Islam's claim to universality is even more spurious than Christianity. This is a religion whose false deity - Allah - only understands Arabic, as all Muslim prayers must be in Arabic. In Islam, prayer in any other language is null and void.
If Allah is omniscient and knows all languages, why can't we Africans pray in Kanuri, Yoruba or Zulu? Uniformity of the Umma (global Muslim community) is the often stated reason. If our creator wanted that kind of unity, he would have made us all Arabs; but he made me African, and African I shall proudly remain. I resolutely refuse to learn any alien language in order to communicate with a phony Arab deity - Allah.
Furthermore, all good Muslims must learn and recite the Quran in Arabic ostensibly because translation distorts the message.
Books written by humans have translated across various languages while preserving their essence, but the supposedly omniscient and omnipotent Allah is incapable of having his message clearly understood in any language other than Arabic.
Reciting the Quran in any other language attracts no heavenly reward whatsoever, but recitation in Arabic does.
In the 12th and 43rd Suras of the Quran, Allah states that:
"We have revealed the Quran in Arabic tongue so that you (Arabs) may understand" - Q 12:1, 43:1.
It is obvious from this verse that the Quran is primarily addressed to those who understand Arabic - Arabs. It was clearly not intended for we Black Africans, or for that matter most non-Arab Muslims, the majority of whom have no knowledge of Arabic beyond the mindless recitation Muslim children are coerced to memorize.
In Suratul Ibrahim, the Quran asserts that Islam is for Arabs:
'We (Allah) have sent no apostle but in the language of his own people, so that he might make plain to them his message' - Q 14:4.
In other words the apostle, 'prophet' Mohammed was sent to his own people (Arabs) with a message (Quran) in their own language (Arabic).
Other verses that
affirm Islam is for Arabs:
'Thus we have sent you (Mohammed) to a nation (Arabs) before whom others have passed away' - Q 13:30.
'The Quran is the truth from your lord that you (Mohammed) may forewarn a nation (not all nations) who none has warned before you' - Q32:2-3
Further evidence that Islam is primarily addressed to Arabs:
'We have revealed to you (Mohammed) an Arabic Quran that you may warn the mother city (Mecca) and those around it' - Q 42:7
Neither Kano, Sokoto nor Ibadan are anywhere near or 'around' the mother city - Mecca. So Mohammed's Quran is not for us Black Africans.
Suras Ash-Shu'ara and
Fussilat inform us that:
'If we (Allah) had revealed the Quran to a non-Arabthey (Arabs) would not believe' - Quran 26:198
'Had we revealed the Quran in a foreign tongue they (Arabs) would not have believed' - Quran 41:44
If the Arabs would not believe or accept a non-Arab prophet (Q 26:198), nor the Quran in a foreign tongue (Q 41:44), why must we Africans accept a non-African prophet (Mohammed) or his message (Quran) in an alien tongue - Arabic?
Unless of course we are inferior to Arabs and are thus not entitled to the same divine privilege as Allah's chosen race.
Suratul Al-Tawba tells us that the supposedly universal Allah was particularly concerned about the unbelief and hypocrisy of Arabs:
'The desert Arabs surpass in unbelief and hypocrisy' - Q 9:97.
Muslims are required to pray facing Arabia, specifically the Kaaba (a block of stone) in Mecca. Yet the Afghan Taliban destroyed the centuries old Buddhist monuments of Bamiyan, claiming they were just 'stones'.
If it were we 'pagan' African traditionalists who prayed to a stone such as the Kaaba, we would have been insulted as stone worshipers, hence we are derided as animists, idolaters etc.
Given that our creator is omnipresent, why must one face any particular direction during prayer? The explanation that the Kaaba was prophet Ibrahim/Adam's mosque or sacrificial altar is utter hogwash because prayers ought to be addressed to God, not Ibrahim, Adam or any edifice they purportedly built.
Quran makes a similar point:
'To Allah belongs the east and the west, which ever way you turn, there is the face of Allah' - Q 2:115
' Righteousness does not consist in whether you face east or west' - Q 2:177.
So why then do Muslims face Mecca in prayer? The answer can be found in another part of the Quran (Sura Al-Baqara):
'We (Allah) will make you turn towards a qiblah (direction of prayer) that will please you (Arabs)' - Q 2:144.
As a proud African; Kaduna, Kumasi or Kisangani might have pleased me but certainly not Mecca.
Mecca pleased Mo's predominantly Arab followers because its Kaaba was already a unifying religious edifice among pre-Islamic Arabs - housing over 300 'pagan' deities before Mo' expropriated and reinvented it for his new religion.
