The new revelation, or truth, that Mohammed provided?
Q14. Dr. Labib, what was the new revelation, or truth, that Mohammed provided?
Well, I tell you that I read the whole Quran, the 114 surat. The surat is a chapter, so you say the 114 chapters of the Quran. The Quran is smaller than the New Testament, with all its surat. And I did not find anything new in the Quran. They say Mohammed declared monotheism. Well, monotheism was well known hundreds of years before Mohammed, even in the book of Deuteronomy. "Hear, all Israel, the Lord our God. The Lord is one." So monotheism is not any new invention. And of course, when Mohammed came, he came with new revelation. And he came with polygamy instead of monogamy. Instead of having one wife for one man at one time, it said to take two, three, or four. And of course, any Muslim can take four, and divorce them and take another four, and divorce them. It's four at one time. So in his lifetime, a Muslim can marry say, maybe 50, 13, 14, 15, as long as he was able to marry and divorce. This is new revelation if you want to call it that way.
Then the other revelation, if you want to call it revelation, is to use force to convince people to be converted in your own religion. You know, the Jewish people fought many battles, but not one battle to convert people to Judaism. Not one battle! There were battles because they wanted the land, and it was commanded by God, and because it was of the wickedness of the people, the inhabitants of the land. But they did not fight to convert people to Judaism. But Islam, whenever Islam went, Muslims fought to force people to accept Islam. And I have read the verse from the Quran, "fight those Jews and Christian, the people of the scripture. They have to be converted to Islam or pay taxes. If you want to call these new revelations, then yes, new revelations. Fighting, forcing people to be Muslims; go marry two, three, or four. Any new revelations? I don't see. No.