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.

How Muhammad Broke the 10 Commandments – #2 Thou shalt have no other gods before me

Last time I wrote about the 1st commandment, today we’ll talk about the 2nd which is found in Exodus chapter 20 versus 3 to 6. The entire section reads like this:

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

It certainly makes perfect sense that YHWH would be a jealous God. Just think about it once. He created you, me, and everything that we can see and beyond what we have not yet seen. He desires that we love Him and keep His commandments so that He can show us mercy.
All I have to do is think about my son. I did not create him, but he came from me. I want him to love me and obey me. More than anything it would break my heart if he were to hate me and look after other role models in his life. And that’s just me with a son that I did not form, I did not choose that he would be a boy versus girl, I did not choose his eye colour, how tall he would grow up to be. No all of this was designed by God. How much more would He not be jealous of us, than a human father who has not done nearly as much as YHWH, who created every single tiny cell inside of us?
I believe that Yahweh has every right to command us to have no other gods but Him. And to serve Him, not idols.

Did Muhammad have any other gods but YHWH?

As we determined in the 1st commandment. Muhammad wrote about another God “Allah” in the Qur’an that conflicts with the descriptions we know of YHWH. So it is very clear that he also broke the 2nd commandment to have no other god but YHWH.

But did Muhammad worship anything other than Allah? Muslims will say he did not. But Muhammad did take a graven image used by pagans before Islam came about, and kissed it which today all Muslims do when they visit Mecca their highest place of worship.
This image is called the Black Stone, which Muhammad says was placed there by Abraham and Ishmael, but his own writings prove that it was not and only existed after Abraham died.
So Muhammad did break “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”. Which is enough. But what else is there?

Muslims will agree, and it is recorded in several places that Muhammad did worship pagan idols, but will quickly say that it was before his “prophetic ministry” began so it doesn’t count.
Let’s just say that it doesn’t count when it comes to the legitimacy of Islam, but Muhammad during his life did worship gods other than Allah.

In summary, we know from last time that it’s not possible that Muhammad even declared YHWH as his God, so it’s a given that he also broke the 2nd commandment of having no other gods beside YHWH. But even beside that, Muhammad also had a graven image used by pagans which is still stilling in Mecca today, and he worshiped other gods beside Allah before starting Islam.

How Muhammad Broke the 10 Commandments – #1 I am the Lord thy God

This is the first in a series of 10 articles where I hope to study each of the 10 commandments and show in a clear way how the prophet or messenger of Islam broke each and every one of them.

The first commandment is found in the book of Exodus chapter 20 verse 2:

“I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”

It’s a declaration of the belief in God. The foundation on which the entire set of commandments sit. It’s a declaration that yes, I Arthur Wiebe believe that YHWH is my God. And just so that there is no mistaking it, the original words used are “I Yahweh Elohim-of you who I-brought-forth”  (Ref)
So it’s absolutely clear that the first commandment is a declaration in the Belief of Yahweh and no other God. It’s not generic applying to any “god” that we can come up with, it’s a very specific commandment or declaration.

Did Muhammad Declare YHWH as his God?

Well let’s take a look. First of all we should determine who is Allah, and what is Muhammad in relation to Allah, and who does Muhammad declare as his god?

According to Wikipedia, Allah “In Arabic, the word means simply “the God.””
It does not of itself refer to any specific god or person. So we need to determine if Muhammad ever declared Yahweh as his God.

The following quote shows that in Islam Allah is very specific to a single god, and it cannot reference multiple gods.

“The unique usage of Allah as a personal name of God is a reflection of Islam’s emphasis on the purity of the belief in God which is the essence of the message of all God’s messengers. Because of this, Islam considers associating any deity or personality with God as a deadly sin which God will never forgive, despite the fact He may forgive all other sins.” – Ref

The Muslim Shahadah also declares that there is only one god Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger.

The Shahadah: Ash hadu ala ilah ha ilahlah wa ash hadu anna Muhammadah Rasullulah.
Translated, it says; “I testify that there is no god but allah and I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

It seems obvious that even though the term Allah itself means the same thing as God in English or Elohim in Hebrew, in Islam it is used to refer to a very specific person. You can find a description of the person in the 99 names of Allah.
Some say that both Allah and YHWH are the same person. Let’s use the descriptive names of the Hebrew YHWH and the Islam Allah.

I don’t want to drag this on for too long, so let’s just use name number 61 Al-Mumīt which means “The Destroyer, The Bringer of Death”
OK so perhaps you’re saying this is unfair. Why don’t you choose another name such as “Aṣ-Ṣamad – The Eternal, The Absolute, The Self-Sufficient”?
Here’s why, it may be that the names have a lot of similarities, but the key here is the differences.

OK so I went through all the names I can find. You can find a list on wikipedia as well. The closest descriptive name that I can find for the Hebrew God which means something close to “The Destroyer, The Bringer of Death” is “Mechayeh Metim -“Lifegiver to the Dead””

Does that make my point clear enough? How about some simple logic:

allah = "The Destroyer, The Bringer of Death"
yhwh =  "Lifegiver to the Dead"
if (allah == yhwh):  Muhammad did not break commandment number 1
else: He did

Don’t you think that it’s very clear that Allah is not YHWH? It really does seem obvious.

There’s no need to go on here, Muhammed did not declare YHWH as his God, and as a result he broke the first of the 10 commandments.