Harun Yahya

Chapter I
Examples of Parts That are Bereft of Respect to God, Islam and the Qur'an
In the Books Allegedly Written by Mawlana Rumi



1. Rumi's Language Bereft of Respect Regarding the Word 'Insha'Allah' [if God wills] and the Fact That He is Depicted as God – may God Forbid



Mawlana Rumi orders a job to be done. When Sheikh Muhammad Hadım says "Insha'Allah", Rumi yells out "o you idiot, who is sayıng this anyway?" (Abdulbaki Gölpınarlı, Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi Hayatı Eserleri Felsefesi, Inkılap Publications, Istanbul/1985, 4th edition, p.196)

Saying "Insha'Allah" is a Command of God



Never say about anything, 'I am doing that tomorrow,' without adding 'If God wills [insha'Allah].' Remember your Lord when you forget, and say, 'Hopefully my Lord will guide me to something closer to right guidance than this.' (Qur'an, 18:23-24)




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❋ The statement that would be in line with the Qur'an would be to say that all creation is a manifestation of God. However, here the book states "Rumi attributed deity not only to Himself, but to all of humanity." In other words, instead of saying -in compliance with the Qur'an- that Rumi and people are beautiful manifestations of God, here it is stated that they are the Personage of God, -may God forbid-





Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has Stated that Saying 'Insha'Allah' Shows Someone's Perfection in Faith



There is no obedience better than saying insha'Allah for people. If a person says 'insha'Allah' (if Go         d wills) when he speaks, it shows the perfection of his belief. (Al-Suyuti, Al Jami As Saghir, II/ 50, 2486)

2. Stating that Drinking Wine is Lawful Despite the Fact That God has Commanded it Unlawful in the Qur'an



Everything that gives pleasure has been prohibited to prevent these lowlifes attaining a proof and becoming used to. Or else, wine, playing music, loving those beautiful and sama' are lawful for the pure ones, unlawful for lowlifes.  (Abdulbaki Gölpınarlı, Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi Hayatı Eserleri Felsefesi [Life, Works and Philosophy of Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi], Inkılap Publications, Istanbul/1985, 4th edition, p.200; Abdulbaki Gölpınarlı, Seçme Rubailer [Selected Poems], poem no. CLXXII, p.43)

If he (the wine-drinker) be intelligent, he becomes decorous … (displays goodly qualities when beside himself); and if he be evil-natured, he becomes worse. (The Mathnawi of Jalau'ddin Rumi, Translation and Commentary by Reynold A. Nicholson, Books III&IV, Couplet 2155, p.391)


God has Commanded Wine Unlawful to All Mankind



You who believe! Wine and gambling, stone altars and divining arrows are filth from the handiwork of satan. Avoid them completely so that hopefully you will be successful. (Qur'an, 5:90)

They will ask you about alcoholic drinks and gambling. Say, 'There is great wrong in both of them and also certain benefits for mankind. But the wrong in them is greater than the benefit.' They will ask you what they should give away. Say, 'Whatever is surplus to your needs.' In this way God makes the Signs clear to you, so that hopefully you will reflect. (Qur'an, 2:219)

Satan wants to stir up enmity and hatred between you by means of wine and gambling, and to debar you from remembrance of God and from prayer. Will you not then give them up? (Qur'an, 5:91)





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❋ According to the Qur'an, unlawful deeds apply to prophets, saints, sincere believers and all people in the same way. Lawful or unlawful deeds are not subjective. Wine is rendered unlawful for everyone. However, music, dancing, and cherishing everything that is beautiful are not deemed unlawful according to the Qur'an.





 




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❋ According to the Qur'an, unlawful deeds apply to prophets, saints, sincere believers and all people in the same way. Lawful or unlawful deeds are not subjective. Wine is rendered unlawful for everyone. However, music, dancing, and cherishing everything that is beautiful are not deemed unlawful according to the Qur'an.





