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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, not Ishmael.

 

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 us.

 

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?

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