Fundamental Reading Principles

The Reading is consistent and there is no contradiction in the book.

Why do they not study the Reading carefully? If it were from other than God, they would have found many contradictions therein (4:82)

The Reading is the best Hadith or message and it is consistent. The word Hadith is found in the following verses.

God sent down the best Hadith/message a Scripture that is consistent (39:23)

Which Hadith/message beside this would you then believe in. (77:50)

The criterion of this study is to find the meanings of each word found to be inerrant with other passages by using the Quran alone. In other words, contrictory meanings from other sources besides the Quran are discounted.

There is no priesthood or religious clergy in Islam. Thus the interpretations by scholars or priests are also avoided.

They have taken their priests and the scholars as Lords besides God (9:31)

No human can claim to be the sole authority of the Reading.

God Most Gracious, the One who teaches the Reading. The One who created the human being. (55:2-3)

Only God can explain the Reading since He wrote it.

Do not move your tongue to hasten this revelation. We are in charge of putting them together into the Reading. Once We recite it, you shall follow this Reading. Then it is We who will explain it. (75:16-18)

The Reading explains itself and provides the best interpretation, beyond that of any human.

They never come to you with any example, except We provide you the truth and the best interpretation. (25:33)

Since the study is based solely from the Quran, critics are welcomed to put forward their arguments by applying the same principle.

There is no ambiguity to be found in the Reading.

A Qur’an (reading) in Arabic, without ambiguity so that they may attain success. (39:28)

The majority of Muslims will be afraid to read what is written in this book because they think they are already on the right path – in the ‘religion of Islam‘ – a belief they have inherited from their forefathers who were effectively shackled by the Arab religious masters. This book encourages them to think, to reason, and to question in the way of the Reading. Reflect on the purpose of life and see the wonders of it – but Muslims are disassembled and they are being dismantled bit by bit right before their eyes. It is being done either by those who would seek to do them ill, or by those who would seek to protect them from those who seek to do them ill.

Obviously what they are about to read is a dramatically different idea about the Islam they profess. This study is based upon a document they cannot deny of its authenticity – the Reading in its original Arabic. My wish for them is – try not to be the groups of people described by the Reading:-

Surely for those who disbelieve, it is the same over them – whether you warn them or did not warn them – they will never believe. God seals over their hearts – and over their hearing and over their sight – are veiled. And for them – the greatest suffering. (2:6-7)

This study threatens the position of all Islamic scholars and cult leaders who promote rock worship, paganism, extremism, and terrorism in the name of God. I invite them to prove me wrong on the basis of the Qur’an alone. Crying aloud of Aidid Safar’s errors or making accusation that he created new meaning to the Qur’an without proving it from the Book itself is useless. That is the patriarchal behaviour of ignorant mullahs who think they can fool the people.

Sincere Muslims the world over must realise, the Reading teaches them to use their common sense. ‘God deliberately blocks His guidance from those who defy their common sense ‘ (10:100). The so-called religious experts are no better than any ordinary Muslims. They will not be guided unless God guides them. In His fairness God says He guides whomever He wills – men or women without injustice. A person is guided not because of his or her knowledge of the language – but by their wisdom and power of reasoning. However, the self-proclaimed experts including those who promote false doctrine of miracle discoveries in the Quran will continue to exploit and cheat innocent people who think they need their guidance. The Reading teaches us to verify information and use our common sense each time we hear something new. Do not follow the following example:-

Some of them listen to you, but when they leave, they ask those who are knowledgeable (experts), “What did he say”? This is how God seals their heart, and they follow their own opinions. (47:16)

Read the above verse again and think. It won’t cost you a penny to think. Therefore, read this book with an open mind – and think carefully. You are not alone – other religionists and their scholars have in like manner enslaved the minds of innocent people who follow them blindly including the Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhist, Sikhs, Zoroastrians, Bahais, or any other organised religions.

32 Responses

  1. Dear Aidid,

    Truth should be speak out and it will reach the minds of people by breaking all the geographical,language and cultural barriers. I am following your site since two years. I found it is a reflection of my though and line of thinking. I tried a lot to reach you but alas I could not. I am an Indian presently working and residing in United Arab Emirates. My concern is about the non availability of your Quran transalation (full) in your site. I tried to order your book and it also did not worked due to some reason. I am proud to be a Muslim since we have thinkers like you. Dear Aidid we need to communicate since I am spreading your site to my friends and al of them found your line of though as powerful and correct.

    Please keep a line of relationship so that if we could do some thing together for our own benefit and for the humaniy.
    May Allah bestow his blessings to you .
    Wa Salam
    Sajid Koroth

  2. Peace to you Sajid,

    Thank you for your comment and your support in spreading my site to your friends. I hope they too can see the absurdity in their inherited beliefs.

    My publisher informed me that they were unable to deliver my book to a few countries and it is one of the reasons why the blog was created. And I wish to say thank you to a stranger who suggested that the book should me made available in the blogsphere – and it is him or her (I don’t know) who created this blog. It must have taken him or her many hours to put everything together.

    My only priority is to get the message across and writing it is definately not for any financial gain. I only expect my rewards from the Al Mighty God who created me.

    I am taking this opportunity to inform readers that I am not recruiting any followers or having any intention to initiate a new community. We were created as individuals and God has counted every single one of us. Thus we shall return to him as individuals. The Quran says: “No burden soul will bear the burden of another”. If I am wrong it is only to my own detrimental and no one can protect me from God.

    The book is self-explanatory and easy to understand and in many places I appeal to readers to use their own intellectual faculties to evaluate their own beliefs. Of course the blind and the seer are not the same and I can see Muslims are behaving exactly the same like the people of Ibrahim who defy their common sense. When Ibrahim broke their idols – they knew these idols were made from the rocks and could’nt speak – yet they said, “Burn him in support of your gods, this is what you should do”. (21:68). Today many Muslims including those who claim to be the God alone community continue to defend the rock structure curved by the hands of the Arabs.

  3. Peace be with you Aidid Safar. Where may I download your ENTIRE translation of the Reading? I would like to learn more about your perspective of God’s last scripture by comparing your translation, verse by verse, with others. Your website is definitely an eye opener, and I’d like to read more than just the first two chapters. Please create a pdf file of your ENTIRE translation of the Reading, and also present all chapters on your website for the world to verify for themselves. May peace and blessings from God be upon you.

  4. Peace be upon you QuranAlone1746. There are many readers who asked me about the translation and I am not sure why. In your case you said you want to compare my translation, verse by verse, with others. For what?

    If you claim you want to learn, it is a long process and you have to start with the Arabic Quran (the only consistent book) by looking at every single word in it – use the same word to see if it fits into others verses to maintain the consistencies of its meaning and making sense of it – not my translations or any other translations. Translations are only tools to the basic understanding of the message. For those who expect a mehdi bound interpreter to come with a full interpretation of the Quran please read:

    “Are they waiting for the full interpretation thereof? The day its final interpretation comes, those who neglected before you would say, “Surely, there were messengers of the Lord who came with the truth.Thus, is there for us from those who can intercede on our behalf? Or can we get another chance so that we can (a`mal)practice differently than what we used to (a`mal)practice? Indeed, they have lost their soul, and their own invention cannot help them.`(7:53)

    The first two chapters I translated is only to demonstrate how meanings of words were mistranslated that lead us to (a`mal) “practice“ praying ritually and serve the idols carved by human hands.

