Hornbill Unleashed

February 18, 2013

The Trinity in the Quran

Anna Lee, via e-mail

This letter is written as a partial response to ‘Allah’ is for the whole of Mankind” by Zulaika. Zulaika wrote, “Now, the controversy arises as a result of the doctrine of Trinity held by the Christians, whereby God is referred to as The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost, which will not be accepted by the Believers of the Quran as the truth.”

Contrary to what Zulaika wrote, the trinity that the Quran finds unacceptable is not the Christian Trinity of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. (Christians today prefer to use the word “Holy Spirit” in place of the word “Holy Ghost” as the latter is an old English usage.)

What the Quran condemned was the fake and counterfeit trinity of God, Mary and Son! Christians believe in the Trinity of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit but not the trinity of God, Mary and Son. So when the Quran directed its condemnation of the trinity of God, Mary and the Son, it obviously was not referring to the Christians.

So who did the Quran refer to when it condemned such a trinity of God, Mary and Son? Before the dawn of Islam, a heretical doctrine appeared in the fifth century AD. The adherents of this doctrine were heathens who embraced Christianity. As pagans they worshipped the planet Venus and said that it was “the queen of heaven.”

After embracing Christianity they tried to associate what they had worshipped with Christian doctrine. They considered Mary as “queen of heaven” or “goddess of heaven” instead of Venus. Consequently, they called themselves Mariamists. They were also known as the Collyridians (as they were also known as the cake-eater sect). They were mainly women.

These women would adorn a chair or a square throne and spread a linen cloth over it for their ritual, and they would offer up a sacrifice of bread rolls in the name of the Ever-Virgin Mary, and all partake of this bread. They came to believe that there are three gods: God, Mary, and Christ. This sect also believed that God took Mary to be his wife, had sexual relations in order to have Jesus their Son (God forbid such horrendous blasphemy!).

The Christian Church fought against this heresy as soon as it appeared, opposed their teaching, and deprived them of the communion of faith and excommunicated all their followers. The Church confirmed its most holy belief that the blessed Mary is a human being and not a goddess.

When Islam appeared in the seventh century AD, it also found some adherents of this Mariamists doctrine before it had disappeared completely. Islam fought their doctrine and their trinity (not the Trinity of Christianity). This is clear from the following verses.

“Then Allah will say, ‘Jesus, son of Mary, did you ever say to mankind, ‘Worship me and my mother as gods beside Allah?” (Sura 5:116)

It is clear that the objection here is intended to be against the Mariamists who proclaimed that Mary is a goddess, and this is what Christianity also denies.

“Lord, creator of the heavens and the earth, how does he have a son when he did not have a wife?!” (Sura 6:101)

Likewise, this verse objects to the Mariamist teaching that Mary is a goddess that she became God’s wife, and that through her God had a son.

“God is one. God the eternal, He did not give birth nor was He born, nor has He equal.” (Sura 112:1-4)

This is the answer to the Mariamist doctrine which purported, “There are three gods – the Father, the mother and the son, and that this son came by procreation.”

“Unbelievers are those that say, ‘Allah is one of three.’ There is but one God.” (Sura 5:73)

This confirms what was said and denies what Mariamists purport – the existence of three gods!

Some Muslims say that since Christians believe in the Trinity, this verse in Sura 5:73 must be referring to them. Such Muslims are contradicting the Quran as the Quran understands that the Christians believe in one God.

“Do not argue with the people of the Book except in what is better… and say we believed in what was sent down to us and to you, and our God and your God is the same, is one.” (Sura 29:46)

If the God of the Muslims and the God of the Christians is “the same, is one” therefore Christians worship one God as much as the Muslims worship “the same, is one” God. How can the Quran say that Christians worship the “the same, is one” God and yet say at the same time say that Christians worship “three gods”?

According to Sura 5:73, those who say that Allah is one of three are “unbelievers”, so this excludes the Christians since according to Sura 29:46 the Quran says that the Christians are the “people of the Book” and not the “unbelievers.”

Thus, the Quran testifies that Christians, “people of the Book” worship one God.

“For sure you will find the bitterest enemies of those who believe (Muslims) are the Jews and those who are polytheists (who believe in many gods). And you will find the closest friends to believes to be those who said, “we are Nazarenes,” as among them there are pastors and monks and they are not proud.” (Sura 5:82)

It is clear that Nazarenes (that is, the followers of Jesus of Nazareth) are not polytheists, since polytheists and Jews are the bitter enemies of Muslims, but Nazarenes are their closest friends.

The Quran clearly testifies that Christians worship the one God and are not polytheists. The Quran do not accuse Christians of believing in three gods!

You can see clearly from this discussion that Islam did not fight the Trinity of Christianity, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. But Islam fights another trinity, the trinity of the Mariamist doctrine. They fight those who consider the blessed Mary a goddess who gave birth to Christ by means of procreation after God had married her.

Coming back to what Zulaika (Allah is for all Mankind) wrote, “Now, the controversy arises as a result of the doctrine of Trinity held by the Christians, whereby God is referred to as The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost, which will not be accepted by the Believers of the Quran as the truth.”

Zulaika is mistaken in thinking that the trinity that the Quran condemned is the Christian Trinity of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Instead, the trinity that the Quran condemned was the trinity of God, Mary and Son held by some deviant sects now no longer existing.

This takes the wind out of the controversy. In fact there is no controversy at all. The Christian doctrine of the Trinity of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit was not an issue in the Quran.

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3 Comments »

  1. trinity—actually it is an issue…the trinity is based on the idea of God incarnating into human form—this “form” being the human Jesus (100% God, 100% man)…this is unacceptable in Islam.

    Comment by anon — February 23, 2013 @ 8:46 PM | Reply

  2. It looks like Al Quran has the authentic answers on the usage of the word ‘ALLAH’. No wonder only a few malaysian muslims has fallen prey to the unscrupulous politicians of the political divide. I suggest that PERKASA leader and stalwarts should go back to Al Quran teachings rather than busy in trying to persuade the innocent muslims to burn bibles(bahasa Melayu).

    Comment by Justice Lover — February 19, 2013 @ 12:30 PM | Reply

  3. It is good to see more intellects openly discussing religious issue without speaking polemically. ” it is better to discuss things, to argue and engage in polemics than make perfidious plans for mutual destruction”. quotes Makhail Gorbachev.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — February 19, 2013 @ 10:33 AM | Reply


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