Muhammad in the Quran, Vol. 3: Chapter 57


FLATTERY

Flattery is efficient - especially when used against uneducated and/or naive believers. Muhammad’s use of among other techniques flattery to get away from requests for proofs for his claims, tells something. This especially so as he himself frequently or always demanded proofs from opponents, so that it is clear that he meant proofs were essential - and all the same he was unable to prove even a comma regarding his central religious claims - and hardly any of the less central claims, too.

Also his use of flattery to attract or keep followers tells something.

Some samples from the Quran:

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001 2/118a: “Say those without knowledge: ‘Why speaketh not Allah unto us? Or why cometh not unto us a Sign?” As said first in this quotation: So say those without knowledge - and who wants to be said to be reckoned to be without knowledge? Hidden but efficient flattery of his followers - efficient at least among uneducated primitives. This is one of the many fast-talks Muhammad had to use to get away from questions and demands for proving what he told - he was unable to prove anything of any consequence concerning his religion, and blind faith was the demand. But who has least knowledge - the ones in blind faith, or the ones knowing that in most aspects of life, the surest way to be cheated, is to be blind and to be naive?

002 2/151h: "- - - in Scripture and Wisdom, and in new Knowledge." So "new knowledge" (the Quran) that it is clear much of it is wrong. And is it then wisdom? But psychologically it was wise to talk about knowledge. Who especially among uneducated, naive primitives is not influenced by idols - hardly heroes, but idols - telling them they have knowledge?

003 2/164g: “- - - in the beasts of all kinds that He (Allah*) scatters through the earth - - - indeed are Signs for a people that are wise.” Indeed, this people from different religions have tried for x years to prove what their god(s) - not just Allah - did. Till this day none has proved one iota of it - perhaps with the exception of in the Bible - - - if the Bible is true. Included some flattery - see 2/164d above and 13/3j below.

004 2/164h: “- - - in the change of the winds - - - are Signs for a people who are wise.” Actually it is no bad slogan - who wants to admit he is not wise? But it is all just and only words. Where are the proofs? Change of the winds is very natural - deriving from differences in the air pressure, temperatures, and from hindrances - but it costs nothing to say “my god did it”. Flattery added - see 2/164d above and 13/3j below.

*005 2/164i: “- - - (in*) the clouds which they (the winds*) trail like their slaves between the sky and the earth - (here) indeed are Signs for a people that are wise”. And here also are possibilities to bluff naïve, uneducated people - especially if they are susceptible to flattery. Or if they are blind from religion and wishful thinking. But bluff is one of the hallmarks of deceivers and cheaters. Added some flattery – it often works (see 2/164c above and 13/3jbelow).

006 2/164l: "- - - people that are wise". Flattery of this kind you find many places in the Quran. It works especially well on persons who are not too wise. See 13/3j below.

007 2/197h: "- - - O ye that are wise". Notice the flattery - see 13/3j below. Muhammad often used this kind of flattery in the Quran.

008 2/269c: "- - - but none will grasp the Message (Islam*) but men with understanding". Flattery - and the whip: Of course I want to be a man of understanding, so I have to grasp it - at least to pretend so. The carrot: I have to grasp it, because I want to be a man of understanding. The threat: I cannot oppose, because then people will believe I am not a man of understanding. Good psychology - Muhammad understood human nature.

009 3/7f: "Those firmly grounded in knowledge - - -". See 26/83a below.

010 3/7h: "- - - and none will grasp the Message, except men of understanding". Psychology - who does not want to have the reputation of being a man of understanding? - especially so the naive and uneducated ones. Also see 13/3jbelow.

011 3/13c: "- - - such as have eyes to see". Flattery. See 13/3j below.

012 3/18c: "- - - those endued with knowledge - - -". = good Muslims. Non-religious knowledge had little value. It was the religious knowledge - Islam - which counted. And this so strictly that intellectual activity outside Islam and related subjects became more or less prohibited, with the final close down in 1095 AD with the book "The Incoherence of the Philosophers" by "the greatest Muslim after Muhammad", al-Ghazali. (It took some 100 years more in the far west.) Also see 13/3j below.

