127 – “The sacred writings of Islam have retained some Christian teachings; Jesus and Mary receive profound veneration”

For now… Yes, for now the Muslims spread throughout the world are like meek lambs, undoubtedly laughing up their sleeves at the westerners in their search for peace and union with them. We aren’t saying this with our head in the clouds; rather, with great certainty after having examined certain exhortations of the Koran. We all know that this is the sacred book of Islam, the literal and eternal word of Allah and his prophet Mohamed, to whom every Muslim owes absolute fidelity.

The migratory explosion that we witnessed mainly in 2015 reminds us of the story of the Trojan War. After ten long years of siege on the city of Troy, the Greeks were unable to conquer it. Using the symbolic figure of a horse — which was one of the symbols of Athena, the goddess of war, and by legend also a sacred figure for the Trojans — the Greeks constructed a wooden image of great dimensions. After hiding their best warriors within it, the rest of the Greeks soldiers pretended their return to Greece. Seeing the image of the horse, the Trojans did not know what to do with it, but finally decided to carry it into the city in order to praise the goddess Athena. At night, while the entire city slept, the soldiers emerged and began to destroy the city from within, opening the doors to the rest of the army that had hidden on the nearby island of Tenedos, while waiting for the favorable moment of the invasion. In this manner, Troy fell into Greek hands.

Unlike the Trojans, there is no wooden horse to deceive us, but rather a false interpretation of love and mercy. Could this end up being just as the famous horse was for Troy? We should remember that there does not exist two groups of Muslims, moderate or fanatic ones, as some would like us to believe. Rather, there are only Muslims – those faithful to the teachings of Allah who exhorts them, for example, to not wane before the enemies: “so do not waver and call for peace while you have the upper hand” (Surah 47:35). If, far from preaching universal love, the Koran incessantly preaches the superiority of the Muslims over all of the other peoples and religions — to whom they must deal out a harsh and unmerciful treatment — this is the same attitude of Allah toward those who despise his admonitions.

On the other hand, we also recall the words of Jesus to the beloved city of Jerusalem: “As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, ‘If this day you only knew what makes for peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation’” (Lk 19:41-44).

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Quote A

The sacred writings of Islam have retained some Christian teachings; Jesus and Mary receive profound veneration and it is admirable to see how Muslims both young and old, men and women, make time for daily prayer and faithfully take part in religious services. (Apostolic exhortation Evangelii gaudium, no. 252)

Quote B

[Esma Cakir]: What was the significance of that moment of such intense prayer that you had in the Mosque? Was it, for you, a way of turning to God? Is there something in particular that you would like to share with us?
[Francis]: I went to Turkey as a pilgrim, not a tourist. And I went especially for today’s feast. I went precisely in order to celebrate it with Patriarch Bartholomew. It was for a religious reason. But then, when I entered the Mosque, I couldn’t say: now, I’m a tourist! No, it was completely religious. And I saw that wonder! The Mufti explained things very well to me, with such meekness, and using the Quran, which speaks of Mary and John the Baptist. He explained it all to me…. At that moment I felt the need to pray. So I asked him: “Shall we pray a little?”. To which he responded: “Yes, yes”. I prayed for Turkey, for peace, for the Mufti, for everyone and for myself, as I need it … I prayed, sincerely…. Most of all, I prayed for peace, and I said: “Lord, let’s put an end to these wars!”. Thus, it was a moment of sincere prayer. (In-flight press conference from Istanbul to Rome, November 30, 2014)

Teachings of the Magisterium

Table of contents

I ‒ Sacred Scripture, the only Sacred book: its veracity, validity and divine inspiration
II ‒ The Koran: Teachings shared with Christians?
III ‒ References to Jesus and Mary in the Koran
IV ‒ Regarding the “profound veneration” of Jesus and Mary attributed to the Muslims


I Sacred Scripture, the only Sacred book: its veracity, validity and divine inspiration


Sacred Scripture
– Scripture is inspired by God
– No prophecy in Scripture ever came through human will

Saint Augustine of Hippo
– The Scriptures are like letters that come to us from Heaven
– God commanded his own doings and sayings to be written by the disciples for our perusal
– Nonetheless, there are deceivers who make crafty calumnies against the Scriptures

Council of Carthage II (397)
– Nothing except Canonical Scriptures can be called the ‘Divine Scriptures’

Catechism of the Catholic Church
– Christianity is not a “religion of the book”, but the religion of the Word of God, Jesus Christ

Council of Trent (Ecumenical XIX)
– If anyone should not accept the Scriptures as sacred and canonical, let him be anathema

Vatican Council I (Ecumenical XX)
-The Scriptures have come to us from the Apostles…

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)
-…and they were inspired by the Holy Spirit and handed on only to the Church
– The study of the Sacred Scriptures is the soul of sacred theology
– Sacred Scripture must be acknowledged as teaching truth which God wanted solidly, faithfully and without error

Origen
– The inspiration of Sacred Scripture has been revealed and confirmed since the advent of Christ
– The books of Sacred Scripture are of a style that is divine

Benedict XV
God’s grace illumined the sacred writers until the task is accomplished

Saint John Damascene
– The ridiculous things in the Koran of Mohammed


II The Koran: teachings shared with Christians?


