From sxs37403@Bayou.UH.EDU (KHORASANI)
Newsgroups: alt.religion.islam,soc.religion.islam
Subject: GOSPEL OF BARNABAS: Contradictions with Qur'an
Date: Tue Aug 06 11:21:45 EDT 1996
Organization: ISLAM

bismi'Llah w'as salamu 3ala rasooli'Llah

as salamu 3ala man atabaa3 al Hudaa wa raHmat Allahee wa barakatuhu

Muslims are in the trend lately of insulting Islam and the entire
ummah by quoting from a spurious forgery called the "Gospel of
Barnabas". First off, it is a joke in the eyes of historians. Second,
I will prove to you all that it is NOT Islamic and is actually
UNIslamic by showing you quotes from it which obviously contradict the
Qur'an and well substantiated sunnah. Shia3a and Sunni alike will find
its contradiction with Qur'an enough to dismiss it outright, inshaa'


Gospel of Barnabas Chapter 35 states about shaytan's expulsion from

"..........and his disciples that were seated round him said to Jesus:
'Oh master, tell us how satan fell through pride......'
........Jesus answered: 'God having created a mass of earth, and having
left it for twenty-five thousand years without doing aught else;
Satan, who was as it were priest and head of the angels......Therefore
being indignant, he instigated the angels, saying: ``Look ye, one day
God shall will that this earth be revered by us. Wherefore, consider
that we are spirit, and therefore it is not fitting so to do.''.......
..........Many therefore forsook God. Whereupon said God, one day when
all the angels were assembled: ``Let each one that holds me for his
lord straightaway do reverence to this earth.''.....
.....but Satan, with them that were of his mind, said: ``O Lord, we are
spirit, and therefore it is not just that we should do reverence to
this clay.'' Having said this, Satan became horrid and of fearsome
look, and his followers became hideous......
.........And in departing Satan spat upon the mass of earth, and that
spittle the angel Gabriel lifted up with some earth, so that therefore
now man has the navel in his belly.' "

1) This "Gospel" says that God created a lump of dirt which sat there
for some 25,000 years just to sit there and be dirt. And it was this
lump of "earth" which Allah commanded the angels to bow to wayyyy
before Adam (as) was even created from it. 
	This is garbage. This is nothing but fabricated lies and fairy
tales and to believe and support it is to be an innovator. Such lies
are not found ANYWHERE in the Qur'an and Sunnah. The part about
Gabriel "accidentaly" scooping up Shaytan's spit and it forming the
belly button should be enough to make you laugh on your way to the
trash can as you dispose of this forgery. 
	The navel is a result from a snip on the umbilical cord. The
umbilical cord is what BINDS the mother to her child and is that
child's LIFE. So to ascribe a satanic nature to something so beautiful
is evil and sick and an insult to the purity of motherhood. 
	The angels were ordered to bow to ADAM, WHO WAS CREATED AND
COMPLETE AND WHOLE not a clump of dirt. There Qur'anic account of
Adam's (as) creation and the fall of shaytan is found in Surat al
Baqarah 30-34 (2:30-34). It states:

``30. Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: "I will create a vicegerent
on earth." They said: "Wilt Thou place therein one who will make
mischief therein and shed blood?- whilst we do celebrate Thy praises
and glorify Thy holy (name)?" He said: "I know what ye know not." 

31. And He taught Adam the nature of all things; then He placed them
before the angels, and said: "Tell me the nature of these if ye are

32. They said: "Glory to Thee, of knowledge We have none, save what
Thou Hast taught us: In truth it is Thou Who art perfect in knowledge
and wisdom." 

33. He said: "O Adam! Tell them their natures." When he had told them,
Allah said: "Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of heaven and
earth, and I know what ye reveal and what ye conceal?" 

34. And behold, We said to the angels: "Bow down to Adam" and they
bowed down. Not so Iblis: he refused and was haughty: He was of those
who reject Faith." ''

We obviously see that Adam was a WELL CREATED being who Allah TAUGHT
the natures of the angels. He wasn't a 25,000 year old lump of mud
which would get mingled with shaytan's spit and later on become a man
with a belly button.

2) The "Gospel" says that shaytan was an angel who had other angels on
his side.  First of all, he was NOT an angel he was a jinn. This is
found in Surat al  Kahf aya 50 (18:50) which states:

"50. Behold! We said to the angels, 'Bow down to Adam': They bowed
down except Iblis. HE WAS ONE OF THE JINNS...."

Aside from the obvious fact that shaytan was a jinn. EVERYWHERE in the
Qur'an it says that they ALL bowed to Adam EXCEPT for Iblis (shaytan)
ALONE. He had NO followers. It ONLY mentions his disobedience.


I. The Qur'an:
	a) States that God created Adam (as) BEFORE he ordered the
	angels to pay obeisance to Adam (as).

	b) States that shaytan was ALONE in his disobedience and
	expulsion. that shaytan was a JINN *not* an angel.

II. The "Gospel" of Barnabas:

	a) States that God created a lump of dirt which sat there for
	25,000 years.

	b) As shaytan was leaving heaven he spit on on this mud.

	c) Gabriel accidentally scooped up that spittle with the mud
	so that God could make Adam (as) .That spittle made the
	belly button.

	d) Man was created AFTER the incident in which shaytan
	disobeyed, THUS, the angels were commanded to bow to a piece
	of dirt.

The contradictions are obvious. This post should be enough to make you
burn this forgery. I would like to request all Muslims burn their
copies of this apocryphal piece of trash and request all Muslim
publishers and book stores to ban its distribution, inshaa' Allah.
It's silly wives' tale nature  makes us look stupid and to believe in
it is to go against the Qur'an and to go against the Qur'an is to be
outside the pale of Islam. However, I know how famous the Muslim world
is for its arrogance, pride, and stubborness, so I am not done. There
is more.................

w'as salamu 3ala man atabaa3 al Hudaa wa raHmat Allahee wa barakatuhu


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