Muhammad in the Quran, Vol. 3: Chapter 65



 

PROPAGANDA IN THE QURAN

Propaganda is a well known and much used - also in the Quran - working tool. Sometimes what is said, is true (we do not include such cases below), sometimes it is true, but quoted out of context (and then in reality often a lie), sometimes it is true, but exaggerated (and thus a lie), sometimes it is not true at all - facts may be twisted or claimed facts made up - and sometimes f.x. the logic is twisted or plainly invalid or wrong. Etc. Honesty often does not count much for makers of propaganda - and Islam and Muslims and Muhammad are in a good position here, as dishonesty is an accepted means to the goal in the Quran. Read the Quran, and you will see Muhammad used much propaganda.

When you read such spots in the Quran, remember the words of the Nazi-German Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Gobbles: "Repeat a lie often enough, and people start believing in it". (When people have little education and little real knowledge, this effect is even easier to obtain.)

Remember that much more said in the Quran - f.x. much of the pep-talks, the lies, and the negative things said about non-Muslims - easily fit the definition of "propaganda".

(Actually if Muhammad made up the Quran and Islam - perhaps helped by TLE (Temporal Lobe Epilepsy) - the entire Quran is propaganda for Muhammad's power and dictatorship.)

Some samples:

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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, captives and slaves - and see if you agree. Always when there is a distance between words and corresponding demands and deeds, etc., we personally believe in the demands and deeds. Glorious words are cheap, demands and deeds are more reliable. Glorifying words are words, demands and deeds are reality. Glorifying words and claims anyone can use and disuse. When you read, read what was demanded, advised and done, and distrust the glorious words - judge from realities, not from propaganda. But these words are good propaganda especially if the Quran is not from a god and/or not telling the full and only truth.

###002 3/75g: “But they (Jews and Christians*) tell a lie against Allah (= they have falsified the Bible*), and well they know it.” Wrong. ######It is a psychological impossibility to believe in a god or a "holy" book if you know it is a falsification. But the claim is good propaganda for leaders of people unable or unwilling to think things, words, and slogans over.

003 3/118f: “- - - what their (non-Muslims*) hearts conceal is far worse (than rank hatred against Muslims*) - - -”. True or not; worse creatures than non-Muslims is not possible to find - according to the Quran. Not good propaganda for integration. But good for inducing detesting and superiority feeling - a starting point for hate and war and suppression.

004 4/92e: "If anyone finds it beyond their means (to free a Muslim (NB) slave) - - -". In connection to among others this verse and its expression according to M. Azad "- - - if anyone has not (the wherewithal) - - -" you may find - or meet - a nice sample of Islamic honesty in debate - or in propaganda: (A58/7): "As regard the phrase 'he who does not find the wherewithal (lam yajid)', it may indicate either lack of financial means or the impossibility of finding anyone else who could be redeemed from factual of figurative bondage (- - -). According to many Islamic scholars of our times (e.g., Rashid Rida), this relates, in first instance, to circumstances in which 'slavery will have been abolished in accordance with the aim of Islam' (Manar V, 337)'". This simply is an al-Taqiyya - a lawful lie - and even a distasteful such one.

  1. First note that the translation of the Arab text is changed a little compared to Yusuf Ali's one, and "by coincidence"(?) fits the "explanation" of the claim about Islam's intention of abolishing slavery better. The Quran in reality is clear on that it speaks about the economy of the person.

  2. There is nowhere in the Quran said that slavery is bad or for other reasons should be terminated,
  3. There is nowhere in the Quran even indicated that slavery is bad or for other reasons should be terminated. Not one place.
  4. There is nowhere in the Quran said or in other ways indicated that slavery is morally wrong.
  5. There is nowhere in the Quran even indicated that it would be good moral or good ethics to abolish slavery. To set free a slave - at least a Muslim slave - is a good thing, but slavery as an institution is nowhere attacked or even questioned.

