How sound are the arguments and conclusions presented in The People Vs Muhammad – Psychological Analysis?
It is important to point out a few things:
- The book is biased and incoherent.
- The author claims to have dedicated 2O years of their life studying Islam and prophet Muhammad pbuh, yet, has a gross misunderstanding of the Qur’an and the teachings of Islam.
- Many of the sources are questionable.
- Some of it is just false or completely misquoted.
- The book was originally popularised on a hoax Youtube video which purportedly shows an Arab Muslim verbally abusing Islam and the Prophet after reading this book: Arab guy goes into meltdown after reading ‘The People vs Muhammad’, which later turned out to be false. Correct translation.
- This site alone covers basically all the mythology of this book and others like it: Muhammad fact Check, or download The Sealed Nectar for a complete authoritative book on the life of Prophet Muhammad pbuh.
- The author provides ‘facts’, while they are merely accusations.
- The claims are not new, all of them have been proven false, even claims that the Qur’an has contradictions is completely false.
- The author uses deceit in order to give a bad name to prophet Muhammad pbuh.
Before I read the book, I could sense the bias of the author from the title, and how he or she seeks to profit from it. It is rather a revealing example of how people against a religion deliberately and willfully distort the truth, sometimes for financial gain, and how like-minded people are so keen to believe it.
The Qur’an declares that the Israelites tried to crucify Jesus pbuh. Please see the Qur’anic explanation of the Crucifixion of Jesus.
The fallacy of her idea that prophet Muhammad pbuh was a false prophet simply because he was born 600 years after this event had taken place is apparent. As the final messenger of Allah, he had to come last after Jesus pbuh, along with the final revelation which was revealed to him through the angel Gabriel:
“And [mention] when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, “O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad*…..” [61:6] *Prophet Muhammad’s prophetic name
Muhammad pbuh is the final messenger sent to all of mankind, for all people, for all nations:
O Mankind, the messenger has come to you with the truth from your Lord, so believe; it is better for you. [4:170]
Muhammad is not the father of [any] of your men, but [he is] the messenger of Allah and the last of the prophets. [33:40]
The Qur’an made a declaration to both Christians and Jews on matters wherein they differ with each other. Itprovides an explanation which resolves those differences, and this includes Jesus:
Indeed, this Qur’an relates to the Children of Israel most of that over which they disagree. [Qur’an, 27:76]
Denying Jesus pbuh was never crucified is not an Anti-Christian sentiment. The Qur’an confirms what little truth remains in parts of previous scriptures, and correcting fabrications and additions which have crept into current day versions of such scriptures.
The crucifixion of Jesus pbuh is taught in the Gospels that we have today, thus, the Qur’an is clearly saying that this is false.
The reasons why the Jews rejected Islam and the Prophet pbuh are very clearly mentioned:
“…But Is it [not] that every time a messenger came to you, [O Children of Israel], with what your souls did not desire, you were arrogant? And a party [of messengers] you denied and another party you killed.” [Qur’an, 2:87]
The first point that caused the Jews to turn away from Islam was their desire for worldly things. The Qur’an declares they are deceived by their own self-invented beliefs: “That is because they say, “Never will the Fire touch us except for [a few] numbered days.” [3:24-25]
One of the reasons nations deny the truth is because of the false belief that arises in them that they are the only saved people. And that they are the beloved nation of Allah: Say, “O you who are Jews, if you claim that you are allies of Allah, excluding the [other] people, then wish for death, if you should be truthful.” [Qur’an, 62:6]
This stems from their false and deluded belief that they are the chosen people of God to the exclusion of the rest of mankind, which I explained in detail here. They believe they are exalted specially by Allah out of arrogance. They would reject anything not in accordance to their desires. They were the only saved people from the hell fire which was forbidden to touch them, so they did not care about it.
Their disobedience had caused them to be so far removed from Allah that their hearts were no longer capable of accepting divine truths. Little faith indeed was left in them, and out of their pride would say: “…Our hearts are wrapped (i.e., therefore no words can have any effect)” But, [in fact], Allah has cursed them for their disbelief, so little is it that they believe.” [Qur’an, 2:88]
Another reason for their rejection was due to having corrupted the Torah, which is explained in this article. The Jews were angry and jealous that Allah chose an Arab to be the recipient of the last revelation. [2:90]
If they recognised him as a true Prophet, it would force them to accept that they had distorted the Torah. Secondly, their assumption of racial superiority no longer had any scriptural validity.
