Can We Have a Little S-L-M? (Finishing up my Qu’ran Reading)

“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)

Jews, Christians and Muslims, oh my! The Koran continues.

“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.

An Eternal Mansion, Veiled Women and a Submissive Moon: The Koran

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

The Heirs of Hell vs. the Patronizers of Paradise: 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

It’s a Man’s World, We Women Just live in it: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