The Qur’an

Why don’t you become Muslims?

A reader writes us:

1. If I understood well, you accept the Qur’an as a message from God, and you recognize Mohammad as a prophet, why don’t you simply become Muslims?
2. Now you say in page 223 “God wanted His Qur’anic Revelation to be an open door and a passage to the Bible”. This rather gives me the impression that you invite Muslims to convert to Christianity or did I misunderstand?
3. Or then, your tentative approach to the Bible/Qur’an reconciliation appears more as a clever scheme to justify Christianity and its dogmas, besides, what you do is not thrown into question, quite the contrary confirmed even by the Qur’an! So you find yourselves therefore, in the role of manipulators.
4. Or then, there is a third alternative that I have not understood and in that case, I would be really very grateful if you could explain it to me.

Dear S.,

Our mission is to testify the unity of the Biblical-Qur’anic message to the hearts of good will and good faith, issued from all rites and confessions, with no fanaticism or bigotry.
We invite not only Muslims, but Jews too, Christians and others to know the Holy Scriptures. God actually puts us on guard:

“Among people is one who argues about God, without knowledge, without guidance, without a Luminous Book.” (Qur’an XXII; The Pilgrimage, 8).

“All Scripture is inspired by God and can profitably be used for teaching, for refuting error, for guiding people’s lives and teaching them to be holy. This is how the person who is dedicated to God becomes fully equipped and ready for any good work.” (2 Timothy 3,16-17)

It is the Scriptures which not only justify the dogmas, to reuse your expression, but more even to certify them.

Any person who reads the Bible and the Qur’an with objectivity, without prejudices, will hold count of the parity of the two messages and the two Inspirations, and will grow in wisdom and insight. (We recommend you read, or re-read and deepen yourself in the text “A Look of Faith at the Qur’an” on the website).

The Qur’an itself attests that there is one door to the Bible:

“Say, ‘O People of the Book (the Bible), you follow no religion unless you practice the Torah and the Gospel…” (Qur’an V; The Table, 68)

“Time was when you knew not what the Book (the Bible) was, nor faith, but We brought it forth as a light by which We guide whomever We will of Our servants.” (Qur’an XLII; Deliberation, 52)

You ask us why we don’t become Muslims?

Because by believing in the Qur’anic and in the Biblical revelation, we are already so:

“O believers, believe in God and His Messenger, and in the Book He revealed to His Messenger, and the Book He revealed before. Whoso disbelieves in God, His angels, His Books, His messengers, and in the Last Day has strayed far in error.” (Qur’an IV; Women, 136-137)

This is the reason why the Qur’an certifies that we will receive a double reward:

“They to whom We brought the Book (the Bible), and who believed in it before (before the Qur’an) this present Revelation. And when it is recited to them, they say, ‘We believe in it. It is the truth (which comes) from our Lord. We had indeed been Muslims before it.’ These shall be paid their wages twice…” (Qur’an XXVIII; The Narrative, 51-53)

And we Christians too, as we recognize that Jesus is the one and only Messiah as the Bible and Qur’an attest (see for example Matthew 16,13-20 / John 1,45 / Qur’an III; The House of Imran, 45 / Qur’an IV; Women, 171, etc…)

Yet we are above all, and happily, independent believers. Let fanatics of all shades, label us as they like!

As far as we are concerned, we feel concerned by the call of God, of the Messiah, of the Prophets, of Mohammad, and the Virgin Mary. We answer them in exposing the teachings and prophecies of the Bible, the Qur’an and the Hadiths, particularly those concerning the end of times, which are being fulfilled before our eyes today.

The third alternative you spoke of, is thus to climb up in spirit to seize God’s Intention. It is to go beyond the letter to elevate oneself to the Spirit. It is an effort that Jews, Christians and Muslims should do.
Today, it is about going beyond the cults, the rites and the religions, and to unite in the adoration of God in “spirit and truth” (John 4,24).
Such is God’s Plan.

The apparition of the Antichrist, the State of Israel, announced by Jesus and Mohammad will accelerate this salutatory process for all.

All is on the website for people thirsty of truth.
It is up to each person to judge in their soul and conscience.

