12 October 2010

Surah 2:159-189 -- Hiding the Quran, cursing unbelievers, eating pork, retaliating, the death tax, and Ramadan sex

The section begins in the usual way. Allah repeats his threats and curses for non-believers, as he does throughout the Quran. Believe whatever Allah revealed to Muhammad or Allah torture you forever after you die.

Lo! Those who hide the proofs and the guidance which We revealed, after We had made it clear to mankind in the Scripture: such are accursed of Allah and accursed of those who have the power to curse. 2:159

This verse is a bit different than most, though. Allah will curse those who "hide the proofs and the guidance" that he revealed. But how can you hide things that don't exist? There are no proofs anywhere in the Quran and whatever guidance is there is almost always bad.

But it gives me an idea, though. Maybe instead of a "Burn the Quran Day" we should have a "Hide the Quran Day." Put it where the sun doesn't shine.

In any case, since I do my best to expose the Quran for the vicious bullshit that it is, I suppose verse 159 would apply to me. But verses 161-2 apply to everyone who disbelieves in the Quran, for whatever reason. They are cursed by Allah, the angels, and men combined.

So every good Muslim man must join Allah and the angels in cursing nonbelievers.

Lo! Those who disbelieve, and die while they are disbelievers; on them is the curse of Allah and of angels and of men combined. They ever dwell therein. The doom will not be lightened for them, neither will they be reprieved. 2:161-2

Whoever hides the Quran will get fire in his belly. (So that's where I got the fire in my belly!) And after they die they will get that painful doom that Allah is always promising in the Quran. "How constant are they in their strife to reach the Fire!"

Lo! those who hide aught of the Scripture which Allah hath revealed and purchase a small gain therewith, they eat into their bellies nothing else than fire. ... Theirs will be a painful doom. Those are they who purchase error at the price of guidance, and torment at the price of pardon. How constant are they in their strife to reach the Fire! 2:174-5

Yeah, that's right Allah. We unbelievers are just begging to have our skins burned off repeatedly after we die. It's about all we ever think about.

After Allah curses and threatens the unbelievers, he calls them names, like deaf, dumb, blind, and senseless.

The likeness of those who disbelieve (in relation to the messenger) is as the likeness of one who calleth unto that which heareth naught except a shout and cry. Deaf, dumb, blind, therefore they have no sense.2:171

Then Allah gets tired of cursing, threatening, and name-calling, and he gets down to some more practical matters. Don't eat carrion, blood, pork, or animals that have been sacrificed to other gods.

He hath forbidden you only carrion, and blood, and swineflesh, and that which hath been immolated to (the name of) any other than Allah. 2:173

And then he says something nice for a change.

Giveth wealth ... to kinsfolk and to orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and to those who ask, and to set slaves free ... and payeth the poor-due. 2:177

"Set the slaves free." Does this mean that slavery is forbidden in the Quran? Don't ask me, I'm just one of those deaf, dumb, blind, senseless, and cursed unbelievers.

But I guess not. The next verse answers the question.

O ye who believe! Retaliation is prescribed for you in the matter of the murdered; the freeman for the freeman, and the slave for the slave, and the female for the female. ... He who transgresseth after this will have a painful doom. 2:178

If someone murders your slave, then you get to kill one of his. If it was a male that was killed, you kill one of the killer's male slaves. If a female, you kill a female. Murder for murder. Slave for slave. It all works out swell with Allah's wondrous rules. (Oh, and if you don't follow them, you'll have the usual painful doom.)

And there is life for you in Allah's magic retaliation. It helps to ward off evil. (It works like a rabbit's foot or something.)

And there is life for you in retaliation, O men of understanding, that ye may ward off (evil). 2:179

The Republicans should like the next verse, though. It forbids what Tea Baggers they like to call the "death tax." So when rich Muslims die, they must leave all of their wealth to their families.

It is prescribed for you, when death approacheth one of you, if he leave wealth, that he bequeath unto parents and near relatives in kindness. (This is) a duty for all those who ward off (evil). 2:180

The section ends with rules for fasting and Ramadan, which are too boring to go through. But all Muslims must follow them "to ward off evil."

The good news is that it's OK to have sex with your wives during Ramadan (at least after sunset). In fact you must "hold intercourse with them." All of them. It is your sacred Muslim duty.

It is made lawful for you to go in unto your wives on the night of the fast. They are raiment for you and ye are raiment for them. ... So hold intercourse with them. 2:87

Bogging the Quran
2: 190-217 -- Allah's rules for holy warfare


twillight said...

I think if you kill a slave, but you don't have one at the moment, then you'll be sentenced to buy one, what will have to be killed to make the proper punishment.
More simple.

Randomdude123 said...

@twillight but it won't be a punishment because it's like punishment by hiring than firing

twillight said...


It will be punishment because you loose property.
At "H&F" you'd get back your money.

I'm aware of the almost-lack of sentimental value, but Mr. A.'s word is what we have to rely here too, eh? :sarcasm:

Steve Wells said...

Thanks for the correction, Robert. I've removed the (silly) parenthetical statement (there are no rich Muslim women).

kat said...

YUSUFALI: O ye who believe! the law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman. But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain, then grant any reasonable demand, and compensate him with handsome gratitude, this is a concession and a Mercy from your Lord. After this whoever exceeds the limits shall be in grave penalty.
PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Retaliation is prescribed for you in the matter of the murdered; the freeman for the freeman, and the slave for the slave, and the female for the female. And for him who is forgiven somewhat by his (injured) brother, prosecution according to usage and payment unto him in kindness. This is an alleviation and a mercy from your Lord. He who transgresseth after this will have a painful doom.

I don't have my tafsir with me and my memory might be faulty---During pre-islamic times, tribal wars were carried on for generations and the more people killed in one tribe, they tried to kill many more of the other tribe....and so forth. What was happening was one injustice was compensated/retaliated by another injustice. A person/tribe/nation who has had injustice done ---has the right to demand justice---but this has to be commensurate with the crime.---that is, if a person is punished in excess of the crime---it only furthers injustice and this is wrong.
As the Quran says, forgiveness and compensation are better methods of obtaining justice. A tribe can give a member of equal value to the other tribe as compensation---(the recieving tribe thus has a new contributing member)however, monetary (or other type) compensation is much preferred.
That is why the verse following this says that this method of justice saves lives.

kat said...

Women---The Quran gave many rights to women such as the right to education, to property, to conduct bussiness, to inherit, ....etc-----many of these have been eroded over time by patriarchy. That is why there are calls by Muslim "feminists" to go back to the principles of the Quran---but this often puzzles western observers/feminists.

Matthew Blanchette said...

Muhammad had multiple wives; why were women not given a chance for multiple husbands in his day, if Muhammad was so ahead-of-the-curve?

Unknown said...

Allah's verses on demand...

It was narrated from Anas, that the Messenger of Allah had a female slave with whom he had intercourse, but 'Aishah and Hafsah would not leave him alone until he said that she was forbidden for him. Then Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, revealed:
"O Prophet! Why do you forbid (for yourself) that which Allah has allowed to you.' until the end of the Verse.
Sunan an-Nasa'i : Vol. 4, Book 36, Hadith 3411