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The Great Debate by Rashad Khalifa, True Islam vs False Islam – Transcript

(This transcript is not true verbatim, I have removed repetitive sentences, and I have reconstructed certain sentences that end abruptly where the speaker rephrases himself before finishing the previous sentence, this is common in speech but not in text. Other edits is continuing the speech although the speaker has been interrupted; until the speech becomes too incoherent. – Ahmad Wehbe).

Video Intro:

  • The Great Debate – Rashad Khalifa – 90 minutes – 7/6/88
  • Tuscon Community Cable Corporation – Bars Tone Countdown (from 10)
  • The Great Debate
  • Dr. Abdel Rahman Salem vs Dr. Rashad Khalifa
  • The True Islam

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Our guest is doctor Rashad Khalifa, who – he devoted most of his life for his own mission; reading, learning, writing, researching and also preaching. But he is most remembered by his last computer research; the divine mathematical code in the Quran, based on number nineteen (19). According to the Quran; sura number seventy-four; verse number thirty (74:30): “‘alaihaa tis’ata ‘ashar” – but why nineteen (19)? that is what doctor Rashad Khalifa will explain in this interview. Please, brothers and sisters in Islam, welcome with me; doctor Rashad Khalifa.
  • Doctor Khalifa, I know I did not introduce you well enough, and I think that the best way to introduce you is to introduce yourself with your own words.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You did a good job, this is what really. Counts I did a research in the Quran, and I was blessed by “allah subhana wa ta’ala” (by God; the Most Glorified, the Most High) to see the mathematical code in the Quran – and this is really sufficient for an introduction.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, I think… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You did a good job, so we will keep it like… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Thank you, but I think also we are entitled to know how much benefit – this – this – it is great – it is an honor actually to have it – but we would like to know; how this mathematical code goes and how far it is benefit; and beneficial to the Muslim in his own living life. I mean the Quran is filled with miracles, and there are a lot of ways to approve that the Quran is a miracle. If you read it in Arabic you will see a lot of verses obliges to itself that the Quran is a miracle and it is the word – really the word of God. But… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, this is the first physical evidence. The Quran is full of miracles, but all of them are disputable; the linguistic excellence, the scientific miracles, and all these things. The Quran is full of miracles, but the mathematical miracle it is indisputable; it is physical based on physical facts. Like “bism allah arrahman arraheem” being nineteen (19) letters, the number of suras being hundred and fourteen (114) – all these are physical facts. Like the sun rising from the east; it is indisputable – unlike the previous miracles. And this is in accordance with God’s will; in sura of forty-one; verse fifty-three (41:53), where God says: “sanureehim aayaatinaa fil aafaaqi”. This is in the future tense; “sanureehim”; “we will show them our miracles in the horizons, and within themselves, until they realize that this is the truth”. So the miracles in the Quran are increasingly powerful. And then we get to this mathematical miracle, which is described by God Himself as one of the greatest miracles. The sura you mentioned; seventy-four; “‘alaihaa tis’ata ‘ashar”; verse thirty – and then the verses go on and on saying: this is one of the greatest miracles – it says:
  • “kallaa walqamar”. ((كَلّا وَالقَمَرِ); Absolutely, (I swear) by the moon.(74:32)).
  • “wallaili id adbar”. ((وَالَّيلِ إِذ أَدبَرَ ); “And the night as it passes.” (74:33)).
  • “wassub hi izaaa asfar”. ((وَالصُّبحِ إِذا أَسفَرَ);“And the morning as it shines.” (74:34)).
  • “nnahaa la ihdal kubar”. ((إِنَّها لَإِحدَى الكُبَرِ );“This is one of the great miracles.” (74:35)).
  • It is one of the greatest miracles, and this is God’s own description of it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You mean here the miracles – it is the computer age, right? that is what “allah subhana wa ta’ala” – I noticed… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, the computer age… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I noticed – excuse me for this – I noticed you used God, you didn not use allah. Which the Quran always say is “allah”, because the Quran came in Arabic, it did not come in English or in Persian, it come; “qur’anan arabian”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Actually I did say “allah subhana wa ta’ala”, at least one time… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I noticed you said God (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, it depends on what language you speak. If you speak English; you have to say God. If you speak Arabic; you have to allah. So… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But before, yes – okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Because as you know you are from Egypt, and you know the Egyptian copts use the word allah (Arabic word for God), saying insha’allah (God willing) and masha’allah (thank God), some of them are named ‘abd’allah (Abdullah).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, allah is the Arabic word, and has nothing to do….(interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You are using God – it is already – okay? (Asking if it is okay to say the word “God” instead of “allah”).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Of course it is… (interrupted).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So it is okay to use… (interrupted).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It depends on what language you use. If you meet somebody in the street and say “allah” here in the United States, some people think allah is a man who is named allah, or allah is a rock somewhere, and this is an actual happening; my son was in a classroom where they told that allah was a rock; my son had to object.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But this we have nothing to do with this because you know there are… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • What I mean is, it depends on what language you use, if you use English; you have to use God. If you use French; you have to use Deus. If you use Farsi; you have to use Chudaa. If you use Arabic; you have to use allah… (interrupted).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. Let us go back again also to the computer, I would like to know how far is it; beneficial to the human being – I am a Muslim and you discovered that the computer is – you discovered that the Quran – you discovered… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You are asking about the role of the mathematical code?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes. To a Muslim. To the Muslim. (repeats two more times while interrupting Rashad Khalifa).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And it applies to the Muslims and the non-Muslims. This is mentioned in the Quran immediately after the number nineteen (74:31), it says – it gives you five reasons for the number nineteen: “wa maa ja’alnaa ‘iddatahum”; that we made their number, for the following reasons:
  • #1: “fitnatal lillazeena kafaroo”; to disturb the disbelievers. “fitnatal lillazeena kafaroo”; to prove their disbelief.
  • #2: “liyastaiqinal lazeena ootul kitaaba”; is to make the believers among the Christians and the Jews certain that this book, the Quran, is from God. “liyastaiqinal lazeena ootul kitaaba”
  • #3: “wa yazdaadal lazeena aamanooo eemaanan”; so the people who believe that the Quran is from God; before the number nineteen, without the number nineteen – when they see the mathematical code they will increase in faith. “wa yazdaadal lazeena aamanooo eemaanan”
  • #4: “wa laa yartaabal lazeena ootul kitaaba walmu’minoona”; if any of the Muslims, or the Christians, or the Jews – have any doubt in their heart that this Quran is from God; the mathematical code will help remove all this doubt.
  • #5: “wa liyaqoolal lazeena fee quloobihim maradunw walkaafiroona maazaaa araadal laahu bihaazaa masalaa”; and to expose the hypocrites and the disbelievers, they will say: “so what? this is not important”.
  • So these are the five reasons that God Himself gives; as the role of the number nineteen – or the mathematical code in the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Make the Muslim strongly believe that the Quran is from God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Increase in faith. Yes. Exactly.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But there is suras, there are ayas in the Quran in Arabic that approve to the Muslim and non-Muslim, that the Quran is a miracle, it is the word of God. For example, like: “yukawwirul laila ‘alan nahaari” – allah subhana wa ta’ala, He said, He make – “He covers the globe with the night and”… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • He rolls the day around the night, and the night around the day – indicating that he Earth is round.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Ah, how, how the messenger of God, approved of this. How the messenger of God knows that. In the centuries later, there is such (incoherent speech) to approve this. So if we read the Quran we will find a lot… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Let us say that this verse will cause someone to believe in the Quran; “yukawwirul laila ‘alan nahaari wa yukawwirun nahaara ‘alaal laili” (39:5). This person when he or she looks at the mathematical code, God says in the Quran – not I am saying, God says – that his belief will increase; his faith will increase, “wa yazdaadal lazeena aamanooo eemaanan” (74:31), so this is an additional confirmation or assurance to increase in faith.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Alright. There is also another thing, you believe, you know, when you talk now you do not believe in Hadith or Sunnah. Do you believe in Hadith or Sunnah?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I believe that the Quran is complete, perfect and fully detailed, because God says so in the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And we do not have to use Hadith or Sunnah at all?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Does not matter; and or any other source.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I noticed in the prayer here, you never mentioned the messenger of God, you ignored him completely. Do you have anything against him? because you ignored – you said (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Is it true that I (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You say allah, then when you prayed it, you prayed it, you read fateha, but you did not read Quran. You know? something, it is actually – I hope you will correct me if am mistaken or something – new to me, new to any Muslim, because we know that when we say, we say; “allah, ash-hadu alla la elaha ella allah wa alla muḥammadun rasūlu allah”. This is about Islam, you cannot separate it, you cannot say; “allah, ash-hadu alla la elaha ella allah” – I bear witness that there is no god but one God and behold that the messenger Muhammad is the messenger of God. If you hold it, you mean you shall not (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Is that right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well that is what I believe, I hope we will… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, well let us look in the Quran again, if you look in the Quran; the Quran gives us the correct shahada (the testimony of faith).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. And this is in sura number three; verse eighteen (3:18), it says: “shahadu allahu annahu la elaha ella hu walmalaaa’ikatu wa ulul ‘ilmi qaaa’imam bilqist” (God bears witness that there is no god except He, and so do the angels and those who possess knowledge). So the shahada according to allah, the angels, and those who know; “wa ulul ‘ilmi” – is: “la elaha ella allah”, there is no muḥammadun rasūlu allah there. This is one… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • When, when you… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • “shahadu allahu annahu la elaha ella hu walmalaaa’ikatu wa ulul ‘ilmi”, so this is the correct shahada as dictated in the Quran. When you say: “la elaha ella allah wa muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, you violate the most basic commandment in the Quran. The first one is the principle of tawheed (توحيد), you are not commemorating God alone, you are putting a name besides God; another name beside God. You are making distinction among the messengers of God, this is an important commandment that you see in sura two; verse two eighty-five (2:285) for example – it is mentioned four times in the Quran; that you do not make – you shall not many any distinction among the messengers of God. And it is done so powerfully that any Muslim who makes distinction is not a Muslim at all, because the Quran says: “laa nufarriqu baina ahadim-mir-rusulihee wa qaaloo sami’naa wa ata’naa”, and these are the mu’mins – “aamanar-rasoolu bimaaa unzila ilaihi mir-rabbihee walmu’minoon kullun aamana billaahi wa malaaa’ikathihee wa kutubhihee wa rusulih laa nufarriqu baina ahadim-mir-rusulihee wa qaaloo sami’naa wa ata’naa”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, that, that is – the Muslim he does not – insurance you have to say: “la elaha ella Allah wa muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, that he believes “la elaha ella allah” and he believe all the messengers of allah subhana wa ta’ala, are equal, no distinction between… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • When was the last time you said: “la elaha ella allah yūnus rasūlu allah”? ((يونس); “there is no god but God and Jonah is His messenger”).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well you actually do not say yūnus – when you say… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Answer my question. When was the last time you said: “la elaha ella allah yūnus rasūlu allah”? (There is no god but God and Jonah is His messenger).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I hope you will understand me, I am not debating you, I am not arguing with you. I am… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No no, I am trying to demonstrate the points of the distinction among the prophets.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • When was the last time you said: “la elaha ella allah yūnus rasūlu allah”? (There is no god but God and Jonah is His messenger).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. When I say: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun”…. (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, wait wait, first answer… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I will answer your question, but not the way you want, I answer it the way I want (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No no, just answer yes or no. It is yes or no. When was the last time you said: “la elaha ella allah yūnus rasūlu allah”? (There is no god but God and Jonah is His messenger).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • When I say: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, it is admitting that I admit all the messenger up to Muhammad, I believe in them.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You did not say that. It does not say that.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But that is what I admit.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But it does not say…

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I believe in all the messenger including the last messenger of allah subhana wa ta’ala. (God; the Most Glorified, the Most High).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Muhammad is not the last messenger.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, this is another… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait, where do you get that? Where do you get that Muhammad was the last messenger?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Let us continue.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, let me ask another question. Is Muhammad dead or alive?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • This is ‘alem ‘ndallah – he did, as far as I know, as a human being; he died.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Muhammad is dead?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • As far as I know. Am I coming to be questioned, or question?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • What do you mean? No, we are dealing with your question: “la elaha ella allah wa muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, we are looking at this statement from the logical point of view. Forget anything else.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • God gave us a mind that He wants us to use. So you are saying: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, which means what in English?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I bear witness that there is no god but one God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • “Muhammad is the messenger of God”. So my question is: is Muhammad dead or alive?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What do you think?

Rashad Khalifa:

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • We know that Muhammad is dead unless he is one thousand four hundred and some years old (~1400 years).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Sitting somewhere.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But he is in a grave now, he is dead, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Now, do you think a dead man can be a messenger of God?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No longer after he died (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Exactly. So why do you say Muhammad is the messenger of God? He cannot be a messenger of God because he is dead, is this true?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I will go for it for the time being – okay – let us go (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, can a dead man be a messenger of God?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • He was a messenger of God. (incoherent speech), he completed his… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Exactly, now therefore the correct statement would be: “muḥammad kaana rasūlu allah” (Muhammad was the messenger of God).
  • Therefore the statement: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, (…Muhammad is the messenger of God) is wrong.
  • Even from the purely logical point of view.
  • However, like I said the shahada is in the Quran – unfortunately the Muslims do not follow the Quran – and it isays: “shahadu allahu annahu la elaha ella hu walmalaaa’ikatu wa ulul ‘ilmi”. (God bears witness that there is no god except He, and so do the angels and those who possess knowledge).
  • Therefore anyone who says anything but “la elaha ella allah”; is not among “ulul ‘ilm”; he does not know; he is ignorant. It is due to ignorance.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • *stares silently at Rashad Khalifa*

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is why in the khuthba (sermon) you saw me say: “la elaha ella allah”, this is it, that is all we say.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Also, you said you believe in the Quran, nothing but the Quran, and we do not have to believe anything from Hadith – why!? we do not have to pay attention to Hadith, why!?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Because God says in the Quran that the Quran is complete; perfect, and fully detailed. And the question is: do you believe God or not? if you believe God; you will believe the Quran is complete; perfect, and fully detailed.
  • Listen to this – this is verse one fourteen; sura six (6:114): “afaghairal laahi abtaghee hakamanw wa Huwal lazee anzala ilaikumul Kitaaba mufassalaa”; shall I seek out other than God as a source of law when he sent down to you this book fully detailed? – “mufassalaa”; fully detailed.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Therefore if you go to anything else you will be a rejector of the Quran. You have rejected – you have disbelieved God. So this is the reason why, it does not matter how great the hadith is.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You know the Muslims usually – when they use Hadith, it does not mean that they are overlapping the Quran, no, the Quran is the divine constitution of God to mankind.
  • And who apply, who perform that constitution to mankind better than Muhammad the messenger of God, the one who redeemed it, the one who received it, and delivered it to mankind. People always like to follow the one who received it, and to see how he perform it, how he – he show it to the people, and then they follow his way of performing the constitution of God.
  • It means like when I follow the Hadith does not mean I am away from the Quran. As far as I know – I hope you will correct me if I am wrong. I am saying my statement and I am sure you will have a comment on that. That is as far as I know about the Muslim how they use Hadith. What do you think?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well first of all if the Quran is fully detailed – not if the Quran – I mean I know that the Quran is fully detailed. God says the Quran is fully detailed. Therefore you do not need anything else.
  • We know that the Hadith are – we know now from many many years of research that the Hadith are fabrications attributed to the prophet. Now the Satan; the shaytaan knows that we love the prophet very much, and he used that as a bait, to catch – when you catch fish you put bait on a hook… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I think, I think – if you excuse me for interrupting you Dr. Khalifa – the Muslim they are aware of a lot of Hadith being injected to hadith, not like your Quran… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, I am talking about the Sahih Bukhari for example. Sahih Bukhari is full contradictions, blasphemies against the prophet, I can show you literally hundreds of Hadiths that are considered attacks on the prophet, they distract from the greatness of the prophet Muhammad.
  • So, but the important point Abdel Rahman is that God says the Quran is complete; perfect, fully detailed, this is the important point. So if you give me a Hadith that is fantastic and great and has all the qualities of the best things in the world, I still cannot go to it because God tells me the Quran is complete; perfect, and fully detailed.
  • The fact is the Hadith is actually a blasphemous attack against the prophet, and I gave you an issue of the Muslim Perspective in Arabic proving that – I am talking about Shahih Bukhari – they are a transgression against the prophet.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So you are ignoring completely the great teacher of Islam which Muhammad peace be upon him, he was a great teacher, was (incoherent speech). He is the one who receive the message of Allah, and he took it to the people, so I consider he is my leader.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You are missing the point.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Let me know it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah, you are missing the point.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The Hadith was never uttered by the prophet; has nothing to do with the prophet because – did the Quran come out of the prophets mouth?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How did it come out?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Did the Quran come out of the prophet’s mouth?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I will ask you, but you will not ask me, how did it come out?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It does not matter how.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay, you tell me how it come out.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The Quran says that Gabriel brought it, released it… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How he revealed it to Muhammad?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes, through Gabriel. God revealed Quran… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • To Muhammad?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes, to Muhammad.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It came out of his mouth.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Whose mouth?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Muhammad’s mouth.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Muhammad’s mouth.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right. Therefore if you want to follow Muhammad; you follow Quran, because it came out of Muhammad’s mouth.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, I do not know what the people like that… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If I am an Arabian illiterate, do not understand that highly quality Arabic language of the Quran, miracle of the Quran. And I would like to understand who will teach me and show me the right way more than the one who revealed from God; peace be upon him Muhammad “ʿalayhi ṣalat wa sallam”. (“Praise and peace upon him”).
  • How? That is why Muhammad he brought the Hadith… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Are you saying Muhammad is the teacher of the Quran?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • He is interpreter of the Quran to the Muslims.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, he was forbidden from interpreting the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • He was?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes. In the Quran sura seventy-five; verse nineteen (75:19), it says: “summa inna ‘alainaa bayaanah” – it says:
  • laa tuharrik bihee lisaa naka lita’jala bih; “muhammad do not move your tongue” – or in American-English; Do not open your mouth.
  • inna ‘alainaa jam’ahoo wa qur aanah; “we are the ones who will reveal it and put in the Quran.”
  • fa izaa qaraanaahu fattabi’ qur aanah; “once we have it in the Quran – you Muhammad – follow the Quran.”
  • summa inna ‘alainaa bayaanah; God is saying that “I am the one who will explain it” (God is the one who will explain it).
  • So the prophet was forbidden from explaining the Quran.
  • In another sura, sura sixty-nine; something at verse thirty-eight (69:38), we see that if the prophet uttered anything else other than the Quran; he will go to hell (69:44, 45). It says – to go from the beginning… (Rashad Khalifa utters various verses in Arabic while trying to remember the correct ones) – okay, yeah:
  • “falaaa uqsimu bimaa tubsiroon”. This is the strongest oath in the Quran:
  • “falaaa uqsimu bimaa tubsiroon fa maa laa tubsiroon”; “I swear by the things you see and the things you do not see”, (69:38, 39). This is not swearing by the sun or the moon or the time, this is swearing by everything in the universe.
  • “innahoo laqawlu rasoolin kareem”; “This Quran is the utterance of an honorable messenger”.
  • “wa ma huwa biqawli shaa’ir; qaleelam maa tu’minoon”; “It is not the utterance of a poet”.
  • “wa laa biqawli kaahin; qaleelam maa tazakkaroon”; “It is not the utterance of a soothsayer”, or some an Egyptian bakkash, somebody who is an bakkash (بكاش)(Someone who flatters people)… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What is bakkash mean?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Soothsayer – ??zekkah?? (I could not find this word in any online Egyptian dictionary. Please send me a link to the definition of this word so that I can include it here).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Zakkeh, okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • “tanzeelum mir rabbil ‘aalameen”; “It came from the Lord of the universe”
  • “wa law taqawwala ‘alainaa ba’dal aqaaweel”; “If he uttered anything else
  • “la-akhaznaa minhu bilyameen”; (We would have punished him).
  • “summa laqata’naa minhul wateen”; “We would have stopped the revelations to him).
  • “famaa minkum min ahadin’anhu haajizeen”; “None of you can protect him”.
  • And because of this interruption in the English langauge; I hope I did not mess up the verses.
  • But this is the general idea.
  • falaaa uqsimu bimaa tubsiroon
  • fa maa laa tubsiroon
  • innahoo laqawlu Rasoolin kareem
  • wa ma huwa biqawli shaa’ir; qaleelam maa tu’minoon
  • wa laa biqawli kaahin; qaleelam maa tazakkaroon
  • tanzeelum mir rabbil ‘aalameen
  • wa law taqawwala ‘alainaa ba’dal aqaaweel
  • la-akhaznaa minhu bilyameen
  • summa laqata’naa minhul wateen
  • famaa minkum min ahadin’anhu haajizeen
  • So this – the prophet Muhammad was forbidden from explaining the Quran, or uttering any additional religious teachings, and this is in the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So you are actually trying to tell me that there is no way that we have to follow the Hadith of the messenger of God, or follow his way. We have the Quran, we have to stick to… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You still miss the point. It is not the hadith of the messenger of God. It is the hadith attributed to the messenger of God.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Because the prophet Muhammad would never disobey God.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And God told him; you have the Quran and nothing else. And this is in verse nineteen; sura six (6:19); it says:
  • “qul ayyu shai’in akbaru shahaadatan”; “who is the better testimone?”. (Whose testimony is the greatest?).
  • “qulil laahu shaheedum bainee wa bainakum”. (Say, God is the witness between me and you…)
  • wa oohiya ilaiya haazal Qur’aanu li unzirakum bihee wa mam balagh; “I was given this Quran to deliver to you and the future generation.”

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I think… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait a minute.
  • It did not say; “oohiya ilaiya haazal Qur’aanu wa al-hadith”. (It does not say; I was given this Quran and the Hadith to deliver to you and the future generations).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, I think I agree with your point for one reason, because we – we will be as Muslims or else we will be judged by the Quran.
  • But I disagree about one thing because – another thing because I have to follow the messenger of God, the one who received the Quran and who delivers it to me.
  • As a Muslim, if I ignore it… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You miss the point again. The Hadith came from shayytan; from Satan, not from Muhammad.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I have to be aware, which is right hadith and which is wrong hadith. But ignoring… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Ignoring the messenger of God; that is a question I would like to elaborate with you.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You mean  ignore the message of God? in favor of 

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, if I ignore the Hadith., if I ignore… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is the Hadith of Satan. If I brought to you a hadith from Satan, would you still follow it?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No. It is… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If it is… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Can you agree if I say; if Satan walks from this door, wearing a serpent (wearing a serpent mask)… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, it should be, it is… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait. And he says: “qala rasoolilah sallallahu alayhi wasallam”, are you going to follow it?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It has been venerated by most scholar religion in Islam, which are – we know that they are being following the messenger of God, and they know what he saw, and they are witnessed, and we are taking them, holding them, they are witnessed Muhammad, because… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • They never witnessed Muhammad.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, that is… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The first hadith was recorded two hundred (200) years after Muhammad. Across eight (8) generations of the dead.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So from the period when Muhammad died to two hundred fifty (250) years there was no hadith at all?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • There was no Hadith. That is right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I see.
  • You believe in the Quran… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • There was no recorded Hadith. People were making up hadith and trying – for example you come to my house and I only have fish to feed you, if you object, then I will tell you; “well, the prophet said if you eat fish alone you are going to be great”, so people made this kind of hadith.
  • And it was not recorded or anything. So Bukhari came two hundred years later and claimed that the prophet said these things. And as you know Bukhari eliminated ninety percent (90%) of the things that he wrote himself, and still whatever is left the thousands of hadith are attacking and blaspheming against the prophet.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. Let us move to another point, because if we want to continue talking about this point we will never finish… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, this point should be finished because God says the Quran is complete; perfect and fully detailed.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Ooookay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And the Quran says that telling Muhammad to tell us that he brings only the Quran. The last verse in sura fifty (50:45) says: “fazakkir bil quraani many yakhaafu wa’eed”; “deliver the message of the Quran”, it did not say Quran and Sunnah, or Quran and Hadith – “fazakkir bil quraani many yakhaafu wa’eed”

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But there are a lot of suras also remind the Muslim to follow allah and the messenger of God. For example I probably I have some:
  • “yaaa aiyuhal lazeena aamanooo aaminoo billaahi wa rasoolihee wal kitaabil lazee nazzala ‘alaa rasoolihee wal kitaabil lazeee anzala min qabl”. (o you who believe, you shall believe in God and His messenger, and the scripture He has revealed through His messenger, and the scripture He has revealed before that)(4:136).
  • (incoherent speech) (Abdel Rahman tries to find the next verse)…
  • “innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy”. (God and His angels help and support the prophet)(33:56).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You know, allah subhana wa ta’ala also confirm it to the people to pray to Muhammad because allah subhana wa ta’ala praying to (Muhammad) – as far as I know, I hope you will understand me and you will correct me if I am wrong.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Let me… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “wa mai yuti’il laaha wa rasoolahoo wa yakhshal laaha…”. (Those who obey God and His messenger, and reverence God…)(24:52)
  • “qul atee’ul laaha wa atee’ur rasoola…”. (Say, “Obey God, and obey the messenger.”)(24:54)
  • “wa aqeemus salaata wa aatuz zakaata wa atee’ur rasoola…”. (You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and obey the messenger)(24:56)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So why do you disobey him then? Why are you disobeying him when he tells you to uphold that the Quran is complete; fully detailed, and that you shall uphold the Quran alone? Why do you disobey him and go to something else?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I see.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you see in the Quran it is telling you: “atee’ul laaha wa atee’ur rasoola”, so why don’t you listen and obey the – allah and the rasool? (obey God and the messenger).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. By obeying the messenger of God, and obeying because I know that the messenger of God he is been taught by allah subhana wa ta’ala, he was orphaned and was taught by allah subhana wa ta’ala, and he is – he was perfect, he is a… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, is this the reason for you to disobey him?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, to obey him.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You are not obeying him when you go to another source.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Obeying him in the Quran and his way of life.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But if you follow anything other than the Quran, then you are disobeying the prophet.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I see. Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, therefore if you are reciting these verses then you have to do them yourself, “atee’ul laaha wa atee’ur rasoola”, (obey God and the messenger).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • If you obey the rasool (messenger), you will uphold the Quran, the whole Quran, and nothing but the Quran. If you go to anything other than the Quran, then you are not obeying the messenger.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So you believe in the Quran from the cover to the cover?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes. Right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You believe in this Quran, and our – speaking to each other now we will speak according to the Quran.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes, absolutely.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.
  • You say – you said in one of your brochures here, if you allow me to read it to you or just – you said: “Providing indisputable evidence for the exposure and removal of two human made sentences that were injected into the Quran at the end of the last sura revealed in Medina; sura number nine”.
  • In other words you say here that the human being injected some suras into the Quran… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • ayat; verses.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Some verses into the Quran. So this Quran, the one in my hand here, in Arabic, the one in my hand in Arabic, it is not completely perfect? it has been injected by ??bad men?? (incoherent speech). You believe in that?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. And also… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This Quran is not correct.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • This is not correct?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But we know the correct Quran. I can show you a Quran that is correct and complete.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You will show me in a minute, but let me continue this. allah subhana wa ta’ala says: “innaa nahnu nazalnaz zikra wa innaa lahoo lahaa fizoon”. (Absolutely, we have revealed the reminder, and, absolutely, we will preserve it.)(15:9)
  • allah subhana wa ta’ala took an oath, from him to God; the Quran, because mankind could not guard the Torah or the Bible. So allah took an oath from him to guard the Quran.
  • In your translation you said: we have sended down – for this verse – we have sended down the revelation and we will surely preserve it.
  • In Yusuf Ali translation, which most of the Muslim people, they are taking by Yusuf Ali, the Quran: “We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption)”. (15:9 Yusuf Ali translation)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right. I agree with that.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You agree with all that?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. Well, I would like you to elaborate this point doctor Rashad Khalifa.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • allah subhana wa ta’ala carried out His promise and He preserved the Quran perfectly. I can show you a Quran that is perfect, in the way it was sent down; the way it was written… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I would like to see it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right.
  • The way every letter of it is preserved, not a single letter is added, and not a single letter is lost.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • However, if go to Egypt or Iran today, you are going to see that the Quran is printed with some mistakes in them, but this does not negate the fact… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Let us be clear now… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait. It does not negate the fact… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Let us be clear before you go.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • This Quran. It has been through the whole world, through Tehran, through Persia, through Arabic world, this Arabic Quran; it is not real Quran?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • There are some mistakes in it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It has mistakes in it?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And you have the one… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The point is that God did preserve the perfect Quran and we have it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You  have it?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It is all over the world.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • With whom? With you? Who has… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No., it is even here also as long as you mark the mistakes, there are a few mistakes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • allah subhana wa ta’ala says: “innaa nahnu nazalnaz zikra wa innaa lahoo lahaa fizoon”, it means… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So how do you explain… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “We will never allow anyone to inject even a single thing”… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So how do you explain the fact that in Iran, today – printing millions of Qurans that do not follow the Quranic writing. Like for example the word “salah” is written SAAD (ص), LAAM (ل), ALEF (أ), HEE (ه) – instead of SAAD (ص), LAAM (ل), WAW (و), HEE (ه) as in the original Quran – how do you explain that? do you mean God failed to carry out His promise? is this what you think?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, I am not thinking of – I think I would like to… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. I am saying that it does not matter what people do to the Quran, they can take and mess it up and do anything they want, this is what they want to do. This is only ink and paper. But the Quran that God sent down is preserved exactly the way it was written, and without adding or losing a single letter. So this promise of God: “innaa nahnu nazalnaz zikra wa innaa lahoo lahaa fizoon”, is kept.
  • However, I must point out something to you. When there is a law, like the law of preservation of the Quran, this law does not exist unless it is violated. Do you understand what this means?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes, I am following you.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. For example, if there is a law that Abdel Rahman Salem cannot leave this room. If you stay in this room forever, nobody will ever know that this law exists. Is this true?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • As far as I understand.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. Now – but if you violate this law, and try to leave the room, and then you are forced back in, then we know that the law exists.
  • Therefore, the violation of the sacredness of the Quran proves that God preserved it, because we detected the mistakes, we know exactly where any letters were added or removed, and we have the perfect the Quran… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You have it?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • God fulfilled His promise.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes. Do you think you can… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And the perfect Quran contained in here, it is included in here, but people added some of their errors in it. However, it does not make any difference because the perfect Quran is in existence.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If I am an ordinary Muslim walking in the street, and I picked up this Quran, you know, ??as a?? witness of allah subhana wa ta’ala, how do I know this is right and this is wrong, and this is injected… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. You are either a sincere Muslim, or you are an insincere Muslim, is this correct?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Mmhmm.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Now God knows that, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Now, when God knows that you are a sincere Muslim, He will see to it that you will be guided to the correct Quran, to the perfect Quran. If you are not a sincere Muslim you will be left to – you will have a fake Quran – a fake Muslim has a fake Quran, and a true Muslim has a true Quran. This is a rule of thumb. (This is an English saying; meaning “this is the standard”).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. You also said… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • A sincere believer has a perfect Quran. An insincere person does not have a perfect Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. You said also in your writing in your paper brochure you said: the old testimony, the new testimony, and also the final testimony; referring to the Quran – which I believe as far as I know, I hope you will correct me if I am mistaking – Muslims they do not like to use or to apply this word this; “old” and “new” and “final”, to the word of God. We know this word is being used by Jewish and Christians, but not by the Muslims. The Muslim he knows that the word of God, from Adam to Muhammad, it is the word of God. Never been old, never been used, never been – it is the word of God. When we say it is word of God; it is the word of God. But… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You do not like the using of; “the old testament”, “the new testament”… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, I am just asking, wondering… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I like to use it. But if you don’t like to use it then go ahead and don’t use it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So that is the only answer you have, right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. You said also “Mohammedans; the worst enemies of God”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “Beware of Mohammedans; the worst enemies of God, according to the Quran”.
  • Do you think the Quran say that?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • That the Quran say: “the one who follows Muhammad will be my worst enemy?”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The one who worships Muhammad.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well the one who worships – you know the Muslim they never worship Muhammad… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You indicated in the beginning of this interview that you worship Muhammad.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You said: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, you worship Muhammad in your life… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • (incoherent speech), I am admitting… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait, wait, wait. You put Muhammad’s name next to allah’s name, this is shirk, by definition this is shirk. (shirk means idol-worship)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • According to sura… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You made a statement: “Muhammad is the messenger of God”, when he is dead, he is not alive. Only God is alive, this is why God says: “tawakkal ‘alal haiyil lazee laa yamootu”; “put your trust in the living one, who never dies” (25:58), because Muhammad is dead.
  • And when you put his name… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It means… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • When you put Muhammad’s name, a human creature of God, next to God, the name of God, this is worshiping without knowing. So you are worshiping Muhammad without knowing it, because you do not follow the Quran that came out of Muhammad’s mouth; because of your reverence for Muhammad, which is – another word for it: idol-worship.
  • The Quran tells you: (2:285)
  • “laa nufarriqu baina ahadim-mir-rusulihee”; we do not make any distinction among the prophets – or the messengers of God,
  • “wa qaaloo sami’naa wa ata’naa”; we do not argue, we say hear and we obey, we do not make any distinction.
  • Defy this and you will be making a distinction, and all this because you love Muhammad too much. Loving Muhammad too much is like the Christians loving Jesus too much and worshiping him. And therefore worshiping Muhammad, or practicing shirk – God says there is a law: (5:72)
  • “innnahoo many-yushrik billaahi faqad harramal laahu ‘alaihil jannata”; that heaven is forbidden for those who make shirk. (shirk = idol-worship).
  • And shirk by definition, when you say: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, this is shirk by definition, because – let me ??quote?? it to you in human terms:
  • If you invite me to your house for dinner, you are going to invite me alone, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You say: “Rashad, come to my house alone by yourself”, and this would “I am coming to your house alone”.
  • However, you can also say: “I want to invite you to dinner to my house, but bring your servant with you”. Okay? Then I am not invited alone anymore, this is shirk, there is a sharika; more than one person coming to your house. Even though you are acknowledging that the other person is my servant; it still is shirk.
  • So when you say: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, this is shirk by definition, and this is exactly why God teaches us in the Quran that the shahda is: “la elaha ella allah”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The shahada of “allah”, “al malaika”; the angels, and the “ulul ‘ilmi”; the people who know.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Correct me if I am wrong… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, Mohammedans is the correct expression to describe… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I am a Muslim, and I will say: “la elaha ella allah” – by saying “muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, means that I approve, and I admit, and bear witness that I will accept the message of allah subhana wa ta’ala came through Muhammad… (incoherent speech) (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No. You are saying the opposite. When you say: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, you are saying: I reject Muhammad and his message. This is what it means.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How? Explain it to me.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • By breaking the commandments in the Quran.
  • By breaking the commandment of making distinction among the prophets.
  • By putting another name beside the name of God.
  • And violating the basic principle in the Quran… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I am a putting a name beside my God because loving Muhammad is loving God. Because Muhammad he devoted most of his life to allah subhana wa ta’ala, to his message, in his path, I love him; by loving Muhammad… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Why do you disobey him then? if you love him why do you disobey him?
  • He told you: “do not make distinction among the messengers”.
  • He told you that the shahada is: “la elaha ella allah”.
  • So why do you continue to disobey him then, if you love him, if you really love him. Why do you not obey him? Why do you not follow the Quran that came out of his mouth.
  • You know we have to think about… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I am listening to you doctor… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The issue: “innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy”. (God and His angels help and support the prophet…(33:56))

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy”… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • “sallimoo tasleemaa”… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You do not believe in this?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Of course I believe in this.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You believe in this?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How do you believe in this?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, do you know what “yusalloona ‘alayhi” means?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What does it means?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you know what “nabiyy” means, in the Quran?
  • Also do you know that thirteen verses before this; God says he and His angels do the same thing for every believer?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • In the same sura.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It says:
  • “yaaa aiyuhal lazeena aamanu”; o you who believe, (33:41)
  • “zkurul laaha zikran kaseera”; commemerate God continuesly.  (33:41)
  • “wa sabbihoohu bukratanw wa aseela”; Glorify Him day and night. (33:42)
  • “huwal lazee yusallee ‘alaikum wa malaaa’ikatuhoo liyukhrijakum minazzulumaati ilan-noor”. (He is the One who helps you, together with His angels, to lead you out of darkness into the light. (33:43))
  • So, “innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy”, is because the nabiyy (prophet) is one of the believers. Why? – “to take him out of the darkness into the light”, just like in the other verse. And it says “oh you who believe do the same thing, help him also, come out of the darkness into the light”.
  • This is what it says… (interrupted

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So it is… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Hold it.
  • You have to understand what the verse means, because Satan messed up this verse for the Muslims and made them – instead of “zkurul laaha zikran kaseera,wa sabbihoohu bukratanw wa aseela”, al-shayytan al-laeem (Satan the deceiver), Satan decided we are going to make the people commemorate Muhammad day and night, and “yusabbihoohu” (praise) Muhammad day and night instead of God, so they keep saying:
  • allahumma yusalli ‘ala muhammad“. (May God shower His blessings upon Muhammad).
  • sallallahu alayhi wasallam“. (May peace and God’s blessings be upon him).

