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As a follow-up I found this: Muhammad was more likely a shaman than a prophet, let alone of god.
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This is a long text, which I've shorten and illustrated...
Muhammad and Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE) by Ali SinaMuhammad Prophet of God?
The man responsible for promoting Allah is Muhammad. He claimed that God's name was Allah and everybody just took his word for it. Muhammad is propagated by both Muslim, the Quran and the Hadith to be a prophet as well as the seal of prophets. However, when we examine Muhammad closely we will see that he is the furthest thing from a prophet. Now lets examine Muhammad to see if we should trust what he claims. (...)
He entered upon Khadija and said, "Cover me! Cover me!" They covered him till his fear was over and then he said, "O Khadija, what is wrong with me?" Then he told her everything that had happened and said, 'I fear that something may happen to me." KHADIJA SAID, 'Never! But have the glad tidings, for by Allah, Allah will never disgrace you as you keep good reactions with your Kith and kin, speak the truth, help the poor and the destitute, serve your guest generously and assist the deserving, calamity-afflicted ones." Khadija then accompanied him to (her cousin) Waraqa bin Naufal bin Asad bin 'Abdul 'Uzza bin Qusai. Waraqa was the son of her paternal uncle, i.e., her father's brother, (...) Waraqa asked, "O my nephew! What have you seen?" The Prophet described whatever he had seen.
WARAQA SAID, "This is the same Namus (i.e., Gabriel, the Angel who keeps the secrets) whom Allah had sent to Moses. I wish I were young and could live up to the time when your people would turn you out." Allah's Apostle asked, "Will they turn me out?" Waraqa replied in the affirmative and said: "Never did a man come with something similar to what you have brought but was treated with hostility. If I should remain alive till the day when you will be turned out then I would support you strongly." But after a few days Waraqa died and the Divine Inspiration was also paused for a while and the Prophet became so sad as we have heard that he intended several times to throw himself from the tops of high mountains and every time he went up the top of a mountain in order to throw himself down, Gabriel would appear before him and say, "O Muhammad! You are indeed Allah's Apostle in truth"...... Bukhari, 9,111.
Keep these highlighted parts in mind, they will be very usefull as we go along. We see that the Angel pressed poor old frightened Muhammad and forced him to read. One thing to note is the fact of why the angel didn't know that Muhammad was illiterate? Surely Gabriel wouldn't tell a man to read and who couldn't read. Also, notice that this so-called angel never claimed to be Gabriel! This came later on. His uncle Waraqa said it was Gabriel, not Muhammad. Why didn't Gabriel mention his name to Muhammad? Again, how come Gabriel told Muhammad to read when he was illiterate? Waraqa, a so-called Christian, is wrong too, because Gabriel never appeared to Moses. Even the Quran says that Allah appeared to Moses. What does this mean? It means that the beginning of Muhammad's call was based on error. 1.) The spirit never said it was Gabriel (this came later) 2.) Muhammad never claimed it was Gabriel, let alone an angel 3.) Waraqa said this Gabriel appeared to Moses when it was God who appeared to Moses. (...)
Ayesha reported that Haresah-b-Hisham asked the Apostle of Allah! How does revelation come to you? The Apostle of Allah said: Sometimes it comes to me like the ringing of a bell and that is the most troublesome to me; then it leaves me and indeed I remember what is said; and sometimes the angel assumes the form of a man for me and talks with me and I retain in memory what he says. Ayesha reported: And indeed I saw him while the revelation descended upon him on an intensely cold day; then it left him while his brow steamed with sweat. Obadah-b-Swamet reported that when a revelation came unto the prophet, he used to become greatly perturbed and his face became changed. (Mishkat IV, p. 259) And,
Ibn Ishaq says that, before the Revelation first began to descend upon him, Muhammad's friends feared that he was suffering from the evil eyes: and that, when it came upon him, almost the same illness attacked him again. What this particular malady was we can perhaps infer from the statements of the Traditionalists. Ali Halabi, in his Turkish work entitled 'Insanu'l Uyun', informs us that many people declared that Aminah, MUHAMMAD'S MOTHER, USED A SPELL in order to recover him from the influence of the evil eye. ("Mizanu'l Haqq" by C.G. Pfander D.D., pp. 345-356) (...)
Muhammad said to Khadijah, 'When I was lone I heard a cry: O Muhammad, O Muhammad'. In tradition it is stated that he said, 'I fear lest I should become a magician, lest one should proclaim me a follower of the Jinn'; and again: 'I fear lest there should be madness' (or demonic possession) in me'. After an accession of shivering and shutting his eyes, there used to come over him what resembled a swoon, HIS FACE [mouth?] WOULD FOAM, AND HE WOULD ROAR LIKE A YOUNG CAMEL. Abu Hurairah says: 'As for the Apostle of God, when inspiration descended on him, no one could raise his glance to him until the inspiration came to an end'. In Tradition it is stated that 'He was troubled thereat, AND HIS FACE FOAMED, AND HE CLOSED HIS EYES, AND PERCHANCE ROARED LIKE THE ROARING OF THE YOUNG CAMEL'. Umar ibnu'l Khattab says: 'When inspiration descended on the Apostle of God, there used to be heard near his face as it were the buzzing of bees'. ("Mizanu'l Haqq" by C.G. Pfander D.D., pp. 345-356)
This is absolutely amazing! Muslims call a man who foamed at the mouth a prophet. This is an ugly site and anybody seen in today's society would be considered insane or mentally sick, if they constantly foamed at the mouth. If you saw Muhammad in this situation you'd think that he had rabbies! Roaring like a camel? (...) One must wonder why only notable traits, found in common medium trances, are seen in Muhammad's prophetic encounters. Should we ignore all of this and claim that Muhammad was a prophet of God, though he had these experiences because Muslims want us too? (...)
