Allah in the Quran, Chapter 69
01 Jan 2015
THE STRAIGHT ROAD TO PARADISE
001 Is there any symbolism here: In the Bible Jesus talks about the narrow road and the narrow gate - the difficult road - to Paradise. Muhammad in the Quran talks about the wide and straight and easy road there. Are Muhammad's a populist politician's choice of words?
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?
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##002 1/1–7a. “In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah The Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds; Most Gracious, Most Merciful; Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee do we worship and Thine aid we seek. Show us the straight way, The way of those Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray”.
This really is a bad one as it is a prayer to Allah in the Quran, it is not Allah speaking (when Muhammad is to repeat what Allah says, Allah gives the order “Say”) - and besides Allah does not pray to himself!! A clear mistake compared to what Islam claims: It is all sent down by Allah (the Quran is said to be either made by Allah, or never made, but has always existed - the last claim is impossible, though, as angels are speaking - and speaking to humans - at least one place (41/30-32) in the Quran, (this also according to Muslim scholars), which proves that the Quran cannot have been made until after at least the first angels were created and not even until after the first humans existed, as the angels like said spoke to humans. Actually also Muhammad speaks other places in the Quran than here - at least 8 placed it is said (2/286c, 6/104c, 6/114, 11/2b, 19/36b, 27/91a, 42/10a and 51/50-51a) - so when can the Quran have been made? - not until after Muhammad was born and a grown man, who could speak in the Quran.) A clear mistake.
Also the places where it is clear that it is Muhammad who is speaking, of course contradict the statements that the Quran is from Heaven, made by Allah or never made, but existed since eternity - it as indicated above cannot have been made before Muhammad said what he said (at least not if man has free will).
It tells something that in the very beginning of the Quran, and in what is said to in a way be the essence of the book, there are things seriously wrong, compared to the for Islam very fundamental - but unproved - statement that the book is sent down by an omniscient god, and is perfect and without mistakes.
003 1/6: "- - - the straight way - - -". This is an Islamic expression for the road to heaven - similar to the Biblical expression in NT "the narrow road", as a contrast to the Bible's "the wide road to Hell". (But a "straight road" may be easier than a "narrow road" - - - if it is real.)
It is thought provoking that the Bible tells that the easy road - the wide road - is the wrong one, whereas the Quran states that the easy road - the straight one - is the right one to use. Not the same god. Not the same religion.
Does it mean anything symbolic that the Quran talks about the straight - the easy - way, whereas the Bible talks about the narrow - the difficult - road? - except for that it shows that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god, I mean. May it be populism vs. realism?
004 2/142g: "- - - a Way that is straight". That a way is straight, is no valid argument if it does not go in the correct direction - and as no god made the Quran, no god constructed Islam's claimed easy road (here intended to mean the road to the Quran's and Islam's Paradise - see 10/9f below).
005 2/213q: “For Allah guides whom He will to the path that is straight”. According to the Quran this means the road to the Muslim Paradise - see 10/9f below.
006 3/51c: "- - - a Way that is straight". This standard Quranic expression for the road to the god, hardly ever was used by Jesus - and there was no reason for falsification if he had used it. Jesus talked about "the wide (easy*) road" leading to Hell, and "the narrow (difficult*) road" leading to Paradise. It is thought provoking that Muhammad talked about the easy road leading to his paradise.
007 3/101f: "Whoever holds firmly to Allah will be shown a way that is straight". If Allah exists. If he in addition is a god. If he is behind what is told in the Quran. And if the Quran in addition tells the full and only truth.
###But is there any symbolism in that Muhammad talked about the straight - the easy - way, whereas Jesus talked about the narrow - the difficult - road? Populism vs. realism?
*008 4/68a: “And We (Allah*) should have shown them (see 4/67 above) the Straight Way (if they went to war*)”. War was essential for Muhammad - and still is for some Muslims - and there are lots of incitements to go to war. Like it or not - NT is far, far more peaceful. Yes, even OT, as that tells about old wars, but does not incite to war forever - and a limited war to gain/defend a country for the Jews, not a global war to suppress all non-Muslims on the entire globe - - - or make them Muslims, often by force or pressure backed by force. It is far from true when Muslims tell Islam is a peaceful religion (except towards fellow Muslims of the same sects).
009 4/68c: "- - - the Straight Way". The road to the Quran's and Islam's paradise - see 10/9f below.
010 4/68d: "- - - the Straight Way". How can a crooked guide-book show any straight way?
011 4/175e: "- - - a straight Way". The claimed road to the Quran's and Islam's claimed paradise - see 10/9f below.
012 5/16e: "- - - guideth (by means of the Quran*) them (non-Muslims*) to a Path that is Straight". Does Islam represent a straight way? - and in case where to? - when it builds on a book no god would ever have made or sent, not to mention revered? It is blasphemy and insults and slander to a god to accuse him of having made a book as full of errors, contradictions, etc. as the Quran.
013 5/16f: "- - - a Path that is Straight". Claimed to be the road to the Quran’s and Islam's paradise - see 10/9f below.
014 5/77f: "- - - the even way - - -". The road to the Quran's paradise - see 10/9f below. The Quran uses pictures like "the straight way" and "the even way" = the easy way, for this. NT uses "the narrow road" = the difficult road. There is a symbolism here, and not least an indication for that it is from two different god's religions. Populism vs. realism?
015 6/39f: "- - - a way that is straight". The road to the Quran's paradise - see 10/9f below.
016 6/87b: "- - - a straight Way". The claimed road to Allah and to his paradise - see 10/9f below.
017 6/161b: "Verily, my (a Muslim's*) Lord (Allah*) hath guided me to a Way that is straight (= direction Paradise*)- - -". May be, but not by means of a book with so many errors, and at too many points immoral moral code like the Quran. It definitely is no proved verity/truth. Also see 16/107 below.
018 6/161c: "- - - a Way that is straight - - -". = The claimed road to Allah and to the Quran's paradise. See 10(9f below.
019 6/161d: "- - - a Way that is straight - - -". One of the differences between the Quran and the Bible. In the Quran it is the easy road which leads to paradise, in the Bible the difficult one ("the narrow road"). The Quran here smells of populism. Populism normally is popular, especially among the little thinking parts of a population. Besides this is one of the many proofs for that Yahweh and Allah were not the same god - and Jesus and Muhammad not in the same religion.
020 7/16b: "- - - Thy (Allah's*) Straight Way". Can a crocked book like the Quran map a straight way? (It may be impolite to mention it, but the expression "the straight way" always gives us associations to the Biblical "the wide road" - leading to Hell (in contrast to "the narrow road", leading to Paradise). It may be symptomatic that the Bible talks about the difficult road - "the narrow road" - to Paradise, whereas the Quran indicates the easy one - "the straight road". Is it also symptomatic that populists often preach the easy solutions, and that many a self proclaimed prophet through the times has been populists).
021 10/25b: "He (Allah*) doth guide whom He pleaseth to a Way that is straight (= direction Heaven*)". It is Allah who decides ("whom He pleaseth"), not you (in Hadiths it even is made clear that Allah decides whether you are to end in Hell or Heaven before you are born, and there is nothing you can do about that decision). A bit different from NT to say the least of it: Yahweh wants everybody to Paradise - you have to be a sinner by your own merit and from real free will, and not honestly regretting your sins, to be closed out. The same god? Hardly. Or Nyet! (A good English word meaning no with at least 3 lines under it.)
022 10/25d: "- - - a Way that is straight". It there a symbolism in that even though Muhammad slaloms, the way to his Paradise is claimed to be "straight" = the easy way, whereas Jesus talked about the narrow road = more difficult? The populist versus the reality?
023 11/56e: "Verily, it is my (Hud's*) Lord (Allah*) that is on the straight Path". Not if he follows the Quran - too much is wrong and crooked in that book. It definitely is no proved verity/truth.
024 11/56f: "- - - the straight Path". The road to the Quran's and Islam's paradise. See 10/9f above.
025 11/112a: "Therefore stand firm (in the straight path) as thou art commended (!!*) - thou and those who with you turn (unto Allah); and transgress not (from the Path): for He seeth well all that ye do". One of many pep-talks simply. But also see 11/111b above.
026 11/112b: "- - - (the straight path) - - -". The road to the Quran's and Islam's paradise - see 10/9f above.
027 15/41a: "This (way of My (Allah's*) sincere servants) is indeed a Way that leads straight to Me." In plain words: Live according to the Quran and to Muhammad's orders, and you go straight to Heaven - and the straightest way of course is the way of Muhammad's warriors - the jihadists (which by the way is the name modern terrorists in honest belief for it being correct, use for themselves even today). But see 15/41b just below.
