How can one present the case that the Muslim holy book was revealed not in Mecca/Medina but rather it was revealed in Israel near Sodom and Gomorrah. I have come to this conclusion not based on wishful thinking rather the evidence is found in the Koran.
Lets read Surah Saffat (37) Ayat 137-8
- Sahih International: And indeed, you pass by them in the morning – And at night. Then will you not use reason?
- Pickthall: And lo! ye verily pass by (the ruin of) them in the morning – And at night-time; have ye then no sense?
- Yusuf Ali: Verily, ye pass by their (sites), by day – And by night: will ye not understand?
- Shakir: And most surely you pass by them in the morning, – And at night; do you not then understand?
- Muhammad Sarwar: You pass by (their ruined town) in the morning and at night. – Will you then not understand?
- Mohsin Khan: Verily, you pass by them in the morning. – And at night; will you not then reflect?
- Arberry: and you pass by them in the morning – and in the night; will you not understand?
The location that this verse is talking about is Sodom and Gomorrah because the preceding verses were talking about how Allah had destroyed the people of Lot.
I was made aware of this because of Ibn Warraq and Tom Holland who have written about Islam’s origins in gerat depth. Do read their work along with watching some of their videos on youtube.
Ahmed Raza Khan – “Allah is the Un-wanting.” (Perfect, does not require anything.)
Ahmed Ali – God the immanently indispensable.
Arberry – God, the Everlasting Refuge,
Daryabadi – Allah, the Independent,
Hilali & Khan – “Allah-us-Samad (The Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need, He neither eats nor drinks).
Itani – God, the Absolute.
Maududi – Allah, Who is in need of none and of Whom all are in need;
Pickthall – Allah, the eternally Besought of all!
Qarai – Allah is the All-embracing.
Qaribullah & Darwish – the called upon.
Saheeh International – Allah, the Eternal Refuge.
Sarwar – God is Absolute.
Shakir – Allah is He on Whom all depend.
Wahiduddin Khan – God, the Self-sufficient One.
Yusuf Ali – Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
Muhsin Khan – “Allah-us-Samad (The Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need, He neither eats nor drinks).
Ali Unal – “God, the Eternally-Besought-of-All (Himself in no need of anything).
Faridul Haque – “Allah is the Un-wanting.” (Perfect, does not require anything.)
Hamid S. Aziz – Allah the Absolute, on whom all things depend, besought by all!
Literal -God the Lord/master/intended .
Mohammad Ali – Allah is He on Whom all depend.
Rahman Omar – `Allâh is that Supreme Being Who is the Independent and Besought of all and Unique in all His attributes.
With such a varying degree of translation one has to wonder why do the Islamist claim that their holy book is easy to understand (2:185, 16:89, 19:97 and 18:1-3). If this does not constitute evidence that the Koran is a book that is as much a book from God/Allah as it is the translators and commentators.