WINNING DEBATES FOR DUMMIES: A Guide for Muslims to Win Debates with Ten Easy Tricks
1. Always keep your CAPS Lock on. This way your post will be difficult to read and no one will be able to answer.
2. Whenever someone comes up with a verse from the Quran that you are unable to defend, say that it is taken out of CONTEXT.
3. Whenever someone comes up with a Hadith that you are unable to answer, say that Hadiths are not reliable.
4. When someone comes to you with both the Quran and the Hadith, say that the Quran and the Hadith can only be understood in Arabic.
5. When someone comes to you with the Quran and the Hadith and also proves that he/she understands Arabic, say that these verses are for a specific time period and could not be applied today.
6. When you cannot answer any questions, say that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and soon the entire world will believe.
7. When someone comes up with proofs that Islam is not the fastest growing religion, say that these figures are biased and compiled by Christians.
8. Paste some YouTube videos about the Quran's scientific miracles. When someone proves that these videos are stupid, shout that they are biased.
9. Keep on pasting random verses from the Quran to divert attention.
10. Finally, when you are totally on the run, curse and threaten people with Hell fire and say that they are not worthy of Islam.
Monday, October 31, 2011
On a related note, a Muslim has threatened to kill me over "Who Killed Muhammad?" How original.
Let me guess, Osama . . . This threat was posted by a Jew pretending to be a Muslim, right? Oops! Wait a minute! If I go to the guy's YouTube page, it turns out he's a fan of Osama's website! He even links to it! Check his links in the bottom left corner of this screen shot. Ha! Ha! Ha!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
For those who want to keep track of the Muslim sources related to this issue, here they are. (Note: I didn't use all of these in the video. Note also: I typed these in by hand, so let me know if you spot any typos.)
I. QUR'AN TRANSLATIONS
Qur’an 69:44-46—And if he (Muhammad) had forged a false saying concerning Us We surely should have seized him by his right hand (or with power and might), and then certainly should have cut off his life artery (Aorta). (Hilali-Khan)
Qur’an 69:44-46—And if he had invented false sayings concerning Us, We assuredly had taken him by the right hand and then severed his life-artery. (Pickthall)
Qur’an 69:44-46—Had he invented lies concerning Us, We would have seized him by the right hand and severed his heart’s vein. (Dawood)
Qur’an 69:44-46—And if he had fabricated against Us some of the sayings, We would certainly have seized him by the right hand, then We would certainly have cut off his aorta. (Shakir)
II. MUSLIM COMMENTARIES
Tafsir Ibn Abbas on Qur’an 69:44-46—(And if he had invented) and had Muhammad invented (false sayings concerning Us) lies against Us and attributed to Us that which We did not say, (We assuredly had taken him) We assuredly had taken revenge against him (by the right hand) by means of truth and proofs; it is also said this means: We assuredly had vehemently taken him. (And then severed his life artery) the life artery of Muhammad (pbuh).
Tafsir Jalalayn on Qur’an 69:44-46—And had he, namely, the Prophet (s), fabricated any lies against Us, by communicating from Us that which We have not said, We would have assuredly seized him, We would have exacted vengeance [against him], as punishment, by the Right Hand, by [Our] strength and power; then We would have assuredly severed his life-artery, the aorta of the heart, a vein that connects with it, and which if severed results in that person’s death.
Tafsir Ibn Kathir on Qur’an 69:46—(And then We certainly would have cut off Al-Watin from him,) Ibn ‘Abbas said, “It (Al-Watin) refers to the artery of the heart, and it is the vein that is attached to the heart.” This has also been said by ‘Ikrimah, Sa’id bin Jubayr, Al-Hakim, Qatadah, Ad-Dahhak, Muslim Al-Batin and Abu Sakhr Humayd bin Ziyad.
III. HADITH REFERENCES
Sahih al-Bukhari 2588—Aisha said, “When the Prophet became sick and his condition became serious, he requested his wives to allow him to be treated in my house, and they allowed him. He came out leaning on two men while his feet were dragging on the ground.”
Sahih al-Bukhari 2617—A Jewess brought a poisoned (cooked) sheep for the Prophet who ate from it. She was brought to the Prophet and was asked, “Shall we kill her?” He said, “No.” Anas added: “I continued to see the effect of the poison on the palate of the mouth of Allah’s Messenger.”
Sahih al-Bukhari 2797—The Prophet said, . . . “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is! I would love to be martyred in Allah’s Cause and then come back to life and then get martyred, and then come back to life again and then get martyred and then come back to life again and then get martyred.”
Sahih al-Bukhari 4428—The Prophet in his ailment in which he died, used to say, “O Aishah! I still feel the pain caused by the food I ate at Khaibar, and at this time, I feel as if my aorta is being cut from that poison.”
Sahih Muslim 5430—A Jewess came to Allah’s Messenger with poisoned mutton and he took of what had been brought to him. (When the effects of this poison were felt by him) he called for her and asked her about that, whereupon she said: I had determined to kill you. Thereupon he said: Allah will never give you the power to do it.
Sunan Abu Dawud 4498—A Jewess presented [Muhammad] at Khaibar a roasted sheep which she had poisoned. The Apostle of Allah ate of it and the people also ate. He then said: Lift your hands (from eating), for it has informed me that it is poisoned. Bishr b. al-Bara b. Ma’rur al-Ansari died. So he (the Prophet) sent for the Jewess (and said to her): What motivated you to do the work you have done? She said: If you were a prophet, it would not harm you; but if you were a king, I would rid the people of you. The Apostle of Allah then ordered regarding her and she was killed. He then said about the pain of which he died: I continued to feel pain from the morsel which I had eaten at Khaibar. This is the time when it has cut off my aorta.
Sunan Abu Dawud 4449—Umm Bishr said to the Prophet during the sickness of which he died: What do you think about your illness, Apostle of Allah? I do not think about the illness of my son except the poisoned sheep of which he had eaten with you at Khaibar. The Prophet said: And I do not think about my illness except that. This is the time when it cut off my aorta.
Sunan Ibn Majah 1622—Aishah said: “I never saw anyone suffer more pain than the Messenger of Allah.”
