Islam’s prophet shrouded by myth, devotion

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (RNS) For believers, he is the trustworthy messenger of God, a living link to the divine whose life and teachings animate the lives of an estimated 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. Yet for detractors, Islam’s Prophet Muhammad is a polygamist who spawned a religion that subjugates women, condones violence, and was, […]

  • Thanks for the review of this book. We’re all looking forward to reading it.

  • George Kadlec

    I always liked fairy tales when I was a child. As St. Paul says “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

    Check out the book “islam unveiled” or “The myth of islamic tolerance”
    or any number of books on islam that contain facts to find out the truth. I suggest that people read. Examine the evidence and reach a rational conclusion. I like to call it critical thinking which is something that is not taught in the public school system in this country.

  • murad

    i don’t want to say much but one thing among other things i know about islam is that the one who convert from islam to other religion has to be killed and that is wriiten in the book. people descripe the extremists as the ones who don’t know what is inside the book lol they know it very very well and in their messages to their followers they quote from the quranic verses to show their followers they are the real muselems.

  • Byzcat

    This book is another Muslim whitewash. Mohammed was a pedophile, an adulterer, a cruel, heartless and vengeful charlatan, and a false prophet. He received his twisted views of Christian revelation from Nestorian “Christians” and diaspora Jews in the Arabian desert. He treacherously massacred people to whom he promised safe passage, and sold their women and children into slavery. He stole his nephew’s wife because “Allah” told him it was OK. He doubted the validity of his visions of Gabriel in the cave, unsure of whether he’d encountered an angel or a devil. He became more violent the longer he lived. The Copts relate that Mohammed was killed by Mary the Copt, and that she burned his body with the garbage because he had killed her husband and taken her as one of his “wives”. His youngest wife was 9 years old when she was “married” to Mohammed. As the “Last Prophet”, he has locked his folowers into a 7th century mindset that cannot survive unless it brings everything else down to it’s level. His followers massacred Eastern Christians, swept across North Africa and imposed Islam by violence, and to this day oppress Christians in whatever nations they control. One has only to remember the young Christian girls in Egypt kidnapped from their families and forced to convert to Islam to understand the stance of Islam towards individual freedom of conscience, not to mention the crucifiction of those young girls in Egypt two years ago by good Muslims. I could go on and on. Don’t be deceived by the shills for Islam. It is a pernicious faith, more political than religious. It has little to do with true religion.

  • Thomas

    Just remember that St Francis of Assisi called Mohammed “that wicked slave of the devil”

  • Islam is more a form of government than a religion. There are some very beautiful sayings in the Koran and some contradiction. On the one hand they speak highly of Jesus and his mother Mary but deny his divinity and Moslems are forbidden to hear or read the Gospel, as opposed to the jewish talmud that calls mary a harlot and claims Jesus is in hell. This is what most jews believe, the talmud, not the old testament. Islam is a theocracy that grew due to the fact that once forced to become Moslem you were murdered if you tried to convert to Christ. The Prophet believed that it was satan in the cave at first and Kadija his wife said it was an angel. Moslems are being defamed by the CIA backed Al Quaeda and the Zionist controlled media. It’s a shame because there are many Moslems of good will in the world.
    We must pray that they hear the Gospel.

