Origin of the Qur’an (continued)
Argument from Prophecies
Does the Qur’an contain predictive prophesies which prove
its divine origin? This will be treated elsewhere, so we will not go
into detail here. Points include:
Most of the predictions are really exhortations of a religious
military leader to fight on and God will give them the victory. The
one substantive prediction was about the Roman victory over the
Persian army at Issus (in sura 30:2-41)
did not come within the time period given by the prophecy of "within a
few years" and was to be expected.
The only other notable prophecy is a reference to ten nights found
in sura 89:22 that is interpreted
as a veiled prediction of the ten years of persecution suffered by
early Muslims. This is a doubtful interpretation, since the line
apparently speaks of pilgrimage.
Argument from Unity
Insisting that the Qur’an must be divine revelation because
it is self-consistent and non-contradictory is also unconvincing. As
noted, Muhammad’s revelations were sometimes changed, including the
cited "satanic verses" where the original revelation permitted a
certain tribe to worship pagan gods in sura 53:21-23.3
This is a serious matter for a prophet who believes polytheism is the
The whole concept of abrogation (mansukh) where previous
mistakes were corrected by later verses (called nasikh) reveals
a lack of unity in the Qur’an. Sura 2:106 says, "Such of Our
revelations as We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring (in
place) one better or the like thereof. Knowest thou not that Allah is
Able to do all things?" For example, what is called "the sword verse"
(sura 9:54) supposedly annuls 124
verses which originally encouraged tolerance (cf. sura 2:2565). The Qur’an says emphatically "Let there be no compulsion In
religions" (sura 2:256), yet in other places it urges Muslims to
"Fight those who believe not" (sura 9:29) and "fight and slay The
Pagans wherever ye find them" (sura 9:5). Nasikh is a
contradiction in that the Qur’an claims that "No change there
can be in the Words of God" (sura 10:64), which they say the Qur’an
is. For "there is none That can alter the Words (and
Decrees) of God" (sura 6:34). Yet the Qur’an teaches the
doctrine of abrogation by which later revelations annul previous ones.
As Gerhard Nehls keenly observed, "we should like to find out how a
divine revelation can be improved. We would have excepted it to have
been perfect and true right from the start."6
Some Muslims, like Ali, claim that abrogation is just "progressive
revelation," adapting God’s same message to different people living at
different periods. "But Sura 2:1067
[on abrogation] does not speak of culture or progressive revelation
with reference to scriptures given prior to Mohammed, but to Quranic
verses only!"8 It makes sense that
God would progressively reveal himself over 1500 years of time, as in
the Bible. But the Bible brings to fulfillment and expands on earlier
teaching, rather than making corrections, and certainly not within
twenty years. This seems particularly true in view of the fact that
the correction verses are often near the ones being corrected. What is
more, there are verses that the Quranic abrogations apparently forgot
to redact. In sura 7:54 (and 32:4)9
we are told that the world was made in six days. But in sura 41:9-1210
it says it took God a total of eight days to create the world (two
plus four plus two). How can both be correct?
The Qur’an also claims humans are responsible for their own
choices (sura 18:2911), yet it
claims God has sealed the fate of all in advance, saying, "Every man’s
fate We have fastened On his own neck: On the Day of Judgment We shall
bring out For him a scroll. Which he will see Spread open" (sura 17:1312;
also see 10:99-10013).
Even if the Qur’an were consistent, unity or
self-consistency is at best a negative test for truth, not a positive
one. Of course, if a Book is from God who cannot err, then it won’t
have any contradictions in it. However, just because a book has no
contradictions does not mean God is the author. As John W. Montgomery
insightfully observed, Euclid’s geometry is self-consistent, but this
is not ground to call it divinely authoritative.14
Self-consistency is the kind of argument that others (including
Christians) use for their holy books. But not all can be the inspired
Word of God since they are mutually contradictory. Unity in itself
does not prove divine authenticity, or all self-consistent but
opposing holy books are all true. The Bible is at least as
self-consistent as the Qur’an, but no Muslim would admit that
it therefore is inspired of God.
Argument from Scientific Accuracy
This argument has gained popularity in recent times, primarily due
to Maurice Bucaille’s book, The Bible, the Qur’an and Science,
in which Christianity is attacked for holding back the progress of
science, and the Qur’an is exalted as promoting science.
Indeed, he insists that the Qur’an marvelously foreshadowed
modern science in many of its statements, thus miraculously confirming
its divine origin.
