Unveiling the Inanimate Gods of Islam

In the following article titled, “The Kabah – The Great Idol of Islam Pt. 1” (https://answeringislam.net/authors/shamoun/kabah_idol1.html), I demonstrated that Muslims commit idolatry for facing the black cube structure in Mecca during their five daily prayers, and because of their being required to visit it in order to circumambulate, touch and/or caress the its corners along with the black stone.

In this short post, I am going to provide further evidence that the Kabah along with its black stone are in fact idols erected by the false prophet Muhammad.

According to the Muslim sources, the pre-Islamic pagans used to worship stones, and often replaced one stone with another that they deemed to better:

Narrated Abu Raja Al-Utaridi: We used to worship stones, and when we found a better stone than the first one, we would throw the first one and take the latter, but if we could not get a stone then we would collect some earth (i.e. soil) and then bring a sheep and milk that sheep over it, and perform the Tawaf around it. When the month of Rajab came, we used (to stop the military actions), calling this month the iron remover, for we used to remove and throw away the iron parts of every spear and arrow in the month of Rajab. Abu Raja’ added: When the Prophet sent with (Allah’s) Message, I was a boy working as a shepherd of my family camels. When we heard the news about the appearance of the Prophet, we ran to the fire, i.e. to Musailima al-Kadhdhab. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 661 https://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=59&translator=1&start=0&number=661)

What makes this rather astonishing is that this is precisely what Muhammad did when he venerated the black stone and commanded his followers to do likewise:

Narrated ‘Abis bin Rabia:
‘Umar came near the Black Stone and kissed it and said “No doubt, I know that you are a stone and can neither benefit anyone nor harm anyone. Had I not seen Allah’s Apostle kissing you I would not have kissed you.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 26, Number 667 https://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=26&translator=1&start=0&number=667)

And:

It is Sunnah to perform certain acts in tawaf as given below:

Facing the Black Stone at the start of the tawaf while uttering a takbir (Allahu-Akbar), and a tahlil (La ilaha illahlah), and raising one’s hands as they are raised in prayers, and if possible touching it with both hands and kissing it quietly, or placing one’s cheek on it. Otherwise, one may touch it with one’s hand and kiss the hand, or touch it with something, and then kiss it, or if even that is not possible, one may just point to it with a stick, etc. as is mentioned in some of the ahadith given below.

Ibn ‘Umar said: “Allah’s Messenger faced the Black Stone, touched it, and then placed his lips on it and wept for a long time.” ‘Umar also wept for a long time. The Prophet said: ‘O ‘Umar, this is the place where one should shed tears.” (Reported by Al-Hakim, who considers it a sound hadith with a sound chain of authorities)

It is reported by Ibn ‘Abbas that ‘Umar bent down towards the Black Stone and said: “By Allah! I know that you are A MERE STONE, and if I had not seen my beloved Prophet kissing you and touching you I would have never done so.” The Qur’an says: “You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct).”‘ (Qur’an 33.32) This was reported by Ahmad and others in slightly different words.

Nafi’ said, “I have seen Ibn ‘Umar touching the Black Stone with his hand, and then kissing his hand and saying: ‘Ever since I saw the Prophet doing this, I have never failed to do that.”’ (Reported by Bukhari and Muslim)

Sowayd bin Ghaflah said: “I have seen ‘Umar kissing the Black Stone and touching it.” He further said: “I know that the Prophet was especially very particular about it.” (Muslim)

Ibn ‘Umar reported that Allah’s Messenger used to come to Ka’bah, touch the Black Stone and then say: Bismillahi wallahu akbar (In the name of Allah, Allah is the Greatest.)” (Ahmad)

Muslim has reported on the authority of Abu Tufail that he said: “I have seen the Prophet making tawaf around the Ka’bah and touching it with a stick and then kissing the stick.”

Bukhari, Muslim and Abu Daw’ud reported that ‘Umar approached the Black Stone and kissed it. Then he said: “I know that you are A MERE STONE that can neither harm nor do any good. If I had not seen the Prophet kissing you, I would have never kissed you.”

