Clarifying the Islam Catholic connection
It appears there is a need to clarify the ISLAM CATHOLIC CONNECTION with broad strokes.
Herewith a more straightforward and condensed essay:
1. Spiritual and theological connection.
Both venerate Mary. The Quran dedicates Surah Maryam (Surah 19, with 98 ayat) to Mary.
The hadith teaches that Mohammad selected Mary as his first wife upon entrance into Paradise.
Mohammad married Khadija, a Catholic, when he was 40.
The Catholics have gone as far as declaring Mary a co - redeemer with Christ.
Pope John Paul 11 has officially declared Allah to be the God of the Bible.
“The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are
the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God,
mankind’s judge on the last day.” (Catholic Catechism, pgs. 242, 243)
Both Islam and Catholicism have added to and subtracted from the Bible.
Both deny the suffiency of the sacrificial atonement (crucifiction) and salvation by grace.
Both teach that salvation is secured by works (self-effort).
Catholics require suffering in purgatory, sacraments and the mass on catholic alters for the atonement of sin.
Islam have their 5 pillars.
Mohammed simply plaigarised the bible as occassion would require.
The Popes in turn invented the following extra-biblical dogmas:
Sacraments, purgatory, the mass, papal infallability, Confession, transubstantiation, clerical celabisy, rosaries, Mary worship, veneration of statues, idols,
images, relics, prayers to the dead (necromancy). None of these dogmas can be found in the Bible, no not one.
Both cults arise from Babylon
Many historians speculate Constantine’s ‘conversion’ to Christianity was likely a political maneuver that
afforded him control over both the Christian and Pagan priesthood.
He took the title of Pontifex Maximus by issue of the Pagans and decreed Vicarius Christi by the Christians.
He remained however wholly pagan – he kept the pagan Altar of Victory in the Senate,
the Vestal Virgins; and the sun-god remained engraved on the imperial coins.
Pagan practices where incorporated wholesale into Christianity.
The Encyclopedia of Religion: "Allah is a pre-Islamic name corresponding to the Babylonian Bel"
Pilgramge to Holy sites. Catholics make pilgramage to Fatima, Islam to Mecca
The Story of Civilization, writes,
Historian Will Durant:
Within the Ka'aba, in pre-Moslem days, were several idols representing gods.
One was called Allah; three others were Allah's daughters, al-Uzza, al-Lat, and al-Manat.
We may judge the antiquity of this Arab pantheon from the mention of Al-il-Lat (Al-Lat) by Herodotus
[fifth century b.c. Greek historian] as a major Arabian deity.
The Quraish paved the way for monotheism by worshiping Allah as chief god....
Initially Mohammad produced Koranic verses to sanction intercessory prayer to Mecca’s Female deities.
Mohammad later revoked these verses, saying he had been influenced by the devil – later to become the literary work of salmon Rushdie
‘The Satanic verses’.
But Mohammad, at this point was well accustomed to having supernatural visitations that supported his earthly ambitions.
When contradictions were becoming blatantly obvious to even well programmed Muslims it was decided that
later revelations (Medina n) would override earlier revelations (Mecca n).
Muslims have added the Hadith as a equally inspired authority to the revelations of the Koran, Roman Catholicism has likewise also added
to the bible its own traditions and Ex cathedra, namely purgatory, papal infallibility, sacraments, rosary beads and other non-biblical
Mohammad removed the idols from the Ka’aba but retained the black stone and the practice of kissing it.
Many other very silly pagan rituals remained, such as throwing stones at pillars representing the devil.
The crescent moon was the symbol of the moon god from the time of the Sumerians and the Babylonians.
It’s hardly a coincidence that Ramadan begins and ends at the time of the crescent moon