AnsweringIslam.org

I noticed that a member of my family was browsing this website. I mentioned to him that he’ll need to take everything with the biggest grain of salt, but had to finish my tasks and he was gone before I could elaborate or listen to his inquiries.

Anyway, there’s so much disinformation in this website, it’s going to need a dedicated team to clarify them. I’m just a layman with almost no spare time, so I decided to pick up only 2 pages from that website and clarify them.

[ 1 ] Hamzah’s “Testimony”

The author began by saying :

This testimony of Hamzah is very special. He was a learned Muslim scholar. He was educated and shaped under Islamic and Quranic teachings since his childhood. After getting his Islamic education for more than 16 years he successfully obtained his Islamic School Certification. It is clearly evident that his knowledge of the Quran and Islam has already been sufficiently deep and well developed. Nevertheless after three years of struggling with his theological and spiritual questions – searching honestly within both Islam and Christianity, Hamzah finally surrendered his life into the gracious hands of Isa Al-Masih (Jesus Christ) – his most loving and compassionate Saviour!

Somehow I doubt that. (the emphasized text)

An example, he said that :

I was surprised to learn who shall come to release the World from the evil Dajjal’s hand – he is no other than ISA Al-Masih (Jesus Christ) as the Imam Mahdi himself!

He got this messed up. Imam Mahdi is not the same person as Al-Masih.

Imam Mahdi is an Arab, whose lineage can be traced back to Muhammad. While Al-Masih is Prophet Isa (Jesus), who’s sent back down by God to destroy Dajjal.
When reading the whole text in relation to this story, it’s mentioned that after defeating Dajjal, Isa Al-Masih then pledged allegiance to Imam Mahdi and recognize him as his leader (King).
Imam Mahdi then ruled the Muslims (including Al-Masih) and bring back peace and prosperity to them.

This is a fairly well-known story, and Hamzah (the scholar) missed it ?
Is he really a scholar ?

The next example :

But he (the christian) said very coolly: “Oh for me that is not a problem, whether there is a new religion or not … because for me, by FAITH I will surely enter heaven!”

Hearing this, I was very shocked …! Because in my 10-plus years of study at the Islamic pesantren centres and four years study at the advanced Islamic Institute, never had I heard that entering heaven is something sure or definite for normal Moslems!

That’s is really weird – because all muslims will enter heaven. But this “scholar” doesn’t know.

However, there’s a difference. While some Christians boasted that they’ll go straight to heaven, Muslims with sins will be cleansed first in Hell. Once they’ve paid for their sins, then they’ll enter Heaven. Personally, I think this is justice.
Imagine if by faith only you’re guaranteed heaven – then you can wreak havoc, rape/steal/lie/kill people, and still got heaven ? This world will soon fall into chaos, with people trying to avoid becoming the victim / loser.

And so on. AnsweringIslam.org tried to convince their case by presenting this “scholar”, but it only exposes their true identity.

[ 2 ] Top ten reasons why Islam is NOT the religion of peace

Some zealots are going to label me as “muslim apologetics” because of this 🙂 without even trying to read it thoroughly, but I have a duty to rebuke these lies/misinformation within my capability, so here it goes :

10. Muhammad nicknames his weapons : This is a pretty silly argument, but anyway – These (weapons) are instruments which is crucial to one’s continued life, so I guess it’s ok if one gets a bit sentimental about it. This is common practice among soldiers – even to this day. Yes, today’s modern, God-less, soldiers.

9. Muhammad commands in his Quran that adulterers and adulteresses should receive a hundred lashes : Well, most westerners indeed may have problems with this because of vast culture differences. If you’re one of them, remember; just a few centuries ago, you were doing it as well, and you find it ok.
But while western moral standards changes continuously (causing some to become confused as to what is right and what is wrong, now), Islam’s moral standards remains consistent, even after centuries of the Prophet’s death.