IV. SIRA REFERENCES
Ibn Ishaq, p. 516—When the apostle had rested, Zaynab d. al-Harith, the wife of Sallam b. Mishkam prepared for him a roast lamb, having first inquired what joint he preferred. When she learned that it was the shoulder she put a lot of poison in it and poisoned the whole lamb. Then she brought it in and placed it before him. He took hold of the shoulder and chewed a morsel of it, but he did not swallow it. Bishr b. al-Bara b. Ma’rur who was with him took some of it as the apostle had done, but he swallowed it, while the apostle spat it out, saying, ‘This bone tells me that it is poisoned.’ Then he called for the woman and she confessed, and when he asked her what had induced her to do this she answered: ‘You know what you have done to my people. I said to myself, If he is a king I shall ease myself of him and if he is a prophet he will be informed (of what I have done).’ So the apostle let her off. Bishr died from what he had eaten.
Ibn Ishaq, p. 516—Marwan b. Uthman b. Abu Sa’id b. al-Mu’alla told me: The apostle had said in his illness of which he was to die when Umm Bishr d. al-Bara came to visit him, ‘O Umm Bishr, this is the time in which I feel a deadly pain from what I ate with your brother at Khaybar.’
At-Tabari, Volume 8, p. 124—The Messenger of God said during the illness from which he died—the mother of Bishr b. al-Bara had come in to visit him—“Umm Bishr, at this very moment I feel my aorta being severed because of the food I ate with your son at Khaybar.”
Ibn Sa’d, Volume 2, pp. 251-252—When the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, conquered Khaybar and he had peace of mind, Zaynab Bint al-Harith, the brother of Marhab, who was the spouse of Sallam Ibn Mishkam, inquired: Which part of the goat is liked by Muhammad? They said: The foreleg. Then she slaughtered one from her goats and roasted it (the meat). Then she wanted a poison which could not fail. The Jews discussed about poisons and became united on one poison. She poisoned the she-goat putting more poison on the forelegs, and shoulder. When the sun had set and the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, returned after leading the people in Maghrib (sun-set) prayers, she sat by his feet. He asked her about her. She said: O Abu al-Qasim! Here is a present which I wish to offer to you. The Prophet, may Allah bless him, ordered it to be taken. It was served to him and to his Companions who were present and among those who were present was Bishr Ibn al-Bara Ibn Ma’rur. Then the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, said: Come closer and have night meal. The Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, took the foreleg, a piece of which he put into his mouth. Bishr Ibn al-Bara took another bone and put it into his mouth. When the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, ate one morsel of it Bishr ate his and other people also ate from it. Then the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, said: Hold back your hands! Because this foreleg; and according to another version, the shoulder of the goat, has informed me that it is poisoned. Thereupon Bishr said: By Him Who hath made you great! I discovered it from the morsel I took. Nothing prevented me from emitting it out, but the idea that I did not like to make your food unrelishing. When you had eaten what was in your mouth, I did not like to save my life after yours, and I also thought you would not have eaten it if there was something wrong. Bishr did not rise from his seat but his color changed to that of taylsan (a green cloth). For a year the pain did not permit him to change his sides but with the help of others and then he expired. According to another version, he died before leaving his seat. He (Ibn Sa’d) said: A peace of it was dropped before a dog who ate it and died (instantaneously) without being able to move its foreleg. The Apostle of Allah sent for Zaynab Bint al-Harith and said to her: What induced you to do what you have done? She replied: You have done to my people what you have done. You have killed my father, my uncle, and my husband, so I said to myself. If you are a prophet, the foreleg will inform you; and others have said: If you are a king we will get rid of you. The Jewess returned as she had come. He (Ibn Sa’d) said: The Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, handed her over to the heirs of Bishr Ibn al-Bara who put her to death.
For further study on this topic, see the following articles:
Sam Shamoun, "How Allah Killed His Prophet"
Silas, "The Death of Muhammad"
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Alas, in a tragic display of cowardice and contempt for non-Muslims, Osama didn't show up for the debates (though he had repeatedly assured all of us that he would be there). I've been patient with Muslims like Osama over the years, but this time, a Muslim has finally managed to annoy me. Play time is officially over.
Since I hate to see everyone disappointed at a missed opportunity, I have promised Osama that I will be posting a devastating (and irrefutable) critique of his prophet on Friday.
For a new twist, I'd like everyone to visit this blog on Friday, and to share the video through FaceBook, other blogs and websites, Twitter, PalTalk, comments sections, emails, etc., rapid-fire style. Let's see how Osama feels after causing an internet blitz against his prophet.
It amazes me how Christians are swift in denying the Son as a generated God. Wherever you say Jesus is the SON , you are saying Jesus is the generated. Unless words have no meanings to you.
Here 1MM throws down the gauntlet. Either Jesus is the Son of God (in which case he was generated and had a beginning), or the word "Son" is completely meaningless. Of course, I've already explained the "Fallacy of False Dilemma" to 1MoreMuslim, but now he's going to have to learn the hard way.
According to the Qur'an, Allah is with the "Mother of the Book":
Qur'an 13:39—Allah doth blot out or confirm what He pleaseth: with Him is the Mother of the Book.
Qur'an 43:2-4—By the Book that makes things clear—We have made it a Qur'an in Arabic, that ye may be able to understand (and learn wisdom). And verily, it is in the Mother of the Book, in Our Presence, high (in dignity), full of wisdom.
So the Qur'an tells us that Allah isn't alone. He's with the "Mother of the Book." But according to 1MoreMuslim, words like "Mother" and "Son" can only have the same literal meanings they have on earth. Otherwise, they are completely meaningless. And since the Qur'an is a perfect book, it can't contain meaningless words. Thus, the term "Mother," when used in the Qur'an, must have the same literal meaning it has on earth.
The obvious implication is that there is a "Mother" in heaven. If she's a mother, then she has produced an offspring. The offspring, in this case, is the Qur'an (and other revealed books). Of course, this raises an unavoidable question. Who did the Mother of the Book have sex with in order to produce the Qur'an? ANSWER: Since Muslims tell us that the Qur'an is Allah's word, Allah must have had sex with the Mother of the Book to produce the Qur'an.
But it gets worse. According to the Qur'an, Allah has no wife:
Qur'an 72:3—And Exalted is the Majesty of our Lord: He has taken neither a wife nor a son.
Hmmm. If Allah had sex with the Mother of the Book, and Allah has no wife, then Allah is guilty of either fornication or adultery (depending on whether the Mother of the Book was already married). Hence, Allah should either be given 100 lashes or be stoned to death.
There are two other alternatives, however. First, the "Mother of the Book" could be Allah's sex slave, in which case Surah 4:24 allows him to rape this "Mother" all he wants. Second, since Muta (prostitution permitted in early Islam) hadn't been abrogated when Allah had sex with the Qur'an's mother, the "Mother of the Books" could be a prostitute, and Allah may have paid for a temporary marriage.
