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4. History

 

 

"Recent archeological research has discovered a boat shaped object with exactly the same dimensions as those of the Ark on Mount Judi. The Bible claims that the Ark came to rest twenty miles away on the Mountains of Ararat. This is not possible, since these mountains are a recent geological formation, and did not exist at the time of Noah."

 

"After a lapse of more than three thousand years, "true to the Qur’anic promise, the mummified body of the Pharaoh was discovered by Loret in 1898 at Thebes in the Kings’ Valley and it now lies in a preserved state in a museum in Cairo."

 

"The Qur'an mentions a city by the name of Iram (89:7). The city of Iram has been unknown to history, so unknown that even some Muslim commen-tators, out of embarrass-ment or feeling apologetic for their religion, have commented on this mention of the city in the Qur'an as being perhaps figurative, that Iram was possibly a man and not a city… So here in 1973, comes confirmation of the fact that, after all, there really was an ancient city by that name, wherever it was."

 

"Rulers in the time of Moses were specifically called Pharaohs and in the time of the Hyksos Empire (during the time of Joseph) they were not called Pharaohs but king. Now if the Holy Prophet Muhammad had copied the Bible, he would have inherited this error but he doesn’t. Not once are the rulers of Egypt referred to as Pharaohs in the time of Joseph."  



       

History

 


4. History.  The prophet was incapable of writing the Qur’an.  The Qur’an details items of history which were not known to the prophet or his contemporaries.  And independent studies confirm that the Qur’an was true in what it said.

Noah’s Ark (11:44)
City of Iram (89:7)
Pharaoh’s body (10:92)
Joseph and Kings (12:43, 12:72).

Corruption of previous scripture (i.e. Bible) (2:75, 79; 3:78, 5:13, 5:41)

 

 

 

Noah’s Ark (10:92)

"Recent archeological research has discovered a boat shaped object with exactly the same dimensions as those of the Ark on Mount Judi. The Bible claims that the Ark came to rest twenty miles away on the Mountains of Ararat. This is not possible, since these mountains are a recent geological formation, and did not exist at the time of Noah. The Qur'an also refers to the flood as a localized event, destroying only Noah's people. The dates and time offered by the Bible for the flood, and its claim that it was a world wide cataclysm, has been proven false by all archeological evidence." ["Material on the Authenticity of the Qur'an." http://www.muslim-answers.org/proofs09.htm ]

 

ASK YOURSELF: Is it a coincidence that the ship found on the Turkish-Iranian border at 170 meters long and 45 meters wide conforms almost exactly to the 300 cubit by 50 cubit boat that God told Noah to build, according to Genesis 6 in the Bible? The site is directly below the mountain of Al Judi, named in the Quran as the Ark's resting place. The 'vessel' is aged to be at more than 100,000 years.

How did Muhammad know the flood that occurred in the days of the prophet Noah, on whom be peace, was a local flood affecting the people of Noah (see Qur’an 7:59-64), while the Bible describes the flood as a worldwide flood (see Genesis ch. 7).

How did the author of the Qur’an avoid this mistake unless the author was God Himself?

And it was said: O earth, swallow thy water, and O cloud, clear away. And the water was made to abate, and the affair was decided, and it rested on the Judi, and it was said: Away with the iniquitous people! (Qur’an 11:44).

 

These are announcements relating to the unseen which We reveal to thee; thou didst not know them —(neither) thou nor thy people — before this. So be patient. Surely, the (good) end is for the dutiful (Qur’an 11:99).

 

Genesis 8:4 "Then the ark rested ... on the mountains of Ararat." (NKJV)

Wikepedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah's_Ark speaks of modern searches for Noah’s Ark, stating: The three most popular locations for the Ark are the Ethiopian highlands, somewhere in the mountains of Ararat and most specifically Mount Judi in the Ararat range both of which are in eastern Turkey. [The Noah's Ark reference article from the English Wikipedia on 24-Jul-2004 (provided by Fixed Reference: snapshots of Wikipedia from wikipedia.org)]

The following article is referenced from: http://www.arksearch.com/najudi.htm

The Observer (London)
16 Jan 1994
'Arkologists' claim to have found Noah's Ark
By Martin Wroe

LONDON -- Noah's Ark has been found on the Turkish-Iranian border, 32 kilometres from Mount Ararat, according to the leader of a team of scientists that has been investigating the site for six years.