  6. The main Islamic idol - Muhammad - took and traded (sold or gave away for bribes) at least a few thousand slaves and expressed no qualms for doing this. Everything Muhammad said - or not said - or did, is the right thing to do for any Muslim, if it is not directly prohibited (f.x. a Muslim can have only 4 wives - a number mentioned in the Quran - as he is forbidden to have as many as Muhammad had).
  7. Muslim countries were forced backwards and kicking and protesting into abolishing slavery - Mauritania as late as in unbelievable 1982 AD (and made it a punishable crime as late as in 2007 AD)!! - by forces and ideas from the west. We at least have never seen a Muslim whisper from old times about abolishing slavery as an institution.
  8. Abolishing slavery is a "new idea" and a "foreign idea" in Islam. Such ideas were not accepted by Islam through most of Islam's history - well, necessity after long time made some "new ideas" acceptable if they clearly were in accordance with ideas in the Quran or strong Hadiths. We have found nowhere in older Islamic literature where the "new idea" of abolishing slavery was even aired, not to mention received serious backing.

  9. The claim that Islam/Muhammad/the Quran promotes abolishing of slavery you ONLY meets from Muslim scholars born and raised in modern times - times when foreign, mainly Western, thinking, has made slavery extremely immoral. As it is not only permitted in Islam to lie, but advised "if necessary" to defend or promote the religion (and permitted in a number of other wide cases - f.x. to cheat women or save your money), this al-Taqiyya (lawful lie) is launched: 'Islam is the best also on this - Islam all the time intended to abolish slavery". (You even meet Muslims boasting that Islam forced Europe to end slavery, by stopping the trade from Africa. This simply is nonsense. For one thing European slaves mainly came from the Slavic areas in the East - it was not for nothing that the name "slave" was coined. And for another there hardly has been an area or a time in the entire history where trade between areas and countries and cultures has stopped for long times if good profit was possible to make. Slavery in Europe died out partly because in agriculture in chilly countries the work season is short and slaves had to be fed all the year, and ordinary workers were cheap, but mainly because it was opposed to Christian basic moral and ideas (this even though it is not directly discredited or forbidden in the Bible).
  10. The drive for a universal ban on slavery started in the Christian England in the early 1800s, and slowly and little by little spread also to the Muslim countries.
  11. There are in the world today some 24 million humans "living as slaves or under slave-like conditions" according to UN (the number is from 2006 if we remember correctly). A good percentage of these live in Islamic areas. We have seen little or nothing of negative reactions from Islam or Muslims to this fact. There may have been, but in case not enough to reach us, even though we have been looking for such reactions.
  12. As abolishing of slavery as mentioned is "a new idea" and on top of that "a foreign idea" both of which are despised by conservative Islam, and as Muhammad showed what was right and wrong for Islam in this question by taking and trading and keeping slaves (f. x. his concubines Marieh and Rayhana bint Amr), you can be pretty sure that if the world ever returns to medieval conditions, official slavery will reemerge in Islamic areas "lawful and good".

So much for this Islamic al-Taqiyya - lawful lie.

005 4/157j: "- - - those who differ therein (believe that Jesus was crucified*) are full of doubts, with no certain knowledge, but only conjecture to follow - - -". Good propaganda if the listeners were naive enough or eager enough to believe what they wanted to hear - but wrong information (no Christian believer doubt this point, something Muhammad ever so well knew).

###006 5/19m: "- - - but now hath come to you (Jews, Christians, Sabeans*) a bringer (Muhammad*) of glad tidings and a warner (from evil)." Read the Quran - skip the glorious words, and read the realities; the demands, the introduced rules, the deeds, the (im)moral code, the lack of ethics, the sharia law, the code of war, etc. Glorious words are cheap to use for propaganda, the underlying realities are the realities. Read these realities and see what "glad tidings" and warning from real evil you find. Muhammad probably is the single man throughout the existence of man who has brought most terror and misery into this world - and if his Quran with all its errors, etc. is made up or from dark forces, also into the possible next world for his followers, if there is a real god somewhere.

