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It is common knowledge that Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, had a very difficult life. All of his daughters died before him except one, and he had a wife of several years who was very dear and important to him, who not only proceeded him in death but died at a very critical period of his life. As a matter of fact, she was quite a woman because when the first revelation came to him, he ran home to her, afraid. Yet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, felt comfortable enough with his wife to be able to do that.
The Quran does not mention any of these things - not the death of his children, not the death of his beloved companion and wife, not his fear of the initial revelations, which he so beautifully shared with his wife - nothing; yet these topics must have hurt him, bothered him, and caused him pain and grief during periods of his life. Indeed, if the Quran was a product of his psychological reflections, then these subjects, as well as others, would be prevalent or at least mentioned throughout.
A truly scientific approach to the Quran is possible because the Quran offers something that is not offered by other religious scriptures, in particular, and other religions, in general.
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It is what scientists demand. Today there are many people who have ideas and theories about how the universe works. These people are all over the place, but the scientific community does not even bother to listen to them. This is because within the last century the scientific community has demanded a test of falsification.
Such a test was exactly why the scientific community listened to Einstein towards the beginning of the century. This is exactly what the Quran has - falsification tests. Some are old in that they have already been proven true , and some still exist today. I suggest to you that the next time you get into dispute with someone about Islam and he claims that he has the truth and that you are in darkness, you leave all other arguments at first and make this suggestion. Is there anything in your religion that would prove you are wrong if I could prove to you that it exists - anything?
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However, Islam does that. And quite honestly, I was very surprised when I first discovered this challenge. It states Quran :. Had it been from any other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy. This is a clear challenge to the non-Muslim. Basically, it invites him to find a mistake. There are no mistakes in it. Find one if you can! The teacher would not sleep until he found a mistake! And yet this is the way the Quran approaches people. As a matter of fact, a great deal of the Quran came in answer to questions.
Someone would ask Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, a question, and the revelation would come with the answer to it. Certainly, if one is crazy and believes that an angel put words in his ear, then when someone asks him a question, he thinks that the angel will give him the answer. Because he is crazy, he really thinks that. What the non-Muslims refuse to accept is that you cannot have it both ways. One can be deluded, or he can be a liar.
He can be either one or neither one, but he certainly cannot be both! The emphasis is on the fact that they are unquestionably mutually exclusive personality traits. The following scenario is a good example of the kind of circle that non-Muslims go around in constantly. Certainly the Quran mentions many things with which the Arabs were not familiar.
Maybe some foreigner brought him the information. So he lied and told people that he was a prophet. Why did he behave as though he really thought he was a prophet? He was probably crazy and really thought that he was a prophet. As has already been mentioned, there is much information contained in the Quran whose source cannot be attributed to anyone other than God.
For example, who told Muhammad about embryology? When people assemble facts such as these, if they are not willing to attribute their existence to a divine source, they automatically resort to the assumption someone brought Muhammad the information and that he used it to fool the people.
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Why did he tell some people out right to their face what others could never say? Prophet Muhammad had an uncle by the name of Abu Lahab. This man hated Islam to such an extent that he used to follow the Prophet around in order to discredit him. However, about ten years before Abu Lahab died, a little chapter in the Quran Surah al-Lahab, was revealed about him. It distinctly stated that he would go to the fire i. In other words, it affirmed that he would never become a Muslim and would therefore be condemned forever.
Well, I want to become Muslim now. How do you like that? What do you think of your divine revelation now? And yet, that is exactly the kind of behavior one would have expected from him since he always sought to contradict Islam. Here, say these words, and I am finished. Come on, say them! Ten years!
And in all that time he never accepted Islam or even became sympathetic to the Islamic cause. How could Muhammad possibly have known for sure that Abu Lahab would fulfill the Quranic revelation if he i. How could he possibly have been so confident as to give someone 10 years to discredit his claim of prophethood? Another example of the confidence which Muhammad had in his own prophethood and consequently in the divine protection of himself and his message is when he left Makkah and hid in a cave with Abu Bakr, may God be pleased with him, during their emigration to Madinah.
