Dialectical Acrobatics

Some of the idol-worshippers (mushrikin) say the stone house in Mecca represents the glory of God; others say that it is only God’s house symbolically. Such are their dialectical acrobatics. Similarly, they say the pillar in Mina is not the Devil but it symbolises the Devil. Why on earth do they need to symbolise God when God is omnipresent and omnipotent and why in God’s name do they give dignity and recognition to the Devil by ‘symbolising’ him at all?

Symbol means something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention, especially a material object used to represent something invisible. Now, this is exactly what the Muslims are associating with the Supreme God.

The fundamental teaching of the Reading propagates the belief of the unseen God and it clearly says, “This scripture is infallible; a guide for those who are observant and believe with the unseen” (2:2-3) and the most important commandment brought by Moses, Jesus and Muhammad was, “You shall NOT serve except God” (17:23).

When people make it a duty upon themselves to visit a symbol – they are actually associating and serving the symbol with the Supreme God. But the Reading says, “God will NOT forgive the association of anything besides Him… Anyone who sets any idol besides God has forged a great blasphemy“(4:48). And the Reading also says: ‘The human being tends to believe only what he sees in front of him”. (75:5).

Yet some idol-worshippers claim they need the square rock structure in Mecca as the direction to focus their ritual prayers. Others say they need the square box to unite the Muslims – but it seems that whatever excuses they give – it works on the contrary. There are no instructions in the Reading that people should face a specific direction when they pray – but there is a clear injunction that they should focus their direction to God’s prescribed sanctions as revealed in the Reading.

After considering all the evidence from the Reading, there is no doubt that the meaning of u’mra-ata (commonly known as the ‘umra) is to give life to or promote God’s consented decree (mas-jidil-lah). It does not talk about promoting a stone structure built by the Arabs in Mecca.

It is the duty of those who subscribe to the deen to cleanse God’s system, keep it pure and respond to the challenge by striving in the path of God against the idol-worshippers and the disbelievers who are polluting (or have polluted) God’s deen. God had never instructed anyone to cleanse a cube in Mecca or anywhere in the world.

Humans need a paradigm shift to follow the deen ordained by God. It is our duty to take the challenge to God’s system. It is a system of observing the moral conduct based upon universal values. It is a simple concept and easy to be observed by any man or woman. We have now reached the level of progress and technology where the machination of the few perverted minds cannot be done in isolation. Thus, take the challenge for your own good.

Those who consented to the system are assured of safety. At the very least, they will be free from the chains that burdened their neck. God’s system can be observed by anybody irrespective of gender, racial origin, culture or colour. All people are equal in the sight of God because He is the One who created them, therefore, they should observe Him the way He should be observed. I wish to remind the reader again that when I use the term He or Him, it does not mean God is being personified.

Mankind should respond to take the challenge (Hajuu) to God’s system (bayta) and give life to it (i’mara-ta) so that they can enjoy the true peacefulness. Religion is the greatest enemy of peacefulness or Islam. Forget about the Arab religion, the religion of Christianity, and the religion of Judaism or any other religion. Leave it to God to deal with those who follow religion to disbelieve in Him.

How could anyone disbelieve in God, when they were nothing, and then He gave them life to live in this world, and then He will put them to death, and then He will bring them back to life in the hereafter? Of course the most difficult part in our life is to be very certain of the life in the hereafter. Perhaps less than one percent of the world population believe in it. What does it cost to believe in it? Absolutely nothing! What IF there is there is such a thing as life after death? Perhaps at that time it would be too late for us to find out that no amount of money could save us from judgement. Or it may be too late to realise that no one can avail another including our parents, wife or children – or to understand that no one can be helped and no intercession will be accepted. It may be disturbing when we see all ties among us are severed and we return to the One who granted us life and death – as individuals.

It is a fact that every prophet talked about the life in this world and the life in the hereafter. Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad talked about it. The Unseen Power will inevitably make us answerable for everything we did in this life. He has counted every single one of us – everything that is in the skies and on earth – male or female. We may not realise every single one of us is nothing except a slave of our Master who created us. Also, it is not possible for any prophets to have instructed the people to serve them besides God. Instead they consistently said, “you shall not serve except God

God has made everything easy for mankind. He will not burden any soul beyond its mean. Thus, people can observe His system from their residences, offices or wherever they may be. Judged by the standards of the Reading people who are dressed in weird ‘religious’ attire are described as hypocrites, ‘When you see them you may be impressed by their appearance – and when they speak, you hear their voice. But they are like wooden logs. They think every outcry is intended against them. Beware of them – God curses them, for they have deviated’ (63:4).

The message of the Reading

The basic message of the Reading is to observe God the Lord of Universe by consent. It is to believe in the One God and the Last Day and to work righteousness; it is to fulfil one’s obligations by upholding the covenants one commits oneself to.

In God’s consented decree (mas-jidil-lah) there are also God’s laws and God’s limits which are the sha’iral-lah and hududul-lah respectively.

For example, in 5:3 God prescribes the limits of restrictions about food. He says, prohibited for us is the consumption of:

  1. blood
  2. carrion
  3. the decaying meat
  4. food dedicated to other than God
  5. animals that die through violent death.

The subject of food is among God’s consented decrees. He decreed that only five types of foods are sanctioned as prohibited. Those who consent themselves to the deen are required to focus on these sanctions.

You shall focus towards the sanctions in the consented decree. Wherever you may be, you shall focus on it. Even those who received the previous Scripture recognise that this is the truth from their Lord. God is never unaware of what you do. (2:144)

God says He is aware of everything we do. He is not concerned with where we live or where we go. But wherever we are we must focus on the consented sanctions revealed by Him.

Each time God instructs His servants to observe a certain set of commitments He indicates this by saying, ‘these are the limits of God’. For example:

Divorce may be retracted twice. Thereafter, you shall allow them to stay in your home amicably if they so desire, or allow them to go amicably. You shall not take anything back you have given to them, unless the couple fears the violation of God’s limit (hududul-lah). If they fear the violations of God’s limit (hududul-lah) then they incur no sin if the wife forfeits anything voluntarily. These are God’s limits. You shall not transgress them. If anyone transgresses God’s limits (hududul-lah), then they are wicked. (2:229)

These are God’s prescribed limits for individuals to uphold in this domestic institution. The prescribed limits (or hududul-lah) are mentioned 14 times and they are confined to domestic issues. The religionists have abused the word hudud by introducing a set of barbaric laws of their own contrivance which they have named the hudud law. Naturally, it has nothing in common with sane and balanced Qur’anic injunctions.

This is how they abuse God’s name. In the hudud law they invented – which goes by the same name God chose for His limits – they can stone people to death, annul marriages arbitrarily without hearing the parties involved, declare you an apostate measured against their Arab religion, incarcerate you for not professing the Arab religion, banish you from the state and confiscate your property. And this they do in the name of God!

Here is another challenge to the u’lema priests. There is not a single hudud law in the Arab religion implemented by the so-called Islamic countries, which is derived from the Reading. Not one. Can you prove otherwise? If not then hang up your robes and do something more useful with your lives before it is too late.

The Arabic tribal laws (which they call hudud laws) were not prescribed by God in the Reading. The true prescribed limits or hudud in the Reading are fair principles which are meant to be interpreted and applied by individuals without any religious elements. These are the facts.


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A message to Arab religionists

This is a special message to the priests of the Arab religion who claim they are following the Reading. The primary challenge I wish to put to you revolves around five basic questions:

  • Does Allah, the Lord of the Universe, reside in a house in Mecca?
  • Are you sure the empty square rock structure in Mecca was fashioned on direct orders from God?
  • Why do you bow and prostrate to the rock idol every day?
  • Will you continue to fight God and destroy His measurable way of life or do you wish to preserve the deen-nil-lah as revealed to the Messenger?
  • How can you ‘serve’ a rock structure carved by the Arabs? Was it not God who created the Arabs and the rocks? Why do you lead the people to worship it?

The crux and basis of the Arab religion resides in the rock hunk mistakenly called the Ka’aba. Without this stone structure the ‘religion’ cannot exist. Think about it. Surely the eternal sufferings of your soul in the Hell fire will depend on your sense of reasoning. I would like to quote the words of the messenger Sallih1 who said to his people: ‘Thus, you shall seek clemency, and then repent to Him’. (11: 61)

My challenge to the clergy, then, is to:

  • Pick up a trade or profession for the benefit of mankind and uphold your commitments to obey God and His messengers and keep them pure.
  • Serve God and consented to His prescribed Way – or the deen-nil-lah – on the basis of the Reading alone.

However, those of you with a point of view which differs from what is outlined here and who have pledged to lead the flocks on the true path and have any basis from the Reading to substantiate such ‘vernacular’ Islam, please bring evidence from the Reading.

The Reading maintains that: ‘produce your evidence if you are truthful’ and it also says ‘opinion is not the substitute for the truth’. Those of you leading your flocks to the square rock house should perhaps ponder on another reference to rocks in the Hereafter:

Beware of the hell-fire whose fuel is people and rocks. It is waiting for those who have rejected. (2:24)

If that alone cannot make you to reflect, then wait – and I am waiting along with you.

For the faithful and the discerning, the days of rhetorical acrobatics and tongue twisting are over. If ‘the prophet cannot guide anyone including those whom he loves’ (28:56), how are you going to guide the people when you yourselves need God to guide you?

There is no such thing as theology in God’s Scriptures. In 6:59 it says ‘At Him are the keys to all secrets; nobody will know about Him except He‘, and in 6:103 it says ‘No vision can encompass Him, while He encompasses all vision‘. How is it then, you claim you know what God is and what He wants?

The Reading says God is the only one Who guides2 – He is the one who created us3 – He teaches people by means of the pen – He teaches them what they never knew4 – He is the only one who gives them the clear knowledge about His signs5.

Perhaps Muslims could have been leaders in science, physics or biology if they have studied God’s signs in the heavens and the earth – unfortunately their minds were shackled to a belief which promotes decadence. In 2:164 it says ‘there are signs in the heavens and the earth for intelligent people’…… The scientists studied the sun and moon, the space within the universe, water cycle, the manipulation of the wind, Electro magnetic force, radio waves, sailing, the clouds and the fruits including the grains. These are among the subjects mentioned in 2:164 and in many other verses of the Reading, and the Westerners are precursors in these fields today. They are the true servants of God who studied God’s signs in the heavens and the earth for the benefit of mankind.

For example, at the time when the West was striving hard to fly – they studied God’s sign about the manipulation of the wind – but the non-Arab u’lemas were busy finding ways how to master the medieval Arabian myth and culture. When the West advanced from solo gliding to supersonic speed breaking the sound barrier the u’lemas continued to ignore God’s signs in the heavens and the earth. They were engrossed with pagan rituals and rites and have wasted productive time in discussing the appropriate length of a man’s beard and what amount of cloth should cover a woman’s body. Sadly, even to this day they have not found the answers – whilst the rest of the world are making new discoveries about the source of life from their Creator.

Despite the comfort of travelling from one country to another in business class of Jumbos and Airbuses the u’lemas say the Western ideas and technologies are secular-based and they are infidels. Surely this is vicious and unjust. Without secularism, Muslim scholars all over the world will become parasites in their own village. The Muslims today cannot even think how to invent, design or manufacture consumer products for global market. There are among them who cut some twigs to use as toothbrushes and then attributed the vapid acts to the messenger.

There is also no such thing as the ‘knowledgeable’ or ‘u’lema‘ in God’s prescribed way of life or the deen-nil-lah. The sly u’lemas misled the people by quoting sura 35:28 out of context claiming that; it is they who reverence God, thus they qualify themselves by that name. If we read the verse properly it says:

Do you not see that God sends down the water from the sky to produce fruits of various colours? The mountains show white and red streaks of different shades and shining black, also the people, the animal and the livestock are of different colours? That is why the servants of God who truly reverence Him are the knowledgeable (u’lema). God is almighty and forgiving. (35:27-28)

The Arabic word u’lema is defined by the Reading as those who are knowledgeable about God’s sign in the heavens and on earth – not about religion. This is the only verse the word u’lema appears in the Reading besides 26:197 (referring to the knowledgeable among the Children of Israel). This verse excludes the self-proclaimed experts in rituals and rites. Unfortunately it is the same experts who allege those well founded in knowledge in scientific fields are seculars and un-Islamic.