– Koran ‒ Surah 2: The Cow
– Koran ‒ Surah 9: Repentance
– Koran ‒ Surah 47: Muhammad
– Koran ‒ Surah 5: The table
– Koran ‒ Surah 25: The Criterion


III References to Jesus and Mary in the Koran


Saint John Damascene
– What the Koran says about Jesus and Mary


IV Regarding the “profound veneration” of Jesus and Mary attributed to the Muslims


Lateran Council V (Ecumenical XVIII)
– Islam treats the way of true light and salvation with complete contempt

Paul VI
– We cannot agree with the Moslem form of religion

Saint Thomas Aquinas
– There is not one pronouncement on the part of the prophets offering Mohammed any witness
– Muhammed seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure

Saint Alphonsus de Liguori
– The Mohametan paradise is only fit for beasts and for filthy sensual pleasure

Appendix: Do Christians share common points of belief with the Muslims? What do the Muslims really believe?


I Sacred Scripture, the only Sacred book: its veracity, validity and divine inspiration


Sacred Scripture

Scripture is inspired by God
No prophecy in Scripture ever came through human will

Saint Augustine of Hippo

The Scriptures are like letters that come to us from Heaven
God commanded His own doings and sayings to be written by the disciples for our perusal
Nonetheless, there are deceivers who make crafty calumnies against the Scriptures

Council of Carthage III (397)

Nothing except Canonical Scriptures can be called the ‘Divine Scriptures’

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Christianity is not a “religion of the book”, but the religion of the Word of God, Jesus Christ

Council of Trent (Ecumenical XIX)

If anyone should not accept the Scriptures as sacred and canonical, let him be anathema

Vatican Council I (Ecumenical XXI)

The Scriptures have come to us from the Apostles…

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

…and they were inspired by the Holy Spirit and handed on only to the Church
The study of the Sacred Scriptures is the soul of sacred theology
Sacred Scripture must be acknowledged as teaching truth which God wanted solidly, faithfully and without error

Origen

The inspiration of Sacred Scripture has been revealed and confirmed since the advent of Christ
The books of Sacred Scripture are of a style that is divine

Benedict XV

God’s grace illumined the sacred writers until the task is accomplished

Saint John Damascene

The ridiculous things in the Koran of Mohammed

II —The Koran: Teachings shared with Christians?


Let us now take a look at some of the “sacred” exhortations of the Koran. Do we share the same ones as in the Bible? Remember that the unbelievers and unfaithful are all those who do not follow Allah and his prophet Mohamed, that is, those who do not profess the religion of the Muslims.

Koran – Surah 2: The Cow

2:90 ‒ And there is a demeaning punishment for the disbelievers.

2:191And kill them wherever you overtake them, and expel them from where they had expelled you. Oppression is more serious than murder.

2: 193And fight them until there is no oppression, and worship becomes devoted to Allah alone. But if they cease, then let there be no hostility except against the oppressors.

Koran ‒ Surah 9: Repentance

9: 12 – But if they violate their oaths after their pledge, and attack your religion, then fight the leaders of disbelief-they have no faith-so that they may desist.

9:14Fight them! Allah will punish them at your hands, and humiliate them, and help you against them, and heal the hearts of a believing people.

9:23 ‒ O you who believe! Do not ally yourselves with your parents and your siblings if they prefer disbelief to belief. Whoever of you allies himself with them-these are the wrongdoers.

9:29Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden, nor abide by the religion of truth-from among those who received the Scripture-until they pay the due tax, willingly or unwillingly.

9:30The Jews said, “Ezra is the son of Allah,” and the Christians said, “The Messiah is the son of Allah.” These are their statements, out of their mouths. They emulate the statements of those who blasphemed before. May Allah assail them! How deceived they are!

9:31They have taken their rabbis and their priests as lords instead of Allah, as well as the Messiah son of Mary. Although they were commanded to worship none but The One God. There is no god except He. Glory be to Him; High above what they associate with Him.

9:38O you who believe! What is the matter with you, when it is said to you, ‘Mobilize [go to war] in the cause of Allah’, you cling heavily to the earth? Do you prefer the present life to the Hereafter? The enjoyment of the present life, compared to the Hereafter, is only a little.

9:39Unless you mobilize [go to war], He will punish you most painfully, and will replace you with another people, and you will not harm Him at all. Allah has power over all things.

9: 73O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be stern with them. Their abode is Hell-what a miserable destination!

