Friday, April 24, 2009

Answering Muslims: Website FAQ

Our approach to answering Muslims is simple: love the people, hate the lies.

Many people have taken offense to our website, saying it promotes misunderstanding and hatred. This could not be further from the truth. The goal of this website is to point out the truth, thereby clearing up any misunderstandings people may have. The ultimate purpose of this website is to bring people into a loving relationship with each other and with God. So to say that we are promoting misunderstanding and hatred is wrong.

Below are some frequently asked questions, with our answers.

Q: "Why do you try to use scare tactics to keep people away from Islam? It wont work, people are smarter than that!"
A: We are not using scare tactics on this website - we are going straight to the history of Muhammad himself to make our points. We're not going to use pre-filtered, biased material to do that, we're going to use all the earliest, most well attested material we have in our possession. For example, we didn't say "Aisha's goat ate the verse of stoning and other verses out of the Qur'an" without providing a reference to Ibn Majah's Book of Nikah and stating that Umar, Ibn Abbas, and Ubay ibn Ka'ab all attested to the existence of these verses in the Qur'an. We're not about to say that Muhammad hit Aisha and caused her pain without referring to Sahih Muslim #2127. We're not about to say that Muhammad was a victim of black magic without referring to Sahih Bukhari #5432. These are things found in the earliest sources. Is using information from these sources a "scare tactic"?

Q: "Muslim scholars consider your quotations from Islamic history to be weak - why don't you see that?"
A: We do see that - we don't care. People have been biased throughout history. Of course Muslims would say the sources which make Muhammad look good are strong, and the others are weak. This is natural - no need to get defensive. People want to make their prophet look good, even subconsciously. That's why all historians everywhere do the opposite of what Muslim historians do; they take traditions that sound biased and give them less weight, and they take traditions which do not leave any room for bias and give them more weight. That's one reason why we believe that Muhammad thought he was a victim of black magic, that he delivered verses of the Qur'an from Satan, and that he was suicidal when he became a prophet. What Muslim would make these things up? Yet we find all these accounts scattered throughout the earliest sirah literature.

Q: "Why do you put up links to videos of violent or deceptive Muslims? Why not focus on the good ones?"
A: While we love all Muslims, including the loving ones, we certainly detest the actions of the violent and deceptive ones. And we would write those off as being odd cases if it weren't for the fact that most of what they are doing can be found in the person of Muhammad. To take the cake, the "violent" or "deceptive" Muslims often proclaim boldly that Muhammad is the reason for their actions! It behooves all peace-loving and honest people, then, to denounce their actions and the source of their actions.
We don't focus on the love of good Muslims because we have no issue with them. We're not a website called "Praising Muslims" -- we're Answering Muslims, and we're providing an answer to the puzzling conduct of many people out there who are devout Muslims. If we are asked "Why are these Muslims murdering cartoonists/rhetoricians over their portrayals of Muhammad?" we will answer the question: because that's what Muhammad did, according to the earliest Muslim literature.

Q: "But you guys are so full of hate!"
A: No, we're really not. We love Muslims. We continually pray that they will receive the full love of God, that they will come into loving relationships with everyone, and that we will enjoy fellowship throughout eternity. These are the kinds of things Christians have been taught in their scripture to desire for their enemies. Have you ever heard the authors of this website say anything this hateful:

Surely the vilest of animals in God's sight are the non-Muslims.
(Compare with Surah 8:55)

How perverse are the non-Muslims!
(Compare with Surah 9:30)

Those with Muhammad are ruthless against the disbelievers
(Compare with Surah 48:29)

These are hateful attitudes, clearly antithetical to the ones Christians have. So if you want to call us hateful and take issue with us, please take issue with Allah for his hatefulness first, which is truly egregious.

Q: "Why do you link to such biased websites?"
A: What, you mean the Muslim websites? We link to Muslim websites because we want to be fair and honest. We're one of the few Muslim-Christian dialogue sites that link to the opposing side, giving everyone a fair shake. We also are one of the few sites that let them post freely on our comment boards.

Q: "You are Islamophobes!"
A: That's simply not true. David befriended me (Nabeel) while I was still Muslim. I used to be Muslim, and all my relatives and many of my friends are still Muslim. We enjoy the company of Muslims, be they Sunni, Shia, Ahmadi, Qur'an only, etc. We do not discriminate in our love. Thus we are hardly afraid of Islam. We are ready to dive into Islamic history and thought exactly because we are not afraid, but rather willing to get our feet wet in order to share Love and Life with our Muslim friends. Yes, at times the conversations may get heated and frustrations may be vented, but these are the expected difficulties of sharing our faith. We truly harbor no hatred towards anyone, but we are strongly opposed to any falsehood which promotes violence and suppression of civil rights. This is not Islamophobia.

