The Book, meaning the Bible – Old and New Testaments – the former recorded by Prophet Musa (Moses) – were corrupted by Jews and Christians. It took Allah more than six hundred years to realize that it happened. As soon as He did, he sent his angel Jibril (wrongly called Gabriel by the Jews and Christians) down to meet a wise man, Abū al-Qāsim Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib ibn Hāshim (570-632), traditionally known and celebrated as Muhammad Nabi PBUH (Peace Be Upon Him), created and despatched to this world as the last and the greatest Prophet of all times for mankind.
Having been brought up as an orphan by his uncle, Muhammad, the last Prophet for all mankind, never learnt to read or write. Yet he proved himself an unusually clever youth who married a renowned businesswoman, his employer named Khadījah bint Khuwaylid (555-620), also known as Khadijah the Great, over 15 years older than himself. He was a natural leader of men and far too wise for his age of which, his choice of marriage is abundant proof.
Yet, although faithful and dedicated to his ageing wife till she died, he went on a marrying spree as soon as she was cremated, having made the nikah vow with fourteen other women, keeping at least eleven wives at any given time. The idea, believers say, of taking a special permission from Allah to marry more than the prescribed four wives was to unite the warring groups among the Arab tribes. It is another matter that the son-in-laws , brother-in-laws and father-in-laws fought fiercely for power as soon as Muhammad breathed his last, and the split has been widening to several groups since then, culminating in the great Arabic war you see raging in the Middle East till date.
While alive, it was Muhammad’s nature to spend his spare time in a lonely cave named Hira and contemplate the universe and its mysteries. This gave God a chance to send many revelations to mankind through this thoughtful man as his Messenger.
One day, in the year 610 AD in this cave, the Archangel Jibril (or Jibrail) appeared before him in a flash of light and commanded : Read.
Read Muhammad did, first with trepidation, then with enthusiasm because the later revelations came in welcome trickles just in time, as and when the occasion demanded, even to save his own reputation, over a period of 23 years. What the Prophet heard from Jibril, he dictated at the first opportunity to his few literate companions, who wrote it down on parchments, camel skin, on their own shoulders, stone slabs or whatever came handy. Twenty years after his death, after many of those who had taken down the prophesies on various media of the aforesaid kind had died or were killed in various battles fought for the advancement of Allah’s revelations, it was decided that the verses had to be collated and compiled into the greatest work which had no parallel, and which God himself challenged all mankind and Jinns (anticipating the compilation which was to be achieved two decades later) to come together, jointly or severally, to try and produce something similar. God had told Muhammad in no uncertain terms:
Say, “If mankind and the jinn gathered in order to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like of it, even if they were to each other assistants.””(Q.17:88)
So far, both mankind and Djinns have failed miserably to take up this challenge. Hence the correct record of the creation remains only with the Quran – words of Allah, the greatest of all Gods, God with no partners, as mouthed by Jibril the angel, heard and repeated by Prophet Muhammad, recorded by whoever was immediately available, verified by Zayd bin Thabit (610-660) who had worked as an ex-officio secretary of the Prophet, and compiled under the supervision of Caliph Uthman Bin Affan (576-656), the third Caliph of Sunni Islam. True Quran remains in Arabic, language of Allah, and since no translation could be just as true, any such translation has to be printed with the Arabic version alongside.
HADITH AND SUNNAH
Yet Quran, the most perfect and faultless record of Creation and its aftermath, did not answer all the queries that the doubting companions of Muhammad would come up with, so Muhammad intuitively answered those queries either by sudden enlightenment or of his own knowledge. These Muhammad’s private sayings came to be called Hadith. Thus Hadiths are secrets that Muhammad whispered into the ears of some of his trusted companions, re-visited 200 years later by Sahih al-Bukhari (810-870) and another trusted person, Imam Sahih Muslim (817-874). There are other sources of Hadiths, but they carry lesser certification of authenticity. Inconvenient or embarrassing hadiths are to be selectively disclaimed as false and fraudulent, even if they are included among the several thousands recorded by al-Bukhari.
