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My Love for Jesus Led Me to Islam





I. Introduction 4


II. My Experience in the United States of America 8


III. The Gospels I I


IV. The Authenticity of the Qur'dn 21


V. The Life and Mission of Jesus 26


VI. Prophet Muhammad 33


VII. Doctrines of Christianity and Isliim 51


The Trinity 52


The Divinity of Jesus 56


The Divine Sonship 61


The Original Sin 63


Islam: The Monotheistic Religion of All the Prophets 73


VIII. My Final Step Toward Islam: The Influence Of Jesus On My


Conversion To Islam 78


IX. How Islam Affected My Life 81


X. How My Conversion Affected Other's Lives 85


XI. When Religion Is Inculcated By Compulsion 88


XII. An Open Invitation to the Pope and The Rest Of The World


Leaders . 95


Appendix - Comparison Chart 99


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believe that Catholicism


was only a


Hence the other religions


heard about Isldmfor the first


learnedt hat Muslims believedi n the


The Qur'dn


(the proper name for God in the Arabic


prophets to every land in order to guide


carvet he Christianm essagein to the depths


subconscioust,h e Church designeda


from childhood, had a very


This program affected


for the rest of their


t he centralf igure is Jesusa nd the


surrounding his birth,


supposedd eatha nd resurrectionf;r orl his birlh, assumed


t o allegedc rucifixion on Easter.


introduced by human beings


manyc enturiesa fterJ esusd' epafturera thert han by Divine


Venezttelaa, t midnight on


24'" nsed rvait the arrival of Jesus to


requestedin rny yearly wish


frorn poor and having several


brothersa nd understoodt hat it was very difficult


rvhat I had asked for. But I


if Jesus had


performed so I had learned from nuns


not to bring me a tricycle?


Wasrr't requcst easier fbr than bringing dead


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I. Introduction


As a Catholic, I was led to was the only true religion, and that Judaism preparation for Christianity. were all false. In fact, I only Islam for time in 1978. I had learned that believed in divine origin of Christianity and Judaism. Qur 'an


indicates that Allah language) had sent people to the path oftruth and righteousness.


In order to carve the Christian message into of my subconscious, the Catholic designed a


program which, when applied high probability of retention. people's beliefs and their behavior lives. In this scheme, the central figure Jesus and rites are mostly related to events supposed death and resurrection; from birth, to be in December, to his alleged crucifixion These religious rites were many centuries after Jesus' departure rather than Revelation.


According to tradition in Venezuela, at December 24th I used to wait for bring the gifts that I had requested in my letter. Being from a family, brothers and sisters, I understood that for "Child Jesus" to bring me what was often confused and puzzled because perfonned so many miracles as and priests, why was he able Wasn't that request easier for Him


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people life? years, l eft As Easterw as approaching, I used to watch how Jesus was until he wanted TV set and help him somehow. I asked God to help him,


asked Him not let His 'son' crucified. In I becauseI was taughtt hat do not I couldn ot understanrdv hy suchb rutalityw as


on good rnan. As a this incident


cultivatedi n intensel ove for greatp ropheto f


for perhaps toys Christmas- answert o theirw ish letters- their If objective the was infuse


of reverencef or Jesus, i n my case they were


I learnedt o love Jesusm ore than my own


parents. H owever,r vhiles till a I startedt o question


porvero f corrceptth at I had aboutG od was


r.vhateveHre rvantedI.{ e had createdt he


universet,h e earth.t he sun, t he rnoon.t he stars, a ndl tuman


wondeled rvhy He could not save Jesus from


resolve this


I clirnbed small wall in the


house cliallenged God, saying: "lf


arer eally porvcrful,a nd cand o u'hateverY ou like,


thenr naken ie f1yr .vhenIj ump {romt hisr vall.O therrviseI ,


believet hat are pou'crfll, becauseY ou


from the either." Fofiunately,


n'as l the ground. With


attemptt o fl1' becarner .norea nd rnorec onvinced


rvas porveriul alier all. A childish analysis


indee!d


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back to Thus, for several the concept of


"Child Jesus" left me disappointed.


Easter was televised


stories of abused was hung on a


cross to be crucified. I really to climb inside the


and to 'son' be the


end, would hide and cry because I taught that "men


cry." could not understand why such brutality was


inflicted such a man. child, cultivated in me an intense love this great prophet of


God. As other children, the they received


on Christmas - as an answer to their wish letters - was the


cause of affection towards Jesus.


the of Church to somehow a feeling reverence for in successful. learned to Jesus more However, while still child, stal1ed to the power of God. The concept that about God that He could do whatever He wanted. He created the


universe, the earth, the the moon, the and human


beings. I wondered why being crucified on the cross. In order to dilemma, on one occasion climbed a backyard of my and challenged If


You are really so powerful, and can do whatever You then make me fly when I jump from this wall. Otherwise, I


will not believe that You arc so powcrful, because You


could not save Jesus cross Fortunately,


the wall was not so high and I fell to every attempt to fly I became more and more convinced


that God was not so powcrful after indeed!


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parents


'reveal'


I queries.


subconsciouas t D uring period, m y


in


parapsychologyI. accompaniedth em severalt imes learned


conceptso f s pirits,p ossessiona nd


living'.


my


dedication. tlie protect


whereverI continuedt o aboutt he A t time. mv fatherh ad read


r t he dcadd o living: d evils imitatet he


voiceso f deada nd communicateth rought hc living. Qur'an in


peoplc spirits.'fhe lact perform


naturc the Qur


'rin. fbr


thosc whcrs upplicatet o oth0r thanA Iliih otherso f


posscssionb y dcvils, morc a cooperationrv ith thosee vil


spiritso r usingo there vil spiritst o getr id ofother ones.