  • There was NO NEED for a new “prophet” to proclaim Monotheism: Christianity had been doing just that, converting pagan polytheists and sun worshippers for 600 yrs all over the then known world when Muhammad had gone to the cave to be alone. Yes, he was an orphan, and so was not bonded well with others, a misfit in society. There in the cave he was scared to death by a young man whom he thought was a demon or jinn. NOTE WELL that he had NO EXPERIENCE OF BEING REASSURED BY THIS FIGURE WHO LEFT HIM FEARING! But the Virgin Mary was also scared by the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel and WAS IMMEDIATELY REASSURED AND CALMED OF HER FEAR! Why? Because The One God the Creator Who sent him to her is a LOVING FATHER TO HIS CREATURES. To this day no orthodox Muslim is allowed to have that understanding of God (except the Sufis, but they GOT THAT IDEA OF A LOVING GOD FROM THE CHRISTIAN SYRIAN MONKS THEY WERE ADMIRING, and the Sufis are considered heretics by all other Muslims!) No, Muhammad’s concept of God STEMS FROM THAT ORIGINAL EXPERIENCE OF TERROR THAT FIGURE IN THE CAVE GAVE, a sort of quiet menace. A second aspect to that experience in the cave was the FLATTERY OF MUHAMMAD by that same still quietly menacing figure that M. was the last and greatest messenger from God to mankind. These two aspects of M.’s experience in the cave, WHICH IS FOUNDATIONAL FOR ISLAM, cements the understanding of God as POWER THAT DEMANDS SUBMISSION AND THREATENS IF ONE DOESN’T AND THEN FLATTERS IF you if you DO. There is NO “Abba Father”. In fact, Jesus’ prayer the Our Father is considered blasphemous by Islam. No surprise then that M spread his message by force or the threat of force along with occasional amnesty AS A CARROT, whichever was the best way in the circumstance to BRING TO SUBMISSION ALL THE ARABS. POWER they understood! AND having been brought to submission they DO THE SAME TO THE PEOPLES THEY THEN GO AND INVADE. Likewise, the flattery angle leaves in the Submitted a peculiar conceit that they are people to whose government all the rest of the nations must submit. After all, flattery is a form of lying and swells up the head of the one who accepts it, like M.once his WIFE –NOT THE FIGURE HIMSELF– told him that he was visited by Gabriel, making the orphan of no importance the most important figure in history! Finally as to example, the ordinary Christian of the time who took his Faith seriously was FAR MORE MORAL AND SPIRITUAL THAN M.! But there is REALLY NO COMPARISON BETWEEN THE CHRISTIAN SAINTS WHO TOWER OVER THE 10 COMMANDMENTS-BREAKING ACTIONS OF MUHAMMED. THEN there were no miracles to confirm that this man and message came from God and not from the enemy (Satan) or man himself. The carnality of what is considered paradise by Islam as contrasted with INTERPERSONAL LIFE OF LOVE WITH GOD HIMSELF for all Eternity BY HIS GIFT THAT REMOVES ALL FEAR shows that ISLAM CAN NOT HAVE COME FROM GOD OWING TO BOTH ITS FOUNDATIONAL EXPERIENCE AND ITS SUBSEQUENT FRUITS, when compared to Christianity that preceeded it.

  • JBW

    Pete? A MASTERFUL exposition, to say the least…it blows rhe Mohammedans outta the water!!!!!

  • JBW Thanks but I’m employing in contemporary language and historical reference St. Thomas Aquinas’ succint arguments in the Contra Gentiles which REALLY blows them away Cf Bk 1,Chapt 6, 4.

  • Lionel Andrades


    The Catholic Church teaches that Islam is not a path to salvation and that Muslims need to convert to avoid Hell. De jure( in principle) there can be exceptions to Catholic Faith and the Baptism of water.However De facto all Muslims need Catholic Faith and the Baptism of water to go to Heaven and avoid Hell.

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church and Vatican Council II indicate that Mohammad was not saved and was oriented to Hell barring the exceptional. The religion he founded -the Catholic Church and the Bible indicates, is not a path to salvation. The Last Judgment by Giovanni da Modena, is a 15 th century fresco in the cathedral of San Petronio, Bologna it shows the Prophet Muhammad being cast into the flames of Hell.
    Catholics do not accept Mohammad as a prophet, nor Islam as a path to salvation. Muslims in general, according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, need Catholic Faith and Baptism to go to Heaven. They need to be baptized in the only Church Jesus founded, to reap the benefits of His Great Sacrifice for all people, Muslims included.
    Mohammad knew about Jesus Christ and the Church Jesus founded. This is clear in the Quran. Yet he refused to enter it. He had the Gospel preached to him. His soul, Catholic teaching indicates is oriented towards Hell.
    Dante saw Hell with caves and special tortures for different people. There was fire and water, demons and the presence of Satan. He saw suffering which would never ever end in time. The Catholic saints Teresa of Avila and Maria Faustina Kowalski also describe Hell similarly. Dante’s experience of Hell can also be compared with Sr. Josepha Menendez. It is similar to Hell shown by Our Lady to Sr. Lucia at Fatima.
    There are many Muslims who believe that they are doing good and have a good conscience. With mortal sins of faith and morals they are oriented to Hell, while living as Muslims. This is not what God wants of them.
    Vatican Council II actually says that Judaism, Islam and the other religions are not paths to salvation. (Ad Gentes 7) Their followers need Catholic Faith and Baptism in general, to avoid Hell (Lumen Gentium 14).

