The Qur’an in its own words – Surah 7, Al-‘A`rāf (The Heights)

Continuing on in this series comparing the Qur’an with scripture, I am particularly looking for the distinguishing differences – they are not hard to find…

The standard of Allah is low; good deeds must simply outweigh the bad:

 Qur’an 7:8:  And the weighing of deeds that Day will be the truth. So those whose scales are heavy – it is they who will be the successful. And those whose scales are light – they are the ones who will lose themselves for what injustice they were doing toward Our verses.

The standard of Yahweh is perfection:

Romans 3:10-18, 23: 

THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
11 THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,
THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
12 ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;
THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,
THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.
13 “THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE,
WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING,”
“THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS”;
14 “WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS”;
15 “THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD,
16 DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS,
17 AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN.”
18 “THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES”…

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

The Qur’an is derivative of the Bible, and turns a parable from the Bible into literality:

Qur’an 7:50:  And the inmates of the fire shall call out to the dwellers of the garden, saying: Pour on us some water or of that which Allah has given you. They shall say: Surely Allah has prohibited them both to the unbelievers.

Luke 16:22-26:  22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

 23And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

 24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

 25But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

 26And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

The Qur’an jumps from one Biblical reference to the next, with no explanation or context, often getting the facts confused:

Qur’an 7:106-110:  Pharaoh said, “If you have come with a sign, then bring it forth, if you should be of the truthful.” So Moses threw his staff, and suddenly it was a serpent, manifest.  And he drew out his hand; thereupon it was white [with radiance] for the observers.  Said the eminent among the people of Pharaoh, “Indeed, this is a learned magician – He intends to turn you out of your land. What counsel do you then give?”

It was Aaron, not Moses, whose staff became a serpent:

Exodus 7:10:  Aaron threw his staff down before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent

There is nothing is the Biblical account about a radiant, white hand, but God did declare this:

Exodus 7:5:  The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst.”

Moses didn’t intend to evict Pharaoh from the land, but was asking that Israel be permitted to leave:

Exodus 8:1:  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Let My people go”

Surah 7 contains numerous other deviations from the Exodus account, for instance stating that Pharaoh’s magicians fell down to worship Allah when the staff became a serpent (they actually produced the same miracle, see Exodus 7:11) and that Pharaoh threatened to crucify the magicians as a result—he did not, and furthermore, crucifixion was not practiced at the time.

If you are interested in seeing what really happened between Moses, Aaron and Pharaoh, I encourage you to read the book of Exodus, the 2nd book of the Bible.

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