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)

Muslim cleric: “Allah has ordered Muslims to take up weapons and has ordered the use of weapons against unbelievers”

Muslim cleric: “Allah has ordered Muslims to take up weapons and has ordered the use of weapons against unbelievers”

MAR 29, 2019 3:16 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER32 COMMENTS

In the West, we’re constantly told that only greasy Islamophobes believe that Allah has issued any such order. Has Khabeebur Rehman Qazi been listening to greasy Islamophobes? How is it that he came to misunderstand his peaceful religion so drastically? Will Pope Francis fly to Pakistan to explain to him how “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran reject any form of violence”?

“Pakistani Cleric Khabeebur Rehman Qazi Says: ‘Allah Has Ordered Muslims To Take Up Weapons And Has Ordered The Use Of Weapons Against Unbelievers,’” MEMRI, March 12, 2019 (thanks to the Geller Report):

Maulana Mufti Khabeebur Rehman Qazi, preacher in the Department of Preaching of Pakistani jihadi organization Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), addressed a series of religious gatherings in the city of Sahiwal in Pakistan’s Punjab province….

“Allah has ordered Muslims to take up weapons and has ordered the use of weapons against unbelievers. However, only that Muslim whose heart has the strength of faith can raise a weapon against an unbeliever,” he said, adding: “The sword is raised due to the strength of faith.”

Qazi said: “Our Prophet [Muhammad] has taught us that the sword should be raised against kafirs, for the defense of Muslims, for the defense of our religion, and for the enforcement of the religion of Islam on this earth. All praise be to Allah, the mujahideen are fully performing this duty.”

Netherlands: Muslim migrant who was “reading the Qur’an a lot” stabs Jewish father and son

Muslim migrant who was “reading the Qur’an a lot” stabs Jewish father and son

MAR 23, 2019 9:00 AM BY ROBERT SPENCER9 COMMENTS

The father responded “I don’t know” when asked whether it was an anti-Semitic incident.

But what about that Qu’ran he was reading? The Qur’an demonizes the Jews in numerous ways. It depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); they love to listen to lies (5:41); they disobey Allah and never observe his commands (5:13). They are disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166); and more. They are under Allah’s curse (9:30), and Muslims should wage war against them and subjugate them under Islamic hegemony (9:29).

“Jewish vendor and son stabbed by Egyptian at iconic Amsterdam market,” JTA, March 22, 2019 (thanks to the Geller Report):

A Jewish father and son were stabbed at an iconic street marketplace in Amsterdam by an Egypt-born seller whom they and others said was a radicalised Muslim.

Martin Colmans, the father, and son Sharon sustained light to moderate injuries in the attack Saturday at the Albert Cuyp market, where the Colmans family has been selling furniture for decades. Sharon Colmans, whose mother is from Israel, was injured in his back, chest and arm, and suffered serious blood loss. Both have been released from the hospital.

A police spokesperson told De Telegraaf that they have no comment about the assailant’s alleged motives.

Known locally as Tarik, the alleged stabber has been selling hookahs and other smoking paraphernalia adjacent to the Colmans’ furniture shop since 2004. The stabber, who has not been named in the Dutch media, is under arrest awaiting an indictment.

Martin Colmans told De Telegraaf that the suspect had been away for several months, and that when he returned his behaviour had changed. He said Tarik was “reading the Koran a lot, stopped talking to us. Shaved his head. Prayed all the time. He also began giving us nasty looks.”

He had threatened a fellow seller, a Moroccan man who is not Jewish, with a knife recently, sellers told De Telegraaf of Tarik.

Asked whether he believes the assault was an antisemitic incident, Colmans told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, “I don’t know, but he behaved very strangely to us in recent weeks.” Colmans also said he was “happy that we are alive” because Tarik seemed determined to kill them.

Tarik used a large knife in a stabbing that was filmed by passers-by. Fellow sellers, two men from Morocco, prevented him from inflicting further injuries. Tarik went back into his store, where police took him into custody, according to De Telegraaf….

