Reading the Koran. 70

This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Abridged Koran where the verses of Koran are arranged in their chronological order and provided with facts from prophet Muhammad’s life, giving context for them.

KORAN OF MEDINA

CHAPTER 7 THE HYPOCRITES

47:33 Believers! Obey Allah and the messenger, and do not let your effort be in vain.

Before Mohammed arrived, the Arabs who practiced their ancient religions were content with their religion and tolerant of others. Many Arabs became Muslims due to a pressure to join Islam. But in secret they were hypocrites who allied themselves with the Jews because they thought Mohammed was deluded.

I365 The Koran gives an analogy about the hypocrites:

2:8 And some of the people [the Jews] say, “We believe in Allah and the Day,” although they do not really believe. They wish to deceive Allah and His believers, but they fool no one but themselves although they do not know it. Their hearts are diseased, and Allah has increased their suffering. They will suffer an excruciating doom because of their lies.

2:11 And when they are told, “Do not make evil in the earth,” they say, “We are only trying to make peace.” But they truly are the evil-doers even though they do not realize it. When it is said to them, “Believe as others have believed,” they say, “Should we believe as the fools believe?” They are the fools, if only they knew it! And when they meet with the faithful they say, “We believe too.” But when they are alone with their fellow devils [Jews and Christians] they say, “Really, we are with you. We were only mocking them.” Allah will throw their mockery back on them and leave them to wander alone in their blindness.

One of the Medinans became a Muslim and later began to doubt the truth of Mohammed and said, “If this man is right, we are worse than donkeys.” His best friend had converted and told Mohammed of his friend’s doubts. Allegiance to Islam comes before family, nation, or friend. When Mohammed confronted him about his remarks and doubts, he denied it. The Koran’s comments:

9:74 They swear by Allah that they said nothing wrong, yet they spoke blasphemy, and some Muslims became unbelievers. They planned what they could not carry out [a plan against Mohammed], and only disapproved of it because Allah and His Messenger had enriched them by His bounty [the resistance to Mohammed decreased when the money from the spoils of war came into the Medinan economy]. If they repent, it will be better for them, but if they fall back into their sin, Allah will afflict them with a painful doom in this world and the next. On earth, they will have neither friend nor protector.

Ironically, the friend who reported the doubts to Mohammed later turned against him, killed two Muslims during battle, and fled to Mecca. Mohammed ordered him killed, but he escaped. Again the Koran says:

3:86 How will Allah guide the people who fall into disbelief after having been believers and having acknowledged the messenger as true and after having received clear signs? Allah does not guide those that do evil. As for these, they will receive Allah’s curse, as well as the curse of His angels and of all mankind, and they will live under it forever. Their punishment will not be lightened nor will they be forgiven except for those who repent and change their ways. Allah is forgiving and merciful.

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