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the light of Bible prophecy
BBC promotes Islam
BBC 2 showed an hour-long film about the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) on Saturday 11th
August 2001 at 6.30pm. This was the first in a series of programmes about Islam.
The programme concluded with an invitation to obtain more Islamic propaganda by visiting
the BBC’s Islam website or sending for a booklet about Muslims in Britain and Islam.
The programme followed a number of people on their pilgrimage and recorded their
thoughts. The most dramatic scene was the stoning of Satan, as pilgrims threw stones
at a pillar said to represent the devil. The participants seriously seemed to think
that throwing stones at a pillar was having some effect on their spiritual life and
ability to overcome evil. With aggression and violence written all over their faces,
it was in reality a very frightening situation as highly charged religious people
threw stones from all directions. 15 people were killed in the process on the day
of the filming, a fact that was simply recorded with no comment or condemnation.
Imagine if 15 people had been killed at a Christian rally, the howls of indignation,
which would come from the BBC!
They stood on Mount Arafat where a middle class English woman asked Allah to wash
her sins away and it rained which made her think something significant had happened.
Sadly no ones sins were forgiven despite all the prayers because only the blood of
Jesus can wash away our sins.
The pilgrims then went on to offer the sacrifice of an animal in commemoration of
Abraham being asked to sacrifice his son Ishmael there. Never mind that Abraham never
visited this spot and that the Bible teaches that he was going to sacrifice his son
Isaac, not Ishmael on Mount Moriah, which is traditionally the site of the Temple
Mount in Jerusalem. Islam involves the rewriting of the Biblical record but the BBC
never questions its assertions. Yet BBC religious programmes constantly question
and undermine the truth of the Bible, both Old and New Testament.
Actually there is no verse in the Koran, which says that Ishmael was going to be
sacrificed either. The relevant passage is Sura 37.99-106. He (Abraham) said: `I
will go to my Lord! He will surely guide me! O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!
So we gave him the good news of a boy ready to suffer and forbear. … Then, when (the
son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, He said: `O my son! I see in a
vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is thy view! (The son) said:
`O my Father! Do as thou art commanded: Thou will find me, if God so wills one practicing
patience and constancy! … So when they had both submitted their wills (to God), and
he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice), we called out to him,
`O Abraham! Thou hast already fulfilled thy vision- thus indeed do we reward those
who do right. For this was obviously a trial - And we ransomed him with a momentous
sacrifice... (Sura 37:99-106). The Koran does not name the child anywhere, but it
does call him the promised son and Ishmael is never referred to as the promised son
in the Koran. From this we can deduce that the Koran understands the son to be Isaac,
This fact is lost on the millions of Muslims who go to Arabia to celebrate something
that never happened there and to focus on the wrong person. The Muslims take the
central point of the Old Testament - Gods covenant with Israel through Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob - and change it to a covenant with Arabia through Ishmael.
They also take the central point of the New Testament - Gods new covenant with all
humanity through the death and resurrection of the Messiah Jesus - and change it
by downgrading Jesus from Son of God to a prophet. They also deny that he died and
rose again. Islam teaches that he was too holy to be put to death and ascended straight
to heaven. Someone who looked like Jesus was put on the cross instead. In this way
they remove the heart of the Gospel message and fulfil to the letter the words of
1 John 2.19 concerning the spirit of antichrist, They went out from us, but they
were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with
us; but they went out that they might be made manifest that they were not all of
The final shot of the BBC’s Hajj showed pilgrims marching round the Kaaba stone in
Mecca. A black stone. A fitting symbol for Islam, a dark stone with no heart and
no compassion. God promises to those who truly seek him, A new heart also I will
give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony
heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36.26). Sadly
the BBC wants to impose this dark stone on the heart of our nation and to bar the
way to the heart of flesh, which is to be found in the new birth of repentance and
faith in the Messiah Jesus.
One final point, which the BBC failed to draw any attention to. All this was taking
place in Saudi Arabia, one of the most despotic police states in the world, where
no dissenting opinion from Islamic tyranny is permitted and where barbaric punishments
of flogging, amputation of limbs and public execution are common practise. Imagine
if such things were going on in the name of Christianity, how the bleeding hearts
of the BBC controllers would be up in arms against it. But when it happens in the
name of Islam there is a deafening silence, in fact they are promoting the religion.
Why? Something to do with the black substance that comes from beneath the sands of
the Saudi desert perhaps?