The Antichrist in Muhammad: God the Father
we Christians know Him--at all.
Indeed, as Bernard Lewis observed in his book Islam: The Religion and the People, Islam rejects the fatherhood of God--something well-established within the Judaeo-Christian tradition (though Jews, of course, would not see it as descriptive of a unique relationship between God the Son, Jesus, and God the Father)--and considers it a blasphemy, redolent of shirk, the most grievous sin. It constitutes to Muslims what the unforgivable "sin against the Holy Spirit" is to Christians.
That folly of a judgment in Muhammad, of course, means that--in Muhammad's eyes, and (sadly) in the eyes of the Muslim who follows Muhammad's antichrist teaching--each time Jesus referred to God as "Father," Abba, he blasphemed God, and each time we pray an "Our Father" we are guilty of blasphemy.
It is a remarkable, one might speculate even demonic, feat for a supposed prophet of the most high God to proclaim, allegedly in the name of God, that prayer to God in the manner God taught us is a blasphemy to God.
A Roman Catholic's Pater noster is blasphemy. The Anglican's Our Father is blasphemy. A Greek Orthodox's Pater hemon is blasphemy. A Jew's Avinu is blasphemy. What kind of monstrous teaching is that?
Muhammad's rejection of the revelation of God as Father is found in two ways.
First, there is the rejection of the doctrine by its absence. Read the entire Qur'an cover-to-cover, from Al-Fatiha, the first surah, to An-Nas, the last surah, and you will find no mention of Allah as Father. None.
(Nor, interestingly, will you find any description of Allah as Love. But we will get to that issue when we discuss Muhammad and the Trinity.)
Second, there is the rejection of the doctrine by the rejection of any attribution to God of any "begetting" of a Son; thereby, implicitly rejecting God's Fatherhood. For example, "Say He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; and there is none like unto Him." (Qur'an 112:1-4) Or, as another example, "Allah forbid that He Himself should beget a son! When He decrees a thing He need only say "Be," and it is." (Qur'an 19:35)
According to Sahih Muslim 35.6475 (from Muslims' perspective, an authentic group of ahadith, or reports about Muhammad), Muhammad allegedly said: "There are ninety-nine names of Allah; he who commits them to memory would get into Paradise. Verily, Allah is Odd (He is one, and it is an odd number) and He loves odd number."
The Ninety-Nine Names of God, which are a recapitulation of all the names of Allah in the Qur'an and the Sunna, and therefore the legitimate or orthodox ways of a Muslim to invoke Allah, are quite beautiful. But one name of God is notable--one might say truly odd--by its absence. In these names, Allah is never invoked as Father!
There is a huge difference in understanding God as Ar-Rahman, the Compassionate, if that compassion is the compassion of a Father or the compassion of a Master. And that goes for any other of the remaining ninety-eight names.
Muhammad never prayed to Allah with anything remotely like filial love of Jesus, "Father! Pater! Glorify your name! Clarifica tuum nomen!" (John 12:28) Muhammad did not receive the "Spirit of sonship" by which Christians cry, "Abba, Father." (Cf. Rom. 8:15) And as a result such filial love of God has been unfortunately withheld from his followers. Since then, his followers have not seen themselves as "sons in the Son," filii in filio, and sons of God, but slaves of Allah, 'abdullahs.
In closing, we might profitably turn to the prophet Malachi. Malachi, considered generally the last prophet of Judaism (if one does not include St. John the Baptist as Christians would), is considered an authentic prophet by both Christian and Jew. (Incidentally, the Qur'an does not mention Malachi as a prophet, though other Old Testament prophets are mentioned in the Qur'an).
Malachi asked the Jews--and through the Jews all of humanity, including the Muslims:
"Have we not all one Father?" (Malachi 2:10)
The question is rhetorical. There is no answer but "Yes."
Unfortunately, the Muslim is forced, by the juggernaut of the misopatrist Qur'an, to answer the question with a "No."
Which brings us to the question the prophet Malachi then asked: "Why do we profane the covenant of our fathers by breaking faith with one another?" (Malachi 2:10) By rejecting God as Father, Muhammad broke faith with the Jew and the Christian, and therefore profaned the covenants of our fathers, both in the Old and the New Testaments.
By rejecting both God the Father and God the Son, Muhammad did more than break faith. He made himself antichrist: "Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist." (1 John 22)
And by his deceit he imperiled the souls of his followers: "If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life. I write you these things about those who would deceive you." (1 John 24-26).
Andrew M. Greenwell is an attorney licensed to practice law in Texas, practicing in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is married with three children. He maintains a blog entirely devoted to the natural law called Lex Christianorum. You can contact Andrew at email@example.com.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Muhammad, antichrist, false prophet, Andrew M. Greenwell, God as Father
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