Muhammad in the Quran, Vol. 3: Chapter 64
15 Dec. 2015
The word "psychology" was not even invented at the time of Muhammad, but there is no doubt he knew a lot about psychology and how to use it. He was an intelligent man and he knew how to handle and lead people. Parts of the Quranic texts (f.x. the self-centerness) may indicate he also was psychopathic, and psychopaths often are intelligent - and clever at leading or misleading people to achieve what they want (in Muhammad's case respect, power, riches for buying more respect and power - and women (he had at least 36 according to science based on Islamic sources.))
Below are some samples, but remember that you find his use of psychology many places, f.x. in many of his pep-talks, not to mention in the fact that he permitted his followers to steal/loot, rape, suppress, take slave, etc. - without these attractions Islam had not become a world religion.
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001 2/213h: "- - - the People of the Book (mainly Jews and Christians*) - - - did not differ among themselves (about Islam*), except through selfish contumacy". A psychologically much better "explanation" for Muhammad to give his followers and others than the plain fact: They saw that much was wrong in Muhammad's new religion.
002 2/269c: "- - - but none will grasp the Message (Islam*) but men with understanding". 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.
003 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
*004 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:
- 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.
- 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.
005 4/46c: "We (Jews*) hear and we disobey", etc. It seems like Jews waged a low-scale psychological war against Muhammad - - - if Muhammad here tells the truth.
006 4/75c: “And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)? Men, women and children (crying for help and rescue*) - - -.” Muhammad’s version of the glorious hero on the white horse - and "forgetting" to add "- and power and riches for Muhammad". Another inciting dream "pushed" by good psychology - claimed help to women and children is a good motif. Especially when the men know there are loot and rape and slaves to take in addition.
Actually this is one of the more disgusting sayings connected to war: Everybody know and knew that the main thing was power and riches and slave and rape. Then this is immoral use of moral reasons. But then Islam always after it became a religion of war, was "the Religion of Dishonesty".
007 5/41g: "- - - men who will listen to any lie - - -". Psychologically a much better explanation to use for Muhammad about the ones not believing in him, than to admit the reason might be that they understood something was seriously wrong in his new religion.
008 5/42a: "- - - listening to falsehood - - -". Psychologically a much better explanation for Muhammad to use about the ones not believing in his new religion, than to admit that the reason might be that they understood something was very wrong in his teaching.
009 5/55a: "Your (Muslims'*) (real) friends are (no less than) Allah, His Messenger (Muhammad*), and the (fellowship of) Believers (Muslims*) - - -." Clear message: Non-Muslims are not your real friends - one step on the road to making an "enemy picture".
010 5/58a: "- - - that is because they (people rejecting Islam*) are a people without understanding - - -". Just this sample of pep-talk is older than Adam in many religions, and will never become too old in many religions - there always will be lots of naive people falling for it - "we intelligent ones know, those stupid do not know" - - - and it is just the least intelligent and least learned ones who most easily are duped, by many religions, by this worn out claim. Besides: Who is the one without understanding? - the one who believes anything told to him, or the one who is able to think things over? - in this case the one blindly believing the Quran, or the one able to see at least some of all the errors, etc. in that book, and able to understand what they mean?
011 5/59c: "O People of the Book! Do ye disapprove of us (Muslims*) for no other reason than that we believe in Allah - - -". This was what Muhammad liked to claim - it sounded much better than the real reason: They saw that much was wrong of what he claimed the Bible said. Also see 5/59d+e just below.
012 6/27a: "If thou (Muslims`) couldst but see them when they (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.
013 6/36b: “Those who listen (in truth), be sure, will accept - - -.” Pep-talk - the ones who does not accept Muhammad, is because they do not really listen to him. That it for many was not true, did - and does - not matter very much for pep-talk, as long as his believers believed/believe it.
014 6/36g: "- - - then they (Muslims*) will be turned unto Him". As they hardly will be turned unto Yahweh if they live according to the partly immoral moral code of the Quran, this may be true. The big question in case is as the Quran with all its errors, etc. is from no god, will he be existing for them to turn to? - or will Allah perhaps exist and is he in case correctly described among all the errors in the Quran - or is he something different from what is described? - f.x. from the dark forces?
015 6/97d: "- - - for people who know." This is quite an ironic sentence, as the stars hardly were made for the purpose of being bacons 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.
016 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.
017 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?
018 7/5c: "Indeed we (non-Muslims*) did wrong". Repairing "buyers' remorse" for new "believers" and strengthening the moral of the old ones. There is not a little of this in the Quran - Muhammad knew a lot about psychology and how to handle people - - - like many of his kinds do (many a man has used religion to gain power).
