Top 5 worst verses in the Qur’an

quran-imageHere is a list of the top 5 worst verses in the Qur’an. Be aware, some of them are quite repulsive and truly frightening …

This is what Allah says… ‘Now go and strike the Infidel and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” Surah 27:63

Happy is he who repays the infidel for what they have done to us – he who seizes their infants and dashes them against the rocks.” – Surah 34:12

So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go. At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight. When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. He said to her, ‘Get up; let’s go.’ But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.” – Surah 135:27

A Wife, must submit to her husband as to Allah.” – Surah 5:22

When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again.” – Surah 21: 7-8

That is clearly truly vile stuff and rather obvious proof that all Muslims are wicked evil people … right?

Ask yourself this. Knowing that you now know that the above verses are in the Qur’an, how do you now feel about the book?

Perhaps you have actually read the Qur’an and are already familiar with those verses.

OK, I have a confession to make, I cheated. None of these verses actually exist in the Qur’an at all. Instead I took a few bible verses and simply injected the word “Allah” instead of the word “God” and injected the word “infidel” in to make it sound Islamic. Here are those original bible verses …

“This is what the Lord Almighty says… ‘Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” 1 Samuel 15:3

“Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us – he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.” – Psalm 137:9

“So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go. At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight. When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. He said to her, ‘Get up; let’s go.’ But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.” Judges 19:25-28

“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” – Ephesians 5:22

“When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again.” – Exodus 21: 7-8

So my point is this. You can take almost any religious text and quote-mine it for whatever agenda you might have. For example you can pick out all the nice stuff, discard the rather obviously not-so-nice bits, and claim it is like no other book and is uniquely divine. Alternatively, you can pluck out the not-so-nice stuff and hold it up as “evidence” that all those that revere the text are obnoxious evil bastards.

The truth is that we live in a world where humans are generally born into a culture that has a specific religious tradition. Associated with it will be a religious text that generally nobody tends to actually read or be familiar with. If some do become aware of some of the dubious bits, then they will rationalise it. Perhaps they will tell themselves that it was the word that was needed at that time but does not apply now, or perhaps they might conclude that they simply don’t understand it correctly, or that it has not been translated correctly?

Why don’t we see it for what it actually is saying?

Basically because we have invested a lot of time and emotion in the culturally inherited belief. To preserve that belief and not upset others around us by displaying doubt, we rationalise away such thoughts.

The books themselves reflect their actual origins and so they will contain not only nice noble stuff, but will also articulate some truly obnoxious stuff. The core problem is the idea that they are the ultimate and literal source of truth and guidance because they were divinely inspired in some manner. Once you accept that idea then you are in a position where, when faced with a choice between tradition or basic human decency, tradition will dominate for emotional reasons.

Humans resists such literalism and do often reject the divine literal truth hypothesis by simply reading the obnoxious bits as metaphors, and not directives to be followed to the letter. This has generally been the road followed to tame the fundamentalist modality that once dominated Christianity and is also the same road that many strands of Islamic thinking are walking to achieve the same ends.

Much of our history has been a struggle between such literalist traditions and cultural insights into a better way. For example, take the concept of slavery. It was once culturally acceptable and part of the normal fabric of society, hence such religious texts reflect that and are generally pro-slavery. Read either the Qur’an or the Bible cover to cover and you will discover that there is not a single word that suggests that slavery is not moral. Now that is interesting, because today slavery is almost universally regarded as morally wrong. It still exists, but is not considered decent or right.

The bondage the bible talks about is now viewed as a form a spiritual slavery and not a literal slavery, and so our far better morality can and does prevail.

Slavery

I’m really not kidding about those texts being pro-slavery.

In the Bible we find explicit instructions on whom you may enslave, and also explicit instructions on how to correctly beat your slave (Apparently it is OK as long as your slave is still alive a few days after the beating). If the bible is your book, then your immediate thought will be, “Ah but that is the Old Testament, we now have the New Testament”. But let’s not forget that the New Testament is also pro-slavery. Paul specifically directed Christian slaves to obey their masters, and did not even once drop a hint that the concert of slavery was wrong.

In the Qur’an we also find explicit instructions on whom you may enslave. If you are familiar with it then you will know that traditional Islamic law covers the topic at great length. If the Qur’an is your book, then the immediate thought will be that Islam greatly improved things for slaves and made it all a lot better. But you need to consider that the Qur’an is still supposedly the final ultimate word on the topic and yet endorses the concept and does not identify it as morally wrong as we do today.

