Silly things Muslims say # 2 (Shan Khan)

One of the most ridiculous arguments from Muslims is the claim that the authors are “unknown”, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are liberals who claim the writers of the Bible are unknown and Muslims and other enemies of the Gospel use this to discredit the Bible.

Unknown Authors?

First let’s prove how silly this argument is, from the Muslim’s perspective their own sources say the Torah and Injil are from Allah. That would make Allah the author of the Torah and Injil which makes up the Bible, of course, we don’t believe Allah sent us the Bible as we don’t believe he exists. But for Muslims, they’re against Allah saying those books have unknown authors. Wouldn’t the author be Allah?

3:3 At-Talaq

To answer the Abdool we do know who wrote the books of the Bible, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wrote the Gospels, the text of the Bible attests to this fact. Paul wrote Romans, Ephesians and others. Peter wrote 1st and 2nd Peter, James and Jude. We also have the five books of Moses Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy. David wrote the Psalms as well as a few others. We actually have names of authors who wrote these books.

If we ask Muslims who wrote the Qur’an, they say, Allah, so Allah came into his creation and wrote a book called Qur’an? We’re told that Allah cannot enter his creation, therefore, it’s not logical to claim Allah wrote the Qur’an. The question remains who wrote the Qur’an we need names but of course, they cannot provide any.

Mark 7:27

Another false claim is that Jesus in Mark 7:27 was somehow disrespecting a woman, just as this Abdool stated in his comment. Let’s get him busted to prove Muslims don’t know anything about the Bible, they don’t even know their own book. In the Gospel of Mark Jesus was approached by a woman Syrophenician by nation, she asked Jesus to cast out devils from her daughter.

Mark 7:26

This Muslim tried to focus on Jesus saying “dog” to this woman in verse 27, let’s bust this Abdool. This is an English translation, in Greek, the word used by Jesus was not one of insult, in reality, it was a word of endearment.

The word used in the text is κυναρίοις and the root word is κυνάριον (kynarion), this is a neuter noun. And the immediate context of the word is generated puppy or little dog. Nowhere in this verse is Jesus Christ insulting this lady as this Abdoool would like for us to believe.

κυνάριον (kynarion)

This was an endearing term used by Christ toward the Syrophenician woman. The reason and context of the word used here are to contrast the relationship between the Jews and the Gentiles. The Jews were the first to receive the grace and revelation from God, their Messiah was there in their midst and they failed to realise Him.

Then we have a Gentile woman who exercised faith in the Lord Jesus asking Him to heal her daughter from demonic possession. The Gentiles were to receive the message of salvation after the message was relayed to the Jews. This is why the bread and table are mentioned, the dog receives food from the table after those who are at the table eat.[1]

This lines up with what Paul the apostle wrote in the book of Romans, how the Jews were given the message and God then had the message brought to the Gentiles. We can find this in Romans chapter 1 verse 18.

Romans 1:16

Mark 7:26-30 is a picture of salvation for all who trust in Jesus Christ. But where’s the compassion for women in Islam? Unlike Muhammad who said the majority of women will be in hell fire.

Sahih al-Bukhari 3241

Here we have Muhammad saying the majority of women will be in hell, which means all the Muslima will end up in hell-fire according to their prophet. What’s the point in following Islam if you’ll end up in hell anyway?[2]

To further prove the point that women have no place in Islam we’ll include a quote from Shaykh Assim Al Hakeem who has his show Ask Zad.

“The concept of equality is also something that we have a lot of the women and the men thinking that this is a prime concept in Islam, women and men are equal. This is totally unIslamic, this is totally wrong it’s not even logical how can they be equal? In Islam in the Qur’an Allah says clearly and a male is not similar to a female, they’re different.” — Ask Zad

Are men & women equal in Islam? – Assim al hakeem

Conclusion

As you see this is how Muslims who don’t even know their own religion try to twist the scriptures of the Bible when they speak with Christians. All one has to do is know the surrounding context of the verse and get them busted every time. Jesus Christ never insulted the Gentiles but Muhammad indeed said most women will be in hell. I wonder how Muslimas feel about that?

Footnotes

[1] Jesus’ reply and the woman’s repartee each contain a metaphor. The first is the metaphor of the children and the little dogs. That the girl is likened to a little dog— the similarity in sound between the two words may have led to the comparison— has everything to do with the fact that the episode is about the relation between Jews and Gentiles, and that dogs, particularly stray dogs, are despised and regarded as unclean. 106 Along with the pig, the dog is symbolic of the Gentile, who is often referred to as living like a dog. 107 To call up that image in the presence of a Gentile woman is unfriendly, even crude, but the use of the diminutive relativizes this. These little dogs are not stray or watch dogs but well cared for pets that share the life of the family. The suggested image is that of a well-to-do family, as is confirmed by the circumstance that meals are not served on a floor mat but on a real table, under which the little dogs can find a spot for themselves. 108 The ‘children-little dogs’ relation is a metaphor for the relation between Jews— the children of Israel— and Gentiles. The second metaphor is that of the bread and the crumbs. With this the story remains in the sphere of food and eating that has been so prominent in the two preceding episodes, and also remotely recalls the thematics of the mass meal related in 6.35-44. The metaphor of the bread and the crumbs is an equivalent of the (in comparison with the metaphor, material) loaves and leftovers from that meal. 109 In this sharp verbal exchange Jesus employs this metaphor in an attempt to shrug the woman’s request off with a joke. The Jews come first (πρῶτον). Roman readers who remember what Paul wrote to them will recall Rom. 1.16 in which he says of his ‘gospel’ that it is a power for every one who has faith, ‘to the Jew first and also to the Greek’, words that are repeated twice in the same letter (2.9 and 10). The time of the Gentiles has not yet come. Jesus still has too much to do in Galilee to attend to them. The woman accepts Jesus’ metaphor but adds one of her own, saying that the little dogs are content with the crumbs from the children’s table. What she asks of Jesus— to free her daughter from her demonic obsessions— is so little that the Jews need not miss anything. Jesus recognizes the sharpness and aptness of her retort and gives in. Iersel, B. van. (1998). Mark : a reader-response commentary (Ser. Journal for the study of the new testament. supplement series, 164). Sheffield Academic Press. pp250, 251

[2] “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) went out to the musalla (prayer place) on the day of Eid al-Adha or Eid al-Fitr. He passed by the women and said, ‘O women! Give charity, for I have seen that you form the majority of the people of Hell.’ They asked, ‘Why is that, O Messenger of Allah?’ He replied, ‘You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religious commitment than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you.’ The women asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah, what is deficient in our intelligence and religious commitment?’ He said, ‘Is not the testimony of two women equal to the testimony of one man?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Is it not true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?’ The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her religious commitment.’” Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid (2022, June 10). More Women in Hell Than Men? Retrieved from https://islamqa.info/en/answers/21457/more-women-in-hell-than-men

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