T h e C o t o p a x i a n P r e s s
Some things about Mohammed and Islam
From the Library of Universal History, by Israel Scott Clare, Vol. 5
This work was accepted by major universities at the time of printing - 1908. Of course it isn't used in teaching now.
Now it's history. - and online.
pp 1766 "Mohammed's father, Abdallah, was an idolator; But his mother, Emina, was a Jewess, who had been converted to Christianity, and from whose early instructions the great Arabian Prophet probably derived the religious impressions for which he was distinguished even in boyhoood."
It wouldn't surprise me to see a LOT of "christians" side with Islam in the future.
pp1777 "We must remember that at this time Mohammed taught a kind of modified Judaism. He came to restore the monotheistic religion of the honored patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He constantly quoted the Jewish sacred books - the Old Testament and the Talmud - for his authority. "
(So, much as Satan quoting G-d to Eve)
"He professed to be an inspired prophet, but not a teacher of any new doctrine. His declared mission was to revive the universal monotheism which God had taught to man in the very beginning - the religion of all true patriarchs and prophets."
The essential doctrine of Mohammed's religion at this time was the Unity of God and his supremacy and providence. The duty of this new religion was Islam, or submission to the Divine will. Its worship consisted of prayer and alms-giving. At this time the prophet did not make belief in himself the main point of his religion. That religion consisted in professing the Unity of God, and in submitting wholly to God. The Mohammedans, or followers of Mohammed, were called Moslems, or Mussulmans, 'true believers.'"
"The semi-Judaized pilgrims from Yatreb to Mecca were quite prepared to accept Mohammed's teachings. At the time of the pilgrimage the Prophet met many of them, and they promised to become his disciples. The took the following pledge: "We will not worship any but the One God; we will not steal, nor commit adultery, nor kill our children (female); we will not slander at all, nor disobey the Prophet in anything that is right.' This was subsequently known as the 'Pledge of Women,' because it did not require them to fight for Islam. This faith made rapid progress among the idolators at Yatreb - much more than the Jewish system. The Jews required too much of their proselytes. They insisted on these proselytes becoming Jews, and demanded a change of all their previous customs; but Mohammed simply asked for submission. ( thus allowing them to continue with idolatry, similar to Constantine/Roman Catholic Church "converting" idolaters into "church" members)
pp1779 "Mohammed's flight from Mecca to Yatreb - which occurred in the summer of A.D 622 - is called the Hegira, and is the point from which the Mohammedans reckon time,..."
"Thus Mohammed yielded to the temptation which Christ resisted"
"up to the Hegira the prophet of Mecca might also truthfully have said: 'My kingdome is not of this world.' But after that date the sword was to serve him as his most faithful servant i building up Islam. His ends were the same as before. His object was still to establish the worship of the one true and living God. but his means thereafter were of the earth, earthly. He no longer contented himself with the arts of persuasion, but assumed a tone of command. He declared that the period of long suffering and patience was past, and that his mission and that of every Moslem was to propagate the dominion of Islam by the sword. The duty of all Mussulamans was to destroy the temples of the infidels, to overthrow the idols, and to pursue the unbelievers to the remotest quarters of the world."
"Said Mohammed: 'The sword is the key of heaven and of hell. A drop of blood shed in the cause of Allah, an night spent in arms, is of more avail than two months of fasting and prayer. Whoever dies in battle, his sins are forgiven.'"
pp1785 "The Kaaba was purified by Mohammed's orders; all traces of idolatry being removed from this national sanctuary, except the celebrated Black Stone, an aerolite venerated by the Arabs from and unknown age, the reverence for which was so deeply fixed in their hearts that it was not easily eradicated."
So from it's beginning, idolatry was allowed to mix with Mohammed's religion of Islam.
Some Moslems claim they don't worship the Black Stone. However, all moslems pray towards it five time a day.
You be the judge.
The Black Stone on wikipedia
"The Black Stone was revered well before the rise of Islam. By the time of Muhammad, it was already associated with the Kaaba - a pre-Islamic shrine that was revered as a sacred sanctuary and a site of pilgrimage."
" It is the eastern cornerstone of the Kaaba, the ancient sacred stone building towards which Muslims pray, in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
"Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba as part of the Tawaf ritual of the Hajj. Many of them try, if possible, to stop and kiss the Black Stone seven times, emulating the kiss that Islamic tradition records that it received from the Prophet Muhammad. If they cannot reach it, they point to it on each of their seven circuits around the Kaaba"
This is similar to the Catholic saying they don't worship Mary but rather, they "venerate" her. They bow down to, kiss, adore, and do a whole lot of praying to statues of Mary, yet claim this isn't worship. Gobbledegook.
Of course it's idolatry.
This gobbledygook theology is bound to turn off any sane non-"religious" person seeking answers to intelligent life questions. That is, of course, what Satan seeks to achieve.
There are stark historic similarities between Roman Catholicism during the Inquisition and Islam. Their conquest ("converting") was accomplished by the sword. Islam, now the world power, can still conquer by the sword.