Islam is not in the Qur'an

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Islam is not in the Qur'an Clip Video - The Traditionalist can find no real support for the tenets of his religion in the Qur'an. His religion comes from an entirely different source.

I recommend those who are interested in facts rather than hearsay and assumption inherited from fathers who themselves did not question to read Dan Gibson's book Qur'ānic Geography.


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When the Qur’an is assessed on its own merit and in a consistent and rational manner, we find no support for the supposed five pillars at all.

I will take them in the order we have them above:

There is no single statement to the effect that there is no God but God and that Muhammad is the messenger of God in the Qur’an. None.

The only people who make a point of bearing witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God in the Qur’an are hypocrites (63:1) – and they are immediately identified as liars by God. This is the most we can say about the so-called shahada – or testimony – which is the statement by which one is supposed to enter the religion we call Islam.

The basis for what we think of as the Islamic prayer is – unsurprisingly – the hadith literature. Nowhere does the Qur’an say: pray five times a day. It tells the prophet to draw close to God at certain times, but that was directed towards him personally, and those times nowhere equal five – no matter how the Traditionalist pulls at the text to make it conform with his pre-existing requirements. This is also no particular prayer format in the Qur’an. The prophet is told to pray privately – without publicity of speech – at 7:205; the believers are told to arise for God in twos and alone (34:46); the earliest mosques did not comprise huge prayer halls but were largely made up of small cubicles. They also did not face Makkah. They faced Petra.

The term in the Qur’an which the Traditionalist thinks indicates an annual tax of 2.5% on savings is zakāt. The word zakāt means purity. Nowhere in the Qur’an does it say that it is a tax of 2.5%. Nowhere does it say it is a tax of any sort. The Qur’an tells us to give something of whatever God gives us in order to purify our souls. It tells us to render a fixed tax of 20% on all spoils of war. There is nothing else. So the specifics the Traditionalist claims for zakāt as an obligatory tax at a set rate which is associated with the religion of Islam is nowhere in the Qur’an.

The word ramaḍān occurs once in the Qur’an (2:185). The word ramaḍān means vehemently hot or vehemently heated (of the ground in the sun). It also denotes vehemence of action (lit. of the falling) of the sun upon the stones and sand, etc.; the burning and intense heat of summer. This word was attached to a particular month only subsequent to the Qur’anic revelation and it falls in all parts of the year – including the winter – since the Islamic calendar is lunar. The Qur’an simply says Whoso among you witnesses the moon (i.e. new month), let him fast in it. It does not specify any particular month. The verb ṣāma (to fast) takes it as a direct object. It is clearly a time phrase since if it denoted fasting from a thing the preposition would be min (from). Nouns indicating time (day, hour, etc.) when they appear with no preposition indicate on or in (cf. on the day, in the hour). They do not indicate during or over the course of. Lane in his authoritative Arabic-English Lexicon (p. 1759) feels the needs to confront this problem explicitly and states that ṣāma ashshuhra (which is the form here) actually means ṣāma fī ashshuhra. What he is trying to do is bring what the Qur’an says (let him fast in) into line with Traditionalist dogma (let him fast during or over the course of it) because he (correctly) understands that the words on the page do not tally with what the Traditionalist wants them to say. The simple fact is that the Qur’anic position is that believers are encouraged to fast in each month. How many days one fasts – like the amount of charity one gives – is left to the believer to decide. The minimum amount is at least something. Anything above that is left to the individual.

The fact is that Makkah is a later construct. All the Quranic evidence points to Muhammad as a citizen of – or at least connected with –Petra.

See: "VIRTUE MADE SIMPLE IN THE QURAN: what you need to do to live a godly life in one verse – 2:177"

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