Muhammad in the Quran, Vol. 3: Chapter 76
15 Dec. 2015
CLAIMS THAT NON-MUSLIMS HAD SOLD THE "REAL" RELIGION
Muhammad thought he followed the Bible and that he was talking about the Biblical god Yahweh, only using another name. There may have been reasons why he believed so. One point is that the oldest known name for Yahweh, is El, whereas the oldest known name for Allah is Il (then a major god further east) - rather similar. (But it is highly unlikely Muhammad knew this.) Another point is that there were rumors in Arabia telling just that Yahweh and al-Lah/Allah were the same god. This in spite of that Yahweh seems always to have been a personal god, whereas Allah - then named al-Ilah - for long times was the moon god of Arabia (a memory from this time is that the crescent moon still is the symbol for Allah), until he little by little became the main god there under the name al-Lah, though sometimes called Allah.
But Muhammad did not know the Bible. He took his tales from folklore, religious legends, apocryphal made up stories, and even from fairy tales (f.x. Luqman f.x. is a wise man borrowed from old Arab folklore and fairy tales). This resulted in that his "Biblical" tales partly varied much from the originals in the Bible. In addition Muhammad claimed that Islam had been the original religion for all humans (no traces from Allah, a book like the Quran, or a religion like Islam, older than 610 AD is ever found anywhere in the world), but Islam had disappeared everywhere.
Muhammad "solved" these two points by claiming that the Bible and all other religions originally were based on/similar to the Quran, but had been falsified (and we here remind you that both science and Islam strongly have proved that the Bible is not falsified, by being unable to find even one single proved falsification in all the some 45ooo relevant scriptures and fragments from before 610 AD when Muhammad started Islam, known to science - guess if Islam and Muslims had screamed about it if even one proved falsification had been found!! - but no such scream was ever heard. There were - and are - many claims, but not one proved case.) And one of the claimed reasons for all this never documented (normal for Muhammad) falsifications Muhammad claimed, was that the people wanted riches in this world more than in the next, and had "sold" the claimed old Islam (as said no traces from this is ever found anywhere) for a better life on Earth.
By the way: Muhammad never even tried to explain how other religions could give its followers a better and materially richer life than a thieving/looting, extorting, and suppressing apartheid war religion like Islam.
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001 2/59b: "The transgressors (here the Jews*) changed the word from that which had been given them - - -". The Quran many times tells that the Jews and Christians received a book similar to the Quran, but falsified it to get the Bible - the Bible thus is a falsification of a book similar to the Quran, according to Muhammad (it was his only possible way of explaining away the differences between what Muhammad claimed the Bible said and what it really said - science has long since proved it wrong as there may be mistakes in the Bible, but no falsifications. Islam has proved the same even stronger than science, by not finding one single case of real falsification among the some 45ooo (?) relevant old manuscript. Guess if they had screamed about it if they had found even one single provable case of falsification in the Bible! And even worse: By using known falsifications from outside the Bible - f.x. the "gospel" of Barnabas" - they are telling that "these are the best arguments we have" (if they had had any better, they had used those instead)).
If we had used known faked Hadiths as arguments against Islam, Muslims had not respected neither us nor our arguments very much - about just as little as we who have some knowledge about this, respects them and their arguments when they use known made up stories against Jews or Christians, or to forward or defend Islam..
002 2/79f: "- - - to traffic it (the claimed falsified Quran - f.x. the Bible*) for a miserable price". See 3/77a and 2/130a below.
003 2/86a: "These are the people who buy the life of this world at the price of the Hereafter - - -". This is one of Muhammad’s standard claims: People who will not believe in him, do so because they are bad or stupid. It also explains why many of them lived a better life than many Muslims - they had "bought" a good life on Earth on the expense of the next life. So be comforted - they will be punished and you win in the next life.
But like so often in the Quran it is unclear what is meant by "the Book". Sometimes it is meant the Bible, sometimes the Quran, and sometimes the claimed "original" Bible, which Muhammad claimed was similar to the Quran (both copies of the same claimed "Mother of the Book" in Heaven), which the bad Jews and Christians both had falsified OT identically + the Christians had falsified NT (Muhammad never was able to prove anything, and both claims are later proved wrong both by science and by Islam).
