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ISLAM'S FABLES & FANTASIES

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(URL) To open this page we'll quote from "Islamic Knowledge.org":

"The Real Flying Carpet

Among what the devils made for Prophet Solomon was a wide, carpet-like, wooden platform covered with gold and silk. This platform was big enough to carry humans, castles and other buildings, tents, supplies, horses, camels, and other animals. In the middle of it was a place for Prophet Solomon to sit. Around Prophet Solomon the pious people sat on golden chairs. Around them there were silver chairs for the scholars. The other people and jinn sat around the scholars.

Despite the vastness of the reign of Prophet Solomon, he fought in person for the sake of spreading the Religion. Prophet Solomon was constantly battling the blasphemers to spread Islam, teaching that God was the only God, without partners.

God subjugated the wind to Solomon. The flying carpet carried him, taking Solomon wherever he wanted. If he wanted to travel or fight an enemy, the carpet would be loaded with all that an army needs. Then a special wind that was designated by God to obey Prophet Solomon would come under the carpet, raising the carpet into the sky. This wind would be as gentle as a breeze, carrying Prophet Solomon and his army to their destination.

If Prophet Solomon wanted to travel faster, he would ask for a stronger wind, and it would come. This carpet had an amazing speed covering what was normally a one-month traveling distance in less than five hours. They would get to a place in the morning, and be back at home in the afternoon. Birds flew over them shading, and protecting them from the harmful sunrays."

The giant flying carpet tale is confirmed by the Imam at the 15:45 mark in the video at this link.
In another version Solomon is described as being carried underneath the mat.

Muslims are compelled to believe Adam was 90 feet tall.

"Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, created Adam in His own image with His length of sixty cubits....." Sahih Muslim, Book 040, Number 6809

"Allah created Adam, making him 60 cubits tall." Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 543

Muhammad on the "Beast from the sea"
"In al-Qurtubi's book Tadhkirah, the beast is described:

    Ibn Jurayj reported that Ibn al-Zubayr described the beast and said, "Its head is like the head of a bull, its eyes are like the eyes of a pig, its ears are like the ears of an elephant, its horns are like the horns of a stag, its neck is like the neck of an ostrich, its chest is like the chest of a lion, its color is like the colour of a tiger, its haunches are like the haunches of a cat, its tail is like the tail of a ram, and its legs are like the legs of a camel. Between each pair of its joints is a distance of twelve cubits.""

Mohammed on Alexander the Great
(one alternate title - The Science of the Quran)

According to Mohammed, on one of Alexander the Great's journeys - Surah18.85 One (such) way he followed, 86 Until, when he reached the setting of the sun, he found it set in a spring of murky water: Near it he found a People: We said: "O Zul-qarnain! (thou hast authority,) either to punish them, or to treat them with kindness."

As an aside to Mohammed's science above, believe it or not, Mohammed believed "Alexander the Great was a Muslim leader who made Jihads to spread the religion of Allah throughout the world".1 But there is no question from the actual historical record that Alexander the Great is revealed as was one of the greatest pagans, and perhaps the most consummate polytheist idol worshiper, in world history, not only checking with the keepers of the pagan gods before going on military campaigns, but even declaring himself to be a god - specifically the son of Zeus. But then the records of Islam are larded with even more serious contradictions of the actual historical record as the Mecca page also attests in an even more stunning account.

(More on the sun setting in a pool of murky water)
("The Quran or the Bible")

Muhammad on talking ants

Quran 27 "The Ant" 27.26 And Solomon was David's heir. He said: "O ye people! We have been taught the speech of birds, and on us has been bestowed (a little) of all things: this is indeed Grace manifest (from Allah.)" 17 And before Solomon were marshalled his hosts,- of Jinns and men and birds, and they were all kept in order and ranks.18 At length, when they came to a (lowly) valley of ants, one of the ants said: "O ye ants, get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (under foot) without knowing it." 19 So he smiled, amused at her speech; and he said: "O my Lord! so order me that I may be grateful for Thy favours, which thou hast bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may work the righteousness that will please Thee: And admit me, by Thy Grace, to the ranks of Thy righteous Servants."

Muhammad on talking birds

From a talking ant why not move on to a talking bird? 20 And he took a muster of the Birds; and he said: "Why is it I see not the Hoopoe? Or is he among the absentees? 21 "I will certainly punish him with a severe penalty, or execute him, unless he bring me a clear reason (for absence)." 22 But the Hoopoe tarried not far: he (came up and) said: "I have compassed (territory) which thou hast not compassed, and I have come to thee from Saba with tidings true.

