Advancing the Truth with Falsehood

07 August, 2016
Q As-Salamu Alaykum wa RahmatuAllah. I am really confused about why there are some scholars and even a professor of Al-Azhar University who have converted to Christianity after gaining such knowledge about Islam. I know and I am sure that Islam is the right path but when I hear about those people I just wonder why they do such an act. I mean, what is the possible reason for this? How do you explain these things? One of them, I think, is named Ali Sina who wrote a "psychobiography" about our prophet (peace be upon him) describing him as an ill person! Is there a reply to his book? I would really appreciate if you elaborate more on this issue and would love if Professor Shahul Hameed would answer this. Jazakum Allahu Khayran.

Answer

Salam Dear Brother,

Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam.

I do not know about any ‘professor of Al-Azhar University’ who converted to Christianity. Often the claims made by the Islamophobes about Muslims converting to Christianity are dubious.

There are some persons with Muslim backgrounds who are now working as Christian missionaries. These people are paid by huge Christian organizations with immense resources. They are more motivated by the material benefits than by any urgency of the truthfulness of their pursuits.

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An objective study of the content, manner and style of the Islam-bashers will tell you that these people are bent upon doing everything in their power to denigrate Islam.

For this, they would stoop to any level; and this is no surprise, as St Paul is their exemplar in their strategies. Read the following from his Epistles which are foisted on the masses as the word of God:

“But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless being crafty, I CAUGHT YOU WITH GUILE.” (2 Corinthians 12:16)

“For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them under the Law, that I might gain them that are under the Law;

To them that are without the law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ) that I might gain them that are under the law.

To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” (I Corinthians 9:19-22)

For the sake of the truth, Paul will use all means of deceit in order to gain more followers. If St Paul teaches this, can we really blame his present followers, the likes of Pat Robertson, Jimmy Swaggart or Ali Sina.

Read this too from Paul:

“For if the truth of God, hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory: why yet am I also judged as a sinner?” (Romans 3:7)

Just think: If Paul really believed he had the truth, why should he use lie for making “the truth of God more abounded” as he says?

Ali Sina and his tribe adopt the same Pauline technique of using the lie as a means to promote Christianity at the expense of Islam. It really is ludicrous, how they try to advance ‘the truth’ with falsehood?

Also note that if you study the history of religion (or of any ideology for that matter), you can see that it is not always the upholders of truth who have been in the majority or who have been successful by the standards of this world. This has been emphasized repeatedly in several verses of the noble Quran such as the following:

{We have not sent thee but as a universal (Messenger) to men, giving them glad tidings, and warning them (against sin), but most men understand not.} (Saba’ 34:28)

{They recognize the favors of Allah. then they deny them; and most of them are (creatures) ungrateful.} (An-Nahl 16:83)

{Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors.} (Aal `Imran 3:110)

The above verses very clearly tell us that those who were ready to follow the message of Islam, were much fewer in number than “the perverted transgressors” in different periods of past history.

This means that the number of adherents of a philosophy or religion can hardly be considered to be a sign pointing to its inherent virtue or goodness.

People usually jump on the apparently successful bandwagon. But that does not in any way reflect the actual veracity or virtue of a cause. That is to say, we need not worry about the news of some persons leaving Islam.

Islam has nothing to gain from these persons, even if they remained within the fold of Islam. So there is absolutely no need for any concern in this matter.

It is a well-known fact that even the so-called ‘scholars’ or ‘professors’ may be wise only in certain areas of human activity, and not necessarily in all areas of life. Can we say that the world’s greatest scientists for instance, are always right in their judgment of art or literature or religion?

And in human history it was often human folly, rather than human wisdom, that had a decisive role. And if at all any “professor” or scholar left Islam, it only means that a particular section of his brain did not work properly; that is all.

You have mentioned the “psychobiography” of the Prophet written by Ali Sina. By definition ‘psychobiography’ is biography that purports to shed light on the interior life of the biographical subject.

Particularly it is understood as a work that unravels the inmost thoughts, feelings and aspirations of a person. A person who undertakes such a task should have a sympathetic understanding of the subject, to be fair and reasonable.

Ali Sina’s knowledge of psychology as well as his understanding of the mind of the Prophet is questionable. For one thing, he starts with an agenda: How to tarnish the image of the Prophet in order to discredit Islam. And he chooses dubious narrations about events in the Prophet’s life and twists them to suit his purpose.

Even if Ali Sina were equipped with the power of psychometry (I mean a parapsychologist’s alleged ability to read the past or the unknown through physical contact with the person or object), he has no means of having physical contact with the Prophet, who lived some fourteen centuries ago, in the first place.

Secondly, what kind of psychobiography would Ali Sina be able to write of the Prophet, if he takes only a few discredited narrations — to the complete exclusion of the whole corpus of reliable hadiths — to fabricate a totally negative portrayal of the Last Prophet of God?

And Ali Sina would have us believe that the Prophet’s psychobiography he has cooked up is some sort of pathography — a diagnosis of some perceived illness.

The point is that Ali Sina effectively betrays his own hopelessly sick mind, while pretending to diagnose the imagined illness of the Prophet.

I hope this answers your question. Please keep in touch.

Salam.

About Professor Shahul Hameed
Professor Shahul Hameed is an Islamic consultant. He also held the position of the President of the Kerala Islamic Mission, Calicut, India. He is the author of three books on Islam published in the Malayalam language. His books are on comparative religion, the status of women, and science and human values.