GARY WILLS MISINFORMATION
Gary Wills – (Catholic) Muslim apologist is wrong:
First of all, The Bible and the Koran should not be compared as being equal. One is the truth told by 40 authors over 1500 years and confirmed by miracles and healings. The other is a lie told by one man over only a 20-year period with no confirmation of any miracles or healings. One book states Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins, the other denies both these facts.
o Gal 1:7-8 NIV...... “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!”
o 1Co 15:3 NIV...... “of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,”
• Secondly, I will examine 4 quotes by Wills in the LNP. Wills’ message is filled with half-truths and misinformation based on false facts. Wills is either blinded by his own misguided opinions or he is intentionally misleading others for the purpose of gaining money and recognition.
• Finally, I will show 6 examples of untrue and misrepresented statements in just the first 7 pages of Wills’ book. This should be proof that one must read the Koran himself, and not accept the word of Muslim apologists.
LNP (Lancaster News Paper) quotes from Wills:
1. Quote: “Other religions have chosen people, the circumcised for most Jews, the baptized for most Christians. The Islam of the Quran includes all monotheists. It also includes atheists. (LNP)
a. Muslims have their own baptized chosen people. Surah 2:138...... [Receive] the baptism of Allah, and who is better than Allah in baptizing? and Him do we serve. (All inclusive?)
b. Wills questioned my translation of the Koran and falsely stated that the word “polytheist” was not even used at the time of Muhammed. This is untrue since, according to Wikipedia, it was first used by Philo of Alexandria in 30 BC.
i. Surah 2:135 (My Koran) ..... And they say: Be Jews or Christians, you will be on the right course. Say: Nay! [we follow] the religion of Ibrahim, the Hanif, and he was not one of the polytheists.
Surah 2:135 (Quran by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem, Used by Gary Wills) They say, ‘Become Jews or Christians, and you will be rightly guided.’ Say [Prophet], ‘No, [ours is] the religion of Abraham, the upright, who did not worship any god besides God.’
ii. Surah 4:171 (My Koran) ..... “O followers of the Book! do not exceed the limits in your religion, and do not speak [lies] against Allah, but [speak] the truth; the Messiah, Isa son of Marium is only a messenger of Allah and His word which He communicated to Marium and a spirit from Him; believe therefore in Allah and His messengers, and say
not, three. Desist, it is better for you; Allah is only one Allah”
Surah 4:171 (Version by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem, Used by Gary Wills) ..... “People of the Book, do not go to excess in your religion, and do not say anything about God except the truth: the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was nothing more than a messenger of God, His
word, directed to Mary, a spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers and do not speak of a ‘Trinity’–– stop [this], that is better for you –– God is only one God, He is far above having a son, everything in the heavens and earth belongs to Him and He is the best one to trust.
iii. Surah 5:76...... (73 in some translations) Certainly they disbelieve who say: Surely Allah is the third [person] of the three; and there is no god but the one Allah, and if they desist not from what they say, a painful chastisement shall befall those among them who disbelieve.
iv. Surah 5:119...... (116 in some translations) “And when Allah will say: O Isa son of Marium! did you say to men, Take me and my mother for two gods besides Allah”
c. Destroy Christians (not because they are attacking you) but because they believe Jesus is the Son of God and Jews supposedly think Ezra is the Son of God. Surah 9:30..... May Allah destroy Christians because they say Jesus is the son of God and Jews because they say Ezra is the son of God.
d. Atheists, monotheists, and all unbelievers are an open enemy to Allah –
i. Surah 4:101...... “surely the unbelievers are your open enemy.”
ii. Surah 3:32….. “Allah does not love the unbelievers.”
e. Do not take unbelievers for friends. Surah 4:89...... They desire that you should disbelieve as they have disbelieved, so that you might be [all] alike; therefore take not from among them friends until they fly [their homes] in Allah's way; but if they turn back, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper. Also Surah 3:28, 4:144, 5:54, 60:13
f. Do not even pray for unbelievers. Surah 4:107..... And do not plead on behalf of those who act unfaithfully to their souls; surely Allah does not love him who is treacherous, sinful;
2. Quote: “Allah is the God who made three covenants – as Jahweh with Moses for the Jews, as Father with Jesus for the Christians; as Allah for the Muslims with Mohamed.” (LNP)
a. The Koran’s covenant requires belief in Allah (not Jehovah).
i. Surah 5:20..... And the Jews and the Christians say: We are the sons of Allah and His beloved ones. Say: Why does He then chastise you for your faults? Nay, you are mortals from among those whom He has created,
b. Surah:1:83...... And when We made a covenant with the children of Israel: You shall not serve any but Allah
c. The Koran claims Abraham was a Muslim even though Allah was not invented until 700 AD. Surah 3:67.....Ibrahim was not a Jew nor a Christian but he was [an] upright [man], a Muslim, and he was not one of the polytheists.
d. Allah is never to be considered the “Father.” He is a judge, not a father figure.
