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Bible & Koran - a revelation of God?

A believer should make sure that the book on which his faith is based is really a holy scripture, and not the work of man. Because if it is the work of man, then it is necessarily flawed. And if the foundation of faith is flawed, then faith itself.

Whoever reads the Bible or the Koran, will certainly admit that much truth and wisdom can be found in these books. But, is this sufficient to claim, the book would be a "holy book" or even "God's Word"? Surely, it must be possible to prove such a claim by relatively plain criteria:

1. The book should be of God or inspired by Him.

The Bible is not "God's Word". It consists of texts that are attributed to God, e.g. in the form of "The LORD said ...", but also to a large extent of texts from the author of the verses (e.g. Psalms of David), or even reports from a third or fourth source, as becomes clear in the following verse:

Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed. [Luke 1: 1-4]

Here speaks Luke, not God, and tells a report he has only heard himself. Such reports are collected in Islam in the "Hadith", thus are completely different categorised as in the Bible where reports by eyewitnesses or those who heard the reports of eyewitnesses are incorporated into "God's Word".

The Koran is of one piece and has - computerized voice analysis corroborate this - a single author whose linguistic characteristics are different from those of Muhammad pbuh (whose linguistic characteristics are well documented in numerous reports [hadiths]). The Koran therefore differs from the writings of the Old and New Testaments. These originate from different authors from different centuries; most of these authors are unknown, and many texts certainly have been tampered with. The real founder of Christianity, Paul, did not even know Jesus.

At the beginning of Christianity there were many different gospels. Research estimates them at about 50, of which at least 12 are known by name. Only four of them have been included in the New Testament.

And this Qur'an is not such as could ever be invented in despite of Allah; but it is a confirmation of that which was before it and an exposition of that which is decreed for mankind - Therein is no doubt - from the Lord of the Worlds. [Yunus 37]

2. God is omnipotent and therefore has to be presented as such.

Let's take a look at the following verses in the Bible:

And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. [Genesis 32: 28]

A man defeated God?

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. [Genesis 6: 5-7]

God does feel sorry for what He did, as if he did not know what He was doing? And then he wants to destroy his creatures again, like an angry child destroys his sandcastle again, because it has not turned out the way he wanted?

And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. [Genesis 18: 20-21]

Here is God presented as an old man, who must first descend the stairs with difficulty to see what's going on.

Compare this with the Koran:

Allah it is who hath created seven heavens, and of the earth the like thereof. The commandment cometh down among them slowly, that ye may know that Allah is Able to do all things, and that Allah surroundeth all things in knowledge. [At-Talaq 12]

And with Him are the keys of the Invisible. None but He knoweth them. And He knoweth what is in the land and the sea. Not a leaf falleth but He knoweth it, not a grain amid the darkness of the earth, naught of wet or dry but [it is noted] in a clear record. [Al-Anam 59]

To be fair it must be said that of course there are many verses in the Bible that are similar with the above Quranic verses. It should again be emphasized that faith in the Bible is a part of the Islamic religion. We only want to prove here that the Bible, as it is now, cannot possibly be the original scripture anymore.

3. The text should be authentic, that is, still present in the original language.

It is no secret that the original text of the Bible is no longer available. And if the original text of the Bible is no longer present, it means that the Bible is not God's Word, but rather a translation. And a translation not of God's Word itself, as we have seen, but of various reports and from different authors.

However, a translation is never comparable to the original. It is hardly ever possible, especially for languages ??that are not closely related, to transmit accurately both the meaning, and the style and beauty of the language. Many words in Aramaic or Arabic do not exist in English and would have to be explained cumbersome in order to get the exact meaning, which would of course affect immensely the style and beauty of the language. Every translation therefore is only a compromise.

But the original Aramaic text does no longer exist. So it is even a double translation: Aramaic - Greek - English, or even worse, Aramaic - Greek - Latin - English.

By contrast, the Koran is still present in the original language. That the present text is authentic and equal to what thousands of Muslims memorized and collected at the time of the death of Muhammad pbuh, is not disputed by Western Orientalism.

Alif. Lam. Ra. These are verse of the Scripture that maketh plain. Lo. We have revealed it, a Lecture in Arabic, that ye may understand. [Yusuf 1-2]

By the Scripture which maketh plain, Lo. We have appointed it a Lecture, in Arabic that haply ye may understand. And Lo. in the Source of Decrees, which We possess, it is indeed sublime, decisive. [Az-Zukhruf 2-4]

4. The authors of the text must be known.

In any court of the world a testimony is accepted only if the witness is known. But most writers of the Bible are unknown. How can one accept such testimonies and let depend one's salvation on them? Even the authors of the New Testament are only partially known (Who was Matthew? Who was John who wrote the Revelation?) Add to this the fact that the "testimonies" were written 30 to 60 years after the death of Jesus.