    Luqman lived long before the Quran was revealed and he was among the righteous man on earth. He don`t need to know the interpretation of any book to understand that:-

    Idol worship is a serious crime` – we are enjoined to honor our parents and be appreciative to God.

    He taught his son that if our deed is as small as an atomic particle placed inside a rock or anywhere in the heavens or the earth, God is compassionate, cognizant. He also told his son that they should commit in advocating righteousness and forbid evil, and stay steadfast in the face of adversity. Do not be arrogant, nor shall we walk in pride. Be humble as we walk, and never scream at others.

    My advise to readers, don`t wait for my translation if you want to serve God ALONE.

  5. Peace Aidid Safar,

    You said, “don`t wait for my translation”

    Are you saying you haven’t translated the entire Reading yet?

    I don’t speak Arabic, (I wish to God I could) and thus I rely on Arabic translators like…
    …and as many English translations that I can find.

    It would be far easier for me to view your entire translation for clarification than to try and inject your new meanings to old words in already existing translations.

    Peace upon you Aidid Safar

  6. You have rightly found out the conspiracies against Islam , but I have to correct when you say that it is entirely the fault of Arabs. I have to add here that most of people who concocted the hadeeth literature (200 years after Muhhammad (PBUH) death) were not Aarabs but had Persian background. If we analyze the Islamic history we will come to important findings:

    1. At the time of Muhammad (PBUH) there were two great powers: Romans+Byzantine and Persians in the middle east. Both were military super powers. However, Persians were unique in certain aspects. For more than 5000 years civilization came and become part of history but Persians and their Identity remained intact. History testifies it: Babylonia vs Persia (End of Babylonian Empire), Greek vs Persia (End of Greek Empire and reemergence of Persia), Romans vs Persia (Longest military confrontation the world has ever seen, 600 years). What was real geniuses of Persians that remain them intact?? Yes, they were utterly smart and studied there rivals and tried to find the basic reasons of their power growth. Culturally they tried to remain intact as possible.
    2. Muhammad (PBUH) wrote letters to both powers. The letter was in essence a warning to submit themselves to Allah or else war.
    3. In the battle of Qadsyia Muslims (predominantly Arabs) crushed the Iranians and when the Persian commander was subjected before Hazarat Umar, Umar said,”What has happened, you found it below dignity to fight us? .” He at once said,”It is not Arabs that beat us but the Allah’s System that you follow led to our defeat.”
    4. In times to come Persian injected Israiliates as Hadiths. No wonder most of Hadith writers were Persians. Moreover, Persians arranged the murder of Khlifas, led revolt and chaos in time to come (Abbasis etc.). The most remarkable thing they did was to create a Shia Sect which is no much than Persian cultural blueprint. They smartly saved their cultural Identity (The history speaks for itself Persians never remained under Muslim Umbrellah). Were upon where ever Arabs Muslims invaded their culture changed remarkably (language, customs etc.). It is important to note that Persians were the same who instigated the Mongols to attack Bagdad.

    The above findings show that Persians played a very smart move. In my view Hadiths are the biggest BUG which is injected to Operating System we call Islam. Not only this literature destroys the spirit of Islam but make it time bound to 1400 years ago.

    Anyway, You did a great job. I live in Pakistan and witnessed the worse shape of pseudo Islam with Sub-continent flavor in it (Peer, Fakirs, saint etc.)
    . To bad the spirit due to which this nation was created is down in drains. I think you are form Turkey and I really admire you and your nation a lot. Turkey has one thing left which I think no other so called Muslims have non and that is Self Prestige, Freedom and Dignity. I think Islam is not for cowards but for daring because it asks for DEED and only daring can do it.


    Mohammad Ali

  7. I agree with you regarding Islam is not a religion but an DEEN (way of life or mankind’s user manual to live in this Universe). The basic difference between DEEN (an Ideology) and Religion is that the first one is based upon rational judgment and set of rules logically and practically built, the later one lies on lack of judgments, irrationalities, dogmas, traditions, customs and man made misconceptions. This is why there is not a single world referring Islam as a religion but DEEN. As rightly said by Allama Iqbal in Reconstruction of the Religious Thoughts in Islam,”Islam is not an Idea but DEED”. Quran time again says that this message for those with knowledge, reasoning etc. It seems like common sense has not been the common commodity after all.


    Mohammad Ali

  8. Dear Mohamad Ali,

    I think your view on the role of the Persians on Hadeeth is pretty interesting.

    Perhaps you might want to share any URLs so that I can read about the topic above?

    Thanks in advance.

  9. Dear Aidid,

    It’s only logical for us to re-examine the premise that al Qur’an is originally written/passed down to humankind in Arabic language.

    Muslims continue to believe that the exact Arabic words which we find in the Qur’an are those which exist eternally on the original stone tablets, in heaven.

    Muslims also believe that the Arabic language is the language of Allah, hence in hereafter it becomes lingua franca/de facto or rather language used in paradise. They also believe that the Qur’an, because it is perfect, is the exact representation of Allah’s words.

    For that reason only the Arabic Qur’an can be considered as authoritative. It, therefore, follows that those who do not know Arabic are still required to read and memorize the Qur’an in the Arabic language, as translations can never replace the language of Allah.

    This is the best tool for the Arabs to command supremacy over other believers. One can easily see that al Qur’an makes clear distinction between al-aAArabi and AAarabi.

    While al-aAArabi refers to a particular group of people (west/sunset, desert, mingle, merchant, raven, metathetical from ʿ-R-B “moving around” (Arabic ʿ-R-B “traverse”), and hence, it is alleged, “nomadic.”)

    re: al-aAArabi n.m. pl. (no sing.) 9:90, 9:97, 9:98, 9:99, 9:101, 9:120, 33:20, 48:11, 48:16, 49:14

    Al-aAArabu ashaddu kufran wanifaqan waajdaru alla yaAAlamoo hudooda ma anzala Allahu AAala rasoolihi waAllahu AAaleemun hakeemun

    The Arabs (are) stronger (in) disbelief and hypocrisy, and more worthy/suited that they not know the limits/boundaries/orders (of) what God descended on His messenger, and God (is) knowledgeable, wise/judicious.

    The Arab claims that AAarabi as with al-aAArabi refers to Arab/Arabic language whereas the context of the verses where AAarabi are used is to address the quality of the message itself.

    Clear/plain/distinct speech free from error/incorrectness. LL Volume 5, pages: 276, 277, 278, 279, 280

    re: AAarabiy n.m. 12:2, 13:37, 16:103, 20:113, 26:195, 39:28, 41:3, 41:44, 42:7, 43:3, 46:12

    Bedouin elders still use this term with the same meaning; those whose speech they comprehend (ie Arabic-speakers) they call Arab, and those whose speech is of unknown meaning to them, they call Ajam (ajam or ajami).

