Al-Ankabut (The Spider) (29)- 69        

1        Alif Lam Mim.

2        Do men think that they will be left alone on saying "We believe" and that they will not be tested?

3        We did test those before them and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are false.

4        Do those who practice evil think that they will get the better of us? Evil is their judgment!

5>        For those whose hopes are in the meeting with Allah (in the Hereafter let them strive); for the Term (appointed) by Allah is surely coming: and He hears and knows (all things).

       *** The reader should be made aware, once more, that without the items inserted within brackets in numerous verses of the Quran, to make them sensible linguistically and grammatically, they would otherwise be unintelligible and beyond the comprehension of most readers.

        Such errors, reflect badly upon the 'purity' of the language of the Quran and makes one doubt their alleged divine origin***

6>        And if any strive (with might and main) they do so for their own souls: for Allah is free of all needs from all creation.

       *** If Allah is 'free of all needs from all creation', then why does Muhammad's Quran repeatedly instructs their followers to fear, praise and grovel to Allah in submission?***

7>        Those who believe and work righteous deeds from them shall We blot out all evil (that may be) in them and We shall reward them according to the best of their deeds.

8>        We have enjoined on man kindness to parents: but if they (either of them) strive (to force) thee to join with Me (in worship) anything of which thou hast no knowledge obey them not.  Ye have (all) to return to Me and I will tell you (the truth) of all that ye did.                

        *** The above verse is a copy from the Talmud (Yebamoth 5b, 6a) which expressly declares, that a son must not obey a parental command which is contrary to the divine ordinances.

Quran 31: 15        "But if they strive to make the join in worship with Me things of which thou hast no knowledge obey them not; Yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration) and follow the way of those who turn to Me (in love): in the End the return of you all is to Me and I will tell you the truth (and meaning) of all that ye did."

This too, is in imitation of Jewish traditions- ***

9>        And those who believe and work righteous deeds them shall We admit to the company of the Righteous.

10>        Then there are among men such as say "We believe in Allah"; but when they suffer affliction in (the cause of) Allah they treat men's oppression as if it were the Wrath of Allah! and if help comes (to thee) from thy Lord they are sure to say "We have (always) been with you!" Does not Allah know best all that is in the hearts of all Creation?

11>        And Allah most certainly knows those who believe and as certainly those who are Hypocrites.

12        And the Unbelievers say to those who believe: "Follow our path and we will bear (the consequences) of your faults." Never in the least will they bear their faults: in fact they are liars!

       *** There is not a single record in the 'Muslim' traditions of such a statement made by the pagan Arabs.

       Hence, who is the liar?***

13>        They will bear their own burdens and (other) burdens along with their own and on the Day of Judgment they will be called to account for their falsehoods.

14>        We (once) sent Noah to his people and he tarried among them a thousand years less fifty: but the Deluge overwhelmed them while they (persisted in) sin.                
       #3437        The story of Noah and his Flood is not told here. It is told in other places; e.g., see xi. 25-48 or xxvi. 105-22. It is only referred to here to point out that Noah's period lasted a long time, 950 years. (Cf. Gen. ix. 28-29, where his whole age is declared to have been 950 years, of which 350 years were after the Flood). In spite of this long period, his contemporaries failed to listen, and they were destroyed. But the story of the Ark remains an everlasting Sign and Warning to mankind-a Sign of deliverance to the righteous and of destruction to the wicked. (29.14)#
       *** As usual, both the Quran and its interpreter, use the Biblical version of events and quote them, when it suits their purposes, but at the same time, they both allege that this Book had been corrupted by the Jews and Christians ***

15>        But We saved him and the Companions of the Ark and We made the (Ark) a Sign for all Peoples!

16>        And (We also saved) Abraham: Behold he said to his people "Serve Allah and fear Him: that will be best for you if ye understand!
17        "For ye do worship idols besides Allah and ye invent falsehood.  The things that ye worship besides Allah have no power to give you sustenance: then seek ye sustenance from Allah serve Him and be grateful to Him: to Him will be your return.

18        "And if ye reject (the Message) so did generations before you: and the duty of the apostle is only to preach publicly (and clearly)."

       *** When Muhammad realised that he would not be able to change the pagan Arabs through preaching, he resorted to violence, terror, assassination and war, instead, thus disobeying Allah's instruction***

19        See they not how Allah originates creation then repeats it: truly that is easy for Allah.

20>        Say: "Travel through the earth and see how Allah did originate creation: so will Allah produce a later creation: for Allah has power over all things.

21>        "He punishes whom He pleases and He grants mercy to whom He pleases and towards Him are ye turned.

