Rashad Khalifa mistranslated (read massacred) verse 74/31 in order to justify his invention - "code 19". He translated 74/30-31 as follows *** Over it is nineteen. We appointed angels to be guardians of Hell, and we assigned their number (19) (1) to disturb the disbelievers, (2) to convince the Christians and Jews (that this is a divine scripture), (3) to strengthen the faith of the faithful, (4) to remove all traces of doubt from the hearts of Christians, Jews, as well as the believers, and (5) to expose those who harbor doubt in their hearts, and the disbelievers; they will say, "What did GOD mean by this allegory?" GOD thus sends astray whomever He wills, and guides whomever He wills. None knows the soldiers of your Lord except He. This is a reminder for the people. ***
This is a word for word translation of 74/30-31 "Over it Nineteen AND We have not made/appointed/set the wardens of the fire others than angels; and We have NOT made/appointed/set their number BUT a fitna(punishement/torment) for those who disbelieve(d); that those who have been given the book may attain certainity AND those who believe may increase in faith; AND those who have been given the book and the believers may not doubt, and that those in whose hearts is a disease and the unbelievers may say: What does Allah mean by this mathal/parable/symbol/example/description/alegory? Thus does Allah make err whom He pleases, and He guides whom He pleases, and none knows the hosts of your Lord but He Himself; and this is naught but a reminder to the mortals." (the words that RK ommited are highlighted)
RK massacred the verse 74/31; 1.he omited the word ILLA/only/but/except,which stands in front of FITNA 2.he inserted numbering 3.and he translated fitna,that is actually a noun, as a verb(to disturb) cause all other of his alleged five functions are given in the form of the verb. 4.he inserted in front of the word fitna- word "to/li", BUT, "to" comes ONLY AFTER " fitna for disbelievers" 5.he omited conjunctions waw/and between 2nd and 3rd function and between 3rd and 4th function
All this he is done with a purpose....I`ll explain
He has done his best TO GIVE AN IMPRESSION that "but a fitna for disbelievers" is *only one* out of five functions of "their number".
While in arabic the verse says that "but a fitna for those who disbelieve(d)" is the *only function* of "their number" and that all other functions/things mentioned in the verse will be a result of a fitna that is caused by their number, that is, by their number being made but a fitna for those who disbelieved.
(This is why imo piktchal puts a semicolon after words "but a fitna for disbelievers" and between rk`s 2nd and 3rd function, according to piktchal there is no colon nor semicolon , but there is conjunction waw/and)
For the same purpose RK omited conjunctions waw/and between 2nd and 3rd function and between 3rd and 4th function cause in original arabic there is no conjunction waw/and between his alleged 1st and 2nd function(to make it looks as only one out of five functions).
If there was conjunction waw/and after words "but a fitna for disbelievers", only then it be possible to count "attaining certainity and inceasing faith etc" mentioned in the verse as equal functions of their number, together with its function of being "but a fitna for those who disbelieve".
It is obvious that listing does not starts by fitna, but by "that those who are given the book attain certainity"…etc
Their number is not made but a fitna, and then(!) comes word "to/that"- to/that:1.those who are given the book attain certainity,2.those who believe to increase faith etc
And not: their number is :1 to disturb/ fitna,2. to atain certainity 3etc
Since there is no conjunction waw/and after words "but a fitna for those who disbelieve"-1st function of their number according rk- it is pretty clear that "but a fitna for disbelievers" is the MAIN and only function of No 19 and not first of five, and enumerating/listing starts after those words and not before them, that is, all functions listed after words "fitna for those who disbelieve" are not caused by their number itself but by their number being but a fitna/punishement (in hereafter) for those who disbelieve.
This is what verse says in arabic, this is natural reading and imo is obvious fact, EXCEPT in the case if someone is confused and heavily influenced with preconcieved idea of existing a consistent miraculous patern of 19 divisibility in quran.
His translation is too distorted and it hardly convey the meaning of the verse.
The verse says that FITNA for those who disbelieve is the prime, main and the ONLY FUNCTION of "their number". All other "functions/things mentioned in the verse are result of their number being fitna/punishement/torment.( We have NOT made their number - BUT a fitna for those who disbelieve; that…)
So it is not their number itself that will do the job of convincing , but their number being nothing "BUT A FITNA/punishement/torment for those who disbelieve(in hereafter) " will do the job of convincing/getting certainity and increasing imaan of the people in this world).
19 angels being but a torment/punishement for dibelievers in hell will do the job and not No 19 itself and not code 19 ...
Their number being but a fitna/punishement/torment for "those who disbelieved" reffers to hereafter, and functions listen after "their number being but a fitna" reffers to this world...
19 stands for /symbolise/represent 19 angels of saqar/hellfire...(see post scriptum-p.s. for one clarification more)
19 angels of hell fire is a description/example/symbol of torturing in hell fire- one of the main quranic concepts and admonitions, and according Quran - quranic doctrines and admonitions are of use to people...they increases faith and help to people get to certainity and help them to avoid/stop falling in doubts...
