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The Flat Earth Controversy – Analyzing the Quran and the Bible

The Flat Earth Controversy – An Analysis of the Quran and the Bible بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم “And the earth, moreover, hath He extended (to a wide expanse);” - The Quran, Surah An-Naziat, 79:30             The infamous Christian apologist Sam Shamoun has claimed that the Quran refers to a “flat earth”.[1]  In this article, we …

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On Rabbits and Rumination: A Response to Christian Interpretations of Leviticus 11:5-6

On Rabbits and Rumination: A Response to Christian Interpretations of Leviticus 11:5-6 بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم “The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you.” - Leviticus 11:5-6 …

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John 5:2 and the Date of the Fourth Gospel: A Response to a Christian Apologist

John 5:2 and the Date of the Fourth Gospel: A Response to a Christian Apologist بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم “This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.” - John 21:24             This article is a response to a claim made by a …

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The Composition and Writing of the Qur’ân: Old Explanations and New Evidence (Dr. Raymond K. Farrin)

A Muslim scholar explains the process of preserving the Quran. An excellent scholarly discussion.

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Abstract: This article challenges the view, common among Western academics since early last century, that the Qurʾān was left incomplete as a book and did not take final shape until well after the Prophet’s death. Against this, it highlights an example of structural continuity: that of center-periphery connection between adjacent sūras. This type of connection is identified throughout the phases of revelation, from the early Meccan period to the late Medinan one. The structural consistency illuminated here indicates that one author or authority likely arranged the Qurʾān, a finding in accordance with recent stylometric analysis of the text carried out at Princeton University. It also accords with an examination of the theme of jihād in the Qurʾān, the conclusions of which were presented at the 2017 International Qur’anic Studies Association conference in Boston. Far from suggesting a multiplicity of voices, the doctrine of jihād is characterized by overall consistency…

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When Umar bin al-Khattab رضي الله عنه was walking in the market, he passed by a man who was supplicating,
“O Allaah, make us of Your ‘few’ servants! O Allaah make us of Your ‘few’ servants!”
So Umar said to him, “Where did you get this du’a (supplication) from?”
And the man said, “Allaah in His Book says:
“And few of My servants are grateful.” [Quran 34:13]”
So Umar wept and admonished himself, “The people are more knowledgeable than you, O Umar! O Allaah make us of Your ‘few’ servants.”
Sometimes when you advise someone to leave a sin, they respond with: “But most people do it, it’s not just me!”
But if you look for the words “most people” in the Quran, you will find that most people –
“do not know” [Quran 7:187],
“do not give thanks” [Quran 2:243]
and “do not believe” [Quran 11:17].
And if you…

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