Sura 48 - al-Fath
Two disturbing suras in a row and I read them both within a matter of an hour or so on this Monday morning, June 14. I have so many questions, concerns and comments so let's get started.
1. WE HAVE GIVEN you a splendent victory 2. That God may save you from earlier and subsequent blames, and complete His favours on you, and guide you on the straight path,
Often when I read the Quran I can just read, but occasionally I have to wonder who the "you" is. Is it me the reader? Muhammad? The believers? And if the Quran is a guide for all time is the victory mentioned in verse one a spiritual victory or something physical that believers can obtain in this life? And what are these "blames" that God promises to save "you" from? Sins? Accusations?
4. It is He who sent down the sense of security into the hearts of believers so that their faith may increase with belief, -- God's are the armies of the heavens and the earth; and God is all-knowing and all-wise; --
Is this "sense of security" like an assurance of salvation that God gives to Muslims so they know they have obtained salvation? I thought God's claim to own the armies of the earth was interesting. He says it again in verse 7. I take this to mean that God is the one who controls even the US Armed Forces so we shouldn't really fear what the US military does even in Muslim lands. After all it was God's will apparently that this happened with His army. Maybe He is bringing judgment upon Iraq and Afghanistan and Palestine for something we have no idea about. Is this how Muslims reconcile this verse and God's control of the earth's army with all that is happening in Muslim lands? I know in the Bible that God often used foreign armies to punish the children of Israel when they turned away from Him. So maybe God is using the infidel army in the same way - to punish His people and turn Muslim hearts back to Himself. That's how I would interpret it after seeing all that is happening in the world.
10. Those who swear allegiance to you indeed swear allegiance to God; and God's protection is over them. Then whosoever breaks the promise breaks it to his own loss; but whosoever fulfills the promise made to God will receive a great reward from Him.
It's so funny how God assures Muhammad our swearing allegiance to him is like swearing allegiance to God. Indeed the Quran is Muhammad's book! It actually is quite "shirkish" from my point of view. Especially when you see people asking Muhammad to intercede for their forgiveness (vs. 11) and most especially when you read verses like this one:
13. He who does not believe in God and His Apostle (should know) We have prepared for unbelievers a blazing fire."
God and His apostle? And this is not associating partners with God? Why not just say those who don't believe in God?
16. Say to the desert Arabs who had stayed behind: "You will be called against a formidable people. You will fight them till they surrender. If you obey, then He will give you a good reward; but if you turn back, as you had done before, He will punish you with a grievous affliction." 17. It is not binding on the blind, the lame or the sick (to follow this command); but those who obey God and His Apostle will be admitted by God to gardens with running streams; but those who turn back will suffer a painful doom.
Again, you must obey God and His apostle in order to be admitted into heaven. And aren't these verses about fighting people so much like Old Testament times?
18. God was pleased with the believers when they swore allegiance to you under the tree, for He knew well what was in their hearts, and sent down tranquility on them, and rewarded them with an expeditious victory
I suppose this reference to tranquility is what makes some say Islam is a religion of peace. Yet this is only for Muslims. For the rest of us, it's not a peaceful religion if you go by the Quran's teachings (with the exception of a few verses such as I noted here.)
23. This is the law of God, effective as before: You will not find any change in the law of God.
So why do Muslims not pray towards Jerusalem any more?
28. It is He who has sent His Apostle with the guidance and the true faith, so that He may exalt it over every other creed. God is sufficient as a witness.
After all that I've read from just this sura and the one before it, I'd be sure that this "sufficient witness" was truly God vouching for Muhammad. Jesus didn't teach such hatefulness so either God decided to return to harsher times or Jesus' message was a sham.
29. Muhammad is the Prophet of God; and those who are with him are severe with infidels but compassionate among themselves.
Not even close to loving your enemies and being a light among the dark world so the unbelievers will see your good works and glorify God in heaven! Not even close. For sure Muhammad reverted back to natural man's reaction instead of taking the high road of overcoming evil with good!
I told y'all sura 47 & 48 troubled me! :)