I n my previous articles I have already shown how the inhuman treatment of Women and Kafirs (non-Muslims) by Muslims is supported and encouraged in the Koran. The Koran clearly comes out to be a manual of loot, rape, torture and murder. Please refer to my the articles available at Satyameva Jayate .
The purpose of this article is to show and logically analyse the various contradictions in the "Holy" Koran.
The list of contradictions presented here is not an exhaustive one. Any other objective reader can come up with numerous other contradictions in the "Holy" Koran. Many of the contradictions mentioned below were already present in http://answering-islam.org/Quran/Contra/ . I believe this list of contradictions compiled here is sufficient enough to get the reader started in his/her search for the truth.Koran - The Word Of God?
Do they not consider the Qur'an (with care)?
Had it been from other than Allah, they would
surely have found therein much discrepancy.
According to the Muslims the Koran contains the words of God. Koran is to be read as if God Himself had spoken these words stated in it. It is important to emphasize this point because if Koran is the word of God then it should not contain any errors and it should hold true for all times. However, such is not the case.
First, we will see how some of the verses in the Koran itself show clearly that these words were obviously spoken by Mohammed and Not God.
The Opening Sura Fatihah:
In the name of the Merciful and Compassionate God.
Praise belongs to God,
The Lord of the worlds, the merciful, the
compassionate, the ruler of the day of
the day of judgement! Thee we serve and Thee
we ask for aid. Guide us in the right path,
the path of those Thou art gracious to;
not to those Thou art wroth with, nor of
those who err.
Someone need not be a rocket-scientist to comprehend that these words are clearly addressed to God, in the form of a prayer. They are Mohammed's words of parise to God, asking for God's help and guidance. Some Muslim compilers conveniently add the imperative "say" in the English translation of the Koran at the beginning of the sura to remove this difficulty. This imperative form of the word "say" occurs at least 350 times in the Koran, and its obvious that this word has, in fact, been inserted by later compilers of the Koran to remove countless similarly embarassing difficulties. Thus, we have direct evidence that the Koran starts out with the words of Mohammed.(Koran 113:1)
One can clearly see, its Mohammed and NOT GOD HIMSELF who is seeking refuge in God.
Now have come to you, from your Lord, proofs
(To open your eyes): If any will see, it will
be for (the good of) his own soul; If any will
be blind, it will be to his own (harm): I am not
(here) To watch over your doings.
In this verse the speaker of the line "I am not to watch over your doings"- is clearly Mohammed. In fact Dawood in his translation adds a footnote that the "I" refers to Mohammed here.
For me, I have been commanded to serve the
Lord of this city, Him Who has sanctified it
and to whom (Belong) all things; and I am
commanded to be of those who bow in Islam to
Again, the speaker here is clearly Mohammed who is trying to justify killing of innocent Meccans who were not willing to follow Mohammed's version of God. Dawood and Pickthall both interpolate "say" at the beginning of the sentence which is lacking in the original Arabic version of the sura.
So veriy I call To witness the planets that recede...
Again, here it is Mohammed and NOT God who is swearing by the turning planets.
I swear by the afterglow of sunset, and by the night,
and by the moon when she is at the full.
Once again it is Mohammed and NOT God. He is unable to disguise his pagan heritage. He swears again in the name of the Sun and Moon, both of which were considered as holy deities by pre-Islamic Arabs.
Should I seek other judge than God, when
it is He who has sent down to you, the
distinguishing book (Koran)?
Any sane person can comprehend that those words are not spoken by God but Mohammed himself. Yusuf Ali in his translation adds at the beginning of the sentence "say", which is not there in the original Arabic and he does so without comment or footnote.
Having established that Koran actually contains the words of Mohammed I shall now show various other contradictions which are present in the Koran.Numerical Contradictions:
There are many numerical contradictions in the Koran. God cannot make an error in doing simple calculations, however Mohammed, as you will see, being an illiterate was very capable of making such errors.
How Many Days Did It Take To Create Heavens And Earth?
Your guardian-Lord is Allah. Who created the heavens and the earth in SIX Days...
Verily your Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and the earth in SIX Days...
