Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Claimed of historical error Mary being the sister of Aaron by Rahul Balakrishnan

Below is the rebuttal from the Quran exposing Rahul misunderstanding the situation of Mary based on his fallacies:-
He said  the Quran makes an embarrassing historical error when it borrows stories from the Bible. The error we have in spotlight here is that the Quran mentions Mary (Maryam), the mother of Jesus as the same Miriam (Maryam) who was supposedly the sister of Moses and Aaron according to the Bible. This is totally absurd since Moses (if at all he existed) lived more than 600-1000 years before Jesus. The evidence for this is so strong that the Quran repeats this mistake in two different ways. 1) By addressing Maryam, the mother of Jesus as "Sister of Harun (Aaron)" (Quran 19:28).  2) By mistaking Imran (Amram), the father of Moses and Aaron as the Grandfather of Jesus (Quran 3:35 - 36, 3:45).  Before I describe the evidence, let us show some generosity to the Quran by considering the possibility that the verse 19:28 is not referring to a biological sister. Is it then a mere coincidence that Aaron actually had a sister with the same name Maryam? Think over it. If the Quran is from God, then we have to accept that God was deliberately misleading humans into believing that Mary, the mother of Jesus was Aaron's sister. Or is God so careless that he didn't realize this and ended up using the word "sister"?
The Quran made no mistake when Allah referred “Mary as sister of Aaron” in the Arabic text. This guy Rahul is no different than any other disbelievers who made the same mistake taking the literal meaning of sister as “A female having the same parents as another or one parent in common with another.” He is making himself ridiculous accusing the Quran making Mary the mother of Jesus, Aaron and Moses as brothers and sister. However the Quran define “sister” of Aaron in a different perspective.
The Quran uses the word “sister” to mean a “woman who shares a common ancestry” which means in this case Mary is the descendent of Aaron. While highlighting Mary is the descendent from Aaron the Quran exposed the falsehood of the Bible that Aaron and Moses were brothers but they were only step brothers as they both have the same mother but a different father. There are evidences from the Quran that provide this fact that when Moses and Aaron were disputing after the Jews worship the golden calf Moses grabbed Aaron and this is what Aaron says:-
(Aaron) replied: "O son of my mother! Seize (me) not by my beard nor by (the hair of) my head! (Surah 20:94). This shows that they have different father and that is why Aaron refer Moses by the mother side and not the father’s side. And the Quran also provide the evidence that Mary as “sister” of Aaron is descendent of Aaron and not Moses as they have different family lineage as stated:-
And (further) their Prophet said to them: "A Sign of his authority is that there shall come to you the Ark of the Covenant with (an assurance) therein of security from your Lord, and the relics left by the family of Moses and the family of Aaron, carried by angels. In this is a symbol for you if ye indeed have faith." (Surah 2:248)
So these verses of the Quran proved that there is no error Mary the mother of Jesus, Aaron and Moses are not brothers and sister but to establish the fact that Mary is the descendent of Aaron and not that of Moses and that Aaron and Moses were actually step brothers with the same mother but different father.
Further Rahul Balakrishnan said let us be even more generous by forgiving this. Now Muslims want to tell us that somehow, by sheer coincidence, the father of Mary (the mother of Jesus) had the same name as Amram (Imran in Arabic/Aramaic), the father of Miriam and Moses? Get over it folks... The author of Quran was actually mistaking Amram, the father of Miriam as the father of Mary. In other words, the author of the Quran was mistaking Mary, the mother of Jesus as Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron.
Here are the verses 19:27 - 19:34 from the Quran which show that the author of Quran mistook Mary, the mother of Jesus as the sister of Aaron: S19:27-32 - Then she brought him to her own folk, carrying him. They said: O Mary! Thou hast come with an amazing thing. O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a wicked man nor was thy mother a harlot. Then she pointed to him. They said: How can we talk to one who is in the cradle, a young boy? He spake: Lo! I am the slave of Allah. He hath given me the Scripture and hath appointed me a Prophet, and hath made me blessed wheresoever I may be, and hath enjoined upon me prayer and almsgiving so long as I remain alive,  And (hath made me) dutiful toward her who bore me, and hath not made me arrogant, unblest. Peace on me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive! Such was Jesus, son of Mary: (this is) a statement of the truth concerning which they doubt.
