An-Naml (The Ants) (27)- 93

1        Ta Sin.  These are verses of the Qur'an a Book that makes (things) clear;

       *** This is an untruthful statement, since the Quran was NOT WRITTEN in the lifetime of Muhammad, but much later after his death***

2>        A Guide; and Glad Tidings for the Believers

3>        Those who establish regular prayers and give in regular charity and also have (full) assurance of the Hereafter.

4>        As to those who believe not in the Hereafter We have made their deeds pleasing in their eyes; and so they wander about in distraction.

5>        Such are they for whom a grievous Penalty is (waiting): and in the Hereafter theirs will be the greatest loss.

6>        As to thee the Qur'an is bestowed upon thee from the presence of One Who is Wise and All-Knowing.

7>        Behold! Moses said to his family: "I perceive a fire; soon will I bring you from there some information or I will bring you a burning brand to light our fuel that ye may warm yourselves."

8>        But when he came to the (Fire) a voice was heard: "Blessed are those in the Fire and those around: and Glory to Allah the Lord of the Worlds!

9>        "O Moses! verily I am Allah the Exalted in Might the Wise!...

       *** The Quran once more reverts to the story of Moses, who allegedly became acquainted with Allah, at least 2000 years before Muhammad.

        Unfortunately for the Quran, the verses above - and almost ALL of the subsequent ones - are UNTRUE, since they do not correspond to the original story in the Bible***

10>        "Now do thou throw thy rod!" But when he saw it moving (of its own accord) as if it had been a snake he turned back in retreat and retraced not his steps: "O Moses" (it was said) "fear not: truly in My presence those called as apostles have no fear

       #3246        Moses was now transported into an entirely new world. What he had taken to be an ordinary fire was a gleam of the heavenly light. His own rod or staff was no longer the dead piece of wood that had hitherto supported him. It became instinct with life, a life that moved, and had the power of offence and defence in it, as all living Good must have in its fight with Evil. His own transformation is described in the next note. 3247        In this great, new, wonderful world, that was opening out to Moses, he had to get his vision adjusted to his new surroundings, as an ordinary man has to adjust his sight before he can see in any very strong light that is new to him. The staff which had become alive as a snake frightened him: yet it was to be his own instrument of work in his new mission. All fear was to be cast out of his mind, as befitted a man chosen by Allah.#

       *** This verse is a modification to 7:107; both of which are altered and taken out of context from the Bible ***

11        > "But if any have done wrong and have thereafter substituted good to take the place of evil truly I am Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.

12        > Now put thy hand into thy bosom and it will come forth white without stain (or harm): (these are) among the nine Signs (thou wilt take) to Pharaoh and his people: for they are a people rebellious in transgression.

       #3249        Cf. xx. 22. There the expression is: "Draw thy hand close to thy side." As far as the physical act is concerned, the expressions there and here mean the same thing. Moses had a loose-fitting robe. If he put his hand within the folds of the robe, it would go to his bosom on the side of his body opposite to that from which his hand came; i.e., if it was his right hand it would go to the left side of his bosom. The hand comes out white and radiant, without a stain. Ordinarily if the skin becomes white it is a sign of disease or leprosy. Here it was the opposite. It was a sign of radiance and glory from the higher Light. 3250        The nine Signs: see n. 1091 to vii. 133.#

       *** This is a repeat of 20:22.

       All these verses do not correspond to the story as recorded in its original form in the Bible. The interpreter, knows this fact very well, but as a Muhammadan believer, he has to deceive the reader by altering, twisting and contorting history and theology to fit the Quranic
FALSE & UNTRUE version of events***

13>        But when our Signs came to them that should have opened their eyes they said: "This is sorcery manifest!"

14>        And they rejected those Signs in iniquity and arrogance though their souls were convinced thereof: so see what was the end of those who acted corruptly!

15>        We gave (in the past) knowledge to David and Solomon: and they both said: "Praise be to Allah Who has favored us above many of His servants who believe!"

16>        And Solomon was David's heir.  He said: "O ye people! we have been taught the speech of Birds and on us has been bestowed (a little) of all things: this is indeed Grace manifest (from Allah)."

       #3254        The point is that Solomon not only inherited his father's kingdom but his spiritual insight and the prophetic office, which do not necessarily go from father to son. 3255        Speech of Birds. The spoken word in human speech is different from the means of communication which birds and animals have between each other. But no man can doubt that they have means of communication with each other, if he only observes the orderly flight of migratory birds or the regulated behaviour of ants, bees, and other creatures who live in communities. The wisdom of Solomon consisted in understanding these things-in the animal world and in the lower fringes of human intelligence. #

       *** The  attributes that Solomon was able to speak to animals, his ability to marshal spiritual forces and his encounters with the Queen of Sheba etc. (27:17-44)  are plagiarized almost word for word - with some modifications - yet again, from Rabbinical traditions (Haggada) as described in Legends of the Jews (Vol. IV p:141/9).