They Jews recognised the truth in the Prophet’s claim [2:89] but there was also another reason for the leaders of Quraish to oppose the Prophet and prevent him from spreading his message.
Mecca was the center of pilgrimage because of the Kaaba which housed many idols of the neighbouring tribes. The leaders feared that once the concept of worshipping only one God became popular, the tribes would stop visiting the idols and therefore affect the economy of the city.
The Jews had accepted all these signs, but rejected Muhammad. They desired that the promised Prophet would come from their nation [2:91].
The author deliberately left out very important information that gives better clarity on the subject of their rejection of Islam and prophet Muhammad pbuh.
Why should non-Muslims believe he or she has not taken a prejudiced stance when the author claims to have dedicated 2O years of their life studying Islam and prophet Muhammad pbuh, yet, still came to the conclusion that the Jews rejected Islam for unknown reasons?
In 1868, Confessions of a British Spy was published. It is based on the memoires of Hempher, a British spy to the Middle East. An English translation was later published and included ‘The British Enmity Against Islam’.
An excerpt from the book:
“When Islam was established, the hegemony of the priests, as in the Dark Ages, was abolished. They founded missionary organizations to abolish Islam. The British were the forerunners in this regard. A Ministry of the Commonwealth was established in London with a view to fighting against Islam.”
A fifty page scheme was prepared for the high ranking officials working in the Ministry, with the goal of annihilating Islam altogether within a century’s time. The scheme was comprised of fourteen articles.” One of the key points that really rings true today:
The author makes the same claim in their book 149 years after the Memoires of Hempher was published:
Why should any Muslim take this seriously? Why do they want to arouse doubts as to the authenticity of the Qur’an? A true Muslim has a solid understanding of their religion. An ignorant Muslim is one who is only Muslim by name, and has a superficial understanding because they do not practice it while still identifying as a Muslim, or they don’t believe in it at all, in which case, the latter is not even a Muslim, unless they repent and return to Islam.
The author claims to have studied Islam for twenty years, so why should any Muslim reader take his or her claims seriously after calling the majority of Muslims ignorant about the religion when he or she is clearly ignorant of the religion themself?
On his or her website, in the Q&A under Who is J.K?, one of the questions is:
Why is the author obsessed with demonising a “false” prophet? Why would any faithful Muslim need to, let alone want to, publicly accept that Muhammad pbuh was a false prophet?
“A faction of the people of the Scripture wish they could mislead you. But they do not mislead except themselves, and they perceive [it] not.” [Qur’an, 3:69]
Allah states that the Jews (not all of course) envy the believers and wish they could misguide them. He states the punishment of this behaviour will fall back upon them while they are unaware. He criticises them, “O People of the Scripture, why do you disbelieve in the verses of Allah while you witness [to their truth]?” [Qur’an, 3:70]. It means that they know for certain that Allah’s verses are true and authentic.
“O People of the Scripture, why do you confuse the truth with falsehood and conceal the truth while you know [it]?” [Qur’an, 3:71] They are being criticised for hiding the description of Prophet Muhammad pbuh that was mentioned in their books. Since they were the People of the Scripture, the learned people, the Mushrikeen (those who associate partners with Allah or joins partners in his divinity) would come to them to verify the prophethood of Muhammad pbuh. These people would twist the truth and give false information to confuse the people.
It is easy for a person with weak faith to fall for these traps. You must seek knowledge of the religion from the authentic sources, ask Allah for strength and steadfastness and adopt the company of the righteous people. Do not let people discourage you or make you doubt your religion.
What purpose does this book serve? The author claims to want to determine if Muhammad pbuh did indeed receive divine revelation, yet, it is based on lies and half-truths. How could a sincere reader allow themselves to be duped by such contradictory and misleading statements?
Allah warns in the Qur’an that the previous revelations were corrupted by the Israelites, in which one of the many fabrications included rewriting the Torah to exclude Ishmael (i.e., father of the Arabs) from God’s covenent and excluding him as a legitimate seed. Some of the (many) corruptions were discussed here, and here, and here. Allah also tells us that they recognised him as a true prophet yet rejected him for the reasons stated above and conceal the truth while they know it [Qur’an, 2:146].
The author claims Muslims wont dare read this book. l would rather say, who ever reads this book must fully read the Qur’an as well. Once you have read both books, then decide for yourself what is the real truth, the melodramatic and fabricated claims raised by said author who hates prophet Muhammad pbuh so much that she decided to write a book full of false allegations about him, or the Qur’an that refutes all the fabrications in this publication?