    Hence when al Qur’an uses AAarab, it means the message sent down is clear/without ambiguity, i.e telling us the quality of the message itself and not in which particular language it is sent down.

    This is also supported by the fact that numerous words in al Qur’an can be traced its origin among others in Hebrew, Syriac, Persian, Assyrian, Accadian, Egyptian and Aramaic.

    Inna anzalnahu qur-anan AAarabiyyan laAAallakum taAAqiloona

    That We descended it a clear reading/recitation, maybe/perhaps you reason/comprehend.


  10. Peace be upon you Br. Mohammad Ali and thank you for your comments.

    The Persian conspiracies began immediately after the Torah was revealed to the children of Israel and you can find the information in “The Controversy Of Zion” written by Douglas Reed. The Jewish laws and religious practices are both formulated by the Persians and they were compiled in the books of Gemarah, Mishnah, Shammai and Hillel among others – and the Hadiths are plagarized from these books.

    Although the Quran was revealed to an Arab but it took a Pakistani scholar to discover the root cause of the Muslims problem i.e the Hadith – written by Persians. Didn’t the Arabs understand about the word “Hadith” in the Quran? This word appears 28 times in the Quran, yet until today they treat the Persians’ hadiths as a divine law. Muslims around the world adopt the same Persian law as God’s law under the “Syariah” system. I have explained about the Arabs in Part One of my book under “God is not an Arab”.

    If you study the Quran carefully you will discover the message of the book is not meant for the Arab people – God says they are the staunchest hypocrites and disbelievers (kufran) and threy don’t deserve to know anything that was revealed to His messenger (9:97) – yet the Quran was revealed to an Arab.

    When God says He has chosen the Children Of Israel above the rest of the people that is exactly what He meant. After His two attempts through Moses and Jesus failed, He decided to revealed His guidance to an Arab in order to distinguish among them (the Children of Israel) who would follow the messenger from those who would turn back on their heels.

    In 2:135 the people around the last prophet insisted “You have to be the guided people (Hudan mistranslated as Jews) or the supporters (Nasoroo mistranslated as Christians) in order to receive God’s guidance” – and later in 2:142 they asked “Why did God change the focus or qibla”? meaning to say “instead of transmitting His guidance to His chosen people why did He revealed it to a gentile (someone who has no prior knowledge of God’s scripture)”. For questioning His wisdom – He called them ” the fools”.

    To apprecite the history of the Children of Israel we should read from sura 2:40 to 2:164 and these verses are specifically in reference to the Children of Israel.

    There will be a day when the Quran will be fully honored by the intended recepient i.e the Children of Israel. Only God knows when this will happen, but He has hinted to us that the Quran is recognized by the “Scholars of Israel” (26:197).

    Now, where do we stand? We have to admit all of us are gentiles or ummy and the majority of Muslims in the world are “A’jam” or non-Arab. In 26:196-199 it says – if the Quran is recited in Arabic to non-Arabs or “A’jamin” they can never believe it. If we want to enjoy the peacefulness, then it is our duty to find our way to understand the message in our own language. But the human devils are always there waiting to entice all of us, and so far they have been successful in distorting God’s words.

    M5, thank you for your comment. Please read Part One about “Arabs” and the “Bedouin Arab”. Both words are distintively used by God in the Quran.

  11. Dear Mohd Isa bin Musa/Aidid, all

    Thanks for the reply.

    We have to be careful not to fall into the trap of late Abbasid era linguists who romanticized bedouin live and attributed anything about Arabic to them. Those same linguists believed that Classical Arabic existed since the beginning of time and that ancient people such as Abraham and Ishmael spoke Classical Arabic.

    Arabs/Bedouin Arab are not proper names, and the same goes to Bani Israel (isra’ +El/Journey + God, hence people who “travel” on God’s path).

    It takes a great deal of effort and you certainly have done a great job in purifying the message from blind faith, superstitions, sectarian beliefs, and dogmas. Nevertheless, I believe the journey is far from over.

    It’s been quite some time since I last read your 1st and 2nd edition articles about Arabs.

    Your argument is built on the premise that since Q33:20 uses badoona fee al-aAArabi and Q9:97-99 use al-aAArabi, hence we have to have two distinct meanings for the al-aAArabi. It’s inevitable to reach this conclusion the moment you treat the word “badoona” as a proper name (Bedouin) as what the Arabs make us to believe.

    As mentioned earlier, al-aAArabi is used to refer to a nomadic people as oppose to those who live in the city. This is best illustrates in Q9:101.

    Wamimman hawlakum mina al-aAArabi munafiqoona wamin ahli almadeenati maradoo AAala alnnifaqi la taAAlamuhum nahnu naAAlamuhum sanuAAaththibuhum marratayni thumma yuraddoona ila AAathabin AAatheemin

    And from whom (is) around/surrounding you from the Arabs/”nomadics” (are) hypocrites and from the city’s/town’s people they were accustomed to rebelling/mutiny on the hypocrisy, you do not know them, We know them, We will torture them twice, then they be returned to great torture.

    Here, we can see how al-aAArabi is used as antonym to city dwellers. al-aAArabi is therefore logically refers to “nomadic” people.

    Applying the meaning of al-aAArabi as “nomadic” in Q33:20, then “badoona fee al-aAArabi” simply means showed/revealed/appeared as nomadic. The same understanding of “badoona” from root Ba-Dal-Waw used as active participle can be seen in Q11:27 and Q22:25.

    Ba-Dal-Waw: From Lane = it appeared, become open/evident/plain/manifest/apparent, showed itself, came in sight, occurred to him, discovered/revealed, desert, dwell/abide in the desert, Arab of the desert, dust, showing open enmity/hostility, either side of a valley, first of a thing, well, insincerely/inconsiderately, calamity/misfortune.

    Inna allatheena kafaroo wayasuddoona AAan sabeeli Allahi waalmasjidi alharami allathee jaAAalnahu lilnnasi sawaan alAAakifu feehi waalbadi waman yurid feehi bi-ilhadin bithulmin nuthiqhu min AAathabin aleemin

    That those who disbelieved and prevent/obstruct from God’s way/path , and the Mosque the Forbidden/Respected/Sacred which We made/put it to/for the people, equal the devoted/dedicated in it, and the apparent (visitor), and who wants/intends in it by deviation/apostasy with injustice/oppression, We make him taste/experience from a painful torture.

    Appreciate your comments.



  12. The word “Badu-naa fil a’robi” refers to the desert Arabs. God uses the word “Bad-wee” in the Quran to refer to “Desert”.

    When quoting any verse from the Quran please give the specific meaning of each word the way you understand it. We cannot have a verse translated as mosque which is forbidden/respected/sacred because it only shows you are conjecturing about the meanings of these words.

    Since you are using Lane as your authority to understand the Quran, I have to rest my case.

  13. Great blog. You definitely articulated a lot of what I’ve been thinking for the last ten years and even gave me things to think about that I’d never thought of before. It’s uncanny how humanity has managed to shoot itself in the foot when it comes to Allah. But I guess Allah wills it for a reason.

