Al Mu'minun (The Believers) (23)- 118

1>        The Believers must (eventually) win through
       #2865        Aflaha: win through, prosper, succeed, achieve their aims or obtain salvation from sorrow and all evil. This verse connects on with verses 10 and 11 below. The success or victory may come in this world, but is certain and lasting in the world to come.#

2>        Those who humble themselves in their prayers;
3>        Who avoid vain talk;

       *** Copied from Math 6:7 "But when ye pray,use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking"  ***

4>        Who are active in deeds of charity;

5>        Who abstain from sex
6>        Except with those joined to them in the marriage bond or (the captives) whom their right hands possess for (in their case) they are free from blame

       *** The followers of Muhammad are forbidden from having sex outside of marriage but they can enjoy unrestricted sex, in any manner and at any time they choose, with their wives and their captive females ***

7>        But those whose desires exceed those limits are transgressors

8>        Those who faithfully observe their trust and their covenants;

9>        And who (strictly) guard their prayers

10>        Those will be the heirs

11>        Who will inherit Paradise: they will dwell therein (forever).

12>        Man We did create from a quintessence (of clay);

       #2872 In this beautiful passage, Allah's creative work, as far as man is concerned, is recapitulated, in order to show man's real position in this life, and the certainty of the future: to which he was referred for his reward in verses 10-11 above. For the various stages of creation, see n. 120 to ii. 117. Here we are not concerned with the earliest stage, the creation of primeval matter out of nothing. It is also a process of creation when inorganic matter becomes living matter. Thus inorganic constituents of the earth are absorbed into fiving matter by way of food and living matter reproduces itself by means of sperm. This is deposited in the ovum and fertilises it and rests for a time in security in the mother's womb. The first change in the fertilised ovum is the conversion into a sort of clot of thickly congealed blood; the zygote cells grow by segmentation; then the mass gradually assumes shape in its growth as a foetus. From the lump develop bones and flesh and organs and a nervous system. So far man's growth is like that of an animal, but a further process takes place which makes the infant animal into the infant man. This is the breathing from Allah's spirit into him (xv. 29). It may be a continuous process parallel to that of physical growth. The child is born; it grows; it decays and dies; but after death another chapter opens for the individual, and it is to remind us of this most momentous chapter that the previous stages are recapitulated.#

       *** The interpreter goes to enormous and convoluted intellectual lengths, to disguise the fact, that according to the Biblical version of the creation, Man was created from DUST and NOT CLAY as the Quran alleges.

       The reader should ponder the question as to why there are two different versions of the creation, being 'inspired' in two, allegedly, holy books.

       BOTH cannot be true if they contradict each other. Only the original, divinely revealed version can be true***

13        Then We placed him as (a drop of) sperm in a place of rest firmly fixed;

       #2873        The growth in the foetal stage is silent and unseen. The foetus is protected in the mother's womb like a king in a castle; it is firmly fixed, and gets the protection of the mother's body, on which it depends for its own growth until birth.#
       *** This sequence of Man's creation is not found in the Bible. Man (Male) was first formed from  DUST and the God 'breathed' life into it.

        Woman was 'created' from the body of Man. No sperm and no sex were involved.

       This is only one, of several, completely different versions of human creation found in the Quran***

14        Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; then of that clot We made a (foetus) lump; then We made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh; then We developed out of it another creature: so blessed be Allah the Best to create!

       #2874        From a mere animal, we now consider man as man. Is it not a Sign of wonder in itself that from dry dust (turab, xxii. 5) or inorganic matter should be made protoplasm (moist clay or organic matter); from it should grow a new animal life; and out of it should grow human life, with all its capacities and responsibilities? Man carries within himself Signs of Allah's wisdom and power, and he can see them every day in the universe around him.#                                                                
       *** As mentioned in 4:1, Muhammad's superficial understanding of the Biblical stories that he heard, made him commit numerous and colossal mistakes since he was prone to get names, centuries, personalities and concepts mixed up and misrepresented.

       It was Adam, who was created from DUST and NOT Mankind.

