Muhammad’s White Devil

Even More Proof Of Muhammad’s Demonization

In the following articles and rebuttals,

Muhammad and the Demons (

Muhammad’s Suicide Attempts (

Comments on a Response to “Muhammad’s Suicide Attempts” (

Source of Muhammad’s Inspiration – Divine or Demonic? (

Evidence Muhammad was Demon Possessed (

Examining Some More Evidence for Muhammad Being Deceived (

Muhammad and the Arab Criteria of Demon Possession (

Muhammad and the Arab Criteria of Demon Possession (Follow Up) (

Reexamining Satan’s Influence and Control over Muhammad (

Did Muhammad Contemplate Suicide? (

A Christian Perspective of the Fatrah of Muhammad (

We have provided evidence that we believe confirms that Muhammad was either demon-possessed or, at the very least, inspired and guided by an evil, unclean spirit, perhaps Satan himself.

Muhammad himself thought that a demonic figure had appeared to him, and feared that had gone mad because of it. This caused him to contemplate suicide:

So I read it, and he departed from me. And I awoke from my sleep, and it was though these words were written on my heart. (Tabari: Now none of God’s creatures was more hateful to me than an (ecstatic) poet or a man possessed: I could not even look at them. I thought, Woe is me POET OR POSSESSED – Never shall Quraysh say this of me! I will go to the top of the mountain and throw myself down that I may kill myself and gain rest. So I went forth to do so and then) when I was midway on the mountain, I heard a voice from heaven saying ‘O Muhammad! thou are the apostle of God and I am Gabriel.’ (The Life of Muhammad – A Translation of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasulallah, with introduction and notes by Alfred Guillaume translation [Oxford University Press, Karachi, Tenth Impression 1995], p. 106; bold and capital emphasis mine)

Ahmad b. ‘Uthman, known as Abu al-Jawza – Wahb b. Jarir – his father – al-Nu‘man b. Rashid – al-Zuhri – ‘Urwah – ‘A’ishah: The first form in which the revelation came to the Messenger of God was true vision; this used to come to him like the break of dawn. After that, he grew to love solitude and used to remain in a cave on Hira’ engaged in acts of devotion for a number of days before returning to his family. Then he would return to his family and supply himself with provisions for a similar number of days. This continued until the Truth came to him unexpectedly, and said: “Muhammad, you are the Messenger of God.” [Describing what happened next], the Messenger of God said, “I had been standing, but fell to my knees; and crawled away, my shoulders trembling. I went to Khadijah and said, ‘Wrap me up! Wrap me up!’ When the terror had left me, he came to me and said, ‘Muhammad, you are the Messenger of God.’”

He (Muhammad) said: I had been thinking of hurling myself down from a mountain crag, but he appeared to me, as I was thinking about this, and said, “Muhammad, I am Gabriel and you are the Messenger of God.” Then he said, “Recite!” I said, “What shall I recite?” He took me and pressed me three times tightly until I was nearly stifled and was utterly exhausted; then he said, “Recite in the name of your Lord who created,” and I recited it. Then I went to Khadijah and said, “I have been in fear for my life.” When I told her what happened she said, “Rejoice, for God will never put you to shame, for you treat your kinsfolk well, tell the truth, deliver what is entrusted to you, endure fatigue, offer hospitality to the guest, and aid people in misfortunate.”…

Muhammad b. ‘Abd al-Malik b. Abi al-Shawarib – ‘Abd al-Wahid b. Ziyad – Sulayman al-Shaybani – ‘Abd Allah b. Shaddad: Gabriel came to Muhammad and said, “O Muhammad recite!” He said, “I cannot recite.” GABRIEL WAS VIOLENT TOWARDS HIM and then said again, “O Muhammad recite!” He said, “I cannot recite,” AND GABRIEL AGAIN WAS VIOLENT TOWARDS HIM… (The History of al-Tabari – Muhammad at Mecca, translated and annotated by W. Montgomery Watt & M.V. McDonald [State University of New York Press (SUNY), Albany, NY 1988], Volume VI, pp. 67-69; bold and capital emphasis mine)

Then he went to Khadijah and said, “Khadijah, I think that I have gone mad.” “No, by God,” she said, “Your Lord would never do that to you. You have never committed a wicked act.” Khadijah went to Waraqa b. Nawful and told him what had happened. He said, “If what you say is true, your husband is a prophet. He will meet adversity from his people. If I live long enough, I shall believe in him.”

After this, Gabriel did not come to him for a while, and Khadijah said to him, “I think that your Lord MUST HAVE COME TO HATE YOU.” Then God revealed to him:

By the forenoon, and by the night, when it is still, your Lord has not forsaken you, nor does he hate you.

… I recited it, and then he desisted and departed I woke up, and it was as though these words had been written on my heart. There was no one of God’s creation more hateful to me than a poet or a madman; I could not bear to look at either of them. I said to myself, “Your humble servant (meaning himself) is either a poet or a madman, but Quraysh shall never say this of me. I shall take myself to a mountain crag, hurl myself down from it, kill myself, and find relief in that way.” (Ibid., pp. 70-71; bold and capital emphasis mine)

/ السيرة الحلبية للحلبي، ج.1، ص.377

أن رسول الله..قال لخديجة: “إذا خلوت سمعت نداء أن يا محمد يا محمد”…و إنى لأخشى أن أكون كاهنا أي فيكون الذى ينادينى تابعا من الجن

The Messenger of Allah said to Khadija: “When in seclusion, I hear someone calling and saying, ‘O Muhammad, O Muhammad’… and I fear that it is one of the jinns. (Al-Sirat al-Halabiya, Volume 1, p. 377

“Al-Bukhari stated in his account given above, “then the revelation waned, so that the Messenger of God was so depressed, as we have been told, that he would often feel like throwing himself down from the summits of high mountains. Whenever he reached the top of a mountain to throw himself down, Gabriel would appear to him and say, ‘O Muhammad, you are in truth the Messenger of God.’ This would relieve his distress and he would return down. And if the revelation was again long in coming, he would feel and do the same. When he would reach the mountain summit, Gabriel would appear and speak to him as before.” (Ibn Kathir, The Life of the Prophet Muhammad (Al-Sira al-Nabawiyya), translated by professor Trevor Le Gassick, reviewed by Dr. Ahmed Fareed [Garnet Publishing Limited, 8 Southern Court, south Street Reading RG1 4QS, UK; The Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization, 1998], Volume I, pp. 298-299)

Some time thereafter, Waraqah died and the revelation ceased to come.

There is some disagreement as to how much time elapsed before the revelation began to come again; some say it was three years, while others say it was less than this. The most probable figure, however, is that given by al-Bayhaqi, namely, six months. Al-Bukhari relates a hadith on the authority of Jabir ‘Abdullah concerning the period during which the revelation came. Jabir relates that the Prophet said… And why was he afraid for himself, suspicious that what had appeared to him in the cave might be an apparition from the world of demons, rather than thinking it more likely that this was a trustworthy angel from God? Moreover, why was the revelation withheld from him for such a long period of time after this – a fact which caused the Prophet such distress that, according to al-Bukhari, he used to consider throwing himself down from the tops of mountains?…

