Questions that the religionists cannot answer

The proponents of the ritual prayer can only pick five verses from the Reading on the basis of which – by quoting them out of context – they claim an imperative for the ritual prayer. However, they cannot quote any verse from the Reading to show the methods of the rituals, as they themselves concede.

Perhaps now it is time for them to answer some questions:

  • How do you pardon the idol-worshippers when they continue to remain as idol-worshippers even though they have performed the ritual prayer? (9:4-6)

  • How are idol-worshippers to perform the ritual prayer?

  • How did the Prophet lead the ritual prayers for the non-believers according to (your reading of) 4:101-102?

In-naal kafirin nakanu lakum ‘aduwun mubin, wa-izza konta fi-hem fa-aqom-ta lahum Sol-laa-ta (4:101-102)

Surely the disbelievers are your manifest enemy, And when you are in their midst you shall lead them in Sol-laa (ritual prayer?) (4:101-102)

  • How can the ritual prayer of the Prophet console people or make them happy? (9:103)

  • When you are in sudden disaster or facing sudden death, how can the two strangers who are to be witnesses (and who may not know anything about the Arab religion) perform the ritual prayer before swearing to God that they will be truthful? (5:106)

  • How did all the people of a town and those living in the surrounding areas preserve their ritual prayer (wa hum alaa Sol-laa-tihim haafizuun) as soon as they heard the message of the Reading (6:92)? It may have included non-believers, Christians or Jews.

  • Why is it that yuSollu means ritual prayer in 4:102 but in 33:56 it means honour and support?

  • Likewise, how does the word yuSollee in 3:39 turn into ritual prayer while in 33:43 it is said to mean honour?

  • Solluu in 33:56 and Sollee in 9:103 have come to mean honour and supplication. In 75: 31 and in 96:10 the word Sol-laa is said to mean ritual prayer. Why is that?

  • How do the birds in the sky and everything between the heavens and the earth (including frogs, termites and trees, for example) perform their ritual prayer? (24:41)

  • How could the ritual prayer (Sol-laa-tuka) of Shuaib in 11:87 have changed the economic system of the people?

  • Why are the same Sol-laa-waatee in 2:238 (‘guard your ‘Sol-laa-waatee’) and 9: 99 (the Messenger’s Sol-laa-waatee) understood differently?

  • Why are the same words Sol-laa-waa-tun in 2:157 (ulaa ika alaihim Sol-laa-waatun) and 22:40 (wa Sol-laa-waatun, wa masaa-jidu) stated with different meanings?

  • Is there anyone performing the ‘ritual prayer‘ by controversial talk and rebellion (Sol-laa-tuhum ‘indal baiti mukaan wa tashdiyyan) anywhere in the world? If so, where and how? (8:35)

  • How did the word muSollan (singular) evolve to mean location or place for performing ritual prayer in 2:125 when the same word muSollin (plural) is understood as the people who perform the ritual prayer in 107:4?

It is inappropriate for the word Sol-laa or any of the derivatives (generated from the same root word) to be rendered as a ritual act by people toward God. Its meanings relate to the commitments which link a human being to God through their deliberate deeds.

Sol-laa is the commitment to observe the prescribed covenants. This encompasses the whole of God’s commandments in the Reading to people. It covers obligations, relationships, agreements between people, a person’s obligations to own self, and matters of cleanliness and diet. It extends to promises, dealings, relationships, families, and parenting. There is nothing ‘religious’ about it.

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66 Responses

  1. okay then from your interpretation, all his (Muhammad) teaching about how to pray on his generation and the other two generation was all wrong?

  2. Salam,

    I don’t claim to be a religionist nor I am a pious Muslim. But the followings are my understanding of the Quran (or the Reading) with regards to the some of the questions posted:

    How do you pardon the idol-worshippers when they continue to remain as idol-worshippers even though they have performed the ritual prayer? (9:4-6)

    How are idol-worshippers to perform the ritual prayer?

