Allah in the Quran, Chapter 22
01 Jan 2015
ALLAH CLOSES HEARTS
001 Allah predestines every detail in your life. This includes that he closes hearts against believing in him and his religion.
002 But if it is he who has closed many people's hearts and made them not believe, how then can a claimed good and benevolent and fair god afterwards punish them for not believing?
Finally: Always when you read the Quran, Hadiths, and other Islamic books, you should remember that Muhammad accepted the use of and himself used dishonesty in many forms in words and deeds. Even if the names are younger, it was he who institutionalized dishonesty like al-Taqiyya (the lawful lie), Kitman (the lawful half-truth), Hilah (the lawful pretending/circumventing), the use of deceit ("war is deceit" - and "everything" is war), betrayal (f.x. the peace delegation from Khaybar), and even the disuse of oaths (2/225, 5/89, 16/91, 66/2 - and the star case 3/54 (if Allah could cheat, cheating is ok)), which also includes the disuse of words and promises, as they are weaker than oaths = when oaths can be disused, so can words and promises. On top of this it is very clear from the Quran and all other central Islamic books, that Muhammad also liked respect and power and women. Combine these lusts with his acceptance of and personal use of dishonesty - even the gravest kinds: How reliable is that kind of men normally? - and how true and reliable are their never proved claims and tales?
A thought provoking problem: How reliable is the texts of a claimed - but never proved - prophet who himself accepts and uses dishonesty, deceit, etc., when even his claimed - but never proved - god uses dishonesty and deceit?
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*003 2/7a: "Allah hath set a seal on their (non-Muslims'*) hearts - - -". The Quran many places like here makes it clear that when someone does not believe in Islam, the reason is that Allah makes belief impossible for them. Not a very benevolent and goodhearted god - and very dissimilar from Yahweh/God; f.x. "the lost sheep" in NT.
#004 2/7b: “Allah hath set seal on their (non-Muslims*) hearts and on their hearing, and on their eyes a veil; great is the penalty they (incur).” Do they really deserve it when it is according to Allah’s plan (see 6/107)? - and when Allah destroys their possibilities for seeing that they are wrong (if they are wrong)? Some Muslims (f.x. A2/7) even claim - like mostly without documentation - that "it is a natural law instituted by Allah" that if you lie, after some time you lose the ability to see the truth (thought-provoking for Islam and it's al-Taqiyya (the lawful lie), Kitman (the lawful half-truth), etc., the acceptance of deceit, etc., and Muhammad's advices in the Quran about breaking even your oaths if that gives a better result?), which normally is untrue, as it only becomes easier to resort to lies. What kind of god is this? One more Muslim lose claim (f.x. Azad: If you reject Allah, "the result (is*) that the spiritual faculties become dead - - -". Some claim from a culture and a religion which brought forth permitted lies (al-Taqiyya, Kitman, Hilah, permitted deceit, etc., and permitted disuse of oaths, etc.) - but not one single new idea benefiting humanity for at least 800 years from 1095 AD on, and "the greatest Muslim after Muhammad; al-Ghazali and his killing of philosophy/new thinking - the use of spiritual faculties - (by means of his book "On the Incoherence of the Philosophers").
***005 2/7c: “Allah hath set seal on their (non-Muslims*) hearts and on their hearing, and on their eyes a veil; great is the penalty they (incur).” Guess if this contradicts the basic thoughts of the NT (New Testament)!!. Compare it to "the lost sheep" (Matt.18/12), "the lost coin" (Luke 15/8-10), "the lost son" (Luke 15/11-31), "the 11. hour" (Matt. 20/8-13), etc. Yahweh with a few exceptions never closed hearts, ears, or eyes of sinners, blocking the road to Paradise for them - and never in NT and the new covenant (f.x. Luke 22/20). Yahweh and Allah the same god? - only if he is strongly schizophrenic. Too deep, too many, and too fundamental differences.
006 2/17: "Allah took away their (non-Muslims') light and left them in darkness". Yes, a book that full of errors, wrong facts, etc.,, may mean only darkness.
*007 2/26h: “- - - He (Allah*) causes many to stray - - -.” The main point here is that it is Allah who causes it. Can Allah then be a benevolent god when straying means you will end in Hell? There is quite a difference between this and "the lost sheep" in NT (the shepherd - God/Jesus - lost a sheep (similitude for a human) and went far out to find it). This is one of the places where there are worlds between the basic ideas of Allah and of God/Yahweh - so fundamental differences that it is clear that Muhammad's never documented claim that Allah = Yahweh is wrong - - - unless the god is highly schizophrenic.(See f.x. Luke 15/8-10 and 15/11-31 or Matt. 18/12-14 and 20/8-13).