In sum, we love Muslims, and we hate all things that detract from the glory of the One, True God. So we shower our love on Muslims while fighting tooth and nail against all the lies and falsehood that keep them away from loving God. That's our attitude, and that's why we do what we do.

May God bless us all with his love and destroy the shackles that might bind us. May we serve Him with humility and dedication. In Jesus' precious name, amen.

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Zara said...

Grand Pa, in one of his videos Dr.Bart Erhman said that he still believes there is a god but he said that he might become an atheist. The reason I asked you to watch his videos is that he explained clearly how men altered the bible . He found all the proof through his 30 years of research. The reason I like him is his honesty, he dares exposed the lies the church thrives off .

There was a priest who lived down my road , my supposed Christians friends ( I said "" supposed"" because they were Christian in name only, they never went to church ) and myself , we used to question the priest on the corner road and every time he would just say, "" don't question, just believe in, this is your salvation .Some years later when that same priest retired, he said he knew all the lies he was preaching but he said he had no alternative because he needed a salary to feed his family . The priest believes too there is one God not 3 in 1. He said Jesus never ever claimed to be God and he mentioned very strongly that men made Jesus the God .

Have you ever watched Dr.Jerald Dirks? If not , try to watch it and let me know what you think of him.
With all my respect, Grand Pa, have a nice day.

Granpa said...

One other thought Zara, one I hope you will receive with forebearance for me is, my desire for you is that you not fall into the snare of Dr. Bart Ehrman which is atheism.
I have seen this happen in other instances when people have had their confidence abused for one reason or another. Most often, it is because of some defect of character, and almost always pride.
Jesus calls us to not only to repentence, but to Himself.
I was not born into a family that observed Christian humility, though it was influenced by Christianity. One thing for certain is, I was born into a world created and sustained by the One God.
You also were born into a world created and sustained by the One God. I understand your family was most likely heavily influenced by Islam. Islam is a faith that may not divorce itself from Christian influence even as I had been earlier influenced.
Ehrman, after 30 years cast his faith behind him and now professess atheism. My immediate perception of Ehrman is that of a mocker. I am not saying that his observations do not bear our consideration. I am saying that the presentation of his observations are contemptible.
As in Ehrman’s case others have become as he is now, atheists. Those who were previously Muslim are often come upon in posts such as here, describing themselves as atheists. There is not a religious practice upon the face of God’s earth that does not have its defectors and detractors now all professing atheism.
Having said that, the same sun that hardens the clay, melts the wax. Ehrman may have been successful in calling some into his camp of unbelief of which you are at risk. Yet at the same time, I am confident others departed his presentation more highly motivated to perform that which he arrogantly informed them they had neglected; to read their Bibles.
These left in a spirit of repentence while those of Ehrman’s camp left as mockers.

Granpa said...

Forgive the spelling errors. They are unintentional and I more frequently attempt to correct them before posting. I am more confident that my heart is in the right place than letters in my words or the commas that accompany them.

Granpa

Granpa said...

Zara,

Precisely why I have asked you not to focus on the Gospels right now, is because of men such as Ehrman, and Dirks. Now, I have to include you in the mix because in your earlier post you clearly wrote Ehrman was an atheist. It is there for everyone to see. You have informed me now that you bore a false witness. Should your words be anymore trustworthy now, than I had supposed them to be earlier?
I desire to be kind.
Forgiving that error which you seem eager to own up to, you now wish to direct me to the counsel of Jerald Dirks. Dirks is a former United Methodist minister who has since abandoned his post in that regard, and embraced Islam. In my answering you, I will answer the error of Dirks.
You seem reluctant to examine the Jewish writings and I must question your unwillingness to do so. You would have me to go everywhere else under the sun to strengthen both your position and your argument, but are hesitant to do the thing each of us may do with confidence.
As I stated earlier, Mohammed, a man unable to read and write, with a presumed revelation from the One God whom he celebrates as Allah, relied heavily on both the Jewish and Christian faiths to give credibility to his alleged credentials as a prophet. You should be no more outraged at my remarks as found in this paragraph, than you would expect me to be outraged by your remarks regarding the Lord. The difference of course is as a Christian, I have been commanded to be wise, to be truthful, and to be harmless. I cannot say the same for the votaries of Islam who incessantly chant “death to Israel, death to America.”
There are too many questions to be asked, dear Zara, which you have neglected. I can only question with a curiosity that I know shall be answered. Why do you insist on pursuing the course you have chosen to follow and instruct me in?
In closing, I will ask you of shaitan. When he approached mother Eve in God’s garden, did he first lie to her, or did that come later in his remarks to Eve? A deceit is not necessarily a lie, Zara. It is a drawing away from the truth. Shaitan is both a liar and a deceiver which would cause one to consider lies and deceit are two different acts. The deceit gives fruit to the lie. Consider a snare. Of itself, a snare cannot harm the one exposed to it if the one so exposed knows the evidence and the danger of the snare. Being forewarned the snare is avoided. The snare is only that which allows the undiscerning prey to be drawn in. Only when it closes upon its hapless victim, does the truth of the lie become evident.