019 7/47c: "- - - wrongdoers - - -". Normally "Quran-speak" for non-Muslims. The name - and the frequent use of negative names for non-Muslims - tells something about the Quran, about Muhammad, about Islam and about Muslims.
020 7/50b: "- - - Companions of the Fire - - -". = The ones who ended in Hell. This also is one of Muhammad's many negative names for non-Muslims - with a psychological effect.
021 7/50c: "- - - Companions of the Garden - - -". = The ones who ended in Paradise. Also remember that the big and fundamental differences between the Bible's Paradise and the one of the Quran, are one of the strong proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.
##022 7/101d: “- - - they (non-Muslims*) would not believe what they had rejected before.” (Literally: “- - - to which they had given the lie aforetime”.
##### Comment A7/80 (7/82 in the 2008 English edition): “- - - an allusion to the instinctive unwillingness of most people to give up the notions – positive or negative – to which they are accustomed.”
But the book skips also here the fact that this also goes for Muslims: If they are strongly indoctrinated like Muslims are, they may react strongly and without using their brain to arguments and facts they do not like – and without thinking over – or being mentally unable to think over – even true facts.
Quite an essential point to "forget" in a perfect book
023 8/18a: "- - - Allah is He Who makes feeble the plans and stratagem of the Unbelievers". True or not true - it is good for the moral of warriors to believe things like this.
024 8/19d: “Not the least good will your (the enemy’s) forces be to you even if they were multiplied: for verily (it definitely is no proved verity/truth*). Allah is with those who believe”. Perhaps discouraging the enemy, but surely encouraging his own warriors. “Gott mit uns.” Just this one is as old as the oldest religion - and still valid for everyone who believes it, and the uneducated, naïve early followers did believe - - - as do many Muslims even today.
025 8/22d: "- - - those (non-Muslims*) who understand not". It is good psychology - and practiced within more or less all sects - to tell that you have chosen this sect or religion because you are intelligent - especially the naive ones like to hear they are intelligent - and that "the others" still are "outside" because they understand not. Especially the naive ones and the ones who really want to believe it for some reason or other, may believe such words and even feel good because they are intelligent enough to understand and be inside. The irony is that the effect is the same in all sects and religion, even though most of them for obvious reasons are wrong.
026 8/37f: "They (mainly the non-Muslims*) will be the ones to have lost". If the Quran tells the full truth and only the truth about the claimed next life. And only if none of the non-Muslims happen to believe in a real god (if such one exists). It here is ironic that Muslims all will be among the lost ones if the Quran does not tell the full truth - and on many points it is full of mistakes, so full that it is not made by any god.
027 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 does not like to hear they are wise - especially among the uneducated and naive ones?
028 9/23b: “Take not for protectors your father and your brothers if they love infidelity above Faith (= are not Muslims*): if any of you do so, they do wrong.” Even today some sects use this technique – break as much as possible of the contact and stop as many as possible of the impulses from the outside. “We want only our ideas to influence our proselytes and followers.” It of course is a way of stopping correcting thoughts and facts. And it so definitely is mental and social pressure – compulsion. It at least is contradicted by:
2/256: “Let there be no compulsion in religion - - -.”
This verse contradicts (and abrogates) at least these verses (here are 89 out of the 124 Muslim scholars say are abrogated by 9/5): 2/109, 2/190, 2/256, 2/272, 3/20, 4/62, 4/81, 4/90, 5/3, 5/28, 5/48, 5/99, 6/60, 6/66, 6/70, 6/104, 6/107, 6/112, 6/158, 7/87, 7/188, 7/193, 7/199, 8/61, 9/68, 10/41, 10/99, 10/102, 10/108, 11/12, 11/121, 13/40, 15/3, 15/94, 16/35, 16/82, 16/125, 16/126, 16/127, 17/54, 18/29, 18/56, 19/39, 20/130, 21/107, 21/112, 22/49, 22/68, 23/54, 23/96, 24/54, 26/216, 27/92, 28/50, 28/55, 29/18, 29/46, 32/30, 34/25, 34/28, 35/23, 35/24a, 36/17, 39/41, 41/34, 42/6, 42/15, 42/48, 43/83, 43/89, 44/59, 45/14, 46/9, 46/135a, 46/135b, 50/39, 50/45, 51/50-51, 51/54, 52/45, 52/47, 53/29, 67/26, 73/10, 73/11, 79/45, 86/17, 88/22, 109/6. They are all quoted under 9/5. (At least 91 contradictions).
A small NB: When reading this verse, remember that family bonds in the old Arabia were extremely strong - they often were in war cultures built on tribes. A heart-breaking verse which tells much about Muhammad and about Islam.
