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Surat al-Ahzab 56! Allah prays to/for Muhammad? And the Muslim apologist Mohammed Hegab is embarrassing himself

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Nov 19, 2018 at 13:08

Dr Pipes,

There was a debate between a Christian apologist his name is David Wood and a poorly educated Egyptian Muslim apologist and the meaning of following verse in Surat al-Ahzab 56 was debated

1. He is the verse in Arabic

إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ

This can rendered as:

Truly Allah and his angels PRAY upon (also up or above) the prophet (the name of Muhammad is not mentioned in the verse).

2. This verse is "itched in stone" because it is part of the inscriptions of al-Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem (circa 695 CE)

3. If we turn to Lisan al-Arab dictionary and check the meaning of the word Yusalu (or they pray where the they are Allah and his angels) we find the following

الركوع والسجود and الدعاء والاستغفار or the bowing and prostration and supplication and asking for forgiveness

And this is indeed what praying in Islam is all about

So the question is how can Allah pray to a human being?

al-Tabari comes to the rescue and he tells us in his Tafsir that

فكيف الصلاة عليك؟ قال: " قولوا: اللهم صلِّ على محمد كما صليت على إبراهيم، وبارك على محمد كما باركت على إبراهيم ".

Muhammad's followers asked him: How to pray 'Alyka (upon you)? (Muhammad said) Say (pl) Oh God pray upon Muhammad the same as you prayed upon Ibrahim! And bless upon Muhammad the same as you blessed upon Ibrahim!

Very strange answer!

4. No doubt that al-Mufasereen realized that this verse is very problematic Now if we turn back to Lisan al-Arab we find ibn Manzur saying that وصلاة الله على رسوله : رحمته له or the prayer of Allah upon his prophet (Muhammad) is his mercy to him!

But notice that in Ibn Manzur's definition of the word Yusali (he prays) he does not mention the word Rahma because the word Yuslai has nothing to do with the word Rahma (mercy). So it is very clear that what we are dealing here with what al-Mufasereen called تبرير or making things up in-order to defend Islam

Here is the link to Lisan al-Arab

http://www.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?idfrom=4673&idto=4673&bk_no=122&ID=4681

5. So does Allah pray? Well, there are Ahadith where Allah indeed prays and here is one of my posts about Allah praying in the hadith literature:

http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/243542

6. The next point was the meaning of the word 'Ala or على! The ignorant Mr Hegab tells us it means for and not to (as if this would solve the disaster that Allah prays)

The word 'Ala or على (from Lisan al-Arab) means فوق which means: Up above upon! (more later)

I suspect that Muhammad got the idea of praying فوق a worshiper by a priest from Syrian priests and this is a very common practice in Churches in the Middle East. The priest places his hand above worshiper head and prays!

More? In Egyptian Arabic the language of the ignorant Mr Hegab انا رايح على مصر or Ana Rayeh 'Ala masr means I'm going TO Egypt. Which means that the word على means To or Allah and his angels pray to Muhammad! Mr Hegab tells us that the word على or 'Ala means FOR which means he has no clue about basic Arabic language because the word For is a lam or Lel before the word or the verse would be الله وملاءكته يصلون للنبي or Allah and his angels pray lelNabi (to the prophet) but this is not what the verse says!

So what does the verse say?: Allah and his angels PRAY to/Upon the prophet! What does this mean? Dear reader: you draw your won conclusion

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