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Sura 14: Abraham
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Qur'an 14:1[edit]

Alif, Lam, Ra. A Scripture that We revealed to you, that you may bring humanity from darkness to light—with the permission of their Lord—to the path of the Almighty, the Praiseworthy.

Qur'an 14:1 Notes[edit]

The claim that the Quran would transform to make the world a better place. Did it?

Qur'an 14:2[edit]

God—to whom belongs what is in the heavens and the earth. And woe to the disbelievers from a severe torment.

Qur'an 14:2 Notes[edit]

The threats of torture in this book start at the third verse.

Qur'an 14:3[edit]

Those who prefer the present life to the Hereafter, and repel from the path of God, and seek to make it crooked—these are far astray.

Qur'an 14:3 Notes[edit]

Perhaps the present life is the only one we have. Perhaps worrying about an afterlife of which we have no evidence per its existence, is much more "leading astray".

Qur'an 14:4[edit]

We never sent any messenger except in the language of his people, to make things clear for them. God leads astray whom He wills, and guides whom He wills. He is the Mighty, the Wise.

Qur'an 14:4 Notes[edit]

Allah utterly adores himself

Qur'an 14:5[edit]

We sent Moses with Our signs: “Bring your people out of darkness into light, and remind them of the Days of God.” In that are signs for every patient and thankful person.”

Qur'an 14:5 Notes[edit]

By signs they imply "evidence"

Qur'an 14:6[edit]

Moses said to his people, “Remember God’s blessings upon you, as He delivered you from the people of Pharaoh, who inflicted on you terrible suffering, slaughtering your sons while sparing your daughters. In that was a serious trial from your Lord.”

Qur'an 14:6 Notes[edit]

It's ironic here that terrible suffering is being shown as a bad thing when in this book Allah threatens everyone with terrible suffering hundreds of times.

Qur'an 14:7[edit]

And when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks, I will grant you increase; but if you are ungrateful, My punishment is severe.”

Qur'an 14:7 Notes[edit]

I would say having your skin bubbling hot for infinity-time...is indeed rather severe.

Qur'an 14:8[edit]

And Moses said, “Even if you are ungrateful, together with everyone on earth—God is in no need, Worthy of Praise.”

Qur'an 14:8 Notes[edit]

It doesn't really seem that way when you read the Quran. It seems like Allah has an obsessive need to be adored.

Qur'an 14:9[edit]

Has not the story reached you, of those before you, the people of Noah, and Aad, and Thamood—and those after them? None knows them except God. Their messengers came to them with the clear proofs, but they tried to silence them, and said, “We reject what you are sent with, and we are in serious doubt regarding what you are calling us to.”

Qur'an 14:9 Notes[edit]

By "trying to silence them" what likely happened was them asking for "real evidence" which is never presented.

Qur'an 14:10[edit]

Their messengers said, “Is there any doubt about God, Maker of the heavens and the earth? He calls you to forgive you your sins, and to defer you until a stated term.” They said, “You are only humans like us; you want to turn us away from what our ancestors worshiped; so bring us a clear proof.”

Qur'an 14:10 Notes[edit]

An entirely reasonable request.

Qur'an 14:11[edit]

Their messengers said to them, “We are only humans like you, but God favors whomever He wills from among His servants. We cannot possibly show you any proof, except by leave of God. In God let the faithful put their trust.”

Qur'an 14:11 Notes[edit]

Oh, so we will have to change our entire world view based on your opinion.

Qur'an 14:12[edit]

“And why should we not trust in God, when He has guided us in our ways? We will persevere in the face of your persecution. And upon God the reliant should rely.”

Qur'an 14:12 Notes[edit]

By guide they mean set up a list of fairly harsh prohibitions and punishments.

Qur'an 14:13[edit]

Those who disbelieved said to their messengers, “We will expel you from our land, unless you return to our religion.” And their Lord inspired them: “We will destroy the wrongdoers.”

Qur'an 14:13 Notes[edit]

Two different religions fighting violently for supremacy. When has that ever happened before?

Qur'an 14:14[edit]

“And We will settle you in the land after them. That is for him who fears My Majesty, and fears My threats.”

Qur'an 14:14 Notes[edit]

More fear

Qur'an 14:15[edit]

And they prayed for victory, and every stubborn tyrant came to disappointment.

Qur'an 14:15 Notes[edit]

Their initial progress was indeed quite remarkable.

Qur'an 14:16[edit]

Beyond him lies Hell, and he will be given to drink putrid water.

Qur'an 14:16 Notes[edit]

Another macabre punishment.

