Reinterpreting the Quran
One Muslim wrote, he prefers a figurative understanding of the Quran. Well, we can make ourselves believe in anything if we try hard enough and interpret it figuratively. In this way you can believe even in Santa Clause and in unicorn.
No book should be interpreted in any other way than its explicit meaning, especially if it purports to be a book of guidance. A book of guidance must be clear and without equivocation leaving no room for interpretation. If it does, then it is no longer a clear book of guidance.
A divine book of guidance must be understandable by everyone. Let us say you are lost and you stop to ask someone for direction. Don’t you expect to receive a clear direction? Will you trust this person if he points to different directions? I am sure you’d think he is a kook. So why should we rely on someone claiming to have come with a clear divine guidance whose guidance is confusing, contradictory and require interpretation?
It is not befitting for God to play such pranks with humans and mislead people. And yet that is exactly what Muhammad said Allah does. He misleads people. and he is the best deceiver . (Q.3:54; 8:30)
Muslims have made all sorts of attempts to interpret their holy text. That book is simply unpalatable and illogical. As the result they strived to give esoteric meanings to asinine statements. Take the example of Mi’raj. This is, as it has always been, a foolish claim. Many of the followers of Muhammad left him when he made that claim. He said this was a test for them. According to him only stupid people will pass the test if faith and can be Muslim. Obviously no rational person can believe in that balderdash, more so now that we have a better understanding of the universe.
Now, Muslims were much more intelligent than their prophet. It was hard for them to swallow his nonsense. At the same time it was not possible for them to question his word. So they came up with this idea that the Quran has some hidden meaning. The Shiites who are notorious for fabricating hadiths have invented a hadith in which they claim Muhammad said the Qur’an has an inner meaning, and that this inner meaning conceals a yet deeper inner meaning, and so on (up to seven levels of meaning).
This view is shared by the Sufis, and the Ismailia who also believe the Quran has a batin, Inner or esoteric meaning, and a zahir, apparent or exoteric meaning.
Their interpretation are improbable and quite arbitrary. For example, in ” Say: O unbelievers! I worship not that which you worship”(109/1-2) unbelievers is taken to mean individual self, or the celestial whores are interpreted as “divine visions.”
In his book Tamheedat, Ayn-al-Qudat Hamadani interprets “The fire kindled by Allah, which rises above the hearts” (104/6-7), as “passion of divine love.”
All one has to do to see the absurdity of this claim is to read this small sura. In this sura Muhammad is maligning one of his detractors (allegedly the chief Walid ibn Mughira) and says he “amasses wealth and considers it a provision (against mishap); He thinks that his wealth will make him immortal. Nay! he shall most certainly be hurled into the crushing disaster, And what will make you realize what the crushing disaster is? It is the fire kindled by Allah, Which rises above the hearts.”
How in the world Hamadani came to interpret this fire as “passion of divine love” is beyond me. I
It is not difficult to see such interpretations are ridiculous. Muhammad gave a detailed description of the physical attributes of these virgin whores. From the Quran we learn the celestial whores have high bosoms, (firm breasts) black eyes, very white skin, so on and so forth.
No matter how one tries to interpret the Quran the interpretations don’t add up. Sometimes they become outright ridiculous. I saw on Youtube a very high ranking cleric from Pakistan (I believe an Ahmadi/Qadiani) saying that the jinns mentioned in the Quran are bacteria. His reasoning was that in one hadith Muhammad said don’t wipe your arses with bone because it is food for jinns. He then concluded that since bacteria eat the meat on the bone, ergo, jinns mentioned in the Quran are bacteria. This illustrious cleric forgot that in other places Muhammad claimed that he visited the town of the jinns, spent a night with them and converted many of them into Islam. Did Muhammad transform himself into bacteria to perform this miracle?
The best answer to show that the Quran must not be interpreted in any other way than its obvious meaning comes from the Quran itself. The Quran repeatedly claims to be a “clear book” (5:15) “easy to understand” (44:58 , 54:22 , 54:32, 54:40) “explained in detail” (6:114), “conveyed clearly”, (5:16, 10:15) and with “no doubt” in it (2:1). Are you going to interpret these verses too?
I know it is hard, but honesty requires that we reject Islam and give up on that fantasy once and for all. Reinterpreting the Quran and reinventing Islam are futile. We have to stick to the truth. Truth is not painful. It is the shattering of lies that is painful. But once those lies are shattered, they are shattered for good. You will be set free and only sky will by your limit. It is truly a new birth to be able to think freely without the shackles of blind faith.
The very idea of interpreting a divine book of guidance is a logical fallacy. Let us say a teacher is not very specific in explaining his subject and leaves it to the students who interpret it in their way. Would you say he is a good teacher? Let us say he has 73 students, all but one flunk. Doesn’t that raise an eyebrow that maybe the teacher is at fault?
Now you are telling me that this all knowing all wise God is not very clear in his guidance and has left it to humans to interpret what he said. According to his own prophet, his followers will be split in 73 sects and all but one will go to hell. Is that how you understand God?
If we pay attention to what the Quran says and don’t try to gloss over it and interpret it to suit our own whims we can find the truth even in the Quran. That is how I found it – yes right from the Quran. Prior to it I refused to read any book of raddiah, refuting Islam. So I commend the Muslims who read my articles, for obviously they are more open minded than yours truly.
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