Lesley Hazleton: A “tourist” reads the Koran

Lesley Hazleton: A “tourist” reads the Koran

You may have heard
about the Koran’s idea of paradise being 72 virgins, and I promise I will come back
to those virgins. But in fact, here in the Northwest,
we’re living very close to the real Koranic idea of paradise, defined 36 times as “gardens
watered by running streams.” Since I live on a houseboat
on the running stream of Lake Union, this makes perfect sense to me. But the thing is, how come
it’s news to most people? I know many well-intentioned non-Muslims who’ve begun reading
the Koran, but given up, disconcerted by its “otherness.” The historian Thomas Carlyle
considered Muhammad one of the world’s greatest heroes, yet even he called the Koran “as toilsome reading as I ever undertook;
a wearisome, confused jumble.” (Laughter) Part of the problem,
I think, is that we imagine that the Koran can be read
as we usually read a book — as though we can curl up
with it on a rainy afternoon with a bowl of popcorn within reach, as though God — and the Koran is entirely in the voice
of God speaking to Muhammad — were just another author
on the best-seller list. Yet, the fact that so few people
do actually read the Koran is precisely why it’s so easy to quote —
that is, to misquote. (Laughter) Phrases and snippets taken out of context in what I call the “highlighter version,” which is the one favored
by both Muslim fundamentalists and anti-Muslim Islamophobes. So this past spring, as I was gearing up to begin writing
a biography of Muhammad, I realized I needed to read
the Koran properly — as properly as I could, that is. My Arabic is reduced by now
to wielding a dictionary, so I took four well-known translations and decided to read them
side by side, verse by verse, along with a transliteration
and the original seventh-century Arabic. Now, I did have an advantage. My last book was about the story
behind the Shi’a-Sunni split, and for that, I’d worked closely
with the earliest Islamic histories, so I knew the events
to which the Koran constantly refers, its frame of reference. I knew enough, that is, to know
that I’d be a tourist in the Koran — an informed one, an experienced one, even, but still an outsider, an agnostic Jew reading
someone else’s holy book. (Laughter) So I read slowly. (Laughter) I’d set aside three weeks
for this project, and that, I think,
is what is meant by “hubris” — (Laughter) because it turned out to be three months. (Laughter) I did resist the temptation
to skip to the back, where the shorter and more
clearly mystical chapters are. But every time I thought I was beginning
to get a handle on the Koran — that feeling of “I get it now” — it would slip away overnight, and I’d come back in the morning, wondering if I wasn’t lost
in a strange land. And yet, the terrain was very familiar. The Koran declares that it comes
to renew the message of the Torah and the Gospels. So one-third of it reprises
the stories of Biblical figures like Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Mary, Jesus. God himself was utterly familiar from his earlier manifestation as Yahweh, jealously insisting on no other gods. The presence of camels, mountains,
desert wells and springs took me back to the year I spent
wandering the Sinai Desert. And then there was the language,
the rhythmic cadence of it, reminding me of evenings spent
listening to Bedouin elders recite hours-long narrative poems entirely from memory. And I began to grasp why it’s said that the Koran is really
the Koran only in Arabic. Take the Fatihah,
the seven-verse opening chapter that is the Lord’s Prayer
and the Shema Yisrael of Islam combined. It’s just 29 words in Arabic, but anywhere from 65 to 72 in translation. And yet the more you add,
the more seems to go missing. The Arabic has an incantatory,
almost hypnotic quality that begs to be heard rather than read, felt more than analyzed. It wants to be chanted out loud, to sound its music in the ear
and on the tongue. So the Koran in English
is a kind of shadow of itself, or as Arthur Arberry called his version, “an interpretation.” But all is not lost in translation. As the Koran promises,
patience is rewarded, and there are many surprises — a degree of environmental
awareness, for instance, and of humans as mere stewards
of God’s creation, unmatched in the Bible. And where the Bible is addressed
exclusively to men, using the second-
and third-person masculine, the Koran includes women — talking, for instance, of believing men and believing women, honorable men and honorable women. Or take the infamous verse
about killing the unbelievers. Yes, it does say that, but in a very specific context: the anticipated conquest
of the sanctuary city of Mecca, where fighting was usually forbidden. And the permission comes
hedged about with qualifiers. Not “You must kill unbelievers in Mecca,” but you can, you are allowed to, but only after a grace period is over, and only if there’s no other
pact in place, and only if they try to stop
you getting to the Kaaba, and only if they attack you first. And even then — God is merciful; forgiveness is supreme — and so, essentially, better if you don’t. (Laughter) This was perhaps the biggest surprise — how flexible the Koran is, at least in minds that are not
fundamentally inflexible. “Some of these verses
are definite in meaning,” it says, “and others are ambiguous.” The perverse at heart
will seek out the ambiguities, trying to create discord
by pinning down meanings of their own. Only God knows the true meaning. The phrase “God is subtle”
appears again and again, and indeed, the whole
of the Koran is far more subtle than most of us have been led to believe. As in, for instance, that little matter
of virgins and paradise. Old-fashioned orientalism
comes into play here. The word used four times is “houris,” rendered as dark-eyed maidens
with swelling breasts, or as fair, high-bosomed virgins. Yet all there is in the original Arabic
is that one word: houris. Not a swelling breast
or high bosom in sight. (Laughter) Now this may be a way of saying
“pure beings,” like in angels, or it may be like
the Greek “kouros” or “kore,” an eternal youth. But the truth is, nobody really knows. And that’s the point. Because the Koran is quite clear when it says that you’ll be
“a new creation in paradise,” and that you will be “recreated
in a form unknown to you,” which seems to me
a far more appealing prospect than a virgin. (Laughter) And that number 72 never appears. There are no 72 virgins in the Koran. That idea only came
into being 300 years later, and most Islamic scholars
see it as the equivalent of people with wings sitting on clouds
and strumming harps. Paradise is quite the opposite. It’s not virginity; it’s fecundity; it’s plenty. It’s gardens watered by running streams. Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Lesley Hazleton: A “tourist” reads the Koran

