Yesterday I stated on the subject of two Islams. Some of you thought I was going to talk about the two major groups within Islam, the Shi’ites and the Sunni. That is not what we are dealing with, but before I go on, let me address this subject because a lot of people in the West don’t understand this part of Islam.
Some of you thought that one of these groups would be true Islam and the other fake Islam. Actually there you will find both true Islam and fake Islam in both of these groups. The basic division between these two denominations within Islam is over the doctrine of succession. This division goes back to the early days of Islam after the death of Muhammad. The argument was over who should take Muhammad’s place and be the religious ruler.
The Sharia says that only one person is to be the supreme leader. This is why any Islamic state is a dictatorship. Muhammad, himself, was a totalitarian. The question was, who is to be the emperor? We must remember that Muhammad was not just building a religion, he was building an empire, religion was just a tool he used to do so.
The Shi’ites believe that the person who should follow Muhammad should be related to him by blood. The Sunni believe that it should be whoever Allah wills. The truth of the matter is that Muhammad gave no instruction on this subject. When he became ill, it was clear that Abu Bakr became the go to person. He was the right hand man of Muhammad. He was Muhammad’s first convert, and he became Muhammad’s father in law. Bakr could see that Muhammad was fancying his daughter, Aisha, who was 6 years old, so he gave her to the Prophet for marriage. I have never heard a Muslim deny that Muhammad married a 6 year old girl. He didn’t consummate the marriage until she was 9 years old.
Most of the disagreement between the Shi’ites and the Sunni is over this issue. About 80% of the Muslims in the world are Sunni Muslims.
Within the Shi’ites there are fundamentalists and liberals. Within the Sunni you have fundamentalists and liberals. The fundamentalists are true Islam and the liberals are fake Islam. The division between fake and true Islam is not about the two major denominations, it is about who is following the Islamic scriptures, and who is choosing from the buffet and only following what they like.
How do those who follow fake Islam come up with their doctrine? How do the legitimize their position, or what is their justification for denying major portions of Islamic scripture?
Fake Islam is earnestly trying to reform their religion, and reformed Islam is the name they like to use. They like to say reformed because they look at Christianity and see that there was a reformation. They think that Christianity was violent in the early days. The Catholic Church was killing the opposition, there was the Inquisition, it murdered many Muslims, etc. so they believe that Christianity was a religion of the sword, and it changed this at the Reformation. Muslims believe that the Reformation is what made Christianity peaceful. They believe that they need to reform from the past violence of Islam. At least they don’t deny that it happened, but they want to reform Islam so it can be a religion of peace. In so doing, they are actually perverting the teaching of Muhammad and the original teachings of Islam.
On the other hand, the Christian Reformation was a return to the truths of the Christian Scriptures. Perversion had crept into Christianity and the Catholic Church had taken up the sword to kill all of those who did not agree with their doctrine, and this is not a biblical principle. In a large way, the Reformation pulled things back closer to a biblical stance.
The efforts of the Islamic reformation movement is just the opposite. It is a movement away from the scriptural teachings of Islam.
I find it very interesting that most of the leaders of the reformed movement use language like, those verses that teach violence, “When you look at the context, are not for today, they belong in the 7th century.” They always say the those verses are talking about them defending themselves. They say they had the right to fight to defend themselves. This sounds like a reasonable argument, doesn’t it? The fact is, they are not looking at the context of those passages, because if they were, they would see that they were commands of conquest, not defense.
In the Qur’an, we find the doctrine of abrogation. It says that anything that was said earlier that, contradicts something that was said later, is abrogated, or superseded by that which comes later. One of the major contradictions is that early in Muhammad’s ministry as a prophet, he taught that there is no compulsion in religion. After the Arabs and the Jews had rejected him, he started getting new messages from Allah that told him to kill those who didn’t believe in Allah. He said fight those who believe not, strike them at their necks ans strike terror in their hearts.
Chapter 9 of the Qur’an, which is the last chapter written, cannot be abrogated because nothing can come after it. The doctrine of abrogation is found in Chapter 2 of the Qur’an:
Surah 2:106 Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?
Their explanation is that Allah changed his mind. In the beginning Allah said there is no compulsion in religion, but today he says fight them that believe not.
If you follow the context of Chapter 9, you find that Muhammad was dying, and he was trying to find a way to finance his movement, so he started going after the Christians. He told them to fight them until they pay jizzia, a protection tax to be protected from Muslims by Muslims.
Remember, the Sunnah contains the words of the Prophet. The real Islam will follow the teachings of Muhammad very closely. There is no higher authority in Islam than Muhammad. The fake Islam rejects a lot of the teachings of Muhammad because they come in the Hadith. There are over 600,000 Hadith that were collected by Bukkari, the most recognized collector. He put an abridged collection together, in is 9 volumes, and is known as the Bukkari collection. This collection contains 60,000 of the most reliable Hadith. These are the testimonies of his followers, giving what they had heard him say.
It is important to know that Bukkari wasn’t born until 178 years after Muhammad’s death. The same is true of all of the other Hadith collectors. These collectors didn’t hear form the horse’s mouth, so to say. Their collections were actually from the grandchildren of Muhammad and his followers.
The argument of the reformers is that they reject all of these teachings because we can’t trust their veracity, they came nearly 200 years after Muhammad. It is also important to know that the same thing is true about the Qur’an, it wasn’t written down until 200 years after the death of Muhammad.
Let that sink in. All the scriptures of Islam were recorded 150 to 200 years after the death of the prophet and founder of Islam. Until then, it was all oral tradition. As you can see, Islam has a very shaky foundation upon which to stand, whether it be true Islam or fake Islam.