The two clearly saw people coming to kill them, and Abu Bakr was afraid. In fact, such a frame of mind is not characteristic of a liar or a forger at all. So, as has been previously mentioned, the non-Muslims go around and around in a circle, searching for a way out - some way to explain the findings in the Quran without attributing them to their proper source. The Amazing Quran part 1 of 9 Rating:. Description: A series of articles compelling the reader to ponder over the marvels of the Quran. By Dr. However, it was the Quran, with its repeated emphasis on questioning and contemplation, that made me realize the merits of free-thought.
The profound statement, "Will you, then, not think? Gradually, instead of simply believing everything I heard and read, I started analyzing things. When I hear some new-atheists say that the Quran is a medieval book that suppresses freedom of thought and is an exercise in surrendering the mind, I find myself shaking my head in disbelief. The idea that religion suppresses free thought and encourages blind belief certainly is, by no means, representative of the Quran. In fact, the opposite is true: those who do not reason are vehemently condemned Quran and are considered "no different from animals" Quran It is this emphasis on free-thought and acquiring knowledge that ultimately led to what we call "The Golden Age of Islam".
However, a thinking population is always dangerous to the status quo, and hence these verses were gradually brushed aside, replaced by a bizarre sentiment of blindly following those in power whether religious, or political. Add to that the notion of a heavenly reward for reading the Quran in Arabic even for non-Arabic speakers promoted by the clergy, and you've got a largely ignorant population at the whims of what religious figures teach them about Islam.
O you who believe, many religious leaders and preachers take people's money illicitly, and repel from the path of God. Quran, And they the common people will say: O our Sustainer! Behold, we paid heed unto our leaders and our great men, and it is they who have led us astray from the right path!
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Quran, If you obey the majority of people on earth, they will lead you astray from God's way. Most of the people follow nothing but conjecture and they only live by guesswork. Quran, It would come as a surprise to many even Muslims who haven't read the Quran that the Quran warns people about the dubious ways of many religious preachers, and asks people to be wary of them. A religion that was only devised to control and cheat people would never expose religious preachers like this, for it would be against their very interests! These serve as excellent reminders to continually re-evaluate one's beliefs.
As Mark Twain also once said, "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. What did I learn from these verses? These verses have taught me to question everything - be they cultural norms, religious opinions or whatever else. Surely, those who believe in the Qur'an and call themselves Muslims , and those who are Jews, and Christians and the Sabians; whoever acknowledges God, The Day of Accountability, and does acts of reformation - their reward is with their Sustainer. For them shall be no fear from without, nor shall grief touch them from within.
Quran, As for those who sincerely strive for Us, We shall most certainly guide them onto paths that lead unto Us: for, behold, God is indeed with the doers of good. Quran, Sectarianism thrives on the idea of there being only one correct way to worship and serve God. By acknowledging that there are, in fact, multiple paths that lead to God, the Quran entirely discredits and nullifies sectarianism. Truth be told, there was a time when I believed only I and people who shared my beliefs were "rightly guided. They made me realize that no faith or school of thought has a monopoly on truth, and that has really "broadened my horizons", so to speak.
Irrespective of where a truth comes from, a truth is a truth and should be accepted on its own merit.
And, what a liberating thought this is! Would you then, compel people to become believers? This is, after all, a fundamental human right. Otherwise, what would be the point in endowing human beings with free-will? O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! Stand up firmly for justice, witnesses for God, even if it is against yourselves, your parents and your relatives, and whether the case is of a rich person or a poor person. God is nearer to them than you are. Do not follow your emotions lest you fall short of justice.
If you distort your testimony or turn away from this command, know that God is Aware of all your actions. Quran, The Quranic program is centered in the pursuit of social justice, and fighting oppression. Islam is not a faith that only gives you a dogma to believe in, in return for paradise; but rather expects you to utilize your resources in helping the vulnerable and in becoming agents of peace and justice!
This repeated emphasis on social and economic justice by the Quran has restored my belief in my capabilities that I can make a difference, no matter how small. It has inspired me to be more involved in my community, and help those in need. Quran, I am so glad that this verse is so explicit, because so many religious people Muslims included today exhaust all their energies on "believing this" and "believing that", all the while failing to translate that belief into some meaningful action.
It is unfortunate that for many, religion has devolved into a list of things they must believe in, in order to be eligible for paradise. But, it is what you do that is the main concern of the Quran: how you translate that belief into action.