Response To Critics Claim ‘Allah Is A Deceiver’ – Quran 3:54

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Kaleef K. Karim

The aim of this article is to answer the claims made by Christian missionaries that Allah is a ‘deceiver’, and a ‘liar’, dealing with the word used in 8:58, 7:99 And 3:54. The verse we are going to examine is the following:

Wamakaroo wamakara Allahu waAllahu khayru almakireena
“And the disbelievers planned, but Allah planned. And Allah is the best of planners.” – Quran 3:54

The historical background for the verse is that the Jews ‘planned’ evil in order to get Jesus arrested and crucified. And Allah in the verse says as they planned evil, so too Allah planned to thwart their wicked plan. Christian missionaries have an issue with the words used for both the Jews and Allah. They prefer to translate this way:

“and [they] deceived and Allah deceived and Allah is the best of deceivers”

The above translation does not exist. It is only made up by crazy deluded missionaries in order to lead people astray. Arabic word(s) makr, Makara can be used negatively and for good. So when the Jews planned to get Jesus arrested and crucified, that was evil, whereas when Allah thwarted their evil plan by saving Jesus, this was good. So, the claim by missionaries that Allah is a deceiver for helping one of the Prophet’s from slaughter at the hands of evil, wicked people, these claims have no bearing on the passage historically.

Islamic scholar, Maulana Muhammad Shaffi mentions in his commentary on the verse that Allah’s planning involved no deception:

“In these verses the miraculous event of the Ascension of Sayyidna Isa (Jesus Christ) has been mentioned. ‘And they made a move’ refers to the evil designs of the Jews who planned to arrest him and to get him crucified.
The next sentence i.e., ‘and Allah made a move’ refers to the plan designed by Allah Almighty to save his Prophet Isa (Jesus) from their ill designs.
Let us begin with … translated as ‘and Allah is the best of those who make moves’. The word, makr in Arabic denotes a subtle and secret move or plan. If this is for a good purpose, it is good; and if this is for a bad purpose, it is bad. It is why the restriction of saiyy (… : evil) was placed with makr (…: move, plan) in: … (And evil plan besets none but its perpetrator – 35:43).” [1]

Maulana Muhammad Shaffi goes further on the word (‘Makr’) in volume 4 and writes:

“The word … (Makr) used in verse 21:… (say, ‘Allah is more swift in making plans’) means secret plan or move that could be good or bad. Whenever this word has become a part of the local language, care should be taken that it is not rendered as deception’. … It is obvious that Allah Ta’ala is free from it. The warning given in verse 23: … (your rebellion is, in fact, against your own-selves) tells us that the curse of injustice is certain and, much before matters are settled in the hereafter, one who is guilty of doing injustice must suffer from its evil consequences in this world as well. The Holy Prophet has said: ‘Allah Ta’ala hastens to repay mercy shown to relatives and favour done to people (whereby its blessings start becoming visible in this world, much before the Hereafter). And He hastens to repay injustices done and relationships severed (in that its consequences have to be faced within the life of this world). (reported by Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah with a hasan chain of narrators)
In another Hadith narrated by Sayyidah A’ishah…, the Holy Prophet said, ‘there are three sins the curse whereof falls on the sinner himself: Injustice, breach of trust and deception.’ (Reported by Abu ash-Shaykh and Ibn Marduwayh in Tafsir) (See Mazhari). [2]

Scholar Maulana Muhammad Ali

54a. Makr is explained by R as the turning of another with ingenuity or skill from that which he aims at, and he considers makr as of two sorts, a good one and an evil one. Therefore the best interpretation of the word Makara (including both sorts) is that adopted by T, viz he exercised craft, cunning, art, or skill in the management or ordering of affairs with excellent consideration or deliberation, and ability to manage according to his own free will (LL). The idea of the plan being contrived for an evil purpose or clandestinely, which is included in the significance of the word, has led many to take that idea as its exclusive significance, which is not the case. Makar-Llahu may also signify that Allah recompensed or requited them for their makr (T-LL). According to some, its original significance is the gathering of an affair and its strengthening (Rz). All these explanations show that it is the equivalent of the word plan, the good or evil nature of the plan being dependent on the object or doer’s intention. Allah is called here Khair al-makarin or the Best of planners, the qualifying word khair being inapplicable to an evil object.
54b. The Jews planned to put Jesus to death by crucifixion, and Allah made a plan to frustrate their plans; and Allah’s plan was successful… [3]

Glossary Of Islamic Terms: English–Arabic – Anwer Mahmoud Zanaty:

Has two meanings:
1. Plotting or planning evil intent.
2. Planning for a good purpose: ‘Wa Makaru wa Makara Allah wa’LLahu Khairul Makereen’ (Surah Aali Imran 3:54. They planned and Allah planned and Allah is the best of planners’.
Makara = they plotted. Makara = He planned.
Makkar = plotter.
Makereen = plotters. [4]

The meaning of the Noble Qur’an – Abdullah Yusuf Ali

6078: Makara is applied both to plotting with an evil purpose and planning with a good purpose. Cf. 3:54, and 0. 392 ‘And the unbelievers plotted and planned, and Allah too planned, and the best of planners is Allah.’ [5]

The Message of The Quran – Muhammad Asad

44 Lit., they schemed’ – here referring to those among the Jews who refused to acknowledge Jesus as a prophet and tried to destroy him. [6]

The above Islamic scholars make it quite clear that when Makr is used for Allah there is no deception. It depends on the object, hence, was it for a good purpose or evil? When Allah plans to thwart the evil plans of disbelievers against Jesus, that is good. How is this in any way evil? Is it wrong to help an innocent person and stopping an evil plan?