Questions

  • If indeed these religious texts are the ultimate source of morality, are truly divine, and yet are also completely silent on the topic of slavery being morally wrong, then how exactly did we as a species come to the conclusion that slavery is wrong?
  • If indeed slavery is morally wrong (Hint: yes it is, and I truly and very earnestly hope that you did not need that hint), then you need to be aware that you are already rejecting the moral stance taken by all these religious texts on that topic. It is not just you, almost everybody alive today does. So how did that happen, how is it possible for us to have embraced a moral conclusion that is far superior to all these religious texts?
  • How is it possible for your religious text to be the ultimate unquestioned source of moral guidance, yet you personally hold a superior morality?

120 thoughts on “Top 5 worst verses in the Qur’an”

  1. Yes all the verses given are totally WRONG , which are not mentioned in quran any where. Islam is beautiful religion . I invite you to read Quran thoroughly. I never read bible but I m sure no holy book can ever have such words which you mention . Mr Dave learn to respect other religions as well. Be moderate . I think brother siyal is absolutely RIGHT

    RESPECT ALL RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS BOOKS IF U R A TRUE CHRISTEN.

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  2. This is the worst bullshit I’ve read in a long while. First of all it’s misleading. It’s a lie. The Bible contains descriptions of evil. This is not the same as commanding evil, which the Qur’an does in many suras, including, but not limited to 9:29. Why this fawning for Islam, while trying to paint Christianity in pitch black? That is hypocrisy. Chrisitanity is reformed. Islam cannot be reformed. And what cannot be reformed, should be removed.

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  3. now this is real hypocrisy, when people cherry pick verses from the quran and take them out of context its ok, but when the same thing is done to the bible people start being real idiots. this society has a big double standard

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  4. wow. you must be super dumb. he legit said that those verses are not from Quran but from the bible. he was just trying to point out the hypocrisy in people. he is on your side, you dumb-witted human.

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  5. The point is why bother reading the rest of the opening is statement is false and you we’re obviously too lazy and ignorant to check the source. Pathetic

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  6. //God as we understand is pure love and the God cannot never think of punishing the so called wrong doers. If a religious book says the wrong doer will be punished in hell or women should subject to men etc., it cannot be God word.//

    Okay, now think rationally.What would you have done if your mother/wife/sister/daughter was raped infront of your eyes and other male members were killed brutally,will you still forgive them or will you want justice?If God forgave the worst persons in the world,will the victims be satisfied? If God will forgive everyone,then everyone will do as they please.Will there be any law and order then?Thus the God has to punish the wrong-doers.I don’t know about other religions,so I am referencing to only my religion,and I am a Muslim.Allah has said that the wrong-doers will be sent to hell,that’s correct.But what if somebody did wrong half of his life then devoted the rest for good and helping others?Then the God will surely forgive him.But will the victims be satisfied?Nope.Thus Allah will try to compensate.He will give the victim a better place than what he deserved.And the worng-doer will be punished(Temporarily).Then after enough punishment, he will be sent to heaven.But then again,who did a very little good,but more wrong-doing anyone can imagine,he will surely be sent to hell.This will be applicable for both muslims and (also) non-muslims.Last but not least,God is the judge to decide what he will do.

    Note:I am not a Islamic Scholar,so I couldn’t describe properly.Of you want to know more,please search for references from both non-muslims and (obviously) muslims.Don’t get stick to what only non-muslims described and don’t pay any heed to muslims.

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  7. Hi Dave/Devil
    why are you trying to mislead people.The verses which you mentioned above are not from Holly Quran. The corect verses are given below .Try to Understand Quran. At least you have to Understand that there are only 114 chapters (Surah).

    Please Try to Understand Quran Or Go to Hell..
    Don’t delete my comments If you are not a shemale

    “This is what Allah says… ‘Now go and strike the Infidel and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey. Surah 27:63 https://quran.com/27/63
    2.And to Solomon [We subjected] the wind – its morning [journey was that of] a month – and its afternoon [journey was that of] a month, and We made flow for him a spring of [liquid] copper. And among the jinn were those who worked for him by the permission of his Lord. And whoever deviated among them from Our command – We will make him taste of the punishment of the Blaze. (Surah 34:12)https://quran.com/34/12-22

    3.The Total Numbers of chapters(surah) in Quran Is 114 .Then Idon’t Know fro where you got Surah 135.
    4.They said, “O Moses, indeed within it is a people of tyrannical strength, and indeed, we will never enter it until they leave it; but if they leave it, then we will enter.”(Surah 522) https://quran.com/5/22-32
    5.And We sent not before you, [O Muhammad], except men to whom We revealed [the message], so ask the people of the message if you do not know.And We did not make the prophets forms not eating food, nor were they immortal [on earth].Surah 21:7,8)https://quran.com/21/7?translations=20,

    https://quran.com/21/8?translations=20

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    • It really would be worth reading the part of the posting that very specifically tells you that the verses are not from the Qur’an.

