#3505 The remarkable defeats of the Roman Empire under Heraclius and the straits to which it was reduced are reviewed in Appendix No. 6 (to follow this Sura). It was not merely isolated defeats; the Roman Empire lost most of its Asiatic territory and was hemmed in on all sides at its capital, Constantinople. The defeat,"in a land close by"must refer to Syria andPalestine, Jerusalem was lost in 614-15 A.D., shortly before this Sura was revealed#
*** Although Jerusalem was lost to the Sassanids in 614/5, it was reclaimed again by Heraclius, the newly hailed deliverer of Christendom, and restorer of the unity of the Eastern Empire who reinstalled the true Cross which had been recovered from the Persians in Sept. 624.
The interpreter, as usual, is doing his best to contort history to fit his agenda of misinformation***
3In a land close by [fi adna'l ardth]; but they (even) after (this) defeat of theirs will soon be victorious
# The Farthest Mosque must refer to the site of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem on the hill of Moriah, at or near which stands the Dome of the Rock, called also the Mosque of Hadhrat 'Umar. This and the Mosque known as the Farthest Mosque (Masjid-ul-Aqsa) were completed by the Amir 'Abd-ul-Malik in A.H. 68. Farthest, because it was the place of worship farthest west which was known to the Arabs in the time of the holy Prophet: it was a sacred place to both Jews and Christians, but the Christians then had the upper hand, as it was included in the Byzantine (Roman) Empire, which maintained a Patriarch at Jerusalem. The chief dates in connection with the Temple are: it was finished by Solomon about B.C. 1004; destroyed by the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar about 586 B.C.; rebuilt under Ezra and Nehemiah about 515 B.C.; turned into a heathen idol-temple by one of Alexander's successors, Antiochus Epiphanes, 167 B.C.; restored by Herod, B.C. 17 to A.D. 29; and completely razed to the ground by the Emperor Titus in A.D. 70. These ups and downs are among the greater Signs in religious history#
*** The three verses above, are among the most important and revealing in the Quran, because they clearly show the total bankrupcy of Muhammadan claims, that the "Furthest Mosque"mentioned in 17:1, is at Jerusalem.
Let the reader take into consideration, that the interpreter himself asserts, that the " In a land close by..."is Syria-Palestine.
If so, then Jerusalem, which is nearer to Mecca than Syria, must be considered as a geographical point which is near to Mecca and NOTFAR from her; and most certainly not the 'the furthest'.
Since the events that are mentioned in the verses above, are based upon the known historical records actually concerning Jerusalem, then the expression
" In a land close by..." which is "Adna'l Ardh",in Arabic
cannot also be
"… the furthest.."land,
as the Muhammadanexegetes falsely claim.
Sura al Isra, 17: "1 Glory to (Allah) Who did take His Servant for Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque whose precincts We did Bless in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the one Who heareth and seeth (all things)"
It is a physical impossibility, to have a certain geographical location, being both NEAR as well as VERY FAR from another given geographical location
- excluding the possibility of having to go round the circumference of the Earth to achieve it.
Since BOTHverses are in the Quran and only 30:3 can be ascertained on historical and linguistic grounds, then the Furthest Mosque could not have meant Jerusalem, which is, after all, in the near land of Palestine.
The Quranic verse, has either been totally misunderstood, or deliberately perverted, by the Muhammadan exegetes, to mean other than what was intended.
The most logical interpretation of this verse, based upon all the items above, is that it was implying that Muhammad was transported to the Temple of Solomon in Heaven, near the Throne of God.
This explanation resolves all the ambiguities and uncertainties inherent in the TWO otherwise CONTRADICTORY verses of the Quran and their deliberate mis-interpretations by the followers of Muhammad, especially since it was - and still is - in the tradition of the Jews, that there is a HEAVENLY replica of the Temple.
Muhammad, as was his forte, plagiarised the idea, and his followers misunderstood the meaning of the verse.
Hence, based upon the following facts:
1That the QuranNEVER mentions the name of Jerusalem anywhere.
2That there was no Temple of Solomonin the days of Muhammad - since it had already been destroyed about 550 years earlier, and hence could not possibly have been the one that Muhammad allegedly visited.
3 That Palestine,is actually, a nearby land and NOT a furthest land.
4That if the interpretation - of the Hadiths - describes Muhammad leading the prayers with the other previous prophets at Jerusalem, then this will create the dilemma of having the Resurrection occuring BEFORE the End of Time, thus once more, contradicting the Quran.
In summation, the followers of Muhammad can have only ONE logical interpretation:
That the Furthest Mosque, cannot possibly be the Temple of Solomon in earthly Jerusalem; this concept is totally FALSE, and it also contradicts the Quran.
Hence, the only logical solution to the conundrum is, that Muhammad only IMAGINED visiting the Temple of Solomon in Heaven, during his alleged
Night Journey ***
4Within a few years. With Allah is the Decision in the Past and in the Future: on that Day shall the Believers rejoice
5With the help of Allah. He helps whom He will and He is Exalted in Might Most Merciful.