  14. Hi Shep,

    Thank you for the comments. Its all about asking the people to use their faculties of reasoning, sadly many insist on defying their common sense. I can only see the hour is very much nearer than we thought.

  15. Aidid

    The more I read this site, the more my eyes open everyday. This world is a grand deception and black is white and white is black.

  16. Salam Aidid,
    below is the translations in ‘Bahasa Melayu’ on this page;

    Prinsip Asas Bacaan

    Bacaan adalah konsisten dan tiada satu pun yang berselisihan di dalam Al-Kitab.

    (Nota: konsisten = kekal sejajar/kekal serupa/mutasyabihat dalam setiap pengulangannya.)

    “Mengapakah mereka tidak memperhatikan Bacaan itu secara teliti? Sekiranya ia bukan dari Allah, sudah pastilah terdapat banyak perselisihan isi kandungannya (An-Nisaa’ 4:82)”.

    Bacaan adalah Hadith atau mesej terbaik yang bersifat konsisten. Penggunaan perkataan Hadith terdapat pada ayat-ayat berikut;

    “Allah telah menurunkan sebaik-baik Hadith/mesej sebagai sebuah Kitab yang isi kandungannya adalah konsisten (Az-Zumar 39:23)”.

    “Maka dengan Hadith/mesej apakah lagi selepas ini mereka mahu percaya (Al-Mursalat 77:50)”.

    Kriteria penyelidikan ini adalah untuk menemukan makna pada perkataan yang diguna pakai telah didapati membawa percanggahan maksud setelah membuat perbandingan dari pengulangan petikan ayat-ayat lain yang berkaitan melalui petunjuk Al-Qur’an itu sendiri. Dengan kata lain, perselisihan maksud yang bersumber dari lain-lain selain dari Al-Qur’an tidak diambil kira.
    Tiada sebarang perlantikan jawatan kepaderian atau golongan agamawan di dalam Islam. Oleh itu terhindarlah dari sebarang takwilan/tafsiran dari Para Sarjana/Ilmuan atau Para Pendeta/Paderi/Ulama’.

    “Mereka mengambil Para Pendeta/Paderi/Imam dan Para Agamawan sebagai pemelihara-pemelihara mereka selain Allah (At-Taubah 9:31)”.

    Tiada manusia yang boleh mendakwa dirinya sebagai wakil yang berhak keatas Bacaan.

    “Yang Maha Pemurah, Dia mengajar Al-Qur’an, Dia yang mencipta manusia dan Dia mengajarnya penjelasan (Ar-Rahmaan 55:1 – 4)”.

    Hanya Allah sahaja yang boleh menjelaskan Bacaan semenjak Dia Kalamkannya.

    “Jangan menggerakkan lidah kamu dengan (kekuatan-Nya) untuk menyegerakannya. Dan atas Kami-lah untuk mengumpulkannya, dan membacakannya. Maka, apabila Kami membacanya, kamu ikutilah Bacaannya. Kemudian, atas Kami-lah menjelaskannya (Al-Qiamah 75:16 – 19)”.

    Al-Kitab/Bacaan menghuraikan maksudnya sendiri dan melengkapi takwilan/penjelasan/tafsiran yang terbaik, mengatasi segala apa juga dari golongan manusia.

    “Mereka tidak datang kepada kamu dengan membawa sebarang contoh melainkan Kami-lah yang mendatangkan kepada kamu kebenaran dan penjelasan/tafsir yang terlebih baik (Al-Furqan 25:33)”.

    Oleh kerana penyelidikan ini berteraskan petunjuk Al-Qur’an sahaja, kritikan demi kritikan amatlah dialu-alukan bagi meletakan ianya sebagai suatu cabaran dalam menemukan titik kebenaran dengan mengaplikasikannya kepada prinsip yang sama.

    Tidak ada kekaburan/kesamaran makna yang ditemui dalam Bacaan.

    “Iaitu Al-Qur’an (Bacaan) dalam bahasa Arab, tiada kekaburan/kesamaran supaya mereka bertaqwa (Az-Zumar 39:28)”.

    Majoriti ummat Muslim akan takut untuk membaca tulisan buku ini kerana mereka sentiasa berfikir mereka sudah berada dilandasan yang betul dalam anutan “beragama Islam” – Suatu kepercayaan yang telah diwarisi mereka dari generasi ke generasi terdahulu dimana mereka ini sebenarnya telah dibelenggu secara berkesan sekali oleh pakar Agamawan Arab sebelum ini. Buku ini mengajak mereka berfikir kearah mencari sebab munasabah, dan kearah untuk bertanya melalui cara Bacaan/Al-Kitab itu sendiri. Merenung kembali akan tujuan kehidupan ini dan melihat keajaiban terhadap Penciptanya – malang sekali ummat Muslim hari ini telah dikucar-kacirkan dan hak mereka dirampas sedikit demi sedikit di hadapan mata mereka sendiri. Semua ini telah dilakukan oleh sama ada dari golongan yang berniat zalim terhadap mereka, atau pun dari golongan yang menawarkan perlindungan kepada mereka yang teraniaya dari kezaliman tersebut.

    Ternyata, apa yang akan mereka dapatkan dari bacaan buku ini adalah sesuatu yang berlainan pandangan/idea mengenai Islam dari apa yang telah mereka akui. Penyelidikan ini berdasarkan risalah yang tidak boleh mereka nafikan ketulenannya – Al-Qur’an dalam bahasa aslinya bahasa Arab. Saya berdoa untuk mereka – agar tidak menjadi golongan yang digambarkan oleh Al-Qur’an menerusi Bacaan:-

    “Sesungguhnya orang-orang yang tidak percaya, sama sahaja bagi mereka, sama ada kamu memberi amaran kepada mereka, atau tidak memberi amaran, mereka tetap tidak mempercayai. Allah meletakan penutup pada hati mereka, dan pada pendengaran mereka, dan pada penglihatan mereka, ada penudung; dan bagi mereka, azab yang besar (Al-Baqarah 2:6–7)”.

