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.