But Christianity, not Islam, was the mother of modern science. M.
B. Foster, writing for the prestigious English philosophy journal
Mind noted that the Christian doctrine of creation is the origin
of modern science.15 The founders
of almost every area of modern science were Christians working from
their worldview. This includes men such as Nikolai Copernicus,
Johannes Kepler, William Kelvin, Isaac Newton, Blaise Pascal, Robert
Boyle, James Clark Maxwell, and Louis Agassiz.
So while Islamic monotheism made many contributions to modern
culture, it is an overstatement to claim credit for the origin of
modern science. Muslim armies destroyed vast resources of knowledge.
Pfander, for example, notes that under the Caliph Umar the Muslim
soldiers destroyed the vast libraries at Alexandria and Persia. When
the general asked Umar what he should do with the books, he is said to
have replied: "Cast them into the rivers. For, if in these books there
is guidance, then we have still better guidance in the Book of God.
If, on the contrary, there is in them that which will lead astray,
then may God protect us from them."16
Second, it is a mistake to assume that a book is inspired simply
because it conforms with modern science. Muslim and Christian
apologists have made the mistake of assuming the truth of a particular
scientific knowledge system. Scientific knowledge changes. Then what
appeared to be "harmony" can vanish. Embarrassing mistakes have been
made by defenders attempting to see modern scientific theories in
their Holy Book.
Even if perfect harmony could be demonstrated between the Qur’an
and scientific fact, this would not prove the divine inspiration of
the Qur’an. It would simply prove that the Qur’an made
no scientific error. At best, scientific accuracy is a negative test
for truth. If error were found, it would prove that it was not the
Word of God. The same applies to the Bible or any other religious
book. Of course, if a book consistently and accurately anticipated by
centuries what was only later discovered, then this could be used in a
theistic context to indicate a supernatural source. But the Qur’an
shows no evidence of supernatural predictions as does the Bible.
Some critics question just how scientifically accurate the
Qur’an is. Take, for example, the Qur’an’s highly
controversial statement that human beings are formed from a clot of
blood. Surah 23:14 reads, "Then We made the sperm Into a clot of
congealed blood; Then of that clot We made A (foetus) lump; then We
Made out of that lump Bones and clothed the bones With flesh." This is
scarcely a scientific description of embryonic development. In order
to avoid the problem, Bucaille retranslates the verse, rendering the
Arabia word alaq ("blood clot") as "the thing which clings."17
However, this is questionable. It is contrary to the work of
recognized Islamic authorities who did the major English translations.
And Bucaille himself recognized that "a majority of translations
describe… man’s formation from a ‘blood clot’ or ‘adhesion’."18
This leaves the impression that his own home-made translation was
generated to solve the problem, since he recognizes that "a statement
of this kind is totally unacceptable to scientists specializing in
Likewise, other critics note that the Qur’an in sura 18:86
speaks of one traveling west "till, when he reached the setting-place
of the sun, he found it setting in a muddy spring." But even in his
attempt to explain this problem, Yusuf Ali admits this has "puzzled
Commentators." Nor does he really explain the problem, but simply
asserts that this cannot be "the extreme west, for there is no such
thing."20 Indeed, there is no
extreme west, nor can anyone by traveling west come to the place
eventually to the place where the sun sets. But this is what the text
says, unscientific as it may be.
Others have observed that the so-called scientific foreshadowing of
the Qur’an is highly questionable. Kenneth Cragg notes that "It
has been frequently claimed by some Muslim exegetes of the Qur’an
that modern inventions and scientific data, even nuclear fission, have
been anticipated there and can now be detected in passages not
hitherto appreciated for their prescience. Meanings earlier
unsuspected disclose themselves as science proceeds." This conclusion,
however, "is strongly repudiated by others as the kind of
corroboration the Qur’an, as a ‘spiritual’ Scripture, neither
needs nor approves."21
Even if the Qur’an were proven to be scientifically
accurate, it would not thereby be divinely authoritative. All accuracy
would prove is that the Qur’an made no scientific blunders.
This would not be unparalleled. Some Jewish scholars claim the same
for the Torah and many Christians claim exactly the same thing for the
Bible, using very similar arguments. But Bucaille would not allow that
this demonstrates that the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God.
