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Time To Get Cluey About Islam, Allah and the Adhan

Mar 26, 2019

If you rely solely on the mainstream media to get your information about Islam – or anything else for that matter – you will likely be quite ignorant, uninformed, misled and clueless. Given how many folks fit that description, we obviously have far too many folks glued to the teat of the MSM propaganda machine.

Just as shocking in my eyes is the fact that so many Christians are completely clueless about Islam – and perhaps their own faith as well. When you get Christians trying to tell you that we all worship the same God, and that Allah is Yahweh, you know we have massive levels of ignorance to deal with.

And examples of this are always so easy to come by. Just yesterday on the social media there was a Christian guy who actually said this: “Correct me if I’m wrong, but ‘Allah’ means the one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This is the same God Muslims, Jews and Christians worship. Correct?”

He did go on to say this: “What I’m trying to clarify and understand myself is that ‘Allah’ is the Arabic (not Islamic) name for God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So their call to prayer is essentially saying there is no other God but the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

Well, at least he said he wanted clarification, so that I sought to offer him. I let him know that he certainly was NOT correct in this. I offered him some of the following articles that explains this in great detail:

www.billmuehlenberg.com/2011/10/24/no-islam-and-christianity-are-not-the-same/
billmuehlenberg.com/2016/01/01/no-muslims-and-christians-do-not-worship-the-same-god/
www.billmuehlenberg.com/2007/08/16/what-to-make-of-allah/
www.billmuehlenberg.com/2007/08/19/no-we-do-not-worship-the-same-god/

Any one of those articles would immediately dispel any mistaken notions that Islam and Christianity have plenty in common, or that we both worship the same God. But I also addressed his faulty understanding of the Islamic call to prayer, the adhan, or azaan, which is broadcast five times a day in Islamic nations.

There are various English versions of this famous Arabic prayer, and here are two translations:

I bear witness that there is no god except the One Allah.
I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah
Hurry to the prayer
Hurry to success
Prayer is better than sleep
Allah is Great
There is no god except the One Allah

God is the greatest.
I testify that there is no God but Allah.
I testify that Mohammed is God’s Prophet.
Come to prayer.
Come to security/salvation.
God is the greatest.
There is no God but Allah.

It should be pretty clear what is being said here. Only Allah is God, and only Muhammad is his prophet. It does NOT countenance other gods and faiths. Indeed, most of you would have heard part of the Arabic of this prayer: Allahu Akbar, or “Allah is great,” or more accurately “Allah is greater”.

We hear this repeatedly when a Muslim commits an act of terror and jihad. Yet the media usually gets it wrong. As mentioned, it is not that ‘God is great,’ but that ‘Allah is greatest,’ above all others, including all other gods, all governments, all laws, etc. This is a declaration that Jesus or Krishna or Yahweh are not the greatest, nor is the US Constitution or any other man-made law systems.

So Islam and submission to Allah takes priority over all human legislation, law and loyalty, and it rules out all other faiths, including Christianity. Again, for more on all this, refer to some of the articles I link to above. But bear in mind the significance of all this.

When churches or Western parliaments allow the adhan to be prayed there, they are allowing Muslims to declare that the church or government must come under full submission to Allah. Recall that New Zealand’s Prime Minister Ardern did this very thing just recently.

Either this is utter cluelessness, or the deliberate move to proclaim that Islam is paramount and takes priority over all earthly governments. Hmm, most nations would normally consider something like that be treasonous. But now we have brainless Western leaders stumbling over each other as they invite Muslim leaders into official government buildings to pray that prayer.

If you are still in doubt, let me quote from just one Islamic source on this. The Omdat Al-Ahkam is one of the very important books on Islamic law. In it we find these words: “Adhan is a very important ritual in the religious practice of Islam, one can liken it to the Muslim flag. Its proclamation shows that the people of the city are Muslims.”

