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About The Quranic Contradictions

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Quran after errataThere is nothing new about the existence of contradictions in the Quran. Both Muslim scholars and former Muslims are aware of this issue; the only difference is that Muslim scholars call it ‘apparent contradictions’, because they believe they have explanations for all of them. However, ordinary Muslims are largely unaware of this subject, and those minority who are aware of its existence, have been lead to believe that it is just another issue brought about against Islam by its enemies. With a stigma like that, the whole issue becomes, from the Muslims’ point of view, invalid and not worth looking at.\
 
I became aware of some of the Quranic contradictions decades ago, when I started to step away from the darkness of Islam. Once I freed my mind, and read the Quran with critical eye, all those contradictions and errors of all kinds started to come in focus and appear clearly to me. Islam was never irrelevant to me; I always had an interest in my religion from the time I was in the high school. It may look strange, but my interest in Islam has remarkably increased since I started to doubt it. By the time I decided that Islam was not the religion for me, I was not an average Muslim; my knowledge in Islam was remarkably broad and deep compared to others. I continued my readings and research about Islam even after I left that religion and I still do.
 
I read the testimonies of Ali Sina, Abul Kasem, MA Khan and many others who left Islam; their stories echoed mine. None of us rushed to leave Islam, but all of us did extensive research to find the carefully hidden truth. And yes it was that hard and shocking that some of us left Islam with tears while others went through phases of depression. There is no religion that controls its followers like Islam, a fact that only former Muslims can fully comprehend.
 
It is this extensive research about Islam, which we did in the past and still do today, which makes me believe that the only people who know Islam well are the ones who left it. We do not want to be called ‘ulema’ or Islamic scholars; we leave that Islamic honour to Muslims, but we are the people who know Islam inside out. None of us can recite the Quran by heart, as Muslim scholars do, and none of us will even try that wasteful mental activity, but we fully understand what is in the Quran.
 
 
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Wastful mental torture
 
There are days, sometimes weeks, of researching and amending before we publish any articles on this site, to make sure that we give the reader the truth as best as humanly possible. Our articles on Islam come with a lifelong guarantee- if you find a fault; we will apologise and convert to Islam. If Muslims find any inaccuracies in any material that we publish about Islam, that inaccuracy would be from our sources, which are the Quran, sunna and other recognized Islamic books.
 
Currently, Abul Kasem is publishing his series about the contradictions in the Quran. I read some of them with amazement; I never realized that the Quran has so many of them. I am sure Abul Kasem, as well as other critical readers of the Quran, are equally surprised at the number of those contradiction. This is why the author as well as the editors of FFI sought others’ opinions, which is a credit to them and only indicates the high level of scrutiny behind every published article. Muslims, predictably, are outraged at the association between the Quran and contradictions. I suggested omitting some of contradictions because I thought they are less convincing than the others.
 
Verses 41:11  and 21:30 carry with them this sort of less clear contradiction. Both verses describe the creation of universe; one verse claims that the sky was a smoke, the other claims that the sky was joined with the earth. Of course, scientifically both claims are utter rubbish, but when the Quran makes a mistake why it doesn’t stick to it?   I suggested to Abul Kasem not to include this contradiction on the basis that it might be a different stage of creation. This is like accepting a below normal answer from a child because he is too young.   

Quranic ReasonMy concern here is why do we have to lower our standards when it comes to the Quran? We would reject this from a student so why do we accept it from Mohammed?
41:11Allah designed the sky as a smoke; He rose towards the smoke, asked the smoke and the earth (i.e. earth was already created) whether they would come together willingly or unwillingly (the smoke is the steam of water—ibn Abbas).
Contradiction: 21:30 says heavens and the earth were joined together as one solid mass, then Allah separated them.
Verses 41:37 and 12:100 also carry with them one of those less convincing contradictions; one verse asks people not to worship other than Allah, while the other asks some people to worship Joseph! I suggested not including this contradiction in the series lest some Muslims come up with a claim that prostrating is not the same as worshipping and can be a sign of respect. But would Muslim clerics be happy if they see a Muslim prostrating to another person?   
41:37 The sun and the moon are the signs of Allah, but do not worship them; prostrate only to Allah who has created them.
Contradiction: 12:100 says Allah allowed Joseph’s brethren and his parents to prostrate before Joseph.

