Is What Muslims Say Really What Islam Teaches?

Alan emphasizes the importance of looking to Islam’s authoritative sources in order to know what Islam really teaches then explains a key teaching about the Qur'an. 


00:04 And here's what you're going to discover – There is a critical distinction that I'm going

00:09 to make right now that'll be kind of a theme throughout all the material that we cover.

00:13 And the distinction is this: What Muslims say often is different than what Islam teaches.

00:21 There's a distinction between what Muslims say

00:24 and what authoritative sources in Islam teach.

00:28 Cause Muslims can say a whole bunch of things, it doesn't necessarily make it true or representative

00:33 of what Islam actually teaches according to its authoritative sources.

00:38 So let me then offer you what I believe are three key sources of authority that we can

00:44 look to to determine, is this teaching truly Islamic or not.

00:48 And these three sources, by the way, are what are often cited when I attend a Mosque and

00:54 I go and hear the services, often times the person teaching will site the Qur'an, the

00:59 Hadith, and the Sunnah.

01:01 These are the three sources of authority that I want you to become aware of right now.

01:05 So the first source of authority is the Qur'an.

01:09 The Qur'an is, according to Muslims, the written revelation of Allah.

01:14 They believe it is the literal words of Allah.

01:20 Notice I say "literal words of Allah" because in Christianity, we often say the Bible is

01:24 the inspired word of God.

01:27 And this is a different kind of claim than what Muslims are claiming about the Qur'an.

01:31 So, the doctrine of inspiration of the Bible teaches that there's of course God, and the

01:39 Holy Spirit, who is God, has inspired human authors to write down certain things using

01:45 their own personality, using their own grammar, using their own style, such that what these

01:50 biblical authors were inspired to write by the Holy Spirit is exactly what God intended

01:56 them to write down.

01:58 That's why we call it the inspired word of God.

02:00 It is God's word, but God used the Holy Spirit to inspire human authors to write down certain

02:04 things, and what they eventually wrote down

02:07 is exactly what God intended them to write down.

02:11 This is not the claim of the Qur'an.

02:14 Muslims claim that the Qur'an is the literal words of Allah, which means this: They believe

02:19 that there is a book that exists in heaven with Allah, called the Qur'an.

02:24 And the contents of this book have been dictated literally word by word by the angel Gabriel

02:32 to a man named Mohammed who they believe was a prophet.

02:37 And the contents of this book, the Qur'an were dictated

02:41 to Mohammed from 610 AD to 632 AD.

02:45 So Mohammed allegedly first started getting these revelations from the angel Gabriel at

02:49 610 AD and then when he died in 632 AD, that was when, allegedly, those revelations

02:55 ceased to be given to Mohammed.

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Alan Shlemon