Response to A Falsification test of Holy Quran

Critic:

Naik, much like Jamal Badawi and Shabir Ally before him, claims that the Quran contains a prophecy in Surah 111. Naik uses this as his falsification test, i.e. a way in which one can disprove the Quran’s claims of inspiration.

Response:

Even I have mentioned it.

It is purely the matter of IQ,read the Surah again and see the prophecies (plural) yourself.

Would the hands of ÉAbu Lahab be cut up, (i.e., perish) and would he be cut up (too)!

In no way did his wealth avail him, neither whatever he earned;

He will roast at a flaming Fire, (Literally: fire comprising flame)He would enter hell .

And his wife, the constant bearer of firewood,

Upon her (long) neck she will have a rope of palm-fibers.  (Surah 111)

1.Abu Lahb would perish.

2.His wealth would perish too.

3.Whatever he earned would be destroyed.This includes his property,his fame etc etc.

4.He would dwell in hell being roasted.

5.His wife would dwell there too.

6.The wife would be bearing firewoods

7.The wife would have a rope around her neck.

8.Points 4,5,6 and 7 imply the fact that the person and his wife would not embrace Islam.

 OUT OF THESE 8 POINTS,ALL THE PROPHECIES OF THIS WORLD HAVE FULFILLED AND YOU COULD TEST THEM TOO.LEARN ABOUT HIS DEATH,HIS PUTERIFYING DEAD BODY,HIS WIFE AND HIS DYING ON KUFR.

Critic:

There are at least six fundamental problems with this assertion:

  • This assumes that Islam is the correct path, and that those who reject its message are therefore thrust into hell. Hence, Naik is assuming what he has yet to prove, and thus, cannot confidently assert that Lahab’s rejection of Islam led to his eternal damnation. Islam itself might be wrong and therefore all that embrace it might possibly end up in hell as well.
  • Response: It is you who is using the words like might,not Naik.So note it yourself who is confident and who is confused.
  • This passage is unverifiable. Since this issue relates to hell, it is therefore impossible for it to be tested since the eternal destiny of man will not be revealed until the Judgment Day. This means we must wait until then to see whether the Quran is right or not. This fails to be miraculous in any fashion.
  • Response:The 4 out of 8 points are verifiable.You may verify them from anywhere.
  • Even assuming that Islam was true, and that Lahab did accept its message hypocritically, it still would not prove anything. God judges the intentions (niyya) of the heart. By this factor alone, Lahab would be thrown into hell. But again, this could only be verified on the Day of Judgment.
  • Response:See my response above.
  • Technically speaking, the passage does not say Abu Lahab will not become a Muslim, but rather that he would perish in the flames.
  • Response:The surah is not a single versed surah,so there is not a single message there,rather there are 8 prophecies with a falsification test.The falsification test and the prophecies related to this world,all prove that Quran is true.

Critic:

Amazingly, the Quran affirms that all humanity, whether believers or not, shall be cast into hell:

There will be no one of you who will not enter it (Hell). This was an inevitable decree of your Lord. Afterwards he MAY save some of the pious, God-fearing Muslims out of the burning fire. S. 19:71-72

To circumvent this, it is alleged that the passage is speaking about a Muslim passing over hell via the bridge Sirat, and will not actually go down to the flames. Unfortunately, this again is unsubstantiated for the two reasons listed below:

 

  1. The Quran never mentions this bridge, and it is derived from the Islamic Traditions, which at times contradicts the very testimony of the Quran itself.Response:No,the authentic ahadees do not contradict,rather the daif ahadees which you choose,contradict.
  2. S. 19:72 clearly states that Allah “may save some of the pious, God-fearing Muslims out of the burning fire,” affirming the fact that all shall enter into it and not simply pass over it.Response:Go to any primary student who knows Arabic and ask him whether the word burning fire is used here or not.There is no word as fire,burning fire,hell or any such thing in the whole verse.

Critic:

This verse [S. 19:71] condemns all to Jahannam; both the righteous and unrighteous, pious and impious, believers in one God and believers in many gods; and nothing is said about coming out! [sic] Tabari has said in his commentary on this verse: “Not one of you people there is, but he shall go down to Jahannam; it is a judgment decreed from your Lord, Muhammad, to bring the down to it. He has pronounced this and decreed it in the mother of the Book [namely, the original text of the Book from which the Quran derives its revelation].”

Response:

Unauthentic source.

Critic:

Al-Bukhari and others (Tawhid 24; Muslim, Iman 302, 323; al-Darimi, Riqaq 89; Ahmad b. Hanbal, III. 17, 25, VI. 110) have related: “People will go down to Jahannam and they will go out of it by their works; some like a wink of an eye, some like wind, some like a rider that is earnestly traveling, and still some like a man that is walking vigorously” (see al-Qurtubi’s commentary on this verse).

Response:

So that is true,everyone would pass over the bridge but it is never mentioned in any hadees that everyone would be thrown into the hell.Rather is is clarified that only some would fall there.See the complete hadees.

Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri:

 

We said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! Shall we see our Lord on the Day of Resurrection?” He said, “Do you have any difficulty in seeing the sun and the moon when the sky is clear?” We said, “No.” He said, “So you will have no difficulty in seeing your Lord on that Day as you have no difficulty in seeing the sun and the moon (in a clear sky).” The Prophet then said, “Somebody will then announce, ‘Let every nation follow what they used to worship.’ So the companions of the cross will go with their cross, and the idolators (will go) with their idols, and the companions of every god (false deities) (will go) with their god, till there remain those who used to worship Allah, both the obedient ones and the mischievous ones, and some of the people of the Scripture. Then Hell will be presented to them as if it were a mirage. Then it will be said to the Jews, “What did you use to worship?’ They will reply, ‘We used to worship Ezra, the son of Allah.’ It will be said to them, ‘You are liars, for Allah has neither a wife nor a son. What do you want (now)?’ They will reply, ‘We want You to provide us with water.’ Then it will be said to them ‘Drink,’ and they will fall down in Hell (instead). Then it will be said to the Christians, ‘What did you use to worship?’

