From Merchant to Messenger
Method or Misstep
“Déja vu all over again” Yogi Berra
It is a testament to the power of persuasion that simply by repeating over and over again what a mortal said was written in a book whose author was God, a book no one has ever seen, not even his self-proclaimed spokesperson, that the book became self-evident proof of the alleged author's existence.
For the sceptics this is, of course, no proof at all. It makes no difference.
Did the Prophet accidentally stumbled upon one of the more effective methods of indoctrination, not to say brainwashing, that is repeating, more or less the same thing, over and over again. Repetition, is also key to making the Koran easy to remember.
54:17 And We have made the Qur’an easy to remember. Is there, then, any one (sic) who will remember?
54:22 We have made the Qur’an easy to remember. Is there, then, any one who will remember?
54:32 We have, indeed, made the Qur’an easy to remember. Is there, then, any one who will remember?
54:40 We have, indeed, made the Qur’an easy to remember. Is there, then, any one who will remember?
If reiteration was not a deliberate methodology to get people to abandon thinking for themselves and do as they are told without hesitation, then, considering their close collaboration on the Koran, I wonder if the Prophet was ever tempted to tell Gabriel to tell Allah that he had heard it all before.
If he had done so, perhaps the Almighty would have edited out the endless repetitive bits, thereby making His Message easier to deliver and the audience more receptive, sparing His Messenger the embarrassment of members of his audience walking out because they too had heard it all before. It would, of course, also have made His greatest and last spokesman less susceptible to derision and mockery.
More duplications and similarities that have mostly to do with the Prophet’s struggle to convert his Meccan kin and neighbours, what much of the Koran is about, and which conclude this part of From Merchant to Messenger.
31:6 There are some people who purchase idle talk in order to lead away from Allah’s Path without any knowledge; and take it in jest. Those will have a demeaning punishment.
31:7 And if Our Revelations are recited to him, he turns away arrogantly, as though he did not hear them, or as though there is a heaviness in his ears. Announce to him, then, the news of a very painful punishment.
31:8 Those who have believed and do the righteous deeds will inherit the Gardens of Bliss.
31:9 Dwelling therein forever, having been given Allah’s True Promise. He is the All-Mighty the All-Wise.
31:21 If it is said to them: “Follow what Allah has sent down”, they say: “Rather, we will follow what we found our fathers doing.” It is as though Satan was summoning them to the punishment of Hell.
31:28 He did not create you or resuscitate you but as a single soul. Indeed, Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.
32:28 And they say: “When will this victory come, if you are truthful?”
32:29 Say: “On the day of victory, their profession of faith will not avail the unbelievers and they will not be given respite.”
32:30 So turn away from them and wait; they too shall be waiting.
34:6 And those who were given the knowledge (Jews and Christians), which was sent down from your Lord, will see that it is the Truth and it guides unto the Path of the All-Mighty, the All-Praiseworthy.
34:28 We have not sent you but to the whole of mankind, as a warner. Yet most people do not know.
34:29 They say: “When will this promise be fulfilled, if you are truthful?”
34:30 Say: “You have the appointment of a Day from which you shall not be delayed nor advanced a single hour.”
34:49 Say: “The Truth has come. Falsehood neither originates or brings back anything.”
34:50 Say: “If I go astray, I only go astray to my loss; but if I am guided, it is merely by reason of what my Lord reveals to me. He is All-Hearing, All-Nigh.”
35:2 Whatever mercy Allah accords to mankind, none will be able to withhold; and whatever He withholds, none will be able to release thereafter. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise.
35:3 O people, remember Allah’s Grace upon you. Is there a creator other than Allah, providing for you from heaven and earth? There is no god but He; how then will you be diverted?
35:5 O people, Allah’s Promise is true, so do not let the present life delude you and do not let the Deceiver (Satan) delude you concerning Allah.
35:6 Satan is an enemy of yours, so regard him as an enemy. He only calls upon his partisans that they may be companions of the Blazing Fire.