  1. Silly audience why are they laughing ??? The woman did a great research to come here and they laughing without purpose ?? if i was in her place i was pee on them

  2. Quran says humanity no shia no suni no any others . Quran says u remember me So i renmember u

  3. Quran is hated because those of higher power don’t want others to understand that we are all equals and deserve to be treated the same thank you for taking the time to educate yourself rather than joining the other ignorant people who constantly hate on the religion

  4. Quran
    Quran (2:191-193) – "And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing… but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun(the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)" (Translation is from the Noble Quran) The verse prior to this (190) refers to "fighting for the cause of Allah those who fight you" leading some to claim that the entire passage refers to a defensive war in which Muslims are defending their homes and families. The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, however, since Muhammad and his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccans out of their own city (which they later did). Verse 190 thus means to fight those who offer resistance to Allah's rule (ie. Muslim conquest). The use of the word "persecution" by some Muslim translators is disingenuous – the actual Arabic words for persecution (idtihad) – and oppression are not used instead of fitna. Fitna can mean disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. A strict translation is 'sedition,' meaning rebellion against authority (the authority being Allah). This is certainly what is meant in this context since the violence is explicitly commissioned "until religion is for Allah" – ie. unbelievers desist in their unbelief. [Editor's note: these notes have been modified slightly after a critic misinterpreted our language. Verse 193 plainly says that 'fighting' is sanctioned even if the fitna 'ceases'. This is about religious order, not real persecution.] (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (2:244) – "Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things." (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (2:216) – "Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not." Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot. (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (3:56) – "As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help." (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (3:151) – "Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority". This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be 'joining companions to Allah'). (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (4:74) – "Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward." The martyrs of Islam are unlike the early Christians, who were led meekly to the slaughter. These Muslims are killed in battle as they attempt to inflict death and destruction for the cause of Allah. This is the theological basis for today's suicide bombers. (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (4:76) – "Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…"

    Quran (4:89) – "They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks." (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (4:95) – "Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home).Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward " This passage criticizes "peaceful" Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allah's eyes. It also demolishes the modern myth that "Jihad" doesn't mean holy war in the Quran, but rather a spiritual struggle. Not only is this Arabic word (mujahiduna) used in this passage, but it is clearly not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption. (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind man's protest that he is unable to engage in Jihad, which would not make sense if it meant an internal struggle). (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (4:101) – "And when you (Muslims) travel in the land, there is no sin on you if you shorten your Salat (prayer) if you fear that the disbelievers may attack you, verily, the disbelievers are ever unto you open enemies." Mere disbelief makes one an "open" enemy of Muslims.

