k/koran/ for another translation of the Koran/Qur'an that confirms Pickthall's translation.]
Because the Koran described Jesus, who ministered almost six hundred years before Muhammad, in the way it does, comparison of Jesus with Muhammad is necessary to understand the vast difference between these two.
JESUS OPENED THE DOOR TO GOD! Jesus freed all people from Torah restrictions and opened our direct prayer line to God.
Jesus said God would never leave or forsake them, would always hear their prayers, and forgive them all their sins.
The idea of SURRENDER came with Abraham and was essential to Jesus' New Covenant, God's changed Covenant for all people. Submission to God's will is an essential part of the Lord's Prayer, Matthew 6:10.
Your willingness to surrender control of your life, hopes, ideas and desires to God is required. This is asking God to do his will in all areas of your life, followed by a prayer sincerely offering yourself to God to do with as God pleases.
Surrendering includes believing Jesus'
New Covenant message.
The Prophet Muhammad, as recorded in the Koran, claimed he replaced Jesus as the final prophet. So Muhammad declared his revelations [the Koran] replaced the message God delivered through Jesus.
To Jesus, one's duty is to love [agape] God with all one's being and also to "love [agape] your neighbor as you love yourself" and to "pray without ceasing." Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to those who ask. That Spirit of God, is given by grace, as God's gift and not by doing required works. God will "write his laws on your heart and mind" and make you a "Temple of the Holy Spirit," and citizen of his "Holy Nation" - the Kingdom of Heaven.
This is free grace given by God's love of his children and not by following any set of rules. Islam gives no provision for this personal face-to-face relationship with ABBA - Father, that Jesus offered his followers. Islam gives no promise of entry into Paradise for following the Koran/Qur'an, except to jihad warriors killed in combat.
(A contemporary additional Islamic belief is that any Muslim who dies on the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca will immediately enter into "Paradise.")
Islam changes free grace to human duties of works - to obeying the Koran's rules.
The Koran teaches Allah is a merciful and forgiving God, but only for Muslims who obey Muhammad's revelations written in the Koran/Qur'an. The Koran/Qur'an teaches that God will viciously punish any who do not "believe" (the unbelievers or infidels) in Muhammad and his revelations - Islam's first "Pillar."
The first of the five pillars of Islam is that a Muslim is anyone who believes the only deity is "Allah" and Muhammad is Allah's (final) prophet. The result is that a Muslim is required to believe the Koran/Qur'an because it contains Muhammad's prophecies.
In Islam, God's (Allah's) approval - now depends on following the Koran, instead of God's love and grace being freely given by a loving heavenly Abba, Father.
The equality of all people [as neighbors] that God revealed through Jesus, is changed by the Koran. Muslims are superior to "infidels" - unbelievers. Men are superior to women (Koran 4: 34). Wives must be obedient servants of their husbands or be punished (Koran 4: 34). Wives are required to follow the husband's will, in the same manner Muslims are to follow Allah's will, or be subject to their husband's punishment. Click here for Muslim women information.
These are a few of the many changes Muhammad's revelations make in God's message earlier revealed through Jesus. The biographical information on Muhammad is on the Internet and in most libraries. Click here for Muhammad's history.
A short course on Jesus can be found in the New Testament book of Matthew, chapters 1-10. An explanation of Jesus' primary teachings is in God-101.org and can be reached by clicking on the listing. Full discussions of Jesus' words and works are located in the "Gospels" of the New Testament - the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
The great differences between Jesus and Muhammad can easily be seen and understood when these foundation materials are studied.
Islam is not a continuation of Jesus' ministry, but contradicts Jesus completely. Jesus taught peace (Matthew 5:9, 38-48). The Qur'an teaches violence, and declares its God (Allah) requires cruel punishment of non-Muslim "infidels" - (Koran/Qur'an 8: 12; 9: 5: 9; 29: 9: 73; 47: 4; etc.).
Islam avoids confronting these contradictions by asserting all of the Bible is false and does not contain any reliable information. Because of this unsupported myth, Islam-101 lists only what the Koran/Qur'an declares about Jesus. No Bible statements are used on this webpage.
Once again, REMEMBER:
Muslims believe the Koran was written by God and is God's message to all people. If Jesus is what the Koran teaches he is/was,
It is impossible for Muhammad to replace Jesus. There can be only one Messiah. Jesus did the Messiah's work (opening heaven) 550 years before Islam's Prophet was born. Only the resurrected Jesus can put a person in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Muhammad is dead and buried in the ground in Medina. Jesus is alive in Heaven with God, our loving Father.
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