Thursday, April 30, 2015

More claim of contradictions of the Quran being refuted

Below are given more claims by the disbelievers of contradictions of the Quran
Misconceived contradiction of Allah’s decree
Are Allah's decrees changed or not?1."Rejected were the messengers before thee: with patience and constancy they bore their rejection and their wrongs, until Our aid did reach them: there is none that can alter the words (and decrees) of Allah. Already hast thou received some account of those messengers," (6:34). 2."The word of thy Lord doth find its fulfillment in truth and in justice: None can change His words: for He is the one who heareth and knoweth all, (6:115). 3.None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things?" (2:106). 4.When We substitute one revelation for another, and Allah knows best what He reveals (in stages), they say, "Thou art but a forger": but most of them understand not," (16:101).
Refutation: Allah’s decree will never change. When Allah substituted His revelation with another His decree did not changed. What is being changed is only in location and situation but the decree remained intact. Below is an example when He abrogates a revelation and replaced with a better one there is no changing in the decree involved:
Permitted to you, on the night of the fasts, is the approach to your wives. They are your garments and ye are their garments. Allah knoweth what ye used to do secretly among yourselves; but He turned to you and forgave you; so now associate with them, and seek what Allah Hath ordained for you, and eat and drink, until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black thread; then complete your fast till the night appears; but do not associate with your wives while ye are in retreat in the mosques. Those are Limits (set by) Allah: Approach not nigh thereto. Thus doth Allah make clear His Signs to men: that they may learn self-restraint. (S 2:187)   
It is stated in the above verse in the earlier stage there was restriction to approach the wives at night during the fasting month of Ramadhan but Allah make it easier by repealing this restriction because it was violated. However the restriction is not totally abandoned it is still maintained when they are in retreat in the mosques. Thus the decree to approach to the wives is relaxed but the restriction is still maintained at the mosques and thus there is no change in the decree of Allah.
Misconceived contradiction over the consumption of wine
Is wine consumption good or bad? 1.O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination of Satan's handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper," (5:90). 2.(Here is) a Parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised: in it are rivers of water incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, a joy to those who drink; and rivers of honey pure and clear. In it there are for them all kinds of fruits; and Grace from their Lord. (Can those in such Bliss) be compared to such as shall dwell forever in the Fire, and be given, to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels (to pieces)?" (47:15). 3.Truly the Righteous will be in Bliss: On Thrones (of Dignity) will they command a sight (of all things): Thou wilt recognize in their faces the beaming brightness of Bliss. Their thirst will be slaked with Pure Wine sealed,"
Refutation: In wine consumption it is not a case whether it is good or bad, the disputant miss to observe this important verse of the Quran which says: They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say: "In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit." (S2:219). Here if the wine is taken for health reason or mixed with medicines or as supplement to preserve food to make the food last longer or tastier then it is the good part which is allowed by God. In the hereafter only the good part of the wine will be served as shown here: Round will be passed to them a Cup from a clear-flowing fountain, Crystal-white, of a taste delicious to those who drink (thereof), Free from headiness; nor will they suffer intoxication therefrom. The good part is not to be intoxicated otherwise a great sin will be committed as stated in this verse: Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain? (S5:91). When one is intoxicated it is then a sin to offer the obligatory prayer as he will not have control over his mind as reminded in this command: O ye who believe! Approach not prayers with a mind befogged, until ye can understand all that ye say (S4:43). So there is no contradiction between the verses put up by the accuser as it is not a question of wine being good or bad it is the intention to consume for the good or for bad purpose.
Misconceived contradiction of Quranic inheritance law
And it just doesn't add up: Sura 4:11-12 and 4:176 state the Qur'anic inheritance law. When a man dies, and is leaving behind three daughters, his two parents and his wife, they will receive the respective shares of 2/3 for the 3 daughters together, 1/3 for the parents together [both according to verse 4:11] and 1/8 for the wife [4:12] which adds up to more than the available estate. A second example: A man leaves only his mother, his wife and two sisters, then they receive 1/3 [mother, 4:11], 1/4 [wife, 4:12] and 2/3 [the two sisters, 4:176], which again adds up to 15/12 of the available property.
