Jews For Islam

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Accepting the Unity of Allah

(2) Is the Qur'an the Bible's Saviour ?

In the 19th century, Darwinian geology and biology have challenged the literal truth of Genesis and the divinity of the Bible. The hitch that prevents the modern scientific mind from accepting the divine version of creation is the extreme disparity between the enormous length of time required for the evolution of the earth, universe and the contradicting short period of six days. No wonder the Bible is branded as a ’myth’, especially as each day of creation ends with the words "And the evening and the morning were the first day"(Gen. 1:5), etc.

In comparison to the Bible, the Quran uses the words "in six periods of time" in seven different passages on creation, but here, not once are the periods defined as "the evening and the morning".

The Arabic word used in the Quran is "Ayam" which is from the Latin word eaon which literally means a "segment or increment of time"

In the light of these verses, we can surmise that the Bible is not a ’myth’, as confirmed in the Koran. The Koran cooperates with the Bible in meeting the skepticism of any "Darwinian geology and biology", over 700 years before Darwin was born.

Another example of how the Holy Qur’an saves the revelations within the Bible is demonstrated in the story of Noah’s Flood.

When seen in the light of modern knowledge, the Biblical description of the Flood as a Whole is unacceptable for the following reasons:

a) The Torah describes the Flood as an event, which covered the entire world.

b) The Flood of Noah described in the Bible is estimated to a date in which a international Flood could not have occurred

The Sacerdotal narration states quite precisely that the Flood took place when Noah was 600 years old. According to the genealogies in chapter 5 of Genesis.

When we relate this to the age of Adam along with the age of Abraham in the Bible (Genesis 11: 10-32) , we calculate the Flood would be situated in the Twenty-first Twenty-second century BC

Knowledge of history during this time period would show it was a time of prosperity with civilizations such as Egyptians Eleventh Dynasty and Babylonians Third Dynasty at Ur in which we know for certain there were no breaks in these civilizations. Therefore to make such a claim that everything on earth was destroyed as the Bible claims (Genesis 7:21) is unsupported.

On the other hand, the Qur’an gives general details which do not promote any criticisms from a historical point of view.

In The Qur'an 11:25-49, Sura 71, and 26: 105-115, we see God inflicted on communities guilty of gravely infringing His Commandments. Whereas the Bible describes a universal Flood intended to punish ungodly humanity as a whole.

The Qur’an, in contrast, mentions several punishments inflicted on certain specifically defined communities. This is viewed in 25: 35-39,

"We gave Moses the Scripture and appointed his brother Aaron with him as vizier. We said: Go to the people who have denied Our signs. We destroyed them completely. When the people of Noah denied the Messengers, We drowned them and We made them a sign for mankind. (We destroyed the tribes) of Ad and Tamud, the companions of Rass and many generations between them. We warned each of them by examples and We annihilated them completely."

Sura 7, verses 59 to 93 contains a reminder of the punishments brought upon Noah’s people, the Ad, the Tamud, Lot (Sodom) and Median respectively.

This is the method of how the Qur’an saves the Bible in the narration of the Flood of Noah, as in the case of Saving the Bible from Darwin, the case of the Flood could also not be verified until centuries after the Prophet Muhammad.

A shepherd from the desert could not know the archaeological history of the world around him to pinpoint or deny whether or not the entire world was flooded or if it were only certain communities as the Qur’an clarifies.


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