MUHAMMAD LIED OR MUSLIMS LIE ABOUT MUHAMMAD'S MIRACLES
31 March 2013
Either Muhammad lied in the Quran about this, or Islam/Muslims are lying when they claim Muhammad made miracles.
Undisputable proofs in the Quran for that either Islam and Muslims are lying when they claim Muhammad performed miracles, or Muhammad lied in the Quran each time he told he just was an ordinary man and thus unable to make miracles. Most of the top Muslim scholars through the times and today admit that "the only miracle connected to Muhammad, was the delivery of the Quran" - something which today is the official statement of Islam, but all the same millions of Muslims honestly believe that Muhammad made many miracles - - - and imams, mullahs, and others happily disuse the claims, in spite of that this is such a well known fact, that at least the educated leaders, imams and mullahs have got to know they are lying when they are telling such stories. Further comments like under point 1, but stronger, as miracles are something stronger than prophesies.
Perhaps there are reasons why one so seldom hear Islam or its Muslims declare that "Islam is the Religion of Honesty". And for that Muhammad more often used the title "messenger" than "prophet" in the Quran.
At least these 5 verses directly or indirectly, but clearly, tell that Muhammad was unable to make miracles (3/144, 7/188, 10/49, 19/73c, 72/21).
1 3/144a: "Muhammad is no more than a Messenger - - -". Sentences like this one 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, etc. 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. AS YOU SEE YOURSELF MUHAMMAD HIMSELF STATES THAT HIS ONLY GIFT WAS TO BRING MESSAGES - TO BE A MESSENGER. 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.
1x 6/50g: (A. Yusuf Ali: Comment 6/39 to verse 6/50): "This denial on the part of the Prophet (Muhammad*) of any claim to supernatural power - - -". THIS IS ONE DOCUMENTATION FOR THAT IT IS AN ACCEPTED FACT IN ISLAM THAT MUHAMMAD HAD NO SUPERNATURAL POWERS AND AN ACCEPTED FACT THAT THIS LACK IS CONFIRMED BY MUHAMMAD HIMSELF IN THE QURAN - IT IS EASY TO FIND MANY MORE. 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). (Not separate number because this is a comment, not a direct quote from the Quran.)
2 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). Aisha says the same about him 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" - a 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 6/50a, 10/20c+d, 10/49a, and 72/26.
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).
3a 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".
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).
3b 10/49b: "I (Muhammad*) have no power over any harm or profit to myself except as Allah willeth". Yusuf Ali 10/69: "and since I (Muhammad*) do not possess any supernatural powers, I cannot predict that which is beyond the reach of human perception". Muhammad had no supernatural powers, and thus f.x. 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 REALLY ESSENTIAL POINT OF THESE TWO QUOTES IS THAT FOR ONE THING MUHAMMAD HIMSELF IN THE QURAN STATES THAT HE HAS NO SUPERNATURAL POWER - "NO POWER OVER ANY HARM OR PROFIT" - 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 - (3/144, 7/188, 10/49, 19/73c, 72/21) - PROVE THAT THOSE STORIES JUST ARE MADE UP LEGENDS - - - AND THAT THE COLLECTORS OF HADITHS DID NOT DO A PROPER JOB.
AND NOT TO MENTION: THAT AT LEAST MUSLIM SCHOLARS KNOW THEY ARE LYING EACH TIME THEY ARE TELLING SUCH STORIES - - - OR THAT THEY SAY THAT MUHAMMAD WAS LYING IN THE QURAN EACH TIME HE TOLD HE WAS UNABLE TO PERFORM MIRACLES.
3x 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 fortelling simply is a special kind of miracle; "the ability to see the unseen".)
Worth remembering each time Muslims - often believing it honestly, because their fathers, 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. AT LEAST MUSLIM SCHOLARS KNOW THEY ARE LYING EACH TIME THEY ARE TELLING SUCH STORIES - - - OR THAT THEY SAY THAT MUHAMMAD WAS LYING IN THE QURAN EACH TIME HE TOLD HE WAS UNABLE TO PERFORM MIRACLES.
(No separate number because the main point is a comment, not a direct quotation from the Quran.)
4 17/93c: "Am I (Muhammad*) aught but a man - a Messenger?" = ###I (Muhammad) am unable to perform miracles as he only is a normal human. Which 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 Muhammad preformed, 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.
5 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.) 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.
In addition to these 5 there are all the places in the Quran where like in 17/93c Muhammad clearly stated that he was "just an ordinary man", "just a warner", "just a messenger", "just a bringer of glad tidings", etc. = he had no supernatural power. Thus there in reality are many more than these 5 points telling the same story.
We remind you that also most of the top Muslim scholars through all times, included today, agree on that Muhammad had no supernatural power, and that "the only miracle connected to Muhammad is the delivery of the Quran", to quote the official Islam's official point of view today.
But this does not prevent religious leaders, mullahs, imams, and others from using made up claims about Muhammad's many miracles for "proving" Muhammad's connection to Allah, proving Islam, etc., this even though the fact that Muhammad was unable to make miracles is so well known and so accepted among higher Muslim scholars, that it is not possible that educated religious and other leaders also on lower levels do not know about it, and thus know they are lying each time they tell such stories. But then again: To use dishonesty to defend or promote the religion is no sin in Islam - actually it may be a laudable deed.
Well, once again: "A proof is one or more proved facts which can give only one conclusion". Also here it is very easy to prove that our quotes really are from the Quran - and they only can give one conclusion: Only one of the claims about Muhammad's miracles can be true: Either the Quran's words that Muhammad was unable to make miracles, or Muslims tales about his many miracles are wrong.
#####Either Muslims are lying when they tell about his miracles, or Muhammad was lying in the Quran (and the majority of the top Muslim scholars now and through the times in their scriptures) each time he directly or indirectly told he was unable to make miracles.
This content was posted with assistance from M. A. Khan, the editor of islam-watch.org and the author of "Islam Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery" (available online)