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TRANSLATION OF QURAN
BY DR. QAMAR ZAMAN
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آیات
سورۃ
نمبر
1-7 الفَاتِحَة -1
1-286 البَقَرَة -2
1-200 آل عِمرَان -3
1-176 النِّسَاء -4
1-120 المَائدة -5
1-165 الاٴنعَام -6
1-206 الاٴعرَاف -7
1-75 الاٴنفَال -8
1-129 التّوبَة -9
1-109 یُونس -10
1-123 هُود -11
1-111 یُوسُف -12
1-43 الرّعد -13
1-52 إبراهیم -14
1-99 الحِجر -15
1-128 النّحل -16
1-111 بنیٓ اسرآئیل / الإسرَاء -17
1-110 الکهف -18
1-98 مَریَم -19
1-135 طٰه -20
1-112 الاٴنبیَاء -21
1-78 الحَجّ -22
1-118 المؤمنون -23
1-64 النُّور -24
1-77 الفُرقان -25
1-227 الشُّعَرَاء -26
1-93 النَّمل -27
1-88 القَصَص -28
1-69 العَنکبوت -29
1-60 الرُّوم -30
1-34 لقمَان -31
1-30 السَّجدَة -32
1-73 الاٴحزَاب -33
1-54 سَبَإ -34
1-45 فَاطِر -35
1-83 یسٓ -36
1-182 الصَّافات -37
1-88 صٓ -38
1-75 الزُّمَر -39
1-85 المؤمن / غَافر -40
1-54 حٰمٓ السجدة / فُصّلَت -41
1-54 القَمَر -54
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ISLAM
ISLAM & TERRORISM
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terrorist are not able to call them human biengs!
Add Your Comments  Question by: ZAHIR On 08 January 2010
Comments by: Zubair On 13 January 2010
Terrorists are not Muslims  
 
Dear Brother Zahir,  
 
You are absolutely right. Islam means peace and total submission to God Almighty alone, not any other deity. These terrorists chose to submit to Satan.  
 
In my humble view the definition of a Muslim is the one who is in peace with his/her Creator, himself/herself, his/her family, neighbors, community, and the world around him/her. Also, nobody feels unsafe in his/her company. Now please take a look at these terrorists. Are they in peace with themselves, their Creator, or anybody else? Do they provide any peace to others? These misfits destroy God’s most precious and wonderful creation “Life” and expect rewards in the form of 72 virgins and countless slaves. They are a disgrace and a blot on the face of humanity. Their destination is Hell. God Almighty clearly warns us that He does not guide/love evildoers (Zalmeen) and spreaders of corruption (Mufsideen). Please study the verses 2:205, 2:258, 3:57, 3:86, 5:64.  

Comments by: Dr. Qamar Zaman On 16 January 2010
Dear brothers  
I agree with Zubair Bhai that a Muslim is the one who provides safety to others and a Momin is the one who provides safety to others.Both the words are self explanatory.The sura 59 ayat 23 says God is Salam and Momin .  
God is not Salam and Momin because of any faith but because he cares.

Comments by: Zubair On 17 January 2010
Dear Brother Dr. Qamar,  
 
Thanks for bringing verse 59:23 to our attention. Here is Dr. Shabbir Ahmed’s translation of this verse.  
 
59:23 He is God; there is no god besides Him (no deity, no law-giver and none worthy of worship or obedience)! The King Supreme, the Impeccable, the Peace and the Source of all peace, the Guardian of faith and security, the Watcher over all things, the Majestic, All Powerful, the Superb. Glorious is God, far above what they ascribe unto Him.  
 
Like you, I do not believe God needs us worship Him. What God needs from us is total submission or obedience. We cannot prove our total submission or obedience to God until we take His Message to heart and live our lives according to its teachings. If “Muslims” have had understood this fact, they would not be in such a sad and sorry state.  
 
Dr. Shabbir has used the term “worship” on several occasions in QXP. I believe this is just an innocent oversight, as he does not approve Namaz, which is a form of worship. I will bring this to his attention.  
 
In another verse God Almighty informs us that He is on the Straight Path. Would you please help me locate this verse?  
 
If God is Peace and on the Straight Path, we too can join Him on the Straight Path by living in peace and providing peace to fellow human beings. Terrorists, who call themselves Muslims, are doing the opposite. They do not let others live in peace. Consequently, they themselves do not live in peace either. Evidently, they are not on the Straight Path.  
 
Next, I will share with you my message sent to Dr. Shabbir regarding verse 5:33, which terrorists often cite to justify torturing and killing of nonbelievers as well as fellow Muslims who do not support them.  
 
Zubair  

Comments by: Zubair On 17 January 2010
Did God give “Muslims” a green light to torture and kill nonbelievers?  
 