The only way around all of this would be for 1MoreMuslim to claim that the word "Mother" doesn't necessarily have he typical human implications, e.g. "having sex and producing an offspring." But he's already ruled out that approach.
Welcome to consistency, 1MoreMuslim.
Psalm 7:15—"He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,
And has fallen into the hole which he made."
Sunday, October 23, 2011
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's transitional leader declared his country's liberation on Sunday, three days after the hated dictator Moammar Gadhafi was captured and killed.
He called on Libyans to show "patience, honesty and tolerance" and eschew hatred as they embark on rebuilding the country at the end of an 8-month civil war.
The transitional government leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil set out a vision for the post-Gadhafi future with an Islamist tint, saying that Islamic Sharia law would be the "basic source" of legislation in the country and that existing laws that contradict the teachings of Islam would be nullified. In a gesture that showed his own piety, he urged Libyans not to express their joy by firing in the air, but rather to chant "Allahu Akbar," or God is Great. He then stepped aside and knelt to offer a brief prayer of thanks. (Read more.)
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Last year, I was scheduled to debate Osama Abdallah in Michigan, but he cancelled on the day of the debate. Due to this cowardly display, we weren't going to deal with him again. However, after I debated Nadir Ahmed last month, Osama came on this blog, boasting that he is finally willing to face me. He even agreed to debate Sam Shamoun, and Osama has repeatedly affirmed that he won't back out of the debates.
Well, Sam and I are here in Phoenix, ready for action. But Osama isn't coming. Time wasted. Money wasted. People will show up tomorrow to watch debates, only to see lectures.
I suppose his career was going to be over either way. I wonder what excuses Osama will come up with in order to justify his cowardice.
Say what you want about Nadir Ahmed, but at least he showed up to his debates.
For those of you who suspected that Osama may have had a "valid" excuse for not showing up, here's the best he could come up with:
I called George Seige from the Dulles Airport and had him speak with one of the staff of United Airlines. There two main problems that prevented me from coming:
1- I didn't know that United Airlines has a policy of not allowing a passenger from checking in if he comes 1/2 or less before departure. I came a little less than 1/2 hour before departure and had no check-in luggage. I was ready to walk right in through security, but United didn't let me.
2- I tried rescheduling for another flight, but the next flight was booked. It was a connect flight to Chicago (I believe). The earliest I could've gotten to Phoenix was by 7:00 pm on Sunday.
As to ending my career, I couldn't hold myself from laughing at this one! You are too silly if you think that I care oneway or another about debating again. But Allah Almighty is my Witness I did not back down. George spoke with a United Airlines staff ON MY CELL PHONE at Dulles Airport. I didn't know United had this ridiculous policy. Also, the distance between VA and AZ is too far. It's a four-day drive from I live. I couldn't have just driven there or just taken another flight.
Now you have a moral responsibility to not only allow this post of mine, but to also post it on the main page, or change your silly title about me backing down and ending my (debating) career (enough laughs at this one).
Now, next time (if there will even be a next time), I won't accept far distances. It's just too far. In fact, if one wants to debate me, I will most likely do a remote one at my home and on my computer. I think this is the best way to do debates, anyway.
Airports constantly tell people to show up 1-2 hours early for their flights (and they've been announcing this for years), but it seems that Osama Abdallah believed he could march through the security checks just before take-off. We can only wonder how eager Osama was to debate when, after promising not to miss the debates, he showed up to the airport a few minutes before his plane was scheduled to leave!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Friday, October 21st, 7:00-9:00 PM
Glorious One Christian Center - 775 E. Baseline Road, Phoenix, AZ
Panel Discussion - "Answering Muslim Objections"
Saturday, October 22nd, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Glorious One Christian Center - 775 E. Baseline Road, Phoenix, AZ
Multiple Topics, e.g. "Has Muhammad Met the Biblical Requirements of a Prophet?" "Women in Islam," "Has the Qur'an Been Perfectly Preserved?" "The Islamic Dilemma," "Was Muhammad Assured of His Salvation?" "Who Corrupted the Gospel?"
Sunday, October 23rd, 8:00 AM
First Arabic Baptist Church - 2232 West Campbell Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015
Osama Abdallah vs. Sam Shamoun: "Is Muhammad a True Prophet?"
Sunday, October 23rd, 1:00 PM
Roosevelt Community Church - 924 N 1st St., Phoenix, AZ
Sam Shamoun vs. Osama Abdallah: "Do the Gospels Teach That Jesus Is God?"
Sunday, October 23rd, 5:00 PM
First Arabic Baptist Church - 2232 West Campbell Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015
Osama Abdallah vs. David Wood: "Did Muhammad Practice What He Preached?"
Sunday, October 23rd, 5:00 PM
Apologia Church – 1035 East Guadalupe Road, Tempe, AZ 85283
Sam Shamoun: "The Islamic Dilemma"
Thursday, October 20, 2011
When someone presents two alternatives as if they are the only options, and then demands we choose one or the other, he has committed a logical fallacy known as the "Fallacy of False Dilemma." As an example, consider a nonsensical challenge posed by 1MoreMuslim (an excellent source of logical fallacies):
David Wood believes God does not torture Babies.
We know Babies face torture everyday: by diseases, natural disasters, starvation...
So we have to conclude one of the two conclusions:
1/ David Wood's God has no control over what happens in our world.
2/ David's God doesn't exist in reality. he is only in his imagination.
Which one is it David?
Ironically, 1MoreMuslim posts this silly alternative in the comments section of a post about him deliberately distorting Craig's position. It's as if 1MM is saying, "Not only can I distort Craig's view, I can also throw logic out the window!"
To even begin a response, I have to point out that 1MM has committed an additional fallacy known as "equivocation," whereby a person changes the meaning of a word in the course of an argument. Normally, when we use the word "torture," we're referring to, say, restraining a person and deliberately inflicting intense pain in order to elicit a desired response (e.g. a confession). For instance, 1MoreMuslim's prophet Muhammad tortured a person name Kinana in order to find out where some money was hidden.
This is obviously the meaning of "torture" in "God does not torture babies." To say that God does not torture babies means that God doesn't hold babies down, inflicting intense pain in order to elicit a desired response.
But in the sentence "Babies face torture every day," the meaning of "torture" suddenly changes to simply "intense pain" (i.e. "babies face intense pain every day").
