“Anti-Christian sentiment is vehemently enforced in the Quran, as the book emphatically preaches that the crucifixion of Jesus never occurred, “they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them.”32 However, this cornerstone of Islamic theology is proven to be a lie as ancient secular and Jewish sources (Flavius Josephus and Tacitus) in Judea documented Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection – this happened 600 years before Muhammad was even born. Yet,”
― J.K. Sheindlin, The People vs Muhammad – Psychological Analysis
Salam alaekum everyone.
I have been going through Wikipedia all day and searching most search engines if I could get a single picture or details of the author of the book. All I saw were some drama of some people on Youtube making some funny drama after reading the book THE PEOPLE VS MUHAMMED.
However, before making some refutations on the quote of the author, permit me to drop some comments passed by the people who read the book.
It is important to point out a few things:
- The book is incoherent
- The author is not a not historian like the likes of Karen Armstrong, Montgomery Watt and hundreds of others who have dedicated a large portions of their lives to studying the Prophet Muhammad.
- The book is biased. The book is written as if the conclusion was written first. Now how can you say that this book has anything to do with history, when disobeys historical and basic analytical procedure for such an undertaking.
- Some of it is just false (no other way to say it) or completely misquoted. Also many of the Sources are questionable. Many myths on Anti-Islam hate sites writtten by schizophrenic Islamophobes seem to have been put in to book format and attributed to a famous personality, Judge Judy in this case.
- The book was originally popularized on a hoax youtube video purportedly showed that a Arab Muslim after reading this book verbally abusing Islam and the Prophet which later turned out to be false.
- The book tends to conveniently skip the background information. For example, the book will say the Prophet raided tribe Y and killed X amount of people. But the reality is tribe Y killed muslim envoys or missionaries, or were on the side of Meccans etc and the Muslim retaliated.
- Did she, Judge Judy, really write the book? Probably not. Atleast, not most of it.
Taza Gul Kamran Khattak, Teenager, Critic, Muslim, Humanist
Haven’t read the book yet but Judging from it’s cover,this cover proves this quote, “Don’t Judge a book by it’s cover”, wrong.
It says psychopath,sex-Addict? etc…..
A man who had only 1 wife in his supreme youth,you’re calling that guy such words?
He had 1 wife till 50 years of age(If I am not wrong).
Who forgave the murderer of his Uncle?
Who forgave the lady who tried to eat the liver of his dead uncle?
Who forgave entire Makkah,including people who fought him?
Who forgave the lady Who used to throw garbage at him and place thorns outside his house?
It was the Holy Prophet peace be upon him.
Many fools have tried to disrespect him before and many will try again.
But remember, “If you spit at moon,it falls on your own face.”
“Indeed,they plan but Allah also plans and Allah is the best of the planners.”
Allah says in the Holy Quran
And [for] their saying, “Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah .” And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain.
Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise.
The author of the book makes citation of two historians Flavius Josephus and Tacitus in Judea who documented Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. However, this article would serve as a reference point to many Muslims and non-christians when the issue of these historians are raised.
Flavius Josephus was a Jewish priest at the time of the Jewish Revolt of A.D. 66. He was captured by the Romans, imprisoned, set free, and then retired to Rome where he wrote a history of the Jewish Revolt called the Jewish War. Later he wrote Antiquities as a history of the Jews. It is in Antiquities that he mentions Christ. The mention is called the “Testimonium Flavianum” (Ant. 18.63-64; see below). Josephus was born in Jerusalem around A.D. 37. He died around the year 101.
From this brief biography of Flavius Josephus, we should notice that he was born a few years after the accession of Jesus. He never met Jesus nor did he witness any crucifixion of Jesus as all what he heard were mere rumors going around Judea as at then. He could probably be part of the conspiracy theory or perhaps his works which have mostly been preached by Christians have been doctored to suit their doctrines. The problem with the copies of Antiquities is that they appear to have been rewritten in favor of Jesus and some say too favorable to have been written by a Jew. Add to this that the Christians were the ones who kept and made the copies of the Josephus documents throughout history and you have a shadow of doubt cast upon the quotes.
Two References to Jesus
Josephus’ writings cover a number of figures familiar to Bible readers. He discusses John the Baptist, James the brother of Jesus, Pontius Pilate, the Sadducees, the Sanhedrin, the High Priests, and the Pharisees. As for Jesus, there are two references to him in Antiquities. I will recount them in the order in which they appear.
First, in a section in Book 18 dealing with various actions of Pilate, the extant texts refer to Jesus and his ministry. This passage is known as the Testimonium Flavianum referred to hereafter as the “TF”.
Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ, and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians so named from him are not extinct at this day.
Jewish Antiquities 18.3.3
Second, in Book 20 there is what could be called a passing reference to Jesus in a paragraph describing the murder of Jesus’ brother, James, at the hands of Ananus, the High Priest.
But the younger Ananus who, as we said, received the high priesthood, was of a bold disposition and exceptionally daring; he followed the party of the Sadducees, who are severe in judgment above all the Jews, as we have already shown. As therefore Ananus was of such a disposition, he thought he had now a good opportunity, as Festus was now dead, and Albinus was still on the road; so he assembled a council of judges, and brought before it the brother of Jesus the so-called Christ, whose name was James, together with some others, and having accused them as lawbreakers, he delivered them over to be stoned.
Jewish Antiquities 20.9.1
To avoid plagiarism, I would want our dear readers to read the link below to see how historians have criticized the work of Josephus:
…to be continued in-sha Allah
Mallam Funsho Animashaun @ Acadip.net
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