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What Did the Saints Say about Islam?

The following is a brief list of quotes from Catholic saints about Islam and its founder, Muhammad. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is illustrative of how Catholics — particularly those favored sons and daughters of the Church we now know to be in heaven — viewed the Muslim faith in prior generations:

“Whoever does not embrace the Catholic Christian faith is lost, like your false prophet Muhammad.”

-St. Peter Mavimenus (d. 8th century), martyr from Gaza. Response reported in the Martyriologum Romanum when he was asked to convert to Islam by a group of Muslims.

“There is also the superstition of the Ishmaelites which to this day prevails and keeps people in error, being a forerunner of the Antichrist…. From that time to the present a false prophet named Mohammed has appeared in their midst. This man, after having chanced upon the Old and New Testaments and likewise, it seems, having conversed with an Arian monk, devised his own heresy. Then, having insinuated himself into the good graces of the people by a show of seeming piety, he gave out that a certain book had been sent down to him from heaven. He had set down some ridiculous compositions in this book of his and he gave it to them as an object of veneration.”

-St. John Damascene (d. 749), Syrian Arab Catholic monk and scholar. Quoted from his book On Heresies under the section On the Heresy of the Ishmaelites (in The Fathers of the Church. Vol. 37. Translated by the Catholic University of America. CUA Press. 1958. Pages 153-160.)

“We profess Christ to be truly God and your prophet to be a precursor of the Antichrist and other profane doctrine.”

-Sts. Habenitus, Jeremiah, Peter, Sabinian, Walabonsus, and Wistremundus (d. 851), martyrs of Cordoba, Spain. Reported in the Memoriale Sanctorum in response to Spanish Umayyad Caliph ‘Abd Ar-Rahman II’s ministers that they convert to Islam on pain of death.

“Any cult which denies the divinity of Christ, does not profess the existence of the Holy Trinity, refutes baptism, defames Christians, and derogates the priesthood, we consider to be damned.”

-Sts. Aurelius, Felix, George, Liliosa, and Natalia (d. 852), martyrs of Cordoba, Spain. Reported in the Memoriale Sanctorum in response to Spanish Umayyad Caliph ‘Abd Ar-Rahman II’s ministers that they convert to Islam on pain of death.

“On the other hand, those who founded sects committed to erroneous doctrines proceeded in a way that is opposite to this, the point is clear in the case of Muhammad. He seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected, he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity. He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the contrary, Muhammad said that he was sent in the power of his arms—which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants.”

-St. Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274), Theologian and Doctor of the Church. Quoted from his De Rationibus Fidei Contra Saracenos, Graecos, et Armenos and translated from Fr. Damian Fehlner’sAquinas on Reasons for the Faith: Against the Muslims, Greeks, and Armenians (Franciscans of the Immaculate. 2002.).

“As we have seen, Muhammed had neither supernatural miracles nor natural motives of reason to persuade those of his sect. As he lacked in everything, he took to bestial and barbaric means, which is the force of arms. Thus he introduced and promulgated his message with robberies, murders, and bloodshedding, destroying those who did not want to receive it, and with the same means his ministers conserve this today, until God placates his anger and destroys this pestilence from the earth.

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(Muhammad) can also be figured for the dragon in the same Apocalypse which says that the dragon swept up a third of the stars and hurled down a third to earth. Although this line is more appropriately understood concerning the Antichrist, Mohammed was his precursor – the prophet of Satan, father of the sons of haughtiness.

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Even if all the things contained in his law were fables in philosophy and errors in theology, even for those who do not possess the light of reason, the very manners (Islam) teaches are from a school of vicious bestialities. (Muhammad) did not prove his new sect with any motive, having neither supernatural miracles nor natural reasons, but solely the force of arms, violence, fictions, lies, and carnal license. It remains an impious, blasphemous, vicious cult, an innovention of the devil, and the direct way into the fires of hell. It does not even merit the name of being called a religion.”

-St. Juan de Ribera (d.1611), Archbishop of Valencia, missionary to Spanish Muslims, and organizer of the Muslim expulsions of 1609 from Spain. Quoted in several locations from his 1599Catechismo para la Instruccion de los Nuevos Convertidos de los Moros (my translation).

“The Mahometan paradise, however, is only fit for beasts; for filthy sensual pleasure is all the believer has to expect there.”

St. Alfonsus Liguori (d. 1787). Quoted from his book, The History of Heresies and their Refutation.

What is obvious from these statements is that represent a very different view of Islam than we’ve heard from the Vatican in recent years. The recent dormancy of Islam has led many in this generation to believe precisely as Pope Francis does: that it is only Muslim extremists who pose a threat, and that the religion itself is more or less praiseworthy. The experiences of most of the saints throughout Church history, however, taught them the opposite — namely, that Islam and its practices are antithetical to the Catholic faith and those who seek to live it.

Hilaire Belloc, the great 20th century Catholic historian and poet, warned in 1929 that Islam would make a return to the world stage:

We shall almost certainly have to reckon with Islam in the near future. Perhaps, if we lose our Faith, it will rise. For after this subjugation of the Islamic culture by the nominally Christian had already been achieved, the political conquerors of that culture began to notice two disquieting features about it. The first was that its spiritual foundation proved immovable; the second that its area of occupation did not recede, but on the contrary slowly expanded.