Another poison is this, in relation to the execution of a woman due to adultery :

It is true that Muhammad told Khalid to be gentler, but how gentle does one have to be when one throws a rock at a woman buried up to her breasts? Is the rock required to go only 30 miles per hour or 40? Perhaps Muhammad was ordering Khalid not to curse her. In any case, the prophet prayed over her dead body and then buried her. Truthfully, how effective was the prayer when Muhammad and his community murdered her in cold blood? They should have forgiven her and let her go to raise her child.

Seems that the author doesn’t understand Islam. Yet, somehow managed to create this long article.

Even the Prophet, much less the others at that time, does not have the right to forgive such sin – a sin which is committed against God. Which only God alone have right to forgive.
The lady understood this, therefore she knows that if she does not receive her punishment in her lifetime (because of Muhammad’s hesitation to execute it), then she’ll receive it in Hell; and it’ll be far worse.

Therefore, she forced Muhammad (by her persistence) to deliver the punishment. After many tries in many months, finally Muhammad agreed, and did it.

After the execution, Muhammad then praised her bravery :
Thereupon he said: She has made such a repentance that if it were to be divided among seventy men of Medina, it would be enough. Have you found any repentance better than this that she sacrificed her life for Allah, the Majestic?“.

Same event, but now it no longer seems that Muhammad is a cold blooded bastard as portrayed in the original article.
This event also act as a caution to Muslims – when someone is accused of adultery, do not believe it (and definitely don’t punish) straight away ! Because even when it’s already proven, Muhammad still give the choice – now, or later.

8. Muhammad in his Quran permits husbands to beat their wives. – what they failed to mention is that it’s strongly encouraged to solve the problem amicably, and the punishment only as last resort.

Unfortunately, our own fault too, many Muslim tend to execute the last resort first, and in abundance.
It has become the local culture in many places. In some cases, women got killed because of this.

It’s said that “Among the Muslims, the most perfect as regards his faith is the one whose character is most excellent, and the best among you are those who treat their wives well.

And so on…. sorry I’m running out of time, so I’ll skip right to the number one :

1. Muhammad launches his own Crusades. – as if Islam taught us to “convert, or kill, everyone”, like how the Christians were instructed on the Crusades. Not.

Muhammad actually give other nations choice. Agreed to be lead by Muslims, and pay tax like everyone else. The concept of dhimmitude saves and protects people, not humiliate them. Or you can refuse (a King was asked; he refused politely, and treated the messenger well. Nothing happened)
But if you acted dishonourably, then we promised you an honourable war.

If you look into that time, there’s simply no other nation doing this. If you can’t defend yourselves, then be prepared to either die or become slaves.

For example, the past Christians’ crusades – very cruel and sadistic :

Radulph of Caen said : “In Maarra our troops boiled pagan adults in cooking pots; they impaled children on spits and devoured them grilled.“

Islam defined a very strict code of conduct on war. Even the trees are not to be harmed (hello suicide bombers). Only combatants (those that endanger your life) may be killed.

Summary: methods of brainwashing used by AnsweringIslam.org = one sided facts, partial information, failure to discuss the data in the proper context, and so on.

Again, a team of (truly) knowledgeable scholar (unlike our friend Hamzah) will have no problem rebutting this website. Gotta go now, hope it helps to clarify things.

33 thoughts on “AnsweringIslam.org

  1. Salam.
    Came to your site while surfing on the net and reading about Sunni, Syiah, and others. Thanks for highlighting about this site. I’m relying a lot on the net to learn about Islam. Yes, i am cautious on what i read too. May Allah have mercy upon us and give us guidance and wisdom. Ameen. -nadialoretta, Kuala Lumpur.

  2. Assalamu’alaik, ikhwan.

    Glad to know there are some brothers (and sisters) who put in effort in disproving these atrocities.

    Don’t give up, and keep it up.

    Syukran, and Wassalam.

  3. Why all this attack on Islam. A true Religion doesn’t need to convince people to enter it fold by damaging the image of other religion. After some consultation of the Bible and neglecting the Koran, I discovered that Christianity is but a fabrication made possible by Saint Paul but built upon faint Christ Teaching.

    Continue attacking Islam and lose your credibilty. If you talk about sword as weapon to spread islam then what about swords used in spreading christianity in the South America and else where. I am just being plain. I am a muslim, but sentiment apart, the christians have lost ground.