Granpa said...

1st of 2 posts

Zara,

I want you to at least consider the following:


QURAN: SAHIH INTERNATIONAL 5:44-47

Indeed, We sent down the Torah, in which was guidance and light. The prophets who submitted [to Allah ] judged by it for the Jews, as did the rabbis and scholars by that with which they were entrusted of the Scripture of Allah , and they were witnesses thereto. So do not fear the people but fear Me, and do not exchange My verses for a small price. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed - then it is those who are the disbelievers.
And We ordained for them therein a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds is legal retribution. But whoever gives [up his right as] charity, it is an expiation for him. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed - then it is those who are the wrongdoers.
And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous.
And let the People of the Gospel judge by what Allah has revealed therein. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed - then it is those who are the defiantly disobedient.


Quran: Sūrat āl ʿIm'rān (The Family of Imrān)

Sahih International: He has sent down upon you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel. Surat 3:3
Sahih International: O People of the Scripture, why do you argue about Abraham while the Torah and the Gospel were not revealed until after him? Then will you not reason? Surat 3:65

We need to discuss the foregoing, Zara and I will include it below.

Granpa said...

2nd of 2

Zara,

This is Thanksgiving Day and indeed there is much to be thankful for. I am thankful for our opportunity to be here together on this site and encourage you to understand there is no cause of enmity that may not be overcome in the Light of Christ.
I know about abrogation. I know about dissimulation. I know that Islam may be furthered by deceit. I also know that Jesus Christ said, “No lie is of the truth.”

Many appear here on these pages asking the same question Pilate did, “What is truth?”

The “Truth”, Zara, is the Word of God that men must live by. It has ever been that way, even in Abraham’s time and not only Abraham but Abel and Cain’s time for which Cain received rebuke! Before ever a written word was put to paper as we may communicate here, men were informed by that Word. It was the same Word that Noah responded to in the crafting of the Ark and by which he preached righteousness.
That Word is with us today, and we must not shame the counsel of God.
That Word is Jesus Christ.

Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the sacrifice, reportedly results in the slaughter of 100 million animals in its celebration honoring Abraham’s offering of God’s only acceptable sacrifice on the Mt. of Moriah, that of “thine only son.” Were you read of the exchange between the One God and Abraham concerning that sacrifice in Tawrat (Torah), you would find that that son is named Isaac. Three times in Genesis 22, the One God refers to Isaac as Abraham's only son. This was thousands of years before any man named Mohammed made his appearance, and a revelation of particular significance that resulted in one of many reasons Mohammed was rejected as a prophet by both Jews and Christians alike, a particular discomfort to Mohammed and one which inflames his followers to this day. Ishmael was never offered on Mt. Moriah, and indeed, even more interesting revelations of Ishmael exist than you might be aware of.

It is not that you may not become informed, Zara, but will you become informed?

There is an admonition in the Word of the One God, and it goes like this:

“Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go : Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.”

To further compound that admonition is the following:

An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

Dear Zara, on this Thanksgiving Day, I desire you receive of the Lord His goodness and blessing. I do not know if you are within the United States or on distant shores, but no matter, the Word of God has gone out throughout all the earth and there is no place that the arm of the Lord may not reach.

Blessings, Zara

Granpa

Granpa said...

