UI – Part 276 – Gabriel is Not the Holy Spirit
Islamist Fundamentalist Thinking
This is a topic of interest and concern. I heard a presentation by a Muslim, a convert from Christianity, Khalid Yasin, who made statements that I have come to expect of fundamentalist Muslims, but one was new. He claimed:
- Jesus was not divine.
- Allah was not the Father of Jesus, although Mary was a virgin. The birth was enabled by Allah, but there was no conjugal visit.
- Muhammad was forecast in the Bible as the Comforter that would follow Jesus.
- Father, Son and Holy Spirit equals polytheism.
- “They crucified Him (Jesus) not; They killed Him not – as revealed in the Quran.
What was new was: Gabriel was the Holy Spirit. (listen to lecture)
The commentary was that Gabriel appeared in the Bible announcing each Prophet and Gabriel was present to announce Mary’s pregnancy, carrying Jesus in her womb when still a virgin. Thus Gabriel, by this presenter’s account, was the Holy Spirit. Gabriel was an angel. An angel is often referred to as a Spirit. But as to being the Holy Spirit I have trouble finding such a reference in the Bible. Given Gabriel’s Biblical presence one can understand how Muhammad used Gabriel as the angel that spoke to him on god’s (Allah’s) behalf. The use of Gabriel was to be consistent with the Bible and the angel that often appeared.
Even the Quran fails to distinguish Gabriel as the Holy Spirit.
Is Khalid alone in coming up with such claims as a spokesperson, a scholar and educator, of Islam? Is he using Muhammad as his example? What of other scholars, the ulema of Islam?
Muhammad and Waraqah
Muhammad, as I have written before, was greatly influenced by his first wife’s, Khadija’s, cousin Waraqah. He was a Biblical scholar, especially as to the Old Testament having translated the O.T. into Arabic. One can readily assume Waraqah and Muhammad conversed on many, many occasions. Muhammad’s interest in God would have been a stimulus to learning more from one with great knowledge, the cousin, and hearing Bible stories. It was the area of Waraqah’s expertise and a subject upon which he could relate for lengthy periods. Muhammad was not a reader as he was illiterate, but probably a fine listener. He heard the stories from creation to Jonah and beyond. He learned about the Biblical prophets and knew Gabriel as an angel that relayed God’s messages on many occasions. This new knowledge could well influence dreams Muhammad had while sleeping. He became a part of his own story, fabled to a great extent, from the discourse he enjoyed with Waraqah.
As to Gabriel, Muhammad claimed it was Gabriel who gave him the words of Allah in revelations that he shared with his Companions, words that were eventually recorded in part (much was lost as memorizers died or were killed before their recall was obtained) in the Quran.
Caliph’s Inputs in Quran
I have suggested, and believe, the Quran comprises not just verses passed on by Muhammad, but also considerations by the early Caliphs who controlled the final scriptural document. Muhammad does not claim Gabriel as more than an angel. References in the Quran have Allah imparting his Spirit in Adam and Jesus, coming to Mary in a human form, and suggests His spirit can come to whom he pleases. The Bible is similar. However the Bible does say the Holy Spirit will follow Jesus as the ‘counselor to follow’ and indwell in humans who believe. The Bible also says Mary conceived Christ through the Holy Spirit, thus God. (Matt 1:18-20).
There is much contradiction, but not as a correction of the Bible. The Quran is more a reflection of the desire of Muhammad to place himself as a spokesperson for God to the people on the Arabian Peninsula. His good intensions have become an ideology of denial of the divinity of Christ. Those who proclaim for the Quran, as Khalid, continue to make false claims. Such claims are protected by a demand that Muslims strictly adhere to the Quran and the claims of the scholars, having no doubts, not even to question, what they say.
Gabriel is Not The Holy Spirit
Gabriel is not the Holy Spirit. If you believe in Christ, the saving Grace of the Lord, you know that, as you feel the Spirit within you, your guide, your reminder, and the light of God shining within you. The Holy Spirit within is God.
Understand Islam. Understand Christ. Who is your example – Christ or Muhammad. Which provides for a peaceful way of life?
Thanks Be to God.
Grace and Peace.