Its interesting when you examine the difference between how religions treat their prophets. In Judaism, Prophets are held to a higher standard, Miriam got leprosy for saying just one gossipy thing about her brother Moses. Moses was Gods servant for over forty years, they only Prophet to ever see God “face to face” he was kept out of the holy land for hitting a rock.
Another Quranic Contradiction: The Privileged Rights of the Prophet by Abu Taleb 16 Apr, 2008It has been a common knowledge now that Qur’an has contradictions or discrepancies which is not denied by Qur’an in the verse 4:82:
4:82 Do they not consider the Qur’an (with care)? Had it been from other Than Allah, they would surely have found therein Much discrepancy.”
Were Qur’an free from any discrepancy, the verse would have said, “… they would surely have found therein no discrepancy”, not “much discrepancy”. There has been a long list of errors and contradictions in Qur’an, here I just want to discuss a contradiction around verse 33:50 which may not so obvious. First, we know that the prophet is the best example for muslims and they must follow the prophet’s conducts.
33:21 Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah.
But verse 33:50 says that not every conduct of the holy prophet can be followed by the muslims.
33:50 O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee; and daughters of thy paternal uncles and aunts, and daughters of thy maternal uncles and aunts, who migrated (from Makka) with thee; and any believing woman who dedicates her soul to the Prophet if the Prophet wishes to wed her;- this only for thee, and not for the Believers (at large); We know what We have appointed for them as to their wives and the captives whom their right hands possess;- in order that there should be no difficulty for thee. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
This is a contradiction because verse 33:21 tells the muslims to follow the behavior of the prophet, but verse 33:50 says there are a few things which the muslims are not allowed to do what the prophet did. The reason for forbidding muslims from following their holy prophet’s conduct in verse 33:50 is obviously because what the holy prophet did (or was allowed) was not so beautiful or ideal to be followed. Doing it must be a sinful act for the believers; and hence, the muslims are not supposed to do it. The prophet , therefore, actually did some sinful act and he is not supposed to be the role model. Which among the lawful items in 33:50 is only for the prophets and not for the believers? It is the right to “wed” any believing woman who dedicates her soul to the prophet, because the other items are allowed for the Muslims too. (I put the word “wed” between quotes for the reason below). But wait, isn’t that a muslim can also marry a woman who wants to be his wife as long as the woman is halal to be his wife? All he must do is to pay the dowry which can be as little as memorizing a few verses, get a witness and do the ijab qabul ceremony where the woman says that she gives herself to the man and the man says that he accepts the woman as his wife. So what Allah gives the prophet in 33:50 to be solely for the prophet is not the same as a marriage ritual done by the believers. It must have the meaning that the prophet can copulate right away with the woman who wants to dedicate herself to the prophet. No need for dowry, witness or ijab qabul statements. In another word, the prophet can do adultery with a woman who is not his wife or his right hand. This holy prophet can just come to a woman’s bed room without permission and the woman had better known the consequences if she didn’t dedicate herself to prophet because that means disobeying Allah and disobeying the prophet. Allah himself has made a point that it would place the woman at the wrong path.
33:36 It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision: if any one disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path.
The case of the prophet marrying his cousin Zainab bint Jahsh may show us how the prophet exercised his special right (Tafsir Ibn Kathir):
(So, when Zayd had completed his aim with her, We gave her to you in marriage,) meaning, `when her marriage to Zayd was over and he had separated from her, We married her to you,’ and the One Who was her Wali (guardian) in this marriage was Allah Himself, in the sense that He revealed to the Prophet that he should go in unto her without any Wali, contractual agreement, dowery or witnesses among mankind. Imam Ahmad recorded that Thabit said that Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “When Zaynab’s `Iddah finished, may Allah be pleased with her, the Messenger of Allah said to Zayd bin Harithah, (Go to her and tell her about me (that I want to marry her).) So, he went to her and found her kneading dough. He (Zayd) said, ‘When I saw her I felt such respect for her that I could not even look at her and tell her what the Messenger of Allah had said, so I turned my back to her and stepped aside, and said, ‘O Zaynab! Rejoice, for the Messenger of Allah has sent me to propose marriage to you on his behalf.’ She said, ‘I will not do anything until I pray to my Lord, may He be glorified.’ So she went to the place where she usually prayed. Then Qur’an was revealed and the Messenger of Allah came and entered without permission.
The prophet had a crush on Zainab, so Zaid, Zainab’s husband could not do anything but divorced her. After Zainab’s iddah period had finished, the prophet proposed Zainab right away without any delay. But Zainab wanted to think about it and she went to her private place to pray. We know it is her private place because from the tafsir, it is implied that people needed her permission to enter, her bed room probably. But the prophet could no longer hold his lust because he had been waiting for the iddah period which was 3 months, so he entered Zainab’s private place without permission. It is not told what had happened in Zainab’s private place, but we can make a good guess what will happen if a horny man comes to a woman’s bed room. We can certainly say “only God knows” like what the bearded muslims say, but in this case, the prophet also knew what he was doing, right? Not withholding his lust and being a sex maniac actually is a holy teaching from the prophet himself as shown in the hadits,
Muslim Book 008, Number 3241:
Jabir b. ‘Abdullah reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) saw a woman; and the rest of the hadith was narrated but (with this exception) that he said he came to his wife Zainab, who was tanning a (piece of) leather, and he made no mention of:” She retires in the shape of satan.”
This case will force us to think that Qur’an is nothing more than the word of the holy prophet himself, not of Allah. Surprisingly, Qur’an does indeed say that it is the word of the prophet himself.
81:19 Verily this is the word of a most honourable Messenger,
We shouldn’t deny this honourable ayah from the honourable messenger, should we?
1. All Qur’an verses are taken from Yusuf Ali’s translation which can be found at http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA.
2. Tafsir Ibn Kathir can be found at http://www.theholybook.org.
3. Hadits Muslim can be found at http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA.