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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

 
Blogging the Qur'an: Sura 21, "The Prophets"

Robert Spencer has the installment here.

For those of you who brought your Korans, turn to Verse 5 (Yusufali translation):

"Nay," they [unbelievers] say, "(these are) medleys of dream! - Nay, He [Mohammed] forged it! - Nay, He is (but) a poet! Let him then bring us a Sign like the ones that were sent to (Prophets) of old!"

The remainder of the sura dwells on the works of Allah, including his dealings with various prophets - but not a word explaining Mohammed's credentials. Why was he a prophet? Because he said so? Because he managed to win a war against Mecca on the second attempt?

Here's what I said when this topic surfaced in my post on Sura 15:

In Verse 7 the non-Muslims ask why angels have not come to authenticate Mohammed's authenticity as a prophet. In the Bible, miracles are repeatedly manifested by God as a means of identifying prophets to the masses. Riddle me this: how did Allah inform the Arabs that Mohammed was a true prophet?

Click the "Koran" label to see all my posts on this series.

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