1000+ Comments on the Quran: Surah 68 -- Al-Qalam (The Pen)
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 68/1a: (YA5592): “Nun”. This (the Arab letter "nun") is one of the so-called “abbreviated letters” that you find at the top of 29 of the surahs – and which no-one understands anything about. They are a total enigma. In a few cases they can be interpreted as words – by design or by coincidence also nobody knows. This is one of those cases as the Arab letter that is pronounced “nun” also may mean a fish or an ink holder. Nobody knows what this in case means, but you may find a lot of speculation. As said many times in this chapter: Allah or someone else really has used a language that is clear and easy to understand in this book - at least Islam and its Muslims, not to mention the Quran itself, claim so.
003 68/1b: "By the Pen and by the (Record) - - -". An oath - sentences or expressions in the Quran starting with "by" normally are oats. Allah(?) is swearing. One of the clear proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god; according to the Bible you shall not swear at all (Matt. 5/34). And if you all the same do so, you shall honor your oath - whereas the Quran tells that some oaths does not matter at all (the ones you did not really mean), others can be broken if that will give a better result, whereas if you break the strong and serious ones, you have to pay expiation.
004 68/2a: "Thou (Muhammad*) - - -". A historical anomaly.
005 68/2b: "Thou (Muhammad*) art not - - - mad or possessed". Perhaps and perhaps not - modern medical science suspects TLE - Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. TLE fits his symptoms very well and would also explain his religious experiences or perhaps hallucinations. And in the old times they often believed that one who had a mental illness, was possessed by a bad spirit.
006 68/2c: "Thou (Muhammad*) art not - - - mad or possessed". This is what Muhammad's contemporaries suspected - and they aired their suspicion. As you see in 68/2b just about, there is a good chance they were right.
007 68/3a: "- - - verily - - -". See f. ex. 61/4a above.
008 68/3b: "- - - a Reward unfailing". Here the Paradise.
009 68/3c: "- - - unfailing". See 2/2b above.
010 68/4a: “And thou (Muhammad*) - - -". A historical anomaly.
###011 68/4b: “And thou (Muhammad*) (standest) on an exalted standard of character - - -”. Well:
Seen in the Quran and the Hadiths:
Lots of mistaken facts, and other mistakes. Not typical for an omniscient god, but sometimes for cheaters, deceivers and swindlers.
Lots of invalid arguments - hallmarks for cheaters and deceivers.
Lots of "signs" - all invalid as proofs for Allah or for Muhammad's connection to a god.
A number of "proofs" - all invalid as proofs for Allah or for Muhammad's connection to a god. A few of the "proofs" even are scientifically wrong. Hallmarks for cheats, swindlers, and deceivers.
A man gluing himself to his god and his religion – his platform of power.
A self proclaimed prophet who in reality was no prophet – he had not the gift of prophesying. Muhammad did not even pretend or claim to have that gift, he just “borrowed” the distinguished and imposing title. (A few things he said, came true, but less than the probability of sheer chance should predict – and they were not given as prophesies.) A messenger, ok – for someone or something or for himself – an apostle for the same, ok. But a person who does not have the gift of prophesying, is not a real prophet - Muhammad just “borrowed” an imposing title. Islam also claims that messenger is a more distinguished title prophet – but that title just means “one who is not implicated, but just brings messages from one or more to one or more others” - a messenger boy. He does not even have to understand what things really are about. Besides: Why did Muhammad borrow the title “prophet” if the title “messenger” had been more distinguished? – simply because a prophet is something more: Messages like a messenger + prophesies - - - if it is a real v prophet. Also beware that the original title for prophets was "a seer" - one who saw the unseen or the future (f. x. Amos 7/12, 1. Chr.26/28, 29/29, 2. Chr.16/7, 16/10, 19/2, 29/25, Micha 3/7, 1. Sam. 9/9, 9/11, 9/18, 9/19). It is very clear that Muhammad was unable to see the unseen - - - but "prophet" was a very tempting title.(Muhammad also used the title prophet relatively seldom in the Quran - perhaps he did not want to invite to questions.)
A messenger being the chief of highwaymen from Yathrib/Medina - even in holy months.
