Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Interesting Quote From Qur'an, Surah 3.

Ignoring any charges of "literalism" for the moment, how should the following verses be interpreted?
Surah 3:149:
O you who have believed, if you obey those who disbelieve, they will turn you back on your heels, and you will [then] become losers.

Surah 3:150:
But Allah is your protector, and He is the best of helpers.

Surah 3:151:
We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve because they ascribe unto Allah partners, for which no warrant hath been revealed. Their habitation is the Fire, and hapless the abode of the wrong-doers.

Surah 3:152:
And Allah had certainly fulfilled His promise to you when you were killing the enemy by His permission until [the time] when you lost courage and fell to disputing about the order [given by the Prophet] and disobeyed after He had shown you that which you love. Among you are some who desire this world, and among you are some who desire the Hereafter. Then he turned you back from them [defeated] that He might test you. And He has already forgiven you, and Allah is the possessor of bounty for the believers.


Phoenix said...

Muslims will of course charge you with taking these verses out of context and then they will fail to give the "correct" context.

And yes, you should interpret these verses literally. Allah says that only perverts follow allegories. You can't make these stuff up.

Quran 3:7. He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are verses basic or fundamental (of established meaning); they are the foundation of the Book: others are allegorical. But those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part thereof that is allegorical, seeking discord, and searching for its hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in the Book; the whole of it is from our Lord:" and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding.

This also refutes the purpose of the Quran. It claims to be a guidance for mankind yet there are passages reserved for Allah to understand only.

Stan said...

Yes. And also the Qur'an does not say which verses are allegorical, and which are to be believed and followed. That leaves following the life of Muhammad as valid pursuit.

The term "men of understanding" is interesting in that who is to say which men truly "understand"? Really. Who is to say? When the Islamists claim "truth", who is to contradict them, except for competing Islamists claiming a separate but "superior" "truth". There is no rational way out of this, except in numbers: a group forms around a particular "truth", and the largest group wins the title of "men of understanding". I suspect that this is called scholarship, or something similar. Yet what is scholarship to study, if it is not the Qur'an? It is circular.