So according to 1MoreMuslim's dictionary, if a person experiences intense pain (from disease, hunger, etc.), the person has been "tortured." Strange definition. But let's grant 1MoreMuslim's equivocation and move on.
Here are the facts (stated without equivocation).
(1) David Wood does not believe God tortures babies.
(2) Babies endure intense suffering every day.
If 1MoreMuslim wants to defend his false dilemma, he'll first need to defend:
(3) Allowing someone to experience intense suffering is a form of torture.
I'm not sure how 1MoreMuslim could possibly defend (3), but any defense would have astounding implications. For instance, take any randomly selected starving person in the world. 1MoreMuslim probably has the ability to feed the starving person. But 1MoreMuslim doesn't feed the starving person. Hence, via (3), 1MoreMuslim has "tortured" the starving person. What an evil man 1MoreMuslim is! He's torturing millions of people around the world. 1MoreMuslim is worse than Hitler!
But perhaps 1MoreMuslim can attempt to corner God by modifying (3) to:
(4) Allowing someone to experience intense suffering without a morally sufficient reason is a form of torture.
Here 1MM could argue that, since human beings are limited in various ways, we have a morally sufficient reason for not preventing the suffering of babies. That is, someone like 1MoreMuslim is limited in resources (e.g. limited money, transportation, food, etc.), limited in intelligence (e.g. limited in his ability to solve problems), limited in knowledge (e.g. knowledge of people who are starving), and so on. Hence, we may be inclined to excuse someone like 1MoreMuslim and not accuse him of torturing babies when he doesn't feed them. God, however, isn't subject to such limitations, and so 1MM may claim that God has no excuse for not intervening.
Alas, even if we grant (4), 1MoreMuslim would then have to defend:
(5) God has no morally sufficient reason to allow babies to experience intense suffering.
But how could a creature of limited intelligence (such as 1MoreMuslim) ever be in a position to defend (5)? In order to know whether God has reasons for allowing babies to suffer, 1MM would need to have access to God's mind. Indeed, he would need to provide a convincing case for:
(6) If God has morally sufficient reasons for allowing babies to experience intense suffering, 1MoreMuslim will be aware of those reasons.
Now I challenge 1MoreMuslim to defend (6), for every philosopher in history who has tried to defend such premises has failed miserably. But 1MM needs to defend (6) if he wants us to consider his initial dilemma (i.e. either God has no control over our world, or God does not exist). Until then, we have to regard 1MM's argument as a silly attempt to deflect our attention away from the discussion we were already having.
MINNEAPOLIS–Two Minnesota women were convicted Thursday of conspiring to funnel money to a terrorist group in Somalia as part of what prosecutors called a "deadly pipeline" sending money and fighters from the U.S. to al-Shabab.
The jury deliberated about 20 hours since getting the case at the end of the day Monday.
Amina Farah Ali, 35, and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, 64, were each charged in federal court with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Ali also faced 12 counts of providing such support, for allegedly sending more than $8,600 to the group from September 2008 through July 2009, while Hassan faced two counts of lying to the FBI.
Both were found guilty on all counts. (Read more.)
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
“It's their vain desires in believing in a Man-God, which I find absolutely degrading to the Supreme Creator of all things.” – Kim the Muslimah
“I saw my Lord, the Exalted and Glorious in the most beautiful FORM…. He then placed HIS PALM between my shoulders and I felt its coldness in my chest…” – Kim’s prophet
According to the Islamic sources Allah is a “thing” and a “person”; he has a “soul” and a “spirit”; he has a “likeness,” “shape,” and “form”; he has a “face,” “eyes,” and “ears”; he has “arms” and “elbows”; he has “hands,” “palms,” “fingers” and “fingertips”; he has a “chest,” “waist,” and “side”; he has a “shin” and “feet”; and he has dimensions, mass, and weight. This is why Allah can be said to wear a veil, sit on a throne, live in a house, look out over a watchtower, ascend and descend, run, stroke a person’s back, shake hands, grasp things, etc. Furthermore, although it is not characteristic for him to do so, Allah can even converse directly with people, i.e. without the mediation of an angelic messenger, and he has even directly spoken in this life to a select few, was seen by Muhammad in this world and also on the occasion of his ascent, and will be seen by all Muslims at the great assize, antecedent to which event Muslims are even expected to have a mental picture of Allah by which they can identify him on that day. And for all that, Muslims have the audacity to malign Christians as those who believe in a “man-god”.
The body of evidence for the above statements is massive and the subject of a larger, forthcoming project to be published on Answering Islam. Hence, to prove the point that Allah has bodily limbs and anatomical features, I will limit my focus in this post to what the Islamic sources say about Allah’s hands.
To begin with, the following passage that speaks of Allah’s hand could simply be a figure of speech referring to Allah’s power and control,
Say: "O Allah. Lord of Power (And Rule), Thou givest power to whom Thou pleasest, and Thou strippest off power from whom Thou pleasest: Thou enduest with honour whom Thou pleasest, and Thou bringest low whom Thou pleasest: In THY HAND is all good. Verily, over all things Thou hast power. (S. 3:26; so likewise 3:73, 5:64, 23:88, 36:71, 83, 39:67, 48:10, 49:1, 57:29, 67:1)
just as “hand” can also be used figuratively for human beings, as in the following passage,
Make not thy hand tied (like a niggard's) to thy neck, nor stretch it forth to its utmost reach, so that thou become blameworthy and destitute. (S. 17:29; cf. 40:29, 41:26, 68:47)
But just like the figurative use of hands for human beings does not rule out that humans have hands or that the word hands can be predicated of human beings in a literal sense, as the Qur’an itself testifies in other verses,
O ye who believe! when ye prepare for prayer, wash your faces, and your hands (and arms) to the elbows; Rub your heads (with water); and (wash) your feet to the ankles. If ye are in a state of ceremonial impurity, bathe your whole body. But if ye are ill, or on a journey, or one of you cometh from offices of nature, or ye have been in contact with women, and ye find no water, then take for yourselves clean sand or earth, and rub therewith your faces and hands, Allah doth not wish to place you in a difficulty, but to make you clean, and to complete his favour to you, that ye may be grateful. (S. 5:6, Yusuf Ali)
so likewise, just because the word “hand” or “hands” may be used in some passages for Allah in a figurative sense does not mean they are never used for him in a literal sense. In this vein, the following statement about Allah’s hands clearly inclines toward a literal meaning:
(Allah) said: "O Iblis! What prevents thee from prostrating thyself to one [i.e. Adam] whom I have created with MY HANDS? Art thou haughty? Or art thou one of the high (and mighty) ones?" (S. 38:75)
The fact that Adam was created with Allah’s hands is given as a reason in the above passage why Satan’s refusal to worship Adam as commanded is met with incredulity by Allah. But if this is to be taken in a metaphorical sense, i.e. when it says Adam was made with Allah’s hands it means that he was created by Allah’s power, then it would imply that Satan and the other angels had the same reason (or that Allah had the same reason to command the angels) to bow down to anything and everything that they had for bowing down to Adam (or Allah had for commanding them to prostrate to Adam), for according to the Qur’an everything was made by Allah’s hands in a metaphorical sense.