19 stern and severe guardians/employees in hell who perform torment(19 angels) will do the job of increasing and not the code...
reading Gods verses=>fearing of fire and its angels=> avoiding evil and following quran and reading quran=> increasing in faith
Quran is full of warnings(ZIKR)AND ADMONITIONS.. Warnings with hell fire is one of main doctrines of Quran...And Quran itself is called ZIKR/warning/reminder .... You can not find a single page of Quran without mention of THIS WARNING AND ADMONITION- the hell fire... People are warned/reminded in Quran to save themselves from the fire UPON IT (are)MALAIKAH- strong and severe who are flinch not from performing any commands of their Lord(punishing and torturing of disbelievers in hell)...(66/6) UPON IT (are) NINETEEN 74/30
So malaikah and their number are but a description and means and example of torturing in hell fire
What is the most important-- such quranic warnings according to Quran have power to increase faith of believers and have a power to increase in people awarness of hearafter and all the truths and purposes of their lifes, and to help the people(who read about these warnings in God`s book, and who "believe" in it, but are not convinced and are not on level of certainity) to attain certainity... Fearing of the punishement in hearafter force people to make good deeds, to be just , to read Quran, to learn, to strive in Gods path and to obey Allah commands in Quran and acting that way they attain certainity and increase their faith...and are prevented from falling in doubts... Does not reading of Quran ITSELF and its admonitions,morals,lessons, messages, wisdoms have CONVINCING power??
Also, reciting of Quranic verses with its warnings,morals and admonitions IS ITSELF ENOUGH FOR INCREASING THE FAITH OF BELIEVERS...
NO need for the verses which reffer to made up code...
8:2 "They only are the BELIEVERS whose hearts feel fear when Allah is mentioned, and when THE REVELATIONS/verses of Allah are RECITED unto them THEY INCREASE THEIR FAITH, and who trust in their Lord"
This is what believers of code 19 can not or wont understand .... They think that verses will increas faith only if they reffer to mathematical code....and according to them if they(verses) do not talk about the code then the verses are man made...and they(verses) are not different from any other utterance of mortal ??!!! And they(verses) can not increase faith and convince????
They wonder:" but why 19 malaikah"? "Why do you think god chooses the "number" of the angles over saqar to be 19...?" I will answer with another question : Why EIGHT malaikah will carry arsh(throne) of Allah at j day as mentioned in Quran?? Why do you think God choses 8 angels to carrie His throne at J day?? 69/17 And the angels will be on its sides, and EIGHT will bear, that Day, above them, the Throne of thy Lord.
I really do not know Gods secrets and why 19 angels suits the best to be guardian and performer of torments in hell... as well as i have no idea why 8 angels suits the best to carrie the Throne at J-day... Some new code? Code 8? Why there are exactly 11 players in soccer? Why not 12 ? Why not 10? God knows why exactly 19 angels are needed in hell...And it is not of a big importance to us...Our major concer should be to avoid the punishement which they perform... The phrase "None knows the soldiers of your Lord except He" seems to me as a good explanation for this. No one knows why exactly 19 malaikah are upon hell fire...only God know his soldiers- their characteristics, their capabilities, and He knows why he chosed exactly 19 malaikah, but we know that their purpose is to punish and torture disbelievers in hell (66/6) Probably the traits of malaikahs are such that it requires to be 19 of them in order to perfectly and effectively perform all the comands of punishing and and torturing of disbelievers in hell. If God made/set/appointed some other number, people would again ask: why this number? Why not some other number? Why exactly this number? Why not this and that?.. I leave them to God... (some said that 19 symbolise a large, indefinite number, this also makes sense - a lot of malaikah for torturing of disbelievers in hell) On the other side God surely knew that one day will come some people who will want to extricate some unquranic doctrines using parts of some verses so He gave them a chance ...(3/7)
Also, nowhere, in fully detailed Quran , I repeat NOWHERE God mentioned that some mathemathico-numerical code, or sign called 19 that will increase faith, BUT...
HE said MANY times in Quran that warnings of Quran,of which hell fire (and all of its the torments performed by angels there) is the most frequent, will be of use to people for increasing iman/faith and attaining iman and certainity...
SELF EXPLANATORY ASPECT OF QURAN IS NEGLECTED... In the same way sunnies have neglected it....
So, once again we have a case of preffering man made8appendicess) and subjective(witnessing miracle 19) explanation of verses instead of explaining Quran with Quran.... The believers of code 19 are themeselves witnesses that code 19 does not increase iman, but only increase sectarianism and transgression of quranic borders... After witnessing code 19 they become greater sunnies, inventors and idolators then sunnies themselves...
