Muhammad in the Quran, Vol. 3: Chapter 60


 

MUHAMMAD: INSPIRATION. BIBLE: VISION, DREAM, DIRECT TALK

Muhammad claimed he got most of the information from Allah by inspiration - a very convenient means, as one can be inspired by many different things, and in addition nobody can check anything. The word "inspiration" is not used one single time in such connections in the Bible.

4. Mos. 12/6-8: "When a prophet of the Lord (Yahweh*) is among you (people*), I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses - - -. With him I speak face to face - - -". According to the Bible Yahweh also spoke face to face to a few others of his representatives. But words like “inspiration” are never mentioned in such cases in the Bible. One more strong indication for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.

Especially regarding Moses and Jesus it is very clear that if the Bible tells the truth about the contact between Yahweh and them, the Quran is wrong - and both science and Islam strongly have proved that the Bible at least is not falsified.

We include a number of points where different persons according to the Quran have got messages from the god by inspiration. This because in the Quran they are intended to be parallels to Muhammad and "document" that Inspiration was the normal way to receive messages "from above", and thus that Muhammad was a normal messenger.

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001 2/37a: “Then learnt Adam from his Lord (Allah*) words of inspiration - - -“. Muhammad had his messages from Allah in the same way he claimed Adam got them - Muhammad's way of getting information must be normal? - after some time it at least might seem so for his followers, as all "messengers" got messages that way, at least according to Muhammad.

002 2/37b: “Then learnt Adam from his Lord (Allah*) words of inspiration - - -“. Not from the Bible - the word "inspiration" is never used in such a connection in the Bible - it is hardly used at all.

003 3/44a: "This (Mary serving in the Temple under Zachariya and later her receiving the message about a child*) is part of the tidings of things unseen, which We (Allah*) reveal unto thee (Muhammad*) by inspiration - - -". Wrong. It is neither from inspiration, nor from the Bible, but from old apocryphal - made up - scriptures. It is even more wrong, as according to Mosaic - Jewish - law, only men could serve in the temple. And even some more: Only members of the Levi tribe could serve in the Temple, whereas Mary was a descendant of David, and thus from the Judah tribe. Muslim scholars knew and know this (f.x. A. Yusuf Ali: "The Meaning of the Holy Quran", comment 378: #######"The female child (Mary*) could not be devoted to Temple service under the Mosaic (Jewish*) law - - -" (the rest of the quote we omit - it is speculative and unscientific to say the least of it, like a little too often in Islamic literature), and that only Levites could be priests, etc. is very clear from many places in the Bible + from history), but never mentioned to their congregations. Honesty. Also see 3/37a-b-c above.

004 3/44c: "- - - by inspiration - - -". A most convenient way for a prophet to get his messages - especially if he does not want others to be able to check if he really got messages. We have found nowhere in the Bible where it is mentioned that the prophets got messages this way - even though Muhammad claims several places that they did (to make them like himself, and thus make his claimed inspiration "bona fide").

005 4/163a: "We (Allah*) have sent thee (Muhammad*) inspiration - - -". Muhammad claimed he got the verses and surahs for the Quran by means of inspiration - a most convenient way, as it was impossible for others to check - - - and easy to "edit" if he should wish so. But: The word "inspiration" is not used anywhere in the Bible in such connections. Actually Yahweh tells (4. Mos. 12/7-8) that to prophets he speaks through visions, in dreams or by means of direct speech. Inspiration - Muhammad's main claim - is not even mentioned.

006 4/163b: "We (Allah*) have sent thee (Muhammad*) inspiration, as We sent it to Noah and the Messengers after him - - -". As Muhammad claimed he got much of the Quran by inspiration, it was good psychology to claim also earlier prophets got messages from the god the same way - it "documented" that Muhammad was a prophet like the older ones. This in spite of that the alternative "inspiration" is never mentioned in the Bible.

007 5/111a: "I (Allah*) inspired the Disciples (of Jesus*) to have faith in Me - - -". According to the Bible this was done by Jesus and Yahweh.

008 5/111b: "- - - inspired - - -". This word hardly is used in such a connection in the entire Bible. But as Muhammad claimed he got many of his verses/surahs "by inspiration", it was imperative for him to "document" that this was a "normal" way for the god to communicate.

009 6/19c: "- - - this Quran hath been revealed to me (Muhammad*) by inspiration - - -”. Information transferred "by inspiration" is a very unreliable way, as it is impossible to know from where the inspiration came (one can be inspired by many things, included lust, dreams, and other things) - one may believe, but not know. It also is very convenient to claim inspiration if one needs or wants to add a little - some texts in the Quran has nothing to do in holy books, but were very convenient for Muhammad. It also is contradicted by the Bible: (4. Mos. 12/6) "When a prophet of the Lord, I (Yahweh*) reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams, (or sometimes speak to him directly*)" - there never in the whole Bible is mentioned "by inspiration" in such cases. Also see 26/52a below. Also see 67/9c below - a strong one. But of course it is ok for Islam to prove - prove - the Bible wrong and the Quran right. But as we say: Prove, not just loose claims and as loose and invalid words like the Quran always use instead of proofs.

010 6/93a: "Who can be more wicked than one who inventeth a lie against Allah, or saith, 'I have received inspiration', when he hath received none - - -." A very ironic verse if the Quran is made up - and it is from no god with all those mistakes, etc. But if Muhammad made it up he had one big truth to rely on: He could lie and he could make up anything he wanted; there was no Allah to punish him.