3. Quote: “The main sexual distinction is not misogyny but polygamy.” (LNP)
a. Men should beat their wives - Surah 4:34...... Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and [as to] those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great
b. Women should be locked up for life -Surah 4:15...... And as for those who are guilty of an indecency from among your women, call to witnesses against them four [witnesses] from among you; then if they bear witness confine them to the houses until death takes them away or Allah opens some way for them.
c. A woman is only half of a man. Surah- 4:11….. Allah enjoins you concerning your children: The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females;
d. Marital rape is encouraged. Surah 2:223…..Your wives are a tilth for you, so go into your tilth when you like, and do good beforehand for yourselves, and be careful [of your duty] to Allah, and know that you will meet Him, and give good news to the believers.
4. Quote: “Mohamed called to battle only after being out of Mecca.... or being attacked in (Medina) or between the two.” The so called “sword verse” which is often quoted as a rationale for killing others, “was written in the time of religious truce... when idolaters were violating the truce and attaching Muslim troops.” (LNP)
a. The context of the Koran is always believers against all unbelievers.
i. Surah 9:29 …… Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Messenger have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.
ii. Surah 8:12 – 13…... When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them. 13. This is because they acted adversely to Allah and His Messenger; and whoever acts adversely to Allah and His Messenger-- then surely Allah is severe in requiting [evil].
iii. Surah 9:30..... And the Jews say: Uzair [Ezra] is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!
iv. Surah 32:60 – 62…... If the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease and the agitators in the city do not desist, We shall most certainly set you over them, then they shall not be your neighbors in it but for a little while; 61. Cursed: wherever they are found they shall be seized and murdered, a [horrible] murdering. 62. [Such has been] the course of Allah with respect to those who have gone before; and you shall not find any change in the course of Allah.
b. History speaks for itself
i. In 632 AD, the year of Muhamad’s death, Muslims began the Ridda wars (Wars of Apostacy) against each other as Sunni and Shia both contended to be the true Islam.
ii. By 700 AD two Caliphs would be assassinated by Muslims and there would be 2 civil wars. 11 of 12 Shiite Imams have been assassinated since the 7th century.
iii. By 1000 AD, roughly 100 years before the Crusades, Muslims had conquered most of central Asia, Northern Africa, Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Sicily. Christians and Jews were being forced to obey Sharia law. Churches were destroyed and the walls of Jerusalem destroyed.
iv. In 627 AD Muhamad beheaded roughly 700 Jewish men and boys at Medina. Ibn Ishaq, grandson of eye witness..... “Then he sent for them and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches. Among them was the enemy of Allah Huyayy b. Akhtab and Ka`b b. Asad their chief. There were 600 or 700 in all, though some put the figure as high as 800 or 900.”
v. Hadith - Sahih Bukhari 53:386..... The command for Muslims to spread Islamic rule by force, subjugating others until they either convert to Islam or pay money, is eternal:
vi. Hadith 9:57..... “If a Muslim changes his faith, kill him.”
vii. Al-Baghdadi - “Islam was never a religion of peace, Islam is the religion of fighting. No one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the Isalmic State, it is the war of all Muslims, but the Islamic State is spearheading it. It is the war of Muslims against Infidels.” -ISIS Leader Abu Bakr (Al-Baghdadi, 14 May 2015)
viii. Christian persecution in Muslim countries – 46 of 50 worst countries for Christian persecution are Muslim. (Christianity Today).
ix. Abrogation- Wills does not explain the Muslim theological practice of abrogation – newer verses replace older ones. The war-like verses replace the earlier peaceful ones.
Quotes from pages 2-7 of “What the Quran Meant”
1. Page 2 of his book claims “93 percent of Muslims oppose the 9/11 attacks.” This if factually untrue.
i. Gallup: March 13,2008 - The Washington Institute reports on Will’s cited source for his information (Who Speaks for Islam) – “The cover-up is even worse. The full data from the 9/11 question show that, in addition to the 13.5 percent, there is another 23.1 percent of respondents -- 300 million Muslims -- who told pollsters the attacks were in some way justified.” In other words. 6.5% believed mostly justified, 23.1% of Muslims believe 9/11 attacks were partially justified and 7% "fully" justified. That’s a total of 38.6%, not 7%, who believed the attacks were justified in some way.
b. 61% said that Arabs did not carry out the September 11th attacks. 86% of Pakistanis and 89% of Kuwaitis do not believe that Arabs carried out the attacks. (2002, Gallup and USA Today - 10,000 people in nine mostly Muslim countries: Turkey, Kuwait, Iran, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Jordan, and Lebanon.)
