Muhammad in the Quran, Vol. 1: Chapter 9
15 Dec. 2015
Section III: MUHAMMAD THE POLITICIAN
MUHAMMAD AN ORDINARY MAN ONLY
(neither holy, nor with supernatural power)
Combine this with 19/19 which tells that Jesus is holy, 19/33 which confirms that he died and was resurrected (a prophesy made by Jesus himself - a 100% reliable prophet according to the Quran), plus 4/158 which confirms that he was taken up to Heaven alive. Who then is the greatest of prophets? - no other prophet or claimed prophet is declared holy or with such clear connection to a god, not even Muhammad, in the Quran (and neither in the Bible). For Jesus there were clear proofs if the old books tells the truth, for Muhammad there only were words and claims - and only words and claims told by Muhammad himself.
You will meet many Muslims claiming that Muhammad made prophesies or miracles proving his connection to Allah. As you will see below - and also other places in the Quran - the Quran proves that all such claims are made up ones. Even Muhammad himself said he had no supernatural power, neither to "see the unseen" = to make prophesies - not to make miracles. His favorite wife, Aisha, said the same - and not least the official Islam even today simply and officially says that "there was no miracle (remember here that also true prophesies are a kind of miracles) connected to Muhammad, except the delivery of the Quran". (How much of a miracle a book containing some 3ooo wrong facts, other errors, contradictions, cases of invalid logic, etc., is, is another question. A question made even more urgent by the facts that Muhammad for one thing did not respect honesty too much, and for another and very easy to see from the Quran: He was a man who liked respect, power, riches to buy more power - and women. One has to be very naive not to at least check if such a man could not also deceive even his followers "a little".)
No matter your points of view on such facts, Muhammad directly and several times in the Quran declared he just was an ordinary man, having no supernatural powers. Any Muslim claiming Muhammad made prophesies or miracles thus states that Muhammad lied in the Quran each time he said he did not have such power.
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###########001 3/144a: "Muhammad is no more than a Messenger - - -". Sentences like this is the only reason why Muhammad is not a saint in Islam - divinity would be impossible, but sainthood they would be able to find an opening for, if it was not for sentences like this. It also is one of Muhammad's ways of explaining away questions for miracles as proofs for Allah or for his own connection to a god.
BUT BEWARE THAT THIS ALSO IS ONE OF THE STRONG PROOFS FOR THAT MUHAMMAD WAS UNABLE TO MAKE MIRACLES - HIS ONLY TASK, HIS ONLY MISSION, AND HIS ONLY POWER WAS TO BRING MESSAGES ACCORDING TO MUHAMMAD HIMSELF AND ACCORDING TO THE QURAN HERE AND OTHER PLACES. THE SAME GOES FOR PROPHESYING/FORETELLING (WHICH IN REALITY IS A SPECIAL KIND OF MIRACLES - TO BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT IS HIDDEN OR HAS NOT HAPPENED YET), SOMETHING ALSO HIS FAMOUS CHILD WIFE, AISHIA, CONFIRMS IN THE HADITHS, AND BY MUHAMMAD HIMSELF OTHER PLACES IN THE QURAN (not able to make miracles, f.x. 7/188, 10/49, 17/93, 72/21, not able to make prophesies, f.x. 3/179, 6/50, 7/188, 10/20, 27/65, 46/9, 72/26, 81/24).
And there is one more point: If the old books speak the truth on this point, both the Bible and the Quran tells that Jesus f.x. performed miracles, and thus was something more than just a messenger. Then the answer is automatic as to if Jesus or Muhammad was the "greatest" - the one with connection (or best connections) to something divine.
Also: Combine this with 66/12b which indirectly but clearly tells Jesus was "started" by the god, with 19/19 which tells that Jesus is holy, 19/33 which confirms that he died and was resurrected (a prophesy made by Jesus himself - a 100% reliable prophet according to the Quran), plus 4/158 which confirms that he was taken up to Heaven alive, and 21/91 which confirms Jesus was for the entire world. Who then is the greatest of prophets? - no other prophet or claimed prophet is declared holy in the Quran (and neither in the Bible).