    9:5
    “Then, when the months made unlawful for fighting expire, kill the mushriks wherever you find them, and seize them, and besiege them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent, and establish Salat and pay the Zakat dues, then let them go their way.”

    You don’t pardon the idol-worshippers, unless they repent from shirk (i.e. stop being idol-worshippers), establish the salat and pay the Zakat i.e. embrace Islam. It follows, since they are now embracing Islam as Muslims, “Let them go their way’ is to let them carry on with their lives as Muslims. Now, you might argue that performing Salat (the ritual prayer according to ‘Arab Religion’ as you called it) is actually idol worshipping, but it is NOT. We, who perform the Salat, are not worshipping the Kaaba, but merely following our interpretation of Salat, Qiblah, etc from the Quran, as taught and supplemented by the Prophet’s SAW through his Sunnah and Hadith.

    How did the Prophet lead the ritual prayers for the non-believers according to (your reading of) 4:101-102?

    This is straightforward, although your PARTIAL quote of the verses tends to mislead those who don’t bother to open their Quran, don’t you agree? The Prophet did not lead the ritual prayers for the non-believers, on the contrary, verse 4:102 actually describes how to perform the Salat in the state of War i.e. in the middle of a Battle, emphasizing the importance of establishing the Salat as Allah commands the Prophet SAW and his followers to establish the Salat even in battles!!

    How can the ritual prayer of the Prophet console people or make them happy? (9:103)

    Well, I can’t find the word Salat anywhere in the verse. This confusion of yours arises because of your definition of Salat, Sallee, Salawatika are all defined as derivatives of Sol-laa whereas, in actual fact, there is a difference in the meanings of the different words. Ask any other Arabic Linguist (apart from you, of course). Not all of them are ‘twisted’ by blood/birth, you know. I don’t think I need to explain the verse as it (this verse) is, again, straight-forward in the meaning.

    Having gone through your writings, I have noticed your distrust towards the Prophet’s SAW Sunnah and Hadith, as well as Arab Religionist (as you called them). And the fact of the matter is all of your questions arise due to your distrust. And it saddens me to read a comment earlier stating “Who needs Abu Bakar or Muhammad?” in the Misconception page. I am sure you have studied the Quran many, many times and surely you have come across this verse:

    7:157-158
    (So. now mercy has been assigned to those) who follow this Messenger, the Ummi Prophet whose mention they shall find in the Torah and the Gospel with them. He enjoins them to follow virtue and forbids them from evil: he makes pure things lawful for them and impure things unlawful. He relieves them of their burdens and frees there from the shackles that bound them. For this reason those alone who believe in him and support hire and succor him and follow the light that has been sent down with him, shall attain “success”. O Muhammad, say, “O mankind, I am a Messenger to all of you from Allah to Whom belongs the kingdom of the heavens and tire earth. There is no deity but He. He bestows life and ordains death. So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the Ummi Prophet, who believes in Allah and His Commandments. Follow him: it is expected that you will be guided aright.”

    Now, tell me… Is this not a clear Commandment from our God to believe and follow Muhammad SAW? And how are we, who lives more than 1400 years afterthe Prophet’s death, to follow him if we are to reject his Sunnah and Hadith by reasons they are compiled by ‘Arabs/Persians Conspirators’? Even if the conspiracy is true, could it not be possible that some, if not most/all, of the Hadith are authentic?

    Narrated Malik: We came to the Prophet and we were young men nearly of equal ages and we stayed with him for twenty nights. Allah’s Apostle was a very kind man and when he realized our longing for our families, he asked us about those whom we had left behind. When we informed him, he said, “Go back to your families and stay with them and teach them (religion) and order them (to do good deeds). The Prophet mentioned things some of which I remembered and some I did not. Then he said, “Pray as you have seen me praying, and when it is the time of prayer, one of you should pronounce the call (Adhan) for the prayer and the eldest of you should lead the prayer. ” Sahih Al-Bukhari.

