Christians attempt to twist the meaning of many Quranic verses to justify their own corrupt faith of manifestation of God in the form of Jesus.

Question:

Did Allah exalted he manifested himself to prophet Moses or any human, Christians have bee trying to twist the menaings of some Quranic verses such as the following.

Such as the following Glorious holy Quranic Verses: –

“Has the story of Moses reached you? When he saw a fire5 and said to his family: “Hold on! I have just perceived a fire; perhaps I will bring a brand from it for you, or I will find some guidance at the fire about the way to follow, when he came to it, a voice called out: “Moses! Verily I am your Lord! Take off your shoes.7 You are in the sacred valley, Tuwa”

Qur’an Chapter Taha (20:9-12)

AND

(O Muhammad), you were then not on the western side when We bestowed this commandment (of Law), and you were not among its witnesses. (28:45) Thereafter We raised up many a generation and a long time passed. You were then not even present among the people of Midian to rehearse Our verses to them. But it is We Who are sending news about that. 

Nor were you on the side of the Mount (Sinai) when We called out to Moses (in the first instance). But it is out of Mercy from your Lord (that you are being informed of all this) so that you may warn a people to whom no warner came before you. Maybe they will take heed.

Qur’an Chapter Al Qasas (28:44-46)

Answer:

Christians attempts to twist the meaning of many Quranic verses to justify their own corrupt faith of manifestation of God in the form of Jesus.

First, we will not start by the Islamic view that emphatically reject the any physical or even nonphysical manifestation of God in this physical world. But we are going to start by some of the Christian views that refute fully and completely those lies about Islam, then we explore that crystal clear Islamic view afterwards.

Biblical objection to theophany or manifestation of God himself in this world:

New International Version
But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”


◄ Exodus 33:20 ►

I am God and not man.

Hosea 11:9

For neither is God in human form, nor is the human body God-like.

Philo of Alexandria

God cannot be the form of a body.

Thomas Aquinas

Is it possible to conceive of a more foolish contradiction
than of wanting to prove…that a definite individual man is God?

Søren Kierkegaard

If any man says that he understands the relation of deity to humanity in Christ,
he only makes it clear that he does not understand at all what is meant by an incarnation.

–William Temple

Neither the intense Christological debates of the centuries leading up to the Council of Chalcedon,
nor the renewed Christological debates of the 19th and 20th Centuries,
have succeeded in squaring the circle by making intelligible the claim that one who
was genuinely and unambiguously a man was also genuinely and unambiguously God.

John Hick

“There is no use trying,” said Alice, “one cannot believe impossible things.”
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.
“When I was your age, I always did for half an a hour a day.
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Lewis Carroll

The Myth of God Incarnate

Even a Christian rejecting the Physical infestation or God in this world

5 Reasons Manifestation

  1. It ignores the sovereignty of God.
  2. The manifester becomes their own God
  3. It robs you of the gift of waiting
  4. God gets zero praise when we get what we want
  5. We create idols of the things we are desiring

It ignores the sovereignty of God.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5

When we engage in manifestation, we are placing more faith in our own thoughts instead of seeking God’s Will for our situation.  Yet, we know from Proverbs 3:5 that we should place our trust in God above our own u

The manifester becomes their own God

“You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3

Manifesting fools us into believing that we are creators and the masters of our own destiny.  God is the only true creator. He spoke and the world into being. 

All things come from His generous abundance. If we desire something and take all the steps to make them come true without first filtering it through the guidance of God, then we are taking a risk of what we will receive.  God tells us in Exodus 20:3 that we should have “no other gods before me.”

The manifester becomes their own God

“You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3

Manifesting fools us into believing that we are creators and the masters of our own destiny.  God is the only true creator. 

He spoke and the world into being.  All things come from His generous abundance.  If we desire something and take all the steps to make them come true without first filtering it through the guidance of God, then we are taking a risk of what we will receive.  God tells us in Exodus 20:3   that we should have “no other gods before me.”

What to do instead?

So, what do we do when we want to set our mind on achieving or acquiring something? There are steps we can take today that are biblically sound.

Pray about it. Offer this desire to God and ask Him to help you accomplish it.  Pray for discernment also, that you may hear God’s voice and that the Holy Spirit may give you wisdom to know what to do.

Submit to God’s Will. Let us not be so completely obsessed with our desires that we overlook or ignore God’s Will. Pray in faith that God wants only the best for you and believe that He will help you.

Affirmations. What’s the difference between manifestation and affirmations? Biblically-based affirmations are repeating God’s words – which are true – back to yourself and declaring them as true over yourself and your dreams. You are dreaming with God and seeking His Will, rather than your own.

Do the work. If you are praying for more money, then do your own part in taking the necessary steps to achieve that dream.  It might mean, going back to school, learning a new skill, looking for a better paying job.  Whatever it is, once we have offered the desire to God and ask for His guidance, we should do the work to accomplish it.

