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  1. 1. GreatLove JesusMy Great Love for Jesus Led Me to Islam Led Me to Islam By Curuballo Simon Alfredo Caraballo Simon M.5., TexasA&M, USA M.S., Texas A&M, USA Marvam Abo Maryam
  2. 2. The Quranic translations used herein were extracted fromThe Quranic translations used herein were extractedthe SAREER INTERNATIONAL TRANSLATION of thethe SAHEEH INTERNATIONAL TRANSLATION ofQuran and the Biblical texts from the KING JAMESQuran and the texts from theVERSION.VERSION. 213dcc 1429/9333 2 13 d L 4 2 9 /9 3 L . D , N O . L 4 2 9 /3 3 L.D.NO.1429/933 9 ISBNN9 7 8 -9 9 6 05 9 -5 2 9-O I SB :978-9960-59-529-0 : - All l rights reserved d r compiler fo A l r i g h tsre se rve for co mp i l er sam@myloveforjesus.com sam@my loveforjesus. m co 00966552200985 0096655220098s
  3. 3. My GreatLoveForJesusLed MeTo lsl6m I My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Islam WContentsContentsI.I. Introduction Introduction................ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 . . . .II.II. M y E x p e r i e n ciin t h e U n i t e dS t a t e o f A m e r i c a . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 . . . . . . My Experience e the United States s America n of .III.III. The Gospels TheGospels 11 . . . . . . . . .I.IIV.IV. The Authenticity of the Qurdn T h e A u t h e n t i c i t o f t h eQ u r d n y 21 ...........................21V.V. The Life and Mission o Jesus of T h e L i f e a n dM i s s i o n f J e s u s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26. . 2 6 ..VI. Prophet MuhammadV I . P r o p h eM u h a m m a d . . . . t 33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 . . . .3VII. Doctrines s Christianity a n IsliimV I I . D o c t r i n e o f C h r i s t i a n i tandd[ s 1 a m . . . . . of y 51 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.l. . . The Trinity T h eT r i n i t y . . . . 52 . . . . . . . . .2 5 The Divinityyof Jesus s TheDivinit of Jesu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6. . 5. 56 The DivineeSonshipi p . . . . . . . . . . . TheDivin Sonsh . . . . . . . . . .6 l. . 61 The Original lS i n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T h e O r i g i n a Sin . . . . . . . .63 6.3 . Islam: The Monotheistic Religion of All the Prophets Islam: The Monotheistic Religion the Prophets......... 73 ..,....73VIII. My Final Step Toward Islam: The Influence Of Jesus On MyVIll. Isldnt:Thclnfluence Jesus On Final SteploivardConversionoTo Islam n t . . . . . . . . .Conversi To 1s1a n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...78. 7.8 .IX.. H o r v lIslam rAffectedeMy lLife f - e . . . . . . . . . .I X How s / a r A l l e c t d M , L i . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81. . . . . 8 1 ..X. How My Conversion Affected Others LivesX. Ilorv Conversion AffcctedOthers Lives 85 ......... 85XI. WhennReligion n s InculcatedeBy Compulsion o n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88. . . . . . . . .X L W h e R e l i g i o Is I n c u l c a t 8 1 C o m p u 1 s i I d 8.8 . Open Invitation the Popeand The Rest The WorldXII. An Open Invitation to the Pope and The Rest Of The World toLeadersLeadcrs . 95Appendix - Comparison ChartAppendix Comparison Chart... 99
  4. 4. WI frfyGreatLoveForJesusLedMeTo lslAm My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Islam I. Introduction I. Introduction As a Catholic, II was led to believe that Catholicism Catholic, was believe Catholicism was the only true religion, and that Judaism was only a was true religion, and that Judaism was preparation for Christianity. Hence the other religions preparation Christianity. Hence the other religions were all false. In fact, I only heardaboutIsldmfor the first were false. fact, I heard about Islam for the time in 1978. I had learnedthat Muslims believedin the time 1978.I had learned that Muslims believed the divine origin of Christianity and Judaism. The Qur an divine origin of Christianityand Judaism.The Qurdn indicatesthat Allah (the propernamefor God in the Arabic indicates that (the proper name the language)had sentprophetsto every land in order to guide language) had sent prophets every land order guide people the path oftruth and righteousness. peopleto the path oftruth and righteousness. order carve the Christian message into the depths In order to carvethe Christianmessage into the depths of my subconscious, the Catholic Church designed a subconscious, the Catholic Church designed program which, when applied from childhood, had a very program which, when applied from childhood, had retention. This program affected high probability of retention. This program affected high probability peoples beliefs and their behaviorfor the rest peoples beliefs and their behavior for the rest of their their the centralfigure is Jesusand the lives. In this scheme, the central figure is Jesus and the lives. In this scheme, rites are mostly relatedto events surroundinghis birth, rites are mostly related to events surrounding his birth, supposed deathand resurrection; frorl his birlh, assumed supposed death and resurrection; from his birth, assumed be in December, his allegedcrucifixion on Easter. to be in December, to his alleged crucifixion on Easter. to These religious rites were introducedby human beings These religious rites were introduced by human beings many centuries afterJesus depafture ratherthan by Divine many centuries after Jesus departure rather than by Divine Revelation. Revelation. According to tradition in Venezttela, midnight on at According to tradition in Venezuela, at midnight on December 24 th I used to wait for the arrival of Jesus to December24" nsed to rvait for the arrival Jesusto bring the gifts that had requested rny yearly wish in bring the gifts that I had requested in my yearly wish letter. Being frorn a poor family, and having several letter. Being from a poor family, and having several that it was very difficult brothers and sisters, I understood that it was very difficult brothersand sisters,I understood to bring me rvhat I had askedfor. But I for "Child Jesus" to bring me what I had asked for. But I for "Child Jesus" was often confused and puzzled becauseif Jesus had was often confused and puzzled because if Jesus had performedso many miraclesas I had learnedfrom nuns perfonned so many miracles as I had learned from nuns and priests,why was he not able to bring me a tricycle? and priests, why was he not able to bring me a tricycle? Wasrrt that requcsteasier fbr Him than bringing dead Wasnt that request easier for Him than bringing dead
  5. 5. Love Jesus MeTotstam For Led p My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Islam p MyGreatpeopleback life? Thus, severalyears,the conceptpeople back to life? Thus, for several years, the concept of"Child Jesus" left me disappointed."Child Jesus"left me disappointed. Easterwas approaching, used watch televised As Easter was approaching, I used to watch televisedstories how Jesuswas abuseduntil he was hung on astories of how Jesus was abused until he was hung on across be crucified. really wantedto climb inside thecross to be crucified. I really wanted to climb inside the set and help him somehow. askedGod to help him,TV set and help him somehow. I asked God to help him,and asked not to let His son be crucified. In theand asked Him not to let His son be crucified. In theend, would hide and cry because was taughtthat "menend, I would hide and cry because I was taught that "mendo not cry." could not understand rvhy suchbrutalitywasdo not cry." I could not understand why such brutality wasinflicted on such a good rnan. As a child, this incidentinflicted on such a good man. As a child, this incidentcultivatedin me an intenselove for this great prophetcultivated in me an intense love for this great prophet ofGod. other children,perhaps toys they receivedGod. As for other children, perhaps the toys they received theon Christmas - as an answer to their wish letters - was theon Christmas as an answerto their wish letters was thecause their affectiontowardsJesus.cause of their affection towards Jesus. the objective the Churchwas to somehowinfuse If the objective of the Church was to somehow infuse reverence for Jesus,in my case they werea feeling of reverence for Jesus, in my case they werea feelingsuccessful. learnedto love Jesusmore than my ownsuccessful. I learned to love Jesus more than my ownparents. However,rvhile still a child, started question toparents. However, while still a child, I stal1ed to questionthe porver God. The corrcept that had about God wasthe power of God. The concept that I had about God wasthat He could do r.vhatever rvanted. had created He I{ethat He could do whatever He wanted. He had created the theuniverse, earth. sun,the rnoon.the stars, the and ltumanuniverse, the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars, and human thebeings. wondeled rvhy He could not save Jesusfrombeings. I wondered why He could not save Jesus frombeing crucified on the cross. In order to resolve thisbeing crucified on the cross. In order to resolve thisdilemma, on one occasion clirnbeda small wall in thedilemma, on one occasion I climbed a small wall in the house and cliallengedGod, saying: "lfbackyard of my house and challenged God, saying: "Ifbackyard are really so porvcrful, and can do uhatever You like,You are really so powerful, and can do whatever You like,thenrnakenie f1yr.vhen Ijump {rom this rvall.Otherrvise,then make me fly when I jump from this wall. Otherwise, I not believethat You are so poucrfll, becausewill not believe that You arc so powcrful, because You Youcould not save Jesusfrom the cross either." Fofiunately,could not save Jesus from the cross either." Fortunately,the wall nas not so high and l fell to the ground. Withthe wall was not so high and I fell to the ground. Withevery attemptto fl1 becarne r.noreand rnore convincedevery attempt to fly I became more and more convincedthat God rvasnot so porveriulalier all. childishanalysisthat God was not so powcrful after all. A childish analysisindeedindeed!!