Wow, did you get that? When the adhan is recited in a Western country, especially in a Western seat of government, the intention is to establish Islam as the true authority of the land. As one ex-Muslim states, it “shows power and control over the country”.
www.jihadwatch.org/2018/02/ex-imam-says-muslim-call-to-prayer-shows-power-and-control-over-the-country

So while clueless politicians in New Zealand and elsewhere sit back and applaud Islamic prayers being said in their parliaments and over their airwaves, devout Muslims are establishing a beachhead in the land, with the aim of fully taking it over for Allah.

This is also true of the establishment of the mosque. As I wrote in an earlier piece, the setting up of a mosque does indeed establish a beachhead in the infidel’s land. I quoted one expert on this: “A mosque is a symbol of this ultimate authority and serves the function of organizing every aspect of life in a Muslim community. Mosques are modeled after the first mosque established by Mohammed in Medina, which was a seat of government, a command center, a court, a school, and a military training center and depot for arms.”
billmuehlenberg.com/2014/03/28/the-significance-of-the-mosque/

And let me take this a bit further. Consider the opening lines of the adhan, the Shahada: “I witness that there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” This is the Islamic Creed and one of the five pillars of Islam. Once again, no true Christian could just glibly go along with this, as it undermines the very core of the Christian faith.

Consider also the Al-Fatihah, the first surah or chapter of the Quran, which is a short prayer to Allah, and an essential part of Islamic worship. One version of it goes as follows:

In the name of Allah, the merciful and compassionate
1:2 Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds
1:3 The merciful and compassionate
1:4 Ruler of the day of judgment
1:5 [It is thee] we serve and [it is thee] we implore for help
1:6 Guide us to (or show us) the path of the straight (i.e., righteous)
1:7 Path of those whom you favor, not those who anger you and not those who have gone astray

Verse seven is crucial here. Allah’s anger is upon those who do not submit to him. Islam expert Mark Durie says this about it:

To be genuine and effective, reconciliation between Muslims and those they refer to as ‘People of the Book’ (Jews and Christians), requires that Al-Fatihah and its meaning be discussed openly. That devout Muslims are daily declaring before Allah that Christians have gone astray and Jews are objects of divine wrath, must be considered a matter of central importance for interfaith relations. This is all the more so because the interpretation of verse 7 which relates it to Christians and Jews is soundly based upon the words of Muhammad himself. As Al-Fatihah is the daily worship of Muslims, and represents the very essence of Islam itself, the meaning of these words cannot be ignored or glossed over.
blog.markdurie.com/2009/12/greatest-recitation-of-surat-al-fatiha.html

Much more can be said about all this. But the point should be clear by now. Not only do Muslims and Christians not worship the same God; not only is Allah not Yahweh; not only is Islamic prayer not identical to Christian prayer; but the offering of Islamic worship and prayers in secular Western countries is NOT what most folks think it means.

It is not about some happy little interfaith shindig, some cheery kumbaya get-together, but the establishment of Islam as the one true faith, and the ultimate authority over all things, including democratic law. It is, as we have to keep repeating, creeping sharia in action.

It is stealth jihad. And guess what? They are winning. Westerners are bending over backwards to allow Islam to displace their freedoms and democracy. Talk about useful idiots. And sadly, clueless Christians are not much better.

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17 Responses to Time To Get Cluey About Islam, Allah and the Adhan

  • A quote from my next sermon:
    It was reported in the news concerning the mosque shooting in NZ, that the Uniting Church minister said ‘we all worship the same God’. This is rubbish. Whoever does not believe that Jesus is the Son of God is not saved. Jesus says explicitly in John 14:6 No one comes to the Father except through Me.
    1 John 5:12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life. In Maths, this is a definitive statement. If it were only: He who has the Son has life, then there may be other ways to have life – like Allah. But the negation makes this definitive. In Logic if p=> q (premise) and ~p => ~q (the inverse), then it is definitive. Allah is not the God of the Bible. Christians have a God who is our Father. Muslims revere a prophet who consummated his marriage to a 9 year-old girl Aisha, and hence sanctioned paedophilia among his followers.
    Our battle is not against Muslims, but against Islam. Eph 6:12 … we do not wrestle against flesh and blood.
    Thanks Bill for spreading the word.

  • Well, you nailed it again, Bill!

  • Thank you for this. You are so right to emphasise the utter incompatibility of Islam with Christianity.

