Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than the truth itself. - Irenaeus

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mohammed's 7 Sleepers

by Dale Brown
There is a legend that claims that in about 250 AD seven Christians were commanded to renounce their faith during the persecution of Decius. They went into a cave near Tarsus where they were sealed in by some large stones. Two hundred years later the entrance was reopened and these seven fellows awoke as though it had been only a day. When one of them tried spending some of his ancient pocket change he became a public figure and was questioned by the local priest regarding this miraculous resurrection. Then strangely enough all seven fell asleep again. There are at least three caves claiming to be the historical location of this strange event. One is in Ephesus, one in Tarsus and the other one in Amman, Jordan. The Muslims have built a mosque over the cave in Tarsus while yet claiming the cave in Jordan to be the authentic one. The Qur’an has a chapter entitled Al-Kahf (The Cave, Surah 18) giving glory to this myth, however it adds a dog to the number of the seven sleepers and claims the seven men were being persecuted for Tawhid (their devotion to one God, Allah). Mohammed had some problems getting some of these stories straight. So, please don't confuse us with the facts. Mohammed was a prophet after all.
This is typical of Islam which has a history of making claim to various legends and sites. On Mount Sinai (Gebel Mousa) where Moses is supposed to have received the ten commandments next to the Christian chapel sits a small Muslim mosque where they claim Mohammed stopped for a moment on a night-long journey from Mecca to Ararat. They make claim to a footprint of the prophet's flying camel, Burack, on a rock there. This is similar to the claims made of a print on rock in Jerusalem where they have built the famous Dome of the Rock. There are several sites claiming to be the tomb of the prophet Daniel where they have built mosques. One is in Tarsus, Turkey, another in Kirkuk, Iraq. Muslims in Susa Iran, Samarkand Kzbekistan, Muqdadiyah Iraq, Mala Amir Kurdistan in Iran make similar claims.

Muslims elevate books and stories that are loaded with errors, yet reject the Bible because they claim it is not reliable. This all seems rather prejudicial but this is the mind of Islam. Given the fact that the Qur’an claims that the Scripture, both the Torah and the Gospel, revealed God’s truth and no one can change His Words, it is rather strange that the same book claims that all Scripture prior to the Qur’an has been changed (Surah 6:115).

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