Are Non Muslims Defaming Islam or is it a Mere Misconstruction by Islamic Leaders?

MM Akbar Every time when there is violence against the critics of Hazarat Muhammad, Dawwah preachers tries to justify it by saying that those are defamation and abuses against Hazarat Muhammad and not mere criticisms. They further add that while they condemn defamation, they invite critiques which they are ready to answer. In the context of violence in Kerala, MM Akbar, the Dawwah preacher was no different in response in bringing the charge of defamation.  Interestingly, Dawwah preachers never cite any authoritative texts to disprove the so-called defamers of Hazarat Muhammad. Here also, MM Akbar was not different. Further, though Dawwah preachers offer to answer criticisms against Hazarat Muhammad, they never come for a debate on this subject where their answers can be evaluated. Will MM Akbar be different on at least this? writes Jerry Thomas.

No true Christian will ever defame another person leave alone the founder of the second largest religion, Hazarat Muhammad. Then how can many Christians be charged with defaming Hazarat Muhammad as in Kerala recently? The most recent controversial pamphlet provides insights into the defamation charges raised by Muslims. While the other pamphlets and booklets which were charged with offending Muslim sentiments were not easily accessible to the general public, this pamphlet titled ‘Who is the One Prophesized by Moses and Jesus’ has been in circulation for some time now. This was written in response to misinterpretation by the Dawwah preacher MM Akbar claiming that Muhammad was prophesied by Prophet Moses and Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Bible.

For those who came late, MM Akbar is an Islamic preacher who claims to have conducted over 1000 public programs in Kerala and had written numerous book often portraying Christianity and Hinduism in bad light and Islam as though it is a superior religion. In his books and recorded speeches, he has often defamed reverent personalities of other religions by calling them as liars, adulterers, drunkards or similar offensive words. Though these books are highly provocative, civilized religions responded to those misconstructions in a scholarly and peaceful manner rather than resorting to street violence. However, Muslims who initially made offensive charges against other religions are now unable to respond in a scholarly manner for the answers though the answers itself had nothing except quotes and summaries from Islam’s authoritative texts.

Any unbiased person who reads this pamphlet and the referenced Islamic authoritative books will certainly agree that the pamphlet contains nothing except what the Islamic authoritative books themselves have said about Islam. While much of the pamphlet is a mere comparison between Prophet Moses, Lord Jesus and Hazarat Muhammad such as their tribe, genealogy, miracles etc, a few of the passages about the morality of Hazarat Muhammad or Islam may require additional evidence from the Islamic texts which would not have been possible to cover within the scope of a pamphlet.

Of course, everyone would agree that to refute the false claims that Hazarat Muhammad is mentioned in the Holy Bible, an evaluation of the morality of Hazarat Muhammad and the religion that he founded is legitimate and necessary. And as one would note, the pamphlet was merely citing those without even much critique leave alone the charges of defamation. 

For example, let us take the one minor analysis of the pamphlet that Quran promotes violence. While this is not the thrust of the pamphlet or its major argument, one may raise objection to this by pointing out to the peaceful verses in Quran. If so, was the pamphlet writer misrepresenting Islam to defame it? No at all. As Islam grew during Hazarat Muhammad’s time, its teaching changed based on the numerical strength of Muslims and finally when Muslims became majority, all the peaceful verses were rendered as abrogated. Read the following Quranic quotes and its interpretation by the great orthodox scholar and commentator of Islam, Ibn Kathir.

The initial peaceful verses when Islam was a minority in Arabia:

Quran 2:256 – "There is no compulsion is there in religion.”

Quran 43:88-89 “And for his saying, 'My Lord, surely these are a people who believe not' — yet pardon them, and say, 'Peace!' Soon they will know.”

Allowing the defensive wars when Muslims gained strength:

Quran. 2:190-194- And fight in the way of God with those who fight with you, but aggress not: God loves not the aggressors. And slay them wherever you come upon them, and expel them from where they expelled you; persecution is more grievous than slaying. But fight them not by the Holy Mosque until they should fight you there; then, if they fight you, slay them — such is the recompense of unbelievers — but if they give over, surely God is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is God's; then if they give over, there shall be no enmity save for evildoers.