Refutation: For easy reference the share in fraction will also be converted into percentage. In the first example given above, when a man leaves behind:
3 daughters they get 2/3 converted to common fraction is 16/24 or   66.7%;
the parents get          1/3  converted to common fraction is  8/24  or   33.3%
and the wife get         1/8 converted to common fraction is   3/24 or    12.5%
There is an excess claim of 3/24 or 12.5% where total claim is (27/24) or (112.5%)
Refutation: It is true in this kind of family composition the situation will be excess of claim over what is available if one does not write his will the consequence is if all claim according to their share they will quarrel. So this fraction or percentage was deliberately done by the wisdom of Allah so that it is a reminder from Allah that wealthy people will be incumbent to write a proper will before he dies as stated in the verse: It is prescribed, when death approaches any of you, if he leave any goods that he make a bequest to parents and next of kin, according to reasonable usage; this is due from the God-fearing. (S2:180).
When Allah gives the command of a mismatched claim that exceeded by 3/24 or 12.5% as can happen as in the example of the above family composition (3 daughters, both parents and wife claiming) He did not leave the believers without solution, He retain in His Quran an amicable way of solving this situation. The solution lies in this statement in in the following verse of the Quran:
Ye know not whether your parents or your children are nearest to you in benefit. These are settled portions ordained by Allah; and Allah is All-knowing, Al-wise (S4:11)
The wisdom of the above statement is if we are allowed to choose between our children and parent whom we prefer then it is easy for us to take the initiative by deducting the portion from the one we less prefer so that the original portion of the one we love remain intact.
In the example above 3/24 or 12.5% can be deducted from either our parent or our children. If it is the parents we love more or benefit us more we keep their share intact at the expense of the children share thus the children portion of 16/24 – 3/24 = 13/24. Then the equation is matched as follows: 13/24(deducted from children) + 8/24 (parents intact) + 3/24 (wife no change) = 24/24 or 100%
Alternatively if it is the children we prefer then the excess claim of 3/24 can be taken off from the parents thus the parents portion of 8/24 – 3/24 = 5/24. Thus the equation is matched again as follows: 16/24 (children intact) + 5/24 (parents reduced) +3/24 (wife no change) = 24/24 or 100%
However Allah in Surah 4:11 insinuated you know not whom is nearer to you in benefit between the parents and the children and thus it is only fair that we deduct equally the excess claim of 3/24 into equal portion from both the children and the parent while the wife’s claim remain unchanged. Thus the equation is in equivalent again as shown below having converted to common factor: (1/24 converted to 2/48 so 3/24 = 6/48 resulting in deducting of equal portion of 3/48 each from the children and the parents respectively)
Children 32/48 minus 3/48 = 29/48
Parents   16/48 minus 3/48 = 13/48
Wife unchanged 6/48            =  6/48               
Total                                         48/48  again 100%
Thus in this kind of family composition the testator would have to write his will that he leaves 29/48 (or 60.42%) to his children; 13/48 (or 27.08%) to the parents and 6/48 (or 12.5%) to the wife. In truth it all adds up to 48/48 or 100% claim which does not exceed the estates left if one write his will by following the guidance from the Quran.
However if the tester is adamant to write exactly as original prescribed with the excess claim in the above fraction, his will can be denied as this will trigger the clause of the role of the witnesses who have the right to change it to its proper faction or percentage to equal one or 100%. This is provided in the following verse of the Quran as stated:
But if anyone fears partiality or wrong-doing on the part of the testator, and makes peace between (The parties concerned), there is no wrong in him: For Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. (S2:182).
As regard to the second example given by the disbeliever: A man leaves only his mother, his wife and two sisters, then they receive 1/3 [mother, 4:11], 1/4 [wife, 4:12] and 2/3 [the two sisters, 4:176], which again adds up to 15/12 of the available property.
Refutation: In the above example if either the mother or wife is still alive the sister or the brother has no claim at all. Therefore there is no excess claim in the above example.
Thus this proven that in the Quran writing a will is obligatory for the wealthy so that wherever there is a situation of excess claim Allah provide an amicable solution how to reduce the claim as he writes his will. Similarly a loner without any ascendant or descendant in writing his will, he can will his total wealth to anybody he pleases as stated in the following verse:
From what is left by parents and those nearest related there is a share for men and a share for women, whether the property be small or large a determinate share. (S4:7) 
However the moment he got married and has more than two children he has to change his will by giving 1/8 (or 12.5%) to his wife and 2/3 (or 66.67%) to his children while the balance of (100%-79,17%) 20.83% he is allowed to distributed back to his main family members or any other kindred or even his close friends. It is only when the wife, the parents and the children are still living there is no space for his to will it to anybody he pleases instead he has to reduce the excess portion from the parent and the children as been explained above.  Thus there is no contradiction in the calculation in the inheritance law of the verses from Allah as being made detail in the Quran it is only the ignorance and the rejection of the disbelievers when it comes to them of the truth of the Quran.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Thwarting more misconceived contradictions of the Quran

Below are given more claim by the disbelievers of contradictions of the Quran
Misconceived contradiction of the creation of man
What was man created from: blood, clay, dust, or nothing?1."Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood," (96:2). 2."We created man from sounding clay, from mud moulded into shape, (15:26). 3."The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him: "Be". And he was," (3:59). 4."But does not man call to mind that We created him before out of nothing?" (19:67, Yusuf Ali). Also, 52:35). 5."He has created man from a sperm-drop; and behold this same (man) becomes an open disputer! (16:4).
Refutation: It is God’s procedure when He created anything it is a process from nothing to something. Similarly when He created man in the beginning there was no human and He begins the process of creating man from nothing S19:67. He then created the elements essential for the creation of mankind which is clay (S15:26) mixed with water (S25:54) into mud molded into shape at S15:26. The sticky mud is turned into sperm (S36:77) and thus the process become clear as in Surah 22:5 O mankind! if ye have a doubt about the Resurrection, (consider) that We created you out of dust, then out of sperm, then out of a leech-like clot, then out of a morsel of flesh, partly formed and partly unformed, in order that We may manifest (our power) to you; and We cause whom We will to rest in the wombs for an appointed term, then do We bring you out as babes, then (foster you) that ye may reach your age of full strength. And Allah gives us the things which we did not have before as stated: Verily We created Man from a drop of mingled sperm, in order to try him: So We gave him (the gifts), of Hearing and Sight (S76:2). There is therefore no contradiction in the Quran as it is a procedure of creation by Allah.
Misconceived contradiction on the compulsion of religion
Is there or is there not compulsion in religion according to the Qur'an? 1."Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things," (2:256). 2."And an announcement from Allah and His Messenger, to the people (assembled) on the day of the Great Pilgrimage, that Allah and His Messenger dissolve (treaty) obligations with the Pagans. If then, ye repent, it were best for you; but if ye turn away, know ye that ye cannot frustrate Allah. And proclaim a grievous penalty to those who reject Faith," (9:3). 3."But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful," (9:5). 4.Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued," (9:29).
Refutation: According to the Quran a Muslim who refused to pay the zakat is classified under the same category as the pagan as stated in the following verses: Say thou: "I am but a man like you: It is revealed to me by Inspiration, that your Allah is one Allah: so stand true to Him, and ask for His Forgiveness." And woe to those who join gods with Allah (Pagan), Those who practice not regular charity (zakat), and who even deny the Hereafter (S41:6-7).These category who did not pay the zakat were classified as pagans and until they pay the zakat war was declared upon them unless they repent by paying the zakat and establish regular prayers. Similarly the People of the Book they have to pay the Jizya which is the equivalent of the zakat paid by the Muslims at a standard rate of 1/5 or 20 percent of their income as stated:  And know that out of all the booty that ye may acquire, a fifth share is assigned to Allah, and to the Messenger, and to near relatives, orphans, the needy, and the wayfarer, if ye do believe in Allah and in the revelation We sent down to Our servant on the Day of Testing, the Day of the meeting of the two forces. For Allah hath power over all things (S8:41). Repent here is referred to the due payment of zakat or jizya which were due to the authority which have to be settled. So this has nothing to do with freedom of religion but it is regarding on taxable income which is enforced on the whole community irrespective of one’s religion.
Misconceived contradiction of who was the first Muslim
The first Muslim was Muhammad? Abraham? Jacob? Moses?1."And I [Muhammad] am commanded to be the first of those who bow to Allah in Islam," (39:12). 2."When Moses came to the place appointed by Us, and his Lord addressed him, He said: "O my Lord! show (Thyself) to me, that I may look upon thee." Allah said: "By no means canst thou see Me (direct); But look upon the mount; if it abide in its place, then shalt thou see Me." When his Lord manifested His glory on the Mount, He made it as dust. And Moses fell down in a swoon. When he recovered his senses he said: "Glory be to Thee! To Thee I turn in repentance, and I am the first to believe." (7:143). 3."And this was the legacy that Abraham left to his sons, and so did Jacob; "Oh my sons! Allah hath chosen the Faith for you; then die not except in the Faith of Islam," (2:132).
