Quran mistakes Jesus’ mother Mary for Moses’ sister Mariam
There is a passage in the Quran that describes the mother of Jesus of Nazareth as the sister of Aaron. It goes like this: “At length she brought (the babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms). They said: ‘O Mary! Truly a strange thing has thou brought! O sister of Aaron, thy father was not a man of evil, nor your mother a woman unchaste!’” (Sura 19:27-28).
But Aaron, the brother of Moses, lived and died centuries before Mary, the mother of Jesus was born; and Aaron’s sister was Miriam, not Mary. There is a time gap of more than 12 centuries between Jesus’ mother Mary and Moses’ sister Miriam. In the Arabic language, the word for Mary and Miriam is the same word (Maryam), perhaps the cause of this mistake. It is an error that an Arab of the 7th Century might make, to mistake Mary for Miriam, but not a mistake that the all-knowing Allah would make.
The above error was discovered during Muhammad’s lifetime, and it was brought to his attention. He had an answer for it.
His explanation went as follows: “The (people of the old age) used to give names (to their persons) after the names of Apostles and pious persons who had gone before them.” (Translation of Sahih Muslim, The Book on General Behaviour (Kitable Al-Adab), Book 025, Number 5326).
There is no way that Muhammad could have known that this was the reason that Mary was called “sister of Aaron” in the Quran unless Allah told him. Mary is never addressed anywhere (and for any reason) as “the sister of Aaron” in any of the Jewish or Christian scriptures. So either Allah gave this explanation to Muhammad as the reason why Mary was addressed in the Quran as “the sister of Aaron,” or Muhammad lied.
If we believe that Allah told this to Muhammad, then we have to wonder why, to avoid the appearance of an error in the Quran, Allah didn’t explain the use of the phrase “sister of Aaron” right in the Quran in the first place. For example, why didn’t the Quran say something like this: “At length she brought (the babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms). They said: ‘O Mary! Truly a strange thing has thou brought!’ And addressing her with a pious name of old, they said, ‘O sister of Aaron, thy father was not a man of evil, nor your mother a woman unchaste’”? Surely Allah, being the greatest of all poets, could have found a beautiful, perfect way to explain this issue in the Quran.
Allah has many attributes, but “stupid” is not one of them. Why did Allah allow His perfect book to be doubted and attacked for describing Mary as “the sister of Aaron” when Allah could have easily fixed the problem beforehand right in the Quran? Because Allah did not fix this passage, many believe that Muhammad was lying to cover a mistake that he, not Allah, had made. Note that Muhammad’s explanation nullifies all other possible explanations, such as the possibility that the brother of Mary mentioned in the Quran was a different “Aaron” from the brother of Moses.
Also note that the Quran is claimed to be a perfect book, but contains an imperfection that could have easily been corrected within the book itself, creating a contradiction of the most fundamental sort.
Surely Allah knew that the phrase “sister of Aaron” would be read as a mistake by many readers. He knew that the Arabic word for Miriam and Mary was the same word, pointing to an Arab (and who else but Muhammad?) as the likely source of this passage. For all these reasons, Allah had every incentive to correct this problem in the Quran so that it would not look like Muhammad’s mistake; but He didn’t correct it.
Therefore, we conclude that Allah did not write the Quran.
However it is very likely that this hadith (in which Muhammad gives this explanation) was forged and falsely attributed to Muhammad. It may be an attempt to whitewash Muhammad’s error.
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And unfortunately, this blunder is repeated again in Chapter 66 Verse 12 of the Quran. Nowhere in the Quran are Mary and Mariam mentioned as different characters. It should have been made clear in the Quran that even though the word is the same in Arabic, Mary the Mother of Jesus lived more than 12 centuries after Mariam, the sister of Moses. Simple and clear! The Quran repeatedly claims to be a “clear book” (5:15), “easy to understand” (44:58 , 54:22 , 54:32, 54:40), “explained in detail” (6:114), “conveyed clearly” (5:16, 10:15), and with “no doubt” in it (2:1). Isn’t it clear that it mistakes Mary for Moses’ sister Miriam?
For a more detailed study of this massive blunder of the Quran, open this link.
However, in this case, one point we find worth mentioning is this. Perhaps the best exposure of mistakes in the Quran are made in the websites www.answering-islam.org and in www.1000mistakes.com
They seem to be even better than websites of former Muslims like www.faithfreedom.org or www.islam-watch.org in trying to prove that Islam is false. These sites, answering-islam and 1000mistakes.com are run by Christians who say “Christ is the way”. Some Muslims have tried to refute these sites and launched their own sites- like answering-christianity.com They point out mistakes in the Bible and try to refute errors in the Quran.
For neutral observers, both are partly in the right and partly in the wrong. They are both right when they point out errors in the others religious book viz. The Holy Bible and The Holy Quran. But their forcible defense in bending all rules of logic to forcibly explain the unexplainable, deny the undeniable and defend the indefensible errors in their own book are wrong.
As a matter of fact, Hindu religious books too contain many errors, contradictions and mistakes and things which are not acceptable by today’s modern standards. But Hindus are free to reject such sentences in their religious books and follow modern civil laws, since Hinduism does not insist in blind belief without reason and blindly following a book accepting it as the “Word of God”. This freedom of thought of accepting or rejecting any or all of what is given is the beauty of Hinduism. And it is this free thinking, given in Hinduism (not in Islam and Christianity which insist on blind faith), which will liberate the world in the 21st century.
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