011 6/93b: "Who can be more wicked than one who inventeth a lie against Allah, or saith, 'I have received inspiration', when he hath received none - - -." Something to think about for Muslims if Muhammad or someone made up the Quran?

012 6/93c: "- - - inspiration - - -". Muhammad claimed he got most of his claimed information from his god by means of inspiration - a very convenient way, especially if some things in reality are made up, as it is impossible for others to check if it is true, and also easy for a claimed prophet to add or subtract or simply to make up. Remember here that all the mistakes etc. in the Quran proves at least 110% that it is not from a god, and someone or some ones has/have to have made it. In this verse two things are the subject: Prevent that others got the idea to make (competing?) inspirations", and to stress the claim that his own "inspirations" were reliable. We may here remind you that the word "inspiration" never is used in such connection in the Bible - 4. Mos. 12/6-8 tells that Yahweh speaks to his prophets directly, in visions, or in dreams - inspiration is not an alternative. Muhammad also never tells how he sees the difference between Allah's inspirations and his own - all humans have inspirations now and then. Neither does he mention how he can be sure the ones not his own, are from a god and not from a sick brain (remember TLE) or from a dressed up member of the dark forces (Muhammad would have no chance to see the difference if it was f.x. a dressed up Iblis (the Muslim devil) posing as Gabriel).

As for Gabriel there is a strange fact in the Quran: He is never named in the surahs from Mecca. Not until after he came to Medina did Muhammad start claiming he got his information(?) and messages(?) from Gabriel. If Muhammad really had got - or even only believed he got - the claimed messages from an angel, and even a central one, this had been such a strong argument that there is no chance Muhammad had not told about this - and often - during the first difficult 13 years in Mecca. What is the explanation?

013 6/106a: "Follow what thou (Muhammad*) are taught (the Quran*) by inspiration from thy Lord (Allah*) - - -". No god did teach the Quran - too much is wrong. We also mention that the word "inspiration" never is used in such connections in the Bible. Yahweh used direct talk, visions, or dreams according to the Bible (4. Mos. 12/6-8), but never inspiration for transferring messages, etc.

014 6/106c: "- - - by inspiration - - -". Convenient claim: Impossible to check - and easy to change or add or falsify. But also: Inspiration from where? No god - too much is wrong in the book. Hardly a devil - too much is wrong in the book, and he knew he would be looked through sooner or later and lose credibility (though possible if the god made the mistakes a condition for permitting the Devil to make the book - to make it possible for man to see the trap). An illness - like TLE (Temporal Lobe Epilepsy)? A helper - or some helpers? Muhammad himself? Make your own guess.

015 6/106d: "- - - by inspiration - - -". Muhammad claimed he mainly got his messages from his claimed god by inspiration, and he frequently claimed that the old Jewish prophets got their messages the same way. This is contradicted by the Bible. This way of communication is never mentioned there - Yahweh stated he used 3 ways: Direct contact, visions and dreams (4. Mos. 12/6-8) - inspiration was not an alternative. Thus Muhammad's claim here is wrong at least concerning the old prophets included Jesus. Also see 67/9c below - a strong one. But of course it is ok for Islam to prove - prove - the Bible wrong and the Quran right. But as we say: Prove, not just loose claims and as loose and invalid words like the Quran always use instead of proofs.

016 6/145b: “I (Muhammad*) find not in the Message received by me by inspiration - - -". A method easy to claim - and easy to falsify. And a method never mentioned in the Bible.

017 7/117a: "We (the god) put into Moses' mind by inspiration - - -". This method of transferring information is never mentioned in the Bible - on the contrary Yahweh specifies that he used direct talk, visions or dreams (4. Mos. 12/6-7).

018 7/160b: "- - - by inspiration - - -". This word is not used in such connections in the Bible. Yahweh told he use direct speech, visions, or dreams to communicate with his prophets (4. Mos. 12/5-8). But as Muhammad claimed he got many of his verses and surahs this way, it had value for him to impress on his followers and others that this was a normal way for prophets to get information, true or not true - and thus that Muhammad was a normal prophet.

019 10/2a: "Is it a matter of wonderment to man that We (Allah*) have sent our inspiration to a man from among themselves?" Many were skeptical and perhaps with a reason, to that Muhammad - a local citizen - suddenly and without any proof claimed to be a prophet.

020 10/2b: “- - - We (Allah*) have sent our inspiration (the Quran*) to a man (Muhammad*) from among themselves?” With this many mistakes, etc., the Quran is not from an omniscient god.

#021 10/2c: "- - - inspiration - - -". This word is nowhere mentioned in the Bible in connection to information from the god to a prophet. The Bible clearly states that such contacts were made by dreams, vision or direct contact. Muhammad, however, claimed both that he got his messages from Allah via "inspiration" and that this was a normal way for the earlier prophets, included the Biblical ones, to get such messages. Inspiration is a normal part of human intellectual life, and the Quran never tells how Muhammad in case saw the difference between his own inspirations and the ones claimed to be from Allah. "Inspiration" also is ever so easy to fake.

022 10/109a: "- - - the inspiration (the Quran - much of it was claimed received "by inspiration"*) - - -". To receive such things "by inspiration" is very convenient if the inspiration is correct, but even more so if you like to add things now and then or if it is all made up. No matter what is the truth about this, what is sure is that it is not sent from a god, which is indicated here - too many mistakes, etc.

