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Published on Jul 6, 2012

Larry Wessels, director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas/ Christian Debater (YouTube channel: CANSWERSTV at http://www.youtube.com/user/CAnswersT... with 19 playlists on numerous topics; websites: http://www.BIBLEQUERY.ORG, http://www.HISTORYCART.COM, http://www.MUSLIMHOPE.COM) presents Christian author & debater John Gilchrist for this study (see his articles in our "Christian Debater Guide" newsletters entitled: "Reaching Muslims For Christ" & "The Origins of Muhammad's Religion" at http://www.BIBLEQUERY.ORG site - click the "experience" box). John is a leading expert on Islam (type " Books and Outlines by John Gilchrist" in Yahoo or Google search box & click on link by same name): "Jam' Al-Qur'an: The Codification Of The Qur'an Text," "Muhammad and the Religion of Islam," "Facing the Muslim Challenge: A Handbook of Christian-Muslim Apologetics," "Is Muhammad Foretold in the Bible?". See our playlist "Dealing with Islam, Muslims: Sunni, Shi'ite, Alawites" with 66 videos at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=....

Muslims argue that their holy Qur'an is perfect despite missing verses, codex contradictions, Uthman's burning of earlier versions, removed verses ("Satanic Verses") called "abrogation" by Muslims, problems with history, science & many other issues.

1. THE INITIAL COLLECTION OF THE QUR'AN TEXT. The Qur'an's Development During Muhammad's Lifetime The First Collection of the Qur'an Under Abu Bakr Perspectives on the Initial Collection of the Qur'an The Missing Verses Found with Abu Khuzaimah A contrast in early Qur'an styles in Kufic script

2. THE UTHMANIC RECENSION OF THE QUR'AN. Did Abu Bakr's Codex have Official Status? Uthman's Order to Burn the Other Codices The Revision of Zaid's Codex of the Qur'an The Qur'an Text as Standardised by Uthman Early Qur'an manuscripts written in Kufic script

3. THE CODICES OF IBN MAS'UD AND UBAYY IBN KA'B. Abdullah ibn Mas'ud: An Authority on the Qur'an Text Ibn Mas'ud's Reaction to Uthman's Decree The Variant Readings in Ibn Mas'ud's Codex Ubayy ibn Ka'b: Master of the Qur'an Reciters Pages in traditional Kufic script from early Qur'ans

4. THE MISSING PASSAGES OF THE QUR'AN. The Mushaf: An Incomplete Record of the Qur'an Text Al-Naskh wa Al-Mansukh: The Doctrine of Abrogation The Missing Verse on the Insatiable Greed of Man Umar and the Verses of Stoning for Adultery Qur'an texts in contrasting Kufic and Mashq scripts

5. SAB'AT-I-AHRUF: THE SEVEN DIFFERENT READINGS. The Sab'at-i-Ahruf in the Hadith Literature The Period of Ikhtiyar: The "Choice" of Readings Ibn Mujahid's Final Definition of the Seven Ahruf Reflections on the Unification of the Qur'an Text

One of the most well-known passages said in hadith records to be missing from the Qur'an relates to the so-called "stoning verses" wherein Muhammad is said to have been commanded to stone to death married people who commit adultery. The records all state that the second Caliph of Islam, Umar, once brought the existence of these missing verses to the attention of the Muslim public during one of his sermons from the minbar (the pulpit) of the mosque in Medina. Umar is reported as narrating the matter as follows:

Allah sent Muhammad (saw) with the Truth and revealed the Holy Book to him, and among what Allah revealed, was the Verse of the Rajam (the stoning of married persons, male and female, who commit adultery) and we did recite this Verse and understood and memorized it. Allah's Apostle (saw) did carry out the punishment of stoning and so did we after him. I am afraid that after a long time has passed, somebody will say, 'By Allah, we do not find the Verse of the Rajam in Allah's Book', and thus they will go astray by leaving an obligation which Allah has revealed. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 8, p.539).

In the Qur'an as it stands today the only punishment prescribed for adulterers is a hundred stripes (Surah 24.2), no distinction being made between the married or unmarried state of each of the parties involved. Umar, however, clearly stated that Allah had originally revealed a passage prescribing rajam (stoning to death) for adulterers. From the original Arabic text of the narrative in the Sahih of Bukhari as quoted above it can be seen quite clearly that Umar was convinced that this passage was originally a part of the Qur'an text. The key words are wa anzala alayhil-kitaaba fakaana mimmaa anzalallaahu aayaatur-rajm, meaning literally, "And He sent down to him the Scripture (viz. the Qur'an), and part of what Allah sent down (therein) was the verse of stoning".

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