We get an even clearer sense of the frightening surprise which he experienced if we ponder the fact that he imagined that the figure he had seen in the cave, and which had embraced him and spoken to him, had come from the world of the jinn. As we have seen, he told Khadijah, “I was afraid for myself” – that is, of harm by the jinn. However, she reassured him that due to his virtuous morals and praiseworthy qualities, he was not someone who could be harmed by demons or jinn… It was decreed by the divine wisdom that the angel who had once appeared to him in the Cave of Hira’ should be withheld from him for a long time, and that he should suffer intense anxiety on this account. His anxiety was so great, in fact, that he began to fear that God Almighty had abandoned him due to some evil he had committed. He suffered such torment over this that whenever he found himself on a mountain top, he was tempted to throw himself down from it. One day, however, he saw the same angel that he had seen at Hira’. His form was filling the expanse between heaven and earth, he said, “O Muhammad, you are God’s messenger to the people.” Once again, he came home with fear and dread… (Dr. M. Sa’id Ramadan al-Buti, The Jurisprudence of the Prophetic Biography & A Brief History of the Orthodox Caliphate, translated by Nancy Roberts, revised by Anas al-Rifa’i [Dar al Fikr in Damascus, Reprinted 2006], pp. 140, 142, 144, 145; bold emphasis mine)

The ahadith further indicate that Muhammad used to carry a talisman in order to ward off the so-called evil eye, which he believed had affected him:

/ الشفا للقاضى عياض… فقالت له خديجة أوجه إليك من يرقيك قال أما الآن فلا ،
أن رسول الله … كان يرقى بمكة من


As for after Allah had informed him and after he had met the angel, doubt is not valid in that case for it is not permissible for him to doubt what he received. Ibn Ishaq related that the Messenger of Allah used to have a talisman against the evil eye before the revelation descended on him. After the Qur’an had descended on him and he was afflicted with something of the evil eye, Khadija asked him, “Shall I send someone to you to make a talisman for you?” He replied, “No, not now.” (Ash-Shifa by Qadi ‘Iyad, p. 489 in Arabic, p. 245 in English)

“The White One”

What makes this all the more interesting is that the Islamic sources candidly acknowledge that there was, in fact, a demon or jinn, who would often appear to Muhammad, whose name was Al-Abyad, e.g., “The White One”!

“… As to Muhammad, he also had a familiar identified as al-Rayy (or alternatively the benign al-Abyad, who was made by Muslim traditions to be associated with all prophets), who was said to have been pushed aside physically by Gabriel when he contrived to appear in Gabriel’s form, a story that may betoken the evolution of Muhammad’s conception of inspiration, discussed later. Muhammad’s panegyrist, Hassan b. Thabit, was himself inspired by a demon in the terrible form of a sil’at, who during his childhood prophesied that he would become a great poet, and Hassan himself asserted that the jinn do ‘weave’ poetry. Unsurprisingly, it was believed that, after his unsuccessful mission to win over al-Ta’if to his cause, Muhammad visited the cultic location of Nakhla, there to receive the conversion of seven jinn identified by name.” (Aziz Al-Azmeh, The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity: Allah and His People [Cambridge University Press, 2014], p. 208)

“… We have already seen that Muhammad had a familiar qarin called al-Abyad, and the Qur’an does state that every man has a familiar who will bear witness to his or her deeds at the end of time (Q, 50.23). The Prophet is also said, on the authority of ‘A’isha, to have told her that he had a shaytan who, with the help of God, became a Muslim – on poetic evidence, a good qarin can also reform the character of a man. (Ibid., p. 326)

Sidenote: A qarin is believed to be an evil spirit, which the Quran claims influences people to do evil and rebel against Allah. In fact, Satan is said to be a qarin!(1)

and such as expend of their substance to show off to men, and believe not in God and the Last Day. Whosoever has Satan for a comrade (qarinan), an evil comrade (qarinan) is he. S. 4:38 Arberry

To make matters worse, Muslim sources state that Muhammad’s qarin would appear as the so-called angel of revelation that claimed to be Gabriel.

