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Answers To Your Questions

question-marksToday I want to answer some of your questions. I have received these questions through email or voice mail from the listeners to our radio broadcasts.

How many wives did Muhammad have?

Shariah law allows a man to be married to 4 wives. He doesn’t have to have 4 wives, but he cannot have more. The Prophet had exemptions from these limitations. There is not a clear number telling us how many wives Muhammad had. It is clear that he had at least 12 wives, but some suggest he may have had as many as 18. In addition to this he had a high number of concubines, or sex slaves. We don’t know how many, but there are places where it is stated that he had over 6,000 slaves. Many of these would have been men and boys, but a great number of them would have been women.

There is a whole chapter in the Qur’an that deals with how you divide up the war booty. The Prophet received 1/5th of the war booty. The rest was divided among the other jihadis who fought with him. They, then had to pay 1/5th of what they received to the Prophet. For example, if there were 50 women who were taken captive, Muhammad would get 10 of them, plus 5% of the rest.

Men would be given the option of becoming Muslim or being executed. A child under the age of 14 would be taken as a slave, as would the women. The women’s marriages were immediately anuled, whether or not the husband became a Muslim. It is illegal for a Muslim to have sex with another man’s wive, unless that marriage has been anuled. Once the woman is his slave, a Muslim can have sex with her.

We are not sure how many sex slaves Muhammad had, but he had many.

Where did the Qur’an come from?

It may surprise you to know that Muhammad did not write the words that became Qur’an. Muhammad was known as the unlettered prophet because he could neither read nor write. This didn’t mean he was stupid or dumb. The people of Arabia in his day didn’t have books so there was no need to know how to read or write. The Arabic alphabet was not yet developed. What little writhing that was done, was written in a form of Phoenician text. It only had consonants, and did not yet have vowels.

Because of Muhammad’s first wife, who was quite wealthy, he was able to hire a scribe. As a result, Muhammad didn’t write down the Qur’an. It wasn’t until 20 years after Muhammad’s death, that they began the work of writing the Qur’an.

The reason it was not written is because “qura” means the reciting. The Qur’an was not supposed to be written, it was to be recited. Many of the early caliphs resisted the writing of the Qur’an because Muhammad had never ordered it to be written down. Those who did so were call the qura. During Uthman’s reign there was a battle where 40 qura were killed.There was fear that they might lose the Qur’an, and Uthman ordered for it to be written down.

The Qur’an has 114 chapters. The larger chapters are in the front, and the smaller ones in the back. There is no chronological order to the Qur’an. There is very little narrative in the Qur’an except when they are telling stories from the Old Testament. It is a very difficult book to read.

The only way to understand the Qur’an is to put the life of Muhammad along side it. It is only by looking at how Muhammad practiced it, that you can understand what is meant.

What is the difference between the Sunni and the Shi’ite Muslims?

They are the two major groups within Islam, and there is still a lot of fighting between them. The difference goes back to the early caliphs, or successors of Muhammad. The Shi’ite Muslims make of about 12 to 14 percent of the Muslims in the world. Most of them live in Iran, some are in Yemen, Lebanon, and Syria. Shi’ite Muslims believe that the caliph must be a blood descendant of Muhammad.

The Mullahs in Iran that wear the black turbans are those that claim to be descendants of Muhammad. They could be the rightful caliph.

The Sunni Muslims believe that it is not a royal line, and whoever Allah wills can be caliph. Their position is the more accurate interpretation because Muhammad never gave any instructions on this issue.

It is very clear that Muhammad turned to his best friend, Abu Bakr, when he was not able to lead. When Muhammad died, it was determined that Abu should be his successor.

After Bakr, there was Umar, then came Uthman. The Shi’ites had enough of what they considered illegitimate caliphs and assassinated Uthman. They made Muhammad’s nephew and son-in-law, Ali who was married to Fatima, the caliph. Ali was the 4th caliph, but in the eyes of the Shi’ites, he was the first legitimate caliph. It wasn’t too long before the Sunni assassinated Ali. This is why there is the great division between the two groups.

There are some Hadith that the Sunnis hold to that the Shi’ites don’t. There are a few other minor differences between the Sunni and the Shi’ites, but this is the major difference.

Why do you hate Muslims?

This question makes me laugh a little. I don’t hate Muslims. If you want to know the truth, I love Muslims. I love Muslims enough to tell them the truth. Just because I speak against Islam, doesn’t mean that I hate Muslims.

My problem is not with Muslims, and neither should yours be. My problem is with Islam. Muslims do what they do because of Islam. Islam has blinded their eyes to the truth. Islam tells Muslims that Jesus was just a man, that He wasn’t God in the flesh. Islam tells Muslims that Jesus was not crucified and , therefore, you don’t have the blood atonement for man’s sin. It teaches that Jesus didn’t rise from the grave.

If Jesus isn’t God, if He didn’t die on the cross, and if He didn’t rise from the grave, you don’t have the Gospel. Islam is sending Muslims to Hell, and I love Muslims enough to tell them the truth so they won’t have to go there.

I don’t hate Muslims. I have a problem with Islam, and I will speak the truth, but I will speak it with love.

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