029 9/25e: "- - - the day of Hunayn - - -". In this battle some 10ooo-12ooo Muslim warriors met some 3ooo-4ooo non-Muslims. All the same - perhaps because of over-confidence - the Muslims were on the point of losing the battle before they managed to turn the tide. A good pep talk. The battle-hardened core of Muhammad’s army plus the reality of 3 times as many warriors, finally manage to turn the tide of the battle - but for the morals of the large number of fresh warriors, it of course was better psychology to explain that it was Allah who - as usual - wanted the Muslims to win, and sent down an army of invisible angles fighting together with the Muslims. As said: A good pep talk.
But why does an omnipotent god need to use angels to decide a battle?
030 9/26c: "- - - forces which ye saw not - - -". Muhammad claimed that here like in some other battles Allah sent down large forces of angel warriors to help the Muslims in battles". But why take part in primitive battles, when he - Allah - "just can say 'Be' and it is"? Such claims about the necessity of wars and battles have no meaning when an omniscient god is involved. But if there was no god, but only a charismatic warlord pep-talking to his warriors, there suddenly is logic in it all.
031 9/110a: "The foundation of those who so build (not quite in accordance with Muhammad and not accepting his total power*) is never free from suspicion and shakiness in their hearts - - -". Cheap claims similar to this you find in most religious sects talking about their competitors - it is a most standard one. Ok psychology if the audience is not too intelligent or has little education - or wishes strongly to believe it.
032 9/127d: "- - - they (non-Muslims*) are a people who understand not". Psychologically a good "explanation" for Muhammad to give his followers for why many did not believe in his new religion. Strong believers readily swallow claims like this.
033 11/17a (= Medina?): “Can they (non-Muslims*) be like those (Muslims*) who accepted a Clear (Sign) from their Lord (Allah*) - - -?” For building up his followers’ feeling of being superior to “the masses”, this is good psychology. This even more so if you want your followers to become a separate group, felling distance to other people or groups.
*034 11/22b: “Without a doubt, these (the non-Muslims*) are the very ones who will lose most in the Hereafter!” A good claim psychologically to hear for his followers - but like everything else with Muhammad only a not documented claim.
035 11/110e: "- - - they (Jews and perhaps Christians*) are in suspicious doubt concerning it (the Bible*). Not more in doubt than that hundreds of Jews preferred death or fleeing to accepting Muhammad's new religion. But claims like these are soothing to listen to for believers - at least for the ones to blind or too naive not to see the difference between loose claims and reality.
036 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 - 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". ####Islam in too many ways is an amoral religion. And also definitely not a religion based on real knowledge and intelligence.)
###037 12/107a: "Do they feel secure from the coming against them - - - the wrath of Allah - - -". Psychology - a leading question leading up to an expected "no" as an answer - Muhammad understood people. But yes: So much is wrong, etc. in the Quran, that it is clear there is no god behind it. Muhammad does not get the answer he tried to pressure from us (and all others). There is no doubt that Islam is a made up religion.
038 13/10: Condensed: Allah sees everything. Hidden meaning: The carrot and the stick. Also see 2/233h above.
039 13/13b: "Yet these (are the men) who (dare to) dispute about Allah - - -". It takes very little guts to dispute and doubt a claimed god you very honestly believe is a made up one, especially as the doubt and dispute are based on the proved facts that for one thing the only basis for the belief in him is a book of a sorrowful quality so full of mistakes, etc. that no god ever was involved in it, and for the other the man behind that book is described even in his own "holy" book as a morally no-good character liking power and money for more power and women - like so many such men through history. Psychologically the belief in Muhammad is worth a study in human ability for being duped by good words, superstition, feelings, fear, and wish for something strong to lean to, and for study of superstition's dominance over knowledge, logic and brain. Allah clearly is a dressed up, non-existing pagan god (al-Lah).
040 13/19f: "(Is a good Muslim not better than') one who is blind?" A rhetoric question with an intended obvious answer. But the correct answer is completely dependent on two other questions and their answers: Is the Quran from a god? - and does it in case in addition tell the full truth and only the truth?
041 14/29: "Into Hell? They (non-Muslims*) will burn therein - - -". Psychology and propaganda - - - but neither Iblis/the Devil nor his Hell is proved. Muhammad "borrowed both from the Bible, but they may have originated further east. (Some of Muhammad's ideas about both Hell and Paradise are from Zoroastrism and other eastern pagan religions.)
042 14/52c: "- - - men of understanding - - -". See 13/3j above.
043 15/11: "But never came a Messenger to them (people*) to them but they mocked them." On one side this is not true - there were prophets in Israel who were not mocked (f.x. Samuel) - any god had known this, Muhammad likely not, as he at least in 621 AD hardly knew the real Jewish scriptures. But on the other hand these were good and psychologically nice words for his followers to hear in a difficult year like 621 AD; Muhammad's situation was normal for a prophet = he had to be a prophet.
