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The Father: Truth Teller, The Mother: Aya granny, Daughter 1: Najma, Daughter 2: HNK.

Monday, April 25, 2005

What is the Qur'an?

"It is the final revelation of the will of Almighty God's to all of mankind, which was conveyed through the Angel Gabriel, in Arabic, to the Prophet Muhammad in its sounds, words and meanings. The Qur’an, sometimes spelled Koran, was relayed to the Prophet's companions, which they memorized verbatim, and which has been publicly and continually recited by them and their successors until the present day. In short, the Qur'an is the book of guidance from God par excellence. The Qur'an is still memorized and taught by millions of people. The language of the Qur'an, Arabic, is still a living language to millions of people, so unlike the scriptures of other religions, the Qur'an is still read in its original language by countless millions of people. The Qu'ran is a living miracle in the Arabic language; and is know to be inimitable in its style, form and spiritual impact. God's final revelation to mankind, the Qur'an, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad over a period of 23 years. The Qur'an, in contrast to many other religious books, was always thought to be the Word of God by those who believed in it, i.e. it wasn't something decreed by a religious council many years after being written. Also, the Qu'ran was recited publicly in front of both the Muslim and non-Muslim communities during the life of the Prophet Muhammad. The entire Qur'an was also completely written down in lifetime of the Prophet, and numerous companions of the Prophet memorized the entire Qur'an word-for-word as it was revealed. So unlike other scriptures, the Qur'an was always in the hands of the common believers, it was always thought to be God's word and, due to wide spread memorization, it was perfectly preserved. In regards to the teachings of the Qur'an - it is a universal scripture, and it is addressed to all of mankind, and not to a particular tribe or "chosen people". The message that it brings is nothing new, but the same message of all of the prophets - submit to Almighty God and worship Him alone. As such, God's revelation in the Qur'an focuses on teaching human beings the importance of believing in the Unity of God and framing their lives around the guidance which He has sent. Additionally, the Qur'an contains the stories of the previous prophets, such as Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus; as well as many commands and prohibitions from God. In modern times in which so many people are caught up in doubt, spiritual despair and "political correctness", the Qur'anic teachings offer solutions to the emptiness of our lives and the turmoil that is gripping the world today."


13 Comments:

Blogger Rosebuds said...

you need to start believing in Allah and not religion...sadly there is a huge difference..Allah is love

Religion=Islam, Christianty, Judaism,etc...each is about exerting power over others but never, ever about Allah.

please try and teach your children about the difference, if they don't understand this soon you will doom them to the argument that has killed millions for the last two thousand years...

Mohammed, Jesus, and Moses knew this and if you could have breakfast with them tommorrow they would be crying ..listen!

4/26/2005 12:01:00 AM

 
Blogger Rosebuds said...

the end was supposed to read "listen to them"!

4/26/2005 12:20:00 AM

 
Blogger Moron99 said...

Truth,

I am glad that you are posting about Islam. Of course, I have a Western perception when I read portions of the Koran and tend to see different parts as more or less important. For example, when the prophet knew that the end of his life was approaching he gave summarry speeches, from my perspective these would be his most important speeches in which he meant to re-affrim the most important things. But I think the greatest disconnect is the difference between what Allah's word through the prophet mean to me and how they are handled by the Imams that are in power. I would appreciate your thoughts as I have no way of truly knowing beyond the prepared documents available on the internet. Okay - here goes ...

It seems to me that Allah trying to communicate to humans is rather like a you trying to communicate with cockroaches. The vast majority of your ideals would have no words and those that you could communicate would be incomplete and twisted in order to fit within cockroach language. The rules and examples that you provide would also have to be carefully framed within the limitations of their brains. I am unable to understand why Moslims place more importance upon the words of the Koran rather than upon its meaning. A literal interpretation of the Koran limits Allah to only the words and ideas that people could understand 1500 years ago. Like your cockroaches, we humans have increased our understanding. Like your cockroaches, if we only hear the words and ignore the meaning then we will never get any closer to the true intentions. As we learn and become educated it empowers us with new words and ideas that did not exist before. Would not the greatest tribute to Allah require that we seek the new things that were not possible to say 1500 years ago?

In my readings I have not yet found the answers to this question. Yes, I have seen the ocean of ink passage. But I have found none that say we should abandon the desire to obtain more ink.

4/26/2005 06:27:00 AM

 
Blogger Lynn in the US said...

Truth,
Are you ever planning on letting us know why you think that Islam is the most misunderstood religion? Do you think that it is only misunderstood by non Muslims?

4/26/2005 06:41:00 AM

 
Blogger Truth teller said...

lynn in us

I have mentioned the reason in answering one of the commenter, who said:
"Unfortunately as Islam is currently understood by many in the world the religion is ran by the Mullahs and Immans who make decrees and Fatwas that are followed to the letter by many Muslims. Since Islam has no official hierarchy many of these leaders are self appointed and can rise to a position of power through some very questionable means"
My answer was, this one of the causes made me chose this title.
Really I think it is misunderstood by most non Muslims as well as by some Muslims.
I will try to explain few things about Islam in my response tp moron99 comment. Just read them there.

4/27/2005 02:26:00 AM

 
Blogger Moron99 said...

