1000+ Claims in the Quran - Invalid Unless Proven, Surah 105
18 May 2014
SURAH 105: AL-FIL (The Elephant)
(Year unknown, but likely Mecca)
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.
002 105/1: "- - - the Companions of the Elephant- - -". This refers to an attack from Abyssinia in 570 AD (though modern science question if the year is quite correct). The vice king Abrahah or Abrah, lost much of his army because of a virulent illness - perhaps smallpox - and had to return home without attacking Mecca. The troops were NOT killed by stones from birds. (Muslims sometimes try to “explain” the clear text and the as clear mistake away by some linguistic gymnastics that includes that the Arab word for stone and the one for writings are not dissimilar, and they think that these words have been mixed up (in a holy book sent down by Allah, and without mistakes - how many more mixed ups?), and then say the meaning is metaphorical (in a book which Allah says shall be understood as it is written), it may not mean stones, but hard physical strikes - but also hard physical strikes is not the same as illness (and how hard physical strikes can birds give?). Muslims frequently have to use far out “explanations” like this to try to camouflage mistakes in the Quran. But if there is a linguistic mistake here according to Muslims – how many more linguistic mistakes are there in the Quran?
003 105/3: “- - - He (Allah*) sent against them (the Abyssinians*) Flights of Birds - - -". We quote (YA6272): "The miracle consisted in birds coming in large flights and flinging stones at the army which caused a great pestilence to arise and destroy the whole of Abrahah' army". This is scientifically so stupid an explanation that we do not bother to comment on it - everyone with the least knowledge about contagious deceases (included Mr. Abdullah Yusuf Ali) know this is nonsense anyhow. This even more so as no bird could carry 3 stones each (like Hadiths say) too heavy for the soldiers to stop by their shields. ####But how come that a top Islamic scholar uses an explanation there is no chance he did not know was wrong? And how come that even the educated part of the Muslims are able to accept it?
THIS IS A KIND OF DISHONESTY YOU MEET ALL TOO OFTEN FROM ISLAM AND ITS MUSLIMS. ALL TOO OFTEN.
004 105/3+4: “- - - Han (Allah*) sent against them Flights of Birds, Striking them with stones of baked clay.” The soldiers were not killed by birds dropping stones. This just was the one of the fairy tales Muhammad came to believe in. Besides the tale is nonsense - in addition to all the other improbabilities in it, there is a limit to the size of bird claws, of beaks, and of ability to lift weight for birds; there is not a bird in Arabia who could lift 3 stones each, like the Hadiths claims, too big for a man to meet with his shield - and in addition the biggest birds exist just in small numbers in an area. And this to defend the holy city of a pagan religion (this was some 40 years before Muhammad started his teaching).
According to science the army was hit by a contagious decease.
93340 + 4 =9344 remarks.
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".