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1. A Response to Ergun Caner's Glossary of Arabic Terms                                                                                                                              

This article is based on Ergun's publication which can be found here.

There are some serious errors in this PDF; no former Muslim who speaks Arabic can make these mistakes but the problem does not stop there. Ergun has made some fatal factual errors ,and major theological errors as well.

Some of these terms are defined from Ergun's theological point of view, this PDF is not supposed to be an apologetic paper, it is a GLOSSARY OF (Islamic) ARABIC TERMS; meaning Ergun's PDF was supposed to provide definitions for Islamic terms from the Arabic language and from its Islamic definitions, not from his personal notions.

It is important to mention that this glossary has been extracted by Ergun from the end of own book - Unveiling Islam

If "for some reason" Ergun Caner removes the file from his website, it has been saved here.

Errors and Objections

"ALLAH: The God of Islam" 

Is this an Arabic definition or blunder from Ergun's mind? Where can we find an Arabic dictionary or even an Islamic dictionary that defines the word "Allah" [الله] as "The God of Islam"?

Any Muslim or former Muslim knows that the word "Allah"[الله] means "The One God". All Arabic speakers know that "Allah"[الله] is the standard Arabic word used for God, it was used by Arabic speaking pagans and is still used by Arabic speaking Muslims, Christians and Jews.

Islam does not teach the term "God of Islam" to begin with, anyone who knows the religion of Islam knows that it teaches that Allah [الله] is the God of all people, whether we be Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindu, Atheists etc. However, some people have made false claims against Allah (swt), by saying that Muslims worship a newly invented God, i.e. a false idol (or a Moon-god). The defintion given by Ergun is not correct; rather, Allah (swt) is the One True God, the creator of the heavens and the earth. For Ergun to say that Allah (swt) is "The God Islam" within a document that is supposed to be portraying the the definitions of Islamic/Arabic terms is laughable.

This definition Ergun has given raises a lot of problems. If Allah [الله] means "The God of Islam" then what can explain this?:

1. The usage of the word Allah [الله] in the Old Testament:

[فِي الْبَدْءِ خَلَقَ اللهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ" [ﺗﻜﻮﻳﻦ 1:1"

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." [Genesis 1:1] 

So according to Ergun , in the beginning "The God of Islam" created the heavens and earth , this is coming from someone who called Allah (swt) a false idol.

2- The usage of the word Allah [الله] in the New Testament:

[لأَنَّهُ هكَذَا أَحَبَّ اللهُ الْعَالَمَ حَتَّى بَذَلَ ابْنَهُ الْوَحِيدَ، لِكَيْ لاَ يَهْلِكَ كُلُّ مَنْ يُؤْمِنُ بِهِ، بَلْ تَكُونُ لَهُ الْحَيَاةُ الأَبَدِيَّةُ" [ﻳﻮﺣﻨﺎ 3:16

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." [John 3:16]

So according to Ergun , "The God of Islam" gave his one and only son ? This man rants on how Allah and Jehovah are not the same because of this in most of his public talks , his claims on this topic have been addressed here.

3- The usage of the word Allah [الله] in the trinity.

We all know the trinity is a fundamental difference between mainstream Christianity and Islam, yet Arab Christians use the word Allah [الله] to refer to God and the persons who make up the God-head.

الله الأب meaning 'God the Father'                                                                                                  

الله الابن meaning 'God the Son'

الله الروح القدس meaning 'God the Holy Spirit' 

So do these three "Gods of Islam" make up the God-head Ergun claims he believes in?

4- The usage of the word Allah [الله] by Ergun himself.

For example in one Ergun Caner's gibberish sprees, claiming to be speaking Turkish (or Arabic) to his father he says "Isa Ibn Allah" which is a phrase meaning "Jesus Son of God". Is Ergun saying that Jesus is "the son of "The God of Islam""?

If Ergun defined the word Allah [الله] correctly, he would have never got into this huge mess.

