What contradictions exist within the Quran? Contradictions in the Quran?

What contradictions exist within the Quran? Contradictions in the Quran?

Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
Twitter:@NassarMohamadMR

Short Answer:

There is ZERO contradictions in the Glorious Holy Quran ON THE OPPOSITE There are endless Miracles and Scientific Evidence.

The Scientific Miracles of the Qur’an

—————This Detailed Answer ————

First, let me tell you that I didn’t want to answer this question, because I don’t like encouraging people taking their information from anti-Islam sources.

I will address the points the Islamophobe mentioned one-by-one: (Statements in Bold are the anti-Islamic claims)

(Do not they consider the Quran (with care)? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy) – Surah 4, verse 82

The Anti-Islamic Claim:

  • There are several problems with this verse first it says if the Quran had been from someone other than Allah, we would have found much discrepancy in it. So, if a book is written by anyone other than Allah it will be filled with discrepancies, but this is just silly!

Islamic Answer:

Yeah, this is silly. You see what he did here? he made a straw-man argument. Allah didn’t say “if a book is written by anyone. etc.”, Allah talks about the Quran specifically. Allah didn’t say (Do not they consider any book (with care)? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy), rather he said (Do not they consider the

Quran (with care)? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy).


The Anti-Islamic Claim:

  • Why would we have to find much discrepancy in a book to know that it’s not from Allah? why not some discrepancy or little discrepancy? It’s as if the Quran is saying you might find a few errors and contradictions in the Quran, but you know it’s the word of Allah as you don’t find much discrepancy.

Islamic Answer:

Again, a straw-man argument. Allah didn’t say you have to find much discrepancy in the Quran, and if you find a little it’s OK!!! What’s the main point here? the creator, whether its God or anyone else. Allah tells us if someone made the Quran other than Allah, people would have discovered plenty of errors in it.

He didn’t mention that the Quran contains some errors!! where did this man get that from? If anyone brought me a single verse stating that i will leave Islam immediately, because i will be convinced that it’s not from God. This man twists the verses and then try to criticize them.


The Anti-Islamic Claim:

  • How long did it take Allah to create the universe? according to Surah 7, verse 54 it took 6 days. According to Surah 41, verses 9–12 it took 8 days.

Islamic Answer:

I can’t believe that there are still people who stir these topics after they were made clear over and over again. I will answer them, nonetheless. He says there are contradiction between Surah 7 and Surah 41. I will quote the interpretation of the meaning of these verses in question from the website Al-Qur’an al-Kareem – القرآن الكريم :

Surah 7, verse 54: “Indeed, your Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and earth in six days and then established Himself above the Throne. He covers the night with the day, [another night] chasing it rapidly; and [He created] the sun, the moon, and the stars, subjected by His command. Unquestionably, His is the creation and the command; blessed is Allah, Lord of the worlds.”

Surah 41, verses 9–12: “Say, “Do you indeed disbelieve in He who created the earth in two days and attribute to Him equals? That is the Lord of the worlds ۞ And He placed on the earth firmly set mountains over its surface, and He blessed it and determined therein its [creatures’] sustenance in four days without distinction – for [the information] of those who ask ۞ 

Then He directed Himself to the heaven while it was smoke and said to it and to the earth, “Come [into being], willingly or by compulsion.” They said, “We have come willingly ۞ And He completed them as seven heavens within two days and inspired in each heaven its command. And We adorned the nearest heaven with lamps and as protection. That is the determination of the Exalted in Might, the Knowing.”

There is no contradiction between the time period mentioned in these verses and the other verse which says that it was six days.

In these verses – from Surah 41 – we see that Allah is telling us that He “created the earth in two Days”.

Then He “placed therein (i.e. the earth) firm mountains from above it, and He blessed it, and measured therein its sustenance (for its dwellers)” in four days equal– i.e., in two days that were added to the two days in which He created the earth, so the total is four days. It does not say that the creation of the mountains and the measuring of the sustenance took four days.

Perhaps the confusion, which is mentioned in the question stems from this, i.e., from thinking that the four days are added to the two days in which the earth was created, equaling six, and then adding the two days in which the heavens were created (“Then He completed and finished from their creation (as) seven heavens in two Days”) – making a total of eight days, not six days. But this confusion can be dispelled by dealing with this mistaken notion.

So, the earth was created in two days, and the mountains were created, and the sustenance measured in two more days which makes a total of four, i.e., this took the other two days. Then the creation of the seven heavens took two days. So, the total is six days of the Days of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted. (Not like ordinary days)

The interpreters commented on this fact which deals with the mistaken notion. Imam Al-Qurtubi said:

“In four days” – this is like someone saying, “I set out from Basra to Baghdad in ten days and to Kufa in fifteen days, i.e., a total time of fifteen days.” (Al-Jaami’ li Ahkaam al-Qur’aan, vol. 15, p. 343).

