The lengths Christians will go to! Then again, their deceptive activities are supported by scripture. 1Corinthians 9:19-24
The irony of this absurd claim is astounding. Apart from the fact that Paul doesn't support deception at all, nearly everyone who reads this blog knows that Ibn's prophet does support deception. Even more ironic is that Ibn has to be deceptive in his desperate effort to make Paul sound deceptive. Amazing!
Let's compare Paul's words with Muhammad's. In 1 Corinthians 9, Paul is discussing his liberty as a Christian and as an apostle, along with the constraints he freely places on himself for the sake of the Gospel. He begins the chapter by noting that, even though he has the right to get married and to receive funding from the Corinthian church, he chooses instead to remain celibate and to support himself financially by working. Later in the chapter, Paul explains why he doesn't take full advantage of other liberties: Even though he is free, he won't put a stumbling block before others.
For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
Is Paul advocating deception here, as Ibn claims? Certainly not. Paul is simply saying that when he's around Jews, he won't eat pork, etc. When he's around gentiles, he's not going to live according to Jewish restrictions. For Paul, food, clothing, pleasure, and so on, are all secondary. What's important is the truth of the Gospel. Thus, he's not going to let something like food preferences get in the way of preaching the Gospel.
Yet Ibn claims that this is deception. Here we simply have to disagree. When I am around Muslims, I don't eat pork, because I don't want to offend them over something as silly as food. Am I trying to deceive anyone by not eating pork? Not at all. If anyone asks me, I will gladly tell them my view. But if I'm going to offend someone, I want it to be over something important, not over something completely insignificant.
According to Ibn, it would be entirely appropriate for me to show up to a mosque eating a ham sandwich. I disagree. The difference between our views, it seems, comes down to whether we have any respect for other people's feelings and beliefs. Since I have respect for people who disagree with me, I don't want to offend them over nonessentials. According to Ibn, we should have no such respect for those who disagree with us.
Hence, Ibn's claim only holds if we're willing to admit that respect equals deception. I doubt even Ibn would claim this, so we have to ask ourselves why Muslims are so desperate to attack the apostle Paul. Quite simply, Muslims need to attack Paul because they need to blame someone for the fact that early Christianity is nothing like the early Christianity preached by Muhammad. Muslims need to say that someone corrupted the religion and destroyed all evidence that Jesus was a Muslim, so they blame Paul.
But there's another reason Muslims are willing to misrepresent Paul in an attempt to discredit him. When we place Paul side by side with Muhammad, Muhammad doesn't look very good. Muslims therefore have to resort to deception in an effort to bring Paul down to Muhammad's level. Ibn does this by saying that Paul advocates deception. He apparently thinks that this will draw our attention away from the fact that Islam advocates deception.
According to Sahih Muslim 6303, it’s okay for a Muslim to lie if he's doing it to bring reconciliation to people, or if he's trying to avoid a dispute, or if he's doing something good.
In Sahih al-Bukhari 4037, Muhammad allows his followers to lie and pretend to be friends with a Jewish merchant named Ka'b in order to assassinate him.
Surah 3:28 says that Muslims are not to take unbelievers as friends; however, the verse gives one exception. If a Muslim feels threatened by unbelievers, he can pretend to be their friend. In a commentary on this verse, Ibn Kathir says that if Muslims feel threatened by non-Muslims, they are allowed to show friendship outwardly, but never inwardly. He adds that Abu Darda said, “We smile in the face of some people, although our hearts curse them.” Imam Bukhari says that Taqiyya “is allowed until the Day of Resurrection.”
Consider also a modern Muslim scholar's comments on the above verse (3:28):
This verse explains all the verses quoted above which forbid taking the kaafirs as friends in general terms. What that refers to is in cases where one has a choice, but in cases of fear and taqiyah it is permissible to make friends with them, as much as is essential to protect oneself against their evil. That is subject to the condition that one’s faith should not be affected by that friendship and the one who is behaves in that manner out of necessity is not one who behaves in that manner out of choice. . . .
Shaykh Muhammad al-Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about the ruling on mixing with the kuffaar and treating them kindly hoping that they will become Muslim. He replied:
Undoubtedly the Muslim is obliged to hate the enemies of Allaah and to disavow them, because this is the way of the Messengers and their followers. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Ibraaheem (Abraham) and those with him, when they said to their people: ‘Verily, we are free from you and whatever you worship besides Allaah, we have rejected you, and there has started between us and you, hostility and hatred for ever until you believe in Allaah Alone’” [al-Mumtahanah 60:4]
“You (O Muhammad) will not find any people who believe in Allaah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allaah and His Messenger (Muhammad), even though they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred (people). For such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with Rooh (proofs, light and true guidance) from Himself” [al-Mujaadilah 58:22]
Based on this, it is not permissible for a Muslim to feel any love in his heart towards the enemies of Allaah who are in fact his enemies too. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies (i.e. disbelievers and polytheists) as friends, showing affection towards them, while they have disbelieved in what has come to you of the truth” [al-Mumtahanah 60:1]
But if a Muslim treats them with kindness and gentleness in the hope that they will become Muslim and will believe, there is nothing wrong with that, because it comes under the heading of opening their hearts to Islam. But if he despairs of them becoming Muslim, then he should treat them accordingly. Source
We may compare this with the Apostle Paul's view:
Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:1-2)
Let's review the facts. Islam allows deception, while Christianity condemns it. Yet Ibn condemns Christianity for allowing deception, and overlooks the fact that his own religion allows deception (and, therefore, should be condemned, according to Ibn). Moreover, in order to show that Christianity allows deception, Ibn tries to deceive us by misrepresenting the teachings of Paul. Will his fellow Muslims condemn him for his deception? Why would they?