       The above are not new Quranic revelations, neither are they in the 'traditions' of the unlearned Arabs nor are they in the Bible.

       All of these verses are without a shred of veracity ***

17        And before Solomon were marshalled his hosts of Jinns and men and birds and they were all kept in order and ranks.

18        At length when they came to a (lowly) valley of ants one of the ants said: "O ye ants get into your habitations lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (under foot) without knowing it."        
       *** The following stories about Solomon in the Quran, are plagiarised variations to similar ones in Legends of the Jews (Second Targum of Esther) ***

19        So he smiled amused at her speech; and he said: "O my Lord! so order me that I may be grateful for Thy favors which Thou hast bestowed on me and on my parents and that I may work the righteousness that will please Thee: and admit me by Thy Grace to the ranks of Thy righteous Servants."

20        And he took a muster of the Birds; and he said: "Why is it I see not the Hoopoe? Or is he among the absentees?

21        "I will certainly punish him with a severe Penalty or execute him unless he bring me a clear reason (for absence)."

27:22        But the Hoopoe tarried not far: he compassed (territory) which thou hast not compassed and I have come to thee from Saba with tidings true.

23>        "I found (there) a woman ruling over them and provided with every requisite; and she has a magnificent throne.

       #3264        The Queen of Sheba (by name Bilqis in Arabian tradition) came apparently from Yemen, but she had affinities with Abyssinia and possibly ruled over Abyssinia also. The Habasha tribe (after whom Abyssinia was named) came from Yemen. Between the southern coast of Yemen and the north-eastern coast of Abyssinia there are only the Straits of Bab-al-Mandab, barely twenty miles across. In the 10th or llth century B.C. there were frequent invasions of Abyssinia from Arabia, and Solomon's reign of 40 years is usually synchronised with B.C. 992 to 952. The Sabaean and Himyarite alphabets in which we find the south Arabian pre-Islamic inscriptions, passed into Ethiopic, the language of Abyssinia. The Abyssinians possess a traditional history called "The Book of the Glory of Kings" (Kebra Nagast), which has been translated from Ethiopic into English by Sir E.A. Wallis Budge (Oxford, 1932). It gives an account of the Queen of Sheba and her only son Menyelek I, as founders of the Abyssinian dynasty. 3265        Provided with every requisite: I take this to refer not only to the abundance of spices and gems and gold in her country, but to sciences and arts, as well#

       *** The interpreter of the Quran attempts to glorify the Arabs by alleging that even the Abyssinians are from Arab stock.

        Taking into account the latest knowledge about human evolution and migration from Africa outwards, their case is unsustainable either scientifically or historically.

       Moreover, if the Abyssinians are from Arabian stock, why then do they have written traditions while the Arabs (the originators) do not?

       Not a single pagan Arab, had any knowledge of his ancestry beyond his tribal surrounding. All these alleged 'traditions' were created, concocted and made into a believable history, long after Muhammad's death, built upon the plagiarised, plundered, pirated and or perverted histories, language, traditions and religions of peoples other than Arabs ***

24>        "I found her and her people worshipping the sun besides Allah: Satan has made their deeds seem pleasing in their eyes and has kept them away from the Path so they receive no guidance
25>        "(Kept them away from the Path) that they should not worship Allah Who brings to light what is hidden in the heavens and the earth and knows what ye hide and what ye reveal.

26>        "Allah! there is no god but He! Lord of the Throne Supreme!"

27        (Solomon) said: "Soon shall we see whether thou hast told the truth or lied!

28        "Go thou with this letter of mine and deliver it to them: then draw back from them and (wait to) see what answer they return"...

29        (The Queen) said: "Ye chiefs! here is delivered to me a letter worthy of respect.

30>        "It is from Solomon and is (as follows): `In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful:
31        " `Be ye not arrogant against me but come to me in submission to the true Religion.' "

32        She said: "Ye chiefs! advise me in (this) my affair: no affair have I decided except in your presence."

33        They said: "We are endued with strength and given to vehement war: but the command is with thee; so consider what thou wilt command."

34        She said: "Kings when they enter a country despoil it and make the noblest of its people its meanest: thus do they behave.

35        "But I am going to send him a present and (wait) to see with what (answer) return (my) ambassadors."

36        How when (the embassy) came to Solomon he said: "Will ye give me abundance in wealth? But that which Allah has given me is better than that which He has given you! Nay it is ye who rejoice in your gift!

