The Quran, though translated into many languages, is said not to confer the same meaning as in the Arabic. And at the outset one should bear in mind that the Islamic world—unlike Christendom—has only just arisen from the base of a poor literacy rate. It begs this question: what proportion of Muslims had read the Quran? I suspect, increasingly, we will find many a Muslim questioning their belief as they begin to read, and interpret for themselves, the passages of their “scripture”.
- Middle East in the Sixth Century – Kingdoms and Tribes
- Arabia Before the Muslim Conquests
- Muhammad’s Missions and Campaigns to 632
- Map – Expansion Muhammad & Rashidun
- Arab-Muslim Empire to 750
The Sunni-Shiite divide is a nigh on 1500-year long schism arising from a dispute of providence between the fourth and the first three caliphates (replacements) of Muhammad, Islam’s prophet and founder circa 7th century CE.
On his deathbed, Muhammad is said to have dreamt that his followers would split into two camps, only one of which will enter into heaven (he did not know which one). Since then, apart from warring with the world, Islam has been busy tearing itself apart without rest: as Sunni attempts to kill every last Shiite, and vice-versa.
Orphaned, the illiterate Muhammad was brought up by his paternal uncle. He had great difficulty gaining traction in the early years and was disgraced into fleeing Mecca to Medina, where he built an army of followers based on his new found success with the sword. He then returned to conquer Mecca.
A few of many sites addressing the issue:
- What does the Qu’ran say about Jewish and Christian Scriptures?
- What every Christian needs to now about the Qur’an?
- Contradictions in the Qur’an
- Confronting Islam: Examining the Koran
- The Arabic Bible before Islam
- Bible v Quran: Where is the Truth?
- Predictions Prove the Bible’s Authority
- The Qur’an (Koran) vs. The Bible: Predictions of human actions show which one is truly from God
Disclaimer: I am unashamedly and unapologetically a born-again Christian. Yeshua (Jesus or Issah if you like) is my Lord. He brought me to the Father, when no-one else could or would. But I force my opinion on no one. Everyone must come to their own conclusion, and in their own time.
No, I have not read the Quran. Nor do I plan to. That does not mean that I discount it completely — but I do discount its central tenet. And it certainly does not mean that I hate Muslims. I don’t hate anybody. And Muslims are among the most God-fearing people you could meet.
I hate evil: the evil I saw in myself and the evil I see in others. Is Islam evil? It certainly seems misguided, even though it likely has much reverence. But reverence doesn’t make you right. Muslims are not altogether wrong either. Just as not all Christians are right. But you must be born again.
I have the Holy Bible, and that will do me. It describes—warts and all—every possible permutation and combination of human character, in a book that ultimately is about one who had no flaw in His. An individual that epitomises the living God. An individual who is the Son of God.
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. —1 John 2:18-4:6 (KJV)
Is a book different to any drug? Must I try heroin for myself to know that it’s not for me? I have all I need and all I will ever need — the Father through the Son.
And so let me end any quipping by quoting someone who Muslims may be familiar with, Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf, the then Iraqi Information Minister (affectionately known as “Chemical Ali” in the West):