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Dan Gibson

Member Since 05 May 2011
Offline Last Active Mar 03 2014 10:39 PM

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Closing the Discussion Board

07 July 2013 - 09:37 PM

Reasons for temporarily closing the board. (July 2013)

1. Currently I am having some health problems that severely limit my free time.

2. I am employed and have a family, which limits my time for research.

3. I want to answer questions as fully as possible, but this takes time. I hope to write a series of academic papers on each of the topics raised, that provide full references and footnotes.

4. I appreciate those who have posted comments and questions. I currently do not have the time to deal with all that is on this board. If I don’t respond, it doesn’t mean I cannot, it means that I am preparing my answer. People are quick to criticize my writings and opinions but I want to provide clear definitive answers of why I hold these opinions, and this often takes time to research and get the references I need.

5. I had hoped there would be more discussion rather than questions being asked by people who have not read the book. This makes it very difficult, as this discussion board was intended to host discussion that went farther than the book, rather than a place to defend myself and my writings from those who had not read what I actually present.

Miracles in the Qur'an

27 February 2013 - 10:02 PM

I am starting a new topic area, and hope the conversation can move to here.

On 22 February 2013 - 02:10 PM abdelouahed asked:

Canbooks, i think that you are Dan gibson?

Have you heard about numerical miracles in the quran?

Yes, I have also used the name CanBooks as I was traveling, and did not have my password with me, so I created a new user. I will be traveling again later this month, so I will be away for several weeks.

As for numerical miracles in the Qur'an, I have only heard people talk of them, and I have not read much, nor studied this area. I think I heard something about the number 19. Can you explain how this number is miraculous?

Jurhum and ‘Ad

20 September 2012 - 02:32 AM

Jurhum and ‘Ad

Ibn Ishaq relates the story of the Jurhum and the filling of ZamZam in Sirat Rasul Allah [(#71) pg 45, A. Guillaume]

In very ancient times the Jurhum were from the sons of Ishmael, and the sons of Nabit (Nebaoth) and were in the Holy City. They had emigrated from the south in two groups. One group (the Jurhum) settled in the upper part of the valley and one group ( the Samayda’) settled in the lower part. Years later they fought each other, but the people of Jurhum triumphed and became the leading tribe. In time they abused their privileges and the tribes of Kinana and Khuza expelled them. Years later the Quraysh united together and gained power in Mecca. In this way the ancient people of Jurhum were associated with the history of the Holy City.

What is most interesting is that Ibn Isaq (#38) tells us that the people of Jurhum lived exactly where the People of ‘Ad used to live. He writes: ’Ad and Jurhum were in Mecca before them. [pg 28 The Life of Muhammad, A. Guillaume]

In one fell swoop Ibn Ishaq places the people of ‘Ad, the people of ‘Jurhum, and the holy city of Islam all in the same location! This corresponds exactly to the archeological and historical evidence presented in the book, and flies in the face of those who want to place the people of ‘Ad in the Dhofar province of Oman.