  5. If an ideology teaches people that it is ok to kill innocent people – would you call it a religion?

    "Moderate" Muslims try to defend the death penalty for apostasy, adultery, homosexuality

  6. Unfortunately nowadays.. People rely on Extremism and Creepy Bearded Scholars + The Nonsense Hadith that creates a very big conflict towards the Quran..

  7. English dimmi!
    The British, Germany and France! …the greatest tragedy in Europe! …will selfdestruct in one generation!

  8. shame on you , lesley , you are spreading a fake news , it is for sure you don't know the true GOd , you are fraude and phony +++

  9. Never believe in what is spoken by anyone, always verify it through your own research. Lesley's attempt at understanding the Quran is impressive but not without errors. Always verify what you hear.

  10. Shame that some Muslims misunderstand the Quran and a Jewish lady studied it and knows better than maybe most of Muslims. Thank you for your efforts trying to learn and read and spreading your knowledge about the Quran.

  11. may Allah SWT guide and bless you and your research becoming enlightenment for entire human being. Insya Allah Aamiin.

  12. मुझे तो लग रहा है कि ये फालतू की बातें कर रही है।

  13. Why are jews living outside israel so stupid?
    I wonder, when she read the passage in the quran that says that jews are the worst enemies of muslims, how did she "put it in context"?
    Maybe it really means "jews are wonderful"? Maybe thats why muslims worldwide "love" jews so much??

  14. If what she is saying even 1/10th true, we wouldn't be seeing nothing but misery and oppression from Islamic civilizations.

    Truth is, there are only two kinds of religion. A religion of works, in which you must be "good enough" to enter God's paradise, and a religion of Grace, in which God freely grants you eternal life through belief in the person and work of God's eternal Son, who became man, in order to pay the penalty of our sins through living a perfect and righteous life and imputing that righteousness onto believers, thus making them fit to inherit the kingdom of God.

  15. Indeed it is, paradises are gardens watered by running streams. It is the best of places to come back to. Not only fulfilling what ur heart/eyes desire, it is more than that… It is when all your worries, resentment, dissatisfaction, dissapointments is being wiped out, so your heart become pure, so you can finally rest, sitting on couch in front of your houses, having fun with your spouse and your children, drinking and eating dishes that are served. You are in peace, an eternal peace… Knowing that God is pleased with you and you are pleased with god. Truly that is the best reward for those who believe.

  16. It amazes me how many of you leftist atheists seem to embrace the Koran and all these pompous leftist "intellectuals". Seems you all have a bad case of identity dysphoria. As long as they say your favorite words, like "Islamaphobe", they are your new heroes.

  17. Because the terms "Muslim world" and "Islamic world" are disputed, since all countries have some non-Muslims and there is not universal agreement on what proportion of the population would be required or if other factors (such as state recognition) should qualify a given country.One commonly supported rule of thumb is a Muslim population of more than 50%.Jones (2005) defines a "large minority" as being between 30% and 50%, which described nine countries in 2000, namely Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

    According to a 2010 study and released January 2011, Islam has 1.5 billion adherents, making up over 22% of the world population. According to the Pew Research Center in 2015 there were 50 Muslim-majority countries.

    Worldatlas.com (April 2017) identified 45 'Islamic countries'. Among the Islamic states are: Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, and Yemen. Other states where Islam is the politically defined state religion are: Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Algeria, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Somalia and Brunei. Other Muslim-majority countries include: Niger, Indonesia, Sudan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sierra Leone, Djibouti, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Chad, The Gambia, Guinea, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Northern Cyprus, Nigeria, Senegal, Syria, Lebanon, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

  18. I love Lesley Hazleton's book on the Shia Sunni conflict, and I respect her work, but she made a mistake here.
    At 7:55 She says "Not a swelling breast or high bosom in sight"
    The Quran does mention big breasts.

    "And full-breasted [companions] of equal age" (78:33)

    Kawa`ib Atrab, meaning, wide-eyed maidens with fully developed breasts.
    Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid and others have said كَواعِبَ (Kawa`ib), "This means round breasts. They meant by this that the breasts of these girls will be fully rounded and not sagging, because they will be virgins, equal in age. This means that they will only have one age.''