The Hadiths were further supplemented by Sunnah, traditions set by Muhammad. There is presumably nothing on earth that cannot be accounted for by these three documents. Further clarifications could be pronounced by leaders of the community, elected, selected or self-styled, to set things right when they go wrong or there occurs an urgent need for someone like a novelist, a cartoonist, a suspected blasphemer of Muhammad’s name or of the Quran, an apostate or a blogger needs to be beheaded.
Creation of Hadiths and Sunnas, combined with the Quran itself, serve as a source for the Shariah Law, the law under which it is the dream of all true Muslims to live, even though it sometimes led to your hand being chopped off or your neck sliced by a clean sweep by a trained swordsman. However, unlike the Bible, Quran offers forgiveness as an alternative, and blood money for murder as a recompense, with the consolation that Allah will remember such kindly gestures. Only crime for which there is no redemption is blasphemy – questioning or insulting the Quran or creating a caricature or even a portrait of the Messenger of God, Muhammad.
SERIOUS INACCURACIES AND OMISSIONS IN THE BOOK ( The Bible)
Quran ratifies the original Book, meaning the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, but not the alleged inaccuracies and errors introduced by Jews and Christians for their own nefarious purpose. The Book (Bible) itself is incomplete because the Prophet Musa ((Moses to whom God dictated the Bible)) did not write down everything or because, although all Prophets including Musa were Muslims, there was no tradition of Hadith during Musa’s time. Thus from Quran which is the full and final version of God regarding Creation, we find that who tempted Eve was not the allegorical snake, but the real Shaytan whose name was Ibilis. Ibilis came in the garb of, or on the back of the snake. The Book had made terrible omissions of describing how Jannah (heaven) was created in the first place, and how angels came into being. The book does not mention at all the Djinns, to which tribe Satan (Shaytan or Ibilis) belonged. Quran corrects these errors and fills in the omissions.
“I (A companion of Muhammad) said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! From what was the creation created?’
He said: ‘From water.’
We said: ‘Paradise, what is it constructed of?’
He said,’Bricks of silver and bricks of gold. Its mortar is musk of a strong fragrance, and its pebbles are pearls and rubies, and its earth is saffron. Whoever enters it shall live and shall not suffer, and shall feel joy and shall not die, nor shall their clothes wear out, nor shall their youth come to an end.’
Volume 4. English Reference: Book 12, Hadith 2526 / Arabic reference : Book 38, Hadith 2717
Source : https://sunnah.com/tirmidhi/38
CREATION OF ANGELS
Before God made Man, during the process of molding other things in nature or immediately thereafter, God created Angels and Djinns. He didn’t make a grandfather angel from whom other angels were born, as was what he did with mankind, but made angels wholesale. Presumably He made 70,000 for visiting Holy Mecca each day of the year by turn and thus, for a whole year, at least 70,000 x 365 =25,550,000 of them were created at one go and assigned different chores which, as you could imagine, are many. This total number is my guesswork, the exact number of angels is only known to Allah. (al-Bukhari)
Allah made the angels from light. They are very beautiful though invisible, equipped with two, three or four pairs of wings according to need, living in heaven or flying around for the sole purpose of obeying Allah’s commands, for carrying Him around, for deciding the sex and fortune of every baby in the womb (as we shall see forthwith), for dragging the dead to their graves, interrogating them while in the grave and then for knocking them awake on judgment day, for blowing the trumpet when it is time to start the judgment and for a million other chores and, without fail, for praising His glory at all times.
The most significant among angels are Archangels – Jibril (wrongly called Gabriel by Jews and Christians) the one who brought revelations from Allah to his Messenger among them. When Muhammad had an occasion to see him in his true form (and not in the disguise of a human preacher), Jibril had six hundred wings, each of which covered the horizon. There fell from his wings jewels, pearls and rubies, only Allah knows about them.” (Abdullah ibn Mas‘ood). You’d notice that Allah and his brood have great affinity for material riches – Gold and silver, pearls and precious stones.
