Monday, January 18, 2016

The Quran Testifies – Satan is a lot like Allah!

By Sam Shamoun

The Quran claims that there is no one that is like Allah, none that are comparable to him.

(He is) the Creator of the heavens and the earth: He has made for you pairs from among yourselves, and pairs among cattle: by this means does He multiply you: there is nothing whatever like unto Him, and He is the One that hears and sees (all things). S. 42:11 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

And there is none like unto Him. S. 112:4 Y. Ali

Shockingly, however, there is one specific individual that is a lot like Allah according to the Muslim Scripture. We say shockingly because that someone happens to be the Devil himself!

In this article, we are going to list some of the many characteristics and functions which the Islamic deity shares in common with Satan. A comparison of the Arabic text of these passages will confirm that the very same exact qualities and abilities are ascribed to both Allah and the Devil.(1)
1. The Proud/Arrogant One

A. Satan

And when We said to the angels: Make obeisance to Adam they did obeisance, but Iblis (did it not). He refused and he was proud, and he was one of the unbelievers. S. 2:34 Shakir

(Allah) said: "(O Iblis) get down from this (Paradise), it is not for you to be arrogant here. Get out, for you are of those humiliated and disgraced." S. 7:13 Hilali-Khan

B. Allah hates the Proud and sends them to hell

Assuredly Allah knoweth that which they keep hidden and that which they proclaim. Lo! He loveth not the proud… So enter the gates of hell, to dwell therein for ever. Woeful indeed will be the lodging of the arrogant. S. 16:23, 29 Pickthall

And on the day of resurrection you shall see those who lied against Allah; their faces shall be blackened. Is there not in hell an abode for the proud? S. 39:60 Shakir

C. Allah

It is Allah, except Whom there is no God; the King, the Pure, the Giver of Peace, the Bestower of Safety, the Protector, the Most Honourable, the Compeller, the Proud; Purity is to Allah from all what they ascribe as partners (to Him)! S. 59:23 Faridul Haque

Interestingly, the Arabic word for “the Proud”, Al-Mutakabbir, happens to be one of the ninety-names of Allah:

Al-Mutakabbir: The Supremely Great

Everything which is not Him is insignificant; He is the Great in Majesty or Most Excellent of beings, who has rights which no other possesses, the Possessor of power and excellence the like of which no other has; He who acts are good, exceeding the good acts of any other; the Majestic; He who disdains having the attributes of created beings; He who magnifies Himself against the proud among His creatures.

Al-Mutakabbir is one of the Ninety-Nine Names. (Aisha Bewley, Divine Names)

Now this puts Muslims in a dilemma since this basically means that Allah must not love himself, and has no choice but to punish himself in hell if he is going to be consistent. Note how this logically works out:

a.        Allah hates all the proud and casts them into hell.
b.       Allah is proud, in fact the most proud of them all.
c.        Therefore, Allah must hate himself and will eventually cast himself into hell.

2. The Seducer/Perverter

A. Satan

Recite to them the history of him to whom we vouchsafed our signs, and who departed from them, so that Satan followed him, and he became one of the seduced. S. 7:175 Rodwell

[Eblis] said, by thy might [do I swear], I will surely seduce them all, S. 38:82 Rodwell

B. Allah sends all seducers/perverts to hell

Verily [as to] my servants, thou shalt have no power over them; but [over] those only who shall be seduced, and who shall follow thee. And hell is surely denounced unto them all: S. 15:42-43 Sale

But they were succeeded by an evil posterity who neglected the prayer, and followed [their base] appetites. So they will soon encounter [the reward of] perversity, S. 19:59 Ali Quli Qara'i

And hell will appear plainly to the erring. And it will be said unto them: Where is (all) that ye used to worship Instead of Allah? Can they help you or help themselves? Then will they be hurled therein, they and the seducers And the hosts of Iblis, together. S. 26:91-95 Pickthall

And those against whom the sentence is due shall say, 'Our Lord! these are those whom we have seduced; we seduced them as we were seduced ourselves: but we clear ourselves to thee;- they, did not worship us!' S. 28:63 Palmer

So our Lord's Word is realised against us; we are tasting it. Therefore we perverted you, and we ourselves were perverts.' So all of them on that day are sharers in the chastisement. S. 37:31-33 Arberry

