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Does the Qur’an have contradictions?

The Qur’an is telling us that it is a perfect, because it was preserved on pages (Qur’an 2:82, 85:22). Therefore the Qur’an can be tested on perfection. There shouldn’t be any contradiction in it.

Testing the Quran for contradictions

A contradiction is the fact of something being the complete opposite of something else so that one of them must be wrong. For the Qur’an it means that we have found a contradiction when a Surah is saying something complete opposite with the reality of life. The most challenging test for every Muslim is to believe that the Qur’an is perfect and therefore God’s message. Many Muslims believe that the Qur’an is perfect in such a way that there is not even a dot or a comma wrong. This has a high impact on our worldwide society. The idea that there could be something wrong with the Qur’an can be such an obstacle for a Muslim, that he will say that is not “part of nature” or “not in accordance with the personality”. Non-Muslims need to understand that giving up the perfect Qur’an means that a Muslim is losing his spiritual foundation for his religious practices. We see that high educated Muslims are able to distinguish the truth of the real world from the value of moral principles for a better society in the Qur’an, but they are a small minority. A test can be done to make sure that there are no mistakes in the Qur’an. There are some areas to be tested:

Internal contradictions

An internal contradiction in the Qur’an is about verses who are saying two complete different things and cannot be harmonized. See: Internal contradictions Part 1 Part 2.

Contradictions with history

An error in the Qur’an when a Surah is saying something different than history.

Contradictions with science

A defect in the Qur’an when a Surah is not in line with science. See: Science.

Qur’an in the eyes of a neutral reader

The defense of the Qur’an by a Muslim should be understandable in a rational way to non-Muslims. When Muslims are not able to defend the Qur’an this implies that Quran 25:33 is not true and that therefore the Qur’an is not perfect. Any contradiction is evidence that the Qur’an is not perfect and that therefore Qur’an 85:22 is not true.


A perfect book cannot exist, because perfection cannot be in a book. There is no perfect language available. The neutral reader only have to search for an contradiction. The outcome is that the Qur’an does contain contradictions and historical inaccuracies.


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