The Satanic Verses in Qur'an
Sura an-Najm (Star) 53:19-22
Now tell me about Al-Lat, Al-Uzza, and Manat,
The third one, another goddess.
What! For you the males and for him the females!
That indeed is an unfair division.
أَفَرَأَيْتُمُ اللَّاتَ وَالْعُزَّى
أَلَكُمُ الذَّكَرُ وَلَهُ الْأُنثَى
قِسْمَةٌ ضِيزَى. سورة النجم - سورة ٥٣: ١٩-٢٢
When Muhammad and his community came under severe
persecution, eighty-three of his followers who had no protection emigrated from
Mecca to Ethiopia, taking refuge in the ancient Christian country, Abyssinia.1
Under increasing boycotts and pressure, Muhammad went through a time of weakness
and compromised with the Meccan pagans by acknowledging the existence of three
pagan goddesses alongside Allah: Lat, Uzza, and Manat.2 The Arabian
goddesses are mentioned in Sura an-Najm (Star) 53:19-22.
The statement that Allah was involved with female goddesses
while Muhammad and his people were left with men, was cynically discussed by
author Salman Rushdie.3
He made the impure account even more obscene. His book was regarded as utterly
blasphemous by all Muslims.
When the inhabitants of Mecca heard Muhammad's confess the
importance of the ancient goddesses inside the Ka'aba, they immediately revoked
their ban on him. Those who had immigrated to Abyssinia (Ethiopia) started to
return home after hearing Muhammad's confession and his acceptance in
Mecca. But when they arrived, they were shocked to hear that Muhammad had
retracted his confession and admitted that he had fallen prey to the whispering
of Satan. Thus, today Islam considers Sura an-Najm (Star) 53:19-22 are related
to the time when Muhammad spoke the the Satanic Verses. Salman Rushdie did not
invent the Satanic verses.4
In Sura Hajj (Pilgrimage) 22:52-53, Muhammad confessed his
mistake, alleging that all prophets were tempted by Satan who inspire them with
demonic verses, as if they were actually revealed by God. But later on Allah
abrogated those Satanic Verses with new revelations and instructs his prophets
with new verses. According to Islam, Allah permits such demonic inspiration to
test weak believers and to cut off those with hardened hearts.
Never did We send a messenger or a prophet
before thee, but, when he framed a desire, Satan threw some (vanity) into his
desire: but Allah will cancel anything (vain) that Satan throws in, and Allah
will confirm (and establish) His Signs: for Allah is full of Knowledge and
That He may make the suggestions thrown in by Satan, but a trial
for those in whose hearts is a disease and who are hardened of heart: verily the
wrong-doers are in a schism far (from the Truth):
Hajj (Pilgrimage) 22:52-53. Yusuf 'Ali's translation
The true, vital issue about the Satanic verses is this. If
Muhammad were unable to distinguish Satan's voice from God's voice, then could
there be verses in the Qur'an that Muhammad assumed were from God but were
really from Satan? Maybe much of the Qur'an is Satanic in origin, in spite of
Muhammad's conviction that it was entirely from Allah.
The Qur'an clearly states that Muhammad spoke in the name of
God and that he said things that God had not commanded him! Next, he
charges that all the prophets of God voiced Satanic statements! According to the
holy law of God, Muhammad ought to have been put to death as a false prophet!
According to the Holy Scriptures, if a prophet spoke anything in the name of
LORD that was not from Him, the prophet must be put to death! Muhammad spoke in
the name of Allah and then admitted that he had really spoken the words of
But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I
have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other
gods, must be put to death. Deuteronomy 18:20 (NIV)
The complete text of Muhammad's episode with Satan is found
in writings of the most ancient Muslim historian, Ibn Ishaq.2 The
text follows with its footnotes. (T. is an abbreviation for the Muslim
(T. Now the apostle was anxious for the welfare of his people, wishing
to attract them as far as he could. It has been mentioned that he
longed for a way to attract them, and the method he adopted is what Ibn
Hamid told me that Salama said M. b. Ishaq told him from Yazid b. Ziyad
of Medina from M. b. Ka'b al-Qurazi: When the apostle saw that his
people turned their backs on him and he was pained by their
estrangement from what he brought them from God he longed that there
should come to him from God a message that would reconcile his people to
him. Because of his love for his people and his anxiety over them it
would delight him if the obstacle that made his task so difficult could
be removed; so that he meditated on the project and longed for it and
it was dear to him. Then God sent down 'By the star when it sets your
comrade errs not and is not deceived, he speaks not from his own
desire,' and when he reached His words 'Have you thought of al-Lat and
al-'Uzza and Manat the third, the other',
5 Satan, when he was meditating upon it, and desiring to
(sc. reconciliation) to his people, put upon
his tongue 'these are the exalted Gharaniq
whose intercession is approved.'
