Islam denies, fundamentally, the propriety of the worship of anything or anyone other than Allah. Indeed, shirk is the unforgivable sin in Islam. Yet, we saw what happened when some cartoons were drawn depicting the prophet of Islam–is that how people respond when a mere man is caricatured? Rioting and looting and burning and beheading is the response of those who do not worship Muhammad? One is truly left to wonder.
   I recently picked up a volume by Annemarie Schimmel, And Muhammad is His Messenger: The Veneration of the Prophet in Islamic Piety (Chapel Hill: 1985). Fascinating stuff, to be sure, but not the kind of book you find at your local Christian bookstore! This material fits well with what I have encountered in Islamic apologists, in the sense that they find in the Old Testament all sorts of prophecies about Muhammad, even to the point of applying Isaiah 9:5-6 to Muhammad!
   Sam Shamoun let me know this morning that he and the team at Answering Islam have put together a series of articles on what is actually to be found in Islamic sources regarding the utter exaltation of Muhammad. Here are the links:
First Article
Second Article
Third Article
Fourth Article
   Check them out, and always remember to pray for the team at answering-islam.org!

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