False prophecy in the Qur’an? A cataclysmic judgement that never arrived?

In another article we have looked at perhaps the most popular claimed prophecy in the Qur’an. Less discussed is a potentially false prophecy in the Qur’an. The earlier stage – divine cataclysm In his book (2013 [1990]) God, Muhammad and the unbelievers, David Marshall argues that there is an evolution within the Qur’an in how […]

Did Muhammad predict the success of the Byzantines? (Q 30:2-4)

Muhammad, at least in the Qur’an, does not make many future proclamations. However in Q 30 we read: 2 The Byzantines have been defeated 3 in [their] nearest land. They will reverse their defeat with a victory 4 in a few years’ time: God is in command, first and last. (Abdel Haleem translation is used […]

Is it hypocritical for Christians to point out non-canonical sources in the Qur’an?

In my reading, and as mentioned in a few of my blog posts here on this site (see ‘Apocryphal and non-canonical stories’ here), I have come across a number of occasions where the Qur’an seems to be interacting with non-canonical Jewish and Christian stories. In my blog posts I have explained why I find this […]

Does forgiveness require atonement? (Q 5:95, 5:89)

TLTR Summary: Q 5:95 and Q 5:89 say that sometimes atonement is required for forgiveness. One of the starkest differences between Christian and Muslim theology is on the doctrine of salvation, or ‘soteriology’. I’m not even sure if a Muslim would use this language (please do let me know in the comments Muslim readers); rather […]

‘Produce your proof if you are telling the truth’ (Q 2:111)

Q 2:111 – ‘They [i.e. the People of the Book] also say, ‘No one will enter Paradise unless he is a Jew or a Christian.’ This is their own wishful thinking. [Prophet], say, ‘Produce your evidence, if you are telling the truth.’ (Abdel Haleem) This is a rather curious passage. We are told that the […]

Qur’an verses affirming the reliability of the Torah and the Gospel

Please find above an Excel spreadsheet containing about 70 or so verses which I’ve come across which I believe suggest that the Qur’an is affirming the reliability of the Torah and the Gospel. They cover numerous categories from ‘Bad motives’ (suggesting the issue is the behaviour of Jews and Christians and not their corrupt texts), […]

New YT video: ‘The Qur’anic Paternity Test: Attempting to Recognise our own Sons (Q 2:146, 6:20) – Part One’

Check out our latest YT video here. It relates to our blog post here. Video description: We focus on two generally neglected Qur’an verses to see what, or whom, the People of the Book are supposed to recognise as clearly ‘as they recognise their sons.’ In this video we argue that the object of recognition […]

New YT video: ‘The Qur’an affirms the Bible CLEARLY (Q 2.146, 6.20)’

Check out our first ever YT video here. Initial feedback is that I need to speak faster – duly noted for future videos, for this one you may wish to speed it up. The topic discussed is a snapshot of our article, ‘The Qur’anic paternity test: attempting to recognise our own sons‘