the love of another
is an oddly conversational deity, though it has to be said the
conversation is mostly one-way. Let’s
get this over with at the start: Allah is the externalised ego of his
prophet, Mohammed, and is thus a human construct.
Any impartial reading of the Qur’an will lead us to this
conclusion. This will seem
shocking to the believer, but nonetheless it is true.
Set aside considerations of faith; set aside all that you have
been taught to believe. Read
the Qur’an in your own language, using a chronological edition, and
you will see that Allah’s pronouncements follow the fortunes of His
Prophet. Ai’sha, the prophet’s wife, an astute woman, saw this
when she said to her husband, almost as an aside, ‘Haven’t you
noticed that, soon after you have need of something, Allah makes
provision for it?’ Her
wording was careful: she knew that the power lay with the man who had
taken her for a wife when she was nine years old.
But there is a surprisingly modern irony implicit in every
phrase. (The fact that her
aside was taken at face value — and recorded as such — says much
about the credulity of the time.)
read the Hadith from the Sahih Muslim, again in your own language:
042, Number 7058:
Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying:
The world is a prison-house for a believer and Paradise for a
is a remarkable truth in this. The
world is indeed a prison to a man who has cast his ego beyond himself.
The truly surprising thing is that the Prophet has retained
enough insight to see that, for the man of integrity, this Now, this
Present, contains all that may be desired.
This insight is the one thing which kept the Prophet just this
side of sanity. One step
beyond, and he (and his strange external ego, which re-worked Biblical
myths and roped in hollowed-out Biblical characters very obviously to
its own advantage) would have been lost to history.
he went over the edge, but this seems to have been accepted without a
raised eyebrow. As an
example, read this Hadith, again from Sahih Muslim:
001, Number 0071:
is reported on the authority of Anas b. Malik that the Messenger of
Allah said: None of you is a believer till I am dearer to him than his
child, his father and the whole of mankind.
comment is necessary. What
this Hadith says is that the Prophet was prone to mistake himself for
his solitary projection. Both
yearn for love and immortality.
is a pity that Mohammad’s insight did not plumb more deeply.
It should have done. Had
he been deeply wise he would have seen that love always requires Another.
This he could not bring himself to face.
so Another is prohibited in the Islam of the Qur’an and the