The prophecies in the Quran
Q13. Host: Would you comment a little bit more about the prophecies in the Quran? (9:43)
Dr. Labib: In the Koran. Well, I want to tell you that the Koran has no prophecies, if you want to be accurate about the word 'prophecy'. Because when you go to the Bible, you will see the prophecy is very accurate. When the Bible prophesied about the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem, he mentioned the Bethlehem by name, you know. So when He was born in Bethlehem, there was no mistake.
When he prophesied about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Psalm 22, he said, "They pierced my hands and my feet." No mistake!When you come to the Koran, the only surat you might call a prophet is surat Al Roum , surat? number 30, the name of it is Arun (?). And this, they call it Romans in English, surah, the Roman. And I would read it in Arabic, because it is very interesting.
Of course, now I have to stop. There are vowels, in the Arabic language, just like in English. And the vowel might change the meaning of the word from positive, from opposite to direct. So when you come to that surat, it started with the word Ghoulibat. This word Ghoulibat could be translated in two ways, if you change the vowel. You see, if you put dama? On the word, it means the Romans were defeated. If you put Fatha on the word, it means the Romans had the victory. See the difference?
Now, these vowels were not in the original Koran. These vowels came later on when they started to write the Koran again and again, then they said, "To make it right, we have to put the vowels." Then they put the vowels. And then here, when you read this surat the Romans, and you read that the Romans were defeated in the far end of the world, and then, after their defeat, they will have the victory, you have to come to this question, who defeated the Romans? To make that prophecy very clear, who defeated the Romans? No answer! Whom will the Romans defeat? No answer! So is that a prophecy? What kind of prophecy? Romans are defeated, and then they will have the victory. Defeated by whom? And victory over whom? No prophecy! And they say that this is a prophecy. I do not think this is a prophecy. I do not take it like a prophecy.
When you go to the book of Daniel, you read in the dream of the king Nebuchadnezzar, how the kingdoms go from the Babylonian to Persia, and maybe in Persia, and then to the Greek, and to the Romans. But it is very clear. The Bible explains itself. And when you come to the prophecy like the prophecy of the destruction of the temple by Jesus Christ, when they told Him, "Look, this temple, how magnificent it is," He said, "Not one stone will be, will remain over the other," is what He said. It came to be fulfilled to the letter! Prophecies, real! But in the Koran, I am sorry to say that there are no prophecies at all, at all. And I do read of the Koran, again, and again, and again. And one thing that you'll notice in the Koran, that the Koran might be speaking about say, the two sons of Adam, Cain and Abel. First of all, it would not mention their name. Two sons of Adam, who are they? Who are they? He said two sons of Adam. But the Koran doesn't mention Abel or Cain, nothing.
Why did Cain kill Abel? You see no reason. You see, why what that the whole episode of Cain and Abel? Nothing. And the reason is that, for the first beginning mankind divided into two, the city of God, and the city of man. So the city of God began with Abel. The city of man began with Cain. Cain invented salvation by works. He went, plant the land, get the harvest, offer to God. "No, I don't want the effort, the works of man. I am a holy God. You cannot bribe me with your good work." But Able said, "No, I am a sinner. And that should redeem me. And the only way is to offer a blood sacrifice that represents the one that is coming to redeem me." You see, so the city of man began with salvation, with works. The city of God began with salvation through grace, by the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, who is going to come. From the first minute of the fall of man, God declared war against Satan. And He said, "The seed of the woman will crush the head of Satan." Who is the seed of the woman? I am not the seed of a woman. I am the seed of my father; I am the seed of a man. Every human being is the seed man. But only one person who could be called the 'seed of the woman', because he was born of a woman without man. Who was that? Jesus Christ, the only Savior. And God, when He declared this war against Satan, He said, "The seed of the woman will crush your head. And Jesus died on the cross, crushed the head of Satan, and opened the door of salvation to mankind.
It's interesting, when you really read the Bible, and read the Koran, study Islam and study Christianity, you see how Christianity come together. Judaism was the foundation, with its prophecies, with its symbols, with its offerings, with its types and anti-types. Christianity was built on that building, on that foundation. Why Islam then, why? We have a complete building here. The foundation is Judaism, the building is Christianity. Why Islam? What's new in Islam? Tell me, read the Koran, ask the Muslims, what's new? Go marry is that new? Kill the Jews and the Christians, is that good? What's good in Islam? I think that if we really use our brain, and study with no bias Christianity and Islam, we will come to Jesus Christ, and receive Him, and believe in Him, as the Son of God, eternal Son of God, who died on the cross of Calvary. And that is what it is. No prophecies in the Koran. I am sorry, there are no prophecies there.