Brother Dawood wrote in reply to me (referring to salat): "God was being ambiguous!!!!" (the words and exclamation marks are all his own). See http://www.ourbeacon.com/cgi-bin/bbs60x/webbbs_config.pl/page/1/md/read/id/314123119246110 . This is a poisonous and deeply troubling statement.
As he shooed me off his thread and instructed me to make my own, here is my first thread-post (I have been visiting here for years, however. Listening. Learning).
So, Brother Dawood. You are a prolific poster on this forum. Referring to God as being intentionally ambigious can be confusing to those of us looking for direction. I therefore present clear and unambiguous evidence that God (via Quran) disagrees with you. Yes, all quotes are from the QXP translation (asterisks for emphasis are my own) but you will find, if you are willing to spend the time, that translations by Yusuf Ali, Shakir, Sahih International and others are significantly in agreement. There are many more clear verses, but I have used a few easily digestible examples:
15:89 - Say, 'Truly, I am one who warns openly and *without ambiguity*.'
2:99 - We have revealed to you *clear* verses, and none will deny them but those who drift away from *reason*.
2:242 - Thus, God makes His Revelations *clear* for you so that you *think* and reflect.
5:15 - O People of the Book! Now has come to you Our Messenger, to make *clear* to you much of what you have been concealing of the Bible (even from yourselves). He ignores much of the irrelevant accounts and pardons much of your misdeeds. Now has come to you from God a beacon of light and a *clear* Book.
5:75 - See how *clearly* We explain Our verses for them, and note how they still *deviate*!
9:115 - God never sends a people astray after He has guided them, unless they violate the Laws that were made *plain*. God is the Knower of all things.
12:1 - These are the Messages of a Revelation *clear* in itself and *clearly* showing the truth.
12:2 - Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'an (in the most *eloquent* language) so that you might encompass it with your *reason*. ('Arabiyyan' = Most *eloquent* tongue).
14:4 - We never sent a Messenger who did not speak the language of his people, so that he might make the Message *clear* to them. People go astray or attain guidance according to God's Laws. He is Almighty, *Wise*.
16:103 - We know full well what they say, 'It is but a man teaching him!' The tongue of him they so maliciously point to is notably foreign, while this is *Arabic*, pure and *clear*.
21:106 - Verily, in this (Qur'an) is a *clear* Message for the people who would obey God.
22:16 - And thus We have revealed the Qur'an in simple and *plain* verses. God guides him who seeks guidance.
22:52 - Yet whenever We sent a Messenger or Prophet before you, Satan (satanic people) tried to confound the central aims of the Message. But God, renders null and void all the aspirations Satan had. And God makes His Messages *clear* in and by themselves. God is All Knower, Wise.
24:18 - And God *clearly* explains His verses for you. God is the Knower, the Wise.
26:2 - These are verses of the Book that is *clear* in itself and makes things *clear*.
26:195 - In the *plain* Arabic tongue.
27:2 - These are Messages of the Qur'an, the Book *clear* in itself and *clearly* showing the *truth*. (COMMENT: Truth can never be ambiguous)
28:2 - These are verses of the Book *clear* in itself, and it makes things *clear*.
36:69 - We have not taught him (the Prophet) poetry, nor is it be fitting for him. This is no less than a Reminder and an Articulate Qur'an *clear* in itself and *clearly* showing the way,
39:28 - This Qur'an in Arabic is a Monograph in *plain* language free of all deviousness so that they might learn and live by the Values ordained in it. (COMMENT: May reasonable human beings would argue that ambiguity is akin to deviousness, so this assurance from Allah that there is NO ambiguity is a very important one, in my opinion)
41:3 - A Scripture whose verses are clearly explained in detail, a Lecture in Arabic, for people who would *learn*. (COMMENT: Dr Shabbir learned Quraishi Arrabic)
43:2 - Witness to itself is this Scripture that is *clear* in itself and shows the truth *clearly*.
44:2 - By this Divine Writ that is *clear* in itself and makes things *clear*.
57:9 - He is the One Who sends down *clear* Messages to His servant, to bring you out from the depths of darkness to the splendorous light. For you, God is Compassionate, Merciful.
57:17 - Know all of you that God gives life to the land after it has been dead. We have made Our Messages *clear* for you so that you might use your *intellect*.
65:11 - Through a Messenger who conveys to you *clear* Messages of God so that he may lead those who believe and set things right, from the depths of darkness into the *light*. And those who believe in God and work for the good of others, He will admit them into Gardens beneath which rivers flow, therein to abide forever. God has readied for them a most excellent provision.
If I have offended anyone, especially in my original post on Brother Dawood's thread, I apologise.