The pseudo-scholars have deviated despite having prime access to God’s revelations, and continue to mislead the people from the path of God and defame the Reading by their actions while publicly bearing witness that it is the truth. This is no way to fulfil their covenants with God according to the Reading.

For those choosing to ignore the warnings so clearly stated in the Reading, it is appropriate to remember:

  • Indeed, these revelations are clear in the chest of those who possess knowledge. Only the wicked disregard our revelations. (29:49)
  • Have you noticed those who claim for themselves to be pure? God is the only one who purifies whomever He wills without injustice. Look how they invent lies to attribute to God. (4:49-50)
  • To Him belong the past and the future, and no one attains His knowledge except in accordance with His will. (2:255)
  • Some people argue about God without knowledge, without guidance and without an enlightening Scripture. (22:8)
  • You cannot guide those you love. God is the one who guides whomever He wills. He is fully aware of those who deserve the guidance. (28:56)

    Thus, my question to you; Have you taken a promise from God that He never breaks His promise; or do you declare yourself to be pure without basis?

    Do you still want to guide the people when God categorically says that there is no provision for this?

    Do you not know that God’s prescribed way of life – the deen-nil-lah – does not depend on the Arabian culture, dress or language?

    Many study the Arab religion, but ignore the deen. This deen is now full of rituals, incantations, liturgies, physical body movements and ‘religion’ all of which you give testimony to. You insist on ‘worship’. God does not need worship. He wants every individual to serve Him through their personal commitments, by the doing of good deeds. All the messengers of God were sent to demolish religion, worship, pagan rituals, and rites; namely, to get rid of the self-same type of system you are upholding. In this, and thus in all things, you are fighting God and His messengers in order to promote a pagan way of life. Beware, for you have picked a formidable foe!

    Defenders of the faith such as Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron and Jesus pioneered God’s prescribed way of life – the deen-nil-lah. They demolished religion. The Last Prophet’s mission was no different.

    All of them had one common objective. They sincerely believed that the revelation was the truth from their Lord and they fulfilled their vows by upholding the covenant. They then ‘linked’ (ya-siluu) whatever was commanded by God as the providence to bind (ai-yu-Sol-laa) the people to an orderly way of life in doing the good deeds and good works to serve their Lord who created them.

    They never disseminated their own ideas nor abused God’s revelations for personal interest. They never tried to manipulate God’s word they way you do. None of them earned a living through the deen. They never substituted the truth with falsehood or concealed the truth knowingly whilst enjoining righteousness upon the people. Besides, none of them tried to impress the common folks with weird religious garbs or became priests or u’lemas.

    Most importantly none of them promised heaven to anyone, including Muhammad.

    The following verse is repeated four times in the Reading. The many examples of the faithful in history who lived according to the prescribed deen should be a lesson to us:

    We have cited in this Reading every kind of example, that they may take heed. (39:27; 17:89; 18:54; 30:58)

    The priests of the Arab religion are the fruit of the efforts of the pagan Arabs who sought to impose their brand of religion on the innocent and sincere people. The nature of their ‘programming’ brooks no dissent or non-conformity and has produced recruits the world over with pre-programmed behaviour guaranteed to uphold and advocate their values and their teachings. You have slandered Abraham, the chosen leader of mankind, who was totally committed to God’s prescribed way of life. Moreover, you have created the tale that Abraham was the first person to worship the stone idol in Mecca. Even Muhammad has not been spared of your slander.

    Therefore, the author maintains it is infinitely unwise for you to continue on this path. Such behaviour is self-destructive in this life and the next – not only yours but also the Muslims of today and tomorrow. As a man of peace, I appeal to you to come back to your sense and do not associate God with anything tangible. Last but not least, do not say about God other than the truth and He is much too glorious to be associated with your rock idol.


    1 A prophet mentioned in the Qur’an whose name and deeds are not known in the Christian or Jewish dispensations.

    2 You can never guide anyone. God is the only one who guides in accordance with His will. (2:272)

    3 He is the one who created the Humans (55:3 & 96:1)

    4 He teaches them by the pen and He teaches them what they never knew. (96:4-5)

    5 He teaches mankind about His signs in the sky and the earth (55:1-4)

    Hajaa Ibrohim

    In 2:258 is the story of a man who challenged Abraham. The phrase used is Hajaa ibrohim. It should be clear that this does not mean that he sent Abraham on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

    Many Muslims who have completed their pilgrimage to the stone idol in Mecca append the word Haji to their name (e.g. Haji Sulaiman or Haji Raheemudin) – a habit which Arabs find highly amusing.

    Alam-tara-ilal-lazi Hajaa Ibrohim fi-rob-bi-hi (2:258)

    Have you not considered the man who challenged Abraham about his Lord with it? (2:258)

    Hajaa ibrohim has the same fundamental root as Haji i’mara-ta mas-jidil-Harami in 9:19 which refers to the people who take the challenge to promote the sanctions in the consented decree.

    This study highlights how the semantic distortions against the Reading by the religionists have had a very damaging effect, and how – as soon as they twist one word – a chain reaction occurs because they then have to change the meanings of other words from the same root word to support the deception. Haj – as we have seen – has not been left unscathed in this regard.

    The Arabic in the Reading is easy and perfect. Let us briefly remind ourselves how the Qur’anic Arabic renders nouns denoting people relating to the root-word concepts.

    • The meaning of Sol-laa is commitment or obligation. A man who (singular) is committed is called a muSollan (2:125). If plural they are called muSollin (107:5).
    • The meaning of Islam is peacefulness. A man who is at peace is said to be a Muslim (2:131). If plural, muslimin for men and Muslimat for women.
    • The meaning of ihtada is to be truly guided. Many guided people are called muh-tadin (2:16)
    • The meaning of azan is to announce. A man who makes the announcement is called a muazzinun (7:44).

    Similarly the meaning of the word Haj is challenge. People who take the challenge are called Hajii (9:19). People who are involved in the challenge are called the muHajiirin (9:100).

    The challenge is Haj. In 3:97 God says take the challenge (Hajuu) to His System if we can find our way to it. In 2:196 Take the challenge (Ha-jaa) to promote (u’mro-ta) the guidance (hadya) to the people until it is made acceptable (mahilla). They are the rightful people to promote (ya’muru) God’s consented decree (mas-jidil-lah) (9:18) who take the challenge (Hajii) (9:19) by promoting (i’marata) the sanctions in the consented decree.

    It is the duty upon mankind towards God to take the challenge (Hajuu) to the system (bayta) for those who can find their way. (3:97)

    For those who are convinced about God and want to observe His prescribed way of life, they must take the challenge Hajuu to His system ‘if they can find the way’. This is the challenge or Haj only for those who are willing to accept the responsibility to strive in the path of God with their money and lives in promoting the sanctions in the consented decree. They have only one common enemy – organised religions. Consciously or not – religion is the greatest enemy to humanity and its doctrine can wipe out the mountains. Religious promoters corrupt the earth by enslaving peoples’ mind, body and soul and teach them separation and intolerance in the name of God. Religious leaders and the shackled followers are term as idol-worshippers. In the Reading, there is no instruction for us to wage war against anyone except the idol-worshippers. Thus the biggest challenge (Hajii Akhbar 9:3) for mankind is to disown the idol-worshippers with stern reminder that they can never escape from God for lying in the name of God.

    People who are not involved with the challenge may live in this world peacefully as normal human beings. They can be architects, scientists, doctors, firemen, engineers, soldiers, students, taxi or truck drivers, traders, teachers, or other professions that can benefit society and whole of mankind – whilst observing their commitments in doing the good deeds and good works without associating God with anything. That is all what is required of us on this earth.

    The religionists say Haj is a pilgrimage culminating in reverence around the area where they built a square house in Mecca. This is the extent of their distortion.

    We are not to put on the Roman togas, shave our head, throw stones at some brick pillars, kiss a black granite stone, walk in semi-circles around another stone structure crying, “I have come God, I have come” and then walk away feeling satisfied that we have fulfilled our commitments. Rather, we are actively and consciously to take the challenge or the Haj to move ourselves closer to living a way of life (deen) that is sanctioned by God. That is Haj is about.

    3:97 states: ‘manis-tha-tha’a ilaihi sabiilaan’ which means ‘whoever can find his way there’. If pilgrimage were indeed a religious ritual to the Ka’aba in today’s Mecca in Saudi Arabia, or even the Mecca of 500 years ago, there would be no mystery in finding our way there. Even 500 years ago, people knew where Mecca was. One simply had to get on a camel or horse (or a jumbo jet today) in order to reach it. Where is the difficulty in finding it?

    But we cannot get to God’s system by jumping on a jumbo jet or riding on a camel. We must take the challenge to get there. It is a test of our commitment. We definitely cannot get there by shaving our head, wearing a toga, throwing some stones at a stone pillar like a child, kissing a piece of black granite or walking in circles around another stone pillar. If we insist on doing these things, we become religious morons doing something without using our common sense and without having any knowledge of the Reading. It is not difficult for humans to take the challenge Hajuu to God’s system and be devoted to His System or humbly consenting to His system. His system is not a religion. Period.

    Islam or ‘peacefulness’ is the universal way of life that can be observed by any human on earth. It requires no institution or organization. In many cases there are wise men like Luqman who did not received any consented decree from God, but he was endowed with wisdom.

    Each and every person is responsible for whatever he does during his lifetime. Each will be judged as an individual. We have the freedom to believe or disbelieve.

    Haj means an intellectual challenge or a response to a challenge and it does not mean pilgrimage in any shape or form. Similarly, hijr does not mean what the religionists say. It is not primarily about emigration. Its core meanings are related to leaving (i.e. shunning or leaving off) and in this sense it is connected to the essence with that of the purpose of Haj.

    Indeed those who believe and take the challenge (ha-jaa-ru) to struggle with the money and lives in the path of God as well as those who shelter and lend support they are protector of each other. But those who believe but have not taken the challenge (yu-ha-jee-ru) you owe them no obligation to lend support to them from anything until they take the challenge (yu-ha-jee-ru). But if they seek your assistance in the way of life (deen) it is therefore your duty to support them unless there is among you made an agreement with them. God sees whatever you do. (8:72)

    Here the word ha-jaa-ru and yu-ha-jee-ru refers to two types of believers. Both are staying in the same area. Both words were erroneously translated as emigrating by the religionists. A person who strives in the path of God is not required to emigrate from his hometown. The evidence can be found in 3:195.

    Their Lord responds to these by saying, “I never neglect to reward any worker among you, male or female; you are equal to each other. Those among you who take the challenge (ha-jaa-ru) and get banished from your homes, I will certainly redeem all their wrongdoings and admit them into gardens with flowing streams”. Such is the reward from God. God possesses the best reward. (3:195)

    If ha-jaa-ru means emigrating, then there is no way they can be banished from their home. Clearly this word refers to the activities of striving in the cause of God by taking the challenge which is the ha-jaa-ru or to take the challenge in the path of God ha-jee-ru-fi-sa-bi-lil-lah.

    Abraham, for example, settled in a new place – implying that those who wished to follow him would have to establish their commitment to the sanctioned system. He did not emigrate to another town or country to strive in the path of God.

    Moses remained in Egypt until he moved away because of oppression. Moses and his people were banished for striving in the path of God.

    Shuaib remained in Midyan and Jacob remained in the desert until his son summoned him to the city. They never moved to a new town to promote God’s deen.

    Jonah tried to flee from his people but was severely dealt with.

    In spite of rejection, Jesus did not move to another place. On the other hand, we have a key example (see 2:61) of the Children of Israel who – having physically forsaken Egypt – remained essentially steeped in the things which Egypt had to offer. Was theirs a state of migrating at this point? It would seem not.