He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in SIX days...
He Who created the heavens And the earth and all that is between, in SIX days...
The above verses clearly state that God created the heaven and the earth in 6 days. But the verses stated below contradict the above verses and imply that it took God 8 days to create the heaven and the earth. Read carefully and add up the numbers.
Is it that ye Deny Him who created the earth in TWO days?...
He set on the (earth). Mountains standing firm,
high above it, and bestowed blessings on the
earth, and measured therein all things to
give them nourishment in due proportion, in FOUR days...
So He completed them as seven firmaments in TWO days and...
Do the math: 2(for earth) + 4(for nourishment) + 2(for heavens) = 8 NOT 6
This implies that Mohammed did not know how to add integers.
Contradictions In the Inheritance Law
Allah directs you as regards your children's
(Inheritance): to the male a portion equal to
that of two females: if only daughters, two or
more, Their share is two-thirds of the inheritance;
if only one, her, share is a half.
For parents, a sixth share of the inheritance to
each, if the deceased left children; if no
children, and the parents are the heirs, the
mother has a third; if the deceased left brothers
the mother has a sixth...
In what your wives leave, your share is a half,
if they leave no child; but if they leave a child,
ye get a fourth; after payment of legacies and
debts. In what ye leave, their share is a fourth,
If ye leave no child; but if ye leave a child, they
get an eighth; after payment.
...If it is a man that dies, leaving a sister
but no child, she shall have half the inheritance:
If a woman dies and leaves no child, her brother
takes her inheritance: If there are two sisters,
they shall have two-thirds of the inheritance.
If there are brothers and sisters, the male takes
twice the share of the female.
Let us suppose that a man dies and leaves behind three daughters, two parents and his wife. According to the verses stated above the three daughters together will receive 2/3 of the share, the parents will receive 1/3 of the share and the wife will receive 1/8 of the share.
Do the math once again: 2/3 + 1/3 + 1/8 = 9/8 = 1.125. The distribution of the property adds up to more than the available property! How can this distribution be possible? Once again Mohammed displays his inability to add. Well, if a person can't add integers then it is unprobable that he would know how to add fractions.
Another example: A man dies and leaves behind his mother, his wife and two sisters. According to what Mohammed has stated in Koran 4:11-12 and 4:176 the mother will receive 1/3 of the property, the wife will receive 1/4 of the property and the sisters will receive 2/3 of the property.
Let us add up the fractions again: 1/3 + 2/3 + 1/4 = 5/4 = 1.25 and once again it adds up to more than the available property.
Allah's Day Equals 1,000 Years or 50,000 Years?
...A day in the sight of thy Lord is like a thousand years of your reckoning.
...To Him, on a Day, The space whereof will be a thousands years of your reckoning.
In the above verses it states clearly that a day of Allah is equal to a 1000 earth years. However, there is a contradiction in the verse stated below.
The angels and the Spirit ascend unto him in a day the measure whereof is fifty thousand years.
So, which one is it? Is the day of Allah equal to 1,000 earth years or 50,000 earth years?
How Many Gardens Of Paradise?
And those who feared their Lord will be led to THE Garden...
...But receive the glad tidings of THE Garden that which ye were promised!
Be ye foremost in seeking forgiveness from your Lord, and A Garden...
Their abode will be THE Garden.
In the above verses Mohammed refers to only ONE Garden of Paradise, but in the verses below he contradicts himself once again by saying that there are MANY Gardens of paradise.
For them will be GARDENS of Eternity...
Allah will admit those who believe and work righteous deeds.
To GARDENS beneath which rivers flow...
GARDENS of Eternity will they Enter...
GARDENS enclosed, and Grapevines;
It looks like Mohammed could not make up his mind about the number of Gardens of Eternity in heaven.
How Many Groups Of People During The Last Judgement?
And ye shall be sorted out into THREE classes.
The contradictory verses:
Such are the Companions of the right hand.
But those who reject our signs, they are
the companions of the left hand.
On the Day will men Proceed in companies sorted
out, to be shown the deeds that they had done.
Then shall anyone has done an ounce of good,
see it! And anyone who Has done an ounce of evil,
shall see it.
