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  1. But how can an army crush human beings without realising it?
  2. You raise another problem - Solomon heard the ant talk. How? What applies to one ant applies to all of the ants.
  3. The Quran here is making a claim that ants are capable of rational thinking. Their brain structure does not support it.
  4. The Ahmadi's interpret this way. But how can an army crush human beings without realising it?
  5. Salam, thanks for your time, but you did not answer my question.
  6. We learn from the Quran that God is the originator of everything. E.g. "Say: Allah is the Creator of all things." (13:16). This implies two states. In state A, God existed alone. In state B, God existed alongside His creation. Where A is before the act of creation, and B is after the act of creation. But for there to be a 'before' and an 'after' requires Him to exist in time. No?
  7. Salam, My question is relating to this passage in the Quran: And gathered for Solomon were his soldiers of the jinn and men and birds, and they were [marching] in rows. Until, when they came upon the valley of the ants, an ant said, “O ants, enter your dwellings that you not be crushed by Solomon and his soldiers while they perceive not.” So [Solomon] smiled, amused at her speech, and said, “My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do righteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercy into [the ranks of] Your righteous servants.” (27:17-19) And specifically this sentence: "enter your dwellings that you not be crushed by Solomon and his soldiers while they perceive not." I accept that an ant can see a danger and respond to it, but how can it know the marching army does not see the ants and does not intend to harm them? Surely this judgement, and the communication of it, is beyond its cognitive ability.
  8. Variations of the Quran

    Salaam, Given that there have been textual variations of the Arabic Quran, especially in early Islamic history, how do we know the predominant version today is authentic?
  9. Salam, Thank you all for the replies, I understand the compatibility of the verses with our scientific knowledge now. I get the impression that there is a further layer of meaning beneath the surface, but I have no idea what it could be. The language in these verses is dressed up in symbolism - 6 days, 7 heavens, smoke, mountains, stars, etc. - all are rich in connotations. And in the breakdown of the stages, Allah could have included further symbols like the sun and moon, or plants and animals, so the restriction to a specific set of symbols should arouse our curiosity. Any thoughts?
  10. Salam, How can the Quran verses 41:9-12 be harmonised with our scientific understanding of how the universe emerged? http://quran.com/41/9-12 What do each of the six days represent?
  11. Can Anyone Explain This Supposed Discrepancy?

    MashAllah very good points. Thank you and have a good weekend!
  12. Can Anyone Explain This Supposed Discrepancy?

    My Arabic is very poor - are there quotations marks in these verses? I thought they were added by translators as their interpretation of the text. So, to clarify, you suggest that Allah can command the Prophet to say something either by using 'say' or by adding quotation marks. Am I correct? 19:36 would be Prophet Jesus (as), but I felt that is clear from the context, i.e. verse 19:30.
  13. Can Anyone Explain This Supposed Discrepancy?

    If they are his own words, then it would contradict the belief that the Quran is 100% the word of God. If he was told to say them by God, then why is there not the command 'say' before it? Oh so it could be that the Prophet had spoken in his own words, and then Allah ordered him to put it in the Quran. In that case he is not being commanded to say them. I suppose that would resolve it. Have I understood you correctly?
  14. Can Anyone Explain This Supposed Discrepancy?

    I do not see how it can be interpreted any other way. In both verses it seems the Prophet is speaking to people. The argument is that in these cases the Prophet put his own words into the Quran, because he has not been commanded by God to say it, which contradicts the belief that the Quran is 100% the word of God. To be clear, I am not saying it is an error, but I want to understand why God includes 'say' in some verses and excludes it in other verses.