  6. 6. WI My GreatLoveForJesusLedMeTo lslAm Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Ishim ", Later on in life when I startedhigh school,my parents when I started high school, parents allowed me to work with an old man who was a allowed me an man was photographer and I accompanied him to many places. It photographerand I accompanied many places. turned was also famous fortuneteller. turned out that he was also a very famous fortuneteller. Wherever went, many of his female clients Wherever we went, many of his female clients would ask ask about events that would happen future. him about events that would happen in their future. For this task, he used to smoke brown tobacco,and as it was this task, he used smoke brown tobacco, and as was reveal being consumed and the ashes fell, he would reveal being consumed and the ashes fell, he information to his clients. r also learnedthat he used to information his clients. I also learned that he used hypnotize people in order to learn hidden things about hypnotize people order learn hidden things about their lives and would then respondto their queries. lives and would then respond their queries. All of these experiences were stored in my All of these experiences were stored subconscious a very early age. During this period, subconscious at a very early age. During this period, my at parents were attending a center that specialized in parents were attending a center that specialized parapsychology. r accompanied them several times to see I parapsychology. accompanied them severaltimes see what was happeningand was this centerthat learned what was happening and it was in this center that I learned about the concepts meditation,spirits,possession about the concepts of meditation, spirits, possession and and what I thought was dead people speaking to the living l . what thought was dead people speaking the living. Here I learned to pray twice daily at a small altar that my Here learned pray twice daily at a small altar that father had built with great care and dedication, At one of father had great care and dedication. one the gatherings I attended, the leader of the session the gatherings attended, tlie leader the session prepareda talisman for me, which he said would protect prepared a talisman for me, which he said would protect me, so I took it with me wherever I went. me, so took with me wherever went. Meanwhile, I continued to think about the crucifixion Meanwhile, continued think aboutthe crucifixion to Jesus. the time. mv father had a book that he read of Jesus. At the time, my father had a book that he read r In reality,the dcad do not talk to the living: rather,devils imitatethe ] In reality, the dead do not talk to the living; rather, devils imitate the throughthc living. On the other voices of the dead and communicate through the living, On the other voices of the dead and communicate hand, Qur an recitation and Prophetic supplications are effective in hand, Quran recitation and Prophetic supplicationsare effective in ridding peoplcof all evil spirits.fhelact that any Muslim can perform ridding people of all evil spirits. The fact that any Muslim can perform rin. such acts is clear proof of the miraculous nature of the Qur an. As for such acts is clear proof of the miraculousnaturc of the Qur As fbr thosc whcrsupplicate oth0r thanAIliih or usc the Bible to rid othersof those who supplicate to other than Allah or usc the Bible to rid others of to posscssion dcvils, it is no morc than a cooperation by rvith thoseevil possession by devils, it is no more than a cooperation with those evil spiritsor usingotherevil spiritsto get rid ofother ones. spirits or using other evil spirits to get rid of other ones.
  7. 7. My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Islam p My GreatLoveForJesusLed MeTo lsl6m Wfrequently. It was entitled "The Life of Jesus Dictated byfrequently. was entitled "The of JesusDictatedHimself." He once told me that according to this book, He once told me that according this book,Jesus had traveled to places away from Jerusalem, whichJesushad traveled to placesaway from Jerusalem,made me a little optimistic about finding an answer to mymade me a little optimistic about finding an answerquestion regarding his crucifixion.questionregardinghis crucifixion. When I graduated from high school, I was granted a When graduatedfrom high school, was grantedscholarship to study engineering in the USA, which Ischolarshipto study engineeringin the USA, whichhappily accepted. However, before traveling in 1977, I hadhappilyaccepted. However,beforetraveling 1977, hada bad experience that affected my belief in Christianity. Ia bad experiencethat affected Christianity.saw two Christians help a man who had suffered from ansaw Christianshelp a man who had suffered from anepileptic attack on the street. But afterwards, they searchedepileptic attackon the street.But afterwards, they searchedhis wallet and stole some of his money.1 In spite of the facthis wallet and stolesome his rnoney.r spite the fact Inthat individual acts cannot by any means be consideredthat individual acts cannot by any rleans be consideredindicative of the validity or invalidity of a religion, thisindicative the validity invalidity a religion, thisincident greatly affected me. Perhaps to many people thisincident greatly affectedme. Perhaps many people thisevent might seem insignificant, but I had witnessed myevent might seem insignificant,but had witnessedfather punish my brother severely when he brought homefather punishmy brotherseverely when he broughthomethe equivalent of twenty-five cents and could not providethe equivalent twenty-five centsand could not providehim with a satisfactory explanation as to where he got ithim with a satisfbctorv exolanation to where he eot asfrom.from. 1 SomeBiblical tcxts clcarly lorbid stealing1 Some Biblical tcxts clcarly forbid stealing and other acts of evil, as in anclother acts evil, asthe ten commandments: "And God spake all these words, saying, Ithe ten commandments: "Antl spake these wotds, saying,am the LORD thy God ... Thou shalt have no other gods beforearn thc LORD God...Thou have othcrme ... Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or anyrne...Thou shalt rnake thec any graven irnagc, anylikeness of any thing that is in heaven above ... Thou shalt not borvlikeness ofany is hcavenabove...fhou shalt bowdown thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy thyself thern, serve thcm: lbr LORD thyGod Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God inGod...Thou shalt take the rrarnevain Honor thy father and thy mother ... Thou shalt not kill.vain...Honol thv lathcr and thv rnothcr...Thou shalt ionunit adtrltcr.y.-Thou sltalt rtot steal. Thou shaltThou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt shaltnot bear false witness against thy neighbor. Thou shalt not covet bear f,rls^cwitncn^s against neig-hbor.Thouthy neighbors house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbors ncighbors house, shalt covet neighborsrvifc...rnr any is neighbots."(irxodus20:l-17) Thesewife ... nor any thing that is thy neighbors." (Exodus 20: 1-17) Thesetcxts are considered to be a section of the Bible that is in line ith thetcts are consiclcrcd bc a scctiono1theBiblc that is in line vith the toQuran. only that thcir irnpacton pcoplcs livcs has alntostvanishedQUI an, only that their impact on peoples lives has almost vanisheddue to the existence of other texts in the Bible that allow their violation.tlue to the cxistcncc otherlexts in thc Iliblc that aliorvtheir violation. ol (lod rcvealcdthc Qirrrirras critcrionOut of mercy to humankind. God revealed the QUI (In as a criterionOLrto1rnrrc)to hunrankincl.overl itsspredecessor:;.o l s .orc it prcrlcccss
  8. 8. WI My Great Love For JesusLed Me To Islam *, GreatLoveFor Jesus LedMeTo lsldm II. My Experience in the United States of America II. My Experience in United of America ln 1977, I arrived in the United States of America to In 1977, arrived the United Statesof America begin studies one ofthe universities. First, I had to go to begin studies at one of the universities. First, had go a school to learn English, and there I met many people of school learn English, and there met many people of different beliefs from various parts of the world. In Seattle, beliefs various parts of the Seattle, Washington, at the English language school, I had a Washington, the English language school, had roommate from Saudi Arabia who was working on his roommate Saudi Arabia was rnastersdegreeand whose name was Fouad. One day, he masters degree and whose name was Fouad. One day, he asked me if was alright pray in the room. asked me if it was alright for him to pray in the room. I told him that I did not have a problem told him that J did not have a problem with it. J was it. I was surprised, since it was the first time J saw a Muslim surprised, since was the first time I saw a perform his prayers. Before starting pray, he performed perform his prayers. Before starting to pray, he performed ablution. He washed his hands, rinsed his mouth, and ablution. He washed his hands, rinsed his mouth, and washed his face and arms 1 in the small sink in our room. It washedhis face and arms in the small sink room. was the first time had seen someonewash his feet was the first time I had seen someone wash his feet in a a sink meant washing hands. Then observed the