023 10/109b: "- - - the inspiration (the Quran - much was claimed received "by inspiration"*) sent unto thee (Muhammad*) - - -". But who in case sent it? - with all those errors it was not from a god. Then remains dark forces/the devil, an illness like TLE (Temporal Lobe Epilepsy) like medical expertise believes, or humans - or he himself made up both the verses and the claim that they were sent.

#024 10/109c: "- - - inspiration - - -". It may be worth mentioning that in spite of Muhammad's as normal never documented claims about the opposite, Yahweh in the Bible never uses transfer of information by inspiration. The word is not even mentioned in such a connection in the Bible - not once. Yahweh only used direct contact, visions or dreams. (But as Muhammad claimed he got much of his "information"(?) via inspiration, he many places in the Quran claims - without documentation - that also the old Biblical prophets got information that way. A claim which might make Muhammad look more like a normal prophet.)

025 11/37a: "- - - inspiration - - -". Muhammad claimed to get the verses of the Quran by inspiration, and it had value to impress on his followers that also older prophets got information that way, as it meant that Muhammad's claimed way of getting verses, was a normal one for prophets. The word is not used in such a connection anywhere in the Bible. One more indication for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.

026 12/102b: "- - - which We (Allah*) revealed unto thee (Muhammad*) by inspiration - - -". And who can control from where the inspirations come? - not from a god, because too much is wrong. - but from other forces? - or from an illness like TLE (Temporal Lobe Epilepsy)? - or from helpers? - or from his own wishes? - or some from here and some from there? - there at least are some stuff in the Quran which does not fit a holy book (f.x. surah 111), and a lot which fit Muhammad very well. "- - - by inspiration - - -" is a most convenient claim.

027 12/102c: "- - - by inspiration - - -". Muhammad claimed he got his verses by inspiration - at least a large part of them. A convenient claim - and impossible to check. It is symptomatic that the word is not used one single time in the Bible in connection with giving information from Yahweh to his prophets. (There you only find direct contact, visions, and dreams).

028 12/109c: "(Prophets*) whom We (Allah*) did inspire - - -". Muhammad claimed he got most of his messages from Allah via inspiration - a very convenient way, at least if you like to make up or add "messages". He, therefore, many places in the Quran claims that this was the normal method also for earlier prophets. But the method is not at all mentioned in the Bible.

029 13/30g: "- - - what We (Allah*) send down (the Quran*) unto thee (Muhammad*) by inspiration - - -". To get - or claim to get - revelations by inspiration, is very convenient. Nobody can check on it and nobody can check from where the claimed inspirations come. Add a man with questionable morality according to Islamic books (read the reality, not the flowering words), and one starts thinking. But it is remarkable that the Biblical prophets never got messages by means of inspiration - in stark contradiction to what Muhammad claimed - - - like normal without ever documenting his claims. The Biblical prophets got their messages by direct contact, visions, or dreams. Another indication for that Yahweh and Allah were not the same god.

030 16/2a: “He (Allah*) sent down His angels with inspiration (“ruh”*) - - -.” Remember this when you come to verses where Muhammad tells Allah cannot send down angels to prove his existence or Muhammad's connection to a god, because that will mean the Day of Doom has arrived.

031 16/2b: “He (Allah*) sent down His angels with inspiration (“ruh”*) - - -.” It may here be worth reminding you that Yahweh did not use inspiration when giving messages to his prophets - he either used direct contact, visions, or dreams (4. Mos. 12/6-8). Yahweh and Allah the same god? No.

032 16/2c: "- - - inspiration - - -". Muhammad claimed he received most of the verses in the Quran by inspiration. A very convenient way - impossible for anyone to check and easy to add or subtract - - - or invent.

033 16/2d: “He (Allah*) doth send down His angels with inspiration (“ruh”) - - -.” But the Arab word “ruh” used here, does not really mean inspiration – it means spirit or the Spirit (or the Holy Spirit) or the breath of life. We may add that Muslims often claim that the Holy Spirit just is another name for the angel Gabriel (an idea no-one who reads the Bible with an open mind would get). But here it is clear that the (Holy) Spirit – “ruh” – is not included among the angels (the angels transported the "ruh"). The exact meaning is unclear, but hardly "inspiration". (Actually Muhammad never quite understood what the Holy Spirit – one of it’s at least 8-10 names – was). Also see f.x 70/4a, 78/38 and 97/4c where the same word – “ruh” – is used (it is used 21 times in the Quran).

034 16/43e: "- - - inspiration - - -". A word hardly mentioned in the Bible, and not at all connected to messages received by prophets. The Biblical prophets got their messages either directly, via visions, or via dreams (4. Mos. 12/6-8). But as Muhammad claimed he received his verses and surahs that way, it had value for him to impress on all others that also earlier prophets normally got their information that way, and that Muhammad thus was a normal receiver of such messages from the god. You thus will find these words several places in the Quran.

035 17/85b: "- - - the Spirit (of inspiration) - - -". This explanation by the translator in reality is unclear, as it most likely is the Holy Spirit which is meant. But then the Quran a couple of places tells that the Holy Spirit brought verses to Muhammad, and as he claimed to get many of his verses "by inspiration", this conclusion - right or wrong - is easy to make. A small curio here: In the Hadiths it is told that Muhammad only dreamt such verses and surahs in the bed of Aisha (his child wife).

