THE DECEPTION OF MIRACLES IN ISLAM
Muslims persistently claim that Muhammad performed countless miracles to validate his calling as a prophet of God. Is their claim true? Does the Qur’an support their claim? We sincerely thank the Writing Committee of STEALTH TEAM MEGIDDO for publishing this outstanding article which specifically addresses this issue. “Did Muhammad perform miracles?” This vital question is answered powerfully in this article. It is one of the most comprehensive articles written on this subject. It also provides invaluable references from both the Qur’an and the Hadith to authenticate and verify the arguments presented here. Since Islam stands or falls on the person of Muhammad, we encourage sincere Muslims who value their eternal salvation to read this article carefully. Let’s begin.
The Qur’an is the only book in Islam for which divine inspiration has been recognized by all Muslims. Yet, the Qur’an itself testifies that Muhammad did not perform any supernatural miracles. The miracle claims for Muhammad do not occur in the Qur’an but in the Hadith. This is a serious contradiction in Islam. If Muhammad really did perform miracles as Muslims claim, then these supernatural acts would certainly be recorded in the Qur’an. If the miracles performed by Moses and Jesus are faithfully recorded in the Qur’an, then why not the miracles of Muhammad? Instead, the Qur’an reveals that whenever Muhammad was demanded to authenticate his prophethood through the manifestation of miracles, he either remained silent or else confessed that he could not do so.
It is essential to note that the Qur’an itself provides the reason for the inability of Muhammad to perform miracles. It repeatedly emphasizes that he is just an ordinary human messenger without any supernatural powers to perform miracles. The Qur’an contains more than twenty such passages which testify to this limitation of Muhammad to perform miracles. The most explicit of this admission is found in the following Qur’anic verses. Two different translations are provided below:
Surah 17:90-93: They said, “We will not believe you unless you cause a spring to gush out of the ground.” “Or unless you own a garden of date palms and grapes with rivers running through it.” “Or unless you cause masses from the sky, as you claimed, to fall on us.” “Or unless you bring God and the angels before our eyes.” “Or unless you own a luxurious mansion or unless you climb into the sky. Even if you do climb, we will not believe unless you bring a book that we can read.” Say, “Glory be to my Lord. Am I any more than a human messenger?” (Khalifa)
They say, “We will not believe in you, until you cause a spring to gush forth for us from the earth, “Or until you have a garden of date trees and vines, and cause rivers to gush forth in their presence, carrying abundant water, “Or you cause the sky to fall into pieces on us as you say, or you bring God and the angels before us face to face. “Or you have a house adorned with gold, or you raise a ladder into the universe. No, we will not even believe in your raising a ladder until you bring down to us a book that we can read.” Say, “Glory to my Lord. Am I not only a human being, a messenger?” (Bilal Muhammad)
The very reason for Muhammad’s inability to perform miracles can be seen by the confession he was commanded to make in the above Qur’anic verses: “Am I not only a human being, a messenger?” The Qur’an itself clarifies that just like any other ordinary human being, Muhammad does not possess any supernatural powers. And just as ordinary human beings are incapable of performing miracles neither could Muhammad. In other words, he was not given any supernatural powers like Moses or Jesus. The following Qur’anic verses are equally important. They not only reinforce the above stated fact about Muhammad’s inability to perform miracles but they also reveal that neither was he gifted with the knowledge of the unseen. The Qur’an links the inability of Muhammad to perform miracles with his not having the gift of the knowledge of the unseen:
Surah 10:20: They (unbelievers) say, “Why has his Lord not given him some miracles to support his claim of being His Messenger?” Say “The knowledge of the unseen certainly belongs to God. Wait and I too shall be waiting with you. (Sarwar)
Surah 67:25-26: They ask, when will this promise be fulfilled, if you are truthful? Say, God alone has knowledge of that; and I am only a plain warner. (W. Khan)
In contrast, the Qur’an testifies that Jesus was given the knowledge of the unseen. This fact is substantiated in the following Qur’anic verse. It records the words of Jesus to the Children of Israel:
Surah 3:49: Furthermore, I will tell you what you have eaten and what you have stored in your houses. Surely these are the signs to convince you if you are believers.” (Farook Malik)
Time and again, Muhammad confessed that he was “only a plain warner.” Let us now consider the words of Allah in Surah 13:7. This Qur’anic verse is important since it provides the core reason as to why Muhammad could not perform miracles. It plainly testifies that Muhammad is not in the same category as those who perform miracles. Allah confirms this truth while explaining the reason as to why Muhammad could not perform miracles when the unbelievers demanded for one:
Surah 13:7: The unbelievers say, “Why has Allah not sent him, (Muhammad), some miracles.” Muhammad, you are only a warner. For every nation there is a guide. (Sarwar)
As it can be seen, the specific reason why Allah did not empower Muhammad with miracles was because of his status as “only a warner.” The term “only” denotes limitation. It demonstrates that Muhammad was not qualified to perform miracles. This Qur’anic verse clearly presupposes that the function of Muhammad as “only a warner” does not include the authorization to perform miracles. The gift to perform miracles is reserved for those with a higher calling than “only a warner.” The Qur’an itself testifies to the reality of such differences in the ranks of the Messengers. It clearly states that some Messengers are exalted above the others:
Surah 2:253: These are the Messengers which We have sent for the guidance of mankind. We have exalted some above others. To some Allah spoke directly; others He raised high in ranks; to Jesus the son of Mary We gave clear Signs and supported him with the Holy Spirit. (Farook Malik)
The following Qur’anic verse further substantiates the reason for Muhammad’s inability to perform miracles. Allah commanded Muhammad to openly confess that the reason for his inability to perform miracles was because he is “only a plain warner.”
Surah 29:50: And they say: Why is it that no signs (miracles) have been sent down to him from his Lord? Say: Signs are only with Allah, and I am only a plain warner. (M. Taqi Usmani)
In other words, Allah is saying that the unbelievers should not expect any miracles from Muhammad! All the above Qur’anic verses clearly indicate that performing miracles was not one of the functions of Muhammad. The reason why the Meccans persistently demanded for miracles was because Muhammad had acknowledged the miracles of the “ancient prophets” of God. However, Muhammad made a colossal error by comparing himself to Moses and Jesus – two of the greatest miracle workers. So when he claimed to speak in God’s name, they wanted divine assurance:
Surah 21:5: They have said, “It, (the Qur’an), is only the result of some confused dreams. He is only a poet. He should show us some miracles, as the ancient Prophets had done.” (Sarwar)
As the above Qur’anic verse testifies, the Meccans were neither impressed nor intrigued by the Qur’an. Even though the Qur’an was revealed in their own native tongue, they cannot see it as a miracle. In fact, they viewed it as “the result of some confused dreams.” Nonetheless, they swore that if Muhammad could only perform “a miracle” before them, they would then believe in the Qur’an. Just a single miracle was sufficient:
Surah 6:109: They swear by Allah with their most solemn oaths that if a miracle were to be shown to them, they would believe in this Book. Say, “Miracles are up to Allah alone.” And, for all you know, even if a miracle were shown to them, they would not believe. (Safi Kaskas)
There was none! Their persistence in demanding for miracles and their sworn promise that in the event of one they would believe in his message, gradually engendered in Muhammad a feeling of hope. He felt that Allah would certainly send a miraculous confirmation of his prophethood. This would then awe every disbeliever into belief. But none came. And doubts began to set in into Muhammad’s heart. These allegations regarding the doubts of Muhammad are not mere conjectures or hypotheses. They are based on facts that can be easily substantiated by the Qur’an itself. Numerous passages in the Qur’an show that Muhammad experienced a period of uncertainty when no miraculous signs were sent to confirm his mission. The most explicit is stated in the following Qur’anic verse:
Surah 11:12: You may feel the inclination to leave aside a part of what is revealed to you and you may be distressed because they say, ‘Why has no treasure been sent down to him, why has no angel come with him?’ But you are only to give warning. God is the guardian of all things. (W. Khan)
It can be seen that Muhammad underwent some sort of an inner spiritual crisis when he lost all hope of a miraculous sign. Time and again, Muhammad had to be reminded that his function is “only to give warning.” The situation reached a point where Allah had to sternly caution him not to become like those who “reject the Signs of Allah.” This strong admonishment of Allah is revealed in the following Qur’anic verses:
Surah 10:94-95: If you were in doubt about what We have revealed to you, then ask those who have been reading the Book from before you: Verily, the Truth has really come to you from your Lord: So do not be in any way of those in doubt. And do not be of those who reject the Signs of Allah, or you shall be of those who will perish. (Syed Vickar Ahamed)
Muhammad was rejected by the Meccans because of his inability to perform miracles like the ancient prophets of God. This became difficult for him. Not only was Muhammad rebuked for failing to understand his limitation but Allah also challenged him to produce miracles on his own if he can:
Surah 6:35: And if their shunning is difficult for you, then make a tunnel in the earth or a ladder to the sky if you can, so that you bring them a miracle. If Allah wanted, He would assemble them to the guidance, so do not be of the ignorant. (Ali Bakhtiari Nejad)
Muslims who attribute phenomenal status to Muhammad and believe that Allah has set him on a higher plane of knowledge than all the previous prophets of God should seriously consider the confession of Muhammad in following Qur’anic verse. Muhammad was commanded to openly acknowledge his limitations as a warner:
Surah 7:188: Say: I do not control any benefit or harm for my own soul except as Allah please. Had I known the unseen I would have had much of good and no evil would have touched me; I am nothing but a warner and the giver of good news to a people who believe. (Shakir)
Despite the Qur’an’s clear admission of the absence of any supernatural power, Muslims continue to claim that their Prophet was a miracle worker. Of course, it is impossible for such claims to be made during the lifetime of Muhammad. It was only after his death that rumors began to be circulated claiming that he performed all sorts of miraculous marvels. The greater the distance in time and space, the greater the fiction grew. Even though some of the learned scholars of Islam knew for sure that these claims cannot be true, they remained silent. They knew perfectly well that all these claims contradict the Qur’an.