! of 2 posts

“The priest believes too there is one God not 3 in 1. He said Jesus never ever claimed to be God and he mentioned very strongly that men made Jesus the God . “
Zara, you go from the priest to Dirks (“have you ever watched..?”)! Why do you do that?
Did men make Jesus God, really? The Jews who had him delivered to evil men to be crucified, had an interesting observation:
“Who can forgive sins but God only?”
That is recorded in the Gospels !
Also in the Gospels is the following:
“Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified , and sent into the world , Thou blasphemest ; "BECAUSE I SAID, I AM THE SON OF GOD?"
Were that not to be enough, then consider further:
Likewise also the CHIEF PRIESTS mocking him, with the SCRIBES AND ELDERS, SAID , He saved others; himself he cannot save . If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: FOR HE SAID, I AM THE SON OF GOD. THE THIEVES ALSO, which were crucified with him, CAST THE SAME in his teeth (he is the son of God, he said so himself, let him come down).”
Truly, men did not criticize Christ only, but also bore witness to what Jesus himself said, “I am the son of God.”
The law of God Zara which may not be broken is, to “bring forth after your own kind.” Jesus had no earthly father! The body possessed of Christ was only a mantle of flesh. That body was no different than the body of any other man or woman who walked the face of the earth, being subject to death of the flesh. However, the spirit that was in possession of that body was of an origin unlike the spirit of man; proceeding from the spirit of the One God ! It was the only way that God could visit His people, and at the same time make opportunity to take upon Himself the sins of the whole world.
That is what Immanuel means Zara, “God with us !"

Granpa said...

2nd of 2 posts


You already exist as an eternal spirit Zara, and your only hope is in Christ who took upon himself the sins of the whole world.
Were you informed of the Word of God, Zara, in which there is no shadow of turning but is light, you would know that every man must bear his own burden. No man may bear the burden of another, even as there is no corruption of blood. Similarly, if a man does the works contained in all the law, then he may save his life only, and not the life of another.
Every man must bear his own burden!!
It is not only that God was with Christ Zara, the One God was in the body of flesh and bone and blood revealing Himself as Savior of the whole world. It was the One God taking upon Himself the sins of the whole world, which only God may do ! The Jews had it right ! “Who can forgive sins, but God only?
Yours is both a condition of unbelief and a further limitation that affects all men and women of the world but which may be disarmed by faith which comes by hearing…" “We have to believe many things which we do not comprehend.” Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
You must make a decision Zara! It would be nothing for you were Christ not to have been raised from the dead!
I am witness that He indeed was raised from the dead ! Truthfully, that is what separates the chaff from the wheat, the resurrection, and the belief of it. There is a danger in denying the resurrection, given the so great cloud of witnesses of God in the Torah and the words of Jesus Himself. There are the words of John also as follow:
" I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.”
I am uncertain Zara, I shall be communicating with you further.
There is a church of God, and a spirit of Truth.

Blessings to you, Zara

Reader

Ryan O'Hare said...

HI,

My name is Ryan, I live in Australia. Had my life convicted and changed by the Lord Jesus Christ 2 years ago and was also baptised in the Holy Spirit soon after.
I go to what would only scrape through as a 'Christian School' and I have a History Assignment that involves a Historical Investigation. In light of the movement of Islam in the World, I decided that it is the most controversial topic I could pick as I also find it's plea for peace hilarious as it consumes Western and European Culture. I was hoping that I could speak to David Wood as I have been following his debates and youtube channel and find him to be a sincere and truthful man. I believe that if I do not get first hand evidence for what I will say from experts. Then I will be largely criticised for speaking hate, with politically incorrectness etc... As I am not an expert in either the history, or the religion of Islam, I would be indebted to you if you would be able to get back to me.

I wish you Godspeed,

Ryan O'Hare

Benny said...

As I recall, in one of youe video (forgat which one), you stated that in Quran the daily pray is 3 times and changed in hadist to 5 times, in what verse 3 time in Quran. Thanks

subroto Fu said...

Hi David,

I am looking for some information of the Five Gospel book. I believe you have read the book too. Just last night, a muslim whom I have been debating on youtube, was commenting the Five Gospel book. She said that the great commission (Mat 28:18-20) was made up by some evangelist, the verses were not in original text. This morning searched the book in google, I was shocked to know that the book said to prove so many verses in the four gospel were made up by later people.

Do you have any evidence that this book is wrong and please send me the informations to subroto.fu@gmail.com

Thank you and God bless you.

Infidel said...

