1000+ Comments on the Quran: Surah 107 -- Al-MA'UN (The Neighborly Assistance)
20 June 2012
Revelation: Mecca, 611 - 615 AD
(See general comments on Surahs here: Introduction)
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.
002 107/1a: (YA6281): “Seest thou (Muhammad or Muslims*) one who denies the Judgment (“din”*) (to come)?” But the Arab word “din” may also give this meaning: “Seest thou one who denies faith (or religion*)?”
003 107/1b: “- - - one who denies the Judgment (to come)?” One of Muhammad's many negative names for non-Muslims.
004 107/2: "- - - the (man) who repulses the orphan (with harshness) - - -". The non-Muslim.
005 107/5: "- - - their (regular*) Prayers - - -". This demand for regular prayers - 5 times a day - was so essential for Allah (he even wanted more often according to Hadiths) that it became one of the 5 "pillars" of Islam. For Yahweh such formalism was so totally without any interest, that no similar rule - not even the idea - at all is mentioned in the entire Bible: Pray when there is a reason or a need or a wish. One of the 100% proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god. Also see 23/9b above.
As for the value of prayers in Islam, also see 62/9c. And if you combine 62/9c with 67/9c - a strong one - you get something thought-provoking. (And relevant here: Muslims often are thought that a question or problem can have 2 or more true and correct solutions - Islam is forced to teach this, because if not, many of the mistakes and contradictions in the Quran become too obvious. But this ONLY is true if parallel true solutions are possible. In cases where 2 or more possible solutions are mutually excluding each other, maximum 1 of the mutually excluding ones can be true. It should be a bit thought provoking for Muslims, that just this "small" difference in theoretical thinking and teaching, was one of the reasons (there were several of course) for why Europe and the West exploded into the Technical Revolution, while the Muslim area stagnated). Two star examples are: 1) Full predestination is not possible even for an omnipotent god to combine with even the smallest piece of free will for man - the two are mutually excluding. The same for full and unchangeable predestination long time before, combined with any claimed effect of prayers - the two are mutually excluding each other.)
006 107/7: "(Woe to the Muslim who*) refuses (to supply even) neighborly needs". One of the (alas pitifully few) good things with Islam, is its insistence on that one shall help others. But there are two points which reduces the effect: For one thing there is no talk about empathy (it hardly exist in the Quran) or even sympathy (also hardly exists in the Quran except some for Muslims) with your fellow humans, but to gain merit in Heaven. And you get the same merit from helping your nearest as from helping strangers - so why help strangers unless you have plenty?
- Surah 107: Sub-total: 6 + 20.764 = 20.770 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".