A messenger also living from extortion - (money for men kidnapped from f. x. caravans or raided villages and towns).
A messenger whose due was 100% of the robbed things if the victim gave in without a fight (albeit not all for personal use).
A messenger permitting to take “spoils of war” - and 20% for him (albeit not all for himself).
A messenger permitting to take slaves - and 20% for him (albeit not all for personal use).
A messenger who received ca. 2.5% (from 0% to 10 %) of what you owned each and every year (if you were not too poor) – for the poor, but also for war and for “gifts” (bribes) to keep or attract followers, etc.
A messenger using betrayal (f. x. promise of safe return of a 30 strong delegation from Khaybar broken and 29 of them murdered, and his slogan "war is betrayal" and "war is deceit").
A messenger with special agreement with the god for having many women.
A messenger teaching hate against and suppression of non-followers.
A messenger teaching and inciting war against non-followers.
A messenger personally raping female prisoners/slaves.
A messenger liking a sizable harem.
A messenger who married a 6 year old girl and started sex with her when she was 9 (and he approaching 60).
A messenger who married a rich widow 15 years his senior, but his other wives 20 to 36 years younger than him - the child Aisha even more.
A messenger who had the child Aishah as his favorite wife for the rest of his life.
A messenger and his men - all with permission from their god to rape any female prisoner or slave who was not pregnant. It was “god and lawful”.
A messenger who initiated assassinations of opponents.
A messenger who initiated murders on opponents.
A messenger who initiated mass murder.
A messenger teaching suppression of women and non-followers.
A messenger with lust for power (easy to see from f. ex. Hadith, but even more so from f. ex. the way he glues himself to his platform of power, his god, also in the Quran).
A messenger with a huge appetite for women - one knows the name of 36 he had sex with. 11 long time wives, 16 short time wives (never mentioned by Muslims), 2 concubines, and 7 one do not know if he was married to or not (never mentioned by Muslims. He also was a rapist - he raped at least Rayhana bint Amr and Safiyya bint Huayay, and also Marieh had no free choice. We do not know if he raped other captives or slaves.
And not least: All this is from Muslim sources - what Islam itself tells about him, though in more glossy words. There is no excuse for becoming angry, because it is 100% true according to Islam itself.
Yes, many will call this “an exalted standard of character”. But not many of those would be non-Muslims. And how many of the Muslims can say it and feel honest?
"Do against others like you want others do against you".
If Muhammad was an excellent idol for good Muslims, we hope never to meet a bad Muslim.
012 68/5: "- - - thou (Muhammad*) - - -". A historical anomaly.
#013 68/6: "Which of you (Muhammad or non-Muslims*) is afflicted with madness". Take a look at 68/4 just above, add modern medical science's suspicion about TLE - Temporal Lobe Epilepsy - which can give just the kind of illusions and symptoms Muhammad is said to have had, and make up your own mind.
014 68/7a: "Verily - - -". See 2/2b above.
015 68/7b: "Verily, it is your (peoples'*) Lord (Allah*) that knoweth best, which (among men) hath strayed from His Path". Why then does he have to test everybody to find out?
016 68/7c: "- - - His (Allah's*) Path - - -". The claimed road to Allah and his Paradise. Also see 10/9f above.
017 68/7d: "- - - He (Allah*) knoweth best those who receive (true) Guidance". Why then does he have to test them by sending them to war, etc. to kill, murder, be killed, etc.?
018 68/7e: "- - - those who receive (true) Guidance". Muslims.
019 68/7f: "- - - (true) Guidance". His(?) guidebook is the Quran, and there is not much real guidance - not to mention true guidance - in a book full of mistakes, etc, a partly immoral moral cod, etc., and a book which itself proves it is not from a god./p>
020 68/8a: “So hearken not to those who deny (the Truth)”. – do not mind the lowly infidels. This also would have the effect of blocking information about f.x. mistakes in the teaching from Muhammad's followers - an effect leaders of fringe or extreme sects like Islam was - and still is in many ways - often seek to achieve.
021 68/8b: “So hearken not to those who deny (the Truth)”. Do not mind what non-Muslims tell you. A practical advice from any leader not wanting his followers getting information correcting his own claims.