(Listen to the first verse and chorus of the song that I linked to, while reading the lyrics in the description of the video. The singer is literally saying that Muhammad is: “the Teacher of teachers”, and “Teacher of all Mankind”, THESE TITLES BELONG TO GOD, not to humans or angels. It is the same as when the Christians say that Jesus is: “the King of kings”. Therefore it is accurate to call these almost ~2 billion people; “Mohammedans”).

  • alayhi salat wasalam“. (Peace and blessings be upon him).
  • Instead of saying “subhanaallah”, “la elaha ella allah”, and so on. So shayytan; Satan, succeeded in tricking and duping the Muslims into commemorating Muhammad instead of God, by messing up the meaning of this verse.
  • Now the expression of “al nabiyy” in the Quran, you have to watch this, and I challenge the so called “uluma” (scholars) in this subject, because “al nabiyy” in the Quran: is always in the Quran during his lifetime; when he was alive, the word “nabiyy”.
  • Like: “…laa tarfa’ooo aswaatakum fawqa sawtin nabiyi”; how can you carry out this commandment now? “Do not raise your voice over the voice of the prophet” (49:2), when he is dead? This means do not speak at all because his voice is still; if you do it now.
  • So the word nabiyy – “yaaa ayyuhan nabiyyu izaa tallaqtummun nisaaa’a…”; how can the prophet divorce his wife when he is dead? (65:1)
  • “yaaa ayyuhan nabiyyu lima tuharrimu maaa ahallal laahu lak”. (O you prophet, why do you prohibit what God has made lawful for you… (66:1))
  • So, consistently in the Quran the word nabiyy is during his lifetime.
  • So; “innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy”, means Muhammad during his lifetime. “yaaa aiyuhal lazeena aamanoo salloo ‘alaihi”, during his life time, help him, support him, during his lifetime.
  • Not after he is dead, and every time you hear his… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • allah subhana wa ta’ala He always precisely in the Quran when He mentions things we are carrying it as it is because we follow the Quran as you say, allah subhana wa ta’ala did not say; yaaa aiyuhal lazeena aamanoo in the time of the messenger means after the death of the messenger; do not salloo ‘alaa muhammad. (Abdel Rahman Salem is trying to argue that the Quran doesn’t say that these verses only apply when the prophet was alive, and nor does the Quran say that these verses cannot be be applied after the death of the prophet. He, like many Mohammedan scholars, ignore grammar and logic just to twist the meaning of these and many other verses).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But, you don’t know the meaning of “salloo ‘alaihi” means.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It says pray to him.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Or supporting him.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • That is all supporting him?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • “salloo” comes from the word SULAH; contact, connection – stay close to him, help him, support him. It does not say: “SAY sallallahu alayhi wasallam”, because it contradicts itself, you know, it says in the beginning: “innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy”, so do you agree that innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • This is the present time?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes. Hold it.
  • Do you agree that innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy? (Do you agree that God and His angels support the prophet?)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes, I do.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, allaaha wa malaaa’i katahoo, now, yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy. (So God and His angels are supporting the prophet)(Even at this moment after ~1400 years).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So why are you telling Him to salloo ‘alan nabiyy, if he is doing it? (So why are you telling God to support the prophet?)(Rashad Khalifa is asking Abdel Rahman Salem; why are you telling God to do something which God said He is already doing? (It is technically the same as saying “run” to someone who is already running)).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Since allah and His angels praying on Muhammad, I am as a Muslim, should pray on Muhammad, and on every single Muslim who is believes in Islam.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah, but according to you – you are saying “allahumma yusalli ‘ala muhammad” right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But we already know – allah tells you that He is making salat on Muhammad… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I ask allah subhana wa ta’ala to accept my praying to Muhammad.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No. But he is already doing it. You are asking God to do what He is saying He is doing.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • For me.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But you can see that Satan messed up the meaning of this verse. But this really means is; during the prophet Muhammad’s time, because of the use of the word “al nabiyy”; o you who believe, support him and help him and stay in touch with him. This is what it means. But the Muslims messed it up and uses it to make the Muslims worship Muhammad instead of God – this is why I call them Mohammedans.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So, we should not actually do that. We should actually mention Muhammad in – as I saw you in the prayer; jum’aah prayer here you never mention Muhammad for anything.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I will mention him if I need to. I mean… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You never mention him. You said –  I mean it is not… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • What do you want to mention him for?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I do have to mention.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Why?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I am a Muslim, you already know… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I am asking you, why do you want to mention Muhammad?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • As a messenger of God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, the Quran says only the hypocrites say that. Only the hypocrites declare that Muhammad is “rasūlu allah”, because we know that Muhammad is “rasūlu allah”, we don’t need to say it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay? It says: “izaa jaaa’akal munaafiqoona qaaloo nashhadu innaka la rasoolul laah; wallaahu ya’lamu innaka la rasooluhoo wallaahu yashhadu innal munaafiqeena lakaaziboon”. (When the hypocrites come to you they say, “We bear witness that you are the messenger of God.” God knows that you are His messenger, and God bears witness that the hypocrites are liars.(63:1)).
  • So throughout the Quran only the hypocrites say: “ash-hadu alla muhammadun rasūlu allah”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So actually you are ignoring completely the the way Muhammad used to live, and to ignoring to reject for us as a Muslim to know how Muhammad he used to live the right way according to the Quran, so we have to follow it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Are you ignoring the way Muhammad used to live?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, I would be glad to go for it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So why are you wearing a tie? Did he wear a tie?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I am not going for outside as much as inside in praying… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Now wait a minute, you are talking about the way he lived.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • The way he used to live in… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you have your camel parking out there?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • In behaving muslim, seeing, you are going for outside, now for the service we are going for inside, the way he performed the Quran, how he used to pray.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you agree he believed in the Quran?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you agree that his source was the Quran?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes. How… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Even according to Hadith it says: “kaana khollooqoho quran”. (“خُلُقَ نَبِيِّ اللَّهِ كَانَ الْقُرْآنَ”: “The character/behavior of the prophet of God was the Quran”).

(فَقُلْتُ يَا أُمَّ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَنْبِئِينِي عَنْ خُلُقِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏.‏ قَالَتْ أَلَسْتَ تَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ قُلْتُ بَلَى ‏.‏ قَالَتْ فَإِنَّ خُلُقَ نَبِيِّ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم كَانَ الْقُرْآنَ)(I asked the mother of believers (Aisha, the prophet’s wife): teach me about the character/behavior of the messenger of God. She replied: Don’t you read the Quran? I answered: Of course I do. She then said: The character/behavior of the prophet was the Quran (Sahih Muslim 745 c)). (I exclude two sentences of “sallallahu alayhi wasallam” for clarity’s sake).

  • He represented the Quran, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, and now we have the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, therefore if you want to follow Muhammad, you follow the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. How do you know… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait a minute. Is this true?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes, it is true.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Alright, so this is what we are doing. We are following the Quran, which means we are following Muhammad.
  • However, Muhammad’s job was to deliver the message, he did the job, he did a good job, and he is gone, and that is his role. He cannot guide you… (interurpted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And that is it, no more? We don’t have to think of… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It is what the Quran says: “maa ‘alar rasooli illal balaagh”, two negatives: maa ‘alar rasooli illal balaagh, maa and illa… (interrupted). (The sole duty of the messenger is to deliver the message… (5:99)).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • As far as I know, in this sura, it means like; you Muhammad do not force people to believe in Islam, you are only responsible for delivering the message, not force it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is a general statement that is not violated anywhere in the Quran, it is repeated: “maa ‘alar rasooli illal balaagh”, “‘alar Rusuli illal balaaghul mubeen” (16:35).
  • And it is repeated many times.
  • So the sole function of the prophet or the messenger is to deliver the message.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • That is all?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • “Innaka laa tahdee man ahbata”… (interrupted) (28:56)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “…wa laakinna laaha yahdee mai yashaaa'”… (interrupted) (28:56)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right, “you do not guide”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • This is also supporting the same ayat (verses), (incoherent speech), so you don’t force it on people for believing, no, you just deliver the message, and you perform it, and you teach the people how to do it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, no, no.
  • Now you are adding other things, because it says: “maa ‘alar rasooli illal balaagh”. (The sole duty of the messenger is to deliver the message).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • This people who come to the mosque here, who they follow? they follow you, how to do, right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, they follow the Quran. They don’t follow me.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You teach them, you hold this Quran and you teach them in the Quran, so they sit and listen and look at you, and they say that is right, that is right – who is right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The Quran. (The Quran is right).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Doctor Khalifa right in a way of interpreting the Quran here, so I am following doctor Khalifa and I am not actually… (interrupting)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No you are not. If you are following doctor Khalifa then you are not right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It is not right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. Let us also… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Anybody here, and we all know this, we do not follow any person. And we emphasize; here we are worshiping of God alone, we follow the word of God alone, and if I ever say anything that is not in the Quran and it contradicts the Quran – I am the first one to appreciate alerting me to this, because then I am wrong.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If I am following… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Nobody follows me.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If I am following the Quran, why should I come to this mosque to listen to Khalifa?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You don’t need to.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • (Incoherent speech), here, I look in the, house, to be leaving, ?tulip?, to mister doctor Khalifa, right? (Please email me or comment if you know what Abdel Rahman Salem is saying here at ~51:02).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • That is right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Absolutely, you do not need anybody, you do not need Rashad Khalifa or anybody. If you have the Quran you do not need anybody, because you follow the Quran and nothing else.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You said in your brochures also, Islam being practiced today.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Can I go back to your question; why we come here to the mosque?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • There is a commandment in the Quran that says: “wasbir nafsaka ma’al lazeena yad’oona rabbahum bilghadaati wal’ashiyyi yureedoona wajhahoo”, it says: “force yourself to be with those who worship God alone”. (18:28)
  • Because it is a social function, this is why God instituted the Friday Prayer ever week; so all the believers who follow the Quran alone must get together, they must know each other, they must be united, as you know. Throughout the Quran these instructions are there. This is the only reason we are here.
  • And there are replicas of this masjid all around the world, where they don’t have Rashad Khalifa there, because we have our leader is the Quran, our imam is the Quran, our guide is the Quran – the word of God, we are worshiping God alone. And we go out of our way to destroy persons, or idols of any kind; alive or dead. So this is the reason we get together here.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You said in your brochures; Islam being practiced today is severely corrupted beyond recognition. Can you elaborate to me?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Absolutely. The Muslims of the world do not do anything according to prophet Muhammad’s teachings. You for example, did you make wudu today? (Ablution).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes I do.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, can you describe it to me?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • As usual.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, go ahead, describe it.
  • Number one; you open the faucet.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yeah.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You was your hands.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I wash my face.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Arms.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And feet.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • That is as far as I know.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, you did not do your head.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes I do… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You didn’t… (incoherent speech)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • My ears.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Your ears.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • My mouth, that is Sunnah. (Sunnah refers to the hadiths (sayings) about Muhammad’s lifestyle).
  • (Incoherent speech)… You said you did not follow Sunnah.
  • According to… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I am asking you what you did. About your actions today… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well I know exactly what I did. I said: “nawaytu sunnahta al wudu”, then sunnah before ?fawht?.
  • Sunnah is when washing my mouth, because I am going to stand next to someone, I don’t want him to smell my smell, so I was my mouth, wash my nose… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, so you wash your hands first?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, and then you wash your mouth?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Then your nose?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes, my nose, and my face.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Your face.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And my arms.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Your arms.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • My hair.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Your hair.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • My ears.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Your ears.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • My feet.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Your feet.
  • Eight steps.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Eight (8) steps, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, now if we look in the Quran, this is what came out of Muhammad’s mouth, I am taking you as an example, because you are telling me the Muslims practice something that is severely corrupted.
  • If you look in the Quran, what came out of Mohammad’s mouth is the following: “yaaa aiyuhal lazeena aamanoo izaa qumtum ilas salaati faghsiloo wujoohakum wa aidiyakum ilal maraafiqi wamsahoo biru’oosikum wa arjulakum ilal ka’bayn” – four steps.
  • Now Satan will not accept that, he has to have his four steps also.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • (incoherent speech)… have to Islam if we add two or three? (Is it against Islam if we add two or three more steps?)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Of course.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If I wash my hands… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  •  If I wash my hands and wash my ears, and if I wash thoroughly, if I clean my self, that is ?against? Islam?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Absolutely.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If I pray to allah subhana wa ta’ala, it says pray to God… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait, hold it, hold it, let us stay with the wudu, we are going to go to other examples – I want to show you that Muslims do not do anything according to Muhammad’s teachings.
  • Out of Muhammad’s mouth came the teaching that we should have four steps, you made eight steps. Four from God and four from Satan. So you have a… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What is wrong with that?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is what is wrong with it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What is wrong with it?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You have a shareek (partner), you have another god beside God, telling you – who told you to do additional four steps? another god!

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It is more clean.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, why do you not take a bath?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I take a bath sometimes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, fine, but this has… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • When you take a bath there is no need for… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • We are talking about the worship, okay? This is talking about ablution as an act of worship.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I brush my teeth in the morning when I get up, but this has nothing to do with worship, this is my hygienic practices.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. But we are talking about the wudu as form of worship. Do the Muslims follow what came out of Mohammad’s mouth? the answer for you is no, you are not following… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes, the answer is yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, you are not.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I follow it, and some more.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Exactly, you add some more.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Some more to be more careful.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right. Either you know better than God, or you have another god that is adding steps to you.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • What is the source of the four other steps?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Excuse me doctor Khalifa, this is the messenger of allah subhana wa ta’ala when he say: “you people pray two raka”, and I come to the mosque and pray four raka, it does not mean I am not following God, I am praying to you allah two raka, and I added two more raka for extra for me to make it more… (interrupted) (rakas = units when performing the Contact Prayer (2, 4, 4, 3, 4)).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No. Then you have another god who told you to do two extra rakas. Because the number of rakas is mathematically coded according to God in the Quran; according to God’s system. And if you add anything else then you have another god who told you to do those two rakas.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • That is following… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Let me show you from the Quran. Okay?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • allah subhana wa ta’ala ordered the angels fall prostrate – make sujood before Adam, right? (sujood = prostration).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • They fell prostrate before Adam. Who were they worshiping?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • (Mumbles)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Who? They made sujood before Adam, who were they worshiping?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Who were they worshiping?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Who?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Who?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • God.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The source of the order, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • They were not worshiping Adam. Even though they were making sujood before Adam.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • They are worshiping the source of the order.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, if you make sujood to God because Muhammad told you to do sujood to God; you are not worshiping God; you are worshiping the source of the order; Muhammad.
  • Do you understand me?
  • You are breaking the mathematical code; the number of rakas. If God told you to do two rakas, you must do two rakas. If you add more, you then you… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • That is against Islam.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Exactly.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I should do exactly two rakas, no more, no less.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right.
  • And in your wudu you must do the four steps, no more and no less.
  • Okay, this is wudu.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Now, I will ask another question about salat (Contact Prayer).
  • Did you pray the Noon yesterday?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Did you do it silently or loudly?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Silently.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is against the Quran. You are not obeying the prophet Muhammad here.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Why?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Because if you look in sura seventeen; verse hundred and ten (17:110), it says: “laa tukhaafit bihaa”, “laa tajhar bi salaatika wa laa tukhaafit bihaa”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “wabtaghi baina zaalika sabeela”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • “zaalika sabeela”. Exactly.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Which one? the Noon one?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Hundred and ten (110).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • The Noon Salat or all the Salat?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • All the Salat, it did not say Noon or what. It says: “laa tajhar bi salaatika wa laa tukhaafit bihaa”; “do not say your Salat in a loud voice or secretly.”

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • According… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Therefore when you do it secretly you have a another god who told you to do it secretly.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No. According to my knowledge… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait, why do you not follow the commandment?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well let me comment on this.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, (incoherent speech), that the Muslims are not following the Quran or Muhammad.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You are damaging, excuse me for this expression and I hope you will correct me if I am wrong, you are damaging completely the “ta’aleem” (teachings) of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, even in his early days, like Muhammad he followed and he and his follower were silent in doing Salat, in Noon and in Asr; afternoon prayer.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Because they were weak at the time, they were weak at that time, and they were aware afraid of the kafferoon (disbelievers)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Are you weak now? are you afraid that the kafferoon will attack you?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, that is why we follow his way.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, but he left you the Quran… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It is like when you follow Christmas way, as a remembering, it is not damaging, sometimes… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So you are disobeying the Quran in other words.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, we… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Did you see the prophet pray silently?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, this is the Sunnah wa ??toras??

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is what you heard, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So you follow hearsay, and you do not follow the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. This… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • What do you mean okay?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I am not going to go through this because… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You are saying that I am destroying all the “ta’aleem” (teachings) of Muhammad.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Mmmhmm.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And I am telling you I hope I am destroying what you think is “ta’aleem” Muhammad. Because it is not “ta’aleem” Muhammad. “ta’aleem” of Muhammad is in the Quran, and he told you: “don’t do the prayer silently”.
  • Now, again, can you tell me what you say in your Salat sitting down? in the sitting position.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes. I noticed also in your Salat as soon as you sit you said: salamun alaikum rahmatullah, salamun – I mean you didn’t say anything at all, right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • What do you say?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “atahiyyatu wa mubarakt wasalawatu watayyibatu lillahi, asalamu ‘alaika ayyuhannabiyyu warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu, asalamu’alaina wa’ala ibadillahi asalihin, ashhadu allailaha illallahu wa ashhadu anna muhammadan rasulallah.
  • “asalamun alaikum rahmatullah”
  • “asalamun alaikum rahmatullah”

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You don’t say allahumma yusalli ‘ala muhammad wa… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, that is extra, you do not have to say it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay.
  • Now, this what you just said here nullifies the Salat, okay? It makes it zero.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Do you know the ??explanation?? of this one?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It violates the Quran and makes it aboslute null and void and useless and a waste of time – even worse, it makes you a mushreek. Beause the Quran says: “wa annaalmasajiida lillahi falaa tada’oo maaallahi ahada” (72:18), the mosque, or masjid or places of sujood belong to God, you shall not mention anybody else – “ahada”, anybody else with God.
  • So when you sit down and you mention the name of Muhammad or, “al nabi” in the Quran, you are finished, you are dead duck, the Salat does not mean a thing. You are disobeying God and disobeying the prophet.
  • So as you see, the Muslims are practicing a religion that has nothing to with Muhammad. And they misunderstand that. As you see; the wudu is wrong, the azaan is wrong, the azaan that they do – can you tell me any azaan in any place in the Muslim world that is devoted to allah alone? anywhere in the world? (azaan = the call to Salat).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, what the azaan say? Well why, it is always devoted to allah subhana wa ta’ala

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It does not mention Muhammad at all?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No. It is mention Muhammad is against the religion. By mentioning, once you mention Muhammad, it is like: “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wa ash-hadu alla muhammadun rasūlu allah”, it means I bear witness there is no god but one God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God, this means he is last messenger of God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, the fact is the azaan is not devoted to God alone, there is Muhammad in it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay, but he the messenger. He deliver the message to me.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah, but he delivered a message telling you to only mention God alone: “wa annaalmasajiida lillahi falaa tada’oo maaallahi ahada”, this is very clear Arabic, it is telling you that this worship belongs to God, do not mention any other names.
  • And you are telling “forget it, I am going to mention Muhammad next to you”, you are defying God and you are defying Muhammad, you are going against the Quran.
  • So let us just think you know. The Muslims are doing the azaan wrong, the wudu wrong, the salat wrong, the zakat wrong, the siyaam wrong, hajj wrong.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How they do that, because I would like to go through also the points that you said.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, you heard about the azaan, you heard about the wudu.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You heard about the salat.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And now we will come to zakat for example.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. If you look in sura number six; verse one forty-one (6:141), it says that the zakat must be given on the day of harvest: “…wa aatoo haqqahoo yawma hasaadihee…”, okay?
  • Now, we; you and I, harvest paychecks; or dollars – we don’t harvest wheat and corn and so on, right?
  • So the day we receive any money, we must give the zakat on that day immediately, according to the Quran’s teachings as who receives the zakat and so on.
  • Now the Muslims give the zakat once a year, which means what? the hungry people have to wait a year before they get assistance.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I know there is a distinguish between zakat and the sadaqah. (sadaqah is the regular charity).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well we are talking about zakat.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • zakat.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • We are talking about zakat: “…wa aatoo haqqahoo yawma hasaadihee…”, the zakat is “haqq”, must be… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You interpret zakat – “haqq” means zakat?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, wait a minute, it is very clear in the verse: “…wa aatoo haqqahoo yawma hasaadihee…”

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “haqq” who?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The zakat from the harvest.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It didn’t mention zakat now, (incoherent speech) you know we are – why… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So what is it? what is “haqqahoo”?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What’s “haqqahoo” means?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah, you tell me what “haqqahoo” means.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “haaq”… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • If you read the verse.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “haqq” means “sadaqah”, mean… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, sadaqah is not “haqq”, sadaqah is voluntarily. There is a difference between zakat and sadaqah, the zakat is obligatory. There is sadaqah and there is “haqq”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But the sadaqah is voluntarily – it is any charitable act that you do to any poor person. Okay?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • There is zakat for Ramadan, and there is also another zakat for your money.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • There is just only one zakat, which came to us from Ibrahim: “ruba’al ushr”, two and half percent (2.5%) (This percentage has been passed down from generation to generation, just like the Contact Prayer).
  • It came very simple, “ruba’al ushr”, and it is given as soon as you receive any income, whenever any income. But the Muslims do it wrong, they do it once a year on their savings, that is not the way it should be.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How also you explain the fasting.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, the fasting, they do not – they never on the beginning or the end of Ramadan, as you know.
  • They quit any productive work during the month of Ramadan.
  • They become obnoxious creatures, and they get angry easily, and they are very bad people and they blame it on the fasting.
  • This is not the way to do siyyam (fasting).
  • And the hajj is ruined by going to Medina and worshiping at the tomb of the prophet. (hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, this has nothing to do with hajj. Everybody knows that when you go to visit the Mosque of the rasool alayhi salat wasalam… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The hadith says that “hajj is not complete without visiting my tomb”, and I do not know when he said that; when he was dead or alive?

(I could not find the exact hadith, however, the funny thing that Rashad Khalifa is asking is how can a dead person tell you to visit his tomb? Also, Hajj pilgrimage existed before Muhammad was even born, and Muhammad used to perform it just like prophet Abraham used to perform it, so the next question is; how can the prophet complete his own hajj if he is alive and there is no tomb to visit himself? And how could anyone who was doing hajj at that time do Hajj while the prophet was still alive and there was no tomb? It is astonishing that many so called highly educated Muslim scholars don’t see these contradictions).

  • But this – whether it is part of the hajj or not, it destroys the hajj.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yeah, you said you translate the Quran, right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And you said: “my translation was authorized by God”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What do you mean by that? I would like you to elaborate this point.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • When I started to translate I did not want to publish it because I thought, I said “I will not publish it unless it is authorized”, and I demanded certain signs that it is authorized – and I received the signs, and I published it, and called it authorized.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How you did you receive it?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well that is a long story that is beyond this interview, so let us leave it at that.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well we would like to know it you know, people would like to know how – what kind of authorization… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Come to the conference and I will give you the details, I am going to give the details at the conference.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Can’t you even give me a hint about it? Like here you said: “when i was in Mecca”… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I can give you a few hints.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes go ahead.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • My English translation is the nineteenth translation. And if you are aware for the mathematical code, the number nineteen is the common denominator in the Quran, in the previous scriptures, in you and me, in the universe. And also… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • ??I am a Muslim and as a Muslim?? I have to concentrate on nothing but numbers in Quran, Quran is not numbers, Quran is spiritual… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, if you do that then you would be wrong.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Quran is spirit.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • The most important thing… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It is just like… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • The Quran, the word of it, the constitution I have to follow it, the living life of it. If you approve by numbers that it is the miracle of God, that is enough for me and I have to move to another ???point??

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right, you bet.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So how many times did we in this kuthbah (sermon) talk about the number nineteen? since we started? We are not concentrating on the number nineteen, you are.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay, you concentrating… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • We have been talking about salat, and zakat, and hajj, and the Quran, and the teachings in the Hadith, and so on – we did not talk about the number nineteen.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, let us talk about number nineteen now.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The signs were abundant that this Quran is authorized (the translation), I give here in the Muslim Perspective the details about my name, and the verses and suras where my name is mentioned and so on, so you have to look it up and come to your own conclusions. This is why the translation is authorized.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And this is why you claim you are a messenger of God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You believe you are a messenger of God, right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How do you believe that? Why do you believe this?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well like I said; I gave you several proofs.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Give me.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And there are many other proofs.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • One of the proof is the number nineteen?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The discovering of the mathematical code is one.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I mean like… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is the something that is very simple, it is has been in the Quran for fourteen hundred (1400) years, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But no one discovered it but you.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No one discovered it but me.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And that is why you are a messenger of God?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It means like the one who invented the airplanes, the things I cannot even reach my mind, I cannot even – I can also put him as a messenger of God because this is something… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, there are two points here, the first point is that we are talking about the Quran; which is a special, divinely controlled book. As you heard in the khutba (sermon), no one can touch a word in it unless they are sincere believers, that is what God says, do you believe that?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes I do.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you believe God when He says that no body will touch anything in the Quran unless he is a sincere believer?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How do you say it in Arabic?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It says: “laa yamassuhooo illal mutahharoon” (“None can grasp it except the sincere.” (56:79)).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “laa yamassuhooo illal mutahharoon”, the one who – has nothing to do with… (interrupted

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. It says: “wa man azlamu mimman zukkira bi ayaati rabbihee fa-a’rada ‘anhaa wa nasiya maa qaddamat yadaah; innaa ja’alnaa ‘alaa quloobihim akinnatan any yafqahoohu wa feee aazaanihim waqraa…”. (“Who are more evil than those who are reminded of their Lord’s proofs, then disregard them, without realizing what they are doing. Consequently, we place shields on their hearts to prevent them from understanding it (the Quran)…” (18:57))