    Clearly, even if the Quran does not specify how to perform the Salat, the Quran specifically state that we should follow Muhammad SAW – and the above Hadith is one of the many proofs that Salat is a ritual prayer.

    Wallahualam.

    Peace Brother.

  3. The quran also said this about the man made Hadith.

    [The Quran 45:6] These are GOD’s revelations that we recite to you truthfully. In which Hadith other than GOD and His revelations do they believe?

    [The Quran 31:6] Among the people, there are those who uphold baseless Hadith, and thus divert others from the path of GOD without knowledge, and take it in vain. These have incurred a shameful retribution.

    [The Quran 6:114] Shall I seek other than GOD as a source of law, when He has revealed to you this book fully detailed? Those who received the scripture recognize that it has been revealed from your Lord, truthfully. You shall not harbor any doubt.

    [The Quran 6:115] The word of your Lord is complete, in truth and justice. Nothing shall abrogate His words. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.

    [The Quran 12:111] In their history, there is a lesson for those who possess intelligence. This is not fabricated Hadith; this (Quran) confirms all previous scriptures, provides the details of everything, and is a beacon and mercy for those who believe.

  4. what numarz mean?

  5. Someone told me “Namaz” means “Pundek” – both words not found in the Quran

  6. ‘Namaz’ is alleged translation of the word ‘Salath’ in Urdu.

  7. really mmmmm ma mate told me numarz, so we dont need pray??

  8. in bible jeuse pray same daivd pray in Psalms

  9. Quran say confirms all previous scriptures mean uphold quran, bible, psalms, torah. i know black box is idol

  10. And there are those who put up a mosque by way of mischief and infidelity – to disunite the Believers – and in preparation for one who warred against Allah and His Messenger aforetime. They will indeed swear that their intention is nothing but good; But Allah doth declare that they are certainly liars. 9:107

    how mosque mean consented decree

  11. [9:107] “There are those who abuse the consented decrees by practicing idol worship, dividing the believers, and providing comfort to those who oppose GOD and His messenger. They solemnly swear: “Our intentions are honorable!” GOD bears witness that they are liars.”

  12. “Namaz” is a Persian word. It literally means “exercise”.

  13. O you who have believed, when you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles. And if you are in a state of janabah, then purify yourselves. But if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women and do not find water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and hands with it. Allah does not intend to make difficulty for you, but He intends to purify you and complete His favor upon you that you may be grateful quran 5:6

    why god tell ya , wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles b4 prayer

  14. Mr Kamran, can you teach us how to pray according to the Quran after you have performed your duty in Sura 5 Verse 6?

  15. [5:6] “O you who believe, when you uphold your commitments you shall wash your faces, your arms to the elbows, wipe your heads, and wash your legs to the ankles…..”

  16. Mullah Kamran, why don’t you answer my question?

    How do you perform your prayers according to the Quran since the Quran commanded you to clean yourself before you pray?

    How do you pray according to the Quran?
    What do you say to God when you pray?
    Why do you have to face a stupid stone building when you pray?

  17. i know allah dont bless Arab okay there nothing tell how do it and Jesus talk from own heart to god, quran never say recite the quran back to god i know stone building in mecca is idol everthing is idol

  18. how come everthing differer, what about confirms all previous scriptures

  19. quran dont say bible or torah are corrupt but altered

  20. Mullah Kamran, I am not asking you about Jesus or Bible or Torah or previous scriptures. How do you pray according to the Quran after you perform your duty in 5:6?

    What do you do when you pray?
    Where do you face when you pray?
    What did you say to God when you pray?
    You speak English, French or Arabic to God? Or,
    Do you sing the Mantra when you pray to God?

  21. Mullah Kamran, the subject on this page is “Questions that the religionists cannot answer”. You must answer my questions unless you are one of the religionists. Yes? No?

    The hypocrisy of a religionist is, when he cannot answer a simple question he will go around in a circle. Yes? No?

