Friday, 19 February 2016

Reading the Koran -Sura 2 Verse 164 -176

Verses 164 to 167 of Sura two focuses on the unity of Allah, which is in stark contrast to the polytheistic beliefs that we read about last week. In fact what it comes down to is that every natural wonder, every sunrise, every ant that walks, etc etc etc is proof of the unity of Allah. The only reason atheists and other non-Muslims cannot see this simple unity is due to us not understanding.
Indeed in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day, and the ships that sail at sea with profit to men, and the water that Allah sends down from the sky —with which He revives the earth after its death, and scatters therein every kind of animal— and the changing of the winds, and the clouds disposed between the sky and the earth, are surely signs for a people who apply reason.
So basically Islam is supplanting the same reason that every other religion uses that their god is the one and true god. Rather pathetic as there is still no evidence except for claims that nature is proof.

Luckily, as with most gods, Allah gets straight to the point about what will happen to those who do not believe in the unity of Allah. Simply put, those that worship idols or other gods will burn in hell.Of course there is a random part of verse 165 here that I cannot just leave out, it is the one which tells us that believers have stronger faith than those who believe in other gods.
-but the faithful have a more ardent love for Allah-
What does this even mean? Its delusional clearly, but also a throw away comment in the middle of nothing.

Lastly verse 166-167 tell us that false religions will destroy themselves, because they divide themselves when they realize that they are not in unity with Allah. Interestingly, we also see here that the punishment for false belief will be fire and there will be no respite even for those that beg forgiveness.
Thus shall Allah show them their deeds as regrets for themselves, and they shall not leave the Fire.

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Verse 168 - 176 deal with food and what happens to those people that do not eat good food. It is important to realize that the food laws referred to here are the Mosaic laws from the Bible such as don't eat pork or shellfish.
‘We will rather follow what we have found our fathers following.’
Naturally foods that are not allowed are temptations from Satan.
O mankind! Eat of what is lawful and pure in the earth, and do not follow in Satan’s steps. Indeed he is your manifest enemy.
Naturally, those that do not understand why one cannot eat certain foodstuffs can be simply explained by us being infidels who just do not understand Allah's laws.

Now comes a good part in the Koran, we hear that Muslims should provide food to others. Or, polytheism as we can mean food given by other gods.

O you who have faith! Eat of the good things We have provided you, and thank Allah, if it is Him that you worship.
I would like to think it is self sacrifice by Muslims for other Muslims and non-believers. However, as we have seen with Saudi Arabia and Syria I am not sure that this means charitable givings. So again after talking about unity we are lead to the conclusion that Islam is a polytheistic faith.

Interestingly, we do get to hear that people who eat: meat from pigs, animals that have died of old age, or blood will not be punished by Allah if they do these acts without lust or will in their hearts. This is a major joke, after all how can you eat something without the will of wanting to eat it.
He has forbidden you only carrion, blood, the flesh of the swine, and that which has been offered to other than Allah. But should someone be compelled, without being rebellious or aggressive, there shall be no sin upon him. Indeed Allah is all-forgiving, all-merciful.
Needless to say those that eat unlawful food will be sent to.......you guessed it hell. In fact they will have to eat fire in hell.
Indeed those who conceal what Allah has sent down of the Book and sell it for a paltry gain —they do not take in, into their bellies, [anything] except fire, and Allah shall not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, nor shall He purify them, and there is a painful punishment for them.

Lastly, we get told that if anyone denies or disputes the Koran they will surely go to hell. So I guess that is me that also is going to hell.......again.

See you next week, and remember if you like bacon or prawns you are going to hell.
Hell food (Source)

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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