Understanding the Quran
Hi Mr Ali would you give me your suggestion about the following four verses please?
1. Sura 2:263
Taking a verse in isolation can be misleading. To understand what Muhammad is saying we should also read the verse presiding and following it or better, we have to know the entire Quran.
2:262 They who spend their possessions for the sake of God and do not thereafter mar their spending by stressing their own benevolence and hurting shall have their reward with ‘their Sustainer, and no fear need they have, and neither shall they grieve.
2:263 A kind word and the veiling of another’s want is better than a charitable deed followed by hurt; and God is self-sufficient, forbearing.
2:264 O you who have attained to faith! Do not deprive your charitable deeds of all worth by stressing your own benevolence and hurting, as does he who spends his wealth only to be seen and praised by men, and believes not in God and the Last Day.
Here Muhammad is urging his followers to give money and support his war expenditure. At the same time he did not want them to bring it up and remind him of it. He told them to donate, but not talk about it, because their reward will be given to them by Allah. Then he made an example saying showing kindness and not bragging about it is better.
Muhammad claimed to be a prophet, so now and anon he had to preach some good words. It is these sporadic good words that confuse people. After 1400 years you are writing to me and wondering about them. If you want to fool people you have to also say some good words. You can’t deceive them if all you say are evil.
4:133 If He so wills, He can cause you, O mankind, to disappear, and bring forth other beings [in your stead]: for God has indeed the power to do this. –
This verse reveals Muhammad’s narcissism. It is typical of narcissists to say if I wanted to destroy you I could do it but because I am a superior person I am tolerant. Such empty rhetoric’s are giveaways that the person suffers from narcissism. Whenever Muhammad had the chance to destroy someone he did it. Only when he could not do it he revealed verses like this.
4:135 O YOU who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in upholding equity, bearing witness to the truth for the sake of God, even though it be against your own selves or your parents and kinsfolk. Whether the person concerned be rich or poor, God’s claim takes precedence over [the claims of] either of them. Do not, then, follow your own desires, lest you swerve from justice: for if you distort [the truth], behold, God is indeed aware of all that you do!
This is one of the most evil verses of the Quran. Here Muhammad is encouraging his followers to spy on their own loved ones and report them if they notice they are not loyal to him. He is saying one has to bear witness even against one’s own self. What he is trying to achieve is total mind control. You can read more about this kind of mind control in my book in the chapter where I talk about the similarities of the cult of Jim Jones to Islam.
5:2 O you who have attained to faith! Offend not against the symbols set up by God, nor against the sacred month [of pilgrimage], nor against the garlanded offerings, nor against those who flock to the Inviolable Temple, seeking favour with their Sustainer and His goodly acceptance; and [only] after your pilgrimage is over are you free to hunt. And never let your hatred of people who would bar you from the Inviolable House of Worship lead you into the sin of aggression: but rather help one another in furthering virtue and God-consciousness, and do not help one another in furthering evil and enmity; and remain conscious of God: for, behold, God is severe in retribution!
Words are cheap. If you are a prophet pretender you have to say words that sound great to impress the foolhardy. Actions speak louder than words. In this verse Muhammad says, offend not against the sacred month of pilgrimage. But he was the first to do it. In the first year when he migrated to Medina, he sent a group of eight bandits to waylay a caravan in Nakhla. They killed one man and took two as captives. Muhammad then released them after their families paid hefty sums to ransom them. The sacred months were sacred for Arabs. Muhammad said this to make them happy, but he did not observe them himself.
He even said stealing is prohibited and ordered a very inhumane punishment for the thieves, however, he himself made all his wealth through stealing. All his followers depended on stealing for years. Stealing was the only source of income for Muhammad, his companions and the early Muslims.
2:190 AND FIGHT in God’s cause against those who wage war against you, but do not commit aggression-for, verily, God does not love aggressors.
To understand this verse you have to understand what Muhammad meant by “those who wave ware against you.” No one was waging war against Muslims at the time of Muhammad, just as no one is waging war against them today. However, Muhammad considered opposition to his leis as waging war against him. For example, I am not waging any war against any Muslim. All I do is exercise my human right to free speech and criticize Islam. In the minds of Muslims I am waging war against them and I should be fought against.
These verses can be misleading for those who don‘t understand Muhammad and his reasoning. They don’t mean that Muhammad advocated tolerance. This is like a thief holds you at gun point and tells you, if you hand me your vault I will not harm you. Does this mean the thief is a great person who promises not to harm you?
To understand the Quran you have to read all of it and read also the Sira and the hadith. You have to have a complete picture of Muhammad and then you’ll be able to interpret any verse.
For those who want to understand Muhammad I invite them to read my book, Understanding Muhammad. You can know Islam and Muhammad by reading the Quran and hadith, but to understand them you have to read my book. No other book explains the phenomenon of Muhammad as clearly as my book.