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Later on in life when I started high school, my allowed me to work with an old man who was a


photographer and I accompanied him to many places. It


turned out that he was also a very famous fortuneteller.


Wherever we went, many of his female clients would ask


him about events that would happen in their future. For


this task, he used to smoke brown tobacco, and as it was


being consumed and the ashes fell, he would 'reveal'


information to his clients. r also learned that he used to


hypnotize people in order to learn hidden things about


their lives and would then respond to their All of these experiences were stored in my


subconscious at a very early age. During this my


parents were attending a center that specialized parapsychology. r accompanied them several times to see


what was happening and it was in this center that I about the concepts of meditation, spirits, possession and


what I thought was dead people speaking to the livingl


.


Here I learned to pray twice daily at a small altar that father had built with great care and dedication, At one of


the gatherings I attended, the leader of the session


prepared a talisman for me, which he said would me, so I took it with me wherever I went.


Meanwhile, I continued to think about the crucifixion


of Jesus. At the time, my father had a book that he ] In reality, the dead do not talk to the living; rather, devils imitate the


voices of the dead and communicate through the living, On the other


hand, Qur 'an recitation and Prophetic supplications are effective ridding people of all evil spirits. The fact that any Muslim can such acts is clear proof of the miraculous nature of the Qur 'an. As for


those who supplicate to other than Allah or usc the Bible to rid others of


possession by devils, it is no more than a cooperation with those evil


spirits or using other evil spirits to get rid of other ones.


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crucifi xion.


happilya cceptedH. owever,b eforet ravelingi n attacko n B ut t hey stoles omeo f rnoney.rI n spiteo f rleans affectedm e. Perhapst o many people b ut I had witnessedm y


fatherp unishm y brothers everelyw hen he broughth ome


equivalento f fivec entsa nd could not provide


satisfbctorve xolanationa s to where he eot it


from.


1 SomeB iblical tcxtsc lcarlyl orbid stealinga nclo thera ctso f evil, as in


commandments": Antl spake all these wot'ds, saying, I


arn thc have no othcr before


rne...Thou rnake thec any graven irnagc, or any


ofany hcaven above...'fhou shalt not borv


thern, nor serve thcm: lbr I the LORD thy


God...rrarne of the LORD thy God in


vain...Honol thv lathcr thv rnothcr...Thou shalt not kill.


not ionunit adtrltcr.y.-Thous ltalt rtot steal. T hou shalt


f,rls^cw itncn^sa gainst thy neig-hbor.T hou shalt not covet


ncighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's


rvifc...rnr any thing that is thy neighbot's." (irxodus 20: l-17) These


tc\ts consiclcrctdo bc a scctiono 1'theB iblc that is in line \\ith the


Qur'an. only' that thcir irnpact on pcoplc's livcs has alntost vanished


tluet o cxistcncco l otherl extsi n thc Iliblc thata liorvt heir violation.


OLrto 1'rnr'rc)'toh unrankincl(.l od rcvealcdt hc Qirr'rirra s a critcrion


or c l i t s prcrlcccssols.


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frequently. It was entitled "The Life of Jesus Dictated by


Himself." He once told me that according to this book,


Jesus had traveled to places away from Jerusalem, which


made me a little optimistic about finding an answer to my


question regarding his crucifixion.


When I graduated from high school, I was granted a


scholarship to study engineering in the USA, which I


happily accepted. However, before traveling in 1977, I had


a bad experience that affected my belief in Christianity. I


saw two Christians help a man who had suffered from an


epileptic attack on the street. But afterwards, they searched


his wallet and stole some of his money.1 In spite of the fact


that individual acts cannot by any means be considered


indicative of the validity or invalidity of a religion, this


incident greatly affected me. Perhaps to this


event might seem insignificant, but witnessed my


father punish my brother severely when brought home


the equivalent of twenty-five cents and him with a satisfactory explanation as got 1 Some Biblical tcxts clcarly forbid stealing and other acts of the ten commandments: "And God words, am the LORD thy God...Thou shalt other gods me...Thou shalt not make unto thee image, likeness of any thing that is in heaven above ...Thou bow


down thyself to them, them: for God Thou shalt not take the name vain Honor thy father and thy mother...Thou Thou shalt commit adultery. Thou shalt not Thou not bear false witness against neighbor. Thou thy neighbor's wife...nor neighbor's." Exodus 1-tcxts are considered to be section of the Bible \vith QUI' 'an, only their impact people's lives almost due to the existence of other texts in the Bible that allow their Out of mercy to humankind. God revealed the QUI' '(In as criterion


over its predecessor:;.


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II. ln studiesa t of the F irst, go rnaster's pray I problem I I performed


arms' It


in the


A t rememberedh ow t Islam grcat importanoe For


example, cleanlincss place in addition to


making requircment 1br ol performing formal


recommendedb efore recitationo f Qur'6n,


bodf is after sexual


intercourse bclore the


congregational Othcr mouth,


brushing nails. thc pubic hair,


trimming moustachc. perfume. living places,


rernoving objccts u'ay from


pollutingp ublicp lacesa nd utilities.k ccpings hadyp lacesc lean,e tc.a re


actse ncouragcda nd enjoinedb 5'I slum.


-l'hcsc


that bring


one ncarer God. ancl reuarded l{im. anyrvhere near lsldm fbr body


conccrncd.


