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Rashad Khalifa (رشاد خليفة; November 19, 1935–January 31, 1990) was an Egyptian-American biochemist, closely associated with the United Submitters International. From him originated the claim that the Qur'an is full of miracles related to the number 19. He was assassinated by one of his former students (a Muslim) on January 31 1990.
Rashad Khalifa Verses
Below is a list of verses of the Qur'an in which Dr. Rashad Khalifa believed he was implied as the final messenger of Islam. It also lists verses which were removed by Khalifa from his own translation in order to make it conform with the alleged numerical code.
All verses quoted are taken from Rashad Khalifa's own translation.
All verses quoted are taken from Yusuf Ali's translation.
Criticism of Rashad Khalifa
Allegations of Deception
Some people have claimed that Rashad was a liar:
Khalifa was a master of deception, lying and exploitation all his life. He claimed to be a chemist while the official certificates for Bsc, from Ein-Shams Univ, Cairo, Msc from Univ of Arizona , Tucson, and PhD from Univ of California, Riverside, all state he was an agriculturist-horticulturist, with a specialty in plant physiology, as myself. He defected from Egypt 1968 under the pretext to accompany his American wife for a family visit but never returned to fulfill obligations toward our country as preconditioned within the terms of our government scholarship to study abroad. While in Libya, he was contracted as a self-claimed chemist to turn Libya into a protein-rich and exporter country by converting its vast oil resources to animal protein. He never did that, while he abused the good-well of the Libyans delivering TV speeches on ISLAM!Suddenly, Khalifa the false chemist turned into a Muslim scholar/theologian deciphering a mysterious divine code of Qur'an based on absurd numerical calculations. He fooled some Muslim countries, particularly Libya and Saudi Arabia from which he received huge amount of money. Khalifa was a typical Jim Jones type misleading and abusing naive followers.
Allegations of Raping a Minor
In October of 1979, Khalifa (who was then aged 43, married with two children, Sam and Beth) was accused of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sexual contact with a minor.
After listening to the alleged victim and a police detective during three days of testimony, Justice of the Peace James R. West ruled that there was probable cause to hold Rashad A. Khalifa, 43, for trial on the three charges.
According to the girl, Khalifa recruited her to do research on the aura, a luminous radiation that supposedly surrounds the body, and met her Sept. 3 at an East Side office for that purpose.
The girl said Khalifa asked her to remove her clothing so that it wouldn't interfere with her aura and after massaging several parts of her body, he proceeded to have sexual relations with her.
The girl admitted to defence attorney David S. Hoffman that she did not try to leave, and explained that she was confused and scared.
During the hearing, Hoffman also said that there was no physical evidence of intercourse found when the girl was taken to a hospital for an examination.
But West said he found sufficient evidence in the fact that Khalifa admitted to the police that he had manipulated the girl's breasts during his research and in circumstances under which Khalifa obtained the office.
Police Detective Michael D. Garigan told West that his investigation showed that Khalifa got the key to the office from the building manager just a few days earlier, by saying he wished to show it to friends interested in office space while the manager was out of town.Deputy County Attorney John W. Dickinson said later that investigators are trying to locate other possible subjects who may have been recruited.
Tucson Citizen, p. 28, October 6, 1979, http://wikiislam.net/wiki/File:Rk_Tucson_Citizen.gif.
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