Islamic fundamentalism is not a new concept. Those who are hardline devotees to the Qu’ran and hadiths and who interpret it literally exist throughout the Arab world and now, it appears, Asia as well. Although the West is well familiar with examples of Arab-Islamic fundamentalism (read: Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Saudi Wahhabism) several Asian countries … More The Qu’ran is “More like Guidelines” than Actual Rulebook
“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.
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
“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
In keeping with my updates on my Koran reading, I will report that I soldiered on to the next two surahs, Al-Imran and al-Nisa (The Woman), in order to read the Koran authentically as it was introduced to the world. Per some wise advice, I plan on now reading from the last surah’s first, although … More It’s a Man’s World, We Women Just live in it:The Koran
“Ya Rab ah deeny” I was told to repeat twice each time before I started reading the Koran. “What does it mean?” I asked, doubtfully. It sounded like something that an actual Muslim would say, not somebody who is simply curious about the religion which is playing such a crucial role in world events. “Just … More Woe to Foes: The Koran