The 5 Pillars of Islam

The same reader responds:

I am very glad and I thank you for your reply. Actually I think I have better grasped your position, which is absolutely original, sincere and motivated by the desire of elevation, which I cannot but praise!
Therefore I have well understood using your words “It is today about going beyond the cults, the rites and the religions and to unite in the worshipping of God in spirit and truth”.
Nevertheless, and in my personal case, a purely spiritual way is not enough; otherwise what would be the importance of the practices recommended by the scriptures? You justify the dogmas by the scriptures, that applies therefore as well to the practices. You cannot say “we are already Muslims” and wait for a double reward without applying the 5 pillars (prayers, fasting, alms, etc…) If not, it is not fair compared to those who believe in the oneness and in all messages and who in addition exert themselves for the prayers from 3: 30 AM to 9: 16 PM, for the 30 days of fasting, etc… Or one is Muslim just in the heart and… well it is too easy this way! I think God expects from us more than the Spirit, otherwise He would have not made us of flesh.
So I agree completely with you about the oneness of the message and of the believers, but I disagree about the practices.
However I love your statute of independent believers. I love the alternative movements (I am that too, not in the practices, as you may have understood, but in my soul). As far as it fits you, you are happy and that makes you grow and raise yourselves I say Amen. God guides whom He wants, the way He wants. Let us believe altogether, raise us, and yuppie! One day God will tell us why he divided us.
I wish you a very beautiful and happy spiritual way as well. May we meet one day in this life or in the other one.
Anyway bravo again for you work!

Yours Sincerely

Dear S.,

We have appreciated your sincere reply.
You are an Independent Believer in the soul. This pleases us.

And in understanding us better, you will realize that we are very close.
Practice is for us too, equally essential.

Excerpt from http://islamfrance.free/pilier.html

God transmitted us the five pillars of Islam through his prophet Mohammad, Peace and Blessings be upon him, as Ibn ‘Uma reports (excerpt from Sahih Al-Bukhari -Volume 1, Book 2, Number 7-): God’s prophet said:

“Islam is based on these five principles:
– To testify that none other but God can be worshipped, and that Mohammad is God’s prophet,
– To effect the obligatory prayer
– To fast during the month of Ramadan
– To pay the obligatory Zakat (alms)
– To effect the Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca)”

We testify to the first point: none other but God can be worshipped, and Mohammad is God’s prophet.

Prayer:
Daily prayers raise the soul to God and help us to enter in communion with Him. These prayers are an impulse of the soul toward God. When you love someone, you do not fix the hours to declare him your love. You do it when that comes to you spontaneously and at any time.
With time and experience, prayer becomes a permanent state. It is to this stage that we should all aspire to by God’s Grace. All our life has become a prayer, by God’s Grace.
We therefore, no longer need to respect hours or formulas, or an orientation of the body towards a holy site. That could have been important at the time of the prophet Muhammad, when there was the need to raise up spiritually people who were used to a very structured worship of idols.
It is therefore a pedagogy, as explained in “A Look of Faith at the Qur’an” (Chapter 3.3, “The divine pedagogy in the Inspiration”).
God is everywhere and He wants to be worshipped in “spirit and truth”.
Here are some messages from God to Pierre2 (See FAQ “Can you tell us how you pray?”):

15/12/1995: “The best prayer, is to enter into the plan of God”
17/03/1997: “Know how to talk to God and how to hear him. Many, apart from the formulas of prayers prepared by others, do not know how to speak to God. So few know how to listen to him.”
11/29/1989: Praying is an art; it is not given to all to know how to pray. We often confuse fervor and contention, prayer and worship. To pray with fervor does not mean to be tense during prayer. We should reach to pray with fervor, without contention, without wrinkles. Pray ardently, but relaxed, a cheerful face. Prayer is a symphony that should be played calmly, quietly, like flowing water, like a clear stream that goes straight in its path. Prayer is an art and you should know how to pray. It is why the apostles asked Jesus: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11,1).
I want you great. Contention must be converted into tenderness. Contention is the devil. The more tender we are, the better we pray. Our Father resists not to tenderness.
The “good thief” touched Christ with a look of tenderness on the cross: “Jesus, remember me”, he said with watery eyes of love and regret for his faults, “when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23,42). The heart of Christ wavered on the spot: “Indeed, I promise you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23,43)

The fast:
The fast desired by God is well explained in “A Look of Faith at the Qur’an” (chapter 3.2, “The search for the spiritual meaning of the text”).

Alms:
We are for almsgiving and practice it in being attentive to each one’s needs, according to what God inspires us.
Prophet Mohammad and Jesus supported almsgiving.

The Pilgrimage to Mecca:
The most beautiful Pilgrimage is where we encounter God in us. He is waiting for us there. That does not prevent those who desire so, from making the Pilgrimage to Mecca or elsewhere.

In all these practices, it is thus fundamental to move from the letter to the Spirit, as the Qur’an and the Gospels encourage us. We do not annul these practices; we give them all their spiritual valor by going to the essential desired by God and attested by the Qur’an and the Holy Scriptures:

“Among people is one who worships God – on condition. If good befalls him, he grows content with it. But if an ordeal befalls him, he turns his face about, losing this world and the next. This is the most manifest bereavement.” (Qur’an XXII; The Pilgrimage, 11)

We find the same warning in the Gospels in a different style:

“He (God) is the one who has given us the qualifications to be the administrators of this New Covenant, which is not a covenant written letters but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3,6)

We pray for you dear S… Continue to read our website. It will help you better understand and to deepen the Holy Scriptures and the Qur’an to grasp God’s Intention.
And plus, let us orientate our prayers together against Al Massih al Dajjal, the Antichrist, and the Beast of the Revelation installed in Palestine (see “The Antichrist in Islam”, “The Key of the Apocalypse” and “The Apocalypse according to Mohammad”)
It is in this blessed fight that God is waiting for us.

May God illuminate your life and sustain you in everything.

Questions on the Qur’an

A correspondent poses to us the following questions:

1) What is your explanation on the verse which says that Issa (Jesus) prophesied that a prophet by the name of Ahmad will come after him (Qur’an LXI; The Battle-Line, 6)?
2) What do you think of the “discussion” of the prophet Muhammad who says that “upon his return the Messiah will break the cross and will kill the pork?!” So if he breaks the cross, believing in the Redemption is worthless!
3) Why do you reject the pilgrimage? Do you believe that it is Abraham who built the sacred Kaaba? And do you believe that Muhammad comes from the lineage of Ishmael, son of Abraham?

  1. This prophet announced by Issa (Jesus) not only indicates the prophet Muhammad, but the Mahdi announced by Muhammad as well, this Mahdi who must denounce the Antichrist (Al Massih al Dajjal). This Dajjal has already been denounced by the man who received from God the grand Mission to reveal the identity of the Beast of the Apocalypse (“Wahsh Sifr al Ro’ya”: Israel) sustained by a 2nd Beast: the USA.” Read the text “Al Massih al Dajjal fil Islam (“The Antichrist in Islam”). Allahou Akbar!!
  2. Firstly, this recounted discussion is true!
    Secondly, the fact of the breaking of the cross on the Messiah’s return, is to say that he will not be crucified a second time, but will break those who crucified him.
    This is why the belief in the Redemption is Eternal!
  3. We are neither people of the Bible nor people of the Qur’an!
    We are of the Spirit of the Bible and the Spirit of the Qur’an and of their intention, and of those to whom God has given wisdom.
    Please address your questions to your people.
    All our answers can be found on the website www.pierre2.net…

The veil in Islam

Here are the key verses in the Qur’an on the veil:

Qur’an XXIV; Light, 30-31: “… Tell believing women to avert their eyes, and safeguard their private parts, and not to expose their attractions except what (ordinarily) is visible. And let them wrap their shawls around their breast lines, and reveal their attractions only before their husbands…”

Qur’an XXXIII; The Confederate Troops, 53,55,59: “If you ask his (the Prophet) wives for some favor, do so from behind a screen (a veil); this is more chaste for both your hearts and theirs… No blame attaches to the Prophet’s wives if they unveil before their fathers, their sons, their brothers… O Prophet, tell your wives, your daughters, and women believers to wrap their outer garments closely around them, for this makes it more likely that they will be recognized and not be harassed…”

Qur’an XXXIII; The Confederate Troops, 32-33: “O wives of the Prophet… Remain in your homes, and do not display your adornments, as was the case with the earlier age of Barbarism…”

Nowhere is it written that a woman should veil her head. As it is well explained in this article, women, before Mohammed, were rejected by their husbands, had no more income and became slaves. The walked along the streets with uncovered breasts as women of some African tribes still do today. It was the sign that they were slaves and could give themselves to no matter who. Thus Mohammed sets them free in saying to them: Put on a veil on your breasts. You are no longer slaves now. You are free women.

