Today is Thursday, August 13, 2015. At about 0840, CST, on his radio show, Glenn Beck joined the party where it comes to teaching the truth about Islam. Unfortunately, as is usual when it comes to Spiritual matters, Beck missed the mark. It’s true, he is in the ballpark, but he is still outside the stadium in the area under the bleachers. He can hear and feel the game, but he can’t quite see it because he has embraced a false set of teachings. These teachings lead him to believe that men can save themselves. That is a Spiritual lie. If we could save ourselves, we would have no need of a Savior. God would have left us under the Law of Moses. But that is a topic for another subject. The point at hand is that you understand that Beck has finally found the truth about Islam, but — as is the case with all Progressives — he is trying to change that truth. Please, stay with me as I explain.
If you listened to Beck today, he finally explained about the Hadith (sayings and customs of Muhammad). He also explained that everything in the holy writings of Islam was written by or authored by Muhammad. Finally, and this is important, Beck explained the principle of abrogation. However, if you understand Islam, the way Beck explained it leaves you wondering how well Beck learned from reading the Qur’an.
I say this because Beck correctly explained that Muhammad changed his early commandments to Muslims as he got older. Beck said that Islam understands the later ‘prophecies’ of Muhammad to have over-written the earlier ones. Beck even explained that the more peaceful parts of Islam are found in the early days of Muhammad, and the violent parts toward the end of his life. But Beck never mentioned the word ‘abrogation.’ Now, he opened his explanation by telling the audience he had read the Qur’an, Hadith and gone to the most authoritative experts on Islam in the Middle East. So why didn’t he mention the Islamic term for this practice of setting aside the older ‘prophecies’ of Muhammad in favor of the later ones? He uses and explains the Islamic term, ‘Hadith,’ but no mention of ‘abrogation?’
But then, Beck also leaves those who truly know Islam to wonder why he did not explain that the Qur’an is not written in linear form. The chapters in the Qur’an are arranged according to length, not when they were written. The longer chapters are at the front and the shortest at the back. This is a crucial point that — had he actually read and understood the Qur’an — Beck should have explained. The Qur’an is not written in chronological order. Why is this important? Well, even if you know the newer ‘prophecies’ of Muhammad set aside the earlier ones, if you do not know about the jumbled order of the Qur’an, you will not know which commands abrogated the others. This means you can never understand Islam as Muhammad defined it.
Finally — and this is the most important point — Beck has never explained to his audience that Islam cannot change. Muhammad said so — many times. This means that the Muslims Beck calls ‘radical’ are not radical, they are Muslims. And the Muslims Beck says are ‘not Muslim enough’ are — according to Muhammad — not Muslims! They are apostates (Muhammad usually calls them hypocrites), and Muhammad commanded they be killed — even before the infidel. This goes a long way toward explaining the Muslim-on-Muslim violence we see in the Middle East, but because he clings to his false understanding of the truth, Beck continues to act and speak as though Islam can be reformed. It cannot, and this is something that Beck should explain or he will lose any credibility he may have on the issue of Islam — at least, he will lose it with those who actually know Islam.