In spite of an abundance of such considerations that show the Qur'an and the practices of
Islam as something separate from the man Muhammad, the Christian insists that the Qur'an
was his own invention. They simultaneously maintain that he was a forger and a psychotic -
that he deceived and was deceived on the same issue. They say that he lied about being a
prophet and yet they say that he himself believed that he was a prophet! Of course, a man
cannot be both true and false to himself regarding precisely the same point: If he believes he is
a prophet, he does not fool people into believing him. The Qur'an itself denounces forgery
The Christian difficulty is that they need both hypotheses: the forger and the psychotic,
to begin to explain the existence of the Qur'an. They need to name the Prophet as a forger
because he had an outside source. For example, the Qur'an recites material unknown to the
Arabs and yet recognized as correct by a learned Israelite in the Prophet's time (11:49; 10:94;
26:197). They need to name the Prophet as a psychotic because he obviously was moved to
behave as though he was a prophet. For example, against everyone's better judgment, the
Qur'an announces the behavior of Muhammad's worst enemy - Abu Lahab. This man used to
contradict every item of Islam, but in ten years never seized the chance to contradict the
Qur'an's contents (Chapter 111). Until now there are similar statements in the Qur'an; the very
instructions are given to those who wish to demolish the Qur'an; e.g. 5:82 tells Jews how to
prove the Qur'an false.
A THIRD HYPOTHESIS
As a last resort, there is a third hypothesis made by the missionary. Given an outside
source for the Qur'an and Muhammad's sincerity, they suggest that he was deceived by Satan.
The missionary steps deeper into difficulty with this suggestion. The Qur'an itself tells us that
we should seek refuge in God from Satan before reading the Qur'an (16:98). Satan has undone
himself here, if he is the author. (Compare Jesus' words at Mark 3:26). In any case, the
biggest complaint against mankind voiced in the Qur'an is his unsupported claims "let them
produce their proof" is the repeated admonition. A direct challenge regarding this last
hypothesis is found at 4:82: "Have they not carefully considered the Qur'an? If it came from
other than God, surely they would have found in it many inconsistencies."
ACCURACY OF THE QUR'AN
Now the Muslim would not consider using as an excuse that some of the Qur'an has been
lost in recopying. He will only insist that the Qur'an is the Arabic text and not a translation.
The Arabic text is complete. A small effort has been made to produce contradictions in the
Qur'an. The points made are fatuous. We have to wonder about the mental capability or the
honesty of those who have brought forward these items. Some examples follow:
* The Bible reports that the Jews sarcastically addressed Jesus as "Messiah" (or the Greek
equivalent "Christ") at the crucifixion (Mark Chapter 15). Despite this, one Toronto group of
missionaries has insisted that a Jew would never do this and so the Qur'an must be in error at
* The Qur'an commands that a man provide equally for each wife should he marry more than
one. An active religious propaganda center in Rochester, New York, claims that this
contradicts the fact that a man is restricted to four wives at most. They have mistaken the
contrapuntal for the contradictory.
* Another common challenge is that the Qur'an states that God does not guide the wrongdoers.
This is said to contradict the statement that God guides whom He pleases (28:50; 35:8).
Actually the verses are complimentary, telling us that God chooses not to guide the
Related to this kind of thing we have the charge made that the Qur'an does not have an
understanding of Christianity. As it happens, the Qur'an denounces many beliefs which are
considered heretical by Christians. Instead of rejoicing that Muslims reject the same heresies
as Christians, the missionary insists that Muslims have been given only a misunderstanding of
Christianity. This claim can only be made by deliberate hiding or careless ignoring of the
facts. The Qur'an deals in detail with the most precise points of Christian doctrine.