The veil in Islam: (“What the Qur’an says (by doc Mahmoud Azab)”)

A reader reacted to the text above and asks us:

I’ve read in your site some observations of yours about Islam, it is very interesting, particularly what you say about the Islamic veil. Nevertheless, I want to specify that some Hadiths state that only after puberty, women can display their faces and hands only, what do you think?

Prophet Mohammed’s Message when speaking of the veil in the Qur’an (word badly translated in English and which means according to the verses curtain, spiritual veil, veil of geographic distance, cloak or large robe) is double:

It frees women rejected by their husbands and/or became slaves who roamed the streets topless to attract attention. Mohammed set them free by saying to them: “cover your breasts, you are no longer slaves now”. He gives them back their dignity. It is therefore a message of deliverance (see the verses on the website FAQ – The Qur’an; ‘The Veil and the internal purification’ and the related article).

He calls men and women to be decent in their attire and above all, to put on the “robe of piety”. Mohammed says: “O Children of Adam, We have sent down upon you a garment to hide your shame, and as adornment. But the garment of piety – that is best. These are some of God’s revelations; perhaps they will remember.” (Qur’an VII; The Battlements, 26)

By this last inspired verse, Mohammed delivers to us the profound Intention of God when He speaks elsewhere of a coat, a large robe, etc…

In the Holy Books, we should never cling to the letter. We need to meet the spiritual sense of the text and God’s Intention in the light of the totality of the Biblical-Quranic Inspiration.
The Hadith that demands women to totally cover the body except for the hands and face, should be equally understood in this spiritual sense: To be decent and above all, to put on “the robe of piety”.
Besides, there is a Hadith (Sahih El Boukhari) which mentions that women preparing for prayer washed themselves in the same pools as men at the time of Prophet Mohammed and of the Caliph Abou-Baker and for a certain period at the time of Omar Bin Al Khattab, and from this fact, the face, hair and arms were exposed at the washing.
To remain at the level of the letter, there would be contradiction between the two mentioned Hadiths.

All interpretations to the letter are rejected because

“For the written letters kill, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3,6)

“Among people is one who worships God to the letter… they turn their face about, losing this world and the next. This is the most manifest bereavement!” (Qur’an XXII; The Pilgrimage, 11)

As always, Jesus and Mohammed are in agreement.

All things considered, the veil is that of the heart. The religious attire is that of the spirit. It is the heart and thoughts that should be purified. It is why Mohammed often addressed himself to both men and women, in saying:

“Tell believing men to avert their eyes, and safeguard their private parts; this is more decent for them, and God is All-Experienced with what they do. Tell believing women to avert their eyes, and safeguard their private parts, and not to expose their attractions except what (ordinarily) is visible. And let them wrap their shawls (means a large robe) around their breast lines…” (Qur’an XXIV; Light, 30-31)

Men and women are called to chastity and to the purity of the heart.

Here is the spiritual sense of the texts on the veil. What has been said in the text on our website “A Look of Faith at the Qur’an”, Chapter 3.2; “The search for the spiritual meaning of the text”, applies to circumcision, fasting, sacrifices, pilgrimage, as well as the veil. They are “allegoric” symbols which evoke spiritual realities (see Qur’an III, The House of Imran, 7). To reread carefully this text and in depth.

We say to our Muslim sisters who port the veil with so much love what St. Paul said to the Galatians regarding Moses’ law (all the prescriptions to follow):

“It is so that you remain free that Mohammed has liberated you.”

Paul says:

“When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free. Stand firm, therefore, and do submit again to the yoke of slavery. It is I, Paul, who tell you this: if you allow yourselves to be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you at all. With all solemnity I repeat my warning: Everyone who accepts circumcision is obliged to keep the whole Law. But if you do look to the Law to make you justified, then you have separated yourselves from Christ, and have fallen from grace. Christians are told by the Spirit to look to faith for those rewards that righteousness hopes for, since in Christ Jesus whether you are circumcised or not makes no difference—what matters is faith that makes its power felt through love.” (Galatians 5,1-6)

This text applies in the same way to the veil as well as all narrow religious prescriptions.