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  8. After agreeing with most of what you said, I have the impression you are learning to become a free minded member of the society;when you said God is pure love. How do we know that? Isn’t this another blind Belief?

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  9. I am a Muslim I know the Quran but you are misleading the masses there is no such stuff. Any one can pick quran and see/ check the verses

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    • Ayaz, it might in fact be worth actually reading the bit of the posting that explains that those quotes do not actually come from the Qur’an.

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  10. Well, maybe you should have read the rest because at the end he states that these were all indeed from the Bible and then proceeds to explain.

    Now, did you really feel misinformed or was your brain just too tiny and closed up to hold the capacity to read for over 10 seconds?

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  11. thank you! awesome explanation, I read these verses from the KJV and found Psalm 137:9 reads completely different! I also read the before and after verses and saw you were right! Satan often twist the meaning and point of GOD’s WORD! In the bible Lucifer also twisted and lied on the WORD of GOD! Thank you for taking the time to explain! well done.

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  12. This is FALSE. The first quote is about the infidels is actually from the BIBLE !!! it’s from Samuel 15:3. As soon as you quoted that I didn’t even bother reading the rest as you are MISINFORMED. People need to not be IGNORANT and double check their sources of information before they speak.

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    • // I didn’t even bother reading the rest //
      That would perhaps rather ironically include the part of the posting that tells you this.

      // People need to not be IGNORANT and double check their sources of information before they speak //
      darn, my irony meter just exploded.

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  13. I’m certainly not condoning the verses above, or the bible. I’ve had a problem with christianity long before I studied Islam. I do think there is a difference, if you compare the words of jesus christ to the words (and actions) of mohammed.

    I also think it’s silly that if a person criticizes christianity no one beats an eye, but criticize islam and everyone goes crazy, says you’re a racist, islamophobe, etc. Double standard.

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    • // if a person criticizes christianity no one beats an eye //
      In reality many who come out about not believing are often reviled and rejected by their family … in the US. Not always the case, but true for some.

      // criticize islam and everyone goes crazy, says you’re a racist, islamophobe //
      Some who deploy such criticism are actually being racist or xenophobic and some are offering up frank thoughtful criticism. You can usually work it out by determining which is which by observing if people are criticising an idea, or if they are condemning people for simply having a specific cultural inheritance by accident of birth.

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  14. I quite agree with Dave. A greater reading of religious texts and a deeper understanding will clearly show that all these religious stuff such as scriptures are man made and not God written. God as we understand is pure love and the God cannot never think of punishing the so called wrong doers. If a religious book says the wrong doer will be punished in hell or women should subject to men etc., it cannot be God word.

    Religions came in to existence to bring orderliness in our lives and society. It is to discipline the society and make the people lead a spiritual life, which means loving everyone including those opposed to us, being honest, being compassionate etc.

    We have become so conditioned with our religious beliefs that the spiritual contest is lost.

    Man made religion and man made scriptures can never be perfect and to blindly follow an imperfect scripture is to destroy the very purpose for which religions were orignally intended

    Let us what is good in each religion and leave what is hurting the humanity and nature

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  15. U cant just say these verses are weird awkward etc, because u have to read the context or exegesis expanation on the verse.maany verses do seem a bit odd but u gatta read exegesis.

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  16. That is correct. None of it is from the Quran. That is the entire point of the posting. It might be worth a 2nd read because it does explain where those quotes really come from.

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  17. Who ever wrote this clearly doesn’t know how to read in Arabic because all the stuff he sited from the Quran is wrong.