  22. huh i say mecca black box is idol circle 7time is idol

  23. i talk anything to god

  24. Mullah Kamran,

    Where can I find the instruction to “talk anything to God” in the Quran after I perform my duty in 5:6?

    Is the word “Elaa-Solaa-te” in the verse refers to “talk anything to God”?

    Do you have to face a certain direction when you “talk anything to God”?

    How long do you have “talk anything to God” each time you pray and in what position of your body movement do you have to do it?

  25. Dear Kamran,
    Yes you are right, the Mecca black box is idol, circling it seven times is also idol worship. After years and years of being in Islam, it is sometimes difficult to ‘leave’ it behind. Sometimes doubt still lingers that needs clarifications. Do not fret. Be sincere and seek Allah’s help personally. He is near and can hear. Insha Allah.

  26. qunumaro allah say ask me anything in quran say.

  27. ya mean we cant ask him anything lol, i know quran never say Muhammad seed are abraham, quran say Neither did you (O Muhammad SAW) read any book before it (this Quran), nor did you write any book (whatsoever) with your right hand. In that case, indeed, the followers of falsehood might have doubted.

  28. quran say uphold quran and bible and torah, allah coming, 2012 is false flag

  29. Jesus not coming, he pass away

  30. ya right mecca is idol there moon symbol, devil rule world

  31. Mullah Kamran, do you have to wash your face, your hands to the elbow, wipe your head and wash your feet to the ankle each time you “talk anything to God” or “ask anything from God”?

    We are still discussing on the subject in 5:6 (you quoted earlier), so please tell us if 5:6 talks about performing the ritual prayers to face the stone idol in Mecca or not?

    Please don’t go in a circle with the story of Muhammad is not the seed of Ibrahim or Jesus is not coming back. Or, we are to uphold the Quran and bible and torah or 2012 is a false flag.

    Please don’t waste our time talking about other subjects not connected to Sura 5 Verse 6. You tried to justify we have to do the ritual prayer because of 5:6 – and I have been asking you simple questions, and you refused to answer them in a straight-forward manner.

  32. no matter face to west or east as quran, there lot e.g pray or prayer in quran why wash face…… then commitments huh why,

  33. no matter face to west or east as quran say huh

  34. why wash face…… then commitments, what is point. i dont know maybe it website right or wrong. i know mecca stone is idol

  35. what commitment mean

  36. I am God, there is no god except Me, so serve Me and hold the Salat for My remembrance.” (Qur’an 20:14). ya right salat cant be payer

  37. my Lord! make me one who establishes regular Prayer, and also (raise such) among my offspring, O our Lord!, and accept Thou my Prayer 14:40.

    14:40. Rabbi ijAAalnee muqeema ASSALATI wamin thurriyyatee rabbana wtaqabbal DUAAa/-i

    ya right duaa mean prayer

    hmmmm im lucky im deaf anyway thank allah for link me to it site, me dont want go hell

  38. can drink or is haram

  39. nobody want go to hell..
    most of them are in hell..

    feel to believe..

  40. there no god but the god

  41. //•How do you pardon the idol-worshippers when they continue to remain as idol-worshippers even though they have performed the ritual prayer? (9:4-6//
    The Quran says “if they repent “.So it is clear that they are not idolworshippers anymore and since observing the salah and zakat are the traits of believers,if they willing observe the salah and zakat they should be considered as believers and thus left alone.

    //•How did the Prophet lead the ritual prayers for the non-believers according to (your reading of) 4:101-102?//

    You have deliberately excluded the first part of 4:101 in your translation and completely twisted verses and its meanings.Verse 4:101 and 4 :102 are about two different situations during war times.One,about shortening the prayer at the end of which God reminds us that the disbelievers are our ardent enemies.Two,God is teaching us how to guard ourselves when we (believers) stand in congregation for the salah.The verse does not say in anyway say that the prophet led the disbelievers in the salah.

