A Muslim Response to Sam Shamoun's Provocations 1

Beyond the Chal­lenge : A Mus­lim Response to Sam Shamoun’s Provocations

Recent­ly Sam Shamoun, a well-known bel­liger­ent and provoca­tive Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ary at Answer­ing Islam, issued a chal­lenge to Mus­lims to prove that Jesus (peace be upon him) did not claim to be God, as per the Qur’an­ic state­ment. It is obvi­ous, how­ev­er, that his demands are as pre­pos­ter­ous as it is stu­pid. The Qur’an cer­tain­ly quotes or para­phras­es Jesus as say­ing that he is not God, but in Ara­bic. This is because the Qur’an has affirmed itself to be revealed in Ara­bic text, sent down to an Arab prophet, lest its audi­ence uses the excuse that they will not be able to under­stand the Qur’an if were brought down in a for­eign tongue.