*** Repeatedly and unambiguously, the Quran asserts that it is Allah who PRE-DESTINES all His creations and that there is NO FREE WILL.
This concept is totally alien and in opposition to that of the followers of Moses.
It is not impossible to conjecture, that Muhammad inserted this concept for his followers so that it is the OPPOSITE of that of the Jews, a policy that he repeatedly encouraged as mentioned in the Ahadith***
6(It is) the promise of Allah. Never does Allah depart from His promise: but most men understand not.
7They know but the outer (things) in the life of this world: but of the End of things they are heedless.
8Do they not reflect in their own minds? Not but for just ends and for a term appointed did Allah create the heavens and the earth and all between them: yet are there truly many among men who deny the meeting with their Lord (at the Resurrection)!
9Do they not travel through the earth and see what was the End of those before them? They were superior to them in strength: they tilled the soil and populated it in greater numbers than these have done: there came to them their apostles with Clear (Signs) (which they rejected to their own destruction): it was not Allah Who wronged them but they wronged their own souls.
*** This verse is not truthful since in many others, the Quran asserts that humanity is PRE-DESTINED and hence they cannot be 'wronging their own soul' since it was Allah who made them err in the first place ***
10In the long run evil in the extreme will be the End of those who do evil; for that they rejected the Signs of Allah and held them up to ridicule.
11It is Allah Who begins (the process of) creation; then repeats it; then shall ye be brought back to Him.
12>On the Day that the Hour will be established the guilty will be struck dumb with despair
13No intercessor will they have among their "Partners" and they will (themselves) reject their "Partners."
14>On the Day that the Hour will be established that Day shall (all men) be sorted out.
15Then those who have believed and worked righteous deeds shall be made happy in a Mead of Delight.
16And those who have rejected Faith and falsely denied Our Signs and the meeting of the Hereafter such shall be brought forth to Punishment.
17So (give) glory to Allah when ye reach eventide and when ye rise in the morning;
18>Yea To Him be praise in the heavens and on earth; and in the late afternoon and when the day begins to decline.
19>It is He Who brings out the living from the dead and brings out the dead from the living and Who gives life to the earth after it is dead: and thus shall ye be brought out (from the dead).
20>Among His Signs is this that He created you from dust; and then Behold ye are men scattered (far and wide)!
*** Yet once more, does the Quran give the wrong process of creation since it was ONLYAdam who was created from dust and NOT Mankind.
Mankind was the product of PROCREATION ***
21>And among His Signs is this that He created for you mates from among yourselves that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts); verily in that are Signs for those who reflect.
#3525 This refers to the wonderful mystery of sex. Children arise out of the union of the sexes. And it is always the female sex that bring forth the offspring, whether female or male. And the father is as necessary as the mother for bringing forth daughters. (30.21)3526#
*** God did not create 'mates' for men since both are produced through sexual intercourse.
According to the Bible, ONLYthe first female was created without sexual intercourse-
Genesis 1: "21. And the Lord God made Adam fall into a deep sleep, and he slept; and He took one from his ribs, and closed up the flesh.22. And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her to the man.23. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man"***
22>And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the variations in your languages and your colors: verily in that are Signs for those who know.
23And among His Signs is the sleep that ye take by night and by day and the quest that ye (make for livelihood) out of His Bounty: verily in that are Signs for those who hearken.
24And among His Signs He shows you the lightning by way both of fear and of hope and He sends down rain from the sky and with it gives life to the earth after it is dead: verily in that are Signs for those who are wise.
25>And among His Signs is this that heaven and earth stand by His Command: then when He calls you by a single call from the earth behold ye (straightway) come forth.
26>To Him belongs every being that is in the heavens and on earth: all are devoutly obedient to Him.
27> It is He Who begins (the process of) creation; then repeats it; and for Him it is most easy. To Him belongs the loftiest similitude (We can think of) in the heavens and the earth: for He is Exalted in Might Full of Wisdom.
28He does propound to you a similitude from your own (experience): do ye have partners among those whom your right hands possess to share as equals in the wealth We have bestowed on you? Do ye fear them as ye fear each other? Thus do We explain the Signs in detail to a people that understand.
29Nay the wrong-doers (merely) fellow their own lusts being devoid of knowledge. But who will guide those whom Allah leaves astray? To them there will be no helpers.
30So set thou thy face steadily and truly to the Faith: (Establish) Allah's handiwork according to the pattern on which He has made mankind: no change (let there be) in the work (wrought) by Allah: that is the standard Religion: but most among mankind understand not.
31.Turn ye back in repentance to Him and fear Him: establish regular prayers and be not ye among those who join gods with Allah,
32Those who split up their Religion and become (mere) Sects each party rejoicing in that which is with itself!
