the eighth lie:
he claims that muhammad’s (pbuh) aim is an economical political one, that of establishing a kingdom. his lies go further when he says he allured his companions with money & power by promising them the treasures of khosrau & caesar.
before pointing out the lies and deceit in this matter i would like to point out something which is that both muslims & christians concede that the sign of prophecy is informing of the future and what's to come. allah's messenger (pbuh) had informed of the conquest of both persia and rome and of the spread of security in the arab peninsula in the very same hadith that zakaria butrus cites. that hadith in its full version is found in al-bukhari narrated by adi ibn hatem, saying:” while i was in the city of the prophet, a man came and complained to him (the prophet,) of destitution and poverty. then another man came and complained of robbery (by highwaymen). the prophet said, "adi! have you been to al-hira?" i said, "i haven't been to it, but i was informed about it." he said, "if you should live for a long time, you will certainly see that a lady in a howdah traveling from al-hira will (safely reach makkah and) perform the tawaf of the ka'ba, fearing none but allah." i said to myself, "what will happen to the robbers of the tribe of tai who have spread evil through out the country?" the prophet further said. "if you should live long, the treasures of khosrau will be opened (and taken as spoils)." i asked, "you mean khosrau, son of hurmuz?" he said, "khosrau, son of hurmuz; and if you should live long, you will see that one will carry a handful of gold or silver and go out looking for a person to accept it from him, but will find none to accept it from him. and any of you, when meeting allah, will meet him without the need of an interpreter between him and allah to interpret for him, and allah will say to him: 'didn't i send a messenger to teach you?' he will say: 'yes.' allah will say: 'didn't i give you wealth and do you favors?' he will say: 'yes.' then he will look to his right and see nothing but hell, and look to his left and see nothing but hell." 'adi further said: i heard the prophet saying, "save yourself from the (hell) fire even with half a date (to be given in charity) and if you do not find a half date, then with a good pleasant word."
'adi added: (later on) i saw a lady in a howdah traveling from al-hira till she performed the tawaf of the ka'ba, fearing none but allah. and i was one of those who opened (conquered) the treasures of khosrau, son of hurmuz. if you should live long, you will see what the prophet abu-l-qasim had said: 'a person will come out with a handful of gold...etc.".
this hadith includes informing of the future……good tidings as they call it. the question is who informed allah's messenger (pbuh) of such events. he was informed by allah the almighty the all aware of everything and the well acquainted with everything, the one who sent him as a harbinger.
the story cited by zakaria butrus denies his very allegations that allah's messenger (pbuh) was a king or seeking reign over the arabs & persians.
here's adi narrating the story of his conversion to islam saying "i went on seeking allah's messenger (pbuh) in madinah. i entered his mosque and there he was, i saluted him and he asked me: who are you, i replied adi ibn hatem. allah's messenger (pbuh) accompanied me to his house. while we were on the way an old weak woman stopped him to ask about something and he kept talking to her for a long time. i thought to myself "i swear to god this is no king". he continued: then we went on and upon entering his house he picked up a rough pillow, threw it to me saying "sit on this", i replied "you sit on it". he said no you do, so i sat on it & allah's messenger (pbuh) sat on the floor. he said i thought to myself "i swear to god this isn’t a behavior of a king. then allah's messenger (pbuh) said "oh adi ibn hatem, are you not raqousian? i replied "yes i was. allah's messenger (pbuh) asked were you not dealing with the quarter with your people. i said “yes”. allah's messenger (pbuh) said: that is haram (forbidden). i replied yes and then i knew he was a prophet.
adi was the master of his people and he was one of those who hated allah's messenger (pbuh) the most, just like zakaria butrus today. the story of his conversion to islam proves clearly that allah's messenger (pbuh) was no king. he used to walk alone, used to stand talking for a long time to answer an old lady, used to sit on the ground and lived in an empty room where there is no furniture but a small rough pillow. in that case adi who was still a christian and one of the masters of the arabs said that this is not the behavior of a king, the story also includes many signs of prophecy. meanwhile zakaria butrus mentions such story as a prove that allah's messenger (pbuh) was a king or seeking reign among people, may allah curse those who lie.
