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Qur´an 6:101 - Could Allah have a son?

What is the Qur’an saying about the possibility that he can have a son? There are different answers to this question:

1. Allah could not have a son – Qur´an 6:101
“How could He have a son when He does not have a companion and He created all things?” (Qur’an 6:101)
Because Allah has no wife, it is not possible Allah has a son.

2. Allah could have a son – Qur´an 39:4, 19:21 , 2:117
“If Allah had intended to take a son, He could have chosen from what He creates whatever He willed.” (Qur’an 39:4)
“He said, "Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, ’It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.’ " (Qur’an 19:21)
“Originator of the heavens and the earth. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, "Be," and it is.” (Qur’an 2:117)
If Allah had intended to take a son, He could have chosen from what He creates whatever He willed. The way Allah creates is not understandable according to the human brain in Qur’an 19:21. When Allah wants, he will have a son. The Qur’an says that Mary had a son without a man, because Allah said, “Be and it is”. It is easy for Allah to have a son who will be a sign to the people and a mercy from Allah. Yes, Allah could have a son.

4. Conclusion
There is a difficulty in the Qur’an about the question that Allah could have a son or not. One verse is telling us that Allah could not have a son, while according to three verses, Allah could have a son. Therefore the verses are a contradiction in the Qur’an. The three verses Qur’an: 2:117, 19:21 and 39:4 confirm the Gospel verses John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life". A way out to this difficulty in the Qur’an is that Qur’an 6:101 only describes the hesitation of Muhammad, who was doubting to become a believer in Jesus Christ as Savior (Qur’an 43:81) and that the rest of the Qur’an confirms the Gospel that Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind, a sign to the people and a God’s mercy.