The Iron in Bible and Quran

By: Prof.dr. Ibrahim Khalil

Before dealing with the topic of the Iron in Quran versus Bible versus sciences, it is essential to remember that the total words of the Bible are 788,280 while total words of the Quran are 77,473. In addition, Iron is mentioned 91 times in the Bible and five times in the Quran. It follows that, the Bible has the potential of more than 10 times the Quran to talk about the Iron word-wise and/or has the prospective of more than 18 times the Quran to talk about the Iron topic-wise.

The Iron in the Bible:

It is not possible to present all the verses of Iron in the Bible. Herein you find some examples of such verses as representatives.

Deuteronomy 3:11 "..His bed was made of iron.."

Deuteronomy 8:9 "...a land where the rocks are iron.."

Deuteronomy 27:5 "....Do not use any iron tool upon them."

Deuteronomy 28:48 "...He will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has destroyed you."

Joshua 6:19 "...and iron are sacred to the LORD..."

Joshua 6:24 "Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the Lord's house."

This is an interesting verse which describes the total destruction of a whole city and killing of all the creatures but saving the silver, gold, and Iron. I wonder which have the priority to save; the man, women, boys, girls, seniors or the silver, gold, and Iron? However, we have no saying if it is the commandment of the God Love!

Joshua 17:16 ".... all the Canaanites who live in the plain have iron chariots,"

2 Samuel 12:31 "...consigning them to labor with saws and with iron picks and axes, and he made them work at brick making...."

1 Kings 8:51 "...for they are your people and your inheritance, whom you brought out of Egypt, out of that iron-smelting furnace."

1 Chronicles 22:3 "He provided a large amount of iron to make nails for the doors of the gateways and for the fittings, ...."

2 Chronicles 18:10 ".... made iron horns, and he declared, ...until they are destroyed. "

Job 28:2 "Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore."

Psalm 105:18 "....his neck was put in irons,"

Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."

I need to know how man can sharpen another man?

Isaiah 10:34 "He will cut down the forest thickets with iron;.."

Jeremiah 15:12 "Can a man break iron- iron from the north-or bronze?"

The question of: Can a man break iron indicate that the Bible is talking about something impossible; however, the answer is: Yes, man can break Iron.

Jeremiah 17:1 "Judah's sin is engraved with an iron tool,"

Micah 4:13 ".. for I will give you horns of iron; I will give you hoofs of bronze and you will break to pieces many nations. You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the LORD, their wealth to the Lord of all the earth."

This verse encourages the violence and terrorism. It talks about breaking down of many nations into pieces. Because the God Love gives "you" horns of Iron!

Revelation 19:15 "Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations."He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty."

Another verses that talks about a sharp sword which will strike down the nations; and He will rule them with an Iron scepter. Does not this verse encourage violence and terrorism?

Now, have a look about these Iron-creatures:

Job 40:18 "His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron."

Isaiah 48:4 "...the sinews of your neck were iron, your forehead was bronze."

Jeremiah 6:28 "...They are bronze and iron; they all act corruptly."

Daniel 2:33 "..its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay."

Daniel 2:34 "...its feet of iron and clay and smashed them."

Daniel 2:42 "As the toes were partly iron and partly clay,..."

Daniel 7:7 "... It had large iron teeth;..."

ï‚?Bones are tubes of bronze and limbs like rods of iron.

ï‚?Neck were iron, forehead was bronze."

ï‚?They are bronze and iron

ï‚?Legs of iron, feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay

ï‚?Feet of iron and clay

ï‚?Toes were partly iron and partly clay

ï‚?Had large iron teeth

The Iron in the Quran:

Surah 17:49-52

49] They say: "What! when we are reduced to bones and dust, should we really be raised up (to be) a new creation?"

[50] Say: "(Nay!) be ye stones or iron,

[51] "Or created matter which, in your minds, is hardest (to be raised up), (yet shall ye be raised up)!" then will they say: "Who will cause us to return?" Say: "He Who created you first!" then will they wag their heads towards thee, and say, "When will that be?" Say, "May be it will be quite soon!"

[52] "It will be on a Day when He will call you, and ye will answer (His call) with (words of) His praise, and ye will think that ye tarried but a little while!"

This verses reply on those who deny the resuscitation and the afterlife. This meaning is not present in the Bible.

Surah 18:96

"Bring me blocks of iron." At length, when he had filled up the space between the two steep mountains sides, he said, "Blow (with your bellows)" then, when he had made it (red) as fire, he said: "Bring me that I may pour over it, molten lead."

This verse is talking about a great king (most probably King Solomon) who would be able to know the secret of Iron's industry. This sense is not present in the Bible.

Surah 22:20-22

20] With it will be scalded what is within their bodies, as well as (their) skins.

[21] In addition there will be maces of iron (to punish) them.

[22] Every time they wish to get away there from, from anguish, they will be forced back therein, and (it will be said), "Taste ye the Penalty of Burning!"

These verses talk about the outcome of the unbelievers in the afterlife. This proposition is not present in the Bible.

Surah 34:10

10] We bestowed Grace Aforetime on David from Ourselves: "O ye Mountains! sing ye back the Praises of Allah with him! and ye birds (also)! and We made the iron soft for him;

This verse illustrates the gift that Allah gave David. Allah made the iron soft for him. This implication is not present in the Bible.

Surah 57:25

(Surah 57 is called Al-Hadid; and Hadid means Iron)

We sent aforetime Our Messengers with Clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance (of Right and Wrong), that men may stand forth in justice; and We sent down Iron, in which is (material for) mighty war, as well as many benefits for mankind, that Allah may test who it is that will help, unseen, Him and His Messengers: for Allah is Full of Strength, Exalted in Might (and able to enforce His Will).

Herein you find out a great miracle and you realize that the Quran preceded the Sciences. Iron needs so high temperature to be formed.

Allah says in the Quran what means "And We sent down iron in which there lies great force and which has many uses for mankind".

Modern astronomical findings have disclosed that the metal of iron found in our world has come down from the giant stars in outer space. For more details, read the new discovery of "Nova" and "supernova". Also, the serious smart reader can find some articles about the Iron in the Quran in the web which I admit could not write better than them. Again, this connotation is not found in the Bible.

In conclusion, the Quran is quite different from the Bible.

The Quran is the first book on Earth which said the Iron has come down from the space.

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