Islam cannot be from God because the prophet of
Islam, Muhammad, did not pass God's first test for a prophet.
Deuteronomy 18:21-22 tells us that God will authenticate those He
sends as a prophet by having them perform signs. Muhammad gave no
sign as required by God.
(Deuteronomy 18:21,22, NAS95) 21 "You may say in
your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the LORD has not
spoken?’ 22 "When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the
thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the
LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you
shall not be afraid of him.
Muslims recognize this and try to overcome the
principle of God confirming his revelation with signs by asserting
that the revelation of the Qur’an itself is a sign. When Muhammad
was challenged by the Jews and Christians to produce a sign, he
received a special revelation from Allah.
Qur'an 6:37-39, 36. And they said: "Why is not a
sign sent down to him from his Lord?" Say: "Allâh is certainly Able
to send down a sign, but most of them know not." 38. There is not a
moving (living) creature on earth, nor a bird that flies with its
two wings, but are communitie like you. We have neglected nothing in
the Book, then unto their Lord they (all) shall be gathered. 39.
Those who reject Our Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons,
signs, revelations, etc.) are deaf and dumb in darkness. Allâh sends
astray whom He wills and He guides on the Straight Path whom He
Muslims claim that the Qur'an itself is the sign
God gave Muhammad.
Notice the difference in the Muslim claims and
the evidence put forward by the Hebrew writer in Hebrews 2:3-4,
"How shall we escape, if we neglect so great
salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and
was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4 God also bearing
them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles,
and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?"
Islam cannot be from God because Muhammad's
teaching does not pass the second test God gave for a prophet.
Deuteronomy 13:1-4 tells us that no prophet will bring a revelation
that is in conflict with previous revelation. His revelation must
agree with the previous revelation of God. Deuteronomy 13:1-4
Deuteronomy 13:1-4, 1 If there arise among you a
prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto
thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known,
and let us serve them; 3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of
that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God
proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your
heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your
God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice,
and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
Muhammad’s revelation contradicts the previous
revelations in both facts and principles. Consider the account of
Joseph. In the Qur’an, Qur’an 12, Yusuf Beginning in Ayah 21.
Qur’an 12:21-34, 21. And the Egyptian who bought
him said to his wife: Give him an honorable abode, maybe he will be
useful to us, or we may adopt him as a son. And thus did We
establish Yusuf in the land and that We might teach him the
interpretation of sayings; and Allah is the master of His affair,
but most people do not know. 22. And when he had attained his
maturity, We gave him wisdom and knowledge: and thus do We reward
those who do good. 23. And she in whose house he was sought to make
himself yield (to her), and she made fast the doors and said: Come
forward. He said: I seek Allah's refuge, surely my Lord made good my
abode: Surely the unjust do not prosper. 24. And certainly she made
for him, and he would have made for her, were it not that he had
seen the manifest evidence of his Lord; thus (it was) that We might
turn away from him evil and indecency, surely he was one of Our
sincere servants. 25. And they both hastened to the door, and she
rent his shirt from behind and they met her husband at the door. She
said: What is the punishment of him who intends evil to your wife
except imprisonment or a painful chastisement? 26. He said: She
sought to make me yield (to her); and a witness of her own family
bore witness: If his shirt is rent from front, she speaks the truth
and he is one of the liars: 27. And if his shirt is rent from
behind, she tells a lie and he is one of the truthful. 28. So when
he saw his shirt rent from behind, he said: Surely it is a guile of
you women; surely your guile is great: 29. O Yusuf! turn aside from
this; and (O my wife)! ask forgiveness for your fault, surely you
are one of the wrong-doers. 30. And women in the city said: The
chiefs wife seeks her slave to yield himself (to her), surely he has
affected her deeply with (his) love; most surely we see her in
manifest error. 31. So when she heard of their sly talk she sent for
them and prepared for them a repast, and gave each of them a knife,
and said (to Yusuf): Come forth to them. So when they saw him, they
deemed him great, and cut their hands (in amazement), and said:
Remote is Allah (from imperfection); this is not a mortal; this is
but a noble angel. 32. She said: This is he with respect to whom you
blamed me, and certainly I sought his yielding himself (to me), but
he abstained, and if he does not do what I bid him, he shall
certainly be imprisoned, and he shall certainly be of those who are
in a state of ignominy. 33. He said: My Lord! the prison house is
dearer to me than that to which they invite me; and if Thou turn not
away their device from me, I will yearn towards them and become
(one) of the ignorant. 34. Thereupon his Lord accepted his prayer
and turned away their guile from him; surely He is the Hearing, the
Now consider the same account from the Bible in
(Genesis 39:7-21, KJV) 7 And it came to pass
after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon
Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 8 But he refused, and said unto
his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in
the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; 9
There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept
back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then
can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? 10 And it came
to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not
unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. 11 And it came to pass
about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business;
and there was none of the men of the house there within. 12 And she
caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his
garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. 13 And it came to
pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was
fled forth, 14 That she called unto the men of her house, and spake
unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock
us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud
voice: 15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my
voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got
him out. 16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came
home. 17 And she spake unto him according to these words, saying,
The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me
to mock me: 18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and
cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out. 19 And it
came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she
spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me;
that his wrath was kindled. 20 And Joseph’s master took him, and put
him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound:
and he was there in the prison.
