Complying with the law of God
Q12. Dr. Labib, how did Mohammed comply with the law of the Allah, compared with Christ complying with the law of God?
Well, let us begin with Christ. Totally, Christ obeyed the law, the Mosaic law to the letter. You read the New Testament and you'll see that Jesus Christ obeyed the law of Moses to the letter; He never erred in that area. But when we come to Mohammed, it's interesting, when do we say in surat Al Nissa, that is surat number 4 in the Quran, in verse 3, we read these words, "Marry women of your choice. Marry women of your choice two, or three, or four. But if you feel that you shall not be able to deal justly, then only one. Or the slaves that your right hand on this that is nearer to prevent you from doing injustice." Well, now according to the Quran, Allah commanded the Moslems, that any Moslem has the right to marry two, or three, or four, beside the slaves they take from war. You see, now, if this is the law of Allah, who has to obey first? I would say Mohammed. But Mohammed did not obey that because he married more than four. In fact he married nine, and in some biographies he married 14, and in some other biographies he married 21. Whatever the case, if it's nine, 14, or 21, he did not comply with the law of Allah. Why? Is he above the law, or is God working double standard, one for Mohammed, and one for the other Muslims? And beside that, when we go to surat Al Ahzab, we read, and this is surat number 33, we read more than that, Mohammed is given a privilege, "Oh, Mohammed, oh, prophet Mohammed, verily," that's Allah talking, "we have made lawful to you," I am quoting now from surat Al Ahzab, 33 verse 50, "Oh, prophet Mohammed, verily we have made lawful to you your wife to whom you have paid their Mahr, Mahr means the deposit before marriage, the bridal money, the Mahr in Arabic means the bridal money. And then he said, "and those slaves," Allah gave Mohammed the privilege of marrying all these women besides all the slaves, you know, whom your right hand possesses. When he went and fought, he came back with very beautiful young women, and they were added to the Harem, to the women in his house with no count. No count about that. We don't know how many Harem, how many concubines. But Allah is saying to Mohammed, "All right, go ahead, you have your wives, and you have your concubines." And then he said to him here, "whom Allah has given you. And the daughters," Allah made lawful to Mohammed to marry, "the daughters of your Am (which means uncle), and the daughter of his aunts," the sister of his mother, "and the daughters of your aunts and uncles who migrated with you." And here is a very interesting thing. Listen carefully. "And a believing woman, a Moslem woman if she offers herself to the prophet Mohammed, and the prophet wishes to marry her, a privilege for you only." Could you believe it? Allah will dealing with double standard. When for the average of Moslems marry two, three, or four, and if you are afraid that you will not do justice to them, marry one. But to Mohammed he says, "Go ahead. All your wives are lawful. And then you can go and marry the daughters of your aunts and uncles, and a Moslem woman, if she offers herself to you, and you wish to marry her. Go ahead! There is no limit, Mohammed, for you." How come? How come? Is it right to marry only two, three, or four, or to marry without set limits?
If the Moslems will follow the example of Mohammed, they could go to marry plenty of women without feeling guilty by all means. Mohammed did not obey the law of Allah in the Quran concerning marriage. He did not. He put himself above the law of Allah, and contradicts the Quran. If the Quran is saying two, three, or four, here the Quran is saying marry, you married all these women, they are lawful, and if a woman comes to you and offers herself to you, you have to marry her, and this is a privilege for you. Double standard in the Quran.