Muhammad and the Demonic

Brief Introduction

For those of you checking out this post because of the title, you should know that the following is a research paper I did this semester. It is rather lengthy, so I don’t expect all of you to read it. What you really want to know is what my title means…so, my conclusion in essence is that Muhammad had a real experience with a demon. There. Now you’re interested enough to read it all. But even if you don’t agree with my conclusion, perhaps I’ve raised some questions that you should look into yourself. Please note that the following material is copyrighted by me. Do not use or cite without permission. My sources are listed at the end, anyway. You’d do better to go to my sources instead of trying to quote me. This paper reflects an objective opinion based upon my research, and is not necessarily the opinion of NOBTS, its students, or of the professor. Please feel free to refute, but do so in an objective scholastic manner.

Note – there are five pages to this article. Look for the Page number links to progress. They are at the bottom beneath the share buttons.

THE REVELATION OF MUHAMMAD:
EVALUATION, CRITIQUE, AND BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE

A Research Paper Submitted to
Dr. Mike Edens
Of The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements of the Course
THEO6333 Islam and the Doctrine of Revelation
Division of Theological and Historical Studies

Keven Newsome
B.M., William Carey University, 2002
November 28, 2011

Muhammad lived from 570 AD to 632 AD. He spent his life in various regions of the Arabian peninsula, from Mecca to Medina and the trades routes throughout the region. The revelations and prophetic experiences of Muhammad are the foundation for all Islamic beliefs. Without the experiences of Muhammad, the Koran would not exist nor would the Muslim religion. Islam has grown into one of the largest religions and is one of the oldest existing religions still practiced. But does anyone fully understand what happened to Muhammad when he entered the mountain cave and encountered the angel for the first time? Either he was truthful about his encounter or he was a liar. And if he was a liar, then his religion is a fraud.

As with any person who begins a new religion, these questions should be asked and the person’s legitimacy should always be challenged. History is littered with men seeking to manipulate others for the sake of their own prosperity through social or religious means. Just because a person claims to have encountered the divine, doesn’t mean that person really has. The claim should be challenged and tested in multiple ways. Each claim needs to be vetted for truthfulness, until it can be determined if the claimant is honest or fraudulent. If he were a liar, why put his family through so much persecution? How could a man like that perpetuate a lie so convincingly for so long, even unto his death?  Social behavior suggests that Muhammad was not a liar. A third option remains that perhaps he suffered from some form of mental illness. In the past, critics of Muhammad have attempted to pin epilepsy to his experience, but there are specific evidences that testify against this.

It is clear that making a determination about the legitimacy of Muhammad’s experience is complex and difficult. This paper will seek to make such a determination. The claims and experiences of Muhammad will be tested and evaluated. Was Muhammad a liar seeking personal gain? Was Muhammad mentally ill? If not either, did Muhammad have a real experience? If he had a real experience, was it angelic as claimed? If he did not encounter an angel, what did he encounter? These are all valid and fair questions that should be addressed.

To begin an evaluation of Muhammad’s revelation experiences, a quick survey of his life leading up to those experiences and the nature of his claims must be taken. Only after the nature of his prophetic claims has been accurately understood can a proper evaluation begin.

8 thoughts on “Muhammad and the Demonic”

  1. Well researched and discussed. To be honest, when I looked into this religion, I found the same conclusion. I’ve looked at a variety of religions, but this one felt totally different. So far it’s the only one that has struck me so. The heart of it is angry and violent – so utterly different from the God I know and have felt in my life.

    Thanks for sharing and good job.

    1. Thanks. I’ve worked hard on these two papers, trying to do them right, well researched, and (mostly) objective. I hate to say though that you’ll probably hate the next one, even though it’s the better of the two. You’re not going to like my conclusions. But don’t take it personally, please.

  2. This is a great piece. I would leave further comment till you get the next one out. I certainly believe God bestowed this knowledge unto you for a greater purpose, and His will and ways may surprise you and us all.

  3. Very interesting and well put together. It confirms what I have learned over the years about Islam.
    I confess, I find it so hard to love them.Their irrational hate and anger against Israel and all who are not Muslim, is so over the top and disturbing. But as a confessing Christian I must love them and with God’s help, I will.
    As you say genuin love is the only way to reach them.

    1. Here’s something my professor said. If you make what’s important to them important to you…then what’s important to you will become important to them.

      So don’t attack, love. It’s about community. And when you genuinely seek to be a part of their community, then you have a voice to share with them the Bible.

      1. Agreed. Regardless of how the religion may or may not have come about, the people are mostly just people, trying to do what they think is right. They are people who fear, worry, cry and love too. They have the same needs to feel valued and loved as others. Especially raised in an angry environment, all the more likely that those needs are not being fulfilled. Acceptance and true love very well may be foreign to them. If so, it would probably be perceived as a threat at first, so they may fight it. It’s natural. But their anger is misplaced and only God can truly absolve.

        By attacking back, we react as expected and allows them to take it as proof of their POV being right. It’s just like that fable of the Wind vs the Sun. They both try to get a cloak off a traveler to see who’s stronger. The wind tries to tear it of by force but the traveler only clings to it tighter. The sun simply warms the person until the traveler takes the cloak off on their own because he doesn’t need it anymore.

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