    Wildlife conservation sabotaged

    It is not surprising to find a chapter about wildlife conservation in a book such as this. Again, a sensible and nurturing injunction in the Reading has been twisted out of all recognition in order to fit the requirements of a pagan cult. This will be of particular interest to those who have undertaken the ritual known as Haj or ‘pilgrimage’.

    I stumbled upon this important subject while compiling verses about food. After reading 5:1 several times over in conjunction with the subsequent verses, I was confronted with a serious problem when I tried to understand how the word ‘restricted’ could be rendered as ‘religious dress’. All the twelve translations in my possession, the lexicons and the concordance say that Hurumun is either the pilgrimage garb, or the state of sanctity during the pilgrimage (ihram).

    The non-Arab Muslims depend on the religionists to explain the religious rituals and other aspects of ‘worship’. For many years I had been aware that there was not a single Arabic ritual that came from the Reading, and that the source for of all these rituals was the so-called Hadith – a vast collation of hearsay and old wives tales falsely attributed to the Prophet. Whilst re-marketing their Arab religion, it seems that the religionists determined to maintain the characteristic of the Arabs’ previous pilgrimage, and they distorted the sense of two verses in the fifth surah of the Reading to support their claims.

    Before looking at the verses in question, we should remind ourselves that – according to the Reading – no other sources are needed in order to understand the important points that it wants to make. No tafsiir, no Hadith1 are necessary. In 39:23, God proclaims the Reading the best Hadith and a consistent Scripture. The Book also states that it is self-explanatory. This, of course, is directly contradicted by the entire Arab religion community of whatever flavor. If we are to take the Reading at its word, we can investigate further.

    God revealed the best narration (Hadith), a Scripture that is consistent. (39:23)

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

    Hurumun appears in the Reading four times. This word was twisted to mean the silly habit of wearing two pieces of seamless white cloth (for males) as the mandatory garb of pilgrims that the religionists say is the ihram. The two pieces of white cloth are actually remnants of a pagan heritage from the times preceding Rome and Greece when priests and nobles wore pieces of white cloth to signify ‘holiness’ or their station in society (such as the Roman toga).

    The subject in verses 5:1-5 is food. There is absolutely nothing about pilgrimage here.

    The translators do justice to the first part of 5:1. This is generally the case when their personal beliefs are not at stake:

    Ya-aiyu-hal lazi na-amanu aufu-bil ‘uqadi

    O you who believe, you shall fulfil your covenant

    Uhil-lat lakum bahi-matul an-aam

    Permitted for you is the meat of all livestock

    il-laa ma-utla alai-kum

    Except those recited to you

    This is the first part of 5:1 and the subject is about God’s covenant, and the covenant is about food. The rest of the verse says:

    Ghoi-ro mu-hil-lis soii-di

    Do not permit the hunting of game

    Wa-antum-Hurumun

    (usually translated) While you are in pilgrim garb / ihram.

    Herein lays the corruption. Such flagrant misreading of this verse requires an abrupt change of topic within a short space. Such anomalies do not happen anywhere in the Reading.

    The first part of the verse gives us total freedom to consume the meat of all livestock, except those recited to us. The second part specifies consumption of the meats of wildlife under a specific condition: wa-antum Hurumun.

    The words wa-antum mean ‘and when you’ or ‘and that which you’ or ‘while you are’.

    Wa-antum-hurumun means ‘and when you are restricted’.

    Hurumun is a derivative of the root H-r-m or Harama. All derivatives generated from this root word can have different shades, but the essence of the meaning of the word is the same.

    They can mean forbidden, restricted, sanctioned, limited, controlled or constrained but each time different and distinct derivatives are used for them such as Haram, Hurum, Hurumat, Harrama, yuHarrimu, Hurima and muHarram.

    We can discover the meaning of these derivatives by making comparative reference to the contexts in which they appear. This is a simple yet important procedure and we don’t need any long commentaries outside the Qur’anic injunction to understand or provide long commentaries or tafsir2 the meaning of certain words.

    For example, in 3:93 all food was permitted (Halal) to the Children of Israel except what they forbade or constrained (Harrama) themselves before the Torah was revealed.

    Kulluu tha-ami kaana hillan li bani israiila

    All food was permitted for the Israelites

    Illa maa Harrama israa iilu alaa nafsihi

    except what Israel forbade for itself

    min qabli an tunazzila tauraatu

    from before the Torah was revealed

    The Children of Israel forbade/constrained (Harrama) certain foods before the Torah was revealed.

    Therefore, in 5:1 the phrase wa antum Hurumun means while you are restricted.

    In other words, in 5:1 it is we, who must restrict ourselves from hunting. In 5:94 it is said Game hunting is a test for us (the verse will be quoted later). The subject of wild life conservation is now sanctioned by God within the passages of His decrees on matters of food.

    The Reading does not say how long we ought to make the hunting of wild game restricted, but the Reading says it is part of God’s decrees. Therefore it is up to us to decide. If the mountain goats in Afghanistan need five months to breed, then we must refrain from hunting the goats for those five months.

    If the great leatherback turtles carry their eggs for two months and then lay their eggs on one particular night of the full moon in a year in Nicaragua, we must restrict the hunting for, say, three months before that particular full moon. If the deer is almost extinct and needs years to increase its population, then we must not hunt ghoi-ro-soi-di the deer for that number of years. ‘Wa antum Hurumun’ means ‘and that which you are restricted’.

    5:1 stresses strongly not to allow hunting:

    ghoi-ro     do not
    mu-hil-li   make permissible
    soi-di      game hunting

    The prohibitions of hunting should be enshrined in state law to protect different species of animal. The law of the land must impose the restrictions on hunting at the right time.

    To grasp the meaning of this message, we should pay a visit to the wildlife department in any country to find out why they impose different types of restrictions on hunting various animals during specific months. The deer-hunting season in India may differ from the goat-hunting season in Yemen. There are seasons for different animals. It is we who must decide when to restrict hunting, and we must respect these laws if we fear God.

    This is the true meaning of the message in 5:1. It has nothing to do with wearing a two-piece white cloth dress known as ihram and walking in circles around a cube-shaped stone idol in the centre of a mosque crying out for God to hear us.

    We do not make any of the wildlife meat forbidden (or Haram), but we are not allowed to hunt them during a specific periods.

    If we wish to observe the will of the Lord of the Universe, we are not to violate His decrees on the hunting of wildlife during the restricted months:

    Do not violate God’s decrees (sha’iral-lah), or the restricted months (on hunting), and the guidance (about hunting), or the indicators (of hunting) or the harmony that is sanctioned in the system (aminal-bai-tal-Harama) when seeking the grace and pleasure of God. But when you are permitted (Halal-tum) (after the ban is lifted), you may hunt. Do not be provoked by the enmity of those who prevent you in observing the sanctions of the consented decree (anil-mas-jidil-Harami) that you may transgress. And co-operate with each other in righteous deeds and piety, and do not co-operate with those committing sins and aggression. (5:2)

    We are to co-operate with the lawmakers to protect the wildlife and by doing so we demonstrate our observation to the sanctions prescribed by God in His system. We must not co-operate with illegal hunters. However, if we kill wildlife during the restricted months (shahrul-Harrama) on purpose, the food is still permitted for us to eat, but we pay a fine.

    O you who believe, do not kill wildlife when you are restricted (Hurumun). If anyone kills on purpose, he shall expatiate with an equivalent livestock to be judged by two equitable persons from among you to point out the maturity of the ‘ankles’ (ka’bati). Or expiation by feeding the poor or impose a self-discipline3 (siyaman) so that he regrets the consequences of his actions. God has pardoned his previous offences. Whoever reverts to his offence, God will avenge it from him. God is Almighty, Avenger. (5:95).

    The right meaning of the word Hurumun can be verified from other verses of the Reading. For example, in 9:36 it is impossible to change the meaning of this word to none other than restricted.

    Surely the count of months according to God is twelve months in God’s reckoning (fil-kitaabi-llaah) since they day He created the heavens and the earth. Of these, four are restricted (ar ba’atun Hurumun). That is the upright way of life (deen-nul qayyimu). (9:36)

    The word arba’atum Hurumun means that there are restrictions on four of the months.

    The four restricted months refer to the cooling-off period after a declaration is announced to the idol-worshippers that God and His messenger disown them for their idol-worshipping practices. The day the announcement is made is known as the day of the Big Challenge or Haji akbar. In 9:1-4, the idol-worshippers and the non-believers are given four months to ‘roam the earth’ to decide their position on the deen.

    Today, more than a billion people on earth believe they must make themselves ‘holy’ for a few days. Each year, several million of them don indecent two-piece suits which they have named ihram and walk in circles around a cubical stone idol. And this when all God wanted them to do was to observe the sanctions in the system of not hunting the wildlife during restricted periods.

    Just a slight twist to one simple word like this can cause disaster to a person’s life in this world and the Hereafter.

    The majority of ‘Muslims’ could not care less about observing the sanctions protecting wildlife, however. The religionists have generally succeeded in deflecting them from beneficial actions related to wildlife conservation and misled them towards jumping up and down in front of an empty stone box. Somebody, somewhere, must be having a really good laugh.

    God created all living creatures on earth, and mankind is expected to co-exist with them in perfect harmony:

    Wa-mamin dab-batin fil-ardi wala-thor ‘iri yathi-ru bijana-haihi il-laa um-matin amshalakum (6:38)

    Any creature on earth including the birds that fly with their wings are nations like you. (6:38)

    Humans are not allowed to kill at random. Killing is allowed only when justified:

    Wala-taq-tulu nafsal-lati Haramal-lah il-la-bil-haq (17:33)

    You shall not kill the life, it is forbidden by God except in truth. (17:33)

    The presence of other living creatures is part of God’s creation. Humans cannot simply go around killing and destroying anything they like.

    God has created livestock as a provision for mankind. Killing livestock for food is justified according to need. God also allows mankind to enjoy the meat of wildlife. Therefore killing animals is justified subject to certain conditions.

    There are two kinds of wildlife: that in water and that on land. We do not have to impose any restrictions to protect the water game but we must impose some restrictions to protect the wildlife on land. For as long as we observe the restrictions that, for us, is the state of Hurumun. 5:96 says:

    uhil-laa lakum soi-dul bah-ri

    Permitted for you (uhil-la-lakum) is the hunting of water game (soi-dul bah-ri)

    wathor-‘amuhu mata-‘al-lakum walis-syai-roti

    Eat from them as provision, for you and those who are travelling

    Wa-hur-rima alaikum soi-dul bar-ri ma’dumtum huruman

    And prohibited (Hurrima) upon you is the hunting of game on land for as long as (mu’dumtum) you restrict them (Huruman).

    wat-taqul-lah hal-lazi ilaihi taq-syarun.

    You shall observe God, to Whom you will be gathered.

    In 5:96, we are permitted to eat game from the sea (baHri) but as for the game from the land (baRri) hunting is forbidden for as long as (mu’dumtum) we make their hunting restricted (Huruman).

    We can see that the corruption by the innovators of the Arab religion is exposed again. Here, both the words Hurrima and Hurumun are found. Both come from the same root H-r-m or Haram.

    They say that Hurrima in the first part of the sentence means prohibited but Hurumun in the latter part of the same sentence means a state of sacredness. They claim it means the ihram – the two piece white cloth worn during the act of walking around a cubical stone idol at the centre of their mosque. As we have seen, these verses have nothing to do with a pilgrimage of any kind.

    The killing of wildlife is done everywhere. Such activity is called game-hunting. The Reading calls upon hunters to exercise self discipline by not killing wildlife out of season:

    Ya-aiyuhal-lazi na-amanu la-yub-luwa-nakumul-lah bi-shai’ain minal-soi-di tana-luhu ai-diyakum wa-rimahukum li-yak-lamal-lah man-yu-ghor-fuhu bil-ghaib. Fa-manikh-tada ba’da zalika falahu azaban alim (5:94)

    O you who believe, God may test you through game-hunting within the reach of your hands and means. God wants to ensure those among you who fear Him (while He is) unseen. Anyone who transgresses after this has deserved painful retribution. (5:94)

    The majority of civilised governments impose laws to protect wildlife. They do not know they are preserving the harmony of the sanctions in God’s system (or the baytil-Harama). For them, it is simply a matter of good sense. They have studied the environment and life patterns in the animal kingdom and have realised that it is their obligation to protect living creatures – if only out of self-interest. As far as the Reading is concerned, such a perception is an act of righteousness.

    Without doubt, wa-antum Hurumun does not mean during pilgrimage, neither does it signify the two piece pilgrim’s clothes which they call the ihram4. Moreover, the word ihram is nowhere found in the Reading.

    We must realise the beauty of the composition of the Reading. In most cases, a subject is detailed in sequential verses and then it is mentioned elsewhere. The prohibitions on food detailed in the Reading are part of the sanctions in the system (baytal-Harami) to be observed by those who consented themselves to what was sanctioned.

    The details of the prohibition are expanded in 5:1-5. In 5:3 in the midst of detailing the food God says:

    Today, I have perfected the deen for you, and completed My favour upon you. And decreed Islam as the deen. (5:3)

    God’s prescribed way of life is perfected by the revelation pertaining to details of the restriction on food. A true person who is at peace must not consent themselves to any restrictions beyond the limits set by God. The verse, however, ends with an exception:

    However, if one is forced to eat any of these without malice, then God is Forgiver, Merciful.

    The same topic continues in the next two verses before a new subject is dealt with. The subject of food is repeated in eight straight verses (6:141-150) to corroborate the restrictions mentioned in the earlier chapters. The final part is mentioned again in eight straight verses (16:112-119).

    As a matter of interest, the composition of the Reading is such that any isolated subject is always revealed in a verse of its own. Never are two unrelated subjects touched upon in the same verse.


    1 Hadith: are tales about the Prophet from various unverifiable sources.

    2 Tafsir is long commentaries to explain the Qur’an based on tradition and tales found in the various hadith books written by so-called learned people. It is equivalent to the Jewish Tosefta a compilation of traditions and sayings closely related to the Misnah, deriving from many authorities represented in it.

    3 The Arabic word Siyaman is traditionally translated as fasting. There is no mention about the duration period for the fast. Hence, it is logical to say the meaning is to discipline oneself from hunting until the animals are matured. It is not about fasting from eating or drinking.

    4 A man’s pilgrimage is nullified if he wears anything under the ihram clothing. Imagine the heat and I have to struggle applying creams in between my thighs.


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    2:142-152 – the wider context

    Let us recap:

    • (2:142): The fools among them ask: ‘What makes them change their focus?’ Tell them: ‘To God belongs the East and the West. He directs whoever He will to the right path’.

    The people who received the previous Scripture who thought God’s scripture is only revealed to certain chosen people asked what had made the Arabs change their focus of belief from paganism to God’s deen.

    • (2:143): God says: ‘We changed the direction as a test to distinguish those who would follow the Messenger from those who turned back. It is a difficult test, but not for those who are guided by God’.

    The revelation was now given to the Arabs as opposed to the recipients of the previous Scriptures (e.g. the Children of Israel).

    • (2:144): God says: ‘We have seen your face turning about the sky. Now we appoint for you a direction that pleases you. From now on, you shall focus yourself to the consented sanctions wherever you may be. You shall focus your direction to it. Those who received the previous Scripture recognize this is the truth from their Lord’.

    Those who received the previous Scripture recognized these consented decrees as the truth from their Lord. A mosque cannot be a ‘truth’ of any kind.

    • (2:145): God told the Last Prophet: ‘Even if you show the followers of the previous Scripture any kind of sign they will not follow your direction. And you must not follow their direction. In fact, they do not follow each other’s direction (qiblah)’.
    • (2:146): The people who were given the Book recognised it just as they recognise their own children. Many of them conceal the truth.

      That is, they recognised the sanctions just as they recognised their own children. Why? Because they had consented to similar sanctions. The fact that they largely chose to ignore its contents is a different matter.

      • (2:147): ‘The truth is from your Lord. Do not harbour any doubt’.

      God assures us that the sanctions in the consented decree are the truth. There was no such thing as Sacred or Profane mosque at the time when the Reading was revealed.

      • (2:148): ‘To each is their own focus Therefore, you shall race towards doing good deeds. Wherever you are God will bring all of you together’.
      • (2:149): ‘Wherever you may go, you shall focus towards the sanctions in the consented decree (mas-jidil-Harami). This is the truth from your Lord’.
      • (2:150): ‘Therefore, wherever you go, you shall focus towards the sanctions in the consented decree. Wherever you may be, you shall focus on it. The people will have no argument with you except the wicked among them. Do not fear them, but fear Me instead so that I may complete My blessing upon you, that you may be guided’.

      2:142-150 describes the changing recipients of the revelation from the people who received the previous Scripture (the Children of Israel) to the people of the Arab prophet. The masjidil-Harami is nothing but a recitation.

      Such blessing as the sending of a messenger from among you to recite from our revelations, and to cleanse you, to teach you the Scripture and wisdom, and to teach you what you never knew. Therefore, you shall remember Me so that I may remember you, and be thankful to Me. And be appreciative. (2:151-152)

      The Children of Israel received God’s Scripture with the details of the sanctions of God’s consented decree. This became the focus of their commitment to the One God. When the same is revealed as a recitation to the Arab prophet they knew the essence of the message is similar to what was revealed to them previously – “just the way they recognize their own children”. The statement in Chapter 2 Verse 146 is further explained in 6:19-20:

      “Whose testimony is greater? Say, “God is the witness between me and you. This Quran ( Reading) has been revealed to me in order to preach to you therewith, and whomever it reaches”…………..”Those who were given the previous scripture recognize this as they recognize their own children. Those who lost their soul are the ones who will disbelieve.”

      Despite God’s blessing and mercy they distorted the Scripture. They were the first to conspire against God and His messengers. They perverted God’s way to create a religion and gave themselves a new name: the Jews. Moses knew nothing about the Jewish religion.

      In the Old Testament when Jesus went to the Israelites – he had a big problem with the Jews, some of whom tried to stone him. Later, the Talmudic rabbis and the Pharisees of the synagogue feared the truth he brought could end the religion of Judaism. To prevent this, they stirred up the people and falsely accused the man of blasphemy. In spite of reminding the Jews that in their own law a righteous man is called God they decided to send him to the Governor for using the term son of God. The governor found him innocent but the Jews imposed their barbaric religious law to assume that the man was punished. Later they invented a chronicle that Jesus was crucified and billions of people were led to believe the story. The Jews had successfully made people worship a mortal man.

      However the Arabs outstripped even the Jews. They were able to reintroduce their primitive Arab religion under the guise of the religion of Islam and found a way to perpetuate their forefathers’ religion of nurturing the black stone. People around the world are now elevating the Arabs’ forefathers’ deity in the centre of their invented ‘Sacred Mosque’. They have replaced God’s decrees about an orderly way of life with a physical building and abused the word masjidil-Harami so that people accept it as meaning a sanctuary or station for their stone idol.

      We concede that perhaps it may not be the direct intention of all translators to give the wrong meaning when interpreting the Reading. Many are simply duped by a culture and literature which they assume has a better knowledge of the Book than themselves. However, this does not remove the obligation of any scholar to verify interpretations for himself in a way which is in keeping with common sense and logic.

      A key point for those sincere people who are looking for the grace and the pleasure of their Lord is to remember is that God in His glory cannot be associated with any human or anything tangible like mosque or stone outcropping or stone pillars. That includes (one almost wants to say especially) when they have been declared ‘sacred’ by humans.

    Focus on the sanctions of the consented decree.

    Before the Reading was revealed there were people who consented themselves to the deen and declared themselves Muslims. For example, Abraham specifically used the word Muslims when he prayed to God:

    Our Lord, make us at peace (Muslims) to you, and from our progeny nations who are at peace to you. (2:128)

    Then the followers of Jesus declared themselves Muslims:

    And recall that I inspired the disciples, “Believe in Me and My messenger.” They said, “We believe, and bear witness that we are at peace (Muslims).” (5:111)

    The word Muslims simply indicates those who are at peace with God. It is not a magic word. According to 2:140, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and all the patriarchs were not Jewish, nor were they Nazarenes.1

    They served God and fulfilled their commitments. They considered themselves to be at peace because they were able to fulfil certain requirements sincerely, and in this case, it is obvious they were required to focus on certain set of rules or sanctions ordained by God.

    The suffix -lah in the Reading relates the key idea back to God. For example, when the consented decree is categorically implied to have been prescribed by God it is called the masajidal-lah. When it talks about God’s prescribed limits it is called the hududul-lah, God’s laws are known as sh’iaral-lah and the path of God is called the sabi-lil-lah. When these words appear in the Reading they indicate the specifics and they are taken as the guidelines in the sanctions. None of these words has a physical connotation but they are to be taken as the specific orders. Before the Reading was revealed those who were at peace were observing their commitments by focusing towards these consented sanctions.

    The Last Prophet was similarly committed to the same system. Those who wish to agree to God’s deen should focus on the consented sanctions. Whoever they are and wherever they may be, their focus would be towards the sanctions of the consented decree.

    Although each individual is responsible for his or her personal deeds, each should race towards doing good deeds according to what they have consented in upholding God’s decree sanctioned by Him. The masjidil-Harami is nothing other than the details of the guidelines to be observed as prescribed in the Scripture.

    Masjidil-Harami does not refer to a physical structure geographically located anywhere on the Arab soil. Had it referred to such a building, it would mean that the Arabs had received knowledge of the teachings of God at some prior point in history – which they had not – and thus could not have been ummyin – i.e. ignorant of revelation.

    According to 62:2, the Arabs had no prior knowledge about God’s revelations:

    Wainkanu min qoblu lafi dhola-lin mubin (62:2)

    And indeed they were from before in total loss. (62:2)

    Thus, the Arabs did not know anything about a sacred mosque nor did they have a sacred building standing in the desert for the performance of ritual prayers. According to Arabic legend, their own ‘sacred mosque’ started as a wooden hedge similar to a cowboy ranch and was slightly larger than a modern basketball court. Even according to their own version of events – which has nothing to do with the Reading – the first mosque was built in Medina only twelve years after Muhammad’s call to prophethood.

    Readers will be surprised to know that:

    • Nowhere in the Reading does it say there was a building by the name of Sacred Mosque during the time of the Last Prophet.
    • There is no instruction from the Reading for the Last Prophet to build a building called the Sacred Mosque.
    • Nowhere in the Reading does it say the people must perform the ‘ritual prayer’ facing Mecca.

    1 Nazarenes, literally means those who support. This word is used in the Qur’an to refer to one who professes to follow Jesus of Nazareth the son of Mary and the supporters of the last prophet and the believers.

    God’s consented decrees pre-Qur’anic period

    Verse 9:107 describes the masjid (or the consented decree) which was corrupted during the time of the previous messengers. By corrupting it, the people were directly abusing God’s consented decrees, which the Quran calls masa-jidil-lah.

    • When the Torah was revealed to Moses, his people were enjoined to uphold the same deen revealed to Noah and Abraham. But the religionists corrupted the fundamental commandments consented by God to create a new religion. They introduced Judaism, an entity unknown to Moses.
    • Jesus, the son of Mary, was sent to the Children of Israel to confirm what was given to Moses. His own followers plotted against him and ignored the original decree which Jesus wanted them to restore. Instead they created a new religion in his name. Jesus did not call any of his followers Christians, Catholic or Protestants.
    • Similarly, when the Quran was revealed confirming the decrees given to Moses the Arabs corrupted the words in it – cunningly replaced it with the Arab religion. They have prevented others from God’s consented decree or masa-jidil-lah.

      This is how the consented decree was abused. Their common intention was to destroy God’s consented decrees (masa-jidil-lah) as stated in 2:114.

      One can hardly overlook the historical references to the Children of Israel, which are found throughout the Reading. For example, when they first received the Scripture they were warned that they would transgress on earth twice. When the first instance took place, God punished them through His servants who possessed great strength to invade their homeland. When the tide was turned in their favour, it was accompanied by another warning which said that if they worked righteousness, it would be for their own good, but if they worked evil they would suffer the consequences.

      When the second transgression takes place, their opponents will neutralize them and they will enter the masjid the way they entered it the first time. Here we see the word masjid is attributed to the Children of Israel and it clearly does not refer to a physical building called a mosque. It simply means that long before the time of Muhammad, the Children of Israel consented themselves to the masjid (or consented decree). Thus, we can positively say that the Children of Israel were not inside any physical mosque.

      The Children of Israel transgressed God’s laws. They distorted the Scripture and rebelled. Out of His Mercy, God sent Jesus to confirm what was revealed to Moses:

      We gave Moses the Scripture, and subsequent to him We sent messengers, and We gave Jesus the son of Mary profound signs and supported him with the Holy Spirit1 (ruHul qudus). Whenever a messenger came to you with commandments contrary to your wishes you became arrogant, you rejected some, and you killed some. (2:87)

      They rejected Jesus the son of Mary and transgressed. God says if they worked righteousness it would be for their own good, but if they worked evil they would suffer.

      Many years later, God revealed Scripture to a man who was not from among them. Nevertheless, the message of the Reading is the same as that given to Moses. The Reading gives special attention to the Children of Israel in the early part of the Reading (from 2:40 through to 2:123) telling them they should not be the first to reject the Book. They are assured that the Book confirms what was given to them. If the Children of Israel would read the Reading they would discover the truth – even about their own race.

      The first portion of the second surah of the Reading is can be summarised thus:

      1. 2:1-5 People who accept God’s Scripture
      2. 2:6-7 Those who disbelieve
      3. 2:8-20 The hypocrites
      4. 2:21-29 The message is addressed to the whole human race
      5. 2:30-39 The history of a man who lived by God’s guidance
      6. 2:40-123 The message to the Children of Israel
      7. 2:124-134 The history of a monotheist
      8. 2:135-141 Resistance by the old guard
      9. 2:142 Q: Why the Reading is sent to the non-Israelite?
      10. 2:143 A: As a test for those who want to follow His messenger
      11. 2:144-147 They knew it was the truth; they recognised it
      12. 2:148-152 Focus on the sanctions consented by God or masjidil-Harami revealed to the Prophet. Everyone should focus their attention on it.

      Although the Reading was revealed to a non-Israelite, the message in the first major surah is predominantly addressed to them. It may shock the readers that – the truth is: The message of the Reading was meant for the Children of Israel – not for the Arabs. Nowhere in the Reading has any verse addressed to the Arabs except to admonish them in the strong terms with the exception of some verses addressed to the messenger as a prophet. That is the reason why God says, the Children of Israel recognized what was sanctioned in the Reading like their own children. 2:124-131 reminds them about the history of Abraham who was committed to God’s system, and the manner in which he and Ishmael established their commitments from God’s system. The choice was given to them either to accept or to reject the revelation. It was revealed to a gentile prophet as a test for them in order to distinguish those among them who would follow the messenger without being prejudicial of racial origin – from those who would turn back on their heels. God emphasizes in 2:143: “It is a difficult test indeed – but not for those guided by Him – and He will not put your faith to waste“.

      Many people were oblivious to the essence of the message about the Children of Israel in the Reading. The details of the sanctions of God’s consented decree were prescribed in the Torah, but the Israelites had distorted and abused them. They had already entered into agreement with God or consented to uphold the tenets of the Torah the first time around, but they abused it. History does not record any Israelites entering any mosques.

      If we read 17:7 with care we see that:

      in-naa ahsan-tum   if you do good
      ahsan-tum          it is good for you
      li-anfusikum       for yourselves
      wa-ain asa'tum     and if you work evil
      falaha             it is bad for you
      faiza              therefore, when
      ja'a wa'dul        the promise comes
      akhirah            finally
      li-yasuu'u         they will disgrace
      wuju-hakum         your faces
      wali-yad-khulu     and they will enter/ inherit
      masjida            the consented decrees
      mama               the same way
      da-qolu            you entered
      au-wala mar-rotin  the first time
      wali-yutab-biru    and they control
      ma                 what
      a'lu tat-bi-ror    they will get a full control of

      They are reminded that they had entered the masjid earlier. This was when they received the Torah. Da-qolu auwala mar-rotin means which you entered the first time. It implies that they consented to God’s decree after making a covenant with Him. That is the period when they entered their agreement or gave their consent to God’s instructions. Obviously, the Children of Israel did not built any mosque.


      1 In spite of the unique quality in Jesus it didn’t work wih the Children of Israel. Later, people who believed Jesus started to think he was God. They cannot imagine it is God’s will he was created with God’s words and the Holy Spirit.

      The deen is prescribed

      The concept of God’s consented decree (Masajidil-lah) according to the Reading does not allow for the establishment of a house of worship, neither is it part of God’s prescribed way (deen-nil-lah). It is simply not part of God’s statute (or the sha’iral-lah.)1 The observation of consented decree is manifested through human values: by translating these decrees into personal actions and deeds – that is, by finding an appropriate application for them in life based on intelligence and reason.

      That the deen is not an institution accessible through houses of worship should be evident by now. The ploy of making a sanctioned life possible only through access to ‘company’ premises is common to all religions, and religion is not what the Reading advocates.

      The instruction to discipline oneself upon receiving the knowledge of the Reading in 2:185-187 was nothing new. It had been decreed to people long before the Reading was revealed. Surely, these people did not know what a mosque was. They could not, since the instruction a’kiffuna-fil-ma-sajid had not been interpreted by them (against the constructs of their language) as indicating a mosque. When the same instruction was given after the Reading was revealed to the Arabs, they introduced a new concept of rituals of fasting for one month to encourage their followers to retreat to a physical building. Then, on top of this, they are in the ridiculous position of having to insist the verse means ‘you must refrain from sexual intercourse with your wives when you retreat to the mosque‘. There is simply no logic in the instruction.

      2:183 gives a reason why self-discipline is enjoined on Muslims:

      O you who believe, self-discipline is decreed for you, as it was decreed for the people before you, so that you might be observant for a certain number of days. (2:183 and part of 2:184)

      So, the self-disciplining of oneself was not a recent introduction. Rather, it is God’s decree and has been practised by the previous people who received God’s revelations. The religionists twisted the meaning of the word “Som-huu” to impose fasting on innocent people. All that is required for mankind is to discipline themselves when they acquire the knowledge about God after the Reading is revealed to them (2:185-186) by Gabriel (2:97)2.

      Each time the religionists distort a word from one verse they are forced to distort other words to cover their backs. As soon as we make a comparison to examine the rationality of a concept within the structure and integrity of the Reading as whole, we notice the divergence of the meaning in the message arising from the distortion by the religionists.


      1 Or the sha’irah of Allah; this is in stark contrast to the catalogue of intolerant and often bizarre rulings created by the religionists known as the shar’iah. Please note the similarity of the vocalic sound – but they are not the same.

      2 2:97: Muhammad was made to say, ‘Anyone who opposes Gabriel should know that he revealed this scripture into your heart with God’s permission, confirming previous scriptures, and providing guidance and good news for the believers”. The Quran can be transmitted to anyone’s heart and it can happen at anytime of the year. The Hijrah Calendar was not invented 13 years after Muhammad became a prophet. Thus, the month of Ramadhan was not there.

      Take the challenge to find the system

      It seems that in God’s system nobody can inherit the deen from his or her parent. If the parents consented themselves to the way, it is their duty to exhort their children to consent to God’s consented Decrees. Abraham and Jacob reminded their children:

      Moreover, Abraham enjoined his children and so did Jacob, saying, “O my children, God has pointed out the deen for you. You shall not die except as those who are at peace (Muslims).” (2:132)

      Abraham and Jacob told their children they must not die except to be those who are at peace in obeying the deen prescribed by God. Abraham and Jacob did not tell their children that God had pointed out a religion or a house for them. They said:

      God has pointed out to you the deen (or the way of life).

      None of them were told to make a pilgrimage to a shrine or to start worshipping God, but they were told that there was a deen of which they must be convinced and then take the challenge to live by God’s system, if they could find the path. Their father Abraham was led to a system, committed himself to it with Ishmael, and together they lived by the sanctions in the system. Similarly, if we consented ourselves to God’s way, we are told to remind our family members to also believe and give their consent to the orderly way of life by doing exemplary good deeds. It stands to reason that if the role model is at peace by upholding this system, the progeny will follow suit.

      You shall exhort your family to be committed and persist in doing so. We do not ask you for any provisions. It is We who provide for you. The final victory belongs to the righteous. (20:132)

      We are to tell our children the way of Islam is the sanctions prescribed in the Scripture and that they must focus themselves to these sanctions when consented to God’s way to uphold their commitments. They must not fall into idol-worship by following any religion. We cannot tell our children the deen is somewhere inside a stone idol built by the Arabs in the desert. Luqman in his wisdom said to his children:, O my son, do not set up any idol besides God; idol worship is a gross offence’, then he continues:

      O my sons, observe your commitments (Sol-laa-ta) advocate righteousness and forbid evil, and stay steadfast in the face of adversity, this is the real strength. Do not be arrogant nor walk in pride, God does not love the boastful and the arrogant. (31:17-18).

      There is no evidence that Luqman had received any revelation, but the Reading says God endowed him with wisdom. Thus, he had the ability to make sensible and reasonable decisions. In his wisdom, he knew the most serious offence in this life was to associate God with idols. Yet, the majority of the people on earth serve almost everything but God. They simply cannot seem to serve the unseen God whose domination encompasses the heavens and earth.

      Sol-laa is about doing deeds

      Everything that a person does should be for God. We are not asked to perform any rituals or to pray to Him or to worship Him. All that is enjoined upon us is to believe in God, be sincere in serving Him by upholding our commitments and do good works. Ritual prayers and worship are the pagans’ shortcut to give idol-worshippers a sense of satisfaction that they have discharged their obligations to God when what is really required of them is that they discharge their Sol-laa amongst fellow humans and themselves.

      According to the Reading, the main essence of the message revealed to Abraham and Moses is:

      No burdened soul will bear the burden of another1, and every person is responsible for what he or she does. For whatever things that they do, it will be witnessed, and they will be fully repaid. (53:36-41)

      In other words, each minute thought and deed is taken into account and recorded. God is recording all the deeds (and not the regimented mutterings) of His servants.

      Since We created the human being, We are fully aware of his innermost thoughts. We are closer to him than his jugular vain. The two energies at right and left are recording all his deeds. Not a single utterance does he utter without a vigilant watcher. (50:16-18)

      The majority of people do not believe God is omnipresent and that He can be with every human all the time, twenty-four hours a day. However, He knows every single thing a person does, even his innermost thoughts. No one person can hide anything from the Supreme Being. Everything is recorded. In the Hereafter, they are told to read their own record of what they have done to themselves.

      You will see every congregation humbled. Every congregation will be invited to view its own record. Today you will be paid for your deeds. This is the record pronouncing the truth about you. Indeed, We have recorded all your deeds. (45:28-29)

      Ritual prayer, unfortunately for those who put their faith in it, is not in the category of good deeds. What it is, is a form of religious worship, which goes against the essence of God’s revelations.

      It is absurd to imagine a world where regimented prayers have moral precedence over good deeds. Besides, one can look around the world and see many places where people regularly perform ritual prayers and where serious crimes abound: rape, sexual abuse, cheating, stealing and corruption. These people ignore the priorities:

      You shall uphold what was prescribed, and also those who repented with you, and not transgress. Indeed, He knows whatever your deeds are, watching. Do not be inclined to those who are wicked – they will make you suffer the Fire, and there is none for you except God as a protector. Then you will not be helped. And uphold your commitments (aqimi-Sol-laa-ta) through the ends of the day and the parts from the night. Indeed the good deeds nullify the bad. That is the remembrance for those who want to remember. You shall be steadfast. God never fails to reward the righteous. (11:112-114)

      The verse clearly says we are to uphold what has been prescribed, and not transgress. God is recording all deeds. People must fulfil their commitment to do righteous deeds through the ends of the day and parts of the night. The concept is simple. Good deeds will nullify the bad and this is one way to remember God. Deeds can never be fulfilled through a fixed number of ritual prayers. If the concept of deen is correctly understood, it is clear to the devout Muslim that it is incumbent upon him to commit to these instructions, uphold and observe them. A simple definition of righteous deeds is clearly prescribed in the Reading and it does not include the act of worship or the performance of religious rituals.

      Righteousness is not the turning of your faces towards the east or the west. But righteousness is to believe in God, the Hereafter, the energies, the Scripture and the prophets. And to donate of one’s wealth despite one’s love thereof to relatives, the orphans, the needy, those who are in hardship, to beggars, and to free mental enslavement by upholding the commitments and keeping them pure. And to keep the promises that are made, and to remain steadfast in the face of adversity, hardship, and war. These are truthful, these are righteous. (2:177)

      The problem arises when a person’s mind is pre-conditioned to believe that Sol-laa means ritual prayer. Thus, righteous deeds are totally ignored. One so conditioned often insists that Sol-laa does mean ritual prayer, although a contextual study of the subject demonstrates that such a position does not make any sense.

      Surah 107 is a very short chapter with only seven verses the name of which is Charity. A person who commits himself to the prescribed deen should not neglect his commitment to do charity and good deeds as a way of life.

      Do you not notice those who are lying with the deen? They neglect the orphans. They do not advocate the feeding of the poor. Therefore curses be on those who are obliged, while heedless of their commitments. They only show off, and they are averse to charity. (107:1-7)

      The religionists and the u’lema believe that God is cursing2 the people who pray ritually. They then teach their values to others who will listen without question – just as they did. Compare this rendition with that sanctioned by the religionists’ twisting culture:

      Do you know who the rejecters of faith are? They neglect the orphans. They do not advocate the feeding of the poor. Therefore a curse be on those who pray ritually, while heedless of their ritual prayers. They only show off. And they are averse to charity. (107:1-7)

      All seven verses are interrelated: taking care of the orphans, feeding the poor and carrying out charity work can only be fulfilled by the deeds of a committed person. The religionists say God is cursing those who pray whilst heedless of their prayer. They encourage their followers to pray ritually in order to solve the problem of the orphans, the poor and in lieu of charitable work. Instead of committing themselves individually and collectively to taking care of orphans, the poor and to doing charity from their own earnings, the Arabs trained their priests in the Arab religion to become income generators. They take illegal collections from the people by corrupting the word zakaa in the Reading to mean religious tithes.3 The Reading spells out other examples of good deeds to be observed by those who are committed to the prescribed way of life from God:

      Successful indeed are the believers, who are upright in their commitments (Sol-laa-ti-hem) those who avoid vain talk, those who keep it pure, they guard their chastity except with their wives, and with those who rightfully belong to them do they have sex without being blamed. (23:1-6)

      They are trustworthy when it comes to deposits entrusted to them, or the promises they make, and they constantly uphold their obligations (Solawa-ti-hem) (23:8-9)

      In this verse it clearly says that those who avoid vain talk, guard their chastity and commit themselves to these values as a way of life are the successful believers. Additionally, they uphold their obligations diligently in fulfilling what they have promised and they are trustworthy when it comes to deposits entrusted to them. In other words, the Reading emphasises sincerity and honesty through deeds – not through ritual prayer. Unfortunately, we seldom see these good values in the Arab religion. Be that as it may, each time the word Sol-laa or the derivatives from this root word appears in the Reading, it appears in the context of good deeds that people are encouraged to uphold.

      A further example:

      They fulfil their promises to God and they do not violate their covenant. They linked (ya-Siluu) with it what had been commanded so that it binds (ai-yu-Sol-laa) as they are concerned about their Lord and they fear the dreadful reckoning and they steadfastly persevere in seeking their Lord’s grace. They uphold the commitments (Sol-laa-ta) and they give to charity from Our provisions to them secretly and publicly. They counter evil with good. They have deserved the ultimate abode. (13:21-22)

      Here the two letter root Sod Lam signifies the fundamental meaning of ‘link’ for the word ya-Siluu whereas ai-yu-Sol-laa denotes the ‘binding’ and Sol-laa-ta is the proactive ‘commitment’. A person upholds his covenant with God by committing himself in doing the deeds that binds him. The meaning of ‘aqor-mus-Sol-laa-ta’ in this context is to ‘uphold the commitment’ for the covenant. It is ridiculous to assume that we uphold our covenant with God just through ritual prayers everyday.

      In 23:1-9 quoted earlier the religionists has deliberately corrupted the meaning of the words ‘Sol-laa-ti’ and ‘Solawa-ti’ in these verses to mean ‘ritual prayer’. They trained their blind followers to ignore the context of the subject completely. Instead, they encourage their followers to concentrate on ritual prayers.


      1 This is the fundamental concept of God’s orderly way of life sanctioned to all prophets. Unfortunately Rabbis, pope, priests, monks and mullahs say they can cleanse people’s soul. Only God can cleanse people including the freaks in religious garbs. In 33:15 it says, “No soul will bear the burden of another, when a burdened soul implores for help, nothing can be unloaded, not even by a close relative. So, what are these religious morons doing in our life?

      2 This is the most ridiculous way of thinking – obviously not to the priests of the Arab religion.

      3 See chapter six.

      Religion is man-made

      By reading the Qur’an with care it becomes obvious that God did not intend that there be any ‘religion’ at all. The Reading promotes a way of life which is acceptable with God and which promotes the wellbeing of people. There is no need to define it as a religion. It is clearly stated in the Reading that no prophets or messengers brought ‘religion’ from God. God revealed a deen to them so that the people around them would serve the unseen God by observing righteous deeds amongst themselves for their own benefit in this world and the Hereafter. And, thus informed, people would also know and avoid the unholy and the hypocritical behaviour of ‘religion’ by the deeds of those who profess and practice it. The surah of the Reading attributed to Noah states that he worked day and night calling the people to abandon religion. Noah told them they should not serve anyone or anything except God. They should observe a way of life for God. His neighbours and friends did not heed his call.

      Noah said, “O my people, I come to you as a Warner. You shall serve God and work righteousness and obey me.” (71:2-3)

      The response from his community was:

      They said. “Do not abandon your idols, do not abandon Wadd, or Suwa, or Yaghoot, or Ya’ooq and Nasar.” (71:23)

      The idols Wadd, Suwa, Yaghoot, Ya’ooq, and Nasar are names after the religious sages who were the gods of those who follow their teachings. Similarly, names like Bukhari, Shafie, Wahab, Gulam Ahmad, or Aga Khan are gods of their respective cults, Ezzra for Judaism, and Paul in Christianity.

      The people of Noah were probably rich, prosperous and comfortable with their way of life. They did not suffer any poverty in their ‘religion’ of worshipping idols. Noah did not fit into the popular pattern of the day. The Reading teaches us that following the masses ends badly:

      If you follow the majority of the people on earth they will divert you from the path of God. They follow only conjecture and they only guess. (6:116)

      Muhammad espoused the same message as Noah. He was simply the messenger of God, he was not a worshipper. He worked to spread the word of God and hope it prevails over other deens. One would logically assume that Muslims the world over would want to emulate the Last Prophet and embody the teaching he brought. It is illuminating in that regard to read what the message he received was:

      We have decreed for you the same deen as was enjoined upon Noah and what is revealed to you herein, and also what was enjoined upon Abraham, Moses and Jesus. You shall uphold the one deen and not be divided. It is simply too difficult for the idol-worshippers to accept what you advocate. God is the one who will bring towards Him whomever He wills, and He will guide towards Himself those who would return. (42:13)

      Read that again: ‘It is simply too difficult for the idol-worshippers to accept what you advocate’.

      That statement is self-explanatory: people who profess religion are regarded as idol-worshippers, they will simply not be able to fathom God’s true deen (as advocated in the Reading alone and discussed in this work).

      In addition, their almost certain adverse reaction to this book will bear testament to veracity of this statement.

      Virtual idols

      Idol-worship can take many forms. For example, if a person chooses to make their ego paramount, their life will be controlled by their ego. They will idolise their own ego. If a person makes the accumulation of wealth paramount, his or her life will be controlled by greed and he or she will idolise money. If a person chooses to idolise other humans, his or her deen will be controlled by that conviction and others will dictate their way of life. Similarly, should a person choose to profess religion he or she would then idolise the religious leaders, and the rituals dictated by these religious leaders or priests will regulate their way of life.

      The common factor here is idol-worship. There are clear instances in the Reading about people who idolise their prophets, messengers, energies and jinn.

      It is not possible for a human whom God has blessed with the Scripture and wisdom and prophethood that he should tell the people to serve him besides God. Nor will He ask you to idolise the energies or the prophets. (3:79-80)

      Clearly, God’s prophet and messengers are not to be idolised. Yet many prophets and messengers are – in effect – worshipped. And then there are others who idolise saints, gurus, priest and religious scholars.

      They have taken their priests and scholars as lords besides God. (9:31)

      What about the one who idolises his own ego? Can you do anything for him? (25:43)

      The egotists have been forewarned. God’s response to the question as to what can be done for them is:

      Do you suppose many of them hear or understand? Indeed, they are just like animals. No, they are worse than animals. (25:44)

      The Reading does not mince words. As regards those who reject it, it is clear and unequivocal:

      The Reading is full of wisdom. You are one of the messengers, advocating the right path. A revelation from the Almighty, most merciful – to warn people, whose forefathers were never warned, they are unaware. It is written that the majority will not believe. Consequently, We chain their necks to their chins, and thus they are forced [into the directions they choose]. And We place a barrier in front of them and a barrier behind them, so they can never see. (36:2-9)

      The Reading urges people to consider the Creation:

      And the sun is moving in a specific orbit. Such is the design of the Almighty, the Omniscient, and We designed the moon to appear in stages until it reverts to a thin curve. The sun never catches up with the moon, nor does the night prematurely overtake the day. Each floats in its own orbit. (36:38-39)

      In retrospect, if an undoubted source tells me that a set of instructions have arrived for me from the Being who created the sun and the moon and set them on their orbits, I would still verify them through scientific findings or accept it as logical understanding through observation. Until today nobody has proven the information wrong. In contrast in 1969, the chief priest of the Grand Mosque in Mecca was quoted as saying that the earth was flat and anyone professing the contrary was an infidel. This serves to illustrate the crux of the problem with the Arab religion, which goes by the name of Islam: ignorance. The Reading says:

      Will they choose other than God’s deen, whilst everything is peaceful (aslama)1 in the skies and the earth either willingly or unwillingly? And to Him they will return. (3:83)

      The word aslama in this verse is the same (i.e. has the same semantic root and is merely a separate conjugation of the root idea) as the word Islam. Everything in the seven heavens: the billions of stars, all the planets, everything on earth from every kind of creeper, plant and tree, every kind of animal and insect, every kind of bird, and kinds of aquatic life exist peacefully willingly or unwillingly. Thus, God poses the question that begs to be answered: ‘Will they choose other than God’s deen when His other creations are able to exist peacefully?

      The message is clear, simple and the same in substance in every instance2. No prophet was sent to deliver or start a religion. Their job was simply to deliver God’s message, the gist of which is the deen.


      1 The word aslama is derived from the same root S L M. When it is translated that everything that was created by God in the heavens exists peacefully – it reflects on how mankind chose to create disorder through their own choice.

      2 Every prophet delivered God’s message the way it was revealed to them. They never tried to give their own opinions about how a person should conduct his or her life. The majority of Muslims need the Arab religionists to teach them how and what to eat – or how to dress or grow one’s beard.

      Total freedom

      Each individual is given total freedom to choose the path he or she wishes from the day God gives us life until the day He takes it back. It is our right and responsibility to choose wisely. There are two basic options:

      • A way of life for God as ordained by Him (deen-nil-lah), or
      • A way of life which is not for God (Thoghut1)

      God does not impose His deen on anyone. He describes the Reading as the criterion between right and wrong. He has said that the Reading is fully detailed and He has not left anything out from it. Strangely, many think of Islam as a religion bereft of choice and full of compulsion. But they are confusing the Arab cult which masquerades as Islam and the guidance outlined in the Reading for a peaceful life. The choice to follow God is completely left to His servants: ‘there is no compulsion’. It is in this spirit that the reader should apply his or her logic and wisdom when discerning whether a particular way of life (deen) is true in origin or not. How you choose will determine whether you travel first class or coach in this life and onward to the life hereafter.