Imam Al-Baghawi said: “in four days” means the creation of what is in the earth. The measuring of the sustenance was on Tuesday and Wednesday, which along with Sunday and Monday add up to four days. This is like saying “I married a woman yesterday and today I married two” – one of whom is the woman whom he married the day before. (Tafseer al-Baghawi, 7/165)

Imam Al-Zajjaaj said: “in four days” means two days added to the previous two days. (Al-Kashshaaf, vol. 3, p. 444)

These verses – from Surah 41 – confirm the other verse, which says that the creation of the heavens and the earth was completed in six days. So, there is no contradiction concerning the period in which Allah created the heavens and the earth. There cannot be any such contradictions in the Quran.


The Anti-Islamic Claim:

  • What did Allah create first the heavens or the earth? According to Surah 2, verse 29 the earth was created first then the heavens. According to Surah 79, verses 27–30 the heavens were created first then the earth.

Islamic Answer:

I will quote the interpretation of the meaning of these verses in question from the website Al-Qur’an al-Kareem – القرآن الكريم :

Surah 2, verse 29: “It is He who created for you all of that which is on the earth. Then He directed Himself to the heaven, [His being above all creation], and made them seven heavens, and He is Knowing of all things

Surah 79, verses 27–30: “Are you a more difficult creation or is the heaven? Allah constructed it ۞ He raised its ceiling and proportioned it ۞ And He darkened its night and extracted its brightness ۞ And after that He spread the earth.”

So, the earth was created first, not spread, then the heaven was created, then the earth was spread, by bringing forth water and pasture from it, i.e., trees, crops and so on.

What is meant by the words of Allah, may He be exalted, “He it is Who created for you all that is on earth” [Surah 2, verse 239] is the earth itself, and He measured out what would be upon it of provision and other things. The word “khalaqa” (translated as created) here means measured. This is in accordance with the words in Surah 41: “and measured [qaddara] therein its sustenance” [Surah 41, verse 10].

Imam Muhammad al-Ameen ash-Shinqeeti (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

First, it should be understood that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) was asked about reconciling between the verse in Surah 41 and the verse in Surah 79, and he responded by saying that Allah, may He be exalted, created the earth first, before the heaven, but it was not spread.

Then He rose over towards the heaven and fashioned it as seven heavens in two days, then He spread the earth after that, and placed in its mountains, rivers and so on.

So, the creation of the earth itself came before the creation of the heavens, and then came the spreading of the earth with its mountains, trees and so on, after the creation of the heavens.

This is indicated by the fact that He says: “And after that He spread the earth” [Surah 79, verse 30] and He did not say that He created it. Then He explained what is meant by spreading it by saying: “And brought forth therefrom its water and its pasture” [Surah 79, verse 31 which he didn’t mention intentionally].

The way in which Ibn ‘Abbaas reconciled between these two verses is clear and there is no problem with it, as may be understood from the apparent meaning of the Holy Quran. End quote.

Then he mentioned the verse in Surah 2 and explained that what is meant by creation there is measuring or creating the earth itself.

He also mentioned another way of reconciling between the verses, which is that the verse “And after that He spread the earth” [Surah 79, verse 30] means with that, So the word ba‘d (translated here as “after”) may mean ma‘a “with”.

This reconciliation may be supported by an odd mode of recitation, according to which Mujaahid recited it as wa’l-arda ma‘a dhalika dahaahaa [instead of wa’l-arda ba‘da dhalika dahaahaa]. Based on this mode of recitation, the verse in Surah 79 does not mention the order in which the heavens and the earth were created, therefore there is no contradiction between it and the verses in Surah 2 and and Surah 41.

See: Daf‘ Eehaam al-Idtiraab ‘an Aayaat al-Kitaab by al-‘Allaamah Muhammad al-Ameen ash-Shinqeeti, printed with his tafseer Adwa’ al-Bayaan (10/16-18).


The Anti-Islamic Claim:

  • Who was the first Muslim? In Surah 6, verse 14 it’s Muhammed “Peace be upon him”. Surah 7, verse 143 it’s Moses “Peace be upon him”. Yet the Quran also claims that Adam “Peace be upon him” and Abraham “Peace be upon him” were Muslims.

Islamic Answer:

Let’s start with Etymology first; Islam (Arabic: إسلام‎, is a verbal noun originating from the triliteral root (S-L-M) which forms a large class of words mostly relating to concepts of wholeness, submission, safeness, and peace. In a religious context it means “voluntary submission to God”.

Islām is the verbal noun of Form IV of the root and means “submission” or “surrender“. Muslim, the word for an adherent of Islam, is the active participle of the same verb form, and means “submitter” or “one who surrenders”. The word sometimes has distinct connotations in its various occurrences in the Quran. In some verses, there is stress on the quality of Islam as an internal spiritual state: “Whomsoever God desires to guide, He opens his heart to Islam.” Quran 6:125, Quran 61:7, Quran 39:22

Other verses connect Islam and religion (dīn) together: “Today, I have perfected your religion (dīn) for you; I have completed My blessing upon you; I have approved Islam for your religion.” Quran 5:3, Quran 3:19, Quran 3:83

Still others describe Islam as an action of returning to God—more than just a verbal affirmation of faith.

In the Hadith of Gabriel, islām is presented as one part of a triad that also includes imān (faith), and ihsān (excellence).

Now let’s quote the interpretation of the meaning of these verses in question from the website Al-Qur’an al-Kareem – القرآن الكريم :

Surah 6, verse 14: “Say, “Is it other than Allah I should take as a protector, Creator of the heavens and the earth, while it is He who feeds and is not fed?” Say, [O Muhammad], “Indeed, I have been commanded to be the first [among you] who submit [to Allah] and [was commanded], ‘Do not ever be of the polytheists

Surah 7, verse 143: “And when Moses arrived at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said, “My Lord, show me [Yourself] that I may look at You.” [ Allah] said, “You will not see Me, but look at the mountain; if it should remain in place, then you will see Me.” But when his Lord appeared to the mountain, He rendered it level, and Moses fell unconscious. And when he awoke, he said, “Exalted are You! I have repented to You, and I am the first of the believers.”

I am very happy that he mentioned these two verses in particular. In Surah 6 the word is “Awwala Mn Aslama” which means the first one to submit to God. Whereas in Surah 7 it’s “Awwala Al-Mu’meneen” → The first of the believers (not a Muslim as following the religion of Islam). A complete lie!


The Anti-Islamic Claim:

  • First Prophet in Arabia? In Surah 2, verses 125–129 It’s Abraham “Peace be upon him” and Ishmael “Peace be upon him” when they built the Kaa’ba. Yet in Surah 28, verse 46 it claims that Muhammed “Peace be upon him” was the first messenger to come to the Arabs.

Islamic Answer:

I will quote the interpretation of the meaning of these verses in question from the website Al-Qur’an al-Kareem – القرآن الكريم :

Surah 2, verses 125–129: “And [mention] when We made the House a place of return for the people and [a place of] security. And take, [O believers], from the standing place of Abraham a place of prayer. And We charged Abraham and Ishmael, [saying], “Purify My House for those who perform Tawaf and those who are staying [there] for worship and those who bow and prostrate [in prayer] ۞ 

And [mention] when Abraham said, “My Lord, make this a secure city and provide its people with fruits – whoever of them believes in Allah and the Last Day.” [ Allah] said. “And whoever disbelieves – I will grant him enjoyment for a little; then I will force him to the punishment of the Fire, and wretched is the destination ۞

 And [mention] when Abraham was raising the foundations of the House and [with him] Ishmael, [saying], “Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed, you are the Hearing, the Knowing ۞ Our Lord, and make us Muslims [in submission] to You and from our descendants a Muslim nation [in submission] to You.

And show us our rites and accept our repentance. Indeed, you are the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful ۞ Our Lord, and send among them a messenger from themselves who will recite to them Your verses and teach them the Book and wisdom and purify them. Indeed, you are the Exalted in Might, the Wise”

Surah 28, verse 46: “And you were not at the side of the mount when We called [Moses] but [were sent] as a mercy from your Lord to warn a people to whom no warner had come before you that they might be reminded

Now the answer lies exactly in these two examples he cited. When we check the last verse of the first example (i.e., Surah 2, verse 129), we find that both Abraham “Peace be upon him” and Ishmael “Peace be upon him” were asking God to send a messenger for these people “i.e. the Arabs” from their own as stated clearly:

“Our Lord and send among them a messenger from themselves who will recite to them Your verses and teach them the Book and wisdom and purify them. Indeed, you are the Exalted in Might, the Wise”.

The other thing is that, both Abraham “Peace be upon him” and Ishmael “Peace be upon him” were there in Arabia not for preaching, but for building the Kaaba also as stated clearly. I wait for him to provide one verse in the whole Quran where God tells us that Abraham “peace be upon him” or Ishmael “peace be upon him” were messengers to the Arabs.


The Anti-Islamic Claim:

  • According to Surah 4, verse 28, committing Shirk* (i.e., association with God in worship) is unforgivable. Later in the Same Surah 4, verse 153 Allah forgives people for committing Shirk=polytheism.

Islamic Answer:

I will quote the interpretation of the meaning of these verses in question from the website Al-Qur’an al-Kareem – القرآن الكريم :

Surah 4, verse 48: “Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin

Surah 4, verse 153: “The People of the Scripture ask you to bring down to them a book from the heaven. But they had asked of Moses [even] greater than that and said, “Show us Allah outright,” so the thunderbolt struck them for their wrongdoing. Then they took the calf [for worship] after clear evidence had come to them, and We pardoned that. And We gave Moses a clear authority

There is something very important this man doesn’t mention deliberately; There is a clear distinction between dying while you worship someone with God and refusing his signs to you and repenting before you die and returning to the one true God with no association with anyone or anything else. He needs to study more “Aqida” or Islamic Creed. How to make sure that God means that? Let’s cite this part from another Surah and see:

Surah 7, verses 148 – 153: “And the people of Moses made, after [his departure], from their ornaments a calf – an image having a lowing sound. Did they not see that it could neither speak to them nor guide them to a way? They took it [for worship], and they were wrongdoers ۞ 

And when regret overcame them and they saw that they had gone astray, they said, “If our Lord does not have mercy upon us and forgive us, we will surely be among the losers ۞ And when Moses returned to his people, angry and grieved, he said, “How wretched is that by which you have replaced me after [my departure].

