Inferno

Dante Alighieri

In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.

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artwork by Gustav Dore

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Categories: Art, Christianity, Literature, Recommended Reading, Western Tradition

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  1. Dante Alighieri !
    I’ve read his work Divine Comedy which is obvious that he was influenced by the hadith of Isra’ and mi’raj and other hadiths.

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  2. I like canto 34 where Muhummad is tearing his insides out. He’s in hell for being a false prophet. Good judge of character our friend Dante.

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    • “… soon will ye know who it is whose end will be (best) in the Hereafter: certain it is that the wrong-doers will not prosper”

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    • He was a man of his time and place. He did not know the real Muhammad, just medieval falsehoods.

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    • Achillies,
      Based on your admiration for Dante being a good judge of character I assume you would agree with Dante’s reference to the Jews as greedy, scheming moneylenders and traitors and condemned them to the inferno? And that he condemned many Christian figures to the inferno as well?

      Dante was a racist anti-Semite, and anti-Muslim Islamophobic bigoted hate monger. I am not surprised you admire him so much.

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    • You got him! 🙂

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    • Sometimes you just have to take the good with the bad. Martin Luther was one of the greatest ever christian leaders but was wrong about the Jews.

      Dante was right about Muhummad and the popes. But wrong about the Jews. He should of read Romans 9-11. Where Paul makes the definitive statement on the Jews which explicity warns against anti-semitism.

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    • No, Dante was wrong about Muhammad because he is very badly informed about Islam as virtually all people in medieval Europe were. No surprises there.

      Some parts of the New Testament are horrifically anti-Semitic and were used to justify persecution and oppression of the Jews.

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    • Psalm 83 ipso facto rules muhummad a false prophet.

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    • an assertion is not an argument. Try again.

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    • As you wish. The psalmist addresses God and implores him to take action against the enemies of God. The enemies are set out which includes Hagrites and Ishmaelites. Ie Arabs.

      Now God is hardly likely to start talking through a member of a people who he has already stated as his enemies.

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    • No evidence. Just claims.

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    • Have you read Psalm 83? Its not long and pretty self explanatory.

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    • nothing in the Bible is self-explanatory. It all requires interpretation. You have failed to provide any evidence.

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  3. “The enemies are set out which includes Hagrites and Ishmaelites. Ie Arabs.”

    So, the whole Arab race are by default enemies of God?! Tell this to the millions upon millions of Arab Christians!

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    • Funny you say that. I have friends who are arab christians. I have explained to them Genesis 12:3; Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38,39. The look of astonishment on their faces.

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    • I remain very unimpressed. You have failed to quote a single verse from your corrupted Bible. Pathetic.

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    • But i thought you said Psalm 83 was self explanatory. Why did they need an explanation?

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    • Because they hadnt read it.

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    • Psalm 83 is a perfect example of the racism that is inherent within the Bible and Christianity. Any Arab or middle eastern Christian who reads that psalm (as well as numerous other verses) should understand that the Bible has targeted them personally as the enemy of God and Israel simply because of their race. The Bible degrades and insults Arabs and Middle easterners and relegates them to being rejects who are excluded from the covenant and distanced from the love of God, doomed to be the eternal enemy.

      In Stark Contrast, the Qur’an recognizes the birthright of all Arabs, as physical and/or spiritual descendants of Abraham and Ishmael and inheritors of Gods covenant, and promise of salvation in the gardens of paradise. The Qur’an makes no distinction between races, and all are invited to share EQUALLY in the same promise through acceptance of Islam.

      Al-Tabari (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: What is meant by the words “Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) till you follow their religion” is: Neither the Jews nor the Christians will ever be pleased with you, O Muhammad, so stop trying to please them and seek the pleasure of your Lord by calling them to that with which Allaah has sent you of the truth. End quote, Tafseer al-Tabari (1/565).

      It seems that if one does accept their religion …even then they will not fully accept you – if you are an Arab or belong to a racial group that they arbitrarily consider to be an “enemy of God.”

      What racism the Bible espouses.

      Arab Christians should run home to Islam as quickly as possible!!

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    • Wrong. They are targeted because of their hostility to Israel. Some fantastic arab christians like Brigette Gabriel get over it and learn to love Israel.

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    • achillies53
      Even if not an enemy of Israel, the Arab is still painted with a broad brush in the Bible as the outcast enemy of God.

      Its no surprise that a self hating bigot like Bridget Gabriel is the best example you can muster.

      I think I will hold to Islam.

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    • You need to let go of your pride and learn you need the grace of God and his forgiveness through the blood of Jesus. Worshiping a false God because you dont like what the one true God says is not the way to go.

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    • achillies53
      And YOU need to let go of your pride and learn you need the Rahma (Grace) God and his forgiveness through Tawbah (repentence). Worshiping a false Greco Roman Man God because you dont like what the one true Almighty God Allah says in the Qur’an is not the way to go.

      I am forgiven through Tawbah, and assured of Paradise everytime I say:

      Ashadu an lā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāh, Wa Ashadu’an muḥammadur-rasūlu-llāh

      ” I witness that there is no god but (the one) God (Allah). And I witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God.”

      Thanks for you concern!

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  4. Let’s read the real revelation which is from Allah.