#028 15/41b: "This (way of My (Allah's*) sincere servants) is indeed a Way that leads straight to Me." This is one of the very many never proved claims in the Quran. ###It is an especially sincere and sinister one if the theory that Iblis/the Devil is the real maker of the Quran, is the true one - and the indicators pointing in that direction are a bit too many for comfort. (Though happily the theory that the book is man-made, is more likely. (With all its errors and weaknesses it is not from any god.))
029 16/9a: "And unto Allah leads straight the Way (to Paradise*) - - -". How reliable is such an undocumented claim in a book full of mistakes, and thus clearly not from a god?
030 16/76a: “Allah sets forth (another) Parable of two men: one of them (non-Muslim*) dumb, with no power of any sort; a wearisome burden is he to his master (Allah*) - - - is such a man equal with one (Muslim*) who commands justice, and is on a Straight Way?” If possible this strengthens the comments about 16/75a and 16/75b above.
This is one of the many points in the Quran telling that according to Islam's moral code, non-Muslims are second rate or worse. And one of the "rationales" behind Islam's apartheid "reality".
031 16/76b: "- - - on a Straight Way - - -". On the road leading to the Muslim Paradise - see 10/9f above. Does it mean anything that in the Bible the road to Heaven is the difficult road, whereas in the Quran it is the easy one? That it is easy, of course is more populist - - - but also this claim at least strongly indicates that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.
032 16/121f: "- - - a Straight Way", A standard name in the Quran for the claimed road to the Quran's and Islam's claimed paradise - see 10/9f above.
033 18/1-2: “Praise be to Allah, Who hath sent to his servant (Muhammad*) the Book (the Quran*), and hath allowed therein no Crookedness: (He hath made it) strait (and Clear) - - -.” In plain words: The verses in the Quran are in straight and clear and not crooked or incorrect words – to be understood literally (where not something else is said strait and clear). See the comment to 3/7 and 11/1 just above.
034 18/2a: “(He (Allah*) hath made it) Straight (and Clear) - - -”. The tales “per se” mostly are plain and easy. But a book that full of mistaken facts and other mistakes, f.x. linguistic ones, (and perhaps religious ones, too - why should they be exceptions?) is neither straight nor clear.
####035 18/2b: “(He (Allah*) hath made it) Straight (and Clear) - - -". This is one of the verses you should remember each time a Muslim tries to explain away a clear mistake by "no, this is not literally meant - - -", which is one of the 3 most used last ditch defenses (the two others are: "You cannot understand a text in the Quran alone - you have to see the whole Surah (or the whole Quran)". And: "You cannot really understand the Quran unless you read it in Arab". Both of which are rubbish. (Well, there are at least 2 more: "You do not know the Quran/what you are talking about", and: "You just are an Israel lover/Muslim hater quoting what you have heard or read".) There are places where you have to know more than the actual verse and the nearest few ones to understand the meaning, but mostly the simple answer is: "If you are not able to see the essence in a meaning or something said, you should stay out of debates" - this Muslim claim simply is a means to make the opponent unsure, because few know the Quran well enough to see that mostly (practically always) this claim is invalid. And as for reading in Arab to understand it: For one thing the Arab of Muhammad mainly was the language of primitive desert nomads, even though it later is linguistically polished - there is no problems for rich modern languages like f.x. English to compete with it in vocabulary. (Also in Japan they had the same haughty self-centered meaning once upon a time: Primitive foreigners impossibly would be able to express what a highly refined language like their could. They stopped claiming it after many enough had learnt foreign languages to see the nonsense in it. And Japanese really was a refined cultural language, not something from primitive tribes, even though polished afterward.) Well, there always will be some words which are special for a language, and which need explanation, but that is it - and this goes for any language and is nothing special for Arab. Linguists also tell that Arab just is a medium difficult language to translate. The remaining fact is that what one brain can think, another brain of the same quality and similar education can understand, at least with a little explanation. But the claim is difficult to leave for Muslims, because they need it as an "explanation" when they lack real arguments.
