Islamic Propagation Centre
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
The Islamic Propagation Centre International in Durban has issued an English translation of the Qur'an by Abdullah Yusuf Ali. On the front cover is written: The last and final Testament to all humanity. We want to comment on this and some other aspects of Islam and its attitude towards the Bible. Our aim is to inform believers in the Bible what is true and what is not. Jesus said He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Thus we need to know if Jesus is the Truth, or is it Allah's prophet, Muhammed, who is the truth?
We have to remember one thing very clearly about Islam. It is a religion of peace. It means that anybody who dares to make negative comments about it, is bound to rest in peace in a grave. Malala Yousufzai, the girl in Pakistan who was fighting for the right for girls to be educated, was shot by the Taliban, but hopefully she will recover. The Taliban is an Islamic organization for Peace. It is the same with Boko Haram and the Islamists who went ballistic about the film, The Innocence of Muslims. Anybody who dares to say anything against Allah, Muhammed or the Koran is bound to be persecuted and killed if possible. Would that be because Islam is a religion of peace?
How it works is explained in the book by Don Richardson, Secrets of the Koran, Regal Books, 2003, p 54. Anyone who is not a Muslim is assumed to be rejecting Islam. Rejecting Islam equates to attacking Islam, Muhammed and Allah. Thus attacking such non-Muslims qualifies as self defence, allowed by the Koran and the hadiths. That argument allows it to declare that it is a religion of peace!
The numerous attacks on people who are regarded as opposing or possibly insulting Muhammed and the Koran are a very clear proof of the difference between the Bible and the Koran. The God of the Bible does not use His people to defend Him, but He tells them to suffer as Jesus did. Allah is different, as can be seen in the international news reports. He uses his people to burn, assassinate, decapitate and do whatever is possible to 'defend' Allah.
Concerning the comment that the Koran is the last and final testament to all humanity, the question is, why is the Bible so different from the Koran? We read in Genesis 1:1 that God (not to be equated with Allah), created the universe and all life in six days. It means that humans, time, places and events are all the result of God's creation. That is why all the 66 books of the Bible (by some 40 odd writers over 1,500 years) mention historical people, places, times and events. The main events of the Bible take place in Israel. Muhammed was an Arab, so if the Koran is truly the final testament, we should find a comprehensive history of the redemption of the Arabs in the Koran (the basic content in the Koran was given over roughly 23 years to Muhammed alone). If the Koran is the final (and presumably better revelation than the Bible), why the absence of historical information on events, peoples and places in Arabia?