Bible a forgery, says Col. Gadaffi
COLONEL Muammar Gadaffi yesterday celebrated the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muhammad with a two-hour speech in which he attacked the Scandinavian countries for besmirching the Prophet, the Arabs for monopolising the Kaaba and signed off by describing the Bible as a forgery.
Speaking to the mammoth crowd that braved the afternoon heat in Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium after leading the Thuhur (afternoon) prayer, Col. Gadaffi said any Bible and Tora (Old Testament) that does not mention Prophet Muhammad was written by mankind and therefore a fraud.
“The Bible we have now is not the one that was revealed to Issa [Jesus] and the Old Testament is not the one that was revealed to Musa. Muhammad is mentioned in both (original versions), but the Tora and Bible we have now, there is no mention of him,” the Libyan leader, more known for his controversial statements than his piety, said.
“It means that it (Bible) has been forged. Prophet Muhammad was sent to mankind. Allah wanted mankind to have one religion. The Koran that we have is the only book that was sent by Allah. We believe in the Bible as well as the Tora.”
He said Prophet Musa (Moses) and Issa (Jesus) talked about the coming of Muhammad in the Bible which has been in existence for centuries.
“Issa is mentioned in the Koran 25 times, Musa is mentioned 128 times, Mariam (Mary mother of Jesus) is mentioned 30 times. It is all glorifying and highly respectful. We cannot be Muslims unless we believe in Issa.
We have to look for the Bible and Tora that were sent to Moses and Jesus, but where can you find them? Unfortunately, the holy book that was sent by Allah was written by mankind and forged,” Col. Gadaffi, speaking through a translator said.
President Museveni said he would put the Archbishop of Uganda, Luke Orombi and Bishop Cyprian Lwanga of Kampala Archdiocese to task to explain the omission of Prophet Muhammad from the Bible. He thanked Col. Gadaffi for the help he has extended to Islam in Uganda.
Col. Gadaffi’s remarks, just like the similar ones he made exactly a year ago in West Africa are bound to court some controversy in a deeply religious Uganda.
Col. Gadaffi’s previous remarks triggered a chain of reactions in Western Europe. And the man, who has ruled Libya for 39 years, has a habit of attacking Western Europe.
He threw a barb at the Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland et al) for attacking Prophet Muhammad who is revered in Islam.
“Those people in Scandinavia are attacking the same Prophet sent to them. They are ignorant. They are sick. They are racist and they are against Allah, Issa, Musa, because they all believed in Him [Muhammad].”
In Denmark, a cartoon that first appeared in 2005, depicting Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist was published sparking a string of worldwide demonstrations in Islamic countries that claimed more than 50 lives.
Col. Gadaffi continued; “It is infidelity. They are attacking and saying bad things of Allah. He will judge them. The Prophet (Muhammad) is for Arabs and non-Arabs. He is meant to be their prophet. Allah stressed that the faith of Muhammad will triumph. It will be victorious even if they don’t like it.”
Turning to the Arab world, Col. Gadaffi accused it of monopolising the Kaaba, the holiest site of Islam in the holy city of Mecca where pilgrimage is performed. In an animated voice, Col. Gadaffi said: “It is for mankind.
The Koran says only non-believers are forbidden from going to the Kaaba. If one day the President of the United States [George Bush] says he wants to go to the Kaaba, he will use this verse in the Koran. He is not an atheist. He believes in the oneness of Allah. No one can stop him,” Col. Gadaffi said as the crowd, dressed mostly in Islamic regalia cheered on. “It is the non-believers who are barred by the Koran,” he emphasised.
Col. Gadaffi also wondered why the birth of Muhammad was not used as the current dating. “Why doesn’t the world use the birth of Muhammad as a dating process? He was the last prophet; the seal of all prophets. It is racist, its hatred.”
He reminded Muslims that those who doubt the miracles of Muhammad are non-believers.
He also reminded those persecuting Muslim minorities like the Shiia, Ismailia, Al qaddiya, to be careful because they could regret it one day.
“I stand besides the oppressed people of all sects. They should be left to Allah. Religion is used to deprive them of their rights. Those people oppressing them will regret it one day. The oppressed may have a country to protect one day.”
He also asked Muslims to be proud of the day Prophet Muhammad was born. He later went to Old Kampala to preside over the opening of the mosque named after him.