[9.30] And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!
I'm getting a little bored of this dogma and desire to see some of the reasoning behind the Christians and Jews being in possession of only half a religion.
[9.52] Say: Do you await for us but one of two most excellent things? And we await for you (the unbelievers) that Allah will afflict you with punishment from Himself or by our hands. So wait; we too will wait with you.
This is like my view of how we sometimes play a part in someone elses story and it has no impact on our lives but a great one in theirs. To us we think that was a weird, maybe random event but to the other party it means a lot. This is god using us to forward his own plans. I love the timing aspect here as well, waiting for the right time is one of the key princliples of Castanedas philosophy.
[9.108] Never stand in it; certainly a masjid founded on piety from the very first day is more deserving that you should stand in it; in it are men who love that they should be purified; and Allah loves those who purify themselves.
This has got to be equivelent to clearing the Island of the Tonal. I am stunned by the commonality between Islam and Yaqui.
[9.112] They who turn (to Allah), who serve (Him), who praise (Him), who fast, who bow down, who prostrate themselves, who enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil, and who keep the limits of Allah; and give good news to the believers.
All this praying, fasting, prostrating is very human as far as i can tell, it's servitude to an earthly master not a heavenly one. Allah the metaphor would not ask this of its followers, only twisted humans would wish to control others in this fashion.
[9.113] It is not (fit) for the Prophet and those who believe that they should ask forgiveness for the polytheists, even though they should be near relatives, after it has become clear to them that they are inmates of the flaming fire.
Leave the Hindus alone!
[9.123] O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness; and know that Allah is with those who guard (against evil).
Hardness is something I am recognising in myself these days, I am reaching a point of belief in all that i have witnessed and this comes across so strongly that my views are fear inducing in others. How can you speak so assuredly? my fiance asks me. Because I have experienced what I am telling you, I reply.