We continue from where we previously left off https://answeringislamblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/islam-the-religion-of-polytheism-and-man-worship-pt-1/ by quoting the rest of Mikhail’s discussion.
Second: the Koran associated Muhammad with Allah and exalted him even to the place of deity.
In Surat Al-Kahf we read:
Allah… makes none to share in His Decision and His Rule. (Surat Al-Kahf 18:26)
But in another verse the Koran positioned Muhammad as a counselor with Allah. As I mentioned before, Muhammad wanted Zainab Bint Gash to marry his adopted son, Zaid. When Zainab refused Muhammad’s proposal, the Koran declared that this proposal was the decision of Allah and Muhammad.
It is not fitting for a believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger, to have any option about their decision. If anyone disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong path. (Surat Al-Ahzab 33:36)
The Bible declares that God does not accept any human counseling:
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor? (Romans 11:33-34 NKJ)
For Muhammad to associate himself as a counselor with Allah is clearly polytheism. Again we read in the Koran:
Verily, those who give pledge to you (O Muhammad) they are giving pledge to Allah… (Surat Al-Fath 48:10)
He who obeys the Messenger (Muhammad) has indeed obeyed Allah… (Surat Al-Nisa 4:80)
In these verses we see that the Koran places Muhammad on equal footing with Allah. Moreover, we read in the Koran:
And the mosques for Allah (Alone) so invoke not anyone along with Allah. (Surat Al-Jinn 72:18 HK)
But, if you listen to the Moazin (the man who calls Muslims to prayer from the top of the mosque) you will hear him saying,
Allah Akbar, Ashado an la-ilaha illa Allah, washado anna Muihammadan rasoulo Allah.
God is greater, I testify that there is no God but Allah, I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.
With that call to prayer the Moazin associates Muhammad with Allah five times a day. More importantly, the Koran positions Muhammad as a center of prayer and praise in heaven and on earth.
When I debated Dr. Jamal Badawi on February 1, 1988 at Saint Mary’s University, in Halifax, N.S. Canada, Dr. Badawi asked, “How could Christ be God and pray on the cross, ‘My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?'” (Matthew 27:46 NKJ).
“Dr. Badawi,” I answered, “The Koran says that Allah and His angels pray on the prophet. ‘O ye who believe pray on him and salute him with a worthy salutation'” (Surat Al-Ahzab 33:56 Author’s literal translation).
“If Allah in heaven is praying on the prophet,” I continued, “the question is, ‘to whom is Allah praying?'” Why do you Muslims doubt the deity of Jesus Christ because He prayed to God when He was on the cross? Dr. Badawi did not answer my question.
If the Muslims accept the Biblical revelation of God he would believe that God is a triune God, he would understand that the one who was incarnated in the person of Jesus Christ is God the Son, and that Jesus “took the form of a servant, came in the likeness of men, and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:7,8 NKJ). Then the Muslim would know that Jesus, as a servant, cried out to God, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And he would understand why Christ said “for my Father is greater than I” (John 14:28). The Father was not incarnated, nor crucified, but the Son was.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon commented on that verse saying:
In order that the sacrifice of Christ might be complete, it pleased the Father to forsake his well-beloved Son. Sin was laid on Christ, so God must turn away his face from the Sin-Bearer. To be deserted of his God was the climax of Christ’s grief, the quintessence of his sorrow. See here the distinction between the martyrs and their Lord; in their dying agonies they have been divinely sustained; but Jesus, suffering as the Substitute for sinners, was forsaken of God. Those saints who have known what it is to have their Father’s face hidden from them even for a brief space, can scarcely imagine the suffering that wrung from our Savior the agonizing cry, ‘My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?’ (Matthew: The King has Come, p. 406)
Nevertheless, the first word Christ uttered while on the cross was:
Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do. (Luke 23:34 NKJ)
Then he committed his human spirit to the Father, saying:
Father into your hands I commit My spirit. (Luke 23:46 NAS)
He was always the Son calling on His Father. In addition, He offered that prayer, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” to demonstrate that He was the one whom the prophet David spoke about in Psalm 22. All the prophecies in that Psalm were fulfilled perfectly in Christ when He died on the cross.
But in the Koran Allah, who is absolute, prays to himself on the prophet. The Muslims accept that. They should not question Christ’s deity because of his prayer on the cross. More importantly, if Allah and his angels in heaven are praying on the Prophet, and on earth Muslims are praying on the prophet, than Muhammad is the center of praise and worship in heaven and on earth. This is also the conclusion arrived at by some intellectual Muslims.
The daily Egyptian Newspaper, Alwafd, (September 9, 1992), recorded the following question sent to Sheik Hassan Mamoun, one of the prominent clerics in Egypt.
What is your judgment concerning prayer on Muhammad, the messenger of Allah? Doesn’t that mean worshipping him?
Muslims never mention the name of Muhammad without saying peace be upon him or in Arabic Salla Allah Alihe Wasalaam or Alayhe Alsalaato Wasalaam which means “Allah’s prayer and salutation on him.” Look at any Islamic inscribed sign, and you will read the name “Allah” at the same level with the name of “Muhammad.”
Mahmoud Al-Saddani, the well know Egyptian journalist, wrote a critical article in the August 9, 1996 issue of Almussawar, an Egyptian weekly magazine, saying:
On the memorial birthday of the Messenger [Muhammad] I listened to the Friday message on an Arabic television. The speaker was a young man… he said while shedding tears over the decline of Muslims in this age… ‘the only cause for the Muslims’ demise in this age is that they do not glorify the master of creatures, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah, as they should glorify this glorious Messenger, who is the beginning and the last of all creation… the early Muslims used to glorify the Prophet to the point of drinking his urine…’
This is clear polytheism in Islam.
Do you see how the Koran and the Muslims exalt Muhammad, even to the place of deity, while he lived a sinful life, and rejected the biblical revelation which confirm that Christ is the sinless savior, the eternal Son of God?
Some Christians think that Allah of Islam is the same God revealed to Jews and Christians in the Bible. They refer to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as the three great monotheistic religions.
The Koran declares to the Jews and the Christians:
Our God and your God is one. (Surat Al-Ankabut 29:46)
Say (O Muhammad to the Jews and Christians), Dispute you with us about Allah while He is our Lord and your Lord? (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:139)
Here we have an important question: If Allah of the Muslims is the same God of the Jews and Christians, why do Jews and Christians need Islam at all? Why do Muslim clerics propagate Islam to Christians in Christian countries?
The fact is that the Allah of Islam is not the same God as the God of the Christians and the Jews revealed in the Bible.
Clearly, the Koran and Islamic traditions fall short of monotheism. Instead, they teach polytheism by their representation of Allah swearing by lesser creatures and objects, and by raising the level of created things to that of Allah as well as associating the praise and superiority of Muhammad with that of Allah.