It is quite different with the Koran here. The Koran is the collection of revelations that was sent to a Meccan from a good family known for his integrity in the course of 23 years: Muhammad pbuh. There is no doubt about the origin.

5. There must be no contradictions within the text.

Evidently, a text which claims to be divinely inspired, must be internally consistent. But this is not the case with the Bible as can be seen in countless examples. Here only a few are enumerated:

Was man created after all animals or before? One time, people are created after the animals, another time before:

And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. [Genesis 1: 25-27]

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. [Genesis 2: 18-19]

How many of the clean animals should Noah take into the ark?

Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. [Genesis 7: 2]

Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. [Genesis 7: 8-9]

Should children suffer for their fathers?

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. [Exodus 20: 5]

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. [Ezekiel 18: 20]

Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities. [Isaiah 14: 21]

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin. [5 Moses 24: 16]

Had Absalom three sons or no son at all?

And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar. [2 Samuel 14: 27]

Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place. [2 Samuel 18: 18]

.and so on. According to the admission of the Anglican Church of England, there are hundreds of contradictions.

What does the Qur'an say about himself?

Will they not then ponder on the Qur'an? If it had been from other than Allah they would have found therein much incongruity. [An-Nisa 82[

Although there are few alleged contradictions, these can be explained or are not really contradictions:

C: How many angels talked to Mary? When the Koran speaks of the proclamation of Jesus' birth to the Virgin Mary, in Surah 3: 42-45, he speaks of (some) angels, but contrariwise about only one in Surah 19: 17-21.

A: Surah 3 speaks of angels and Surah 19 of Ruh. Ruh is understood as the angel Gabriel, we know this from Hadith and other parts of the Koran. A simple explanation would be that a group of angels appeared, and their spokesman (Gabriel) announced the good news.

C: How many gardens are in paradise? ONE (as in Surah 39: 73, Surah 41: 30, Surah 57: 21 and Surah 79: 41) or MANY (as in Surah 18: 31, Surah 22: 23, Surah 35: 33 and Surah 78: 32)?

A: The entire realm of the blessed is called Garden. Inside are smaller gardens, and individuals may have one or more of them.

C: According to Surah 56: 7 there will be THREE distinct groups on the last day, but Surah 90: 18-19 and Surah 90: 6-8 mention only TWO groups.

A: One group are the Kafirun (unbelievers), and next to it there are two groups of believers: those who are brought near to God, and the normal faithful. The first verse cited above defines all the groups, and the subsequent verses mention only the two main groups, believers and unbelievers.

6. The text may not contradict clear scientific evidence.

Another evidence for or against a divine origin of a text should be, whether it corresponds to scientific discoveries:

Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger. Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. [Job 9: 5-6]

The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof. [Job 26: 11]

The earth and the heaven have pillars according to the Bible. These verses were the ones who led to the persecution of Galileo by the Church. What does the Koran say?

And He it is Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. They float, each in an orbit. [Al-Anbiya 33]

And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage . and the bat. [Leviticus 11: 13-19]

Here the Bible incorrectly refers to the bat as a bird. But in fact, the bat is a mammal. The Bible even mentions very strange creatures:

All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you. [3 Exodus 11: 20]

Such animals do not exist as far as we know.

The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. [Matthew 13: 31-32]

The mustard seed is not the smallest among the seeds. .and so on. Again, only a small selection of verses.

I have translated a book, which compares the statements of the Koran with the statements of modern science (Dr Zakir Naik, Qur'an and Modern Science). It shed lights on facts contained in the Koran which an illiterate in the 7th century AD could impossibly have known. Many scientists became Muslims due to statements that they found in the Koran, such as Dr Maurice Bucaille.

The Koran contains in addition to its scientific statements also "number miracles" such as the following:

In the Koran the word "Bahar" (sea) is mentioned 32 times, the word "Bar" (land) 13 times. If we add this we get 45. 32 are 71.11% of 45 and 13 are 28.88% of 45. This is the distribution of sea and land mass on earth.

7. The book must be a lesson and call to the right path.

A holy book must contain a sublime doctrine and morality. It must teach us the right actions by setting examples. Let's take a look at the following verses:

And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. [2 Kings 2: 23-24]

One has to ask, can it really be that a prophet (Elisa) lost patience and cursed little children, just because they called him Baldy? And God promptly approved of the curse and let 42 children be teared into pieces? What a picture of God and a prophet is taught here? What a morality is shown here?

