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The Rituals of Islam – Part 1

hajj_pilgrimsOne of the goals of Fortress of Faith is to expose Islam for what it is. It is and ideology masquerading as a religion. Islam is a false religion, and Muhammad is a false prophet. We don’t say this because we want it so, we say it because it is so. This statement is based upon many hours of faithful study.

Those caught up in this religion are not going to find Heaven, they are going to find God’s wrath. I want to be clear on what I am saying. Muslims, when they die, will go to Hell, not because they are Muslims, but because they reject Jesus Christ. This is the same reason that anyone goes to Hell. They reject His being the Son of God, His death on the cross where He shed His blood for the remission of man’s sin, and His bodily resurrection from the grave for our justification. He paid the penalty for sin so we don’t have to. If you trust fully in His death, burial, and resurrection as payment for your sins, your sins will be saved, and your sins will be forgiven. Muslims will not have this because their religion tells them lies.

Today we are going to talk about some lies and the rituals of Islam. We are going to expose this religion for what it really is.


Shahram is a former Muslim with a Shi’ite background. The first ritual we are going to talk about is Ashura. I want you to visualize the horrible thing that we see that is done during Ashura. The reason we are starting here is that the season of Ashura has just passed.

Ashura commemorates the death of Husayn Ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad. The biggest difference between the Sunni and the Shi’ite Muslims is over who is the proper successor to Muhammad. Shi’ite Muslims believe it was Ali because he was a blood relative of Muhammad.

Ali was killed at the battle of Karbala, which today would be in Iraq. To celebrate this, Muslims self-flagellate themselves by cutting themselves. They would cut themselves or take something like a cat of nine tails and beat themselves on their backs and chests until blood flowes everywhere. It is a season of sacrifice and self-mutilation. It is a barbaric ritual and you can see a video of it on my Facebook page. You will have to scroll down a bit to see it. We would call this child abuse, but in Islam it is accepted practice.

Islam is a religion of death. The highest goal of any Muslim is to die as a martyr for Allah in jihad. Since it rejects the Lord Jesus Christ, it also leads to spiritual death in the Lake of fire for all eternity. This is why we seek to expose these bizarre rituals practiced by Muslims. Ashura is an act of piety because in Islam there is no guarantee of salvation.

In true Christianity, we don’t have to do acts of self-sacrifice because Jesus Christ is our complete sacrifice. I know there are some groups within Christianity which do this kind of thing, but it is not because that is what Christianity teaches us to do. The Bible does teach that we are to be spiritually crucified, but this is not an issue of flagellation, it is living as if we were dead to the things of this world.

In the past we have shown that Islam is a religion of Satan. I know this is a bold statement, but one of the things about Satan or demonic activity is self-harm. Demon possession usually leads to some kind of harm to the person who is possessed. In the Bible we see then throwing themselves in the fire, cutting themselves, etc.

They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh. Lev 21:5

Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead. Deu 14:1

The cutting of oneself was a pagan practice, and the Bible makes it clear we are not to do this kind of thing. Remember when Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal, how they cut themselves as they cried out to their god.

When we see this kind of practice, it ought to tell us that what we are seeing is not of God. This kind of thing is done by the enemy of God, Satan. If Islam is not of the God of Heaven, Jehovah, it must be of the god of this world, Satan.

We need to remember that Allah is the ancient Arabic moon god. He was the god of Muhammad’s tribe, which I think explains why this name was chosen for Muhammad’s new religion.

Shahram was speaking on Islam in Montana recently, and they had more than 100 protesters outside. He often asks the audience how many are ready to submit to Islam’s god, Allah. Usually no one raises their hand, but in this meeting one woman raised her hand. He asked her, jokingly, if she would like him to buy her a plane ticket to Iran so she could live under Islamic law. She gladly said that she wanted a one way ticket. It never ceases to amaze me how, not only Muslims, but also many westerners, are deceived by this false religion.

There was an interfaith group there promoting Muslims. Think about how foolish this is, they are supporting a religion that wants to destroy every other religion in the world. I don’t understand how people can look at what Islam is and teaches, and not see it for the false religion it is.

Either Christ is the sacrificial lamb who shed His blood for us, or He is not. Either His sacrifice was necessary and sufficient, or it was not. Christ shed His blood so we would not have to shed ours. His sacrifice is sufficient, and we don’t have to add anything to it. We just have to receive it by faith.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph 2:8-9

As we look at these rituals, you will see that Islam resembles paganism. Islam is actually a form of Baal worship. Muhammad was a con-man who borrowed different parts of his religion from other sources, including a corrupt form of Christianity.

In Mecca, at the time of Muhammad, there were 360 deities that they worshiped. There were four temples, one in Mecca, his home town.


Ramadan is an Islamic ritual that requires 30 days of fasting. It doesn’t mean they don’t eat, it means they don’t eat during the daylight hours. At night they feast. This celebrates Muhammad allegedly receiving his revelations while he was in the cave. We say allegedly because they say he received it in one night in some places, and in others they say it was given over time.

Ramadan is the most holy month of Islam. They end Ramadan with Eid Al Fitr, which is the final feast of this celebration. They are supposed to deny themselves during the day, but then they go overboard at night.

Ramadan is about sacrifice and becoming closer to their god, but we often see the most amount of violence during this month by Muslims around the world. Like other things in Islam, it all has to do with the flesh. Islam doesn’t teach any kind of spiritual relationship because they don’t believe that you can know their god, or have a personal relationship with him. Everything Muslims do is about what the flesh desires.

The religion of Islam is all about works. This is why Muslims need to come to Christ for salvation.

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