Is the Quran the Word of God?

Or is it just another story written by humans? To date 130 million books have been written. If the Quran is the word of God, it would be quite unique. 99.99999923% of all books are not the Quran and thus not the word of God, thus the claim that the Quran is the word of God is quite extraordinary and thus requires extraordinary evidence*, or at least one piece of evidence. Let’s see if we can find one.

Books believed to be written by Gods often have it written in them that they were written by said Gods. So does the Quran. If we assume that the Quran was written by God, then this textual evidence supports the idea that the Quran was written by God. But since the point of this text is to investigate if the Quran was written by God rather than just assume prior to evidence that is was, this textual “evidence” is irrelevant.

I’m not gonna dwell on the prophecies in either of the three texts because anybody who knows anything about prophecies know why the prophecies in the Torah, NT and Quran fail to predict the future accurately. If you think these prophecies predict the future accurately then you don’t know enough about prophecies in relation to the concepts of coincidence, vagueness and post-diction. Check out Nostradamus, horoscopes or 2012 or whatever if you still think the Torah predicts Jesus or whatever.

I am gonna dwell on the chapter “Intellectual Proofs of his Prophethood” in the book “Muhammad: The Messenger of Allah” written by (no, not God) Abdurrahman Al-Sheha. He lists 14 “Intellectual” proofs for the Quran being the word of God in addition to the stupid (?) textual proofs.  It is my pleasure to list the 14 proofs for you now.

List Disclaimer:

Here are the 14 extraordinary proofs that the Quran is the word of God. Obviously since it is the word of God, the evidence is beyond the mere scientific method of epistemology, only the most amazing proofs are good enough for an infallible being. These 14 proofs are the only 14 proofs you will ever need for anything to be convinced without any possible shred of doubt that the Quran is indeed and truly the word of God, may he rest in peace.

1. Muhammad did not know how to read and write or did not know the Bible, depending on how you interpret the Quran. Of course you don’t have to know how to read or write to be able to tell stories, which is what Muhammad did for 20 years or something. And the Quranic versions of the stories from the Bible are shorter and different and were most possibly known even to an uneducated man living in Saudi Arabia 700 years after famous events that took place in near-by Israel. We don’t know where Muhammad’s uncle took him to during his upbringing, but even a modest education would have been enough for him to be able to tell the stories that are in the Quran without divine inspiration.

2. No human can write something so beautiful as the Quran. Considering how different different peoples’ tastes are, how are we gonna know if this is true? The Swedish translation is far from what I’d describe as eloquent. If the Quran is the word of God then we know that God’s opinion is that the Quran is superhumanly beautiful and also that is it indeed written by God, since it says so in the Quran, which is true because it is written by God and we know that it is written by God because it says so in the Quran. (See the first and second paragraph of this text.)

3. and 4. The prophet preached despite being threatened to death and tempted with bribes. This does not prove that the Quran is the word of God.

5. Muhammad was a simple man who lived an ascetic life. 3., 4. and 5. all apply to Buddha as well, who was an agnostic.

6. “The Prophet’s wife A’ishah was accused of being treacherous. The Prophet did not receive revelation concerning this incident for one month… Were the Prophet an imposter he would have resolved this issue the minute it came about.” This is not a logical conclusion in my opinion. There could be millions of reasons for delaying a reaction a month. Also, Muhammad is not an imposter, he genuinely believed in God, but his genuine belief is not evidence for God.

7. He did not want to be worshiped himself. Again, he genuinely believes in God, that doesn’t add to the lacking pile of evidence for God’s existence.

8. Muhammad said that God had told him off for some of his behaviour, which would prove that God really is talking to him. No. I assume that Muhammad (like 99.???% of all people who claim to hear and see God, angels, ghosts et cetera) either makes stuff up to convince people that God really exists (because he genuinely fears humans will burn in a fire forever if he doesn’t) or that he genuinely thinks God’s talking to him when it’s really a question of whether a man hid behind a thin wall next to his bed room and whispered the words of the Quran to him (not likely) or gases in the cave he meditated in influenced his brain like the Oracle of Delphi or he was normal and healthy/psychologically ill/neuronically ill or damaged and simply mistook parts of his own thoughts as originating from God. And even if he indeed was an imposter, telling yourself off is still not evidence for the existence of God.

