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.