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General Discussions / 26:218-219 - explanation?
« on: November 02, 2016, 02:25:51 PM »
Salaamun Alaykum,

Is there any explanation of these two short verses:26:218-219?

Discussions / Genesis 19:30-38
« on: October 29, 2016, 05:06:54 PM »
The Origin of Moab and Ammon
30 And Lot went up out of Zoar and settled in the hill country, and his two daughters with him, for he was afraid to live in Zoar. He lived in a cave with his two daughters. 31 Then the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on the earth to come into us as is the way of all the earth. 32 Come, let’s make our father drink wine, and let’s lie with him, so that we can preserve our father’s seed.” 33 So they made their father drink wine that night; and the firstborn went in and lay with her father. But he didn’t know when she lay down nor when she arose.

34 And it came to pass on the next day that the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let us make him drink wine again tonight. Then you go in and lie with him, so that we can preserve our father’s seed.” 35 So they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down nor when she got up.

36 Thus both of Lot’s daughters were with child by their father. 37 The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab. He is the father of the Moabites to this day. 38 The younger also bore a son and called his name Ben Ammi. He is the father of the children of Ammon to this day.

Found one thread but no comment from Sir Joseph:

Br. Hope stated this:
Story of Lut is one of the inconsistencies in the Bible.  Though he has been considered a righteous servant of God in Genesis:18,  yet in 19 we are told that he was guilty of incestuous sex with his daughters: clearly a fabrication.  Quran states that he was given wisdom and knowledge

My question is - was this a fabrication pre-Quranic revelation or post? Or in general, do you (Sir Joseph) happen to know or come across interpolation and tampering in the OT and NT after the Quran revelation?

Please shed some light at your time and convenience, while I'm posing the questions on difficult topics as I read OT from top down and then intend to read NT inshallah.

Discussions / Genesis 18:1-26 (Shocking)
« on: October 29, 2016, 11:23:16 AM »
Sir Joseph,

Abraham’s Three Visitors
1 And Yahweh appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he was sitting at the entrance of the tent in the heat of the day. 2 And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing nearby him....8 And he took curds, and milk, and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them, and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

Abraham Intercedes for Sodom
16 The men rose up from there and looked down toward the face of Sodom. Abraham was walking with them to send them on their way. 17 Yahweh said, “Should I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, 18 since Abraham will become, yes, become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed in him? 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will command his children and his house after him to keep the way of Yahweh by doing what is right and just, so that Yahweh may bring on Abraham what he has spoken concerning him.” 20 And Yahweh said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin is so very grievous, 21 that I will go down now and see whether what they have done is as bad as the reports that have come to me. And if not, I will know.” 23 The two men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before Yahweh.

 “go down.” Yahweh is with Abraham in the hill country of Judah and Sodom is to the east down by the Dead Sea, thousands of feet below them, so “go down” is literal here.

“Abraham still stood before Yahweh.” There is good evidence the original text read that Yahweh stood before Abraham, but that wording generally indicated that Abraham was greater than Yahweh, so the scribes changed the wording to seem more acceptable, and that it was Abraham who stood before Yahweh.


  • Yahweh (God) was one of the three men
  • Yahweh (God) partook in the food
  • Yahweh (God) gets 2nd hand reports
  • Yahweh (God) doesn't trust reports until after His own personal verification
  • Original OT words modified to keep Yahweh's (God) status
  • Yahweh (God) is neither Omnipresent nor All-knowing

  • Is this correct and reliable translation from the original Hebrew text? If so,
  • How do you remove this blatant blasphemy from this chapter?
  • How do Jews understand and interpret this chapter?
  • For Trinitarians I believe this chapter gives them ample of fodder to support their theology, isn't it?
  • Or is this a controversial chapter among the Jewish faith and academics on its existence?

Honestly, I was shocked and I'm still trying to regain and recollect myself from/after last night's reading. Hope you'll throw some light and perhaps altogether different one to make any sense out of this entire chapter.

General Discussions / Chronology of the Prophets' period
« on: October 28, 2016, 01:08:38 PM »

Is there any Quran (only) based post, research paper/work on the "Chronology of all the named Prophets' periods (era/ministry) in the Quran"?

