According to the Quran we are living on a flat, fixed, immovable, stationary earth inside the firmament of the sky.
Yeah, I know, it sounds mad – or will do if you haven’t looked at flat earth in depth.
Here, I don’t set out to convince you. I just lay out some Quranic verses on the earth and the sky. The Quran is clear: the earth is flat and the sky is a structure. If you don’t like that, take it up with the Quran.
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDSMK34QNfI
CHAPTER 53 (all verses: reading and exposition)
1. First plain text reading (start-5.27)
2. Exposition of content (5.27-41.22)
3. Second plain text reading (41.22-end)
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOiLM6CgMTs
The Traditionalist constantly pours honourifics upon the prophet Muhammad whenever he mentions his name. One is given to believe that this is a mark of piety. And it may be.
However, the formulation typically is claimed to have origins in the Quran only at 33:56 – and here it is simply impossible for the text to mean what the Traditionalist wishes it to mean: that believers should “greet” or “send blessings” upon the prophet.
And this is only one example of the type of bait and switch practiced by the Traditionalist upon the believers.
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aefrhBwIpqA
Here I add to my thoughts on the number 19 mathematical phenomenon which was the focus of Rashad Khalifa and is that of many of his followers.
The expression the companions of the fire occurs a total of 20 times (2:39, 2:81, 2:217, 2:257, 2:275, 3:116, 5:29, 7:36, 7:44, 7:47, 7:50, 10:27, 13:5, 39:8, 40:6, 40:43, 58:17, 59:20, 64:10, 74:31)
In all cases outside of the one under discussion at 74:31 it unquestionably references those who are to suffer in Hell. In the absence of explicit, incontrovertible evidence to the contrary, a reasonable man must assume that what is meant in each of the remaining 19 instances is what is meant here also; this simple process of analysis also, incidentally, provides us with a reasonable answer to what is referenced by the number 19 here (which itself has served as the catalyst for so much generative and speculative output of a mathematical nature beginning with Rashad Khalifa) – i.e. all the other cases of the companions of the fire; thus, the cardinal number found here at 74:30 merely indicates the number of the remaining cases of the companions of the fire all of which precede this one in the text, and acts as a parity bit by means of which we receive a proof point supportive of the Qur’an’s claim to be complete, preserved and in the correct order – something which Rashid Khalifa in part, in effect, was compelled to dispute in order to attempt to bend the facts to his theories.
You can find my original talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JXT_h8qgBA
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqROgVn3Vbw
Here I look at a simple definition of VIRTUE in the Quran; specifically the verse at 2:177.
People get wrapped up in theories and minutia. What is important is faith and good words. This one verse has enough to keep any of us focused and busy with what matters and to attain good in this life and in the life to come.
This life is a test. Hardships draw the ungodly further way from God; and they purify those who believe. Just because you are serving God, doesn’t mean that now everything should just be hunky dory. At least, that’s not my experience.
We should love God and immerse ourselves in his words. But it is better to hold small portions of his word close to our hearts and apply them every day than it is to memorise huge portions or to be able expound on complicated theories.
At the end of the day, we are going to be judged on our faith and our deeds.
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ7-GXnl_JM
CHAPTER 52 (all verses: reading and exposition)
1. First plain text reading (start-5.07)
2. Exposition of content (5.07-1.02.00)
3. Second plain text reading (1.02.00-end)
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhsrBFlOSk8
This looks at 9:36-37 specifically – where the Traditionalist claims the Quran speaks about four sacred months (Dhu al Qa’dah, Dhu al Hijjah, Muharram, and Rajab).
It also addresses the question of jizya in Islam – or tax on non-Muslims – on the basis of the Quranic text, the value for which – according to analysis on a pan-textual basis – is the jubilee (forgiveness of all debts every 50 years) enjoined upon those who received previous revelation.
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFQdx5Ol8M0
CHAPTER 51 (all verses: reading and exposition)
1. First plain text reading (start-6.35)
2. Exposition of content (6.35-54.43)
3. Second plain text reading (54.44-end)
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvYVznBqyOk
The question of jihad – or “Holy War” – in the Quran is a highly politicised one, especially at this time when the Elite are busy engineering a clash of civilisations.
Certainly, war is a part of life; and there are things worth fighting for.
At the same time, there are those – both for and against brand Islam – who quote small parts of verses in order to claim points which run entirely contrary to thread of the broader Quranic narrative.
In this video, I discuss the verses found at 4:71-104 in the Quran in some detail. Understanding this segment is a good way to unpick part of the mess the Traditionalist has made of the Quran by importing his values for key terms from a separate literature (the hadith) while providing those who wish to understand my work a place to begin.
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HucKIpd2pRo
The question of the meaning of the mysterious letters in the Quran – known in Arabic as the muqatta’at – has both intrigued and frustrated Muslims since the time of the revelation over 1,400 years ago.
Many theories have been advanced as to the meaning of the muqatta’at – or mysterious letters – none of them convincing. In the final analysis, the truth is that, so far, no-one has understood what these letters mean. There is no shame in not knowing, if one admits as much.
This presentation provides a fully cogent, logical and demonstrable explanation of the muqatta’at – or mysterious letters – in the Quran.
You may find the entire presentation in written form at Article XX in the Appendix to THE QUR’AN: A COMPLETE REVELATION which – as ever – may be downloaded free or purchased in hardback at the links below.
Article XX in the Appendix of THE QUR’AN: A COMPLETE REVELATION also contains within its own appendix:
– a summary of those theories of the mysterious letters in the Quran extant prior to these findings
– a full summary on the case of kitāb at 27:1
Existing theories and the case of kitāb at 27:1 are touched on here, but a full discussion of them would distract from the thrust of this presentation.
The full notes on 27:1 – and why kitāb there is in the nominative –may be read also as a separate article:
NOTE: This is materially same presentation as found in that series of six videos on the muquatta’at I released last year, but with a small number of minor improvements. I have revamped the whole presentation, and – I hope – explained the subject better here.
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0v8EdjBKYI