Yahweh’s Servant Revisited Pt. 1
More evidence of Muhammad being a false prophet
In the following articles and rebuttals,
We refuted the assertion that Muhammad was the servant predicted in Isaiah 42 and even showed how this prophecy actually proves that he was a false prophet (in fact, an antichrist!). Here we are going to provide further evidence from Isaiah 42 that Muhammad could not have possibly been an apostle inspired by the true God.
Isaiah prophesied that a day would come when God would humiliate and chasten all those who worship carved images or idols:
“They shall be turned back and utterly put to shame—those who trust in carved images, who say to cast images, ‘You are our gods.’” Isaiah 42:17
Muhammad, on the other hand, kissed and even caressed the black stone idol worshiped by the pagans at Mecca as part of the rites, which he commanded all Muslims to observe at least once in their lives (provided they can afford to do so).
Narrated 'Abis bin Rabia:
'Umar came near the Black Stone and kissed it and said “No doubt, I know that you are a stone and can neither benefit anyone nor harm anyone. Had I not seen Allah's Apostle kissing you I would not have kissed you." (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 26, Number 667)
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Ibn 'Abbas narrated that he used to kiss the Black Stone AND PROSTRATE HIMSELF ON IT. Related by Al-Hakim and Al-Baihaqi.
Reference: Bulugh al-Maram 747
In-book reference: Book 6, Hadith 40
English translation: Book 6, Hadith 766 (Sunnah.com; capital and underline emphasis ours)
The following lengthy citation provides some additional details concerning the ways in which Muhammad and his followers venerated (and continue to venerate) this inanimate stone object:
It is Sunnah to perform certain acts in tawaf as given below:
Facing the Black Stone at the start of the tawaf while uttering a takbir (Allahu-Akbar), and a tahlil (La ilaha illahlah), and raising one's hands as they are raised in prayers, and if possible touching it with both hands and kissing it quietly, or placing one's cheek on it. Otherwise, one may touch it with one's hand and kiss the hand, or touch it with something, and then kiss it, or if even that is not possible, one may just point to it with a stick, etc. as is mentioned in some of the ahadith given below.
Ibn 'Umar said: “Allah's Messenger faced the Black Stone, touched it, and then placed his lips on it and wept for a long time.” 'Umar also wept for a long time. The Prophet said: 'O 'Umar, this is the place where one should shed tears.” (Reported by Al-Hakim, who considers it a sound hadith with a sound chain of authorities)
It is reported by Ibn 'Abbas that 'Umar bent down towards the Black Stone and said: "By Allah! I know that you are A MERE STONE, and if I had not seen my beloved Prophet kissing you and touching you I would have never done so." The Qur'an says: "You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct)."' (Qur'an 33.32) This was reported by Ahmad and others in slightly different words.
Nafi' said, “I have seen Ibn 'Umar touching the Black Stone with his hand, and then kissing his hand and saying: 'Ever since I saw the Prophet doing this, I have never failed to do that.''' (Reported by Bukhari and Muslim)
Sowayd bin Ghaflah said: "I have seen 'Umar kissing the Black Stone and touching it." He further said: "I know that the Prophet was especially very particular about it.'' (Muslim)
Ibn 'Umar reported that Allah's Messenger used to come to Ka'bah, touch the Black Stone and then say: Bismillahi wallahu akbar (In the name of Allah, Allah is the Greatest.)" (Ahmad)
Muslim has reported on the authority of Abu Tufail that he said: "I have seen the Prophet making tawaf around the Ka'bah and touching it with a stick and then kissing the stick."
Bukhari, Muslim and Abu Daw'ud reported that 'Umar approached the Black Stone and kissed it. Then he said: "I know that you are A MERE STONE that can neither harm nor do any good. If I had not seen the Prophet kissing you, I would have never kissed you."
Al-Khatabi said: "This shows that abiding by the Sunnah of the Prophet is binding, regardless of whether or not we understand its reason or the wisdom behind it."
Such information devolves obligation on all those whom it reaches, even if they may not fully comprehend its significance. It is known, however, that kissing the Black Stone signifies respect for it, recognition of our obligation toward it, and using it as a means of seeking Allah's blessings. Indeed Allah has preferred some stones over others, as He preferred some countries and cities, days and nights, and months over others. The underlying spirit of all this is unquestioning submission to Allah.
In some ahadith which say that "the Black Stone is Allah's right hand on earth," we do find, however, a plausible rationale and justification for this statement. In other words whosoever touches the Black Stone he pledges allegiance to Allah, as it were, by giving his hand into the hand of Allah, just as some followers do pledge their fealty to their kings and masters, by kissing and shaking hands with them.
Al-Muhallib said: “The hadith of 'Umar refutes the assertions of those who say that ‘The Black Stone is Allah's right hand on earth wherewith He shakes the hands of His slaves.’” God forbid that we should ascribe any physical organs to Allah [sic]. The commandment to kiss the Black Stone is meant to test and to demonstrate palpably as to who obeys and submits. It may be compared with the command to Iblis to bow to Adam.
We have no definite evidence, however, to believe that any of the stones used in building the Ka'bah originally (by Ibrahim and Isma'il), is still in existence today excepting the Black Stone. (Sayyid Saabiq, Fiqh-Us-Sunnah, Volume 5: Tawaf or Circumambulation around Ka'bah, Number 74b; bold, capital, and italicized emphasis ours)
Pay close attention to how Muhammad would touch and kiss the black stone, as well as place his cheek on it, taking its station as a place for weeping. Muhammad would also kiss his hand after touching the stone, and he would use a stick to reach it and then kiss that if he was unable to reach it. And even though they didn’t (and still don’t) understand the wisdom behind it the Muslims continue(d) to implement this practice of their prophet since they thought/think that they would/will receive a blessing by doing so.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, the above reference asserts that some Muslims actually believed that the black stone is Allah’s right hand on earth and that to touch it is equivalent to shaking the right hand of Allah!
But that’s not all. According to another report the black stone will actually intercede for Muslims on the Day of Judgment:
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Ibn Abbas narrated that: The Messenger of Allah said about the (Black) Stone: "By Allah! Allah will raise it on the Day of Resurrection with two eyes by which it sees and a tongue that it speaks with, testifying to whoever touched it in truth."
Grade: Hasan (Darussalam)
Reference: Jami` at-Tirmidhi 961
In-book reference: Book 9, Hadith 155
English translation: Vol. 2, Book 4, Hadith 961 (Sunnah.com; underline emphasis ours)
Sunan Ibn Majah
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It was narrated that Sa’eed bin Jubair said: I heard Ibn ‘Abbas say: The Messenger of Allah said: “This Stone will be brought on the Day of Resurrection, and it will be given two eyes with which to see, and a tongue with which to speak, and it will bear witness for those who touched it in sincerity.”
Grade: Hasan (Darussalam)
English reference: Vol. 4, Book 25, Hadith 2944
Arabic reference: Book 25, Hadith 3057 (Sunnah.com; underline emphasis ours)
In the next part we will see how this idolatrous veneration of a stone object condemns Muhammad as nothing more than a pagan masquerading as a preacher of monotheism.