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?

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

  1. Assalaamualaikum, I don’t think you read the entire post. The author noted: “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.“

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  2. Sir, ALL QUOTED REFERENCES ARE WRONG in “Top 5 worst verses in the Qur’an”. You should check it before using in your blog.
    I would like to comment on these verses. Check MY COMMENTS along with reference link for each verse.

    “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
    MY COMMENTS: Wrong reference. Actual verse is below.
    “Who is it Who guides you through the darkness on land and sea?8 And Who sends winds as heralds of good tidings ahead of His Mercy? Is there any god associated with Allah (in this task)? Exalted be Allah above whatever they associate with Him in His Divinity!” Surah An-Namal (27), Verse: 63
    Reference link: https://quran.com/27/63?translations=84,77,17,39,101,20,85,75,23,18,41,95,38,19,22,31,32,25,52,33,27
    “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
    MY COMMENTS: Again wrong quoted. Actual verse is as:
    “And for Sulaimān (We subjugated) the wind; its journey in the morning was (equal to the journey of) one month, and its journey in the afternoon was (equal to the journey) of another month. And We caused a stream of copper to flow for him. And there were some Jinns who worked before him with the leave of his Lord. Whoever of them would deviate from Our command, We would make him taste the punishment of the blazing fire.” Surah Saba (34), Verse: 12
    Reference Link: https://quran.com/34/12-13
    “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…….– Surah 135:27
    MY COMMENTS: Again wrong quoted & wrong reference
    Total chapters (Surahs) in Quraan are 114. there is no Surah no.135. If 27 is a Surah (Chapter) then it has 93 verses only.
    “A Wife, must submit to her husband as to Allah.” – Surah 5:22
    MY COMMENT: Again wrong quoted
    They said, “O Mūsā, there is a nation of tyrants over there, and we shall never enter it until they get out of it. If they do get out of it, we are ready to go in.” Surah Al-Maidah (5), verse: 22
    Reference link: https://quran.com/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

    MY COMMENTS: Again wrong quoted.
    Surah Anbiya (21), Verses: 7-8
    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.(7) And We did not make the prophets forms not eating food, nor were they immortal [on earth].(8)
    Reference Link: https://muflihun.com/21/7-8

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  3. Dave I agree with everything you say. I’ve tries the same line of reasoning with religious people. You are wasting your time. They are too indoctrinated in their beliefs. Humankind are no different to animals in this sense. The difference btw atheists and religious is that atheists accept that there are ambiguities and grey areas and nuances. And that beliefs evolve liks we have. Religious see things s black and white.forever stuck in the old ages.

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  4. So what many people fail to realize about the Bible is that it is in two parts. Some say Old and New Testaments. The more accurate description would be Hebrew and Greek Scriptures.

    The Hebrew Scriptures describe what happened to the Hebrews who were God’s people at the time.

    When you read the 10 commandments which are part of the Mosaic Law you are reading a law specifically for the Hebrew nation at the time.

    Now, as you read it particularly chapter 21 of Exodus you come across the word slavery but as you read it you find that this is not the slavery that we read in history books or that takes place illegally today in some countries. No God regulated it as it advanced his purpose.

    No one was to be a slave for life unless he wanted thatNo one was to be kidnapped and held as a slave against his willFemale slaves had to be treated with care and compassion like a wife and the owner was responsible for taking care of her “needs.” There are other things as well but you can see here that clearly a slave still kept his or her dignity. In fact in most cases a person sold themselves or a family member into slavery to pay a debt

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  5. Funny the replies I sent is not showing transparently here. If you accuse something that does not exist in the text, that is the falseness you own for your own soul.

    You care not about moral obligation yet trying to talk out lout about moral issues

    There will be a time the essence of your behavior will appear to you and subject to your own reality that you think is “right”

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    • The essence of your position is that the Quran is not a pro-slavery text. If I have not correctly stated your position, then please do correct me.

      You can easily validate your position. Simply quote a reference from the Quran that clearly and unambiguously condemns the concept of owning people as property.

      Let me also add one further clarification. I do not believe that you personally embrace the concept, nor generally do the vast majority of Muslims today. This is simply a discussion regarding the text itself.

      Side Note: You appear to be concerned that comments don’t instantly appear. This is totally automated. For performance reasons the pages you see come via the cache. It takes a bit of time, not too long, for for cache to pickup any comments. Comments are not censored, unless of course they are off topic (links to a site selling shoes or similar for example). That spam filter is fully automated.

      Side Note 2: You appear to be upset with me. That’s fine and understandable. We all build up an identify. Part of that involves the acceptance of specific ideas. If those ideas are criticised, then we feel personally attacked. It is the way we humans are.

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  6. There is a difference between cherry picking and ouright twisting facts. You even created non existant Quranic verses. you accused Quran advocated slavery, when you cannot find a verse prescribing it, in fact the Quran prescribed liberation of slave…far earlier than USA history. And then you argue here you are trying to be moral. What ill value and misguided person you are

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    • I explicitly tell you in the posting that the “quran verses” were fake. It illustrates a bias that can come into play and the assumptions that can be made for specific quotes.

      As for the quran, the text itself is pro-slavery and does not condemn the concept of owning people as property, and for completeness, neither does the bible. Slaves are mentioned in at least twenty-nine verses of the Quran – shall I quote them all for you? It even explicitly permits slave owners to take slaves as concubines.