This is made all the more clear from what is said in the following hadith about Adam’s creation, which is abundantly attested:
Narrated Anas: Allah's Apostle said, "The believers will be assembled on the Day of Resurrection and they will say, 'Let us look for someone to intercede for us with our Lord so that He may relieve us from this place of ours.' So they will go to Adam and say, 'You are Adam, the father of mankind, and Allah created you with HIS OWN HANDS and ordered the Angels to prostrate before you, and He taught you the names of all things; so please intercede for us with our Lord so that He may relieve us.' Adam will say, to them, 'I am not fit for that,' and then he will mention to them his mistake which he has committed.' " (Bukhari, 9:93:607; see also 4:55:556, 6:60:3, 6:60:236, 8:76:570, 9:93:507, 9:93:532; Muslim, 1:373, 1:378, 33:6411)
This same idea of the importance and uniqueness and high privilege of Adam based on being made by Allah's own hands is also invoked by Moses as grounds for finding aught with Adam:
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: There was an argument between Adam and Moses (peace be upon both of them) in the presence of their Lord. Adam got the better of Moses. Moses said: Are you that Adam whom Allah created with HIS HAND and breathed into him His sprit, and commanded angels to fall in prostration before him and He made you live in Paradise with comfort and ease. Then you caused the people to get down to the earth because of your lapse. Adam said: Are you that Moses whom Allah selected for His Messengership and for His conversation with him and conferred upon you the tablets, in which everything was clearly explained and granted you the audience in order to have confidential talk with you. What is your opinion, how long was the Torah written before I was created? Moses said: Forty years before. Adam said: Did you not see these words: Adam committed an error and he was enticed to (do so). He (Moses) said: Yes. Whereupon, he (Adam) said: Do you then blame me for an act which Allah had ordained for me forty years before He created me? Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: This is how Adam got the better of Moses. (Muslim, 33.6411)
Another version of this tradition tells us that Allah wrote the Torah for Moses with his hand.
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Adam and Moses argued with each other. Moses said to Adam. 'O Adam! You are our father who disappointed us and turned us out of Paradise.' Then Adam said to him, 'O Moses! Allah favored you with His talk (talked to you directly) and He wrote (the Torah) for you with HIS OWN HAND. Do you blame me for action which Allah had written in my fate forty years before my creation?' So Adam confuted Moses, Adam confuted Moses," the Prophet added, repeating the Statement three times. (Bukhari, 77.611)
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (way peace be upon him) as saying: There was an argument between Adam and Moses. Moses said to Adam: You are our father. You did us harm and caused us to get out of Paradise. Adam said to him: You are Moses. Allah selected you (for direct conversation with you) and wrote with HIS OWN HAND the Book (Torah) for you. Despite this you blame me for an act which Allah had ordained for me forty years before He created me. Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said:. This is how Adam came the better of Moses and Adam came the better of Moses. (Muslim, 33.6409)
It is hardly surprising then to read the following in Kitab al-Sunna:
"Allah wrote the Torah for Moses with His hand while leaning back on a rock, on tablets of pearl, and the screech of the quill could be heard. There was no veil between Him and him," (Vol. 1, p. 294)
Putting these narrations together, it would appear that Adam makes this retort to show the greatness of Moses’ error in blaming him for getting everyone kicked out of paradise. That is, Moses argued that Adam was uniquely created with Allah’s own hands, which points up the greatness of his sin, but, as Adam observes, Moses was uniquely given a book written with Allah’s own hand, which was a transcription of what Allah decreed before ever creating Adam, a fact that Moses should have realized before imputing guilt to Adam.
Summarizing the above, Adam, the father of mankind, is distinguished from others by the fact that he was created with Allah’s own hands, a fact that will cause people on the day of resurrection to seek him out as a potential intercessor with Allah, and which served as the grounds for Moses to indict him for committing a great sin, all of which must, therefore, indicate that something different is in view when it speaks of Adam being made with Allah’s hands than the metaphorical sense in which all things in general are said to be the work of Allah’s hands.
In fact, certain traditions prove this even further, limiting the number of things that were created directly by Allah’s hand or hands to three or four. If the above wasn’t enough, this conclusively demonstrates that the sense in which “hands” are being attributed to Allah in the account of the creation of Adam and in the hadith of intercession and the argument between Moses and Adam is not a mere metaphor as it may be in some other cases:
On the authority of al Haarith ibn Nawfal:
“Allaah created three things with HIS HAND:
1. He created Adam with HIS HAND.
2. He wrote the Tawraah with HIS HAND and
3. He planted Firdaus with HIS HAND.”
[Collected by ad Daylami, It was also collected by ad Darqutni in ‘As Sifaat’ P. 26 #28 and Abu Ash Shaikh in ‘Al ‘Udhmah’: 5/1555]
In another Hadeeth narrated by ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr:
“Indeed Allah - the Mighty and Majestic - created three things with HIS HAND; He created Adam with HIS HAND, He wrote the Torah with HIS HAND and He planted Firdaws with HIS HAND.”
[Collected by ad Darqutni in ‘As Sifaat’ P.45 and al Bayhaqi in ‘Al Asma was Sifat’: P. 403 on the authority of al Harith ibn Nawfal.]
It was authentically reported that ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar said:
“Allaah created four things with HIS HAND;
1. The Throne
2. The Pen
3. Aadam and
4. The paradise of ‘Adn.
He then said to the rest of the creation ‘Kun’ [Be] and it was.”
Adh Dhahabi stated in ‘Al ‘Uluw’: ‘It’s chain is good.’
Al Albaani stated in ‘Mukhtasar al ‘Uluw’ P.105: ‘The chain is authentic according to the conditions of Muslim.’
