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Is Islam the True Religion or Not?

Updated on January 15, 2015
An ISIS member marrying a young girl slave using the Quran to support the action.
An ISIS member marrying a young girl slave using the Quran to support the action.

Of course, it is a subjective question because it is about faith. Yet, there is a lot of evidence that exists showing it may not be the only true religion today. The fanatical teachings that inspire jihad against the infidel non-Muslim are making it harder to believe Islam came from God. Islamic nations twist Mohammad's hadiths or teachings on daily life to mold its society, to suppress and oppress it to meet political desires and to vet out internal corruption. They use the Quran to incite its population to action. That is clearly evident today-just look at Muslim countries and you will see different interpretations of the same Mohammad teachings or Quran passages to fit the country's government agenda. Islam is a mess today, maybe it was not like that long ago, but it is today. Iran and a Saudi Arabia are key Muslim countries, yet both hate one another, yet both are devoted to the same Mohammad and Quran, how can this be?

The Bible treats Islam as part of the overall history, but never calls it Islam. The prophet Mohammad, a man who lived in the 6th Century in the Jordan area, Muhammad, traces his lineage back to Ishmael through his first born son, Nabaioth. Ishamel, as noted in the Bible was 137 yrs. old when he died. Ishamel (Arabs) and Issac (Jews) were the sons of Abraham, who was 175 yrs. when he died.

Scholars of religion think Islam actually began in the 6th Century when Mohammad claimed to have been visited by the angel Gabriel with the divine word. Mohammad was simply the scribe for the divine source that dictated the Quran to the prophet. Centuries earlier, the Old Testament and the word of God was conveyed to John by the same angel. The Quran refers to Hebrew Torah, the Psalms of David, and the Gospels of Jesus Christ, as "previous scriptures" and states they are divine in origination. However, later, the Quran contradicts many things the three books agree upon: the cruxification of Jesus, which states it did not happen! In the Quran, God's chosen man was Ishmael, while in all other books it is Issac, who had a son Jacob and started the 12 tribes of Israel.

To confuse matters more, the followers of the Quran worship a different God than those who follow the Bible. God, in the Bible contains God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Quran denies all three and condemns the "Son of God" and Jesus' deity. The Quran states that Prophet Mohammad's dictation of the Quran supersedes all other religious books even though it states these books (Torah, Psalms, Gospels) are divine. Some Quran passages are simply non-historical. For instance, the Quran states that a golden calf was created at the base of Mt. Sinai by the Samaritans several hundred years earlier than the Bible (in Exodus) does. I suppose, you just either believe facts or not.

Between the 6th-7th Centuries, the Roman Empire in the Middle East was weakening and the rise of the Arab kingdom began. This is when Mohammad claimed to have had the divine visit by Gabriel, the angel, to dictate the Quran, the true religion. The Bible was completed, all 66 books, 2000 years ago. Many of its prophecies have come true: The destruction of Tyre and the 1948 creation of Israel. What prophecies have come true by the Quran?

Since Mohammad was NOT the author of the Quran, today, Muslims follow many of his teachings in daily life (hadiths). He wrote many of them reflecting his view of how men and women should conduct daily life. As a mere man, how could his biases and influences not be conveyed? His hadiths are often tied to the Quran, but not all them. They contradict each other, at times. He lived from 570-632 A.D. After his death, his wife, Aisha, wrote over 2000 hadiths for Muslims to follow. Was she also visited by an angel? Being a woman, I doubt it. While Muslims kill if you desecrate the Prophet Mohammad, many are ignorant that he agreed that his wife was superior to him in some ways. He bestowed much power to her, much like queen, in other societies. She became a force in Islam after his death and led armies into battle. Yet, in many of today's Muslim countries, women are treated as second class citizens and each use the Quran and Mohammad to support their customs. Each cleric picks and chooses which hadith or Quran passage to validate a fatwa (religious ruling) no matter how idiotic it is. Issuing a fatwa forbidding children in making a snowman, forbidding women from driving a car, imprisoning a man for free speech for 15 years, making slaves of non-Muslims, is purely man made and not commanded by any God.

The more you objectively look at the Bible and Quran history, look at Mohammad's life, one can conclude there is much confusion for Muslim interpretation of their holy book and who they think Mohammad was. Muslims that are ignorant of such background, tend to be fanatics and overly zealous about defending it. Moderate Muslims tend to be more objective and reasonable about their religion.

Islam is a messy religion because its claimed sources are murky. It seems to be divinely inspired and Mohammed then injected his own views and teachings for others to follow. Remember, Mohammad did not write the Quran, he was just a scribe to record it. His hadiths are not from God, but his own beliefs and opinions he supports with the Quran writings. Jesus' teachings are divine being conveyed verbatim. They are not his own.


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      perrya 3 years ago

      Thanks for the comments and I guess there are some nations that have sporadic laws based on Christian\Catholic religion to support it. I suppose the abortion law in the USA could be one. The law was passed that allows the right to abort, which is opposed by some Catholic churches. But these are anomalies and not the rule. Muslim countries tend to make religion supreme over customs and laws in many more ways down to the level of telling its citizens what they must do etc.

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      Jacqui 3 years ago from New Zealand

      PerryA - I agree with some of what you are saying, however, you speak of the Quran being used to justify customs, and create/enforce laws that control and oppress. This is happening in MANY countries, including the US, where the Bible is being used to justify inequality in law - even enforce the death penalty in places like Uganda - for something that has existed since Biblical times. YET, because it is likely to be something that doesn't affect the majority of Christians, unlike child brides, people are blinded to the fact that it is similar.