007 5/83a: "And when they (Christians*) listen to the revelations received by the Messenger (Muhammad*), thou (Muslims*) wilt see their eyes overflowing with tears - - -". Pure propaganda which was possible for Muhammad to use, as there were few Christians in the area, so that Muhammad's followers could not see it was not true. Today it is easy for all and every Muslim to see that Christians are not moved by the contents of the Quran, and especially not the ones who really has studied that book.

This surah is from 632 AD and by then Muhammad knew very well that Christians just did not storm to embrace his new religion - he knew he was lying in the Quran when he said this.

008 5/83f: “- - - they (Christians*) recognized the truth (corresponding to the Quran*)”. As said before: With that many mistakes in the Quran, the teachings of Muhammad at best are partly the truth. Besides: Claiming that others believe and accept that the teaching is true, is good psychology - - - as long as it is not too easy to find out that the claim is not true. (What most Christians quickly in reality understood, was that something was really wrong with the new religion.)

009 5/83g: "- - - their (Christians*) eyes overflowing with tears (from belief in the Quran*) - - -". Remembering the real points of view of the Jews in and around Medina (there were few Christians there) and that at this time (632 AD) most of them had had to flee, were made slaves or semi-slaves, or murdered by the many hundreds (some 700 one believe only from the Qurayza tribe) because they refused to become Muslims, one gets a bad taste in the mouth when reading dramatic claims like this. And one wonders what kind of naivety and religious blindness it takes to believe in fairy tales like this when one knows the truth - after all they had taken part in the atrocities and torture and enslaving and murdering themselves! But it makes it easy to understand why Muslims do not see what they really read in the Quran and the Hadiths: Indoctrination by the religion of the parents since baby age, parents and surrounding telling this is true, religious blindness, wishful thinking, a bent moral code, etc.

010 5/83i: "- - - write us (learned Christians*) down among the witnesses". This may be 100% propaganda, or there may have been a few (most likely the last alternative). As for all the rest this is pure fantasy - - - but good propaganda. (Also today you see the few Christians converting to Islam used for propaganda by Muslims - and denial of the ones converting from Islam to other religions, mainly to the Christian one. #####Another fact is that of the ones - Christians and others - who convert to Islam, some 75% leave the religion within 3 years, indicating that they see it is not a true religion when they learn more about it. This fact is NEVER mentioned by Muslims.)

##011 7/29d:"- - - He (Allah*) created you - - -". There must be at least a hundred places in the Quran where Muhammad takes a natural phenomenon and claims it is Allah who is behind it. This for:

  1. Glorification of his god.
  2. Indication of his god's existence.
  3. "Sign" - which in "Quran-speak" indicates proof - for his god's existence.
  4. "Proof" for his god's existence.
  5. "Proof" for his god's power.
  6. A few times as proof for other gods' non-existence ("Allah makes the sun rise in the east, your god cannot make it rise in the west - your god does not exist".)

All this have one thing in common: They are utterly invalid words as long as it is not proved it really is Allah who makes those things happen - something the Quran never even tries to prove. Not once. It just is cheap, valueless words any priest and any believer in any religion freely can use free of charge on behalf of his/her god(s) as long as they can evade all requests for proving anything - like the Quran always does. Here it in addition is an extra curious point as the Quran "always" demands proofs from others, but never proves anything - anything - of any consequence itself. (The same to a large degree go for Islam and for Muslims today - twisted logic, loose claims and cheap words, often lots of them, but no valid proofs for any of the central questions. Not one of the central points - in reality claims only - is proved in Islam. Everything only builds on the words of Muhammad - a man even the Quran and the Hadiths prove to be a man of very doubtful moral, as soon as you omit the glorifying cheap words, and look at the realities; what he demanded and did and permitted, what rules he introduced, etc.) Also see 21/56c below.

It is up to you if you are able to believe that Muhammad was not aware of that at least some of these were made up claims/untrue.