Qur'an 14:17[edit]

He will guzzle it, but he will not swallow it. Death will come at him from every direction, but he will not die. And beyond this is relentless suffering.

Qur'an 14:17 Notes[edit]

Suffering. There is so much suffering in this book.

Qur'an 14:18[edit]

The likeness of those who disbelieve in their Lord: their works are like ashes, in a fierce wind, on a stormy day. They have no control over anything they have earned. That is the utmost misguidance.

Qur'an 14:18 Notes[edit]

Not believing in this thing we are endlessly badgering you to believe, is utmost misguidance.

Qur'an 14:19[edit]

Do you not see that God created the heavens and the earth with truth? If He wills, He can do away with you, and bring a new creation.

Qur'an 14:19 Notes[edit]

No, I do not see that. Evidence please.

Qur'an 14:20[edit]

And that is not difficult for God.

Qur'an 14:20 Notes[edit]

Okay, but evidence please.

Qur'an 14:21[edit]

They will emerge before God, altogether. The weak will say to those who were proud, “We were your followers, can you protect us at all against God’s punishment?” They will say, “Had God guided us, we would have guided you. It is the same for us; whether we mourn, or are patient; there is no asylum for us.”

Qur'an 14:21 Notes[edit]

Threatening eternal torture is not enough. We have to read about desperate pleas for mercy, which Allah ignores.

Qur'an 14:22[edit]

And Satan will say, when the issue is settled, “God has promised you the promise of truth, and I promised you, but I failed you. I had no authority over you, except that I called you, and you answered me. So do not blame me, but blame yourselves. I cannot come to your aid, nor can you come to my aid. I reject your associating with me in the past. The wrongdoers will have a torment most painful.”

Qur'an 14:22 Notes[edit]

More painful torment.

Qur'an 14:23[edit]

But those who believed and did good deeds will be admitted into gardens beneath which rivers flow, to remain therein forever, by leave of their Lord. Their greeting therein will be: “Peace.”

Qur'an 14:23 Notes[edit]

A bribe to believe

Qur'an 14:24[edit]

Do you not see how God presents a parable? A good word is like a good tree—its root is firm, and its branches are in the sky.

Qur'an 14:24 Notes[edit]

No I really don't see that. True words need to be accompanied by evidence.

Qur'an 14:25[edit]

It yields its fruits every season by the will of its Lord. God presents the parables to the people, so that they may reflect.

Qur'an 14:25 Notes[edit]

Most of these parables are threats, commands to violence and praising an insecure being who needs to be constantly praised.

Qur'an 14:26[edit]

And the parable of a bad word is that of a bad tree—it is uprooted from the ground; it has no stability.

Qur'an 14:26 Notes[edit]

For example, claims that aren't backed up by evidence.

Qur'an 14:27[edit]

God gives firmness to those who believe, with the firm word, in this life, and in the Hereafter. And God leads the wicked astray. God does whatever He wills.

Qur'an 14:27 Notes[edit]

God does whatever he wants but will viciously torture you if you do whatever you want.

Qur'an 14:28[edit]

Have you not seen those who exchanged the blessing of God with blasphemy, and landed their people into the house of perdition?

Qur'an 14:28 Notes[edit]

I've never observed this.

Qur'an 14:29[edit]

Hell—they will roast in it. What a miserable settlement.

Qur'an 14:29 Notes[edit]

I would probably be miserable bathing in a lake of lava.

Qur'an 14:30[edit]

And they set up rivals to God, in order to lead away from His path. Say, “Enjoy yourselves; your destination is the Fire.”

Qur'an 14:30 Notes[edit]

It's almost like they take pleasure from the knowledge that they will suffer forever.

Qur'an 14:31[edit]

Tell My servants who have believed to perform the prayers, and to give from what We have given them, secretly and publicly, before a Day comes in which there is neither trading nor friendship.

Qur'an 14:31 Notes[edit]

The reckoning is coming

Qur'an 14:32[edit]

God is He Who created the heavens and the earth, and sends down water from the sky, and with it produces fruits for your sustenance. And He committed the ships to your service, sailing through the sea by His command, and He committed the rivers to your service.

Qur'an 14:32 Notes[edit]

God does that, as opposed to say, the H2O cycle.

Qur'an 14:33[edit]

And He committed the sun and the moon to your service, both continuously pursuing their courses, and He committed the night and the day to your service.

Qur'an 14:33 Notes[edit]

The sun and the moon move around in the sky specifically for humans.