044 16/1h: "- - - far is He (Allah*) above having the partners (likely the other gods of the pagan Arabs, but non-Arab gods and Jesus may be included*) they (the pagan Arabs and perhaps the Christians*) ascribe unto Him (Allah*)!" By using this formula - and he uses it often - Muhammad indicates that Allah is the god everyone everywhere knows about or at least was known from the old, but that many have added other gods in addition to him. This picture is false - except for in Arabia where many had al-Lah (also named Allah sometimes) as one of their gods - the same pagan god Muhammad dressed up and called only Allah - the rest of the world had other gods not in addition to, but instead of Allah, and most did not even know about al-Lah/Allah. They had their oven gods and they were self-sufficient and not added to Allah. But psychologically a good sentence for Muhammad and his preaching. Also see 25/18a below.
###045 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.>
046 16/22c: "- - - their (non-Muslims'*) hearts refuse to know - - -". Good psychology used also today ("'they' believe but 'we' know" to quote a claim you hear even today by some sects) - when the others do not believe what we believe, it is because there is something wrong with them, not because they see realities we refuse to see.
047 17/51d: "May be it will be quite soon!" This is a method used by we think all religions: You do not say that the Day of Doom will be soon, but you tell the congregations that may be it will be soon, so they should behave accordingly. The natural reaction for very many, is that "you never know - best to behave so as to be prepared if something happens". "It is difficult to foretell, especially about the future", to quote the Dane Storm P. And then they behave themselves according to the religion - - - and according to the leader's wishes.
048 17/79a: "- - - soon will thy Lord (Allah*) raise thee (Muhammad*) to a Station (Heaven*) of Praise and Glory (a top position -"Maqam Mahmud" - in Paradise*)". If Allah exists and is a major god, and if the Quran in addition is reliable.
049 19/73d: "Which of the two sides is best in point of position?" May well be some unbelievers said so. It also is clear that it was psychologically a good thing to tell the followers, because it was an ok way to gloss over the fact that many opponents simply saw that things were wrong in the new religion. Also slander is a weapon against opponents - a dirty weapon, but a weapon.
050 21/45b: "- - - but the deaf (skeptics*) will not hear the call (the Quran*) - - -". This psychologically is a much better way to explain his followers why so few wanted his religion, (until after he started raids for riches, so they could become rich, and after he became strong enough to force his religion on the surrounding tribes (much of Arabia just got the choice: Become Muslims or fight us and die).
051 21/45c: "- - - but the deaf will not hear the call, (even) when they are warned". A typical trait for humans. F.x. Muslims are warned that so much is wrong in the Quran, that it is not from a god - and the errors are easy to see. But the one who refuses to see what the Quran really tells and refuses to listen to the fact that something is really wrong - well, nobody is more deaf and blind than the one who does not want to hear or see (ok. the one afraid to hear or see unwanted facts, may be even worse).
052 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.
053 21/97e: "(We non-Muslims*) were indeed headless of this; any, we truly did wrong!" Never proved - but very nice for naive or blind believers to listen to. Good propaganda. There is much like this in the Quran.
054 22/3c: "(Some*) - - - dispute Allah, without knowledge - - -". The reason why many of them disputed, was just that they had knowledge and saw something was seriously wrong. But the claim here was better psychology and propaganda.
055 23/26b: "- - - they (non-Muslims*) accuse me (Noah*) of falsehood!". Muhammad was accused of this, and then it was a psychologically good idea to "show" his followers that this was normal for prophets. But at least when it comes to Muhammad, his critics may have been right: All the mistaken facts, etc. proves that something was - and is - wrong.
056 23/84a: "To whom belong the Earth and the beings therein?" Here Muhammad uses a trick you often see him use - and Muslims used it freely ever after, included today: To take a never proved claim, treat it as a fact and use it as basis for claims and arguments. Here the underlying, never proved claim is that Allah is the owner of everything. This question and its intended answers are totally invalid as long as the underlying presumption is not proved; that Allah really is the owner. But who uses dishonest tricks and debate technique like this? - not an omniscient god who has all facts at least.
057 24/13b: "Why did they (the ones talking about Aisha*) not bring four witnesses - - -?" For the very obvious reason that no witnesses existed - this is a rhetoric and hypocritical question where Muhammad knew the answer very well on beforehand. A dishonest way of argumenting, and a dishonest way to move the focus away from Aisha to others. Psychologically may be a wise sentence - but dishonest. This question was nonsense from the moment it was asked.
The request also is a bit ironic, as Muhammad never proved anything himself - claims and invalid "signs" and as invalid "proofs", but never a valid proof for anything central in his new religion.