036 17/86b: “If it were Our (Allah’s*) Will, We could take away that which We have sent thee (Muhammad/Muslims*) by inspiration (= the Quran*) - - -”. One more threat Allah never fulfilled. Not his will or not able to? - or not existing? Also: No god ever sent a book of a quality like the Quran - and thus also did not send it to Muhammad.

037 17/86d: "- - - by inspiration - - -". This was how Muhammad claimed he got many of his claimed verses and surahs. A most convenient way - impossible for anyone to check and easy to add or subtract if one wanted to. The word is not mentioned for such things connected to the prophets in the Bible - Yahweh only used direct contact, visions, and dreams. One more indication for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.

038 18/110c: "- - - the inspiration (the Quran*) has come to me (Muhammad*) - - -". That is just the central question: It was not inspiration from a god - too much is wrong in the Quran. Was it inspiration from dark forces, like the ethical and moral codes may indicate? Was it "inspiration" from an illness - f.x. TLE (Temporal Lobe Epilepsy) like modern medical science suspects? Or was it all made up by one or more men? Or a mix of two or three of these?

039 18/110d: "- - - the inspiration (the Quran*) has come to me (Muhammad*) - - -". The Biblical prophets never got their information from the god by means of inspiration according to the Bible - in stark contradiction to what Muhammad often claimed (to make himself like them and thus being able to claim he was a real prophet) - but by direct contact, visions or dreams (4. Mos.12/5-8). One more indication for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.

040 20/13: "- - - the inspiration sent to thee (Moses*)- - -". There is nowhere told in the Bible that Moses - or any other of the prophets in the Bible - got orders or information from the god by inspiration. (But Muhammad needed conformation for that his own claimed inspirations were normal ways of contact from his claimed god).

Irony: Actually it is said in the Bible that to Moses Yahweh spoke directly (4. Mos. 12/8). To some of the other prophets he also spoke directly - at least sporadically - but for that he used visions or dreams, not inspiration (4. Mos. 12/6-8). Another indication for that Yahweh and Allah were not the same god - they used different means of communication.

041 20/38: "- - - by inspiration - - -". There is nowhere told in the Bible that Moses' mother got orders or information from the god, neither by inspiration, nor by any other way (2. Mos. 2/2-4). (But Muhammad needed conformation for that his own claimed inspirations were normal ways of contact from his claimed god). Also see 26/52a below.

042 20/77a: "- - - inspiration - - -". Not from the Bible - but it might have been handy for Muhammad to "document" that his own claimed means for his claimed contact with his god was normal for prophets. Also see 20/57a+b above. Actually Yahweh never used inspiration for transferring messages - only Muhammad claimed that. He used direct contact, visions, or dreams (4. Mos.12/6-8).

There is an extra irony in the fact that the Bible directly specifies that to Moses Yahweh used to speak directly (4. Mos. 12/8).

043 21/7b: "- - - inspiration - - -". As Muhammad claimed to get many of the verses "by inspiration" - a very convenient way for one who could prove nothing and sometimes had good use of personal help from the claimed god - he often makes a point of that also the earlier prophets got their messages this way. This made his own claimed inspirations look natural for claimed prophets. But you hardly find the word mentioned in the Bible in connection to the old prophets.

044 21/25a: "Not one messenger did We (Allah*) send before thee (Muhammad*) without the inspiration - - -". As the Quran (wrongly) claims also the Biblical prophets were sent by Allah, this is wrong, as the Bible clearly says they got their messages by direct contact, visions, or dreams (4. Mos. 12/6-8). Inspiration is nowhere in the Bible mentioned as a means for this. But Muhammad often claimed also the old prophets got information by inspiration, in order to legitimize his own claim that he got information that way, and thus legitimize his claim that he was a normal prophet.

045 21/25b: "- - - inspiration - - -". As Muhammad claimed he got many of his claimed messages from his god by inspiration - a very convenient way of getting them, especially if Muhammad was not 100% honest and reliable in all and everything (which the old Islamic books prove he was not) - it had value to impress on his followers that this was the normal way for prophets to get their messages (this in spite of that the word is not even used in such a connection in the Bible).

046 21/73b: "- - - inspiration - - -". Muhammad claimed he got much of his claimed information from his god by inspiration, and thus it was essential for to "show" that also other prophets and great persons got their information from the god in the same way - and thus that Muhammad received his verses in a way normal for prophets. The word is not used anywhere in the Bible in such connection.

047 21/79c: "- - - inspired - - -". Muhammad claimed he got much of his claimed information from his god by inspiration, and thus it was essential for to "show" that also other prophets and great persons got their information from the god in the same way - and thus that Muhammad received his verses in a way normal for prophets. The word is not used anywhere in the Bible in such connection. (Yahweh used either direct contact, visions, or dreams - 4. Mos. 12/6-8).

048 21/108b: "What has come to me (Muhammad) by inspiration - - -". Inspiration is a very convenient way to get messages - or pretend to get them - or believe to get them (f.x. from an illness like TLE (Temporal Lobe Epilepsy)) - or from a mixture of these. Just to mention it once more: According to the Bible, Yahweh never used inspiration to send massages to his prophets, only direct contact, visions, and dreams (4. Mos. 12/6-8). One more indication for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.

