|Posted by James Flynn on June 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM|
This sura is titled "women" because it contains quite a few rules regarding women and marriage.
Again, there is a handful of decent advise in this chapter thrown in amongst some harsh, brutal advice too.
There is a paragraph or two regarding orphans and how they should be treated fairly, and rules regarding a kind of inheritance system.
Basically, there are some quite precise rules which seemed ok, and it was also mentioned that men and women get a share of what parents leave behind, and if there are poor and needy people around at the time, then give them some too, which is a pretty good bit of advice.
Unfortunately just about every page is filled with the usual warnings about how unbelievers await an agonizing torment, and that you better not break the rules that are set out otherwise you will suffer for it etc etc.
And this is not an exaggeration either. I think every page more or less is there to just drum into the reader that god controls everything, and if you believe and obey, you will be fine, but if you are an unbeliever then agonizing torment awaits.
My favourite rant in this chapter is when god says that anyone who rejects the revelations will burn in the fire until their skin has been burned away, and then god will give them new skin just so they can suffer some more. But if you believe, you get to live in a nice garden with a stream. Don't believe me? Read it for yourself below......
This is just one of many threats contained whin this sura, but other preachings that I noted down was the fact that you can have up to four wives(this almost made me want to convert) and other rules regarding women that were a little bit biased.
One rule, broken down into my own words, basically went like this.....
If a women commits a lewd act, call four witnesses, then if she admits to guilt, keep her at home until death. Not for a few weeks/months, but literally until death. Or until god shows another way of sorting it out. It then goes on to say if two men commit lewd act, punish them, then if they mend their ways, leave them alone - "god is full of mercy!".
Being a man does have it's perks.
As far as I can tell so far, muslims can drink alcohol, but cannot pray whilst intoxicated. You can walk through a mosque intoxicated as long as you don't speak to god, and if you have had intercourse then you must wash before passing through.
"People of the book are mentioned in the quran, and I have worked out that this means people of the bible basically.
There is a message for people of the book to stop thinking too highly of Jesus, for he was only a messenger, and to stop talking of a holy trinity. I can't really tell whether this is good advise or bad because I have never read the bible(maybe that will be my next book).
There are messages in here that are a bit worrying too. Believers are basically given permission to kill unbelievers if they turn on you, and act in a ruthless manner towards them. I have added a paragraph here for you to read.....
I was hoping for a peaceful book, there is some nice messages in here, but it seems to be aimed at believers only.
Maybe the rest of the book will get better.