Islam Public Relations Nightmare I

Islam has gargantuan public relations nightmares and Muslims don’t want you to know of their existence. The first one starts with the first page of the Qur’an. Suratul Al-Fatihah is the first chapter in the current Qur’an. What they don’t tell you, Surat al-Iqra, also called al-Alaq, is the official chapter ONE that Allah revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Muslims who compiled the Qur’an relegated Iqra to chapter 96. Do you know why? Because it reveals that Muhammad was illiterate and could not read even when Allah’s angel intervened. The opening verse in Iqra starts with “Iqra” which means “Read” in Arab. Why would this blunder happen in a religion that claims to have abrogated all religions that preceded it and has the TRUTH?

  • Zayd Benaboud

    Thank you Hussein for adding my name to your computer dictionary. I hope someday you would add it to your safe list so that my comments could be published on time and the readers would have time to make some reflections on them. May GOD Forgives your brother Saidi and Have Mercy on him.
    In Islam, there are fortunatly no nightmares. Everything is clear and very easy to be understood. Allah Revealed the Qur’an to his prophet throughout the years of revelation on separate occasions. He instructed him how to order the Chapters “Surely on Us (devolves) the collecting of the Qur’an and the reciting of it. So when WE recite it, then follow thou its recital.”. I clearly explained the purpose of the instructed order. It’s ordered the way we got it from prophet Muhammad (sws) who doesn’t speak of his own desire. “Nor does he say (aught) of (his own) Desire. It is no less than inspiration sent down to him.”. (Qur’an 53:3-4). That easy and simple.

  • Zayd Benaboud

    Dear Hussein,

    You said : “Now help me understand here, how can a Surah that was completed in 632 A.D. take prominence over a Surah that was revealed in 610 A.D? Shouldn’t Al-Alaq at least be in the top five?”.

    It’s Allah Who Decided how “His” Book should be ordered. It’s His right. Isn’t it? You first asked me to provide a verse from the Qur’an, which I did. That verse answered not only your first question but also this one. “Surely on Us (devolves) the collecting of the Qur’an and the reciting of it. So when WE recite it, then follow thou its recital.” Qur’an (75:17-18)

    • Hussein

      Zayd, I just added your name to my computer “dictionary” so that it does not get underlined every time I type it. One of my brothers, now deceased, was named Saidi.

      I think you are missing the point of “Islam’s public relations nightmare” article. And when I asked you to provide a verse from the Qur’an or Hadith to support your argument of how the Qur’an in print was arranged, I hoped that you would provide a verse or Hadith that explained the order of compiling according to completions of the chapters. Thank you for proving the verse. It still does not answer the question unless you are telling us that the Qur’an contradicts itself because there is no way Suratul Al-Maida, completed in 632 A.D. would be listed higher than Al-Alaq, which was completed about 10 years previously.

  • Zayd Benaboud

    “Surely on Us (devolves) the collecting of the Qur’an and the reciting of it. So when WE recite it, then follow thou its recital.” Qur’an (75:17-18)

  • Zayd Benaboud

    Muslim scholars agree that the order of Chapters in the Qur’an was applied following GOD’s instructions to prophet Muhammad (sws). It has been recorded that the Prophet (sws) reviewed the Qur’an with the arch-angel Gabriel 24 times all within his life.

    A simple look into the Qur’an shows us that the order of the Mus’haf (the physical copy of the Qur’an) has a purpose and the revelation of the Qur’an also has a purpose. The revelation of the Qur’an responding to specific problems or incidents carries the purpose of solving these problems or providing guidance in these incidents. When the revelation stage was completed, the whole Qur’an was there and the whole message was put in the order that was intended for it to stay till the Day of Judgment.

    If one looks at the first surah of the Qur’an, Al-Fatihah, he can perceive that it acts as a summary for the structure and the message of the Book (Qur’an) ahead of every reader.

    All the themes and messages in the Qur’an cannot be carried except through this logical order in which Allah commanded for the Mus’haf to be put. If Surat Al-Alaq was to be put at the beginning instead of Al-Fatihah, it could have given a significance of course and give a message, but not the exact fully wonderful message that we can get from the order of the Qur’an as it is now.

    • Hussein

      Would you please provide a source from the Qur’an or the Hadith for your assertion that Allah gave orders on how the chapters of the Qur’an were compiled? Thank you.

  • Zayd Benaboud

    “Du n’importe quoi” as French people say. It is largely known that the first revelation to Prophet Muhammad was the first five verses of Surat Al-Alaq “Read in the name of your Lord who created, created man from a clot. Read, for your Lord is most Generous, Who teaches by means of the pen, teaches man what he does not know.”. However, Surat Al-Fatiha (The Opening Chapter) was the first complete chapter to be revealed and that’s why it is in the beginning.

    • Hussein

      Thanks for your comment Zayd! Muslim scholars disagree when Suratul Al-Fatihah was revealed: Mecca or Medina (after 622 AD). There is no consensus. Still you do not answer the question why Suratul Al-Alaq would be relegated to chapter 96, instead of the first few chapters of the Qur’an. Mark you; the rest of Al-Alaq was revealed before Hijrah, 622 AD.

  • Firas

    I dont see what you are implying here. It is a well known fact that Mohammad (PBUH) could not read. That is a miracle of the Quran and is never hidden. the order of the quran was specifically told to the companoins by Mohammad (PBUH) so …. yeah

    • Hussein

      Thank you for your comment again! Allah wrote the Qur’an himself (Hadith Qudsi 1), why did it require Prophet Muhammad to dictate the order of the Surahs to his companions? I maintain once again, it is a concoction of Muhammad. If it weren’t, Surah 96 should have been Surah 1 and vice versa.