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Mahomet and Mohammedanism: Part 2. Part 1 can be found in lower left hand column.
When questioned, how without miracles, which Mohomet did none, can he prove who he was and who sent him? The common answer is; “the Koran itself is the greatest of all miracles; for it is known that Mahomet, was an illiterate person, whom could neither write nor read.” Mahomet himself also frequently insists, challenging in several places of the Koran, “that if both men and devils united their skills they could not compose any thing equal to the Koran, or any part of it.” So they conclude, and as they think, infallibly, that this book could come from none other but God himself; and that Mahomet, from whom they received it, was his messenger to bring it unto them.
In the eighth year of his mission, his party grew formidably at Mecca. So the city passed a decree, by which they forbade anyone else to join themselves with him.
But this did not affect him, while his uncle Abu Taleb lived to protect him. But his uncle died two years after and the government of the city fell into the hands of Mahomet’s enemies. A new opposition was renewed against him and soon put a stop to any further progress or growth at Mecca.
His wife Cadiga was now dead, after living with him 22 years, so he took for himself two other wives, Ayesha, the daughter of Abubeker, and Lewda, the daughter of Zama; adding to them a third named Hapsa, the daughter of Omar. So now he was the son-in-law to three of the principal men of his party, and by this he strengthened his interest considerably. Ayesha, is said to have been only six years old; on which account the completion of that marriage was deferred, though not for many years, for eastern women married very early in life.
In the 12th year of Mahmot’s mission is placed the mesra, that in, his famous night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem, and from there to heaven; of which he writes us, in the 17the chapter of the Koran. The people calling on him for miracles to prove this mission, and finding himself unable, or being unwilling to resolve the matter, he invented this story of his journey to heaven, the story, as related in the Koran, and believed by all Mahomet’s followers.
He claims, at night as he lay in his bed with his best beloved wife Ayesha, he heard a knocking at his door; upon which, arising, he found there the angel Gabriel, with seventy pair of wings, expanded from his sites, whiter than snow, and clearer than crystal, and the beast Alborak standing by him; which, they say, is the beast on which the prophets used to rids, when they were carried from one place to another, upon the execution of any divine command.
As soon as Mahomet appeared at the door, Gabriel kindly embraced him, saluted him in the name of God, and told him, that he was sent to bring him unto God into heaven; where he should see strange mysteries, which were lawful to be seen by any other man. (Sounds like Paul’s comments found in 2 Cor.12:4, “How that he (Paul) was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” a verse written hundreds of years before Mahomet was born.
Gabriel prayed him then to get upon Alborak; but the beast having lain idle and unemployed from the time of Christ to Mahomet, had grown so mettlesome and skittish, that he would not stand still for Mahomet to mount him, till at length he was forced to bribe him to it, by promising him a place in Paradise. When he was firmly seated on him, Gabriel led the way with the bridle of the beast in his hand, and carried the prophet from Mecca to Jerusalem in the twinkling of an eye. (this sounds like 1 Cor.15:52.) Mahomet appears to have hijacked particular verses from the Scriptures and twisted them to fit his own interests, so is it any wander he Mahomet claimed the gospels to have been corrupted?
On his coming to Jerusalem, all the departed prophets and saints appeared at the gate of the temple to salute him; and, thence attended him into the chief oratory, desired him to pray for them, and then withdrew. After this, Mahomet went out of the temple with Gabriel, and found a ladder of light ready fixed for them, when they immediately ascended leaving Alborak (the beast) tied to a rock till their return. This is stolen from Gen.2912, “He (Jacob) beheld a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.”
On this arrival he claimed to enter into 7 heavens. At the first the angel knocked at the gate; and informed the porter who he was, and that he had brought Mahomet, the friend of God, so he was immediately admitted. This first heaven was said to be of pure silver; from whence he saw the stars hanging from it by chains of gold, each as big as mount Noho near Mecca, in Araba. On his entrance he met a decrepit old man, who was our first father Adam; and, as he advanced, he saw a multitude of angels in all manner of shapes; in the shape of birds, beasts, and men. We must not forget to observe, that Adam had the piety immediately to embrace the prophet, giving God thanks for so great a son; and then recommended himself to his prayers.
From the first heaven, he tells us that he ascended into the second that was at the distance of five hundred years’ journey above it; and this was also the distance of every one of the seven heavens, each above the others. Here the gates being opened to him as before, at his entrance he met Noah, who, rejoicing much at the sight of him, recommended himself to his prayers. This heaven was all of pure gold, and there were twice as many angels in it as in the former; for he tells us that the number of angels in every heaven increased as he advanced. From the second heaven he ascended in the third, which was made of precious stones, where he met Abraham, who also recommended himself to his prayers; Joseph, the son of Jacob, did the same in the fourth heaven, which was all of emerald; Moses in the fifth, which was all of adamant; and John the Baptist in the sixth, which was all of divine light, and here he found Jesus Christ.
However it is observed that here he alters his style; for he does not say that Jesus Christ recommended himself to his prayers, but that he recommended himself to the prayers of Jesus Christ.
Now he claims to have traveled alone to the throne of God. When he arrived he heard a voice, say to him, “O Mahomet, salute thy Creator.” He ascended higher he came to a place where he saw a vast expansion of light, so bright that his eyes could not look upon it. This was the habitation of the Almighty, where his throne was place; on the right side of which he said was God’s name and his own, both were written in these Arabic words; “La ellab ellallah Mahomet refuul ollah,” that is, “There is no God but God, and Mahomet is His prophet,” which is the creed of the Muslims today.
When he returned to Mecca with this story it was deemed so grossly ridiculous, that it caused a revolt of many of his disciples which made his stay at Mecca no longer practicable. What he lost at Mecca, he gained at Medina a city 270 miles northwest from Mecca; which was inhabited, by Jews, and by heretical Christians. The two did not agree and many feuds broke out between them, so much so, one party, exasperated against the other, went over to Mahomet. Thus we are told, that in the thirteenth year of his mission, there came to him from thence 73 men and two women. Twelve of these he retained awhile with him at Mecca, to instruct them in his new religion; then sent them back to Medina, as his twelve apostles, there to teach it in that town, and so great was their success they drew many citizens to Mahomet.
Now Mahomet had a town at his command, (sounds something like Isis is attempting to do today) so he entered upon a new scheme. For thirteen years he preached his religion, but for the next ten years of his life he took to the sword, and fought for that religion. Now his message was no longer to be propagated by convincing people of his supposed truth, but by terror and the sword. He commanded his followers therefore to arm themselves and slay with the sword all that would not embrace it, unless they submitted to pay a yearly tribute for the redemption of their lives (recently Isis made the same demands on those who would not submit; it looks as if the beast has returned!) Having erected his standard, he called his army to come to it prepared for war; and his followers being many made several successful expeditions and finally succeeded in establishing his religion in almost every part of his own country. After his death Mohammedanism spread over a far greater extent of territory than even Christianity itself. He was buried in the place where he died, which was in the chamber of his best-beloved wife, at Medina.
Phil LaSpino www.seekfirstwisdom.com
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