Consider the differences in the facts presented
about the lives of the Biblical characters. In the Qur’an Potiphar
was at the door when Joseph fled. He wasn’t at home in the Bible
Account. In the Qur’an, Potiphar believed Joseph while in the Bible
Potiphar believed his wife. In the Qur’an, Joseph requested that he
be put in prison so that he might avoid the temptation of women and
in the Bible, he was imprisoned by Potiphar for accosting his wife.
Surely it is easy to see the differences. Joseph is just a sample.
There are other contradictions in almost every account of the lives
of Bible people. In the Qur’an, one of Noah’s sons died in the flood
while in the Bible, all of them were on the ark. Compare the
Biblical account of Lot with the Qur’an’s account of Lot (Lut in the
Qur’an-NR). In the Qur’an, Abraham’s father was an idolater and
forced Abraham to leave home for trying to teach monotheism, while
the Biblical account has Abraham leaving after his father’s death.
Now consider just one principle that is set forth
in the New Testament with the principles set forth in the Qur’an.
The New Testament, Matthew 5:44, But I say unto
you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them
that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and
The Qur’an, Qur’an 61, the Ranks, Ayah 4. Surely
Allah loves those who fight in His way in ranks as if they were a
firm and compact wall
The Qur’an, Qur’an 2, The Cow, Al Baqarah Ayah
190. And fight in the way of Allah with those who fight with you,
and do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who
exceed the limits. 191. And kill them wherever you find them, and
drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is
severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred
Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you,
then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.
What a contrast. Jesus says to love, forgive, and
pray for your enemies. The Qur’an says to kill them. If that isn’t a
different doctrine than what was revealed, nothing is.
Islam cannot be from God because it denies the
Godhood of Jesus. In the Qur’an, Muhammad takes great pains to deny
the deity of Jesus. It demeans Jesus and makes him just a man. In
Philippians, Paul asserts that Jesus existed in the form of God.
Qur'an 4:171 "O people of the book! Commit no
excesses in your religion: nor say of God naught but the truth.
Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of God,
and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding
from Him: So believe in God and His messengers..."
(Philippians 2:5-9, NAS95) 5 Have this attitude
in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He
existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing
to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a
bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found
in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to
the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also,
God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above
Islam cannot be from God because Muhammad
frequently changed his revelations to suit circumstances. The
classic example is Muhammad’s teaching on drinking. When he was just
beginning to teach, before Muhammad gained a significant following
he said that it was alright to drink.
Qur’an 2:219 They ask you Concerning wine;
gambling, Say "In them is great sin, And some profit for men; But
the sin is greater Than the profit.
As his power base grew, he presented a stronger
position. It was not acceptable to have had any intoxicants close
enough to prayers to fog the mind.
Qur’an 4:43 O you who believe! Approach not
prayer With a mind befogged, Until you can understand All that you
When his position was strongly established, he
forbade the use of intoxicants entirely.
Qur’an 5:93 O you who believe! Intoxicants and
gambling, (Dedication) of stones, And (divination by) arrows, Are an
abomination, - Of Satan’ handiwork: Eschew such (abomination) That
you may prosper. 94. Satan’s plan is (but) To excite enmity and
hatred Between you, with intoxicants And gambling, and hinder you
From the remembrance Of Allah, and from prayer: Will you not then
His final revelation calls the use of intoxicants
"Satan’s handiwork." This puts him in the awkward position of having
had Allah approve of "Satan’s Handiwork’ when he said that there was
"some profit for men" in the use of intoxicants.
Does God vacillate on sin?
Islam cannot be from God because its appeal is to
man's lower nature rather than his higher nature. Compare the
Biblical appeal of heaven to the Quranic appeal of heaven.
The Biblical Appeal
Matthew 5:10-12, 10. Blessed are they which are
persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of
heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute
you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my
sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in
heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Peter 1:3-4, 3. Blessed be the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath
begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus
Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and
undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Mark 12:24-25, 24 And Jesus answering said unto
them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures,
neither the power of God? 25 For when they shall rise from the dead,
they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels
which are in heaven.
Revelation 7:9-17, 9. After this I beheld, and,
lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations,
and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and
before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which
sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11 And all the angels
stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four
beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped
God, 12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and
thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for
ever and ever. Amen. 13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto
me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came
they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me,
These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed
their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and
night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell
among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more;
neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17 For the Lamb
which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead
them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all
tears from their eyes.
The Qur'an makes a large portion of its appeal to
the fleshly appetites and sensibilities of man.
Qur’an 37: 40. But the sincere (and devoted)
Servants of Allah, 41. For them is a Sustenance Determined, 42.