37        "Go back to them and be sure we shall come to them with such hosts as they will never be able to meet: we shall expel them from there in disgrace and they will feel humbled (indeed)."

38        He said (to his own men): "Ye Chiefs! which of you can bring me her throne before they come to me in submission?" 

39        Said an Ifrit of the Jinns: "I will bring it to thee before thou rise from thy Council: indeed I have full strength for the purpose and may be trusted."

       #3274        Ifrit: a large, powerful jinn.#

40        Said one who had knowledge of the Book: "I will bring it to thee within the twinkling of an eye!" Then when (Solomon) saw it placed firmly before him he said: "This is by the grace of my Lord! to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And if any is grateful truly his gratitude is (a gain) for his own soul; but if any is ungrateful truly my Lord is Free of All Needs Supreme in Honor!"

41        He said: "Transform her throne out of all recognition by her: let us see whether she is guided (to the truth) or is one of those who receive no guidance."

42        So when she arrived she was asked "Is this thy throne?" She said "It was just like this; and knowledge was bestowed on us in advance of this and we have submitted to Allah (in Islam)."

43        And he diverted her from the worship of others besides Allah: for she was (sprung) of a people that had no faith.

44        She was asked to enter that lofty Palace: but when she saw it she thought it was a lake of water and she (tucked up her skirts) uncovering her legs.  He said.  "This is but a palace paved smooth with slabs of glass." She said: "O my Lord! I have indeed wronged my soul: I do (now) submit (in Islam) with Solomon to the Lord of the Worlds."

       #3281        Bilqis, having been received with honour on her arrival, and having accepted the transformation of her throne, placed presumably in an outer building of the Palace, is asked to enter the great Palace itself. Its floor was made of slabs of smooth polished glass, that glistened like water. She thought it was water, and tucked up her clothes to pass through it, showing her bare feet and ankles. This was a very undignified position for a woman, especially one of the position of a Queen. Solomon immediately told her the real facts, when she felt grateful, and joined herself with Solomon in praising Allah. 3282        A gentle leader points out the truth. Instead of resenting it, the new entrant is grateful; acknowledges his own mistake freely and frankly; and heartily joins with the Teacher in the worship of Allah, the Source of all truth and knowledge.#

       *** All the above verses are copied almost verbatim from Rabbinical traditions as described in  Legends of the Jews.

       It must be pointed out, that the Queen's interest in the wisdom of Solomon - which plays a very important part in the Biblical version, and more so in the Midrash - is not mentioned at all in the Quran. Presumably, Muhammad was not interested so much in wisdom, as the Quran's entire structure shows.

       The reader has to be made aware repeatedly - unfortunately - that the Quran contains absolutely nothing spiritually and intellectually original.

       The Quran's most noticeable attributes lay in the fact that it is the only 'holy' book that exists which is full of hate, anger, warmongering, incitement to murder, to plunder and to enslave,
to mention just a few ***

45        We sent (aforetime) to the Thamud their brother Salih saying "Serve Allah": but behold they became two factions quarrelling with each other.

46        He said: "O my people! why ask ye to hasten on the evil in preference to the good? If only ye ask Allah for forgiveness ye may hope to receive mercy."

47        They said: "Ill omen do we augur from thee and those that are with thee." He said: "Your ill omen is with Allah; yea ye are a people under trial."

48        There were in the City nine men of a family who made mischief in the land and would not reform.

49        They said: "Swear a mutual oath by Allah that we shall make a secret night attack on him and his people and that we shall then say to his heir (when he seeks vengeance): `We were not present at the slaughter of his people and we are positively telling the truth.' "

50        They plotted and planned but We too planned even while they perceived it not.

       *** What a travesty of logic and religion to imply, as in the above verse, that Allah - the alleged One and Only God - would stoop to plan and plot against his own mortal creatures.

       The same creatures that he PRE-DESTINED to err. This is pure balsphemy against any supreme divinity ***

51        Then see what was the end of their plot! this, that we destroyed them and their people all (of them).

52        Now such were their houses in utter ruin because they practiced wrongdoing Verily in this is a Sign for people of knowledge.

53>        And We saved those who believed and practiced righteousness.

54>        We also sent Lut (as an apostle): behold he said to his people "Do ye do what is shameful though ye see (its iniquity)?

55>        "Would ye really approach men in your lusts rather than women? Nay ye are a people (grossly) ignorant!"

56>        But his people gave no other answer but this: they said "Drive out the followers of Lut from your city: these are indeed men who want to be clean and pure!"

57>        But We saved him and his family except his wife: her We destined to be of those who lagged behind.

58>        And We rained down on them a shower (of brimstone): and evil was the shower on those who were admonished (but heeded not)!

