#5037 The adjuration is by five things which we shall presently explain. An appeal is made to these five Signs in verses 1 to 6, and the certainty of future events is asserted in the most emphatic terms in verses 7 to 28, in three parts, viz., the coming of judgment and the passing away of this phenomenal world (verses 7-10); the future ill consequences of ill-deeds done (verses 11-16); and future attainment of bliss and complete realization of Allah's love and mercy (verses 17-28).#
*** The translations of many verses in this Surah have been deliberately falsified by the interpreter to give a different meaning suitable for the agenda of the followers of Muhammad.
The Mount of revelation in this instance can only be Mount Sinai and no where else.
Throughout the Quran, Al Tur and Mount Sinai have been made interchangeable.
All the following verses are describing the cataclysmic events of the Exodus story and have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH EITHER ARABIA OR MECCA ***
2>By a Decree Inscribed
#5038 See last note. The five Signs to which appeal is made are: (1) the Mount (of Revelation), verse 1; (2) the Book Inscribed, verses 2-3; (3) The Much-frequented House, verse 4; (4) the Canopy Raised High, verse 5; and (5) the Ocean filled with Swell, verse 6. Let us examine these in detail. Each of them has a figurative meaning. (1) The Mount is the sublime world of Revelation. In the case of Moses it is typified by Mount Sinai: Cf. xcv. 2, where it is mentioned in juxtaposition to the sacred territory of Makkah, xcv. 3. In the case of Jesus it is the Mount of Olives: Cf. xcv. 1, and also Matt. xxiv. 3-51, where Jesus made his striking pronouncement about the Judgment to come. In the case of Muhammad it is the Mountain of Light, where he first received the revelation: Cf. n. 11 (2). The Book Inscribed is Allah's Eternal word. When it becomes Revelation to man, it is figured forth as something "inscribed", reduced to writing; and as it is made clear to the intelligence of man, it is further described as "in a parchment unfolded", that is, spread out so that everyone who has the will can seek its guidance.#
*** The actual translation should have been: A Book Inscribed and not as above.
The Inscribed Book at Mount Sinai was only the Torah.
It should be clearly pointed out that the Quran was 'recited' and not WRITTEN and hence cannot be the subject alluded to above ***
3>In a Scroll unfolded;
4By the much-frequented House;
#5039 See the last two notes. (3) "The much-frequented House is usually understood to mean the Ka'ba, which the holy Prophet purified and re-dedicated to true worship.#
5>By the Canopy Raised High;
#5040 "The Canopy Raised High" is the canopy of heaven, to whose height or sublimity no limit can be assigned by the mind of man.#
6>And by the Ocean [Bahr] filled with Swell
#5042 This completes the five Signs by which man may know for certain of the Judgment to come. Note that they are in a descending order: the highest, or most remote from man's consciousness, being mentioned first, and that nearest to man's consciousness being mentioned last. The truth of Revelation; its embodiment in a Prophet's Message given in human language; the universal appeal of divine worship; the starry world above; and the encircling Ocean, full of life and motion below,-all are evidences that the Day of Allah will finally come, and nothing can avert it.#
*** The above should read: By the Frothing Sea.
The Arabic word for Ocean is (Muheet).
The Arabic word used in the Quran is (Bahr) which means Sea.
The Sea here can only be the Red Sea since it is associated with Mount Sinai and the Revelations ***
7>Verily the Doom of thy Lord will indeed come to pass
8>There is none can avert it
9>On the day when the firmament will be in dreadful commotion
#5043 The Day of Judgment is typified by two figures. (1) "The firmament will be in dreadful commotion." The heavens as we see them suggest to us peace and tranquillity, and the power of fixed laws which all the heavenly bodies obey. This will all be shaken in the rise of the new world. Cf. Matt. xxiv. 29: "Immediately after the tribulation of those days...the powers of the heavens shall be shaken." For (2) see next note.#
10>And the mountain will fly hither and thither.
#5044 (2) The mountains are a type of firmness and stability. But things that we think of as firm and stable in this material life will be shaken to pieces, and will be no more substantial than a mirage in a desert. Cf. lxxviii. 20.#
*** This is a rewording of
Psalms 114: "4. The mountains skipped like rams, and the hills like lambs.5. What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you are driven back?6. O mountains, that you skip like rams? And you O hills, like lambs?7. Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;8. Who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters***
11>Then woe that Day to those that treat (truth) as Falsehood
12That play (and paddle) in shallow trifles.
13>That Day shall they be thrust down to the Fire of Hell irresistibly.
14>"This" it will be said "is the Fire which ye were wont to deny!
15"Is this then a fake or is it ye that do not see?
16>"Burn ye therein: the same is it to you whether ye bear it with patience or not: Ye but receive the recompense of your (own) deeds."
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 [zawwajnahum] with beautiful big and lustrous eyes.
*** The believers in Allah and Muhammad would, in paradise, be married to stunningly beautiful virgins who would be completely at their service and pleasure ***
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.
