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Why Muslims Believe These Things
The things we are going to talk about today are things that, as bizarre as they are, Muslims believe because they believe that Allah can do anything. Muslims are taught from an early age that you cannot question Allah. They are taught that the Qur’an is the divine word of Allah and that it was dictated word for word to the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. They are taught that whatever the Prophet said is inspired by Allah so it must be true. Therefore, everything Muhammad or the Qur’an says is supposedly holy and cannot be questioned.
In Islam you have the Qur’an and the Hadith as authoritative writings. The Hadith are the biography and the sayings of the Prophet of Islam. They cannot be questioned but must be accepted just as written. None of the Hadith were written until hundreds of years after the death of Muhammad. If you do question then you are not a good Muslim.
A Muslim has no guarantee of salvation and to question the Qur’an and the Hadith puts one’s salvation in an even more dangerous position. The Qur’an teaches that if one questions the words of Allah they can become an unbeliever or an apostate. It is really that serious for a Muslim.
As we look into some of the bizarre teachings of Islam we will be talking about some things that many Muslims have never heard. If you have been a faithful follower of Fortress of Faith, even if only for a month, you probably know more about Islam and what it teaches than most Muslims will ever know.
Islam is similar to Catholicism in that they are taught that the lay person cannot understand their scriptures. They are to accept what the imams tell them just as the Catholic is to accept what the priest says. True Christians know that they not only can understand the Scriptures, but that we are commanded to study them. We know that we have the Holy Spirit to guide us in our understanding.
The truth is that if the Muslims were to read the Qur’an they would have no problem understanding what it says. They would see what Islam really is.
Where does it say that when a Muslim dies as a martyr he will have the 72 virgins?
This is not something that is found in the Qur’an itself, it is found in the Hadith. It is important to understand that the Hadith are hundreds of thousands of stories written about the Prophet. They include what he said, how he acted, and what he did. The Hadith are seen as equal to the Qur’an. Here is a quote from the Hadith teaching that the martyr will get 73 virgins and be able to intercede for 70 family members.
“The martyr (shaheed) has seven blessings from Allaah: he is forgiven from the moment his blood is first shed; he will be shown his place in Paradise; he will be spared the trial of the grave; and he will be secure on the Day of the Greatest Terror (the Day of Judgement); there will be placed on his head a crown of dignity, one ruby of which is better than this world and all that is in it; he will be married to seventy-two of al-hoor al-‘iyn; and he will be permitted to intercede for seventy of his relatives.”
This is not found in the Qur’an. You must go to the Hadith to find these teachings. We must remember that the Hadith are just as authoritative to the Muslim as the Qur’an.
The two blessings that we must look at very closely are the blessing of the 72 virgins and the blessing of intercession for 70 relatives. This will explain some of the things why so many Muslims are ready to die for Islam and why mothers are ready to allow their children to die for the cause of Islam.
There is much more to Islam’s teaching that just the Qur’an. The Qur’an is Allah’s words. The Hadith are the teachings and actions of Muhammad. He is the Prophet if Islam and he is the great example that all Muslims are to follow.
Martyrdom is the only way for a Muslim to guarantee his salvation. Salvation is the first of the seven blessings promised to the the martyr. Let’s look at these seven blessings.
1. He is forgiven as soon as his blood is shed.
2. He is shown his place in Paradise.
3. He is spared the trial of the grave.
4. He will be secure on the day of judgment.
5. He will get a crown of dignity with a ruby more valuable than the world.
6. He will be married to 72 virgins.
7. He will be permitted to intercede for 70 family members.
Have you ever wondered why a mother could rejoice when one of her children died as a suicide bomber? You have the answer here. Having no guarantee of salvation she is without any real hope of salvation. When here child dies she has someone to intercede and take here to Paradise with them.
Islam is a culture of death. This is why the Palestinians that are fighting Israel welcome death. This is why the people listen when Hamas tells them not to leave their homes when Israel warns of an impending attack. Hamas tells the people that the death of their children is for the cause of Islam and that the children will go to Paradise and intercede for them so they can go there also.
We will continue this subject tomorrow, but before I end today I want to remind you of the Christians that are being killed in Iraq. ISIS has given Christians the choice of converting to Islam, paying a heavy tax, leaving, or dyeing. Even when they try to leave, ISIS is pursuing them and putting them to death. They are beheading children and doing unspeakable things to anyone who disagrees with them.
We need to keep these Christians in our prayers. This is what Islam does to all who are in the “house of war.” If we don’t stop this there we will deal with it here
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