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Rebuttal to Sam Shamoun's article
Qur'an Contradiction:

Messengers Amongst the Jinns and Angels?

 

By
Sami Zaatari

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://answering-islam.org/Quran/Contra/jinn_messengers.html

 

 

In this rebuttal of mine I wont post Shamoun's entire article, I will basically put the verses that seem to contradict each other and respond to them to show there are no contradictions.

 

 

He Wrote

 

The Quran claims that Allah sent messengers from among the Jinn and men:

 

"O ye assembly of JINNS and men! came there not UNTO you messengers FROM AMONGST YOU, setting forth unto you My Signs, and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours?" They will say: "We bear witness against ourselves." It was the life of this world that deceived them. So against themselves will they bear witness that they rejected Faith. S. 6:130

 

This passage poses a rhetorical question to both the Jinn and men, telling them to recall the fact that Allah sent messengers from amongst them to warn them of the Day of Judgment. The question that naturally arises is what could it possibly mean that Allah sent messengers from the Jinn to warn them about Allah's judgment? Does Allah actually call on immaterial entities to preach amongst their own kind? The following verses say yes:

 

"Allah chooses messengers from angels and from men, for Allah is He Who hears and sees (all things)." S. 22:75

All praise is due to Allah, the Originator of the heavens and the earth, the Maker of the angels, apostles flying on wings, two, and three, and four; He increases in creation what He pleases; surely Allah has power over all things. S. 35:1 Shakir

 

Yet the problem gets even worse. According to other passages, Allah chose only human messengers to convey the message:

 

"Nor did We send before thee messengers ANY BUT MEN, whom We did inspire,- (men) from the people of the towns. Do they not travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those before them? But the home of the Hereafter is best, for those who do right. Will ye not then understand?" S. 12:109

 

"Before thee, also, the messengers We sent were BUT MEN, to whom We granted inspiration: If ye know this not, ask of those who possess the Message. Nor did We give them bodies that ate no food, nor were they immortals." S. 21:7-8

 

And the messengers whom We sent before thee were ALL (MEN) who ate food and walked through the markets. We have made some of you as a trial for others: will ye have patience? For Allah is One Who sees (all things). Those who do not hope to meet Us (for Judgment) say: "Why are not the angels sent down to us, or (why) do we not see our Lord?" Indeed they have an arrogant conceit of themselves, and mighty is the insolence of their impiety! S. 25:20-21

 

Behold, the messengers came to them, from before them and behind them, (preaching): "Serve none but Allah." They said, "If our Lord had so pleased, He would certainly have sent down angels. So we disbelieve in the message you were sent with." S. 41:14

 

 

 

 

My Response

 

At first glance the passages do seem to contradict each other. Surah's 6:130 22:75 and 35:1 state that there are jinn messengers and angels while S 12:109, 21:7-8, 25:20-21 and 41:14 state that there are only human messengers.

 

Are these contradictions? The answer is no they are not. The 2 verses are adressed in two completly different ways.

 

The first 3 verses he posted which show messengers and angels :

 

"O ye assembly of JINNS and men! came there not UNTO you messengers FROM AMONGST YOU, setting forth unto you My Signs, and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours?" They will say: "We bear witness against ourselves." It was the life of this world that deceived them. So against themselves will they bear witness that they rejected Faith. S. 6:130

 

"Allah chooses messengers from angels and from men, for Allah is He Who hears and sees (all things)." S. 22:75

All praise is due to Allah, the Originator of the heavens and the earth, the Maker of the angels, apostles flying on wings, two, and three, and four; He increases in creation what He pleases; surely Allah has power over all things. S. 35:1 Shakir

 

These 2 verses are being adressed to everyone as a whole, humans, angels, and jinns. So when this statement is being made Allah is making it to everyone. That is the first difference you will notice between the two.

 

Now the verses which say that messengers were only men:

 

 

Nor did We send before thee messengers ANY BUT MEN, whom We did inspire,- (men) from the people of the towns. Do they not travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those before them? But the home of the Hereafter is best, for those who do right. Will ye not then understand?" S. 12:109

 

"Before thee, also, the messengers We sent were BUT MEN, to whom We granted inspiration: If ye know this not, ask of those who possess the Message. Nor did We give them bodies that ate no food, nor were they immortals." S. 21:7-8

 

And the messengers whom We sent before thee were ALL (MEN) who ate food and walked through the markets. We have made some of you as a trial for others: will ye have patience? For Allah is One Who sees (all things). Those who do not hope to meet Us (for Judgment) say: "Why are not the angels sent down to us, or (why) do we not see our Lord?" Indeed they have an arrogant conceit of themselves, and mighty is the insolence of their impiety! S. 25:20-21

 

These verses are all being adressed to Muhammad. That is the main difference, the other 2 verses talking about jinn and angel messengers is when Allah is adressing everyone. In this verses saying that there are messengers from men only is when Allah is adressing Muhammad alone. So hence you can see the major difference, since Muhammad is a human prophet, Allah is adressing him and telling him about the other human messengers before him. So they are not contradictions at all. You can see it for yourself:

 

"O ye assembly of JINNS and men! came there not UNTO you messengers FROM AMONGST YOU, setting forth unto you My Signs, and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours?" They will say: "We bear witness against ourselves." It was the life of this world that deceived them. So against themselves will they bear witness that they rejected Faith. S. 6:130

 

Nor did We send before thee messengers ANY BUT MEN, whom We did inspire,- (men) from the people of the towns. Do they not travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those before them? But the home of the Hereafter is best, for those who do right. Will ye not then understand?" S. 12:109

 

So you can see for yourself, the verses mentioning jinn and men messengers is being adressed to both men and jinns togethor as a whole. Note it says:

O ye assembly of JINNS and men

 

So that is the main difference between the two. The verses mentioning jinn and angel messengers is being adressed to men and jinns all togethor, the verses mentioning human messengers only is being addressed to man only, specifically Muhammad.

 

So hence there are no contradictions, at first glance they do seem to be contradictory but when you go to check it out you see there are non at all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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