Muhammad in the Quran, Vol. 2: Chapter 29
15 Dec. 2015
Section IV: MUHAMMAD THE RELIGIOUS LEADER
MUHAMMAD A MAKER OF MIRACLES?
Islam - and the Quran - is very clear on that Muhammad was unable to make miracles. All the same you will meet Muslims telling you about miracles performed by Muhammad - included his claimed telling in the Quran about things science did not discover until many centuries later. (We have found no such claim which was correct. But it interesting to meet such claims, because that means the claimant states that the Quran lies each and every time the book tells its texts are in clear and easy to understand words, words which are to be understood literally, because they are exactly and plainly explained by the omniscient Allah, and who can explain better and more correctly and east to understand, than an omniscient god? - and who knows better exactly what he meant to say, than the god himself, especially as he states in the Quran that to look for hidden meanings only are "for the sick of heart" and hypocrites, and even more so as he adds that if there are hidden meanings, only Allah can understand them?)
Remember that real prophesies also is a kind of miracle - the ability to see what is hidden or what has not happened yet.
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001 3/144a: "Muhammad is no more than a Messenger - - -". Sentences like this is the only reason why Muhammad is not a saint in Islam - divinity would be impossible, but sainthood they would be able to find an opening for, if it was not for sentences like this. It also is one of Muhammad's ways of explaining away questions for miracles as proofs for Allah or for his own connection to a god.
BUT BEWARE THAT THIS ALSO IS ONE OF THE STRONG PROOFS FOR THAT MUHAMMAD WAS UNABLE TO MAKE MIRACLES - HIS ONLY TASK, ONLY MISSION, AND ONLY POWER WAS TO BRING MESSAGES ACCORDING TO MUHAMMAD HIMSELF AND ACCORDING TO THE QURAN HERE AND OTHER PLACES. THE SAME GOES FOR PROPHESYING/ FORETELLING (WHICH IN REALITY IS A SPECIAL KIND OF MIRACLES - TO BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT IS HIDDEN OR HAS NOT HAPPENED YET), SOMETHING ALSO HIS FAMOUS CHILD WIFE CONFIRMS IN THE HADITHS, AND ALSO MUHAMMAD HIMSELF OTHER PLACES IN THE QURAN (not able to make miracles, f.x. 7/188, 10/49, 17/93, 72/21, not able to make prophesies, f.x. 6/50, 7/188, 10/20, 27/65, 46/9, 72/26, 81/24).
002 6/50g: (A. Comment 6/39 to verse 6/50): "This denial on the part of the Prophet (Muhammad*) of any claim to supernatural power - - -". That Islam accepts and states that Muhammad had no supernatural powers, is worth remembering when Muslims talk about all his miracles - f.x. from Hadiths (which the Quran by means of among others this verse proves are all made up). But far worse: It is here - and other places in the Quran - made clear that Muhammad had no supernatural powers, and that in addition Allah made no miracles connected to him, and all the same Islam in its books and through its imams etc. tells and boasts about and uses for proof for Allah and for Muhammad's connection to Allah, and to all its followers, the shining miracles Muhammad is claimed to have performed - miracles they know the Quran proves are fairy tales! What does this tell about Islam as an institution, about the religion, and about the religious leaders in Islam?! Not to mention the question: Can a religion be a true one when its leaders have to use what they know are made up tales and lies? - and how much of the teaching and arguments then are lies?
Also: His admitted total lack of supernatural power - and this includes the power of prophesying - strengthens the proof in 6/50a for that he was no real prophet. Perhaps a messenger for someone or something - or for himself - but no prophet.
###003 7/188b: "If I (Muhammad*) had knowledge of the Unseen - - -". "- - - the Unseen" = the future or what is hidden. This is one of the places where Muhammad clearly tells he is unable to see the future = unable to make foretelling (prophesies). Aishah says the same in Hadiths. Muhammad simply was no real prophet (this becomes even clearer when you know that the original title for a prophet was "a seer" - person able to see the unseen (f.x. 1. Sam. 9/9) - a person unable to make prophesies, must use a "tailored" definition to call himself a prophet. (But then Muhammad had "tailored" definitions for this and that.) Similar in f.x. 6/50a, 10/20c+d, 10/49a, and 72/26.