Muslims often use the Hadiths to claim miracles for Muhammad. However, Muhammad himself confessed in the Qur’an that he does not possess any supernatural powers. If he had actually performed the miracles attributed to him in the Hadiths, then how are Muslims going to reconcile the denial of all such miracles in the Qur’an? These miracle-mongers fail to understand that in their misguided enthusiasm to validate Muhammad as a true prophet of God, they invalidate the teachings of the Qur’an. What is worth mentioning here is the fact that even those scholars of Islam who understood the Qur’an proficiently in the Arabic language, remained captive to these delusions.
For example, Qadi ‘Iyad, (1088 C.E.-1149 C.E.), an Andalusian judge who was both a theologian and a genealogist wrote a book in praise of Muhammad. He stated that whenever the Prophet passed by, the stones and trees would walk up and say: “Peace be upon you, O Apostle of God!”
Muslims eagerly accept this as true without ever wondering how this conviction of theirs can be reconciled with all the Qur’anic verses that testify that no miracles ever occurred when the contemporaries of Muhammad demanded for one. The sort of miracle that the contemporaries of Muhammad demanded was relatively minor. They only wanted Muhammad to make water gush out of the ground. (Surah 17:90) If stones and trees actually greeted Muhammad would not this be a far more convincing reason to accept him as a prophet of God?
Speaking of stones, the only stone that greeted Muhammad was the one that struck him on the face at the Battle of Uhud.  Maybe this particular stone was an infidel. If stones and trees truly walked up to Muhammad and greeted him, would not this awe-inspiring sight convince the unbelievers to accept him as a true prophet of God? Instead, the contemporaries of Muhammad who knew him personally viewed him not as a miracle worker but as a madman:
Surah 15:6: And they said: “O you upon whom the Quran has been sent down, you are certainly a madman.” (Ahmed Raza Khan)
Surah 37:36: And said: “Shall we forsake our gods for a mad poet?” (Pickthall)
Surah 44:14: Again, they turned away from him and they said: He is one who is taught by others, one who is possessed. (Laleh Bakhtiar)
We will now consider a couple of very significant Qur’anic verses which prove conclusively that Muhammad could not have performed any miracles whatsoever as Muslims claim. Let us read and analyze Surah 29:50-51:
Surah 29:50-51: And they say: Why are not signs sent down upon him from his Lord? Say: The signs are only with Allah and I am only a plain warner. Is it not enough for them that We have revealed to you the Book which is recited to them? Most surely there is mercy in this and a reminder for a people who believe. (Shakir)
The above Qur’anic verses provide irrefutable evidences to confirm that Allah did not empower Muhammad with the ability to perform miracles. Instead of miracles, Muhammad was given the Qur’an. And Allah asks rhetorically, “Is it not enough?” Therefore, any claim that Muhammad actually performed miracles would now imply that the Qur’an is indeed “not enough.” This means that Allah was wrong in his estimation that the Qur’an alone is indeed sufficient for both the authentication of Muhammad’s prophethood and the success of his assigned mission.
In his interpretation of Surah 29:51, the late Sunni scholar Muhammad Asad explained the meaning of this Qur’anic verse in his esteemed work known as the “Message of the Qur’an.” He candidly admitted:
This highly elliptic sentence has a fundamental bearing on the purport of the Qur’an as a whole. In many places the Qur’an stresses the fact that the Prophet Muhammad, despite his being the last and greatest of God’s apostles, was not empowered to perform miracles similar to those with which the earlier prophets are said to have reinforced their verbal messages. His only miracle was and is the Qur’an itself – a message perfect in its lucidity and ethical comprehensiveness, destined for all times and all stages of human development, addressed not merely to the feelings but also to the minds of men, open to everyone, whatever his race or social environment, and bound to remain unchanged forever. (Asad, Message of the Qur’an p. 427, fn. 71, – Dar Al-Andalus Limited 3 Library Ramp, Gibraltar 1993)
This admission is coming not from an enemy of Islam but a devout Muslim scholar. And this fact is also substantiated in the most authentic Hadith in the Muslim world:
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 92, Number 379:
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “There was no prophet among the prophets but was given miracles because of which people had security or had belief, but what I was given was the Divine Inspiration which Allah revealed to me. So I hope that my followers will be more than those of any other prophet on the Day of Resurrection.”
This admission of Muhammad is significant. He acknowledged that while all other prophets were given miracles, he was but given the “Divine Inspiration” which Allah revealed to him. This clearly proves that Muhammad could not have performed any miracles as Muslims claim. Muhammad himself exposes the lies that his followers created after his death. Surah 29:51 sounds the death knell for any Muslim who claims that Muhammad performed miracles. The only miracle that was given to Muhammad was the Qur’an. If Muhammad was given any other miracles in addition to the Qur’an, then this falsifies the statement of Allah regarding the sufficiency of the Qur’an. Let us look at another Qur’anic verse which also highlights a similar thought:
Surah 13:43: (Muhammad), the unbelievers say, “You are not a Messenger.” Say, “God and those who have the knowledge of the Book are sufficient witness to my prophethood.” (Sarwar)
Notice that miracles are not included as one of the witnesses to validate the prophethood of Muhammad. The irony is that each time Muslims attribute miracles to Muhammad, they also invalidate the teachings of Allah, Muhammad and the Qur’an at the same instant. The dilemma for Muslims is that it is a lose, lose situation for them. If Muslims believe in the miracles of Muhammad, then they have to reject the Qur’an since it denies any such miracles. On the other hand, if Muslims acknowledge the fact that Muhammad did not perform any miracles, then how can they be sure that he was truly sent by God?
Saying that the Qur’an alone is sufficient as a witness to authenticate the prophethood of Muhammad does not solve the problem. Why do we say that? The Qur’an acknowledges that both Moses and Jesus were given the inspired Scriptures of God. (Surah 11:110, Surah 5:46) Yet, the Qur’an also acknowledges that in addition to the Scriptures they were also given miracles to authenticate their prophethood. Substantiating this truth, the following Qur’anic verse testifies that the prophethood of Jesus was authenticated by the miracles he performed with the divine backing of God. After stating that God sent Jesus as a Messenger to the Children of Israel, the Qur’an records Jesus as saying:
Surah 3:49: “I have brought you signs of my appointment from your Lord. I will make for you the likeness of a bird from clay; I will breathe into it and, with Allah’s leave, it will become a living bird. I will heal the blind and the lepers, and raise the dead to life, by Allah’s leave. Furthermore, I will tell you what you have eaten and what you have stored in your houses. Surely these are the signs to convince you if you are believers.” (Farook Malik)
Read the words of Jesus once again:
“I have brought you signs of my appointment from your Lord.”