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So the person who is not a believer in the Quran will have seals on their heart “akinnatan ‘alaa quloob”. “wa feee aazaanihim waqraa”, and deafness in their ears… (interrupted).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • This has nothing to do with your point… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Hold it.
  • “wa izaa qaraatal Quraana ja’alnaa bainaka wa bainal lazeena laa yu’minoona bil aakhirati hijaabam mastooraa (17:45). wa ja’alnaa ‘alaa quloo bihim akinnatan any yafqahoohu wa feee aazaanihim waqraa… (17:46)“. (When you read the Quran, we place between you and those who do not believe in the Hereafter an invisible barrier. We place shields around their minds, to prevent them from understanding it, and deafness in their ears…).
  • Do you agree that the disbelievers cannot understand the Quran, according to this?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • According to the Quran, yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right. Therefore the people who are not sincere, the people who are liars, the people who are disbelievers – they cannot understand the Quran because God puts seals on their hearts, their minds, and deafness in their ears. Do you agree?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, God says that.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Therefore if I am given access to the most important secret in the Quran, can I be a disbeliever who tricked God and discovered the Miracle of the Quran, is this possible?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I think so. (incoherent speech)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you think anybody can trick God?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. So any disbeliever cannot trick God and sneak behind His back and find something in the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I think when you claim you are a messenger of God, you are not tricking God. This is… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, I am talking about discovering the Miracle of the Quran as a sign of messengership.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, there are a lot of ways to discover, hundreds – hundreds of scholars they discovered that the Quran is miracle by its word., by its verses.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Inspired yes, then those are good people.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • (incoherent speech)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Are they good people?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • They taught us how miracle – how miracle the Quran, by its words, not by its numbers. It is fascinating when you understand the Quran by its words, by the Quran itself.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Are you familiar with the mathematical code?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No sir, I am not.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, so you have to look at it and understand it first to appreciate that. Anyway it is.. (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Do you think you can give a brief idea for the audience?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Absolutely, okay.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Thank you.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It is a psychical fact that “bism allah arrahman arraheem” – which is the first verse of the Quran – consists of nineteen (19) letters.
  • It is a physical fact that the suras of the Quran are hundred and fourteen (114), nineteen times four (six). (19×6)
  • It is a physical fact that the first words revealed were nineteen (19) words:
  • “iqra bismi rabbika allazee khalaq”. (Read, in the name of your Lord, who created). (96:1)
  • “khalaqa alinsaana min ‘alaq”. (He created man from an embryo). (96:2)
  • “iqra warabbuka alakram”. (Read, and your Lord, Most Exalted). (96:3)
  • “allazee ‘allama bilqalam”. (Teaches by means of the pen). (96:4)
  • “‘allama alinsaana malam y’alam”. (He teaches man what he never knew). (96:5)
  • These are nineteen (19) words.
  • It is a physical fact that this first sura, sura “al-alaq”, consists of nineteen (19) verses.
  • It is a physical fact that this sura; “al-alaq” is on top of the last nineteen (19) suras in the Quran.
  • It is a physical fact that “bism allah arrahman arraheem” – well let me go to deeper facts.
  • The number of verses in the Quran is six thousand three hundred forty-six (6346), which is a multiple of nineteen. (19×334)
  • If you count the word “allah” in the Quran, you will find that it is two thousand six hundred ninety-eight (2698), nineteen times hundred and forty-two. (19×142)
  • The word “quran” in the Quran is mentioned fifty-seven (57) times; nineteen times three. (19×3)
  • In thirty-eight suras (chapters) nineteen times two. (19×2) (The Quran is mentioned in 38 different chapters, and 38 is 19×2. I could not find any reference for this.)
  • When you take the verses where the word “quran” is mentioned, you will find that the total is two thousand six hundred sixty (2660); nineteen times hundred and forty. (19×140)
  • “allah wahdahu” in the Quran, when you look at here in the index – I will let you look it up yourself – (Rashad scrolls through a big book) – look here mister Abdel Salem. “wahdahu”, when it says about “allah wahdahu”, sura seven; verse seventy (7:70).
  • This is the “quran wahdahu”, so we do not count it. (The next count is 17:42, which is talking about remidning people using the Quran alone)
  • But here is “allah wahdahu”, thirty-nine forty-five (39:45)(interruped)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I think – okay, I should look like this, (Abdel Rahman Salem picks up the Quran and turns it towards the camera) – and you can concentrate (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, (incoherent speech), from the library.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You can do it, you can show me.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, this is – to look on this way (Rashad closes the book).
  • But you get this “Al-Mu’jam Al-Mufahras”, okay? from any Islamic library or Islamic center.
  • And look at page seven forty-five (745), and you look at suras and verses where “allahu wahdahu” is mentioned, okay?
  • sura seven; verse seventy. (7:70)
  • sura thirty-nine verse forty-five. (39:45)
  • sura forty; verses twelve and eighty-four. (40:12 & 40:84)
  • sura sixty; verse four. (60:4)
  • You add these numbers, they come to nineteen times nineteen. (19×19)
  • The word “wahed”, when it refers to God is nineteen times.
  • So this goes on and on, sura “qaf” has fifty-seven Q:s, nineteen times three. (19×3)
  • sura “NOON” has hundred thirty-three (133) NOON:s, nineteen times seven. (19×7) (Chapter 68 is called The Pen (al-qalam), but it is also known as “sura noon”.
  • The three (3) suras initialed with “SAAD”, has hundred fifty-two (152) SAAD:s, nineteen times eight. (19×8)
  • And it goes on and on, I believe you saw it in the blue book.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How do you… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So this proves that every letter… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes. How do you count – calculate all of this from the Quran itself here. And at the same time you say this Quran has been injected with different (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes. You mean the two verses?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yeah.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The two fake verses?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • There are only two verses injected into the Quran?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • The rest of the Quran is perfect?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes. This is how the two verses were discovered, because they stand out like a sore thumb.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What’s that mean?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • They ruin the words – listen to this – all the forms of the word of God are distorted in these two verses.
  • The word “allah”, there is one extra in these two verses. Listen to me – the word “allah”, the two thousand six hundred ninety-eight (2698) in the Quran, if you include these two verses it becomes two six nine nine (2699), which is not a multiple of nineteen. (2698 = 19×142. 2699 = 19×142,0526315789474)
  • The word “elah” is also by one. And the word corrupt… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Let me, let me show it to the audience – okay – let me show it to the audience before you go through, what kinds of two verses doctor Khalifa is talking about, it is in the surah “tauwaba” in the last two (2) verses, says:
  • “laqad jaaa’akum rasoolum min anfusikum ‘azeezun ‘alaihi maa ‘anittum hareesun ‘alaikum bilmu’mineena ra’oofur raheem”. (There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful.) (9:128)
  • “fa in tawallaw faqul hasbiyal laahu laaa ilaaha illaa Huwa ‘alaihi tawakkkaltu wa huwa rabbul ‘arshil ‘azeem”. (But if they turn away, [O Muhammad], say, “Sufficient for me is Allah ; there is no deity except Him. On Him I have relied, and He is the Lord of the Great Throne.”) (9:129)
  • Doctor Khalifa, he according to his words says: “this is not Quran, this is been injected into the Quran”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Would you please explain?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, you are going away from the subject now.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • From the Mathematical Code.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The Mathematical Code proves that every letter in the Quran, except these two verses that were humanly injected.
  • Show me this book again, the two verses, let me see it.
  • Okay. These two verses are at the end of sura number nine (Chapter 9).
  • I want you to read the title of the sura to the audience, okay? (Rashad hands over the Quran over to Abdel Rahman Salem)
  • (Speaks to the cameraman) And zoom the camera on him (on Abdel Rahman Salem).
  • He (Abdel Rahman Salem) is going to read the title of the sura, everything that is written in here.
  • sura nine (9).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • sura number nine (9).
  • surat al-tawba
  • madaania, ella al-ayatani al-ahkiratayni makkeeyatan wa ayatooha one twenty nine (129), nazalat ba’adah al ma’ida.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. This says that this is sura entitled “al-tawba”, it is an Medinan sura except the last two verses; they are Meccan.
  • Now, if you go to Egypt and buy a coin that says on it: this was done in the year three fifty (350) BC, will the people laugh at you or not?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Why?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Because there was no date before Jesus Christ called three fifty (350) BC, there was no dating then. And everybody will realize that this a stupid tourist who bought this coin.
  • Now we are not stupid to accept in a Medinan sura with two Meccan verses at the end of it.
  • So even this Quran that you carry is telling you that these two verses are fake; a human injection.
  • And the Mathematical Code exposes them, the word “allah”; the word “elah”, the word “rabb”, are all increased by one (1) because of these verses, for example.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How did you discover it had been injected, how did you find?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • By the mathematical Code. The Mathematical Code confirms that the Quran is perfect, and that these two sentences (verses) were added in it to exalt the prophet Muhammad and to worship him. As you know they (the verses) deal with the prophet… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So by your mathematical – as you name it – the divine mathematical… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Forget the mathematics, you just read yourself now in the title of the sura, that the whole sura is Medinan except the last two verses; they are Meccan, how could that be?
  • When the prophet moved from Mecca to Medina; everything revealed after that was from Medina.
  • How did the two Meccan verses get injected in a Medinan sura?
  • You do not find Meccan verses in Medinan suras. You find Medinan verses in Meccan suras, but not the other way around.
  • So if we think a little bit, you yourself read it now. And this tells you these two verses at at least suspect.
  • So the Mathematical Code prove beyond doubt, plus a lot of other evidence.
  • Even al-Bukhari says these two verses are not correct. If you read it carefully, and you read the story of collecting the Quran, okay? recording the Quran. It tells you that every single verse in this Quran was witnessed by more than one witness, except these two verses; the last two verses of sura nine (chapter 9). They were witnessed only by one person; Khuzaima Ibn Thabit Al-AnsariAnsari means he is Medinan, and the two verses are Meccan. I mean it does not take too much intelligence to… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • A lot of people they moved from Medina to Mecca after… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, not the Al-Ansar, this is Khuzaima Ibn Thabit Al-Ansari, so these are the only two verses in the Quran that were witnessed by only one witness according to the stories, I mean forget anything else.
  • So even assuming these stories are correct.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So you want to say in other words that these two verses are not Quran actually.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Or probably they are Quran, and they should be in a different place.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, they are not Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You are saying they are not Quran period?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • They are not Quran, period.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • They are not Quran?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right. They stand out by many overwhelming evidence – proofs – many proofs. You have to write a book about that.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You have to write a book about that?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Also, by inventing the divine mathematical codes, that is why you claim for – you assume you are a messenger of God because of this find, right? or is there any other evidence?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well the fact that we want to establish here is that no one can touch the Quran unless he or she is a sincere believer, right? The Quran says… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If you are a sincere believer ??does that make you?? a messenger of God? I am a sincere believer… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • A sincere believer will not lie and say “I am a messenger of God”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If you are a sincere believer ??does that make you?? a messenger of God?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • If you are a sincere believer you will not lie about God, is this correct?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait a minute, a sincere believer will not lie about God, is this correct?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right. So, a person who finds something in the Quran, especially if it is the secret miracle of the Quran; this person must be a sincere believer. And if this person is a sincere believer as established by the fact of the discovering the secret of the Quran. Then this person will not possibly lie about God and say that he is a messenger of God.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Why you precisely say; “I am a messenger of God, since I discovered this” – why did you not say; “oh people oh Muslims I am coming to correct something”, like: Hassan al Imam, like Ghazali, like Muhammad Abduh, they were very sincerely Islam, and they correct a lot of ways in Islam, but they never claim that they are messenger of God. they… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Were they sincere believers?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • They were sincere believers actually… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Therefore they will not lie about God, if they were not messengers of God then they would not lie about that.
  • Did they claim to be messengers of God?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • They never claimed they were messengers of God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right, so they were not messengers of God.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So why do you claim you are a messenger of God, is it because of… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Because I am.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Is it because of this mathematical codes only?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No. Because I am a messenger of God.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, give me a proof that you are a messenger actually… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I just gave you.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Not this, because this is (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • My name is also mentioned in the Quran here. You open this index.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Your name as: “al rasheena al khulafat”, this has nothing to do with, you know… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You are entitled to say what you want, but what is the root word of my name?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Your name is Rashad.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Rashad has nothing – my name is Abdel Rahman… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Hold it. I’m just gonna…
  • Let us go step by step, okay?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • We are talking about the Arabic language, has nothing to do with the Quran?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • We are talking about the Arabic language.
  • This is the index of the Quran again, page three hundred twenty (page 320)
  • And the root of my word – is it here? do you see it here? (Rashad is asking Abdel Rahman Salem to look at the index)
  • rashada

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Your name is Rashad, not “rashada”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, the root word of Rashad is “rashada”, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And you see “rashada” here, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, “rashada” is between this mark here and this mark, alright?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Mmhmm.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So I want you to count the number of mentionings of the root word “rashada” in the Quran. You count yourself, go ahead.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay, whatever, I count – you count it, I will not waste audience time.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, go ahead, you go ahead.
  • One, (1)
  • Two, (2)
  • Three, (3)
  • Four, (4)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes, it count up to… (Abdel Rahman Salem counts along with Rashad Khalifa)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Five, (5)
  • Six, (6)
  • Seven, (7)
  • Eight, (8)
  • Nine, (9)
  • Ten, (10)
  • Eleven, (11)
  • Twelve, (12)
  • Thirteen, (13)
  • Fourteen, (14)
  • Fifteen, (15)
  • Sixteen, (16)
  • Seventeen, (17)
  • Eighteen, (18)
  • Nineteen. (19)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The root word of my name is mentioned nineteen (19) times.
  • The Mathematical Code of the Quran is based on the number nineteen, as you see.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Now, do you think this is coincidence?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But this is not your name doctor Khalifa, excuse me; “rashada” is an Arabic word.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It is the root word… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • My name is Abdel Rahman (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • If (incoherent speech) Rashad is mentioned in multiple of nineteen, would you believe it?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, I will not.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Why?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Because simply it has nothing to do with the Quran.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you think this is coincidence, in other words?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No not coincidence, but this has nothing to do with your name, “rashada”, Rashad, has nothing to do with your name.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, we said that there is a Mathematical Code in the Quran.

Someone in the background:

  • Wait!

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Did you stop it?

Someone in the background:

  • Yeah.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • We were talking about number nineteen (19).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right. The Mathematical Code in the Quran is based on number nineteen (19).
  • The root word of my name is mentioned in the Quran nineteen (19) times, which is “rashada”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Not your name, again also I am saying not your name; it is saying the word of “rashada”, or “al-rashad”, it does not mean Rashad Khalifa.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Hold it.
  • And I am not talking about Rashad, I am talking about “rashada”. The root word for my name is mentioned in the Quran nineteen (19) times, which is in accordance with the Mathematical Code.
  • But also my name “Rashad” and “Khalifa”, if you add the numbers of the suras and verses, you come up with muplies of ninteen.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • When allah subhana wa ta’ala mention Muhammad, he meant Muhammad.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • innahu ‘abullah. (Servant of God)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But when he mention Rashad, He does not mean Rashad Khalifa… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, God… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • (incoherent speech) Rashad Khalifa.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Because the Quran was delivered fourteen hundred (1400) years before Rashad Khalifa.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But He does not know… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait.
  • God will not put in the Quran that: “I am sending Rashad Khalifa”, He will not say that. So He put it in mathematically coded terms that are not to be revealed until the Mathematical Code is revealed. Okay?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And that is… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is probably why there is no other Rashad Khalifa that I know of. There was one Rashad Khalifa born in my family, my cousin, a boy, and they named him Rashad Khalifa, and the boy died when he was young. And I advised them not to do that… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I mean if I go to any Arab country and I found Rashad Khalifa.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Who claims to be a messenger of God.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No. Any Rashad Khalifa.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Nobody lives in this world by name Rashad Khalifa but you?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I do not know anybody whose name is Rashad Khalifa but me.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If we found someone by this name, what you think?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And he says he is a messenger of God?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, he will say: “I am Rashad Khalifa”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, fine, he is Rashad Khalifa. But if he says he is a messenger of God then that is something else.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Does he say he is a messenger of God?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You approve that you are a messenger of God, by the divine Mathematical Code… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • By discovering the Mathematical Code.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And nineteen names of your name. What else? Can you… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • There are hundred of other things.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Really? Let us see, let us hear it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No I cannot tell you those things.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Let us hear it because… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I am giving you the physical evidence.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • In order to be a messenger of God, you have to be above ordinarily people.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Above, like you are doing something… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, I do not mean yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Like… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, wait a minute. No.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Like you are doing something no human being can do.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, this is not true. The Quran teaches that “Moses went to one of our servants; a’bida bin’bidna”. And this one of our servants taught Moses a few things, and Moses was a very bad pupil.
  • So I want to correct you for saying that messengers are above.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • The Quran says that allah subhana wa ta’ala taught Musa (Moses) some kind of advice in order to appear in front of his own people… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The miracles of… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yeah, in order to make the people believe… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah, I… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Hold it. This is not a human being we learn, he is not a magic, this is not a magic, this is something from God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Anyway, I have given you enough poofs. And I want you to ask anybody to give me a proof that I am not a messenger of God.
  • (incoherent speech)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You have not confessed.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Let us move on.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You have not confessed.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I do not want to convince you.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • We are trying – you have not convinced me so far you are a messenger. Can you give me something.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • To astonish me or to make me say: “Oh, he is above mankind”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So I have to believe it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Let me read the “something” for you in here.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. So you are holding this book and you do not believe in it? (referring to the Quran)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • What do you mean I do not believe in it?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You said this book is not correct.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No. The complete Quran is here, there is some addition.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Some addition?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You cannot make statements like that.
  • Look at this:
  • “wa qaaloo lan nu’mina laka hattaa tafjura lanaa minal ardi yamboo’aa”; “They said, “We will not believe you unless you cause a spring to gush out of the earth.(17:90)
  • “aw takoona laka jannatum min nakheelinw wa ‘inabin fatufajjiral anhaara khilaalahaa tafjeeraa”; “Or you possess a garden of dates and grapes, with rivers flowing in it.(17:91)
  • “aw tusqitas samaaa’a kamaa za’amta ‘alainaa kisafan aw taatiya billaahi walma laaa’ikati qabeelaa”; “Or you drop the heaven over us, the sky over us, as you claimed. Or bring God and the angels before our eyes.(17:92)
  • “aw yakoona laka baitum min zukhrufin”; “or you posses a mansion, a fantastic mansion” (17:93)
  • “aw tarqaa fis samaaa’i”; “or see you climb to the sky” (17:93)
  • “wa lan nu’mina liruqiyyika”; “even if you do that we will not believe.” (17:93)
  • So, I do not want anybody to be convinced, all I can do is deliver the message, and tell you what the proofs are. And then it is up to you to take it for leave it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • In your book here: “Quran, Hadith & Islam” – also one of your book here you wrote about Quran, Hadith and Islam – you said here: “We do not believe in anything with intercession”.
  • What does that mean? You do not believe in intercession?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • We believe the Quran that says: “qul lillaahish shafaa’atu jamee’aa”; “to God belongs all intercession” (39:44). So nobody posses any intercession.. (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You do not believe that the messenger of God will make “shafaa’a” (intercession) to the Muslims?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The Quran says that the messenger of God will not have ny intercession, it says: “in tastaghfir lahum sab’eena marratan falany yaghfiral laahu lahum”, God tells Muhammad “if you ask forgiveness for them seventy times, God will not forgive them” (9:80). So there you have it.
  • Ibrahim made intercession on behalf of his father, but his father is going to hell, it does not matter. Ibrahim is God’s friend.
  • So, I am afraid we have to quit. If you have one last question – I will answer one last question.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, I have a lot of questions actually, but if you want to quit; we want to be (incoherent speech)
  • But I hope you will before you quit, you will comment or you will say something you would like to say to the Muslims.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, what I would like to say is that Islam today has nothing to do with prophet Muhammad. And it is the objective of all sincere believers to restore Islam to the religion preached by the prophet Muhammad.
  • As I mentioned in this program, the Muslims around the world are not doing anything correctly, everything wrong:
  • The Azaan
  • The Ablution
  • The Salat
  • The Zakat
  • The Hajj
  • The Fasting
  • Everything is done not according to the teachings of the prophet Muhammad that came to us in the Quran. And it is the objective to restore Islam to its original pristine purity as preached by prophet Muhammad, the final prophet.
  • salamun alaiyum wa rahmatullah (May peace and God’s mercy be upon you all)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Thank you doctor Rashad Khalifa, and I really appreciate your time, I hope we will meet again.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • insha’allah (God willing)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • To… (recording stops)

End of Video


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Essentials of Submission (Islam) by Rashad Khalifa – Transcript

Announcer:

  • Important Clarification about this video titled “Essentials of Submission (Islam)”, by Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D.
  • In this video, Dr. Rashad Khalifa mentions that the Obligatory Charity (Zakat), is given once a year, calculated on the net worth of your possessions.
  • However, Dr. Rashad Khalifa later confirmed and preached that the correct method of Zakat as per Quran (6:141), is to give it on the day you receive income (the Day of Harvest), calculated on your net income.

(The text in this transcript has been edited to match this change. And references to the Dawn Contact Prayer in the video have also been corrected within this transcript. Other edits include the removal of repetitive words, such as: “”la”, means “no”, “la”, means “no””. – Ahmad Wehbe).

Video Intro:

  • What is Islam?
  • Essentials of Islam
  • Your host – Rashad Khalifa
  • Photographer – Kathleen Clarke

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem – in the name of God, most Gracious, most Merciful.
  • Islam actually began with the first man, the first human being; Adam. He was the first messenger of God, he brought to his children and grandchildren the message of worshiping God alone, and this is Islam, submitting to God – worshiping God alone.
  • A series of messenger after Adam brought the same message; worship God alone. The first commandment in the Bible, the message of Moses, the message of Jesus, the messages of all the prophets of Israel:David, Solomon, and so on, is one and the same – the first commandment; worship God alone, with all your heart, and your body, all your soul. Worship God alone, the Quran states very clearly that the religion as far as God is concerned, is Islam (submission) – there is only one religion as far as God is concerned.
  • If you want to me be more specific, the original prophet of Islam is Abraham, because he brought all the religious practices in Islam. And we see this throughout the Quran, for example; sura twenty-one (21); verse seventy-three (73), tells us that Abraham was the original source – of course God is the original source for everything, but Abraham delivered to us the Salat prayer; the Contact Prayers, and the Zakat charity, this is in verse seventy-three (73); sura twenty-one (21). And we see this also with the fasting, the Hajj pilgrimage.
  • All the practices of Islam came to us through the prophet Abraham, the prophet Muhammad contributed the message, the scripture of Islam, which is the Quran.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:02:51).


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  • God created the universe, and created the human race, and out of his mercy he sent messengers, and books to tell us about Him. All these messengers, and all the books that God sent to us; preached one and the same religion. The first messenger was Adam himself; the father of all humanity.
  • After him came messengers like: Noah, Jesus, Moses, Muhammad. Muhammad was the last prophet, bringing the last scripture; the Quran. And in the Quran we find everything we need: all the duties, obligations, commandments, prohibitions in Islam. Quran is the final scripture, it is the completion of the message. Because the previous scriptures where suited for that stage of human development. The Quran came to complete the picture, and now we have the final – the complete religion; Islam (submission).
  • The Quran is all you need – in fact, because the Quran said that the Quran is complete, perfect and fully detailed, if you go to any other source, you will be disobeying God, and disobeying the messenger of God Muhammad, who brought this Quran out of his mouth – God brought to us the Quran out of Muhammad’s mouth. And you would be disobeying God and disobeying Muhammad if you follow any other sources besides the Quran.
  • And specifically I mean sources like Hadith, Sunnah, and all the other books and things that the traditions and the customs invented. If you go to any source other than the Quran you will be disobeying God, because clearly God says in sura number six (6); verse hundred and fourteen (114) for example, that the Quran is fully detailed, you don’t need anything else. God says in verse nineteen (19); of sura number six (6), that the Quran is what was given to Muhammad to deliver to the world, and it is the only source for religious guidance, and religious education.
  • The Quran tells us exactly what the essentials of Islam are, and they are, very quickly – I am going into details later on – number one; to believe in God alone, you have no other idols, you are devoted to God alone. And this is represented by the shahada, the first so called pillar of Islam – let us go along with that idea – the first pillar of Islam is the shahada, and the shadaha is stated in the Quran in sura number three (3); verse eighty-one (81) – excuse me, it is verse eighteen (18) – sura three (3); verse eighteen (18), it says; “shahadu allahu”; means “God bears witness” – “annahu la elaha ella hu”; that “there is no God except He”. And also the angels, and those who posses knowledge will make this shahada, which is; “la elaha ella Allah” (لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله), or “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah”, this is the first pillar in Islam. Sura number three (3); verse number eighteen (18). The shahada, the first pillar of Islam is “la elaha ella Allah” (لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله). If you want to make it complete, then you say; “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah”; “I bear witness that there is no god except allah, the one God”.
  • Now don’t add anything else. Some people who imitate old inventions and old traditions will say: “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah” and then they make another shahada, that Muhammad is a messenger of God – we know Muhammad is messenger of God, but if you inject this in the shahada, this ruins ruin everything, because now you don’t have God alone, you put an idol – Muhammad – next to God. And this is by the way a very strong prohibition in the Quran, that you put any other name beside the name of allah, the name of God. We find this in sura number thirty-nine (39); verse forty-five (45), you must say – you must devote yourself to God alone, you do not idolize Muhammad and put him next to God. This would be going against God and against Muhammad. So the first pillar of Islam is, shahada; “la elaha ella Allah” (لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله).


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:09:54).


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  • So the first pillar of Islam is shahada; “la elaha ella Allah” (لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله).
  • The second  pillar is observing five (5) Contact Prayers every day. This is the food for your soul, this is a favor that God is doing for you. You are not doing it for God. And the five Contact Prayers begin before sunrise, you must get up before sunrise in order to feed your soul, give your soul breakfast. Your body will be lazy and will wont want to get out of bed before sunrise, but for your sake, get out of bed before sunrise and do the Dawn Contact Prayer, whereby you contact your creator and feed your soul.
  • The second Contact Prayer – by the way, the details of the Contact Prayers are given on another video tape that we call Principles of Muslim prayers, so be sure you order that tape and see how the Contact Prayers are performed, the correct way, not the traditional innovations that we see in the Muslim world. The second Contact Prayer is the Noon Contact Prayer, and it begins as soon as the sun declines from the highest spot in the sky, that is the Noon Contact Prayer, consists of four (4) units, the Dawn Contact Prayer is two (2) units, the Noon Contact Prayer is four (4) units.
  • The Afternoon Contact Prayer is done about three (3) to four (4) hours after the Noon Contact Prayer – in the mid-afternoon.
  • And the fourth Contact Prayer is the Sunset Contact Prayer – or al-maghrib, and it is done immediately after sunset.
  • And the final Contact Prayer – the Night Contact Prayer – must be done about two (2) hours after sunset.
  • So these are the five (5) Contact Prayers, and they represent the second pillar of Islam.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:12:24).


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(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:12:41).

  • The third pillar of Islam is fasting, in Arabic; “siyām” (صِيَام). God commands us to fast during one month of the year. And it is the ninth (9th) month of the lunar calendar. Now I am smiling because there is a tremendous test in this system, where the lunar year is shorter than the solar year, and this makes the month of Ramadan move about ten (10) to fifteen (15) days every year, so it comes in the winter sometimes when the days are nice and short and fasting very easy. And moves to the summer where the days are very long, sixteen (16) hours or more sometimes, and the day is hot, and you can’t eat or drink during this long period, and a lot of people will drop out, they will not fast, even though nobody dies by not eating or drinking for twenty-four (24) hours. But some people will drop out, and you can see that the system is designed to show who will fast, and will obey God’s commandment no matter how long the day is. This changing of the day – from short and cold, to long and hot days – will show us who are the dropouts, who will fast only if the day is short, and nice and cold.
  • So this is the third pillar of Islam – fasting during the month of Ramadan (رمضان), the ninth (9th) month of the Islamic calendar.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:14:31).


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:14:39).

  • As you see, the fasting of Ramadan is also designed to tame the wild horse, your body. See – your body wants to eat and drink, and you the real person or the soul dictates on the body saying; “no you are not going to eat or drink until sunset”. Because the fasting consists of not eating, or drinking, or engaging in intercourse – sexual intercourse, from dawn to sunset. Dawn means about two hours before sunrise, to sunset. No eating, no drinking, no sex. And this is control of your wild horse, you are taming the wild horse, your body. And you can see that God is training you, is teaching you to be a person of strong will. And preparing you for the eternal life of the hereafter; the real life. Of course in the real life that comes after this life – God wants the people who are strong, who practice and exercise, and know how to control themselves – I mean their bodies. This also cause your soul to feed, grow, and develop.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:16:15).


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:16:25).

  • The fourth pillar of Islam is charity, in Arabic; “Zakat”. There is a Obligatory Charity, where you sit down and you calculate exactly what you possess – what your possessions are, and you give away a portion, a fixed portion of your net worth. You do this once a year, you pick out a specific day in the year: the last day of Ramadan, the first day of Ramadan, or the first day of January, one day – one fixed day of the year. And you sit down on that day and you calculate how much you are worth, this means you add up the market value of your house, your car, your clothes, anything that you posses. If you sell it all today; how much will it be worth, the fair market value, not the new – the price of the new thing, no, the present market value of everything you possess. And then you give away two and half percent (2.5%) of that. See it is a small percentage, and you do it once a year.

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(You do this on the net worth of every source of income. For example, if you receive a royalty check for $100 on Monday, you give 2.5% off of that, which is $2,5. Or if you know you will be getting a paycheck next week, then you can wait. Then you calculate the total net income of this period and give 2.5% off of that. Let’s say you decided to wait until your paycheck comes in, and it is $1000. Take the $100 royalty from Monday and add it to your $1000 paycheck, then you calculate the net of those (before taxes), and you pay 2.5% off of that. So let’s say the $100 and the $1000 are the net values, we add them and get a total net value of $1100. We then take 2.5% off of that, which gives us $27.5. You then pay $27.5 as the Obligatory Charity. – Ahmad Wehbe).

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  • And it goes to specific people – the Quran lists them in this priority, first (1st) your parents, if your parents are rich – and these are the recipients of your charity – if your parents are rich, the second (2nd) in the list are your relatives, you give this two and a half percent (2.5%) you give it to your relatives, if they are all rich, then you find some orphans, people who do not have support – parental support; a father support or something, and you give this charity to them. After the orphans, you give to the alien; somebody who is travelling and is stranded and doesn’t have the money for the bus fare to go to his home town. So the order of the Quran is: the parents, the relatives, the orphans, the travelling alien, the poor, the beggars and so on. So there is as a specific order for giving these charities.
  • However, there is also a general charity called “sadaqah” (صدقة), and this is a on the spot charity – you are walking in the street and you see a poor person and you want to help, then you help that person, and this is called “sadaqah”, or charity. You are supposed to be charitable the whole year, all the time, you must be charitable, but the Zakat is the Obligatory Charity, where you give it to someone you personally know, you personally know that this fellow is poor and needs help, and you give your two and a half percent (2.5%) to these people that you personally know. You cannot consider the taxes for example as Zakat charity. Because you do not know where the taxes will go, they can go to fix the street or something, or to the army or something.
  • But the idea behind Zakat is that you give it to the people that you personally know are in need. And the Quran as I said, lists the parents first, the relatives, your own relatives – your own, you start with your own people, then you go to other strangers, in that order.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:19:52).


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:19:57).


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:20:18).

  • The fifth pillar of Islam is Hajj pilgrimage to the holy land in Mecca. And this is only of course for the people who can afford it. When you can afford it, you go to Mecca and you observe Hajj.
  • And this is commemoration of the prophet Abraham – not the man. not the man Abraham, but his exemplary submission to God. He thought, he saw a dream one time and he thought that God was commanding him to sacrifice his only son Ishmael, and he proceeded to carry out this command even though God did not order him to do it – he just thought in a dream that God was ordering him to do it. But he was willing to sacrifice his own son in submission to God, and of course God intervened to save Ishmael and Abraham from this tragedy. And God substituted a sheep to be scarified instead of Ishmael, and this is what you do when you go to Hajj.
  • And Hajj consists of arriving in Mecca dressed only in a untailored clothes, just a sheet or something, and seamless shoes or sandals – seamless clothes and seamless sandals. Women dress in a regular dress that is simple, so you cannot tell the rich from the poor.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:22:09).

  • To observe Hajj, you go to Mecca (مكة) dressed in seamless clothes and seamless sandals – this is for the men. The women dress modestly in regular modest dress; all white dress for example, so you cannot tell the rich from the poor.
  • You get to Mecca, and you go around the Ka’bah (ٱلْـكَـعْـبَـة) in Mecca seven (7) times.
  • Then you go between Safā (الصّفا) and Marwah (المروة) – the knolls of Safā and Marwah seven (7) times.
  • Then you go to Arafat – mount Arafat (جبل عرفات), and you stand there the whole day, which is the tenth (10th) day of the twelfth (12th); the last month in the Islamic calendar – the tenth day of the Hijr. You spend that whole day on mount Arafat commemorating God, worshiping and praying.
  • And then you go to Mina – it is a little town near Mecca – you go to Mina for two (2) or three (3) days. Then you go back to the Ka’bah, and go around it seven times, which is called the farewell circumvention around the Ka’bah. And this is it.
  • Now, my advice to you is never to go to Medina (المدينة), because people go to Medina and they ruin their Hajj, they go to the prophet Muhammad’s tomb – mausoleum – and they idolize the prophet, and this ruins everything. It ruins the whole religion not just Hajj.
  • So Hajj must be only in Mecca where you go around the Ka’bah seven (7) times – between Safā and Marwah seven (7) times – you go to Arafat for one (1) day – and to Mina for two (2) or three (3) days, and this is it. These are specific steps that are mentioned in the Quran, And by the way all these duties in Islam came to us through the prophet Abraham. If you look at Abraham – sura number twenty-two (22), the last verse number seventy-eight (78), you will see that Abraham is the source – the father of Islam, and the father of Muslims. And if you look at sura number sixteen (16) verse hundred and twenty-three (123), you see that the prophet Muhammad followed the religion of Abraham. Islam is the religion of Abraham, he is the founder of Islam, and all the duties of Islam came from Ibrahim, not the prophet Muhammad.
  • Muhammad brought the Quran, God brought the Quran through Muhammad. So, this is why some people become confused when you tell them that God says that the Quran is complete, perfect and fully detailed. Because some of the old traditionalists will say: “okay, where is number of raka’at for the noon prayer in the Quran?”, see they forget that the contact prayers, the fasting of Ramadan, the Zakat charity, and the Hajj pilgrimage – all these duties came to us from Abraham, and the Quran says so. If you look at sura twenty-one (21), verse twenty-three (73); it tells you that Abraham started the Salat and the Zakat. And in sura twenty-two (22) – entitled Hajj – you will see that Abraham is the source of Hajj and so on.
  • The Quran says clearly that all duties and obligations came to us through the prophet Abraham. And tells us in sura twenty-two (22), verse seventy-eight (78); that this is the religion of Abraham. The prophet Muhammad simply contributed the Quran. And the Quran is God’s words that came through Muhammad. So watch for this point and don’t let any one trick you into thinking that the Quran is not complete. The most important principle in Islam is; God alone. You must be devoted to God alone, you do not idolize the prophet Muhammad like the Christians did with the prophet Jesus. You devote yourself completely to God alone, and you follow the word of God alone; the Quran alone. No other sources, if you do, you nullify all your work as we see in sura thirty-nine (39), where God says; “if you fall in idol worship, all your works are nullified”, you might do the Salat, the Zakat charity , the Hajj, the fasting and it will be all in vain, unless you are devoted to God alone. And you declare your shahada; “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah”. This is it. So these are the basic essentials of Islam.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:26:45).

  • The prohibitions are also important, there are four (4) meats that you cannot eat, for example – and these are:
  • Number one (1): animals that die of themselves, without human interference.
  • Number two (2): pork, the meat of pigs.
  • Number three (3): running blood – running blood that you can put in a glass and cook or drink.
  • Number four (4): animals dedicated to other than God – that are specifically dedicated to Muhammad, or Jesus, or Ali, or somebody.
  • These are forbidden. So if you to the market – you go to the Safeway market for example (Safeway is an American supermarket chain), and you look at the meat. If you want to know if it is halal; permitted, or haram; prohibited – you ask yourself these four (4) questions:
  • 1: Is this meat pork? – the answer is no,
  • 2: Did these animals die of themselves without human interference? – the answer is no,
  • 3: Is this running blood? – the answer is no,
  • 4: Was this meat dedicated to Jesus, or to anyone else, or Saint Francis? – the answer is no,
  • Therefore this is meat is halal, it is okay, you can eat it. If you make it haram (forbidden) – if you prohibit it then you are following some other religion, you are not a Muslim when you do that. So it is very important to follow specifically what the Quran prohibits, if you prohibit anything else – some people go to funny lengths, like prohibiting soaps, and brushes, and shoes, and things like that – and of course this is a religion that is not Islam; that has nothing to do with Islam.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:28:45).


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:28:55).


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(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:30:44).

  • Now some people are fascinated by Hajj pilgrimage, and they just want to do it right away. You know – they are fascinated by the exotic country you know; Saudi Arabia, the trip and all that. But my advice to you is to perfect your religion first. Believe me, it is not a very pleasant trip, the million and a half (1.5) or two (2) million people making pilgrimage, and it is an exacting trial – instead of an enjoyment – you’re not going as a tourist. It is a difficult process, and some people may become disillusioned when they go too early, before the faith is strong enough. So be sure to perfect your religion first and then make the Hajj pilgrimage.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:31:49).


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:32:07).

  • Another thing to guard against with regard to Hajj, is that some people go and do the Hajj pilgrimage – like I said before their faith is strong enough, and they come back buffed up and thinking – “you know; I’m perfect now”, “you know; I’m cool”, “and nobody is like me, I did Hajj you know” – and they – it goes to their head, and they become – it brings the reverse result, they become worse Muslims than better Muslims. So you want to do Hajj pilgrimage after you perfect your religion, and this must make you humble, more humble. And I remember proverb that says; “don’t be humble; you are not that great”.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:33:14).

  • Observing the Hajj pilgrimage is very easy, all you do is get ready financially, and with your vacations, and everything. Then you travel to Saudi Arabia; Jeddah (جدة). As soon as you land there, they will assign a guide called; “Mutawwif” (مطوف), to you. And the Mutawwif gives assistance – will tell you exactly what to do. But the main thing is that you memorize the statement; “Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak”, means; “my Lord I respond to Your call” – “Labbayka Lā Shareeka Laka Labbayk”; “I respond to You, there is no partner with You”. And the whole statement will be taught to you by the Mutawwif.
  • The main statement that you need to know throughout Hajj goes like this; “Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak”, which means; “my Lord I respond to Your call”, “Labbayka Lā Shareeka Laka Labbayk”; “I respond to You, You have no partners, there is no partner with You, I responds to Your call”. And this is what it looks like. Here is the first word: “Labbayka”, which means “I respond to You”, “I respond to Your call”; “Labbayka”.
  • “Allāhumma”, which means “my God”, or “our God”, “Allāhumma”.
  • “Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak”.
  • “Labbyaka”, “I respond to Your call”.
  • “Lā”, means “no”.
  • “Shareeka”, means “partner” or “idol”.
  • “Lā Shareeka” – “Laka”; with You”.
  • “Labbayk”; I respond to Your call.”
  • Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak (my Lord I respond to Your call).
  • Labbayka Lā Shareeka Laka Labbayk (I respond to You, there is no partner with You).
  • This is all you need.
  • And you utter this statement – you memorize it and utter it all the time during Hajj, throughout Hajj, anytime you change direction, you climb a hill, down a hill, you meet friends, you say that; “Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak, Labbayka Lā Shareeka Laka Labbayk”.
  • The details of the Hajj will be given to you by the guide, that will be assigned to you, as soon as you arrive in Saudi Arabia.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:35:28).

