(The “complete” list is in Part II, Chapter 1, Subchapter 4, Sections 1 through 8.)
Comments in this book numbered by 3 numbers (included 00 or 0) a few places followed by one small letter = clear cases. Comments numbered by 00 or 0 followed by 1, 2 or 3 letters (big or small) = likely cases.
Muhammad hardly had any original story at all. He picked from any suitable sources, in many cases from religious legends he believed were stories from the Bible, and also from ordinary local fairy tales and legends, and twisted them a little or much to make them fit his new religion. Not for nothing did his opponents claim that he "just told old tales". (Neither did he have many original thoughts or ideas - nearly without exception they were picked or borrowed from surrounding cultures and mixed with the old Arab war and robbery culture.) Below you find some samples.
*00a 18/9: “Or dost thou reflect that the Companions of the Cave - - -”. This is an old tale - a religious legend - that is incorporated in the Quran. The story of the 7 sleepers is well known - and is just a fairy tale. The 7 were Christians from Ephesus in what is now Turkey, that fled to a cave during a pogrom under “Cesar” Decius the story goes. Decius had the cave walled up to kill them. Instead the 7 fell asleep, and did not wake up until in the 30.th year of the reign of the pious Theodosius - that is in 448 AD. Decius reined for just over two years around/just after 250 AD. That means that if the fairy tale had been true, they had slept some 195 years (the Quran says 300 or 309 years - even in the fairy tale it is wrong). Islam has troubles explaining how this story ended in the Quran, and the “explanations” we have seen, are very “lofty” and diffuse - f. ex that it really is told about an older Jewish fairy tale (does an omniscient god need to rely on old fairy tales?) - or that it derives from misunderstandings about the Esseers (does an omniscient god misunderstand things?) - the members of the Qumran society (near the Dead Sea) but without giving any sources or documentation - only speculations. Besides the age does not matter – it is as made up even if it should happen that the original is a bit older. They also tell it is an allegory - which they very often do when they have difficulties finding “explanations” that are possible to believe. But it obviously is not meant to be an allegory - among other things the meanings of an allegory normally are very easy to see or are explained. The Quran further normally tells when it is telling an allegory or something similar, and not least; the Quran itself stresses that it shall be understood literally if nothing else is said. The sleepers also mentioned in 18/13 – 18/22 – 18/25.
001 105/3+4: “- - - Han (Allah*) sent against them Flights of Birds, Striking them with stones of baked clay.” This refers to an attack from Abyssinia in 570 AD (though modern science question if the year is quite correct). The vice king Abrhah or Abrah, lost much of his army because of a virulent illness - perhaps smallpox - and had to return home without attacking Mecca. The troops were NOT killed by stones from birds. (Muslims sometimes try to “explain” the clear text and the as clear mistake away by some linguistic gymnastics that includes that the Arab word for stone and the one for writings are not dissimilar, and they think that these words have been mixed up (in a holy book sent down by Allah, and without mistakes - how many more mixing ups?), and then say the meaning is metaphorical (in a book the Allah says shall be understood as it is written), it may not mean stones, but hard physical strikes - but also hard physical strikes is not the same as illness. Muslims frequently have too use far out “explanations” like this to try to camouflage mistakes. But if there is a linguistic mistake here, according to Muslims – how many more linguistic mistakes are there in the Quran?
00b 5/23: “- - - two (of Moses’ Jews*) on whom Allah hath - - -“. Allah or Yahweh? See also 3/51.
*002 37/142: “Then the big fish swallowed him (Jonah*)”. Wrong.
A fairy tale, even if this story is “borrowed” from the Bible. (There are some mistakes also in the Bible). About Jonah also in 37/44 among other places.
00c 2/73: “Allah said: ‘Strike the (body) with a piece of the (heifer)’. Thus Allah bringet the dead to life - - -“. It is not possible to wake up a dead this way. Islam will have to produce a solid proof – especially as this story is not in the Bible, and thus is taken from a legend or something.
003 2/102: “- - - the buyers of (magic) - - -“. Magic is just superstition.
004 5/110: “And behold, thou makest out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My leave, and you brethest into it and it becometh a bird by My leave, - - - “. A made up story form the made up legends in the made up (apocryphal) Thomas Child Gospel. See also 3/49 - Muhammad often repeats himself, even if that makes no good literature. Besides: A wonder like this had not been forgotten in the Bible - and especially not by “wrongdoers” wanting to falsify the Bible to make Jesus more holy, like the Quran frequently says/indicates. (But how to make Jews agree to falsifications making Jesus more holy? - falsifications in those two religions had to be identical, if not the Jewish scriptures and the Christian OT would today have been quite different from each others.)
005 35/44: “Do they (people*) not travel through the earth, and see what was the End of those before them - - -?” In and around Arabia there were (and are) ruins here and there. Muhammad claimed – as normal without any documentation as only non-Muslims need to prove anything – that each and every one of them were results of Allah’s anger because of disbelief etc. in Islam. Wrong. In a dry and harsh land inhabited by warring tribes there were plenty of other reasons for empty houses and ruins.