013 3/118h: "- - - if ye have wisdom". A psychologically well chosen claim - who wants to admit or be accused of not having wisdom? See 13/3j below

014 3/190a: "Behold, in the creation of the heavens (plural and wrong*) and the earth, and the alternation of Night and Day, there are indeed Signs for men of understanding -". The Quran frequently disuses natural phenomenon as claimed "signs"/proofs for Allah, etc. But for one thing they all are instinctively invalid, as any priest in any religion can say just the same about his/her god(s) - without proofs it just is cheap, valueless words. And for another they also are totally invalid logically as long as Islam does not prove Allah really made the heaven and the Earth and the night and day. Even worse: Who needs to use bluffs and invalid arguments? - mainly the cheat and deceiver.

All the same: This is flattery towards his followers, who believed in Muhammad's words.

015 3/190c: "- - - for men of understanding - - -". As for "men of understanding": Flattery is cheap – but often works (see 13/3j above).

*016 3/190e: “- - - (and in*) the alternation of Night and Day, there are indeed Signs for men of understanding - - -”. Who - especially of uneducated people - does not like to hear they are persons of understanding? - or are reluctant to be classified as one of no understanding? But all the same: This simply is a natural phenomenon. No god has anything to do with night and day unless the opposite is proved - and statements of the opposite need documentation. Added some flattery – it is cheap and often works well, especially if the audience consists of a little naïve persons eager to believe. Well:

  1. The first possible conclusion a man of understanding can make here is: Muhammad had no valid arguments – if he had had real and true arguments, he had not had to use invalid ones.
  2. The other possible conclusion a man of understanding can make from this, is that something is seriously wrong. Wrong information, invalid logic, contradictions "en masse", and sometimes lies, after all are the hallmarks of a deceiver, a cheat, and a swindler.

Also see 2/39b above.

017 5/100c: "- - - ye that understand - - -". This and similar expressions are used in the Quran as name for Muslims, indicating that intelligent persons believe in Islam. A good argument especially talking to the less intelligent ones. Besides: Flattery often works - also see 13/3j below.

018 6/97d: "- - - for people who know." This is quite an ironic sentence, as the stars hardly were made for the purpose of being beacons for people on tiny Tellus (Earth) for an (astronomically) short time. But there is psychology behind the words: Who does not want to be reckoned among knowing, intelligent people - and who wants to admit he/she does not belong to those? Flattery often works. Flattery often is good and cheap psychology.

019 6/98f: "- - - people who understand". But who is it who really understands? - the one who can be flattered into admitting or accepting Muhammad and his religion? - or he who really thinks thing over and find out what is right and what must be wrong? Also see 6/97d above.

020 6/105d: "- - - those who know". Psychology. The expression indicates it is a truth accepted by the learned ones - though it in reality only is a not proved claim. And in addition: Who wants to admit he/she has no knowledge?

022 9/11g: "- - - for those who understand". This is a psychologically good trick: Flattery. You who believe in my teachings and follow me, are the intelligent ones who understand things. Who do not like to hear they are wise - especially among the uneducated and naive ones?

*023 10/5b: “It is He (Allah*) who made the sun to be a shining glory - - - (Thus) doth He explain His Signs in detail, for those who understand”. Those who understand know that the sun is a shining glory because of radioactive activity inside it - a fact Muhammad did not know. If Islam insists it is Allah who causes it - not just a god, but Allah - they will have to prove it, not just use megalomaniac, but lose statements. Added flattery often gives good effect for cheap money when talking to uneducated, naive listeners. But an unproved claim still is an unproved claim - and an unreliable "explanation" for Muhammad's followers.

024 12/2g: "- - - before this (the surahs of the Quran*), thou too (Muslims*) wast among those who knew it (the religion?*) not". Comment A12/3: "(The Arab words "la'allakum ta'qilun" here*) are meant to impress upon everyone who listens to or reads the Quran that its appeal is directed, primarily, to man's reason, and that the "feeling" alone can never provide a sufficient basis of faith". Muhammad understood psychology and used similar claims rather frequently - impressing on his followers that "you are intelligent who understand and follow my teachings" -  to be told they are wise and intelligent is flattering, especially for uneducated and/or naive persons. #### But if Islam had been based on knowledge and peoples' intelligence and reason, it had disappeared fast and become a bloody comma and a sample of peoples' incredible ability to believe in spite of knowledge and facts and their as incredible ability to be blind to everything they do not want to see. Islam rests on the gut feeling that what my parents and everyone else told me was right when I was a child and later, and what all my surroundings and imams claim is the truth, is the truth - "taqlid" simply - and the mistakes in the Quran are just that the others do not know anything or do not understand that the "explanations" mean there are no mistakes anyhow, and the facts other points to are just lies from "Muslim-haters", and, therefore, there is no reason to check or think over facts not consistent with Islam. The same goes for its partly horrible moral code.