On the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn al Haarith who said; the Messenger of Allaah - صلى الله عليه و سلم - said:
“Allah created three things with HIS HAND; He created Adam with HIS HAND, He wrote the Torah with HIS HAND and He planted Firdaws with HIS HAND. He then said; “By my Glory, neither a drunkard nor a ‘Dayyooth’ will live in it”
The companions asked: ‘O Messenger of Allah, we know the drunkard, but who is the Dayyooth?’
He responded: “One who consents to evil in his family.”
[Collected by al Khira-ity in Masaawi al Akhlaaq: P.62, #426]
On the authority of ibn ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him:
“Allah created four things with HIS HAND: The throne, the paradise of ‘Adn, Adam and the Pen
He veiled the creation from Himself with four:
Fire, then darkness, then light, then darkness.”
Al Haakim stated: ‘The chain is authentic according to the conditions of both Bukhari and Muslim but they did not collect them [in their Saheehs].’
[Mukhtasar al ‘Uluw by al Albaani]
Ibnul Qayyim stated:
It has been authentically reported by both al Bukhari and Muslim in their Saheehs, that the Prophet - صلى الله عليه و سلم - said in the Hadeeth of the intercession: it will be said to Musa: ‘…You are Musa that Allah has specified with His [direct] Speech [to you] and wrote the Tablets for you with HIS HAND…’
[Bayaan Talbees al Jahmiyyah 1/153]
Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:
The people of knowledge stated that Allah did not create anything with HIS HAND except Adam, the Paradise of ‘Adn – for indeed he created it with His Hand, and He wrote the Torah with His Hand. These are three things that were by the HAND of Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic, as for [those of mankind] other than Adam , they were created by the word ‘Kun’ (be).
[Tafseer Surat al Kahf: P.89]
(The above is taken from the following source; emphasis mine)
Other hadiths of interest tell us that when Allah made Adam with his own hands he stroked or passed his right hand over Adam’s back in order to bring forth Adam’s offspring, which means that Allah was the first masseuse and that Adam received the first (and second) back message in history:
Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab: Muslim ibn Yasar al-Juhani said: When Umar ibn al-Khattab was asked about the verse "When your Lord took their offspring from the backs of the children of adam" - al-Qa'nabi recited the verse--he said: I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) say when he was questioned about it: Allah created adam, then passed HIS RIGHT HAND over his back, and brought forth from it his offspring, saying: I have these for Paradise and these will do the deeds of those who go to Paradise. He then passed HIS HAND over his back and brought forth from it his offspring, saying: I have created these for Hell, and they will do the deeds of those who go to Hell. A man asked: What is the good of doing anything, Apostle of Allah? The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: When Allah creates a servant for Paradise, He employs him in doing the deeds of those who will go to Paradise, so that his final action before death is one of the deeds of those who go to Paradise, for which He will bring him into Paradise. But when He creates a servant for Hell, He employs him in doing the deeds of those who will go to Hell, so that his final action before death is one of the deeds of those who go to Hell, for which He will bring him into Hell. (Sunan AbuDawud, 40.4686)
Yahya related to me from Malik from Zayd ibn Abi Unaysa that Abd al-Hamid ibn Abd ar-Rahman ibn Zayd ibn al-Khattab informed him from Muslim ibn Yasar al-Juhani that Umar ibn al-Khattab was asked about this ayat - "When your Lord took their progeny from the Banu adam from their backs and made them testify against themselves. 'Am I not your Lord?' They said, 'Yes, we bear witness' Lest you should say on the Day of Rising, 'We were heedless of that.'" (Sura 7 ayat 172) Umar ibn al-Khattab said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, being asked about it. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'Allah, the Blessed, the Exalted, created adam. Then He stroked his back with HIS RIGHT HAND, and progeny issued from it. He said, "I created these for the Garden and they will act with the behaviour of the people of the Garden." Then He stroked his back again and brought forth progeny from him. He said, "I created these for the Fire and they will act with the behaviour of the people of the Fire." 'A man said, 'Messenger of Allah! Then of what value are deeds?' The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, answered, 'When Allah creates a slave for the Garden, he makes him use the behaviour of the people of the Garden, so that he dies on one of the actions of the people of the Garden and by it He brings him into the Garden. When He creates a slave for the Fire, He makes him use the behaviour of the people of the Fire, so that he dies on one of the actions of the people of the Fire, and by it, He brings him into the Fire.'" (Malik’s Muwatta, 46.1.2)
Not to be outdone by Adam who received a divine back rub, Muhammad claims that Allah touched his chest:
Ibn Abbas reported that the Prophet said: My Lord came to me in the best FORM, whilst I was asleep, and said: O Muhammad, do you know what the angelic assembly is disputing about? I said: I do not! Then Allah placed HIS HAND between my shoulders until I felt Its coolness in my chest and I became aware of what was happening in Heaven and on earth... (Tirmidhi, pp. 82-83)
Other narrations, providing something of a synoptic perspective on this event, even mention Allah’s palm(s) and fingers:
Narrated AbdurRahman ibn A'ish: Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: I saw my Lord, the Exalted and Glorious in the most beautiful form. He said: What do the Angels in the presence of Allah contend about? I said: Thou art the most aware of it. He then placed HIS PALM between my shoulders and I felt its coldness in my chest and I came to know what was in the Heavens and the Earth. He recited: 'Thus did we show Ibrahim the kingdom of the Heavens and the Earth and it was so that he might have certainty.' (6:75) Darimi reported it in a mursal form and Tirmidhi also reported. (Tirmidhi Hadith, Number 237- ALIM CD-ROM Version)
Narrated Mu'adh ibn Jabal: Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) was detained one morning from observing the dawn prayer (in congregation) along with us till the sun had almost appeared on the horizon. He then came out hurriedly and Iqamah for prayer was observed and he conducted it (prayer) in brief form. When he had concluded the prayer by saying As-salamu alaykum wa Rahmatullah, he called out to us saying: Remain in your places as you were. Then turning to us he said: I am going to tell you what detained me from you (on account of which I could not join you in the prayer) in the morning. I got up in the night and performed ablution and observed the prayer as had been ordained for me. I dozed in my prayer till I was overcome by (sleep) and lo, I found myself in the presence of my Lord, the Blessed and the Glorious, in the best FORM. He said: Muhammad! I said: At Thy service, my Lord. He said: What these highest angels contend about? I said: I do not know. He repeated it thrice. He said: Then I saw Him put HIS PALMS between my shoulder blades till I felt the coldness of HIS FINGERS between the two sides of my chest. Then everything was illuminated for me and I could recognize everything. He said: Muhammad! I said: At Thy service, my Lord. He said: What do these high angels contend about? I said: In regard to expiations. He said: What are these? I said: Going on foot to join congregational prayers, sitting in the mosques after the prayers, performing ablution well despite difficulties. He again said: Then what do they contend? I said: In regard to the ranks. He said: What are these? I said: Providing of food, speaking gently, observing the prayer when the people are asleep. He again said to me: Beg (Your Lord) and say: O Allah, I beg of Thee (power) to do good deeds, and abandon abominable deeds, to love the poor, that Thou forgive me and show mercy to me and when Thou intendst to put people to trial Thou causes me to die unblemished and I beg of Thee Thy love and the love of one who loves Thee and the love for the deed which brings me near to Thy love. Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: It is a truth, so learn it and teach it. Transmitted by Ahmad, Tirmidhi who said: This is a hasan sahih hadith and I asked Muhammad ibn Isma'il about this hadith and he said: It is a sahih hadith. (Tirmidhi Hadith, Number 245; ALIM CD-ROM Version)
Hence, it should hardly come as a surprise to learn that Allah will even shake hands with people on the day of judgment:
'Ubayy b. Ka'b (Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "The first person with whom ALLAH will SHAKE HANDS (on the Day of Judgment), will be 'Umar; and he will be the first man to whom Allah will pay salutation (say: Assalamu 'alaika) and he will be the first man whom He will HOLD with HIS HAND and make him enter the Paradise." (Online Source)
One can only imagine the interesting four way argument all of this could generate between Adam (who was created with Allah’s own hands), Moses (who received the book written with Allah’s own hand), Muhammad (whose chest Allah touched) and Umar (who was promised to be the first with whom Allah will shake hands).