27:59> Thus it was but We made the Children of Israel inheritors of such things.
60>        Or who has created the heaven and the earth and who sends you down rain from the sky? Yea with it We cause to grow well-planted orchards full of beauty and delight: it is not in your power to cause the growth of the trees in them.  (Can there be another) god besides Allah? Nay they are a people who swerve from justice.

61>        Or who has made the earth firm to live in; made rivers in its midst; set thereon mountains immovable; and made a separating bar between the two bodies of flowing water? (Can there be another) god besides Allah? Nay most of them know not.

62>        Or who listens to the (soul) distressed when it calls on Him and who relieves its suffering and makes you (mankind) inheritors of the earth? (Can there be another) god besides Allah? Little it is that ye heed!

63>        Or who guides you through the depths of darkness on land and sea and who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings going before His mercy? (Can there be another) god besides Allah? high is Allah above what they associate with Him!

64>        Or who originates Creation then repeats it and who gives you sustenance from heaven and earth? (Can there be another) god besides Allah? Say "Bring forth your argument if ye are telling the truth!"

65>        Say: None in the heavens or on earth except Allah knows what is hidden: nor can they perceive when they shall be raised up (for Judgment).

66>        Still less can their knowledge comprehend the Hereafter: nay they are in doubt and uncertainty thereanent; nay they are blind thereunto!
67>        The Unbelievers say: "What! when we become dust we and our fathers--shall we really be raised (from the dead)?

68        "It is true we were promised this we and our fathers before (us): these are nothing but tales of the ancients."

69        Say: "Go ye through the earth and see what has been the end of those guilty (of sin)."

70        But grieve not over them nor distress thyself because of their plots.

71        They also say: "When will this promise (come to pass)? (Say) if ye are truthful."

72        Say: "It may be that some of the events which ye wish to hasten on may be (close) in your pursuit!"

73>        But verily thy Lord is full of grace to mankind: yet most of them are ungrateful.

74>        And verily thy Lord knoweth all that their hearts do hide as well as all that they reveal.

75>        Nor is there aught of the Unseen in heaven or earth but is (recorded) in a clear record.

76        Verily this Qur'an doth explain to the Children of Israel most of the matters in which they disagree.        
       *** The Quran does not explain anything new whatsoever that the Children of Israel do not already know and have in their Torah***

77        And it certainly is a Guide and Mercy to those who believe.

78>        Verily thy Lord will decide between them by His Decree: and He is Exalted in Might All-Knowing.

79>        So put thy trust in Allah: for thou art on (the Path of) manifest Truth.

80        Truly thou canst not cause the Dead to listen nor canst thou cause the Deaf to hear the call (especially) when they turn back in retreat.

81        Nor canst thou be a guide to the Blind (to prevent them) from straying; only those wilt thou get to listen who believe in Our Signs and they will bow in Islam.

82        And when the Word is fulfilled against them (the unjust) We shall produce from the earth a beast to (face) them: he will speak to them for that mankind did not believe with assurance in our Signs.

83        One Day We shall gather together from every people a troop of those who reject Our Signs and they shall be kept in ranks

84>        Until when they come (before the Judgment-Seat) Allah will say: "Did ye reject My Signs though ye comprehended them not in knowledge or what was it ye did?"

85>        And the Word will be fulfilled against them because of their wrongdoing and they will be unable to speak (in plea).

86>        See they not that We have made the Night for them to rest in and the Day to give them light? Verily in this are Signs for any people that believe!

87>        And the Day that the Trumpet will be sounded then will be smitten with terror those who are in the heavens and those who are on earth except such as Allah will please (to exempt): and all shall come to His (Presence) as beings conscious of their lowliness.

88>        Thou seest the mountains and thinkest them firmly fixed: but they shall pass away as the clouds pass away: (such is) the artistry of Allah Who disposes of all things in perfect order: for He is well-acquainted with all that ye do.

89>        If any do good good will (accrue) to them therefrom; and they will be secure from terror that Day.

90>        And if any do evil their faces will be thrown headlong into the Fire: "Do ye receive a reward other than that which ye have earned by your deeds?"
91        For me I have been commanded to serve the Lord of this City Him Who has sanctified it and to Whom (belong) all things: and I am commanded to be of those who bow in Islam to Allah's Will

92        And to rehearse the Qur'an: and if any accept guidance they do it for the good of their own souls and if any stray say: "I am only a Warner."

93        And say: "Praise be to Allah Who will soon show you His Signs so that ye shall know them"; and thy Lord is not unmindful of all that ye do.

       *** It is very important that any fair-minded reader of these pages, should at least attempt to read the Biblical versions of the events here in described, and then decide, whether the above represent the historical and theological facts or not ***