Quran 22:39-41-Leave is given to those who fight because they were wronged — surely God is able to help them — who were expelled from their habitations without right, except that they say 'Our Lord is God.' Had God not driven back the people, some by the means of others, there had been destroyed cloisters and churches, oratories and mosques, wherein God's Name is much mentioned. Assuredly God will help him who helps Him — surely God is All-strong, All-mighty who, if We establish them in the land, perform the prayer, and pay the alms, and bid to honour, and forbid dishonour; and unto God belongs the issue of all affairs.

Command to kill or subjugate non Muslims when Muslims became the majority:

Quran 9:1-6 “An acquittal, from God and His Messenger, unto the idolaters with whom you made covenant: 'Journey freely in the land for four months; and know that you cannot frustrate the will of God, and that God degrades the unbelievers.' A proclamation, from God and His Messenger, unto mankind on the day of the Greater Pilgrimage: 'God is quit, and His Messenger, of the idolaters. So if you repent, that will be better for you; but if you turn your backs; know that you cannot frustrate the will of God. And give thou good tidings to the unbelievers of a painful chastisement; excepting those of the idolaters with whom you made covenant, then they failed. you naught neither lent support to any man against you. With them fulfil your covenant till their term; surely God loves the god-fearing. Then, when the sacred months are drawn away, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent, and perform the prayer, and pay the alms, then let them go their way; God is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. And if any of the idolaters seeks of thee protection, grant him protection till he hears the words of God; then do thou convey him to his place of security — that, because they are a people who do not know.”

Quran 9:28-31 “O believers, the idolaters are indeed unclean; so let them not come near the Holy Mosque after this year of theirs. If you fear poverty, God shall surely enrich you of His bounty, if He will; God is All-knowing; All-wise. Fight those who believe not in God and the Last Day and do not forbid what God and His Messenger have forbidden

— such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled. The Jews say, 'Ezra is the Son of God'; the Christians say, 'The Messiah is the Son of God.' That is the utterance of their mouths, conforming with the unbelievers before them. God assail them! How they are perverted! They have taken their rabbis and their monks as lords apart from God, and the Messiah, Mary's son — and they were commanded to serve but One God; there is no god but He; glory be to Him, above that they associate.”

Ibn Kathir in his Tafsir (commentary for) Surah 9: 5 notes that “This honorable Ayah (9:5) was called the Ayah of the Sword, about which Ad-Dahhak bin Muzahim said, "It abrogated every agreement of peace between the Prophet and any idolater, every treaty and every term” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Volume 4).

Now, let the reader decides if there is anything wrong in saying that Quran promotes violence.

Or let us take the statement that Muhammad’s marriage to his adopted son’s wife before adoption was banned in Islam, was an unacceptable ethics even to Arabs.

Let me give a background of this incident to the readers. Zaid was one of the first to embrace Islam. When he had to choose between his family and Islam, he left his family and stood with Muhammad. Therefore, Hazarat Muhammad adopted Zaid as his son and loved him. Zaid later took Zaynab as his wife. However, one day when Zaid was not in his house, Hazarat Muhammad came to Zaid’s house and saw the beauty of Zaynab. According to The History of Al-Tabari: The Victory of Islam, translated by Michael Fishbein [State University of New York Press, Albany, 1997], Volume VIII, when Muhammad saw his then daughter-in-law, he praised her and said: “Glory be to God the Almighty! Glory be to God, who causes the hearts to turn!” Hereafter, Zaynab was excited which made Zaid uneasy and who came and expressed his displeasure with Zaynab to Muhammad. Muhammad advised him to go back to Zaynab. However, Allah scolded Muhammad for his concealing his desire for Zaynab (Quran 33:37). Later Zaid divorced Zaynab and Hazarat Muhammad married her. As the news spread that Muhammad married his erstwhile daughter-in-law, there was uproar against Hazarat Muhammad.

Quran gives two reasons for this marriage. First it says in Quran 33:37 “So when Zaid had accomplished what he would of her, then we gave her in marriage to thee, so that there should not be any fault in the believers, touching the wives of their adopted sons, when they have accomplished what they would of them; and God's commandment must be performed”. Quran later in 33: 4-5 prohibits Muslims from adopting children. Readers must remember that the Quran is arranged in no specific order. The question one can ask is if the adoption itself is banned later, what was the purpose for Hazarat Muhammad’s marriage and was it ethical? Was not Allah changing his words to pacify the Arabs?

