When critiquing arguments found in The Deception of Allah Volume I, by Christian Prince, it demonstrates that the author is in pursuit of certain interests which rely on promoting suspicion towards Islam and Muslims.
Let us discover the Deception of Christian Prince using the Qur’an itself. He claims to be an Arab Christian who grew up in the Middle East and fluent in Arabic. Despite all that, his ignorance of the religion is astounding.
When these sort of publications propagate “It is a Book Muslims Don’t Want You To Read,” most Muslims can be sure that the only genuine credential of the author is a PhD in Deception.
WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
There are four verses in the Qur’an which mention the name of someone called the Holy Spirit.
In these verses, we are informed that Allah strengthened Jesus with the Holy Spirit [2:87, 2:253]. As a consequence of being strengthened with the Spirit, Jesus was able to perform miracles [5:110]. When the Qur’an referred to the Holy Spirit, it is identified as the Angel Gabriel who brought down the Qur’an upon Prophet Muhammad pbuh [16:102].
The Qur’an went on to declare that the Pure Spirit is Angel Gabriel [2:97]. This was made clear when the Qur’an referred to the Spirit coming down on Laylatul Qadr to perform all errands assigned to it by Allah [97:3-4].
The Qur’an is quite clear that the Holy Spirit is angel Gabriel.
WHY DID ALLAH CHOOSE A LAND AND CALL IT THE HOLY LAND?
The Qur’anic story about the Holy Land began with Prophet Abraham and his nephew Lot.
Allah declared that he delivered Abraham and Lot pbut to a land in which he had placed blessings for all of mankind. That was the Holy Land:
It was this verse that the concept of a Holy Land was introduced in the Qur’an for the first time. You can read the Qur’anic story of its introduction and significance here.
We clearly see that two Prophet’s lived in the Holy Land well before the event involving the Children of Israel even took place in verse 5:21.
Verse 5:21 refers to the period during the exodus when Moses pbuh and the Israelites came out of Egypt which was the home of the Israelite slaves who were being oppressed by Pharoah, and Moses pbuh rescued them at the command of Allah.
After Moses pbuh and the Israelites left Egypt, they lived in the wilderness of the Sinai region adjacent to the northern borders of Arabia and the southern borders of Palestine for some time during their journey.
In verse 5:21, Moses pbuh is telling the Israelites to enter the holy land which was ordained for them by Allah as a refuge after getting away from the oppression of Pharoah. Let us examine the verses after:
“O my people, enter the blessed land [i.e., Palestine] which Allah has assigned to you and do not turn back [from fighting in Allah’s cause] and [thus] become losers.” [5:21] They said, “O Moses, indeed within it is a people of tyrannical strength, and indeed, we will never enter it until they leave it; but if they leave it, then we will enter.” [5:22]
NB: These verses are addressing the Muslim Israelites, as they were still following the religion of Abraham at that time, which is why Allah granted them permission to reside there. It is not addressing a Jewish children of Israel.
The Israelites said they would not enter the Holy Land unless the people who were already living there left because they were mighty, strong people. Moses pbuh ordered them to enter Jerusalem and fight their enemy and promised them victory and triumph over the people if they did. They refused. Allah punished them by making them wander bewildered for 40 years. For reference, please check verses 5:23-26.
One must wonder the reason behind the Muslim worlds hostility towards Israel if the Qur’an says the land belongs to the Jews.
Since Abraham and Lot pbut were directed by Allah to migrate to the Holy Land to reside there, the implication was that their descendants would reside in that land, as it was their land. Was it granted conditionally or unconditionally?
I have only listed some of his concluding points above, but the following articles of mine clearly exposes his deceit: Palestinians and Muslims claim to Jerusalem, Jerusalem Not Mentioned in the Qur’an? and Why Christians Should Not Support Israel.
The most significant point we get from all of this is that the Qur’anic explanation is clear; the land was given conditionally to the Children of Israel.
THE QUR’AN ON PROPHETHOOD
The Qur’an confirms that the Israelite people descended from Abraham pbuh and Allah conferred on Abraham pbuh the status of religious leader of mankind. He responded with a request that his seed should also share in that status conferred upon him. Allah’s response to his request was to grant it conditionally: “I will make you a leader for the people.” [Abraham] said, “And of my descendants?” [Allah] said, “My covenant does not include the wrongdoers.” [2:124]
The condition was that this status would not be conferred on those of his seed who were ‘wrongdoers’. Allah went on to fulfill that favour unto Abraham pbuh by choosing Prophets from his seed, hence the continuous line of Prophets chosen from the seed of Abraham pbuh who were all sent to the Israelite people. This continued uninterruptedly until the birth of Jesus pbuh.
Due to their disobedience and continuous transgression, the Children of Israel proved themselves to be unworthy of leadership of mankind. In fulfillment of his covenant with Abraham pbuh [2:124], Allah shifted the leadership of mankind from the Children of Israel to the children of Ishmael pbuh [2:143], by appointing Muhammad pbuh as the last prophet for mankind til eternity. Thus the role of leadership of mankind to convey the message of God is now the responsibility of Muslims.
The Qur’an mentions the grant of revelations to the family of Abraham pbuh, which includes Ishmael (his son): “But we had already given the family of Abraham the Scripture and Wisdom and conferred upon them a great Kingdom.” [4:54] And mention the Book, (the story of) Ishmael. Indeed, he was (strictly) true to this promise, and he was a messenger and Prophet.” [19:54]
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And We gave to him [i.e., Abraham] Isaac and Jacob – all [of them] We guided. And Noah, We guided before; and among his descendants, David and Solomon and Job and Joseph and Moses and Aaron. Thus do We reward the doers of good. And Zechariah and John and Jesus and Elias – and all were of the righteous. And Ishmael and Elisha and Jonah and Lot – and all [of them] We preferred over the worlds. And [some] among their fathers and their descendants and their brothers – and We chose them and We guided them to a straight path. That is the guidance of Allah by which He guides whomever He wills of His servants. But if they had associated others with Allah, then worthless for them would be whatever they were doing. Those are the ones to whom We gave the Scripture and authority and prophethood. But if they [i.e., the disbelievers] deny it, then We have entrusted it to a people who are not therein disbelievers. [Qur’an, 6:84-89]
We clearly see that Allah did not forget Ishmael’s name.