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Why did Allah give wrong information to Muhammad?
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The Qur'an is the holy scripture of the Muslim people. Their prophet, Muhammad, claimed that an angel revealed it to him. The Qur'an is quite a few hundred years younger than the Bible. The Muslims say the Bible is a corrupted version of the true holy book and the Koran is the final and pure revelation of Allah. (They present Allah as the same deity as the God of the Bible, but that is not true, because the former has no son and the latter revealed Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ.) By the year 400 BC the entire Old Testament was already accepted as the Jewish Canon. The last book of the New Testament, Revelation, was completed by the end of the first century AD. The Koran was collected by the followers of Muhammad and standardized as their book, the Koran, around 600 AD.
The Koran contains quite a few of the historical accounts of the Bible, but there are some strange omissions:
- The Exodus story is mentioned about 27 times in the first 89 chapters, but there is no mention of the Passover, surely the most important event of the redemption from Egypt.
- In the Koran, Adam and Eve do not sin on earth, as written in Genesis in the Bible (1). They sinned in heaven, and were then cast to the earth (2). Though commentators try to detract from it, in Koran 7:24 it is said that Adam and Eve were told: ‘Get you down, ...earth will for a while provide your dwelling.’ Was the story of Adam and Eve confused with Revelation 12:7-9 (3)?
- Haman, a Persian in the book of Esther, is said to have been an associate of a pharaoh who lived in Egypt 900 years earlier during the days of Moses (4).
- Muhammad also confused king Saul (5), with Gideon who observed how the men drank water so that God could sift the 300 who should go with Gideon to 'fight' against the Midianites (6).
- The story of Cain and Abel is found in Surah 5:30-35. We read the same story in Genesis 4, but it is quite different. The Qur'an relates a dialogue between the two brothers in which the one whose offering was rejected threatens to slay the other. The righteous brother then reaffirms his faith in God, and says he will not slay his brother (7). This is not found in the Biblical narrative. After the rejected man killed his brother, it says: 'Then Allah sent a raven who scratched the ground to show him how to hide the shame of his brother' (8). A parallel is found in the writings of Pirke Rabbi Eliezer in the Midrash. It predates the Qur'an by many centuries. He wrote that Adam and Eve wept when they found Abel's body and did not know what to do with it, as burial was unknown to them. Then a raven came, took the body of his dead companion (a raven), scratched in the earth and buried it before their eyes. Adam then did likewise and buried Abel's body. In the Midrash it is said that Adam buried Abel's body, while the Qur'an says that Cain did it (9).
One cannot escape the idea that Muhammad borrowed from Jewish folklore. The prophet of Allah could not read or write, so he was dependent on his memory for the history of the Jewish writings and to relate what he heard form the angel in the cave. What reasons do we have to accept their claim that the Qur'an is the true uncorrupted book, superseding the Bible? A difference between the Bible and the Qur'an is telling: The Bible is a free book that can be accepted or rejected, while in Islam it is dangerous to reject the Qur'an. Why? Don't they trust their book, giving people the freedom to decide whether to accept the 'truth' or not?
- Genesis 3
- Koran 7:19-24
- Revelation 12:7-9. 'And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down - that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.'
- Koran 28:5-6, 8.
- In 1 Samuel in the Old Testament, in the Bible.
- Judges 7:1-7 and Koran 2:249 or 250.
- Surah 5.30-32.
- Surah 5.34.
- J Gilchrist, The Qur'an, the Scripture of Islam, Life Challenge Africa, 1995, p 82,83.