3. Rumi Expresses Himself as Neither a Muslim Nor an Infidel




We are infidels of love, Muslim is something else. (Abdulbaki Gölpınarlı, Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi Hayatı Eserleri Felsefesi, Inkılap Publications, Istanbul/1985, 4th edition, p.298)

There is a World outside Islam and disbelief
We are enamoured of the atmosphere therein.
The mystic lays down his head when he reaches there.
There is neither Islam nor Disbelief in this place.
(Afzal Iqbal, The Life and Work of Jalal ud-Din Rumi, p.166; Abdulbaki Gölpınarlı, Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi Hayatı Eserleri Felsefesi, Inkılap Publications, Istanbul/1985, 4th edition, p. 298)

THERE lies a desert
Past faith and infidelity

….

For there abideth
Nor infidelity, nor faith. (The Rubaiyat of Jalal Al-Din Rumi, Select translations into English Verse by A.J. Arberry, 1949, Beyond Faith, p.39; Abdulbaki Gölpınarlı, Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi Hayatı Eserleri Felsefesi, Inkılap Publications, Istanbul/1985, 4th edition, p.198)

There is no such thing as Islam or infidels! (Maulana Rumi Online: 100 Selected Rumi Poems)


God Does not Love Unbelievers



(Say,) 'Anyone who is the enemy of God and of His angels, and of His Messengers and of Gabriel and Michael, should know that God is the enemy of the unbelievers.' (Qur'an, 2:98)

God obliterates usury but makes charity grow in value! God does not love any persistently ungrateful wrongdoer. (Qur'an, 2:276)

That is because God is the Protector of those who believe and because those who disbelieve have no protector. (Qur'an, 47:11)





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God Has Cursed Those Who Die as Unbelievers; Unbelievers are Dwellers of Hell



But as for those who disbelieve and die while they are unbelievers, the curse of God is upon them and that of the angels and all mankind. They will be under it for ever. The punishment will not be lightened for them. They will be granted no reprieve. (Qur'an, 2:161-162)

... As for any of you who revert from their religion and die unbelievers, their actions will come to nothing in this world and the hereafter. They are the Companions of the Fire, remaining in it timelessly, for ever. (Qur'an, 2:217)

Such people are the true unbelievers. We have prepared a humiliating punishment for the unbelievers. (Qur'an, 4:151)

Then on the Day of Rising He will disgrace them, and say, 'Where are My partner gods for whose sake you became so hostile?' Those given knowledge will say, 'Today there is disgrace and evil for the unbelievers.' (Qur'an, 16:27)

God has cursed the unbelievers and prepared a Searing Blaze for them. (A Searing Blaze) where they will remain timelessly, for ever and ever, not finding any protector or any helper. (Qur'an, 33:64-65)

We have made ready for the unbelievers shackles and chains and a Searing Blaze. (Qur'an, 76:4)





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❋ According to the Qur'an, unlawful deeds apply to prophets, saints, sincere believers and all people in the same way. Lawful or unlawful deeds are not subjective. Wine is rendered unlawful for everyone. However, music, dancing, and cherishing everything that is beautiful are not deemed unlawful according to the Qur'an.





Unbelievers and Muslims are not Close; The Real Friends of Muslims are Sincerely Believing Muslims



Do those who take the unbelievers as protectors, rather than the believers, hope to find power and strength with them? Power and strength belong entirely to God. (Qur'an, 4:139)

The believers should not take unbelievers as friends rather than believers. Anyone who does that has nothing to do with God at all–unless it is because you guard yourselves against them, taking security. God advises you to be afraid of Him. God is the final destination. (Qur'an, 3:28)

You who believe! Do not take the unbelievers as friends rather than the believers. Do you want to give God clear proof against you? (Qur'an, 4:144)


Muslims Are Obliged to Struggle With Unbelief on Intellectual Ground



Do not obey the unbelievers and hypocrites and disregard their abuse of you. Put your trust in God. God suffices as a Protector. (Qur'an, 33:48)

So do not obey the unbelievers but use this (the Qur'an) to struggle against them with all your might. (Qur'an, 25:52)


4. The Claim That Masnavi Comes From the Presence of God and is Equivalent to The Qur'an (The Holy Qur'an is Above This Claim)



This is the book of the Masnavi, which is the roots of the roots of the roots of the (Mohammedan) Religion in respect of (its) unveiling the mysteries of attainment (to the Truth) and of certainity; and which is the greatest science of God and the clearest (religious) way of God and the most manifest evidence of God. ... (written) by the hands of noble righteous scribes who forbid (with the words) None shall touch it except the purified. Falsehood doth not approach it either from before or behind, since God observes it and watches over it... And it hath other titles of honour which God hatd bestowed upon it. (The Mathnawi of Jalau'ddin Rumi, Translation and Commentary by Reynold A. Nicholson, Book I, Introduction)