Truth, I eagerly anticipate reading your comments. There are many discrepencies between the Islam I see and the Koran exceprts that I read. Even the prophets battles give me cause for confusion. He was fighting for his people and their freedom from persecution. Yet so many self proclaimed "true Muslims" wish to deny these same rights to anyone that does believe the same things as they do. It seems that they have become the very enemy that Mohammed fought against. We have a saying "Some people are unable to see the forest because the trees are blocking their view."

4/27/2005 08:19:00 AM

 
Blogger Truth teller said...

moron 99

First of all I have to apologize about some expecting error in translation, because it is very difficult for me to translate some Islamic terms without affecting the meaning.

"But I think the greatest disconnect is the difference between what Allah's word through the prophet mean to me and how they are handled by the Imams that are in power."

The words of Quran, are the exact words that prophet Muhammad(PBUH) received from the God (allah), through the angel Jebriel It was memorized by Muhammad(PBUH) and then dictated to his companions. The contents of the Quran was cross-checked during the life of the Prophet. The Qur’an, was relayed to the Prophet's companions, which they memorized verbatim, and which has been publicly and continually recited by them and their successors until the present day. The entire Qur'an was also completely written down in lifetime of the Prophet, and numerous companions of the Prophet memorized the entire Qur'an word-for-word as it was revealed. The 114 chapters of the Quran have remained unchanged through the centuries.

The speechs of Mohammad(PBUH), are his own words to explain, or to direct his follower, about how to apply the rules of Islam on their daily life. The Prophet Muhammad always emphasized that he was only a human being tasked with the preaching of God’s message. He taught Muslims to refer to him as "the Messenger of God and His Slave.

The Islam is a system of life not just a religion.
The Quran deals with several subjects, as system of worship, civil rights, laws of marriage and divorce, laws of inheritance, code of behavior, what not to drink, what to wear, and what not to wear, how to worship God, how to govern, the laws of war and peace, when to go to war, when to make peace, the law of economics, and the laws of buying and selling. Islam is a complete code of life.

In the quran there are two type of phrases.
1- The words or phrases that contain straightforward and clear rules, which carry no other explanation.
Those must be followed to the letter by all Muslims, no matter who he or she is, a rich or poor, old or young, king or ordinary citizen, no discrimination between sex, gender nationality, or skin colors, any where and any time. Those are called (Ayat Muhkamat).

2- Some phrases are general rules for a particular events or for particular place or time. Those could be explained diffferently in different situation, hence the rule of the religious scientist (not a mullah). the religious scientist must be very competent in Arabic languge, know every thing about the rules of Islam, very competent in the meaning of the Quran words, and know every things about the life of prophet Muhammad(PBUH), his speechs, his directions and translation of the Quran words.

3- The stories of other prophets, and other meaningful stories.

The leaders in power, not necessarily being the Imam, are responsible to direct the people, watch them, advice them, and if necessary apply the rules of law over them. The leaders must win the trust of the people and if not , the people have the right to change them. The judge (which usually an independent religious man) have the right to subject the leader to the court if he misuse his power. (those points are how the real islam is, not how the present leaders who use the name of Islam for their personal benefit.)

4/27/2005 10:07:00 AM

 
Blogger Moron99 said...

So what are the straightforward and clear rules? In all of his wisdom Allah must have realized that even the smartest amoung us is a feeble minded creature. Somewhere he must have provided a clear and simple message.

4/27/2005 11:02:00 AM

 
Blogger Lynn in the US said...

I believe that would be the 10 Commandments moron99. Can't get any simpler than that and nothing more is needed.

4/27/2005 01:48:00 PM

 
Blogger Moron99 said...

I mean the clear and simple rules in the Koran Lynn. Even more specifically, the clear and simple rules of interaction amoung humans and the resolution of conflicting interests.

Frankly there is something wrong with Islam and I can't figure out exactly what it is. But obviously, there is something terribly wrong when a man claims to represent God while encouraging his flock to wear suicide vests. I just don't quite understand how Satan was able to get into this position and eat away at Islam from the inside.

4/27/2005 02:43:00 PM

 
Blogger Lynn in the US said...

I knew what you were talking about moron99. Islam believes in all the previous prophets so I figured they must also believe in the 10 commandments. As Rosebuds said we need to start believing in Allah and not religion. Follow the 10 commandments and the Golden Rule -Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Simple, easy to remember and logical. No scholars or long lessons necessary.

4/27/2005 03:06:00 PM

 
Blogger Lynn in the US said...

Here's a quote from an Iraqi Muslim blogger:

"I don’t know why Muslims do not want to believe that Islam includes many groups and sects that do not agree with each other, it is not that ‘unified’ religion as they claim, every group explains the Koran as they see it right or as they want it, they are in a deep dilemma, but all Muslims do not confess.
They keep saying ‘Koran is clear and obvious for everybody’..
Every group in Islam deals with the Koran as they like, which is very dangerous if it is left that way."

That is the key to understanding why Islam is the most misunderstood religion. It isn't because non-muslims don't want to listen and believe it's just how is a non muslim supposed to know what to believe when Muslims themselves don't know? I do understand that each one THINKS that they are following the religion correctly - even Osama binLaden. BTW - I have read the Koran and some hadeths myself. I am not completely Islam illiterate ;)

4/27/2005 04:00:00 PM

 
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2/07/2006 07:47:00 AM

 

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