002 3/179f: "Nor will He (Allah*) disclose to you (Muhammad*) the secrets of the Unseen". One more confirmation for that Muhammad was no seer - prophet; He was unable to "see the unseen" = unable to make prophesies. And a person unable to make prophesies is no prophet.
This also is one of the verses which kill legends about Muhammad prophesying things.
###003 6/50a: "- - - nor do I (Muhammad*) know what is hidden - - -". Muslims and Islam often tell about things Muhammad foresaw, and claims this and this prove Muhammad was connected to something supernatural - in spite of Muhammad's problems with explaining away his total lack of proofs and miracles, including foreseeing. Also in spite of Aishah's clear statements in Hadiths that the ones claiming Muhammad could foresee the future, were wrong. And here he himself states that he does not know what hidden - the not visible and the future.
##########3333Muhammad here simply confirms that he is unable to make prophesies - and thus he is killing all such claims from Muslims!!
This verse - 6/50 - also is a clear proof for that Muhammad was no prophet: A person unable to make prophesies - "know what is hidden" - by definition is no prophet. (F.x. 5. Mos. 18/21 - in the same speech of Moses where Islam claims Moses foresees Muhammad when talking about "a prophet like me" - quite an irony when 18/21 indirectly, but clearly tells Muhammad was not even a prophet. (And among many others 18/2 tells Moses were speaking about Jewish "brothers" - Islam has cherry-picked and twisted 18/15 and 18/18 in an al-Taqiyya.)).
#####Surah 6 is a bit hard upon the wishful thinking of Muslims:
###In 6/50 Muhammad confirms he cannot see what is hidden - the future - killing all the claimed miracles claimed made by Muhammad concerning seeing what was hidden, and indirectly also documenting he was no prophet - not knowing the future = unable to make prophesies, and a person unable to make prophesies is no prophet. (f.x. 5. Mos. 18/21 - in the same speech of Moses where Islam claims Moses foresees Muhammad when talking about "a prophet like me" - quite an irony when 18/21 indirectly, but clearly tells Muhammad was not even a prophet - he only "borrowed that impressive and imposing title. (And among many others 18/2 tells Moses was speaking about Jewish "brothers" - Islam has cherry-picked and twisted 18/15 and 18/18 in an al-Taqiyya.)
###Also connected to 6/50;(A.6/39): "This denial on the part of the Prophet (Muhammad*) of any claim to supernatural power - - -". This states that Islam admits Muhammad had no supernatural power at all = absolutely no prophet.
###Then 6/91c: "Who then sent down the Book which Moses brought?" This is intended as a rhetoric question with only one possible answer: The god. But as Moses did not get any book(s) both according to the Bible and according to science, this try to make up a "proof" for that Allah might have sent down the Quran, was a total miss. Any god had known this and not made such a flop. Then who made the Quran?
###In connection to 6/106 (6/106b) Allah's very existence is doubted.
###In connection to 6/108 "The Message of the Quran" (comment6/93) explains "- - - it is in the nature of man to regard the beliefs which have been implanted in him from childhood, and which he now shares with his social environment, as the only true and possible ones" - which explains in details why Muslims believe in spite of all facts proving something is seriously wrong with the religion.
###In connection to 6/149 (comment 6/141 in the same book) Islam has to admit that the claim that Allah decides everything - predestination - is impossible to combine with the claimed free will for man (and without free will it is morally wrong to punish man for sins) - but "it all the same must be true, because Allah says so (in the Quran*)" the ultimate defeat for brain against blind belief.
###And in 6/151 may be the most well-known of the mistakes in the Quran accepted by Islam to be a mistake: "You are prohibited from - - - being good to your parents" (well, may be ###"Mary, sister of Aaron" is even more well-known, but that one is frequently tried explained away).