012 8/55b: "- - - the worst beasts - - -". One of the many names Muhammad uses for "non-Muslims". Is it strange that Islam and many Muslims have a superiority complex towards all non-Muslims? - or that they often are reluctant to mingle too much with non-Muslims?

But here is a fact that is even more chilling: In YA1223 we read about non-Muslims: "The same brute creatures - - -". The distaste and inferiority propaganda against non-Muslims is not a phenomenon of the old times, but is the same now - the comments are written in modern times and are the words of modern commentators.

If the Quran had been any other book than just a claimed "holy" book belonging to a religion with much political power, it had been prohibited in most civilized countries for inciting to discrimination and apartheid and for distaste mongering, hate mongering, and war mongering.

(There will come a separate small chapter about this when we finish our "project Quran" – in 2016 or 2017 AD we hope).

013 8/65-66: Pure pep-talk and war propaganda.

014 10/21d: "Our (Allah's*) messengers record all the plots ye (non-Muslims*) make!.

Untrue for the simple reason that it is impossible - at best they can record the ones they get to know about. How much of things and hidden deeds did f.x. Muhammad report? - only bits and pieces, and much of that was suspicions, not real knowledge.

And: WHY does an omniscient, predestining god need a record??

015 10/37f: “- - - (the Quran is*) a fuller explanation of the Book (the Bible*) - wherein (in the claimed fuller explanation*) there is no doubt - - -.” Wrong. How can a book 1/4 of the Bible be a fuller explanation of it? And: Because of all the mistakes in a book said to be sent down from an omniscient good, there is a lot of doubt.

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016 10/37g: "- - - the Book - - -". Comment YA1429: "Allah's revelations throughout the ages are one. The Quran confirms, fulfils, completes, and further explains the one true revelation, which has been sent by the One True God (Allah*) in all ages". No comment to this is necessary, except that all these claims are wrong - - - at least unless Islam produces proofs instead of just claims. There are miles and kilometers - also in depth - between the contents of the two books, and only one single sentence in the entire books which are the same - 8 small words in a verse in the Psalms. The quality as literature also is very different. Rubbish would be a correct word for this claim, but we seldom use that kind of words.

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017 11/23a: "But those who believe (in the Quran*) - - - they will be the Companions of (Paradise*) - - -". May be true - but only if the Quran is a message from a god, and in addition tells the full truth and only the truth. Also see 11!22b above.

018 11/60a: "And they (the 'Ad people*) were pursued by a Curse in this Life - and on the Day of Judgment". Loose claims like this are cheap and cozy propaganda to listen to for believers - especially for the blind ones with a strong wishful way of thinking. The good thing for the preacher is that he never has to prove anything.

019 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.

020 13/10: Condensed: Allah sees everything. Hidden meaning: The carrot and the stick. Also see 2/233h above.

021 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 addition tell the full truth and only the truth?

022 13/36d: “Those to whom We (Allah*) have given the Book rejoice at what hath been revealed unto thee (Muhammad*) - - -". Clearly wrong if he was talking about the Jews and the few Christians in the area. That Muhammad had to murder and enslave or chase away most of the many Jews in the area, tells another and more sinister story than glossy claims.

If Muhammad's later treatment of them had not been so inhuman and horrible (suppression, extortion, robbing, enslaving, raping, murder and mass murder), this claim had merited a sardonic laughter.

023 14/29: "Into Hell? They (non-Muslims*) will burn therein - - -". Psychology and propaganda - - - but nether 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 Zoroastrianism and other eastern pagan religions.)

024 17/108a: “And they (Jews and Christians when they hear the Quran*) say: ‘Glory to our Lord! Truly has the promise of our Lord been fulfilled!” Made up propaganda. See 17/107a above.