Having said before that some statements about Allah’s hands could well (and probably were) intended figuratively by Muhammad in those specific instances, it should be stated not only that some Muslims have and do hold that Allah literally has hands on the basis of other verses and hadith narrations that I have argued were intended literally, such as Surah 38:75 and the narrations on seeking the intercession of Adam since he was made with Allah’s hands, but that even those verses and narrations that could be meant figuratively are also to be accepted as proof that Allah literally has hands. Here is how one Muslim frames the argument:
when we say the clausal phrase “the kingdom is in the hand of Phillip” the most obviously understood meaning implied here is that the kingdom is under his dominion and rule, and not in the literal thing called hand with five fingers etc. However, the grammarians o[f] the religion pointed out that in order for an attributed to be attributed to an individual like this expression above, then the prerequisite of using such an expression is that the subject must be among the class or genre of those things that have an actual hand. In other words, for simplicity, we coul not say “the food is in the hand of the table” because the subject being discussed i.e. the table, is not among the genre or things which actually have hands.
Likewise when Allah says
“Nay, both of My Hands are outstretched” the obvious meaning hinted in this ayaah is that His generaosity knows no limit and it is not pointing to the literal thing of a Hand. However, it is becaue Allah has Hands which qualifies Allah to be the subject of attributed this ayaah for Him. WHY? because He is among the class or thing which actually has Hands. In other words, if Allah did not have hands, then the person who subscribed to this viewpointm from a grammtical level is attributing illogic to Allah because Allah attributed this ayaah to Himself without possessing the Attribute of Hands.
However, in other ayaa, He says
“Why have you not bowed down to one whom I have created with My Own Hands”
The obvious meaning here does not leav[e] us with the obvious meaning of the first, because in this ayaah, the bounties of Allah is not what is being implied here, but the actual merit of Adam because of the fact that Adam was created by Allah’s literal Hands. SO here, Hands means Hands, it is just that we have no grasp, or understanding of what these Hands are. This is the reality of knowing the meaning and not knowing the nature. (Ash’ari Contentions: On Tafweedh and Allah’s Hand)
Note that according to the above, while some verses are using "hand(s)" figuratively, Surah 38:75 is not. In addition, even those verses where "hand(s)" is being used figuratively, the "grammarians of the religion" maintain that such words can only be used figuratively for something that has these things literally. On the possibility of the soundness of this claim, and at least in the case of such Muslims who take this approach, many other verses and narrations from the Qur’an and Sunnah would also apply, such as the following:
"And believe no one unless he follows your religion." Say: "True guidance is the Guidance of God: (Fear ye) Lest a revelation be sent to someone (else) Like unto that which was sent unto you? or that those (Receiving such revelation) should engage you in argument before your Lord?" Say: "All bounties are in the HAND of God: He granteth them to whom He pleaseth: And God careth for all, and He knoweth all things." S. 3:73
The Jews say: "God's hand is tied up." Be their hands tied up and be they accursed for the (blasphemy) they utter. Nay, both HIS HANDS are widely outstretched: He giveth and spendeth (of His bounty) as He pleaseth. But the revelation that cometh to thee from God increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. Amongst them we have placed enmity and hatred till the Day of Judgment. Every time they kindle the fire of war, God doth extinguish it; but they (ever) strive to do mischief on earth. And God loveth not those who do mischief. S. 5:64
Say: "Who is it in whose HANDS is the governance of all things, - who protects (all), but is not protected (of any)? (say) if ye know." S. 23:88
See they not that it is We Who have created for them - among the things which OUR HANDS have fashioned - cattle, which are under their dominion? – S. 36:71
So glory to HIM in WHOSE HANDS is the dominion of all things: and to Him will ye be all brought back. S. 36:83
No just estimate have they made of God, such as is due to Him: On the Day of Judgment the whole of the earth will be but HIS HANDFUL, and the heavens will be rolled up in HIS RIGHT HAND: Glory to Him! High is He above the Partners they attribute to Him! S. 39:67
Verily those who plight their fealty to thee do no less than plight their fealty to God: the HAND of God is over their hands: then any one who violates his oath, does so to the harm of his own soul, and any one who fulfils what he has covenanted with God, - God will soon grant him a great Reward. S. 48:10
That the People of the Book may know that they have no power whatever over the Grace of God, that (His) Grace is (entirely) in HIS HAND, to bestow it on whomsoever He wills. For God is the Lord of Grace abounding. S. 57:29
Blessed be He in Whose HANDS is Dominion; and He over all things hath Power; - S. 67:1
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "Allah said, ‘The offspring of Adam abuse the Dahr (Time), and I am the Dahr; in MY HANDS are the night and the day!’" (Sahih al-Bukhari, 8.73.200)
Narrated Abu Huraira: "The Prophet said, ‘Allah said: "The son of Adam hurts Me by abusing Time, for I am Time; in MY HANDS are all things and I cause the revolution of night and day."’" (See Hadith No. 351, Vol. 6) (Bukhari, 9.93.583)
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "On the Day of Resurrection Allah will hold the whole earth and fold the heaven with HIS RIGHT HAND and say, 'I am the King: where are the kings of the earth?" ' (Sahih Bukhari, 9.93.479)
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "Allah's Hand is full, and (its fullness) is not affected by the continuous spending, day and night." He also said, "Do you see what He has spent since He created the Heavens and the Earth? Yet all that has not decreased what is in HIS HAND." He also said, "His Throne is over the water and in HIS OTHER HAND is the balance (of Justice) and He raises and lowers (whomever He will)." (See Hadith No. 206, Vol. 6) (Sahih Bukhari, 9.93.508)
Narrated Ibn 'Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will grasp the whole Earth by HIS HAND, and all the Heavens in HIS RIGHT, and then He will say, 'I am the King." Abu Huraira said, "Allah's Apostle said," Allah will GRASP the Earth...' " (Sahih Bukhari,9.93.509)
Narrated 'Abdullah: A Jew came to the Prophet and said, "O Muhammad! Allah will hold the heavens on a FINGER, and the mountains on a FINGER, and the trees on a FINGER, and all the creation on a FINGER, and then He will say, 'I am the King.' " On that Allah's Apostle smiled till his premolar teeth became visible, and then recited:-- 'No just estimate have they made of Allah such as due to him....(39.67) 'Abdullah added: Allah's Apostle smiled (at the Jew's statement) expressing his wonder and believe [sic?] in what was said. (Sahih Bukhari, 9.93.510)
Narrated 'Abdullah: A man from the people of the scripture came to the Prophet and said, "O Abal-Qasim! Allah will hold the Heavens upon a FINGER, and the Earth on a FINGERand the land on a FINGER, and all the creation on a FINGER, and will say, 'I am the King! I am the King!' " I saw the Prophet (after hearing that), smiling till his premolar teeth became visible, and he then recited: -- 'No just estimate have they made of Allah such as due to him... (39.67) (Sahih Bukhar, 9.93.511)
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "The RIGHT (HAND) of Allah Is full, and (Its fullness) is not affected by the continuous spending night and day. Do you see what He has spent since He created the Heavens and the Earth? Yet all that has not decreased what is in HIS RIGHT HAND. His Throne is over the water and in His other Hand is the Bounty or the Power to bring about death, and He raises some people and brings others down." (See Hadith No. 508) (Sahih Bukhari, 9.93.515)
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "If somebody gives in charity something equal to a date from his honestly earned money ----for nothing ascends to Allah except good---- then Allah will take it in HIS RIGHT (HAND) and bring it up for its owner as anyone of you brings up a baby horse, till it becomes like a mountain." Abu Huraira said: The Prophet. said, "Nothing ascends to Allah except good." (Sahih Bukhari, 9.93.525y)
It is reported on the authority of al-Mughira b. Shu'ba that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Moses asked his Lord: Who amongst the inhabitants of Paradise is the lowest to rank? He (Allah) said: The person who would be admitted into Paradise last of all among those deserving of Paradise who are admitted to it. I would be said to him: Enter Paradise. He would say: O my Lord! how (should I enter) while the people have settled in their apartments and taken the shares (portions)? It would be said to him: Would you be pleased if there be for you like the kingdom of a king amongst the kings of the world? He would say: I am pleased my Lord. He (Allah) would say: For you is that, and like that, and like that, and like that, and that. He would say at the fifth (point): I am well pleased. My Lord. He (Allah) would say: It is for you and, ten times like it, and for you is what your self desires and your eye enjoys. He would say: I am well pleased, my Lord. He (Moses) said: (Which is) the highest of their (inhabitants of Paradise) ranks? He (Allah) said: They are those whom I choose. I establish their honour with MY OWN HAND and then set a seal over it (and they would be blessed with Bounties) which no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no human mind has perceived: and this is substantiated by the Book of Allah, Exalted and Great:" So no soul knows what delight of the eye is hidden for them; a reward for what they did" (xxxii. 17). (Muslim, 1.363)
Narrated 'Abdullah: A Jew came to the Prophet and said, "O Muhammad! Allah will HOLD the heavens on a FINGER, and the mountains on a FINGER, and the trees on a Finger, and all the creation on a FINGER, and then He will say, 'I am the King.' "On that Allah's Apostle smiled till his premolar teeth became visible, and then recited:-- 'No just estimate have they made of Allah such as due to him....(39.67) 'Abdullah added: Allah's Apostle smiled (at the Jew's statement) expressing his wonder and believe in what was said. (Sahih Bukhari, 9.93.510)
Narrated 'Abdullah: A man from the people of the scripture came to the Prophet and said, "O Abal-Qasim! Allah will HOLD the heavens on a FINGER, and the mountains on a FINGER, and the trees on a Finger, and all the creation on a FINGER, and will say, 'I am the King! I am the King!' " I saw the Prophet (after hearing that), smiling till his premolar teeth became visible, and he then recited: -- 'No just estimate have they made of Allah such as due to him... (39.67) (Sahih Bukhari, 9.93.511)
All of this means that Muslims are far from being in anything even remotely close to an enviable position when they mischaracterize and ridicule the Christian doctrine of the incarnation as belief in a man-god. After all, there is a big difference between saying that one of the persons of the Godhead took on a human nature at a point in time in addition to his eternal, unchanging divine nature, such that it can be said that the Divine Word or Son, not by virtue of His eternal divinity but by virtue of assuming a human nature, literally has a face, hands, feet, etc., and saying that God qua God, that is, God as He is in Himself and apart from a voluntary act of condescension in taking a human nature upon Himself, actually has anatomical features like those possessed by human creatures. The same principle applies to the incarnation-anticipating theophanies of the Old Testament and to any and all other acts of divine self-humbling whereby the Ineffable, Inscrutable, Incomprehensible God manifests Himself and makes Himself known to His creatures, whether in heaven, on earth, or under the earth.
In conclusion, all Christians should find what is taught in the Islamic sources about Allah being a man-god “absolutely degrading to the Supreme Creator of all things.” God is far above the attributes they associate with Him.