022 68/8c: "- - - those who deny (the Truth)". One of Muhammad's many negative names for non-Muslims.
023 68/8d: "- - - (the Truth (the Quran*))”. See 13/1g and 40/75 above.
024 68/10a: "Heed not the type of despiceable men - - -". Do not listen to men telling other truths than my - Muhammad's - claimed truths. A normal wish for leaders of fringe or extreme organizations and sects.
025 68/10b: "- - - despiceable men - - -". One of Muhammad's many enmity inducing names for non-Muslims. In a modern society the book would have been prohibited for hate mongering, war mongering, discrimination, and more, if it had been new today, or if not the mighty Islam was behind it today.
026 68/10c: "- - - despiceable men - ready with oaths - - -". An ironic complaint - ironic because Islam is the only of the large religions which officially permits lies, deceit, and broken oaths, etc. in many connections - for a broken oat the only reason you need, is that it will give a better result to break your oath than to keep it - well, in some cases you will have to pay expiation to Allah afterwards (like the worst excesses by the Roman catholic Church during the darkest Middle Age - and it is official Islamic religion in the Quran then, today and forever, as the Quran is unchangeable.
027 68/11: "(A non-Muslim is*) A slanderer, going about without calumnies - - -". See 68/10b above. One of Muhammad’s many negative names for non-Muslims.
028 68/12a: "(Non-Muslims*) are (Habitually hindering (all) good - - -". One of Muhammad's many negative descriptions of non-Muslims. See 68/10b above.
**029 68/12a: "(Non-Muslims*) are (Habitually hindering (all) good - - -". A small piece of irony here is that nearly all the big international NGOs are started and run from the West (in the wide meaning of that word), that at least in Scandinavia it is said that Muslims give measurably less than others to help or relief organizations (an exception may be organizations working explicitly or mainly among Muslims), that termination of slavery started and was forced through by the West, etc. Even when the victims are Muslim, it happens that the West gives more help than even the rich oil Muslim states, not to mention the medium rich Muslim states.
030 68/12b: "- - - good - - -". Beware that when the Quran uses words like this, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code.
031 68/12c: "(Non-Muslims are*) transgressing beyond limits - - -". See 68/10b and 68/12a above.
032 68/12d: "- - - transgressing - - -". Beware that when the Quran uses this and related words, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code, and used in religious connection it means everything/-one not in accordance with the Quran, or at least what and who wish/who are opposing the Quran/Islam.
033 68/12e: "(Non-Muslims are*) deep in sin - - -". See 68/10b above.
034 68/12f: "- - - sin - - -". Beware that when the Quran uses words like this, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code. We also may mention that just this word often covers very different deeds, acts, words, and thoughts in the Quran and Islam, than in more normal religions (Islam is a religion of war - in spite of its loud slogans), not to mention how much its meaning in the Quran often differs from the basic of all human moral; "do against others like you want others do against you". Read the surahs from Medina and weep.
One small remark: As Yahweh's religion and f.x. moral code at many points are totally different from Allah's, you may qualify for Yahweh's Paradise even if Muslims condemn you to Hell - if both exist. One more of the 100% proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.
035 68/13a: "(Non-Muslims are*) Violent (and cruel) - - -". See 68/10b above. And even more: Study the Quran's moral code and code of war, etc. The cast-iron frying pan calling the stainless steel kettle black?
036 68/13b: "(Non-Muslims*) with all that, base-born - - -". See 68/10b above.
037 68/13c: (A67/8): “Violent (and cruel) – with all that, base-born (“zanim”) - - -.” The trouble is that nobody knows what the Arab word “zanim” means – it seems to be constructed by the maker of the Quran. There have been many guesses. Zamakhshari, Razi, and others argues for that it may mean “born out of wedlock”. Clear language?
038 68/14a: (YA5602): “- - - Because he possesses wealth and (numerous) sons”. But whom do this “because he” point to? – the violent and cruel one in 68/13 (see just above) or the despicable liar in 68/10? Unclear.