In fact, if you saw Ergun's official facebook page before September 2009, he actually had an Arabic translation of a verse from the bible which had the word "ALLAH"(الله). Do you not see an element of hypocrisy and double-standards?

"AYISHA: Muhammed’s wife, married to him at age six. She was also the daughter of Abu Bakr." 

This is not a sufficient definition I expect from a scholar of religion, the marriage (or engagement) was established when she was 6 but the consummation was when she was 9, Ergun left this detail out to deceive the people reading it in order to spread his false propaganda.

Some Ahadith:

Sahih Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 234:

Narrated Aisha:
The Prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six (years). We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Bani-al-Harith bin Khazraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became Allright, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, "Best wishes and Allah's Blessing and a good luck." Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah's Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age.

Sahih Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 236:

Narrated Hisham's father:
Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina. He stayed there for two years or so and then he married 'Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consumed that marriage when she was nine years old.

What Ergun stated was not the full definition of who Aisha is in Islam, adding "he and consummated the marriage when she was 9" is not exactly difficult, so he leaves this out to spread his falsehood, or maybe even because he himself does not know.

"BEHESHT: “Paradise.”

This one in particular is rather humorous. The word he uses is not even Arabic. This is actually a word of Persian origin and has no place in a "Glossary of ARABIC Terms".


The Arabic word for paradise is "Jannah" [جَنّة] , it used a countless number of times in the Qur'an! Not only that, it is used amongst Muslims when wishing for their brother or sister (in faith) to enter "Jannah"! How can a  former Muslim not know this? How can a person claiming to be a speaker of Arabic and a scholar in the field of Global Apologetics make this mistake unless he never spoke Arabic his entire life and is not familiar with Islamic fundamentals as he "should".

"DHUL-HIJJAH: Islamic Holiday, called the “Day of Arafat.” "

There are multiple factual errors here.

1- "Dhul-Hijjah" is a month on the Islamic calendar , this is the month of the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, again when no warfare or fighting is allowed. (source)

2- We do not have a holiday called Dhul-Hijjah , in Islam we have only two holidays, Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. The day of Jumu’ah (Friday) is sometimes also referred to as an Eid (festival) because it is a special day in Islam which Allaah has singled out for blessings which are not to be found in any other days.

3- The Day of Arafat is not an Islamic holiday either, that is the day in which the people making pilgrimage stand on the Mountain of Arafat and worship God, it is recommend for Muslims around the world to fast that day but all this does not make the day of Arafat a holiday.

Ergun confuses the month of Dhul-Hijjah with the holidays and religious events in it, this begs the question; did Ergun have the Islamic upbringing he and his supports claim? Did he celebrate any major Muslim holiday in his life for him to make such basic errors?

"INJIL: The New Testament Gospels, redacted and revised in the Quran."

1- Injil [إنجيل] in Arabic means "the good news", not "The New Testament Gospels" which is أناجيل العهد الجديد in Arabic.

In the Arabic usage of the word Injil [إنجيل] (and Islamic in some cases), it can mean "The New Testament Gospels" depending on the context but if this was supposed to be a glossary of (Islamic) Arabic terms , then he should also mention that "The Injil" in Islam is the revelation given to Jesus (pbuh).

2- When Ergun says "redacted and revised in the Quran", this is true because we as Muslims believe that the Qur’an abrogates the Gospel of Jesus Christ (pbuh) and it corrects the current New Testament Gospels by bring the original message of Jesus (pbuh) and exposing its falsehood.

The reason why I am objecting to this is because this unscholarly definition does not convey sufficiently the meaning of Injil [إنجيل] in Arabic or in Islam, but leaves the reader in a state of confusion.

"ISHMAEL: First son of Abraham through Hagar, Sarah’s maidservant. Muslims believe Allah has a covenant with Ishmael, not Issac. Genesis 16: 1-16."

This is laughable. I can't write a better joke than this.

Did Ergun read the Qur’an even a single time in his life?

