Was Muhammad (SAW) Truly Deceived by Satan?

"...Allah's Apostle...used to go in seclusion in the Cave of Hira where he used to worship (Allah (SWT) alone) continuously for many days before his desire to see his family...suddenly the Truth descended upon him while he was in the Cave of Hira..." (Sahih al-Bukhari Ch.1 Bk.1 No.3)

There are three theories floating around out there which non-Muslims tend to hold on the prophethood and revelations of Muhammad ibn Abdullah (SAW): that either (1) he was an outright liar, (2) he was a madman, or (3) he was deceived by Satan. Needless to say, all of the abovementioned theories are baseless and easily refuted, but today we are going to dismantle the myth about Muhammad (SAW) being deceived by Satan. Remember to be honest with yourselves whilst reading this.

Now, there are a couple ways to realize that Muhammad (SAW) was not deceived by the devil. We will discuss my favorite one first. In Islam, Shaytan (Satan) is presented as the greatest enemy of Muslims (besides their own temptations). It is Shaytan who first tempted Adam (AS) and Eve to sin, and it was Shaytan who has always called mankind away from the path of Islam to sin ever since. Shaytan works in many ways, including both spreading lies and false revelations as well as whispering thoughts in one’s head to misguide him/her. In order to teach Muslims about this danger and to help them succeed despite it, Allah commands us to seek refuge in Him:

Whenever you recite the Qur’an, seek refuge with Allah (SAW) from the cursed Satan.” (Qur’an Ch.16 v.98)

Here we find that God Almighty actually encourages us to pray for protection from Satan, making it incumbent upon every reciter of the Qur’an before he/she starts reciting, and in effect, before every prayer. The phrase we say is “a’udhu billahi min ash-shaytanir-rajim,” or “I seen refuge in Allah (SWT) from Satan, the Accursed One.” Even more, the word used for Satan is Shaytan, and it not only means Satan, but anything/anyone used to achieve evil, or attributed to evil, whether it be jinni, humans, or even ideologies or physical impurities. As such, we are also taught to say this whenever you have impure thoughts, are in fear, etc. The question now arises: would Satan ever deceive someone into seeking refuge from all evil (including Shaytan himself) in the One God Almighty? Isn’t that like a con artist who sells fake gems but requires the buyers to check with experts to make sure that the gems are real? Now, how do we know for sure that Satan would never do that, particularly from a Christian point of view? From an objective point of view, I think the logic is pretty self-explanatory, but since this argument against Islam usually comes from Christians, lets try to approach it form a possible Christian perspective by going to the Bible.

In the gospels we read a story about how Jesus (AS) once performed an exorcism on a possessed man in front of the Pharisees. The Pharisees, unable to explain the miracle in any other way, accused Jesus (AS) of being an agent of the prince of demons, Beelzeboul. Jesus (AS) then retorts:

“…Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzeboul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.” (Matthew 12:25-27)

“…How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.” (Mark 3:23-26)

Basically, the Bible says that Satan cannot work against himself. He cannot even possess someone only to have his agent expel him.  Although Muslims would actually disagree with that last statement about possession, what both Muslims and Christians would believe is that Satan, at the very least, cannot ask you to pray for protection from God Almighty against himself. That would be dividing himself against himself.

Some critics would try to make the argument that the above mentioned Bible verses pertain only to possessions and exorcisms. So, the resultant question arises: did Muhammad (SAW) ever perform exorcisms? The answer is..yes! For example, we see a story of how the Messenger (SAW) was traveling somewhere with a companion, whereupon he was called upon by a mother to heal her son who was apparently possessed by a jinn (jinni are generally, with the major exception of Satan, what Christians attribute the classification “demon” to, only that jinni are a separate creation made of fire that can be good or evil, not the fallen angels of Christian lore) while on a trip, using the words:

In the name of Allah (SWT), I am the slave of Allah (SWT), get out, enemy of Allah!” (Musnad Ahmad, vol:4, pg. 170, and Al-Hakim, who declared it sahih)