039 68/14b: “- - - Because he possesses wealth and (numerous) sons”. This may - may - have been the cause in some cases - it is not normal reasons for becoming bad, though. But in many cases the real reason was that they saw the errors in the teaching - and anyone disagreeing with Muhammad was bad and doomed.
040 68/14c: "- - - numerous sons - - -". This was and is wealth and status in many Muslim societies - and one reason why it is difficult to get the birth rates down even though the world is growing overcrowded.
041 68/15a: “- - - Our (Allah’s*) Signs - - -.” Invalid as proof for Allah. See 2/39 above.
042 68/15b: "Tales of the Ancients!" This was very true. Nearly none of the tales Muhammad told, were new ones. Practically everything was taken from old tales, legends, folklore and even fairy tales - just twisted a little to make them fit Muhammad's new religion. Like Peer Gynt and his tales - or Baron von Münchausen.
043 68/15c: "'Tales of the Ancients! he (opponent of Muhammad*) cries'" See 62/11c.
044 68/16a: "Soon We (Allah*) shall brand (the beast) on the snout". If Allah exists and in addition either is a strict god or something from dark forces camouflaged as a god - and if the Quran tells the full truth and only the truth.</>
045 68/16b: "- - - (the beast) - - -". One of the Quran's many distaste - or stronger - inducing names for non-Muslims.
046 68/17a: "Verily - - -". See 61/4a above.
047 68/17b: "Verily, We (Allah*) have tried them as We tried the People of the Garden - - -". But why does an omniscient god need to try people? - where is the logic?
047 68/17c: "- - - tried - - -". But the big enigma: WHY does an omniscient, predestining god who knows absolutely everything have to try people? - there is no logic in it. (But if it was Muhammad who needed an "explanation" for why people were sent on raids for riches, etc. for Muhammad, then there suddenly is full logic.)
049 68/17d: "- - - the People of the Garden - - -". In this case a normal garden on Earth.
050 68/18-28: The owner of the garden (see 68/17b+c above) planned to harvest it, but forgot the standard Islamic formula: "If it be Allah's Will". This is a dangerous thing to do, because the great, benevolent Allah, is mentally a very small personality who often avenges such insults - the fruits of the garden were destroyed during the night, and the impolite and impious people of the garden were thought a lesson.
Allah is Great!(?)
We just have one disturbing thought: How come that billions of non-Muslims through the times, and billions of non-Muslims today, were and are not regularly punished by Allah in such ways? - none - not one - of them uses this magic formula.
051 68/21-22: "- - - they (some non-Muslims*) called out - - -'Go ye to your tilth - - -". See 62/11c above.
052 68/24: "Let not a single indigent person break in upon you into (the garden) this day". These were really bad and tight-fisted people, not permitting poor people to pick the left-over left by the harvesters (cfr. the story of Ruth in the Bible, where poor people had the traditional right to pick what was left behind in the field by the harvesters (Ruth 2/2 - by the way Ruth was the great grandmother of King David).
053 68/25: "- - - (unjust) - - -". Beware that when the Quran uses words like this, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code.
054 68/26a: "- - - they (some workers*) said: 'We have surely - - -'". See 62/11c above.
68/26b: "- - - more just - - -". Beware that when the Quran uses expressions like this, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code, partly unjust judicial code, etc.
055 68/28a: "Why not glorify (Allah)?". According to 68/18-28 you absolutely should do - not necessarily because you love him and wants to do so, but because Allah wants/demands it and may grow mean if you do not humor him.
056 68/28b: "Why not glorify (Allah)?". Read 1/1a above - does he deserve it? Besides: If he does not exist, it does not have any effect.
##057 68/28c: "Why not glorify (Allah)?". (A68/14): "This is obviously a reference to their (non-Muslims'*) failure to realize that nothing can come about unless the Almighty (Allah*) so wills". We include this as a sample of modern Islam's point of view on Allah deciding everything - he predestines absolutely everything according to the Quran even today - contra the Quran's and Islam's claims about man's free will (or partly free will as some Muslims try to explain away the impossibility with - but if Allah decides everything "partly free will" is as meaningless as free will). As you see also modern Islam claims that Allah decides everything - - - but also tries to explain that all the same man has free will, even if they admits it is impossible to understand how it can be combined with full predestination by Allah (see A6/141 - comment to verse 6/149 above).