Refutation: In all the above verses mentioned it is not about who was the first to become a Muslim but it is more of a declaration that submission to Allah and to believe in Him is one’s most priority than anything else. To be the first is to be foremost or to put his best being a Muslim. This is shown Pharaoh’s sorcerers surrendered themselves to become Muslim they declared: "Only, our desire is that our Lord will forgive us our faults, that we may become foremost among the believers!" (S26:51). Thus there is no dispute to claim who is the first Muslim but rather a commitment to be of the foremost in believing in Allah and being a committed Muslim.
Misconceived contradiction of Allah forgiveness
Does Allah forgive or not forgive those who worship false gods? 1.Allah forgiveth not that partners should be set up with Him; but He forgiveth anything else, to whom He pleaseth; to set up partners with Allah is to devise a sin Most heinous indeed," (4:48).  Also 4:116. 2.The people of the Book ask thee to cause a book to descend to them from heaven: Indeed they asked Moses for an even greater (miracle), for they said: "Show us Allah in public," but they were dazed for their presumption, with thunder and lightning. Yet they worshipped the calf even after clear signs had come to them; even so we forgave them; and gave Moses manifest proofs of authority," (4:153).
Refutation: Putting partners to God and worshipping other gods is two different things. Allah may forgive those who worshipped other gods maybe out of ignorance but when putting partners to God it is done deliberately with comprehension. The reason putting partners to God is the most heinous crime because the fabricator is giving authority that partners the same status of all the attributes of God the Al Mighty. This is blatantly unacceptable as the One and only God is described as follows: Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him. (S112). A clear example of putting partners to God is making Jesus as god as stated: They do blaspheme who say: "Allah is Christ the son of Mary." But said Christ: "O Children of Israel! Worship Allah my Lord and your Lord" Whoever joins other gods with Allah, Allah will forbid him the garden, and the Fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help. (S5:72)
Below is an example of an actual debate how a misconceived contradiction is refuted:
Misconceived contradiction over how many surah God put a challenge to the disbelievers – is it S2:23 & 10:38 one surah or S11:13 ten surah
John said when we read 10:38, there is not mentioned that first Allah said that they must show 10 surahs. Furthermore 2:23-24 comes earlier than 11:13, so first Allah said they must give one surah and later Allah said they must give 10 surahs. To free thinking people, with a brain given by the Divine Creator of Heaven and Earth is a bit confusing.
Asar commented 2:23 is saying a surah like unto it meaning if you choose Surah Fath the Opening do your one surah like unto it write 7 verses. Similarly 10 surah you choose 10 from the Quran calculate the no of verses and do like unto it but the condition Allah impose, is that you get your help from others besides Him. I don’t see any contradiction.  You try one like the opening Surah and we will see if it is absolute without contradiction.
John said Asar, first we read in 2:23-24 they need one surah, second in 11:13 they need ten surahs and finally in 28:49 a complete book of 100+ surahs. It is getting more and more. The Qur'an verses are not in agreement with each other. How many surahs does an unbeliever need to provide? 1, 10 or 100+?
Asar replied it is situational 2:23 if the unbeliever were in doubt to what Allah has reveal He challenge them to bring a surah like unto it. 10:37 if the unbelievers say he forged it then bring a surah like unto it. But in 11:13 when they say he forged it Allah demand from the unbeliever ten surah that is forged in the Quran and they are to produce the like thereof. However your quote at S28:49 has nothing to do with challenging to produce many surah to form a book but to bring forward any book that they think can give better guidance than the two books of Allah’s. There is no contradiction you misapprehend the meaning of those verses.
John said thanks for the interesting reply. It is true that there are different situations in the verses. However the question remains why there is a difference in the quantity? In all situations it is about the fact that unbelievers don't believe in the Koran and from the event it is clear that the unbelievers also have a message. We still have the question why in 2:23-24 only one surah is enough, while in the others much more is needed. It would be logical and understandable to avoid any number; in that case there would not be any contradiction for a non-Muslim
Asar replied unbelievers should understand that the Quran came down in stages S17:106 a challenge to produce one surah may happen when the Quran was a book with three surahs and a challenge for ten surahs when the Quran was with 20 surahs. Only when it is a completed book a challenge was made to the whole nation of mankind and Jinns at S17:88 to produce the like of this book. The number is a test for those who seek to believe or disbelieve. Therefore there is no contradiction whether one surah or ten surahs is offered to be challenged it is situational.