Afterwords, the son showed no more signs of his symptoms.  There is also a story about who the Prophet was accosted by a jinn once (the word used for the jinn was once again Shaytan, but like previously stated, that doesn’t always mean Satan himself), but was able to force the jinn into submission (not necessarily through any sort of physical strength, but through faith and the aegis of Allah) (Sahih al-Bukhari Vol. 2 Bk.22 No.301). Even a companion (RA) of the Messenger (SAW) had the opportunity and the ability to fend of a jinn (Sunan ad-Darimi). So as you can see, the Messenger of Islam (SAW) and his Sahaba (RA), or Companions, had experiences with jinn, overpowering them, and even exorcising them. Therefore, even the most literal and narrow interpretation of the Bible verses ensure that Islam was NOT the result of Muhammad (SAW) being deceived by the devil. Mind you, these aren’t all just healings – these are exorcisms. I personally am not sure how Christians view healing, but presumably they view healing as something that can be mimicked Satan. Otherwise, I would launch into the VAST miracles of healing in Islam (ruqyah), performed by the Prophet (SAW), the Sahaba (RA), and others, all the way down to modern times. As a matter of fact, Muslims still practice exorcisms to this very day, with people like Sheikh Bilal Philips (RH) and Sheikh Yasir Qadhi (RH) being very knowledgeable in the matter.

A second way to determine that Muhammad (SAW) was not deceived by the devil, at least from a Christian perspective, is to look at it theologically/philosophically. You see, if Satan really did deceive Muhammad (SAW), that means that God Almighty let the Muslims be deceived, despite our prayers to seek refuge in God Almighty form Satan. Even more so, after God Almighty let this happened, He never rectified Satan’s endeavor. God Almighty never sent another angel, vision, or anything similar to the Prophet (SAW), warning him of Satan’s ploys. Something that came up: if something did happen like that, it would have undoubtedly have been mentioned in a book of hadith or something similar. We have many stories of the prophet which, if someone were trying to hide the truth, would not have included in books and have passed onto future generations for fear of misunderstanding or embarassment. However, it is clear after reading something like Sahih al-Bukhari that the scholars did not include or exclude stories based on how good or bad it would make Islam look, but on how authentic the story was.

It would have been in deception and undeserved ignorance that God Almighty let Muslims die from the first revelation of the Qur’an to this very day. Even though Islam would have taught Muslims to love and cherish Allah (SWT), to bond and kindle a relationship with Him, to do good, to stay away from evil, etc., God Almighty still chose to let the Muslims live in their delusions; basically, someone who was born Muslim has already been sentenced to Hell for all eternity without ever being given a chance, unless they meet a knowledgeable – enough Christian who could help shed light for the Muslim (Christians believe strictly that unless you accept Christ as your Savior that you are damned to Hell, but Muslims are taught that each individual is judged according to their own circumstances – even though a lot of the Qur’an and ahadith speaks in generalizations, it is made clear that the you cannot apply these generalizations to specific individuals, ergo you cannot say so-and-so is going to Hell just because he is Muslim).

This is a total contradiction to a fair and just Creator, especially a deity who, without any reason except perhaps compassion, apparently appeared to the murderous and malicious Paul of Tarsus and turned the Nazi-like Jewish persecutor of the Christians into a Christian himself. The bothersome question is, while Muslims are God-conscious, God-fearing, God-loving, and, if anything, totally open to God Almighty and any sort guidance to the Truth, and want nothing more than to be with God Almighty (as any Muslim can attest), God Almighty, if He indeed allowed Satan to deceive Muhammad (SAW), totally abandoned the Muslim community to our doom, whereas people like Paul of Tarsus, who really didn’t care about the Truth, or pleasing God Almighty, but rather felt more pleasure in killing “heretics,” received a vision from Jesus (AS) himself…WHY? Doesn’t God Almighty unconditionally love all human beings?

Because Christians make acceptance of Christ the only criteria for salvation, salvation in Christianity is based solely on whether God Almighty wants you to be with Him or not in Heaven, for if He does want you in Heaven, no amount of evil nor disobedience will stop Him from miraculously guiding you from salvation. Likewise, if God Almighty decides to reject you, no amount of godliness, Truth-seeking, prayer, contemplation, or sacrifice will ever invoke Him on giving you in an iota of guidance. The Christians seem to try to make it sound like there is nothing wrong with this condition, and at first, this may seem acceptable for Muslims, for its true that Allah (SWT) guides who He wills or rejects who He wills (Qur’an Ch.14 v.4), but further reading of the Qur’an says otherwise. In truth, Allah (SWT) may misguide those who refuse to believe, who refuse to seek and accept the Truth, whereas may also guide those who are trying to seek the Truth. In Islam, it is taught that honestly seeking the Truth will give you an answer, whereas in Christianity (if this theory against Muhammad (SAW) is taken to be true), no matter how much you seek the Truth, you have no promise that God Almighty loves  you enough to send you appropriate guidance. In essence, if Allah (SWT) truly did allow Muhammad (SAW) to be deceived by Satan, He would have committed a gross injustice by allowing such righteousness-oriented and Truth-seeking people and the Messenger (SAW), the Sahaba (RA), and everyone else, all the way to even my own grandparents, to believe in a lie without giving us a chance to even choose and decide, giving us a chance to be convinced (for surely, God Almighty wants us to be convinced when we accept His religion, not just taking a leap of blind faith).