    Source for definition of Kawaib Atrab: Lanes Lexicon, page 2616
    See Tafsir of Quran 78:33 as well

  19. 06.00 for people who said islam is extreme religion because they are only highlighting one verse without understanding the context

  20. For the people who are laughing or those who tried to find out sth in Islam ,there is a sentence mentioned several times in Qura'an (اولئك في ضلال مبين) and this means
    they are manifestly wandering (in error)! And the meant people in this verse who do know the right but dispprove it arrogantly or they can search but they overlook this or they do not need to make any efforts ,watch out ur in the afterlife the only sector that God will never forgive u

  21. This woman is ignorant of the Koran. The Koran is not a holy book. The book is from the mind of an ignorant desert dweller from Arabia. Is is also a plagiarize of the bible. Mohammad was a warlord and murderer. Tell her to live in a Muslim country. The Koran is a sexist book. 20% of the Koran is about killing the non believer. The Koran is not flexible. She lied like a typical jew.

  22. Unfortunately even muslims has stopped reading Qoran. That's the main reason that muslims are killing each others. They stopped reading it but they read Bukhari's book instead.

    I mean, they stopped reading God's book and they are reading a human's book which gives you permissions of the killing people, while Allah forbids killing if you are not in danger

  23. Now go to Mogadishu and experience the result .. Or, if you are not so adventurous, you can visit Lebanon, Bangladesh, Pakistan or the muslim areas of India. . Learn [Or, visit Turkey and Egypt which are experiencing a return to 'fundamentalism' now.] Learn by looking at the real world, the way it is today. [Be post Renaissance.]

  24. Islamophobia ?
    Tell that the Sri lankan who lost
    250+ life with many children whose
    Life were brutally cut short while they
    Were peacefully performed their devotion
    Activity in their own churches,by
    Guess who? The RADICAL ISLAM GROUP
    CALLL. ISIS . This groups ISIS consisted of
    Sub- animal from all over the globe.like from
    China , Philippine,Malaysia,Indonesia.Thailand
    Belgium,UK,USA, ETC.
    ASK yourself what do have in comment?
    They are sub-animal the believe in RADICAL ISLAM
    So just stop with the bullshit about islamophobia
    250+ life in Sri lanka deserve better.
    Is there any idiot want to call this tragedy in
    SRI LANKA are fake news ?

  25. So.. my Dear. What do we see? A Jewish Baroness v loveley! and most scrumptious! very rare performance! most appreciative! fine start! most loveley foundation! where s she gonna go from here? let's not importune!

  26. So Lesley, i really appreciate your presentation. I'd like to turn your attention to the fact that lovely you are in a position of one who is
    ***playing with the book of God.
    * Toying with religion.
    * playing with doubts and Belief
    and that is warned against in the Q verbatim.
    (Am I right though? )
    Just do you understand ? that Belief is not something you can decide for your self.
    It is the Greatest Gift that God can bestow on one.
    That's the meaning of (He Guides whom He wills and He misleads whom He wills) so now you are among the misled ones , really.
    And the reason most certainly is that Allah is angry with you, holds a grudge against you. I c that. A cover has been placed on your heart. BTW did you know that the word `cover` is of Arabic origin? I'm serious! It's the root of the ugly word KAFIR.
    Because He does that with people.
    If you don't ask forgiveness then you never gonna get that gift . I think. So search your soul 4that and ask Allah 4 help. And then you will be so happy.
    Because Honey, Allah is alive. He is sooo wonderfull! And His promise is true. He gets people out of Jamms. He gets people out of Jammms. That is what He does, the Merciful the Gracious.

    Honey, you really made my day with your song and dance. You are sooo special.! I hope you think bout what ah said. I'm here to help you. It's my hope you know. It's my goal since a very long time.

  27. The lady is respectful, and brave to say positive things (which is the truth) in a world where Islam, Prophet Muhammed( Pbuh) the Quran and Muslims are being vilified and attacked everyday in the media.
    My wish Ma'am is that the Almighty reward you with Hidayah someday, as to become a Muslim, is only possible by the permission of Almighty Allah SWT.

  28. عجمية فهمت القرآن عن علماء الدين. كم ابتذلوك و ظلموك يا ديني!

  29. By Allah he needs the eternal flames of hellfire. His infidelity will bring him a painful doom inshallah.

  30. I don't know which Qur'an she was reading, but it doesn't seem to resemble the ones I studied for years. She sounds more like an apologist for Islam than an agnostic Jew investigating without bias.

