Liberal media outlet says that Xtians need to accept Muhammed as a prophet
BY ROBERT SPENCER
The Leftist establishment continues to shill for Islam. Can you imagine the Huffington Post publishing a piece called “Why a Muslim Can View Jesus As the Son of God”? Of course not. While unstintingly hostile to Christianity, for some unknown reason (Saudi princes lining their pockets?) the Left in the West is intent on making sure that people have a positive view of Islam, and never, ever question whether the jihadis who keep on justifying murder by quoting the Qur’an might have something to do with Islam.
And so once again Craig Considine, who has likened Muhammad to George Washington, hailed Muhammad as a “universal champion of human rights,” and claimed that Christianity has a concept of jihad just like Islam’s. He pulls off these feats of legerdemain by employing a very simple method: ignoring what doesn’t fit his thesis, as he does here.
“Why a Christian Can View Muhammad As A Prophet,” by Craig Considine, Huffington Post, January 26, 2016:
As an advocate of interfaith dialogue, particularly between Christians and Muslims, I’m often faced with the issue of conversion. People ask me, “If you admire Prophet Muhammad so much, why don’t you convert to Islam? Why don’t you accept him as “the seal”? I see these questions popping up on my Twitter and Facebook feeds more than you might imagine.
Basically, me admiring Prophet Muhammad isn’t “enough” for Muslims; in their eyes, I must take a few concrete steps towards Islam to be fully recognized as a “true believer.” Otherwise, I’m just a weirdo Christian who respects Muhammad, but doesn’t recognize him as a “the man.” Christians, on the other hand, have called me “pseudo Catholic” and “infidel” for my positive writings about Muhammad. For these Islamophobes, I’m quite simply a heretic.
Note Considine’s usage of the smear term “Islamophobe.” An “Islamophobe” is supposedly someone who has an irrational hatred of Islam — and for what did his Christian interlocutors earn this label? They called him a “pseudo-Catholic” and “infidel” for his “positive writings about Muhammad.” Considering Islam’s rejection of the divinity, crucifixion, resurrection and salvific mission of Christ, it’s perfectly reasonable for these Christians to have considered Considine to have departed from the faith by writing positively about Muhammad. But to Considine, it only means that they hate Islam.
There’s no way around it. Perhaps my work is irritating to Muslims and Christians because I’m pushing a few traditional boundaries and making people question the very heart of their religious traditions and identities.
Or maybe it is irritating to Muslims and Christians because he is ignoring the manifest contradictions between the doctrines of the two faiths.
Here’s the main issue according to popular narratives: Muslims must recognize Jesus as a prophet of God, as laid out explicitly in the Qur’an. Muslims are’t [sic] at risk of anything when they say “I believe in Jesus.” However, if we switched the situation (“I’m a Christian. I believe in Muhammad as a prophet”), people might start to question my credibility as a self-professed Christian. People might say, “Jesus is the only way. You’ve turned your back on God. You’re no longer Christian.”
Note the sleight of hand. Considine suggests that Islam is more open-minded and generous than Christianity, since Muslims can say “I believe in Jesus,” but Christians can’t say “I believe in Muhammad as a prophet” without being read out of Christianity. But he can only imply this by rigging his analogy. The actual equivalent of his saying, “I’m a Christian. I believe in Muhammad as a prophet” would be for a Muslim to say, “I’m a Muslim. I believe in Jesus as the Son of God” — which the Qur’an strenuously, emphatically and repeatedly denies. If a Muslim said that, Muslims would tell him, “Jesus is only a prophet. You’ve turned your back on Allah. You’re no longer Muslim.”
I’m writing this piece to explain why I disagree with the idea that Christians can’t recognize Muhammad as a prophet. Really, what is in question here is the definition of “prophet.” “Prophet” can be defined as “a person regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God.” Outside of the dictionary, I’ve always understood “prophet” to mean a messenger of a Higher Power who works on earth to bring justice and peace to humanity.
Let me say this right off the bat: I fully recognize Muhammad’s greatness. He was an exceptional person; he might even be the greatest and most influential human being ever to walk the face of the earth. Prophet Muhammad brought love, peace, and much more to a part of the world that had little of these things.
Odd, then, if Muhammad brought love and peace, why the Islamic world is in flames. Flat statements such as “Prophet Muhammad brought love, peace, and much more to a part of the world that had little of these things” are simply fatuous, in that they ignore, and expect readers to ignore, the fact that Muslims all over the world are killing people and invoking Muhammad’s words and deeds to justify those killings. Craig Considine’s balloon may never land, but he can’t expect to carry everyone else along on his cloud of self-delusion and denial just by asserting a manifest absurdity.
One of the most overlooked aspects of Muhammad’s character is his fierce anti-racist stance. He made the unprecedented move of considering both white people and black people as equals in the eyes of God. Yet many Christians still refuse to recognize Muhammad as an “inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God” (read: a prophet). The issue for some Christians, perhaps, is that Muhammad claims to have the last and universal truth. This rubs some Christians the wrong way. Only Jesus can make this claim.
In reality, Muhammad was a white man who owned black slaves: “A man entered the mosque on camel and made it kneel down, and then tied his leg with rope. He then asked: Who among you is Muhammad? The Messenger of Allah was sitting leaning upon something among them. We said to him: This white man who is leaning.” (Sunan Abu Dawud 486) “Narrated Umar:I came and behold, Allah’s Messenger was staying on a Mashroba (attic room) and a black slave of Allah’s Messenger was at the top if its stairs.” (Sahih Bukhari 9.91.368) And aside from claiming to have the last and universal truth, other aspects of Muhammad’s message that rub some Christians (and others) the wrong way are warfare against unbelievers, hatred of Jews, women’s inferiority, and more. But Craig Considine thinks so little of his readers that he doesn’t consider such things even to dismiss them.
In conversations I’ve had with Muslims, a frequent topic of discussion is Muhammad is “the seal of the prophets.” They add that both Moses
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