    //How can the ritual prayer of the Prophet console people or make them happy? (9:103)//

    The word “salathuka” has to be studied taking the context into consideration.We know that salah also means ” to contact” ,”stay in touch, “stay connected” etc.Here the Quran says that the Prophet’s salath will reassure the believers,console them etc .The Prophet(being the receipient of divine revelation) is thus being asked to stay close and connected with the believers so that his presence will encourage ,reassure and strengthen them.

    //•When you are in sudden disaster or facing sudden death, how can the two strangers who are to be witnesses (and who may not know anything about the Arab religion) perform the ritual prayer before swearing to God that they will be truthful? (5:106)//

    The verse begins by addressing the believers and says that two witnesses should be chosen from amoung them (Minkum).Therefore,the witnesses without doubt have to believers and not any disbelieving stranger that is passing by.This applies even if the dying person is travelling as well.Since taking an oath in the name of God is also a requirement ,it is only logical to say the two witnesses should be believers ;Muslims.The Quran never says that the testimony of an idolworshipper or his oath is valid.

    //•How did all the people of a town and those living in the surrounding areas preserve their ritual prayer (wa hum alaa Sol-laa-tihim haafizuun) as soon as they heard the message of the Reading (6:92)? It may have included non-believers, Christians or Jews//

    The verse clearly says “wallazeena yu’menoona” that is those who believe in the hereafter will believe in the book and observe the salah.This is talking about the believers not the mushriks.

    //•Why is it that yuSollu means ritual prayer in 4:102 but in 33:56 it means honour and support?//

    The context needs to be taken into consideration.

  42. Please come back with a more intelligent answers.

  43. Haris, I note you try to argue based on context but fail to take real life situations into consideration. From my own severely limited knowledge when I read how you attempt to explain 5:106 you assume too much that there will always be believers around even when the situation is beyond anyone’s control. Overall, I note you are too idealistic, hence causing any rationale in what you write to break down. Good attempt but there is room to improve. By the way, you should know very well, even among believers there are a lot of different opinions, beliefs and practices.

  44. I had to ask one question, it’s important:

    Al-Quran was revealed to whom? Those who study quran surely knew this. Thanks.

  45. all the question that aidid ask is like compiling all the question all over the quran, to fit it into one page, and made like quran was all revealed just for this, and was revealed all in a day…

    as for the certain issues like word solluu, it’s like understanding the homonyms words. How can an adjective bear, have the same meaning with an animal bear? when you sad, do you feel blue, or did you paint yourself with the blue color?

    when you are going to sleep, how do you lie in bed, tell me and don’t lie. And what type of keyboard did you use type the words on?

    Now then tell me, in your principle, do you lead the quran, or the quran lead you?

  46. sorry my mistake, not adjective, but verb (for the word bear)…

  47. my teacher said, we don’t argue the word used, but to understand what it mean for.

    It’s simply like opening a door: how do you open it? by driving the screw of the door out, or by putting the key into the lock?

  48. And your point is?

  49. Aidid Safar read articles on this website servantofthelight.com if you want
    I think this is even closer to the true Islam and less religious than your views are, you should check it out

  50. Salam Berserk, I am not in a competition because I know my views is less than perfect. Thank you.

  51. I know you’re not I just want more people to know what I believe to be the truth. You can judge by yourself

  52. I thought I’d let you know because you’re smart to show people Islam isn’t a religion and that rituals are worthless

  53. Oh and here’s another question that religionists can’t answer

    How can prayer command people to do something according to 11:87?

  54. Nobody claim their view is perfect. Only an extremist do so. Unless if the evidence came from quran and hadith. But you didn’t believe in hadith, certainty perhaps you didn’t believe in it’s science of narration.

    There’s always room to criticize. Critic the doings or the ideas, not the one who did the doings or brought the ideas.

    I’ve once been an anti-hadith. (an anti to the source of hadith). And now, I chose to believe in it.

    I would like to pull myself back because, actually we only differ in this. Show some love to each other.

    Apology..