At first, Mohammed says that during the Last Judgement people will be divided into 3 groups. But in the later verses he seems to have changed his mind to 2 groups -- the group that has done evil and the group that has done good.
Who Takes The Souls After Death?
Sometimes Mohammed states that THE Angel of Death takes the souls after death and at another he says that there are ANGELS who take the souls at the time of death and at yet another time Mohammed states that it is in fact Allah who takes the souls. The relevant verses are listed below.
THE ANGEL of death, put in charge of you will take your souls then shall ye be brought back to your Lord.
But how will it be when the ANGELS take their souls at death, and smite their faces and their backs?
It is Allah that takes the souls of men at death; and those that die not He takes during their sleep...
During The Birth Of Jesus How Many Angels Spoke To Mary?
According to the Koran how many angels spoke to the virgin Mary at the time of the announciation of Jesus's birth? Well, Mohammed was no too sure about this, so he said that there were several angels in one verse and in the other he states that there was only one.
Behold! the ANGELS said: "O Mary! Allah hath chosen thee...
Behold! the ANGELS said: "O! Mary! Allah giveth thee...
...Then We sent to her (Mary) Our ANGEL...
Aside from the one angel Vs. many angels contradiction you will notice that Mohammed mostly refers to Allah as a singular entity throughout the Koran. However, he is not consistent with this as we see in the above verse where Mohammed says WE not I. Clearly he refers to Allah as a plural entity in this verse. There are many other such verses in the Koran (Refer to verses 21:43-51 and other such verses which I have written below). God cannot make such a glaring mistake and therefore, it must be Mohammed who is stating these verses in the Koran.
The "We" in this case refers to the pagan Gods of pre-Islamic Arabia. Mohammed took a lot from the scriptures of the Pagans, Jewish, Christian and Vedic faiths and insidiously distorted their meanings to suit his devilish needs.
Infinite Loop Problem
Now I will show that if we hold the following verses to be true then they will lead us to an infinite loop and eventually making the same verses invalid.
Verily this is a revelation from the Lord of the
worlds: with it came down the Spirit of Faith and
Truth to thy heart and mind...in the prespicuous
Arabic tongue, without doubt it is announced in the
writings of revealed Books of former peoples.
In this sura, we find that Koran is announced in the earlier writings. First point to note here is that none of the earlier revelations were in Arabic. For example, the earlier writings were Torah and Injil written in Hebrew and Greek.
Two contradictions arise immediately:
The Koran teaches us that there are seven heavens one above the other and that the stars are in the lower heaven, but the moon is in the midst of the seven heavens.
However, in reality the stars are much further away from the earth than the moon.
He Who created the seven heavens, one above the
other...And WE have adorned the lowest heaven with
Do you not see how God has created the seven heavens
one above the other, and made the moon a light in their
midst,and made the sun as a lamp?
And He completed the seven heavens in two
days and inspired in each heaven its command;
and We adorned the lower heaven with lamps,
and rendered it guarded...
Firstly, the Koran states that there are seven heavens in universe. Any sane person who has studied a bit of Modern Astronomy can tell that the conception of seven heavens was nothing but a result of Mohammed's absurd imagination. Muslim compliers try to cover up this serious flaw in the Koran by saying that the expression should be considered poetic rather than scientific.
Secondly, Koran claims that the stars are in a lower or even lowest heaven, while the moon is in a middle heaven. Even a child in primary standard knows today that the stars are much much further away from the earth than the moon.
Solomon listens to ants
The Koran talks about an incident where Somolom listens to ants while they are "talking".
At length, when they came to a valley of ants, one of
the ants said: "O ye ants, get into your habitations,
lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (under foot)
without knowing it."
So he smiled amused at her speech; and he said: "O my Lord! so order me that I may be grateful for Thy favours, which Thou has bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may work the righteousness that will please Thee: And admit me, by Thy Grace to the ranks of Thy Righteous Servants."
This in deed is a new discovery by Mohammed about ants which directly contradicts the scientific fact that ants communicate using smells, not modulation of sounds. Solomon could not have heard any talk since ants do not produce any sound.
