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 – #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.


“Turning Jerusalem into a Jewish City”

  • Jerusalem was first settled in 3500 BCE and known as Rusalimum according to Egyptian writings.
  • In 1003 BCE King David established Jerusalem as the capital of the kingdom of Israel.
  • In 164 BCE the Maccabee’s recaptured Jerusalem and restored the temple.
  • Jerusalem is mentioned in 767 versus of the Bible.

Muhammad was born in 570 CE. and Islam didn’t come until around 620.


2010 CE I  am reading some of the headlines and come across this again for like the 100th time:

Israel’s objective is to “turn Jerusalem into a Jewish city,” the Hezbollah leader said.

OK, there’s three possible responses I could have:

  1. Laugh out loud. In fact laugh so hard I start to cry.
  2. Become angry with the disgusting nature of these lies, and where they come from.
  3. Understand what the bigger picture is, reach a logical understanding, and move on.

I don’t fully understand the bigger picture yet. And cannot come to any logical conclusion. Except for the fact that there is a spiritual war going on. I know who will win, but this is just another reminder of the propaganda being spread across the media by Islamic idealist. And the ideal world of Islam consists of many millions of dead Christians and Jews.

What is my message? Find the truth, things are never as they seem.