    Experience verifies this. As an open air preacher in the UK Muslims frequently come up to me and deny the most cherished tenet of my faith, saying that Jesus is not God’s Son and that He is not God manifest in the flesh.

    Nor do these friends have any qualms about this act of denying to my face the most cherished tenet of my faith, nor about rejecting the core belief of the established religion of the country where they are living.

    Having said that, I utterly respect their freedom so to deny my heartfelt beliefs, but I too must have the freedom to deny theirs. This of course is when the problems begin.

    Yes, it goes without saying that as Christians we love our Muslim neighbour, but many churches have become so imbued with the secularist doctrine of multiculturalism that they regard any questioning in the West of the large scale permeation into society of other faiths and cultures to be nothing less than – wait for it – racism.

    I am afraid that in the politically correct West – and in many churches as well – to ‘embrace diversity’ and promote multiculturalism has now become the first and chief commandment.

  • Dear Bill,

    Last Sunday during the service in the church we were visiting, a very significant amount of time indeed was given to commemorating those killed at Christchurch, with their smiling faces shown one by one up on a screen, and the church having been told to silently reflect as they watched . . . and then I was asked to pray.

    Before praying, I spoke of some of the things you have written in the last week, Bill, and expressed my hope that the very many Christians who are martyred across our world day by day in acts of hatred are similarly commemorated, with Christians now being the most persecuted people group in the world.

    Thank you for equipping us to be well informed, Bill, that we may be able to bring balance and a challenge to the increasing numbers of people who are very effectively being influenced to think the way the majority of the media is determined to mould their thinking.

  • Thanks Rob, Marissa, Peter and Suzanna!

  • Three scriptures come to mind:-

    Mat 12:36 But I say to you that every idle word, whatever men may speak, they shall give account of it in the day of judgment.

    Rev_19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet doing signs before it, (by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast), and those who had worshiped his image. The two were thrown alive into the Lake of Fire burning with brimstone.

    1Jn 5:16 If anyone sees his brother sin a sin not to death, he shall ask, and He shall give him life for those that do not sin to death. There is a sin to death, I do not say that he shall pray for it.
    (MKJV)

    Words are powerful things, especially God’s Words, and anyone who aspires to be a child of God but who says things or prays for things that are wrong is putting a stumbling block between themselves and becoming a child of God. Praying or acting in a way that promotes false religion demonstrates through the person’s own words and actions that they are not a lover of the Truth.

    Now there is a fourth scripture:-

    Mat_12:37 For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.

    Very clearly and obviously Islam is in opposition to everything Christian culture has built in the West. The N.Z. Prime minister is very obviously incorrect. While it is good to have compassion on people, Muslims can and will never be us. The atheistic, secularist lie that we can have peace by all religions submitting to the overarching authority of atheistic, humanist secularism, the scriptures teach us very clearly, is an unworkable lie and by submitting ourselves to that lie we, invariably, are putting ourselves in danger.

    We are giving false belief a beachhead into our culture. Yes the Muslim refugees who come to our countries will initially be grateful – that is not the problem. The problem is what Islam teaches and how it opposes everything the West stands for and everything that has worked in the West and has not worked in Islamic countries. While Christianity was in the majority in the West this could all have been kept under control but now the huge ignorance and wickedness of atheism is in control and deceived “Christian” are going along with the secularist lie, the door is wide open to making massive mistakes (Rev 19:20).

    The thing is we know full well the Middle East is a powder keg waiting to be ignited, it is blatantly obvious, yet we are still so blind as to not see we are importing those problems into our own countries. While secularism teaches us it is wrong to take sides the scriptures teach us about Armageddon and the “Valley of Decision” and that taking sides is inevitable. We are just ensuring our country will be on the wrong side.

  • Well, Mr M, If Allah was the one true God and Mohamed was truly his messenger, then, of course, Muslims would be right to bring worship of him not to mention convert those wherever Muslims go to Islam.

    The bulwark (new word) against this is Christianity or those living in a nation that puts a high value on traditions and practices of that nation.

