Q & A with the Qur’an

The Qur’an is believed to be a guide, Muhammad is believed to have been chosen to teach the guide and is an example for all Muslims.
To find the answers about Muhammad, one would needs to look at the Sunnah, however, It is believed the Qur’an is eternal and the true word of Allah.
I decided to ask the Qur’an some questions.

Qur’an, what do you say about freedom of speech, why am I as a non believer being prevented from talking about the Islam?

Allah does not like the public mention of evil except by one who has been wronged. And ever is Allah Hearing and Knowing. (4/148)

Qur’an, I saw a Muslim correcting people and saying we can’t criticise Islam, in fact Islam is pushed on us in Dawahs, please clarify why that happens?

You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah . If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient. (3/110)

Qur’an, can Muslims hold you to scrutiny?

O you who have believed, do not ask about things which, if they are shown to you, will distress you. But if you ask about them while the Qur’an is being revealed, they will be shown to you. Allah has pardoned that which is past; and Allah is Forgiving and Forbearing. 5/101

Qur’an, why is that?

A people asked such [questions] before you; then they became thereby disbelievers (5/102)

Qur’an, Is a disbeliever a wrongdoer, evil?

And they will cry out therein, “Our Lord, remove us; we will do righteousness – other than what we were doing!” But did We not grant you life enough for whoever would remember therein to remember, and the warner had come to you? So taste [the punishment], for there is not for the wrongdoers any helper. (35/37)

Qur’an, does a disbeliever make you angry?

How wretched is that for which they sold themselves – that they would disbelieve in what Allah has revealed through [their] outrage that Allah would send down His favor upon whom He wills from among His servants. So they returned having [earned] wrath upon wrath. And for the disbelievers is a humiliating punishment. (2/90)

Qur’an, can I, as a non Muslim, ever be viewed as an equal?

Or do those who commit evils think We will make them like those who have believed and done righteous deeds – [make them] equal in their life and their death? Evil is that which they judge. (45/21)

Qur’an, so believers think they are above non-Muslims?

And it is He who has made you successors upon the earth and has raised some of you above others in degrees [of rank] that He may try you through what He has given you. Indeed, your Lord is swift in penalty; but indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful. (6/165)

Qur’an, so explain more?

Those who disbelieve will have a severe punishment, and those who believe and do righteous deeds will have forgiveness and great reward. (35/7)

Qur’an, what else do you say about the disbeliever?

Whoever should think that Allah will not support [Prophet Muhammad] in this world and the Hereafter – let him extend a rope to the ceiling, then cut off [his breath], and let him see: will his effort remove that which enrages [him]? (22/15)

Qur’an, that doesn’t sound very Merciful, have you mercy?

And when those come to you who believe in Our verses, say, “Peace be upon you. Your Lord has decreed upon Himself mercy: that any of you who does wrong out of ignorance and then repents after that and corrects himself – indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful.” (6/54)

Qur’an, where will a disbeliever go after death?

And for those who disbelieve will be the fire of Hell. [Death] is not decreed for them so they may die, nor will its torment be lightened for them. Thus do we recompense every ungrateful one. (35/36)

Qur’an, are you sure?

Indeed, those who disbelieve in Our verses – We will drive them into a Fire. Every time their skins are roasted through We will replace them with other skins so they may taste the punishment. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted in Might and Wise. (4/56)

Qur’an, I have a Muslim friend, am I equal in friendship to a believer?

Let not the believers take the disbelievers as friends instead of the believers, and whoever does that will never be helped by Allah in any way, except if you indeed fear a danger from them. And Allah warns you against Himself. (3/28)

Qur’an, but my friend is nice to me?

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided. (16/125)

Qur’an, are you sure about us being unable to be real friends? My friend hasn’t told me this.

You will not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even though they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred. (58/22)

Qur’an, Could my friend be pretending?

Say, “Whether you conceal what is in your breasts or reveal it, Allah knows it. And He knows that which is in the heavens and that which is on the earth. And Allah is over all things competent. (3/29)

Qur’an, my friend has converted to Islam, her parents don’t agree, I’m worried her relationship with them will break down due to this, what do you say about this?