  55. I know he didn’t claim his views are perfect but I wanted him to be even more guided because he obviously possesses reason.

  56. My question to Aidid Safar: If you are so distrustful of the Arabs, what makes you think that the Qur’an, has been preserved? The Qur’an was not revealed as a “book that fell from the sky”, it came down to the Prophet in a period of 23 years and was compiled as a book after the death of the Prophet, by ARABS, during the time of Abu Bakr. Since the Qur’an was transmitted and compiled by the Arabs, don’t you think the Arab Companions would have distorted the message of the Qur’an, like you claimed happened to the hadiths?

    You claim that you have found something that billions of Muslims, tens of thousands of Islamic scholars has been missing out all this 1400 years. You say that the word “solaa” in the Qur’an, means commitment (and that’s it, no other meanings according to you). You force only one meaning and stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the different shades of meanings attached to it.

    Meaning of the word Solaa
    Solat: literally means “du’a”. God said in (9:103)

    “Of their goods, take alms, that so thou mightest purify and sanctify them; and pray on their behalf. Verily thy prayers are a source of security for them (9:103)”

    The word has gain its technical meaning to refer to the ritual prayers that we are so familiar with.

    The word solaa, bear in mind, is not exclusively used by Muslims. Christians use them as well, and so does Arabic speakers of other religions. For example, if we were to translate “Christians pray in a church” into Arabic, it would be “مسيحيون يصلون في كنيسة” or “Maseehiyoon yusalloon fi kanisah”. Here the root word of yusalloon is solaa.

    You have no grounds whatsoever to justify, that your translation of solaa into “commitment” is the ONLY and VALID one. Your “solaa shuffle” argument is not valid because the word has many different shades of meaning, literal and technical. Regardless, it would be illogical to force one translation, and disregarding other meanings of it.

    Where does your definition “commitment” come from. Please state references from Arabic dictionaries and lexicons. One thing that frustrates me when reading your book is the lack of references and quotations from any Arabic language scholars.

    A word might have different meanings when applied in different context. This applies to the word “solaa”
    Ahmed Shehu Abdussalam explains:

    “Polysemy is a semantic state of a word in which it indicates two or more meanings. A word is polysemous when it looks the same as others and has more than one meaning…These varied meanings are known as “senses” (al-wujuh in the sciences of the Qur’an), and can be interrelated, shared in certain attributes or slightly different, indicating multiplicity of meaning, while varied forms of the same word, if any, are the “uses” (al-naza’ir in the sciences of the Qur’an). The word al-akhirah, with only one form (i.e. a use) has five senses: resurrection, paradise, hell, grave and the latter (Qur’an 92:13, 2:102, 39:9, 14:27 and 38:7 respectively).” (Abdussalam, Concordance of the Qur’an. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: International Islamic University of Malaysia Press. p. 23)

    For instance, when the word “solluu” is used in 33:56 to apply to God and His angels, it refers here to mean “bless”, not “pray” because it is applying to God,and Abdussalam’s explanation should be taken to mind. I give here translations of the verse by Arthur J. Arberry and John Meddows Rodwell, both of whom are Non-Muslim Non-Arab orientalists:

    “Verily, God and His Angels bless the Prophet! Bless ye Him, O Believers, and salute Him with salutations of Peace.” (John Medows Rodwell, 1861)

    “God and His angels bless the Prophet. O believers, do you also bless him, and pray him peace.” (Arthur J. Arberry)

    Are you going to say that these two are in cahoots with the Arabs as well? Are they interested with the shuffle, or are they translating them as such because that’s how it is supposed to be translated. This applies to other verses as well, and I have given the literal and technical meaning of solaa, and that should be enough for people to understand.

    Questions that the ulema cannot answer?
    I am far from being an ulema, but your questions are easy enough:
    1)How do you pardon the idol-worshippers when they continue to remain as idol-worshippers even though they have performed the ritual prayer? (9:4-6)

    Answer: The question itself shows that you are confused. Verse 9:5 and 9:6 talks about different circumstances. Verse 5 talks about pagans who have repent (meaning embraced Islam) and the next verse talks about how we should treat those yet to repent.