Were you impatient over the matter of your Lord?” And he threw down the tablets and seized his brother by [the hair of] his head, pulling him toward him. [Aaron] said, “O son of my mother, indeed the people oppressed me and were about to kill me, so let not the enemies rejoice over me and do not place me among the wrongdoing people ۞ [Moses] said, “My Lord, forgive me and my brother and admit us into Your mercy, for You are the most merciful of the merciful ۞ 

Indeed, those who took the calf [for worship] will obtain anger from their Lord and humiliation in the life of this world, and thus do We recompense the inventors [of falsehood] ۞ But those who committed misdeeds and then repented after them and believed – indeed your Lord, thereafter, is Forgiving and Merciful”

Do you see?

What if they died in disbelieve or in Shirk=Polytheism?


The answer is in Surah 2, verses 161–162: “Indeed, those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers – upon them will be the curse of Allah and of the angels and the people, all together ۞ Abiding eternally therein. The punishment will not be lightened for them, nor will they be reprieved


The Anti-Islamic Claim

Quran in pure Arabic. Surah 16, verse 103 tells us that the Quran is written in pure Arabic. And yet there are many foreign words in the Quran.

Islamic Answer: 

Where are the examples of those “foreign words”? he didn’t mention any!!


The Anti-Islamic Claim:

  • Surah 2, verse 62 Says that Jews and Christians don’t need to fear, because we will be accepted by Allah. Surah 3, verse 85 says that the only religion accepted by Allah is Islam.

Islamic Answer:

I will quote the interpretation of the meaning of these verses in question from the website Al-Qur’an al-Kareem – القرآن الكريم :

Surah 2, verse 62: “Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad] – those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness – will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.

Surah 3, verse 85: “And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers

To understand these verses correctly, we need to refer to the scholars of Tafsir (Qur’anic commentary). The great Imam Isma’il ibn Kathir, may Allah have mercy on him, said in his tafsir of the verse from Surah 2:

“Allah, may He be exalted, points out that whoever of the previous nations did well and was obedient, will have a good reward, and this will be the case for everyone who follows the Unlettered Prophet [Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) until the Hour comes – he will have eternal happiness, and they will not fear what they are going to face, nor will they grieve for what they have left behind.

As Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): ‘No doubt! Verily, the awliya’ of Allah [i.e., those who believe in the Oneness of Allah and fear Allah much, and love Allah much], no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve.’ [Surah 10, verse 62]. And Allah tells us what the angels say to the believers at the time of death (interpretation of the meaning):

 ‘Verily, those who say, “Our Lord is Allah,” then they istaqaamu [stood straight, i.e., truly followed Islam], on them the angels will descend (at the time of their death) (saying): “Fear not, nor grieve! But receive the glad tidings of Paradise which you have been promised!”’ [Surah 41, verse 30]

As far as the Jews are concerning, their faith meant believing in the Tawraat (original Torah) and following the way of Moses (peace be upon him) until ‘Eesa “i.e. Jesus” (peace be upon him) – came, after which whoever continued to follow the Torah and the way of Moses, and did not leave this and follow Jesus, was doomed.

As far as the Christians are concerned, their faith meant believing in the Injeel (original Gospel) and following the laws of Jesus (peace be upon him); whoever did this was a believer whose faith was acceptable to Allah, until Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came, after which whoever did not follow Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and leave the way of Jesus (peace be upon him) and the Gospel that he had been following before, was doomed.

The verse (interpretation of the meaning), “And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers” [Surah 3, verse 85] is a statement that Allah will not accept any way or deed from anyone, after sending His Final Messenger, except those that are in accordance with the laws of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

Prior to this, however, anyone who followed the Prophet of his own time was on the Straight Path of salvation. So, the Jews were those who followed Moses (peace be upon him) and referred to the Torah for judgement at that time. When Allah sent Jesus (peace be upon him), the Children of Israel were obliged to follow him and obey him, and so they and others who followed him became Christians.

When Allah sent Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), as the Final Prophet and a Messenger to all the children of Adam, all of mankind was obliged to believe in him and obey him, and refrain from what he prohibited. Those who did so are the true believers.

The ummah (nation) of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) are called the believers because of their deep Eman (faith) and conviction, and because they believe in all the past Prophets and in the prophesied events that are yet to come.”

Commenting on the verse in Surah 2, verse 62 Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad] – those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness – will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve., Ibn Kathir (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“What is meant is that every group believed in Allah and the Last Day, which is the appointed Day of Reckoning, and did righteous deeds. But after Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was sent to both mankind and the jinn, true belief can only be in accordance with the way of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Whoever follows his way will not fear the future or grieve for what they leave behind.”

I guess it’s pretty obvious in the verse itself when God says “Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad] – those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness – will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.”. Do Christians and Jews believe in Allah now? They curse him!


