July 11, 2015
St Thomas Aquinas' Teaching Against the Infidel Mohammed

St Thomas Aquinas wrote about Mohammed and his followers long ago. What he wrote between 1261 and 1264 sounds as if it could be written about the man inspiring the terrorists of ISIS, and his followers, today.

He (Mohammed) seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh urges us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected; he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity.

He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the Contrary, Mohammed said that he was sent in the power of his arms - which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants. What is more, no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning (1). Those who believed in him were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Mohammed forced others to become his follower's by the violence of his arms. Nor do divine pronouncements on part of preceding prophets offer him any witness. On the contrary, he perverts almost all the testimony of the Old and the New Testaments by making them into a fabrication of his own, as can be seen by anyone who examines his law. It was, therefore, a shrewd decision on his part to forbid his followers to read the Old and New Testaments, lest these books convict him of falsity. It is thus clear that those who place faith in his words believe foolishly.

(1) See, for example, the following suras (verses) in the Koran/Quran: Sura 21:5, Sura 44:14; Sura 16:103, Sura 37:36

Taken from Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, Chapter 16, Art. 4. Summa Contra Gentiles was written in Rome between 1261 and 1264. The above has been translated from the original Latin.

Note that this doesn't apply to the Muslim leadership. The leaders maintain themselves "above the fray" and safe, away from any danger — just as Mohammed did. They send others to fight and die so they can enrich themselves on the spoils. And for the glory of Allah, of course.

The word infidel is from the Latin infidelis and literally means "no faith." Unbelieving Mohammedans (Muslims) are a primary example of the meaning of the word.

This is a clear indictment of the kind of Islam that spread from Arabia. That, of course, would be Islam version 2.0, created when Mohammed decided to become a petty warlord instead of a prophet.

If this seems a little harsh, the truth often does.

Category: Religion (Islam)

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