sink meant for washing hands. Then I observed the movements of his prayers. He stood up, bowed, knelt movements his prayers. He stood up, bowed, knelt how we down, and prostrated. At that point I remembered how we down, and prostrated. that point remembered used to pray in the church by only kneeling down and what used pray in the churchby only kneelingdown and what t Islam assigns grcat importanoe to the issue I Isliim assigns great importance to the issue of cleanliness. For cleanliness. example, the cleanlincss the dress,body, and place addition example, the cleanliness of the dress, body, and place in addition to making ablution a requircment 1br the validity ol performing formal making ablution a requirement for the validity of performing formal prayer. Ablution is also recommended before recitation of the Qur an, prayer. Ablution is also recommended before recitation the Qur6n, and going to bed. Washing the entire bodf is an obligation after sexual and going to bed. Washing the entire body is an obligation after sexual intercourse and is a commendable act before the attending of the intercourse and is a commendableact bclore the attending the congregationalFriday prayer. Othcr acts, such as washing the mouth, congregational Friday prayer. Other acts, such as washing the mouth, brushing teeth, trimming nails. removingthc pubic and armpit hair, brushing teeth, trimming nails, removing the pubic and armpit hair, trimming the moustachc.using perfume. tidying up living places, trimming the moustache. using perfume, tidying up living places, others, abstaining from removing harmful objects from the way of others, abstaining from rernoving harmful objccts from the uay kccpingshadyplaces clean,etc.are polluting public places and utilities, keeping shady places clean, etc. are pollutingpublic places and utilities. -lhcsc all actsencouragcd and enjoinedb5Islum. are also actsthat bring all acts encouraged and enjoined by Islam. These are also acts that bring one nearer to God, and for which one is rewarded by Him. No other one ncarerto God. anclfor which one is reuardedby l{im. No other religion comes anyrvherenear lsldm as fbr as clcanliness the body religion comes anywhere ncar Islam as hlr as clcanliness of the body and soul is concerned. and soul is conccrncd.
  9. 9. My Great Love For JesusLed Me To Islam p My GreatLoveForJesus Led MeTo lslAm WFouad did was different. A short time later he left theFouad was different. short time later he theinstitute, and for several months, I did not see anotherinstitute, and several months, not see anotherMuslim pray. pray. During break time at the English institute, foreign break time the English institute, foreignstudents from various countries usedto meet and discuss astudents various countriesused meet and discussvariety of topics. I clearly rememberthat on one occasion,variety of topics. clearly remember that on one occasion,as we were discussing the origin religions and prayersas we were discussing origin of religions and prayers I the pray the way you do becausetold them: "You pray the way you do because that is the them: that is the your ancestors used do." went on them thatway your ancestors used to do." I went on to tell them thattheir ancestors used worship the sun, the moon and thetheir ancestors used to worship the sun, the moon and thestars, and since then, that tradition has been transmittedstars, and since then, that tradition has been transmitted the generations the present. had eventhrough all the generations up to the present. I had eventhrough upstarted have doubts about the originstarted to have doubts about the origin of belief in God. God.However,due deepChristian roots did not becomeHowever, due to my deep Christian roots I did not becomean atheist.an atheist. One day went to visit a mosque and observed One day I went to visit a mosque and I observed many manypeople praying the samervay that had seen Fouad praypeople praying the same way that I had seen Fouad praypreviously.After the prayer,they all remainedseatedonpreviously. After the prayer, they all remained seated onthe floor which was very cold to listento a sermon.Sincethe floor which was very cold to listen to a sermon. Since the people uere sitting, joined thern andthe rest of the people were sitting, I joined them andthe rest listenedto all that the imam had to say. His name waslistened to all that the imam had to say. His name wasJarnil Abdul-Razzaqfrom lraq, and he wasJamil Abdul-Razzaq from Iraq, and he was giving a talk in a talk that his voice wasEnglish about "Backbiting." I remember that his voice was Englishabout"Backbiting." rememberhigh pitched and emotional. As he spoke, he lookedhigh pitched and emotional. As he spoke, he looked had spokenaround the audience as if somebody had spoken ill ofaround the audienceas if sornebody else,but he did not point out anyonespecifically.someone else, but he did not point out anyone specifically. someone wasto instill a Ieeling guilt in thoseI think his objective was to instill a feeling of guilt in those think his objectiveinvolved in backbiting. involvedin backbiting. That same day, someonesent me an envelopewith That same day, someone sent me an envelope with some booklets comparing Islam and Christianity. Theysome booklets comparing Islam and Christianity. They took me a long time to readas rvasthen busy starlingas atook me a long time to read as I was then busy starting as a freshman OklahomaStateUniversity. rvas throughthefreshman at Oklahoma State University. It was through the at comparatir"e bookletsthat learned that Islunt and thecomparative booklets that I learned that Islam and the
  10. 10. ~ My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Islam!P *t GreatLoveFor JesusLedMeTo lsl6m message Jesuswere both revelations message of Jesus were both revelations from God. Jesus from God. Jesus said that the messagehe was conveying was not his but said that the message he was conveying was not his but Gods: "...for have Gods: "... for I have not spoken on my own, but the spoken own, Father who sent me has Himself given me a sent has Himself a commandment about what to say and what to speak." say and speak." (John 12:49). Likewise, the revelation that Prophet (John 12:49). Likewise, the revelation that Prophet Muhammad conveyed to the rest of humanity, was sent by Muhammad conveyed the rest hurnanity,was sent God through Angel Gabriel: "And indeed, the Quran is God throughAngel Gabriel: indeed, the Qur6n is the revelation of the Lord of the worlds. The revelation Lord the Trustworthy Spirit [i.e., Gabriel] has brought it down [i.e., Gabriel] has down upon your heart, [0 Muhammad] - that you may be of upon heart, [O Muhammad] you be the warners ..." (Qurdn 26:192-19 the warners .•." (Quran 26:192-194) 4) Therefore, the truth of every religion and the proof of Therefore, truth everyreligion and the proof the its divine origin depends fundamentally on the accuracy its divine origin dependsfundarnentally the accuracy on fronr God was preserved with which the original revelation from God was preserved with which the originalrevelation and transmittedto the rest lrurnankind. The level and transmitted to the rest of humankind. The level of deviation and uncertainty depends on the degree of deviation and uncerlainty depends on the degree precisionwith rvhich every rvord revealecl the prophets precision with which every word revealed to the prophets to was transmitted others. these words have not been was transmitted to others. If these words have not been to accurately transmitted and have instead suffered accurately transmitted and have instead suffered adulteration, it is highly likely that the essence of the adulteration, is highly likely that the essence the would be lost forever.Consequently, original message would be lost forever. Consequently, in original rnessage order to make a just and unbiasedcclr.uparison order to make a just and unbiased comparison between between Christianity and Islam, it is necessary to determine the Christianity and Islctnt, is necessary determinethe to extentto which the originalCospe and thc Qurdn have extent to which the original Gospels and the Qur an have ls been kept free from adulterations, additions or deletions. been kept fice f}om adulterations. aclditions deletions. What follows in this book is a brief comparison between What follows in this book is a brielcornparison between Christianity and Islam; the two most influential religions Christianity and Isldm; the two most irtf-luetttial religions in the world with the highest number of followers from all in the rvorld with thc highestnurrberolfcrllowers frorn all races and nations, and the two 1110st closely associated races and nations,and the tn,o n.rostclosely associated faiths. I hope that by the will of God this book will assist faiths. hopethat by the rvill Cod this book assist the seeker of truth in his or her search for the true religion. the sceker trLrth his lrcl search the true relision. irr lbl