049 23/27a: "So We (Allah*) inspired him (Noah*) - - -". There nowhere in the Bible is told that the prophets or others got information or orders from the god by inspiration. But as this was the way Muhammad claimed he got most of his verses, it was good psychology to claim that also the old prophets got their orders from the god this way = Muhammad is a normal prophet. You meet this many places in the Quran.

050 26/52a: "By inspiration We (Allah*) told Moses - - -". All the other things aside: The word "inspiration" is not mentioned in the Bible in connections like this. Yahweh gave his messages either by direct contact, by visions, or by means of dreams (4. Mos. 12/6-8). But this was the method by which Muhammad claimed he got most of his information and orders from his god, and then it had value that his followers believed this was the normal way of contact with their god for prophets - and thus that Muhammad was a normal prophet with normal contact with his god. You will find several claims in the Quran saying that different prophets received their information etc. by inspiration. A number of places - like here - this information is added without having any meaning or value for the story - obviously for some reason outside the story, like telling the audience about the claimed normal way for the god to contact his claimed prophets.

The claim is a bit irony just here, because the Bible tells that to Moses Yahweh spoke directly (4. Mos. 12/8)<./p>

To get his verses and surahs "by inspiration", was a very convenient way to receive it: Not possible for anyone to check, and very easy to subtract or add points or more - - - and easy to make up verses and more. This religious part of the story about Exodus is not from the Bible (in the Bible it only was “let my people go") - but by adding it, Muhammad made it fit one of his 3 - 4 standard receipts for tales in the Quran.

*051 26/63a: “Then We (Allah*) told Moses by inspiration: ‘Strike the sea with thy rod’. So it divided, and each separate part became like the huge, firm mass of a mountain”. According to science the Jews started the exodus (if it ever happened - and if it did, it happened ca. 1235 BC during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II - one of the greatest pharaohs ever - and some years before Ramses II’s death (Muslims often wants to change this – preferably to around 1500-1600 BC - because we know Ramses II did not drown, but science is clear on this point)) from Goshen in the north east of Egypt – to be specific: In the Nile delta. They travelled south roughly parallel to what is now the Suez Canal, and to the west of it. Then they turned south east, before they again headed south - still roughly parallel to what is now the Suez Canal, but now to the east of where the canal now is. Then they continued south parallel to the Red Sea. Before the Suez Canal came, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, here was unbroken low and quite flat land with some scattered lakes, the biggest of which were the Bitter Seas.

According to science the Jews may have been cornered against one of the seas during the above mention leg towards southeast, a sea named the Timsah Sea – or Yam Suph in Hebrew (meaning the Sea of Reeds). In the old Hebrew scriptures the Jews were cornered against Yam Suph, which can mean the Red Sea (the most frequently used translation) or the Sea of Reeds – both names are possible. The Sea of Reeds was a shallow sea - as for the exact depth our sources are vague, but quite likely just a few meters at most. (The longest reed we have been able to find, is a special kind of rice growing in the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia. It can be up to 5-7 m. The reeds growing in Egypt are shorter, and to get the name “Sea of Reeds”, the lake had to be shallow enough for the reeds to get their “heads” above the water over at least a large part of the lake). To guess: From one or two and up to a few - perhaps 3 to 5 - meters deep as indicated above, or perhaps a bit more at the deepest places.

In such shallow seas there simply was not deep enough water to make “each separate part - - - like the huge, firm mass of a mountain”. Wrong in case – and it is likely this is the case, even if the more dramatic Red Sea most often is used as a translation. This because for Moses it had been plain stupidity to march south along the western side of the Red Sea when he wanted to go east to Sinai, and then have to cross that sea to reach his destination, with all those people, equipment, animals, etc. in boats they did not have. (The Bible tells they were 600ooo men, which means some 2 mill. included women and children – a number which is mathematically possible (though not likely) after the 430 years the Bible says the Jews lived in Egypt - but it is likely many other slaves came along to get out of bondage, and thus added considerably to that number. 2. Mos. 12/38 indicates so.)

052 26/63c: "- - - by inspiration - - -". See 26/52a above.

053 28/7a: "- - - inspiration - - -". Nothing is mentioned in the Bible about transferring information or orders from the god to any of the prophets or others by inspiration. But as this was Muhammad's claimed main method, it was of value for him to establish that this also was a normal way of the old. (In the Bible you either find direct contact, visions, or dreams when Yahweh wanted to give messages (f.x. 4. Mos.12/6-8).

054 28/45c: "- - - (with inspiration) - - -". This word is not mentioned in the Bible as a means for the god to give information or orders. But as this was the method by which Muhammad claimed he got(?) most of his verses, it was essential to impress on his followers that this was a normal way of communication between the god and prophets, you find similar claim connected to many prophets or claimed prophets in the Quran.

055 29/45c: "- - - sent down the Book (the Quran*) by inspiration - - -". This is a very diffuse way - very open to ideas, convenient inclusions, and so on. ALSO: MUHAMMAD NEVER PROVED THE CLAIM.

056 29/45d: "- - - by inspiration - - -". This word is never used in the Bible in connection to transferring messages from the god to someone. Yahweh only used direct contact, visions, and dreams (4. Mos. 12/6-8).

057 29/45-46: (A40): “Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee - - -.” But who is or are “thee” in this case? Muhammad? – or Muslims generally? In the last case the meaning of Arab “ma uhiya ilayka mina ‘l-kitab” may be “- - - whatever of the divine writ has revealed itself to thy understanding”. Islam has to guess what is really meant here – you do the same. Yes, the Quran is a very clear scripture.