025 17/108c: “And they (Jews and Christians) say: “Glory to our Lord! Truly has the promise of our Lord been fulfilled!” As for the likeliness that this is true, see 17/107a above. But Islam (in this case “The Message of the Quran”) tells that it may refer to all the mentioning of Muhammad in the Bible (of which we have found none that is not just wishful statements which are obviously wrong – see “Muhammad in the Bible?” in http://1000mistakes.com ), but that it most likely means joy for finally getting the Quran, which Allah had promised and now finally had sent. There is no reference to a promise of something like the Quran in the Bible, and Jews and Christians at all times did reckon the Quran to be so wrong and so distant from the Bible, that it was not even heresy. Verse 107 and 108 simply are fairy tales made up to back up Muhammad - a not unusual technique to use by emerging new sects or religions. It may be based on a few converts at that time, or free fantasy - dishonesty happens when new religions and sects are made. And later.

026 17/109: “They (Jews and Christians*) fall down on their faces in tears (when they hear the Quran*)”. As honest as 17/107 and 17/108 above - but then dishonesty is a part of Islam (f.x. al-Taqiyya - the lawful lie, Kitman - the lawful half-truth, broken words/promises/oaths (if necessary against expiation), and betrayal/deceit all are accepted "if necessary" or "if it will give a better result").

This is one more of the places where Muhammad knew he was lying in the Quran. Perhaps one or a very few did this, even though it is highly unlikely and not documented (except that a few converted to Islam, but not necessarily through tears), but "they" (= all or at least the majority) simply no.

027 18/32-42: Another story explaining that you should take it easy even if some have a better life than you. For one thing riches of this world may be lost, and for another thing may be you end in Paradise, whereas they do not. The logic is impeccable - if the Quran speaks the truth.

But it is too obviously a propaganda story, with a too obvious point - the stupid non-Muslim versus the good Muslim. Ok for primitive or naive souls who needs things over-explained. But not a well told story - we react negatively to tales for adults told for mental level around 7 years. And there is much in the Quran told for this mental level or a little higher - and oversimplified.

028 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.

029 22/48c: "In the end I (Allah*) punished them (non-Muslims*)". A bit similar to 3/77b above.

030 22/62d: "- - - verily, Allah is He, Most High, Most Great". Beautiful words - but never proved, and words are cheap, even superlatives. By the way: Superlatives often are used in propaganda - for one thing they look superb, and for another thing they cost nothing - - - just ask any politician or self proclaimed prophet or businessman or others hunting for power or riches. Also see 1/1a above.

031 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.

032 24/51i: "It is such as these (who say "We hear and we obey"*) that will attain felicity". No comments.

033 24/52a: "It is such who obey Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad*) - - - that will win (in the end)". See 24/51a and 24/51b above. The serious point is that there is a reasonable chance that they will succeed - because of ruthlessness, dishonesty, terror, strong discipline, perseverance, etc.

034 24/52b: "It is such who obey Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad*) - - - that will win (in the end)". Win what? The world? Paradise? Everything? There is a possibility for everything, except Paradise, as it is a war religion - but Paradise is excepted because no god is behind the Quran and all its mistakes, and thus not behind Islam.

####Note how close Muhammad attaches himself to the power of his claimed god - in plain words: "Obey me - Muhammad". You find this many, many places in the Quran.

#######Also note how different this is from Jesus' "Follow me". One of the proofs for that Jesus and Muhammad were not in the same religion or line of prophets.

###035 25/57a: “No reward do I (Muhammad*) ask of you - - -“. Nothing - - - except 20% of everything stolen or extorted in/after raids and wars, 100% of what was looted or extorted without fighting, plenty of women and total and unrestricted power. And 2.5% (up to 10%) of your possessions each year in “poor-tax” - - - partly for the poor, but also at least as partly to pay the lukewarm to become or stay Muslims, and not to forget to use for waging war. And a little to himself and all his women and few children (may be not of the "poor-tax", but plenty from the looting - Muhammad f.x. had estates 3 different places (Medina, Khaybar and Fadaq), something which is never mentioned by Muslims, when they talk about how poor he was personally). Hypocrisy.