This is what the Koran says about Elisa:

And Ishmael and Elisha and Jonah and Lot. Each one [of them] did We prefer above [Our] creatures. With some of their forefathers and their offspring and their brethren; and We chose them and guided them unto a straight path. [The cattle 86-87]

And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight. And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them. Then said I, Ah Lord GOD. behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth. Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith. [Ezekiel 4: 12-15]

Can you believe this? God orders to bake bread on human excrement? But then changes his mind and allows cattle manure? Should God not order purity? In the Koran God says:

Truly Allah loveth those who turn unto Him, and loveth those who have a care for cleanness. [Al-Baqarah 222]

8. The lessons must be consistent with the nature of man.

A holy book can only teach what is consistent with God's creation. It is not fair of God to demand something from the people what they can not meet, or only with the greatest difficulty.

Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. [1 Cor. 7: 1]

Marrying and getting children is human nature. It would be nonsense to ask something else from the people. And as one can see, 99% of all Christians do not heed the instructions of Paul. What happens however with many priests who follow this teaching, we know well enough from the press.

How very different the Koran:

And of His signs is this: He created for you helpmeets from yourselves that ye might find rest in them, and He ordained between you love and mercy. Lo. herein indeed are portents for folk who reflect. [Ar-Rum 21]

Now look at the following verse:

It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. [Matthew 5: 31-32)

Divorced women have to stay alone a lifetime, if they do not like to commit adultery. And when the man divorces the wife, he makes HER committing adultery . And this should be the authentic words of Jesus?

Compare this with how pragmatic and sensitive the Koran handles such issue:

And if ye fear a breach between them twain [the man and wife], appoint an arbiter from his folk and an arbiter from her folk. If they desire amendment Allah will make them of one mind. Lo. Allah is ever Knower, Aware. [An-Nisa 35]

First one tries to save the marriage with the help of mediators / counselors. If that does not succeed, and it becomes obvious that the two really do not match, then:

O Prophet. When ye [men] put away women, put them away for their [legal] period and reckon the period, and keep your duty to Allah, your Lord. Expel them not from their houses nor let them go forth unless they commit open immorality. Such are the limits [imposed by] Allah; and whoso transgresseth Allah's limits, he verily wrongeth his soul. Thou knowest not: it may be that Allah will afterward bring some new thing to pass. Then, when they have reached their term, take them back in kindness or part from them in kindness, and call to witness two just men among you, and keep your testimony upright for Allah. Whoso believeth in Allah and the Last Day is exhorted to act thus. And whosoever keepeth his duty to Allah, Allah will appoint a way out for him, And will provide for him from [a quarter] whence he hath no expectation. And whosoever putteth his trust in Allah, He will suffice him. Lo. Allah bringeth His command to pass. Allah hath set a measure for all things. And for such of your women as despair of menstruation, if ye doubt, their period [of waiting] shall be three months, along with those who have it not. And for those with child, their period shall be till they bring forth their burden. And whosoever keepeth his duty to Allah, He maketh his course easy for him. [At-Talaq 1-4]

A period is set in which no sexual activity is permitted in order to give both parties time to reconsider the matter again calmly, but also in order that it can be determined whether the woman might be pregnant which might affect the affair positively and it will not come to a divorce. In case the woman is actually pregnant, she has a right to get protected and nourished until she gives birth to the child. The man is responsible for the child even after the divorce.

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. [Matthew 5: 27-29]

One should tear out one's eye when one looks at a woman with a dirty thought. Question: How many Christians have ever practiced this bestial commandment?

In contrast, one is only asked in the Koran to lower one's gaze and to cloth oneself decent to conceal one's shame (for women, a headscarf and not tight-fitting clothes). Very easy to practice for everybody, unlike tearing out one's eye. Who still looks at a woman with ill intent, should make 'Taubat' that is repent and make up the bad deed with a good deed. Then one is even loved by God, as He Himself ascertains: "Verily, Allah loves those who turn to Him ruefully." A quite different standard here.

9. There shall be no sadism and brutality.

Here are a few verses from the Bible, where one only can say: My God.