The Qur'an is The Law And Book Of God



The revelation of the Book, without any doubt of it, is from the Lord of the worlds. (Qur'an, 32:2)

The revelation of the Book is from God, the Almighty, the All-Knowing. (Qur'an, 40:2)

We have sent down the Book to you with truth. So worship God, making your religion sincerely His. (Qur'an, 39:2)


The Qur'an is Guidance to Truth and Healing



Mankind! Admonition has come to you from your Lord and also healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers. (Qur'an, 10:57)

We send down in the Qur'an that which is a healing and a mercy to the believers, but it only increases the wrongdoers in loss. (Qur'an, 17:82)

Certainly it is guidance and a mercy for the believers. (Qur'an, 27:77)

On that Day We will raise up among every community a witness against them from amongst themselves, and bring you as a witness against them. We have sent down the Book to you making all things clear and as guidance and mercy and good news for the Muslims. (Qur'an, 16:89)





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The Qur'an is Under the Preservation of God



Falsehood cannot reach it (the Qur'an) from before it or behind it–it is a revelation from One Who is All-Wise, Praiseworthy. (Qur'an, 41:42)

It is We Who have sent down the Reminder and We Who will preserve it. (Qur'an, 15:9)


The Qur'an is Written by Purified Scribes



(The Qur'an is) inscribed on Honoured Pages, exalted, purified by the hands of scribes, noble, virtuous. (Qur'an, 80:13-16)

The Command 'Only the Purified Can Touch the Qur'an' is Related to the Qur'an



It truly is a Noble Qur'an. In a well protected Book. No one may touch it except the purified. Revelation sent down from the Lord of all the worlds. (Qur'an, 56:77-80)

5. The Claim That the Knowledge Given by Way of a Means and not Directly From God is Unworthy [Referring To Knowledge [The Qur'an] That Came to Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) by Way Of the Archangel Gabriel and Hence Claiming it is Unworthy (The Qur'an is Above This Claim)]




The knowledge that is not immediately from God Himself does not endure, (it is) like the tirewoman's paint. (The Mathnawi of Jalau'ddin Rumi, Translation and Commentary by Reynold A. Nicholson, Books I - II, Couplet 3449, p. 188)


The Qur'an is the Word of God; it is God Who Assigned Gabriel to Convey Revelation to Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh)



It is nothing but Revelation revealed,
taught him by one immensely strong,

possessing power and splendour. He stood there stationary–

there on the highest horizon.

Then he drew near and hung suspended.

He was two bow-lengths away or even closer.

Then He revealed to His servant what He revealed.

His heart did not lie about what he saw.

What! Do you dispute with him about what he saw? (Qur'an, 53:4-12)

Truly it is revelation sent down by the Lord of all the worlds. The Faithful Spirit brought it down to your heart so you would be one of the Warners. (Qur'an, 26:192-194)

He is the Raiser of ranks, the Possessor of the Throne, He sends the Spirit by His command to whichever of His servants He wills so that he may warn mankind about the Day of Meeting. (Qur'an, 40:15)





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Gabriel is Honorable and Esteemed in the Presence of God



Truly it (the Qur'an) is the speech of a noble Messenger, possessing great strength, securely placed with the Lord of the Throne. (Qur'an, 81:19-20)

Gabriel's Support is a Blessing for Believers



Say: 'The Purest Spirit has brought it down from your Lord with truth, to make those who believe firm, and as guidance and good news for the Muslims.' (Qur'an, 16:102)

6. The Claim That a Perfect Man Turns Infidelity to Religion




Whatever an ill man takes becomes illness, but if a perfect man takes infidelity it becomes religion. (The Mathnawi of Jalau'ddin Rumi, Translation and Commentary by Reynold A. Nicholson, Books I&II, Couplet 1610, p. 89)


Infidelity Never Turns to Religion For Believers; Unbelievers Will Be Eternal Dwellers of Hell



Say: 'Unbelievers!
I do not worship what you worship

and you do not worship what I worship.