As I said at the beginning, all the statements in pamphlets are mere records from the authoritative texts of Islam. Was it not the duty of Muslim leaders to clarify and defend such actions of Hazarat Muhammad whom they consider as model for the humanity rather than spreading lies that non Muslims are defaming Islam? What is the motive behind such blatant lies about non Muslims when all that they are doing is to merely quote from the Islamic texts?

However, Dawwah preachers like MM Akbar instead of admitting and repenting of their misconstructions are now accusing others of lying. Interestingly, one of the examples that MM Akbar cites in his recent article in Sneha Samvadam (May 2010) for defaming Hazarat Muhammad is of the Danish Cartoons. As usual, though MM Akbar accuses others of defaming Hazarat Muhammad, he never admits that the three of the worst cartoons were drawn by Imams to instigate Muslims and those were not part of the original cartoons published by the newspaper Jyllands-Posten. These lying imams were earlier given sanctuary by the Denmark government.

Here again, one must read the Islamic texts to understand the real motive of such lies. Islam’s pattern for humanity, Hazarat Muhammad himself permitted speaking lies to eliminate critics of him. Probably, that might be the reason for MM Akbar to totally ignore the lies of Imam’s during the Danish Cartoon controversy. Read the following Sahih Hadiths.

 Sahih al-Bukhari 5:369- Allah's Apostle said, "Who is willing to kill Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His Apostle?" Thereupon Muhammad bin Maslama got up saying, "O Allah's Apostle! Would you like that I kill him?" The Prophet said, "Yes," Muhammad bin Maslama said, "Then allow me to say a (false) thing (i.e. to deceive Kab).”The Prophet said, "You may say it."

Quran further permits deception when Muslims are in minority. This is a doctrine of Islam known as Tuqyah.  Quran 3: 28-29 “Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them. But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah. Say: "Whether ye hide what is in your hearts or reveal it, Allah knows it all: He knows what is in the heavens, and what is on earth. And Allah has power over all things.” 

Ibn Kathir in his Tafsir (commentary) Volume 2, commented on this text by quoting Sahih Hadiths: (unless you indeed fear a danger from them) meaning, except those believers who in some areas or times fear for their safety from the disbelievers. In this case, such believers are allowed to show friendship to the disbelievers outwardly, but never inwardly. For instance, Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Ad-Darda' said, "We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.'' Al-Bukhari said that Al-Hasan said, "The Tuqyah is allowed until the Day of Resurrection.''

As we read it in this orthodox Tafsir, Tuqyah is not only allowed but it is allowed until the end of this world.

If this is the case, will not the Muslims fabricate allegations against the Non Muslims to harass and eliminate them? Who knows that tomorrow in Kerala Muslims would not write a pamphlet or a booklet in a Hindu or Christian name and charge them of defaming Muhammad and Islam? It must be borne in mind that all I have said about the doctrine of lying in Islam are not my own words but the very words of Quran, Sahih Hadiths and Tafsir.

MM Akbar in his defense on the allegations against the Holy Bible said that he is ready for a discussion on those. MM Akbar in his article on Muhammad (Sneha Samvadam, May 2010) said that he invites of criticisms on Muhammad which he can answer as against defamation. Now, I have the same offer to MM Akbar. If he is ready to discuss or debate on the morality of Muhammad, I am also ready for a public debate on it. In fact, I go a step further and offer that the debate should be about the morality of Jesus Christ in the Holy Bible and the morality of Hazarat Muhammad as they both are considered by Christians and Muslims as their respective patterns. Or if MM Akbar thinks that morality of Hazarat Muhammad can be justified by citing a few Old Testament prophets, I am ready to debate with him on the morality of the true prophets of the Holy Bible and morality of Hazarat Muhammad.

Will MM Akbar take this offer?



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18 Responses

  1. If he does, it would be at his peril as the morality of any prophet of bible is way beyond scope for any one to point fingers.

    If he does, I pity him as he should be doing it out of helplessness and fear for loss of reputation now that he cant take his foot back from what he invited.

  2. I don’t think we have enough information to go for a debate on either Jesus or Muhammed. History doesn’t give us that license. All we can start is another he-said she-said affair which will never reach us anywhere. Also remember: Discretion is the better part of valor. You may eventually prove that Muhammad is a badass, but think of the innocents who’ll suffer for it.