Discussions / Genesis 1:27 - Interpretation?
« on: October 28, 2016, 12:58:19 PM »
Sir Joseph,

Is this correct translation of the of Genesis Chapter 1, verse 27 from original Hebrew? And if so what is the accurate interpretation:

27 And God created the man in his own image.
In the image of God he created him.

This has been repeated few more times in the first few chapters I've read so far.

Salaamun Alayka,
Sir Joseph,

I'm extremely curious to know since 4 Sunni school of thought (Jurisprudence) precedes Ahadith Corpus, I would like to know if you have in your long research period looked/studied them and their basis? If yes:
  • Were they based on the Quran?
  • Has any Imam's original work survived and reached us?

~ Student

Discussions / Verse numbering in OT and NT
« on: October 27, 2016, 01:54:02 AM »

I would like to know if the book:chapter:verse numbering system is standard and consistent across all versions of OT and NT available today just as we now have with the Quran?

~ Student

Discussions / No explicit verse about the afterlife in OT?
« on: October 20, 2016, 03:58:24 PM »
Salaamun Alaykum,
Sir Joseph,

I was surprised in fact shocked to learn that there is not one single verse in entire Torah and Talmud explicitly mentioning afterlife (Hell and Heaven) - is this true? How is it possible contrasting this with the Quran so vivid that it takes its reader to a virtual tour of pleasures of paradise and the horrors of the Hell? It condemns anyone who does not believe in the afterlife to Hell, how then are Jews expected to fare well with few implied figurative verses in OT and most of them rejecting the Quran in its entirety?



Discussions / Selah meaning?
« on: October 20, 2016, 03:17:55 PM »
Salaamun Alaykum,

Sir Joseph, if you happen to read this post can you please let us know the meaning of Selah? I tried to find it and it appears there's none agreed upon:

Its etymology and precise meaning are unknown.

Anyone well versed in Hebrew and other language of previous scriptures are most welcome to comment and shed some light  :D


General Discussions / Wahy vs Kalam?
« on: October 17, 2016, 04:06:10 AM »

Did Joseph sir discuss the difference "Wahy vs Kalam" anywhere on QM? I'm intrigued by some Quranic verses where Prophet MusaAS is told of doing (simple) tasks through Wahy (Awha) while we're clearly informed that God directly communicated with him without the medium (Kalam). So why sent Wahy and not make Kalam when issuing commands to MusaAS?

Is Wahy something official brought by the agent JibraelAS and something that gets committed to writing in the scriptures as oppose to kalam which is personal and unofficial?

Thanks for your time


Just caught my attention in my latest Quran reading, 21:72 mentions Yaqoob AS as extra (Nafilah) on top of Ishaaq AS - does that mean he was his son? Just curious now  :-\

Any thoughts if I miss something explicit in the Quran that makes him the grandson of Ibrahim AS?

General Discussions / Understanding Sacred/Involiable/Forbidden Months
« on: September 27, 2016, 04:42:11 PM »

If waging war, aggression or causing mischief/corruption in the land is part of prohibitions in the 4 sacred months then does that mean it is allowed or permissible in other 8 months albeit conditional? If so, this conditional war in defense is already permitted even in these 4 months. What's the correct understanding?

Anything that aids the clarity on the question is greatly appreciated.


General Discussions / Quran resources for KG to middle schoolers
« on: September 27, 2016, 03:20:01 PM »

Does anybody know or point me to "Quran resources for KG to middle graders", basically I'm looking for trivia, quiz-style and fun-filled teachings of the Quran to impart and nurture the young buds?


General Discussions / Remuneration for Religious services
« on: September 27, 2016, 03:13:27 PM »
Salaamun Alaykum,

Does Quran permit taking fixed and/or negotiating salaries and remuneration packages for rendering full or part time religious services like Imam, preacher and now a days taking Quran teaching as a profession and means of not just living but a thriving business ( for example, without any malice or prejudice) ?

Of course any insight from the previous scriptures will be treated a bonus  :)

Any clarification is much appreciated, thanks in advance  :D


General Discussions / What are Days of Allah in 14:5?
« on: September 07, 2016, 02:40:35 PM »
What are بِأَيَّامِ اللَّهِ Days of Allah in 14:5?

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