From The Religion of Peace
A Side by Side Comparison*
* It is not the purpose of this site to promote any particular religion, including Christianity.
However, we do enjoy refuting nonsense, such as the claim that Muhammad
and Jesus preached a morally equivalent message or that all religion is the same.
Differences Between Muhammad and Jesus
|Said Allah hates those who don't accept Islam. |
(Qur'an 30:45, 3:32, 22:38)
|Said God loves everyone. |
|"I have been commanded to fight |
against people till they testify that there
is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad
is the messenger of Allah"
|"He who lives by the sword |
will die by the sword."
|Stoned women for adultery. |
|"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." |
|Permitted stealing from unbelievers. |
(Bukhari 44:668, Ibn Ishaq 764)
|"Thou shalt not steal." |
|Permitted lying. |
(Sahih Muslim 6303, Bukhari 49:857)
|"Thou shalt not bear false witness." |
|Owned and traded slaves. |
(Sahih Muslim 3901)
|Neither owned nor traded slaves.|
|Beheaded 800 Jewish men and boys. |
(Sahih Muslim 4390)
|Beheaded no one.|
|Murdered those who insulted him. |
(Bukhari 56:369, 4:241)
|Preached forgiveness. |
(Matthew 18:21-22, 5:38)
|"If then anyone transgresses |
the prohibition against you,
Transgress ye likewise against him"
|"If someone strikes you on the right |
cheek, turn to him the other also."
|Jihad in the way of Allah elevates one's position in Paradise by a hundred fold. |
|"Blessed are the peacemakers, for |
they will be called Sons of God"
|Married 13 wives and kept sex slaves. |
(Bukhari 5:268, Qur'an 33:50)
|Slept with a 9-year-old child. |
(Sahih Muslim 3309, Bukhari 58:236)
|Did not have sex with children.|
|Ordered the murder of women. |
(Ibn Ishaq 819, 995)
|Never harmed a woman.|
|"O you who believe! Fight those of the |
unbelievers who are near to you
and let them find in you hardness."
|"Blessed are the meek, for |
they shall inherit the earth."
|Ordered 65 military campaigns |
and raids in his last 10 years.
(Ibn Ishaq )
|Ordered no military campaigns, nor |
offered any approval of war or violence.
|Killed captives taken in battle. |
(Ibn Ishaq 451)
|Never took captives. |
Never killed anyone.
|Encouraged his men to rape enslaved women. |
(Abu Dawood 2150, Qur'an 4:24)
|Never encouraged rape. |
Never enslaved women.
|Demanded captured slaves and |
a fifth of all other loot taken in war.
|"The Son of Man came not |
to be served, but to serve."
|Was never tortured, but tortured others. |
(Muslim 4131, Ibn Ishaq 436, 595, 734, 764)
|Suffered torture, but never tortured anyone.|
|"And fight them until there is no more persecution and religion is only for Allah" |
|"Love your enemies and pray |
for those who persecute you"
|Blessed the brutal murder of a half-blind man |
|Healed a blind man |
|Ordered a slave to build the very pulpit |
from which he preached Islam.
|Washed his disciples feet. |
|What are the Greatest Commandments? |
"Belief in Allah and Jihad in His cause"
|What are the Greatest Commandments? |
"Love God and love thy neighbor as thyself."
|Demanded the protection of armed bodyguards, even in a house of worship |
|Chastised anyone attempting |
to defend him with force.
|Died fat and wealthy from what was |
taken from others in war or
demanded from others in tribute.
|Demanded nothing for himself. |
Died without possessions.
|Advocated crucifying others. |
(Qur'an 5:33, Muslim 16:4131)
|Was crucified himself.|
|According to his followers: |
Had others give their lives for him.
(Sahih Muslim 4413)
|According to his followers: |
Gave his life for others.
