The Five Creeds of Islam
As time ran out on last week's lesson, we had
begun this list. Today we resume:
The Five Pillars of Islam - Requirements for every Muslim:
- Allah: There is one God, without equal, who created and maintains
the world. This not Jehovah God, despite claims. History: In 622 (In Mohammed's time),
Allah was the highest of several hundred pagan gods.
Mohammed eliminated all but Allah.
- Angels: Exist as servants of God, to reveal his will. Every person has two angels:
One records all your sins, and the other records all your good deeds. [Parallel with Christianity:
The "books" were opened at the White Throne Judgment].
- Prophets: Mohammed is the final and greatest prophet that trumps all the others:
Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus.
- The Quran (sometimes spelled Koran): -- the holy book of Islam; supercedes Old and New Testaments,
although Islam embraces them in part, including the Law of Moses, the Psalms, and stories about
Jesus. But since there are no original manuscripts of the OT and NT in
existence, Islam claims that all translations have been corrupted by Jews and Christians.
So in case of conflict, the Quran has the final word, having been written in heaven and passed
orally by Gabriel to Mohammed, in pure Arabic, in a series of visions. Also the Halith
(parallel to the Hebrew Talmud), a series of several hundred volumes, is a commentary consisting
of the sayings of Mohammed on parenting, marriage, women, war, etc. The Halith carries equal
weight as the Quran.
- Day of Judgment: - "The Terrible Day"
- Good deeds weighed against the bad deeds to determine heaven or hell.
- But God reserves the right to absolute discretion, regardless of the weight of good or bad.
- If you die as a martyr in a Jihad (holy war), judgment is bypassed altogether, and
you go directly to heaven.
History of Islam - Established in 632 A.D.
- Believe in the Five Creeds
- Prayer - Facing toward Mecca, five times a day. Fridays during the early afternoon there is
public prayer in congregation (for men only. Only men may pray publicly.)
- Alms giving - in money or in kind, 1/40 (2.5%) of your income. (A better "deal" than
- Fasting -
- During Ramadan, the men are required to fast from
sun-up to sundown.
(after sundown they can eat as much as they want).
Men who are engaged in heavy labor, children, the sick, and women who are pregnant or
nursing, are not required to fast.
- In the lunar calendar (another parallel to Judaism), Ramadan is the ninth calendar month.
It begins with 622 A.D., the year of the Hajira. The year 2001 A.D. is 1422 A.H. (after
- The Hajj (Pilgrimage) - It is required to make a Hajj,
a pilgrimage trip to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, once in one's lifetime (to
all able-bodied and financially able to go).
The Bottom Line: - Islam is a corrupt religion, based on one-upmanship of Judaism,
designed with an agenda. It is a mixture of religion and politics, seeking land control and
a sense of ethnic self-worth.
- Mohammed was born in 570 A.D. in Mecca, which was then controlled by the Jews. Mohammed's
father, Abdula, was a descendant of Ishmael. Abdula died before Mohammed was born.
- Mohammed's mother's name was Amina. They lived in a small house, and had five camels and a
few goats. Amina died when Mohammed was six years old.
- Mohammed went to live with his grandfather, a merchant with camel caravans. He discovered
the well of Zam-zam, the traditional site of the angel's appearance to Hagar.
- When his grandfather died, Mohammed went to live with his uncle Abu-Talib, a practicing pagan,
in Mecca. There, the Ka'bah, the large sacred shrine of Islam, held (at that time) 350
idols, including the greatest, Allah. Some say the Ka'bah was built by Adam and Eve after
they were thrown out of the Garden. Others say that Abraham and Ishmael built it.
- Mohammed decided to eliminate all the idols but one: Allah. He began to study the Jewish and
Christian religions, but had trouble with the supernatural parts of it.
- At age 25, he married Khadija, a rich widow 15 years his senior.
- Mohammed's Rebellion - He was clearly jealous of the Jews' financial control of Mecca, his
home town. Now that he was supported financially, he had time to pursue his studies. He spent
months in meditation on Mt. Harah. There, in 610 A.D., he had his first vision at age 40,
during what came to be called the "Night of Power".
- His new teaching was not well received in Mecca at first. But his wife and family supported
him. He did have followers in Medina, 250 miles to the north. In 622 he fled to Medina to join
those followers. This flight is called the Hajira, and begins the Islam calendar.
- Mohammed the Conqueror - After fleeing to Medina he became a conqueror, attacking caravans,
plundering and murdering the merchants, and selling the women into slavery.
- At age 58, he was influenced by Nestorius, a Syrian teacher who was kicked out of
- In 628 he returned to Mecca and captured the Ka'bah, and converted it into a shrine of
Islam. Mecca was taken in 630, and Islam was "completed" in 632. (Three months later,
Mohammed died, and was buried in Medina. There is said also to be a grave there waiting for
Jesus, who is expected to return!)
- In 634, Islam took over Jerusalem.
- Within 100 years, Syria, Egypt, Iran and Iraq were taken. Soon Islam spanned all the
territory from India to Spain, until the advance was stopped at Tours, France, by Charles