C. Allah

[The devil] said, because thou hast depraved me, I will lay wait for [men] in thy strait way; S. 7:16 Sale

And my sincere counsel will not profit you, if I desire to counsel you sincerely, if God desires to pervert you; He is your Lord, and unto Him you shall be returned.' S. 11:34 Arberry

Said he, 'My Lord, for Thy perverting me I shall deck all fair to them in the earth, and I shall pervert them, all together, S. 15:39 Arberry

Just as we saw with the previous name/characteristic, the Quran’s teaching at this point again places Muslims in a dilemma. Since Allah assigns all seducers/perverters to fiery torment, this again means that he must also punish himself in hell as well. Note again the logic behind this argument:

a.        Allah sends all seducers/perverts to hell.
b.       Allah seduces and perverts people.
c.        Therefore, Allah has to cast himself into hell if he is to be true to himself and faithful to his own laws.

3. The Schemer/Beguiler

A. Satan

Those who believe fight in the cause of God, and those who reject Faith Fight in the cause of Evil: So fight ye against the friends of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan. S. 4:76 Y. Ali

B. Allah

and I respite them -- assuredly My guile is sure. S. 7:183 Arberry

First, he searched the baggage of others. Then came to his brother and produced it (peg) from his baggage! Thus, We played a trick on them, and found an excuse for Yusuf. The law of the king did not allow Yusuf to keep his brother! We elevate in status, whomever We please! And over all those with knowledge, there is the One Who is the all-Knowing!" S. 12:76 Dr. Munir Munshey

“… In that way We devised a cunning scheme for Yusuf…” Aisha Bewley

So leave Me with him who cries lies to this discourse! We will draw them on little by little whence they know not; and I shall respite them -- assuredly My guile is sure. S. 68:44-45 Arberry

surely it is a decisive word; it is no merriment. They are devising guile, and I am devising guile. Arberry

4. The Deceiver/Conniver

A. Satan

Amazingly, the Quran never employs the specific Arabic words meaning deceiver/conniver, e.g., makara and khada, for Satan.

B. Allah

Shockingly, even though it never uses these particular terms in reference to Satan the Quran does, however, repeatedly employ them in respect to the Muslim deity!

Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive God, but He deceives them; and when they rise up to pray, they rise up lazily to be seen of men, and do not remember God, except a few; S. 4:142 Palmer

And they deceived a deception, and we deceived a deception. And they did not feel. S. 27:50 The Generous Qur’an (GQ)

In fact, the Islamic scripture even goes as far as to describe Allah as the best deceiver/conniver of them all!

And they deceived, and Allah deceived. And Allah is the best deceiver. S. 3:54 GQ – cf. Q. 8:30

What makes this all the more shocking is that the Muslim scripture not only emphatically proclaims that all deception belongs to Allah,

And indeed, those before them deceived, so to Allah [belongs] all the deception. He knows what every soul earns, and the infidels will know to whom is the reward of the final home. S. 13:42 GQ

It further emphasizes that the only ones who think that they can ever be safe or secure from Allah’s deception are the unbelievers!

Are they secure from the deception of Allah? So no one can be secure from the deception of Allah except the losing people. S. 7:99 GQ

This means that the believers know better than to ever trust Allah enough to feel secure from his ever deceiving and misleading them. This brings us to our next point.

5. The Misleader/The one who leads people astray

A. Satan

And he entered the city at a time of carelessness of its folk, and he found therein two men fighting, one of his own caste, and the other of his enemies; and he who was of his caste asked him for help against him who was of his enemies. So Moses struck him with his fist and killed him. He said: This is of the devil's doing. Lo! he is an enemy, a mere misleader. S. 28:15 Pickthall

B. Allah

Then what is the matter with you that you are divided into two parties about the hypocrites? Allah has cast them back (to disbelief) because of what they have earned. Do you want to guide him whom Allah has made to go astray? And he whom Allah has made to go astray, you will never find for him any way (of guidance). S. 4:88 Hilali-Khan

And whomsoever Allah wills to guide, He opens his breast to Islam, and whomsoever He wills to send astray, He makes his breast closed and constricted, as if he is climbing up to the sky. Thus Allah puts the wrath on those who believe not. S. 6:125 Hilali-Khan

