In Ibn Warraq ‘s book, Why I Am Not a Muslim, he writes:
Muhammad was not an original thinker; he did not formulate any new ethical principles, but merely borrowed from the prevailing cultural milieu. The eclectic nature of Islam has been recognized for a long time. Even Muhammad knew Islam was not a new religion and the revelation contained in the Quran merely confirmed the already existing scriptures. The prophet always claimed affiliations with the great religions of the Jews, Christians and others.
Many Qur’anic passages reflect Muhammad’s attempts to claim relationships with Jews and Christians, but despite his efforts, there were many inaccuracies about Christianity and Judaism in Muhammad’s revelations. As Christians and Jews pointed out the inaccuracies, Muhammad’s attitude toward them became hostile.
Here are 10 Qur’anic passages critical of Christians and their faith.
- Christians hid and overlooked their scriptures.
O People of the Scripture, there has come to you Our Messenger making clear to you much of what you used to conceal of the Scripture and overlooking much. There has come to you from Allah a light and a clear Book. – Sura 5:15
- Christians believe in three gods.
They have certainly disbelieved who say, ” Allah is the third of three.” And there is no god except one God. And if they do not desist from what they are saying, there will surely afflict the disbelievers among them a painful punishment. – Sura 5:73
- Christians believe in idols and false gods.
Have you not seen those who were given a portion of the Scripture, who believe in superstition and false objects of worship and say about the disbelievers, “These are better guided than the believers as to the way”? -Sura 4:51
- Allah has cursed Christians.
Those [Christians and Jews] are the ones whom Allah has cursed; and he whom Allah curses – never will you find for him a helper. – Sura 4:52
- Christians must believe what Allah has revealed to Muhammad; if not, Allah obliterate their faces or curse them as He did to the Sabbath-breakers by turning them into apes.
O you who were given the Scripture, believe in what We have sent down [to Muhammad], confirming that which is with you, before We obliterate faces and turn them toward their backs or curse them as We cursed the sabbath-breakers. And ever is the decree of Allah accomplished. – Sura 4:47
- Allah has stirred up hatred and animosity among Christians.
And from those who say, “We are Christians” We took their covenant; but they forgot a portion of that of which they were reminded. So We caused among them animosity and hatred until the Day of Resurrection. And Allah is going to inform them about what they used to do. – Sura 5:14
- Christians will burn in hell.
They have certainly disbelieved who say, ” Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary” while the Messiah has said, “O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.” Indeed, he who associates others with Allah – Allah has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers. – Sura 5:72
- Muslims cannot be friends of Christians.
O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people. – Sura 5:51
- Christians are deluded.
The Jews say, “Ezra is the son of Allah “; and the Christians say, “The Messiah is the son of Allah.” That is their statement from their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved [before them]. May Allah destroy them; how are they deluded? – Sura 9:30
- Christians are defiantly disobedient.
Say, “O People of the Scripture, do you resent us except [for the fact] that we have believed in Allah and what was revealed to us and what was revealed before and because most of you are defiantly disobedient?” – Sura 5:59
Since Muhammad’s time, Muslims have had a view shaped by the rejection of Muhammad’s message by Jews and Christians. These ten hostile Qur’anic passages have shaped the way Muslims see Christians and Jews, even today.
It also helps to affirm the Qur’anic command to . . .
“Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled (Sura 9:29)”
God, the Father of Christians, dearly loves all Muslims but they don’t realize it. Pray that God will reveal His Truth regarding the accuracy of Jewish and Christian scriptures to Muslims so they may see that Muhammad’s interpretations of Biblical passages were incorrect.