From Islam in Light of History "Abu Karb Asa'd, also called Tubb'a, occupied the cities of central western Arabia at the beginning of the 5th century A.D. Among those cities were Mecca and Yatrib, also called al-Medina.

The inhabitants of Mecca had emigrated from two Yemeni tribes, Oas and Khazraj. They too, emigrated to Yathrib after the dam in Yemen was damaged around 150 A.D. These tribes were living with two Jewish tribes, Beni Kharithah and Beni Nathir, which were already established. Abu Karb Asa'd was of Yemeni origin. He built the kaabeh at Mecca to reinforce his rule over the city, and to show favor to the citizens of mecca who were without a temple of worship. They, like him, shared the same pagan beliefs.

Tubb'a also tried to build bridges with the Jewish community in Yathrib. He learned their religious thoughts and rites. He learned the Jewish myths, such as the legend of the hoopoe bird that announced the kingdom of Saba to Solomon. This myth came from the Jewish mythological book called the Second Targum of Esther. Mohammed incorporated the same myth into the Qur'an."

Back to the hoopoe bird's words 23 "I found (there) a woman ruling over them and provided with every requisite; and she has a magnificent throne. 24 "I found her and her people worshipping the sun besides Allah: Satan has made their deeds seem pleasing in their eyes, and has kept them away from the Path,- so they receive no guidance,-

Mohammed's tribe the Quraish were immigrants, from Yemen and the Saba area, to Mecca. Kaabas had been built all over Arabia for worship of the sun, moon, stars, planets and jinn-demons. At least for a time, the moon was considered the most powerful of the pagan deities, and in some areas that preeminence was supplanted by sun god worship. Both were even worshiped monotheistically by some.

Muhammad on birds stoning an army

Sura 105.1 Seest thou not how thy Lord dealt with the Companions of the Elephant? 2 Did He not make their treacherous plan go astray? 3 And He sent against them Flights of Birds, 4 Striking them with stones of baked clay. 5 Then did He make them like an empty field of stalks and straw, (of which the corn) has been eaten up.

In this fable we have birds completely decimating an army by dropping "stones of baked clay" on it. I wonder what kind of birds could carry heavy enough lumps of clay to wipe out an army?

By one Islamic explanation "The holy sanctuary (Haram) has remained unconquerable. Abraha al-Ashram, the Abyssinian viceroy of Yemen, tried to demolish it in 570 CE with a strong army and hordes of elephants but was prevented from entering the city (Holy precinct). The people of Makkah had decided not to defend the Ka'bah, fled the city and took refuge in nearby hills overlooking Ka'bah. By Allah's Command, the 'Abaabeel' (flying creatures, birds) pelted stones at Abraha's army and decimated it, leaving them like green crops devoured by cattle."

Islam on a monkey that "committed illegal sexual intercourse"

Muhammad's "Allah" couldn't even cut a monkey a break. Seems that it's always the "she" that is guilty of adultery in Islam, since men can have four wives, as many concubines as they can handle, and even brief temporary marriages. But a monkey?

Bukhari B58, #188 Narrated 'Amr bin Maimun: During the pre-lslamic period of ignorance I saw a she-monkey surrounded by a number of monkeys. They were all stoning it, because it had committed illegal sexual intercourse. I too, stoned it along with them.

Do you suppose Muhammad's followers pause to wonder how the fellow knew what offense the she-monkey had committed?

Muhammad on Jesus

Muslims are quick to say that Jesus is mentioned in the Quran, which of course is irrelevant, since they must deny the whole subject of the Gospel to follow Muhammad alone. But perhaps the most amusing - as well as single most egregious - falsehood regarding Jesus in the Quran, was apparently plagiarized from a 2nd century Arabic apocryphal fable in the "Infancy Gospel", in which Jesus was alleged to have spoken from the cradle as an infant. Here is how the fiction was created for that Egyptian fable went:

".....Jesus spake when he was in the cradle, and said to his mother: "Mary, I am Jesus the Son of God, the Word, which thou didst bring forth according to the declaration of the angel Gabriel, and My Father hath sent me for the salvation of the world."[1]

Here is the way the fable was edited to fit Muhammad's denial of the Son of God:

Sura 3:46 He shall preach to men in his cradle and in the prime of manhood, and shall lead a righteous life.