  3. :grin

    I am sure he will not take is offer. we can understand his standings from his videos those posted in youtube.

  4. Quran, Hadiths and Sira themselves attest to the fact that Muhammad, the founder of Islam, is a pedofile, adulterer, murderer and what not. Islam means subjugation and submission. Having witnessed what islamists are doing all over the world in the name of their religion and to propegate their religion in order to bring to sujugation all other peoples, no sane person can believe that Islam is a religion of peace. To think so is utter dhimmitude and burying one’s head in the desert sand.

    So, folks do not be fooled by islamic dawagandists’ polemic. Do not be terrified by their terror tactics. Terror is one of their tactics to bring to sujugation all other peoples and nations.

    Mr. MM Akbar will not be albe to win any debate on morality of Mohammad and peaceful nature of Islam. His own scriptures do not have the evidence.

    Islam by its own satndards is a hopeless and violent religion. To think otherwise is self-deception.

  5. There is not a single verse in the complete bible where Jesus Christ (Pbuh) says that “I am god” or where he says “Worship me”

    Show me one verse…..

    Bible speaks on INCEST (Genesis 19)

  6. The Bible is equally violent, especially the OT. We are talking about tribes for whom violence is a part of their culture. I don’t believe Christians can find a moral higher ground here. Of course Jesus taught peace, but how many Christians do follow it? If you looked at who started wars in history, its always the so-called Christian nations. Who nuked Hiroshima-Nagasaki? Who started the Gulf war? 5 million lives have already been lost in the Gulf. Do Christians care? The best they’ve done is start a disinformation campaign that only 20000 lives have been lost. And there are Christians who really believe that God is going to bless them for fighting the Arabs.

  7. I watched Jerry Thomas’s debate with Br Imran..

    By God , Jerry is NOT a good debater!!!

    I can debate better than him

  8. There is not a single verse in the complete bible where Jesus Christ (Pbuh) says that “I am god” or where he says “Worship me”







    There is no single verse in the quran stating…O muslims!…login to internet and fill the pages with filthy comments 🙂

  9. Hi there, I dont know if I am writing in a proper board but I have got a problem with activation, link i receive in email is not working…,

  10. no comments why we should waist our time to say about this mm akbar .

  11. As I read the Quran,Bible and all the available interpretations on it,understood onething that Muhammed is the real messenger of God and his principle will lead to heaven.But one question started hunting me,wht really turned the prophet Muhammed the central point of devotion for many generations of the past thousand four hundred years?He knew that some were throwing flowers at him.Equally he knew that some others(followers of Devil)were throwing stones at him.He Knew that some were talking good things about him.He also knew that some were talking bad about him.I think the people who talking bad about him,are real loser.So people I suggest, if u want real happiness in your life and the Heaven after ur life you must have to follow his path and principle.May God bless u..

    • yeah u r right, all those islamic countries are having “real happiness in your life and the Heaven after (after exploding themselfes). Is there any islamic country without unrest???????

  12. Say:Will ye dispute with us about Allah,seeing that He is our Lord and your Lord; that we are responsible for our doings and ye for yours; and that We are sincere(in our faith) in Him.

    Or do ye say that Abraham,Ismail Isaac,Yacob and the Tribes were Jews or Christians?Say:Do ye know better than Allah?Ah!who is more unjust than those who conceal the testimony they have from Allah?but Allah is not unmindful of what ye do!(Holy Quran 2:139,140)

  13. i need a malayalam samvadam cd against mm akbar I need more knowledge about bible and kuran.

  14. I think all our muslim friends suffer this thing called cognitive dissonance.
    “Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong (me: allah and muhammad/Islam). When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.” — Frantz Fanon from his book : Black Skin , White Masks.

