FAQ-42: Is the Qur’an Muhammad’s sole MIRACLE?

The Arabic word ‘Qur’an’ is derived from the root qara’a, which the angel Jibril used with Muhammad when he commanded ‘Iqra’, which means “read”, or “recite” (imperative), in confronting him in 610 A.D. in the Hira cave, situated north-east of Mecca (Mishkat IV p.354). Muhammad could not read or recite, so he was finally released by the angel to return to Mecca. According to Muslims the Qur’an is the final revelation from Allah. In Arabic the Qur’an is also referred to as Al-furqan (the distinc¬tion), or a comparison with the previous books, thus a polemic against those earlier books. It’s also known as Al-mus’haf (the scroll), which technically could refer to any codex, or a collection of sheets, but when Muslims couple it with the definite article ‘Al’, ‘the’, it then refers uniquely to the Qur’an. Another word is Al-dhikr (the warning), the most appropriate word for the Qur’an, because there are warnings after warnings against the Jews, the Christians, the Pagans, and the idolaters throughout. Concerning its makeup, Islamic scholars suggest that 86 of the 114 surahs were revealed in Mecca, which according to tradition would have been between 610 AD and 622 AD, while the remaining 28 surahs were revealed at Medina (between 622-632 AD). Yet, as portions of some surahs were recited in both places, you will find scholars still debating the origins for a number of them, which adds to the confusion. Furthermore, there is no real sequence to the Surahs, as the surahs vary in length and generally go from the largest to the smallest, with the smallest Surahs first (i.e. the Meccan Surahs) and the longest Surahs later on, suggesting that they became more verbose as they wrote. Unlike the Bible, which is interested in chronology (i.e. each book, chapter and verse follows in sequence), the Qur’an jumps all over the place, with stories beginning, yet not ending, with no transitional phrases to help the reader. It feels like many of the stories and ideas are simply collected from many sources and placed randomly within the Surahs…which as we’ll see is exactly how the Qur’an was put together. The Surahs are known by a name or title, which are taken from the general theme of that surah, or a particu¬lar subject addressed within that book, usually a person or event, though often it’s not neces¬sar¬ily at the beginning of the surah, which makes it even more confusing. For those who like statistics, the Qur’an consists of 114 chapters (surahs), made up of 30 parts, 6,616 verses (ayas), 77,943 words, and 338,606 letters (Mishkat III, p.663). This sounds huge, but it’s roughly the same size as our New Testament and can explain why so many Muslims can memorize it so easily today. When we look into the importance of the Qur’an, we need to return to the Qur’an itself and ask why Muslims consider it to be such a great book. The backstory to that question concerns the Jews who lived in Medina when Muhammad first went there in 622 AD. They were from Medina, and Muhammad was not, so they required some sign from Muhammad in order to consider him a prophet. So, they asked him to perform a miracle, a proof required of prophets in the Bible to prove that they were from God. You can see these requests in the Qur’an itself, in Surahs 2:118-119; 6:37, 124; 13:7; and 17:59, 90-93. The Qur’an is very clear however, that he couldn’t do any miracle, and his replies to each request was that he was only a “warner”, a “guide”, and a “bearer of glad tidings”, not much of a defense for the supposed ‘greatest of all prophets’, or even the ‘seal of the prophets’. This continues to cause a dilemma for Muslims today. How can they prove that their prophet was not only a true prophet, but the greatest of all prophets, superior to every other prophet who had come before? The solution they believe, is the Qur’an, which they contend is Muhammad’s sole miracle. For, how could a man, a mere caravan leader, who could not even read or write, compose such a beautiful, and ‘inimitable’ piece of literature, unless it was indeed from god, and given to Muhammad, piece by piece, over 22 years, proving not only that it was from god himself, but that Muhammad was indeed the greatest of all prophets, all because of the Qur’an. It is for that reason that we are going through this series of videos, to test if indeed the Qur’an is such a miracle, to ascertain if it is, as the Muslim’s claim, “inimitable”, beyond any other revelation, or any other piece of literature. After watching these series of videos, you decide if indeed, the Qur’an is Muhammad’s greatest miracle. © Pfander Centre for Apologetics – US, 2019 (23,030)

Top Ten Reasons Muhammad Was Not A Feminist

Why Muhammad Was Not A Feminist

Muslim activist Linda Sarsour recently told a crowd that Islam is a feminist religion. But do Muhammad and the Quran really advocate feminism? After examining Islam’s most trusted sources to see what they say about marriage, polygamy, the intellectual abilities of women, discipline, etc., David Wood presents his top ten reasons that Muhammad was not a feminist.

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North American Mohammedan Imams Calling for the Murder of Jews in the U.S.

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North American Imams calling to murder Jews Imams who advocate mass murder are only the tip of the iceberg of the hatred coming out of segments of Muslim society in the U.S. Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld , 28/12/18 08:32 | updated: 12:25

Manfred Gerstenfeld
Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld
The writer has been a long-term adviser on strategy issues to the boards of several major multinational corporations in Europe and North America.He is board member and former chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and recipient of the LIfetime Achievement Award (2012) of the Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism.
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Muslim immigration into North America has brought with it several religious preachers who call for the murder of Jews. This happens sometimes in mosques where these words are occasionally even cheered by the hating faithful. This type of incitement is also frequently found on social media.