Please reconsider your terminology. The term 'muslim' is the term followers of mohammed use as a distraction from the fact that they are followers of mohammed. The correct term for followers is actually mohammedans, and should be used whenever describing those who follow the teachings of mohammed, just and the term Christians is used to describe those who are the followers of Jesus Christ.

Similarly, the term islam, which they say means submission (to allah), is a distraction from the reality that their guiding principles all revolve around the sayings and life of mohammed. The term mohammedism should always be used instead of the term islam, as that more accurately represents the reality that the followers are submitting to the self-proclaimed prophet of allah, mohammed's sayings.

SeSe SeSe said...

Everyone should realise some basic facts.
The Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)is not a God. He is a MESSENGER given the word of God to pass on to people who were willing to listen and behave properly.
Actually Muslims do not worship or follow Mohammed (pbuh).
We follow God (Allaah) and the Prophet (pbuh) is a representative who we also pray FOR, not TO.
When we pray we pray to Allah and generally ask for favour for the Prophet (pbuh).
The term Mohammedan is a mistake perpetrated by non believers or people who have not quite grapsed the concept of God and his Power and Compassion. People who say they are Mohammeden are not Muslims.
In typical Human fashion, people misunderstand and twist the clear word of God into what they want it to be and not what it should be.
Even the advent of Shia and Sunni and all the other 'political' names for differing Muslim sects are incorrect and move away from the original intent of Islam. (Which means Peace by the way).
These political divides developed after the Prophet (pbuh) had died and show typically how Humans behave and twist and distort everything for their own ends.The fact that the Prophet died is enough to indicate to all that he was and is not a God.
Now to Jesus Christ.
It never ceases to amaze me how Chritians can't even understand that Jesus (pbuh) was not a Christian and Christianity did not exist when he was alive.
We Muslims revere Jesus (pbuh) as a Prophet of Islam, similar to Mohammed (pbuh)and we consider him as a Muslim.
The Christian Church was a development perpetrated by Peter and/or Paul, the followers of Jesus, after Jesus (pbuh) had died.
They did a deal with the Romans to benefit themselves and started the Catholic Church.
This had nothing to do with Jesus (pbuh) or his teachings and philosophy actually and I am sure it was not the intent of Jesus (pbuh) to have this happen the way it did. Jesus (pbuh)even alluded to the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) who would come to follow him.
The Catholic Church has become one of the wealthiest most powerful and corrupted organisations on earth.
I acknowledge that Pope Francis is a good guy unlike many of his predecessors.
Then look at the rest of "Christianity".
The Church of England was created to allow an English King to divorce. Then all the other branch offs from this to suit peoples personal requirements.
These are nothing to do with God's intent and the various versions of the Bible that exist are not the word of God, but are the word of people.

The Holy Quran was revealed to be the word of God and has remained UNCHANGED since it's revelation, unlike the bible, which is the word of men and has been re-written and re-interpreted so many times.

So everyone needs to calm down and get back to the roots of the facts.
I am a Muslim. Only. Not a Shia or Sunni or Ibadi or Shafi or Maliki or Sufi or anything else. I am a Muslim as far as I can be, following the original intent of Islam as stated and developed by the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh).

This comment is not intended to offend anyone and I apologise if anyone feels offended, just to state some real facts.

Unknown said...

Diana West, "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on our Nation's Character", ISBN 978-0-312-63078-2, St. Martin's Press, New York, 2013, Chapter 1, Note 10, The slide cites the authoritative Koran sura (verse) 5:51, where Allah commands Muslims not to take Jews and Christians for friends; the authoritative hadith recorded by both Bukhari and Muslim (two authoritative Koranic commentators) that states Muslims will not enter paradise until the Muslims kill all the Jews; and another authoritative hadith that states Jesus will return at end of days to implement sharia, send all Christians to hell for failing to become Muslim, and kill all the jews.

The above is a direct quote from Diana West's book. I have looked but can find no verification anywhere of "the authoritative hadith recorded by both Bukhari and Muslim (two authoritative Koranic commentators) that states Muslims will not enter paradise until the Muslims kill all the Jews; and another authoritative hadith that states Jesus will return at end of days to implement sharia, send all Christians to hell for failing to become Muslim, and kill all the jews."

joshuanah said...

Hi, Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year

I'm trying to contact David Wood.

I want to volunteer to be a prayer partner in this ministry

Thanks

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Chris600 said...

Which English version of the Koran do you use on your videos?
Is it available digitally?
Regards
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UK

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