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Principles of Contact Prayers by Rashad Khalifa – Transcript

Announcer:

  • Important Clarification about this video titled “Principles of Contact Prayers” by Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D.
  • In this video, Dr. Rashad Khalifa refers to the Dawn (Fajr) Contact Prayer as “The Morning” or “Subh” Prayer.
  • However, Dr. Khalifa later confirmed and preached that the prayer must be referred to as the “Dawn” or “Fajr” Prayer, because it is called “Fajr” in the Quran (24:58), and is performed at Dawn (before sunrise), not morning (which is the period after sunrise).

(The text in this transcript has been edited to match this change; reference to “the Morning Contact Prayer” in the video has been replaced with “the Dawn Contact Prayer” in this transcript. Other edits include the removal of repetitive words, such as: “”la”, means “no”, “la”, means “no””. – Ahmad Wehbe).

Video Intro:

  • Islamic Productions Presents
  • Principles of Muslim Prayer
  • Your host Rashad Khalifa
  • Director – Kathleen Clarke

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem
  • My dear lucky viewers, al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • This tape will present to you how to observe the Contact Prayer; the Salat.
  • And you are very lucky because you are trying to learn how to make contact with your creator, which is the greatest of all worships.
  • In this tape I will explain to you the meaning of the word Salat. You already heard me call it contact. The word Salat (‏صلاة) is an Arabic word derived from the root Silah (صلة), which means connection or contact, so when you observe the Salat prayers, you make contact with your creator. It is wrong to translate it as pray. As a Muslim when you tell somebody “I pray five times a day”, that is the wrong expression, because other people can tell you “I pray all day”. The correct expression for the Muslim is “I make contact with my creator five times a day”. This is the meaning of Salat.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:04:13).

  • In this program I will present to you where the Salat commandment comes from. The Contact Prayer is mention in the Quran more than seventy times. And I will show you the crucial verses, like where the times of Contact Prayers are mentioned in the Quran. Then I will go on to explain to you the source of the Contact Prayers. When was the first time the contact commandment came to us from God, and how did it come to our generation. I will explain this to you.
  • Then I will move on to explain why does God want us to establish contact with Him. Why did God command us to observe the Contact Prayers five times a day? What is the reason? Does God need the Contact Prayers, or do we need the Contact Prayers?
  • After this I will go on to explain every aspect of the Contact Prayer. I’m going to start with the call for the Contact Prayer; the Azaan (أَذَان). I will go through the details, even the historical development of it. I will show you how the words are written in English, the English transliteration. Then I will go on to the preparation for the Contact Prayers, which is called Wuḍū (وضوء); or ablution. And of course, my sources are always the Quran. There is only one source, and it is this book right here; the Quran. God’s message to you, to me and to the whole world. This is God’s final message to the world. And this is our source, the only source.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:06:00).

  • I will show you where the Wuḍū is mentioned in the Quran and what the details are. Then I will demonstrate for you how to do the Wuḍū. And I will move on from there to demonstrate for you and describe in detail how to do the five daily Contact Prayers. The Dawn Contact Prayer, the Noon Contact Prayer, the afternoon; the sunset; and the night Contact Prayer. I will explain also some of the fine details of a; for example what happens if you miss part of the Contact Prayer in a group. You go to the Mosque and you see a group of people praying; you come in late; what to do? And some other fine details. So I hope this will cover everything you need to know about the Contact Prayer. The most important worship in Islam.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:07:24).

  • You heard me say that the Contact Prayers must be observed five times every day. Okay, where in the Quran do you find these five times? They are specifically defined in the Quran. For example: in sura number eleven (11); ayah or verse number hundred and fourteen (114), we see three times of Contact Prayers. This is what the verse says: “You shall observe the Contact Prayers at both ends of the day, and at night”. So here you have three prayer. At both ends of the day, this is the Dawn Prayer (See animation below) and the Sunset Prayer (See animation below). The Dawn Prayer is before sunrise and the Sunset Prayer is immediately after sunset. And of course; the Night prayer is the last prayer of the day. So here in this verse we have three prayers, we are commanded to do these three prayers. The Dawn, the Sunset and the Night.
  • Now, the Noon Prayer is mentioned in sura number seventeen (17); verse number seventy-eight (78), where it says: “You shall observe the Contact Prayer when the sun begins to decline from the highest point at noon”. So this is a very specific description of the time of the Contact Prayer at noon. As soon as the sun begins to decline from its highest spot of the day at noon, you observe the Noon Contact Prayer. This is sura seventeen (17); verse seventy-eight (78), it says exactly the time of the Contact Prayer at noon.
  • So now we see, the Dawn Contact Prayer (see animation below), the Noon Contact Prayer, the Sunset Contact Prayer, and the Night Contact Prayer. Well this accounts for four (4) of the prayers, where is the fifth (5) one? We find the fifth (5) prayer mentioned in sura number two (2); ayah or verse number two-hundred and thirty-eight (238), two-three-eight (238), where it says: “You shall observe all the Contact Prayers, especially the middle prayer”. The middle contact prayer has to be the Afternoon Contact Prayer, because we have the Dawn Contact Prayer (see animation below), the Noon Contact Prayer, the Sunset Contact Prayer, and the Night Contact Prayer. There is two prayers here and two prayers here, so the middle contact prayer will be the Afternoon Contact Prayer. So there you have it, all five (5) Contact Prayers mentioned in the Quran.
  • By the way, the Dawn Contact Prayer and the Night Contact Prayer are mentioned by name in verse fifty-eight (58) of sura twenty-four (24). Sura twenty-four (24), the verse is fifty-eight (58). It talks about Salat al-fajr (صلاة الفجر‎); this is the Dawn Contact Prayer, and Salat al-isha (صلاة العشاء); this is the Night Contact Prayer. So all five times of the Contact Prayers are decreed in the Quran.

  • And now I would like to discuss with you the source; the original source, of the Contact Prayers.
  • When you look in the Quran, you will notice that before Abraham there is no mention of the Contact Prayers; the Salat. You notice that Noah was telling his people to just believe in God; and ask for His forgiveness, but there is no mention of the Contact Prayers before Abraham. So the original source of the Contact Prayers is the prophet Abraham, who is the father; the founder of Islam. And we see this very clearly in sura number twenty-two (22); verse number seventy-eight (78), the last verse of sura number twenty-two (22). We also see it in sura twenty-one (21); verse seventy-three (73). Where we learn that the Contact Prayers were given to Abraham, as the original founder of Islam. And we see in sura sixteen (16); verse number hundred twenty-three (123), that the prophet Muhammad followed the ways of Abraham. And then we see in sura number eight (8); verses thirty-three (33) to thirty-five (35), and in sura nine (9); verse fifty-four (54), we see that the Salat; the Contact Prayers, were practiced before the prophet Muhammad.
  • So all these – you know, a lot of people are under the erroneous impression that the prophet Muhammad brought these practices, but they came through prophet Abraham, and this is why we don’t see the details of how many units per prayer and these kind of details, we don’t find it in the Quran. Although the Quran is complete; perfect; and fully detailed. So the reason the details of the Contact Prayers are not in the Quran is because they were already in existence when the Quran was revealed. I can tell you to go and buy Crest toothpaste (Crest is a brand), and you will – I don’t have to explain to you what Crest toothpaste is, because Crest is already in existence, all you need to do is go out in the market and buy it. And when the Quran came down; the Contact Prayers; the Salat, were already in existence. And this is exactly why in one of the very early suras; sura number seventy-three (73); al-muzzammil (third sura to be revealed), we see the commandment to observe the Contact Prayers and the Zakat (the Obligatory Charity), because they were already in existence.
  • Abraham being the founder of Islam – what did he contribute to the religion? He contributed all the practices of the religion. #1: The Contact Prayer, #2: The Zakat charity, #3: The fasting of Ramadan; in fact we see that the fasting of Ramadan was slightly modified in the Quran; in sura number two (2); verse one eighty-seven (187), #4: Also Hajj, Hajj in sura number twenty-two (22); we see that it is directly decreed through the prophet Abraham. So Abraham contributed all practices in Islam, you must correct that impression. The prophet Muhammad contributed the Quran, that’s it. But all the practices existed before the prophet Muhammad, they were in existence when the Quran came down.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:16:16).

  • Now we get to the question; why should we pray? Why should we make contact with our creator every day; five times? Repeating the same thing; five times a day? Well the answer is – the obvious answer is first that we do it because our creator commanded us to do so, in the Quran, as I showed you. But what is the mechanism; why does God ask us to contact Him five times a day? Does God benefit from it? Do we benefit from it? And the answer immediately is; God does not need our Contact Prayers, we need the Contact Prayers. And we fully understand the reason for decreeing the Contact Prayers if we know who we are.
  • You see; most people do not even know who they are. You ask a person; “who are you?”, and they will look in the mirror, they will say “this is me”, do you know something? they are wrong. This is not me (Rashad points at his face and touches his facial skin); this is my body. And the body is like a garment that we are wearing temporarily. The real person is invisible to us, the real person; the soul, is in another dimension that is not visible to our eyes (senses). So what does the real person look like? This will lead us to understanding why should we observe the Contact Prayers. You see, you can consider the Contact Prayers the meals for the real person; the food; the nutrition.
  • When we are born our mother feeds us milk and we grow. Then we eat all kinds of food; rice; meat; and potato and so on, and our body grows, until it becomes five feet, six feet, whatever. And that is the limit of the body’s growth. Okay, meanwhile; what is happening to the real person; the soul? The body grows to five or six feet, but what happens to the real person? Is the real person nourished just like the body? And this is where most people do not realize the importance of making contact with their creator. Making contact with our creator is the most important nutrient for the soul. We need it to grow and develop, and I am talking about the real person. The real person grows and develops by contacting our creator; daily. Five times every day constitutes five meals for the soul. So every time you make a Contact Prayer your soul grows and develops. And this is why we are commanded to do the Contact Prayers.
  • You can imagine the person who does not feed his or her soul, at the end of living in this world; they are still babies, because they never feed their soul. But the Muslim – the person who observes the duties and practices of worship; this person feeds the soul, and the soul grows and develops immensely. And we end up our mission in this world; grown; and developed; and healthy; and fit for the real life, the eternal life that comes after this life. The Contact Prayers therefore are very important, think of them as the meal for the soul; for the real person. The Dawn Prayer is breakfast for the soul; for you; the real you, just like how you give your body breakfast; lunch; and dinner, you need – for yourself; the real person, you need meals also. The Noon Prayer is lunch for the soul. And the Afternoon Prayer is another meal. And the Sunset Prayer is another meal; nutrition for the real person. And the Night Contact Prayer is the dinner for the soul. So nourishing; developing; and growing the soul is the reason for observing the Contact Prayers, and we are the ones who need it – God does not need it.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:20:39).

  • All practices of worship in Islam, without exception, are designed to cause the soul; the real person; the real you, to grow and develop. They are all designed to make you the boss over your body. A lot of people – in fact; the majority of people are enslaved to their body; their outer garment, that is temporary. Some day this garment is going to vanish, and you; the real person, will remain forever; for eternity. So most people, unfortunately, are unaware of nourishing; and strengthening; and developing their soul; the real person. But all practices of worship in Islam are designed to cause the soul to grow and develop, nourish the soul.
  • For example the Dawn Prayer, let’s take the Dawn Contact Prayer. Before sunrise; what does the body – what does your body want? Your body wants to sleep, right? But your soul; you; the real you; the real person, needs to get up, do the ablution, and observe the Contact Prayers; make contact – the first contact of the day with your creator. So immediately you can see there is a fight, the body wants to sleep, and the soul needs to get up and nourish itself; and have breakfast. Now who is going to win? If your body wins, you continue to sleep. And the body is the temporary garment, it is not very smart to let the body win, right? If you win, you; the real person, wins; your body will obey and will say “yes sir”; will listen to you; obey you, get up out of bed, do the ablution, and observe the Contact Prayer. So you can see that the first Contact Prayer is a struggle between you and your body.
  • By the way, this struggle becomes less and less, as your body becomes more and more obedient to you, as you become the boss; as you develop and become stronger, your body becomes more obedient, and with time – your body, when you say “my body get up and do the Dawn Prayer”, your body will say “yes sir”; obediently. As a matter of fact, eventually you will actually enjoy getting up (at Dawn) and doing the Contact Prayer. And this is because the soul has grown and developed, and became the boss, and enjoys observing the contact with our creator.
  • You look at the fasting for example, one of the important practices is fasting; fasting the month of Ramadan; during the month of Ramadan. And, in the month of Ramadan. Your body wants to eat and drink, but you tell your body, when you fast; “you are not going to eat or drink until sunset”. So you can see that you are practicing; exercising your soul, and this cause your soul to grow; and to develop, and this is exactly the whole idea of being here in this world. We want to grow and develop as much as possible, in order to enter the real life; the eternal life; the hereafter, in a state of fitness; strength; growth; and development. Because in the hereafter, you cannot hold a responsible position in the eternal real life if you are weak; undernourished; and still a baby. Will you hire a baby as a pilot, or an engineer? of course not.
  • So God wants you to develop yourself and to be strong enough to hold a responsible position; a high rank, in the hereafter; the eternal real life. And all practices of worship in Islam are designed towards this end. For example the Zakat charity; what is it? The Zakat charity is simply taking money away from your body and giving it to the poor. So you can see you are being the boss, because the body loves money, and you take something the body loves and give it away. So, all practices of worship in Islam are designed to make your soul grow; and develop – make you the boss over your body. And the Contact Prayers are the most important tool to do so. You are going to notice it the first time you do the Dawn Contact Prayer before sunrise.
  • Let us now get to the details of the Contact Prayers and how to observe them. There are a billion Muslims in the world today; one thousand millions (1000000000) throughout the world, in every country of the world. But in the area that is recognized as the Muslim world, you hear the call for the prayer five times every day; the Dawn, Noon, Afternoon, Sunset and Night. You hear the muezzin (مؤذن); this is the name of the person that delivers the Azaan (أَذَان); or the call to Contact Prayer. And before I get into explaining the Azaan, I wish to remind you that in the last fourteen-hundred (1400) years, lots of customs; innovations; prejudices; superstitions, were added into the Azaan. And what I am going to present to you now is the Azaan of the prophet Muhammad, that he approved. And I am going to remove all the additions, and the superstitions, and nonsense from the Azaan, and I will give you the pure Azaan. I am going to write it for you on the board, so you can see how it is pronounced. And I will have professional Azaans that you are going to hear, recordings of professional muezzins.
  • Now, at the beginning of Islam, the people went to the prophet Muhammad and they said; “how can we call the people to come to the prayer? you know, the Jews have the horn, and the Christians use bells, what are we going to use?”. And with time, the prophet’s companions started the matter and finally it was suggested that somebody stands on top of the mosque, and make the announcement; Allahu akbar; which means God is great, four (4) times. Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, la elaha ella Allah, there is no god except the one God; which is the message of all God’s messengers to the world. There is really one message that all the messengers that God sent to us, and this message is; la elaha ella Allah; there is no god except the God; allah. So the Azaan consists of: Allahu akbar four (4) times, followed by: la elaha ella Allah.
  • This Azaan that has been approved by the prophet consisting of Allahu akbar four (4) times, then la elaha ella Allah – with time it got so long that in my lifetime; 1953; the Minister of Religious Affairs in Egypt; issued a law to reduce the Azaan – it got so long and so ridiculous it took ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes to deliver the Azaan. And it had foolish things; praising the prophet; and his red cheeks and these silly things – the Azaan got really ridiculous.
  • After a few years, some people added to the Azaan; “ash-hadu alla la elaha ella Allah wa ash-hadu alla muḥammadun rasūlu allah” (I bear witness that there is no god except God, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God), this was added to the original Azaan. Some years later they added the expression; “ḥayya ʿalā ṣ-ṣalāh”; which supposedly means “come to the prayer”, but it really does not mean that – apparently some new foreign Muslims; that is non Arab Muslims; added that expression; “ḥayya ʿalā ṣ-ṣalāh”; which is not a typical – the Arabic should have been “ḥayya ʿilā ṣalāt”, but they said; “ḥayya ʿalā ṣ-ṣalā”. Then many years later; somebody added; “ḥayya ʿala l-falāḥ”, which supposedly means; “come to the success”. And some other people added the; “ash-hadu alla alīyyun walīyyu-llāh” (I bear witness that Ali is the wall of God), in some parts of the Muslim world. And until now they use these – all these additions are being used in different parts of the Muslim world. Later on some people added the; ” ash-hadu alla ahlul bayt hodat-llāh”, and so on.
  • So the Azaan kept getting longer and longer, as I told you, until the Minister of Religious Affairs in Egypt issued a law reducing the Azaan to its present form in the Muslim world. But here at Masjid Tuscon, and hopefully you will go back to the original Azaan, that the prophet Muhammad approved: Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar; la elaha ella Allah. This is the Azaan that we use here in Masjid Tuscon, and hopefully it will spread all over the world. We have it done like this in many Mosques around the world. That have seen the light and decided to take the Azaan and the prayers – to the original Azaan and prayer of the prophet Muhammad.
  • You know the same thing is true with the Wuḍū. Wuḍū is the ablution; or the preparation for Salat. When people hear the Azaan; or the call to the Contact Prayer, they prepare for the prayer; the Contact Prayer. And they do this by observing ablution, and ablution is decreed in the Quran in sura number five (5); verse number six (6). And it is very specific; it gives you four (4) steps, remember that; four (4) steps of ablution. The average Muslim today has eight (8); or nine (9); or ten (10) steps. Which constitutes actually in reality some other god that added these steps, because they do it religiously, and it constitutes idolatry. So please be careful, and observe what the Quran says; the Quran; the whole Quran; and nothing but the Quran. And the Quran gives us four (4) steps. The first step is washing your face, the second step is washing your arms to the elbows, the third step is to wipe your hair (top of head), and the fourth step is to wash your feet. These are the four (4) steps decreed in the Quran, and it is actually a gross transgression to add anything to the four (4) steps, or reduce anything.
  • Some people will say; “what is wrong with washing my nose; and my mouth; and my neck” and all the – “my ears” and so on. Of course there is nothing wrong with extra cleanliness; go take a bath or a shower if you want to, but when it comes to religious practices; we must adhere to what our creator dictated exactly. We cannot increase it – reduce it; or increase it by anything. So it is very crucial that we follow what our creator said in the Quran. These are the words that came out of prophet Muhammad’s mouth. Ironically, those people think that they are following the prophet Muhammad by increasing the number of steps in ablution – and you and I know that the prophet Muhammad could never disobey God. So if God said four (4) steps; this is it, the ablution is four (4) steps. So now let us go to show you – demonstrate for you the four (4) steps of ablution; the Wuḍū.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:33:21).

  • We find this commandment in sura number five (5); verse number six (6). And I will quote the verse for you; it says: “Oh you who believe, when you get up for the Salat prayer; you shall wash your face; your arms to the elbows; wipe your hair (top of head); and wash your feet.” Four (4) steps, and these are the words that came out of prophet Muhammad’s mouth, these are the words of God. And God is saying; you shall observe the ablution four (4) steps. Washing the face, arms to the elbows, wipe your head, and wash your feet. These are the four (4) steps as dictated in Quran.
  • However, like everything else innovations; superstitions; traditions, crept into God’s commandment, and Satan distorted the commandment. Now the vast majority of Muslims observe something like nine (9) or ten (10) steps of ablution. And this is a very serious because it simply means there is some other god who told them to do the ablution nine (9) steps, they wash their hands, their mouth, their nose, their face, their ears, their neck, they have all kinds of innovations and additions. And I would like to warn you, that you must never increase the steps or decrease them – the steps of ablution, you must obey exactly what God told you; in Quran. If you want to wash more, might as well take a shower or do whatever you want, but outside the ablution. If you are taking a shower or a bath, you can do the ablution after the shower or the bath, while you are still in the shower. But you have to go through the motions of ablution as I will show you now.
  • So let me show you – demonstrate to you how to do the ablution. First of all you roll your sleeves so you can wash your arms to the elbows (Rashad rolls up his shirt’s sleeves), there we go, we are now demonstrating the ablution. You go to the faucet, and the first step in Quran is wash your face, so you wash your face; here we go (washes face) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem – okay let me stop right here, and remind you of something. You should make an intention, that is you say “I intend to observe the Wuḍū, or the ablution”. Before you do that, you say “bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem”, you commemorate God in any way you want, you say: “al hamdu Lillah”; “subḥānallāh”; “Allahu akbar”, anything you want to commemorate God. But if you want to say it in Arabic, the intention should be; “nawayatu al-wuḍū, bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem”.
  • So here we go; “bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem, nawayatu al-Wuḍū”.
  • This is the first step; you wash your face (washes face). Okay, I washed my face twice, and I feel like I did a good job, so this is good enough. There is no set number of washing your face.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:36:36).

  • The second step; the arms to the elbows, so here we go, washing the arm to the elbow (washes right arm up to the elbow), that is the right arm, now the left arm; same thing (washes left arm up to the elbow). And this takes care of the second step.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:37:12).

  • The third step is you wipe your hair (wipe top of head), so what I will do is I will wet my hands and then I wipe my hair – my head, like this (wipes top of head), and this is the third step.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:37:26).

  • The final step (fourth step) is wash your feet to the ankles, so you put your foot there (washes right foot), wash it thoroughly, this takes care of the right foot. And then the left foot (washes left foot).

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:37:37).

  • That is it; there you have it. The four (4) steps of Wuḍū. Very simple. Don’t add any more steps, and don’t reduce the steps.
  • Now that you have finished the four (4) steps of Wuḍū; wash your face, your arms to the elbows, wipe your head and wash your feet – you are ready for the Salat Prayer. So now let us go back to the masjid and show you how to observe the Salat Prayers, all five (5) of them.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:38:50).

  • The innovations; superstitions; prejudices; customs; and traditions, did not hit the Azaan and the Wuḍū only brothers and sisters, it also hit the Salat itself; the Contact Prayer. There is so much garbage that we have to remove from the Contact Prayers to make it pure, and make it exactly the Contact Prayers the prophet Muhammad preached and practiced. So, what I am going to present to you is the pure Contact Prayers, without any innovations or additions that happened in the last fourteen hundred (1400) years.
  • We are trying to take the Salat; the Contact Prayers, all the way to the prophet Muhammad, the way he preached it, and the way he practiced it. And the most important point, please pay attention, the most important point, is to never mention any name other than the name of Allah; the name of God, in your Contact Prayer. This is dictated upon us in the Quran. But you probably know that the average Muslim today adds the name of Muhammad and his family, Abraham and his family, and so on, in their Contact Prayers. And this nullifies the Contact Prayers; makes it absolutely useless, if not harmful. So you must be very careful, and this is my responsibility to tell you that. You must be very careful to never mention any name other than the name of Allah; the name of God, in your Contact Prayers. We see this in the Quran in sura seventy-two (72); ayah or verse number eighteen (18), where it says: “the places of worship belong to God, do not mention any other name besides the name of God”, this is a Quranic commandment. And in sura twenty (20); verse thirteen (13), we see the commandment: “akim bi salateeka li zikri”, “observe the Contact Prayers to commemorate me” – singular – God is telling us that we must commemorate him alone in the Salat; in the Contact Prayer.
  • So I will give you the details, of the Contact Prayers, and we will go the mosque now and give you a demonstration. But before I do this, I want to clarify that the ta-chahud; or the recitation while sitting down, should be only: “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah”, or just: “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah”, or just: “la elaha ella allah”, this is enough; “there is no god except the one God”. And forget about all these names; Muhammad and his family; Abraham and his family. Muhammad and Abraham were the first people to denounce this use of their name in the Contact Prayer.
  • And you know something, all the Imams of Sunni and Shia, all of them, unanimously agree that this mentioning of Muhammad and his family; Abraham and his family, while sitting down in the Contact Prayer, is not an obligatory part of the prayer. You heard me right, unanimously, they agreed that this is just a desirable – they think – a desirable part, but it is not, it actually kills your Contact Prayers; makes it useless; and does harm to you, God will be offended to have other names mentioned besides Him. In the daily worship, you are worshiping God alone, so be careful. And this by the way lead to the conclusion that you must recite only al-fateha, the opening sura of the Quran while standing up in the Contact Prayer.
  • Do not recite any other Quran after the al-fateha, and on the surface this might look like abandoning the Quran, it is not, it is the exact opposite, because in the Contact Prayers a lot of people end up memorizing the ???soud??? suras: “qul huwa allahu ahad”, and “qul a’zuu…”, and that’s it, and they think they know Quran. But I must tell you to read Quran every day, you must read the Quran every day, this is a commandment from our creator, to read His message; the Quran, every day, the whole Quran. Not just the ???soud??? suras.
  • But in the Contact Prayers, please you only need recite al-fateha. And this is a unifying force of all the Muslims in the world. I was praying in Mecca one time and the Imam read al-fateha and then he read the whole sura number thirty-two (32), surat al-sajdah after al-fateha. And i was thinking you know there are a few thousands people in there around the Ka’abah praying behind this Imam, and the vast majority of them didn’t know any Arabic. What is the point of standing through all this recitation in Arabic if they don’t understand. What is required is only to recite the al-fateha. And this will unify all the Muslims of the world, they will do the same thing in all their prayer, in Japan they know the al-fateha; they read it in the Contact Prayer, in Sweden; in America; in Canada; in Australia; in Mecca; in Pakistan; all the Muslims of the world will do the same thing.
  • But this business of reciting long portions of the Quran is wrong, it actually ruins the Contact Prayers, God wants things to be easy for us, but Satan wants to make things difficult for us; so he adds all things – besides, when you recite the Quran you mention; Moses; Jesus; and Muhammad; and Pharaoh; and the devil; and all these things. You mention other names besides the name of God in the prayer, and this is forbidden by commandment from God. We are not to mention any names.
  • When you recite the Quran in the mosque and you mention other names is because God says so in the Quran; “fa zakir fi al kitab Mariam” for example, this is God’s commandment, you can mention the name of Mary in the Quran in order to learn from the lessons of previous prophets; messengers; and so on. And it is a commandment from God to mention, so when we read the Quran we mention these names only because God commanded us to do so. But in the Contact Prayers; in the Salat, we are commanded never to mention any other name but the name of Allah, the name of God.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:45:55).

  • After you have done the Wuḍū and you are ready for the prayer, you go to a nice clean place – you don’t necessarily need the prayer rug, this is one of those innovations, you can pray in any clean place, even bare ground; as long as it is dry and clean. So you go to a nice clean place and you find the direction of Mecca, the direction of the Sacred Mosque (Ka’abah), because this is a commandment in Quran, that you must face – this is an organisational point, there is no other significance to it, except organisational. You can imagine people going in a mosque and facing different directions, it would be a mess. So, this organisational point dictates on us that we must face the direction of Mecca, wherever you might be. So, in the United States the direction generally is slightly south of east, slightly south of east; southeast.
  • So find the direction of Mecca, you face that direction and then you make your intention – this is the first step. You must say: “I intend to do the Dawn Prayer”, in any language you like. If you want it in Arabic you can say: “nawaytu Salat al-fajr”, this will be the niyya or intention for the Dawn Prayer. Or if it is for the Noon Prayer you say; in your heart or in an audible voice: “I intend to do the Noon Prayer”, “nawaytu Salat al-zuhr”; in Arabic. If it is the Afternoon Prayer, it is: “nawaytu Salat al-asr”. And for the Sunset Prayer, the niyya; or intention is: “nawaytu Salat al-maghrib”. For the Night Prayer, the intention; or niyya is: “nawaytu Salat al-isha”. So, but you can do it in any language you wish, secretly or loudly.
  • Now after you do the niyya – you are facing in the direction of Mecca, you make your intention; or niyya, then you open the Salat by raising your hands to the sides of your face and say “Allahu akbar”; like this (Rashad raises his hands to the side of his face), “Allahu akbar”. There is your opening of the Salat.
  • Once you say “Allahu akbar” in this manner; you have started your contact; or Salat; your contact with your creator.
  • Now after you make the opening takbir; Allahu akbar, you can either put your hands on the side, or you can choose to hold them like this (resting hands on stomach), with your left hand on your stomach, and your right hand on top of your left hand, it doesn’t make any difference, some people make a big deal out of it, but there is no difference, either way is correct. So this is the opening of the Salat; the Contact Prayer. (Rashad raises hands to the side of his face) Allahu akbar (Rashad lowers hands towards his stomach). Now you are ready to recite al-fateha; the opening sura of Quran.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:48:22).

  • The easiest way for you is to have me write down the words in English transliteration; in English letters. So before you do the Wuḍū; the ablution, you can say your intention: “I intend to make the ablution” or Wuḍū, either in English or in Arabic. So, “I intend to do the ablution” in English, the Arabic would be: “Nawaytu al-Wuḍū”.
  • And you write it like this “nawaytu”, “nawaytu”, which means: “I intend”.
  • Nawaytu al-Wuḍū. “Al” means “the”.
  • Ablution; “Wuḍū”, “al-Wuḍū”.
  • “Nawaytu al-Wuḍū”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:50:15).

  • Let me write the words of Azaan for you: “Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, la elaha ella Allah”. So in the Azaan we say “Allahu akbar” four (4) times.
  • “Allahu akbar“, meaning “God is the greatest”.
  • “Allahu”; “God”.
  • “Akbar” (greater).
  • Allahu akbar four (4) times.
  • Then “la elaha ellalah”.
  • “La”, means no.
  • “Elaha”, meaning god with a small g.
  • “Ella”, means except. “Ella”; except.
  • “Allah”, means God.
  • “La elaha ella Allah“.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:52:29).

  • So this is the complete Azaan, the original Azaan without any innovations; or additions; or traditions. A lot of people think that Allah is the name of God, but it is not – “Allah”, simply means “God”. The English word for it is God. The non-Muslims in the Arabic world say “Allah”, because this is the Arabic word for God. Even though they are not Muslims. They will say “inshallah”, “allah”, simply because that is the language. It is not the name of God, this is why I use the word – the English word: “God” for “Allah”.
  • (Rashad recites the Azaan) Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, la elaha ella allah.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:52:58).

  • I am going to write the niyya; or intention for every prayer for you, so you can see how it is spelled. Here is the niyya; or intention for the Dawn Prayer:
  • “Nawaytu” – “nawaytu” which means “I intend.
  • “Salat” – “Salat al-fajr” – “al” – “fajr” – “al-fajr”. “I intend to do the Dawn Prayer” – “nawajtu Salat al-fajr”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:54:25).

  • Now, to make it the Noon Prayer, you just – you say the same thing except you change “al-fajr” to “zuhr” which means “noon”. “nawaytu” – “nawaytu Salat al-zuhr”. This will make it the Noon Prayer – “al-zuhr”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:54:43).

  • For the Afternoon Prayer you just make it “al-asr”. “Salat al-asr”, you write AYN like this   -. “nawaytu Salat al-asr”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:55:06).

  • The Sunset, you make it “al-maghrib”. “nawaytu Salat al-maghrib” – it is written like this: “al-maghrib”. “nawaytu Salat al-maghrib”, this is the Sunset Prayer.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:55:34).

  • And the Night Prayer is: “al-isha”. “nawaytu Salat al-isha” – “al-isha”. “nawaytu Salat al-isha”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:56:02).

  • By now you know how Allahu akbar is written, the opening of the Contact Prayer “Allahu akbar” – this is followed by surat al-fateha and it is written like this:
  • The first verse is “bism allah”. “Arrahman”. “Arraheem”. “bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem”.
  • “Al hamdu”. “Lillahi”. “rabbil ‘alamin”.
  • Okay, “bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem”, means “in the name of God most Gracious most Merciful”.
  • “Al hamdu Lillahi”, means “praise be to God.
  • “Rabbil ‘alameen”, means “Lord of the universe”.
  • “Bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem, al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen”; “in the name of God most Gracious most Merciful, praise be to God, Lord of the universe”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:58:13).

  • And the next statement is familiar to you: “Arrahman Arraheem”; “most gracious most merciful”.
  • And the next statement is: “maliki”; means “master” or “king”.
  • “Yawm”, means “day”.
  • “Addeen”; “recompense”.
  • So “arrahman arraheem”; “most gracious most merciful”, “maliki yawm addeen”; “master of the day of recompense”.
  • “Eyyaka na’abudu”, means “only you we worship”.
  • “Wa eyyaka” means “and only you”.
  • “Wa” means “and”.
  • “Eyyaka nasta’aeen” means “we ask for help, only you we ask for help”.
  • “Wa eyyaka nasta’aeen”; “and only you we ask for help”.
  • The next statement, now of course you can always go back – reverse the tape and watch all these words until you learn them very well by heart.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:00:34).

  • The next statement is “ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem”; “guide us in the right path”.
  • “Ehdina” means “guide us”.
  • “Al-serata” means “the path”.
  • “Al-mustaqeem”; “the straight” or “the right path”.
  • “Ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem”; “guide us in the right path”.
  • “Serata” means “the path of”.
  • “Al-lazeena” means those; “the path of those”.
  • “An’amta”, means “those whom you blessed”.
  • “An’amta ‘alayhim”; “you shower your blessings on them”.
  • “Ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem”; “guide us in the right path”.
  • “Serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim”; “the path of those whom you blessed”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:02:23).

  • Then we go to the last statement in the al-fateha, “ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim”.
  • “Ghoyri” means “other than, or not”.
  • “Al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim”, means “not the path of those who incur wrath, or anger”.
  • “Ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim”.
  • “Wa laddalleen” (not the strayers).
  • “Wa” means “and”.
  • “La” means “no” – “nor” “wa la”.
  • “Wa laddalleen”, and this is the end of it – “and not the strayers”.
  • “Ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim”; “not the path of those who incur wrath, or anger” – “wa laddalleen”; “nor the strayers”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:03:48).


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:03:57).

  • After you recite al-fateha, then you make ruku; bowing. And as you bow you say: “Allahu akbar”, and you know how that looks like, I wrote it for you. Then during the ruku you say “subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem”, about three times, it doesn’t matter, two or three or four times.
  • “Subhaana” means “glory be to”.
  • “Subhaana rabbiya”, means “glory be to my Lord”.
  • “Al-‘azeem”, means “the great”.
  • “Subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem”; “glory be to my Lord the great”.
  • Then you stand up and in this position only you say: “sami’a allahu leman hamidah”, means “God hears anyone who praises Him”. And it is written like this:
  • “Sami’a allahu” (God hears).
  • “Leman”; “anyone”.
  • “Hamidah”; “who praises him”.
  • “Sami’a allahu leman hamidah”, as you stand up.
  • Then you make the first prostration; sujud. And when you do that, you say: “Allahu akbar” as you go down in prostration.
  • And during prostration you say:
  • “Subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa”, about three or four times, means “glory be to my lord the most high”.
  • “Al-‘alaa”; “the most high”.
  • And this takes care of all the words of the Contact Prayers.
  • Now you know how to say all the words and if you play the tape over and over you can see how exactly they are written down and how they are pronounced.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:06:10).


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:06:59).


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:07:32).

  • In the sitting position you say: “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah, wahdahuu la shareeka lah”, which means; “I bear witness that there is no god except allah, the one God, he is one. “la sharika lah”; “He has no partners”. And this is how I write it:
  • “Ash-hadu”, means “I bear witness”.
  • “Ash-hadu alla”, (I bear witness that there is no (alla is actually two words, “al” and “la”, the word combination here means al = that there, and la = is no)).
  • “Elaha” means “god with a small g”.
  • “I bear witness that there is no god”.
  • “Ella”; “except”.
  • “Ella allah”; “the one God”.
  • “Wahdahuu”; “He is one”.
  • “Wahdahuu la shareeka lah”; “he has no partner”.
  • “La”, means “no”.
  • “Shareek”, means “partner”.
  • “La shareeka lah”, (he has no partner).
  • And this takes care of the ta-shahud in the sitting position, “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah, wahdahuu la shareeka lah”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:09:11).

  • And then of course to end the prayer you look at the right side and say: “al-salaamu ‘alaykum”, and then on the left side saying: “al-salaamu ‘alaykum”, and this ends the Contact Prayer. So let me write “al-salaamu ‘alaykum” for you:
  • “al-salaamu ‘alaykum”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:10:01).

  • There you have it, the complete words of the Contact Prayers.
  • Now let me explain a few fine details about the Salat; the Contact Prayers. One of the most important points, is that there is a myth among average Muslims that a woman who has her period; or menstruation cannot pray. Now this has to be from Satan, because Satan is the one who does not want you; the Muslim woman to pray. God did not say in the Quran at all: “do not pray during menstruation”, there is nothing in the Quran that say that. Even the hadith – we learn from hadith that the prophet’s wives used to pray during their menstruation. One hadith even says that they put a bucket under one of his wives as she prayed – as ridiculous as this may be – but it demonstrates that the Muslim woman should pray during her menstruation. If a Muslim does not pray, during menstruation, this means one week of the month without prayer, and this is like four (4) years every ten (10) years – four (4) years without any prayer, imagine that. So this could be a satanic innovation to stop the women from praying during menstruation.
  • So, please, menstruation or not, the Contact Prayer; the Salat prayer is the only worship that must go on, there is absolutely no excuse for not doing the Contact Prayer. Even God provides that you can pray; walking, or riding in a car, or riding in a plane, or in a bus, or even if a person is very sick; very ill; cannot move, that person can pray with his or her heart, or eyelids, or just mentally. If you are working in crowded place and you cannot find a place to pray, you can pray at your desk, sitting down just mentally going through the motions and the words. So there is absolutely no excuse for missing any Contact prayer.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:12:13).

  • So, whether the person is ill; unable to move, or riding; trapped in a car; or a bus; or a plane, or in a working place where there is no place available for prayer, or during menstruation, or the after birth bleeding, any of these conditions cannot – nothing stops your from performing – observing the Contact Prayers.
  • Another point that I wish to mention is the group prayer; or the jama’a. In the jama’a, one person leads the prayer and the rest of the group stand behind him, behind the imam, and do exactly what he does, you do not have to recite al-fateha or the Quran after the imam. Remember, all that is required in the Contact Prayer is the al-fateha, the first sura of Quran. so you just mentally follow the imam as he recites al-fateha during the Contact Prayer. And then of course in ruku; the bowing position, you say “subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem” as usual. And in the sujud or prostration you say “subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa”, as usual. So, you only listen to the imam when he recites al-fateha in the standing positions. If a person comes late, and finds the jama’a the group already did one for two or three rak’as; units, you just – if you come late, you just join the group in whatever position they are in, and then after they finish, when they say “al-salaamu ‘alaykum”, the first one, you stand up and you complete the part that you missed. So this is how you make up for missing units, or missing rak’as when you join a group.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:14:21).

  • What happens if you miss one of the prayers; one of the Contact Prayers? You are supposed to do all five Contact Prayers during each one of the five periods, the Dawn Contact before sunrise, the Noon between twelve (12:00) and four (16:00), and the Afternoon between fourteen (14:00) and sunset, the Sunset Contact immediately after sunset, and the Night Prayer after all the twilight disappears from the horizon; about two hours after sunset. Now what happens if you miss one of these prayers. There is a myth that you can make it up or combine prayers and it is just an innovation, you cannot make up missed prayers. If you miss the Noon Prayer in any day, you just cannot bring  yesterday back, you missed it and it is too bad. So you just ask God for forgiveness; repent and promise god that you will never, to the best of your ability, miss anymore prayers, and you just go on doing the prayers. The idea of the Contact Prayers is to contact our creator within a certain period of every day, and when you miss that; it is gone, you cannot bring it back, and you cannot make it up, but you can ask forgives and repent.
  • And now the best way to describe the Contact Prayer to you, is to demonstrate exactly how it is done. So now I will demonstrate for you the Dawn Contact Prayer.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:16:06).

  • Do you remember the first thing you have to do in order to observe the Contact Prayers? That’s right, the intention, you declare your intention, in Arabic “niyya”. So since this is the dawn prayer, I will make the intention for the Dawn Contact Prayer, in English; then in Arabic. Then I will proceed with the prayer and you just watch everything I am doing and this is – this should be the correct way for observing the Contact Prayer.
  • So here i am facing the direction of mecca, and I am going to make my intention.
  • I intend to do the Dawn Contact Prayer; nawaytu Salat al-fajr.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:16:40).

  • (While raising hands to the side of the head) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (During sitting position while looking right) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • (During sitting position while looking left) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • And this completes the Dawn Prayer, this is the original contact Salat prayer, as observed by the prophet Muhammad, and it came to us all the way from Abraham exactly this way. And you notice in my prayer, I didn’t look around; I didn’t laugh; I was not distracted, I concentrated on communicating with my creator.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:20:53).

  • And now I will do the Noon Prayer. Now, the Noon Prayer, the Afternoon Prayer, and the Night Contact Prayer are all identical; exactly the same. So the intention for the Noon Prayer is: “nawaytu Salat al-zuhr”. For the asr; for the afternoon prayer: “Nawaytu Salat al-asr”. And for the night prayer: “Nawaytu Salat al-isha”. So what I’m going to demonstrate for you is four (4) rak’as. Which is suitable for the Noon; Afternoon; and the Night Prayer. So here we go.
  • I face the direction of Mecca, and I make my intention according to whichever Contact Prayer it is, and I start my prayer by opening with takbir.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:20:30).

  • (While raising hands to the side of the head) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (During sitting position while looking right) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • (During sitting position while looking left) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • And this takes care of the four (4) rak’a prayers, the Noon, the Afternoon or the Night Prayers.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:25:03).

  • And now I will demonstrate for you the three (3) rak’as of Salat al mahgrib, the sunset prayer. It is of course the same except you do only three (3) rak’as, three (3) units, and here we go.
  • I intend to do the sunset Contact Prayer, nwajatu Salat al mahgrib.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:25:10).

  • (While raising hands to the side of the head) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (During sitting position while looking right) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • (During sitting position while looking left) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum

Video Outro:

  • Please review the tape over and over until you know all the prayers. CONGRATULATIONS
  • Copyright 1987 Islamic Productions Tuscon, Arizona.
  • All thanks and all praise to Allah; the one God.

End of Video


Peace,

I hope this has been useful for you and that you have now learned how to perform the Contact Prayers. I decided to write the whole video into a text format for those of us who prefer to read instead of watching a two hour long video. It makes it easier to understand what is being said without having to go back and forth whenever the video goes too fast. This is especially true if English isn’t your first language, or if your English skill is low. So I really do hope this has been useful to you.

Another benefit is that I can include links to other material for further research, so that the reader doesn’t have to spend a lot of time searching the Internet and all kinds of websites just to find specific information. Instead it will be available at the click of a button.

I have cut parts of the video into short clips and added text to make it easier for the reader to see how the Wuḍū and the Contact Prayers are performed. I did this because it will make it easier and more clear to watch, instead of having to scroll through a two hour long video to find the specific part you want to watch. This way you only have to click play and the exact part you want will be played. And it is also easily repeatable, which will speed up the learning process.

None of the images, videos or audio is owned by me unless stated otherwise, such as being signed with my name like in the animation (GIF) that shows the timeline of the five Contact Prayers. All copyrighted materials are being used under fair use for educational purposes.

Please contact me if you find any errors, or if you have ideas for how this presentation can be improved.

Thank you and GOD bless.

Free Quran Chapter 2: The Heifer (Al-Baqarah)

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Quran Chapter 2: The Heifer (Al-Baqarah)

[2:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[2:1] A.L.M.*

*2:1 These initials remained a divinely guarded secret for 1400 years. Now we recognize them as a major component of the Quran’s mathematical miracle (see Appendices 1, 2, 24, and 26). The meaning of A.L.M. is pointed out in Verse 2: “This scripture is infallible.” This is incontrovertibly proven by the fact that the frequencies of occurrence of these three initials in this sura are 4502, 3202, and 2195, respectively. The sum of these numbers is 9899, or 19×521. Thus, these most frequent letters of the Arabic language are mathematically placed according to a super-human pattern. These same initials also prefix Suras 3, 29, 30, 31, and 32, and their frequencies of occurrence add up to multiples of 19 in each one of these suras.

[2:2] This scripture is infallible; a beacon for the righteous;

Three Categories of People (1) The Righteous

[2:3] who believe in the unseen, observe the Contact Prayers (Salat)*, and from our provisions to them, they give to charity.

*2:3 Since the Contact Prayers are decreed five times a day, they constitute the prime source of nourishment for our souls. Along with all other practices in Submission, the Contact Prayers were originally revealed through Abraham (21:73, 22:78). Although these five daily prayers were practiced before the revelation of the Quran, each Contact Prayer is specifically mentioned in the Quran (24:58, 11:114, 17:78, & 2:238). Appendices 1 & 15 provide physical evidence supporting ALL the details of the Contact Prayers, including the number of units (Rak’aas) and the numbers of bowings, prostrations, and Tashahhuds in each prayer.

**2:3 When God uses the plural tense, this indicates that other entities, usually the angels, are involved. When God spoke to Moses, the singular form was used (20:12-14). See Appendix 10.

[2:4] And they believe in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed before you, and with regard to the Hereafter, they are absolutely certain.*

*2:4 Despite severe distortions that afflicted the previous scriptures, God’s truth can still be found in them. Both the Old Testament and the New Testatment still advocate absolute devotion to God ALONE (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Mark 12:29-30). All distortions are easily detectable.

[2:5] These are guided by their Lord; these are the winners.

(2) The Disbelievers

[2:6] As for those who disbelieve, it is the same for them; whether you warn them, or not warn them, they cannot believe.*

*2:6-7 Those who make a decision to reject God are helped in that direction; they are prevented by God from seeing any proof or guidance for as long as they maintain such a decision. The consequences of such a disastrous decision are spelled out in Verse 7.

[2:7] God seals their minds and their hearing, and their eyes are veiled. They have incurred severe retribution.

(3) The Hypocrites

[2:8] Then there are those who say, “We believe in God and the Last Day,” while they are not believers.

[2:9] In trying to deceive God and those who believe, they only deceive themselves without perceiving.

[2:10] In their minds there is a disease. Consequently, God augments their disease. They have incurred a painful retribution for their lying.

[2:11] When they are told, “Do not commit evil,” they say, “But we are righteous!”

[2:12] In fact, they are evildoers, but they do not perceive.

[2:13] When they are told, “Believe like the people who believed,” they say, “Shall we believe like the fools who believed?” In fact, it is they who are fools, but they do not know.

[2:14] When they meet the believers, they say, “We believe,” but when alone with their devils, they say, “We are with you; we were only mocking.”

[2:15] God mocks them, and leads them on in their transgressions, blundering.

[2:16] It is they who bought the straying, at the expense of guidance. Such trade never prospers, nor do they receive any guidance.

[2:17] Their example is like those who start a fire, then, as it begins to shed light around them, God takes away their light, leaving them in darkness, unable to see.

[2:18] Deaf, dumb, and blind; they fail to return.

[2:19] Another example: a rainstorm from the sky in which there is darkness, thunder, and lightning. They put their fingers in their ears, to evade death. God is fully aware of the disbelievers.

The Light of Faith

[2:20] The lightning almost snatches away their eyesight. When it lights for them, they move forward, and when it turns dark, they stand still. If God wills, He* can take away their hearing and their eyesight. God is Omnipotent.

*2:20 “He” and “she” do not necessarily imply natural gender in Arabic (Appendix 4).

[2:21] O people, worship only your Lord – the One who created you and those before you – that you may be saved.

[2:22] The One who made the earth habitable for you, and the sky a structure. He sends down from the sky water, to produce all kinds of fruits for your sustenance. You shall not set up idols to rival God, now that you know.

Mathematical Challenge

[2:23] If you have any doubt regarding what we revealed to our servant*, then produce one sura like these, and call upon your own witnesses against God, if you are truthful.

*2:23-24 The Quran’s miraculous mathematical code provides numerous proofs as it spells out the name “Rashad Khalifa” as God’s servant mentioned here. Some literary giants, including Al-Mutanabby and Taha Hussein, have answered the literary challenge, but they had no awareness of the Quran’s mathematical composition. It is the Quran’s mathematical code, revealed through God’s Messenger of the Covenant, Rashad Khalifa, that is the real challenge – for it can never be imitated. See Appendices 1, 2, 24, & 26 for the detailed proofs.

Allegorical Description of Hell

[2:24] If you cannot do this – and you can never do this – then beware of the Hellfire, whose fuel is people and rocks; it awaits the disbelievers.

Allegorical Description of Paradise

[2:25] Give good news to those who believe and lead a righteous life that they will have gardens with flowing streams. When provided with a provision of fruits therein, they will say, “This is what was provided for us previously.” Thus, they are given allegorical descriptions. They will have pure spouses therein, and they abide therein forever.

[2:26] God does not shy away from citing any kind of allegory*, from the tiny mosquito and greater. As for those who believe, they know that it is the truth from their Lord. As for those who disbelieve, they say, “What did God mean by such an allegory?” He misleads many thereby, and guides many thereby. But He never misleads thereby except the wicked,

*2:26 See Appendix 5 for further discussion of Heaven and Hell.

[2:27] who violate God’s covenant after pledging to uphold it, sever what God has commanded to be joined, and commit evil. These are the losers.

Two Deaths and Two Lives for the Disbelievers*

[2:28] How can you disbelieve in God when you were dead and He gave you life, then He puts you to death, then He brings you back to life, then to Him you ultimately return?

*2:28 The righteous do not really die; they go straight to Heaven. When their interim on this earth comes to an end, the angels of death simply invite them to go to the same Paradise where Adam and Eve once lived (2:154, 3:169, 8:24, 22:58, 16:32, 36:20-27, 44:56, 89:27-30). Thus, while the righteous experience only the first death following our original sin, the unrighteous go through two deaths (40:11). At the time of death, the disbelievers know their miserable fate (8:50, 47:27), then they suffer a continuous nightmare that lasts until Hell is created (40:46, 89:23, Appendix 17).

[2:29] He is the One who created for you everything on earth, then turned to the sky and perfected seven universes therein*, and He is fully aware of all things.

*2:29 Our universe with its billion galaxies, spanning distances of billions of light years, is the smallest and innermost of seven universes (Appendix 6). Please look up 41:10-11.

Satan: A Temporary “god”*

[2:30] Recall that your Lord said to the angels, “I am placing a representative (a temporary god) on Earth.” They said, “Will You place therein one who will spread evil therein and shed blood, while we sing Your praises, glorify You, and uphold Your absolute authority?” He said, “I know what you do not know.”

*2:30-37 These verses answer such crucial questions as: “Why are we here?” (See Appendix 7).

The Test Begins

[2:31] He taught Adam all the names* then presented them to the angels, saying, “Give me the names of these, if you are right.”

*2:31 These are the names of the animals, the automobile, the submarine, the space satellite, the VCR, and all other objects to be encountered by the human beings on Earth.

[2:32] They said, “Be You glorified, we have no knowledge, except that which You have taught us. You are the Omniscient, Most Wise.”

[2:33] He said, “O Adam, tell them their names.” When he told them their names, He said, “Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of the heavens and the earth? I know what you declare, and what you conceal.”

[2:34] When we said to the angels, “Fall prostrate before Adam,” they fell prostrate, except Satan; he refused, was too arrogant, and a disbeliever.

[2:35] We said, “O Adam, live with your wife in Paradise, and eat therefrom generously, as you please, but do not approach this tree, lest you sin.”

[2:36] But the devil duped them, and caused their eviction therefrom. We said, “Go down as enemies of one another. On Earth shall be your habitation and provision for awhile.”

Specific Words*

[2:37] Then, Adam received from his Lord words, whereby He redeemed him. He is the Redeemer, Most Merciful.

*2:37 Similarly, God has given us specific, mathematically coded words, the words of Sura 1, to establish contact with Him (see Footnote 1:1 and Appendix 15).

[2:38] We said, “Go down therefrom, all of you. When guidance comes to you from Me, those who follow My guidance will have no fear, nor will they grieve.

[2:39] “As for those who disbelieve and reject our revelations, they will be dwellers of Hell, wherein they abide forever.”

Divine Commandments to All Jews: “You Shall Believe in This Quran.”

[2:40] O Children of Israel, remember My favor, which I bestowed upon you, and fulfill your part of the covenant, that I fulfill My part of the covenant, and reverence Me.

[2:41] You shall believe in what I have revealed herein, confirming what you have; do not be the first to reject it. Do not trade away My revelations for a cheap price, and observe Me.

[2:42] Do not confound the truth with falsehood, nor shall you conceal the truth, knowingly.

[2:43] You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and bow down with those who bow down.

[2:44] Do you exhort the people to be righteous, while forgetting yourselves, though you read the scripture? Do you not understand?

[2:45] You shall seek help through steadfastness and the Contact Prayers (Salat). This is difficult indeed, but not so for the reverent,

[2:46] who believe that they will meet their Lord; that to Him they ultimately return.

[2:47] O Children of Israel, remember My favor which I bestowed upon you, and that I blessed you more than any other people.

[2:48] Beware of the day when no soul can avail another soul, no intercession will be accepted, no ransom can be paid, nor can anyone be helped.

[2:49] Recall that we saved you from Pharaoh’s people who inflicted upon you the worst persecution, slaying your sons and sparing your daughters. That was an exacting test from your Lord.

[2:50] Recall that we parted the sea for you; we saved you and drowned Pharaoh’s people before your eyes.

[2:51] Yet, when we summoned Moses for forty nights, you worshiped the calf in his absence, and turned wicked.*

*2:51 This incident reflects the humans’ idolatrous tendency. Despite the profound miracles, Moses’ followers worshiped the calf in his absence, and Moses ended up with only two believers (5:23). As pointed out in the Introduction, the humans are rebels whose egos are their gods.

[2:52] Still, we pardoned you thereafter that you may be appreciative.

[2:53] Recall that we gave Moses scripture and the statute book, that you may be guided.

Kill Your Ego*

[2:54] Recall that Moses said to his people, “O my people, you have wronged your souls by worshiping the calf. You must repent to your Creator. You shall kill your egos. This is better for you in the sight of your Creator.” He did redeem you. He is the Redeemer, Most Merciful.

*2:54 It is the ego that led to Satan’s fall. It is the ego that caused our exile to this world, and it is the ego that is keeping most of us from redemption to God’s Kingdom.

Physical Evidence*

[2:55] Recall that you said, “O Moses, we will not believe unless we see God, physically.” Consequently, the lightning struck you, as you looked.

*2:55 It is noteworthy that the word “GOD” in this verse is the 19th occurrence, and this is the verse where the people demanded “physical evidence.” The Quran’s mathematical code, based on the number 19, provides such physical evidence. Note also that 2+55=57=19×3.

[2:56] We then revived you, after you had died, that you may be appreciative.

In Sinai

[2:57] We shaded you with clouds (in Sinai), and sent down to you manna and quails: “Eat from the good things we provided for you.” They did not hurt us (by rebelling); they only hurt their own souls.

Lack of Confidence in God: They Refuse to Enter Jerusalem

[2:58] Recall that we said, “Enter this town, where you will find as many provisions as you like. Just enter the gate humbly, and treat the people nicely. We will then forgive your sins, and increase the reward for the pious.”

[2:59] But the wicked among them carried out commands other than the commands given to them. Consequently, we sent down upon the transgressors condemnation from the sky, due to their wickedness.

More Miracles

[2:60] Recall that Moses sought water for his people. We said, “Strike the rock with your staff.” Whereupon, twelve springs gushed out therefrom. The members of each tribe knew their own water. Eat and drink from God’s provisions, and do not roam the earth corruptingly.

Israel Rebels

[2:61] Recall that you said, “O Moses, we can no longer tolerate one kind of food. Call upon your Lord to produce for us such earthly crops as beans, cucumbers, garlic, lentils, and onions.” He said, “Do you wish to substitute that which is inferior for that which is good? Go down to Egypt, where you can find what you asked for.” They have incurred condemnation, humiliation, and disgrace, and brought upon themselves wrath from God. This is because they rejected God’s revelations, and killed the prophets unjustly. This is because they disobeyed and transgressed.

Unity of All Submitters

[2:62] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who (1) believes in God, and (2) believes in the Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

Covenant with Israel

[2:63] We made a covenant with you, as we raised Mount Sinai above you: “You shall uphold what we have given you strongly, and remember its contents, that you may be saved.”

[2:64] But you turned away thereafter, and if it were not for God’s grace towards you and His mercy, you would have been doomed.

[2:65] You have known about those among you who desecrated the Sabbath. We said to them, “Be you as despicable as apes.”

[2:66] We set them up as an example for their generation, as well as subsequent generations, and an enlightenment for the righteous.

The Heifer*

[2:67] Moses said to his people, “God commands you to sacrifice a heifer.” They said, “Are you mocking us?” He said, “God forbid, that I should behave like the ignorant ones.”

*2:67 Although this sura contains important laws and commandments, including the contact prayers, fasting, Hajj pilgrimage, and the laws of marriage, divorce, etc., the name given to the sura is “The Heifer.” This reflects the crucial importance of submission to God and immediate, unwavering obedience to our Creator. Such submission proves our belief in God’s omnipotence and absolute authority. See also the Bible’s Book of Numbers, Chapter 19.

[2:68] They said, “Call upon your Lord to show us which one.” He said, “He says that she is a heifer that is neither too old, nor too young; of an intermediate age. Now, carry out what you are commanded to do.”

[2:69] They said, “Call upon your Lord to show us her color.” He said, “He says that she is a yellow heifer, bright colored, pleases the beholders.”

[2:70] They said, “Call upon your Lord to show us which one. The heifers look alike to us and, God willing, we will be guided.”

[2:71] He said, “He says that she is a heifer that was never humiliated in plowing the land or watering the crops; free from any blemish.” They said, “Now you have brought the truth.” They finally sacrificed her, after this lengthy reluctance.

Purpose of the Heifer

[2:72] You had killed a person, then disputed among yourselves. God was to expose what you tried to conceal.

[2:73] We said, “Strike (the victim) with part (of the heifer).” That is when God brought the victim back to life, and showed you His signs, that you may understand.

[2:74] Despite this, your hearts hardened like rocks, or even harder. For there are rocks from which rivers gush out. Others crack and release gentle streams, and other rocks cringe out of reverence for God. God is never unaware of anything you do.

Distorting the Word of God

[2:75] Do you expect them to believe as you do, when some of them used to hear the word of God, then distort it, with full understanding thereof, and deliberately?

Concealing the Word of God

[2:76] And when they meet the believers, they say, “We believe,” but when they get together with each other, they say, “Do not inform (the believers) of the information given to you by God, lest you provide them with support for their argument concerning your Lord. Do you not understand?”

[2:77] Do they not know that God knows everything they conceal, and everything they declare?

[2:78] Among them are gentiles who do not know the scripture, except through hearsay, then assume that they know it.

[2:79] Therefore, woe to those who distort the scripture with their own hands, then say, “This is what God has revealed,” seeking a cheap material gain. Woe to them for such distortion, and woe to them for their illicit gains.

Eternity of Heaven and Hell*

[2:80] Some have said, “Hell will not touch us, except for a limited number of days.” Say, “Have you taken such a pledge from God – God never breaks His pledge – or, are you saying about God what you do not know?”

*2:80-82 It is an established belief among corrupted Muslims that they will suffer in Hell only in proportion to the number of sins they had committed, then they will get out of Hell and go to Heaven. They also believe that Muhammad will intercede on their behalf, and will take them out of Hell. Such beliefs are contrary to the Quran (Appendix 8).

[2:81] Indeed, those who earn sins and become surrounded by their evil work will be the dwellers of Hell; they abide in it forever.

[2:82] As for those who believe, and lead a righteous life, they will be the dwellers of Paradise; they abide in it forever.

The Commandments

[2:83] We made a covenant with the Children of Israel: “You shall not worship except God. You shall honor your parents and regard the relatives, the orphans, and the poor. You shall treat the people amicably. You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat).” But you turned away, except a few of you, and you became averse.

[2:84] We made a covenant with you, that you shall not shed your blood, nor shall you evict each other from your homes. You agreed and bore witness.

[2:85] Yet, here you are killing each other, and evicting some of you from their homes, banding against them sinfully and maliciously. Even when they surrendered, you demanded ransom from them. Evicting them was prohibited for you in the first place. Do you believe in part of the scripture and disbelieve in part? What should be the retribution for those among you who do this, except humiliation in this life, and a far worse retribution on the Day of Resurrection? God is never unaware of anything you do.

[2:86] It is they who bought this lowly life at the expense of the Hereafter. Consequently, the retribution is never commuted for them, nor can they be helped.

The Prophets of Israel

[2:87] We gave Moses the scripture, and subsequent to him we sent other messengers, and we gave Jesus, son of Mary, profound miracles and supported him with the Holy Spirit. Is it not a fact that every time a messenger went to you with anything you disliked, your ego caused you to be arrogant? Some of them you rejected, and some of them you killed.

Tragic Statement: “My mind is made up!”

[2:88] Some would say, “Our minds are made up!” Instead, it is a curse from God, as a consequence of their disbelief, that keeps them from believing, except for a few of them.

The Quran Consummates All Scriptures

[2:89] When this scripture came to them from God, and even though it agrees with, and confirms what they have, and even though they used to prophesy its advent when they talked with the disbelievers, when their own prophecy came to pass, they disbelieved therein. God’s condemnation thus afflicts the disbelievers.

[2:90] Miserable indeed is what they sold their souls for – rejecting these revelations of God out of sheer resentment that God should bestow His grace upon whomever He chooses from among His servants. Consequently, they incurred wrath upon wrath. The disbelievers have incurred a humiliating retribution.

[2:91] When they are told, “You shall believe in these revelations of God,” they say, “We believe only in what was sent down to us.” Thus, they disbelieve in subsequent revelations, even if it is the truth from their Lord, and even though it confirms what they have! Say, “Why then did you kill God’s prophets, if you were believers?”

Learning From Israel’s History

[2:92] Moses went to you with profound miracles, yet you worshiped the calf in his absence, and you turned wicked.

[2:93] We made a covenant with you, as we raised Mount Sinai above you, saying, “You shall uphold the commandments we have given you, strongly, and listen.” They said, “We hear, but we disobey.” Their hearts became filled with adoration for the calf, due to their disbelief. Say, “Miserable indeed is what your faith dictates upon you, if you do have any faith.”

[2:94] Say, “If the abode of the Hereafter is reserved for you at God, to the exclusion of all other people, then you should long for death, if you are truthful.”

[2:95] They never long for it, because of what their hands have sent forth. God is fully aware of the wicked.

[2:96] In fact, you will find them the most covetous of life; even more so than the idol worshipers. The one of them wishes to live a thousand years. But this will not spare him any retribution, no matter how long he lives. God is seer of everything they do.

Gabriel Mediates the Revelation

[2:97] Say, “Anyone who opposes Gabriel should know that he has brought down this (Quran) into your heart, in accordance with God’s will, confirming previous scriptures, and providing guidance and good news for the believers.”

[2:98] Anyone who opposes God, and His angels, and His messengers, and Gabriel and Michael, should know that God opposes the disbelievers.

[2:99] We have sent down to you such clear revelations, and only the wicked will reject them.

[2:100] Is it not a fact that when they make a covenant and pledge to keep it, some of them always disregard it? In fact, most of them do not believe.

Disregarding God’s Scripture

[2:101] Now that a messenger from God has come to them, and even though he proves and confirms their own scripture, some followers of the scripture (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) disregard God’s scripture behind their backs, as if they never had any scripture.

*2:101 God’s Messenger of the Covenant is prophesied in the Old Testament (Malachi 3:1-3), the New Testament (Luke 17:22-37), and this Final Testament (3:81).

Witchcraft Condemned

[2:102] They pursued what the devils taught concerning Solomon’s kingdom. Solomon, however, was not a disbeliever, but the devils were disbelievers. They taught the people sorcery, and that which was sent down through the two angels of Babel, Haroot and Maroot. These two did not divulge such knowledge without pointing out: “This is a test. You shall not abuse such knowledge.” But the people used it in such evil schemes as the breaking up of marriages. They can never harm anyone against the will of God. They thus learn what hurts them, not what benefits them, and they know full well that whoever practices witchcraft will have no share in the Hereafter. Miserable indeed is what they sell their souls for, if they only knew.

[2:103] If they believe and lead a righteous life, the reward from God is far better, if they only knew.

Twisting the Words of Supplication

[2:104] O you who believe, do not say, “Raa`ena”* (be our shepherd). Instead, you should say, “Unzurna” (watch over us), and listen. The disbelievers have incurred a painful retribution.

*2:104 The word “Raa`ena” was abused by some Hebrew-speaking people, and twisted to sound like a dirty word (see also 4:46).

Jealousy Condemned

[2:105] Neither the disbelievers among the followers of the scripture, nor the idol worshipers, wish to see any blessings come down to you from your Lord. However, God showers His blessings upon whomever He chooses. God possesses infinite grace.

The Ultimate Miracle: The Quran’s Mathematical Code*

[2:106] When we abrogate any miracle, or cause it to be forgotten, we produce a better miracle, or at least an equal one. Do you not recognize the fact that God is Omnipotent?

*2:106 The Quran’s mathematical miracle is perpetual & greater than previous miracles (34:45, 74:35). Like the Quran itself, it confirms, consummates, and supersedes all previous miracles.

[2:107] Do you not recognize the fact that God possesses the kingship of the heavens and the earth; that you have none besides God as your Lord and Master?

[2:108] Do you wish to demand of your messenger what was demanded of Moses in the past? Anyone who chooses disbelief, instead of belief, has truly strayed off the right path.

[2:109] Many followers of the scripture would rather see you revert to disbelief, now that you have believed. This is due to jealousy on their part, after the truth has become evident to them. You shall pardon them, and leave them alone, until God issues His judgment. God is Omnipotent.

[2:110] You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat). Any good you send forth on behalf of your souls, you will find it at God. God is seer of everything you do.

All Believers Are Redeemed, Regardless of the Name of Their Religion

[2:111] Some have said, “No one will enter Paradise except Jews or Christians!” Such is their wishful thinking. Say, “Show us your proof, if you are right.”

*2:111-112 See 2:62 and 5:69.

Submission: The Only Religion

[2:112] Indeed, those who submit themselves absolutely to God alone, while leading a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.*

*2:111-112 See 2:62 and 5:69.

[2:113] The Jews said, “The Christians have no basis,” while the Christians said, “The Jews have no basis.” Yet, both of them read the scripture. Such are the utterances of those who possess no knowledge. God will judge them on the Day of Resurrection, regarding their disputes.

You Shall Frequent the Masjid

[2:114] Who are more evil than those who boycott God’s masjids, where His name is commemorated, and contribute to their desertion? These ought not to enter therein except fearfully. They will suffer in this life humiliation, and will suffer in the Hereafter a terrible retribution.

[2:115] To God belongs the east and the west; wherever you go there will be the presence of God. God is Omnipresent, Omniscient.

Gross Blasphemy

[2:116] They said, “God has begotten a son!” Be He glorified; never! To Him belongs everything in the heavens and the earth; all are subservient to Him.

[2:117] The Initiator of the heavens and the earth: to have anything done, He simply says to it, “Be,” and it is.

[2:118] Those who possess no knowledge say, “If only God could speak to us, or some miracle could come to us!” Others before them have uttered similar utterances; their minds are similar. We do manifest the miracles for those who have attained certainty.

[2:119] We have sent you with the truth as a bearer of good news, as well as a warner. You are not answerable for those who incur Hell.

*2:119 It is my obligation to point out that the identity of this messenger is confirmed to be “Rashad Khalifa,” God’s Messenger of the Covenant. By adding the gematrical value of “Rashad” (505), plus the gematrical value of “Khalifa” (725), plus the verse number (119), we get 1349, a multiple of 19. See 3:81 and Appendix Two.

[2:120] Neither the Jews, nor the Christians, will accept you, unless you follow their religion. Say, “God’s guidance is the true guidance.” If you acquiesce to their wishes, despite the knowledge you have received, you will find no ally or supporter to help you against God.

[2:121] Those who received the scripture, and know it as it should be known, will believe in this. As for those who disbelieve, they are the losers.

[2:122] O Children of Israel, remember My favor which I bestowed upon you, and that I blessed you more than any other people.

[2:123] Beware of the day when no soul will help another soul, no ransom will be accepted, no intercession will be useful, and no one will be helped.

Abraham

[2:124] Recall that Abraham was put to the test by his Lord, through certain commands, and he fulfilled them. (God) said, “I am appointing you an imam for the people.” He said, “And also my descendants?” He said, “My covenant does not include the transgressors.”

[2:125] We have rendered the shrine (the Ka`aba) a focal point for the people, and a safe sanctuary. You may use Abraham’s shrine as a prayer house. We commissioned Abraham and Ismail: “You shall purify My house for those who visit, those who live there, and those who bow and prostrate.”

[2:126] Abraham prayed: “My Lord, make this a peaceful land, and provide its people with fruits. Provide for those who believe in God and the Last Day.” (God) said, “I will also provide for those who disbelieve. I will let them enjoy, temporarily, then commit them to the retribution of Hell, and a miserable destiny.”

Abraham Delivered All the Practices of Submission (Islam)

[2:127] As Abraham raised the foundations of the shrine, together with Ismail (they prayed): “Our Lord, accept this from us. You are the Hearer, the Omniscient.

[2:128] “Our Lord, make us submitters to You, and from our descendants let there be a community of submitters to You. Teach us the rites of our religion, and redeem us. You are the Redeemer, Most Merciful.

[2:129] “Our Lord, and raise among them a messenger to recite to them Your revelations, teach them the scripture and wisdom, and purify them. You are the Almighty, Most Wise.”

[2:130] Who would forsake the religion of Abraham, except one who fools his own soul? We have chosen him in this world, and in the Hereafter he will be with the righteous.

[2:131] When his Lord said to him, “Submit,” he said, “I submit to the Lord of the universe.”

[2:132] Moreover, Abraham exhorted his children to do the same, and so did Jacob: “O my children, God has pointed out the religion for you; do not die except as submitters.”

[2:133] Had you witnessed Jacob on his death bed; he said to his children, “What will you worship after I die?” They said, “We will worship your god; the god of your fathers Abraham, Ismail, and Isaac; the one god. To Him we are submitters.”

[2:134] Such is a community from the past. They are responsible for what they earned, and you are responsible for what you earned. You are not answerable for anything they have done.

Submission (Islam): Abraham’s Religion*

[2:135] They said, “You have to be Jewish or Christian, to be guided.” Say, “We follow the religion of Abraham – monotheism – he never was an idol worshiper.”

*2:135 The Quran repeatedly informs us that Submission is the religion of Abraham (3:95, 4:125, 6:161, 22:78). Abraham received a practical “scripture,” namely, all the duties and practices of Submission [the Contact Prayers (Salat), the obligatory charity (Zakat), the fasting of Ramadan, and the Hajj pilgrimage]. Muhammad was a follower of Abraham’s religion, as we see in 16:123; he delivered this Final Testament, the Quran. The third messenger of Submission delivered the religion’s proof of authenticity (see 3:81 and Appendices 1, 2, 24, & 26).

No Distinction Among God’s Messengers

[2:136] Say, “We believe in God, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus, and all the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters.”

[2:137] If they believe as you do, then they are guided. But if they turn away, then they are in opposition. God will spare you their opposition; He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.

[2:138] Such is God’s system, and whose system is better than God’s? “Him alone we worship.”

[2:139] Say, “Do you argue with us about God, when He is our Lord and your Lord? We are responsible for our deeds, and you are responsible for your deeds. To Him alone we are devoted.”

[2:140] Do you say that Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs were Jewish or Christian? Say, “Do you know better than God? Who is more evil than one who conceals a testimony he has learned from God? God is never unaware of anything you do.”

[2:141] That was a community from the past. They are responsible for what they earned, and you are responsible for what you earned. You are not answerable for anything they did.

Abolition of Bigotry and Prejudice*

[2:142] The fools among the people would say, “Why did they change the direction of their Qiblah?” Say, “To God belongs the east and the west; He guides whoever wills in a straight path.”

*2:142-145 “Qiblah” is the direction one faces during the Contact Prayers (Salat). When Gabriel conveyed to Muhammad the command to face Jerusalem instead of Mecca, the hypocrites were exposed. The Arabs were strongly prejudiced in favor of the Ka`aba as their “Qiblah.” Only the true believers were able to overcome their prejudices; they readily obeyed the messenger.

[2:143] We thus made you an impartial community, that you may serve as witnesses among the people, and the messenger serves as a witness among you. We changed the direction of your original Qiblah only to distinguish those among you who readily follow the messenger from those who would turn back on their heels. It was a difficult test, but not for those who are guided by God. God never puts your worship to waste. God is Compassionate towards the people, Most Merciful.

Qiblah Restored to Mecca

[2:144] We have seen you turning your face about the sky (searching for the right direction). We now assign a Qiblah that is pleasing to you. Henceforth, you shall turn your face towards the Sacred Masjid. Wherever you may be, all of you shall turn your faces towards it. Those who received the previous scripture know that this is the truth from their Lord. God is never unaware of anything they do.

[2:145] Even if you show the followers of the scripture every kind of miracle, they will not follow your Qiblah. Nor shall you follow their Qiblah. They do not even follow each others’ Qiblah. If you acquiesce to their wishes, after the knowledge that has come to you, you will belong with the transgressors.

Abuse of the Scripture: Selective Emphasis and Concealment

[2:146] Those who received the scripture recognize the truth herein, as they recognize their own children. Yet, some of them conceal the truth, knowingly.

[2:147] This is the truth from your Lord; do not harbor any doubt.

[2:148] Each of you chooses the direction to follow; you shall race towards righteousness. Wherever you may be, God will summon you all. God is Omnipotent.

Qiblah Restored to Mecca

[2:149] Wherever you go, you shall turn your face (during Salat) towards the Sacred Masjid. This is the truth from your Lord. God is never unaware of anything you all do.

*2:149 A glaring proof of the idolatry committed by today’s “Muslims” is the designation of Muhammad’s tomb as a “Sacred Masjid.” The Quran mentions only one “Sacred Masjid.”

[2:150] Wherever you go, you shall turn your face (during Salat) towards the Sacred Masjid; wherever you might be, you shall turn your faces (during Salat) towards it. Thus, the people will have no argument against you, except the transgressors among them. Do not fear them, and fear Me instead. I will then perfect My blessings upon you, that you may be guided.

[2:151] (Blessings) such as the sending of a messenger from among you to recite our revelations to you, purify you, teach you the scripture and wisdom, and to teach you what you never knew.

[2:152] You shall remember Me, that I may remember you, and be thankful to Me; do not be unappreciative.

[2:153] O you who believe, seek help through steadfastness and the Contact Prayers (Salat). God is with those who steadfastly persevere.

Where Do We Go From Here?

[2:154] Do not say of those who are killed in the cause of God, “They are dead.” They are alive at their Lord, but you do not perceive.

*2:154 The righteous do not really die; they simply leave their bodies here and go to the same Paradise where Adam and Eve once lived. See Appendix 17 for the proof and the details.

[2:155] We will surely test you through some fear, hunger, and loss of money, lives, and crops. Give good news to the steadfast.

*2:155 The test is designed to prove that we worship God alone under all circumstances (29:2).

[2:156] When an affliction befalls them, they say, “We belong to God, and to Him we are returning.”

[2:157] These have deserved blessings from their Lord and mercy. These are the guided ones.

Hajj Pilgrimage

[2:158] The knolls of Safa and Marwah are among the rites decreed by God. Anyone who observes Hajj or `Umrah commits no error by traversing the distance between them. If one volunteers more righteous works, then God is Appreciative, Omniscient.

Gross Offense

[2:159] Those who conceal our revelations and guidance, after proclaiming them for the people in the scripture, are condemned by God; they are condemned by all the condemners.

[2:160] As for those who repent, reform, and proclaim, I redeem them. I am the Redeemer, Most Merciful.

[2:161] Those who disbelieve and die as disbelievers, have incurred the condemnation of God, the angels, and all the people (on the Day of Judgment).

[2:162] Eternally they abide therein. The retribution is never commuted for them, nor are they reprieved.

[2:163] Your god is one god; there is no god but He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Overwhelming Signs of God

[2:164] In the creation of the heavens and the earth, the alternation of night and day, the ships that roam the ocean for the benefit of the people, the water that God sends down from the sky to revive dead land and to spread in it all kinds of creatures, the manipulation of the winds, and the clouds that are placed between the sky and the earth, there are sufficient proofs for people who understand.

The Idols Disown Their Idolizers*

[2:165] Yet, some people set up idols to rival God, and love them as if they are God. Those who believe love God the most. If only the transgressors could see themselves when they see the retribution! They will realize then that all power belongs to God alone, and that God’s retribution is awesome.

[2:166] Those who were followed will disown those who followed them. They will see the retribution, and all ties among them will be severed.

*2:165-166 Jesus, Mary, Muhammad, Ali, and the saints will disown their idolizers on the Day of Resurrection. See also 16:86, 35:14, 46:6, and the Gospel of Matthew 7:21-23.

[2:167] Those who followed will say, “If we can get another chance, we will disown them, as they have disowned us now.” God thus shows them the consequences of their works as nothing but remorse; they will never exit Hell.

Satan Prohibits Lawful Things

[2:168] O people, eat from the earth’s products all that is lawful and good, and do not follow the steps of Satan; he is your most ardent enemy.

[2:169] He only commands you to commit evil and vice, and to say about God what you do not know.

Maintaining the Status Quo: A Human Tragedy

[2:170] When they are told, “Follow what God has revealed herein,” they say, “We follow only what we found our parents doing.” What if their parents did not understand, and were not guided?

[2:171] The example of such disbelievers is that of parrots who repeat what they hear of sounds and calls, without understanding. Deaf, dumb, and blind; they cannot understand.

Only Four Meats Prohibited*

[2:172] O you who believe, eat from the good things we provided for you, and be thankful to God, if you do worship Him alone.

*2:172-173 Throughout the Quran, only four meats are prohibited (6:145, 16:115, Appendix 16). Dietary prohibitions beyond these four are tantamount to idol worship (6:121,148,150; 7:32).

[2:173] He only prohibits for you the eating of animals that die of themselves (without human interference), blood, the meat of pigs, and animals dedicated to other than God. If one is forced (to eat these), without being malicious or deliberate, he incurs no sin. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

Corrupted Religious Leaders Conceal the Quran’s Miracle*

[2:174] Those who conceal God’s revelations in the scripture, in exchange for a cheap material gain, eat but fire into their bellies. God will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He purify them. They have incurred a painful retribution.

*2:174-176 Despite their recognition of God’s mathematical miracle in the Quran, the corrupted religious leaders tried for many years to conceal this awesome miracle. Many of them admitted that they resented the fact that Rashad Khalifa, not them, was blessed with the miracle.

[2:175] It is they who chose the straying instead of guidance, and the retribution instead of forgiveness. Consequently, they will have to endure Hell.

[2:176] This is because God has revealed this scripture, bearing the truth, and those who dispute the scripture are the most ardent opponents.

Righteousness Defined

[2:177] Righteousness is not turning your faces towards the east or the west. Righteous are those who believe in God, the Last Day, the angels, the scripture, and the prophets; and they give the money, cheerfully, to the relatives, the orphans, the needy, the traveling alien, the beggars, and to free the slaves; and they observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat); and they keep their word whenever they make a promise; and they steadfastly persevere in the face of persecution, hardship, and war. These are the truthful; these are the righteous.

Discouraging Capital Punishment*

[2:178] O you who believe, equivalence is the law decreed for you when dealing with murder – the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the female for the female. If one is pardoned by the victim’s kin, an appreciative response is in order, and an equitable compensation shall be paid. This is an alleviation from your Lord and mercy. Anyone who transgresses beyond this incurs a painful retribution.

*2:178 The Quran clearly discourages capital punishment. Every kind of excuse is provided to spare lives, including the life of the murderer. The victim’s kin may find it better, under certain circumstances, to spare the life of the murderer in exchange for an equitable compensation. Also capital punishment is not applicable if, for example, a woman kills a man, or vice versa.

[2:179] Equivalence is a life saving law for you, O you who possess intelligence, that you may be righteous.

Write A Will

[2:180] It is decreed that when death approaches, you shall write a will for the benefit of the parents and relatives, equitably. This is a duty upon the righteous.

[2:181] If anyone alters a will he had heard, the sin of altering befalls those responsible for such altering. God is Hearer, Knower.

[2:182] If one sees gross injustice or bias on the part of a testator, and takes corrective action to restore justice to the will, he commits no sin. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

Fasting Emphasized and Modified*

[2:183] O you who believe, fasting is decreed for you, as it was decreed for those before you, that you may attain salvation.

*2:183-187 Like all duties in Submission, fasting was decreed through Abraham (22:78, Appendices 9 & 15). Prior to revelation of the Quran, sexual intercourse was prohibited throughout the fasting period. This rule is modified in 2:187 to allow intercourse during the nights of Ramadan.

[2:184] Specific days (are designated for fasting); if one is ill or traveling, an equal number of other days may be substituted. Those who can fast, but with great difficulty, may substitute feeding one poor person for each day of breaking the fast. If one volunteers (more righteous works), it is better. But fasting is the best for you, if you only knew.

[2:185] Ramadan is the month during which the Quran was revealed, providing guidance for the people, clear teachings, and the statute book. Those of you who witness this month shall fast therein. Those who are ill or traveling may substitute the same number of other days. God wishes for you convenience, not hardship, that you may fulfill your obligations, and to glorify God for guiding you, and to express your appreciation.

God Answers the Prayers of “His Servants”

[2:186] When My servants ask you about Me, I am always near. I answer their prayers when they pray to Me. The people shall respond to Me and believe in Me, in order to be guided.

[2:187] Permitted for you is sexual intercourse with your wives during the nights of fasting. They are the keepers of your secrets, and you are the keepers of their secrets. God knew that you used to betray your souls, and He has redeemed you, and has pardoned you. Henceforth, you may have intercourse with them, seeking what God has permitted for you. You may eat and drink until the white thread of light becomes distinguishable from the dark thread of night at dawn. Then, you shall fast until sunset. Sexual intercourse is prohibited if you decide to retreat to the masjid (during the last ten days of Ramadan). These are God’s laws; you shall not transgress them. God thus clarifies His revelations for the people, that they may attain salvation.

Bribery, Corruption Condemned

[2:188] You shall not take each others’ money illicitly, nor shall you bribe the officials to deprive others of some of their rights illicitly, while you know.

Do Not Beat Around the Bush

[2:189] They ask you about the phases of the moon! Say, “They provide a timing device for the people, and determine the time of Hajj.” It is not righteous to beat around the bush; righteousness is attained by upholding the commandments and by being straightforward. You shall observe God, that you may succeed.

*2:189 The literal Quranic idiom says: “Do not enter the homes through the back doors.” The question about the phases of the moon is an example of beating around the bush; there were bad ulterior motives behind this question.

Rules of War*

[2:190] You may fight in the cause of God against those who attack you, but do not aggress. God does not love the aggressors.

*2:190 All fighting is regulated by the basic rule in 60:8-9. Fighting is allowed strictly in self-defense, while aggression and oppression are strongly condemned throughout the Quran.

[2:191] You may kill those who wage war against you, and you may evict them whence they evicted you. Oppression is worse than murder. Do not fight them at the Sacred Masjid, unless they attack you therein. If they attack you, you may kill them. This is the just retribution for those disbelievers.

[2:192] If they refrain, then God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

[2:193] You may also fight them to eliminate oppression, and to worship God freely. If they refrain, you shall not aggress; aggression is permitted only against the aggressors.

[2:194] During the Sacred Months, aggression may be met by an equivalent response. If they attack you, you may retaliate by inflicting an equitable retribution. You shall observe God and know that God is with the righteous.

[2:195] You shall spend in the cause of God; do not throw yourselves with your own hands into destruction. You shall be charitable; God loves the charitable.

Hajj and `Umrah Pilgrimage*

[2:196] You shall observe the complete rites of Hajj and`Umrah for God. If you are prevented, you shall send an offering, and do not resume cutting your hair until your offering has reached its destination. If you are ill, or suffering a head injury (and you must cut your hair), you shall expiate by fasting, or giving to charity, or some other form of worship. During the normal Hajj, if you break the state of Ihraam (sanctity) between `Umrah and Hajj, you shall expiate by offering an animal sacrifice. If you cannot afford it, you shall fast three days during Hajj and seven when you return home – this completes ten – provided you do not live at the Sacred Masjid. You shall observe God, and know that God is strict in enforcing retribution.

*2:196 See the details of Hajj and `Umrah in Appendix 15.

The Four Months of Hajj (Zul-Hijjah, Muharram, Safar, & Rabi I)

[2:197] Hajj shall be observed in the specified months*. Whoever sets out to observe Hajj shall refrain from sexual intercourse, misconduct, and arguments throughout Hajj. Whatever good you do, God is fully aware thereof. As you prepare your provisions for the journey, the best provision is righteousness. You shall observe Me, O you who possess intelligence.

*2:197 Hajj can be observed any time during the Sacred Months: Zul-Hijjah, Muharram, Safar, and Rabi I. Local governments restrict Hajj to a few days for their own convenience. See 9:37

[2:198] You commit no error by seeking provisions from your Lord (through commerce). When you file from `Arafaat, you shall commemorate God at the Sacred Location (of Muzdalifah). You shall commemorate Him for guiding you; before this, you had gone astray.

[2:199] You shall file together, with the rest of the people who file, and ask God for forgiveness. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

[2:200] Once you complete your rites, you shall continue to commemorate God as you commemorate your own parents, or even better. Some people would say, “Our Lord, give us of this world,” while having no share in the Hereafter.

[2:201] Others would say, “Our Lord, grant us righteousness in this world, and righteousness in the Hereafter, and spare us the retribution of Hell.”

[2:202] Each of these will receive the share they have earned. God is most efficient in reckoning.

Mena: Last Rites of Hajj

[2:203] You shall commemorate God for a number of days (in Mena); whoever hastens to do this in two days commits no sin, and whoever stays longer commits no sin, so long as righteousness is maintained. You shall observe God, and know that before Him you will be gathered.

Appearances May Be Deceiving

[2:204] Among the people, one may impress you with his utterances concerning this life, and may even call upon God to witness his innermost thoughts, while he is a most ardent opponent.

[2:205] As soon as he leaves, he roams the earth corruptingly, destroying properties and lives. God does not love corruption.

[2:206] When he is told, “Observe God,” he becomes arrogantly indignant. Consequently, his only destiny is Hell; what a miserable abode.

[2:207] Then there are those who dedicate their lives to serving God; God is compassionate towards such worshipers.

[2:208] O you who believe, you shall embrace total submission; do not follow the steps of Satan, for he is your most ardent enemy.

[2:209] If you backslide, after the clear proofs have come to you, then know that God is Almighty, Most Wise.

[2:210] Are they waiting until God Himself comes to them in dense clouds, together with the angels? When this happens, the whole matter will be terminated, and to God everything will be returned.

*2:210 This world is a test; it is our last chance to restore ourselves back into God’s kingdom by denouncing idol worship (see the INTRODUCTION). If God and His angels show up, everyone will believe, and the test will no longer be valid.

Miracles Bring Greater Responsibility*

[2:211] Ask the Children of Israel how many profound miracles have we shown them! For those who disregard the blessings bestowed upon them by God, God is most strict in retribution.

*2:211 The Quran’s mathematical miracle is a great blessing, and brings with it an awesome responsibility (please see 5:115).

Shortsightedness

[2:212] This worldly life is adorned in the eyes of the disbelievers, and they ridicule those who believe. However, the righteous will be far above them on the Day of Resurrection. God blesses whomever He wills, without limits.

Disastrous Jealousy

[2:213] The people used to be one community when God sent the prophets as bearers of good news, as well as warners. He sent down with them the scripture, bearing the truth, to judge among the people in their disputes. Ironically, those who received the scripture were the ones who rejected any new scripture, despite clear proofs given to them. This is due to jealousy on their part. God guides those who believe to the truth that is disputed by all others, in accordance with His will. God guides whoever wills in a straight path.*

*2:213 All worshipers of God ALONE, from all religions, are truly united.

[2:214] Do you expect to enter Paradise without being tested like those before you? They were tested with hardship and adversity, and were shaken up, until the messenger and those who believed with him said, “Where is God’s victory?” God’s victory is near.

Recipients of Charity

[2:215] They ask you about giving: say, “The charity you give shall go to the parents, the relatives, the orphans, the poor, and the traveling alien.” Any good you do, God is fully aware thereof.

Believers: The Ultimate Victors

[2:216] Fighting may be imposed on you, even though you dislike it. But you may dislike something which is good for you, and you may like something which is bad for you. God knows while you do not know.

Oppression Condemned

[2:217] They ask you about the Sacred Months and fighting therein: say, “Fighting therein is a sacrilege. However, repelling from the path of God and disbelieving in Him and in the sanctity of the Sacred Masjid, and evicting its people, are greater sacrileges in the sight of God. Oppression is worse than murder.” They will always fight you to revert you from your religion, if they can. Those among you who revert from their religion, and die as disbelievers, have nullified their works in this life and the Hereafter. These are the dwellers of Hell, wherein they abide forever.

[2:218] Those who believe, and those who emigrate and strive in the cause of God, have deserved God’s mercy. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

Intoxicants and Gambling Prohibited*

[2:219] They ask you about intoxicants and gambling: say, “In them there is a gross sin, and some benefits for the people. But their sinfulness far outweighs their benefit.” They also ask you what to give to charity: say, “The excess.” God thus clarifies the revelations for you, that you may reflect,

*2:219 The world now recognizes that the economic benefits from manufacturing alcoholic beverages and illicit drugs are not worth the traffic fatalities, brain damage to children of alcoholic mothers, family crises, and other disastrous consequences. Check with “Alcoholics Anonymous” and “Gamblers Anonymous” for more information. See also 5:90-91.

[2:220] upon this life and the Hereafter. And they ask you about the orphans: say, “Bringing them up as righteous persons is the best you can do for them. If you mix their property with yours, you shall treat them as family members.” God knows the righteous and the wicked. Had God willed, He could have imposed harsher rules upon you. God is Almighty, Most Wise.

Do Not Marry Idol Worshipers

[2:221] Do not marry idolatresses unless they believe; a believing woman is better than an idolatress, even if you like her. Nor shall you give your daughters in marriage to idolatrous men, unless they believe. A believing man is better than an idolater, even if you like him. These invite to Hell, while God invites to Paradise and forgiveness, as He wills. He clarifies His revelations for the people, that they may take heed.

Menstruation

[2:222] They ask you about menstruation: say, “It is harmful; you shall avoid sexual intercourse with the women during menstruation; do not approach them until they are rid of it. Once they are rid of it, you may have intercourse with them in the manner designed by God. God loves the repenters, and He loves those who are clean.”

[2:223] Your women are the bearers of your seed. Thus, you may enjoy this privilege however you like, so long as you maintain righteousness. You shall observe God, and know that you will meet Him. Give good news to the believers.

Do Not Take God’s Name in Vain

[2:224] Do not subject God’s name to your casual swearing, that you may appear righteous, pious, or to attain credibility among the people. God is Hearer, Knower.

[2:225] God does not hold you responsible for the mere utterance of oaths; He holds you responsible for your innermost intentions. God is Forgiver, Clement.

Laws of Divorce

[2:226] Those who intend to divorce their wives shall wait four months (cooling off); if they change their minds and reconcile, then God is Forgiver, Merciful.

[2:227] If they go through with the divorce, then God is Hearer, Knower.

[2:228] The divorced women shall wait three menstruations (before marrying another man). It is not lawful for them to conceal what God creates in their wombs, if they believe in God and the Last Day. (In case of pregnancy,) the husband’s wishes shall supersede the wife’s wishes, if he wants to remarry her. The women have rights, as well as obligations, equitably. Thus, the man’s wishes prevail (in case of pregnancy). God is Almighty, Most Wise.

[2:229] Divorce may be retracted twice. The divorced woman shall be allowed to live in the same home amicably, or leave it amicably. It is not lawful for the husband to take back anything he had given her. However, the couple may fear that they may transgress God’s law. If there is fear that they may transgress God’s law, they commit no error if the wife willingly gives back whatever she chooses. These are God’s laws; do not transgress them. Those who transgress God’s laws are the unjust.

[2:230] If he divorces her (for the third time), it is unlawful for him to remarry her, unless she marries another man, then he divorces her. The first husband can then remarry her, so long as they observe God’s laws. These are God’s laws; He explains them for people who know.

Do Not Throw the Divorcees Out Onto the Streets

[2:231] If you divorce the women, once they fulfill their interim (three menstruations), you shall allow them to live in the same home amicably, or let them leave amicably. Do not force them to stay against their will, as a revenge. Anyone who does this wrongs his own soul. Do not take God’s revelations in vain. Remember God’s blessings upon you, and that He sent down to you the scripture and wisdom to enlighten you. You shall observe God, and know that God is aware of all things.

[2:232] If you divorce the women, once they fulfill their interim, do not prevent them from remarrying their husbands, if they reconcile amicably. This shall be heeded by those among you who believe in God and the Last Day. This is purer for you, and more righteous. God knows, while you do not know.

[2:233] Divorced mothers shall nurse their infants two full years, if the father so wishes. The father shall provide the mother’s food and clothing equitably. No one shall be burdened beyond his ability. No mother shall be harmed on account of her infant, nor shall the father be harmed because of his infant. (If the father dies), his inheritor shall assume these responsibilities. If the infant’s parents mutually agree to part, after due consultation, they commit no error by doing so. You commit no error by hiring nursing mothers, so long as you pay them equitably. You shall observe God, and know that God is Seer of everything you do.

You Shall Observe the Pre-Marriage Interims

[2:234] Those who die and leave wives, their widows shall wait four months and ten days (before they remarry). Once they fulfill their interim, you commit no error by letting them do whatever righteous matters they wish to do. God is fully Cognizant of everything you do.

[2:235] You commit no sin by announcing your engagement to the women, or keeping it secret. God knows that you will think about them. Do not meet them secretly, unless you have something righteous to discuss. Do not consummate the marriage until their interim is fulfilled. You should know that God knows your innermost thoughts, and observe Him. You should know that God is Forgiver, Clement.

Breaking the Engagement

[2:236] You commit no error by divorcing the women before touching them, or before setting the dowry for them. In this case, you shall compensate them – the rich as he can afford and the poor as he can afford – an equitable compensation. This is a duty upon the righteous.

[2:237] If you divorce them before touching them, but after you had set the dowry for them, the compensation shall be half the dowry, unless they voluntarily forfeit their rights, or the party responsible for causing the divorce chooses to forfeit the dowry. To forfeit is closer to righteousness. You shall maintain the amicable relations among you. God is Seer of everything you do.

You Shall Observe the Contact Prayers*

[2:238] You shall consistently observe the Contact Prayers, especially the middle prayer, and devote yourselves totally to God.

*2:238 All five prayers are found in 2:238, 11:114, 17:78, & 24:58. When the Quran was revealed, the Contact Prayers (Salat) had already been in existence (Appendix 9). The details of all five prayers – what to recite and the number of units (Rak`aas) per prayer, etc. – are mathematically confirmed. For example, writing down the number of units for each of the five prayers, next to each other, we get 24434, 19×1286. Also, if we use [*] to represent Sura 1 (Al-Faatehah), where [*]=the sura number (1), followed by the number of verses (7), followed by the number of each verse, the number of letters in each verse, and the gematrical value of every letter, writing down 2[*][*]4[*][*][*][*]4[*][*][*][*]3[*][*][*]4[*][*][*][*] produces a multiple of 19 (see 1:1).

[2:239] Under unusual circumstances, you may pray while walking or riding. Once you are safe, you shall commemorate God as He taught you what you never knew.

Alimony For Widows and Divorcees

[2:240] Those who die and leave wives, a will shall provide their wives with support for a year, provided they stay within the same household. If they leave, you commit no sin by letting them do whatever they wish, so long as righteousness is maintained. God is Almighty, Most Wise.

[2:241] The divorcees also shall be provided for, equitably. This is a duty upon the righteous.

[2:242] God thus explains His revelations for you, that you may understand.

Striving in the Cause of God

[2:243] Have you noted those who fled their homes – though they were in the thousands – fearing death? God said to them, “Die,” then revived them. God showers His grace upon the people, but most people are unappreciative.

[2:244] You shall fight in the cause of God, and know that God is Hearer, Knower.

[2:245] Who would lend God a loan of righteousness, to have it repaid to them multiplied manifold? God is the One who provides and withholds, and to Him you will be returned.

Saul*

[2:246] Have you noted the leaders of Israel after Moses? They said to their prophet, “If you appoint a king to lead us, we will fight in the cause of God.” He said, “Is it your intention that, if fighting is decreed for you, you will not fight?” They said, “Why should we not fight in the cause of God, when we have been deprived of our homes, and our children?” Yet, when fighting was decreed for them, they turned away, except a few. God is aware of the transgressors.

*2:246 This same history is narrated in the Bible’s Book of I Samuel, Ch. 9 and 10.

Questioning God’s Wisdom

[2:247] Their prophet said to them, “God has appointed Taloot (Saul) to be your king.” They said, “How can he have kingship over us when we are more worthy of kingship than he; he is not even rich?” He said, “God has chosen him over you, and has blessed him with an abundance in knowledge and in body.” God grants His kingship to whomever He wills. God is Bounteous, Omniscient.

Ark of the Covenant

[2:248] Their prophet said to them, “The sign of his kingship is that the Ark of the Covenant will be restored to you, bringing assurances from your Lord, and relics left by the people of Moses and the people of Aaron. It will be carried by the angels. This should be a convincing sign for you, if you are really believers.”

David and Goliath

[2:249] When Saul took command of the troops, he said, “God is putting you to the test by means of a stream. Anyone who drinks from it does not belong with me – only those who do not taste it belong with me – unless it is just a single sip.” They drank from it, except a few of them. When he crossed it with those who believed, they said, “Now we lack the strength to face Goliath and his troops.” Those who were conscious of meeting God said, “Many a small army defeated a large army by God’s leave. God is with those who steadfastly persevere.”

[2:250] When they faced Goliath and his troops, they prayed, “Our Lord, grant us steadfastness, strengthen our foothold, and support us against the disbelieving people.”

[2:251] They defeated them by God’s leave, and David killed Goliath. God gave him kingship and wisdom, and taught him as He willed. If it were not for God’s support of some people against others, there would be chaos on earth. But God showers His grace upon the people.

[2:252] These are God’s revelations. We recite them through you*, truthfully, for you are one of the messengers.

*2:252 In keeping with the mathematical composition of the Quran, God has willed that the name of the messenger mentioned here shall be spelled out mathematically. The discovery of the Quran’s miraculous 19-based code has been divinely reserved for God’s Messenger of the Covenant. By adding this verse number (252), plus the gematrical value of “Rashad” (505), plus the gematrical value of “Khalifa” (725) we get 252+505+725 = 1482, or 19×78. Please see Appendices 2 and 26 for the complete details related to the proven identity of God’s Messenger of the Covenant, to whom this verse clearly refers.

Many Messengers / One Message

[2:253] These messengers; we blessed some of them more than others. For example, God spoke to one, and we raised some of them to higher ranks. And we gave Jesus, son of Mary, profound miracles and supported him with the Holy Spirit. Had God willed, their followers would not have fought with each other, after the clear proofs had come to them. Instead, they disputed among themselves; some of them believed, and some disbelieved. Had God willed, they would not have fought. Everything is in accordance with God’s will.

No Intercession*

[2:254] O you who believe, you shall give to charity from the provisions we have given to you, before a day comes where there is no trade, no nepotism, and no intercession. The disbelievers are the unjust.

*2:254 One of Satan’s clever tricks is attributing the power of intercession to powerless human idols such as Jesus and Muhammad (Appendix 8).

[2:255] God: there is no other god besides Him, the Living, the Eternal. Never a moment of unawareness or slumber overtakes Him. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. Who could intercede with Him, except in accordance with His will? He knows their past, and their future. No one attains any knowledge, except as He wills. His dominion encompasses the heavens and the earth, and ruling them never burdens Him. He is the Most High, the Great.

No Compulsion in Religion

[2:256] There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in God has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. God is Hearer, Omniscient.

[2:257] God is Lord of those who believe; He leads them out of darkness into the light. As for those who disbelieve, their lords are their idols; they lead them out of the light into darkness – these will be the dwellers of Hell; they abide in it forever.

Abraham’s Courageous Debate

[2:258] Have you noted the one who argued with Abraham about his Lord, though God had given him kingship? Abraham said, “My Lord grants life and death.” He said, “I grant life and death.” Abraham said, “God brings the sun from the east, can you bring it from the west?” The disbeliever was stumped. God does not guide the wicked.

Lesson About Death*

[2:259] Consider the one who passed by a ghost town and wondered, “How can God revive this after it had died?” God then put him to death for a hundred years, then resurrected him. He said, “How long have you stayed here?” He said, “I have been here a day, or part of the day.” He said, “No! You have been here a hundred years. Yet, look at your food and drink; they did not spoil. Look at your donkey – we thus render you a lesson for the people. Now, note how we construct the bones, then cover them with flesh.” When he realized what had happened, he said, “Now I know that God is Omnipotent.”

*2:259 The lesson we learn here is that the period of death – only the unrighteous die; the righteous go straight to Heaven – passes like one day (see 18:19-25 and Appendix 17).

Every Believer Needs Assurance

[2:260] Abraham said, “My Lord, show me how You revive the dead.” He said, “Do you not believe?” He said, “Yes, but I wish to reassure my heart.” He said, “Take four birds, study their marks, place a piece of each bird on top of a hill, then call them to you. They will come to you in a hurry. You should know that God is Almighty, Most Wise.”

The Best Investment

[2:261] The example of those who spend their monies in the cause of God is that of a grain that produces seven spikes, with a hundred grains in each spike. God multiplies this manifold for whomever He wills. God is Bounteous, Knower.

[2:262] Those who spend their money in the cause of God, then do not follow their charity with insult or harm, will receive their recompense from their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

[2:263] Kind words and compassion are better than a charity that is followed by insult. God is Rich, Clement.

[2:264] O you who believe, do not nullify your charities by inflicting reproach and insult, like one who spends his money to show off, while disbelieving in God and the Last Day. His example is like a rock covered with a thin layer of soil; as soon as heavy rain falls, it washes off the soil, leaving it a useless rock. They gain nothing from their efforts. God does not guide disbelieving people.

Charity

[2:265] The example of those who give their money seeking God’s pleasure, out of sincere conviction, is that of a garden on high fertile soil; when heavy rain falls, it gives twice as much crop. If heavy rain is not available, a drizzle will suffice. God is Seer of everything you do.

[2:266] Does any of you wish to own a garden of palm trees and grapes, with flowing streams and generous crops, then, just as he grows old, and while his children are still dependent on him, a holocaust strikes and burns up his garden? God thus clarifies the revelations for you, that you may reflect.

What to Give

[2:267] O you who believe, you shall give to charity from the good things you earn, and from what we have produced for you from the earth. Do not pick out the bad therein to give away, when you yourselves do not accept it unless your eyes are closed. You should know that God is Rich, Praiseworthy.

[2:268] The devil promises you poverty and commands you to commit evil, while God promises you forgiveness from Him and grace. God is Bounteous, Omniscient.

Wisdom: A Great Treasure

[2:269] He bestows wisdom upon whomever He chooses, and whoever attains wisdom, has attained a great bounty. Only those who possess intelligence will take heed.

Anonymous Charity Better

[2:270] Any charity you give, or a charitable pledge you fulfill, God is fully aware thereof. As for the wicked, they will have no helpers.

[2:271] If you declare your charities, they are still good. But if you keep them anonymous, and give them to the poor, it is better for you, and remits more of your sins. God is fully Cognizant of everything you do.

God is the Only One Who Guides

[2:272] You are not responsible for guiding anyone. God is the only one who guides whoever chooses (to be guided). Any charity you give is for your own good. Any charity you give shall be for the sake of God. Any charity you give will be repaid to you, without the least injustice.

[2:273] Charity shall go to the poor who are suffering in the cause of God, and cannot emigrate. The unaware may think that they are rich, due to their dignity. But you can recognize them by certain signs; they never beg from the people persistently. Whatever charity you give, God is fully aware thereof.

[2:274] Those who give to charity night and day, secretly and publicly, receive their recompense from their Lord; they will have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

Usury Prohibited*

[2:275] Those who charge usury are in the same position as those controlled by the devil’s influence. This is because they claim that usury is the same as commerce. However, God permits commerce, and prohibits usury. Thus, whoever heeds this commandment from his Lord, and refrains from usury, he may keep his past earnings, and his judgment rests with God. As for those who persist in usury, they incur Hell, wherein they abide forever.

*2:275-278 It is an established economic principle that excessive interest on loans can utterly destroy a whole country. During the last few years we have witnessed the devastation of the economies of many nations where excessive interest is charged. Normal interest – less than 20% – where no one is victimized and everyone is satisfied, is not usury.

[2:276] God condemns usury, and blesses charities. God dislikes every disbeliever, guilty.

Divine Guarantee

[2:277] Those who believe and lead a righteous life, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), they receive their recompense from their Lord; they will have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

[2:278] O you who believe, you shall observe God and refrain from all kinds of usury, if you are believers.

[2:279] If you do not, then expect a war from God and His messenger. But if you repent, you may keep your capitals, without inflicting injustice, or incurring injustice.

[2:280] If the debtor is unable to pay, wait for a better time. If you give up the loan as a charity, it would be better for you, if you only knew.

[2:281] Beware of the day when you are returned to God, and every soul is paid for everything it had done, without the least injustice.

Write Down Financial Transactions

[2:282] O you who believe, when you transact a loan for any period, you shall write it down. An impartial scribe shall do the writing. No scribe shall refuse to perform this service, according to God’s teachings. He shall write, while the debtor dictates the terms. He shall observe God his Lord and never cheat. If the debtor is mentally incapable, or helpless, or cannot dictate, his guardian shall dictate equitably. Two men shall serve as witnesses; if not two men, then a man and two women whose testimony is acceptable to all.* Thus, if one woman becomes biased, the other will remind her. It is the obligation of the witnesses to testify when called upon to do so. Do not tire of writing the details, no matter how long, including the time of repayment. This is equitable in the sight of God, assures better witnessing, and eliminates any doubts you may have. Business transactions that you execute on the spot need not be recorded, but have them witnessed. No scribe or witness shall be harmed on account of his services. If you harm them, it would be wickedness on your part. You shall observe God, and God will teach you. God is Omniscient.

*2:282 Financial transactions are the ONLY situations where two women may substitute for one man as witness. This is to guard against the real possibility that one witness may marry the other witness, and thus cause her to be biased. It is a recognized fact that women are more emotionally vulnerable than men.

[2:283] If you are traveling, and no scribe is available, a bond shall be posted to guarantee repayment. If one is trusted in this manner, he shall return the bond when due, and he shall observe God his Lord. Do not withhold any testimony by concealing what you had witnessed. Anyone who withholds a testimony is sinful at heart. God is fully aware of everything you do.

[2:284] To God belongs everything in the heavens and the earth. Whether you declare your innermost thoughts, or keep them hidden, God holds you responsible for them. He forgives whomever He wills, and punishes whomever He wills. God is Omnipotent.

You Shall Not Make Any Distinction Among God’s Messengers

[2:285] The messenger has believed in what was sent down to him from his Lord, and so did the believers. They believe in God, His angels, His scripture, and His messengers: “We make no distinction among any of His messengers.” They say, “We hear, and we obey.* Forgive us, our Lord. To You is the ultimate destiny.”

*2:285 One of the major commandments is: “You shall not make any distinction among God’s messengers” (2:136, 3:84, 4:150). The believers react by saying, “We hear and we obey,” while the idol worshipers argue back to justify their insistence upon mentioning Muhammad’s name next to God’s, to the exclusion of all other messengers. The corrupted Muslims mention Muhammad in their profession of faith (Shahaadah) and during their Contact Prayers (see 72:18).

[2:286] God never burdens a soul beyond its means: to its credit is what it earns, and against it is what it commits. “Our Lord, do not condemn us if we forget or make mistakes. Our Lord, and protect us from blaspheming against You, like those before us have done. Our Lord, protect us from sinning until it becomes too late for us to repent. Pardon us, forgive us, [and have mercy on us]*. You are our Lord and Master. Grant us victory over the disbelieving people.”

*2:286 The statement [and have mercy on us] occurs in the original Arabic Quran after “forgive us” and is not included in the English translation.

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Free Quran Chapter 3: The Amramites (Al-‘Imran)

Learn from GOD that there is only one true religion; monotheism. The Quran details this religion out. If there is a religion in the afterlife then it is monotheism, this is the ultimate truth, even since the first creation. Satan rebelled against this religion and created the religion called polytheism. #1: Creatures who converted to polytheism became Jinns. #2: Creatures who were uncertain but then chose monotheism became Animals, such as: stars, planets, trees and all non-human creatures on Earth. They rejected free will. And will be returned to paradise once their test is over. #3: Creatures who remained uncertain became humans, who also chose free will.

We are basically here to explore monotheism and polytheism. Then pick the one that we believe in. Is monotheism the truth? Or is polytheism the truth? Can only GOD be a god? Or can others be gods as well? This question is one of the major philosophies among the “divine” creatures, and we are now simply observing the dispute between these two thoughts (religions). Is GOD right, or is Satan right? Once this world ends, all data will be gathered, all witnesses, records, etcetera, will be compiled for all to see. And then it will be concluded who won the debate. GOD or Satan.

Now you might ask “But why!? If GOD knows the future, then why bother creating all this, isn’t it just a waste of time!?”

Well, of course GOD knows the future. But you see, the whole point is to PROVE that monotheism is the truth. And without creating all of this, then there wouldn’t be any evidence to prove to everyone else that monotheism is the truth. It would be blind faith if GOD asked us to believe in it without evidence.

We need evidence for almost everything in this life. For example when we go shopping we receive a receipt, so we can return the product if it turns out to be damaged. Would a store believe you if you didn’t have the receipt? No, you need evidence that proves that you bought the product in their store, at a specific time for a specific amount, using a certain cash register by a certain employee. This seemingly mundane thing is actually a reflection of a divine dilemma. It is one of the causes for the creation of our world, us and these tests.

The amazing part is that we are pioneers! After this test, the divine society will have evidence to disprove polytheism for the rest of eternity. So you can rest assured that once this test is over, and if you make it to paradise, then your children and grandchildren (times infinity), will be safe and won’t have to go through this whole madness. People will simply look at the data from our long gone world and witness the consequences of polytheism, they will see that monotheism is the only truth there is. They will also be able to visit Hell and see the punishment for the evils caused by polytheism.

So, monotheism or polytheism? Which path do you want to take?

If you pick monotheism, then I recommend you embrace the Quran, all of it, every chapter, verse, word and letter. Study it and focus on following GOD’s commandments and live a righteous life.

And one last advice, study what polytheism is, Satan is your enemy. Learn how Satan thinks. What Satan believes in. What Satan wants. And how Satan operates. You need to know your enemy. Or else you might end up brainwashed like Christians who believe Jesus is the son of GOD. They truly believe they are monotheists… yet submit to polytheism. Muslims also fall for Satan tricks. They added prophet Muhammad to their daily prayers, some sects even add more names, yet they are convinced they are monotheists… even though their practices are similar to polytheists. So if Satan can trick billions of people, don’t you think he can trick you? Mark my words, know your enemy.

Quran Chapter 3: The Amramites (Al-‘Imran)

[3:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[3:1] A.L.M.

*3:1 See Footnote 2:1 and Appendix One.

[3:2] God: there is no god except He; the Living, the Eternal.

[3:3] He sent down to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming all previous scriptures, and He sent down the Torah and the Gospel

[3:4] before that, to guide the people, and He sent down the statute book. Those who disbelieve in God’s revelations incur severe retribution. God is Almighty, Avenger.

[3:5] Nothing is hidden from God, on earth, or in the heaven.

[3:6] He is the One who shapes you in the wombs as He wills. There is no other god besides Him; the Almighty, Most Wise.

[3:7] He sent down to you this scripture, containing straightforward verses – which constitute the essence of the scripture – as well as multiple-meaning or allegorical verses. Those who harbor doubts in their hearts will pursue the multiple-meaning verses to create confusion, and to extricate a certain meaning. None knows the true meaning thereof except God and those well founded in knowledge. They say, “We believe in this – all of it comes from our Lord.” Only those who possess intelligence will take heed.

[3:8] “Our Lord, let not our hearts waver, now that You have guided us. Shower us with Your mercy; You are the Grantor.

[3:9] “Our Lord, You will surely gather the people on a day that is inevitable. God never breaks a promise.”

[3:10] Those who disbelieve will never be helped by their money, nor by their children, against God. They will be fuel for Hell.

[3:11] Like Pharaoh’s people and those before them, they rejected our revelations and, consequently, God punished them for their sins. God is strict in enforcing retribution.

[3:12] Say to those who disbelieve, “You will be defeated, then gathered in Hell; what a miserable abode!”

Believers: The Ultimate Victors

[3:13] An example has been set for you by the two armies who clashed – one army was fighting in the cause of God, while the other was disbelieving. They saw with their own eyes that they were twice as many. God supports with His victory whomever He wills. This should provide an assurance for those who possess vision.

Different Priorities

[3:14] Adorned for the people are the worldly pleasures, such as the women, having children, piles upon piles of gold and silver, trained horses, livestock, and crops. These are the materials of this world. A far better abode is reserved at God.

[3:15] Say, “Let me inform you of a much better deal: for those who lead a righteous life, reserved at their Lord, are gardens with flowing streams, and pure spouses, and joy in God’s blessings.” God is Seer of His worshipers.

[3:16] They say, “Our Lord, we have believed, so forgive us our sins, and spare us the agony of the hellfire.”

[3:17] They are steadfast, truthful, submitting, charitable, and meditators at dawn.

The Most Important Commandment*

[3:18] God bears witness that there is no god except He, and so do the angels and those who possess knowledge. Truthfully and equitably, He is the absolute god; there is no god but He, the Almighty, Most Wise.

*3:18 The proclamation of faith (Shahaadah) that is decreed by God is: “There is no god except God,” in Arabic “La Elaaha Ella Allah” (see also 37:35, 47:19). The corrupted Muslims insist upon adding a second “Shahaadah” proclaiming that Muhammad is God’s messenger. This is by definition “Shirk” (idolatry) and a flagrant defiance of God and His messenger. Additionally, it violates the major commandments in 2:136, 2:285, 3:84, & 4:150-152 prohibiting any distinction among God’s messengers. By proclaiming that “Muhammad is a messenger of God,” and failing to make the same proclamation for other messengers such as Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Saleh, and Jonah, a distinction is committed and a major commandment is violated.

Submission: The Only Religion

[3:19] The only religion approved by God is “Submission.” Ironically, those who have received the scripture are the ones who dispute this fact, despite the knowledge they have received, due to jealousy. For such rejectors of God’s revelations, God is most strict in reckoning.

[3:20] If they argue with you, then say, “I have simply submitted myself to God; I and those who follow me.” You shall proclaim to those who received the scripture, as well as those who did not, “Would you submit?” If they submit, then they have been guided, but if they turn away, your sole mission is to deliver this message. God is Seer of all people.

[3:21] Those who have rejected God’s revelations, and killed the prophets unjustly, and killed those who advocated justice among the people, promise them a painful retribution.

[3:22] Their works have been nullified, both in this life and in the Hereafter, and they will have no helpers.

[3:23] Have you noted those who were given part of the scripture, and how they are invited to uphold this scripture of God, and apply it to their own lives, then some of them turn away in aversion?

[3:24] This is because they said, “The hellfire will not touch us, except for a few days.” They were thus deceived in their religion by their own fabrications.

[3:25] How will it be for them, when we summon them on that inevitable day? Each soul will be paid for whatever it earned, without the least injustice.

Attributes of God

[3:26] Say, “Our god: possessor of all sovereignty. You grant sovereignty to whomever You choose, You remove sovereignty from whomever You choose. You grant dignity to whomever You choose, and commit to humiliation whomever You choose. In Your hand are all provisions. You are Omnipotent.

[3:27] “You merge the night into the day, and merge the day into the night. You produce the living from the dead, and produce the dead from the living, and You provide for whomever You choose, without limits.”

Choose Your Friends Carefully

[3:28] The believers never ally themselves with the disbelievers, instead of the believers. Whoever does this is exiled from God. Exempted are those who are forced to do this to avoid persecution. God alerts you that you shall reverence Him alone. To God is the ultimate destiny.

[3:29] Say, “Whether you conceal your innermost thought, or declare it, God is fully aware thereof.” He is fully aware of everything in the heavens and the earth. God is Omnipotent.

[3:30] The day will come when each soul will find all the good works it had done brought forth. As for the evil works, it will wish that they were far, far removed. God alerts you that you shall reverence Him alone. God is Compassionate towards the people.

[3:31] Proclaim: “If you love God, you should follow me.” God will then love you, and forgive your sins. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

[3:32] Proclaim: “You shall obey God and the messenger.” If they turn away, God does not love the disbelievers.

The Birth of Mary

[3:33] God has chosen Adam, Noah, the family of Abraham, and the family of Amram (as messengers) to the people.

[3:34] They belong to the same progeny. God is Hearer, Omniscient.

[3:35] The wife of Amram said, “My Lord, I have dedicated (the baby) in my belly to You, totally, so accept from me. You are Hearer, Omniscient.”

[3:36] When she gave birth to her, she said, “My Lord, I have given birth to a girl” – God was fully aware of what she bore – “The male is not the same as the female. I have named her Mary, and I invoke Your protection for her and her descendants from the rejected devil.”

[3:37] Her Lord accepted her a gracious acceptance, and brought her up a gracious upbringing, under the guardianship of Zachariah. Whenever Zachariah entered her sanctuary he found provisions with her. He would ask, “Mary, where did you get this from?” She would say, “It is from God. God provides for whomever He chooses, without limits.”

The Birth of John

[3:38] That is when Zachariah implored his Lord: “My Lord, grant me such a good child; You are the Hearer of the prayers.”

[3:39] The angels called him when he was praying in the sanctuary: “God gives you good news of John; a believer in the word of God, honorable, moral, and a righteous prophet.”

[3:40] He said, “How can I have a boy, when I am so old, and my wife is sterile?” He said, “God does whatever He wills.”

[3:41] He said, “My Lord, give me a sign.” He said, “Your sign is that you will not speak to the people for three days, except through signals. Commemorate your Lord frequently; and meditate night and day.”

Mary and Jesus

[3:42] The angels said, “O Mary, God has chosen you and purified you. He has chosen you from all the women.

[3:43] “O Mary, you shall submit to your Lord, and prostrate and bow down with those who bow down.”

[3:44] This is news from the past that we reveal to you. You were not there when they drew their raffles to select Mary’s guardian. You were not present when they argued with one another.

[3:45] The angels said, “O Mary, God gives you good news: a Word from Him whose name is `The Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary. He will be prominent in this life and in the Hereafter, and one of those closest to Me.’

[3:46] “He will speak to the people from the crib, as well as an adult; he will be one of the righteous.”

[3:47] She said, “My Lord, how can I have a son, when no man has touched me?” He said, “God thus creates whatever He wills. To have anything done, He simply says to it, `Be,’ and it is.

[3:48] “He will teach him the scripture, wisdom, the Torah, and the Gospel.”

[3:49] As a messenger to the Children of Israel: “I come to you with a sign from your Lord – I create for you from clay the shape of a bird, then I blow into it, and it becomes a live bird by God’s leave. I restore vision to the blind, heal the leprous, and I revive the dead by God’s leave. I can tell you what you eat, and what you store in your homes. This should be a proof for you, if you are believers.

[3:50] “I confirm previous scripture – the Torah – and I revoke certain prohibitions imposed upon you. I come to you with sufficient proof from your Lord. Therefore, you shall observe God, and obey me.

[3:51] “God is my Lord and your Lord;* you shall worship Him alone. This is the right path.”

*3:51 This is precisely what Jesus is quoted to say throughout the New Testament. See for example the Gospel of John 20:17, and the book “Jesus: Myths and Message” by Lisa Spray, Ch.4 (Universal Unity, Fremont, California, 1992).

[3:52] When Jesus sensed their disbelief, he said, “Who are my supporters towards God?” The disciples said, “We are God’s supporters; we believe in God, and bear witness that we are submitters.”

[3:53] “Our Lord, we have believed in what You have sent down, and we have followed the messenger; count us among the witnesses.”

The Death of Jesus*

[3:54] They plotted and schemed, but so did God, and God is the best schemer.

*3:54-55 We learn that Jesus’ soul, the real person, was raised, i.e., Jesus’ life on earth was terminated, prior to the arrest, torture, and crucifixion of his empty, soulless, physiologically living body (See the details in Appendix 22).

[3:55] Thus, God said, “O Jesus, I am terminating your life, raising you to Me, and ridding you of the disbelievers. I will exalt those who follow you above those who disbelieve, till the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me is the ultimate destiny of all of you, then I will judge among you regarding your disputes.

[3:56] “As for those who disbelieve, I will commit them to painful retribution in this world, and in the Hereafter. They will have no helpers.”

[3:57] As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, He will fully recompense them. God does not love the unjust.

[3:58] These are the revelations that we recite to you, providing a message full of wisdom.

Mathematical Confirmation*

[3:59] The example of Jesus, as far as God is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, “Be,” and he was.

*3:59 The “equality” of the creation of Jesus and Adam is confirmed mathematically; Jesus and Adam are mentioned in the Quran the same number of times, 25 times each.

[3:60] This is the truth from your Lord; do not harbor any doubts.

Challenging the Disbelievers

[3:61] If anyone argues with you, despite the knowledge you have received, then say, “Let us summon our children and your children, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves, then let us invoke God’s curse upon the liars.”

[3:62] Absolutely, this is the narration of the truth. Absolutely, there is no god except God. Absolutely, God is the Almighty, Most Wise.

[3:63] If they turn away, then God is fully aware of the evildoers.

Invitation to All Believers

[3:64] Say, “O followers of the scripture, let us come to a logical agreement between us and you: that we shall not worship except God; that we never set up any idols besides Him, nor set up any human beings as lords beside God.” If they turn away, say, “Bear witness that we are submitters.”

[3:65] O followers of the scripture, why do you argue about Abraham, when the Torah and the Gospel were not revealed until after him? Do you not understand?

[3:66] You have argued about things you knew; why do you argue about things you do not know? God knows, while you do not know.

[3:67] Abraham was neither Jewish, nor Christian; he was a monotheist submitter. He never was an idol worshiper.

[3:68] The people most worthy of Abraham are those who followed him, and this prophet, and those who believe. God is the Lord and Master of the believers.

[3:69] Some followers of the scripture wish to lead you astray, but they only lead themselves astray, without perceiving.

[3:70] O followers of the scripture, why do you reject these revelations of God though you bear witness (that this is the truth)?

[3:71] O followers of the scripture, why do you confound the truth with falsehood, and conceal the truth, knowingly?

[3:72] Some followers of the scripture say, “Believe in what was sent down to the believers in the morning, and reject it in the evening; maybe someday they will revert.

[3:73] “And do not believe except as those who follow your religion.” Say, “The true guidance is God’s guidance.” If they claim that they have the same guidance, or argue with you about your Lord, say, “All grace is in God’s hand; He bestows it upon whomever He wills.” God is Bounteous, Omniscient.

[3:74] He specifies His mercy for whomever He wills; God possesses unlimited grace.

Be Honest With All People

[3:75] Some followers of the scripture can be trusted with a whole lot, and they will give it back to you. Others among them cannot be trusted with a single dinar; they will not repay you unless you keep after them. That is because they say, “We do not have to be honest when dealing with the gentiles!”* Thus, they attribute lies to God, knowingly.

*3:75 Prior to the discovery of the Quran’s mathematical code, some scholars falsely claimed that Muhammad was an illiterate man who could not write such a great book. They distorted the meaning of the word “Ummy,” claiming that it meant “illiterate.” This verse proves that “Ummiyyeen” means “gentiles” (See also 62:2 & Appendix 28).

[3:76] Indeed, those who fulfill their obligations and lead a righteous life, God loves the righteous.

[3:77] As for those who trade away God’s covenant, and their obligations, for a cheap price, they receive no share in the Hereafter. God will not speak to them, nor look at them, on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He purify them. They have incurred a painful retribution.

[3:78] Among them are those who twist their tongues to imitate the scripture, that you may think it is from the scripture, when it is not from the scripture, and they claim that it is from God, when it is not from God. Thus, they utter lies and attribute them to God, knowingly.

[3:79] Never would a human being whom God blessed with the scripture and prophethood say to the people, “Idolize me beside God.” Instead, (he would say), “Devote yourselves absolutely to your Lord alone,” according to the scripture you preach and the teachings you learn.

[3:80] Nor would he command you to idolize the angels and the prophets as lords. Would he exhort you to disbelieve after becoming submitters?

Major Prophecy Fulfilled* God’s Messenger of the Covenant

[3:81] God took a covenant from the prophets, saying, “I will give you the scripture and wisdom. Afterwards, a messenger will come to confirm all existing scriptures. You shall believe in him and support him.” He said, “Do you agree with this, and pledge to fulfill this covenant?” They said, “We agree.” He said, “You have thus borne witness, and I bear witness along with you.”

*3:81 This major prophecy has now been fulfilled. God’s Messenger of the Covenant, as prophesied in this verse and in the Bible’s Malachi 3:1-21, Luke 17:22-36 & Matthew 24:27, is to purify and unify God’s messages which were delivered by God’s prophets. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. have been severely corrupted. It is the will of Almighty God to purify them and unify them under the banner of worshiping Him alone. Overwhelming evidence has been provided by God in support of His Messenger of the Covenant, whose name is incontrovertibly specified in the Quran’s mathematical code as “Rashad Khalifa.” For example, adding the gematrical value of “Rashad” (505), plus the value of “Khalifa” (725), plus the verse number (81) gives 1311, or 19×69 (see Appendix 2 for the detailed evidence).

Rejectors of God’s Messenger of the Covenant are Disbelievers

[3:82] Those who reject this (Quranic prophecy) are the evil ones.

[3:83] Are they seeking other than God’s religion, when everything in the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly and unwillingly, and to Him they will be returned?

Make No Distinction Among God’s Messengers

[3:84] Say, “We believe in God, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs, and in what was given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters.”

Only One Religion Approved by God

[3:85] Anyone who accepts other than Submission as his religion, it will not be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter, he will be with the losers.

[3:86] Why should God guide people who disbelieved after believing, and after witnessing that the messenger is truth, and after solid proofs* have been given to them? God does not guide the wicked.

*3:86 Verses 3:82-90 inform us that those who reject God’s Messenger of the Covenant are no longer submitters (Muslims), since they no longer believe the Quran. The proofs mentioned in 3:86 refer to the Quran’s mathematical code, which was revealed through God’s Messenger of the Covenant. Both 3:86 and 3:90 talk about “disbelieving after believing.”

[3:87] These have incurred condemnation by God, and the angels, and all the people.

[3:88] Eternally they abide therein; the retribution is never commuted for them, nor will they be reprieved.

[3:89] Exempted are those who repent thereafter, and reform. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

When Repentance is Unacceptable

[3:90] Those who disbelieve after believing, then plunge deeper into disbelief, their repentance will not be accepted from them; they are the real strayers.

[3:91] Those who disbelieve and die as disbelievers, an earthfull of gold will not be accepted from any of them, even if such a ransom were possible. They have incurred painful retribution; they will have no helpers.

[3:92] You cannot attain righteousness until you give to charity from the possessions you love. Whatever you give to charity, God is fully aware thereof.

Do Not Prohibit What Is Lawful

[3:93] All food used to be lawful for the Children of Israel, until Israel imposed certain prohibitions on themselves before the Torah was sent down. Say, “Bring the Torah and read it, if you are truthful.”

[3:94] Those who fabricate false prohibitions after this, and attribute them to God, are truly wicked.

[3:95] Say, “God has proclaimed the truth: You shall follow Abraham’s religion – monotheism. He never was an idolater.”

[3:96] The most important shrine established for the people is the one in Becca;* a blessed beacon for all the people.

*3:96 This is an M-initialed sura, and this peculiar spelling of “Mecca” as “Becca” causes the occurence of “M” to conform to the Quran’s mathematical code. The normal spelling “Mecca” would have increased the frequency of occurence of “M” (Appendix 1).

[3:97] In it are clear signs: the station of Abraham. Anyone who enters it shall be granted safe passage. The people owe it to God that they shall observe Hajj to this shrine, when they can afford it. As for those who disbelieve, God does not need anyone.

[3:98] Say, “O followers of the scripture, why do you reject these revelations of God, when God is witnessing everything you do?”

[3:99] Say, “O followers of the scripture, why do you repel from the path of God those who wish to believe, and seek to distort it, even though you are witnesses?” God is never unaware of anything you do.

[3:100] O you who believe, if you obey some of those who received the scripture, they will revert you, after having believed, into disbelievers.

[3:101] How can you disbelieve, when these revelations of God have been recited to you, and His messenger has come to you? Whoever holds fast to God will be guided in the right path.

[3:102] O you who believe, you shall observe God as He should be observed, and do not die except as Submitters.

Believers are United

[3:103] You shall hold fast to the rope of God, all of you, and do not be divided. Recall God’s blessings upon you – you used to be enemies and He reconciled your hearts. By His grace, you became brethren. You were at the brink of a pit of fire, and He saved you therefrom. God thus explains His revelations for you, that you may be guided.

[3:104] Let there be a community of you who invite to what is good, advocate righteousness, and forbid evil. These are the winners.

[3:105] Do not be like those who became divided and disputed, despite the clear proofs that were given to them. For these have incurred a terrible retribution.

[3:106] The day will come when some faces will be brightened (with joy), while other faces will be darkened (with misery). As for those whose faces are darkened, they will be asked, “Did you not disbelieve after believing? Therefore, suffer the retribution for your disbelief.”

[3:107] As for those whose faces are brightened, they will rejoice in God’s mercy; they abide therein forever.

[3:108] These are God’s revelations; we recite them to you, truthfully. God does not wish any hardship for the people.

[3:109] To God belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth, and all matters are controlled by God.

The Best Community

[3:110] You are the best community ever raised among the people: you advocate righteousness and forbid evil, and you believe in God. If the followers of the scripture believed, it would be better for them. Some of them do believe, but the majority of them are wicked.

[3:111] They can never harm you, beyond insulting you. If they fight you, they will turn around and flee. They can never win.

[3:112] They shall be humiliated whenever you encounter them, unless they uphold God’s covenant, as well as their peace covenants with you. They have incurred wrath from God, and, consequently, they are committed to disgrace. This is because they rejected God’s revelations, and killed the prophets unjustly. This is because they disobeyed and transgressed.

Righteous Jews & Christians

[3:113] They are not all the same; among the followers of the scripture, there are those who are righteous. They recite God’s revelations through the night, and they fall prostrate.

[3:114] They believe in God and the Last Day, they advocate righteousness and forbid evil, and they hasten to do righteous works. These are the righteous.

[3:115] Any good they do will not go unrewarded. God is fully aware of the righteous.

[3:116] Those who disbelieved can never be helped by their money or their children against God. They have incurred Hell, wherein they abide forever.

[3:117] The example of their accomplishments in this life is like a violent wind that hits the harvest of people who have wronged their souls, and wipes it out. God never wronged them; it is they who wronged themselves.

Do Not Befriend Hypocrites

[3:118] O you who believe, do not befriend outsiders who never cease to wish you harm; they even wish to see you suffer. Hatred flows out of their mouths and what they hide in their chests is far worse. We thus clarify the revelations for you, if you understand.

[3:119] Here you are loving them, while they do not love you, and you believe in all the scripture. When they meet you they say, “We believe,” but as soon as they leave, they bite their fingers out of rage towards you. Say, “Die in your rage.” God is fully aware of the innermost thoughts.

[3:120] When anything good comes your way they hurt, and when something bad happens to you they rejoice. If you steadfastly persevere, and maintain righteousness, their schemes will never hurt you. God is fully aware of everything they do.

The Battle of Badr

[3:121] Recall that you (Muhammad) were among your people when you set out to assign to the believers their positions for battle. God is Hearer, Omniscient.

[3:122] Two groups among you almost failed, but God was their Lord. In God the believers shall trust.

[3:123] God has granted you victory at Badr, despite your weakness. Therefore, you shall observe God, to show your appreciation.

God’s Angels Help the Believers

[3:124] You told the believers, “Is it not enough that your Lord supports you with three thousand angels, sent down?”

[3:125] Indeed, if you steadfastly persevere and maintain righteousness, then they attack you suddenly, your Lord will support you with five thousand* angels, well trained.

*3:124-125 Thirty different numbers are mentioned in the Quran. Their total comes to 162146, 19×8534. This conforms with the Quran’s mathematical miracle (See Appendix One).

[3:126] God thus informs you, in order to give you good news, and to assure your hearts. Victory comes only from God, the Almighty, Most Wise.

[3:127] He thus annihilates some disbelievers, or neutralizes them; they always end up the losers.

[3:128] It is not up to you; He may redeem them, or He may punish them for their transgressions.

[3:129] To God belongs everything in the heavens and the earth. He forgives whomever He wills, and punishes whomever He wills. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

Usury Prohibited*

[3:130] O you who believe, you shall not take usury, compounded over and over. Observe God, that you may succeed.

*3:130 Interest on bank deposits and interest charged on loans are lawful if they are not excessive (5-15%). Banks invest and their profits are passed on to the depositors. Since all parties are happy and no one is victimized, it is perfectly lawful to take interest from the bank (see 2:275).

[3:131] Beware of the hellfire that awaits the disbelievers.

[3:132] You shall obey God and the messenger, that you may attain mercy.

Attributes of the Righteous

[3:133] You should eagerly race towards forgiveness from your Lord and a Paradise whose width encompasses the heavens and the earth; it awaits the righteous,

[3:134] who give to charity during the good times, as well as the bad times. They are suppressors of anger, and pardoners of the people. God loves the charitable.

[3:135] If they fall in sin or wrong their souls, they remember God and ask forgiveness for their sins – and who forgives the sins except God – and they do not persist in sins, knowingly.

[3:136] Their recompense is forgiveness from their Lord, and gardens with flowing streams; they abide therein forever. What a blessed reward for the workers!

 

Victory for the Righteous

[3:137] Precedents have been set for you in the past; roam the earth and note the consequences for the unbelievers.

[3:138] This is a proclamation for the people, and a guidance and enlightenment for the righteous.

[3:139] You shall not waver, nor shall you grieve, for you are the ultimate victors, if you are believers.

[3:140] If you suffer hardship, the enemy also suffers the same hardship. We alternate the days of victory and defeat among the people. God thus distinguishes the true believers, and blesses some of you with martyrdom. God dislikes injustice.

[3:141] God thus toughens those who believe and humiliates the disbelievers.

Our Claims Must Be Tested

[3:142] Do you expect to enter Paradise without God distinguishing those among you who strive, and without distinguishing those who are steadfast?

[3:143] You used to long for death before you had to face it. Now you have faced it, right before your eyes.

[3:144] Muhammad was no more than a messenger like the messengers before him. Should he die or get killed, would you turn back on your heels? Anyone who turns back on his heels, does not hurt God in the least. God rewards those who are appreciative.

Time of Death Predetermined

[3:145] No one dies except by God’s leave, at a predetermined time. Whoever seeks the vanities of this world, we give him therefrom, and whoever seeks the rewards of the Hereafter, we bless him therein. We reward those who are appreciative.

[3:146] Many a prophet had godly people fight along with him, without ever wavering under pressure in the cause of God, nor did they hesitate or become discouraged. God loves the steadfast.

[3:147] Their only utterance was, “Our Lord, forgive us our sins, and our transgressions, strengthen our foothold, and grant us victory over the disbelievers.”

[3:148] Consequently, God granted them the rewards of this world, and the better rewards of the Hereafter. God loves the good doers.

[3:149] O you who believe, if you obey those who disbelieve, they will turn you back on your heels, then you end up losers.

[3:150] God alone is your Lord and Master, and He is the best supporter.

God Controls Your Enemies

[3:151] We will throw terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, since they set up besides God powerless idols. Their destiny is Hell; what a miserable abode for the transgressors!