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. [1 Samuel 15: 2-3]

But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. [Deut 20: 12-16]

Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished. [Isaiah 13:16]

And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain: Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we took. [Deut 2: 34-35)

And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the children of Israel took for a prey unto themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe. [Joshua 11: 14]

One can hardly resist a nod to Crusader and Zionist policy, but let's see what the Koran has to say:

Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo. Allah loveth not aggressors. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah. But if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against wrong-doers. [Al-Baqarah 190, 193]

Fight only until the other party stops fighting and surrenders. But in no case it is permissible to kill women, children and non-able-bodied men; moreover, no trees and plantings should be destroyed, as we know from sayings of the Prophet (Muslim No. 1726 & 1728 and others). ISIS and other terrorist groups do not act according to the teachings of Islam and are not representatives of Islam.

10. The name of the religion of God should originate from God Himself.

The name "Christianity" or "Christian" is not from God but from man, as we see from the following verse:

And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. [Acts 11: 26]

By contrast, the name "Islam" and "Muslims" originate from God Himself:

Lo. The religion with Allah [is] Islam [the Surrender to His Will and Guidance]. Those who [formerly] received the Scripture differed only after knowledge came unto them, through transgression among themselves. [Ali Imran 19]

And whoso seeketh as religion other than Islam it will not be accepted from him, and he will be a loser in the Hereafter. [Ali Imran 85]

All believers throughout the ages were considered Muslims, such as the disciples of Jesus too:

And when I inspired the disciples, [saying]: Believe in Me and in My messenger, they said: We believe. Bear witness that we are Muslims. [al-Maidah 111]

11. Prophecies in the book must be fulfilled.

Bible Prophecies, which turned out to be historically incorrect:

Egypt should be small, and no longer rise above other peoples.

And I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their habitation; and they shall be there a base kingdom. It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations: for I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations. [Ezekiel 29: 14-15]

In the 19th century, however, Egypt defeated Sudan and dominated the foreign country.

Israelites going to Egypt should die.

So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them. [Jeremiah 42: 17]

Nevertheless, Jews immigrated to Egypt, but instead of perishing, as predicted, they set up a cultural centre in Alexandria, where their descendants still live until today.

According to the Bible Damascus should "no longer be a city" and be left deserted forever.

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. [Isaiah 17: 1]

Damascus is now a metropolis and thus clearly not a "ruinous heap" and not left forever.

David's descendants were to rule for ever.

I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah. [Psalm 89: 4-5]

The reality was however different. Bestselling author Walter-Jörg Langbein writes: "The throne of David should exist for all time. In other words, until all the ages the king of Israel would come from the house of David. David reigned from about 1001 to 968 A.D. His followers were in fact first from his family. But already around 607 A.D. the line was interrupted. Around half a millennium there were no longer descendants of the house of David on the throne." [Walter-Jörg Langbein: "Encyclopaedia of Biblical errors", Munich 2003, p.171]

Uncircumcised and unclean shall not enter Jerusalem.

Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. [Isaiah 52: 1]

But of course were entering and still continue to enter uncircumcised and unclean into Jerusalem.

In the Koran, most prophecies concern the end times and the hereafter. But this prophecy is fulfilled:

Lo. We have given thee [O Muhammad] a signal victory, That Allah may forgive thee of thy sin that which is past and that which is to come, and may perfect His favour unto thee, and may guide thee on a right path, And that Allah may help thee with strong help. [Al-Fath 1-3]

These verses are about the Treaty of Hudaibiyah between the Muslims and the Quraish. The Muslims wanted to do the small pilgrimage to Mecca that year, but were prevented by the Quraish. They made a contract, in which was written that the Muslims should enter Mecca only next year. Furthermore, peace should prevail from now on, on the condition that people who flee to the Muslims, thus turn away from their old religion and want to be Muslims, have to be returned to the Quraish, but not the other way around.

The companions of the Prophet were first depressed and even angry about this treaty, which looked like a defeat, until Allah sent down the verse above. Later it turned out that it was a great victory indeed, because many people could learn now more about Islam in peace and the number of Muslims was multiplied.

Therefore, after two years the contract was broken by the Quraish, but the Muslims had now become so strong that they took Mecca shortly afterwards without a fight.

Many fulfilled prophecies can be found in the Hadith (reports from the Prophet).