What makes Muhammad so special from any other Shaman or Medium? Because he brought God's final message? The Bahai prophet and Joseph Smith of the Mormons claimed to have done the same thing "bring God's final message". So basically Muslims are left with nothing more than circular arguments by claming that Muhammad was a prophet. Hence, when you examine Muhammad you find out that he is far from being a prophet but considered more as a spiritist who indulged in shamanistic experiences (...)
The noted Quranic translator Rodwell observes:
At the same time, he was probably, more or less, throughout his whole career, the victim of certain amount of self-deception. A CATALEPTIC SUBJECT FROM HIS EARLY YOUTH, born-- according to the traditions-- of a HIGHLY NERVOUS AND EXCITABLE MOTHER, he would be peculiarly liable to MORBID AND FANTASTIC HALLUCINATIONS, and alterations of excitement and depression, which would win for him, in the eyes of his ignorant countrymen, the credit of being inspired. (Rodwell, J.M., The Koran, New York, 1977, p. 14) (...) Early biographers state that Muhammad had strange experiences while he was being cared for by his wet-nurse, Halima. On one occasion he fell down in a kind of stroke and when he finally stood up his face was quite livid. Ibn Ishaq states that two men clothed in white had seized him and opened his chest.
The myth around the story is that two angels took out his heart, cleansed it of impurity, and replaced it in his body! Other traditions say the cleansing and removing of Muhammad's heart happened just before the mi'raj. When the story is stripped of its fanciful features, one is left with a record of psychic experiences occurring during Muhammad's youth. Here is a Hadith talking about this experience from Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 227: Narrated Abbas bin Malik:
Malik bin Sasaa said that Allah's Apostle described to them his Night Journey saying, "While I was lying in Al-Hatim or Al-Hijr, SUDDENLY SOMEONE CAME TO ME AND CUT MY BODY OPEN FROM HERE TO HERE." I asked Al-Jarud who was by my side, "What does he mean?" He said, "It means from his throat to his pubic area," or said, "From the top of the chest." The Prophet further said, "He then took out my heart. Then a gold tray of Belief was brought to me and my heart was washed and was filled (with Belief) and then returned to its original place. Then a white animal which was smaller than a mule and bigger than a donkey was brought to me." (On this Al-Jarud asked, "Was it the Buraq, O Abu Hamza?" I (i.e. Anas) replied in the affirmative)........
Who Was Gabriel?
Muslims vehemently claim that it was the angel Gabriel who came to Muhammad, yet the Qur'an only once refers to Jibril as the medium of the revelation (2.97 -Chr.87th) while stating elsewhere that it came down with the Ruhul-Amin, the Faithful Spirit (26.193 -Chr.47th). The identification of Gabriel as the Qur'anic messenger is significantly only made in a very late passage of the Qur'an after Muhammad had had many dealings with Jews and Christians. This spirit never identified himself as Gabriel when Muhammad first met him. Waraqa first claimed this and then the spirit ironically claimed this. Also since the name Gabriel came in a very late passage of the Quran, this shows us that Muhammad didn't originally believe Waraqa's claim. He had to be around the Jews and Christians before finally deciding that it must have been Gabriel. A telling story indeed. "The pre-Islamic Arabs believed in the demon of poetry, and they thought that a great poet was directly inspired by demons...." (Tabari Vol. 9, page 167, note 1151)
This explains why Muhammad thought he was demon possessed, or influenced by demons; the Quran in many places reads like typical Arabic poetry. These supernatural spirits or demons were called Jinn. We see that in the Quran, Satan was ONE OF THE JINN! Hmm, very interesting because if we are to accept Muhammad's claim about Allah being Yahweh then it is imperative for us to look deeper into this matter. (...)
Muhammad invited people to come and consult with the jinn every chance he got! How are we supposed to accept the testimony of a man like this? Because he was God's apostle? Based on what evidence? The words of Allah as well as Satan, in the Satanic Verses, were spoken by the mouth of Muhammad, which eliminates this possibility of Muhammad being God's prophet. If a person consults with Jinn, he is a shaman or a medium and not a prophet. Notice how Yahweh hated divination and Allah seems to allow it. Strange isn't it.
