Book Review: Koran translated by Abdulla Yusuf Ali

The Koran is the religious book for the Muslims. It was recorded as written by Muhammed around 600 A.D.  It is difficult to read, because of the repetitious statements throughout the Koran and and differences compared to what is recorded in the Bible.  The Koran is written to explain that one God, Allah, is the only God, whom all must obey.

It is Allah-centered. He is described as all powerful, but also merciful and gracious to those who humble themselves before him.  Since there is no God mentioned in Scripture as Allah, then this is some god that Muhammed has developed or been given as a made up god.  He must be a distraction from the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Koran describes a weaker god than the God of the Bible, because there is no sense of love from Allah.  Mercy and grace are mentioned only when a person conforms to his desires.  The problem is that there is very little that explains what it means to obey or worship this Allah. It records over and over that unbelievers will burn and be destroyed, but everything is based on works, so the god described in the Koran, Allah, must not be as holy as the God of the Bible.

It is a conditional religion. There is no relationship with the Muslim god. There is only a condition of obedience of religion.  This is seen in two passages:

89. If any do good, good will (accrue) to them therefrom; and they will be secure from terror that Day.

90. And if any do evil, their faces will be thrown headlong into the Fire: “Do you receive a reward other than that which you have earned by your deeds?” Surah 27 The Ants

68. And who does more wrong than he who invents a lie against Allah or rejects the Truth when it reaches him? Is there no home in Hell for those who reject Faith?

69. And those who strive in Our (Cause), – We will certainly guide them to Our paths: for verily Allah is with those who do right. Surah 29 The Spider.

Do what is right and you will be accepted.  The problem is there is very little described on what must be done and a person has to hope the good deeds offset the bad.  It is a conditional religion, because “Allah” cannot be known, but only obeyed.

It is hard to understand.  The repetitious nature presents similar concepts that Allah is gracious, merciful and forgiving, but it doesn’t help a person understand what he is supposed to do. The writer takes many of the accounts from Scripture and embellishes them. This would give a Muslim some kind of explanation for his faith, however a person must go to the “Sunnah,” which is an additional writing that describes the basic practices of a Muslim.

It denies the deity of Jesus. Surah 61:6 records,

And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: “O children of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tiding of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.” But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said, “This is evident sorcery!”

The Koran records Jesus as only a messenger, “Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah…” (Surah 4:171), and it gives enough background on His birth and miracles to deceive those pursuing after Islam, who will believe the lie.  Additionally, the Koran records,

In blasphemy indeed are those that say that God is Christ the son of Mary.  Say: “Who then has the least power against Allah, if His Will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all – every one that is on the earth? For to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between. He creates what He pleases. For Allah has power over all things.” (Surah 5:17-18)

It also calls for violence against infidels. For example,

Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who reject Faith fight in the cause of Evil: so you fight against the friends of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan. Surah 4:76. Compare also 2:191, 193, 216; 3:169-171; 4:89; 8:65, 67; etc.

Here is a good passage to support suicide bombers,

Let those fight in the cause of Allah who see the life of this world for the Hereafter. To him who fights in the cause of Allah, – whether he is slain or gets victory – soon shall We give him a reward of great (value). Surah 4:74.

Jesus is a prophet in Islam and equal with Mohammed, who is only a man. You should read the Koran and the Hadith for educational purposes, but not for knowing the God of the universe through Jesus.

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