A List of…
From Part I
B. Some Embryological contradictions/errors
Man is Created From Clotted blood
• Qur’an-23:14: Then fashioned We the drop (semen) a CLOT OF CONGEALED BLOOD then fashioned We the clot a little lump (fetus), fashioned We the little lump into bones, then clothed the bones with flesh, and then produced it another creation. So blessed be Allah, the Best of Creators.
• Qur’an-75:38: Then he becomes a CLOT; then (Allah) shaped and fashioned…
• Qur’an-96:2: Created man, out of a mere clot of congealed blood
There are serious scientific problems here: A blood clot can not grow into anything. This idea came from the Greeks. Aristotle erroneously believed that humans are originated from the action of male semen upon female menstrual blood, which is absolutely an incorrect assumption. The Qur’an’s assertion on the clot (alaqa) is completely wrong about human development, since there is absolutely no stage during which the embryo consists of a clot. The only situation in which an embryo might appear like a clot is during a miscarriage, in which case the clotted blood which is seen to emerge (much of which comes from the mother) is solidified and by definition no longer alive. Therefore, if ever an embryo appeared to look like a clot it would never develop any further into a human; it would be a dead mass of bloody miscarriage. Since Prophet Muhammad had some thirteen wives it is entirely possible that he would be very familiar with miscarriages.
Modern science tells us that the formation of human embryo is a seamless continuation from conception to the birth; hence there are no hard-and-fast boundaries of stages as the Qur’an described. The Qur’an described 4 stages which match exactly with Galenic description of the development of the human embryo (has been proved wrong by modern science).
Creation of bones and clothing of bones with flesh: According to modern embryologists, the tissue from which bone originates, known as mesoderm, is the same tissue as that from which muscle (flesh) develops. Thus bone and muscles begin to develop simultaneously, rather than sequentially (as the Qur’an tells us). Moreover, most of the muscle tissue that we human have is laid down before birth, but bones continue to develop and calcify (strengthen with calcium) right into one’s teenage years. So it would be more accurate if the Qur’an had said that muscles started to develop at the same time as bones, but completed their development earlier. The idea that bones are clothed with flesh is not only scientifically completely wrong/false, but was directly copied from the ancient Greek doctor Galen’s hypothesis.
Also, the idea of saying: “made into bones and clothed the bones with muscle” came from the technique of making animal statues (Moorthy) out of rod and cement or mud. People usually make the skeleton (out of rod or stick) first and, then cover it up with cement or mud. This is scarcely a scientific description of embryonic development. It is rather a description of a layman.
Actually, what is very interesting about the so called Qur’anic science are: Qur'anic scientific verses matches with Aristotle and Galenic theories of Embryology and Ptolemic Geo-centric theorie of Astronomy which were prevailing almost thousand years before the arrival of the Qur'an. However, all these theories were proven mostly wrong by modern science.
Qur’an fortold life from WATER
Let us find out from how the Qur’an predictedthe origin of life from water. The Hindu Religious book “Veda'” (8000 B.C.) described the origin of Earth and life from the sea water. The Great Greek Philosopher and Scientist Thales (640-546 B. C.) was the first who theorized that everything in the universe was created from sea water. The problem was, that Thales could not provide any scientific proof. After that, Aristotle (384-322 B.C., pupil of Plato and Tutor of Alexander the Great) concluded: "Because of the fact that, Plants & Animal body contains plenty of WATER and life needs WATER that was why THALES thought WATER WAS THE ORIGIN OF LIFE". Therefore, Mankind did not have to wait until 7th Century for Allah to say importance of WATER for life.
C. Historical blunders in Qur’an
In several Surahs the Qur'an confuses Mary the mother of Jesus [Miriam in Hebrew] with Miriam the sister of Aaron and Moses, and daughter of Amram which is about 1400 years off.
Surah:19:27-28---“At length she brought (the babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms), They said: "O Mary! Truly a strange thing has thou brought! "O sister of Aaron, thy father was not a man of evil, nor your mother a woman unchaste!"
Surah:66:12—And Mary, the Daughter of Imran, who guarded her chastity, and We breathed into (her body) of our spirit; and she testified to the truth of the words of her Lord, and of His revelations, and was one of the devout (servants).
Allah copied draconian code of law from the ancient king Hammurabi!
What is the difference between the code of King Hammurabi King of Babylonia, Mesopotamia (2900 B.C): Killing for revenge, i. e., “life for life, hand for hand, eye for eye, ears for ears, tooth for tooth and wounds equal for equal”, and the Allah’s Guidance of Qur’anic Ayat: 5:45, i.e. “life for life, hand for hand, eye for eye, ear for ear, tooth for tooth and wounds equal for equal.” Do we see any similarities between the judgment of a King (a human), and God? Here in this decree of judgment, who probably copied from whom?
D. Some samples of utterly unethical verses in Qur’an
(1) Sex with slave girls:
QUR’AN - 70:22-30: "Not so the worshippers, who are steadfast in prayer, who set aside a due portion of their wealth for the beggar and for the deprived, who truly believe in the Day of Reckoning and dread the punishment of their Lord (for none is secure from the punishment of their Lord); who restrain their carnal desire (save with their wives and their slave girls, for these are lawful to them: he that lusts after other than these is a transgressor..."