  11. 11. My GreatLoveForJesusLed Mero lslam My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Islam ~ !2 III. The Gospels III. Gospels The four well-known Gospels of Matthew, Mark, The well-known Gospels Matthew, Mark,Luke and John are found in the New Testament section ofLuke and John are found the Testamentsectionthe Bible. They were written between 70 CE and 115 CE;the Bible. They were written between CE and 115 CE; 70decades after Jesus had departed, and were supposedlydecadesafter Jesus had departed,and were supposedlybased on documents that have since been lost. The Gospelbasedon documents that have sincebeen lost. The Gospelaccording was the first one writtenaccording to Mark was the first one written in the Greek the Greeklanguage Rome, at least40 yearsafter Jesusdeparture.language in Rome, at least 40 years after Jesus departure.The Gospel according Matthew was writtenThe Gospel according to Matthew was written in Greek Greekabout 90 CE. The Gospelaccording Lr.rkeabout 90 CEo The Gospel according to Luke was written in was writtenGreek approximately 80 CEo These three Gospels areGreek approximately 80 CE. These three Gospels arecalled Synoptic because they are supposed to havecalled Synoptic because they are supposed haveoriginated from the same lost documents. The Gospeloriginated from the same lost documents. The Gospelaccording to Johnr, on the other hand, is profoundlyaccording to John!, on the other hand, is profoundlydifferent from the Synoptic Gospels. It is in this Gospeldifferent from the SynopticGospels. is in this Gospelthat the divinity and preexistence of Jesus was expressed,that the divinity and preexistence Jesusrvasexpressed,even though Jesusnever confirmed this in the statementseven though Jesus never confirmed this in the statementsattributed himself.This gospelwas rvrittenbetween110attributed to himself. This gospel was written between 110 toand 115 CEoand I 15 CE. The Gospels were composed after the first followers of The Gospels were composed afterthe first followersJesus had been divided into several sects. It can beJesus had been divided into several sects. can beconfirmed that they were written in order reflect theconfirmed that they were written in order to reflect theconception of the practical needs of the community.conception the practical needs the community.Although traditionalsources were r.rtilized write themAlthough traditional sources were utilized to write them todown, the writers did not exercisegreat care keep thedown, the writers did not exercise great care to keep theoriginal content free from additions, deletions and otheroriginal content free from additions,deletionsand otherforms corruption, the contelttu,asmeantto servetheforms of corruption, as the content was meant to serve the as This fact was confirrnedwriters personal interests. This fact was confirmed bywriters personalinterests. Ihis This John is not onc of Jesus disciples. According to EncyclopediaI John is not onc Jesusdisciples.Accordingto Encyclopedia uhich uas co rvritten 500 Chrislianscholars. "the GospelBritannica, which was co written by 500 Christian scholars. "the Gospclllritannica, byaccording to John is detinitcly and undoubtcdly a j~lbrication."according Johnis definitclyand undoubtedly labrication." to a
  12. 12. W!2 ruvGreatLoveFor JesusLedMeTo lst6m My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Ishim Christian authorities! after the Qur an had stated more Christian authoritiesrafter the Qurdn had stated it more than 14 centuries ago. than 14 centuriesago. It is worth mentioning tl-ratthese four Gospels were mentioning that these Gospels were not the only documentswritten in the centuriesfollowing the documents written the centuries the departureof Jesus.There were many otherssuch as the the departure of Jesus. There were many others such as the Gospelsof Jacob,Peter,Thomas,Philip, and Barnabas.lf Gospels of Jacob, Peter, Thomas, Philip, and Barnabas. If consider the Gospel According the Hebrews," we considerthe "The GospelAccording to the Hebrews," for example, it was a document written in Aramaic, the example, was documentwritten Aramaic, the same languagespoken by Jesus.It was utilized by the same language spoken Jesus. was utilized the Nazarenes who negated the divinity of Jesus and Nazarenes who negated the divinity of Jesus and considered him no more than a greatprophet.In the fourth considered no more than great prophet. the fourth Mark, Matthew, century CE, the Gospels According to Mark, Matthew, century CE, the Gospels According Luke and John were included in the body of the main Luke and John were included in the body of the main Biblical text, and the Church declared the remaining Biblical text, and the Church declared the remaining existent documentsto be heretical.However, additional existent documents to be heretical. However, additional be made in thcse Gospels even changes continued to be made in thcse Gospels even changescontinued thoughthey had alreadybeendeclared be "The Word to though they had already been declared to be The Word of God." as yearspassed the sameGospelsappeared God." And as years passed by, the same Gospels appeared by, with different texts from their predecessors, which is with different texts from their predecessors, which is cotrttptionaffecting undisputed evidence of the kind of corruption affecting undisputedevidence the kind these books. thesebooks. I r According to Encyclopedia Britannica. "Important intentional According to llnclclopedia Rritannicir. "lmpofiant intentional such as the inserlionand acldition *holc paragraphs ol- changes, such as the inseliion and addition of whole paragraphs took changes, look place c...."" V2,, pp. 519-521.1 In thee introduction oto thec Catholici cBiblee p l a c . . V 2 p p 5 1 9 - 5 2 . n t h i n l r o c l u c l i tn t h C a t h o l B i b l l o that that the copl ists had clcarlyinscrtcdthingsover (p. 13), it is stated that that the copyists had clearly inserted things over (p.13), it is stated thtrtucrc not pilrt o1thcScriptures. as a resultofthat and the centuries that were not part of the Scriptures, and as a result of that the centurics thc tcxt that ne have norv has reachccl prcgnantrvith all kinds of the text that we have now has reached us pregnant with all kinds of us corruption" rvhichis mani{est all copics. Also. in Prefoce the King corruption, which is manifest in all copies. Also, in Preface to the King in to James Version, produced by 32 Christian scholars backed up by 50 James lersion ploduccd by 32 Christianscholarsbacked up by 50 bodies.*e read:"Yet. the King .latnes Version has grave consultative bodies, we read: "Yet, the King James Version has grave consultative defects ... and these defects are so many and so serious ..." defects ancl ... thcseclciects so martvtrncl scriotts " are so
  13. 13. My Great Love For JesusLed Me To Islam My GreatLoveForJesus Led Me To lsl6m ~ !2 Among the many factors to be considered when the many factors be considered whenanalyzing the veracity of the Four CanonizedGospelsandanalyzingthe veracity of the Four Canonized Gospels andthe authenticity of the messages that came alongthe ar.rthenticity the messagesthat carne along withthem, are the following:them,arethe following:1. The original Gospelas was revealedto Jesusand is1. The original Gospel as was revealed Jesus and is lmentionedin the Qur an. as well as in the contemporarymentioned the Qurdn. as well as the contemporaryGospels, doesnot exist todalGospels. does not existtodayr2. The first records about the sayings of Jesus which2. The first recordsabout the sayings Jesuswhichwere made shortly following his ascension to heaven havewere made shortly his ascension heavenhavebeen lost.beenlost.3. The Gospels were written between 70 and 115 CE,3. The Gospelswere written between70 and 115 CE,decadesafter Jesus depafture, and were based on lostdecades after Jesus departure, and were based on lostdocuments. a consequence? there was a loosedocuments. As a consequence, there was a loosemanipulation of the content.manipulation the content.4. None of the Gospels authors saw Jesus or heard him4. None the Gosoelsauthorssaw Jesus heardhimspeak. Hence, they were not eyewitnesses.speak. Hence,they uerenot eyewitnesses. were written in the Greek language5. The Gospels were written in the Greek language while5. The Gospels whileJesus spoke Aramaic.Jesus spokeAramaic. and most the Epistles were not6. The present Gospels and most of the Epistles were not6. The present Gospels and validateduntil the fourlh centuryCE, when achosen and validated until the fOUlih century CE, when achosen the CoLrncil Nicea wasresolution by a minority of the Council of Nicea wasresolution by a minorityenforcedin 325 CE. Beforethis date the Gospelsdid notenforced in 325 CEo Before this date the Gospels did nothave any canonical authority, and were changed by thehave any canonicalauthority,and were changed the different sects itt order to conrplv with theirwriters of different sects in order to comply with theirwriters G o d saiddabout tJesus s . . . .andd We gavee him the Gospel, l ,in which1 God s a i a b o u J e s u " an We gav him the Gospe in whichwassguidance e n d light t . . " "(Qllr rdnn5:46) )w a g u i d a n c and l i g h . ( O u a 5 : 1 6 a2 "Verilv2 "Verily I say unto you, Vhcrcsocvcr this gospel shall be gospcl be say trnto you, Whcrescrcvcrpreached throughout the whole world, this also that she hathpreachctl throughout thc rvhole uorld, this also she hathdone shall be spoken of for a memorial of her." (Mark 14:9 anddonc shall bc spoken fila rttcnroli:rl her." (lV1ark l:1:9 andlvlatthuv 26:13). And rvhocver wants to lcarn about thc originalMatthew 26: 13). And whoever vants to learn about the originalconcepts of Jesus teachings should read the Qur ·(In.conccpts Jesr.rstcachings shouldrcad l|tc Qurdrt.