Argument from Mathematical Structure
One popular proof for the Qur’an’s divine origin is its
alleged miraculous basis in the number nineteen. Nineteen is the sum
of the numerical value of all the letters in the word "one" (from the
basic belief that God is one). Such an apologetic method does not find
a great deal of acceptance in scholarly circles for good reason. No
Muslim would accept a message claiming to be from God if it taught
idolatry or immorality. Certainly no message containing such claims
would be accepted on mathematical grounds alone. So even if the
Qur’an were a mathematical "miracle," this would not be sufficient
to prove that it was of God even to thinking Muslims.
Second, even if the odds are astronomic against the Qur’an
having all these amazing combinations of the number 19, it proves
nothing more than that there is a mathematical order behind the
language of the Qur’an. Since language is an expression of the
order of human thought and since this order can often be reduced to
mathematical expression, it is not unusual that a mathematical order
can be found behind the language of a document. In fact, there is
nothing so unusual about sentences having nineteen letters.
Further, the same kind of argument (based on the number seven) has
been used to "prove" the inspiration of the Bible. Take the first
verse of the Bible "In the beginning God created the heavens and the
earth." G. Nehls points out that:
The verse consist of 7 Hebrew words and 28 letters (7 x 4). There
are three nouns: "God, heavens, earth", their total numeric value
... is 777 (7 x 11). The verb "created" has the value 203 (7 x 29).
The object is contained in the first three words—with 14 letters (7
x 2). The other four words contain the subject—also with 14 letters
(7 x 2) [and so on].22
But no Muslim would allow this to count as an argument in favor of
the divine inspiration of the Bible. At best the argument is esoteric
and unconvincing. Even most Muslim scholars avoid using it.
Argument from Changed Lives
Apologists point to the transformation of lives and culture by the
Qur’an as a proof of its divine origin. Such transformations
should be expected. When one fervently believes something to be true
they live by it. But this still leaves open the question as to whether
it is the Word of God. Any set of ideas fervently believed and applied
will transform believers and their culture. This is true whether the
ideas are Buddhistic, Christian, Islamic, or Judaistic. What Muslim
would accept the argument that Karl Marx’s Das Capital is
inspired because it transformed millions of lives and many cultures?
Critics find it no surprise that so many converted to Islam when it
is remembered what the promised reward was for those who did and the
threatened punishment for those who did not. Those who "submitted"
were promised Paradise with beautiful women (sura 2:25; 4:5723).
But "The punishment of those Who wage war against God And His Apostle,
and strive With might... Is: execution, or crucifixion. Or the cutting
off of hands And feet from opposite sides. Or exile from the land" (sura
5:36). Islamic tradition reports that Muhammad gave the exhortation to
his followers that: "The sword is the key of heaven and of hell; a
drop of blood shed in the cause of God, a night spent in arms, is of
more avail than two month’s fasting and prayer. Whoever falls in
battle, his sins are forgiven at the day of judgment."24
Human greed played a part. "Arab warriors were… entitled to
four-fifths of all the booty they gathered in the form of movable
goods and captives."25 It was of
great advantage for the enemy to submit. Polytheists had two choices:
submit or die. Christians and Jews had another alternative: they could
pay heavy taxes (sura 9:5, 2926).
Also Islamic conquests were successful because in some of the
conquered lands the people were fed up with the maltreatment of their
Roman rulers and willingly accepted Islam’s emphasis on equality and
Further, a Christian or Jewish person could argue for the truth of
their religions on the same ground. It should not be surprising that
sincere belief in God, his moral law, and a final day of judgment
would change one’s life—things which all moral monotheists believe.
But one cannot jump from this to prove Muhammad is the last and final
prophet of God.
If it is possible to prove that changed lives in one religion are
evidence of its unique divine origin, then in view of the transforming
power of the Gospel (Rom. 1:16), Christianity is equal, if not
superior, to Islam. In his famous Evidences of Christianity,
William Paley observes:
For what are we comparing? A Galilean peasant accompanied by a
few fishermen with a conqueror at the head of his army. We compare
Jesus, without force, without power, without support, without one
external circumstance of attraction or influence, prevailing against
the prejudices, the learning, the hierarchy, of his country, against
the ancient religious opinions, the pompous religious rites, the
philosophy, the wisdom, the authority, of the Roman empire, in the
most polished and enlightened period of its existence,—with Mahomet
making his way amongst Arabs; collecting followers in the mist of
conquests and triumphs, in the darkest ages and countries of the
world, and when success in arms not only operated by that command of
men’s wills and persons which attend prosperous undertakings, but
was considered as a sure testimony of Divine approbation. That
multitudes, persuaded by this argument, should join the train of a
victorious chief; that still greater multitudes should, without any
argument, bow down before irresistible power—is a conduct in which
we cannot see much to surprise us; in which we can see nothing that
resembles the causes by which the establishment of Christianity was
Argument from the Rapid Spread of Islam
Some Muslim scholars point to the rapid spread of Islam as proof of
its divine origin. According to one Muslim apologist, "the rapid
spread of Islam shows that God Most High sent it as His final
revelation to men."28 Islam teaches
that it is destined to be the universal religion. There are several
serious problems with this reasoning. First, one could question both
size and rapid growth as definitive tests for truth. The majority is
not always right. Indeed, history has shown they are often wrong.
