1000+ Comments on the Quran: Surah 70 -- Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent)
20 June 2012
Revelation: Mecca, 614 - 618 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 70/1a: "A questioner - - -". Like so many thing in the Quran, it is unclear who the Quran is talking about, but Muslim scholars tend to believe it was one of the leaders among the Quraysh in Mecca, Nadr ibn-Harith.
003 70/1b: "A questioner asked (Muhammad*) about a Penalty to befall - - -". See 62/11c above.
004 70/1c: "- - - a Penalty - - -". See 3/77b above (in this case the word refers to the claimed penalty of Hell).
005 70/1-3: If we unwind the somewhat complicated structure of this sentence, it is one of the cases where a skeptic - perhaps Nadr ibn-Harith (see 70/1a above) - dared Muhammad to send punishment from Allah to prove Allah's existence and Muhammad's connection to the god. As always Muhammad was unable to prove anything at all, and had to resort to fast words.
006 70/2a: "The unbelievers - - -". The non-Muslims.
007 70/2b: "- - - (a Penalty (Hell)*) the which there is none to ward off - - -". This is correct only if Allah exists and is a major god, and if at the same time the god - f. x. Yahweh - of the non-Muslim does not exist - - - and if the Quran in addition tells the full truth and only the truth about this. In addition: This is one of the many never proved claims in the Quran which any believer in any religion can make on behalf of his/her god(s) free of charge as long as it is possible to evade all requests for proofs. Contradicted by the Bible, at least as far as followers of Yahweh go. 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.
008 70/3a: "(A Penalty) from Allah - - -". See 70/2b just above.
009 70/3b: "- - - Allah, Lord of the Ways of Ascent - - -". See 70/2b above.
010 70/3c: "- - - the Ways of Ascent - - -". The ways (up to) the Quran's and Islam's Paradise. Also see 10/9f above.
011 70/4a: “The angels and the Spirit (“ruh” in the Arab text) - - -.” The word “ruh” is used a few times in the Arab text – at least in 16/2, 78/38, 97/4c and here. It really means “the Spirit” or “the Holy Spirit”, but is f.x. in 16/2 given another translation (“inspiration”). A number of Muslims wants it to be another name for the angel Gabriel (simply because it was he who was said to bring down the surahs to Muhammad, and it is said a couple of places that the “ruh” – the Spirit or Holy Spirit – brought down such ones, “ergo” the Holy Spirit = the angel Gabriel). But the logic is not correct – by means of the rules of logical deductions it is possible only to say they may be the same. And here is another piece of information which makes that deduction unlikely or impossible: The “ruh” – the Holy Spirit” - is not included among the angels. Neither is it the other places – which makes it highly unlikely logically that the Holy Spirit is an angel - the angel Gabriel. (In the Bible it is clear they are not the same).
012 70/4b: "- - - the Spirit ("ruh") - - -". May be a reference to the Holy Spirit of the Bible.
013 70/4c: “- - - unto Him (Allah*) in a Day the measure whereof is (as) fifty thousand years.” The Day of Doom. Muhammad frequently used the Day of Doom as a threat.
014 70/4d: “- - - unto Him (Allah*) in a Day the measure whereof is (as) fifty thousand years:”
22/47: “Verily, a Day in the sight of thy Lord (Allah*) is like a thousand years of your reckoning.”
32/5: “- - - on a Day, the space whereof will be (as) a thousand years of your reckoning.”
015 70/5: "Therefore (because it was for Allah to punish*) do thou (Muhammad? Muslims?*) hold Patience - - -". Guess if this sentence was abrogated, made invalid and often forgotten when Muhammad and his followers gained enough stolen riches and power to bribe or force Islam on the surroundings - especially on the Pagans.
016 70/6a: "- - - the (day) - - -". The Day of Doom.
017 70/6b: "- - - indeed - - -". See 2/2b above.
018 70/6-7: "They (non-Muslims*) see the (day) as a far-off (event): But We (Allah*) see it (quite) near". The Quran here tries to give a picture of the different perspectives of time man and a god have.
019 70/8: "The Day - - -". The Day of Doom.