All this means Allah is deceiving persons. We also here touch Al-Taqiyya (the lawful lie) and Kitman (the lawful half-truth), deceit, and lawfully breaking of even oaths (and what then about normal promises?) which is something which is special for Islam. You find this kind of accepted dishonesty in no other of the major religions – and in few of the minor ones.
Actually al-Taqiyya, Kitman, and Hilah are not explicitly introduced in the Quran. It is based on conclusions Islamic scholars have made from things said and done about (dishonest) planning or cheating, honesty, breaking of oaths (introduced in the Quran), etc. in the book and in Hadiths. See the verses below. Institutionalizes by Muhammad and his Quran, but formalized by the scholars.
The Quran and Islam tell that in principle you should be honest. But in many cases where dishonesty will give a better result, you are permitted to lie (Al-Taqiyya, Kitman) and even to deceive - done by Muhammad, and thus permitted - or make false oaths or to break oaths you have made (2/225a, 5/89a+b, 13/42, 27/50 and some more)). In some cases Allah will say it is ok because it is a minor thing or because you did not really mean your oath, and in other cases he will say; “ok – if you pay me some money or give me a gift for expiation afterward”. And then in some cases it is not only permitted, but obligatory to use it if necessary: To defend or promote Islam.
Al-Taqiyya and Kitman can be used at least in these cases (for deceit or broken oaths there are given no real limitations if the deceit or broken oath will give a better result. By implication this also goes for ordinary words or promises, as an oath is something stronger than a normal promise or a normal given word).
- To save your or others' health or life.
- To get out of a tight spot or a dangerous problem or position.
- To make peace in a family.
- When it will give a better result than honesty or honoring one’s oath.
- To cheat women (should be remembered by girls with Muslim boyfriends wanting sex - or wanting a marriage to get work permit or residence permit in a rich country.)
- To deceive opponents/enemies.
- To betray enemies.
- To secure one’s money (very clear from Hadiths).
- To defend Islam. (Advised if necessary to succeed.)
- To promote Islam. (Advised if necessary to succeed.)
But al-Taqiyya is a double-edged sword: In the short run you may cheat and deceive some ones – actually also in the long run too, if the opposite part does not know about this side of Muslims and of Islam, or if he/she is naïve.
But the serious side effect is that people quickly learn that one can never know for sure when to believe a Muslim in serious questions: Is he honest or is he using f.x. an al-Taqiyya?
And there is another side effect: Muslims have difficulties being believed even when they are telling the full truth – for very good reasons the opposite parts are reluctant to fully believe them, as may be they tell the truth or maybe they just are practicing al-Taqiyya, Hilah, or Kitman, or simply deceit.
And yet another side effect: How can Muslims know when to believe their leaders and others? (This may be one of the reasons for why Muslims produce so may conspiracy theories - they go looking for "the real truth" behind what is told, no matter if the tale is an al-Taqiyya or the plain, sterling truth).
And all these side effects – which really over time may be the main effects – are made worse because Muslims have no way of strengthening their words by swearing, as oaths from Muslims are without much value, because they are permitted false oaths and to break their oaths – it is no sin to do so if you did not really mean the oath or have a reason for breaking it, and especially not if you give Allah a gift for expiation afterwards (necessary in serious cases).
008 2/26i: “- - - He (Allah*) causes many to stray - - -”. As said in 2/26g Yahweh would go far out of his way to save straying ones, and except in very special cases absolutely not do the opposite: To cause someone to stray. Not the same god.
009 6/25a: "- - - We (Allah*) hath thrown a veil on their hearts, so they understand it not - - -". Allah often denies people the possibilities of finding Islam and believing in it. And then he sends them to Hell as sinners. A fair and benevolent god? - compare to f.x. "The Lost Lamb" or "- - - in the 11. hour - - -" (Luke 15/8-10 and 15/11-31, Matt. 18/12-14 and 20/8-13) in NT: Definitely not the same god as Allah. (Islam often tries to explain that it is the person who is the really guilty one, not Allah, because Allah doing things like this grates against claims that Allah is a good and benevolent god. But when they make such explanations, they never mention the fact that according to MANY places in the Quran, Allah decides and predestines everything which happens in the world - and thus everything you do. Thus there is no rational way of getting around what is told here: Allah denies you the possibility to find the way to Paradise if he just decides so.
