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Qur’an 6:108 - Do idols have power to intercede or not?

There are different answers to this question in the Qur’an:

1. Allah warns to underestimate the power of idols - Qur’an 6:108

”And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah , lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do.” (Qur’an 6:108).

Muslims believe in monotheism. That means that there cannot be any other divine power than Allah. But in this verse, the Qur’an refers to a another power than Allah. That means that the Qur’an is talking about idols. This verse if from the Early Meccan period. The Muslims were inferior to their opponents and had to make compromises. According to history, there were many gods in the time of Muhammad in Arabia. Also Muslim scholar Rashad Khalifa showed that in Qur’an 6:108 is a reference to idols [1].

2. Idols have no power and cannot intercede - Qur’an 39:43

“Or have they taken other than Allah as intercessors? Say, "Even though they do not possess [power over] anything, nor do they reason?"” (Qur’an 39:43).

3. Conclusion

Some verse say that idols have power, while another one says that they have no power at all. Because all verses about the same question have a different meaning, we have a difficulty in the Qur’an. Therefore the verses show a contradiction in the Qur’an.


Notes:

1. Rashad Khalifa, Quran - The Final Testament: Authorized English Version of the Original, 508.