Gospel Parallels and Qur’anic Parallels
But it shouldn't. Because the Qur'an often reports events in a similar manner.
Take, for example, the fall of Iblis. In the Muslim faith, Iblis is roughly equivalent to the Devil of Christian belief. The Qur'an gives much more explicit detail to the fall of Iblis than the Bible gives to the fall of the Devil. But the accounts in the Qur'an concerning the fall of Iblis- in Surat 7 and 38- are not identical. Following Iblis's disobedience, Surah 7:13 has Allah respond, "Get down from this! It is not for you to be arrogant here. Get out, for you are the meanest of creatures." In reference to the same conversation, Surah 38:77 has Allah respond, "Then get you down from here, for you art rejected, accursed." Now, the Muslim apologist could certainly assert that both of these responses from Allah are simply summaries taken from a longer response. But notice: that is the exact kind of answer that Muslim apologists will not accept when it comes to the Gospel accounts.
The point of this discussion is:
1. To demonstrate that Muslim apologists frequently use a different standard for the Qur'an than for the Bible;
2. To take away one objection to the Bible that Muslim apologists frequently raise.
Some other questions regarding parallel accounts in the Qur'an, which the Christian may find useful, are:
1. What did Lot say to the people of Sodom? (Compare Surat 7:80; 26:165-166; 27:54; 29:28-29.)
2. What did the people of Sodom say to Lot? (Compare Surat 7:82; 26:167; 27:56; 29:29.)
3. How did Allah punish the city of Sodom? (Compare Surat 7:84; 26:173; 27:58; 29:31.)
4. What did Allah say to the angels concerning Man? (Compare Surat 7:11; 38:71-72.)
5. What did Iblis promise to do to Allah's followers? (Compare Surat 7:16-17; 38:82-83.)
For a more detailed discussion of Gospel Parallels and Qur'anic Parallels, see James R. White, What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an (Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2013), 217ff.