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How Islam improves on Christianity?
By Sami Zaatari
Some time ago an author of the Answering-Islam team wrote an article titled: Does Islam improve on Christianity. Basically the writer was trying to show that Islam did not improve on Christianity, for interested readers, my rebuttal to that article can be found here:
In this present article, I shall show how Islam does improve on Christianity.
1- Islam forbids alchol, Christianity does not.
This essential law is a main improvement on Christianity, unlike Christianity, no amount of alcohol is allowed to be consumed or sold in Islam.
O ye who believe! Intoxicants (al-khamru) and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are AN ABOMINATION,- OF SATANíS HANDWORK: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper. Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants (al-khamri) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain? S. 5:90-91 A. Yusuf Ali
This law essentially will help the community in many ways, it will lead to less drunken people, and with less drunk people you have a safer and better environment. As we all know, alcohol contributes to several negative factors. It makes people drunk, and when people are drunk they can get violent, or they could get exploited, or they could get into a major accident.
Alcohol also causes addiction, and damage to the human body. I have already discussed the issue of alcohol and its negative factors in these articles: †
2- Islam calls for faith and good works, Christianity is all about faith only
One of the most common things we hear from Christians is that Islam is about good works. That Muslims get to heaven by works, while for a Christian it is about believing in the death and resurrection Jesus Christ. However so, this is a mistake from the Christian, since like the Christian, the Muslim must also have faith and without faith his good works means nothing. As the Quran says:
YUSUFALI: By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),
YUSUFALI: Verily Man is in loss,
YUSUFALI: Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy
tafsir of Ibn Kathir on these verses:
Al-`Asr is the time in which the movements of the Children of Adam occur, whether good or evil.
Malik narrated from Zayd bin Aslam that he said, "It is the evening.'' However, the first view is the popular opinion. Thus, Allah swears by this, that man is in Khusr, which means in loss and destruction.
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(Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds) So Allah makes an exception, among the species of man being in loss, for those who believe in their hearts and work righteous deeds with their limbs.
(And recommend one another to the truth,) This is to perform acts of obedience and avoid the forbidden things.
(And recommend one another to patience.) meaning, with the plots, the evils, and the harms of those who harm people due to their commanding them to do good and forbidding them from evil. This is the end of the Tafsir of Surat Al-`Asr, and all praise and thanks are due to Allah.
So note, in Islam it is a combination, you must have faith and you must also do good works. Both are combined together, and without one, the other is useless. This is absent from Christianity, in Christianity good works means absaloutly nothing as the Christian always says, its only about faith.
3- Islam prohibits the killing of women and children, Christianity advocates itís and does not prohibit it.
Christians always like to claim that Islam is a religion of terror, and promotes the killing of innocent people etc. However so, when we examine the claims, we find it is the Bible which is terror filled. Islam explicitly prohibits the killing of women and children as this authentic hadith of the prophet proves:
Volume 004, Book 052, Hadith Number 257.
Narrated By 'Abdullah : During some of the Ghazawat of the Prophet a woman was found killed. Allah's Apostle disapproved the killing of women and children.
Volume 004, Book 052, Hadith Number 258.
Narrated By Ibn 'Umar : During some of the Ghazawat of Allah's Apostle a woman was found killed, so Allah's Apostle forbade the killing of women and children.
The prophet of Islam ordered the Muslims to not kill women and children, Allah the God of Islam orders the Muslims to obey the prophet Muhammad in the Quran. There will be no need for me to post the Biblical passages showing women and children being slaughtered in the Bible, just visit these articles:
4- Salvation in Islam is very pure and simple, to submit to God. In Christianity your salvations rests on believing in torture and blood-shed
One of the most disturbing things about Christianity is that to be saved, you have to believe that an innocent man died for you, an innocent man who did no wrong, paid for your crime. This innocent man was tortured, and given one of the most painful deaths, and basically you have to believe in such barbarity to be saved!
This is nothing like the beauty of Islam, were you only have to submit your will to God and believe in him. Why should you lay your salvation on a man who was beaten, tortured, for a crime he did not commit! Christians are saved by the blood, and torture and the brutal death of Jesus. You would think this is Satanism unless someone told you it was Christianity!
5- Islam is a non-racist religion, Christianity is racist
Christians often like to claim that Islam is a racist religion; however to the contrary, they seem to have mixed Christianity with Islam, since it is their own faith which is the racist one. For starters, Islam is not racist at all:†
The prophetsí farewell sermon:
"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that he will indeed reckon your deeds. Allah has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligations shall henceforth be waived. Your capital is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. Allah has judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due to Abbas ibn 'Abd'al Muttalib [the Prophet's uncle] be waived.
Every right arising out of homicide in pre-islamic days is henceforth waived and the first such right that i waive is that arising from the murder of Rabiah ibn al Harithibn.