This verse shows that Muslim men were allowed to have sex with their wives (of course) and their slave girls:
QUR’AN - 23:5,6: "...who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave girls, for these are lawful to them..."
Again, Muslim men were allowed to have sexual relations with their wives and slave girls:
QUR’AN - 4:24: "And all married women are forbidden unto you save those captives whom your right hand possess. It is a decree of Allah for you. (Muhammad Pickthall).
QUR’AN - 33:50: "Prophet, We have made lawful to you the wives whom you have granted dowries and the slave girls whom God has given you as booty;..."
This verse is for Muhammad. Supposedly, God allows Muhammad to have sex with his slave girls. The above verses are only a few out of numerous such verses scattered throughout the Qur’an. What could be more unethical matter than having sex with slave girls? Allah allowed Muslims to have sex with slave girls. Muhammad himself and his disciples routinely used to have sex with their slave girls. Islamic apologists try to make the truth foggy by their wishful excuse that, actually Allah meant to say, “Muslims can have sex with slave girls after marrying them”. Problem is after the slave girl is married by a Muslim man, how in the world Allah or any sane person can still call that wife (slave-wife) as the slave girl? Does a slave girl never change her title even after she is married?
Many Islamic pundits emphatically claim that Allah sent Qur’an as the super guidance for not only Muslims, but for all mankind. Here some questions to them:
a) Could you tell us in which country on earth this super guidance is followed?
b) Could you tell us if you find some man in any civilized country having sex with his slave girl, what will be your conclusion about that guy?
c) Should all human kind follow this unethical Qur’anic guidance to day?
(2) Hilla Marriage-A curse, shame, and humiliation for women
Qur’an-2:230: So if a husband Divorces his wife (irrevocably), he can not, after that, re-marry her until after she has married another husband and he has divorced her. In that case there is no blame on either of them if they re-unite; provided they feel that they can keep the limits ordained by God.
Sahi Bukhari: #564: Syed ibne ukair..Aisha (ra) narrated that wife of Rifakurzi told to the apostle of God that (because) my husband Rifa has divorced me I married another man named Abdur rahman ibne kurzi but I want to go back to my former husband. Then Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) told—if you want to go back to your former husband you must have sex with Abdur Rahman and then if he divorce you then you can go to your former husband, otherwise it can not happen.
D o you like these verses? Are they sounding ethical to at all? After reading the verse 2:230 any elementary student will agree with me that, Qur’an and Hadith strongly and clearly commands for Hilla marriage to purify the divorced wife to be taken back by the former husband. The irony is, how can this Hilla marriage do the purification of an innocent divorced wife? Who is at fault, in the first place, in this scenario of a hasty divorce? Quite obviously it was the husband who had made the mistake. Then, why in the world poor wife has to be punished (sleep with another strange man) for the crime she did not commit? What a compassionate judgment from the merciful Allah!
(3) Adoption in Islam was prohibited by Allah
Islam prohibits adopting children. Adoption in the technical sense is not allowed in Muslim Shriah law. This is because Allah does not like this gesture of adopting orphan children. Allah commanded his prophet to marry Zainab Bint Jahsh in order to abolish pagan custom (Fatawa al-Imam)." Al-sabuni states, "As to Zainab Bint Jahsh, the Messenger of Allah married for no higher wisdom than to abolish the heresy of adoption (A-sabuni)."
It follows from this revelation that the adopter may marry the ex-wife of his adopted son and vice-versa.
(Surah al-Ahzab 33:40): "Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but [he is] God's Messenger and the Seal of the Prophets. God is Aware of everything!"
(Surah al-Ahzab 33:37): "We married her off to you so that there would be no objection for believers in respect to their adopted sons' wives once they have accomplished their purpose with them. God's command must be done!"
Thus Prophet Muhammad married Zainab in order to provide a good example of what the All-wise legislator was seeking to establish by way of rights and privileges for adoption.
In the verse (33:37) there is stated a particular purpose for this revelation and action of Muhammad: It is not for himself, but it is for the future of the Muslim community. It is so that in future there may not be a problem if anybody (father-in-law) wants to marry the divorced wife of an adopted son. “We permitted you to marry her so that it may hence be legitimate and morally blameless for a believer to marry the wife of his adopted son.” It is a mystery why in the world any father-in law will need to marry his adopted son's wife which is extremely unethical.
Pre-Islamic Arab Custom: Adoption of orphan/helpless child was a very popular and moral practice amongst pre-Islamic Arabs. By adopting orphan/helpless child, they used to consider adopted child as their own. And they used to pass onto them the adopter's genealogy and name, his investment of them with all the rights of the legitimate son including that of inheritance and the prohibition of marriage on grounds of consanguinity. How in the world Allah could dislike such noble deeds
E. Self-contradictory Qur’anic verses
Which one is correct?
