Are These Contradictions in the Quran? (Open Forum)

I am not posting this as a polemic or accusation against Islam or the Ancient Quran however as a Christian Apologist I have only noted issues I have located within the Islam Holy Book that do not make much sense to me or some of my Christian Brothers and Sisters. So I add this to Beacon Apologetics as a discussion forum. I would like to hear from and get constructive information as to understand what I have read from the Islamic beliefs and writings. They are nagging topics that keep popping up and I would like to get clarity. God Bless!

The Earth according to the Quran:
Quran 27:61
Is not He (better than your gods) Who has made the earth as A FIXED ABODE, and has placed rivers in its midst, and has placed firm mountains therein, and has set a barrier between the two seas (of salt and sweet water). Is there any ilah (god) with Allah? Nay, but most of them know not.

So is this saying the Earth is not moving? “A Fixed Abode”?

What Holds Birds Up in the Air?
Do they not look at the birds, held poised in the midst of (the air and) the sky?
Nothing holds them up but (the power of) God.
Verily in this are signs for those who believe. Surah 16:79

What about aerodynamics?

Can Ants Talk?
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. And (Solomon) smiled, laughing at her speech, and said: My Lord, (Surah 27:18-19a)


Adam was 90 feet tall?
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, “Allah created Adam, making him 60 cubits tall. When He created him, He said to him, “Go and greet that group of angels, and listen to their reply, for it will be your greeting (salutation) and the greeting (salutations of your offspring.” So, Adam said (to the angels), As-Salamu Alaikum (i.e. Peace be upon you). The angels said, “As-salamu Alaika wa Rahmatu-l-lahi” (i.e. Peace and Allah’s Mercy be upon you). Thus the angels added to Adam’s salutation the expression, ‘Wa Rahmatu-l-lahi,’ Any person who will enter Paradise will resemble Adam (in appearance and figure).People have been decreasing in stature since Adam’s creation. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 543)

These are a few of my questions and other Christian Apologists I know would like answers to. I ask these questions in peace and understanding.

God Bless
Brian Mason

7 thoughts on “Are These Contradictions in the Quran? (Open Forum)

  1. ///The Quran is a different type of book from the NT and it is preferable to understand a verse in context by reading the verses preceding and following it.//// As it is the Bible.

  2. Previously posted as anon—thankyou for posting my comments even though they did not meet with your criteria. I am only an average Muslim from South East Asia.

    Normally I would not comment on an apologetics discussion because my attitude is that my religion is good for me and I accept that yours is good for you.

  3. Thanks for your response. Just a note though, I normally do not post “anonymous” comments as I have a difficult time taking them seriously…for the record.

  4. Verses of Quran—The Quran is a different type of book from the NT and it is preferable to understand a verse in context by reading the verses preceding and following it. Also, it must be kept in mind the Quran is in Arabic and translations are simply translations only.

    Yusuf Ali translation of verse 27:61 is as follows—
    ” Or, who has made the earth firm to live in; made rivers in its midst; set thereon mountains immovable; and made a seperating bar between the two seas (can there be another) god beisdes Allah? No, most of them know not.

    In the verse preceding this, 27:60, an appeal is made that the natural phenomenon such as orchards, may appear “man-made”…but actually exist through the “natural laws” made by God. 27:61 futher adds to this argument.

    16:79—it is talking about aerodynamics—or more generally the laws of physics which are “God’s laws”. (the previous verse refers to the “laws” of biology.)

    —This constant reference to God’s Laws (Natural phenomenon) is one of the reasons Islam had encouraged the pursuit of science (as well as related feilds of knowledge) as a religious obligation.

    Sura 27:15-19 The story (as a whole) has a symbolic meaning–however, ants are communal and do have a means of communication—-it is not human speech, ofcourse—-yet here the communication is shown as if it were human speech to emphasise a particular point of the story.

    Hadith literature.
    This is important to understand the historical context of the verses. However, Hadith have different catogrizations depending on their authenticity. This is best left for scholars as it can be confusing for amatuers. For average muslims, historical context as well as explanations of the verses can be more easily accessed through “tafsir”.

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