Initially when Mohammed sought recognition of his bogus prophethood from Jews, the qiblah (direction of prayer) was Jerusalem. But since the Medinan Jews refused to oblige Mohammed with the sorely craved endorsement; he changed the qiblah to Mecca then gradually ethnically cleansed Jews from Arabia:
"I (Mohammed) will expel all Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim." - Sahih Muslim 19.4366.
Even the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca was intended for local Arabs, which is why the Quran mentions trekking and camels (not aircraft) as the modes of transport:
'Proclaim the pilgrimage to men. They shall come on foot and on the backs of swift camels from every quarter' - Q 22:27
In other words, taking a Hajj flight to Mecca is Bid'ia (innovation), which in Islam should be Haram (forbidden).
Obviously it is impractical for Muslims to trek or ride a camel from New York or Johannesburg to Mecca; although in the past some pig-headed Black Muslims did undertake such arduous perilous journey lasting several months or even years.
The most notorious of these idiotic Africans was the infamous Malian emperor, Mansa Musa who nearly bankrupted his empire with his reckless pilgrimage squandermania to impress his Arab superiors. Even in today's Naija the stupidity continues as our various governments (federal, state & local) continue to waste scarce resources on this utterly useless quasi-religious junketing.
As part of Islam's bogus claim to universality, Muslims aver that prophets of Islam have been sent to all nations (Q 10:47, 13:7, 13:6), but the only of these prophets mentioned in the Quran are essentially those plagiarized from the Bible.
Instead of repeating the stories of Noah (Nuh), Abraham (Ibrahim) and Moses (Musa) several times ad nauseum, the glorious universal Quran could have reminded us of some of the Hausa, Buganda, Mandingo or even Chinese prophets whom Muslims claim have been obscured by history.
Even the Islamic concept of heaven as - 'gardens watered by running streams' (Q 10:9, 2:25, 22:23, 44:52) is an obvious reaction to the harsh arid Arabian desert in which Mohammed lived.
But for the Quranic promise of booze and whores in the sleazy Al-Jannah brothel (Q 83.25, 47:15, 76.21, 44:54, 78:33), the description of Islam's heavenly paradise as 'gardens watered by running streams' would make little meaning to Africans in the tropical rainforest who already live in such 'gardens' watered by numerous streams/rivers with rich variety of flora/fauna for pleasurable existenceat least until the recent advent of urbanization and massive deforestation.
Islamic historical traditions provide further evidence of pro-Arab bias:
'Arabs are the most noble people in lineage, the most prominent, and the best in deeds. We were the first to respond to the call of the Prophet. We are Allah's helpers and the viziers of His Messenger. We fight people until they believe in Allah. He who believes in Allah and His Messenger has protected his life and possessions from us. As for unbelievers, we will fight them forever in Allah's Cause. Killing unbelievers is a small matter for us.' - Tabari IX:69
For us Black Africans the fallacy of Islam as a universal religion is particularly nonsensical given the atrocities racist Muslim Arabs have inflicted on our people over the last 14 centuries since that psychopath prophet-wannabe started the violent hate cult.
Arabs trafficking in Black Africans operated the world's largest slave market in Zanzibar until the British shut down that inhuman bazaar in1873.
Islamic historical traditions inform us that Islam's founder, 'Prophet' Mohammed himself had Black slaves (Sahih Bukhari 8:73:182, 3:43:648, 6:60435, Malik Muwatta 21.13.25, Sahih Muslim 10:3901), and that the racist 'prophet' valued his Black slaves lower than white ones, as a Hadith reports he bartered two of his black slaves for a white one:
'A (white) slave came and pledged allegiance to Allah's Apostle (Mohammed)he (Mohammed) did not know that he was a slave. His master came and demanded him back, whereupon Allah's Apostle (Mohammed) said: 'Sell him to me'. And he bought him for two black slaves' - Sahih Muslim 10:3901.
Going by the account of one of 'prophet' Mohammed's Black slaves named Mahran, which was documented by the several notable Islamic scholars (Ibn Qayyim, Al-Hulya and Tabari); 'prophet' Mo' wasn't a nice slave master:
'The apostle of Allah (Mohammed) and his companions went on a trip. When their belongings became too heavy for them to carry, Mohammed told me, `Spread your garment.' They filled it with their belongings, then they put it on me. The apostle of Allah told me, `Carry it, for you are a ship.'
Even if I was carrying the load of six or seven donkeys while we were on a journey, anyone who felt weak would throw his clothes or his shield or his sword on me so I would carry that, a heavy load. The prophet told me, `You are a ship"' - Ibn Qayyim, pp. 115-116; al-Hulya, Vol. 1, p. 369, Al-Tabari Chronicles, Volume 2 p. 216, 217, 218.
Up till this day, Arabs still derogatorily refer to we Blacks as Abd/Abeed - slave.