Allah, Satan and the Quran

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There are several areas in which the Satan talked about in the Quran match that of the Bible. But there are also some divergent areas which will be mentioned here.

“And when we said to the angels, ‘Bow down and worship Adam’ then worshipped they all, save Eblis. He refused and swell with pride, and became one of the unbelievers” (Sura 2:34)

If this refusal of Satan to bow to Adam was what made him accursed and evil, it definitely leads to a quicksand.

In Sura 7:12, Iblis said his refusal to bow was because he was created “from fire” while Adam was created “from clay.” Now, if Allah considered Adam – created from clay – worthy of worship by angels, that means Jesus the Uncreated Word of Allah is more worthy of worship.

By rejecting the Deity of Christ, either the Quran badly contradicts itself or Allah is inconsistent by commanding his angels to commit the sin of shirk (creature worship). By implication, Muslims who refuse to bow to Jesus are on the side of Iblis.

It must be noted that the command to bow to Adam was “to the angels,” not the jinns. In Islam, Satan is one of the jinn created from “smokeless flames of fire” (Sura 15:27), not an angel, yet he was being cursed for not bowing. It makes no sense.

This is like a teacher who walks into a classroom consisting of Asian and Hispanic students and orders all the Asian students to stand up. But then queries a Hispanic student, “Why are you not standing up? You are rebellious and you must be punished!”

Of course, we would point out that his order logically excludes that Hispanic student and conclude that this teacher is being unfair, unjust and even racist for punishing the student. But when such an illogicality and injustice occur in a divine revelation, Muslims expect us to accept it. No way.

“But the devil whispered to him. Said he, ‘O Adam! Shall I guide thee to the tree of immortality, and a kingdom that shall not wane” (Sura 20:120)

The writer of the Quran obviously had a second hand knowledge of the Torah. Adam and Eve already had immortality and the garden of Eden was theirs until they sinned, so they couldn’t have been tempted with a “tree of immortality” or “a kingdom.”

In the real Biblical account, Satan tempted Eve, not Adam. He led her to eat the fruit of knowledge of good and evil by questioning God’s word, promising her wisdom and divinity. While Eve was deceived, Adam knowingly disobeyed (Gen. 3:1-5, 2Cor. 11:3).

“And most certainly I will lead them astray and excite in them vain desires, and bid them so that they shall slit the ears of cattle, and most certainly I will bid them so that they alter Allah’s creation; and whoever takes the Shaitan for a guardian rather than Allah he indeed shall suffer manifest loss.” (Sura 4:119)

Though Muslims want us to believe all the words in the Quran were written by Allah in heaven, the presence of Satan’s direct statements in the book indicates that either Allah at times talked as Satan or Satan was one of Allah’s alter egos.

For instance, Allah says: “Verily, I shall fill hell with the jinn and mankind together” (Sura 11:119). That is not God speaking (cf. 1 Tim. 2:4).

In Sura 38:78-81, after Allah cursed Iblis, he appealed for a respite (temporary break) from the curse, which Allah granted until judgement day. Then Satan said: “by thy power, I will put them all in the wrong way” (v. 82).

In other words, Allah and Satan are in a sort of mutual cooperation to allow mankind (especially non-Muslims) be deceived. Not divine by any means.

In another place, Muhammad met a group of jinn at the desert of Taif:

It has been revealed to me that a company of jinn listened (to the Quran). They said: ‘We have really heard a wonderful recital. It gives guidance to the Right, and we have believed therein. We shall not join (in worship) any (gods) with our Lord. And Exalted is the Majesty of our Lord. He has taken neither a wife nor a son” (Sura 72:1-3).

Was it Allah speaking here or Muhammad? If it was Allah, that means Allah was telling Muhammad about what Muhammad himself experienced at Taif!

Notice also, that these spirits spoke the same way Muslims speak in the physical plane.