The Embryonic Development
Koran clearly states that human beings are formed from a clot of blood
Then WE made the sperm into a clot of congealed
blood; then of that clot We made a (foetus) lump;
then We made out of that lump bones and clothed the
bones with flesh
This is scarcely a scientific description of embryonic development. It ignores to mention the female egg (the second and equally important half) and the process of fertilization when egg and sperm unite to form one new cell.
It mentions the obvious (the sperm), the visible, that which all mankind knew for a long time which is necessary to create a human. But the Koran does NOT mention the invisible (the female egg), which we know only through modern medicine.
Sun-set and Sun-Rise
Koran also teaches us that the Sun sets in a muddy spring.
Till, when he [the traveller Zul-qarnain]
reached the setting-place of the sun,
he found it going down into a muddy spring...
Till, when he reached the rising-place of the
sun, he found it rising on a people for whom
WE had appointed no shelter from it.
Firstly, It is scientifically proven that the sun does not go down in a muddy spring.
Secondly, this seems to presuppose a flat earth, otherwise how can there be an extreme point in the West or in the East? It does not say, he went as far as possible on land in these directions and then observed the sun-rise or sun-set while standing at this shore. A sunrise there would be basically just the same as at any other place on this earth, at land or sea. It would still look as if it is setting "far away". It does say, that he reached THE PLACE where the sun sets and in his second journey the place where it rises.
Why Stars Were Created
Koran gives us further scientific knowledge by telling us that the stars were created by Allah as missiles to throw at the devils.
And We have (from of old), adorned the lowest
heaven with lamps, and we have made such
(Lamps as) missiles to drive away Satans...
We have indeed decked the lower heaven with
beauty (in) the stars, (for beauty) and for
guard against all obstinate rebellious Satans.
(So) they should not strain their ears in the
direction of the Exalted Assembly but be
cast away from every side.
Thus, the stars are nothing but missiles to throw at devils so that they may not eavesdrop on the heavenly council. Once again we find Mohammed getting high on his weird imagination.
Sun And Moon Are Subject To Humans?
Koran also reveals the truth that sun and moon are subject to humans.
And He has made subject to you the sun and the moon,
both diligently persuing their courses; and the
night and the day has He (also) made subject to you.
Unfortunately, a human can never bring the sun and the moon subject to himself/herself. They always take their turn and pursue their courses whether they want or not. Sun, moon, day or night are not influenced by anyone's personal wish.
Why Mountains Were Created
Koran clearly explains that mountains were set on the earth so that the earth does not shake when earthquakes take place.
And We have set on the earth firm mountains, lest it should shake with them
And He has cast onto the earth firm mountains lest it should shake with you..
He has created the heavens without supports that you can see, and has cast onto the earth firm mountains lest it should shake with you..
Its very obvious that Mohammed was completely ignorant about the geological reasoning for existance of mountains. He saw that mountains are huge and heavy. So a good way to explain their existence is to say that mountains prevent earthquakes.
Firstly, this particular reason for existence of mountains is a direct contradiction with modern Geology. Geology proves to us that movement of tectonic plates or earthquake itself cause mountains to be formed.
Secondly, if mountains are created to stop the earth from shaking why several dozens of earthquakes happen every year ?
Moon Has Its Own Light?
Koran reveals to us that moon has its own light!
It is He who made the sun to be a shining glory and
the moon to be a light...
Evreryone in the modern world knows that moon does not have any light of its own.
Everything is Created in Pairs?
The following verse tells us that Allah created everything in pairs. For example, sex in plants and animals, day and night, forces of attraction and repulsion, etc.
And of every thing WE have created pairs:
that ye may receive instruction.
However, Mohammed in his simplistic observation of the world did not notice that there are some things in this world which are not in pairs. For example, bacteria, fungi imperfecti, etc. are members of the Monera Kingdom and reproduce asexually only! The European population of Elodea consists of plants of the same sex as well and therefore they also reproduce through asexual means.
Another example of things not in pairs is the gravitational force. The gravitational force is an attractive force. It does not have a counterpart. There is no such thing as repelling gravity.
