THE DEMISE OF “SIMILARITY”


Part 1: THE SAMENESS ILLUSION

Part2: THE “SAMENESS” CLAIM SERVES MULTIPLE PURPOSES

Part 3 A: THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-A

Part 3 B: THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-B (Noah)

Part 3 C:  THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-(Ibraheem, Moosa & Issa)

Part 4: So Who is Allah

Part 5: HISTORICAL FLASHBACK

PUTTING “SAMENESS” TO REST

We have established from the primary sources of Islam that through the appropriation and recasting of our Biblical narrative in all of its elements, vocabulary and terminology, into the Qur’an itself, there has been a usurpation of the authentic Biblical narrative which is historically accurate, and proven by the fulfilment of its prophecies as well as substantiated by archaeology and related disciplines.

The Islamic counter narrative (with its various threads) has been cleverly woven together, by keeping some apparent similarities in the names and stories of the Biblical characters, thus giving the illusion that they are the same as the Biblical ones. Having done that, the Qur’an takes the bold step of declaring that “your God and our Allah are the same”. Built into that in the Qur’anic narrative is the unsubstantiated assertion that all previous “books” were earlier limited editions of the Qur’an, that their recipients were all Muslims, and that they already knew about Muhammad and paid allegiance to him by Allah’s command. The result is a narrative that replaces the Biblical narrative that points to Christ, to another pointing to Muhammad.

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HISTORICAL FLASHBACK


Part 1: THE SAMENESS ILLUSION

Part2: THE “SAMENESS” CLAIM SERVES MULTIPLE PURPOSES

Part 3 A: THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-A

Part 3 B: THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-B (Noah)

Part 3 C:  THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-(Ibraheem, Moosa & Issa)

Part 4: So Who is Allah?

On going series on the difference between Allah and Lord GOD of the Bible.

THE INITIAL CALL (DA’WA)

So, how did this all happen in real-time? And what are the implications for today?

Unfortunately, the only source that the Muslim scholars rely on to provide a presumed historical account of Muhammad’s career is given in various versions of what is termed the “Sirah” (purported biography). This was written well after his death at different times by different authors who relied heavily on oral traditions.

The Sirah is both authoritative, and considered to be somewhat speculative. In examining these belated chronicles of Muhammad’s career, it all started with his initial proclamations of absolute oneness of Allah, as in:

Surah 112, “Say: ‘He is Allah, One. Allah, the self-sufficient, besought of all. He neither begot, nor was begotten. Nor is there anyone equal to him.’”

Thus, Muhammad declares all others as forms of idolatry, and in particular, the divine Sonship of Christ, to be the highest form of idolatry and therefore an unforgivable sin (called Shirk in Islam).

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So Who is Allah?


Part 1: THE SAMENESS ILLUSION

Part2: THE “SAMENESS” CLAIM SERVES MULTIPLE PURPOSES

Part 3 A: THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-A

Part 3 B: THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-B (Noah)

Part 3 C:  THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-(Ibraheem, Moosa & Issa)

THE DILEMMA WITHIN ISLAM

Having answered the question from the perspective of whether or not Allah is one and the same, or even tangentially similar to the Lord God of the Bible with a resounding “no”, the question remains: then who is he?

So let us explore the central dilemma that has faced Muslim scholars throughout Islamic history—the dilemma of defining the nature of Allah, or more precisely in developing the so-called Doctrine of Allah, while proclaiming that he never reveals his nature, so his nature cannot be known and that any attempt to discover it is considered the highest level of Shirk (i.e. association of any deity or person with Allah).

They would develop the terms, (a) “Tawheed”, meaning absolute oneness or unity to describe Allah and (b) “Tanzeeh”, meaning that Allah is free of all anthropomorphisms and absolutely incomparable to anything or anyone – in other words, being pure and distinct from all associations (see Figure below). They would then state that Tawheed is the “true monotheism” from the foundation of the universe.

