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An Open Letter: To My American Muslim Friends

By Bruce W. Robida

Revised 12-20-2015


There is a tremendous effort these days to label the Muslim faith as a peaceful religion. Around the world and especially in this country, this is true of the majority of the people who call themselves Muslims. Sadly however, the religious texts of that faith tell a different story. The Islamic faith has historically been perpetuated by violence and force. 

We have witnessed the violent aspect of the Islamic religion around the world and even in our own country. Arabs immigrating to America are generally not interested in blending in with our culture as every previous immigrant has done in the past. Instead, they aspire to convert Americans to their way of life, literally, hoping to replace the Constitution with Sharia as the law of the land.

In the Middle East, Arab nations are ruled by religious leaders, forcing Islam and Islamic law and traditions on its citizens. Those who reject Islam, primarily Christians, are usually treated as second class citizens, made to pay the jizy, a yearly tax that is required by non-Muslims. Or they are brutalized, tortured and murdered. But according to Muslim holy texts, these atrocities are perfectly acceptable.

So what is the fascination with the Muslim faith among young, Black men? W. Fard Muhammad provides the answer.

On July the Fourth, the day of America's Independence celebration, He [W. Fard Muhammad] announced the beginning of His mission which was to restore and to resurrect His lost and found people, who were identified as the original members of the Tribe of Shabazz from the Lost Nation of Asia. The lost people of the original nation of African descent, were captured, exploited, and dehumanized to serve as servitude slaves of America for over three centuries. His mission was to teach the downtrodden and defenseless Black people a thorough Knowledge of God and of themselves, and to put them on the road to Self-Independence with a superior culture and higher civilization than they had previously experienced. He taught us the ways of love and peace, of truth and beauty. We are being led into the path of a new spiritual culture and civilization of complete harmony and peace, one of refinement in the pursuit of happiness and eternal joy in the Supreme Knowledge of God and the Science of everything in life.

IN 1931, THE MASTER WAS preaching this Great Truth of salvation when He met a man named Elijah Poole in Detroit, Michigan. He chose him to be His Divine Representative in continuing this most difficult task of bringing truth and light to His lost and found people. For 3 1/2 years He taught and trained the Honorable Elijah Muhammad night and day into the profound Secret Wisdom of the Reality of God, which included the hidden knowledge of the original people who were the first founders of civilization of our Planet and who had a full knowledge of the Universal Order of Things from the beginning of the Divine Creation. Upon the Master's departure in 1934, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad labored tirelessly to bring life to his mentally and spiritually dead people until his return to the Master in 1975. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad identified the Master as being the answer to the one that the world had been expecting for the past 2,000 years under the names Messiah, the second coming of Jesus, the Christ, Jehovah, God, and the Son of Man. When the Honorable Elijah Muhammad asked Him to identify Himself He replied that He was the Mahdi. He signed His name in 1933 as Master Wallace Fard Muhammad to express the meaning of One Who had come in the Early Morning Dawn of the New Millennium to lay the base for a New World Order of Peace and Righteousness on the foundation of Truth and Justice; to put down tyrants and to change the world into a Heaven on Earth. - A Brief History on the origin of The Nation of Islam in America A Nation of Peace and Beauty Written in Phoenix, Arizona, March 28, 1996 for presentation at the International symposium on Sufism in San Francisco, California, March 29-31, 1996 - http://www.noi.org

On July 4, 1930, the long awaited "Saviour" of the Black man and woman, Master W. Fard Muhammad, appeared in this city. He announced and preached that God is One, and it is now time for Blacks to return to the religion of their ancestors, Islam. [all emphasis is mine]- An historical look at The Honorable Elijah Muhammad. - http://www.noi.org/elijah_muhammad_history.htm

My dear Black, Muslim friends (American, Nation of Islam), W. Fard Muhammad did not reveal a thorough knowledge of the true God. The great truth of salvation that he preached was a false salvation; W. Fard Muhammad was a false Christ, preaching a false Gospel. No person who follows his teaching will ever receive salvation. Salvation only comes through belief and faith in the true Jesus Christ. W. Fard Muhammad claims to be Christ himself, denying that the true Christ has already come in the flesh. The Bible, which was written long before W. Fard Muhammad was born, says this about refusing to acknowledge that Christ has already come in the flesh.

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. 1 John 4:1-3

There are millions of unsuspecting Black men, women, and children, being drawn into this false religion, not realizing that the same ideals that are offered by the Nation of Islam (led by Louis Farrakhan), are also offered by Christianity. The difference however, is that at the end, salvation only comes to the Christian, not the Muslim. It is true that violence and injustice still plagues Black Americans even today, though not to the extent it did before the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. It is also true that some of the violence and injustice is perpetrated by so-called Christians. The truth is, these perpetrators of evil are not true Christians.  They are all frauds, giving Christianity a bad reputation. But the religious text (The Holy Bible) of Christianity teaches us what Christianity is really about. True Christians do not participate in injustice and violence against anyone, for any reason.