  31. Many people in the world do not know or misinterpret the religion of Islam.

    We Muslims are the most sincere, the most spiritual, have all divine emotions.

    We want the goodness of humanity.

    We tolerate the humanbeing for the sake of our Creator.

    We extend our friendship to all people and embrace them.

    Even if some people do not recognize, misinterprete and even oppose them, we love them.

    We know that the world is not our real home, but a place of trial.

    As we see that our life passes by as fast as the wind, we are feeling more strongly that we need to commit righteous and intense acts for our good.


    My name is Eight Billion,

    I contain an angel and a devil struggling inside,

    The face I dress varies to survive,

    Always hungry for power, never enough to content,

    I look for “inner peace” whilst consumed by grudge,

    For sons, for daughters, for the self, please be advised, there long existed the new code, aside,

    Let’s consider having an appointment with the best stylist for a change,

    Experience, how exceptionally would you look better reflecting the best,

    Thus, if you manage to change yourself, repenting for good,

    The place called Earth might turn into Heaven, I assure,

    It is me, it is you, it is us will power to CHANGE.

    Why they chose Islam?

    1- Roger Garaudy, French Thinker, Secretary General of the French Communist Party.



    2- Yusuf Islam, Famous British Pop Singer Cat Stevens


    3- Arnoud van Doorn, Anti-Islamic film-maker


    4- MTV famous presenter Kristiane Backer.


    5- Atheist Australian Ruben


    6- British Catholic Priest


    7- Camilla Leyland. Yoga Instructor, Peace Activist and Journalist


    8- Anthony became Abdurraheem Green, Growing in the Monastery.


    9- Muhammad Ali, World Boxing Champion, Previous Name: Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.



    10- Omar Sharif, American famous actor.


    11- Mike Tyson, youngest heavyweight boxing champion of the World.


    12- Malcolm X


    13- Nicolas Anelka

    France's Star Footballer

    14- Kareem Abduljabbar

    An American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA)

  32. A Jew promoting Islam as something which Mohammed did not envisage. That is – a peaceful Islam. Nothing sadder to see, than someone so deluded about her future and about what Islam actually says about her and her countrymen.
    The Jews who died at Mohammed's hands, were sent into exile by him, were taken into sexual slavery or sold for Camels and horses, Who lost Everything to Mohammed which was considerable, and those who had to watch their husbands, sons, brothers and fathers and Uncles beheaded in one day…would turn in their graves and cry out to YHVH – the True God of Israel for justice!!
    The Koran cannot be read, and Islam not practiced, without the Sunnah. It does not stand alone. So has she considered the future plans Islam has for the Jews??
    BEFORE I continue I must digress using the source for the future of the Jews:
    NOTE this Quote: Islam is the religion of mercy and peace, as the questioner describes it. Therefore, Islam allowed the Jews and Christians to remain in Muslim lands, and did not expel them or kill them, as they did and still do when they gain control over Muslim lands. 
    The ONLY Muslim land was ARABIA. And even then it was conquered land. 
    And NO Christians or Jews were allowed to stay there as citizens. 
    THE Truth is that the Muslims allowed Christians and Jews [the majority] to remain in "their own" lands as servants and 2nd class citizens propping up the minority with high taxes to remain alive. 
    "Islam allowed the Jews and Christians to remain in Muslim lands" is incredibly condescending and an indication as to how Muslims think. The land belonged NOT to the Arabs who swarmed out of Arabia…but to the Jews and Christians. Today Islam OWNs 50 countries and vast lands and yet begrudge Jews like this women a very small slither. And yet she panders to them like the dhimmie afraid to face the truth and the wrath of her masters. 

    She had everybody lapping up this ridiculous speech, who will go away believing every word. So incredible wrong. 

    MORE: QUOTE: "Yes, the Muslims used to coexist with the Jews and treat them well, so long as they adhere to the conditions of residence. But they may choose to be treacherous."
    LOL – Choose to be treacherous? You mean try to regain some dignity? Some rights to be able to ride a horse and not a mule? Not to wear the YELLOW STAR instigated by Islam not the Nazis; Or to wear shoes of the same colour, or to cut their hair the way they want to? Or not provide sanctuary and food for 3 days to every Muslim that passes by? The conditions were meant to be so onerous that they would eventually convert to Islam. It worked. 

