Friday, 18 March 2016

Reading the Koran - Sura 2 Verse 197 - 210

Verses 197 to 210 detail the Pilgrimage and some rules surrounding it, additionally just as last week these verses contain a glaring contradiction within them.

The first thing to realize is that during the hajj there are certain things that you are not allowed to do, such as have sex? Granted the other parts make sense for any normal person like don't be a dick, but then again why do you need be told that?
"so whoever decides on ḥajj therein, there is to be no sexual contact, vicious talk, or disputing during the ḥajj"
Interestingly after all the talk about fasting during Ramadan, fasting is not mentioned as one of the key aspects of the hajj.

Probably the more interesting part for me is that one is to self prepare for the hajj as one cannot expect Allah-the-all-powerful to take care of you.
"And take provision, for indeed the best provision is Godwariness. So be wary of Me, O you who possess intellects!"
And heaven forbid those who actually use logic, its very clear that Allah does not like your intellect. Perhaps this is the reason that ISIS has not been establishing any schools, well except for those schools where they teach people how to kill and blow themselves up.

Now for some contradictions, which start at the end of verse 200 and carry through to 202. So apparently Allah does not think that a person should have too much in this life, and they should not ask for it. If a Muslim does however ask for this, then in heaven there will be no riches.
"Among the people there are those who say, ‘Our Lord, give us in this world,’ but for such there is no share in the Hereafter."
This verse is good when it stands alone as it teaches people to not be greedy. However, in the next verse it says you can ask Allah for things in this world. In fact verse 201 is considered to be a prayer for devout Muslims.
"And among them there are those who say, ‘Our Lord, give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and save us from the punishment of the Fire.’"
Maybe I am just dumb, but that certainly seems to me like saying the exact opposite thing that was said in the previous verse! But then not to make things even more obscure it says in the next verse that you will only get what you earn.
"Such shall partake of what they have earned, and Allah is swift at reckoning."
So essentially there is no point in asking?!? But never mind Allah will get you anyway as he is just and quick to deliver his justice.

Interestingly, after being told how important the hajj is, we also get told that if you leave early its not an issue as Allah does not mind.
"Remember Allah in the appointed days. Then whoever hastens off in a couple of days, there is no sin upon him, and whoever delays, there is no sin upon him"
So my question is, "what the hell is the point of the hajj if you can leave early?"

Now for some good stuff in the Koran, and likely one that Islamic terrorists are not paying much attention to. Then again this multiple choice book can be used for anything so I guess I should not be surprised at the ineptitude of morons to follow some verses. Basically, the verses 204 and 206 explain what will happen to those people that do not serve Allah in the correct way. As is typical with monotheistic religions the outcome of not obeying is the whole hell escapade.
"204 Among the people is he whose talk about worldly life impresses you, and he holds Allah witness to what is in his heart, though he is the staunchest of enemies.
205 And if he were to wield authority, he would try to cause corruption in the land, and to ruin the crop and the stock, and Allah does not like corruption.
206 And when he is told, ‘Be wary of Allah,’ conceit seizes him sinfully; so let hell suffice him, and it is surely an evil resting place!"
I wonder if the politicians in Saudi Arabia read these verse when they stated making the hajj a cash cow? Or I wonder if the ISIS leaders realize that ruining the land makes them go to hell. Basically I could go on with examples, but it just shows what a load of todge the Koran really is.

So what can a Muslim learn from these verses? Well the answer is not much, but basically do not be a dick.

See you again next week.

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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