(There is much in that moral code - and Islam only have a moral code, no moral philosophy, as everything has to be done like Muhammad said or did - which is far from the basis for all real inter-human moral: "Do unto others like you want others do unto you".)

###025 12/111a: “This (the Quran*) is - - - instruction for men endued with understanding.” It may be so – many Muslim thinkers and learned men were and are intelligent men. But to what avail? – when you give even the most intelligent persons wrong information from the start, their conclusions inevitably become just mistakes and errors, no matter how intelligent they are. To quote late Henrik Ibsen in “Peer Gynt”: “Naar utgangspunktet er som galest, blir resultatet tidt originalest” – which means something like ”when the facts you use are really wrong, the result frequently becomes very 'original’”. Also: "Correct facts multiplied by one student give a better answer than false facts multiplied by a number of wise men".

026 13/3c: “And He (Allah*) it is Who spread out the earth - - - verily in these things there are Signs for those who consider”. There had been, if Muhammad had documented it really was Allah who did it.

027 13/3f: “(Allah set on the Earth*) mountains standing firm - - - verily in these things are Signs for those who consider”. Mountains are not set, but grow - and they grow from tectonic or volcanic activity, not from the work of a god, unless a god proves this wrong. But the mission of the mountains according to the Quran, is that they stand firm and stabilizes Earth so it do not start wobbling and tips over. (Muslims normally claim the books means it stabilizes against earthquakes, but this is what the Quran really says, not earthquakes. Besides even this Muslims "explanation" is wrong - mountains have no stabilizing effect against earthquakes - on the contrary sometimes).

028 13/3i: "Behold, verily in these things are signs for those who consider!" Correct - all the mistakes only in this small verse are clear signs for those who consider - a clear message: Something is very wrong.

029 13/3j: "- - - for those who consider- - -". Flattery is a nice and inexpensive tool to use - and it often works, especially among the ones not trained in critical thinking or not able to consider things thoroughly. Muhammad frequently used this kind of flattery; "if you believe and accept, you are among the wise ones with knowledge who are able to understand". What naive soul does not want to be among the wise ones? - not to mention; who wants to show his/her neighbors that he/she is too stupid to understand what Muhammad said and claimed? Psychology is a nice thing when one understands how to use and disuse it. Flattery is among the cheapest of means to influence and cheat people – as cheap as lies and invalid “signs” and “profs”, and easier to use, as it needs less thinking for the cheater. Also see 16/11e below (and 11/7a above.)

030 13/4b: "Behold, verily in these things are signs for those who understand!" Correct - ####all the mistakes only in the small verse above are clear signs for those who consider and understand, not to mention those who consider all the errors and worse + the few(?) lies in the Quran - a clear message: Something is very wrong. Also see13/2m above.

##### One has to be extremely naive or brainwashed not to consider the fact that a man who had a moral code which accepted and in some cases even promoted the use of dishonesty as working tools, and a man who wanted respect and power and women, not also could deceive his followers a little - or more.

031 13/5a: "If thou dost marvel (at their want of faith) - - -". No we do not. It is easy to understand that intelligence and real knowledge make it difficult to believe in a book with that much wrong, and told only by that kind of a man. But we marvel at the believers - not at their belief, because belief always is possible, especially by the naive, the uneducated with little knowledge, or the brain washed. But we marvel at many peoples' ability to believe without even checking the truth of what they believe in - yes, taking pride in believing without ever checking if what they believe in can be true! - taking pride in believing blindly without ever thinking over that blind belief is blind! And as bad: Believing not because of proofs, but in spite of proofs of things being wrong! Sometimes a little flattery is all which is needed to make them take the bait.