End quote from the Christian life coach Eva

Logical Objections to Theophany or Manifestation of God himself in this world:

  1. God and Jesus differ.
  2. Things which differ are two (i.e., are not numerically identical).
  3. Therefore, God and Jesus are two (not numerically identical). (1,2)
  4. For any x and y, x and y are the same god only if x and y are not two (i.e., are numerically identical).
  5. Therefore, God and Jesus are not the same god. (3,4)
  6. There is only one God.
  7. Therefore, either God is not a god, or Jesus is not a god. (5,6)
  8. God is a god.
  9. Therefore, Jesus is not a god. (7,8)

The Islamic view on Theophany or Physical manifestation of God.

Here the clarifications of the Quranic verses that many Christians try to twist to prove that thier God had been physically manifested in the form of Prophet Jesus.

Quran Chapter Taha (20:9-12)

“Has the story of Moses reached you? When he saw a fire and said to his family: “Hold on! I have just perceived a fire; perhaps I will bring a brand from it for you, or I will find some guidance at the fire about the way to follow, when he came to it, a voice called out: “Moses! Verily I am your Lord! Take off your shoes.7 You are in the sacred valley, Tuwa”

Clarification of Quran Chapter Taha (20:9-12)

(20:9) Has the story of Moses reached you?

(20:10) When he saw a fire5 and said to his family: “Hold on! I have just perceived a fire; perhaps I will bring a brand from it for you, or I will find some guidance at the fire about the way to follow.”6

5. This happened when Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) was returning to Egypt after passing several years in exile in Midian, along with his wife whom he had married there. According to the early part of his history, which has been related in Surah Al-Qasas, an Egyptian had been killed by Prophet Moses (peace be upon him), so he had to leave Egypt in order to escape arrest and had taken refuge in Midian.

6. It appears that this happened during a night of winter, when Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) was passing through the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula. When he saw a fire at a distance, he went towards it in the hope that he might get some of it to keep his wife and children warm during the night, or at least get some guidance concerning the direction of his journey. But instead of this it was his good fortune that he found the guidance to the right way.

(20:11) When he came to it, a voice called out: “Moses!

(20:12) Verily I am your Lord! Take off your shoes.7 You are in the sacred valley, Tuwa!8

7. Probably, it is because of this that the Jews do not say their prayers with their shoes on. The Prophet (peace be upon him), however, removed this misunderstanding, saying: Act in contrast to the practice of the Jews who do not say their prayers with their shoes or leather socks on. (Abu Daud). It does not, however, mean that one must say his prayers with the shoes on, but it is merely to make it lawful to say prayers with shoes on.

This is confirmed by another tradition, related by Abu Daud from Amar bin Aas, that he had seen the Prophet (peace be upon him) saying his prayer both with and without the shoes. There are other traditions also to this effect but it should also be kept in mind that there were no carpets, mats, etc.

In the mosques in those days, not even in the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) Mosque. Therefore it would be improper to go with shoes on into the mosques of today which have carpets, mats, etc. However, one may say his prayer on grassy plots or open ground with shoes on.

8. In general, the commentators are of the opinion that Tuwa was the name of the valley, but according to some, it is the valley that had been made sacred for the time being.

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Quran Chapter Al Qasas (28:44-46)

(O Muhammad), you were then not on the western side when We bestowed this commandment (of Law), and you were not among its witnesses. (28:45) Thereafter We raised up many a generation and a long time passed. You were then not even present among the people of Midian to rehearse Our verses to them. But it is We Who are sending news about that. 

Nor were you on the side of the Mount (Sinai) when We called out to Moses (in the first instance). But it is out of Mercy from your Lord (that you are being informed of all this) so that you may warn a people to whom no warner came before you. Maybe they will take heed.

Qur’an Chapter Al Qasas (28:44-46)

Clarification of Quran Chapter Al Qasas (28:44-46)

60. “Western side”: Mount Sinai, which lies to the west of the Hijaz and on which the Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) was given the Divine Law.

61. “The witnesses”: the seventy of the elders of Israel who had been summoned along with Moses for the covenant to follow the Law. See (Surah Al-Aaraf: Ayat 155).

62. That is, “You had no direct means of obtaining this information. All this is being revealed to you by Allah. That is how you have been enabled to relate these two thousand years old events, in a manner as if you were an eye witness.”

63. That is, “You did not exist at the time when the Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) reached Midian, passed ten years of his life there, and then left for Egypt. You were not preaching in the habitations of Midian that which you are preaching in the streets of Makkah. You are not relating those events as an eye witness, but because you have been given the knowledge of these by Us through revelations.”

64. These things have been presented as a proof of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) prophethood. At the time when these were cued, all the chiefs of Makkah and the common disbelievers were bent upon somehow proving him as a non prophet, and, God forbid, a false claimant to prophethood.

To help and assist them in their campaign, there were the Jewish scholars and the Christian monks also, who were living in the habitations of the Hijaz. Besides, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had not appeared all of a sudden from somewhere and started reciting the Quran to the people, but he was a resident of the same city of Makkah, and no aspect of his life was hidden from the people of his city and clan.

