1000+ Comments on the Quran: Surah 100 -- AL-'ADIYAR (The Chargers)
20 June 2012
Revelation: Year unknown, (After Surah no. 103, likely Mecca; there were war horses before Muslims started)
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The quotes and comments
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 captured - 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.
002 100/1a: "By - - -". A sentence in the Quran starting with "by" normally is an oath - here it seems that the Quran swears that verse 6 is true. But whenever Muhammad or the Quran swears - or in other ways promises - remember that according to the rules for al-Taqiyya (the lawful lie) and Kitman (the lawful half-truth), it is permitted to lie to defend and to forward Islam (and for 6 - 8 other wide even topics), and that according to Muhammad's own words and deeds in the Quran, oaths should be broken, if that will give a more satisfying result.
003 100/1b: "By the (Steeds) - - -". Muhammad/Allah swearing by the steeds - sentences in the Quran starting with "by" normally are oaths in the Quran. One of the clear proofs in the Quran for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god, and for that Jesus and Muhammad are not in the same line of prophets like the Quran likes to claim (in addition to that Muhammad was no real prophet - he "did not see the unseen" so he was unable to make prophesies (even though some Muslims try to claim the opposite in contradiction to what the Quran says itself), and a "prophet" unable to make prophesies, is no real prophet - - - but it is an impressive and imposing title to "borrow" - many a self proclaimed messenger from one or more gods have "borrowed" this title.
004 100/1c: “By the (Steeds) that runs (into the midst of the foe*) - - -.” The Arab word “al-‘adiyat” no doubt means a war-horse or charger. But is the meaning literal? Or is the charges symbol for the good Muslim fighting for Muhammad/Allah? Or is it symbol “beyond any doubt” for “the erring human soul or self”? Muslim scholars find the text unclear, and are still debating – after 1400 years.
005 100/1 - 5a: This (all the part we quote) is an oath, not talk about war. Allah or Muhammad swears by something - in this case by the magnificent war horses the Arabs had plenty of for use in all the wars and fighting between tribes. “By the (Steeds) that run, with panting (breath), And strike sparks of fire, And push home the charge in the morning, And raise the dust in clouds the while, And penetrate forthwith into the midst (of the foe) en masse - Truly Man is, to his Lord (Allah*), ungrateful - - -” This verse is not about war, but about the ungrateful men – or perhaps about war all the same (Muslim scholars say no)? – or about the unruly inner self of man? – but anyhow: Allah or Muhammad swears by the respected war horses that man is ungrateful to Allah.
006 100/1 - 5b: “By the (steeds) that run, with panting (breath), and strike sparks of fire, and push home the charge in the morning, and rise the dust in the clouds the while, and penetrate forthwith into the (midst of the foe) an masse - - -.” All the same Muslim scholars are sure this verse is not about real war, but figuratively meant (we agree) – though they do not agree on the exact meaning (“The Message of the Quran”, note 2 to this surah (A100/2)). But good verses for romancing war and battles anyhow.
007 100/6: "Truly - - -". See f. ex. 81/19a above.
008 100/7: "And to that (fact (that he is ungrateful to Allah*)) he (non-Muslim*) bears witness (by his (bad according to Muhammad*) deeds - - -". Beware that when the Quran speaks about bad deeds, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code.
009 100/8: "And violent is he (man*) in his love of wealth". Just ask the many Muslim warriors who became wealthy from things they stole or extorted from non-Muslims.
010 100/9: "- - - When that which is in the graves is scattered abroad - - -". The Day of Doom.
011 100/11a: "- - - their Lord (Allah*) had been well acquainted with them - - -". = Allah knows everything. But why then 2/233h above?
012 100/11b: "- - - that Day - - -". The Day of Doom.
Surah 100: Sub-total: 12 + 20.703 = 20.715 comments.
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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".