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Christianity and Islam:

A Side by Side Comparison*

* It is not the purpose of this site to promote any particular religion, including Christianity.
However, we do enjoy refuting nonsense, such as the claim that Muhammad
and Jesus preached a morally equivalent message or that all religion is the same.
"I will cast terror into the hearts of those who
disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads
and strike off every fingertip of them."
"Allah" (Qur'an 8:12)

"Fight everyone in the way of Allah and

kill those who disbelieve in Allah."
Muhammad (Ibn Ishaq 992)

"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

Jesus (Matthew 5:14)

Even though many Muslims regard terrorists who kill in the name of Allah as criminals, they cannot deny that
Muhammad also killed in the name of Allah. What example of Jesus do Christians emulate which has them
confused with terrorists and criminals?

Each year, thousands of Christian homes and churches are torched or bombed by Muslim mobs, and hundreds of
Christians, including dozens of priests, pastors, nuns and other church workers are murdered at the hands of
Islamic extremists. The so-called justification varies, from charges of apostasy or evangelism, to purported
"blasphemy" or "insulting" Islam. Innocent people have even been hacked to death by devout Muslims over

Yet, there is little if any violent retaliation from religious Christians to the discrimination, kidnapping, rape, torture,
mutilation and murder that is routinely reported from nations with Muslim majorities. Neither is there any
significant deadly terrorism in the name of Jesus, as there is in the stated cause of Allah each and every day.
Muslim clerics in the West do not fear for their safety as do their Christian counterparts.

The "Christian world" and the Islamic world contrast sharply in other ways as well, from the disparate condition of
human rights and civil liberties to economic status. An astonishing 70% of the world's refugees are Muslims -
usually seeking to live in Christian-based countries.

While Western societies take seriously "scandals" such as Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo (where no one has actually
been killed), Muslims routinely turn a blind eye to their own horrible atrocities, even those committed explicitly in
the name of Allah. The Muslim world has yet to offer a single apology for the hundreds of millions who were
consumed by centuries of relentless Jihad and slavery.

These sharp differences are almost certainly rooted in the underlying religions, which begin with the disparate
teachings and examples set by Jesus and Muhammad...
Differences Between Muhammad and Jesus
Muhammad... Jesus...

Said Allah does not love

Said God loves everyone.
those who reject Islam.
(John 3:16)
(Qur'an 30:45, 3:32, 22:38)

"I have been commanded to fight

against people till they testify that there "He who lives by the sword
is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad will die by the sword."
is the messenger of Allah" (Matthew 26:52)
(Muslim 1:33)

Stoned women for adultery. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
(Muslim 4206) (John 8:7)

Permitted stealing from unbelievers. "Thou shalt not steal."

(Bukhari 44:668, Ibn Ishaq 764) (Matthew 19:18)

Permitted lying. "Thou shalt not bear false witness."

(Sahih Muslim 6303, Bukhari 49:857) (Matthew 19:18)

Owned and traded slaves.

Neither owned nor traded slaves.
(Sahih Muslim 3901)

Beheaded 800 Jewish men and boys.

Beheaded no one.
(Abu Dawud 4390)

Murdered those who insulted him. Preached forgiveness.

(Bukhari 56:369, 4:241) (Matthew 18:21-22, 5:38)

"If then anyone transgresses

"If someone strikes you on the right
the prohibition against you,
cheek, turn to him the other also."
Transgress ye likewise against him"
(Matthew 5:39)
(Qur'an 2:194)

Jihad in the way of Allah elevates one's position in "Blessed are the peacemakers, for
Paradise by a hundred fold. they will be called Sons of God"
(Muslim 4645) (Matthew 5:9)

Married 13 wives and kept sex slaves.

Was celibate.
(Bukhari 5:268, Qur'an 33:50)

Slept with a 9-year-old child. Did not have sex with children.
(Sahih Muslim 3309, Bukhari 58:236)

Ordered the murder of women.

Never harmed a woman.
(Ibn Ishaq 819, 995)

"O you who believe! Fight those of the

"Blessed are the meek, for
unbelievers who are near to you
they shall inherit the earth."
and let them find in you hardness."
(Matthew 5:5)
(Qur'an 9:123)

Ordered 65 military campaigns Ordered no military campaigns, nor

and raids in his last 10 years. offered any approval of war or violence.
(Ibn Ishaq )

Killed captives taken in battle. Never took captives.

(Ibn Ishaq 451) Never killed anyone.

Encouraged his men to rape enslaved women. Never encouraged rape.

(Abu Dawood 2150, Qur'an 4:24) Never enslaved women.

Demanded captured slaves and "The Son of Man came not

a fifth of all other loot taken in war. to be served, but to serve."
(Qur'an 8:41) (Matthew 20:28)

Was never tortured, but tortured others.

Suffered torture, but never tortured anyone.
(Muslim 4131, Ibn Ishaq 436, 595, 734, 764)

"And fight them until there is no more persecution "Love your enemies and pray
and religion is only for Allah" for those who persecute you"
(Qur'an 8:39) (Matthew 5:44)

Blessed the brutal murder of a half-blind man Healed a blind man

(al-Tabari 1440) (Mark 8:28)

Ordered a slave to build the very pulpit

Washed his disciples feet.
from which he preached Islam.
(John 13:5)
(Bukhari 47:743)

What are the Greatest Commandments? What are the Greatest Commandments?
"Belief in Allah and Jihad in His cause" "Love God and love thy neighbor as thyself."
(Muslim 1:149) (Matthew 22:34-40)

Demanded the protection of armed bodyguards, Chastised anyone attempting

even in a house of worship to defend him with force.
(Qur'an 4:102) (John 18:10-12)
Died fat and wealthy from what was
Demanded nothing for himself.
taken from others in war or
Died without possessions.
demanded from others in tribute.

Advocated crucifying others.

Was crucified himself.
(Qur'an 5:33, Muslim 16:4131)

According to his followers: According to his followers:

Had others give their lives for him. Gave his life for others.
(Sahih Muslim 4413) (John 18:11 and elsewhere)

Differences Between
Early Muslims and Early Christians
Muhammad's Companions... Jesus' Disciples...

Lived as warriors. Lived like harmless hippies.

Slew and persecuted religious minorities. Were slain and persecuted

as a religious minority.

Emphasis on Jihad (the way of Muhammad) Emphasis on Evangelism (the way of Jesus)

"He who fights that Allah's word should "Go ye into all the world and preach
be superior fights in Allah's cause" the gospel to every creature"
(Bukhari 53:355) (Matthew 15:16)

Attacked and conquered the populations in

Did not resort to violence of any sort,
parts of 28 modern countries in just the first
despite tremendous persecution.
three decades following Muhammad's death.

Declared holy war on the people of five

major world religions in just the first Went centuries without declaring 'holy war'.
100 years following Muhammad's death.

Plundered and lived off the wealth of others. Gave away their possessions to those in need.
(Acts 2:44-45)

Captured and enslaved non-Muslim people. Considered themselves to be slaves of others.

Waged war to keep members from leaving

No record of aggression toward apostates.
the religion. Put apostates to death.
Muhammad's own family members quickly Jesus' disciples never resorted to violence
fell into armed warfare against each other. against one another (or anyone else).

First 240 Years: First 240 Years:

11 of the first 32 caliphs were 14 of the first 25 popes were martyred by
murdered by fellow Muslims. pagans (none by fellow Christians).

Caliphs were polygamous and maintained harems

Popes were expected to be celibate.
of hundreds of captured sex slaves.

Islamic mosques sustained by taxes forced from Christian churches sustained

subjugated non-Muslims (the jizya). by voluntary tithes from Christians.

Differences Between
Islamic Teaching and Christianity
The Qur'an The Bible

External sources (the Hadith and Sira) Historical context contained

necessary for translating the Qur'an within the text of the Bible

Must know Arabic in order to "fully Universal. Can be translated into other languages without
understand" the Qur'an (according to excessive commentary.
Muslim apologists)

Chronological progression of the Chronological progression of the

Quran is from peace to violence. Bible is from violence to peace.

The words 'torture' and 'punishment' The word 'love' appears five times more often in the New
appear six Testament than than in the Qur'an,
times more often in the Quran than in
the New Testament.

Contains not a single original moral The 'Sermon on the Mount' and others.

Suffering is an excuse for violent Suffering builds character

revenge "We also rejoice in our sufferings,
and establishment of Islam by force because we know that suffering
"And slay them wherever ye find them, produces perseverance; perseverance,
and drive them out of the places character; and character, hope"
whence they drove you out, for (Romans 5:4)
persecution [of Muslims] is worse than
slaughter [of non-believers]...and fight
them until persecution is no more, and
religion is for Allah."
(Qur'an 2:191)

Emphasis on this World Emphasis on the Next

"And Allah has made you heirs to their "Mine is not a kingdom of this world"
land (John 18:36, see also Luke 14:33)
and their dwellings and their property"
(Qur'an 33:27)

Kill, convert or subjugate Christians Share one's faith with gentleness and respect.
and Jews. (1 Peter 3:15)
(Qur'an 9:29)

Martyrs as Killers Martyrs as Martyrs

"Allah hath purchased of the believers "As it is written, For thy sake we are
their persons and their goods; for theirs killed all the day long; we are
(in return) is the garden (of Paradise): counted as sheep for the slaughter"
they fight in His cause, and slay and are (Romans 8:36)
(Qur'an 9:111)

Killing Apostates Letting God Judge Apostates

"They but wish that ye should reject "For we know Him that has said,
Faith, as they do, and thus be on the 'Vengeance belongs unto me, I will
same footing (as they): But take not recompense,' says the Lord. And again,
friends from their ranks until they flee in 'The Lord shall judge his people'"
the way of Allah (From what is (Hebrews 10:25-30)
forbidden). But if they turn renegades,
seize them and slay them wherever ye
find them"
(Qur'an 4:89, also Bukhari 52:260,

Punishment Mercy
"Let not compassion move you "Love is patient. Love is kind...
from carrying out God's law..." It keeps no record of wrongs"
(Qur'an 24:2) (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)

Charity and Non-Believers Charity and Non-Believers

Mercy toward fellow Muslims - Christians are specifically told that even
ruthlessness toward unbelievers. those who hate them are entitled to
Muslims are warned not to befriend kindness and charity. They should be loved
those outside the faith. They must even and cared for as surely as any fellow believer.
ensure that their charity tithe (zakat) (Mark 10:25-37)
stays within their own identity group.
(Qur'an 48:29, 3:28, Sharia)

The Qur'an explicitly instructs "Husbands, love your wives and

men to beat disobedient wives. do not be harsh with them."
(Qur'an 4:34, Sahih Muslim 2127) (No permission to beat women)
(Colossians 3:19)

Explicitly allows Muslim men to rape

Tells masters and slaves to serve
their female slaves, even those already
each other as if serving God.
(Ephesians 6:7-9)
(Qur'an 4:24, 70:29-30, 23:5-6...)

Muhammad is the messenger

of Allah. And those who are with him "Do good to them that hate you"
are ruthless to the unbelievers" (Luke 6:27)
(Qur'an 48:29)

Allah wills those that stray and are lost God wants all people saved
(Qur'an 16:93) (1 Timothy 2:4)

Warns Against Questioning Faith. Welcomes Intellectual Challenge.

(Qur'an 5:101-102) (1 Peter 3:15)

Violence as Virtue Violence as Sin

"Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye "Do not take revenge, my friends, but
dislike it. But it is possible that ye leave room for God's wrath, for it is written:
dislike a thing which is good for you, 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord. On the contrary:
and 'If your enemy
that ye love a thing which is bad for is hungry, feed him... '"
you. (Romans 12:19-20)
But Allah knoweth, and ye know not."
(Qur'an 2:216)

Hell for unbelief. Hell for bad deeds and the

Good deeds count for naught failure to do what is right
(Qur'an 18:102-107) (Romans 2:6-8, Matthew 16:27, Matthew 25:41-45)

Judging Judge Not

"Strive against the disbelievers and the "For when you pass judgment on another person, you condemn
hypocrites! Be harsh with them..." yourself..."
(Qur'an 9:73) (Romans 2:1)

Taking wealth from others Working for and giving wealth to others
"Allah promiseth you much "The thief must no longer steal but must
booty that ye will capture..." work hard and do what is good with his
(Qur'an 48:20) own hands, so that he might have
something to give to the needy."
(Ephesians 4:28)

Calls down Allah's curse on Christians Calls down God's blessing on

and those of other religions. those who curse Christians.
(Qur'an 9:30) (Matthew 5:44)

Arrogance & Privilege Humility & Servitude

"If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and
"Ye are the best of peoples, servant of all."
evolved for mankind" (Mark 9:35)
(Qur'an 3:110)

"O you who believe! do not take My

enemy and your enemy for friends:
Would you offer them love while they "Love your enemies..."
deny what has come to you of the (Luke 6:27)
(Qur'an 60:1)

Differences Between the Islamic

and Christian-Based Worlds
Muslim Legacy Christian Legacy

Countries that Muslims want to escape from. Countries that Muslims want to escape to.