35:7 Those who disbelieve will incur a terrible punishment and those who believe and do the righteous deeds will earn forgiveness and a great wage.
37:167 Even though they might say:
37:168 “If we had been given a Reminder from the ancients,
37:169 “We would have been among Allah’s sincere servants.”
37:170 Then, they disbelieved in it (the Qur’an). Surely, they will learn.
37:171 Our Word unto the Messengers has already gone out.
37:172 They will surely be supported.
37:173 And Our Hosts (Allah’s armies, Moududi) are the true victors.
37:174 So, turn away (O Muhammad) from them for a while.
37:175 And look at them; they shall soon be able to see (their defeat and your victory with their own eyes, Moududi).
37:176 Are they seeking to hasten our punishment?
37:177 When it descends upon their backyard, wretched is the morning of those forewarned!
37:178 And turn away from them a while.
37:179 And look, for they shall be able to see.
37:180 Exulted be your Lord, the Lord of Glory, above the allegations.
37:181 And peace be upon the Messengers.
37:182 And praise to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.
39:11 Say: “I have been commanded to worship Allah, professing to Him the religion sincerely.
39:12 “And I have been commanded to be the first of those who submit.”
39:13 Say: “I fear if I disobey my Lord, the punishment of a great Day.”
39:25 Those who preceded them denounced as liars [the Messenger], whereupon punishment afflicted them from whence they did not know.
39:26 And so Allah made them taste disgrace in the present life; but the punishment of the Hereafter is surely greater, if only they knew.
39:41 We have sent the Book upon you for all mankind in truth. He who is well-guided is guided to his own gain, and he who goes astray, will go astray to his loss. You are not their overseer.
39:45 If Allah alone is mentioned, the hearts of those who do not believe in the Hereafter shudder; but if those apart from Him are mentioned, behold, they rejoice.
41:36 And if a temptation of Satan should visit you, then seek refuge with Allah. He is indeed All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
41:46 He who performs the righteous deed performs it to his own advantage, and he who perpetrates evil perpetrates it to his loss. Your Lord is not unjust to His servants.
42:17 It is Allah Who sent down the Book in truth, and the Balance (of right and wrong) too. What do you know? Perhaps the Hour is near.
42:18 Those who do not believe in it ask you to hasten it, whereas the believers are in awe of it and know that it is the truth. Indeed, those who are in doubt concerning the Hour are in profound error.
42:19 Allah is kind to His servants, providing for whomever He wishes; and He is the All-Powerful, the All-Mighty.
42:30 Whatever calamity might hit you is due to what your hands have earned; yet He pardons much.
42:31 You are not able to thwart Him on earth and you do not have, apart from Allah, any protector or supporter.
42:47 Answer your Lord’s Call before a Day comes from Allah that cannot be turned back. Upon that Day you will have no shelter, no disclaimer.
42:48 Should they turn away, We have not sent you as guardian to watch over them; incumbent on you is delivering the Message only. Indeed, when We make man taste a mercy from Us, he rejoices in it, but when they are afflicted with a misfortune, on account of what their hands had previously perpetrated, then man is truly thankless.
44:58 We have made it (the Qur’an) easy in your own tongue, so that they may remember.
44:59 So wait and watch; they are waiting and watching.
45:15 He who does a righteous deed, it is to his own advantage, and he who perpetrates evil, it is to his own loss. Then, unto your Lord you shall be returned.
45:16 In fact, We gave the Children of Israel the Book, the Judgement and the Prophecy. We provided them with the good things, and preferred them to all other peoples.
45:17 And We gave them clear proofs of the Decree, but they did not diverge except when the knowledge came to them, out of spite among themselves. Surely your Lord shall judge between them on the Day of Resurrection, regarding that over which they used to diverge.
45:18 Then, We set you upon a right course of the Decree (religious matters, Moududi) so follow it and do not follow the fancies of those who do not know.