9. Muhammad said that his uncle called Abu Lahab would burn in hell, implying he would never convert to Islam and Abu Lahab died 10 years later still not a Muslim, proving Muhammad’s prophecy right. “in order to put forth such a risky challenge, one has to be entirely convinced that he has a divine revelation.” OR you could just know your uncle.

10. This is not an “intellectual” proof, it is a textual proof (paragraph one and two again), but let’s deal with it anyway. “The Prophet is called ‘Ahmed’ in a verse of the Qur’an… 61:6… Were he an imposter the name ‘Ahmed’ would not have been mentioned in the Qur’an, since he was known as ‘Muhammad’ amongst his people.” No. The mention of the name Ahmed is only there to attempt to prove that the Prophet was himself prophecized by his fore-runner prophet Jesus. This is from verse 61:6 “Jesus, the son of Mary, said, ‘O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad.'”

In the Gospel of John 4:26  Jesus prophecizes that “the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you”. “Advocate” is the translation of the Greek word paracletos, but it also means comforter and helper. Another similar Greek word, periclytos, means the praised one. The names Ahmed and Muhammad also means praised one. Let’s ignore that Jesus says that the Advocate is the Holy Spirit. We could, without evidence, pretend that somebody misspelled periclytos as paracletos and that they actually meant “the praised one” instead of “advocate”. We could, also without evidence, pretend that paracletos actually means “the praised one”. None of this has any credibility though and although Arabic translations of the Bible prophecy a man named Ahmed, there’s no evidence for this before the life of Muhammad, likely making this prophecy post-diction and thus likely making the whole idea of a misspelled periclytos an ex post facto explanation.

11. “The religion of Islam still exists today”. This does not prove that the Quran is the word of God. If it did, then every other supposedly divine text and every other religion that exists today (just as an example there are around 1,000 million Hindus) would be proof of the divinity and truthfulness of any particular religion and its holy text.

12. “The results of the application of Islam are clear and well known, which in turn testify that it is indeed a revelation from God.” Again, I think a lot of people will disagree on the goodness of applied Islam, just take the stoning of homosexuals and adulteresses as an example which in my opinion proves that if Allah exists as described in the Quran, he is a horrible, immoral, unjust and hateful being. And even if the good book was actually good, it could still have been written by a good person without divine whispers. I think Jesus was a good person and I think Muhammad meditated and had a vision of hell and because he was a good man he wanted to warn everybody in the world about this. But he was wrong, hell does not exist.

13. Humans can’t bring about laws “which deal with every aspect of life, such as transactions, marriage, social conduct, politics”. This is true, only God is capable of this, if we exclude every single city, state, nation and culture of humans that has ever existed for they have all created such laws on their own. “How can an unlettered man bring something like this?” We still don’t know that Muhammad was not educated and even if he was, there were people around him who were not and even if they said nothing, he unavoidably learned the current rules and regulations of the society he grew up in and not unexpectedly the Muslim laws are very similar to the already existing laws in the region, such as 2 women being equal to 1 man when it comes to inheritance and the stoning of homosexuals et cetera.

14. “The prophet did not start calling people to Islam until he turned forty years old… Thomas Carlyle said: It goes greatly against the impostor theory.” Even if his age would be evidence against him being an impostor, I don’t care, I have never said Muhammad was an impostor. I believe he genuinely believed in God and his mission either because of gases in the cave or a neurological or psychological affliction or as a result of meditating on the misery of his own life and/or the lives of people around him. Again we can compare Muhammad to Buddha. Buddha had a life crisis at the age of 29, looked for an answer for 6 years and had a revelation at the age of 35 after which he preached his revelations until his death. Jesus was about 30 when he took over as preacher after John the Baptist.

*”[Carl] Sagan is also widely regarded as a freethinker or skeptic; one of his most famous quotations, in Cosmos, was, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”[51] (called the “Sagan Standard” by some[52]). This was based on a nearly identical statement by fellow founder of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, Marcello Truzzi, “An extraordinary claim requires extraordinary proof.”[53][54] This idea originated with Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749–1827), a French mathematician and astronomer who said, “The weight of evidence for an extraordinary claim must be proportioned to its strangeness.”[55]” -wikipedia

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