Nor will I worship what you worship

nor will you worship what I worship.

You have your religion and I have my religion.' (Qur'an, 109:1-6)

If you do not do that–and you will not do it–then fear the Fire whose fuel is people and stones, made ready for the unbelievers. (Qur'an, 2:24)

But as for those who disbelieve and die while they are unbelievers, the curse of God is upon them and that of the angels and all mankind. They will be under it for ever. The punishment will not be lightened for them. They will be granted no reprieve. (Qur'an, 2:161-162)

As for those who disbelieve and die while they are unbelievers, the whole earth filled with gold would not be accepted from any of them if they were to offer it as a ransom. They will have a painful punishment. They will have no helpers. (Qur'an, 3:91)


God Does not Love Unbelievers; Infidelity is Cursed



Say, 'Obey God and the Messenger.' Then if they turn away, God does not love the unbelievers. (Qur'an, 3:32)

God has promised the men and women of the hypocrites and unbelievers the Fire of Hell, remaining in it timelessly, for ever. It will suffice them. God has cursed them. They will have everlasting punishment. (Qur'an, 9:68)

So that He can repay with His bounty those who believed and did right actions. He certainly does not love the unbelievers. (Qur'an, 30:45)

God has cursed the unbelievers and prepared a Searing Blaze for them. (Qur'an, 33:64)


Muslims do not Obey Unbelievers



So do not obey the unbelievers but use this (the Qur'an) to struggle against them with all your might. (Qur'an, 25:52)




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Unbelievers are in a Continuous Loss



It is He Who made you His successors on the earth. So whoever disbelieves, his disbelief is against himself. In God's Sight, the unbelief of the unbelievers only increases their loathsomeness; the unbelief of the unbelievers only increases their loss. (Qur'an, 35:39)

Yet they worship instead of God what can neither help nor harm them. The unbeliever is ever, against his Lord, an assistant (to satan). (Qur'an, 25:55)


Unbelievers Have no Protector or Friend



That is because God is the Protector of those who believe and because those who disbelieve have no protector. (Qur'an, 47:11)

We know that some of you will deny it. It is a cause of great distress to those who are unbelievers. And it is undeniably the Truth of Certainty. Glorify then the name of your Lord, the Magnificent. (Qur'an, 69:49-52)

Noah said, 'My Lord! Do not leave a single one of the unbelievers on earth! If You leave any they will misguide Your servants and spawn nothing but more dissolute unbelievers.' (Qur'an, 71:26-27)

We guided him on the Way, whether he is thankful or unthankful. We have made ready for the unbelievers shackles and chains and a Searing Blaze. (Qur'an, 76:3-4)

So today those who believe are laughing at the unbelievers, on couches, gazing in wonder. Have the unbelievers been rewarded for what they did? (Qur'an, 83:34-36)


7. The Claim That the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) Whose Morality God Created as Magnificent and Who Abided the Qur'an in the Most Perfect and Complete Way, -may God Forbid- Enjoyed A Life Against the Qur'an, Forgot That Destiny is in Effect, Expected Worldly Gains, did not Consent to the Events God Created and Wanted To Commit Suicide




Whenever (the sense of) separation (from God) overpowered Mustafá [the Prophet Muhammad], he would be on the point of casting himself down from the mountain, Until Gabriel would say to him, "Hark, do it not, for great fortune is (coming) to thee from the Command, Be!"

(Then) Mustafa would desist from casting (himself down), (till) separation again made an attack (upon him). (Then) again, from grief and sorrow, he would be on the point of throwing himself headlong from the mountain.. (The Mathnawi of Jalau'ddin Rumi, Translation and Commentary by Reynold A. Nicholson, Books V&IV, Couplet 3535, p.212)


The Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) Possessed a Superior Morality and is a Blessed Person Sent as a Role Model by God



Nun By the Pen and what they write down! By the blessing of your Lord, you are not mad. You will have a wage which never-fails. Indeed you are truly vast in character. So you will see and they will see which of you is mad. Your Lord knows best who is misguided from His Way and He knows best those who are guided. (Qur'an, 68:1-7)

You have an excellent model in the Messenger of God, for all who put their hope in God and the Last Day and remember God much. (Qur'an, 33:21)

