Why the Standard Versions of the Quran are so Difficult to Decipher

In a recent conversation with Bill Warner, I understood something about the Quran I have never considered before: That the Quran might be "coded."

I told him when I first tried to read the Quran, I found it almost impossible. And I'm a good reader. My reading comprehension has been tested and it is very high. Yet I found my standard Quran confusing and frustrating to read.

Bill said, "That's because it's in code."

The message is scrambled, in the same way military communications are sent in code in times of war. Or, as Bill put it, "the text was randomized."

Whether it was done intentionally or not, the message written in the Quran has been made difficult to sort out, and that discourages almost all non-Muslims — and a significant percentage of Muslims — from reading it.

Non-Muslims are almost entirely in the dark about the political duties incumbent on every Muslim revealed in the Quran, even though any normal bookstore in the Western world sells numerous copies translated into English. And most Muslims must rely on their imams to tell them what Islam is about, which explains much of the Muslim confusion about their own religion.

In what way is the message scrambled? First, the chapters are published out of order in every standard Quran. Rather than printing them using the chronological order in which they were revealed, the 114 chapters (suras) of the Quran are arranged using a baffling method: They're arranged in order from the longest chapter to the shortest. That's the traditional order.

In addition, each chapter seems randomly ordered. Most chapters are a collection of many different topics, and often one topic ends and an unrelated topic begins abruptly.

When you read a standard Quran straight through like a normal book, the message is disjointed and the story jumps around and seems contradictory. One very important consequence of this curious disorder is that it hides the clear progression from Mohammad's semi-tolerance of non-Muslims to his violent hatred toward them.

The second way the message has been made difficult to decipher is by the principle of abrogation, which means that some later chapters (suras) contain passages that override passages from earlier chapters. Because the chapters are not published in chronological order, this means that hardly anyone who reads the Quran knows which passages are abrogated and which are not.

Out of the 114 chapters, only 43 are not affected by abrogation. The majority of the chapters of the Quran cannot be taken at face value.

The third way the Quran has been put into code is by putting the key somewhere else. Much of the Quran cannot be understood without being familiar with the life of Mohammad (by reading the Sira and the Hadith). These are primarily about Mohammad — what he said and did.

In other words, the Quran — the source book, the single most important holy book in Islam — can't be understood without the key, and the key can only be found somewhere else, which is similar to one of the ways a message can be written in code: Put the key to understanding the message somewhere else besides including it in the message.

The doctrines of Islam divide the world into the realm of Islam and the realm of war (which is the realm of non-Muslims; that is, the realm of the not-yet-brought-under-the-rule-of-the-holy-system-of-law). In this permanent state of war, unsubjugated non-Muslims are "the enemy," so it would make sense to try to conceal the goals, plans, and methods of Islam from non-Muslims.

It also keeps ordinary Muslims — the soldiers of Allah — on a need-to-know basis, since they also find it difficult to understand the Quran. So the only ones who really know what's going on are the imams and the scholars. They're the ones calling the shots.

Their soldiers are out there defending Islam without knowing much about it. You'll see them all the time on web sites saying, "No, you have it all wrong." A Muslim commented this morning on a post saying, "I think you all have read the wrong Quran. Mohammad never said to beat your wife." The very next post quoted six different pro-Islam versions of the Quran's sura 4, verse 34, all of which said to beat your wife.

I have said it so many times: The most important thing non-Muslims can do about Islam is to get every non-Muslim we know to read the Quran. And ideally, to read one of the unscrambled versions: A Simple Koran or An Abridged Koran. Bill Warner not only put the chapters in order and wrote in modern English, he put the key back in, so the Quran is actually comprehensible on its own.

Once you know what the Quran says, you are immune to the propaganda and disinformation coming at you from both orthodox Muslims and blind multiculturalists. You'll know better. And you can help your fellow non-Muslims know better too.

And with your new found clarity, it is fairly easy to know which politicians and which policy decisions will be helpful, and which will be counterproductive.

If the Quran wasn't put in code deliberately, it has been a tremendously fortuitous accident which has served to help establish Islam's dominance throughout history in both Islamic countries and increasingly, in non-Islamic countries. You and I can now help overturn this historical trend. Read the Quran and convince every non-Muslim you know to read it.


  1. Thank you for sharing the real truth about the dangers of Islam to our basic freedom. Through your information, I am spreading the "truth of these dangers" to all of my famly, friends and everyone else I come in contact with.

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  2. The Old Testament prophets are also appear to be sorted from longest to shortest.

    Maybe those who compiled the Quran thought that would be the best way to present it so it would look scriptural.

    Thanks for the explanations. They really help.

    1. Buddhist Tipitaka also has the collection of buddhist teachings sorted like this, i.e. from longest to shortest and also numerically. And that was thousand years before mummad. So I thing this kind of sorting makes things easier to compile, right?

  3. The old testament of the Christian Bible, which is really the Jewish Bible, is roughly chronological.

  4. The only thing I need to know about the quran and islam is that they are trying to kill me and take over the world. Prove me wrong. You can't because it is true.

  5. God almighty says in Holy qur'aan"It is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of
    Truth, that he may proclaim it over all religion, even though the
    Pagans may detest (it). [61:9]
    No matter how hard some people try to propagate against Islam,would not do any harm but to the contrary it will draw more people to read about Islam and find the truth.

  6. I am a Muslem and strongly support the view that "The most important thing non-Muslims can do about Islam is to get every non-Muslim (they) know to read the Quran". This is the best advice anybody can give to a non-Muslem, as if there is any truth in Islam, non-Muslems can find out for themselves. I don't believe a Muslem have more responsibilty beyond that.

  7. Every person should read Quraan for themselves,then question the scholars of Islaam for answers. It only takes three months to learn to read arabic quraan at 2 hours a class.You will also need to learn fusha / language syntax etc of Quraan. I Don't know how long it takes,but there are courses out there that teach it in three months. As soon as I learn I'll post that on YouTube also.

  8. There are actually several "plain English" translations of the Qur'an available, with footnotes and references just as you would find in a study bible.

    Yahiya Emerick (an American man) has one called "The Qur'an In Modern English" that explains historical information and hadith references for American audiences that lack knowledge of Arab/Middle Eastern culture or history. It's quite good.

    Maulanna Walludin Khan (an Indian man) has a translation in very simple English, his footnotes are a bit ridiculous, but you can get an edition without them.

    There is a new one published by Oxford as well that is very easy to get in book shops that is written in modern, American English. It is widely regarded by Muslims and non-Muslims as very true to the Arabic.

    People should read the Qur'an, but I don't think an abridgement is good. Just as with any piece of classical literature, or any film, an edited version will always carry the bias of the one doing the editing. (This is true for translations as well, and you can always compare multiple English translations just to make sure.)