      There is no compulsion in the way of life (deen). However, now [the difference] is made clear between right and wrong. Therefore, anyone who rejects the virtual idols (Thoghut) and believes in God, surely they hold to the strongest bond that will not break. God is Hearer, Omniscient. (2:256)

      There is no creature on earth nor birds that fly with wings except they are nations just like you. We did not leave anything out of the Scripture. To their Lord they will all return. (6:38)

      Those who believe in God and His messenger are called to focus sincerely and consent to God’s prescribed way. The Last Prophet was made to declare:

      Say, “My Lord advocates justice. And be upright in your centre of attention by consenting fully, and invoke Him sincerely as a way of life (deen) the same way He created you that you may return.” (7:29)

      Whatever good happens to you is from God2. Whatever bad happens to you are the consequences of your own deeds. (4:79)

      In other words, whilst a person is given the total freedom of choice in charting their way of life, God stresses the distinction between right and wrong, and there the golden rule applies: God advocates only justice.


      1 The word Thoghut means idols. It includes humans 7:194, prophets and messengers 3: 79-80, religious leaders 9:31, imam or mullahs 39:3, the dead 16:20-21, statues 2:93, personal property 18:42, ego 25:43, jinns 6:100 and also by following a religion 30:31-32.

      2 The Arab religionists teach their followers everything in life is fated or predetermined by God. When a man jumps from the tenth floor or wraps his body with a bomb – they say it was predetermined by God. There are cases after being caught by the police – they tell the court that it was predetermined by God that the girl was raped. They also say it is predetermined that those who follow them will be poor in this world but they will be rich in the hereafter. It is laso predetermined that those in power in Islamic states including the ayatollahs should stack the oil money in Swiss banks under their personal names.

      Deen does not mean religion

      The principal idea of corrupting the word deen of Islam into the commonly accepted meaning of religion originated with the religionists. By means of this oblique device, the religionists effectively set themselves up to control the key to Paradise for all those who come to the Reading. Parallel situations are seen in the context of both the Jews and Christians in terms of their controlling priesthood. Religion, in the vernacular sense of the word, surely ought to have been issued from God to People and not on any other basis.

      Taken from the Arab cult perspective, 5:3 reads:

      Today I have perfected the religion for you and completed My favour upon you, and I decree Islam as the religion’.

      By this simple trick and in the twinkle of an eye, Muslims were enslaved by the concept of the Arab religion. Besides what has been prescribed in 5:3 there are no other decrees that regulate the restrictions in the way of life for people other than these simple injunctions:

      • You are forbidden to marry your own mother, your daughters, your sisters, your father’s sisters, and your mother’s sisters, your brother’s daughters, your sister’s daughters, your foster mother who nursed you, girls nursed by the same woman as you, your mother-in-laws, your step-daughters, and women who were previously married to your sons. (4:23)
      • You are forbidden to associate God with anything, you are forbidden to kill your infants from fear of poverty. You are forbidden to commit gross sins, obvious or hidden, you are forbidden to kill another person, you are forbidden to approach the orphan’s money, you are forbidden from profiteering, you are forbidden to be a false witness for the benefit of yourself or your own relatives. (6:151-152)
      • You are forbidden from doing evil deeds – obvious or hidden sins – or to go against the truth, or to associate God with idols and to attribute lies to Him. (7:33)

      Any sensible person without religious guidance would know the above are morally wrong. Nobody needs a rabbi, or priest, or mullah to tell other people that they are bad. Of course, such injunctions require the application of common sense. However, the Arab religion is predicated on the absence of this very necessity. The u’lema will threaten their followers with hell-fire if they insist on using their common sense. Unfortunately, those who obey the religionists and the u’lema may understand too late and say:

      Had we but listened and used our common sense, we would not be among the companions of the blazing fire. (67:10)

      The prohibitions above are the only clearly forbidden things in God’s way. These four verses spell out all the restrictions or matters which are classified as Haram by the Lord of the Universe. The restrictions on food are repeated in two other verses. That makes a total of six verses containing restrictions out of a total of 6348 verses. There are no other restrictions in other verses in the Reading. If you belong to the Arab religion you will find tome upon tome of prohibitions written by men. Different sects in the Arab religion have different prohibitions and in some sects the primary victims are women. They are forbidden to expose their faces, walk on the street alone, talk to men or travel on public transport and in some extreme cases they are forbidden from attending schools.

      We are constantly reminded by God not to observe ways from any sources other than His:

      To Him belongs everything in the heavens and the earth, and the way of life (deen) shall be for Him alone. Will you observe other than God? (16:52)

      You shall follow what is sent upon you from your Lord, and not follow any idols alongside Him. Only a few of you take heed. (7:3)

      Sadly, those who have been misled by the Arab religion observe a whole host of other things that are purportedly forbidden or Haram. These other prohibitions are based on nothing. Viewed logically, the deen is a catalyst that allows people to discern the true Muslim by observation. It is clear that no one who observes these few simple restrictions can possibly participate in idol-worship. God’s values are perfect in form and function and universal in application. There is no need for anyone to add to them. Adding or taking away anything to these prescribed decrees simply adds to idol worship.

      The situation that people find themselves in today is obvious. People must live for their Lord because He advocates only justice. People are expected to be sincere and focused their commitment to God alone. The big shock for the religionists at this point is that people of both sexes have been granted total freedom of choice as long as they keep these simple rules and do not defy truth and common sense or invent lies and attribute them to God. What could be simpler than that?

      There is no ‘religion’ of God

      There is a world of difference between the definition of the word Islam ordained by God and the Arab religion invented by the religionists which goes by the same name. The word Islam may possibly be the most abused word in the world today.

      Indeed, the deen by God is Islam. (3:19)

      In one simple and straightforward sentence God states that Islam is a deen. The meaning of verse 3:19 literally says:-

      Indeed, the way of life by God is Peacefulness.

      The word Islam means peacefulness. This word is derived from the root S L M or Salam that means ‘Peace’. In 6:54 we are told to greet one another by saying:-

      Peace be upon you” or “Salam-mun alai-kum”.

      The word ad-deen means the way or the order. In no place in the Reading did God ordain Islam as a religion. This is a crucial point to consider.

      What is the difference between religion and deen?

      • A religion consists of a belief in a god or gods, and the activities that are connected with that belief such as prayer or worship or rites in the temple, church, synagogue, or mosque.
      • A deen refers to a way: or method of doing something; or an orderly method of doing something designed (for an action or series of actions) to achieve an objective.

      According to the Reading:

      Religion1 is called shi’ah. It is a system detached from God’s prescribed way of life – or the deen-nil-lah. Religion was created by humans for people to devote themselves to a common entity like – but not limited to – physical entities made from wood, stone, rock, metal or anything tangible. People serve these idols or icons by worshipping them through prayers and religious rites which eventually evolve to become institutionalised and regulated religious obligations.

      The deen is the order in the system conceived by the All-knowing, which allows people to devote themselves to the one, unseen God through His providence sanctioned in His Scriptures. True adherents to this system serve God by committing themselves to do the deeds required by Him in His system so that they can achieve the peacefulness in this world. These obligations require self-sacrifice but are free of the dogmatic practice of ritualised worship or rites. Men and women who believe in God, the final day and observe virtuousness in this life are called Muslims or those who are at peace. Muslim is not a label but it is the state of being of a person who enjoys peacefulness.

      In the Reading the history of Noah is narrated in a surah or a chapter by itself also entitled Noah. The history of the great flood is known to all those who received something of God’s Scripture. Noah was commissioned by God to reform a community, which indulged in serving false gods. His community belonged to a religion.

      It is apparent that two quite different systems existed in Noah’s time. The masses subscribed to the preservation and propagation of a traditional system of praying and worshipping as their way of life. Noah, however, observed his way of life or deen according to God’s system without institutionalised prayer and worship. As soon his home was flooded, he turned to God, saying:

      My Lord, secure me and my parents and anyone who enters my system (bayti-ya) as a believer and all the believing men and believing women. And do not increase the wicked except to destroy. (71:28)

      The religionists say the meaning of the word bayti-ya in this verse is house, the sense being, “… and anyone who enters my house”. Yet, even the gentlest application of reason brings to mind the fact that Noah made his humble request during the great flood from within the ark, which he himself had built. At that very moment, his house was in all probability under the waters of God’s retribution against those who had refused Noah’s call all this time. It is equally clear that since all mankind had been drowned, there would be no one to enter his house. The word bayti-ya as we know it must mean that to which Noah subscribed. Incidentally, the word for ship in the Reading is fulk.

      What then makes a house and a system different?

      • A house is commonly understood as a building in which people live, usually belonging to one family. It is inconceivable that Noah intended that God should forgive people just because they have entered his house, which submerged in the flood. When he implored the Lord of the Universe he was referring to his system which was different from the system of the idol-worshippers.
      • A system, on the other hand, is a way of working, organising, or doing something in which people follow a plan or set of rules. When a situation or activity has the semblance of a system, it means that it has a sense of orderliness or good organisation. It is also a way in which a whole institution or aspect of society has been organised or arranged.

      In Noah’s time people had already lived according to their own invented system of worshipping idols. Noah, however, was serving the Lord of universe alone and had committed himself to God’s prescribed system. When he uttered the word bayti-ya it meant ‘my system‘ – that is the system to which he was committed. We will shortly see that Abraham was directed to the same system, which God calls bayti-ya. Abraham and his son were instructed to cleanse the system of idol-worship for the benefit of the people who were devoted and those who humbled themselves consentingly to God’s providence.

      The Reading says those who observe the way of life marked by ritual prayer and worship belong to the shi-ya’an, (or religions). Those devoted to religion are termed mushrikeen or ‘idol-worshippers’.

      The history of Noah is again mentioned in surah thirty seven alongside the history of Abraham:

      Noah implored Us, and We are the best of responders. We saved him and his family from the great disaster, and We made him and his family the survivors and preserved their history for the later generations. (37:75-78)

      The history of the retribution against Noah’s people was preserved as an example to the people of Abraham. In spite of this, the people of Abraham similarly devoted themselves to false gods. They worshiped and prayed to the gods they created just like the people of Noah did.

      The people of Noah drowned by the flood belonged to the shi-a’tihi (a religion). Similarly the community of Abraham were worshipping and praying to idols. They too, were shi-a’tihi except Abraham.

      Peace be upon Noah, throughout history. We reward the sincere people. Thus he was among the true believers and then We drowned the rest. And surely from a religion that excludes Abraham (min-shi-a’tihi-laa-ibrohim) – who came to his Lord with a blissful heart while he asked his father and his people, “What are you serving? It is false gods besides God that you need? What do you make out of the Lord of the Universe?” (37:79-87)

      Abraham was living in a community whose people were enslaved with the idea of serving idols. When he discovered that God is the One who initiated the heavens and the Earth and it is the only One that is worthy to be served – he went to his people to demonstrate simple logic.

      He said to his father and his people. “What are these statues that you serve”? They said, “We found our ancestors doing it”. He said, “Surely you and your ancestors are totally wrong”. They said, “Have you brought the truth, or are you just kidding”? He said, “No! Your true Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the Earth who created you and your ancestors. This is what I testify to – by God! as soon as you leave, I will proof to you something about your statues”. Then he broke the small idols leaving the biggest one so that they could use it as reference. Later they asked, “Who did this to our gods, he must be crazy”? A few of them said, “We heard a youth threaten them – his name is Abraham”. They said, “Then bring him in front of the people so that they may bear witness”. They asked him, “Did you do this to our gods, Abraham”? He replied, “It must be the biggest one who did it – why not you ask him – perhaps it could speak”? They conferred with each other and said, “Indeed it is you who are guilty”. In spite of that they reverted against their own common sense and said, “You know very well it cannot speak”. Then he said, “Do you then serve besides God what is too powerless to benefit or harm you”?

