God & Allah
Q5. Host: How did you come to the conclusion that Allah is different from God of the Christians in regards to the commandments?
Dr. Labib: Well, you see, there is a difference between Allah of Islam and God of Christianity concerning the commandments of Allah and of God. In the Bible, when you go to the book of Matthew to the sermon on the Mount, Jesus was talking to the people, to his disciples, and this is what He said, and I want you to listen carefully. You see, he said here in the book of [Matthew, chapter 5], "Furthermore, it has been said, whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce. But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality, causes her to commit adultery. And whoever marries a woman who is divorced, commits adultery." Listen, here we have the whole story. The Bible is very clear, whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery. Of course, He is speaking about the woman who was divorced for adultery. He said, "If a woman was divorced because she committed adultery, it's a sin to marry her."
But in the case of Mohammed, let us come to Mohammed in the Koran, and in surat Alahzab, and the story is very interesting. He has a slave by the name Zeid Ebin Haricha. This slave was converted to Islam. Mohammed, to reward him, he took him by hand, he went to the marketplace, and he declared to all the officials of Mecca, "This is Zeid, my adoptive son. He is my heir." Well, this is great. Then he went to one of his relatives, I mean prophet Mohammed; her name was Zeinab Bint Gahsh, Zeinab the daughter of Gahsh. And he said to her, "Zeinab, I want you to marry Zeid." Zeinab was from a high rank, and she said, "Prophet Mohammed, how could it be? I am from a high rank. Zeid is a slave. Yes, you gave him freedom. Yes, he became a Muslim, but well, he was a slave. I am from a high rank." Well, Mohammad came by a revelation which is written in the Koran, and that revelation says, "There is no way for any Muslim, whoever he is, a man or a woman, if Allah and his apostle Mohammed will make a decision that he would have any option, but to obey this decision." Well, what was the decision? That Zeinab must marry Zeid. Zeinab submitted; she married Zeid. Time went by. Now Mohammed used to go and visit the home of his adoptive son. And one day upon his visit, Zeinab was in her nightgown. He saw her. He lusted after her. He left home saying to himself, "Oh, praise God who changes heart." Well, when her husband came, she said to him, "You know, the prophet saw me, admired me, and I guess that you have to divorce me." And the marriage of Zeinab and Zeid was the most miserable marriage even though it was the decision of Allah and his prophet Mohammed, but it was the most miserable marriage. And to make the long story short, Zeid went to Mohammed. Mohammed said to him, "Don't divorce your wife." Then a revelation came from Allah to Mohammed, and the revelation said, "When Zeid will divorce Zeinab, I have given Zeinab to you, Mohammed, to marry her." What? In the sermon of the mount, whoever marries a woman who was divorced commits adultery. Would God contradict himself? No way! The whole thing of the revelation that came to Mohammed was not from Allah, I mean not from the true God, because the true God will never ever contradict himself. If He says that it is forbidden to marry a woman who was divorced, Mohammed or any other person could not marry that person. But Mohammed, to satisfy his desire, and because Zeinab was so beautiful, they divorced her, Mohammed married her, and she used to boast to the other wives of Mohammed saying, "Every one of you have been given to Mohammed to marry by her father. But I have been given to Mohammed by Allah!" What a thing. There is a big difference between the holiness of God, the God of the Christians, and the permissiveness of the Allah of Islam.