1000+ Comments on the Quran: Surah 89 -- AL-FAJR (The Break of Day)
20 June 2012
Revelation: Mecca, 611 - 615 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 89/1a: “By the break of Day”. Sentences in the Quran starting with "by" normally are oaths - the Quran is swearing by something, here by the break of Day. Also see 89/1-4 below.
003 89/1b: (A89/1): “By the break of Day”. But the Arab word “fajr” – does it only mean the literal daybreak? Hardly. And thus Muslims have found at least one more meaning: It “apparently symbolizes man’s spiritual awakening - - -.” Pick your choice.
004 89/1-4a: "By - - -". A sentence in the Quran starting with "by" normally is an oath - here it seems that the Quran swears in irritation over verse 5. But whenever Muhammad or the Quran swears - or in other ways promises - remember that according to the rules for al-Taqiyya (the lawful lie) and Kitman (the lawful half-truth), it is permitted to lie to defend and to forward Islam (and for 6-8 other broad topics), and also that according to Muhammad's own words and deeds in the Quran, oaths should be broken if that will give a more satisfying result.
005 89/1-4b: "By - - -". In all these 4 verses Allah/Muhammad swears - 4 very clear proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god, and for that Jesus and Muhammad is not in the same line of anything of any consequence: The NT very clearly states that you shall not swear at all (Matt 5/34), and it is clear that if you do so all the same, you have to honor your oath, whereas in the Quran you can break any oath if that gives a better result - pay expiation if necessary (but to be fair: The Quran advises not to break a confirmed oath (!) if there is not a good reason. To break other oaths matters little.)
006 89/2: (A89/1): “By (indicating an oath - see 89/1-4 above*) the Nights twice five (= 10*)”. Does this refer to the ten last days of the lunar month Ramadan when Muhammad is said to have had his first revelation? – or the ten first days of the lunar month “dhu ‘l-hidjejah” when the hajj rituals take place? Or perhaps something else? Islam does not know. But they state very strongly that the language of the Quran is so distinct and clear, that the very clarity is a proof for that it is made by a god. In that case: What do all the hundreds of unclear points in the book prove?
007 89/3: (A89/2): “By (indicating an oath - see 89/1-4 above*) the Even and the odd (contrasted) - - -“: Or another translation: “Consider the multiple and the One!” – already some difference. Literal meaning: “The even and the odd” or “the one” – both are possible. But the main thing is that Muslims and Islam in addition do not know what the book is talking about. They guess for this or that, but it is just educated guesswork – sometimes rather “elevated”. Is that “clear talk”?
008 89/4: (A89/3): “And by (indicating an oath - see 89/1-4 above*) the Night when it passeth away - - -.” Is this talk about the literal night or the enlightenment from spiritual “darkness”? Islam does not know – but prefer the last interpretation as an educated guess. But does all this guesswork indicate a clear and distinct language in the Quran? There is only one possible answer: No. What is worse: All Muslim scholars have to know this, as it is very easy to see for any intelligent person with some knowledge about the Quran, that many, many points are unclear (and absolutely all Muslim scholars know that the real meaning of many, many points in the book are debated) And all the same they tell their “flocks” and the world that the language in the Quran is clear, exact, easy to understand and impossible to misunderstand. Honesty in religion? – and what if all these irregularities add up to that Islam is a made up religion (all the mistakes, etc. makes it 100% clear that it at least is not made by any omniscient god) and all the Muslims have been cheated or threatened and thus prevented from looking for if there exist a real religion and one or more real god(s)? The misled followers in case are in for a rude waking up in the possible next life. And the misleaders? Well, at least many of them have had a good life here on Earth.
009 89/5a: "Is there (not) in these (verses 1-4*) an adjuration (or evidence) for those who understand?" No, there is not. There exists nowhere any proof at all for Allah or for Islam or for Muhammad - why do you think Muhammad and Islam so much glorifies blind belief and are so aggressive if anyone says that Muhammad is not reliable like a holy saint? If there had existed the smallest proof, Islam had long since seen to it that every person on Earth had known it.
010 89/5b: "- - - those who understand - - -". Muslims.
011 89/5c: "- - - those who understand - - -". Flattery, see 13/3j above.
012 89/6a: "- - - the 'Ad (people) - - -". A tribe from old Arab folklore. It may or may not have existed. But if it ever existed, it is highly unlikely it came to an end in the way the Quran describes - unless Islam produces some proofs for once.
013 89/6b: "- - - the 'Ad (people) - - -". A historical anomaly.
