Russel Brand and the Quran – A Comparison

I watched this Russell Brand video (which seems to be doing the rounds on facebook, gettijng


seems like a lot of Quranic Themes:


Russell Brand talks about being humble


Qur’an says

31:19 “Be humble in how you walk and lower your voice. For the harshest of all voices is the donkey’s voice.”


Russell Brand talks about Materialism


Qur’an says:

28:60 Anything that is given to you is only the materials of this world, and its glitter. What is with God is far better, and everlasting. Do you not reason?


Qur’an says

29:64 What is the life of this world but amusement and play? But the Home of the Hereafter; that is life indeed, if they but knew.

Qur’an says

89:20 You love money, a love that is excessive.


Russel Brand talks about worshipping of celebrities or treating them like kings/queens/royalty/magical/special


Qur’an says

35:40 Say, “Have you seen your ‘partners’ whom you call upon besides God? Show me what they created of the earth! Or have they any share in the heavens? Or have We given them a scripture as evidence to prove their fallacies?” Nay, those who exploit the weak, support one another with delusions.


Russell Brand talks about exploitation, oppression, corruption


Qur’an says

56:45 Before this, they were sunk in luxury, exploiting the poor.


Qur’an says

28:77 “Seek with the provisions bestowed upon you by God the abode of the Hereafter, and do not forget your share in this world, and do good as God has done good to you. Do not seek corruption in the land. God does not like the corruptors.”


Russell Brand talks about Justice and Equality


Qur’an says

5:8 O you who acknowledge, stand for God as witnesses for justice, and let not the hatred towards a people make you avoid being just. Be just, for it is closer to awareness, and be aware of God. God is Expert over what you do.


33:35 Surely, for submitting men and submitting women, believing men and believing women, devoted men and devoted women, truthful men and truthful women, steadfast men and steadfast women, humble men and humble women, charitable men and charitable women, abstinent men and abstinent women (abstaining from all vices), chaste men and chaste women, men who remain mindful of God and women who remain mindful (of God), for them, God has readied forgiveness and an immense reward.


Qur’an says

11:85 “My people, give full measure and weight with justice, do not hold back from the people what is theirs, and do not roam the land corrupting.”


Qur’an says

16:90 God orders justice and goodness, and that you shall help your relatives, and He forbids from evil, vice, and transgression. He warns you that you may remember.


Russell Brand talks about respect for our Planet and its Resources


Qur’an says

31:18 “Do not turn your cheek arrogantly from people, nor shall you roam the earth insolently. For God does not like the arrogant show offs.”


20:81 Saying, “Partake and enjoy the decent provisions which We have bestowed upon you. But do not disregard equity and none shall be deprived of the natural resources. Transgress not in this respect lest My disapproval should descend on you. And those peoples on whom descends My disapproval, certainly perish.”


Russell Brand talks about Excess and greed


Qur’an says

5:87 O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! Do not deprive yourselves of the good things of life that God has made lawful to you. But commit no excesses. God does not love those who exceed the limits. *


Qur’an says

74:6 Do not be greedy.


Russell Brand talks about focusing on what is important


Qur’an says

2:149 From wherever you start forth (whichever way you proceed, and whatever you are preoccupied with), keep yourself focused on the Masjid-il-Haraam (the Sacred Masjid, the Ultimate Center for the unity of all mankind.) This is the truth from your Lord. God is not unaware of what you do (with your life).


Qur’an says

17:36 You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them.


Russell Brand talks about real heroes


5:32 “…And whoever saves one life it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind…”


Qur’an says

53:32 Those who abstain from the greater transgressions that deplete the communal energy, and from shameful deeds and stinginess, even though they may sometimes waver, your Lord is of limitless forgiveness. He knows you best since He brings you into being from the earth, and when you were still hidden in the bellies of your mothers? Therefore, claim not piety for yourselves. He knows best as to who is righteous.

Russell Brand talks about Vanity


Qur’an says

2:264 O you who believe, do not nullify your charities with insult and harm; like the one who spends his money in vanity to show the people, and he does not believe in God and the Last Day. His example is like a stone on which there is dust, then it is subjected to heavy rain which leaves it bare. They cannot do anything with what they earned; and God does not guide the rejecting people.

Russell Brand talks about having a spiritual connection, improving, bettering, galvanizing, assisting, reforming


Qur’an says

98:5 And they were not commanded except to serve God and be loyal to His system, monotheists, and uphold the communion and contribute towards betterment. Such is the valuable system.

18:2 A Perfect Book, unerringly straight, meant to warn people of the destructive results of their wrongdoings. And to give good news to those who believe in the message and make reforms in their individual and collective lives, that theirs shall be a generous reward.


Qur’an says

2:195 Spend in the cause of God, but do not throw your resources to disaster. Do kindness, for God loves those who do kindness.


Russel Brand discusses Economy, Monopolies, consumerism, the elite, the politicians, the rulers


Qur’an says

59:7 Whatever God provided to His messenger from the people of the townships, then it shall be to God and His messenger; for the relatives, the orphans, the poor, and the wayfarer. Thus, it will not remain monopolized by the rich among you. You may take what the messenger gives you, but do not take what he withholds you from taking. Be aware of God, for God is mighty in retribution.


Qur’an says

4:161 For practicing usury/interest when they were told not to, and for consuming people’s money unjustly. We have prepared for the ingrates amongst them a painful retribution;*


Qur’an says

3:130 O you who acknowledge, do not consume usury multiplying over, and be aware of God that you may succeed.*


Russell Brand talks about superficiality, artificiality, nonsense, peace and harmony


Qur’an says

25:72 And [know that true servants of God are only] those who never bear witness to what is false,* and [who], whenever they pass by [people engaged in] frivolity, pass on with dignity;


Qur’an says

28:55 and, whenever they heard frivolous talk,* having turned away from it and said: “Unto us shall be accounted Our deeds, and unto you, your deeds. Peace be upon you – [but] we do not seek out such as are ignorant [of the meaning of right and wrong].”

About Farouk A. Peru
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One Response to Russel Brand and the Quran – A Comparison

  1. mae1000 says:

    though the Quran mentions Muhammad in many places, the Quranists choose to ignore it.

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