Dear Brother Dr. Shabbir,  
 
I promised in my email to bring to your attention those verses whose translation or interpretation needs revision. Let us begin with verse 5:33, which is a favorite of the terrorists. They consider it a legal injection or green light from God Almighty to “punish” those (including fellow Muslims) they deem enemy of God and His apostle. In brief they commit bloody crimes on the earth in the name of God.  
 
5:33 The just punishment for those who wage war against God and His Messenger and endeavor to commit bloody crimes on earth, is that they be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet severed on alternate sides, or be entirely banished from the land. Such is their disgrace in this world, and an awful suffering awaits them in the Hereafter. (QXP IV)  
 
Most traditional commentators consider the above verse a legal injection and translate it likewise. However, this type of cruel punishment does not befit the Most Merciful God. Moreover, God Almighty claims that He does not wrong people; people wrong themselves (16:33 & 16:118). Further, taking into account the syntax and semantics of the Arabic language, one can see that the above verse depicts the behavior of those who reject God and His apostle. They disregard all moral values and commit bloody crimes against people as well as each other. That is what was going on during the life time of Prophet Muhammad. The armies of two super powers, Rome and Persia, were engaged in a bloody war. And both sides were committing all those crimes mentioned in this verse, i.e. torturing, killing, mutilating bodies, wiping out whole populations of the towns from the face of earth, and so on.  
 
Allama Muhammad Asad rejected traditional commentators’ interpretation of this verse. I suggest we do the same and, thus, send a clear warning to all terrorists, i.e. God Almighty did not give you a green light to torture and kill nonbelievers or other Muslims, who do not agree with you.  
 
Here is Allama Asad’s translation and commentary of the above verse.  
 
5:33 It is but a just recompense for those who make war on God and His apostle, and endeavour to spread corruption on earth, that they are being slain in great numbers, or crucified in great numbers, or have, in result of their perverseness, their hands and feet cut off in great numbers, or are being [entirely] banished from [the face of] the earth: such is their ignominy in this world. But in the life to come [yet more] awesome suffering awaits them–  
 
The term "apostle" is evidently generic in this context. By "making war on God and His apostle" is meant a hostile opposition to, and willful disregard of, the ethical precepts ordained by God and explained by all His apostles, combined with the conscious endeavour to destroy or undermine other people's belief in God as well.  
 
In classical Arabic idiom, the "cutting off of one's hands and feet" is often synonymous with "destroying one's power", and it is possibly in this sense that the expression has been used here. Alternatively, it might denote "being mutilated", both physically and metaphorically - similar to the (metonymical) use of the expression "being crucified" in the sense of "being tortured". The phrase min khilaf - usually rendered as "from opposite sides"- is derived from the verb khalafahu, "he disagreed with him", or "opposed him", or "acted contrarily to him": consequently, the primary meaning of min khilaf is "in result of contrariness" or "of perverseness".  
 
Most of the classical commentators regard this passage as a legal injunction, and interpret it, therefore, as follows: "The recompense of those who make war on God and His apostle and spread corruption on earth shall but be that they shall be slain, or crucified, or that their hands and feet be cut off on opposite sides, or that they shall be banished from the earth: such shall be their ignominy in this world." This interpretation is, however, in no way warranted by the text, and this for the following reasons:  
 
(a) The four passive verbs occurring in this sentence - "slain", "crucified", "cut off" and "banished" - are in the present tense and do not, by themselves, indicate the future or, alternatively, the imperative mood.  
 
(b) The form yuqattalu does not signify simply "they are being slain" or (as the commentators would have it) "they shall be slain", but denotes - in accordance with a fundamental rule of Arabic grammar - "they are being slain in great numbers"; and the same holds true of the verbal forms yusallabu ("they are being crucified in great numbers") and tuqatta'a ("cut off in great numbers"). Now if we are to believe that these are "ordained punishments", it would imply that great numbers - but not necessarily all - of "those who make war on God and His apostle" should be punished in this way: obviously an inadmissible assumption of arbitrariness on the part of the Divine Law-Giver. Moreover, if the party "waging war on God and His apostle" should happen to consist of one person only, or of a few, how could a command referring to "great numbers" be applied to them or to him?  
 
(c) Furthermore, what would be the meaning of the phrase, "they shall be banished from the earth", if the above verse is to be taken as a legal injunction? This point has, indeed, perplexed the commentators considerably. Some of them assume that the transgressors should be "banished from the land [of Islam]": but there is no instance in the Qur'an of such a restricted use of the term "earth" (ard). Others, again, are of the opinion that the guilty ones should be imprisoned in a subterranean dungeon, which would constitute their "banishment from [the face of] the earth"!  
 
