This surah is called Livestock.
God is great. He made us from clay and set an expiration date for our lives. And you want proof? How else did we get here? (Natural selection. God might be a part of that, but he didn’t make us from clay. We evolved from unusually smart filthy monkey men.)
But God is pissed that we don’t believe in Mohammed, so he’s going with his normal plan of destroying us all.
Mohammed is convinced that if we all saw a magic book written by God come down from heaven that we would dismiss it as magic. No. No, I wouldn’t. If God handed down a book in full sight of everyone, that would be observable evidence. But he didn’t do that. You wrote a book and said “God did it.” Big difference.
You guys wouldn’t have believed it if an angel showed up and told you. Again, observable evidence. We’d still need some more proof that it was an angel and a good angel telling the truth at that, but it would be a pretty convincing piece of evidence. All we have instead is a desert warlord telling us he’s a prophet.
But God assures Mohammed that it’s okay if they don’t believe him, they didn’t believe the other guys who claimed to speak for God either. God will sort it out on the Day of Judgment when we all end up burning forever while he gets a nice plot for his heaven garden.
God is all-powerful and capricious. He can hurt you or bless you and you have no power to change it.
And he goes on and on about how the unbelievers will burn with fire forever.
Yes, we’ll all see on that day. And then we’ll cry and say, “You were right, Mohammed! Save us!” and he’ll say “No.” and laugh as we get dropped into fire.
There’s a bit here about how God blesses those towns that gave up their idols.
And a lot more about how wrong unbelievers are and destined for hell and we’ll all see then.
Abraham called out his dad over idolatry. But he had to go through watching the moon, sun, and a planet rise and set before he realized they weren’t gods.
And the people argued with him, but Abraham was like, “I know God has guided me. Now I must go to Egypt and sell my sister wife to Pharaoh for much gain and profit.”
And we gave him Isaac and Jacob.
“And you told him to kill me,” Isaac said.
“One time. Just one time. It was a joke,” said the Lord.
“Yeah, and I’m not a good person,” Jacob said. “I lied, deceived my father and brother, worshipped idols, I was literally a horrible father. My kids murdered a town.”
“You were guided by me, okay?”
He throws Lot in there too, because you can offer a rape mob your teenage virgin daughters and then get drunk and impregnate them and still be called ‘righteous Lot’ by the authors of holy books.
And Jesus was also really a Muslim.
And if someone says, “God hasn’t revealed anything to man,” you say, “What about the books of Moses?”
And then they’ll say, “Yeah, they weren’t written by Moses. They were written by multiple authors over hundreds of years before they were compiled into the books we have today. We’re not even sure Moses ever existed and there is zero archeological evidence that Egypt was destroyed or that two million Jews migrated from there and wandered around the desert for forty years and no evidence of the conquest of Canaan by Joshua. People wrote all of it. For God’s sake, it says that bats are birds.”
And then they’ll say, “No, God wrote it… that’s… that’s… what Mohammed said.”
For the record, we’re like 91 verses in and haven’t talked at all about livestock.