###*To be exact the "poor-tax" - zakat - according to Hadiths after Al-Bukhari (comment 1 to Chapter 24) is for 8-9 different purposes:

  1.  Help the "Fuqara" - a category of poor people.
  2. Help the "Al-Masakin" - another category of poor people. (These two points = the purpose of helping the poor. Lump them together, and you get 8 purposes.
  3. Paying the persons administrating the zakat. (Originally Muhammad).
  4. Bribing people to become Muslims and in other ways to promote Islam.
  5. Bribing lukewarm Muslims to stay Muslims.
  6. To free Muslim captives.
  7. To help indebted persons.
  8. To wage war for the religion - and for its leader(s).
  9. To assist travelers (often pilgrims to Mecca).

It seems that a sizable percentage was used for points 4, 5, and 8. (You also will find claims that there are 5 purposes for the zakat. Then they lump 1 and 2 together and omit something - often 6 and 8. We some places in this book have used that list.)

036 26/127a: "No reward do I (Hud*) ask of you for it - - -". Also this was one of Muhammad's claims about himself - see 26/125 and 26/126 above. At least for Muhammad this claim was enormously wrong, as he at least claimed total power over his followers, enormous riches (which he according to Islamic books mostly used for bribes to attract and keep followers + not a little to wage war) and lots of women - typical for some false prophets throughout history and even today, whereas real prophets seldom had or wanted much riches and as seldom had more than one wife if any at all (a man like Solomon with all his wives is reckoned to be a powerful king, not a prophet, except in the Quran - the same goes for David (though the word prophet is mentioned)). Also see 26/209a above.

037 26/130: (A26/58) "- - - a Quranic prohibition, valid for all times, of all unnecessary cruelty in war, coupled with the positive, clearly-implied injunction to subordinate every act of war - as well as the decision to wage war as such - to moral considerations and restraints". Anyone knowing something about Muslim war history and also of treatment of prisoners of war and of suppressed people after many wars, are able to comment on this kind of claims from present-day Muslim scholars, but we do not like to use so impolite words as the ones necessary to correct these claims, perhaps except the word hypocrisy.

Please read the claim once more - do you want to laugh or to weep?

038 28/53h: “- - - indeed we (the Jews and Christians*) have been Muslims (bowing to Allah’s will) from before this”. No comments necessary – except see f.x. 28/48a, 28/48b or 28/52 above.

039 29/12e: "- - - in fact they (non-Muslims*) are liars!" Not good people - shun them.

040 29/49c: "- - - Signs self-evident - - -". It may be impolite to mention it, but even today Muslims have to resort to arguments of this quality - a proof for that they have very little of real arguments, and no real proofs.

041 31/27a: "And if all the trees on earth were pens and the Ocean (were ink), with seven Oceans behind it to and to its (supply), yet would not the Word of Allah be exhausted (in writing) - - -". This borders on the panegyric to say the least of it - panegyrics is to be used with care, as it is a dangerous means which demands more artisanship than Muhammad has, to use it with successful result. And the claim in the sentence, is it fact or bluff?

042 33/6c: "The Prophet (Muhammad*) is closer to the Believers than their own selves - - -". His followers hardly were aware of it, but this is an extremely strong demand on them.

043 33/46: “(Muhammad be*) as a lamp spreading light.” Did Muhammad spread most light or most darkness? A rhetoric question needing no answer, knowing there is no god behind his claimed holy book.

044 33/60d: “- - - those (non-Muslims, hypocrites, etc.*) in whose heart is a disease - - -“. A good slogan that you meet many places in the Quran: If you are not a good Muslim, that means you are sick. But like many slogans it may be a twisted truth – or simply a lie.

045 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.

046 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.

047 39/9a: “Is one (Muslim*) who worship devotedly during the hours of the night - (like one who does not (non-Muslim*)) - - -?” According to the Quran there is a big difference. And who in a primitive or brain washed audience or in an audience WANTING to believe, understand they are manipulated? But what if the Quran is made up? - as it is not from any god (too much is wrong) it must be made in some way.

048 39/9d: “Are those equal, those who know (Muslims*) and those (non-Muslims*) who do not know?” A rhetoric question expecting the answer "No". But what about the ones where the knowledge is not knowledge, but belief, compared to the ones able to see that something is seriously wrong in that belief?

049 41/40g: “Which is better? - he (the non-Muslim*) that is cast into the Fire, or he (the Muslim*) that comes safe through - - -”. Does anyone feel a wisp the word “discrimination”? - or lack of proof?

050 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 has 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.

051 42/17d: "- - - perhaps the Hour is close at hand!" This is a standard argument in many religions to frighten its believers to obedience.

052 42/23g: "No reward do I (Muhammad*) ask of you for this except the love of those near of kin". Well, except 20% of all stolen goods and enslaved people - 100% if they gave in without a fight - 2.5% (average) of all your belongings each and every year in tax (though it is likely Muhammad used little or nothing of just this point personally), plenty of women and undisputed and total power over you, + lots of warriors to fight and may be die for me, among other things. One of the in reality most and strongest contradicted and abrogated by reality verse in all the Quran. Good propaganda towards followers unable to think for themselves.

Two words: Hypocrisy. Dishonesty.

One of the places where Muhammad knew he was lying in the Quran.

053 43/8: "- - - stronger in power than these (Muhammad's opposition*) - - -". When Muhammad tells about people he claims Allah has destroyed, you will normally find that he adds that those people were stronger and richer than the Arabs not wanting Islam - this to strengthen his tale and strengthen the impression of Allah's claimed power - and his warning towards the skeptics and the pep-talk value for his followers.

**054 43/20e: "They (non-Muslims*) do nothing but lie!" A clear statement - but is it true? There are so many claims and statements in the Quran which are not true. Besides it is a peculiar complaint from the religion of al-Taqiyya (the lawful lie), Kitman (the lawful half-truth), "war is deceit" - and everything is war, not to mention "break even your oaths if that gives a better result".

At least clear words for your money about what non-Muslims are worth.

055 43/25b: "- - - now see what was the end of those who rejected (truth)". This refers to different ruins, empty houses, etc. in and around Arabia. Muhammad claimed - as normal for him without any proof - that they all were empty because Allah had punished its former inhabitants with death because of sins. Believe it if you want - but science has other explanations.

##056 58/4h: In connection to among others this verse and its expression according to M. Azad "- - - if anyone has not (the wherewithal) - - -" you may find - or meet - a nice sample of Islamic honesty in debate - or in propaganda: (A58/7): "As regard the phrase 'he who does not find the wherewithal (lam yajid)', it may indicate either lack of financial means or the impossibility of finding anyone else who could be redeemed from factual or figurative bondage (- - -). According to many Islamic scholars of our times (e.g., Rashid Rida - - -), this relates, in first instance, to circumstances in which 'slavery will have been abolished in accordance with the aim of Islam' (Manar V, 337)". This simply is an al-Taqiyya - a lawful lie - and even a distasteful such one.

  1. First note that the translation of the Arab text is changed a little compared to Yusuf Ali's one, and "by coincidence"(?) fits the "explanation" of the claim about Islam's intention of abolishing slavery better. The Quran in reality is clear on that it speaks about the economy of the person.

  2. There is nowhere in the Quran said that slavery is bad or for other reasons should be terminated (it is a good deed to free a slave, but slavery is nowhere in the Quran condemned).
  3. There is nowhere in the Quran even indicated that slavery is bad or for other reasons should be terminated. Not one place.
  4. There is nowhere in the Quran said or in other ways indicated that slavery is morally wrong.
  5. There is nowhere in the Quran even indicated that it would be good moral or good ethics to abolish slavery. To set free a slave - at least a Muslim slave - is a good thing, but slavery as an institution is nowhere attacked or even questioned.