Moses And The Samaritan
The Koran tells us that the calf worshipped by the Israelites at Mt. Horeb was molded by a Samaritan. This is stated in the verses (20:85-87, 95-97).
We have tested the people in thy absence: The
Samaritan has led them astray.
...Of the whole people, and we threw them into the
fire and that was what the Samaritan suggested.
The word "Samaritan" was not coined until 722 B.C.--several years after the events recorded in the Exodus. This implies that the Samaritan people could not have existed during the life of Moses and were not the ones who molded the calf.
Some Muslims go out of their way in trying to explain this. They say that the actual word here is "Samiri" or "Shomer". However, they should not deviate from the original Arabic which clearly spells out the word "Samaritan".
Obviously, Mohammed had no knowledge of History or when all the events took place, so he jumbled up everything.
Gospel Existed During The Time Of Moses?
Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered
Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own
(Scriptures),- in the Taurant and the Gospel...
Notice that the above verse is in present tense and thus the obvious problem is that the Gospel was not yet revealed at that time!
Haman - A minister of the Pharoah?
...For Pharaoh and Haman and all their hosts were Men of sin.
...therefore, O haman! light me a klin to bake bricks
out of clay, and build me a loftly palace...
Here the Koran clearly implies that Haman and the Pharaoh existed at the same time and place. But History tells us otherwise. The Pharaoh lived during the time of Moses and Haman served as a minister of Ahasuerus (Xerxes I). The Koranic verse in this case contains not only an error in location, but also an error of time as well (1,000 years).
Once again the Koran proves to us that either Mohammed had no real knowledge of History or he chose to distort it to suit his evil needs.
Creation Of The Heaven And The Earth
Another contradiction in the Koran is about the creation of Heaven and Earth. Which one was created first? As you will see in the verses below Mohammed at one time says that earth was created first and at another time he says that the Heaven was created first.
It is He who hath created for you all things that
are on earth; THEN he turned to the heaven and
made them into seven firmaments...
What! Are ye the more difficult to create of
heaven (above)? (Allah) hath constructed it...
and after that he extended (created) the earth
to a wide expanse.
Heaven And Earth Came Together Or Ripped Apart?
The next contradiction is about the coming together of heaven and earth Vs. ripping apart from each other.
...He said to the sky and to the earth: "Come
ye together willingly or unwillingly." They said:
"We do come together in willing obedience."
Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and
the earth were joined together before WE clove
How Was Man Created?
Was man created from a blood clot as the verse below states?
Created man, out of a mere clot of congealed blood.
Or was man created from water as Mohammed has stated in the verses below?
...WE made EVERY (including man) living thing
It is He who has created man from water...
Or was man created from "sounding" clay?
He created man from sounding clay, from mud
moulded into shape...
Or was man created from dust?
...He created him from dust, then said to him
Be and he was.
Among His signs is this that he created you from
dust; and then- Behold, ye are men scattered
far and wide!
Or was man created from nothing?
But does not man call to mind that WE created
him before out of nothing.
Or was man actually created from earth?
...Ye have no other god but him. It is he who
hath created you from the earth and settled you
Or was it a drop of sperm that created man?
He has created man from a sperm-drop...
Can Angels Disobey God?
One verse states that this is not possible and in another we have clear proof of an angel disobeying God.
...None of the angels are arrogant before their
Lord...and they do all that they are commanded.
...WE said to the angels: "Bow down to Adam"
and they bowed down: Not so Iblis: he refused
and was haughty: he was of those who reject
So, Iblis being an angel disobeyed God and this directly contradicts the verses 16:49-50 stated above.
How Was The Koran Revealed?
Who brought the revelation from Allah to Mohammed? One verse in Koran says that it was Gabriel, then in another we find that it was the 'Holy Spirit'.
Whoever is an enemy to Gabriel- for he brings down
the revelation to thy heart....
The Holy Spirit has the brought the revelation from
It is obvious that Mohammed forgot to cross check his revelations.
Confirmation Or Substitution Of Relevations?
Does the new revelation that was brought to Mohammed confirm the old revelations?
