Start of Islam

Taken from:

What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur’an
-A History of Islam & the United States

By William J. Federer

 In 610 AD, at age 40, Mohammed tried to convert those who came to worship Mecca’s 360 different pagan gods. Mohammed’s “faith” was a mashup of various pieces of the Pagan, Jewish, Zoroastrian and heretical Christian (Arian) religions. In 622 AD, after accumulating only about 150 followers, he was kicked out of Mecca and headed North to Medina.

During his time in Mecca he wrote the initial part of the Quran referred to as the Meccan suras (verses). These suras are considered the “weak” verses and are respectful of Christians and Jews-“people of the Book,”even instructing followers to pray toward the Jewish Temple site in Jerusalem as Solomon did when he dedicated the Temple (1 Kings 8:26-49, 2 Chron. 6:17-39) and as Daniel did while exiled in Babylon. (Daniel 6:10).

If you are in doubt about the revelation I am giving you ask those who read the Bible before you. (Sura 10:94)

His rejection from Mecca and trip to Medina is call The Hijra (“The Flight”) and is Year One in Islam’s calendar. Here he received “MEDINA” or “strong” verses, which canceled out the “weak” verses and advocated coercion, robbing, killing and enslaving of infidels. Here is where Mohammed migrated from being a religious leader to a political leader and then to a military leader. Here he changed the direction of bowing away from the Jewish Temple site in Jerusalem to Mecca.

Mohammed made the new direction of prayer toward the black meteorite stone in the square building in Mecca called the Ka’aba, which pagan Arabs had previously bowed to for centuries in association with the moon god, believing the stone to have fallen from the sky:

Allah’s Apostle prayed facing Baitul-Maqdis for sixteen or seventeen months but he loved to face the Ka’ba (at Mecca) so Allah revealed: “Verily, We have seen the turning of your face to the heaven!” (Sura 2:144)

In Medina he made a treaty with the pagan and three Jewish tribes, increased his followers, became a political leader and helped drive out the Meccans’ who were threatening the city’s peace.

In 624, Mohammed became a military leader. With just 300 men he defeated 1,000 Meccans guarding their caravan at Badr. He found reason to void his treaty with Medina’s first Jewish tribe, Banu Qaynuqa, drove them out and confiscated their property. This gave rise to the concept in Islam that when you are weak you make treaties until you are strong enough to disregard them.

Islam is not just a religion. In the same way the word “light” has 3 meanings: a NOUN -a source of illumination; an ADJECTIVE -the opposite of heavy or dark; and a VERB -to ignite, ie. light a match or a stove, similarly the word “Islam” has 3 meanings: a RELIGIOUS system, a POLITICAL system and a MILITARY system.

 Islam is not a religion of redemption. There is no room for the Cross and the Resurrection…Redemption is completely absent…The God of the Koran is outside of the world, a God who is only Majesty, never Emmanuel, God-with-us…Not only the theology, but also the anthropology of Islam is very distant from Christianity.

– Pope John Paul, Crossing the Threshold of Hope (1995):

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