Picking & Choosing With The Quran
Channel: Yasir Qadhi
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah Allah,
Thirdly, the Quran obviously talks about Adam. And it talks about the fact that all of us come from Adam and how our mother, and this is very explicit in the Quran. Of course, the theory of evolution does not accept this basic premise. So there are some people who want to believe in the Quran, they want to remain Muslim, were happy at that attitude. But then they try to force the theory of evolution into the Quran. And they do this by some radical manners. What I'm criticizing here is the claim that some Muslims have that, Oh, we don't have to believe in the story of Adam. Just like the Jews and Christians, they pick and choose from their Bible. They're told off the Old Testament, so
too, we can pick and choose, or they say, the story of Adam is allegorical, it's not real. Allah gave a fable, a fantasy, a myth, you know, the we teach our children these stories that are not real. So there's a lesson in them. So the story of Adam is not meant to be literal. The story of Adam is a metaphorical story. They say, by this, they attempt to reconcile the theory of evolution with the Quran. I'm talking about this one point, the claim that the Quran is allegorical fable, it's myth. This claim is blasphemy. The claim that we Muslims need to pick and choose sections of the Quran to believe in is the essence of rejecting the Quran. Allah says in the Quran, if I taught
me not to be bothered, kitabi What about? Are you going to pick and choose some of the book and reject others? Are you going to be the judge of what you should accept and what you should reject? Allah says in the Quran, or you who believe enter into Islam completely, it's a package deal. You don't get to pick and choose which verse you want, which is you don't, this is not submission to Allah subhana wa tada the claim that the Quran is metaphorical. It is allegorical the claim that the Quran is a bunch of stories. This is the exact claim that Abu lahab said when he heard the Koran in the in the South Tyrol, Oberlin. These are stories, these are fables, no Muslim ever believed that
the Koran is fables. Now, these pseudo intellectuals are coming along. And because they somehow want to preserve their Eman, and they somehow want to preserve their understanding of science. They say, Oh, we can pick and choose what we want from the Koran. No, you see other faith traditions, including Judaism and Christianity, they do have far, far bigger issues with their texts, the preservation of their texts, the fact that their texts are inconsistent, the fact that they actually contradict one another. So they have to come forth with this interpretation that we'll have to pick and choose. We don't have to believe in the whole Old Testament, the whole New Testament, the bulk
of Judaism, and Christianity is comfortable with picking and choosing from its book, then they tell us why don't you do the same get with the program? We do it with our books, why don't you do it with your books? Why don't you as well, something you don't like something that's backward, cut it off, get rid of it, or at least just recite it for Baraka, but don't believe in it. But you see, here's the point. Our Quran is not the Old Testament. It is not the New Testament, our Koran is the only holy book that is preserved from the beginning. It is preserved from the time of the Prophet system in the original language, it is the speech of Allah subhanho wa Taala. We cannot compare the Quran
with the Old Testament that was written maybe 500 years after Moses, we cannot compare the Quran with the New Testament that was written by multiple anonymous people. A century and a half after Jesus walked on the face of this earth, all of them are recollecting from what their grandfathers told them. That's not the Quran. The Quran has been preserved from the beginning in the original language and Allah subhana wa tada spoke it to Jubilee who spoke it to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the speech of Allah is not allegory, the speech of a law is not metaphor. It's not symbolism. Allah says in the Quran, woman us document Allahu keila woman us document Allahu dcef who
speaks more truth than Allah no one who speaks more truthfully than Allah, no one speaks more truthfully that Allah Allah does not lie or with a villa. Allah does not deceive what Allah says is real. So if Allah azza wa jal wanted to say that the story of Adam was metaphorical, he would have said it, as he has set up metaphors in the Koran dorabella who method Allah has given you a parable and he gives the parable. If Allah had wanted to make the Adam story, a parable, he would have made it a parable, but he didn't. The story of Adam amongst many others, the miracles of the Quran are explicit.
So anybody who comes along and says, Let's pick and choose, this is a rejection of the book. Anybody who comes along and radically reinterprets the basic Arabic and thinks that they have come forth with a completely new interpretation. Then this defeats the purpose of revealing the book. Allah revealed the Book be the sun in our V mu being in simple, clear, clean Arabic, it is crystal clear, Allah revealed the Book and said, it is easy for you to think about it. Why don't you think about it? What are the yes or no or analytical? We have made the Quran easy to understand there are no hidden meanings. The Quran is not some type of cryptology book that you're going to unlock the
secrets that go against the basic texts. True, we can always derive more benefits from the Quran, and later scholars have to see it will give us nuances and shed some light about interpretations that will increase our emaan. But no interpretation will contradict the basic text of the Koran. No radical reinterpretation will be able to reject what the clear Arabic says that would go against how the Quran describes itself. The Koran is the speech of Allah. It is the most eloquent speech. It is the clearest speech, it is preserved from fat to happiness, and no changes will come about to it. We don't have the luxury to pick and choose to cut and paste what we want to believe it is a package
deal. We accept the origin from beginning to end. And this is the only religion that does this. No other faith does this by and large, and that is because our book is different than their book
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