The Anti-Islamic Claim:

  • What is man created from? Surah 19, verse 67 says that man was created from nothing. Surah 96, verse 2 Says that man was created from a clot of blood. Surah 21, verse 30 Says that man was created from water. Surah 16, verse 4 Says that man was created from small seed. Surah 15, verse 26 Says that man was created from Clay and Mud. Surah 3, verse 59 Says that man was created from Dust. Surah 11, verse 61 Says that man was created from Earth.

Islamic Answer:

I will quote the interpretation of the meaning of these verses in question from the website Al-Qur’an al-Kareem – القرآن الكريم :

Surah 19, verse 67: “Does man not remember that We created him before, while he was nothing?

Surah 96, verse 2: “Created man from a clinging substance (i.e., clot)

Surah 21, verse 30: “Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?

Surah 16, verse 4: “He created man from a sperm-drop; then at once, he is a clear adversary

Surah 15, verse 26: “And We did certainly create man out of clay from an altered black mud

Surah 3, verse 59: “Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allah is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, “Be,” and he was

Surah 11, verse 61: “And to Thamud [We sent] their brother Salih. He said, “O my people, worship Allah; you have no deity other than Him. He has produced you from the earth and settled you in it, so ask forgiveness of Him and then repent to Him. Indeed, my Lord is near and responsive

From all the points he stirred, i guess this one is the most stupid one till now. (Mud is in earth, and Mud = Dust + Water. This is the origin of the creation, then the progeny comes from sperm which starts to form a clot. etc.) where is the contradiction here? Not to mention his poor quoting skills.

Instead of Sperm he calls it “small seed”!!? Instead of saying (We created him before, while he was nothing?) he says (Created from nothing) as if nothing is the building block of humans!!

I will quote a verse he didn’t quote because it explains the creation of a baby in his mother’s womb: Surah 23, verses 12–14

And certainly, did We create man from an extract of clay ۞ Then We placed him as a sperm-drop in a firm lodging ۞ Then We made the sperm-drop into a clinging clot, and We made the clot into a lump [of flesh], and We made [from] the lump, bones, and We covered the bones with flesh; then We developed him into another creation. So blessed is Allah, the best of creators

As for the creation of Adam “Peace be upon him”. Surah 38, verse 71

[So, mention] when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I am going to create a human being from clay

As you can see no contradiction, just more details in some verses.


The Anti-Islamic Claim:

  • Will intercession be possible in the day of judgment? According to Surah 20, verse 109, Surah 34, verse 23 and Surah 43, verse 86 → Yes. According to Surah 2, verse 123, Surah 6, verse 51 and Surah 82, verse 19 —-> No.

Islamic Answer:

I will quote the interpretation of the meaning of these verses in question from the website Al-Qur’an al-Kareem – القرآن الكريم :

Surah 20, verse 109: “That Day, no intercession will benefit except [that of] one to whom the Most Merciful has given permission and has accepted his word

Surah 34, verse 23: “And intercession does not benefit with Him except for one whom He permits. [And those wait] until, when terror is removed from their hearts, they will say [to one another], “What has your Lord said?” They will say, “The truth.” And He is the Most High, the Grand

Surah 43, verse 86: “And those they invoke besides Him do not possess [power of] intercession; but only those who testify to the truth [can benefit], and they know

Surah 2, verse 123: “And fear a Day when no soul will suffice for another soul at all, and no compensation will be accepted from it, nor will any intercession benefit it, nor will they be aided

Surah 6, verse 51: “And warn by the Qur’an those who fear that they will be gathered before their Lord – for them besides Him will be no protector and no intercessor – that they might become righteous

Surah 82, verse 19: “It is the Day when a soul will not possess for another soul [power to do] a thing; and the command, that Day, is [entirely] with Allah

In Islam, Intercession is accepted from Muslims only. And Good Muslims in particular who reached high degrees of piety. Intercession will be for Muslims in Hellfire in order to ask God to get them out of it. Non-believers will not be granted the right to intercede or will they benefit from intercession at all. Where is the contradiction here? (Believer → Intercession / Non-believer → No intercession) It’s quite simple.

In the first 3 examples (i.e. verses) God tells us that no one will be able to intercede except those who God approves.

I will detail the second 3 verses which he claims denying intercession at all:

Surah 2, verse 123: Here God is talking to the Children of Israel (not to mankind in general). We can know that from the previous verse 122: “O Children of Israel, remember My favor which I have bestowed upon you and that I preferred you over the worlds

So, to read them together: “O Children of Israel, remember My favor which I have bestowed upon you and that I preferred you over the worlds ۞ And fear a Day when no soul will suffice for another soul at all, and no compensation will be accepted from it, nor will any intercession benefit it, nor will they be aided” Surah 2, verses 122–123

Surah 6, verse 51: Here God tells the Prophet (peace be upon him) to warn the people and incite them to be righteous by telling them that if they disbelieve, they will have no protector or intercessor. Te witness here is the phrase “..that they might become righteous” In other words it’s “Make them fear from that fate that they might become righteous”.

Surah 82, verse 19: It’s not related to intercession. It states a fact that no soul will have any power to direct another soul to paradise or hell. Everything is/ will be in God’s power.


The Anti-Islamic Claim:

  • What happened to pharaoh? According to Surah 10, verse 92; Allah saved him. According to Surah 17, verse 103 says that he drowned.