    2) How are idol-worshippers to perform the ritual prayer?

    Answer: They don’t have to.

    3)How did the Prophet lead the ritual prayers for the non-believers according to (your reading of) 4:101-102?

    Here is where you are either mistaken, or intentionally trying to mislead your readers. You chopped of verse 101 and took it out of context. The verses are talking about how to pray during war.

    4)How can the ritual prayer of the Prophet console people or make them happy? (9:103)

    As the definition of “solaa” is to make supplications to God, the verse is pretty straightforward. Muslims would feel secured knowing that the Prophet, someone dear to God, is praying for them, thus feel a sense of security. God said:

    Take alms of their wealth, wherewith thou mayst purify them and mayst make them grow, and pray for them. Lo! thy prayer is an assuagement for them. Allah is Hearer, Knower. [9:103]

    5) When you are in sudden disaster or facing sudden death, how can the two strangers who are to be witnesses (and who may not know anything about the Arab religion) perform the ritual prayer before swearing to God that they will be truthful? (5:106)

    Answer: Here, it doesn’t mean that the person is exactly on the tip of death. It may mean that it is simply a dying person. For if it is, then he wouldn’t even have the time to replace the two person next to him with another two who is supposedly not sinful, and this is the requirement for choosing the persons. It is also obvious that the two persons should already know how to pray, if he doesn’t know, then he is not a believer, and obviously sinful, for there is no greater injustice (and sin) then associating partners with God. (Qur’an 31:13)

    6) How did all the people of a town and those living in the surrounding areas preserve their ritual prayer (wa hum alaa Sol-laa-tihim haafizuun) as soon as they heard the message of the Reading (6:92)? It may have included non-believers, Christians or Jews.

    Answer: The verse simply means that those who believe in God and the last Day, believe in the Qur’an. Hence, it follows that they establish their five daily prayers.

    7) Why is it that yuSollu means ritual prayer in 4:102 but in 33:56 it means honour and support?

    Answer: On top of my explanation above, I want to add some more references. Ibn Mazur al-Afriqi, in his book Lisan al-Arab, which is one of the major reference materials for anyone persuing academic studies in Arabic, says:

    “Al-Salah is supplication and seeking forgiveness…and the Salah of Allah upon his messenger is His blessing/mercy for him and magnification/praises upon him. In the narration of Ibn Abi Awfa verily he said: “My father gave charity from his own wealth. Thereafter I went to the messenger of Allah with it whereby the Prophet s.a.w. said, “Oh Allah send Salah on the family of Abi Awfa.” Azhari said that this Salah in his sight means al-Rahmah(the blessing/mercy). And Allah s.w.t. says,”Verily, Allah and His angels send Salah(blessings) upon the Prophet. O you who believe, do pray Allah to bless him, and send your Salam to him in abundance.” Thus the Salah of the angels are supplication(du’a) and seeking forgiveness(for the messenger) and from Allah it is His blessing(rahmah). And it is called Salah within which is supplication and seeking for forgiveness. And in the narration on the greetings and salawat(plural of salah), Abu Bakr said, “Al-salawat means conferring blessing” and Allah said, “Verily, Allah and His angels send Salah(blessings) upon the Prophet” which means they bless him. (Ibn Manzur al-Afriqi (2003). Lisan al-Arab, Vol. 18. Saudi Arabia: Dar ‘Alim Al-Kutub. p. 198)

    Richard Bell, an orientalist who has no business being in cahoots with the “Arab conspiracy”, translates the word “yusollu” into “blessings”:

    “Verily Allah and His angels pronounce blessings upon the prophet; O ye who believed, pronounce blessings upon him, and give (him) the salutations of Peace.” (Bell, R. (1939). The Qur’an: Translated, with a Critical Re-arrangement of the Surahs, Vol. 2. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark. p. 418)

    Anglican priest and academic Rev. Kenneth Cragg (Again not an Arab nor Muslim) translates the verse as follows:

    “God and His angels call blessing upon the prophet. O you who have believed, you also call blessing upon him and greet him with a greeting of peace. (Cragg, K. (1988). Readings in the Qur’an: Selected and Translated with an Introductory Essay. London: Collins Religious Publishing. p. 288)

    So obviously, context is very important.