The Turkish government is so convinced by the findings that, after years of intransigence, it has designated the site one of special archaeological interest and agreed to its excavation next summer.

The remote site contains a buried, ship-like object, resting an altitude of 2,300 metres.

At 170 metres long and 45 metres wide, it conforms almost exactly to the 300 cubit by 50 cubit boat that God told Noah to build, according to Genesis 6 in the Bible.

On surrounding terrain, the American and Middle Eastern scientists have identified huge stones with holes carved at one end, which they believe are "drogue-stones," dragged behind ships in the ancient world to stabilize them. Radar soundings indicate unusual levels of iron-oxide distribution.

Salih Bayraktutan, head of geology at Turkey's Ataturk University, estimates the age of the 'vessel' at more than 100,000 years.

"It is a man-made structure and for sure it is Noah's Ark."

The site is directly below the mountain of Al Judi, named in the Qur'an as the Ark's resting place.

David Fasold, an American shipwreck specialist with no religious affiliation, has led the investigation. He says subsurface radar surveys of the site have produced "very good pictures."

"The radar imagery at about 25 metres down from the stern is so clear that you can count the floorboards between the walls."

He believes the team has found the fossilized remains of the upper deck and that the original reed substructure has disappeared.

But the findings have infuriated the scores of Christian Ark-hunters who travel to Turkey, convinced the Ark will only be found on Mount Ararat.

Fasold, who calls himself an "Arkologist," also argues that it was not a great flood that pushed the Ark into the mountains. He says it was "an astronomical event causing a tectonic upheaval, a tidal bore causing gravitational pull in the ocean waters that forced the boat into the mountains."

Some of Fasold's team of geophysicists and geologists are reserving final judgement until the excavation and carbon-dating.

But in a British TV series on the environment next month, team member Vendyl Jones, a Middle East archeologist and inspiration for film character Indiana Jones, says it is "between maybe and probably" that they have found Noah's Ark.

As you see in the drawing, the "buried ship" or the item discussed above is located south of Mount Ararat by 20 miles.

Additionally, as indicated by the drawing, Mount Judi is locate 30 miles south of Lake Van which is 200 miles south of Mount Ararat.

City of Iram (89:7)

Hast thou not considered how thy Lord dealt with ‘Ad, (Of) Iram, having lofty buildings, The like of which were not created in the land; (Qur’an 89:6-8).

The Qur'an mentions a city by the name of Iram (89:7). The city of Iram has been unknown to history, so unknown that even some Muslim commentators, out of embarrassment or feeling apologetic for their religion, have commented on this mention of the city in the Qur'an as being perhaps figurative, that Iram was possibly a man and not a city.

In 1973 the excavation in Syria at the site of the ancient city of Eblus uncovered the largest collection of cuneiform writings on clay tablets ever assembled. In fact, the library discovered in Eblus contains more day tablets that are more than four thousand years old than all the other tablets combined from all the other sites.

 

Interestingly enough, you will find the details in the National Geographic of December 1978 (pp.730- , esp. p.736) which confirms that in those tablets the city of Iram is mentioned. The people of Eblus used to do business with the people of Iram. So here in 1973, comes confirmation of the fact that, after all, there really was an ancient city by that name, wherever it was. How did it find its way into the Qur'an, we might ask?

Those Muslims who may have offered their comments, trying to explain away this reference that they were uncomfortable with, were outsmarted by the author of the Qur'an. They are those who would outsmart the author of the Qur'an They would attempt it. Primarily, their activity would involve trying to produce the evidence that the author of this book had a primitive understanding of the world around us. [The Basis of  Muslim Belief by Gary Miller]

 

Pharaoh’s body (10:92)

"And we brought the Children of Israel across the sea. Then Pharaoh and his hosts followed them for oppression and tyranny, till, when drowning overtook him, he said: I believe there is no god but He in Whom the Children of Israel believe, and I am of those who submit. What! Now!  And indeed before (this) thou didst disobey and thou wast of the mischief-makers! But this day We shall save thee in thy body that thou mayest be a sign to those after thee! And surely most of the people are heedless of Our signs." (Qur’an 10:90-92)

ASK YOURSELF: "How did the author of the Qur’an know that the Pharaoh’s body was preserved whereas the knowledge that the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead was not discovered until recently?  And how could the author of the Qur’an predict that the body of the Pharaoh will be discovered later, unless the author was God Himself?" [11] God promised to preserve the body of the Pharaoh as a sign for later generations (see Qur’an 10:90-92).