    Al-Bukhari (3593) and Muslim (2921) narrated from the hadith of Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) that he said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say: 

    “The Jews will fight you and you will prevail over them, then a rock will say: ‘O Muslim, here is a Jew behind me; kill him.’” 

    The last Jew…even the rocks will want him DEAD. 

    This woman can speak well, but sadly she didn't learn much from the Koran.


  33. Congratulations to her and anyone else who reads and has read the Quran the way it needs to be read, heard, and felt – Studies and Understood ! The vision of heaven and arsh and kursey Kingdom of Allah, is far more vast that just the running streams, it is something that is outside of human's ability to visualize and or understand – the pictures of streams and rocks is supposedly is there to make fun.

  34. may she become muslim i dearly pray so. i wish she find her home in janah by the streams and live there forever


    Don't lie (Q22:30)
    Don't spy (Q49:12)
    Don't insult (Q49:11)
    Don't waste (Q17:26)
    Feed the poor (Q22:36)
    Don't backbite (Q49:12)
    Keep your oaths (Q5:89)
    Don't take bribes (Q27:36)
    Honour your treaties (Q9:4)
    Restrain your anger (Q3:134)
    Don't spread gossip (Q24:15)
    Think good of others (Q24:12)
    Be good to guests (Q51:24-27)
    Don't harm believers (Q33:58)
    Don't be rude to parents (Q17:23)
    Turn away from ill speech (Q23:3)
    Don't make fun of others (Q49:11)
    Walk in a humble manner (Q25:63)
    Respond to evil with good (Q41:34)
    Don't say what you don't do (Q62:2)
    Keep your trusts & promises (Q23:8)
    Don't insult others' false gods (Q6:108)
    Don't deceive people in trade (Q6:152)
    Don't take items without right (Q3:162)
    Don't ask unnecessary questions (Q5:101)
    Don't be miserly nor extravagant (Q25:67)
    Don't call others with bad names (Q49:11)
    Don't claim yourselves to be pure (Q53:32)
    Speak nicely, even to the ignorant (Q25:63)
    Don't ask for repayment for favours (Q76:9)
    Make room for others at gatherings (Q58:11)
    If enemy wants peace, then accept it (Q8:61)
    Return a greeting in a better manner (Q4:86)
    Don't remind others of the favours you done to them(Q2:264)
    Make peace between fighting groups (Q49:9)

    ?Moral commands with references from the Qur'anic verses for reflections..???

  36. Surah fatiha's english translation in the sixth sentence should be to "guide us" and not "show us" i think

  37. Babylonia or Islam .. you destroy me whole world . but I the Lord am your enemy .. Islamic nation's .. I will take hold of you and level you to the ground and leave you in ashes ?

  38. No doubt she is a master of her own language and an honest researcher. If she reads my comment here, I am offering her some very surprising proofs of the holiness of the Quran. I am an Egyptian, Arabic is my native tongue and my profession is Engineering.

  39. stupid cow.. she claims to be part and parcel of the world of academia whom is super impressed by some bronze age bullshit.. very strange.. should do a bit of travelling to muslim country and wallow in their reality..

  40. I am highly thankful to her for reading the Holy Quran and reading this in Arabic, English and with an open heart.

  41. As a Muslim person I like this kinda human being who tries different things with judging. I think a lot of people should read the quran and listen.

  42. I see a strong well learned and strong woman who actual said the quraan is the the completion of the toraa and ingill

  43. Allah is great, and spreads his msg to whom and where he pleases. Mashallah may Allah continue to guide her. Ameen

  44. People should listen to this lady and read the quran with an open heart and mind. It would change the way ignorant people comment on the quran. It seems she has an admirable knowledge of the quran. Alhamdulilah.

  45. This wasn't critical in the true sense of the word, neither were the audience. I found the enthusiasm more instructive than the content.
    It begs the question as to why there is so much violence associated with Islam.

  46. Im too lazy to watch this video…
    Just please anyone reply to me and tell me if she is against or with the quran or nuetral

  47. Beautiful. This video kept poping on my You Tube for a while now. Finally I saw it and i am glad I did.

  48. The Quran says:
    Aaron is Jesus uncle…??

    In real life :
    Aaron lived 1300 years before Jesus Christ.
    …..anyone noticing a discrepancy?