For this We sent a Messenger to you from among you to recite Our Signs to you and purify you and teach you the Book and Wisdom and teach you things you did not know before. (Qur'an, 2:151)

God showed great kindness to the believers when He sent a Messenger to them from among themselves to recite His Signs to them and purify them and teach them the Book and Wisdom, even though before that they were clearly misguided. (Qur'an, 3:164)

It is He Who raised up among the unlettered people a Messenger from them to recite His Signs to them and purify them and teach them the Book and Wisdom, even though before that they were clearly misguided. (Qur'an, 62:2)





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Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) Acted Upon Revelation



By the star when it descends, your companion is not misguided or misled; nor does he speak from whim. It is nothing but Revelation revealed, taught him by one immensely strong, (Qur'an, 53:1-5)

When Our Clear Signs are recited to them, those who do not expect to meet Us say, 'Bring a Qur'an other than this one or change it.' Say: 'It is not for me to change it of my own accord. I follow nothing except what is revealed to me. I fear, were I to disobey my Lord, the punishment of a Dreadful Day.' Say: 'Had God so wished, I would not have recited it to you nor would He have made it known to you. I lived among you for many years before it came. Will you not use your intellect?' (Qur'an, 10:15-16)

So call and go straight as you have been ordered to. Do not follow their whims and desires but say, 'I believe in a Book sent down by God and I am ordered to be just between you. God is our Lord and your Lord. We have our actions and you have your actions. There is no debate between us and you. God will gather us all together. He is our final destination.' (Qur'an, 42:15)


The Whole Life of The Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) is for God Alone



Say: 'My prayer and my rites, my living and my dying, are for God alone, the Lord of all the worlds.' (Qur'an, 6:162)

Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) Never Expected Any Return for Preaching Religion



(Eber said,) 'My people! I do not ask you for any wage for it. My wage is the responsibility of Him Who brought me into being. So will you not use your intellect?' (Qur'an, 11:51)

Say: 'I do not ask you for any wage for it–only that anyone who wants to should make his way towards his Lord.' (Qur'an, 25:57)

Say: 'I do not ask you for any wage for it, nor am I a man of false pretensions.' (Qur'an, 38:86)

That is the good news which God gives to His servants who believe and do right actions. Say: 'I do not ask for any recompense for this (preaching the faith in Messengership), but (seek) love for (my) kindreds (and God's nearness).' If anyone does a good action, We will increase the good of it for him. God is Ever-Forgiving, Ever-Thankful.' (Qur'an, 42:23)

Say: 'I have not asked you for any wage–it is all for you. My wage is the responsibility of God alone. He is witness of everything.' (Qur'an, 34:47)


The Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) is an Exemplary Model for All Muslims



And put your trust in God. God suffices as a Guardian. (Qur'an, 33:3)

Is God not enough for His servant? Yet they try to scare you with others apart from Him. If God misguides someone, he has no guide. (Qur'an, 39:36)

If you do not help him, God did help him when those who disbelieved drove him out and there were two of them in the Cave. He said to his companion, 'Do not be despondent, God is with us.' Then God sent down His serenity upon him and reinforced him with troops you could not see. He made the word of those who disbelieved undermost. It is the word of God which is uppermost. God is Almighty, All-Wise. (Qur'an, 9:40)

..Say: 'God is enough for me. All those who truly trust put their trust in Him.' (Qur'an, 39:38)

(Believers are) those to whom people said, 'The people have gathered against you, so fear them.' But that merely increased their faith and they said, 'God is enough for us and the Best of Guardians.' (Qur'an, 3:173)

God knows best who your enemies are. God suffices as a Protector; God suffices as a Helper. (Qur'an, 4:45)

Do not give up and do not be downhearted. You shall be uppermost if you are believers. (Qur'an, 3:139)

If they argue with you, say, 'I have submitted myself completely to God, and so have all who follow me.' Say to those given the Book and those who have no Book, 'Have you become Muslim?' If they become Muslim, they have been guided. If they turn away, you are only responsible for transmission. God sees His servants. (Qur'an, 3:20)


Evaluating the Prophets by Their Wealth is a Characteristic of Unbelievers



They say, 'Why was this Qur'an not sent down to one of the great men of the two cities?' (Qur'an, 43:31)

