Sunday, 26 June 2016

Clear Mathematical Error in the Quran

The Quran has a clear mathematical error in the verses about the law of inheritance:

Quran 4:11 - 4:12 -
4:11 - Allah instructs you concerning your children: for the male, what is equal to the share of two females. But if there are [only] daughters, two or more, for them is two thirds of one's estate. And if there is only one, for her is half. And for one's parents, to each one of them is a sixth of his estate if he left children. But if he had no children and the parents [alone] inherit from him, then for his mother is one third. And if he had brothers [or sisters], for his mother is a sixth, after any bequest he [may have] made or debt. Your parents or your children - you know not which of them are nearest to you in benefit. [These shares are] an obligation [imposed] by Allah. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.
4:12 - And for you is half of what your wives leave if they have no child. But if they have a child, for you is one fourth of what they leave, after any bequest they [may have] made or debt. And for the wives is one fourth if you leave no child. But if you leave a child, then for them is an eighth of what you leave, after any bequest you [may have] made or debt. And if a man or woman leaves neither ascendants nor descendants but has a brother or a sister, then for each one of them is a sixth. But if they are more than two, they share a third, after any bequest which was made or debt, as long as there is no detriment [caused]. [This is] an ordinance from Allah , and Allah is Knowing and Forbearing.
What is clear from these verses is that if a man dies after leaving three daughters, according to Quran:
1) The daughters together get 2/3 of inheritance. (16/24)
2) The father gets 1/6. (4/24)
3) The mother gets 1/6. (4/24)
4) His wife gets 1/8. (3/24)
16/24 + 4/24 + 4/24 + 3/24 = 27/24.
The big question is: Who taught Allah mathematics?
To the Muslim readers: Before you simply comfort yourselves with some explanation you find in a Muslim website, read the verse carefully. And think how is it even possible to have any money leftover after spending all of it for daughters + father + mother (sum = 24/24). How is it mathematically possible to have 1/8th left for the man's wife?
The simplest and the most reasonable explanation is that the Quran was the work of a human.


  1. Of your total property. The wife gets 1/8. Then from the remainder of the sum its calculated again at 1/3 or 2/3

    1. He's wrong about the father. Father takes 1/6 only if son is still alive and son gets remainder. In absence of son, father takes the remainer not a fraction. It's called mu'assib.

  2. The law is made for majority cases and such situations are the exceptions ,which is why we have Sunna. The Companions handled this. The numerator is made into the denominator and you divide accordingly.

  3. Flaw - the father does not take a fraction. He takes the remainder. Once you remove him, the fractions work perfectly. Person who made the example was ignorant.

  4. The father only takes a fraction in the presence of a son, who takes the remainder. When there is no son, then father does not take 1/6, he takes the remainder.