O you who have believed, do not take your fathers or your brothers as allies if they have preferred disbelief over belief. And whoever does so among you – then it is those who are the wrongdoers. (9/23)

Qur’an, not even if they are a Jew or a Christian?

O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people. (5/51)

Qur’an, how do you feel about her parents not believing in Allah, what is said about Allah?

And your god is one God. There is no deity [worthy of worship] except Him, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. (2/163)

Qur’an, but surely she can just ignore that part, for the sake of the relationship with her parents?

But those who deny Our verses – the punishment will touch them for their defiant disobedience. (6/49)

Qur’an, my friend pays Zakat, where does this go?

Zakah expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect [zakah] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the [stranded] traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah . And Allah is Knowing and Wise. (9/60)

Qur’an, what does the “cause of Allah”, mean?

And if you are killed in the cause of Allah or die – then forgiveness from Allah and mercy are better than whatever they accumulate [in this world]. (3/157)

Qur’an, I want to clarify, it means fighting?

O you who have believed, do not be like those who disbelieved and said about their brothers when they traveled through the land or went out to fight, “If they had been with us, they would not have died or have been killed,” so Allah makes that [misconception] a regret within their hearts. And it is Allah who gives life and causes death, and Allah is Seeing of what you do. (3/156)

Qur’an, so Zakat can be given if believers cannot fight, but if they are commanded to fight they must do so?

Have you not seen those who were told, “Restrain your hands [from fighting] and establish prayer and give zakah”? But then when fighting was ordained for them, at once a party of them feared men as they fear Allah or with [even] greater fear. They said, “Our Lord, why have You decreed upon us fighting? If only You had postponed [it for] us for a short time.” Say, The enjoyment of this world is little, and the Hereafter is better for he who fears Allah . And injustice will not be done to you, [even] as much as a thread [inside a date seed].” (4/77)

Qur’an, should a Muslim follow Muhammad, as well as Allah?

O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result. (4/59)

Qur’an, why is this?

He gives wisdom to whom He wills, and whoever has been given wisdom has certainly been given much good. And none will remember except those of understanding. (2/269)

Qur’an, if Muhammad was here now, would he encourage believers to fight?

O Prophet, urge the believers to battle. If there are among you twenty [who are] steadfast, they will overcome two hundred. And if there are among you one hundred [who are] steadfast, they will overcome a thousand of those who have disbelieved because they are a people who do not understand. (8/65)

Qur’an, surely this means Muhammad should be held to scrutiny by believers?

The Prophet is more worthy of the believers than themselves, and his wives are [in the position of] their mothers. And those of [blood] relationship are more entitled [to inheritance] in the decree of Allah than the [other] believers and the emigrants, except that you may do to your close associates a kindness [through bequest]. That was in the Book inscribed. (33/6)

Qur’an, if Islam is violent, with approximately 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, wouldn’t we be dead already?

And it is not for the believers to go forth [to battle] all at once. For there should separate from every division of them a group [remaining] to obtain understanding in the religion and warn their people when they return to them that they might be cautious. (9/122)

Qur’an, then why do people fight people in the name of Allah?

So let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. And he who fights in the cause of Allah and is killed or achieves victory – We will bestow upon him a great reward. (4/74)

Qur’an, are you sure about this, it sounds like people are being… bought?

Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah ? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment. (9/111)

Qur’an, so I’m still not sure, how do you feel about those who fight?

The ones who have believed, emigrated and striven in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives are greater in rank in the sight of Allah . And it is those who are the attainers [of success]. (9/20)

Qur’an, I saw the Jihadis behead people, is this allowed?

[Remember] when your Lord inspired to the angels, “I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.” (8/12)

Qur’an, what could cause such a horrific thing to happen to such a person?

That is because they opposed Allah and His Messenger. And whoever opposes Allah and His Messenger – indeed, Allah is severe in penalty. (8/13)

Qur’an, but the Jihadis kill Muslims too, surely that’s not allowed?