    The Council asks us to have “a high regard” for the precepts and doctrines of these religions “which often reflect a ray of that truth which enlightens all men” (Nostra Aetate, N.2), but does not anywhere say that these elements are sufficient for salvation.’-Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus, Christ to the World (1981)

    It may be mentioned that Fr. Leonard Feeney taught that defacto everyone needs to enter the Catholic Church through Catholic Faith and the Baptism of water to go to Heaven and avoid Hell –and there were no exceptions.

    This was the dogma of the Council of Florence and the Bull Sanctum of Pope Boniface. This was the ex cathedra dogma of Pope Innocent III, Lateran Council IV (AD 1215), Unam Sanctam, Papal Bull of Pope Boniface VIII, 1302, Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441. According to Ludwig Ott, this teaching has been solemnly defined by the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) and affirmed by the Union Council of Florence, by Popes Innocent III, Boniface VIII, Clement VI, Benedict XIV, Pius IX, Leo XIII, Pius XII and many other popes.
    It was affirmed by the Catholic Church in 1949 in a Letter to the Archbishop of Boston relative to Fr.Leonard Feeney.



  • Lionel Andrades


    The Catholic Church teaches that all people need to enter the Catholic Church for salvation. This was the teaching of the Church before the birth of Mohammad and Islam. There was only one Church which Jesus founded and God the Father wants all people to be united in this change. (Catechism of the Catholic Church).

    The Catholic Church has always taught that anyone who leaves the Church (apostasy) is rejecting Jesus and the Catholic Church, His Mystical Body. The Bible says that Jesus will reject them on the Day of Judgement.

    Vatican Council II, Lumen Gentium 14 states that those who know about the Church, who know about the Gospel and Jesus’ teachings and who yet do not enter the Church through Catholic Faith and the Baptism of water are oriented to Hell.

    Moammar Gaddafi is informed. He knows. He rejects Jesus and the Catholic Church. Vatican Council II says that he is oriented to Hell at the time of death.




  • L.

    Monotheism already has the One, the True, the Real in Jesus Christ. It would seem that mohummed is a faker, a leader of a horrible so-called religion that massacres people, innocent people. The author Saki wants us to think it is a gentle, loving religion and nothing could be farthr from the truth. Jesus taught love and forgiveness. Mohummed obviously taught hatred and murder. It would seem that followers of islam are way off track. . .

  • Jahbalon

    I am more interested in the symbolism behind the text, Gabrial on the horizon with 600 wings to me sounds like sun symbolism. All religion is based on the orbits of stars sun planets and moons. Christianity is a solar cult confirmed no denying, Jewish religion is based mostly on Saturn and Islam mostly on Venus, however I believe occult knowlegde of the sun is also found in Quran. The government is the first and foremost enemy if the planet not Islam or Judaism or Christianity, why do these religions opose each other when they are all saying the same thing? You would think they would unite and fight the real evil societies in this world!

  • Lionel Andrades

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011
    Its a mortal sin to deny the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. It is a sacrilege to receive the Eucharist in this condition- Fr. Gabrielle, priest of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate
    Novus Ordo priest affirms rigorist interpretation of dogma and also Vatican Council II
    An Italian priest who offered the Novus Ordo Mass in Italian today morning at the Salus Populi Romani chapel in the Basilica of St. Mary Majors, Rome, said it was a mortal sin to deny an ex cathedra dogma like the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady or extra ecclesiam nulla salus.

    Fr. Gabrielle said it was a sacrilege to receive the Eucharist in this condition without first going for Confession.

    He was speaking with me in the sacristy after Mass and will be here for a few months. I told him I write on this subject on my blog.

    The dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus (outside the church there is no salvation) says everyone with no exception needs to be a formal member of the Catholic Church for salvation. He agreed this was the teaching of the dogma and of the Catholic Church. Every non Catholic needs to enter the Church for salvation.” If there is no baptism there is no salvation “,said Fr. Gabrielle.It needs to be mentioned that Catholics only give the baptism of water to adults with Catholic Faith (Ad Gentes 7).