In This War Minnesota’s Twin Cities Are Lost

In This War Minnesota’s Twin Cities Are Lost

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UTTAfter spending all of last week in Minnesota, UTT’s professional assessment of the enemy situation is this:  the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota – known as the “Twin Cities” – are in enemy-held territory.  They are, at least for the time being, lost – meaning, they are under the control of a collaborative jihadist/marxist element there.

Background

The jihadi network in America is documented by UTT here, here and here, as well as in Raising a Jihadi Generation.

The Islamic jihadi network in the United States includes the most prominent Islamic organizations in America, as well as most of the 3,000+ Islamic Centers/mosques, all of the 700+ Muslim Students Associations (MSAs), all of the Islamic Societies and Islamic Associations (Hamas), and a large number of the Islamic non-profits created in 1993 forward.

The purpose of the Islamic Movement here – per their stated doctrine – is to wage Civilization Jihad until America becomes an Islamic State under sharia (Islamic Law).

One of the most popular junior high school text book in Islamic schools in the United States (Emmerick, Yahya, 1999, What Islam is All About, page 382) states:

“The duty of Muslim citizens is to be loyal to the Islamic State.”

Enemy Strength

Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in America.  It is estimated that over 125,000 Somalis live there, most of whom are in the Minneapolis area.  This community sent at least 22 Islamic jihadi fighters overseas to fight for the terrorist group Al Shabaab, although some estimate the number is closer to four dozen.

The  Cedar Riverside neighborhood is also called “Little Mogadishu” in reference to Somalia’s capital.  Some Minneapolis residents feel parts of their city have become like a third world nation.

Inside a 10 mile radius of Minneapolis city-center, there are at least 29 Islamic Centers/mosques, and an unknown number of home-mosques.  The Twin Cities area is home to Hamas organizations including CAIR and Islamic Associations.  The Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim Students Associations (MSAs) are on at least 21 Minnesota college and university campuses. There are MSAs in at least 11 Minnesota high schools recruiting jihadis and turning public opinion towards the Palestinian Cause (Hamas) and away from Israel.

Other Muslim Brotherhood (jihadi) organizations in and around the Twin Cities area include the Islamic Societies in Woodbury and Willmar, the Muslim American Society (MAS), and others.

The Twin Cities is home to the first official organization representing Al-Azhar University in Egypt -the Islamic University of Minnesota (IUM).  Al-Azhar is the oldest and most authoritative school of Islamic jurisprudence on the planet.  At IUM students are taught that killing Jews, waging jihad, and imposing sharia on the world are obligations for all Muslims.

Minneapolis and St. Paul are also home to the Minnesota Dawah Institute.  This Institute focuses on spreading Islamic Dawah, the call to Islam, a mandatory requirement before jihad can be waged.

As a result of this invasion of Minnesota, the average Muslim on the street wants to overturn U.S. law and live by sharia.  This includes the open support of killing people who mock Mohammad, Islam’s prophet.  For a realistic view, see the Ami Horowitz short video on the streets of the Muslim Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, also known as the “West Bank” of the University of Minnesota, HERE.

Elected Leadership

Without exception, elected officials in the Twin Cities’ area have not only surrendered to local Islamic leaders, they are using the force of their positions to silence and attack Minnesota citizens who want to keep their freedom.

America’s first Muslim Congressman, Keith Ellison, represents the 5th District of Minnesota, which includes Minneapolis.  Ellison has been a vocal supporter of Hamas (CAIR) and the Muslim Brotherhood. Congressman Ellison is actively working to silence any criticism of Islam or jihad here in the United States, and works directly with the first Islamic political party here, the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations.

Watch the Congressional testimony of UTT’s Chris Gaubatz HERE about Congressman Ellison’s attendance at a Muslim Brotherhood event.