There are other reasons, too, such as when Jesus (AS) is reported to have said to watch out for false prophets by looking at their fruit (Matthew 7:15-20). The fruits of Islam have been the the encouragement of marriage and family life, the banning of alcohol, the banning of sexual promiscuity, the development of women’s right along with human rights in general and even animal rights, the advancement and spread of basically every field of knowledge there is, encouragement of proper social manners/conduct, propagation of good personal hygiene, the fostering of the love of God Almighty and the urge to seek the Truth, etc. There is a plethora of evidence, if only people cared to look. However, it is my opinion that the two main points mentioned above enough at least to prompt more exploration into the matter, and to me, enough to thoroughly prove that Islam is NOT a product of Satan (at least from an honest Christian perspective).

– Farhan R.


~ by Far7anR on November 11, 2008.

13 Responses to “Was Muhammad (SAW) Truly Deceived by Satan?”

  1. assalam alikum thats a great website can u plez vs ali sina cause he was a muslim now he converted cause he beats evryone and there is a prize thank you

  2. some of the things you say here are pro-christian like for example making Paul into a Christian out of compassion. If following Christ wasn’t the right way, then why would God do this? Do you pick and choose what you believe from the Bible whilst believing that it is fallible? hmmm

  3. Hi Farhan, volumes can be said about what you have written here however, I would like to brush up on just one question that you posed “The bothersome question is, while Muslims are God-conscious, God-fearing, God-loving, and, if anything, totally open to God Almighty ….. totally abandoned the Muslim community to our doom, whereas people like Paul of Tarsus, who really didn’t care about the Truth, or pleasing God Almighty, but rather felt more pleasure in killing “heretics,” received a vision from Jesus (AS) himself…WHY? Doesn’t God Almighty unconditionally love all human beings? This implies that salvation of Christianity is based solely on whether God Almighty wants you to be with Him or not in Heaven, for if He does want you in Heaven, no amount of evil nor disobedience will stop Him from miraculously guiding you from salvation.”

    Well, the answer is quite simple, part of which you answered yourself. God does care and love all unconditionally. This is the very reason why even Paul who use to persecute Christians became a true Christian. By your definition only the God fearing people have a right to God’s love. No, God gives even the non-God fearing an equal chance to change their lives around, it’s up to them whether to take God’s path or continue with their sinful lives. Paul, could have ignore the vision and could have continued in his persecutions but he didn’t, did he. He too came to God.If anything this gives me even more encouragement even though I am sinner God can still choose me too! What a wonderful assurance that is.

  4. Hi Joe, thanks so much for your input. Sadly, I think you totally missed my point. I never argued that only God-fearing people deserved guidance. You say that even someone as hopeful as Paul got saved, so that gives us hope. However, the Muslims were earnestly seeking His guidance, with all sincerity. My question was that why did someone as hopeless as Paul receive guidance, and yet God let the Muslims, who had just rediscovered monotheism, wander around unguided? Why didn’t God give Muhamamd (SAW) a vision like He gave Paul? Doesn’t God love the Arabs? Doesn’t God love Muslims? I don’t have a problem with God saving who he wants, but I do have a problem when you tell me that God will totally ignore literally an empire of Muslims who want nothing more than to get to know the One True God on a personal level. You may not believe me, but I don’t care, because God Almighty knows the Truth behind the words I type. He knows just how sincere Muslims are. It doesn’t make sense that God would practically show Himself to some people in visions who don’t care about God, and yet when Muslims pray to God 17 times a day asking for guidance from Him and Him alone, He just abandons them to their folly. That makes no sense at all. Take a step back from your Christian emotions which cloud your logic, and look at this from a purely theological/rational level, though I doubt you can do that due to the irrational nature of Christianity. I don’t mean that in an offensive sense, but in the sense that Christians don’t seem to care what makes sense or doesn’t make sense, as long as they think it feels right. At least, that is what I have heard a plethora of Christians say.

    – Farhan R.

  5. Hi G,

    Sorry for the delay, I have been soooooooo busy…But yeah, as far as Paul goes, I never that I believed God Almighty saved Paul and made him compassionate, but rather I was just following the Christian thought process. I don’t pick and choose anything from the Bible – what it says really doesn’t matter to me in terms of my personal belief and practices, nor does it matter to my salvation. If I ever read the Bible, its for research and understanding. And I don’t believe that the Bible is fallible – I actually KNOW that it has been CORRUPTED, no doubt about it. I mean, your Bible scholars literally put the Surgeon General’s warning on it saying so either in the introduction, footnotes, or both.

    – Farhan R.

  6. the histoty of hira is not here please get in this web site .

  7. READ GALATIANS 1:8, a loving true God would tell us what we need for salvation and what to watch out for. Jesus was God and there was no further revelation needed after the Lord came and told us what we needed. Anyways just like the Mormon revelation was of the devil so was the Muslim, it is straight deception. An impersonal God who you have made in your own image, that is idolatry.

  8. Islam is a crazy psychological state of mind, no need to try to prove the opposite reality s out there to prove it . I don’t know if mohammed was inspired by Iblis but for sure he was a false prophete . If it’was Allah who dictated the book Coran to him this book is the proof that the so Call “Allah ” is completly Crazy, nothing to do with God read it and you will undestand by yourself, this book is a complete fraud

  9. This a great site.I really enjoyed d flow of ur analysis.It’s based on pure logical.I have come 2 understand d extent to which an ideology can make one stupid.ur argument will not will be valid only if God if isn’t just.

  10. Hey/salaams to all,

    Sorry it took me so long to get back to you guys!

    Yusuf, thanks for the kind words, but I doubt Ali Sina would bother changing anything. He will probably conjure up some obscure excuse for rejecting what I have to say. Real scholars have said more than what I have, and said it more lucidly, but people like Ali Sina tend to look for what appeals to their worldview rather than what is the truth.

    G, I am not sure what you mean by saying that some of what I wrote is pro-Christian. You talk about what I said about Paul. Please understand that I am not saying that I belive that Paul is a Muslim or that God granted Paul salvation.

    The point I was making is that Christians who think that Satan decieved Muhammad (SAW) with Islam also generally believed that God saved Paul from a life of hatred and malice. However, Paul wasn’t searching for God, while Muhammad (SAW) habitually went into long escapes of meditation and contemplation to find God, yet according to Christians God guided malicious Paul and allowed the searching and seeking Muhammad (SAW) and all the Muslims thereafter to fall to Satan’s deception. Isn’t there something wrong with that? All Christians say that we should pray to God to show us the truth and help us get close to Him and protect us from Satan – well, Muslims since Muhammad (SAW) have done that. If Christianity is the truth, why didn’t God save Muhammad (SAW) and his community from Satan’s deception?

    Abduselam, I am not sure if you are trying to lead me to another site or our encouraging to write about the history of the Cave of Hira (I guess you mean the first revelation in particular?). I did not include it because ample material on that event is availbale all over the Internet, and it wasn’t directly relevant to my method on answering the question. Most Christians have a general enough idea on what happened, and the issue isn’t whether or not they know the details, but rather how they interpret the story.

    Allahisfalse and gabriel jung, thank you both for your input, but I don’t know if you even read the post. If you would do so and read it now with your questions in mind, you would see that I directly address your accusations. Comments like yours make other intellectually honest Christians look bad, so please use your minds as well as yoru heart instead of just blind emotions. May God guide us all.

    Hassan Oluwafemi, thank you for your kind words, and I am very happy you enjoyed the read. Insha’Allah people will come to understand Islam clearly and easily for the beauty that it is!

    Thank you all for taking the time for your comments, and insha’Allah I plan on working on this site again, so be sure to visit often!

    God bless,
    Farhan Rashid


  12. What Jesus taught and the miracles he performed were witnessed by hundreds and thousands of people. His teachings were clear and recorded by 40 different authors from various backgrounds. Mohammed on the other hand is the ONLY witness to the revelations that are claimed to have been conveyed by Angel Gabriel direct from God. I could never in a million years base my faith on what ONE MAN is claiming. So many who were alive during the times our Lord walked this earth were there and witnessed the remarkable events that transpired.

  13. How could the koran contradict virtually every proven biblical truth and muslims claim bible is corrupted, whereas the last books of the bible were written hundreds of years before the koran. I truly smell rat about the koran and the bible itself warned of false revelations by false angels and prophets

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