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Why I Think The Quran Is Not The Word Of God (Part 3)

 

The point I am making here is that the quran teaches muslims to deliberately provoke people and start a fight where there is none just because others do not believe what muslims believe.

 

The question therefore arises whether islam is really religion of peace or of war? The answers from the quran seems to be that islam is religion of war. Abraham is enemy of those who do not believe like him, he hates them because of their wrong beliefs and he is the example the muslims are told to follow. All this proves that muslims are incapable of living in peace with anyone who holds different religious beliefs. If they are trying now, it is only because they are unable to get their way as things stand at the moment.  

 

Not long ago hindus demolished the babri masjid in india, was that a good thing? I am sure it was not because something has been done long ago should not have been disturbed ie let the by-gones be by-gone. But example is again that, Muhammad took over makkah and cleared all the idols from it ie about 360 from ka’ba alone. The question is, was he right in doing that? Were makkan idols in ka’ba (the holy cube) worshipped only by makkans who treated Muhammad allegedly badly or did people come to makkah for pilgrimage from other places as well and so it was their shrine also? The quran tells that it was 9/1–, 22/25, 105/1-, 106/1- etc etc. Makkah was religious centre for many people. So there was no excuse for muhammad for any such action in reaction to makkan actions even if they were harsh to him and his muslim followers. He was suppose to set good examples that led to peace, not the bad ones that led to wars.

 

The problem is similar in Israel and Palestine conflict over Jerusalem. Muslims claim that ka’ba in Makkah was build by Abraham and belonged to them. There is no proof that that was the case. Moreover even if that was the case, the ka’ba was now taken over by pagans so it should have been left the way it was. Hindus also want to build Ram mandir in place of babri masjid, claiming it to be lord rama’s birth place. So if muslims were right in taking over kaba then hindus cannot be wrong in reclaiming what they claim is theirs. In fact muslims are proud that they took over nonmuslim places of worship and converted them into their own places of worship. This is what I mean by religions rather than helping us solve our daily problems they add to them. I do not know how many more innocent lives will have to be lost in order to satisfy this religion based madness. 

 

The hatred that islam creates between people in my views becomes very obvious if one reads the quran oneself. In verses I have quoted above, muslims are told in later verses to have nothing to do even with their very own relatives if they choose different beliefs or religion 9/24, 58/22, 60/1- etc etc. The quran even insults nonmuslims calling them dirty, like donkey, dog or worse than the worse animals 7/176, 8/55, 9/28, 62/5 etc etc. If we ourselves develop negative attitude towards other people then we cannot blame them for their reaction either, can we?

 

 

3) Islam allows slavery

 

 

Although muslims tell me that islam is all about brotherhood, equality, fair treatment of each other, and mutual love and respect etc, the quran and the hadith also paint another picture of islam ie it allowed slavery to continue as I understand it. In fact contradictory dogmas and statements are part of islam as I have already explained.

 

The quran states that all people originate from the very same parents 4/1, 49/13 etc etc. Also that none is better than the other except the ones who do god's will better. The hadith also tells the same eg the elderly has no superiority over the youngster, white has no superiority over black etc etc. 

 

Does this mean all people are equal before the law as far as islam is concerned? The answer seems to be, no. There is first of all discrimination between muslims and nonmuslims. Then between muslim men and muslim women. Then there is discrimination between muslim masters and muslim slaves.

 

I have already quoted the verses that divide people into two camps ie party of allah and party of satan. The party of allah is told to be tough on infidels 9/28, 67, 49/29 etc etc.

 

The ruler of muslims can only and only be a muslim 2/221, 4/34, 58-65, 24/51 etc etc. The ruler cannot be a muslim slave nor a muslim woman.

 

A muslim man is allowed to wed four women at the same time and is allowed to change them at will 4/3,20. There is no limit on him having slave girls. The wife obviously has no right to limit the number of her husband's sexual partners ie wives and slave girls. So long as one can afford it one is free to do as one pleases. There is no restriction in the quran as regard buying and selling of slaves, male or female. Since a man can have as many partners as he wants by changing wives or slave girls for example, the sexual morality in islam seems to be as good as nonexistent. Moreover a wife is property of her husband and so are her children the property of their father, thus the mother has no right to her children. So good for the paradise being underneath the mother’s feet and that the one who finds either of his parents’ still alive in their old age must take good care of them. Who knows where one’s mother would end up if she is property of her husband who can change her at will? Moreover where are the resources going to come from to take care of their needs if son is going to sit at home for looking after his parents? The quran is silent as usual, you would have to think for that yourselves. The quran is only political when it comes to controlling people and  it has no answers when it comes to solving their economics based problems of invention, production or distribution etc etc.  