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II. My Experience in the United States of America


In 1977, I arrived in the United States of America to


begin studies at one ofthe universities. First, I had to to


a school to learn English, and there I met many people of


different beliefs from various parts of the world. In Seattle,


Washington, at the English language school, I had a


roommate from Saudi Arabia who was working on his


master's degree and whose name was Fouad. One day, he


asked me if it was alright for him to in the room. I


told him that J did not have a with it. J was


surprised, since it was the first time J saw a Muslim


perform his prayers. Before starting to pray, he ablution. He washed his hands, rinsed his mouth, and


washed his face and arms1 in the small sink in our room. was the first time I had seen someone wash his feet a


sink meant for washing hands. Then I observed movements of his prayers. He stood up, bowed, knelt


down, and prostrated. At that point I remembered how we


used to pray in the church by only kneeling down and what


I Isliim assigns great importance to the issue of cleanliness. example, the cleanliness of the dress, body, and making ablution a requirement for the validity of prayer. Ablution is also recommended before recitation of the Qur 'an,


and going to bed. Washing the entire body an obligation intercourse and is a commendable act before the attending of congregational Friday prayer. Other acts, such as washing the brushing teeth, trimming nails, removing the and armpit trimming the moustache. using perfume, tidying up removing harmful objects from the way of others, abstaining polluting public places and utilities, keeping shady places clean, etc. are


all acts encouraged and enjoined by Islam. These are also acts one nearer to God, and for which one is rewarded by Him. No other


religion comes anywhere ncar Islam as hlr as clcanliness of the and soul is concerned.


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left occasion,


discussingt he prayersI


pray you that is ancestorsu sedt o ancestorsu sedt o and generationsu p present. had in d ue deepC hristianr ootsI wentt o mosquea nd observedm any


rvay pray


remained seated to Since


people u'ere I joined thern and


was


Jarnil lraq, giving a talk in


Englisha bout" remembetrh at voicew as


spoke, he looked


sornebody ill someonee lse,b ut anyones pecifically.


objectivew ast o I'eelingo f guilt in those


with


They


rvas starling freshmana t OklahomaS tateU niversity.I t r'vasth rought he


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Fouad did was different. A short time later he the


institute, and for several months, I did not see another


Muslim pray.


During break time at the English institute, foreign


students from various countries used to meet and discuss a


variety of topics. I clearly remember that on one as we were discussing the origin of religions and prayers I


told them: "You the way do because the


way your ancestors used to do." I went on to tell them that


their ancestors used to worship the sun, the moon the


stars, and since then, that tradition has been transmitted


through all the generations up to the I even


started to have doubts about the origin of belief God.


However, due to my deep Christian roots I did not become


an atheist.


One day I went to visit a mosque and I observed many


people praying the same way that I had seen Fouad previously. After the prayer, they all on


the floor which was very cold to listen a sermon. the rest of the were sitting, them listened to all that the imam had to say. His name Jamil Abdul-Razzaq from Iraq, and he was English about "Backbiting." I remember that his voice was


high pitched and emotional. As he around the audience as if somebody had spoken of


someone else, but he did not point out anyone specifically.


I think his objective was to instill a feeling of involved in backbiting.


That same day, someone sent me an envelope some booklets comparing Islam and Christianity. took me a long time to read as I was then busy starting as a


freshman at Oklahoma State University. It was through the


comparative booklets that I learned that Islam the


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messageo f Jesusw ere revelationsfr om that "...for I (John 49). hurnanity, "And Qur'6n [i.e., your [O - you ..." (Qur'd n 192-149)


t he everyr eligion dependsf undarnentallyo n originalr evelationfr onr preserved


transmittedt o l'rurnankindT. he uncerlainty precisionw ith rvhiche veryr vord revealectlo prophets


transmittedt o I f thesew ords have i t essenceo f rnessagew ould forever. C onsequentlyi,n


just unbiasedc clr.uparisobne tween


Islctnt,i t necessaryto determinet he


extentt o originalC ospels thc Qur'dn have


fice f}om adulterationsa.c lditionso r briel'cornparisonb etween


Christianitya nd Isldm; irtf-luetttiarel ligions


rvorldw ith thc highestn urrbero l'fcrllowersfr orn a nd tn,o n.rostc losely rvill Cod scekero f trLrthir rh is lrcl searchlb l relision.


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message of Jesus were both revelations from God. Jesus


said the message he was conveying was not his but


God's: have not spoken on my own, but the


Father who sent me has Himself given me a


commandment about what to say and what to speak."


12:49). Likewise, the revelation that Prophet


Muhammad conveyed to the rest of humanity, was sent by


God through Angel Gabriel: "And indeed, the Qur'an is


the revelation of the Lord of the worlds. The


Trustworthy Spirit [i.e., Gabriel] has brought it down


upon heart, [0 Muhammad] - that may be of


the warners .•." Qur'an 26:192-194)


Therefore, the truth of every religion and the proof of


its divine origin depends fundamentally on the accuracy


with which the original revelation from God was and transmitted to the rest of humankind. The level of


deviation and uncertainty depends on the degree of


precision with which every word revealed to the was transmitted to others. If these words not been


accurately transmitted and have instead suffered


adulteration, it is highly likely that the essence of the


original message would be lost Consequently, in


order to make a and unbiased comparison between


Christianity and Islam, it is necessary to determine the


extent to which the original Gospels and the Qur 'an been kept free from adulterations, additions or deletions.


What follows in this book is a brief comparison between


Christianity and Islam; the two most influential religions


in the world with the highest number of followers from all


races and nations, and the two 1110st closely associated


faiths. I hope that by the will of God this book will assist


the seeker of truth in his or her search for the true religion.


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written years was CE. Gospela ccordingt o Lr.rkew as in


CE. Johnr, profoundly


It preexistencoef Jesusr vase xpressed,


this attributedto T his gospelw as rvrittenb etween1 10


I 15 CE.