004 6/50g: (A. Comment 6/39 to verse 6/50): "This denial on the part of the Prophet (Muhammad*) of any claim to supernatural power - - -". That Islam accepts and states that Muhammad had no supernatural powers and thus just was an ordinary man, is worth remembering when Muslims talk about all his miracles - f.x. from Hadiths (which the Quran by means of among others this verse proves are all made up). But far worse: It is here - and other places in the Quran - clear that Muhammad had no supernatural powers, and that in addition Allah made no miracles connected to him, and all the same Islam in its books and through its imams etc. tells and boasts about and uses for proof for Allah and for Muhammad's connection to Allah, to all its followers the shining miracles Muhammad is claimed to have performed - miracles they know the Quran proves are fairy tales! What does this tell about Islam as an institution, about the religion, and about the religious leaders in Islam?! Not to mention the question: Can a religion be a true one when its leaders have to use for arguments what they know are made up tales and lies? - and how much of the teaching and arguments then are lies?
Also: His admitted total lack of supernatural power - and this includes the power of prophesying - strengthens the proof in 6/50a for that he was no real prophet.
005 7/184c: "Their Companion (Muhammad*) - - - is but a perspicuous warner." In 621 AD Muhammad did not have the power to be anything but a warner. From 622 AD on - when he started to get military power - he changed to also being an enforcer. The same for his successors; it became dangerous to try to leave Islam, and large parts of the Arabs - and others - got the choice: Become Muslim or fight us and die. (2/256 was thoroughly abrogated - made invalid - and forgotten).
###006 7/188b: "If I (Muhammad*) had knowledge of the Unseen - - -". "- - - the Unseen" = the future or what is hidden. This is one of the places where Muhammad clearly tells he is unable to see the future = unable to make foretelling (prophesies). Aisha says the same in Hadiths. Muhammad simply was no real prophet (this becomes even clearer when you know that the original title for a prophet was "a seer" - a person able to see the unseen (f.x. 1. Sam. 9/9) - a person unable to make prophesies, must use a "tailored" definition to call himself a prophet. (But then Muhammad had "tailored" definitions for this and that.)
THIS IS ONE OF THE VERSES YOU SHOULD REMEMBER WHEN YOU MEET MUSLIMS CLAIMING MUHAMMAD FORETOLD THIS AND THAT. MUHAMMAD ACCORDING TO HIMSELF AND ACCORDING TO MOST AND POSSIBLY ALL LEADING MUSLIM SCHOLARS, WAS UNABLE TO MAKE FORETELLING/PROPHESIES. IN THE QURAN THIS IS CONFIRMED AT LEAST THESE PLACES: 3/144, 6/50, 7/188 (HERE), 10/20, 27/65, 44/9, 72/26, AND 81/24.
As prophesies are a kind of miracle - to be able to see what is hidden or what has not happened yet - this also proves that Muhammad was unable to make at least this kind of miracles (this really also goes for the other verses telling he was unable to make foretelling/prophesies).
007 7/188da: “I (Muhammad*) am but a warner, and a bringer of glad tidings - - -". = I, Muhammad, have no supernatural powers. (This in exact accordance with Islam's repeated statements that "the only miracle connected to Muhammad, is the delivery of the Quran" - - - if a book that full of wrong facts, etc. etc. is a miracle.)
###### 008 10/20d: "The Unseen is only for Allah to know - - -". This is another proof in the Quran for that Muhammad was no real prophet: Muhammad was unable to see the future - that only Allah is able to it says here - and he thus was unable to make prophesies = no prophet. (We remind you that the original title of a prophet was "a seer" - one able to see the unseen (f.x. 1. Sam. 9/9).
And yet another confirmation for that Muhammad was unable to make prophesies.
