Al Teen (The Fig) (95)- 8

1        By the Fig and the Olive

       #6194        The substantive proposition is in verses 4-8, and it is clinched by an appeal to four sacred symbols, viz., the Fig, the Olive, Mount Sinai, and the sacred City of Makkah. About the precise interpretation of the first two symbols, and especially of the symbol of the Fig, there is much difference of opinion. If we take the Fig literally to refer to the fruit or the tree, it can stand as a symbol of man's destiny in many ways. Under cultivation it can be one of the finest, most delicious, and most wholesome fruits in existence: in its wild state, it is nothing but tiny seeds, and is insipid, and often full of worms and maggots. So man at his best has a noble destiny: at his worst, he is "the lowest of the low". Christ is said to have cursed a fig tree for having only leaves, and not producing fruit (Matt. xxi. 18-20), enforcing the same lesson. There is also a parable of the fig tree in Matt. xxiv. 32-35. See also the parable of the good and evil figs in Jeremiah, xxiv. 1-10. But see n. 6198 below. (95.1)

6195        For the sacred symbolism of the Olive, see n. 2880 to xxiii. 20, and notes 3000- 3002 to xxiv. 35, where the parable of Allah's Light includes a reference to the Olive. But it is possible that the Olive here refers to the Mount of Olives, just outside the walls of the City of Jerusalem (see n. 5038 to Iii. 2), for this is the scene in the Gospel story (Matt. xxiv. 3-4) of Christ's description of the Judgment to come.#

       *** Indefatigably, the interpreter quotes chapter and verse from the Torah, Scriptures and the New Testament while at the same time - in previous and following Suras - he and the Quran have the audacity and abysmal hypocrisy of attacking them for allegedly having been 'corrupted' without showing a shred of evidence to such a monstrous and wicked accusation ***

2>        And the Mount of Sinai

3        And this City of security

       #6197        "This City of security" is undoubtedly Makkah. Even in Pagan times its sacred character was respected, and no fighting was allowed in its territory. But the same City, with all its sacred associations, persecuted the greatest of the Prophets and gave itself up for a time to idolatry and sin, thus presenting the contrast of the best and the worst. (95.3) 6198        Having discussed the four symbols in detail, let us consider them together. It is clear that they refer to Allah's Light or Revelation, which offers man the highest destiny if he will follow the Way. Makkah stands for Islam, Sinai for Israel, and the Mount of Olives for Christ's original and pure Message.#

       *** Although the pagan Arabs had the utmost respect for Mecca, the followers of Muhammad had none at all since they conducted a destructive war and siege of its holy precincts with the burning even of the Ka'ba.

       Almost invariably, the recorded history of thye followers of Muhammad show that they mostly paid lip service to their 'Islam' while conducting themselves in the most
Un Islamic manner possible.

       So much for their falsehoods and sanctimonious clap trap ***

4>        We have indeed created man in the best of molds

5>        Then do We abase him (to be) the lowest of the low

6>        Except such as believe and do righteous deeds: for they shall have a reward unfailing.

7>        Then what can after this contradict thee; as to the Judgment (to come)?

8>        Is not Allah the wisest of Judges?