  14. 14. W!2 tt Great Love Jesus MeTolsl6m For Led My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Islampersonal interestsand desires. to the presentday thepersonal interests and desires. Up to the present day thepractice tampering the text is still prevalent.practice of tampering with the text is still prevalent.7. The vast majority of the New Testament is composed7. The vast majority the Testamentis composedof the writings of Paul and his students. Paul, who neverof the writings of Paul and his students. Paul, neversaw or heard Jesus speak, was initially one of the mostsaw heard Jesusspeak,was one of the mostprominent enemies of Jesus ministry. Heprominent enemies of Jesus ministry. He killed many manyfollowers of the Messiah and imprisonedthem (Acts 8:3,followers of the Messiah and imprisoned them (Acts 8:3,9: 1-2). He afterwards forced them to confess to lies against9:1-2). He afterwardsforcedthem confess lies againstJesus (Acts 26:11). when Saul (later called Paul)Jesus (Acts 26: II). But when Saul (later called Paul)supposedly converted, "he assayed to join himself tosupposedlyconvefted, assayed join himselfthe disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and disciples: of andbelieved not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took was a disciple. Barnabas took apostles..." (Acts 9:26-him, and brought him to the apostles..." (Acts 9:26- and brought27). This event occurred after Paul claimed that Jesus27). This event occurred after Paul claimed that Jesusappeared to him and spoke to him on the way toappeared and spoke on theDamascus. He bore witness for himself! withoutDamascus. He bore witness himself withoutpresentingany evidenceestablishing truthpresenting any evidence establishing the truth of his claim the his claim(Acts 9:3-8). Surprisingly, suddenlybecamethe chief(Acts 9:3-8). Surprisingly, he suddenly became the chief hespokesman in the name of Jesus claiming that he wasspokesmanin the name Jesusclaiming that he was Jesus preach the (Acts 9:3-6).appointed by Jesus to preach to the world (Acts 9:3-6)?appointedPaul also·accused those who "believed not that he was aPaul also accused thosewho that was aI There was no eye-witness to support Pauls claim except for himself. Such There eye-rvitness support Pauls clairn cxcept Suchtestimony for ones self is rejected according to the Bible itself. John 5:31testimony fbr ones rejected according the Biblc itself. John 5:31states: "If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true: Added tostates: "If rvitness of my not true."this is the fact that therc are several other contradictions in the narrative. For the that therc are several other contradictions the narrative.example, "And rvhich joulneyed with him stoodexample, in Acts 9:7 "And the men which journeyed with him stoodspeechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man," while in Acts 22:9, wespeechless, hearing but 22:9,read: "but they heard not the voice of him that spoke to me: With thisread: "but they not of him that to me." Withclaim, Paul managed to achieve what he could not achieve by force Paul managed achieve nhat he achieve force22 According to 1 Jolm 4:1 "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the iohn 4:l "Belovecl, not cvefy spirit, but tryspirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets arespirits whether they ale of because rnany prophetsgone out into the world." Paul himself confessed to lying in his preaching out into rvorld." Paul hirnselfconfessed preaching"For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his"Fol if truth of Gotl hath rnore aboundcd tluough my untoglory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?" (Romans 3:7).glory; why alsojudged as sinnerP" (Romans 3:7).
  15. 15. MyGreat Love Jesus MeTolslam For Led My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Islam W @ of erring concerningthe faith (1disciple" of erring concerning the faith (l Timothy 6:20- 6:20-2l). He described had beengood him, as21). He described Barnabas, who had been good to him, as Bamabas,"...carried away with their (Galatians" ... carried away with their dissimulation," (Galatians2:13). Paul even gave himself the right2: 13). Paul even gave himself the right to propagate propagateteachingsthat were contradictory those taughtteachings that were contradictory to those taught by Jesus JesusChrist and went against "theChrist and went against "the law" which Jesus came to which Jesuscamefulfill (Acts 21:20 and Romans 7:6). "Thus, we find:fulfill! (Acts 21 :20 and Romans 7:6). "Thus, we find:"When Paul would have entered in unto the people,"When would unto (Acts 19:30).He alsothe disciples suffered him not" (Acts 19:30). He also disciples suffereddeclared that, "Alldeclared that, "All they which are in Asia be turned areaway rne" (2 Timothy 1:15),andaway from me" (2 Timothy 1: 15), and "No man stood stood (2 Timothy 4:16).with me, but all men forsook me" (2 Timothy 4: 16).with me,8. The oldest Biblical manuscripts we have access to, are8. The oldestBiblical manuscripts haveaccess are we to,Codexes Vaticanus, Sinaiticus and Alexandrinus; allCodexes Vaticanus, Sinaiticus and Alexandrinus; alldating back to between the 4th and 5th centuries AD. Thedating back betweenthe 4tl and 5trcenturies Theextent of alteration the Gospels were subjected to prior toextent of alterationthe Gospelswere subjectedthesedatescan hardly be determined,consideringthat thethese dates can hardly be determined, considering that the1 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am "Think not that destroy larv, or prophets:not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Tillnot comc destroy, but fulfill. For verily unto Tillheaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shalI in no wise pass from earth pass, jot or. tittle shall fromthe law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew 5:17-18). Paul sought to gatherthe larv, till all fulfrlled." (Mattherv Paulround himself as many followers as possible even if his means to do so himself as as possible even if means sohappened to go against the teachings of Christ or his ways of propagation.happened against the teachings of his of propagation.In 1 Corinthians 9: 19-23, Paul confesses to horrendous acts of cheatingln Corinthians 9:19-23, Paul confesses horrendous acts of cheatinglying and deceit to achieve his purposes. He says: "19. For though I be and deceit achieve purposes. says: "tg. For thoughfree from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that Ifiee fiom myself serwant unto thatmight go. And unto thc Jcrvsmight gain the more. 20. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I as thatmight gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law,might gain Jervs; them that ale as under larv,that I might gain them that are under the law; 21. To them that arethat might thern that undel larv; 91. To them thatwithout law, as without law, (being not without law to God, butwithout as rvithout not rvithout Iarv to God, butunder the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.under to Christ,) that might them that withoutqe, To22. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am rveak as rveak, that nright arrrmade alI things to all men that I might by all means save some. 23. all things that might 93.And this I do for the gospels sake, that I might be partaker thereofAnd this for sake, that nright partaker thereofwith you."rvith you."
