Allah’s Guessing Games

One major attribute of God that distinguishes Him from the false gods of the earth is His infinite and perfect knowledge (omniscience). Does the deity of Islam also have this attribute? Is Allah all-knowing like God? Let’s assume that the Quran are his words and see:

Sura 3:142 “Do you think you will enter the garden while Allah has not yet known those who strive hard among you?”

Sura 3:166-167 “That which befell you on the day when the two armies met was by permission of Allah that he may know the true believers and that he may know the hypocrites…”

Sura 18:6 “Yet it may be that if they believe not in this statement that thou (Muhammad) will torment thy soul with grief over their footsteps.”

Sura 20:44 “And speak to him mildly, perhaps he may accept admonition or fear Allah.”

If Allah is all knowing and is aware of all that is hidden as the Quran claims, why doesn’t he know his believers from the hypocrites? Why doesn’t he know the Muslims who are good fighters? Why the “perhaps”, “not yet known” or “it may be” cop out? Some Muslims would say “No you are wrong, the Arabic didn’t say that!” Really? That is funny. Have you ever met an acclaimed professor of African American history who says: “PERHAPS Oprah Winfrey was Abraham Lincoln’s wife…IT MAY BE THAT Martin Luther King was shot dead..I DO NOT YET KNOW who Harriet Tubman is…” Would you trust his credentials? Won’t you suggest he sees a psychiatrist? So why trust in an uncertain deity?

The True God is “perfect in knowledge” (Job 37:16). He says “before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking I will hear” (Is. 65:24). He doesn’t have to speculate or guess. While the Allah of Islam displays ignorance and indecision, the God of the Bible says “and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them” (Is. 42:9). This is why the Bible is filled with prophecies because only God can prophesy. Let’s take it from another angle.

Prophecies are inspired declaration of God’s will and purpose about past or current events (forthtelling) or of future events (foretelling). Allah failed both of these standards. In Sura 18:9-23, Allah narrates a story of some youths and their dog who escaped persecution from pagans and were made to sleep in a cave by Allah for 309 years, after which he woke them up. This was supposedly an event that occurred before Muhammad was born, so we expect a historical validity of this story. But in vs 22, Allah is not too sure of the exact number of these youths:

“(Some) will say: They were three, their dog the fourth, and (some) say: Five, their dog sixth, guessing at random and (some) say: Seven and their dog the eighth. Say (O Muhammad): My Lord is best aware of their number. None knoweth save a few…”

This is an insult to human intelligence. Why would God be “guessing at random” if these youths were 3, 5 or 7? Why is Allah ignorant or forgetful? (Note: the words in brackets were supplied by the English translator). If the Quran is entirely Allah’s words, why did he say “My Lord is best aware?” Does Allah have a Lord too? You see, these were really the words of Muhammad forged as if it was Allah speaking.

This youths-in-a-cave story was actually an old Syriac fable (also found in Greek texts) about 7 Christian youths who fled Emperor Decius’ persecution and slept in a cave waking up after 200 years. Why did an “all-knowing Allah” plagiarize an old fairy tale?

Again, in Sura 30:2-4, Allah attempts to predict the future:
“The Roman Empire has been defeated in a land close by: But they (even) after (this) defeat of theirs will soon be victorious within a few years

This verse has made some Muslims get excited: “There’s prophecy in Al-Quran!” Er, no, this is not a prophecy. The verse doesn’t tell us WHO defeated the Romans, WHEN this occurred and WHERE they were defeated. These are details that make a prophecy. Historically, this refers to the defeat of the Persians by the Romans, and contrary to Allah’s lucky guess, the Romans became victorious after 12 years (ie. in 627 AD). Twelve years is not “within a few years.”

