How Muhammad Broke the 10 Commandments – #4 Remember the Sabbath Day

432px-Shofar_for_the_Sabbath_from_the_Matson_Collection,_ca._1934-39_(LOC)This is the 4th blog post in a series on how the prophet Muhammad of Islam broke all 10 of the 10 commandments that God gave to His people.

The 4th commandment is written in Exodus chapter 20 verses 8 to 11 and says:

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

This commandment is really quite simple. It says to rest on the 7th day of the week which is Saturday. The word sabbath simply means “day of rest”. There is no need to make this commandment more complex than it is. The day of rest was created by God when he created the world, and has nothing to do with the people of Israel and was not done away with by Jesus Christ. This day of rest was created for humanity and is our battery charger for the week.

Did Muhammad Remember the Sabbath Day?

In the Quran Al-Baqara verse 65 it says:

And certainly you have known those among you who exceeded the limits of the Sabbath, so We said to them: Be (as) apes, despised and hated.

There is another whole story behind this verse, but it is plain to see that the Sabbath was important to Muhammad. Especially since Allah made those who broke it into apes according to this verse.

Also in the Quran, An-Nisa verse 154:

And We lifted the mountain (Sainai) over them at (the li taking of the covenant) and We said to them: Enter the door making obeisance; and We said to them: Do not exceed the limits of the Sabbath, and We made with them a firm covenant.

Again you can see that Muhammad recognized the sabbath day. But did he keep it?

It’s interesting to see that later on in the Quran, Muhammad changes his mind about the Sabbath, and falsely claims that it was only ordained for those who differed about it. Most likely this was caused by him wanting to separate himself from the Jewish people. In An-Nahl verse 124 he wrote:

The Sabbath was ordained only for those who differed about it, and most surely your Lord will judge between them on the resurrection day concerning that about which they differed.

And Muhammad made Friday the sabbath for Muslims.

So Muhammad broke the 4th commandment in the following 2 ways:

  1. He disregarded it by saying it’s only ordained for those who differ.
  2. He deliberately broke it by changing it to Friday. And said every nation has their own day of rest. Muslims have Friday, Jews have Saturday, and Christians have Sunday. When in fact he changed it to Friday to build a separation from the Jews, just like Christians did in the day of Constantine when they moved to Sunday.

Many people think of this as a minor, maybe non-relevant commandment, and it’s really easy to think that way. Nothing bad happens to us if we do not keep this commandment, at least that we are able to see.
But I’m sure YHWH created the 7th day with a purpose, and even if we don’t see why we should remember it, I’m sure there are blessings for those who do.

How Muhammad Broke the 10 Commandments – #3 Do Not Take the Name of God in Vain

raganoathThe 3rd commandment is found in Exodus chapter 20 verse 7 and says:

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God (Yahweh Elohim) in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

This commandment is interpreted by many beyond what it actually says, but the primary and most simple interpretation is that you are not to make an oath or swear by the name of God and not fulfil that oath.

Did Muhammad Break an Oath Sworn in the Name of YHWH?

To be honest, I’ve not been able to find any information that Muhammad ever swore in the name of YHWH. Kind of interesting don’t you think? Or rather obvious because he did not know YHWH. So we could say that Muhammad did not break this commandment. But a Muslim could try and argue that Allah and the God of Jesus are the same. So let’s take a look at the life of Muhammad and see if he ever broke a oath he made in the name of Allah.

First of all Muhammad said this about swearing:

Narrated ‘Umar: The Prophet said, “If anybody has to take an oath, he should swear only by Allah.” The people of Quraish used to swear by their fathers, but the Prophet said, “Do not swear by your fathers.”

But what if Muhammad actually swore by a name other than Allah?
Well that’s exactly what happened. In the following narration:

2706. It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said: “A man came to the Prophet H; and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, tell me, which of the people has most right to my good companionship?’ He said: ‘Yes, by your father, you will certainly be told.’ – Ref

As you can see, and I made the text bold so it’s clear, Muhammad clearly swore by this man’s father. Later on in the same conversation Muhammad again swears but this time by Allah.
This conversation also took place after the beginning of what is called his prophetic ministry, so sorry but there is no excuse for him in this case.

Now let’s go a little further. In the Quran the following is written in Section 66 (At-Tahrim) verse 1 and 2:

1) O Prophet! why do you forbid (yourself) that which Allah has made lawful for you; you seek to please your wives; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

2) Allah indeed has sanctioned for you the expiation of your oaths and Allah is your Protector, and He is the Knowing and the Wise.

Again to make it clear, I’ve set the text in bold. This basically means that if the man is not able to fulfil an oath that he swore, Allah will compensate for the man. It sounds like Muhammad needed a way out in case he wasn’t able to keep the 3rd commandment. And that’s exactly what he needed. He needed a “revelation” giving him a way out of his oath.
The At-Tahrim actually refers to the following story:

“It is related that Mohammed was alone in company (with sexual purpose) with Mary in Ayshah’s or Hafsah’s turn. Hafsah became aware of that and therefore scolded him about it. He declared he had taken an oath, but admitted his unlawful behaviour, therefore these verses descended.” (“Mizanu’l Haqq, page 330). (The “Mishkat” names Zainab instead of Hafsah – “Mishkat” II, pages 680-681).

Mohammad basically took an oath that he would not have a sexual relationship with his wife Mary in return for another one of his wives, Hafsah who found out that he had sexual intercourse with Mary when it wasn’t her turn, not telling this to all Muhammad’s other wives, especially his favorite wife Aishah who he had married when she was only 9 years old.
It doesn’t say in what name Muhammad made the oath, so we will just assume he followed his own rule this time and swore in the name of Allah.
In that case if Allah was the same god as the God of Jesus, then Muhammad did break the 3rd commandment. If you say the 3rd commandment is against breaking an oath sworn in the name of God, then he most certainly broke it without a doubt.

And that’s really what it comes down to for this one. If you say that Allah of Islam is the same God (Allah) as the Jewish and Christian God, which Muslims tell me all the time is the case. Then Muhammad did break the 3rd commandment.

Otherwise, Muhammad only broke his own commandment in swearing by another name other than Allah.