    Penyelidikan ini mengancam kedudukan semua para sarjana keilmuan Islam dan para pemimpin penganutnya yang telah memperkenalkan pemujaan batu, fahaman jahiliyah, fahaman pelampau, dan fahaman pengganas atas nama Allah. Saya menjemput mereka untuk membuktikan kesalahan hujah saya berdasarkan petunjuk Al-Qur’an. Teriakan sekuat-kuatnya dengan mengatakan Aidid Safar telah silap atau menuduh dia telah menciptakan tafsiran baru terhadap Al-Qur’an tanpa membuktikannya dari Al-Kitab itu sendiri adalah sia-sia. Inilah tabiat utama dari kejahilan orang-orang yang mengaku berpengetahuan dalam perundangan Islam yang berfikir mereka boleh memperbodohkan semua ummat manusia.
    Ummat Muslim yang ikhlas diseluruh dunia wajiblah sedar, Al-Kitab mengajar mereka menggunakan fitrah akal. ‘Allah meletakan sekatan petunjuk-Nya kepada mereka yang tidak mahu menggunakan akal untuk mempercayainya (Yunus 10:100)’. Oleh yang demikian, pakar Agamawan tiada apa yang lebih baik dari mereka itu dari seorang Muslim yang lain. Mereka tidak mendapat pimpinan melainkan Allah yang memimpin mereka. Di atas segala Keadilan Allah menyatakan Dia lah yang menunjuki sesiapa sahaja yang Dia kehendaki – lelaki atau perempuan tanpa berpilih-pilih. Seseorang yang mendapat pimpinan bukanlah atas sebab pengetahuannya terhadap penguasaan bahasa – tetapi arif/bijak dan kuat menangani terhadap sesuatu secara munasabah. Bagaimanapun, orang-orang yang mengaku dirinya pakar termasuk kalangan orang-orang yang memperkenalkan ajaran salah terhadap kemuliaan Al-Qur’an yang penuh dengan mukjizat itu akan terus-menerus mengeksploitasi dan membohongi orang-orang yang tidak berdosa yang memerlukan bimbingan dari mereka. Bacaan Al-Kitab mengajar kita untuk menilai maklumat dan menggunakan fitrah akal kita setiap kali mendengar sesuatu perkara yang baru. Jangan menjadi seorang pengikut yang mengikut dengan membuta-tuli seperti contoh berikut:-

    “Dan antara mereka ada yang mendengarkan kamu, sehingga, apabila mereka keluar daripada kamu, mereka berkata kepada orang-orang yang diberi pengetahuan, “Apakah yang dia katakan tadi?” Merekalah orang-orang yang pada hati mereka Allah meletakkan satu penutup, dan mereka mengikuti prasangka mereka sendiri (Muhammad 47:16)”.

    Bacalah ayat di atas tadi sekali lagi dan fikirkanlah. Ia tidak mengenakan anda sesen pun untuk berfikir. Oleh itu, bacalah buku ini dengan minda yang terbuka – dan fikirlah dengan berhati-hati. Anda tidak keseorangan – agama-agama lain dan para sarjana/ilmuan mereka juga melakukan perhambaan minda yang serupa terhadap manusia yang tidak berdosa yang mengikuti mereka secara membuta-tuli termasuk Kristian, Yahudi, Hindu, Buddha, Sikh, Zoroastrians, Bahais, atau apa sahaja yang disebut sebagai agama yang telah tersusun-rancang.

  17. Salam kmt65. Thank you Sir for the translation and I hope it will benefit those who can read Bahasa Malaysia or Indonesia.

  18. Salam Aidid. This is brilliant. You share your book online. This is huge. Thank you.

    Salam kmt65. You did a great job to translate Aidid works. Thought I have the copy, but my parents dont know how to read english. So I think I can show them this. (google translate is good, but sometimes the result is funny).

  19. Salam to you Ateh and kmt65. From now on the Admin will post the translations to

    I wish to say Thank You to kmt65.

  20. Thank you for your comment. Yes, you may translate the book to your language. You can download the book in PDF format from my website and if neccessary I can send it to you in word file.

    Aidid Safar

  21. If no one can claim representative of the book, how come Mhumd is claiming as one. Confused.

    “Mereka mengambil Para Pendeta/Paderi/Imam dan Para Agamawan sebagai pemelihara-pemelihara mereka selain Allah (At-Taubah 9:31)”.

    Tiada manusia yang boleh mendakwa dirinya sebagai wakil yang berhak keatas Bacaan.

    “Yang Maha Pemurah, Dia mengajar Al-Qur’an, Dia yang mencipta manusia dan Dia mengajarnya penjelasan (Ar-Rahmaan 55:1 – 4)”.

    Hanya Allah sahaja yang boleh menjelaskan Bacaan semenjak Dia Kalamkannya.

    “Jangan menggerakkan lidah kamu dengan (kekuatan-Nya) untuk menyegerakannya. Dan atas Kami-lah untuk mengumpulkannya, dan membacakannya. Maka, apabila Kami membacanya, kamu ikutilah Bacaannya. Kemudian, atas Kami-lah menjelaskannya (Al-Qiamah 75:16 – 19)”.

  22. So who is Muhammad? How come is a rep?

    “Mereka mengambil Para Pendeta/Paderi/Imam dan Para Agamawan sebagai pemelihara-pemelihara mereka selain Allah (At-Taubah 9:31)”.

    Tiada manusia yang boleh mendakwa dirinya sebagai wakil yang berhak keatas Bacaan.

    “Yang Maha Pemurah, Dia mengajar Al-Qur’an, Dia yang mencipta manusia dan Dia mengajarnya penjelasan (Ar-Rahmaan 55:1 – 4)”.

    Hanya Allah sahaja yang boleh menjelaskan Bacaan semenjak Dia Kalamkannya.

    “Jangan menggerakkan lidah kamu dengan (kekuatan-Nya) untuk menyegerakannya. Dan atas Kami-lah untuk mengumpulkannya, dan membacakannya. Maka, apabila Kami membacanya, kamu ikutilah Bacaannya. Kemudian, atas Kami-lah menjelaskannya (Al-Qiamah 75:16 – 19)”.

  23. Dear Adid,

    Thanks for doing such a nice study which is a big guidance for me. I came from very traditional Sunni background and now discovering my religion which is being taken over by wrong mullahs/leaders.

  24. Up up aidid safar may god bless us.

  25. Great work! Just Amazed. I realize I was living in a well. Just came out. Thanks Aidid. Tons of Kudos.

    The affect of the Viruses (corruptions) the religionists have infected in our brains is so critical that, it is nearly impossible to remove with any available Anti-Virus softwares (present knowledge one has) until he/she formats the hard disk (brain) completely. Every person who was born & brought up in an orthodox religious background – should start thinking as ‘he has just entered Islam and consider him as a fresh starter’. Only then he can give a Logical/Rational approach towards any topic he intend to learn’.

    All the best for truth seekers. No one can help those who do not want to use their common sense.

    Once again congrats to brother Aidid.

  26. I agree. This work has been one of the starting points on my journey. Since then I have uncovered more conspiracies by these evil parasites. My theory is that these religionists work hand in hand with the ‘Qoum’ ( not ‘people’ as usually translated, but the parasitical elite in every land) in order to control and mentaly enslave mankind. One way they have done so is through the invention of money. Not usury, but money itself – if one thinks about it.

  27. Here I answer the 5 Qur’anic verses that you, Aidid Safar, has used to represent your arguments concerning the supposedly invalidation of the Hadiths.

    Firstly, what are the arguments for following the Hadiths?
    Qur’anic verses where God says the importance of obeying Him and the Messenger:

    “O you who believe! Obey Allah and His Messenger and those of you who are in authority. If you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination.” [4:59]

    On that day those who disbelieved and disobeyed the Messenger will wish that they were level with the ground, and they can hide no fact from Allah [4:42]

    Whoever obeys the Messenger, he thereby surely has obeyed Allah [4:80]

    But no, by your Lord, they will not [truly] believe until they make you, [O Muhammad], judge concerning that over which they dispute among themselves [4:65]

    “It is not fitting for the believing man nor for the believing woman, that whenever Allah and His Messenger have decided any matter, that they should have any other opinion.” [33:36]

    And We revealed to you the message (Qur’an) that you may make clear to the people what was sent down to them and that they might give thought. [ 16:44]

    The last verse says that the Prophet is also told by God to “explain” the verses, and not just convey. This refers to the sunnah. The Prophet’s duty is not only to convey, but to explain and make clear the Reading.