Sura 19:28 "O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother a woman unchaste!" 29 But she pointed to the babe. They said: "How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?" 30 He said: "I am indeed a servant of Allah: He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet; 31 "And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live; 32 "(He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable; 33 "So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)"!

This creation has a profound impact on Islam. Even though Muslims believe that Jesus never died but was raised physically to heaven (which requires denial of the whole subject of the Gospel), and they believe Jesus has been immortal for the last 2,000 years, because of Muhammad's plagiarism of that Egyptian fable his followers are compelled to believe that Jesus will return to earth, and then die and be resurrected! Just as the Gospel informs us He did nearly 2,000 years ago! There is even a place for Him to be buried next to the blaspheming antichrist Muhammad! Thus Muslims have only been fooled into believing, that they believe in Jesus, even though they must reject the whole subject of the Gospel through which He is revealed!

The source of this fable is from an Egyptian apocryphal fable titled Injilu 't Tufuliyyah, better known as "The first Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ". Here is how it read in the original version "Mary, I am Jesus the Son of God, the Word, which thou didst bring forth according to the declaration of the angel Gabriel, and My Father hath sent me for the salvation of the world."

Quran 3.49 "And (appoint him) a messenger to the Children of Israel, (with this message): "'I have come to you, with a Sign from your Lord, in that I make for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah's leave: And I heal those born blind, and the lepers, and I quicken the dead, by Allah's leave; and I declare to you what ye eat, and what ye store in your houses. Surely therein is a Sign for you if ye did believe;

This Quran fable was plagiarized from "The Gospel of Thomas the Israelite" - A known and documented book of fables.

"The child Jesus, when 5 years of age, was playing on the road by a dirty stream of running water; and having brought it all together into ditches, immediately made it pure and clean; by saying a single word. Then having moistened some earth, he made of it twelve sparrows. And it was the Sabbath day when he did these things. There were many other children playing with him. Now a Jew, seeing what Jesus did, that he was playing on the Sabbath day, went his way to (Jesus') father Joseph. He said, "Behold, your son is at the stream of dirty water, and having taken up some mud, has made of it twelve sparrows, thus desecrating the Sabbath. On this Joseph went to the spot, and cried out, "Why did you do these things on the Sabbath day which it is not lawful to do?" Jesus then clapped his hands at the sparrows and cried aloud to them, "Go off!" So they, clucking, flew away. The Jews seeing it were astonished, and went and told their rulers what they had seen Jesus do."

http://www.answering-islam.org/Quran/Sources/cradle.html


Mohammed's Alleged Ascension to Heaven

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Web page on this site that covers this topic on depth.

Sura 17.1 Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things).

Mohammed's alleged overnight trip covered the 766 miles from Mecca to Jerusalem, a trip to heaven, and a return to Mecca, and is described in part as follows:

Sahih Muslim, Book 1, #309: It is narrated on the authority of Anas b. Malik that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: I was brought al-Buraq Who is an animal white and long, larger than a donkey but smaller than a mule, who would place his hoof a distance equal to the range of vision. I mounted it and came to the Temple (Bait Maqdis in Jerusalem), then tethered it to the ring used by the prophets. I entered the mosque and prayed two rak'ahs in it, and then came out and Gabriel brought me a vessel of wine and a vessel of milk.

Unfortunately the temple that Muhammad claimed to have visited had been torn down about 500 years prior to his claim of having prayed in it. Muhammad thus illustrating the wisdom of the Greeks and Zoroastrians in having fabled riders ride on their fabled flying steeds.

After claiming to have prayed in a temple in Jerusalem, that history shows had been torn down 500 years before he made the claim, next on Mohammed's night journey was Mohammed's trip to heaven on the back of his flying animal Baraq. The following is the beginning of the above titled, from Dr. Rafat Amari. For the full article click here.

Quoting Dr. Amari:

"Did Mohammed ascend to heaven as the Qu’ran states? Did he do so in a trance? How much was he influenced by the occult? These questions, which are important to the credibility of Islam, are the subject of our study today.

Ascending into heaven was the common way Middle Eastern sects explained how their leaders obtained the religious laws they taught.

Sects that arose in the Middle East before Mohammed put a great deal of emphasis on ascension to heaven. Those who claimed to be prophets within their sects, whether they were mythological figures in their tradition or were given biblical names, all had ascension stories.

