The Elevated Places

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Turning towards Mecca
Lo, the cow mooeth
How many a township have We destroyed! As a raid by night, or while they slept at noon, Our terror came unto them. No plea had they, when Our terror came unto them

The Elevated Places is the seventh sura of the Qur'an. It's got quite a bit about the whole Eden stuff, sort of like Genesis, only angrier. Notably, in this version, the forbidden fruit is claimed to grant immortality. There's also a load of ranting about Hell: "And the dwellers of the Fire cry out unto the dwellers of the Garden: Pour on us some water or some wherewith Allah hath provided you", it says. "They say: Lo! Allah hath forbidden both to disbelievers".

Homosexuality is denounced: "And Lot! (Remember) when he said unto his folk: Will ye commit abomination such as no creature ever did before you? Lo! ye come with lust unto men instead of women. Nay, but ye are wanton folk." Allah then boasts about how he "rained a rain upon them". Indeed, a large part of The Heights is taken up by God mouthing off about the people he's killed.

One of the more memorable parts is an account of the whole golden calf scene from Exodus - with the notable addition that the calf "gave a lowing sound". Moooooo!

On non-Muslims: "Therefore his likeness is as the likeness of a dog; if thou attackest him he panteth with his tongue out, and if thou leavest him he panteth with his tongue out. Such is the likeness of the people who deny Our revelations".

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