Renowned Muslim scholar Fakhar al-Din al-Razi stated:

قال ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما في رواية عطاء إن شيطانا يقال له الأبيض أتاه على صورة جبريل عليه السلام وألقى عليه هذه الكلمة فقرأها فلما سمع المشركون ذلك أعجبهم فجاء جبريل عليه السلام فاستعرضه فقرأها فلما بلغ إلى تلك الكلمة قال جبريل عليه السلام أنا ما جئتك بهذه قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إنه أتاني آت على صورتك فألقاها على لساني

It is reported from ‘Ata’ that Ibn ‘Abbas said: A devil called al-Abyad came to the Prophet in the form of Gabriel and cast these words (i.e. the Satanic verses) upon him, and the Prophet recited them. When the pagans heard that it pleased them. Thereupon, Gabriel came and asked him to rehearse the revelation to him. When he reached those words Gabriel said: I did not bring you these words. Someone came to me in your form and cast these words on my tongue. (Mafatih al-Ghaib [Dar Ihya’ al-Turath al-‘Arabi, Beirut: 1420 AH], Volume 23, p. 240)

Shams al-Din al-Qurtubi wrote:

الأبيض، وهو صاحب الأنبياء، وهو الذي قصد النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم في صورة جبريل ليوسوس إليه على وجه الوحي، فجاء جبريل فدخل بينهما، ثم دفعه بيده حتى وقع بأقصى الهند

Al-Abyad; he was the companion of the prophets and the one who intended to reach to the Prophet in the form of Gabriel to whisper to him in the garb of revelation, however, Gabriel intervened and pushed al-Abyad with his hand throwing him to the farthest corner of India. (Al-Jami‘ li-Ahkam al-Qur’an [Dar al-Kutab al-Misriyya, Cairo 1964], Volume 18, p. 37)


تفسير القرطبي

يريد بالشيطان الأبيض الذى كان يأتى النبي .. يريد أن يفتنه

By the demon called Al-Abyad (the White One), he was referring to the one that used to come to the Prophet in the form of Gabriel (the angel) wanting to seduce him. (Ibid., Volume 19, 242– see also Volume 12, p. 84)

Here are some additional scholars:

When the Prophet was sent, Iblis said, “Who is for this Prophet who has emerged from the land of Tihamah? And a shaytan called al-Abyad, who was the Companion of the Prophets [sahib al-anbiya], said: “I am for him.” So he came to the Prophet, and found him in the house of al-Safa. When he (the Prophet) turned, al-Abyad stood up in the form of Gabriel (fi surat Jibril) to communicate to him (li-yuhiya ilay-hi). So Gabriel came down and put his hand between him and the Prophet and pushed him (al-Abyad) gently. By this, he was thrust away from mecca and landed in the furthest parts of India. (Tafsir Muqatil b. Sulayman, 4:602-603)

Ironically, certain traditions even claim that it was Al-Abyad who inspired Muhammad to recite the “Satanic Verses,” where the latter praised three goddesses of the pagan Arabs:

The following is the commentary on Qur’an 22:52 al-Hajj:482

His words: “We have not sent before you a Messenger or a Prophet but that when he tamanna, Satan cast something into his umniyyah,” meaning: into his recitation [fi qira’ati-hi].

That was because a satan called al-Abyad (shaytanan yuqal la-hu al-abyad) had come to the Prophet in the form of Jibril (fi surat Jibril) while the Prophet was reciting Surat Najm. And when he reached [intaha ila], “Have you seen al-Lat and al-‘Uzza?” he cast into the Prophet’s recitation (alqa fi qira’at al-nabi), “Indeed, they are the high gharaniqah! And, indeed, their intercession is to be hoped for [wa-inna-hunna al-gharan al-‘ula wa-inna shafa’ata-hunna la-turtaja!]”483 (Shahab Ahmed, Before Orthodoxy: The Satanic Verses in Early Islam [Harvard University Press, Cambridge Massachusetts/London, England 2017], pp. 216-217)

483 A summary version of this report is cited from ‘Ata’ from Ibn ‘Abbas by Abu Bakr b. ‘Ali al-Haddad (d. 800) in his Tafsir al-Haddad, ed. Muhammad Ibrahim Yahya (Beirut: Dar al-Madar al-Islami, 2003), 4:437; also MS Instanbul, Aya Sofya 189, f. 244a, and MS Istanbul, Musalla Medreesi 12, f. 29b. “A shaytan called al-Abyad came to the Prophet and cast into his recitation, ‘Indeed they are the high gharaniq! And, indeed their intercession is to be hoped for! [wa-inna-ha al-qharaniq al-‘ula wa-inna shafa’ata-hunna la-turtaja].'” (Ibid., p. 217)

