According to Islam’s most trusted sources, Muhammad was a victim of a magic spell, which gave him delusional thoughts and false beliefs. Consider these ahadith:
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 54, Number 490:
Narrated By ‘Aisha: Magic was worked on the Prophet so that he began to fancy that he was doing a thing which he was not actually doing. One day he invoked (Allah) for a long period and then said, “I feel that Allah has inspired me as how to cure myself. Two persons came to me (in my dream) and sat, one by my head and the other by my feet. One of them asked the other, ‘What is the ailment of this man?’ The other replied, ‘He has been bewitched.’ The first asked, ‘Who has bewitched him?’ The other replied, ‘Lubaid bin Al-A’sam.’ The first one asked, ‘What material has he used?’ The other replied, ‘A comb, the hair gathered on it, and the outer skin of the pollen of the male date-palm.’ The first asked, ‘Where is that?’ The other replied, ‘It is in the well of Dharwan.’
So, the Prophet went out towards the well and then returned and said to me on his return, “Its date-palms (the date-palms near the well) are like the heads of the devils.” I asked, “Did you take out those things with which the magic was worked?” He said, “No, for I have been cured by Allah and I am afraid that this action may spread evil amongst the people.” Later on the well was filled up with earth.
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 89:
Narrated By ‘Aisha: The Prophet continued for such-and-such period imagining that he has slept (had sexual relations) with his wives, and in fact he did not. One day he said, to me, “O ‘Aisha! Allah has instructed me regarding a matter about which I had asked Him. There came to me two men, one of them sat near my feet and the other near my head. The one near my feet, asked the one near my head (pointing at me), ‘What is wrong with this man? The latter replied, ‘He is under the effect of magic.’
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 71, Number 660:
Narrated By ‘Aisha: Magic was worked on Allah’s Apostle so that he used to think that he had sexual relations with his wives while he actually had not (Sufyan said: That is the hardest kind of magic as it has such an effect).”
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 75, Number 400:
Narrated Hisham’s father: ‘Aisha said, “, so he invoked Allah repeatedly requesting Him to cure him from that magic).”
Apart from the most obvious problem for Muslims (namely, how anyone can fully trust a man who was controlled by a magic spell), there is a deeper difficulty. According to Qur’an 2:102, magic comes from demons. According to Qur’an 16:98-100, Satan has no power over those “who believe and put trust in their Lord,” but only over those “who make a friend of him, and those who ascribe partners unto Him (Allah).”
Surah 16:98-100: And when thou recitest the Qur’an, seek refuge in Allah from Satan the outcast. Lo! he hath no power over those who believe and put trust in their Lord. His power is ONLY over those who make a friend of him, and those who ascribe partners unto Him (Allah). (Pickthall)
Surah 15:39-42: Iblis said: “O my Lord! Because Thou hast put me in the wrong, I will make wrong fair-seeming to them on the earth, and I will put them all in the wrong, – Except Thy servants among them, sincere and purified (by Thy Grace).” (God) said: “This (way of My sincere servants) is indeed a way that leads straight to Me. For over My servants no authority shalt thou have, except such as put themselves in the wrong and follow thee.” (Yusuf Ali)
So if Satan only has power over those who befriend him and commit shirk, and black magic is demonic power over human beings, and Muhammad was a victim of black magic, then Muhammad, according to the Qur’an, must have been a friend of Satan who committed shirk!
Muhammad is exulted as the “Seal of the Prophets” in the Qur’an. How could the demons exercise control over the “Seal of the Prophets”? A true prophet of God is not even supposed to be affected by sorcery in the first place. The Bible says that the servants of the true God will not come under demonic control such as sorcery or magic because of the protection of Jehovah over them:
Numbers 23:23: “There is no sorcery against Jacob. Nor any magic that can harm Israel.”
A man who fell victim to sorcery while declaring himself to be God’s greatest messenger can only be a fraud.
QUESTIONS FOR MUSLIMS
(1) If the Qur’an is true in its teachings that Satan will not affect those righteous servants of Allah, why did Muhammad come under the control of sorcery? Think carefully, does this not prove that either the Qur’an is wrong in its promised protection or Muhammad is not a true prophet? Note, either option proves Islam to be false.