*** They shall also have the choiciest foods ***
23>They shall there exchange one with another a (loving) cup free of frivolity free of all taint of ill.
24Round about them will serve (devoted) to them youths (handsome) as Pearls well-guarded.
*** They will also have lovely looking young boys serving them***
25They will advance to each other engaging in mutual enquiry.
26They will say: "Aforetime We were not without fear for the sake of our people.
27>"But Allah has been good to us and has delivered us from the Penalty of the Scorching Wind.
28>"Truly we did call unto Him from of old: truly it is He the Beneficent the Merciful"
*** Muhammad's version of paradise is totally PHYSICAL and not at all SPIRITUAL.
It serves eternal carnal, sexual and sensual pleasures ***
29>Therefore proclaim thou the praises (of thy Lord): For by the Grace of thy Lord thou art no (vulgar) soothsayer nor art thou one possessed.
#5063 The greatest of the Prophets was called a soothsayer, i.e., one who tells fortunes by divination, or a madman possessed of some evil spirit, or a poet singing spiteful satires. Much more may lesser men be called by such names because they proclaim the Truth. They should go on in spite of it all.#
*** Calling Muhammad the greatest prophet is equivalent to comparing the size of the Moon to that of the Sun, as well as an insult to the human intellect.
Muhammad was, as the Quran asserted many times, only a messenger of Allah. He after all, received his 'inspirations' through the angel Gabriel; a SECOND HAND manner of communication unlike that between God and Moses which were 'face to face',FIRST HAND as 'Kalimu'Allah'.
While Moses did prophesy numerous astounding events - before they happened - the Quran is bereft of any by Muhammad. In fact, it asserts that it, the Quran, is Muhammad's only miracle.
Even Abraham, was called the 'friend of God' an attribute never given to Muhammad.
Muhammad's 'revelations' were almost entirely in hindsight, after the events or copied from the traditions and scriptures of other peoples.
The records prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was definitely
NOT a prophet ***
30Or do they say "A Poet! we await for him some calamity (hatched) by Time!"
31Say thou: "Await ye! I too will wait along with you!"
32Is it that their faculties of understanding urge them to this or are they but a people transgressing beyond bounds?
33Or do they say "He fabricated the (Message)"? Nay they have no faith!
34Let them then produce a recital like unto it if (it be) they speak the Truth!
35>Were they created of nothing or were they themselves the creators?
36>Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Nay they have no firm belief.
37>Or are the Treasures of thy Lord with them or are they the managers (of affairs)?
38>Or have they a ladder [sullamu] by which they can (climb up to heaven and) listen (to its secrets)? Then let (such a) listener of theirs produce a manifest proof.
#5072 Cf. vi. 35: a reference to the Pagan belief that by means of a material ladder a man might climb up to heaven and learn its secrets!#
*** The word for LADDER used here is SULLAM, similar to the Hebrew used for Jacob 's Ladder and not Ma'rij.
Why does the learned interpreter think it very stupid that pagans believed in a ladder that leads from Earth to Heaven but finds absolutely nothing absurd about a mount with the body of a horse, the face of a woman, the tail of a peacock called Buraq flying Muhammad to the seven heavens? ***
39Or has He only daughters and ye have sons?
#5073 Cf. xvi. 57-59, and n. 2082. To the gospel of Unity it is repugnant to assign begotten sons or daughters to Allah. But the Arab superstition about angels being the daughters of Allah was particularly blasphemous as the Pagan Arabs hated to have daughters themselves and considered it a mark of humiliation!#
*** This is another deliberate falsification of the meaning of the verse. The Allah of pagan Arabia had three daughters: al Uzza, al Lat and al Mana.
The pagan Arab 'hatred' of female children was during economic depravations only since male children would grow up to help the father and the tribe in bringing sustenance and defending it while the females would become a burden to feed in times of difficulties; hence there were cases of infanticide during such times of distress.
It is also a very revealing statement that the pagan Arabs had a much healthier attitude towards their women than the followers of Muhammad could ever achieve ***
40Or is it that thou dost ask for a reward so that they are burdened with a load of debt?
41Or that the Unseen is in their hands and they write it down?
42Or do they intend a plot (against thee)? But those who defy Allah are themselves involved in a Plot!
43>Or have they a god other then Allah? exalted is Allah far above the things they associate with Him!
44Were they to see a piece of the sky falling (on them) they would (only) say: "clouds gathered in heaps!"
45>So leave them alone until they encounter that Day of theirs wherein they shall (perforce) swoon (with terror)
46>The Day when their plotting will avail them nothing and no help shall be Given them.
47>And verily for those who do wrong there is another punishment besides this: but most of them understand not.
48>Now await in patience the command of thy Lord: for verily thou art in our eyes: and celebrate the praises of thy Lord the while thou standest forth.
49>And for part of the night also praise thou Him and at the retreat of the stars!