058 68/29a: "They (some workers*) said: 'Glory to our - - -'". See 62/11c above.
059 68/29b: "Verily - - -". See 2/2b and 61/4a above.
060 68/29c: "- - - doing wrong - - -". Beware that when the Quran uses expressions like this, it is meant in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code.
061 68/31a: "They (some workers*) said: 'Alas for us! - - -'". See 62/11c above.
062 68/31b: "- - - indeed - - -". See 2/2b above.
063 68/31c: "- - - transgressors - - -". Beware that when the Quran uses this and related words, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code and code of conduct, and when it is used in religious connection, it means anyone not Muslim, or at least anyone opposing Muhammad and/or Islam.
064 68/33a: "Such is the Punishment (in this life) - - -". But it is thought-provoking that only Muslims or people living close to Muslims and in Arabia were reported(?) in the Quran to be punished in such ways for such a sin (68/18-28), whereas non-Muslims not. Was Allah not a god for the whole world, and the "Mother Book" not a timeless book covering all the times and all the world?
065 68/33b: "- - - but greater is the Punishment in the Hereafter - - -". Hell. But also see 3/77b above.
066 68/33c: "- - - if they (non-Muslims*) only knew!" But that is just what at least some of them did and do: Knew and know that something was and is seriously wrong when a religion is built on only a book full of mistakes, etc. and not from a god.
067 68/34a: "Verily - - -". See 22b and 61/4a above.
068 68/34b: "- - - the Righteous - - -". Muslims.
069 68/34c: "- - - Righteous - - -". Beware that when the Quran uses expressions like this, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code.
070 68/34d: "- - - Gardens of Delight - - -". The Quran's and Islam's Paradise - see 10/9f above.
071 68/34e: "- - - (in Paradise Muslims are*) in the Presence of their Lord (Allah)". This is the only pleasure in Muhammad's Paradise which is not a bodily one - perhaps in addition to peace and quiet and the closeness of the family. Everything else is for the body: Good food, good things to drink, good clothes, good houses, pleasant weather, etc. Oh, there may be a little vainglory, too: Sitting on glorious thrones in long rows - miles and miles and miles of them (but some of the royal superiority complex gets bleached when everybody else - by the millions - are kings, too, all without underlings, except their wives and houris (and the women do not even have such underlings - but so what, as Islam is a men's and warriors' religion?
And as for presence to Allah: If normally good Muslims ends up in the lower heaven otu of 7, and hadiths tells there are may be 100 years travel between each heaven, the "presence" is not very close - yes not even Muhammad and the 7th heaven is very close.
072 68/35a: "- - - the People of Faith - - -". Muslims.
073 68/35b: "- - - the People of Sin - - -". One of Muhammad's many negative names for non-Muslims.
074 68/35c: "- - - Sin - - -". Beware that when the Quran uses words like this, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code. We also may mention that just this word often covers very different deeds, acts, words, and thoughts in the Quran and Islam, than in more normal religions (Islam is a religion of war - in spite of its loud slogans), not to mention how much its meaning in the Quran often differs from the basic of all human moral; "do against others like you want others do against you". Read the surahs from Medina and weep.
One small remark: As Yahweh's religion and f.x. moral code at many points are totally different from Allah's, you may qualify for Yahweh's Paradise even if Muslims condemn you to Hell - if both exist. One more of the 100% proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.
######075 68/35+36: “Shall We (Allah*) treat the people of Faith like the People of Sin? What is the matter with you? How judge you?” Yes, “how judge ye” to believe non-Muslims can be of as good quality humans as Muslims? (But to be down-to-earth: These two verses tell something sinister about the Quran and thus about Muhammad and about Islam. No comments necessary.)
076 68/37: "Or have ye (non-Muslims, except "the People of the Book" - Jews and Christians*) a Book through which ye learn - - -". Muhammad long had a minority feeling because "the People of the Book" - Jews and Christians - had a holy book, whereas he and his people had not. This meant much as the surahs piled up and could be called a book. This may have connection to the respect books had among the uneducated ones in many cultures - what was written, had to be true (cfr. the opening words when reading often used by priests in many countries: "It is written - - -"). The uneducated masses did not understand that it is as easy to lie on paper as by mouth.
