Say Not Three!!!

Countless rituals and practices in Islam revolve around the number 3. The sunnah is replete with tons of examples!

Since these were practiced by Muhammad, Muslims are obliged to follow these meaningless rituals mindlessly. Or can any Muslims explain the reasons for these practices?

What is Allah’s and Muhammad’s and Islam’s obsession and fascination with the number 3?

Let’s look at a few examples.

Muslims blow their noses 3 times to get satan out…
Muslims spit 3 times to avoid evil…
Muslims wipe their hands 3 times…
Muslims perform wudhu for each limb 3 times…

Ali narrated that: “The Prophet performed Wudu three times (for each limb).”

Jami` at-Tirmidhi 44; Book 1, Hadith 44

Muslims squeeze and shake their private parts 3 times after urinating.

“The Messenger of Allah said: ‘When anyone of you urinates, let him squeeze his penis three times (to remove the remaining urine drops).”

Sunan Ibn Majah 326; Book 1, Hadith 60

Why? Why not 2 or 4 times? And why would it even matter? What kind of religion needs to give instructions about these things? This is what mind-controlling cults do.

It seems that Islam is built on meaningless superstitions to be followed blindly without question.

There are many more examples.

Muslims practice pronouncing divorce 3 times, declaring oaths 3 times, saying Allahu akhbar 3 times…

The being in the cave that Muhammad encountered said IQRA (read) 3 times when Muhammad was evidently unable to read. Three times he kept pleading with it and 3 times the being responded by abusing him and strangling him. Later when his alleged revelation stopped, Muhammad became depressed. The hadiths tell us he attempted to commit suicide 3 times, by attempting to throw himself off high mountains….

Muhammad allowed a married Muslim man to marry an additional 3 wives…

Anas reported that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) used to breathe three times in the course of a drink (i. e. he drank in three gulps).

Sahih Muslim 2028a

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said “The Messenger of Allah enjoyed three things upon me: To sleep after praying Witr, to perform Ghusal on Friday, and to fast three days of each month.”

Sunan an-Nasa’i 2405; Book 22, Hadith 316

The Prophet (ﷺ) used to pour water three times on his head.

Sahih al-Bukhari 255; Book 5, Hadith 8

Muhammad often cleaned his butt with 3 stones after going to the toilet. In fact, he specifically instructed that the number of stones must be odd. So 3 is OK but not 4. Why? Why is this even mentioned in this religion???

What kind of nonsense is this?

What’s going on? What’s going on? What’s going on?

What is Islam’s obsessive superstition attached to the number 3 revealed by the TRIAD of Allah-Jibreel-Muhammad?

Perhaps this hadith has the answer….

I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying. “Evil omen is in three things: The horse, the woman and the house.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 2858; Book 56, Hadith 74

It is apparent that Muhammad thought that there was something evil about the number 3. (As for the crude uncouth insult of all women from the one whom many Muslimahs revere as the first feminist, that is a topic for another article on another day.)

Since Muhammad believed that “evil omen is in three things”, then why do so many things in Islam revolve around the number 3? Are all these evil practices? Saying Allahu Akhbar 3 times is an evil omen?

Most of you may be familiar with Sura 4:171 and would have noticed that’s where I got the title of this article from.

O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not “Three” – Cease! (it is) better for you! – Allah is only One Allah. Far is it removed from His Transcendent Majesty that He should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender.

Sura 4:171

How ironic that while Allah instructed the “People of the Scripture” to say not three, he has his own messenger repeatedly saying three, three, three.

Of course, I am aware that in this verse, Allah is supposedly refuting Christian beliefs that we supposedly have 3 gods. The Bible asserts repeatedly there is One God. There is not a single verse or teaching or doctrine or belief of 3 gods! No Christian in the world has ever believed in 3 gods. So who is Allah denying? Certainly not Christians!

This verse is proof that the author of the Quran was ignorant when he gets our beliefs wrong. Some Muslims try to defend Allah by saying that Allah was speaking about some ancient sect of Christianity. As I said, there is no such belief in Christianity. Even if there was such a sect, it obviously was not Christian! Then why would Allah be addressing the People Of The Book when mentioning the beliefs of this unknown sect? He should be addressing the followers of this false sect. And even there was such a cult, why did Allah address them in his eternal book? Didn’t he know that such an obscure and unknown cult, if it did exist, would disappear? No one today is even aware of such a cult!

Sura 5:116 is further proof of Allah’s ignorance because apparently, Allah will ask Jesus on the day of Resurrection about it – the belief in 3 deities i.e. Allah, Isa and Mariam. No one today is even aware of such a heresy or even if it ever existed? Yet Allah is still obsessing over it?

This verse 4:171 is also interesting because while Allah says, “Say not three…”, Allah gives three attributes to Jesus in this very verse!

According to this verse, Jesus is:
1. Messenger
2. His Word
3. A Spirit from Him

Ta-da! A quranic description of tri-unity! One yet three!

What exactly is the trinity?
God, His Word, His Spirit.

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the stars by the breath (spirit) of His mouth.

Psalm 33:6

There it is! The Creator is the Lord, His Word, His Spirit. That’s the trinity!

Sura 4:171 also unwittingly debunks Muslim arguments that Jesus was nothing more than a messenger. It’s clear Jesus WAS more than a messenger! No other messenger was given the title of Kalimatullah (word of allah) and Ruhullah (spirit of allah). Only Jesus.

As Messenger, this verse describes the human nature of Jesus, as a man, like other messengers. But unlike other messengers, Jesus also possessed the attributes of divine Word and Spirit, according to this verse. This describes the divine nature of Jesus. This is what is known as the hypostatic union in theology.

In the well-known epilogue of John, he writes, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made….

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him….

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Skeptics will deny the divinity of the Word.
But ask yourselves, WHERE was the Word before Allah apparently sent it to Mary? Something to ponder.

Allow me to close with this very familiar verse.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

If you read the verse carefully, you will notice that “LORD” which is the word “Yahweh” in the original Hebrew is mentioned 3 times!


(By the way, the word “one” is the Hebrew word “Echad” which means a plural unity, or oneness. Not a numerical one. This is where the word “Ahad” in the Arabic is derived from. Tawheed doesnt mean one; it means unification.

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