Friday, 12 February 2016

Reading the Koran - Sura 2 Verse 153 - 163

The next portion of the Koran we will be reading relates to faithful followers of the laws laid out in the Koran, as well as the explanations of how Allah treats the unfaithful. In fact we start of with a simple verse that explains we should be patient with Allah and pray. Let me just be upfront and say that this really is good advice, after all we know prayer does not work.

O you who have faith! Take recourse in patience and prayer; indeed Allah is with the patient.

Next up we get told that those who die in the name of Allah, or those that die in the faith, are in fact not dead but alive. In fact, we hear that if we do not believe in Allah we are just not aware of the true way and as such we really cannot understand why the faithful dead are not actually just dead.

And do not call those who were slain in Allah’s way ‘dead.’ Rather they are living, but you are not aware. 

Beside the fact that we will live forever, we also know that the hungry and the poor will be fed, never mind that we will be healed from sickness. If you are an ex-christian, you will know this is very similar to the hook that Christians use to show why their god is the true way, after all we all want to believe that the poor will no longer be poor, and the needy will no longer be needy. But please realize, that all these blessings can only truly be understood and received by those true believers of the one and only true god aka Allah.

In last weeks post I mentioned the fact that I believe Islam is truly a polytheistic faith. Luckily for me I did not have to read to far into the Koran to learn that idolatry is not a bad thing in the eyes of Allah. It is very clearly stated in verse 158 that the mountains Al-Safa and Al-Marwah (containing the idols Usaf and Nailah) which are part of the Hajj are  not things that upset Allah in any way that could be perceived as idoltary.

Indeed Safa and Marwah are among Allah’s sacraments. So whoever makes ḥajj to the House, or performs the ʿumrah, there is no sin upon him to circuit between them. Should anyone do good of his own accord, then Allah is indeed appreciative, all-knowing.

So basically those that do what Allah says will be rewarded.......but on the other hand those that do not, as well as those that conceal the truth like the Jews, are going to be cursed into hell by the merciful Allah.

Indeed those who turn faithless and die while they are faithless, —it is they on whom shall be the curse of Allah, the angels and all mankind.

And even then if you are in hell just know that their is no respite from the all loving, all merciful Allah.

162 They will remain in it [forever], and their punishment shall not be lightened, nor will they be granted any respite.

163 Your god is the One God, there is no god except Him, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful. 

I wonder if the person that wrote the Koran actually saw any irony with putting verses 162 and 163 so close together. Seriously you could not write comedy that good. I suppose it just goes to show that belief is a very special thing, so special in fact that you have to leave your brain at the door to truly understand it.

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The version of the Koran I am reading is the John Meadows Rodwell translation. An online version can be found at the al-quran.info website
Additionally, for commentary I am utilizing the commentary of Maulana Muhammad Ali which is available at muslim.org/english-quran/quran.htm