Against the “Mahometans”
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Charles Wesley was an English leader of the Methodist movement, and younger brother of John Wesley, the actual founder of the Methodist revivalist movement, which arose from the Anglican Church.
The following is an excerpt from Charles Wesley’s hymn, “For the Mahometans”:
“O, may thy blood once sprinkled cry
For those who spurn thy sprinkled blood:
Assert thy glorious deity
Stretch out thine arm thou triune God
The Unitarian fiend expel,
And chase his doctrines back to Hell.”
This hymn dates from the 1700s. Here, he acknowledges that Muslims are monotheists, and speaks of the “Triune God”, inadvertently admitting to their polytheism. He composed over 6,500 hymns, and several were of sectarian flavour.