THIS IS ONE OF THE VERSES YOU SHOULD REMEMBER WHEN YOU MEET MUSLIMS CLAIMING MUHAMMAD FORETOLD THIS AND THAT. MUHAMMAD ACCORDING TO HIMSELF AND ACCORDING TO MOST AND POSSIBLY ALL LEADING MUSLIM SCHOLARS, WAS UNABLE TO MAKE FORETELLINGS/PROPHESIES. IN THE QURAN THIS IS CONFIRMED AT LEAST THESE PLACES: 3/144, 3/179, 6/50, 7/188 (here), 10/20, 27/65, 44/9, 72/26, AND 81/24.
As prophesies are a kind of miracle - to be able to see what is hidden or what has not happened yet - this also proves that Muhammad was unable to make at least this kind of miracles (this really also goes for the other verses telling he was unable to make foretelling/prophesies).
004 7/188da: “I (Muhammad*) am but a warner, and a bringer of glad tidings - - -". = I, Muhammad, have no supernatural powers. (This in exact accordance with Islam's repeated statements that "the only miracle connected to Muhammad, is the delivery of the Quran" - - - if a book that full of wrong facts, etc., etc. is a miracle.)
005 10/20c: "The Unseen is only for Allah to know". This means that miracles or the future is only for Allah to handle - another explaining away of questions for proofs for his god and his tales and his connection to a god - proofs neither Muhammad, nor Allah ever was able to produce. This also is one more proof for that the stories Muslims and Islam tell about Muhammad foretelling things, are made up stories.
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####006 10/49a: "I (Muhammad*) have no power over any harm or profit to myself except as Allah willeth". In clear language: Muhammad had no supernatural power - he just was an ordinary man. M. Asad understands it the same way - to quote his comment (A10/69) to this verse: "and since I (Muhammad*) do not possess any supernatural powers, I cannot predict that which is beyond the reach of human perception (al-ghayb)." This is a good verse and a good fact to remember when you meet Muslims who in triumph tell about miracles or foreseeing performed by Muhammad, or read about such ones in the Hadiths - there are a number. This is one of the many verses in the Quran which prove that all such stories are made up legends no matter where you meet them, even with Al-Bukhari or Imam Muslim, and this even though many learned Muslims use big words about these claimed miracles. AND NB: ALL THESE LEARNED MUSLIM SCHOLARS HAVE STUDIED THE QURAN AND HAVE TO KNOW THE STORIES ARE MADE UP - this fact tells something about ethics, moral and integrity among at least large parts of the Islamic religious intelligentsia, when they tell their lay people about Muhammad's "miracles".
This verse also is one of several proofs for that Muhammad was no real prophet - he was not able to make prophesies, and without that ability you are no real prophet. (The same - unable to make prophesies - is said f.x. in 7/188b, and by his favorite (child) wife Aishah).
####007 10/49b: "I (Muhammad*) have no power over any harm or profit to myself except as Allah willeth". Y10/69: "and since I (Muhammad*) do not possess any supernatural powers, I cannot predict that which is beyond the reach of human perception". Muhammad also had not the ability to make prophesies - thus no prophet. It may here be relevant to mention that in the really old times the title among the Jews was not prophet but seer (f.x. 1. Sam. 9/9) - one who could see or at least glimpse the future. The Quran tells Muhammad was unable to do also this.
THE REALLY ESSENTIAL POINT OF THESE TWO QUOTES IS THAT FOR ONE THING MUHAMMAD HIMSELF IN THE QURAN STATES THAT HE HAS NO SUPERNATURAL POWER, AND THAT THIS FACT IS CONFIRMED BY ISLAM - HERE AND MANY OTHER PLACES. THIS KILLS ALL THE CLAIMS FROM MUSLIMS ABOUT THE FORETELLINGS AND WONDERFUL MIRACLES MUHAMMAD PERFORMED - EVEN THE CLAIMS IN THE HADITHS. THIS AND SOME OTHER VERSES - SE JUST BELOW - PROVE THAT THOSE STORIES JUST ARE MADE UP LEGENDS - - - AND THAT THE COLLECTORS OF HADITHS DID NOT DO A PROPER JOB.
Muhammad simply was an ordinary man (though with claimed contact to Allah according to the Quran).
