Muhammad in the Quran, Vol. 1: Chapter 24
15 Dec. 2015
MUHAMMAD A MERCY?
Islam and Muslims like to claim that Muhammad was a good-hearted, benevolent, and merciful semi saint. It only takes a little reading of the Quran, of the Hadiths, or of Islamic history to see that such a picture is a falsification of history. And as Islamic scholars of course know this better than anybody else, but still paints this caricature picture of the harsh highwayman, warlord, and despot, this tells a lot about their and also Islam's reliability.
There were a few times when it fit his program to be or pretend to be (cfr. his psychological torture of the ones who did not go along on one of his war expeditions) merciful, but guess if that was topped by his most often lack of even a shadow of mercy!!
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001 3/164g: "- - - (Muhammad*) instructing them in Scripture and Wisdom (the Quran*)- - -". There is not much wisdom in a book full of mistakes, contradictions, etc., and as for what there after all is of such; it is not easy - often not possible - to pick out what is wisdom and what is of no value or of negative value, unless you on beforehand have enough wisdom - = intelligence + knowledge - to evaluate every detail which is told to see if it is wisdom or invalid or "unwisdom"/error or worse. And if there all the same are points you are unable to evaluate, you have to lay them aside till you are able to evaluate/check it. That is the only way a wise person can treat a book overflowing with mistakes. But when you already have gained so much wisdom, how much is there then to learn from such a book? (In reality the Quran neither is very "deep", nor containing much knowledge except for religious claims and statements - and undocumented claims and statements may be called hypotheses or theories, but are not knowledge no matter how sure you are that your hypotheses or beliefs are right - knowledge needs some kind of proofs, not necessarily the mathematical 100% ones, but at least the 99.998% ones from natural sciences - empirical proofs).
But one thing which is easy for any wise, not brainwashed, person to see, is that no god would base his religion on a book full of errors - if not for other reasons, then because he had to know that he would be found out sooner or later and lose credibility. A dark force - f.x. a devil - might do it to deceive victims, but if he is wise, he would use as few mistakes as possible to make it difficult for the victims to see the trap (there is an exception if the god permitted the Devil to make up a religion to lure more people to Hell, only on the condition that the trap should be easy to see for persons able to think). A human maker of the book is the only really credible possibility, and this even more so as all the real "knowledge" - right or wrong - in the book, is in exact correspondence to the "knowledge" one had in and around Arabia at the time of Muhammad (this in spite of the many claims Muslims make trying to "prove" that the Quran contains facts that was not known at that time - we have not seen one such till now which is not in reality wishful thinking.) And if there is no god behind the Quran, what then is Islam? - and what about all Muslims in a possible next life if Islam is a made up religion like many others?
Is a man teaching a religion - not to mention a war and blood and dishonesty in deeds and words one - not from any god, a mercy to anyone?
002 6/27a: "If thou (Muslims`) couldst but see them (non-Muslims*) when they are confronted with the Fire!" Psychological pep-talk of a standard kind frequently used by religious and other leaders: "Just wait and see; "they" will be the losers and "we" the winners - and "they" will fare badly. An ever so well known technique - but it often works. You meet this kind of pep-talk MANY places in the Quran - we mention just some of them.
003 9/61f: "(Muhammad*) is a Mercy to those of you who believe (Muslims*)". Muhammad a mercy? - as we have said before: When there is a discrepancy between reality and glorifying words or propaganda, we always believe in reality.
004 9/128b: “- - - to the Believers (Muslims*) is he (Muhammad*) most kind and merciful.” Wrong. It is not kind to incite them and force them to go to war and “kill and be killed” - - - or maimed. It is not kind to incite hate. It is not kind to demand full submission and obedience. And it far from is merciful to mistreat seriously both mentally, morally, and socially the ones who would not go to war for him or in other ways did not obey him in other things. Actually he was about as kind and merciful as Hitler or Mao or “Uncle Stalin” or the aggressive Zulu king Shaka (also written Chaka), or "Red Khmer" - or IS in Syria/Iraq (IS behaves very similar to Muhammad). Read what he demanded and did and ordered and the moral code he introduced, etc. - not the nice words he said about himself, but the reality: His demands, orders and deeds. Was he kind and merciful to his followers? Only a strongly believing or undereducated or naive Muslim is able to answer "yes" to that question. - and then we even have omitted the word "most".
##005 10/47a: “To every people (was sent) a Messenger - - -.” Contradicted by:
- 28/46: “Yet (art thou (Muhammad*) sent) as a Mercy from thy Lord (Allah*), to give warning to a people to whom no warner had come before thee - - -.
- 32/3: “Nay, it is the Truth from thy (Muhammad’s*) Lord (Allah*), that thou mayest admonish to a people to whom no warner has come before thee - - -.”
- 34/44: “But We (Allah*) had not given them (Arabs”*) Books which they could study, nor sent messengers to them before thee (Muhammad*) - - -.”
- 36/6: “In order that thou (Muhammad*) mayest admonish a people (the Arabs*) whose fathers had received no admonition - - -.”
Which verse(s) is/are wrong?
(4 contradictions. Muslims may claim Muhammad was the prophet meant for these people - but in case all the people who had lived in Arabia had been without a messenger - according to the Quran - since the claimed prophets Hud, Salih, and Shu'ayb, etc. = around the time of Lot (roughly 1700 BC) and earlier = some 2ooo+ years earlier.)
006 11/17j: "- - - (the teaching of Muhammad is*) a guide and a mercy - - -". Wrong. A teaching based on a book full of mistakes (or the other way around?) is neither a guide nor a mercy.
007 21/107: “We (Allah*) sent thee (Muhammad*) not, but for a Mercy for all creatures.” Muhammad was not much of a mercy to the world – read the surahs from Medina. Neither was he a mercy for most Muslims – read the surahs from Medina + the verses about women, law, slavery, not to mention the to a large part inhuman ethical and moral codes. 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).
008 28/46d: "Yet (art thou (Muhammad*) sent) as a Mercy - - -". Muhammad was not much of a mercy even to the Arabs - a power and stolen riches, but not a mercy.
009 28/46e: "Yet (art thou (Muhammad*) sent) as a Mercy from thy Lord (Allah*) - - -". Muhammad with his Quran full of errors and mistakes was from no god - and no mercy to even his own people.
- 28/46: “Yet (art thou (Muhammad*) sent) as a Mercy from thy Lord (according to the Quran = Allah*) to give warning to a people to whom no warner (= prophet, messenger*) had come before - - -.” No messenger had they had, even though “every people” had had.
009 64/3c: "- - - to Him (Allah*) is the final goal (at the Day of Doom*)". Often claimed, never proved - one of the many claims in the Quran any believer in any religion can make on behalf of his/her god(s) free of charge, as long as all requests for proofs can be evaded, like Muhammad did.
010 64/5d: (A64/4): "This ('evil results of their conduct') is an allusion to the disasters and the suffering which, as history shows, inevitably befalls on every community or nation bent on rejecting the basic ethical truths and, thus, all standards of morality". A comment which sounds ironic from a religion and a culture which has no ethical philosophy and no moral philosophy (only the question: "What did Muhammad say or do in a similar situation?"). Not to mention: One of the few religions rejecting the standard basic ethical and moral basic rule: "Do to others like you want others do to you".
Sub-total Chapter 24 = 10 + 2.039 = 2.049.
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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".