Today I want to take another look at the Qur’an. We, as Christians, need to be prepared to give an answer. We need to know our Bible and be workmen approved of God. We also need to be aware that there will be false prophets and false teachers. We need to be able to answer their false claims. Fortress of Faith is a Christian apologetic ministry that addresses the issues of Islam.
Muslims are going to tell us that their Qur’an is superior to our Bible. They will tell us that the Bible has been corrupted. They are going to tell us that their religion is superior and ours is inferior. They well tells us that the Jews corrupted the Old Testament and the Christians corrupted the New Testament. They say that because of this, Allah had to give the final revelation to correct the corruptions of the Bible. The Qur’an is to be the final authority given through the last prophet, Muhammad.
Muslims will also tell us that their god, Allah, is the same God that we worship, Jehovah. They say the God of Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, etc. is the same as the god of Muhammad.
Here is my response when Muslims say this; Oh, wonderful! Then your god must have a begotten son. They will quickly reply: Allah hath no son. I will reply that we don’t have the same God because my God, Jehovah, has a begotten Son, Jesus Christ. He is Emanuel, God with us. He is God manifest in the flesh. He lived among us and gave His life as a ransom for man’s sin.
The Qur’an is a manmade effort with satanic influences. Muhammad claimed to get his revelations from a spirit, who claimed to be the angel Gabriel. Without going into detail, Muhammad thought he was demon possessed when he first encounter this spirit. I believe that his first impression was the correct one.
Many people say the Devil wrote the Qur’an. I have read it, and if the Devil wrote it, it would be better written. About one fifth of the Qur’an is incomprehensible. This is admitted by Muslim scholars. There is no rhyme or reason to some of the verses in the Qur’an. Their scholars say that in Allah’s time, he will reveal these mysteries, but for the time being, they are incomprehensible.
The Qur’an tells certain stories of Bible characters. We are familiar with them because Muhammad repeated some of the Bible stories he had heard.
Remember, Muhammad could not read or write. He did not write the Qur’an himself. The Qur’an was not written until, at best some 20 years after the death of Muhammad. When they started writing it there were seven different oral versions floating around. There are instructions in the Hadith, part of the Islamic scriptures, for how they were to handle these different versions.
There were debates on whether or not they should write down the Qur’an. Muhammad did not order it to be written down. Actually, Muhammad told them to recite it. At the time of Muhammad there were no books in Arabia. The Arabic alphabet was still being developed. They were using a lot of Syriac text from Suria when they needed something written. The Arabic language comes from Syriac. Supposedly, the first book ever written in Arabic was the Qur’an.
In Muhammad’s time, Syria was a Christian nation. Because of his trips to Syria as a merchant, he heard many of the stories from the Bible. His uncle was an Ebonite priest, a sect of Christianity that rejected all of the writings of Paul. Because of this, Muhammad also rejected all of the writings of Paul. Muhammad borrowed parts of the religions of the Holy Land for his religion. He also incorporated parts of paganism into Islam.
In borrowing from other religions, Muhammad used some fictional stories that he thought came from the Bible. One fictional story, the comes from the Second Targum of Esther. A targum is as fictional story that used Bible characters. This story is found in the Qur’an in chapter 27:17-44.
Solomon had some birds that were part of an army. I guess this was the first air force. According to the story, Solomon’s bird army would pick up rocks and drop them on his enemies. One day Solomon was inspecting his army, and one of his birds, the Hoopa bird, was gone. Upon investigation he found the Hoopa bird was visiting with the Queen of Sheba. It talked with her, and came back to report to Solomon. The bird said that they were a pagan people and he had told the queen about all of Solomon’s greatness. Solomon sent the bird back to Sheba and commands her to come visit him and worship Allah. She came to the throne room and there was a mirror on the floor, which she thought was a pool of water. She lifted up her skirt so she doesn’t get it wet. The story in the targum says that this revealed that her legs were as hairy as palm trees. This last part didn’t make it into the Qur’an.
What does this story prove? It proves that Muhammad was plagiarizing stories and things that he had heard, claiming that they were direct revelations from Allah.
Here is another story from the Targum of Josiah. In this story, Cain had to do something with the body of Abel. He didn’t know what to do and he saw a raven scratching in the dirt. This gave him the idea to bury him in the dirt. This is told in the Qur’an, chapter 5:31-34. The problem is, this is not original, it dates back to 100 BC. There are also two other sources that tell this story.
There is another story which tells of Abraham destroying a bunch of idols. He took a big idol and smashe\d all of the smaller idols. The next day the pagans came and see all of their idols smashed. The went to Abraham and asked what this meant. Abraham told them to go talk to the big idol, he is the one who did it. This is found in the Qur’an, chapter 21:51-71. The problem is, this is also not an original story. It comes from the 2nd century.
There are many other things found in the Qur’an that just are not so. It has Jesus born out under a palm tree out in the desert. There are stories of Jesus making birds out of clay.
These are just some of the examples where Muhammad took stories from other sources and claimed they came from the angel Gabriel. Plagiarism is when you use someone else’s material and don’t give the credit.
Another big problem the Qur’an has today comes from their claim that the Qur’an is perfect, going back to its being written down. The earliest verses we have from the Qur’an are found in the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. They are written on the inside. These were written about 70 years after Muhammad. The Qur’an that was supposedly written about 20 years after the death of Muhammad, is written in a script that didn’t exist at that time. The script used shows that it was probably written some 150 years later.
All of this means that the Qur’an is a false book, and those who are following it are lost. We need to work to bring Muslims to the truth and to Christ for salvation.
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