       Mankind was the result of procreation between Adam and Eve. The sequence above should represent the evolutionary process of the fertilised egg into a human being, which is NOT the creation of Man.

       In all the following verses, the Quran shows total ignorance of the fact that the man's sperm alone cannot create life without the woman's ovum (egg). This vital ingredient to the procreation of life is totally missing in the Quran ***

15>        After that at length ye will die.

       #2875        Our physical death in this mortal life seems to make a break. But if it were the end of all, our life becomes meaningless. Our own instinct tells us that it cannot be so, and Allah assures us that there will be a resurrection for judgment.#

       *** The Bible does not have the concept of resurrection of the dead. On the contrary, it tells humans that "from dust you came and to dust you will return".

       The concept of resurrection is rabbinical and post-Biblical. Muhammad copied this and incorporated it in his Quran, thus giving it the aura of divine truth by making it into a 'revelation' from Allah***

16>        Again on the Day of Judgment will ye be raised up.

17>        And We have made above you seven tracts; and We are never unmindful of (Our) Creation.

       #2876 Taraiq: literally tracts, roads, orbits or paths. Here it means: seven heavens. The assurance given in the next clause, that Allah cares for us and all His Creation, calls out attention to Allah's goodness, which is further illustrated in the subsequent verses. 2877        Allah's care for His Creation is ceaseless. A few examples of His care for our physical well-being are given in verses 18-22, and for our spiritual well-being, in Sections 2 to 5.#

       *** The concept of Seven Heavens - is not in the Hebrew Bible - but comes from Rabbinic writings especially in Midrash Rabbah-Deut 11:32.

       The pagan Arabs did not have this relatively sophisticated concept in their beliefs. In fact, they scoffed at Muhammad for telling them this.

       The New Testament used this concept profusely in its theology. Muhammad copied and modified it from both***

18>        And We send down water from the sky according to (due) measure and We cause it to soak in the soil; and We certainly are able to drain it off (with ease).
19>        With it We grow for you gardens of date-palms and vines: in them have ye abundant fruits: and of them ye eat (and have enjoyment)

20        Also a tree springing out of Mount Sinai which produces oil and relish for those who use it for food.

       #2880        For Arabia the best olives grow round about Mount Sinai. The fig, the olive, Mount Sinai, and the sacred city of Makkah are mentioned together in association in xcv. 1-3, where we shall consider its meaning. Olive oil is an ingredient in medicinal ointments. If used for food, the olive has a delicious flavour, Cf. also xxiv. 35, where the olive is called a Blessed Tree, and n. 3000.#

       *** Throughout the Bible the Sinai Peninsula was always associated with Egypt and never with Arabia, and especially not with Mecca which is never mentioned in the holy books of the Jews or the Christians.

       The association with Arabia has been forced upon mankind, by the deliberate falsification of history, perpetrated by Arab and Muhammadan writers, who abuse and pervert the facts to fit their agenda ***

21>        And in cattle (too) ye have an instructive example: from within their bodies We produce (milk) for you to drink; there are in them (besides) numerous (other) benefits for you; and of their (meat) ye eat;

22        And on them as well as in ships ye ride.

23>        (Further We sent a long line of prophets for your instruction.)  We sent Noah to his people: he said "O my people! worship Allah! Ye have no other god but Him: will ye not fear (Him)?"

24>        The chiefs of the Unbelievers among his people said: "He is no more than a man like yourselves: his wish is to assert his superiority over you: if Allah had wished (to send messengers) He could have sent down angels: never did we hear such a thing (as he says) among our ancestors of old."

25        (And some said:) "He is only a man possessed: wait (and have patience) with him for a time."

       *** Muhammad repeats these verses regarding the different Biblical 'prophets', so that he too, becomes associated with them and thus, gives himself the same ora and attributes of a prophet, in the  manner of the Hebrew ones.

       Muhammad uses the same sequence of verses each time he approaches the subject of a  warner being rejected by his own people, as Muhammad was, by the Quraiysh.

