1000+ Comments on the Quran: Surah 73 -- Al-Muzzammil (The Enfolded One)

Revelation: Mecca, 611 - 614 AD.

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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 73/1a: "O thou folded on garments!" It is likely, but not sure that this refers to Muhammad - like so often in the Quran, the text is unclear.

003 73/1b: (YA5754): “O thou folded in garments!” But the Arab word “muzzammil” may also give the meaning: “- - - properly dressed for prayer”, and “- - - folded in a sheet”. There also is possible to find mysticism here - - - and finally “Muzzammil” was a name used for Muhammad (= "O thou, Muhammad!"). Chose what you think is the most likely meaning Allah intended, but seems to have been unable to express clearly.

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.)

004 73/2-4: “Stand to (prayer) in the night, but not all the night - or a little less, Or a little more - - -”. Abrogated already by 73/20 reducing it to minimum 1/3 or reading the Quran “as much as may be easy (for you)”.

005 73/5a: "Soon shall We (Allah*) Send down to thee (Muhammad*) a weighty Message". This was early in Muhammad's religious years (611 - 614 AD) - still much Allah could send down "soon". But no omniscient god "sent down" a message with that many mistaken facts - many in accordance with wrong science at that time - contradictions, and other errors".

006 73/5b: "- - - Message (the Quran*)". But as no god was involved in a book of a quality like the Quran, was it really a message? - and in case from whom?

007 73/6a: "Truly - - -". See f. x. 61/4a above.

008 73/6b: "- - - the rising by night - - -". = The prayers prayed during the night.

009 73/6c: "- - - Prayer - - -". What is the idea and effect of prayers in Islam, if Allah already has predestined everything?

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.)

010 73/6d: "- - - Praise (of Allah*) - - -". Please read 1/1a above and see if you think he deserves any - - - if he exists.

011 73/7: "True - - -". See f.x. 2/2b and 61/4a above.

012 73/8: "- - - devote yourself thyself (Muslim*) to Him (Allah*) wholeheartedly". Not a too good idea if Allah does not exist - or if he exists, but belongs to the dark forces. That is to say: It might be a good idea for the god's claimed representative on Earth, as on Earth this in praxis for a large part meant: Devote yourself to the god's claimed representative on Earth".

013 73/9a: "(He (Allah*) is) Lord of the East and the West - - -". The likely meaning of this - at least according to Muslims from times after Muhammad grew strong enough to get appetite for power also outside the Mecca and later Medina area - is that Allah is the god for all the world. In spite of this when you read the Quran, you find that all the material, tales, legends, fairy tales, etc. used, are specific for Arabia and its nearest surroundings known in Arabia around 610 - 630 AD, and nothing from the rest of the claimed god's claimed dominion or stuff not known in Arabia at that time (as for the last fact; you meet many, many claims from Muslims about the Quran foretelling scientific facts, etc., but they have without exception one thing in common: They all are made up claims - either the texts in the Quran are twisted to fit modern scientific facts, or scientific facts are twisted to fit the Quran, or the claim simply is pure wishful thinking or an al-Taqiyya (a lawful lie) or a Kitman (a lawful half-truth) using peoples lack of real knowledge). No omniscient god for the whole world would use only stuff specific just for one small area and from a short period of time, not to mention many wrong facts and other errors.

014 73/9b: "(He (Allah*) is) Lord of the East and the West - - -". Contradicted by the Bible, which says Yahweh is the lord of the whole world. 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.

015 73/9c: "- - - there is no god but He (Allah*) - - -". Contradicted by the Bible: Even the Quran accepts the old Jewish god Yahweh. It tries to solve the problem by claiming that Allah = Yahweh, but as it is very clear this is not true - too large and too fundamental differences in the teachings - there at least must be 2 gods - - - if Allah exists. Allah is never in any way proved, not even in the Quran - there only are claims about him. Yahweh has proved himself many times if either the Quran or the Bible - or both - tells the truth on this point. And remember here that science has proved that also the Islamic claim - as normal for Islam never proved - that the Bible is falsified also is not true. (There may be mistakes, but no falsifications). Also see 2/255a, 6/106b and 25/18a above.

016 73/9d: "- - - take Him (Allah*) therefore for (thy) Disposer of Affairs - - -". this might be a bad idea if he does not exist, not to mention if he is from the dark forces, something the partly immoral codes of conduct in Islam after all may indicate.