Gospelsw erec omposeda ftert he followerso f


It be


in order reflect the


traditionals ourcesw ere r.rtilizedto write them


great to keep the


a s contelttu ,asm eantt o servet he


personali nterests.T his fact confirrnedb y


' 'Ihis


Jesus'd isciplesA. ccordingt o Ency'clopedia


llritannica,u 'hichu as rvrittenb y Chrislians cholars".t he Gospel


accordingto Johni s definitclya ndu ndoubtedlya labrication."


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III. The Gospels


The four well-known Gospels of Matthew, Mark,


Luke and John are found in the New Testament section of


the Bible. They were written between 70 CE and 115 CE;


decades after Jesus had departed, and were supposedly


based on documents that have since been lost. The Gospel


according to Mark was the first one in the Greek


language in Rome, at least 40 after Jesus' departure.


The Gospel according to Matthew written in Greek


about 90 CEo The Gospel according to Luke was written Greek approximately 80 CEo These three Gospels are


called Synoptic because they are supposed to have


originated from the same lost documents. The Gospel


according to John!, on the other hand, is different from the Synoptic Gospels. is in this Gospel


that the divinity and preexistence of Jesus was expressed,


even though Jesus never confirmed in the statements


attributed to himself. This gospel was written between 110


and 115 CEo


The Gospels were composed after the first followers of


Jesus had been divided into several sects. can confirmed that they were written to conception of the practical needs of the community.


Although traditional sources were utilized to down, the writers did not exercise care original content free from additions, deletions and other


forms of corruption, as the content was meant to serve the


writers' personal interests. This was confirmed by


I This John is not onc of Jesus' disciples. According to Encyclopedia


Britannica, which was co written by 500 Christian scholars. "the Gospcl


according to John is detinitcly and undoubtcdly a j~lbrication."


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authoritiesr Qur'dn centuriesa go.


tl-rat departureo f T herew ere otherss uch lf


It prophet. However, even


thought hey hada lreadyb eend eclaredto "The yearsp assedb y, sameG ospelsa ppeared


predecessorsw, hich is


undisputede videnceo f cot'rttptiona ffecting


r llncl'clopedia Rritannicir. "lmpofiant intentional


changess, uch inserliona nd aclditiono l-* 'holc paragraphslo ok


placc . . . " pp 521.ln inl roclucl iotno thc Cathol icB ible


p.13 ), statedt hat copli stsh ad clcarlyi nscrtcdt hingso ver


centuricsth trtu 'crcn ot pilrt o1'thcS cripturesa. nd as resulto fthat


thc tcxt ne norv reachccul s prcgnantr vith all kinds of


corruptionr"v hichi s mani{'esitn copics. Also. in Prefocet o King


lersion ploduccd Christians cholarsb ackedu p by 50


consultativeb odies.* 'e read:" Yet. .latnesV ersionh as grave


defects. .. anclt hcsec lci'ectasr es o martvt rncsl o scriotts. .."


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Christian authorities! after the Qur 'an had stated it more


than 14 centuries ago.


It is worth mentioning that these four Gospels were


not the only documents written in the centuries following


the departure of Jesus. There were many others such as the


Gospels of Jacob, Peter, Thomas, Philip, and Barnabas. If


we consider the "The Gospel According to the Hebrews,"


for example, it was a document written in Aramaic, the


same language spoken by Jesus. was utilized by the


Nazarenes who negated the divinity of Jesus and


considered him no more than a great In the fourth


century CE, the Gospels According to Mark, Matthew,


Luke and John were included in the body of the main


Biblical text, and the Church declared the remaining


existent documents to be heretical. additional


changes continued to be made in thcse Gospels though they had already been declared to be 'The Word of


God." And as years passed by, the same Gospels appeared


with different texts from their predecessors, which undisputed evidence of the kind of corruption affecting


these books.


I According to Encyclopedia Britannica. '"Important changes, such as the inseliion and addition of whole paragraphs took


place ... " V2, pp. 519-521. In the introduction to the Catholic Bible


(p. 13), it is stated that that the copyists had clearly inserted things over


the centuries that were not part of the Scriptures, and a result of that


the text that we have now has reached us pregnant with corruption, which is manifest in all copies. Also, Preface to the James Version, produced by 32 Christian scholars backed up consultative bodies, we read: "Yet, the King James Version has defects ... and these defects are so many and so serious "


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ar.rthenticityo f messagest hat carne mentionedi n Qur'dn.' Gospelsd. oesn ot existt odayr


ascensionto heavenh ave


1 15 depafture, lost


consequence?th ere was a loose


Gosoels' u'ere Gospelsw erew ritteni n Greekl anguagew hile


presentG ospelsa nd mosto f Epistlesw ere not


fourlh when a


CoLrncil of was


CE. Gospels did not


the


itt conrplv with 'God saida boutJ esus" . . . .and gaveh im Gospel ,i n wasg uidancea nd l ight . . . "( Our 'an5 :16)


2 "Verilv trnto Whcrescrcvcr gospcl shall be


preachctl thc rvhole uorld, donc bc fil'a rttcnroli:rlo f lV1arkl: 1:9 and


lvlatthuv rvhocver wants lcarn about thc original


conccptso f Jesr.rs'tcachinsghso uldr cadl |'tcQ ur'drt.


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Among the many factors to be considered when


analyzing the veracity of the Four Canonized Gospels and


the authenticity of the messages that came along with


them, are the following:


1. The original Gospel as was revealed to Jesus and is


mentioned in the Qur 'an. l as well as in the contemporary


Gospels, does not exist todal


2. The first records about the sayings of Jesus which


were made shortly following his ascension to heaven have


been lost.