058 24/39b: "- - - their (non-Muslims'*) deeds are like a mirage in the sandy desert - - -". Good psychology and good propaganda - you find similar in most religions and sects, but even so it works, at least for the naive ones, for the wishful thinkers, and for the uncritical, strong believers.
059 26/40b: "- - - that we (the Egyptians*) may follow the sorcerers (in religion) if they win?" Such a demand is nonsense compared to what we know about the religion of Egypt at that time. It also is psychological nonsense - it takes more than this to make the whole population of a country change religion (if the "wrong" part won). For one thing it had fundamental grips on the population - even a royal decree about changing to another religion would not work - see Akn-Aton's try even if that was not just at this time. And for another the magicians would have the same religion as the people, so why then a silly demand like this? (Some Muslims claims it is meant the forwarding of the worship of the pharaoh, but the pharaoh was not the main god in Egypt.)
#####060 26/56: (A26/30): "Thus the Quran illustrates the psychological truth that, as a rule, a dominant nation is unable really to understand the desire for liberty on the part of the group or groups which it oppresses, and therefore attributes their rebelliousness to no more than unreasonable hatred and blind envy of the strong". Something to think over for Muslims who through the times suppressed and worse so many? And who have as an official goal in the Quran to conquer and suppress every country and every non-Muslim on Earth.
###### One more and related point: Most Muslims are unable to understand why the religion/they are disliked and sometimes hated. They are unable to see that memories of a horrible history, added to a partly immoral moral code, an aggressive and suppressive ideology, glorification of oppression of all non-Muslims, and haughtiness, etc. are the real reasons. They are so used to their own ways of thinking and of their own moral code, etc. that they are unable to see that much of it far from are laudable, and honestly believe they are the best and with the best religion and best rules. Living that far from "do to others like you want others do to you", they are unable to see the reality, and believe that they are victims of unjust dislike and hate.
Read f.x. relevant pages on Internet, and see all the promises from Muslims that Islam will conquer and suppress "Italy and all Europe", etc., etc. Are there rational reasons for non-Muslims to react? - especially if they know there is a real possibility for this to come true, because of the inhuman war ideology behind Islam? - and even more so if they know enough about Islam to know that the Quran with all its errors is not from any god, and the religion thus a made up pagan one, under which they risk becoming slaves?
061 26/107: "I (Noah*) am to you (people*) a messenger worthy all trust". This was more or less what Muhammad claimed about himself, and then it was good psychology that former prophets said the same - this made Muhammad's words more likely. You many places in the Quran find this kind of psychology used.
062 26/108: "(Noah said*) So fear Allah, and obey me". This was one of Muhammad's mantras, and then it was psychologically wise to make it "clear" that this was normal for prophets to say - though you do not find it in the Bible concerning Noah, and also not concerning many biblical known, real prophets". A very nice slogan for any dictator.
Two points: Noah said nothing like this in the Bible. And Jesus did not say "obey me", but "follow me" - there are miles between those two expressions.
063 26/158a: "But the penalty sized them". Always when some ones are not good Muslims they are penalized in the end (or become good Muslims a few times) - good for the moral of the believers, especially the naive ones and the ones wanting to believe such tales - in both cases good psychology.
064 27/5c: "- - - in the Hereafter will be their (non-Muslims*) greatest loss". If Allah exists and it there is a hereafter and if the Quran has described this hereafter and the claimed god in truth and only in truth.
#065 27/24c: "Satan has made their (non-Muslims'*) deeds pleasing in their eyes - - -". See 6/108b, 23/1b, and 26/74c above. This human tendency also goes for Muslims, which the book ”forgets" to mention. There are several things in Islam which may indicate something like this, when you judge from what Muslims reckon to be normal and ethically and morally right - compare it to "do unto others like you want others do unto you", and it makes you think.
066 27/44d: The Queen of Sheba/Saba is shown a floor of glass and becomes a Muslim. Where are the logic and the psychology behind such a reaction? If you know something about psychology and about human ways of reacting, you will get a good laugh here, too.
067 29/7e: "- - - We (Allah*) shall reward them (good Muslims in the possible next life*) according to their best deeds (and the best deed for Muslims, is war or raids for Allah and Muhammad and his successors*)". This only is true if Allah exists and is a major god, and if the Quran in addition has told the full truth and only the truth on relevant points - and if he can reward/punish without changing his own unchangeable predestined Plan, "which nobody and nothing can change". (For some reason or other Islam and its Muslims seldom claim that Islam is the religion of honesty.)
068 30/16d: "- - - falsely denied Our (Allah's*) Signs and the meeting of the Hereafter - - -". Like everything else in the Quran this just are undocumented claims any priest - yes, any believer - in any religion can make on behalf of his religion free of charge, as long as he can evade all questions for proofs. And Muhammad never proved anything about Allah or about his own connection to a god. Never one single thing.