    Plainly cultural Marxism which has been allowed to fester in academia for a very long time is now and has been, paying dividends to those propagating Marxism since those who have been attending those recruiting grounds for cultural Marxism (the universities) are now our politicians, journalists, school teachers, Police, judges and the crown of the crown for the cultural Marxists, some Pastors.

    As I have said on here before, Christianity is either “faulty” or our interpretation of it is faulty. Christianity can’t be something on the one hand that has built the most prosperous and free nations and on the other It’s impossible to get a Christian Man to step forward and change his actions from commenting on here with either a distressing link to some or other erosion of Christendom or their culture or well said, Bill, to being a leader of a group that forms a spear where it’s needed.

    In my location, Muslims Stopped in one day their children being taught about homosexuality at their school or put another way, Christian men, Muslims stopped Christian children being exposed to teaching you do not agree with since they had the courage of their convictions and you plainly didn’t, am I to believe that is what Christianity really teaches?

    I hope I am saying what you wanted to say in your article Mr M, but if I am not then I would like to say I am sorry, but I am not going to lie to you since you are a very honourable man indeed and you do not deserve that you need my truth, as much as I need yours.

    The problem isn’t with the dumb liberal Christians; the problem is with those who think they are not the dumb liberal Christians which at least would offer them dumbness as an excuse for their lack of effectiveness, neither is it the Muslims fault since if we got a free pass in a Muslim country we would take it and Christianise it wouldn’t we? The fault is we have allowed cultural Marxism to take hold and that lays fairly and squarely at our feet. The left gave the keys to Christendom to the Muslims and we gave the key to the left.

    Somewhere Christians have heard a sermon that goes like this, you are doormats, your families are someone else’s concerns, whatever needs doing, God will do it, and you sit and enjoy the world, but quietly.

    I can sense many adults see themselves as lions on a podium having a trainer with a whip and are being made to perform tricks to amuse your masters. I, as a mere schoolgirl, would like to ask you a simple question, who is the most powerful in the scenario above, the lion or the man with the whip? The lions failing, he doesn’t know he has the power since he has given it to the man with the whip. Get off the podium, strut your stuff. If a Muslim can bring a school to its knees in one day, simply by telling the school who has the power, you can do likewise, alternatively, you can continue being a doormat or the obedient lion, but remember neither are Christians so do not kid yourself you are.

    Have you missed me, Mr M? We, Kate, Molly, Alice and I got into a little trouble since we tried to dye Alice’s hair and it came out all wrong, her mum had a hissy fit when she saw it, luckily for me, Alice told my dad that her mum said we could dye her hair and he didn’t check, phew, it would have been a grounding for a month if he had! I do not know what we did wrong, as we followed the instructions. I think we left the chemical on Alice’s hair too long perhaps. Alice’s mum had to take Alice to the hairdressers since Alice wouldn’t have been allowed into school with her hair pink and black, it looked awful I would have been mortified if it had been my hair, obviously, we told Alice it didn’t look too bad, still, Alice did get the opportunity to go to the hairdressers and she persuaded her mum to let her have her nails done too. I wish I could have had my nails done.

  • Fantastic Bill, here is what i send to everyone..

    I put this together some time ago.. and as there is a push from even churches (NOT islam) to bring these two religions together I felt it was a good idea to send it out again.. they are calling these blended churches, ‘Chrislam’….

    Muslims try to tell us that their god is the same God as the Christians, but the bible says that by your fruits you will know them, and the fruits of the spirit are…. love, joy peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” HOWEVER, all that islam brings is pain, fear, hatred of all who do not submit to islam, it brings slaughter, poverty, rape, and bareness of their lands.

    Both the bible and the quran gives us a very clear clue as to who Allah is, here is just a few verses.
    Allah is described as the greatest deceiver in the Qur’an (Surah 3:54); in fact the best makr there is: (makr means DECEIVER),
    HOWEVER,
    Hebrews 6:18 say, “It is impossible for God to lie”, hmmm, so this alone means that Allah is not the same god as the God of the Jews and Christians.
    The bible says it is Satan who is described as the deceiver, and in just one place alone (Rev 12:9); it says… ‘And the GREAT dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which DECEIVETH the whole world”: And today we have the whole world being deceived and even our own politicians seem to be deceived.