    I prefer Buddhism and some other Far Eastern religion because they are more accommodating than so called Christianity. Christianity is atom of truth and full fabrications and lies. Bet me.

    Continue attacking Islam. But do you really realized that as you keep attacking Islam it grows behind.

  4. @Salami – hi, just would like to mention that there have been recorded atrocities committed by Buddhist followers.
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    My point is, atrocities are part of human nature. And we need to be able to separate which one is the human acts, and which ones are the teachings of the religion.
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    Failure to differentiate these two will cause us to blame the religion for man’s mistakes, and vice versa.

  5. @mulia – don’t bet on it 🙂
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    Unfortunately I’m an introvert, and also tend to write better than speak.
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    So this is pretty much all I can do. I love bloggging because of that – where otherwise I won’t be able to share; now I can.
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    btw; very interesting blog you got there. Please continue sharing your unique perspective to others. Thanks !

  6. Nice site to debate.
    there’s a great speculation between sunnis and shias in the case of al mahdi.
    Jesus said in John 10:14-17, “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own”.
    Jesus said in John 5:21, “For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.”
    what about mohammed:
    A prophet does not need to ask who is right or who is wrong, because a prophet can scan through a person by the Holy Spirit. God can show the exact thing to a prophet, but Hadith says that Mohammed asked many people whether his beloved wife Aisha committed adultery or not, as we read in Hadith Volume 3, Book 48, Number 829.
    let us look at this sentence from quran.
    “Allah has killed Dajjal and the Muslims have appeared.”As you know that jesus will kill the dajjal but here we see allh killed the dajjal.so we can say jesus is god himself in the form of a human being.
    surah Al-Nisa’ 171 which means Isa son of Maryam was sent by Allah and is His Word.
    John 14:6 Isa declared: “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” surah Al-Fatihah1:6 “Ihdinasyiraatall mustaqiim” which means `show me the straight path’.

  7. @kashayarsha — interpreting verses as you wish, without checking its context, using proper methodology, and so on, is a sure way to get things wrong.
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    For example, if I follow your style of interpreting things, I can comment on your statement : A prophet does not need to ask who is right or who is wrong, because a prophet can scan through a person by the Holy Spirit
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    With this rebuttal – why then Jesus complained to God, “Eli, eli, lama sabakhtani”; God why do you abandon me ?
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    I thought Jesus already knew his mission? (self sacrifice for human sins) So why complain?
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    So that’s an example, hopefully it’s easy to understand.
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    You should take EXTRA care on interpreting verses.
    It’s easy to misunderstood what people said yesterday. Imagine how spectacularly easy it is to misunderstand something that was from 2 millennia ago.

  8. Great article. I am glad to see someone actually putting up facts about Islam. Sure, 19 Islamic guys flow planes into the twin towers and killed 3000 people, but people are still saying it is a religion of peace. However, people claiming to be christian have done some very notorious things and I don’t believe the bible teaches to do those things. So I wasn’t sure if those 19 were just mislead or if they did not read the Koran. Thanks for the facts, so now when I hear someone say that Islam is a religion of peace I will know the truth.

  9. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  10. Christians always mislead people. I was very disappointed when Christians were luring peoples of faith, and even MUSLIMS to thinking Christianity is the true religion of Allah (God) I could say this because Christians were handing out pamphlets in Arabic, English, Urdu, and other languages. A true Muslim will never leave his/her religion InshaAllah. It is soo important to not let misleading information such as answering-islam come up and give you wrong information about Islam, Quran, and the hadith.

    Thanks for sharing this, I learned something even better today 😛 Alhamdulilah.

    Asaalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

  11. Assalaamu’alaikum wr. wb.
    Great article. I am glad to see someone actually putting up facts about Islam.
    A true Religion doesn’t need to convince people to enter it fold by damaging the image of other religion. After some consultation of the Bible and neglecting the Koran, I discovered that Christianity is but a fabrication made possible by Saint Paul but built upon faint Christ Teaching.
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