An Imperfection in the Perfect Quran
By Kimble K. Smith
The Quran is the perfect word of Allah and cannot have errors. Written
by Allah, its perfection has existed since time began.
There is a passage in the Quran that describes the mother of Jesus of
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
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.
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 confuse Mary with 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
Also note that the Quran is 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 was forged and falsely
attributed to Muhammad. It is an attempt of the Muslims to whitewash