  6. The main Islamic idol - Muhammad - took and traded (sold or gave away for bribes) at least a few thousand slaves and expressed no qualms for doing this. Everything Muhammad said - or not said - or did, is the right thing to do for any Muslim, if it is not expressed prohibited (f.x. a Muslim can have only 4 wives as he is forbidden to have as many as Muhammad had (36 we know by name included concubines and 7 we do not know if he was formally married to or not)).
  7. Muslim countries were forced backwards and kicking and protesting into abolishing slavery - Mauritania as late as in unbelievable 1982 AD (and made it a punishable crime as late as in 2007 AD)!! - by forces and ideas from the west. We at least have never seen a Muslim whisper from older times about abolishing slavery as an institution.
  8. Abolishing slavery is a "new idea" and a "foreign idea" in Islam. Such ideas were not accepted by Islam through most of Islam's history - well, necessity after long time made some "new ideas" acceptable if they clearly were in accordance with ideas in the Quran or strong Hadiths. We have found nowhere in older Islamic literature where the "new idea" of abolishing slavery was even aired, not to mention received backing.

  9. The claim that Islam/Muhammad/the Quran promotes abolishing of slavery you ONLY meets from Muslim scholars born and raised in modern times - times when foreign, mainly Western, thinking, has made slavery extremely immoral. As it is not only permitted in Islam to lie, but advised "if necessary" to defend or promote the religion (and permitted in a number of other wide cases), this al-Taqiyya (lawful lie) is launched: 'Islam is the best also on this - Islam all the time intended to abolish slavery". (You even meet Muslims boasting that Islam forced Europe to end slavery, by stopping the trade from Africa. This simply is nonsense. For one thing European slaves mainly came from the Slavic areas in the East - it was not for nothing that the name "slave" was coined. And for another there hardly has been an area or a time in all history where trades between areas and countries and cultures have stopped for long times if good profit was possible to make. Slavery in Europe died out partly because in agriculture in chilly countries the work season is short and slaves had to be fed all the year, but mainly because it was opposed to Christian basic moral and ideas (this even though it is not clearly discredited or forbidden in the Bible).
  10. There are in the world today some 24 million humans "living as slaves or under slave-like conditions" according to UN (the number is from 2005 if we remember correctly). A good percentage of these live in Islamic areas. We have seen little or nothing of negative reactions from Islam or Muslims to this fact. There may have been, but in case not enough to reach us, even though we have been looking for such reactions.
  11. As abolishing of slavery is "a new idea" and on top of that "a foreign idea" both of which are despised by conservative Islam, and as Muhammad showed what was right and wrong for Islam in this question by taking and trading and keeping slaves (f.x. his concubines Maria and Rayhana bint Amr), you can be pretty sure that if the world ever returns to medieval conditions, official slavery will re-emerge in Islamic areas "lawful and good".

So much for this Islamic al-Taqiyya - lawful lie.

057 58/18e: "They (non-Muslims*) are but liars". One more of Muhammad’s negative - often strongly negative - names for non-Muslims: Pure liars ("they are but liars").

058 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.

##059 58/19e: "They (non-Muslims*) are the Party of Satan". This is one of the sentences you should remember if/when you meet Muslims claiming that Islam or Muhammad is slandered or worse - it is difficult for them to get sympathy from a judge when they are saying worse things themselves. And few opposers of Islam use as strong words as here. Hate and distaste mongering.

#####060 61/9h: “- - - the Religion of Truth, that may proclaim over all religion - - -”. This part of the propaganda quotation also tells volumes about Islam. Personally if we meet a man - or a god - telling he is benevolent, but who in reality has harsh demands and deeds and codes of conduct, we any day and any hour believe his demands and deeds and moral codes more than his words. Similar claim in 9/29.

No compulsion in religion? (2/256). Well, at least such a claim , true or not, is a good slogan.

061 68/8b: “So hearken not to those who deny (the Truth)”. Do not mind what non-Muslims tell you. A practical advice from any leader not wanting his followers getting information correcting his own claims.

062 69/1: "The Sure Reality". Here is intended the Quran and Islam. But like so much propaganda in all aspects of life - and in the Quran - also this claim is not true, as too much is wrong in that book.

Sub-total Chapter 65 = 62 + 6.030 = 6.092.


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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".