July 20th, 2010

Lack of self-control

EW: Most people view "Godly" or "saintly" men as people who are in total control of their physical desires.  Yet when we look at the life of Mohammed, we see a man who was given to physical lusts, to desires of the flesh.  Let's take a look at a couple hadith from Sahih Bukhari:

Volume 1, Book 5, Number 268:

Narrated Qatada:

Anas bin Malik said, "The Prophet used to visit all his wives in a round, during the day and night and they were eleven in number." I asked Anas, "Had the Prophet the strength for it?" Anas replied, "We used to say that the Prophet was given the strength of thirty (men)."

I suppose that from a purely physical viewpoint, satisfying eleven women in one day is impressive.  But it doesn't strike me as something a "man of God" would do. 

Let's take a look at another hadith:

Volume 1, Book 6, Number 300:

Narrated Maimuna:

When ever Allah's Apostle wanted to fondle any of his wives during the periods (menses), he used to ask her to wear an Izar.

So even though Mohammed had 11 wives, he still sometimes fondled his wives while they were menstruating.  Again, this seems to show a serious lack of self-restraint.  Why do you personally believe Mohammed, God's last, true prophet, a man we could say is on "the most important mission of all time", spent entire days having sex with his wives and fondling his wives while they were menstruating?

Dr. Naik:  (No idea how he might respond to this one.  Could be effective, especially given the fact that sex does sell).

The unnecessary violence of the god of the quran

EW: One thing I've had trouble understanding is how needlessly violent your god is.  Let's take a look at a verse from the Quran:

Qur'an (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"

Now certainly, your god didn't have to be so violent.  Had he so chosen, your god could have easily said something like, "War is terrible, so you should always try to avoid it. However, war is sometimes inevitable. Since this is the case, there will come a time when you may have to take the life of another man. If you must do this, do it with as much mercy as possible".

Your god could have said something like that. But he didn't. Instead, he said, "strike off their heads and every fingertip of them".  Please help me to understand why your god made this choice.

Dr. Naik:  Well, you must understand that at this time, the Muslims were going up against a very strong army, so God wanted to motivate them, etc.  Also, the God of the Bible was equally violent.

EW:  This isn't about Christianity.  Also, you believe that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing, right?  Therefore, God must have known that the Muslim army would win.  Since this is the case, it would seem reasonable for your god to be as kind as possible.  But he wasn't.  He purposely chose to be violent and merciless.  So once again, please help me to understand why your god is one of violence and anger, and is devoid of compassion.

Dr. Naik: (I don't know how he'll respond.  EW should probably be slightly less confrontational, however).

a god of hate

EW:  I'm of the belief that God loves all people.  Perhaps God has a specific plan he'd like for man to accept, but my general view is that God loves all people and desperately wants them to love Him (and possibly accept a particular plan for salvation).  But when I read the Quran, I'm alarmed by how much your god seems to hate non-Muslims.  Let's take a look at a few verses:

Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hell-Fire, to dwell therein (for aye). They are the worst of creatures. (98:6)

Surely the vilest of animals in Allah's sight are those who disbelieve, then they would not believe. (8:55)

So according to those verses, your god believes non-Muslims are "the vilest of animals" and "the worst of creatures". 

I reject Islam.  I don't believe it's true.  Therefore, your god hates me.  Your god thinks I am a disgusting, sub-human piece of trash.  Why do you think your god believes this?

Dr. Naik:  Well, you must understand that God really wants the world to accept Islam, and though Hell may be terrible, in our view, it's even worse for someone to reject this wonderful plan God has offered to mankind.

EW: This isn't about Hell.  This is about the here and now.  And right now, because I think Islam is a false religion, your god hates me.  Your god thinks I am nothing, that I'm of less value than a cockroach or a sewer rat.  And I can't understand that.  Please, help me understand why you worship a god that is full of such hatred.

Dr. Naik:  (Who knows how he'll respond.  This could be a good one to use, however, particularly with an audience full of non-Muslims)