Al Sajdah (The Prostration) (32)- 30


1        Alif  Lam  Mim.

2        (This is) the revelation of the Book in which there is no doubt, from the Lord of the Worlds.

       # 3629        By the time of the holy Prophet the earlier Books of Revelation had been corrupted, by human ignorance or selfishness or fraud, or misinterpreted, or lost altogether. There were sects violently disputing with each other as to their true meaning. Such doubts had to be set at rest, and they were set at rest by the revelation of the Qur-an. The Quranic inspiration came direct from Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and did not consist merely of human conjectures or a reconstructed philosophy, in which there is always room for doubt or dispute. Cf. also ii. 2#

       *** The interpreter returns tirelessly to his inciteful and obscene allegations about the 'corruption' of the earlier revelations by the Jews and Christians; neither he, nor any living Muhammadan Muslim, can prove the veracity of these allegations.

       The only way this can be done, is by showing the 'true and original' versions, from which the Muhammadans are presumably quoting.

       The interprter even twists and contorts the Quran, to fit his agenda of hate and calumny, by alleging that the Quran, was a direct inspiration from Allah. It was not, since it was the Angel Gabriel who recited it to Muhammad.

       The only direct revelations were between God and Moses from which the Quranic verses are plagiarized with suitable modifications and alterations ***

3        Or do they say "He has forged it"? Nay it is the Truth from the Lord that thou mayest admonish a people to whom no warner has come before thee: in order that they may receive guidance.

       # 3630        The force of "or" (am in Arabic) is that the only alternative to the acceptance of the Book as a divine revelation is the supposition that it was a forgery by the holy Prophet. But the supposition is absurd on the face of it: because (1) the Quraish, his critics, knew him to be an honest and truthful man; (2) he was unlettered, and such a Book would have been beyond his powers as a simple unlettered Arab, unless Allah inspired it; and (3) there was a definite reason for its coming as it did, because the Arabs had received no Messenger before him and Allah has sent Messengers to every nation. 3631        The Arabs very much needed guidance for themselves, and the advent of a World Prophet through them was what might have been expected in view of the past course of Allah's Revelations.#

       *** The interpreter is deliberately and inaccurately portraying the background of Muhammad to fit in with his insidious agenda of whitewashing everything to do with him, with the Arabs, and with Muhammadan Islam.

       The fact is, that the 'unlettered' description only meant, that he did not know the previous revelations and NOT that he was ILLITERATE.

        Although he was originally a pagan, he was nontheless, not in a totally pagan society, since he was surrounded by Jewish, Christian, Zoroasterian and Hanif traditions.

       For instance, in his youth and according to 'Islamic tradition', he had accompanied his uncle Abu Talib on a caravan journey to Syria, in the course of which, he met a Christian monk called Bahira who influenced him greatly.

        Muhammad started  retiring regularly to the seclusion of a cave called Hira for contemplation, only after his marriage to Khadijah, his first and most influential wife who was of a Hanif background and whose uncle, Waraqa bin Nawfal was a Christian.

       Furthermore,Muhammad's most important 'revelations' occurred in Suras, that were 'descended' to him while he was among the Jewish tribes of Madina.

       From all of these events, one can conclude very easily and correctly, that he was actually greatly and directly inspired by the monotheistic ideas that surrounded him. He did not receive his 'revelations' in a vacuum***

4>        It is Allah Who has created the heavens and the earth and all between them in six Days and is firmly established on the Throne (of authority): ye have none besides Him to protect or intercede (for you): will ye not then receive admonition?

       # 3632        Six Days: See n. 1031 to vii. 54. The "Day" does not mean a day as we reckon it, viz., one apparent course of the sun round the earth, for it refers to conditions which began before the earth and the sun were created. In verse 5 below, a Day is compared to a thousand years of our reckoning, and in lxx. 4 to 50,000 years. These figures "as we reckon" have no relation to "timeless Time", and must be taken to mean very long Periods, or Ages, or Aeons. See further xli. 9-12, and notes. 3633        Cf. x. 3. n. 1386. Allah created the World as we see it in six great Stages. But after the initial creation, He is still in authority and directs and controls all affairs. He has not delegated His powers to others, and Himself retired. Also see vii. 54.#

       *** Once again, the reader has to be reminded, that without the Biblical version of the creation story - as well as all the other stories of the Bible - the interpreter would not have been able to explain anything about the Quran.

