I was reading today about King Solomon in 2 Chronicles 2. Yes, Nabi Sulaiman, whom our friends say was a Muslim prophet.
In this passage, Solomon is preparing to build a Temple to honor the Name of the Lord (Yahweh). (2 Chr 2:1). Since you say Sulaiman was a Muslim, this temple was for Allah, correct?
Here’s how Solomon described the Temple for God would be:
“It will be a place set apart to burn fragrant incense before Him, to display the special sacrificial bread, and to sacrifice burnt offerings each morning and evening, on the Sabbaths….He has commanded Israel to do these things forever.” (2 Chr 2:4)
Does this describe Islam? Was this how Sulaiman, the Muslim prophet, practiced Islam? What is the significance of the sacrificial bread or the daily burnt offerings or the Sabbath in Islam? Was all this done for Allah? That does not sound like Islam to me. If it was, when did Allah decide to change the requirements of your religion? Not only that. He commanded Israel to do this forever.
To answer this, Muslims claim that the Jews have been abandoned in favor of Arabs.
In 1 Kings 6:11-13, The LORD Yahweh speaks directly to Solomon (not through an intermediary or angel) and He says to Solomon, “I will never abandon My people Israel.” Why would Allah speak such a message to a Muslim prophet directly? And then 1600 years later, speak indirectly to another Muslim prophet that all Jews are pigs. God said He would NEVER abandon Israel. But He changed His mind?
Let’s look further…
Here is how Solomon prayed.
“Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel. He LIFTED his hands toward heaven, and he prayed, (1 Kings 8:22-23). Also, in verse 54, it says Solomon…KNEELED with his hands RAISED toward heaven.
Is this how Muslims pray? Sulaiman apparently kneeled down and lifted his hands toward heaven when he prayed. Did Allah change the way Muslims pray today? When? Can you show in the Quran where He gave Muslims a new way to pray from the time of Sulaiman?
And finally, this is the scenario of the worship that took place in the Temple of Solomon.
“And the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and all their sons and brothers—were dressed in fine linen robes and stood at the east side of the altar playing cymbals, lyres, and harps. They were joined by 120 priests who were playing trumpets. The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words: “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!” (2 Chr 5:12-13)
Are these “Muslims” worshipping Allah? Musicians, musical instruments, singers? Is this how you worship Allah today in your mosques? By singing and by using musical instruments? When did Allah give new instructions to abandon singing and music during worship?
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11 thoughts on “Was King Solomon a Muslim?”
A muslim is someone who believes and submits to the 1 God of the heavens and earth, the God of Abraham, Moses, Issac, Jesus and Solomon. So yes he was what we call today a “muslim” and so was every other prophet peace be upon them. God is different in many languages like any other word but the meaning is the same.
All the prophets submitted to one God. That is true.
Just because the Arabic language invents a word for “submit”, i.e. “muslim”, it is deceptive to say that the all the prophets were muslims.
Muslim are adherents of the religion called Islam. None of the prophets followed islam.
Muhammad himself claimed that he was the first muslim.
Say (O Muhammad): Lo! I am commanded to worship Allah, making religion pure for Him (only). And I am commanded to be the first of those who are muslims (surrender unto Him). 39:11-12
The thing that must be understood is, from Prophet Adam to Prophet Sulaiman and Prophet Isa they all worshiped the same god, namely Allah, but with different laws / procedures / Shari’a at that time. Every human being who has deviated from the teachings of Allah as taught from the previous prophets, then Allah sent a prophet / apostle to direct them back to the right path, through books such as the Psalms, Torah and Gospel and the completion is the Qur’an. In every book, there must be an “update” according to the era, including how to worship, halal things become haram or vice versa, including the name of the Islamic Religion given by Allah in the Koran. People like Jew and Nasrani are not names of religions, but they are names for adherents / people.
You have portrayed your god to be one who is fickle-minded, erratic and unstable. Do you believe that God is like an OS that needs to keep updating?