    8)Likewise, how does the word yuSollee in 3:39 turn into ritual prayer while in 33:43 it is said to mean honour?

    Answer: Same as above

    9)Solluu in 33:56 and Sollee in 9:103 have come to mean honour and supplication. In 75: 31 and in 96:10 the word Sol-laa is said to mean ritual prayer. Why is that?

    Answer: Context, my friend.

    10)How do the birds in the sky and everything between the heavens and the earth (including frogs, termites and trees, for example) perform their ritual prayer? (24:41)

    Answer: The word solaah means prayer or making supplication.God has guided every creature to its own way of worshiping Him, may He be glorified

    11)How could the ritual prayer (Sol-laa-tuka) of Shuaib in 11:87 have changed the economic system of the people?

    Answer: Ibn Kathir explained that al-Hasan said concerning this verse “By God, this means that his prayer commanded them to abandon what their fathers used to worship.” In any case, this is a statement of mocking from the disbelievers, since Shuaib always prays to God, they are saying to the effect “Does your prayers, teach you that we should abandon what our forefathers used to worship (idols and statues) ? Don’t do this, come let us continue our forefathers’ practices.”

    12) Why are the same Sol-laa-waatee in 2:238 (‘guard your ‘Sol-laa-waatee’) and 9: 99 (the Messenger’s Sol-laa-waatee) understood differently?

    Answer: Look at the context

  57. May Allah bless you brother Elijah, for you surely have spoken the truth!

  58. Maybe, can justify with archeaological factors or other genuine sources, whether Abraham or Ishmael ever set foot in Mecca?

  59. Well written and argued brother Elijah. I am not in your league but I believe you are incorrect in attempting to invalidate what Aidid has written. Though it seems odd, indeed very odd that seemingly one person dares to challenge 1400 years of history I say he is not alone. He is visible to you because he publishes his thoughts, thats all. What I see is a great mystery that a religion younger than the other great religions is apparently leading so many of its adherents back to the past surely in direct contradiction of the intentions of the Almighty. Say what you will, muslims collectively today are not where they are supposed to be, out in front, in positions of leadership in all spheres. Surely that is the reason why we accept the Message? Until the thinking changes, nothing else will. The whole blessed world, in fact the entire Universe, is changing ALL the time! With your intellect brother Elijah, take the responsibility to accept that fact.

  60. A correction to my earlier posting as I used Elijah’s i.d by mistake. I am indeed well below his intellect and have this tendency to ask inconvenient questions.

  61. Salam Isma, the Quran is right when it says:

    “You cannot guide those you love. God is the one who guides whomever He wills for He is fully aware of those who deserve the guidance.” (28:56)

    Ibrahim’s father couldn’t stop associating the idols with God but he insisted that was the right thing to do. I am sure Ibrahim’s father was intelligent yet the Quran says “he and his tribe defied their common sense”.

  62. Indeed.

  63. Salam Aidid, I would really appreciate it if you could delete the last three comments, and this comment as well. It’s ok if my ID was used. please act a.s.a.p. God bless

  64. Dear Elijah,

    The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail.

  65. To be completely free from the mental bondage, leave Islam altogether and stop wasting time deliberating on what is clearly the manifesto of a Meccan charlatan who wanted to build his own empire.

    Obvious clue, among others, after having proclaimed himself to be the messenger, added that he will be the last; this was attributed to God as revealed through him. Moreover, to be a Muslim one must believe this, the “shahada’. Neat trick to lock people into his empire.

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