Muhammad unable to make miracles: 3/144, 7/188, 10/49, 17/93, 72/21.
Muhammad unable to make prophesies: 3/144, /179, 6/50, 7/188, 10/20, 27/65, 46/9, 72/26, 81/24.
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###008 17/59h “And We (Allah*) refrains from sending the Signs only because the men of former generations treated them as false - - -". But there is an interesting remark in Asad’s note and explanation (A 17/71): “His (Muhammad’s*) only miracle was and is the Quran itself”. This is an accepted fact among Muslim scholars and Islamic religious leaders - "the only miracle connected to Muhammad, is the delivery of the Quran". AND ALL THE SAME THEY CONTINUE AND CONTINUE TO TELL THEIR CONGREGATIONS ABOUT THE (MADE UP) MIRACLES CONNECTED TO MUHAMMAD THAT THE HADITHS TELL ABOUT – AND NOWHERE IN THE HADITH COLLECTIONS DO YOU FIND A WARNING THAT “THE QURAN PROVES THAT THESE MIRACLES ARE MADE UP LEGENDS". An honest religion? Honest “priests”? Honest professors? (These are among the reasons why it is impossible to rely on Islamic literature – you all the time know you have to check the “facts” before you can use the information (or disinformation or wishful thinking)).
Remember that to make prophesies also is a miracle - to be able to see or know the unknown.
And: Remember this whenever a Muslim will tell you about some of all the miracles they claim Muhammad performed, or about the prophesies he made. That he made no miracles at all, also is very clear from the fact that he had to explain away all requests for such ones - if he had made any miracle, he and his followers had informed about it loudly and often.
For the sake of record we quote the here relevant part of M. Asad's comment in full once more, and now directly from English (on Internet): "In many places (not only here in 17/59*) the Quran stresses the fact that the Prophet Muhammad - - - was not empowered to perform miracles similar to those with which the earlier prophets are said to (and in some cases confirmed in the Quran*) have reinforced (NB: Muhammad claimed it would not reinforce his teaching*) their verbal (also Muhammad's were verbal - only written down afterwards*) messages. His only miracle was and is the Qur'an itself - - -". There has never existed one single Muslim scholar who did not know - and knows today - this. ALL THE SAME THEY HAIL MUHAMMAD'S CLAIMED MIRACLES AS PROOFS FOR HIS GOD AND HIS BEING A PROPHET IN SUCH WAYS THAT THE UNEDUCATED MASSES TO A LARGE DEGREE BELIEVE - YES, ARE SURE - THE MIRACLES ARE A REALITY. An honest al-Taqiyya (lawful lie). But if the scholars, imams, mullahs, ayatollahs, etc. lie about this to forward the religion, how much more do they lie about?
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####009 17/93c: "Am I (Muhammad*) aught but a man - a Messenger?" = ###I (Muhammad) am unable to perform miracles. This is one more proof for that all the miracles claimed by Hadiths and by folklore and legends connected to Muhammad, all are made up tales. We also quote (A17/111 - in English 2008 edition 17/109): "- - - the only miracle granted by Allah to Muhammad is the Quran itself - - -". This is a most well-known fact in Islam, and all the same the lay people in the religion are told about the wonderful miracles and prophesies Muhammad preformed/told, and there is no comments telling that the stories are made up according to the Quran, when Hadiths tells about the miracles. Are any further comments on Muslim honesty and reliability necessary?
And remember there are many more places in the Quran where Muhammad states he only is a normal human - "only a Messenger", "only a Warner", "only a Bringer of Glad Tidings", etc. - no supernatural man, no supernatural power.
010 27/65a: "Say: None in the heavens (plural and wrong*) or on earth, except Allah, knows what is hidden - - -". This is one of the many things which are easy to say, but which is logically invalid as indication or proof for Allah, unless Allah proves he, and he alone, is able to do this. Claims are cheap. Also see 2/233h above.
#######But it is one more proof for that Muhammad did not know what is hidden = he was unable to make prophesies.
###011 46/9e: "- - - nor do I (Muhammad*) know what will be done with me or with you". Muhammad was unable to know the future - to "see the unseen" - he was no "seer" (the original title for prophets according to the Bible - see 1. Sam. 9/9, 9/11, 9/18, 9/19, 2. Sam. 15/27, 1. Kings 17/13, 1. Chr. 9/22, 26/28, 29/29, 2. Chr. 16/7, 16/10, 19/2, 29/25, Micah 3/7) - no prophet. Many have liked the imposing title prophet through the times, and different definitions have been made for that title. But a prophet unable to make prophesies, is no prophet.