       *** Since it is Allah who punishes and rewards whom he pleases, it negates totally the concept of free will thus rendering all thos who err NOT guilty of any misdeed as they were actually 'forced' by Allah to do so***

22>        "Not on earth nor in heaven will ye be able (fleeing) to frustrate (His plan) nor have ye besides Allah any protector or helper."

       *** The reader should recoginse by now, that the following verses are REPEATS of previous and subsequent ones in the Quran.

       The theme is alawys the same:

       A prophet is sent to a people; he tries to guide them to Allah , the one and only god;

they mock and disbelieve him;

       Allah brings calamities uopn them for their unbelief although it is Allah who makes them err in the first place.

       It is a repetetive and uninspiring mantra - with slight variations - that permeates the Quran***

23>        Those who reject the Signs of Allah and the Meeting with Him (in the Hereafter) it is they who shall despair of My mercy: it is they who will (suffer) a most grievous Penalty.

24>        So naught was the answer of (Abraham's) people except that they said: "Slay him or burn him." But Allah did save him from the fire: verily in this are Signs for people who believe.

       #3444        See xxi. 66-70. Abraham was cast into the fire, but he was unhurt, by the grace of Allah. So righteous people suffer no harm from the plots of the wicked. But they must leave the environment of evil even if they have to forsake their ancestral home, as Abraham did#

       *** This event is not in the Bible but is copied from Rabbinic writings and legends of the Jews ***

25>        And He said: "For you ye have taken (for worship) idols besides Allah out of mutual love and regard between yourselves in this life; but on the Day of Judgement ye shall disown each other and curse each other: and your abode will be the Fire and ye shall have none to help.

26>        But Lut had faith in Him: he said: "I will leave home for the sake of my Lord: for He is Exalted in Might and Wise."
27>        And We gave (Abraham) Isaac and Jacob and ordained among his progeny Prophethood and Revelation and We granted him his reward in this life; and he was in the Hereafter (of the company) of the Righteous.

       #3447        Isaac was Abraham's son and Jacob his grandson, and among his progeny was included Isma'il the eldest son of Abraham. Each of these became a fountain-head of Prophecy and Revelation, Isaac and Jacob through Moses, and Isma'il through the holy Prophet Muhammad. Jacob got the name of "Israel" at Bethel: Gen. 32:28; 35:10, and his progeny got the title of "The Children of Israel".#

         *** In verses 6:84; 12:38; 19:49; 29:27; 38:45, Ishmael, the alleged 'father' of the Arabs, is not mentioned at all***

28>        And (remember) Lut; behold he said to his people: "Ye do commit lewdness such as no people in Creation (ever) committed before you.
29>        "Do ye indeed approach men and cut off the highway? And practice wickedness (even) in your councils?"  But his people gave no answer but this: they said: "Bring us the Wrath of Allah if thou tellest the truth."

30>        He said: "O my Lord! Help Thou me against people who do mischief!"

31>        When Our Messengers came to Abraham with the good news they said: "We are indeed going to destroy the people of this township: for truly they are (addicted to) crime."

32>        He said: "But there is Lut there." They said: "Well do we know who is there: we will certainly save him and his following except his wife: she is of those who lag behind!"

33>        And when Our Messengers came to Lut he was grieved on their account and felt himself powerless (to protect) them: but they said "Fear thou not nor grieve: we are (here) to save thee and thy following except thy wife: she is of those who lag behind.

34>        "For we are going to bring down on the people of this township a Punishment from heaven because they have been wickedly rebellious."

35>        And We have left thereof an evident Sign for any people who (care to) understand.

36        To the Madyan (people) (We sent) their brother Shu`aib.  Then he said: "O my people! serve Allah and fear the Last Day: nor commit evil on the earth with intent to do mischief."

37        But they rejected him: then the mighty Blast seized them and they lay prostrate in their homes by the morning.

38        Remember also the `Ad and the Thamud (people): clearly will appear to you from (the traces) of their buildings (their fate): the Evil One made their deeds alluring to them and kept them back from the Path though they were gifted with Intelligence and Skill.
39>        (Remember also) Qarun Pharaoh and Haman: there came to them Moses with Clear Signs but they behaved with insolence on the earth; yet they could not overreach (Us) .

