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Qur’an Study: Ramadan 21 (Sura 29.46-33.29)

by PastorMinton on June 16th, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Ramadan 21

Today’s Text: Sura 29.46-33.29 (, pages 217-228)

Sura 29, “al-Ankabut” (The Spider)

The end of the Sura encourages Muslims not to engage in “mere disputation” with the People of the Book (29.46). “Enough is Allah for a Witness between me and you,” is all they are required to say (29.52). Muslims take the stance that apologetics should not be done through debate. Belief in Allah is simply what has been taught without question (21.23).

Sura 30, “ar-Rum” (The Roman Empire)

Mohamed takes a moment in this Sura to talk about the defeat of the Roman Empire in 476 AD (30.2). However, he prophesies a new Roman Empire (30.3-4). This new Roman Empire will be based on Mohamed and his teachings. While the Holy Roman Empire began on Christmas Day 800 with Pope Leo III crowning Charlemagne as the first Holy Roman Emperor, this Empire is not what Mohamed is prophesying. He is more likely looking toward his dreams of an Empire such as the Seljuk (1037-1194), the Sultanate of Rum (1077-1308) or the Ottoman Empire (1299-1922). Through these Empires, Islam sought to take back the world for Allah who creates all men in weakness (30.54).

Sura 31, “Luqman” (The Wise)

Mohamed claims that the Qur’an is the Book that is able to make one wise. Satan pointed to the fruit on the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil as being able to do the same thing (Genesis 3:6). The Bible is the true Book that is able to make one wise (2 Timothy 3:15). This seems like we’re saying the same thing, but there is a stark difference. There are no contradictions in the Bible. The Bible never has to go back and correct itself. Mohamed is continually correcting and abrogating the previous revelations. This is the problem with the Muslim doctrine of ongoing revelation (4.163; 6.91-93). This doctrine is prevalent in many Christian heresies where a charismatic leader makes himself a prophet of God, revealing new things to the people (cf. 2 Nephi 29:9-13; Moses 1:4; D&C 9:2; 68:1-5; 124:41; Articles of Faith 1:9). This does jive with possibly the last statement of the Bible written, “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25).

Sura 32, “Sajda” (Adoration)

The proper adoration Allah requires goes not only to himself but also to Mohamed and the Qur’an. Allah is adored as the creator of all things. Mohamed is adored as the greatest of all prophets. In many translations of the Qur’an, every reference to Mohamed has the phrase “peace be unto him” appended at the end either in English or Arabic. The Qur’an is adored almost as a personal god as there are several places throughout the Qur’an where Muslims are expected to stop and bow down in adoration (Sajda) (32.15).

Sura 33, “al-Ahzab” (The Confederates)

This Sura has the great commandment to Mohamed to take multiple wives, especially Zaynab bint Jahsh. Zaynab’s husband, Zayd ibn Harithah, was Mohamed’s adopted son. Allah commanded Zayd to divorce Zaynab so that Mohamed could marry her (33.4, 37-38). This is one of the most controversial of Mohamed’s marriages. Definitely a perk to be Allah’s greatest messenger if you can command men to divorce their wife so you can marry them.

As the wife of the Prophet, all of Mohamed’s wives are considered as mothers to all beleivers (33.6). This has its parallel in Christian circles with the idea that the Church is the mother of all Christians in the vein that Eve is the mother of all the living (Genesis 3:20).

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