Muslims, and everyone else, please note that I mean no offense. I believe that it is in your interest to turn to leave your faith and turn to Jehovah, because He alone is the true God. That's my only intention in mentioning these things. The choice, of course, is yours. It would still be yours even if I was dictator of your country - something that I wouldn't get in Saudi Arabia and other countries. If you find something factually incorrect, contact me.
The following are some features of the Koran that prove that it is not divine revelation.
When Muhammad began receiving his revelations, he was terrified, fearing that he was being deceived. His wife tested the spirit that supposedly visited him by checking whether the spirit remained when she stripped (Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, p107). The visions caused Muhammad to go into depression and he even attempted suicide.
Some of Allah's choices in delivering the final, incorruptible revelation seem difficult to understand:-
All the above cast serious doubts as to whether the Koran came to Muhammad from the True God.
When Muhammad spoke, his words were copied out by others on palm leaves, sticks, pieces of bark - anything available at the moment.
Muhammad was too busy fighting (about 70 wars in his last 10 years) to certify any copy of the Koran as authentic. About two decades after his death Caliph Uthman Ibn Affan, a son-in-law and third successor of Muhammad noticed discrepancies within the various copies. So he tried to burn all copies except the five that he possessed - they became the "standard" Koran. Uthman's actions prove that the discrepancies were major and there was no way to tell which copy was genuine. Of course, some Muslims refused to surrender their copies.
The oldest Koran manuscripts today are the ones at Sanaa (in Yemen), Tashkent and Istanbul. All of them are forbidden to researchers and the public, for obvious reasons: when they were first investigated, major discrepancies between them and the modern Koran were noticed.
Thus, Muhammad's revelations are all but lost. The Koran we have today has an unknown amount of content from Muhammad and his contemporaries. Further discussion
The Koran presents Muhammad as a prophet just as there were prophets mentioned in the Jewish scriptures. This is full of confusion and misrepresentation:-
Most people think that the Koran has lots of similarities with the Bible. The reality is that while the Bible has detailed historical narratives, the Koran has isolated statements about the same events and people. If two books report about the same thing but differ in the details, at least one of them is surely wrong. The following are the reasons to conclude that when the Koran and Bible differ, it is the Koran and not the Bible that is wrong:-
Here then is a list of some factual errors in the Koran:-
Moses told the Israelites that if they kill those who had forsook Allah, then Allah will relent and forgive them (2:54). “Allah, through Moses, commanded the Israelites that they should sacrifice a cow to him” (2:67). “The Israelites asked Moses to show them Allah, and lightning consumed them. At Sinai, they were asked to enter the gate prostrate” (4:153-154). A mountain crashes down when Moses wants to see God (7:143); the golden calf made a lowing sound (7:148). All the things/places/people are correct. All the events mentioned are wrong. The Biblical account starts from Exodus 19:1.
Cain threatens to kill Abel who explains to Cain why his sacrifice was rejected. Cain repented after seeing a raven (Surah 5:27-31). Both Cain and Abel offered sacrifices and Cain killed Abel; the other details are false (Genesis 4:1).
“Allah appointed Abraham as a leader of mankind” (2:124). No he didn't. Moreover, 630 AD is too late to announce an appointment made in 2000 BC!
“[Samuel said that] The token of Saul’s kingdom is that you will get a remnant of what the house of Moses and Aaron left behind, the angels bearing it” (2:248). Samuel anointed Saul as king of Israel but said no such thing (1 Samuel 9:1).
“Saul tested the Israelites by asking them to cross a river” (2:249). He never did so. Muhammad seems to be confusing Saul for Gideon, who gave the Israelites another test near a water body (Judges 7:5)
“Abraham and Noah were descendants of each other” (3:33-34). No. See Luke 3:23 onward.
“All food was lawful to the Israelites except that which they forbid themselves” (2:93). No. See Leviticus 11:1 onward.
“The Jews claim to have slain Jesus but they didn't” (4:157). No they did. Here the Koran is in conflict with not just the Bible, but with the scholarly consensus of secular historians.
The hoopoe (a bird!) told Solomon that the queen of Sheba worshiped the sun instead of Allah. Solomon threatened to destroy her; then she became a Muslim (27:23). There was a queen of Sheba who visited Solomon (1 Kings 10:1), but these details are false. Notice how Muhammad tries to "force-fit" jihad into the Bible.
“When Jesus' disciples asked for a feast miraculous, he warned them of severe punishment if they do not believe after seeing it.” (5:114). There were miraculous feasts, and belief on the basis of miracles. But the details given here are wrong.
Jesus preached from his cradle (5:110). No he didn't. When he was 12, he demonstrated his commitment to obeying God (Luke 2:49).
The explanation of these errors is simple: Muhammad had heard Bible stories before, but he did not bother to check the details while he was composing the Koran. To defend these Koranic errors, Islamic apologists have no option but to make unsubstantiated claims that the Bible was corrupted.
