Hadith, Sahih Bukhari 1:3:92, “The Prophet was asked about things which he did not like, but when the questioners insisted, the Prophet got angry.”
If a faith cannot be defended intellectually, then it isn’t a faith worth believing. I suspect that even the “prophet” of Islam possessed the mental acumen to understand something as fundamentally reasonable as this. It is precisely why he became quite angry when “asked about things which he did not like” (Bukhari 1:3:92) and thus warned his followers that Allah would hate them if they asked too many questions (Bukhari 2:24:555). Many Muslims today wouldn’t remain “believers” for long if they were permitted to truly test the “miraculous” Qur’an in light of God-given reason and rationale. If the straightforward teachings of the Qur’an are to be believed, then Muslims must take it on faith that the earth is flat (Sura 15:19, 20:53, 43:10, 50:7, 71:19, 78:6) and that the sun revolves around the earth (Sura 21:33; 36:38, 40 and 91:1-2). Muslims must accept, without question, that stars are actually close to us (Sura 37:6). Muslims must believe, as the “word of Allah” says, that the earth (and therefore matter) somehow existed before the creation of the universe (Sura 2:29). Many Muslims are in complete denial, of course, that their holy book could ever contradict observable science and are forced to twist their own Islamic texts every bit as much as they twist the texts of Christianity. At the end of the day, the only thing that ends up remaining “miraculous” about the Qur’an is the fact that so many people still choose to believe it …
Isaiah 1:18, “‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the LORD …”
Qur’an Surah 5:101-102, “O ye who believe! Ask not questions about things which if made plain to you, may cause you trouble … Some people before you did ask such questions, and on that account lost their faith.”
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By Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch – “All religions are based on faith, but Islam is more actively opposed to the intellect and reason than the others. Contrast, for example, these two statements, the first from Christianity’s holy book, and the second from Islam’s:
‘Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you…’ — I Peter 3:15
‘O you who have believed, do not ask about things which, if they are shown to you, will distress you….A people asked such before you; then they became thereby disbelievers.’ — Qur’an 5:101, 102
And we see this difference in all sorts of ways. Islamic spokesmen such as Reza Aslan and Qasim Rashid (and so many others), when challenged to defend their views or give evidence for their claims, respond with vicious ad hominem abuse and ferocious contempt, but never with point-by-point substantiation of their own positions or refutation of their opponent’s. Even publications touted as evidence-based defenses of this or that position — such as Qur’anic presentations of the proposition that Islam is a Religion of Peace is the most notorious — simply ignore the existence of important passages that would harm the argument being made.
Just yesterday I was sent a ‘refutation’ of the points I raised when expressing skepticism over the recently discovered supposed oldest Qur’an manuscript. It was a typical Islamic supremacist production: it began with triumphant and adolescent claims that I was therein ‘destroyed’ and ‘cowering in fear,’ and then proceeded to ‘demolish’ my first ‘ridiculous’ point, which was in reality a point I had never made.
And so it goes. Such productions are typical. Islam is based on the acceptance of an iron dogma that one dare not question. This forms habits of mind that make it well-nigh impossible for its most fervent adherents to take up the cudgels of rational debate in any effective way, even when they Read more…