When Quraysh heard that, they were delighted and greatly pleased at the
way in which he spoke of their gods and they listened to him; while the
believers were holding that what their prophet brought them from their
Lord was true, not suspecting a mistake or a vain desire or a slip, and
when he reached the prostration 3
and the end of the Sura in which he prostrated himself the Muslims
prostrated themselves when their prophet prostrated confirming what he
brought and obeying his command, and the polytheists of Quraysh and
others who were in the mosque prostrated when they heard the mention of
their gods, so that everyone in the mosque believer and unbeliever
prostrated, except al-Walid b. al-Mughira who was an old man who could
not do so, so he took a handful of dirt from the valley and bent over
it. Then the people dispersed and Quraysh went out, delighted at what
had been said about their gods, saying, 'Muhammad has spoken of our gods
in splendid fashion. He alleged in what he read that they are the
exalted Gharaniq whose intercession is approved.'
The news reached the prophet's companions who were
in Abyssinia, it being reported that Quraysh had accepted Islam, so some men
started to return while others remained behind. Then Gabriel came to the
apostle and said, 'What have you done, Muhammad? You have read to these people
something I did not bring you from God and you have said what He did not say to
you. The apostle was bitterly grieved and was greatly in fear of God. So God
sent down (a revelation), for He was merciful to him, comforting him and making
light of the affair and telling him that every prophet and apostle before him
desired as he desired and wanted what he wanted and Satan interjected something
into his desires as he had on his tongue. So God annulled what Satan had
suggested and God established His verses i.e. you are just like the prophets
and apostles. Then God sent down: 'We have not sent a prophet or apostle before
you but when he longed Satan cast suggestions into his longing. But God will
annul what Satan has suggested. Then God will establish his verses, God being
knowing and wise.' 4 Thus God
relieved his prophet's grief, and made him feel safe from his fears and
annulled what Satan had suggested in the words used above about their gods by
his revelation 'Are yours the males and His the females? That were indeed an
unfair division' (i.e. most unjust); 'they are nothing but names which your
fathers gave them as far as the words 'to whom he pleases and accepts',5
i.e. how can the intercession of their gods avail with Him?
When the annulment of what Satan had put
upon the prophet's tongue
came from God, Quraysh said: 'Muhammad has repented of what
he said about the position of your gods with Allah, altered it and brought
something else.' Now those two words which Satan had put upon the apostle's
tongue were in the mouth of every polytheist and they became more violently
hostile to the Muslims and the apostle's followers. Meanwhile those of his
companions who had left Abyssinia when they heard that the people of Mecca had
accepted Islam when they prostrated themselves with the apostle, heard when
they approached Mecca that the report was false and none came into the town
without the promise of protection or secretly. Of those who did come into Mecca
and stayed there until he migrated to Medina and were present at Badr with him
was 'Uthman b. 'Affan . . . with his wife Ruqayya d. of the apostle and Abu
Hudhayfa b. 'Utba with his wife Sahla d. of Suhayl, and a number of others, in
all thirty-three men. 1
The complete text of al-Tabari's account of the Satanic verse
follows.5 As can be seen from al-Tabari's writings, the evidence is
conclusive that Muhammad was used by Satan. To excuse his own conduct, Muhammad
blamed Satan, and then he defamed all the prophets when he claimed that Satan
casts words into the mouths of all the prophets. In other words, Muhammad
charged that all the prophets uttered words under the inspiration of Satan!
This Qur'anic verse is itself a Satanic Verse woven into the very fabric
of the Qur'an. Muhammad offered not the slightest proof to substantiate his
wicked defamation of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, etc.
