THE QURAN: THE OTHER ISLAMIC COUNTERFEIT TO CHRIST

In this post I am going to demonstrate how the Quran has been set up to replace the role that the inspired Scriptures assign to Christ.

GOD’S UNCREATED WORD BECOMES HUMAN

For instance, God’s revelation identifies Christ as the eternal Word of God who became enfleshed for the express purpose of revealing God to his creation:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being.In Him was life, and the life was the Light of mankind… This was the true Light that, coming into the world, enlightens every person.He was in the world, and the world came into being through Him, and yet the world did not know Him… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth… No one has seen God at any time; God the only Son, who is in the arms of the Father, He has explained Him.” John 1:1, 14, 18

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us—that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:1-3

“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:11-16  

God’s written Word also identifies Christ as the Intercessor who intercedes and mediates for mankind on the basis of his sacrificial death, whereby he offered up his life for the salvation of the world:

“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him.” John 3:17

“and they were saying to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One truly is the Savior of the world.’” John 4:42

“This is the bread that comes down out of heaven, so that anyone may eat from it and not die. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats from this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I will give for the life of the world also is My flesh.” John 6:50-51

“If anyone hears My teachings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.” John 12:47

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Romans 8:31-34

“For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6

“Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;” Hebrews 7:23-26

“how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the violations that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.” Hebrews 9:14-15

“and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.” Hebrews 12:24

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2

“By this the love of God was revealed in us, that God has sent His only Son into the world so that we may live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins… We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” 1 John 4:9-10, 14

ISLAM’S SATANIC ALTERNATIVE

This is where the Quran comes into play.

Sunni Islam teaches that the Muslim revelation is the uncreated word/speech of Allah that became a book:

42 Model Behavior of the Prophet (Kitab Al-Sunnah)

(1698) Chapter: The Qur’an, The Word Of Allah

Ibn ‘Abbas said:

The Prophet used to seek refuge in Allah for al-Hasan and al-Husain, saying; I seek refuge for both of you in the perfect words of Allah from every devil and every poisonous thing and from the evil eye which influences. He would then say; your father sought refuge in Allah by them for Ismail and Ishaq.

Abu Dawud said; this is a proof of the fact that the Quran is not created.

Grade: Sahih (Al-Albani)

Reference: Sunan Abi Dawud 4737

In-book reference: Book 42, Hadith 142

English translation: Book 41, Hadith 4719 (Sunan Abi Dawud 4737; emphasis mine)

And:

The Quran is the word of Allah, which originated from Allah, and will return to Him. Allah uttered the Quran, Angel Jibreel (Gabriel) heard this speech, and was tasked to bring the Revelation down to Muhammad.

The Quran is the Speech of Allah, which means it is one of His Attributes, and is from Him, and not from the created world. Deviant sects who negate the Attributes of Allah claim that the Quran is created. According to the orthodox Islamic position of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jama‘ah,(1) “Whoever says the Quran is created, and not speech is an apostate (kafir).”(2)

At-Tahawi said in his famous book Al-‘Aqeeda at-Tahawiyya that the believers affirm, “The Quran is the Word of Allah. It originally came from Him, without ascribing modality to His Speech. He sent it down upon His Messenger as Revelation. The believers accept all of that as the truth. They are certain that it is the Word of Allah the Exalted in reality. It is uncreated, unlike the speech of creatures.”(3) Therefore, we affirm that whoever says Allah does not have speech has disbelieved. There are many pieces of evidence for this statement. Most importantly, the claim that Allah does not have speech negates, and rejects what Allah said concerning the hypocrites (mushrikun):

“They wish to change the words of Allah.”(1)

Our goal as believers is to submit to the Speech of Allah, and to strive with our short time to understand, and implement this Quran.

(1) Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah refers to Muslims who strive to follow the example of the first three best generations (as-Salaf us-Salihin), and the Prophet declared their superiority in understanding, interpreting, and applying the Quran, and Prophetic Tradition (Sunnah).

(2) The four Imams stated that calling the Quran created ‘is disbelief (kufr); it is the position of the well-grounded jurists before, and after them.

(3) Al-Aqeedah Tahawiyya by the Hanafi jurist Abu Ja’far Ahmad at-Tahawi (792 -843 AH), Abu Amina Elias trans.

(1) Quran (48:15), Sahih International trans. (Karim Abuzaid, The Maqasidic Tafsir, Volume I (2nd Edition), pp. 11-12 https://karimabuzaid.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/The-Maqasidic-Tafsir-Volume-I-Editing-V15-eBook.pdf)

The Sunni tradition also attests that the Quran and its various chapters will appear in various shapes for the express purpose of interceding for all those Muslims that would recite them, disputing with Allah on their behalf in order to insure their salvation and forgiveness:

Recitation of the Qur’an

180. Chapter: On the Excellence of reciting the Qur’an

991. Abu Umama said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah say, ‘Recite the Qur’an. It will appear on the Day of Rising as an intercessor for its people.'” [Muslim]

992. an-Nawwas ibn Sam’an said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah say, ‘On the Day of Rising the Qur’an will be brought with the people who used to act by it in this world, preceded by Surat al-Baqara (2) and Ali ‘Imran (3), arguing on behalf of those who knew them.'” [Muslim]

(Aisha Bewley, Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous), Book of Virtues (180-231); emphasis mine)

Here’s another English rendering of the aforementioned ahadith:

8 The Book of Virtues

(180) Chapter: The Excellence of Reciting the Qur’an

Abu Umamah reported:

I heard the Messenger of Allah saying, “Read the Qur’an, for it will come as an intercessor for its reciters on the Day of Resurrection.”

[Muslim].

Reference: Riyad as-Salihin 991

In-book reference: Book 8, Hadith 1 (sunnah.com https://sunnah.com/riyadussalihin/8/1)

An-Nawwas bin Sam’an reported:

I heard the Messenger of Allah saying, “The Qur’an and its people who applied it, will be brought on the Day of Resurrection preceded with Surat Al-Baqarah and Surat Al-‘Imran arguing on behalf of those who applied them.”

[Muslim]

Reference: Riyad as-Salihin 991

In-book reference: Book 8, Hadith 1 (sunnah.com https://sunnah.com/riyadussalihin/8/2)

This next tradition is rather intriguing since it depicts individual surahs addressing Allah their Lord and God, and even going as far as to argue with him!

Khalid b. Ma‘dan said: RECITE THE RESCUER, which is A.L.M. The sending down,3 for I have heard that a man who had committed many sins used to recite it and nothing else. It spread its wings over him AND SAID, ‘MY LORD, forgive him, for he often used to RECITE ME;’ so the Lord Most High MADE IT AN INTERCESSOR for him and said, ‘Record for him a good deed and raise him a degree in place of every sin.’ Khalid said: IT WILL DISPUTE on behalf of the one who RECITES IT when he is in the grave SAYING, ‘O God, if I am a part of Thy Book, make me AN INTERCESSOR for him; but if I am not a part of Thy Book, blot me out of it.’ It will be like a bird putting its wing on him, IT WILL INTERCEDE for him and will protect him from the punishment in the grave. He said the same about ‘Blessed is He.’4 Khalid did not go to sleep at night till he had recited them. Ta’us said they were given sixty virtues more than any other sura in the Qur’an.

Darimi transmitted.”

3. Qur’an, xxxii.

4. Qur’an, lxvii. (Mishkat Al-Masabih, English Translation With Explanatory Notes by Dr. James Robson [Sh. Muhammad Ashraf Publishers, Booksellers & Exporters, Lahore-Pakistan, Reprint 1990], Volume II, Book VIII. The Excellent Qualities of the Qur’an, Chapter I, p. 459 https://sunnah.com/mishkat:2176; bold and capital emphasis mine)

Not only do the aforementioned narrations show that the Quran and its various chapters are distinct conscious beings, but they also attribute divine qualities to them such as omniscience!

After all, the surahs must be fully aware of all the Muslims that used to recite them from all those that didn’t do, and must also know how many times they used to do so.

It is therefore clear that the Quran has been erected to be the Islamic alternative to Christ in order to keep people away from mankind’s one and only true hope of salvation (Cf. John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

The one major difference between the two is that the Quran is the Word which became a book, whereas Jesus is the Word who became human.

Scriptural references taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB).

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