Saturday, October 9, 2010

Comparing Jesus and Muhammad

- Jesus was a religious leader
- Muhammad was religious leader and a military leader

- Jesus never killed anyone
- Muhammad killed an estimated 3,000 people, including beheading 700 Jews of the Banu Qurayza tribe in Medina, A.D. 627

- Jesus never owned slaves
- Muhammad received a fifth of the prisoners taken in battle, including women (Sura 8:41)

- Jesus never married
- Muhammad had many wives

- Jesus never forced followers to continue believing. After Jesus made a difficult saying, "many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him. Then Jesus said to the twelve, 'Will ye also go away?' Then Simon Peter answered him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.'" (John 6:31-69)
- Muhammad forced followers to continue believing, "Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him." (Hadith al-Bukhari, Vol. 9, Bk. 84, No. 57)

- Jesus taught God was our Father (Matthew 6:10)
- Muhammad taught it was blasphemy to call Allah your father (Sura 5:18)

- Jesus taught man was made in God's image. (Matthew 22:20, ref. Gen. 1:26-27, 9:6)
- Muhammad taught Allah has no image. (Sura 42:11, Sura 112:4)

- Jesus taught "forgive those who trespass against you." (Matthew 6:10-15)
- Muhammad taught to avenge trespasses against your honor, family or religion

- Jesus did not retaliate when violence was committed against him, saying "Father, forgive them." (Luke 23:34)
- Muhammad retaliated when violence was committed against him, ordering the death of his enemies

- A martyr in Christian and Jewish thought is one who dies for his faith.
- A martyr in Islamic thought is one who dies for his faith while killing infidels

- Christianity teaches God wants a personal relationship with each individual.
- Islam teaches individuals cannot have a personal relationship with Allah, as he is transcendent and unknowable.

- Jesus' religion is known for forgiveness and love
- Muhammad's religion is known for obedience and fear

- None of Jesus' Apostles led armies. A village did not receive Jesus "and when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, 'Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, even as Elias did?' But he turned and rebuked them, and said, 'Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.'" (Luke 9:52-56)
- All of the caliphs who followed Muhammad led armies. (Caliphs Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali, Muawiyya, the Umayyads, the Abbasids, etc.)

- In the first 300 years of Christianity, there were 10 major Roman persecutions, and Christians were fed to lions in the Colosseum. Never did Christians lead an armed resistance against those who attacked them.
- In the first 300 years of Islam, Muslim armies conquered Arabia, Persia, the Holy Land, North Africa, Spain, Southern France, Central Africa, and invaded vast areas of Asia and Asia Minor.


Fighting is inconsistent with Jesus' example, but not Muhammad's, as the Sirat Rasul Allah records Muhammad personally led 27 raids.


Jesus' teaching on how to treat enemies:

- Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, pray for them which despitefully use you (Matthew 5:44).
- Resist not evil (Matthew 5:39).
- If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to them the other (Matthew 5:39).
- If someone takes your coat, give them your shirt (Matthew 5:40).
- If someone make you carry something one mile, carry it two (Matthew 5:41).
- Forgive and you shall be forgiven (Matthew 6:14).
- Judge not, that ye be not judged (Matthew 7:1).
- Blessed are the peacemakers (Matthew 5:9).
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy (Matthew 5:7).
- Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt not kill, but I say who ever is angry with his brother is in danger of the judgment (Matthew 5:21-22).
- Treat others the same way you want them to treat you (Luke 6:27-36).
- Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick, whatever you do to the very least you have done unto me (Matthew 25:40).

Muhammad's teaching on how to treat enemies:

- Infidels are your sworn enemies (Sura 4:101).
- Be ruthless to the infidels (Sura 48:29).
- Make war on the infidels who dwell around you (Sura 9:123, 66:9).
- Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day (Sura 9:29).
- Strike off the heads of infidels in battle (Sura 47:4).
- If someone stops believing in Allah, kill him (al-Bukhari 9:84:57).
- Take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends (Sura 5:51, 60:13).
- Never be a helper to the disbelievers (Sura 28:86).
- Kill the disbelievers wherever we find them (Sura 2:191).
- No Muslim should be killed for killing an infidel (al-Bukhari 1:3:111).
- The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land (Sura 5:33).


from:
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21 comments:

Dan Rodger said...

Nice summary, I have been in dialogue with many Muslims lately which has been both great fun and challenging at the same time. Blessings.

Jeff said...

Thanks, Dan! Blessings to you as well. Interesting to see your blog sites:
Answering Muslim Questions about Jesus and Christianity
The Failed Atheist
Think Christianity

satire and theology said...

Drastic differences.

Jesus claimed to be God and man and was resurrected as God/man, Muhammad is another dead religious leader/founder.

thekingpin68 said...

Muslim groups

Jeff said...

satire and theology,

Drastic differences.

Jesus claimed to be God and man and was resurrected as God/man, Muhammad is another dead religious leader/founder.


