Muhammad in the Quran, Vol. 4: Chapter 93
15 Dec. 2015
NO MIRACLES OR FORETELLING POSSIBLE FOR MUHAMMAD
A most central point (error) for many Muslims
The Quran very clearly tells that Muhammad was unable to make foretelling or miracles. Also the official Islam tells that "there is no miracle (also foretelling is a kind of miracle*) connected to Muhammad, except the delivery of the Quran".
All the same you frequently meet Muslims telling about prophesies or miracles they claim Muhammad performed, or they use such tales as "proofs" for that Muhammad had supernatural powers or connections. Lay Muslims may be excused for really believing such stories, but mullahs, imams, and higher know the Quran too well, and know it cannot be true - the Quran after all directly denies it. All the same they tell their followers and others about Muhammad's many miracles and prophesies - al-Taqiyyas (lawful lies) - to "prove" to naive or little educated or little knowledgeable persons that Muhammad was a real prophet with connection to a god, Allah. They need such proofs to convince followers and prospects that Islam is a real religion, and as no valid such proof exists, they use made up ones. Worse: These religious leaders know they are lying about this, because as said the Quran is very clear on that Muhammad was unable to do such things. But then to lie to promote or defend Islam not only is permitted, but advised by Islam "if necessary" to win your point.
Islam the religion of honesty? Or even "the Religion of Truth", like Islam and Muslims claim?
But what is the value of a religion which has to use dishonesty and outright lies?
You like said often meet the claimed miracles connected to Muhammad used as arguments for that he must have been a real prophet and with connections to a god. You find these claims in the Hadiths only - and of course in legends and tales, but not in the Quran.
This is very strange and peculiar - and revealing for the mentality of Muslim leaders and scholars - as the Quran indirectly, but most clear proves that all those stories are made up ones and untrue. If there really had been miracles connected to or preformed by Muhammad:
- Opponents had not asked for miracles to prove Muhammad's tales and claims - they had known there were miracles.
- If they all the same had asked, they had promptly been told about miracles which had happened.
- Followers had definitely not asked - they had known about each and every miracle.
- If any follower all the same had asked, you bet they had got information instead of "explanations away".
- If there had been miracles, his followers had used them to propagate the religion. There is no tale about this being done in the Quran.
- Also Muhammad had used them in his preaching. There is no such case in the Quran and hardly in the Hadiths.
- And the strongest of the indirect, but clear and solid proofs: If there had been miracles connected to or performed by Muhammad, he had not had to explain away - even lying in the Quran - requests for proofs for his religion and god and for his own connection to a god: He simply had told about the miracles. There are many places in the Quran where Muhammad must use fast talk and worse to explain away requests for proofs/miracles. There is not one case of him telling about miracles or foretelling connected to himself or performed by him - on the contrary he denies in the book that he had such power.
In addition there is the fact that Islam itself tells: "There are no miracles connected to Muhammad, except the (claimed*) delivery of the Quran".
Also f.x. Aisha - Muhammad's famous and infamous child wife - clearly states in Hadiths that Muhammad made no miracles - f.x. was "unable to see the unseen" = unable to make prophesies.
All the same imams, mullahs, scholars, and Islamic literature tell about, glorifies, and use as proofs for Muhammad and Allah the tales/legends about such miracles - and therefore many Muslims honestly believe in them; Of course their cherished religious leaders tell them the truth!? But it is permitted in Islam - even advised - to lie "if necessary" to defend or promote the religion (al-Taqiyya - the lawful lie, Kitman - the lawful half-truth, Hilah - the lawful pretending/circumventing, "war is deceit" - and "everything" is war, betrayal, and "break even your oaths - pay expiation if necessary - if that gives a better result" (2/225, 3/54, 5/89, 16/91, 66/2).
This is a kind of dishonesty you do not expect from honest leaders in an honest religion, and it tells not a little about the honesty, reliability, etc. and about the religious leaders in Islam.
Worse: As these stories about the miracles are untrue, but glorified by Muslims, how much more is untrue in the religion?
Worst: If the Quran is a made up book - and it clearly is not from a god (too many mistaken facts and other errors, too many contradictions and cases of unclear language, too much invalid logic, etc.) - what then is Islam? - and where will Muslims end if there is a next life?>/p>
Not able to make miracles, see f.x. 7/188, 10/49, 17/93, 72/21. Not able to make prophesies, see f.x. 6/50, 7/188, 10/20, 27/65, 46/9, 72/26, 81/24.