From the Hadith of Bukhari, Volume 7, # 660. Narrated Aisha:
MAGIC WAS WORKED ON ALLAH'S APOSTLE so that he used to think that he had sexual relations with his wives while he actually had not (Sufyan said: THAT IS THE HARDEST KIND OF MAGIC as it has such an effect). Then one day he said, "O 'Aisha do you know that Allah has instructed me concerning the matter I asked Him about? Two men came to me and one of them sat near my head and the other sat near my feet. The one near my head asked the other. What is wrong with this man?' The latter replied the is under the effect of magic The first one asked, Who has worked magic on him?' The other replied Labid bin Al-A'sam, a man from Bani Zuraiq who was an ally of the Jews and was a hypocrite.' The first one asked, What material did he use)?' The other replied, 'A comb and the hair stuck to it.' The first one asked, 'Where (is that)?' The other replied. 'In a skin of pollen of a male date palm tree kept under a stone in the well of Dharwan' '' So the Prophet went to that well and took out those things and said "That was the well which was shown to me (in a dream) Its water looked like the infusion of Henna leaves and its date-palm trees looked like the heads of devils." The Prophet added, "Then that thing was taken out' I said (to the Prophet ) "Why do you not treat yourself with Nashra?" He said, "Allah has cured me; I DISLIKE TO LET EVIL SPREAD AMONG MY PEOPLE." This Tradition is also found in Bukhari 4.490, 7.658, 7.660, 7.661, 8.89, 8:400. (...)
Few people are aware of Muhammad's suicide attempts. Following his initial visitation by a spiritual being, that claimed to be Gabriel, Muhammad was frantic with fear and attempted suicide. He walked up to the top of a mountain and intended to throw himself off a cliff. This same being that caused his fear then intervened. Later, over the course of up to the next three years, the visitations by this spirit became rare, and Muhammad would then again attempt suicide in a like manner. Again, it was only due to the intervention of this being that Muhammad did not kill himself. (...)
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Aisha could not see Gabriel
Bukhari 4.440, 'Aisha said that the Prophet said to her "O 'Aisha' This is Gabriel and he sends his (greetings) salutations to you." 'Aisha said, "Salutations ... and addressing the Prophet SHE SAID, "YOU SEE WHAT I DON'T SEE."
This is very important for the reader to recognize, Muhammad saw a spirit in which nobody else saw. This again is precarious because in order to believe that Gabriel came we would have to accept only the testimony of Muhammad. It's one thing to be visited by an angel and you are by yourself but to claim that one came without anybody else seeing him in the same room is another story. Muhammad was hallucinating or he was bewitched into seeing things that wasn't there. Either way why should we accept his testimony about Allah? You can't even verify that Gabriel was present. Even Muhammad's companions didn't see him, which leaves him as a witness unto himself.
"Gabriel" won't go into a house with a dog or a picture. Bukhari 4.450, Once Gabriel promised the Prophet (that he would visit him, but Gabriel did not come) and later on he said, "We, angels, do not enter a house which contains a picture or a dog." (...)
Other people recognize "Gabriel" as a person they knew.
Bukhari 4.827, I got the news that Gabriel came to the Prophet while Um Salama was present. Gabriel started talking (to the Prophet and then left. The Prophet said to Um Salama, "(Do you know) who it was?" (or a similar question). She said, "It was Dihya (a handsome person amongst the companions of the Prophet )." Later on Um Salama said, "By Allah! I thought HE WAS NONE BUT DIHYA, till I heard the Prophet talking about Gabriel in his sermon.? .....
Here is the quote from "The Life of Muhammad", page 461. Note here that these men also recognized this "Gabriel" as the same person Um Salama saw him as - "Dihya"! Why did Gabriel take this merchants form twice? According to what al-Zuhri told me, at the time of the noon prayers Barbiel came to the apostle wearing an embroidered turban and riding on a mule with a saddle covered with a piece of brocade. ..... The apostle passed by a number of his companions in al-Saurayn before he got to the B. Qurayza and asked if anyone had passed them. They replied that DIHYA B. KHALIFA AL-KALBI had passed upon a white mule with a saddle covered with a piece of brocade. He said, "THAT WAS GABRIEL who has been sent to B. Qurayza to shake their castles and strike terror to their hearts." (Ibid)
You see my friends; Gabriel was either a hallucination or Dihya. Everybody that came in contact with Gabriel never saw him or recognized him as a known companion!!! So in order for us to believe that this was Gabriel we must ignore the countless people who saw Dihya and other?s who never saw Muhammad talking to anybody!!! Even Khadja never saw Gabriel after Muhammad was first visited. This Gabriel was very strange and only Muhammad saw him making him a witness unto himself, which disqualifies him as a prophet based on what God said in the O.T. dealing with the verification of any claim using more than one witness.
Gabriel prayed for Muhammad to be healed, but Muhammad wasn't healed. From the Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir, vol. 1, page 265 The apostle of Allah fell ill and he i.e. Gabriel, chanted on him, saying, "In the name of Allah I chant on to ward off from you every thing that harms you and (to ward off you) against every envier and from every evil eye and Allah will heal you." How could evil overtake the Seal of Prophets? How come Gabriel couldn't even get a prayer through? Is it because this Gabriel impostor was a jinn who used Muhammad like a cheap suit? Yes.
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