Never did We send a Messenger or a Prophet before you,
but; when he did recite the revelation or narrated or spoke, Shait? (Satan)
threw (some falsehood) in it. But All? abolishes that which Shait? (Satan)
throws in. Then All? establishes His Revelations. And All? is All-Knower,
Sura al-Hajj 22:52 (Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali & Muhammad Muhsin
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Satan Casts a False Revelation on
the Messenger of God's Tongue
The Messenger of God was eager for the welfare of his people and
wished to effect a reconciliation with them in whatever ways
he could. It is said that he wanted to find a way to do this, and what happened
was as follows.
Ibn Humayd—Salamah--Muhammad b. Ishaq—Yazid b. Ziyad al-Madani—Muhammad b.
Kali al-Qurazi: When the Messenger of God saw how his tribe turned their backs
on him and was grieved to see them shunning the message he had brought to them
from God, he longed in his soul that something would come to him from God which
would reconcile him with his tribe. With his love for his tribe and his
eagerness for their welfare it would have delighted him if some of the
difficulties which they made for him could have been smoothed out, and he
debated with himself and fervently desired such an outcome. Then God revealed:
By the Star when it sets, your comrade does not err, nor is
he deceived; nor does he speak out of (his own) desire .. .
and when he came to the words:
Have you thought upon al-Lat and al-'Uzza and Manat, the third,
Satan cast on his tongue, because of his inner debates and what he desired to
bring to his people, the words:
These are the high-flying cranes; verily their intercession is
accepted with approval. 172
When Quraysh heard this, they rejoiced and were happy and delighted at the
way in which he spoke of their gods, and they lis?tened to him, while the
Muslims, having complete trust in their Prophet in respect of the messages which
he brought from God, did not suspect him of error, illusion, or mistake. When he
came to the prostration, having completed the surah, he prostrated himself and
the Muslims did likewise, following their Prophet, trust?ing in the message
which he had brought and following his example. Those polytheists of the Quraysh
and others who were in the
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Mosque 173 likewise
prostrated themselves because of the reference  to their gods
which they had heard, so that there was no one in the mosque, believer
or unbeliever, who did not prostrate himself. The one exception was
al-Walid b. al-Mughirah, who was a very old man and could not prostrate
himself; but he took a handful of soil from the valley in his hand and
bowed over that. Then they all dispersed from the mosque. The Quraysh
left delighted by the mention of their gods which they had heard,
saying, "Muhammad has mentioned our gods in the most favorable way
possible, stat?ing in his recitation that they are the high-flying
cranes and that their intercession is received with approval."
The news of this prostration reached those of the Messenger of God's
Companions who were in Abyssinia and people said, "The Quraysh have accepted
Islam." Some rose up to return, while others remained behind. Then Gabriel came
to the Messenger of God and said, "Muhammad, what have you done? You have
recited to the people that which I did not bring to you from God, and you have
said that which was not said to you." Then the Messenger of God was much grieved
and feared God greatly, but God sent down a revelation to him, for He was
merciful to him, consol?ing him and making the matter light for him, informing
him that there had never been a prophet or a messenger before him who de sired
as he desired and wished as he wished but that Satan had cast words into his
recitation, as he had cast words on Muhammad's tongue. Then God cancelled what
Satan had thus cast, and estab?lished his verses by telling him that he was like
other prophets and messengers, and revealed:
Never did we send a messenger or a prophet before you but that when he
recited (the Message) Satan cast words into his recitation ( umniyyah
).God abrogates what Satan casts. Then God established his
verses. God is knower, wise. 174
Thus God removed the sorrow from his Messenger, reassured him
about that which he had feared and cancelled the words  which Satan had
cast on his tongue, that their gods were the high-flying cranes whose
intercession was accepted with approval. He now revealed, following the mention
of "al-Lat, al-'Uzza and Manat, the third, the other," the words:
Are yours the males and his the females? That indeed were an unfair
division! They are but names which you have named, you and your fathers ...
to the words:
to whom he wills and accepts. 175
This means, how can the intercession of their gods avail with God?