077 68/38 "- - - That ye (people - here non-Muslims*) shall have through it (a holy book*) whatever you choose - - -". The idea that you can get whatever you choose through a holy book - f. x. the Quran - is too naive to comment on.
078 68/39a: "- - - have ye (non-Muslims*) a Covenant with Us (Allah*) - - -". If Allah does not exist, a covenant has no meaning - better is a covenant with an existing god (if one exists). If he is a camouflaged something from dark forces, like parts of the Quran may indicate, one is better off without such a covenant. If he exists and is a god: Do Muslims have a covenant with him? - there only are claims for this in a very unreliable book. Besides living according to the Quran, Muslims do not live according to the teachings of a good and benevolent god - they are living according to a made up book from(?) a real or made up god of war.
##079 68/39b: "- - - Covenant with Us (Allah*) on oath - - -". What is really an oath worth in Islam and for Muslims, as oaths can be broken - pay expiation if necessary?
080 68/40: "Ask thou (Muhammad*) them (non-Muslims*) - - -". Historical anomalies.
081 68/41a: “Or have they (“infidels”*) some ‘partners’ (in Godhead)?” Zamakhshari and Razi thinks “partners” refer to wise humans (“uqala”) of the same belief. Ibn Kathir and others that it refers “lower” deities. The Quran is unclear on this point - like on so many other points.
082 68/41b: “Or have they (“infidels”*) some ‘partners’ (in Godhead)?” See 2/165c and 25/18a above.
083 68/41c: "Then let them (non-Muslims*) produce their "partners", if they are truthful!" Muhammad demanded proofs from each and every opponent - which proves he found proofs essential (without proofs no credibility) - but he was totally unable to prove anything at all about central things in his own religion.
084 68/42a: "The Day that the Shin shall be laid bare - - -". The Day of Doom.
085 68/42b: "- - - they (non-Muslims*) shall be summoned (by Allah*) - - -". Only possible if Allah exists and is something supernatural. + Contradicted by the Bible, which says Yahweh rules at the Day of Doom, not Allah. Also see 67/9c below - a strong one. But of course it is ok for Islam to prove - prove - the Bible wrong and the Quran right. But as we say: Prove, not just loose claims and as loose and invalid words like the Quran always use instead of proofs.
086 68/42-44: Psychological balm to the ears and minds of Muhammad's followers. "Own success is good, but others' undoing is not too bad either". There are many like this in the Quran - nice to listen to for small minds.
087 68/43: "- - - they had been summoned aforetime - - -". Only by an unreliable man of doubtful moral quality even according to the central Islamic religious books, and a man without ANY kind of credentials to show for himself - none at all. Besides: If Allah exists, and has predestined all your life like the Quran states several places, how can a fair god judge you for what he has forced you to do??! See f.x. 68/45c below.
088 68/44a: "- - - such as reject this Message (the Quran*) - - -". One of Muhammad's many negative names for non-Muslims.
089 68/44b: "- - - by degree We (Allah*) shall punish them (non-Muslims*) - - -". See 3/77b above. Black irony: See first 68/43 above, and then 68/45c below.
090 68/45a: "A (long) respite will I (Allah*) give them (non-Muslims - - -". This was Muhammad's and the Quran's standard explanation for why non-Muslims often had a better life than Muslims: Allah had in his unfathomable wisdom decided to give them time - sometimes for the chance to find Islam, but mostly for becoming really guilty.
091 68/45b: "- - - truly - - -". See 61/4a above.
092 68/45c: "- - - My (Allah's*) Plan". A reference to Allah's Master Plan where everything is decided, and where nobody can change even the smallest detail - unless also that is in accordance with Allah's Plan.