       #3461        For Qarun see xxviii. 76-82; Pharaoh is mentioned frequently in the Qur-an, but he is mentioned in association with Haman in xxviii. 6; for their blasphemous arrogance and defiance of Allah see xxviii. 38. They thought such a lot of themselves, but they came to an evil end.#

       *** The Bible does not mention any Qarun; neither was Haman associated with, or of the time of Pharaoh. Both characters are the invention of Muhammad in his Quran***

40>        Each one of them We seized for his crime: of them against some We sent a violent tornado (with showers of stones); some were caught by a (mighty) Blast; some We caused the earth to swallow up; and some We drowned (in the waters): it was not Allah Who injured (or oppressed) them: they injured (and oppressed) their own souls.
41        The parable of those who take protectors other than Allah is that of the Spider who builds (to itself) a house; but truly the flimsiest of houses is the Spider's house if they but knew.

       #3466        The Spider's house is one of the wonderful Signs of Allah's creation. It is made up of fine silk threads spun out of silk glands in the spider's body. There are many kinds of spiders and many kinds of spider's houses. Two main types of houses may be mentioned. There is the tubular nest or web, a silk-lined house or burrow with one or two trap-doors. This may be called his residential or family mansion. Then there is what is ordinarily called a spider's web, consisting of a central point with radiating threads running in all directions and acting as tie-beams to the quasi-circular concentric threads that form the body of the web. This is his hunting box. The whole structure exemplifies economy in time, material, and strength. If an insect is caught in the net, the vibration set up in the radiating threads is at once communicated to the spider, who can come and kill his prey. In case the prey is powerful, the spider is furnished with poison glands with which to kill his prey. The spider sits either in the centre of the web or hides on the under-side of a leaf or in some crevice, but he always has a single thread connecting him with his web, to keep him in telephonic communication. The female spider is much bigger than the male, and in Arabic the generic gender of 'Ankabut is feminine. 3467        Most of the facts in the last note can be read into the Parable. For their thickness the spider's threads are very strong from the point of view of relativity, but in our actual world they are flimsy, especially the threads of the gossamer spider floating in the air. So is the house and strength of the man who relies on material resources however fine or beautiful relatively; before the eternal Reality they are as nothing. The spider's most cunning architecture cannot stand against a wave of a man's hand. His poison glands are like the hidden poison in our beautiful worldly plans which may take various shapes but have seeds of death in them.#

       *** The Quran itself admits that most of its contents are parables and in reality spins and examples created to impress the new pagan Arab converts who had no knowledge or tradition whatsoever about the Biblical narratives***

42        Verily Allah doth know of (everything) whatever that they call upon besides Him: and He is Exalted (in power) Wise.

43        And such are the Parables We set for mankind but only those understand them who have Knowledge.

44>        Allah created the heavens and the earth in true (proportions): verily in that is a Sign for those who believe.

45        Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee and establish Regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And Allah knows the (deeds) that ye do.
46>          And dispute ye not with the People of the Book except with means better (than mere disputation) unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong (and injury): but say "We believe in the Revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah [Ilahuna/Our God] and your Allah [Ilahakum/Your God] is one; and it is to Him we bow (in Islam) [ wa nahnoo lahu Muslimoon]"

       #3472        Mere disputations are futile. In order to achieve our purpose as true standard bearers for Allah, we shall have to find true common grounds of belief, as stated in the latter part of this verse, and also to show by our urbanity, kindness, sincerity, truth, and genuine anxiety, for the good of others, that we are not cranks or merely seeking selfish or questionable aims. 3473        Of course those who are deliberately trying to wrong or injure others will have to be treated firmly, as we are guardians of each other. With them there is little question of finding common ground or exercising patience, until the injury is prevented or stopped. 3474        That is, the religion of all true and sincere men of Faith is, or should be, one; and that is the ideal of Islam.#

       *** In the early stages of his mission, when he was still weak, Muhammad was much more tolerant in his 'revelations'. Here he/Quran makes it crystal clear that the People of the Book are Muslimoon and the servants of the same One and Only Allah.

       This verse, is one of the most important in the Quran. Unfortunately, many of the interpreters of the Quran deliberately mistranslate and misrepresent many of the words of the Quran to fulfill  their agenda of deception.

       The above, unmistakably deliberate mistranslation is a prime example, since the Arabic of the Quran in the verse above does not mention the name Allah; it mentions Ilah/God, which is totally different.

       These interpreters want to mislead the readers into believing, that Allah, which was actually only the NAME of the supreme pagan rock god of the Quraiysh in Mecca, embedded into the corner wall of the Ka'ba called the BLACK STONE.

       Muhammad METAMORPHOSED the name Allah of the Black Stone into Yehweh, the God of Israel, which is a totally untrue representation.

       This particular type of deception is repeated in the following:
3:62; 18:110; 21:108 ***

47        And thus (it is) that We have sent down the Book to thee.  So the People of the Book believe therein as also do some of these (pagan Arabs): and none but Unbelievers reject Our Signs.