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####009 10/49a: "I (Muhammad*) have no power over any harm or profit to myself except as Allah willeth". In clear language: Muhammad had no supernatural power - he just was an ordinary man. M. Asad understands it the same way - to quote his comment (A10/69) to this verse: "and since I (Muhammad*) do not possess any supernatural powers, I cannot predict that which is beyond the reach of human perception (al-ghayb)." This is a good verse and a good fact to remember when you meet Muslims who in triumph tell about miracles or foreseeing/prophesies performed by Muhammad, or read about such ones in the Hadiths - there are a number. This is one of the many verses in the Quran which prove that all such stories are made up legends no matter where you meet them, even with Al-Bukhari or Imam Muslim, and this even though many learned Muslims use big words about these claimed miracles. AND NB: ALL THESE LEARNED MUSLIM SCHOLARS HAVE STUDIED THE QURAN AND HAVE TO KNOW THE STORIES ARE MADE UP ONES - this fact tells something about ethics, moral and integrity among at least large parts of the Islamic religious intelligentsia, when they tell their lay people about Muhammad's "miracles" or prophesies.
This verse also is one of several proofs for that Muhammad was no real prophet - he was not able to make prophesies, and without that ability you are no real prophet. (The same is said in 7/188b, and by his favorite (child) wife Aishah).
####010 10/49b: "I (Muhammad*) have no power over any harm or profit to myself except as Allah willeth". Y10/69: "and since I (Muhammad*) do not possess any supernatural powers, I cannot predict that which is beyond the reach of human perception". Muhammad thus also had not the ability to make prophesies - thus he was no real prophet. It may here be relevant to mention that in the really old times the title among the Jews was not prophet but seer (f.x. 1. Sam. 9/9) - one who could see or at least glimpse the future.
THE REALLY ESSENTIAL POINT OF THESE TWO QUOTES IS THAT FOR ONE THING MUHAMMAD HIMSELF IN THE QURAN STATES THAT HE HAS NO SUPERNATURAL POWER, AND THAT THIS FACT IS CONFIRMED BY ISLAM - HERE AND MANY OTHER PLACES. THIS KILLS ALL THE CLAIMS FROM MUSLIMS ABOUT THE FORETELLINGS AND WONDERFUL MIRACLES MUHAMMAD PERFORMED - EVEN THE CLAIMS IN THE HADITHS. THIS AND SOME OTHER VERSES - SE JUST BELOW - PROVE THAT THOSE STORIES JUST ARE MADE UP LEGENDS - - - AND THAT THE COLLECTORS OF HADITHS DID NOT DO A PROPER JOB.
Muhammad simply was an ordinary man (though with claimed contact to Allah according to the Quran).
Muhammad unable to make miracles: 3/144, 7/188, 10/49, 17/93, 72/21.
Muhammad unable to make prophesies: 3/144, 3/179, 6/50, 7/188, 10/20, 27/65, 46/9, 72/26, 81/24.
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####011 17/93c: "Am I (Muhammad*) aught but a man - a Messenger?" = ###I (Muhammad) am unable to perform miracles. This is one more proof for that all the miracles claimed by Hadiths and by folklore and legends connected to Muhammad, all are made up tales. We also quote (A17/111 - in English 2008 edition 17/109): "- - - the only miracle granted by Allah to Muhammad is the Quran itself - - -". This is a most well-known fact in Islam, and all the same the lay people in the religion are told about the wonderful miracles Muhammad preformed, and there is no comments telling that the stories are made up according to the Quran when Hadiths tells about the miracles. Are any further comments on Muslim honesty and reliability necessary?
And remember there are many more places in the Quran where Muhammad states he only is a normal human - "only a Messenger", "only a Warner", "only a Bringer of Glad Tidings", etc. - no supernatural man, no supernatural power.
#012 18/110b: "I (Muhammad*) am but a man like yourselves (Muslims*) - - -". And among other things "I" thus am unable to perform miracles.
Also compare to 19/19 where it is confirmed that Jesus was holy, and 4/158 confirming that he was taken up to Heaven alive. How is it then possible to claim that Muhammad was a greater prophet than Jesus?