010 6/110a: "We (Allah*) (too) shall turn to (confusion) their hearts and their ("unbelievers'*) eyes - - -". Jesus and Yahweh were searching for "the lost lambs". Muhammad and Allah make their way back to belief difficult or impossible. The same god? No.
011 7/101e: "Thus doth Allah seal up the hearts of those who reject Faith (Islam*)". One more 100% proof for that Yahweh and Allah is not the same god. Read f.x. Luke 15/8-10 and 15/11-31 plus Matt. 18/12-14 and 20/8-13 and get a good laugh - or weep - over the claim that Allah = Yahweh.
012 9/127b: "- - - Allah hath turned their (non-Muslims'*) hearts (from the light) - - -". How much religious light is there in a book so full of errors and worse that it clearly is not from any god?
#013 10/74e: "Thus do We (Allah*) seal the hearts of transgressors." Allah for one thing decides who are going to Hell and who to Heaven when the fetus is 4 months = 5 months before you even are born, and according to many verses in the Quran in addition makes it impossible for many to find the road to Heaven. Yahweh according to NT gives man full free will, but wants everyone to reach Heaven - even the worst persons and even in the last moment if there only is real and honest remorse. The same god? Impossible unless he is strongly ill mentally. One of the many proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god - and for that Jesus and Muhammad are not in the same line of prophets (in addition to that Muhammad was no real prophet).
014 10/88d: "- - - send hardness to their hearts, so that they will not believe - - -". Quite a contradiction to the teaching of Jesus at least (though there are cases in the Bible where Yahweh hardened hearts - included the heart of Pharaoh Ramses II).
***015 17/46a: "And We (Allah*) put coverings over their (unbelievers*) hearts (and minds) lest they should understand the Quran - - -". Yahweh/Jesus in NT and the New Covenant would never - never - hide "the narrow road" to paradise for anyone at all, except for very special reasons. Allah and Yahweh the same god? Just you believe it! Not unless the god is at least schizophrenic, and strongly so."
016 18/57e: "Verily We (Allah*) have set veil over their (sinners'*) hearts lest they should understand this - - -". Allah refuses them to find the right way, and then punishes them for not finding it - all history shows that at least a few had found it if they had the chance. Yahweh the same god as Allah? Nyet - a strong English word for NO.
017 30/29g: "But who will guide those whom Allah leaves astray?" One more difference between Islam and Christianity: Allah leaves people astray, and he even makes it difficult or impossible for many to find Heaven again or even find the road to Heaven - for some he according to the Hadiths blocks it already 5 months before they are born. God/Yahweh according to Jesus and NT always wants to welcome them back - even the worst ones - if there is honest regret. Read f.x. about "the lost sheep" (f.x. Matt. 18/12-14) and "the 11. hour" (f ex. Matt. 20/1-16). Another indication for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god - and Jesus and Muhammad not in the same religion.
018 63/3d: "- - - a seal were set to their (the ones leaving Islam*) hearts - - -". The claimed benevolent god Allah blocked their chances to find back to the religion. Compare this to "the lost sheep" or similar in the Bible (Luke 15/8-10, Matt. 18/12-14, Luke 15/11-31). Yahweh and Allah the same god? Impossible is a too weak word. In many ways NT and the Quran are not only different, but totally opposed - 180 degrees from each other.
It also is pretty thought provoking that f.x. all the errors, contradictions, wrong facts, etc., only and alone, in the Quran, prove 100% that there is no god behind that book. And that f.x. the fact that Jesus accepted OT as correct, proves to both Christians and Muslims that the OT was not falsified at that time - and the Qumran scrolls (50 - 150 BC for the copies of/from OT books) prove that even OT was not falsified any time later, too.
It further is an insult to that possible god to "explain" that his texts means something different from what they really says = you are more clever than him at explaining what the god "really" meant, than the god is himself, even when he tries to explain things "clearly and easy to understand", and says his words are to be understood literally and without hidden meanings. Also only "the sick of heart" look for hidden meanings behind his words, according to the Quran - the very claimed hidden meanings the wise Muslims claim are what Allah really meant, but was unable to express clearly himself, so that they have to help the bumbling god and tell what he "really" tried to say. This in spite of that the Quran clearly states that meanings hidden behind Allah's clear and easy to understand words, only are possible for Allah to understand, and like said above are "only for the sick of heart" to look for.
May be as bad: To claim that the Quran means something different from what the texts clearly say, is to falsify the quranic texts. Or to corrupt them.
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