Is the Quran or Bible the Word of God? Christianity or Islam?

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Western Freedom

“If Western freedom in fact means no more than individual license, others do well to try to defend their communities and spiritual values against the encroachment of Western secularism…

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Crucifixion in the Quran

The concept of his crucifixion is totally false. It never occurred because Allah says very clearly in the Qur’an: “And concerning their saying, ‘We killed the Messiah Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s Messenger.’ They killed him not, nor crucified, but it appeared so to them. Indeed those who disagree concerning it are in doubt about it. They have no (true) knowledge about it except that they follow conjecture. Surely, they did not kill him. But Allah did take him up unto Himself. Allah is ever Mighty, Wise.” (An-Nisaa’: 157-158)
—Dr. Muzammi Siddiqi, former President of the Islamic Society of North America

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Beliefs of Muslims About Jesus and the Crucifixion

“A sound belief of every Muslim should be that Jesus was taken up and saved from killing and crucifixion. Anyone who believes in the idea that Jesus was killed and crucified can no longer be called a Muslim.”
—The late Sheikh Jadul-Haq `Ali Jadul-Haq, former Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar University in Egypt.

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Discarding Dialogue?

If it seems that Muslims sometimes don’t listen to what non-Muslims are saying, it’s possible they aren’t. Muhammad Mustafa Al-Azami, Professor Emeritus at King Saud University, wrote, “Certainly anyone can write on Islam, but only a devout Muslim has the legitimate prerogative to write on Islamic and its related subjects. Some may consider this biased, but then who is not? Non-followers cannot claim neutrality, for their writings swerve depending on whether Islam’s tenets agree or disagree with their personal beliefs, and so any attempts at interpretation from Christians, Jews, atheists, or non-practicing Muslims must be unequivocally discarded. ”

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Are Muslims Listening?

Dialogue with Muslims can be difficult if they take the advice of Muhammad Mustafa Al-Azami who said, “on Islamic issues—whether the Qur’an, tafsir, hadith, fiqh, history, … etc.— only the writings of a practicing Muslim are worthy of our attention. These may then be accepted or rejected according to their merits. But as to individuals who clearly hail from outside the community, their motives concealed behind a slender facade of sincerity, we can only meet them with rejection…no outsider addressing Muslims and passing judgment on their faith and scholarship should find his words falling on attentive ears. If such is not the case today then Muslims must take their fair share of the blame.”

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Simple History and Difficult Doctrine

Muslims don’t accept the difficult doctrines of Christianity. Yet they don’t accept the simple historical fact of Jesus’ death on the cross.

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A Prayer for Muslims

The historian of Christian missions, Kenneth Scott Latourette, once said that no man deserved the title “The Apostle to Islam” more than Samuel Zwemer.

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Insider Movement

“Motivated by the perceived scarcity of measurable fruit in places like Bangladesh and other predominately Muslim, Buddhist, or Hindu countries, evangelical missionaries have employed Insider Movement techniques since the 1980s. Many Insider Movement proponents insist that Muslims who convert to Christ should hold fast to various Islamic practices and avoid the identity of “Christian” altogether. This avoidance exceeds the realm of labels, as converts are called to remain inside Islamic religion and retain their Islamic cultural and religious identity.”

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How Does the Quran Stand Against History?

According to James White, the most compelling and obvious example of how the Quran stands against history is Surah 4:157.

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Is the Quran the Word of God?

“[T]he Koran is the foundation of the Muslim life. It provides for him the way to fulfillment in the world beyond and to happiness in the present one. There is for him no situation imaginable for which it does not afford guidance, a problem for which it does not have a solution. It is the ultimate source of all truth, the final vindication of all right, the primary criterion of all values, and the original basis of all authority. Both public and private affairs, religious and secular fall under its jurisdiction.”

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Uthman’s Destruction of Quran Variants

Uthman’s collection of the Quran had a high historical cost.

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Multiple Readings of the Quran

A Muslim explanation of variant readings in the Quran taken from Muhammad Mustafa al-Azami. I show that, contrary to Al-Azami, the multiple readings (variants) of the Quran can not all be traced back to the qira’at.

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Uthman’s Collection of the Quran

A traditional Muslim account of how Uthman collected the Quran. Taken from Muhammad Mustafa al-Azami, The History of the Quranic Text from Revelation to Compilation.

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Sketches of Muhammad’s life

The vast oceans of traditional accounts of Muhammad’s life contain “so many contradictions and so much dubious storytelling that many historians have become reluctant to accept any of it at face value.”

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Are there copyist errors in Quran manuscripts?

There are over 250,000 manuscripts of the Quran. When comparing them it is always possible to find copying mistakes here and there; this is an example of human fallibility.

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Orthodox Churches & Muslim Evangelism

Is the decline of Christianity in the Middle East to be blamed primarily on Muslims, or Christians and a decline of the Gospel in long established churches?

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Herman Bavinck and Islam

“The danger of conflict [with the Muslim world] will remain as long as Islam remains Islam; no cultural influence will alter that” (Herman Bavinck [1854-1921]).

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