069 31/7b: "- - - he (a skeptic*) turns away in arrogance, as if he heard them (the tales about the claimed signs of Allah*) not, as if there were deafness in both his ears - - -". Psychologically a much better story for Muhammad to tell his followers, than to admit some had good reason for skepticism. The same technique is used today and has been used through all times by leaders pushing ideologies or religions.
070 31/24a: "We (Allah*) grant them (well off non-Muslims*) their pleasure for a while: in the end shall we drive them to their chastisement unrelenting." There is a saying: "Good luck is good, but others' bad luck is not too bad either" - especially when you are envious. Muhammad was a good knower of humans and utilized this psychological effect frequently. This also was Muhammad's standard explanation for why some "bad" persons had a good life whereas good Muslims sometimes had a bad one - Allah's unfathomable wisdom, but they would be punished in the end.
071 33/22a: When the really believing Muslims in Medina saw the attacking force in 627 AD (Battle of the Trench) “it only added to their faith and their zeal in obedience”. Tales of heroism induces lust for heroism – a psychologically right story.
072 33/22h: "- - - their zeal in obedience". Glorify obedience and it induces willingness to obedience in naive minds - a psychologically good phrase if Muhammad wanted obedience. Leaders often do - and dictators more so than others.
073 33/63e: "- - - perchance the Hour (Day of Doom*) is nigh!" A very common sentence to meet from religious leaders wanting to frighten their congregations to obedience. Good psychology and propaganda - uneasiness works on human minds.
074 33/71f: "- - - he that obeys Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad*), has already achieved the highest Achievement". No comment - except: Good psychology if the listeners are naive, uneducated or in more or less blind belief. At least if the real purpose is "Power to Muhammad".
075 34/31-33: Psychological building-up - there is a lot of it in the Quran
076 34/37d: "- - - there is a multiple Reward for their (good Muslims'*) deeds - - -". The Quran some places tells that the value of good deeds will be multiplied at the Day of Doom. (Thus it is easy to be accepted to the Quran's paradise - see 10/9f above - IF the Quran tells the full truth and only the truth).
077 34/54b: "- - - for they (non-Muslims*) were indeed in suspicious (disquieting) doubt". Similar you find here and there in the Quran. It is a nice and psychological smart thing to tell followers wanting to believe what you are saying, so that they will believe this, too. Whether it is true or not, does not matter very much - the main thing is that it is good pep-talk for the followers if they believe it.
Another main point is that it is not true - something f.x. the Jews who were murdered proved (many of them could have save their lives by in time becoming or pretending to be Muslims).
078 35/40k: "- - - the wrongdoers promise each other nothing but dilutions". Psychologically a good claim as long as the listeners believe it. It is unbelievable what you can make people in a religious fervor believe.
079 37/18-21: One of many "correct" tales in the Quran - psychologically nice and soothing for Muhammad's followers to hear. More or less all tales in the Quran end in one of 3 ways: Non-Muslims are punished - gloating is comforting. Or non-Muslims become Muslims. And Muslims are rewarded - in this world with riches, often robbed from non-Muslims, and in the next life with mainly bodily pleasure and Earth-like luxury (see 10/9f above). Nice, comforting and soothing for many a Muslim to be confirmed of.
080 37/31a: "So now has been proved (a claim only here in the Quran*) true, against us (non-Muslims*), the Word of our Lord (Allah*) - - -". Pep-talk - nice and convincing for blind or strong believers to hear. Muhammad seems to have been a good salesman.
081 38/63: "Did we (non-Muslims/sinners*) treat them (good Muslims*) (as such) in ridicule - - -". Good psychology to tell followers that opponents would have to regret. Own good luck is good, but others' bad luck on top may feel extra good - gloating is good, especially for small souls.
082 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 technique - 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.
083 39/22a: “Is one whose heart Allah has opened to Islam - - - (no better than one hardhearted)”. Of course Muslims are the best - at least according to the Quran. Good for the self esteem, at least for the ones needing a boost of their self-esteem - which often includes the rubble in a society.
084 41/4e: "- - - most of them (non-Muslims opponents of Muhammad*) turn away, and so they hear not". The reality was that many understood a lot was wrong in Muhammad's new religion - but it was better psychology to explain the skepticism and disbelief like this.
085 41/25d: "- - - they (non-Muslims*) are utterly lost". Only if Islam is a true religion and only if the claimed, but never proved god Allah exists - and only if there is/are no other god(s) like f.x. Yahweh.
086 41/33a: “Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah, works righteousness, and (is Muslim*)?” Of course “we” - the Muslims - are best. (This may also point to Muhammad only*) Muhammad did not know the word psychology, we think, but he understood people and how to pep them up. But what in reality is the really correct answer - especially as the Quran is not from a god?