(John 18:11 and elsewhere)
Islamic Teaching and Christianity
|External sources (the Hadith and Sira) necessary for translating the Qur'an||Historical context contained |
within the text of the Bible
|Must know Arabic in order to "fully understand" the Qur'an (according to Muslim apologists)||Universal. Can be translated into other languages without excessive commentary.|
|Chronological progression of the |
Quran is from peace to violence.
|Chronological progression of the |
Bible is from violence to peace.
|The words 'torture' and 'punishment' appear six |
times more often in the Quran than in the New Testament.
|The word 'love' appears five times more often in the New Testament than than in the Qur'an,|
|Contains not a single original moral value.||The 'Sermon on the Mount' and others.|
|Suffering is an excuse for violent revenge |
and establishment of Islam by force "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]...and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah."
|Suffering builds character "We also rejoice in our sufferings, |
because we know that suffering
produces perseverance; perseverance,
character; and character, hope"
|Emphasis on this World "And Allah has made you heirs to their land |
and their dwellings and their property"
|Emphasis on the Next "Mine is not a kingdom of this world" |
(John 18:36, see also Luke 14:33)
|Kill, convert or subjugate Christians and Jews. |
|Share one's faith with gentleness and respect. |
(1 Peter 3:15)
|Martyrs as Killers |
"Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain"
|Martyrs as Martyrs |
"As it is written, For thy sake we are
killed all the day long; we are
counted as sheep for the slaughter"
|Killing Apostates |
"They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them"
(Qur'an 4:89, also Bukhari 52:260, 83:37...)
|Letting God Judge Apostates |
"For we know Him that has said,
'Vengeance belongs unto me, I will
recompense,' says the Lord. And again,
'The Lord shall judge his people'"
|Punishment "Let not compassion move you |
from carrying out God's law..."
|Mercy "Love is patient. Love is kind... |
It keeps no record of wrongs"
(1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
|Charity and Non-Believers Mercy toward fellow Muslims - ruthlessness toward unbelievers. Muslims are warned not to befriend those outside the faith. They must even ensure that their charity tithe (zakat) |
stays within their own identity group.
(Qur'an 48:29, 3:28, Sharia)
|Charity and Non-Believers Christians are specifically told that even |
those who hate them are entitled to
kindness and charity. They should be loved
and cared for as surely as any fellow believer.
|The Qur'an explicitly instructs |
men to beat disobedient wives.
(Qur'an 4:34, Sahih Muslim 2127)
"Husbands, love your wives and
do not be harsh with them."
(No permission to beat women)
|Explicitly allows Muslim men to rape their female slaves, even those already married. |
(Qur'an 4:24, 70:29-30, 23:5-6...)
|Tells masters and slaves to serve |
each other as if serving God.
|Muhammad is the messenger |
of Allah. And those who are with him
are ruthless to the unbelievers"
|"Do good to them that hate you" |
|Allah wills those that stray and are lost |
|God wants all people saved |
(1 Timothy 2:4)
|Warns Against Questioning Faith. |
|Welcomes Intellectual Challenge. |
(1 Peter 3:15)
|Violence as Virtue "Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye |
dislike it. But it is possible that ye
dislike a thing which is good for you, and
that ye love a thing which is bad for you.
But Allah knoweth, and ye know not."
|Violence as Sin "Do not take revenge, my friends, but |
leave room for God's wrath, for it is written:
'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord. On the contrary: 'If your enemy
is hungry, feed him... '"
|Hell for unbelief. |
Good deeds count for naught
|Hell for bad deeds and the |
failure to do what is right
(Romans 2:6-8, Matthew 16:27, Matthew 25:41-45)
|Judging "Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites! Be harsh with them..." |
|Judge Not "For when you pass judgment on another person, you condemn yourself..." |
|Taking wealth from others "Allah promiseth you much |
booty that ye will capture..."
|Working for and giving wealth to others "The thief must no longer steal but must |
work hard and do what is good with his
own hands, so that he might have
something to give to the needy."
|Calls down Allah's curse on Christians |
and those of other religions.
|Calls down God's blessing on |
those who curse Christians.
|Arrogance & Privilege |
"Ye are the best of peoples,
evolved for mankind"
|Humility & Servitude"If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all." |
|"O you who believe! do not take My |
enemy and your enemy for friends:
Would you offer them love while they deny what has come to you of the truth?