    Vatican Council II also says Fr. Gabrielle said that there can be those saved through Jesus and the Church and who may not be members of the Church. It needs to be clarified here that only God knows which non Catholics are saved through Jesus and the Church. So this does not contradict the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.

    Fr. Gabrielle had earlier during the homily spoken about St. Maria Goretti. He also mentioned in the homily that fornicators, or someone who committed a sin of impurity, should not receive the Eucharist, without going for Confession otherwise it would be a sacrilege.

    So I asked him about extra ecclesiam nulla salus.He said presently there was a lot of confusion on this issue.He emphasized the necessity of the Church for the salvation of all people.-Lionel Andrades


    Therefore, all must be converted to Him, made known by the Church’s preaching, and all must be incorporated into Him by baptism and into the Church which is His body. For Christ Himself “by stressing in express language the necessity of faith and baptism (cf. Mark 16:16; John 3:5), at the same time confirmed the necessity of the Church, into which men enter by baptism, as by a door.-Ad Gentes 7,Vatican Council II (Note: All need the baptism of water for salvation and Catholics only give baptism to adults with Catholic Faith. So Ad Gentes 7 is saying that all people need Catholic Faith and the baptism of water for salvation.)

    “Outside the Church there is no salvation”
    846 How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers? Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body:
    Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.-Catechism of the Catholic Church 846 (Note : ‘which men through Baptism as through a door’ was a term used by the Church Fathers for the rigorist interpretation of outside the church there is no salvation).

    CCC 845.To reunite all his children, scattered and led astray by sin, the Father willed to call the whole of humanity together into his Son’s Church. The Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation. The Church is “the world reconciled.” She is that bark which “in the full sail of the Lord’s cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world.” According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood.-Catechism of the Catholic Church n.845 Catechism of the Catholic Church


    This doctrine must not be set against the universal salvific will of God (cf. 1 Tim 2:4); “it is necessary to keep these two truths together, namely, the real possibility of salvation in Christ for all mankind and the necessity of the Church for this salvation”.-Dominus Iesus 20 (Note: Salvation is open for all however to receive this salvation they need to enter the Church).

    Ordinary Magisterium

    Pope Pelagius II (A.D. 578 – 590): “Consider the fact that whoever has not been in the peace and unity of the Church cannot have the Lord. …Although given over to flames and fires, they burn, or, thrown to wild beasts, they lay down their lives, there will not be (for them) that crown of faith but the punishment of faithlessness. …Such a one can be slain, he cannot be crowned. …[If] slain outside the Church, he cannot attain the rewards of the Church.” (Denzinger 246-247)

    Pope Saint Gregory the Great (A.D. 590 – 604): “Now the holy Church universal proclaims that God cannot be truly worshipped saving within herself, asserting that all they that are without her shall never be saved.” (Moralia )

    Pope Innocent III (A.D. 1198 – 1216): “With our hearts we believe and with our lips we confess but one Church, not that of the heretics, but the Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church, outside which we believe that no one is saved.” (Denzinger 423)

    Pope Leo XII (A.D. 1823 – 1829): “We profess that there is no salvation outside the Church. …For the Church is the pillar and ground of the truth. With reference to those words Augustine says: `If any man be outside the Church he will be excluded from the number of sons, and will not have God for Father since he has not the Church for mother.’” (Encyclical, Ubi Primum )

    Pope Gregory XVI (A.D. 1831 – 1846): “It is not possible to worship God truly except in Her; all who are outside Her will not be saved.” (Encyclical, Summo Jugiter )

    Pope Pius IX (A.D. 1846 – 1878): “It must be held by faith that outside the Apostolic Roman Church, no one can be saved; that this is the only ark of salvation; that he who shall not have entered therein will perish in the flood.” (Denzinger 1647)

    Pope Leo XIII (A.D. 1878 – 1903): “This is our last lesson to you; receive it, engrave it in your minds, all of you: by God’s commandment salvation is to be found nowhere but in the Church.” (Encyclical, Annum Ingressi Sumus )

    “He scatters and gathers not who gathers not with the Church and with Jesus Christ, and all who fight not jointly with Him and with the Church are in very truth contending against God.” (Encyclical, Sapientiae Christianae )