087 41/41b: "And indeed it (the Quran*) is a Book of exalted power". This really needs proofs - especially because of all the errors, etc. in the book, and the fact that it is not from any god - too much is wrong.
Well, like f.x. communism, Nazism, and a number of war religions, etc., the Quran had and still has an explosive power. But it is the power of an ideology combined with ruthlessness - a combination which many times through history have given strong results. But the supernatural power from a god is only possible if a real god is involved - and no god, not to mention an omniscient one, was ever involved in a book of a quality like the Quran with all its mistaken facts, other errors, contradictions, unclear language, etc., etc. (And no good and benevolent god has ever even touched the bad parts of the Quran's and Islam's moral code.)
088 41/45e: "- - - they (the local Jews*) remained in disquieting doubt thereon". One more of the psychologically correct things to tell his followers. The truth was that most of the Jews were so little in doubt, that they preferred to flee or to be killed instead of accepting Muhammad's new religion.
089 42/14d: "- but truly those who have inherited the Book (here most likely the Bible*) after them (Jews and Christians*) are in suspicious (disquieting) doubt concerning it (the Books*)". A very normal technique for to split of and fringe sects like Islam was in 616 - 618 AD, to strengthen themselves, is to claim that the mother religion or competing religion doubts their own words. This sounds like a typical case of such a psychological technique.
090 46/31f: "- - - believe in Him (Allah*) - - -". Psychology: What wise things others do, is wise for you to do to. See 46/31b above.
091 52/47a: “And verily, for those who do wrong, there is another punishment besides this (that in the long run they will lose – and meet the other punishment: Hell*)” A comforting thought at the difficult end of the Mecca period - so just leave them alone and let Allah punish them. (A confirmation of 52/45, really).
092 54/23-31: Thamud's claimed prophet, Salih, had problems similar to Muhammad's - Muhammad thus only had problems normal for prophets = Muhammad was a normal prophet = nice for his followers in 614 AD to know. Also the punishment of "unbelievers" was good psychology to tell followers: We are right and the others will lose.
093 56/45: (Hell is punishment -) "For that they (the ones ending there*) were wont to be indulged, before that (before they ended in Hell*) in wealth (and luxury) - - -". This was in 615 AD and the Muslims mainly were from the poor classes, whereas the rich and mighty opposed Muhammad. Under such conditions pep-talk like this, may be good psychology. You find much like this in the Quran.
094 57/14b: "But ye (non-Muslims*) led yourself into temptation - - -". Psychologically this is a much better claim for Muhammad to tell his followers, than to admit that many simply did not believe him - and often with a reason" as they f.x. saw some of the mistakes in the Quran.
095 57/14c: "- - - (your (non-Muslims'*) false) desires deceived you". Similar to 57/14b just above.
096 58/18f: "They (non-Muslims*) are but liars". This is one of the ironic sentences in the Quran, as ####the only one of the big religion which accepts lies in many cases and advices it in some cases, is Islam - f.x. al-Taqiyya (the lawful lie), Kitman (the lawful half-truth), Hilah (the lawful pretending/circumventing), betrayal (following the shining idol Muhammad's example) and broken words/promises/oaths "if that gives a better result" (though in some cases you should pay expiation afterwards) - 2/225, 3/54 (if Allah can cheat, cheating is ok), 5/89, 16/91, 66/2.
097 58/20a: "Those who resists Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad*) will be among those most humiliated". So whatever you do, do not even think about resisting Muhammad! Allah is dream god for any dictator - is he really real? - or is he made to measure for Muhammad? The fact that the Quran is too full of mistaken facts, etc. to be from a god, and also that the god so often was used as a factor in his private life or to intervene for him in the community, may make one think.
##098 59/3a: "And had it not been that Allah had decreed banishment for them (the Jewish tribe Banu Nadir - Banu means tribe*) for them - - -". There exists a Scandinavian word "poelsevev" - literally meaning "a weaving made from sausages" - which means utter nonsense with a large dash of stupidity included. This tale is "poelsevev" - Muhammad simply was forced to let them go because a strong Arab tribe (the Khazraiites under Abd Allah b.Ubayy) demanded it, even though he wanted to murder the men and enslave the women and children like he f.x. later did with Banu Qurayza, when he was military stronger.
PS: Which god would use "poelsevev"?
099 59/13a: “Of a truth ye (Muslim warriors*) are stronger (than they (the “infidel” Jews in this case*)) because of the terror in their hearts, (sent) by Allah.” It is good psychology that your warriors believe the enemy is weak and also that the enemy is frightened. This claim that non-Muslims have a terror or an illness “in their hearts” often is repeated by Muhammad – partly as pep-talk to his warriors, and partly to stigmatize non-Muslims as low quality in the eyes of all his followers.