Now, if following Satan leads to eternal loss and his plan is to lead people astray, why should the words of his fellow jinn (demons) be taken as reliable? Why should their claims about the Quran or Islam be taken as truth? Are these not ploys to achieve their agenda?

Why listen to creatures who – according to Islam – specialise in eating excreta to tell us what recital is “wonderful?”

Muslims say there are good and bad jinn, but how did they come to know that? As Christians, one main proof they are all evil is their denial of the Sonship of Jesus thus making God a liar (1 Jn. 5:10).

“Verily! He [Satan] has no power over those who believe and put their trust only in their Lord (Allah). His power is only over those who obey and follow him (Satan), and those who join partners with him (Allah) [i.e those who are Mushrikin – polytheists].” (Sura 16:99-100)

Muslims love this passage because it somehow convinces them that anyone outside Islam must be under Satan’s control. This is a deception.

Before the battle of Uhud, Muhammad prophesied victory but the Muslim army was defeated by the Meccans and Muhammad had his teeth knocked out. The reason:

Satan made their acts seem alluring to them and said [to the Muslims] ‘No one among men can overcome you this day while I am near you.'” (Sura 8:48)

Wait a minute, I thought Allah was the one near the Muslims, promising them victory over the Meccans?

In vs. 43, Allah said he made Muhammad see his foes as few in number whereas they were many and 5 verses later, we are told it’s Satan who actually deceived the Muslims. Isn’t Allah just another name for Satan? After all, the Allah the Meccan pagans worshipped was the same Allah Muhammad claimed to speak for?

In Sura 6:68, Muhammad was told: “And if Satan causes you to forget then after the remembrance sit not you in the company of those people who are the wrong doers.

But in the hadith, Muhammad said “It is a bad thing that some of you say ‘I have forgotten such and such verse of the Quran.’ For truly I have been caused by Allah to forget it.” (Bukhari 4:61:550)

So as Satan was making him to forget his verses, Allah too was doing the same. Whether Allah and Satan both work towards the same goal or they are the same being in disguise, it’s clear that Satan’s power over Muslims is equivalent to that of Allah. The hadiths also said:

“Magic was working on Allah’s Apostle so that he used to think he had sexual relations with his wives while he actually had not.” (Bukhari 7:660)

This spell apparently lasted for a year. If Muhammad, the “special prophet” of Allah himself, was not immune to occult spells, then it’s ridiculous for Muslims to believe they are not under Satan’s claws.

And it (the Qur’an) is not the word of the outcast Satan” (81:25)

Muslims quote this to “prove” that Muhammad couldn’t have received his Quranic messages from the Devil because a certain verse of a certain chapter of it says so.

Did Muhammad himself deny the possibility of a satanic input in his recitations? Let’s see:

And if an evil whisper come to you from Satan, then seek refuge with Allah…” (Sura 7:200)

Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and cherisher of mankind, the king (or ruler) of mankind, The God of mankind, From the mischief of the Whisperer (Satan) who withdraws after he has whispers, Who whispers into the hearts of mankind, and from the jinn and men.” (Sura 114:1-5)

These verses make it crystal clear that Muhammad was hearing “whispers” from Satan, jinn and some men in his mind that made him seek refuge with Allah in fear (notice that he didn’t qualify the jinns, he knew they were all evil).

This explains why his recitations were incoherent and inconsistent. The “satanic verses” is a case in point.

Early Islamic historians like Tabari, Ibn Sa’ad and Yahya point out that Sura 53:19 had undergone certain changes after it was first recited.

In it, Muhammad had favourably acknowledged the Meccan pagan goddesses mentioned there – Allat, Al-Uzza and Manat as “the exalted Gharaniq [a high flying bird] whose intercession is approved” (Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasulallah, pp. 165-166).

Because Muhammad had previously preached against the other pagan gods in the Kaaba, the Meccans were glad that he “has spoken of [their] gods in splendid fashion.” They even prostrated with him in worship (Kitab al-Tabaqat, 1:237).

When the Muslims in Abyssinia heard that Muhammad had back-pedalled into polytheism, they were angry. Muhammad had to do a damage control. He claimed “angel Gabriel” had given him a new verse to replace the previous one he recited from Satan. To justify his flip flop, Allah is quoted saying:

Never did We send a Messenger or a Prophet before you but when he did recite the revelation or narrated or spoke, Shaitan (Satan) threw (some falsehood) in it. But Allah abolishes that which Shaitan (Satan) throws in. Then Allah establishes His revelations…” (Sura 22:52)

So every prophet that had ever arisen must have had some lies mixed in with their words too for Muhammad’s falsehood to sound legitimate! Subhanallah!

Under the Law of Moses, a prophet who spoke in the name of false gods as Muhammad did was under a death sentence (Deut. 13:1, 5).

On a side note, if Satan could so freely speak through Muhammad, what makes Muslims so sure that his recitations weren’t entirely satanic verses?

How do they know for certain that the Quran is not a deceptive “flowery discourse” inspired by jinn and evil men? How do they differentiate the truth from the lies? Everything is accepted based on blind belief!

As Christians, we see the Quran as a deception inspired by the Father of lies because it contradicts God’s Word of Truth, the Bible (Gal. 1:8).

Now, let us journey into the Hadiths to see what they also tell us about the Islamic Satan.

Produce A Sura Like It?

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Whenever we point out many of the blunders in the Quran to Muslims, their favourite reply is that their Quran is a divine book because no one can produce a book like it.

Sometimes when you ask them why this is so, they will respond, “Because the Quran says so!” Well, this is a fallacy of circular reasoning which proves nothing.

Such an assertion can only be accepted by those who have already assumed the divine origin of the Quran. Here is what the Quran itself says on the issue:

Sura 2:23 “And if you (Arab pagans, Jews and Christians) are in doubt concerning that which We have sent down (i.e the Qur’an) to Our slave [Muhammad], then produce a Surah (chapter) of the like thereof and call your witnesses (supporters and helpers) beside Allah…”

Sura 17:89 “If the whole of mankind and Jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this Qur’an; they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support.”

These were Muhammad’s “defenses” against the critics of his time and they are the same verses Muslims trot out today.

Demolish these “defenses” and the divine origin of the Quran along with the integrity of Muhammad go down the tubes. Now, this line of argument fails at least 3 major tests.

1. The Test of Logic

The claim that there can’t be a book like the Quran begs the question because every book is unique. Every human being is unique and different.

In fact, no two people are exactly the same. Even in writing or other abilities, each person’s style is different and unique.

For instance, there is a particular way I write, which could also be linked to the way I think. Even if you read what I read, you can’t write exactly like I do.

Therefore, the argument, “Until you write a book like the Quran you can’t beat it,” is puerile and silly. We don’t need to write a book like the Quran.

Muslims claim Al-Quran is beautiful and eloquent that no one can produce its like. This is a fallacy of irrelevance. First of all, beauty or elegance is subjective and cannot even be a measure of truth.

You can look at a book and call it beautiful while I see it as ugly. That is why we are unique.

If a man says, “Find a lady as beautiful as the one I love,” hardly can his challenge be met because his love for her blinds him to her defects. The same thing applies here.

Muslims have blindly believed the Quran as divinely inspired and have refused to see the many absurdities in it; they even call them “beauty.” In reality, no book can match the Quran in its confusion and negative influence.

2. The Test of Textual Stability.

When Muhammad was alive, the texts of the Quran he was reciting were anything but stable. He would recite a verse from Allah one day and edit or change it the next day. This raised the suspicions of many of his people, then ‘Allah’ explained:

When We (Allah) substitute (or change) one revelation for another (in place of another) – and Allah knows best what He reveals – They say ‘Thou art a forger’: But most of them understand not” (Sura 16:101).

Such of our revelations as We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring (in place) one better or like thereof. Knowest thou not that Allah is able to do all things?” (Sura 2:106)

These verses indicate that Muhammad came under so much fire from the people that he had to find a way to excuse the constant changes in his recitations.