Was he a Muslim? The answer beyond any reasonable doubt is NO!

He writ
es that "Muslims believe Allah has a covenant with Ishmael, not Issac", this is FALSE; we Muslims believe in the prophethood of Isaac (pbuh) and Ishmael (pbuh), Allah (swt) made a covenant with both of them, we do not make any difference between them , we respect them both equally and revere them both as prophets who were chosen by God to deliver his divine message of worshipping Him alone.

The Muslim position regarding Isaac, Ishmael and all the prophets (peace be upon them all) as the Qur’an says:

"Say: "We believe in Allah, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac,and the prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another among them, and to Allah do we bow our will (in Islam)."" Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus, (Qur'an 3:84)

Former Muslim? I don't think so.

"JIHAD: “Holy fighting.”"

This mistake is usually made by "ex-Muslims" who resent Islam, just like Ergun.

Jihad in Islam has multiple and a wide definitions depending on context , but there is not a single authoritative definition that says "Holy fighting" , in the context of war , Jihad does mean to fight back the enemy in the name of God , but this is not the greater meaning of Jihad in Islam or Arabic , for more about this please read this and this (recommended reading before you continue)

In the Arabic language Jihad means "to strive" or "to struggle" , in Islam it means to strive for righteousness , for example – resisting the alcohol is a form "Jihad" [جهاد].

What you will find amongst these anti-Islamic preachers is that whenever in the Qur’an they find the word a reference to “striving” (Jihad) they always translate it as “Holy War” or “Holy Fighting”. This is why we find Ergun Michael Butch Caner purposely misleading people (particularly in the interviews with Zola Levitt and John Ankerberg) by telling the world that it is compulsory for Muslims to engage in “Holy War”; the same “Holy War” which Ergun tells everyone involves flying planes into buildings, blowing up vehicles in congested areas, engaging in the act of suicide bombing and causing unnecessary terror for innocent non-Muslims.

The problem with Christians who adhere to the false definition is that they do not know that the same word "Jihad" [جهاد] is in their bible, and in the Arabic New Testaments to be specific. (Source)

Luke 22:44
وَإِذْ كَانَ فِي جِهَادٍ كَانَ يُصَلِّي بِأَشَدِّ لَجَاجَةٍ، وَصَارَ عَرَقُهُ كَقَطَرَاتِ دَمٍ نَازِلَةٍ عَلَى الأَرْضِ.

Philippians 1:30
الْجِهَادُ عَيْنُهُ الَّذِي رَأَيْتُمُوهُ فِيَّ، وَالآنَ تَسْمَعُونَ فِيَّ.
إِذْ لَكُمُ

Colossians 2:1
فَإِنِّي أُرِيدُ أَنْ تَعْلَمُوا أَيُّ جِهَادٍ لِي لأَجْلِكُمْ، وَلأَجْلِ الَّذِينَ فِي لاَوُدِكِيَّةَ، وَجَمِيعِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يَرَوْا وَجْهِي فِي الْجَسَدِ،

1 Thessalonians 2:2
بَلْ بَعْدَ مَا تَأَلَّمْنَا قَبْلاً وَبُغِيَ عَلَيْنَا كَمَا تَعْلَمُونَ، فِي فِيلِبِّي، جَاهَرْنَا فِي إِلهِنَا أَنْ نُكَلِّمَكُمْ بِإِنْجِيلِ اللهِ، فِي جِهَادٍ كَثِيرٍ.