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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 BY 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 3/179f: "Nor will He (Allah*) disclose to you (Muhammad*) the secrets of the Unseen". One more confirmation for that Muhammad was no seer - prophet; He was unable to "see the unseen" = unable to make prophesies. And a person unable to make prophesies is no prophet.
- This also is one of the verses which kill legends about Muhammad prophesying things.
##003 5/110i: "And behold, thou (Jesus*) bringest forth the dead by My leave". For Muhammad it was essential to stress that it was not Jesus himself who resurrected the dead ones, but the god. (If it was Jesus himself, he clearly was a superior prophet to Muhammad - and Muhammad wanted to be the greatest). ####But the main thing here really is that if the Quran tells the truth here, it confirms that Jesus was connected to something supernatural and powerful - a god. For Muhammad and Allah this never and nowhere is proved - not one single time (of course Islam still will claim Allah = Yahweh, but the teachings fundamentally are so different that this only is possible if the god is strongly schizophrenic).
For Jesus there were many witnesses that he was able to make miracles, for Allah there were only Muhammad’s claims - and for Muhammad clear words in the Quran that he was unable to make miracles (3/144, 7/188, 10/49, 17/93, 72/21) or foretelling/prophesies (3/144, 3/179, 6/50, 7/188, 10/20, 27/65, 44/9, 72/26, 81/24). This also is confirmed by top Muslim scholars (but the opposite claimed when many mullahs and imams talk to their congregations), and as for prophesies it also was confirmed by Aisha in the Hadiths.
#####004 6/50a: "- - - nor do I (Muhammad*) know what is hidden (ONLY Allah does*)- - -". Muslims and Islam often tell about things Muhammad foresaw, and claims this and this prove Muhammad was connected to something supernatural - in spite of Muhammad's problems with explaining away his total lack of proofs and miracles, including foreseeing. Also in spite of Aisha's clear statements in Hadiths that the ones claiming Muhammad could foresee the future, were wrong. And here he himself states that he does not know what hidden.
This verse - 6/50 - also is a clear proof for that Muhammad was no prophet: A person unable to make prophesies - "know what is hidden" or "see the unseen" - by definition is no prophet. (F.x. 5. Mos. 18/21 - in the same speech of Moses where Islam claims Moses foresees Muhammad when talking about "a prophet like me" - quite an irony when 18/21 indirectly, but clearly tells Muhammad was not even a prophet. (And among many others 18/2 tells Moses were speaking about Jewish "brothers" - Islam has cherry-picked and twisted 18/15 and 18/18 in an al-Taqiyya.)).
### Surah 6 is a bit hard upon the wishful thinking of Muslims.
- ###In 6/50 Muhammad confirms he cannot see what is hidden or the future - killing all the claimed miracles claimed made by Muhammad concerning seeing what was hidden, and indirectly also documenting he was no prophet - not knowing the future = unable to make prophesies, and a person unable to make prophesies is no prophet. (f.x. 5. Mos. 18/21 - in the same speech of Moses where Islam claims Moses foresees Muhammad when talking about "a prophet like me" - quite an irony when 18/21 indirectly, but clearly tells Muhammad was not even a prophet - he only "borrowed that impressive and imposing title. (And among many others 18/2 tells Moses was speaking about Jewish "brothers" - Islam has cherry-picked and twisted 18/15 and 18/18 in an al-Taqiyya.)
###Also connected to 6/50; (A.6/39): "This denial on the part of the Prophet (Muhammad*) of any claim to supernatural power - - -". This states that Islam admits Muhammad had no supernatural power at all = absolutely no prophet.
###Then 6/91c: "Who then sent down the Book which Moses brought?" This is intended as a rhetoric question with only one possible answer: The god. But as Moses did not get any book(s) both according to the Bible and according to science, this try to make up a "proof" for that Allah might have sent down the Quran, was a total miss. Any god had known this and not made such a flop. Then who made the Quran?
###In connection to 6/106 (6/106b) Allah's very existence is doubted.
###In connection to 6/108 "The Message of the Quran" (comment6/93) explains "- - - it is in the nature of man to regard the beliefs which have been implanted in him from childhood, and which he now shares with his social environment, as the only true and possible ones" - which explains in details why Muslims believe in spite of all facts proving something is seriously wrong with the religion.
###In connection to 6/149 (comment 6/141 in the same book) Islam has to admit that the claim that Allah decides everything - predestination - is impossible to combine with the claimed free will for man (and without free will it is morally wrong to punish man for sins) - but "it all the same must be true, because Allah says so (in the Quran*)" the ultimate defeat for brain against blind belief.
