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Zakir Naik's claim about Islam
|by Nikhilesh B.M.|
Zakir Naik has become a really famous celebrity in islamic world. His arguments are however flawed and make least sense. Here are my comments on how he justify's the existence of "Allah".
My Muslim brothers may question me, "Zakir, why are you congratulating an atheist?" The reason that I am congratulating an atheist is because he agrees with the first part of the Shahada i.e. the Islamic Creed, 'La ilaaha' - meaning 'there is no God'. So half my job is already done; now the only part left is 'il lallah' i.e. 'but Allah' which I shall do Insha Allah. With others (who are not atheists) I have to first remove from their minds the wrong concept of God they may have and then put the correct concept of one true God.
MY RESPONSE: Thanks Zakir but you will need real proof and not make beliefs to make me believe in your religion or in God.
ZAKIR NAIK: My first question to the atheist will be: "What is the definition of God?" For a person to say there is no God, he should know what is the meaning of God. If I hold a book and say that 'this is a pen', for the opposite person to say, 'it is not a pen', he should know what is the definition of a pen, even if he does not know nor is able to recognise or identify the object I am holding in my hand. For him to say this is not a pen, he should at least know what a pen means. Similarly for an atheist to say 'there is no God', he should at least know the concept of God. His concept of God would be derived from the surroundings in which he lives. The god that a large number of people worship has got human qualities - therefore he does not believe in such a god. Similarly a Muslim too does not and should not believe in such false gods.
MY RESPONSE: These are the two definitions I found in dictionary for the word "God".
ZAKIR NAIK: If a non-Muslim believes that Islam is a merciless religion with something to do with terrorism; a religion which does not give rights to women; a religion which contradicts science; in his limited sense that non-Muslim is correct to reject such Islam. The problem is he has a wrong picture of Islam. Even I reject such a false picture of Islam, but at the same time, it becomes my duty as a Muslim to present the correct picture of Islam to that non-Muslim i.e. Islam is a merciful religion, it gives equal rights to the women, it is not incompatible with logic, reason and science; if I present the correct facts about Islam, that non-Muslim may Inshallah accept Islam.
Similarly the atheist rejects the false gods and the duty of every Muslim is to present the correct concept of God which he shall Insha Allah not refuse.
MY RESPONSE: The picture of Islam that you are rejecting as wrong has xreated this image because of the "Holy" scribblings in your Quran. Here are a few contradictions in Quran:
1. And it just doesn't add up: (*) Surah 4:11-12 and 4:176 state the Qur'anic inheritance law. If a man dies and leaves three daughters, his two parents and his wife then they will receive the respective shares of 2/3 for the 3 daughters together, 1/3 for the parents together [both according to verse 4:11] and 1/8 for the wife [4:12] which adds up to more than the estate available. A second example is, that when a man leaves only his mother, his wife and two sisters, then they receive 1/3 [mother, 4:11], 1/4 [wife, 4:12] and 2/3 [the two sisters, 4:176], which again adds up to 15/12 of the available property. Guess God doesn't know mathematics. Well, what more can you expect from a tyrant. No wonder he is bad at the language of reason.
2. Further numerical discrepancies (*) Does Allah's day equal to 1,000 human years (Surah 22:47, 32:5) or 50,000 human years (Surah 70:4)?
3. Islamic version of what man was made from: A criticism of the Qur'an involves verses 5-7 of surah 86. They claim: Now let man but think from what he is created! He is created from a drop emitted - proceeding between the backbone and the ribs. (86:5-7)
ZAKIR NAIK: The methods of proving the existence of God with usage of the material provided in the 'Concept of God in Islam' to an atheist may satisfy some but not all.
MY RESPONSE: Yes, scientific methods of rigour and testing are unfallable like human minds. Scientific method is totally based on evidence and not fairy tales. So are you saying Quran mentions many scientific facts (which I seriously doubt) and thus is a revelation from God. Even an encyclopedia mentions many scietific truths and facts which almost 100% of the population of the Earth doesn't kow. Does that make it a word of God?. No.
ZAKIR NAIK: Blah blah.... probability blah bhah,.... guesses are correct blah blah blah.
MY RESPONSE: Please visit this website: You'll see people had hypothesised a spherical Earth centuries before the Quran was even written.
ZAKIR NAIK: The light of the moon can be its own light or a reflected light. The Qur'an rightly says it is a reflected light. If it is a guess, the chances that it will be correct is 1/2 and the probability that both the guesses i.e the earth is spherical and the light of the moon is reflected light is 1/30 x 1/2 = 1/60.