And We sent not a Messenger except with the language of his people, in order that he might make (the Message) clear for them. Then Allah misleads whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. S. 14:4 Hilali-Khan

If you (O Muhammad) covet for their guidance then verily Allah guides not those whom He makes to go astray (or none can guide him whom Allah sends astray). And they will have no helpers. S. 16:37 Hilali-Khan

6. The Tempter/Enticer

A. Satan

Children of Adam! Let not Satan tempt you as he brought your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their garments to show them their shameful parts. Surely he sees you, he and his tribe, from where you see them not. We have made the Satans the friends of those who do not believe. S. 7:27 Arberry

Said, “Get out of here! Hell is the just recompense, a plentiful penalty for both _ you and those of them who follow you. Tempt and allure them _ anyone among them you can _ with your sly talk. Raid them with your horses and men, bamboozle a share in their wealth and children, and hold out (false) promises for them.” Surely Shaitan’s promise is nothing but an illusion. S. 17:63-64 Munshey

B. Allah

Do you not notice? WE SEND the Shaitans upon the disbelievers, and they continually incite and instigate them. S. 19:83 Munshey

That HE MAY MAKE that which the devil proposeth a temptation for those in whose hearts is a disease, and those whose hearts are hardened - Lo! the evil-doers are in open schism - S. 22:53 Pickthall

indeed ate food and walked in the markets. And We have made some of you to be a temptation for (some) others. "Will you (endure) patiently?" And your Lord has been Ever-Beholding. S. 25:20 Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali

7. The one who makes people filthy and unclean

A. Satan

Oh you who believe! The liquor (and all intoxicants), the games of chance, idols (and shrines), and all divining devices _ (lots, cards, dices, crystal balls) _ are the filthy handiwork of Shaitan, stay away from them, so that you may succeed. In fact, by means of intoxicants and gambling, Shaitan seeks to sow hatred and hostility among you, and seeks to keep you from the remembrance of Allah and the ‘salat’. So, will you quit (these vices) now? S. 5:90-91 Munshey

B. Allah

Allah unlocks and exposes to Islam the heart of the one whom He wishes to guide. (Conversely) He constricts and squeezes the heart of the one whom He wishes to mislead _ squeezes it so hard, he feels as if he was surging up in the sky. Thus, Allah lobs filth upon those who do not believe! S. 6:125

No soul can believe except with Allah’s permission! And He hurls filth upon those who refuse to think and pay attention! S. 10:100 Munshey

8. The one who commands people to commit indecencies/lewdness

A. Satan

Satan threatens you with poverty and enjoins upon you what is foul, whereas ALLAH promises you forgiveness from Himself and bounty. And ALLAH is Bountiful, All-Knowing. S. 2:268 Sher Ali

O ye who believe! Follow not the footsteps of the devil. Unto whomsoever followeth the footsteps of the devil, lo! he commandeth filthiness and wrong. Had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy unto you, not one of you would ever have grown pure. But Allah causeth whom He will to grow. And Allah is Hearer, Knower. S. 24:21 Pickthall

B. Allah

And WE DECREED for the Children of Israel in the Scripture: Ye verily will work corruption in the earth twice, and ye will become great tyrants. S. 17:4 Pickthall

And when We desire to destroy a city, We command its men who live at ease, and they commit ungodliness therein, then the Word is realized against it, and We destroy it utterly. S. 17:16 Arberry

9. The one who makes evil deeds seem fair and enticing

A. Satan

When the suffering reached them from us, why then did they not learn humility? On the contrary their hearts became hardened, and Satan made their (sinful) acts seem alluring to them. S. 6:43 Y. Ali

By Allah, We verily sent messengers unto the nations before thee, but the devil made their deeds fairseeming unto them. So he is their patron this day, and theirs will be a painful doom. S. 16:63 Pickthall

B. Allah

As to those who believe not in the Hereafter, We have made their deeds pleasing in their eyes; and so they wander about in distraction. S. 27:4 Y. Ali

Is he, then, to whom the evil of his deeds made fairseeming, so that he considers it as good (equal to one who is rightly guided)? Verily, Allah sends astray whom He wills, and guides whom He wills. So destroy not yourself (O Muhammad) in sorrow for them. Truly, Allah is the All-Knower of what they do! S. 35:8 Hilali-Khan

