It is still too early to call the election in Israel, but last night Prime Minister Netanyahu gave what seems to be a victory speech. Apparently he thinks there is enough information to feel confident that he will continue as the Prime Minister.
There is evidence that seems to indicate that the US government has interfered in this election and tried to defeat Netanyahu. There is enough that the Senate has started an investigation to see of the $350,000 given by the State Department to a US non-profit organization was given to try and defeat Netanyahu.
We have often spoken about things President Obama has done indicating that he, to say the least, doesn’t like Israel. His continued actions that are unfavorable toward Israel seem to us to confirm that this President is a Muslim.
Now let’s get back to the subject we are discussing this week. When we look at history from all sources it seems that what the Muslims have been feeding us about their history is, for the most part, fabricated.
The information we are looking at today seems to tell us that Islam was not a settled faith during the time of Muhammad. It seems that others developed the religion into what we know today and that the word of Allah, the Qur’an, was not finalized for some 150 to 200 years after the death of Muhammad.
We can date the time of the Qur’an being finalized by the script used to record it. The Arabic alphabet we know today was probably not even in existence in Muhammad’s day. Since Islam is now being subjected to the same historical scrutiny that Christianity has faced there are a lot of problems arising for Muslims.
One major problem with the Qur’an is that it is very hard to understand. Some say that about one fifth of the Qur’an is completely unintelligible. Muslims tell us that these are mysteries that we will someday understand. It is possible that parts of the Qur’an were originally written in a foreign language.
One man who has written extensively on this is Christoph Luxembourg. He has written a book on the Syriac origins of the Qur’an. He is fluent in Arabic and Syriac. Syriac was the language of the Christians in that area at that time. He found that if you take the Arabic phrases that are unintelligible and translate them back into Syriac they make much more sense. He found that they seem to come from an earlier Christian liturgy.
This means that it is very possible that much of the Qur’an came from an earlier source that was Christian. It was transliterated into Arabic when that language had developed in the later part of the 7th century and the early part of the 8th century. The fact that some of the Qur’an may have come from Christian sources instead of direct revelation from Allah is very disturbing to Muslims.
If I were a Muslim hearing this it would make me angry because someone is not respecting my holy book. Secondly it would drive me to prove them wrong.
We are not here just to tear down another religion. We are simply asking valid questions. Why is there such a gap in the historic record? Why is there this issue with the Syriac language? Why do so many of the stories in the Qur’an seem to be plagiarized from other sources?
Muslims are told not to explore these areas. Islam is very authoritarian and Muslims are told not to ask questions. It is forbidden to dig into the origin of the Qur’an. There are some more modern Islamic clerics who are willing to look into these things.
This is something that the Bible had to go through in the 18th and 19th centuries with German Higher Criticism. Christianity came through this with flying colors. We actually have a better understanding of the development of our Scriptures and of the history of our religion because of this.
Islam is going through an examination of their roots and origins and we are finding that there are a lot of discrepancies. They are not doing it because they want to know the truth, they are going through it because it has been forced upon them by non-Muslim scholars.
There are mythical stories in the Qur’an. For example there is a story where a crow scratches on the ground to show where Abel’s body is buried. This comes from a Jewish story from about 300 AD. There are also Greek myths found in the Qur’an.
These scholars are showing that much of the Qur’an is plagiarized from other writings and Arabized. These stories seem to have become the text for the Qur’an. Caliph Abdul Malik wanted a scripture, a religion, and a prophet in his government.
It seems like the religion of Islam doesn’t come directly from Muhammad. It seems like those who came after him embellished Islam to make it what they wanted it to be.
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