       #3475        It is in this spirit that all true Revelation comes from Allah. Allah is One, and His Message cannot come in one place or at one time to contradict His Message in another place or at another time in spirit, though there may be local variations according to the needs or understanding of men at any given time or place. 3476        The sincere Jews and Christians found in the holy Prophet a fulfillment of their own religion. For the names of some Jews who recognized and embraced Islam, see n. 3227 to xxvi. 197. Among the Christians, too, the Faith slowly won ground. Embassies were sent by the holy Prophet in the 6th and 7th years of the Hijrat to all the principal countries round Arabia, viz., the capital of the Byzantine Empire (Constantinople), the capital of the Persian Empire (Madain), the Sasanian capital known to the West by the Greek name of Ctesiphon, (about thirty miles south of modern Bagdad), Syria, Abyssinia, and Egypt. All these (except Persia) were Christian countries. In the same connection an embassy was also sent to Yamama in Arabia itself (east of the Hijaz) where the Banu Hanifa tribe was Christian, like the Harith tribe of Najran who voluntarily sent an embassy to Madinah. All these countries except Abyssinia eventually became Muslim, and Abyssinia itself has a considerable Muslim population now and sent some Muslim converts to Madinah in the time of the Prophet himself. As a generalization it is true that the Jewish and the Christian peoples as they existed in the seventh century of the Christian era have been mainly absorbed by Islam, as well as the lands in which they predominated. Remnants of them built up new nuclei. The Roman Catholic Church conquered new lands among the northern (Germanic) Pagans and the Byzantine Church among the eastern (Slavonic) Pagans, and the Protestantism of the 16th century gave a fresh stimulus to the main ideas for which Islam stands, viz., the abolition of priest craft, the right of private judgment, the simplification of ritual, and the insistence upon the simple, practical, everyday duties of life. 3477        The Pagan Arabs also gradually came in until they were all absorbed in Islam.#

       *** For readers of the Quran who do not know the true history of Muhammadan Islam, or that of the Jews and Christians, the above explanation sounds very plausible and eminently noble since it implies that all the Christians, Jews, Pagans and others converted to  Muhammadan Islam voluntarily.

       The historical facts, unfortunately, prove the exact opposite: most of these peoples
- pagans, Jews, Christians and others - were FORCED into conversion upon pain of death, or were taxed so heavily, that they in the end, they had no choice but to submit to 'Islam' so as to survive.

       The Jews and Christians of Arabia - who, because they were sincere, did not believe in Muhammad or his message -  were first and foremost NATIVE Arabs, who had converted from paganism to Christianity and to the religion of the Jews VOLUNTARILY.

       They were INDIGENOUS tribes who had as much right to live in the Arabian Penninsula as the new Muhammadan Muslim polity.

       These same tribes, that had existed without any interruption for hundreds of years, were completely eradicated and dispossessed in the first 15 years of 'Islamic'
ascendancy ***

48>        And thou wast not (able) to recite [tatloo] a Book before this (Book came) nor art thou (able) to transcribe it [takhuttuhoo] with thy right hand: in that case indeed would the talkers of vanities have doubted.
       #3478        The holy Prophet was not a learned man. Before the Qur-an was revealed to him, he never claimed to proclaim a Message from Allah. He was not in the habit of preaching eloquent truths as from a Book, before he received his Revelation, nor was he able to write or transcribe with his own hand. If he had had these worldly gifts, there would have been some plausibility in the charge of the talkers of vanities that he spoke not from inspiration but from other people's books, or that he composed the beautiful verses of the Qur-an himself and committed them to memory in order to recite them to people. The circumstances in which the Qur-an came bear their own testimony to its truth as from Allah#                

         *** The reader should be made aware, that the correct word for the English 'Recite' is the Arabic 'Tatloo' and NOT 'Iqraa' which actually means to Read.

       Also, and contrary to all assertions made by Muhammadan scholars, that the pagan Arabs had 'traditions' of the contents of the Bible, especially those pertaining to Abraham and Ishmael, are totally negated and refuted by this verse, which confirms once more the fact, that the pagan Arabs had no prior knowledge of the Bible and its contents until after Muhammad's 'revelations' ***

49        Nay here are Signs self-evident in the hearts of those endowed with knowledge: and none but the unjust reject Our Signs.

50        Yet they say: "Why are not Signs sent down to him from his Lord?" Say: "The Signs are indeed with Allah: and I am indeed a clear Warner."