 

All this gives rise to yet another question, how good the original muslims were? The quran clearly states the answer in 2/221, 4/25, 23/6, 24/3, 43/18 and elsewhere. These muslims were happy to keep their muslim sisters as slave girls, so one can see how charitable and loving were muslims as a people towards each other. What an excellent Islamic community! I would not say anything more than that. Now people who could keep muslims as slaves (ie their own very brothers and sisters in faith) could not be expected to let go their nonmuslim slaves, could they? What an excellent utopia Islamic welfare state, of which present muslims are dreaming all the time! Was it their fault? No, they were programmed or allowed to be so by the quran, so it was not their fault, was it? Moreover a man is allowed by the quran to beat up his wife and so it is yet more easier for a man to beat up his slaves girls, for they do not have any family or tribal ties that their folk will come to their aid eg fathers or brothers etc.  

 

Here is al-bukhaari link for hadees and see what it says about slave girls as regard their faith ie were they believers or not? Note also the advice given to these slaves ie work hard for your masters, for Allah will be very pleased. Does this not encourage exploitation? People who turn muslim after being defeated by muslims there is hesitation on returning even their own looted stuff back. By the way these are just a few reports for sample. For more one will have to consult many other hadith and tafaseer books or even to sira=biographies of the prophet andislamic history accounts.

 

http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/fundamentals/hadithsunnah/bukhari/046.sbt.html

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 716:

 

Narrated Marwan and Al-Miswar bin Makhrama:

When the delegates of the tribe of Hawazin came to the Prophet and they requested him to return their properties and captives. The Prophet stood up and said to them, "I have other people with me in this matter (as you see) and the most beloved statement to me is the true one; you may choose either the properties or the prisoners as I have delayed their distribution." The Prophet had waited for them for more than ten days since his arrival from Ta'if. So, when it became evident to them that the Prophet was not going to return them except one of the two, they said, "We choose our prisoners." The Prophet got up amongst the people and glorified and praised Allah as He deserved and said, "Then after, these brethren of yours have come to us with repentance, and I see it logical to return them the captives. So, whoever amongst you likes to do that as a favor, then he can do it, and whoever of you likes to stick to his share till we recompense him from the very first war booty which Allah will give us, then he can do so (i.e. give up the present captives)." The people unanimously said, "We do that (return the captives) willingly." The Prophet said, "We do not know which of you has agreed to it and which have not, so go back and let your leaders forward us your decision." So, all the people then went back and discussed the matter with their leaders who returned and informed the Prophet that all the people had willingly given their consent to return the captives. This is what has reached us about the captives of Hawazin. Narrated Anas that 'Abbas said to the Prophet, "I paid for my ransom and Aqil's ransom."

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 717:

 

Narrated Ibn Aun:

I wrote a letter to Nafi and Nafi wrote in reply to my letter that the Prophet had suddenly attacked Bani Mustaliq without warning while they were heedless and their cattle were being watered at the places of water. Their fighting men were killed and their women and children were taken as captives; the Prophet got Juwairiya on that day. Nafi said that Ibn 'Umar had told him the above narration and that Ibn 'Umar was in that army.

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 718:

 

Narrated Ibn Muhairiz:

I saw Abu Said and asked him about coitus interruptus. Abu Said said, "We went with Allah's Apostle, in the Ghazwa of Barli Al-Mustaliq and we captured some of the 'Arabs as captives, and the long separation from our wives was pressing us hard and we wanted to practice coitus interruptus. We asked Allah's Apostle (whether it was permissible). He said, "It is better for you not to do so. No soul, (that which Allah has) destined to exist, up to the Day of Resurrection, but will definitely come, into existence."

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 721:

 

Narrated Al-Ma'rur bin Suwaid:

I saw Abu Dhar Al-Ghifari wearing a cloak, and his slave, too, was wearing a cloak. We asked him about that (i.e. how both were wearing similar cloaks). He replied, "Once I abused a man and he complained of me to the Prophet . The Prophet asked me, 'Did you abuse him by slighting his mother?' He added, 'Your slaves are your brethren upon whom Allah has given you authority. So, if one has one's brethren under one's control, one should feed them with the like of what one eats and clothe them with the like of what one wears. You should not overburden them with what they cannot bear, and if you do so, help them (in their hard job)."

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 722:

 

Narrated Ibn 'Umar:

Allah's Apostle said, "If a slave is honest and faithful to his master and worships his Lord (Allah) in a perfect manner, he will get a double reward."