       The reader should be warned that, all the following verses of the Noah story, are similar, but totally unrelated to the Biblical original. They are either allegorical or from Muhammad's own figment of imagination ***

26>        (Noah) said: "O my Lord! help me: for that they accuse me of falsehood!"

27>        So We inspired him (with this message): "Construct the Ark within Our sight and under Our guidance: then when comes Our command and the fountains of the earth gush forth take thou on board pairs of every species male and female and thy family except those of them against whom the Word has already gone forth: and address Me not in favor of the wrongdoers; for they shall be drowned (in the Flood).

28>        And when thou hast embarked on the Ark thou and those with thee  say: "Praise be to Allah Who has saved us from the people who do wrong."

29>        And say: "O my Lord! enable me to disembark with Thy blessing: for Thou art the Best to enable (us) to disembark."

30>        Verily in this there are Signs (for men to understand); (thus) do We try (men).

31>        Then We raised after them another generation;

32>        And We sent to them an apostle from among themselves (saying) "Worship Allah! ye have no other god but Him.  Will ye not fear (Him)?"

33>        And the chiefs of his people who disbelieved and denied the Meeting in the Hereafter and on whom We had bestowed the good things of this life said: "He is no more than a man like yourselves; he eats of that of which ye eat and drinks of what ye drink.

34        "If ye obey a man like yourselves behold it is certain ye will be lost.

35>        "Does he promise that when ye die and become dust and bones ye shall be brought forth (again)?

36        "Far very far is that which ye are promised!

37        "There is nothing but our life in this world! We shall die and we live! But we shall never be raised up again!

38        "He is only a man who invents a lie against Allah but we are not the ones to believe in him!"

       *** This is a very revealing verse, since in this case, it is the pagan Arabs, who are ACCUSING Muhammad of inventing " ...a lie against Allah..."; their Allah, after all, was the supreme god of the Ka'ba.

        The lie of course, is the inconceivable concept, in the pagan Arabian mind of RESURRECTION. That is one of many reasons why most of them, did not believe in Muhammad or his message***

39>        (The prophet) said: "O my Lord! help me: for that they accuse me of falsehood."

40        (Allah) said: "In but a little while they are sure to be sorry!"

41        Then the Blast overtook them with justice and We made them as rubbish of dead leaves (floating on the stream of Time)! So away with the people who do wrong!        

       *** In the Biblical original story, there was no 'Blast' mentioned. Once again, it has to be pointed out to the reader, that this is another of Muhammad's inventions***

42>        Then We raised after them other generations.

43>        No people can hasten their term nor can they delay (it).

44>        Then sent We Our apostles in succession: every time there came to a people their apostle they accused him of falsehood: so We made them follow each other (in punishment): We made them as a tale (that is told): so away with a people that will not believe!

45>        Then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron with Our Signs and authority manifest

46>        To Pharaoh and his Chiefs: but these behaved insolently: they were arrogant people.

47>        They said: "Shall we believe in two men like ourselves? And their people are subject
to us!"

48>        So they accused them of falsehood and they became of those who were destroyed.

49>        And We gave Moses the Book in order that they might receive guidance.

       *** The Book is, the Torah of course. This was divinely revealed to Moses and cannot be altered or perverted.

       It is the same Torah that the Quran extolls and demands that the followers of Muhammad should believe in, especially since Muhammad repeatedy uses it as a TESTAMENT to the veracity of his Quran***

50>        And We made the son of Mary and his mother as a Sign: We gave them both shelter on high ground affording rest and security and furnished with springs.

51>        O ye apostles! enjoy (all) things good and pure and work righteousness: for I am well-acquainted with (all) that ye do.

52>        And verily this Brotherhood of yours is a single Brotherhood and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore fear Me (and no other).

       *** Muhammad's Allah demands that he should be FEARED and NOT LOVED. The fear of Allah is reflected in most of the Quranic verses.

       There are only a handful from over 6200 verses, that speak of love. Most of the remainder speak of fear, terror, torments and the fires of Hell ***

53        But people have cut off their affair (of unity) between them into sects: each party rejoices in that which is with itself.