They say, 'We will not believe you until you make a spring gush out from the earth for us; or have a garden of dates and grapes which you make rivers come pouring through; or make the sky, as you claim, fall down on us in lumps; or bring God and the angels here as a guarantee; or possess a house built out of gleaming gold; or ascend up into heaven–and even then we will not believe in your ascent unless you bring us down a book to read!' Say: 'Glory be to my Lord! Am I anything but a human messenger?' (Qur'an, 17:90-93)

Say: 'I do not say to you that I possess the treasuries of God, nor do I know the Unseen, nor do I say to you that I am an angel. I only follow what has been revealed to me.' Say: 'Are the blind the same as those who can see? So will you not reflect?' (Qur'an, 6:50)


The Fact That the Person Who Says 'Masnavi is a Commentary of the Qur'an' is Being Crossed and Responded as 'Why Should Not Masnavi be the Qur'an?'




His son and successor, Sultan Walad narrates:
One of our companions complained to my father saying, 'Some scholars (danishmandan) argued with me, saying, 'Why do they call the Masnawi the Qur'an?'
I responded, 'It is a commentary (tafsir) on the Qur'an.'
My father [i.e., Rumi] was silent for a moment. Then he said, 'O dog! Why shouldn't it be? O, donkey! Why shouldn't it be? O, your-sister's-a-whore! Why shouldn't it be?'
(Shahab Ahmed, What Is Islam?: The Importance of Being Islamic, p.307; Ahmad Aflaki, Ariflerin Menkıbeleri [The Manaqib al-Arifin], Turkish Ministry of National Education Publications, p. 306)


The Qur'an is Unique and Matchless



Say: 'If all the sea was ink to write down the Words of my Lord, it would run out long before the Words of my Lord ran out,' even if We were to bring the same amount of ink again. (Qur'an, 18:109)

If We Had sent down this Qur'an onto a mountain, you would have seen it humbled, crushed to pieces out of fear of God. We make such examples for people so that hopefully they will reflect. (Qur'an, 59:21)

Do they say, 'He has invented it'? Say: 'Then produce a sura like it and call on anyone you can besides God if you are telling the truth.' (Qur'an, 10:38)

Say: 'If both men and jinn banded together to produce the like of this Qur'an, they could never produce anything like it, even if they backed each other up.' We have variegated throughout this Qur'an all kinds of examples for people, but most people spurn anything but unbelief. (Qur'an, 17:88-89)

Or do they say, 'He has invented it?' Say, 'Then produce ten invented suras like this, and call on anyone you can besides God if you are telling the truth.' If they do not respond to you then know that it has been sent down with God's knowledge and that there is no god but Him. So will you not become Muslims? (Qur'an, 11:13-14)

Do they say, 'He has invented it'? Say: 'Then produce a sura like it and call on anyone you can besides God if you are telling the truth.' No, the fact is that they have denied something which their knowledge does not embrace and the meaning of which has not yet reached them. In the same way those before them also denied the truth. See the final fate of the wrongdoers! (Qur'an, 10:38-39)

If you have doubts about what We have sent down to Our servant, produce another sura equal to it, and call your witnesses, besides God, if you are telling the truth. If you do not do that – and you will not do it – then fear the Fire whose fuel is people and stones, made ready for the unbelievers. (Qur'an, 2:23-24)





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❋ To be able to justify Rumi's words that put the Masnavi on par with the Qur'an, it is said that statements made by saints are inspired by God. Surely, it is God Who makes all people talk. Every word belongs to God. However, this does not indicate that all words are equivalent to the Qur'an, the revelation of God. But here, the Masnavi is openly put on par with the Qur'an, and this is a heresy.