Since missionaries have made up lies against Allah being a ‘deceiver’, click on the following links below where YHWH (God of the Bible) deceives, and encourages others to lie:

1. Exodus – YHWH & Israelites
2. Kings – Elisha & YHWH
3. Samuel – Samuel & YHWH
4. Kings – Spirit & YHWH
5. John – Jesus
6. Bible


[1] Ma’arifulul-Qur’an By Maulana Muhammad Shaffi volume 2, page 76 – 77
[2] Ma’arifulul-Qur’an By Maulana Muhammad Shaffi volume 4, page 538
[3] The Holy Quran – Arabic Text with English Translation, Commentary and comprehensive Introduction [Year 2002 Edition] by Maulana Muhammad Ali, page 152 – 153
[4] Glossary Of Islamic Terms: English–Arabic – By Anwer Mahmoud Zanaty page 131 – 132
[5] The meaning of the Noble Qur’an, Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Page 446
[6] The Message of The Quran – translated and explained by Muhammad Asad page 120

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23 Responses »

  1. The main reason is that their own scriptures mention such things..See

  2. Why are you all trying to JUSTIFY the fact that ALL of you are trying to make out that what’s written in the kuran is just EXACTLY what is written and NoOne can change the words & the meaning of what’s written.
    ♦Grow Up & STOP LYING & TRYING TO JUSTIFY. SOVEREIGN ALMIGHTY GoD knows what all of you mean. & Whats Written in the koran. DERR! ALMIGHTY LORD GoD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SEE INTO EVERYONE’S HEART, SOUL, & SPIRIT. LORD GoD knows Every One’s Thoughts. LORD GOD is not Deaf, Dumb, & Blind. HE knows ALL, SEES ALL, HEARS ALL, & I KNOW The GOD I Serve & Honor & Love with All of My HEART♥
    ♦And JESUS KNOWS ALL. Not EVERYONE in the world are stupid & evil. Millions of Good Folk World Wide just want to Help & want PEACE. Seems to Millions of Good Peaceful Folk, that there are Millions upon Millions of religious evil, wicked nuts, around the world do not want PEACE & have no idea of what PEACE means.

    • Get out, stupid Christian.

      • I am against all religions. Spiritual person that prays to one Creator through Jesus-Christ. I do it in my home and in private.
        I am not interested in debating the ‘holy’ books, too much arduous back and forth although I will win the debate very quickly.
        In Christianity, the perfect person is Jesus-Christ. In Islam, it is Mohamed (PBUH).
        Question: Why do Muslims refuse to talk about Mohamed (PBUH) and his deeds and actions as of Hijra?

      • Adam, the attitude of a Muslim is to be positive. We should be COURTEOUS, well-mannered, cultured in dealing with even the worst person. Understand Qur’an 16:125 well: “ادْعُ إِلَى سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ وَجَادِلْهُمْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَنْ ضَلَّ عَنْ سَبِيلِهِ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِين
        “CALL THOU [all mankind] unto thy Sustainer’s path with WISDOM and GOODLY exhortation, and argue with them in the MOST KINDLY manner: 149 for, behold, thy Sustainer knows best as to who strays from His path, and best knows He as to who are the right-guided.

    • Okay stupid Christian, your Bible orders you to gouge your eye out and cut your hand Matthew 5:28-29:
      “29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”

      Why are you all trying to JUSTIFY the fact that ALL of you are trying to make out that what’s written in the Bible is just EXACTLY what is written and no one can change the words & the meaning of what’s written???????????????????

      • If you had any respect, you would never say ‘stupid Christian’, as I would never say ‘stupid Muslim’.
        There is a difference between Bible and Holy Qur’an.
        Bible is a collection of stories narrated by individuals according to historical context. God does not claim the Bible to be his perfect word, does not claim the words as His, never to be changed for eternity, until Christianity reigns supreme.
        The Holy Qur’an is the perfect word of their deity, as laid down through their perfect man Mohamed (PBUH) through Gabriel, never to be changed for eternity.
        Big difference in concept.

      • But how can you believe in Allah who issuppsupposed to be peaceful but you call others stupid????. Thats not anyone’s job to judge but our Creator. I love everyone. God bless<3

  3. The discussion here shows Christians and Muslims slugging it out about which holy text contains contradictions and inconsistencies. An uninvolved observer might well conclude that they all do, and leave it at that.

  4. Sunshine, you are against any religions. If you are an atheist: the WORLD’S second most ATROCIOUS religion, after CHRISTIANITY that had and still continue to massacre over TWO HUNDRED MILLION people, is ATHEISM: MAO TZE DONG, an atheist killed over 50 MILLION Chinese, STALIN and LENIN, atheists killed nearly ONE HUNDRED MILLION people! Yes, I consider ATHEISM as a religion!

  5. Maybe Allah did save Jesus.I was talking with a Christain and they said Jesus did not die. He was raised from the dead and lives in heaven and sits beside God. So I guess there is truth to Allah saving Jesus from death. They truly did not kill him…….hmmm?

    • if someone lives,that means they arent dead. Just like our long gone brothers and sisters in Christ that have passed on! the hope that we shall live again comes from the fact that Jesus was raised unto God from death. May be your Christian friend didnt get tym to explain it well and you need to revise the Bible on your own.The words of Mohammed have mislead many about the divinity of Christ which Christ claimed himself.

  6. If you read the bible it was God who put Jesus on the cross. The cup that Jesus was talking about was the cross.


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