3. The Gospels were written between 70 and 115 CE,


decades after Jesus' departure, and were based on documents. As a consequence, there manipulation of the content.


4. None of the Gospels' authors saw Jesus or heard him


speak. Hence, they were not eyewitnesses.


5. The Gospels were written in the Greek language while


Jesus spoke Aramaic.


6. The present Gospels and most of the Epistles were chosen and validated until the fOUlih century CE, resolution by a minority of the Council Nicea enforced in 325 CEo Before this date the have any canonical authority, and were changed by writers of different sects in order to comply their


1 God said about Jesus and We gave him the Gospel, in which


was guidance and light " (Qllr 'dn 5:46)


2 Verily I say unto you, \Vhcrcsocvcr this gospel preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath


done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her." (Mark 14:9 Matthew 26: 13). And whoever \vants to learn the concepts of Jesus' teachings should read the Qur ·(In.


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personal P aul, (Acts 2). (Acts 11). convefted, "he join (Acts 26-


27). himself' presentinga ny evidencee stablishingt he (Acts 3-8). Surprisinglyh, e suddenlyb ecamet he spokesmani n Jesusc laiming 6).'


accusedt hosew ho "believed ' rvitness support clairn cxcept fbr Biblc 31


states: bear rvitness true." "And 'rvhich joulneyed but me." nhat 2


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interests and desires. Up to the present day the


practice of tampering with the text is still prevalent.


7. The vast majority of the New Testament is composed


of the writings of Paul and his students. Paul, who never


saw or heard Jesus speak, was initially one of the most


prominent enemies of Jesus' ministry. He killed many


followers of the Messiah and imprisoned them 8:3,


9: 1-2). He afterwards forced them to confess to lies against


Jesus 26: II). But when Saul (later called Paul)


supposedly converted, assayed to himself to


the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and


believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took


him, and brought him to the apostles..." 9:2627).


This event occurred after Paul claimed that Jesus


appeared to him and spoke to him on the way to


Damascus. He bore witness for himself! without


presenting any evidence establishing the truth of his claim


9:3-8). Surprisingly, he suddenly became the chief


spokesman in the name of Jesus claiming that he was


appointed by Jesus to preach to the world (Acts 9:3-6)?


Paul also ·accused those who not that he was a


I There was no eye-witness to support Paul's claim except for himself. Such


testimony for one's self is rejected according to the Bible itself. John 5:31


states: "If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true:' Added to


this is the fact that therc are several other contradictions in the narrative. For


example, in Acts 9:7 "And the men which journeyed with him stood


speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man," while in Acts 22:9, we


read: "but they heard not the voice of him that spoke to me:' With this


claim, Paul managed to achieve what he could not achieve by force


2 According to 1 Jolm 4:1 "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the


spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are


gone out into the world." Paul himself confessed to lying in his preaching


"For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his


glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?" (Romans 3:7).


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disciple" of erring concerning the faith l Timothy 6:2021).


He described Barnabas, who had been good to him, as


" ... carried away with their dissimulation," (Galatians


2: 13). Paul even gave himself the right to propagate


teachings that were contradictory to those taught by Jesus


Christ and went against "the law" which Jesus came to


fulfill! (Acts 21 :20 and Romans 7:6). we find:


"When Paul would have entered in unto the people,


the disciples suffered him not" (Acts 19:30). He also


declared that, they which are in Asia be turned


away from me" (2 Timothy 15), and man stood


with me, but all men forsook me" (2 Timothy 4: 16).


8. The oldest Biblical manuscripts we have access to, are


Codexes Vaticanus, Sinaiticus and Alexandrinus; all


dating back to between the 4th and 5th centuries AD. The


extent of alteration the Gospels were subjected to prior to


these dates can hardly be determined, considering that the


1 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am


not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till


heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shalI in no wise pass from


the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew 5:17-18). Paul sought to gather


round himself as many followers as possible even if his means to do so


happened to go against the teachings of Christ or his ways of propagation.


In 1 Corinthians 9: 19-23, Paul confesses to horrendous acts of cheating


lying and deceit to achieve his purposes. He says: 19. For though I be


free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I


might gain the more. 20. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I


might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law,


that I might gain them that are under the law; 21. To them that are


without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but


under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.


22. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am


made alI things to all men that I might by all means save some. 23.


And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof


with you."


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language of the Gospels was Greek while Jesus spoke


Aramaic.


9. There are many discrepancies in several places


between the fourth and fifth century manuscripts.!


10. The Gospels, seen as a whole, together with the


Epistles, contain many errors and contradictions? There is


also great uncertainty among Biblical scholars as to who


the authors of the Gospels actually were.


These facts are mentioned here as evidence that the


Gospel of Jesus as revealed by God has not reached us in


its original form. In this way, it can be affirmed that the


four Gospels included in today's Bible and the Epistles


that accompany them cannot be considered similar or


equivalent to the Gospel revealed to Jesus. As proof of this


assertion, the following information is presented:


The New Testament, on which modern Christian


doctrines rest, has undergone radical changes and almost


every new edition differs from the others. Some of the


changes that are now being implemented are so


fundamental that they strike at the very foundation of


Christianity. For example, the only two references to the


I Some Biblical scholars point to the existence of thousands of


manuscripts from the Gospels but what is the true of these


manuscripts if amongst the thousands, cannot that alike?!. According to the International Translation of the New


Testament ... "All the versions of the New Testament that reached us


were not similar."