This verse also is one of the proofs for that when Muslims claim Muhammad made prophesies, their claims are not true. There are a few more verses in the Quran proving the same, f.x. 6/50a, 7/188b, 10/20c-d,10/49a-b, 72/26. Together they are so strong that Islam says "there is no miracle connected to Muhammad, except the Quran" (prophesying is a kind of miracle - "to be able to see the unseen"). But all the same mullahs, imams and others tell their congregations about the prophesies - and the miracles - of Muhammad, with the result that many lay Muslims honestly believe in it. Honesty in religion? But remember that lies for Islam often is not a sin!! (Al-Taqiyya - the lawful lie, Kitman - the lawful half-truth, etc. Specialties of Islam - you do not find similar in other of the big religions. One more proof for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god).
012 46/9f: (A46/11): “- - - nor do I (Muhammad*) know what will be done with me or with you (people*).” Ok – but in this world (Tabari, Al-Hasan al-Basri), or in both this and the next (Baydawi)? To guess is free. And also to guess is child’s game when the language is vague and there is no-one who knows the answer.
NOTE: MUHAMMAD HERE TELLS HE IS UNABLE TO "KNOW THE UNSEEN" - UNABLE TO MAKE PROPHESIES. This "kills" all the claimed prophesies Islam and its Muslims claim Muhammad made - and thus proved his connection to a god. Aishah - his famous child wife - said the same about him in Hadiths: He was unable to make prophesies.
Also note that the questions from Tabari and others mean that they accept as a fact that Muhammad was unable to make prophesies, the unclear point was/is if this inability only was for this world, or also for the claimed next. Which means that Muslims telling that Muhammad made prophesies not only tells that Muhammad lied in the Quran each time he told he was unable to do so, but also the foremost Muslims scholars through the times lied or were deceived on this point - the same go for claims that Muhammad made miracles, which both Muhammad and the top Muslim scholars tell he was unable to do. (Muslims of today f.x. claims that Muhammad/the Quran foretell things only recent science has discovered).
#######013 72/21b: "It is not in my (Muhammad's*) power to cause you harm - - -". (But you bet here on Earth this changed when he grew military powerful some 10 years later.) Here Muhammad talks about supernatural power; he did not have supernatural power to harm or help people - he just was an ordinary man. #####He simply did not have powers to make such - or other - miracles. (This is completely in accordance with Islam's repeated statements that "the only miracle connected to Muhammad, is the delivery of the Quran" - - - if the (claimed) delivery of a that quality book is a miracle.
014 72/26: "He (Allah*) (alone) knows the Unseen - - -". It is very clear that #####Muhammad did not see or know the unknown - was a "seer", the original name for "a prophet". "A seer" - and thus a prophet when the title was changed from "seer" to "prophet" (1. Sam. 9/9) - was one who was able to see the unseen. Muhammad was no real prophet - he was unable to make prophesies
Only Allah knows the unseen - nobody else, included Muhammad.
015 72/26-27: "- - - nor does He (Allah*) make anyone acquainted with his Mysteries - Except a Messenger (can only be Muhammad in this case*) He (Allah) has chosen - - -". Muhammad is not a prophet, but he really is a close friend to Allah it seems - or perhaps made to seem so?.
######016 81/24: "Neither doth he (Muhammad*) withhold grudgingly a knowledge of the Unseen ("the Unseen" in the Quran normally means the future or what is hidden from humans by the super naturals*)".. In plain words Muhammad was unable to tell the future or other hidden things = he was unable to make foretelling/prophesies.
Once more we are back to the fact that Muhammad was unable to see what was hidden and also unable to see the future, which means he was no real prophet - a person unable to make prophesies, is no prophet (the original title for "prophet" even was "a seer" - one who was able to see the unseen). But "prophet" is an imposing title, so Muhammad "borrowed" it, like so many have done trough the times. This even though he here indirectly, but very clearly admits he does not deserve or merit that title.
Sub-total Chapter 30 = 16 + 3.110 = 3.126.
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