They will reply, ‘We used to worship Messiah, the son of Allah.’ It will be said, ‘You are liars, for Allah has neither a wife nor a son. What: do you want (now)?’ They will say, ‘We want You to provide us with water.’ It will be said to them, ‘Drink,’ and they will fall down in Hell (instead). When there remain only those who used to worship Allah (Alone), both the obedient ones and the mischievous ones, it will be said to them, ‘What keeps you here when all the people have gone?’ They will say, ‘We parted with them (in the world) when we were in greater need of them than we are today, we heard the call of one proclaiming, ‘Let every nation follow what they used to worship,’ and now we are waiting for our Lord.’ Then the Almighty will come to them in a shape other than the one which they saw the first time, and He will say, ‘I am your Lord,’ and they will say, ‘You are not our Lord.’ And none will speak: to Him then but the Prophets, and then it will be said to them, ‘Do you know any sign by which you can recognize Him?’ They will say. ‘The Shin,’ and so Allah will then uncover His Shin whereupon every believer will prostrate before Him and there will remain those who used to prostrate before Him just for showing off and for gaining good reputation. These people will try to prostrate but their backs will be rigid like one piece of a wood (and they will not be able to prostrate). Then the bridge will be laid across Hell.” We, the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! What is the bridge?’

He said, “It is a slippery (bridge) on which there are clamps and (Hooks like) a thorny seed that is wide at one side and narrow at the other and has thorns with bent ends. Such a thorny seed is found in Najd and is called As-Sa’dan. Some of the believers will cross the bridge as quickly as the wink of an eye, some others as quick as lightning, a strong wind, fast horses or she-camels. So some will be safe without any harm; some will be safe after receiving some scratches, and some will fall down into Hell (Fire). The last person will cross by being dragged (over the bridge).” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “You (Muslims) cannot be more pressing in claiming from me a right that has been clearly proved to be yours than the believers in interceding with Almighty for their (Muslim) brothers on that Day, when they see themselves safe.

They will say, ‘O Allah! (Save) our brothers (for they) used to pray with us, fast with us and also do good deeds with us.’ Allah will say, ‘Go and take out (of Hell) anyone in whose heart you find faith equal to the weight of one (gold) Dinar.’ Allah will forbid the Fire to burn the faces of those sinners. They will go to them and find some of them in Hell (Fire) up to their feet, and some up to the middle of their legs. So they will take out those whom they will recognize and then they will return, and Allah will say (to them), ‘Go and take out (of Hell) anyone in whose heart you find faith equal to the weight of one half Dinar.’ They will take out whomever they will recognize and return, and then Allah will say, ‘Go and take out (of Hell) anyone in whose heart you find faith equal to the weight of an atom (or a smallest ant), and so they will take out all those whom they will recognize.” Abu Sa’id said: If you do not believe me then read the Holy Verse:-

‘Surely! Allah wrongs not even of the weight of an atom (or a smallest ant) but if there is any good (done) He doubles it.’ (4.40) The Prophet added, “Then the prophets and Angels and the believers will intercede, and (last of all) the Almighty (Allah) will say, ‘Now remains My Intercession. He will then hold a handful of the Fire from which He will take out some people whose bodies have been burnt, and they will be thrown into a river at the entrance of Paradise, called the water of life.

They will grow on its banks, as a seed carried by the torrent grows. You have noticed how it grows beside a rock or beside a tree, and how the side facing the sun is usually green while the side facing the shade is white. Those people will come out (of the River of Life) like pearls, and they will have (golden) necklaces, and then they will enter Paradise whereupon the people of Paradise will say, ‘These are the people emancipated by the Beneficent. He has admitted them into Paradise without them having done any good deeds and without sending forth any good (for themselves).’ Then it will be said to them, ‘For you is what you have seen and its equivalent as well.'”(Bukhari 7439)

Some would fall,not everyone.

Critic:

Al-Tabari said in his commentary: “Abu Kuraib told us that Ibn Yaman said, on the strength of Ibn Maghul and Ibn Ishaq: ‘Abu Maisara used to say, while reclining to sleep: “I would that my mother had not given birth to me.” Thereupon he was asked: “Maisara, what makes you cry?” He said: “[Muhammad] has told us that we will go down to it, but has not told us that we will come out of it.”‘” Ibn Hamid said: “Hakam told us, on the strength of Ishmael and Qais, ‘Abdallah b. Rawaha wept when he was taken ill, and his wife wept as well. He said: “What makes you weep?” She said: “I saw you weeping, therefore I wept also.” Ibn Rawaha said: “I learned that I am going down to hell, and do know whether I will be saved from it, or not”‘” (see the commentaries of al-Tabari, al-Qurtubi, and al-Zamakhashari on this verse). Everyone, therefore is going to hell, and will come out later according to his works. “Had your Lord willed, He would have made mankind one nation; but they continue in their differences, except those whom your Lord has mercy. To that end He created them, and perfectly is fulfilled the word of your Lord: ‘I shall surely fill Jahannam with jinn and men all together'” (Sura Hud 11:118, 119). (The True Guidance—Comments on Quranic Verses [Light of Life, P.O. Box 13, A-9503 Villach, Austria 1994], part 5, p. 208)

Response:

Unauthentic source.

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