Statutory Warning: All Religions are Equally Stupid
Holy cow, what are you saying?
Are my eyes playing tricks on me?
SI, are you really saying God (Allah) has given me the green light to screw my wife any which way I fancy.
Bet you schmucks never thought Allah would be so broadminded, did ya? 😉
Yes, Allah is in some ways.
No kidding, fellas.
Sex and Women
We’ve read 286 Aya (verses) in the Quran so far and will pore over a lot more before our Quranic train reaches its destination.
But it’s safe to say the following will likely be our favorite line from the Quran:
Your wives are your fields, so go into your fields whichever way you like.
– Sura 2, Aya 223
As we understand it, in the above verse Allah is essentially granting Muslim men carte blanche to plow into their wives any which way they choose.
Not for Allah’s acolytes the banality or straitjacket of the missionary pose. 😉
Lest you dolts be tempted to think we’re being flippant, let’s provide some ballast for our point by falling back on the translator’s notes. As Prof Abdel Haleem explains in the footnote to the above (favorite) verse: When the Muslims emigrated to Medina, they heard from the Jews that a child born from a woman approached from behind would have a squint. p.25
You see, the Jews had it all wrong.
Having provided the all-clear sign, God (Allah) stops there for the Quran is no Kama Sutra, the porn pillow of the Hindu chutiyas.
But if God (Allah) is liberal in his sexual outlook, he’s also restrictive in his sexual commandments, forbidding, for instance, sex when the wife is menstruating:
Menstruation is a painful condition, so keep away from women during it. Do not approach them until they are cleansed; when they are cleansed, you may approach them as God has ordained. – Sura 2, Aya 222
Oh well, those were the pre-Prophylactic days. And we don’t blame God for such quaint notions.
Hey, what are the odds that this diktat is obeyed given the hyper-priapic impulses of men, even Muslim men.
Seriously, Allah was an emancipated God.
Ahead of the times (7th Century AD), in many respects.
Take for instance divorce.
Unlike the restrictive covenants in the caste-fouled Hinduism, Allah was generous and liberal towards women.
Divorced women could remarry after three months (Sura 2, aya 228) and were entitled to ‘fair’ maintenance as well (Sura 2, Aya 241).
Hear that Shah Bano!
Again, unlike the horrible time endured by countless Hindus widows Allah decreed that Muslim widows could remarry after waiting for four months and ten days. Bravo.
By the way, in this installment we’re discussing Sura (sections) 1 and 2 (the longest) of the Quran.
These two Suras, particularly, the second, cover vast ground. as we’ve seen above.
From menstruation to sex to divorce to prayer, it seems Allah left few topics uncovered in his message to Muhammed. And we still have 112 Sura (sections) to go.
By the way, Haleem’s version does not use the word Allah but God although our Indian Mussulman Yusuf Ali’s version of the Quran employs the word Allah.
Hey, did we hear someone yell giddyap?
OK, here we go.
Hold tight fellas, for the road ahead is riddled with potholes, a very rough road hereafter.
As with all religions that invariably claim their gospel is superior to all others or the sole hope for mankind, Quran does the same for Islam sowing the seeds for undying enmity with the Jews and Christians (and later the Hindus).
The following verse leaves no doubt. None at all.
Your God is the one God: there is no god except Him, The Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy. (Sura 2, Aya 163)
With such a strong, provocative verse, is it any surprise then that the foundation for Islam’s inevitable clash with Christians and Jews is laid in this Sura.
The Jews and Christians will never be pleased with you unless you follow their ways. Say, ‘God’s guidance is the only true guidance.’ If you were to follow their desires after the knowledge that has come to you, you would find no one to protect you from God or help you. (Sura 2, Aya 120)
Again, strong, unambiguous words setting the stage for sanguinary battles with other religions.
Chronicles of the the clash of civilizations foretold?
For a holy book, the Quran devotes considerable space to a lot of non-religious stuff.
Things like debt, charity, business, usury, orphans et al find a place in the holy book.
For instance, the Quran forbids usury in clear terms and also highlights the importance of written contracts with witnesses for debts.
God has allowed trade but forbidden usury. Whoever, on receiving God’s warning, stops taking usury may keep his past gains – God will be his judge – but whoever goes back to usury will be an inhabitant of the Fire there to remain. God blights usury but blesses charitable deeds. (Sura 2, Aya 276)
Ever Threatening, Ever Merciful, Ever Powerful
Three refrains stand out all through Sura 1 and 2 – the ad infinitum threats God hurls at disbelievers or the disobedient, his ‘merciful’ nature and his all ‘powerful’ quality.
God warns disbelievers of ‘agonizing torment’ and the Fire’ and the ‘plague’ sent down from the heavens.
Beware of the Fire prepared for the disbelievers, whose fuel is men and stones. (Sura 2, Aya 24)
If there’s the stick of the Fire for the disbeliever, there’s also the blandishment of the carrot for the believer:
Give those who believe and do good the news that they will have gardens graced with flowing streams….they are given sustenance from the fruits of these Gardens. (Sura 2, Aya 25)
Before we close this installment, it’d be folly not to mention the opening lines of the Quran, lines that are repeated at the beginning of every Sura except one:
In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy
You might more easily recognize the above translation by its Arabic equivalent
b-ismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm
Indian scholar Yusuf Ali translates the above as:
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
God – Allah
Sura – Section
Aya – Verse
SI Reads the Quran – 1; Fasten Your Seat-belts
SI Reads the Quran – 2; Poke Your Wife Any Way You Wish, Allah Has No Objections
SI Reads the Quran -3; Allah No Bra-Burning Feminist
SI Reads the Quran 4 – Allah, Spiritual Father of Stalin
SI Reads the Quran 5; Allah Soft on Pork, Hard on Christians, Jews