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Does Allah have a son?

In the Qur’an is written that Allah has no Son:

"They say: "Allah hath begotten a son": Glory be to Him.-Nay, to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: everything renders worship to Him." (Qur’an 2:116).

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Muhammad and the pagan Arabs

Before Islam, the Sabeans in Arabia worshiped the moon god Allah, who married the sun goddess. She gave birth to the three goddesses Al’lat, Al’uzza and Manat. They were worshiped as the ‘Daughters of Allah’. Muhammad knew all about this, because his tribe worshiped this moon god Allah. Therefore the crescent moon is everywhere in Islam, including in the religious practice. For example the start and end date of Ramadan is connected with the crescent moon. When Muhammad wanted to create his own religion he needed support of his tribe, he said he was the prophet of Allah. The pagan Arabs considered their idols as ‘Daughters of Allah’ and preferred their idols over Jesus. So when Muhammad told the pagan Arabs that Allah is one and cannot have daughters, he had to be consequent in saying Allah has no son. However Muhammad was thinking about Jesus Christ as the Son of God (Qur’an 43:81). It is remarkable that in Qur’an 4:158 the verb ittakhadha was used, meaning “took to Himself” and this doesn’t suggest physical generation, but a relation by adopting.

The perfect God

Muhammad simplified the divine reality by saying there is only one highest power with the name Allah. So Muhammad’s main role was to abandon all other divine realities than what he called Allah. But now Allah became also a deceiver (Qur’an 3:54, 4:142, 7:99, 8:30, 10:21, 13:42 and 27:50). How can you be free when Allah controls everything (Qur’an 5:40). The perfect God is absolute free of evil and bad actions:

“For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.” (Psalm 5:4).

“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves? “ (Habakkuk 1:13).

The real perfect God loves Muslims and want them to know the truth. The prophets of Israel, including Moses were only an echo of the Word of God. The Word of God became flesh on earth in Jesus Christ. The righteous Jesus Christ cancelled the effect of the sin of Adam and Eve on the rest of humanity. His righteous character deleted the power of death for who believes, and provides certainty about going to Paradise.

The unique perfect man

When the Gospel talks about “Son of God” it is saying in symbolic words something about the divine reality. The word “Son” means a symbolic relation in a spiritual way, and not that the perfect God has a biological son. The divine nature of Jesus Christ is from all eternity the Word of God and "became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:14). The Quran also calls Jesus the Word of God (Qur’an 3:45). In this way Allah has no son, but Jesus Christ is the special relation of the perfect God with mankind. The perfect God is not also perfect in righteousness, but also perfect in goodness by sending the unique perfect man, Jesus Christ, the Word of God to the earth. Therefore God has a rescue plan to save everyone who believes by the righteous Jesus Christ.

Conclusion

The claim in the Qur’an that Allah is no contradiction with the Bible, because Allah is not the same as God in the Bible.

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