017 73/10a: “And have patience with what they (non-Muslims*) say, and leave them with noble (dignity).” This is an early surah (611 – 614 AD). Muhammad has little or no real power, and is a peaceful preacher. Both he and the religion showed other faces when he gained power – or Allah wanted more blood and gore and suffering from 622 AD on. This verse is contradicted and often “killed” by at least these verses: 2/191, 2/193, 3/28, 3/85, 3/148, 4/81, 4/90, 5/33, 5/72, 5/73, 8/12, 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 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 29 contradictions).

018 73/10b: “And have patience with what they (non-Muslims*) say, and leave them with noble (dignity).” This is an early surah (611 – 614 AD). Muhammad has little or no real power, and is a peaceful preacher. Both he and the religion showed other faces when he gained power – or Allah wanted more blood and gore and suffering from 622 AD on. This verse is abrogated – made invalid - 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).

019 73/11a: “And leave Me (Allah*) (alone with those) in possession of the good things of life, who (yet) deny the Truth - - -.” That little while lasted exactly till Muhammad gained enough military power – then he (or Allah*) went for a stricter regime. This verse is abrogated – made invalid - 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).

020 73/11b: “And leave Me (Allah*) (alone with those) in possession of the good things of life, who (yet) deny the Truth - - -.” That little while lasted exactly till Muhammad gained military power – then he (or Allah*) went for a stricter regime. This verse is contradicted and often “killed” by at least these verses: 2/191, 2/193, 3/28, 3/85, 3/148, 4/81, 4/90, 5/33, 5/72, 5/73, 8/12, 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 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 29 contradictions).

021 73/11c: “- - - deny the Truth (of the Quran*) - - -”. See 13/1g and 40/75 above.

022 73/11d: "- - - Truth - - -". See f.x. 13/1g, 40/75 and 61/4a above.

023 73/11e: "- - - and bear with them for a little while". See 73/11a+b above.

###024 73/12a: "With Us (Allah*) are - - - a Fire (to burn them (non-Muslims*)) - - -". Many Muslim scholars mean that Allah also is behind the existence of Hell - as Allah is omnipotent, the Devil/Iblis could not run a Hell without the permission of Allah. The words "With Us" may indicate that they are right. Allah in case really is a good and benevolent(?) god permitting and supervising Hell.

025 73/12b: "- - - a Fire - - -". Hell.

026 73/13a: "- - - Food that chokes - - -". According to the Quran one also in Hell (and in Paradise) has to eat and drink, and the food in Hell is very bad and repulsive.

027 73/13b: "- - - a Penalty Grievous". See 3/77b above.

028 73/14: "One Day - - -". Here the Day of Doom.

029 73/15a: “We have sent to you (O men!) a Messenger (Muhammad*) - - -”. Would an omniscient god send a messenger teaching a religion containing lots of mistakes and lots of hallmarks of a cheat and a deceiver? And would a good and benevolent god teach such a partly immoral moral code and a partly unjust law like you find in the teachings of Muhammad (we might also mention ethics, but there hardly is any ethics - ethics thinking - in the Quran)? Hardly. Islam will have to prove it - not only the usual undocumented claims, but real proofs.

030 73/15b: "- - - a Messenger (Muhammad*) - - -". See 63/5a above.

031 73/15c: "- - - a Messenger (Muhammad*) - - -". A historical anomaly.

032 73/15d: "- - - a witness (Muhammad*) - - -". But about what could Muhammad witness when the Quran makes it clear that the Quran with all its mistakes, contradictions, etc. was not from a god, and that Muhammad thus had no connection to a god?

033 73/15e: "- - - even as we (Allah*) sent a Messenger (Moses*) to Pharaoh." For one thing it is likely it was Yahweh who sent Moses, but that aside: Is the comparison to Moses correct? - if either the Bible or the Quran or both tell the truth on this point, Moses strongly proved he had connection to something supernatural. Muhammad never proved even an atom of his claims - there only were strong, but loose claims and as cheap words and even at least a few lies plus demands for and glorification of blind belief - all of which are hallmarks of cheats, swindlers and deceivers.

034 73/15f: "- - - even as we (Allah*) sent a Messenger (Moses*) to Pharaoh." Contradicted by the Bible, which says it was Yahweh who sent Moses, 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.

035 73/15g: "- - - Pharaoh (Ramses II*) - - -". A historical anomaly.

036 73/16a: "- - - Pharaoh (Ramses II*) - - -". A historical anomaly.