058 33/2b: “- - - that which comes to thee (the words of the Quran to Muhammad*) by inspiration from thy Lord (Allah*) - - - “. Can a book with that many mistakes and contradictions, that many “signs” and “proofs” without logical value, and absolutely without one single valid proof, told by a man of such a “good” quality (see 31/30) really and surely come from a benevolent, kind, good and omniscient god? Or is anything wrong with Allah? Actually also Islam most reluctantly accepts that there is no proof of Allah, or of Allah’s sending down the Quran or of Islam. A book like “The Message of the Quran” dismisses this with that intellectually it is impossible not to see from the texts of the Quran that the book is made from Allah, and that it is a primitive way of thinking and reasoning, to have to ask for proofs to accept the full truth of the Quran (actually that is to turn reality upside down; one has to be very primitive - and naive - to accept something to be true, just because a rather suspect book repeats and repeats that it must be true - repeat a lie often enough, and people will start to believe it, Goebbels said.)

Nyet - a good English word meaning doubly no: Such a book is from no-one omniscient.

059 33/2c: "- - - by inspiration - - -". A very convenient way to get information, at least if you need some extra help from your god f.x. in your family life. Also impossible for others to check. The word is not mentioned in connection to the prophets in the Bible. Yahweh only used direct contact, visions, and dreams for giving information (4. Mos. 12/6-8).

060 34/50cd "- - - if I (Muhammad*) receive guidance, it is because of inspiration - - -". If Muhammad got information from anyone, it at least was not from Yahweh. For one thing the teachings are too different by far, and for another Yahweh did not use inspiration as a means for giving information - only direct contact, visions , and dreams (4. Mos. 12/6-8).

Also remember here that one of the theories on who made the Quran and thus Islam, is the dark forces - and there are reasons for that suspicion.

061 40/15d: "- - - the spirit (of inspiration) - - -". Muhammad claimed he got his information from his god by means of inspiration, and many places in the Quran you find he claims all other prophets received their information the same way - which in case would make Muhammad’s claim that he himself got it by inspiration, a normal way of divine communication, and thus Muhammad a normal prophet. As far as we can find the word "inspiration" is not used in such connections anywhere in the Bible, and thus not normal for Biblical prophets.

062 41/6b: "- - - it has been revealed to me (Muhammad*) by inspiration - - -". To get information by inspiration is a very unreliable way. For one thing even the best person will have problems being sure which of his inspirations really come from an angel, and which from other sources. And for another thing it has to be a man with a strong moral not to be tempted to get "inspirations" solving his personal problems - like Muhammad had them solved several times - - - and neither Muhammad, nor the Quran, nor Islam were/are against lying when there is a reason (al-Taqiyya (the lawful lie), Kitman (the lawful half-truth), etc., deceit, breaking of oaths, advocated by Muhammad).

063 42/3a: “Thus doth (He (Allah*)) send inspiration - - -.” Verses and surahs so full of errors were not sent by an omniscient god. Also see 42/3c below.

064 42/3b: “Thus doth (He (Allah*)) send inspiration to thee (Muhammad*) - - -.” As no god sent down a book of a quality like the Quran, also no god sent it to Muhammad.

065 42/3c: “Thus doth (He (Allah*)) send inspiration to thee (Muhammad*) as He did to those (prophets*) before thee - - -.” This is directly wrong and contradicted by the Bible - but in this case we do not accuse Muhammad of knowing he was lying - he did not know the Bible and most likely just said what he wanted his audience to hear, not knowing whether it was right or wrong. A bluff simply (but also bluffs are lying, really.) For Muhammad it was essential to impress on his audience and followers that he was a normal prophet just like the old ones in the Bible. Because of that you find that a large part of the stories are told like parallels to Muhammad's life and activity - so also here; Muhammad claimed he got most of his claimed information from Allah via inspiration, and then the old prophets had to have received it in the same way for Muhammad to be similar to them. Unluckily the Bible tells that Yahweh only used direct contact (Abraham, Moses, Samuel, Jesus, and a few more), visions, and dreams (4. Mos. 12/6-7). Sending messages to prophets by means of inspiration is nowhere mentioned in the Bible. But of course it is ok for Islam to prove - prove - the Bible wrong and the Quran right. But as we say: Prove, not just loose claims and as loose and invalid words like the Quran always use instead of proofs.

But at least this became a lie by omission, because he did not correct the claim later when he had possibility to check if the claim was right.

And: Muhammad never proved he received inspiration from anywhere.

066 42/7a: “Thus have We (Allah*) sent by inspiration - - -". See 42/3a+c above.

067 42/7b: “Thus have We (Allah*) sent by inspiration to thee (Muhammad*) - - -.” See 42/3b and 42/3c above.

068 42/13f: “(The Bible brings*) The same religion (Islam*) - - - that We (Allah*) have sent by inspiration to thee (Muhammad*) - - -”. Is it really an omniscient god who has initiated a religion based on a book with may be 3ooo cases of mistakes, invalid logic, invalid arguments, invalid "signs" and "proofs", plus lots of contradictions, etc.? Definitely no. See 40/75 and 41/12 above and many others.