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In my own youth the decaying power of Islam (for it was still decaying) in the Near East was a strong menace to the peace of Europe. Those old people of whom I speak had grandparents in whose times Islam was still able to menace the West. The Turks besieged Vienna and nearly took it, less than a century before the American Declaration of Independence. Islam was then our superior, especially in military art. There is no reason why its recent inferiority in mechanical construction, whether military or civilian, should continue indefinitely. Even a slight accession of material power would make the further control of Islam by an alien culture difficult. A little more and there will cease that which our time has taken for granted, the physical domination of Islam by the disintegrated Christendom we know.

As Catholics, we need to understand this situation much better than we currently do. When it comes to the variances between what the Church and her saints used to say about Islam and what is being said now, we need to square the circle. With Islamic violence sweeping the Middle East and growing Muslim populations in many formerly-Christian nations, being able to see the reality we face with clarity and truthfulness is critical to our ability to evangelize Muslims.

As Christians in Iraq and Syria are learning at their own peril, it may also be the only way we’ll learn to survive them.

Originally published on August 12, 2014.

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Mike Pasamano
Please see youtube.com/watch?v=VVkqqY0Jg3g to see this 15-minute-long PowerPoint presentation! If you still refuse to make the appropriate changes and walk the lonely narrow road to Heaven, whether you admit it or deny it, you've chosen "Allah" the false "God of Abraham, Ishmael, and Mahomet" over Jesus Christ! Be careful Who/who you (")pray(") to!

NOTE! My goal is not to offend but just to lead…More
Please see youtube.com/watch?v=VVkqqY0Jg3g to see this 15-minute-long PowerPoint presentation! If you still refuse to make the appropriate changes and walk the lonely narrow road to Heaven, whether you admit it or deny it, you've chosen "Allah" the false "God of Abraham, Ishmael, and Mahomet" over Jesus Christ! Be careful Who/who you (")pray(") to!

NOTE! My goal is not to offend but just to lead the Vatican 2 Novus Ordo Seculorum Antichurch back home to the One True Holy Mother Roman Catholic Apostolic Church fulfilled by our Divine Lord and Savior Jesus Christ outside of which there's absolutely no Faith, Hope, Charity, justification, sanctification, salvation, nor remission of sin without any exceptions nor qualifiers whatsoever against which the gates of Hell can never prevail!

CAUTION! "Joshua Truther" is a Palamite Cerularian who calls himself a "Coptic Orthodox Catholic Christian" as if there was ever such a thing and uses the "Authorized" "King" James "Bible" instead of the Douay-Rheims!
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St. Thomas Aquinas et al, a waste of time...?
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Don't waste time. Better read Norbert G. Preßburg`s demolition of the whole hoax . The title of the English Version promises already a surprise: What the Modern Martyr should know: Seventytwo grapes and no single virgin
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Joseph a' Christian
Hi , is it the same in Ireland ? i like Pigistan !
Yes satanists are using muslims to destruct chritianity , they send them all over the world , even in Japan
Look at this post , there is many informations below Islam : 1400 esclaves sexuelles dans le Yorkshire (GB)
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@le mage vainqueur - France, went from being a Catholic State, to turning away from Christ the King. Ireland is in the same process, bekoming a state of man. It has been written over the centuries, that a nation is either a city of Almighty God or it is a city ruled by satan.
The Muhammads presently murdering, raping, using young girls as sex slaves, stealing... all akross western europe- …More
@le mage vainqueur - France, went from being a Catholic State, to turning away from Christ the King. Ireland is in the same process, bekoming a state of man. It has been written over the centuries, that a nation is either a city of Almighty God or it is a city ruled by satan.
The Muhammads presently murdering, raping, using young girls as sex slaves, stealing... all akross western europe- proves this true. Satan's Muhammads have turned the unfaithful parts of europe, into cities of satan.
(Look into Telford, England where the Muhammads originally from Pigistan, enslaved numerous English girls of 10, and 12 years of age, and drugged and forced them into prostitutes.)
Christ Is King of the remnant faithful.
Rafał_Ovile
le mage vainqueur moreover deficit of classical education - theology, philosophy and logics.
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komfort i propaganda medialna uniemożliwiają dostrzeżenie tych rzeczywistości, które są programowane przez mafię askhenazie
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le mage vainqueur unfortunately most Catholics are sleeping as their 'bosses' do so for +50 years. This is the main cause of religious syncretism and indifferentism aiding islamic invasion.
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Rafał_Ovile
Thank , but it's a great job , most of the french people are sleeping . And the most difficult is to expose that " the beast is using islam to ruin christianity "
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le mage vainqueur finding quotes in French or translating and educating cafeteria lay and consecrated catholics is mandatory to inhibit the islamization of Christendom. God bless you and French Crusaders.
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Thank you , i translate and i keep it , to share
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le mage vainqueur important quotes for apologetic purposes.
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OK Thank you , i will read that !
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