Muhammad in the Quran, Vol. 3: Chapter 73
15 Dec. 2015
"THE DAYS OF IGNORANCE"
Muhammad named the times before he started his preaching "the Time of Ignorance" - and this still is the official name for those times in Islam. This is very ironic, as many were much more knowledgeable and educated than Muhammad's Arabs - f.x. the Persians, people of the East Roman Empire, the Mayas, Chinese, the Indian subcontinent, some parts Africa (parts of Africa was not too bad during those early times, but its cultures to a large degree were destroyed by the Islamic conquest and by Muslim slave hunters and raiders), etc. But to Muhammad only his platform of power - his claimed god and religion - counted.
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##001 5/50a: "- - - (the Days of) Ignorance - - -". Believe it or not, but "the Days of Ignorance" or "the Time of Ignorance" is the official and accepted name for the times before Islam in Muslim area even today. Extra ironic when you know parts of that area - f.x. Egypt and even more so Persia - were far less ignorant before being conquered by culturally primitive Muslim warriors, not to mention that Islam after some time stopped all scientific thinking except what was connected to religion - from 1095 AD (100 years later in the far west) after having fought it for centuries, and nearly till today there did not come one new idea or thought which could benefit humanity from all the Muslim area. So when was the real Time of Ignorance?
002 27/24e: "- - - no guidance - - -". In Islam only Islam is "guidance". It is symptomatic that the pre-Islamic times in Muslim countries officially are called "the Times of Ignorance" - this even if some of those countries had much more knowledge and education before being conquered by the primitive Muslim nomads, than during the 1 - 2 next centuries among their conquerors - not to mention the disdain many Muslims felt for non-Muslim science and knowledge.
003 33/33a: “And stay quietly in your houses, and make not a dazzling display, like that of the former Times of Ignorance; and establish regular Prayer, and give regular Charity; and obey Allah and His Messenger (!!*). And Allah only wishes to remove all abomination from you, ye Members of the Family, and to make you pure and spotless.” Yes, this is how the omnipotent, mighty god speaks to solve Muhammad's daily family life according to the revered "Mother Book" in his own home in his Heaven (of which the Quran is a copy, according to Islam).
As said before: Read 33/28-29 through 33/33 + 33/50 and 33/51 together to get a picture of his – and very many other dominant religious persons in strong and dark religious societies – technique. One of the much used – and proved efficient – ways of manipulating dependant persons. Even the use of the god, is typical for such persons. All this formally is about Muhammad’s private intimate life, but as what he said and did was and is the correct ethical and moral code in Islam – it is the norm for all women concerning this aspect of life. Allah orders Muhammad's wives to be good girls - a nice help for Muhammad. But is it a job for a god? - and is it text worthy a "Mother Book" that an omniscient god reveres - reveres - in his Heaven?
As for the value of prayers in Islam, also see 62/9c. And if you combine 62/9c with 67/9c - a strong one - you get something thought-provoking. (And relevant here: Muslims often are taught that a question or problem can have 2 or more true and correct solutions - Islam is forced to teach this, because if not, many of the mistakes and contradictions in the Quran become too obvious. But this ONLY is true if parallel true solutions are possible. In cases where 2 or more possible solutions are mutually excluding each other, maximum 1 of the mutually excluding ones can be true. It should be a bit thought provoking for Muslims, that just this "small" difference in theoretical thinking and teaching, was one of the reasons (there were several of course) for why Europe and the West exploded into the Technical Revolution, while the Muslim area stagnated). Two star examples are: 1) Full predestination is not possible even for an omnipotent god to combine with even the smallest piece of free will for man - the two are mutually excluding. The same for full and unchangeable predestination long time before, combined with any claimed effect of prayers - the two are mutually excluding each other.)
004 48/26b: "- - - ignorance - - -". Parallel comment to "knowledge" - see 26/83a above. Islam even today officially names all time before the introduction of Islam "the Time of Ignorance" - people did not know Islam, and all other knowledge was and partly is of little interest to the religion and its people and leaders.
005 48/26b: "- - - ignorance - - -". Parallel comment to "knowledge" - see 26/83a above. Islam even today officially names all time before the introduction of Islam "the Time of Ignorance" - people did not know Islam, and all other knowledge was and partly is of little interest to the religion and its people and leaders.
Sub-total Chapter 73 = 5 + 6.464 = 6.469.
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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".