Islamic Answer:

I will quote the interpretation of the meaning of these verses in question from the website Al-Qur’an al-Kareem – القرآن الكريم :

Surah 10, verse 92: “So today We will save you in body that you may be to those who succeed you a sign. And indeed, many among the people, of Our signs, are heedless

Surah 17, verse 103: “So he intended to drive them from the land, but We drowned him and those with him all together

As you can see this man is a complete idiot. He can’t even understand basic words. In the first Surah God tells us that he will save his body to be a sign for God’s wrath for those who will come after him. Was he spared punishment and drowning? No, but unlike his soldiers, his body was found and mummified.


The Anti-Islamic Claim:

  • He talks about abrogation in the Quran, which is a highly disputed topic. He says in Surah 2, verse 256 “there is no compulsion in religion”. Whereas Surah 9, verse 29 says “Fight those who don’t believe in Allah”.

Islamic Answer:

I will quote the interpretation of the meaning of these verses in question from the website Al-Qur’an al-Kareem – القرآن الكريم :

Surah 2, verse 256: “There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So, whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing

Surah 9, verse 29: “Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled

I guess first verse is no problem for him. He talks about the second one about fighting. All interpreters of the Quran, Islamic Historians, Jurists and Biographers agree that this verse in particular was a divine command to fight the Byzantines because they killed a companion of the Prophet who was sent with a message to them. So, it’s not a general rule.

In Egypt, Muslims don’t fight Coptic Christians for example! But I will assume that it’s a general rule for his sake. Where in that verse does it command us to force convert people? It clearly says fight to take tribute from the, not to make them Muslims!


The Anti-Islamic Claim:

  • Is a Muslim allowed to drink alcohol? According to Surah 4, verse 43: Yes. According to Surah 5, verse 90: No.

Islamic Answer:

I will quote the interpretation of the meaning of these verses in question from the website Al-Qur’an al-Kareem – القرآن الكريم :

Surah 4, verse 43: “O you who have believed, do not approach prayer while you are intoxicated until you know what you are saying or in a state of janabah, except those passing through [a place of prayer], until you have washed [your whole body]. And if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women and find no water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and your hands [with it]. Indeed, Allah is ever Pardoning and Forgiving

Note: janabah is the status of being ritually impure after having intercourse with your spouse in Islam- to remove such a status a full shower with the intention of removing that status is a must.

Surah 5, verse 90: “O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful

I feel complete retarded when I answer such well-known questions! But I must, because some people don’t know Islam that much. Anyway, The Quran was revealed to the Prophet (peace be upon him) along 23 years approximately. Some rulings were stated and applied gradually because people couldn’t indulge in religion so fast.

So, for example, the Muslim prayer started as a regular prayer to God to ask him for guidance and it was twice a day. The same happened with alcohol. Arabs used to drink so many sorts of alcohol and mention it in their poems. etc. It was an integrated part of their meetings.

So, when God wanted us to stop alcohol, he instructed us in a gradual way, in order not to make it hard on people. So the first verse this guy mention is at the beginning of the ban. God tells us not to come to prayer while drunk. Which means 5 times a day you can’t be drunk. Then in the second verse, he tells us to stop totally, and it was after they followed the first order to be sober nearly more than half the day.


The Anti-Islamic Claim:

  • What is the penalty for sexual sin? Surah 4, verse 15 tells us it’s house arrest, while Surah 24, verse 2 tells us 100 lashes.

Islamic Answer:

I will quote the interpretation of the meaning of these verses in question from the website Al-Qur’an al-Kareem – القرآن الكريم :

Surah 4, verse 15: “Those who commit unlawful sexual intercourse of your women – bring against them four [witnesses] from among you. And if they testify, confine the guilty women to houses until death takes them or Allah ordains for them [another] way

Surah 24, verse 2: “The woman or man found guilty of sexual intercourse – lash each one of them with a hundred lashes, and do not be taken by pity for them in the religion of Allah, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a group of the believers witness their punishment

The first verse he mentions is about Lesbians, not adultery or fornication. Whereas the second verse is about Adultery/Fornication.


There must not be any contradictions in the Quran if you believe that it is from God – the same God Who has created the universe with the laws of precise equations of physics and mathematics. So, He must be equally capable of writing anything free of any contradictions or error. God says in the Quran:

“Do they not then consider the Quran carefully? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein many contradictions.” (Al Quran 4:82)

But some people feel that there are contradictions in the Quran?

The Quran is not for everyone. It is only for those who earnestly seek guidance and like to change. They want to change their prejudiced views about life, existence, and destiny and change their actions too by the Quranic commandments. Intelligence is the adaptability to change, Stephen Hawking has said.

Historically, the rich and privileged who systematically exploit the poor and vulnerable do not like any change because they make their gain out of the chaos; at any cost, they don’t like to come out of the comfort cocoon.

Hence, instead of changing themselves, they try to alter the Quran; they try to overrule, misinterpret its verses; they also say that some verses of the Quran have been abrogated, whereas none of the Quranic verses exist in the Quran have ever abrogated. Prophets and messengers have always been persecuted in their hands savagely.

