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Question about Muhammad for Muslims. Please explain why...

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Submitted by Ninos Oshaana (United States), Oct 24, 2002 at 16:04

Every major prophet in the Old Testament, which Islam relies on heavily for its very existance, was ordained, visited, or called to devote is life to God, by God himself. This is evident from Abraham all the way to Moses. For Christians, this continues through Christ, who hand-picked his deciples, including Paul on the road to Damascus. Why then, if Muhammad is the greatest prophet, as Islam claims, was he called to the service of God by an Angel (Gabriel) and not God himself? What does this say about Muhammed compared to other prophets? Why would Muhammad not receive his calling directly from God, as other prophets, but rather from an angel? Some argue that in fact, Satan disguised himself as Gabriel and visited Muhammad.

Muhammad even admitted that Satan spoke through him when he approved the worship of the three women deities in the Quraysh tribe. The prominent early muslim scholar Ibn Ishaq wrote about this incident when he quoted the Koran:

"Have you thought of al-Lat and al-Uzza and Manat, the third ... these are the exalted Gharaniq[3] whose intercession is approved." (Ibn Ishaq, pp. 165-166)

The Islamic explanation as to why Muhammad accepted the idols is that Satan put these words on Muhammad's lips is:

Satan ... put upon his (Muhammad's) tongue "these are the exalted Gharaniq whose intercession is approved". (Ibn Ishaq, p. 165-166)


In other words. after converting the tribe to Islam, he admitted that Satan had spoken through him. This incident, is the basis for Rushdie's Satanic Verses.

So my two questions for Muslims out there are:

1. Why was Muhammed not called directly by God, but by an Angel?

2. If Muhammed was the greatest prophet, closest to God, how could he let Satan speak through him, when other figures, such as Christ while alone in the desert for 40 days, was able to rebuke Satan's temptations.


I have posed these questions to many Muslims but I don't get a solid response. Any response with sound evidence by a Muslim will be appreciated. Thank you.

Ninos Oshaana
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