As part of a claim regarding the authorship of the Quran by a supernatural entity, I was presented with “proof”. This consisted of a series of clips by some western scientists that supposedly examined the quran and declared it to be divine, here are a couple of examples …
There is more of the same, you can find it all here.
The core claim is that the Quran contains information that could not have been possibly known to humans at the time it was written, so it must have been authored by Allah. As evidence that this is true, we have these videos.
OK, there is clearly something more than a tad fishy going on, so first a few key points:
- The logical fallacy is that it is an appeal to authority, things are not true because somebody in authority claims it to be true, but because there is objective evidence that verifies it. Note that we are presented with “scientists” apparently saying it is of divine origin; we are not given the actual text so that we can judge the claim ourselves.
- All these chaps are apparently saying that the Quran is of divine origin, yet the evidence presented to them was not compelling enough to motivate even one of them to actually convert and become Muslim.
- None of these clips are new, if you click any, you will soon realise that they are quite old and date back to the 1980s
However, the really interesting key to all this is the following clip in which William Hey explains that it was all a complete fraud. Somebody contacted him and went to find out what had really happened. Prof Hey explains that he was tricked into saying what you see and then outlines how it was cleverly edited. In other words, this whole setup is deliberate fraud, and a complete lie.
Need we go any further and examine any of the other Videos in such detail? No, not at all, because we have clear evidence of deliberate fraud and deceit with this one. If you did indeed probe further, you will find more of the same.
I’m not upset that they lied and have persistently pushed this lie for decades, I’m upset because from now on I cannot believe any claims presented by this community. There is beauty in truth, even if it’s painful. Those who lie, twist life so that it looks tasty to the lazy, brilliant to the ignorant, and powerful to the weak, but perhaps the very worst deception here is the self-deception, for it is always despicable to lie to oneself – they have repeated this lie so many times that they themselves now believe it to be true even when it has clearly been demonstrated to be fraudulent.
Is it really like this? Sadly yes …
Islam is the only world religion which allows, encourages, and even demands lying by its followers. Lying for Islam is generally referred to as Taqiyya (تقي). Many Muslims will claim that this is not an Islamic, but a Shi’ite practice. Unfortunately, this is a lie. There are many verses in the Qur’an which condone lying and deception, and several classical and contemporary Sunni scholars have validated its place within main-stream Islam. In the inquisition miḥna during the Caliphate of al-Ma’mun, a number of Sunni scholars used taqiyya, attesting to the Qur’an as having been created despite believing the opposite. Given these facts, some will go on to attack the strict definition of Taqiyya and claim that it is “only allowed to save one’s own life” or that its “restricted to its use in war”. Again, these statements are false. In sahih (authentic) hadith, Muhammad admits to being a liar and advises its acceptable for Muslims to do likewise, allowing his followers to use deception to silence critics. One of the 99 “holy names” of the Islamic deity is Al-Makir (the Deceiver), and in the Qur’an Allah refers to himself as the ‘best deceiver’, and admits to deceiving Muslims and creating Christianity through deception. With all things considered, the simple fact is Islamic teachings as a whole breed dishonesty like no other religion and even elevates it to a holy status.