A devil called al-Abyad (shaytanan yuqal la-hu al-Abyad) came to him in the form of Jibril (fi surat Jibril) and cast them (the Satanic verses) upon him [alqa-ha ilay-hi], and he (the Prophet) recited them [fa-qara’a-ha]. When the Mushrikun heard that, it pleased them. Then Jibril came and asked him (the Prophet) to recite back to him (Jibril), and he recited it (Surat al-Najm). When he (the Prophet) reached those words, he (Jibril) reproached him [ankara ‘alay-hi], and the Prophet said to him: “Someone came to me in your form [ata-ni atin ‘ala surati-ka] and cast them (the Satanic verses) on my tongue [fa-alqa-ha ‘ala lisan-i].” (Nizam al-Din al-Hasan b. Muhammad al-Qummi al-Naysaburi, Ghara’ib al-Qur’an wa-ragha’ib al-furwan [Mustafa al-Babi al-Halabi, Cairo 1965], 17:110)

Umar ibn Ali ibn Adil al-Dimashqi mentions “the shaytan al-Abyad who would come to the Prophet in the form of Jibril seeking to lead him astray” (Al-Luhab fi ulum al-Kitab [Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah, Beirut 1998], 20:191).

Raghib Pasa identifies al-Abyad as “the one who whispers suggestions (yuwaswis) to the Prophets” (Safinat al-raghib wa-daqiqat al-matalib, Bulaq, Cairo 1282 AH).

Ismail Haqqi Burusawi refers to “the shaytan al-Abyad who comes to the righteous in the form of the Truth (al-haqq)” (Tafsir ruh al-bayan [Matba’ah-yi Uthmaniyyah, Istanbul 1911-1928], 9:445).

Here, “the Truth” is supposed to be a name for Gabriel, even though both the Quran and Islamic theology teach that this happens to be one of the unique names of Allah:

High above all is God, the King, the Truth (al-haqqu)! Be not in haste with the Qur’an before its revelation to thee is completed, but say, “O my Lord! advance me in knowledge.” S. 20:114 Y. Ali

That is because Allah, He is the Truth (al-haqqu) and because He quickeneth the dead, and because He is Able to do all things; S. 22:6 Pickthall

That is because God — He is the Truth (al-haqqu), and that they call upon apart from Him — that is the false; and for that God is the All-high, the All-great. S. 22:62 Arberry

Wherefore let God be exalted, the King, the Truth (al-haqqu)! There is no god but He! Lord of the stately throne! S. 23:116 Rodwell

On that day Allah will pay them their just due, and they will know that Allah, He is the Manifest Truth (al-haqqu). S. 24:25 Pickthall

That is because Allah, He is the Truth (al-haqqu), and that which they invoke besides Him is Al-Batil (falsehood, Satan and all other false deities), and that Allah, He is the Most High, the Most Great. S. 31:30 Hilali-Khan

Al-Haqq: The Truly Real

The Truth, the Real, the Really-existing, He whose existence and divinity are true, the One who creates according to the requirements of wisdom, justice, right, rightness, the Necessarily-existing by His own Essence, He whose existence is undeniable. Every reality exists from His essence and nothing has any intrinsic reality except Him.

Al-Haqq is one of the Ninety-Nine Names. (Aisha Bewley, The Divine Names

This suggests that Allah has a form that Muhammad saw, which al-Abyad assumed!

The above raises insurmountable problems for Muslims. Once it is admitted that an evil spirit, perhaps Satan himself, duped Muhammad into thinking he was the angel Gabriel then this now calls Muhammads’ prophethood and the entire Quran into question. After all, if Muhammad could be deceived into thinking that al-Abyad was Gabriel, then what’s to say that this same evil being didn’t then come to him as the actual angel of revelation in order to throw him off his scent and dupe him into thinking that he couldn’t possibly be the same unclean spirit who had fooled him previously?

