“We decreed for them a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and a wound for a wound. But if a man charitably forbears retaliation, his remission shall atone for him.” (5:44) Babylonian references regarding Hammurabi’s Code show … More Can We Have a Little S-L-M? (Finishing up my Qu’ran Reading)
“Truth has come and Falsehood has departed. Falsehood was bound to be routed.” (17:75) So asserts the Koran in surah 17, al-Isra or The Night Tale. It is a beautiful but hopeless statement: surely, many times a day people are confronted with truths and do not dispel of the falsehoods they believed. Mankind would rather … More Jews, Christians and Muslims, oh my! The Koran continues.
After the nude photo of Aliaa Magda Elmahdy became world wide news, everyone, it seemed, was trying to find out more about her, or at the very least, find her infamous picture. In the following 4 days since I posted about Aliaa, my blog managed a total of 1,336 views. Why, I wondered, were so … More Egypt, the Country with Bigger Problems than a Girl and her Body
Girl takes nude photo. Nude photo appears on the internet. What happens? If you’re a porn star, people salivate and save it to their computers. If you’re a celebrity, the same thing also happens–and the girl either shrugs it off as “any publicity is good publicity” or she tries to sue whoever leaked the photo. … More Aliaa Magda Elmahdy: A Girl and her Photo
Beauty can be found even in the most unpleasant or unassuming of places. Even those things that are horrid, or evil, or disturbing, can contain a strange and austere beauty. While I certainly wouldn’t describe the Koran as evil or horrid, I am sometimes distraught by some of it’s passages, although I recognize that everything … More An Eternal Mansion, Veiled Women and a Submissive Moon: The Koran
Is there truly “no fun in Islam?” Is it truly a live without sin and die kind of religion, as the infamous (and certainly depressed) Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran once famously stated? Charlie Hebdo, a French weekly paper, might agree with Khomeini and say that yes, there is no fun in Islam, after the recent … More There is No Fun in Islam? Charlie Hebdo learns the Hard Way
“You shall find no believers in God and in the last day on friendly terms with those who oppose god and his apostle.” (58:22) And so The Koran continues to pit the believers against the non- believers, the patronizers who will call Paradise home versus the heirs of hell. The constant warnings and “threats” become … More The Heirs of Hell vs. the Patronizers of Paradise: The Koran
Per some advice, I continued my reading of the Koran by starting from the back of the book forward. Here, the surahs are mercifully short, some no longer than a sentence. I have listed all of them in the snazzy HTML table I made at the end of this post, but owing to the fact … More Pray for Paradise, Tremble Not at the Trumpet: The Koran