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What are the implications of the "challenge" having been met by the devil Sohail?

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Submitted by Lactantius Jr (United Kingdom), Dec 22, 2006 at 19:03

To Sohail

I have summarized the Lord Jesus Christ's temptations by the devil in my parallel response to you Sohail, and I invite you to compare and contrast His encounter with the devil, with Muhammad's encounter(s), with the "Archangel Gabriel," which I describe shortly, believing it to be inescapable that the accounts contained in Islam's most authoritative documents, have extremely disturbing implications.

The "challenge" of Surah 2:23 to "produce a Surah like it" has been met, and met by the devil, in answer to Surah 17:88 doesn't that disturb you Sohail?

That Muhammad spoke satan's words, and that neither he nor anyone else, was unable to distinguish them from Allah's words, is well documented in the Islamic sources. The four early biographers of Muhammad's life detail the story of "the satanic verses." Many Hadith also establish it, with references to it in the Sahih Hadith. Finally, there is specific references to it in the Qur'an.

Of course the ramifications are large. Muhammad had strange spiritual encounters. Was it really the Archangel Gabriel choking Muhammad in the cave? The word of the living God saying,

"And no wonder! Satan does it all the time, dressing up as a beautiful angel of light."

2 Corinthians 11:14

Few people are aware of Muhammad's suicide attempts. Following his initial visitation in the cave on Mount Hira, by a spirit claiming to be the Archangel Gabriel, Muhammad was frantic with fear and intended to commit suicide. He walked up to the top of a mountain, intending to throw himself off a cliff. The same spirit being that caused him to be afraid, then intervened. Later, over the course of the next three years, the visitations by this spirit being became rare, with Muhammad becoming depressed, and then again attempting suicide in a similar manner. Again, it was only due to the intervention of this spirit being that Muhammad did not kill himself. Muhammad begins to believe he is a messenger of a god called Allah, a god who's influence caused him to contemplate suicide.

None of the true prophets of the living God ever responded like this after receiving His revelation, and reading the stories in the Bible about people who encountered the living God, nothing resembling Muhammad's experience is recorded in it. These people actually met God, while Muhammad's claim to prophethood rests only upon what a spirit being in a cave told him. The people recorded in the Bible were filled with a reverent fear, but never became suicidally depressed as a result of their experience. These people fellowshipped with God. Some walked with Him, and to other's He revealed Himself. None of them ever contemplated suicide. But many times over up to three years, Muhammad tried to commit suicide, and each time this "spirit being" stopped him.

Let's recall that as a child, Muhammad had an experience causing some people to think he was demon-possessed, this being documented in Alfred Guillaume's "The Life of Muhammad," page 72, this being Guillaume's translation of Ibn Ishaq's "Sirat Rasullullah" edited by Ibn Hisham.

Here is the story told by Muhammad's wet-nurse, "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."

Even in his childhood then, some people thought Muhammad was demon possessed. Carefully note it was Muhammad's mother that brought up the possibility of him being demon possessed. So it is peculiar that both the mother would suggest it, and the wet nurse would return Muhammad in those circumstances: something alarming actually occurred to him as a child, and as an adult, whilst meditating in a cave, he encounters a spirit being which so terrifies him, he intends to commit suicide, only being dissuaded by the spirit being. Over the next three years, the visitations of the spirit being become rare, causing Muhammad to become depressed, again intending suicide by throwing himself off a cliff, again being dissuaded by the spirit being.

Who was the spirit being that appeared to Muhammad in the cave? Was Muhammad right in his initial belief that it was the devil? The devil being good at lying, the Lord Jesus Christ saying of him, "For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies." John 8:44

The challege to "produce a Surah like it" has been met Sohail, and met by the devil How many other words of the Qur'an were influenced by the devil? Why would the true God make light of a prophet of His speaking Satan's words as His words? as Allah did. The Biblical God commanded that false prophets should be put to death Deuteronomy 13:5 with the Lord Jesus Christ predicting that false prophets would come after Him and mislead many Matthew 24:11.

Hear what the living God says about "angels" preaching "another gospel" to the New Testament Gospel,

"But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:8-9

Is Islam's denial of the Lord Jesus Christ's identity, Satan's stronghold on more than a billion people? Are Muslims following one of the false prophets Jesus foretold?

With kind regards and best wishes

Lactantius Jr.

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