014 89/7: (YA6114): “- - - Iram - - -“. Is this the name of a city? – the capital of Ad in case? Or is it the name of a man – an old hero (from Ad?)? Islam does not know. But there is a difference between a city and a man.
015 89/9a: "- - - Thamud - - -". A tribe from old Arab folklore. Muhammad said they were eradicated by Allah because of sins, but this he said about all tribes from old folklore, empty buildings and ruins. It is unlikely to be true, unless Islam for once brings at least one proof.
016 89/9b: "- - - Thamud - - -". A historical anomaly.
017 89/9c: "- - - cut (huge) rocks in the valley - - -". There are old cave dwellings in some mountains north of Medina. The Thamud tribe may - may - have lived there .
018 89/10a: "And with Pharaoh, lord of stakes - - -" Pharaoh Ramses II - the pharaoh of Moses. The stakes here is said to refer to the stakes used to hold up the tents. But Ramses II absolutely did not live in any tent. (Muslim scholars explain or "explain" it with that it is an old Arab expression for respect - many stakes = large tent = mighty person.)
019 89/10b: "- - - Pharaoh (Ramses II*) - - -". A historical anomaly.
020 89/11: "- - - transgressed - - -". Beware that when the Quran uses words like this, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code.
021 89/13: "Therefore did thy (Muslims*) Lord (Allah*) pour on them ('Ad, Thamud, Pharaoh Ramses II, etc.) a scourge - - -". Muhammad claimed that the inhabitants of all ruins in and around Arabia and in all tales about earlier people in Arab folklore + Ramses II and his people, were killed by Allah because they had sinned against him. In case this is true, Allah is a far more bloody and revengeful god than Yahweh - but science has a number of other explanations for their disappearances (in a harsh and warlike land there really are other possible explanations - this even more so as Muhammad as normal never proved anything about his claims on this point, just like on most other points).
022 89/14: "For thy (Muslims'/people's*) Lord (Allah*) is (as a Guardian) - - -". We are back to the old fact: Not unless he exists - and in this case also not unless he in addition is a good and benevolent god.
023 89/15a: "Now, as for man, when his Lord (Allah*) trieth him - - -". A trial only was possible if Allah exists (but if he does, a trial was possible no matter if Allah is a god or something else dressed up like a god - actually the last explanation in case is most likely, as there is no reason for an omniscient god to try anyone, as he knows everything already, and even more so if he also predestines everything).
024 89/15b: "Now, as for man, when his Lord (Allah*) trieth him - - -". The old question to this unanswered enigma: Why did - and does - an omniscient god need do try his followers when he according to many places in the Quran knows well their innermost self?
025 89/16: "But when He (Allah) trieth him (man*) - - -". See 89/15a+b just above.
026 89/17-20: Different reasons for why non-Muslims or no good Muslims will end in Hell.
027 89/19: "- - - devour inheritance - - -". Beware that it is unlikely Muhammad here talks about your own inheritance. It is likely he means the inheritance belonging to orphans whom you take care of.
028 89/21: "hen the Earth is pounded to powder - - -". The Day of Doom.
029 89/22: "- - - (the day) thy (people's*) Lord (Allah*) cometh, and His angels - - -". The Day of Doom.
030 89/22: "And thy (people’s*) Lord (Allah*) commeth - - -". Often claimed, never proved - - - and not possible unless Allah do exist (see 89/15a above).
031 89/23: "- - - that Day - - -". The Day of Doom.
032 89/24: "- - - (deeds*) sent forth - - -". Good or bad deeds you have made in this life - deeds which will count for the decision on whether you will end in Paradise or Hell.
033 89/25a: "- - - Chastisement - - -". See 3/77b above.
034 89/25b: "- - - that Day - - -". The Day of Doom.
035 89/27a: "- - - the righteous - - -". Muslims.
036 89/27b: "- - - righteous - - -". Beware that when the Quran uses words like this, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code.
037 89/28: "- - - thy (people's*) Lord (Allah*) - - -". If he exists and if he is a god, and if the Quran in addition has explained his relationship to man correctly.
038 89/29: "- - - My (Allah's*) devotees - - -". See 89/28 just above - except if he exists, it is possible to be his devotees no matter whether he belongs to the good or the dark forces.
039 89/30: "- - - My (Allah's*) Heaven - - -". See 89/28 above. As for the heaven see 10/9f above.
Surah 89: Sub-total: 39 + 20.449 = 20.488 comments.
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