They would use Qur’anic verses and Hadith quotations to denounce the Triune God of the Bible as violating both the Tawheed and the Tanzeeh, and would produce as evidence a distorted definition of the “Trinity” calling it “Shirk”. Islam teaches that the “Trinity” is composed of three gods. There is a school of thought that posits that this trinity is composed of Allah, Maryam and Issa, inferring a physical union between Allah and Maryam. Even when explained that this is not the case, but that the Biblical doctrine of the Trinity is rather Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Muslim scholars would still regard it as polytheism and associating partners with Allah (Shirk). Despite being unable to tell us anything of substance about Allah, they still object and continue to vehemently refute the Biblical doctrine of the self-revealing Triune God

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THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-A


Allah Vs Jehovah

Allah Vs Jehovah

Part 1: THE SAMENESS ILLUSION

Part 2: THE “SAMENESS” CLAIM SERVES MULTIPLE PURPOSES

Part 3: THE “PROCESS” OF QU’RANIC “REVELATIO

CENTRAL CLAIMS OF ISLAM

The Islamic counter-narrative as expressed in the pages of the Qur’an is based on a set of connected claims, which fully counter the Biblical “Crimson Thread”—the thread that all scripture points to Christ. Here is a brief summary of those connected Islamic claims:

  1. The claim that the “true religion”, i.e. Islam, requires the belief in the one Allah with Muhammad as his prophet and messenger, as expressed in the Islamic creed, the Shahadah.
  2. The claim that this belief represents the true original monotheism that was expressed in the original books that came down to the Biblical prophets and messengers.
  3. The claim that all the prophets and messengers were sent by Allah to preach Islam and to acknowledge the coming of Muhammad.
  4. The claim that Jews and Christians have corrupted their scriptures primarily by removing reference to Muhammad, and then by changing the text of the Bible to fit such removal.

Based on these claims, the Qur’an proceeds to reconstruct the lives and messages of the Biblical characters to develop key Islamic doctrines, while opposing the original Biblical ones. The readers of the Qur’anic versions of these stories may be taken aback, first by the apparent similarities in names, and then by the stark contrast of the details.

Before we delve into the details of these stories, we start with a recap of the original message of Islamic monotheism as expressed in the Islamic creed, the Shahadah.

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LORD GOD VS. ALLAH: THE SAMENESS ILLUSION


Allah Vs Jehovah

SETTING THE STAGE

In the Gospel of John, the Lord Jesus Christ declares, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). In the same Gospel, Jesus would reply to His questioner, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Thus, in the final analysis, “truth” is embodied in the person of Christ Himself, as encapsulated in John 1:1, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

What a brutal blasphemy, a Muslim scholar would declare. After all, according to Islam, the full and final “truth” is in the Qur’an, which is authored by Allah himself, completed and kept unchanged in the original Arabic language. Allah would declare in the pages of the Qur’an, “There is nothing like Him (i.e. Allah)…” (Surah 42:11).

And Muslim scholars, regardless of denominations and affiliations, would interpret this verse (Ayah) as a complete rejection of any “likeness”, “image”, “partner”, “associate”, or any form of direct revelation, and certainly not the “incarnation” of the creator of the heavens and earth. Allah is seen to be above all these considerations, in another world, beyond any possibility of being known. The only thing we can know is his “will” that he chose to reveal to selected “messengers” via intermediary angelic beings.

Philosophically, the Islamic Doctrine of Allah (termed the Tawheed) fits closely to the definition of via negativa as defined in the Oxford Dictionary: “A philosophical approach to theology which asserts that no finite concepts or attributes can be adequately used of God, but only negative terms.”

Yet some of the most outspoken “Christian” theologians/scholars would without hesitation, declare that, “Muslims and Christians believe in the same God,” based on “sufficient similarities”, as has Professor Miroslav Volf in his many books, culminating in Allah—A Christian Response. Even prior to that, Volf was the prime mover in authoring and furthering the official Christian response to the “Come to a Common Word Between Us and You” interfaith initiative put forth by 138 Muslim scholars in the autumn of 2007, based on the key premise that the main “commonality” between Islam and Christianity is the “love of God and love of neighbour”. Some 300 Christian theologians would initially accept this Muslim “invitation” (as it was termed), although some 20 have since officially removed their names.

This brings us to ask the main question, “Is the Qur’anic claim that Allah is one and the same as the Lord God of the Bible valid?”

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