The Pearls in the Three Religions

By: Prof.dr. Ibrahim Khalil

Before dealing with the topic of the Fish in Quran versus Bible versus sciences, it is mandatory to remember that the total words in the Bible are 788,280 while the total words in the Quran are 77,473. It follows that, the Bible is more than 10 times the Quran word-wise. The Pearl is mentioned 10 times in the Bible and six times in the Quran, i.e. the Bible mentions the Pearl about twice as does the Quran. In other words, the Bible has the potential of more than 10 times (word-wise) and twice (subject-wise) than the Quran to talk about the Pearl.

A pearl is a hard, rounded stone like object produced by certain animals (oysters). Pearls can be used in jewelry and in cosmetics or in paint formulations.
Freshwater pearls are formed in freshwater mussels that live in fresh water e.g. in lakes, rivers, ponds etc. saltwater pearls grow in oysters that live in the ocean and seas.

The Pearl in the Bible:

The mother-of-pearl in the king's palace
Esther 1:5-6
5 When these days were over, the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days, in the enclosed garden of the king's palace, for all the people from the least to the greatest, who were in the citadel of Susa.
6 The garden had hangings of white and blue linen, fastened with cords of white linen and purple material to silver rings on marble pillars. There were couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and other costly stones.

No mention shall be made of pearls
Job 28:18
No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.
Matthew 7:6
Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
Matthew 13:45
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
Matthew 13:46
Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Women should adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array,
Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

1Timothy 2:9
9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

The Woman again!
Revelation 17:4
And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

Revelation 18:12
The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

Revelation 18:16
and cry out: " 'Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!

Is the Lord lamb?
Revelation 21:21-27
21The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.
22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.
25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.
26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.
27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

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The Pearl in the Quran:

There are two types of Pearls, the Freshwater and Saltwater Pearls

Surah 55:19- 22
[19] He has let free the two bodies of flowing water (salt and fresh), meeting together:
[20] Between them is a barrier which they do not transgress:
[21] Then which of the favors of your lord will ye deny?
[22] Out of them come pearls and coral:

The righteous deeds shall be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls

Surah 22:23
Allah will admit those who believe and work righteous deeds, to gardens beneath which rivers flow: they shall be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls; and their garments there will be of silk.

Surah 35:33
Gardens of eternity will they enter: therein will they be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls; and their garments there will be of silk.

The women companions in the Paradise are with beautiful, big, and lustrous eyes, like unto pearls well-guarded

Surah 56:11-24
[11] Those will be those nearest to Allah:
[12] In gardens of bliss (delight):
[13] A number of people from those of old,
[14] And a few from those of later times.
[15] (They will be) on thrones encrusted (with gold and precious stones),
[16] Reclining on them, facing each other.
[17] Round about them will (serve) youths of perpetual (freshness),
[18] With goblets, (shining) beakers, and cups (filled) out of clear-flowing fountains:
[19] No after-ache will they receive therefrom, nor will they suffer intoxication:
[20] And with fruits, any that they may select:
[21] and the flesh of fowls, any that they may desire.
[22] And (there will be) companions with beautiful, big, and lustrous eyes,-
[23] Like unto pearls well-guarded.
[24] a reward for the deeds of their past (life).

The male servants in the Paradise are boys who are like unto pearls well-guarded

Surah 52:17- 24
[17] As to the righteous, they will be in gardens, and in happiness,-
[18] Enjoying the (bliss) which their lord hath bestowed on them, and their lord shall deliver them from the penalty of the fire.
[19] (To them will be said :) "Eat and drink ye, with profit and health, because of your (good) deeds."
[20] They will recline (with ease) on thrones (of dignity) arranged in ranks; and we shall join them to companions, with beautiful big and lustrous eyes.
[21] And those who believe and whose families follow them in faith,- to them shall we join their families: nor shall we deprive them (of the fruit) of aught of their works: (yet) is each individual in pledge for his deeds.
[22] And we shall bestow on them, of fruit and meat, anything they shall desire.
[23] They shall there exchange, one with another, a (loving) cup free of frivolity, free of all taint of ill.
[24] Round about them will serve, (devoted) to them, young male servants (handsome) as pearls well-guarded.

Surah 76:10-22
[10] "We only fear a day of distressful wrath from the side of our lord."
[11] But Allah will deliver them from the evil of that day, and will shed over them a light of beauty and (blissful) joy.
[12] And because they were patient and constant, he will reward them with a garden and (garments of) silk.
[13] Reclining in the (garden) on raised thrones, they will see there neither the sun's (excessive heat) nor (the moon's) excessive cold.
[14] And the shades of the (garden) will come low over them, and the bunches (of fruit), there, will hang low in humility.
[15] And amongst them will be passed round vessels of silver and goblets of crystal,-
[16] Crystal-clear, made of silver: they will determine the measure thereof (according to their wishes).
[17] And they will be given to drink there of a cup (of wine) mixed with zanjabil,-
[18] A fountain there, called salsabil.
[19] And round about them will (serve) youths of perpetual (freshness): if thou seest them, thou wouldst think them scattered pearls.
[20] And when thou lookest, it is there thou wilt see a bliss and a realm magnificent.
[21] Upon them will be green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade, and they will be adorned with bracelets of silver; and their lord will give to them to drink of a wine pure and holy.
[22] "Verily this is a reward for you, and your endeavour is accepted and recognised."


Back to the main topic of my series of articles (1- 75); this is my question to you smart readers: "Is the Quran quoted from the Bible "?

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