Jesus and Muhammad: Persecution, the sword, and their kingdoms

There are many parallels between the lives of Jesus and Muhammad. Both were persecuted, both had the opportunity to use the sword, and both established kingdoms. The Bible and Koran record how these two men responded to the different situations.

When they were persecuted:

Jesus said: "turn the other cheek ... love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you". (Matthew 5:39, 44)

Muhammad said, "fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah (Qur'an 8:39)".

When they had the opportunity to use the sword:

Jesus said: "put back your sword in its place ... for all who draw the sword will die by the sword." (Matthew 26:52)

Muhammad said: "Believers (Muslims), why is it that when you are told: "March in the
cause of Allah," you linger slothfully in the land? Are you content with this life in preference to the life to come? Few indeed are the blessings of this life, compared with those of the life to come. If you do not go to war, He (Allah) will punish you sternly ... Whether unarmed or well-equipped, march on and fight for the cause of Allah, with your wealth and with your persons." (Qur'an 9:38-41)

When they had established their kingdoms:

Jesus said: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations ... teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20). "This is what is written (in the prophets): The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name" (Luke 24:46-47).

Muhammad said: "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that
forbidden(1) which has been forbidden by Allah and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the
religion of Truth(2), (even if they are) of the People of the Book(3), until they pay the
Jizya(4) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." (Qur'an 9:29)

Are all religions the same?

“Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."”
(BEFORE PILATE, John 18:11, 36)

Muhammad said,
“He it is who has sent forth His Apostle with the [task of spreading] guidance and the religion of truth, to the end that He may cause it to prevail over all [false] religion – however hateful this may be to those who ascribe divinity to aught beside God.

“Go forth to war, whether it be easy or difficult [for you], and strive hard in God's cause with your possessions and your lives: this is for your own good – if you but knew it!”
(MEDINA PERIOD, Qu'ran 9:33, 41)


(1) E.g. pork
(2) Islam
(3) Jews and Christians
(4) An additional tax on non-Muslims who are conquered by Muslims

(NB. Not all Korans have the same verse numbering system).


Anonymous said...

The prophecy tells about Ahmad; 'Servant of God' whom will war to correct the wrongs and bringing judgement based on the law of God. He will also liberate Arabia from worshiping molten images. Wilderness (desert), villages and cities will glorify God since then. As can be seen today, whole of Arabia are worshiping,praising God and singing words of God daily.

And we continue reading Isaiah 42:18 - 25; about Children of Israel, whom will still be deaf and blind neglecting the message brought by this 'Servant of God'.

In Isaiah 42:1, it is not a coincidence upon seeing the writing of both אתמך (Atmc) אחמד (Ahmd). And the word before אתמך (Atmc), is עבדי (Abedi~My Servant). For indeed, It is indicating Ahmad; Abedallah (Ahmad; Servant of God).

Not to mention אתמך (Atmc) is a special term foretelling the coming of a righteous man and is used only ONCE throughout the entire Book. [could this be a copying error or an intended error?]

Children of Israel have been foretold upon the coming of Ahmad but sadly, only a few accepts.

Amin said...

Was Islam spread by the sword?