1000+ Comments on the Quran: Surah 97 -- AL-QADR (The Night of Power and Honor)

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 97/1a: "We (Allah*) has indeed revealed this (message (the Quran*)) - - -". No omniscient god ever was involved in a book of a quality like the Quran.

003 97/1b: "- - - indeed - - -". See f.x. 2/2b and 81/19a above.

004 97/1c: "- - - revealed - - -". Is it revealed or made up? - and in both cases by whom, as no god ever delivered a book of a quality like the Quran?

005 97/1d: (YA6217): “- - - the Night of Power”. This is something mystic for Islam. It may be one of the nights late in the month Ramadan (23., 25. or 27. are often mentioned), or it may be another night – or it may be pure mysticism. Clear language in the Quran?

006 97/2: "- - - the Night of Power - - -". See 97/1c just above.

007 97/3: "- - - the Night of Power - - -". See 97/1c above.

008 97/4a: "Therein come down (to Earth*) the angels - - - by Allah's permission - - -". Remember this the times Muhammad explains that the reason why Allah will not send down angels to prove himself or Muhammad, is that if he sends them down, it will be the Day of Doom. Also see 97/4b just below.

009 97/4b: "Therein come down (to Earth*) the angels - - - by Allah's permission, on every errand - - -". See 97/4a just above. According to this verse can send angels on every errand. In that case it is clear that Muhammad's claim about Day of Doom in this connection is just explaining away something. At least a clear contradiction 010 97/4c:** "- - - the Spirit (Arab "ruh"*) - - -". Chronologically this is the first time the word "ruh" is used in the Quran - and it is one of the many words in the Quran with unclear meaning: See 97/4d and 97/4e below.

011 97/4d: (A16/2 (and A97/4)): "The term "ruh" (lit. "spirit", "soul" or "breath of life") is often used in the Quran in the sense of "inspiration" - and, more particularly, "divine inspiration" - - -". Well, this is one - or actually 4-5 - possible meaning(s). Bur also see 97/4c just below.

012 97/4e: (YA6219): "The Spirit: Usually understood to be the angel Gabriel, the Spirit of Inspiration". Quite another meaning than the one(s) in 97/4b just above.

And in addition: No-one who has ever read the Bible with an open mind, has ever got the idea the Spirit (= the Holy Spirit) was another name for the arch angel Gabriel - to find such a meaning in the Bible, you have to have strong and fixes ideas before you start reading. For one thing it is clear from all contexts that the Holy Spirit is something different from everything else and something special. For another the functions are different - how could f.x. an angel split himself in 12 at Pentecost - or be part of many disciples (the helper Jesus promised them before he left them). And not least: It is very clear that the Bible knows the difference between angles and spirits - there never is a mix-up of those two (also hardly in the Quran - but Muslim scholars have found a "good" idea anyhow, even though it is neither in the Bible, nor in the Quran). The Holy Spirit = Gabriel is not found neither in the Bible nor in the Quran - and is anti-thesis to the contexts and the texts in the Bible. For good measure see 94/4f just below.

013 97/4f: "Therein came down the angels and the Spirit - - -". The (Holy*) Spirit - here like in the Bible - is not an angel, and thus has to be mentioned separately.

Surah 97: Sub-total: 13 + 20.643 = 20.656 comments.

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