###And in 6/151 may be the most well-known of the mistakes in the Quran accepted by Islam to be a mistake: "You are prohibited from - - - being good to your parents" (well, may be ###"Mary, sister of Aaron" is even more well-known, but that one is frequently tried explained away).
###005 7/188b: "If I (Muhammad*) had knowledge of the Unseen (only Allah has*) - - -". "- - - the Unseen" = the hidden or the future. This is one of the places where Muhammad clearly tells he is unable to see the future = unable to make foretelling (prophesies). Aisha 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, 1. Sam. 9/11, 1. Sam. 9/18, 1. Sam. 9/19, 2. Kings. 17/13, 1. Chr. 9/22, 1. Chr. 26/28, 1. Chr. 29/29, 2. Chr. 9/29, 2. Chr. 16/7, 2. Chr.16/10, 2. Chr. 19/2, 2. Chr. 29/25, Amos 7/12, Mic. 3/7 - some places the two titles even are used side by side) - 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.)
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).
006 10/20c: "The Unseen is only for Allah to know". Which 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.
### 007 10/20d: "The Unseen is only for Allah to know - - -". This is another proof in the Quran for that Muhammad was no real prophet: Muhammad was unable to see the future - that only Allah is able to it says here - and he thus was unable to make prophesies = no prophet. (We remind you that the original title of a prophet was "a seer" - one able to see the unseen (f.x. 1. Sam. 9/9).
####008 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. 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 Allah, 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" or "prophesies".
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 is said in 7/188b, and by his favorite (child) wife Aisha).
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#####009 17/59b: "And we (Allah refrain from sending Signs (Quran-speak for "proofs for Allah"), only because the men of former generations treated them as false - - -".
In this connection we quote Muhammad Asad: "The Message of the Quran" (a/17/71), translated from Swedish: ### "Several places the Quran stresses the fact that the Prophet Muhammad, in spite of being the last and greatest of Allah's messengers, did not have the permission to make signs or miracles similar to those earlier prophets are told to have made as confirmation of their verbal preaching". (This of course also goes for foretelling/prophesy, as foretelling simply is a special kind of miracle; "the ability to see the unseen".)
Worth remembering each time Muslims - often believing it honestly, because their imams, mullahs, etc. have told them so - tell you about the miracles of Muhammad or try to use claims about his miracles as arguments or proofs for something.
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- ###010 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. 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 this whenever a Muslim will tell you about some of all the miracles they claim Muhammad performed. 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 ones 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 IS A REALITY. An honest al-Taqiyya (lawful lie). #######But if the scholars, imams, ayatollahs, lie about this to forward the religion, how much more do they lie about?
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####011 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 or prophesies Muhammad preformed/made, 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?
012 17/94d: "What kept men (typical the Quran - not women*) back from Belief when Guidance (the Quran*) came to them, was nothing but this: they said, 'Has Allah sent ###a man (like us) to be (His) Messenger?" Better for Muhammad to say this, than to admit the real reason. But this is one of his weaker ways of explaining problems away, as all Jews and Christians and many others knew that all the prophets in the Bible - perhaps except Jesus - were normal humans.
"A man like us", could not make miracles or prophesies - and especially as Muhammad himself in the Quran confirmed both that he only was a man and that he was unable to make miracles or "see the unseen" = make prophesies.
##013 18/110b: "I (Muhammad*) am but a man like yourselves (Muslims*) - - -". And among other things "I" thus am unable to perform miracles or telling prophesies.
014 27/65b: "Say: None in the heavens (plural and wrong*) or on earth, except Allah, knows what is hidden - - -". Contradicted by the Bible who says Yahweh is the one who know most. 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.
#######And another point: This is one more proof for that Muhammad was unable to make prophesies - "know the unseen": ONLY Allah knows the unseen.
###015 46/9e: "- - - nor do I (Muhammad*) know what will be done with me or with you". Muhammad was unable to "see the unseen" - he was no "seer"/prophet (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.)
016 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. Aisha - 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 goes 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. claim that Muhammad/the Quran foretell things only recent science has discovered).
##########017 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 powerful some 10 years later.) But here Muhammad talks about supernatural power; he did not have supernatural power to harm or help people. #####He simply did not have power to make such - or other - miracles.
018 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
######019 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*)". In plain words Muhammad was unable to tell the future or other hidden things = he was unable to make foretelling.
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 93 = 19 + 10.098 = 10.117.
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