This means that according to the Qur’an, Jesus came with credentials that he was sent by God. Muhammad had none. So how can Muslims be sure that he was truly sent by God? In fact, there are more than twenty Qur’anic verses which testify to Muhammad’s inability to perform miracles. The dilemma remains.
DOES THE QUR’AN QUALIFY AS A MIRACLE?
Muslims claim that the Qur’an is a miracle in itself. However, they quickly add that the miracle in the Qur’an can only be seen when it is read in Arabic. This claim must be analyzed objectively. We will now examine this claim to see whether the Qur’an truly qualifies as a miracle.
For a miracle to be qualified as such, it should be perceived as a miracle by one and all. What do we mean by this? It means that no matter from what national or ethnic background those witnessing the miracle may come from, they must perceive it as a miracle. For example, when someone is raised from the dead, it is perceived as a miracle in Europe, Africa, Asia or in any part of the world. Both the Bible and the Qur’an testify that Jesus cured the lepers, raised the dead, healed the sick, cast out the demons and performed many other powerful works. These miracles will be recognized as miracles no matter in which country Jesus performs them. It does not need any interpretation, translation, education, explanation, above the average intelligence or the understanding of a specific language to know it is a miracle. This is the definition of a true miracle.
Now, try giving the Qur’an to someone who does not know Arabic and tell that person: “This is a miracle.” What do you think would be his or her response? We can almost say with certainty that the response would be something like this:
What miracle? Are you kidding me? How could this be a miracle? I don’t understand this language. I don’t understand Arabic. It might be a miracle for you, but not for me. Stop wasting my time.”
Today, about 80% of mankind are not Muslims. They simply cannot see the Qur’an as anything remotely close to the meaning of the word miracle. For the remaining 20% of the population who are Muslims, most of them do not read or understand Arabic. Since the claim is that only when the Qur’an is read in Arabic one can see the miracle in it, this means that the great majority of the Muslims themselves cannot see it as a miracle. Furthermore, we must understand what Arabic is being discussed here? The Arabic of the Qur’an is archaic Arabic which is different from the Arabic spoken today. This means that even most modern-day Arabs will have trouble perceiving the Qur’an as a miracle.
Today doubts about the Qur’an are expressed openly by a growing number of people who read it with understanding in a language they are familiar with. This should not surprise us. When one studies the Qur’an with understanding, it becomes evident that it contains not only multiple errors and contradictions but also morally unacceptable teachings. Take for example the difficulties that arise from verses such as the following:
Surah 20:53: “He Who has, made for you the earth like a carpet spread out.” (Yusuf Ali)
Surah 43:10: “(Allah) has made for you the earth like a bed spread out.” (Yusuf Ali)
While these Qur’anic verses may not be a problem for the desert Bedouins of Muhammad’s time, they will certainly create doubts in those who read them today. Ironically, when these Qur’anic verses are read in Arabic, the errors become even more prominent to the reader. For example, both ancient and modern scholars of Islam acknowledge that the Arabic term, “mahdan” as used by Allah in the above Qur’anic verses means “flat” and nothing else. The supreme religious authority of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Ibn Baaz, declared:
“The earth is flat and those Muslims who say otherwise contradict the Qur’anic teachings.”
The late Sheikh Abdul Aziz Ibn Baaz was in his time the highest Islamic authority in Saudi Arabia. He had an in-depth understanding of the Arabic language as well as an outstanding knowledge of Islam. He was also a very dedicated Muslim. In 1993, he issued a fatwa saying:
“The earth is flat. Whoever claims it is round is an atheist deserving of punishment.” (Muslim religious edict, 1993, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Ibn Baaz, Supreme religious authority, Saudi Arabia)
Sheikh Ibn Baaz was well aware that scientific discoveries point to a round earth that orbits the sun. However, as a devout Muslim, he had to choose between the scientific discoveries of mere humans and the divine revelations of Allah in the Qur’an. Being a true dedicated Muslim, Sheikh Ibn Baaz strongly believed that Allah does not make mistakes. Therefore, he decided to stay with Allah’s side of the story. Muslims can deny all these evidences as much as they want but they will be only deceiving themselves. In contrast, if you go to the inspired writings in the Bible, you will be surprised to learn how it perfectly describes the shape of the earth with scientific accuracy:
Isaiah 40:22: “There is One who is dwelling above the circle of the earth.”
It is important to note that the Book of Isaiah was written about 700 years before the time of Jesus. This means it was written some 1300 years before the Qur’an was revealed. Yet, at a time when mankind believed the earth to be flat, the Book of Isaiah accurately describes the shape of the earth as a circle. On the other hand, even though the Qur’an came some 1300 years after the Book of Isaiah, it still got it wrong. It erroneously taught that the planet earth is flat as a bed. Is this the “miracle” which the Qur’an has to offer?
Well, how does the Qur’an measure-up in the field of moral teachings? Can the teaching of the Qur’an in this vital area be considered as miraculous? Although there are numerous teachings in the Qur’an that are morally unacceptable, we will consider just two examples to evaluate the claim by Muslims that the Qur’an is a miracle. We will begin our evaluation by reading the following Qur’anic verse:
Surah 33:50: O Prophet! Surely We have made lawful to you your wives whom you have given their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses out of those whom Allah has given to you as prisoners of war. (Shakir)
The commandment in Surah 33:50 is only meant for the Prophet of Islam. In view of the polygamous nature of Muslim marriages, Allah made it lawful for Muhammad to engage in sexual relationship with his numerous wives. In contrast, the model of the Christian marriage is based on God’s original standard in the Garden of Eden which is monogamy. However, it is not within the scope of this article to take issue with the polygamous nature of Muslim marriages. But what we will take issue with is the shocking authorization for Muhammad to rape the female captives of war. In the above Qur’anic verse, Allah clearly authorizes Muhammad to engage in sexual intercourse with the female prisoners of war. Having sex with prisoners of war is considered as statutory rape because the victims are in no position to resist. Rape is clearly sanctioned in the Qur’an. This Qur’anic verse also states that it is Allah who provides these women for Muhammad to rape. To put it bluntly, Allah is worse than a common pimp.
Of course, Allah does not overlook the sexual urges of the rest of the Muslims who fight for his cause. He also made provisions in the Qur’an for these ones to rape the female captives of war. What is even more shocking is the fact that Allah took it upon himself to specifically reveal a Qur’anic verse that sanctions the raping of female captives even if these women are married with husbands:
Surah 4:24: Also forbidden are married women unless they are captives of war. Such is the decree of Allah. (Ahmed Ali)
Also forbidden are married women, except those who have passed into your hands as prisoners of war. This is a commandment of God to you. (W. Khan)
This means that while Muslim men are prohibited from engaging in sexual intercourse with married women, there is an exception to this rule if the married women are captives of war. Under such circumstances, Muslim men are authorized to rape the married women who taken as captives. This authorization comes from Allah. The approval of rape is clearly taught in the Qur’an. Can a book containing such debased teachings as these be considered as a miracle? For a detailed study on the subject of rape in the Qur’an, please click the following link: ISLAM – THE RELIGION OF RAPE
END OF MIRACLES
Numerous evidences have been provided above to prove why it is not possible to believe in the miracles of Muhammad without rejecting the teachings of the Qur’an. However, there is yet another reason why Muslims cannot believe in the miracles of Muhammad without rejecting the Qur’an. The Qur’an clearly teaches that Allah has stopped sending miracles long before the time of Muhammad. In this segment, we will discuss two very important teachings in the Qur’an which prove conclusively that Muhammad could not have performed any miracles whatsoever. One: We will provide evidences from the Quran itself to prove the shocking reality that Allah has stopped sending miracles. Two: We will provide evidences from the Quran itself to prove that Allah’s decision to stop sending miracles anymore was put into effect before the time of Muhammad. We will begin by reading the following Qur’anic verse. In view of the importance of this Qur’anic verse, we have provided three different translations:
Surah 17:59: And what stopped Us from sending the Signs except that the previous people disbelieved in them. And We sent to Thamud the camel with foresight, but they did her wrong. And We do not send the signs except to make them fearful. (The Monotheist Group)
And We refrain from sending the Signs, only because the men of former generations treated them as false: We sent the she-camel to the Thamud to open their eyes, but they treated her wrongfully: We only send the Signs by way of terror and warning from evil. (Yusuf Ali)
Nothing has prevented Us from sending down Signs, except that people in the past denied them. We gave the people of Thamud the she-camel as a visible Sign, and they sinned against it. We sent Signs as a means of warning. (Safi Kaskas)
Besides establishing the fact that Allah has stopped sending miracles, the above Qur’anic verse also provides the reason why Allah has decided not to send miracles anymore. It states that Allah finds it futile to send miracles anymore because “the people in the past disbelieved in them.” Allah sent the miraculous she-camel to the people of Thamud to “open their eyes” but instead “they did her wrong.” Other verses in the Qur’an reveal that the people of Thamud actually slaughtered the she-camel which Allah miraculously produced out of a rock. (Surah 7:77) After this event, Allah decided not to send miracles anymore.