       This interpreter - like all of those who deal with the Quran - exhibit an obscene degree of hypocrisy since a few verses earlier he asserted, that the Bible had been tampered with and altered by the Jews and Christians, uses exactly these books as points of reference to elucidate the otherwise utterly INCOMPREHENSIBLE Quranic verses.

       One should ask the question:

        How does the interpreter know, which are the Biblical verses that are false and which are the ones that are true, WITHOUT the ORIGINAL unaltered Bible in hand? ***

5>        He rules (all) affairs from the heavens to the earth: in the end will (all affairs) go up to Him on a Day the space whereof will be (as) a thousand years of your reckoning.

       # 3634        How could the immense mystery of Time behind our ideas of it be enforced on our minds better? Our Day may be a thousand or fifty thousand years, and our years in proportion. In the immense Past was Allah's act of creation: it still continues, for He guides, rules, and controls all affairs: and in the immense Future all affairs will go up to Him, for He will be the Judge, and His restoration of all values will be as in a Day or an Hour or the Twinkling of an eye; and yet to our ideas it will be as a thousand years!#

       *** The word used in this verse to 'go up' is (Ya'ruju), meaning climbing up a ladder. This is the Arabic rendering of the originally Abyssinian word Mi'raj, meaning ladder ***

6>        Such as He the knower of all things hidden and open the Exalted (in power) the Merciful;

7>        He Who has made everything which He has created most Good.  He began the creation of man with (nothing more than) clay                                                
       #Allah's creation in itself is good: it is beautiful, in proper proportions, and adapted for the functions it has to perform. There is no evil or disorder in it. Such evil or disorder as creeps in is due to man's will (as far as the world of man is concerned), and spiritual Teaching is directed to train and cure that will and bring it into conformity with the Universal Order and Plan. (32.7)3637        Man is asked to contemplate his own humble beginning. His material body (apart from life) is a piece of earth or clay, which is another term for primeval matter. Matter is therefore the first stage, but even matter was not self-created. It was created by Allah. (32.7)#
       
*** This is a misrepresentation of

Genesis 1:" 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day". 

       This particular Quranic version of the creation of Man is not copied from the Bible but from Hebrew traditions,  since in

Genesis 2: "7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul"

       Clay, as the reader can see, is not mentioned in  Bible, while the vital divine act of 'breathed (life) into his nostrils' is singularly missing from the Quranic version***

8>        And made his progeny from a quintessence of the nature of a fluid despised:

       *** This is yet one more alleged process of creation. The translation is wrong since
'Maai Muheen' should read 'offensive water' and not ' fluid despised'.

        Considering the great number of misrepresentations in the Quran of items plagiarised, pirated, plundered and/or perverted from the Bible and Hebrew Scriptures, this too, could be based upon Muhammad's misunderstanding of a verse - most probably transmitted to him by a Rabbi - from the Mishnah in Tractate Avoth, which states

Chapter 3:" 1…. Whence thou art come-from a fetid drop; and whither thou art going- to a place of dust, worms and maggots…".

       Of course 'fetid drop' is semen, which would make sense in this verse ***

9>        But He fashioned him in due proportion and breathed into him something of His spirit.  And He gave you (the faculties of) hearing and sight and feeling (and understanding): little thanks do ye give!

       *** This is of course, as usual,  from the Bible

Genesis 2: "7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul"***

10>        And they say: "What! when we lie hidden and lost in the earth shall we indeed be in a creation renewed?" Nay they deny the meeting with their Lord!

11>        Say: "The Angel of Death put in charge of you will (duly) take your souls: then shall ye be brought back to your Lord."

       *** The concept of the Angel of Death is from the traditions of the Jews and Christians, since it did not exist, in the very simple religion of the pagan Arabs.

