Congenital anomalies in Bible Vs Quran
In the Bible, Jehovah, the Lord God said that people with congenital abnormalities must not go through the veil and shall not come near to offer the bread in order not to desecrate the Lord’ sanctuaries. In the Quran, there is no blame for people with congenital abnormalities, they have the same rights as the normal healthy people, and their rewards may be as double as that for the normal healthy people.
Congenital anomalies in the Bible
In the Bible, Jehovah, the Lord God put a special law for people with congenital abnormalities; they:
Shall not come near to offer the LORD’s food offerings
Shall not come near to offer the bread of his God
Shall not go through the veil
Shall not approach the altar
O Lord God, why you said that?
Jehovah, the Lord God replied:
“In order not to profane, not to desecrate, not to defile, not to pollute the Lord God’ sanctuaries for I the Lord sanctify them.”
And anyone who has congenital abnormalities e.g.:
3- Hunchbacked (crookback)
5- Damaged testicles
6- Flat nose
7- Mutilated face
8- Limb too long
This indicate that anyone of the above Handicapped desecrate, defile and pollute Jehovah‘ sanctuaries.
Congenital anomalies in the Quran
The Prophet Muhammad wished to go to Mecca to visit the (Kaaba) Holy place there. The Pagan Arabs were outnumbering the Muslims at that time. Muhammad wanted to take with him as many Muslims as he could just in case the Pagan Arabs begin fighting the Muslims. All the true normal healthy Muslims decided to go with the Prophet Muhammad. Some of the hypocrites refused to go and made excuses that they could not to go.
Allah has threatened to punish with a painful doom whoever stays behind and does not go with the Prophet just in case to take part in fighting.
What about Muslims with chronic sickness including Congenital anomalies?
Then the people who had infirmities and chronic illnesses including Congenital anomalies came to the Prophet Muhammad and said:
“O Messenger of Allah! Allah has threatened to punish whoever stays behind and does not take part in fighting with a painful doom. How can we go out in military expedition when we are physically unable to do so?”
And so Allah said:
There is no blame for the blind if he does not go out in military conquests,
Nor is there blame for the lame if he does not go out in military conquests,
Nor is there blame for the sick that they go not forth to war
And whoso obeys Allah and His messenger openly and privately and answers him by going out to fight the enemy, He will make him enter into Gardens underneath which rivers of water flow.
And whoso turns back from the obedience of Allah and His Messenger and refuses to comply, Allah will punish him with a painful doom; He will chastise with a painful chastisement
As a matter of fact, Allah Knew that there would be no war between Pagans and Muslims; instead, they will agree for peace treaty for 10 years.
However, Allah was testing how strong the faith in the hearts of his servants was.
Allah appreciated the response of the sick Muslims; He said that there is no blame for Muslims with chronic sickness (including Congenital anomalies); they have the same rights as the normal healthy people, and their rewards may be as double as that for the normal healthy people.
The Bible, Leviticus 21:16-23
Leviticus 21:16-23 (New International Version)
16 The LORD said to Moses, 17 “Say to Aaron: ‘For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God. 18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand, 20 or who is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles. 21 No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to come near to present the offerings made to the LORD by fire. He has a defect; he must not come near to offer the food of his God. 22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food; 23 yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the LORD, who makes them holy. ‘ “
Leviticus 21:18-19 (English Standard Version)
18 …who has a mutilated face or a limb too long, 19or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand, 20or a hunchback or a dwarf…..
The Quran, Verse 48:17 (Yusuf Ali translation):
No blame is there on the blind, nor is there blame on the lame, nor on one ill (if he joins not the war): but he that obeys Allah and his messenger, – (Allah) will admit him to gardens beneath which rivers flow; and he who turns back, (Allah) will punish him with a grievous penalty.
Back to my question to the smart and interested reader:
Are the Scholars truthful when they claim that the Quran quoted from the Bible?
Professor Dr. Ibrahim Khalil
Prof. of Clinical and Chemical Pathology, Head (ex-) of Clinical Microbiology and Infection Control Unit, Ain-Shams University. Cairo, Egypt. President of the Egyptian Society of Inventors, Honorary President of SPIC-Egypt (The Society of Practitioners of Infection Control – Egypt), Co-Chief Editor of the Egyptian Journal of Lab. Medicine. Member of the Egyptian union of Writers, Published 5 Books and some 60 Medical Articles, Supervisors for 79 PhD theses and111 Master Degree theses.