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6:137 Forbidding pagan superstitions

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Even so, in the eyes of most of the pagans, their “partners” made alluring the slaughter of their children, in order to lead them to their own destruction, and cause confusion in their religion. If Allah had willed, they would not have done so: But leave alone them and their inventions.

Yusuf Ali writes,

. The false gods and idols -among many nations,
including the Arabs- were supposed to require human
sacrifices. Ordinarily such sacrifices are revolting to man,
but they are made “alluring” -a sacred rite- by Pagan
custom, which falsely arrogates to itself the name of
Such customs, if allowed, would do nothing but destroy
the people who practice them, and make their religion
but a confused bundle of revolting superstitions


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. Microsoft Word – 006 Ana’m.doc (

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