That is why when these three things were presented like an open challenge as a proof of his prophethood, not a single person from Makkah and Hijaz and the entire land of Arabia could stand up to say the absurd thing which the modern orientalists say, although those people were no less efficient in fabricating falsehood than these so called scholars. But how could they utter an unprofitable lie that could not survive for a single moment?

How could they say, “O Muhammad, you have attained this information from such and such a Jewish scholar and a Christian monk?” For, this purpose, they could not mention any name in the entire land.

For whatever name they mentioned, it would become manifest there and then that the Prophet (peace be upon him) had not obtained any information from him. How could they say, “O Muhammad, you possess a full-fledged library containing all sorts of books on ancient history and sciences and literature, from which you take help to prepare all your discourses?”

For not to speak of a library, no one could seize even a scrap of paper from his house containing such information. Everyone in Makkah knew that Muhammad (peace be upon him) was unlettered and no one could also say that he had had some translators at his disposal, who supplied him with translations from Hebrew and Assyrian and Greek books.

Then, none of them could be so shameless as to dare claim that he had obtained this information during the trade journeys to Syria and Palestine, for he had not performed those journeys alone, but had traveled in company with trade caravans of Makkah.

Had somebody made any such assertion, hundreds of living witnesses would have refuted this and testified that he had received no such instruction from anyone there. Then, within two years of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) death, war started between the Romans and the Muslims.

If he had any sort of discussion anywhere in Syria and Palestine with any Christian monk or Jewish rabbi, the Roman Empire would not have hesitated to launch a propaganda campaign, saying, that Muhammad (peace be upon him), God forbid, had learned everything from them and gone back to Makkah and proclaimed himself a Prophet.

In short, at that time when the challenge of the Quran was the knell of the disbelieving Quraish and the polytheists and the need of those people to refute it was far greater then of the modern orientalists, no one could discover any material by which he could prove that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had some other means than revelation for obtaining that information.

One should also know that the Quran has not given this challenge only here, but also at several other places in connection with different stories. After narrating the story of the Prophet Zacharias (peace be upon him) and Mary, it was said:

“These are of the “unseen” things We are revealing to you: you were not present there when the priests of the Temple were casting lots by throwing their quills to decide which of them should be the guardian of Mary: nor were you there with them when they were arguing about it.” (Surah Aal-Imran: Ayat 44).

At the end of the Prophet Joseph’s (peace be upon him) story it was said: “This story which We are revealing to you is of those things that were not known to you: for you were not with the brothers (of Joseph), when they had conspired together a plot against Joseph.” (Surah Yusuf: Ayat 102). Similarly, after relating the full story of the Prophet Noah (peace be upon him), it was said: “These are some of the tidings of the unseen which We are revealing to you. You did not know these before nor did your people.” (Surah Hud: Ayat 49).

That, this thing has been reiterated several times, shows that this was one of the main arguments that the Quran gave to prove its being Allah’s Word and the Prophet (peace be upon him) being a Messenger of Allah. For there was no perceptible means of knowledge available to the Prophet (peace be upon him) who was an unlettered person, apart from revelation, through which he could narrate so accurately the events that had happened hundreds and thousands of years in the past.

And this was one of the important reasons why the contemporaries of the prophet (peace be upon him) were coming to believe, in larger and still larger numbers, that he was really a Prophet of Allah and has received Allah’s revelations. Now one can easily imagine how important it must have been for the opponents of the Islamic movement at that time to meet this challenge, and what efforts they must have made to collect arguments and proofs against it.

One can also see that if, God forbid, there was the slightest weakness in this challenge, it would not have been at all difficult for the contemporary people to provide evidence for its refutation.

65. No prophet had been born especially in Arabia after the Prophets Ishmael and Shuaib (peace be upon them), during the past two thousand years or so, though teachings of the Prophets like Moses and Solomon and Jesus (peace be upon them) had reached the people of that land.

Is it possible to see Allah in this world?

Islam Against Unity of Existence.

What is unity of existence:

The false heretic claim that Allah is not separate rom his creation and he is physically manifested in anything and everything, one of the most infamous leaders of that heresy in the Islamic history is basically, a very corrupt heretic, infamous extreme deviant Sufi by the name of Ibn Arabi (Arabic: ابن عربي‎‎) (1165 – 1240), came about with a very deviant Sufi philosophy or Sufi metaphysics that goes against the core beliefs of Islam.

Who was Ibn Arabi?

He claimed that there is unity between Allah exalted he and anything and everything in this universe, basically that heretic philosophy in a way has similarities with some ancient Greek, ancient Indian and of course the corrupt Christianity ideology of the embodiment of God which is known as Theophany or Physical manifestation of God.

In Islam Where is Allah exalted Allah is above His seven heavens, above His Throne, and separated from His Creatures, and His Creatures are separated from Him

For detailed information about the Authentic Islamic Creed, please read these articles:

Where is Allah Exalted, He?

Is it possible to see Allah in this world?

Allah knows Best.

Almighty Allah is the highest and most knowledgeable, and the attribution of knowledge to him is the safest.

Right from Almighty Allah and wrong from me and Satan

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