Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Three Quran Verses Every Woman Should Know

In 2009, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development released a report on Gender Equality and Social Institutions. The study concluded that eleven of the twelve countries with the highest levels of discrimination against women were Muslim-majority countries.

A similar study in 2014, conducted by the World Economic Forum, concluded that 19 of the 20 countries with the largest gender gap between men and women were Muslim-majority countries.

Are these results connected to the teachings of Islam, or are they mere coincidence? In this video, I present three Quran verses every woman needs to know. These verses show that in order to challenge the gender gap in Muslim countries, we must all challenge the commands of Allah and Muhammad.


Qur'an 2:282—O you who believe! When you contract a debt for a fixed period, write it down. Let a scribe write it down in justice between you. Let not the scribe refuse to write as Allah has taught him, so let him write. Let him (the debtor) who incurs the liability dictate, and he must fear Allah, his Lord, and diminish not anything of what he owes. But if the debtor is of poor understanding, or weak, or is unable himself to dictate, then let his guardian dictate in justice. And get two witnesses out of your own men. And if there are not two men (available), then a man and two women, such as you agree for witnesses, so that if one of them (two women) errs, the other can remind her. And the witnesses should not refuse when they are called on (for evidence). You should not become weary to write it (your contract), whether it be small or big, for its fixed term, that is more just with Allah; more solid as evidence, and more convenient to prevent doubts among yourselves, save when it is a present trade which you carry out on the spot among yourselves, then there is no sin on you if you do not write it down. But take witnesses whenever you make a commercial contract. Let neither scribe nor witness suffer any harm, but if you do (such harm), it would be wickedness in you. So be afraid of God; and God teaches you. And God is the All-Knower of each and everything.

Qur'an 2:223Your wives are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth when or how you will, and send (good deeds, or ask Allah to bestow upon you pious offspring) before you for your ownselves. And fear Allah, and know that you are to meet Him (in the Hereafter), and give good tidings to the believers (O Muhammad).

Qur'an 4:34Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom you fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them.

Sahih al-Bukhari 2658—The Prophet said: “Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?” The women said: “Yes.” He said: “This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind.

Sunan Abu Dawud 2159—Ibn Abbas said: Ibn Umar misunderstood (the Qur’anic verse, “so come to your tilth however you will”)—may Allah forgive him. The fact is that this clan of the Ansar who were idolaters lived in the company of the Jews who were the people of the Book. They (the Ansar) accepted their superiority over themselves in respect of knowledge, and they followed most of their actions. The people of the Book (i.e. the Jews) used to have intercourse with their women on one side alone (i.e. lying on their backs). This was the most concealing for (the vagina of) women. This clan of the Ansar adopted this practice from them. But this tribe of the Quraish used to uncover their women intensely, and seek pleasure with them from in front and behind and laying them on their backs. When the Muhajirun (the Immigrants) came to Medina, a man married a woman of the Ansar. He began to do the same kind of action with her, but she disliked it, and said to him: We were approached on one side (i.e. lying on back); do it so, otherwise keep away from me. This matter of theirs spread widely, and it reached the Apostle of Allah. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse: “Your wives are a tilth to you, so come to your tilth however you will,” i.e. from in front, from behind or lying on the back. By this the verse meant the place of the delivery of the child, i.e. vagina.

Sunan Ibn Majah 1853—It was narrated that Abdullah bin Abu Awfa said: “When Mu’adh bin Jabal came from Sham, he prostrated to the Prophet, who said: “What is this, O Mu’adh?’ He said: ‘I went to Sham and saw them prostrating to their bishops and patricians (i.e. aristocrats), and I wanted to do that for you.’ The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Do not do that. If I were to command anyone to prostrate to anyone other than Allah, I would have commanded women to prostrate to their husbands. By the One in Whose Hand is the soul of Muhammad! No woman can fulfill her duty towards Allah until she fulfills her duty towards her husband. If he asks her (for intimacy) even if she is on her camel saddle, she should not refuse.’”

Jami at-Tirmidhi 1160—Talq bin Ali narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “When a man calls his wife to fulfill his need, then let her come, even if she is at the oven.

