The Quran “Copied” from the Bible? A Simple Way to Refute the “Plagiarism” Argument

Christian apologists, especially the less-educated ones, often times accuse the Quran of having copied from the Bible. This, they argue, shows that Islam is not from God but is rather a man-made religion.

But this argument can be very easily refuted. The next time a brainless Christian apologist uses this argument, just give him/her the following history lesson:

  • The Bible refers to the ruler of Egypt in the times of Abraham and Joseph (peace be upon them) as “Pharaoh” (Genesis 12, 37).
  • Both the Bible and the Quran refer to the Egyptian ruler during the time of Moses (peace be upon him) as “Pharaoh”.
  • While the title was used in the time of Moses (peace be upon him), it was NOT used to refer to the Egyptian king in earlier times, such as those of Abraham and Joseph (peace be upon them), which means that the Bible’s use of the term in Genesis is an anachronism.
  • If the charge of “plagiarism” is accurate, then we should expect that the Quran would repeat the error in the Bible when recounting the story of Joseph (Surah 12). And yet, we find that the Arabic word “firaun” is ONLY used to describe the Egyptian king in the time of Moses (peace be upon him) but NEVER in the time of Joseph (peace be upon him).
  • How could the author of the Quran, assuming He was copying the Bible or other Jewish stories in 7th century Arabia, have known NOT to use the title “firaun” when referring to the Egyptian ruler in the time of Joseph (peace be upon him)? The “plagiarism” argument immediately breaks down!

You see how easy it is? So the next time some brainless apologist uses this argument to bash the Quran, show him the folly of his argument and enjoy watching him squirm!

7 thoughts on “The Quran “Copied” from the Bible? A Simple Way to Refute the “Plagiarism” Argument

  1. stewjo004

    Yep, there is never a counter for this lol. If you want to add to this argument:

    Both the Bible and Qur’an say that the Prophet Yusuf (as) (aka Joseph) had a dream about the stars and moon bowing to him.

    “Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” [Genesis 37:9]

    When Joseph said to his father: “My most honored Father, I dreamed of eleven stars, the sun and the moon and… I saw them all bow down before me.” (Qur’an 12:4)

    The moon in the dream represents his mother. The problem is that according to the Bible before Joseph’s dream is fulfilled, his mother dies:

    So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). (Genesis 35:19)

    Like in the Quran his brothers do bow to him at the end of the story:

    When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before him to the ground. (Genesis 43:26)

    Notice that Rachel is not alive to bow to him. So this prophecy failed according to the Bible. In the Qur’an, his mother is alive to bow and fulfill the dream.

    And took his TWO parents up to the throne. They all bowed down before him and he said: “Oh my Father, this is the fulfillment of the dream I had so long ago! My Lord has made it come true and has done so much good to me. He released me from prison and He brought you here from the desert, even after Satan caused disunity between my brothers and I. My Lord is most subtle in achieving whatever He wants and He is truly the All Knowing and the Most Wise!” (12:100)

    Just one of the many ways the Qur’an corrects the previous Scriptures.,…

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  2. Atlas

    Lol yea the xtian in a youtube comment section came up with a silly answer which if it was the other way around where the bible gets it right and the Quran gets it wrong then they would NEVER accept the same respons in a million years!

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