1000+ Claims in the Quran - Invalid Unless Proven, Surah 97
18 May 2014
SURAH 97: AL-QADR (The Night of Power)
(Mecca, 611 - 615 AD)
001 "In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful". Please read the surahs from Medina, the immoral parts of the Muslim moral code, the unjust/immoral parts of sharia, and the Quran's rules for lying, thieving/looting, enslaving, raids and wars, plus the rules for treatment of girls and women - free and captives - and see if you agree. Always when there is a distance between words and corresponding demands and deeds, we personally believe in the demands and deeds. Glorious words are cheap, demands and deeds are reliable. Glorifying words and claims are too cheap for anyone to use and disuse - when you read, judge from realities, not from propaganda.
002 97/1a: "We (Allah*) has indeed revealed this (message (the Quran*)) - - -". No omniscient god ever was involved in a book of a quality like the Quran.
003 97/1c: "- - - revealed - - -". Is it revealed or made up? - and in both cases by whom, as no god ever delivered a book of a quality like the Quran?
004 97/4a: "Therein come down (to Earth*) the angels - - - by Allah's permission - - -". Remember this the times Muhammad explains that the reason why Allah will not send down angels to prove himself or Muhammad, is that if he sends them down, it will be the Day of Doom. Also see 97/4b just below.
005 97/4b: "Therein come down (to Earth*) the angels - - - by Allah's permission, on every errand - - -". See 97/4a just above. According to this verse Allah can send angels on every errand. In that case it is clear that Muhammad's claim about Day of Doom in this connection, is just explaining away something. A clear contradiction.
006 97/4d: (A16/2 (and A97/4)): "The term "ruh" (lit. "spirit", "soul" or "breath of life") is often used in the Quran in the sense of "inspiration" - and, more particularly, "divine inspiration" - - -". Well, this is one - or actually 4-5 - possible meaning(s). But also see 97/4c just above.
007 97/4e: (YA6219): "The Spirit: Usually understood to be the angel Gabriel, the Spirit of Inspiration". Quite another meaning than the one(s) in 97/4b above.
And in addition: No-one who has ever read the Bible with an open mind, has ever got the idea the Spirit (= the Holy Spirit) was another name for the arch angel Gabriel - to find such a meaning in the Bible, you have to have strong and fixes ideas before you start reading. For one thing it is clear from all contexts that the Holy Spirit is something different from everything else and something special. For another the functions are different - how could f.x. an angel split himself in 12 at Pentecost - or be part of many disciples (the helper Jesus promised them before he left them). And not least: It is very clear that the Bible knows the difference between angles and spirits - there never is a mix-up of those two (also hardly in the Quran - but Muslim scholars have found a "good" idea anyhow, even though it is neither in the Bible, nor in the Quran). #####The Holy Spirit = Gabriel is not found neither in the Bible nor in the Quran - and is anti-thesis to the contexts and the texts in the Bible. For good measure see 94/4f just below.
As for Gabriel there is a strange fact in the Quran: He is never named in the surahs from Mecca. Not until after he came to Medina did Muhammad start claiming he got his information(?) and messages(?) from Gabriel. If Muhammad really had got - or even only believed he got - the claimed messages from an angel, and even a central one, this had been such a strong agument that there is no chance Muhammad had not told about this - and often - during the first difficult 12 years in Mecca. What is the explanation?
#####008 97/4f: "Therein came down the angels and the Spirit - - -". The (Holy*) Spirit - here like in the Bible - is not an angel, and thus has to be mentioned separately.A verification in the Quran for that the Holy Spirit is not the angel Gabriel. Remember here that it also nowhere in the Quran is said or indicated that the Holy Spirit = Gabriel. This never documented claim is a later invention made by Muslims, and only based on the fact that the Quran tells Gabriel brought Muhammad messages, but also that the Holy Spirit a few times did so - - - which according to Muslims/Islam "must" mean the Holy Spirit = Gabriel. This deduction is far outside all rules for logically correct deductions.
9289 + 8 = 9297.
Not formed like questions for proofs, but what needs to be proved normally easy to see all the same. And: References you do not find here, go to "1000+ Comments on the Quran".
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This work was upload with assistance of M. A. Khan, editor of islam-watch.org and the author of "Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism, and Slavery".