First, some background.
A couple of weeks ago I gave a khutbah called “How To Earn Allah’s Love” in which I mentioned the so-called “Moon god” theory. In this khutbah, I talked about a comic strip that made its way into the Muslim boarding school I attended as a teenager. One of the primary “proofs” this comic book brought forward was the fact that the crescent moon was a symbol throughout most of the Muslim world.
Several years after I read this comic at school, a Christian co-worker of mine mentioned another Christian missionary comic book.
In this one, they were trying to make the claim that Islam was invented by the Catholic Church. They said that Jesuit priests created Islam through Prophet Muhammad’s wife Khadijah (May Allah be pleased with her) who they claim was Catholic.
They went on to claim that the leaders of Islam collaborated with the Catholic Papacy to hide these facts and most Muslims today know nothing about it.
I did not know it at the time, but both of these comics were written, drawn, and produced by the same man. It wasn’t until recently (like three weeks ago) that I put the facts together and realized that person behind these comics were one and the same.
These comics were produced by a Christian missionary cartoonist named Jack Chick. He has produced lots of similar comics all focused on pushing his brand of Christian fanaticism. Though all of his comics do not focus on Islam, he has drawn at least three that do.
If you want to know what the first comic was about that I mentioned I’d suggest you listen to my khutbah first. I refuse to link to Jack Chick’s website from Islamic Learning Materials. But if you do a Google search, you’re bound to find it eventually.
First, let’s talk about this whole Moon-god foolishness.
Every Muslim knows that we don’t worship the moon. Anyone who worships the moon is doomed to hell. The most ignorant Muslim knows this basic fact. I can bring up dozens of verses from the Quran that clearly show that the moon is a creation of Allah and is not to be worshipped. But I’ll just bring up two of them.
If you asked them, “Who created the heavens and earth and subjected the sun and the moon?” they would surely say, ” Allah .” Then how are they deluded?
Chapter 29 Verse 61
And even more telling is when the Quran mentions the Prophet Abraham (AS) used the moon as an example of things that are worshiped that should not be worshiped.
And when he saw the moon rising, he said, “This is my lord.” But when it set, he said, “Unless my Lord guides me, I will surely be among the people gone astray.”
Chapter 6 Verse 77
I can go on and on, but there’s no need to. This is absolute proof that Muslims do not worship the Moon and that we see it as nothing more than something to calculate time with. In other words, it is a tool that Allah has given us for our benefit.
And He subjected for you the sun and the moon, continuous, and subjected for you the night and the day.
Chapter 14 Verse 33
To worship the moon would be as foolish as worshipping a hammer or a clock.
Now, for the second claim, that Khadijah (RA) was a closet Christian who was used by the Catholic Church to create a new religion to capture Jerusalem (kinda silly when you think they captured Jerusalem during the Crusades anyway).
First of all, anyone who believes in such a ridiculous fairy tale should give me a call. I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell them.
There are a lot of consipiracy theories out there. Freemasonry. 9-11. Aliens. President Kennedy’s assassination.
But this one has to be the silliest of them all.
Because there is absolutely no proof. None. Zilch. Zero. Nada. Zip.
I’ve run out of euphamisms but I’m sure you get my point.
Jack Chick bases this whole idea on the fact that Khadijah (the wife of Prophet Muhammad pbuh) had a Christian uncle name Waraqah and there are some similarities in the beliefs between Muslims and Christians.
Of course, he says there are secret documents that some mysterious Jesuit Priest has confided in him do truly exist. And that the Catholic Church has worked hard to hide all of this evidence.
Well, if you believe that, in addition to that bridge I mentioned earlier, I’m also hiding a little green alien in my kitchen cupboard if you’re interested.
First of all, there’s no proof that Khadijah was Christian. Khadijah is not exactly a Christian name.
Second, while there are some similarities between Islam and Christianity, there are also major differences.
The comic also claimed Muslims and Catholics conspired together to hide this information. This is unbelievable on so many levels.
For one thing, there is no heirarchy in Islam, there is no central authority. There have been so many political upheavals in Islamic history there is no way this information could have stayed hidden. With all the fighting between Sunnis and Shias, and Sunnis and Sunnis, such a scandal would have gotten out eventually.
Furthermore, just look at the history of the Islamic Caliphate. After the Prophet died, Abu Bakr became Caliph. Then Umar and then Uthman. After Uthman there was political upheaval and Ali was fighting througout most of his reign. After that there was a lot of infighting and warfare. There simply was no time nor opportunity to pass on secret knowledge from one man to the next.
Besides, Muslims can’t even agree on when Ramadan begins. Do you really think we’re gonna be able to collaborate to hide such a major secret?
And if any more proof is needed to prove this is an absurd claim, read these verses from the Quran:
The Jews say “The Christians have nothing [true] to stand on,” and the Christians say, “The Jews have nothing to stand on,” although they [both] recite the Scripture. Thus the polytheists speak the same as their words. But Allah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that over which they used to differ.
Chapter 2 Verse 113
And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion. Say, “Indeed, the guidance of Allah is the [only] guidance.” If you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, you would have against Allah no protector or helper.
Chapter 2 Verse 120
Or do you say that Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants were Jews or Christians? Say, “Are you more knowing or is Allah ?” And who is more unjust than one who conceals a testimony he has from Allah ? And Allah is not unaware of what you do.
Chapter 2 Verse 140
Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was one inclining toward truth, a Muslim
Chapter 3 Verse 67
And from those who say, “We are Christians” We took their covenant; but they forgot a portion of that of which they were reminded. So We caused among them animosity and hatred until the Day of Resurrection. And Allah is going to inform them about what they used to do.
Chapter 5 Verse 14
O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliya’ (friends, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but Auliya’ to one another. And if any amongst you takes them as Auliya’, then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allah guides not those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers and unjust).
Chapter 5 Verse 51
They have certainly disbelieved who say, ” Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary” while the Messiah has said, “O Children of Israel, worship Allah , my Lord and your Lord.” Indeed, he who associates others with Allah – Allah has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers.
Chapter 5 Verse 72
Now, does that sound the words of people who are collaborating with the Catholics (who along with the Greek Orthodox were the only Christians Prophet Muhammad knew about)?
Just a quick note on that whole moon-god thing.
One of the things Jack Chick used in this argument was the fact that the crescent is a prominent symbol with Muslims. While this idea of his shows his ignorance of history and Islam, it does highlight something else.
As Muslims, we must stop using the star and crescent as a symbol of Islam. It is not a symbol of Islam. It has no place in Islam. And we have no right to accept it as such.
No where in the Quran is the star and crescent revered as a symbol of Allah or Islam.
And no where in the Hadith and sayings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the star and crescent endorsed as a symbol of Islam.
Yet, everywhere we look, the star and crescent is portrayed as an Islamic symbol, even by Muslims.
Even the Masjid I used to work at here in Alabama has a big bronze crescent on top of it.
Just imagine if Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his companions were to see a modern Masjid with stars and crescents all over it. What would they think?
They would believe these were temples built for the worship of the stars and moon.
After all, they did not see these things on their Masjids.
This is a scary thought.
And yes, I hate the star and crescent.
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