004 2/90a: "Miserable is the price for which they (here likely the Jews*) have sold their souls - - -". Muhammad claimed non-Muslims did not want to listen to him because they had falsified the scriptures and in addition wanted a good life on Earth, and thus that they had "sold" the life in Paradise in a next life for a good life on Earth. Also see 3/77a below.
###005 3/75g: “But they (Jews and Christians*) tell a lie against Allah (= they have falsified the Bible*), and well they know it.” Wrong. ######It is a psychological impossibility to believe in a god or a "holy" book if you know it is a falsification. But the claim is good propaganda for leaders of people unable or unwilling to think things, words, and slogans over.
006 3/76b: "- - - those who sell the faith they owe to Allah - - -". Muhammad many places in the Quran - like here - claims that non-Muslims do not believe in Islam because they have "sold" the religion for a better life in this world - a much more pleasing "explanation" for him and his followers than the pure truth: The non-Muslims simply believed or even saw that things were seriously wrong with the Quran and with Muhammad's new religion.
007 3/77a: "- - - those who sell the faith they owe Allah - - - for a small price - - -". Expressions like this mainly - and often - are used for Jews and Christians. What is meant is that those bad persons have falsified the Bible to have a richer life on Earth. Instead of admitting that they really did not believe in Muhammad's new religion - and everything we know about history proves it literally was a new religion and that Muhammad's claims about older roots are fairy tales - from honest reasons. It was psychologically much wiser for him if he wanted to promote his religion - and his basis of power - to claim they did it from base motifs, and were morally degenerated and despicable persons. You will find him telling and impressing this claim on his followers several places in the Quran. Blind belief made people believe anything and without using their brains. It still does. Also see 2/75b, 2/130a, and 3/24 above.
008 5/44f: "- - - barter away My (Allah's*) Signs for a miserable price". See 3/77a above.
009 9/9b: "The Signs of Allah they (non-Muslims*) have sold for a miserable price - - -". The Quran often insinuates that the ones not accepting Islam, does so because they prefer good time in this world - "a miserable price" - and not because they honestly believe the Quran and Islam are wrong and a false religion. For leaders of sects to use such claims is good psychology for two reasons:
- It indicates that "we" are better than the "others".
- It adverts thoughts like "if 'they' really believe here is something wrong, maybe there is a reason for that, and maybe we should see into it'. Leaders of fringe sects - like Islam was in its early years - normally do not want facts from the outside.
Also see 3/77a above.
010 16/95a: "Nor sell the Covenant of Allah for a miserable price - - -". This is an expression you meet here and there in the Quran. Often it means that you shall not value wealth more than Islam. Sometimes it refers to Jews and Christians whom the Quran (wrongly according to science and actually also to Islam) accuses of having falsified the Bible. See 3/77a.
Another point: Where and when did Allah agree to the claimed covenant, and where is it specified what it contains?
011 16/95b: "Nor sell the Covenant of Allah for a miserable price - - -". Often this also is one of Muhammad's standard explanations why many did not believe in him: They wanted a good life on Earth, and therefore did not want to listen to him - like he claimed: They sold their covenant for Paradise for a good life here - which was a miserable price to get for Paradise. For Muhammad this was a better "explanation" than the plain truth; that they saw things were very wrong in Muhammad's new religion.
Another relevant fact: A covenant is an agreement between minimum two parts. There is nowhere in or outside the Quran proved that Allah "signed" this claimed covenant as a part. If he has not done so, there is no covenant, only promises from Muslims to - a hoped existing - Allah.
But Muhammad never explained how to falsify the Quran or something very similar to it, into the Bible and live according to the Bible could give a better life than to live according to the Quran, which after all permits wide use of dishonesty, included stealing, extortion, cheating, etc., at least as long as you do it in the name of Allah.
Sub-total Chapter 76 = 11 + 7.339 = 7.350.
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This work was upload with assistance of M. A. Khan, editor of islam-watch.org and the author of "Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism, and Slavery".