The Veil and internal purification

As an in-depth analysis on the subject of the veil (see FAQ – The Qur’an; “The veil in Islam’), here moreover are some Biblical-Qur’anic verses that support the spiritual interpretation of the veil and any other religious prescriptions. So to well understand this text, we advise to first read the texts in-depth on the website “A Look of Faith at the Qur’an”, “The Key of the Apocalypse”, and “Worship and Place of Worship”:

To purify the interior

By the following verse, Mohammed teaches us that the effort of purification must be internal:

“Whether you reveal what lies in your souls or whether you conceal it, God will hold you to account, forgiving whomever He wills and punishing whomever He wills. God is Omnipotent.” (Qur’an II; The Cow, 284)

It is therefore the interior that matters. It is for what is hidden in us that will be judged.

And Jesus had said to the Pharisees in the same sense:

“Alas for you, scribes and Pharisee, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of cup and dish and leave the inside full of extortion and intemperance. Blind Pharisee! Clean the inside cup and dish first so that it and the outside are both clean!” (Matthew 23,25-26)

It is through the interior that we are purified. The exterior is secondary. Jesus insists on this point in saying:

“Listen and understand. What goes into the mouth does not make anyone unclean; it is what comes out of the mouth that makes someone unclean… But whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart… For from the heart come evil intentions… adultery, fornication… These are things that make a person unclean. But eating with unwashed hands does not make anyone unclean.” (Matthew 15,10-20)

Such are the limpid and liberating words of the “Word from God” (Qur’an III; The House of ‘Imran, 40).

To reach the purification of the heart, we should not port a veil or any particular external clothes, but to open oneself to God’s grace. Mohammed says:

“O believers, follow not in the footsteps of Satan. Whoso follows in Satan’s footsteps, let him know that Satan commands obscenity and immorality. Were it not for God’s favor upon and His mercy, none of you would ever have been guided aright. It is God, rather, Who grants guidance to whom He pleases. And God is All-Hearing, Omniscient.” (Qur’an XXIV; Light, 21)

It is in collaborating with grace that we attain the state of purity. All is mercy.

It is in this sense that Mohammed asks us to put on the “robe of piety” (Qur’an VII; The Battlements, 25). It is the only clothing that pleases God. And Mohammed explains to us what piety is. It is a spiritual, internal dimension, and not of gestures, acts or external clothing:

“Virtue does not demand of you to turn your faces Eastwards or Westwards. Virtue rather is: he who believes in God, the Last Day, the angels, the Book and the prophets; who dispenses money, though dear, to kinsfolk, orphans, the needy, the traveller, beggars, and for transom; who performs the prayer and pays the alms; who fulfill their contracts when they contract; who are steadfast in hardship, calamity and danger; these are the true believers. These are truly pious.” (Qur’an II; The Cow, 177)

Piety therefore, consists of doing good by love for God.

This is the robe we should wear to win our Father’s Blessing. The Apocalypse emphasizes this fact by saying of the victors in white linen of the great trial: “The fine linen is made of the good deeds of the saints.” (Revelation 19,8)

No compulsion in religion

The following verse of the Prophet Mohammed is a key verse, as it annuls all the prescriptions of the Law which, at the level of the Spirit, are useless constraints:

“… His throne encompasses the heavens and the earth; preserving them is no burden to Him. He is the Exalted, the Majestic. There is no compulsion in religion. Right guidance has been distinguished from error.” (Qur’an II; The Cow, 255-256)

And with regards to fasting Mohammed insists:

“God desires ease for you, and desires not hardship.” (Qur’an II; The Cow, 184)

Paul says about this:

“… If you have really died with Christ to the principles of this world, why do you still let rules dictate to you, as though you were still living in the world? ‘It is forbidden to pick up this, it is forbidden to taste that, it is forbidden to touch something else’; all these prohibitions are only concerned with things that perish by their very use—an example of human doctrines and regulations! It may be argued that true wisdom is to be found in these, with their self-imposed devotions, their self-abasement, and their severe treatment of the body; but once the flesh starts to protest, they are no use at all.” (Colossians 2,16-23)

In fact, all these interdictions are human inventions. Jesus denounced them citing the prophet Isaiah who already said at his time:

“Because this people approaches me only in words, honors me only with lip-service while its heart is far from me, and my religion, as far as it is concerned, is nothing but human commandment.” (Matthew 15,1-9 / Isaiah 29,13-14)

For those living of the Spirit, the legal ordinances are annulled. Paul says:

“The Law is quite incapable of bringing the worshippers to perfection…” (Hebrews 10,1)

And also:

“He (the Christ) has overridden the Law, and cancelled every record of the debt that we had to pay; he has done away with it by nailing it to the cross…” (Colossians 2,14-15)

Any religious cloth as well as the veil belong to these abolished legal ordinances.