51        And is it not enough for them that We have sent down to thee the Book which is rehearsed to them? Verily in it is Mercy and Reminder to those who believe.        
       # 3482        The perspicuous Qur-an, explained in detail by Allah's Messenger, in conjunction with Allah's Signs in nature and in the hearts of men, should be enough for all. It is mere fractious opposition to demand vaguely something more. Cf. also vi. 124, and n. 946.#

       *** This verse does not mention Muhammad's alleged illiteracy. It only asserts the 'miraculous' nature of the Quran for its contents and its 'revelations' even though it was  NEVER in the lifetime of Muhammad, in book form.

       The later followers of Muhammad alleged, that he was illiterate, so that they make the Quranic 'revelations' SEEM miraculous.

       In fact the verse above was 'revealed' to ABSOLVE Muhammad from the necessity to perform any miracles whatsoever

       Once more it should be pointed out that, it was Muhammad's later followers who CONCOCTED and INVENTED all the imaginary and mythical 'MIRACLES' that  Muhammad allegedly performed in his life time ***

52        Say: "Enough is Allah for a Witness between me and you: He knows what is in the heavens and on earth. And it is those who believe in vanities and reject Allah that will perish (in the end)."

53>        They ask thee to hasten on the Punishment (for them): had it not been for a term (of respite) appointed the Punishment would certainly have come to them: and it will certainly reach them of a sudden while they perceive not!

54>        They ask thee to hasten on the Punishment but of a surety Hell will encompass the rejecters of Faith!

55>        On the Day that the Punishment shall cover them from above them and from below them and (a Voice) shall say: "Taste ye (the fruits) of your deeds!"

56>        O My servants who believe! truly spacious is My Earth: therefore serve ye Me (and Me alone)!
57>        Every soul shall have a taste of death: in the end to Us shall ye be brought back.

       # 3490        Cf. iii. 185, n. 491, and xxi. 35 and n. 2697. Death is the separation of the soul from the body when the latter perishes. We should not be afraid of death, for it only brings us back to Allah. The various kinds of hijrat or exile, physical and spiritual, mentioned in the last note, are also modes of death in a sense: what is there to fear in them?#

       *** This is a repeat of 21:36 and a copy of Hebrews 9:27 ***

58>        But those who believe and work deeds of righteousness to them shall We give a Home in Heaven lofty mansions beneath which flow rivers--to dwell therein for aye; an excellent reward for those who do (good)!

59>        Those who persevere in patience and put their trust in their Lord and Cherisher.

60>        How many are the creatures that carry not their own sustenance? It is Allah Who feeds (both) them and you: for He hears and knows (all things).

61>        If indeed thou ask them who has created the heavens and the earth and subjected the sun and the moon (to His Law); they will certainly reply "Allah." How are they then deluded away (from the truth)?        
       *** This verse, as well as those of 39:3 & 43: 87 show, without any doubt, that the pagan Arabs already had full knowledge of Allah, all be it not in monotheistic terms.

       That is why Muhammad in his Quran did not need to explain the name of Allah to them***

62>        Allah enlarges the sustenance (which He gives) to whichever of His servants He pleases [man yashaa]; and He (similarly) grants by (strict) measure (as He pleases): for Allah has full knowledge of all things.

       *** In numerous verses in the Quran, such as the one above, the concept of human PRE-DESTINATION is asserted in many forms and without any ambiguity ***

63        > And if indeed thou ask them who it is that sends down rain from the sky and gives life therewith to the earth after its death they will certainly reply "Allah!"  Say "Praise be to Allah!"  But most of them understand not.

       *** The reader should discern the following as one example among hundreds before and after, that:

In verses 63, 64 & 65, it is Gabriel who is instructing Muhammad;

in 66, Allah interjects, all of a sudden;

in 67, the first part of the verse, it is Allah but the second it is Gabriel;

in 68, it is Gabriel once more and finally it is Allah & Gabriel in 69.

       The inconsistencies that fill the Quran with grammatical, historical, liguistic and theological errors, are astounding in numbers, enormous in magnitude and can never be the product of divine revelations***

64        >What is the life of this world but amusement and play? But verily the Home in the Hereafter that is life indeed if they but knew.

65        Now if they embark on a boat they call on Allah making their devotion sincerely (and exclusively) to Him; but when He had delivered them safely to (dry) land Behold they give a share (of their worship to others)!

66        Disdaining ungratefully Our gifts and giving themselves up to (worldly) enjoyment! But soon will they know.

67        Do they not then see that We have made a Sanctuary secure and that men are being snatched away from all around them? Then do they believe in that which is vain and reject the Grace of Allah?

68        And who does more wrong than he who invents a lie against Allah or rejects the Truth when it reaches Him? Is there not a home in Hell for those who reject Faith?

69        And those who strive in Our (Cause) We will certainly guide them to Our Paths: for verily Allah is with those who do right.