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  • Quran 21:63 & 21:68 – Ability Of God To Do Work As Argument Against Idolators

    Posted by Ahsan on May 12, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    In various Quranic verses such as 21:63 to 21:68, The argument against idols has been made that idols cannot do anything, if they are true ask them to do some sort of work.

    The question is if some one ask Muslims if your Allah is true then ask him to speak to us or show some work, how can we respond to that?

    Dr. Irfan Shahzad replied 1 year, 12 months ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Quran 21:63 & 21:68 – Ability Of God To Do Work As Argument Against Idolators

  • Dr. Irfan Shahzad

    Scholar May 13, 2022 at 5:01 am

    The Quran addressed the idolators who already believed in God and ascribed the creation of the world and of everything to Him. So this arguemt worked there, the idolators won’t retort to ask what your God can do, because they believed that God can do anything.

    Now when we invite someone to make him believe in God, we use the common logical grounds, like the intelligent design which cannot come into existence on its own, the Quran being a miraculous book which can’t be delivered from an unlettered prophet etc.

    We don’t argue that God will move on our discretion.

  • Ahsan

    Moderator May 13, 2022 at 7:43 am

    Thank you very much. It is cleared

  • Nadeem Minhas

    Member July 25, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Assalam-o-Alaikam. If Quran addresses those who already believed in Allah, then at what basis idol worshippers made figures of Allah and why would they have multiple gods? Why Quran didn’t address that point?

    Secondly, even today’s idol worshippers don’t pray to the idols, but a god that is somewhat look alike of those idol. Idols are just there to be able to see those gods physically. It is just like Christians who pray to the statue of Jesus but they don’t believe the statue to be the son of god but actual Jesus symbolized by the statue.

    • Umer

      Moderator July 25, 2022 at 10:31 pm

      It is the rationale/ideology behind that idol which makes it shirk, not the idol itself. Arab Pagans used to believe in God and Allah was the name used by them for God. Their polytheism involved invoking names of Angels (as daughters of Allah), Jinns and pious personalities like Prophet Abraham (SWS) and Prophet Ismael (SWS) (as special appointee from God given special powers and to be referred to for divine help). The idol is just a physical manifestation of these polytheistic beliefs. Therefore, our critique is on the concept behind that Idol not the idol itself per se.

      For Details, please refer to the video below from 25:04 to 29:23

      https://youtu.be/5T1j6yT5LRk?t=1504

    • Umer

      Moderator July 25, 2022 at 10:32 pm

      Please also refer to the video below from 19:33 to 23:45

      https://youtu.be/5-ZqWauc2SU?t=1173

      Alternative Link: ilm-o-Hikmat 31-03-2019

  • Dr. Irfan Shahzad

    Scholar July 26, 2022 at 2:11 am

    The idol worshippers of Arab believe that the statue they worshipped contain the spirit of the deity which listened and responded. The same goes for the common idolaters of today. However, those with some philosophical mind and knowledge assume that the statue is just a manifestation of a deity to concentrate their thoughts and emotions on it.

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