2 The numerous errors contained in the Bible led Robert Zeller say in his "The Authenticity of the Holy that book suffered as many changes, errors and corruptions as the This is in clear contrast to William Muir's and Laura Vaglieri's


statement about the Qur 'an see footnote 2, Page 21 and footnote I, 22.)


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rvere fbund irr Staridard eviderrcec ited supportJ esus'a scensior.ars (Mark l 6 : l 9 )


rvhile rvas 51).


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ascension of Jesus that were found in the Gospels of Mark


and Luke have now been deleted from the Revised


Standard Edition (RSV), 1952. These passages contained


evidence cited to support Jesus' ascension as follows:


So then after the Lord had spoken to them, he was


received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of


God. \6: 19)


And it came to pass; while he blessed them, he


was parted from them, and carried up to heaven.


(Luke 24:51).


The aforementioned verse from Mark 16: 19, has been


removed along with a number of other verses that


immediately preceded and succeeded it. As for Luke


24:5\, the words, up to heaven" were removed.


In Matthew 16:27-28, we read: the Son of man


shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels;


and then he shall reward every man according to his


works. Verily I say unto There be some standing


here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the


Son of man coming in his kingdom." As this prophecy


never came true, it can only be concluded that it was a


fabrication ascribed to Jesus Christ who was a true prophet


of God and whose prophecy cannot be mistaken.


The Gospel of Matthew contradicts itself on the same


page when talking about Peter. While Jesus says of him:


"And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art


thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not


revealed it unto thee ... That thou art Peter ... And I


will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven:


and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be


bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on


earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16: \7-\9).


Matthew \6:23 stands in total contrast to all this as it


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"But said Peter,


an unto


that be of God,


Durirrg crucifixiort Matthew 27:44


The rvere crucified with


him. Here the two thieves


arem entioneda sa ctingt ogetherH. owever.L uke 23:39-40


states": And malefactorsr vhich were hanged


hirn, save thyself


him, saying,


art in the same


l rr tlre lattere xatnplet,h e two thievesa re


together, are in opposition to each


T herea ret oo rnarryo therc ontradictionisn the Bible


a lterationsa nd contt'adictiottsa,r e not


Testatttetlbtu t also in the Old


'lcstamentl.F or exal.rtpleir,t 8:26,w e are told:


Trvo Ahaziah when he


contradicts2 Chlonicles2 2:2,


"Forty t'ivo old was Ahaziah


beqan Attotherc ontradictionis found


I Vat i c i rn I : curncni calC ounc i l I l (1962- (15i)r c lmi t t cdto c x i s t cnceo { '


crrors in thc Ol,:1


'l


cstarnent. "Nou thc ol'thc I'estament. accoldance nith tlrc statc of mankind bclilre the tilne of salvatiott


establishcd bv Clhrist. rcvcal 1o all tlcn thc ktroulcdgc of God and of


nran ancl thc uavs in rihich Cod..itrst lrlld nlcrcilirl. clcals rvith rnen.





states: But he (Jesus) .urned, and unto Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art offence me: for thou savourest not the things but those that be of men."


During the alleged crucifixion events, says: "The thieves also, which were him, cast the same in his teeth." are mentioned as acting together. However, Luke 23 :40


states: "one of the malefactors which railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, and us. But the other answering rebuked "Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou condemnation?" In the latter example, the thieves are


not acting together; rather they other. There are too many other contradictions in to record here.


The changes, alterations and contradictions, are found only in the New Testament but Testamentl


. For example, in 2 Kings 26, we "Two and twenty years old was began to reign." This contradicts :2 Chronicles 22:2,


which states: and two years when he began to reign" Another contradiction is I Vatican Ecumenical Council II (1962-65) admitted to the existence of


errors in the Old Testament. "Now the books of the Old Testament, in


accordance \v'ith the state of mankind hefore the time of salvation


established by Christ. reveal to all men the klHmkdge of God and of


man and the ways in which God. just and mercirul. deals with men.


These books. though they also contain some things which arc


incomplete and temporary ....· In l'I'U\'idi'lIlissiIllIlS DeliS on the study


oflloly Scripture issued by Pope Leo XIII on Ig th November 1893, it is


stated... [is true. no douht. that copyists hale made mistakes in the text


of the Bible: ..... And cont'cssion is the master or evidence.


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8: months...," 9


"Jehoiachin 23: 27:8, "But frve Sarnuel 21:8, concealthec ontradictionA. ddressingth e issueo f


in the old and new testaments,


18 tells "No hath seen God at any


by I John 4: 12. However,


30 tells story "And Jacob called


name the Peniel: for I have seen God face


my life is Strangely enough,


confirmed by Exodus 33: l I "And the Lord


spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh


And in Exodus 24:9-11, we are told:


"Then went up Moses, and Aaron..... also they saw


God, and did eat and drink."


We also find in John 3: 13 "And no man hath


ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from


heaven. even the Son of rnan rvhich is in heaven." This


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in 2 Kings 24:8: "Jehoiachin was eighteen years old


when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem


three months... ," when compared to 2 Chronicles 36:9


was eight years old when he began to


reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in


Jerusalem."


2 Samuel 6:23: "Michal the daughter of Saul had


no child unto the day of her death" stands contradictory


to 2 Samuel 21 :8, which reads: the king took the


two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she


bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the


five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she


brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the


Meholathite." In the New Standard American Version of


1973, the name Michal, as in 2 Samuel 21 :8, which


appears in both King James Version and the New World


Translation of Jehovah's Witnesses, was replaced by


Mirab to conceal the contradiction. Addressing the issue of


seeing God as stated both John 1: 18 teJls us: man time." This is also confirmed 1 Genesis 32:30 teJls a different the of place to face, and preserved." this is also II "And unto his friend." 9-11, "And heaven, man which


QP


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contradictsG enesis5 :states:" And Enoch


him,"


1 "And when the


heaven by a whirlwind


was taken up to heaven


there are


the Old Testament


are in


The same


great majority of authors and


editorso f the bookso f the were presumedt o be


God's representativebs y people and were also


anonymous"a, ccordingto Frenchv ersion.