Even by its own test Islam is not the true religion, since
Christianity has been and still is the largest religion in the world
in number of adherents—a fact that is a great embarrassment to
Muslims. Further, even if rapid growth is used as a test of the truth
of a system, Christianity, not Islam, would prove to be the true
religion. For it grew faster at the beginning by its simple message
and under heavy persecution by the Romans than did Islam by force of
arms. In fact, it not only gained thousands of immediate converts from
its Jewish roots within days and weeks (Acts 2:41; 4:4; 5:14), but it
conquered the Roman empire by spiritual force, within its first few
To be sure, Christian crusaders (twelfth-fourteenth centuries) also
engaged in the use of the sword, which Jesus forbid his disciples to
do to spread his message (Matt. 26:52). But this was long after
Christianity had conquered the world without it. By contrast, Islam
did not grow on the mere strength of its message but only later when
it used the sword. Indeed, early Christianity grew the most when the
Roman government was using the sword on Christians during the first
There are perfectly natural reasons for Islam’s later rapid spread,
says Shorrosh. Islam glorified Arabic people, customs, and language.
It provided an incentive to conquer and plunder other lands. It
utilized the ability to fight in the desert. It provided a heavenly
reward for dying, and it absorbed many pre-Islamic practices in Arab
culture. Even if one points to more positive reasons, such as moral,
political, and cultural improvements, there seems to be no reason to
posit anything but natural causes for the spread of Islam. Finally,
there were natural incentives for the many converts. Soldiers were
promised paradise as a reward for dying in the spread of Islam. And
the people who did not submit were threatened with death, slavery, or
taxation. There is no need to appeal to the supernatural to account
for growth of Islam under these conditions.
Islamic scholar, Wilfred Cantwell Smith pinpoints the Muslim
dilemma. Muslims believe Islam is God-willed and destined to dominate
the world, so its failure to do so must be an indication that God’s
sovereign will is being frustrated. But Muslims deny that God’s will
can be frustrated. Hence, logically they should conclude that it is
not God-willed. Muhammad’s biographer, M. H. Haykal misses the point
in his response that human beings are free, and any defeat or
set-backs are to be attributed to them.29
If in fact God has willed the supremacy of Islam, then his sovereign
will has been frustrated, through human freedom or without it. For
Islam is not and has not been since the time of its inception the
enduring dominant religion of the world numerically, spiritually, or
culturally. Even if Islam should have a sudden burst of success and
surpass all other religions, this would not prove it is of God.
Logically, all that success proves is that it succeeded, not
necessarily that it is true. For even after something succeeds we can
still ask: Is it true or false?
Argument from God Speaking in First Person
Muslims appeal to the fact that God speaks in the first person as
evidence that the Qur’an is the Word of God. In the Bible God
is generally referred to in the second or third person, from a human
point of view. However, not all the Qur’an speaks of God in the
first person, so by this logic only those sections in the first person
are inspired. No Muslim would willingly say that. Also, in much of the
Bible God speaks in the first person yet Muslims do not admit that
these passages are the words of God, especially when God
blesses Israel, giving them the land of Palestine as an inheritance.
The truth is that both the Qur’an and the Bible have
passages which speak of God in the first person and in the third
person. So, Muslims can hardly use this as a unique proof of the
divine origin of the Qur’an.
Evidence of a Human-Inspired Qur’an
Not only is evidence lacking for a divine origin of the Qur’an,
but there is strong indications that its origin is not divine.
God cannot make mistakes or change his mind. Yet, as was shown
above, the Qur’an reflects such fallibility on many occasions.
