This article was created to expose the lies of Christian Prince in his book, The Deception of Allah Volume I. You can read part one of my rebuttal here.
The so-called ‘contradictions’ cited in his book are not even contradictions, which is why I am not going to refute them all, because I think the arguments I have raised in volume I and II is sufficent, and his true intent to deceive his unsuspecting audience has been made clear. He knows non-Muslims won’t go off and verify its veracity simply because he cites from the Qur’an, therefore, it must be true.
*****Only read the parts from his book that I underlined in red*****
DID ALLAH FAIL TO PROTECT HIS PROPHETS FROM SATAN?
It is rather interesting that he proclaims verses 15:42 and 16:98-100 are about protecting the prophets from Satan (Iblees). Let’s look at these verses in context, by reading the verses before and after:
“[Iblees] said, “My Lord, because You have put me in error, I will surely make [disobedience] attractive to them [i.e., mankind] on earth, and I will mislead them all. [15:39] Except, among them, Your chosen servants.” [15:40] [Allah] said, “This is a path [of return] to Me [that is] straight. [15:41] Indeed, My servants – no authority will you have over them, except those who follow you of the deviators. [15:42] And indeed, Hell is the promised place for them all. [15:43]
“Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do [16:97]. So when you recite the Qur’an, [first] seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the expelled [from His mercy] [16:98]. Indeed, there is for him no authority over those who have believed and rely upon their Lord [16:99]. His authority is only over those who take him as an ally and those who through him associate others with Allah [16:100].
The verses 15:42 and 16:98-100 that Christian Prince cited, are not even talking about protecting the prophets from Satan. What the Qur’an is telling us is that Satan has no authority over his true believing servants (i.e., believers in Islamic Monotheism from mankind who He decreed guidance). Satan only has authority over the deviators. That becomes clear when you only read the verses I put in bold.
After Allah gave Satan the reprieve until the Day of Judgment, he made misleading mankind his primary goal. Allah told us about that in the Quran: [Satan] said, “Because You have put me in error, I will surely sit in wait for them [i.e., mankind] on Your straight path. [7:16] Then I will come to them from before them and from behind them and on their right and on their left, and You will not find most of them grateful [to You].” [7:17] [Allah] said, “Depart from it [i.e., Paradise], reproached and expelled. Whoever follows you among them – I will surely fill Hell with you, all together.” [7:18]
Satan’s ultimate goal is to make people go astray and eventually turn them into disbelievers, or polytheists. Satan is a test for mankind.
Let’s now examine the so-called contradiction of Allah failing to protect his prophets after promising to protect them in verses 15:42 and 16:98-100, by reading 6:112 in context:
“And thus We have made for every prophet an enemy – devils from mankind and jinn, inspiring to one another decorative speech in delusion. But if your Lord had willed, they would not have done it, so leave them and that which they invent.” [6:112] And [it is] so the hearts of those who disbelieve in the Hereafter will incline toward it [i.e., deceptive speech] and that they will be satisfied with it and that they will commit that which they are committing.” [6:113]
When we read the sentences in bold, we learn that in addition to Satan, Allah designated human and jinn satans who will be in opposition to prophets that inspire each other with decorative speech as a means to test the faith of mankind. Those who do not believe in the Hereafter will be deceived (by the satans decorative speech) and inclined to listen and follow them.
We clearly see that there is no contradiction, and these verses, again, have nothing to do with protecting the prophets from Satan.
He deliberately distorts the verses of the Qur’an, since 6:112 is talking about human satans like himself.
THE FORBIDDEN TREE: ADAM OR EVE TO BLAME?
Christian Prince argued, “let us see the Muslims’ claims, and expose the contradictions of the Qur’an.” So Let us see what the Qur’an says about Adam and Eve:
When you read the story from the Bible, God asked Adam why he ate from the forbidden tree, he replied, “The woman you put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” [Genesis 3:12-13]
When you read the same story in the Qur’an [7:19-7:25], you will find that Allah never blamed Eve for the sin that Adam committed. We learn that both Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan (who did not take the form of a serpent), and they were both punished for their sin by being cast out from Paradise. They were both held responsible for the sin of eating from the forbidden tree. The Qur’an holds everyone responsible for his or her sins [6:164].