1000+ Comments on the Quran: Surah 90 -- AL-BALAD (The City)

Revelation: Mecca, 614 - 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 90/1: "I (Allah*) do call to witness this City - - -". But why does an omniscient god need witnesses?

003 90/1-2: (A90/1): “I (Allah?*) do call to witness this City (Mecca?*) – and thou (Muhammad?*) art a freeman of this City - - -.” This is the most common interpretation according to Muslims. But it also is possible to read it like this: “I (Allah or Muhammad*) call to witness this land (may be all the Earth*) in which thou (Muslims or man) are free to dwell - - -“. A clear and distinct language in the Quran?

004 90/4a: "Verily - - -". See f. ex. 81/19a above.

005 90/4b: "Verily, We (Allah*) have created man - - -". Often claimed in the Quran - never proved. Like everything else in that book. But see 6/2b above.

006 90/8-11: "Have He (Allah*) not made for him (man*) a pair of eyes? - and a tongue, and a pair of lips? - - - " See 11/7a above.

007 90/10: "- - - the two highways - - -". The road to Paradise and the road to Hell.

008 90/12: "- - - the path that is steep - - -". Here it is said that the road to paradise is difficult - in contrast to most places in the Quran talking about the straight road, giving the impression that it is an obvious and easy road.

009 90/12-13: “And what will explain to thee (Muhammad/Muslims*) the path that is steep (in the meaning ascending fast, not that it is hard to walk?*)? – (It is): freeing the bondman, or giving of food in a day of privation (and some other things*) - - -.” To set free a slave was a good thing – but the main argument and the main moral (?) reason was not to help a fellow human, but to gain merit with Allah. With other words: To help yourself now for the coming next life.

010 90/13: "(It is:) freeing a bondman - - -". (A90/7): "- - - the latter term (bondman*) covering all those forms of subjugation and exploitation - social, economical or political - which can be rightly described as 'slavery'" Does this include the subjugation of all non-Muslims, the exploitation of them by means of extra tax, often very heavy of them, and refusing them any political and most other rights, which is the official goal for the Quran and Islam? (f.x. "suppress them till they pay zakat with willing submission").

011 90/13: (A90/7) "(It is:) freeing a bondman - - -". Or does it mean: "(It is) the freeing of one's neck (from the burden of sin)"? Once more this clear language, impossible not to understand, in the Quran.

012 90/13-16: Different good deeds which may help you to reach Paradise.

013 90/15-16: “(A good deed is among others*) the giving of food in a day of privation to the orphans with the claims of relationship.” Take care of the orphans.

014 90/18a: "- - - the Companions of the Right Hand". Muslims bound for Paradise.

015 90/18b: "- - - the Right Hand". In the Old Arabia the right hand was the good and lucky one. (Whereas the left hand was the unlucky one.) Is it a coincident that this superstition also is found in the Quran?

016 90/19a: "- - - those who reject our Signs - - -". One more of Muhammad's many negative names for non-Muslims.

017 90/19b: “- - - Signs - - -.” Invalid as proof for Allah. See 2/39 above.

018 90/19c: "- - - the - - - Companions of the Left Hand". Non-Muslims bound for Hell.

019 90/19d: "- - - the (unhappy) companions of the Left Hand". One of Muhammad's many negative names for non-Muslims.

020 90/19d: "- - - the Left Hand". See 90/18b above.

021 90/20: "On them (non-Muslims*) will be Fire vaulted over (all around)". = They will be in Hell. Also see 3/77b above. 

Surah 90: Sub-total: 21 + 20.488 = 20.509 comments.


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