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666 In Islam?

August 23, 2013

Walid Shoebat has made a huge claim that 666 as prophesized in the Holy Bible (Revelation) points to Islam. According to him, a 666 symbol written in a Vaticanus manuscript from the 4th century shows “cross swords of Islam” and Arabic expression for ‘In the Name of God” (Bismillah). Many problems with this islamophobic claim. Some of the facts that invalidate Sheobat’s claims are:

  1. John states in Revelation that 666 is a number of his name, not a phrase. Also, it is a “he,” a person. Islam is a faith, not a person. Our Muslim God, Allah SWT, is NOT a person. He SWT is not incarnated in any of His creations and therefore is NEVER expected by Muslims to walk among the mortals. Further, ANY PERSON–Muslim or not, claiming to be divine would be immediately rejected by Muslims. It is one of the tenets of Islam that NO human has ever been divine or like God. To claim such would be shirk, one of the major sins in Islam that Allah SWT has promised NEVER to forgive!
  2. The beast existed before John’s time, didn’t exist during his time and will exist in the future. If Christian claim is correct, Islam did not exist at all before 7th century AD.  So, Islam is not the beast. Certainly, Muhammad did not exist before John and has not been resurrected in our times.
  3. Many have been branded to be 666 beast from Revelation, from presidents, kings, even popes. Yet, we still have yet to see the mark.
  4. Shoebat would like Christians to believe that the 4th century Codex Vaticanus contains the Book of Revelation. This is false, as the Book of Revelation is missing from the manuscript.
  5. According to the Revelation, 666 is an economic mark without which no one on Earth is going to be able to buy or sell anything. Where is such Islamic “mark” that would prevent you from buying/selling something?
  6. Codex Vaticanus clearly shows Greek numbers 666

Expected Imam Mahdi a.s. does not qualify to be the Dajjal (anti-Christ). Please see one of my previous posts clarifying why Mahdi is NOT the Antichrist (Dajjal).

Muslims have a simple way of recognizing the Dajjal (the Antichrist): he will be unbeliever. According to the Islamic texts, all people literate and illiterate will be able to “read” the sign of Antichrist: Kafir (unbeliever). Most likely, this will not be an actual word written on his forehead. Rather, the Antichrist will not believe in God and his unbelief will be apparent to all.

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