There is confusion about the origin of Islam. Muslims, worldwide have been taught that the prophet, Muhammad is a direct descendant of Ishmael, the son of Abraham. Arab Muslims claim a direct relationship to Abraham, through Ishmael. This claim makes it plausible that they worship the same God that Abraham worshipped. But the fact remains, the prophet Muhammad, the true founder of Islam, is not a descendant of Ishmael.See Is Mohammad A Descendant Of Ishmael? - By Dr. Rafat Amari

If you are not convinced of this fact, consider what the Bible says about Ishmael as he relates to the salvation of mankind

Ishmael was the first son of Abraham and his mother was Hagar, the maidservant of Sarah (Abraham’s wife). God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. Abraham and Sarah got impatient because of their old age, so Sarah told Abraham to sleep with their maidservant so that she could give him a child. Hagar got pregnant and had a son who she named Ishmael. Sarah got jealous of Hagar and mistreated her. Because of this, the angel of the Lord told Hagar, “I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count.” The angel of the Lord also prophesied about the character of Ishmael. “He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” Soon after Ishmael was born, Abraham and Sarah did give birth to a son, and his name was Isaac, whom God promised. God also made a covenant with Abraham, promising that if he (Abraham) would obey His commands, He will be their God, and they will be His people. He also promised to make a covenant with Isaac, not Ishmael. 

This is important to consider, because salvation will only come through Abraham’s seed, and through his legitimate son Isaac. Although God promised that Ishmael will be the father of a great nation, the covenant was made with Isaac. 

Now in the New Testament, comparisons can be made. A slave woman versus a free woman; a son by the slave woman, versus a son by the free woman; the Old Covenant versus the New Covenant; no inheritance for the son of the slave woman, versus an inheritance for the son of the free woman; children of the slave woman versus children of the free woman. These comparisons are shown to illustrate that salvation only comes to the children of the free woman. 

If the inheritance is promised to the children of the free woman, then Ishmael will never share in that inheritance and neither will his descendants. If the nation of Islam are those descendants (and they’re not), they will not inherit salvation. 

Compare Ishmael vs. Isaac

Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant [ Slave ] named Hagar; so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her." Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, "You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the LORD judge between you and me." "Your servant is in your hands," Abram said. "Do with her whatever you think best." Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her. The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?" "I'm running away from my mistress Sarai," she answered. Then the angel of the LORD told her, "Go back to your mistress and submit to her." The angel added, "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count. " The angel of the LORD also said to her:

"You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, [1] for the LORD has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward [2] all his brothers [ Isaac - Christianity ]."

She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen [3] the One who sees me." That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi [4] ; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.  So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.  Genesis 16:1-16

[1] 16:11 Ishmael means God hears .
[2] 16:12 Or live to the east / of
[3] 16:13 Or seen the back of
[4] 16:14 Beer Lahai Roi means well of the Living One who sees me .

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty [5] ; walk before me and be blameless. I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers." Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, "As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram [6] ; your name will be Abraham [7] for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God." Then God said to Abraham, "As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner-those who are not your offspring. Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant." God also said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son [ Isaac ] by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her." Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, "Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?" And Abraham said to God, "If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!" Then God said, "Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. [8] I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation [ Islam ]. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year." When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him. On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them, as God told him. Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised, and his son Ishmael was thirteen; Abraham and his son Ishmael were both circumcised on that same day. And every male in Abraham's household, including those born in his household or bought from a foreigner, was circumcised with him.  Genesis 17:1-27

[5] 17:1 Hebrew El-Shaddai
[6] 17:5 Abram means exalted father .
[7] 17:5 Abraham means father of many .
[8] 17:19 Isaac means he laughs .

Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman [ Hagar] and the other by the free woman [ Sarah ]. His son by the slave woman [ Ishmael ] was born in the ordinary way; but his son by the free woman [ Isaac ] was born as the result of a promise. These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written: "Be glad, O barren woman, who bears no children; break forth and cry aloud, you who have no labor pains; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband." [9]  Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. At that time the son born in the ordinary way [Ishmael] persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit [Isaac]. It is the same now. But what does the Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son [ Ishmael ] will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son [ Isaac ]. "[10]  Therefore, brothers, you should not be children of the slave woman [Hagar], but of the free woman [ Sarah ]Salvation can only come to children of the free woman. Galatians 4:21-31

[9] 4:27 Isaiah 54:1
[10] 4:30 Gen. 21:10

Do you believe in God? Muslims say they believe in God. They call their god Allah. Allah means God in Arabic. Considering all that we have seen above, it might appear that since Abraham believed in and worshipped the One True God and Ishmael is the son of Abraham, Ishmael and his people might also have believed in and worshipped the same God as Abraham. But we know that Abraham and Ishmael were not descendants of the prophet Muhammad.

Muhammad claims to have been visited by the angel Gabriel. He is the true founder of Islam. Around 610 A.D., over a period of 3 years he preached unity to the Arabs, teaching the people all that the angel Gabriel supposedly told him. Muhammad taught that there is only one god, not many. Muhammad chose the moon god; a pagan god in Arabia during pre- Islamic times. Muhammad called this god, Allah. Today, all of the symbolism and ritualism that was directed toward the pagan, moon god, is practiced by Muslims worldwide. This can be confusing since Allah means God in Arabic, but the fact remains, Muslims do not believe in nor do they worship the same God as Abraham and Isaac.

So my Muslim friends (Nation of Islam), I urge you to consider who you should follow, Jesus Christ the proven Messiah, or W. Fard Muhammad, the false Messiah? If you still believe the Prophet Muhammad is a direct descendant of Abraham through Ishmael, why would you be a child of the slave woman when you can be a child of the free woman? 

For more about the moon god, see:

Allah - The Moon God - By Yeshua Communications Network

Where Did Allah Come From? - By Robert A. Morey

Hubal and Allah the Moon God? - The Interactive Bible

See also

Is Mohammad A Descendant Of Ishmael? - By Dr. Rafat Amari

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