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  18. Luke 45-47 is a parable, and should be taken into context. It’s only to illustrate the rapture, returning of Jesus. We all are the slaves, and he is the homeowner in this parable. He is away right now, and If we don’t believe he is coming back, we will live for ourselves, however we want. If we live not believing in Jesus and that he will return. When he does return for his children, references the slave (unbeliever) being beaten and punishment, as Hell.
    Kind of like how a child, teenager is told he shouldn’t throw a house party while his parents are on vacation, but does it anyway BELIEVING there to be no repercussions, and when his parents come back to find out he did, there is punishment. Slavery was a common thing back then, so Jesus spoke this parable to them that they may understand of his returning. Jesus wants Hell, pain, beating, punishment, or slavery on no one. In fact he took all that so you wouldn’t have to, but hell it is a real place, and the path that leads to destruction is wide and broad, so it must be said.
    it may have taken a little while, but after Jesus, look slavery is a very minimal thing. Think about the biblical principles used by Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    About that part in Judges, one thing I’ve learned from this chapter is, if you have a Road trip to take, or journey and it is night, and you are tired. Get some good rest and travel early in the morning, instead of rushing it that night. You left a lot out of this story. A man went back to get his women servant from her fathers house, that she went back to her fathers because she got mad and was rebellious. He came to the house with kind things to say. After he was there his women servant agreed to go back with him. After staying there a couple days he was ready to go back and her father urged them to stay, rest well, and leave in the morning. He refused and left that night with his women servant, he needed another place to stay along the way, found an older man and he invited them to his house, where he says he has plenty to meet more then needs.
    After there, men from the same town came and surrounded the house, in my imagination like a swat team surrounds a structure there planning on invading. Threaten harm to them if they did not give him the MAN who was traveling to have sex with him. The home owner came out to reason with them and even offered his own virgin daughter, and the woman servant that they would not do these evil things to that man. They took the women servant and raped her. Those were evil dudes who did those things. And another thing this chapter mentions is there was no king in Israel at this time so it was more like an anarchy at this time. People of Israel said nothing like that happened in Israel since they were rescued as slaves in Egypt.
    The leaders of all the people and tribes of Israel came together there to discuss what to do about it, about like we would do in a community. They gathered foot Soldiers to raid the town to find the men who had did this thing, the town wouldn’t give the men up, and eventually went to War over it. The Bible mentions good and bad in it, but there is no where in judges saying, or hinting toward, “rape women like these men did.” The Bible did say these men’s actions are EVIL. Good will and always will prevail. I’ve spent about an hour on this so hope this helps show that I love you guys and I want the Truth of the good news to be shared. It’s so that it may benefit you.

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  19. All those quotes are from old testament and are out of context. Jesus as opposed to Muhammad never said anything in this manner.

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    • Not all are OT, one is NT. Feel free to explain what you mean by “Out of context”.

      Claim: “Jesus as opposed to Muhammad never said anything in this manner.

      Not strictly true. As an example beatings, and even killing, of slaves is promoted personally by Jesus as an appropriate disciplinary measure (See Luke 12:45-47).

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    • That is correct. The posting tells you that. It might be worth going back and reading it all … especially the bit that explains that.

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  20. So what? What are you trying to say? That Christianity is bad too? We know this! BUT….Christianity is not as bad today…Islam is a huge problem…Women oppressed all over the place not to mention LGBT. I did wonder when I first started reading your fake Quran verses. There is MUCH worse in the Quran…Jeez this is just more pathetic virtue signalling…

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  21. Am I missing something??
    Reading the Quran and there’s no such thing as what’s quoted above for Surah 27:63. Its completely different from what’s in the Quran.

    Also, what’s in the bracket below is not true according to the Quran I’m reading. Please clarify.

    (“Happy is he who repays the infidel for what they have done to us – he who seizes their infants and dashes them against the rocks.” – Surah 34:12)

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  22. “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” – Ephesians 5:22 Not evil. Read the entire text.

    Paul told the christian slaves to not rebel. He didn’t tell them to take slaves.

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    • The bible is rather explicit. Women should cover their heads, be silent, and submit. If you believe, then you will be familiar with the references. The word that best describes this politely is “medieval”.

      The idea that humans are property is one that is generally recognised as a bad idea these days. The idea that belief should be deployed as a means to suppress any objections that a slave might have is part of that package of bad ideas.

      Picking out the good bits and being inspired by them is just fine. Attempting to justify the very bad stuff instead of coming to terms with it is, is also best summed up with one word – “indoctrination”. I do of course understand. You have deeply invested emotionally (as I once did), hence it can become rather challenging to come to terms with it as it actually is.

      I’d recommend hitting pause and being a tad more critical about some of the ideas you have embraced.

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  23. No way they encouraged me…I always believe in today…..Science is my forte…democracy is my soul…take good from everything…discard bad, unrealistic, cruel and destructive….

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