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 723:

 

Narrated Abu Musa Al-Ashari:

The Prophet said, "He who has a slave-girl and teaches her good manners and improves her education and then manumits and marries her, will get a double reward; and any slave who observes Allah's right and his master's right will get a double reward."

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 724:

 

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "A pious slave gets a double reward." Abu Huraira added: By Him in Whose Hands my soul is but for Jihad (i.e. holy battles), Hajj, and my duty to serve my mother, I would have loved to die as a slave.

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 725:

 

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "Goodness and comfort are for him who worships his Lord in a perfect manner and serves his master sincerely."

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 726:

 

Narrated 'Abdullah:

The Prophet said, "If a slave serves his Saiyid (i.e. master) sincerely and worships his Lord (Allah) perfectly, he will get a double reward."

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 727:

 

Narrated Abu Musa:

The Prophet said, "The Mamluk (slave) who worships his Lord in a perfect manner, and is dutiful, sincere and obedient to his Saiyid (master), will get a double reward."

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 728:

 

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "You should not say, 'Feed your lord (Rabbaka), help your lord in performing ablution, or give water to your lord, but should say, 'my master (e.g. Feed your master instead of lord etc.) (Saiyidi), or my guardian (Maulai), and one should not say, my slave (Abdi), or my girl-slave (Amati), but should say, my lad (Fatai), my lass (Fatati), and 'my boy (Ghulami)."

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 729:

 

Narrated Ibn 'Umar:

The Prophet said, "If one manumits his share of a common slave (Abd), and he has money sufficient to free the remaining portion of the price of the slave (justly estimated), then he should free the slave completely by paying the rest of his price; otherwise the slave is freed partly. "

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 730:

 

Narrated 'Abdullah:

Allah's Apostle said, "Everyone of you is a guardian and is responsible for his charges. The ruler who has authority over people, is a guardian and is responsible for them, a man is a guardian of his family and is responsible for them; a woman is a guardian of her husband's house and children and is responsible for them; a slave ('Abu) is a guardian of his master's property and is responsible for it; so all of you are guardians and are responsible for your charges."

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 731:

 

Narrated Abu Huraira and Zaid bin Khalid:

The Prophet said, "If a slave-girl (Ama) commits illegal se-xual intercourse, scourge her; if she does it again, scourge her again; if she repeats it, scourge her again." The narrator added that on the third or the fourth offence, the Prophet said, "Sell her even for a hair rope."

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 734:

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "If somebody fights (or beats somebody) then he should avoid the face."

Many a time one will hear that islam brought slavery to an end and removed racism etc etc but one can clearly see that that is not true. Even if today islam had the upper hand, the human rights will be thrown out of the window and people will be forced to live by islam as dictated in the quran and the hadees or the fiqh, for that is what islam really is.

 

Please remember that my point is that these books are not good enough to be attributed to all merciful god or his messenger, because according to my understanding they teach things which go against what humanity is all about. This is why I am in a dilemma ie in a catch 22 situation. Will I be doing the right thing by attributing such terrible teachings to my creator, who is supposed to be all knowing and very kind?

 

Again we are not judging islam in historic context as part of natural evolution but in context of its claim for divine origin. One may ask, how would I go about things? I do not know, for I myself am no god at all but I would expect that god would not go along with what unfair people think and do. He would set out his own vision and standard for them to follow and that would be the best if not perfect. I expect it would be based upon the principle of fairness and equality. Giving people choice to cooperate freely for their own good or go to hell. In case of the quran and the hadith, it seems the quran is playing in the hands of the prophet and the prophet is playing in the hands of the people who allegedly are his followers. For example, quran is taking into consideration even prophet’s and peoples’ unfair and wrong desires rather than telling them straight to their face what is right or fair and what is wrong or unfair as far as god was concerned. We see verse after verse coming down as Muhammad and his followers desire and what they desired is clearly written in the quran and the hadith, what a terrible joke!

 

For example, if slavery was wrong then god ought to tell the people so and forbid it right from the beginning. Let people then accept or reject his message at their own peril. The way the quran is dealing with this situation is creating a two tear system or double standard that those people were allowed to get their way but we are not. So one can see why I have problems with religions and scriptures because they raise serious questions in my mind rather than trying to help me solve the problem I am facing in living my daily life as a good human being.

 

The quran allows slavery by clear verses but contains no clear-cut verse as regard abolishing it, hence I am of the view that as far as the quran is concerned, slavery is fine even today. So one can see how dangerous islam is if people fell prey to it and also why the quran is not the word of god.