When Muhammad brought a revelation from God cancelling what Satan had cast on
the tongue of His Prophet, the Quraysh said, "Muhammad has repented of what he
said concerning the position of your gods with God, and has altered it and
brought something else." Those two phrases which Satan had cast on the tongue of
the Messenger of God were in the mouth of every polytheists, and they became
even more ill-disposed and more violent in their persecution of those of them
who had accepted Islam and followed the Messenger of God.
Those of the Companions of the Messenger of God who had left Abyssinia upon
hearing that Quraysh had accepted Islam by prostrating themselves with the
Messenger of God now approached. When they were near Mecca, they heard that the
report that the people of Mecca had accepted Islam was false. Not one of them
entered Mecca without obtaining protection or entering secretly. Among those who
came to Mecca and remained there until they emigrated to al-Madinah and were
present with the Prophet at Badr, were, from the Banu 'Abd Shams b. 'Abd Manaf
b. Qusayy, 'Uthman b. 'Affan b. Abi al-'As b. Umayyah, accompanied by his wife
Ruqayyah the daughter of the Messenger of God; Abu Hudhayfah b. 'Utbah b.
Rabi'ah b. 'Abd Shams, accompanied by his  wife Sahlah bt. Suhayl;
together with a number of others number‑
Other Events up to the Hijrah
ing thirty-three men.
Al-Qasim b. al-Hasan—al-Husayn b. Daud—Hajja—Abu Ma-'shar—Muhammad b. Ka'b
al-Qurazi and Muhammad b. Qays: The Messenger of God was sitting in a large
gathering of Quraysh, wishing that day that no revelation would come to him from
God which would cause them to turn away from him. Then God revealed:
By the Star when it sets, your comrade does not err, nor is he deceived
and the Messenger of God recited it until he came to:
Have you thought upon al-Lat and al-'Uzza and Manat, the third, the
when Satan cast on his tongue two phrases:
These are the high flying cranes; verily their intercession is to be
He uttered them and went on to complete the surah. When he prostrated himself
at the end of the surah, the whole company prostrated themselves with him.
Al-Walid b. al-Mughirah raised some dust to his forehead and bowed over that,
since he was a very old man and could not prostrate himself. They were satisfied
with what Muhammad had uttered and said, "We recognize that it is God who gives
life and death, who creates and who provides sustenance, but if these gods of
ours intercede for us with him, and if you give them a share, we are with you."
That evening Gabriel came to him and reviewed the surah with him, and when he
reached the two phrases which Satan had cast upon his tongue he said, "I did not
bring you these two." Then the Messenger of God said, "I have fabricated things
against God and have imputed to Him words which He has not spoken." Then God
revealed to him:
And they indeed strove hard to beguile you away from what we have
revealed to you, that you should invent other than it against us ...
to the words:
and then you would have found no helper against us.
He remained grief-stricken and anxious until the revelation of the verse:
 Never did we send a messenger or a
prophet before you ...
to the words
... God is knower, wise.
When those who had emigrated to Abyssinia heard that all the people of Mecca
had accepted Islam, they returned to their clans, saying, "They are more dear to
us"; but they found that the people had reversed their decision when God
cancelled what Satan had cast upon the Messenger of God's tongue.
In Islam, the angel Gabriel is regarded as the Holy Spirit.
For Muslims, no Holy Spirit exists as described in the Gospel. They believe that
the spirit of God was originally created like angels and demons. The Muslim's
spirit of God has a beginning in time. There is no guidance by the spirit, no
comfort, no everlasting life, and no spirit of Truth, because the Holy Spirit is
only considered to be the Angel Gabriel.
The spirit in Islam, therefore, is not a divine one, but a
spirit effecting deep devotion, repetitive worship, many prayers, fasting,
almsgiving, and pilgrimages (Hajj). But there is no life or true Holy Spirit.
You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your
very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.
I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by
observing the law, or by believing what you heard?
Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to
attain your goal by human effort?
Have you suffered so much for nothing-- if it really was for nothing?
Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the
law, or because you believe what you heard? Galatians 3:1-5 (NIV)
By means of deep religiosity and devotion, this false view of
Allah has bound more than a billion Muslims in religious slavery, barring them
from the gift of salvation in Christ. Indeed he has vaccinated them against the
true understanding the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
May 7, 2004
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