The underlying claim is that the old Jews were Muslims, but falsified the religion and the Bible to get a better life here on Earth. But how could leaving a religion permitting stealing/robbing, dishonesty, deceit, extortion, etc. give anyone a richer life? The Hadiths confirms that Muslims grew rich and powerful that way, and it had worked the same way for f.x. the Jews if they had gone for economic gain and had such a religion. The argument that the Jews and Christians falsified their religion to have a richer life here on Earth, thus is killed by reality. Worth thinking over.

At the time when this was said, it is not unlikely Muhammad believed this. But it became a lie by omission when he later learnt differently and did not correct this statement.

069 42/13g: "- - - by inspiration - - -". Muhammad claimed he god much of his information from Allah via inspiration (a very convenient way, especially if some or all was not from Allah). This is one of the indications or more for that Yahweh and Allah was not the same god: Yahweh did not use inspiration for transferring information, according to the Bible. 4. Mos. 12/6-8 clearly tells that Yahweh used direct contact, vision, or speaking in dream. Inspiration is never mentioned in such connections in the Bible. Also see 13/1g and 67/9c - 2 strong ones. But of course it is ok for Islam to prove - prove - the Bible wrong and the Quran right. But as we say: Prove, not just loose claims and as loose and invalid words like the Quran always use instead of proofs.

070 42/51c: "- - - by inspiration - - -". Muhammad many places in the Quran works to legitimize his own claimed main canal for contact with his claimed god. Inspiration is never mentioned in such connections in the Bible - the Bible even has contradicted this claim in 4. Mos. 12/6-8, saying Yahweh only used direct contact, visions, or dreams. (He also sometimes sent angels, but that is direct contact with Heaven). Also see 13/1g and 67/9c - 2 strong ones. But of course it is ok for Islam to prove - prove - the Bible wrong and the Quran right. But as we say: Prove, not just loose claims and as loose and invalid words like the Quran always use instead of proofs.

071 42/52a: "And thus have We (Allah*) - - - sent inspiration (the Quran*) - - -". No god ever was involved in a book of a quality like the Quran.

072 42/52b: "And thus have We (Allah*) - - - sent inspiration to thee (Muhammad*) - - -". "Inspiration" is a very practical way to receive messages: What is really messages, what is wishful thinking, and what is own planning? Impossible for others to say. But even Muslim scholars say there are verses in the Quran which do not fit in a holy book and/or is not worthy of a god - f.x. surah 111.

Also: The word "inspiration" is never used in such connections in the Bible. There only are mentioned direct contact (included by angels*), visions, and dreams.

073 46/9j: "I (Muhammad*) follow but that (the Quran*) which is revealed to me by Inspiration - - -". Muhammad claimed he got most of his messages by inspiration - a most convenient means: Impossible for others to check, easy to subtract from, easy to add to, easy to make up convenient points. As Muhammad claimed to be in the Jewish tradition of prophets, we also add that the word "inspiration" never is mentioned in the Bible in such connections - also a difference between the old prophets and the self proclaimed prophet Muhammad.

074 53/3-4: "Nor does he (Muhammad*) say (aught) of (his own) Desire. It is no less than inspiration sent down to him". This means that everything Muhammad said, in reality was inspired by Allah, and thus Allah's words - which means that also Sunna (Hadiths) can abrogate the Quran and the other way around. But no omniscient god would need to abrogate himself. And in the Quran there are a number of abrogations - lots of them.

It seems that abrogation is/was used mainly in these cases:

  1. When Muhammad or Allah had said (Quran mainly) or done (Hadith often) something he/they later found was not wise - like the Satanic Verses.
  2. When Muhammad found that he had forgotten verses - this happened according to Hadith. F.x. al-Bukhari (3/223 and 8/91): ”Aisha (one of Muhammad’s wives*) said: ’(Muhammad said*): - - - he (a man*) reminded me of such and such verses I had dropped from Surah so and so”.
  3. When Muhammad/Allah found that what he/they had ordained for the Muslims was more than they would accept: Spoils of war belonged to Allah - but it was changed to 20% for Allah and 80% for his men. Praying much of the night, was reduced to less. And each Muslim capable to fight 10 “infidels”, was reduced to 2 “infidels”, etc. But why did not an omniscient god know this from the start?
  4. When Muhammad/Allah wanted a rule changed - f.x. less and less alcohol, or more and more war. (According to Ibn ’Arabi “'The verse of the sword’ has abrogated 124 verses” - mainly all the peaceful ones.) But why did not an omniscient god know the best rule from the very beginning?
  5. When Muhammad himself did things differently from his own teachings, his deeds became an abrogation of the Quran. The Quran f.x. prescribes whipping of adulterers, whereas the praxis some places even today is stoning - at least of the woman. The reason is said to be that Muhammad himself practiced stoning - even took part in it personally. His praxis of murdering opponents also made good examples for the future. (There also is a rumor in Islam that there was a verse demanding stoning for illegal sex, but that this verse in case was one of those which were omitted when Uthman had the official Quran made.) The same goes for torture. And murder - though that also was prescribed. There also is f.x. the case of donkey meat – it is not prohibited by the Quran, but Muhammad prohibited it during a war campaign – and forever - according to Hadiths.