      From the above lesson we learn that people who are shackled by their religious belief are extremely dangerous and they are willing to pass unreasonable judgement on others who ask them to use their common sense. This is a typical example of all organised religions. They are conditioned by their masters to defy common sense.

      A religion is a concept requiring rituals or rites focused on physical icons enabling people to see what they worshipped. This singular attribute, according to the Reading, marks it as a religion. After all, who would choose to show the Glory of God in something tangible and man-made?

      A Deen on the other hand, is a way of life sanctioned either by men or by God Himself. When God says, “you shall not serve except Me“, it means that we are to observe only what is sanctioned by Him. These sanctions were revealed to the various prophets. In the Reading it is known as Deen-nil-lah or God’s prescribed way of life. Hence, we find many passages in the Reading instructing people to obey God and obey the messengers so that they not be diverted from God’s prescribed sanctions under the pretext of a particular religion. God’s deen requires His servants to manifest their faith in practical acts of charity and deeds. His way is a series of decrees that must be translated into actions as the way of life. For example, God’s covenant revealed through all the prophets requires His servants to observe the decrees listed below. Anyone can undertake to fulfil their covenant with God by upholding these prescribed decrees without consulting the priests of any religion:

      • Your Lord has decreed that you shall not serve other than Him.
      • You shall honour your parents for as long as they live, one of them or both of them.
      • You shall not speak harshly to them nor mistreat them.
      • You shall speak amicably to people and do not utter any lies.
      • You shall regard the relatives, the orphans, and the poor.
      • You shall not kill your children from fear of poverty.
      • You shall not commit adultery, for it is a vice.
      • You shall not kill anyone, for taking of life is made forbidden.
      • You shall not touch the orphans’ money except for their own good.
      • You shall give full measure when you trade and weigh with an equitable balance.
      • You shall not accept anything that you yourself cannot ascertain.
      • You shall be perfectly honest when you serve as a witness, even if it is against yourself, your parents, or your relatives whether the defendant is rich or poor.
      • You shall give to charity from God’s provisions, which He has entrusted to you.
      • You shall strive in the path of God (fi-sabi-lil-lah) against those who strive against you, but not aggress.
      • You shall fulfil your commitments and humble yourself with those who are humble.
      • You are not to be arrogant, nor to walk in pride. God does not love the boastful, the arrogant. Be humble as you walk and lower your voice.
      • Eat from everything that is lawful and good, and do not follow the step of the Devil, he is your ardent enemy. He directs you towards vice and evil and to invent lies and attribute them to God.

      This is part of the prescribed way and the wisdom sanctioned by God in the Reading. People, from the times of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad have been committed to these values. They observe these values in an orderly manner (as a deen). Common sense tells us that in order to achieve results these values must be translated into deeds. Worship or ritual prayers are irrelevant. Therefore, religion and deen are distinctly different.

      People are expected to serve the Creator by observing the prescribed orders.

      He has decreed for you the same deen enjoined upon Noah and what is revealed herein, and what was decreed for Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. You shall uphold the one deen and not be segregated. It is simply too difficult for the idol-worshippers to accept what you advocate. (42:13)

      Be penitent to God, observe Him, uphold your commitments and do not fall into idol-worship. And do not be with those who change the deen into religion (shi-ya-‘an) each sectarian is happy with what they have. (30:31-32)

      Traditionally, the word shi’ah is translated as sect. Sects have long been associated with principal differences in a religious context. God however, has no interest in sectarianism. All the religions in this world are the same. The faithful congregate. They form groups to a common cause in public. They worship and pray ritually to different shapes of idols be it a wall, cross, star, crescent or a square house or other images made from the materials which themselves owe their existence to the true God. That is the extent of difference between religion and the deen as far as the Reading is concerned.

      For example, while prescribing good and lawful foods God proclaimed that He has perfected the deen. He says: ‘Today I have perfected the deen for you and completed My favour upon you, and decreed Islam (peacefulness) as the deen’. This is in the middle of the subject about food.

      Taken literally and substituting the concept of deen with religion, this decree becomes absurd. In 26:195-196 the Reading says: ‘It came in the clear Arabic tongue and it contains the same message of the previous Scriptures‘. This means that the message in the Reading is consistent with all other previous Scriptures. God perfected a deen for His servants after detailing His covenant on food. God has not forbidden any food in this world except for the decaying meat, blood, carrion, any animal that dies through violent death and food consecrated to idols. This is the deen (or the orderly way) sanctioned by God in His system. There shouldn’t be any other prohibitions added to it by anyone. There is nothing religious about it. It is merely a dietary restriction based on good hygiene.

      Restricted to you are the meat from the animals that die of themselves, blood, decaying meat2, and food dedicated to other than God. Also, the animal that has been strangled to death, the animal struck by an object, the animal that dies from falling from a height, the animal that is gored to death, the animal that is partially eaten by a predator unless you have rescued it alive, the food dedicated to idols and meat divided by means of casting lots. These are abominations. Today, the disbelievers are in despair about your deen. Do not fear them and fear Me instead. Today, I have perfected the deen for you and completed My favour upon you, and I decree Islam as the deen for you. (5:3)

      The word deen is mentioned three times in the verse above, instructing believers in simple and clear terms to observe what only God had sanctioned. There is nothing religious about not eating carrion or animals gored to death. Similarly, there is nothing religious about not eating decaying meat. It is simply an order prescribed from the One who has created you, and intended for your good. This directive supersedes all other dietary restrictions before it. A person who serves God alone is one who sincerely observes the limits prescribed by Him alone. That is the essence of the perfect order of life of Islam.

      We have revealed to you this Scripture truthfully, therefore serve God alone. Be sincere to Him in the way of life (deen). (39:2)

      Sincerely consenting to the prescribed limits sanctioned by Him in the deen is to serve Him. That is all it says. Simple. In this simple decree, God has reinforced the concept of His words to His servants around the world irrespective of colour or language. Islam is simple, the Reading is simple. However, bear in mind that simple here does not mean easy. God’s enemies will unceasingly try to divert men and women from His path by sanctioning additional set of prohibitions. In order to overcome the predicament we are told to be sincerely committed to Him alone:-

      Seek help through perseverance and be committed. This is difficult indeed, but not for those who are sincere who realise that they will meet their Lord that they will ultimately return to Him. (2:45-46)

      I reiterate my stand that there is no such thing as the Islamic religion. There is, undoubtedly, the peacefulness of an orderly way of life sanctioned by God. It is our responsibility as His servants to consent to His will by observing only His prescribed way. Let us now explore the logic behind this requirement of Islam.

      • It is God who grants life and death.
      • It is God who keeps the creation in perfect balance.
      • It is God who makes us happy or miserable.
      • It is God who creates the human, male and female, from a drop of liquid and then from ‘something which clings’, then He gives it life as an infant. Then some reach full strength and get to become old, and others die earlier. It is God who determines our time of life and death, nobody else.
      • It is God who makes us rich or poor.
      • It is God who provides everything in exact measure.
      • To Him belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth.
      • There is no god but Him.

      Out of mercy He revealed His guidance to mankind so that they enjoy a peaceful life in this world and a peaceful life the hereafter. Those who are vigilant and consent to His will and believe in Him alone have grasped the strongest bond that never breaks. His message to all mankind:

      O mankind, you shall serve your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you might become observant. (2:21)

      I have not created the jinn and the humans except to serve me alone (51:56)

      There are people who take God for granted by denying Him as the Lord of the Universe. No matter how hard we try to deny His existence and power – we cannot escape from reality that He gives life and He takes it back. Our natural instincts as humans tell us that there is an unseen super power somewhere out there who has created everything in existence and maintains it in perfect balance. The Reading tells us that there is only one God and that God is common to all people. Of course there are ungrateful people who believe that there is no such a thing as God because they have deconstructed a simple process in the complexity of the grand design, and then claim they have deconstructed God Himself. Strangely there are among them who concede that there is ‘something out there’ or a ‘higher intelligent energy’ they just do not want to call it God. A number of them are rebelling against the dogma of religion and a God that has been personified by all the religions in many ways. In a way they are right with their misunderstanding. They consider it an act of irrationality to believe in an Unseen Creator. The majority of them however, had deliberately denied the faculty of reason that points everything to the existence of the Creator, including the frontiers of physics for example.

      Surely there is a distinction between appreciating mere glimpse of the Glory of the Creator through the reflection of His creations against understanding the ‘essence’ of it. We are fortunate to have been given some information about the existence of this Invisible Supreme Power from the Reading. Although no vision could ever encompass IT, but it has the power to know everything in the skies and on land and in the sea. Not a single leaf falls without its knowledge, nor a seed in the darkness of the soil, nor anything that is wet or dry. We are only able to see His signs in the sky and on Earth. In His grand design He has been compassionate and merciful towards us by creating a water cycle system to provide us with pure and clean water from the sky without which we are deprived of our basic need. In 11:7 it says God made the water a requisite for every living organism and science has proven that life begins with water and nothing could survive on this planet without it – including those who say ‘there is no such thing as God‘. If we reflect on the water cycle alone, how He created the exact balance of heat gravity to cause vapours to be lifted from within the forest trees, rivers, seas and the pools to form the clouds, we could not fathom His power of creation. It is not surprising to find in the Reading that among other attributes He is depicted as Compassionate, Merciful, Powerful Energy, Pure, Peaceful, and Caring, nothing could match its Supremacy and Might, and He is above all dignity. It has the ability to create and design everything in the heavens and Earth in perfect balance.

      The Reading says everything in the heaven and Earth are glorifying Him every passing second including whatever is in between them and whatever is beneath the soil – except the best creature among His creations – a gene that possesses ego. It also tells us that mankind has never been appreciative towards Him. Obviously as God – He did not forget to tell us, “I don’t need any of you – you are the one who needs Me – therefore you are free to believe or disbelieve in Me!

      However, He gives us a very simple illustration in sura 2:258 of His power by saying that He is the one that brings the sun from the east and that, if there is anyone who wishes to deny Him or challenge His authority, we should ask such a person to bring the sun from the west if they can. Thus, is there anyone who wishes to take up the challenge today? If not, they should kill their egos and try to be humble with those who are humble.

      It has been decreed that those who add even one extra ruling or regulation beyond that which was prescribed by God are His manifest enemies. They have rejected what God had sanctioned. And those who obey these additional restrictions are not consenting to God’s decrees, rather, they have been misled by the Devil. The Reading is very clear on this matter when God says, ‘Do not testify as they do, and do not follow their opinions’.3

      Summon your witnesses who can testify that God has prohibited this or that4. Even if they testify, do not testify as they do, and do not follow the passions of those who reject Our revelations, those who disbelieve in the Hereafter, and set up idols alongside God. (6:150)

      Those consenting to God must uphold their covenants and they may eat any food palatable to them except what He had sanctioned in His Scripture.


      1 Religion is defined in the Chambers Encyclopaedic English Dictionary as 1. A belief in, or the worship of a god or gods. 2. A particular system of belief or worship, such as Christianity or Judaism. 3. Anything to which one is totally devoted and which rules one’s life. 4. The monastic way of life. [from Latin religio]

      2 The word Khin literally means rotten, stink or bad – Ziri means that you see. Khinziri does not refer to swine – a livestock that is part of God’s provisions to mankind (5:1 & 6:142). It is obvious the prohibition is limited to the nature and condition of the food – not the species of animals. It is illogical to imagine that God in His wisdom created swine and allows it to be domesticated and then prohibits its meat. Wildlife hunting is permitted – wild boars are not mentioned as prohibited game. In 5:60 God uses the word kh-na-zi-ro to signify stinking as the state of condition of a person – but religionists say humans can become pigs.

      3 i.e. those who create laws on food more than the Quranic injunctions.

      4 The Jews introduced the Kosher – Arab religionists rejected the Quran to follow the Jews and declared food as Halal and Haram. 6:138 says: ‘They said, “These livestock and crops are prohibited, and no one shall eat them, unless we say so“, according to their claim’.


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