Abul Kasem’s series raises the question: why when it comes to the Quran we always have to shelf the rules and give all kinds of exceptions? Why do we have to go into disagreements and different interpretations whenever we read the Quran? If we can write clear and straight forward articles, why cannot Allah?  

Debating Muslims
I do not normally get involved in planned and lengthy debates with Muslims, but it is unavoidable for me to defend the views expressed in my articles.  Occasionally I receive polite e mails from Muslims who wish to correct ‘my misunderstanding’ of the Quran. Their politeness soon proves to be a mask that conceals their hatred. It is striking, but no more surprising, how little those Muslims know about the Quran or Islam. When the debate is about a confusing verse, they say the verse is crystal clear and the confusion is in my mind, but of course they disappear once I point out that tafseer books had many different interpretations to that verse, which only means the verse was not clear even to those highly reputable scholars. Such Muslims, who do not speak Arabic at all and hardly any good English, suggest to me to learn more to improve my knowledge about the Quran.
 
Health Hazard
Debating  the Holy Quran can be a serious health hazard
 
Debating Arab Muslims is even more depressing, because it exposes the masked illiteracy among the Arabs. The standard of writing among the Arabs is getting worse and worse, and it is those people who write to us, with broken sentences, to say there are no contradictions or errors in the Quran. The great Wafa Sultan, who is a talented Arabic writer, once wrote that the Arab writers do not read what they write; otherwise they wouldn’t submit their articles for publication. How true! Articles in Arabic newspapers shamelessly appear with errors of all kinds, a sign of the low respect to their readers. This is the kind of people who claim the Quran is free from errors or contradictions.

What do Muslims think?
Some Muslim scholars are aware of the existence of contradictions and mistakes in the Quran, this is why they wrote many, rather more contradicting and confusing, books to justify them. This fact establishes a common platform that we, Muslims and non Muslim, agree on, albeit giving it different names: contradictions vs. apparent contradictions. I find it difficult to believe that a person with integrity can read about the details of Mohammed’s murders and crimes and still remains a Muslim, never mind justifying them. Even today, I keep wondering whether those Muslim scholars, who write books about Mohammed, really believe what they write. However, many of those Muslim scholars make their living from marketing Islam, and some did so well that they have become celebrities. Others had their moral code completely thrown into disarray by the Islamic brain wash. However, the vast majority of ordinary Muslims have no idea at all about those contradictions.
 
It is for the sake of those Muslims who never been told the truth, and for the sake of clarity and academic objectivity that we need to publish these contradictions. The contradictions may be less obvious in some verses than the others, and some may appear as inconsistencies or uncertainties. Muslims are welcome to refute them, and we will be happy to change our minds about them.

The Quran does not only contain contradiction, it is also full with errors of all kinds, but this is outside this subject. I understand, and fully accept, that Muslims believe their book contains no errors or contradiction whatsoever, which I also used to believe. What is not acceptable is to see the error and, despite being unable to refute it, defend it.

Why the Quran contains so many contradictions?
It is unlikely that Mohammed could have included deliberate errors in his Quran. The Quran was released over a long period of time, about 23 years, and this on its own can explain many of the contradictions and repetitions. It is possible that Mohammed simply forgot the exact wording of the earlier verses. It is also possible that some of the verses were added or changed at a later stage. The Quran was written on primitive material using primitive Arabic script, where many letters have similar appearance, which also can provide an explanation to this confusion. We also must keep in mind the possibility that the Quran had multiple authors.
 

 
The Quran was not an important part of the Arabic culture during the first half of Mohammed’s career as a prophet. Mohammed was branded as insignificant mad person and nobody took him or his Quran seriously, just like we do not take seriously any insignificant person who preaches in the streets.
 
It is interesting to know why the Quran has so many errors and contradictions, but it is essential that we expose them. It is time for Muslims to admit their existence and reach the inevitable conclusion- that the Quran is manmade and Mohammed was liar.       
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2009 13:46  

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