037 73/16b: “- - - We (Allah*) sized him (Ramses II*) with a heavy Punishment - - -”. For one thing: It is likely Ramses II got no personal punishment - he died years later. For another: We know from the Quran that the punishment was drowning - but Ramses II did not drown. Wrong.

038 73/17a: "Then how shall ye (non-Muslims*), if ye deny (Allah*), guard yourself - - -". This is a much used technique used not for finding out what is true, but for winning a debate: One claim or pressure that something is true, and then starts the debate from there. But no matter how good the logic and the debate and the conclusions one reaches from such a starting point, it is void and invalid and empty of all truth, if the initial presumption(s) is/are untrue or not proved. It is a method often used by politicians and by cheats and deceivers. In this case there are two presumptions or claims: That Allah exists and that Allah is powerful. None of these are proved - there only are the words of a man with doubtful moral and lust for riches and power for it. The argument and conclusion thus are invalid. And to answer the invalid question: One may look for a god or gods who may be has/have proved himself/themselves. 

039 73/17b: "- - - a Day that will make children hoary-headed - - -". = The Day of Doom.

040 73/18a: “- - - the sky will be cleft asunder - - -.” How can vacuum be cleft asunder? (Also see 69/16 – 76/9 – 82/1 – 84/1.)

041 73/18b: "His (Allah's*) Promise must be accomplished". It has not happened till this date that a promise proved to be from Allah, has probably been accomplished by Allah. If it had ever happened, Islam had not forgotten to tell about it.

042 73/19a: "Verily - - -". See f.x. 2/2a or 61/4a above.

043 73/19b: "- - - an admonition - - -". From a book full of mistakes and not backed by a god? (No god ever was behind a book of that quality.)

044 73/19c: "- - - whosoever will, let him take a (straight) path to his Lord (Allah*)". This is a much more friendly statement than what the Quran says many other places in the Quran, where it is made clear that Allah decides everything and even if you are to end in Hell or Paradise (according to Hadiths, this is decided by Allah 5 months before you are born). But this early (611 - 615 AD) statement is both contradicted and abrogated (made invalid) by later verses telling that Allah decides everything.

045 73/20a: "- - - (to prayer) - - -". But what mission can prayers have if the god has predestined everything long time before?

046 73/20b: “Allah doth appoint night and day in due measures.” This is dictated by someone who knew nothing about the far south and the far north - facts and reality and nature is different from what would be due measures for most beings - included man - there at times. But Muhammad did not know that. Any god had known. Also see 11/7a above.

047 73/20c: "- - - (in mercy) - - -". See 1/1a above.

####048 73/20d: “He (Allah*) knoweth that there may be (some) among you - - - fighting in Allah’s cause”. This is the only mentioning of fighting up to around 616 AD - and there was nearly nothing before 622 AD when Muhammad started to need warriors for his raids for wealth, etc., in a period where Muhammad had brought nearly 50 - fifty - surahs, not one of which even mention the word fighting (more than 80 by 622 AD). And as is shown below there is no other unmistakable mentioning of fighting in all the 12 years before Muhammad had to flee to Yathrib (now Medina) - and even this verse may simply mean mental fighting by means of words and deeds, not by means of the sword. This in spite of how central the war for Allah and for Muhammad became. Did Allah change his mind after some years? Or was it Muhammad who changed as he gained power? This early Muhammad did not have enough followers to really fight with weapons. But in case it at this time only meant fighting with words it is even stranger that Allah later so totally changed his mind, from a peaceful religion to one of war and hate with so much stress on the duty to fight and die for Allah and Muhammad. If he was omniscient, he should from the very beginning have known what a gift it was to Allah that humans fought and killed each others in reverence to him - not to mention how unfair it was not to tell his first followers about this sure way to Paradise and the houris, etc., and deny them this easy way to the Next Life. Not to mention how unfair it was against the bad ones of his followers not to tell them that they really had a chance to come to Paradise: Be killed in war for Allah, and everything was forgiven, nearly no matter how bad a man you had been. But the really great mystery is: Why did and does an omnipotent god need humans to fight for him? There is no logic in this claim. (But there is logic if Muhammad wanted them to fight for himself.)

It is worth mentioning that Muslim scholars means the contents in this verse concerning fighting, does not belong here. Some - f. x. A73/12 (A73/13 in the English 2008 edition) - means it is written in the future tense, and thus about something which may happen (and did happen) later. The majority - f.x. YA5774 - means that these words were from Medina many years later, but included here (that verses are included in surahs from a different time, is not unusual in the Quran). If any of these explanations is correct, there in reality was no - not one single - case of incitement to war in the Quran until after Muhammad started to need warriors for raids for riches and later for conquests in and after 622 AD. (The "tone" in the verse is so typical for Medina and the war religion Islam developed into there, that it is highly likely the majority of the Muslim scholars are right - that this is a verse from Medina inserted in this surah from the much more peaceful time in Mecca.)

