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Our dear Iana and who is the author(s) of the Qur'an?

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Mar 19, 2020 at 07:55

Our dear Iana wrote this little gem:

>The Rabbi who was kidnapped and forced to write the Koran, what was his name?

There is no such story in the Islamic Historical Tradition or in literary sources external to the tradition be it Syriac, Greek, Hebrew, Armenian, Ethiopic or Coptic that I'm aware of

The Islamic Historical Tradition tells us that Muhammad had a secretary who was a young Jew and who was instructed by Muhammad to learn Syriac/Aramaic (in some traditions) and Hebrew (in some other traditions) so Muhammad can be aware of what is written in the books of the Jews and Christians! This story most likely never happened

We are also told that his first wife Khadija had a cousin his name was Waraqa Ibn Nawfal who "translated the Gospels into Arabic" He was most likely, if he even existed, a follower or Arias of Alexandria or he was Nestorian. If this character even existed, could he be the source of the material in the Qur'an that pertains to the OT and NT? Again we don't know

So who is really the author(s) of the Qur'an? We just don't know

The Qur'an is a very heterogeneous written clearly written by multiple hands and here are a few examples:

1. The Quranic mufasereen had great difficulty in explaining the puzzling literary phenomenon of "al-Kalam al-Mukarrar" and why would Allah repeat himself so often in different literary forms. The Islamic Tradition explains it that this is due to "asbab al-nuzul" However, John Wansbrough called this phenomenon "Variant Traditions" which means that the Qur'an indeed has multiple authors. Example of this phenomenon: Check Q2:40 and 2:47.

2. If you check Sura 18 it is full of stories and the smart Meccan Pagans called "Asateer al-Awaleen" or the Fables of the Ancients and indeed they are. In the case of the story of Ahl al-Kahf this is a story that was written by a Syrian Priest his name is Jacob of Serugh who died in 521AD. The story of Dhul Qarnain (Alexander the Great) was written by Pseudo Calisthenses and in the Qur'an it is from the Syriac translation of the story.

3. Q5:32 is from the Talmud which is very puzzling because neither Allah nor the tradition acknowledged the Talmud

4. The tradition of Ahl Layka (this is the archaic form of the tradition) or Ahl al-Ayka as has been suggested to be transmissions of the same tradition the first form predated Muhammad and the Qur'an by a very long time but who is the author? we just don't know

5. Q112:1 is an interesting puzzle. The word Ekhad (read by the Mufasereen as Ahad) is clearly a Hebrew word for One (it is Khad in Syriac). However, the grammar of the sentence is Syriac not Arabic. So who is the "informer" of Muhammad here? We will never know

6. The authors of the Qur'an claims that it is written in clear/eloquent Arabic which is far from the truth. Why would the Qur'an has many loan words from many languages of late antiquity be it Syriac, Hebrew, Greek, Latin and Ethiopic? Too many authors and literary sources may be?

And these are only a few examples. Well, could the author of the Qur'an be Allah? The Islamic Tradition tells us the author is Allah. Should we believe it? No the Qur'an was written by human beings and it did not drop from the sky

>I heard on Christian Radio a story of a rabbi kidnapped by barbarians and forced to write the koran. This rabbi encoded his message into the quran before he was killed. What was this rabbis name?

Could you provide us with a link because I don't believe you

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