Purely Human Sources
Based on the findings of reputable scholars of Islam, the content
of the Qur’an can be traced to either Jewish or Christian works
(often from Jewish or Christian apocrypha) or pagan sources. Arthur
Jeffry, in his technical and scholarly volume. The Foreign
Vocabulary of the Qur’an, ably demonstrates that "not only the
greater part of the religious vocabulary, but also most of the
cultural vocabulary of the Qur’an is of non-Arabic origin."30
Some of the vocabulary sources include Abyssinian, Persian, Greek,
Syriac, Hebrew, and Coptic.31
St. Clair-Tisdall, in The Sources of Islam, also reveals the
direct dependence of certain Qur’anic stories from the Old
Testament on the Jewish Talmud. The influence of the Talmud can
be seen on the Qur’anic stories of Cain and Abel, Abraham and
the idols, and the Queen of Sheba. The direct influence of Christian
apocrypha can be seen in the story of seven sleepers and the childhood
miracles of Jesus, and Zoroastrian doctrines appear in descriptions of
the houris (virgins) in Paradise and the Sirat (the
bridge between hell and paradise).32
Muslim practices of visiting the shrine of Ka’aba, and the many
details of the ceremony of Hajj, including visits to the hills of Safa
and Marwa, and the throwing of stones against a stone pillar
symbolizing Satan, were all pre-Islamic practices of pagan Arabia.33
The Genius of Muhammad
As was noted above, Muhammad may not have been illiterate, and even
if he had no formal training, he was a bright and talented person.
There is no reason that such a creative mind could not have been the
source of teachings in the Qur’an that have no known human
Muhammad biographer Haykal identifies a possible source of
Muhammad’s "revelations" in his description of the creative Arab
imagination: "Living as he does under the vault of heaven and moving
constantly in search of pasture or trade, and being constantly forced
into the excesses, exaggerations, and even lies which the life of
trade usually entails, the Arab is given to the exercise of his
imagination and cultivates it at all times whether for good or for
ill, for peace or for war."34
Possible Satanic Sources of the Qur’an
It is also possible that Muhammad could have received his
revelations from an evil spirit. He himself at first believed that his
"revelations" were coming from a demon but he was encouraged by his
wife Khadija and her cousin, Waraqah, to believe the revelation came
from God. Whether by his own genius, other human sources, or finite
evil spirits, there is nothing in the Qur’an that cannot be
explained without divine revelation.
In spite of the above evidences against any divine origin of the
Qur’an, it is interesting that Muslim authors have been most
unwilling to address the issue of the human origins of the Qur’an,
but have simply repeated their dogmatic assertions about its divine
source. In fact, seldom does one find an acknowledgment of problems,
let alone a defense, among Muslim scholars.
1 Surah 30:2-4—2.The Roman
Empire has been defeated- 3. In a land close by; but they, (even)
after (this) defeat of theirs, will soon be victorious- 4. Within a
few years. With Allah is the Decision, in the past and in the
Future: on that Day shall the Believers rejoice-… [All Qur’an quotes
in footnotes are from the Yusuf Ali translation, and found at, e.g.,
2 89:2— By the Nights twice
3 Sura 53:19-23 originally
read: 19. Did you consider al-hat and al-Uzza 20. And al-Manat, the
third, the other? 21. Those are the swans exalted; 22. Their
intercession is expected; 23. Their likes are not neglected.
The "new" revelation reads: 53:19: "Have ye seen Lat. and ‘Uzza,
20 And another, the third (goddess), Manat? 21 "What! for you the
male sex, and for Him, the female? 22 Behold, such would be indeed a
division most unfair! 23 These are nothing but names which ye have
devised,- ye and your fathers,- for which God has sent down no
authority (whatever). They follow nothing but conjecture and what
their own souls desire!- Even though there has already come to them
Guidance from their Lord!
4 9:5— But when the forbidden
months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find
them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in
every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular
prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them:
for God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
5 2:256— Let there be no
compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever
rejects evil and believes in God hath grasped the most trustworthy
hand- hold, that never breaks. And God heareth and knoweth all
6 Gerhard Nehls, Christians
Ask Muslims (SIM International Life Challenge, 1987), p. 11.
7 2:106— None of Our
revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We
substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that God
Hath power over all things?
8 Nehls, Christians Ask
Muslims, p. 12.
9 7:54— Your Guardian-Lord is
God, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and is
firmly established on the throne (of authority): He draweth the
night as a veil o’er the day, each seeking the other in rapid
succession: He created the sun, t he moon, and the stars, (all)
governed by laws under His command. Is it not His to create and to
govern? Blessed be God, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds!
