According to many Muslim apologists, the Qur’an is the perfected word of God, sent to correct the mistakes of the Bible and Torah. They insist that Allah and Yahweh are one in the same, and that we’re all descendants of Abraham. In this post, I will show why their assertions are false.
1. Corrupted Scripture
While Muslims might assert that the Bible and Torah are corrupted, which would be the reason why Muhammad and the Qur’an were sent by Allah, the fact of the matter is that they’re very much wrong. Even the Qur’an and Muhammad confirm this. (Qur’an 3:3-4)
According to Islamic sources, there was a point where Muhammad began to have doubts about what he was doing. In response, Allah seeks to allay his doubts by insructing him to consult the Gospel and Torah for confirmation. (Qur’an 10:94)
Moreover, there are a few Qur’anic verses in which Allah not only declares the Gospel and Torah to be true, but also encourages the Christians and Jews to judge matters by their own Scriptures. (Qur’an 5:47) Each verse serves as a nail in the coffin of Islam.
If I, as a Christian, were to obey the Qur’anic command to judge by the Gospel, I would have to conclude that Islam is false, Allah is false and Muhammad was a false prophet (Deuteronomy 18:20) who is presently burning in Hell, and here’s why.
We’ll begin with the Qur’anic command of judge the Qur’an’s veracity against the Gospels of the New Testament. In that, one only needs to open their Bible to John 19, and read the chapter. This is just one of His crucifixion accounts, in which it’s asserted that He did die on the cross.
Next, there’s the Qur’anic assertion that Jesus wasn’t crucified (Qur’an 4:157), didn’t die and obviously couldn’t have been resurrected. The story goes that Allah pulled a switch, rescuing Jesus and sending a lookalike in His place. Given the command to judge by the Gospel, and the very obvious contradictions, this is more than enough to declare it false.
However, I intend to carry it farther. Why? Well, when confronted with these contradictions, many Muslims insist that the Scriptures are corrupt, that they were corrupted in the past and that Allah set out to clarify and correct the corruption of the Scriptures.
They will claim that people such as St. Paul corrupted them. Either that, or it was the Council of Nicea. The problem with this idea is that St. Paul the Apostle (5AD-67AD) and the Council of Nicea (20 May-19 June, 325AD) all pre-date Muhammad ibn Abdulla (570-632) by quite a bit of time.
(It’s worth noting, as a side note, that there are more than 5,000 documents, almost all of which pre-date the Council of Nicea, which verify the accuracy of the Scripture we have today. The Qur’an only has one, the Uthman Codex. In terms of supporting documentation, most of the Qur’an would seem to suffer from a credibilty problem.)
This presents two problems for the Muslim apologist: 1. Islamic text doesn’t support their claim, and 2. The claim makes Allah appear weak and ineffectual. Both will serve to kill any argument the Muslims present.
Consider the Islamic text I’ve already cited, and what it says about Scripture, versus the Muslim apologist’s assertions in the opposite direction. The text confirms the preservation, veracity and authority of Scripture, while the apologist condemns it as false and corrupt. Who’s right? I submit that the text is right, not the apologist. After all, the Muslim is supposed to follow and obey the text, as the living, eternal, uncreated word of Allah.
Given all of that, the apologist can either accept what the text says, or reject it. It’s entirely their choice. However, rejecting the Qur’an does carry some pretty serious complications, they’re then guilty of hypocrisy at the least, and apostasy at the worst.
2. Allah is NOT God
The second problem it presents is that the apologist’s assertion that the text is corrupt makes Allah appear weak and ineffectual, because of the amount of time between the supposed corruption and the time of Muhammad. There were centuries of time between the events.
Do you mean to tell me that the all-powerful Allah managed to remain ignorant of that corruption, or did he intentionally confirm as true a doctrine he created out of an act of deceit? Of course, all of this is setting aside his supposed act of mercy towards Jesus.
Speaking of Jesus, Allah made Him a promise on the day he rescued Him from crucifixion. He promised that His followers would remain uppermost until the Day of Resurrection (Qur’an 3:55). As there aren’t any historical accounts of Muslims prior to the 6th Century, this really causes the Muslims some problems.
The only followers of Jesus, known to history, all declared His life, His divinity, His ministry, His death and His resurrection. Excluding a few heretical sects, none of whom survived into the present day, it’s clear that there’s a problem.
Either Allah lied, or he wasn’t able to prevent the extinction or corruption of Jesus’ true followers; along with his inability to prevent the corruption of Scripture.
This leads one to question, what can Allah actually do? I mean, he supposedly created the universe, but can’t keep Muslims alive until Muhammad comes along? This doesn’t exactly engender confidence, now does it?
