Continuing on the theme of my last post which quoted St Thomas Aqinas, St John of Damascus also wrote of Islam as being a great heresy, referring both to the immoral practices of its founder Mohammed and the corrupt teachings inserted into the Koran which legalised the perverted conduct of the founder. He stated:
“… 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.
He says that there is one God, creator of all things, who has neither been begotten nor has begotten. He says that the Christ is the Word of God and His Spirit, but a creature and a servant, and that He was begotten, without seed, of Mary the sister of Moses and Aaron. For, he says, the Word and God and the Spirit entered into Mary and she brought forth Jesus, who was a prophet and servant of God. And he says that the Jews wanted to crucify Him in violation of the law, and that they seized His shadow and crucified this. But the Christ Himself was not crucified, he says, nor did He die, for God out of His love for Him took Him to Himself into heaven.”
In denying the incarnation of Jesus, his subsequent death on the cross and any mention of the resurrection, Mohammed effectively destroyed any reason for the existence of Christianity. Christians were therefore seen as infidels who should themselves be destroyed.
Whilst most Muslims who follow this heresy are peaceful, we see among their number in the 21st century those who are prepared to kill by barbaric means anyone who is not a Muslim. We are also witnessing their attempts once again to dominate the world.
As force against such a heresy is unlikely to defeat it, the answer is to call all Christians to prayer, to seek the intercession of our Blessed Lady and to use the Holy Rosary as a weapon against those who seek to destroy the Church on earth founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ.