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A very brief history of Muhammad and Islam

Muhammad: Among Muslims, imagery of Muhammad is widely considered idolatry. Credit: Conservapedia.
Muhammad: Among Muslims, imagery of Muhammad is widely considered idolatry. Credit: Conservapedia.

Muhammad ibn Abdallah ibn Abd al-Muttalib was born in Mecca April 20, 570 AD and died in 632 AD. His youth was marked by poverty and rejection.  His father died soon after he was born. His mother gave him up for adoption at the age of 2 years old. His foster-mother raised him in the highlands south-east of Mecca, in a poor shepherd’s family.  Muhammad started having visions and fits at age 5.  The shepherds that he lived with were afraid he was possessed by the devil and returned him to his mother.  Some medical experts today believe he had epilepsy.  Orphaned at age 6. At age 8 he was cared for by an uncle, who hired him out as a shepherd and at age 10 as a guard and caravan camel driver.  He was probably illiterate.

Age 25: Married his first wife Khadija, a 40-year-old wealthy older widow.

Age 40: Received his first revelation. Khadija and a cousin of hers became his first disciples.

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A depiction of Muhammad receiving his first revelation from the angel Gabriel. From the manuscript Jami’ al-tawarikh by Rashid-al-Din Hamadani, 1307, Ilkhanate period. Credit: Wikimedia commons

Co-opts the moon-god Allah.  By picking, for the god of Islam, the name of the moon-god Allah, particularly revered by Muhammad’s own tribe, the Quraysh, Muhammad helped assure the early success of Islam by avoiding any too radical innovations.

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God is in control — a study on Isaiah 45

God is sovereign. He is in control of all actions and movements of people and nations on Earth. He controls and directs kings, rulers and governments to accomplish His will on Earth. God’s will is to accomplish the salvation of His chosen—the elect—His servants who love Him. (All bold are my emphases added. Square brackets [ ] indicate meanings of words. King James Version Easy-Reading Bible (KJVER) used.)

Cyrus the Great with a Hemhem crown Credit: Wikipedia
Cyrus the Great with a Hemhem crown Credit: Wikipedia

We read in the book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 45;1 Thus says the LORD to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

The Lord God, the God of Israel, calls Cyrus king of Persia His anointed. God said He would give him victory over his enemies and give him treasures and riches (Isaiah 45:2,3). The Lord said He did this for the sake of His chosen ones of Israel.

Isaiah 45:4 For Jacob My servant’s sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name [i.e., Cyrus]: I have surnamed [i.e. to give a flattering title] you, though you have not known Me.

Though Cyrus did not know the Lord God, the Lord called him by name and set him up as ruler over the kingdom. Cyrus, and king of Persia, in confederacy with the Medes, conquered Babylon, which had already conquered Judah and taken many Jews into exile.

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The Lord will overcome

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The rise of Islam in the West

I see this as the Lord’s doing, the same way He sent the Babylonians to carry away Israel into captivity (Jeremiah 29:1-14) or the way He used the Assyrians (Isaiah 10:5)  to chastise Israel for her sins. This time the chastisement is to the Christian Church (spiritually Israel) and again to the chosen people, the Jews, wherever they may be. I believe the Lord  Jesus will come again and restore His assembly of believers, whether they be Jews or Gentiles. And the Lord will Himself judge those who disobey His laws and murder innocent people.