Yes, agreed, and Amen!

Jeff said...

thekingpin68,

Muslim groups

Thanks very much for that link. I will post it on my Facebook page as well.

Dan Rodger said...

Thanks for checking out my blog as-well, its good to see more info up on-line demonstrating the internal and external weaknesses of Islam. Keep up the good work!

Jeff said...

Thanks, Dan!

Greg said...

Hey, Jeff! Good comparisons. Mohammed wasn't exactly a nice guy.

Greg said...

Subscribing...

Jeff said...

Greg,



Hey, Jeff! Good comparisons. Mohammed wasn't exactly a nice guy.

Hey, Greg! Good to hear from you again!

You might find the following interesting, regarding Muhammad:

The following was told by Muhammad's wet-nurse, related in Guillaume's translation of Ibn Ishaq, page 72:

"His [Muhammad's friend's] father said to me, "I am afraid that this child has had a stroke, so take him back to his family before the result appears. ... She [Muhammad's mother] asked me what happened and gave me no peace until I told her. When she asked if I feared a demon had possessed him, I replied that I did." ("The Life of Muhammad", by A. Guillaume, Oxford University Press.)

The Hadith of Bukhari notes that Muhammad tried several times or more to jump off of cliffs and high mountains, and each time a spirit (who called himself Gabriel) would stop him by saying to him things like, "You are indeed Allah's Apostle in truth." From his youth, some people thought he was demon possessed. When you read about people in the Bible who have an experience with God, you don't find anything that resembles Muhammad's experience. The people in the Bible were filled with a reverent fear. They had fellowship with God, and to some, God revealed Himself. But none of them ever contemplated suicide. In contrast to those in the Bible, several times Muhammad tried to commit suicide, and each time this "spirit" stopped him.

This is also interesting: "Ayesha [Muhammad's favorite wife] reported "I saw him [Muhammad] while the revelation descended upon him on an intensely cold day; then it left him while his brow steamed with sweat" (Miskat IV).

In the Hadith called Sahih Muslim, Book 26, Number 5395, Muhammad is reported to have gone into a trance-like state. Just before this phenomenon occurred, Muhammad was eating his evening meal and had been asked a question by one of his wives named Sauda. As the trance-like state took control over Muhammad, his thoughts and actions appeared to be frozen in time. No gestures or speech proceeded from Muhammad as long as he remained under spiritual captivation. Suddenly the phenomenon ended and Muhammad reentered the conversation with Sauda as if from the instant that he had earlier left that conversation.


Subscribing...

Cool, thanks!

satire and theology said...

Good to see you back...

This blog is a good Islam source.

Jeff said...

satire and theology,

Good to see you back...

This blog is a good Islam source.


Thanks, Dr. Murray!

satire and theology said...

As you know, my latest also has a somewhat similar comparison.

Thx.

Jeff said...

As you know, my latest also has a somewhat similar comparison.

Thx.


Yes, I noticed that. Cool!

Blogger has been giving me problems. When I try to post a comment on your site, the Word Verification picture has an "X" in the box, and is not visible, so that I cannot see the word that I'm supposed to re-type. I have to refresh the page, or click on the button, and then the word comes up, and I have to then type it in, and re-type my password.
On my own blog, from my e-mail, if I click to publish a comment, the link takes me to sign in to my blog. After I sign in, if I click on 'Comments,' it takes me back to where I have to sign in again, and this will happen as a continuous link. I have to click on my main blog link or on the specific article, rather on 'Comments' or 'Moderate Comments,' in order to get out of that endless loop.

satire and theology said...

Sorry about the problems, but like I have stated, they are Blogger blogs first and foremost.;)

Please email me any comments when needed and I will publish on your behalf via your site URL.

Jeff said...

Thanks, Russ.

Tamela's Place said...

Great post Jeff,

Jesus teachings based on love muhammad based on hate And love always wins in the end :)

Tammy :)

Hope you have a very Good New year

Jeff said...

Thank you very much, Tammy, for your comment, and Happy New Year to you as well! Nice to hear from you again!

I have been dealing with financial issues, plus was sick with a cold for a week, then was sick with the flu right afterwards, plus I have been working 10 hours a day, so I have not had much time for blogging. Today is my day off and therefore my 'catch up' day, so I might possibly have time to write a new blog article today...maybe.

Anonymous said...

And [mention] when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds. - 3:42
O Mary, be devoutly obedient to your Lord and prostrate and bow with those who bow [in prayer]." - 3:43
[And mention] when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary - distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah ].- 3:45
He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous." - 3:46
She said, "My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?" [The angel] said, "Such is Allah ; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, 'Be,' and it is. - 3:47And He will teach him writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel - 3:48

Jeff said...

Thanks, Anonymous. I posted an article about Mary that you may be interested in: A Message for Muslims: Mary is Not Divine