Notice that his listeners rightly dismissed him as a forger. Though they were illiterates, they refused to be taken for a ride. They knew that a supposed divine revelation that keeps changing must be fraudulent.

Muhammad had to do some damage control – “most of them understand not” – understand what? That God swallows His words?

He said they don’t know that “Allah is able to do all things” – Really? Changing verses like a failed redactor? What kind of a deity is that?

Wait a minute, why would the all-knowing God be bringing “a better verse?” Why didn’t Allah save us the confusion and lengthy explanations by giving a better verse from the start?

Obviously, if Muhammad had lived longer, with the way his “revelations” kept changing, the Quran wouldn’t be what it is today. Perhaps, it would have been a bigger book with a different content entirely.

Islamic biographers even recorded that Satan spoke some verses through Muhammad praising the pagan deities (daughters of Allah) mentioned in Sura 53:19-20 (see Bukhari 2:19:177 and Sirat, pp. 165-166).

If Satan can also produce a sura like the Quran, then the challenge has been met and that makes the Quran quite cheap.

3. The Test of originality.

There’s simply nothing new in the Quran. There’s nothing Allah ‘revealed’ in it that hadn’t been already known in older scriptures or religions. The only “new” thing the Quran said is that Muhammad is the prophet of God.

There is simply no shred of originality in the Quran. Much of the stories and ideas relayed in it were slight modifications of Pagan, Jewish and Christian legends and some stuff Muhammad gleaned from the Bible.

For example, the story of Abraham being thrown into the fire of a wicked king (Nimrod) in Sura 21:69-71 was an old Jewish legend found in Midrash Rabba.

The two angels “Harut and Marut” mentioned in Sura 2:102 were the very names of two idols mentioned in Talmudic fairy tales.

The idea of seven heavens and seven hells in Suras 15:44 and 17:44 was adopted from the Jewish Hagigah.

The story of the 7 sleepers in the cave which kept Allah at the guessing table, was an old Syrian Christian legend found in the writings of Jacob Sarug (d. 521 AD).

The idea of the bridge of Sirat over hell was stolen from Zoroastrianism. They called their bridge “Chinavad.”

The so-called “99 names of Allah” was a plagiarism of the “75 names of Ahura Mazda” in the Avesta.

The idea of balances weighing the works of the dead in Sura 101:5-6 was stolen from a Gnostic work called the Testament of Abraham and the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

Was it really hard work to collect old stories from different religions, modify them and use them to build your own fiction?

As if repeating something over and over magically makes it true, the editor of the hadith Mishkat’ul Masabih wrote:

“It [the Quran] repeatedly challenged the people of the world to bring a chapter like it, but they failed and the challenge remains unanswered up to this day…” (Vol. III, p. 664).

We cannot blame him for this mulish mentality. If the Quran is a challenge, why do Islamic leaders today get violent and issue death penalty whenever it is criticized or challenged? Is that not a sign of weakness?

Even after Muhammad told the people to write a sura like it, he quickly adds:

But if ye cannot and of a surety ye cannot [produce a sura like it]- then fear the fire whose fuel is men and stones – which is prepared for those who reject faith” (Sura 2:24).

On the one hand they were told to “produce a sura like it” and on the other, he said those who cannot do so must surely burn in Hell.

This was a psychological weapon because no one would want to “produce a sura like it” since Muhammad has attached a clause to it. Smart old Mo.

No, the Quran has never “repeatedly challenged” the people of the world. These are just empty, propagandist, cliches meant to psyche the naïve. Middle East scholar, Canon Sell says of the Quran:

“Men can produce its like in eloquence and arrangement. A man, named Nadir ibn Haritha, was bold enough to accept the challenge, and arranged some stories of the Persian kings in chapters and Suras and recited them” (Studies in Islam, Diocesan Press, London, 1928, p. 208).