Word for Word, page
The Life of the
Muhammad was born into the Quraysh tribe around A.D.
570. Orphaned at an early age, he found work in the caravan trade. At
25, he married a wealthy widow in the trading business. This wealth
gave him the freedom to visit Mount Hira each year to think.
(This wealthy widow was not Aisha)
On one of these visits in 610, Muhammad is believed by
his followers to have had a vision of Gabriel. The angel told him to
recite in the name of God. Followers of Muhammad believe the angel
then told Muhammad the first of many messages from God.
So far on this page there are a couple of
"Muslims believe" which is good, except for the title.
Muhammad's followers believe that in another vision,
the angel Gabriel took Muhammad to meet Abraham, Moses, and Jesus in
Jerusalem. From Jerusalem, both Muhammad and Gabriel ascended into
heaven, where Muhammad spoke to God.
These revelations confirmed both Muhammad's belief in
one God, or monotheism, and his role as the last messenger in a
long line of prophets sent by God. The God he believed in--Allah--is
the same God of other monotheistic religions, Judaism and
Christianity. Allah, the Arabic word for God, is the word used
in the Qur'an.
How did Muslim beliefs of revelations CONFIRM
Muhammad to be the last messenger? Allah is NOT the God I
worship, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob never told me to torture,
terrorize, or cut off fingers, hands and heads of those who
disbelieve in him (Quran, 8:12-17) or so many other
Spreading the Word
Muhammad began to preach, first to members of
his family, then to the leaders of his tribe and others. When members
of some prominent families accepted Islam, the Meccan leaders became
hostile. Failing to convince Muhammad and his followers to give up
their beliefs, the Quraysh leaders refused to trade with them, causing
the Muslims great suffering. Finally, when Arabs from outside Mecca
became attracted to the message during the pilgrimage, the Quraysh
leaders plotted to kill Muhammad.
End of page 59. There is a large picture of a
beautiful ornate Mosque. Watch these words closely at the caption.
Notice the statement states as fact that Muhammad ascended into
heaven, what is "believed to be" is the place from where he
This monumental building, the Dome of the
Rock in Jerusalem, was completed by the Muslims in 691. The rock is
believed to be the place from which Muhammad ascended into heaven.
These are every word written on pages 58 and
59 of my sons textbook, "Across the Centuries." Now let's look
at how a description of Jesus is given, the "Christian" turn...
Go to page 3
See more direct quotes from
the textbook about Islam.