One who realizes that goal and fulfillment of life on this earth is to serve God serving humanity – a life lived for others is a life worthwhile, as Einstein has said; the Quran is easy for him, meaningful, and guidance for him. In the Quranic language, he is called a Muttaqi.

The Quran says it is a guide only for the Muttaqui:

“This is a perfect Book; there is no doubt in it; it is a guidance for the ‘MUTTAQUIN’” ( Al Quran 2:2)

So, for the Muttaquin, the Quran is an easy Book to understand and a reminder; they don’t find any contradiction in it. As such, the Quran says:

“And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?” (Al Quran# 54:17, 54:22, 54:31, 54:40).

But for those who are not Muttaquin, the Quran is a book full of mistakes, inconsistencies; for this kind of people, God has said that He has locked their hearts.

“Allah has set a seal upon their hearts and upon their hearing, and over their vision is a veil. And for them is a great punishment” ( Al Quran # 2:7)

And the verse:

“In their hearts is a disease, and so God lets their disease increase, and grievous suffering awaits them because of their persistent lying.” ( Al Quran # 2:10)

And the verse:

“But as for those in whose hearts is a disease, each new message but adds another [element of] disbelief to the disbelief which they already harbor, and they die while [still] refusing to acknowledge the truth.” ( Al Quran# 9:125).


There is NO Contradictions in the Qur’an. Many of what people say are outright contradictions aren’t really contradictions, but they are Abrogation or Contradistinctions.

And no, we don’t use this as an excuse to run away from “contradictions” like you claim, just read this and you will understand:

I will start off by showing two common examples of abrogations that are mixed up as contradictions and an example of a common contradistinction in the Qur’an which is mixed up as a contradiction.

Alcohol Prohibition:

One common “contradiction” people love using is the verse where Allah states that the Muslims are not allowed to be drunk during the prayer:

O you who have believed, do not approach prayer while you are intoxicated (Qur’an, 4:43)

Allah here only says to not be drunk during the prayer

Then Allah later on says:

O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah ], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful. Satan only wants to cause between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling and to avert you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. So will you not desist? (Qur’an 5:90 & 5:91)

This verse then completely forbids alcohol for the Muslims.

This isn’t really a contradiction but an abrogation. The Muslims were only allowed to drink alcohol outside of prayer then Allah forbade alcohol all together. When we look back on these two verses it doesn’t really make them contradict.

Allah is saying don’t drink alcohol at all, and if Allah is saying don’t drink alcohol at all, that also means He is saying don’t come to the prayer while drunk. If you see Allah saying don’t be drunk at all, then you will automatically come to the conclusion to not be drunk during prayer either if you’re a rational person. Not really a contradiction.

Example

The Qiblah

Allah has also made other abrogations like changing the Qiblah of the prayer. Yet in the Qur’an there is no verse that says: “Pray Towards Jerusalem” And then the other says “Pray Towards Makkah” because that would be a real true contradiction. Allah only says: “Makkah is the Qiblah now so face it” which lets us Muslims know which way to face without contradicting itself. No Muslim will come to the conclusion that Jerusalem is the Qiblah.

There are no contradictions in the Qur’an. There is the latest rulings in there and most of the things people find contradicting are just two statements that one can conclude from the other.

The example of the Alcohol Prohibition:

If someone says: “Avoid the Big house at night”

Then they say: “Don’t go to the Big house at all”

It’s not a contradiction, I can conclude not to go to the house at night if the person is telling me not to go at all.

The example of the Qiblah:

If someone says: “The correct road to get to work fastest was the blue road, but now its the red road so take the red road.”

That is not a contradiction it’s just an abrogation. And the Qur’an doesn’t even mention Jerusalem being the Qiblah. It only mentions how it’s USED to be the Qiblah.

A contradistinction is a distinction made by contrasting the different qualities of two things.

For example:

If half of my hair was blue and the other half was red. I can say, “I have blue hairs” one time and then another time I can say “I have red hairs” and it wouldn’t be a contradiction. It wouldn’t be contradicting myself, it just means I’m only describing my hair it in a different way each time. None of the two statements are false either. It would only be a contradiction if I said: “I only have blue hairs” in one spot and another time I said: “I only got red hairs”

There is an example of this kind of confusion with people. Read these verses:

“Allah has created every [living] creature from water.” – (Qur’an 24:45)

“Let man observe what he was created from. He was created from an ejected fluid.” – (Qur’an 86:5 & 6)

“Indeed, We created you from dust,” – (Qur’an 22:5)

The critics say: “This is a contradiction!” The question arises, were humans created from water, from sperm or from dust? Is Allah contradicting Himself?

The answer is no. There are many ways to describe how we were created. Allah just makes three different descriptions of how humans were created. It’s a contradistinction. But are these three descriptions true?

Dust: Today, we know that the minerals and components that make up the human body, can all be found in the soil. So it’s a valid claim to say that we were created from dust.