Jibril was so large that he filled the space between earth and heaven. (Hadith : Sahi Muslim), but could take the puny human form which is how he visited Prophet Muhammad in several disguises, and Mary (Mariam) in a single disguise (Q.19:17-21) before announcing that Allah had decided that she would get pregnant and deliver Jesus, the other Messenger of Allah though He would have no direct part in the conception. This very fact that we find in the Hadith of Sahih Muslim proves that Jesus was not a son of God, but like Muhammad himself, a special (but less special than Muhammad) messenger of Allah.
He (Jesus) said: “I am indeed a servant of Allah: He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet. (Q.19:30)
Archangels had more profound work than the ordinary ones. It was Archangel Jibril, we noted before, who enlightened Muhammad on the Quran. Mikail is another archangel who is to nourish human body and soul; Israfil is for blowing the trumpet on the Judgment day, (whose creation so well in advance shows how God plans well ahead) and Malak-Al-Maut is the the angel of death. These four constitute the middle circle directly reporting to Allah. A couple of guardian angels for each human – their duty being noting down their deeds every moment of the day and thus preparing a huge file for the Judgment Day – angels who move clouds, those who provide food and water, and, among other many chores, the four Hamalat al-Arsh angels who surround continuously praise Allah, nursing His ego and carrying His throne when He decides (if He decides) to move from his place on top of the seven layers of heaven. God made angels like modern robots capable of great work with no free will; they needed no food, suffered no hunger, thirst or sexual desire, had no need at all to defecate or urinate. They remain completely at the command of Allah, ever ready for action like operational fighter pilots waiting and poised for a call to scramble whether or not a war is on.
Jibril was God’s favourite; there is a standing decree that whoever was an enemy of Jibril was an enemy of God.( Q. 2:97-98). One should be careful not to cultivate enmity with Jibril if ever one happens to come across him. Though Jibril enjoys such a high station, you must never imagine that he is a partner of God. If you do, you are doomed to eternal hell fire, and would be made to drink pus from the washing of wounds. ((Quran 69:35-37)
CREATION OF DJINNS
A slight variation from angels, which in all probability God made as an afterthought, and whom God created from smokeless fire, are Djinns who have free will but are presumably prevented from using it. Of them, Ibilis, the Shaytan (Satan), dared to use his free will to rebel with Allah by refusing to prostrate before Adam (or Adaam) as described later below. Shaytan is so dangerous that every Muslim should start with a plea for refuge from him even before reciting Bismillaahhir-Rahmaanir-Raheem (In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate and the Most Merciful). in each of the mandatory five prayers (Salaat) a day. While Angels live in heaven when not in need, Djinns wander on earth invisible, and some of them are up to mischief. Ibilis, needless to say, is the worst of all of them, and has the permission from Allah himself to try and corrupt those (including children above ten years of age) who do not say the five daily prayers and those who had been destined for the hell while they were a thumb-sized foetus in the womb (see below).
Prophet Muhammad has said that some snakes are poisonous while some others could be djinns in disguise. However, Bible is wrong to say that Satan was the snake. Iblis, the Shaytan, travelled on the back of a snake to tempt the couple. Snakes had not been cursed to eat dust, a fact that proves how wrong the Bible could be and how right Quran is. When you notice that snakes eat frogs and rodents, but not dust, you learn for sure that Quran is right; Bible has been corrupted by Jews and Christians.
WHY MEN COME IN DIFFERENT COLOURS
Adam was shaped by Allah with his own hands and was given a soul with his own breath. Thus he was a uniquely honourable being: Before beginning the task of his creation, God had warned the angels and djinns:
“And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: ‘I am going to create a human (Adam) from sounding clay of altered black smooth mud. So when I have fashioned him and breathed into him (his) soul created by Me, then you fall down prostrate to him.” (Q. 38:71-72).