1 Timothy 6:12
جَاهِدْ جِهَادَ الإِيمَانِ الْحَسَنَ، وَأَمْسِكْ بِالْحَيَاةِ الأَبَدِيَّةِ الَّتِي إِلَيْهَا دُعِيتَ أَيْضًا، وَاعْتَرَفْتَ الاعْتِرَافَ الْحَسَنَ أَمَامَ شُهُودٍ كَثِيرِينَ

2 Timothy 4:7

قَدْ جَاهَدْتُ الْجِهَادَ الْحَسَنَ، أَكْمَلْتُ السَّعْيَ، حَفِظْتُ الإِيمَانَ،

Hebrews 12:1
لِذلِكَ نَحْنُ أَيْضًا إِذْ لَنَا سَحَابَةٌ مِنَ الشُّهُودِ مِقْدَارُ هذِهِ مُحِيطَةٌ بِنَا، لِنَطْرَحْ كُلَّ ثِقْل، وَالْخَطِيَّةَ الْمُحِيطَةَ بِنَا بِسُهُولَةٍ، وَلْنُحَاضِرْ بِالصَّبْرِ فِي الْجِهَادِ الْمَوْضُوعِ أَمَامَنَا، 

Go to any English translation of these verses, somehow it will always have a positive meaning of struggling and putting effort for the truth, did the Arab Christians make a mistake or is Ergun purposely giving you an incorrect meaning? According to Ergun logic, understanding and definition of the word "Jihad", it seems like Jesus was on an unjustified violent “Holy War”, Paul was on an unjustified violent “Holy War”, and all Christians are commanded to go on a violent unjustified “Holy War” as well! Gullible Christians seriously need to contemplate upon why double-standards are utilised in evangelism today in order to discredit Islam. 

For information about Jihad, please go here.

"JINN: Angels of Allah."

The Jinn are not the Angels of Allah! Where on earth did this guy learn Islam from? Because it surely could not have been a result of an “Islamic Upbringing” as he claims to have had. Dear Muslims! Don't send your kids to the "Madrassa" Ergun "attended" as a child!

Angels [Malaa’ikah ملائكة] are a part of the world of the unseen which we cannot comprehend, Allah (swt) has informed us of in many places in the Qur’an and via the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Angels are created from light and are by nature, 100% obedient to Allah (swt).

The Jinn [جن] are beings created from smokeless fire, invisible to the human eye. Similar to us humans, the Jinn have freewill, i.e. the possession of understanding and the choice between the way of good and the way of evil.

So why on earth does Ergun Caner the “ex Muslim” define the Jinn as Angels of Allah?

This is a fatal issue. The belief in Angels is one of the six articles of faith that a Muslim must believe in. To reject any of these articles would be considered Kufr [كفر] (disbelief) and one be considered outside of the fold of Islam.

So if Ergun knowingly possessed the incorrect belief that the Angels of Allah are referring to the Jinn, then using this single piece of evidence alone, Ergun was not a Muslim. How can he not comprehend one of the fundamental beliefs if he is an ex Muslim? The belief in the Angels is an article of faith and yet, he thinks that the Jinn are Angels of Allah, truly amazing!

"MINARET: Prayer tower in the Mosque, where the muazzein calls Muslims for rakats."

Ergun was doing great until the last word "rakat, only an amateur who never prayed the Muslim prayer would make this mistake.

The word this "ex Muslim" should have used is Salaah [صلاة], NOT "RAKATS". For a full explanation of this error, refer to "Salah or Rakahs" section of fakeexmuslims.com.

"SAWN: Fasting during Ramadan. One of the five pillars."
This is one of Ergun's biggest mistakes , my friend Muhammad Khan (creator of the Fake Ex-Muslims website, and the Ergun Caner videos on youtube) used a clip of Ergun using this term as if it is the real Islamic term IN ARABIC, and now he enlists this mistake here even though this is not the Arabic word for fasting, it doesn't even come close to the real Arabic term.

The word for fasting within the five pillars of Islam is Siyyam or Sawm.

Where is the "N" in the actual word?

This is NOT a typing error on behalf of Ergun. On countless occasions we hear him mispronouncing the word "SAWN" (although it is the wrong word) by uttering "swaN"!

I can't believe Ergun said this in public!

Conclusion

Ergun never spoke Arabic a day in his life, Ergun is a Fake Ex Muslim and this "glossary" is a beckon of intellectual dishonesty and deceit.