Today I want to look at what people have said about Islam in the past. Islam has left a trail of debris, blood shed, violence, and conquests of non-Muslim nations over its 1,400 year history. What we are seeing today is not some new thing, it is what true Islam has always done when it had the power to do so.
My goal today is to show what leaders have had to say about Islam through the centuries. In other articles, I have given quotes from some political leaders from the past. Today I want to give quotes from spiritual leaders. I am going to start with Martin Luther, which takes us back to the Reformation and the early 1500’s.
Most of this information is from William J. Federer’s book, “Who Is The King In America. It is a great read, and I highly recommend It. These quotes come from the section that deals with Islam, and its effects throughout history.
The Dark Ages
Before I get into the quotes, let me tell you why the Dark Ages came about. It will surprise you to learn that it was because of Islam. As Islam brought nations into submission, they cut off the trade routes. This is why Spain sent out Columbus to find another route to India. America was discovered because Islam had cut off the trade routes to the East. This resulted of cutting off these routes was a decline in learning and science.
It the following quote, Martin Luther refers to the Turks. Turkey was the center of the Ottoman Empire. It was from Turkey that Islam tried to come into Europe.
“The Turk is the rod of the wrath of the Lord our God… If the Turk’s god, the devil, is not beaten first, there is reason to fear that the Turk will not be so easy to beat. … Christian weapons and power must do it…
“[The fight against the Turks] must begin with repentance, and we must reform our lives. or we shall fight in vain.
“[The Church should] drive men to repentance by showing our great and numberless sins and our ingratitude, by which we have earned God’s wrath and disfavor, so that He justly gives us into the hands of the devil and the Turk.”
What I find interesting is that this is exactly what I have been preaching. I have been saying exactly the same thing for this last eight years. It is true that we must take up arms against Islam, but the real battle is a spiritual battle. We must first deal with our own sin. Then we can deal with the enemy that God has allowed to rise up to bring judgment upon us.
In a letter to Philip Melanchthon, in 1543, John Calvin said:
“I hear of the sad condition of your Germany! … The Turk again prepares to wage war with a larger force. Who will stand up to oppose his marching throughout the length and breadth of the land, at his mere will and pleasure?”
In his commentary on 2nd Thessalonians, Calvin wrote:
“Since Muhammad was an apostate, he turned his followers, the Turks, from Christ…
“The sect of Mohammad was like a raging overflow, which in its violence tore away about half of the Church.”
John Wesley, in “The Doctrine of Original Sin (1817, p. 35) wrote:
“Mahometans (Muslims) not only condemn all who cannot swallow them to everlasting fire; not only appropriate to themselves the title of … true believers: but even anathematize … all their brethren … who contend for a figurative interpretation.”
The Muslims even condemned their fellow Muslims who contended for a figurative interpretation of the Qur’an.
“Mahometans will butcher each other by thousands … Why is it that such numbers of Turks and Persians have stabbed one another in cool blood?
“Truly, because they differ in the manner of dressing their head. The Ottoman vehemently maintains… that a Musselman (Muslim) should war a round turban … Whereas the Persian insists upon his liberty of conscience, and will wear it picked before.
“So, for this wonderful reason … they beat out each other’s brains from generation to generation.”
“Ever since the religion of Mahamet appeared in the world, the espousers of it, particularly those under the Turkish emperor, have been as wolves and tigers to all other nations; rending and tearing all that fell into their merciless paws, and grinding them with their iron teeth …
“Numberless cities are razed from the foundation, and only their name remaining … Man countries which were once as the garden of God are now a desolate wilderness…”
Jonathan Edwards wrote in A History of the Work of Redemption (1739):
“Those mighty kingdoms of Antichrist and Muhammad … trampled the world under foot…
“Great works of the devil … swallowed up the Ancient Roman Empire … Satan’s Mohometan kingdom [swallowed] the Eastern Empire.”
In his The Fall of Antichrist (1829) Edwards said:
“By the false prophet … here an eye seems to be had to Mahomet, whom his followers call the great prophet of God. [Revelation 16:13]”
Edwards, in his writings, aligned Islam with the Antichrist religion. Again, this is the same thing I have been preaching and teaching.
Two centuries before the Reformation, Thomas Aquinas wrote Summa contra Gentiles (1258), in which he said:
“Mohammed … seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us … and he gave free reign to carnal pleasure.
“Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and doctrines of the greatest falsity.
“Those who beli3eved in him were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Mohammed forced others to become his followers by the violence of his arms …”
In a letter to Frederic II of Prussia (174o), Voltaire said:
But that a camel-merchant should stir up insurrection in his village; that in league with some miserable followers he persuades them that he talks with the angel Gabriel;
“That he boast of having been carried to heave, where he received in part this unintelligible book, each page of which makes common sense shudder;
“That, to pay homage to this book, he delivers his country to iron and flame; that he cuts the throats of fathers and kidnaps daughters;
“That he gives to the defeated the choice of his religion or death:
“This is assuredly nothing any man can excuse, at least if he was not born a Turk, or if superstition has not extinguished all natural light in him.”
The great lawyer Montesquieu wrote in The Spirit of the Laws (1748):
“Moderate government is most agreeable to the Christian Religion, and a despotic government to the Mahometan …
“It is the Christian Religion that … has hindered despotic power …
“The Mahometan Religion, which speaks only by the sword, acts still upon men with that destructive spirit with which it was founded.”
The point I want to make with these quotes on Islam from the past is, those things I have been saying about Islam are the same as leaders from the past have observed.
It is not that I am a great intellect that has deduced these things, it is just that I read what Islam has to say, I read its doctrine, I looked at how it was founded and what it teaches. When you do this, you can’t help but come to the conclusions that I have come to.
The truth is that Muhammad was a con-man trying to build and empire. He used a religion and a god to manipulate people to accomplish his goals. His religion propagates itself by the sword.