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Muslims and non-Muslims can have several problems with the Quran if read out of context. Many Islam haters attempt to deceive people by quoting out of context and in a manner that suits their Satanic desires.
This article attempts to put forward some rules that should be kept in mind by the readers and especially the ones who lay allegations and if they have these in mind, they wouldn’t make any allegation on the Quran but accept the beauty and greatness of the Quran and if they are open-minded, accept the truth!
This is one of the basic rules that are broken by Islam haters. The reader of the Quran would never be bothered with this trick but a person who has never read the Quran can be deceived by this trick. The verse that should be presented should be full without any dots in the beginning, middle or end.
This basic rule has been broken by Answering-Islam several times, for example, in the below link Sam Shamoun tells us Muslims to not say three;
He quotes the verse as,
... So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not "Three" - Cease! (it is) better for you! ... S. 4:171 Pickthall
whereas the full verse without the dots reads as,
[4.171] O followers of the Book! do not exceed the limits in your religion, and do not speak (lies) against Allah, but (speak) the truth; the Messiah, Isa son of Marium is only an apostle of Allah and His Word which He communicated to Marium and a spirit from Him; believe therefore in Allah and His apostles, and say not, Three. Desist, it is better for you; Allah is only one God; far be It from His glory that He should have a son, whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His, and Allah is sufficient for a Protector.
When one reads without the trick of dots, one finds that there is no problem at all; the only problem is with the accuser.
This is the second rule that must be followed and if a problem arises, then an anti Islamic can make an allegation about the message of the verse. Verses should be seen with several previous and later verses than the one in which an allegation is made.
Note: This is only for the message of the Quran and not the story.
For example, one of the favorite verses of the truth haters is as follows;
And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.
If the verse is read out of context (the second rule), then it would appear that the message or the teaching of the Quran is cruel but the second rule should be applied here which is that ‘previous and later verses should be seen with the verse as well’.
YUSUFALI: Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors.
The context shows that there is nothing wrong with this verse, instead it is a great verse that has solutions to many problems.
In the Quran, we find that many stories have been repeated but if we examine them in detail we see that they are a beautiful style of expression. We must remember that there is no absolute repetition in the Quran. Whenever a story is repeated, God Almighty tells something new to us.
This can also be seen with examples from the Quran.
History tells us that crucifixion was adopted several years later than the Pharaoh who oppressed the Israelites but the Quran tells us that Pharoah threatened Prophet Moosa [Moses (peace be upon him)] with crucifixion.
I will certainly cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, then will I crucify you all together. [Surah 7:124]
Said he: You believe in him before I give you permission; most surely he is the chief of you who taught you the magic, so you shall know: certainly I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, and certainly I will crucify you all. [Surah 26:49]
There seems to be some problem here!
No, there is no problem at all. If we follow the third rule, we will see the truth. The third context is that wherever this story has been mentioned, it should be seen again.
He said, "Did you believe in him without my permission? He must be your chief; the one who taught you magic. I will surely sever your hands and feet on alternate sides. I will crucify you on the palm trunks. You will find out which of us can inflict the worst retribution, and who outlasts whom."
This final rule shows that Pharaoh threatened to hang Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) on palm trunks. If this had been posted with the allegation laid down by Answering-Islam, they would have been embarrassed.
The Arabic word Salabu means to put to crucify whether the person dies or survives, whereas the English word Crucifixion means to put on the cross and death to the person on the cross. There is no word for a person who survives the cross.
There are several more examples that have not been mentioned such as the mentioning of Satan to be Jinn.
Rule 4: The Final context
This is the final rule for reading the Quran. If you do not understand the word of God (Quran) in any place, the best thing to do is to ask the man who has transmitted to us the word of God, i.e. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). For that too care must be taken to not use or fall into the tricks of blind haters. What haters do is that they quote the responsibilities of women towards men and do not give the responsibilities of men towards women which incorrectly makes Islam appear to be a discriminatory religion.
If all of the above rules are considered when reading the Quran, then not a single allegation would be made on the Quran.