  16. 16. W!P My Great Love For JesusLed Me To Ishim tt GreatLoveFor Jesus LedMeTo lslam language of the Gospels was Greek while Jesus spoke language of the Gospels was Greek Jesus spoke Aramaic. Aramaic. 9. There are many discrepancies in several places 9. There are many discrepancies several places between the fourth and fifth century manuscripts. betweenthe and century manuscripts.! 10. The Gospels, seen as a whole, together with the 10. The Gospels, seen as whole, together the Epistles, contain many errors and contradictions? There is Epistles, contain many effors and contradictions.2 There is also great uncertainty among Biblical scholars as to who also great uncertaintyamong scholarsas the authors of the Gospels actually were. the authors the Gospelsactuallywere. These facts are mentioned here as evidence that the These facts are mentioned here as evidence that the Gospel of Jesus as revealed by God has not reached us in Gospel Jesusas revealed God has reachedus its original form. In this way, it can be affirmed that the its original form. this way, can be affirmed that the four Gospels included in todays Bible and the Epistles four Gospelsincluded todays Bible and the Epistles that accompany them cannot be considered similar or that accompany them cannot be considered similar equivalent to the Gospel revealed to Jesus. As proof of this equivalent the Gospelrevealed Jesus. of this assertion, the following information is presented: assertion, the informationis presented: The New Testament, on which modern Christian The Testament. on which modern Christian doctrines rest, has undergone radical changes and almost doctrines rest, has undergoneradical changesand almost every new edition differs from the others. Some of the every new edition differs from the others. Some the changes that are now being implemented are so changes that are now being implemented are so fundamental that they strike at the very foundation of fundamental that they strike at the very foundation references the Christianity. For example, the only two references to the Christianity. For example,the t I Some Biblical scholars point to the existence of thousands of Some Biblical scholars point to the existence thousands manuscripts from the Gospels but what is the true value manuscripts from the Gospels but what is the true value of these these manuscripts if amongst the thousands,we cannot find manuscripts if amongst the thousands, we cannot find two that arethat are alike?!. According to the International Translation of the New alike?!. According to the International Translation the Testament... the versions the Nerv Tcstament that reached Testament ... "All the versions of the New Testament that reached us us were not similar." werenot similar." 2 The numerouserrors containedin the Bible led Robert Kehl Zeller to 2 The numerous errors contained in the Bible led Robert Kehl Zeller to Bible" that no other book ever say in his "The Authenticity of the Holy Bible" that no other book ever say in his "The Authenticity the suffered as many changes, errors and corruptions as the Holy Bible. sufl-ered many changes,enors and corruptions as the as Bible. This is in clear contrast to William Muirs and Laura Vaglieris This is in clear contrast to William Muirs and l,aura Vaglieris statement about the Qur an (see footnote 2, Page 21 and footnote I, Page statementabout the Qurdn (seefootnote Page and footnotel, Page 2, 21 22.). ) 22
  17. 17. My GreatLoveFor JesusLed MeTo lslam My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Islam ~ !yascension of Jesus that were found in the Gospels of Markascensionof Jesusthat rvere fbund irr the Gospels ofand Luke have now been deleted from the Revisedand have been deleted RevisedStandard Edition (RSV), 1952. These passages containedStaridard 1952. These passagescontainedevidence cited to support Jesus ascension as follows:eviderrcecited support Jesus ascensior.r as So then after the Lord had spoken to them, he was then Lord them,received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of into heaven, right ofGod (Mark l6 l9)God.. (Mark 6:: 19) And it came to pass; while he blessed them, he And it pass; rvhile them,was parted from them, and carried up to heaven.rvas parted from to heaven.(Luke 24:51). .(Luke 24:51) flre The aforementioned verse from Mark 16: 19, has been aforernentionedverse flon.r l6: 19, has beenremoved along with a number of other verses thatrernoved along rvith numbel of other verses thatimmediately preceded and succeeded it. As for Lukeirnrnediately preceded and succeeded it.24:51 the u,ords "carried up to heavcn" were removed24:5,, the words, ."carried up to heaven" were removed. . In Matther 1621-28 we read "For the Son of man In Matthew v16:27-28,, we read: : "For the Son of manshall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; glory of Father rvithand then he shall reward every man according to his then rervard ever).man accordingworks. Verily I say unto you, There be some standingrvorks. Verily say unto There sorne standinghere, which shall not taste of death, till they see the rvhich not of cleath, till they seeSon of man coming in his kingdom." As this prophecy of corning kingdorn." prophecyneverr camee true, , itt can only be concluded dthatt itt was aneve carn true i can only be corrclude tha i wasfabrication ascribed to Jesus Christ who was a true prophetlabrication ascribed JesusChrist rvlto r,vas true prophetof God and whose prophecyycannot tbe mistaken. .of God and whoseprophec canno be mistaken The Gospel of Matthew contradicts itself on the same Gospel of Mattherv contradicls the samepagee whenn talking aboutt Peter.r .While Jesus ssayss of him::pag rvhe talking abou Pete While .lesu say of him"And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art"And Jesus ansrvered said hirn, artthou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath notthou, Simon blood hath notrevealedd it unto thee .... That thou art Peterr .... And Ireveale it unto thee .. That thou art Pete .. Andwill give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven:rvill unto kevs of liingdom of heaven:and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be rvhatsoever thou bintlbound in heaven:: and whatsoeverr thou shalt loose onbound in hcaven and *hatsoeve thou shalt loose onearth shalll be loosed in heaven."" (Matthewv 16: 1 7 - 1 9 ) .e a r t h s h a l b e l o o s e d i n h e a v e n . ( M a t t h e r l 6 : 7-9).Matthew, v 6:23 stands s in total l contrast t to alll this ass ittMatther l6:23 stand in tota contlas to al this a i
  18. 18. ~ nv GreatLoveFor JesusLel MeTo lslAm!P My Great Love For Jesus Le1 Me To Islam states:"But he (Jesus) .urned, and said unto Peter, states: "But he (Jesus) .urned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourestnot the things that be of God, me: for thou savourest not the things that be of but those that be of men." but those that be of men." Durirrgthe allegedcrucifixiortevents,Matthew 27:44 During the alleged crucifixion events, Matthew 27:44 says: "The thieves also, which rvere crucified with says: "The thieves also, were with him. cast the same in his teeth." Here the two thieves him, cast same teeth." Here the thieves are mentioned as acting together. However.Luke 23:39-40 as are mentioned actingtogether. However, Luke 23 :39-40 states: "And one of the malefactorsrvhich were hanged states: one of malefactors which hanged railed on hirn, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself him, saying, If save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, and us. answering rebuked saying, "Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same fear God, seeing same condemnation?" lrr tlre latterexatnple, two thievesare condemnation?" In the latter example, thethe thieves are not acting together,ratherthey are in oppositionto each not acting together; rather they are in opposition each othercontradictions the Bible in other. There are too many other contradictions in the Bible other.Therearetoo rnarry to record here. recordhere. and conttadictiotts, not are The changes, alterations and contradictions, are not The changes,alterations found only in the New Testament but found only in the New Testatttetlt also in the Old but also in the Old lcstamentl. Testament l . For example, in 2 Kings 8:26, we are told: For exal.rtple,irt Kings 8:26, we are told: "Trvo and years was Ahaziah when he "Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he reign." This contradicts Chlonicles22:2, 2 began to reign." This contradicts :2 Chronicles 22:2, began which states:"Forty and tivo years old was Ahaziah which states: "Forty and two years old was Ahaziah reign" Attothercontradiction found is when he began to reign" Another contradiction is found when he beqan I I VaticannEcumenicalaCouncil l IIl (1962-65) 5admitted d o the existence eo { V a t i c i r I : c u r n c n i c lC o u n c i I ( 1 9 6 2 - ( 1 i)r c l m i t t c to t h e c x i s t c n c of t l c r r o r i n t h c O l , Testament. " N o u t h c b o o k o l h c O l d I e s t a m e n i n errorss in the Old: 1 c s t a r n e n t ."Now the bookss of tthe Old Testament,t .in accordancee vith thec statec of mankind hefore thee time of salvationt t accoldanc nith tlr stat of mankind bclilre th tilne of salvatio established d by Christ. t .reveal l too alll l men the klHmkdge of God and of establishc bv Clhris rcvca 1 a tlcn thc ktroulcdgc of God and of mann and l the ways in which God.. .just t andd mercirul. . dealsl swith men. . nra anc thc uavs in rihich Cod itrs lrll nlcrcilirl clca rvith rnen l Thesee books. . thoughh theyr alsoo containn somec thingss which h arcs hcs books thottg tltc als contai solll thing rrhic ar incompletee and temporary ....· Int lIUidilIlissiIllIlSt t DeliS son nthec studyl i n c o m J r e t a n d t e m n o r a r y . . . " I l r o t i t l e t t l i s s i r tl t] s l r c l t h s t u d f t th oflloly Scripturer rie s u c rby1 Pope cl . c oXIIIl o r r Ig8 " Novemberc 1893, ,i t iss o l l l o l v S c r i p t L issued h I ) o p Leo X l l on 1 N o v e n l b r1 8 9 3 it i s l stated..."[t iss true. . noodouht.b that tcopyists shalec madel er n i s t a k c sin thec text t statcd. l t i t t u c t t c i o L r tt.h a c o p r i s t h a r t t t l t r mistakes i n t h t c x of1the cBible: :....." And contcssion rilsthecmastereorl evidence. . o t h t l i b l c . . . n d c o t t l c s s i o is t l l l l l i l s t fo c i d e n c c