To overcome the law

If only faith, love and the purification of the heart count in the eyes of God, why were Moses and Mohammed given in the Old Testament and Qur’an a Law or a Sharia?

The answer was given to us by Paul. The Law was a pedagogy. The Jews had to be gradually prepared to the spiritual comprehension of the purification, sacrifices, cult, the Temple, attire, etc… The Jews still could not understand at Moses’ time these spiritual realities. It was already an immense step to offer worship to the unique God and not the multitude of idols.
The Arabs of the Arabian peninsula had to pass through the same evolution. It is why the Qur’an contains many verses which impose a Law similar to the Law of Moses. Here, equally, the Law should act as a pedagogue.

Paul explains well the conflict between the practice of Moses’ Law with its prohibitions and narrow prescriptions, and the faith in Christ which communicates to us the Holy Spirit and liberates us:

“… Let me ask you one question: was it because you practiced the Law (of Moses) that you received the Spirit, or because you believed what was preached to you? … Does God give you the Spirit so freely and work miracles among you because you practice the Law, or because you believed what was preached to you? Take Abraham for example: he put his faith in God, and this faith was considered as justifying him. Don’t you see that it is those who rely on faith who are the sons of Abraham? … Before faith came, we were allowed no freedom by the Law; we were being looked after till faith was revealed. The Law was to be our guardian until the Christ came and we could be justified by faith. Now that that time has come we are no longer under that guardian, and you are, all of you, sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. All baptized in Christ, you have all clothed yourselves in Christ, and there are no more distinctions between Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female, but all of you are one in Christ Jesus…” (Galatians 3,1-29)

The Christ therefore has redeemed us from the “curse of the law” (Galatians 3,12).

Here as well, are other verses of Paul which explain this liberation:

“But now the (Mosaic or all the other Law) Law has come to an end with Christ, and everyone who has faith may be justified.” (Romans 10,4)

“… we acknowledge that what makes a man righteous is not obedience to the Law, but faith in Jesus Christ. We had to become believers in Christ Jesus no less than you had, and now we hold that faith in Christ rather than fidelity to the Law is what justifies us, and that no one can be justified by keeping the Law.” (Galatians 2,16)

The evolution of the Jews, starting from the worship of idols (see eg the episode of the golden cow, Exodus 32, they worshipped the golden cow as an imitation of the bull Apis that was worshipped in Egypt), in passing by the worship of the only God through material worship and Moses’ Law to finally arrive with the Christ to the spiritual concept of salvation through the Faith and the deeds of love as explained by Paul. This evolution has lasted for centuries. During these centuries, many of the prophets were sent by God to explain the spiritual concept of fasting, circumcision, the Temple, etc… (see “A Look of Faith at the Qur’an”, Chapter 3.2; “The search for the spiritual meaning of the text”).

Mohammed, on the other hand, has given the Arabs the whole revelation all at once and in a single stroke.

As explained in “A Look of Faith at the Qur’an”, Chapter 3.3; “The divine pedagogy found in the inspiration”:

“It was not possible to give the Arabs the plenitude of the light in a single stroke, because of their total displacement from the divine Truth. Likewise, it is impossible for the human eye, which remained in obscurity for a long time, to be opened suddenly to sunlight without being dazzled, blinded. Likewise, the divine Light should be given gradually to those who remained in the darkness for so long.”

It is why the Qur’an withdraws with some elements of the Law and some elements of spiritual salvation by Faith and Love.

Mohammed, taking into account the mentality at his time, has thus equally given some prescriptions in a pedagogic manner. It was valid for a certain time.