When you consider all of this from a Biblical perspective, you find more problems than this. For one, God’s attributes are unchanging (Malachi 3:6), God isn’t given to indecision, He never lies (Exodus 34:6-7), He doesn’t err (Pslam 19:7-9), nothing happens without His knowledge (Hebrews 4:13) and He never breaks His promises (James 1:17). Yet, the Qur’an would have us believe that Allah, a deity who shows none of these attributes, is somehow none other than Yahweh?
By now, it should be clear that Allah and God aren’t the same being. Who, then, is Allah? Well, all of the evidence I’ve seen would suggest that Allah is none other than Satan. Here’s how I came to that conclusion.
3. The Evidence, provided by them
I’ll begin with Exhibit A:
Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 73, #224 says:
The most awful name in Allah’s sight on the Day of Resurrection will be that of a man calling himself Malik al-Amlak; or The King of Kings.
To my Christian readers, don’t answer the next question; you already know the answer. Who is the King of Kings? According to Scripture, Jesus carries several names, or titles. Chief among them is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Rev. 17:14, 19:14-16, 1 Tim 6:14-15)
If you haven’t yet read the Apocalypsis of St. John, also known as the Book of Revelation, here’s the most salient point to this bit of evidence. When Jesus returns to judge the living and the dead, chief among those condemned will be Satan himself. Is it any wonder why the name of our King would be the most awful to him?
Exhibit B: The 99 names of Allah
#10. (Qur’an 59:23) Al-Mutakabbir “The Most Proud”
According to Isaiah 14:12-15 and Ezekiel 28:11-19 it was Satan’s prideful nature that resulted in his downfall and expulsion from Heaven.
#61. (Qur’an 3:156, 7:158, 15:23, 57:2) Al-Mumit “The Destroyer”
According to 1 Corinthians 10:10, Satan is described as the destroyer.
#78. (Qur’an 13:9) Al-Muta’ali “The Most High”
This might seem confusing, if left standing alone, because God is often called The Most High. However, Isaiah 14:14 states that Satan (Lucifer) will be LIKE The Most High. When taken with everything else, it becomes a nail in Satan’s coffin.
Exhibit C: The Greatest Deceiver
In Qur’an 3:54 and 8:30, Allah is referred to as the greatest of deceivers. As I mentioned before, the Bible shows that God is incapable of committing sin. However, it also makes clear that Satan doesn’t suffer that problem, given that he’s named as the deceiver in Revelation 20:10.
Exhibit D: the Islamic Dilemma
I’d love to be able to say that I had coined that term, but credit belongs to Dr. David Wood and his friends at Acts 17 Apologetics. Personally, I tried to come up with my own term, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Theirs is simply the best term, so I stopped trying to reinvent the wheel.
I’ve previously highlighted some of the dilemma, by pointing to the difference in accounts of Jesus’ life, between the Qur’an and the Bible. Now, I get to share the actual sources and really paint the picture.
Muslims are called to adhere to the core doctrine of Islam. Part of the foundation of that doctrine is the Qur’an, which they must regard as the true, inspired word of Allah.
The Qur’an confirms the true nature of Scripture as the Word of God. (Qur’an 29:46, 3:3-4) It orders Christians and Jews to judge matters by their own Books. (Qur’an 5:47, 5:68) It even tells Muhammad to verify his mission by consulting the Books. (Qur’an 10:94)
This is where things fall apart for the Muslim apologist. The Torah and Gospel both contradict the Qur’an; on a very fundamental level. I know I keep hammering the story of Jesus as an example, but His story is the most important.
This is what Islam teaches about Jesus:
1. Jesus was born of a virgin.
2. Jesus lived a most miraculous life.
3. That He was the Jewish Messiah.
4. That He will one day return, to help the Muslim Messiah, Imam al-Mahdi, establish a worldwide Caliphate under Shariah law.
What they deny about Jesus:
1. His divinity.
2. His death.
3. His resurrection.
In other words, they refuse to acknowledge the core Christian belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, relegating Him to the level of a lesser prophet to Muhammad.
Now, for the dilemma. If a Muslim obeys Qur’anic text, as they must, then they must conclude that the Qur’an is false. Why? The Scripture and Qur’an are in opposition, and Allah says to judge the Qur’an by the Bible. (Qur’an 10:94)
Unfortunately, for the Muslim apologist, if they choose to ignore the Qur’an, as they do every time they assert that the Scriptures are corrupt, then they’re declaring Allah, Muhammad and the Qur’an false. They’re basically painted into a corner by their own argument.
As I stated, my intent is to show that we don’t worship the same deity, that the Qur’an is false and that Muhammad was a false prophet. In future posts, I will go more in-depth with Islamic Doctrine and the threat it poses to our Western Civilization.