10. The Wrathful/He who brings wrath

A. Satan

When sleep covers you, it is assurance from him, and he sent down water from the heaven on you to purify you by it and cause the wrath of Satan to pass from you, and that he might tie on your heart and strengthen by it the feet. S. 8:11 GQ

B. Allah

But those who did wrong changed the word which had been told them for another saying, and We sent down upon the evil-doers wrath from heaven for their evil-doing. S. 2:59 Pickthall

He said: "Punishment and wrath have already come upon you from your Lord: dispute ye with me over names which ye have devised - ye and your fathers,- without authority from God? then wait: I am amongst you, also waiting." S. 7:71 Y. Ali

But those of them who did wrong changed the word which had been told them for another saying, and We sent down upon them wrath from heaven for their wrongdoing. S. 7:162 Pickthall

11. He who causes people to forget

A. Satan

When you come across people who speak with scorn about Our revelations, turn away from them until they move on to another topic. If Satan should make you forget, then, when you have remembered, do not sit with those who are doing wrong. S. 6:68 Abdel Haleem

B. Allah

Any revelation We cause to be superseded or forgotten, We replace with something better or similar. Do you [Prophet] not know that God has power over everything? S. 2:106 Abdel Haleem

S. We shall make thee read (O Muhammad) so that thou shalt not forget Save that which Allah willeth. Lo! He knoweth the disclosed and that which still is hidden; 87:6-7 Pickthall

12. The one who inspires men

A. Satan/Devils

And eat not of that whereon Allah's name hath not been mentioned, for lo! it is abomination. Lo! the devils do inspire their minions to dispute with you. But if ye obey them, ye will be in truth idolaters. S. 6:121 Pickthall

We have sent no messenger or apostle before you with whose recitations Satan did not tamper. Yet God abrogates what Satan interpolates; then He confirms His revelations, for God is all-knowing and all-wise. S. 22:52 Ahmed Ali

Here is how another version translates this verse:

We have sent no apostle, or prophet, before thee, but, when he read, Satan suggested some error in his reading. But God shall make void that which Satan hath suggested: Then shall God confirm his signs; for God is knowing and wise. Sale

B. Allah

And We sent not (as Our messengers) before thee other than men, whom We inspired. Ask the followers of the Reminder if ye know not? S. 21:7 Pickthall

Concluding Remarks

The striking, in fact shocking, similarities between Allah and the Devil leave Muslims with one of the following options. Either Satan desires to mimic the Islamic deity in an attempt to get people to think that he is actually Allah himself. Or Allah is simply the Devil masquerading as the true God of Abraham. This means that the Satan which the Quran warns Muslims of is nothing other than a counterfeit, a decoy which the arch-enemy of God set up in order to dupe Muslims into thinking that he and the Allah who inspired Muhammad could not possibly be one and the same individual. After all, how could the Muslim deity be Satan when the Quran goes out of its way to condemn him as a foe that Muslims must avoid at all costs?

As far as the Holy Bible is concerned, there can be doubt whatsoever that the true source of Muhammad’s revelations was not the God revealed in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. After all, the Quran plainly denies that Muhammad’s deity is a father to anyone,

And they say: The Beneficent hath taken unto Himself a son. Assuredly ye utter a disastrous thing Whereby almost the heavens are torn, and the earth is split asunder and the mountains fall in ruins, That ye ascribe unto the Beneficent a son, When it is not meet for (the Majesty of) the Beneficent that He should choose a son. There is none in the heavens and the earth but cometh unto the Beneficent as a slave. S. 19:88-93 Pickthall

And curses anyone who would claim that Christ is the Son of Allah:  

And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah (Himself) fighteth against them. How perverse are they! S. 9:30 Pickthall

As such, this identifies Muhammad as one of the antichrists that the God-breathed Scriptures warn true believers about,

Little children, it is the last hour. As you have heard that the antichrist will come, even now there are many antichrists. By this we know that it is the last hour…  Who is a liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? Whoever denies the Father and the Son is the antichrist. No one who denies the Son has the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father.” 1 John 2:18, 22-23

Which in turn makes the spirit that spoke to and through Muhammad the spirit of antichrist, e.g., the Devil himself.

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(1) The list was adapted from the presentation made by Christian apologist Usama Dakdok in a recent debate he had on the subject, “Allah is Satan, Jesus is God”.

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