Is Mohammad (pbuh) Deified? [Part – 1]

Is Mohammad (pbuh) Deified?

More refutations to the cliché hoax of Mohammad’s (pbuh) deification 

Part – 1

Question Mark

 

Acknowledgment: We acknowledge inputs from Asadullah Mallick rendered towards the formation of this paper. May Allah (SWT) bless him.

 

Introduction

 

Islamic Scriptures makes it abundantly clear that in the house of Islam, it is only Allah (SWT) who is worthy of any kind of worship:

“(It teacheth) that ye should worship none but Allah. (Say:) “Verily I am (sent) unto you from Him to warn and to bring glad tidings: (Qur’an 11:2)

“Say: “O ye men! if ye are in doubt as to my religion (behold!) I worship not what ye worship other than Allah But I worship Allah Who will take your souls (at death): I am commanded to be (in the ranks) of the Believers. (Qur’an 10:104)

“If not Him ye worship nothing but names which ye have named ye and your fathers for which Allah hath sent you no authority: the Command is for none but Allah: He hath commanded that ye worship none but Him: that is the right religion but Most men understand not…(Qur’an 12:40)

“Those to whom We have given the Book rejoice at what hath been revealed unto thee: but there are among the clans those who reject a part thereof. Say: “I am commanded to worship Allah and not to join partners with Him. Unto Him do I call and unto Him is my return.” (Qur’an 13:36)

Verily those whom ye call upon besides Allah are servants like unto you: Call upon them, and let them listen to your prayer, if ye are (indeed) truthful!” (Qur’an 7:194)

The Prophetic Hadith also provides the same message of worshipping Allah (SWT) alone:

“Narrated Anas:

The Prophet said, “Whoever said “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah and has in his heart good (faith) equal to the weight of a barley grain will be taken out of Hell. And whoever said: “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah and has in his heart good (faith) equal to the weight of a wheat grain will be taken out of Hell. And whoever said, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah and has in his heart good (faith) equal to the weight of an atom will be taken out of Hell.” (Bukhari, Book 1, Volume 2, Hadith 42)

 

“Narrated ‘Ubada bin As-Samit:

who took part in the battle of Badr and was a Naqib (a person heading a group of six persons), on the night of Al-‘Aqaba pledge: Allah’s Apostle said while a group of his companions were around him, “Swear allegiance to me for:

“…Not to join anything in worship along with Allah. …” (Bukhari, Book 1, Volume 2, Hadith 17)

 

“It is narrated on the authority of Abu Ayyub that a man came to the Prophet (may peace be upon him) and said: Direct me to a deed which draws me near to Paradise and takes me away from the Fire (of Hell). Upon this he (the Holy Prophet) said: You worship Allah and never associate anything with Him, establish prayer, and pay Zakat, and do good to your kin. When he turned his back, the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) remarked: If he adheres to what he has been ordered to do, he would enter Paradise.” (Muslim, Book 1, Hadith 13)

 

Yet Christian Apologist Sam Shamoun attempted to prove the deity of Mohammad (peace be upon him) in a way to respond to Sami Zaatari’s challenge.

 

 Shamoun assumes that there are “scores of passages and narrations which show that Muhammad was worshiped by his followers.”

 

Thus, it will be our pleasure to analyze all the so called scores of “proofs” which Shamoun has to offer. However, before embarking into that we would beforehand like to mention that (1) yet again we are going to observe that Shamoun would be quoting from everywhere but Qur’an and authentic Hadith and where so ever he would do that, they would not be straight forward. (2) All his arguments are hackneyed and have been refuted ad nauseam in the past (1,2,3,4,5)

 

He referred to the same cliché argument, which has been already refuted, of making du’a to the prophet (peace be upon him):

Muhammad instructed his followers to pray to him directly during their daily acts of worship:

Narrated Shaqiq bin Salama:

‘Abdullah said, “Whenever we prayed behind the Prophet we used to recite (in sitting) ‘Peace be on Gabriel, Michael, peace be on so and so. Once Allah’s Apostle looked back at us and said, ‘Allah Himself is As-Salam (Peace), and if anyone of you prays then he should say, At-Tahiyatu lil-lahi wassalawatu wat-taiyibatu. As-Salamu ‘ALAIKA aiyuha-n-Nabiyu wa rahmatu-l-lahi wa barakatuhu. As-Salam alaina wa ala ibadil-lah is-salihin. (All the compliments, prayers and good things are due to Allah: peace be on YOU, O Prophet and Allah’s mercy and blessings be on YOU. Peace be on us and on the true pious slaves of Allah). (If you say that, it will be for all the slaves in the heaven and the earth). Ash-hadu an la-ilaha illa-l-lahu wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasuluhu. (I testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and I also testify that Muhammad is His slave and His Apostle).” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 12, Number 794)

 

Notice that Shamoun claims that prophet (peace be upon him) recommended his followers “to pray to him directly”. After going through the text (“proof”) we are coerced to ask where and how does the subject Bukhari Hadith state so? On the contrary, what the Hadith does prove is that the followers of Mohammad (peace be upon him) were instructed to pray for him. There is a difference of chalk and cheese between praying from and praying for somebody. Praying for somebody instantly establishes that the person who is prayed for cannot be God – Almighty; as an absolute Deity is independent of any need or prayers of any mortal!

 

Secondly, if observed carefully, the same prayer is to be prayed for other pious servants of Allah (SWT) besides praying for oneself as well!:

 “…Peace be on us and on the true pious slaves of Allah”.

 

Thus, will Shamoun argue that supplicant pray to pious slaves and to themselves (as well!) in their daily acts of worship thereby deifying pious slaves (and their personal selves) also besides Mohammad (peace be upon him); let him argue so and expose his shallow grasp of Sacred Scriptures.

 

Thus, rather than doing any good – Shamoun’s very first argument has backfired badly against him establishing the Islamic Monotheism. With this forgoing let us move on to his further arguments.

 

Continue to Part – 2.

Note:

  • All Emphasize wherever not found in original, is ours.
  • All Qur’anic quotations, unless otherwise mentioned, are taken from Yusuf Ali Translation, Al – Alim CD-ROM Version.
  • All Biblical quotations, unless otherwise mentioned, are taken from King James Version, E-Sword Version.
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