He could not with one strike, speak of the liberation by the Spirit and the purification of the heart. Nobody in his time would have understood him. It was first necessary to detach the Arabs from the worship of idols. At the same time, he opened the way to liberation through the Spirit by speaking for example “of the robe of piety”, of doing good by love of God (Qur’an II; The Cow, 172), and of God’s forgiveness to those who love Him:

“Say: ‘If you love God, follow me and God will return your love, and forgive you your sins. God is All-Forgiving, Compassionate to each.” (Qur’an III; The House of ‘Imran, 31)

At the same time, he reveals to them God’s Justice:

“On that day, God shall pay them in full their just reward, and they shall know that God is the Manifest Truth.” (Qur’an XXIV; Light, 25)

The new times

Today, with the opening of the Book of Revelation and the Revelation of the identity of the Beast of the Apocalypse which inaugurates “the new Heaven and the new Earth”, Jews, Christians and Muslims are called together to make a new step towards spiritual maturity.

With the apparition of the Beast, the announced Enemy of God, every man and woman is called to test their Love for God in committing themselves for Justice against this Beast. It is in this way that the chosen is made.

It is why the Apocalypse today, launches out this cry to all the pure hearts who have recognized the Beast of the Apocalypse: “Come up here” (Revelation 4,1).

“Come up here” to identity the Beast and to fight it, to understand the prophecies concerning the two Beasts and their imminent fall.

“Come up here” also in overcoming the ordinances, cults, rites, clothing, to reach the spiritual and internal worship by Love and Justice.

It is in devoting ourselves against the Beast that we purify ourselves internally.

It is in coming up to this level of the Spirit that we are admitted to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb (Revelation 19,9). This Feast consists of nourishing ourselves with the “Table sent down to us from Heaven” (Qur’an V; The Table, 112-115), the Body and Blood of Jesus given as nourishment to all the pure hearts who have believed in the Apocalypse as revealed, and who have committed themselves against the Beast (see text “The Bread of Life in the Bible and the Qur’an”)

Mohammed says:

“They shall be clothed in green silk and brocade, and decked out in silver bracelets, and their Lord shall give them to drink an untainted draught.” (Qur’an LXXVI; Man, 21)

These “garments of green silk and brocade” and “bracelets of silver” are symbols of the internal richness of the chosen. The digestion of an “untainted draught” is the Communion to the Blood of Jesus poured for our purification.

Here is how we reach purity of the heart…

Mohammed reveals us:

“God said: ‘This is a Day when the truthful profit from their truthfulness. For them shall be Gardens beneath which rivers flow, dwelling therein for ever. God is well-pleased with them and they are well-pleased with Him. This is the greatest of triumphs’.” (Qur’an V; The Table, 119)

In the Light of all the Holy Scriptures, we are all called at present, to overcome every form of worship, law, narrow prescriptions, to throw ourselves with Jesus in Return amongst us, in spiritual Worship “in spirit and truth”. “God is spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth” Jesus had said (John,4-24).

The religious prescriptions belong to the Old world which must disappear:

“Then I heard a loud voice call from the throne, ‘You see this city? Here God lives among men. He will make his home among them; they shall be his people, and he will be their God, his name is God-with-them. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness. The world of the past has gone.’ Then the One sitting on the throne spoke: ‘Now I am making the whole of creation new.” (Revelation 21,3-5)

Alcohol in the Qur’an

Many Muslims believe that God forbids all alcohol in the Qur’an. Others believe that a moderate use of alcohol is permitted.

What does the Divine Revelation say?

The Prophet Muhammad says in the Qur’an with regards to wine:

Qur’an II, The Cow, 219: “They ask you about wine and gambling. Say: ‘In them both lies grave sin, though some benefit, to mankind. But their sin is more grave than their benefit’.”

The benefit that Muhammed is speaking of, consists of drinking wine in moderation. A glass of wine per day is good for your health.
The “great sin” lies in excess and drunkenness. Muhammed thus cautions against any excess in wine. He does not forbid us to touch wine, when taken in moderation, in a balanced way, otherwise he would not have spoken of the “benefits”.
Muhammed also says:

Qur’an IV Women, 43: “O believers, do not come near to prayer when you are drunk, until you know what you are saying; nor when sexually defiled, unless passing through, until you perform ablutions.”