*** When these verses were 'revealed' to Muhammad, he did not know that his followers, just after his death, would split up into more numerous warring and antagonistic sects than those that the Quran repeatedly condemns, among the Jews and Christians ***
33When trouble touches men they cry to their Lord turning back to Him in repentance: but when He gives them a taste of Mercy as from Himself behold some of them pay part-worship to other gods besides their Lord.
34(As if) to show their ingratitude for the (favors) We have bestowed on them! Then enjoy (your brief day); but soon will ye know (your folly).
35Or have We sent down authority to them which points out to them the things to which they pay part-worship?
36When We give men a taste of Mercy they exult thereat: and when some evil afflicts them because of what their (own) hands have sent forth behold they are in despair
37See they not that Allah enlarges the provision and restricts it to whomsoever He pleases? Verily in that are Signs for those who believe.
38So give what is due to kindred the needy and the wayfarer. That is best for those who seek the Countenance of Allah and it is they who will prosper.
39That which ye lay out for increase through the property of (other) people will have no increase with Allah: but that which ye lay out for charity seeking the Countenance of Allah (will increase): it is these who will get a recompense multiplied.
40>It is Allah Who has created you: further He has provided for your sustenance; then He will cause you to die; and again He will give you life. Are there any of your (false) "Partners" who can do any single one of these things? Glory to Him! and High is He above the partners they attribute (to Him)!
41Mischief has appeared on land and sea because of (the meed) that the hands of men have earned that (Allah) may give them a taste of some of their deeds: in order that they may turn back (from Evil).
42Say: "Travel through the earth and see what was the End of those before (you): most of them worshipped others besides Allah."
43>But set thou thy face to the right Religion before there come from Allah the Day which there is no chance of averting: on that Day shall men be divided (in two).
44Those who reject Faith will suffer from that rejection: and those who work righteousness will spread their couch (of repose) for themselves (in heaven):
45That He may reward those who believe and work righteous deeds out of His Bounty: for He loves not those who reject Faith.
46>Among His Signs is this that He sends the Winds as heralds of Glad Tidings giving you a taste of His (Grace and) Mercy that the ships may sail (majestically) by His Command and that ye may seek of His Bounty: in order that ye may be grateful.
47>We did indeed send before thee apostles to their (respective) peoples and they came to them with Clear Signs: then to those who transgressed We meted out Retribution: and it was due from us to aid those who believed.
48>It is Allah Who sends the Winds and they raise the Clouds: then does He spread them in the sky as He wills and break them into fragments until thou seest rain-drops issue from the midst thereof: then when He has made them reach such of his servants as He wills behold they do rejoice!
49>Even though before they received (the rain) just before this they were dumb with despair!
50>Then contemplate (O man!) the memorials of Allah's Mercy! How He gives life to the earth after its death: verily the Same will give life to the men who are dead: for He has power over all things.
51And if We (but) send a Wind from which they see (their tilth) turn yellow behold they become thereafter ungrateful (Unbelievers)!
52So verily thou canst not make the dead to hear nor canst thou make the deaf to hear the call when they show their backs and turn away.
53> Nor canst thou lead back the blind from their straying: only those wilt thou make to hear who believe in Our Signs and submit (their wills in Islam).
54>It is Allah Who created you in a state of (helpless) weakness then gave (you) strength after weakness then after strength give (you) weakness and a hoary head: He creates as He wills and it is He Who has all knowledge and power.
55>On the Day that the Hour (of reckoning) will be established the transgressors will swear that they tarried not but an hour: thus were they used to being deluded!
56>But those endued with knowledge and faith will say: "Indeed ye did tarry within Allah's Decree to the Day of Resurrection and this is the Day of Resurrection: but ye ye were not aware!"
57>So on that Day no excuse of theirs will avail the Transgressors nor will they be invited (then) to seek grace (by repentance).
58Verily We have propounded for men in this Qur'an every kind of Parable: but if thou bring to them any Sign the Unbelievers are sure to say "Ye do nothing but talk vanities."
59Thus does Allah seal up the hearts of those who understand not.
*** Does Allah"...seal up the hearts..." of the Unbelievers, BEFORE or AFTER"...those who do not understand"?
Since if Allah seals their hearts, BEFORE, then they are not guilty of any wrongdoing, as they had been PRE-DESTINED.
If, on the other hand, they had FREE WILL, and erred, then it would be meaningless to "..seal their hearts..." as they had already sealed themselves away from the truth.
The above verse can only make sense, if, the hearts of the Unbelievers were sealed prior to their wrongdoing***
60So patiently persevere: for verily the promise of Allah is true: nor let those shake thy firmness who have (themselves) no certainty of faith.
*** No comments were made to many of the verses in this Sura, because most of them are childish and bereft of any spirituality, intellect or depth of logic.
They are repetetive and insipid,so much so,that any commentary would be utterly futile ***