Subjugating the fallacies of John of Damascus

John of Damascus/Saint John Damascene’s thoughts on Islam

by Ibn Anwar

 Today, whilst looking for material for my blog at my university’s library I found a very interesting book on the thoughts of the reputed John of Damascus recapitulated from his two writings, “On the Heresy of the Ishmaelites” and “The Disputatio Saraceni Et Christani”. The book is entitled “John of Damascuson Islam, the Heresy of the Ishmaelites” by Daniel J. Sahas. In this brief article we shall observe and analyse some of the things highlighted by Daniel J. Sahas on what John of Damascus said about Islam and the Muslims whom he lived with in Damascus and elsewhere. Before we begin with the subject proper, let us get a brief sketch of who this John of Damascus character was.

  John of Damascus or Saint John Damascene as he is known in the Catholic tradition was born in Damascus around 676 C.E. His grandfather Mansur bin Sargun may have met Khalid b. Walid r.a. in the defeat of Damascus by the sahabah and his army. John grew up to become a priest and a monk. For a person in his time and age he was a voracious writer and wrote quite extensively on the Christian faih. Perhaps above all else he is much known for his love and support of venerating images to which he wrote three “Apologetic Treatises Against those Decrying the Holy Images”. He is also known for his famous work called “The Fountain of Wisdom” or “Fount of Knowledge”. He’s one of the earliest Cristian thinkers to have dealt with Islam in a comparative manner and one of the early Christian polemists against Islam in Christian history. John of Damascus died in 746 C.E. He was canonised and is considered by the Roman Catholic Church as the “last of the Church Fathers” or the “last of the Greek Fathers”. He was made a doctor of the Church by the Vatican in 1883.

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Could this be the Cave from Surah Al-Kahf?

Asalmaulakym Wr Wb,

I found something interesting on BBC World News:Jordan cave may be oldest church. Could this be the cave mentioned in Surah Al-Kahf?

Did the Prophet forbid reading the Bible?

Israeliyyat Narrations(narrations from Jews and Christians)

by Ibn Anwar

Recently, under the Trinity thread on seekingilm a brother with the nick name tru_quran asked the following:

Assalamu ‘alaykum,

Can anyone give me the reference where Prophet Muhammad(saws) forbade the Sahabah from reading other religious book except Qur’an…..then the reference where he(saws) allowed them later; i think it was because their Imaan was high enough and they understood tawhid so he(saws)allowed them to read them.?

Jazak’Allah khair

I am aware that there are Muslims out there who disagree with our usage of the Bible apart from the Qur’an and Sunnah in our da’wah activities. They say that the Prophet s.a.w. never used it and even forbade its usage, so we shouldn’t follow the likes of the late Ahmed Deedat, Shibli Zaman, Bassam Zawadi etc. However, disagreement does not equal to binding religious prohibition. This article is a humble attempt in response to the first request from tru_quran and the claim against using Bible for da’wah purposes. The following material is based on notes from my Ulum Al-Qur’an or Sciences of the Qur’an course under the tutelage of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Israr Khan. Note that the translations of the quotations provided are the professor’s.

Corruption of the Bible, the final judgment!

Are Muslims wrong and Christians right?

by Ibn Anwar


I’m sure you’ve heard many a time Muslims claiming and declaring that the Bible is corrupted. Christian Bible-thumpers on the other hand will counter by arguing that the Bible has been thoroughly preserved in its pristine purity. Who is right and who is wrong in this matter? This is a question which raises much heated debate from both camps. It is a question that must be answered nevertheless. I ask the readers to put aside unnecessary subjective emotions(that may cloud your judgment) aside and please read the following material with the utmost sincerity and above all else with your brains put on gear.

“The Bible has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.”  – Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth

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A Dialogue between John Fraiser and Ibn Anwar Part 2

The following is my response to John Fraiser’s latest comment

by Ibn Anwar

John Fraiser:

• Ibn,
You wrote:
“I believe calling you stupid was about the only instance I ‘insulted’ you. To say that you have on your hands a Muslim with ‘lots’ of insults is a wee bit of an exaggeration don’t you think?”
Incorrect. You insulted me more than once. Here are the places you insulted me: “have you just come out of the jungle?” “Are you seriously that stupid?” “So really Fraiser…go learn some more.”


My Response:
Yes, well the jungle thing is connected to the sentence which followed it wherein I called you stupid. I stand by the fact that you saying that I have “lots” of insults for you is quite an exaggeration.