MY RESPONSE: Quran says: Blessed is He Who made constellations in the skies, and placed therein a Lamp [siraaj] and a Moon giving light [noor] (25:61)
ZAKIR NAIK: Further, the Qur'an also mentions every living thing is made of water. Every living thing can be made up of either wood, stone, copper, aluminum, steel, silver, gold, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, oil, water, cement, concrete, etc. The options are say about 10,000. The Qur'an rightly says that everything is made up of water. If it is a guess, the chances that it will be correct is 1/10,000 and the probability of all the three guesses i.e. the earth is spherical, light of moon is reflected light and everything is created from water being correct is 1/30 x 1/2 x 1/10,000 = 1/60,000 which is equal to about .0017%.
MY RESPONSE: Yes every living thing on Earth has water as its major constituent. Even ancient cultures knew that. Hindus and ancient Greeks considered bodies to be made of Earth, Fire, Wind and Water. And far from your logic, living cells ar made also from other elements like hydrogen (which is a constituent of water itself), carbon, potassium, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, etc. Guess your God didn't know that.
ZAKIR NAIK: The Qur'an speaks about hundreds of things that were not known to men at the time of its revelation. Only in three options the result is .0017%. I leave it upto you, to work out the probability if all the hundreds of the unknown facts were guesses, the chances of all of them being correct guesses simultaneously and there being not a single wrong guess. It is beyond human capacity to make all correct guesses without a single mistake, which itself is sufficient to prove to a logical person that the origin of the Qur'an is Divine. Creator is the author of the Qur'an.
MY RESPONSE: Only logic that follows that Quran, like any other religious scripture is full of logical and scientific errors that has nothing to do with sientific approach. It is only for lack of ability to think that people will fall into the stupid religious dogma.
ZAKIR NAIK: Its mentioned in Quran, Mountains are created to prevent Earthquakes. Now we know with latest advances of science that this is actually a fact.
MY RESPONSE: [ROFLMAO] A scientific contradiction critics use is the claim that the quran says mountains were created to prevent earthquakes. In reality, mountians were created as a result of earthquakes, and mountains do not render the earth's crust stable.
And He has set up on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should shake with you; and rivers and roads; that ye may guide yourselves; (16:15)
Critics say these verses show that the writer of the quran did not know the reason for the creation of mountians. These verses say that mountians were created to prevent earthquakes, while modern geology tells us that mountians were created because of earthquakes and not to prevent them. Mountains are simply folds of Land created when two tectonic plates collide. Simple. And God got it wrong. LOL.
ZAKIR NAIK: When I was in school i had learned that the sun was stationary. It revolves but did not rotate about on its own axis. Then atheist may says 'Is that mentioned in the Quran?' I said 'No that is what I learned in school.' 'And I passed my school in 1982 approximately 12 years back I have learned the sun was stationary did not rotate about on its own axis. But the Quran says in Surah Ambia C 21 V 33. 'It is Allah who created the Night and the Day and the Sun and the Moon. Each one travelling in the orbits with its own motion'. So the Quran says that beside the sun revolving, it even rotates about its own axis. Who could have mentioned that in the Quran 1400 years ago?
MY RESPONSE: First of all, Day is because of presence of sunlight on one part of the Earth and night is absense of light in one part. No one can "create" day and night. Your book says Sun and Moon travell in orbit with their own motion. But no where it mentions Earth travels around the Sun. Infact people at that time considered Sun to revolve arount Earth. Thus it is very much probable that the "Good" book of yours is just portraying God's hand in that myth.
Also the book mentions: Until, when he reached the setting of the sun, he found it set in a spring of murky water: Near it he found a People: We said: "O Zul-qarnain! (thou hast authority,) either to punish them, or to treat them with kindness." (18:86)
And the sun runs his course for a period determined for him: that is the decree of (Him), the Exalted in Might, the All-Knowing. (36:38)
Notable critics claim that these verses are a scientific error since the sun does not actually set in a spring of murky water.  Muslims respond by stating that this part of the Quran is a narrative from Zul-Qarnain's point of view; and Zul-Qarnain was describing the setting of the sun as he saw it (the sun looked like it set in a spring of water). But I thought Quran was the word of God. Where did this guy's words come into picture?
ZAKIR NAIK: There are hundred of verses in the Quran which only speaks about the water cycles which science has discovered these centuries.
We can keep on talking that today we have come to know that the plants have got sexes which we did not know earlier. Quran says in Surah Taha C 20 V 53 that the plants got sexes, males and females. Today we have come to know that there is two types of water, sweet and salty and there is barrier between them which is mentioned in the Quran in Surah Furqan C 25 V 53 and Surah Rahman C 55 V 19 – 20. 'It is Allah who has let free two bodies of flowing water. Thought they meet they do not mix. There is a barrier between them.'
MY RESPONSE: Water cycle was a fact long before quran was written and people knoew about various phases of water. Do you know there are plants and animals that reproduce asexually. Also there are also plants that have both male and female sexes. I guess your God forgot to mention them.
Please open your eyes in light of reason and evidence.
UPDATE: Zakir Naik claims all the life is created from water. Here is a piece of evidence that shows the existence of non-water based life-form.
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