How can something haram become halal?
How can a true prophet of God contradict any earlier revelations?
If that is the case, anyone can create a religion for their own selfish gains and claim that God is “updating”.
I believe this is exactly what Muhammad did with Islam.
In my article I used the example of song and music in worship of God. The Jews practised it for thousands of years. So do Christians today.
So how and why did song and music suddenly become haram in Muhammad’s time? When did Allah supposedly forbade it in the Quran?
You mentioned Psalms. Are you aware that Psalms means songs? The entire book is a book of songs! Did Allah reveal songs?
Yes, all the ancient prophets did worship the one true God. But this God wasn’t the fickle-minded, erratic, unstable god that Muhammad began following in the 7th century AD.
It’s their stupid belief. Solomon was a Jew LOL.
Quran is the only book preserved on its original form from 1400 years ago, every other scripture including Bible has been tampered and changed. Can you prove it from the Bible that Sulaiman (peace be upon him) was a jew? Infact the people of Israel were all Muslims. But after Moses (peace be upon him) they faltered and took these Prophets as his or son of god. Prophet Sulaiman prayed to one god. The prayer you are describing from your scripture cannot be trusted as it might have been changed just like many other versions of Bible have. No use fighting, better be united for the sake of humanity. And like Quran says, “There is no compulsion in religion” and “To you your religion, to me my religion”. Everything will be crystal clear once or eyes are closed after death. Hope none of us experience that regret after death of obeying the false God or neglecting his commandments. And What a regret that will be.
You said, “Can you prove it from the Bible that Sulaiman (peace be upon him) was a jew?”
But then, a couple of sentences later you said, “..your scripture cannot be trusted..”
So, why do you ask for proof from the Bible if you’re not going to accept it anyway?
Dont be a hypocrite.
Re-read my article. I made it clear that Solomon was not a follower of Islam.
He was a Jew who practised Jewish customs and Jewish worship.
He is a Muslim since the literal meaning is “one who surrenders to God” and if was to ask you , “did solomon surrender himself to god ? “ your answer would be yes.
This is called the fallacy of equivocation.
A Fallacy of Equivocation happens when a word, phrase, or sentence is used deliberately to confuse, deceive, or mislead by sounding like it’s saying one thing but actually saying something else.
A good example is: ==>“A MUSLIM (noun) is one who submits to God. Since all prophets submitted/muslim (verb) to God, therefore all prophets are Muslims.”
(Notice how the word “muslim” is used as a noun in the first instance and then used as verb in the second. It’s like arguing: A dress is a woman’s garment. Since Mr Abu DRESSED (verb) himself therefore it means he wore a dress (noun)!)
The same word can have two meanings and thus open to abuse to manipulating in misunderstanding the meaning.
If I say, “Am I getting under your skin?”, you should not interpret it as meaning that I am asking if I am getting into your epidermis and subcutaneous tissue!”
take arguments not from the Al-Quran and say whatever you like. After all, the way Muslims pray is different before and now. The order of prayer was revealed and made obligatory after the events of Isra’ and Mi’raj. how to pray is learned according to the hadith and sunnah and.DON’T USE BOOKS OF OTHER RELIGION TO DETERMINATE ISLAM
The Quran plucks people and events from the Bible and makes up false narratives about them. Solomon was a Jew, King of Israel. He never heard or knew anything about Islam. Yet you Muslims have hijacked Solomon and all the true prophets in order to create your religion and give it credence. None of the true prophets had anything to do with Islam or the Allah of the kaabah. Islam was invented by Muhammad so that he could marry any woman he wanted and get 20% of the booty. Muhamamd used the names of the true prophets to fool the pagans and Jews and Christians of Arab.
You said Muslims prayed differently before and now. OK. Show me how Muslims prayed before and now according to your BOOKS.
Is there anything about how to pray in Allah’s book? Nothing. Allah failed to tell you how to pray or even how may times to pray in his “eternal” book but he told Muhammad he can marry any woman he desired.
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