|"Love your enemies..." |
Differences Between the Islamic
and Christian-Based Worlds
|Countries that Muslims want to escape from.||Countries that Muslims want to escape to.|
|Madrassahs that indoctrinate Muslim |
children with bigotry and terror.
|Mission schools that teach reading and |
writing to Christians and Muslims alike.
|Suicide bombings for Allah||No suicide bombings for Jesus|
|International terror organizations.||International charities.|
|No formal charities for non-Muslims.||Leading provider of disaster relief to Muslims.|
|Murder of aid workers.||Supply of aid workers.|
|Christians in jail for apostasy or blasphemy.||Religious freedom.|
|Modern-day slavery in the name of Islam.||Abolition in the name of Christianity.|
|Muslim clerics who engage |
in or condone terrorism.
|Christian clerics murdered each year by |
terror groups rife with Muslim clerics.
|Daily religious violence against Hindus.||None.|
|Daily religious violence against Jews.||None.|
|Daily religious violence against Buddhists.||None.|
|Daily religious violence against Muslims.||None.|
|Ritual slitting of animals' throats||Ending of animal sacrifice|
|Religion||Technology & Medicine|
|Censorship||Freedom of speech|
|Intolerance for criticism of Islam.||Tolerance for religious dissent.|
|Restricting other religions from preaching faith.||Allowing all religions the |
same right to evangelize.
|Conversions allowed to Islam only.||Freedom of conscience.|
|Converts to Christianity beheaded.||No dead converts to Islam.|
|Most famous Muslim: Osama bin Laden.||Most famous Christian: The Pope.|
Whether true or not, everything that secular critics say they don't like about Christianity, from women's issues to slavery, is not only a tangible part of Islam, but usually magnified. While the Catholic church is demonized for not allowing female priests, the fundamentalists of Islam force women into burqas and blow up schools that educate girls. Even activists known for championing women's rights in the Muslim world still rationalize keeping captured women as sex slaves, since it is explicitly permitted in the Qur'an. And, while Christians might object to extra-marital sex, only Islamic purists plant consenting adults in the ground and stone them to death.
Theocracy (in the form of Sharia) really is the the explicit goal of Islamic teaching, whereas Christianity leaves room for the separation of religion and government (Mark 12:17, John 18:36). Terrorism really is an expression of devotion to Allah (here's an example) - and not just criminal activity or warfare by disinterested parties with a nominal religious identification (ie. "born a Catholic").
If threatening people with eternal damnation is considered distasteful, then Christianity has far less to be ashamed of than Islam, which not only mentions the terrible fate awaiting unbelievers in nearly every other chapter of the Quran, but also includes vivid descriptions of torture at the hands of a sociopath known as Allah.
The two religions contrast sharply even in their positive aspects. The morality of the Qur'an is amateurish and frustratingly obscure for those who try to compare it to what is contained in the Bible. Most of Islam's holiest book is devoted toward distinguishing and heaping abuse on unbelievers. There are no verses that promote universal love and brotherhood. The few verses that are sometimes held up as examples of tolerance and peace generally require separation from textual and historical context.
The difference between Christianity and Islam starts at the top:
Muslims are told that their prophet Muhammad - a slave-owner, sexual glutton, thief and killer - is the most "beautiful pattern of conduct" and "example" for mankind to follow (Qur'an 33:21), as well as the "exalted standard of character" (Qur'an 68:4).
Christians are told to emulate Jesus - a pacifist and servant - and "walk, even as he walked" (1 John 2:6). Unlike Muhammad, who ordered military assaults against Christians, for example, Jesus told his followers not to resort to violence and to pray for one's enemies.
These two men could hardly have been more different in how they lived or in what they taught others. Why should we not then expect starkly contrasting legacies - from the conduct of their closest companions to the livability of modern-day countries influenced by the predominance of one founder's teachings over the other?
As Wafa Sultan (who describes herself as a Muslim who does not adhere to Islam) puts it: "The problem with Christians is they aren't as good as Jesus. But thank God most Muslims are better than Muhammad."