While the Bible will have us believe that Pharaoh's body perished, the Qur'an asserts that his body was preserved. Where did the Prophet Muhammad obtain this knowledge from? When the body of Pharaoh was dissected, they found it had too much salt in it!

Read what Dr Maurice Bucaille has to say about the Exodus account versus the Qur’anic account! http://www.tempemasjid.com/maurice/23exodus.htm

Pharaoh's body at the time of Moses was saved from destruction that it might serve as a lesson for the generations to come. It is remarkable that the Qur'an alone speaks of this fact. The Bible makes no mention of it, nor does any book of history. But in how wonderful a manner the word of God has proved true!

After a lapse of more than three thousand years, "true to the Qur’anic promise, the mummified body of the Pharaoh was discovered by Loret in 1898 at Thebes in the Kings’ Valley and it now lies in a preserved state in a museum in Cairo." [Islamic Information and Daw'ah Centre International, “Islam answers back,” June 2000 http://www.islaminfo.com ]

"That the body was really cast ashore, though the Bible does not mention it, is clear from the fact that the body of Ramases II, who is regarded as the Pharoah of Moses, has been discovered as preserved among the mummies in Egypt (En. Br. Art. Mummy). [Moses was certainly born in the time of Ramases II and was brought up by him (Exodus 1:11).] This is another instance of insufficiency of the Bible narrative and of the truth of the Qur'anic statement where it supplements the Bible. The discovery now made could not have been known to the Holy Prophet Muhammad; it was not known to any person in the world till very recently." [Muhammad Ali, pp. 434-435 Holy Qur’an]

 

Joseph and Kings (12:43, 12:72).

 

The Bible uses the term “Pharaoh” for Kings in the time of Abraham and Joseph!

 

Rulers in the time of Moses were specifically called Pharaohs and in the time of the Hyksos Empire (during the time of Joseph) they were not called Pharaohs but king. Now if the Holy Prophet Muhammad had copied the Bible, he would have inherited this error but he doesn’t. Not once are the rulers of Egypt referred to as Pharaohs in the time of Joseph.  

Abraham was born around 2,000 BC; Joseph was born around 1800 BC; and Moses was born around the beginning of the 13th century BC. The term Pharaoh was first applied to kings around the middle of the 14th century BC.

 

Qur’an:

Rulers were called Kings in the time of Joseph:


And
the king said: I have seen seven fat kine which seven lean ones devoured; and seven green ears and (seven) others dry. O chiefs, explain to me my dream, if you can interpret the dream. (Qur’an 12:43).

They said: We miss the king’s drinking-cup, and he who brings it shall have a camel-load, and I am responsible for it. (Qur’an 12:72).

Rulers were called Pharaoh’s in the time of Moses:

And Moses said:
O Pharaoh, surely I am a messenger from the Lord of the worlds, (Qur’an 7:104)

Then after them We sent Moses and Aaron to
Pharaoh and his chiefs with Our signs, but they were arrogant, and they were a guilty people. (Qur’an 10:75)

Bible:

Rulers were called Pharaoh in the time of Abraham?

Genesis 12:17 But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on
Pharaoh and his house hold because of Abram's wife Sarai.

Genesis 12;18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. "What have you done to me?" he said. "Why didn't you tell me she was your wife?"

 

Rulers were called Pharaoh in time of Joseph?

 

Genesis 41:25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do."

 

Genesis 41:46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh's presence and travelled throughout Egypt.


 

Corruption of previous scripture (i.e. Bible) (2:75, 79; 3:78, 5:13, 5:41)

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