Chapter 11: Testing The Truthfulness Of The Quran

The First Test Is The Test Of True Source Of Inspiration

The Bible is the absolute standard in this area.  When God called Moses to be the founder of Judaism he spoke to him directly:

There are many instances mentioned in the Torah where it is said, "The Lord spoke to Moses." Thirty-five times we read in the book of Leviticus "And the Lord spoke to Moses." The line of communication never stopped between God and Moses, since he was called to be a prophet, and in every move Moses followed God's directions.
God confirmed His call to Moses with miracles.  When Moses erected the tabernacle of meeting, and Aaron offered the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offering, we read how God demonstrated His glory to authenticate Moses' prophethood:

Now we come to Muhammad.  His call came by the spirit who met him at the cave of Mount Hira, squeezed him so tightly that he thought he would die, and left him in great distress of mind.  Then the spirit left him with no revelations for a period of time.
Muhammad suffered greatly every time he received a revelation from that spirit.

Al-Imam (cleric) Al-Bukhary quoted Aisha, Muhammad's wife, when she said:

Imam Ahmad cited Abdallah Ibn Omar, who asked Muhammad, "Do you feel the revelation?" "I hear ringing, then I stay silent.  Every time the spirit came with revelation I thought I would die," Muhammad answered.
Ibn Saad quoted Aisha when she said:

Allah did not speak to Muhammad directly, only the spirit of unknown origin did.
Moreover, when Muhammad entered Makkah victoriously, and cast out all of the idols from the Kaaba, God did not reveal His glory there as he revealed it in the Tabernacle of Meeting.  No sign of God's presence was felt in the Kaaba.
Ibn Hesham recorded that the prophet stood there to display the Muslims' armies with all their banners.  Abu-Sufian the Amowite and Al-Abaas, the prophet's uncle, stood to watch the parade.

There were great doubts in the hearts of many in Arabia concerning Muhammad's prophethood.  Some of the contents of the Quran declare that it was not inspired by God.  Read the following verse:

Ahmad Bahgat recorded on page 164 of his book, The Prophets of Allah:

Idris is the Arabic pronunciation of Osiris.  The Reader's Digest Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary defines "Osiris" on page 1203:

The Quran declares that Idris, or Osiris, who was the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld, is:


Is Osiris the god of the underworld, or a prophet?  With such an error, could the Quran be the inspired word of the true God?
Another person was mentioned in the Quran and commentators have no idea who he was.  His name is Zul-Kifl and he is mentioned in Surat Al-Anbiyaa 21:85, 86:

Who is Zul-Kifl?  Nobody knows!  That is contrary to what is written in the Bible:

But the Quran recorded things with no benefit for its readers.

The Story of Joseph in the Quran is Distorted

We have to remember that Christianity is the extension of Judaism and is founded on the Old Testament.  The stories of the Old Testament are referred to but are not repeated in the New Testament because together they are one book "The Bible."  The New Testament is a continuation of the Old Testament.
The Quran, however, is not the extension of the Bible and is not consistent with the Bible.  Therefore, Islam cannot not be accepted as God's final religion for mankind.  The Quran repeats the biblical stories of Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Jesus and others and it does so with significant distortion.  We see this clearly from the conflicting story of Joseph in the Bible and the Quran.
In the Bible we read how Potiphar's wife tried to seduce Joseph to lie with her, and how Joseph refused to commit such a gross sin.  The biblical story describes a young man who felt the presence of God with him who, by the grace of God, refused to lie with his master's wife.  The two conflicting stories are recorded on these pages for the reader to discern which one is true inspiration.

The Bible story:
Now, the distorted story in the Quran:
Another distortion concerns life in the eternal state.  Jesus said:
The Quran declares:

Other examples of the distorted biblical stories written in the Quran are the story of Noah (Surat Al-Ankabut 29:14, Surat Al-Tahrim 66:10); and the story of Abraham where the Quran says that he was ordered to sacrifice Ishmael, not Isaac (Surat Al-Saffat 37:100-107).
These distorted stories and teachings are far from being God's inspired word.
Any discerning reader has the right to question the source of the Quran's revelations.

Muhammad Used the Quran to Solve his Own Problems and to Satisfy His Own Desires

It is clear from the following examples that Muhammad used the revelations of the Quran to solve his own problems and satisfy his carnal desires.
1.  Muhammad lusted after Zainab, his daughter-in-law, and desired to marry her, so a revelation came to him from his Allah saying:

2.  Aisha, the youngest of Muhammad's wives, conspired with his other wives against him because he had sex with Mary, the Coptic slave, in the bed of his wife Hafsa, daughter of Omar.  Muhammad refused to share their beds for one month.  Then the following revelation came to threaten them:

Muhammad's wives were scared.  They repented.  The revelation did what Muhammad wanted and he came back to them.  (The full story is in the book, The Wives of the Prophet, pages 100-104.)

3.  Muhammad's wives asked his permission to adorn themselves, and wanted him to raise their allowance, so the following revelation came to threaten them:

This meant that he would give them money and divorce them.  The sword of divorce was always ready to threaten Muhammad's wives and subdue them in the name of Allah.

4.  Muhammad was afraid that his wives would be seduced by other men, so a revelation came to him to order his wives as well as other Muslim women to wear a veil:

Another verse was given to Muhammad's wives:

5.  Muhammad was afraid that his wives might commit lewdness hind his back, especially since some of them were much younger than him, so the following revelation came to threaten them and instill terror in their hearts:

The question is:  if Muhammad's godly example and the teachings the Quran had an influence on the wives of Muhammad, to keep them honest and pure, why would such a threat be needed?

6.  Muhammad was annoyed by those who used to enter his houses without permission, and was afraid that they might seduce his wives, so the following revelation came to him:

7.  Muhammad was annoyed by those who called him from behind his apartments, so he needed a revelation to stop them from doing it.

8.  To motivate his followers to pay alms to him, that he would pray for them or meet them in private for counsel, Muhammad needed a revelation.  The revelation came in the following words:

Incidentally, the reader may ask how Muhammad, who is himself a sinner, can purify and sanctify his followers, something only God can do.

Muhammad's prayers and counsel cost Muslims their money.

9.  When Muhammad went to Al-Madina, he commanded the Muslims to pray toward Jerusalem, toward the destroyed Jewish temple which is now "Al Aksa Mosque." He thought that by this act the Jews would accept him as a true prophet.  However, the Jews rejected him, so he wanted to change the direction from Jerusalem to the Kaaba in Makkah.  It was a political move to please the Arabs.  But he needed a revelation to do it:

We must not forget that the sacred mosque, the Kaaba, was full of idols at that time.

10.  When Abu-Bakr suggested to Muhammad to take ransom from the prisoners of war at the battle of Badr and free them, Omar suggested that the prisoners of that war should all be killed.  Now Muhammad needed a revelation to justify Omar's suggestion since it was against any code of war.  The revelation came as follows:

11.  According to Muhammad, Allah had commanded that a man could marry up to four women at any one time:

Four women were not enough for Muhammad, so he needed special permission from Allah to marry any number of women he wished.  The revelation came as follows:

12.  To instill terror in the hearts of his enemies, revelations came to say:

All the verses we mentioned, indicate how in the name of Allah, Muhammad got everything he wanted.  Many of the suras are concerning Muhammad and directed to him.  It has no meaning to the 20th century person; no application to his life.
Moreover, we sense in these verses a sadistic behavior toward those who oppose Muhammad.
Many verses of the Quran were revealed to solve Muhammad's problems and satisfy his desires.