A Guide to the Qur'anic Contradictions (Part-4)

Published on Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Guide to the Qur'anic Contradictions (Part-4)

Abul Kasem

 After 3rd Part

Sura 8: al‑Anfal (The Spoils of War)


8:9 Allah helped Muhammad with one thousand angels in succession (following one another: Gabriel led five hundred of them, and Michael led five hundred of them—ibn Kathir). Contradiction: 3:125 says Allah helped Muhammad in Badr with five thousand angel soldiers. Contradiction: 3:124 says Muhammad requested Allah to send three thousand angel fighters.


8:38 Allah will forgive unbelievers' past if they accept Islam; if not, they will face the fate of their forefathers (i.e., exemplary punishment from Allah). Contradiction: Allah says in 3:20 if the unbelievers do not convert to Islam leave them alone, Muhammad's duty is only to convey the message.


Sura 9: al‑Baraat (Immunity) or al‑Tauba (Repentance)


9:23 Unbelieving father, brothers are not protectors of converts of Islam; Muslims should not take them as guardians. Contradiction: 17:23, 31:15 say respect parents even if they are unbelievers.


9:30 The Jewish claim of Ezra (Uzair) as the Son of Allah, or the Christian claim of Jesus as the son of Allah is blasphemous; Allah punishes them. Contradiction: 2:221, 60:10 forbid Muslims to marry idolaters. Contradiction: 2:62 says Christians will get rewards. Contradiction: 5:82 says the closest in friendship are Christians.


9:71 Pious and charitable believers are protectors of one another; they obey Allah and Muhammad. Contradiction: 9:116, 17:111, 32:4 and 42:28 say Allah is the only protector and helper. Contradiction: 41:31, 32 say angels are our protectors in this life and the life hereafter. Contradiction: 5:55 says Allah's messengers are our protectors.


9:116 Sovereignty (dominion) of the heavens and the earth belongs to Allah; He controls life and death; Allah is the only protector and helper. Contradiction: 3:180, 15:23, 19:40, 19:79‑80, 21:89, 28:58 say Allah inherits from infidels and other creatures. Contradiction: 9:71 says Allah's messengers and the believers are the protectors and helpers. Contradiction: 5:55 says Allah's messengers are our protectors. Contradiction: 9:71 says pious Muslims are the protectors.


Sura 10: Yunus (Prophet Yunus)


10:3 Allah created the heavens (first) and (then) the earth in six days (our worldly days—ibn Kathir. In the same measure of time as worldly days since there was no sun or moon at that time—Jalalyn.), and then He ascended on His throne; He regulates all His affairs from His firmly established throne; there is no intercessor except Allah. Contradiction: 2:29 says at first Allah created the earth. Contradiction: 41:9‑12 says eight days of creation. Contradiction: 2:117 says Allah creates instantly.


10:35 Allah, not the idols, guides to the truth. Contradiction: in 4:78 Allah says all things are from Him. Contradiction: in 16:93 Allah says He misleads who He wishes.


10:47 Allah has given each group of people, a messenger, a law, and a way of life. Contradiction: 25:51 says if Allah willed, He could have sent apostles to every nation to instill fear in them, but He didn't. Contradiction: 28:46, 32:3, 34:44, 36:6 say before Muhammad, Allah did not send any messengers or Books to the Arabs.


10:64 None can change the words of Allah. Contradiction: 5:41, 3:78, 2:79, 4:46, 5:13 say the Jews and the Christians tampered with Allah's Book. Contradiction: 2:106, 16:101 say Allah changes the Qur'an through substitution and abrogation of verses.


10:90 When flood engulfed Pharaoh, he submitted to Islam (i.e., Pharaoh became a Muslim). Contradiction: 4:18 says Allah does not accept submission to Islam at the point of death, if one does not accept Islam before death. Contradiction: 2:50, 7:136 say Allah drowned Pharaoh. Contradiction: 10:92 says Allah saved Pharaoh.


Sura 11: Hud (Prophet Hud)


11:2 Qur'an teaches to worship none but Allah, and Muhammad is a warner, who brought glad tidings. Contradiction: 12:100 says Allah allowed Joseph's brethren and his parents to worship Joseph by prostrating before him.


11:7 Allah created the Heavens (first) and the earth (second) in six days; (then) Allah conducts justice from His throne which is above water; you will be raised after death (before Allah created the heavens and the earth His throne was above water—ibn Kathir). Contradiction: 2:29 says Allah created the earth first. Contradiction: 41:9‑12 talks about eight days of creation. Contradiction: 2:117 says Allah creates instantly.


11:38 Noah's people ridiculed him for constructing an ark. Contradiction: 54:9 says Noah's people expelled him from their town.


11:42‑43 Noah's son (Noah's fourth son Yam, he had refused to embrace Islam and join Noah in his ark—ibn Kathir) was drowned in the flood because he was a disbeliever. Contradiction: 21:76 says Allah saved Noah's family that included his son.


11:69 Abraham entertained the two angel-guests (the term 'two messengers' in this verse means two angels—ibn Kathir) with a roasted lamb, but the messengers refused to eat. Contradiction: 25:7 says all Allah's messengers roamed markets and ate ordinary human food.


11:77 Angels, as Allah's messengers, came to Prophet Lot. Contradiction: 12:109, 21:7 say Allah sends only men as His messengers. Contradiction: 27:82 says Allah also sends a beast as a messenger to mankind. Contradiction: 6:130, 22:75 say Allah sends jinns and angels as His messengers to their respective species.


End of Part 4.

To be continued in part 5


Abul Kasem is a Bengali freethinker and is a teacher by profession. He has contributed in Leaving Islam - Apostates Speak Out and Beyond Jihad - Critical Voices from Inside. He has also written extensively on Islam in various websites and is the author of several e-Books including: A Complete Guide to Allah, Root of Terrorism ala Islamic Style, Sex and Sexuality in Islam, Who Authored the Quran? and Women in Islam. Mr. Kasem leaves in Sydney, Australia. His latest contribution is in the book Why We left Islam, edited by Susan Crimp et al.  He can be contacted at abul88@hotmail.com and nirribilli@gmail.com
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