Satanic Verses

Doug Post

In 1988, Salman Rushdie wrote a book entitled, “The Satanic Verses,” which created an uproar in the Muslim world. In fact, the Ayatollah ordered and decreed the murder of Rushdie, having him put on “Allah’s “hit list.” But what did Rushdie write that was so offensive to Islam, it’s clerics, and the Ayatollah? The title of the book, “Satanic Verses,” actually refers to this passage found in the Quran: “Have ye thought upon al-Lat and al-Uzza And Manat, the third, the other? These are the exalted intermediaries Whose intercession is to be hoped for” (Sura 53:19-22).

Mohammad desired greatly to convert his Arab brethren to worshipping one god, namely Allah. At that time, his Arab brethren were still polytheistic—a people who worshiped many gods. In fact, in the pre-Islamic world the Arab people believed the three goddesses, al-Lat, al-Uzza, and Manat, to be the daughters of their supreme god, Allah. However, while he was in Mecca, Mohammad was not having much success in converting his Arab brethren to monotheism which, in this case, was worshiping only Allah. So, Mohammad decided to compromise his monotheistic view, including the three goddesses, along with Allah, as the deities they were to worship. So, Mohammad decided to write that in the “holy book,” the Quran.

What was Mohammad to do? He couldn’t erase or cross-out what he had written concerning the need to worship multiple deities, including three goddesses. After all, he claimed direct inspiration from Allah. So, he decided that he would simply add an addendum to what he had previously written, claiming Allah told him to write it. He wrote the following:

Never sent We a messenger or a prophet before thee but when He recited (the message) Satan proposed (opposition) in respect of that which he recited thereof. But Allah abolisheth that which Satan proposeth. Then Allah establisheth His revelations. Allah is Knower, Wise; That He may make that which the devil proposeth a temptation for those in whose hearts is a disease, and those whose hearts are hardened …”

In trying to explain away the blunder he had written in the Quran, Mohammad devised a plan wherein Allah came to him to tell him that Satan had tricked him, and that the devil was responsible for having influenced him to write the error known as the “Satanic Verses.” Of course, this fabricated excuse is reminiscent of the old Flip Wilson line of, “The devil made me do it.” But such an excuse simply made matters worse, because the implication is that Allah was also caught off guard, being unaware of the “wiles of the devil” (Eph. 6:11). Evidently, Allah is not omniscient since He did not know Satan was using his own prophet, Mohammad, to write down lies in His “holy book,” the Quran.

This, alone, demonstrates the wild imagination of Mohammad. He invented his god, Allah. He invented the wild claim that Allah inspired him to write the Quran. Above all else, this demonstrates that Allah is the invention of the fertile imagination of Mohammad, and is not, nor ever could be, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the omniscient God of the Bible.

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