032 13/19h: "It is those who are endued with understanding that receive admonition - - -". Where does that leave blindly believing Muslims?

033 14/52c: "- - - men of understanding - - -". See 13/3j above.

###034 16/11e: "- - - for those who give thought". Muhammad often used such small snippets of psychology - like here: "If you are intelligent, you understand and agree with me". Who does not want to be intelligent, especially among the uneducated, naive and/or primitive ones? - and who among such people has the strength to face down such a remark from a leader? Also see 13/3j above.

035 16/12c: “- - - verily this (sun, moon, stars, day, night*) are Signs for men that are wise.” Flattery - and invalid unless it is proved that these really are signs for Allah - words and claims are cheap. See 13/3j and 16/11e above.

036 16/13d: "- - - for men who celebrate the praise of Allah (in gratitude)". Among strong believers flattery of similar or a kind related to 16/11b above. See 13/3j above.

037 16/27e: "Those endued with knowledge - - -". A flattering way for Muhammad to say "good Muslims". See 13/3j and 16/11e above.

038 16/67d: “- - - in this (fruits, etc.*) also is a Sign for those who are wise”. Wrong. See 16/65c and 16/65e above.

039 16/67e: "- - - those who are wise". See 13/3j and 16/11e above.

040 16/69d: "- - - those who give thought". See 13/3j and 16/11e above.

041 20/54c: “- - - for men endued with understanding.” See 13/3j above.

042 20/128e: "- - - for men endued with understanding". Muhammad knew how to flatter naive and uneducated followers - flattery was one of his means. See 13/3j above.

043 21/67b: "Have ye (non-Muslims*) no sense (believing in other gods than Allah*)". Muhammad often pretended that to believe in Allah is logical if you are intelligent - for who does not like to be reckoned among the intelligent ones, especially if you are not very intelligent. He also used to pretend Allah was a proved fact, without the slightest proof. You meet varieties of these arguments not a few places in the Quran. Also see 13/3j above.

044 23/30b: "Verily, in this there are signs (for men who understand) - - -". See 13/3j above.

045 24/44c: "- - - verily in these things (natural phenomena*) is an instructive example for those who have vision". The only instructive proofs we with plenty of vision gets from arguments and "proofs" like this, is that Muhammad could prove nothing - if he had had any real proof or proofs, there had been no reason to use fast-talk and loose claims or flattery any believer in any religion can use free of charge.

046 27/52c: "Verily, in this is a Sign for people of knowledge". Flattery works - especially if people have little knowledge. (Muhammad pretty often uses this kind of flattery. It at the same time "tells" that his new religion was for the intelligent ones and thus had to be ok.) Also see 13/3j above and 40/75 below.

047 28/60b: "- - - will ye (non-Muslims*) not then be wise (and become Muslims*)?" Wrong. The wise thing to do is not blind belief, but first to check if a religion can be true. It often is difficult to prove that a religion is true - actually only the god himself can prove this. But sometimes facts shows that it cannot be true, though Islam is the only one of the big religions which itself directly proves that something is seriously wrong, to say it politely - to blame a god for a book with so much mistakes, contradictions, invalid logic, etc. on a god, is an insult, slander and heresy. And if there is no god behind Muhammad and the Quran, what then is Islam?

But "be wise" = one of Muhammad's frequently ways of flattering his followers - they are wise who believe in Muhammad.

048 29/35b: "- - - people who (care to) understand". This kind of indicated flattery you meet many places in the Quran. Muhammad knew and understood people - and how to manipulate them.

049 29/49e: "- - - those endowed with knowledge - - -". Comment YA3479: "'Knowledge' ('ilm) means both power of judgment in discerning the value of truth and acquaintance with previous revelations." As we have mentioned several places, words like knowledge in Islam only means knowledge related to religion and the Quran/Islam. Other knowledge was "foreign knowledge" and unwanted (and more or less came to an end in Muslim area in 1095 AD - a century later in the far vest - with the book "The Incoherence of the Philosophers" by "the greatest Muslim after Muhammad", al-Ghazali.