Whoever is an enemy to Gabriel- for he brings down
the revelation to thy heart By Allah's will, a
CONFIRMATION of what went before ?
Or does the new revelation that was brought to Mohammed substitute the old revelations?
When WE SUBSTITUTE one revealation for another....
It appears, Mohammed could not make up his mind whether he should please people of other religions (Christianity/Judaism) by saying that Koran confirms other holy books or he should take pride in saying that Koran substitutes other earlier revelations.
Was Noah's Son Saved?
Noah, when he cried to US, aforetime: We listened
to his paryer and delivered him and his family
from great distress.
But the another verse says that Noah's son drowned.
...And the waves came between them, and the son was
among those overwhelmed in the Flood.
Will Christians enter Paradise?
In one verse, Mohammed says that the Christians will enter Paradise.
Those who believe in the Quran...and the
christians...shall have their reward with their
Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor they shall
But in other verses Mohammed happily denies
what he said in the previous verse.
The contradictory verses are :
They do blasphame who say:"Allah is Christ the son
of Mary." But said Christ: "O Children of Israel!
Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord". Whoever Joins
other gods with Allah-Allah will forbid him
the GRADEN and the Fire will be his abode.
If anyone desires a religion other than Islam,
never will it be accepted of him; and in the
Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have
lost all spiritual good.
Is Wine Good Or Bad?
In one sura we find that wine is Satan's handiwork.
...Intoxiacants (wine) and gambling...are of Satan's
But then in other suras Koran says there are rivers of wine in Paradise.
Here is a Parable of the Garden which the righteous
are promised. In it are...rivers of wine...
My question is : how did Satan manage to introduce his handiwork in Paradise?
Jesus Was Born Under A Palm Tree?
And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk
of a palm tree: She (Mary) cried (in her anguish):
"Ah! would that I had died before this..."
So, the Koran claims that Jesus was under a palm tree which is in clear contradiction with numerous other scriptures of that time.
Is Homosexuality Allowed In Islam?
The Koran contradicts itself on this topic as well. The following verses state that homosexuality is forbidden.
If two men among you is guilty of lewdness, punish
Would ye really approach men in your lusts rather
than Women? Nay, ye are a people (grossly) ignorant!
Now the verses below are in clear contradiction of the above verses.
Round about them will serve, to them, boys
(handsome) as pearls well-guarded.
Round about them will serve boys of perpetual
And round about them will serve boys of perpetual
freshness: if thou seest them, thou wouldst think
them scattered pearls.
Mohammed could not make up his mind about Sodomy. He prohibits it on earth, but then he says that Muslims can enjoy homosexuality in Paradise. It is a well established fact that many famous Muslims were practicing homosexuals who looked towards the Koran to justify their actions. For example, Babar, the moghul king was madly in love with a young boy named Baburi. Kuttubuddin Aibak, another Muslim ruler of India used to dress up as a woman and dance in a vulgar manner.
Another example is Abu Nuwas--one of the greatest poets in Arabic language writes in the Perfumed Garden:
O the joy of sodomy! So now be sodomites, you Arabs.
Turn not away from it--therein is wondrous pleasure.
Take some coy lad with kiss-curls twisting on his temple
and ride as he stands like some gazelle standing to her mate.
-A lad whom all can see girt with sword and belt
not like your whore who has to go veiled.
Make for smooth-faced boys and do your very best
to mount them, for women are the mounts of the devils.
There are other such poems by Abu Nuwas and others which are more graphic in glorifying homosexuality and lesbianism.
We come to the conclusion that the Koran is full of contradictions. It is obviously not from God. The contradictions and the difference of writing styles evident in the Koran force us to make the conclusion that either this is a work of an incoherent and delusional individual or the work of not just one, but many people. For example, sometimes the verses are stated as if God is saying them and at other times it seems that someone else is talking about God. The finding of such direct contradictions in the Koran force us to make the above conclusion.
Note: The translations of the Koran by Yusuf Ali and Dawood have been used in this article. Works of Ibn Warraq, Robert Morey and Robert E. Burns have also been used to compose this article. The website http://answering-islam.org/Quran/Contra/ was of great help.