islam did not present the world as an incentive for those who embrace this religion. such thing was never mentioned by allah's messenger (pbuh) nor is it present in the structure of the islamic jurisdiction, kindly let me elaborate on this. in the aqaba second homage, allah's messenger (pbuh) took al-ansar (helpers) pledge of allegiance on obedience in activity and rest, expenditure in wealth & distress, to motivate good deeds and forbid atrocities, fear no one but allah in their advice, support allah's messenger (pbuh) when he settles in medinah and to protect him against everything. when they asked him in return for what? he replied" in return for al-jannah (paradise).
allah's messenger (pbuh) was positive that allah the almighty will conclude this matter to an extent that the traveler will get through the desert fearing nothing but allah. he was positive that persia will only take a round or two then muslims will inherit their homes and wealth, in addition ash-sham will be among the grounds of islam. despite of all this allah's messenger (pbuh) did not want to link the homage to a worldly matter, but instead wanted the spirits to turn to allah.
in makkah where weakness and fragility, lack of people and of military supplies were prevailing. arabs were persisting on atheism and on denying all proves and signs given by allah. they were spending their money so that the word of allah won't be superior, the call for allah spoke of nothing but the day of judgment with all its phases starting from the grave till it ends by either heaven or hell, this became a main trait of the makkahn quran. the call for allah had insisted to start from the day of judgment through both: inspiring the desire in what's to come and also frightening of allah’s punishment and wrath. thus making the hearts exert their best to ward off his punishment and to seek his rewards, hence the whole life turns into a mean to achieve the end (al-jannah). quran says " decidedly he is nothing except a constant warner to you, before (literally: between the hands of) a strict torment"..(saba’:46).
allah's messenger (pbuh) himself was raised up on such meanings through the following verses of quran: " whether we show you (in your lifetime, o muhammad some of what we promise them (the torment), - or we cause you to die, - still unto us is their return, and moreover allah is witness over what they used to do" …(yonos:46).
" whether we show you (o muhammad) part of what we have promised them or cause you to die, your duty is only to convey (the message) and on us is the reckoning" ..(ar-rad:40).
therefore the spirits of the muslims were straightened up exerting their utmost effort in life to achieve what allah had promised them, allah the almighty describes them saying: " you see them bowing and falling down prostrate (in prayer), seeking bounty from allah and (his) good pleasure" …(al-fath:29), this is a description of both their appearance and of their inner state. the context of the verses suggests that this is their state seen by everyone.
the author of the book named al-dhilal (shadows) says "whoever ponders on the verses of the adjudication in the book of allah finds a sense of insistence from the quranic wording on inserting an image of the day of judgment linked to every instruction or forbidding with a direct or an indirect sign of the word for example: " woe to al-mutaffifin [those who give less in measure and weight (decrease the rights of others)], those who, when they have to receive by measure from men, demand full measure. and when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due. think they not that they will be resurrected (for reckoning), on a great day, the day when (all) mankind will stand before the lord of the 'alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists)?" )al-mutafifin : (1-6) (.
take note of the way in which the forbidding of decreasing the rights of others in selling and buying is mentioned. i do not want to distort the verses with my words, lets hear the words from quran like:
"so walk in the path thereof and eat of his provision, and to him will be the resurrection" )al-mulk :15(
the instruction here is that of pursuing sustenance and reminding people of resurrection and facing allah who will ask everyone where they got their money from and on what they spent it.
furthermore you can read the verses dealing with divorce in surat al-bakkara, you find that they end with a name or two of the names of allah the almighty , for example "then allah is all-hearer, all-knower"(al-bakkara :227), "and know that allah is all-aware of everything" (al-bakkara : 231), " and allah is well-acquainted with what you do" (al-bakkara : 234), "and know that allah is all-seer of what you do" (al-bakkara :233), "allah is all-seer of what you do" (al-bakkara:110). no doubt this is for summoning the idea of retribution.
this is the method of the great quran in presenting the issues of the jurisdiction to its followers, there is no incentive there but seeking the rewards of allah the almighty to the pious and warding off his punishment of the sinners, this is what allah's messenger (pbuh) and his companions were raised upon. the call for allah never used the world as a return for those who embrace islam. allah's messenger (pbuh) was never a king or seeking reign, he was merely a slave to allah the almighty living in rooms made of clay with ceilings made of fronds easily reached with one's bare hands, sitting on the ground who in many days did not find anything to eat.