Besides YA here is wrong: "Knowledge" represents the facts. The rest - the ability to evaluate the knowledge - is "wisdom".

050 30/21e: "- - - for those who reflect". Again Muhammad's smart and psychologically correct use of hidden flattering. Here is indicated: This is intelligent stuff for the intelligent - it must be true. And: If I understand or pretend I understand this, I may be reckoned among the wise ones. And: If I oppose or tell I do not understand, others may think I am not very sharp. Muhammad knew how to handle people - professional salesmen like he used to be, often do. Also see 13/3j above.

051 30/24e: “- - - (Allah*) gives life to the earth (by means of water*) after it is dead: verily, in that are Signs for those who are wise”. As soon as dry earth gets water and the other necessities, roots and seeds automatically start growing - god or no god. There is no proof in this for anything but that nature is resilient. Anyone who is wise will demand proofs before believing anything else. And again some flattery of the reader at the end.

052 30/24h: "- - - those who are wise". See 13/3j and 30/21e above.

053 30/28e: "- - - a people who understand". See 13/3j and 30/21e above.

054 30/56a: "- - - those endued with knowledge and faith - - -". Muslims.

055 31/32d: "But none reject Our (Allah's*) Signs except only a perfidious ungrateful (wretch)!" There is at least one grouper more: The ones who are intelligent enough and with enough knowledge to see that none of the so-called signs or proofs tells anything clear at all about Allah, unless it is proved he really causes the effects. Totally without any logical value, and something anyone can say about his/her god(s) free of charge.

*056 35/28a: “Those truly fear Allah - - - who have knowledge - - -“. The fact is that it is more common to be religious if you have little knowledge and/or intelligence (but of course this is a good way of flattering and attracting the naïve and the uneducated). And the Quran also proves that somewhere there was/is a huge lack of correct knowledge – and consequently that something is seriously wrong with the book and hence with the religion. But flattery is wise.

057 38/29f: “Here is a Book (the Quran*) which We (Allah*) have sent down unto thee (Muhammad*), - - - that they (people*) may mediate on its Signs, and that men of understanding - - -”. What follower would ever admit he was not a man of understanding? - especially if he had little knowledge? But in the Quran there is not one valid sign specifically proving Allah. Not one single. And what is then this “proof” worth for Islam? - negative and less than nothing, because one starts wondering what kind of god - or man - uses invalid proofs?

058 38/43b: "- - - for all who have Understanding". See 13/3j above.

059 39/9e: “Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know?” Statements and questions like this is a psychological efficient way to build up a belief in “our” own superiority and the opponents’ inferiority and badness. Many dictators frequently use similar techniques - be it countries or organizations. The not too intelligent and/or those with limited education mostly do not understand they are manipulated. Also there is another point: What is the situation if the Quran is a made up book? - a relevant question as no book with so much wrong is from any god.

060 39/9f: "- - - those who know - - -". Muslims - names for Muslims always are neutral or positive in the Quran. Or flattering like here.

061 39/9k: “It is those who are endued with understanding that receives admonition”. This is another efficient way of manipulating: Flattery. Especially the ones not endued with too much understanding - moderate intelligence and/or education (and in this case religious education and other education that does not include education in critical thinking do not count) - easily like to believe things like this. It makes their self esteem swell. And if other groups in addition are said to be inferior to them, that surely does not hurt their self esteem either.

062 39/9l: “- - - those who are endued with understanding - - -". Muslims.

063 39/18g: "- - - those (Muslims*) are the ones endued with understanding". If the Quran is from a god, the understanding - the religion - is correct. If it is not from a god, the understanding is wrong. And no god ever made a book that full of mistaken facts, contradictions, etc. etc. NB: Also see 13/3j.

064 39/21f: "Truly, in this, is a Message of remembrance for men of understanding." Yes - but only if the Quran is telling the truth on this point. There are many points which are wrong in the book - too many by far for that it can be from any god - which men of understanding easily see. And NB: It is a strange message if this claim about the rain - and other claims - is wrong. (For some reason or other Islam and its Muslims seldom claim that Islam is the religion of honesty.)

065 39/21g: "- - - men of understanding". See 13/3j above.

066 39/42g: "- - - for those who reflect". See 13/3j above.