The same extreme hatemongering by Muslim preachers in Western Europe has been previously exposed by this writer. The incitement by Muslims against Jews in the Western world has increased as a result of the nonselective immigration policy of these countries. Hate imams living in democracies calling for the murder of Jews is a reality which is not looked at systematically despite the fact that it should be subjected to extreme scrutiny.

A few examples of North American imams calling for the murder of Jews will illustrate this. In 2017, Ramadan Elsabagh head of the Islamic Services Foundation Quran Institute in Garland Texas, posted a recorded prayer to his Facebook page caling to “destroy the Zionists and their allies, and those who assist them and those who allowed them into the abodes of the Muslims. . . Oh Allah save [Al Aqsa] from the hands of the accursed violators. . . . Oh Allah destroy them.” Elsabagh is also a featured Quran reader on many internet sites.

When President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017, Imam Raed Saleh Al-Rousan of Houston, Texas preached that “Muslims should fight the Jews.” He spoke in Arabic. The Washington-based MEMRI Institute uploaded an English translation of his inciting words to their website. Al-Rousan then apologized saying that he is opposed to all forms of terrorism.

Around the same time, Imam Abdullah Khadra of Raleigh, North Carolina mentioned a Hadith – a traditional saying of Mohammed – about killing Jews.

In Jersey City. New Jersey, Imam Aymen El Kasaby called the Jews “apes and pigs.” He promoted their annihilation and was cheered on by people attending his sermon. He prayed to Allah: “Count them one by one, and kill them down to the very last one, do not leave a single one on the face of the earth.” The worshippers
He prayed to Allah: “Count them one by one, and kill them down to the very last one, do not leave a single one on the face of the earth.” The worshippers responded “Amen.”

responded “Amen.”

The Islamic Center of Jersey City suspended El Kasaby for four months without pay. Yet, the fact that his employers allow this extreme hate monger to continue to preach shows that the problem surpasses a few extreme individuals. These expressions of hatred usually go beyond even the extremes of right wing antisemitism.

At the Davis Islamic Center in Northern California, Imam Ammar Shahin preached in his sermon that the Jews were contaminating Muslim shrines with their filth. He said: “Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one.” Afterwards, the Imam apologized to the people he had offended.

Canada is not spared either. In 2004, South African-born Sheik Younus Kathrada from Vancouver referred to Jews as “the brothers of the monkeys and the swine” in sermons posted on the Internet. He said that the Prophet tells: “Oh Muslim, Oh slave of Allah.., behind me is a Jew. Then come and kill him.” He added that Islamic scripture predicted an apocalyptic battle with the Jews. Kathrada said, “Unfortunately we hear too many people saying we must build bridges with them. No. They understand one language. It is the language of the sword, and it is the only language they understand.”

In 2016, Imam Ayman El-Kasrawy based in Toronto, said: “O Allah, whoever wishes ill for us and wishes ill for Islam and the Muslims, make his plot tied around his neck. O Allah, turn fate against them and annihilate them as you annihilated the peoples of Aad and Thamud.”

Imams who advocate mass murder are only the tip of the iceberg of the hatred coming out of segments of Muslim society in the U.S. Imam Abdul Alim Musa – an African American convert — spoke at the Al-Islam Mosque in Washington in 2016 and said about Trump that the Zionists will “bring a fool to power anytime they can, to do their bidding.” He accused Zionists of creating a Hitler-like environment similar to the one existing before World War II. He also claimed that Zionists were behind the terror attacks on the World Trade Centre on 9/11 and then framed Muslims.

On October 18, 2018 at the Islamic Center of South Florida, Imam Hasan Sabri called for the liberation of Palestine even at the cost of tens of millions of Muslim lives.

The extreme hate speech by several imams and the support of their faithful exposes a structural problem in American society. The First Amendment of the Constitution’s free speech rules apparently enables both incitement to murder and applauding it. If these preachers do not have American citizenship, the U.S. should have expelled them. Yet, it may take a long time before Americans become aware of the need to change the Constitution to make such hate speech punishable.

Unhindered extreme hate mongering raises additional issues. Beyond the inciter and his followers there are also whitewashers of incitement. By far the most powerful one is former American President Barack Obama. He described Islam as having a tradition of “peace, charity and justice.” Obama had been a Muslim in his youth when he lived in Indonesia with his stepfather. He should have known better than most Americans that Islam also has a major tradition of religiously motivated extreme violence. Obama should have consulted the former imam of the Grand Mecca Mosque, Sheikh Adel Al Kalbani who asserted that ISIS uses what he considers legitimate Islamic ideas to carry out its crimes.

Unfortunately, the above examples have not convinced American Jewish leaders to object strongly to the current immigration policy that does not vet those entering the country for anti-Semitic attitudes. There are already enough anti-Semites in the U.S. It is in American Jewry’s interest that additional hatemongers be kept out.

“We Are Bigger than Your Jesus!”

If any measure of peace between Muslims and Christians is to prevail, no church can exist in the village, local Muslims said. ‘The only houses of worship that can ever be built in this village are Muslim places of worship for Allah.’ — Watan

Source: “We Are Bigger than Your Jesus!”