Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics

(Jacob Rumans) #1


Soon though, Gabriel came to Muhammad and scolded
him, stating that Muhammad had taught something false.
Allah then revealed that Satan routinely tampers with the
messages of the prophets (see Sura 22:51), and that He later
annuls these demonic interpolations.[36] This is the
notorious Satanic Verses incident. These verses became
familiar to Western non-Muslims when novelist Salman
Rushdie used this incident as a springboard for his novel
The Satanic Verses — earning himself a death sentence for
blasphemy from Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini.

In considering all these Koranic contradictions, a
Catholic would contend that an all knowing, all powerful
God cannot contradict Himself (see Heb 6:17–18). Such a
concept is logically absurd. Since God exists outside of
space and time, all reality is eternally present to Him — so,
strictly speaking, God cannot ‘‘change His mind’’ because
change implies time, something that God does not ‘‘have.’’
God’s will and decrees should therefore be seen as eternal
and unchanging law because they are rooted in His very

48. How then can Muslims claim that

the Koran is the word of Allah, sent

down from Heaven and preserved by

the divine hand from corruption?

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