Bible fails to say how, if all of us are the children of the same Adam, some who call themselves white are blond Albinos, or are tanned pink or pale, some others are olive-coloured, yet others are chocolate-brown to coal black and, as if that many varieties aren’t adequate, there are cream-coloured ‘ýellow’ people as well. This conundrum is resolved in Islam by a Hadith:
God created Adam from a handful of soil containing portions from all its varieties on Earth. Angels were sent to earth to collect the soil that was to become Adam. It was red, white, brown, and black; it was soft and malleable, hard and gritty; it came from the mountains and the valleys; from infertile deserts and lush fertile plains and all the natural varieties in between. The descendants of Adam were destined to be as diverse as the handful of soil from which their ancestor was created; all have different appearances, attributes and qualities.
We presume that Eve (Hawwah) was made from the same admixture of clay as Adam. One of the Hadiths reveals that Adam was 60 cubits (30 metres) in height when created (al-Bukhaari, 3336; Muslim, 7092) and since then mankind has been diminishing in height. Although how a female was made is not important, we must imagine that Hawwah was of proportional, though lesser, height.
Thus if you are a good Muslim with a good record from your guardian angel, you’d be surprised to find yourself 30 metres tall and exquisitely handsome when you enter heaven. It points to a possibility that all those who are in paradise would look exact clones of Adam, which, I’m afraid, could be quite a bore. If you wish to be in paradise, it is no big deal that you lose your own visage but get an Adam mask, just as election campaigners don the mask of their favored candidates.
Lord said to the angels: “Verily, I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth.”
They (Angels) said: “Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood, – while we glorify You with praises and thanks (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners) and sanctify You.”
He (Allah) said: “I know that which you do not know.” (Quran 2:30)
Allah did not reveal what he knew, because He knew that the most pious and beloved of Allah would make the most troubles for mankind.
RESPITE FOR SHAYTAN
After teaching Adam the names of all other created beings, God told the angels to prostrate before him. All the angels obeyed the command as any robot would, but Satan, whose name is Ibilis, baulked. “You made this man from clay, but made me from fire. I’m superior. How could you ask me to bow to him?” He asked with temerity.
Now, such audacious logic was not expected of any djinn whom God had created without the urge for argument, free will, desire for food, the need to defecate or engage in sex even in heaven where free (but legitimate) sex flows only for faithful humans and martyrs. So obviously Satan was a defective product. God cursed him to vanish to hell.
“It’s Man who put me in this predicament. Give me eternal life so I could make him sin at every turn,” pleaded Ibilis.
(Iblees (Satan)) said: “O my Lord! Give me then respite till the Day they (the dead) will be resurrected.”
The argument evidently impressed Allah. He said: “Then, verily, you are of those reprieved till the Day of the time appointed” (Q.15: 36 – 38).
Thus God, being merciful, readily agreed to give Ibilis reprieve till the day of judgment by which time he could gather a huge crop of candidates as fuel for hell fire which would keep burning till eternity.
“My Lord, because You have put me in error, I will surely make [disobedience] attractive to them on earth, and I will mislead them all
Except, among them, Your chosen servants.”
[ Allah ] said, “This is a path [of return] to Me [that is] straight.
Indeed, My servants – no authority will you have over them, except those who follow you of the deviators.
And indeed, Hell is the promised place for them all. (Q:15: 39-43)
Thus a Memorandum of Understanding was reached between Allah and the Shaytan which would expire only on the day appointed – the Judgment Day called Qayamah.
Why Allah so readily agreed to Satan’s request at man’s peril is a mystery known only to Allah, says Quran. However, there is no mystery in it, because Allah always made it clear that He guides only those whom he willed, and that decision is made in the womb.
….For indeed, Allah sends astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. So do not let yourself perish over them in regret. Indeed, Allah is Knowing of what they do. (Q.35:8)
Satan keeps using many tricks of his trade, making you committing all sorts of sin – like, for instance, making you say that God has other gods for partners, not letting you pray five times a day, making you pray to other gods, letting you eat flesh without making the prey writhe and suffer till all its blood is shed, encouraging you to eat pork and at other times and not reminding you to shout Allah is the greatest and Muhammad is his Messenger at other times. Satan allows you to be friends with kafirs or non-believers or to walk away from a battle being fought in the name of Allah. Neither does he allow you to do Jihad (whether it means conversion of oneself or that of polytheists like Hindus and Yazidis and even Jews and Christians who do not surrender to Allah but pay obeisance to other gods).
