January 11, 2018
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The Critics allege a contradiction against the Quran and ask; who was the first Muslim?
Secular critics such as the sceptics use this claim as well as Christians though I would imagine it was borne out of the Christian camp; it is used in evangelical Christian work such as GJO Moshay’s evangelism .
The critics point to two references from the Quran, 6:14 and 6:161-163, and claim these references show Muhammad as the first Muslim and then the critics turns their attention to another verse of the Quran (7;143) concerning Moses being the first of the believers. Just to further their agenda they may also highlight other Quranic references indicating there were Muslims before Muhammed (pbuh) and Moses namely the first man Adam (S. 2:30, 34-35, 37) and Abraham as well as other Prophets (S. 4:163, S. 6:84) as believers. However they mainly use the Quranic verse about Moses (7:143) and try to put it along side the two concerning Muhammed (6:14 and 6:163) and they then allege contradiction/error
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The verse in question is;
“O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother a woman unchaste!” (Al-Qur’an 19:28)
It does not mean that here Qur’an calls Mary, the real sister of Aaron, the Prophet who was hundreds of years before her. Here she is only being called a female person of the family, from the Noble lineage of Prophet Aaron.
The Qur’anic usage:
In order to understand Qur’anic language one must look into other Qur’anic passages.
Qur’ans calls Prophet Shoaib as the brother of the people of Midian. Qur’an says;
“And unto Midian (We sent) their brother, Shu’eyb.” (Al-Qur’an 7:85)
And similarly Qur’an calls Prophet Salih, the brother of the people of Thamud. It says;
“And unto Thamud (We sent) their brother Salih.” (Al-Qur’an 11:61) Read more of this post