O People, the unbelievers indulge in tampering with the calender in order to make permissible that which Allah forbade, and to forbid that which Allah has made permissible. With Allah the months are twelve in number. Four of them are holy, three of these are successive and one occurs singly between the months of Jumada and Shaban.
Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope of that he will be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under Allah's trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right, then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with anyone of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste. O People, listen to me in earnest, worship Allah, say your five daily prayers, fast during the month of Ramadhan, and give your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to.
All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over a white - except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belogs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not therefore do injustice to yourselves. Remember one day you will meet Allah and answer your deeds. So beware: do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me, and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand my words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Qur'an and my Sunnah and if you follow these you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O Allah, that I have conveyed Your message to Your people."
It canít get any more clear than that, the prophet Muhammad made it clear, an Arab is no better than a non Arab and a white is not better than a black and vice-versa.
Now when we look at the Bible, we found that racism is advocated:
you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among
you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including
those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property,
passing them on to your children as a
permanent inheritance. You
may treat your slaves like this, but the people of
Note the racism, only the non-Israelites can be made into slaves, however if you are an Israelite then you cannot be a slave.
We also find racism in the New Testament placed on the lips of Jesus:
Matthew 15: 21-28
Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of
So note, a lady comes to Jesus asking for help, but since she is a non-Israelite Jesus ignores her at first. But after a while, he finally answers her and likens her to a dog! It is obvious that this fake Jesus had the same racist mentality of the Jews of his period, which is that gentiles were not equal with them, and was basically inferior etc.
Now let me make it clear, I do not believe Jesus was ever racist, I very much doubt that Jesus would ever speak like this, I believe this to be a lie placed on the lips of Jesus to simply insult gentiles. Similar to the insults against Ishmael in the OT.
6- In Islam slaves are equal to you, in Christianity slaves are mere possessions
It may come as a surprise to many, but the black slave trade committed by white European-American Christian's is completely legitimate with the Bible. These men believed they were doing no wrong because they were simply being good Bible believing Christians.
The Bible advocates the torture of slavery, and the slave trade in all its forms. Here is an example of the Bible allowing the torture of slaves:
When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property
So as you can see, if you hurt your slave a lot, and IT doesnít die, then you get away with it. The reason I refer to the slave as IT, is because the Bible views slaves as animals, even lower!
This has no place in Islam:
Some teachings from Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him:
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: "When the slave of anyone amongst you prepares food for him and he serves him after having sat close to (and undergoing the hardship of) heat and smoke, he should make him (the slave) sit along with him and make him eat (along with him), and if the food seems to run short, then he should spare some portion for him (from his own share) - (another narrator) Dawud said:" i. e. a morsel or two". 4097. (Translation of Sahih Muslim, The Book of Oaths (Kitab Al-Aiman), Book 015, Number 4096)"
Narrated Al-Ma'rur: "At Ar-Rabadha I met Abu Dhar who was wearing a cloak, and his slave, too, was wearing a similar one. I asked about the reason for it. He replied, "I abused a person by calling his mother with bad names." The Prophet said to me, 'O Abu Dhar! Did you abuse him by calling his mother with bad names You still have some characteristics of ignorance. Your slaves are your brothers and Allah has put them under your command. So whoever has a brother under his command should feed him of what he eats and dress him of what he wears. Do not ask them (slaves) to do things beyond their capacity (power) and if you do so, then help them.' (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Belief, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 29)"
Narrated Anas: "The Prophet said, 'None of you will have faith till he wishes for his (Muslim) brother [this includes slaves, since a slave is considered a brother as shown above] what he likes for himself.' (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Belief, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 12)"
Narrated Abu Musa: "Some people asked Allah's Apostle, 'Whose Islam is the best? i.e. (Who is a very good Muslim)?' He replied, 'One who avoids harming the Muslims with his tongue and hands.' (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Belief, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 10)"
Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr: "A man asked the Prophet, 'What sort of deeds or (what qualities of) Islam are good?' The Prophet replied, 'To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not Know.' (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Belief, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 11)"
Narrated Abu Musa Al-Ash'ari: "The Prophet said, "Give food to the hungry, pay a visit to the sick and release (set free) the one in captivity (by paying his ransom)." (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Food, Meals, Volume 7, Book 65, Number 286)"
Narrated Asma: "No doubt the Prophet ordered people to manumit slaves during the solar eclipse. (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Eclipses, Volume 2, Book 18, Number 163)"
