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Annotated Qur'an
Sura 77: The Emissaries
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Qur'an 77:1[edit]

By those unleashed in succession.

Qur'an 77:1 Notes[edit]

In most suras you have to wait a few verses before you're threatened with judgement day and eternal hell. Not this sura.

Qur'an 77:2[edit]

Storming turbulently.

Qur'an 77:2 Notes[edit]

Fear mongering

Qur'an 77:3[edit]

Scattering far and wide.

Qur'an 77:3 Notes[edit]

Poetic drama fest fear mongering

Qur'an 77:4[edit]

Separating decisively.

Qur'an 77:4 Notes[edit]

Believe in this book or you will suffer terribly on some judgement day nobody can prove will ever happen (and won't)

Qur'an 77:5[edit]

Delivering a message.

Qur'an 77:5 Notes[edit]

That message being believe this garbage or else.

Qur'an 77:6[edit]

Excusing or warning.

Qur'an 77:6 Notes[edit]

It's not a warning it is a threat. Emotional manipulation.

Qur'an 77:7[edit]

Surely what you are promised will happen.

Qur'an 77:7 Notes[edit]

Saying it will happen doesn't make it "surely". Evidence please.

Qur'an 77:8[edit]

When the stars are obliterated.

Qur'an 77:8 Notes[edit]

You mean Allah will destroy the billions of stars he created for no apparent reason than to destroy them in an over-dramatic end of times?

Qur'an 77:9[edit]

And the sky is fractured.

Qur'an 77:9 Notes[edit]

How does the sky fracture? It is gas.

Qur'an 77:10[edit]

And the mountains are blown away.

Qur'an 77:10 Notes[edit]

Is Allah going to plant TNT under all the mountains?

Qur'an 77:11[edit]

And the messengers are alerted.

Qur'an 77:11 Notes[edit]

You mean people who claim to be prophets and say stuff they promise some sky-God told them?

Qur'an 77:12[edit]

Until which day is it deferred?

Qur'an 77:12 Notes[edit]

If the Quran gave an actual date when this would happen we could take this a sliver more seriously.

Qur'an 77:13[edit]

Until the Day of Decision.

Qur'an 77:13 Notes[edit]

When? Tell us when this will happen. Make an actual prediction.

Qur'an 77:14[edit]

And what will teach you what the Day of Decision is?

Qur'an 77:14 Notes[edit]

Nothing because it isn't going to happen.

Qur'an 77:15[edit]

Woe on that Day to the liars.

Qur'an 77:15 Notes[edit]

Another case of calling people who dispute this nonsense as "liars". The liar is the person who makes up stuff and claims it is divine.

Qur'an 77:16[edit]

Did We not destroy the ancients?

Qur'an 77:16 Notes[edit]

You conquered a politically fractious people and then took over part of the world but then that ended. There is an obvious limit to God's power if conquering the world would be a sign.

Qur'an 77:17[edit]

Then succeeded them with the others?

Qur'an 77:17 Notes[edit]

This refers to those who doubted the prophets being murdered.

Qur'an 77:18[edit]

This is how We deal with the guilty.

Qur'an 77:18 Notes[edit]

In a merciful and compassionate way?

Qur'an 77:19[edit]

Woe on that Day to the rejecters.

Qur'an 77:19 Notes[edit]

No...clearly not.

Qur'an 77:20[edit]

Did We not create you from an insignificant fluid?

Qur'an 77:20 Notes[edit]

No life evolved in a far more complicated way than that. Something the guy who made up this nonsense didn't know at the time.

Qur'an 77:21[edit]

Then lodged it in a secure place?

Qur'an 77:21 Notes[edit]


Qur'an 77:22[edit]

For a known term?

Qur'an 77:22 Notes[edit]

9 months for Homo sapiens, more than a year for dolphins (and varying with the type), and still unknown for as yet unevolved species - yeah, very precisely known.

Qur'an 77:23[edit]

We measured precisely. We are the best to measure.

Qur'an 77:23 Notes[edit]

Just that the evolution of things seem to have happened on their own?

Qur'an 77:24[edit]

Woe on that Day to the falsifiers.

Qur'an 77:24 Notes[edit]

You mean us?

Qur'an 77:25[edit]

Did We not make the earth a homestead?

Qur'an 77:25 Notes[edit]

Full of diseases, predators, other human species to compete with, mostly cave existence till recently, fearing our own fellow specimen - yes, a very comely homestead.