013 27/92c: “I (Muhammad’) am only a Warner”. That was in 615 – 616 AD. From 622 he fast became a strongman, warlord and dictator – and his scriptures made contradictions and abrogations. Much was abrogated and contradicted when Muhammad grew military strong after 622 AD and the religion was changed to one of war and robbery and conquest.” This verse is contradicted and often “killed” (abrogated) by at least these verses: 2/191, 2/193, 3/28, 3/85, 3/148, 4/81, 4/90, 5/33, 5/72, 5/73, 8/12, 8/38-39 (the warning), 8/39, 8/60, 9/3, 9/5, 9/14, 9/23, 9/29, 9/33, 9/73, 9/123, 25/36, 25/52, 33/61, 33/73, 35/36, 47/4, 66/9. This includes many advising or permitting political, social, economical, etc. compulsion (with the sword in the background if you protest) – we mention a few here: 3/28, 3/85, 3/148, 4/81, 5/72, 5/73, 9/23, 14/7, 15/3, 33/73, 35/36. They are all quoted under 2/256. (At least 29 contradictions).
#014 40/78d: "It was not (possible) for any messenger to bring a Sign except by leave of Allah - - -". Is this why Muhammad never brought a reliable sign, not to mention a proof for Allah or for his own connection to a god? Muhammad never brought even a tiny wee bit of a corner of such a sign or proof. (Hadiths claims he did, but the Quran indirectly, but totally unmistakably proves that all those stories about miracles are made up ones - a fact Islam admits by stating that there are no miracles connected to Muhammad "except the making of the Quran".
It is no problem for f.x. a false prophet/messenger to claim he was/is bringing signs - and claim was all that Muhammad did here, as he never proved even one of his claimed signs.
###015 46/9e: "- - - nor do I (Muhammad*) know what will be done with me or with you". Muhammad was unable to know the future - to "see the unseen" - he was no "seer" (the original title for prophets according to the Bible - see 1. Sam. 9/9, 9/11, 9/18, 9/19, 2. Sam. 15/27, 1. Kings 17/13, 1. Chr. 9/22, 26/28, 29/29, 2. Chr. 16/7, 16/10, 19/2, 29/25, Micah 3/7) - no prophet. Many have liked the imposing title prophet through the times, and different definitions have been made for that title. But a prophet unable to make prophesies, is no prophet.
This verse also is one of the proofs for that when Muslims claim Muhammad made prophesies, their claims are not true. There are a few more verses in the Quran proving the same, f.x. 6/50a, 7/188b, 10/20c-d,10/49a-b, 72/26. Together they are so strong that Islam says "there is no miracle connected to Muhammad, except the Quran" (prophesying is a kind of miracle - "to be able to see the unseen"). But all the same mullahs, imams and others tell their congregations about the prophesies - and the miracles - of Muhammad, with the result that many lay Muslims honestly believe in it. Honesty in religion? But remember that lies for Islam often is not a sin!! (Al-Taqiyya - the lawful lie, Kitman - the lawful half-truth, etc. Specialties of Islam - you do not find similar in other of the big religions. One more proof for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.)
#######016 72/21b: "It is not in my (Muhammad's*) power to cause you harm - - -". (But you bet here on Earth this changed when he grew military powerful some 10 years later.) Here Muhammad talks about supernatural power; he did not have supernatural power to harm or help people - he just was an ordinary man. #####He simply did not have powers to make such - or other - miracles. (This is completely in accordance with Islam's repeated statements that "the only miracle connected to Muhammad, is the delivery of the Quran" - - - if the (claimed) delivery of a that quality book is a miracle.)
017 72/26: "He (Allah*) (alone) knows the Unseen - - -". It is very clear that #####Muhammad did not see or know the unknown - was a "seer", the original name for "a prophet". "A seer" - and thus a prophet when the title was changed from "seer" to "prophet" (1. Sam. 9/9) - was one who was able to see the unseen. Muhammad was no real prophet - he was unable to make prophesies
Only Allah knows the unseen - nobody else, included Muhammad.
Sub-total Chapter 9 = 17 + 525 = 542.
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