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Prashant: Surat al-Rahman deconstructed and Ibn Abi Kabsha aka Muhammad

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jul 1, 2022 at 17:50

Check Surat al-Isra': 110 and it says:

ادعوا الله او ادعوا الرحمان

Or: Call Allah OR call al-Rahman

This is supposed to be the first time that that Muhammad introduced al-Rahman.

al-Tabari tells us in his tafsir that the very smart Meccan pagans told Muhammad if he has two gods, Allah and al-Rahman?

Here from al-Tabari:

فقال المشركون: هذا يزعم أنه يدعو واحدا، وهو يدعو مثنى مثنى

Or: The polytheists said: He (Muhammad) is claiming that he calls (read as prays) one (only or Allah) (but) he is calling a second second (a second god).

This means that Muhammad is a polytheist.

Then another smart Meccan pagan said: انظروا ما قال ابن أبي كبشة، يدعو الليلة الرحمن الذي باليمامة، وكان باليمامة رجل يقال له الرحمن

Or: Look what Ibn Abi Kabsha (one of the names of Muhammad! Gasp!) said: he is calling, the (read as during) night, al-Rahman who is in al-Yamama and there was a man in al-Yamama called al-Rahman or رحمان اليمامة or Rahman al-Yamama who was according to Muhammad was a false prophet and his name is مسيلمة الكذاب or Musaylama the Liar.

And Gabriel comes to the rescue and Surat al-Rahman was "revealed."

This could be true but more likely than not this is "Tabrir" that is generated by this opaque revelation

Here is Tafsir al-Tabari of Surat al-Isra' 110 and do not use translations use googletranslate


Here is a link to the fable of Musaylama al-Kadhab aka Rahman al-Yamama


And this is an expanded examination about the Arabian deity called al-Rahman (Gasp!)


Remember, remember that the Qur'an is text with no context and the only way to understand it is to read al-Tabari's Tafsir which is the earliest extant Tafsir


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