One way to keep a woman out of heaven and in perennial hell is to rape her. It does not matter who is at fault, but if she is raped, she belongs to Shaytan. In any case, a majority (something like 99%) of those charring and wailing in hell are women.
The Prophet said: “I was shown the Hell-fire and that the majority of its dwellers were women who were ungrateful.” It was asked, “Do they disbelieve in Allah?” (or are they ungrateful to Allah?) He replied, “They are ungrateful to their husbands and are ungrateful for the favors and the good (charitable deeds) done to them. If you have always been good (benevolent) to one of them and then she sees something in you (not of her liking), she will say, ‘I have never received any good from you.” (Sahih Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 2 :: Hadith 28)
HOW ALLAH WILLS YOUR FATE
This is how Allah made the job of Iblis lighter by pre-deciding who would sin and who wouldn’t. (al-Bukhari: 3036). On the fortieth or forty-second day after conception, one of the angels assigned with this skilled job enters the womb and shouts,
“Allah, what gender should I carve on this foetus?”
God shouts back the sex of the foetus, and the angel does a surgical job on the foetus, which is yet a lump of flesh.
“Allah, does this grow up to be a sinner or a good Muslim?”
Allah determines on the spot who would be fit to be the companion for Iblis and a victim for the raging fire in hell and who could go to paradise and live in a bed with rivers flowing beneath and virgin women constantly staring at him.
We notice here that Allah does not depend on his omniscience and omnipotence in taking note of human frailties and sins, but has angels as back-office clerks and spies to do this tedious job.
Although God hates partners, Iblis works as his alternative in the lowly hell presumably stoking fire and cultivating putrid pus for use on sinners after the day of Judgment while God himself resides on a throne in a beautifully furnished room on top of all layers of heaven. We know this, not because of the gory scenes in Revelations in the New Testament, but because Muhammad, the final and most esteemed Prophet was allowed to go and see it with his own spiritual eyes (but not the eyes on his head) shortly before his death.
Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al- Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing. (Q.17:1)
FALL OF ADAM AND EVE
God, in his mercy, initially decided to keep Adam and his companion Hawwah in heaven. Though supposed to be omniscient, he had not anticipated disobedience. The disobedience of eating the prohibited fruit, however, got them thrown down to earth.
Adam expressed regret for being banished from heaven and the Garden of Eden, but Allah consoled him and promised to send him guidance from time to time (Q. 2:38). The last such guidance sent down was Prophet Muhammad himself. There will be no further guidance from above because, for one thing, Quran has all the guidance you need, and for another, Yawmal Qiama or the judgment day, is very near.
But that is no reason to worry. “Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, ‘The Israelis used to be ruled and guided by prophets: Whenever a prophet died, another would take over his place. There will be no prophet after me, but there will be Caliphs who will increase in number.’
The people asked, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! What do you order us (to do)?’
He said, ‘Obey the one who will be given the pledge of allegiance first. Fulfil their (i.e. the Caliphs) rights, for Allah will ask them about (any shortcoming) in ruling those Allah has put under their guardianship.’ (al-Bukhari, 4:6:661)
We see that Muhammad was right. Israelis are ruled by a prophet called Benjamin Netanyahu these days. There are many claimants to the Caliphate of Islam, but a man named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi claims the top spot because he says he is from the same tribe, Quraysh, as the Prophet. Muhammad, in his kindness and probably with the intention that the circle of claimants should be of limited radius, had decreed before death that all Caliphs should come should be from the same tribe as himself. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is doing a good job of creating true jihadists and martyrs to populate paradise; it is not clear why he finds no favour with much of the Ummah or Muslim community.