In other words, a Muslim cannot prove that it wasn’t an evil spirit who appeared to Muhammad as both Gabriel and al-Abyad, in order to prevent him from realizing that he was under satanic/demonic influence the whole entire time. In fact, what better tactic for the ruler of darkness to employ than to have Muhammad think that the entity claiming to be Gabriel could not possibly be an evil spirit when there was another being appearing as al-Abyad, whom the “real” Gabriel exposed and protected him from?

It is, therefore, time for Muslims to come to terms with the fact that all of their sources prove that Muhammad was a fraud, a false prophet whom Satan duped and used to deceive people from their only hope of salvation:

“‘Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God. Believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you may be also. You know where I am going, and you know the way.’ Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we do not know where You are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.’ Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and that is sufficient for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you such a long time, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father. So how can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own authority. But the Father who lives in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me. Or else believe Me on account of the works themselves.'” John 14:1-11

As they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly troubled because they taught the people and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they seized them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who heard the word believed, and the number of the men grew to about five thousand. On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes were assembled at Jerusalem with Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John and Alexander, and all who were of the family of the high priest. When they had stood them in the midst, they asked, ‘By what power or by what name have you done this?’ Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ‘Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we today are being examined concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, how this man has been healed, be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands before you whole. He is “the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.” There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.’ When they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were illiterate and uneducated men, they marveled. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. But seeing the man who was healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against it.” Acts 4:1-14 MEV

(1) The Quran further identifies Satan as a jinn:

And (remember) when We said to the angels; “Prostrate to Adam.” So they prostrated except Iblis (Satan). He was one of the jinns; he disobeyed the Command of his Lord. Will you then take him (Iblis) and his offspring as protectors and helpers rather than Me while they are enemies to you? What an evil is the exchange for the Zalimun (polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc). S. 18:50 Hilali-Khan

Ironically, both the Muslim scripture and ahadith testify that Muhammad had direct, personal interaction with the jinn, and even went as far as to teach them the Quran:

And (remember) when We sent towards you (Muhammad) Nafran (three to ten persons) of the jinns, (quietly) listening to the Qur’an, when they stood in the presence thereof, they said: “Listen in silence!” And when it was finished, they returned to their people, as warners. S. 46:29 Hilali-Khan

Dawud reported from ‘Amir who said: I asked ‘Alqama if Ibn Mas’ud was present with the Messenger of Allah on the night of the Jinn (the night when the Holy Prophet met them). He (Ibn Mas’ud) said: No, but we were in the company of the Messenger of Allah one night and we missed him. We searched for him in the valleys and the hills and said. He has either been taken away (by jinn) or has been secretly killed. He (the narrator) said. We spent the worst night which people could ever spend. When it was dawn we saw him coming from the side of Hiri’. He (the narrator) reported. We said: Messenger of Allah, we missed you and searched for you, but we could not find you and we spent the worst night which people could ever spend. He (the holy prophet) said: There came to me an inviter on behalf of the Jinn and I went along with him and recited to them the Qur’an. He (the narrator) said: He then went along with us and showed us their traces and traces of their embers. They (the Jinn) asked him (the holy prophet) about their provision and he said: Every bone on which the name of Allah is recited is your provision. The time it will fall in your hand it would be covered with flesh, and the dung of (the camels) is fodder for your animals. The Messenger of Allah said: Don’t perform istinja with these (things) for these are the food of your brothers (Jinn). (Sahih Muslim, Book 004, Number 903

The foregoing shows that Muhammad was constantly interacting and being influenced, in fact, controlled by demons throughout his life. As such, he is an unreliable guide when it comes to knowing the true God and his path to his salvation. Following Muhammad is to follow a path inspired by Satan and his minions, one whose end is everlasting destruction.

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