32:4— It is God Who has created the heavens and the earth, and
all between them, in six Days, and is firmly established on the
Throne (of Authority): ye have none, besides Him, to protect or
intercede (for you): will ye not then receive admonition?
10 41:9-12— 9. Say: Is it that
ye deny Him Who created the earth in two Days? And do ye join equals
with Him? He is the Lord of (all) the Worlds. 10. He set on the
(earth), mountains standing firm, high above it, and bestowed
blessings on the earth, and measure therein all things to give them
nourishment in due proportion, in four Days, in accordance with (the
needs of) those who seek (Sustenance). 11. Moreover He comprehended
in His design the sky, and it had been (as) smoke: He said to it and
to the earth: "Come ye together, willingly or unwillingly." They
said: "We do come (together), in willing obedience." 12. So He
completed them as seven firmaments in two Days, and He assigned to
each heaven its duty and command. And We adorned the lower heaven
with lights, and (provided it) with guard. Such is the Decree of
(Him) the Exalted in Might, Full of Knowledge.
11 18:29— Say, "The truth is
from your Lord": Let him who will believe, and let him who will,
reject (it): for the wrong-doers We have prepared a Fire whose
(smoke and flames), like the walls and roof of a tent, will hem them
in: if they implore relief t hey will be granted water like melted
brass, that will scald their faces, how dreadful the drink! How
uncomfortable a couch to recline on!
12 17:13— Every man’s fate We
have fastened on his own neck: On the Day of Judgment We shall bring
out for him a scroll, which he will see spread open.
13 10:99-100—99. If it had
been thy Lord’s will, they would all have believed,- all who are on
earth! wilt thou then compel mankind, against their will, to
believe! 100. No soul can believe, except by the will of God, and He
will place doubt (or obscurity) on those who will not understand.
14 John W. Montgomery,
Faith Founded on Fact (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1978), p.
15 See M. B. Foster, "The
Christian Doctrine of Creation and the Rise of Modern Science,"
Mind 43 (1934), pp. 13-14).
16 C. G. Pfander, The
Mizanu’l Haqq: The Balance of Truth (Austria: Light of Life,
1986), p. 365.
17 Maurice Bucaille, The
Bible, the Qur’an and Science (Translated by Alastair D. Pannell
and the author.) (Dehli, India: Taj, 1988), p. 204.
18 Ibid., p. 198.
20 A. Yusuf Ali, The Holy
Qur’an: Translation and Commentary (Damascus: Ouloom Alqur’an,
1934), p. 754, n. 2430.
21 Kenneth Cragg,
"Contemporary Trends in Islam," in J. D. Woodberry, ed., Muslims
and Christians on the Emmaus Road (Monrovia, 1989), , p. 42.
22 Nehls, Christians Ask
23 2:25— But give glad tidings
to those who believe and work righteousness, that their portion is
Gardens, beneath which rivers flow. Every time they are fed with
fruits therefrom, they say: "Why, this is what we were fed with
before," for they are given things in similitude; and they have
therein companions pure (and holy); and they abide therein (for
4:57— But those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, We
shall soon admit to Gardens, with rivers flowing beneath,- their
eternal home: Therein shall they have companions pure and holy: We
shall admit them to shades, cool and ever deepening.
24 Edward Gibbon (J. B. Burry,
ed.), The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,
vol. 5 (London: Methuen, 1898), pp. 360-61.
25 John B. Noss, Man’s
Religions (New York: Macmillan, 1956), p. 711.
26 9:5— But when the forbidden
months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find
them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in
every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular
prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them:
for God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
9:29— Fight those who believe not in God nor the Last Day, nor
hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by God and His
Apostle, 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.
27 William Paley, Evidences
of Christianity (London, 1851), p. 257.
28 Pfander, The Mizanu’l
Haqq, p. 226.
29 Muhammad Husayn Haykal,
The Life of Muhammad (Indianapolis: North America Trust), p.
30 Arthur Jeffry, ed.,
Islam: Muhammad and His Religion (Indianapolis/New York: Bobbs-Merrill,
1958), p. 2.
31 Ibid., pp. 12-32.
32 W. St. Clair-Tisdall, A
Manual of the Leading Muhammedan Objections to Christianity
(London: S. P. C. K., 1904), pp. 49-59, 74-91.
33 Ali Dashti, Twenty-Three
Years: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Muhammad (London:
George Allen & Unwin, 1985), pp. 55, 93-94, 164.
34 Ibid., p. 319.