U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison speaks at the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) made up of many jihadi/Muslim Brotherhood leaders in America
U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison speaks at the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) made up of many jihadi/Muslim Brotherhood leaders in America

U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison speaks at the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) made up of many jihadi/Muslim Brotherhood leaders in America

MN Governor Mark Dayton speaking at the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim American Society
MN Governor Mark Dayton speaking at the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim American Society

MN Governor Mark Dayton speaking at the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim American Society

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton made his position clear when he told citizens of that state if they do not like the growing Muslim Somali population in Minnesota they can leave.

Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith is a hard-left Marxist who was the former Vice President of Planned Parenthood for Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Both Governor Dayton and Lieutenant Governor Smith have forged a strong working relationship with Hamas (CAIR) in Minneapolis.

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MN Lt Governor Tina Smith (l) and MN Governor Dayton at HAMAS (CAIR) event

MN Lt Governor Tina Smith (l) and MN Governor Dayton at HAMAS (CAIR) event

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has bowed to the Islamic community, and advocates stopping “Islamophobia” instead of dealing with jihadi attacks in the United States and her state.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges speaking to Somali elders and others in Minneapolis
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges speaking to Somali elders and others in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges speaking to Somali elders and others in Minneapolis

Under the watch of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, the jihadi threat has increased exponentially. There are 83 Islamic Centers/masjids/mosques and Islamic Societies in Hennepin County. Sheriff Stanek has refused briefings on the threat from UTT, yet works with jihadis in the community.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek (l) and President Barak Obama (r)
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek (l) and President Barak Obama (r))

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek (l) and President Barak Obama (r)

In March 2016, Sheriff Stanek and other law enforcement organizations from around Minneapolis hosted the jihadi community in the Hennepin County Public Safety Office.  The message to the Muslims was that the law enforcement community would protect Muslims from “hate crimes and backlash” despite the fact FBI Criminal data shows no such threat exists in the U.S.   Yet, despite the threat from increasing jihadi attacks, including the recent stabbing by a Muslim jihadi in a mall in St. Cloud on September 17, 2016, numerous Muslims are being recruited in Minneapolis for terrorist groups, and no measures have been taken by the Sheriff to deter the threat other than outreach to the Muslim community.

And…citizens in Minnesota voted for these people.

It is worth noting that Minneapolis City Councilman Abdi Warsame from Somalia moved to rename three streets in Minneapolis to Somali names since a large portion of Minneapolis is now Somali.

U.S. Attorney for Minneapolis

Of all the officials in Minneapolis, the U.S. Attorney, Andrew Lugar, is the most egregious example of abuse of power.  Mr. Lugar does not pursue the jihadis in Minneapolis, he openly defends them and has publicly stated he will use the full authority of his office to stop “Islamophobia.”  Meaning, he will squash Minnesotans free speech rights to give cover to jihadis in Minneapolis.

U.S. Attorney for Minneapolis Andrew Lugar (at podium) speaks on behalf of Jihadis in MN
U.S. Attorney for Minneapolis Andrew Lugar (at podium) speaks on behalf of Jihadis in MN

U.S. Attorney for Minneapolis Andrew Lugar (at podium) speaks on behalf of Jihadis in MN

Media

The media in Minneapolis, including the Star Tribune, the local CBS affiliate WCCO, Minnesota Public Radio and many others, are not interested in investigative journalism or the truth.  These media outlets propagate a hard-left/Marxist narrative that provides cover to the jihadis in Minnesota while keeping the public in the dark of the real dangers.

UTT provided these organizations evidence from the largest terrorism financing and Hamas trial ever successfully prosecuted in U.S. history revealing CAIR was created by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee (Hamas) to be a Hamas organization here in America.  Yet, while they called for UTT’s programs to be shut down in Minnesota, they openly defend Hamas (CAIR) and never mention any of the evidence from the FBI or Department of Justice detailing CAIR is a terrorist organization.