• Qur’an-2:256: There is no Compulsion in religion….OR
• Qur’an-9:29: Fight those who do not profess the true faith (Islam) till they pay
the polltax (jiziya) with the hand of humility.
• Qur’an-9:5: Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them and take them captive, and besiege them and prepare for them each ambush….
• Qur’an-47:4: When you meet the unbelievers in the Jihad strike off their heads….
• Qur’an-2:191: And slay (kill) them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out such is the reward of those who suppress faith.
• Qur’an-8: 65: O Apostle! Rouse the believers to the fight…(against) unbelievers.
Very often apologetics claim that, Islam is a religion of peace and there is no compulsion. Yet, punishment of an apostate in Islam is, of course, death penalty.
F. Meaningless Recitation of Qur’anic verses
Millions of Muslims (Arabs and non-Arabs) recite Qur’anic verses at least 5 times daily. Strange is the fact that non-Arab Muslims do not understand the meaning of a single word at all. Yet, unlike any others, Muslims recite their Qur’an like ‘Abra-ka-dabra’. From the very childhood brainwashing, these Muslims were taught that reciting Holy Qur’an even without understanding any meaning is the best practice of worshipping Allah and can earn unlimited blessings from Allah. Therefore, these Zombies recite Qur’anic verses with sweet melodious voice daily. Even western educated highly qualified devout Muslims have no qualm or shame that they do not really understand what they are reciting from the Qur’an.
Among the Muslim majority nations—there is a special and very prestigious degree awarded by Madrasshas called “Hafez”, i.e. an Islamic student who has memorized entire book of Qur’an, of course, without understanding the meaning of anything. These so called genius ‘Hafezes’ regarded as the best and highly pious Muslims, even though, these Islamic robots hardly understand anything of Qur’an! Annually, all Muslim nations will stage ‘Hafez-competition’ in which many Hafezes will compete to perform their better recitation (like a well trained and tamed parrot) and best award will be given to the winners of this hilarious competition.
Their superstitious belief in Qur’an is so strong that some unscrupulous Mullahs even sell Qur’anic verses as disease-curing medicine in the form of ‘bullets’ they call it ‘Tabiz’. And this practice of Qur’anic medicine is very much flourishing business in most Muslim majority nations
Funny thing is, they will recite Qur’anic verses (while praying) which actually dictate prohibition of some deeds; but they never follow the scriptural dictum and practice the same prohibited deeds anyway. Because they did not get the actual message, since they simply did not understand the meaning of the verse. On the other hand, say, they will recite the verses (with melodious songs) that dictate to kill or cut the neck of non-Muslims but (fortunately) they will not do that since they did not understand a word of it.
Great source of this utopia of Qur’anic science!!!
The primary source of the sudden utopia of these crazy Islamic science discoveries in Qur’an was due to Maurice Bucailee.
Was he a world famous scientist? Or, a Nobel laureate? Or, was he an authority in theology, embryology, or astronomical science? None of the above. He was an ordinary French Physician and lived in Saudi Arabia as an expatriate doctor to the Saudi King family. He was not a better doctor than any other physician working in Saudi Arabia. But because he was the Physician of the Royal family, he developed a special relation with the King. The Saudi king asked him to write a book highlighting Qur'anic sciences for which the King offered him $6 million dollars. The clever French doctor wrote the book “The Bible, The Qur’an and Science”, and got $ 6 millions (plus $ 2 millions by selling his book (according to Dr. Campbell)). This book was sold in the Islamic world like a hot cake. Actually, he distorted the actual translation of the Qur'an by intentional/selective choosing of various meanings of Arabic words in order to match his theory of scientific explanation
DR. WILLIAM F. CAMPBELL
William Campbell is an American Physician who was an expatriate doctor for the family of the King of Tunisia for 20 years. After learning about the book of Dr. Bucaille, he wrote a book of 300 pages categorically rebutting Dr. Bucaille's book. I urge readers to read Dr. Campbell's book and see for themselves.
The contradictions I have illustrated in this article are only some samples, and of course, not exhaustive of the list. The Qur’an is replete with them. As I mentioned earlier, most if not all Qur’anic verses are self-explanatory. It’s language (no matter in which language) is very plain and simple. By reading a Qur’anic verse—one can easily see the meaning. Earlier translated Qur’ans (e.g. Yousuf Ali’s, Mahiuddin Khan’s, Fazlur Rahman Munshi’s and many others) were fairly sincere in their work of translation. In those Qur’ans, nobody claimed any trace of modern science. Since Maurice Buchaille, Muslims started discovering lots of science in the Qur’an. Recently, some real educated scholars translated it while picking and choosing words. They found alternative word meanings and choose the word which matches their intended purpose of explaining modern science. But they forgot that, actual scenario/circumstances of the Ayats do not at all match their wishful explanation.
The Qur’an possesses many contradictions/scientific flaws, ethical, historical and logical blunders and of course ample inconsistencies and redundancies. Yet, wishful apologists will never see what we can see, because of this great saying mentioned below:
“The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.”- Oliver Wendell Holmes
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