|Posted by James Flynn on July 10, 2013 at 5:20 PM|
This chapter gets it's name from verses 136-139, where pagans are mentioned, and it is made clear that they are misguided about how they view certain livestock. It is not written in a very straightforward fashion, but the general gist of it is that they apportion a share of the produce and livestock to their idols aswell as god, therefore igniting god's unapproval.
This sura starts in the same pleasant way as all other sura's by stating "In the name of god,the lord of mercy, the giver of mercy". Which is very nice indeed, until however, you read on, and god shows a bit of a jealous side.
God emphasises the fact that he created heaven and earth, and yet there are disbelievers who create equals to him (Basically meaning that some people do not regard him as important, or think of him as one of many other gods).
God then goes on to criticize what most unbelievers say. For eg, unbelievers say "why did god not send an angel messenger, instead of a man messenger?" (meaning Muhammed). This means that basically if people had seen an actual angel, then they would have no choice but to believe.
God's reply to this is that even if he had sent an angel down to directly speak to people, they still would not believe. And then he says, "and if an angel had been sent, we would still have sent him in the form of a man, therefore increasing the confusion of unbelievers".
What?! Why would he want to do that?
For what purpose would confusing everyone serve? It's almost as if god wants people to not believe. It's a very strange thing for a god to do if you think about it. You create earth, and then create life, and then rather than show your face and speak to everyone so that they definately know that you exist, you play games like this. With bewilderment, I read on......
The subject of polytheists is mentioned in this chapter. And it is made clear that the Quran was revealed to warn people that there is only one god.
And unbelievers are reminded once again that if they say that these are just ancient fables, then they will stand before the fire, because they are liars. Unbelievers say things like "there is nothing beyond our life in this world, we shall not be raised from dead". God makes it clear that when they are stood before him, he will say "taste the torment for having disbelieved".
For anyone reading this thinking that I am deliberately making this chapter sound bad, i'm honestly not, i'm just putting down what I have read.
There is also a comment here about disbelievers having to drink boiling water in hell, which is quite disturbing, and speaks for itself really.
Another section reveals that creatures that crawl and fly with wings are communities like yourself, and in the end they too will be gathered to the lord (presumably if an insect does not believe in god, it too will suffer the flames of hell?.....).
There is more emphasis on god being the one and only once again later on in this chapter, and that people who believe that there are others equal to him (ie- jesus etc) are very wrong indeed.
The reader is informed that god made the stars so humans could use them to navigate at night on land and sea. And also that he brings water from the sky to grow crops and plants etc, and these are all clues as to his existence. (Again, why drop subtle hints? Why not make people certain he is there?)
There is talk at the end of this sura about people making "jinn" equal to god. "Jinn" is apparently unseen beings, something said to appear from smokeless fire. Of course these people were wrong as god would be way above these beings.
The reason as to why god created these "jinn" creatures is not mentioned, but I presume that they too will have to stand before god on the final day.
The sura comes to an end after one final rant about god having 100% control over everything and him being the one and only.
This is not one of the best sura's in my opinion, not by any means. I found it to be a whole chapter of jealousy and ego filled rants. But who knows what the rest of the book has in store?...