Javed Ahmad Ghamidi vs. Ali
A Beast as the Messenger of Allah
Question asked from Mr. Ghamidi by Ali Sina
When Muhammad claimed to be a prophet, people who
knew him best, laughed at him. They asked for proof. He had none. Then
they asked why God does not send an angel so they could be sure?
Muhammad’s response to them was that God
sends human prophets to human beings.
You are no more than
human beings like us! You wish to turn us away from what our fathers
used to worship. Then bring us a clear authority. (14:10)
This is logical. If
Muhammad did not present any proof, how could people know he is telling
them the truth?
Allah responded by asking:
Is it a wonder for
mankind that We have inspired a man among them? (10:2)
He further complained:
That was because
there came to them their Messengers with clear proofs, but they said:
"Shall mere men guide us'' (64:6)
Well, I would like to see that clear proof. If we had
that clear proof, we would not be having this discussion. Then Allah gives his reasons why the messengers to humans
are always other humans and not angels or something else.
And naught prevented
mankind from believing when the guidance came unto them save that they
said: Hath Allah sent a mortal as (His) messenger? Say: If there were in
the earth angels walking secure, We had sent down for them from heaven
an angel as messenger. (17:94-95)
We never sent before
thee any messengers but lo! they verily ate food and walked in the
markets. And those who look not for a meeting with Us say: Why are
angels not sent down unto us and (Why) do we not see our Lord! Assuredly
they think too highly of themselves and are scornful with great pride
And We have not sent
before you but men from (among) the people of the towns, to whom We sent
revelations. (12: 109)
And We sent not (as
Our messengers) before thee other than men, whom We inspired. We gave
them not bodies that would not eat food, nor were they immortals.
Ibn Kathir in the tafseer of Sura Isra explains:
And there are many
other similar Ayat. Then Allah says, pointing out His kindness and mercy
towards His servants, that He sends to them Messengers of their own kind
so that they will understand what he says and will be able to speak to him
directly. If He sent to mankind a Messenger from among the angels, they
would not be able to deal with him face to face and learn from him, as
Allah says: “Indeed, Allah conferred a great favor on the believers when
He sent among them a Messenger from among themselves” (3:164)
Ibn Kathir is right; there are other verses. What I
quoted so far is enough to make us understand that for men, only men will
be sent as messengers and not something else.
But we find that Allah contradicts himself.
And when the word is
fulfilled concerning them, We shall bring forth a beast of the earth to
speak unto them because mankind had not faith in Our revelations.
Here Allah is
promising that he will send a beast to bring his message to mankind.
Doesn’t this belie everything he has said in all those above-mentioned
verses? Do beasts of the earth speak Arabic better than angels? What kind
of beast will be this messenger of Allah? Will it be a jackass, a camel, a
crocodile or a chimpanzee? How would we recognize it? According to Islam,
Jinns also can appear in animals. Why animals can speak to humans and angels
Then again didn’t
Muhammad claim to be the last prophet? (33:40)
If he was the last one to bring us a message from God, then what is
this beast going to be? If this beast is going to bring us a message, he is a messenger
and the title of Khatama alnnabiyyeen (the last of prophets) that
Muhammad claimed for himself should go to this animal. If 33:40 is right then the verse 27:82
must be wrong.
Furthermore, it is
not true that angles do not bring messages from God to humans. The Quran
itself testifies that at the time of Solomon there were two angels in
Babel, Harut and Marut who spoke to people and said “We
are only a temptation, therefore disbelieve not (in the guidance of
Allah).” Then the Quran says:
And from these two
(angles) people learn that by which they cause division between man and
wife; but they injure thereby no-one save by Allah's leave. And they
learn that which harmeth them and profiteth them not. (2:102)
Also the Quran says
an angel appeared to Zechariah the father of John (Yahya) and brought him
the glad tiding that he is going to have a son:
Then the angels
called to him as he stood praying in the sanctuary: That Allah gives you
the good news of Yahya verifying a Word from Allah, and honorable and
chaste and a prophet from among the good ones. (3:39)
Don’t these two
verses contradict the previous ayat that deny the possibility of
angels coming to humans as messengers?
A little further
down (3:42, 45) again it is an angel who brings a message to Mary the
mother of Jesus, informing her that she is going to have a son. In
another part of the Quran, the same angel is appearing to Mary says:
am only a messenger of your Lord: That I will give you a pure boy. (19:19)
Either, angels can
be messages of God to humans or they can’t. In either case some of the
verses of the Quran must be false.
The difficulty does
not end here. The above verses are emphatic that the messengers that Allah
sends to each species will be of the same species. However, the Quran says
that Muhammad was sent as a messenger also to the Jinns.
And when We turned
towards you a party of the jinn who listened to the Quran; so when they
came to it, they said: Be silent; then when it was finished, they turned
back to their people warning (them). (46-29)
Then the Jinns said
to each other:
And whoever does not
accept the-Divine caller, he shall not escape in the earth and he shall
not have guardians besides Him, these are in manifest error.
The same claim is made in Sura Jinn (72: 1-14)
There are also many ahadith that talk about Muhammad
going to the Jinns and teaching them Islam. For brevity I pass them up.
How could Muhammad who was a man, at least according
to his own claim, become a messenger to the Jinns when in so many verses
he said to each species will be sent a messenger of their own kind?
The Quran claims that both Jinns and men have
received messengers from among them.
O assembly of jinn
and men! did there not come to you messengers from among you, relating
to you My communications and warning you of the meeting of this day of
According to the Quran also angels have their own
messengers from angels and from men, for Allah is He Who hears and sees
All praise is due
to Allah, the Originator of the heavens and the earth, the Maker of the
angels, apostles flying on wings, two, and three, and four; He
increases in creation what He pleases; surely Allah has power over all
So how is it that Muhammad goes to the Jinns and
becomes their messenger if he is not of their kind? And how come to us
humans a beast will be sent to deliver the message of Allah?
I remain sincerely yours
I would like to make this very clear, that although Mr. Ghamidi, Mr.
Zaheer and this author have diverging viewpoints as far as Islam is
concerned, I am strongly supportive of these two scholars and have utmost
respect for their great work. Muslim world needs men like them. I
appreciate what they do and wish them success. They try to humanize the
Umma at the risk to their own lives. It is regrettable that Mr. Ghamidi
must be protected by bodyguards to stay safe from the assault of Muslim
As our slogan says, we are
not against faith but against hate. Anyone who strives for peace and
fights against intolerance and hate is our friend and ally. We do not want
to see the end of religion. We want to see the end of religiously inspired
hate. I believe that Mr. Ghamidi and Mr. Zaheer have embarked on an
impossible mission. I applaud them but do not believe they will make
Upon informing Mr. Zaheer that I have
published my response, he wrote:
Dear Mr Ali Sina
I am finding it difficult to access your site. Can I get your response
This is regrettable. It seems that they
have proceeded to ban faithfreedom.org in Pakistan. Several Islamic
countries have banned us. For 1400 years Muslim leaders have kept the masses
ignorant. In this way they can rule them better. But for how long
they can keep people in the dark?