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Submitters Perspective

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Why do they not study the Quran carefully?

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Since the Quran is God’s message to all the people, regardless of their languages, the sincere believers who do not know Arabic know the Quran better than the Arabic-speaking disbelievers. (See 41:44). God Himself is the teacher of the Quran (55:1-2). He teaches us what we need at the time He sees fit. “We” here means the students of the Quran who are sincere. The insincere readers of the Quran, who read Quran to find fault with it, are divinely kept away from it. (7:146). They may be directed to find what they asked for:

As for those who reject our revelations, we lead them on without them ever realizing it. I will even encourage them; My scheming is formidable (7:182-183).

Quite scary, is it not? This is because many of them treat the Quran as if it were just an ordinary book or novel and read its passages casually, as if they were reading newspapers. Thus, they are kept confused by it. We would examine to see how easy it is for the insincere readers of the Quran to be led on and to draw their own conclusions from verses that seem to conflict. The following are some five samples of such verses. We will use the Quran itself in reconciling what appear to flow in collision course in these verses. Those, with other than the Most Gracious as their teacher of Quran, would negate the fact that Quran is indeed a flawless numerical scripture.

1. The death of Jesus (4:157-158)

As we read in 4:157 of the Quran, Jews claimed: “…that they killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary,


the messenger of God.” But God says it is not true, and He gives the answer in the same verse and the next.

…In fact, they never killed him, they never crucified him - they were made to think that they did. All factions who are disputing in this matter are full of doubt concerning this issue. They possess no knowledge; they only conjecture. For certain, they never killed him. (4:157)

Instead, God raised him to Him; God is Almighty, Most Wise. (4:158)

As we mentioned above, those who are not allowed the access of the Quran would easily conclude from the above verses that Jesus’ life was never terminated here on earth. Thus, some storytellers invent baseless hadith to claim that Jesus was substituted with one of his friends who betrayed him during the process of his crucifixion, that he was instead crucified instead of Jesus. And Jesus himself was taken to the third heaven to wait until some time near the end of the world, when he will come back to this earth to complete the Sunnah of Mohammad. Therefore, he must come back here just before the end of the world to complete the Sunnah.

However in the next verse, God explains what really happened.

Everyone among the people of the scripture was required to believe in him before his death. On the Day of Resurrection, he will be a witness against them. (4:159)

God is the only living witness for what really happened at the time, and He is the author of this book to give us the accurate account of the issue. We learned from the verses, therefore, that just as in the

death of any righteous person, Jesus the human being was put to death. However, his real self, the soul, was raised to God. Additionally, we noted that Jesus would not come back here until the Day of Judgment when he will serve as a witness against his enemies. Since the Quran is a fully detailed scripture, if we are not completely satisfied with the explanation in this particular verse, there is information that is more detailed in the following supporting verses:

God will say, “O Jesus, son of Mary, did you say to the people, `Make me and my mother idols beside God?” He will say, “Be You glorified. I could not utter what was not right. Had I said it, You already would have known it. You know my thoughts, and I do not know Your thoughts. You know all the secrets. I told them only what You commanded me to say, that: ‘You shall worship God, my Lord and your Lord.’ I was a witness among them for as long as I lived with them. When You terminated my life on earth, You became the Watcher over them. You witness all things.” (5:116-117)

Also we read in another verse:

Thus, God said, "O Jesus, I am terminating your life, raising you to Me, and ridding you of the disbelievers”…(3:55)

Therefore, there is no ambiguity regarding the death of Jesus.

2. No one’s life is cut short (35:11)

…Whenever a messenger went to them with anything they disliked, some of them they rejected, and some they killed. (5:70).

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