Isldm's is of fairness


and unbiasedj udgment. lt Bible as clearly a


book falsehood


Islamic criteria for


distinguishing froni the Qur'dn and


teachingso f ProphetM uhamn-radI.n simple terms,


contentso f in agreementw ith


the Qur'dn and and what is in


disagreemenits rejectedO. ther statelnentisn it are not to


be belibved As fbr the original


scripturest hat revealedt o llis prophets, A braham,


flrm belief in them is


arnong rvhich one cannot be a


~ My Islam


again contradicts Genesis 5:24, which states: "And walked with God: and he was not; for God took as well as 2 Kings 2:1 it came to pass, Lord would take up Elijah into ..." Thus, was it only Christ who or Enoch and Elijah as well? Additionally, numerous conflicting versions of (Hebrew, Greek, Samarian, etc.) whose authors many cases unknown to Biblical authorities. situation applies to "the editors ofthe books ofthe Bible, who presumed to God's representatives by their anonymous", according to the French version.


Islam's position relative to the Bible one and unbiased judgment. It views the book that contains some truth; however, some has tainted its noble origin. The distinguishing truth from falsehood are Qur 'an teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. In whatever contents of the Bible that are agreement with


the Qur 'an and Sunnah are acceptable disagreement is rejected. Other statements in be either believed or discredited. for scriptures that God revealed to His Abraham,


Moses, David, Jesus and others, firm among the pillars of faith without which Muslim.


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Qar'An


The (whose proper AllAh),| Qur'dn,has free from years. T his messagefr om revealedt o


period twentythree


years. lt A s soona s receiveda segmenht e recitedi t it mernorized precise


locationw heree achs egmenst houldb e placedi n In Qur'dn in lifetime. a ssignedZ aidbin Thabitt he responsibilityo f


Qur'an ProphetM uhammadd ied. follor.vingth e orderso f


U thrnanZ, aid laterp repareds evenc opies


diflerent existenceo f Qm"dn originalA rabic tlre rnillions people succeedingg enerationas nd completea greemenot f copiesa nd manuscripts'testiftyo authenticityo f '*.4llah* same* ord Arabrc-speakinCe hristiansa nd usef br is uniquer vorcgl ranrnralicallrs'i.n cei t cannotb e made


plural giren gender (i.e. masculinc ferninine). rvhich consistenwt ith the Islamicc onccpto f t ln book.' 'lhc Lif'co f Mohamed".\ \jilliam N,luirs tatesin rcf-erence


thc Qrrr'rin. "'|here probably no book in u'orld which has


remaincdt rrelvec cnturies(n orvf burtecn)r viths o purca text."


Islam <:ijI


IV. The Authenticity of the Qur'an


final scripture revealed to humankind by God


name is Allah),1 the Qur 'an, has remained


unaltered and human changes for more than


1400 This final message from God was revealed to


Prophet Muhammad during a of almost twentythree


It was revealed in segments of different


lengths. As soon as he received a segment he recited it to


his companions, who wrote down and memorized it. In


addition, the Prophet indicated to his scribes the location where each segment should be placed in the body


of the text. this way, the QUI' 'an its entirety had been


written and memorized by hundreds of Prophet


Muhammad's followers during his Abu Bakr, the


first Caliph, assigned Zaid bin Thabit the responsibility of


compiling the first copy of the Qur 'an in a single text after


Prophet Muhammad died. Then, following the orders of


the third Caliph, Uthman, Zaid later prepared seven copies


which were sent to the different centers of the Islamic


world.


The existence of the QUI' 'an in its original Arabic text,


the existence of millions of who memorized it


verbatim in different parts of the world through the


succeeding generations and the complete agreement of all


its copies and manuscripts2 testify to the authenticity of the


1 "Allah" is the same word that Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews


use for God. It a unique word grammatically, since it cannot be or given a e. masculine or feminine), which is


consistent with Islamic concept of God.


2 In his book, "The Life of Mohamed", William Muir states in reference


to the QUl'lil1. "There is other the world remained twelve centuries (now fourteen) with so pure a


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guidance Qur'dn inthe Qur'dn,


"Say,


o'He Allih, [who messagew, ould "Say, "He [who isl omining verb "say."l


(called hadiths), which


recordeda nd separatein b eing allegedlys aid Qur'dn that this


focusese ntirelyo n onenesso f doesn ot


like


person who reads Qur'dn promote glorifying Hirn, following His


frorn has forbidden.


Qur'dn referst o Muhammada s messengero f messengerws ho precededh im. Verse


' I-aura Vcccia Vaglicri her "Apologia dell'


Islamismo"," therei s anotherp rool'oft he Divinity of theQ ur'dn: it


lbct bcen preset'vcdin tact through tl.rea ges since the


of its Revelationti ll presendt a1. so it lvill alwaysr emain,


God's rvill, asl ong ast heu niversee xists."


~ My Great For Jesus Islam


last and final revelation sent as to humankind.


The entire Qur'an is the literal Word of God without the


least addition or omission. When God says in the Qur 'an,


"Say, "He is Allah, [who is] One," Prophet Muhammad,


the conveyor of the message, would not have been able to


change a single letter or a word from that divine statement.