100 62/5b: "The similitude of those (Jews*) who were charged with the (obligations of the) Mosaic Law, but who subsequently failed in those (obligations), is that of a donkey which carries huge tomes (but understands them not)". A much better story for Muhammad to tell than to admit the plain truth: The real reason was that most Jews saw something was very wrong in Muhammad's tales.
101 62/7b: "But never will they (Jews*) express their desire (for Death), because of the (deeds) their (Jews, Christians*) hands have sent before them (bad deeds they have done*)!" Muhammad either believes or pretends to believe in this wrong presumption - but see 62/6b above. Anyhow it is psychologically a good argument for inducing distaste for them in his followers.
102 63/5f: "- - - turning away their (non-Muslims'*) faces in arrogance". Psychologically a much better explanation for Muhammad than to admit that at least some of them found things too wrong in Islam and was repulsed by its teaching and/or by the many mistakes proving it was not from a god.
Also some irony, as few are more arrogant and believing they are the best, than believing Muslims. (One of the reasons for the distance you often find between Muslims and others.)
103 63/7i: "- - - but the Hypocrites understand not". But maybe that was just what the so-called hypocrites did; understood that something was seriously wrong, and that Muhammad's new religion thus might be without any spiritual value (which is the case if the Quran is a made up book - without or with negative value).
Beware that Muhammad had a tendency to name also ordinary non-Muslims hypocrites. It was good psychology to make his followers to believe so.
104 68/10a: "Heed not the type of despicable men - - -". Do not listen to men telling other truths than my - Muhammad's - claimed truths. A normal wish for leaders of fringe or extreme organizations and sects.
105 68/37: "Or have ye (non-Muslims, except "the People of the Book" - Jews and Christians*) a Book through which ye learn - - -". Muhammad long had a minority feeling because "the People of the Book" - Jews and Christians - had a holy book, whereas he and his people had not. This meant much as the surahs piled up and could be called a book. This may have connection to the respect books had among the uneducated ones in many cultures - what was written, had to be true (cfr. the opening words often used by priests when reading from the Bible in many countries: "It is written - - -"). The uneducated masses did not understand that it is as easy to lie on paper as by mouth.
106 68/42-44: Psychological balm to the ears and minds of Muhammad's followers. "Own success is good, but others' undoing is not too bad either". There are many like this in the Quran - nice to listen to for small minds.
107 71/3b: "- - - fear Him (Allah*) and obey me (Noah*) - - -". This was one of Muhammad's demands, and then it was good psychology that other claimed prophets said the same - in the Quran even Jesus said this according to Muhammad, even though he normally just said "follow me", not "obey me" - something very different - according to NT. One more indication for that those two were not in the same religion. Also see 71/1-20 above.
108 77/35-38a: “That (the Day of Doom*) will be a Day when they (the sinners*) shall not be able to speak. Nor will it be open to them to put forth pleas. Ah woe, that Day, to the Rejecters of Truth! That will be a Day of Sorting out! We (Allah*) shall gather you together and those before (you)!” If Islam is a made up religion to manipulate people to gain a platform of power for Muhammad, and to gain blindly believing followers, Muhammad used exactly the right psychology – and the psychology used by many a starter of extreme sects, ideologies, or religions: Isolate the prospects as much as possible to hinder too much correcting information and questions, flood them with claimed truths, and use a mixture of honey and the stick – here Heaven and Hell. The old and well tested method for such leaders.
That the Quran is the truth, is just a claim, not a proved fact.
###Also the big differences between the Bible's and the Quran's hells are more than big and fundamental enough to prove that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god - if they had been, also their hells had been more or less identical.
109 80/1c: (A80/1): Muhammad got a minor reprimand for a minor mistake, and this comment claims that "- - - it illustrates the objective nature of the Quranic revelation: for, obviously, in conveying Allah’s reproach of him (Muhammad*) to the world at large, the Prophet "does not speak out of his own desire". This is obvious only to persons who know little about psychology, about human nature, and about how to lead or manipulate people.
#####Besides: According to the Quran and to Islam it is Allah who is speaking, not Muhammad. (Muhammad only retold it, according to Islam, to Muhammad, and to the Quran. Allah had no reason to hide mistakes Muhammad has made, and Muhammad - could he change the words of Allah? - how many other places in the Quran may he in case have done so?
110 91/11-14: Notice how parallel the basics of this story - and many other stories in the Quran - are to Muhammad's situation at the time it was told. The psychology behind such parallels is to "explain" that Muhammad's situation was normal for a prophet, and that Muhammad thus was a normal prophet.
Sub-total Chapter 64 = 110 + 5.920 = 6.030.
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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".