1000+ Comments on the Quran: Surah 87 -- AL-A'LA (The Most High)
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 87/1a: "Glorify the name of thy (Muslims'*) Guardian-Lord (Allah*) - - -". See 1/1a - does he deserve glorification?
003 87/1b: "- - - thy (Muslims'*) Guardian-Lord (Allah*) - - -". He only can be a guardian if he exists and in addition is a god.
004 87/1c: "- - - (Allah*) Most High". Similar often claimed, never proved.
005 87/2a: "(Allah*) Who has created - - -". Has he? - often claimed, never proved. (But Yahweh has proved it if the books tell the truth). Also see 6/1e, 6/2b, 21/56c+e and 41/15f above.
006 87/2b: "(Allah*) Who has created - - -". (YA6081): "The story of Creation is wonderful and continuous". You often meet Muslims claiming the Quran speaks about continuous creation like modern science has found. But when the Quran speaks about creation (except recreation or claims for that he can destroy and make new creations) it is always in the past tense, never in present or future tense. Creation in the Quran is something which happened and is finished.
007 87/2c: "- - - (Allah*) Who has - - - given order and proportion - - -". Only possible if Allah exists and is a powerful god.
008 87/3a: "(Allah*) who has ordained laws - - -". If he has ordained also the unjust of the sharia laws, and immoral of the laws of war, he neither is a just, nor a good, nor a benevolent god. (it may also be that here is meant the laws of nature, but Islam will in case have to prove they are made by Allah).
009 87/3b: “- - - and granted guidance (the Quran*) - - -”. There is little reliable guidance in a book full of mistakes and hallmarks of cheating and deceiving. See 7/192a and 16/107b above.
010 87/4-5: "- - - (it is Allah*) Who bringeth out the (green and luscious) pasture, and then doth make it but swarthy stubble". See 11/7a above.
011 87/6a: "- - - shall We (Allah*) teach thee (Muhammad*) - - -". A historical anomaly.
012 87/6b: "- - - (the Message (the Quran*)) - - -". But is it really a message? - and as no god was involved in a book of that quality: In case from whom?
013 87/6-7a: "- - - so that thou (Muhammad*) shalt not forget, except as Allah wills - - -". May be this is one of the points which makes Islam claim that Muhammad quoted the angel Gabriel exactly correct, so that the Quran is an exact copy of the "mother book" in Heaven.
014 87/6-7b: - - - so that thou (Muhammad*) shalt not forget, except as Allah wills - - -". Actually this is and has been a difficult sentence for Muslim scholars: This obviously is said to Muhammad, and how can Allah want Muhammad to forget parts of the Quran? There have been many explanations - included that the words are not to Muhammad, but to Muslims - but none are satisfying, even for most Muslim scholars. The famous perfect language in the Quran once more.
015 87/7a: "- - - He (Allah*) knoweth what is manifest and what is hidden". See 2/233 and 35/38b above./p>
016 87/7b: "- - - manifest - - -". See 2/2b above.
017 87/9: "- - - admonition - - -". Admonition on basis of a book full of errors and not from a god?!
018 87/10a: "- - - admonition - - -". Admonition on basis of a book full of errors and not from a god?!
019 87/10b: "- - - those who fear (Allah) - - -". Muslims.
020 87/11a: "But (admonition*) will be avoided by those most unfortunate ones (non-Muslims". That non-Muslims are the unfortunate ones is true only if the Quran is from a god and in addition tells the full truth and only the truth. And if the non-Muslims in addition do not believe in an existing god.
021 87/11b: "- - - those most unfortunate ones". One of Muhammad's many negative names for non-Muslims.
022 87/12: "- - - the Great Fire". Hell.
023 87/14a: "- - - those - - - who purify themselves - - -". = Muslims.
024 87/14b: "- - - those will prosper who purify themselves - - -". = Muslims will go to Paradise.
025 87/15: "- - - glorify the name of their Guardian-Lord - - -". See 87/1a+b above.
026 87/17: "But the Hereafter is better and more enduring (than this life)". Yes, if there is a next life and if you end a good place. Will Muslims end in such a place with f.x. their partly immoral moral code - and believing in a book not from a god?
027 87/18-19: "And this is in the Books of the earliest revelations - the Books of Abraham and Moses." But according to the Quran there always have been revelations from Allah to man. Homo Sapiens - man - developed perhaps 200ooo years ago. And he started in earnest on the road to modern man 60-70ooo (64000?) years ago. Abraham lived - if he ever did - some 3800-4000 years ago and Moses some 3300-3400 years ago - if he ever lived. How can their claimed books (see 87/19a-c below) be the earliest ones - tens and may be hundreds of thousands of years after the first humans, and thus the first prophets according to the Quran? Not to mention; how can Moses have had of the oldest ones, when there according to the Quran were earlier prophets even in Arabia? (Moses talked about them according to the Quran - not according to the Bible - so they had to be earlier).
*028 87/19a: “The Books of Abraham - - - ”. Abraham had no books according to science – and definitely not in plural. Besides a nomad of 4000 years ago hardly knew how to read. (There exists, though, “The Testament of Abraham” – a very much made up (apocryphal) scripture named after Abraham only.) As Abraham hardly had any books, the Quranic stuff cannot have been in them - unless Islam for once produces a proof.
029 87/19b: (YA6094): "There is a book in Greek, which has been translated by Mr. G.H. Box, called the Testament of Abraham (published by the Society for the Promotion of Christian knowledge, London, 1927). It seems to be a Greek translation of a Hebrew original. The Greek text was probably written in the second Christian century, in Egypt (then mainly a Christian country*), but in its present form it probably goes back only to the 9th or 10t century. It was popular among the Christians. Perhaps the Jewish Midrash also refers to a Testament of Abraham".
What do you think about this book and about Abraham and books when you read this?
And what do you think about Muslim way of "informing" people when we add that this is an apocryphal - made up - book, a fact which is well known, so well that there is no chance a learned man like Muhammad Yusuf Ali did not know about it - - - without mentioning this fact even with a whisper in his comment. This kind of dishonesty you meet a little too often in Islamic religious literature.
030 87/19c: "The Books of Moses - - -". If Moses ever lived and had a life like told in the books, it is quite possible he knew how to read. But outside the never documented claims in the Quran, there is not one single reference anywhere to that he had any book, until he himself wrote down the laws dictated by Yahweh (sometimes called the Book of Covenance") - later parts of the so-called "Books of Moses", which it is likely Muhammad referred to. But the "Books of Moses" in reality was not written until long time later, according to science - and they are just the same today like then according to science, and anyone who wants, may read them and see for himself that you do not find much like in the Quran there.
031 87/19d: "The books of Moses - - -". (YA6095): "The original Revelation of Moses, of which the Present Pentateuch is a surviving recension - - -". This deserves no comment, except that it is written by the same man who wrote the comment in 87/19b above. For your information: He is reckoned to be a top scholar and writer in Islam. When he writes things like this, how serious are then the lesser Muslim scholars?
Surah 87: Sub-total: 31 + 20.392 = 20.423 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".