Drunkenness is totally incompatible with prayer and spiritual life in general. Muhammed warns believers against such deformations.
Paul in his letter to the Corinthians did the same. He blames the Christians who gathered to eat and get drunk, instead of taking the Meal of Jesus:

“When you hold these meetings, it is not the Lord’s Supper that you are eating, since when the time comes to eat, everyone is in such a hurry to start his own supper that one person goes hungry while another is getting drunk. Surely you have homes for eating and drinking in? Surely you have enough respect for the community of God not to make poor people embarrassed? What am I to say to you? Congratulate you? I cannot congratulate you on this.” (1 Corinthians 11,20-22).

Finally Muhammed also says regarding wine:

Qur’an V; The Table, 90-93: “O believers, wine and gambling, idols and divining arrows are an abhorrence, the work of Satan. So keep away from it, that you may prevail. Satan only desires to arouse discord and hatred among you with wine and gambling, and to deter you from the mention of God and from prayer. Will you desist? … Upon those who believe and do good deeds no blame shall attach in what they may taste, so long as they fear God, and believe, and do good deeds… for God loves the charitable.”

This text clearly shows that the important thing is not the choice of a food or drink, but to believe in God and do good. Hence, the three time repetition of what is important, and what should retain our attention.

At the same time, Muhammed warns those who gathered at those times for the sake of drinking, gambling, worshiping idols, and the usage of divining arrows. It would have been common at the time to indulge in all these practices at the same time. Mohammed firmly condemned this practice in saying that it comes from Satan and provokes hatred.

Prohibitions are necessary in general, as long as the persons still do not have the psychological and spiritual maturity to discern the right path. It was the case of the Arabs at the time of Muhammed, who lived in the excesses of food, alcoholic drinks, gambling, and vice of all kinds.
Likewise in the Old Testament, the Israelites, still immature in their spiritual life, were oriented by the prohibited contents in the Law of Moses. As Paul explains, the Law was a pedagogue:

“The Law was to be our guardian until the Christ came and we could be justified by faith. Now that that time has come we are no longer under that guardian, and you are, all of you, sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3,24-26)

Here are a few texts of the Gospels that are concerned with wine, since the Qur’an was given to the Arabs to certify the Bible (see text “A Look of Faith at the Qur’an”):

  1. At the Wedding of Cana, Jesus, at the request of his Mother, turns water into a “good wine” (John 2,1-12). Wine is therefore not reprehensible in itself.
  2. Jesus changes the chalice of wine into his Blood (Mark 14,22-25).
  3. Paul affectionately says to his spiritual son Timothy, “You should give up drinking only water and have a little wine for the sake of your digestion and the frequent bouts of illness that you have.” (1 Timothy 5,23)

In the Old Testament equally, moderation in the usage of wine is advocated:

  1. “Do not play the valiant at your wine, for wine has been the undoing of many… Drunk at the right time and in the right amount, wines makes for a glad heart and a cheerful mind. Bitterness of soul comes of wine drunk to excess out of temper or bravado. Drunkenness excites the stupid man to a fury to his own harm. It reduces his strength while leading to blows.” (Ecclesiasticus 31,30-31)
  2. “Wine is reckless, strong drink quarrelsome; unwise is he whom it seduces” (Proverb 20,1)
  3. “Never relish how red it is, this wine, how sparkling in the cup, how smooth its flow. In the end its bite is like a serpent’s, its sting as sharp as an adder’s. Your eyes will see strange things, distorted words will come from your heart…” (Proverb 23,31-35)

In summary, wine is not bad in itself. It is the excess that is a condemned sin. However, the limit is not always easy to discern. We must remain vigilant. Alcohol is an abyss that aspires many souls.
Alcohol taken regularly in large quantities, under the pretext of relaxation after a day’s work, often destroys communication in families and is the cause of much frustration. It is here where moderation should start too. The limit is sometimes very subtle. Bad habits are quickly taken. That each person analyze themself before God.

Paul says:

“Let your good sense be obvious to everybody. The Lord is near”. (Philippians 4,5)

Thus the Bible and the Qur’an are joined in condemning the excesses of wine. Balance and moderation in all things are indispensable in developing a rich spiritual life of the Word of God and His Holy Presence.

Paul sums up in saying:

“Do not drug yourselves with wine; this is simply dissipation; be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5,18).