    Pope Saint Pius X (A.D. 1903 – 1914): “It is our duty to recall to everyone great and small, as the Holy Pontiff Gregory did in ages past, the absolute necessity which is ours, to have recourse to this Church to effect our eternal salvation.” (Encyclical, Jucunda Sane )

    Pope Benedict XV (A.D. 1914 – 1922): “Such is the nature of the Catholic faith that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole, or as a whole rejected: This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.” (Encyclical, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum )

    Pope Pius XI (A.D. 1922 – 1939): “The Catholic Church alone is keeping the true worship. This is the font of truth, this is the house of faith, this is the temple of God; if any man enter not here, or if any man go forth from it, he is a stranger to the hope of life and salvation….Furthermore, in this one Church of Christ, no man can be or remain who does not accept, recognize and obey the authority and supremacy of Peter and his legitimate successors.” (Encyclical, Mortalium Animos )

    Pope Pius XII (A.D. 1939 – 1958): “By divine mandate the interpreter and guardian of the Scriptures, and the depository of Sacred Tradition living within her, the Church alone is the entrance to salvation: She alone, by herself, and under the protection and guidance of the Holy Spirit, is the source of truth.” (Allocution to the Gregorian, October 17, 1953)

    Extraordinary Magisterium

    Then, as though to set this constant teaching of the Fathers, Doctors and Popes “in concrete,” so to speak, we have the following definitions from the Solemn Magisterium of the Church:

    Pope Innocent III and Lateran Council IV (A.D. 1215): “One indeed is the universal Church of the faithful outside which no one at all is saved…”

    Pope Boniface VIII in his Papal Bull Unam Sanctam (A.D. 1302): “We declare, say, define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff.”

    Pope Eugene IV and the Council of Florence (A.D. 1438 – 1445): “[The most Holy Roman Church] firmly believes, professes, and proclaims that those not living within the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics cannot become participants in eternal life, but will depart `into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels’ (Matt. 25:41), unless before the end of life the same have been added to the flock; and that the unity of the ecclesiastical body is so strong that only to those remaining in it are the sacraments of the Church of benefit for salvation, and do fastings, almsgiving, and other functions of piety and exercises of Christian service produce eternal reward, and that no one, whatever almsgiving he has practiced, even if he has shed blood for the name of Christ, can be saved, unless he has remained in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church.” -from the website


    Vatican Council II says outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation. Extra ecclesiam nulla salus.

    The Catholic Church teaches after Vatican Council II (1965) that all people need to enter the Catholic Church to go to Heaven (Ad Gentes 7, Vatican Council II).

    Catholic Faith with the Baptism of water is the normal, ordinary way of salvation for all people (Lumen Gentium 14, Vatican Council II).The Catholic Church is the ordinary way of salvation for all people (Lumen Gentium 14).Non Catholics however can be saved through the extraordinary means of salvation (Lumen Gentium 16).Only God knows who are the non-Catholics saved through the extraordinary means of salvation; the exceptions. We do not know who the exceptions are. We cannot judge. Jesus, the Church, Scripture and Vatican Council II indicate that the priority is Catholic Faith and the Baptism of water for all people.

    So everyone needs to enter the Catholic Church which is the like the only Ark of Noah that saves in the Flood (CCC).Non Catholic religions have good things in them. However they are not paths to salvation. All salvation comes through Jesus and His Mystical Body the Church. Those non-Catholics who know the above information and yet do not enter the Church are oriented to Hell (Ad Gentes 7, Lumen Gentium 14).Those non-Catholics participating in inter religious dialogue, are educated. They know. They are oriented to Hell.

    Outside the Church there is no salvation. Catholic Faith and the Baptism of water are needed for all people. This is Vatican Council II.

    No where in Nostra Aetate, Vatican Council II is it said that non Catholic religions are paths to salvation.

    Vatican Council II is in harmony with John 3:5, the Church Fathers, Council of Florence, Evangelii Nuntiandi, Redemptoris Missio, Catechism of the Catholic Church, Dominus Iesus, Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Notification on Fr. Jacques Dupuis etc.

    Don’t let people fool you about Vatican Council II. Check the details and affirm the Faith which does not change.

    Jesus called the Catholic Church “…my church…” He told St. Peter that it would prevail against Satan and be there for all time. -Lionel Andrades