I’ve created this website for people who want to make their own informed decision on whether or not to take seriously the claim that the Qur’an is a divine revelation, including those who are considering becoming Muslim, as well as Muslims who have lost faith, and seek further evidence that they have made or are making the correct decision. Similarly it should give peace of mind to those who are unpersuaded by Islam, but find the menacing warnings in the Qur’an somewhat disturbing. Finally, I have done this in the cause of rational enquiry, critically analysing dubious claims. In other words, this website is for people who actually want the kind of information I am providing. I am not interested in causing people who are happy believing in Islam to doubt their faith.
Perhaps over-optimistically, I also hope that my original research which I publish on this website will become more widely known so that it will dissuade some Muslims from spreading mistaken claims and flawed arguments about scientific accuracy or mathematical miracles in the Qur’an. I hope some of them can agree with al-Kindi, the 9th century CE polymath, who wrote:
It is fitting for us not to be ashamed of acknowledging truth and to assimilate it from whatever source it comes to us, even if it is brought to us from former generations or foreign peoples. For him who seeks the truth there is nothing of higher value than truth itself; it never cheapens or abases him who searches for it, but ennobles and honours him.*
Many people believe that it is wrong to publicly question religion and we should simply respect other people’s religious beliefs. I cannot agree with such a sentiment. In the pursuit of the truth, a topic must not be off limits for discussion simply because some people passionately hold a particular view on it. Especially so when some of those people actively promote it, and others wish to make an informed decision before they personally adopt such a view.
*from the preface of al-Kindi’s fi l-falsafa al-ula, in Rasa il al-Kind al-flsafiya (Al-Kindi’s Metaphysics), quoted in Richard Walzer, Greek into Arabic, p.12, Oxford: Bruno Cassirer 1962