Saturday, March 1, 2014

Muslim Claims That Muhammad Is God (an Examination of Habakkuk 3:3)

Muslims often criticize other religions for idolatry, when Islam is full of idolatry (bowing down to the Kaaba, taking a pilgrimage to the Kaaba, walking circles around the Kaaba, kissing the black stone embedded in the corner of the Kaaba, etc.). Islam is especially idolatrous when it comes to Muhammad. You can post all the cartoons you want about Adam, Moses, or Jesus, but as soon as someone posts a cartoon about Muhammad, people have to die.

But there's another important way that Muslims idolize Muhammad. They become so desperate to find references to him in the Bible that they start applying passages about God to Muhammad! Let's look at an example.

Earlier, a Muslim named Mohammed Bakir claimed on Facebook that Muhammad is prophesied in Habakkuk 3:3. Here's what he posted:

Such a claim is startling to anyone who's actually read Habakkuk, because it's clear that "Holy One" is a reference to God. Here's the verse in context:

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.
"Lord, I have heard the report about You and I fear.
O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years,
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy.
God comes from Teman,
And the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah.
His splendor covers the heavens,
And the earth is full of His praise.
His radiance is like the sunlight;
He has rays flashing from His hand,
And there is the hiding of His power." (Habakkuk 3:1-4)

Obviously, the "Holy One" is God himself, so I responded to Mohammed:

I assumed that Mohammed would drop the issue as soon as he realized that the verse refers to God, but he pressed on:

So many errors, so little time!

First, Mohammed says that "Holy One" should not be capitalized, because it doesn't refer to God (and that it was only translated with capitals so that infidels could deny prophecies about Muhammad). But the same word is used by the same prophet in the same book. Habakkuk 1:12 reads:

Are You not from everlasting,
O Lord, my God, my Holy One?
We will not die.
You, O Lord, have appointed them to judge;
And You, O Rock, have established them to correct.

Does this also refer to Muhammad? Is Muhammad "my God"? Is Muhammad "from everlasting"?

Second, "Holy One," in Habakkuk 3:3, can't refer to a pious human being, because the verse continues by saying of this Holy One that "His splendor covered the heavens." If Mohammed is telling us that his prophet's "splendor covered the heavens," he indeed believes that Muhammad is God!

Third, Mohammed says that "Teman" refers to Medina. But even if we go with his absurd theory about "Holy One," the text clearly says that it's God who comes from Teman. So once again, Mohammed is trying to convince us that his prophet is God.

Fourth, Mohammed assures us that Paran is Mecca. But the Paran of the Old Testament was a wilderness that the Jews went through on their way to the land of Israel (Mount Paran is in northwestern Sinai, quite a distance from Mecca):

Numbers 10:12—And the children of Israel took their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Paran.

Numbers 12:16—And afterward the people removed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran.

Numbers 13:3—And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.

Numbers 13:26—And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.

Deuteronomy 1:1—These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Red sea, between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab.

Hence, according to Mohammed, the Jews spent an awful lot of time in Mecca on their way to the holy land!

Fifth, Mohammed argues that, since "Paran" refers to Mecca, Habakkuk's statement about Paran must be a prophecy about Muhammad. But even if Paran did refer to Mecca (which it obviously doesn't), 3:3 would simply be recounting the Israelite journey to the holy land, when God accompanied them as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. This is exactly how the Old Testament describes God's presence with the Children of Israel:

Deuteronomy 33:1-2—And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. And he said, "The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; He shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: From his right hand went a fiery law for them."

Psalm 68:7-8, 17—O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, When thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah. The earth shook, the heavens also dropped At the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved At the presence of God, the God of Israel. ... The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: The Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.

Sixth, since Mohammed assures us that Teman is Medina, we shouldn't ignore other Old Testament prophecies about Teman:

Amos 1:12—“So I will send fire upon Teman And it will consume the citadels of Bozrah.”

Obadiah 1:8-9—“Will I not on that day,” declares the Lord, “destroy wise men from Edom and understanding from the mountain of Esau? Then your mighty men will be dismayed, O Teman, so that everyone may be cut off from the mountain of Esau by slaughter."

Hence, if Teman is Medina, God is promising to punish Muslims in Medina and to destroy them "by slaughter"!

Of course, to anyone who reads Habakkuk without desperately trying to force Muhammad into the text, the meaning of the book is perfectly clear. But Muhammad claimed that the scriptures of Jews and Christians contain clear prophecies about him (Qur'an 7:157), which means that he was a false prophet if these prophecies don't exist. Muslims have become so desperate to find some mention of Muhammad that they have managed to call him "God." Utter blasphemy.


R S Roudh said...

Many Muslims do not even care that their appeal to the Bible for confirmation of Muhammad’s prophetic credentials is extremely questionable. They even reject the clear testimony of their own book for the authenticity of the Bible. The only thing that concerns them is that they must die as Muslims. They know they must do this because Muhammad told them so.

Nakdimon said...

How does he even know Habakuk is a prophet?

bob said...

The Holy One of Habakkuk 1:12 and 3:3 (and Luke 4:33-35), who is Christ, the Son, is spoken of throughout Scripture and can be found in 2Kings 19:22; Job 6:10; Psalm 71:22, 78:41; Isaiah 1:4 (about 30 times throughout Isaiah); Jeremiah 50:29, 51:5; Ezekiel 39:7; Hosea 11:9; Habakkuk 1:12, 3:3; Mark 1:24; Luke 4:34 and 1John 2:20.

In fact, all the devils/demons/evil spirits are subject to his authority and fear him greatly...

there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to destroy us? I know you, who you are – the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” Luke 4:33-35.

...and they, unlike our Muslim friends, know EXACTLY who He is...

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble! James 2:19

…– the Creator of the heavens and the earth, Jesus, the Word (John 1:1-14), who was God manifested in the flesh (1Timothy 2:5; 3:16 and 1Corinthians 15:45, 47).

Carlos said...

HOLY ONE = in arabic means AL-Quddus , which is one of the 99 sacred names of Allah

According to islam itself attributing such name or title upon created beings(e.g Muhammad) is sin of shirk

Tope Akinyele said...

Was amaze to see this


Qur'an 3:54—And they (the unbelievers) planned to deceive, and Allah planned to deceive (the unbelievers), and Allah is the best of deceivers.

Qur'an 7:99—Are they then safe from Allah's deception? No one feels safe from Allah's deception except those that shall perish.

Qur'an 8:30—And (remember) when the unbelievers plotted deception against you (O Muhammad), to imprison you, or kill you, or expel you. They plotted deception, but Allah also plotted deception; and Allah is the best of deceivers.

Thanks for this light shared