Foreignpolicy.com reported that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, and so did Wikipedia.1 No doubt this indicates a trend. But how is this growth achieved? [Read more…]
I am not usually a big fan of apologetics. As a progressive Christian passionate about interreligious dialogue, far too often I have seen apologists distort other religious traditions, presenting them in an uncharitable light or only discussing their worst manifestations. So when I picked up ex-Muslim and Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi’s Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity, I was only expecting more of the same polemic I had seen in the past.
In the Quran, the Gospel, or Injil, is considered to be from God and is incorruptible. The Bible says scripture is God-breathed. Yet, they contrast on what they say about Jesus. In comes the Law of Non-Contradiction. [Read more…]
The Deen show is a popular Muslim Dawah TV program, hosted by Eddie Redzovic. They frequently interview ex-Christian converts to Islam, who unfortunately often butcher their alleged former faith, showing little to no understanding of Christian theology. I and others have offered to come on the show and do a debate with Eddie or anyone of his choice, but unfortunately Eddie doesn’t do debates, because he knows full well that his arguments (and the arguments of his interviewees) would not stand up to cross-examination.
From time to time, I visit the Deen show’s YouTube Channel. I wondered whether the Deen show had put out any commentary on the recent tragic events that unfolded in Paris. Sure enough, last week a video was posted, featuring Eddie Redzovic condemning the Paris attacks that left 130 civilians dead. Of course, Eddie is to be commended for putting out this condemnation. I couldn’t help but notice, however, that there was a conspicuous lack of any meaningful exegesis of the Quranic texts that I and others find troubling. [Read more…]
“ According to Dani, the companion of the prophets came to him and complained to him about the sharp divergences of Kuranic recitations that had appeared among Muslims – just as had been the case, he warned, among Jews and Christians before them. Uthman, thereupon requested Hafsa, one of the prophets widows to send him the leaves she had in her possession, which she did. He appointed a group of five and instructed them to copy the leaves into a single volume monitoring the text as they went.”(1)
This passage explains how the Quran we have today was compiled. Uthman was the third Caliph. This version speaks of him as no more than a editor, who preferred one version of the Quran over the other. The version of the Quran he preferred was that which was in the possession of Hafsa, the widow of Mohammed and the daughter of Umar, the second caliph. He is claimed to have been one of the collector and compiler of the first codex of Quran. Abu Bakr, the first caliph is also said to have been the collector and editor of the first Quran. Even though Uthman was an editor, some sources depicted him also as a collector of Quranic materials from tablets, shoulder blade of animals and dried palm leaves.
If Uthman was still collecting the Quran, how do we know he collected all there is to the Quran? There is an early source which says that the collection was indeed incomplete.
“Let none of you say”, avered the pious son of caliph Umar, “that he has the whole Quran in his possession. How does he know, what the whole of it is? Much of the Quran is gone.”(1) Here is an internal witness to the incompleteness of the Quran and a good reason as to why the Quran as we have today, need not be trusted.
(1) The Koran, a very short introduction, Michael Cook