47:13 How many a city that was mightier than your city (Mecca), which cast you out (Muhammad), have We destroyed, and they have no supporter?
47:14 Is he who relies on a clear proof from his Lord like one whose evil action has been embellished for him? They have simply followed their fancies.
47:16 There are some of them who listen to you, but as soon as they leave you, they say to those who have been given the knowledge: “What did he say just now?” Such are those upon whose hearts Allah has set a seal and who have followed their fancies.
47:17 But those who are rightly guided, He increases them in guidance and accords them their piety.
In the Name of Allah,
the Compassionate, the Merciful
50:1 Qâf (no consensus on meaning). By the glorious Qur’an.
50:2 Yet, they marvel that a warner has come to them from among them, and so the unbelievers say: “This is a strange thing!
50:3 “What, when we are dead and have become dust – that is a far-off return!”
50:4 We know well what the earth shall swallow up of them; for We have a recording Book.
50:5 Yet, they have denounced the Truth when it came to them, and so they are in a confused state.
50:36 How many a generation mightier than they have We destroyed before them? Search the land, then, is there any escape?
50:37 In that is a reminder to whoever has a heart or lends an ear, while he witnesses.
51:49 And of everything, We have created a pair, that perchance you might remember.
51:50 Therefore, flee unto Allah. I am to you a manifest warner from Him.
51:51 And do not set up with Allah another god. I am to you a manifest warner from Him.
64:5 Has not the news of those who disbelieved formerly come to you, and so they tasted the evil plight of their condition? A painful punishment awaits them.
64:6 That is because their Messengers used to bring them the clear proofs, but they would say: “Will mortals guide us rightly?” So, they disbelieved and turned their backs and Allah was well content. Allah is All-Sufficient, All-Worthy.
64:7 The unbelievers claim that they will not be raised from the dead. Say: “Yes indeed by my Lord, you shall be raised, then you will be informed about what you did. That for Allah is an easy matter.”
64:8 Therefore, believe in Allah, His Messenger and the Light We sent down. Allah is Aware of what you do.
64:11 No disaster befalls but by Allah’s Leave. Whoever believes in Allah, He will guide his heart rightly. Allah has knowledge of everything.
64:12 Obey Allah and obey the Messenger. If you turn away, it is only incumbent on Our Messenger to deliver the manifest message.
64:13 Allah, there is no god but He; and in Allah let the believers put their trust.
67:24 Say: “It is He Who scattered you abroad in the land, and unto Him you shall be mustered.”
67:25 They say: “When is this promise to be fulfilled, if you are truthful?”
67:26 Say: “Knowledge is with Allah; I am only a manifest warner.”
67:27 When they see it (the punishment) close at hand, the faces of the unbelievers become grim, and it will be said to them: “That is what you used to boast about.”
79:42 They ask you about the Hour: “When shall it come?”
79:43 How far are you from remembering it?
79:44 Unto your Lord it will come to rest.
79:45 You are only a warner unto him who fears it.
79:46 They are, on the Day that they will see it, as though they only tarried an evening or a forenoon.
84:20 What is the matter with them that they will not believe?
84:21 And if the Qur’an is recited to them, they will not prostrate themselves?
84:22 Yet, the unbelievers are denouncing;
84:23 And Allah knows better what they are thinking in secret.
84:24 So announce to them the good news of a very painful punishment;
84:25 Except for those who believe and do the righteous deeds. They will have an unstinted wage.
85:10 Surely, those who have tempted the believers, men and women, then did not repent, will suffer the punishment of Hell; and theirs is the punishment of burning.
85:11 Surely, those who have believed and done the righteous deeds shall have Gardens beneath which rivers flow. That is the great triumph.
85:12 The vengeance of your Lord is surely terrible.
85:13 It is He Who originates and brings back;
85:14 And He is the All-Forgiving, the All-Friendly;
85:15 Lord of the glorious Throne;
85:16 Doer of what He wills.