      It is to be expected because it reflects the culture of that time.

      While the vast majority of contemporary Muslims agree that there is no place for slavery in the modern world, there has not been a strong internally developed critique of past or present slaveholding practices. In fact, modern Muslims have generally devoted little attention to thinking about or discussing the religious, ethical, and legal issues associated with slavery, perhaps because it is difficult to acknowledge and confront the scriptural and traditional permission for it.

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  7. Your analysis is only a conjecture of what Quran advocated. You are making up false accusation based on your ignorant view

    17v106 And (it is) a Qur’an that We have divided, that thou mayst recite it unto mankind at intervals, and We have revealed it by (successive) revelation.
    6v67 For every announcement there is a term, and ye will come to know.

    Muslims are actually encouraged to free slaves, so much so that a grave sin of murder is to be penalised by freeing a slave AND paying compensation to the family

    4v92 It belongs not to a believer to slay a believer, except it be by error. If any slays a believer by error, then let him set free a believing slave, and bloodwit is to be paid to his family unless they forgo it

    You will not find an explicit verse prescribing slavery in the Quran; Quran in fact advocated the “freeing of slave”. Slavery was a culture among the Arabs (including etc various previous people) so advocating the freeing of slaves is to inculcate the awareness of the right moral concept among mankind.

    Humans are not the first and the last, or the alpha or the omega; their discovery of “moral compass” takes time and God allowed certain things to unfold in the history of mankind, so that humans would eventually discover the true spirit of humanity given to them.

    5v89 God will not take you to task for a slip in your oaths; but He will take you to task for such bonds as you have made by oaths, whereof the expiation is to feed ten poor persons with the average of the food you serve to your families, or to clothe them, or to set free a slave; …

    58v3 Those of you who divorce your wives by equating them with your mothers, then wish to go back on what you said, must set free a slave before they touch one another. This is what you are instructed to do, and God is well aware of what you do

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    • It is a long complex subject and there is no one universal stance, but instead there exists a huge diversity of thinking on the topic. The Wikipedia page on the topic of the Islamic View of slavery covers a great deal of detail – here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_views_on_slavery

      The reality is this. Humans who embrace a specific religious or non-religious identity will be motivated to cherry pick the good bits and brush over the not so good bits. Stepping back and seeing what those outside can see is often very very challenging. That remains true for us all, including me.

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  8. O you are lying about Quran. Go see whats in those verses in Quran and you will find not an ounce of truth in this claim.

    There are 114 Surah and the article is quoting surah 135. Such shameful act

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    • Bilal, it just might be worth reading the entire posting. It actually tells you that those quotes are not from the Quran.

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  9. Well said, it’s interesting because Buddhists are classified as a religion yet they do not believe that there is a god right now. Also the term religion, as I’m sure you are aware, is also used in a sense of being religious about something like a routine so anything can be religion.

    Nothing can scientifically prove how we got here and quite frankly the better you follow the basic morales (which wouldn’t be in most societies if it wasn’t for Jesus or his likely Hebrew name Yeshua) the better person you are considered or the better remembered you are. The way the Abraham religions are the most popular and how almost everyone on this planet knows about Yeshua tells me that there is truth in this.

    Side note if you only had the Quran you still would have heard of Yeshua or Jesus, whereas if you only had the Bible you wouldn’t hear about Muhammad and Allah.

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  10. It’s easy to criticise other religions for being religious and brainwashed but if you didn’t believe your religion was better you wouldn’t have written this post. The only difference is that, if you believe in evolution, you believe That we are our own gods that can somehow transform through evolution.

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    • I don’t “believe” in evolution. I do however accept the multiple lines of independently verifiable scientific evidence that verifies the hypothesis. Religion plays no part. For those that are not religious, it explains how things are the way they are. For those that are religious it explains how god did it.

      You are in once sense correct. From the viewpoint of almost every religious belief, every other religious belief is wrong. I just happen to agree with all of then on that point due to the complete lack of any evidence for the vast assortment of claims that are promoted.

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  11. 1 Corinthians 11
    3 But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.

    4 Every man who prayeth or prophesieth, having his head covered, dishonoreth his head.

    5 But every woman who prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoreth her head, for that is one and the same as if she were shaven.

    6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

    7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, inasmuch as he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of the man.

    8 For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man.

    9 Neither was the man created for the woman, but the woman for the man.

    10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head, because of the angels.

    11 Nevertheless, neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man, in the Lord.

    12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things are of God.

    13 Judge for yourselves: Is it comely that a woman should pray unto God uncovered?

    15 BUT IF A WOMAN HAVE LONG HAIR, IT IS A GLORY TO HER, FOR HER HAIR IS GIVEN HER FOR A COVERING.

    16 BUT IF ANY MAN SEEM TO BE CONTENTIOUS, WE HAVE NO SUCH CUSTOM, NEITHER THE CHURCHES OF GOD.
    a woman is allowed to enter a church whereas a muslimah are not allowed to enter a mosque get your facts straight

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  12. hmm you do know that a frence teacher where beheaded for showing muhammad cartoons I haven’t see this in Christianity have you if so plz tell me where

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    • It was once, not so long ago, a rather popular hobby to tie people to a stake and set fire to them for the “crime” of heresy.

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