Madrassahs that indoctrinate Muslim Mission schools that teach reading and
children with bigotry and terror. writing to Christians and Muslims alike.

Suicide bombings for Allah No suicide bombings for Jesus

International terror organizations. International charities.

No formal charities for non-Muslims. Leading provider of disaster relief to Muslims.

Murder of aid workers. Supply of aid workers.

Christians in jail for apostasy or blasphemy. Religious freedom.

Modern-day slavery in the name of Islam. Abolition in the name of Christianity.

Muslim clerics who engage Christian clerics murdered each year by
in or condone terrorism. terror groups rife with Muslim clerics.

Daily religious violence against Hindus. None.

Daily religious violence against Jews. None.

Daily religious violence against Buddhists. None.

Daily religious violence against Muslims. None.

Ritual slitting of animals' throats Ending of animal sacrifice

Religion Technology & Medicine

Censorship Freedom of speech

Intolerance for criticism of Islam. Tolerance for religious dissent.

Allowing all religions the

Restricting other religions from preaching faith.
same right to evangelize.

Conversions allowed to Islam only. Freedom of conscience.

Converts to Christianity beheaded. No dead converts to Islam.

Most famous Muslim: Osama bin Laden. Most famous Christian: The Pope.

Whether true or not, everything that secular critics say they don't like about Christianity, from women's issues
to slavery, is not only a tangible part of Islam, but usually magnified.

While the Catholic church is demonized for not allowing female priests, the fundamentalists of Islam force
women into burqas and blow up schools that educate girls. Even activists known for championing women's
rights in the Muslim world still rationalize keeping captured women as sex slaves, since it is explicitly permitted
in the Qur'an. And, while Christians might object to extra-marital sex, only Islamic purists plant consenting
adults in the ground and stone them to death.

Theocracy (in the form of Sharia) really is the the explicit goal of Islamic teaching, whereas Christianity leaves
room for the separation of religion and government (Mark 12:17, John 18:36). Terrorism really is an expression
of devotion to Allah (here's an example) - and not just criminal activity or warfare by disinterested parties with a
nominal religious identification (ie. "born a Catholic").

If threatening people with eternal damnation is considered distasteful, then Christianity has far less to be
ashamed of than Islam, which not only alludes to the terrible fate awaiting unbelievers in nearly every other
chapter of the Quran, but includes vivid descriptions of torture at the hands of a psychopathic god.

The two religions contrast sharply even in their positive aspects. The morality of the Qur'an is amateurish and
frustratingly obscure for those trying to compare it with what is contained in the Bible. Most of Islam's holiest
book is devoted toward distinguishing and heaping abuse on unbelievers. There are no verses that promote
universal love and brotherhood. The few verses that are sometimes held up as examples of tolerance and
peace generally require separation from textual and historical context.

The difference between Christianity and Islam starts at the top:

Muslims are told that their prophet Muhammad - a slave-owner, sexual glutton, thief and killer - is the most
"beautiful pattern of conduct" and "example" for mankind to follow (Qur'an 33:21), as well as the "exalted
standard of character" (Qur'an 68:4).

Christians are told to emulate Jesus - a pacifist and servant - and "walk, even as he walked" (1 John 2:6).
Unlike Muhammad, who ordered military assaults against Christians, for example, Jesus told his followers not
to resort to violence and to pray for one's enemies.

These two men could hardly have been more different in how they lived or in what they taught others. Why
should we not expect starkly contrasting legacies - from the conduct of their closest companions to the
livability of modern-day countries influenced by the predominance of one founder's teachings over the other?

As Wafa Sultan (who describes herself as a Muslim who does not adhere to Islam) puts it: "The problem with
Christians is they aren't as good as Jesus. But thank God most Muslims are better than Muhammad."