Is it wisdom or folly? Has the Qur’an committed an anachronism or does it reflect comprehensive understanding?
In one of his recent articles, Sam Shamoun contends that because the Qur’an cites the response of the Israelites to Yahweh’s covenant as “We hear and we disobey” (2:93; 4:46) whereas the Bible quotes the same as “We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey” (Exodus 24:7) and “We will serve the LORD our God and obey him.” (Joshua 24:24), therefore, the Qur’an, and I quote Shamoun, “is in error, a point which cannot be debated on historical or logical grounds.” This hubristic remark results from shutting one’s eyes from the context of the cited Qur’anic remark in verse 2:93, as well as the complementary nature of 4:46 in its elaboration. The issue discussed in the context of 2:93 was the malicious tongue-twisting of the Israelites, which, in practice, was reflective of their disrespectful and defiant attitude vis-a-vis the implications of Yahweh’s covenant.
Basically, the gist of the missionary claim is:
Why does the Qur’an say that ants talk (27:18-19)? Everyone knows that ants communicate by chemicals detected by scent and never sound! Is this not a scientific error in the Qur’an?
This style of argument is quite sophomoric in that it is entirely based on someone who does not even have a rudimentary level understanding of zoology or entomology (I believe this is covered in 9th-Grade Biology in the USA). Its sadly typical of this genre of anti-Islamic quasi-polemicists. You seriously couldn’t go to the library or even do a web search for information on acoustic communication by ants? What does this say about your credibility as a genre collectively?