UNLIKE THE CHRISTIAN, MUSLIM IS PURE AT BIRTH
Allah had a better sense of fairness than Jehovah (YHWH) alleged father of Jesus Christ, the Christian version of God. The wrath of God for the sin of disobedience committed by Adam (Adaam) and Eve (Hawwa) would not visit on his Muslim progeny. On the other hand Christians, whatever their good deeds while alive, are born sinners because of the misdeeds (making love after eating the fruit of temptation) of Adam and Eve; they need to atone for their sins in Jesus Christ, who alone was born outside the sin of sexual intercourse, which is a divine magic called Immaculate Conception. Quran grudgingly accedes to immaculate conception, but baulks at the claim that Jesus was the son of God. Unlike Protestant Christians (and Christ himself – Matthew 12:46) ) who care a hoot for Mary, Quran dedicates a whole Surah (19) for her, named Maryam therein.
ONLY THOSE WHOM ALLAH WILLS
Chosen Muslims are born good and pure (except when decided otherwise by Allah when they are in the womb), but are prone to be corrupted and to become fit to occupy the terrible hell if only they fell prey to the persuasion of Ibilis, whom God had kindly authorised to do the task of corrupting them. Which is why, to make it easier for Ibilis, God sends a couple of angels to visit the forty-days-old thumb-sized lump of meat (or clot of blood) that is foetus in the womb and to record who will fall prey to sin and who would remain pure Muslim, how long the foetus would live after taking birth, and how well it would be provisioned while also deciding the sex of the piece of flesh who begins to take shape from that day. Soon the foetus gets its supply of bones and is clothed in flesh and skin; ready to enter this world, not knowing he or should would be a sinner or a peer (saint) until it is too late and the fireplace starts yearning for his(or her) flesh.
“Each one of you is constituted in the womb of the mother for forty days, and then he becomes a clot of thick blood for a similar period, and then a piece of flesh for a similar period. Then Allah sends an angel who is ordered to write four things. He is ordered to write down his deeds, his livelihood, his (date of) death, and whether he will be blessed or wretched (in religion). Then the soul is breathed into him…” (al-Bukhari: 3036).
ALLAH CREATES EVERY INDIVIDUAL
Unlike the Christian God, Allah did not leave off the business of creating his progeny after making Adam. He personally creates every man and woman born till this day.
“And verily We did create man from a quintessence (of clay). Then We placed him (as a drop of sperm) in a place of rest, firmly fixed. Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood. Then of that clot We made a (foetus) lump. Then We made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh. Then We developed out of it another creature (by breathing life into it). So blessed be Allah, the most marvellous Creator” (Q. 23:: 12-14).
Here we note that women have no role at all in procreation except offering a space, firmly fixed, for the lump to grow and get clothed into a human being – sinner or saint as decided by Allah.
JANNAH OR PARADISE
Describing the soil of Paradise, the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah exalt his mention) said: “I entered Paradise, where I saw lights of pearl, its soil was musk.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
And beside them will be chaste females (virgins) restraining their glances only for their husbands, (and) of equal ages. (Quran 38:52)
But those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism) and do deeds of righteousness, We shall admit them to Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), abiding therein forever. Therein they shall have Azwajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives (having no menses, stools, urine, etc.)) and We shall admit them to shades wide and ever deepening (Paradise) (Q.4:57)
Wherein both will be those (maidens) restraining their glances upon their husbands, whom no man or jinn yatmithhunna (has opened their hymens with sexual intercourse) before them. (Quran 55:56)
And, for further pleasure and status in heaven for martyrs who died in the cause of Allah,
The Messenger of Allah said: “There are six things with Allah for the martyr. He is forgiven with the first flow of blood (he suffers), he is shown his place in Paradise, he is protected from punishment in the grave, secured from the greatest terror, the crown of dignity is placed upon his head—and its gems are better than the world and what is in it—he is married to seventy two wives among Al-Huril-‘Ayn of Paradise, and he may intercede for seventy of his close relatives. (Jami al-Tirmidhi, “The sayings of Muhammad, Sunnah.com).
A martyr could recommend seventy of your relatives into heaven. Evidently, nepotism is a virtue in Paradise.