006 27/39: “- - - (one) of the Jinns - - -”. Jinns are beings with a diffuse role in the Quran. They are “borrowed” from old Arab fairy tales and legends and pagan religion. Allah made them from fire, the book tells – though one place it is said they are made from the fire of a scotching wind. There is said little about their shape - perhaps roughly like humans, but also perhaps with different shapes as the word may represent different kinds of beings. They also have a diffuse role in the “pantheon” - they definitely do not belong in the heaven, but neither in hell. There simply is said nothing about where they belong. Neither is anything said about their role in the “life” of heaven and hell or their real connection to the “inhabitants” those two places - or to earthlings. As we said; much is diffuse concerning them and their life, except that they must be beings that can die - and end in hell mostly it seems, even though the Quran tells they could react positively to Islam. As said they are borrowed from old Arab folklore, fairy tales, and the old pagan religion, and mostly seem not really to belong in the religion of Islam, though they are mentioned quite frequently. Generally we feel they are a little suspect most of the time, but not always. Some were f. ex. servants (or slaves) for King Solomon, and in the older times - not 100 years ago - there shall have existed laws for marriage etc. between humans and Jinns, though no marriage ever took place!!
Do they really exist in the hidden world? - or are they in reality just something from fairy tales used for the mysterious effect? Besides: If they are real and if Islam is the original, age-old religion – why do we not find at least traces from them in other religions? (The word sometimes is translated with "bad spirits" and bad spitits you find in many religions, but this translation is not exact.)
00d 55/15: “And He (Allah*) created Jinns from fire free of smoke.” Jinns are beings from old Arab folklore, fairy tales and legends relating to the old Arab pagan religion. Is it just by co-incidence that these beings in Allah’s world – that according to the Quran are real beings – before only were known to the Pagan Arabs and not to any others, not even to the real (?) prophets in the Bible? In a religion for all the world and made by a god for the entire world, they never manifested themselves any other place in the entire world than just in that area. What a lucky coincident that Allah finally choose just an Arab – Muhammad – for a messenger, so that he could tell the rest of the world what part the jinns play in the real religion. But it also is strange that except for things borrowed from the Bible and a little from other neighbouring religions, there is nothing about or from the rest of the world in the Quran – and the Quran has no stuff from those parts of the world, even though Allah is for all the world, and there have been prophets all over and to all times, according to that book. Also see 27/39 above.
NB: If you find any mistakes anywhere, please inform us. If it is a real mistake, it will be corrected.
NB, NB, NB:
1. Read first the 2 small chapters "Some Essentials for how the Quran is to be read and understood" (VII-10-1) and "The Quran is to be understood literally if nothing else is indicated" (VII-10-2).
2. http://www.1000mistakes.com is blocked by many Muslim authorities. To debate with persons in such areas, cut and paste what you want from the pages and send it under titles different from http://www.1000mistakes.com.
3. http://www.1000mistakes.com is one of 9 pages which Muslim organisetions warned especially against in 2008 and 2009 - it could make especially procelytes lose their belief in Islam; correct and "down-to-the-earth" information works. In this connection it is worth noting that in the "warning" http://www.1000mistakes.com was one of 3 which neither was accused of bringing wrong facts, nor of being a hate page.
4. Comment 141 (to verse 6/149) in “The Message of the Quran” (see point 5) explains (translated from Swedish) about Allah's claimed omniscience vs. man's claimed free will:
“With other words: The real connection between Allah’s knowledge about the future (and consequently about the unavoidable in what is to happen in the future*) on one side and man’s relatively (!!*) free will on the other – two statements that seems to contradict each other – lies outside what is possible for humans to understand, but as both statement are made from Allah (in the Quran*) both must be true”. Unbelievable. Blind belief is the only correct and intelligent way of life, even in the face of the utterly impossible!!
5. And an afterthought: In the book “The Message of the Quran”, certified by Al-Azhar Al-Sharif Islamic Research Academy in Cairo (one of the 2-3 top universities in the Muslim world on such subjects) in a letter dated 27. Dec. 1998, it is admitted rather reluctantly that there are no proofs for Allah, and that it is not possible to prove him. An additonal point here is that if there is no proof for Allah and impossible to prove him, automatically there also is no proof for, and impossible to prove Muhammad's claimed connection to a god. And if there is no Allah and/or no connection between Muhammad and a god, what then is Islam?
6. Further: All the mistakes, contradictions, etc. in that book prove 100% that the Quran is not made by an omniscient god - no god makes such and so many mistakes, etc. If then Islam is a made up religion, what then about all the Muslims who have been prohibitted from looking for a real religion (if such one exists)? And where will they in case wake up after living and practising such an inhuman war religion like Islam is according to the Quran (and to Hadiths), if there is a second life somewhere? - Hell or Paradise?
7. NB and PS: No matter how sure you are about something, if it is not proved, it is not knowledge, only belief or strong belief, and can be wrong. Only what is proved or possible to prove is knowledge.
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