The Battle of Uhud

[3:152] God has fulfilled His promise to you, and you defeated them by His leave. But then you wavered, disputed among yourselves, and disobeyed after He had shown you (the victory) you had longed for. But then, some of you became distracted by the spoils of this world, while others were rightly concerned with the Hereafter. He then diverted you from them to test you. He has pardoned you. God showers the believers with His grace.

[3:153] Recall that you rushed (after the spoils), paying no attention to anyone, even when the messenger was calling from behind you. Consequently, He substituted one misery for another, that you may not grieve over anything you had missed, or agonize over any hardship you had suffered. God is Cognizant of everything you do.

Moment of Death Predetermined

[3:154] After the setback, He sent down upon you peaceful slumber that pacified some of you. Others among you were selfishly concerned about themselves. They harbored thoughts about God that were not right – the same thoughts they had harbored during the days of ignorance. Thus, they said, “Is anything up to us?” Say, “Everything is up to God.” They concealed inside themselves what they did not reveal to you. They said, “If it was up to us, none of us would have been killed in this battle.” Say, “Had you stayed in your homes, those destined to be killed would have crawled into their death beds.” God thus puts you to the test to bring out your true convictions, and to test what is in your hearts. God is fully aware of the innermost thoughts.

[3:155] Surely, those among you who turned back the day the two armies clashed have been duped by the devil. This reflects some of the (evil) works they had committed. God has pardoned them. God is Forgiver, Clement.

[3:156] O you who believe, do not be like those who disbelieved and said of their kinsmen who traveled or mobilized for war, “Had they stayed with us, they would not have died or gotten killed.” God renders this a source of grief in their hearts. God controls life and death. God is Seer of everything you do.

[3:157] Whether you get killed or die in the cause of God, the forgiveness from God, and mercy are far better than anything they hoard.

[3:158] Whether you die or get killed, you will be summoned before God.

The Messenger’s Kindness

[3:159] It was mercy from God that you became compassionate towards them. Had you been harsh and mean-hearted, they would have abandoned you. Therefore, you shall pardon them and ask forgiveness for them, and consult them. Once you make a decision, carry out your plan, and trust in God. God loves those who trust in Him.*

*3:159 The currency of the U.S.A. is the only currency that carries the phrase: “In God we trust.” It is a fact that the American dollar has been the strongest currency in the world, and the standard by which all other currencies are measured.

[3:160] If God supports you, none can defeat you. And if He abandons you, who else can support you? In God the believers shall trust.

No One Above the Law

[3:161] Even the prophet cannot take more of the spoils of war than he is entitled to. Anyone who takes more than his rightful share will have to account for it on the Day of Resurrection. That is when each soul is paid for whatever it earned, without the least injustice.

[3:162] Is one who pursues God’s pleasure the same as one who incurs wrath from God and his destiny is Hell, the most miserable abode?

[3:163] They certainly occupy different ranks at God. God is Seer of everything they do.

[3:164] God has blessed the believers by raising in their midst a messenger from among them, to recite for them His revelations, and to purify them, and to teach them the scripture and wisdom. Before this, they had gone totally astray.

[3:165] Now that you have suffered a setback, and even though you inflicted twice as much suffering (upon your enemy), you said, “Why did this happen to us?” Say, “This is a consequence of your own deeds.” God is Omnipotent.

[3:166] What afflicted you the day the two armies clashed was in accordance with God’s will, and to distinguish the believers.

[3:167] And to expose the hypocrites who were told, “Come fight in the cause of God, or contribute.” They said, “If we knew how to fight, we would have joined you.” They were closer to disbelief then than they were to belief. They uttered with their mouths what was not in their hearts. God knows what they conceal.

[3:168] They said of their kinsmen, as they stayed behind, “Had they obeyed us, they would not have been killed.” Say, “Then prevent your own death, if you are truthful.”

The Righteous Do Not Really Die*

[3:169] Do not think that those who are killed in the cause of God are dead; they are alive at their Lord, enjoying His provisions.

*3:169 We learn from the Quran that the righteous do not really die; they simply leave their worldly bodies and go directly to the same Paradise where Adam and Eve once lived (2:154, 8:24, 16:32, 22:58, 44:56, & 36:26-27; see also Appendix 17).

[3:170] They are rejoicing in God’s grace, and they have good news for their comrades who did not die with them, that they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

[3:171] They have good news of God’s blessings and grace, and that God never fails to reward the believers.

[3:172] For those who respond to God and the messenger, despite the persecution they suffer, and maintain their good works, and lead a righteous life, a great reward.

[3:173] When the people say to them, “People have mobilized against you; you should fear them,” this only strengthens their faith, and they say, “God suffices us; He is the best Protector.”

[3:174] They have deserved God’s blessings and grace. No harm ever touches them, for they have attained God’s approval. God possesses infinite grace.

Fear: The Devil’s Tool

[3:175] It is the devil’s system to instill fear into his subjects. Do not fear them and fear Me instead, if you are believers.

[3:176] Do not be saddened by those who hasten to disbelieve. They never hurt God in the least. Instead, God has willed that they will have no share in the Hereafter. They have incurred a terrible retribution.

[3:177] Those who choose disbelief, instead of belief, do not hurt God in the least; they have incurred a painful retribution.

[3:178] Let not the disbelievers think that we lead them on for their own good. We only lead them on to confirm their sinfulness. They have incurred a humiliating retribution.

[3:179] God is not to leave the believers as you are, without distinguishing the bad from the good. Nor does God inform you of the future, but God bestows such knowledge upon whomever He chooses from among His messengers.* Therefore, you shall believe in God and His messengers. If you believe and lead a righteous life, you receive a great recompense.

*3:179 The end of the world is one example of future events revealed to God’s Messenger of the Covenant. See Footnote 72:27.

[3:180] Let not those who withhold and hoard God’s provisions think that this is good for them; it is bad for them. For they will carry their hoardings around their necks on the Day of Resurrection. God is the ultimate inheritor of the heavens and the earth. God is fully Cognizant of everything you do.

Humans Continue to Defy God

[3:181] God has heard the utterances of those who said, “God is poor, while we are rich.” We will record everything they said, just as we recorded their killing of the prophets unjustly, and we will say, “Suffer the retribution of Hell.

[3:182] “This is the consequence of your own works.” God is never unjust towards the people.

[3:183] It is they who said, “God has made a covenant with us that we shall not believe in any messenger, unless he produces an offering that gets consumed by fire.” Say, “Messengers before me have come to you with clear proofs, including what you just demanded. Why then did you kill them, if you are truthful?”

[3:184] If they reject you, messengers before you have been rejected, even though they brought proofs, the Psalms, and the enlightening scripture.

A Great Triumph

[3:185] Every person tastes death, then you receive your recompense on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever misses Hell, barely, and makes it to Paradise, has attained a great triumph. The life of this world is no more than an illusion.

The Inevitable Test*

[3:186] You will certainly be tested, through your money and your lives, and you will hear from those who received the scripture, and from the idol worshipers, a lot of insult. If you steadfastly persevere and lead a righteous life, this will prove the strength of your faith.

*3:186 After passing the admission tests, the proven worshipers of God ALONE enjoy a perfect life, now and forever. See 29:2-3, 10:62, and 24:55.

[3:187] God took a covenant from those who received the scripture: “You shall proclaim it to the people, and never conceal it.” But they disregarded it behind their backs, and traded it away for a cheap price. What a miserable trade.

[3:188] Those who boast about their works, and wish to be praised for something they have not really done, should not think that they can evade the retribution. They have incurred a painful retribution.

[3:189] To God belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. God is Omnipotent.

Those Who Possess Intelligence

[3:190] In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day, there are signs for those who possess intelligence.

[3:191] They remember God* while standing, sitting, and on their sides, and they reflect upon the creation of the heavens and the earth: “Our Lord, You did not create all this in vain. Be You glorified. Save us from the retribution of Hell.

*3:191 Your god is whoever or whatever occupies your mind most of the time. The true believers are those who remember God most of the time. See 23:84-89 and Appendix 27.

[3:192] “Our Lord, whomever You commit to Hell are the ones You have forsaken. Such transgressors have no helpers.

[3:193] “Our Lord, we have heard a caller calling to faith and proclaiming: `You shall believe in your Lord,’ and we have believed. Our Lord, forgive us our transgressions, remit our sins, and let us die as righteous believers.

[3:194] “Our Lord, shower us with the blessings you promised us through Your messengers, and do not forsake us on the Day of Resurrection. You never break a promise.”

God Responds

[3:195] Their Lord responded to them: “I never fail to reward any worker among you for any work you do, be you male or female – you are equal to one another. Thus, those who immigrate, and get evicted from their homes, and are persecuted because of Me, and fight and get killed, I will surely remit their sins and admit them into gardens with flowing streams.” Such is the reward from God. God possesses the ultimate reward.

[3:196] Do not be impressed by the apparent success of disbelievers.

[3:197] They only enjoy temporarily, then end up in Hell; what a miserable destiny!

[3:198] As for those who observe their Lord, they have deserved gardens with flowing streams; they abide therein forever. Such is the abode given to them by God. What God possesses is far better for the righteous.

Righteous Jews and Christians

[3:199] Surely, some followers of the previous scriptures do believe in God, and in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed to them. They reverence God, and they never trade away God’s revelations for a cheap price. These will receive their recompense from their Lord. God is the most efficient in reckoning.

[3:200] O you who believe, you shall be steadfast, you shall persevere, you shall be united, you shall observe God, that you may succeed.

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Free Quran Chapter 36: Y.S. (Ya Sin)

Learn from GOD that there is only two options, if you don’t follow GOD’s word, then you’re naturally following Satans’. GOD’s instructions have been finalized through the Quran, everything else is Satanism. Look at the Hindu religion, the Hindus are indulging themselves in feel-good and nonsense allegories to keep their faith strong. Superstition and idol-worship rule their life. A Christian might look at the Hindus and laugh, but Christians are not in a better position. Nor are the Muslims and the Jews.

Too much tradition and culture has corrupted all of today’s religions. So in reality, we now have billions of people who are worshiping Satan. This is why disasters are so widespread. We look at the news and wonder why all those people are suffering, what did they do? Well, they are committing unspeakable evil. But what about the children? Well, they are brainwashed and tainted with the same evil mentality. So it is better for them die young, they will go to heaven at least. Had they lived to grow up, then they would worship Satan up to an old age, misguide even more children and then end up in hell. Not every case is the same of course.

Of course, reading all this, you might feel ill. But that’s because you don’t know GOD. Also, you can’t believe in GOD unless you accept that GOD sends disasters and wipes out entire communities, including women and children. If you can’t accept this, then go away. Who are you to judge GOD? Who are you to decide what GOD is allowed or not allowed to do? Your complaint is not going to touch GOD. Your “logic” or “morals” will not touch GOD. Whether you think something is right or wrong – will not touch GOD. Whether you like something or not – will not touch GOD. Whether you accept something or not – will not touch GOD.

If a child falls from a balcony and dies, will you then blame gravity? Of course not. Although, logically speaking, it was gravity that made the child fall. But you don’t blame gravity because you know it is a law. However, the same is true for GOD. GOD has set the laws, and GOD has set the commandments. Yet people blame GOD instead of blaming the people who deserved annihilation.

Quran Chapter 36: Y.S. (Ya Sin)

[36:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[36:1] Y. S.*

*36:1 See Appendix 1 for the detailed explanation of these initials.

[36:2] And the Quran that is full of wisdom.

[36:3] Most assuredly, you (Rashad) are one of the messengers.*

*36:3 See Appendices 2 & 26 for the irrefutable physical evidence.

[36:4] On a straight path.

[36:5] This revelation is from the Almighty, Most Merciful.

[36:6] To warn people whose parents were never warned, and therefore, they are unaware.

[36:7] It has been predetermined that most of them do not believe.

[36:8] For we place around their necks shackles, up to their chins. Consequently, they become locked in their disbelief.

[36:9] And we place a barrier in front of them, and a barrier behind them, and thus, we veil them; they cannot see.

[36:10] It is the same whether you warn them or not, they cannot believe.*

*36:10 Everyone is already stamped as a believer or a disbeliever. See Appendix 14.

[36:11] You will be heeded only by those who uphold this message, and reverence the Most Gracious – even when alone in their privacy. Give them good news of forgiveness and a generous recompense.

[36:12] We will certainly revive the dead, and we have recorded everything they have done in this life, as well as the consequences that continue after their death. Everything we have counted in a profound record.

Rejecting The Messengers: A Tragic Human Trait*

[36:13] Cite for them the example of people in a community that received the messengers.

*36:13-27 God’s messengers have proof, advocate God alone, and do not ask for money.

[36:14] When we sent to them two (messengers), they disbelieved them. We then supported them by a third. They said, “We are (God’s) messengers to you.”

[36:15] They said, “You are no more than human beings like us. The Most Gracious did not send down anything. You are liars.”

[36:16] They said, “Our Lord knows that we have been sent to you.

[36:17] “Our sole mission is to deliver the message.”

[36:18] They said, “We consider you bad omens. Unless you refrain, we will surely stone you, or afflict you with painful retribution.”

[36:19] They said, “Your omen depends on your response, now that you have been reminded. Indeed, you are transgressing people.”

[36:20] A man came from the other end of the city, saying, “O my people, follow the messengers.

[36:21] “Follow those who do not ask you for any wage, and are guided.

[36:22] “Why should I not worship the One who initiated me, and to Him is your ultimate return?

[36:23] “Shall I set up beside Him gods? If the Most Gracious willed any harm for me, their intercession cannot help me one bit, nor can they rescue me.

[36:24] “In that case, I would be totally astray.

[36:25] “I have believed in your Lord; please listen to me.”

The Righteous Go Straight to Paradise*

[36:26] (At the time of his death) he was told, “Enter Paradise.” He said, “Oh, I wish my people knew.

*36:26 The righteous do not really die; they simply move on to the same Paradise where Adam and Eve lived. They join the prophets, saints and martyrs in an active and utopian life (see Appendix 17).

[36:27] “That my Lord has forgiven me, and made me honorable.”

[36:28] We did not send down upon his people, after him, soldiers from the sky; we did not need to send them down.

[36:29] All it took was one blow, whereupon they were stilled.

Ridiculing The Messengers: A Tragic Human Trait*

[36:30] How sorry is the people’s condition! Every time a messenger went to them, they always ridiculed him.

*36:30 If the messenger presents solid proof of messengership, advocates the worship of God alone, and does not ask us for money, why should we not believe? (See Appendix 2.)

[36:31] Did they not see how many generations we annihilated before them, and how they never return to them?

[36:32] Every one of them will be summoned before us.

Signs of God

[36:33] One sign for them is the dead land: we revive it and produce from it grains for their food.

[36:34] We grow in it gardens of date palms, and grapes, and we cause springs to gush out therein.

[36:35] This is to provide them with fruits, and to let them manufacture with their own hands whatever they need. Would they be thankful?

[36:36] Glory be to the One who created all kinds of plants from the earth, as well as themselves, and other creations that they do not even know.

[36:37] Another sign for them is the night: we remove the daylight therefrom, whereupon they are in darkness.

[36:38] The sun sets into a specific location, according to the design of the Almighty, the Omniscient.

[36:39] The moon we designed to appear in stages, until it becomes like an old curved sheath.

[36:40] The sun is never to catch up with the moon – the night and the day never deviate – each of them is floating in its own orbit.

Invention of the First Ship

[36:41] Another sign for them is that we carried their ancestors on the loaded ark.

[36:42] Then we created the same for them to ride in.

[36:43] If we willed, we could have drowned them, so that their screaming would not be heard, nor could they be saved.

[36:44] Instead, we shower them with mercy, and let them enjoy for awhile.

[36:45] Yet, when they are told, “Learn from your past, to work righteousness for your future, that you may attain mercy,”

[36:46] No matter what kind of proof is given to them from their Lord, they consistently disregard it.

[36:47] When they are told, “Give from God’s provisions to you,” those who disbelieve say to those who believe, “Why should we give to those whom God could feed, if He so willed? You are really far astray.”

[36:48] They also challenge, “When will that promise come to pass, if you are truthful?”

[36:49] All they see will be one blow that overwhelms them, while they dispute.

[36:50] They will not even have time to make a will, nor will they be able to return to their people.

[36:51] The horn will be blown, whereupon they will rise from the grave and go to their Lord.

[36:52] They will say, “Woe to us. Who resurrected us from our death? This is what the Most Gracious has promised. The messengers were right.”

[36:53] All it will take is one blow, whereupon they are summoned before us.

[36:54] On that day, no soul will be wronged in the least. You will be paid precisely for whatever you did.

[36:55] The dwellers of Paradise will be, on that day, happily busy.

[36:56] They abide with their spouses in beautiful shade, enjoying comfortable furnishings.

[36:57] They will have fruits therein; they will have anything they wish.

[36:58] Greetings of peace from a Most Merciful Lord.

[36:59] As for you, O guilty ones, you will be set aside.

The Devil is the Other Alternative

[36:60] Did I not covenant with you, O Children of Adam, that you shall not worship the devil? That he is your most ardent enemy?

[36:61] And that you shall worship Me alone? This is the right path.

[36:62] He has misled multitudes of you. Did you not possess any understanding?

[36:63] This is the Hell that was promised for you.

[36:64] Today you will burn in it, as a consequence of your disbelief.

[36:65] On that day we will seal their mouths; their hands and feet will bear witness to everything they had done.

[36:66] If we will, we can veil their eyes and, consequently, when they seek the path, they will not see.

[36:67] If we will, we can freeze them in place; thus, they can neither move forward, nor go back.

[36:68] Whomever we permit to live for a long time, we revert him to weakness. Do they not understand?

[36:69] What we taught him (the messenger) was not poetry, nor is he (a poet). This is but a formidable proof,* and a profound Quran.

*36:69 The word “Zikr” refers frequently to the Quran’s great mathematical code, which is certainly not literary, nor poetry. Please check out 38:1,8; 15:6,9; 16:44; 21:2, 24; 26:5; & 36:11.

[36:70] To preach to those who are alive, and to expose the disbelievers.

[36:71] Have they not seen that we created for them, with our own hands, livestock that they own?

[36:72] And we subdued them for them; some they ride, and some they eat.

[36:73] They derive other benefits from them, as well as drinks. Would they not be appreciative?

Powerless Idols

[36:74] They set up beside God other gods, perhaps they can be of help to them!

[36:75] On the contrary, they cannot help them; they end up serving them as devoted soldiers.

[36:76] Therefore, do not be saddened by their utterances. We are fully aware of everything they conceal and everything they declare.

[36:77] Does the human being not see that we created him from a tiny drop, then he turns into an ardent enemy?

[36:78] He raises a question to us – while forgetting his initial creation – “Who can resurrect the bones after they had rotted?”

[36:79] Say, “The One who initiated them in the first place will resurrect them. He is fully aware of every creation.”

[36:80] He is the One who creates for you, from the green trees, fuel which you burn for light.

[36:81] Is not the One who created the heavens and the earth able to recreate the same? Yes indeed; He is the Creator, the Omniscient.

[36:82] All He needs to do to carry out any command is to say to it, “Be,” and it is.

[36:83] Therefore, glory be to the One in whose hand is the sovereignty over all things, and to Him you will be returned.*

*36:83 It is noteworthy that the gematrical value of “Rashad” (505), plus the gematrical value of “Khalifa” (725), plus the sura number (36), plus the number of verses (83), produces a total that is a multiple of 19 (505+725+36+83=1349=19×71). Also, Sura 36 is number 19 among the 29 initialed suras.

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Free Quran Chapter 48: Victory (Al-Fatt-h)

Learn from GOD that Quran – not Islam – will dominate over all other religions. Know the difference! These are the most abused verses by extremists, however; they don’t get it. GOD is talking about The Religion Of Truth, not someones’ interpretation, such in the case of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. It is GOD’s commandments that will dominate. So for example, Christians will stop worshiping Jesus, however, they will still be Christians, NOT Muslims. Same thing with Muslims, they will stop worshiping Muhammad and stop following Hadith and Sunnah. Jews will realize that Jesus was indeed the Messiahs, and they will also stop following the Talmud. Buddhists will be Buddhists but they will now follow GOD’s commandments, they will incorporate the Quran into their Buddhist philosophy. They will be Buddhists Believers. Do you get it? It is not about painting mankind with one big brush which eliminates all cultures and philosophies. That would be insanity, and is actually the mentality of the religions we have today, the problematic religions such as Christianity and Islam whose goal is to convert everyone to their own religion. This is wrong, it goes against GOD’s commandments. Instead it should be about belief in GOD and following GOD’s commandments. It should not be about changing ones identity or personality. This is what makes religions dangerous. The Quran on the other hand allows all kinds of differences, as long as you follow GOD’s commandments. The Quran promotes The Religion Of Truth, which allows you to be a Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Shinto, or whatever and still enter paradise. No other religion allows this. It is about empowering the individual and promoting diversity, but uniting all of mankind in truth. Such as good behavior, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, justice etcetera.

Quran Chapter 48: Victory (Al-Fatt-h)

[48:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[48:1] We have bestowed upon you (O Messenger) a great victory.*

*48:1 This profound statement consists of 19 letters, indicating that our generation is the generation of victory for God’s purified, unified, and consolidated religion – Submission (3:19, 85). It is our generation that witnessed the revelations of God’s great miracle in the Quran (Appendix 1).

[48:2] Whereby God forgives your past sins, as well as future sins, and perfects His blessings upon you, and guides you in a straight path.

[48:3] Additionally, God will support you with an unwavering support.

[48:4] He is the One who places contentment into the hearts of believers to augment more faith, in addition to their faith. To God belongs all forces of the heavens and the earth. God is Omniscient, Most Wise.

[48:5] He will certainly admit the believing men and women into gardens with flowing streams, wherein they abide forever. He will remit their sins. This is, in the sight of God, a great triumph.

[48:6] And He will requite the hypocrite men and women and the idol worshiping men and women, for they have harbored evil thoughts about God. Their evil will backfire against them. For God is angry with them, condemns them, and has prepared for them Gehenna. What a miserable destiny!

[48:7] To God belongs all the forces in the heavens and the earth. God is Almighty, Most Wise.

[48:8] We have sent you as a witness, a bearer of good news, and a warner.

[48:9] That you people may believe in God and His messenger, and reverence Him, and observe Him, and glorify Him, day and night.

You Shall Support God’s Messenger

[48:10] Surely, those who pledge allegiance to you, are pledging allegiance to God. God approves their pledge; He places His hand above their hands. Those who violate such a pledge, commit the violation to their own detriment. As for those who fulfill their pledge with God, He will grant them a great recompense.

[48:11] The sedentary Arabs who stay behind will say, “We have been preoccupied with our money and our families, so ask forgiveness for us!” They utter with their tongues what is not in their hearts. Say, “Who can protect you from God, if He willed any adversity for you, or if He willed any blessing for you?” God is fully Cognizant of everything you do.

[48:12] You secretly believed that the messenger and the believers will be defeated and never come back to their families, and this was firmly established in your hearts. You harbored evil thoughts and turned into wicked people.

[48:13] Anyone who refuses to believe in God and His messenger, we have prepared for the disbelievers a hellfire.

[48:14] To God belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. He forgives whomever He wills, and punishes whomever He wills. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

[48:15] The sedentary who stay behind will say, when you are expected to collect spoils of war, “Let us follow you to share in this!” They thus wish to alter God’s words. Say, “You will not follow us. This is God’s decision.” They will then say, “You must be envious of us (for staying behind).” Indeed, they rarely understood anything.

The Test for Early Generations

[48:16] Say to the sedentary Arabs who stay behind, “You will be invited to face powerful people and to fight them, unless they submit. If you obey, God will reward you with a generous recompense. But if you turn away again, as you did in the past, He will requite you with a painful retribution.”

[48:17] The blind is not to be blamed, the crippled is not to be blamed, and the sick is not to be blamed. Those who obey God and His messenger, He will admit them into gardens with flowing streams. As for those who turn away, He will requite them with a painful retribution.

[48:18] God is pleased with the believers who pledged allegiance to you under the tree. He knew what was in their hearts and, consequently, He blessed them with contentment, and rewarded them with an immediate victory.

[48:19] Additionally, they gained many spoils. God is Almighty, Most Wise.

[48:20] God has promised you many spoils that you will gain. He thus advanced some benefits for you in this life, and He has withheld the people’s hands of aggression against you, and has rendered this a sign for the believers. He thus guides you in a straight path.

[48:21] As for the group that you could not possibly defeat, God took care of them; God is Omnipotent.

Victory Guaranteed for the Believers

[48:22] If the disbelievers ever fought you, they would turn around and flee. They have no Lord and Master; they have no helper.

[48:23] Such is God’s system throughout history, and you will find that God’s system is unchangeable.

[48:24] He is the One who withheld their hands of aggression against you, and withheld your hands of aggression against them in the valley of Mecca, after He had granted you victory over them. God is Seer of everything you do.

[48:25] It is they who disbelieved and barred you from the Sacred Masjid, and even prevented your offerings from reaching their destination. There were believing men and women (within the enemy camp) whom you did not know, and you were about to hurt them, unknowingly. God thus admits into His mercy whomever He wills. If they persist, He will requite those among them who disbelieve with a painful retribution.

[48:26] While those who disbelieved were enraged, and their hearts were filled with the pride of the days of ignorance, God blessed His messenger and the believers with peaceful contentment, and directed them to uphold the word of righteousness. This is what they well deserved. God is fully aware of all things.

[48:27] God has fulfilled His messenger’s truthful vision: “You will enter the Sacred Masjid, God willing, perfectly secure, and you will cut your hair or shorten it (as you fulfill the pilgrimage rituals) there. You will not have any fear. Since He knew what you did not know, He has coupled this with an immediate victory.”

The Great Prophecy*

[48:28] He is the One who sent His messenger with the guidance and the religion of truth, to make it prevail over all other religions. God suffices as a witness.

*48:28 This important prophecy informs us that Submission will inevitably dominate the whole world. This, together with Verses 9:33, 41:53, and 61:9 leave no doubt that God’s mathematical miracle of the Quran will play a major role in this prophecy. Solid Quranic mathematical evidence points to God’s Messenger of the Covenant as fulfilling this prophecy. See Appendices 2 and 26 for the evidence and specific details.

Qualities of the Believers

[48:29] Muhammad – the messenger of God – and those with him are harsh and stern against the disbelievers, but kind and compassionate amongst themselves. You see them bowing and prostrating, as they seek God’s blessings and approval. Their marks are on their faces, because of prostrating. This is the same example as in the Torah. Their example in the Gospel is like plants that grow taller and stronger, and please the farmers. He thus enrages the disbelievers. God promises those among them who believe, and lead a righteous life, forgiveness and a great recompense.

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Free Quran Chapter 56: The Inevitable (Al-Waaqe’ah)

Learn from GOD that only the sincere can understand the Quran. Disbelievers don’t deserve guidance. A lot of people believe they are entitled to the truth. Which is false. Guidance comes at a great price, and that price is your ego. You have to kill your ego and put all your trust in GOD ALONE. Stop relying on your so called “intellect” trust me, humans are not intelligent, not even the most genius person is intelligent, at least not in comparison with GOD. So don’t let your “smartness” get to your head. I see it too often among people, they let “intelligence” get to their head. But in reality it just serves to delude them.

I’m not saying that you should stop thinking, no, on the contrary, I’m actually saying the opposite, think to the best of your abilities. The problem with “intelligence” however, is that it can give you a false impression of yourself, tricking you into thinking that you already know something. So in a way you own intelligence can misguide you. Thinking on the other hand is not depending on ones own intelligence, because you are actually thinking, you are exploring, you are challenging your intelligence, you are challenging everything that you already know. There are a lot of intelligent people out there… but that doesn’t mean they possess thinking skills, instead they rely on bigotry. Because everything you believe in can change because of one word or a different perspective.

In this chapter you also learn that there are different ranks, each attained depending on how much righteous work you have put in, such as the Contact prayers, charity, fasting, and such. It might be hard right now to understand the reality and heaviness of all of this. I mean think about it, GOD??? exists???, that’s an amazing reality. But you might not feel it right now, but you will. GOD exists, and this whole test is real, it is happening. And you should not feel bad if you don’t feel it right now. It is not about time spent in belief, or being brainwashed, or being completely high up there in the clouds. It is about understanding. It took me 10 years to reach this stage of belief. The first 9 years don’t even feel like I really believed, it was just research, testing and being busy with life. But again, I don’t feel like I was a real believer yesterday either. Because every new day brings me closer to GOD. But I also think this has to do with the fact that we have to be aware of GOD at all times and constantly improve ourselves to become better people. Your faith becomes reality the more you witness this world and GOD’s commandments in action.

Think about this, lets say I tell you that there is a rabbit behind the tree, at first you might not believe me, so you go and check behind the tree, and it turns out there really was a rabbit behind the tree, this means you now believe me! It is similar with GOD’s commandments, test them out, follow them, see them at work, see the consequences for not obeying GOD. And soon you will understand that GOD is the only reality and truth there is. You can do this even if you are an atheist, you like challenges right? You only believe in science where one conducts experiments to conclude a truth? Well, that’s great, study GOD’s commandments, experiment, test them out and you will soon realize that GOD is a fact.

Quran Chapter 56: The Inevitable (Al-Waaqe’ah)

[56:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[56:1] When the inevitable comes to pass.

[56:2] Nothing can stop it from happening.

[56:3] It will lower some, and raise others.

[56:4] The earth will be shaken up.

[56:5] The mountains will be wiped out.

[56:6] As if they never existed.

[56:7] You will be stratified into three kinds.

[56:8] Those who deserved bliss will be in bliss.

[56:9] Those who deserved misery will be in misery.

[56:10] Then there is the elite of the elite.

[56:11] They are those who will be closest (to God).

[56:12] In the gardens of bliss.

[56:13] Many from the first generations.*

[56:14] Few from the later generations.

[56:15] On luxurious furnishings.

[56:16] Enjoying everything, they will be neighbors.

[56:17] Serving them will be immortal servants.

[56:18] With cups, pitchers and pure drinks.

[56:19] They never run out, nor do they get bored.

[56:20] Fruits of their choice.

[56:21] Meat of birds that they desire.

[56:22] Beautiful mates.

[56:23] Like protected pearls.

[56:24] Rewards for their works.

[56:25] They never hear any nonsense therein, nor sinful utterances.

[56:26] Only the utterance: “Peace, peace.”

The Lower Heaven

[56:27] Those of the right side, will be on the right side.

[56:28] In lush orchards.

[56:29] Fragrant fruits.

[56:30] Extended shade.

[56:31] Abundant water.

[56:32] Many fruits.

[56:33] Never ending; never forbidden.

[56:34] Luxurious furnishings.

[56:35] We create for them mates.

[56:36] Never previously touched.

[56:37] Perfectly matched.

[56:38] For those on the right side.

[56:39] Many from the early generations.

[56:40] Many from the later generations.*

*56:13-40 People who believe and nourish their souls through worshiping God alone are destined for the High Heaven. The contemporary followers of each messenger invariably suffer persecution from the traditionalists and adherents of the corrupted religion. Thus, they have a special place reserved for them in the High Heaven. All people who die before the age of 40 go to the Lower Heaven, at least (46:15).

Hell

[56:41] Those of the left, will be on the left.

[56:42] In misery and inferno.

[56:43] Even their shade is hot.

[56:44] Never cool, never tolerable.

[56:45] They used to be rich.

[56:46] They insisted on the great blasphemy.

[56:47] They said, “After we die and turn to dust and bones, we get resurrected?

[56:48] “Does this include our forefathers?”

[56:49] Say, “The early generations and the later generations.

[56:50] “Will be summoned to a meeting on a predetermined day.

[56:51] “Then you, O disbelieving strayers.

[56:52] “Will eat from the trees of bitterness.

[56:53] “Filling your bellies therefrom.

[56:54] “Then drinking on top of it hellish drinks.

[56:55] “Then adding drinks of sand.”

[56:56] Such is their share on the Day of Judgment.

Reflections

[56:57] We have created you, if you could only believe!

[56:58] Have you noted the semen that you produce?

[56:59] Did you create it, or did we?

[56:60] We have predetermined death for you. Nothing can stop us –

[56:61] from substituting new generations in your place, and establishing what you do not know.

[56:62] You know about the first creation. Do you not remember?

[56:63] Have you noted the crops you reap?

[56:64] Did you grow them, or did we?

[56:65] If we will, we can turn it into hay. Then you will lament:

[56:66] “We lost.

[56:67] “We are deprived.”

[56:68] Have you noted the water you drink?

[56:69] Did you send it down from the clouds, or did we?

[56:70] If we will, we can make it salty. You should be thankful.

[56:71] Have you noted the fire you ignite?

[56:72] Did you initiate its tree, or did we?

[56:73] We rendered it a reminder, and a useful tool for the users.

[56:74] You shall glorify the name of your Lord, the Great.

Only the Sincere Can Understand the Quran

[56:75] I swear by the positions of the stars.

[56:76] This is an oath, if you only knew, that is awesome.*

*56:75-76 Our universe, the smallest and innermost of seven universes, contains a billion galaxies, a billion trillion stars, spanning billions of light years. These uncountable decillions of heavenly bodies maintain their orbits in a divinely controlled precision. The more we learn, the more we realize how awesome this oath is. See Appendix 6.

[56:77] This is an honorable Quran.

[56:78] In a protected book.

[56:79] None can grasp it except the sincere.*

*56:79 The insincere who are not satisfied with the Quran alone are divinely prevented from understanding the Quran. This concept is repeated throughout the Quran (17:45-46, 18:57). Consequently, they cannot understand this verse. For example, compare this translation of 7:3, 17:46, 41:44, and 56:79 with other translations.

[56:80] A revelation from the Lord of the universe.

[56:81] Are you disregarding this narration?

[56:82] Do you make it your business that you disbelieve?

[56:83] When the time comes and it (your soul) reaches your throat –

[56:84] you will then look around.

[56:85] We are closer to it than you are, but you do not see.

[56:86] If it is true that you do not owe any accounting –

[56:87] why do you not restore (your soul), if you are truthful?

[56:88] If he is one of those close to Me –

[56:89] then joy, flowers, and gardens of bliss.

[56:90] And if he is one of the right –

[56:91] peace is the lot of those on the right.

[56:92] But if he is one of the disbelievers, the strayers –

[56:93] then an abode of inferno –

[56:94] and burning in Hell.

[56:95] This is the absolute truth.

[56:96] You shall glorify the name of your Lord, the Great.

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