An ironic point here is that Islam and Muslims themselves frequently quotes words or expressions out of context, and make them sound very different from what they say in the texts - sometimes by added twisting. (F.x. Paul one place tells that humans are unreliable and perhaps also he is not able to tell the full truth always, and then he warns about this human weakness. Muslims twists it to that Paul admits NT are full of lies. One rule about honesty for others and one about dishonesty for themselves.)
036 19/36c: "- - - a Way that is straight". But leading where? To Paradise if Allah exists and is correctly described in the Quran - but remember here that the Quran with all its mistakes, etc. is not from any god (no omniscient god makes mistakes, and definitely not wholesale). To nowhere if Allah is something made up by humans. To Hell if Allah is made up and there somewhere is a benevolent real god Muslims have been prohibited from looking for. Not to mention where it leads if Allah belongs to the dark forces and just has cheated Muhammad - too many facts for comfort may fit that theory.
037 19/43d: "- - - a way that is even and straight". The claimed road to the Quran's and Islam's paradise - see 10/9f above.
038 20/135a: "- - - the straight and even way". The road to the Quran's and Islam's paradise - see 10/9f above. It may be worth reflecting over that in the Quran the road to Paradise is the easy road, whereas in the Bible it is the difficult ("narrow") road. Allah and Yahweh the same god and fundamentally the same religion? You bet not.
039 22/54i: “- - - Allah (the Quran*) is the Guide of those who believe, to the Straight Way.” Wrong – a book with that many mistakes, twisted facts/logic, etc. is not representing a straight way, at least not to Paradise.
040 22/54l: "- - - the Straight Way". = The way to the Quran's paradise.
041 23/73c: "- - - thou (Muhammad*) callest them (people*) to the Straight Way - - -". Perhaps - but where is that straight way leading as the Quran, a guide-book full of mistakes, etc., is not from any god? Not to mention if the real maker of the Quran was a dressed up Iblis/the Devil, like one of the theories for its creation says?
042 23/73d: "- - - the Straight Way". = The way to the Islamic Paradise. See 10/9f above.
043 24/46e: "- - - Allah guides whom He wills to a Way that is straight". But the black point is that he also denies Paradise for whom he will - something he decides already 5 months before you are born according to Hadiths, and you have no chance to change his mind, according to the Quran - even if you try to do your very best to be a good Muslim, Allah will block the road to Paradise for you a little before you are qualified, if you are destined for Hell - all this according to Hadiths.
This also differ greatly from the Bible: Allah guides whom he wants - Yahweh guides absolutely everybody who wants strongly enough to qualify (free will for man is real in the Bible, and everybody can choose) according to the Bible.
044 24/46f: "- - - a Way that is straight". = The road to the Quran's Paradise.
045 25/27c: "Oh! Would that I (non-Muslim*) had taken a (straight) path with the Messenger (Muhammad*)". Pep-talk for his followers - and a very ordinary kind of such.
046 25/27d: "- - - the (straight) path - - -". Is there a symbolism in the fact that in the Quran it is the easy road ("the straight pat") which leads to Paradise, whereas in the Bible it is the difficult one ("the narrow road" or "the narrow gate")? One possible answer is "populism contra reality", but several others are possible.
047 25/57c: "- - - a (straight) Path to his (Muslim's*) Lord (Allah*)". The road to the Quran's and Islam's paradise. See 10/9f above.
048 36/4: "On a Straight Way". "The Straight Way" is the Quran's symbolic name for the road to Paradise. In the Bible you find 2 such symbolic names: "The Narrow Road" - the difficult road leading to Paradise - and "The Wide Road" - the easy road leading to Hell. Is there any symbolism in the fact that "The Straight Way" of the harsh war religion Islam gives associations to "The Wide (and easy*) Road" more than to "The Narrow Road" of the NT?
049 36/61b: "- - - the Straight Way - - -". The road to the Quran's paradise - but only if everything is true in the Quran.
050 37/118c: "- - - the Straight Way". The claimed road to the Quran's Paradise - see 10/9f above.
051 38/22c: "- - - the even Path - - -". In the Quran this normally is an expression for the road to Allah/Paradise. You do not find this expression in the Bible (the same goes for "the Straight Path" - not to be found in the Bible).
052 42/52n: “- - - and verily thou (Muhammad*) dost guide (men) to the Straight Way - - -“. It is not possible to guide anyone straight from a book this crooked.
053 42/52p: "- - - the Straight Way - - -". The claimed road to the Quran's and Islam's paradise.
