Dec 20 2018
Recently, a Muslim friend – Asif Ali Shaikh – wrote a response to an article I wrote a while about the inconsistencies of some Quranic narrations. I used the the story of Lot as a case study. In this article, I will be offering a rebuttal to Asif’s response.
In his opening, Asif made a claim that Muslims do not require the story to be told exactly the same way before be valid. He submitted that authors are free to use different words, style and even add different information as long as the stories are complimentary.
In his words;
First of all, it’s not my claim at all and as far as I know, Muslims don’t use the argument either that story needs to be exactly same each time it is told. We Muslims do affirm that the author can use different words, different styles, add different information (i.e. details as long as all stories are aligned / reconciled / complimentary together and aren’t contradictory) and highlight different things every time it narrates the story.
I find this response rather interesting. From the look of his statement, it seems Asif is not like other Muslims who make this claim. This is because this is same claim Christians make for the New Testament. But as we shall see, this is just a claim, he does not really agree with this idea he presented.
However, following are few problems / concerns we see in Bible which aren’t there in the Quran o there is CONTINUOUS EVOLUTION IN STATUS OF CHRIST and reaction of disciples change as we see different gospels (e.g. hardening of hearts of disciples turn to worship as we move from Gospel of Mark to Mathew (i.e. Compare Mark 6:51-52 with Mathew 14:32-33). These are contradictory. Take e.g. another story where Jesus confesses people before ANGELS OF GOD in Luke 12:8-9 and in same incident, ANGELS OF LORD are replaced by FATHER in Mathew 10:32-33. Angels of Lord isn’t the Father, is it? Accordingly, these are contradcitory stories and thus Muslims allege evolution and change of Bible.