CVE Gets Minnesota Coming and Going

The Countering Violent Extremism or CVE is a program created in Britain by the Muslim Brotherhood.   This is a hostile information campaign and a double-agent program, and was eagerly sought after by the U.S. government.  CVE’s purpose is to ensure Muslim Brotherhood leaders are exclusively used by the government as the liaison for all matters pertaining to Islam and terrorism, so the MB controls the narrative in this war.

In Minnesota, the Islamic leadership took this to a new level when President Obama used Minneapolis as a CVE pilot city.   The Muslim community not only uses CVE to control the counterterrorism efforts in Minneapolis/St. Paul, they are now bashing Minnesota’s leaders for the “Islamophobia” of CVE.  It is a self-sustaining circular thrashing of Minnesota’s leadership for doing what the Muslim community asked them to do.  Classic counterintelligence tactics.

Other Noteworthies

Moreover, since Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (6th District, 2007-2015) began courageously defending the state of Minnesota against the jihadi onslaught, the federal government has poured tens of thousands of Somali refugees into Minnesota.  The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Department of Justice filed lawsuits against her high school – Anoka – for “harassment” of lesbian and gay students.  This is exactly the kind of targeted attack that is typical of the Marxist movement in support of jihadis across the United States.

Summary

UTT’s assessment the Twin Cities are lost is based on:

  1. The significant Islamic jihadi network.
  2. The support the jihadis have from all levels of the government in Minneapolis, as well as the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
  3. A complicit media.
  4. Minnesota citizens are nearly completely unaware of the threat or willfully complacent.
  5. Law enforcement leadership is either defending the jihadis or denying there is a counterintelligence issue.
  6. Pastors and rabbis sit silently.

If Minnesota is to retake its capital city and survive this war, it is the Sheriffs and Pastors who must be pressed by the citizens to do their duties.  The situation in Minnesota, as in the United States in general, constitutes an insurgency. In the counter-insurgency, Minnesota must be retaken County by county.   Citizens must ensure their law enforcement officers/deputies are knowledgeable and trained, and their pastors are fit for the pulpit.  If the people are to be energized, courageous Pastors must speak truth in love to the growing threat to Minnesota.JGal-taqiyyaAlinskyCAIRChris GaubatzCivilization JihadCongresscounterinsurgencyCounterintelligencedeceptionDesignated TerroristDualityEspionageHamasInformation DominanceInformation WarfareInterfaith OutreachInternational Muslim BrotherhoodISISIslamic Center of MinnesotaIslamic LawjihadLaw EnforcementMarxismMinnesota StabbingMuslim BrotherhoodNAITPenetration OperationsPermissible LyingPolitical WarfarePropagandaRadical IslamRaising a Jihadi GenerationshariaSouthern Poverty Law CenterState LegislaturesStealth JihadSubversionTerrorismUS Muslim BrotherhoodUS Palestine CommitteeUSA v Holy Land FoundationUTT9/11Al Azharal qaedaallahAmi HorowitzAndrew LugarAnokaBetsy HodgesCAIRCedar RiversideCouncil on American Islamic RelationsDoJFBIHamasHennepin CountyIkhwanInternational Muslim BrotherhoodIslamIslamic Society of North AmericaIslamophobiajihadKeith EllisonMark DaytonMASMichele BachmannMinnesota Dawah InstituteMinnesota Public RadioMSAMuslimMuslim BrotherhoodMuslim Students AssociationNAITNihad AwadNorth American Islamic TrustObamaPlanned ParenthoodRich StanekshariaSPLCSt CloudSt.PaulStar TribuneterrorismTina SmithUniversity of MinnesotaUS-designated FTOUSCMOWCCOWillmarWoodbury

About JGJohn Guandolo is a US Naval Academy graduate, served as an Infantry/Reconnaissance officer in the United States Marines and is a combat veteran, served as a Special Agent in the FBI from 1996-2008, and was recruited out of the FBI by the Department of Defense to conduct strategic analysis of the Islamic threat. He is the President and Founder of Understanding the Threat (UTT).