Water: Today, we know that the human body is made up of about 60% water. The lungs the brain and the heart is made up of 73% water, the lungs are 83% water, the skin is about 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79% and the bones are 31% water. This information shows that it’s not wrong to say that human beings are created from water.

Sperm: We know now that the sperm fertilizes the egg, then embryonic development begins. So yes, human beings are created from sperm also.

Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an? If it had been from [any] other than Allah , they would have found within it much contradiction. (Qur’an 4:82)


One of the lies prominently displayed in the websites of Islamophobes is the following:

I will not waste my time going in to the inaccuracies in translation never mind even if the translators are Muslims. I will not even advance the argument that the other meaning of رحيق mentioned in Quran is also nectar and not wine for, I may be mistaken to be defensive. I also accept that the drinks from the rivers and fountains of paradise are not ordinary water but wine.

Still, the fatal error committed by the commentator is this. He is applying the same physical laws of this material world to the afterworld. Even in this material world, the physical laws of one place do not apply to the other place. Cessation of respiration for a few minutes causes death. The fetus in the uterus never breathes but, lives on. It is routine for a fetus to drink its own urine where as urine is a body waste here. The mechanisms are totally different.

Supposing a person dreams of depositing one billion dollars in Bank of America, after he wakes up, he can not withdraw even one cent from the bank. These two worlds of dream and reality are totally different.

So also, wine mentioned in paradise is totally different from this world. As I have already written earlier, the experience in paradise is one which no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard and no mind has ever conceived.

The experience in paradise can be mentioned only metaphorical and allegoric ways and can not be taken literally.

That is amply explained by the following verses in Quran:

لَّا يُصَدَّعُونَ عَنْهَا وَلَا يُنزِفُونَ ﴿الواقعة: ١٩

They will neither get after headache nor exhausted by the drinks.

لَا فِيهَا غَوْلٌ وَلَا هُمْ عَنْهَا يُنزَفُونَ ﴿الصافات: ٤٧

There is no intoxication in them nor they will give exhaustion.

So, the character of wine of paradise can not be compared with the wine of this world and the question itself is wrong.

So long as the reader is neutral and impartial, no contradiction can be found in Quran.

We find the following claim of contradiction in Quran in many of the Islamophobic websites:

The fact is, most of them do not know Arabic language. The Muslim translators do not consider the possibility that these Islamophobes will do everything to purchase foothold on any loose translation. That is how it is. Finding contradiction in the translation. What we have to consider is, contradiction in Quran, not in its translations which may be erroneous.

Let us consider the original verse which the Islamophobes claim that Pharaoh was saved in the body:

فَالْيَوْمَ نُنَجِّيكَ بِبَدَنِكَ لِتَكُونَ لِمَنْ خَلْفَكَ آيَةً ۚ وَإِنَّ كَثِيرًا مِّنَ النَّاسِ عَنْ آيَاتِنَا لَغَافِلُونَ [١٠:٩٢

The word بدن

means body as well as body shield and the word نجو

also means high ground or table land because Pharaoh’s body was found on the high ground with body armor after his drowning. I will not go in to all these details because people may accuse me of using diversion and deception. I will stick to the simple meaning.

Even in English, when a person dies, they will say he is survived by his children. That does not mean he is alive. This is the style of the language. Similarly Pharoah is survived by his body because his mummified body is present even today.

“In the body” is definitely a wrong translation because the Arabic word for “in” is: في

But, the proposition used in Quran is:ب

which means “by”.

There is a big difference between an honest constructive questining and hateful biased lies. That is very much in evidence here.

Refuting the 26 Qur’ans Lie

How do we know that Qur’an has not been changed?

What contradictions exist within the Quran? Contradictions in the Quran?

The Collection, Arrangement, and the Preservation of the Glorious Quran

False Accusations Against Uthman Ibn Affan

There is only ONE Qur’an

Was the Originally Compiled Qur’an During the Era of Abu Bakr Incomplete?

Hadith Preservation Response

Why Didn’t God Preserve The Previous Books?

Answering Missionary Allegations Against the Noble Qur’an’s Preservation

Why Didn’t God Preserve The Previous Books?

Was the Originally Compiled Qur’an During the Era of Abu Bakr Incomplete?

What contradictions exist within the Quran? Contradictions in the Quran?

refuted the borrowing theories of the Qur’ân

 Context & Internal Relationships

Refutation Of The Internal Contradictions In The Qur’ân

Claims that the Qur’an has been distorted

Distortion of the Qur’ân by the Shi’a Raafidis

Proof of The Preservation of the Quran

Quran confirms the Corruption of the Torah and Gospels

Is There Any Proof That the Bible Was Corrupted?

Evidence That Islam Teaches That There Was Textual Corruption of The Christian and Jewish Scriptures

Refuting The Argument That The Qur’an Orders The Prophet and Doubting Believers To Refer To The Christians and Jews For Consultation

The Noble Qur’an says, “Ask the people of the Book.” What and why?

Does Quran 10:94 order Muslims, to ask People of Book if they are in doubt ?

Did Prophet Muhammed Kiss Torah?

Ask the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) – Qur’an 10:94 ?

Thank Allah Exalted He, Lord of All Worlds.

Allah knows best.