The use of abrogation forever was - and is - a problem for Islam. The reason is that with the exception of the “satanic verses” and possibly other verses which were abrogated and told by Muhammad to be forgotten - and verses forgotten or for other reasons omitted from the Quran by caliph Uthman and his men when making the “final” Quran in the 650s AD (persistent rumors in Islam tells that some 100 verses were forgotten or for other reasons omitted) - the abrogated verses remain in the book, and much worse: As mentioned above it is often highly unclear which verses are abrogated and invalid, and which are not. Some Muslims say nothing is abrogated (which is a dream made up because abrogation really is not worthy an omniscient god, and raises serious doubts about the god Allah, his omniscience and his powers and his existence, and perhaps also because many people needs something absolute to believe in or rely on) but it only is a dream. The reality is abrogation. The only question is how many verses? As mentioned there are numbers from 5 to 500, but realistic may be 200 - 300 or some more (up to 500) - it depends on how strict the reader is. Muslims tend to find fewer abrogated verses than others - 100 or more are not uncommon - perhaps because they are reluctant to admit unnecessary weaknesses in their god and their religion - - - though Ibn Arabi said about the famous and infamous “verse of the sword” (surah 9/5 “- - - fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them - - -”): "The verse of ‘the sword’ has abrogated 124 verses” - f.x. all the peaceful ones about non-Muslims and about no compulsion in religion. And that was only the “sword verse” - there are many more.

The problem with not knowing which verses are abrogated and which not, is exacerbated by the fact that even the verses Muslim scholars agree on are abrogated, remains in the Quran - they cannot be taken out, because Allah sent it down like that, and men cannot correct his mistakes or what to call it.

Some of the serious results of the uncertainty around abrogated verses are:

  1. It is difficult to be a judge when you do not for sure know which verses relevant for a case are abrogated and invalid, and which not. How to judge when you know the dictator of your country has nullified paragraphs in the constitution of the country, but without it is possible for you to know for sure which ones and how many?
  2. Many Muslims honestly believe Islam is a peaceful religion because they do not know or do not believe/accept that the peaceful verses are abrogated. They even may be insulted when being told the opposite. And we non-Muslims should remember that this honest belief leads to a use of their religion which makes these groups of Muslims no danger for their surroundings (but of course our problem is to know who of them are honest and who not).
  3. It is easy to defend - or make propaganda for - Islam by pointing to peaceful verses without even mentioning the word “abrogation”. Many non-Muslims look at the verse and – not knowing the abrogating rule and verses – believes it.
  4. A lot of naïve non-Muslims with superficial knowledge about Islam easily accepts and tells about the peaceful real Islam - often as opposed to other religions. They simply do not know that Islam started as a mainly peaceful religion, but was transferred to one of hate, stealing, rape, suppression, blood and war around and after 622 AD when Muhammad became strong enough and in addition needed first highwaymen and then warriors.

075 53/4: "It (the surahs*) is no less than inspiration sent down to him (Muhammad*) - - -". May be true, but from whom? - not from a god with all those mistakes. Then may be from a sick brain (f.x. TLE - Temporal Lobe Epilepsy - like modern medical science suspects)? From dark forces? From a cold brain? - few things are as easy as claimed "inspiration" to manipulate. The word "inspiration" also never is used in such connection in the Bible. On the contrary the Bible stated that Yahweh used direct contact, visions, or dreams (4. Mos. 12/6-8). One more indication for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.

076 53/10a: "- - - so did (Allah) convey the inspiration (surahs*) to His Servant (Muhammad*) - - -". No god ever conveyed that much wrong information to anyone.

077 53/10b: "- - - inspiration - - -". See 53/4 above.

078 97/4d: (A16/2 (and A97/4)): "The term "ruh" (lit. "spirit", "soul" or "breath of life") is often used in the Quran in the sense of "inspiration" - and, more particularly, "divine inspiration" - - -". Well, this is one - or actually 4-5 - possible meaning(s). But also see 97/4c just above.

079 97/4e: (YA6219): "The Spirit: Usually understood to be the angel Gabriel, the Spirit of Inspiration". Quite another meaning than the one(s) in 97/4b above.

And in addition: No-one who has ever read the Bible with an open mind, has ever got the idea the Spirit (= the Holy Spirit) was another name for the arch angel Gabriel - to find such a meaning in the Bible, you have to have strong and fixes ideas before you start reading. For one thing it is clear from all contexts that the Holy Spirit is something different from everything else and something special. For another the functions are different - how could f.x. an angel split himself in 12 at Pentecost - or be part of many disciples (the helper Jesus promised them before he left them). And not least: It is very clear that the Bible knows the difference between angles and spirits - there never is a mix-up of those two (also hardly in the Quran - but Muslim scholars have found a "good" idea anyhow, even though it is neither in the Bible, nor in the Quran). #####The Holy Spirit = Gabriel is not found neither in the Bible nor in the Quran - and is anti-thesis to the contexts and the texts in the Bible. For good measure see 94/4f just below.

080 99/5: "For that thy (Muhammad's/Muslims'*) Lord (Allah*) have given her (Earth) inspiration". If Allah exists and has any power, neither of which is ever proved. Also this is animism or even anthropomorphism - things you normally find only in primitive religions and in fairy tales.

081 4. Mos. 12/6-8: "When a prophet of the Lord (Yahweh*) is among you (people*), I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses - - -. With him I speak face to face - - -". According to the Bible Yahweh also spoke face to face to a few others of his representatives. But words like “inspiration” are never mentioned in such cases in the Bible. One more strong indication for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.

Sub-total Chapter 60 = 81 + 5.669 = 5.750.


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