Sahih al-Bukhari 5825—Narrated Ikrima: Rifaa divorced his wife whereupon Abdur-Rahman married her. Aisha said that the lady came wearing a green veil and complained to her (Aisha) and showed her a green spot on her skin caused by beating. It was the habit of ladies to support each other, so when Allah’s messenger came, Aisha said, “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!” When Abdur-Rahman heard that his wife had gone to the prophet, he came with his two sons from another wife. She said, “By Allah! I have done no wrong to him, but he is impotent and is as useless to me as this,” holding and showing the fringe of her garment. Abdur-Rahman said, “By Allah, O Allah’s messenger! She has told a lie. I am very strong and can satisfy her, but she is disobedient and wants to go back to Rifaa.” Allah's messenger said to her, “If that is your intention, then know that it is unlawful for you to remarry Rifaa unless Abdur-Rahman has had sexual intercourse with you.” The prophet saw two boys with Abdur-Rahman and asked (him), “Are these your sons?” On that Abdur-Rahman said, “Yes.” The prophet said, “You claim what you claim (that he is impotent)? But by Allah, these boys resemble him as a crow resembles a crow.”

Click here for the New York Times article.

Click here for the Human Rights Watch study.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Islam: The World's Fastest-Growing Religion

The most popular argument for Islam goes something like this: "Islam must be the true religion because it's spreading so rapidly." But can we really conclude that a religion is true based on rapid growth? In this video, I go through some studies to help viewers understand the nature of Islam's growth. Not surprisingly, the spread of Islam has nothing to do with its being true (in fact, just the opposite).

Is Muhammad Prophesied in the Bible? A Conversation with Tony Costa and Yusuf Ismail

This past Saturday, my Apologetics Academy online Webinar group was blessed to have Christian theologian Tony Costa and Muslim apologist Yusuf Ismail join us to talk about whether Muhammad is prophesied in the Bible. Here is the recording. Enjoy!

Friday, April 29, 2016

David Wood vs. Shabir Ally: "What Is the Quran's View of the Christian Scriptures?"

Most Muslims are convinced that, according to the Quran, Jews and Christians corrupted the Torah and the Gospel. But is this what the Quran really teaches? In this debate, David Wood and Shabir Ally discuss the Quran's claims about the Bible.


Slavery in Islam, and Its Historical Roots: Jay Smith and Sarah Foster at Speaker's Corner

Here is a recent video recording from Speaker's corner in London, featuring Jay Smith & Sarah Foster of Pfander Apologetics Ministries. They explore slavery and abolition in Islam and Christianity. Worth a watch!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"The Resurrection: Fact or Fiction?" Jonathan McLatchie

Here is the recording of a recent presentation I gave to my weekly Apologetics Academy Webinar class, on the historical case for the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead. Enjoy!

Islam Passes Over the Passover

Here is a recent show, on which I appeared, on ABN Sat's Trinity Channel, where we discussed the Quran's curious failure to mention the Passover among the plagues of Egypt.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Is Islam an Abrahamic Religion?

I was on the Trinity Channel addressing the question of whether Islam is an Abrahamic religion. I was joined by Osama Abdallah on the Islamic position, and Rabbi Nachum Shifren on the Jewish position. The show was hosted by Tony Gurule and Joe Carey.

"Is Muhammad Prophesied in the Bible?" Jonathan McLatchie, Tony Gurule, C.L. Edwards and Joe Carey

Here is the recording of my appearance from last night on ABN Sat's Trinity Channel, in which I participated in a panel discussion on whether Muhammad is prophesied by the Bible?

If you want to cut straight to the conclusion, he isn't.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

"Did Jesus' Earliest Followers Believe He Was God?" Jonathan McLatchie vs. Yusuf Ismail

Here is a recent debate that aired on Unbelievable? on Premier Christian Radio between myself and South African Muslim apologist Yusuf Ismail, on whether the Christology of the early church evolved over time (as Muslims frequently claim) or whether Jesus' earliest followers believed in His deity. Enjoy!

"Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?" Jonathan McLatchie vs. Michael J. Alter

Here is the recording of my recent debate on Unbelievable? on Premier Christian Radio with Jewish skeptic Michael J. Alter (author of The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry) on the historicity of Jesus' resurrection, with a particular focus on the minimal facts approach. This debate originally aired during Easter weekend. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Obama Administration Censors French President Hollande's Reference to "Islamist Terrorism"

Recently, President Obama met with French President Fran├žois Hollande to discuss matters of international security. When footage posted on the White House website was discovered to be missing portions of Hollande's audio (specifically, Hollande's comment about "Islamist terrorism"), the White House replied that a technical problem had led to the gap in audio. However, a closer examination of the footage shows that the audio footage was not accidentally lost and then restored; instead, it was deliberately removed and then replaced when the censorship was exposed.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Fact-Checking Reza Aslan 1: "Love Your Neighbor as Yourself"

In his book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, creative writing professor Reza Aslan claims that the Jewish command to "Love your neighbor as yourself" only applied to one's fellow Jews, and that Jews were ordered to expel foreigners from the land of Israel. Aslan writes:
When it came to the heart and soul of the Jewish faith—the Law of Moses—Jesus was adamant that his mission was not to abolish the law but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). That law made a clear distinction between relations among Jews and relations between Jews and foreigners. The oft-repeated commandment to "love your neighbor as yourself" was not Jesus’s invention. It comes directly from the Torah and is meant to be applied strictly in the context of internal relations within Israel. The verse in question reads: "You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18). To the Israelites, as well as to Jesus's community in first-century Palestine, "neighbor" meant one’s fellow Jews, whether friend or foe. With regard to the treatment of foreigners and outsiders, oppressors and occupiers, however, the Torah could not be clearer: "You shall drive them out before you. You shall make no covenant with them and their gods. They shall not live in your land" (Exodus 23:31-33).
But what happens when we go to the chapters Reza quotes and find them saying the exact opposite of what he claims?

Monday, March 28, 2016

Debate Today With Ayoob Karim on "Tawhid or Trinity: What is the True Nature of God?"

Round 2 of my engagement with Ayoob Karim begins in about 2 hours from now (2:30pm RSA). Today, we are talking about the nature of God -- Tawhid vs. Trinity. Be sure to catch the livestream above!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Pakistani Taliban Targets Christian Women and Children Celebrating Easter

As Pakistani Christians gathered at a park in Lahore to celebrate the resurrection of their Lord Jesus Christ, a Taliban suicide bomber worked his way towards the women and children before detonating his bomb. How many of these senseless atrocities must occur before Western politicians and the media start seriously examining the origins of Islamic violence?

Saturday, March 26, 2016

How to Refute the Qur'an According to Paul Williams and Bart Ehrman

In a post titled "Today is Good Friday," Paul Williams shared a response he gave to someone who quoted the Testimonium Flavianum, which refers to a famous, and much disputed, statement about Jesus in the writings of Flavius Josephus, a first-century Jewish historian and eyewitness to the destruction of Jerusalem. The statement as it currently appears in Josephus is as follows:
"At this time there appeared Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was a doer of amazing deeds, a teacher of persons who receive the truth with pleasure. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. And when Pilate condemned him to the cross, the leading men among us having accused him, those who loved him from the first did not cease to do so. For he appeared to them the third day alive again, the divine prophets having spoken these things and a myriad of other marvels concerning him. And to the present the tribe of Christians, named after this person, has not disappeared." (Ant. 18.3.3)
Here is what Paul Williams said in response:

After making this comment, Williams then cited Bart Ehrman on the reasons why many scholars believe something has been interpolated into what Josephus originally wrote about Jesus:

The reasoning offered above by Ehrman, which Williams appealed to, is of no consequence for Christianity; however, the same can't be said for Islam. Just as this reference in Josephus must be seen as a corruption of what he said since he would not have referred to Jesus as "the Christ," so it also shows either that the Qur'an was corrupted or that the author of the Qur'an simply didn't know what he was talking about. According to the Qur'an, Josephus' co-religionists made the following boast: 

“Surely we have killed THE MESSIAH [al-Masih], Isa the Son of Marium, THE MESSENGER of Allah” (S. 4:157). 

If, as Ehrman pointed out, Josephus would not have identified Jesus as the Christ, for which reason the Testimonium Flavianum must be seen as a corruption, then it follows that the Qur'an is either wrong when it puts such words in the mouth of the Jews or the Qur'an has been corrupted. QED.

Happy Resurrection Day, Paul!

"What did Jesus preach: Christianity or Islam?" Jonathan Mclatchie vs. Ayoob Karim: Catch the LIVE STREAM here!

Tomorrow, March 27th, I commence a series of moderated public debates in South Africa. Here is the link for tomorrow's livestream.

Topic: "What did Jesus preach: Christianity or Islam?"
Speakers: Ayoob Karim (Muslim) and Jonathan McLatchie (Christian)
Date: March 27th
Time: 2:30pm 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Jihad Returns to Belgium

On March 22, 2016, multiple jihadists, under orders from the Islamic State (ISIS), carried out coordinated terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium. Dozens were killed, around 200 were injured. In this video, I explain what will happen in the near future as a result of this attack.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Fact-Checking "10 Lies You Were Told about Islam" (Part Three)

In a video titled "10 Lies You Were Told about Islam," AllTime10s insists that ISIS is "anti-Islamic" because the group has targeted Muslims. However, the Qur'an commands its adherents to wage jihad not only against unbelievers, but also against "hypocrites" (i.e., Muslims who aren't really following Islam). Not surprisingly, the early Muslim community was characterized by bloodshed, with various groups accusing other groups of being hypocrites and apostates. Since Muhammad called the first generation of Muslims the "best of peoples," can we really say that it's "anti-Islamic" for ISIS to wage jihad against Muslims they regard as hypocrites?