(2) Would not this incident imply that Satan is more powerful than Allah seeing that he was able to bewitch Muhammad for nearly a year even though the Qur’an says that he would not be able to harm Allah’s righteous servants? Or are we to assume that Muhammad was not righteous, which explains why Allah permitted him to come under the control of the demons?
(3) Can we trust that for almost a year Muhammad was not receiving “revelations” when he was under the spell? Can Muslims provide a conclusive statement from the Islamic texts, which say that he was not receiving inspiration during the period when Satan had him under his control?
Amazingly, several Muslim expositors even admitted that Muhammad had a demonic visitor named al-Abyad (the White) who would appear to him in the form of Gabriel.
A well-known incident that took place during Muhammad’s prophetic career shows that he could not tell the difference between Satan and “Gabriel.” This famed event is known as the “Satanic Verses.” The records of early Muslim sources show that Muhammad, at one time, delivered a revelation from Satan believing that it was from “Gabriel.” Muhammad himself admitted that Satan had put words in his mouth making him compromise with idol worship. Allah later removed the verses and the Qur’anic recital was changed. Evidence of this incident can be seen in the following Qur’anic verse:
Surah 22:52: Whenever We sent any messenger or prophet before you, and he recited anything of Our revelation, Satan tampered with it. But God abrogates Satan’s interjections and then He firmly reaffirms His revelations. God is all knowing and all wise. (W. Khan)
“Never did We send a Messenger or a Prophet before you, but when he did recite the revelation or narrated or spoke, Satan threw some falsehood in it. But Allah abolishes that which Shaitan (Satan) throws in. Then Allah establishes His Revelations. And Allah is All-Knower, All-Wise.” (Hilali-Khan)
Allah is in effect saying: “Don’t worry about it Muhammad, all prophets proclaim satanic messages from time to time.” This is a blasphemous lie. Notice what the Bible teaches:
2 Samuel 23:2: The spirit of Jehovah spoke through me. His word was on my tongue.
2 Peter 1:21: But men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
Surah 22:52 is in fact an admission in the Qur’an that Allah failed to protect Muhammad from the influence of Satan. And Allah is now lying to conceal his failure through this Qur’anic verse. Why would Allah make light of a prophet speaking the words of Satan as the words of God? While Surah 22:52 confirms that the Satanic Verses episode did really occur, it also shows that Allah openly lied that all of God’s prophets in the past were also influenced by Satan. This blatant lie is deliberately told by Allah to cover the humiliation of Muhammad who submitted to satanic influence.
Surah 22:52, which falsely claims that all of God’s prophets succumbed to satanic influence, is in itself a satanic verse woven into the fabric of the Qur’an. To excuse his Prophet’s succumbing to the influence of Satan, Allah defamed all the prophets of God by claiming that Satan has also casts words into the messages that they received through inspiration.
The vital lesson that Muslims must learn from all these evidences from Islamic sources themselves is that Muhammad cannot be a prophet of the true God. It will therefore be wise for Muslims to look elsewhere for their salvation. It is vital for Muslims to examine the life of another Messenger of God – Jesus of Nazareth. We will now consider just one out of the many encounters that Jesus had with the demons:
Mark 1:21-27: They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. And they became amazed at his way of teaching, for there he was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the teachers of the law. Just at that immediate time there was in their synagogue a man under the power of an unclean spirit, and he shouted, saying: What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know exactly who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked it, saying: “Be silent, and come on out of him!” And the unclean spirit, after shaking him violently and yelling at the top of its voice, came out of him screaming. Well, the people were all so astonished that they began a discussion among themselves, saying: “What is this? A new teaching! He even orders the unclean spirits with authority, and they obey him.”
Contrary to the claims made by Allah in Surah 22:52, Jesus had complete authority over the demons. For the record, none of the prophets who received inspired messages from Jehovah were ever influenced by Satan. And none of the messages that they received was at any time influenced by Satan. Can Muslims provide the name of a single prophet of God in the Bible who spoke the words of Satan? There is not one. If you have to choose between Muhammad and Jesus, is it not sensible to trust the one who terrified the demons with his presence rather than the one who came under their influence?
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