    It is not just about taqqiya cs which they used to defend their core belief, but because Muhammad himself probably suffered this cognitive dissonance, he could not comprehend with reality, facts, history, even with people who are more learned in religions i.e Jews and Christians. He knew very well that he lack of knowledge of Bible and had no confidence in confronting with people who were very studious in their religions, he tried to understand but he failed every time as he could not speak in the languages used in Bible (Hebrew and Greek), and also he was not a studious person, so it is understandable if he took everything he heard literally without due diligence to do fact-check, cross-check, examine the sources, analitical research. He had no critical intellectual approaching in regards to Bible or anything he heard. He revealed what he heard in regards Bible and other stories i.e Zoroaster legend, Arab legend and mystics, fairy tales and fables, all he heard bit by bit, piece by piece, not the whole contexts, thats why we see Quran is not in orderly manner in its verses. He took all pagan arabs religious traditions and claimed it as belong to his new-found religion, even allah is one of those pagan deity. No Jews or Christians ever called God by the name of Allah. Arab christians later used Allah to refer to God according to Arab linguistic in refering to God. But God in Bible are called with many name references and in Hebrew names, even Christians if not using God will use the name/title recorded in Bible i.e Yahweh, Adonai, El and Jews due to God’s name is so holy they were not to call Him by his name but using only Hashem. Muhammad did nor know this at all, so he thought his allah must be the same as what of Jews and Christians God. He did not have knowledge about Jews and Christians God at all. All his life he only knew arabs deities including allah which later became his only one god to promote his religion. He was iliterate in Hebrew and Greek so he could not learn or had a comprehensive learning on Bible. He indeed could read and write arabic limitedly (as trader he at least had to). He did not understang the concept and doctrine of Jews and Christian theologies as well, that would make him confused and disoriented as a non-scholar in religious matter, so he just took the verses that he could understand and too bad his sources were not the verified sources, from apocrypal book, this he did not know as well. He only knew about Torah by name, he did not know what it is, what it contains, same goes with Gospel (Injeel) that he thought only one book, he only knew Psalm (Zaboor) by name as well, not what in it. He did not know that besides Torah there are books of prophets in which Zaboor is a part of it, he did not know besides Injeel there are other scripts that along with Gospel made the New Testament for Christians. He did hear about some writing of Jews rabbinic scrips that was not part of Torah i.e Quran 5:32 actually originated in rabbinic commentary on the Biblical story of the murder of Abel by his own brother Cainl – “Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” – Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5; Babylonian Talmud Tractate Sanhedrin 37a. He then took it but with adding his own word on it :“We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one killed a person — unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land — it would be as if he killed the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.” note that he made an exception as to justify the murder of them who considered spreading mischief. He misunderstood what he heard, he did not know that it was about Cain and Abel. And it was not part of Torah but only commentary which explaining Cain murdered his brother Abel, it considered he killed the entire world (killed the entire generation of Abel – the whole existence of Abel and his possible generations). Muhammad did took the commentary as Quranic verse without understand what thats commentary is refering to, he thought it was part of Torah. So we know Muhammad was impostor, he had no orginal new revelations from whoever god allah is, he make his quranic verses from here and there, or creating his own by his imaginations and immediate needs. He did not have any concept due to his lack of religious knowledge, so his religion is purely physical and literal, without any concept. While Jews and Chrisrians religion is based on the concept of God’s love and salvation for his creations. Islam in the contrary if there is any concept it is about the prize of heaven of physical pleasures and hell of physical torture if people not obeying him and his allah. While in Jews and Christians concept, heaven and hell is part of God’s plan of salvation and judgement, there is no physical pleasures or torture, it is spiritual state where we will be after God’s judgement, we will not having the same state as we are now living our biological/natural lives. Muhammad did not understand that concept, it was strange concept to his non-educated mind. allah job is to answer to Muhammad’s personal needs, and to condemn and terrorise whoever against Muhammad. His personal allah. Thats why we see muslims really afraid of hell and really looking forward to achieve heaven by blindly follow whatever Muhammad’s Quran told them to besides emulation Muhammad’s life. They did not see god as a loving God who wish to save them and judge them fairly. They only know follow Quran and muhammad means heaven otherwise means hell. They also obsessed with that physical heaven where they can have eternal physical pleasures. Thats why they are so attached to this core of belief that whatever evidence or reason, they can not accept. They living in denial as if they to accept it they will lost all the physical pleasures of allah and Muhammad’s heaven at the same time they fear of allah and muhammad’s hell. It so taking them psychologically, it is impossible to deal with them in any way.

    What we can do is to pray hard and harder for them to be relieved from this pyschological and mind illness…cognitive dissonance.

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