PART A – AUTHENTICITY
The current version of Quran starts with ‘Bismillah‘. Except Surah-Tauba, it comes in beginning of each Surah. (modern Quran is said to be comprised of 114 Surah or Chapters). Before any important task, Muslims are supposed to recite this noble phrase.
One can browse through a variety of resources to know the meaning of ‘Bismillah’. Undoubtedly, Bismillah is one of the most glorious and noble phrases of humankind. Let us now evaluate how much is it technically integrated with modern Quran.
There lie some grave confusions regarding origin of Bismillah. As per Hadiths, the first ayats (verses) to be dictated to Muhammad were first 5 ayats of Surah-Alak. Then Surah-Mujamil was dictated to Muhammad by Gabriel.
(As per mythology, an anthropomorphic alien creature called Gabriel came to earth and dictated the verses of Quran to Muhammad from time to time).
Now Surah Alak, the first Surat to be dictated to Muhammd starts with “Ikara Bisme Rabbika..). If ‘Bismillah’ was part of original Quran, then Gabriel should have stated ‘Bismillah’ instead of ‘Bisme Rabbika’ in Surah Alak or Surah-Mujamil.
This shows that ‘Bismillah’ has been added later in Quran, or was at least missed by Gabriel and Muhammad, if modern Quran is authentic.
Maulana Muhammad Ali wrote in English translation of Quran that “Many believe that Bismillah with which all Surahs of Quran begin was added later, and is not part of original Surahs.”
The confusion is complicated because Surah-Tauba DOES NOT start with Bismillah.
Why Allah or Gabriel or Muhammad or compliers of Quran made this mistake is beyond comprehension. Till date many Islamic cults fight to claim that Surah Tauba is not a separate Surah but continuation of earlier Surah-Infal.
Tafseer Ittikhan states that Ibne Masud, a close companion of Muhammad did not use to include Surah-Fatiha (the first Surah of modern Quran) in his Quran. His Quran used to begin with Surah Bakr (the second Surah of modern Quran).
Thus, there is doubt if Surah-Fatiha was part of original Quran.
Now, when there is such a big question mark over authenticity of ‘Bismillah’ – the most important phrase of Islam; and Surah-Fatiha, the opening of Quran; and Surah-Tauba, how is the authenticity of rest of the Quran guaranteed?
a. there is no available Quran that dates back to living era of Muhammad
b. The oldest available Quran is at least 300 years after Muhammad and said to be copy of first Quran compiled 20 years after Muhammad’s death
c. This first Quran was compiled by Caliph Uthman, who was murdered. None other than Aisha, beloved wife of Muhammad, whom he married as a 6-year old as per instructions of Allah, was among those who conspired against Uthman and then later fought against Ali, another confidante of Muhammad. How can we rely on claims of such bloodthirsty people, when Islam means ‘peace’ or ‘submission’?
d. There are blatant contradictions in modern Quran (we shall analyze this in detail in subsequent articles)
PART B – APPLICATIONS
Bismillah is pronounced before most awful and unworthy tasks as per any norms of civilized society. To take name of Allah before doing such detestable tasks is an insult to Almighty who is considered pure and kind.
Case 1: Halal meat.
Before brutally killing an innocent animal, Muslims are supposed to say Bismillah. The eminent Islamic scholar, Khuda Baksh wrote on occasion of Iduljoha in Modern Review:
The Allah who is so kind does not want to see rivers of blood of innocent creatures dying in so much pain. True repentance happens in feelings. The religion of future shall reject such heartless drama of repentance. So that even these poor creatures also witness kindness of Allah.
Quran states that whenever an animal is killed, one should recite Bismillah or Allah-o-Akbar. Both mean that Allah is kind and great! But the irony is that this is being recited during a most brutal act!
Case 2: Sex with wives and slaves
Islam is perhaps the only religion today, that justifies sex-slavery on basis of the modern Quran. Any sensible person can trace the irony. But it is magnified when Bismillah is added to spice up sexual acts.
Tafseer-e-Jalalyan, the most established commentary on Quran states in its explanation of Surah Bakar Ayat 223:
Say Bismillah and start having intercourse the way you want – straight, standing up, sitting down, lying down, from back. Your women are your farms and you bow the seed the way you want!
Why is Bismillah to be uttered before such acts, can be explained only by perverted minds!
Case 3: Friendship with non-Muslims
Surat Aal-Imran Ayat 28:
It states that Muslims should not make non-Muslims their friends and be cautious of them. Tafseer-e-Jalalayn explains further – If one has to make friendship with non-Muslims due to fear or convenience, one should have hatred and enmity with them in hearts. Allah will show his wrath if you make non-Muslims your friends.
And with Bismillah, even such traitor-traits are justified. No wonder why Islam is producing the largest number of terrorists and traitors. Unless our Muslim brothers and sisters get out of the clutches of false Quran, there can be no remedy.
May our Muslim brothers and sisters exemplify ‘Bismillah’ in truest sense – by rejecting all those books and cults and practices which are against the traits of kindness, loyalty, brotherhood, compassion, honesty and tolerance that Allah demands from us!
PART C – Allah says, “I start with name of Allah”!
Swami Dayanand had written in his analysis of Quran in Chapter 14 of Satyarth Prakash that it starts with “I start with name of Allah…”. This means that the author of Quran is someone other than Allah. Many Muslim clerics counter-allege that even in Vedas, many Suktas are written in praise of Ishwar. Then the same should apply in case of Vedas as well, and Vedas cannot be considered to be created by Ishwar.
However they forget that there is a big difference in the nature of revelation of Quran and Vedas. Vedas were revealed in minds of Rishis and not recited by anyone. Thus the eternal knowledge of Vedas was not spoken by Ishwar. So even the praise of Ishwar in Vedas is not a praise spoken by Ishwar or His agents. In Vedas, feelings are important, it can be in first person, second person or third person, depending upon the context or topic. This is followed in later creations of Sanskrit as well where name of writer or listener is not written and has to be understood by context.
Quran on contrary was supposedly dictated to Muhammad. Thus, the first Ayat of Quran which was dictated to Muhammad starts with ‘Ikara’ or an order to “Read”. Muhammad said, ‘I cannot read’. Then Gabriel ordered again and again and then Muhammad memorized the verse. Why is he ordered Muhammad to ‘Read’ and not to ‘Listen’ or ‘Recite’ is another question mark. Because when the Quran was to be dictated and practiced by recitation, why would a sensible person/ angel ask one to read? However, whatever be the case, if Quran was direct message of Allah spoken to Muhammad, there is no reason for Allah to say that, “I start with name of Allah!”.
Thus Quran is actually written by someone else, apart from Allah.
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