      I KNOW they are like chalk and cheese - we are talking child abuse, and marriage equality - but when you talk of using excerpts from Holy Texts to justify laws and oppression - they are the same - particularly when you talk of the death penalty in Uganda which was/is biblically based.

      But I do see what you mean in relation to it being a custom of Mohammad that has been continued with help from the Holy Text - I need to do a bit more reading of both religion's Holy Texts because I admit I don't know enough about both to have an indepth conversation on this particular subject. I would happy speak with you on this from a Christian perspective, but would also like to balance that with a Muslim perspective - so...if anyone is willing - I am!

      Thanks for being willing to have a conversation with me on this, some people wouldn't be. Also - I do not wish to derail this into a 'marriage equality' debate - I just wanted to point out that there are similarities going on right now. Again, thank you for your time.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Wow! You didn't hardly get started. Nice work as usual.

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      perrya 3 years ago

      Thanks, and I agree. Most Muslims are good and accept all religious beliefs but many Muslim countries and their governments use excepts from the Quran and Mohammad to justify their own customs and laws to control and oppress with. For example, Saudi Arabia has a law on the books that forbids a girl younger than 15 in getting married. However, the cleric leaders of that country have issued fatwas saying that marrying a girl as young as 6 yrs is fine because Mohammand married Aisha, who was around that age. It is this stupidity that followers believe in. Has nothing to do with God at all or believing in Islam, it is a custom by Mohammad, a normal man with no divine connections, except a chosen scribe to write down the Quran.

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      Jacqui 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I wonder if people are blinded to the horrors committed in the name of their own religion when faced with the horrors being committed by another?

      One has to realise that extremists of ANY faith are dangerous and are NOT examples of the majority of followers of said religion. For example ISIS and Al Qaeda are not the majority of Muslims, not are the majority anything like ISIS etc.

      Just as the Swedish man Brevik (spelling?) who killed 70 or so people in the name of the Christian God, the KKK , Westboro Baptist Church, the Crusades, the Witch Hunts and the Spanish Inquisition examples of the majority of Christians.

      A comment I heard earlier was this: 'Islam is at where Christianity was a 100yrs ago' and I think we forget that all religions have violent pasts - Islam is just newer.

      Many holy texts, the bible included, promote violence against numerous things - stoning homosexuals to death, marrying a rapist, stoning a woman for not being a virgin etc. Not just the Quran.

      Do I agree with anything ISIS etc are doing - HECK NO! But do I realise that they aren't examples of the majority of Muslims? Yes.

      I'm not sticking up for them, and I despise their actions. Nor do I ascribe to Islam - I'm an Atheist, respectful of religion but not a believer.

      By the way - well written, and I learnt a lot about the history of the bible and Quran and the religions. I just felt I had to say something about generalising.

      Sorry I'm long-winded!

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      perrya 3 years ago

      Can't disagree with any of the comments. The more I researched it, the more it became a false religion, one created on the model of Christianity, when the Arab kingdom came to power in the absence of Rome. There was a need to create a religion to unify all the Arabs like the Jews and Christians had in the 6-7th centuries. Today's Muslims simply refuse to believe it or even know the history of it. And when a contradiction is pointed out, they change the subject.Why Mohammad is so revered is a mystery, he is NOT the son of God as Jesus was, but the son of the Bible's Abraham. He was not the chosen one by God, Issac, was. Just because dogma has been handed down for generations, does not make it true.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Oh, I did not see that little girl.

      How can anyone think that is the right thing to do.

      She is crying. She is terrified!

      He is sick! This is not subjective! This is not faith!!

      This is abusing a child!

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      You are correct. I was going easy on them.

      In fact, they think if they kill in the name of Allah, they are guaranteed

      a place in heaven. The Middle East has always been at war, with each other, and now with the world.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      And OH my, how did I forget to mention....the picture with the friggan pedophile Muslim holding a microphone? Doesn't his "bride" just glow with love and sheer happiness? Poor baby.

      I'd like to put his microphone somewhere. Relax, perry....I won't print it.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey there rebel Belle.......They don't just hate Christians.....they HATE and NEED to KILL ....ALL each and every NON-Muslim. That's a hell of a lot of bullets, bombs and severed heads!!

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Mrs. F., you said it much more eloquently than I could have. From what I understand,

      one is either a Muslim or a heathen. Not much give, either way.

      If they hate Americans so much, why did they leave their country?

      It makes no sense to me. If one is a Muslin, live in a Muslim country.

      Don't come to a Christian country and feel it is your duty to blow me up.

      Stay in your own country and blow yourself up, if that is on your bucket list.


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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      perrya......Interesting and informational. I appreciate your research and always am glad to read a well-written article. I just replied to a Q&A about Islam...I feel all Islamist-burnt-out. Your words make perfect sense to me. However-as dire as the situation is with these lunatics, it's so difficult for me to give them so much power and control over daily life....they are in our faces now and can only get worse if something seriously DRASTIC is not done to bury every last one of them in the sand they come from.

      I suppose Mohammed is a holy man to them. After all, for an utterly illiterate individual, he did perform a miracle by recording dictation.

      Have a good day perry!...UP+++shared& tweeted.


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