  19. 19. MyGreat Love Jesus MeTolsl6m For Led My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Islam 9 !yin 2 Kings 24:8: "Jehoiachin was eighteen years oldin 2 Kings 24:8: "Jehoiachin was eighteen yearswhen he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem he began and Jerusalemthree months ... ," when compared to 2 Chronicles 36:9three months...," when compared Chronicles36:9"Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to was yearsreign, and he reigned three months and ten days in and and daysJerusalem."Jerusalem." 2 Samuel 6:23: "Michal the daughter of Saul had 2 Samuel6:23: daughter of Saulno child unto the day of her death" stands contradictory day of standscontradictoryto 2 Samuel 27:8, which reads:"Butto 2 Samuel 21 :8, which reads: "But the king took the king tooktwo sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she sons of Rizpah of whom shebare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and thebare Saul, Armoni andfive sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom shefrve sons of Michal of Saul, shebrought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai thebrought Adriel son of BarzillaiMeholathite." In the New Standard American Version ofMeholathite." the StandardAmerican Version of1973, the name Michal, as in 2 Samuel 21 :8, which 1973, the name Michal, as Sarnuel 21:8, whichappears in both King James Version and the New Worldappearsin both JamesVersion and the Jehovahs Witnesses,was replacedTranslation of Jehovahs Witnesses, was replaced byTranslationMirab to conceal the contradiction. Addressing the issue ofMirab to concealthe contradiction.Addressing issueof theseeingGod as statedin both the old and new testaments,seeing God as stated in both the old and new testaments,John 1: 18 teJls us: "No man hath seen God at anyJohn 1:18 tells us: man hath seen any This is also confirmed I John 4:12. However,time." This is also confirmed by 1 John 4: 12. However,Genesis32:30 tells a different story Jacob calledGenesis 32:30 teJls a different story "And Jacob calledthe name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face name of place Peniel: have seen face preserved." Strangely enough,to face, and my life is preserved." Strangely enough, face, andthis is also confirmed by Exodus 33: II "And the Lordthis is also confirmedby Exodus33:l I Lordspoke Moses face face, as aspoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh speakethunto his friend." And in Exodus 24:9-11, we are told: his friend." And in Exodus 24:9-11,we are told:"Then went up Moses, and Aaron ..... also they saw went Moses, and Aaron..... also sawGod, and eat andGod, and did eat and drink." We also find in John 3: 13 "And no man hath We also find in John 3:13 man ascended heaven, he cameascended up to heaven, but he that came down fromheaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." Thisheaven.even Son of rnan rvhich heaven."This
  20. 20. ~ My GreatLoveForJesusLedMeTo lsldmQP Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Islam "t again contradicts Genesis 5:24, which states: "And Enoch again contradictsGenesis5:24, which states:"And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him," walked with God: and he was not; for God took him," as well as 2 Kings 2:1 "And it came to pass, when the as well as 2 Kings 2:1 "And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by whirlwind ..." Thus, was it only Christ who was taken up to heaven ..." Thus, was Christ was taken heaven or Enoch and Elijah as well? Additionally, there are Enoch and as Additionally, there are numerous conflicting versions of the Old Testament numerous conflicting versions of the Testament (Hebrew, Greek, Samarian,etc.) whose authors are in (Hebrew, Greek, Samarian, etc.) whose authors are many cases unknown to Biblical authorities. The same many cases unknown authorities. same situation applies to "the great majority of authors and situation applies great majority of authors and editorsof the booksof the Bible, who were presumed be editors ofthe books ofthe Bible, were presumed to be Gods representatives their people and were also Gods representatives by their people and were also anonymous", according the Frenchversion. anonymous", according to the French version. Islams position relative to the Bible is one of fairness Isldms positionrelativeto the Bible is one of fairness judgment. lt views the Bible as clearly a and unbiased judgment. It views the Bible as clearly a and unbiased contains some truth; however, some falsehood book that contains some truth; however, some falsehood book that has tainted its noble origin. The Islamic criteria for has tainted its noble origin. The Islamic criteria for distinguishing truth froni falsehood are the Qurdn and distinguishing truth from falsehood are the Qur an and teachings the Prophet Muhamn-rad. simple terms, In teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. In simple terms, whatever contents the Bible that are in agreement whatever contents of the Bible that are in agreement with the Qurdn and Sunnah are acceptableand what is in the Qur an and Sunnah are acceptable and what is in Other statelnents it are not to in disagreement is rejected. Other statements in it are not to disagreement rejected. is or discredited.As fbr the original be either believed or discredited. As for the original be either belibved that God revealedto llis prophets,Abraham, scriptures that God revealed to His prophets, Abraham, scriptures Moses, David, Jesusand others,flrm belief in them is Moses, David, Jesus and others, firm belief in them is arnongthe pillars of faith without rvhich one cannotbe a among the pillars of faith without which one cannot be a Muslim. . Muslim
  21. 21. My GreatLoveForJesusLed MeTo tslam My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Islam <:ijI Q2 IV. The Authenticity of the Quran IV. Authenticity of QarAn The final scripture revealed The final scripture revealed to humankind by God humankind God(whoseproper name is AllAh),| the Qurdn,has remained(whose proper name is Allah), 1 the Qur an, has remainedunaltered and free from human changesunaltered and free from human changes for more than more than 1400 years. This final message1400 years. This final message from God was revealed to from God was revealedProphet Muhammad during a period of almost twenty-Prophet Muhammad during a period of almost twenty-three years. lt was revealed in segments of differentthree years. It was revealed in segments of differentlengths. soon as he received segment recited tolengths. As soon as he received a segment he recited it to a hehis companions, who wrote it down and memorized it. Inhis companions,who wrote down and mernorizedit.addition, the Prophet indicated his scribesthe preciseaddition, the Prophet indicated to his scribes the precise shouldbe placedin the bodylocation where each segment should be placed in the bodylocationwhere eachsegmentof the text. In this way, the QUI an in its entirety had been the text. this way, the Qurdn in its entirety had beenwritten and memorized by hundreds of Prophetwritten and memorized by hundreds of ProphetMuhammadsfollowersduring his lifetime.Muhammads followers during his lifetime. Abu Bakr, theBakr, thefirst Caliph, assigned Zaid bin Thabit the responsibility offirst Caliph, assigned Zaidbin Thabit the responsibilitycompiling the first copy of the Qur an in a single text aftercompilingthe first copy the Quran a singletext afterProphet Muhammad died. Then, following the orders ofProphetMuhammaddied. Then, follor.ving the ordersthe third Caliph, Uthrnan, Zaid laterpreparedthe third Caliph, Uthman, Zaid later prepared seven copies sevencopieswhich were sent to the different centers of the Islamicwhich were sent to the diflerent centers the Islamicworld.world. The existence of the QUI an in its original Arabic text, The existence the Qm"dn in its originalArabic text, people who memorizedthe existence of millions of people who memorized ittlre existence rnillionsverbatim in different parts of the world through theverbatim different parts the world through thesucceeding generations the completeagreement allsucceeding generations and the complete agreement of all andits copies and manuscripts 2 testify to the authenticity of theits copiesand manuscriptstestify the authenticity the to *.4llah* is the same word that Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews "Allah" is the same*ord that Arabrc-speakine and Jews1 Christiansuse for God. It is a unique word grammatically, since it cannot be madeuse fbr God. is a uniquervorcl granrnralicallr. since cannotbe madeplural or giren a gender (i.e. masculinc or ferninine). rvhich isplural or given a gender (i.e. masculine or feminine), which is with the Islamicconccpt God.consistent with the Islamic concept of God.consistentt ln his book. lhc Lifc Mohamed".jilliam N,luir states rcf-erence2 In his book, "The Life of Mohamed", William Muir states in reference into thc Qrrrrin."|here is probablyno otherbook in the uorld which hasto the QUllil1. "There is probably no other book in the world which has (norvfburtecn)rvith so purc a text."remained twelve centuries (now fourteen) with so pure a text."remaincd trrelveccnturies
  22. 22. ~ My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To lslAmI Love Jesus Islam "t last and final revelation sent as guidanceto humankind. last and revelation sent as guidance humankind. entire Quran the literal of The entire Qurdn is the literal Word of God without the the least addition omission. When God says inthe Qur an, least addition or omission.When God says in the Qurdn, "Say, oHe Allah, [who is] "Say, "He is Allih, [who is] One," ProphetMuhammad, Prophet Muhammad, the conveyor of the message, would not have been able to the conveyor of the message, have been able changea single letter or a word from that divine statement. change single letter from that divine statement. He had to say what he was commandedto: "Say, "He is had say what he was commanded "He Allah, [who isl One," without omining the imperative Allah, [who is] without omitting the imperative verb "say.,,1 verb "say."l the Prophetic narrations (called hadiths), Also, the Propheticnarrations(called hadiths), which are the second source of Islamic legislationand were also are the secondsourceof Islamic legislation and were also revealed by God, in meaning but not in word, were revealed God, meaning but not word, were recorded and kept separate in the books of Hadith. On the recorded and kept separate the books Hadith. On the other hand, the Bible cannot claim such an untarnished other hand, the cannot claim such an untarnished existence, being a mixture of words allegedly said by God, existence, being a mixture words allegedlysaid God, othersascribed the prophets othersspoken others ascribed to the prophets while still others spoken by people. people. anyone who reads the Qurdn that this It is clear to anyone who reads the Qur an that this is clear Book focusesentirelyon the oneness God. doesnot Book focuses entirely on the oneness of God. It does not depict the life of Prophet Muhammad or his heroism like depict the ProphetMuhammad his heroism personwho readsthe most people tend to believe. Any person who reads the most people tend to believe. clearly see that its aim is to promote Qur an will clearly see that its aim is to promote belief Qurdn that God is one, alone, glorifying Hirn, following His that God is one, alone, glorifying Him, following His commands,and abstainingfrorn what He has forbidden. commands, and abstaining from what He has forbidden. The Qurdn refersto Muhammadas a messenger God, The Qur an refers to Muhammad as a messenger of God, who precededhim. Verse like all the other messengers who preceded him. Verse like all the other messengers Dr. Laura Veccia Vaglieri states in her book "Apologia dell I Dr. I-aura Vcccia Vaglicri states in her book "Apologia dell Islamismo", "But thereis another proolof the Divinity of the Qurdn: it Islamismo", "But there is another proof of the Divinity of the Qur an: it is the lbct that it has bcen presetvcd intact through tl.reages since the is the fact that it has been preserved intact through the ages sinee the time of its Revelation the present till da1 And so it lvill alwaysremain, time of its Revelation till the present day. . And so it will always remain, by Gods will, as long as the universe exists." by Gods rvill, as long as the universe exists."
  23. 23. My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To lslam My Great Love For Jesus Led Me To Islam qy @3:144 reads: "Muhammad is not but a messenger.3: 144 reads: "Muhammad is not but a messenger. [Other] messengers have passedon before him. So if he[Other] messengers have passed on before him. So if hewas to die be killed, would youwas to die or be killed, would you turn back on your back onheels[to unbeliefl? he who turns back on his heelsheels [to unbelief)? And he who turns back on his heels never AIIah at all;will never harm Allah at all; but Allah will reward the reward thegrateful."grateful." The Prophetis also described one who is unableto The Prophet is also described as one who is unable to asbenefitanyone,includinghirrrself.benefit anyone, including himself~ without the permission lvitl-rout permission the God.Verse7:188tellsus: "Say, "I hold notof God. Verse 7:188 tells us: "Say, "I hold not for myself myself[the power of] benefit harm, cxcept[the power of) benefit or harm, except what Allah hasAllih haswilled.willed. And if I knew the unseen, I could have acquired knew the unscen, could have acquiredmuch wealth, and no harm lvould have touched me.much wealth, and no harm would have touched me. Iam not except a and a bringer good tidingsam not except a warner and a bringer of good tidings a people believe.to a people who believe. " In fact, there are even versesreproaching Prophet the In fact, there are even verses reproaching the Prophetfbr celiain actions. There is an incident wherein a blindfor ceftair-r actions.There is an incident wherein a blindrnan interrupted him as he rvas calling a groupman interrupted him as he was calling a group ofinfluentialMakkansto Isldrrr and pleaded u,ith the Prophetinfluential Makkans to Islam and pleaded with the Prophetto give him sorrereligious knowledge. his eagerness Into give him somc religious knowledge. In his eagerness to toguide others.the Plophet fiorvnedand ignoredguide others. the Prophet frowned and ignored him for he heknervthat the blind Inan was strong1aith.and that thereknew that the blind man was of strong faith, and that therervould be no harm if he qaited i.urtil he finished hiswould be no harm if he waited until he finished hismeeting.Horvever, Prophetmeeting. However, the Prophet was reproached God in the was reproached by Godthe Qur un (80: I-II), wherc He says: "The ProphetIhe Qurdn (80:1-ll), rvhere He says: "The Prophetfrorvned and turned away because the blind man camefrowned and turned awav because the man cameto him, [interrupting]. But rvhat rvould make you Iinterrupting]. what would makeperceivc,10 Muhammadl, that perhaps he might beperceive, lO Muhammadl, that perhaps he bepurificd? Or be remindeclanclthc rentembrancewouldpurified? Or be Ieminded and the remembrancebenefit him? As for he who thinks himself withoutbenefit him? he thinks himself withoutneed,to him vou givc attention.And not upon you [isneed, you give attention. not upon you [is:rny blanrel if he will not bc puriliecl.But as for he whoany blame] if he be purified. as hecamc to you striving [for knowledgel while he fearscame [for knowledge] he fears
  24. 24. I~ *t GreatLoveForJesusLedMeTo lsl6m My Great love For Jesus led Me To Islam [Attahl, from him you are distracted. No! Indeed, these [Allah], from him you are distracted. No! Indeed, these [verses] are a reminder." [verses] reminder." The reader of the Qurdn will also find verses that reader of the Qur an will also verses that warn Prophet Muhammad in strong terms and even Prophet Muhammad terms threaten him with death if he were to fabricate any saying threaten him with death if fabricate in the name of God. Verses 69:44-47 read: "And if he the name of God. Verses 69:44-47 read: "And if [Muhammad] had made up about Us some [false] [Muhammad] made some [false] sayings, We would have seized him by the right hand; sayings, have seized right Then We would have cut from him the aorta. And would have And there is no one of you who could prevent [Usl from there one of could prevent [Us] him." him.tt The Arab pagansat the time of the Prophet accused The Arab pagans at the time of the Prophet accused him of forging the Qur an. At that point, God revealedto of forging the Qurdn. that point, God revealed him various verses in which He challenged them to various verses which He challenged them c?n. Verse 17:88reads: produce a book similar to the Quran. Verse 17:88 reads: producea book similar the Qur "Say, oIf "Say, "If mankind and the jinn gathered in order to and the gathered this Qurin, they could not produce produce the like of this Quran, they could not produce produce the even if were each assistants." the like of it, even if they were to each other assistants." verses 52:33-34 read: "Or do they say, And verses 52:33-34 read: "Or do they say, "He has has Rather, they do not believe. Then made it up"? Rather, they do not believe. Then let made they should be them produce a statement like it, if they should be produce a statement But they failed to do so. The challenge was truthful." But they failed to do so. The challenge was truthful." later reducedto 10 chapters is clear from Verse 1l:13, later reduced to 10 chapters as is clear from Verse 11: 13, as invented which reads: "Or do they say, "He invented it"? Say, which reads:"Or do they say, Say oThenbring ten surahs like it that have been invented "Then bring ten siirahs like it that have been invented and call upon [for assistance]whomever you can and call upon [for assistance] whomever you can Allah, if you should be truthful." But they failed besides Allah, if you should be truthful." But they failed besides in this also. It was finally reducedto a single chapter. in this also. It was finally reduced to a single chapter. Verses 2:23-24 infonn us: "And if you are in doubt Verses 2:23-24 infonn us: "And if you are in doubt about what We have sent down upon Our Servant about what We have sent down upon Our Servant [Muhammad], then produce a siirah the like thereof [Muhammad], then produce a surah the like thereof and call upon your witnessesother than AllAh if you and call upon your witnesses other than Allah, if you should be truthful. But if you do not, and you will should be truthful. But if you do not, and you will

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