"'Abdullah b. 'Umar reported that 'Umar b. Khattab asked the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) as he was at ji'rana (a town near Mecca) on his way back from Ta'if: Messenger of Allah, I had taken a vow during the days of Ignorance that I would observe I'tikaf for one day in the Sacred Mosque. So what is your opinion? He said: Go and observe I'tikaf for a day. And Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) gave him a slave girl out of the one-fifth (of the spoils of war meant for the Holy Prophet). And when Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) set the war prisoners free. 'Umar b. Khattab heard their voice as they were saying: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) has set us free. He (Hadrat 'Umar) said: What is this? They said: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) has set free the prisoners of war (which had fallen to the lot of people). Thereupon he (Hadrat 'Umar) said: Abdullah, go to that slave-girl and set her free. (Translation of Sahih Muslim, The Book of Oaths (Kitab Al-Aiman), Book 015, Number 4074)"
If a Muslim beats his slave or slaps him on the face, then he must set him free:
"Zadhan reported that Ibn Umar called his slave and he found the marks (of beating) upon his back. He said to him: I have caused you pain. He said: No. But he (Ibn Umar) said: You are free. He then took hold of something from the earth and said: There is no reward for me even to the weight equal to it. I heard Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: He who beats a slave without cognizable offence of his or slaps him, then expiation for it is that he should set him free. (Translation of Sahih Muslim, The Book of Oaths (Kitab Al-Aiman), Book 015, Number 4079)"
"Abu Mas'ud reported that he had been beating his slave and he had been saying: "I seek refuge with Allah, but he continued beating him, whereupon he said: I seek refuge with Allah's Messenger, and he spared him. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: By Allah, God has more dominance over you than you have over him (the slave). He said that he set him free. This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Shu'ba with the same chain of transmitters, but made no mention of (these words) of his: I seek refuge with Allah, I seek refuge with Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him). (Translation of Sahih Muslim, The Book of Oaths (Kitab Al-Aiman), Book 015, Number 4089)"
puts Christianity to shame with this, Christianity still advocates the brutal
days of slavery, which still goes on secretly in many European countries, and
7- In Islam a lady is free to get a divorce, in Christianity a lady is like a prisoner and cannot get a divorce
One very strange law in Christianity is that women are not allowed to divorce their husbands! The women are only allowed to divorce their husband if the husband commits adultery, and then off course the lady needs proof of this!
How ironic is it that you always hear Christians claiming that Islam doesnít grant freedom to people, especially to women, yet when we actually look at the facts, Christianity advocates barbaric slavery and doesnít give women the basic right of divorce!
Imagine that, in Christianity, a lady who is beaten by her husband or tortured or any of that cannot get a divorce! Here are the relevant passages:
For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. So then, if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress.
1 Corinthians 7:39
A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord
But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.
I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery."
"Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. He answered, "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery."
Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: "A virgin came to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and mentioned that her father had married her against her will, so the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) allowed her to exercise her choice. (Translation of Sunan Abu-Dawud, Marriage (Kitab Al-Nikah), Book 11, Number 2091)"
Volume 7, Book 63, Number 197:
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
The wife of Thabit bin Qais came to the Prophet and said, "O Allah's Apostle! I do not blame Thabit for defects in his character or his religion, but I, being a Muslim, dislike to behave in un-Islamic manner (if I remain with him)." On that Allah's Apostle said (to her), "Will you give back the garden which your husband has given you (as Mahr)?" She said, "Yes." Then the Prophet said to Thabit, "O Thabit! Accept your garden, and divorce her once."
Volume 7, Book 63, Number 198:
The sister of 'Abdullah bin Ubai narrated (the above narration, 197) with the addition that the Prophet said to Thabit's wife, "Will you return his garden?" She said, "Yes," and returned it, and (then) the Prophet ordered Thabit to divorce her. Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: The wife of Thabit bin Qais came to Allah's Apostle and said, "O Allah's Apostle! I do not blame Thabit for any defects in his character or his religion, but I cannot endure to live with him." On that Allah's Apostle said, "Will you return his garden to him?" She said, "Yes."
8- Islam is for mankind, Christianity is not
Whether Christians like to admit it or not, Jesus Christ was sent to the Jews only, and not to the gentiles. So basically the faith that Jesus preached was to the Jews only, not you the gentiles. I already showed a verse showing Jesus' attitude toward a gentile lady, he would not heal her daughter until she begged and begged, and Jesus made it clear that he was sent the Israelites only.
In Islam however, the prophet Muhammad was sent to ALL of mankind:
YUSUFALI: Say: "O men! I am sent unto you all, as the Messenger of Allah, to Whom belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth: there is no god but He: it is He That giveth both life and death. So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the Unlettered Prophet, who believeth in Allah and His words: follow him that (so) ye may be guided."
PICKTHAL: Say (O Muhammad): O mankind! Lo! I am the messenger of Allah to you all - (the messenger of) Him unto Whom belongeth the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. There is no Allah save Him. He quickeneth and He giveth death. So believe in Allah and His messenger, the Prophet who can neither read nor write, who believeth in Allah and in His Words, and follow him that haply ye may be led aright.
YUSUFALI: We have not sent thee but as a universal (Messenger) to men, giving them glad tidings, and warning them (against sin), but most men understand not.
PICKTHAL: And We have not sent thee (O Muhammad) save as a bringer of good tidings and a warner unto all mankind; but most of mankind know not.
Islam is for all of us, Christianity is not.
So in conclusion these are 8 ways in which Islam improves on Christianity. It must be said that there are many other ways in which Islam improves on Christianity.