The believers are only the ones who have believed in Allah and His Messenger and then doubt not but strive with their properties and their lives in the cause of Allah. It is those who are the truthful. (49/15)

Qur’an?

That is because they said to those who disliked what Allah sent down, “We will obey you in part of the matter.” And Allah knows what they conceal. (47/26)

Qur’an, I saw Jihadis praying, surely they are not Muslim and are pretending to be Muslims?

And when you are among them and lead them in prayer, let a group of them stand [in prayer] with you and let them carry their arms. And when they have prostrated, let them be [in position] behind you and have the other group come forward which has not [yet] prayed and let them pray with you, taking precaution and carrying their arms. Those who disbelieve wish that you would neglect your weapons and your baggage so they could come down upon you in one [single] attack. But there is no blame upon you, if you are troubled by rain or are ill, for putting down your arms, but take precaution. Indeed, Allah has prepared for the disbelievers a humiliating punishment. (4/102)

Surely prayer is peaceful and doesn’t incorporate fighting?

And if you fear [an enemy, then pray] on foot or riding. But when you are secure, then remember Allah [in prayer], as He has taught you that which you did not [previously] know. (2/239)

Qur’an, why do we get homegrown jihadis killing people in our land?

O you who have believed, fight those adjacent to you of the disbelievers and let them find in you harshness. And know that Allah is with the righteous. (9/123)

Qur’an, are you a guide for believers?

And We have not revealed to you the Book, [O Muhammad], except for you to make clear to them that wherein they have differed and as guidance and mercy for a people who believe. (16/64)

Qur’an, but you are only a book right? They can take or leave you.

This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah – (2/1)

Qur’an, so Muslims have to follow you?

And this [Qur’an] is a Book We have revealed [which is] blessed, so follow it and fear Allah that you may receive mercy. (6/155)

Qur’an, is there an obligation on believers to fight in the cause of Allah?

Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not. (2/216)

Qur’an, hang on a minute here, are you saying you know better than Muslims?

It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decided a matter, that they should [thereafter] have any choice about their affair. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly strayed into clear error. (33/36)

Qur’an, If believers are few, are there concessions ?

So allow time for the disbelievers. Leave them awhile. (86/17)

Qur’an, Is there anything else?

So fear Allah as much as you are able (64/16)

Qur’an, what can believers do in the meantime then ?

and listen and obey and spend [in the way of Allah ]; it is better for your selves. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul – it is those who will be the successful. (64/16)

Qur’an, what if believers have grown in numbers, or have authority?

So do not weaken and call for peace while you are superior; and Allah is with you and will never deprive you of [the reward of] your deeds. (47/35)

Qur’an, what do you say about those who deny the verses?

Those who believe say, “Why has a surah not been sent down? But when a precise surah is revealed and fighting is mentioned therein, you see those in whose hearts is hypocrisy looking at you with a look of one overcome by death. And more appropriate for them [would have been] (47/20)

Qur’an, and?

Obedience and good words. And when the matter [of fighting] was determined, if they had been true to Allah, it would have been better for them. (47/21)

Qur’an, what were the final commands in regards to fighting?

And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (9/5)

Qur’an, please explain more.

Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled. (9/29)

Qur’an, are you regarded as perfect by believers?

Alif, Lam, Ra. [This is] a Book whose verses are perfected and then presented in detail from [one who is] Wise and Acquainted. (11/1)

Qur’an, is Muhammad regarded as perfect to believers?

There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often. (33/21)

Qur’an we only scratched the surface with these questions, but this is concerning, what does the Qur’an say about reform ?

This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. (5/3)

© Islamic Blueprint-JA Statham 2018

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


2 Comments Add yours

  1. J P Sundharam says:

    Absolutely wonderfully explained. Very impressed.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Iam Themomf says:

    Thanks JA.. another excellent piece. i hope you are well and happy.

    Sent from Outlook ________________________________

    Liked by 1 person

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