It’s hard to imagine how Muslims can put faith in this excuse of Allah. Allah is in effect saying: “We don’t do miracles anymore because the people of Thamud killed our she-camel.” If you were to read the full account of this incident in the Qur’an, you will learn that it was the leaders of Thamud who did not believe in the miraculous she-camel of Allah. Does it make any sense at all for Allah to hold back miracles on the account of a few who lacked faith? Is it fair to use these few as a measurement to represent and judge all future generations of mankind?
Allah concludes the verse in Surah 17:59 by saying that instead of miracles, he will now send Signs only “by way of terror.” In other words, without miracles, Allah now wishes to terrorize the unbelievers into submission. However, even this attempt of Allah to terrorize the unbelievers results in a dismissal failure. In the very next verse, Allah admits that his acts of terrorism against the unbelievers only increase their transgression:
Surah 17:60: “We put terror and warning into them, but it only increases their inordinate transgression!” (Yusuf Ali)
However, this is another lie. In fact, Allah was powerless to send the Signs even by “way of terror” as he had sworn to do so in the Qur’an. When Muhammad threatened the unbelievers that Allah would cause “the skies to fall down” upon them, they challenged him to carry out this threat of Allah:
Surah 17:90-92: “We will not believe you until you cause…the skies to fall down upon us-crushing us, as you have threatened to do. (Safi Kaskas)
Nothing happened! Notice now the contrast between Allah and Jehovah. When Moses announced the impending judgmental plagues against the nation of Egypt, Jehovah executed these plagues with precision. (Exodus Chapters 8-12, Surah 17:101) Why could not Allah do the same for Muhammad?
Based on the evidences provided by the Qur’an itself, we now know for a certainty that Allah has stopped sending miracles. However, the vital question that still remains is when did Allah stop sending miracles? In other words, during which period in time did Allah enforce his decision to stop sending miracles? Let us now analyze Surah 17:59 in greater detail to learn the answer to this vital question. This Qur’anic verse delivers a death-blow to Islam. It provides one of the strongest evidences to confirm that Muhammad could not have performed any miracles whatsoever. This Qur’anic verse also provides irrefutable evidences to prove that Allah is a liar and the Qur’an is a lie. But more importantly, it helps us to identify who Allah truly is. You will find the evidences presented here irrefutable. In Surah 17:59, Allah declared the following:
“We refrain from sending the Signs (miracles) because the men of former generations treated them as false: We sent the she-camel to the Thamud to open their eyes, but they treated her wrongfully.” (Yusuf Ali)
This event of the miraculous she-camel is also mentioned at length in Surah 7:73-77. Many vital details can be learned from these Qur’anic verses. According to these Qur’anic verses, it was the Prophet Salih who was sent to the people of Thamud. He was with the people of Thamud during this tragic occasion when the unbelievers cruelly slaughtered the miraculous she-camel of Allah. We will now read the relevant Qur’anic verses:
Surah 7:73: To the Thamud people We sent Salih, one of their own brethren: He said: “O my people! Worship Allah: ye have no other god but Him. Now hath come unto you a clear Sign from your Lord! This she-camel of Allah is a Sign unto you: So leave her to graze in Allah’s earth, and let her come to no harm, or ye shall be seized with a grievous punishment. (Yusuf Ali)
Surah 7:75: The leaders of the arrogant party among his people said to those who were reckoned powerless – those among them who believed: “know ye indeed that Salih is a messenger from his Lord?” They said: “We do indeed believe in the revelation which hath been sent through him.” (Ibid)
Surah 7:77: They, then, cruelly slaughtered the she-camel and turned with disdain from their Lord’s commandment and said, “Salih, bring about that [punishment] that you had threatened us with, if you are truly one of God’s Messengers.” (Safi Kaskas)
The Qur’an does not mention the time period when the Prophet Salih was sent to the people of Thamud. But we can say with certainty that he was sent before the time of Jesus Christ. This is because according to Islamic theology no prophets or apostles were raised between the time of Jesus and Muhammad. In other words, there were no prophets between Jesus and Muhammad. Therefore, the Prophet Salih must have been sent before the time of Jesus Christ.
Sahih Muslim, Book 030, Hadith Number 5836:
Abu Huraira reported many ahadith from Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and one is that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: I am most close to Jesus, son of Mary, among the whole of mankind in this worldly life and the next life. They said: Allah’s Messenger how is it? Thereupon he said: Prophets are brothers in faith, having different mothers. Their religion is, however, one and there is no Apostle between us between I and Jesus Christ.
This clearly proves that the Prophet Salih was sent to the people of Thamud before the time of Jesus. This is important because it means that Allah must have stopped sending miracles long before the time Jesus set foot on earth. This raises a vital question. Since Allah has stopped sending miracles long before the time of Jesus, who then was the source behind the powerful works of Jesus? Does not this prove that Allah simply cannot be the One who gave Jesus the power to perform miracles? If Allah is not the One, then who did? It has to be none other than Jehovah, the God whom true Christians worship. He must be the One who empowered Jesus with the ability to perform miracles. 
How are Muslims going to reconcile Allah’s statement to the effect that he has stopped sending miracles before the time of Jesus with his claims in the Qur’an that he was the source behind the powerful miracles performed by Jesus? Allah clearly lied when he said:
Surah 3:49: And will make Jesus a Messenger to the Children of Israel saying: “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah’s Leave; and I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I bring the dead to life by Allah’s Leave. And I inform you of what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely, therein is a sign for you, if you believe.” (Hilali-Khan)
This proves that Allah lied in the Qur’an. It also proves that he is but an impostor. He pretended to be the source behind the powerful works of Jesus when the Qur’an itself admits that he could have done so. If Allah did perform miracles through Jesus, this would then make the Qur’an false since it claims that Allah has stopped sending miracles long before the time of Jesus. Then again, if Allah did not perform miracles through Jesus, this would still make the Qur’an false because it claims that Allah was the source behind the powerful miracles of Jesus. Either way the Qur’an is false. Muslims have to now choose between a false sacred text and a false sacred text. And not to forget, the problem of the false deity who originated these false sacred texts in the Qur’an? This exposé from the Qur’an itself is more than sufficient to prove that Allah cannot be the true God and Islam cannot be the religion of the true God.
The above evidences from the Qur’an confirm two important facts: One: Allah has stopped sending miracles. Two: He has stopped sending miracles long before the time of Muhammad. This simply means that Muhammad could not have performed any miracle as Muslims claim. The Qur’an self-destructs if the Muslim claim is true. In order to know the true identity of Allah who lied on multiple levels in the Qur’an, we need to compare him with another character whose traits are identical:
John 8:44: The Devil was a manslayer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own natural inclination, because he is a liar and the father of the lie.
Muslims beware! This should alert Muslims regarding the real source behind the inspiration of the Qur’an. Allah dishonestly proclaimed whatever he felt that was necessary to deceive the people. Whenever Allah wanted to create an impact on his audience with his pretentious awesome power, he spoke about the miracles which he supposedly performed in the distant past. However, when the contemporaries of Muhammad demanded Allah to validate his claim as the true God through the manifestation of miracles, he lied to them saying: “I have stopped sending miracles, as people in the past did not believe in them.”
This deceitful chameleon-like behavior of Allah not only makes him untrustworthy but it also exposes him as an impostor. He lied shamelessly to deceive us. Today, more than a billion Muslims are deceived. In contrast, it is impossible for the true God to lie:
Hebrews 6:18: It is impossible for God to lie.
Jehovah, by his very nature cannot lie. This is the hallmark of a true God. Although some did not exercise faith in the miracles performed by Moses, this did not stop the true God from empowering the future generations of prophets who were sent after the time of Moses. With his divine backing, they performed many powerful miracles not only to validate their calling but even more so to turn the hearts of sincere ones back to God. The most outstanding example is Jesus Christ. Jesus was not only empowered to perform many powerful miracles but he was also sent after the time of Moses. The Qur’an itself acknowledges this fact:
Surah 2:87: We gave Jesus, son of Mary, profound miracles and supported him with the Holy Spirit. (Khalifa)
The lack of faith on the part of one generation did not become an excuse for Jehovah to refrain from sending miracles to later generations. For instance, even after witnessing the powerful miracles that Jehovah performed through Moses, some Israelites turned back to idolatry. (Surah 20: 83-91) However, this did not prevent the true God from sending miracles to the later generations of Israelites. A case in point is Jesus Christ. Jehovah empowered Jesus to perform many outstanding miracles to a much later generation of Israelites. (Surah 3:49) The Qur’an itself acknowledges this fact. Therefore, why should the disbelief of some become an excuse for Allah to stop sending miracles? To say that miracles are not necessary because previous generations did not believe in them is evidently an excuse. Even if the great majority chooses not to believe, miracles still served to prove that the prophets sent to speak in God’s name were divinely authorized by him. It authenticated their prophethood. This was true in the case of both Moses and Jesus.
The important fact that Muslims must seriously take into consideration is that sincere ones who lived in the past did believe and respond to the manifestations of divine miracles. Moved by the miracles they witnessed, many repented and turned back to serving the true God. It is extremely vital for Muslims to pay attention to the fact that the Qur’an itself contradicts the claim of Allah. Contradicting the very reason which Allah gave for not sending miracles, the Qur’an testifies that the miracles performed in the past did move sincere ones to believe. The Qur’an confirms that the miracles performed by both Moses and Jesus not only moved sincere ones to believe in the messages they delivered but the miracles they performed also turned the hearts of the sincere ones back to the true God. For example, the Qur’an teaches that the miracles performed by Moses even moved the hearts of the “sorcerers” of Pharaoh to abandon their demonic practices and turn back to the true God. Read now the testimony of the Qur’an which exposes the lies of Allah:
Surah 7:113-122: “So there came the sorcerers to Pharaoh: They said, “of course we shall have a suitable reward if we win!” Pharaoh said: “Yea and more, – for ye shall in that case be raised to posts nearest to my person.”
They said: “O Moses! Wilt thou throw first, or shall we have the first throw?” Said Moses: “Throw you first.” So when they threw, they bewitched the eyes of the people, and struck terror into them: for they showed a great feat of magic.
We put it into Moses’ mind by inspiration: “Throw now thy rod” Behold! It swallows up straight away all the falsehoods which they fake! Thus truth was confirmed, and all that they did was made of no effect. So the great ones were vanquished there and then, and were made to look small. But the sorcerers fell down prostrate in adoration. Saying: “We believe in the Lord of the Worlds, – “The Lord of Moses and Aaron.” (Yusuf Ali)
Even under threat of death by crucifixion at the hands of Pharaoh, the repentant sorcerers replied:
Surah 7:125: “For us, we are but sent back unto our Lord.” (Yusuf Ali)
This proves that Allah lied when he said that the people in the past did not believe in miracles. The people of Mecca wanted to be sure that Muhammad was indeed sent by God. They wanted him to perform some miracles to authenticate his calling. However, instead of providing them with a miraculous sign, Allah came up with an excuse. He lied when he said that they would not believe even if miracles are manifested right before them. Citing as an example, Allah stated that the Meccans would not believe even if he “sent down angels to them.”
Surah 6:111: Even if We sent down angels to them, and caused the dead to speak to them, and We gathered together everything in front of them, they would still not believe, unless Allah had so willed. But most of them behave ignorantly. (W. Khan)
This is a lie because this is one of the very miracles that the Meccans had been demanding Muhammad to perform to validate his claim as a true prophet of God. They challenged him to bring forth angels as a sign to authenticate his prophethood:
Surah 15:6-7: They say, ‘Receiver of this Quran! You are definitely mad. Why do you not bring us the angels, if you are telling the truth?’ (Abdel Haleem)
Just think. Will someone who demands specifically for the manifestation of a specific miracle as evidence, disbelieve the very miracle he demands when it is manifested right before his very eyes? We do not think so. What is even more damaging for Islam is the admission in the Qur’an that the cause for their disbelief in miracles does not originate from within them but from Allah. Surah 6:111 clearly states that “they would still not believe, unless Allah had so willed.” In other words, to believe or not to believe is beyond their control. More on this in the next segment. It is important to understand that the Meccans are not disbelievers of miracles as Allah so desperately tries to portray them. The Qur’an itself testifies that they do believe in miracles:
Surah 21:5: “He should show us some miracles, as the ancient Prophets had done.” (Sarwar)
The above Qur’anic verse is clear. It testifies that the Meccans did believe in the miracles of the ancient Prophets. Well, with no miracles to authenticate Islam, what was it that finally led to the conversion of the Meccans to Islam? It certainly was not the walking talking trees that greeted Muhammad. When the sword of Muhammad began to glitter in the hot Arabian Desert, they accepted Islam and entered “the religion of Allah in troops”
Surah 110:2: And thou seest mankind entering the religion of Allah in troops. (Pickthall)
It was the sword of Muhammad that eventually won converts for Allah. We will now focus on the subject of Predestination in Islam. We will discuss how predestination nullifies the purpose of miracles and renders the very function of the miracles meaningless.
PREDESTINATION NULLIFIES MIRACLES
The contemporaries of Muhammad were puzzled as to why no miracles were sent down to him from Allah. Instead of validating Muhammad with a miraculous sign to authenticate his calling, Allah revealed the following Qur’anic verse:
Surah 13:27: The unbelievers say: “How is it that no miracle was sent down to him by his Lord?” Say: “Allah leads whosoever He wills astray, and guides whoever turns to Him in repentance.” (Ahmed Ali)
This Qur’anic verse not only substantiates the fact that Muhammad did not perform any miracles but it also exposes the malicious nature of Allah. Would it not be more merciful to send a miracle to convince and save the unbelievers than to deliberately lead them astray? Even the part which states that Allah “guides whoever turns to Him in repentance” is a lie. It is a lie because “whoever turns to Him in repentance” are willed to do so by Allah. In other words, they are predestined to “turn to Him in repentance.” As such, their repentance does not originate from within them. It is not their own. Can this then be true repentance? The following Qur’anic verse attests to this fact:
Surah 10:100: No soul can believe, except by the will of Allah, and He will place doubt on those who will not understand. (Yusuf Ali)
The above Qur’anic verse clearly states that “no soul can believe except by the will of Allah.” Since there can be no repentance without believe, this means that those who “turn to Him in repentance” are those whom Allah has willed to believe. In other words, only those who are willed to believe will “turn to Him in repentance.” This logically follows that all those who turn to Allah in repentance are actually willed to do so by Allah.
As an aside, look at the spiteful spirit of Allah. Should not guidance be given to those who do not understand? Instead, the above Qur’anic verse states that Allah “will place doubt on those who will not understand.” Therefore, instead of providing guidance to those who lack understanding, Allah increases their lack of understanding by placing doubts in their hearts. The following Qur’anic verses are even more damaging:
Surah 6:109-111: The unbelievers solemnly swear by God that if they were to be shown some miracle, they would certainly believe. Muhammad, tell them, “Only with God are all the miracles.” Even if a miracle was to take place, they still would not believe. We will turn their hearts and vision away from a miracle; they did not have faith in miracles at the first time, and We will leave them blind in their rebellion. Had We sent the angels to them, made the dead speak to them, and resurrected all things before their very eyes, they still would not believe unless Allah willed it to be so. But, in fact, most of them ignore the evidence. (Sarwar)
These Qur’anic verses are destructive on multiple levels. The verses reveal that Allah “will turn their hearts and vision away from a miracle.” Since the primary purpose of miracles is to engender belief, Allah nullifies the very purpose of the miracles by “turning their hearts and vision away from a miracle.” Therefore, in every sense, Allah is the cause for the disbelief of those who disbelief in the miracles. This leads us to one inevitable conclusion. All those who do not believe in the miracles did not believe in the miracles because Allah does not wish them to believe. And to substantiate this sad reality in Islam, the above Qur’anic verses state that “they would not believe unless Allah willed it to be so.”
