Category Archives: Qur’an & Hadith

HOW MANY DAYS ARE THERE IN A YEAR ACCORDING TO THE QUR’AN?

In many Muslim lists of miracles of the Qur’an intended to prove the divine origin of the book, one item regarding the occurance of certain words in the Arabic text of the Qur’an occurs again and again: These are really … Continue reading

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LEGENDS, MYTHS AND FABLES IN THE QUR’AN AND ISLAMIC TRADITION PART 3C

Part 3: Proper Exegesis of the Ant Story What is the correct interpretation of the story in Surah 27:18-19? Before turning to the text of the Qur’an I want to present a couple of other stories of talking ants found … Continue reading

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LEGENDS, MYTHS AND FABLES IN THE QUR’AN AND ISLAMIC TRADITION PART 3B

Part 2: The Scientific Issues The Quranic passage to be evaluated in this discussion states: Till, when they reached the Valley of the Ants, an ant said: O ants! Enter your dwellings lest Solomon and his armies crush you, unperceiving. … Continue reading

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LEGENDS, MYTHS AND FABLES IN THE QUR’AN AND ISLAMIC TRADITION PART 3A

Talking Ants in the Qur’ân? A long time ago, I published a short article titled Qur’an difficulty: Ants cannot talk in the section discussing Contradictions in the Qur’an. Over the years there have been a couple of Muslim responses and … Continue reading

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LEGENDS, MYTHS AND FABLES IN THE QUR’AN AND ISLAMIC TRADITION PART 2

Ants Cannot Talk At length, when they came to a valley of ants, one of the ants said: “O ye ants, get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (under foot) without knowing it.” So he smiled, … Continue reading

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LEGENDS, MYTHS AND FABLES IN THE QUR’AN AND ISLAMIC TRADITION PART 1

Introduction: The Qur’anic Data The Quran quotes the unbelievers as accusing Muhammad of incorporating into his alleged revelation myths, legends and fables that were well known to the people of that time: And among them are some who give ear … Continue reading

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MATERIALS FOR THE HISTORY OF THE TEXT OF THE QUR’AN

THE OLD CODICES THE KITAB AL-MASAHIF OF IBN ABI DAWUD TOGETHER WITH A COLLECTION OF THE VARIANT READINGS FROM THE CODICES OF IBN MA’SUD, UBAI, ‘ALI IBN ‘ABBAS, ANAS, ABU MUSA AND OTHER EARLY QUR’ANIC AUTHORITIES WHICH PRESENT A TYPE … Continue reading

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