Whilst I was walking in Paradise, I saw a river whose banks were domes of hollow pearls. I asked, ‘What is this, O’ Jibreel?’ He said, ‘This is Al-Kawthar which your Lord has given to you.’ Its scent – or its mud – was of fragrant musk.” Hudbah, may Allah be pleased with him [one of the narrators] was not sure if he said Teeb (scent) or Teen (mud). [Al-Bukhari]
“The martyrs are in a green dome beside the river of Baariq, by the gate of Paradise, from which provision comes to them morning and evening.” [Al-Jaami’]
And for those who come with special preferences,
There will circulate among them boys [especially] for them, as if they were pearls well-protected. (Q.52:24)
CIRCUMCISION : POST-CREATION REPAIR WORK
It is probable that Jibril forgot to pass an instruction on circumcision to the Prophet, or the latter forgot to note it down. However, Allah says in many verses that He made everything perfect, implying no intervention or repair work needs to be done by man whom he made in his own image, which means that Allah is not circumcised. There is no record if and when Adam was circumcised.
Although nowhere in Quran does Allah demand that men and/or women be circumcised; since it is written in the discredited Book that God made a covenant with Abraham (Gen. 17:19) that all males should be circumcised by decapitating the top of their genital skin, Islam decided to follow this Jewish practice. Furthermore, when specifically asked, the Prophet said:
“Five practices are characteristics of the Fitra (common sense or common practice) : circumcision, shaving the pubic hair, cutting the moustaches short, clipping the nails, and depilating the hair of the armpits.” (al-Bukhari).
The suggestion is that since people are doing it, you do it as well. African tribes, including Jews, discovered circumcision as an alternative to head sacrifice – the male member’s head being replaced by his member’s tip of the head. When Dawood (Jews called him David) found it convenient to offer two hundred foreskins as bride price for his wife to her father, Saul. Allah loves sacrifice (in India they say Allah ko pyari hai qurbani); so every Muslim should sacrifice his son’s foreskin before the little one is of the age to protest.
Since girls are not to be let off scot-free, it was decided by many Muslims (though not Jews) to carry out an even more brutal kind of qurbani on little girls –the removal of the clitoral prepuce (hood of the clitoris), which is supposed to be similar to the prepuce of a penis which is what is removed in male circumcision. The other procedures, “/ known as female genital mutilation types 2 and 3, where the labia minora, labia majora and clitoris may be extracted. These are considered forbidden but are done anyhow among Muslims residing in several regions closer to the Middle East – Allah’s favourite region – where Mecca, the centre of the universe exists and wherefrom the uniform CMBR (Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation) is supposed to be radiated.
To those who argue that female circumcision is not warranted, an Islamic education site has this answer:
In truth, it would be incorrect to say that female circumcision has no place in Islam regardless of whether it is allowed or not allowed simply on the grounds that there is not enough evidence supporting either position.
The Prophet evidently had no instruction from above, but he expressed his personal opinion in one instance:
A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said to her: Do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband. (Dawud ; Narrated by Umm Atiyyah al-Ansariyyah
Thus Islam ensures gender equality at least in the matter of genital mutilation which is not true of Christianity or Judaism.
LIFE AFTER DEATH
Every man and woman is individually created by Allah. He or she eventually goes to grave and awaits his or her fate. Being a true Muslim give you considerable hope for a bed in heaven with a tray bearing dates and pomegranate by your side, rivers gargling away beneath, a couple of wives sitting beside you with their eyes only on you. This is if you are a man – who stares at you if you are a woman is not clear. Perhaps a woman’s reward is to keep staring at her husband until he’s finished deflowering the other wife and then turns to herself for repeating the same painful process on her.
However, you’d need to await the judgment which needs to come from God, and Muhammad, who would conduct the proceedings and read your scroll – your charge sheet. It is no consolation that the hellfire comes after a long sojourn in cold and forgotten graves, because, after the day of judgment, and the stars and the moon and the planets had fallen on earth, the condemned will be led to hellfire to burn and to drink putrid pus, again and again, till eternity with no return and no end to the torture.
Then you will wail loudy, but Muahammd will say : You did not believe. Now “Taste you the torment of the burning (Fire).” (Quran 3:181) till the end of time – and, ha ha, there is no end of time
So whatever you do, you are trapped.