c. Only 4% of Muslims in Britain believe al-Qaeda was behind 9/11 (31% believe it was the United States government). (Policy Exchange (2016)
d. Large majorities of Muslims believe in 9/11 conspiracy. (Pew Research (2011))
e. More than one in three Muslims worldwide believe that the 9/11 attacks were “somewhat,” “largely,” or “completely” justified (23.1 percent say “somewhat”; 13.5 percent say “largely” or “completely”). 38.6% (Georgetown Islamic Studies professor and a Gallup pollster)
f. 36% of Arabs polled by Al Arabiya saying the 9/11 attacks were morally justified, 38% disagreeing and 26% of those polled being unsure. (A Saudi owned Al Arabiya and Gallup 2008 study)
g. 65% of respondents supported the September 11 attacks. (2005 by the Fafo Foundation in the Palestinian Authority)
2. Page 2 of his book states “a YouGov poll for the Daily Telegraph shows “only 6 percent British Muslims fully approved” of the2005 terrorist bombings in London. This is incomplete and misleading.
a. The poll discovered 24 percent have some sympathy with those who carried out the attacks.
The YouGov survey for the Daily Telegraph did find 88 percent of British Muslims have no intention of justifying the bombings. Wills’ 6%, however represents 100,000 Muslims.
b. 26 percent did not agree with British Prime Minister Tony Blair's description of the ideas and ideology of the bombers as "perverted and poisonous," while the Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. Fifty-eight percent agree.
3. Page 3 makes reference to over 120 Muslim scholars denouncing ISIS.
a. (An open letter to Al- Baghdai 9-4-14).
b. This statement is incomplete and misleading. Such statements unfortunately are usually signed by sects such as Ibadi, Sufi, and Amadiyyia. These sects are rejected by most Muslims and comprise less than about 10% of all Muslims. They are even persecuted by mainstream Muslims. ISIS kills them as infidels, so that is why they want to stop ISIS. Titles such as Grand Mufti and Sultan are unique to these sects and appear on the signature list.
c. 81% of respondents support the Islamic State (ISIS). al-Jazeera Poll (2015):
d. 1.5 million British Muslims support the Islamic State, about half the total population. ICM (Mirror) Poll 2015:
e. 21% of Turks says ISIS 'represents Islam"; 10% would not categorize it as a terrorist organization.
f. Social Trends Survey (2016):
g. 92% agree that Islamic State (ISIS) "conforms to the values of Islam and Islamic law." Informal poll of Saudis in August 2014 shows
h. A similar example of Muslims against terrorism was the Marrakesh Agreement, which One of Britain’s top Islamic scholars, Sheikh Michael Mumisa a research scholar at Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge claimed was a PR stunt. For example, the conference was held in Morocco which has a 3 year prison sentence for evangelizing to a Muslim.
4. Page 6 states that later verses in the Koran were more violent. This is incomplete
a. Abrogation in which the newer verses replace the older ones. (This is done because of so many contradictions including the Satanic Verses.) Wills failed to mention this.
b. The peaceful verses were first, and the Jihad verses later.
5. Pages 6 &7 attempts to show how similar Islam is to Christianity by mentioning Mary and the fact that Jesus “was taken up to heaven.” This is incomplete and misleading.
a. Mary is a god in the Trinity. Muhammed said Christians believe this.
b. Jesus is not the Son of God nor did he die on the cross. The Koran denies Jesus is the Son of God and that he died on the cross for our sins. Such a belief is Islamic blasphemy.
6. Page 7 tries to prove the 9/11 bombers were not true Muslims because of their lap dances and drinking before the attacks. This is inaccurate.
a. Terrorist will meet virgins in heaven. The Koran may not say that 72 virgins will meet Muslims in paradise, but it does say they will meet dark-eyed and large breasted virgins for their enjoyment.
b. Martyrdom wipes out all previous sins. What Wills either does not know, or is concealing, is the fact that martyrdom is the only guarantee of salvation in the Koran.
c. There is no such thing as sanctification in Islam. Even Muhammed did not know if he was saved. The teaching of the Koran is very similar to the teachings of the Bible. - This could not be farther from the truth. The Bible and the Koran are polar opposites of each other.
d. The Koran is not a book of peace. - This is proven by the Koran itself and the Hadith.
e. Muslims prove the Koran is peaceful by their lives. - This is proven false by overwhelming statistics of average Muslims, policies of Muslim countries, Muslim terrorism, and the teachings of most main-line Muslim religious leaders who call for a world-wide Caliphate.
1. My Koran verses are from translation by Mohammad Shakir, published by Tahrike Tarsile Quran, Inc. and later reprinted by The World Organization for Islamic Services in Tehran.
2. For many polls on Muslims go to https://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/articles/opinion-polls.aspx, then go to the home page for info you will never hear from Wills.