    (John 8:44) says…Satan was a murderer from the beginning. And the great esteemed prophet of the muslims whose example they are told to follow implicitly, himself murdered people even with his own bare hands, he raided villages, raped, tortured and took sex slaves. M. M. Pickthall , It is not fitting for a prophet to take captives until he has made a great slaughter in the land.
    Or…. Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) It is not fitting for a prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he hath thoroughly subdued the land.

  • I am also continually shocked at how little supposed Christians know about Islam. And Judaism for that matter. Sadly Christians seem to embrace the former as brothers while hating and rejecting the latter when it should be the other way around. It is Judaism upon which the Christian faith is built and from whence the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus), a Jew who became savior of the gentile world is descended. The god of Islam is NOT the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and therefore NOT the God of Jesus. It baffles me and breaks my heart that so many professing Christians are willing pawns who unknowingly become dhimmis in slavery to Islam. Well written article!

  • Like a breath of fresh air in the fetid climate revealed in the MSM, and the political naivety of today. Thank you Bill!

  • Statistics in this video might be helpful:

    What a Billion Muslims Really Think J. Mark Campbell
    https://youtu.be/uPtIYM8JRwI

  • It seems to me that no kind of thorough-going religious devotion to the foundation texts of Islam or to those of Judaism or Christianity is met with approval in postmodern cultures. There, diversity is the “Unholy Grail” of progressive thought: Liberal-thinking followers of the so-called three “Abrahamic faiths” will always be well-received by the secularist mainstream – They “cherry-pick” from the Bible and Qur’an those bits that tickle their ears and happily ignore, or discard, or radically reinterpret the bits they find embarrassing to their “enlightened” views of spirituality and human ethics.

    Even outspoken New Atheist, Richard Dawkins considers himself a “cultural Anglican”, content to cherry-pick the parts of the Sermon on the Mount which appeal to his personal ethical tastes and to reject out-of-hand those parts of the Sermon he finds distasteful.

    Whatever we may say of radical “Medina Muslim” activists, at least they take seriously the entire content of the Qur’an.

    Sadly, there are those amongst the ragged remnants of Christendom, whose approach to the Bible may be aptly characterised by that old line from the jazz standard, “It ain’t necessarily so.” …

  • Hi Bill, I have passed on the link of this article to a number of folk here in Kiwi-land (who are fighting the good fight with Jesus our King) and they are passing it on.
    Thank you so much for educating and keeping us informed. Bless you!

  • Thanks Bill for this article and the links to the others you’ve written. I’d just started looking elsewhere for some clear teaching on the many differences between Christianity and Islam. Also, in the secular media there’s still confusion between what is racism and a religion. I’ve endeavoured to explain the difference to programs such as Q&A.

  • The Koran teaches violence, killing and more crime. It is a breech of and opposes Australian law.
    Koran has a history of terror attacks, death and destruction on our streets.
    The long term consequences of the Koran are that it is a false and fake lying book,
    Allah is a fake and lying prophet. Islam is a fake and lying religion. Muslims are a threat to our nation and national security.
    We must and need to be educated! Thanks for helping with that.

  • Hi Bill. In 1974 I was preparing for pioneering missionary work in the jungles of Kalimantan. I met with two highly credible Christian leaders who had not long returned from Africa. They shared some details they sourced from a Muslim Brotherhood outlining their strategies for Australia. Their programme was not to be one of violence or protest, but slow infiltration. Once the Muslim population approached 5.000 they would then begin to infiltrate various levels of government and other areas of influence. My friends won’t believe me -“Conspiracy Theory”. But this is what has actually happened and continues. My concern is that Australians are influenced by minority groups; ‘what to think’ – not ‘how to think’.

  • Hi Bill,

    I recently read Blood and Slavery – from Mohmmed to ISIS by M.A. Kahn.
    The most detailed book I have read so far, with particularly good information on the relentless Jihad waged against India over nearly 1000 years.

    For newbies to Islam, it is essential to study Mohammed to understand what drives Muslims.

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