Question: “Haven’t experts shown that the Qur’an was composed over generations?”

The skeptic says that a number of Western (German, British, American) experts in Islamic history have basically proven that the Qur’an did not come all of a sudden, but rather was a slow project developed over several generations, and made use of various Arabic, Syriac Christian and Jewish sources. Do you have any information about this, and how it may be refuted, both generally and in its specific allegations?

Answered by Sharif Randhawa (Researcher at Bayyinah Institute, owner of Qur’anic Musings blog) Continue reading

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Random Thoughts and Notes: Days 121-131

o I know we Muslims all have an emotional attachment to the Prophet ﷺ and this is of course good and proper; and we also know that he is the Messenger of Allah the Exalted in truth. But this still does not mean that the tools of Fiqh – understanding, or let us say graded understanding- are not to be applied to his ﷺ sayings at all. Continue reading

Random thoughts and notes: Days 30 – 37

o    I know I have not gone directly into discussing any of the specific objections mainly because I am not the proper person for this type of research, but when people find a Hadeeth that seems to go against the obvious reality, they need to relax, and first make sure that there is consensus about its wording and the signification it seems to be pointing to, because many times one will find legitimate differences Continue reading

Random thoughts and Notes: Days 26-29

o    The Twelver Shia talks about the possibility of Taqeeya (dissimulation) being used by the Muslims in the situations where their life is in danger. But there is one important point to be considered, which is that the Taqeeya is supposedly applied in their ideology even by the absolute religious leader (the ‘Imaam’) of all humanity in the situations where he feels in danger. Continue reading

Random thoughts and notes: Days 11-12

Salam Alaykum,

o    He was wise who said that we should never dive headlong into finding the answers to the doubts that come to our minds regarding Islam, but rather we should keep a steady state of reading and learning about Islam, and if we do that, surely enough, our doubts will be cleared in due time. Continue reading

Random thoughts and notes: Days 8 – 10

Salam Alaykum,

o    When we consider the issue of the Shia’s claims for their ‘Infallible Imaams’, we Sunnis would consider the matter as follows: If all of the issues (and we mean all, from beginning until the end) really go back to the ‘Infallible Imaam’, then this is something that would elicit more investigation. But if at any point the ‘critical path’ is broken, it is clear that the Imaamah theory is not sound to begin with. Continue reading