The Koran is full of mistakes. I show one.
In short, instead of saying humans are commanded to treat their parents well it says humans are forbidden to treat their parents well.
After trying to be polite and avoiding the hard proof of a mistake, I am sufficiently annoyed to put this out there and see what people will do with this information.
It clearly says that being good to your parents is prohibited, using the word haram.
What I would expect is a text like in 17:23
"and your lord has commanded that you shall not serve (any) but him, and goodness to your parents."
I look forward to Muslim apologists coming out and giving this one a try.
Haram is ancient Arabic. Haram today means anything which is forbidden or a sin, which is deemed unwanted in Islam or against Islamic law. For example eating pork is called haram in 16:115.
The usage here is interesting and shows the complete and utter lack of clarity in Islamic texts. Al-Masjid-al-Haram actually means "forbidden place of worship". So now it is up to the individual what they make of it and how they arrive at mosque and the holiest one in Islam at that.
Ḥarām ( حَرَام) meaning "forbid", "prohibit" as verb
Ḥaram (حرم) meaning "sanctuary" or "holy site" as adjective or noun
Harrama, has prohibited, V - perfect third person male singular verb ḥā rā mīm (ح ر م)
Ḥ-R-M (ح ر م) root of many Semitic words, many used as names.
Bayt al-Haram — "The holy house" — the Kaaba
Muharram — "The holy month" — the first month of the Islamic calendar
Al-Haram ash-Sharif — "The greatly holy" — the Mosque in Jerusalem, and most importantly
Masjid al-Haram — "The holy mosque" — the mosque surrounding the Kaaba
There are 1000s of Islamic texts talking about this mosque, but very few tackle the etymological difficulty. Al-Masjid al-Haram literally means
"the place of worship which is inviolable/restricted/forbidden/sacred".
Looking at the ancient Arabic word "haram" itself we have different versions in the Koran, meaning forbidden, made unlawful and prohibited in 6 different forms.
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