    Several cases where the hadiths explain the Quranic verses.
    1) Cutting of hands of thieves in Surah Maidah:38. The Sunnah explains about the circumstances behind the hudud law, such as the amount stolen being more than a quarter of a dinar, the stolen good should be properly kept and so on. If we don’t know this, we would be chopping people’s hands all day for any petty crime.

    2) In Surah 6:82, God said: Those who believe and do not mix their belief with injustice: those will have security, and they are [rightly] guided.

    According to this verse, anyone who mixes injustice with their belief will not attain security nor are they rightly guided. This could pose a problem, since who has never done injustice to themselves, in other words who is perfect in this world?

    The Prophet, according to the hadiths, explained that this “Zulm” actually refers to shirk, according to Surah 31:13. This hadith is recorded in Bukhari, and it shows the importance of the Sunnah to explain the Qur’an.

    Replies for some of your arguments regarding hadiths:

    1)God sent down the best Hadith/message a Scripture that is consistent (39:23)

    The word hadith literally could either mean something new, as opposed to something old “qadeem”, or it could mean “news” or “speech”. The Qur’an uses the word “hadith” refering to different circumstances.

    And if you see those who meddle in Our verses, then turn away from them until they meddle in a different hadith; and if the devil lets you forget, then do not sit after remembering with the wicked people [6:68] And did the hadith of Moses come to you? [20:9]

    There are many others as well. The technical definition that it has come to mean is the sayings, actions and also approval of the Prophet Muhammad, according to some ulamas. This then means that it has the same meaning as the word “sunnah”.

    Other ulamas define it differently, such as the sayings, actions and also approval of the Prophet, the Companions and the Successors of the Companions (Tabi’ins), and this is the definition of al-Tibi. This is the majority opinion.

    The simple response is, the Qur’an is the primary source of legislation and the Sunnah is the second, it has always been this way and it will always be. The best hadith (or the best news or speech) IS the Qur’an.

    Even the hadtihs themselves testify to this:
    Verily the best speech is the book of God and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (Narrated by Muslim)

    2) Which Hadith/message beside this would you then believe in. (77:50)

    The context of the verse is talking about the deniers of the Day of Judgement, from verse 77:45:
    45. Woe that Day to the deniers! 46. Eat and enjoy yourselves for a little while. Verily, you are criminals. 47. Woe that Day to the deniers! 48. And when it is said to them: “Bow down yourself!” They bow not down. 49. Woe that Day to the deniers! 50. Then in what statement after this will they believe.

    In responding to the disbelievers, God said what others will they believe in if they wouldn’t even take the Qur’an, the word of God, seriously? By extension they wouldn’t also believe in the sayings of the Prophet.

    3) They never come to you with any example, except We provide you the truth and the best interpretation. (25:33)

    The verse, in context, is from 25:32

    32. And those who disbelieve say: “Why is not the Qur’an revealed to him all at once” Thus, that We may strengthen your heart thereby. And We have revealed it to you gradually, in stages. 33. And no example or parable do they bring, but We reveal to you the truth, and the better explanation thereof.

    The verse replies to the detractors of the Prophet. Whatever parables they give, the Qur’an is the better, and the best explanation. The famous commentator, Ibn Kathir, said in his tafsir, “They do not say anything in an attempt to oppose the truth, but We respond to them with the truth of that same matter, more clearly and more eloquently than anything they say.”

    4) A Qur’an (reading) in Arabic, without ambiguity so that they may attain success. (39:28)

    Actually, the word “‘Iwajin”, translated as ambiguity by Safar, properly translates as “crookedness”. As in, a Qur’an without crookedness. The Qur’an itself says that it has clear and ambiguous verses.

    He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are verses basic or fundamental (of established meaning); they are the foundation of the Book: others are unclear. (3:7)

    These are in Arabic, the “muhkamat” (Clear) and the “mutashabihaat” (unclear or allegorical) verses.

    5)We have neglected nothing in the Book, then unto their Lord they (all) shall be gathered (6:38)

    This should be understood to mean that the Qur’an is a book that outlines all the general information about how we should carry out our responsibilities as submitters to God. It is not in the sense that it is detailed to the max, for that would make the Qur’an to be volumes long. How are we going to establish our solat, zakat, fasting and haj without the Sunnah? The Qur’an never specifies this. You has a very interesting take on this matter, which is what makes the bulk of his book, upon which I have already responded to some in your “Questions ulema cannot answer” page.

    Also, if we are to understand the Qur’an to be “fully detailed” as in it is complete per se, then I want to know can we get details about chopping off hand of thieves, what are the circumstances?

    What about Jesus’ ministry? The verse about Jesus being crucified is ambiguous at best. Can I know when was Solomon’s temple destroyed from the Qur’an? What happen to Enoch and Elijah, were they transported to Heaven alive, or not? So many questions exist about our glorious Prophets, but the Qur’an is absolutely silent about many of them, while only narrating some of them.

    I would like to add that you fail to provide any quotations or references from any books, dictionaries or scholars of the Arabic language in your articles. You are not a scholar, and even if you are (which you aren’t), you still have to cite quotations and reference from other scholars to prove your arguments, especially when you are dealing with terminologies definition and so on. I’m not sure if you have ever step foot into a university, but this is how you write when dealing with this matters.

  28. Elijah: Also, if we are to understand the Qur’an to be “fully detailed” as in it is complete per se, then I want to know can we get details about chopping off hand of thieves, what are the circumstances?

    salam lets see what THE ALMIGHTY says about chopping hands:

    In some parts of the Middle East and other areas of the Muslim world, a woman may be beaten severely by her husband or male relatives for something as ridiculous as not having dinner prepared on time. It is a common theme amongst some male Muslims to beat their women whenever they think it is deserved and they can rest assured that the entire Islamic Scholars will be right behind them for support.
    Although this may sound bizarre, the Muslim Scholars have told people that God has ordained in His holy book that women may be beaten if their male counter-part is not pleased with them. This is by far the most embarrassing question that a Muslim man or women can be presented with and asked to explain. The verse that Muslims claim gives a green light to woman bashing is as follows:
    “Men are responsible for women for that which God has granted them over women and for what they spend from their funds. The righteous women are those who obey and maintain their discretion for what God Has accepted. And for those women from whom you fear ill-treatment (Nushuz) you shall: a) advise them, then b) abstain from their sleeping quarters, then c) BEAT THEM (IDRIBUHUN). If they obey you, do not continue. God is The Almighty above.” (4/34)
    Since we are all aware of God’s attributes being fairness, equality, love, mercy and justice (as it has been described in the Quran). It does not make any rational sense that a book, which has brought order to chaos and light to darkness, would ask people to sink into their barbaric ways and commit violence. Especially since God says in His book:
    “And if they commit an evil act they say: We found our fathers on this path and GOD HAD ORDERED US TO IT. Say: GOD DOES NOT ORDER EVIL, do you say upon God what you do not know” (7/28)
    It is very strange to read in a 1,400-year-old book what claims the non-believers will make to justify their evil doings.
    It is obvious when reading the above verse that God has initiating clear steps on how a husband is to deal with his wife in the event of his dissatisfaction with her actions. If, as the verse states, the objective is to control a marital situation and resolve conflict, then clearly BEATING the wife will only inflame the situation and make whatever problem was there grow tenfold.
    The Arabic word (IDRIB) is translated by the scholars as (BEAT) in that particular verse to support their case. Although (BEAT) is a correct translation of (IDRIB), there are FIVE other meanings of the same word that are used by the Quran:
    1. “Do you not see how God has SITED (DARAB) the example of a good word like a good tree…” (14/24)
    2. “Oh you who believe, if you DEPART (DARABTUM) in God’s cause…” (4/94)
    3. “And We BLOCKED (DARABNA) upon their ears in the cave for many years” (18/11)
    4. “…and let them PLACE (YADRIBNA) their covers upon their bosoms…” (24/31)
    5. “…and let them not STRIKE (YADRIBNA) with their feet…” (24/31)
    6. “…the Angels BEAT (YADRIBOON) their faces and backsides…” (47/27)
    When presented with a situation such as the one above where we have more than one meaning for the same word, we must follow God’s instructions that have already been laid out for us:

    “The ones who listen to what is said and follow the BEST of it, those are the ones God has guided and those are the people with intelligence” (39/18)
    If we were to take the BEST meaning from the above verses in line with what attributes we know God possesses, and in line with the objective of the verse in question, which is marital harmony. Then it would make more sense and be more effective to use the 2nd meaning of (IDRIB), which is to (DEPART or SEPARATE). If a man has a problem with his wife which they could not resolve after speaking, not could they resolve after sleeping in different beds…Then separation is the most amicable approach at this point as a ‘cooling-off’ and re-examining period.
    This meaning to ‘Idrib’ is confirmed in the very next verse:
    “And if ye fear a permanent breach between them, appoint an arbiter from his folk and an arbiter from her folk. If they desire amendment GOD will make them of one mind. GOD is ever Knower, Aware.” (Quran 4:35)
    Another confirmation is found in:
    “If a wife fears ill-treatment (nushuz) or desertion on her husband’s part, there is no blame on them if they arrange an amicable settlement between themselves; and such settlement is best…” (Quran 4:128)
    Therefore, the steps in the verse can be seen as follows:
    1. Talk about it. This is obviously the simplest and healthiest method since it opens the communication channel between both parties.
    2. Abstain from sharing the same bed. This is the 2nd line of defense which a man is advised to use if they are unable to reconcile their problem.
    3. Separate from each other. The 3rd and final line of defense is designed as a ‘cooling-off’ period and is to help each party re-think and examine the situation closely.

    so remember
    “The ones who listen to what is said and follow the BEST of it, those are the ones God has guided and those are the people with intelligence” (39:18)

    also look deeper in 10:98-101 God insist to use reason….

  29. Theft Punishment

    12:1-3, “A.L.R. These are signs of the profound scripture. We have sent it down, an Arabic Quran that you may understand. We narrate to you the best stories through Our revelation to you of this Quran. Before this, you were totally unaware.”

    What is theft punishment in Quran? This article will show, God willing (Gw), that is to give the chance to the thieves to come forward, acknowledge their crime, and give back what they have stolen to the victim. They might even get a reward. If they do not come forward, prove should be found who are the thieves. Then they should work to pay the fees involved for the whole thing. What was stolen, if found, should be restituted to their owners.

    Otherwise, thieves should work for them until what they have stolen is repaid. First, the article will explore the two literal understandings related to this issue and show their shortcomings. Then, it will conclude with the third non-literal and the closest to Quran’s spirit understanding just stated.
    So far, two punishments for theft were proposed as an understanding of aya 5:38.

    5:38, “The male thief, and the female thief, you shall as a punishment for their crime, and to serve as a deterrent from God. God is Almighty, Wise.”
    5:39, “If one repents after committing this crime, and reforms, God redeems him. God is Forgiver, Merciful.”

    The Arabic word means “cut” while refers to “the (three or more) hands of the male and female thief”. Thus the expression , in aya 5:38 above, stands literally for “cut their (three or more) hands.” Therefore, 5:38 reads literally:

    5:38, “The male thief, and the female thief, you shall cut their (three or more) hands as a punishment for their crime, and to serve as a deterrent from God. God is Almighty, Wise.”
    First Literal Understanding

    The first understanding says that 5:38 means to cut off the thief’s hand. I do not agree with this understanding for the following reasons. First, the Arabic word is the plural (three or more) of (hand) used in dual form. As we know, each one of us has normally only two hands, including thieves. How can we possibly cut off the hands (three or more) of a thief? Even if we accept that the hands in this aya refer to the hands of both thieves, should we then cut off both hands of a thief?

    Second, what will benefit the one who lost their stolen goods in case they would not recovered them? And what would happen if someone were accused mistakenly or maliciously of theft and their hands were cut off? What if someone does not have hands and uses only his brain to plan thefts for their accomplices? This is not a fiction; it happened.

    Third, how could the above aya 5:39 be applied if someone has his or her hands cut off and repents later on and reforms? On other words, if cutting the hands in aya 5:38 is translated literally to mean cutting off the hands, then aya 5:39 can not stand logic and common sense.

    Let’s assume that someone steals something and pays the heavy price of his or her hands being cutting off. Then he or she repents and reforms. What does it mean in his or her case that,

    “God redeems him. God is Forgiver, Merciful”? (5:39).

    How will he or she be redeemed once he or she has lost his or her hands? How could he or she deserve a second chance without his or her hands? Indeed, understanding cutting hands as cutting off hands literally does not stand logic and common sense in the context of these two ayat 5:38-39 in particular, and in the context of Quran in general.
    Second Literal Understanding

    The second understanding that was proposed for aya 5:38 is to only mark the thief’s hand. This understanding runs against the same problems as the first one. Besides the same above problems, we have a specific one to this case. With all esthetic surgery advances, someone could manage to steal millions and spend a few thousands to offer themselves an esthetic surgery to hide their hands’ markings. Criminals nowadays do go thru facial surgery in order to hide from justice and people.
    Furthermore, Ayat 12:31 and 12:50 were used to convey this meaning of marking the hands to 5:38.

    12:31, “..When they (the women) saw him (Joseph), they exalted him and they cut their hands…”
    However, 12:31 and 12:50 do not use the exact wording as 5:38. They use the Arabic variation of “cut” used in 5:38. Even though if someone agrees that both have the same meaning, the same word is used in 5:33, 7:124, 20:71, 26:49 as to mean cut off or amputate.