(d) Finally - and this is the weightiest objection to an interpretation of the above verse as a "legal injunction" - the Qur'an places exactly the same expressions referring to mass-crucifixion and mass-mutilation (but this time with a definite intent relating to the future) in the mouth of Pharaoh, as a threat to believers (see 7:124, 20:71 and 26:49). Since Pharaoh is invariably described in the Qur'an as the epitome of evil and godlessness, it is inconceivable that the same Qur'an would promulgate a divine law in precisely the terms which it attributes elsewhere to a figure characterized as an "enemy of God".  
 
In short, the attempt of the commentators to interpret the above verse as a "legal injunction" must be categorically rejected, however great the names of the persons responsible for it. On the other hand, a really convincing interpretation suggests itself to us at once as soon as we read the verse - as it ought to be read - in the present tense: for, read in this way, the verse reveals itself immediately as a statement of fact - a declaration of the inescapability of the retribution which "those who make war on God" bring upon themselves. Their hostility to ethical imperatives causes them to lose sight of all moral values; and their consequent mutual discord and "perverseness" gives rise to unending strife among themselves for the sake of worldly gain and power: they kill one another in great numbers, and torture and mutilate one another in great numbers, with the result that whole communities are wiped out or, as the Qur'an puts it, "banished from [the face of] the earth". It is this interpretation alone that takes full account of all the expressions occurring in this verse - the reference to "great numbers" in connection with deeds of extreme violence, the "banishment from the earth", and, lastly, the fact that these horrors are expressed in the terms used by Pharaoh, the "enemy of God".  

Comments by: aurangzaib On 19 January 2010Report Abuse
Al-Quran: 5/33  
Some historical Data is being given below to substantiate and corroborate Brother Zubair's under-quoted comments:-  
The comments (excerpts only):  
"Further, taking into account the syntax and semantics of the Arabic language, one can see that the above verse depicts the behavior of those who reject God and His apostle. They disregard all moral values and commit bloody crimes against people as well as each other. That is what was going on during the life time of Prophet Muhammad. The armies of two super powers, Rome and Persia, were engaged in a bloody war. And both sides were committing all those crimes mentioned in this verse, i.e. torturing, killing, mutilating bodies, wiping out whole populations of the towns from the face of earth, and so on."  
The quote of Brother Zubair from Allama Mohammad Asad:  
"5:33 It is but a just recompense for those who make war on God and His apostle, and endeavour to spread corruption on earth, that they are being slain in great numbers, or crucified in great numbers, or have, in result of their perverseness, their hands and feet cut off in great numbers, or are being [entirely] banished from [the face of] the earth: such is their ignominy in this world. But in the life to come [yet more] awesome suffering awaits them– "  
 
The Historical Data in support of the above:  
 
570 AD: Birth of Prophet Mohammad pbuh  
578 AD: Accession of Hurmuz the 5th to the Sassanide throne  
589 AD: Accession of Khusru Pervaiz: the Sassanide power at their climax.  
610-620: A chain of fierce battles between Sassanides and Romans.  
611: Antioch and Apamia captured by Sassanids.  
612: Cappadocia attacked.  
614: Damascus captured from the possession of Romans.  
615: Jerusalem captured and the True Cross snatched from Romans.  
615: Pelusium and Alexandria captured.  
616: Egypt captured.  
617: Calcedon captured.  
617: Sassanide armies reached one mile's distance from Constantinople. Chaos in the Byzantine empire.  
620: Anqara and Rhodes captured.  
622: Sassanide General Shahrbraaz at last defeated in Issus.  
623 Romans raid Lazica and Armenia.  
623: Khusru Pervaiz moves backwards.  
624: Second advance of Roman armies towards Armenia.  
624: General Shahrbraaz defeated again.  
624: Arzanene attacked, Amida and Martyropolis captured; Cilesia attacked.  
625: The battle of Sarus; Gen. Shahrbraaz defeated.  
626: Confrontation between Great Sassanide Empire and Avars.  
626: Sassanids and Avars' two pronged attack against great Byzantine Empire and  
the Battle of Constantinople. Sassanids and Avars defeated.  
627: Byzantine armies advanced and attacked Assiriya and Mesopotamia.  
Sassanids defeated near Ninevah. Khusru Pervaiz runs for life. Caesar Hercules  
advances up to Madaain (Ctesiphon). Khusru Pervaiz killed.  
628: Qabaad the 2nd, enters into Agreement with Caesar. Gets his brothers killed.  
629: The plague outbreak.  
629: Gen. Shahrbraaz' revolt and his murder.  
629-634 Disintegration of the great Sassanide empire.  
632: Departure of my Lord pbuh from this mortal world.  
(Archives: Source: Ummat ka Bohraan by Asraar Alam)  

Comments by: Mubashir On 27 January 2010 Edit DeleteReport Abuse
With regards to terrorism, we must remind ourselves that no amount of injustice done to Muslims anywhere can ever justify the taking of innocent life.

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