Qur’ān Contradiction How many Angels Appeared to Mary?(Q19:17, 3:42)

Here we are again to expose the contradictions in the Qur’ān. According to the two ayats below are two different accounts regarding the same event. We know that angel Jibril (“Gabriel”) came to Maryam to announce she would have a son (Isa) in Surah Maryam.

Surah Maryam 19:17

19:17  … Then We sent to her Our Angel, and he represented himself to her as a well-proportioned man. In the Arabic text the word (رُوحَنَا) is “Our Spirit” rūḥanā singular.

Verse (19:16) – Word by Word

The verse is very clear only Jibril visited Maryam to give her the news of a son. Right? Wrong! The following verse says the angels came to Maryam to bring her the news of a son. More than one angel?!

Surah Ali ‘Imran 3:42

3:42  … when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you …

What’s going on here we clearly have a contradiction, in one verse it says there was 1 angel who came to Maryam, and another verse that says it was multiple angels.[1]

Verse (3:41) – Word by Word

Conclusion

It’s apparent that the Qur’ān is riddled with contradictions, Muhammad couldn’t remember what he said before and busted himself. I would like to hear a Muslim explain this clear contradiction in the Qur’ān. And just to be clear even their own scholars contradict themselves in the Tafsir.

Surah Maryam 19:17
Surah Ali ‘Imran 3:42

Footnotes

[1] angels pluralreligion an order of angels Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Angel. In Merriam-Webster.com dictionary. Retrieved July 19, 2022, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/angel

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