Here are the verses 3:35-36 and 3:45 which show that the author of Quran further affirms his previous error by mistaking Amran, the father of Moses, Aaron and Miriam as the grandfather of Jesus:- S3:35-36 - (Remember) when the wife of 'Imran said: My Lord! I have vowed unto Thee that which is in my belly as a consecrated (offering). Accept it from me. Lo! Thou, only Thou, art the Hearer, the Knower!  And when she was delivered she said: My Lord! Lo! I am delivered of a female - Allah knew best of what she was delivered - the male is not as the female; and lo! I have named her Mary, and lo! I crave Thy protection for her and for her offspring from Satan the outcast.
S3:45 - (And remember) when the angels said: O Mary! Lo! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a word from him, whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, illustrious in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (unto Allah).
Here again Rahul made the same mistake by saying Imran in the Quran is mistaken as the father of Mary, Aaron and Moses and as the grandfather of Jesus. It has been proven that “Sister” of Aaron means in the Quran “descendent of Aaron” while Aaron and Moses do not share the same father but same mother and thus they have different family lineage. So this exposed the fabrication of the Bible on the family of Aaron and Moses by Allah addressing Mary as the “sister” of Aaron.
Another flaw that Rahul is using on the Quran is the meaning of “imra’atu” at Surah 3:35 which states “Behold! A woman of 'Imran said: "O my Lord! I do dedicate unto Thee what is in my womb for Thy special service.” Here he uses the translation of the Arabic word “imra’atu” to mean wife of Imran and that is how he incurred the error that Imran is the father of Mary and the grandfather of Jesus. On the contrary if the meaning is taken as “a woman of Imran” then the meaning is not the wife of Imran but a family member of Imran as the following verse define the other meaning than a “wife” as stated:-
"I found (there) a woman (imra’atu) ruling over them and provided with every requisite; and she has a magnificent throne. (Surah 27:23). This verse does not carry the meaning of “a wife” and similarly at Surah 3:35 the mother of Mary is not the wife of Imran and thus he is not the grandfather of Jesus as Rahul claimed.
Thus when Allah refer Mary as the “sister” of Aaron and Mary’s mother as “a woman” of Imran He is referring to “sister” as descendent of Aaron and Imran as patriarch of the family of Imran not the husband of Mary’s mother. Therefore there is no error in the Quran and it should not be understood by the falsehood of the Bible!
Rahul Balakrishnan said later Muslim writers were so embarrassed with this error. Ibn Kathir in the 14th century writes that the Quran actually did not mean "biological sister" when it said "O sister of Harun" and meant that Mary was actually resembling Harun in worship, thus completely overturning the explanation that Muhammad gave.
 Is it still possible that Mary's father was actually named Imran and that she had a brother named Harun? If you are thinking that way, you need to think why no other book ever mentioned this for more than 600 years since Mary's era until the Quran mentioned it? The obvious answer is that Quran borrowed it from Bible while making a fatal error.
There is no way to reconcile this embarrassing historical error. This only affirms that the author of Quran was actually borrowing second hand knowledge from books such as the Bible.
The Prophet (Pbuh) never copy anything from the Bible but the Quran is sent down to expose the falsehood of the Bible and to confirm whatever truth left of the Bible because it is the “muhaiminan” or guardian over previous scriptures as stated in Surah 5:15 and Surah 5:48:-
O people of the Book! There hath come to you our Messenger, revealing to you much that ye used to hide in the Book, and passing over much (that is now unnecessary): There hath come to you from Allah a (new) light and a perspicuous Book,  (Surah 5:15)
To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what Allah hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that hath come to thee. (5:48)
(It is) a Qur'an in Arabic, without any crookedness (therein): in order that they may guard against Evil. (Surah 39:28)