54        But leave them in their confused ignorance for a time.

55        Do they think that because We have granted them abundance of wealth and sons

56        We would hasten them on in every good? Nay they do not understand.

57        Verily those who live in awe for fear of their Lord;

58>        Those who believe in the Signs of their Lord;

59>        Those who join not (in worship) partners with their Lord;

60>        And those who dispense their charity with their hearts full of fear because they will return to their Lord

61>        It is these who hasten in every good work and these who are foremost in them.

62>        On no soul do We place a burden greater than it can bear: before Us is a record which clearly shows the truth: they will never be wronged.

       *** Allah asserts, that he would not place " a burden greater thean it can bear.." which contradicts the other statements indicating, that all human beings - as well as everything else in this Universe - are PRE-DESTINED by him***

63        But their hearts are in confused ignorance of this; and there are besides that deeds of theirs which they will (continue) to do

64>        Until when We seize in Punishment those of them who received the good things of this world behold they will groan in supplication!

65        It will be said: "Groan not in supplication this day; for ye shall certainly not be helped by Us.

66        "My Signs used to be rehearsed to you but ye used to turn back on your heels

67        "In arrogance: talking nonsense about the (Qur'an) like one telling fables by night."

68        Do they not ponder over the Word (of Allah) or has anything (new) come to them that did not come to their fathers of old?

69        Or do they not recognize their Apostle that they deny him?

       *** On what basis should the Quraiysh have recognised Muhammad as an apostle?

        What indications or credentials did he have to point him out as a messenger of Allah? Their Allah after all.

        He was not able to perform a single miracle. All he did, was to declare, UNILATERALLY, that he was the messenger of Allah.

       They had to believe in the word of a simple mortal that they have to change all of their beliefs based on his say so.

       Would the reader change his/her beliefs based on MY say so?

       I have no doubt that they would not.

       Nor did the Quraiysh until they were forced to do so at the edge of a SWORD ***

70        Or do they say "He is possessed"? Nay he has brought them the Truth but most of them hate the Truth.

71        If the Truth had been in accord with their desires truly the heavens and the earth and all beings therein would have been in confusion and corruption! Nay We have sent them their admonition but they turn away from their admonition.
72        Or is it that thou askest them for some recompense? But the recompense of thy Lord is best: He is the Best of those who give sustenance.

73>        But verily thou callest them to the Straight Way;

74>        And verily those who believe not in the Hereafter are deviating from that Way.

       *** One of the most difficult concepts for the Quraiysh to comprehend, were those of the Hereafter and of the Resurrection, since they did not have them in their simple and uncomplicated religion ***

75        If We had mercy on them and removed the distress which is on them they would obstinately persist in their transgression wandering in distraction to and fro.

76>        We inflicted Punishment on them but they humbled not themselves to their Lord nor do they submissively entreat (Him)!

77>        Until We open on them a gate leading to a severe Punishment: then Lo! they will be plunged in despair therein!

       *** In verses 75-77, it is Allah speaking.

       In verses 78-80, it is Gabriel.

       In verses 81-83, the transition goes to Muhammad.

       The question to be asked here is, who is doing the 'revelations' and to whom? ***

78>        It is He Who has created for you (the faculties of) hearing sight feeling and understanding: little thanks it is ye give!

79>        And He has multiplied you through the earth and to Him shall ye be gathered back.

80>        It is He Who gives life and death and to Him (is due) the alternation of Night and Day: will ye not then understand?

81        On the contrary they say things similar to what the ancients said.

82>        They say: "What! when we die and become dust and bones could we really be raised up again?

83        "Such things have been promised to us and to our fathers before! They are nothing but tales of the ancients!"

84>        Say: "To whom belong the earth and all beings therein? (Say) if ye know!"

85        They will say "To Allah!" Say: "Yet will ye not receive admonition?"

86>        Say: "Who is the Lord of the seven heavens and the Lord of the Throne (of Glory) Supreme?"