9:41Mobilize [go to war], light or heavy, and strive with your possessions and your lives in the cause of Allah. That is better for you, if you only knew.

9:52 ‒ Say, “Are you expecting for us anything other than one of the two excellences? As for us: we are expecting that Allah will afflict you with a punishment from Himself, or at our hands. So wait, we are waiting with you.”

9: 55 ‒ Let neither their possessions nor their children impress you. God intends to torment them through them in this worldly life, and that their souls depart while they are disbelievers.

9: 123 ‒ Let neither their possessions nor their children impress you. God intends to torment them through them in this worldly life, and that their souls depart while they are disbelievers.

Koran ‒ Surah 47: Muhammad

47:4 ‒ When you encounter those who disbelieve, strike at their necks. Then, when you have routed them, bind them firmly. Then, either release them by grace, or by ransom, until war lays down its burdens. Had Allah willed, He could have defeated them Himself, but He thus tests some of you by means of others. As for those who are killed in the way of Allah, He will not let their deeds go to waste.

47:12 ‒ Allah will admit those who believe and do good deeds into gardens beneath which rivers flow. As for those who disbelieve, they enjoy themselves, and eat as cattle eat, and the Fire will be their dwelling.

47:35So do not waver and call for peace while you have the upper hand. Allah is with you, and He will not waste your efforts.[/su_spoiler][/su_accordion]

Koran ‒ Surah 5: The table

5:51-52: ‒ O you who believe! Do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies; some of them are allies of one another. Whoever of you allies himself with them is one of them. God does not guide the wrongdoing people. You will see those in whose hearts is sickness racing towards them. They say, “We fear the wheel of fate may turn against us.”

5:57 ‒ O you who believe! Do not befriend those who take your religion in mockery and as a sport, be they from among those who were given the Scripture before you, [Jews and Christians] or the disbelievers.

Koran ‒ Surah 25: The Criterion

25:52 ‒ So do not obey the disbelievers, but strive against them with it, a mighty struggle.

The Koran contains quotes or sayings of Mohammed collected after his death and organized without any attempt to present them in an historical order. For this reason, as well as those explained in the post “The Catholic faith has nothing to do with Muslim beliefs”, any of these affirmations could be understood to be the inexorable will of Allah.
 One of the trusted authorities of the Hadith, Abu Nu’aym, an esteemed Muslim scholar, reportedly heard the following exhortation directly from the Messenger of Allah: “No one is a believer until their passions and inclinations are similar to the Message that I have brought you.” We have already seen what the Koran exhorts: the desire of death for unbelievers, hatred, the superiority of Muslims over non-Muslims.
 And, what could be said of morality? In this case, we are not even going to quote particulars for reasons of decency.

III ‒ References to Jesus and Mary in the Koran


Entering into excessive detail on this score is unnecessary, above all as it is offensive material toward the Son of God and His Immaculate Mother.
 We will at least include a short quote from the work: “On Heresies” by Saint John Damascene, Father of the Church, one of the most learned on the theme, being familiar with Islamism for having lived in the city of Damascus, which belonged to the Caliphate.
 If anyone wishes to prove the veracity of his words, one only needs to follow the links to the verses of the Koran that have been included alongside the words of St. John Damascene.

Saint John Damascene

What the Koran says about Jesus and Mary
It is surprising that Francis considers the following points as “respectful” towards Christ our Lord:

a ‒ Denial of the divinity of the Word of God
 b ‒ Saying that He himself denied it
 c ‒ Placing Him as a servant
 d ‒ Denial of His most meritorious and sorrowful Passion
 e ‒ Denial of His redeeming death
 f ‒ Saying that He has an ordinary place in heaven
 g ‒ Denial of His return in glory to judge the living and the dead
 h ‒ Distortion of the history and life of His Mother, Maria, Queen of heaven and of earth
Nor should we be surprised that the Koran adopts Christian elements, given that the religion of Mohammed was born six centuries after the expansion of the Church; and that it tore away, by fire and the sword, many lands where the sweet yoke of Christ had reigned before. Nevertheless, such elements do exist, along with Arian, pagan and Zoroastrian heresies.

IV ‒ Regarding the “profound veneration” of Jesus and Mary attributed to the Muslims


Here, The Denzinger-Bergoglio is forced to declare its insufficiency: there is nothing in the Magisterium… nor even in the annals of history that is equipped to deal with this nonsensical affirmation of Francis.
 But we do recall some very important citations:

Lateran Council V (Ecumenical XVIII)

Islam treats the way of true light and salvation with complete contempt

Paul VI

We cannot agree with the Moslem form of religion

Saint Thomas Aquinas

There is not one pronouncement on the part of the prophets offering Mohammed any witness
Muhammed seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

The Mohametan paradise is only fit for beasts and filthy sensual pleasure
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