Yima, a mythological Persian figure who represented the sun, was visited by the angel Sraosha who accompanied Yima to heaven. Yima was subsequently commissioned to spread the religion on earth.[i][1]

Zoroaster claimed to have ascended into heaven to obtain a religious law from Ahura Mazda for the nation of Iran.[ii][2] In like manner, Mohammed claimed to have visited heaven where he was commissioned with a religious law for the nation of Islam.

Vohuman, who was the angel that accompanied Zoroastrian figures in their ascension to heaven, is easily compared to Gabriel, the angel of ascension in the Qu’ran.

 The angel Vohuman was aledged to have accompanied Zoroaster to heaven.[iii][3] Vohuman has many affinities with Gabriel in the Quran. First of all, he is the angel who accompanies those who ascend to heaven.  We find Vohuman descending from his golden throne to  accompany Viraz to heaven into the presence of Ahuramazda.[iv][4]

     The same thing is said concerning Gabriel in the Qu'ran. In Surah 81 and verse 20, Gabriel is described as “the personality with rank who stood before the lord of the throne.” He is the one Islam claims accompanied Mohammed in his ascension.

     Another similarity between Vohuman and Gabriel is they were both huge in stature.[v][5] Vohuman is portrayed in the sacred Zoroastrian books as the judge who condemned sinners.[vi][6] In the Qu’ran, Gabriel is the judge who condemns the nations and the cities.

     The word “spirit” is used of both personalities. Vohuman is called “spirit,” and the Dinkard, book nine, stresses the importance of loving Vohuman.[vii][7]

     Likewise, in the Qu’ran, we find Gabriel referred to as the “spirit” and sometimes as the “holy spirit.” Many of Mohammed’s Hadiths stress or focus on the love of Gabriel for mankind even for those in heaven.[viii][8]

     The angels in the Bible are agents who proclaimed a message to a few individuals,  then they returned to heaven. They never drew attention to themselves or claimed a relationship with men. The angels hide themselves, pointing only to God.

     But in the case of Vohuman and the spirit who claimed to be Gabriel in the Qu'ran, they both called attention to themselves connecting men to themselves. This indicates they were negative spirits competing with God rather than affirming Him. In reality, they behaved like the malignant spirits that possess mediums."

Occult characteristics of Vohuman in Zoroastrianism and Gabriel in the Qu’ran point to the true identity of  both spirits.

We find Vohuman enters the mind of Zoroaster and mingled with his mind.[ix][9] Likewise, Gabriel is described by Mohammed’s biographers as entering the bodies of humans.[x][10]

     On the other hand, angels never entered the bodies of humans. Other than demons, the only one who enters the body of a human is God, the Holy Spirit. He gently makes His home in the soul of a person when he is saved through the redemptive work of Christ. The Holy Spirit gives peace, joy and tranquility to human souls. But demons enter the bodies of people who invite them in or by people who are involved with magic and the occult. People who are demon possessed have signs such as convulsions, a feeling of terror, sweating, and they may lapse into a coma which is something that also plagues mediums who receive oracles from devils.

     Mohammed claims Gabriel inspired Mohammed to write the Qu’ran. But if Gabriel was a true angel, why did Mohammed suffer from the same symptoms as those who are demon possessed when he received the Qu'ran? Mohammed experienced convulsions, a feeling of terror, comas and severe sweating. These symptoms were never encountered by any prophet in the Bible."

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Bukhari V2, B18, N158: Narrated Abu Bakra:  Allah's Apostle said: "The sun and the moon are two signs amongst the signs of Allah and they do not eclipse because of the death of someone but Allah frightens His devotees with them."

Are modern day "devotees" of Allah frightened by an eclipse too?

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(URL) Solomon located under his flying carpet:

From answering-islam:  "He had a mat made of wood on which he would place all the equipment of his kingship; horses, camels, tents and troops, then he would command the wind to carry it, and he would go underneath it and it would carry him aloft, shading him and protecting him from the heat, until it reached wherever he wanted to go in the land. Then it would come down and deposit his equipment and entourage… (Tafsir Ibn Kathir (Abridged) (Surat Al-Isra’, Verse 39 To the end of Surat Al-Mu’minun), by a group of scholars under the supervision of Shaykh Safiur Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri [Darussalam Publishers & Distributors, Riyadh, Houston, New York, London, Lahore; First Edition: July 2000], Volume 6, pp. 476-477)

One can only wonder why Solomon didn't get squashed by his army when the mat landed!