       This concept also, is plagiarised from the repeatedly villified 'altered Books of the Jews and Christians'***

12>        If only thou couldst see when the guilty ones will bend low their heads before their Lord (saying:) "Our Lord! We have seen and we have heard: now then send us back (to the world): we will work righteousness: for we do indeed (now) believe."

13>        If We had so willed We could certainly have brought every soul its true guidance: but the Word from Me will come true.  "I will fill Hell with Jinns and men all together."

       *** In innumerable verses, Allah - the most compassionate, the most merciful - seems to enjoy sending both humans and Jinns to his Hell, to suffer eternal tortures, for crimes they committed because he PRE-DESTINED them to do. They had no FREE WILL.

       The reader should ponder such incredible injustice and try to figure out, why and how it is possible to have it appear as an acceptable precept in any holy scripture***

14>        "Taste ye then for ye forgot the meeting of this day of yours and We too will forget you taste ye the Penalty of Eternity for your (evil) deeds!"

15>        Only those believe in Our Signs who when they are recited to them fall down in adoration and celebrate the praises of their Lord nor are they (ever) puffed up with pride.

16        Their limbs do forsake their beds of sleep the while they call on their Lord in Fear and Hope: and they spend (in charity) out of the sustenance which We have bestowed on them.

17        Now no person knows what delights of the eye are kept hidden (in reserve) for them as a reward for their (good) Deeds.

18        Is then the man who believes no better than the man who is rebellious and wicked? No equal are they.

19>        For those who believe and do righteous deeds are Gardens as hospitable homes for their (good) deeds.

20>        As to those who are rebellious and wicked their abode will be the Fire: every time they wish to get away therefrom they will be forced thereinto and it will be said to them: "taste ye the Penalty of the Fire the which ye were wont to reject as false.

21>        And indeed We will make them taste of the Penalty of this (life) prior to the supreme Penalty in order that they may (repent and) return.

       *** Allah, it seems, takes enormous pleasure in punishing the innocent, both in life as well as after death, although they are NOT GUILTY of their failings, since these were programmed and pre-destined into their life, by Allah in the first place ***

22>        And who does more wrong than one to whom are recited the Signs of his Lord and who then turns away therefrom? Verily from those who transgress We shall exact (Due) Retribution.

23>        We did indeed aforetime give the Book to Moses: be not then in doubt of its reaching (thee): and We made it a guide to the Children of Israel.

       *** Allah is telling the followers of Muhammad, that they too, should follow the guidance of the Torah, just as it was, for the Children of Israel.

       The Torah also, as a revelation from Allah, is equally valid as 'divinely inspired' as the Quran.

       This verse by itself completely DESTROYS all the allegations, innuendos and assertions made by the followers of Muhammad that the Jews and Christians had TAMPERED with the TEXT of the Bible; because it would be INCONCEIVABLE that the Quran would tell the followers of Muhammad to BELIEVE in CORRUPTED texts ***

24>        And We appointed from among them Leaders giving guidance under Our command so long as they persevered with patience and continued to have faith in Our Signs.

25>        Verily thy Lord will judge between them on the Day of Judgement in the matters wherein they differ (among themselves).

26>        Does it not teach them a lesson how many generations We destroyed before them in whose dwellings they (now) go to and fro? Verily in that are Signs: do they not then listen?

27>        And do they not see that We do drive Rain to parched soil (bare of herbage) and produce therewith crops providing food for their cattle and themselves? Have they not the vision?

28        They say: "When will this decision be if ye are telling the truth?"

29>        Say: "On the Day of Decision no profit will it be to Unbelievers if they (then) believe! Nor will they be granted a respite."

30        So turn away from them and wait: they too are waiting.

       *** Most of the verses above, their contents and their meanings, are repeats of previous and subsequent ones in almost all the Suras of the Quran.

       They are monotonous, without imagination, without depth, bereft of any compassion or mercy, full of anger, hate and unjustfiable retribution; these are definitely not the attributes of any kind of divine revelations ***