Just because something appears fanciful, it does not mean it is false. Even the truth may seem absurd at first sight to us. But stories that involve the supernatural or are fanciful need extra authentication. However, the Koran contains such stories without any context or authentication:-
“Jews violating the Sabbath were turned into apes” (2: 65, 5:60). When? How? Where? Who were those Jews? If Allah is the same as Jehovah who ordained the Sabbath, why did Muhammad not prescribe it for Muslims?
An ant told the other ants to flee lest they be stamped by Solomon's army, which included birds and spirits (27:17-18)
“Allah caused to die and brought back to life thousands of them of old…Allah kept a man dead for 100 years and then raised him from the dead...he resurrected four birds for Abraham” (2: 243-260)
“The first sanctuary appointed for man was at Mecca” (3:96). Compare this one-line claim with the ten chapters of details that the Bible gives regarding the first sanctuary (Exodus 25:1 onwards).
Allah punished the elephant owners by sending winged creatures against them that pelted baked clay stones at them (105:1)
Surah 27 is titled The Ant
“And the Jews and Christians say: None enters paradise except he be a Jew or Christian” (2:111)
“Among Christians and Jews there is a group of people falling prostrate before Allah in the night” (3: 113, 199)
"The Jews say that Ezra (Uzair) is Allah's son" (9:30)
Let us understand the superiority of the Biblical narratives over those in the Koran with a couple of examples:-
“Allah taught Adam all the names” (2:31). Then the Koran reports Allah showing “these” to the angels and asking them if they know the names.
The Koran does not say names of what! Compare these vague details with the Biblical account:
“These –ARE– the records of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that Jehovah God was making the earth and the heavens…Out of the ground Jehovah God formed every living thing of the field and every flying creature of the heavens, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.” (Genesis 2: 4, 19)
"And Korah, Pharaoh and Haman! Moses came unto them with clear proofs (of Allah's sovereignty), but they were boastful in the land. And they were not winners (in the race). So We took each one in his sin; of them was he on whom We sent a hurricane, and of them was he who was overtaken by the (Awful) Cry, and of them was he whom We caused the earth to swallow, and of them was he whom We drowned." - Surah 29:39-40
Muhammad is writing in the 7th century about events more than a thousand years earlier. Evidently, he heard the stories of Korah and others from Jews and Christians, but he had a pathetic memory.
About the only thing he gets correct is that all three, Korah, Pharaoh and Haman, were "bad guys". Here's the truth:
So there you are: A single one-liner in the Koran. When we compare it with the detailed accounts in the Bible, we are forced to ask: Is the Koran divine revelation or something copied without attention to detail?!
"And verify We sent Noah (as Our messenger) unto his folk, and he continued with them for 950 years; and the flood engulfed them" (Koran 29:14)
Really? Compare this brief claim with the Biblical account:-
950! Indeed!! Dear reader, do you see the difference? A detailed eye-witness account, written by the protagonist himself (see Genesis 6:9) versus a single line written 3000 years later with details mixed up!!
“Abraham and Ishmael prayed and purified the sanctuary at Mecca” (2:124-125)
The Bible records Abraham’s travels in detail, from Ur to Harran to Hebron to Egypt to Beersheba to Philistine country and back to Hebron (see Genesis 12:1 onwards). Before Ishmael became an adult, he and his mother separated from Abraham’s household. Why should Abraham go with Ishmael all the way to Mecca when God had promised him that his destiny lay in Canaan (Genesis 13:14)? Why should Abraham go and purify a shrine that was to become a headquarters of idolatry till Muhammad and his hordes killed the idolaters? If the Bible spends so much time telling us about Abraham’s travels, why should it omit this journey? If Allah makes a claim about an event in 2000 BC in 620 AD, why did he not include some citation in the Koran?
A lot of the stories and teachings in the Koran are pulled out from other books:-
Things pulled out from pre-Islamic pagan Arabic religion and folklore:
Things pulled out from the Bible:
“Follow Allah and there will arise out of you a good nation” (3:103-104)
So Saudi Arabia is a good nation! Sorry, we disagree!! Even Muslims –love– to immigrate to “immoral” Western countries that offer opportunities for growth due to their structure, which is based on the Judeo-Christian ethic they formerly followed.
“Those who ascribe partners to Allah will not be pardoned. They're actually worshiping women and Satan. Allah told Satan that he'd drive Satan’s followers crazy so that they cut their cattle's ears.” (4:116-119)Koran: "Exhort Muslims to fight; a hundred steadfast Muslims will defeat a thousand non-Muslims, since non-Muslims are not intelligent" - Surah 8:65
Bible: "In that day (the end times) I [Jehovah] will make the governors of Judah (Israel) like a hearth of fire among the wood, and a torch of fire in a sheaf to devour their enemies around them" – Zechariah 12:6
Israelis are non-Muslims and the Arabs surrounding them are Muslims. So the Bible and Koran have opposite things to say about any war that breaks out between Arabs and Israelis. Go ahead. Find out what happened in 1948 and 1967. Decide for yourself whether the Bible or the Koran is true.