THE ONLY SALES-POINT
"MOST INFLUENTIAL MEN"
Recently, an American historical researcher and
mathematician, Michael H. Hart, published a book : "THE 100, THE TOP
HUNDRED OR THE GREATEST HUNDRED IN HISTORY." In his book he gives the names of the 100 "Most
Influential Men in History" and his reasons for their positions in
his list. Amazingly, he (most probably a Christian) puts
Muhummed (peace be upon him) FIRST1 in his hundred, and with good reasons too. And with equally
good reasons he places Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), the man
accepted as "Lord" and "Saviour" by nearly all his fellow Americans,
can read this chapter here – <!a href="http://www.jamaat.net/hart/introtop100.html">Muhammed (pbuh) No.1<!/a>,
A Chapter by Michael H. Hart. I
have also placed the chapter on Jesus Christ along side it
REAL FOUNDER OF CHRISTIANITY
Though there are at the moment 200 million more
nominal Christians in the world than the 1000 million Muslims, Mr. Hart
divides the credit for founding Christianity between Paul and Jesus,
and he gives the greater portion to Paul. Hence the 3rd position for
Jesus. Every knowledgeable Christian concedes that the real founder of
Christianity is St. Paul and not Jesus Christ (peace be upon him).
REASON FOR DIFFERENCE
In any event, if there is any division between a
Muslim and a Christian on the grounds of dogma, belief, ethics or
morality, then the cause of such conflict could be traced to an
utterance of Paul found in his books of Corinthians, Phillipians,
Galatians, Thessolanians, etc., in the Bible.
As against the teaching of the Master (Jesus) that
salvation only comes through keeping of the commandments (Mathew 19:16-17), Paul nails
the law and the commandments to the cross Paul
nails the law and the commandments to the cross (Colossians
2:14) 1 and claims that salvation can only be obtained through the
death and resurrection of Jesus Christ:-
"If Christ be not risen from the dead, then our
preaching is vain, and your faith is also vain."
(1 Corinthians 15:14)
of the multifarious letters/correspondence of Paul among the 27 Books
of the New Testament.
THE KING-PIN OF CHRISTIANITY
According to St. Paul, there is nothing that Christianity can offer
mankind, other than the blood and gore of Jesus. If Jesus did NOT die,
and he was NOT resurrected from the dead, then there can be NO
salvation in Christianity! "For all your good deeds", says the
Christian dogmatist, "are like filthy rags" — (Isaiah
NO CRUCI-FICTION — NO
"THE DEATH OF JESUS ON THE CROSS IS THE CENTRE
OF ALL CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY. . . ALL CHRISTIAN STATEMENTS ABOUT GOD,
ABOUT CREATION, ABOUT SIN AND DEATH HAVE THEIR FOCAL POINT IN THE
CRUCIFIED CHRIST. ALL CHRISTIAN STATEMENTS ABOUT HISTORY, ABOUT THE
CHURCH, ABOUT FAITH AND SANCTIFICATION, ABOUT THE FUTURE AND ABOUT HOPE
STEM FROM THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST", says Professor Jurgen Moltmann in his
— "The Crucified God".1
The bulk of Christendom accept Jesus Christ as God incarnate — God in
human flesh. According to the Christian dogma, Jesus must die as God,
for a million human sacrifices cannot redeem mankind from their sin.
In a nutshell. No CrucifixionI — No Christianity! This is the
experience of us Muslims, in this ocean of Christianity, which is South
Africa. A thousand sects and denominations of Christianity are vying
with one another to redeem the "heathen" (as
they say) from hell-fire. However, in this battle no Christian priest,
parson or predikant, or hot-gospeller, local or imported, will ever
endeavour to teach the Muslim something about hygiene; for we
Muslims can claim to be the most hygienic people (I am talking about
personal hygiene). Nor do they endeavour to teach us about
hospitality; for we are the most hospitable of people. Nor about
ethics or morality; for we are the most moral people — (as a whole)
i.e. we don't drink, we don't gamble, we don’t date, court or dance; we
pray 5 times a day, we fast for one whole month during the Muslim Holy
month of Ramadaan; and we take pleasure in being a charitable
people. Despite any of our shortcomings, we venture to suggest that
there is not another group of people that can "show a candle" to us in
brotherhood, in piety or in sobriety.
BLOOD FOR SALVATION
"Yes! Yes!" says the Christian missionary,
"but you do not have salvation." Because salvation comes "only
through the blood of the lord Jesus". "All your good works are like
filthy rags", he says. "If only you Muslims would accept the redeeming
blood of Jesus, and take Jesus as your 'Personal Saviour', you Muslims,
then would be like angels walking the earth."
AN ANSWER SUPREME
What are we Muslims to say to this Christian claim? Nothing better
than Allah's shattering reply to the Jewish boast!.
(SURA NISAA) Holy Qur’an 4:157
Allah is the name of God Almighty in the Semitic languages, i.e. in the
language of Moses, Jesus and Muhummed (May the peace of God be upon
them all). Read — "What is His Name?" for elaboration.
of Doubts!" — In a state of confusion.
Knowledge!" — In ignorance.
follow Conjecture!" — Guess work—Fiction!
Could anyone have been more EXPLICIT, more EMPHATIC, more DOGMATIC,
more UN-COMPROMISING in rejecting the dogma of a faith than this? "IMPOSSIBLE!"
is the answer. The only One Who could, would be the All-Knowing, the
Omniscient, the Omnipotent Lord of the Universe — GOD ALMIGHTY Himself!
The Muslim believes this categorical Quranic statement to be from
God. Hence he asks no questions and seeks for no proof.
Had the Christians accepted the Holy Quran as the Word of God, the
problem of the crucifixion would never have arisen. They vehemently
oppose the Quranic teaching and attack everything Islamic. In the words
of Thomas Carlyle — "THEY (the Christians) HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO HATE
THE MAN MOHAMED AND HIS RELIGION.