QURAN: Divine Authorship or Authored by Men?

Introduction As is true of any scripture, the Qur’an is a vital part of understanding Islam both as it is practiced today and as its origins are described. Since most non-Muslims have never read the Qur’an, a brief introduction is in order. The word “Qur’an” means “recitation” in Arabic and is thought to be derived from the Syriac... Continue Reading →

Glossary for The Guide to Answering Islam

Abrogation: the belief that later revelations (Medinan surahs) sometimes contradicted the earlier ones (Meccan surahs). Therefore, the later revelations canceled and replaced the earlier ones. For example, Surah 9:5, often called the “sword verse,” is said to nullify and replace 124 verses that called for tolerance, compassion, and peace (Q. 2:106, Q. 16:101, Q. 13:39) Adhan: the Muslim call to... Continue Reading →

The Islamic Sharia AKA Sharia Law

Sharia law comes from a combination of sources including the Quran (the Muslim holy book), the Hadith (sayings and conduct of the prophet Muhammad) and fatwas (the rulings of Islamic scholars). The Hadith is a collection of Islamic traditions: the collected traditions, teachings, and stories of the prophet Muhammad, accepted as a source of Islamic doctrine and law second... Continue Reading →

Is the Quran from God or Man?

The orthodox Islamic position on the Quran is that it is “uncreated” and “it was written from the beginning in golden rays on a gigantic tablet in the highest heavens.” (Morris 1916) The objective of this claim is to place the Quran above all else, even making it equal to God himself. However, this is... Continue Reading →

ISLAM and Shariah Law

People living in the Western world generally accept the concept of a true separation of the institutions of church and state. Hundreds of years of Western tradition have demonstrated the wisdom of keeping these institutions separated and the danger that ensues when the ecclesiastical and civil institutions are melded into one. That is not the... Continue Reading →

ISLAM: The Need to Search for the Truth

John 18:38 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” In the United States, there are 350,000 churches, making up hundreds of denominations. Eighty percent of these are stagnant, with nineteen percent growing only through childbirth, and less than one percent being by conversion. Moreover, there is a great divide among... Continue Reading →

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