Monday, September 13, 2010

Islarme, Religion of Tears VI: Jeez, Emperor, Put on Some Clothes!

Continuing my thoughts on Islarme, using The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Koran, by authors Sarwar and Toropov, as a provisional guide. Here I cover a few points from Chapters 17, 18, and 19.

Chapter 17
  • Just like all other followers of this hideous deity, Mohammedanismists say that Allah's terrible harshness is the fault of human beings, that Allah is helpless in the face of our mocking and rejection. It must punish us; it has no choice. At my age, black-and-white thinking tends to be a costly luxury; I can't get away with it as much as I used to. But there are a few areas where I still feel safe thinking like a younger man. For instance, torture is wrong, no matter who does it.
  • Allah is presented as a guide, leading us to the path of right purpose and right action. Sorry, I won't follow a guide that is so insecure that it has to punish those who don't trust it. Seems like insecurity is a form of lack of trust in oneself. Let's see if Allah can learn to trust itself before we allow it to guide us, shall we?
Chapter 18
  • Sura 109, Ayat 6 says, "You follow your religion and I follow mine," apparently promoting a live-and-let-live philosophy. So why did Smokin' Mo prohibit idolatry in the year 630 when he seized power in Mecca?
  • We are told that one of the remarkable features of the Qur'an is that although the Suras appeared over a span of more than two decades, they offer utterly consistent teachings. If that were the case, then the doctrine of abrogation would not have been necessary. Islarme needs better apologists than these guys.
  • Sura 5, Ayat 81 says, "You will find Jews...among the worst of the enemies of the believers." Racism is just another sign of insecurity, folks. If I didn't already know that Allah lacks a penis, I'd say that it is having some comparison issues. Actually, now that I think of it, maybe the insecurity is coming from that lack? Maybe Allah is gay but not admitting the fact to itself? That causes a lot of insecurity among men in my country.
Chapter 19
  • We are cautioned about the so-called urban legend that men who die in suicide missions for Allah will receive 72 virgins in the afterlife. The claim here is that the myth derived from a reported saying of Smokin' Mo that (1) had nothing to do with suicide missions, (2) applied to male and female believers alike, and (3) was of dubious authenticity. As for authenticity, let's have a look at the Qur'an itself, shall we? Strangely, the authors don't mention any specifics about the saying that apparently led to this so-called myth. I wonder why? Could it be, once again, that they, like Jesusianismists, clearly recognize the fact that an open pursuit of the truth will never favor their religion? Just a thought. Praise be to Allah for the Internet. I find that Sura 78, Ayat 33 promises "maidens for companions"of the "duteous", along with "gardens enclosed and vineyards...and a full cup." And in case anyone wants to challenge the translation, here are a few others:

    • Sahih International: Indeed, for the righteous is attainment...full-breasted [companions] of equal age
    • Pickthall: Lo! for the duteous is achievement...voluptuous women of equal age
    • Yusuf Ali: Verily for the Righteous there will be a fulfilment of (the heart's) desires...voluptuous women of equal age
    • Shakir: Surely for those who guard (against evil) is achievement...voluptuous women of equal age
    • Muhammad Sarwar: The pious ones will be triumphant...maidens with pears-shaped breasts who are of equal age (to their spouses)
    • Mohsin Khan: Verily, for the Muttaqun, there will be a success (Paradise)...young full-breasted (mature) maidens of equal age
    • Arberry: Surely for the godfearing awaits a place of security...maidens with swelling breasts, like of age
  • So you guys have to dissemble in order to hide your shame. Granted, the number 72 is never mentioned, and it doesn't say anything here about dying for the cause--at least not in this ayat--but it's quite clear that hot women are part of Allah's offer to the faithful, and because Allah can't stand sexual so-called immorality, it certainly isn't offering these tarts to its righteous female followers. If you can't be open and honest about your faith, then it's not a good faith.

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