Fruits (Delights) and they (Shall enjoy) honor and dignity, 43. In
Gardens of Felicity, 44. Facing each other On Thrones (of dignity):
45. Round will be passed To them a Cup From a clear flowing
fountain, 46. Crystal white, of a taste Delicious to those Who drink
(thereof), 47. Free from headiness; Nor will they suffer
Intoxication there from. 48. And beside them will be Chaste women,
restraining Their glances, with big eyes (Of wonder and beauty) 49.
As if they were (Delicate) eggs closely guarded.
Qur’an 4:57. But those who believe And do deeds
of righteousness, We shall soon admit to Gardens, With rivers
flowing beneath, - Their eternal home; Therein shall they have
Companions [wives, NR] pure and holy; We shall admit them To shades,
cool and ever deepening.
Qur’an 44:51. As to the Righteous (They will be)
in A position of Security, 52. Among Gardens and Springs; 53.
Dressed in fine silk And in rich brocade, They will face each other;
54. So; and We shall Join them to Companions With beautiful big And
lustrous eyes. 55. There can they call For every kind of fruit In
peace and security; 56. Nor will they there Taste Death, except the
first Death: and He will preserve Them from the Penalty Of the
Which makes its appeal to the higher nature of
man? The Bible does.
Which is more likely to be from God - that which
appeals to man’s higher nature, or that which appeals to his baser
nature? The Bible is more likely to be from God than the Qur'an
because its appeal is to man’s higher nature, while the appeal of
the Qur'an is to man’s lower nature.
Islam cannot be from God because its morality is
inferior to the morality taught by the New Testament. In examining
the contradictions between the Bible and the Qur’an, we encountered
Jesus’ teaching that we were to love and pray for our enemies while
the Qur’an says to fight and kill your enemies. There is a
tremendous gap in the standard of morality between the two
standards. Which is more likely to be from God, the high standard of
morality, or the low standard of morality?
Islam cannot be from God because it is based upon
a document, the Qur'an, made after God said revelation was finished.
Paul said that revelation would come to an end: 1
Corinthians 13:8, Charity never faileth: but whether there be
prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall
cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
Jude 3 tells us that the faith was fully
delivered: Jude 3, Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto
you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto
you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith
which was once delivered unto the saints.
Peter said that every thing that was necessary
for man to be pleasing to God had been revealed.
2 Peter 1:3, According as his divine power hath
given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and
Islam cannot be from God because it is based upon
the Qur'an which has internal contradictions. Any revelation from
God will be consistent within itself. It will not contain internal
contradictions. Since the Qur’an does contain internal
contradictions, it cannot be from God, and any religion that is
based upon it is not from God.
The Qur’an says that man was created from a clot
Qur'an 96:1. Proclaim (or Read) In the Name Of
thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created- 2. Created man out of A (mere)
clot Of congealed blood;
The Qur’an says that man was created from was
created from clay.
Qur’an 6:2 (Also 7:12) 2. He it is Who created
You from clay, and then Decreed a stated term (For you). And there
is In His Presence another Determined term; yet Ye doubt within
The Qur’an says that man was created from was
created from water.
Qur’an 25:54. It is He Who has Created man from
water: Then has He established Relationships of lineage And
marriage: for thy Lord Has power (over all things).
These are internal contradictions that indicate
the origin of the Qur’an was not the mind of God, but the mind of
Islam cannot be from God because the Qur'an
frequently contradicts the Bible.
The Qur’an advocates the beating of wives who are
perceived to be misbehaving.
Qur'an - 4:34 Men are the protectors and
maintainers of women, because Allâh has made one of them to excel
the other, and because they spend (to support them) from their
means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient (to Allâh
and to their husbands), and guard in the husband's absence what
Allâh orders them to guard (e.g. their chastity, their husband's
property, etc.). As to those women on whose part you see
ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their
beds, (and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful), but if they
return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance).
Surely, Allâh is Ever Most High, Most Great.
The Bible teaches that man is to love his wife
and treat her as his own body.
Ephesians 5:25-29, 25 Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by
the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church,
not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should
be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as
their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no
man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it,
even as the Lord the church:
Surely God will not change his mind about such a
significant principle in husband and wife relationships. The Quranic
ideal is contrary to the teaching of the New Testament.
Islam cannot be from God because it denies the
crucifixion of Jesus.
The central figure of the New Testament is Jesus.
From his temptations in the desert to the resurrection, the focus of
Jesus is his death on the cross to provide a sacrifice for mankind’s
sin. The Qur’an denies that Jesus died on the cross and that would
then preclude his resurrection. It is the contention of Islam that
God took Jesus into heaven and transformed Judas to look like Jesus.
The teach that it was actually Judas who died on the cross.
Qur'an 4:157. That they said (in boast), "We
killed Christ Jesus The son of Mary, The apostle of Allah"; But they
killed him not, Nor crucified him, But so it was made To appear to
them, And those who differ Therein are full of doubts, With no
(certain) knowledge, But only conjecture to follow, For of a surety,
They killed him not.
The Bible clearly and plainly teaches that Jesus
was crucified on the cross.
Matthew 27:35, 35 And they crucified him, and
parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which
was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and
upon my vesture did they cast lots.
1 Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ
crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks