On our last visit into the world and religion of Islam, I pointed out that the Qur’an does not have a proper understanding of the Trinity as believed, taught and understood for 2000 years (or 600 years at the time of the penning of the Qur’an). Rather than describing the Biblical and orthodox understanding of the Trinity as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Qur’an lists the God-head as Allah, the Son and Mary. Hence, the question must be raised as to the nature and understanding of Allah’s foreknowledge, seeing that he could not get this most fundamental teaching of the Bible correct. Now, let us look into some of the “odd” teachings that are set forth in the Hadith; the Islamic collection of the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad.
First, Islam teaches that Adam was created 90 feet tall where Book 55/vol. 4 of Sahih Bukhari states;
“The Prophet said, “Allah created Adam, making him 60 cubits tall. When He created him, He said to him, “Go and greet that group of angels, and listen to their reply, for it will be your greeting (salutation) and the greeting (salutations of your offspring.” So, Adam said (to the angels), As-Salamu Alaikum (i.e. Peace be upon you). The angels said, “As-salamu Alaika wa Rahmatu-l-lahi” (i.e. Peace and Allah’s Mercy be upon you). Thus the angels added to Adam’s salutation the expression, ‘Wa Rahmatu-l-lahi,’ Any person who will enter Paradise will resemble Adam (in appearance and figure). People have been decreasing in stature since Adam’s creation.” (Sahih Bukhari, Book 55: Volume 4, Number 543)
Next, the Hadith teaches, per Muhammad, that Satan will urinate in your ears if you sleep in and miss the morning prayers to Allah;
“It was mentioned before the Prophet that there was a man who slept the night till morning (after sunrise). The Prophet said, “He is a man in whose ears (or ear) Satan had urinated.” (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Book 54: Volume 4, Number 492: Narrated ‘Abdullah)
(NOTE: I am left to wonder how Satan, a created being, possesses the Divine attribute of “omnipresence,” seeing how this is an attribute of God alone. Meaning, How could Satan be in more than one place at one time to urinate in the ears of those many who over-sleep and miss the morning prayer?)
Moving on, yawning is satanic activity in Islam;
“The Prophet said, “Yawning is from Satan and if anyone of you yawns, he should check his yawning as much as possible, for if anyone of you (during the act of yawning) should say: ‘Ha’, Satan will laugh at him.” (Sahih Bukhari, Book 54: Volume 4, Number 509: Narrated Abu Huraira)
Also, the washing of the nose is most vital because Satan hides in there according to Islamic teachings;
“The Prophet said, ‘If anyone of you rouses from sleep and performs the ablution, he should wash his nose by putting water in it and then blowing it out thrice, because Satan has stayed in the upper part of his nose all the night.’” (Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 54, Number 516: Narrated Abu Huraira)
Finally, it is vital that Muslims do not have dogs in their homes, because if they do, Angels will not enter;
“I heard Allah’s Apostle saying; “Angels (of Mercy) do not enter a house wherein there is a dog or a picture of a living creature (a human being or an animal).” (From Bukhari Vol. 4, #448 Narrated Abu Talha)
“Once Gabriel promised to visit the Prophet but he delayed and the Prophet got worried about that. At last he came out and found Gabriel and complained to him of his grief (for his delay). Gabriel said to him, “We do not enter a place in which there is a picture or a dog.” (From Bukhari Vol. 7, #843 Narrated Salim’s father)
I know, you are asking yourself, “How can someone believe such things?” and that is a legitimate question. However, let us all recall that we are Christians due to a five letter word called G-R-A-C-E; “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9, ESV). Hence, let us be in prayer that the Lord will push the message of His truth into these dark regions of the world; where he will enlighten those of the Islamic faith to “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6) and the good news which is only found in Jesus Christ.