093 68/46a: "- - - or is it that thou (Muhammad*) dost ask them (Muslims*) for a reward - - -". Muhammad claimed he demanded nothing from his followers - only 2.5% (to be exact 0 - 10%, but average 2.5%) of everything you owned - not of income, but of what you own - each year (called zakat or "poor tax", but only parts of it ended with the poor) + 20% of everything which was stolen/looted + 20% of all slaves taken + 100% of everything stolen and 100% of all slaves if the victim gave in without a fight + extra gifts from the followers + tax from the non-Muslims (jizya). There was no maximum on the jizya, and the result was that at times and places Muhammad's successors set it so high, that the non-Muslims were unable to pay, and had to flee the country. So Muhammad really did not ask for a reward, yes.
On top of this his warriors sometimes did not even get their full share of the loot after a raid - so much so, that there was not a little grumbling because of it sometimes. (Muhammad used it as bribes to get new recruits or secure undecided ones, instead of paying his veteran warriors in full sometimes.)
094 68/46b: "- - - or is it that thou (Muhammad*) dost ask them (Muslims*) - - -". Historical anomalies.
095 68/47: "- - - the Unseen - - -". What was hidden, but mainly the future - in other words: Did they claim to be prophets?
096 68/48a: "- - - the Commend of thy (Muslim's*) Lord (Allah*) - - -". It may be a long wait if he does not exist.
097 68/48b: "- - - the Companion of the Fish - - -". Jonah. For readers not knowing the Bible: Jonah run away to the sea from his duty as a prophet/seer for Yahweh. Yahweh sent a terrible weather threatening to sink the ship he was on board, and he was thrown overboard. Yahweh made a big fish swallow him, but throw him up at a shore 3 days later, when Jonah had agreed to go to Nineveh - the capital of Assyria - to preach. We may add that also here the Quran is contradicted by the Bible, which says that Jonah's god was Yahweh, not Allah. Also see 67/9c above - a strong one. But of course it is ok for Islam to prove - prove - the Bible wrong and the Quran right. But as we say: Prove, not just loose claims and as loose and invalid words like the Quran always use instead of proofs.
098 68/48c: "- - - the Companion of the Fish - - -". Jonah. A historical anomaly.
099 68/49a: “Had not Grace from his (Jonah’s*) Lord (Allah*) reached him, he would indeed have been cast off on a naked shore, in disgrace.” Contradiction:
37/45: “But We (Allah*) cast him (Jonah*) forth on the naked shore in a state of sickness.” An exactly 180 degree contradiction.
100 68/49b: "- - - indeed - - -". See 2/2b above.
101 68/50a: "- - - the Righteous - - -". Muslim. According to the Quran Jonah of course was a Muslim.
102 68/50: "- - - Righteous - - -". Beware that when the Quran uses words like this, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code.
103 68/51a: "- - - the Unbelievers - - -". Non-Muslims.
104 68/51b: "- - - the Message (the Quran*) - - -". Was it really a message? - and in case from whom, as no god was involved in a book of a quality like the Quran?
105 68/51c: "- - - they (opponents of Muhammad*) - - -". A historical anomaly.
106 68/51d: "- - - they (opponents of Muhammad*) say: 'Surely he (Muhammad*) is - - -". See 62/11c above.
107 68/51e: "Surely - - -". See 2/2b above.
108 68/51f: "Surely he (Muhammad*) is possessed!" They may have been right, if he had f.x. TLE (Temporal Lobe Epilepsy) lime modern medical science suspects, because at that time one often believed that someone with a mental disease was possessed by a bad spirit. At least they had knowledge and intelligence enough to see that something was wrong.
109 68/52a: "- - - a Message to all the worlds". This hardly was true when this surah was published sometime around 611 - 614 AD, but the words may have been strengthened later. But the real weak point here is that the Quran, and thus its message, is not from a god - too much is wrong in the book.
110 68/52b: "- - - a Message (the Quran*) - - -". But was it really a message? - and in case from whom, as no god was involved in a book that full of errors, etc?
111 68/52c: “- - - all the Worlds.” Once more a reference to the 7 (flat) worlds of Muhammad. Wrong. See 65/12b above. (Though in just this case the expression may refer to "all the people in the world" - but see 68/52a just above.)
Surah 68: Sub-total: 111 '+ 19.242 = 19.353 comments.
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