Besides confirming the fact that there is no free-will in Islam, the above Qur’anic verses also expose the discriminatory nature of Allah against all those who are predestined to become disbelievers. The disbelievers are disbelievers because it is the will of Allah for them to be disbelievers. If Allah has already preordained their disbelief what useful purpose could there be for Miracles? What useful purpose could there be for Prophets to guide them? What useful purpose could there be for Scriptures to instruct them? Do not all these divine provisions amount to nothing more than an exercise in futility? 
There is still one other issue that needs to be addressed here. Concerning the disbelievers, the above Qur’anic verses state that “they did not have faith in miracles at the first time.” We will now prove why this is another lie of Allah. It is important to note that these Qur’anic verses were revealed specifically to deal with the Meccans who repeatedly demanded for miracles. In fact, the very purpose of these Qur’anic verses was to explain to the Meccans why Allah did not empower Muhammad to perform miracles when they demanded for one. This entire situation would not have emerged had Muhammad performed some sort of a miracle for the Meccans. This proves that the Meccans did not witness any miracles since Muhammad performed none. As such, the “miracles” which “they did not have faith in at the first time” can only be referring to the miracles which they must have witnessed at the hands of the prophets who came before the time of Muhammad. But how can this even be possible when the Qur’an itself admits that no Messengers or Prophets or Warners were ever sent to the Arabs prior to the time of Muhammad? (Surah 32:3, Surah 34:44) There is no such thing as “miracles at the first time” for the Meccans. This excuse of Allah is a complete lie.
Furthermore, if miracles were truly sent down to the Meccans, the Qur’an would have specifically described what these miracles were. It would have identified these miracles. But it did not. Instead, the Qur’an provides a list of the miracles that Allah did not send. Is it not astounding that not once does the Qur’an mention the sort of miracle that Allah sent to the contemporaries of Muhammad? Did not Allah specifically describe the miracle that he supposedly sent to the people of Thamud? Remember the miraculous she-camel? Of course, Allah could describe the miracles he supposedly sent in the distant past because there are no living witnesses to call his bluff. Let us resume our discussion on the subject of predestination and its effect on miracles. Allah the Merciful declared:
Surah 32:13: Had we willed, we could have given every soul its guidance, but it is already predetermined that I will fill Hell with Jinns and humans, all together. (Khalifa)
According to this Qur’anic verse, Allah does not and will not provide guidance to everyone. He holds back guidance intentionally for the sole pleasure of filling Hell with humans and Jinns. How can Muslims submit to a deity that deliberately holds back guidance for the sole purpose of fulfilling his predetermined quota of the number of persons he wants to condemn to Hell? This is not only grossly immoral but also extremely evil. In the first place, it is unthinkable that God will ever set a predetermined quota of the number of persons he wants to send to the confines of Hell. Yet, this is true of Allah. And the Qur’an clearly states that for this reason alone, he holds back guidance from those whom he predestines to Hell.
A loving God will never predetermine the destination of anyone. In contrast, Allah chooses not to guide all those whom he predestines to eternity in Hell in the hereafter. Therefore, miracles serve no purpose whatsoever in Islam. No matter what, those whom Allah destined to be saved will be saved and those whom Allah destined to be condemned will be condemned. So what is the purpose of miracles in Islam? Compare the spiteful spirit of Allah who deliberately holds back guidance with the compassion of Jehovah:
2 Peter 3:9: Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.
The entire belief system of Islam is permeated in the concept of predestination. According to the theology of Islam, all our actions and decisions and even our final destination are predetermined by Allah before we are even born into this world.  Therefore, both the righteous and the unrighteous acts of an individual are predetermined by the will of Allah. As such, miracles serve no purpose in Islam. In other words, with or without miracles, mankind’s fate is sealed. This is confirmed in the following teachings of predestination in the Qur’an. Please read these Qur’anic verses carefully:
Surah 4:88: And he whom Allah has made to go astray, you will never find for him any way of guidance. (Hilali-Khan)
Surah 5:44: He whom Allah doometh unto sin, thou by thine efforts wilt avail him naught against Allah. Those are they for whom the Will of Allah is that He cleanses not their hearts. Theirs in the world will be ignominy, and in the Hereafter an awful doom. (Pickthall)
Surah 14:4: Then Allah sendeth whom He will astray, and guideth whom He will. He is the Mighty, the Wise. (Pickthall)
Surah 39:23: And him whom Allah sendeth astray, for him there is no guide. (Pickthall)
All the above Qur’anic verses prove that neither Miracles nor Prophets nor Scriptures can change the outcome of an individual whom Allah has predestined to Hell in the hereafter. As such, miracles as a means to influence an unbeliever make no sense in Islam. The concept of predestination in Islam proves that Allah cannot be the true God. In contrast, the Bible teaches that Jehovah created mankind as free moral agents with the freedom to choose:
Deuteronomy 30:19: “I have put life and death before you, the blessing and the malediction, and you must choose life that you may keep living.”
In spite of overwhelming evidences to the contrary, Muslims still claim that there is evidence in the Qur’an to prove that Muhammad did perform a miraculous act to authenticate his prophethood. They claim that he split the moon into two. We will now address this issue to determine if this claim of Muslims is founded on truth or not.
SPLITTING OF THE MOON
To support their claim that Muhammad miraculously split the moon into two, Muslims often quote Surah 54:1-2. We will now read these Qur’anic verses. Three different translations are provided below:
The Hour of Resurrection drew near and the moon split asunder. Regardless of any Signs these people see, they turn away and say: “This is an ongoing sorcery.” (Maududi)
The Hour of Judgment is nigh and the moon is cleft asunder: But if they see a sign they turn away And say, “This is but transient magic.” (Yusuf Ali)
The Hour of Doom is drawing near and the moon is rent asunder. Whenever they see a miracle, they turn away from it and say, “This is just a powerful magic.” (Sarwar)
Do these Qur’anic verses truly refer to a miracle of Muhammad? The terms “Hour of Resurrection” or “Hour of Judgment” or “Hour of Doom” all allude to the same event. It is known as Qiyamah in Arabic. According to the teachings of Islam, this event will occur at the time of the end. Therefore, Surah 54:1-2 is actually referring to a future event that will take place at the time of the end. In fact, honest Muslim translators of the Qur’an clearly understand that these verses are referring to a future event. Note how this Qur’anic verse is translated in following translation of the Qur’an:
Surah 54:1: The final hour, (that is the Day of Judgment), is drawing near and the moon will be cleft asunder, lose orbit and be disrupted. (Al-Muntakhbab)
As we can clearly see, the above Qur’anic verses are not associated with Muhammad in any way. It is not even related to the time of Muhammad but to an event that will occur at the time of the end. This means there is not a single verse in the Qur’an to support the claim of Muslims that Muhammad truly performed miracles. The second issue which proves that Muhammad could not have split the moon is that the Qur’an itself testifies repeatedly that Muhammad did not perform any miracles. For example, Surah 17:90-93 tells us that when the Meccans demanded Muhammad to produce some miracles to authenticate his calling, Allah commanded Muhammad to confess that he is no more than a human messenger. In other words, he does not have the authority to perform miracles. The same point is also made in Surah 6:37 and Surah 10:20. All these Qur’anic verses are discussed above in detail. Consider now the following facts:
One: Muhammad is not mentioned at all in Surah 54:1-2. This omission is an abnormality if Muhammad is truly the focus of this miraculous event.
Two: If it is referring to a miracle by Muhammad, then it contradicts all the other passages in the Qur’an which shows that Muhammad did not and could not perform miracles.
Three: If it is referring to a miracle by Muhammad, then it contradicts Allah’s reason in the Qur’an as to why Muhammad could not perform miracles. The Qur’an clearly states that his function as “only a warner” does not include the authorization to perform miracles. (Surah 13:7)
Four: Had Muhammad truly performed a miracle of this magnitude, the unbelievers would not thereafter repeatedly ask him for miracles.