Qur'an 14:34[edit]

And He has given you something of all what you asked. And if you were to count God’s blessings, you would not be able to enumerate them. The human being is unfair and ungrateful.

Qur'an 14:34 Notes[edit]

Humans are the ones who are unfair?

Qur'an 14:35[edit]

Recall that Abraham said, “O my Lord, make this land peaceful, and keep me and my sons from worshiping idols.”

Qur'an 14:35 Notes[edit]

Well an ancient book claims he said that. We'll just have to believe everything in that book then.

Qur'an 14:36[edit]

“My Lord, they have led many people astray. Whoever follows me belongs with me; and whoever disobeys me—You are Forgiving and Merciful.

Qur'an 14:36 Notes[edit]

No. He is not forgiving and merciful. Have you read this book?

Qur'an 14:37[edit]

“Our Lord, I have settled some of my offspring in a valley of no vegetation, by Your Sacred House, our Lord, so that they may perform the prayers. So make the hearts of some people incline towards them, and provide them with fruits, that they may be thankful.”

Qur'an 14:37 Notes[edit]

If I went into a dessert and prayed for sufficient rain to turn it into a lush green paradise and it actually happened...I may be inclined to see this as a "sign" worth investigating. Too bad the only time this seems to happen is in unverified holy books.

Qur'an 14:38[edit]

“Our Lord, You know what we conceal and what we reveal. And nothing is hidden from God, on earth or in the heaven.”

Qur'an 14:38 Notes[edit]

God is a master spy

Qur'an 14:39[edit]

“Praise be to God, Who has given me, in my old age, Ishmael and Isaac. My Lord is the Hearer of Prayers.”

Qur'an 14:39 Notes[edit]

More praise

Qur'an 14:40[edit]

“My Lord, make me one who performs the prayer, and from my offspring. Our Lord, accept my supplication.”

Qur'an 14:40 Notes[edit]

Submission, another very common theme.

Qur'an 14:41[edit]

“Our Lord, forgive me, and my parents, and the believers, on the Day the Reckoning takes place.”

Qur'an 14:41 Notes[edit]

Allah will be lovingly fogiving...if you are a believer. If not...to the compassionate flames.

Qur'an 14:42[edit]

Do not ever think that God is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only defers them until a Day when the sights stare.

Qur'an 14:42 Notes[edit]

Allah's anger can last a long time.

Qur'an 14:43[edit]

Their necks outstretched, their heads upraised, their gaze unblinking, their hearts void.

Qur'an 14:43 Notes[edit]

More hate against non-believers

Qur'an 14:44[edit]

And warn mankind of the Day when the punishment will come upon them, and the wicked will say, “Our Lord, defer us for a little while, and we will answer Your call and follow the messengers.” Did you not swear before that there will be no passing away for you?

Qur'an 14:44 Notes[edit]

Allah doesn't give second chances.

Qur'an 14:45[edit]

And you inhabited the homes of those who wronged themselves, and it became clear to you how We dealt with them, and We cited for you the examples.

Qur'an 14:45 Notes[edit]

Forgiveness shouldn't be expected from the forgiving god.

Qur'an 14:46[edit]

They planned their plans, but their plans are known to God, even if their plans can eliminate mountains.

Qur'an 14:46 Notes[edit]

God spies on you every second of your life.

Qur'an 14:47[edit]

Do not ever think that God will break His promise to His messengers. God is Strong, Able to Avenge.

Qur'an 14:47 Notes[edit]

Is being able to avenge someone for not believing in you with torture...something that makes you strong? Or perhaps it makes you petty and insecure. Hmm.

Qur'an 14:48[edit]

On the Day when the earth is changed into another earth, and the heavens, and they will emerge before God, the One, the Irresistible.

Qur'an 14:48 Notes[edit]

I can easily resist this god.

Qur'an 14:49[edit]

On that Day, you will see the sinners bound together in chains.

Qur'an 14:49 Notes[edit]

Did god excavate the metal necessary to form those chains, or did he just "poof" them into existence?

Qur'an 14:50[edit]

Their garments made of tar, and the Fire covering their faces.

Qur'an 14:50 Notes[edit]

Allah is very macabre.

Qur'an 14:51[edit]

That God may repay each soul according to what it has earned. God is Quick in reckoning.

Qur'an 14:51 Notes[edit]

Allah is extremely vengeful

Qur'an 14:52[edit]

This is a proclamation for mankind, that they may be warned thereby, and know that He is One God, and that people of understanding may remember.

Qur'an 14:52 Notes[edit]

indeed we have been warned. At least 500 times in this book.