       *** The concepts of the Seven Heavens and the Lord of the Throne, are from Jewish rabbinical traditions, and not original intellectual creations by Muhammad in his Quran ***

87        They will say "(They belong) to Allah." Say: "Will ye not then be filled with awe?"

88>        Say: "Who is it in whose hands is the governance of all things who protects (all) but is not protected (of any)? (Say) if ye know."

89        They will say "(It belongs) to Allah." Say: "Then how are ye deluded?"

90        We have sent them the Truth: but they indeed practice Falsehood!

91>        No son did Allah beget nor is there any god along with Him: (if there were many gods) behold each god would have taken away what he had created and some would have lorded it over others! Glory to Allah (He is free) from the (sort of) things they attribute to Him!

       *** According to the religion of the pagan Arabs, Allah, the supreme god of the Ka'ba, has THREE DAUGHTERS: Al Lat, Al Uzza and Al Manat.

       It was Muhammad who metamorphosed the pagan god of the Ka'ba, Allah, into the
One and Only, God of Israel. Hence, this polemical verse was 'revealed' to attack the Christian dogma of Jesus's sonship of God ***

92>        He knows what is hidden and what is open: too high is He for the partners they attribute to Him!

93        Say: "O my Lord! if Thou wilt show me (in my lifetime) that which they are warned against

94>        "Then O my Lord! put me not amongst the people who do wrong!"

95        And We are certainly able to show thee (in fulfillment) that against which they are warned.

96        Repel evil with that which is best: We are well-acquainted with the things they say.

97>        And say: "O my Lord! I seek refuge with Thee from the suggestions of the Evil Ones;

98>        "And I seek refuge with Thee O my Lord! lest they should come near me."

99>        (In Falsehood will they be) until when death comes to one of them he says: "O my Lord! send me back (to life)

100>        "In order that I may work righteousness in the things I neglected."  "By no means! it is but a word he says before them is a Partition till the Day they are raised up.

101>        Then when the Trumpet is blown there will be no more relationships between them that day nor will one ask after another!

       *** The concept of the "..Trumpet is blown..." is derived from Jewish traditions and is NOT a Quranic first***

102>        Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy they will attain salvation:

103>        But those whose balance is light will be those who have lost their souls; in Hell will they abide.

104>        The Fire will burn their faces and they will therein grin with their lips displaced.

105        "Were not My Signs rehearsed to you and ye did but treat them as falsehoods?"

106        They will say: "Our Lord! our misfortune overwhelmed us and we became a people astray!

107        "Our Lord! bring us out of this: if ever we return (to evil) then shall we be wrongdoers indeed!"

108        He will say: "Be ye driven into it (with ignominy)! and speak ye not to Me!

109>        "A part of My servants there was who used to pray `Our Lord! we believe; then do Thou forgive us and have mercy upon us: for Thou art the best of those Who show mercy!'

110>        "But ye treated them with ridicule so much so that (ridicule of) them made you forget My Message while ye were laughing at them!

111>        "I have rewarded them this day for their patience and constancy: they are indeed the ones that have achieved Bliss..."

112        He will say: "What number of years did ye stay on earth?"

113        They will say: "We stayed a day or part of a day: but ask those who keep account."

114        He will say: "Ye stayed not but a little if ye had only known!

115>        "Did ye then think that We had created you in jest and that ye would not be brought back to Us (for account)?"

116>        Therefore exalted be Allah the King the Reality; there is no god but He the Lord of the Throne of Honor!

117>        If anyone invokes besides Allah any other god he has no authority therefor; and his reckoning will be only with his Lord! And verily the Unbelievers will fail to win through!

118>        So say: "O my Lord! grant thou forgiveness and mercy! for Thou art the Best of those who show mercy!"

       *** All the attributes, names, qualifications given to Allah in the Quran are PLAGIARISED from the traditions of the Jews such as:

The Throne of Allah; Spirit of Allah; Sekina of Allah; Merciful & Compassionate Allah; King of Reality; etc; etc. are not original ideas from Muhammad's mind ***