Exaltation of Man: James White’s Hypocrisy


Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,

It is sometimes very disturbing to see the extreme arrogance and ignorance that self professed scholarship continues to display within Christian circles towards the faith of Islam. Recently, James White authored a piece on his blog denouncing, what he calls the, “exaltation of Muhammad”. In his words, he was “taken aback” and found it “burdensome” to listen to the praises bestowed upon Muhammad {saw}. I find it quite hypocritical that he finds it deplorable that Muslims honour their Prophets. We must remind James, of his own faith, where even when Jesus allegedly died, the disciples sought to honour this great man:

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. – Bible : Mark 16 : 1.

James White really makes me wonder if he could apply the same criteria to himself and his own faith, as he does to Islam. Recall, he made an entire video on this topic, subsequently to only display what I can say is intellectual dishonesty:

I was taken aback at the direct nature of his statements regarding the absolute necessity of loving Muhammad. Indeed, that the Muslim must love Muhammad more than he loves his own soul.

Yet, this same level of love is given to Jesus, because he allegedly commanded his fellow people (Bani Isra’il) in the Bible to forgo their attachments to their families, their lives, their wives and even their children:

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. – Bible : Luke 14 : 26.

Yet, I have never witnessed James White ever saying that this was disturbing, alarming, wrong, sinful, a woeful attachment. Nothing, no criticism from him on this verse on the relationship that his fellow faith adherents are supposed to engage in. Sir, if you cannot apply the same scales to yourself that you apply to us, then you should not propagate such falsehood.

He continues:

That Muhammad was the perfect man, the balanced man, the greatest man who ever lived, the example for all time, etc. and etc. It was burdensome to listen to, I assure you.

James, would you honestly deny attributing these things to the personhood of the Messiah, Jesus? Therefore, why would it be incorrect for Muslims to attribute the same characteristics to another great human being? We should not be dishonest, especially in this field of work, where we deal with faith, spirituality and religion. We are to be responsible , ethical and morally guided. I really must say I am disappointed in his lack of integrity. If you cannot apply the same scales you apply to Muslims, to yourself, then someone’s morals need aligning.

wa Allaahu Alam.
[and God knows best].

2 comments

  • “If you cannot apply the same scales you apply to Muslims, to yourself, then someone’s morals need aligning.”

    I urge you to read again your own article and examine your own premise.

    James White’s adoration toward Christ is based on belief that Jesus Christ is God, so do your adoration toward Muhammad is also based on same pattern?

    James White belief Christ Humanity is the Incarnate vessel where in Him God dwells perfectly, so do you believe the same thing on Muhammad?

    Please think first before you make a public statement
    IT’S OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE THE ONE WHO SHOULD APPLY THE SAME SCALES IF YOU “TREAT” MUHAMMAD THAT MUCH ! IT’S YOU WHO NEED MORAL ALIGNMENT

  • As Salaamu 3ala man ittaba al huda,

    [James White’s adoration toward Christ is based on belief that Jesus Christ is God, so do your adoration toward Muhammad is also based on same pattern?]

    I’m sorry, I believe you did not understand the reason for this posting. Note, we’re discussing the exaltation of man (a human), not God.

    [James White belief Christ Humanity is the Incarnate vessel where in Him God dwells perfectly, so do you believe the same thing on Muhammad?]

    You’re demonstrating my points for me, James White is a hypocrite for exalting one man to a Godly status, while condemns others for praising a man to the status of a Prophet. There is no comparison in these cases.