The phrase "this/it is a reminder to people" in 74/31 reffer to Quran/his verses/admonitions and/or hell as it is explained further in 74/32-37 (74/36 "this/it is but an admonition/nadhiran for all people") and not to code 19...
thats because the theme of the passage was rejecting the verses of quran and punishement promised for it and "saqar being lawwahatun to all people" *lawwahatun/waving/gesturing/showing/* to all people (warning?)
This will also be more clear if we read whole surah ...
If we read 74/42-47 we see listed reasons for ending in saqar/hell fire and we see how their situation is bad (no intercessors) AND in next verses 74/49 -50 God says:"Why are they so averse to reminder? Running like zebras."
So we see what is the reminder -saqar/hell-fire and mention of saqar in quran, as well as,in other scriptures.... they are avers of profiting by being admonished by hell fire and from rejecting to perform simple faith doctrines: no prayer, no alms giving , vain talk/ ridiculing? and not for rejecting the code....
Beside Quran as well as verses of all books of God is throughtout quran described as "the reminder" and called reminder ... code 19 not even a single time....
Also,it is followers of code 19 who are deprived from understanding of 74/31 and they wander:
How will mere mention of 19 angels guarding hell increase the faith??? How will mere mention of 19 angels guarding hell help people to attain certainity ?? etc.etc. etc..
THEY are THOSE WHO do not understand what God intended by the parable/example and after THAT they invented and accepted a whole satanic code in order to explain the parable/example .... They do not understand that quranic warnings are of benefit to people in increasing of faith and attaining certainity ...
That is because they do not explain Quranic verses by other quranic verses but by subjective experience and by trying to understand the verses in isolation of other verses(just like sunnies). Why they do not try to relate 74/31 to some other quranic verses(instead to appendices of RK and they subjective experience of witnessing man made manipulation called miracle/code 19), and only then, they will understand what God intended by the example....
What they can not and do not want to understand is that how can punishment of disbelievers in the hereater cause all the things listed as result?
What they do not want to see is that the Quran is a book of admonition
20/2 We did not reveal the Quran to you, to cause you any hardship. 20/3 But only as an admonition to those who fear (Allah),-
and they do not see that many detailed warnings have been distributed all arround it in order that people may fear and get admonished
20:113. We thus revealed it, an Arabic Quran, and we have been distributed all arround it all kinds of threats, that they may guard themselves against evil(or in order that people may fear), or that it may cause them to take heed.
21:49, 67:12, "Those who fear God bil ghayb (unseen) 36:11 "you can warn those who fear the Merciful bil ghayb" 87:9, "therefore give admonition in case the admonition profits (the hearer) 87:10 "He will head who fears. 87:11 "but it (admonition) will be avoided by the most unfortunate one.
p.s. This is an additional clarification of the expression "their number" mentioned in 74/31 Suppose that someone ask me: "how many lawyers we need to win this lawsuit?" And suppose that I answer: Such **number** which will be able to perform all the numerous tasks, BUT which, in the same time, would be able to fully COOPERATE on performing their duties WITHOUT DISRUPTING each other...
When i answer that this or that number is enough/needed to do the job, it is clear to every healthy person that actually THEY will do the job and not their number as an apstract 5,6,7,8 etc..
This is a perfect explanation of "their number" in 74/31...
Believers in the code beat the verse to the death and extricate from it that- it is not "19 of malaikah" that are fitna/punishement for those who disbelieved(in hereafter)- but No 19 as an apstract and symbol of code 19- is fitna/punishement/trial for disbelievers (in this world) They say "their number" is not "19 of malaikah" but "their number" is simply -"19"...
they laugh at me and ridicule When i say that their number is not 19, but 19 of them- 19 malaikah..
Look again what God says in 9/36: "indeed the *number of months* in the sight of Allah is *12 months*..."
Is Allah stupid??
Allah said "the *number of months*...is *12 months*"
Why did not allah said "the number of months is 12"?? but He said "the *number of months*...is *12 months*"...
(So-their number is not 19, but 19 of them- 19 malaikah...)
Of course it is the same whether you say "the number of months is 12" or "12 months"- it is just human language and everybody know what is meant.. The same case is with "their number" in 74/31 When Allah said: "we did not made/set their number but a fitna/punishement for those who disbelieve(d)in order that..." It simply means that 19 of malaikah are punishement for disbelievers(in hell)and this quranic admonition will result in effects listed after that-increasing in faith, removing doubts etc But believers in the code argue and try to extricate their doctrine from this verse,and they argue: you see the verse does not say that malaikah are fitna, but it say that "their number", that is 19 itself-as an apstract and symbol of code 19 and as one of Gods Sign is fitna for disbelievers and increases faith and remove doubts etcetcetc...They argue:
** Here is a simple IQ test for Zlaitaan : When GOD says THEIR NUMBER, He means : (a) Simply THEIR NUMBER (i.e. 19). (b) Not THEIR NUMBER, but THEM (c) Hell (d) Quran **
A certain NUMBER of reasons make me to believe that they are wrong and only follow what is ambiguos from quran...i remind you of 3/7 salaam...Zlatan