067 40/55b: "- - - men of Understanding". Hidden flattery - see 13/3j above.

068 41/3f: "- - - for people who understand - - -". Psychologically correct soft pressure - who, especially among the naive ones - wants to be outside the ones who understand things? - and as psychologically correct flattery; who - especially among the naive ones - does not like to hear they are among the ones who understand things? Muhammad uses this kind of psychology quite a lot in the Quran - he was intelligent, and he understood people. See 13/3j above.

##069 45/5a: “And the alternation of the Night and Day - - - are Signs for those who are wise”. Not unless Islam proves it is Allah who alternates night and day. They may say that Allah made the physical laws - but then they will have to prove this - - - “strong claims demand strong proofs and words are cheap”. And of course they will have to compete with all other religions trying to say and do the same, with the same cheap words. Words are cheap as long as you do not have to prove them - and very little in the Quran is proved.

But "wise" = flattery of the believers.

###In Islam the educated ones in reality know nothing is proved (for humans to prove a god is impossible - only a god can do that, and Allah never proved anything, and Muhammad only gave fast-talk, in spite of serious requests). The defense is that “any intelligent person can see from the texts in the Quran that they have to be sent down by an omniscient god” (!!). For one thing such claims are mumbo-jumbo, and for another all the mistakes and all the invalid “proofs” etc. disapprove this. The second line of defense is that it is “primitive” thinking to have to rely on proofs!!! (f.x. in “The Message of the Quran” that on top of all is “certified” by a top university - Al-Ahzar in Cairo). The reality is the 180-degree opposite: It is primitive - and naïve - thinking to accept so - and so often - loose claims and often obviously wrong and unlikely statements without some sorts of proofs. Also see 11/7a above.

We also may quote science: "It takes a Muslims (blind*) belief to be able to believe that the quality of the texts in the Quran proves that the book is from a god" (it is not high quality litterateur with f.x. all its repetitions, errors, invalid logic, etc.)

070 45/5i: "- - - for those who are wise". See 13/3j above.

071 45/13e: "- - - in that are Signs for those who reflect." Yes, for those who reflects AND use their knowledge and their brain, there are clear signs for that something is seriously wrong with the Quran, and thus with Islam.

But note the flattery - one of Muhammad's methods.

072 50/37d: "- - - for any that has - - - understanding - - -". Flattery - Muhammad uses such half hidden flattery many places in the Quran. See 13/3j above.

073 63/8c: "But the honor belongs to Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad*) - - -". If the Quran is true - yes. If the Quran is made up - and with all those mistakes, etc., it is from no god - what honor is there in leading people astray? - especially if there somewhere should happen to exist a real god and a real paradise they are forced away from? A possible devil in case will honor you, but who in his right mind else will do so?

074 63/8h: "But the honor belongs to - - - the Believers - - -". Is behavior like the dark ones of Islam - behavior Muhammad and his Quran often demanded and demand - worthy of honor? But flattery may work no matter.

075 64/16d: "- - - they (good Muslims*) are the ones that achieve prosperity". If the Quran tells the full truth and only the truth - and with no mistakes.

076 65/10d: "- - - O ye men of understanding - - -". See 13/3j above.

077 72/4a: "There are some foolish ones among us (Jinns*), who used to utter extravagant lies against Allah". You had to be foolish not to believe in Muhammad: A never proved argument with a double effect: "All non-Muslims are foolish", and that is the reason why they do not accept Muhammad - the explanation is not that they know or understand things we do not know or are unable to see or understand (which for many was the real reason). And: "We Muslims are the only wise ones", and who does not want to be counted among the wise ones - especially if you are not very wise?

078 77/44c: "- - - Doers of Good". Beware that when the Quran uses expressions like this, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code.

079 89/5c: "- - - those who understand - - -". Flattery, see 13/3j above.

080 98/7a: "Those who have faith and do righteous deeds - they are the best of creatures". Shall we repeat some of the atrocities, inhumanities, dishonesties, etc. the Quran's - and thus Islam's - moral code, ethical cod, sharia law, etc. permits or even sometimes demands. If such people are the best, we hope never to meet a slightly bad one.

Sub-total Chapter 57 = 80 + 5.376 = 5.456.


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