Two centuries before Babylon was destroyed, God revealed it to prophet Isaiah (Is.13:19, 14:22, 23). God even gave him the name of the king who would conquer Babylon (Is. 44:27-45:2). God spoke through Prophets Ezekiel and Zechariah who lived in the 7th and 6th century BC that the city of Tyre would be destroyed (Ez 26:3-5, 12:27:32-36, Zec 9:3-4). Centuries later in 332 BC, Tyre was destroyed by the troops of Alexander the Great. That is the God we believe in. We cannot trust in an Allah who resorts to guessing games. Such a deity is no more significant than the monkey god of India or the mountain gods of the Incas.

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2 thoughts on “Allah’s Guessing Games

  1. I understand your search to find the truth in Islam, but I’m disheartened to tell you that the evidence you provide against the Al-Mighty is far from accurate.
    To start off, Allah is the Arabic word for God, my God and your God that created the Heavens and the Earth as well as you and me. Arab Christians refer to “their” God as Allah, because they speak Arabic, and God translated is Allah.

    Secondly, Islam consists of the 99 names of Allah, each name consisting of a characteristic of God, and we believe that He is the utmost perfect in every aspect.

    Your interpretation of the verses could not be more at fault. Please don’t read the verses with an evil heart, otherwise you will surely find evil in anything this way. One of the five primary beliefs and pillars in Islam is Al-Qadr, or belief in fate. We believe that God knows what will happen to me and you before we were created.
    When it states in the Quran that God needs to “know”, it isn’t that God doesn’t already have the knowledge, but that God cannot punish a person before they commit injustice on the basis that He “knew”. It states in surah Ta-Ha, verse 134:
    “And if We had destroyed them with a torment before this (i.e. Messenger Muhammad and the Qur’an), they would surely have said: “Our Lord! If only You had sent us a Messenger, we should certainly have followed Your Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), before we were humiliated and disgraced.””
    God tests everyone and provides clear evidence to “know” whether they reject it or not.
    There is much more I can add on but I will stop here. I hope you search for the truth with an open heart and mind and read direct sources such as the Qur’an in its entirety rather than picking certain verses out of context for evil use.

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  2. “…I’m disheartened to tell you that the evidence you provide against the Al-Mighty is far from accurate”

    You are assuming what you are yet to prove. You are yet to prove that Allah is the All-Mighty so your approach is far from being objective. I have provided all the evidences above, care to refute them?

    As for your claims that “Allah is the Arabic word for God”, I have already refuted that idea here https://victorspen.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/the-god-of-the-bible-and-the-allah-of-islam/

    The 99 names of Allah actually does more damages to his characteristics. Apart from the fact that most of them were stolen from deities of older religions, what do you do with qualities like “Al-Qahar” (the subduer), “Al-Darr” (the afflicter), “Al-Mutakabbir (the proud one), “Al-Muntaqim” (the avenger) or “Al-Humit” (the death giver). These are satanic qualities.

    “Your interpretation of the verses could not be more at fault”

    Please pick just one example from the above and show me my faults rather than resorting to cheap rhetoric.

    “We believe that God knows what will happen to me and you before we were created”

    First of all, Allah is not God. Second, Allah does not know the number of the youths who entered the cave and the quran is devoid of prophecies. Did Allah also know that Muhammad would die of poison? I have stated the reasons why Allah couldn’t know these here https://victorspen.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/the-deity-of-islam-divine-or-man-made/

    Sura TaHa (20): 134 is about the unbelievers asking Muhammad for a sign and he couldn’t because he was a charlatan. The only cop out smart old Mo could churn out was to say if Allah had destroyed them before then, they would have asked for a messenger with a sign. This contradicts another portion of the quran where Allah says:
    “And We certainly sent into EVERY NATION a messenger [saying] ‘Worship Allah and avoid Taghut…”(16:36). So which is it?

    “I hope you search for truth with an open heart and mind and read direct sources such as the Qur’an in its entirety…”

    Scroll up and read what I have written with an open mind and check my sources such as the Qur’an in its entirety rather than ignoring my total arguments and picking unrelated verses to defend the indefensible.

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