049 73/20e: (A73/12 - English 2008 edition 73/13): "- - - there is no doubt that jihad was first sanctioned during the Medina period - - -". Which confirms that Muhammad and Islam did not think about or talk about or insist on or glorify war until after Muhammad started needing warriors for his raids for riches and later also for conquests in and after 622 AD. Was this very fundamental change in the religion at this time a coincidence? And why did not the omniscient god Allah know before 622 AD and Muhammad's need for warriors know that fighting was a good thing, a duty for all fit Muslim men, and a sure way to Paradise for even the worst sinner?

050 73/20f: "- - - fighting in Allah's cause - - -". One of the at least 200% proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god. Even in the centuries when the Jews fought wars - mainly (not exclusively, but mainly) from Joshua around 1195 BC and some centuries on - it was to establish and later defend a country for the Jews, NOT for the sake of the god. And to try to compare it with NT, is a waste of time. "Islam, the Religion of Peace" - is it a slogan based on al-Taqiyya (the lawful lie) or an unintended black joke?

051 73/20g: "- - - 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.)

##052 73/20h: "- - - give regular Charity - - -". This is one of the (too few) plusses for Islam - the demand for charity. But there are the two dark spots on this standpoint: The main thing is not to help others, but to gain merit for yourself in Heaven, and you get as much such merit from helping your wife and children as from helping strangers - then why help strangers? (- o it happens, but for many it is low down on the priority list).

053 73/20i: "- - - and loan to Allah a Beautiful Loan". This expression in the Quran normally means: "Go to war when Muhammad calls, and risk/give your life for Allah/Muhammad" - in reality for Muhammad here on this Earth.

054 73/20j: "- - - whatever good ye (people, Muslims*) send forth for your souls - - -". = Whatever good deeds you do in this life, will benefit you at the Day of Doom - and in the war religion Islam was turned into in/after 622 - 624 AD, nothing was a better deed than to go on raids or war for Muhammad - - - and nearly all of Muhammad's raids were for stealing/looting, taking captives for slaves or extortion, and later also for power and for forcing Islam on the Arabs - large parts of Arabia got the choice: "Become Muslims or fight us and die" (though many by Muhammad's successors, not by Muhammad himself). Also see the list about Muhammad's raids and wars, where the purpose of the raids is given, in https://www.1000mistakes.com .

###055 73/20k: "- - - ye (Muslims*) shall find it in Allah's Presence (= in Paradise) - - -". But what is really "Allah's presence"? There are 7 heavens and Allah lives above number seven - both claims according to the Quran. It is not specified in the Quran, but it seems normally good Muslims end in gardens in the first heaven. Which means there are 6 heavens between them and Allah. The Quran also does not specify the distance between the heavens, but relevant Islamic literature mention 100 years (of travel).

A normal speed for a walker is some 3.5 - 4 miles an hour. Say you walked together with a caravan, whish walked for 12 hours a day (the main thing for a caravan is to reach its goal and make money, so they often walked from dawn till dusk, and even ate when walking).

That would mean 45 miles (some 72 km) a day.

There are 365 days a year = some 16.400 miles (some 26.300 km) a year.

As there are said to be 100 years between the heavens, this means some 1.64 million miles (2.63 million km) between the heavens.

And the distance between the 1. and the 7. heaven consequently a little less than 10 million miles (a bit less than 16 million km).

And remember that Allah lives above the 7. heaven = further off.

Better than 40 times the distance to the moon.

If the Islamic books have given reasonably correct information about the distances, this is a rough picture of what the Quran means with "Allah's Presence" for normal Muslims.

056 73/20l. "- - - Reward". Paradise.

057 73/20m: "- - - Allah is Oft-Forgiving - - -". Allah can forgive nobody unless he exists and in addition is a god.

058 73/20n: "- - - Allah is - - - Most Merciful". Please read the surahs from Medina, the immoral parts of the Muslim moral code, and the unjust/immoral parts of sharia, and see if you agree. Always when there is a distance between words and corresponding demands and deeds, we at least always believe in the demands and deeds - words are too cheap to use and disuse.

Surah 73: Sub-total: 58 + 19.651 = 19.709 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".