Muhammad’s Incorporation of Satan’s Handiwork

The Quran teaches that intoxicants such as wine and stone veneration are the handiwork of Satan, which he has created in order to lead mankind away from God:

O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones (al-ansabu), and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination, – of Satan’s handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper. Satan’s plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain? S. 5:90-91 Y. Ali

In this post I will show Muhammad made Satan’s very own creations a crucial and essential aspect of his religious beliefs and practices.


According to the Quran, Allah will reward the believers by allowing them to drink from rivers of wine in paradise:

The description of Paradise which the Muttaqun (pious – see V. 2:2) have been promised is that in it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine (khamrin) delicious to those who drink; and rivers of clarified honey (clear and pure) therein for them is every kind of fruit; and forgiveness from their Lord. (Are these) like those who shall dwell for ever in the Fire, and be given, to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels? S. 47:15 Hilali-Khan

This wine is said to be a pure drink that is sealed:

Verily, Al-Abrar (the pious who fear Allah and avoid evil) will be in delight (Paradise). On thrones, looking (at all things). You will recognise in their faces the brightness of delight. They will be given to drink pure sealed wine (raheeqin makhtoomin). The last thereof (that wine) will be the smell of musk, and for this let (all) those strive who want to strive (i.e. hasten earnestly to the obedience of Allah). It (that wine) will be mixed with Tasnim. A spring whereof drink those nearest to Allah. S. 83:22-28 Hilali-Khan

The hadiths are clear that this is the same kind of wine that is consumed on earth:

Ibn ‘Umar reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: He who drank (wine) in this world would be deprived of IT in the Hereafter. (Sahih Muslim, Book 023, Number 4967)    

Yahya related to me from Malik from Nafi from Abdullah ibn Umar that the Messenger of Allah said “Whoever drinks wine in this world and does not turn from it in tawba, IT is haram for him in the Next World.”  (Malik’s Muwatta, Book 42, Number 42.4.11)

Notice that Muhammad expressly says that anyone who drinks wine on earth without repenting from doing so, will not be allowed to drink from it in the hereafter. This clearly presupposes a connection between the wine that is consumed on earth from that which is found in paradise.

What makes this so ironic is that the very drink which the Quran says happens to be the work of Satan himself, the very act which the ahadith teach may result in a person being killed,

Narrated Mu’awiyah ibn AbuSufyan: The Prophet said: If they (the people) drink wine, flog them, again if they drink it, flog them. Again if they drink it, kill them. (Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 38, Number 4467)

Narrated AbuHurayrah: The Prophet said: If he is intoxicated, flog him; again if he is intoxicated, flog him; again if he is intoxicated, flog him; if he does it again a fourth time, kill him. AbuDawud said: And there is a similar tradition of Umar ibn AbuSalamah, from his father, on the authority of AbuHurayrah, from the Prophet: If he drinks wine, flog him if he does it so again, a fourth time, kill him. (Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 38, Number 4469)

Narrated Qabisah ibn Dhuwayb: The Prophet said: If anyone drinks wine, flog him; if he repeats it, flog him, and if he repeats it, flog him. If he does it again a third or a fourth time, kill him. A man who had drunk wine was brought (to him) and he gave him lashes. He was again brought to him, and he flogged him. He was again brought to him and he flogged him. He was again brought to him and he flogged him. The punishment of killing (for drinking) was repealed, and a concession was allowed. (Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 38, Number 4470)

Shall now be consumed in paradise itself forever and ever!

Allah seems to be in the business of taking the very things which are evil and shameful on earth, and making them righteous and good for people in his heavenly abode.

We now have to ask: Why does Allah permit his followers to consume a thing which the Quran itself says happens to be a creation of Satan? Why is the Muslim deity permitting the devil’s very own creation to flow freely in paradise, of all places, which is supposed to the state of absolute purity and perfection?

It gets worse for Muhammadans.


The Islamic sources testify that the pagan Arabs would venerate stones, and believed that the gods/goddesses served as their intercessors:

Now, surely, sincere obedience is due to Allah (alone) and (as for) those who take guardians besides Him, (saying), We do not serve them save that they may make us nearer to Allah, surely Allah will judge between them in that in which they differ; surely Allah does not guide him aright who is a liar, ungrateful. S. 39:3 Shakir

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

What makes this rather astonishing is that Muhammad did the exact same thing with the black stone, which was worshiped and honored by the pre-Islamic pagan Arabs!

2944. Sa’d b. Jubairis 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 CARASSED 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; bold and capital emphasis mine)


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 (; bold and capital emphasis mine)


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 itand 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. (Sayyid Saabiq, Fiqh-Us-Sunnah, Volume 5: Tawaf or Circumambulation around Ka’bah, Number 74b; bold, capital, and italicized emphasis mine)

Muhammad actually believed that the black stone was sent down from paradise as white as snow, which then turned black from the sins of all those that worshiped it:

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 (; bold emphasis mine)

The foregoing shows that the black stone is basically a savior of sorts since it essentially absorbs(ed) the sins of its worshipers. This means that the black stone expiates for the sins of those that venerate it, which in turn makes it Islam’s one true Savior.

Muslims are now faced with the dilemma of having to contend with the fact that their prophet incorporated some of Satan’s very own creations into his religion with the express approval of his deity!

And this is supposed be the same religion enjoined upon Abraham, Moses and Jesus!

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