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Apology for Mohammed and the Koran

Apology for Mohammed and the Koran

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state of persecution and insult, which extended itself to his

few disciples. Once, indeed, his adversaries made offers of

wealth or of leadership if he would abandon his purpose

;

but he replied by reciting that portion of the Koran known

as the 41st Chapter, and from which the following are a few

extracts :

"

A revelation from the Compassionate, the Merciful !

I

am but a man like unto you. It is revealed unto me that

your God is one God; go straight then unto Him and im-

plore His pardon. And woe to such as join Gods with

Gods:

"

Wlio pay not the alms of obligation, and in the life to

come, believe not

:

"

But they who believe and do the things that are right,

shall, assuredly, receive a perfect never failing recompense.

"Do ye, indeed, disbelieve in Him who, in two days,

created the earth ? and do ye assign unto Him, peers ? The

Lord of the Worlds is He !

"

He hath placed on the earth the firm mountains which

above it tower ; and He hath blessed it, and in four days

distributed food throughout it, for the cravings of all.

"

Next did He apply Himself unto the Heavens which

then were but smoke ; and to them and the earth did he say.

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Come ye, whether in accordance with or against your will,'

and they both replied :

'

We come, obedient.'

MOHAMMED AND THE KORAN.

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" If a lure from Satan entice thee, then take thou refuge

in God, for He is the Hearing the Knowing.

"

Falsehood, from whatsoever side it cometh, shall not

approach. It (the Koran) is a missive sent down from the

Wise, the Praise-worthy.

" Nothing hath been said to thee (Mohammed) which hath

not been said of old to apostles before thee. Verily, with

thy Lord is forgiveness and with Him is terrible re-

tribution."

Mohammed's opponents answered this by requiring him

to work a miracle in proof of his divine mission : but he

refused, saying that he was sent to preach truth, not to work

miracles ; appealing, at the same time, to the Koran, he

challenged his adversaries to produce any work that could

rival it in beauty and sublimity.*

No proof, indeed, has ever been adduced that Mohammed

at any time descended to any artifices or pseudo-miracles to

enforce his doctrines or establish his apostolic claims. He

appears on the contrary to have relied entirely upon reason

and eloquence, and to have been supported by religious

enthusiasm in this earlier stage of his career. Religious

enthusiasm was, in fact, Mohammed's ruling passion; it

appeared in his every action, and displayed itself in every

stage of his existence.

It is singular that although Mohammed so expressly

disclaimed all miraculous powers, yet every kind of miracles

has been fathered upon him, and that the true history and

the true teaching of the prophet should have been as much

disfigured by fable and comments, as the history and teach-

ing of any Christian saint. In fact, the notices in the

* "And if ye be in doubt as to that which We (God) have sent down

unto our servant (Mohammed), then produce a chapter like unto it" (cliap.

ii). Mohammed considered the unprecedented union of the Aralis, under

him, as testifying the truth of his mission, for he says in chapter viii.,
" If thou (Mohammed) hadst expended whatever riches are on the eartli,

thou could'st not have united their hearts, but God united them, for He is
mighty and wise."

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AN APOLOGY FOR

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