12. Other aspects

These aspects are reserved for the Koran only (the original in Arabic), because they are generally unknown to Christians. They are also no "proof" of divine origin as such, but an indication that God ordains the necessary love and respect for His Book. Based on the sayings of the Prophet:

  • Whoever learns the Koran and teaches it is the best among men.
  • Each letter one reads gives a reward, and the reward will be multiplied by ten.
  • Allah raises some people by the Koran and lowers other by it.
  • Who puts the Koran in front of him (i.e. believes in it and acts according to its teachings), is lead to paradise, and who puts it behind him, is lead to hell.
  • If one reads, recites, touches or even just carries the Koran, one has to be in a state of ritual purity.
  • If one reads the Koran, one has to cover one's 'Aurat' (for men this is from the navel to the knees, and for women all except face and hands, although men should wear a shirt too).
  • The Koran should not be recited in a loud ostentatious voice, but should be read melodically and softly.
  • Anyone who reads the Koran slowly, precisely and melodically, will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels, and the one who reads the Koran with difficulties and stammers (because he can not speak Arabic), will have double the reward.
  • One must take refuge in Allah from Satan before reciting and start with the Basmallah (In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful), except in Surah At-Taubat.
  • Best is to read the Koran while one is turned towards Kiblah / Mecca.
  • When the Koran is recited, one should listen and stop one's own talk. It is therefore a bad habit, to play the Koran aloud from the mosque or to play it as "background music". Unfortunate-ly, these bad habits are very common nowadays among Muslims.
  • The Koran or even verses from it must not be taken into the toilet.
  • The Koran should not be placed on the floor or another place, which lowers it, but in an elevated position.
  • The Koran must be on top in a pile of books, so on top of all other books. It must also lay on its right side (beginning of the Koran above). One must not put anything on it.
  • The Koran has the right to be read fully twice a year.
  • Parts of the Koran are recited at least five times a day, that is, during the compulsory prayers.
  • One should read in it daily, and if this is not possible, touch it at least once with respect.
  • The Koran may not be recited for making money or begging.
  • God says in the Koran that the Koran is easy to remember. And really, thousands of Muslims do know the Koran by heart. When did you ever hear of a Christian who ever tried this with the Bible, or at least with the New Testament?
  • Someone who can memorize the whole Koran (Hafiz), may intercede for 20 Muslims on the Day of Judgment.
  • In the hereafter one will be asked to recite the Koran. So long as one recites it, one rises in heaven (levels in Paradise), depending on how much one had memorized from the Koran).
  • The Koran accompanies the person, who has spent a lot of time with it, in the grave, in the form of a handsome young man.
  • The Koran itself can intercede with God on Judgment Day for the one who has honoured him.
  • The Koran gives (spiritual) light houses where it is recited.
  • The Koran amazes with beauty, in writing, sound and eloquence. Muslims and non-Muslims agree that the Koran is Arabic literature par excellence - and that it is even the best Arabic literature at all.
  • The Koran has healing properties. Certain Surah can also be recited as a protection against black magic, poverty and the Antichrist.
  • By reciting the Koran, jinn are expelled (exorcism, known in Islam as Ruqyah).
  • The Koran is comfort and relaxation for the heart.
  • The Koran must be accepted as a whole. A Muslim cannot accept parts that appeal to him and reject others.
  • God promises to protect the Koran against counterfeiting until the day of resurrection: Lo. We, even We, reveal the Reminder, and lo. We verily are its Guardian. (Al-Hijr 9) And this is the fundamental difference: the Koran was sent down as a whole by God and is guarded by Him, whereas the Bible consists in large parts of reports by third parties, and simply does no longer comply with "God's word" and the actual events.

If we believe in a good and just God, can it be that the criteria of who goes to paradise and who is doomed, is a book containing all the said defects as the Bible? Can God make people responsible if they do not believe in a book that is full of contradictions, cruelty and false scientific statements? That does not heed the nature of man and asks things of him he cannot attain? Whose prophecies did not fulfil itself? Which shows God as not omnipotent who even commands obscenities? Whose authors are mainly unknown, and which in the present state is only a translation of a text that is no longer present in the original?

Would this not be entirely unjust?

The Koran however meets all the required criteria and more. Its origin is known; it is present in the original; it contains no contradictions, false scientific statements and no unfulfilled prophecies; but above all its commandments do not burden anyone beyond one's capability, but administers all things pragmatically, the God given human nature accordingly.

Christians should realize that their book is not "God's word", even though it contains a lot of truth and wisdom. God in His mercy has confirmed the truth in the Bible by the Seal of Prophets Muhammad pbuh, but also pointed out its flaws and limitations.

And unto thee have We revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it. So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires away from the truth which hath come unto thee. [Al-Maidah 48]

Abu Hurairah r.a. narrated that the Prophet pbuh said:

There was no prophet among the prophets, who has not been given miracles, through which the people had security or faith, but what has been given to me is the divine revelation that God has revealed to me. So I hope my followers will be more than of the other prophets on the Day of Resurrection. [Bukhari, Vol. 9, No. 379]