He had to say what he was commanded to: "Say, "He is


Allah, [who is] One," without omitting the imperative


verb "say.,,1


Also, the Prophetic narrations are the second source of Islamic legislation and were also


revealed by God, in meaning but not in word, were


recorded and kept separate in the books of Hadith. On the


other hand, the Bible cannot claim such an untarnished


existence, being a mixture of words allegedly said by God,


others ascribed to the prophets while still others spoken by


people.


It is clear to anyone who reads the Qur 'an Book focuses entirely on the oneness of God. It does not


depict the life of Prophet Muhammad or his heroism most people tend to believe. Any the


Qur 'an will clearly see that its aim is to belief


that God is one, alone, Him, commands, and abstaining from what He The Qur 'an refers to Muhammad as a messenger of God,


like all the other messengers who preceded him. I Dr. Laura Veccia Vaglieri states in book Islamismo", "But there is another proof of the the Qur 'an: is the fact that it has been preserved intact the ages sinee time of its Revelation till the present day. And so it will always remain,


by God's will, as long as the universe exists."


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3: 144 reads: is messengerhs ave passedo n beforeh im. was to die or be killed, would you heels [to unbeliefl? And he who will never harm AIIah all; Allah grateful."


The Propheti s alsod escribeda s one who unablet o


benefita nyone,i ncludingh irrrselfl.v itl-routth e permission


of God. Verse 7:188 tells us: "I hold power of] benefit or harm, cxcept Allih willed. And if I knew unscen, much wealth, and no harm lvould have am not except a warner and good to a peoplew ho believe."


In fact, therea re evenv ersesr eproachingth e fbr ceftair-ar ctions.T here is an incidentw herein rnan interrupted him as he rvas calling a group influentialM akkanst o Isldrrra nd pleadedu ,itht he Prophet


to give him sorrer eligiousk nowledgeI.n his eagernestso


guide others. the Plophet fi'orvned and ignored him knerv that the blind Inan was of strong 1aith. and rvould be no harm if he q'aited i.urtil meeting. H orvever,t he Prophetw as reproachedb y in


Ihe Qur'dn (80: 1-ll), rvhere He says: "'The frorvned and turned awav becauset he to him, Iinterrupting]. But rvhat rvould you


perceivc, lO Muhammadl, that perhaps purificd? Or be remindecl ancl thc rentembrance benefit him? As for he who need, to him vou givc attention. you [is


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"Muhammad not but a messenger.


[Other] messengers have passed on before him. So if he


turn back on your


[to unbelief)? turns back on his heels


Allah at but will reward the


Prophet is also described as is unable to


benefit anyone, including himself~ without the 188 "Say, "I not for myself


[the of) except what Allah has


the unseen, I could have acquired


would touched me. I


a bringer of tidings


people who believe. "


there are even verses reproaching the Prophet


for celiain actions. There incident wherein a blind


man was of


influential Makkans to Islam and pleaded with the somc religious knowledge. In eagerness to


Prophet frowned for he


knew man faith, that there


would waited until he finished his


However, the Prophet was reproached by God the Qur 'un I-II), wherc "The Prophet


frowned away because the blind man came


[interrupting]. what would make perceive, 10 he might be


purified? I'eminded and the remembrance would


thinks himself without


you give And not upon [is


any blame] be purified. But as for he who


came you [for knowledge] while he fears


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[Attahl, these


[verses] Qur'dn that


any saying


44-47 read: "And if he


[Muhammad] Us [false]


sayings, right hand;


Then And


there prevent [Usl from


him.tt


The accused


him of Qur'dn. point, revealed to


them to


Qur


'c?nV. erse 17:88r eads:


"Say, o'If jinn gathered in order to


Qur'in, could not produce


the like other assistants."


And verses 52:33-34 "Or say, "He has


made believe. Then let


them if should be


truthful." The challenge was


laterr educedt o chaptersa s clearf rom Verse 1l :13,


which "Or "He invented it"? Say'


'oThen siirahs have been invented


and call [for you can


besides But they failed


in this to a single chapter.


Verses 2:23-24 infonn us: "And if you are in doubt


about what We have sent down upon Our Servant


[Muhammad], then produce a siirah the like thereof


and call upon your witnesses other than AllAh' if you


should be truthful. But if you do not, and you will


~ My love led Islam


[Allah], from him you are distracted. No! Indeed, [verses] are a reminder."


The reader of the Qur 'an will also find verses warn Prophet Muhammad in strong terms and even


threaten him with death if he were to fabricate in the name of God. Verses 69:44-47 "And [Muhammad] had made up about some [false]


sayings, We would have seized him by the Then We would have cut from him the aorta. there is no one of you who could [Us] him."


The Arab pagans at the time of the Prophet him of forging the Qur 'an. At that God him various verses in which He challenged produce a book similar to the Qur'an. Verse 88 reads:


"Say, "If mankind and the produce the like of this Qur'an, they the like of it, even if they were to each And verses 52:33-34 read: "Or do they "He made it up"? Rather, they do not them produce a statement like it, they truthful." But they failed to do so. later reduced to 10 chapters as is clear from 11: which reads: "Or do they say, "He Say,


"Then bring ten surahs like it that and call upon [for assistance] whomever besides Allah, if you should be truthful." failed


in this also. It was finally reduced a single chapter.


Verses 2:23-24 infonn us: "And if you are in about what We have sent down upon Our Servant


[Muhammad], then produce a surah the like thereof


and call upon your witnesses other than Allah, if you


should be truthful. But if you do not, and you will


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never be able to, and stones,p repared V erse l0:says: "do they say [about ..He


invented it?" Say, "Then and call upon [for besides Allah, if you should accomplish this as well. proves of Islam, although very compose a single chapter Qur'dn.



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