Alleged “Jewish Sources” of the Glorious Qur’an Debunked

Khaled Colwill

Prophet Yusuf (as)

The Israeli academic Meir Bar-Ilan claims that the source of Glorious Qur’an 12:31 is one of the Aramaic piyyut (poems) that were discovered in the Cairo Genizah findings. He writes:

Concerning the date of this poem and its counterparts, the situation is clear: the Aramaic texts are full of Greek words, and there is no doubt that these poems come from the Byzantine era, around the fourth to sixth centuries. That is to say, once and for all, the argument is settled: The Aramaic poem in which the narrative of the women’s feast appears predated the Qurʾān, so it is clear that the ladies’ feast in the Qurʾān is based on a Jewish source, and not vice versa.

This is a rather hasty conclusion. After all, the linguistic/cultural environment of Palestine did not change overnight once Islamic rule came. This environment, such as the prevalence…

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Islam’s Seven Heavens Derived From Mesopotamian/Sumerian Myth?

Khaled Colwill

In the name of God, the all-Compassionate, the all-Merciful

Ancient Mesopotamians/Sumerians believed in seven heavens and sevenearths, the first heaven being home to all the stars. Islam also teaches seven heavens, the first being the solar system. Hence, critics infer, the seven heavens are ultimately of mythic origin.

In fact, as Qur’an 71:1-15 clearly show, the seven heavens and earths were part of the Ilm al-Ghayb (Knowledge of the Unseen) Allah revealed to Prophet Noah pbuh. This knowledge, like that of the Big Bang and the Seven Gates of Hell, was obviously inherited by post-flood humanity and became embedded/embellished in the myths of subsequent cultures.

This knowledge may have also been revealed to other prophets who were sent following the (local) Flood that wiped out humanity except Noah and his family, every nation on earth having received a messenger at some point…

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Does Qur’an 4:157 Deny Christ’s Crucifixion?

Khaled Colwill

And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger – they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain. Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise. The Noble Qur’an 4:157-8

Christian apologists love to cite the above passage as flat-out proof the Qur’an is bogus: how can the author be God, they say, when he can’t even get basic facts of history straight? “The one indisputable fact about Jesus of Nazareth that is recognised by every historical scholar is that Jesus died by crucifixion”, as William Lane Craig puts it, “and yet this is the one historical fact about Jesus that the Koran…

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Was the Noble Qur’an Influenced by Christian Apocryphal Sources?

Khaled Colwill

Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew

See Is the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew the Source of Qur’an 19:22-5? A Response to Wikiislam.

Infancy GospelofThomas / Protoevangelium of James

Infancy (c.145 CE)includes the same detail as Qur’an 3:49, while Protoevangelium (c. 145 CE) contains the same detail as Qur’an 3:37 and 3:44.

There’s nothing fanciful in supposing that these puny details represent historically authentic traditions (albeit embellished in the case of Infancy) which remained in oral circulation in the 100+ years following Christ’s ministry, eventually reaching Syria and Egypt (the respective provenances* of Infancy and Protoevangelium). Nor does their entry into the historical record at so late a date prove much either, especially in the case of Protoevangelium with its focus on Mary rather than (as with the canonical gospels) Jesus (as).

Of course, given the generally unreliable nature of Infancy and Protoevangelium, we’ve every reason to…

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A Psychological Argument for the Qur’an’s Divine Origin from “The Divine Reality” by Hamza Tzortzis

Bismillah i-rahman i-rahim

In his book “The Divine Reality”, Hamza Tzortzis writes:

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ experienced many trials and tribulations during the course of his Prophetic mission. For example, his children died, his beloved wife Khadija passed away, he was boycotted, his close companions were tortured and killed, he was stoned by children, he engaged in military campaigns; throughout all this, the Qur’an’s literary nature remains that of the Divine voice and character.[73] Nothing in the Qur’an expresses the turmoil and emotions of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. It is almost a psychological and physiological impossibility to go through what the Prophet ﷺ went through, and have none of the resultant emotions manifest themselves in the literary character of the Qur’an.

Someone might argue: “Well, this only shows that Muhammad wasn’t the author. It doesn’t mean God is. After all, someone could have been writing it for him who wasn’t experiencing the same suffering.

But Tzortzis points out the absurdity of the Qur’an being authored by a human other than Muhammad (saw), writing elsewhere in the same essay:

If an Arab other than the Prophet ﷺ had produced it, he would have had to constantly shadow the Prophet ﷺ wherever he went, and spew out revelations whenever the occasion called for it. Is one seriously to believe such a fraud would go unexposed for the entire 23-year period of revelation?

The Qur’an was either from man or from Allah. Having exhausted the former option, we are left with the latter as the only plausible explanation.

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