Five: The Qur’an itself testifies that the only miracle granted to Muhammad by Allah was the Qur’an. And Allah seals the absolute sufficiency of the Qur’an as miracle by asking: “Is it not enough?” Therefore, any additional miracle would now mean that the Qur’an is indeed insufficient.
Six: The Qur’an consistently refers to the “Hour of Judgment” as an occurrence that will take place at the time of the end when God executes judgment. Therefore, this Qur’anic passage is not describing a miracle of Muhammad but rather a prophecy that is yet to be fulfilled.
Consider now the testimonies of the following well-known Muslim scholars:
Fakhruddin Razi (1149 C.E.–1209 C.E.) was a distinguished Sunni Muslim theologian who excelled in the Arabic language. On the claim by Muslims that Surah 54:1-2 is actually referring to the moon-splitting miracle by Muhammad, Fakhruddin Razi stated the following:
Most of the commentators see in this verse a reference to a phenomenon said to have been witnessed by several of the Prophet’s contemporaries. As described in a number of reports going back to some Companions, the moon appeared one night as if split into two distinct parts. While there is no reason to doubt the subjective veracity of these reports, it is possible that what actually happened was an unusual kind of partial lunar eclipse, which produced an equally unusual optical illusion. But whatever the nature of that phenomenon, it is practically certain that the above Qur’an verse does not refer to it but, rather, to a future event: namely, to what will happen when the Last Hour approaches. (The Qur’an frequently employs the past tense to denote the future, and particularly so in passages which speak of the coming of the Last Hour and of Resurrection Day; this use of the past tense is meant to stress the certainty of the happening to which the verb relates.)
Thus, Raghib regards it as fully justifiable to interpret the phrase inshaqqa l-qamar (“the moon is split asunder”) as bearing on the cosmic cataclysm – the end of the world as we know it – that will occur before the coming of Resurrection Day (see art.shaqq in the Mufradat). As mentioned by Zamakhshari, this interpretation has the support of some of the earlier commentators; and it is, to my mind, particularly convincing in view of the juxtaposition, in the above Quran-verse, of the moon’s “splitting asunder” and the approach of the Last Hour. (In this connection we must bear in mind the fact that none of the Qur’anic allusions to the “nearness” of the Last Hour and the Day of Resurrection is based on the human concept of “time.”) (Ibid., p. 818, fn. 1)
Muhammad A. S. Abdel Hallem (Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London). He is well-known for his translation of the Qur’an. He stated the following:
The Arabic uses the past tense, as if that Day were already here, to help the reader/listener imagine how it will be. Some traditional commentators hold the view that this describes an actual event at the time of the Prophet, but it clearly refers to the end of the world. (M. A. S. Abdel Hallem, The Quran, A New Translation, Commentary on Surah 54:1)
Well, what about the Hadiths that claim Muhammad actually performed this miracle? Let us look at one such Hadith.
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 56, Number 831:
Narrated By Anas: That the Meccan people requested Allah’s Apostle to show them a miracle, and so he showed them the splitting of the moon.
The problem with this Hadith is that it contradicts the Qur’an. Allah himself provided numerous reasons in the Qur’an as to why Muhammad was not authorized to perform miracles. We also learnt that the only miracle given to Muhammad was the Qur’an. The principle guideline in Islamic theology is that if a Hadith contradicts the Qur’an, it should be rejected. Moreover, this Hadith contradicts other Hadiths. There are Hadiths that clearly proves that Muhammad was never given any miracles aside from the Qur’an.
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 92, Number 379:
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “There was no prophet among the prophets but was given miracles because of which people had security or had belief, but what I was given was the Divine Inspiration which Allah revealed to me. So I hope that my followers will be more than those of any other prophet on the Day of Resurrection.”
Well, which of these two Hadiths do Muslims want to believe? The second Hadith certainly carries more weight since unlike the first, it is a direct quote from Muhammad. Let us consider now another vital piece of information. Let us analyze the timeline of the Surahs that are relevant to our discussion:
(i) Surah 54:1-2 which speaks about the splitting of the moon is an Early Meccan Surah.
(ii) Surah 6:109, Surah 13:7 and Surah 29:50 which testify that Muhammad did not and could not perform miracles are Late Meccan Surahs.
(iii) Surah 29:51 which testifies that the Qur’an alone is sufficient as a miracle is also a Late Meccan Surah.
It is important to note that all the Surahs which were revealed after the moon-splitting Surah deny any miracles by Muhammad. If Muhammad truly performed the moon-splitting miracle, then it would be erroneous for the Late Meccan Surahs to deny emphatically the performance of any miracles by Muhammad. Additionally, all the Late Meccan Surahs also testify that since the function of Muhammad is only to warn, he was not authorized by Allah to perform miracles. All these prove that the moon-splitting event in Surah 54:1-2 has nothing to do with Muhammad.
Moreover, had Muhammad truly performed the moon-splitting miracle, he would have surely drawn the attention of the Meccans to this outstanding miracle when challenged to validate his prophethood. But he did not. He remained silent before the Meccans. Is it not astonishing that not once in the entire Qur’an did Allah or Muhammad appeal to this astounding miracle to silence their critics? Why? Because it simply did not happen! Also, since Muslims claim that the Meccans were eye-witnesses to this event, why did not Muhammad summon these eye-witnesses to testify?
In their desperation to equate Muhammad with Moses and Jesus, Muslims attribute this “miracle” to Muhammad even when the evidences prove otherwise. Pointing to the Hadiths where the companions of Muhammad claim that he actually split the moon means nothing when it is built on contradictions and lies. It is important to note that all the Hadiths which state that Muhammad miraculously split the moon into two are based only on the reports by his followers. There is not a single Hadith where we can find a direct statement from Muhammad claiming that he split the moon. However, in order to expose the indefensibility of the Muslim position, we will take this matter a little further. Let us assume that Muhammad did claim personally that he split the moon into two. Does this claim of Muhammad change anything? Absolutely not! Why do we say that?
When prophets of the true God performed miracles they understood the full significance of the miracles that they were empowered to perform. For example, before Moses miraculously turned the Nile River into blood, he informed Pharaoh of the dire consequences this plague would cause Egypt. He told Pharaoh that the fishes in the Nile will die, the Nile will stink, and the Egyptians will be unable to drink water from the Nile. (Exodus 7:15-18) What about Muhammad? Does he have the mental capacity or the spiritual comprehension to really understand the magnitude of the consequences that the earth will experience if the moon is actually split into two? We do not think so. Here are the reasons why.
In harmony with the teachings of the Qur’an, Muhammad believed that the sun actually sets in a muddy pool. (Surah 18:86) Therefore, he would have likewise believed that the moon, just like the sun, is a small ball of light traveling through the night sky. As such, it should not surprise us if Muhammad were to claim that he split the moon into two since he simply could not have fathomed the enormity of his claim. It is possible for Muhammad to make such a bold claim out of sheer ignorance. Our assessment of Muhammad is not without basis. For someone claiming to be a prophet of God, Muhammad was ignorant of many things – both spiritual and physical. Just consider what he believed and taught his followers.
Sunan Abu Dawud, Hadith Number 3991:
Abu Dharr said: I was sitting behind the Apostle of Allah who was riding a donkey while the sun was setting. He asked: Do you know where this sets? I replied: Allah and his Apostle know best. He said: It sets in a spring of warm water.
In part, a well-known Persian proverb states:
“He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, he is a fool, shun him.”
This is certainly true of Muhammad. Muhammad knew not that “splitting the moon” would have dire consequences for the planet earth. Muhammad knew not that “splitting the moon” would dangerously affect the stability of the earth. Muhammad knew not that “splitting the moon” would have a deadly impact on the lives of the people on earth. Muhammad also knew not about the gravitational effect of the moon on our planet. If Muhammad really knew all these facts, he would not make such an outrageous claim. That very thought would have frightened him. Not knowing all these facts, it is very possible for Muhammad to make such a bold claim to fool the Meccans. Yet, the very Qur’anic verses that Muslims deceptively use to attribute this miracle to Muhammad testify that the Meccans did not believe him. No sane person will:
Surah 54:1-2: The Hour has come closer, and the moon has split. Then they saw a miracle; but they turned away and said, “Old magic.” (Khalifa)
Let us leave our sanity behind for a moment and assume that Muhammad did miraculously split the moon into two. Is it not ironical that the only miracle which the all-knowing Allah chooses to authenticate the calling of Muhammad is the one that does not convince the unbelievers? Would it not be far more sensible to perform a simple miracle right here on earth instead of performing a miracle some 240,000 miles away? Coming back to reality, only Muslims will believe in this madness.