054 43/43e: "- - - a Straight Way". A road to the Quran's and Islam's Paradise - see 10/9f above.
055 43/61f: "- - - a Straight Way". = A road to the Quran's and thus Islam's Paradise - see 10/9f above.
056 43/61g: "- - - a Straight Way". Is it symptomatic that "the straight way" means the easy way - a populist's argument - whereas Jesus warned that to follow him, had to follow the narrow and difficult way? One of the many indications for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god, and Jesus and Muhammad definitely not in the same line of anything of any essence.
057 43/64b: "- - - a Straight Way". A road to the Quran's and Islam's Paradise - see 10/9f and 43/61g above.
058 46/30i: "- - - a Straight Path". The road to Allah and the Quran's Paradise. Also see 10/9f above.
059 48/2f: "- - - the Straight Way - - -". The claimed road to Allah and his Paradise - see 10/9f above. Is it a symptom that Muhammad spoke about the straight - easy - way, whereas Jesus spoke about the narrow - difficult - road? If one of them was a populist, it was not Jesus.
060 48/20j: "- - - a Straight Path - - -". The road to Allah and his Paradise - see 10/9f above.
061 60/1l: “And any of you (Muslims*) that does this (making friends with non-Muslims*) has strayed from the Straight Path (Islam*)”. To make friends - at least good friends - with non-Muslims is a sin and a deviation from Islam. How do you think a verse like this works on the possibility of integration of Muslims in other societies? - or for non-Muslims trying to be integrated in a Muslim society? - or even for contact between Muslims and other people?
062 60/1m: "- - - the Straight Path". The road to the Quran's and Islam's Paradise. Also see 10/9f above.
###Also in the Bible you find roads used for a symbol in a similar way - "the wide road" going to Hell and "the narrow road" going to Paradise. Is there an extra symbol in the fact that "the Straight Road" and "the wide road" both have the same meaning: "The Easy Road" - the one which according to the NT leads to Hell? I who write just this was struck by this parallel and its symbolism even the first time I saw the expression in the Quran, and the dark sides of the Quran later has made that thought and feeling more intense.
063 67/22a: “Is then one who walks headlong, with face groveling (non-Muslims*), better guided - or one who walks evenly on a Straight Way (Muslim*)?” A rhetorical question with a seemingly obvious answer - Muslims of course are best. Especially when they obey Allah/Muhammad and make war or in other ways rob or kill or suppress non-Muslims - they are the top of the social and moral and human pyramids.
064 67/22b: “Is then one who walks headlong, with face groveling (non-Muslims*), better guided - or one who walks evenly on a Straight Way (Muslim*)?” The correct answer in reality will depend on if the claimed straight way really is straight, or if the straightness in reality is an illusion or f.x. a result of blindness or wishful thinking. There also is a strange word far behind in our brain: Was Muhammad also a populist - populists within politics like to make things look easy, etc.
065 67/22c: "- - - the Straight Way - - -". A standard name in the Quran for the claimed road to Allah and his - as claimed - paradise. As for the paradise also see 10/9f above.
066 73/19c: "- - - whosoever will, let him take a (straight) path to his Lord (Allah*)". This is a much more friendly statement than what the Quran says many other places in the Quran, where it is made clear that Allah decides everything, even if you are to end in Hell or Paradise (according to Hadiths, this is decided by Allah 5 months before you are born). But this early (611 - 615 AD) statement is both contradicted and abrogated (made invalid) by later verses telling that Allah decides everything.
067 76/29b: "This is an admonition: whosoever will, let him take a (straight) Path to his Lord (Allah*)." Later it was not only whosoever will. Read Islamic history about forced conversions, not to mention treatment of persons wanting to leave Islam even today in many societies. And read f.x. 9/5 above.
068 81/28a: "(The Quran is*) (With profit) to whoever among you wills to go straight". Wrong to say the least of it: A book with such a crooked content cannot make anyone go straight.
069 81/28b: "- - - whoever among you wills to go straight". Muslims.
070 98/5c: "(Islam*) is the Religion Right and Straight". Take 98/3a+b above, and enlarge the comments to be valid for all aspects of religion and life. Loose claims do not become true only by repeating them often - - - even though the Nazi "Minister of Propaganda", Joseph Goebbels, told that "repeat a lie often enough, and people start believing it".
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