Al-Khatabi said: “This shows that abiding by the Sunnah of the Prophet is binding, regardless of whether or not we understand its reason or the wisdom behind it.”

Such information devolves obligation on all those whom it reaches, even if they may not fully comprehend its significance. It is known, however, that kissing the Black Stone signifies respect for it, recognition of our obligation toward it, and using it as A MEANS of seeking Allah’s blessings. Indeed Allah has preferred some stones over others, as He preferred some countries and cities, days and nights, and months over others. The underlying spirit of all this is unquestioning submission to Allah.

In some ahadith which say that “the Black Stone is Allah’s right hand on earth,” we do find, however, a plausible rationale and justification for this statement. In other words whosoever touches the Black Stone he pledges allegiance to Allah, as it were, by giving his hand into the hand of Allah, just as some followers do pledge their fealty to their kings and masters, by kissing and shaking hands with them.

Al-Muhallib said: “The hadith of ‘Umar refutes the assertions of those who say that ‘The Black Stone is Allah’s right hand on earth wherewith He shakes the hands of His slaves.’” God forbid that we should ascribe any physical organs to Allah [sic]. The commandment to kiss the Black Stone is meant to test and to demonstrate palpably as to who obeys and submits. It may be compared with the command to Iblis to bow to Adam.

We have no definite evidence, however, to believe that any of the stones used in building the Ka’bah originally (by Ibrahim and Isma’il), is still in existence today excepting the Black Stone. (Fiqh-Us-Sunnah, Volume 5, Number 74b http://www.alim.org/library/hadith/fiq/FQS/5/74; bold and capital emphasis ours)

Moreover, Muhammad is reported to have taken the Kabah as a means of procuring forgiveness for his sins:

It was narrated from Usmah bin Zaid that:

he and the Messenger of Allah entered the House, and he told Bilal to shut the door. At that time the House was built on six pillars. He walked forward until, when he was between the two columns that are on the either side of the door of the Kabah, he sat down, praised Allah, asked of him, and prayed for forgiveness. Then he got up, and went to the back wall of the Kabah, placed his face and cheek against it and praised Allah, asked of Him, and prayed for forgiveness. Then he went to each corner of the Kabah and faced it, reciting the Takbir, the Tahlil and Tasbih, praising Allah, asking of Him and praying for forgiveness. Then he came out and prayed two Rakahs facing the front of the Kabah, then he moved away and said: “This is the Qiblah, this is the Qiblah.'”

Grade: Sahih (Darussalam)

Reference: Sunan an-Nasa’i 2914

In-book reference: Book 24, Hadith 0

English translation: Vol. 3, Book 24, Hadith 2917 (sunnah.com https://sunnah.com/urn/1080810; underline emphasis ours)

This explains why Muhammad taught that touching the two corners of the Kabah erases a person’s sins:

It was narrated from Abdullah bin Ubaid bin Umair that a man said:

“O Abu abdur-Rahman, why do I only see you touching these two corners?” He said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah say: ‘Touching them ERASES SINS.’ And I head him say: ‘whoever circumambulates seven times, it is like freeing a slave.'”

Grade: Hasan (Darussalam)

Reference: Sunan an-Nasa’i 2919

In-book reference: Book 24, Hadith 0

English translation: Vol. 3, Book 24, Hadith 2922 (sunnah.com https://sunnah.com/urn/1080860; capital and underline emphasis ours)

Muhammad also believed that the black stone was originally white, but eventually turned black due to the sins of humanity:

9 The Book on Hajj

(49) Chapter: What Has Been Related About The Virtues Of The Black Stone, Its Corner, And The Maqam

Ibn Abbas narrated that: The Messenger of Allah said: “The Black Stone descended from the Paradise, and it was more white than milk, then it was blackened by the sins of the children of Adam.”

Grade: Hasan (Darussalam)

Reference: Jami` at-Tirmidhi 877

In-book reference: Book 9, Hadith 70

English translation: Vol. 2, Book 4, Hadith 877 (sunnah.com https://sunnah.com/tirmidhi/9/70; underline emphasis ours)

This suggests that the stone turned black because it absorbed the sins of all those who kissed/touched/caressed it. And according to Muhammad, the black stone was sent down from paradise:

It was narrated from Ibn Abbas that the Prophet said:

“The Black Stone is from Paradise.”

