Complimentary StoryALLAH DOES NOT KNOW THE FUTURE...
In our first article of this series, we covered how Allah is not “all-knowing” concerning nature and historical facts, and in the second article we covered how Allah does not know the past. In this article we will look at how Allah does not know the future.
Muslims claim that the Qur’an is the word of Allah which was written before the creation as Allah knows exactly all that is to come. However, if this was the case, why did Allah use the word “perhaps” concerning the future of what would take place 160 times in the Qur’an? The word “perhaps” is also used in phrases repeated throughout the Qur’an. In Qur’an 2:21 we read: “O you people, serve your lord who created you and those who were before you, perhaps you may fear.” This phrase “perhaps you may fear” is repeated six times in chapters 2, 6, and 7. Did Allah know or not know if people would fear him?
Another phrase with the word “perhaps” is used in Qur’an 2:52: “Then we pardoned you; after that, perhaps you might be thankful.” If Allah is all-knowing, why did he say that if he pardoned the people that perhaps they might be thankful? You can see the repeated nonsense of this phrase fourteen times in the Qur’an in chapters 2, 3, 5, 8, 16, 22, 28, 30, 35, and 45.
We read about the phrase “perhaps you might/may be guided” in Qur’an 2:53: “And when we gave Moses the book and the discriminator, perhaps you might be guided.” Once again, if Allah is all-knowing and he gave the book (Torah) to Moses, why did Allah say “perhaps you might be guided?” Did Allah know that his book had the power to guide his prophet Moses and his people after him or not? How powerful is the word of Allah if his book does not have the power to guide Moses’ people? This phrase is found eleven times in the Qur’an.
As for the phrase “perhaps you may understand,” it is mentioned five times. It is first mentioned in Qur’an 2:73: “So we said, ‘Strike him with part of it.’ Likewise, Allah gives life to the dead and shows you his signs, perhaps you may understand.” Notice here the exaggeration of the word of Allah in the Qur’an.
If we read this verse without its context, we miss the whole point. By reading the entire story, you will find that Allah cannot be God for he does not know what he is talking about. In Qur’an 2:67 -73, we learn that Allah ordered Moses and his people to kill a cow. If you use your imagination, that was when Moses was on top of Mt. Sinai, and then Moses came down from the mountain and told his people that Allah wants them to kill a cow. Their response was, “Are you joking with us, Moses?” Moses answered, “I am not, for I seek the refuge to be of the foolish.” Therefore, they asked Moses to ask Allah about what kind of cow Allah wants them to kill. So Moses went back up the mountain to ask Allah this question. Allah answered him, “It is neither old nor young. It is between the two.” Why can’t Allah give Moses the exact age of the cow? Then Moses went down the mountain and gave the people the answer.
Then the people needed to know more information, so they asked Moses to go back up the mountain to ask Allah what color of cow Allah wants them to kill. “No problem,” Moses said, and once again he went up to the top of the mountain. The answer Allah gave to Moses was, “She must be a bright, yellow cow.” Well, Moses was so excited to give them the new information, but the children of Israel needed even more. They asked Moses to go back again to the top of the mountain to ask Allah for more details. Allah gave Moses more information. The cow must be not worn by plowing the earth or watering the fields and be submissive with no blemish.
Can you imagine how long and difficult it was for Moses to repeatedly go up and down the mountain to get the answers for the questions about the cow? If Allah is truly all-knowing, as the God of the Bible is, wouldn’t he tell Moses all the information at one time before he ordered the children of Israel to kill a cow?
The most ridiculous thing or mystery about this story in the Qur’an can be summarized in the following question: Why did Allah order Moses to ask the children of Israel to kill a cow? The answer can be found in verses 72 and 73 when Allah said: “‘And when you kill a soul and disagree among yourselves about it, and Allah brings forth what you were hiding.’ So we said, ‘Strike him with part of it.’ Likewise, Allah gives life to the dead and shows you his signs, perhaps you may understand.”
If a Jewish man was killed and the Jewish community could not find out who killed him, they were to bring a part of this killed cow and touch the dead man with it. When they did this, the deceased man would come back to life and speak and tell the people who killed him. This was a great miracle with the assurance that no one could doubt who the killer was. Here one may think Allah would end verse 73 with “for certain or for sure you will understand,” but amazingly, Allah did not do so. Instead he ended the sentence with “perhaps you may understand.” We see the same phrase repeated in the Qur’an eight times.
We encourage you to read about the rest of the 160 times in the Qur’an where Allah used the word “perhaps.” You will surely come to the conclusion that Allah, the god of Mohammed, is not all-knowing and for certain not the God of the Bible.
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