Qur'an 77:26[edit]

For the living and the dead?

Qur'an 77:26 Notes[edit]

Dead as in often ending up in predators' mouths?

Qur'an 77:27[edit]

And set on it lofty mountains, and given you pure water to drink?

Qur'an 77:27 Notes[edit]

I suppose the writer hasn't heard of the water cycle. Anyway, not necessary if you're a wily businessman looking to hoodwink a few fellow tribesmen into adulating you and making an empire.

Qur'an 77:28[edit]

Woe on that Day to the deniers.

Qur'an 77:28 Notes[edit]

Well, most of the woe was caused by your troops.

Qur'an 77:29[edit]

“Proceed to what you used to deny.”

Qur'an 77:29 Notes[edit]

This refers to seeing the prophets as false

Qur'an 77:30[edit]

“Proceed to a shadow of three different masses.”

Qur'an 77:30 Notes[edit]

A shadow having mass. How scientific.

Qur'an 77:31[edit]

Offering no shade, and unavailing against the flames.

Qur'an 77:31 Notes[edit]

Ah, the lovely fire once again.

Qur'an 77:32[edit]

It shoots sparks as castles.

Qur'an 77:32 Notes[edit]

Good enough to scare a few tribesmen. Better luck next time with us.

Qur'an 77:33[edit]

As if they were yellow camels.

Qur'an 77:33 Notes[edit]

Poor camel.

Qur'an 77:34[edit]

Woe on that Day to the liars.

Qur'an 77:34 Notes[edit]

Liars certainly deserve punishment, if lies don't mean not believing this book.

Qur'an 77:35[edit]

This is a Day when they will not speak.

Qur'an 77:35 Notes[edit]

Something forbidden - and always by the same people

Qur'an 77:36[edit]

And they will not be allowed to apologize.

Qur'an 77:36 Notes[edit]

No mercy from the merciful sky-Tyrant, as always.

Qur'an 77:37[edit]

Woe on that Day to the rejecters.

Qur'an 77:37 Notes[edit]

You'll be punished for using your common sense - on a day that will never come.

Qur'an 77:38[edit]

This is the Day of Separation; We have gathered you, together with the ancients.

Qur'an 77:38 Notes[edit]

This is the concept of JahiliyyahWikipedia - anyone living before Muhammad was living in a time of ignorance and hence damned. Only the chosen few, who believe in this bullshit acknowledge the greatness of a clever chartalan the noble messenger, will gain access to a non-existent heaven.

Qur'an 77:39[edit]

So if you have a strategy, use it against Me.

Qur'an 77:39 Notes[edit]

No need to devise strategies against something that doesn't exist.

Qur'an 77:40[edit]

Woe on that Day to the falsifiers.

Qur'an 77:40 Notes[edit]

Well, to scare a hardy Bedouin you need to repeat the same things a couple of times for it to sink in. Makes sense.

Qur'an 77:41[edit]

The righteous will be amidst shades and fountains.

Qur'an 77:41 Notes[edit]

Righteous in the sense?

Qur'an 77:42[edit]

And fruits as they desire.

Qur'an 77:42 Notes[edit]

Eee - I hate dates! I'm sure that's the main "fruit" over there.

Qur'an 77:43[edit]

“Eat and drink pleasantly, for what you used to do.”

Qur'an 77:43 Notes[edit]

Dreams are wonderful.

Qur'an 77:44[edit]

This is how We reward the doers of good.

Qur'an 77:44 Notes[edit]

By that you mean - believing in this book?

Qur'an 77:45[edit]

Woe on that Day to the deniers.

Qur'an 77:45 Notes[edit]

The threats in this book are endless.

Qur'an 77:46[edit]

“Eat and enjoy yourselves a little; you are indeed criminals.”

Qur'an 77:46 Notes[edit]

For using our brains.

Qur'an 77:47[edit]

Woe on that Day to the liars.

Qur'an 77:47 Notes[edit]

I.e. people who tried to expose this book for what it is.

Qur'an 77:48[edit]

And when it is said to them, “Kneel”, they do not kneel.

Qur'an 77:48 Notes[edit]

Not to a false prophet.

Qur'an 77:49[edit]

Woe on that Day to the rejecters.

Qur'an 77:49 Notes[edit]

This is getting boring...

Qur'an 77:50[edit]

In what message, beyond this, will they believe?

Qur'an 77:50 Notes[edit]

Science, rationality, and maybe a God, but certainly not this one.