    5:33, “The retribution for those who fight God and His messenger, and commit corruption in the land, is to be killed, or crucified, or to cut off/amputate their hands and feet on alternate sides, or to be banished from the land…”

    Therefore why should someone use 12:31 and 12:50 to convey the meaning “to mark” and not 5:33, 7:124, 20:71, 26:49 to convey the meaning “to cut off/amputate”?
    Non-Literal Understanding

    Let’s consider now the third meaning and the closest to Quran’s spirit. The punishment is to cut off from the thieves’ resources and power. Here you are three reasons supporting this non-literal understanding.

    1. First, the Arabic word (in dual plural in 5:38 above) or “hand” is used in Quran in its literal and figurative meanings. For instance, 27:12 uses it in its literal meaning while 5:64 uses it in its figurative one to refer to wealth and resources.

    27:12, “Put your hand (O Moses) in your pocket; it will come out white, without a blemish. These are among nine signs to Pharaoh and his people, for they are wicked people.”
    5:64, “The Jews even said, “God’s hand is tied down!” It is their hands that are tied down. They are condemned for uttering such a blasphemy. Instead, His both hands are wide open, spending as He wills…”
    Another example for the non-literal meaning is 38:45. It uses in plural (three or more) form. It conveys the meaning of power and possession of resources.

    38:45, “Remember also our servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They were resourceful (with many hands), and possessed vision/They possessed power and vision.”

    is also used to infer someone’s actions and doings (2:195, 22:10). It is used too to mean possession of a responsibility or a contract (2:237).
    Therefore, in the above aya 5:38 means to cut off from the thieves’ resources and power.

    5:38, “The male thief, and the female thief, you shall cut off from their resources and power as a punishment for their crime, and to serve as a deterrent from God. God is Almighty, Wise.”

    Aya 5:39 that follows 5:38 makes complete sense.
    5:39, “If one repents after committing this crime, and reforms, God redeems him. God is Forgiver, Merciful.”

    2. Second, let’s consider the case of murder in Quran which is a worse crime than stealing. There are two earthly punishments. 4:92 deals with a believer’s accidental killing. Neither capital punishment nor jail are involved. 2:178 deals with the second case when someone meant the killing. This aya gives the option of sparing the murderer’s life. In both cases, there is ransom involved if possible. It is the case maybe because when someone is killed, a source of income is cut from their family and therefore should be compensated. In either case, punishment does not tall the cutting or marking of hands if it was the case in 5:38.
    3. Last but not least, sura 12 gives us a good example of how to punish the thieves.

    12:70, “When he provided them with their provisions, he placed the drinking cup in his brother’s bag, then an announcer announced: “The owners of this caravan are thieves.”‘
    12:71, “They said, as they came towards them, “What did you lose?”‘
    12:72, “They said, “We lost the king’s cup. Anyone who returns it will receive an extra camel-load; I personally guarantee this.”‘
    12:73, “They said, “By God, you know full well that we did not come here to commit evil, nor are we thieves.”‘
    12:74, “They said, “What is the punishment for the thief, if you are liars?”‘
    12:75, “They said, “The punishment, if it is found in his bag, is that the thief belongs to you. We thus punish the guilty.”‘
    12:76, “He then started by inspecting their containers, before getting to his brother’s container, and he extracted it out of his brother’s container. We thus perfected the scheme for Joseph; he could not have kept his brother if he applied the king’s law/religion. But that was the will of God. We exalt whomever we choose to higher ranks. Above every knowledgeable one, there is one who is even more knowledgeable.”
    12:77, “They said, “If he stole, so did a brother of his in the past.” Joseph concealed his feelings in himself, and did not give them any clue. He said (to himself), “You are really bad. God is fully aware of your accusations.”‘
    12:78, “They said, “O you noble one, he has a father who is elderly; would you take one of us in his place? We see that you are a kind man.”‘
    12:79, “He said, “God forbid that we should take other than the one in whose possession we found our goods. Otherwise, we would be unjust.”‘
    The way I understand the above ayat is this is God’s law for theft in application.
    12:7, “In Joseph and his brothers there are lessons for the seekers.”
    Joseph and his brothers were submitters and children of Jacob and Abraham’s great great-children.
    12:38, “And I (Joseph) followed instead the religion of my forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We have no right to commit shirk (associating partners) with God. Such is the blessing from God upon us and upon the people, but most people are unappreciative.”
    It is very clear from the above ayat that they were not following the king’s law to punish the thieves but rather God’s law.
    12:76, “…We thus perfected the scheme for Joseph; he could not have kept his brother if he applied the king’s law/religion. But that was the will of God…”
    First the presumed thieves were given the chance to come forward, acknowledge their wrongdoing, and then give back what they have stolen. They might even get a reward.
    Second, if they do not do so, they must be proven as thieves. Then, what was stolen, if found, should be restituted to their owners. Thieves should work to repay the fees involved in the whole process. They should also work to repay what was stolen in case they do not give it or the whole of it back.
    Besides, aya 5:38 refers to THE thief. If someone steals for the first time, comes forward and acknowledges his or her wrongdoing, he or she is not called THE thief.

    Aya 5:38 does not apply to those ones.
    This process put in application the theft punishment stated in 5:38 that is to cut off from the thieves’ resources and power. It leaves also the door open for thieves to repent and reform as God states in 5:39. This whole process is what is applied to thieves in some Muslim rural areas.
    These ayat give us also an example of someone who was set up for theft, for a good reason of course. But, what would happen to someone who was set up maliciously and has to face marking or cutting of his or her both hands?
    Had Joseph known that God’s punishment for theft is marking or cutting hands (which his brothers would have apply), he would not scheme that way in order to keep his brother with him.
    Someone would argue that was God’s theft law for previous communities and we are not bound by it. Well, when God wants to change something, He specifies it (2:187).

    Furthermore, Quran specifies when some laws do apply only for some communities (16:118) and therefore we are not bound to apply them.
    The cutting or marking hands as a punishment of thieves run into contradictions within Quran. However, meaning of “cutting hands” in 5:38 as cutting from the thieves’ resources and power, the case of murder’s punishment in Quran, and the example of God’s law in application in 12:70-79 are the three arguments, put forward in this article, to propose the third and closest to Quran’s spirit punishment for theft. It goes as follow. Chance should be given to the thieves to come forward, acknowledge their crime, and give back what they have stolen to the victims. They might even get a reward. If they do not come forward, prove should be found who are the thieves. Thieves should then work to pay the fees involved for the whole thing. What was stolen, if found, should be restituted to their owners. Otherwise, thieves should work for them until what they have stolen is repaid.

    We started this article with the first ayat of sura 12 that tells us that God narrates to us the best stories. We have seen how, indeed, we could apply the theft story from this sura to deduce the meaning of theft punishment and its application as stated in 5:38-39. We conclude this article with the last aya of the same sura 12.

    12:111, “In their stories, there is a lesson for those who possess intelligence. This is not a fabricated narration ; this (Quran) authenticates what it is between its hands, and provides the details of everything. It is a beacon and a mercy for those who believe.”
    God bless you all, peace,

    “My Lord, increase my knowledge.” Q(20:114)

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  31. Wow…I got nothing else to say..this is it. The best solutions regarding theft…I believe this is the best way..this is the law of the Almighty..that was in the Book. (Quran)

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