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"You have come back to us each on his own, just as we created you the first time, and you have left behind

what we provided for you. We do not see with you the intercessors that you idolized and claimed that they

will help you. All ties among you have been severed; the idols you set up have abandoned you."

6:94

In this glorious Quranic verse we read God's mocking words that are addressed to all those who disbelieved God's words, and instead adopted false doctrines that state that salvation cannot be attained except through Jesus (Christians), and for Muslims only through the intercession of Muhammad.

Before we analyse the significance of these divine words we must first look into the Quranic view of intercession on Judgement Day.

Throughout the Quran God makes it clear that there will be no intercession on Judgement Day.

To believe that anyone, other than God, can intercede on our behalf to have our sins forgiven or our wishes fulfilled, is to set up partners with God. This is idolatry. The Quran proclaims in numerous verses one message, that there will be "no intercession on the Day of Judgment" (2:254).

The myth of intercession is one of Satan's most effective tricks to dupe millions of people into the trap of idol worship. Millions of Christians believe that Jesus will intercede for them at God, and millions of Muslims believe that Muhammad will intercede on their behalf.

Consequently, these people idolise Jesus and Muhammad as their Saviours.

Since the Quran is the most accurate book, it acknowledges that everyone in Paradise will intercede on behalf of his or her loved ones: "Please God, admit my mother into Paradise." This intercession will work if the person's mother deserves to go to Paradise (2:255, 20:109, 21:28). Thus, intercession, though it will take place in this manner, is utterly useless.

We learn from the Quran that Abraham, God's beloved servant, could not intercede on behalf of his father (9:114). Noah could not intercede on behalf of his son (11:46). Muhammad could not intercede on behalf of his uncle (111:1-3) or relatives (9:80). What makes anyone think that a prophet or a saint will intercede on behalf of a perfect stranger?! For more Quranic verses that confirm that there will be no intercession on Judgement Day see 2:48, 123; 6:51, 70; 7:53; 10:3; 19:87; 26:100; 30:13; 32:4; 36:23; 39:44; 40:18; 43:86; 53:26 & 74:48.

Despite all these Quranic confirmations that expose the myth of intercession, yet millions of Muslims today have disbelieved God's words and believed dubious hadith that state that Muhammad will intercede on their behalf.

But God also offers us the proof in the Quran that Muhammad never claimed that he would intercede for us on Judgement day. The proof is found in the following verse:

"Have they invented intercessors to mediate between them and God? Say (O Muhammad) , "What if they do not possess any power, nor understanding? Say (O Muhammad), "All intercession belongs to God". To Him belongs all sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, then to Him you will be returned." 39:43-44

With these Quranic words God is telling us that He specifically commanded Muhammad to declare to the believers that there will be no intercession on Judgement Day and that all intercession belongs to God alone. This is evident from the word "say" at the begining of verse 44.

To believe that Muhammad declared that he would intercede on behalf of his people, is to say that Muhammad disregarded God's command to him and simply advocated the opposite! Needless to say, Muhammad the prophet of God would not do such a thing.