020 70/11a: "- - - the sinner's - - -" This expression in the Quran may mean bad Muslims, but normally in that book it simply means non-Muslims - one of Muhammad's many distaste - and stronger - inducing name for non-Muslims.
021 70/11b: "- - - the sinner's desire will be: would that he could redeem himself from the Penalty of the Day by (sacrificing) his children". The sacrifice of children did happen in old Arabia, but in contradiction to what the Quran liked to claim, even Muslim scholars today say it only happened infrequently. But why not paint the opponents as black as possible?
022 70/11c: "- - - sinner - - -". 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.
023 70/11d: "- - - the Penalty of that Day - - -". Hell.
024 70/11e: "- - - that Day - - -". The Day of Doom.
#025 70/11-14: "- - - the sinner's desire will be: would that he could redeem himself from the Penalty of the Day by (sacrificing) his children, his wife and his brother, his kindred who sheltered him, and all that is on earth - so that it could deliver him". According to his non-Muslims are of very low quality and moral. But then in all the Quran, you hardly find anything positive about non-Muslims.
026 70/17a: "- - - such as turn their backs and turn away their faces (from Muhammad and his Quran*) - - -". = One of Muhammad's many negative names for non-Muslims. (Negative deeds at least in the eyes and ears of Muslims).
027 70/17b: "- - - (- - - the Right (the message of the Quran*)) - - -". A book with so much wrong contents does not represent what is right - this even more so as the many contradictions and the many places with unclear language often makes it impossible to know what the exact meaning is. And not to mention that all the errors, etc. proves 100% and more that no god was involved in the making or delivery of the book - no omniscient god makes mistakes.
028 70/18: "And collect (wealth) and hide it (from use) - - -". It is very ok for Muslims to make and to collect money, according to the religion. But a "fair" share of it should be used for the religion, or for helping the poor.
029 70/19: "Truly - - -". See f.x. 61/4a above.
030 70/21: "- - - niggardly - - -". Many did not spend enough for the poor and for the religion, Muhammad thought. Beware that in Islam, the religion is part of the political power - or the other way around. And Muhammad liked power.
031 70/22a: "- - - those devoted to Prayer - - -". Muslims.
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.)
##032 70/22b: "- - - prayer - - -". What are the idea with and the effect of prayers in Islam. The Quran MANY places states that Allah predestines absolutely everything, and he predestines it according to his Plan, which nobody and nothing can change. And he predestines it long time before it is going to happen - he f.x. according to Hadiths predestines whether you are going to end in Hell or Heaven already when you are a 4 months old fetus = 5 months before you are born. Now the Quran tells that man also has free will - a necessary claim not to make Allah very unjust when he sends a person to Hell for sins (or for that case rewards him for good deeds) - but those are two things which are impossible even for an omniscient and omnipotent god to combine. Give man even the slightest degree of free will, and the laws of chaos inexorably finish off predestination - the god can make things happen by adjusting this and that, but the moment man gets the possibility to change his mind once more about something, full predestination is gone - and the same is full precognition. Even Islam admits that full predestination is impossible to combine with free will of man (some claim that partly free will is possible, but that is wrong - the laws of chaos is very clear on that point; the so-called "butterfly effect" kicks in): We quote (A6/141 - comment to verse 6/149): “In other words, the real relationship between Allah’s knowledge of the future (and, therefore, the ineluctably of what is to happen in the future) on one side, and man’s free will, on the other – two propositions which, on the face of it, seem to contradict one another – is beyond man’s comprehension; but since both are postulated by Allah, both must be true". But here Islam is leaving religion, and entering pure mysticism. In the non-material realms of life there are things impossible even for an omniscient and omnipotent god. Proofs for this in 6/149a above.
If there is complete predestination in Islam like the Quran states as absolute several places in the Quran, prayers can have no effect in this religion - everything is already decided and nothing can be changed in Allah’s long since predestined Plan. To claim the opposite just is mysticism, not religion.
033 70/23a: "Those who remain steadfast to their prayer - - -". Muslims.
034 70/23b: "- - - prayer - - -". See 70/22b above.
035 70/24: "- - - those in whose wealth is a recognized right." Those who give the correct share to the poor and to the religion. Muslims.
036 70/26a: "- - - those who hold fast to the truth of the Day of Judgment - - -". Muslims.
037 70/26b: "- - - the truth (the contents of the Quran*) - - -". With all its mistakes, etc., the Quran at best tells partly the truth.
038 70/27: "- - - those who fear the displeasure of their Lord (Allah*) - - -". Muslims.
039 70/28a: "For their (Muslims'*) Lord's (Allah's*) displeasure is the opposite of Peace and Tranquility". In more plain language: Allah likes peace and tranquility, and dislikes the opposite. BUT NB: This was in 621-622 in Mecca, before Muhammad started to gain power and started first as a leader of highway-men and then as a warlord, and Allah discovered he liked war and blood and riches and power. In the 13 years in Mecca, Islam was a rather peaceful religion. But during the first part of the 10 years in Medina, it turned into a religion of war, and this verse lost its meaning - at least as long as Muslims were the perpetrators and non-Muslims the victims.
040 70/28b: (YA5693): “For their Lord’s displeasure is the opposite of Peace and Tranquility”. But this Arab text may also instead mean “And their Lord’s displeasure is one against which there is no security". Once more different meanings in the glorified language – or alphabet – of old Arabia.
###041 70/29-30: “And those who guard their chastity, except with their wives and the (captives) whom their right hands possess (= slaves*) – for (then) they are not to be blamed - - -.” There is no blame for raping a captive woman taken captive in the name of Allah, or your slave women – just how and how often you want. A good and benevolent god with an excellent moral (at least for the Muslim free man).
"Do against others like you want other do against you" (Luke 6/31).
One of the really strong proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god, and for that Jesus and Muhammad are not in the same line of prophets (in addition to that Muhammad was not really a prophet. see 9/88b above.
042 70/30: “(Muslim men should have no sex*) Except with their wives and the (captives) whom their right hands possess - - -.” To force captive women or slave women to have sex – to rape them – was “good and lawful”! What a benevolent religion and what a benevolent god!!
043 70/31: "But those who trespass beyond this are transgressors". Beware that when the Quran uses these words, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code - like here. Also "transgressors" is one of many negative names Muhammad used about non-Muslims, but just in this case it also includes bad Muslims..
044 70/32: "- - - those who respect their trusts and covenants - - -". Indicated to be Muslims.
045 70/33: "- - - those who stand firm in their testimonies - - -". Indicated to be Muslims.
046 70/34a: "- - - those who guard (the sacredness) of their worship". Indicated to be Muslims.
047 70/34b: "- - - (the sacredness) of their (Muslims'*) worship (of Allah*) - - -". This only is correct if Allah exists and is a god.
048 70/35a: "Such (good Muslims*) will be the honored ones in the Garden (of Bliss)." This only may - may - be true if Allah exists and is a god (not f. x. something from dark forces pretending to be a god like parts of the Quran and parts of its moral code may indicate), and if the Quran in addition tells the full truth and only the truth about this.
049 70/35b: "- - - the Garden (of Bliss)". The Quran's and Islam's Paradise - see 10/9f above.
050 70/36a: "- - - Unbelievers - - -". One of Muhammad's many negative names for non-Muslims - negative at least in the ears of Muslims.
051 70/36b: "- - - the Unbelievers - - - they rush madly before thee (Muhammad*) - - -". See 62/11c above.
052 70/36c: "- - - thee (Muhammad*) - - -". A historical anomaly.
053 70/38: "- - - the Garden of Bliss". The Quran's and Islam's Paradise - see 10/9f above.
