A Very Brief Presuppositional Introduction at Refuting Islam
by Mike Robinson
Islam is perfect, there is nothing to be added or changed (Abu Bakar Bashir).
Nothing is like Him (Sura 42:11).*
Some say that Muslims seek to use the sword against all non-Muslims. Many Muslim terrorists have cut off the heads of non-Muslims via a sword. It’s ghastly and troubling to know that many members of a a large religion seek to behead non-members. But Islam has another problem. It impales itself with its incoherent doctrine of Allah. In contrast, the true God is one in nature but has many attributes and exists in three persons (the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit*); whereas the god of Islam is one only, the many different names or attributes that are assigned to him are merely nominal, that is, they are descriptions of his will, and not at all characteristics that are essential to his ontology or being. Allah “is utterly incomparable.”*
”Allah Ta`ala is not a body with a form, or a limited, quantitative substance, not resembling bodies in quantifiability or divisibility, or in being a substance or qualified by substance, or in being an accident or qualified by accidents. He does not resemble anything that exists, nor does anything that exists resemble Him. There is nothing whatsoever like unto Him, nor is He like unto anything. He is not delimited by magnitude, contained by places, encompassed by directions, or bounded by heavens or earth” (Al-Ghazali: Qawa’id, 1.3).
The deity proposed by Islam is a not a self-consistent concept. According to Islam, Allah is above and beyond all distinction. He is absolutely and completely one in every aspect of his being. There is nothing that can compare to Allah or is analogous to him. Consequently, he cannot be a person or a known entity. For, if he has personality or is a person, then he shares something in common with men. If you say that he is a non-personal entity or a thing, then he has many items in common with things. In short, Allah is not a person or a thing, as taught in Islam. Allah is ascribed as wholly and completely incomparable, transcending and beyond all things, as there is nothing that is analogous about him. Correspondently, he cannot be anything, and he is nothing. Something which cannot be a thing is nothing, and cannot exist by definition.
Muslim dogma adds to its theoretical problems in asserting that the Qur’an is the revelation of an eternal book located in Paradise. If Allah is the only eternal being, and nothing exists that is analogous to him, nothing can share anything in common with him in his being and attributes; hence, an eternal book in Paradise cannot exist inasmuch as this would make both Allah and the Qur’an eternal: The Qur’an then would be a distinct feature within Allah. Thus the Qur’an is not a revelation from God; it fails to be what it reveals it is. In essence, it is a self-invalidating and deceptive book. It drills a hole in its own boat of reason.
* Manhaj (منهج): refers to the manner by which truth is reached.
* Masīḥ: The Messiah, Jesus Christ.
* Perichoresis: A theological term concerning the doctrine of the Trinity that specifies the intimate union, mutual indwelling, and mutual interpenetration of the three members of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) in relation to one another within the one God.
* Shirk (شرك): The affirmation of polytheism; idolatry. The sin of believing in any god except Allah and of associating other gods with Allah.
* Tanzih: An Islamic term that means transcendence. The central meaning of tanzih is divine incomparability, which implies Allah’s transcendent distance from all things including men. Allah cannot be likened to anything: “Nothing is like Him” (Sura 42:11). Tanzih indicates distance, transcendence, reverence, and fear. ”Doctrine of divine exemption according to which God is unique and in no way like anything created” (Oxford Dictionary of Islam).
* Yahweh (YHWH): The Lord God of the Bible sometimes imprecisely called Jehovah and the English translation in the Old Testament is LORD (all caps). Christians profess that He is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as one God. He alone is the true and living God. He also calls Himself “I AM that I AM” (Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 43:10-11; John 8:24, 58). He is the only true and living God. Yahweh, in contrast to Allah, has real attributes and is tri-personal in His divine simplicity.
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