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The Only Power to Bring Decree is God



Among them is a group who distort the Book with their tongues so that you think it is from the Book when it is not from the Book. They say, 'It is from God,' but it is not from God. They tell a lie against God and they know it. (Qur'an, 3:78)

Or do they have partners who have laid down a religion for them for which God has not given any authority? Were it not for the prior Word of Decision, the judgement between them would already have been made. The wrongdoers will have a painful punishment. (Qur'an, 42:21)

When they are told, 'Follow what God has sent down to you,' They say, 'We are following what we found our fathers doing.' What, even though their fathers did not understand a thing and were not guided! (Qur'an, 2:170)

Similarly We never sent any warner before you to any city without the affluent among them saying, 'We found our fathers following a religion and we are simply following in their footsteps.' Say: 'What if I have come with better guidance than what you found your fathers following?'They say, 'We reject what you have been sent with.' (Qur'an, 43:23-24)

Is it not enough for them that We have sent down to you the Book which is recited to them? There is certainly a mercy and reminder in that for people who believe. (Qur'an, 29:51)

Who could do greater wrong than those who invent lies against God? Such people will be arrayed before their Lord and the witnesses will say, 'Those are the ones who lied against their Lord.' Yes indeed! God's curse is on the wrongdoers. (Qur'an, 11:18)

What is the matter with you? How do you reach your judgement? Will you not pay heed? Or do you have some clear authority? Bring your Book, then, if you are telling the truth! (Qur'an, 37:154-157)

What is the matter with you? On what basis do you judge? Or do you have a Book which you study, so that you may have anything in it you choose? (Qur'an, 68:36-38)


9. The Claim That 'He Can Defeat Destiny–May God Forbid-' in Masnavi




..though my wings are gone, when Thou art kind to me the heavenly sphere [destiny] lessens its play (slackens the speed of its revolution in amazement) at my play (swift and sportive flight). (The Mathnawi of Jalau'ddin Rumi, Translation and Commentary by Reynold A. Nicholson, Book 1& II, Couplet 345)


Everything is Predestined



Indeed, all things We created with predestination. (Qur'an, 54:49)

Certainly there is no hidden thing in either heaven or earth which is not in a Clear Book. (Qur'an, 27:75)

He directs the whole affair from heaven to earth. Then it will again ascend to Him on a Day whose length is a thousand years by the way you measure. (Qur'an, 32:5)

Everything they did is in the Books. Everything is recorded, big or small. (54:52-53)

There is no creature on the earth which is not dependent upon God for its provision. He knows where it lives and where it dies. They are all in a Clear Book. (Qur'an, 11:6)


Nothing Takes Place Without God Willing; There is No One to Change God's Destiny



The keys of the Unseen are in His possession. No one knows them but Him. He knows everything in the land and sea. No leaf falls without His knowing it. There is no seed in the darkness of the earth, and nothing moist or dry which is not in a Clear Book. (Qur'an, 6:59)

No misfortune occurs except by God's permission. Whoever believes in God–He will guide his heart. God has knowledge of all things. (Qur'an, 64:11)

Say: 'You have a promised appointment on a Day which you cannot delay or advance a single hour.' (Qur'an, 34:30)

Every nation has an appointed time. When their time comes, they cannot delay it a single hour or bring it forward. (Qur'an, 7:34)





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10. The Deifying of Rumi –May God Forbid-; the Claim That Trees Prostrate To Rumi




Mawlana Rumi left the house early in the morning. Whichever tree he came upon, that tree saluted him and all trees were prostrating and showing me the wisdom behind the Qur'anic verse that the stars and the trees all bow down in prostration. (Ahmad Aflaki, Ariflerin Menkıbeleri [The Manaqib al-Arifin], Turkish Ministry of National Education Publications, p. 327)


Plants, Angels, Humans and All Created Beings Prostrate to God Alone



The herbs and the trees all bow down in prostration. (Qur'an, 55:6)

Those who are in the Presence of your Lord do not consider themselves too great to worship Him. They glorify His praise and they prostrate to Him. (Qur'an, 7:206)

Everyone in heaven and earth prostrates to God willingly or unwillingly, as do their shadows in the morning and the evening. (Qur'an, 13:15)

Everything in the heavens and every creature on the earth prostrates to God, as do the angels. They are not puffed up with pride. (Qur'an, 16:49)

When they are told to prostrate to the All-Merciful, they say, 'And what is the All-Merciful? Are we to prostrate to something you command us to?' And it merely makes them run away all the more. (Qur'an, 25:60)

(The servants of the All-Merciful are) those who pass the night prostrating and standing before their Lord; those who say, 'Our Lord, avert from us the punishment of Hell, its punishment is inescapable pain. (Qur'an, 25:64-65)





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