054 70/39a: “For We (Allah*) have created them (man) out of the (base matter), they know.” But:
This is contradicted by 6/2, 7/12, 17/61, 32/7, 38/71, and 38/76 that tell man/Adam was made from clay, 15/26, 15/26, and 15/33 that tell man/Adam was made from sounding clay, 55/14 that tells man/Adam was made from ringing clay, 37/11 that tells man/Adam was made from sticky clay, 23/12, that tells man/Adam was made from essence of clay, 15/26, 15/28, and 15/33 that tell man/Adam was made from mud, 3/59, 22/5, 35/11, 40/67, that tell man/Adam was made from dust, 20/55 that tells man/Adam was made from earth, 96/2 that tells man/Adam was made from a clot of congealed blood, 16/4, 75/37, 76/2, 80/19, that tell man/Adam was made from semen (without explaining from where the semen came), 21/30, 24/45, and 25/54 that tell man/Adam was made from water (NB! NB! Not in water, but from water!), and not to mention the greatest contradiction in this case: 19/9 and 19/67 which both tell that man/Adam was created from nothing.
(Also see verse 6/2b in the chapters about the 1000+ mistakes in the Quran.) (Strictly reckoned this contradicts 30 other verses. But minimum 3 contradictions, as base matter can be said to be anything except nothing, blood and semen.)
###055 70/39b: (YA5699): "The animal part of man is nothing to be proud of, and they (humans*) know it. It is by spiritual effort, and long preparation through a good life that man can raise above the mere animal parts of him to his high dignity as a spiritual being, and his noble destiny in the hereafter". Statements like this from modern Islam, makes it very thought provoking that Muhammad's and the Quran's and Islam's Paradise only contains bodily - the animal part of man - pleasures and nothing for his spiritual life (except that Allah is claimed to be above the 7. heaven whereas normal Muslims seems to end up in the lowest with 6 heavens between him/her and Allah (and according to Islamic relevant literature there are long distances between each heaven - up to 100 years travel is mentioned) - but Allah is a subject for reverence, not for intellectual or spiritual activity and development in the daily life in Paradise as a parallel to the "animal" activities.
056 70/40a: "- - - (Allah*) the Lord of all points in the East and the West - - -". Contradicted by the Bible, which says Yahweh is that lord, 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.
057 70/40b: "- - - certainly - - -". See 2/2b above.
058 70/41-42: "- - - We (Allah*) can certainly substitute for them (non-Muslims*) better (men) than they (are*) - - -". Only possible - possible - if Allah exists and is something supernatural. And if there is not another god who may think at least some of them are good persons and take care of them - as far as the Quran is from normal moral standards, this may well happen - if f.x. Yahweh exists. Not to mention if Yahweh exists, but Allah is made up.
059 70/41: "- - - (- - - Our (Allah's*) Plan)". Allah has anything - even the smallest details - planned and predestined.
060 70/42a "So leave them (non-Muslims*) to plunge in vain talk and amuse themselves - - -". Around 614-617 AD this was all Muhammad's power permitted him to say. When his power grew, he could say a lot more. This verse is abrogated – made invalid - and contradicted by at least these verses: 2/191, 2/193, 3/38, 3/85, 3/148, 4/90, 5/33, 5/72, 8/12, 8/38, 8/38-39 (the warning), 8/39, 8/60, 9/3, 9/5, 9/14, 9/23, 9/29, 9/33, 9/73, 9/123, 25/36, 25/52, 33/61, 33/73, 35/36, 47/4, 66/9. This includes many bloody threats, but also verses advising or permitting political, social, economical, etc. compulsion (with the sword in the background if you protest) – we mention a few here: 3/28, 3/85, 3/148, 4/81, 5/72, 5/73, 9/23, 14/7, 15/3, 33/73, 35/36. They are all quoted under 2/256. (At least 28 abrogations).
061 70/42b: "- - - that Day - - -". The Day of Doom.
062 70/42c: "- - - that Day of theirs which they have been promised!". But promised by whom? There is not a god behind the Quran, and thus it has to be promised by other forces or by one or more humans - perhaps by Muhammad?
063 70/42d: "- - - that Day of theirs which they have been promised!". Yes, if the Quran tells the truth.
064 70/42e: "- - - promised!". But it is a well known fact that there is not proved one case of Allah honoring a promise - the thundering silence from Islam is a perfect proof for this. Lots of claims, but not one proved case.
065 70/43: "The Day - - -". The Day of Doom.
066 70/44a: "The Day - - -". The Day of Doom.
067 70/44b: "- - - promised!" See 70/42 above.
Surah 70: Sub-total: 67 + 19.441 = 19.508 comments.
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