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Qur’an 4:82 - Is the Qur’an without contradictions?

For most Muslims the Qur’an is a perfect book, without contradictions. The Qur’an claims there are no contradictions: “Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an? If it had been from [any] other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction” (Qur’an 4:82). For every Muslim, it is therefore a critical test of his own religion to be convinced that this is true. Does the Qur’an have a contradiction?

1. Some verses say that the Qur’an has been changed

“None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things?" (Qur’an 2:106). Qur’an 2:106 has been realized with the Satanic verses. Satan revealed to Muhammad new verses for Qur’an 53: “Indeed they are the high cranes (high maidens) and indeed their intercession is to be desired.” [1]. Although the people of the Quraysh tribe liked the new verses with polytheism, Muhammad understood later that they were from Satan. Also Qur’an 16:101 tells that the Qur’an has been changed: “When We substitute one revelation for another,- and Allah knows best what He reveals (in stages),- they say, "Thou art but a forger": but most of them understand not."

2. Another verse says the Qur’an has not been changed

"Rejected were the messengers before thee: with patience and constancy they bore their rejection and their wrongs, until Our aid did reach them: there is none that can alter the words (and decrees) of Allah. Already hast thou received some account of those messengers" (Qur’an 6:34). Also Qur’an 10:64. In this verse the Qur’an says that nobody can change the words of Allah. That means or the Qur’an is not the word of Allah or there is a contradiction with Qur’an 2:106 and 16:101.

3. Conclusion

The Qur’an has contradictions. It has been changed and is not perfect. The assumption of Muslims that the Qur’an is perfect cannot be verified in a rational way.

Notes

1. Sahab Ahmed, Satanic Verses, in: Jane Dammen McAuliffe (ed.), Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an, Volume Five, Brill, Leiden, 2002, 531.

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