  49. This lady has put together efforts to understand Quran. Allah gives guidance to those who are willing, May Allah give Jaza for her efforts.

  50. Reading and objectiveness are needed and necessary for someone to attain knowledge and truth, the very first word that Muhammad have had heard from gabriel is the word "read,إقرأ"
    So, no wonder that we found the following verses:

    ( 78 )   And Allah has extracted you from the wombs of your mothers not knowing a thing, and He made for you hearing and vision and intellect that perhaps you would be grateful.

    ( 36 )   And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned.

  51. {إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَذِكْرَىٰ لِمَن كَانَ لَهُ قَلْبٌ أَوْ أَلْقَى السَّمْعَ وَهُوَ شَهِيدٌ (37) وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا فِي سِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ وَمَا مَسَّنَا مِن لُّغُوبٍ (38) فَاصْبِرْ عَلَىٰ مَا يَقُولُونَ وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ قَبْلَ طُلُوعِ الشَّمْسِ وَقَبْلَ الْغُرُوبِ (39) وَمِنَ اللَّيْلِ فَسَبِّحْهُ وَأَدْبَارَ السُّجُودِ (40) وَاسْتَمِعْ يَوْمَ يُنَادِ الْمُنَادِ مِن مَّكَانٍ قَرِيبٍ (41) يَوْمَ يَسْمَعُونَ الصَّيْحَةَ بِالْحَقِّ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ يَوْمُ الْخُرُوجِ (42) إِنَّا نَحْنُ نُحْيِي وَنُمِيتُ وَإِلَيْنَا الْمَصِيرُ (43) يَوْمَ تَشَقَّقُ الْأَرْضُ عَنْهُمْ سِرَاعًا ۚ ذَٰلِكَ حَشْرٌ عَلَيْنَا يَسِيرٌ (44) نَّحْنُ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا يَقُولُونَ ۖ وَمَا أَنتَ عَلَيْهِم بِجَبَّارٍ ۖ فَذَكِّرْ بِالْقُرْآنِ مَن يَخَافُ وَعِيدِ (45)} [ق : 37-45]
    ( 37 )   Indeed in that is a reminder for whoever has a heart or who listens while he is present [in mind].

    ( 38 )   And We did certainly create the heavens and earth and what is between them in six days, and there touched Us no weariness.

    ( 39 )   So be patient, [O Muhammad], over what they say and exalt [Allah] with praise of your Lord before the rising of the sun and before its setting,

    ( 40 )   And [in part] of the night exalt Him and after prostration.

    ( 41 )   And listen on the Day when the Caller will call out from a place that is near –

    ( 42 )   The Day they will hear the blast [of the Horn] in truth. That is the Day of Emergence [from the graves].

    ( 43 )   Indeed, it is We who give life and cause death, and to Us is the destination

    ( 44 )   On the Day the earth breaks away from them [and they emerge] rapidly; that is a gathering easy for Us.

    ( 45 )   We are most knowing of what they say, and you are not over them a tyrant. But remind by the Qur'an whoever fears My threat.

  52. [Quran 46:26] We had empowered them in the same way as We empowered you; and We gave them the hearing, and the sight, and the minds. But neither their hearing, nor their sight, nor their minds availed them in any way. That is because they disregarded the revelations of God; and so they became surrounded by what they used to ridicule.

    ﴿سورة الأحقاف ٢٦﴾ وَلَقَدْ مَكَّنَّاهُمْ فِيمَا إِنْ مَكَّنَّاكُمْ فِيهِ وَجَعَلْنَا لَهُمْ سَمْعًا وَأَبْصَارًا وَأَفْئِدَةً فَمَا أَغْنَىٰ عَنْهُمْ سَمْعُهُمْ وَلَا أَبْصَارُهُمْ وَلَا أَفْئِدَتُهُمْ مِنْ شَيْءٍ إِذْ كَانُوا يَجْحَدُونَ بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ وَحَاقَ بِهِمْ مَا كَانُوا بِهِ يَسْتَهْزِئُونَ

  53. For all you arrogant idiots who still looking for drama see what Islam really was:

  54. wanna know about a religion? then read its supreme source book. don't let people misguide you. (by the way thx for the translation)

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