Grade: Hasan (Darussalam)

Reference: Sunan an-Nasa’i 2935

In-book reference: Book 24, Hadith 0

English translation: Vol. 3, Book 24, Hadith 2938 (sunnah.com https://sunnah.com/urn/1081020)

What this implies is that Allah is directly responsible for causing an inanimate stone to become a sin-bearing object for all of his followers.

As if this weren’t bad enough, Muhammad even went as far as to say that the black stone would come to life on the last day in order to intercede for all those who had venerated it!

2944. Sa’d b. Jubair is reported to have said, “I heard Ibn ‘Abbas saying that Allah’s Messenger said, “This Stone must come on the Day of Resurrection and it will have two eyes to see with and a tongue to talk with bearing witness for him who caressed it with Truth (Islam).”

Grade: Hasan (Darussalam) (Sunan Ibn-I-Majah (Imam Abu Abdullah Muhammad b. Yazid Ibn-I-Maja Al-Qazwini), English version by Muhammad Tufail Ansari [Kazi Publications, Lahore (Pakistan), 1st edition 1995], Volume IV, Chapter NO. XVII: Caressing The (Black) Stone (Fixed in a Wall of Ka’ba), pp. 244-245 https://sunnah.com/urn/1279740; bold and underline emphasis ours)

9 The Book on Hajj

(113) Chapter: What Has Been Related About The Black Stone

Ibn Abbas narrated that: The Messenger of Allah said about the (Black) Stone: “By Allah! Allah will raise it on the Day of Resurrection with two eyes by which it sees and a tongue that it speaks with, testifying to whoever touched it in truth.”

Grade: Hasan (Darussalam)

Reference: Jami` at-Tirmidhi 961

In-book reference: Book 9, Hadith 155

English translation: Vol. 2, Book 4, Hadith 961 (sunnah.com https://sunnah.com/tirmidhi/9/155)

Suffice it to say, this causes problems for Muslims since their own scripture explicitly teaches that only Allah can forgive sins and that he alone is the intercessor:

And those who, having done something to be ashamed of, or wronged their own souls, earnestly bring God to mind, and ask for forgiveness for their sins, – and who can forgive sins except God? – and are never obstinate in persisting knowingly in (the wrong) they have done. S. 3:135 Y. Ali

Or have they taken intercessors apart from God? Say: ‘What, even though they have no power whatever and no understanding?‘ Say: ‘To God belongs intercession altogether. His is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth; then unto Him you will be returned.’ S. 39:43-44 Arberry

Therefore, for the kabah and the black stone to be a means of forgiving/bearing sins, and for the latter to become a conscious, living entity that intercedes on the judgment day, implies that these two physical objects are a part of Allah’s very own being, and therefore inseparable from him. This in turn suggests that a part of Allah actually is or became physical at some point in time.

Otherwise, the Muslims must face the fact that Muhammad was a blatant idolater, and caused his followers to become idolaters, for attributing divine characteristics and functions to two inanimate objects, in the same manner that the pagans before him had done so.

Moreover, God’s only inspired Word to mankind expressly prohibits true believers from bowing down to and kissing objects such as stones:

“And God spoke all these words, saying, ‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.’” Exodus 20:1-6

“Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 26:1

“Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” 1 Kings 19:18

“if I have looked at the sun when it shone, or the moon moving in splendor, and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand, this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I would have been false to God above.” Job 31:26-28

God even commanded his people that such objects had to be destroyed:

“The LORD spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho, ‘Tell the Israelites: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, you must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you, destroy all their sacred stones and cast images, and demolish all their high places. You are to take possession of the land and settle in it because I have given you the land to possess.’” Numbers 33:50-53

Therefore, Muhammad is also condemned by the true God revealed in the Holy Bible as an idolater for worshiping and deifying stone objects much like the pagan Arabs before him used to do so.

 

 

 

 

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