More questions for Muslims

by Matt Slick

Dear Muslim, I do not post these questions as a "proof" that Islam is false. I do not believe that is possible with a simple list of questions. Nevertheless, they are here to encourage discussion that the truth may be known.

  1. The Qur'an states that you shall marry only up to four women: "If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with orphans, marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or that which your right hands possess . . . " (4:3).
    1. If the Qur'an is eternal, having been written on the table in heaven, then the four wife limit was an eternal decree.
    2. Question: Why did Muhammad have 12 wives if the Qur'an says to have only four? Khadija, sawda, Aesah (8 years old), Omm Salama, Hafsa, Zaynab (originally the wife of Muhammad's adopted son), Jowayriya, Omm Habiba, Safiya, Maymuna, Fatima, Hend, Asma (of Saba), Zaynab, Habla, Asma?
  2. The Qur'an says that Allah created the heavens and earth in six days. "Your Guardian Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and the earth in six days . . . " (7:54) See also, 10:3.
    1. 41:9--"Say: Is it that ye deny him who created the earth in two days . . . "
      1. Question: Which should we believe, the Bible or the Qur'an? The Bible says God created the earth in one day (Gen. 1:1-5).
    2. 41:10--"He set on the (earth), mountains standing firm, high above it, and bestowed blessings on the earth, and measured therein its sustenance in four days . . . "
      1. Question: Does 41:10 included the 2 days of 41:9 above? If so, why does 41:9 say God created the earth in two days but 41:10 says that God measured its sustenance in four days? They are different occurrences.
    3. 41:11--"Then he turned to the sky, and it had been (as) smoke: he said to it and to the earth: 'Come ye together, willingly or unwillingly . . . "
    4. 41:12--"So he completed them as seven firmaments in two days, and he assigned to heaven its duty and command . . . "
    5. Question: the two days of 41:9 plus the four days of 41:10 and the 2 days of 41:12 equals eight days of creation--not six. Why is that?
  3. It is a commonly held belief among Muslims that Muhammad was sinless.
    1. If Muhammad was sinless, then why does the Qur'an state: "Patiently, then, persevere: for the promise of Allah is true: and ask forgiveness for thy fault, and celebrate the praises of the Lord in the evening and the morning." (40:55).
      1. Pickthall translates 40:55 thus: "Then have patience (O Muhammad). Lo! the promise of Allah is true. And ask forgiveness of thy sin, and hymn the praise of thy Lord at fall of night and in the early hours."
    2. The Hadith says, "I heard Allah's Apostle saying." By Allah! I ask for forgiveness from Allah and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day." Volume 8, Book 75, Number 319, Narrated Abu Huraira:
    3. Question: If it is the common belief that Muhammad was sinless, why do the Qur'an and Hadith contradict that notion? Which is correct?
  4. The Qur'an says to have no divisions within Islam. "The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah--the [sic] which we have sent by inspiration to thee--and that which we enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: namely, that ye should remain steadfast in religion and make no divisions therein: to those who worship other things than Allah, hard is the (way) to which thou callest them . . . " (42:13).
    1. Question: If Islam is the truth, which of the divisions within it is the "most" true?
    2. Question: Is the muslim religion as a whole in error since there are divisions within its ranks?
  5. The Qur'an says, "And dispute ye not with the People of the Book [Jews and Christians and the Bible], except in the best way, unless it be with those of them who do wrong but say, "We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you," (29:46).
    1. Question: Isn't the Qur'an here saying that the Muslim is to believe what the Bible says?

 

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