It’s remarkable to think that when you dig down to bedrock, Islam is founded on the self-testimony of a single man. Muhammad’s claim that God spoke to him through the angel Gabriel. That’s it. The angel Gabriel supposedly appeared to him and spoke to him. That’s what it all comes down to.
Now, I have no objection, in principle, to divine revelation via angelic apparition. But Islam comes down to one man’s self-witness to his religious experience. Hundreds of millions of Muslims are counting on one man’s credibility. Hundreds of millions of Muslims have staked their eternal destiny on one man’s testimony. That’s all they have to go on. That’s all there ever was. Muhammad’s bare claim that an angel spoke to him. That singular conduit.
At the end of the day, Islam is one man wide, one man deep. The case for Islam is only as good as one man’s self character witness. Hundreds of millions of followers following that one man. Just one man. One man’s alleged experience. Nothing more. No one else.
I wonder if hell for Mormons and Muslims includes a vivid instant replay of what really happened to Muhammad or Joseph Smith. Will they get to see for themselves what actually did–or more to the point, what didn’t–take place?