For an in-depth discussion on the subject of the setting place of the sun, please click the following link: ERROR IN QUR’AN: SUN SETS IN A POOL
And this is not the only outrageous claim of Muhammad. He even claimed to have visited Allah on a flying donkey. Seriously! If you find this unbelievable, please click the following link: MUHAMMAD’S FABRICATED NIGHT JOURNEY TO HEAVEN
As we have noted, both the Qur’an and the Hadith testify that the only miracle given to Muhammad was the Qur’an. This means that each time Muslims claim that Muhammad split the moon, they are at the same instant testifying that the Qur’an is false. Muslims cannot have it both ways.
TRUE MIRACLES – WHERE CAN THEY BE FOUND?
Most Muslims are unaware of an amazing verse in the Qur’an which highlights another vital reason as to why Allah did not empower Muhammad to perform miracles. The Qur’an reveals that since there are sufficient miracles in the Holy Bible, Allah found it pointless to empower Muhammad with miracles. This disclosure comes from none other than Allah himself:
Surah 20:133: And they say, “Why does he not bring us a miracle from his Lord?” Were they not given enough miracles in the former Scriptures? (Talal A. Itani)
What can Muslims learn from this verse in the Qur’an? This Qur’anic verse serves as a reminder to Muslims that they are only deceiving themselves with their baseless claim that Muhammad performed miracles. But more importantly, this Qur’anic verse is teaching Muslims not to look for miracles in Muhammad but in the Holy Bible. The following translation of Surah 20:133 highlights some important facts:
They have said, “Why has he, (Muhammad), not brought some miracle from his Lord?” Have they not received the previously revealed heavenly Books as the evidence of the Truth? (Sarwar)
The Qur’an recognizes only three divinely inspired Scriptures by name that were sent to mankind before the arrival of the Qur’an. They are the Torah (Surah 5:44), the Psalms (Surah 4:163) and the Gospel (Surah 5:46). Therefore, the “previously revealed heavenly Books” are none other than the Torah, the Psalms and the Gospel. These three Scriptures make up the contents of the Holy Bible.
Let us consider now the circumstances that led to the revelation of Surah 20:133. The unbelievers demanded proof from Muhammad to validate his calling as a true prophet of God. They wanted him to produce some miracles just as the earlier prophets of God had done in the past. They wanted tangible evidences. Of course there were none since Muhammad could not perform any miracles. And Allah came to the defense of Muhammad. But who came to the defense of Allah? Allah had to but appeal to the authority of the Holy Bible to answer their demands for miracles. Allah answered them saying:
“Have they not received the previously revealed heavenly Books as the evidence of the Truth?”
Listen carefully to the words of Allah. Allah is saying that the Scriptures of the Bible consisting of the Torah, the Psalms and the Gospel are sufficient as “evidence of the Truth.” This means that if the contemporaries of Muhammad want to witness real miracles, they have to go to the Holy Bible. The existence of authentic accounts of miracles in the Holy Bible is as good as the manifestation of miracles itself. In other words, the Bible is good as the miracles that the unbelievers were demanding. If the Bible says so, it surely must be. This Qur’anic verse reveals the tremendous authoritative strength of the Holy Bible. Powerless to perform miracles, Allah appealed to the Holy Bible to redeem himself from a humiliating situation.
Since the compilation of the Qur’an was still in progress when the Meccans demanded for miracles, Allah could have easily inspired new Qur’anic verses to answer his critics. But he did not do so. What could he say? The only source available for Allah to answer his critics was “the previously revealed heavenly Books as the evidence of the Truth.” As such, these Scriptures that Allah appealed to cannot be a lie. They must be absolutely reliable and free from corruption. The value of appealing to them proves that all these individual Books of the Bible are absolutely trustworthy. If they are not trustworthy, what good is their testimony?
Thus, in contrast to popular Muslim sentiment, the Qur’an not only teaches that the Holy Bible is the uncorrupted Word of God but it also testifies that it will continue to remain as such for all eternity. For an in-depth study on this subject, please click the following link: THE QUR’AN CONFIRMS THE INTEGRITY OF THE BIBLE
Unlike Allah, Jehovah gave no excuses. He performed many powerful miracles through prophets such as Moses and Jesus. The powerful miracles that Jesus performed served its purpose. Christianity spread to the far corners of the earth. While Muhammad called for the sword to propagate Islam, Jesus came with a message of love. He taught his followers this vital principle:
Matthew 26:52: “Those who take the sword will perish by the sword.”
After thirteen years of preaching in Mecca, only about 150 individuals believed in Muhammad. The early inspired messages of Allah in the Qur’an proved ineffective. The only recourse that the miracle-less Muhammad could find to spread his religion was the physical sword. After he migrated to Medina, he garnered the support of the locals there who were men of war. Islam became powerful. Carnal replaced spiritual. The sword of the flesh replaced the sword of the spirit. “Kill them wherever you find them” became the rallying cry of Allah and Muhammad. (Surah 2:191) With neither miracles to authenticate his calling nor spiritual truths to reach the heart of his listeners, the religion of Muhammad survived by inspiring fear through the threat of the Islamic sword.
Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 22, Number 220:
Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been made victories with terror.”
Muhammad was no miracle worker but the first Muslim terrorist. Jehovah and Allah, Jesus and Muhammad, Christianity and Islam, Bible and Qur’an, Miracle and Miracle-less are opposites. Muslims must decide now between these two opposites if they really value their eternal salvation.
 Ishaq: 380:
“The enemy got at the Apostle who was hit with a stone so that he fell on his side and one of his teeth was smashed, his face scored, and his lip injured.”
Tabari VII: 124:
“Abd Manat came and threw a stone at Muhammad, breaking his nose and his lateral incisor, splitting his face open, and stunning him. His Companions dispersed and abandoned him, some of them going to Medina and some climbing up Uhud and standing there. The Messenger cried out to his men, ‘To me. To me.’”
 Psalms 83:18:
“That people may know that you, whose name is Jehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.”
 Sahih Muslim, Book 033, Number 6406:
Abu al-Aswad reported that ‘Imran b Husain asked him: What is your view, what the people do today in the world, and strive for, is it something decreed for them or preordained for them or will their fate in the Hereafter be determined by the fact that their Prophets brought them teaching which they did not act upon? I said: Of course, it is something which is predetermined for them and preordained for them. He further said: Then, would it not be an injustice to punish them? I felt greatly disturbed because of that, and said: Everything is created by Allah and lies in His Power. He would not be questioned as to what He does, but they would be questioned; thereupon he said to me: May Allah have mercy upon you, I did not mean to ask you but for testing your intelligence.
Two men of the tribe of Muzaina came to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said: Allah’s Messenger, what is your opinion that the people do in the world and strive for, is something decreed for them; something preordained for them and will their fate in the Hereafter be determined by the fact that their Prophets brought them teachings which they did not act upon. And thus they became deserving of punishment? Thereupon, he said: Of course, it happens as it is decreed by Destiny and preordained for them, and this view is confirmed by this verse of the Book of Allah, the Exalted and Glorious: “Consider the soul and Him Who made it perfect, then breathed into it its sin and its piety” (Surah 91:8 in Original Arabic).
 Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 550:
“The Prophet said, ‘Allah has appointed an angel in the womb, and the angel says, “Lord, a drop of semen discharge. Lord, a clot, Lord, a piece of flesh.” And then, if Allah wishes to complete the child’s creation, the angel will say. Lord, male or a female? Lord, wretched or blessed in religion? What will his livelihood be? What will his age be?” The angel writes all this while the child is in the womb of its mother.’”
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 6, Book 60, Number 473:
“While we were in a funeral procession, Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Every created soul has his place written for him either in Paradise or in Hell. They have a happy or miserable fate predestined for them.’ A man said, ‘Apostle! Shall we depend upon what is written and give up doing deeds? For whoever is destined to be fortunate, will join the fortunate and whoever is destined to be miserable will go to Hell.’”
“Say: ‘Even if you had remained in your houses, those ordained to be slaughtered would have gone forth to the places where they were to slain.”
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