1000+ Comments on the Quran: Surah 111 -- AL-MASAD (The Plaited Rope)
20 June 2012
Revelation: Mecca, 611 - 614 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.
002 111/1: "- - - the Father of Flame - - -". This is about an uncle of Muhammad. His name was 'Abd al-'Uzza, but as he had a bit reddish complexion, he got the nick-name Abu Lahab - literal meaning "he of flames", "everyday" meaning "Father of Flames". He strongly opposed Muhammad's new religion, and there were some rows, to say the least of it - - - and it seems that Allah had to help Muhammad, like in other of Muhammad's family quarrels. (Even most Muslim scholars agree that this surah does not belong in a holy(?) book).
003 111/1-5: "Perish the hands of the Father of Flames! Perish he! No profit to him from all his wealth, and all his gains! Burnt soon will he be in a Fire of blazing Flame! His wife shall carry the (crackling) wood - as fuel! - A twisted rope of palm-leaf fiber round her (own) neck." This is said against Muhammad's uncle, called Father of Flame because of reddish skin.(See 111/1 just above) The scholars say that for one thing a surah like this does not belong in a holy book, and for another is not worthy of a god, and consequently must be wrong. (Also f.x. some verses concerning Muhammad's private affairs have a doubtful reputation among some scholars.)
004 111/3: "- - - a Fire of blazing Flame!" Hell.
Surah 111: Sub-total: 4 + 20.790 = 20.794 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".