Tuesday, 18 October 2011

How does the Qur'an compare to the Book of Genesis on the great events of history (Creation, Fall, Flood and confusion of languages)?


With the increased adoption of evolutionary-based curricula, some Muslim leaders and scholars began to recognize the threat to Islam from a rising tide of evolutionary thinking. Their response had been either to attack evolution, or, more commonly, to blend it with Islam.

CORRUPTION (The Fall of man)

Key differences between the Bible and the Qur’an

The Bible says:The Qur’an says:
Prior to sin, Adam and Eve given free access to fruit of the “Tree of Life” (Genesis 2:9, 16-17)The “Tree of Eternity” (equated with giving eternal life in 7:20, hence comparable to the Biblical Tree of Life) was the Forbidden Tree (20:120).
Forbidden tree clearly identified as “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” “And the Lord God commanded the man, 'You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.'” (Genesis 2:16-17)No mention of the name “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.” Qur’an 7:19 “O Adam! Dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden, and enjoy (its good things) as ye wish: But approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and transgression.” (Also 2:34)
Snake/serpent in Eden (Genesis 3).No mention of snake or serpent in the Qur’an (except a reference to Moses' stick-to-snake transformation).

The serpent enticed Eve, denying she would die. (Genesis 3:1-5)

“'You will not surely die,' the serpent said to the woman. 'For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'”

Satan enticed Adam and his wife. Qur’an 20:120 “But Satan whispered evil to him: He said, 'O Adam! Shall I lead thee to the Tree of Eternity1 and to a kingdom that never decays?'” Qur’an 7:20-21 “Then began Satan to whisper suggestions to them … He said: 'Your Lord only forbade you this tree, lest ye should become angels or such beings as live forever.'”
“The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and Eve, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21)“Raiment” mentioned, but no mention of skin (Qur’an 7:26).
After the Fall, Adam and Eve still on Earth, but barred from Eden (Genesis 3:23-24).Adam and Eve were shifted from Paradise (not on Earth) down to Earth (7:24, also 2:36).
After the Fall, man will now eat “through painful toil” and (as a result of the Curse on the land) “by sweat of your brow” (Genesis 3:17, 19)Toil and sweat were an integral part of the original created Earth. Qur’an 90:4 “Verily We have created man to toil and struggle.”
Death is an “enemy”, that entered after Adam sinned. (Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Romans 5:12, 17; I Corinthians 15:21-22, 26)No references in the Qur’an to death being an “enemy”, or anything other than an integral part of the original created Earth.
Ground now “cursed”; the whole creation now “groaning”, in “bondage to decay”. (Genesis 3:17; Romans 8:20-22; Revelation 22:3).Apparently, the “bad things” are not a consequence of the Fall, but integral to the original Creation.


  1. One Muslim commentator, clearly confused about the Genesis account, writes that this tree is designated in the Bible as “the tree of life” and “the tree of knowledge of good and evil”. Muhammed Asad, The Message of The Qur’an, Dar al-Andalus Ltd, Gibraltar, p.484 (footnote 106), 1984.

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