    The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) very often used to ask his Companions, “Do any one of you has seen a dream?” So dreams would be narrated to him by those whom Allah willed to relate. One day he (ﷺ) said, “Last night I had a vision in which two men (angels) came to me and woke me up and said to me, ‘Proceed!’ I set out with them and we came across a man lying down, and behold, another man was standing over his head, holding a big rock. Behold, he was throwing the rock at the man’s head, smashing it. When he struck him, the stone rolled away and he went after it to get it, and no sooner had he returned to this man, his head was healed and restored to its former condition. The thrower (of the rock) then did the same as he had done before. I said to my two companions, ‘Subhan-Allah! Who are these?’ They said: ‘Proceed, proceed.’ So we proceeded and came to a man lying in a prone position and another man standing over his head with an iron hook, and behold, he would put the hook in one side of the man’s mouth and tear off that side of his face to the back (of the neck), and similarly tear his nose from front to back, and his eyes from front to back. Then he turned to the other side of the man’s face and did just as he has done with the first side. He had hardly completed that (second) side when the first returned to its normal state. I said to my two companions, ‘Subhan-Allah! Who are these?’ They said, ‘Proceed, proceed.’ So we proceeded and came across something like a Tannur (a kind of baking oven, a pit usually clay-lined for baking bread).” I (the narrator) think the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “In that oven there was much noise and voices.” The Prophet (ﷺ) added, “We looked into it and found naked men and women, and behold, a flame of fire was reaching to them from underneath, and when it reached them they cried loudly. I asked, ‘Who are these?’ They said to me, ‘Proceed, proceed.’ And so we proceeded and came across a river.” I (the narrator) think he said, “– red like blood.” The Prophet (ﷺ) added, “And behold, in the river there was a man swimming, and on the bank there was a man who had collected many stones. Behold, while the other man was swimming, he went near him. The former opened his mouth and the latter (on the bank) threw a stone into his mouth whereupon he went swimming again. Then again he (the former) returned to him (the latter), and every time the former returned, he opened his mouth, and the latter threw a stone into his mouth, (and so on) the performance was repeated. I asked my two companions, ‘Who are these?’ They replied, ‘Proceed, proceed.’ And we proceeded till we came to a man with a repulsive appearance, the most repulsive appearance you ever saw a man having! Beside him there was a fire, and he was kindling it and running around it. I asked my two companions, ‘Who is this (man).’ They said to me, ‘Proceed, proceed!’ So we proceeded till we reached a garden of deep green dense vegetation, having all sorts of spring colours. In the midst of the garden there was a very tall man, and I could hardly see his head because of his great height, and around him there were children in such a large number as I have never seen! I said to my two companions, ‘Who is this?’ They replied, ‘Proceed, proceed.’ So we proceeded till we came to a majestic, huge garden, greater and better than any garden I have ever seen! My two companions said to me, ‘Ascend up’ and I ascended up.” The Prophet (ﷺ) added, “So we ascended till we reached a city built of gold and silver bricks, and we went to its gate and asked (the gatekeeper) to open the gate, and it was opened; and we entered the city and found in it men with one side of their bodies as handsome as the most handsome person you have ever seen, and the other side as ugly as the ugliest person you have ever seen! My two companions ordered those men to throw themselves into the river. Behold, there was a river flowing across (the city), and its water was like milk in whiteness. Those men went and threw themselves in it and then returned to us after the ugliness (of their bodies) had disappeared, and they came in the best shape.” The Prophet (ﷺ) further added, “My two companions said to me: ‘This place is the ‘Adn Jannah, and that is your place.’ I raised up my sight, and behold, there I saw a palace like a white cloud! My two companions said to me, ‘That palace is your place,’ I said to them, ‘May Allah bless you both! Let me enter it.’ They replied, ‘As for now, you will not enter it, but you shall enter it (one day).’ I said to them, ‘I have seen many wonders tonight. What does all that mean which I have seen?’ They replied, ‘We will inform you: As for the first man you came upon, whose head was being smashed with the rock, he is the one who studies the Qur’an and then neither recites it nor acts on its orders, and sleeps, neglecting the enjoined prayers. As for the man you came upon, whose sides of mouth, nostrils and eyes were torn off from front to back, he the man who goes out of his house in the morning and tells lies that are spread all over the world. And those naked men and women whom you saw in a construction resembling an oven, they are the adulterers and the adulteresses. And the man who was given a stone to swallow is the eater of Ar-Riba (usury), and the bad-looking man whom you saw near the fire, kindling it and going around it, is Malik, the gatekeeper of Hell, and the tall man you saw in the garden is (Prophet) Abraham, and the children around him are those who died upon Al-Fitrah (the Islamic Faith of Monotheism).”‘ The narrator added: Some Muslims asked the Prophet (ﷺ) , “O Messenger of Allah! What about the children of Al- Mushrikun (i.e., polytheists, pagans, idolaters, and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah and in His Messenger Muhammad (ﷺ))?” The Prophet (ﷺ) replied, “And also the children of Al-Mushrikun.” The Prophet (ﷺ) added: “My two companions added, ‘The men you saw half handsome and half ugly were these people who had mixed an act that was good with another that was bad, but Allah forgave them’.”

    [Al-Bukhari]

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    Dante may be in the state of the man whose sides of mouth, nostrils and eyes are torn off from front to back since he wrote a big lie , yet Allah the only one who knows, and we cannot speak on behalf of Allah (SW), and we don’t know the status of that man when he died.

    Note : the language’s beauty of that hadith has been taken out because of the translation.

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